• Russia “fully committed” to change

    Russia “fully committed” to change

    Wada says Russia’s Mariya Savinova, who won 800m gold at the London Olympics, should be given a lifetime ban Russia is “fully committed” to the reform needed to comply with anti-doping laws after an athletics...
  • Nepal schoolchildren protest at blockade

    Nepal schoolchildren protest at blockade

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Students held up placards accusing India of being behind the blockade Tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Nepal have formed a human chain along the full length of the ring...
  • Wales face action for anthem blunder

    Wales face action for anthem blunder

    The Football Association of Wales (FAW) faces disciplinary action after failing to play Kazakhstan’s anthem before the Uefa Women’s Euro 2017 qualifier. Only the Welsh anthem was played before Wales went on to win the...
  • Suicide attack hits Nigeria Shia march

    Suicide attack hits Nigeria Shia march

    A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people in an attack on a Shia Muslim procession in Nigeria’s Kano state, eyewitnesses and organisers say. A witness told the BBC that the attack happened shortly...

Headline News

  • Former luncheonette owner chooses to die in her restaurant

    HOPEWELL, N.J. –  A 78-year-old woman who spent more than three decades running a New Jersey luncheonette decided she wanted to spend her final days in the now-shuttered diner. NJ.com reports the lights dimmed on Chubby’s Luncheonette three years ago. But it was so special to former owner Carol “Chubby” Montello that she decided she wanted to die in the Hopewell diner. Her loved ones say she left the door open 24-7 so regulars could make coffee and heat muffins before she arrived. She often sat in the diner even after it closed since she lived above it. Those close to her say she didn’t want to die in the hospital, so they arranged to put her bed in Chubby’s alongside tables, where she died on Oct. 11.

    November 27, 2015 12:39 pm


  • Ben Carson to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan: reports

    WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is traveling to Jordan on Friday to visit Syrian refugees at a United Nations-run camp, according to media reports. Carson, a top-tier candidate in public opinion polls, has faced increased scrutiny over his foreign policy credentials amid comments about China’s role in the Syrian crisis, as well as remarks likening some Syrian refugees to rabid dogs. The retired neurosurgeon will visit a Syrian refugee camp in the northern Jordan town of Azraq, according to the New York Times, which first reported the surprise trip. While there, he will visit a clinic and hospital, the newspaper said. Representatives for Carson’s campaign could not be immediately reached for comment. NBC News also confirmed the trip. U.S. Secret Service agents, along with several campaign aides are traveling with Carson, the Times said, adding that the candidate will return to the United States on Sunday. Carson and other Republican presidential candidates have criticized …

    November 27, 2015 10:19 am


  • Cam Newton dabs in new Under Armour cleats

    Athletes who wear Under Armour apparel are having a pretty good year. The latest Under Armour star to shine? Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers are undefeated. Carolina won its 11th game of the season on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys. Under Armour (UA) is having some fun with Newton too. Newton wore custom-designed UA cleats Thursday that featured images of him doing his two signature touchdown moves — the dab dance that’s all the rage now and a Superman pose — on one side. The words “thankful” and “grateful” are on the other. When you do customs for the potential NFL MVP it’s kind of a great feeling! Check them out now in the game! #dezcustomz #kreativecustomkicks #teamdezcustomz #dezcustomzstore #angelusdirect #nfl #cleats #carolinapanthers #camnewton #theydontmakethisstencil #yourcustomizercantdothis #dab #superman A photo posted by DEZ (@dezcustomz) on Nov 26, 2015 at 1:52pm PST And Under Armour got a lot of free publicity for those cleats …

    November 27, 2015 10:59 am


  • Russia “fully committed” to change

    Wada says Russia’s Mariya Savinova, who won 800m gold at the London Olympics, should be given a lifetime ban Russia is “fully committed” to the reform needed to comply with anti-doping laws after an athletics scandal. The country was banned from international competition after a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) commission examined claims of widespread doping. Wada director general David Howman was “pleased” with assurances from Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko, but said there was “much work to be done”. Russia faces exclusion from next year’s Olympics if not declared compliant. Howman and Mutko met in Frankfurt, Germany, for the first time since the Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant on 18 November. A Wada statement said: “During the meeting, minister Mutko committed fully to the process and the changes required of Rusada if they are to achieve compliance status.” Howman added: “Wada is pleased with the assurances provided by Minister Mutko to address the …

    November 27, 2015 12:40 pm

World News

  • Nepal schoolchildren protest at blockade

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Students held up placards accusing India of being behind the blockade Tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Nepal have formed a human chain along the full length of the ring road around the capital, Kathmandu. They are protesting against a blockade by the Madhesi ethnic minority, who say they are discriminated against in the new constitution. The Madhesi have been blockading the Indian border for two months, causing shortages of food and medicine. Nepal says India is making it worse by tacitly supporting the Madhesi. India denies blockading Nepal, but it has urged the government to hold serious talks with the Madhesi. Around 60% of Nepal’s medicine is imported from India, along with large amounts of fuel, food and other supplies. Schools in Nepal have reportedly been forced to cut down on hours because of the fuel shortage caused by the blockade. During Friday’s protest in Kathmandu, children reportedly shouted: …

    November 27, 2015 12:19 pm


  • Bill Gates to launch clean energy project on sidelines of Paris climate talks

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris, it was reported on Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to double their research and development budgets to boost clean energy deployment and work collaboratively, according to GreenWire, an energy and climate trade publication which cited government and business officials familiar with the agreement. Related: Everything you need to know about the Paris climate summit and UN talks Access to clean energy technology will play a key role in a global agreement to combat climate change. More than 190 countries will negotiate a new pact in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. Gates will join Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, US president Barack Obama and French president François Hollande to announce Initiative Cleantech at a side event on the opening …

    November 27, 2015 10:39 am


  • Global growth in CO2 emissions stagnates

    After a decade of rapid growth in global CO2 emissions, which increased at an average annual rate of 4%, much smaller increases were registered in 2012 (0.8%), 2013 (1.5%) and 2014 (0.5%). In 2014, when the emissions growth was almost at a standstill, the world’s economy continued to grow by 3%. The trend over the last three years thus sends an encouraging signal on the decoupling of CO2 emissions from global economic growth. However, it is still too early to confirm a positive global trend. For instance India, with its emerging economy and large population, increased its emissions by 7.8% and became the fourth largest emitter globally. The EU continues to show leadership on CO2 emission reductions In 2014, despite an overall increase of 1.4% in the GDP for the European Union, the EU decreased its CO2 emissions by 5.4% with respect to 2013. This comes after reductions also in the two previous years, although …

    November 27, 2015 9:18 am


  • Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer

    FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man’s risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests. Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology department at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, said in a university news release. Most cases of prostate cancer do not spread to other parts of the body and are not life-threatening. For some men, however, the disease is deadly, affecting their bones and other organs. Kenfield’s team investigated whether healthy lifestyle habits could help protect men from aggressive forms of prostate cancer. They analyzed data from two large studies involving more than 62,000 men between 40 and 84. The men, who were cancer-free at the start, were followed for more than …

    November 27, 2015 9:58 am


  • Jenelle Evans Talks Weekend With Sons: ‘I Was So Thankful’

    Jenelle Evans is trying to determine whether she should go get a job or return to school. She’s really been thinking about her education and she is eager to return to school to get another degree under her belt. But this weekend, she was all about her family and being thankful for what she has. And that includes being close to her first-born son Jace and having custody of her second son, Kaiser. According to a new tweet, Jenelle Evans is now revealing that she had a great Thanksgiving holiday even though she is dealing with some custody issues. On Twitter, she simply said that she had a great time with her family, but she didn’t exactly reveal who she considered her family. “We all had a great Thanksgiving. I was so thankful to have my family together this year and was grateful for all the fantastic food my family got to eat and enjoy. …

    November 27, 2015 10:59 am


  • Hey, America, resist the digital distraction: Shop local

    If you’re a parent, you might recognize this scenario. You’re sitting around the dinner table, and then your phone buzzes. You don’t look at your phone while you’re eating with the family. And yet, it could be important? Just a peek. Nope, not important, but without even thinking about it, your finger tapped the Facebook icon and now your attention is fully on the riveting status update of some long-lost acquaintance. You hear your name and look up. Your beautiful children want your attention, have so much to say to you. You stop and think, and then you put away the phone. For real this time. You’ve been there, right? It’s a daily struggle for me. The phone is designed to capture my attention. It knows me, knows exactly what makes me tick. And click. Sometimes I’m not strong enough to resist its charms. But when I’m thinking clearly, I empower myself to choose where …

    November 27, 2015 12:39 pm

Odd News

  • Man scales Colosseum to protest Rome Holy Year crackdown

    ROME A man climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome’s Colosseum on Friday and shouted in protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in the city. Italy’s capital is imposing extra security measures and sprucing up parks and piazzas as it gears up to host the Roman Catholic Holy Year, or “Jubilee”, that could draw millions of tourists and pilgrims. A policeman said the protester, a manager at a guided tour company, had reached the outer edge of the 2,000 year-old amphitheatre from inside, apparently through the main entrance. The fact someone had evaded security at one of Italy’ most-visited sites and police were powerless to intervene caused concern about whether the city is ready for the Jubilee, or up to the task of protecting its citizens from the risk of attacks like the ones that killed 130 people in Paris two …

    November 27, 2015 9:38 am