• N Korea proposes joint Sony probe

    N Korea proposes joint Sony probe

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 19:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sony Pictures CEO: “We have not given in” North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the...
  • Gunman kills New York police officers

    Gunman kills New York police officers

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 23:38 A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself. The shooting took place on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn’s...
  • Utah State shuts down UTEP in New Mexico Bowl

    Albuquerque, NM (SportsNetwork.com) – The New Mexico Bowl was bereft of big plays, but Kent Myers accounted for two of them as Utah State grinded out a 21-6 victory over UTEP on Saturday. Myers ran...
  • Unilever lays an egg: Drops Just Mayo lawsuit

    Unilever lays an egg: Drops Just Mayo lawsuit

      Unilever takes its mayonnaise very seriously. But this time, the global food giant appears to have egg on its face. In October, Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek, a San Francisco start-up that...
  • Illiois State rallies into FCS title game

    Durham, NH (SportsNetwork.com) – If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday. The Redbirds rallied past top-seeded New...
  • Quantum physics just got less complicated

    Related images(click to enlarge) Here’s a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are...

Headline News

  • Gunman kills New York police officers


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 23:38 A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself. The shooting took place on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood. Both officers were rushed to hospital where they were pronounced dead. The suspect ran into a subway station near the scene of the attack where he then shot himself, officials say. It is not clear yet why the officers were attacked.

    December 20, 2014 5:42 pm
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Politics

  • Cuban cigars? Not yet, but they are coming


    By KELLI KENNEDY, RACHEL LA CORTE December 20, 2014 A man lights a cigar in a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won’t roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about any dip in business. “I don’t think they’ll be able to afford it. It’s not for the average customer,” said Erik Otero, who left Cuba when he was 3 and has been rolling cigars since age 11. Most people won’t travel on a regular basis to buy cigars, said Otero, who works at Guantanamera Cigars Co. in Miami’s Little Havana. “If anything, it might create a cigar boom because it’s going to pique interest again.” Licensed American travelers to …

    December 20, 2014 4:01 pm
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Stocks

  • Unilever lays an egg: Drops Just Mayo lawsuit


      Unilever takes its mayonnaise very seriously. But this time, the global food giant appears to have egg on its face. In October, Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek, a San Francisco start-up that makes an egg-free mayonnaise substitute called Just Mayo. Unilever (UL) owns Hellman’s mayonnaise and Best Foods, and accused Hampton Creek of false advertising and unfair competition. Unilever dropped the lawsuit Thursday. The company didn’t give a reason why. The lawsuit claimed that Just Mayo does not meet the legal definition of mayonnaise since it isn’t made with eggs. Unilever also took issue with the Just Mayo label, which contains an image of an egg, and said the vegan sandwich spread was inferior in taste and “performance” to Best Foods and Hellman’s mayo. Critics started a petition on Change.org calling on Unilever to “stop bullying sustainable food companies.” The petition received more than 112,000 signatures. Related: These 10 food trends could …

    December 20, 2014 5:02 pm
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Sports

  • Utah State shuts down UTEP in New Mexico Bowl


    Albuquerque, NM (SportsNetwork.com) – The New Mexico Bowl was bereft of big plays, but Kent Myers accounted for two of them as Utah State grinded out a 21-6 victory over UTEP on Saturday. Myers ran for a 48-yard touchdown in the first quarter and set up a Nick Vigil TD run in the third with a 46-yard pass to JoJo Natson. The Aggies were otherwise stagnant on offense, but so were the Miners, who converted 5-of-20 third-down tries and managed just 149 rushing yards, well below their season average of 212. Utah State (10-4) reached double-digit wins for the second time in school history and posted its third straight postseason victory. The Miners (7-6) were hoping to end their campaign the way they started – with a win at University Stadium in Albuquerque. They upended New Mexico there in the season opener behind Aaron Jones’ 237 yards and three TDs on the ground, but Jones …

    December 20, 2014 5:42 pm
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World News

  • N Korea proposes joint Sony probe


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 19:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sony Pictures CEO: “We have not given in” North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, strongly denying US claims that it is behind it. Its foreign ministry accused the US of “spreading groundless allegations”, which a joint inquiry would refute. Without addressing Pyongyang’s idea, a US spokesman insisted North Korea must admit “culpability” . Sony has cancelled the release of The Interview, which includes plans to kill the fictional Kim Jong-un. The Interview had been due to open on Christmas Day. However, after anonymous threats against cinemas, Sony said it was considering releasing it “on a different platform”. The FBI said on Friday that North Korea had carried out last month’s cyber-attack, in which script details and private emails were leaked. The US defended its findings on …

    December 20, 2014 5:42 pm
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Technology

  • Sony calls in celebrity spin doctor to limit fallout from The Interview


    A Washington fixer who inspired the lead character in television show Scandal has been hired to get a grip of Sony Pictures’ communications after the computer hack that exposed its secrets and sparked a bizarre showdown with North Korea. Judy Smith, “the real Olivia Pope” who worked in the George HW Bush White House and has advised celebrity clients from Monica Lewinsky to Wesley Snipes, has the task of restoring the company’s reputation after a week when it has been accused – even by President Barack Obama – of caving in to blackmail and threats of violence. The low point for Sony in the month-long nightmare of drip-fed personal revelations came last Wednesday when executives announced they were cancelling the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that depicts an assassination of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un. Sony said it was not releasing the film in any form, …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Science

  • Quantum physics just got less complicated


    Related images(click to enlarge) Here’s a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications. Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner made the breakthrough while at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. They found that ‘wave-particle duality’ is simply the quantum ‘uncertainty principle’ in disguise, reducing two mysteries to one. “The connection between uncertainty and wave-particle duality comes out very naturally when you consider them as questions about what information you can gain about a system. Our result highlights the power of thinking about physics from the perspective of information,” says Wehner, who is now an Associate Professor at QuTech at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The discovery deepens our understanding …

    December 20, 2014 4:22 pm
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Health

  • Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO


    GENEVA (Reuters) – The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17. Sierra Leone accounts for the most cases, 8,759, against 7,819 for Liberia. But Sierra Leone’s death toll of 2,477 is far less than 3,346 recorded in Liberia, leading some experts to question the credibility of the figures reported by Freetown. Sierra Leone’s government this week launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa’s worst-hit country. President Ernest Bai Koroma said on national television that travel between all parts of the country had been restricted as part of “Operation Western Area …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Amber Rose Grinds Her Famous Booty Against Chris Brown


    Posted on Sat Dec 20th, 2014 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Grab your barf bag — you may need it. Amber Rose attended the first-ever People Magazine Awards on Thursday night at Supper Club in Los Angeles, and when Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” came on, she couldn’t help but grind her enormous derriere against Chris Brown. Chris was clearly loving every second of it, and he was so distracted by Amber’s butt, his gum nearly dropped straight out of his mouth. Don’t believe us? Watch the video above… Since her split from estranged husband Wiz Khalifa last October, Amber has definitely been loving the single life, but who’s watching after her young son Sebastian? Seems like the nanny has been working overtime lately…   Stories from around the Web

    December 20, 2014 6:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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