• Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love. On the...
  • Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions

    Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 18:50 The Peshawar massacre sparked national outrage Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar...
  • McDonald’s violated worker rights: NLRB

    McDonald’s violated worker rights: NLRB

      A government labor watchdog has accused McDonald’s and some franchise owners of violating workers rights by retaliating against them for taking part in fast food protests. The National Labor Relations Board said Friday that...
  • Nyman finds Val Gardena to his taste again

    VAL GARDENA, Italy – American downhiller Steven Nyman demonstrated his love of Val Gardena’s Saslong piste with his third career victory at the Italian resort on Friday. In his 13 years on the World Cup...
  • FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

    FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 17:14 The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un. The agency said analysis...
  • Gold tooth lands in Missouri Salvation Army kettle

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – People have tossed gold and silver pieces into Salvation Army holiday kettles but a gold tooth found this week in Kansas City was a local first, an organization leader said...

Headline News

  • Man allegedly used Ponzi scheme proceeds to freeze deceased wife


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man U.S. prosecutors say bilked investors out of $5 million by telling them he would invest it in commodities and currencies allegedly used some of the money to have his wife cryogenically frozen after she died, according to a court filing on Friday. A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Whileon Chay, 38, with three counts of fraud for soliciting investor funds he said he would manage through a number of businesses, including New York-based 4X Solutions, according to the filing. Chay fled to Peru in 2011 after learning he was under investigation by U.S. authorities, a source familiar with the matter said. He has not returned. Reuters could not determine whether he has a lawyer. According to the indictment, Chay was raising money from investors as early as 2007. He showed them falsified reports on the performance of various investment strategies in currencies, gold and other markets, and told …

    December 19, 2014 1:28 pm
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Politics

  • Hagel could be briefed Friday on Bergdahl investigation: Pentagon


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to be briefed as early as Friday on an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby said it would be up to the Army to decide on the timing of the release of details of the investigation and any steps to be taken. “It is an Army investigation, and it is Army’s decision to determine what, if anything, they will do,” Kirby told a regular news briefing. Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap after five years in captivity. Some of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan have said that Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after he deserted his post. The administration of President Barack Obama was initially praised for securing his release, but there was a backlash from critics on Capitol Hill who charged …

    December 19, 2014 11:47 am
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Stocks

  • McDonald’s violated worker rights: NLRB


      A government labor watchdog has accused McDonald’s and some franchise owners of violating workers rights by retaliating against them for taking part in fast food protests. The National Labor Relations Board said Friday that McDonald’s (MCD) and franchise owners subjected workers to “discriminatory discipline” for participating in nationwide protests aimed at raising pay in the fast food industry. According to complaints from the NLRB, the restaurant owners reduced hours and discharged some workers who took part in the movement. The company also engaged in other “coercive conduct” designed to punish employees, including surveillance, interrogations and restricting worker’s ability to communicate with union representatives. McDonald’s said in a statement that it will contest the allegations. The company also said that the government agency “improperly and dramatically strike at the heart of the franchise system — a system that creates economic opportunity, jobs and income for thousands of business owners and their employees across the country.”

    December 19, 2014 12:47 pm
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Sports

  • Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love. On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking. A German team, unshackled from its pragmatic past and playing with uninhibited flair, won a World Cup in Brazil that exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the final at the sprawling Maracana in Rio de Janeiro thanks to a superb extra-time goal from baby-faced substitute Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990. The hosts buckled under the weight of expectation, finishing fourth, but never had the samba nation shone so brightly on the world stage. Magnanimous in defeat, Brazil delivered a tournament that will be remembered for its contagious carnival atmosphere, infecting everyone from the golden sands of Copacabana Beach to …

    December 19, 2014 1:28 pm
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World News

  • Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 18:50 The Peshawar massacre sparked national outrage Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school. One of those executed was convicted over an attack on Pakistan’s Army HQ in 2009, the other over an assassination attempt on ex-leader Pervez Musharraf. The UN had earlier urged Pakistan not to resume its executions. Some 141 people, all but nine of them children, died in the Taliban attack on the Army Public school in Peshawar. Pakistan’s military carried out operations against Taliban units in areas near the border with Afghanistan on Friday, saying it had killed 59 militants. ‘Different crimes’ The two executions were carried out in the central city of Faisalabad late on Friday, officials said. Pakistani media named the two executed men as Aqeel, alias Dr Usman, and Arshad Mehmood. Usman was arrested during the …

    December 19, 2014 1:28 pm
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Technology

  • Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance


    Ebay announced on Thursday it’s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council because of the lobbying group’s views on climate change. The online marketplace is the latest technology firm to part ways with the right-wing organization over environmental concerns. “After our annual review of eBay Inc’s memberships in trade associations and third-party organizations, we’ve decided not to renew our membership with Alec,” an eBay spokesperson said. In September, Eric Schmidt announced Google would be leaving Alec because “they’re just literally lying” about climate change. This prompted a wave of departures from other tech companies, including Facebook and Yelp, over similar concerns. Microsoft had previously left Alec in July. The current mass exodus from Alec marks a change from a previous round of departures, in which companies left Alec over concerns about its stance on “stand your ground” legislation. Environmental activists welcomed eBay’s move. “This is a major victory for those of us who have …

    December 19, 2014 12:07 pm
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Science

  • SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System


    [image-69]NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 v.1.1 rocket, then launch, fly, land and recover the crew. The company also outlined how it will achieve NASA certification of its system to enable transport of crews to and from the space station. “This milestone sets the pace for the rigorous work ahead as SpaceX meets the certification requirements outlined in our contract,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. “It is very exciting to see SpaceX’s proposed path to certification, including a flight test phase and completion of the system development.” On Sept. 16, the agency unveiled its selection of SpaceX …

    December 19, 2014 12:08 pm
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Health

  • FDA grants accelerated approval to AstraZeneca’s ovary cancer drug


    (Reuters) – AstraZeneca Plc’s ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after it was approved by the European Commission. An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had voted in June against granting an accelerated approval to the drug, Lynparza, citing inadequate data. Lynparza aims to treat ovarian cancer in patients with certain hereditary gene mutations. (1.usa.gov/1sGvFTe) (Reporting by Anjali Rao Koppala in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

    December 19, 2014 12:07 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Parties With Pals Despite Losing 3.5 Million Instagram Followers


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 11:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Nothing’s too much when you are the Biebs. The “Baby” boy spent a whopping $2,700 for a dozen friends to do some after hours go-karting at the MB2 Raceway on Wednesday. Bieber and his crew, which consisted of a bunch of drop-crotch pants-wearing dudes and “good friend” Hailey Baldwin, were celebrating a bud’s birthday on Wednesday night at the raceway. The blonde “Boyfriend” crooner also had some fun when he partied down with will.i.am at the launch of the former’s I.amPULS smartband on Wednesday. We’re happy to see JB is still having some fun despite no longer being dethroned as the most popular person on Instagram. The 20-year-old lost 3.5 million followers after the “Instagram Rapture” earlier this week. Turns out that %15 of the singer’s followers were fake accounts. Take that, you unruly Canadian! Kim Kardashian is the new king of Instagram.   Stories …

    December 19, 2014 1:48 pm
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Editorial

  • Immigration: Fight against Obama’s lawlessness just beginning


    When it comes to confronting President Obama’s lawless immigration actions, we’ve only just begun to fight. Earlier this month, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee, spelling out exactly how President Obama’s immigration actions violated the Constitution. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Public testimony plays a critical role in educating members of Congress and educating the public, but testimony alone can’t stop President Obama. Stopping the president requires legal and legislative action. Let’s reform our immigration system, but let’s do it according to a constitutional process. President Obama claims he’s acting because Congress has “failed” to act. But what he really means is that he’s acting because Congress has failed to give him exactly what he wants. That’s why my colleagues and I at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Tuesday joined with 27 members of Congress and more than 60,000 Americans to file an amicus brief in the leading lawsuit against President Obama’s immigration actions. …

    December 19, 2014 12:07 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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