• MH17 wreckage leaves rebel Ukraine

    MH17 wreckage leaves rebel Ukraine

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 13:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Aviation expert Paul Beaver: “One of the concerns of the investigators is that they won’t get everything they should...
  • Cosby defends rape claims silence

    Cosby defends rape claims silence

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 13:18 Cosby was seated for some of his 90-minute show US entertainer Bill Cosby has spoken out to defend his refusal to comment on allegations of sexual assault. Speaking...
  • Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear of the field and cement his status as Europe’s...
  • Palestinian man shot dead in Gaza

    Palestinian man shot dead in Gaza

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 12:12 A medic said the shots appeared to have been fired from a watchtower on the boundary fence Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian in the north of...
  • Mamat marches to Manila Masters title

    MANILA (Reuters) – Singaporean Mardan Mamat romped to an emotional six-shot win at the $1 million Manila Masters on Sunday to preserve his playing privileges on the Asian Tour for another two years. The 47-year-old...
  • India tea workers kill boss over pay

    India tea workers kill boss over pay

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 11:27 India’s tea industry employs millions of workers Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India have killed the owner during negotiations over a pay dispute. The owner of...

Headline News

  • Cosby defends rape claims silence


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 13:18 Cosby was seated for some of his 90-minute show US entertainer Bill Cosby has spoken out to defend his refusal to comment on allegations of sexual assault. Speaking to Florida Today ahead of a one-man show, the 77-year-old said: “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos.” More than a dozen women have now have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them. And accusations dating back to 2005 and 2006 have also recently resurfaced. “People should fact-check,” Cosby told Florida Today. On Thursday, a woman from Florida came forward with allegations Cosby had drugged and raped her backstage at a show in Las Vegas in 1976. Therese Serignese, from Boca Raton, said the star made her take some pills that made her feel groggy and then sexually assaulted her. The 57-year-old’s allegations are similar to …

    November 23, 2014 7:36 am
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Politics

  • DSCC Announces 2016 Staff Roster


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 2:46 p.m. on Nov. 21 0 Tweet Tester was appointed DSCC chairman Nov. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions for the 2016 cycle. Many of the key staffers have previously worked for incoming DSCC Chairman Jon Tester of Montana, who is tasked with helping win back a Democratic majority. The party would need to net five seats to ensure a majority if Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu loses the runoff next month in Louisiana. Tester Chief of Staff Tom Lopach, who was the DSCC national finance director in the 2008 cycle, will serve as executive director of the committee. Preston Elliott, who managed Tester’s 2012 campaign and most recently led Sen. Kay Hagan’s failed re-election bid in North Carolina, will serve as deputy executive director. Valerie Chraca Friedman will come on as national finance director after running her own …

    November 23, 2014 4:34 am
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Stocks

  • Comcast to let customers track and rate technicians with new app


      Comcast, a company known and reviled for its customer service horror stories, it trying out a new app that will allow customers to track and rate its technicians. In a blog post, Comcast (CMCSA) said it will begin trials in the suburbs of Boston that will send alerts to customers about 30 minutes before a technician is due to arrive at their homes. “We’re hoping this will prevent our customers from just needing to sit at home and wait,” said Charlie Herrin, Comcast’s head of customer experience. “If we are running late, which can happen if our tech gets tied up at someone else’s house, we will let folks know that too, and provide real-time status updates so they can plan accordingly.” The app also has a “rate the experience” feature so that customers can rate the quality of service they received. “If the experience isn’t what it should have been, customers can let …

    November 22, 2014 11:29 pm
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Sports

  • Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title


    DUBAI (Reuters) – Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear of the field and cement his status as Europe’s number two golfer. Overnight leaders Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the final round on 14-under, three strokes clear of England’s Justin Rose, with four players including world number one Rory McIlroy a stroke further back. As the turn approached on the final round, Swede Stenson and Spaniard Cabrera-Bello had pulled a further stroke ahead and it seemed it would be a straight shoot-put between the pair before nerves got the better of them both. Stenson bogeyed the eighth and dropped two more shots at the 11th after shanking an iron out of bounds as Cabrera-Bello, ranked 104th in the world, led with three holes to play despite a bogey at the 12th. The lanky right-hander, dressed in a red shirt …

    November 23, 2014 7:36 am
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World News

  • MH17 wreckage leaves rebel Ukraine


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 13:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Aviation expert Paul Beaver: “One of the concerns of the investigators is that they won’t get everything they should have had” Wreckage from the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed has left rebel-held eastern Ukraine heading to the government-run city of Kharkiv. The pieces are being transported by train, overseen by Dutch experts. The debris and unidentified human remains will be taken to the Netherlands for examination. MH17 was shot down in July, killing all 298 people on board – mostly Dutch nationals. Russia-backed rebels have been blamed, though they deny it. The exact cause of the crash in eastern Ukraine has not been established. Lack of security at the crash site, near the village of Grabove, led to weeks of delays, but a deal made with local militias eventually allowed the removal work to begin. Parts of …

    November 23, 2014 7:37 am
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Technology

  • New web data powers plan for police


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 10:32 Home Secretary Theresa May says new powers are needed to tackle terrorism and child sexual exploitation A law forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time is to be outlined by Theresa May. The home secretary said the measure would improve national security. Under the Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill, providers would have to hold on to data linking devices to users. But campaigners warned it could see the revival of the so-called “snoopers’ charter” – a previous attempt to bring in wide-ranging web monitoring powers. The new measure, which is expected to be introduced to the Commons this week, would help police to identify suspects via a computer or mobile device’s individual Internet Protocol (IP) address. Each device has such an address, but they can change – such as when a modem is switched off and …

    November 23, 2014 4:35 am
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Science

  • Bad marriage, broken heart?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Older couples in a bad marriage — particularly female spouses — have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. The findings suggest the need for marriage counseling and programs aimed at promoting marital quality and well-being for couples into their 70s and 80s, said lead investigator Hui Liu, a Michigan State University sociologist. “Marriage counseling is focused largely on younger couples,” said Liu, associate professor of sociology. “But these results show that marital quality is just as important at older ages, even when the couple has been married 40 or 50 years.” The study, funded by the National Institute of Aging, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, is published online in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Liu analyzed five years of data from about 1,200 married men and women who participated the National …

    November 23, 2014 4:55 am
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Health

  • Maintaining a firm grip differs for men and women


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients’ risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study suggests. Using data from the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging, researchers found gender differences in potential reasons why men and women lose their ability to maintain a firm grip. A strong grip is helpful for activities of daily living. Carrying grocery bags, lifting cartons of milk or juice, holding securely onto railings – all require a good grip. Grip strength, which has been shown to be an indicator of overall muscle strength, is often used as a marker of physical functioning and biological vitality, lead author Ola Sternang told Reuters Health. Chandra Reynolds, a psychologist on Sternang’s team, said grip strength has been associated with falls and can be predictive of risk for dying. For the men in their study, …

    November 23, 2014 4:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Did RHONJ‘s Joe Giudice really just cheat on Teresa?


    On top of the fact that they have both been sentenced to serve time in jail for fraud charges, new reports now claim that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe has been being shady behind his wife’s back. RHONJ‘s Teresa and Joe Giudice prepare for something other than prison The Guidices are no doubt feeling the pressures from their legal troubles, and given the fact that they are both headed off to prison, their marriage is most probably already in a fragile state. The last thing they need is for cheating allegations to rock the boat, but that’s what happened during part two of the RHONJ Secrets Revealed special. Teresa Aprea has revealed that she heard rumors that Teresa’s husband of 14 years had been unfaithful. During her confessional, Aprea said, “Joe, my friends said, ‘Oh, in the past he’s been a cheater and he hasn’t been the best husband.’” Teresa Giudice: 5 Reasons …

    November 23, 2014 6:15 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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