• Heady days of 2012 a distant memory for struggling RG3

    (Reuters) – A little over two years ago, Robert Griffin III embarked on his rookie season in the National Football League under a heavy weight of expectation as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. The player nicknamed...
  • Ebola vaccine trial results promising, says manufacturer

    Preliminary results from trials in human volunteers of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates are promising, according to the British drug company manufacturing it. GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine, developed with the National Institutes of Health in...
  • 2 men stopped at NYC airports over guns

    Two people were stopped at New York City airports Wednesday after trying to bring weapons aboard airplanes, authorities said. At John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, a man was arrested after Transportation Security Administration...
  • WADA may appeal Sun’s three-month doping ban

    (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review the reasons behind the three-month ban handed to Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang and decide whether to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration...
  • Spain minister resigns over scandal

    Spain minister resigns over scandal

    26 November 2014 Last updated at 21:04 A judge believes Minister Ana Mato profited from crimes allegedly committed by her ex-husband Spain’s Health Minister, Ana Mato, has resigned after a judge accused her of benefitting...
  • Frozen’s Elsa and Anna teach girls to code

    Frozen’s Elsa and Anna teach girls to code

      Here’s one way to get girls excited about coding: use a couple of Disney’s wildly popular princesses. Frozen’s Elsa and Anna should do the trick. Code.org has partnered with Disney to create a 1-hour...

Headline News

  • 2 men stopped at NYC airports over guns


    Two people were stopped at New York City airports Wednesday after trying to bring weapons aboard airplanes, authorities said. At John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, a man was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers opened two of his checked bags and found two crossbows, three starter pistols, two BB guns (including a BB rifle), a stun gun, handcuffs and several bow arrows, the agency said in a press release. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The man, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested on local weapons charges, the release said. Also on Wednesday, a 94-year-old Brooklyn resident was stopped by TSA officers after they detected a loaded .38 caliber handgun clipped to his belt as he entered a checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport. It was not immediately clear if the man, whose name also wasn’t released, was charged with a crime. Nearly 2,000 firearms have been stopped at airport checkpoints across the country this year, the …

    November 26, 2014 4:08 pm
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Politics

  • Mac and Cheese beak-to-beak in contest for Obama turkey pardon


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce Wednesday afternoon whether Mac or Cheese will be America’s top turkey, then both birds will travel to their new home: a farm in Virginia. U.S. presidents have been pardoning turkeys since the 1800s as part of the country’s national Thanksgiving holiday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course. Though only one of the birds will be the official National Thanksgiving Turkey, both Mac and Cheese have been resting easy at the posh Willard InterContinental Hotel knowing they will both eventually end up not on a dinner plate, but at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the former home of a Virginia governor. The White House said Mac and Cheese are “beak-to-beak” on Twitter as users weigh in on which bird should receive the official pardon. Mac and Cheese are both males born in July who hail from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. Mac is a …

    November 26, 2014 1:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Frozen’s Elsa and Anna teach girls to code


      Here’s one way to get girls excited about coding: use a couple of Disney’s wildly popular princesses. Frozen’s Elsa and Anna should do the trick. Code.org has partnered with Disney to create a 1-hour tutorial where kids can learn to write code that will get the princesses to ice skate around their computer screens. The kids can use computer code to carve snowflakes and patterns in the ice and create their own winter wonderland. The nonprofit group aims to increase the number of girls interested in computer science by starting them young, and getting its coding courses into schools. Since 2012, its intro course has been used in 62,000 classrooms. Related: Google hosts all-girl coding party As part of the collaboration, Disney gave $100,000 to Code.org. It’s no secret that there is a diversity problem in the tech industry. At both Google (GOOGL GOOGLE) and Twitter, only 30% of all employees are female. But …

    November 26, 2014 2:47 pm
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Sports

  • Heady days of 2012 a distant memory for struggling RG3


    (Reuters) – A little over two years ago, Robert Griffin III embarked on his rookie season in the National Football League under a heavy weight of expectation as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. The player nicknamed RG3 rose impressively to the occasion as he led the Washington Redskins to a division title with a 10-6 mark before injuring his knee in a playoff loss to Seattle that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Fast forward to this week and it has become a very different story for the injury-plagued Griffin who has been demoted to the bench by Redskins coach Jay Gruden with Colt McCoy set to start at quarterback against Indianapolis on Sunday. Though this represents a stunning fall from grace for Griffin, a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 when he was voted the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year, Gruden said on Wednesday the 24-year-old was still part of the team’s long-range plans. “If you …

    November 26, 2014 4:29 pm
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World News

  • Ebola vaccine trial results promising, says manufacturer


    Preliminary results from trials in human volunteers of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates are promising, according to the British drug company manufacturing it. GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine, developed with the National Institutes of Health in the US, is one of three that are being speeded into trials in the Ebola-hit countries of west Africa. It is hoped that they can be tested in healthcare workers, burial teams and others at high risk of infection in January. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine as the World Health Organisation updated the numbers of people affected by the Ebola epidemic. By the end of November 23, it said, there had been 15,935 reported cases and 5,689 deaths. The true figures are thought to be much higher. Before any of the vaccines can be trialled in the region, they must go through safety testing. Results from the vaccination of the first healthy volunteers in …

    November 26, 2014 4:29 pm
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Technology

  • Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme and more


    One more show before our Thanksgiving holiday! We’re excited to show you the new Europa image NASA remastered for us to marvel at, and we’re also thrilled to see hackers bringing bacon memes to life…but the real question is in our third news story today. Would you eat at a restaurant that deploys mistletoe-equipped drones? It seems awfully loud and silly to us. Plus there’s so much wind blowing around, we don’t think you’d be able to get a word in edgewise while you chow down on potato skins and decide if you’re going to kiss your date. Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today: NASA remasters Europa photos into one stunning image “Push button, get bacon” meme brought to life by hackers TGI Friday’s in the UK incorporating mistletoe-carrying drones in its restaurants New Releases: Persona Q, The Imitation Game, Star Wars (teaser), and Jurassic World (trailer) …

    November 26, 2014 1:45 pm
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Science

  • DNA Can Survive Reentry from Space


    If a cascade of meteors struck Earth billions of years ago, could they have deposited genetic blueprints and forged an indelible link between Earth and another planet?   Perhaps. Although that puzzling question remains unanswered, scientists have uncovered a new clue that suggests it is possible for DNA to withstand the extreme heat and pressure it would encounter when entering our atmosphere from space.   In a new study published today in PLOS ONE, a team of Swiss and German scientists report that they dotted the exterior grooves of a rocket with fragments of DNA to test the genetic material’s stability in space. Surprisingly, they discovered that some of those building blocks of life remained intact during the hostile conditions of the flight and could pass on genetic information even after exiting and reentering the atmosphere during a roughly 13-minute round trip into space.   The findings suggest that if DNA traveled through space on …

    November 26, 2014 2:06 pm
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Health

  • Cigarette smoking by U.S. adults reaches record low: CDC


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults last year touched its lowest on record, a drop spurred by higher prices, smoke-free policies and anti-smoking campaigns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. About 17.8 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2013, down from 20.9 percent in 2005 and 42.4 percent in 1965, when the U.S. government began keeping records on smoking, the federal health agency said. While the continuing decline is encouraging, Brian King, a senior scientific advisor with the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, said the rate is not on track to meet the federal goal of cutting adult cigarette smoking to 12 percent by 2020. “We need to accelerate the magnitude of the decline,” he said. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, causing 480,000 premature deaths annually, according to the CDC. In addition to the overall decline in adult smokers, …

    November 26, 2014 1:45 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lady Gaga Doesn’t Let The Weather Rain On Her Paisley Parade


    Posted on Wed Nov 26th, 2014 12:46pm PDT       By X17 Staff Lady Gaga isn’t letting the weather rain on her fabulous parade! After an appearance on The View, Mother Monster strutted her stuff through the streets of NYC on Wednesday. The 29-year-old made sure all eyes were on her and her paisley concoction. On Monday, the “Bad Romance” singer Gaga made headlines when she headed out to VIP in Paris in an inflatable, octopus-like ensemble. Meanwhile, Gaga and her Cheek To Cheek duet partner Tony Bennett just released a holiday commercial for HM — and we are loving it! Check it out!   SEE THE GALLERY Lady Gaga Is A Paisley Princess Stories from around the Web

    November 26, 2014 3:28 pm
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Editorial

  • Ferguson fury: What we could learn from London’s 2011 race riots


    In August 2011, Police in London shot and killed an armed criminal, Mark Duggan. Playing off assumptions that Duggan, a black man, had been killed by a trigger happy white police officer, five days of rioting followed. How London’s police dealt with those riots carries four lessons for Ferguson. 1. Rioters shouldn’t be treated as protesters.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When you burn a businesses, or loot a store, or throw rocks at police officers, you’re not a protester, you’re a criminal. Period. End of story. It’s simple delusion to regard what’s happening in Ferguson as political expression. Here, the London riots offer their first lesson. For the first few days of the London riots, the Police treated the spreading disorder as political expression. They believed that a conciliatory policing response would encourage the rioters to dissipate. In fact, the opposite occurred. The riots grew in size and scale and the violence spread.  Facing riots, it’s not enough …

    November 26, 2014 1:45 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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