Headline News

  • Agitators planned to disrupt Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, report says


    Nov. 28, 2013: The Snoopy and Woodstock balloon floats down Central Park West during the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York (Reuters) Agitators planned Wednesday to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after Ferguson protesters were able to shut down major New York City roadways Tuesday, the New York Post reports. An organizer told the fellow protesters that the cops would arrest anyone as they planned their actions Wednesday night at Union Square. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The protesters used social media to garner interest in the planned chaos using #StopTheParade to fuel the fire. “Yes, they’re planning on crashing the parade,” a law-enforcement source told the New York Post. “With this hands-off approach, it gives them free rein to do anything they want. It’s a free pass to act like a fool.” The official does not think the demonstrators will stomp through kids to stop the floats, but one Twitter user said to keep the …

    November 27, 2014 3:41 am
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Politics

  • Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country’s Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course. Obama, in a light-hearted ceremony before a small group of White House visitors, said that pardoning Cheese would surely be the “most talked-about executive action” he has taken this month. “Today I am taking an action fully within my legal authority, an executive action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese,” Obama said. Obama’s remarks, which referenced his announcement last week that he would take action to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, drew laughter from the crowd. Though Cheese alone is the National Thanksgiving Turkey, he will be joined by Mac at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the former home of a Virginia governor. There, the two birds will enjoy a form of …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 am
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Stocks

  • Regulator tells Chrysler to begin exploding airbag recalls by Monday


    Chrysler is one of 10 automakers with the exploding airbags in its cars. Federal safety regulators are demanding that Chrysler must begin recalling cars with the exploding Takata airbags by Monday, December 1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday fired off letters separately to both Chrysler and Takata asking the companies to immediately step up their efforts nationwide to repair cars that put drivers and passengers at risk from the exploding airbags. Chrysler is one of 10 automakers with the flawed airbags in its cars. Last week, one of its executives testified before a Senate panel that it would be another month before it begins to notify customers to have their cars fixed. In a stern letter addressed to Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne, NHTSA said it was “extremely concerned” about “the slow pace of the recall.” The regulator said it was also worried that Chrysler was limiting its recall to states …

    November 27, 2014 3:00 am
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Sports

  • Avila has 21, Gillon 20 and Colorado State knocks off Missouri State 76-61


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  J.J. Avila scored 21 points with 11 rebounds and John Gillon added 20 with three 3-pointers and Colorado State knocked off Missouri State 76-61 to advance in the Great Alaska Shootout. Colorado State next faces Pacific, which defeated Alaska-Anchorage on Wednesday, in a semifinal game on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Colorado State (4-0) used a 13-2 first-half run — including 3-pointers by Daniel Bejarano and Gillion — to build a 13-point advantage and led the Bears 29-19 at intermission. Missouri State went nearly four minutes without a basket and went 8 of 25 from the floor. Missouri State (2-2) cut the deficit to five with 12:23 left, but Colorado State went on a 16-4 run — sparked by Joe De Ciman’s 3-pointer — and held the Bears off down the stretch. Dorrian Williams led Missouri State with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Tyler McCullough had 12 points and Shawn Roundtree added 10.

    November 27, 2014 3:41 am
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World News

  • Malaysia PM reverses sedition pledge


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 09:16 Rights groups called the move a major reversal on human rights Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has gone back on a pledge to repeal a controversial sedition law, saying it will instead be strengthened. Under the law, speech deemed to incite unrest or religious or social tensions or which criticises traditional rulers can carry a three-year jail term. Critics say the colonial-era law is used to silence political opponents. Mr Najib had said in 2012 that he would abolish the act, amid raft of political reforms. But speaking at his party’s annual congress on Thursday he said the law would be retained. The controversial law has its critics both inside and outside Malaysia “As prime minister, I have decided that the Sedition Act will be maintained,” Mr Najib told delegates from his ruling party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He added that the law will “be strengthened and …

    November 27, 2014 3:41 am
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Technology

  • Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 07:55 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Oasis were riding high in vinyl sales in 1996 – and the same album was a top-seller this week too More than one million vinyl records have been sold so far this year – the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The figures mark a largely unexpected resurgence in an industry now considered to be dominated by digital. Earlier this month, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl release since 1997. The Official Chart Company told the BBC it will soon launch a weekly vinyl chart. “In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic,” said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Wake Up To Money, he said: “It’s really …

    November 27, 2014 2:00 am
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Science

  • NASA Coverage Set for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station


    [image-50] The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 2:31 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft. It is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the space station during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43. In addition to launch coverage, NASA also will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. The mission, designated SpaceX CRS-5, …

    November 27, 2014 2:20 am
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Health

  • FDA rejects Avanir’s migraine drug-device


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc’s migraine drug device, a few weeks after the regulator had raised questions regarding some data submitted as part of the marketing application. Earlier this month the FDA had asked Avanir to assess the root cause of errors observed in the data from the drugmaker’s human factors study, which assesses if patients can use a device safely and effectively. The product, AVP-825, delivers a low-dose sumatriptan powder – the most commonly prescribed migraine medicine – through the nose. Avanir on Wednesday said it would conduct a new human factors study and respond to the FDA’s complete response letter in the first half of next year. The FDA was slated to decide on the product on Nov. 26. Analysts remained confident of the product’s eventual approval as the FDA only raised concerns related to the device rather than the product’s active ingredient. Cowen Co analysts …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 am
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Entertainment

  • Floyd Mayweather crosses the line with Instagram post about ex’s abortion


    50 Cent dares Floyd Mayweather to read for charity Mayweather, who is currently in the midst of a nasty breakup and a lawsuit with former fiancée, Shantel Jackson, decided it would be appropriate to post a photo on Instagram of private medical documents concerning Jackson’s alleged abortion earlier this year. Now, Mayweather is claiming that he had the right to post the documents because he’s famous, according to TMZ. Tori Spelling’s cryptic tweet may mean she is headed for divorce Jackson is suing Mayweather for assault, battery, defamation and invasion of privacy, among other things, because of the photo posted by her ex-love. The post is a screenshot of a document giving the details of the procedure, as well as a photo of an ultrasound. “The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies,” Mayweather wrote in the caption. “She killed …

    November 27, 2014 3:41 am
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving 2014: Why I am thankful for property rights (yes, you read that correctly)


    Chris Conley holds a 40-pound tom turkey at Raymond’s Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights. People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Things go wrong when resources are held in common. Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did. Knowing that your property is really yours makes it easier to plant, grow, invest and prosper. The results were disastrous. Gov. William Bradford wrote, “Much was …

    November 27, 2014 2:00 am
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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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