Headline News

  • Police: Upstate New York boys rescued from snow pile aided by air pocket


    NEWBURGH, N.Y. –  New York police believe two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive thanks to an air pocket in the heavy, wet snow. The two cousins — aged 11 and 9 — were building a snow fort Wednesday night in Newburgh when a plow operator clearing a parking lot unknowingly pushed snow over them. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A search was called that night after the boys’ parents became alarmed. The boys were found conscious and suffering from exposure after an officer spotted a small boot in the snow. Newburgh police said Friday that the heavy snow made it hard for the boys to move, but they believe there was an air bubble in the snow pile that allowed them to breathe.

    November 28, 2014 7:44 am
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Politics

  • Coming home to Ferguson


    By CHIP GOINES November 28, 2014 People walk towards a car lot where several cars had been burned and damaged following a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri As a black man who grew up near Ferguson, I dreaded going home for Thanksgiving this week. I watched cable news with dismay while I packed Tuesday. Familiar parts of my old neighborhood were burning. While the Tuesday morning sky was relatively calm above Ferguson as I landed, I knew things on the ground were different as soon as I saw the National Guard Humvees and police cruisers parked along the roads as I left Lambert-St. Louis Airport. Not even in the paranoid months following Sept. 11 had they been out in such force. My mother, who lives a few minutes away from Ferguson, in Florissant, participated in the early peaceful protests after Michael Brown’s shooting. We talked almost daily about it. She had planned to attend …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Stocks

  • How to bargain shop for stocks


    Shoppers aren’t the only ones searching for deals these days. With the stock market up about 200% since the worst of the financial crisis, it’s become harder and harder to find stocks that look cheap. But just like how savvy shoppers devise plans to capitalize on Black Friday deals, investors should consider these strategies to find bargains in the stock market. Valuations matter: Unlike flat screen TVs and handbags, stocks can’t be evaluated by their price alone. Investors need to be aware of how stocks are valued compared to their future profits. Forward price-to-earnings, or P/E, is a common valuation metric and helps investors compare how expensive a stock looks with the rest of the market. Investors are typically willing to pay a higher multiple for stocks with greater growth potential. For example, fast-growing Facebook (FB, Tech30) sports a forward P/E of nearly 40, which is more than double the SP 500’s multiple of about …

    November 28, 2014 7:44 am
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Sports

  • No. 4 Mississippi St, No. 18 Ole Miss collide this weekend in high-stakes version of Egg Bowl


    Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott looks for an open receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Starkville, Miss. No. 4 Mississippi State won 51-0. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (The Associated Press) OXFORD, Miss. –  For a few weeks in October, Mississippi State and Mississippi stood among college football’s elite with undefeated records, star quarterbacks and rare relevance on the national stage. Not anymore. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT While the Bulldogs’ dream season remains largely intact, the Rebels have fallen by the wayside — undone by a series of injuries and missed opportunities. Now No. 4 Mississippi State (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) must travel to face No. 18 Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3) on Saturday in the Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs seem to have the edge in most categories — especially momentum. The Rebels have lost three straight conference games, including last week’s embarrassing 30-0 setback to Arkansas. …

    November 28, 2014 7:44 am
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World News

  • Austria arrests 13 jihadi suspects


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 12:00 Hundreds of European Muslims are known to have travelled to Syria to join jihadist groups such as Islamic State Police in Austria have arrested 13 people suspected of radicalising young people and recruiting them to fight in Syria, prosecutors say. Reports in the Austrian media said 500 police were involved in searches at mosques, flats and prayer rooms in Vienna and the cities of Linz and Graz. Authorities also seized “terrorist propaganda material”, prosecutors said. It comes amid a European crackdown on fighters who have joined jihadist forces in Syria and Iraq. A statement from Austria’s state prosecutor’s office said 16 people had been questioned following the searches in the early hours of Friday. The 13 suspects had been arrested on suspicion of membership of a terrorist organisation. Local media said a Bosnian preacher, who was the main suspect, was among those held. Along with “propaganda material”, officers …

    November 28, 2014 7:44 am
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Technology

  • Europol arrests 118 people using stolen credit cards to pay for flights


    Police have arrested 118 people at 84 airports around the world as part of a global investigation into plane tickets paid for with stolen or fake credit card details. Troels Oerting, director of Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), told the Guardian that many of those arrested were linked to other forms of crime, including robbery, shoplifting, illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The operation, co-ordinated by EC3, brought together 49 law enforcement agencies from around the world, numerous banks, 64 airlines and the International Air Transport Association to share intelligence on fraudulent transactions. Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota took charge of operations in non-European destinations. Officers were waiting at 84 global airports to pick up those who had used stolen credit card numbers to buy their tickets, while Europol, reported 281 suspicious transactions. “We have again proven that we have ‘upgraded’ to version 2.0 our ability to work smooth less together across borders …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Science

  • Salamanders are a more abundant food source in forest ecosystems than previously thought


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and statistical techniques not available during the past study, researchers at the University of Missouri have estimated that the population of salamanders in forested regions of the Missouri Ozarks are 2-4 times higher than originally thought, and in other regions of the eastern U.S. may be on average 10 times higher. Scientists believe that acknowledging salamanders as one of the main food sources in forest ecosystems could help drive conservation efforts and forest management. “Our lab works to identify salamanders as an influential part of the forest ecosystem and food chain,” said Ray Semlitsch, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College …

    November 28, 2014 2:59 am
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Health

  • WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex


    LONDON (Reuters) – Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and faeces. Although sexual transmission of Ebola virus disease has never been documented, the virus has been detected in the survivors’ semen. “Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms,” the WHO said in a statement. “Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex (including oral sex) for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Former Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer’s troubles continue to worsen


    Teen Mom 2 fans, one of your favorite stars has quit the show Messer has been struggling to hold onto her marriage to husband Jeremy Calvert, and according to Radar Online, one of the reasons the reality TV star decided to end her time on the MTV show Teen Mom 2 is because she didn’t want the pressure of the show to worsen her already fragile marital situation. “Things are still rocky for them,” a friend of Messer, whose married name is now Calvert, revealed to the publication. “Leah is doing everything she can to keep her family together, including leaving reality TV. All the attention from the show played a hand in one failed marriage, and she’s not going to let that happen again.” Teen Mom 2‘s Leah Messer and her cryptic tweets have us worried However, if her husband’s cryptic Twitter messages are anything to go by, then divorce could be imminent. Jeremy …

    November 28, 2014 4:19 am
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Editorial

  • Small Business Saturday: Five reasons to stay local and shop small


    FILE – Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013: Shoppers enter a Best Buy as the store opens on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Small Business Saturday (November 29) is upon us. This year, it’s imperative that “We the People” remember that small business isn’t a political slogan or a passing fad in the American economy. It is the fabric that bonds together our values of liberty, freedom, and the spirited independence that inspires millions of people to do anything and everything to immigrate to this great land of ours.  So, this weekend, if you are looking for a better deal, reconsider your support of the big box store and give your local small businesses a second look, a second chance.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Why? Because shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while shopping for your relatives and friends. Shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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