• New web data powers plan for police

    New web data powers plan for police

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 10:32 Home Secretary Theresa May says new powers are needed to tackle terrorism and child sexual exploitation A law forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was...
  • Maintaining a firm grip differs for men and women

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients’ risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study...
  • DSCC Announces 2016 Staff Roster

    By Emily Cahn Posted at 2:46 p.m. on Nov. 21 0 Tweet Tester was appointed DSCC chairman Nov. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions...
  • Afghan MPs approve security pact

    Afghan MPs approve security pact

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 10:07 US and other international troops have been handing over to their Afghan counterparts The lower house of the Afghan parliament has overwhelmingly approved a security agreement allowing US...
  • Matsuyama wins Dunlop Phoenix

    Miyazaki, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) – Hideki Matsuyama topped Hiroshi Iwata on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Dunlop Phoenix. Matsuyama, who won for the sixth time on the Japan Golf Tour, closed with...
  • US and Turkey discuss IS and Syria

    US and Turkey discuss IS and Syria

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 18:39 Mr Biden (left) said he and Mr Erdogan discussed the crises in Iraq and Syria in “considerable detail” US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Headline News

  • Rhodes Trust names 32 US students to receive full scholarships to pursue studies at Oxford


    WASHINGTON –  The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes scholars and will enter Oxford University next October. The winners were selected from 877 applicants endorsed by 305 different colleges and universities. The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rhodes scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes. The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 80 scholars are selected annually. The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year. ___ Online: www.rhodesscholar.org

    November 23, 2014 4:14 am
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Politics

  • DSCC Announces 2016 Staff Roster


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 2:46 p.m. on Nov. 21 0 Tweet Tester was appointed DSCC chairman Nov. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions for the 2016 cycle. Many of the key staffers have previously worked for incoming DSCC Chairman Jon Tester of Montana, who is tasked with helping win back a Democratic majority. The party would need to net five seats to ensure a majority if Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu loses the runoff next month in Louisiana. Tester Chief of Staff Tom Lopach, who was the DSCC national finance director in the 2008 cycle, will serve as executive director of the committee. Preston Elliott, who managed Tester’s 2012 campaign and most recently led Sen. Kay Hagan’s failed re-election bid in North Carolina, will serve as deputy executive director. Valerie Chraca Friedman will come on as national finance director after running her own …

    November 23, 2014 4:34 am
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Stocks

  • Comcast to let customers track and rate technicians with new app


      Comcast, a company known and reviled for its customer service horror stories, it trying out a new app that will allow customers to track and rate its technicians. In a blog post, Comcast (CMCSA) said it will begin trials in the suburbs of Boston that will send alerts to customers about 30 minutes before a technician is due to arrive at their homes. “We’re hoping this will prevent our customers from just needing to sit at home and wait,” said Charlie Herrin, Comcast’s head of customer experience. “If we are running late, which can happen if our tech gets tied up at someone else’s house, we will let folks know that too, and provide real-time status updates so they can plan accordingly.” The app also has a “rate the experience” feature so that customers can rate the quality of service they received. “If the experience isn’t what it should have been, customers can let …

    November 22, 2014 11:29 pm
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Sports

  • Matsuyama wins Dunlop Phoenix


    Miyazaki, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) – Hideki Matsuyama topped Hiroshi Iwata on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Dunlop Phoenix. Matsuyama, who won for the sixth time on the Japan Golf Tour, closed with a 1- under 70 at Phoenix Country Club. Iwata fired an 8-under 63 to force a playoff as they ended at 15-under-par 269. On the front nine, Matsuyama had two birdies and two bogeys to turn at minus-14. He birdied the par-3 11th, but trouble loomed. Matsuyama stumbled to bogeys at 15 and 16, but he rebounded with birdies on the final two holes to force the playoff. Iwata poured in three consecutive birdies from the fifth and again from the 12th to jump to 13-under. Iwata birdied 16 and 18 to post 15-under, then waited and watched as Matsuyama joined him there. Jordan Spieth (69) and Brendan Jones (69) shared third place at minus-14. In- Hoi Hur closed with …

    November 23, 2014 4:14 am
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World News

  • Afghan MPs approve security pact


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 10:07 US and other international troops have been handing over to their Afghan counterparts The lower house of the Afghan parliament has overwhelmingly approved a security agreement allowing US and Nato troops to remain in the country. The deals provide legal protection for troops serving under a new Nato mission due to begin after combat operations formally end on 31 December. The agreements still need to be ratified by the Afghan upper house. Sunday’s approval comes a day after US officials said their troops would still be able to target the Taliban in 2015. The lower house approved the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by 152 votes to five. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had signed the agreements with the US and Nato in September, after his predecessor Hamid Karzai refused. Parliamentary approval is an important step forward, the BBC’s Richard Galpin reports from …

    November 23, 2014 4:14 am
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Technology

  • New web data powers plan for police


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 10:32 Home Secretary Theresa May says new powers are needed to tackle terrorism and child sexual exploitation A law forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time is to be outlined by Theresa May. The home secretary said the measure would improve national security. Under the Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill, providers would have to hold on to data linking devices to users. But campaigners warned it could see the revival of the so-called “snoopers’ charter” – a previous attempt to bring in wide-ranging web monitoring powers. The new measure, which is expected to be introduced to the Commons this week, would help police to identify suspects via a computer or mobile device’s individual Internet Protocol (IP) address. Each device has such an address, but they can change – such as when a modem is switched off and …

    November 23, 2014 4:35 am
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Science

  • A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays


    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light. Polarizers are indispensable in digital photography and LCD displays, but they block enormous amounts of light, wasting energy and making it more difficult to photograph in low light. The Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers created the filter by etching a silicon wafer with nanoscale pillars and holes using a focused gallium-ion beam. This new concept in light filtering can perform the same function as a standard polarizer but allows up to nearly 30 percent more light to pass through, says U electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon. The study is being published in November’s issue of Optica, a new journal from The Optical Society. Sunlight as well as most ambient …

    November 23, 2014 12:50 am
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Health

  • Maintaining a firm grip differs for men and women


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients’ risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study suggests. Using data from the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging, researchers found gender differences in potential reasons why men and women lose their ability to maintain a firm grip. A strong grip is helpful for activities of daily living. Carrying grocery bags, lifting cartons of milk or juice, holding securely onto railings – all require a good grip. Grip strength, which has been shown to be an indicator of overall muscle strength, is often used as a marker of physical functioning and biological vitality, lead author Ola Sternang told Reuters Health. Chandra Reynolds, a psychologist on Sternang’s team, said grip strength has been associated with falls and can be predictive of risk for dying. For the men in their study, …

    November 23, 2014 4:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Johnny Depp’s drunken speech has everyone worried: Is he going to rehab?


    Depp gave an introduction speech at the Hollywood Film Awards last week for Shep Gordon, the subject of the Mike Myers documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which won the Hollywood Documentary Award. And the speech was weird: it saw Depp slurring, swaying and looking completely out of it, and while some fans have paid no notice to it because Depp is known for his unconventional ways, others are worried. Here’s how Johnny Depp’s street cred just went through the roof (VIDEO) And according to Star magazine, via the Hollywood Gossip, the actor’s fiancée Amber Heard is one of those people. Heard and Depp got engaged earlier this year and they seem completely smitten with each other, so it is worrying to know that he may be driving her away because of this. “This reflects really badly on her, and she’s not happy about it,” the source claims. “There’s chatter in Johnny’s camp about …

    November 23, 2014 4:14 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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