• The ‘fat girl’ everybody loved

    The ‘fat girl’ everybody loved

    Image copyright Getty Images The American singer Sophie Tucker, who died 50 years ago on Tuesday, was one of the most successful recording artists of her day. She was on intimate terms with presidents and...
  • Hibernian merit cup replay

    Hibernian merit cup replay

    Hibernian have home advantage for the Scottish Cup replay Hibernian’s dramatic comeback against Edinburgh rivals Hearts to force a Scottish Cup replay was thoroughly merited, claims manager Alan Stubbs. “I thought it was the least...
  • Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    The Grammy award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer and actress is famously dramatic — her delivery and look didn’t disappoint. Some folks on social media took the opportunity to rib Gaga about her resemblance to a certain...
  • Venezuelan shops halve work hours

    Venezuelan shops halve work hours

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Blackouts, common in some rural parts of Venezuela, have also hit the capital, Caracas, because of the drought. Shopping centres in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, say they will be halving...
  • Jones wants big England win in Italy

    Jones wants big England win in Italy

    Eddie Jones said he was always confident his side would beat Scotland in their Six Nations opener England head coach Eddie Jones wants his new side to maintain their early Six Nations momentum by giving...

Headline News

  • Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50


    The Grammy award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer and actress is famously dramatic — her delivery and look didn’t disappoint. Some folks on social media took the opportunity to rib Gaga about her resemblance to a certain flamboyant movie character: Effie Trinket of the “The Hunger Games.”

    February 7, 2016 8:51 pm
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Politics

  • Potential New Hampshire spoiler Kasich could pose threat to Rubio


    MANCHESTER, N.H. U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is polling in the low single digits nationally but may be poised to play the role of spoiler in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary by cutting into the support of higher-profile rivals such as Marco Rubio. The Ohio governor, who is vowing to erase the U.S. budget deficit without shredding the safety net for poor Americans, has built a base of support among moderate Republicans and independent voters, who wield special clout in New Hampshire because they can vote in either party’s primary. Kasich, 63, has the support of about 12 to 14 percent of New Hampshire’s voters in recent polls. The former congressman has staked the viability of his White House aspirations on New Hampshire, whose pivotal primary is part of the state-by-state contests to pick the party nominees for the Nov. 8 election to replace Democratic President Barack Obama. While well behind billionaire real estate mogul …

    February 7, 2016 8:31 pm
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Stocks

  • CBS uses Super Bowl to announce ‘The Good Wife’ is ending


    CBS used a Super Bowl promo to announce the end of its beloved drama “The Good Wife.” The commercial, shown during the second quarter of Sunday night’s game, confirmed what fans have suspected for a while: that this seventh season will be Alicia Florrick’s last. Julianna Margulies plays Alicia in the Emmy-winning series. The show’s executive producers and co-creators Robert and Michelle King said, “We’re looking forward to using this seventh season to bring Alicia’s story to its natural conclusion. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful.” The Super Bowl promo said nine episodes are remaining. It appeared to be an unusual “first” for a TV network — an announcement about a show’s ending during the highest-rated telecast of the year. In a press release, CBS explained the move by saying it announced the finale “in dramatic fashion.” The final episode will air on May 8, the network said. In a joint statement, CBS Entertainment …

    February 7, 2016 8:51 pm
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Sports

  • Hibernian merit cup replay


    Hibernian have home advantage for the Scottish Cup replay Hibernian’s dramatic comeback against Edinburgh rivals Hearts to force a Scottish Cup replay was thoroughly merited, claims manager Alan Stubbs. “I thought it was the least we deserved,” said the Hibs boss after the 2-2 last-16 draw at Tynecastle. “The contribution we made, if we had lost it wouldn’t have been a fair reflection of the game. “The lads believe in themselves, and when you have that and you have team spirit, anything is possible.” Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Hearts 2-2 Hibernian Hearts were two goals up at the interval thanks to strikes by Arnaud Djoum and Sam Nicholson. But Hibs rallied and scored in the 80th minute through Jason Cummings and forced a replay at Easter Road when Paul Hanlon slid in to score. Stubbs told BBC Scotland: “The lads have shown great character again. “I never doubt this team. …

    February 7, 2016 9:31 pm
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World News

  • The ‘fat girl’ everybody loved


    Image copyright Getty Images The American singer Sophie Tucker, who died 50 years ago on Tuesday, was one of the most successful recording artists of her day. She was on intimate terms with presidents and gangsters, and she showed that it was possible for a female artist to get to the top of show business on her own terms. In 1962, when Americans were asked what they thought when they heard the name “Sophie” 95% answered “Tucker”. By this stage, the singer had gambled a fortune away and also given millions to charity. She had known seven US presidents and counted both Chicago mobster Al Capone and FBI boss J Edgar Hoover as close friends. She smoked so much that a parrot, belonging to one of her friends, would cough every time her name was mentioned. Tucker was known as “the last of the red hot mamas”, a nickname from one of her most popular …

    February 7, 2016 9:31 pm
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Technology

  • Pope Francis to be greeted by 19km of mobile phone lights on Mexico City visit


    Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week. Related: Indigenous struggle in Chiapas will come ‘out in the open’ for Pope Francis’s visit The 79-year-old himself expressed “great happiness” at his looming visit, during which he will tour a major Catholic shrine in Mexico City and meet victims of violence and poverty. Thousands of well-wishers are expected to come out to welcome the Argentine pontiff when he lands in Mexico City late on Friday. They want to make the longest ever human light chain on record. They plan to line the 19km (12m) route from the airport to the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in the capital as the pontiff passes through in the Popemobile. “We want to receive the Holy Father with a special wall, what we call a wall of light and prayer,” said Roberto Delgado, …

    February 7, 2016 8:51 pm
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Science

  • Online shopping might not be as green as we thought


    Related images(click to enlarge) Logic suggests that online shopping is “greener” than traditional shopping. After all, when people shop from home, they are not jumping into their cars, one by one, to travel to the mall or the big box store. But a multi-year regional study at the University of Delaware suggests that home shopping has a greater impact on the transportation sector than the public might suspect. The results of the research are documented in a paper, “Impacts of Home Shopping on Vehicle Operations and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. The study, which focused on the city of Newark, Delaware, was led by Arde Faghri, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Delaware Center for Transportation (DCT). The project included data collection through a survey to identify shopping behavior and summary of the survey results by product category, followed by …

    February 7, 2016 7:31 pm
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Health

  • Vacation Weight Gain Can Lead to ‘Creeping Obesity,’ Study Finds


    SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Along with souvenirs, there’s a good chance you’ll return from your vacation with some extra weight, new research suggests. The study looked at 122 American adults, aged 18 to 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks between March and August. Sixty-one percent gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds, and that weight tended to stay on after they returned home. Some gained as much as 7 pounds, while others lost weight, the investigators found. One of the main contributors to vacation weight gain was increased intake of calories, especially from alcohol. The average number of drinks went from eight a week before vacation to 16 a week while on vacation, the researchers said. The findings are alarming, according to study author Jamie Cooper, an associate professor in the department of foods and nutrition at the University of Georgia. “If …

    February 7, 2016 8:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Orlando Bloom Is All Smiles With New Flame Katy Perry In The Backseat Of His Car


    Posted on Sun Feb 7th, 2016 9:35am PDT       By X17 Staff For the second time in the last week, hot new couple Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have hung out, and X17 photographers snapped the duo leaving a party at Robert Downey Jr’s Malibu home on Saturday afternoon. Bloom’s 5-year-old son Flynn was with them, so it seems like he was bonding with Katy in the backseat. Katy made no attempt to cover her face, and Orly even gave photographers a cheeky smile. How cute! While KP was spotted hanging out with former flame John Mayer about a month ago, she was seen with Orlando last week at a birthday party. Girl moves fast! Can’t say we blame her though — Orly is a babe, and probably less of a player than Mr. Mayer…   SEE THE GALLERY Orlando Bloom And Katy Perry Party In Malibu Stories from around the Web

    February 7, 2016 9:11 pm
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Editorial

  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire


    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am
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Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin


    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm
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