• Chargers rally, top 49ers on FG in OT

    Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Philip Rivers’ arm got the San Diego Chargers to overtime. Eric Weddle’s arm helped them win the game once they got there. Rivers led two touchdown drives in the final...
  • Burns, Sharks rally past Blues in OT

    San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Brent Burns scored with 38 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. The Sharks tied the...
  • Predators top Wild in OT

    St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Mattias Ekholm scored the game-winning goal 1:45 into overtime to lift the Nashville Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. An extra session was needed after...

Headline News

  • Cuban exiles protest Obama’s move to normalize relations

    Dec. 20, 2014: More than 200 Cuban-Americans protest President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba in Miami. Many said they felt betrayed by the plan. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte) MIAMI –  Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide. “The opposition will continue fighting, with or without Barack Obama,” Cuban activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known by his nickname “Antunez,” said to cheers. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The gathering at a Little Havana park drew more than 200 people, largely older Cuban exiles who chanted “Obama, traitor!” and waved U.S. and Cuban flags. Some expressed disappointment that the protest was not larger; the demonstrators filled about half the park. “The mentality is, ‘Hey, we’re going to be able to buy Cuban cigars …

    December 21, 2014 3:06 am


  • Women rule at Obama year-end press conference

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called it his “who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice” list: a checklist of reporters to call on during his traditional year-end news conference on Friday. But the list, prepared by his press secretary Josh Earnest, was anything but traditional. It included only women, a fact that lit up Twitter as the strategy became clear. “Covered White House for 10 yrs, never have seen POTUS call on all women reporters #unprecedented!”, tweeted Suzanne Malveaux, CNN National Correspondent. When a male reporter tried to break in with a follow-up question, Obama chided him, saying, “You’ve been naughty.” Obama answered the kinds of questions that would have been expected from either men or women on burning issues of the day. Questions were asked about North Korea’s hack at Sony, Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba, how the president plans to work with Congress on issues like tax reform, and whether …

    December 21, 2014 12:05 am


  • How to pick the best dividend stocks

    Disney recently announced a 34% dividend increase for 2014. Investing in dividend stocks can be a powerful and effective strategy to obtain superior returns over time. However, there is much more to successful dividend investing that simply going after companies with big yields. Disney (DIS), Starbucks (SBUX), and TJX (TJX) (parent company of T.J. Maxx) show that investing in businesses with increasing dividends and healthy fundamentals can be the key to outperforming the markets in the long term. The importance of dividend growth: According data from Goldman Sachs, dividend stocks tend to outperform their nondividend-paying counterparts by a considerable margin over time. A $10,000 investment in nondividend stocks in 1972 would have turned into $26,417 by 2013, while investing the same amount in dividend-paying stocks would have resulted in $413,073. That staggering difference provides solid evidence in favor of dividend investing. However, that’s only part of the story: Results tend to be even better when …

    December 20, 2014 11:04 pm


  • Chargers rally, top 49ers on FG in OT

    Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Philip Rivers’ arm got the San Diego Chargers to overtime. Eric Weddle’s arm helped them win the game once they got there. Rivers led two touchdown drives in the final nine minutes of regulation and Weddle forced a fumble that led to Nick Novak’s winning 40-yard field goal in overtime, as the Chargers rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers 38-35 in a thriller on Saturday night. San Diego trailed by 21 points at halftime and by 14 in the fourth quarter before Rivers’ touchdown passes to Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd, the last one coming with 29 seconds left on the clock. Weddle, the veteran safety, stripped wide receiver Quinton Patton on a 20-yard end-around — just San Francisco’s second play in overtime — and Novak split the uprights for the win. “An unbelievable finish,” said Chargers coach Mike McCoy. “We had about as bad a first half as …

    December 21, 2014 3:46 am

World News

  • Queensland police charge Cairns mother with murder of eight children

    The news that the United States and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations was met with celebration on the streets of Havana on Wednesday. Cuban-Americans and exiles in Miami, however, have mixed feelings about the moves to normalize US-Cuba ties.

    December 21, 2014 3:07 am


  • Alfa Romeo 4C: car review

    Price £45,000Top speed 160mphMPG 41.50-62mph 4.5 seconds Sometimes the word “driving” just isn’t enough to describe the visceral, elemental, sense-tingling, skull-popping overload of… well, driving. But then along comes a truth-seeking missile of a vehicle that reminds you just what an incredible experience driving a car can be. Alfa Romeo’s exquisite new 4C – a small, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports car – puts performance and pleasure front and centre. As it hugs each bend, sweeps down every straight and surges up every rise it reminds you how alive a car can make you feel… In many ways, the 4C is the car Alfa Romeo – and fans of Italian sports cars – have been waiting for. Its voluptuous curves coupled to the promise of pure driving nirvana have the task of knocking the historic brand out of reverse and steering it back to profitability and desirability. It’ll do this by unlocking the cash-rich markets of America …

    December 21, 2014 12:25 am


  • Time management skills keep animals primed for survival

    Related images(click to enlarge) Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort, according to new research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology. This capability could help scientists better understand how animals make efficient decisions in changing environments — and ultimately help ensure the survival of a species. Researchers from Princeton University challenge the conventional view that animals face a simple trade-off between the speed and the accuracy of their decisions. Adrian de Froment, Daniel Rubenstein and Simon Levin instead suggest that this picture of a two-way trade-off is missing a crucial third component: an ability to expend effort at a greater rate to compensate for any limit to the time spent making a decision. The researchers use the theory of statistical decision-making to show that if an animal can control not only the time it invests in each decision, but also the amount of effort …

    December 21, 2014 12:26 am


  • South Korea halts U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S.

    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has suspended imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products because of an outbreak of bird flu in the United States, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The suspension, from Saturday, comes as South Korea is struggling to contain its own outbreak of bird flu in birds. “This import suspension is a quarantine measure to prevent the HPAI virus from entering the country,” the ministry statement said, referring to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. The ministry said 18 countries including South Korea had been hit by the HPAI virus this year. South Korea has had no human cases. Avian flu is an infectious viral disease of birds. Most bird flu viruses do not infect humans, but some have caused serious infections in humans. Two strains of avian influenza – H5N2 and H5N8 – have been confirmed in wild birds in Washington state, near the U.S. border with …

    December 21, 2014 12:25 am


  • Scientists prove you shouldn’t listen to Dr. Oz

    More: Dr. Oz asked Twitter for health questions and it went horribly wrong The talk show doctor has already been subject to a number of scandals this year, like when his fans took him down on Twitter and when Senator Claire McCaskill scathingly scolded him for peddling weight loss methods that have no basis in actual science or medicine. Now, the British Medical Journal has joined the growing number of Mehmet Oz’s critics. In an article published this week, health experts analyzed a random sampling of episodes of a pair of syndicated shows, one of which was The Dr. Oz Show. What they found? Real medicine supports less than half of the advice Oz gives viewers on his show. By watching 40 random episodes of The Dr. Oz Show, researchers identified 479 recommendations Oz made to his viewers. After weighing those against medical research, it was found that more than one in three had no …

    December 21, 2014 2:06 am


  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid

    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm

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