• Net neutrality rules passed by FCC

    Net neutrality rules passed by FCC

    26 February 2015 Last updated at 18:01 By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter The FCC has given itself far more bite when it comes to regulating broadband firms New rules on how the internet should be...
  • IOC may change advertising guidelines for Rio 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Olympic officials could change the rule that obliges athletes to halt advertising campaigns during the Games in time for Rio 2016. The International Olympic Committee’s executive committee approved the move...
  • Canadian court keeps oath to Queen

    Canadian court keeps oath to Queen

    26 February 2015 Last updated at 20:01 Canada’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to remove the country’s citizenship oath, which requires applicants to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II . The appeal was launched...
  • Adrian Peterson appeal ruling overturned by judge

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – A federal judge on Thursday overturned the appeal ruling against suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson was originally charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child for striking...
  • Reinstate NFL star, judge rules

    Reinstate NFL star, judge rules

    26 February 2015 Last updated at 21:19 The Vikings have said they will now consider whether or not to reinstate Adrian Peterson A federal judge has ruled NFL running back Adrian Peterson should be reinstated...
  • Billionaire divorce: How Ken Griffin made his fortune

    Billionaire divorce: How Ken Griffin made his fortune

    Even as a college freshman, Ken Griffin realized superior technology can give investors an advantage. Back in the 1980s, the future billionaire convinced Harvard University to let him install a satellite dish on the roof...

Headline News

  • Omaha officer investigated after shooting suspect in the back


    (Reuters) – A grand jury will investigate whether an Omaha policeman broke any laws when he fatally shot an unarmed man in the back in a confrontation after the suspect allegedly committed a robbery, officials said on Thursday. Officer Alvin Lugod, 31, is being investigated in the shooting death on Monday of Danny Elrod, 39, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told a news conference. A state grand jury will hear the case and the FBI will view video from the scene, Schmaderer said, adding he did not consider the shooting to be criminal. The incident comes during heightened attention toward police shootings after a grand jury’s decision in November not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, policeman in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. The officer in the Omaha case was described by police as Asian/Pacific Islander. Elrod was white. Schmaderer said Elrod robbed a Family Dollar store about 6:30 …

    February 26, 2015 4:22 pm
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Politics

  • Senate nears security funding vote, Boehner mum on House plans


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the clock ticking toward a midnight Friday deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate is moving toward passing a funding bill but the House of Representatives leader offered no hints of following suit. The Republican-dominated House has passed a $39.7 billion bill to pay for Department of Homeland Security operations, but that measure blocks funding for Democratic President Barack Obama’s executive order last year lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached a tentative deal on Wednesday to vote on a spending bill without the House restrictions, although it was unclear when the vote would occur. Senate leaders were trying to get agreement from all 100 members to allow a quick vote. “The House has done its work. When the Senate does its work, we’ll let you know how we will proceed,” House Speaker John Boehner …

    February 26, 2015 1:01 pm
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Stocks

  • Billionaire divorce: How Ken Griffin made his fortune


    Even as a college freshman, Ken Griffin realized superior technology can give investors an advantage. Back in the 1980s, the future billionaire convinced Harvard University to let him install a satellite dish on the roof of his dorm building so Griffin could get better access to stock quotes. Griffin would go on to build a $24 billion hedge fund empire in Chicago, in part by doubling down on technology. Today he’s one of the wealthiest managers in the hedge fund world. That fortune is at the heart of a divorce battle with his wife Anne Dias Griffin. She recently raised eyebrows by demanding $1 million in monthly expenses, including a whopping $160,000 a month for hotels and $2,000 a month for stationery. Citadel’s success: Despite the controversy swirling around Griffin, his hedge fund continues to hit home runs — even as many of its peers are barely hitting singles. Citadel has three big funds, all …

    February 26, 2015 3:21 pm
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Sports

  • IOC may change advertising guidelines for Rio 2016


    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Olympic officials could change the rule that obliges athletes to halt advertising campaigns during the Games in time for Rio 2016. The International Olympic Committee’s executive committee approved the move in Rio on Thursday and will put the plan before the next full IOC session in Kuala Lumpur in July. “The IOC would … allow generic, i.e. not Olympic advertising, during the period of the Games which hasn’t been allowed till now,” said spokesperson Mark Adams. The move would alter Rule 40 that states “no competitor, coach, trainer or official who participates in the Olympic Games may allow his person, name, picture or sports performances to be used for advertising purposes during the Olympic Games”. That regulation was seen as overly harsh by some athletes who took to social media to criticize it during London 2012. (Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Tony Jimenez)

    February 26, 2015 4:22 pm
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World News

  • Net neutrality rules passed by FCC


    26 February 2015 Last updated at 18:01 By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter The FCC has given itself far more bite when it comes to regulating broadband firms New rules on how the internet should be governed have been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. In what is seen as a victory for advocates of net neutrality, the commission voted in favour of changes proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler. Three commissioners voted in favour and two against. The US Telecommunications Industry Association said that broadband providers would take “immediate” legal action over the rule changes. The main changes for broadband providers are as follows: Broadband access is being reclassified as a telecommunications service, meaning it will be subject to much heavier regulation Broadband providers cannot block or speed up connections for a fee Internet providers cannot strike deals with content firms, known as paid prioritisation, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers Interconnection deals, where content …

    February 26, 2015 4:22 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed as UN study found


    Related images(click to enlarge) The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period. That previous estimate, from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Forest Resource Assessment, was based on a collection of reports from dozens of countries. The new estimate, in contrast, is based on vast amounts of Landsat image data which directly record the changes to forests over 20 years. “Several satellite-based local and regional studies have been made for changing rates of deforestation [during] the 1990s and 2000s, but our study is the first pan-tropical scale analysis,” explains University of Maryland, College Park, geographer Do-Hyung Kim, lead author of the new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. Kim and his …

    February 26, 2015 1:01 pm
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Health

  • South Carolina court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $136 million in Risperdal case


    (Reuters) – South Carolina’s Supreme Court ordered Johnson Johnson to pay a penalty of $136 million, upholding a jury’s finding that the drugmaker’s Janssen unit had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. A trial court had earlier ordered JJ to pay $327 million, but the Supreme Court more than halved that penalty, citing a provision in South Carolina law that no action can be taken in such cases after three years of the discovery of unlawful conduct. South Carolina filed its complaint in April 2007. “Janssen’s desire for market share and increased sales knew no bounds, leading to its egregious violation of South Carolina law,” Justice John Kittredge wrote in the ruling on Wednesday. “Yet, the absence of significant actual harm resulting from Janssen’s deceptive conduct leads us to conclude the trial court erred in part in its penalty assessment.” JJ spokeswoman Pamela Van Houten did not immediately respond to a …

    February 26, 2015 4:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Liam Gallagher Slams Kanye West’s Brit Awards Performance, Calls It "Utter Sh*t"


    Posted on Thu Feb 26th, 2015 12:53pm PDT       By X17 Staff Thems fightin’ words! Music’s original mouthy bad boy Liam Gallagher is taking a bite out of Kanye West — and his performance at the 2015 Brit Awards. Last night Kim K’s big man performed a new tune, “All Day,” at the 02 Arena in London — and the unruly Oasis singer was having NONE of it. After the performance, which included back up performers as well as collaborators, Gallagher took to Twitter to slam the rapper, simply writing, “Kanye West. Utter Sh-t. LG x.” The 42-year-old Brit also added another dig, “@kanyewest …And you’re a million miles away from College Dropout.” Take that Kanye! We wonder how the outspoken “Black Skinhead” will respond? Whatever the reaction — Liam better arm himself because a battle’s been waged!   Stories from around the Web

    February 26, 2015 3:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Netanyahu’s speech to Congress: What Israel’s leader can and cannot say


    At the moment, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is putting the finishing touches on his speech to a joint session of Congress, scheduled (despite strong opposition from the White House) for Tuesday, March 3. This is a hard speech to write. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The problem is not with the message. Netanyahu knows exactly what he wants to say: That the nuclear deal that the U.S. administration is pushing with the Islamic Republic of Iran poses a terrible and unacceptable threat to Israel’s national security. Bibi’s challenge is to explain this in language that is clear to the American people—his real audience—without insulting President Obama and his supporters. Bibi’s challenge is to explain this in language that is clear to the American people—his real audience—without insulting President Obama and his supporters. That won’t be easy. Simply put (and Bibi can’t put it this simply) the president of the United States can’t be trusted. This is not …

    February 26, 2015 1:41 pm
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Odd News

  • At least eight linked to theft, beating death of emu in Texas


    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Eight people have either been arrested or cited by police for their roles in stealing an emu in a rural Texas town and beating it to death, the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department said on Thursday. “The incident began in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 15 during a party attended by a large number of area high school students,” it said. One person, aged 18, was arrested for charges including animal cruelty. Seven minors were given citations for criminal trespass and could face charges including animal cruelty and theft, it said. The department said it has obtained photographs and videos of the incident that took place near Hasse, about 120 miles north of Austin, but officials did not give any details on who owned the animal. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Susan Heavey)

    February 26, 2015 1:01 pm
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