• North Korea fires long-range rocket

    Media captionJohn Sudworth: North Korea’s thinking behind launch might be to get increased leverage over US and China North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology....
  • Gatland feeling ‘flat’ after draw

    Gatland feeling ‘flat’ after draw

    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Ireland 16-16 Wales Wales coach Warren Gatland was left feeling flat and frustrated by Wales’ 16-16 draw with Ireland in Dublin. The New Zealander was happy...
  • Four killed in Burundi grenade attack

    Four killed in Burundi grenade attack

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Burundi’s soldiers have been patrolling the streets of Bujumbura after a series of recent grenade attacks Four people have been killed in Burundi in a grenade attack on a bar...

Headline News

  • Fourth patient linked to mold outbreak at Pittsburgh hospital dies


    A Pennsylvania man, who sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center over a deadly, mold-linked infection he and other organ transplant patients contracted at the facility, has died. UPMC on Sunday confirmed the death of Che DuVall, 70, and extended its sympathies to his family. DuVall, who had a lung transplant, is the fourth transplant patient at the hospital system who contracted infection and died. “We again want to reassure our patients that we have taken every possible precaution to make our hospitals as safe as is humanly possible and have followed all recommendations made by federal and state regulators,” UPMC said in a statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a December report that the four patients at the hospital system between September 2014 and September 2015 contracted the rare and often deadly infection caused by a group of molds. Three had died by the time the report was released, …

    February 7, 2016 3:31 pm
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Politics

  • Trump says New Hampshire win not necessary to secure nomination


    WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he does not have to win the New Hampshire primary vote on Tuesday to secure the nomination, apparently tamping down expectations despite holding a double-digit lead in that state’s polls. The billionaire businessman came second to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses last week although polls put him ahead. His candidacy has alarmed the Republican establishment and has been marked by rows including over his calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. No Republican has won the presidential nomination without winning either the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary since the 1970s, but it would not technically be impossible. Asked whether a loss in New Hampshire would derail his campaign, Trump told the NBC News show Meet the Press: “I don’t think I need it. I hope that I get it.” “I would like to win but I don’t know that …

    February 7, 2016 12:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Super Bowl 50 tickets reselling for average of $4,639


    Super Bowl 50 is still one hot ticket — the most expensive Super Bowl ever. A few hours ahead of kickoff, the average resale price was $4,639. But Sunday’s game is no longer the priciest U.S. event ever. Last year’s Mayweather vs. Pacquiao boxing match had an average resale price of $4,672, according to SeatGeek’s database. The average ticket sales price was at $4,841 just four days ago. But SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden said it’s common for prices to dip as sellers clamor to attract last-minute buyers. Leyden said it’s also noteworthy that the cheapest Super Bowl tickets were somewhat immune to the trend and stayed unusually pricey. The cheapest seats available Sunday morning were still priced at more than $3,000. Related: What time does the Super Bowl start? Google it He also pointed out that just because the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was more expensive doesn’t mean it had more demand. The fight was hosted …

    February 7, 2016 2:50 pm
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Sports

  • Gatland feeling ‘flat’ after draw


    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Ireland 16-16 Wales Wales coach Warren Gatland was left feeling flat and frustrated by Wales’ 16-16 draw with Ireland in Dublin. The New Zealander was happy with the way his side fought-back from 13-0 down to lead 16-13 with eight minutes remaining. But Johnny Sexton’s late penalty spoiled what could have been a good day for Wales. “I’m not satisfied at all I’m feeling pretty flat at the moment,” said Gatland. “It’s disappointing that you’ve played one game and even though it’s not a loss you’ve taken a couple of trophies out of the cabinet already. “You can’t win the Triple Crown and you can’t win the Grand Slam so that’s disappointing.” Poor exit play costs Wales dear Wales took the lead for the first time in the game in the 72nd-minute when substitute fly-half Rhys Priestland – on the field for the injured Dan Biggar …

    February 7, 2016 3:30 pm
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World News

  • North Korea fires long-range rocket


    Media captionJohn Sudworth: North Korea’s thinking behind launch might be to get increased leverage over US and China North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology. A state TV announcer said that North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit. The launch was condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US, who have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later on Sunday. South Korea says it is to begin discussing with the US the deployment of a missile defence system. Senior defence official Ryu Je-Seung said if the THAAD missile system – considered one of the most advanced in the world – were deployed it would be only to counter the threat from the North. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kim Jong-un is shown signing-off on the rocket launch Image copyright Reuters Image caption And watching the launch Image copyright Reuters Image …

    February 7, 2016 3:31 pm
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Technology

  • Google Ireland staff paid much less than London colleagues


    Workers at Google Ireland, the search group’s European sales hub, earn less than half the £160,000 average wage of colleagues in London despite the British sales team only providing a supporting role to their Irish counterparts. Google bosses will be grilled by parliament’s public accounts committee this week over how they have managed to continue with their controversial Irish tax structures in the face of repeated promises from politicians to close these arrangements down. Related: Who will speak for Brittin? Not MPs on the warpath over Google The relationship between Google sales teams in London and Dublin is likely to be at the heart of MPs’ questioning. Google Ireland booked £5bn in sales from UK advertisers last year, but paid no tax in the UK. The group’s controversial corporate structure means the UK subsidiary provides marketing services to Google Ireland. Meanwhile, UK customers buy advertising exclusively from the Irish company. Four years ago, Matt Brittin, …

    February 7, 2016 12:49 pm
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Science

  • Why We Shouldn’t Quarantine Travelers Because of Zika


    If GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie were to be believed one way to help tamp down the threat of Zika in the United States would be to quarantine individuals with symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness coming into the country from Brazil. The World Health Organization has already said that such measures would not be a good idea, however. The director-general of the WHO, Margaret Chan, specifically said earlier this month that there is “no public health justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika virus.” Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, was asked during the Republican debate in New Hampshire on Saturday night, just days ahead of that state’s primary, if he would quarantine individuals returning from Brazil with symptoms of Zika virus. “You bet I would,” he replied. Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson then weighed in to say, “If we have evidence that they are infected and …

    February 7, 2016 3:30 pm
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Health

  • Doctors puzzle over severity of defects in some Brazilian babies


    NEW YORK/BRASILIA Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil. Consultations among doctors in Brazil and the United States have increased in the last two weeks, and some of the leading authorities on the condition are finding patterns of unusual devastation in scans of the newborns’ malformed brains. While it’s not known how representative the scans are, the early observations of these doctors point to a tough road ahead for the babies, their families and their communities and heighten the concern surrounding Zika, which is suspected of causing microcephaly. “We are in the process of very rapid information gathering on what has been seen,” said Dr. William Dobyns, a geneticist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The condition that I’ve been able to review, very preliminarily, is more severe than simple …

    February 7, 2016 12:09 pm
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Entertainment

  • Britney Spears Is The Happiest Soccer Mom On The Field


    Posted on Sun Feb 7th, 2016 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Britney Spears went to sons Sean Preston and Jayden James’ soccer game in Calabasas over the weekend, and the pop star wowed in a light blue tee and jeans. She also showed off some serious baubles on her hands…wonder who gave her those? Perhaps she treated herself? After all, following her brief romance with restaurateur Harry Morton, we haven’t heard about her dating anyone else. Brit Brit was joined by Bryan and mother Lynne, and she was snapped taking selfies with her fam in between cheering on her sons. Life seems pretty normal for the pop star, and after about a month of free time, she’s set to kick off the twelfth leg of her Las Vegas residency on February 13 at the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino.   SEE THE GALLERY Britney Spears Plays Soccer Mom For The Day Stories from around the Web

    February 7, 2016 3:10 pm
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Editorial

  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire


    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am
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Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin


    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm
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