• India unveils reform test budget

    India unveils reform test budget

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 05:41 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to increase spending on infrastructure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is presenting its first full budget in what is seen as...
  • Thompson, Curry help Warriors dismantle Raptors

    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry both bounced back from a rough shooting night to lead the Golden State Warriors in a 113-89 thrashing of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Thompson...
  • Identity theft tops list of consumer complaints

    Identity theft tops list of consumer complaints

    Identity theft was once again the number one complaint from Americans this year, according the Federal Trade Commission’s annual tally. There’s no doubt it’s a scary situation when it happens. If a criminal gets his...
  • US avoids homeland security shutdown

    US avoids homeland security shutdown

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 03:30 House Speaker John Boehner had earlier failed to get dozens of Republicans to back his stance US lawmakers have avoided a partial shutdown of homeland security after passing...
  • Butler guides Bulls past Timberwolves

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmy Butler had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 96-89, on the same day the Bulls received good news about Derrick Rose’s latest knee surgery....

Headline News

  • Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. After a chaotic day that featured an embarrassing rebuke to Republican House Speaker John Boehner from angry conservatives, the House voted 357-60 to keep the lights on at the Department of Homeland Security for at least one more week. The Senate had already passed the one-week extension a few hours earlier. President Barack Obama was expected to quickly sign it. The dizzying twists and turns in the days-long political battle raised fresh questions about Boehner’s ability to manage his caucus of restive conservatives and the prospects for legislative achievement in the new, Republican-run Congress. Earlier on Friday, the House rejected a three-week funding extension for the agency when conservatives rebelled because the bill did not block Obama’s executive …

    February 27, 2015 11:59 pm
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Politics

  • House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland Security


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. After a chaotic day that featured an embarrassing rebuke to House Speaker John Boehner from angry conservatives, the House voted 357-60 to keep the lights on at the Department of Homeland Security for at least one more week. The Senate had already passed the one-week extension a few hours earlier, and President Barack Obama is expected to quickly sign it. The dizzying twists and turns in the days-long political battle raised fresh questions about Boehner’s ability to manage his caucus of restive conservatives and the prospects for legislative achievement in the new, Republican-run Congress. Earlier on Friday, the House had rejected a three-week funding extension for the agency when Republican conservatives rebelled because the bill did not block …

    February 27, 2015 9:17 pm
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Stocks

  • Identity theft tops list of consumer complaints


    Identity theft was once again the number one complaint from Americans this year, according the Federal Trade Commission’s annual tally. There’s no doubt it’s a scary situation when it happens. If a criminal gets his hands on some personal information, it can wreak havoc on your life. You might find mysterious charges on your credit card. Or a thief could file a tax return in your name, getting a bogus refund before you even know it. None of this is a surprise. Massive data breaches that could lead to identity theft keep coming and, most recently, hackers hit insurance giant Anthem, stealing information on tens of millions of customers. Related: Debt collection nightmares But while identity theft is a huge issue, there’s a growing threat from a different kind of scam: fraudsters pretending to be someone they’re not as a way to get money from you. While con artists sometimes impersonate a friend or family …

    February 27, 2015 11:38 pm
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Sports

  • Thompson, Curry help Warriors dismantle Raptors


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry both bounced back from a rough shooting night to lead the Golden State Warriors in a 113-89 thrashing of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Thompson contributed 25 points with five assists and Curry totaled 22 points with five dimes in the win. The Splash Brothers combined for 31 points on 10- of-30 shooting in Thursday’s loss to LeBron James and the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers. The two were much more efficient on Friday, teaming up to shoot 17-of-31 against the nonexistent Toronto defense. “Our team has done a good job this year of responding to losses,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I think we were just responding to a disappointing night last night.” Draymond Green added 17 points with nine rebounds for Golden State, which has split each of the four games on its current six-game road trip. Terrence Ross led the Raptors with 18 points …

    February 27, 2015 11:59 pm
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World News

  • India unveils reform test budget


    28 February 2015 Last updated at 05:41 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to increase spending on infrastructure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is presenting its first full budget in what is seen as a key test of his appetite for reform. Mr Modi won last year’s general elections on a promise to reform the economy and attract foreign investment. Reports say that his government may slash food and fuel subsidies, helped by lower global oil prices. India will grow at a rate of more than 8% during 2015-16, a key economic report said ahead of the budget. The growth outlook follows the country’s new way of calculating GDP which has caused some confusion. Mr Modi’s government produced an interim budget shortly after coming to power last year that was largely seen as a continuation of policies designed by the outgoing Congress party government. Optimism has grown under Mr Modi, but the country is …

    February 27, 2015 11:59 pm
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Technology

  • Uber breach could affect the data of 50K drivers


    Uber drivers’ personal information may have been put at risk in a data breach. Above: an Uber promo shot. Uber Uber announced Friday that one of its databases was possibly breached last year, which could have put up to 50,000 former and current Uber drivers’ personal information at risk. The breach was first discovered on September 17 of last year and Uber believes it was a onetime incident that happened on May 13, 2014. The database held the names and driver’s license numbers of thousands of Uber drivers in multiple states. Uber is a ride-hailing service that lets passengers connect with drivers via a smartphone app. Though the private information of 50,000 people is a lot, it’s small compared with the dozens of hacks on other companies over the past couple of years. Retailers and banks, like Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan, experienced massive security breaches in 2013 and 2014. In the case of Target, …

    February 27, 2015 9:16 pm
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Science

  • New research signals big future for quantum radar


    A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York. The new breed of radar is a hybrid system that uses quantum correlation between microwave and optical beams to detect objects of low reflectivity such as cancer cells or aircraft with a stealth capability. Because the quantum radar operates at much lower energies than conventional systems, it has the long-term potential for a range of applications in biomedicine including non-invasive NMR scans. The research team led by Dr Stefano Pirandola, of the University’s Department of Computer Science and the York Centre for Quantum Technologies, found that a special converter — a double-cavity device that couples the microwave beam to an optical beam using a nano-mechanical oscillator — was the key to the new system. The device can either generate …

    February 27, 2015 9:17 pm
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Health

  • China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada’s discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday. China joins the list of countries that have imposed trade restrictions since Canada confirmed the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on Feb. 11, which includes Taiwan, Peru and Belarus. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency made Friday’s announcement in an update on its website. (Reporting by Randall Palmer, editing by G Crosse)

    February 27, 2015 9:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kid Rock calls Beyoncé unattractive and overrated


    And it isn’t just fans of the singer who feel that Kid Rock’s comments were way out of line. The rocker got too personal in his comments and made the Internet question his integrity. More: Kid Rock made 5 comments that are sparking a lot of controversy “Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a f***ing ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth,” he said. “How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock and Roll’?” To set the record straight: While these are all great pieces of musical history, Rock isn’t using anything but his own opinion to compare these albums and songs. We could easily list all of Beyoncé’s accolades compared to these other musical geniuses to prove her prowess, but that isn’t the point. The point is that Kid Rock should recognize and appreciate the diversity in music whether he’s a fan or not. …

    February 27, 2015 11:58 pm
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Editorial

  • Remembering Leonard Nimoy


    Leonard Nimoy infused such gravitas into the unlikely character of Spock, that the half-Vulcan science officer’s logic, integrated with human compassion and mystic spirituality, became Star Trek’s ethical star chart – the homing beacon upon which the franchise has navigated for almost 50 years.   An actor, director and artist who embraced intimate, emotional, relationship-based story telling, Leonard would have seemed an unlikely choice to become the embodiment of science Geekiness for generations of sci-fi fans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But, like a science officer, Leonard asked questions:  How would Vulcans greet one another? Not with a handshake, but with the splayed-fingers live long and prosper.  How would the oh-so-cerebral Vulcans handle themselves in a fight?  Not with a roundhouse right, but with the almost effortless neck pinch. What would alien spirituality look like? Meditative and introspective, of course. A great storyteller, with a wry sense of humor, Leonard gently inserted self-deprecating wit into a larger than life role …

    February 27, 2015 9:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site TMZ.com after finding out that the pearls on the dress were fake. TMZ said the thief took the Calvin Klein dress from Nyong’o’s hotel room on Wednesday after finding the door ajar. The Kenyan actress had worn the dress adorned with 6,000 pearls to Sunday’s Academy Awards in one of the most commented looks of the night. The thief and others removed two pearls from the dress and took them to the Garment District in downtown Los Angeles where they were told they were not real, according to TMZ. The thief then took the dress back to the London West Hollywood hotel and told TMZ it was in a garment bag inside a trash bag in a bathroom. TMZ then tipped off the …

    February 27, 2015 9:16 pm
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