• Report: Bears to start Clausen over Cutler

    (SportsNetwork.com) – With two games left in a dreadful season, the Chicago Bears are reportedly benching their starting quarterback. The Bears plan to start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Sunday’s game against the Detroit...
  • EU leaders focus on investment boost

    EU leaders focus on investment boost

    18 December 2014 Last updated at 00:05 Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU – struggling for growth – is in the “last chance saloon” EU leaders are heading for a Brussels summit to discuss an ambitious...
  • Switching to spintronics

    Switching to spintronics

    Related images(click to enlarge) In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully...

Headline News

  • NY unlikely to face lawsuits over fracking ban, experts say


    ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) – When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted “a ton of lawsuits” against the state. But that is unlikely as the end of a drilling boom has left the industry in no mood for a fight, industry experts and lawyers said. “I think most of the companies in the industry are disinterested in fighting,” said Brad Gill, the executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, a trade group. Six years ago, before the start of a lengthy New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, the governor might have been right. But since then, the fracking phenomenon has turned from mania to mundane. Chesapeake Energy, once one of the biggest leaseholders in New York, last year gave up a legal battle to retain thousands of acres in the state. Norse Energy went bankrupt in 2012 after more …

    December 17, 2014 8:08 pm
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Politics

  • Washington governor unveils carbon cap-and-trade plan


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out a plan for a carbon cap-and-trade program aimed at fighting global warming and raising $1 billion a year for state schools and public transportation initiatives, but he will first need the support of a divided state legislature. The program would place an overall limit, or cap, on the amount of carbon that large businesses and fuel distributors can emit. Those companies would then have the option to either reduce their carbon output, buy carbon permits at state-run auctions, or purchase permits from other businesses on the open market. However, the program faces an uphill battle politically since it will need the state legislature to sign off on the proposal before becoming law, including approval from the Republican-held state Senate. The proposal in many ways mirrors California’s two-year-old cap-and-trade program, which, like Washington, also aims to help the state roll carbon emissions back to …

    December 17, 2014 7:28 pm
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Stocks

  • Americans send $2 billion a year to Cuba


      Trade with Cuba has been blocked for decades, but nearly $2 billion was sent to Cubans last year from within the United States. Most of it came from Cuban-Americans sending money home to their families. But now, anyone in the U.S. can send up to $8,000 a year to just about anybody in Cuba, as the Obama Administration eases restrictions with the Communist country. “You can really see the impact this money is having on the island,” said Alana Tummino, director at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. The money is often going to small, private businesses. Yes, even though Cuba is a Communist country, it has moved towards a more private economy in recent years. Related: Why I changed my mind about Cuba There are now close to 500,000 people with state-issued private business licenses for everything from restaurants, to nail salons, to coffee shops and mechanics, Tummino said. It remains …

    December 17, 2014 6:28 pm
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Sports

  • Report: Bears to start Clausen over Cutler


    (SportsNetwork.com) – With two games left in a dreadful season, the Chicago Bears are reportedly benching their starting quarterback. The Bears plan to start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, ESPN.com reported Wednesday. Cutler has started all 14 games in his sixth season for the Bears, completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,640 yards, 28 touchdowns and an NFL-high 18 interceptions. He has fumbled 12 times, losing six to lead the league in overall turnovers. Clausen, who was signed to a one-year contract in June, hasn’t started a game since 2010 for the Carolina Panthers. He has thrown nine passes in three games for Chicago (5-9) this season, completing three. Before this season, the former Notre Dame star hadn’t appeared in an NFL game since playing 13 for the Panthers as a rookie after he was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 17, 2014 8:09 pm
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World News

  • EU leaders focus on investment boost


    18 December 2014 Last updated at 00:05 Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU – struggling for growth – is in the “last chance saloon” EU leaders are heading for a Brussels summit to discuss an ambitious investment plan to help revive growth. The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, wants to generate €315bn (£250bn; $392bn) of private investment for infrastructure projects. Russia is also on the agenda of the two-day summit, with possible further EU sanctions under discussion. A BBC correspondent says new sanctions are likely to be limited in scope, but would signal EU firmness on Ukraine. The sanctions are likely to ban EU investment and finance in Crimea – which was annexed by Russia in March – and would target Russian oil and gas exploration in the Black Sea. The EU and US have ratcheted up sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces reject rule by Kiev. Infrastructure …

    December 17, 2014 8:09 pm
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Technology

  • Terrorist Threats May Blow Up ‘The Interview’s’ Box Office


    The now-notoriously controversial action comedy The Interview, which was expected to deliver profits of US$90-$95 million for Sony, may have become a financial black hole. The movie’s Thursday premiere in New York has been cancelled, and several movie theater chains have scrapped plans to screen it, following a hacker message referencing 9/11 and threatening physical attacks on theaters. Sony executives tacitly agreed to the cancellations, according to reports, but it’s not clear whether Sony has axed the movie’s Christmas debut. Sony Pictures Entertainment did not respond to our request for further details. The Short Arm of the Law Sony requested help from law enforcement agencies including the United States Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to track down the cybercriminals who breached its networks in November. The FBI on Tuesday said it was “aware of recent threats” in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Jenny Shearer. The agency is continuing “to work collaboratively …

    December 17, 2014 7:49 pm
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Science

  • Switching to spintronics


    Related images(click to enlarge) In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature. This demonstration, which runs counter to conventional scientific wisdom, points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper ways of storing and processing data. “Our work shows that 180-degree magnetization switching in the multiferroic bismuth ferrite can be achieved at room temperature with an external electric field when the kinetics of the switching involves a two-step process,” says Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies, who led this research. “We exploited this multi-step switching process to demonstrate energy-efficient control of a spintronic device.” Ramesh, who also holds the Purnendu Chatterjee Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies at the University …

    December 17, 2014 7:49 pm
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Health

  • Pharnext drug shows promise in neurological disease with no treatment


    (Reuters) – Using technology gleaned from the mapping of the human genome, privately held French drug developer Pharnext SAS is a step closer to providing a treatment for a rare neurological disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, for which no pharmaceutical therapy exists. The company on Wednesday said its three-drug combination, currently known as PXT-3003, led to a 14.4 percent improvement compared with placebo on a scale used to evaluate disability of the upper and lower limbs in an 80-patient mid-stage study. The inherited nerve disorder, caused by over expression of a gene, is characterized by a progressive muscle atrophy of the extremities, leading to problems in walking, running and balance, as well as abnormal hand function. CMT patients currently receive only supportive care for the disease including orthotics, leg braces, physical therapy or surgery. About 5 percent of CMT patients with the most common 1A form of the disease end up in a wheelchair. There …

    December 17, 2014 7:48 pm
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Entertainment

  • Selena Gomez Cries over Bieber at Taylor Swift’s Birthday Bash!


    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/selena-gomez-cried-over-justin-bieber-at-taylor-swifts-birthday-party-20141712 It seems like Taylor Swift’s huge celebration for her 25th birthday was not all fun and games. The wonderful Selena Gomez was apparently caught getting quite emotional at the party and even crying over Justin Bieber. Gomez, who is 22 years old has been dating Bieber who is only 20 years old, off and on for about three years now. Selena Gomez was not the only celebrity guest at Taylor Swift’s huge party. Beyonce, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, and Sam Smith also took part in the celebration that was held at Taylor’s Tribeca apartment on Friday, December 13, 2014. Various sources revealed that Selena was caught yelling “No one understands me! My boyfriend doesn’t even understand me”. The guests did not really know how to react while the emotional train wreck, Selena just sat there and did not know what to do or say to her. I never would have guessed Selena Gomez was …

    December 17, 2014 7:28 pm
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Editorial

  • Pope Francis’ Vatican just gave Democrats a big boost for 2016


    Sept. 17, 2014: Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a Catholic nun during the kickoff of the Nuns on the Bus at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP) A bombshell Vatican report released Monday that gives a green light to the social activism of left-wing U.S. nuns is the latest example of how the more liberal papacy of Pope Francis could affect the outcome of the 2016 US elections. The report forms the conclusion of an investigation, known as an “Apostolic Visitation,” into the practices and beliefs of sisters across the U.S. that was launched in 2008 under the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI amid long-standing concerns that many orders had lost their way. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Although there are a significant number of vibrant orthodox orders, such as the pro-life Sisters of Life, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia and the Little Sisters of the Poor (who are currently fighting the ObamaCare contraception mandate), …

    December 17, 2014 7:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian picks stranger with ex-girlfriend’s name for world trip


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man will travel the world with Elizabeth Gallagher. Just not the same Elizabeth Gallagher he used to date. Jordan Axani, 28, and his former girlfriend booked the three-week trip in May, including stops in Italy, France, India and Thailand. But the pair broke up, leaving Axani with plane tickets booked in her name. Wary of the hassle of changing names on tickets booked with several airlines, Axani put out a call on social media website Reddit in November for someone with the same name as his ex-girlfriend and a valid Canadian passport. After worldwide media attention, Axani received thousands of responses, including from Nova Scotia student Elizabeth “Quinn” Gallagher, 23. Axani picked Gallagher, a homeless shelter volunteer, after talking with her on the phone and becoming impressed with her social conscience. “It’s totally platonic,” Axani said from New York where the trip starts on Sunday. “Do I think we’ll become …

    December 17, 2014 7:49 pm
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