• Doctors side with Australia asylum baby

    Doctors side with Australia asylum baby

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests have been held around Australia in recent weeks against the government’s offshore detention policy Protesters have gathered at an Australian hospital to support doctors that have refused to discharge...
  • Ex-Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies at 50

    Ex-Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies at 50

    Trifon Ivanov helped Bulgaria to a World Cup semi-final in 1994 Former Bulgaria defender Trifon Ivanov has died at the age of 50. He played 76 times for his country, helping Bulgaria reach the World...
  • Russia ‘must stop Syria civilian bombing’

    Russia ‘must stop Syria civilian bombing’

    Image copyright AP Image caption Russia denies it jets have targeted civilians in Syria French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on Russia to stop hitting civilians in air raids in Syria. Mr Valls said...
  • I’m 2-0 up against cancer

    I’m 2-0 up against cancer

    Johan Cruyff, pictured with former Netherlands captain Ruud Gullit, ended his last spell as a manager with the Catalonia national team in 2013 Netherlands great and former Barcelona boss Johan Cruyff says he is “2-0...
  • 10 stocks we love — especially in this market

    10 stocks we love — especially in this market

    This Valentine’s Day, investors are far more interested in finding nice, stable companies they can depend on rather than sexy growth plays that may sweep you off your feet but ultimately break your heart. We...
  • Texas recommends court ban on bite mark evidence

    AUSTIN, Texas –  Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will...

Headline News

  • Two Washington state boys missing since August found safe in Mexico


    Two Washington state brothers who were allegedly abducted by their mother last summer were found safe in Mexico and were returned to their father, federal authorities said late Friday. The FBI said in a statement the missing boys, Sage Cook, 15 and Isaac Cook, 9, of Bellevue, were found in Mexico’s Sinaloa state. “This evening, they returned to Washington with their father, David Cook, and stepmother, Helen Cook, after being reunited in Mexico earlier today,” the FBI said in the release, according to KCPQ-TV. King County Superior Court issued a warrant for the arrest for Faye Hsin-I Ku, 41, the mother of the boys, in September 2015. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Ku last month after she was charged with international parental kidnapping. According to the Los Angeles Times in October, the FBI believes Ku may have forged a court order for a supervised visit which led to David Cook sending the children …

    February 13, 2016 6:42 am
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Politics

  • Former Virginia Governor Gilmore drops Republican presidential bid


    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore ended his long-shot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Friday after dismal showings in the first two contests in the race. Gilmore announced his decision to quit the race in a Facebook post. His departure leaves six candidate vying for the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, with the next contest on Feb. 20 in South Carolina. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and has a double-digit lead in opinion polls over Texas Senator Ted Cruz for South Carolina contest, according to a Real Clear Politics average of polls. Gilmore, 66, entered the race in July but he made few campaign appearances by comparison to his rivals, and his candidacy never gained traction. He managed vote totals of less than 1 percent in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month and the New Hampshire primary. Gilmore, who briefly sought the 2008 Republican nomination …

    February 13, 2016 5:01 am
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Stocks

  • 10 stocks we love — especially in this market


    This Valentine’s Day, investors are far more interested in finding nice, stable companies they can depend on rather than sexy growth plays that may sweep you off your feet but ultimately break your heart. We get it. Risk is a dirty word in a market where investors are scared that this year could be another 2008. Luckily, we’ve just run our annual Stocks We Love screen, which scans for companies with solid track records that should be able to quickly bounce back once the market bears go back into hibernation. These stocks also offer enough growth potential to do well over the long haul. We looked for companies with reasonable valuations that are expected to post double digit earnings increases this year and for the next few years. Related: Markets may be tanking but the U.S. economy isn’t Our stock sweethearts also needed to have healthy balance sheets and a willingness to reward investors when …

    February 13, 2016 5:42 am
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Sports

  • Ex-Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies at 50


    Trifon Ivanov helped Bulgaria to a World Cup semi-final in 1994 Former Bulgaria defender Trifon Ivanov has died at the age of 50. He played 76 times for his country, helping Bulgaria reach the World Cup in 1994 and 1998 and qualify for the European Championship in 1996. The centre-back’s playing career included spells at CSKA Sofia, Real Betis and Rapid Vienna. “Trifon Ivanov will remain in the history of Bulgarian football as one of the best defenders,” a Bulgarian Football Union statement said.

    February 13, 2016 6:42 am
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World News

  • Doctors side with Australia asylum baby


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests have been held around Australia in recent weeks against the government’s offshore detention policy Protesters have gathered at an Australian hospital to support doctors that have refused to discharge a baby facing deportation to a detention camp. The Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane said the year-old girl will not be released “until a suitable home environment is identified”. The daughter of asylum-seeker parents suffered serious burns at an immigration camp on Nauru island. The government says its controversial offshore detention policy is necessary. It is aimed at preventing asylum seekers trying to reach Australia on unseaworthy boats. Ellen Roberts, a spokeswoman for campaign group GetUp, said protesters were “standing in solidarity” with the baby’s parents – who are in Brisbane – and the hospital. “We are calling on [Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull to do the right thing and let the family stay,” she told Reuters. Image copyright Brent Cue …

    February 13, 2016 6:42 am
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Technology

  • Five things we love: from a one-man band to an unforgettable umbrella


    Laser-tag game that zaps up a shield or ‘bot’ assistants This new addition to the noisy world of laser tag claims to occupy “the third space between the screen-dominated indoors and the vanishing outdoors”, which means that it has all the hysterical trigger-happiness of a multiplayer first-person shooter without the risk of obesity and bedsores. Comprising a garish electronic tunic and a wrist-mounted gun, what sets the SuperSuit apart from its rivals is a collection of outlandish features, including the use of remote control “bots”, and the ability to create a shield by waving your hand in a figure-of-eight. £140 will buy you enough gear for two players when the game is released later this year. Let your talent shine as a one-man band Zoom Arq featues 468 instrument sounds and a record button “Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin’ ship,” sang Bob Dylan, anticipating the Zoom Arq by a good half …

    February 13, 2016 5:22 am
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Science

  • Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals


    Related images(click to enlarge) Children’s singer and songwriter Raffi may have brought beluga whales into popular culture with his 1980 song “Baby Beluga,” but surprisingly little is actually known about the life and ecology of these elusive marine mammals that live in some of the world’s most remote, frigid waters. Two distinct populations spend winters in the Bering Sea, then move north as sea ice melts and open water allows them passage into the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. There they feast on Arctic cod, frequently diving to depths of 200 to 300 meters — and sometimes over 900 meters (0.5 miles) — to find food. As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it’s important to understand belugas’ baseline behavior, argue the authors of a new paper published this winter in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. Its authors drew upon …

    February 13, 2016 4:01 am
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Health

  • Brazil reports more microcephaly cases under investigation


    SAO PAULO Brazil’s health ministry on Friday reported 4,314 suspected and confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect causing an abnormally small head in newborns, up from 4,074 cases on Feb. 2. Of those, 462 were confirmed as microcephaly and 41 were determined to be linked to the Zika virus that has spread rapidly through the Americas but is most common in Brazil. (Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    February 13, 2016 4:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Melissa Gorga’s Daughter Takes Over NYFW: Was Teresa Giudice There?


    Melissa Gorga has been keeping a low profile since Teresa Giudice was sent away to serve a year behind bars. She’s tried to visit her sister-in-law in prison, but Teresa didn’t put her on the visitor’s list. And given how their past discussions have worked out, it makes sense that Guidice only wanted to see her children. But are they close friends now? According to a new report, Melissa Gorga’s daughter walked in a New York Fashion Week runway show, and Teresa was right there to support her niece. Apparently, Melissa’s children took the runway at the Rookie USA Presents Kids Rock! Fall 2016 fashion show. All three of Melissa and Joe Gorga’s children, Antonia, Gino, and Joey, took the runway and they all rocked it. And while Teresa’s children were not in the fashion show, she could come out and support. Here she is! #NYFW my baby girl❤️ A photo posted by Melissa Gorga …

    February 13, 2016 5:22 am
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Editorial

  • A love letter to my sister Susan G. Komen on Valentine’s Day


    Dear Suzy, Every year since you passed away in 1980, I’ve written a letter thanking you for having been the most wonderful sister, and the inspiration for taking me on a meaningful life’s journey in patient advocacy and philanthropy. It’s amazing to think how young we were then when you first told me “this time the lump was different,” and a few years later, as you were dying from metastatic breast cancer, you made me promise that I would do everything I could to end breast cancer forever. I’ve worked hard to keep that promise.  In 1982 I founded Susan G. Komen (SGK) in your honor and over the years it grew to be the largest breast cancer charity in the world, raising more than $2.6 billion for breast cancer research, community health outreach and screening, patient advocacy, and numerous related programs in more than 30 countries. In 1984 I too was diagnosed with breast cancer, …

    February 13, 2016 3:21 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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