• ‘Surprised’ Serena sets up dream Sharapova final

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams overcame feisty teenage challenger Madison Keys to set up a dream Australian Open final with Maria Sharapova on Thursday but seemed to be the only person surprised she had made...
  • Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs

    Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 07:00 By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News Astra Zeneca has announced a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating...
  • Suns outlast pesky Wizards

    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Goran Dragic posted 20 points in the Phoenix Suns’ 106-98 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Isaiah Thomas had 18 points off the bench, Markieff Morris scored 16 and...
  • Sydney inquest hears of siege deaths

    Sydney inquest hears of siege deaths

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 08:25 Police entered the cafe after one of the hostages was shot dead, the inquest heard The start of an inquest into the Sydney cafe siege has heard that...

Headline News

  • Son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested in Utah


    (Reuters) – The son of a Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed stand-off with federal agents in a dispute over cattle grazing rights last year has been arrested in Utah, officials said. Ryan Bundy, 42, was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies serving an arrest warrant while he was at the Iron County Justice Court for a separate case on Tuesday, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Bundy physically and verbally resisted the deputies, who eventually subdued him and booked him into county jail on the warrant for interfering with an officer and the additional charge of resisting arrest, the statement said. The Bundy family ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada some 80 miles (129 km) northeast of Las Vegas, was the site of an armed protest against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management last April. The stand-off gained nationwide attention as the agency sought to seize cattle because elder …

    January 29, 2015 3:39 am
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Politics

  • Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama’s immigration relief plan


    (Reuters) – Nevada’s newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama’s order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state’s moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in Jan. 5 after a campaign that focused at times on challenging federal overreach, said that Obama’s November order undermines the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. “The president cannot bypass the people’s elected representatives in Congress just because they do not pass the laws he wants,” Laxalt said in a statement on Monday. However, Laxalt joined the lawsuit without the backing of Nevada’s top elected official, Governor Brian Sandoval, a popular moderate Republican who easily won re-election. Laxalt’s office called to advise the governor that he would join the lawsuit, but the two men did not speak, said Laxalt spokeswoman Patty Cafferata, adding that aides to both are arranging a …

    January 29, 2015 1:59 am
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Stocks

  • African-Americans propel prime time TV hits like ‘Empire’


    According to Nielsen, 61% of the show’s audience is African-American — a figure that no other prime time show, new or old, even comes close to matching. For broadcast television, this is the Year of the African-American Viewer. What many of this season’s biggest hits have in common is a huge following in black households. This is most pronounced with Fox’s new musical drama “Empire,” which has quickly become the No. 1 new series of the season in all the key demographics. According to Nielsen, 61% of the show’s audience is African-American — a figure that no other prime time show, new or old, even comes close to matching. “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard as a hip hop mogul, is just three weeks old; its fourth episode debuts on Wednesday night. But already, like many of the gold records on its walls, it is a certified hit. The series actually climbed the ratings charts in its …

    January 29, 2015 2:19 am
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Sports

  • ‘Surprised’ Serena sets up dream Sharapova final


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams overcame feisty teenage challenger Madison Keys to set up a dream Australian Open final with Maria Sharapova on Thursday but seemed to be the only person surprised she had made it that far. The world number one had to battle against Keys, considered the heir apparent as the queen of American womens’ tennis, before she eventually overcame the 19-year-old 7-6(5) 6-2 to set up the final against the Russian. Williams, a five times champion at Melbourne Park, however, felt she entered the tournament in a funk, having played badly at the Hopman Cup in Perth earlier this month and mindful she had crashed out to lower ranked players in the last three years. “I didn’t expect to get to the finals of this tournament when I first got here because I wasn’t playing great,” she said after she made her first Melbourne Park final since 2010. “I didn’t play well …

    January 29, 2015 3:40 am
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World News

  • Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 07:00 By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News Astra Zeneca has announced a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases. It will be the first concerted use of an emerging technique called Crispr to “snip out” specific disease genes in order to discover drugs. The technique is cheaper, faster and more accurate than current methods. The research will be carried out with four leading academic and industrial gene-research centres across the world. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote It is one of the biggest developments in the area of biotechnology in decades” End Quote Dr Lorentz May Vice-president, Astra Zeneca AZ vice-president Dr Lorenz Mayr hopes it will speed the development of medicines for illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and many cancers “You can’t stop the science,” he told BBC News. “It is one of the biggest developments …

    January 29, 2015 3:40 am
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Technology

  • Data retention scheme still not clear-cut for telcos and others, inquiry told


    Australia’s peak body for IT and communications companies says organisations still face considerable uncertainty over whether they will need to retain Australians’ web and phone data as part of the federal government’s mandatory data retention scheme. At a parliamentary inquiry into plans to retain web and phone data for two years the chief executive of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Susan Campbell, said a number of organisations it represented were still uncertain about the scope of the government’s plans. The plan to retain web and phone data will mean that a range of telecommunications and service providers will need to keep an as-yet-unspecified set of data. While it is clear that organisations such as Telstra, iinet, Vodafone and Optus would need to retain data, it is less clear, for example, whether providers of voice-based web services would need to keep data for two years. The AIIA – which represents more than 400 organisations including …

    January 29, 2015 1:59 am
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Science

  • Long-necked ‘dragon’ discovered in China


    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Alberta paleontologists including PhD student Tetsuto Miyashita, former MSc student Lida Xing and professor Philip Currie have discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur from a skeleton found in China. The findings have been published in a new paper in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Qijianglong (pronounced “CHI-jyang-lon”) is about 15 metres in length and lived about 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic. The name means “dragon of Qijiang,” for its discovery near Qijiang City, close to Chongqing. The fossil site was found by construction workers in 2006, and the digging eventually hit a series of large neck vertebrae stretched out in the ground. Incredibly, the head of the dinosaur was still attached. “It is rare to find a head and neck of a long-necked dinosaur together because the head is so small and easily detached after the animal dies,” explains Miyashita. The new species belongs …

    January 29, 2015 2:00 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca bets on gene editing for broad range of new drugs


    LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had struck four research collaborations in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases. The academic and commercial tie-ups will allow British-based AstraZeneca to use so-called CRISPR technology across its entire drug discovery platform in areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune system medicine. CRISPR, which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, allows scientists to edit the genes of selected cells accurately and efficiently. It has created excitement since emerging two years ago and is already being tipped for a Nobel Prize. The collaborations with Britain’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Innovative Genomics Initiative in California, the Broad Institute and Whitehead Institute in Massachusetts, and Thermo Fisher Scientific build on an in-house CRISPR programme at AstraZeneca that has been running for over a year. Other drugmakers, keen …

    January 29, 2015 1:59 am
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Entertainment

  • GoDaddy’s Super Bowl ad was 60 seconds of animal cruelty


    More: Victoria’s Secret’s Super Bowl commercial is like nothing we’ve ever seen before (VIDEO) The commercial showed a special love between a puppy and a Clydesdale horse and captured everyone’s hearts. So much so that it was one of the most watched and talked about commercials of the year with over 55 million views on YouTube. So no one can really blame GoDaddy for trying to capitalize on the fame of the commercial by putting together a well-intentioned spoof. The problem? It failed. Miserably. The result is a mean-spirited and sad story that had animal rights activists up in arms until GoDaddy agreed to pull the ad from the Super Bowl lineup. More: What to do in Phoenix, Arizona, while visiting for Super Bowl XLIX In the ad, called “Journey Home,” a little Golden Retriever puppy named Buddy travels through rough roads, over train tracks and through rain storms to get back home to his …

    January 29, 2015 2:19 am
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Editorial

  • Five ways Obama could make Castro pay Cuba’s $6 billion debt to Americans


    In his half century reign of terror, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro committed manifold atrocities. Documented evidence reveals him to be a ruthless tyrant who endlessly abused the most basic of human rights –a man who played a pivotal role in bringing the world to the precipice of nuclear annihilation for 13 harrowing days in October of 1962. Beyond his crimes against humanity and the callous suffering he inflicted on the people of Cuba, he ruined the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Americans. He stole their land, homes, bank accounts, possessions and businesses. He absconded with their property under the guise of “nationalization.” But he is, in truth, a thief. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Will his victims now be fairly compensated or otherwise see the return of their confiscated property in the wake of America’s first steps toward rapprochement with Cuba? The answer is both legal and political. Will his victims now be fairly compensated or otherwise …

    January 29, 2015 1:59 am
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Odd News

  • Unions turn lights off on French prime minister


    PARIS (Reuters) – An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. Valls was starting a speech to about 700 people in support of his Socialist party’s candidate for a by-election on Tuesday night when the lights went out and his microphone turned silent. The electricity stayed off for about an hour, not just at the venue, but in the whole neighbourhood in Audincourt, eastern France. Valls resumed his speech once the power had come back on. The mines and energy federation of France’s militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. “When we are not listened to, we must make our point differently, so we cut the power, voila,” regional CGT head Marc Pautot said on radio France Info. Electricity distribution group ERDF, part of state-controlled utility EDF, said it …

    January 28, 2015 5:53 pm
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