• Pakistan ‘foils plot to free Pearl killer’

    Pakistan ‘foils plot to free Pearl killer’

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Pearl was beheaded in Pakistan in 2002 Pakistan’s military says it foiled a plot to free British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, currently on death row for the...
  • Platini appeal to be heard on Monday

    Platini appeal to be heard on Monday

    Michel Platini took over as Uefa president in 2007 Michel Platini’s appeal against his eight-year ban from all football-related activity will be heard by Fifa’s appeals committee on Monday. The suspended Uefa president, 60, was...
  • ‘Life-threatening’ cold sweeping in

    ‘Life-threatening’ cold sweeping in

    Factor in brutal winds, and every state from northern Pennsylvania to Maine will feel wind chills below -15 degrees. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to brace for dangerous conditions. “The city...
  • This stock is a big winner before Valentine’s Day

    This stock is a big winner before Valentine’s Day

    Roses are red. Violets are blue. Buy 1-800-Flowers.com before Valentine’s Day. You’ll be happy if you do! They say you can’t time the market. But buying shares of 1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) at the beginning of January...
  • Turkey continues assault on Syria Kurds

    Turkey continues assault on Syria Kurds

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Menagh air base was captured by Kurdish fighters last week A Turkish assault on positions claimed by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria has continued into a second day. On...

Headline News

  • ‘Life-threatening’ cold sweeping in


    Factor in brutal winds, and every state from northern Pennsylvania to Maine will feel wind chills below -15 degrees. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to brace for dangerous conditions. “The city is facing some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills we’ve seen in the last 20 years,” de Blasio said. “Extremely cold weather can be life-threatening — especially for seniors, infants and people with medical conditions. The city ordered all crane operations to stop Saturday due to the fierce winds. Parts of the South under the gun Even the South isn’t immune to the brutal winter weather. Another storm is expected to develop Monday in the Southeast and then move to the Northeast by Tuesday. The heaviest snow will likely fall from Tennessee to the interior Northeast, meteorologists say, especially near the eastern Great Lakes and higher elevations of the Appalachians. Winter storm coming? Be prepared ‘Wall of snow’ A …

    February 14, 2016 8:06 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79


    WASHINGTON Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. Obama called Scalia, who served on the nation’s highest court for nearly 30 years, a “larger-than-life presence” and said he intended to nominate someone to fill the vacant seat before leaving the White House next January. “I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to appoint a successor in due time and there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote,” Obama told reporters in California. Scalia, 79, was found dead at the Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in West Texas on Saturday. He died of natural causes, according to Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who went to the ranch and saw the body. Chief Justice …

    February 14, 2016 5:05 am
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Stocks

  • This stock is a big winner before Valentine’s Day


    Roses are red. Violets are blue. Buy 1-800-Flowers.com before Valentine’s Day. You’ll be happy if you do! They say you can’t time the market. But buying shares of 1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) at the beginning of January and selling it just as Cupid comes along has been an extremely profitable short-term trade for the past few years. The stock has gone up (often by quite a lot) for five of the past six years between January 1 and February 14. And it’s higher so far this year — while the broader market is getting shellacked. (Every rose has its thorn as the Poison song goes. It was either a reference to that or “Dead Flowers” by the Rolling Stones. “Take me down, little Suzie.”) Here are the returns for 1-800-Flowers.com (Can they please change that silly name? We get it. You can order flowers from the Interwebz! Or by talking to someone on a phone! You can …

    February 14, 2016 7:46 am
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Sports

  • Platini appeal to be heard on Monday


    Michel Platini took over as Uefa president in 2007 Michel Platini’s appeal against his eight-year ban from all football-related activity will be heard by Fifa’s appeals committee on Monday. The suspended Uefa president, 60, was banned by the world governing body’s ethics committee in December, along with its president Sepp Blatter. Both were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” to Platini. Blatter’s appeal against his own ban is due to be heard on Tuesday. The former France international and the Swiss have both denied any wrongdoing. Platini was also fined £54,000 ($80,000) after being found guilty of breaching Fifa’s code of ethics. Both Platini and Blatter said the payment was made following a verbal agreement between the pair when the Frenchman worked for Blatter from 1998 to 2002, though it was not paid until nine years later. The Fifa appeals committee, which is chaired by president of the Bermuda Football Association …

    February 14, 2016 8:06 am
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World News

  • Pakistan ‘foils plot to free Pearl killer’


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Pearl was beheaded in Pakistan in 2002 Pakistan’s military says it foiled a plot to free British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, currently on death row for the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Three Islamist militant groups were working together on the plan, said army spokesman Lt General Asim Bajwa. Six suicide bombers were to be involved in the plot, which was close to being carried out, he said. Pearl was kidnapped by militants from Karachi and beheaded four months later. The groups involved in the plot to spring prisoners from Hyderabad Central Jail were al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ), Lt Gen Bajwa said. The army had arrested 97 militants from the groups over the past two years. They are accused of attacks on two Pakistani air bases, Karachi airport and several other targets. Among them were three commanders, the army spokesman …

    February 14, 2016 8:07 am
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Technology

  • The dating apps taking on Tinder


    Valentine’s Day is not just a big day for couples – millions of singles are expected to fire up dating apps today in search of romance. Tinder leads the market in the UK, boasting 26 million “matches” per day globally. The company says it broke its own records last Valentine’s Day as people flocked to the app looking for love. Behind the app is dating giant Match, which also owns other big names including match.com, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish – but there are plenty of start-ups hoping to charm singles and top the app store charts. “Whatever competitors do, they will need to be cash rich and able to support the business to stand a chance of success,” says Paolo Pescatore, director of Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight. “But there is scope for new players to emerge that focus on a specific niche.” Where ‘players’ are welcome Image copyright DatePlay Image caption DatePlay …

    February 14, 2016 5:26 am
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Science

  • Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme


    Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. Even though it is hard to diagnose, Lyme disease is still the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, with 30,000 cases reported each year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With more accurate tests, experts say, the number of people infected could turn out to be 10 times higher. “Improved diagnostics are urgently needed for Lyme disease,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an associate professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and lead investigator for the study, published Feb. 12, 2016, in mBio. “The tick that transmits Lyme also harbors many other pathogens, and early diagnosis is critical in guiding appropriate treatment and preventing later complications of the illness.” Most people who contract the disease …

    February 14, 2016 8:06 am
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Health

  • Express Scripts sees slow 2016 sales for new cholesterol drugs


    NEW YORK A surge in sales of pricey new cholesterol treatments is unlikely to materialize this year, contrary to the previous expectations of Express Scripts Holding, an executive from the largest manager of U.S. drug benefits said on Friday. Express Scripts Chief Medical Officer Steve Miller, who last year warned about the drugs’ potential cost, said his company miscalculated how many cardiologists would prescribe the potent medicines, which were approved last summer. The new drugs, one from Amgen and another from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in partnership with Sanofi , slash “bad” LDL cholesterol by blocking the protein PCSK9. They were approved for a small population of patients with extremely high LDL. Express Scripts and rival CVS Health warned last year that using a wider group of patients would place too large a cost burden on the healthcare system. The drugs are priced at more than $14,000 per year, before discounts, compared with a few hundred dollars …

    February 14, 2016 4:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Lisa Rinna Makes Insensitive Joke After ‘RHOBH’ Scandal


    Lisa Rinna may have been a respected actress before she went on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but Lisa is learning that she can’t speak her mind and expect not to get a reaction. On this week’s episode, Lisa accused Erika Jayne of lying to the ladies about how much she had told Yolanda Foster about the ladies. Erika just wanted her friend to know what the other women were saying behind her back, but Lisa claims that Yolanda twisted her words. And Lisa was upset that she was getting blamed.  According to a new tweet, Lisa Rinna is now making a joke on Twitter that didn’t sit well with people. A few days after the episode aired, Rinna revealed that the Twitter drama is just too much for her. “Takes a lot of energy to do this stupid Twitter shit. Yolanda must be exhausted. Poor Thing,” Lisa revealed on Twitter. But it sounds …

    February 14, 2016 7:46 am
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Editorial

  • Why Scalia’s death could turn the 2016 election upside down


    Things can change fast in American politics. When the sun rose this morning, most any conservation about Supreme Court vacancies would have centered around President Obama replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the eldest of the court’s nine justices and a two-time cancer survivor who will turn 83 next month. And then on Saturday afternoon came the news that Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away while on a Texas hunting trip. With his death, the nation’s highest court went from potential sleeper issue in the president election to front and center, kicking and screaming. This is the first time since 1968 that an opening on the Supreme Court coincides with the final year of a Democratic presidency. It’s a story worth retelling, as we could be headed down the same road. In 1968 the drama began when then-Chief Justice Earl Warren announced his retirement. Warren didn’t want a potential Nixon White House choosing his successor, …

    February 14, 2016 7:26 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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