• Kim sister given senior N Korea role

    Kim sister given senior N Korea role

    27 November 2014 Last updated at 05:03 Kim Yo-jong has been seen accompanying Kim Jong-un in official appearances The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been referred to as senior party official...
  • ‘No new grand jury’ in Ferguson case

    ‘No new grand jury’ in Ferguson case

    27 November 2014 Last updated at 05:21 Heavy snow swept across central and eastern states on Wednesday, including Ferguson The governor of Missouri has reportedly rejected calls for a new grand jury to decide whether...
  • AHS star Jyoti Amge has one complaint about her size

    7 Fresh theories about American Horror Story: Freak Show‘s Pepper The Indian actress happens to be the Guinness World Record holder for smallest woman — at 20 years old, she’s only 23 inches tall. “When...
  • Walmart workers vow big Black Friday protests

    Walmart workers vow big Black Friday protests

    Shoppers won’t be the only ones lined up outside some Walmart stores on Black Friday. Some aggrieved Walmart workers and their advocates have a slew of grievances. And for the third year in a row,...
  • Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defense was by no means a damage limitation...
  • Egyptian youths jailed over protests

    Egyptian youths jailed over protests

    26 November 2014 Last updated at 22:55 There have been numerous protests over the use of mass trials in Egypt in recent months A court in Egypt has sentenced 78 youth to up to five...

Headline News

  • ‘No new grand jury’ in Ferguson case


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 05:21 Heavy snow swept across central and eastern states on Wednesday, including Ferguson The governor of Missouri has reportedly rejected calls for a new grand jury to decide whether to charge a white police officer for killing a black teenager. It follows two days of unrest in St Louis and 12 other cities over a ruling not to charge Darren Wilson for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But demonstrations appeared to dwindle on Wednesday amid heavy snowfall on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. A handful of protesters remain in Ferguson, where Mr Brown was killed. The family of Michael Brown said they were left “crushed” by the ruling, which has triggered nationwide debates over relations between black communities and law enforcement. ‘Troops helpful’ A spokesman for state governor Jay Nixon said he would not entertain the idea of bringing in a special prosecutor to present the case …

    November 26, 2014 11:35 pm
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Politics

  • Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service to Republican Senator Jeff Sessions could provide a boost to him and other conservatives who are pushing for a December budget confrontation with Obama to try to stop his executive order overhauling the U.S. immigration system. A plan to deny such funds in a must-pass federal spending bill next month, as part of a Republican effort to fight Obama’s immigration move, could heighten the risk of another government shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a more moderate Republican, has argued against such a strategy, pushing instead for a spending bill that fully funds government agencies through September 2015. He has said that simply “defunding” immigration agencies would …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Stocks

  • Walmart workers vow big Black Friday protests


    Shoppers won’t be the only ones lined up outside some Walmart stores on Black Friday. Some aggrieved Walmart workers and their advocates have a slew of grievances. And for the third year in a row, they will air them on one of the busiest shopping days: Black Friday. Protesters are expected to gather outside 1,600 Walmart stores across the country as the retailer launches doorbuster deals. That would be more than ever before, according to organizers. Some demonstrations are planned for Wednesday, while others will take place on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. Among the bigger events are expected in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Tampa, Dallas, Denver and Sacramento. Walmart has 4,281 U.S. stores.   Some workers are expected to strike, walking off the job during their shift. They will be joined by teachers and other community leaders. The demonstrators are backed by groups like OUR Walmart, which has union ties. And they are …

    November 26, 2014 10:54 pm
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Sports

  • Louisville grinds past Cleveland State for Pitino’s 700th win


    Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Rick Pitino’s 700th career win didn’t come nearly as easy as No. 699. Two days after producing a 61-point blowout on its home court, sixth-ranked Louisville had to scratch and claw against Cleveland State for most of the night before eventually pulling away for a 45-33 victory. The Cardinals led just 38-33 with under six minutes left before ending the game on a 7-0 run to give Pitino the milestone result over a Cleveland State squad that lost in overtime Saturday to Savannah State, the team Louisville walloped by an 87-26 count Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. Montrezl Harrell led a Cardinals’ contingent that shot a troubling 31.9 percent for the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Jones added 11 points and Terry Rozier had nine along with a career-high 11 boards for Louisville (5-0). Trey Lewis kept the Vikings in it by pouring in 24 points, but …

    November 26, 2014 11:35 pm
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World News

  • Kim sister given senior N Korea role


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 05:03 Kim Yo-jong has been seen accompanying Kim Jong-un in official appearances The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been referred to as senior party official for the first time in state media. Kim Yo-jong, who is in her mid to late twenties, was identified as a vice-director of a department within the powerful Central Committee, KCNA said. Kim Jong-un is the third generation of the Kim family to rule North Korea. His aunt also had a prominent role in the party but disappeared after her husband was executed for treason. Observers say Kim Yo-jong could end up also playing a significant supportive leadership role. She was first seen publically at the funeral of her father, Kim Jong-il, in 2011. Since then she has on occasion been seen in political events and “field guidance trips” accompanying her brother but without any official title in the party. …

    November 26, 2014 11:35 pm
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Technology

  • Adam West: "If I didn’t love Batman, I’d be a little bit strange"


    Warner Bros. At 86 years of age, Adam West’s career in film and TV has spanned six decades. But if there’s one role he’ll always be best known for, it’s the eponymous Batman from the campy 1960s TV series. It’s a role that’s defined a lot of his career and one that he returns to in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, where he appears in a entire level that emulates the fun and feel of the TV show — complete with POW! and BAM! graphics. He voices himself in each level for a hidden “Adam West in Peril” where players need to find Adam. And if that wasn’t enough, the entire original Batman series has been completely remastered for Blu-ray, with West contributing heavily to the over three hours of never-before-seen additional content. CNET spoke with Adam West about the game and this wildly enduring goal. Back in 1968, did you think this character was …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Science

  • UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs


    Research connections: UK creates four Quantum Technology Hubs The UK government has announced that four universities – Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York – will serve as hubs in a £120m programme to explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how it can be used to develop new technologies. The four Quantum Technology Hubs, which will involve a total of 17 UK universities and 132 companies, will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The money comes from the £270m investment National Quantum Technologies Programme that was first announced in 2013 by UK chancellor George Osborne and will run across the next five years. Details of the funding package were unveiled today by Greg Clark, the UK’s minister of state for universities, science and cities, who says that quantum technologies “could support multi-billion-pound markets in the UK and globally”. Clark also announced that the National Physical Laboratory will receive £4m towards the creation of …

    November 26, 2014 10:15 pm
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Health

  • Uruguay pushes back start of marijuana sale in pharmacies


    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay could start selling marijuana in pharmacies in March, the head of the National Drugs Board said on Wednesday, although the government had initially been aiming for year-end. The South American country is the world’s first to permit the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while at the same regulating and even taxing its consumption. But a variety of hurdles are preventing the government from making its deadlines in implementing the measures passed into law last December. Even the plan to start selling marijuana in March, when President Jose Mujica leaves office, looks ambitious as the government is still tendering cultivation licenses. “It will be at the end of this term, the start of the next,” Julio Calzada, the secretary general of the National Drugs Board, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference. Uruguayan voters head to the polls on Sunday …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • AHS star Jyoti Amge has one complaint about her size


    7 Fresh theories about American Horror Story: Freak Show‘s Pepper The Indian actress happens to be the Guinness World Record holder for smallest woman — at 20 years old, she’s only 23 inches tall. “When people see me on TV, they become very happy because they don’t have to interact with me,” Jyoti told ET through a Hindi translator. “When they start interacting with me they ask me questions like I’m a baby or treat me like I’m a baby and hold me like I’m a baby, and that’s what they do wrong, really.” Amge is a newcomer on American Horror Story; she joined the cast as part of the current season, Freak Show. Her small stature is due to a kind of dwarfism called achondroplasia, ET reports. Let’s dissect the AHS Season 5 top hat theories, shall we? The young actress’ small size comes in handy for her role, which she said she enjoys. …

    November 26, 2014 11:35 pm
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Editorial

  • Immigration debate: What would George Washington do?


    As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we continue the tradition started by America’s early immigrants. Those intrepid settlers’ success creating a new society helped spur waves of immigration that continue to this day.  As we renew the debate over immigration policy, our history provides guidance for how we might effectively champion our immigrant heritage while promoting domestic prosperity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Since our beginning, we have struggled with whom to let in. Our nation’s first leaders took a rather practical stance – they welcomed only those who would benefit the nation. The Pilgrims’ tradition of Thanksgiving continued as the first fledgling settlements took root in the New World and flourished into the independent United States of the late 18th century. Whether they were descended from early colonists or were more recently off the boat, our founding generation enjoyed a unique heritage – their national DNA was comprised of individuals who had braved hardships in order to find a …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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