Headline News

  • One person killed in Squaw Valley avalanche


    SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. –  A Squaw Valley employee was killed during avalanche control activities Tuesday morning. The victim has been identified as  Joe Zuiches, a 42 year-old resident of Olympic Valley and a member of the Squaw Valley professional ski patrol since 2012. A Squaw Valley spokesperson said the incident occurred at the top of Gold Coast Ridge at 8:35 a.m. The cause is believed to be the detonation of an explosive charge. Related stories… Snow-covered buildings collapsing in rare US West weather Winter’s icy air, rounds of snow to blast eastern US into February Questions swirl about Italy response to snow-isolated hotel An investigation is ongoing in cooperation with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and North Tahoe Fire Department.  Squaw Valley released a statement saying “The team at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is deeply saddened by this tragic event and would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected.” Click …

    January 24, 2017 6:13 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration


    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Thursday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. Trump’s orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. (Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Related Stories: Trump signs executive orders on manufacturing, infrastructure Trump issues executive order to ease ‘economic burden’ of ACA Trump taps Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to lead SEC Exclusive: Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton emerges as Trump’s top SEC choice

    January 24, 2017 5:30 pm
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Stocks

  • Earnings Reaction History: Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, 16.7% Follow-Through Indicator, 2.4% Sensitive


    Expected Earnings Release: 01/24/2017, Premarket Avg. Extended-Hours Dollar Volume: $1,962,716 Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV ( PHG ) is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect light trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement. Historical earnings event related premarket and after-hours trading activity in PHG indicates that the price change in the extended hours is likely to be of limited value in forecasting additional price movement by the following regular session close. Last 12 Qtrs Positive Only Price Reactions Percent of time added to extended-hours gains: 50% Average next regular session additional gain: 1.2% Over the prior three fiscal years (12 quarters), when shares of PHG rose in the extended-hours session in reaction to its earnings announcement, history shows that 50.0% of the time (1 event) the stock posted additional gains in the following regular session by an average of 1.2%. Last …

    January 24, 2017 3:50 pm
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Sports

  • Stunning Di Maria free kick helps send PSG to another French Cup final


    PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain thumped a feeble Bordeaux 4-1 to reach the French Cup final on Tuesday. The win keeps PSG on track for a third straight domestic treble, and will boost confidence ahead of Sunday’s home clash with league leader Monaco. Angel Di Maria scored a spectacular free kick in the first half and, after Edinson Cavani struck twice in the second half, sealed the win with a rasping drive from just outside the penalty area that went in off the post. Cavani has 28 goals in 27 games this season, and is well poised to beat his career-best mark of 38 in the 2012-13 season with Napoli. He has completely emerged from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow, and moved level with former Portugal striker Pauleta on PSG’s all-time list of scorers with 109. Only Ibrahimovic has more with 156. Di Maria put PSG ahead in the 19th minute, thumping a curling free kick into …

    January 24, 2017 5:30 pm
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World News

  • Russia, Iran, Turkey to enforce cease-fire in Syria


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Russia, Iran and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to enforce a cease-fire in the Syrian civil war following peace negotiations in Kazakhstan. It is not clear if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s regime or if the rebel opposition support the measure announced by the countries. Prior to the conclusion of the two-day peace talks, the rebels said “no agreements” would be signed. The peace negotiations in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana were aimed at bringing an end to the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. The talks were brokered by Russia and Iran, which support Assad, as well as Turkey, which supports rebel forces. In a joint statement, the countries said there was no military solution to the Syrian conflict, adding that they will set up “a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the cease-fire, prevent any provocations and determine all modalities.” Though Russia and Iran both back Assad, Russia has proposed …

    January 24, 2017 6:13 pm
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Technology

  • UK box office still in love with Oscars darling La La Land


    The winner: La La Land Each awards season, the market typically anoints one runaway box-office winner that captures the imagination of audiences, with notable examples from the last decade being The King’s Speech (2011) and Slumdog Millionaire (2009). Last year, that film was The Revenant – a 156-minute survival ordeal that hardly looked a commercial slam-dunk on paper, but which achieved a muscular £23.4m by the end of its UK run. This year, the winner is La La Land, which grossed £4.37m in its second weekend of play (down a slim 23% from the opening frame), for an 11-day total of £14.91m. For comparison, The Revenant had reached £12.01m after two weekends. While La La Land benefits from some strong commercial elements, notably likable actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead roles, the film represented a huge risk. Successful movie musicals in recent years have overwhelmingly been adapted from stage hits, from Chicago …

    January 24, 2017 5:10 pm
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Science

  • Trump Administration Restricts News from Federal Scientists at USDA, EPA


    Pres. Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly this week to shore up its control over communications with the public and the press, as officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture e-mailed staff to inform them that they may no longer discuss agency research or departmental restrictions with anyone outside of the agency—including news media. Both agencies also told their scientists and other staff that press releases and external communications about taxpayer-funded work would stop until further notice. It remains unclear if these will be temporary or long-term policies. The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed News were the first to report the internal memos, which they said contained the EPA prohibitions on press releases and blog posts as well as the news that all incoming media requests would be carefully screened and require approval. At the USDA a department-wide e-mail from the chief of staff of the agency’s in-house research office, the Agricultural …

    January 24, 2017 4:50 pm
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Health

  • Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty


    (Reuters Health) – Nearly a third of middle-aged workers suffer from some level of frailty, including fatigue, issues with walking and other physical limitations that make them less able to hold a job, according to a UK study. Frailty is more often something considered when treating elderly patients, but middle-aged patients may face some of the same symptoms, the study team writes in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Physical frailty leaves many people out of work entirely, while others take a lot of days off or struggle with physical demands, especially in manual labor jobs, the research team writes. “Lots of factors are encouraging people to work longer, but this may not be feasible for those with major health problems and, depending on circumstances, might be either good or bad for health,” lead author Keith Palmer of the University of Southampton told Reuters Health by email. To examine the link between frailty and employment, …

    January 24, 2017 4:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • TNT renews ‘The Librarians’ for a fourth season


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — TNT says it has ordered a fourth season of The Librarians, its fantasy-adventure starring Rebecca Romijn, John Larroquette, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Harlan Kim. Season 3 wrapped Sunday. The Librarians follows a series of popular TV movies starring Noah Wyle. The franchise “centers on an ancient organization dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around,” a news release noted. Wyle plays the recurring role of senior librarian Flynn Carsen. He is also an executive producer on the show. Related Stories: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen to miss 2013-14 season with heel injury suffered in April Park bids for fourth 2013 major ‘Empire’ renewed for Season 4 on Fox ‘Archer’ moving to FXX starting with Season 8

    January 24, 2017 6:13 pm
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Editorial

  • A doctor’s prescription for ObamaCare: What to throw out, what to keep


    Fear drives health care decisions. My role as an internist is to battle irrational fear of illness as much as possible, or sometimes to use fear of a disease to persuade you to have a preventive vaccine or colonoscopy that you shouldn’t be afraid of. Currently, fear is exploding around ObamaCare and what to do about it. Control has largely been wrested from the states and the individual and deposited in a highly regulating federal law, which is now under attack. Fear of out-of-control health insurance premiums is currently doing battle with the fear of losing coverage altogether. President Trump took the first symbolic step toward repeal on Friday when he issued an executive order to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare on the states and the individual, which should at the very least lead to more exemptions and less enforcement of the law’s excess regulations. But the yeoman’s work of repeal and replace remains. …

    January 24, 2017 5:11 pm
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Odd News

  • Baby pandas welcome the Lunar New Year at Chinese research base


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Keepers at a giant panda breeding center in China gathered with several of the animals to perform a song and dance for the Lunar New Year. A video recorded Friday at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding shows the keepers preparing for the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Jan. 28, by performing a choreographed routine with 23 baby pandas. The keepers hold the pandas in their arms as they recite a welcome to the New Year and move the baby bears in a synchronized routine. The baby pandas are then treated to a snuggle session with plenty of scratches behind the ears. Related Stories: World’s oldest male panda in captivity dies at 31 New Zealand choppers save cherries for China in Lunar New Year rush Analysis: Doctors worry as heart drug research loses steam Turkey says it may shut off U.S. access to Incirlik Air Base

    January 24, 2017 5:10 pm
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