• Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born

    Some people seem better than others at fighting the flu, and you might suspect they were born that way. A new study of twins, however, suggests otherwise. In one of the most comprehensive analyses of...
  • Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

    Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day,...
  • Magic aim to continue home dominance of Bucks

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Orlando Magic hope to stop a six-game slide when they host the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday at Amway Center. The chances of that happening are good as evidenced by a 17-game home winning...
  • Dozens injured in Mexico City blast

    Dozens injured in Mexico City blast

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 15:13 Dozens of people, many of them children, have been injured in a gas explosion outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City, the city’s mayor says. Local media said...
  • Dartmouth College to ban hard alcohol on campus

    (Reuters) – Dartmouth College will ban hard alcohol on campus as it seeks to cut down on binge drinking among students, the Ivy League school’s president said on Thursday. The ban, which applies to students...

Headline News

  • Dartmouth College to ban hard alcohol on campus


    (Reuters) – Dartmouth College will ban hard alcohol on campus as it seeks to cut down on binge drinking among students, the Ivy League school’s president said on Thursday. The ban, which applies to students and all college-sponsored events, comes at a time when universities across the United States are trying to fight what the White House has described as an “epidemic” of sexual assault. The Hanover, New Hampshire, college is among the more than 50 elite U.S. learning institutions that the Department of Education is investigating to see if their policies on sex assault violate U.S. laws requiring equal treatment for men and women in higher education. Researchers say the culture of binge drinking on college campuses has fueled sex assaults. Dartmouth’s president, Phil Hanlon, did not directly link drinking to sex assault, but noted that drinking hard liquor leads to emergency room visits. “The Steering Committee found that high-risk drinking is far too …

    January 29, 2015 9:45 am
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Politics

  • Key Democratic senator says wait until June for Iran sanctions bill


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, on Thursday called on panel members to wait until June to pass legislation to toughen sanctions on Iran, in order to give world powers and Tehran time to negotiate. “Congress should have the collective patience to wait until the end of June to see whether our negotiators can resolve the nuclear issue with Iran through diplomacy,” Brown said in his opening statement as the banking panel prepared to vote on a sanctions bill. President Barack Obama has pledged to veto any bill imposing new sanctions now. As Republicans and Democrats in Congress debate how Congress should weigh in on nuclear talks with Iran, several other Democratic senators said earlier this week they would hold off on voting for any new sanctions bill until at least March 24. After more than 18 months of negotiations, the United States, Britain, China, …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
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Stocks

  • Greece: Putin’s new ally in Europe?


    After just days in office, Greece’s new government has begun wrestling with Europe, while inching closer to a more volatile power: Russia. The countries have a long history of economic, cultural and religious ties. Both are now proving to be a big headache for the European Union. Greece’s government, led by left-wing party Syriza, has started to unpick reforms that were crucial to securing €240 billion ($272 billion) in European and IMF funds keeping the country afloat. Relations between Russia and the EU are the worst they’ve been since the Cold War due to the Ukraine crisis. Congratulating Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on his victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was confident the two countries would “work together effectively to resolve current European and global problems.” Greece seems receptive to closer links. Tsipras reportedly met with the Russian ambassador hours after taking office, and with Russian officials last May. Related: Europe to Russia: …

    January 29, 2015 8:24 am
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Sports

  • Magic aim to continue home dominance of Bucks


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Orlando Magic hope to stop a six-game slide when they host the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday at Amway Center. The chances of that happening are good as evidenced by a 17-game home winning streak versus the Bucks. The Magic will also welcome the Dallas Mavericks to town and are winless in three straight as the host. Orlando’s losing streak continued with Monday’s 103-94 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies. Nikola Vucevic posted 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo added 18 points for the Magic, who allowed 67 points in the first half and committed 18 turnovers. Dewayne Dedmon had 10 points and 10 boards for his first career double-double. “He goes out, he competes and he plays hard,” Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said of Dedmon. The Magic have lost 12 of their last 14 games, and are 5-15 at home. Milwaukee will wrap up a three-game road trip Thursday and opened the …

    January 29, 2015 9:45 am
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World News

  • Dozens injured in Mexico City blast


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 15:13 Dozens of people, many of them children, have been injured in a gas explosion outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City, the city’s mayor says. Local media said one person died when a lorry carrying liquid gas exploded outside the hospital in Cuajimalpa, on the western outskirts of the capital. Mayor Miguel Angel Macera said most of those injured were hurt by flying glass from the hospital’s windows. The blast destroyed a large part of the building. Emergency crews are at the scene. The explosion sent a column of smoke billowing over the west of the city.

    January 29, 2015 9:45 am
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Technology

  • Heading to the Super Bowl? Leave your drone at home


    Do they need to be any clearer? Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET Look, we get it. Drones are fun. But as we’ve seen repeatedly over the last few months, they can also be a major nuisance. So if you are planning to bring your drone to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday for the Super Bowl, you should probably go ahead and leave that drone at home. The Federal Aviation Administration has declared the Super Bowl a no drone zone in a somewhat cheesy, 15-second clip posted to YouTube on Wednesday, urging attendees of the biggest sporting event in America not to spoil the game with any pesky unmanned aircraft. Not that you’d be able to sneak a drone past security anyway. While the University of Phoenix Stadium’s official prohibited items list doesn’t explicitly specify that visitors can’t bring drones, security will likely confiscate drones under the catch-all rule that any …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
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Science

  • Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born


    Some people seem better than others at fighting the flu, and you might suspect they were born that way. A new study of twins, however, suggests otherwise. In one of the most comprehensive analyses of immune function performed to date, researchers analyzed blood samples from 105 sets of healthy twins. They measured immune cell populations and their chemical messengers—204 parameters in all—before and after participants received a flu shot. Differences in three fourths of these parameters depended less on genetics than on environmental factors, such as diet and prior infections. Genetics had almost no effect on how well individuals responded to the flu vaccine, judged by antibodies produced against the injected material. And among identical twin siblings, who have the same genome, immune system features differed more strikingly within older twin pairs than in younger sets. The findings, published January 15 in Cell, argue that life habits and experiences shape our body’s defenses more than …

    January 29, 2015 10:06 am
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Health

  • Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly


    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events. “Concussion is a condition that has been plagued by the lack of an objective diagnostic tool, which in turn has helped drive confusion and fears among those affected and their families,” said lead investigator Dr. Uzma Samadani. She is an assistant professor in the departments of neurosurgery, neuroscience and physiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “Our new eye-tracking methodology may be the missing piece to help better diagnose concussion severity, enable testing of diagnostics and therapeutics, and help assess recovery, such as when a patient can safely return to work following a head injury,” she explained in an NYU news release. According to researchers, it’s believed that up to 90 …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift pens beautiful open letter to fan about bullying


    The “Shake It Off” hit maker received a Tumblr post from Pettis that informed her that he loves how much she cares about her fans and takes the time to respond to them. He also told her that he is being bullied at school because of his unusual name and because he is skinny, although he insists that he tries to ignore the bullies and #ShakeItOff. More: Taylor Swift’s dealing with an extremely bizarre lawsuit over 1989 “I get bullied everyday, and I try to #ShakeItOff. One of the biggest reasons why I get bullied is my name. I couldn’t even tell you the amount of times I’ve been bullied because of it. I’ve been punched for it, etc. I also get bullied because I’m really skinny, but I’m proud of being skinny. I like my appearance. If people don’t like the way I look, they shouldn’t bully me,” he wrote. And what happened next is …

    January 29, 2015 6:23 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama, our government and the Al Marri mystery: Shooting itself in the foot


    Ali Saleh al-Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before 9/11 in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on Americans similar to what we witnessed earlier this month in Paris. When the feds woke from their slumber on 9/11, they wisely began to search immigration records for persons who came here with no discernible purpose from places known to spawn terrorist groups and who had overstayed their visas. Al-Marri was one such person. The feds arrested him, originally on the visa violation, and then, after connecting the dots, on a series of conspiracies to aid terrorist organizations here and elsewhere. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After he was arrested by the FBI in Peoria, Ill., and while he was being held in federal custody, he was kidnapped by U.S. military officials who arrived at the lock-up purporting to possess the lawful authority to seize him, authorized by …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 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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