• Yelp is really struggling

    Yelp is really struggling

    Yelp is struggling to get a positive review from Wall Street. And it’s failing. The popular restaurant and shopping review site took a loss of $22 million in the fourth quarter last year, marking the...
  • Trump and Sanders: Why do so many Americans find them appealing?

    America is witnessing a political Supernova—voter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—because both political parties have failed ordinary folks. To listen to the Obama administration and its apologists in the media, Americans are witnessing...
  • Shelvey ‘best-value buy in January’

    Shelvey ‘best-value buy in January’

    Jonjo Shelvey (left) has been capped four times by England Newcastle’s £12m purchase of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study. Analysis from the CIES...
  • Hillary Clinton’s problem with women

    Hillary Clinton’s problem with women

    Image copyright Reuters “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” says former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The comment was supposed to help Hillary Clinton but it has also...
  • Migration dominates German carnival

    Migration dominates German carnival

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption A carnival float shows German chancellor Angela Merkel on a boat being overturned by a ‘refugee wave’. It is carnival season in Germany and amid the brightly coloured floats and...
  • Celtic face Morton after cup re-draw

    Celtic face Morton after cup re-draw

    Media playback is not supported on this device Scottish Cup draw halted after error Celtic will host Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals after a malfunction with the original draw saw them avoid a...
  • Dozens injured when bus overturns in Connecticut

    (CNN)About 30 to 40 people have been injured after a bus overturned Monday near Madison, Connecticut, a hospital said. The Yale-New Haven Hospital in Madison told CNN it is expecting 30 to 40 patients, including...
  • ‘No police role’ in student’s death

    ‘No police role’ in student’s death

    Image copyright AP Image caption People who were searching for Giulio Regeni posted this image online Egypt’s interior minister has rejected accusations that security forces were involved in the killing of an Italian student in...

Headline News

  • Hillary Clinton’s problem with women


    Image copyright Reuters “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” says former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The comment was supposed to help Hillary Clinton but it has also exposed her problem appealing to women voters. An email has just popped into my inbox from Hillary Clinton, asking “Are you by my side?” Well of course I don’t have a vote in this race, but it’s a question she should be asking the young women who do. Because there she has problems. And they’re serious. She may have left millions of cracks in the glass ceiling when she ran to become the first female US president eight years ago, but it hasn’t shattered yet – and it might not do so in 2016. I’m sure a lot of people outside the US will look at this and reach for one word – misogyny. And yes, in the bars and …

    February 8, 2016 2:37 pm
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Politics

  • Obama, Italy’s Mattarella discuss fight against Islamic State in Libya


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met on Monday in the White House and discussed efforts to work together to combat the Islamic State in Libya. During a meeting in the Oval Office, Obama and Mattarella talked about the need to help Libya form a united government. “That will allow us to help them build up their security capacity and to push back against efforts by ISIL to gain a foothold in that country,” Obama told reporters after the meeting, using an acronym for Islamic State. Islamic State forces have attacked Libya’s oil infrastructure and taken control of the city of Sirte, exploiting a power vacuum in the North African country where two rival governments have been battling for supremacy. Obama and Mattarella also discussed the refugee crisis facing Europe and the situation in Iraq and Syria. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    February 8, 2016 12:37 pm
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Stocks

  • Yelp is really struggling


    Yelp is struggling to get a positive review from Wall Street. And it’s failing. The popular restaurant and shopping review site took a loss of $22 million in the fourth quarter last year, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of losses. In the same quarter of 2014, it posted a profit of $32 million. Yelp (YELP) disappointed on another key metric watched by investors: earnings before interest, taxes and other key costs, a yardstick known as EBITDA. Yelp was expected to make over $21 million in these earnings but it only made $17.5 million. That miss — along with a rough day in markets overall — sent Yelp’s stock off a cliff Monday afternoon, down 13%. Related: Yelp’s sales continue to slow down Yelp’s stock hit an all-time high of $101 nearly two years ago. Now the stock trades for a mere $15 a share. Its earnings were unexpectedly posted earlier than expected Monday afternoon due …

    February 8, 2016 2:57 pm
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Sports

  • Shelvey ‘best-value buy in January’


    Jonjo Shelvey (left) has been capped four times by England Newcastle’s £12m purchase of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study. Analysis from the CIES Football Observatory says the 23-year-old England international is worth £23.5m. Its data suggests Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande paid £18.43m too much when they spent £31m on Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez. Bournemouth are said to have overspent on £7m Norwich striker Lewis Grabban. According to the CIES research team, which analyses transfers in Europe’s big five leagues, that was more than £6m too much. The study also suggested Newcastle overpaid by £5.4m when they spent £12m signing England winger Andros Townsend from Tottenham. That move went through on 27 January, the same day Chinese club Jiangsu Suning signed Brazil midfielder Ramires. The 28-year-old moved in a deal believed to be worth about £25m, which the CIES study claims is more …

    February 8, 2016 2:37 pm
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World News

  • Migration dominates German carnival


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption A carnival float shows German chancellor Angela Merkel on a boat being overturned by a ‘refugee wave’. It is carnival season in Germany and amid the brightly coloured floats and giant papier mache figures, some displays linked to Europe’s migrant crisis have provoked controversy. In a country that is struggling with a record influx of migrants and refugees, it is perhaps unsurprising that this has dominated, but concerns have also been raised about the limits of satire. One of the most shared images came from a carnival in a small municipality in southern Germany that featured a tank labelled “asylum defence” (“Asylabwehr”). Image copyright Florian Simbeck Florian Simbeck, a German comedian and local politician, posted a picture of Sunday’s display of the tank at a parade in the municipality of Steinkirchen in southern Germany. It was shared more than 2,500 times and started a debate about the morality of the …

    February 8, 2016 2:37 pm
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Technology

  • Apple under pressure as lawyers pledge action over ‘Error 53’ codes


    Apple has come under pressure to scrap its controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded, following a global consumer backlash and claims the company could be acting illegally. At least one firm of US lawyers said it hopes to bring a class action against the technology giant on behalf of victims whose £500 phones have been rendered worthless by an Apple software upgrade. Related: ‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6 In the UK, a barrister told the Guardian that Apple’s “reckless” policy of effectively killing people’s iPhones following the software upgrade could potentially be viewed as an offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. The act makes it an offence to intentionally destroy the property of another. The Guardian revealed on Friday how thousands of iPhone 6 users found an iOS software upgrade permanently disabled their phone, which was left displaying an …

    February 8, 2016 12:57 pm
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Science

  • Umea University researchers help Europe fight spread of Zika virus


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden help assess the risk that Zika will spread to Europe by describing the transmission season, areas at risk and intervention strategies. By using previous knowledge on Dengue, they are now strategizing on how Zika can be controlled. “From a European perspective, the best immediate response to Zika is to help prevent the spread of the virus where the outbreak takes place,” says Joacim Rocklöv, epidemiologist at the Department of Public Health and Clinical medicine at Umeå University. As Europe responds to the global threat of the Zika virus, a team of leading experts on Dengue and other mosquito-borne viruses are providing crucial expertise. Dengue and Zika viruses are carried by some of the same mosquito types and also share a number of characteristics in terms of how viral infections manifest. Therefore, what the scientific community already knows about Dengue will be key in efforts to …

    February 8, 2016 11:36 am
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Health

  • Drop in prostate cancer screening reveals split among doctors


    (Reuters Health) – – After U.S. guidelines advised against routine tests, declines in prostate cancer screening have been sharper among primary care doctors than urologists, according to a new study that suggests the medical community remains divided over the best way to look for these tumors. In late 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel of independent physicians, recommended against routine prostate cancer tests for all men. They cited concerns that widespread screening often caught harmless tumors that didn’t need treatment and led to unnecessary procedures with side effects like impotence and incontinence. The next year, testing rates for prostate cancer among men aged 50 to 74 years old dropped to about 16 percent among primary care physicians, from roughly 37 percent in 2010 before new guidelines took effect. But among urologists, use of the test for a substance in the blood called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) decreased only about 4 percentage …

    February 8, 2016 12:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Daniel Bryan Will Announce His Retirement On RAW


    Daniel Bryan announced on Twitter that he will retire from the WWE Monday night on Raw.  Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude — Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016 There is always the chance that Bryan’s retirement is part of a storyline and not actually real.  Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com reports that Bryan “did give notice [to WWE] and was told he did not have the right to give notice.” Meltzer says that Bryan was not allowed to give notice to WWE. His contract has been frozen due to his injury. It’s a provision in wrestlers legal contracts with the WWE, which helps the company make up lost time when a talent is injured.   Bryan suffered a concussion in early 2015. He was cleared by doctors to return to work but he was unable to be cleared by the WWE and …

    February 8, 2016 1:17 pm
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Editorial

  • Trump and Sanders: Why do so many Americans find them appealing?


    America is witnessing a political Supernova—voter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—because both political parties have failed ordinary folks. To listen to the Obama administration and its apologists in the media, Americans are witnessing the second age of Pericles. The economy has added jobs for 64 straight months, unemployment at 4.9 percent is approaching pre-recession lows, and nominal wages are rising again. Prairie muffins! During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, jobs growth was twice the pace President Obama has accomplished, and the official unemployment rate is so low because 7 million American men ages 25 to 54 have quit looking for work altogether and don’t get counted. No surprise, family incomes, after accounting for inflation, are down $1,650 on Obama’s watch, and the averages hardly tell the whole story. Bankers and corporate elites are doing great—look at what Marissa Mayer pays herself to run Yahoo into the ground—but most young people are taking a terrible beating—in …

    February 8, 2016 2:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India


    CHENNAI Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years. Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite and awarded 100,000 rupees ($1,470) in compensation to his family. “A meteorite fell within the college premises,” Jayalalithaa said. The man “sustained serious injuries and died while on the way to the hospital”. Jayalalithaa, a former film star, left tight-lipped local officials struggling to explain the mystery blast at the engineering college that left a small crater and broke windows. The bus driver was standing on a patch of grass near the college cafeteria when he was killed, while two gardeners and a student were injured, officials said. A dark blue stone resembling a diamond was found at the …

    February 8, 2016 7:56 am
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