• China’s Sun served three-month ban for doping test

    (Reuters) – China’s world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday. The agency said...
  • Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial

    Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 11:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s John Sudworth reports: ”It’s a case that shocked Hong Kong” A British man charged with the murder...
  • Hamilton leaves the partying for later

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Graham Hill would doubtlessly have done it differently. Where James Hunt might have staggered dishevelled into the morning after the night before, probably clutching bottles in both hands on the way...
  • Swiss museum to accept ‘Nazi art’

    Swiss museum to accept ‘Nazi art’

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 10:37 Switzerland’s Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept hundreds of artworks bequeathed by German Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt. Many of the works are expected to remain in...
  • GSK shareholders to vote on Novartis deal on Dec. 18

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) has asked its shareholders to vote at a meeting on Dec. 18 on its proposed major deal with Switzerland’s Novartis (NOVN.VX), which will see the two pharmaceutical group trade...

Headline News

  • Grand jury expected to resume Ferguson police shooting deliberations


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge. With no one knowing how long that process might yet run, residents are anxious and shop fronts are boarded up in fear of unrest, while students in one school district began an extended early Thanksgiving break. The Aug. 9 killing in Ferguson, Missouri, of 18-year-old Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson was the latest flashpoint in often-troubled U.S. race relations. Lawyers for Brown’s family have said the teen was trying to surrender when he was shot, while Wilson’s supporters say he feared for his life and only opened fire in self-defense. More than 100 demonstrators marched in the rain in another St. Louis suburb late on Sunday, waving …

    November 24, 2014 5:51 am
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Politics

  • Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Wicker sat down in his office on Nov. 19 for an exclusive interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations. Leading the confab with the incumbents and their chiefs of staff were incoming NRSC Chairman Roger Wicker, the Mississippi senator elected to the position a week earlier, and Ward Baker, the 2014 political director who was promoted to executive director for the new cycle. Unlike the past four NRSC administrations, this one is charged with defending a Senate majority. Later that day, in his first newspaper interview since being elected chairman, Wicker spoke candidly about the challenges ahead. He declined to detail the meeting but said, “I guarantee you the issue of fundraising arose.” While Republicans are primed to …

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Stocks

  • Kmart workers fight for time off on Thanksgiving


    Jillian Fisher is asking Kmart to give employees like her mom the option to request the holiday off. Somebody has to work on Thanksgiving, and Kmart says it does its best to staff stores with volunteers that day. But hundreds of workers say that’s not good enough. More than 600 employees have signed a petition asking that the store allow employees to at least put in a request to have the holiday off. It’s the latest group of retail workers to push back against the Black Friday creep. At least 10 companies will open their stores by 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night this year, including Kmart, which will open at 6 a.m. and stay open for 42 hours straight. The petition was organized by Jillian Fisher, 25, whose mom Donna was scheduled to work two, five-hour shifts last year on Thanksgiving. She ended up calling out of the second shift so she could be home …

    November 24, 2014 3:49 am
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Sports

  • China’s Sun served three-month ban for doping test


    (Reuters) – China’s world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday. The agency said Sun had tested positive for trimetazidine, a substance normally used to treat angina. The stimulant was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list this year. “I have taken many doping tests during years of training and competition and I had never failed one before,” Sun told China’s official Xinhua news agency. “I was shocked and depressed at that time, but at the same time it made me cherish my sporting life even more. I will take it as a lesson and be more careful in the future.” CHINADA said Sun tested positive in May during the national swimming championships and although the result was “not very serious” it still warranted a penalty. Sun was also fined 5,000 RMB …

    November 24, 2014 5:51 am
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World News

  • Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 11:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s John Sudworth reports: ”It’s a case that shocked Hong Kong” A British man charged with the murder of two women in Hong Kong has been ruled fit to stand trial by a judge. Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old banker, was remanded in custody in Hong Kong earlier this month and referred for psychiatric testing. He is accused of killing Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih, who were found dead in his flat on 1 November. The two Indonesian women were in Hong Kong as domestic workers but working in the sex trade. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Mr Jutting was mentally fit to stand trial after spending two weeks having tests in a secure psychiatric centre, the AFP news agency said. The case has now been adjourned until 6 July 2015, at the request of the prosecution who argued …

    November 24, 2014 5:51 am
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Technology

  • Band Aid 30: why donations not downloads may be the best strategy


    Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? topped the UK singles chart with 312,000 sales in its first week, but Bob Geldof is worried about how much money that will bring in to help the charity appeal. Why? Because those 312,000 sales were downloads on the iTunes and Google Play stores, selling for 99p each rather than the £3.50 charged for the original Band Aid single in 1984. “We need to sell 300% more than we did than [in 1984] to even begin to make up the cash figure. That worries me,” Geldof told BBC Radio 1, before encouraging fans to delete and “download again” if they’d bought the new single. That won’t do much good, for modern music download stores let people re-download their previous purchases for free. But Geldof’s comments do raise a wider question: in 2014, is a song still an effective way to raise money for a charitable cause? Actually, …

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Science

  • Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle


    Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants “inhale,” then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. During the last 50 years, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren’t fully understood. Now a team of researchers has shown that agricultural production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in this seasonal carbon cycle, with corn playing a leading role. “This study shows the power of modeling and data mining in addressing potential sources contributing to seasonal changes in carbon dioxide,” says Liz Blood, program director for the National Science Foundation’s MacroSystems Biology Program, which funded the research. “It points to the role of basic research in finding answers to complex problems.” In the Northern Hemisphere, there’s a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation, says scientist Mark Friedl of Boston University (BU), senior author …

    November 23, 2014 9:05 pm
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Health

  • GSK shareholders to vote on Novartis deal on Dec. 18


    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) has asked its shareholders to vote at a meeting on Dec. 18 on its proposed major deal with Switzerland’s Novartis (NOVN.VX), which will see the two pharmaceutical group trade more than $20 billion of assets. The transaction, which includes GSK buying Novartis’ vaccines business, Novartis purchasing GSK’s cancer drugs, and the two groups tying up in consumer healthcare, was unveiled in April. In a letter to shareholders endorsing the deal, GSK’s chairman Christopher Gent said approval would strengthen its franchises in vaccines and consumer healthcare to complement its leading position in respiratory and HIV. “This is the most significant transaction for the Company since the creation of GlaxoSmithKline in 2000,” he said. (Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Sarah Young)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Entertainment

  • Reese Witherspoon Has a Brother?!


    https://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/family-ties–reese-witherspoon-shares-a-snapshot-with-her-brother-005828859.html Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She has starred in a countless number of films that have all been successful. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in 1999’s Election. Many people also know her for playing the popular Elle Woods in the famous Legally Blonde movie. Reese Witherspoon is so successful that she even earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Reese also has three children. But what many people are not aware of is that Reese has an older brother who is just as down-to-earth as Reese is. Her older brother’s name is John Witherspoon. Recently, Witherspoon shared a selfie of her with her brother after having dinner with him in their hometown. Reese captioned the image as “Love seeing my brother. He shares my love for doughnuts and that’s how I know we are related”. Talk about sweet sibling love! Aww! Reese Witherspoon and her …

    November 24, 2014 4:30 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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