Headline News

  • Protests in Ferguson, elsewhere muted after two nights of racial unrest


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were mostly quiet on Wednesday after two nights of racially charged unrest following a grand jury decision to clear a white policeman of criminal prosecution for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. With wintry weather apparently muffling protests in Ferguson and elsewhere across the Midwest and East Coast on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the largest rallies took place in Los Angeles, where several hundred marched through downtown, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” Sympathy demonstrations even spread to London, with CNN airing television footage of young people streaming through what appeared to be a pedestrian walkway and a sign bearing the message: “Black Lives Matter.” Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb of 21,000 residents, erupted in weeks of sometimes violent protests after 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in a shooting widely perceived in the community …

    November 27, 2014 2:40 am
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Politics

  • Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country’s Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course. Obama, in a light-hearted ceremony before a small group of White House visitors, said that pardoning Cheese would surely be the “most talked-about executive action” he has taken this month. “Today I am taking an action fully within my legal authority, an executive action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese,” Obama said. Obama’s remarks, which referenced his announcement last week that he would take action to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, drew laughter from the crowd. Though Cheese alone is the National Thanksgiving Turkey, he will be joined by Mac at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the former home of a Virginia governor. There, the two birds will enjoy a form of …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 am
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Stocks

  • Regulator tells Chrysler to begin exploding airbag recalls by Monday


    Chrysler is one of 10 automakers with the exploding airbags in its cars. Federal safety regulators are demanding that Chrysler must begin recalling cars with the exploding Takata airbags by Monday, December 1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday fired off letters separately to both Chrysler and Takata asking the companies to immediately step up their efforts nationwide to repair cars that put drivers and passengers at risk from the exploding airbags. Chrysler is one of 10 automakers with the flawed airbags in its cars. Last week, one of its executives testified before a Senate panel that it would be another month before it begins to notify customers to have their cars fixed. In a stern letter addressed to Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne, NHTSA said it was “extremely concerned” about “the slow pace of the recall.” The regulator said it was also worried that Chrysler was limiting its recall to states …

    November 27, 2014 3:00 am
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Sports

  • Michigan stands in the way of rival Ohio State’s quest to reach college football playoff


    FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, left, talks with defensive tackle Matthew Godin during warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Ann Arbor, Mich. While keeping track on rivalries and games with playoff implication, there are a few coaching hot spots to keep an eye on this weekend. Another loss will put Michigan out of the postseason and make it three straight seasons of declining win totals under Hoke. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (The Associated Press) A look at what to watch for in the Big Ten this weekend: GAME OF THE WEEK: Seventh-ranked Ohio State strives to keep alive its bid to reach the College Football Playoff in a matchup against Michigan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0, No. 6 CFP) are heavy favorites over the Wolverines (5-6, 3-4), who couldn’t come up with a better way to become bowl eligible than by …

    November 27, 2014 2:40 am
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World News

  • Europe to vote on Google break-up


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 00:10 Breaking up Google is the latest attempt to solve long-running dispute The European Parliament is due to vote later on a proposal to break Google’s search business away from its other services. It is the latest twist in a four year antitrust investigation which has so far failed to reach a conclusion. The body has no power to break up the net giant but the vote will send out a clear message about whether politicians want regulators to take a tough line. Senior US politicians have criticised the proposal. A joint letter from two US government committees said that the way the EU is targeting US technology companies raised questions about its commitment to open markets “This and similar proposals build walls rather than bridges [and] do not appear to give full consideration to the negative effect such policies may have on the broader US-EU trade relationship,” wrote …

    November 27, 2014 2:40 am
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Technology

  • Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 07:55 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Oasis were riding high in vinyl sales in 1996 – and the same album was a top-seller this week too More than one million vinyl records have been sold so far this year – the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The figures mark a largely unexpected resurgence in an industry now considered to be dominated by digital. Earlier this month, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl release since 1997. The Official Chart Company told the BBC it will soon launch a weekly vinyl chart. “In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic,” said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Wake Up To Money, he said: “It’s really …

    November 27, 2014 2:00 am
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Science

  • NASA Coverage Set for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station


    [image-50] The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 2:31 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft. It is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the space station during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43. In addition to launch coverage, NASA also will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. The mission, designated SpaceX CRS-5, …

    November 27, 2014 2:20 am
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Health

  • FDA rejects Avanir’s migraine drug-device


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc’s migraine drug device, a few weeks after the regulator had raised questions regarding some data submitted as part of the marketing application. Earlier this month the FDA had asked Avanir to assess the root cause of errors observed in the data from the drugmaker’s human factors study, which assesses if patients can use a device safely and effectively. The product, AVP-825, delivers a low-dose sumatriptan powder – the most commonly prescribed migraine medicine – through the nose. Avanir on Wednesday said it would conduct a new human factors study and respond to the FDA’s complete response letter in the first half of next year. The FDA was slated to decide on the product on Nov. 26. Analysts remained confident of the product’s eventual approval as the FDA only raised concerns related to the device rather than the product’s active ingredient. Cowen Co analysts …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 am
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Entertainment

  • Paul Walker’s legacy lives on one year after his death


    Vin Diesel shares Fast Furious 7 photo with Paul Walker But the Fast and Furious star is far from forgotten. His younger brother, Cody Walker, recently told E! News about how Paul’s work with Reach Out Worldwide, a global charity, allows his legacy to continue nearly a year after his death. “ROWW continues to be, to function, to help others even after our primary contributor, my brother, Paul Walker, has passed,” Cody said. “I know he would be so stoked to know that ROWW changed his life, and he was so proud of it.” Vin Diesel opens up about Paul Walker’s death Just in the year since Paul’s sudden death, ROWW has held a successful toy drive for the holidays, filled backpacks with school supplies for thousands of kids, deployed a natural disaster relief team to Arkansas after a deadly tornado and sent a group, including Cody, on a medical mission to the Philippines after …

    November 27, 2014 1:38 am
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving 2014: Why I am thankful for property rights (yes, you read that correctly)


    Chris Conley holds a 40-pound tom turkey at Raymond’s Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights. People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Things go wrong when resources are held in common. Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did. Knowing that your property is really yours makes it easier to plant, grow, invest and prosper. The results were disastrous. Gov. William Bradford wrote, “Much was …

    November 27, 2014 2:00 am
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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