• Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack

    Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 22:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. At least two men stormed the hotel, which is popular with tourists Militants have attacked a hotel in the...
  • Warning sign: Stocks take nosedive

    Warning sign: Stocks take nosedive

      Forget the snow. Investors are getting a blizzard of earnings this week, and so far it’s a gray mess. The Dow shed 291 points Tuesday. It was a rough day, although not quite the...
  • Seahawks sustaining success with Carroll

    (SportsNetwork.com) – You can’t spell compete without Pete. Pete Carroll has a competitive edge, one that many wondered would translate successfully to the NFL from the college ranks. When Carroll, who failed in previous NFL...
  • US admits snow forecast errors

    US admits snow forecast errors

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 20:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. New Yorkers ask what happened to “snowmageddon” The US National Weather Service (NWS) has admitted its forecasts were wrong,...

Headline News

  • Twins who turned on Mexican cartels sentenced to 14 years


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Twin brothers who ran a massive Chicago distribution hub for Mexican drug cartels but then helped the U.S. government convict more than a dozen drug dealers were sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court. Prosecutors praised Pedro and Margarito Flores, 33, for unprecedented cooperation and for risking their lives to tape one-time Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman – now in prison in Mexico – and other cartel members. They asked U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo to consider 10-year sentences for the brothers for their guilty pleas to drug-trafficking charges. But Castillo said he imposed higher sentences on the U.S.-born brothers “in light of the devastation you caused this city and your country.” The government on Tuesday also unsealed expanded and new indictments against alleged money launderers and cartel members, based on evidence provided by the brothers, who were debriefed for months after surrendering to drug agents in …

    January 27, 2015 4:15 pm
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Politics

  • Senate Democrats hold off on new Iran vote


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Democratic senators said on Tuesday they would give the Obama administration at least two more months to reach a nuclear deal with Iran before voting for tighter economic restrictions, easing the threat that Congress might override President Barack Obama’s veto of a new sanctions bill. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, co-author of the legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran if there is no deal by the end of June, said he and other Democratic senators would not back passage of the bill until after March 24, and only in the absence of a framework agreement with Tehran. Obama said a vote for more restrictions, which are strongly supported by Republican lawmakers, could upset negotiations under way, and pledged to veto any bill imposing new sanctions while talks are ongoing. “Many of my Democratic colleagues and I have sent a letter to the president, telling him we will not support passage of …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Stocks

  • Warning sign: Stocks take nosedive


      Forget the snow. Investors are getting a blizzard of earnings this week, and so far it’s a gray mess. The Dow shed 291 points Tuesday. It was a rough day, although not quite the carnage it could have been. The Dow fell over 380 points in the morning after Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Caterpillar (CAT) and Procter Gamble (PG) all disappointed heavily in their results. The market is reacting to three prongs of bad news: falling oil’s impact on companies, more signs of a weakening global economy and corporations cutting their outlook for 2015. Caterpillar is expecting a big hit on its construction equipment business as China slows down and demand drops off from oil producing parts of the world. Profits for the fourth quarter are already down 25% from a year ago. Related: Lousy Caterpillar earnings drag the market down Microsoft was upbeat about sales of Xbox and its Surface tablet, but it warned …

    January 27, 2015 3:55 pm
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Sports

  • Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth


    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humorous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth. Eight days ago, Woods lost a front tooth and had another cracked by a video camera after watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn claim a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy. Woods said the collision occurred after he had climbed a hill to watch the podium presentation with all the photographers jostling for position below him. “That didn’t feel very good,” the former world number one, who this week will be playing only his second tournament in five months due to back problems, told reporters ahead of Thursday’s opening round at the TPC Scottsdale. “I was looking down, and all the camera guys are below me on their knees …

    January 27, 2015 4:15 pm
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World News

  • Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 22:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. At least two men stormed the hotel, which is popular with tourists Militants have attacked a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say. Several gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel and opened fire in the reception area. A car bomb also exploded nearby. Unconfirmed reports say some of the assailants have blown themselves up. The officials say the dead include one US and one French citizen. The security forces say the stand-off has now been brought to an end. The US State Department has confirmed the death of a US citizen, without giving any further details. The dead American is believed to have been a security contractor. The death of the French citizen has been confirmed by the French government. There are conflicting reports as to the total number of attackers. …

    January 27, 2015 4:15 pm
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Technology

  • Exploding Kittens card game annihilates Kickstarter goal


    Kaboom! That sound you heard rollicking around the Internet was Kickstarter project Exploding Kittens blowing away its humble $10,000 funding goal to the tune of more than $4 million in pledges. A card game full of dangerously naughty felines has inspired a considerable amount of crowdfunding fervor. The original goal was met in only 20 minutes. It reached 1,000 percent funding within an hour. Now, it’s setting new records. Exploding Kittens is a card game with an online geek-hero celebrity attached in the form of The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman. His bug-eyed, enthusiastic art style is the basis for the card designs. CNET pressed him for the inside story — see the video above — and there’s more exclusive footage on the way. The game itself works a bit like Russian Roulette, with players drawing cards and trying to avoid getting bumped out of the game by accidentally triggering an exploding kitten. It has tragedy, …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Science

  • NREL reports examine economic trade-offs of owning versus leasing a solar photovoltaic system


    Two new reports from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30 percent compared with consumers who lease a PV system through a conventional third-party owner. The first report, “Banking on Solar: An Analysis of Banking Opportunities in the U.S. Distributed Photovoltaic Market,” provides a high-level overview of the developing U.S. solar loan product landscape. The analysis covers the range of consumer and commercial loan products available for financing solar in the United States, discusses the potential and active market players in the distributed solar loan space, and provides qualitative and quantitative analyses of how solar loans of varying maturities stack up against third-party financing. Key findings include: The levelized cost of …

    January 27, 2015 1:34 pm
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Health

  • Delinquent kids have earlier sex


    (Reuters Health) – Kids with behavior problems became sexually active earlier than their peers, in a recent study. Having sex early – before age 16 – increases the risk of teen pregnancy, partner violence, sexually transmitted infections and other negative health outcomes, the researchers say. Other studies have found that behaviors like frequent opposition or rule breaking are associated with earlier age of first sexual intercourse or teenage pregnancy, said lead author S. Rachel Skinner of the University of Sydney in Australia, in email to Reuters Health. The new study is larger and more robust, she said. “We were able to disentangle this relationship from many other known risk factors, and demonstrate that (behavior problems are) an independent predictor of earlier age of first sexual intercourse,” Skinner said. Her team used data from a long-term study beginning in 1989 that followed almost 3,000 Australian children and their families from birth through age 17. By age …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift’s dealing with an extremely bizarre lawsuit over 1989


    More: Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ and 9 other top misheard lyrics of 2014 RadarOnline reports that convicted child pornographer Jose Hilario wants to be paid out $100 million because his life was pretty much the inspiration for Swift’s latest album, which contains hits such as “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off.” Apparently, in Hilario’s handwritten lawsuit, he says, “My heart hurts. I have suffered so much humiliation already.” He also claims that he had an online Skype conversation with Swift when she was 18, claiming that “she was lonely and sad and that she needed someone to chat with.” And he just happened to be that someone, so “for about over two months we chatted and had a good friendship,” he says. More: 7 Hilarious quotes from ‘Shave It Off’ spoof that are so true But this was not just an online friendship, according to RadarOnline. Hilario says in his lawsuit that he met Swift …

    January 27, 2015 3:55 pm
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Editorial

  • GOP and Abortion in Age of ObamaCare: Time for new strategy


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: Anti-abortion demonstrators march past the Supreme Court in Washington during the annual March for Life. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an anti-abortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure. Politics wins. Life loses. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It seems these moderate Republicans, fearing the bill could revive the Democrats’ phony “War on Women” mantra, erred on the side of expedience so as not to, as the Washington Post writes, “…expose Republicans in swing districts to a barrage of attack ads in 2016 from women’s rights groups and Democrats.” Republicans should be about “empowering women,” giving them …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Mississippi collector’s quirky Elvis shrine up for auction


    JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) – The estate of an eccentric Elvis Presley memorabilia collector who for more than two decades offered tours of his Mississippi house at any time day or night will be auctioned on Saturday, his attorney said. The sale will be held at Paul MacLeod’s Holly Springs home, known as “Graceland Too.” Though not officially connected to Graceland, Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, the quirky 24-hour attraction drew Elvis fans from all over the world until its owner’s death last year. Some bidders have expressed interest in turning the property into an Elvis-themed bed and breakfast, attorney Phillip Knecht said. They will also have the chance to buy hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl records, MacLeod’s pink Cadillac and dozens of foot lockers full of clippings and recordings featuring the performer known as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Auctioneer Greg Kinard said some items have garnered more attention than he expected, such as …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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