Headline News

  • Honeymoon interrupted as disorderly Brit hauled off plane in Bermuda


    HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) – A British man headed to his honeymoon on a Cuba-bound flight instead found himself grounded in Bermuda after drunkenly threatening the flight crew, with his wife continuing on to Cuba without him, authorities in Bermuda said on Tuesday. Mohammed Khelya, from Blackburn, Lancashire, had been drinking from a bottle of duty-free vodka before quarreling with his wife on Monday when he was taken in handcuffs to the rear of the aircraft and forced its unscheduled landing, prosecutors said. Appearing on Tuesday at a court in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, a contrite Khelya pleaded guilty to being drunk on the aircraft and to threatening flight staff. “I don’t know how I’m going to forgive myself,” he said in court. “I don’t know how she’s going to forgive me,” he added, referring to his wife. Khelya, 22, and his wife were among 311 passengers on board a Thomas Cook flight, which set out from …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned


    KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. “If they hadn’t done that, the mission would have lost bases,” the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a “bridging solution” until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops are no longer needed, Washington may provide up to 1,000 extra soldiers. That figure was confirmed by all three sources, who said the final number was still under discussion and depended on when other countries stepped forward with their commitments. The additional U.S. troops will be assigned to a 12,000-strong NATO force …

    November 25, 2014 1:19 pm
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Stocks

  • New York Times names an innovation editor


    Editor for Innovation and Strategy is a new role focused on digital strategies at the Times. The 163-year-old New York Times now has an editor for innovation and strategy. That’s the title ex-NPR executive Kinsey Wilson will soon have at The Times, in the latest sign of the storied newspaper’s focus on digital growth. Wilson will start the job in February. He will report directly to The Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet and will act as the digital newsroom’s primary liaison to the business side of the company. “A pioneer in digital journalism, Kinsey is joining us at a crucial time as we accelerate our transformation into a news organization that delivers great journalism on all platforms,” Baquet said in a statement. When Baquet became the top editor of The Times last spring, replacing Jill Abramson, observers praised his print journalism background but noted that he brought little digital expertise to the job. Since then, …

    November 25, 2014 4:23 pm
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Sports

  • Dolphins sign CB Stanford


    Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Miami Dolphins have signed cornerback R.J. Stanford and waived cornerback Jalil Brown. Stanford played for the Dolphins during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He played in 29 games and totaled 26 tackles. The 26-year-old Stanford was a seventh-round pick out of Utah by the Carolina Panthers in 2010. The Dolphins are thin at cornerback with recent injuries to starter Cortland Finnegan and reserve Jamar Taylor. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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World News

  • Troops sent to quell Ferguson unrest


    25 November 2014 Last updated at 23:39 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Missouri governor Jay Nixon: “Criminals terrorised this community” The US state of Missouri has ordered more troops to the Ferguson area to quell unrest after a policeman was cleared over Michael Brown’s killing. State governor Jay Nixon said 2,200 National Guard would be deployed in and around the St Louis suburb on Tuesday. Lawyers for the black teenager said the grand jury’s decision to clear the officer of all charges was “unfair”. Violent protests erupted after Monday’s ruling, with buildings and vehicles set alight and dozens of arrests. Mr Brown, 18, was shot several times by Officer Darren Wilson on 9 August in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking weeks of unrest. The grand jury’s decision means the police officer will not face state criminal charges into the shooting. ‘Lives and property’ The number of troops in Ferguson on Tuesday is up …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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Technology

  • US expresses "concern" over EU proposal to break up Google


    Google has been facing antitrust scrutiny from European officials. Justin Sullivan, Getty Images The United States doesn’t seem to like the European Parliament’s proposed breakup of Google. The US Mission to the European Union responded to news of a draft proposal by the European Parliament calling for an “unbundling” of Google’s businesses with a disapproving tone. The proposal, reported Friday, aimed to separate Google’s search operations from the rest of the company as one solution to antitrust concerns. The European Parliament doesn’t have the power to break up Google, but the motion could apply political pressure on the European Commission, which sets the region’s legislative agenda. The Commission itself is investigating Google’s competitive practices. The Mission, which is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, appears protective of Google in light of these efforts. In an email to The Wall Street Journal, the Mission said it “notes with concern” the European Parliament’s proposal. “It is important that the …

    November 25, 2014 5:26 pm
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Science

  • NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to Arctic


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    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims. Residents said up to 15 corpses had been abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema, three of them at a hospital entrance to stop people entering. The head of the district Ebola Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the bodies included those of two babies. A spokesman for the striking workers, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. Authorities accepted the money had not been paid but said that all the striking members of the Ebola Burial Team would be dismissed. “Displaying corpses in a very, very inhumane manner is completely unacceptable,” said the spokesman for the National Ebola Response Centre, Sidi Yahya Tunis. He added that the central government had paid the money …

    November 25, 2014 1:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Vanessa Hudgens Can’t Stop Flashing Her Tight Tummy


    Posted on Tue Nov 25th, 2014 12:59pm PDT       By X17 Staff And we love it! Vanessa Hudgens hit the gym on Monday, and as usual, she tried to cover up her pretty face, but why?! She has perfect skin, she’s gorgeous, and given that she once sent Zac Efron a snapshot of her hairy snatch, she can’t possibly believe that photos steal your soul. At least not sexy selfies, anyway… The former High School Musical hottie took a spin class with her sister Stella, and she grabbed a smoothie before zipping off in her car. We’ll see V. Hudge next in the sci-fi comedy Kitchen Sink, but she doesn’t seem to have many projects on her plate at the moment. But seeing as she recently had to get a restraining order against a crazed fan from Africa, it seems like she has a lot going on. A man named Junior Kabongo sent Hudgens dozens of e-mails, …

    November 25, 2014 3:01 pm
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Editorial

  • Bill Cosby: In court of public opinion entertainer has lost, in court of law, he’d likely win


    In the court of public opinion, Bill Cosby has lost. In a court of law, he would likely win. But given what we know so far, it will never come to that. If he wants it to stay that way, he should continue to keep quiet. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT At least eighteen women have come forward to accuse the once venerable actor and comedian of unwanted advances, sexual assaults and even rape dating back to the late 1960’s. These are serious accusations, to be sure. But the passage of time, the credibility of the alleged victims, and the paucity of physical or forensic evidence renders the likelihood of criminal prosecutions and/or civil remedies extremely remote. The marked pattern of conduct and the astonishing volume of claims are the most damning aspects of the public case against Cosby. What exactly happened during these alleged encounters, we will never know. If the women are telling the truth, they …

    November 25, 2014 5:26 pm
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Odd News

  • Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur status by signing a professional contract. Canadians Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell moved up one spot to the silver medal, while the Josephs, who had finished fourth in the competition, claimed bronze. But in 1987, the IOC said Germans Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler were “rehabilitated” and quietly re-awarded their silver medals. The IOC never explained the medal consequences of its decision. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that the Germans and Canadians are each silver-medal winners, while the Americans are the bronze medalists in the pairs event. “An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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