• Jordan vow after hostage beheading

    Jordan vow after hostage beheading

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 10:29 Relatives of Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh say they want more information Jordan has vowed to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by Islamic...
  • Anheuser-Busch is a ‘Super’ stock

    Anheuser-Busch is a ‘Super’ stock

      Will the Seattle Seahawks repeat? Will Tom Brady finally win his fourth Super Bowl? (He can’t beat my New York Giants in the big game. Heh!) Those are the compelling story lines for football...
  • African football at credibility crossroads

    BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – African football sits at yet another crossroad in its search for credibility after farcical and violent scenes in Saturday’s quarter-finals at its showpiece event. A dubious refereeing decision, followed by...
  • Key Nigerian city under fresh attack

    Key Nigerian city under fresh attack

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 09:46 The rebels unsuccessfully tried to capture Mauduguri one week ago Boko Haram Islamist militants have launched a fresh assault on the strategically important Nigerian city of Maiduguri, eyewitnesses...
  • Rosberg promises ‘maximum attack’ in 2015

    (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg vowed ‘maximum attack’ in a new title battle with Formula One world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday as Mercedes unveiled their 2015 car before pre-season testing started in Jerez....
  • Abbott vow after Queensland rout

    Abbott vow after Queensland rout

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 09:11 Tony Abbott: “Government is not a popularity contest, it is a competence contest” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to learn the lessons from a rout in...

Headline News

  • New Mexico toddler shoots pregnant mother, father, police say


    A three-year-old New Mexico boy shot both of his parents after reaching into his mother’s purse for her iPod, authorities said Saturday. Albuquerque police say the toddler fired one shot hitting his father in the right buttock. The bullet went out of his hip and hit the woman, who is eight-months pregnant, in the arm. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The shooting occurred in a room of America’s Best Value Inn, police said. The man and the woman confirmed the story, but the boy and another 2-year-old girl were not interviewed. The handgun was found inside the room. Police said the state Children, Youth and Families Department took custody of the children for 48 hours. Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik said it was the negligence of the parents that allowed the shooting to occur. “If you are going to be a gun owner, you need to lock it up and keep it safe, especially around children.” Click for …

    February 1, 2015 5:30 am
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Politics

  • New Jersey Governor heads to UK for trade, politics, soccer


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender, will be promoting his state’s life sciences industry in a trip to the United Kingdom starting Sunday, where he is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister and catch an Arsenal match. The brash, charismatic second-term governor is expected to soon announce whether he intents to run for president. On Jan. 23, Christie supporters formed a political action committee, the biggest indication yet that he will make a bid for the White House. The UK is the third largest trading partner for New Jersey after Canada and Mexico, and the trip will focus on pursuing new opportunities for growth between UK and New Jersey in the field of life sciences, Christie told reporters on Friday in embargoed remarks. “One of the main objectives for the trip is to focus on the opportunities that exist between the UK and New Jersey …

    February 1, 2015 2:47 am
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Stocks

  • Anheuser-Busch is a ‘Super’ stock


      Will the Seattle Seahawks repeat? Will Tom Brady finally win his fourth Super Bowl? (He can’t beat my New York Giants in the big game. Heh!) Those are the compelling story lines for football fans. But investors have already decided who the Super Bowl stock market winners are: two big advertisers, a chain of sports bars and pizza makers. You could put all these stocks in a Super Bowl ETF and they would be doing quite well. The ticker symbol BOWL is available. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which might get almost as much air time as Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch eating Skittles, is trading near an all-time high. Budweiser and Bud Light ads are typically among the most popular. Who doesn’t like puppies and Clydesdales? And let’s face it. Americans drink a lot of beer while watching football. Related: Check out a preview of this year’s Super Bowl ads What goes well with a …

    February 1, 2015 5:11 am
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Sports

  • African football at credibility crossroads


    BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – African football sits at yet another crossroad in its search for credibility after farcical and violent scenes in Saturday’s quarter-finals at its showpiece event. A dubious refereeing decision, followed by a violent reaction from aggrieved Tunisian players, put a damper on an African Nations Cup tournament that has been hastily put together with much success in a matter of over just two months. Equatorial Guinea stepped in just 64 days before kick off as emergency hosts to rescue the tournament and their national team, ranked 118th in the world, have since emerged as unlikely semi-finalists after two successive upset wins. But soft penalties in both their victory over neighbors Gabon in the group phase and Saturday’s quarter-final triumph over Tunisia take the gloss of two upset results. The penalty against Tunisia in Bata came in stoppage time and forced the match into extra time. Although Javier Balboa then scored a …

    February 1, 2015 4:50 am
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World News

  • Jordan vow after hostage beheading


    1 February 2015 Last updated at 10:29 Relatives of Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh say they want more information Jordan has vowed to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by Islamic State, after a video was released appearing to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage. Jordan echoed Japan in strongly condemning the murder of Kenji Goto. The pilot, Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh, was captured when his plane came down in December on a mission to support the US-led, anti-IS military coalition. Jordan says it is willing to exchange an Iraqi prisoner for his safe return. Government spokesman Mohammed al-Momeni told the official Petra news agency the administration was doing “everything it can to save the life and secure the release of its pilot”. He said: “All state organisations have been mobilised to secure the proof of life that we require so that he can be freed and returned to his home.” …

    February 1, 2015 5:31 am
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Technology

  • Fightback against internet giants’ stranglehold on personal data starts here


    Whenever regulators gather to discuss market failures, the cliche “level playing field” eventually surfaces. When regulators finally get around to thinking about what happens in the online world, especially in the area of personal data, then they will have to come to terms with the fact that the playing field is not just tilted in favour of the online giants, but is as vertical as that rockface in Yosemite that two Americans have finally managed to free climb. The mechanism for rotating the playing field is our old friend, the terms and conditions agreement, usually called the “end user licence agreement” (EULA) in cyberspace. This invariably consists of three coats of prime legal verbiage distributed over 32 pages, which basically comes down to this: “If you want to do business with us, then you will do it entirely on our terms; click here to agree, otherwise go screw yourself. Oh, and by the way, all …

    February 1, 2015 2:48 am
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Science

  • In Bot Pursuit: Deadline Looms in Private Sector Race to the Moon


    The first private team to send a robot to the moon can win $20 million—but it has to do it soon. After two extensions the new deadline for the Google Lunar XPRIZE has been pushed to 2016, leaving teams a mere two years to build, test and fly their missions. Succeeding within that time frame is a tall order, but still within reach for some of the top teams, experts say.   To help the leaders reach their goal, XPRIZE awarded $6 million in “Milestone Prizes” this week to teams that have made headway developing landing, mobility and imaging technologies needed for the mission. “It was clear that although the teams were making progress, a little bit more incentive was needed to really push them along,” says Andrew Barton, director of technical operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. To win the full $20-million purse, outfits must land a vehicle on the lunar surface, move it …

    February 1, 2015 2:49 am
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Health

  • FDA approves Shire’s Vyvanse for binge-eating disorder


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Shire Plc’s stimulant Vyvanse to treat binge-eating disorder, the first product to be approved for the condition. Vyvanse, which is currently approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, generated sales of more than $1 billion in the first nine months of last year. Dr. Flemming Ornskov, the company’s chief executive officer, said in an interview that Shire’s goal is to generate overall sales of $10 billion by 2020. Of that, he expects $200 million to $300 million to come from Vyvanse for binge-eating. Peak annual sales could be significantly higher, he added, as awareness of the condition increases. Binge-eating disorder, characterized by repeated episodes of uncontrolled eating, accompanied by guilt and shame, affects roughly 2.8 million people in the United States, according to Shire. “Binge eating can cause serious health problems and difficulties with work, home, and social life,” said Dr. Mitchell Mathis, …

    February 1, 2015 2:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina discovered unresponsive in tub


    At 10:20 a.m. today, Brown’s husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend entered the home to find Brown facedown and unresponsive in the bathtub. More: Bobbi Kristina Brown is happily married to her ‘brother’ Nick Gordon According to Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland, Gordon’s friend called 911 while Gordon — unable to find a pulse — began administering CPR and continued to do so until police and paramedics arrived on the scene and took over life-saving measures. Brown, 21, was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where she was last reported alive. Although detectives do not at this time believe foul play was involved, officers remained on scene at Brown’s home late into the afternoon, trying to determine the cause of events leading up to the incident. The news is hauntingly familiar. It comes less than two weeks shy of the third anniversary of the death of Brown’s mother, iconic entertainer Whitney Houston. On Feb. 11, …

    January 31, 2015 11:06 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel’s leader won’t back down on Congress speech


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. It will be an occasion for Netanyahu to deliver his views on the nuclear deal with Iran that the White House and its European partners are attempting to craft. It is a deal Netanyahu does not like or trust. President Obama wants the speech canceled. He has made it clear that he won’t meet with Netanyahu. His senior officials are telling journalists, off the record, that a speech by Bibi could wreck Israeli-American relations, leave the Jewish state friendless and veto-less at the U.N. and unprotected from the aggression of the ayatollahs in Tehran. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unlike the American president, Bibi can’t afford to simply hope for the best. For almost two decades he has been obsessed with what could happen to his country if the ayatollahs get their hands on the strategic weapons to carry out their deranged …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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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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