• Harvard hits road to challenge No. 6 Virginia

    Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – The sixth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers continue a three-game homestand to close out the 2014 calendar year, as they play host to the Harvard Crimson on Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena....
  • Kurds ‘take’ part of Sinjar from IS

    Kurds ‘take’ part of Sinjar from IS

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 15:33 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Massoud Barzani: “Any place we can find them we will crush the Islamic State” Kurdish authorities say their Peshmerga...
  • Pacers, Timberwolves tussle at Target Center

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to halt a four-game losing streak Sunday night when the Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Target Center. The T-wolves haven’t won since Dec. 10 at home...
  • Is the oil scare over for the stock market?

    Is the oil scare over for the stock market?

    Crashing oil prices looked like the black death for the stock market. Then the market had its best two days of the year and is now back in record territory. So is the oil shock...
  • US mulls putting NK on terror list

    US mulls putting NK on terror list

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 14:27 North Korea strongly objects to the film’s portrayal of its leader President Barack Obama has said the US is considering putting North Korea back on its list of...

Headline News

  • Two N.Y. police officers slain in apparent retribution attack


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an “assassination”, hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday ordered flags flown at half staff around the city, hours after the city’s main police union harshly criticized the city’s first Democratic mayor in two decades for being insufficiently supportive of the department during recent waves of anti-police violence. The shooter, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, traveled from Baltimore, where police said he had shot and killed his girlfriend, to New York and during the day posted on the social media service Instagram that he would be “putting wings on pigs today,” using an anti-police slur. Baltimore police said they learned of the suspect’s posts on Saturday afternoon and called NYPD officials to alert them that digital data …

    December 21, 2014 9:50 am
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Politics

  • Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp (6758.T) to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Korea. Obama and his advisers are weighing how to respond in kind to the attack, which prompted the Hollywood studio owned by the Japanese firm to withdraw a comedy, “The Interview,” prepared for release to movie theaters during the holiday season. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately,” Obama told CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” show, which was taped on Friday and due to be aired on Sunday. North Korea has denied responsibility for the attack on Sony. The film depicts the …

    December 21, 2014 8:09 am
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Stocks

  • Is the oil scare over for the stock market?


    Crashing oil prices looked like the black death for the stock market. Then the market had its best two days of the year and is now back in record territory. So is the oil shock over? It depends. If you’re a worker in the energy industry and live in Texas, you could feel some pain. But for everyday Americans, there’s no reason to start sweating yet. The U.S. economy is strengthening, and the Federal Reserve will seemingly will do anything to appease the stock market (you can thank Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen for the 421-point rise in the Dow last week). These two factors are the main reason that experts are bullish about U.S. stocks in 2015. While there could still be market wobbles in the coming days, your portfolio’s oil troubles may seem like a distant memory soon. Related: The best thing to do now for your portfolio Oil stimulus: At its core, …

    December 21, 2014 9:09 am
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Sports

  • Harvard hits road to challenge No. 6 Virginia


    Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – The sixth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers continue a three-game homestand to close out the 2014 calendar year, as they play host to the Harvard Crimson on Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena. Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers have picked up right where they left off last season, as they made an improbable to both the ACC regular-season and tournament titles. This year’s squad looks just as strong, as the team has reeled off 10 straight victories, including a 70-54 win over Cleveland State to open this current homestand. The Cavs are now seeking their first 11-0 start to a season since the 1992-93 campaign. Tommy Amaker’s Crimson started the year in the Top-25, but an inexplicable loss to Holy Cross in game No. 2 quickly showed them the exit from the polls. Harvard is inching closer and closer to regaining its early season status, having won six straight games since, moving to 7-1 on …

    December 21, 2014 10:10 am
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World News

  • Kurds ‘take’ part of Sinjar from IS


    21 December 2014 Last updated at 15:33 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Massoud Barzani: “Any place we can find them we will crush the Islamic State” Kurdish authorities say their Peshmerga forces have taken control of a “large area” of the Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State militants. Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani claimed large Peshmerga advances during a visit to nearby Mount Sinjar. The town, near the Syrian border has been controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants since August. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters backed by US-led air strikes launched a counter-offensive in the area last week. IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate. The US said it launched 13 air strikes in Iraq on Sunday, four of which were on IS targets near Sinjar. The US, Iraq and other Western and Arab countries have formed a coalition against the militant group and began …

    December 21, 2014 9:50 am
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Technology

  • Obama: North Korea hack on Sony Pictures was not an act of war


    The US is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said in a wide-ranging interview recorded on Friday and broadcast on Sunday, as he decides how to respond to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that has been blamed on the communist nation. Speaking to CNN, Obama described the Sony hacking case as a “very costly, very expensive” example of cybervandalism, but did not call it an act of war. In trying to fashion a proportionate response, the president said the US would examine the facts to determine whether North Korea should be put back on the terrorism sponsors list. “We’re going to review those through a process that’s already in place,” Obama said. “I’ll wait to review what the findings are.” North Korea, meanwhile, threatened to hit back at the White House and other US targets if Washington sanctioned it for an alleged hacking …

    December 21, 2014 8:29 am
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Science

  • The Dark Corners of Our DNA Hold Clues about Disease


    The so-called “streetlight effect” has often fettered scientists who study complex hereditary diseases. The term refers to an old joke about a drunk searching for his lost keys under a streetlight. A cop asks, “Are you sure this is where you lost them?” The drunk says, “No, I lost them in the park, but the light is better here.” For researchers who study the genetic roots of human diseases, most of the light has shone down on the 2 percent of the human genome that includes protein-coding DNA sequences. “That’s fine. Lots of diseases are caused by mutations there, but those mutations are low-hanging fruit,” says University of Toronto (U.T.) professor Brendan Frey who studies genetic networks. “They’re easy to find because the mutation actually changes one amino acid to another one, and that very much changes the protein.” The trouble is, many disease-related mutations also happen in noncoding regions of the genome—the parts that …

    December 21, 2014 8:30 am
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Health

  • Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise


    SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report. The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according to the report in the Dec. 21 online edition of the journal Vaccine. Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue. Prion infections are also thought to cause horrific human diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (including the strain behind mad cow disease), kuru (a condition that affects cannibals who eat human brain), and fatal familial insomnia (an inherited condition that leads to increasing sleeplessness and death), the researchers said. “Now that we have found that preventing prion infection is possible in animals, it’s likely feasible in humans as well,” senior study investigator …

    December 21, 2014 8:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Ashlee Simpson And Evan Ross Can’t Contain Their Excitement After Pregnancy News


    Posted on Sun Dec 21st, 2014 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross haven’t released a statement confirming that they’re expecting their first child together, but when X17 photographers snapped the duo in Beverly Hills on Saturday, the grins on their faces said it all! On Thursday several news outlets reported that Simpson, 30, was pregnant, and while it all seems to be happening rather quickly, we can’t say we’re surprised. The two tied the knot in August, and just two months later, Ross, 26, made it clear that they both had babies on the brain. At the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in November he told Us Weekly, “I would love to [have kids] … As many as possible.” Looks like they’re wasting no time! Ashlee has a son, Bronx, 6, with ex-husband Pete Wentz.   SEE THE GALLERY Parents-To-Be Ashlee Simpson And Evan Ross Are …

    December 21, 2014 10:10 am
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Editorial

  • 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
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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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