• What Marco Rubio needs to do now to win

    A few days before the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz called Marco Rubio a “Republican Obama.” It was intended to be an insult. Rubio should take it as a compliment. Like Barack Obama eight years ago,...
  • Everton edge towards £200m takeover

    Everton fans fly a plane with a banner calling for chairman Bill Kenwright to leave Everton are moving closer to a £200m takeover after talks with an American consortium. The group, led by former San...
  • Japan and the whale

    Japan and the whale

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wada is one of five ports allowed to whale under Japan’s coastal whaling program Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan’s population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not...
  • Is J.J. Watt On Tinder?

    Is J.J. Watt On Tinder?

    J.J. Watt hit up the Super Bowl festivities on the weekend to accept his Defensive Player of the Year award. Since it was Super Bowl weekend, it was interview time for Watt. It seems that despite...
  • ‘Willett win bodes well for Britons’

    ‘Willett win bodes well for Britons’

    Willett is ranked 13th in the world and has won four European Tour titles After the season of his life in 2015, Danny Willett maintained momentum with his stellar victory at last week’s Dubai Desert...

Headline News

  • Pennsylvania woman sentenced to jail in attack on gay couple


    A 25-year-old Pennsylvania woman convicted of joining a group attack on a gay couple in a predominantly gay Philadelphia neighborhood was sentenced to five to 10 months in jail, prosecutors said on Monday. A jury in December found Kathryn Knott, of Southampton, Pennsylvania, guilty of the misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy and two counts of reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11, 2014 beating, the Philadelphia District Attorney’ Office said in a statement. In addition to jail time, Knott was ordered to serve two years probation and pay $2,000 in fines. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. Knott, who was immediately taken into custody after her sentencing, is the last of three people to be sentenced in the incident. Knott’s friends, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, both entered into plea agreements in October. The trio were celebrating a birthday with other friends in Center City, Philadelphia, where the attack took …

    February 8, 2016 6:18 pm
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Politics

  • Obama, Italy’s Mattarella discuss fight against Islamic State in Libya


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met on Monday in the White House and discussed efforts to work together to combat the Islamic State in Libya. During a meeting in the Oval Office, Obama and Mattarella talked about the need to help Libya form a united government. “That will allow us to help them build up their security capacity and to push back against efforts by ISIL to gain a foothold in that country,” Obama told reporters after the meeting, using an acronym for Islamic State. Islamic State forces have attacked Libya’s oil infrastructure and taken control of the city of Sirte, exploiting a power vacuum in the North African country where two rival governments have been battling for supremacy. Obama and Mattarella also discussed the refugee crisis facing Europe and the situation in Iraq and Syria. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    February 8, 2016 12:37 pm
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Stocks

  • Al Jazeera America to shut down online site later this month


    Al Jazeera America’s web site will stop publishing new stories on February 26, and the channel will cease broadcasting on April 12, a spokeswoman for the news organization said Monday. Last month Al Jazeera announced the closure of its American TV operation effective April 30. The specific dates were shared with staff members on Monday afternoon. “Starting in late February, the Al Jazeera America website will feature highlights of coverage of the past 2.5 years,” the spokeswoman said. The dates were first reported by Politico. David V. Johnson, a senior opinion editor for the site, said in a tweet that the site could be taken down altogether in April. “We’re also looking into where to retain legacy content,” he said. About 700 staff members are expected to be affected by the shut-down of the web site and cable channel. A small number of them may move over to Al Jazeera English, the English-language channel that …

    February 8, 2016 6:58 pm
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Sports

  • Everton edge towards £200m takeover


    Everton fans fly a plane with a banner calling for chairman Bill Kenwright to leave Everton are moving closer to a £200m takeover after talks with an American consortium. The group, led by former San Diego Padres owner John Jay Moores and fellow entrepreneur Charles Noell, have been in talks with Toffees owner Bill Kenwright in recent months. Moores and Noell were previously interested in investing in Swansea. The pair have spent a six-week due diligence period looking at Everton’s accounts. In addition to speaking to chairman Kenwright, they have had talks with the club’s other major shareholders, Robert Earl and Jon Woods. The Toffees have declined to comment on the latest interest – but in 2015 there were several parties considering a deal to buy the Premier League club. In October, City of London sources revealed to BBC Sport that American investors, some with links to Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City, were …

    February 8, 2016 6:18 pm
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World News

  • Japan and the whale


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wada is one of five ports allowed to whale under Japan’s coastal whaling program Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan’s population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not economic. So why does Japan still do it? The answer from the Japanese government is that whaling is an ancient part of Japanese culture, that fishermen have caught whales for centuries, and that Japan will never allow foreigners to tell its people what they can and cannot eat. One Japanese official once said to me: “Japanese people never eat rabbits, but we don’t tell British people that they shouldn’t”. I pointed out that rabbits are not exactly an endangered species. Image copyright AFP Image caption There is a long history to anti-whaling protests Still, there is some merit to the government’s argument. A number of coastal communities in Japan have indeed hunted whales for centuries, and continue to do so. …

    February 8, 2016 6:18 pm
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Technology

  • French privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook’s use of personal data


    The French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users’ web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop some transfers of personal data to the US. The French order is the first significant action to be taken against a company transferring Europeans’ data to the US following an EU court ruling last year that struck down an agreement that had been relied on by thousands of companies, including Facebook, to avoid cumbersome EU data transfer rules. The transatlantic Safe Harbour pact was ruled illegal last year amid concerns over mass US government snooping and EU data protection authorities said firms had three months to set up alternative legal arrangements for transferring data. That deadline expired last week, meaning regulators can now start taking legal action against companies still relying on Safe Harbour for approval to transfer data. “Facebook transfers personal data to the United States on …

    February 8, 2016 4:57 pm
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Science

  • Double dose of bad earthquake news


    Related images(click to enlarge) RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A team of researchers, including one from the University of California, Riverside, has discovered that earthquake ruptures can jump much further than previously thought, a finding that could have severe implications on the Los Angeles area and other regions in the world. The scientists found that an earthquake that initiates on one thrust fault can spread 10 times farther than previously thought to a second nearby thrust fault, vastly expanding the possible range of “earthquake doublets,” or double earthquakes. That could mean in areas such as Los Angeles, where there are multiple thrust faults close to each other, an earthquake from one thrust fault could spread to another fault, creating twice as much devastation. One potential bad scenario involves a single earthquake spreading between the Puente Hills thrust fault, which runs under downtown Los Angeles, and the Sierra Madre thrust fault, located close to Pasadena, said Gareth Funning, …

    February 8, 2016 3:37 pm
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Health

  • U.S. researchers find new bacteria that causes Lyme disease


    ATLANTA Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, discovered the new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, the CDC said in a statement. Previously, only one bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was believed to cause human Lyme disease, which is transmitted through bites from by the blacklegged “deer” tick, the CDC statement said. The new bacteria has so far only been detected in the upper Midwest region of the United States, the CDC said. Researchers discovered Borrelia mayonii after studying blood samples of patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota who were suspected of having Lyme disease from 2012-2014, the CDC said. Samples from six out of 9,000 patients showed “unusual results” and prompted further study, the health agency said. The newly discovered bacteria is similar to …

    February 8, 2016 4:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Is J.J. Watt On Tinder?


    J.J. Watt hit up the Super Bowl festivities on the weekend to accept his Defensive Player of the Year award. Since it was Super Bowl weekend, it was interview time for Watt. It seems that despite winning the award and being one of the most eligible bachelor’s on the planet, the Houston Texan still uses the Tinder dating app to find “dates.”  During an interview with Players’ Tribune, Watt was asked several different questions about random things. He was asked to answer the questions with the first thing that pops into his head.  When it came to a Tinder question, Watt got a little shy.  Maybe the first thought he had about Tinder wasn’t a PG one.  Athletes love Tinder. In a three-sport city, a gal can easily get matched with two or three athletes in a week. The Super Bowl must have been a Tinder madhouse.  Watt recently joined Snapchat where he snapped a photo …

    February 8, 2016 5:17 pm
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Editorial

  • What Marco Rubio needs to do now to win


    A few days before the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz called Marco Rubio a “Republican Obama.” It was intended to be an insult. Rubio should take it as a compliment. Like Barack Obama eight years ago, Rubio is a young and handsome first-term U.S. senator, an eloquent speaker with a compelling personal story who is a candidate for the presidency of the United States. And like Obama eight years ago, Rubio is in a horse race. And despite his stumble in Saturday night’s debate in New Hampshire, he nonetheless is sitting comfortably behind the leaders and ready to make his move. Once he sees his opening, he could sprint all the way to the White House. In many ways, America is back where it was eight years ago. Voters are looking for renewed hope and a sense of identity, and they want their country to regain its pride and stature in the world. There is a …

    February 8, 2016 6:58 pm
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Odd News

  • Wisconsin couple, too drunk to drive, give keys to 9-year-old: court


    MILWAUKEE A Wisconsin couple allowed their 9-year-old daughter to drive them and their 11-month-old baby because they were too drunk to do so themselves, according to Polk County Circuit Court records. Jason Roth, 36, and Amanda Eggert, 32, pleaded not guilty at the court on Friday to charges of recklessly endangering safety and neglecting a child, according to the online records. On Jan. 31, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about an erratic driver and found the couple and their children parked at a boat drop in Polk County, about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, according to a criminal complaint. The deputy arrested the couple when he learned that their 9-year-old daughter was driving them and their baby home in their pickup truck because they were both intoxicated, according to the complaint from the county prosecutor’s office. Eggert also faces several charges stemming from a fight she had with paramedics who arrived to help …

    February 8, 2016 3:57 pm
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