• Donald Trump commits to next Fox News debate

    Donald Trump commits to next Fox News debate

    Days after refusing to commit, Donald Trump now says he will attend next month’s Fox News Republican debate. “I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there,” Trump told Newsmax TV on Friday. Trump...
  • 11-year-old boy convicted of killing 8-year-old girl

    WHITE PINE, Tenn. –  An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after she and her sister refused to let him see their puppies. WATE-TV reports that Jefferson County...
  • Somali troops ‘retake’ key port city

    Somali troops ‘retake’ key port city

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The African Union said it made a tactical withdrawal from Merca on Friday The Somali military, backed by the African Union (AU), has retaken Merca from al-Shabab militants who seized...
  • Dundee United sign striker Ofere

    Dundee United sign striker Ofere

    Edward Ofere, centre, has joined Dundee United subject to international clearance Dundee United have signed 29-year-old Nigerian striker Edward Ofere until the end of the season, subject to international clearance. Ofere helped Inverness Caledonian Thistle...
  • Who holds the Trump card in New Hampshire?

    Who holds the Trump card in New Hampshire?

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Florence, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) An aggrieved Donald Trump returns to the debate stage Saturday night hoping...

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  • 11-year-old boy convicted of killing 8-year-old girl


    WHITE PINE, Tenn. –  An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after she and her sister refused to let him see their puppies. WATE-TV reports that Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge Dennis “Will” Roach II this week found the boy guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced him to state custody until he turns 19. The Associated Press does not generally identify juveniles accused of crimes. In his order, which WATE posted online, Roach said the state should use all reasonable resources to determine why the boy shot the girl, and he should be treated and rehabilitated so this never happens again. “A child who commits first-degree murder cannot be willy-nilly turned loose into society,” Roach wrote. The boy is currently in detention and being evaluated as to where he should be placed, said Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Department of Children’s Services. “Like any other child who …

    February 6, 2016 8:24 am
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Politics

  • Who holds the Trump card in New Hampshire?


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Florence, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) An aggrieved Donald Trump returns to the debate stage Saturday night hoping to find his way into the winner’s circle in New Hampshire, while a rising Marco Rubio looks to fend off an onslaught of attacks from his rivals. The debate comes three days before New Hampshire’s primary, a contest that will likely determine whether some Republican candidates for president in an already shrinking field will move on or be forced to abandon their White House hopes. While Trump, a billionaire who is largely self-funding his campaign, has enough money to stay in the race, anything short of a win in New Hampshire would be a blow to his White House bid. He’s held a comfortable lead in national polls, as well as surveys in Iowa and New Hampshire for months, but …

    February 6, 2016 8:24 am
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Stocks

  • Donald Trump commits to next Fox News debate


    Days after refusing to commit, Donald Trump now says he will attend next month’s Fox News Republican debate. “I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there,” Trump told Newsmax TV on Friday. Trump also said that his decision to skip the network’s January 28 debate was due to a taunting public statement from Fox News, and not to his longstanding complaint that co-moderator Megyn Kelly treats him unfairly. “That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out of the last one. That had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting and I said it was inappropriate,” Trump said. The Republican frontrunner had not been so committal during a press conference in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. Asked if he would attend the debate, Trump replied: “It’s a long ways away. We’ll see.” Related: Megyn Kelly is ready for …

    February 6, 2016 8:44 am
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Sports

  • Dundee United sign striker Ofere


    Edward Ofere, centre, has joined Dundee United subject to international clearance Dundee United have signed 29-year-old Nigerian striker Edward Ofere until the end of the season, subject to international clearance. Ofere helped Inverness Caledonian Thistle to the Scottish Cup last season scoring five goals in 10 appearances. He has recently been playing for Turkish club Boluspor and has represented Nigeria three times. Ofere told the United website: “My aim is to help the team and play my part in gaining vital points.” Head coach Mixu Paatelainen added: “Edward is a powerful striker who will add to the options we have available up front. “I am delighted to bring him to Dundee United. “He will improve the squad and aid our determined fight to climb the table.”

    February 6, 2016 8:24 am
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World News

  • Somali troops ‘retake’ key port city


    Image copyright AFP Image caption The African Union said it made a tactical withdrawal from Merca on Friday The Somali military, backed by the African Union (AU), has retaken Merca from al-Shabab militants who seized the port city on Friday, residents say. Civilian casualties were reported after what residents said was light resistance from the militants. The AU on Friday denied on Friday it has lost control of Merca, saying it had made a tactical withdrawal. Al-Shabab was forced out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011 but still has a presence in large areas of the south. Who are al-Shabab? What happened when al-Shabab attacked a Kenyan base? A Somali military official told AFP news agency: “The Somali forces and Amisom [AU] peacekeepers secured control of Merca again and now the situation has returned to normal. “There was brief exchange of gunfire, but the militants have fled.” He said “several” al-Shabab fighters and one Somali …

    February 6, 2016 8:24 am
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Technology

  • Apple says iPhone ‘Error 53′ is to protect customers’ security


    Apple has hit back at criticism of its controversial “Error 53” message on iPhones, claiming it is part of measures to protect customers’ security. On Friday, the Guardian revealed how thousands of iPhone 6 users have had their devices, which cost hundreds of pounds, left useless after encountering the error message. The problem is related to the smartphone’s home button, which contains a Touch ID thumbprint reader that can be used to unlock the device rather than inputting a four-digit security code. If the phone is damaged and a non-Apple repairer replaces the button, a subsequent update of the operating system detects a non-standard component and shuts down the device. There is no known way of bringing it back to life. Many iPhone 6 owners have only become aware of the issue when installing routine updates to iOS, Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads. It is unclear exactly how many have been affected. Related: …

    February 6, 2016 8:44 am
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Science

  • Record Missouri flooding was manmade calamity, scientist says


    Related images(click to enlarge) At the end of December 2015, a huge storm named “Goliath” dumped 9-10 inches of rain in a belt across the central United States, centered just southwest of St. Louis, most of it in a three-day downpour. The rain blanketed the Meramec Basin, an area of 4,000 square miles drained by the Meramec River, which enters the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. The Meramec’s response was dramatic. Gauging stations recorded a pulse of water that grew as it traveled down the main stem of the Meramec River, setting all-time record highs in the lower basin in the Missouri cities of Eureka, Valley Park and Arnold. While extraordinary rain drenched the entire Meramec Basin, only 5 percent of the Mississippi River’s giant watershed above St. Louis was so affected. Yet only a day after the flood on the lower Meramec peaked, water levels on the Mississippi at St. Louis were the …

    February 6, 2016 7:24 am
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Health

  • Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported


    PERTH – Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries. Queensland’s government has earmarked A$400,000 ($283,000) to boost laboratory capacity, particularly in the northeastern city of Townsville, where testing will begin on March 1. A A$1 million public education campaign will also be rolled out in the state, which is on high alert for any entry of the disease from Australia’s Asian and Pacific neighbors. Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said the state had to be prepared for more cases of Zika, linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. Ten cases of the virus have been reported in the state in the past two years. The mosquitoes that transmit Zika are Aedes mosquitoes, most commonly Aedes aegypti, which are present in north Queensland and also transmit …

    February 6, 2016 8:04 am
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Entertainment

  • The Definitive 10 Worst Types Of People At Everyone’s Super Bowl Party


    It’s Super Bowl weekend, the best weekend of the year. Super Bowl Sunday means a couple of things: football, food, alcohol, and friends getting together to watch the game. However, all of that fun and joy at Super Bowl parties all over the world will be put to the test once one of these 10 types of party-grenades show up at your door (they always do). Here are the ten worst types of people at every Super Bowl party: 10. The Gambling Degenerate No person helps take the fun out of a Super Bowl party more than the guy who feels the need to put a wager on every single aspect of the game as well things like the coin flip, the halftime show, and other miscellaneous nonsense. Throughout the entirety of the game this guy will do one of two things: be on the phone with his bookie constantly placing bets, or complaining about not …

    February 6, 2016 9:04 am
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Editorial

  • Ronald Reagan: Remembering the champion of religious liberty on his birthday


    “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant, and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”     – Ronald Reagan, March 8, 1983 Ronald Wilson Reagan, born this week in 1911, was one of America’s most deeply read and thoughtful presidents, and one of its most spiritually grounded. Trained early in life by his evangelical Christian mother, he never forgot the lessons she taught him. And in the Oval Office he became a history-changing champion of religious liberty. In fact, most Americans—even most conservatives—don’t realize how Ronald Reagan’s Christianity was a core part of his entire philosophy of government as well as something he lived personally. Reagan viewed all of life, including public life, through a spiritual lens, lacing speeches with references to the practical implications of doctrines such as sin and the fall (part of his case for limited government, law and order, and confronting evil in regimes such as the Soviet Union), and the …

    February 6, 2016 6:44 am
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Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border


    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm
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