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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:57
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A burnt vehicle is seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with LebanonBy Dan Williams and Laila Bassam JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel and Hezbollah signaled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week. Israel said it had received a message from UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation. In Beirut, a Lebanese source briefed on the situation told Reuters that Israel informed Hezbollah via UNIFIL "that it will make do with what happened yesterday and it does not want the battle to expand".
Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over
Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict. "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis," Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said in a letter to the Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah
A man selling live chickens waits for customers in a local food market in Nigeria's commercial capital LagosAn outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Nigerian poultry farms has spread to four more states, raising the total of affected areas to 11, the agricultural and rural development minister said on Thursday. Africa's most populous country and biggest economy was the first country on the continent to detect bird flu, in 2006 when chicken farms were found to have the H5N1 strain. In 2007, Nigeria recorded its first human death from the disease. "At the time of my briefing the nation on January 21, 2015, seven states had reported cases of the bird flu.
Nigeria H5N1 bird flu spreads to four more states, total 11
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, accompanied by members of his government poses for a group picture outside the Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Tsipras says his government’s top priorities are to negotiate with Greece’s partners to resolve the country’s financial predicament and to deal with what he describes as Greece’s humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Parliament's president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece's nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments sent the country's stock market plummeting.
EU parliament president to meet with new Greek government
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Russia has extended its walkout from Europe's human rights watchdog after again losing its right to vote over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog
Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration in AmmanBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless a woman jailed in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi would-be suicide bomber in prison in Jordan was not freed. "I am Kenji Goto.
Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap
This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. The Arabic subtitle reads "I only have 24 hours left to live." The Associated Press could not independently verify the video. (AP Photo)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group.
Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on March 8, 2014Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 to be an "accident" and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but is likely to hit distraught relatives hard.
Malaysia declares MH370 an accident, passengers dead
Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) chief Tatang Kurniadi, left, and his deputy Sri Untung observe a moment of silence for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 prior to a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.
Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
Time Warner Cable office is pictured in San Diego, California(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc , the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, reported a 3.8 percent rise in revenue as it lost fewer residential video customers. Net income attributable to common shareholders rose to $554 million, or $1.95 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from $540 million, or $1.89 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $5.79 billion from $5.58 billion. Time Warner Cable lost 38,000 residential video customers in the quarter, less than the 103,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. ...
Time Warner Cable quarterly revenue rises 3.8 percent
Supporters of Egypt's Sisi cheer at soldiers during a demonstration against the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups at Tahrir Square in CairoBy Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - The governments of Egypt, Syria and Iraq used real and perceived security threats in 2014 as an excuse to downplay or abandon the rights of their citizens, which ultimately fuelled crises, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. In its annual review of global human rights, the group said security forces across the globe are ignoring rights in dealing with threats, such as China’s crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, Mexico’s war on drugs and Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York-based group, told Reuters "there has been a tendency, particularly in the Middle East, to play shortsighted security concerns over principled support for human rights." "Not only is that an unprincipled approach.
Egypt, Syria, Iraq used 2014 turmoil to abuse rights: report
Police inspect a demolished film set where a worker died in an accident at a film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie titled "Silence," in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. One construction worker was killed and two others were injured after scaffolding around a building being torn down suddenly collapsed, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said.
Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, an empty area outside a Ebola virus recovery ward, at the Hastings treatment clinic, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread. In an update published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries _ Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia _ reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June. Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is leading WHO’s Ebola response, warned that despite the progress made, the virus still isn’t under control. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)LONDON (AP) — Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic
In this Monday Jan. 26, 2015 video frame grab released by New York City Office of The Mayor, Sign-language Interpreter Jonathan Lamberton, left, translates during a news conference by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (AP Photo/ New York City Office of The Mayor)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
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Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration," a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. Obama intends to announce his plans during a meeting with congressional Democrats in Philadelphia on Thursday. The fiscal 2016 budget, which the White House intends to unveil on Monday, would fund a host of programs that Republicans are unlikely to support. It is the latest salvo by the Democratic president lobbed at a Congress controlled by the opposition party and follows a defiant State of the Union address last week that critics said betrayed an unwillingness to seek compromise.
Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs
Business
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:57
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
A passer-by is reflected on an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei stock average at a brokerage in TokyoBy Nigel Stephenson LONDON (Reuters) - Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. The stronger dollar helped push U.S. oil prices to six-year lows and weighed on the price of gold. The Fed, after a two-day policy meeting, also said it would be "patient" and would take international developments into account in deciding when to raise borrowing costs -- a reference some in the markets saw as meaning any hike could be delayed. U.S. 30-year bond yields hit a record low on Wednesday.
Fed outlook and Greece worries hit stocks, dollar up
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference at the Federal Reserve in WashingtonBy Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. The Fed repeated it would be "patient" in deciding when to raise benchmark borrowing costs from zero, though it also acknowledged a decline in certain inflation measures. After a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, policymakers struck an upbeat tone on the U.S. economy's prospects and held to their view that energy-led weakness in inflation would dissipate. "The committee, in fact, was downright bullish on current economic conditions and the outlook," said Paul Edelstein, director of financial economics at IHS Global Insight.
Fed upbeat on U.S. economy, cites strong job gains
A Facebook logo reflected in the eye of a woman is seen in this picture illustrationBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales. Facebook shares fell about 2.6 percent in after-hours trade after vacillating above and below the closing price. Facebook's business has boomed thanks to its mobile ads for smartphones and tablets. Its success contrasts with other established Internet companies such as Google Inc and Yahoo Inc , which have struggled as advertisers shift more and more to mobile devices from personal computers.
Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter
Time Warner Cable office is pictured in San Diego, California(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc , the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, reported a 3.8 percent rise in revenue as it lost fewer residential video customers. Net income attributable to common shareholders rose to $554 million, or $1.95 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from $540 million, or $1.89 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $5.79 billion from $5.58 billion. Time Warner Cable lost 38,000 residential video customers in the quarter, less than the 103,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. ...
Time Warner Cable quarterly revenue rises 3.8 percent
The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoThe U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded a $383 million contract for more launch services to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp , bringing the total value of the contract to $4.08 billion. The Air Force said it was adding three pre-priced launches to the existing contract, including the launch of a National Reconnaissance Office satellite that privately held company Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, had hoped to win. United Launch Alliance said its "100 percent mission success record" with 92 consecutive launches made it "the unquestionable choice for reliable, affordable launches." SpaceX declined comment.
U.S. Air Force awards $383 million launch deal to Boeing, Lockheed venture
A Qualcomm sign is pictured in front of one of its many buildings in San Diego, CaliforniaQualcomm Inc reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer's flagship smartphone, sending its shares lower. The San Diego, California, company also warned that "challenges" with another of its chips had hurt its competitiveness in China, where Qualcomm has been disappointed with growth that has fallen short of expectations. It now expects non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2015 between $4.75 and $5.05, compared to a previous range of $5.05 to $5.35. Top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd decided not to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for its next flagship Galaxy S smartphone after the chip overheated during testing, Bloomberg reported earlier this month.
Qualcomm says key customer passed on new chip, stock drops
Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker counting currency at a bank in WestminsterGlobal banks expect to increase base salaries by less than 3 percent this year and most are not planning to overhaul their pay structure in the face of tougher European Union rules on bonuses, a survey reported on Thursday. Salary increases across banks, insurers and other financial services firms are expected to be between 5-8 percent in emerging markets, 2-3 percent in North America and 1.5-2 percent in Europe, according to a survey of 63 firms by consulting firm Mercer. The survey showed 40 percent of banks had last year introduced role-based allowances (typically 12 monthly payments that are set at the start of the year but not counted as basic pay by banks) in response to a new European Union law capping bonuses at 200 percent of salary, and an additional 10 percent were planning to introduce them. The European Banking Authority (EBA) said in October the role-based allowances counted as variable pay, so banks needed to adapt rules again, but Mercer said its survey showed very few firms were planning to eliminate them.
Banks to increase base salaries by under three percent in 2015: survey
A man fills up his car at a petrol station in RomeLONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as investor inflows offset data showing that U.S. crude stocks had hit a record high.
Oil holds above $48 a barrel after U.S. stocks hit record high
A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is closer to losing its crown as global smartphone leader after posting a plunge in quarterly mobile earnings on Thursday, a day after rival Apple Inc reported the biggest profit in corporate history. It was the mobile division's fifth consecutive quarter of decline, in contrast to Apple's record-breaking 74.5 million iPhone sales in the three months to Dec 27 on the back of the success of its big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While Samsung did not release smartphone sales figures, it said smartphone and tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter, leading some analysts to declare Apple had caught up. "Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe.
Samsung Elec's smartphone primacy under threat from Apple after weak Q4
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson takes part in a session focused on 'Agriculture' during the Climate Summit at the United Nations in New YorkMcDonald's Corp , fresh off one of its worst financial years in decades, on Wednesday said Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson would leave at the end of February and be succeeded by Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook. Thompson, the 51-year-old former president of McDonald's USA who took the global helm in July 2012, had the challenge of adding to nearly nine years of sales gains at established restaurants. "This has been something that people have been talking about for a while." McDonald's warned last week that business would be weak in the first half of 2015 and said it would cut its annual construction budget to the lowest in more than five years as it opens fewer restaurants in struggling markets. In his role as chief brand officer, Easterbrook led McDonald's digital initiatives and efforts to boost menu innovation, according to a statement from the company.
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson leaving after tumultuous run
In this Monday, June 10, 2013 photo, traders Joel Lucchese, left, and Brandon Barb confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets endured sharp losses Thursday June 13, 2013 as gyrations on the Tokyo market, the Asian region's biggest, continued _ fueled by worries about a surging yen and monetary policies in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of better economic reports helped nudge the U.S. stock market up in early trading Thursday, even as global markets headed lower.
US stock market wavers in early trading
Members of pro-communist union PAME take part in an protest during a general strike in Athens, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions held a 24-hour general strike to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.
General strike shuts down services across Greece
Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.
Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states
FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday, May 22, 2014, extending gains from a day earlier. Investors cheered earnings news from several retailers, including Best Buy, Dollar Tree and L Brands. Sears fell sharply after reporting disappointing results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Stocks were on track to finish higher Thursday afternoon for the second day in a row as investors drew encouragement from reports on Chinese manufacturing, U.S. home sales and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers.
US stocks edge higher in afternoon trading
FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday, May 22, 2014, extending gains from a day earlier. Investors cheered earnings news from several retailers, including Best Buy, Dollar Tree and L Brands. Sears fell sharply after reporting disappointing results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Major stock indexes shifted higher in midday trading Thursday, getting a lift from an encouraging report on Chinese manufacturing and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers. The market also got a boost from data showing modest improvement in sales of previously occupied homes.
US stocks edge higher in midday trading
World News
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:57
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration in AmmanBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless a woman jailed in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi would-be suicide bomber in prison in Jordan was not freed. "I am Kenji Goto.
Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap
A wounded Israeli soldier lies on a stretcher near Israel's border with LebanonBy Jeffrey Heller and Sylvia Westall JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war. The soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired five missiles at a convoy of Israeli military vehicles on the frontier with Lebanon. The peacekeeper, serving with a U.N. monitoring force in southern Lebanon, was killed as Israel responded with air strikes and artillery fire, a U.N. spokesman and Spanish officials said.
Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence
Children write messages of hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International AirportMalaysia declared on Thursday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims' relatives while the search for the plane goes on. "We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident ... and that all 239 of the passengers and crew onboard MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives," Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement. The announcement is in accordance with standards of annexes 12 and 13 in the International Civil Aviation, said Azharuddin. It will allow families of the passengers to obtain assistance through compensation, he said.
Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident', airline to proceed with compensation
KIEV (Reuters) - Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 29 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Thursday. According to the Ukrainian military, separatists shelled Ukrainian army positions in more than 100 separate attacks. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
Ukraine says five serviceman killed, 29 wounded in past 24 hours
Italian Prime Minister Renzi addresses the Transformational Leadership event in the Swiss mountain resort of DavosBy Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - The unity of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party and the strength of his alliance on reforms with opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi will be tested on Thursday with a parliamentary vote to choose a new president. Though historically a largely ceremonial figure, the Italian head of state has important powers at times of political instability, a frequent occurrence in Italy, as he or she can dissolve parliament, call elections, and pick prime ministers. After two days of consultations with political factions, Renzi has chosen Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and a former defense minister for the center, as his candidate and will announce it to his Democratic Party (PD) electors in a meeting before voting begins, a PD source told Reuters.
Italian presidential vote to test Renzi government's stability
Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis attends a hand over ceremony in AthensGreece's new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejected suggestions that complaints from Athens over a European Union statement on Ukraine meant it was preparing to veto sanctions against Russia. The complaint made by Athens to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini had been about a lack of consultation, not about the sanctions themselves, he added. EU foreign ministers are expected to ask the European Commission on Thursday to prepare a new round of sanctions against Russia, aimed at punishing Moscow over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Varoufakis said Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told cabinet colleagues on Tuesday that he had heard on news bulletins that the EU had unanimously approved sanctions against Russia.
Greece misinterpreted over Russia sanctions: minister
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, accompanied by members of his government poses for a group picture outside the Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Tsipras says his government’s top priorities are to negotiate with Greece’s partners to resolve the country’s financial predicament and to deal with what he describes as Greece’s humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Parliament's president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece's nascent radical left government on rolling back a series of key budget commitments sent the country's stock market plummeting.
EU parliament president to meet with new Greek government
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has pulled out of an African Union summit to visit the restive city of GaoMali's president has pulled out of attending the African Union summit to visit the restive city of Gao following the deaths of protesters in violent demonstrations against the United Nations, aides said Thursday. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had been due to fly on Thursday to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a day ahead of a meeting of the 54-nation bloc, but changed his plans following the bloodshed in Mali's restive north. "The head of state has just flown to Gao. He has gone there to comfort the people of Gao following the three protesters being shot dead," an aide said.
Mali leader pulls out of AU summit after deadly violence
This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. The Arabic subtitle reads "I only have 24 hours left to live." The Associated Press could not independently verify the video. (AP Photo)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group.
Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist
PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of miners are rallying in Prague to pressure the government to allow the expansion of brown coal mining in northern Czech Republic.
Miners rally in Prague to demand brown coal mining expansion
FILE - In this March 1, 1977 file photo, Australian author Colleen McCullough laughs during a news conference in New York. Best-selling author McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. (AP Photo/File)SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.
'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 11, 2005 file photo, one of Britain's Natural History Museum's conservators, Lorraine Cornish, cleans the 26 meter-long skeleton of a Diplodocus, to coincide with celebrations to mark the 100 years the skelton has been kept at the London museum. One of the Natural History Museum's best-loved inhabitants, Dippy the dinosaur, is retiring _ and his fans aren't happy. The London museum announced Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, that the 85-foot (26-meter) plaster skeleton, which has been on display for more than a century, is to be replaced in the main hall by the skeleton of a blue whale. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)LONDON (AP) — Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum — and his fans aren't happy.
Dinosaur no more: Fans lament loss of museum's iconic Dippy
PARIS (AP) — The head of France's air force says the crash of a NATO jet in Spain that left 11 people dead, including nine French airmen, came after the Greek crew tried to eject from the plane during a failed takeoff.
France: Crew tried to eject in NATO jet crash that killed 11
Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) chief Tatang Kurniadi, left, and his deputy Sri Untung observe a moment of silence for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 prior to a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.
Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlinesjet that disappeared on March 8, 2014, on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, "remains a priority."
Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT
Technology
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:57
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiMicrosoft Corp made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets on Thursday, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad, hoping to attract the millions of users familiar with Outlook from their work desktops. The new releases are the latest gambits in Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella's attempt to wrest back the initiative in the battle for mobile users, where Microsoft has fallen behind Apple and Google Inc. Nadella broke with decades of tradition last March by releasing a free, touch-friendly version of Office for Apple's iPad, before such software was even available for Microsoft's Windows devices.
Microsoft gives away more Office software to attract mobile users
A Facebook logo reflected in the eye of a woman is seen in this picture illustrationBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales. Facebook shares fell about 2.6 percent in after-hours trade after vacillating above and below the closing price. Facebook's business has boomed thanks to its mobile ads for smartphones and tablets. Its success contrasts with other established Internet companies such as Google Inc and Yahoo Inc , which have struggled as advertisers shift more and more to mobile devices from personal computers.
Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter
A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is closer to losing its crown as global smartphone leader after posting a plunge in quarterly mobile earnings on Thursday, a day after rival Apple Inc reported the biggest profit in corporate history. It was the mobile division's fifth consecutive quarter of decline, in contrast to Apple's record-breaking 74.5 million iPhone sales in the three months to Dec 27 on the back of the success of its big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While Samsung did not release smartphone sales figures, it said smartphone and tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter, leading some analysts to declare Apple had caught up. "Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe.
Samsung Elec's smartphone primacy under threat from Apple after weak Q4
By Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner's TWX.N HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history. Otto Berkes, who was previously a Microsoft executive, resigned from the CTO position in December, only a matter of months before HBO is expected to start selling the new product, and two senior vice presidents on the technology team, Mark Thomas and Drew Angeloff, are also leaving, sources familiar with the situation said. The original plan discussed by the network's top executives was to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a sophisticated streaming platform that would make HBO, one of the best-known premium channels in the United States, capable of challenging streaming video services from Netflix NFLX.O and Amazon AMZN.O head on. Berkes, who was also a cofounder of Xbox, was a key part of that ambitious project - he had been hired by HBO in 2011 to set up a new office in Seattle, initially hiring 80 engineers with plans to grow much bigger.
HBO tech executives leave ahead of Internet launch as network's strategy changes
A Qualcomm sign is pictured in front of one of its many buildings in San Diego, CaliforniaQualcomm Inc reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer's flagship smartphone, sending its shares lower. The San Diego, California, company also warned that "challenges" with another of its chips had hurt its competitiveness in China, where Qualcomm has been disappointed with growth that has fallen short of expectations. It now expects non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2015 between $4.75 and $5.05, compared to a previous range of $5.05 to $5.35. Top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd decided not to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for its next flagship Galaxy S smartphone after the chip overheated during testing, Bloomberg reported earlier this month.
Qualcomm says key customer passed on new chip, stock drops
A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in ViennaBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc accelerated its efforts to win over corporate clients on Wednesday by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc . The service, dubbed WorkMail, will launch in the second quarter and has been developed by the company's cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS). It highlights Amazon's efforts to convince deep-pocketed companies, called enterprises in tech parlance, to shift more of their work to AWS. Launching an email and scheduling service is likely the first step toward a broader suite of Amazon tools to gain corporate clients, analysts said.
Amazon ramps up enterprise push with email service
Samsung's Gear VR will soon keep Qantas first-class passengers entertained
Samsung's Gear VR will soon keep Qantas first-class passengers entertained
Two Dutch telcos fined for breaching net neutrality lawThe Dutch watchdog has handed down its first fines, to Vodafone and KPN, for failing to uphold neutrality law.
Two Dutch telcos fined for breaching net neutrality law
UK Gmail users can now send money from their inboxGoogle has announced the launch of a payment service through Gmail for UK users.
UK Gmail users can now send money from their inbox
File - In this March 9, 2005, file photo, Charles Townes speaks after winning the Templeton Prize in New York. Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died. He was 99. Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor emeritus, said he had been in poor health before he died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on the way to an Oakland, Calif., hospital. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.
Laser co-creator Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate, dies
Analysts say Apple has beaten Samsung to become world's largest smartphone vendorAfter recording the biggest quarterly profit by any company ever, Apple might have earned itself another accolade: world's largest smartphone vendor. So has Apple finally beaten Samsung? Samsung isn't likely to give up any more information on the topic, and analysts and industry experts are hedging their bets accordingly. Some are marking it as a dead heat while others are claiming Apple as the winner.
Analysts say Apple has beaten Samsung to become world's largest smartphone vendor
​Nokia results: N1 reception 'remarkably favourable', HERE maps sales growingNokia is upbeat about its prospects of reinventing itself through its smaller units in mapping and intellectual property.
​Nokia results: N1 reception 'remarkably favourable', HERE maps sales growing
Argos to open digital shops inside Sainsbury's stores
Argos to open digital shops inside Sainsbury's stores
The gold colored version of the new iPhone 5S is seen after Apple Inc's media event in CupertinoApple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermes International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker's recent hot streak in the country. The U.S. tech firm's focus on glitzy stores and high prices helped it post a 70 percent rise in sales in China in the last three months of 2014 and powered the company to the largest profit in corporate history. Domestic luxury spending in China dipped for the first time last year, according to consultancy Bain & Co, with increasing numbers of shoppers looking to spend money overseas. "Travel retail continues to change the dynamics of luxury in China, with 7 out of 10 luxury goods bought by Chinese now being bought overseas," said Hurun Report Chairman Rupert Hoogewerf.
Apple takes top gifting spot in China: report
One in five people are now on FacebookAs well as announcing rising profits, in its latest earnings call Facebook revealed that it's still attracting new users and that membership has jumped another 13% year on year to a remarkable 1.39 billion monthly users. According to the United Nations' and the United States Census Bureau's calculations, there are currently 7 billion people on the planet.
One in five people are now on Facebook
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Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration," a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. Obama intends to announce his plans during a meeting with congressional Democrats in Philadelphia on Thursday. The fiscal 2016 budget, which the White House intends to unveil on Monday, would fund a host of programs that Republicans are unlikely to support. It is the latest salvo by the Democratic president lobbed at a Congress controlled by the opposition party and follows a defiant State of the Union address last week that critics said betrayed an unwillingness to seek compromise.
Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs
Pelosi, standing with fellow House Democrats, delivers remarks on immigration legislation on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday. "Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance," said Representative Nancy Pelosi during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual retreat for Democratic lawmakers. Earlier this month Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of the House and Senate and the speech is scheduled for March 3, just two weeks before the Israeli leader stands for re-election on March 17. Boehner, who did not consult with the White House before extending the invitation, has defended his surprise invitation.
Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks
Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in Jan. 5 after a campaign that focused at times on challenging federal overreach, said that Obama's November order undermines the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.
Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan
A sign at the Department of Defense is pictured at the Pentagon in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has a new plan called "Defense Innovation Initiative" and a separate effort targeting longer-term projects to ensure that the United States continues to have a decisive competitive advantage against potential foes. NATO members needed to make good their vows last year to spend 2 percent of national output on defense, he said. Work said it was critical to increase collaboration with allies in NATO, Asia and other areas, ranging from mission planning to investments in new weapons programs.
Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons
Jeb Bush and Sister SouljahContrary to what people say, there’s really no such thing as a “Sister Souljah moment” unless a political candidate has spent a good bit of time making the argument that underlies it first.
Jeb and the myth of the Sister Souljah moment
(Photo compostite by Yahoo News, photos by Bo Rader/Witchita Eagle/AP Photo, J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)Only one issue in Washington right now could bring together the Koch brothers’ top lawyer, an environmental activist, the former head of the NRA and Sen. Al Franken. Criminal justice reform.
Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reform
President Bill Clinton gives the keynote address at the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in Irvine on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The summit brings together some of the world's best minds to make pledges to help eliminate preventable deaths. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)In an interview for "The Rachael Ray Show," former President Bill Clinton contemplated what his nickname should be if Hillary Clinton wins the White House.
If Hillary Clinton becomes president, Bill wants to be called 'Adam'
On the heels of her endlessly entertaining debate with rapper 2 Chainz over the legalization of marijuana, Nancy Grace picked up the anti-pot argument on Tuesday with fellow HLN host Dr. Drew.
After sparring with 2 Chainz, Nancy Grace debates pot with Dr. Drew
FILE - This Nov. 13, 2005 file photo made from television shows Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi opens her jacket and shows an explosive belt as she confesses on Jordanian state-run television to her failed bid to set off an explosives belt inside one of the three Amman hotels targeted by al-Qaida. Al-Rishawi, was sentenced to death. In January 2015, almost a decade later, she has emerged as a potential bargaining chip in negotiations over Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group, the successor of al-Qaida in Iraq, which orchestrated the Jordan attack. (AP Photo/Jordanian TV, File)Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman with close ties to the Islamic State, attempted to blow herself up during a wedding at a Jordanian hotel in 2005.
Sajida al-Rishawi: Who is the failed suicide bomber IS wants in prisoner exchange?
American Among Dead in Tripoli, Libya, Hotel AttackSeveral gunmen wearing ski masks stormed the Corinthia Hotel, a hotel popular with western diplomats and journalists in Libya’s capitol, Tripoli, taking a number of hostages and leaving at least eight dead, including an American, four other foreigners and three security guards. A Libyan government source told ABC News of the U.S. citizen's death, and it later was confirmed by the U.S. State Department. "We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen in Libya," a senior State Department official said.
American Among Dead in Tripoli, Libya, Hotel Attack
Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet MuhammadThe state-run Anadolu Agency reported the ruling was handed down late Sunday by a court in Ankara. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet Muhammad
Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: 'No, No, No, No'Though sources close to Mitt Romney recently announced he’s once again “thinking about” another bid for the White House, at least one of Romney's GOP colleagues thinks Ann Romney had the right idea. “I’m with Ann Romney on this one: No, no, no, no, never,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News' Jonathan Karl at a forum of three likely 2016 presidential candidates in Palm Springs, California, Sunday night. Romney “would have made a great president,” added Paul, rumored to be considering his own White House bid. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another Republican rumored to be harboring presidential ambitions, said Romney's infamous on-camera gaffe cost Republicans the White House.
Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: 'No, No, No, No'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law.
Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch faces more grilling Thursday as she moves closer to an expected confirmation, following a daylong hearing in which she testified to her independence from President Barack Obama and willingness to work with the Republican-led Congress.
Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits with diners at Little Dooey, a barbecue restaurant in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during the stop in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn't.
Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders '16
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
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10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.
10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
Japan's outfielder Ichiro Suzuki speaks during a news conference to announce an agreement on a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, in Tokyo(Reuters) - Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki said he wanted to return the faith shown by Miami Marlins executives after they flew to Japan to convince the veteran to sign for the Florida ball club. The 41-year-old outfielder agreed a one-year contract on Tuesday with the Marlins after his two-and-a-half year stay with the New York Yankees ended last year. "I am humbled that they flew 18 hours to get here, this is something that just doesn't happen," Suzuki was quoted as saying by Kyodo News on Thursday after signing up for a 15th year in MLB. As a player, it's something I've been looking for the past two years." Ichiro moved to Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Seattle Mariners in 2001 before joining the Yankees in 2012.
New recruit Ichiro keen to repay Marlins faith
(Reuters) - The Denver Broncos will hire Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced on Wednesday, as they continue to reshape their coaching staff after the team's early exit from the playoffs. Phillips has spent 37 seasons in the NFL as a head coach and coordinator. He previously worked as a defensive coordinator and head coach in Denver during the late 1980s and early 1990s. After losing to Indianapolis in the divisional playoffs, the Broncos parted with head coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak to replace him.
Broncos continue coaching rebuild with Phillips addition
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots throws the ball during practice on January 28, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in TempeQuarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady make the Super Bowl 49 clash between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots a duel of contrasting styles. New England's Brady, of course, is already guaranteed his spot in the Hall of Fame. A three-time Super Bowl winner, the 37-year-old Brady will be the first quarterback to start six Super Bowls.
Super Bowl QBs Wilson, Brady a study in contrasts
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena on December 31, 2014The Cleveland Cavaliers, who were playing without injured superstar LeBron James, beat Portland 99-94 to extend their win streak to eight games behind an electric performance from Kyrie Irving. Irving tallied a career-high 55 points which included a team-record 11 three pointers in front of a crowd of 20,500 at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday. His final dagger from beyond the arc came with just six seconds left and gave the Cavaliers the lead for good. "He delivered," said Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
Red-hot Irving scores 55 as Cavaliers beat Blazers
New England Patriots' (L-R) Danny Amendola, LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, Timothy Wright, Brandon LaFell and Rob Gronkowski during practice on January 28, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in TempeDon't let the party bus fool you, New England's Rob Gronkowski takes his role as one of the NFL's premier tight ends seriously. Big, powerful yet deceptively elusive, Gronkowski has bounced back from injury to become a key target for quarterback Tom Brady, and a man Seahawks defenders know they'll have to stop. "That's their playmaker," Seattle safety Kam Chancellor said of Gronkowski, who had 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in his most productive season since 2011. "I definitely don’t take the game for granted anymore," Gronkowski said.
Fun-loving 'Gronk' a serious Super Bowl threat
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots throws the ball during practice on January 28, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in TempePhoenix (AFP) - Quarterback Tom Brady, whose New England Patriots take on Seattle in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday, looked sharp in practice despite battling a cold.
Cold can't slow Brady's Super Bowl prep
Phoenix police have sent a man for mental evaluation after he was detained while acting suspiciously near pre-Super Bowl events held in the city center and was found to be in possession of two guns and a knife, authorities said on Wednesday. The man, who was not identified, was wearing a tan vest, black clothing, sunglasses, a surgical mask and a black backpack, and was wheeling a large suitcase when he was spotted on Tuesday by a parking attendant who alerted police. The man was speaking incoherently, appeared to be lost, and said he had suffered from a mental illness, said Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump. "Based upon the actions of the subject and comments made during questioning, officers detained him and transported him for a mental health evaluation," Crump said, adding that his name would not be released because he had not been arrested.
Armed man detained near Super Bowl events sent for mental tests
Stacy Lewis during the first round of the LPGA Tour's Coates Golf Championship on January 28, 2015 in Ocala, FloridaStacy Lewis, Jessica Korda and Azahara Munoz carded matching, six-under 66s in Wednesday's first round of the season-opening LPGA Tour's Coates Golf Championship, which was suspended due to darkness. There were 21 players still on the course when play was halted at the Golden Ocala Golf course. Lewis, the number three player in the world, has won 11 times on the LPGA Tour, including three victories last season. Korda, a three-time winner on tour, won twice last year at the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and the Airbus LPGA Classic.
Lewis tied for lead in LPGA Tour season opener
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers yells to teammates during play against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, California on January 2, 2015Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had successful shoulder surgery, the third-straight year he has undergone a season-ending procedure, the National Basketball Association team said. The two-hour surgery, to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, was performed by doctors Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old Bryant is expected to be out nine months and doctors said with proper rehabilitation he would be able to return to the Lakers in time for his 20th season.
NBA's Bryant out for season after surgery
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2015Cleveland (AFP) - Cleveland star LeBron James was scratched from the NBA game against Portland and the Cavaliers said he could also miss their Friday contest because of a sprained wrist.
LeBron James out with wrist injury
PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open-Annexus Pro-AmBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The omens look good this week for Phil Mickelson, a long-time fan of the National Football League who has made a habit of flourishing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when the Super Bowl is in town. Mickelson, who attended Arizona State University, won the first of his three Phoenix Open titles in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 to clinch the Super Bowl in nearby Tempe.
Super Bowl omens look bright for Mickelson in Phoenix
People walk past the logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots on January 28, 2015 in Phoenix, ArizonaSuper Bowl fans will face tight security checks at the stadium on Sunday, but US officials say they are confident the game -- one of the world's biggest annual sports spectacles -- will be safe. All those involved in the massive security operation are on alert for possible terror threats, but nothing specific has been detected, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday. "We have no specific credible threat associated with the Super Bowl," Johnson told reporters. "I think the key is vigilance," said Johnson, who met with local law enforcement officials in Phoenix.
Security officials confident in Super Bowl safety
Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. watches his tee shot during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in HoylakeBy Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - With Tiger Woods and the Super Bowl both back in town, Brandt Snedeker feels as if he is at the center of the sporting world as he prepares to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. The PGA Tour event already boasts the noisiest hole in golf and the electricity is likely to be at an all-time high with record crowds expected at the TPC Scottsdale where former world number one Woods will be making his first start of the season. ...
Snedeker elated to be at 'center of the sports world'
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FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks
June Squibb arrives at the Entertainment Weekly Screen Actors Guild Party at the Chateau Marmont on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP)Quotes from Saturday night's 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:
Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for best picture
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for supporting actress
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actor in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for supporting actor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for lead actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for lead actress
FILE - This file image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:
The AP's top 10 movies of the year
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
In this image released by Showtime, Claire Danes portrays Carrie Mathison in a scene from the Showtime original series, " Homeland." Danes was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series for her role in “ Homeland .“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television drama series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for TV drama series
The Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Globe nominations for TV comedy series actor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for TV comedy series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best animated film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for animated film
FILE - In this March 1, 1977 file photo, Australian author Colleen McCullough laughs during a news conference in New York. Best-selling author McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. (AP Photo/File)SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.
'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77
Police inspect a demolished film set where a worker died in an accident at a film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie titled "Silence," in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. One construction worker was killed and two others were injured after scaffolding around a building being torn down suddenly collapsed, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said.
Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie
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A man selling live chickens waits for customers in a local food market in Nigeria's commercial capital LagosAn outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Nigerian poultry farms has spread to four more states, raising the total of affected areas to 11, the agricultural and rural development minister said on Thursday. Africa's most populous country and biggest economy was the first country on the continent to detect bird flu, in 2006 when chicken farms were found to have the H5N1 strain. In 2007, Nigeria recorded its first human death from the disease. "At the time of my briefing the nation on January 21, 2015, seven states had reported cases of the bird flu.
Nigeria H5N1 bird flu spreads to four more states, total 11
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, an empty area outside a Ebola virus recovery ward, at the Hastings treatment clinic, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread. In an update published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries _ Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia _ reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June. Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is leading WHO’s Ebola response, warned that despite the progress made, the virus still isn’t under control. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)LONDON (AP) — Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic
Norway reported its first ever case of mad cow disease on Thursday, saying the instance was an isolated one and telling consumers it was still safe to eat beef and drink milk. Tests at a British laboratory confirmed the disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in a 15-year-old cow, which had been slaughtered, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority said. A new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, nvCJD, killed dozens of people in Europe beginning in the mid-1990s.
Norway finds first case of mad cow disease, says food safe
Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration," a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. Obama intends to announce his plans during a meeting with congressional Democrats in Philadelphia on Thursday. The fiscal 2016 budget, which the White House intends to unveil on Monday, would fund a host of programs that Republicans are unlikely to support. It is the latest salvo by the Democratic president lobbed at a Congress controlled by the opposition party and follows a defiant State of the Union address last week that critics said betrayed an unwillingness to seek compromise.
Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs
A health worker checks the body temperature of fans as part of an ebola screening ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Cameroon and Ivory Coast in Malabo on January 28, 2015The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday. Nabarro was speaking at the African Union headquarters, as leaders gather a day ahead of a summit meeting where Ebola is a key issue for discussion. The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen nearly 9,000 deaths in a year -- almost all in the three west African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone -- and sparked a major health scare worldwide. Only 99 new cases were confirmed in the week up to January 25, the first time the figure has dropped below 100 since June 2014, the World Health Organization said Thursday in Geneva.
UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'
Health workers push a wheeled stretcher holding a newly admitted Ebola patient, 16-year-old Amadou, in to the Save the Children Kerry town Ebola treatment centre outside Freetown, Sierra LeoneThe number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic. "The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic," the WHO said. "To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that capacity for case finding, case management, safe burials, and community engagement is used as effectively as possible." The outbreak has killed 8,810 people out of 22,092 cases, almost all of them in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Cases and deaths have fallen rapidly in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the past few weeks, with 20 deaths recorded in Liberia in the 21 days to Jan. 25 -- less than one a day.
Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins
Already limited in its ability to evaluate toxic chemicals, the agency is targeted by Republican legislation the White House pledges to veto
Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking
Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, eat a meal at an IDP camp in YolaBy Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.N. Children's Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a "new generation" of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it sought in 2014. A series of more complex and destructive crises, natural disasters and emergencies such as the Ebola epidemic, are putting some 60 million children in extraordinary danger of violence, hunger, disease and abuse, UNICEF said. "From deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises," Afshan Khan, UNICEF director of emergency programmes, said in a statement.
UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis: TRFN
A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had struck four research agreements in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new "genetic scissors" technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases. The academic and commercial tie-ups will allow British-based AstraZeneca to use so-called CRISPR technology across its entire drug discovery platform in areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune system medicine. CRISPR, which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, allows scientists to edit the genes of selected cells accurately and efficiently. The collaborations with Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Innovative Genomics Initiative in California, the Broad Institute and Whitehead Institute in Massachusetts, and Thermo Fisher Scientific build on an in-house CRISPR programme at AstraZeneca that has been running for over a year.
AstraZeneca bets on 'genetic scissors' for range of new drugs
A medical staff attends to a malnourished child at a MSF hospital in an IDP camp inside the U.N. base in MalakalThe Brussels-based section of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will pull out of war-torn parts of Sudan due to a lack of cooperation from authorities, the medical charity said on Thursday, as the country sees an uptick in violence. Sudan has faced a rebellion in Darfur since 2003 and a separate but linked insurgency in Blue Nile and South Kordofan since the secession of South Sudan in 2011. The group said that total denial of access to Blue Nile state, forced closure of activities in East Darfur and administrative obstacles in South Darfur had made its work in those conflict-hit areas impossible. "Our experience is that the Sudanese government arranges meetings specifically to prevent international aid, rather than to facilitate it," Bart Jassens, the director of operations for MSF in Brussels, said in a statement.
MSF in Sudan to pull out of war-torn Blue Nile, parts of Darfur-statement
Race Is On to Find Treatment For Mystery Illness Paralyzing ChildrenA mystery illness that’s left dozens of children barely able to move has many parents on edge and doctors racing to find answers.
Race Is On to Find Treatment For Mystery Illness Paralyzing Children
A nurse holds a syringe containing an experimental Ebola vaccine during a media visit at the CHUV in LausanneBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - First results from a human trial of an Ebola vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline show it is safe and generates an immune response, scientists said on Wednesday, but larger trials are needed to see if it protects and if a booster is needed. The vaccine is being developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and GSK against the Zaire strain of Ebola -- the one circulating in West Africa -- and the first doses for a larger trial arrived in Liberia last week. Johnson & Johnson and Bavarian Nordic have a vaccine in early-stage clinical tests. The early-stage Phase I trial of GSK's vaccine was primarily designed to test safety, but Adrian Hill, who led the work at Oxford's Jenner Institute, said it was "encouraging" that the shot also prompted responses from the immune system.
Trial finds GSK Ebola shot is safe and provokes immune response
Luna, an electronic cigarette vaporizer, and its components are seen at Thermo-Essence Technologies in San CarlosBy Jilian Mincer NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend's advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products. Weinstein, 58, has gone from a pack a day nine months ago to the equivalent in nicotine of four or five cigarettes. "But I'm now so much healthier." E-cigarettes, metal tubes that heat liquids typically laced with nicotine and deliver vapor when sucked, are transforming the market for smoking cessation products and slowing the $2.4 billion in global sales of long-standing aids such as nicotine patches and gums. E-cigarette makers in the United States are barred from explicitly marketing the products as smoking cessation devices, but have found ways to appeal legally to smokers who are thinking of quitting.
As smokers spark up e-cigs to quit, traditional aids suffer
Bulgarian doctor Marinova poses for a picture near ambulances at a hospital in the town of BotevgradBy Angel Krasimirov VRACHESH, Bulgaria (Reuters) - When Bulgarian doctor Irena Marinova arrived in an ambulance at the home of a pregnant Roma woman in November, she says she was beaten up by two men who accused her of being late. The government blamed Roma for 175 such attacks on medics last year and in December told ambulances not to go to areas where they have previously been assaulted unless their safety could be guaranteed. They (the Roma) feel they have impunity and that is why they are doing this." Bulgaria is home to one of the largest populations of the EU's six million Roma, and as in other countries, many live on the fringes of society, suffer discrimination and struggle to get jobs. The EU spends billions of euros on integration projects but Bulgarian Health Minister Petar Moskov's instructions and comment that "he who has chosen to behave like a brute will be treated as one" caused outrage and risk undermining progress.
Ambulance attacks open wound of Roma relations in Bulgaria
Phoenix police have sent a man for mental evaluation after he was detained while acting suspiciously near pre-Super Bowl events held in the city center and was found to be in possession of two guns and a knife, authorities said on Wednesday. The man, who was not identified, was wearing a tan vest, black clothing, sunglasses, a surgical mask and a black backpack, and was wheeling a large suitcase when he was spotted on Tuesday by a parking attendant who alerted police. The man was speaking incoherently, appeared to be lost, and said he had suffered from a mental illness, said Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump. "Based upon the actions of the subject and comments made during questioning, officers detained him and transported him for a mental health evaluation," Crump said, adding that his name would not be released because he had not been arrested.
Armed man detained near Super Bowl events sent for mental tests
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Charles Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964, speaks at a forum in DohaCharles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported. A professor emeritus at Berkeley, he was a member of the university's physics department and Space Sciences Laboratory for nearly five decades.
Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99
Researchers work inside Manot Cave in Israel's Western GalileeBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The researchers said characteristics of the skull, dating from a time period when members of our species were thought to have been marching out of Africa, suggest the individual was closely related to the first Homo sapiens populations that later colonized Europe. They also said the skull provides the first evidence that Homo sapiens inhabited that region at the same time as Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relative. Tel Aviv University anthropologist Israel Hershkovitz, who led the study published in the journal Nature, called the skull "an important piece of the puzzle of the big story of human evolution." Previous genetic evidence suggests our species and Neanderthals interbred during roughly the time period represented by the skull, with all people of Eurasian ancestry still retaining a small amount of Neanderthal DNA as a result.
Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday. The research, said an editorial in the journal Neurology, which published it, "takes the study of placebo effect to a new dimension." More and more studies have documented the power of placebos, in which patients experience an improvement in symptoms despite receiving sugar pills, sham surgery, or other intervention with no intrinsic therapeutic value. Earlier studies have shown that patients' expectations can lead to improvements in Parkinson's, a progressive motor disease in which the brain's production of dopamine plummets. As it happens, dopamine release is increased by belief, novelty, and the expectation of reward - mental states that underlie placebo effects, said neurologist Alberto Espay of the University of Cincinnati, who led the new study.
'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study
Electric cars sit charging in a parking garage at the University of California, IrvineBy Nichola Groom Orange County, Ca (Reuters) - Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping.     Here in a non-descript, 53,500-square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar panels.     Those are some of the roughly 60 projects in the works at Edison's Advanced Technology division. The engineers from California's largest utility are hatching plans to insure its survival - and maybe even the survival of the nation's other big utilities, which are watching the project closely.     The lab was formed by Southern California Edison in 2009 after California passed a landmark law to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels - and source one third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.     The result has been more electric vehicles here in the Golden State.
How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility
An artist rendering from oldest-known snake fossilsBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized. Scientists on Tuesday described the four oldest-known snake fossils, the most ancient of which was a roughly 10-inch-long (25 cm) reptile called Eophis underwoodi unearthed in a quarry near Oxford, England, that lived about 167 million years ago. The remarkable fossils from Britain, Portugal and the United States rewrite the history of snake evolution, pushing back snake origins by tens of millions of years. Until now, the oldest snake fossil dated from about 102 million years ago, said University of Alberta paleontologist Michael Caldwell, who led the study published in the journal Nature Communications.
Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years
Crashing Electrons Could Explain Earth's Magnetic Field MysteryA messy paradox that has plagued geoscientists who study Earth's core and the magnetic field it produces may now be solved. It was raised in a 2012 paper in which geophysicists in the United Kingdom published a widely accepted supercomputer model that found Earth's iron core was incredibly efficient at conducting heat. In that study, the researchers examined how heat may move through the Earth's core, at the level of atoms and electrons. The implication: Earth's magnetic field shouldn't exist.
Crashing Electrons Could Explain Earth's Magnetic Field Mystery
No Yolk! Scientists Unboil an Egg Without Defying PhysicsThe finding could dramatically reduce the cost of cancer treatments and food production, the scientists reported yesterday (Jan. 27) in the journal ChemBioChem. "Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg," study co-author Gregory Weiss, a biochemist at the University of California, Irvine, said in a statement. In their experiment, Weiss and his colleagues started with an egg white that had been boiled for 20 minutes at 194 degrees Fahrenheit (90 degrees Celsius), until its proteins became tangled clumps. Next, they used a machine called a vortex fluid device, designed by Weiss' colleagues at Flinders University in Australia, which used the shearing forces  in thin, microfluidic films to shape the egg white proteins back into their untangled form.
No Yolk! Scientists Unboil an Egg Without Defying Physics
Fresh Ink: Mummified Iceman Has New TattooFour thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study. Finding the new body art, located on the lower side of Ötzi's right ribcage, "was a big surprise because we didn't expect to see a new tattoo," said Albert Zink, the study's senior researcher and head of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman at the European Research Academy in Italy. Ötzi's tattoos are no secret: Even the hikers who discovered him in the Italian Alps in 1991 noticed he had markings on his skin.
Fresh Ink: Mummified Iceman Has New Tattoo
SpaceX's Reusable Mega-Rocket Plan Is Simply Amazing (Video)An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket. SpaceX representatives expect to start flights of the Falcon 9 Heavy later this year. "When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two," SpaceX representatives wrote in a video description. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will stand a towering 224.4 feet (68.4 meters) tall with 27 engines powering its three-booster first stage.
SpaceX's Reusable Mega-Rocket Plan Is Simply Amazing (Video)
Astronaut Sees Huge Winter Storm from Space (Photos)The monster winter storm that dumped loads of snow on the northeastern United States on Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 26 and 27) looked pretty beastly from 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the planet. NASA astronaut Terry Virts, a member of the current Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, captured several dramatic photos of the storm Tuesday night, as it wheeled and churned over New England. For example, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, which is operated jointly by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), looked on as the storm hammered the Northeast early Tuesday morning, when it was near peak intensity. "The nighttime lights of the region were blurred by the high cloud tops associated with the most intense parts of the storm," NASA officials wrote about the satellite image.
Astronaut Sees Huge Winter Storm from Space (Photos)
A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had struck four research agreements in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new "genetic scissors" technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases. The academic and commercial tie-ups will allow British-based AstraZeneca to use so-called CRISPR technology across its entire drug discovery platform in areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory and immune system medicine. CRISPR, which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, allows scientists to edit the genes of selected cells accurately and efficiently. The collaborations with Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Innovative Genomics Initiative in California, the Broad Institute and Whitehead Institute in Massachusetts, and Thermo Fisher Scientific build on an in-house CRISPR programme at AstraZeneca that has been running for over a year.
AstraZeneca bets on 'genetic scissors' for range of new drugs
Charles Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964, speaks at a forum in DohaCharles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported. A professor emeritus at Berkeley, he was a member of the university's physics department and Space Sciences Laboratory for nearly five decades.
Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99
FILE - This Oct. 22, 2009, file photo shows former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni on his back deck in Los Alamos, N.M. Mascheroni pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, had pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country. (AP Photo/Heather Clark, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.
Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
Charles Townes, co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at 99.
Charles Townes, co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at 99
(Reuters) - A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for passing secret U.S. nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the FBI said. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in June 2013 to several espionage-related offenses stemming from an undercover sting operation, according to the FBI and court records. His wife, who is 71, was previously sentenced to a year in prison and three years of supervised release for her role in the same case, the FBI said. Mascheroni, a physicist, worked from 1979 to 1988 at Los Alamos, a U.S. government facility where the first atomic bomb was developed and which still conducts nuclear weapons research.
Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuclear espionage case
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This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed. The Arabic subtitle reads "I only have 24 hours left to live." The Associated Press could not independently verify the video. (AP Photo)A voice claiming to be a Japanese hostage relays the group's latest threat.
IS purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap
Jeb Bush and Sister SouljahContrary to what people say, there’s really no such thing as a “Sister Souljah moment” unless a political candidate has spent a good bit of time making the argument that underlies it first.
Matt Bai: Jeb and the myth of the Sister Souljah moment
Children write messages of hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International AirportMalaysia declared on Thursday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims' relatives while the search for the plane goes on. "We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident ... and that all 239 of the passengers and crew onboard MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives," Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement. The announcement is in accordance with standards of annexes 12 and 13 in the International Civil Aviation, said Azharuddin. It will allow families of the passengers to obtain assistance through compensation, he said.
Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident', airline to proceed with compensation
A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/The Quincy Patriot Ledger, Gary Higgins) BOSTON HERALD OUT; BOSTON GLOBE OUT; QUINCY OUT (REV-SHARE)By Scott Malone MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Reuters) - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet (30 cm) of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because of flooding from a breached sea wall. "This area sees flooding regularly, but we haven't seen damage like this since the blizzard of '78," town planner Greg Guimond said as he surveyed the wreckage. Schools remained closed in Boston and most of its suburbs for a second straight day but life was otherwise returning to normal with the city's transit system and airport resuming service and a travel ban lifted.
Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco police on Wednesday discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the sidewalk of a downtown street, officials said. Police closed off blocks around the package around 4:15 p.m. and found more remains after searching the area, police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said in a statement. The city medical examiner confirmed that the remains were human, but could not determine whether they belonged to one person or multiple victims, Gatpandan said. ...
Police find human remains in suitcase on San Francisco sidewalk
One person died and six people were injured after a fire scorched a San Francisco building on Wednesday night, officials said. Firefighters responded to the flames ripping through the Mission District building around 6:45 p.m. local time and immediately evacuated residents, San Francisco Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said in a statement. Roughly 50 people moved to an evacuation center set up by the American Red Cross at a building on the nearby City College of San Francisco campus, Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said. "It's devastating," 12-year resident Ricardo Cedeno told the San Francisco Chronicle.
One dead, six injured in San Francisco fire
The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the sea bed, south of Pangkalan Bun, Central KalimantanThe French co-pilot was at the controls of an AirAsia plane when it crashed into the sea last month after flying through an area of towering clouds, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said Thursday. The announcement came as fishermen found two more bodies from the crash in waters off Sulawesi island in central Indonesia, around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from where the plane crashed, a search and rescue official said. On Thursday, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, which has been analysing the plane's black boxes, said that prior to the crash, the aircraft had climbed fast in an area packed with cumulonimbus -- huge clouds that pilots try to avoid. They also revealed that the Airbus A320-200's less experienced French co-pilot, Remi Plesel, was flying the plane when it went down, rather than Captain Iriyanto, a former fighter pilot who had around 20,000 hours of flying time.
AirAsia co-pilot at controls when plane crashed
Koch and FrankenFrom the Koch brothers to Al Franken, momentum builds to reduce prison population.
Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reform
Benghazi consulate attacks - NHOfficials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks.
State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel
In this Jan. 16, 2008, file photo, a note is posted on a door at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., indicating state offices will close in observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate General Robert E. Lee's birthdays. Lee’s birthday would no longer be celebrated on the same day as King under a bill introduced Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, by Arkansas Republican Rep. Nate Bell. Arkansas is one of three states, along with Alabama and Mississippi, that jointly celebrate King and Lee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage.
Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday
Nancy Grace And Dr. Drew Square Off Over PotOn the heels of her endlessly entertaining debate with rapper 2 Chainz over the legalization of marijuana, Nancy Grace picked up the anti-pot argument on Tuesday with fellow HLN host Dr. Drew.
After sparring with 2 Chainz, Nancy Grace debates pot with Dr. Drew
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, speaks to participants of consultations between representatives of the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Lavrov said the meeting should pave the way for further talks on conditions for a political settlement. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking. Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after rebels drove Ukrainian government forces out of Donetsk airport. The separatists say they want to drive back government forces and their artillery out of range of the cities they hold and improve their grip on strongholds. "The latest military actions provoked by Kiev will lead to the inevitable further escalation of the conflict (and) undermine efforts taken by the international community to end the bloodshed," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting
REUTERS NEWS PICTURES SERVICE - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2013The former secretary of state will appear before a House select committee.
Hillary Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi
COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)Jordan says it is ready to trade an Iraqi woman militant for a pilot held by IS extremists.
Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage
French helicopters are stationed at a base in Goa, Mali on January 2, 2015An attack overnight in northern Mali by a pro-government armed group including suicide bombers killed a dozen people, security sources said Wednesday. "GATIA fighters, accompanied by suicide bombers, attacked a rebel Tuareg and anti-government Arab position in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday near the town of Tabankort. A security source in MINUSMA -- the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali -- confirmed the deaths, adding that two fighters blew themselves up while a third was killed before he was able to detonate his explosives. GATIA is the commonly-used name for the pro-government Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group.
Dozen killed in suicide attack against Mali rebels
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Malaysia has officially declared MH370 an accident, with the plane???s passengers and crew presumed dead.
Malaysia Officially Declares MH370 an Accident
The AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, was being piloted by the plane???s co-pilot, not its captain, officials said.
Co-Pilot was Flying AirAsia Plane at Time of Crash
ISIS-linked Twitter accounts spread message purportedly from Japanese captive.
ISIS Appears to Arrange Prisoner Swap in New Hostage Recording
Man watched as young boy appeared to murder two men in chilling video.
Adult ISIS Fighter in Child Executioner Video Killed, Official Says
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has RSVP'd to a May celebration in Russia commemorating the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two.
Vladimir Putin to Meet Kim Jong Un: Who Is More Macho?
An Israeli military convoy was attacked by an antitank missile along the Lebanese border Wednesday, killing three people and wounding others, officials said.
At Least 3 Dead as Hezbollah Strikes Israeli Convoy With Anti-Tank Missile
Several gunmen wearing ski masks stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Libya???s capitol, Tripoli, taking hostages and leaving at least eight dead, including a U.S. citizen.
American Among Dead in Libya Hotel Attack
Accuser claims Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew.
Billionaire Sex Offender's Lawyers Seek to Keep Documents Sealed
About 300 people returned to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp where more than 1 million were slaughtered during World War II.
Holocaust Survivors Return to Auschwitz, 70 Years Later
Purported Russian agents realized all too well they weren't James Bond.
The Trouble With US Girls, According to Alleged Russian Spies
Japan, Jordan face sunset deadline in latest purported threat from Islamic State group
New Deadline Approaches in Islamic State Hostage Crisis
Ugandan Muslim clerics and others set for mass trial amid wave of violent killings
Uganda: Mass Trial Over Alleged Terror Ties to Start
European parliament president heads to Athens as first EU official visit to new government
EU Parliament President to Meet With New Greek Government
Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog after again being stripped of vote
Russia Suspends Role in Europe's Human Rights Watchdog
Woman on death row in Jordan, Japanese war reporter, Jordanian pilot at center of IS standoff
Islamic State Standoff Involves Prisoner, Pilot, Journalist
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Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
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A Sierra Nevada red fox, one of North America???s rarest mammals, was spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly 100 years, authorities announced.
Rare Fox Spotted at Yosemite National Park
An electric failure set ablaze a 15-foot tree.
Christmas Tree Blamed for Fatal Maryland Mansion Fire
Parts of the region are still digging out.
Blizzard of 2015 Leaves Up to 3 feet of Snow in New England
The FBI and San Francisco Police just released photos of three thieves who rammed their SUV into the lobby of the Wells Fargo Museum.
Wells Fargo Museum Gold Robbers Used Two Cars in Heist
The mystery has been solved. See who the hardy soul was.
Meet the Man Who Shoveled the Boston Marathon Finish Line
Tommy Thompson became famous for bringing up treasure from "Ship of Gold."
Treasure Hunter's Mysterious Whereabouts Finally Revealed
Firefighters were nearly done battling a house fire for more than four hours when one discovered a cat who miraculously survived the massive inferno stuck in a wall.
Cat Gets Oxygen Mask After Surviving Fire Inside Wall
Pedro Mascheroni was tricked into dealing with an undercover agent.
Videos Capture US Nuclear Physicist Offering Nuke Secrets to 'Spy'
A police cruiser's dash-cam caught a handcuffed woman's 10-mile high-speed drive outside Pittsburgh after she crawled through the partition and took control of the car.
Handcuffed Woman Allegedly Steals Cop Car, Leads High-Speed Chase
2 dead, officer injured during attempted rescue in South Philadelphia house fire
2 Dead, Officer Injured in South Philadelphia House Fire
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Measles outbreak with origins at California Disney parks grows to 95 cases in US, Mexico
Measles Outbreak With Disney Park Origins Grows to 95 Cases
Mother of 17-year-old girl killed by Denver police seeks independent autopsy
Mother of Girl Shot by Denver Police Seeks Separate Autopsy
Treasure hunter who found sunken ship, gold bars to appear in Florida federal court
Fugitive Treasure Hunter to Appear in Florida Federal Court
ABC Politics
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
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He's not pulling any punches.
Mitt Romney Calls Hillary Clinton 'Clueless'
"You're not Eric Holder, are you?" a Republican senator asked Loretta Lynch at her confirmation hearing to replace Holder as attorney general.
Senator to AG Nominee: 'You're Not Eric Holder, Are You?'
John Boehner said today that a lawsuit might be the best ??? or only ??? option to try and overturn President Obama???s executive action on immigration.
John Boehner Threatens Second Lawsuit Against Obama
A look at his lavish homes.
Does Mitt Romney Have A Mansion Problem?
The Air Force announced today that it has selected Boeing to be the manufacturer of an upgraded version of Air Force One, the presidential plane.
Air Force One Is Getting an Upgrade
DJI, the maker of the drone that crashed on White House lawn earlier this week, announced on Wednesday that it will enforce a no-fly zone on downtown Washington D.C.
Drone-Maker to Enforce White House No-Fly Zone
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES WALKING THE WALK: Yesterday Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced the formation of a new political committee that will help him build his presidential campaign, ABC???s RICK KLEIN reports. An aide told ABC News this is likely to be the most...
Scott Walker Steps Out
Rep. Gowdy says former Secretary of State must answer questions about 2012 Benghazi embassy attack.
Benghazi Committee Chair: Hillary Clinton ???Needs to Be Talked To???
No decision yet on whether Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter.
Army Says Bergdahl Review Continues
They could spend almost a billion in politics ... or buy an NBA team.
Other Ways Koch Brothers Could Spend $889 Million They Pledged for 2016
Obama accompanies her husband to country known for poor women's rights
First Lady's Saudi Arabia Visit Sends Strong Message on Women
Former GOP nominee might sell house ahead of potential 2016 presidential bid.
Watch: The Many Houses of Mitt Romney
White House reiterates US does not pay ransoms or give into terrorists' demands.
Watch: White House Reacts To Jordan's Prisoner Swap With ISIS
Loretta Lynch testifies in front of Senate Judiciary Committee.
Watch: Obama???s Pick for Attorney General in the Hot Seat
The president travelled to Riyadh with a large American delegation to pay his respects to the late King Abdullah and to meet the country's new leader, King Salman.
Watch: President Obama Visits Saudi Arabia's New King
MONEYScope
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
ABC News: Money
GoDaddy's latest controversial Super Bowl ad follows other shocking incidents over the last several years -- from global politics to technology debates.
7 Attention-Grabbing GoDaddy Moments
Many people appreciate fresh bread and treats, which is why a group of people in New Jersey say it's "misleading" and "unconscionable" that "store baked rolls" may have b
'Store-Baked' Bread May Not Be What You Think
Budweiser is bringing back its winning combination for its Super Bowl XLIX ad this year. It's one-minute spot "Lost Dog" features an adorable puppy and its cross-species
Watch the Irresistible Puppy-Horse Super Bowl Ad
Hershey dips into meat market with Krave Jerky; 'meat bars' in the works
Hershey Dips Into Meat Market With Krave Jerky
Ford fourth-quarter earnings fall on Venezuela charge as revenue declines
Ford 4th-Quarter Earnings Fall on Venezuela Trouble
German unemployment rises to 7 percent in January due to seasonal slowdown in labor market
German Unemployment up to 7 Pct in Jan Amid Seasonal Factors
The Super Bowl is a high-stakes affair for advertisers, with the cost of a 30-second spot topping $4.5 million.
The 10 Best All-Time Super Bowl Ads
Global stocks hit by oil plunge, Fed's reminder it's on course to hike interest rates
Global Stocks Hit by Oil Plunge, Fed Mention of Rate Hike
Royal Dutch Shell reports 57 percent drop in net income to $773 million
Royal Dutch Shell Reports 57 Percent Drop in Net Income
Nokia in $500 million fourth-quarter profit on strong sales, buoyed by North American market
Nokia Turns to Fourth Quarter Profit Buoyed by Strong Growth
Deutsche Bank rebounds to profit in fourth quarter on stronger results from investment bank
Deutsche Bank Posts Surprise Profit as Litigation Costs Ease
Fed stresses it will be 'patient' in raising rates but notes steadily improving economy
Fed Sees Strengthening Economy but Stays 'Patient' on Rates
McDonald's taps new CEO as sales decline; same challenges remain
McDonald's CEO Steps Down as Sales Decline
Mobile, video views powering Facebook profit and revenue.
Watch: Facebook Earnings Top Wall Street Expectations After the Bell
Apple sells 30K iPhones every hour last quarter en route to record quarterly profit.
Watch: Apple's 74.5 Million iPhone Blowout
SciTech
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
ABC News: Technology
Bill Gates is part of the world's elite brain trust but there's still one thing that makes the Microsoft founder feel "stupid."
What Makes Bill Gates Feel 'Stupid'
Snapchat says goodbye to the "best friends" stalking feature -- for now.
Why Snapchat Update Makes Some Teens Freak Out
Google announces 18 new cities for its speedy Internet service.
Why People Are So Excited About Google Fiber
Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate in physics who brought laser to daily life, dies at age 99
Laser Co-Creator Charles Townes, a Nobel Laureate, Dies
LG Electronics reports loss in 4Q on plasma TV business closure, operating income up
LG Electronics in Red in 4Q on Plasma TV Business Closure
Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching, but emerge weaker, more vulnerable
Most of Hawaii's Coral Recover From Mass Bleaching
Battle of the big phones hits Samsung profit as Apple's large iPhone lures China buyers
Battle of the Big Phones: Samsung Down in China, Apple Gains
Charles Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, dies at age 99
Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, Laser Co-Creator, Dies at 99
FACT CHECK: Keystone XL oil pipeline not as bad for environment, good for economy as claimed
FACT CHECK: Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts
Recording: Former federal scientist offers to build Venezuela a bomb targeting New York City
Tape: Scientist Offers to Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New York
Charles Townes, co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at 99
Charles Townes, Co-Inventor of the Laser and a Nobel Laureate in Physics, Has Died at 99
Pre-paid mobile provider TracFone settles with government for $40M over unlimited data plans
Mobile Provider TracFone to Pay $40M in Federal Settlement
Alibaba roars back vs China accusations of counterfeit sales in report held until after IPO
Tiger Fight: China and Alibaba Face off Over Fake Goods
The Super Bowl and social media have become a favorite annual pairing, joining the ranks of chips and salsa and chicken wings and beer.
Facebook Unveils New Super Bowl Hub for Fans
Bulletproof batteries may extend the life of electronic devices and prevent fires, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.
'Bulletproof' Battery Could Prevent Fires
Health
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
ABC News: Health
Twins both need liver transplants.
Twin Dilemma: Father Can Only Donate to One Child, Seeks Donor
Kiera Driscoll got a flu shot but caught the virus anyway.
Girl Dies After Catching the Flu, Even After Getting Vaccine
Ingredient in common over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl linked to dementia, study shows.
Over-the-Counter Medicines Linked to Dementia
With at least 64 confirmed cases of measles this month, the disease seems on pace to have its worst year in nearly two decades.
How Doctors and Parents May Be Contributing to the Rise of Measles
A doctor in Saudi Arabia was astounded to find cartoon icon "SpongeBob SquarePants" in a child's x-ray.
Radiologist Finds SpongeBob SquarePants in Child's X-Ray
California health officer urges tobacco-like regulation.
California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat
These New England babies just couldn't wait for the snow plows.
Amazing Stories From Moms Who Delivered Blizzard Babies
The average American eats 2400 calories at a game day party.
Super Bowl Parties Hike Calorie Counts
"We have to stop meeting this way," Larry Stogner told evening news viewers.
Longtime Anchor Announces ALS Diagnosis
Every time a snowstorm keeps people indoors, there's someone around to make a joke about more babies being born nine months later. And, come on, this storm is named Juno.
Blizzard Baby Booms: Fact and Fiction
The breakthrough may have huge implications for cancer research.
Scientists Crack the Code on How to Un-Boil a Hard-Boiled Egg
A little snow -- or even a lot -- shouldn't keep you from staying in shape.
Blizzard 2015: 5 Ways to Stay Fit When You???re Stuck Inside
How to avoid the emergency room during a snowstorm.
How to Avoid the Emergency Room During The Blizzard of 2015
While the AAP reaffirms its opposition to the use of medical marijuana, Andrea Saretti hopes it will help her son.
Mom Seeks Medical Marijuana Despite Pediatric Group's Opposition
Kathy Beitz has been legally blind since she was 11.
Blind Mom Sees Newborn for First Time
Entertainment
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
ABC News: Entertainment
Chris Pratt is the latest name to be rumored as the next "Indiana Jones" and after a huge 2014, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star seems primed for the iconic role.
5 Reasons Chris Pratt Will Make a Great 'Indiana Jones'
Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels are all attached.
Get the Cast List of the New Steve Jobs Biopic
Her parents are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but in some ways life is low-key.
5 Ways North West Is Just Like Every Other Kid
Amanda Peet told her husband 'Game of Thrones' was a 'Terrible Idea, Terrible' Whoops.
Amanda Peet Told Her Husband His Show 'Game of Thrones' Was 'Terrible Idea'
"We Are the World" was recorded 30 years ago today on Jan. 28, 1985.
Can You Remember Who Sang 'We Are the World' 30 Years Later?
Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and other stars from the original are back.
Netflix Reveals the Cast of 'Wet Hot American Summer'
Heading into Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady is trying to win yet another championship, a certain lock for the Hall of Fame, but things weren't always easy.
Tom Brady Was Once Locked in a Locker in High School
He said he fought one for hours, but it'll never be seen again
A Chupacabra in Japan? Johnny Depp Says It Came From His Suitcase
After tying the knot a few weeks back, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden decided it was time to step out and take in a basketball game as a married couple on Tuesday night.
Newlyweds Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Caught on Kiss Cam
Stephen Hawking had an interesting reason for wanting to meet Kevin Costner.
You'll Never Guess Why Stephen Hawking Wanted to Meet Kevin Costner
The actress credits her troubled childhood for making her a better parent.
Why Drew Barrymore 'Looks After' Her Mom
Just three months after making it official that he would be directing the new Ghostbusters with an all female cast, Paul Feig tweets out potential names.
Paul Feig Tweets Potential 'Ghostbusters' Cast
The singer on becoming a sex symbol and how he's "loosened up."
Nick Jonas Opens Up About Marijuana Use, Teen Stardom
Asked about his changing appearance, Kardashian said Jenner is "very happy."
Kim Kardashian: 'We Support Bruce 100 Percent'
Any die hard "Bachelor" fan out there know that things between Juan Pablo Galavis, the "Bachelor" from last season and "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman, who was a contestant o
Juan Pablo Pokes Fun at Andi Dorfman
Travel
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
ABC News: Travel
If you're one of the more than 400,000 travelers displaced by the Northeast snowstorm this week, you likely won't have first priority when planes start flying again.
The Simple Reason Stranded Airline Passengers Don't Get to Go Home First
France's Courchevel will be the site of a cable car-turned hotel room.
Ultimate Ski-Out Accommodations in the Sky
The 'birthplace of California' an ideal place for family fun.
Kids' Guide to San Diego
The Clink Cymru beat out nearly 1,000 other dining establishments in the area.
Prison Restaurant Takes Top Honor in Capital City
Oil has plummeted to less than $48 per barrel, but the insanity continues.
Some Airlines Drop Fuel Surcharges. Yours Isn't One of Them
With flight cancellations for Monday and Tuesday approaching 4,000, there are plenty of travelers who won't get to their vacation destinations. So what happens to all tho
Flight's Cancelled: What Happens to Your Hotel Reservation?
A Cape Cod beach town made famous by the Kennedys is home to a hotel that's been named the best budget hotel in the nation.
Peek Inside the Budget Hotel Named the Nation's Best
Beautiful images of ornate libraries across the globe.
Photos: Stunning Images of Libraries from Europe to the US
The Bargagli Penthouse at Castello di Casole in Italy is around $2,757 a night.
Photos: Take a Look Inside the Bargagli Penthouse in Tuscany, Italy
A company called Generator is transforming hostels.
Photos: Luxury Hostels Around the World
Hotel Suite of the Week: The Oak Grove Studio Suite at Carmel Valley Ranch
Photos: The Oak Grove Studio Suite at Carmel Valley Ranch
U.S. Destinations on the Rise for 2015 from TripAdvisor
Photos: Award-winning Travel Destinations
Rebecca Jarvis explains how airplane ticket prices relate to dropping gasoline prices.
Watch: Why Paying Less at the Pump May Not Mean Cheaper Airfares
After John Whitbread was dumped, he set up an online auction to find a new travel partner for his Dominican Republic honeymoon.
Watch: Jilted Groom Turns to eBay for Honeymoon Companion
Millions trying to get home, but East Coast storm making that difficult.
Watch: Homeward Bound!
Relationships
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
GMA
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:17
ABC News: GMA
Insurance co. sues Brad Culpepper for fraud in $175K workers' case.
Despite 89 Percent Disability Rating, Ex-NFL Star Shines on 'Survivor'
Malaysia has officially declared MH370 an accident, with the plane???s passengers and crew presumed dead.
Malaysia Officially Declares MH370 an Accident
Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
5 Things to Know This Morning: Best Ads
The AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, was being piloted by the plane???s co-pilot, not its captain, officials said.
Co-Pilot was Flying AirAsia Plane at Time of Crash
Scott Foley is no stranger to shirtless scenes.
Scott Foley Explains How to Lose More Than 10 Pounds Overnight
A Sierra Nevada red fox, one of North America???s rarest mammals, was spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly 100 years, authorities announced.
Rare Fox Spotted at Yosemite National Park
An electric failure set ablaze a 15-foot tree.
Christmas Tree Blamed for Fatal Maryland Mansion Fire
Parts of the region are still digging out.
Blizzard of 2015 Leaves Up to 3 feet of Snow in New England
The bride-to-be lost the ring at a Los Angeles-area gas station
Cop Helps Return Diamond Ring to Bride-to-Be
The FBI and San Francisco Police just released photos of three thieves who rammed their SUV into the lobby of the Wells Fargo Museum.
Wells Fargo Museum Gold Robbers Used Two Cars in Heist
Michael Wagner can donate his liver to only one of their 3-year-old adopted twins, so the couple is taking their search for a donor online.
Watch: Parents' Desperate Search to Find Twins a Liver Donor
Miriam Castellanos lost her engagement ring at a California gas station.
Watch: Cop Helps Return Diamond Engagement Ring
Carl Pendleton performs his version of Frozen's "For the First Time in Forever" in a recruitment video for the Norman Police Department in Oklahoma.
Watch: Police Officer Belts Out 'Frozen' Tune to Lure Recruits
Winter-loving kitty displays his feline reflexes in epic viral video.
Watch: Cat Catches Snowball in Slow Motion
The reality star says baby number 2 "can't come soon enough."
Watch: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Ready For More Kids
Nightline
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:18
ABC News: Nightline
New Film Aims to Shine Light on Alleged Scientology Practices
New Film Claims to Shine Light on Alleged Scientology Practices
The dog featured in the GoDaddy Super Bowl ad raised the spectre of online puppy mills.
GoDaddy Yanks Super Bowl Ad After Animal Rights Complaints
Ex-football players were accused of raping a young woman in a dorm room.
Vanderbilt Rape Trial: Ex-Football Players Found Guilty
Women are flocking to missions in record numbers after a subtle, yet critical, change in church policy.
New Wave of Mormon Missionaries Is Young, Energetic and Female
Some dating sites reported record amounts of traffic over the past 24 hours.
Tons of Snow Means Tons of Hook-Ups?
Jack Antonoff spent some time with ???Nightline,??? in which he talked about his journey to the top of the American Top 40 charts and girlfriend Lena Dunham.
Why Jack Antonoff Won't Propose to Lena Dunham Yet
Thousands of young American women who slip into the seedy world of prostitution, advocates say, do so through no choice of their own.
How Young Women Become Sex Trafficking Victims
More than 250 students from the University of Michigan, including members from six fraternities and sororities, are accused of causing damage at two ski resorts.
Inside the Frat Party that Caused $75,000 of Damage
The Greutmans not only got rid of their debt, they put money away for retirement. Lauren now dishes on her meal plans and extreme couponing expertise on her blog.
4 Ways to Painlessly Cut Family Expenses
Unlike Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner's rocky start, Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion said they felt an instant connection when they met.
'Married at First Sight': One Year Later
Often times, thieves aren???t looking to steal your wallet, they???re after your car.
How to Avoid, and Survive, Being Carjacked
Hundreds took to the streets of South Florida riding dirt bikes and ATVs.
Dirt Bikes, ATVs Invade Commute on South Florida Roads
The victims of the Ebola epidemic aren???t just the dead, but also those they leave behind.
Ebola Affects Not Only the Dead, But the Children Left Behind
Authorities got report "a child was dressed as a doctor," police documents said.
No Charges Against Teen Who Pretended to Be Doctor
For those seeking a truly bizarre dining experience, Tokyo is calling.
What It's Like Inside Tokyo's Bizarre-Themed Cafes
Primetime
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:18
ABC News: Primetime
Jaycee Dugard says she doesn't want to live in the past.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Tells Diane Sawyer About Moving On
On her first trip to New York City, Jaycee Dugard attended a star-studded awards ceremony, took in a Broadway play and was awed by the city's skyscrapers. But for her, the most memorable part of the trip was going for pizza. "Just walking down the street. With everybody. It was my favorite moment," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
Dugard Revels in Being Free in NYC
Abducted by strangers and held captive for 18 years.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard: The Full Interview
Jaycee Dugard revels in saying her name, a name she wasn't allowed to utter or even write for 18 years while she was held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir and in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer because she wants to live free of Phillip Garrido's secrets.
Jaycee Dugard: 'Life After Something Tragic'
Handcuffed in the backyard, her attacker, Phillip Garrido, is her only contact.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Dependent on Her Abductor
Phillip Garrido's wife is introduced bearing dolls and chocolate as gifts.
Watch: Introducing Jaycee Dugard to Nancy Garrido
While held captive she gives birth to two girls.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Pregnant at Age 14
Over 18 years, officials fail to detect a crime right under their noses.
Watch: Parole Officers Visit the House 60 Times
Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs look into Phillip Garrido's past after public rant
Watch: Unlikely Heroes Start to Investigate Garrido
The system failed despite Garrido being a known sex offender and being monitored
Watch: How Did Phillip Garrido Pull Off This Crime?
Nancy Garrido videotapes a parole officer as he conducts a surprise search.
Watch: Officer's Failed Search Caught on Tape
Adjusting to life after being rescued from the torments of Phillip Garrido.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Recovers With the Love of Family
Jaycee Dugard has powerful memories from the last 20 years, 18 of them spent as a prisoner of kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Yet, some of the most overwhelming memories come from her first two years of freedom which she and her children have spent reunited with her mother.
Jaycee Dugard's Triumph Over Kidnapping, Captivity
Authorities visited the home of Phillip Garrido at least 60 times and still somehow missed the hidden compound housing Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters. There were even reports that neighbors and residents alerted authorities to sightings of Dugard and the fact that children were living in tents in the convicted sex offender's backyard. Experts say there are several things you can look for to help a missing or exploited child.
How to Report a Missing Child Sighting
Jaycee Dugard has formed the JAYC Foundation to help families of abduction. Dugard, kidnapped at 11 and held captive for 18 years, has spent her first two years of freedom healing with her family. She now wants to help other families do the same.
Jaycee Dugard's New Foundation Helping Families of Abduction
20/20
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:18
ABC News: 20/20
Ex-football players were accused of raping a young woman in a dorm room.
Vanderbilt Rape Trial: Ex-Football Players Found Guilty
Part 1: After writing him a letter, Niki Genthe's boyfriend admitted to her that he sexually assaulted her.
Watch: Student Learns Boyfriend Sexually Assaulted Her While She Was Asleep
Part 2: After a second confession, Luke Smith was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault.
Watch: Police Set Up Sting to Record Student Admitting to Sexual Assault
Part 1: Logan's mom Francesca was on the way to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst when she got the news.
Watch: Dad Finds Son Dead During College Parent's Weekend
Part 2: Journalism major Eric Bosco looked into fellow student Logan's campus police records and text messages.
Watch: Student Was Drug User, Campus Police Drug Informant Before Death
Part 3: Since her son's death, Francesca also hopes to bring the heroin dealer who sold to her son to justice.
Watch: Student's Death Leads School to Examine Confidential Informant Use
Part 1: College freshman Christian Aguilar was last seen with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend Pedro Bravo.
Watch: Teen Goes Missing After Meeting With Girlfriend's Ex
Part 2: Twenty-two days after his disappearance, Christian Aguilar's body is found.
Watch: College Student Charged With Friend's Murder, Kidnapping
Part 3: Erika Friman said she felt like Pedro Bravo's journal was "like in the mind of ... a sick person."
Watch: Girl Testifies At Ex's Trial For Murdering Her New Love
Part 4: Pedro Bravo testified in his defense, saying he was "crushed" to learn his ex was dating his friend.
Watch: Suspected Killer Recalls Last Time He Saw Friend Alive
Part 5: "I think we were soul mates," Erika Friman said of losing her boyfriend Christian Aguilar.
Watch: Jury Delivers Verdict in Gainesville Love Triangle Murder
When Francesca sent her son Logan off to college at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she said they spoke often and he was always so proud of how well he was doing.
Dangers of College Student Turned Campus Police Drug Informant
Woman shares her personal journey and quest for justice after she was raped.
University Program Helps Student Who Was Raped Find Justice
Information for where survivors of sexual assault and their friends and family can turn to for help.
Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Pedro Bravo was found guilty of killing a friend who was dating his ex-girlfriend.
Photos: Inside 'Love Triangle' Killer's Journal
WNT
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:18
ABC News: World News Tonight
Women in movies proven profitable for Hollywood as former "Ghostbusters" Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd applaud the idea.
Watch: All-Female Cast for 'Ghostbusters' Remake
An electric failure set ablaze a 15-foot tree.
Christmas Tree Blamed for Fatal Maryland Mansion Fire
When Oscar Lomeli asked his friends for a recommendation on a tax preparer, he didn???t think he???d end up getting stuck paying back his bogus refund. Need more help with your tax returns? See more information below. ???They [friends] told me she was good,??? said...
3 Red Flags to Remember When Picking Tax Preparer
ISIS-linked Twitter accounts spread message purportedly from Japanese captive.
ISIS Appears to Arrange Prisoner Swap in New Hostage Recording
The HBO documentary, "Going Clear," claims to shine light on the Church of Scientology's practices.
Film Claims to Shine Light on Scientology's Alleged Controversial Practices
Super Bowl XLIX is less than a week away between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.
Super Bowl XLIX Facts You Need to Know
Ex-football players were accused of raping a young woman in a dorm room.
Vanderbilt Rape Trial: Ex-Football Players Found Guilty
New England is digging out after receiving more than 30 inches of snow in some areas.
New England Digging Out After Getting Slammed by Storm
David Muir reveals the stories people have been buzzing about all week.
Watch: Instant Index: Feds Say Super Bowl is a 'No Drone Zone'
ISIS hostage pleads for prisoner swap; 70th anniversary of Auschwitz commemorated.
Full Episode: WN 1/27: 2015 Blizzard Hits New England Hard
Man watched as young boy appeared to murder two men in chilling video.
Adult ISIS Fighter in Child Executioner Video Killed, Official Says
Kiera Driscoll got a flu shot but caught the virus anyway.
Girl Dies After Catching the Flu, Even After Getting Vaccine
The FBI and San Francisco Police just released photos of three thieves who rammed their SUV into the lobby of the Wells Fargo Museum.
Wells Fargo Museum Gold Robbers Used Two Cars in Heist
Behind the scenes with a new documentary of a city planning a surprise for a deserving 5-year-old boy.
Watch: A New Look at Batkid???s Superpowers
Fresh off her Oscar nomination, accomplished actress discusses why she chose her latest movie, "Still Alice," about Alzheimer's.
Watch: Julianne Moore on Her Roles, Her Life and Who She's Standing Up For

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