• Russia crisis hurts these brands the most

    Russia crisis hurts these brands the most

    Russia’s economic turmoil is already spreading to companies in the West and many are bracing for an even bigger blow to earnings. A currency crisis and plunging oil prices have slammed the economy and damaged...
  • Bucks’ Sanders suspended for flagrant foul

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended one game for his flagrant foul against Nicolas Batum in Wednesday’s 104-97 loss to Portland. Sanders was whistled for a common foul...
  • US Secret Service is too ‘insular’

    US Secret Service is too ‘insular’

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 00:49 The White House is meant to be one of the most secure sites in the US The US Secret Service, which guards the US president, is too insular...
  • Should students carry guns on campus?

    Should students carry guns on campus?

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 01:45 By Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News, Washington Mass shootings at schools and universities in the United States in recent years have put the issue of firearms on campuses at...
  • Pilgrimages: The future of religion in one easy step

    Pilgrimages: The future of religion in one easy step

    Author, “Sacred Journeys” host Bruce Feiler (Khishnendu Bose) By any measure, organized religion is challenged these days. Attendance is down, membership is down, even the number of people who identify as religious is down. But in...
  • Teen contraband cigarette use linked to other drugs

    Reuters Health – Compared to those who don’t smoke illicit tobacco, kids who do are more likely to try other illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, according to a recent Canadian study. The researchers...

Headline News

  • Should students carry guns on campus?


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 01:45 By Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News, Washington Mass shootings at schools and universities in the United States in recent years have put the issue of firearms on campuses at the centre of the gun debate. Many say the lesson is to keep campuses gun-free, but a growing number of students argue if they were allowed to carry guns at college, they’d feel safer. A former beauty pageant contestant from California, 20-year-old Taylor Woolrich is the first to admit she’s not your usual guns rights campaigner. She’s fighting for the right to carry a weapon on campus, for a very personal reason. For years she’s been stalked by a man she first came into contact with while waitressing at a cafe. He would turn up to see her every day and began to track her down outside work. An emergency restraining order failed to deter him. Things became even more …

    December 18, 2014 8:21 pm
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Politics

  • Not known yet if Cuba deal might bring some U.S. fugitives home


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – When he heard that United States and Cuba plan to restore diplomatic ties, retired New York City police detective Tom Nerney says he was struck with hope that a convicted killer he helped bring to justice but who escaped to the Caribbean island would finally be brought home after more than 30 years. “It’s a ray of sunshine for us,” he told Reuters. Nerney and other law enforcement officials say they want the Obama administration to push Cuba to extradite the nearly 80 fugitives from the U.S. justice system who the FBI says have sought and found asylum there. “It’s a haven for fugitives,” Nerney says of Cuba. “Hopefully [the U.S. State Department] will work something out so we can get these fugitives back.” Cuba has regularly returned U.S. fugitives since 2006, but U.S. authorities say dozens remain. In a major policy shift, President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that the United …

    December 18, 2014 7:40 pm
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Stocks

  • Russia crisis hurts these brands the most


    Russia’s economic turmoil is already spreading to companies in the West and many are bracing for an even bigger blow to earnings. A currency crisis and plunging oil prices have slammed the economy and damaged consumer confidence. If oil prices fail to recover, Russian GDP is expected to shrink by almost 5% next year. That’s bad news for plenty of Western companies with heavy exposure to Russia. The currency collapse has driven up prices for Russians. Some shoppers have been rushing to buy before prices go any higher, but ultimately, spending on many Western consumer brands will slow. And the wild swings in the ruble have already prompted companies such as IKEA, GM (GM) and Apple (AAPL, Tech30) to suspend some business in Russia. Related: Putin blames the West for Russia’s misery Here are the Western brands taking the biggest hit from the Russian crisis: Ford It’s been a tough year for automakers in Russia. …

    December 18, 2014 8:41 pm
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Sports

  • Bucks’ Sanders suspended for flagrant foul


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended one game for his flagrant foul against Nicolas Batum in Wednesday’s 104-97 loss to Portland. Sanders was whistled for a common foul with 3:01 left to play after pushing Batum in the back on a drive to the basket, but officials changed it to a Flagrant 1 following a review. The NBA later upgraded the foul to a Flagrant 2, warranting the suspension. The suspension will force Sanders to sit out Thursday’s tilt against Sacramento, which expects to welcome center DeMarcus Cousins back to its lineup after a 10-game absence with viral meningitis. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 18, 2014 8:21 pm
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World News

  • US Secret Service is too ‘insular’


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 00:49 The White House is meant to be one of the most secure sites in the US The US Secret Service, which guards the US president, is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says. The report, a summary of which was released by the Homeland Security Department, said the agency needed more plainclothes and uniformed staff. It added that the White House needed a new, taller fence. The review came after an intruder with a knife entered the building. Omar Gonzalez, a former US soldier, was apprehended deep inside the presidential residence in September after he had scaled a fence around the building and evaded several guards – including one with an attack dog. Julia Pearson, the Secret Service director at the time, resigned partly as a result of this breach. The Secret Service is tasked with …

    December 18, 2014 8:21 pm
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Technology

  • Google accuses Hollywood of ‘trying to censor the Internet’


    Protesters gathered to protest Internet censorship in 2012. Google attacked Hollywood and a state attorney general for attempting to achieve the goals of years-old Internet censorship law. The search giant said the Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s primary lobbying arm, secretly conspired with the attorney general of Mississippi to force changes to the trade of information on the Internet without enacting new laws. “The MPAA pointed its guns at Google,” the company’s General Counsel Kent Walker said in a blog post Thursday. He cited emails reported to have come from Sony’s top executives by The Verge, detailing an effort to block websites alleged to publish copyrighted material. Walker also said that a letter sent by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood accusing Google of numerous misdeeds was drafted by the MPAA’s longtime law firm. Hood said he had worked with the MPAA, but disagreed with Google’s assertions. He said he’s worked on a wide range …

    December 18, 2014 8:01 pm
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Science

  • The world of physics in 2015


    The science story of 2014, which Physics World picked as its Breakthrough of the Year, simply had to be the successful landing of a man-made probe onto a comet, for the first time. Philae dropped on to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November after a 10-year journey aboard the Rosetta craft – triggering scenes of wild jubilation among scientists and engineers at the European Space Agency (ESA), who had lived through a nail-biting final hour as they waited for radio signals to travel the 511 million kilometres from the comet to Earth after its scheduled landing time. Data from the mission are likely to keep astronomers busy for years to come, including signs that water on Earth came not from comets, as was previously thought, but from asteroids. In fact, 2014 was quite a year for space science, with India putting its Mangalyaan craft in orbit around Mars for the first time and Japan launching the country’s second …

    December 18, 2014 3:59 pm
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Health

  • Teen contraband cigarette use linked to other drugs


    Reuters Health – Compared to those who don’t smoke illicit tobacco, kids who do are more likely to try other illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, according to a recent Canadian study. The researchers used survey data from one point in time, so they can’t say that smoking illegal cigarettes leads to drug use, only that the two often coincide and that’s enough to warrant stronger tobacco control policies. “The concern for us is that contraband tobacco may be a gateway to other drugs, but we cannot infer causality,” said coauthor Mesbah F. Sharaf of the economics department at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In Canada, unmarked and untaxed contraband cigarettes are either illegally manufactured domestically or illegally imported across the U.S. border, often from Native American reservations, the authors write in The Journal of Primary Prevention. They cite a national survey from 2007 that found 18 percent of all cigarettes used by …

    December 18, 2014 8:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • 15 Celebrity divorce stories that totally break our hearts


    1. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett When famously funny couple, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, announced their split in September 2012 after 10 years of marriage, we didn’t want to believe it could be true. Poehler admitted “getting a divorce really sucks,” but also expressed how proud she is of how they have adapted to coparenting. “I am beyond grateful he is their father, and I don’t think a 10-year marriage constitutes failure.” More: Why Kris Jenner is wrong about a Kim Kardashian/Kanye West divorce 2. Jewel and Ty Murray Image: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN Considering Jewel and Ty Murray dated for a decade before tying the knot in the Bahamas in 2008, we thought for sure the singer and her rodeo cowboy husband would last forever. Alas, she announced earlier this year that she and Ty were splitting but would remain committed to their friendship and to their son, Kase. 3. Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel …

    December 18, 2014 7:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Pilgrimages: The future of religion in one easy step


    Author, “Sacred Journeys” host Bruce Feiler (Khishnendu Bose) By any measure, organized religion is challenged these days. Attendance is down, membership is down, even the number of people who identify as religious is down. But in the midst of this downward trend, one expression of religious intensity is up. And not just up, but way up. What’s this mystery activity that more and more people are participating in? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Pilgrimage.  In September, the United Nations held the first ever International Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages. At the event, held in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the organizers released a study that said a third of all tourists worldwide annually are pilgrims.  Pilgrimages are never easy. They’re tough physically, they’re tough mentally. And yet when you arrive at the destination, often with a group you’ve bonded with along the way, a pilgrimage can be magical like few gatherings on earth. The U.N. puts the total number …

    December 18, 2014 8:01 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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