• Police: 9-year-old girl shot in head by 3-year-old brother

    IRONDALE, Ala. –  Police say a 3-year-old Alabama boy has accidentally shot his 9-year-old sister in the head. Irondale police Chief Ken Atkinson tells AL.com (http://bit.ly/1nPRJ1B) that the shooting took place Saturday afternoon at their...
  • Haiti agrees on transitional government

    Haiti agrees on transitional government

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Martelly and Chamber of Deputies Speaker Cholzer Chancy worked on the last minute deal Politicians in Haiti have signed a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government that keeps...
  • Jones the unmovable milestone man

    Jones the unmovable milestone man

    Alun Wyn Jones made his Wales debut against Argentina in 2006 Unavoidable on the pitch, elusive off it. Despite the unrelenting scrutiny of what head coach Warren Gatland calls Welsh rugby’s “goldfish bowl”, Alun Wyn...
  • Radar reveals the hidden secrets of wombat warrens

    Radar reveals the hidden secrets of wombat warrens

    Related images(click to enlarge) For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Adelaide have been able to non-invasively study the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from ground-penetrating radar. Despite...
  • Bud’s Clydesdales return for Super Bowl 50

    Bud’s Clydesdales return for Super Bowl 50

    The Budweiser Clydesdales are back for Super Bowl 50. Anheuser-Busch has revealed another ad, one of at least five that will air during the big game on Feb. 7. “Not Backing Down” features the Clydesdales...
  • Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders’ New Hampshire advantage

    HENNIKER, N.H. –  Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Clinton...
  • EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

    EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

    Image copyright AP Image caption Turkey insists there is no need to let the Syrians in Officials in the EU have urged Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its...

Headline News

  • Police: 9-year-old girl shot in head by 3-year-old brother


    IRONDALE, Ala. –  Police say a 3-year-old Alabama boy has accidentally shot his 9-year-old sister in the head. Irondale police Chief Ken Atkinson tells AL.com (http://bit.ly/1nPRJ1B) that the shooting took place Saturday afternoon at their grandparents’ house in a Birmingham suburb. He says the grandfather had left a loaded pistol on a bedroom nightstand, where the boy found it. Atkinson says the incident seems to be a “tragic accident” but an investigation is underway. Detectives were interviewing other relatives in the home at the time of the shooting. The girl was flown to Children’s of Alabama with life-threatening injuries, AL.com reports.

    February 6, 2016 11:27 pm
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Politics

  • Clinton slams student loan servicer Navient as misleading


    HENNIKER, N.H. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said during a student town hall on Saturday that student loan servicer Navient Corp has been “misleading people” and “doing some really terrible things.” “Their behavior is outrageous,” Clinton said at New England College, where she was campaigning ahead of the state’s nominating contest on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Clinton’s criticism of the student loan servicer comes after she lost badly among young voters to Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders in last week’s Iowa caucus. She received 11 percent of the vote among 17 to 24 year olds who caucused in Iowa versus 86 percent who supported Sanders, according to a NBC News exit poll. Clinton’s statements came in the response to a question from the audience related to student debt. Navient is being investigated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over late fees and other matters, the company revealed in an August regulatory filing. “We understand the politicization …

    February 6, 2016 8:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Bud’s Clydesdales return for Super Bowl 50


    The Budweiser Clydesdales are back for Super Bowl 50. Anheuser-Busch has revealed another ad, one of at least five that will air during the big game on Feb. 7. “Not Backing Down” features the Clydesdales at the beginning and the end of the spot, along with a get-pumped tough guy soundtrack. The spot is meant to convey that Bud is a drink for rebels, like rock bands and athletes who pour beer on each others’ heads, and women in slinky dresses who drink Bud bottles at dance parties where everyone else is drinking flutes of champagne. In a nod to the brewers and distributors, the ad also provides behind-the-scenes footage of masculine steel brewing tanks and a burly man hauling kegs through the snow. Related: Super Bowl 50 ads are studded with celebrities As if the get-psyched imagery wasn’t enough, the spot also flashes the words “not ponies” over footage of the clomping hooves of …

    February 6, 2016 10:47 pm
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Sports

  • Jones the unmovable milestone man


    Alun Wyn Jones made his Wales debut against Argentina in 2006 Unavoidable on the pitch, elusive off it. Despite the unrelenting scrutiny of what head coach Warren Gatland calls Welsh rugby’s “goldfish bowl”, Alun Wyn Jones remains an enigma. He has made 100 Test appearances – 94 for Wales, six for the British and Irish Lions – but the lock is a phlegmatic character unmoved by milestones. The Ospreys captain’s achievements already include two Grand Slams, a Six Nations championship, three Pro12 titles, an Anglo-Welsh Cup and the honour of leading the 2013 Lions in their series winner in Australia. Jones will edge closer to a Welsh century of appearances when he faces Ireland in Sunday’s Six Nations opener. But true to form, the 30-year-old is reserved about his next looming landmark. “I’m not very good at looking too far ahead,” Jones told BBC Sport. Media playback is not supported on this device AWJ 100 …

    February 6, 2016 11:27 pm
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World News

  • Haiti agrees on transitional government


    Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Martelly and Chamber of Deputies Speaker Cholzer Chancy worked on the last minute deal Politicians in Haiti have signed a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government that keeps the country from plunging into an immediate power vacuum Under the new agreement, parliament will elect an interim president for a four-month term. President Michel Martelly’s five-year term comes to an end on Sunday. A run-off vote to replace him was postponed last month because of fears of violence and allegations of fraud. The agreement is to be signed by the presidents of both chambers of parliament. Prime Minister Evans Paul will remain in the post until parliament agrees his replacement. ‘Stay vigilant’ Haiti’s runoff election is now scheduled for 24 April. The new president is due to sworn in on 14 May. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Opposition protests against electoral fraud ended in violence on Friday The agreement …

    February 6, 2016 11:27 pm
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Technology

  • Memorial to man who made the Mallard runs into row over a duck


    It seemed such a good idea at the time – a dignified event to mark the life of one of Britain’s greatest engineers, designer of a much-loved transport icon. But now the event is threatening to unleash an undignified battle involving superglue and rubber ducks. A statue of Sir Nigel Gresley is due to be unveiled in April, marking the 75th anniversary of the death of the designer of the Mallard steam engine. But there is a risk that his achievements will be eclipsed by an arcane dispute that started in the letters pages of local and national newspapers and quickly escalated on social media. At the heart of the row is the decision by the Gresley Society to drop its commitment for the statue’s original design to include a mallard at Sir Nigel’s feet. Campaigners are plotting to make their own avian additions when the 7ft-high bronze of Gresley, commissioned from sculptor Hazel Reeves, …

    February 6, 2016 8:46 pm
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Science

  • Radar reveals the hidden secrets of wombat warrens


    Related images(click to enlarge) For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Adelaide have been able to non-invasively study the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from ground-penetrating radar. Despite being the faunal emblem of South Australia, very little is known about the burrowing habits of the southern hairy-nosed wombat. As part of a larger study into wombat conservation, Mr Michael Swinbourne, PhD candidate in the University’s School of Biological Sciences, set out to test a new way of mapping wombat warrens. His research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Research. “A major problem we are grappling with is understanding just how many wombats there are and whether their numbers are increasing or decreasing,” Mr Swinbourne says. “At the moment we use satellite imagery to count the warrens and then use that information to estimate the numbers of wombats living inside. This method isn’t perfect because we don’t …

    February 6, 2016 11:27 pm
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Health

  • Surviving Spouse Still Influenced By the Other


    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The influence of a husband or wife on their spouse’s quality of life remains strong even after death, a new study says. Couples who have been married a long time develop a high level of interdependence, and one partner’s quality of life at death continues to influence the survivor, the University of Arizona researchers said. “If your partner has higher quality of life before they pass away, you’re more likely to have higher quality of life even after they’re gone. If he or she has lower quality of life before they pass away, you’re then more likely to have lower quality of life,” lead author Kyle Bourassa, a psychology doctoral student, said in a university news release. The researchers examined data from thousands of older couples in 18 European countries and Israel taking part in an ongoing study of health, aging and retirement. Specifically, the researchers compared 546 …

    February 6, 2016 8:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Powerball Winning Numbers Results February 6: Did Anyone Win $136 Million Jackpot Saturday Night?


    Are you feeling lucky? Check the winning Powerball numbers for February 6 below and find out if you won Saturday night’s $136 million jackpot. If you beat the odds, you’ll have more than enough money to host an impressive Super Bowl party on Sunday. With no winner since three people split the $1.6 billion jackpot on January 13, the grand prize in the popular lottery game keeps rising. If there is no winner tonight, the jackpot will increase to almost $150 million for the next drawing on Wednesday, February 10. Grab your ticket and scroll down to see tonight’s winning numbers. Match all five white balls and the red Powerball and you will become the lottery’s newest multi-millionaire. #Powerball jackpot = $136 MILLIONIf you win will you retire travel the world? RT for yes, LIKE for no pic.twitter.com/5SuwMi0vOU — California Lottery (@calottery) February 6, 2016 Powerball drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 11 …

    February 6, 2016 11:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Clinton vs. Sanders: Hillary shows weakness but Bernie is no Barack Obama


    Imagine Hillary Clinton’s relief, come Wednesday morning, when she no longer has to grovel before New Hampshire’s famously prickly primary electorate. It means no credibility leapfrogging as in 2008 when, following a third-place humiliation in Iowa, she told a New Hampshire debate audience: “I’m running on 35 years of change.” Or, on Thursday night in Durham, New Hampshire, with Clinton repeatedly invoking the Bin Laden raid – be it her hard work on behalf of President Obama — or her hard work, post-Obama, on the speech circuit. About Thursday night’s Democratic debate – the only time Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet before Tuesday’s Granite State primary, some observations: A Damsel. In Distress? Eight years ago in New Hampshire, Hillary’s back was against the wall: another decisive loss to Barack Obama and her campaign would come to an abrupt end. We remember it now as the week in which Hillary departed from …

    February 6, 2016 2:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border


    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm
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