• Wiggins, Carter-Williams highlight Rising Stars rosters

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Reigning NBA Rookie the Year Michael Carter-Williams and Andrew Wiggins, the current favorite to win the award this season, highlight the selections for the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge. In a...
  • India sex-test ad ban for tech firms

    India sex-test ad ban for tech firms

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 17:16 A Republic Day parade float speaks up for India’s girls India’s Supreme Court has ordered internet giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block adverts for pre-birth tests that...
  • Facebook earnings beat expectations

    Facebook earnings beat expectations

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 21:16 Facebook reported fourth-quarter profits of $701m (£462m), a 34% increase on the same period a year ago. Advertising revenue grew by 53% to $3.59bn, with nearly 70% of...
  • Hornets’ Walker has surgery, out 6 weeks

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – The Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday that Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker is expected to be sidelined a minimum of six...
  • Cape Town honours last white ruler

    Cape Town honours last white ruler

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 19:07 FW de Klerk negotiated South Africa’s transition to democracy Cape Town’s city council has voted to rename a street after South Africa’s last white ruler despite opposition from...
  • Iran picks new United Nations envoy

    Iran picks new United Nations envoy

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 20:09 The United Nations is headquartered in New York Iran has selected a new envoy as ambassador to the United Nations in New York, less than one year after...
  • Andrew Sullivan bids farewell to blogging

    Andrew Sullivan bids farewell to blogging

    The Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan, whose name has become synonymous with blogging, said he will soon walk away from the medium after 15 years. His name has been synonymous with blogging for nearly 15 years....

Headline News

  • Facebook earnings beat expectations


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 21:16 Facebook reported fourth-quarter profits of $701m (£462m), a 34% increase on the same period a year ago. Advertising revenue grew by 53% to $3.59bn, with nearly 70% of that coming from mobile ad sales. The social networking giant said it now has 1.39 billion active users each month, a 13% increase from a year ago. “We got a lot done in 2014,” said Mark Zuckerberg in a statement accompanying earnings.

    January 28, 2015 3:31 pm
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Politics

  • Cuba’s Castro urges Obama to use executive powers to ease embargo


    SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to use executive powers to ease a decades-long embargo, and said he would not accept any pressures on Cuba’s internal affairs in talks with the United States. Castro said Obama could extend measures to soften the embargo like those announced for telecoms to the rest of the Cuban economy, telling a summit in Costa Rica he was aware that ending the embargo “will be a long and hard road”. (Reporting by Enrique Andres Pretel)

    January 28, 2015 1:48 pm
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Stocks

  • Andrew Sullivan bids farewell to blogging


    The Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan, whose name has become synonymous with blogging, said he will soon walk away from the medium after 15 years. His name has been synonymous with blogging for nearly 15 years. But on Wednesday, The Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan announced that he will “stop blogging in the near future.” Sullivan revealed his plans in a blog post, of course. He said it was “so hard” to publish the post, given his devotion to The Daily Dish and the audience he has built up over the years. He cited health reasons, though he said the decision is not related to HIV. (Sullivan was diagnosed with the virus more than 20 years ago.) Although he has worn the “blogger” label with pride, Sullivan has spoken frequently and candidly about the grueling nature of the medium. “I’ve had increasing health challenges these past few years. They’re not HIV-related; my doctor tells me they’re simply …

    January 28, 2015 2:09 pm
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Sports

  • Wiggins, Carter-Williams highlight Rising Stars rosters


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Reigning NBA Rookie the Year Michael Carter-Williams and Andrew Wiggins, the current favorite to win the award this season, highlight the selections for the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge. In a new format, 20 players will take part in the game as members of either the U.S. Team or World Team. The contest will be played on Feb. 13 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, two days before the NBA All-Star Game. Carter-Williams, the face of the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers, is averaging 15.3 points, 7.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. Wiggins, picked first overall in the 2014 draft, has improved his game after a slow start. In 14 January games, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward is averaging 19.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Joining Carter-Williams on the U.S. squad are 76ers teammate Nerlens Noel, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, Timberwolves teammates Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad, Utah’s Trey Burke, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, …

    January 28, 2015 3:32 pm
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World News

  • India sex-test ad ban for tech firms


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 17:16 A Republic Day parade float speaks up for India’s girls India’s Supreme Court has ordered internet giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block adverts for pre-birth tests that reveal a child’s sex. Such adverts are illegal in India because of the widespread underground practice of aborting female foetuses. This has led to a skewed gender ratio in much of India. The court was responding to a petition that noted that gender-test adverts are displayed on major search engines despite being illegal. Google and Microsoft had argued they were not advertising anything that violated Indian laws. The court said it would give a more detailed ruling in two weeks. Technology writer Prasanto K Roy told the BBC that enforcing the ban would be very difficult, if not impossible. “There are so many ways to get around filters and it will block the genuine stuff. For instance, filters normally would …

    January 28, 2015 3:31 pm
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Technology

  • Seven things we learned from Apple’s Q1 earnings call


    Apple CEO Tim Cook reported the company’s best quarter ever on Tuesday. James Martin/CNET Apple reported its biggest quarter ever on Tuesday, and CEO Tim Cook had a lot to be happy about during a call with analysts. Apple’s fiscal first quarter, which ended December 27, was an absolute blowout. Its earnings, revenue and margins smashed Wall Street expectations, and it posted its highest quarter ever for Mac and App Store revenue. But the iPhone far and away drove the results, with Apple selling more smartphones than ever before. Analysts published notes that called the quarter “stunning,” “outstanding” and “a monster.” One simply said, “Wow!” It “seems like the whole world wants an iPhone,” UBS analyst Steven Milunovich noted. Here’s what Cook had to say about Apple’s fiscal first quarter. It’s all about iPhone iPhone has been Apple’s top seller for years, but it became an even bigger part of the company’s revenue in the …

    January 28, 2015 1:50 pm
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Science

  • Spiky ‘hedgehog particles’ for safer paints, fewer VOC emissions


    A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations. Made by a team of University of Michigan engineers, the “hedgehog particles” are named for their bushy appearance under the microscope. Their development is detailed in a study published in the Jan. 29 issue of Nature. The new process modifies oily, or hydrophobic, particles, enabling them to disperse easily in water. It can also modify water-soluble, or hydrophilic, particles, enabling them to dissolve in oil or other oily chemicals. The unusual behavior of the hedgehog particles came as something of a surprise to the research team, says Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering. “We thought we’d made a mistake,” Kotov said. “We saw these particles that are supposed to hate water dispersing in it and we thought maybe the particles weren’t hydrophobic, …

    January 28, 2015 1:50 pm
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Health

  • Medtronic CoreValve safer than surgery in bypass patients: study


    (Reuters) – Medtronic’s CoreValve non-invasive aortic valve replacement system led to significantly fewer deaths than open heart surgery after one year in patients who had previously undergone coronary bypass procedures, according to data from a clinical trial. One year after a diseased valve was replaced using the CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system, 11.4 percent of high-risk patients had died or suffered a major stroke versus 21.8 percent among those who had the valve replaced surgically. There was no significant difference in major strokes alone, so most of the benefit seen in the combined data point came from a reduction in all cause mortality, researchers found. The data came from a sub-analysis of a larger trial of high risk heart patients, and looked only at the 226 who had previously undergone coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, known as CABG. “The CoreValve System demonstrated important clinical advantages, including faster recovery compared to surgical valve replacement, …

    January 28, 2015 1:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kate Hudson And Goldie Hawn Look Less-Than Glamorous After Mother/Daughter Trip To Paris


    Posted on Wed Jan 28th, 2015 11:43am PDT       By X17 Staff Frizzy hair! Wrinkled clothes! Tired Faces! Kate Hudson and mom Goldie Hawn’s travel outfits are a far cry from the stunning looks they wore the Versace show during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday. The mother/daughter duo landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night after a trip to the City of Love. While there, newly single 35-year-old made headlines when she wore a daring, cut-out Versace dress to the label’s runway show on Sunday night. We haven’t seen any pics of Kate with lovahboy, fellow tow-head Derek Hough, in a couple of weeks — maybe that fling is done?   SEE THE GALLERY Goldie Hawn And Kate Hudson Are Not So Glamorous Stories from around the Web

    January 28, 2015 2:09 pm
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Editorial

  • It’s the patriotism, stupid. What liberal critics don’t get about "American Sniper"


    There’s no denying it. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has struck a chord with the American people, and did so by tapping into the deepest civic values we have as Americans – duty, honor, fidelity, courage, love for country…and a love for others. However, no war movie can live on the big screen without a spew of liberal backlash, and this film is no different. Criticism has come quickly from Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and other Hollywood leftists. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Thankfully, some things speak louder than cowardly tweets—like the more than $200 million in ticket sales the movie has raked in just one week. In fact, the new war film featuring Bradley Cooper as well-known Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle, is on pace to become the top-grossing war film of all time. As much as the left would like you to believe it, Chris Kyle was not a bloodthirsty warmonger; he …

    January 28, 2015 1:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Zombie or miracle, Florida cat claws his way back from the dead


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – A cat in Florida is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart the cat is recovering from a broken jaw and facial injuries, said the agency, which posted on Twitter images of his successful surgery on Tuesday. One of his eyes was wounded so badly it had to be removed. The Humane Society is calling him a “miracle cat,” while Bart’s ordeal earned him the nickname “zombie cat” on social media. Bart’s seemingly lifeless body was buried after he was hit by a car earlier this month, local media said. Five days later, he showed up alive in a neighbor’s yard, according to a blog post by the Humane Society. He was brought to the agency by his owner, who could not afford medical …

    January 28, 2015 1:50 pm
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