• New technique reveals immune cell motion

    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular...
  • Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking

    Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking

    CBS/Randy Schmidt James Bond may need a license to kill, but North Korea only needed an Internet connection and computers to cripple an entire company. That’s the lesson from one of the most damaging hacks...
  • Expert: Blacks trust police more than whites do

    Expert: Blacks trust police more than whites do

    Do blacks trust police more than whites do? Given the anger over events in Ferguson and New York City, the very question seems absurd. But it is not. Behind the polls and demonstrations, there is...
  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

    Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

    SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. “The dust from the boxes...
  • Obama says Sony wrong to yank film over hack

    Obama says Sony wrong to yank film over hack

    By ERIC TUCKER, TED BRIDIS December 20, 2014 President Barack Obama pauses during news conference(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais ) President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a...
  • Russians ‘will not cave in’ to West

    Russians ‘will not cave in’ to West

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 13:22 President Vladimir Putin attended a top military gathering on Friday during which his defence minister vowed to boost troops in Crimea Russia says it will not “cave in”...
  • Cuba policy opposition groups plan protests in Miami

    MIAMI –  Cuban-American groups opposed to President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami. But it’s not clear how many people will show up. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Only...

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  • Cuba policy opposition groups plan protests in Miami


    MIAMI –  Cuban-American groups opposed to President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami. But it’s not clear how many people will show up. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Only a handful protested in Little Havana on Wednesday when the president’s announcement of a host of policy changes toward the communist nation was made. More than two dozen exile groups are listed as participating in Saturday afternoon’s protest. Organizers have given no attendance estimates. Obama’s decision this week to take steps to restore diplomatic relations marked the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the country in more than half a century. Secretary of State John Kerry will begin discussions on re-establishing diplomatic relations, including plans to reopen a U.S. Embassy in the capital of Havana.

    December 20, 2014 7:36 am
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Politics

  • Obama says Sony wrong to yank film over hack


    By ERIC TUCKER, TED BRIDIS December 20, 2014 President Barack Obama pauses during news conference(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais ) President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said Friday at a year-end news conference, “I wish they had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.” Obama said he imagined situations in which dictators “start seeing a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.” Sony said it had had no choice but to cancel distribution of the movie since theaters …

    December 20, 2014 7:56 am
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Stocks

  • Last-minute Christmas shopping guide


      Still haven’t ordered those stocking stuffers? You’ve got to hurry, or your gift won’t arrive by Christmas. You’ve already missed the deadline for free shipping from Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), for example. (It was Friday.) But the online store says gifts ordered as late as Tuesday can still be under the tree on Thursday if you pay for one-day delivery. Some customers in major cities can even place orders by 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve and receive same-day delivery. Hitting the stores: If you want to do your last-minute shopping the old fashioned way, expect stores to be crowded and lines to be long this weekend. Many stores like Target (TGT) and J.C. Penney (JCP) will be open for extended hours. Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohl’s (KSS) will be remain open all hours until Christmas eve. Shopping online: And you can also shop online at these same stores. Walmart’s (WMT) free shipping deadline passed (last …

    December 20, 2014 6:55 am
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Sports

  • Vonn’s stunning revival continues


    VAL D’ISERE, France – Lindsey Vonn’s stunning revival continued when she clinched her second victory in four races in a women’s downhill on Saturday to move within sight of the all-time record of World Cup wins. Back in action two weeks ago in Lake Louise after a one-year break and two knee operations, the four-times World Cup winner stunned won her second race, a downhill in Lake Louise, before finishing second in a Super-G. Her rivals were warned but could hardly do a thing when the former Olympic and world champion skied an almost immaculate run in Val D’Isere to clinch her 61st World Cup victory in one minute 44.47 seconds. Vonn is only one win short of the 62 mark held by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell and she could equal it in Sunday’s Super-G on the same Oreiller-Killy course. “Before talking about the record, let me first beat it. I’ve talked about it for so …

    December 20, 2014 7:36 am
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World News

  • Russians ‘will not cave in’ to West


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 13:22 President Vladimir Putin attended a top military gathering on Friday during which his defence minister vowed to boost troops in Crimea Russia says it will not “cave in” to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canadian sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. A spokesman said Moscow regretted “that the West is yet again displaying a complete lack of interest” in resolving the crisis in south-east Ukraine. Russia was developing “retaliatory measures”, the spokesman said. The US sanctions focused on Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March. US President Barack Obama signed an executive order to ban the export of goods, technology and services to Crimea, in addition to new sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies. Mr Obama said the move showed the US would never accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Similar measures agreed by the European Union earlier this week came into …

    December 20, 2014 7:36 am
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Technology

  • Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking


    CBS/Randy Schmidt James Bond may need a license to kill, but North Korea only needed an Internet connection and computers to cripple an entire company. That’s the lesson from one of the most damaging hacks ever on a US company. North Korea targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment because the studio planned to release “The Interview,” a satirical film depicting a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. Hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” demanded that Sony stop the movie’s release, set for Christmas, or they would attack moviegoers in a 9/11-style assault. Sony at first bowed to pressure and on Wednesday withdrew the film from theater distribution. But on Friday, criticized for giving the hackers what they wanted, the company said it hoped to distribute the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco on “different platforms.” “This is absolutely a wake-up call,” said Bruce Bennett, an expert on North Korea and military defense for …

    December 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Science

  • New technique reveals immune cell motion


    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown University’s School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery in the Warren Alpert Medical School collaborated to devise a new technique for understanding how neutrophils move in these confined spaces. The technique involves two hydrogel sacks sandwiched together with a miniscule space in between. Neutrophils could be placed in that space, mimicking the confinement they experience within tissue. Time-lapse cameras measure how fast the cells move, and traction force microscopes determine the forces the cells exert on the surrounding gel. In a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers used the device to reveal new details about the motion of neutrophils. Bodily tissues are highly confined, densely packed, three-dimensional spaces that …

    December 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Health

  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies


    SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. “The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients,” Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in Loyola news release. Shah, who is also an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., offered some tips to help people with allergies breathe easier during the holidays. Clean your Christmas tree, whether it’s real or artificial. “A tree that is moldy increases the spore counts in the home exponentially after just a few days, triggering reactions and illness,” Shah said. “Some have found relief by spraying down the tree with water to remove mold and then …

    December 20, 2014 8:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Instagram purge: Which celebrity lost the most followers?


    More: Which of your favorite celebrities wears a wig? Instagram announced last week that it was cleaning up the app and getting rid of spam accounts and accounts that don’t follow guidelines. According to E! Online, Instagram lost a total of 18,000,000 accounts in the sweep. “We’re in the process of fixing an issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists,” Instagram explained on its Help page. “We want to maintain the best possible experience on Instagram, so we do our best to remove spam, fake accounts and other people and posts that don’t follow our Community Guidelines. As we remove these accounts some people may notice a decrease in their follower/following counts.” More: No koala is safe from Kim Kardashian’s selfie addiction While I’m mourning the loss of my seven followers, these celebs are feeling the burn of their social media popularity dropping rapidly. 1. Justin Bieber Followers lost: 3,538,228 That’s …

    December 20, 2014 7:57 am
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Editorial

  • Expert: Blacks trust police more than whites do


    Do blacks trust police more than whites do? Given the anger over events in Ferguson and New York City, the very question seems absurd. But it is not. Behind the polls and demonstrations, there is evidence that blacks trust police at least as much as whites do. The poll results are hardly surprising. A new Gallup poll confirms blacks place less confidence in police and the criminal justice system. Using survey data from 2006 through 2014, Gallup found: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT *31 percentage points more blacks than whites believe black males are more likely to go to prison than white males primarily because of discrimination (50 percent versus 19 percent). *7 percentage points more blacks believe the honesty and ethics of police are low/very low (17 percent versus 10 percent). Similarly, a 2013 Pew Research Centersurvey reveals that 70 percent of blacks believed police treated whites better than blacks. By contrast, only 37 percent of whites …

    December 20, 2014 8:16 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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