• Bulls snap Warriors’ 19-game home winning streak

    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Call the Chicago Bulls the road warriors of the NBA. Derrick Rose hit a go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls snapped the Golden State Warriors’...
  • Court bans child being named Nutella

    Court bans child being named Nutella

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 22:59 Nutella is commonly found in French households A French court has stopped parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make...
  • Texas court grants reprieve to inmate due to die Wednesday

    This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Garcia Glenn White. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice) HUNTSVILLE, Texas –  Texas’ top criminal court called off Wednesday’s scheduled execution of...
  • Things smell good for a reason

    Related images(click to enlarge) Antioxidants are natural food ingredients that protect cells from harmful influences. Their main task is to neutralize so-called “free radicals” which are produced in the process of oxidation and which are...
  • Yahoo to spin-off Alibaba stake

    Yahoo to spin-off Alibaba stake

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 07:32 The spinoff will allow Yahoo’s chief executive Marissa Mayer to focus on the firm’s core operations Yahoo has announced a plan to spin-off its 15% stake in China’s...

Headline News

  • Texas court grants reprieve to inmate due to die Wednesday


    This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Garcia Glenn White. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice) HUNTSVILLE, Texas –  Texas’ top criminal court called off Wednesday’s scheduled execution of a death row inmate linked to five killings in Houston, though attorneys said the court didn’t immediately explain its decision. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve Tuesday afternoon to inmate Garcia White, 51, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally stabbing twin 16-year-old girls at a Houston apartment where their mother also was killed. White also was tied to the deaths of a grocery store owner and a prostitute. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Another inmate is scheduled for execution Thursday for a separate crime in the nation’s busiest death-penalty state. A copy of the court’s order was not immediately available Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether the court would schedule a hearing on White’s appeal …

    January 28, 2015 2:22 am
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Spending- why ‘red’ states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama


    WASHINGTON Jan 28 (Reuters) – As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters. Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing states like Ohio dropped by 25 percent. Though Congress sets overall spending levels, the Obama administration determines where much of that money ends up. Lawmakers also have curtailed their ability to direct money to their home states when they adopted a ban on spending in 2011 known as “earmarks.” That has given administration officials more power to steer money to places that might return the favor …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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Stocks

  • China crackdown makes it harder to get around the Great Firewall


    China is boosting internet censorship to keep people from accessing sites like Google. China has beefed up its Great Firewall yet again, this time cracking down on virtual private networks, or VPNs, which allow users to access censored and blocked content on the web. The action, confirmed by state media, has affected VPN providers including Astrill, Strong VPN and Golden Frog, which have all reported trouble with connectivity in China, particularly on mobile devices. China has long blocked access to what it deems as sensitive Internet content — political commentary, foreign news outlets and sites like Google. Access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are also blocked in China. Taken together, the restrictions constitute the world’s largest — and most effective — state-sponsored censorship program. The effort, officially called “Golden Shield,” is more than a decade old. Using a VPN allows Chinese and foreigners alike to circumvent the Great Firewall. For around $10 a month, users …

    January 28, 2015 2:02 am
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Sports

  • Bulls snap Warriors’ 19-game home winning streak


    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Call the Chicago Bulls the road warriors of the NBA. Derrick Rose hit a go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls snapped the Golden State Warriors’ 19-game home winning streak following a 113-111 triumph on Tuesday night. Rose nailed a tough, contested step-back from the right wing over the outstretched arm of Klay Thompson for a two-point Chicago edge. Thompson then missed a runner from inside the left elbow at the other end. The Bulls have 17 road wins this season, tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the most road victories in the NBA. Rose finished with 30 points, but was just 13-of-33 from the floor and turned the ball over a career-high 11 times to go with a single assist. “I was just trying to do anything to win,” Rose said. “I knew Jimmy (Butler) was going to be out. Just trying to take on …

    January 28, 2015 2:22 am
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World News

  • Court bans child being named Nutella


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 22:59 Nutella is commonly found in French households A French court has stopped parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make her the target of derision. The judge ordered that the child be called Ella instead. He said in his ruling that the name Nutella was the trade name of a spread that is commonplace in Gallic homes. “And it is contrary to the child’s interest to have a name that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts,” he pronounced. French parents are usually free to choose the names of their children, but local prosecutors are empowered to report what they deem to be unsuitable names to a family court. The parents in the case on Monday did not attend the court hearing, so the judge decided in their absence that Ella was a more appropriate name. There have been …

    January 28, 2015 2:22 am
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Technology

  • Yahoo to spin-off Alibaba stake


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 07:32 The spinoff will allow Yahoo’s chief executive Marissa Mayer to focus on the firm’s core operations Yahoo has announced a plan to spin-off its 15% stake in China’s Alibaba Group and hand the business to its shareholders. In creating a separate company that is made up of its stake in Alibaba, Yahoo will avoid a large tax bill. Yahoo also reported fourth-quarter earnings of $166m (£109m), a 52% decrease from a year earlier. The company said revenue from display advertising fell by 4% to $532m from a year earlier. However, investors were cheered by the company’s decision to spin-off its Alibaba stake. Shares in Yahoo increased by more than 6% in trading after US markets closed. According to a release, Yahoo’s remaining 384 million shares of Alibaba – worth about $40bn – will be owned by a newly registered company called SpinCo. SpinCo shares will then be given …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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Science

  • Things smell good for a reason


    Related images(click to enlarge) Antioxidants are natural food ingredients that protect cells from harmful influences. Their main task is to neutralize so-called “free radicals” which are produced in the process of oxidation and which are responsible for cell degeneration. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and the University of Lund, Sweden, now show that vinegar flies are able to detect these protective substances by using olfactory cues. Odors that are exclusively derived from antioxidants attract flies, increase feeding behavior and trigger oviposition in female flies. (Current Biology, January 2015) Hydroxycinnamic acids are secondary plant metabolites and important dietary antioxidants. For animals as well as humans, antioxidants are essential components of a healthy diet, because they protect the cells and boost the immune system. Notably, they prevent the emergence of too many free radicals, mostly oxygen compounds, and therefore a metabolic condition, which is generally called oxidative stress. If an …

    January 28, 2015 1:43 am
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Health

  • Diagnostics, Tamiflu help Roche full-year sales beat poll


    ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche (ROG.VX) expects sales and profits to grow at a similar pace to last year, after a strong performance by its diagnostics unit and flu drug Tamiflu helped full-year sales beat expectations. Stripping out the impact of currency fluctuations, the world’s largest maker of cancer drugs forecast 2015 sales to grow in the low-to-mid single digit range, while core earnings per share (EPS) should grow more than sales. Full-year sales rose 1 percent to 47.5 billion Swiss francs ($52.5 billion), generating flat core earnings per share (EPS) of 14.29 Swiss francs. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast sales of 47.1 billion francs and core EPS of 14.7 francs. ($1 = 0.9047 Swiss francs) (Reporting by Caroline Copley)

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Pamela Anderson cops to insecurities that every woman has


    More: David Hasselhoff names his favorite Baywatch babe Speaking to Parade magazine, the former Baywatch star revealed that she is getting back into modeling and has signed with Next Model Management, something which she finds strange because she has never accepted that she is good-looking enough — even though she graced multiple Playboy covers and was a sex symbol during the ’90s. “I’ve just signed with Next Modeling agency for commercials and appearances. That is funny. I’ve never felt pretty enough to be a model,” she told the mag. “I think I’ve provoked feelings with how I look. But not as a beauty but as a mischievous little rascal!” And it is inner beauty that Anderson finds truly matters. More: Pamela Anderson reveals horrific history of sexual abuse “I’ve always been a tomboy. That was never the first thing on my list. My mom always told me beauty comes from within. And I know that’s maybe …

    January 28, 2015 2:02 am
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Editorial

  • Obama in the ‘Fourth Quarter': President goes on offense, looks to legacy


    FILE — Jan. 16, 2015: President Obama speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) U.S. President Barack Obama departs at the conclusion of his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, December 19, 2014. Obama and his family plan to depart Washington later in the day to spend the holidays in Hawaii. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR4IQRC U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the phone with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR41Q8N Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in The Hill and on TheHill.com website. Dan Pfeiffer’s office is next to the Oval Office. The cheek-by-jowl location reflects the importance of his job as senior …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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Odd News

  • Original Wells Fargo bank site in San Francisco robbed of Gold Rush-era nuggets


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Three bandits wearing ski masks crashed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco early on Tuesday and held a security guard at gunpoint before making off with a display of gold nuggets from the 19th century, police said. The predawn smash-and-grab heist took place at the Montgomery Street building in the city’s Financial District on the site where the original Wells Fargo bank was founded in 1852. “The security guard went to investigate and found the vehicle had crashed into the revolving doors. Three suspects exited the vehicle with their faces covered, held the security guard at gunpoint, and took gold nuggets from a display case,” police spokesman Albie Esparza said. “One suspect was armed with a handgun,” he added.  The dark-colored GMC Suburban was left behind, and the thieves made off in a four-door sedan. The SUV had been reported stolen from San Bruno, about 12 miles …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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