• Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio

    Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio

    Protesters ask Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to spare the ABC from budget cuts. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will cut 400 jobs and close five radio production centers as government funding shrinks. In addition to...
  • Hansen’s hat trick powers Canucks past Blackhawks

    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Jannick Hansen notched his first career hat trick to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Bo Horvat tallied the first three assists of...
  • Indian sterilisation drugs ‘tainted’

    Indian sterilisation drugs ‘tainted’

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 05:20 A lone doctor, along with his assistant, carried out tubectomies on 130 women at two separate government health camps earlier this month A minister in India’s Chhattisgarh state...
  • In the blog this week

    The Sarychev Peak volcano on Matua Island in the northwest Pacific erupting in June, 2009. According to new research, small eruptions such as this may have contributed to a slowdown in global warming.Credit: NASA Climate...
  • Two drugs found effective in treating excess potassium

    (Reuters Health) – Two experimental drugs can reduce dangerously high potassium levels in the blood, a problem that can plague people with diabetes and kidney disease and lead to a fatal heart rhythm, researchers say....
  • Former DC mayor Marion Berry dead at 78

    Former DC mayor Marion Berry dead at 78

    By BEN NUCKOLS, BRETT ZONGKER November 23, 2014 Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry...

Headline News

  • Dozens of horses killed in Chicago-area stable fire


    CHICAGO –  More than 30 horses died in a stable fire in suburban Chicago over the weekend, with distraught owners of the animals arriving Sunday to lay flowers at the site, a fire department official said. The fire Saturday occurred 50 miles northwest of Chicago at Valley View Acres, a boarding facility that also breeds and trains thoroughbreds and show-jumping horses, and offers riding lessons to children. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As firefighters arrived before midnight Saturday, the stable’s owners were running around the burning complex looking for ways to lead horses to safety as the two-story structure collapsed, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul Deraedt said in a phone interview. “They were frantic,” he said about the stable’s owners, Tyson and Amber Bauman. “But nothing could have survived the conditions inside. … They are devastated.” TV footage of the scene Sunday morning showed blackened remains of the stable piled against a white fence and a damaged …

    November 24, 2014 1:09 am
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Politics

  • Former DC mayor Marion Berry dead at 78


    By BEN NUCKOLS, BRETT ZONGKER November 23, 2014 Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be remembered for one night in 1990 when he was caught on video lighting a crack pipe in an FBI sting operation. In an instant, the then-mayor of the capital city was exposed as a drug user himself. Barry died Sunday at 78. His family said Barry died at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. No cause of death was given, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home. Barry first made a name for himself in the …

    November 24, 2014 12:47 am
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Stocks

  • Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio


    Protesters ask Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to spare the ABC from budget cuts. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will cut 400 jobs and close five radio production centers as government funding shrinks. In addition to the sweeping job cuts, managing director Mark Scott told staff Monday that the ABC would review its property holdings and sell one of its buildings in Sydney. “We anticipate that more than 400 people — close to 10% of our ongoing workforce — face potential redundancy as we adjust our activities over coming months,” Scott said. The ABC is Australia’s national broadcaster, producing digital, radio and television content. Most of the organization’s funding comes from the government. Pressured by budget cuts that total more than $250 million over four years, the ABC is now being forced to rethink how it covers the news.   The company said it will “readjust the shape” of its foreign bureaus, and make minor changes …

    November 24, 2014 1:48 am
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Sports

  • Hansen’s hat trick powers Canucks past Blackhawks


    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Jannick Hansen notched his first career hat trick to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Bo Horvat tallied the first three assists of his young NHL career and Derek Dorsett supplied two helpers for the Canucks, who bounced back from a 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim on Thursday. Ryan Miller stopped 24-of-25 shots fired his way in the win. Kris Versteeg potted the lone goal for Chicago, which had a three-game winning streak come to an end. Corey Crawford made 26 saves in his 11th straight start. “It was a tough one,” said Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook. “I don’t think we played our best.” Hansen tipped Dorsett’s dish over the glove of Crawford for a 2-1 lead with 13:36 left in regulation and Vrbata knocked home a rebound in front for an insurance marker with 2:24 to play. “We want to get back …

    November 24, 2014 1:09 am
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World News

  • Indian sterilisation drugs ‘tainted’


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 05:20 A lone doctor, along with his assistant, carried out tubectomies on 130 women at two separate government health camps earlier this month A minister in India’s Chhattisgarh state has confirmed that drugs given to 15 women who died after sterilisation surgery were contaminated. Health Minister Amar Agrawal said tests showed that they contained zinc phosphide – a substance that is also used in rat poison. The doctor who carried out the surgery as well as two pharmaceutical factory owners have been arrested. The doctor and the factory owners have denied any negligence and wrongdoing. But the cause of deaths still remains unclear as post-mortem results are awaited. A lone doctor, along with his assistant, carried out tubectomies on 130 women at two separate government health camps earlier this month. Fourteen died after the first camp in Bilaspur and one after the second. More than 100 women were admitted …

    November 24, 2014 1:09 am
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Technology

Science

  • In the blog this week


    The Sarychev Peak volcano on Matua Island in the northwest Pacific erupting in June, 2009. According to new research, small eruptions such as this may have contributed to a slowdown in global warming.Credit: NASA Climate change and small volcanos Major eruptions are well known to have dramatic climate impacts, but could smaller volcanos also be having an impact on global warming? A new study suggests they could. Read more Movie adds insult to injury in the Turing story Some disturbing news is emerging about the upcoming film The Imitation Game, about the life of the brilliant mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist, Alan Turing. Read more Philae detects organic molecules on comet The Philae lander has detected organic molecules, essential for life, on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Read more Neuroscientist says young brains being reshaped by technology Oxford University neuroscientist Susan Greenfield has warned that people’s brains may be reshaped by digital technology. Read more  

    November 24, 2014 1:08 am
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Health

  • Two drugs found effective in treating excess potassium


    (Reuters Health) – Two experimental drugs can reduce dangerously high potassium levels in the blood, a problem that can plague people with diabetes and kidney disease and lead to a fatal heart rhythm, researchers say. The findings are from two separate studies financed by the manufacturers and released Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The oral drugs are sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (also known as ZS-9 and being developed by ZS Pharma) and patriomer (developed by Relypsa). Both drugs treat high potassium by binding to it as they travel through the gut. If the drugs are approved — and longer-term tests are needed before that happens — they could change the way doctors treat kidney disease and heart failure. That’s because a high potassium level in the blood, or hyperkalemia, is a potentially deadly side effect of a specific class of drugs used for kidney and heart problems, called RAAS inhibitors. “Doctors are paranoid …

    November 24, 2014 12:47 am
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Entertainment

  • Doctor’s orders: Cher gets some bad news about her recent tour


    Cher reveals she is “really not a Cher fan” The “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” singer is suffering from a viral infection and doctors have advised her that the only way to make a full recovery is if she gets more rest. Cher has been battling this viral infection for quite some time now and was even forced to postpone some of her shows back in September and October as the infection ended up affecting her kidney function as well. According to Closer Weekly, via the Daily Mail, the singer even had to be briefly hospitalized before being released with a monitor to check her heart function. Cher’s choreographer alleges she favors white, blond dancers According to E! News, Cher is “totally devastated” by the news, and she has released a statement that reads, “Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. …

    November 24, 2014 12:27 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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