• A troubled year for American football

    A troubled year for American football

    Image copyright Getty Images The Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl 50 – a historic milestone that an estimated 115 million fans are expected to tune in for. It promises...
  • Sangin ‘on verge of falling to Taliban’

    Sangin ‘on verge of falling to Taliban’

    Image copyright AP Image caption Afghan forces now control just a few square kilometres of Sangin City, the BBC understands The key district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand is once again...
  • Five things we already knew

    Five things we already knew

    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Scotland 9-15 England A familiar post-match article in this digital era is the ‘Five things we have learned’ formula. We’ve all done it – treating a...
  • Rise in online dating rape reports

    Rise in online dating rape reports

    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption More than nine million people in the UK have signed up to dating websites The number of people reporting being raped by someone they met on a dating app or...
  • Zika virus fails to spoil carnival

    Zika virus fails to spoil carnival

    Image copyright AP Image caption Mosquito nets costumes have been popular in Recife’s carnival Millions of people across Brazil have joined the first day of the annual carnival festivities despite concerns about the outbreak of...

Headline News

  • A troubled year for American football


    Image copyright Getty Images The Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl 50 – a historic milestone that an estimated 115 million fans are expected to tune in for. It promises to be quite a celebration, but it comes at the end of a troubled 12 months for the National Football League. From the rumbling fallout from the so-called Deflategate debacle to the ongoing questions about the long-term health effect of head trauma, it has been a tough 2015 for the sport’s administrators. BBC News asked four sports ethicists and historians to weigh in on the moral standing of the NFL on the eve of its 50th championship. 1. Concussions and player health This year, the issue of head trauma and the possible link to serious cognitive issues in former players hit the big screen in the film, Concussion. The film told the story of the doctor who originally linked a …

    February 7, 2016 1:47 am
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Politics

  • Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls say Zika quarantine may be needed


    MANCHESTER, N.H. Two Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls said on Saturday they would implement quarantines of travelers if necessary to stop the spread of the Zika virus. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who garnered international attention in 2014 when he quarantined a nurse who returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients, said he would not hesitate to do it again. “You bet I would,” Christie said during a debate in New Hampshire with other Republican contenders for the White House. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said using a quarantine is “not a simple issue” but if there was evidence that Zika infection is spreading, he too would utilize a quarantine. The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes, which transmit it to humans. Two suspected cases of sexual transmission in the United States also raise questions about other ways that Zika may spread. The virus is affecting large parts of Latin American and the Caribbean. …

    February 7, 2016 12:27 am
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Stocks

  • Bernie Sanders and ‘SNL’ debut ‘Bern Your Enthusiasm’


    “Saturday Night Live” finally proved that Bernie Sanders and Larry David aren’t the same person. The Democratic presidential candidate appeared alongside Larry David in a sketch that found the two on the Titanic. David’s character argued that women and children shouldn’t be let off the sinking ship first, and got into argument with Sanders’ character Bernie Sanderswitsky. “I hate to pull this, but my father is rich… technically my life is worth more than all of yours put together,” David said. Sanderswitsky fired back. “I am so sick of the 1% getting this preferential treatment,” Sanders said as he arrived on the set to big applause. “Enough is enough! We need to unite and work together if we’re all going to get through this.” “Sounds like socialism to me,” David said. “Democratic socialism,” Sanderswitsky corrected him. However, the standout Sanders sketch of the night was “SNL’s “Bern Your Enthusiasm,” which was a riff on David’s …

    February 7, 2016 12:47 am
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Sports

  • Five things we already knew


    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Scotland 9-15 England A familiar post-match article in this digital era is the ‘Five things we have learned’ formula. We’ve all done it – treating a game as a sporting education, pulling out the pearls so we can all feel much wiser afterwards. Except sometimes we learn nothing. Sometimes what we see is exactly what we would expect to see, because it’s exactly the same as the last time, and the time before that. So it was with Scotland v England at Murrayfield on Saturday evening. For all the talk of an Eddie Jones revolution, this was the old guard and the old order. For all the talk of a Scottish rebirth, this was the same character struggling in the same fashion. Five things we have learned? Maybe another time. Welcome to Five Things We Already Knew. 1.England have great strength in depth England’s five second-half …

    February 7, 2016 1:47 am
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World News

  • Sangin ‘on verge of falling to Taliban’


    Image copyright AP Image caption Afghan forces now control just a few square kilometres of Sangin City, the BBC understands The key district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand is once again on the verge of being overrun by the Taliban, according to an Afghan army commander. The commander, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC that most of the district had already been taken. He said the Afghan government now controls just a few square kilometres of Sangin city, the provincial capital. Even those few remaining areas are now under imminent threat, he warned. Almost a quarter of British military personnel killed during the UK’s combat mission in Afghanistan died defending Sangin. There were reports in December last year that the district was almost entirely in Taliban hands but since then the Afghan government has sent in reinforcements. Government officials have repeatedly asserted that, despite the continuing Taliban assault, Sangin …

    February 7, 2016 1:47 am
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Technology

  • Rise in online dating rape reports


    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption More than nine million people in the UK have signed up to dating websites The number of people reporting being raped by someone they met on a dating app or website has risen six-fold in five years, official figures show. There were 184 rape allegations in 2014, up from 33 in 2009, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. It said 85% of the rape victims were women and of these, 42% were aged 20 to 29 and 24% were between 40 and 49. The agency said it was concerned the number may be under-reported, and it encouraged victims to come forward. More than nine million people in the UK have signed up to dating websites. ‘Make people aware’ Sean Sutton of the NCA’s Serious Crime Analysis Section said further work was needed to understand the increase, but the team was considering whether this could include: The fact that people feel …

    February 7, 2016 12:47 am
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Science

  • Radar reveals the hidden secrets of wombat warrens


    Related images(click to enlarge) For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Adelaide have been able to non-invasively study the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from ground-penetrating radar. Despite being the faunal emblem of South Australia, very little is known about the burrowing habits of the southern hairy-nosed wombat. As part of a larger study into wombat conservation, Mr Michael Swinbourne, PhD candidate in the University’s School of Biological Sciences, set out to test a new way of mapping wombat warrens. His research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Research. “A major problem we are grappling with is understanding just how many wombats there are and whether their numbers are increasing or decreasing,” Mr Swinbourne says. “At the moment we use satellite imagery to count the warrens and then use that information to estimate the numbers of wombats living inside. This method isn’t perfect because we don’t …

    February 6, 2016 11:27 pm
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Health

  • CDC: Black Americans With HIV Still Less Likely to Get Ongoing Medical Care


    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While HIV diagnoses dropped significantly over the past decade in the United States, blacks with HIV are less likely than whites or Hispanics to receive routine, ongoing care, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2005 to 2014, annual HIV diagnoses fell 19 percent in the United States. Infections among black women dropped 42 percent during this period. Despite this progress in the fight against HIV, racial disparities persist, the CDC found. While black people make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for nearly half of all HIV diagnoses in 2014. “CDC has been working for many years to eliminate the HIV disparities that exist within the black community,” Dr. Eugene McCray, director of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said in an agency news release. “While we are seeing signs of success, we must continue our focus on prevention strategies …

    February 7, 2016 12:07 am
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Entertainment

  • McDonald’s Drops Toys From Happy Meals For Kids: What They’re Being Replaced With


    McDonald’s is removing toys from its Happy Meals and replacing them with a different treat for kids.The fast-food chain is dropping toys from the popular menu option and replacing them with books over the next few weeks. Yahoo reports that instead of a mini Hello Kitty or a “Star Wars” figurine in the next Happy Meal that your kids will receive, they’ll get a book. The promotion lasts until Feb. 15. McDonald’s Happy Meals will temporarily include a book instead of a plastic toy. McDonald’s plans to distribute more than 17 million children’s books to kids. There are four top titles of books that McDonald’s is handing out. They including Paddington, Pete the Cat, Clark the Shark Takes Heart, and Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse. Each book is specifically made to fit inside the trademark Happy Meal box. They are small paperbacks which measure about 4-by-5-inches in size. There will even be Spanish-language versions at some …

    February 7, 2016 1:07 am
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Editorial

  • Clinton vs. Sanders: Hillary shows weakness but Bernie is no Barack Obama


    Imagine Hillary Clinton’s relief, come Wednesday morning, when she no longer has to grovel before New Hampshire’s famously prickly primary electorate. It means no credibility leapfrogging as in 2008 when, following a third-place humiliation in Iowa, she told a New Hampshire debate audience: “I’m running on 35 years of change.” Or, on Thursday night in Durham, New Hampshire, with Clinton repeatedly invoking the Bin Laden raid – be it her hard work on behalf of President Obama — or her hard work, post-Obama, on the speech circuit. About Thursday night’s Democratic debate – the only time Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet before Tuesday’s Granite State primary, some observations: A Damsel. In Distress? Eight years ago in New Hampshire, Hillary’s back was against the wall: another decisive loss to Barack Obama and her campaign would come to an abrupt end. We remember it now as the week in which Hillary departed from …

    February 6, 2016 2:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin


    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm
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