• Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally

    Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 14:39 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Tom Burridge in Madrid: “There’s a sea of people here” Tens of thousands of people have massed...
  • Coyotes seek to build off recent win in clash with Sens

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Arizona Coyotes hope to build off their first victory in weeks when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Saturday’s matinee clash at Canadian Tire Centre. The Coyotes entered Thursday’s game in Toronto...
  • Italy MPs elect judge as president

    Italy MPs elect judge as president

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 12:39 Mr Mattarella previously served as defence minister, and has been a constitutional court judge since 2011 Italy’s parliament has elected constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella as the country’s...
  • Balloonists complete Pacific journey

    Balloonists complete Pacific journey

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 14:45 Two Eagles balloon completes crossing of Pacific with sea-landing off Mexico, setting new milestones on six-day trip This breaking news story is being updated and more details will...
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey Teases First Sex Scene

    Fifty Shades Of Grey Teases First Sex Scene

    Break out your ball gags, whips and sex swings because things are seriously heating up in a new teaser for Fifty Shades Of Grey. In the steamiest look yet, a shirtless Jamie Dornan (yum!) and...
  • Seahawks v. Patriots: How do the fans measure up?

    Seahawks v. Patriots: How do the fans measure up?

    Forget about football. Seahawks and Patriots fans don’t see eye-to-eye on much at all. While Patriots fans are much more likely hang out at concerts and imbibe at bars, Seahawks fans prefer to frequent water...
  • German ex-President Weizsaecker dies

    German ex-President Weizsaecker dies

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 12:00 Richard von Weizsaecker served two terms either side of reunification Germany’s former President Richard von Weizsaecker has died at the age of 94, the president’s office has announced....

Headline News

  • Police: Atlanta area man shot dead trying to rob dog breeder


    Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot as he tried to rob a bulldog breeder he had contacted through the website Craigslist. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1zGdq93 ) DeKalb County police have linked the dead man to at least four other cases in which people trying to sell items online were robbed. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say the man, whose name has not been released, was killed early Friday by one of two men from Winder who thought they were selling him an English Bulldog. Dog breeder Walter Gonzalez told police he got out of the car and a man standing outside a home drew a gun on him. Gonzalez’s friend, Salvador Burgos, told officers he also had a gun and shot the man. Gonzalez and Burgos fled and then called police.

    January 31, 2015 9:57 am
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Politics

  • U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets. “I think it may require a forward deployment of some of our troops …,” he said. “I would say we’re not there yet. Whether we get there or not, I don’t know.” Hagel’s comments echoed testimony by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Congress last fall when he said U.S. troops might have to take a larger role on the ground in Iraq. Such a deployment would be in addition to the 4,500 U.S. troops already committed to training and advising roles in …

    January 31, 2015 6:35 am
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Stocks

  • Seahawks v. Patriots: How do the fans measure up?


    Forget about football. Seahawks and Patriots fans don’t see eye-to-eye on much at all. While Patriots fans are much more likely hang out at concerts and imbibe at bars, Seahawks fans prefer to frequent water parks and the zoo. And unsurprisingly, they prefer to buy in bulk at Costco (COST) (founded in Seattle), unlike their competitors who shop at Sam’s Club. This is all according to a study released by startup PlaceIQ. The ad tech firm partnered with Datalogix to take a look at this year’s Super Bowl fans: Patriots fans are more likely to be single, have a higher income ($75,000 or more) and be a bit older (35 to 54). Seahawks fans skew younger (25 to 44), tend to be married with kids, and earn a little less ($50,000 or more). PlaceIQ also looked at how their likes, dislikes and habits compared to the average American consumer. Related: Is this the Super Bowl’s …

    January 31, 2015 8:57 am
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Sports

  • Coyotes seek to build off recent win in clash with Sens


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Arizona Coyotes hope to build off their first victory in weeks when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Saturday’s matinee clash at Canadian Tire Centre. The Coyotes entered Thursday’s game in Toronto mired in an 0-5-2 slump, but they notched a 3-1 comeback victory for their first win since a 4-1 home triumph against Winnipeg on Jan. 8. Arizona trailed the Maple Leafs 1-0 after two periods, but Oliver Ekman- Larsson scored a short-handed goal just five seconds into the third period to kindle a rally. Ekman-Larsson’s goal, which tied a franchise record for quickest to open a period, came from beyond center ice after Lauri Korpikoski won the faceoff. Martin Hanzal netted the go-ahead goal 3:42 later and Sam Gagner scored on a power play later in the period as Arizona ended its seven-game slide while sending Toronto to its eighth straight loss. “After the second period we thought we deserved …

    January 31, 2015 9:17 am
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World News

  • Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 14:39 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Tom Burridge in Madrid: “There’s a sea of people here” Tens of thousands of people have massed in central Madrid for a rally organised by radical Spanish leftists Podemos. The “March for Change” is one of the party’s first outdoor mass rallies, as it looks to build on the recent victory of its close allies Syriza in Greece. Podemos has surged into the lead in recent opinion polls, and says it will seek to write off part of Spain’s debt if it wins elections later this year. Podemos says politicians should “serve the people, not private interests”. The BBC’s Tom Burridge in Madrid says that there has been an impressive turnout and a carnival atmosphere at the rally. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias spelt out the party’s message to the crowd. “We want change,” he said, quoted by …

    January 31, 2015 9:58 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Brompton M3R folding bicycle – review


    It’s taken four years of reviewing bicycles to bite the bullet and test a Brompton. I know what took me so long. I live in a suburb of Manchester with a vegan organic supermarket and a cafe which offers a “hummus of the day”. I spend my summers in Birkenstocks. I really like granola. If I were to ride a Brompton, I’d have to start voting Tory to prove I’m not a leftwing robot programmed to live the Guardian brand. I had only been to Salford and back before I realised the Brompton was the first bike I’ve tested that I would buy. It makes a mockery of every other folder I’ve ridden (your Dahons, Kansis, Terns) by compacting into the neatest, cleanest, most portable, stashable package on the market. It’s not an intuitive fold. You need to learn it, and not mess with the order. But once you’ve got the origami moves, it can …

    January 31, 2015 6:35 am
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Science

  • Building trustworthy big data algorithms


    Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and classify their text data in a meaningful way. One of the leading big data algorithms for finding related topics within unstructured text (an area called topic modeling) is latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA). But when Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral set out to test LDA, he found that it was neither as accurate nor reproducible as a leading topic modeling algorithm should be. Using his network analysis background, Amaral, professor of chemical and biological engineering in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, developed a new topic modeling algorithm that has shown very high accuracy and reproducibility during tests. His results, published with co-author Konrad Kording, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, physiology, and applied mathematics at Northwestern, were published Jan. 29 in Physical …

    January 31, 2015 6:36 am
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Health

  • British health worker being tested for Ebola after needle injury


    LONDON (Reuters) – A British military healthcare worker was flown back to England from Sierra Leone on Saturday following a needle-stick injury sustained while treating a person with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) service said on Saturday. The patient, who has not been named, has been taken for testing to the Royal Free Hospital in London. “They are likely to have been exposed to the Ebola virus but, at this time, have not been diagnosed with Ebola and do not have symptoms,” PHE said in a statement. Last week, a British nurse who had been critically ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone was discharged from the same hospital after making a full recovery. The Royal Free, Britain’s main center for Ebola cases, also successfully treated British aid worker William Pooley who contracted the virus in West Africa last year. To date, more than 21,700 cases of Ebola have been reported in nine …

    January 31, 2015 6:35 am
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Entertainment

  • Fifty Shades Of Grey Teases First Sex Scene


    Break out your ball gags, whips and sex swings because things are seriously heating up in a new teaser for Fifty Shades Of Grey. In the steamiest look yet, a shirtless Jamie Dornan (yum!) and Dakota Johnson (yawn!) give us a glimpse at one of their SM-tastic romps. The best-selling book-turned-movie follows kinky billionaire Christian Grey as he seduces plain Jane student, Anastasia Steele, and brings her into the erotic world of bondage. The preview aired on Wednesday during USA’s drama, Suits. The soon-to-be famous stars also appeared on the cover of UK Glamour and talked about the uncomfortablity of making a film so sexually provocative. In the mag, Dornan, who is a married and has a child, said, “There were times when Dakota was not wearing much, and I had to do stuff to her that I’d never choose to do to a woman.” The 32-year-old Irish actor added, “I felt very protective and …

    January 31, 2015 8:57 am
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Editorial

  • Super Bowl XLIX: Why Patriots have psychological edge over Seahawks


    In the runup to Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, predictions are for a close game. (We’ll find out how accurate they are when the Super Bowl begins at 6:30pm ET). Some favor the New England Patriots, based on their formidable defense and Tom Brady’s abilities as quarterback. Others favor the Seattle Seahawks, arguing that their tight pass coverage gives them an edge, or that teams that try for their second Super Bowl trophy in a row (like the Seahawks) usually win. Most people would agree that the teams are very evenly matched. John Avello, executive director of the Wynn Sports Book in Las Vegas, has the Patriots favored to win by 1 point. Many call the game a toss-up.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Put simply, the Super Bowl could go to the Patriots because Brady and his teammates have a question to answer, and Sunday’s contest is the very best forum of all to answer it. I’m …

    January 31, 2015 6:35 am
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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