• Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

    (Reuters) – A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O’Hare...
  • No. 24 North Carolina takes down No. 12 Ohio State

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Brice Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds in the 24th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels’ 82-74 victory over the 12th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at the United Center. Marcus Paige added 16...
  • ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker shot in France

    ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker shot in France

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 18:42 Forensic experts are now gathering evidence at the scene of the incident Police in central France have shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife and...
  • Megabus rollover in Indiana injures at least 28

    (Reuters) – More than two dozen people were injured on Saturday when a commercial passenger bus traveling to Atlanta from Chicago crashed in Indiana, officials said. The double-decker Megabus with some 70 passengers aboard slid...
  • Browns put S Gipson on IR

    Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – The Cleveland Browns have shut down safety Tashaun Gipson for the remainder of the season, placing the playmaking defensive back on injured reserve Saturday due to a lingering knee injury. Gipson...
  • Google sues to stop Hollywood threats

    Google sues to stop Hollywood threats

    This anti-censorship protester hit the streets in 2012. She might need to head out again. Major Hollywood studios have led a quiet campaign with Mississippi’s attorney general to slam Google with lawsuits for linking to...

Headline News

  • Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital


    (Reuters) – A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago detected a fever in the child, who had been held in isolation at the University of Chicago Medical Center for monitoring since Friday. “Tests by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a negative result for Ebola,” the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. Hospital officials have given no details on the child, including age or sex, citing patient privacy laws. The University of Chicago Medical Center is one of the U.S. hospitals designated as an Ebola treatment center by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ebola has killed nearly 7,000 people out of more than 18,600 infected, nearly all of them in the impoverished West African countries of Liberia, Sierra …

    December 20, 2014 2:40 pm
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Politics

  • Obama hoping for quiet vacation after tough year


    By JOSH LEDERMAN December 20, 2014 President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation(AP Photo/Eugene Tanner) A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet. Air Force One touched down late in the evening at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters and two dogs on board. On Saturday, the family was to begin their roughly two-week retreat from the hubbub in Washington on the lush island of Oahu. Vacationing in Hawaii, where the president was born and spent much of his childhood, has been a tradition every year that Obama has been in the White House. This year, the trip comes as Obama closes out a chaotic sixth year in office on something of a high note. …

    December 20, 2014 11:58 am
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Stocks

  • Google sues to stop Hollywood threats


    This anti-censorship protester hit the streets in 2012. She might need to head out again. Major Hollywood studios have led a quiet campaign with Mississippi’s attorney general to slam Google with lawsuits for linking to illegal content. Now Google is striking back. In a blog post Thursday, a top Google lawyer criticized the Motion Picture Association of America, claiming it has been making secret deals with Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood to target the technology company. The company says the studios been actively working with Hood to sue Google (GOOG), demanding that the website filter out illegal content that their search engine points to. On Friday, Google sued Hood, asking a federal court to block his demands against the company. The campaign by the MPAA was revealed in two different ways: hacked Sony emails uncovered by The Verge and public records obtained by The New York Times. The MPAA’s secret campaign reportedly produced lawsuits …

    December 20, 2014 12:59 pm
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Sports

  • No. 24 North Carolina takes down No. 12 Ohio State


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Brice Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds in the 24th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels’ 82-74 victory over the 12th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at the United Center. Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), who have won two in a row since a loss at top-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 13. Justin Jackson tallied 11 points. Marc Loving ended with 19 points for the Buckeyes (9-2), who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Sam Thompson contributed 17 points. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 20, 2014 2:40 pm
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World News

Technology

  • North Korea denies it hacked Sony, demands joint inquiry with US


    Sony Pictures’ fictional comedy film “The Interview” concerns the assassination of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, shown above. CNN/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk After President Obama decried the Sony hack in a press conference yesterday and the FBI announced it had evidence that North Korea was responsible, Pyongyang insisted this isn’t the case. North Korea’s state news agency declared via Twitter that “U.S. National Public Radio broadcasts slanders and libels against Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” Moreover, the country’s foreign ministry, through an unnamed spokesman, demanded that there now be a joint inquiry between the US and North Korea in order to find the miscreants. As The Guardian reports, the spokesman said: “Without resorting to such tortures as were used by the CIA, we have means to prove that this incident has nothing to do with us.” Clearly, the FBI differs. But North Korea seems to believe it can bully the US into a joint …

    December 20, 2014 12:19 pm
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Science

  • A ‘GPS’ for molecules


    Related images(click to enlarge) In everyday life, the global positioning system (GPS) can be employed to reliably determine the momentary location of one en route to the desired destination. Scientists from the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Bonn have now developed a molecular “GPS” with which the whereabouts of metal ions in enzymes can be reliably determined. Such ions play important roles in all corners of metabolism and synthesis for biological products. The “molecular GPS” is now being featured in the journal Angewandte Chemie. There would be no life on our planet without enzymes. These molecules, control and enable biochemical reactions ranging from digestion to the duplication of genetic information. “Enzymes are spatially complex structures which can have multiple folds, sheets and loops,” says Prof. Dr. Olav Schiemann from the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Bonn. In the reaction center of such a “protein knot,” …

    December 20, 2014 12:20 pm
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Health

  • U.N.’s Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease. Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic. According to the latest World Health Organization figures, 7,373 people have died of Ebola in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ban’s tour began in Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday and will end later on Saturday in Ghana, site of the U.N. Ebola response mission (UNMEER), after a visit to Mali. “There should be no discrimination for those who have been working or helping with Ebola. Those people are giving all of themselves,” Ban told U.N. officials in Conakry. His comments follow a meeting on Friday in which Rebecca Johnson, a Sierra Leonean nurse who caught the …

    December 20, 2014 12:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Leave Daughter Wyatt At Home And Catch A Basketball Game


    Posted on Sat Dec 20th, 2014 11:57am PDT       By X17 Staff Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis recently revealed that they don’t have a nanny, so it looks like they found a babysitter last night! On Friday evening the new parents attended the Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center, and while they were a bit shy in the parking lot, they were all over each other as they sat courtside — and they even appeared on the kiss cam! This marks the couple’s first public appearance together since welcoming daughter Wyatt in October, and in the last few weeks both stars have opened up about parenting. Ashton appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and gushed about what a wonderful mom Mila is, among other things. “I go to work every day and I come home and she’s like perfect,” he told Ellen. “And it just seems like everything went amazing. And I know that something …

    December 20, 2014 2:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Fox News Chief Correspondent: Thankful to be naturalized American citizen


    Editor’s note: Fox News Chief Correspondent Jonathan Hunt became a naturalized U.S. citizen on November 21, 2014. It was October 1995, and I’d been in the U.S. for little more than a month. I sat back in my seat on a flight from Los Angeles to Washington (which was my new home), and thought about what I’d just witnessed: my first major assignment as U.S. correspondent for Sky News was to cover the end of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And this country I now found myself exploring, dissecting and trying to understand and interpret for my British audience appeared to be divided purely along racial grounds. The divide was palpable, and to me it seemed entrenched and virulent. I’d spent time talking to people in Beverly Hills — white and privileged. I’d spent time in South Central — then largely a black neighborhood, and poor, the epicenter of the Rodney King riots just …

    December 20, 2014 12:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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