• Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai

    Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 11:55 President Sisi launched a crackdown in Sinai after 31 soldiers were killed in October Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has cut short a visit to an African Union...
  • U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s...
  • Today’s Toons 1/30/15

    Today’s Toons 1/30/15

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  • UC Davis to play at Nevada, Hawaii

    Davis, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – UC Davis football will play two FBS programs and five home games as part of an 11-game 2015 schedule announced Thursday. The Aggies, who finished 2-9 in coach Ron Gould’s second...
  • Deadly blast at Pakistan Shia mosque

    Deadly blast at Pakistan Shia mosque

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 10:22 At least 20 people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan, officials say. Police have said that at least 50...

Headline News

  • U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up. At the heart of the initiative, to be announced on Friday by President Barack Obama, is the creation of a pool of people – healthy and ill, men and women, old and young – who would be studied to learn how genetic variants affect health and disease. Officials hope genetic data from several hundred thousand participants in ongoing genetic studies would be used, and other volunteers recruited to reach the 1 million total. The near-term goal is to create more and better treatments for cancer, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told reporters on a conference call on Thursday. Longer term, he said, the project would provide information on how to individualize treatment …

    January 30, 2015 6:03 am
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Politics

  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. On Wednesday, he visited Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, and in a closely watched speech, he emphasized a commitment to tackle poverty in America, a correction from his 2012 candidacy when he was dragged down by his wealthy image. Some of the people who raised …

    January 30, 2015 6:23 am
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Stocks

  • Amazon stock soars after earnings beat


      The holidays were kind to Amazon. The online retail giant reported earnings Thursday that beat Wall Street’s expectations, sending its stock jumping 8% after the closing bell. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) earned $214 million, or 45 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. While that’s a decline from the previous year, it was a lot more than the 18 cents that Wall Street analysts were expecting. A strong online holiday shopping season helped Amazon report positive earnings, breaking a streak of losses that it reported in the previous two quarters. Sales increased 15% to $29.3 billion, a hair below expectations. Related: Woody Allen to create his first television series for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said membership in Amazon Prime, which gives customers free shipping and other perks, increased 53% last year even though the price was hiked to $99 a year. Amazon ran special promotions for Prime members during the fourth-quarter holiday shopping spree, including …

    January 30, 2015 4:42 am
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Sports

  • Scotland’s Marc Warren leads Dubai Desert Classic by 1 in clubhouse after 2nd round


    Marc Warren of Scotland plays a shot on the 10th hole during the round two of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press) Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland Plays a shot on the 10th hole during the round two of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press) Seve Benson of England tees off on the 10th hole during the round two of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press) Danny Willett of England plays a bunker shot on the 10th hole during the round two of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the first …

    January 30, 2015 6:04 am
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World News

  • Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 11:55 President Sisi launched a crackdown in Sinai after 31 soldiers were killed in October Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has cut short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with a series of deadly attacks in the Sinai peninsula. Attacks against military and police targets in North Sinai late on Thursday left at least 30 dead and many more wounded. The militant group Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, said it carried out the attacks. Egypt has conducted a major security crackdown in Sinai in recent months. Thursday’s attacks represent some of the worst anti-government violence in Egypt for months, and indicate a previously unseen level of co-ordination by militants, correspondents and analysts say. Emergency services were still digging in the rubble for bodies on Friday morning, and two children died from wounds they had reportedly received on Thursday. Increasingly lawless Most of …

    January 30, 2015 6:03 am
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Technology

  • Journalists should be shielded from phone and web snooping, union says


    Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has called for journalists to be exempt from government access to phone and web data, warning that the government’s data retention proposal risks making it impossible for a free press to function. The plan to retain web and phone data will mean that a range of telecommunications and service providers will need to keep an as-yet-unspecified set of data. The bill does not limit the range of offences that can be investigated, which means that phone and web metadata may be used to investigate confidential sources and whistleblowers who provide information to journalists without the approval of the government. The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance secretary Chris Warren said if the bill was passed in its current form it would make it “almost impossible” for journalists in Australia to carry out the work of a free press. “The legislation in its current form will prevent the media proper …

    January 30, 2015 2:20 am
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Science

  • In a role reversal, RNAs proofread themselves


    Related images(click to enlarge) Building a protein is a lot like a game of telephone: information is passed along from one messenger to another, creating the potential for errors every step of the way. There are separate, specialized enzymatic machines that proofread at each step, ensuring that the instructions encoded in our DNA are faithfully translated into proteins. Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have uncovered a new quality control mechanism along this path, but in a remarkable role reversal, the proofreading isn’t done by an enzyme. Instead, one of the messengers itself has a built-in mechanism to prevent errors along the way. The building blocks for proteins are carried by molecules known as transfer RNAs (tRNAs). tRNAs work with other cellular machinery to ensure that the building blocks — amino acids — are arranged in the proper order. But before a building block can be loaded onto a tRNA molecule, a three-part chemical …

    January 30, 2015 2:21 am
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Health

  • CDC urges measles vaccinations amid Disneyland outbreak


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades. So far more than 90 people have been diagnosed with measles in California and elsewhere, most of them linked to an outbreak that public health officials suspect began when an infected person from outside the United States visited Disneyland in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. On Wednesday, a high school in Palm Desert, California, barred dozens of non-vaccinated students from school over concerns that a classmate may have contracted the highly contagious disease. Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 but Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the disease could still easily be brought in by a traveler from …

    January 30, 2015 2:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Jagged Edge singer chokes his fiancée with her engagement ring


    More: Ludacris ditches daughter with Delta Airlines Norman faces charges of aggravated assault after, according to police reports obtained by Us Weekly, he punched and choked his girlfriend, who is unnamed, with a scarf and then shoved her engagement ring down her throat, blocking her ability to breathe. Police are also saying that Norman took the keys to her car and broke her cell phone when she tried to get away from him. The couple reportedly got into an argument over Norman’s drinking habits. The fight was apparently fueled by Norman’s high emotions after recently discovering his father had been diagnosed with cancer. More: Emile Hirsch accused of assault at Sundance Film Festival The victim had welts under her eyes, a golf ball-sized knot on her upper left forehead, a cut on her nose and a burst blood clot in her right eye, according to police accounts. She was able to get Norman to calm down …

    January 30, 2015 4:43 am
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Editorial

  • Data Privacy Day: Keep ICANN free of political, national agendas


    FILE — October 9, 2013: Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), attends a meeting with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (not seen) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Data Privacy Day. You may think it is odd to celebrate such as day but whenever the focus is on keeping your privacy, private, we relish the opportunity. We applaud the discussion. It also brings to mind a critical issue that is percolating on the forefront of the international scene: control of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Since ICANN began, it has evolved into a multinational body that has consistently performed critical functions to ensure the Internet we have come to rely on always works. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite its name, ICANN does more than just assign and/or approve your website’s domain. It also upholds the security …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 seconds


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize. Ifergan went to a local convenience store just before 9 p.m. on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night’s “Lotto Super 7″ drawing. The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9 p.m. deadline, according to a court summary. While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8:59 p.m., only one of the two tickets was registered in time. The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9 p.m., eligible for the following week’s drawing. The store clerk told Ifergan that only …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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