• Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

    BUFFALO (Reuters) – Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of...
  • Aldridge, Blazers rally past Celtics

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Portland edged the Celtics,94-88, on Sunday. The Trail Blazers were behind at the half but got hot from the field...
  • Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

    Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 01:24 Peru is investigating the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a beach on its northern coastline. The local governor has accused fishermen of poisoning the mammals,...
  • Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury’s decision

    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge...
  • Seahawks beat Cards in defensive battle

    Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Seattle Seahawks used a stellar defensive performance to prevent the Arizona Cardinals from beating them at home for a second straight year. The Seahawks came away with a 19-3 victory...
  • Mother of baby left in drain charged

    Mother of baby left in drain charged

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 23:00 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The baby is receiving treatment at Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital Australian police have charged a 30-year-old woman with attempted...
  • Taylor Swift And Selena Gomez Are Clearly Great BFFs

    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 1:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff The 1975 at The Palladium. @selenagomez @elliegoulding A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:49am PST These two get along...
  • Obama praise for ‘President Clinton’

    Obama praise for ‘President Clinton’

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 22:47 Hillary Clinton is expected to announce next year whether she will run in the 2016 White House race Hillary Clinton would be a “great president” if she decided...

Headline News

  • Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York


    BUFFALO (Reuters) – Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Creeks appeared to be flowing smoothly and no flooding had been reported as the sun began to go down, county officials said. More than 775 members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. Roofs collapsed and some people were stuck in their cars for more than 24 hours when the heaviest snow fall in memory hit areas of New York state along the Great Lakes. The November storm system, dubbed the “Knife Storm,” lasted for three days. The National Weather Service said roads could flood …

    November 23, 2014 7:44 pm
    0 Comments

Politics

  • Does Hillary Clinton smell like a new car?


    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE November 23, 2014 Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) President Barack Obama says voters want a “new car smell” in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be “a great president.” But would Clinton pass that particular smell test? In a nationally televised interview broadcast Sunday, Obama seemed to suggest that any Democrat other than him would provide the turn of the page that he says voters are interested in. He acknowledged the “dings” to his own political standing during nearly six years of sometimes bruising battles with Congress and said Americans will want something new. “They want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me,” Obama said in the interview with ABC’s “This Week,” which was taped Friday in Las Vegas following a public appearance there by the president. He said a number of possible Democratic candidates …

    November 23, 2014 4:42 pm
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • ‘Regin’ malware described as ‘groundbreaking and almost peerless’


      Experts don’t know where it came from, and aren’t quite sure what it does. But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat appears to have been designed by a government, and is “groundbreaking and almost peerless.” Regin, as they’ve dubbed it, is malware that has been lurking in computers for as long as six years, according to Symantec (SYMC, Tech30), the cybersecurity firm that produces Norton Antivirus. “Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state,” Symantec said Sunday, explaining that “development took months, if not years, to complete.” The researchers said little to answer several key questions: Who designed it? How widely has it spread? What has it scooped up? What are the risks? Related: Russian website streams thousands of private webcams They said Regin has been discovered in at least 10 countries and was most heavily …

    November 23, 2014 5:43 pm
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Aldridge, Blazers rally past Celtics


    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Portland edged the Celtics,94-88, on Sunday. The Trail Blazers were behind at the half but got hot from the field later in the game and finally erased a Boston lead that persisted through the entire first half. Portland got great contributions from its bench, led by veterans Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. Kaman scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards in 17 minutes, and Blake chipped in 11 on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green tied for the Celtics lead with 19 points apiece. Rajon Rondo ran the Boston offensive effectively with 13 points on nine shots and a game-high eight assists. Avery Bradley also scored 13 despite shooting just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    November 23, 2014 7:44 pm
    0 Comments

World News

  • Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 01:24 Peru is investigating the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a beach on its northern coastline. The local governor has accused fishermen of poisoning the mammals, which usually come close to the shore looking for food. But Peruvian environmental police are looking into other possible causes for the deaths, including disease and the accidental ingestion of plastic. The rotting corpses were found on Anconcillo beach in the Ancash region. Agents said the bodies were of young as well as old animals, the official Andina news agency reported. They were considered a health hazard and quickly removed from the beach, which lies some 400km (250 miles) north of the capital, Lima. Earlier this month, a similar incident happened further north, in the Piura region, where the bodies of nearly 200 sea lions, dolphins, turtles and pelicans washed ashore. Officials are still investigating the causes of those deaths. …

    November 23, 2014 7:44 pm
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Stealth malware found spying on telecoms, energy sectors


    Regin malware capable of capturing highjacking infected computers’ functionality. CNET An advanced piece of malware has been uncovered that has been used as long ago as 2008 to spy on governments, companies and individuals, Symantec said in a report released Sunday. The Regin cyberespionage tool uses several stealth features to avoid detection that required a significant investment of time and resources, suggesting it’s the product of a nation state, the antivirus software maker warned, without suggesting which country was behind it. The malware’s design makes it highly suited for long-term mass surveillance, the company said. “Regin’s developers put considerable effort into making it highly inconspicuous. Its low key nature means it can potentially be used in espionage campaigns lasting several years,” the company said in a statement. “Even when its presence is detected, it is very difficult to ascertain what it is doing.” Regin’s highly customizable nature allows for a wide range of remote access …

    November 23, 2014 4:43 pm
    0 Comments

Science

  • Study: Environmental bleaching impairs long-term coral reproduction


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study by a Florida State University biologist shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral. Professor Don Levitan, chair of the Department of Biological Science, writes in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series that bleaching — a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal partner that provides the coral with color — is also affecting the long-term fertility of the coral. “Even corals that didn’t bleach aren’t reproducing at the levels they should,” Levitan said. Most corals reproduce by releasing sperm and eggs into the ocean during brief annual spawning events. The chance of sperm finding and fertilizing an egg depends on corals spawning in close proximity and in synchrony with each other. In a study of the corals that build the major framework …

    November 23, 2014 5:04 pm
    0 Comments

Health

  • U.N. worker leaves French hospital after Ebola recovery


    PARIS (Reuters) – A U.N. health worker was discharged from a French hospital on Sunday and left the country after recovering from Ebola, the French Health Ministry said in a statement. The U.N. worker, whose name and nationality have not been disclosed, had been flown to France from Sierra Leone and was in isolation at the Begin military hospital in the eastern Paris suburb of Saint-Mandé. The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Reporting by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Alison Williams)

    November 23, 2014 4:43 pm
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift And Selena Gomez Are Clearly Great BFFs


    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 1:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff The 1975 at The Palladium. @selenagomez @elliegoulding A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:49am PST These two get along perfectly! The best way to get over an ex is by hanging with your closest friends and that’s exactly what Selena Gomez did on Friday night when she linked up with Taylor Swift to check out The 1975 concert at The Hollywood Palladium. The duo, who were reportedly at odds for a myriad of reasons, showed no signs of a rift as they looked extremely jovial in some snapshots Swift posted to her Instagram account with the caption, “The 1975 at The Palladium. @selenagomez @elliegoulding.” Clearly these two were meant for each other as they seem to remain tight through thick or thin (or embellished reports). Everyone needs a go to pal!   Stories from around the Web

    November 23, 2014 6:23 pm
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
    0 Comments