• Deadly bus attack in northern Kenya

    Deadly bus attack in northern Kenya

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 07:30 Al-Shabab militants have extended their reach to Kenya in the last few years Suspected members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab have killed at least 28 people in...
  • Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking...
  • Deadly attack on north Kenya bus

    Deadly attack on north Kenya bus

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 07:13 Suspected members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a bus in northern Kenya, officials say. After stopping the...
  • Blazers dominate Bulls for sixth straight win

    Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine assists in three quarters of work as the Portland Trail Blazers thrashed the Chicago Bulls 105-87 on Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points...
  • Obama’s startup visa alternative

    Obama’s startup visa alternative

    On Thursday, President Obama vowed to make it “easier and faster” for foreign entrepreneurs to work in the U.S. But he was mum about the details that would make this happen. More details were provided...

Headline News

  • Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm


    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Against the backdrop of heightened tension, the FBI arrested two men suspected of buying explosives they intended to detonate during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement official told Reuters. In a sign that a grand jury decision is imminent in the Brown case, prosecutors told media organizations they were making plans for a news conference to announce the outcome, although the date, time and location remained undetermined. A 12-member St. Louis County grand jury has been weighing evidence on the disputed circumstances of the Aug. 9 slaying of Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of 21,000 people. The panel met behind closed doors again on …

    November 22, 2014 2:17 am
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Politics

  • Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role: NYT


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The decision ensures a direct role for American troops in fighting in Afghanistan for at least another year, it said, adding Obama’s decision was made during a White House meeting with national security advisers in recent weeks. In May, Obama said the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year. Missions for the remaining 9,800 troops would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of al Qaeda”, he said. Obama’s new order lets American forces execute missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening U.S. troops or the Afghan government. The new authorization also allows U.S. air strikes to support Afghan forces on combat missions and U.S. troops occasionally to accompany Afghan troops on operations against the Taliban. The Times …

    November 22, 2014 12:15 am
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Stocks

  • Obama’s startup visa alternative


    On Thursday, President Obama vowed to make it “easier and faster” for foreign entrepreneurs to work in the U.S. But he was mum about the details that would make this happen. More details were provided in a memo released by the Department of Homeland Security, which reveals a significant new opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs: parole status. Parole status is typically granted for humanitarian or medical relief as a way to enter the country without a visa. But the DHS recommended that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services propose such a program that would enable inventors, researchers and startup founders to legally come to the U.S. for an unspecified period of time. “This is a temporary fix for the fact that we never got a startup visa,” said Susan Cohen, immigration attorney at Mintz Levin. “This is the solution the president has come up with, which is very creative.” Related: High-skilled immigration fixes are just a …

    November 22, 2014 1:16 am
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Sports

  • Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind. World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies after the turn during a hot and windy afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club. Sunday is expected to bring more of the fluky winds that have made low scores rare at the sandbelt course and Scott said a good start was key to winning an unprecedented third trophy in the tournament. “All the signs were good and my swing felt the best of any today,” the 34-year-old told reporters after mixing four bogeys with five birdies. “The front nine is so key … turning in five or six-under is really possible and I just need to make it happen. “I need to …

    November 22, 2014 2:17 am
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World News

  • Deadly bus attack in northern Kenya


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 07:30 Al-Shabab militants have extended their reach to Kenya in the last few years Suspected members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a bus in northern Kenya, officials say. Gunmen took the bus off the road and separated out those they thought were non-Muslim before killing them, they said. The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, near the Somali border. Somalia-based al-Shabab has carried out several attacks in Kenya since 2011. That was the year when Kenya sent troops to Somalia to help fight the Islamist militia. Mandera, in the north east, has been particularly affected. After the attack early on Saturday, local officials quoted by Kenyan media said the government had failed to answer their pleas for extra security. One official told Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper that assailants had asked …

    November 22, 2014 2:17 am
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Technology

  • This week’s games news


    Games just released include Watch Dogs (Wii U), Ubisoft’s open-world hack-and-shoot-‘em up, which is now available for Nintendo’s console; Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric (Wii U) continues Sonic’s tradition of mediocrity, its boring combat and uneven difficulty conspiring to turn ordinary into godawful; Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS) proves just as inadequate; Minecraft: PS Vita Edition (Vita) brings the game which has been rightly touted as the 21st century’s answer to Lego to Sony’s high-powered handheld; the competent and dramatically inclined Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor (Xbox 360, PS3) makes its way to last-generation consoles; and Escape Dead Island (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) is a cut-price spinoff from the inexplicably popular Dead Island series, dropping the silly weapons and co-op gameplay in favour of stealth, evasion and retro cel-shaded graphics.

    November 22, 2014 12:16 am
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Science

  • Modelling the magnetic fields of exoplanets


    Magnetic models: Pinning down the magnetosphere of a hot Jupiter A European team of astronomers has used a brand new technique to uncover evidence of a magnetic field surrounding the exoplanet HD 209458b. It is hoped the method can be applied to many of the other exoplanetary systems found to date, adding another dimension to our understanding of these distant, alien worlds. Discovered in 1999, HD 209458b is 30% larger than Jupiter. However, unlike Jupiter, it completes one orbit in just 3.5 days, as the planet sits very close to its parent star – more than 50 times closer than the Earth is to the Sun. Being at such close quarters, its gaseous atmosphere is puffed up by the intense heat that it has to endure. Such planets are known as “hot Jupiters”. Researchers led by Kristina Kislyakova of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Graz have now confirmed this picture by observing the planet with the Hubble Space …

    November 22, 2014 12:36 am
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Health

  • Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases: WHO


    GENEVA (Reuters) – An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to “the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system”, the WHO warned. “The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country,” it added. Plague, a bacterial disease, is mainly spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague, which swells the lymph node and can be treated with antibiotics, the WHO said. If the bacteria reach the lungs, …

    November 22, 2014 12:15 am
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Entertainment

  • A Jubilant Angelina Jolie Takes Her Army Of Kids Shopping For Art Supplies


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 10:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Talk about spreading some serious cheer — Brangelina’s lucky kids are getting an early start to their holiday shopping! Well, at least a third of them, anyway… On Friday Angelina Jolie took Shiloh and Zahara shopping at Lee’s in New York City, and everyone seemed stoked to be stocking up on art supplies — even Angie! We’re guessing the girls picked up some goodies for Maddox, Pax, Knox and Vivienne too… And seeing as the 39-year-old Oscar winner recently revealed that she’s retiring from acting, it looks like she’ll have plenty of time to do arts and crafts with her six kids. Angelina took a break from filming By The Sea to chat with DuJour magazine, and she said, “I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera. I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope …

    November 22, 2014 1:56 am
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Editorial

  • Teacher to student: If you don’t support gay marriage, drop my class


    Students who oppose gay marriage are homophobic, according to an audio recording of a Marquette University instructor who went on to say that gay right issues cannot be discussed in class because it might offend homosexuals. I reached out to the 20-year-old student at the center of this outrageous episode and the story he tells should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks religious schools are safe havens for open discourse. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The story was first reported on a blog run by a Marquette University professor and was picked up by the good folks over at The College Fix.  The young man, who asked not to be identified, explained what happened when his ethics instructor, Cheryl Abbate, led a conversation in “Theory of Ethics” class about applying philosophical theories to modern political controversies. There were a list of issues on the board – gay rights, gun rights, and the death penalty. “We had …

    November 22, 2014 12:16 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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