• Harvard’s Murphy named top Ivy coach

    Princeton, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Harvard’s Tim Murphy was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year on Tuesday after his team went 10-0 and captured the league title. His Harvard squad paced the All-Ivy honors...
  • Many dead in twin Nigeria blasts

    Many dead in twin Nigeria blasts

    25 November 2014 Last updated at 20:38 Boko Haram has vowed to create an Islamic state in Nigeria Suicide attacks by two female bombers at a crowded market in northern Nigeria’s Maiduguri city have killed...
  • iPads won’t be stuffing stockings this year

    iPads won’t be stuffing stockings this year

      The way tablet sales are slumping, there’s almost a better chance you’ll get three French hens or two turtle doves than an iPad this Christmas. Tablets have had a dreadful 2014, and the misery...
  • How the Large Hadron Collider captured our imaginations

    Credit: Madman Particle FeverDirector: Mark Levinson, Madman (2013), Run time: 99 min  Science has broken its banks and captured the popular imagination, and this film documents the event. Last year, even people normally uninterested in science were...

Headline News

  • U.S. justices to consider police conduct in arrest of disabled woman


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether police officers were required under federal law to accommodate a violent woman’s mental disability during an incident in San Francisco that led to her being shot multiple times. The case concerns Teresa Sheehan, a woman with a history of mental illness who was shot and pepper sprayed by San Francisco police officers after they struggled to restrain her during a 2008 clash. Police were called to the group home for people with mental health issues where Sheehan lived by her social worker after she threatened to kill him. The officers were seeking to detain her so she could undergo a psychological evaluation. Sheehan objected when the officers entered her room without a warrant. She grabbed a knife and threatened to kill them, according to court documents. She later filed a lawsuit claiming the police and city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act …

    November 25, 2014 2:42 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned


    KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. “If they hadn’t done that, the mission would have lost bases,” the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a “bridging solution” until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops are no longer needed, Washington may provide up to 1,000 extra soldiers. That figure was confirmed by all three sources, who said the final number was still under discussion and depended on when other countries stepped forward with their commitments. The additional U.S. troops will be assigned to a 12,000-strong NATO force …

    November 25, 2014 1:19 pm
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Stocks

  • iPads won’t be stuffing stockings this year


      The way tablet sales are slumping, there’s almost a better chance you’ll get three French hens or two turtle doves than an iPad this Christmas. Tablets have had a dreadful 2014, and the misery is expected to continue into the holiday season. In the months since back-to-school shopping, tablet sales have fallen 16%, according to market research firm NPD. Tablets are among the worst performers in the entire consumer electronics industry this year. The tablet market will grow just 7% in 2014, according to a report released Tuesday by research firm IDC. Last year, tablet sales grew by 53%. Without the benefit of a two-year contract, people tend to hold onto their tablets longer than their smartphones. And as smartphones get bigger, many people find that they don’t need the bigger screen. Related: Use this app to get the lowest prices on your holiday shopping That’s why the worst performers in the tablet group …

    November 25, 2014 2:19 pm
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Sports

  • Harvard’s Murphy named top Ivy coach


    Princeton, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Harvard’s Tim Murphy was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year on Tuesday after his team went 10-0 and captured the league title. His Harvard squad paced the All-Ivy honors with 18 players, including nine on the firs team. Cornell freshman safety Nick Gesualdi was named the Ivy rookie of the year. Finalists for the Ivy’s offensive and defensive players of the year will be unveiled on Dec. 2, and the winners will be announced Dec. 8. 2014 ALL-IVY FOOTBALL FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE OL – Nicholas Codrea, Brown, Sr. OL – Scotty Whitmore, Dartmouth, Sr. C – Sean Ronan, Dartmouth, Sr. OL – Nick Easton, Harvard, Sr. OL – Cole Toner, Harvard, Jr. OL – Ben Carbery, Yale, Sr. QB – Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth, Jr. RB – Paul Stanton, Jr., Harvard, Jr. RB – Tyler Varga, Yale, Sr. WR – Ryan McManus, Dartmouth, Sr. WR – Spencer Kulcsar, Penn, Sr. WR …

    November 25, 2014 2:41 pm
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World News

  • Many dead in twin Nigeria blasts


    25 November 2014 Last updated at 20:38 Boko Haram has vowed to create an Islamic state in Nigeria Suicide attacks by two female bombers at a crowded market in northern Nigeria’s Maiduguri city have killed 78 people, medical officials say. One teenage girl blew herself up first and as people gathered to help victims, the second girl detonated herself, witnesses say. One man told the BBC he heard loud sounds as the bombs exploded. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in Nigeria. It was based in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, after its formation in 2002, but it has since been driven out of the city by the military and vigilante groups. ‘Bomber screamed’ It now controls a large number of towns and villages in Borno, amid fears that it is preparing to launch an assault to capture Maiduguri. Boko Haram has not commented on the explosions. It has been blamed …

    November 25, 2014 2:41 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook accused of failing to flag extremist messages by Lee Rigby’s killer


    Facebook is the internet company accused by the intelligence and security committee (ISC) of failing to pass on information that could have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby, the Guardian understands. The ISC investigation found that one of Rigby’s killers, Michael Adebowale, conducted an online exchange detailing his desire to murder a soldier ‘in the most graphic and emotive manner’ with a known terrorist, five months before the attack, yet did not directly name the company concerned. ‘The party which could have made a difference was the company on whose platform the exchange took place,’ states the report. ‘However, this company does not appear to regard itself as under any obligation to ensure that its systems identify such exchanges, or to take action or notify the authorities when its communications services appear to be used by terrorists. ‘There is therefore a risk that, however unintentionally, it provides a safe haven for terrorists to communicate within,’ …

    November 25, 2014 1:20 pm
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Science

  • How the Large Hadron Collider captured our imaginations


    Credit: Madman Particle FeverDirector: Mark Levinson, Madman (2013), Run time: 99 min  Science has broken its banks and captured the popular imagination, and this film documents the event. Last year, even people normally uninterested in science were intrigued by news of the biggest physics experiment in human history – the search for the “God particle” – fuelled as they were by tabloid speculation that a black hole would open on the Swiss–French border or that we might actually discover God. And references to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in a forthcoming movie – The God Particle – by popular director J.J. Abrams further underline the mainstreaming of science in popular culture. Particle Fever is a documentary that follows the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. As dramatic and emotional as any thriller, it shows the excitement, and intermittent emotional crashes, of the scientists and engineers as they worked on the project …

    November 25, 2014 1:41 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims. Residents said up to 15 corpses had been abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema, three of them at a hospital entrance to stop people entering. The head of the district Ebola Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the bodies included those of two babies. A spokesman for the striking workers, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. Authorities accepted the money had not been paid but said that all the striking members of the Ebola Burial Team would be dismissed. “Displaying corpses in a very, very inhumane manner is completely unacceptable,” said the spokesman for the National Ebola Response Centre, Sidi Yahya Tunis. He added that the central government had paid the money …

    November 25, 2014 1:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Vanessa Hudgens Can’t Stop Flashing Her Tight Tummy


    Posted on Tue Nov 25th, 2014 12:59pm PDT       By X17 Staff And we love it! Vanessa Hudgens hit the gym on Monday, and as usual, she tried to cover up her pretty face, but why?! She has perfect skin, she’s gorgeous, and given that she once sent Zac Efron a snapshot of her hairy snatch, she can’t possibly believe that photos steal your soul. At least not sexy selfies, anyway… The former High School Musical hottie took a spin class with her sister Stella, and she grabbed a smoothie before zipping off in her car. We’ll see V. Hudge next in the sci-fi comedy Kitchen Sink, but she doesn’t seem to have many projects on her plate at the moment. But seeing as she recently had to get a restraining order against a crazed fan from Africa, it seems like she has a lot going on. A man named Junior Kabongo sent Hudgens dozens of e-mails, …

    November 25, 2014 3:01 pm
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Editorial

  • US, allies’ decision to extend Iran nuclear talks by 7 months paves path to nukes


    Nov. 24, 2014:U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a group photo during their meeting in Vienna. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool) A 12-year-long outreach program to secure an accord with Tehran to effectively dismantle its nuclear infrastructure failed on Monday, when the United States and its allies announced a seven-month extension to negotiations. Neither Secretary of State John Kerry, nor any other Obama administration  official indicated how they plan to bridge the “significant gaps” between the two sides as mentioned by President Obama a day earlier. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his president Hassan Rouhani should be pleased, since the extension will pour an additional $5 billion dollars into the regime’s coffers. Meanwhile, …

    November 25, 2014 1:20 pm
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Odd News

  • Putin’s tiger the main suspect in mystery China goat deaths: Xinhua


    BEIJING (Reuters) – A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main suspect in a series of goat deaths in China’s northeast, state media reported Chinese local authorities as saying on Tuesday. Siberian tiger experts have pegged Ustin, one of three tigers freed by Putin, as the killer of two goats, the official Xinhua news agency said. Three goats are still missing. According to a Xinhua witness, the dead goats’ skulls had been crushed with puncture holes “the size of a human finger clearly visible”. Ustin crossed into China in October with another of Putin’s tigers, both of which carry tracking devices, Xinhua said, adding a warning from a wildlife protection expert not to throw food at the tiger if spotted. (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Nick Macfie)

    November 25, 2014 9:38 am
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