• Amazon stock soars after earnings beat

    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...
  • All eyes on Alonso and McLaren in Jerez

    LONDON (Reuters) – Local hero Fernando Alonso will be the center of attention when Formula One’s pre-season testing starts up in southern Spain on Sunday but the McLaren driver has done his best to lower...
  • SA apartheid assassin given parole

    SA apartheid assassin given parole

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 09:51 Eugene De Kock, a former police colonel, appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after...
  • Rap mogul Suge Knight suspect in fatal hit-and-run

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles on Thursday, officials said. A man fitting Knight’s description drove up...
  • Mattek-Sands, Safarova win women’s doubles title

    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova made the most of their first Australian Open together, besting Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie to win the women’s doubles title at the year’s first...
  • Verdict due on Srebrenica appeals

    Verdict due on Srebrenica appeals

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 08:23 About 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed in Srebrenica over just three days The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is set to deliver a...

Headline News

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight suspect in fatal hit-and-run


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles on Thursday, officials said. A man fitting Knight’s description drove up to a Compton burger shop around 3 p.m. and began arguing with two people outside, said Lieutenant John Corina with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The driver then backed into one of the victims, before running them both over in his red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck and fleeing the scene, the department said in a statement. Corina added that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was involved in an earlier altercation with the same two people. “We are in the process of talking to those other witnesses, and reviewing video, and trying to track down Suge Knight and get his side of the story,” Corina said. One of the victims died in the hit and run, the …

    January 30, 2015 4:01 am
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Politics

  • Moscow, Washington discuss possible Kerry visit to Russia: sources


    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow and Washington are discussing a possible visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources say. It would be Kerry’s first visit to Russia since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, during which ties between Washington and Moscow have plunged to their worst level since the Cold War. “Talks (on arranging a Kerry visit) have been going on for weeks,” one diplomatic source told Reuters, adding that the visit could take place “in the coming days or weeks.” Russian newspaper Kommersant quoted unnamed sources on Friday as saying Kerry would visit Moscow for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Feb. 4-5. The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions in Russia over its annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine and its support for separatists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine. The EU decided to extend is current …

    January 30, 2015 2:20 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

  • All eyes on Alonso and McLaren in Jerez


    LONDON (Reuters) – Local hero Fernando Alonso will be the center of attention when Formula One’s pre-season testing starts up in southern Spain on Sunday but the McLaren driver has done his best to lower expectations. As the Spaniard warned fans when the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 was unveiled on Thursday, there are sure to be problems between now and the season-opener in Australia on March 15. McLaren are starting a new era with Honda, after two decades with Mercedes, and much of the paddock buzz when the cars get out on track in Jerez will focus on how the new Japanese power unit performs. “Our first target will be to learn the maximum from the car at the pre-season tests, understand the package, and extract as much performance as possible,” said double world champion Alonso. “That won’t be easy or trouble-free, but we’re ready for that,” added the man who left McLaren under a cloud …

    January 30, 2015 4:01 am
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World News

  • SA apartheid assassin given parole


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 09:51 Eugene De Kock, a former police colonel, appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after 20 years in jail. He was nicknamed “Prime Evil” for his role in the killing and maiming of activists fighting white minority rule in the 1980s and early 1990s. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said De Kock would be released “in the interests of nation-building”. De Kock, 66, was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms in prison and a further 212 years for the crimes he committed. Mr Masutha said the time and place of De Kock’s release would not be made public. The former colonel was head of the notorious Vlakplaas police unit. He appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which was established a year after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. De Kock confessed to …

    January 30, 2015 4:01 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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