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2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

2012-11-07
Thank you for voting.

2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe

2012-09-17
President Obama Says China Trade Practices Harm American Auto Parts Workers


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Were Cellular Powerhouses Once Parasites?
  Source: Scientific American 2015-01-25 13:10:54 (5 minutes ago) 
Mitochondria may have started out stealing energy rather than producing it

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
In big upset ‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award over ‘Boyhood’ for Best Movie, the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 13:10:49 (5 minutes ago) 
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This kiwi looks like a kidney.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 13:10:49 (5 minutes ago) 
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Textbook Pricing
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 13:10:49 (5 minutes ago) 
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A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 13:10:46 (5 minutes ago) 
The New York City medical examiner determined that an operation after the stabbing in the 1950s led to Antonio Ciccarello’s death in September. The police have opened a murder investigation.




Greece exit poll shows anti-bailout party winning election
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-01-25 13:10:43 (5 minutes ago) 
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A Greek state TV exit poll was projecting that anti-bailout party Syriza had won Sunday's parliamentary elections - in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece.
Greece exit poll shows anti-bailout party winning election
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-01-25 13:10:43 (5 minutes ago) 
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A Greek state TV exit poll was projecting that anti-bailout party Syriza had won Sunday's parliamentary elections - in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece.
[Ticker] Greek exit polls suggest win for Syriza
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-01-25 13:10:42 (5 minutes ago) 
Greek exit polls Sunday evening suggest a win for anti-austerity Syriza. Two exit polls put Syriza, which has promised to renegotiate Greece's debt, 12.5 percentage points ahead of the centre-right New Democracy, reports the BBC. Far-right Golden Dawn and a centrist party, The River, are in third place.


Driver in 24-hour race sidelined after unusual collision
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-01-25 13:10:34 (5 minutes ago) 
Andy Lally said he felt a bump at 5 a.m. during the Rolex 24, but didn't think anything of it until the crew working on his Porsche made an unusual discovery
The Wall Street Journal: Yemen’s parliament cancels session
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-01-25 13:10:34 (5 minutes ago) 
Yemen’s parliament cancels a session Sunday that had been called to approve or reject President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s sudden resignation last week






White House chief of staff tries to diffuse tension over Netanyahu trip to US
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 13:10:26 (5 minutes ago) 

Denis McDonough stresses relations with Israel remain strong despite plan to address Congress and calls relationship ‘many faceted, deep and abiding’

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough moved to diffuse a dispute over Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington on Sunday, calling relationships between the two countries “many faceted, deep and abiding”.

Administration officials told Israel’s Haaretz last week Netanyahu had “spat” in Obama’s face by arranging with Republican House speaker John Boehner to speak before Congress in March without first informing the White House.

Related: Democrats rally around Obama amid furore over Netanyahu Congress visit

Related: Netanyahu defends speech to Congress about threat of Iran nuclear deal

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Bill Browder: the Kremlin threatened to kill me
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 13:10:26 (5 minutes ago) 

The former banker claims Vladimir Putin runs Russia like a crime syndicate. He should know: corrupt officials seized his assets and stole $230m. His lawyer was beaten to death in jail. And now sinister text messages warn he might be next

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Blood money: is it wrong to pay donors?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-01-25 13:10:26 (5 minutes ago) 
Duke of Wellington and Napoleon to finally meet at Waterloo exhibition
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 13:10:25 (6 minutes ago) 
Shared Destinies event is one among many exhibits planned across Europe to mark Battle of Waterloo’s bicentenary

The Duke of Wellington and Napoleon were both personally in command throughout the battle – which ended 20 bloody years of the Napoleonic wars – fought through a long day and into the night on a rain sodden plain between two low ridges, on June 18 1815, but the great adversaries never met face to face.

Now, their possessions will come together in the Shared Destinies exhibition at Waterloo, which is among hundreds of exhibitions and events planned this year across Britain, in Belgium, and – perhaps more ruefully – in France to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

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Aston Villa end goal drought to knock Bournemouth out of FA Cup
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 13:10:25 (6 minutes ago) 

Before the events of a seismic Saturday on which Chelsea and Manchester City were each knocked out this tie had appeared the favourite for a potential FA Cup upset.

The narrative said that a struggling Aston Villa, with only seven league goals all season on their own patch, could well be turned over by Eddie Howe’s slick and quick Bournemouth, who had scored 57 times in the Championship, to lead the division by a point.

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Equatorial Guinea v Gabon: Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – live!
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 13:10:25 (6 minutes ago) 
Latest updates from the Group A deciderEmail nick.miller.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet: @NickMiller79 Keep up to date with all tonight’s scores around Europe

6.08pm GMT

7 mins: Oooh, interesting moment, as Gabon keeper Ovono is penalised for taking the ball out of his area with his hands, while kicking it upfield. The replays suggest he was rather hard done to (he was out of the box when he kicked it, but not when he had it in his hands), but a free-kick is given.

6.05pm GMT

4 mins: Bulot is down on the turf after what we’ll euphemistically call a ‘clumsy challenge by Doualla, but what in actual fact was a pretty horrible raking foul. No action from the ref though, other than to give a free-kick which is taken by Madinda, but comes to nought.

6.03pm GMT

3 mins: Nick Ames (17.50 update) wasn’t kidding about Bosio (also called Fabiani): he is an absolutely colossal unit. Scrappy start to the game, with goalkeepers exchanging fairly aimless punts up and down the pitch.

6.00pm GMT

1 min: And we’re off, the hosts kicking off. Given how quickly the team was slung together, it would be quite the story if Equatorial Guinea went on to qualify here.

5.57pm GMT

Anthems update: the Equatorial Guinea tune bangs on a bit.

5.50pm GMT

Worth noting that Fabiani, who has come in for the diminutive Iban today, is huge – 6ft 6in. Becker trying to match up to Gabon physicality.

5.39pm GMT

Ebang, Appyndangoye, Manga, Obiang, Palun, Poko, Bulot, Madinda, Kaku, Evouna, Aubameyang.

5.14pm GMT

So then. The big one here. Winner takes all. Or, if it’s level, drawer takes all. The simple permutation is whoever wins will qualify for the second phase, hosts Equatorial Guinea still in it after two draws in their opening two games, with Gabon one above them following a win and a defeat.

A draw should be fine for Gabon, but they will then have half an eye on what happens in the other game, between Congo and Burkina Faso: if the latter win, then there will be a mini league of three created all on four points, which is about the time that my head starts to hurt. So let’s just wait until we know if that’s a factor, eh?

5.00pm GMT

Nick will be here shortly with all the team news with kick off at 6pm. In the meantime, here’s who Nick Ames and Taimour Lay have been chatting to:

Equatorial Guinea are leaving nothing to chance, even if that is what brought them here. While most of Esteban Becker’s squad train on an unassuming five-a-side pitch by a spot of wasteland outside Bata, their two prize assets have their feet up in the team hotel. Javier Balboa, the rangy former Real Madrid forward, is upstairs recuperating and Emilio Nsue has been told to take it easy too. It is Nsue, the Middlesbrough wing-back, who has stolen hearts at this Africa Cup of Nations.

Chosen as captain by Becker despite having won only two caps before this month, Nsue has been deployed as makeshift centre-forward in this Heath Robinson contraption of a team and scored the tournament’s first goal 16 minutes into the match against Republic of Congo last weekend. Victory against Gabon on Sunday evening will mean progression to the quarter-finals for the last-minute host country and could, for this Mallorca-born footballer, lead to an unlikely homecoming too.

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Arsenal through after Brighton scare as Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil return
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 13:10:25 (6 minutes ago) 

The FA Cup produced another boisterous, thrilling, ultimately quite frantic fourth round tie at the Amex Stadium where Arsenal managed to look both supremely well-tuned in attack and familiarly fragile at the back in a thrilling 3-2 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion. Twice Brighton surged back from two goals down to push the Cup holders all the way in a match that looked at the end of the first half like confirmation of Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott’s return to starting health; but which by the end had provided further evidence of the ability of Football League clubs to compete in this competition with the elite. With four minutes left Brighton might even have had a penalty to level the scores as the ball was struck against Calum Chambers’ hand from two meters away inside the area, but Michael Oliver was merciful to the Premier League team.

The Amex is a wonderful, groovily cantilevered model of a new-build stadium, all swooping lightweight curves beneath a noise-funnel corrugated roof. Brighton’s season has been resuscitated by a surge of four wins in five since Boxing Day for a team that has suddenly discovered the art of the clean sheet and before kick off it always seemed likely Brighton would opt for constriction rather than cavalier attack.

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Blood money: is it wrong to pay donors?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 13:10:25 (6 minutes ago) 
In some countries, people get paid for giving blood. And in the UK, we have to buy in plasma. But is safety compromised when money changes hands?

A recent black-and-white documentary, Blood, about a mobile blood collection unit in rural Russia, shows scenes familiar to many: dusty halls, anxious donors queuing to register, the occasional struggle to find a vein. Cups of tea, too, albeit just for the team. 

Then there are the differences. Donors sit upright on uncomfortable, hard chairs. Some have just come off night shift; others have no money for food. Staff are concerned about how many units will test positive for blood-borne viruses. Potential donors worry about being accepted. A woman without an up-to-date residency certificate is turned away. A man insists he should be allowed to donate; he is broke and desperate for the 850 roubles (£8.85) payment. It is clear that most donors come for the money: for some, it is a lifeline.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 13:10:19 (6 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
'Birdman'? 'Boyhood'? SAG Awards to offer Oscar preview
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 13:10:12 (6 minutes ago) 




Greece: Govt official admits electoral defeat by Syriza
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 13:10:12 (6 minutes ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 13:10:11 (6 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 13:10:10 (6 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Having Clear Intentions Can Boost Your Attention
  Source: Big Think 2015-01-25 13:10:07 (6 minutes ago) 

Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic wants to help the general public benefit from recent esoteric advances in neuroscience.



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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Arsenal
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 13:10:07 (6 minutes ago) 
Defending champions Arsenal reach the FA Cup fifth round but are forced to hang on for victory against Brighton.




Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Arsenal
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 13:10:07 (6 minutes ago) 
Defending champions Arsenal reach the FA Cup fifth round but are forced to hang on for victory against Brighton.
Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-01-25 13:10:05 (6 minutes ago) 
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency....
Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-01-25 13:10:05 (6 minutes ago) 
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, as influential lawmakers from both parties suggested the U.S. may need to turn to special operations forces to root out terrorists from the Middle Eastern nation and elsewhere in the region....
New Front Opens in Cold War of the Koreas: Restaurants
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 13:00:53 (15 minutes ago) 

If North Korea prides itself on the West never quite knowing what it will do next, there is a fantastic new example worth savouring. Plans are reportedly afoot to open a North Korean restaurant in Scotland – the first in the UK and second in Europe after Amsterdam. They are both part of the same chain, which is otherwise concentrated in Asia and owned by the North Korean government as a means of raising extra funds.

The Kim Jong-un regime would certainly be capitalising on the growing popularity of Korean food. It may still be considered more exotic than Chinese and Japanese fare, but this is changing fast. In the US, the average price of a meal in a Korean restaurant has been constantly rising for the past two decades, in what is a sign of growing prestige. It continued to climb even after 2010, when the prices of Japanese restaurants began to drop.

Changing US restaurant prices

(Image: Krishnendu Ray)

This may be partly a result of the Korean Cuisine (Hansik) Promotion Campaign, which was initiated by the South Korean government in 2009 with the goal of turning Korean food into one of the five most popular ethnic cuisines in the world by 2017. The plan is currently being rethought after receiving much criticism in the media, but there are nonetheless plenty of signs that the country’s cuisine is on the rise.

Seoul nights

London has more than its fair share of Korean restaurants. The Camden area has so many that it is sometimes informally known as Little Seoul. But until a few years ago, these restaurants were primarily patronised by Korean and Japanese businessmen. One of the key drivers for this changing was the arrival of Bibigo in 2012 – not in Camden but in Soho, in the middle of town.

Camden’s Korean preponderance

(Image: University of Leiden)

Bibigo clearly caters to a local clientele hungry for an exotic experience. It was the first European outlet of the South Korean restaurant chain, managed by C J CheilJedang, Korea’s number-one food and bio business, and was followed by a second London opening in the Angel area last week.

The business launched in 2010 as one of the strategies of the government’s promotion campaign and has since also expanded to Beijing, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Singapore and Tokyo. What has worked for the South Korean government, clearly their northern neighbours think can work for them too.

North Korean restaurants are a relatively new addition to the global gastronomic scene. They began to emerge in north China during the 1990s and a decade later began to spring up in Jakarta, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and other cities across Asia. The Amsterdam restaurant opened in 2012, before closing and reopening in a different location in 2013.

Southern rice and northern noodles

Culinary culture in the Korean peninsula developed locally for centuries, leading to noticeable differences in ingredients and flavours. The food of the northern provinces tended to be less spicy due to the colder climate, for example.

The consumption of noodles is more widespread, since rice agriculture flourished primarily in the south. The most celebrated North Korean dish today is raengmyeon (“cold noodles”), a vinegary dish that comes in various varieties with chewy noodles made from either buckwheat or sweet potato. It only began to be consumed in the south after it was popularised by the North Korean refugees who flocked there after the Korean war (1950-1953).

But what will really distinguish a North Korean restaurant from one dishing up southern fare is the ambience and the song-and-dance routines, which are a unique mix of folklore and Stalinism, with added karakoe. The actual menus will not be much different, on the other hand. For example, the one in Amsterdam offers the Korean classics, such as pulgogi (thin slices of marinated beef grilled at the table), kimchi (pickled vegetables), and pibimpap (rice mixed with vegetables) – as well as sushi and sashimi, which are Japanese but are often served in Korean restaurants in the US to capitalise on the popularity of that cuisine.

North Korea’s marketing advantage

Just because the menus might be similar, this by no means implies that there are parallels in the contemporary culinary culture of North and South Korea. Affluence, the food processing industry and foreign culinary trends have transformed dietary life of South Korea since the 1980s, which has widened the breach with its North Korean neighbour at the same time.

Ironically the image of North Korea as the “nostalgic past”, good old Korea frozen in time, has grown into a powerful marketing tool for North Korean products on sale in South Korea.

With both Korean governments now pushing their countries' cuisines, it raises questions about who owns the property rights to Korean food. Where lies the legitimate source of the authentic Korean culinary tradition? This means that dining at a North Korean restaurant, whether in Amsterdam, Beijing, Hanoi or Scotland is much more than a culinary delight and exotic experience. It is a lesson in history and global politics as well.

Search continues for missing Cobb couple
  Source: Top News from AJC.com 2015-01-25 13:00:52 (15 minutes ago) 




Duke of Wellington and Napoleon to finally meet at Waterloo exhibition
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 13:00:50 (15 minutes ago) 
Shared Destinies event is one among many exhibits planned across Europe to mark Battle of Waterloo’s bicentenary

The Duke of Wellington and Napoleon were both personally in command throughout the battle – which ended 20 bloody years of the Napoleonic wars – fought through a long day and into the night on a rain sodden plain between two low ridges, on June 18 1815, but the great adversaries never met face to face.

Now, their possessions will come together in the Shared Destinies exhibition at Waterloo, which is among hundreds of exhibitions and events planned this year across Britain, in Belgium, and – perhaps more ruefully – in France to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

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Equatorial Guinea v Gabon: Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – live!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 13:00:50 (15 minutes ago) 
Latest updates from the Group A deciderEmail nick.miller.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet: @NickMiller79 Keep up to date with all tonight’s scores around Europe

5.57pm GMT

Anthems update: the Equatorial Guinea tune bangs on a bit.

5.50pm GMT

Worth noting that Fabiani, who has come in for the diminutive Iban today, is huge – 6ft 6in. Becker trying to match up to Gabon physicality.

5.39pm GMT

Ebang, Appyndangoye, Manga, Obiang, Palun, Poko, Bulot, Madinda, Kaku, Evouna, Aubameyang.

5.14pm GMT

So then. The big one here. Winner takes all. Or, if it’s level, drawer takes all. The simple permutation is whoever wins will qualify for the second phase, hosts Equatorial Guinea still in it after two draws in their opening two games, with Gabon one above them following a win and a defeat.

A draw should be fine for Gabon, but they will then have half an eye on what happens in the other game, between Congo and Burkina Faso: if the latter win, then there will be a mini league of three created all on four points, which is about the time that my head starts to hurt. So let’s just wait until we know if that’s a factor, eh?

5.00pm GMT

Nick will be here shortly with all the team news with kick off at 6pm. In the meantime, here’s who Nick Ames and Taimour Lay have been chatting to:

Equatorial Guinea are leaving nothing to chance, even if that is what brought them here. While most of Esteban Becker’s squad train on an unassuming five-a-side pitch by a spot of wasteland outside Bata, their two prize assets have their feet up in the team hotel. Javier Balboa, the rangy former Real Madrid forward, is upstairs recuperating and Emilio Nsue has been told to take it easy too. It is Nsue, the Middlesbrough wing-back, who has stolen hearts at this Africa Cup of Nations.

Chosen as captain by Becker despite having won only two caps before this month, Nsue has been deployed as makeshift centre-forward in this Heath Robinson contraption of a team and scored the tournament’s first goal 16 minutes into the match against Republic of Congo last weekend. Victory against Gabon on Sunday evening will mean progression to the quarter-finals for the last-minute host country and could, for this Mallorca-born footballer, lead to an unlikely homecoming too.

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Spyware and smartphones: how abusive men track their partners
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 13:00:50 (15 minutes ago) 

Apps offer abusers a terrifying new toolbox to control their partners and exes. Phone software allows them to follow people’s movements, monitor their calls, texts and emails – and even watch them

Out for dinner on an overseas business trip thousands of miles from the UK, Isobel answered the call on her mobile expecting to speak to her children. Instead, she heard the voice of her estranged husband, whom she was in the process of divorcing after years of violence in which she had been punched, kicked, strangled, pulled around by her hair and thrown down the stairs.

“Before the children came on the line, he told me exactly where I was – which city, in which country, and which restaurant I was sitting in,” she says. “I was absolutely beside myself. I was just so overwhelmed with fear, wondering how the hell he could pinpoint me like this. I asked how he knew and he said: ‘I can find you on your iPhone.’”

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Search continues for missing Cobb couple
  Source: News from Georgia and the region 2015-01-25 13:00:32 (15 minutes ago) 
Diplomatic 'Spat': White House on Harsh Netanyahu Comments
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 13:00:31 (15 minutes ago) 
The White House chief of staff on MTP distanced the president from harsh comments about the Israeli Prime Minister that appeared in the Israeli press.




Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Deflate-Gate
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 13:00:31 (15 minutes ago) 
NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar responds to the recent deflate-gate controversy.






Six Months of Pain and a Passport: MH17 Dad's Anguish
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 13:00:31 (15 minutes ago) 
Hans de Borst's daughter Elsemiek, her half-brother, mother, and stepfather were all on board Flight MH17 when it crashed in Ukraine on July 17.






Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 13:00:19 (16 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
'Historic' storm could hit Massachusetts
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 13:00:13 (16 minutes ago) 
Be prepared for snowfall in excess of 2 feet, forecasters tell residents. New York City, coastal New Jersey and parts of New England also will be affected.
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 13:00:09 (16 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.










Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 13:00:09 (16 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-01-25 13:00:07 (16 minutes ago) 
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, as influential lawmakers from both parties suggested the U.S. may need to turn to special operations forces to root out terrorists from the Middle Eastern nation and elsewhere in the region....
Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-01-25 13:00:07 (16 minutes ago) 
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, as influential lawmakers from both parties suggested the U.S. may need to turn to special operations forces to root out terrorists from the Middle Eastern nation and elsewhere in the region....
Remarks by President Obama at India State Dinner
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 12:51:34 (24 minutes ago) 

Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, India

9:37 P.M. IST

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening.  President Mukherjee, Prime Minister Modi, distinguished guests -- on behalf of Michelle and myself, I want to extend our deepest thanks for the extraordinary hospitality that you’ve shown us here today.  We feel your friendship -- your dosti.  And I am deeply honored to be the first American President to join you in celebrating India’s Republic Day. 

I also want to thank you for not making me dance -- again.  (Laughter.)  The last time we were here, we joined some children in Mumbai for Diwali.  And we danced.  It was pretty clear what the Indian press thought.  One headline said, “President Obama Visits India.”  The other said, “Michelle Obama Rocks India.”  (Laughter.)  It is true, Michelle is a better dancer than me.

Let me also thank my partner and friend, Prime Minister Modi.  I’ve often said that my life story could only happen in America.  But of course, Mr. Prime Minister, your story could only happen in India.  Here this evening, we think back to all those years ago -- to your father selling tea in the train station, and your mother working at other families’ homes to support her own.  And tonight, their son welcomes us as the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy.

Now, we all know about the Prime Minister’s legendary work ethic.  He was explaining to me today how he only needed three hours’ sleep, which made me feel bad; I thought I was doing okay with five.  (Laughter.)  What I didn’t know until now is that he once survived an attack by a crocodile.  So he’s tough.  And he also has style.  One of our newspapers back home wrote, “Move aside, Michelle Obama.  The world has a new fashion icon.”  (Laughter.)  Tonight, I was thinking about wearing a Modi Kurta myself.  And while I do not want to use a dinner like this to make United States policy, let me just say that given the Prime Minister’s advocacy at the United Nations, Michelle and I are looking forward to the first International Yoga Day.  

Our visit reflects the deepest connections and long friendship between our peoples.  One of America’s greatest poets was Walt Whitman, and more than a century ago he wrote a poem -- “Passage to India” -- in which he celebrated the technological ingenuity and human spirit that joins our nations.  He wrote: “Seest though not God’s purpose from the first?  The earth to be spann’d, connected by network, the people to become brothers and sisters.”  Here, in our time, these words have come to pass. 

India and America have spanned the Earth, connected and networked by technology and by family, including millions of Indian Americans, among them our nation’s first Indian American ambassador to India, Rich Verma.  And in the shared work of our world, our purpose -- lifting up our fellow citizens, advancing human dignity -- we, as the poet predicted, have become brothers and sisters.

Tomorrow, we will celebrate Republic Day.  We will honor the generations of Indians who built this nation through toil and tears and iron will.  And at the end of the day, I’m told the band will play that hymn that was dear to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi:

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me. 

And so I propose a toast, if I can get a glass -- oh, here we go.  To the great partnership between our nations and the friendship -- the dosti -- between our peoples.  Here in the eventide, Indians and Americans, let us know, in the darkness or day, in good times or bad, whenever one of us looks to the other, we will surely say, abide with me.

Cheers!

(A toast is offered.)  (Applause.)

END
9:42 P.M. IST

White House Chief of Staff Reaffirms ‘Deep and Abiding’ U.S.-Israel Ties
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-01-25 12:51:30 (24 minutes ago) 
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American Sniper Shoots Down Records as Johnny Depp Flops
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-01-25 12:51:30 (24 minutes ago) 
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Elon Musk's SpaceX drops lawsuit against Air Force
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
A spacecraft company run by billionaire Elon Musk has dropped a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Air Force improperly awarded a contract to launch military satellites to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.
Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More."
Grand style in Wes Anderson’s ‘Budapest Hotel’ | Sunday Best
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
Nearly 40 years after her first Oscar win, costume designer Milena Canonero is nominated again this year.




Elon Musk's SpaceX drops lawsuit against Air Force
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
A spacecraft company run by billionaire Elon Musk has dropped a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Air Force improperly awarded a contract to launch military satellites to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Huskies hoops links: UW's new defense working well
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
In the past three games, Washington has relied exclusively on a 2-3 zone and the results have been surprisingly positive.
VAMPIRE BAT DRONE transforms wings into legs for SEARCH and RESCUE ops
  Source: The Register 2015-01-25 12:51:25 (25 minutes ago) 
VAMPIRE BAT DRONE transforms wings into legs for SEARCH and RESCUE ops
  Source: The Register 2015-01-25 12:51:24 (25 minutes ago) 
Robots in the skies (AND on the ground)

Vid Swiss researchers, who developed a robot that can walk on its wings across tricky terrain, have shown off their latest prototype which they hope could one day be used in search and rescue operations.…

Fire Chief: Two Newark fires appear to be arson
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-01-25 12:51:22 (25 minutes ago) 
NEWARK, Ohio -- Firefighters from Newark and neighboring departments battled two house fires a block apart just south of downtown early Sunday morning. Both fires appeared to be arson, said interim Newark Fire Chief Patrick Connor, who said investigators have not determined whether the two fires are related.




I wonder if we will get to the point in car safety that a car crash will make international news like a plane crash does?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 12:51:08 (25 minutes ago) 

Was thinking about the AirAsia crash and a car crash that I saw recently and how one is big news and the other is relatively normal and wondered if we'd ever get to the point in car safety that a car crash would make international news like a plane crash does.

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Scientists unboil an egg, and it may be a big deal
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Story Time with GLaDOS.
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Shaima al-Sabbagh dying in her husband's arm after being shot by police firing 'non lethal' birdshots to disperse the crowd in central Cairo
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 12:51:08 (25 minutes ago) 
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Suspect in Lakewood homicide found shot dead in Westlake Red Roof Inn
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 12:51:08 (25 minutes ago) 
The only suspect in Sunday's homicide in Lakewood was found shot dead in a hotel room.




The League, a Dating App for Would-Be Power Couples
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 12:51:05 (25 minutes ago) 
A new dating app comes across as a boutique for mate-shopping, offering users only five potential matches a day.
Zambia’s New President, Edgar Lungu, Is Sworn In
  Source: NYT > International 2015-01-25 12:51:05 (25 minutes ago) 
Mr. Lungu, a member of the governing party, will serve out the remainder of the term of President Michael Sata, who died in office in October.
Zambia’s New President, Edgar Lungu, Is Sworn In
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-01-25 12:51:05 (25 minutes ago) 
Mr. Lungu, a member of the governing party, will serve out the remainder of the term of President Michael Sata, who died in office in October.






De Blasio sympathizes with Jewish community: 'Never again'
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 12:51:00 (25 minutes ago) 
Mayor de Blasio offered sympathy and solidarity with the city’s Jewish community in the wake of France terror attacks.
Bronx baby dies from apparent suffocation in mom's bed: cops
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 12:51:00 (25 minutes ago) 
A newborn Bronx baby died Saturday morning after apparently suffocating in her mother’s bed, police said.




Fisherman finds body floating in Brooklyn marina
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 12:51:00 (25 minutes ago) 
The decomposed body of the man was found floating face up at Gateway Marina at Floyd Bennett Field in Marine Park at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.






Obama Calls India's PM 'Tough' After Hearing of Crocodile Attack
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-01-25 12:50:54 (25 minutes ago) 
President Barack Obama talks about India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a dinner in New Delhi Sunday.






Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-01-25 12:50:54 (25 minutes ago) 
Sounding like a presidential candidate on 'Meet the Press', former Gov. Mike Huckabee walked a fine line on issues like Common Core and same-sex marriage.






Extremist assault on Nigerian city kills hundreds
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-01-25 12:50:51 (25 minutes ago) 
Boko Haram's scorched-earth campaign in the countryside, as well as a multi-pronged assault on Maiduguri, come as Sec. Kerry visits
Egypt: 13 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-01-25 12:50:51 (25 minutes ago) 
Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting...




Junipero Serra's road to sainthood is controversial for Native Americans
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 12:50:36 (25 minutes ago) 

As Pope Francis plans to canonize ‘the evangeliser of the west’, descendants of those who first encountered the missionary recall a culture lost to violence

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Spyware and smartphones: how abusive men track their partners
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 12:50:35 (25 minutes ago) 

Apps offer abusers a terrifying new toolbox to control their partners and exes. Phone software allows them to follow people’s movements, monitor their calls, texts and emails – and even watch them

Out for dinner on an overseas business trip thousands of miles from the UK, Isobel answered the call on her mobile expecting to speak to her children. Instead, she heard the voice of her estranged husband, whom she was in the process of divorcing after years of violence in which she had been punched, kicked, strangled, pulled around by her hair and thrown down the stairs.

“Before the children came on the line, he told me exactly where I was – which city, in which country, and which restaurant I was sitting in,” she says. “I was absolutely beside myself. I was just so overwhelmed with fear, wondering how the hell he could pinpoint me like this. I asked how he knew and he said: ‘I can find you on your iPhone.’”

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 12:50:29 (25 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The GOP field: Rubio and Palin's 2016 plans
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 12:50:25 (26 minutes ago) 
Bob Schieffer mourns the loss of SkyMall magazine
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 12:50:21 (26 minutes ago) 
"Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer fondly remembers the many hours he spent perusing the SkyMall catalog during flights.




Extremist assault on major Nigerian city leaves hundreds dead
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 12:50:21 (26 minutes ago) 
Boko Haram's scorched-earth campaign in the countryside, as well as a multi-pronged assault on Maiduguri, come as Sec. Kerry visits
Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:50:21 (26 minutes ago) 
Murray beats Dimitrov, prepares for Australian challenge
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:50:21 (26 minutes ago) 
Greece: Exit poll shows anti-bailout party winning election
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:50:21 (26 minutes ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 12:50:21 (26 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.










Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 12:50:20 (26 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






England's injury troubles worsen
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 12:50:18 (26 minutes ago) 
England's injury problems deepen after Owen Farrell and Kyle Eastmond sustain knocks before the Six Nations.
Tories 'close to TV debates deal'
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 12:50:18 (26 minutes ago) 
The Conservatives are close to agreeing to new plans for pre-election television debates, the party's chairman Grant Shapps says.
Post-traumatic stress 'in 1300BC'
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 12:50:18 (26 minutes ago) 
Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.
Thatcher bypass plan 'totally wrong'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 12:50:18 (26 minutes ago) 
A plan to name a new bypass after Margaret Thatcher is branded "totally wrong" by Labour councillors.




Tributes paid to machete victim
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 12:50:18 (26 minutes ago) 
A teenager who died in a machete attack in Gloucester is described as "brave" and "kind" by his family.
Ex-drug smuggler Marks has cancer
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 12:50:18 (26 minutes ago) 
Notorious former drug smuggler and author Howard Marks has inoperable bowl cancer.
Cameron willing to take part in TV election debates, say Conservatives
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:40:49 (35 minutes ago) 
Conservative party chairman says politicians and broadcasters ‘edging towards a solution’ but further talks were needed

The Conservatives have signalled that David Cameron is willing to take part in televised leaders’ debates following the publication of revised plans from broadcasters.

Grant Shapps, the Tory party chairman, said that the politicians and broadcasters were “edging towards a solution” and, when asked whether he was saying yes or no to Cameron turning up, he replied: “It’s a yes.”

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16-year-old suspect grazed by bullet in East Los Angeles deputy-involved shooting
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:40:41 (35 minutes ago) 

EAST LOS ANGELES >> A 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to his upper torso in a deputy-involved shooting in East Los Angeles, a sheriff's deputy said today.

The teenager was in a vehicle wanted in connection with a possible assault with weapon attack that occurred in the area of South Indiana and Dennison streets, said Deputy Tony Moore of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

2 killed in crash off 118 Freeway offramp in Porter Ranch
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:40:41 (35 minutes ago) 

PORTER RANCH >> A man and a woman were killed today when the Mercedes-Benz they were in drove off a freeway offramp in Porter Ranch and landed in a riverbank.

The crash at the De Soto Avenue offramp to the eastbound 118 Freeway was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 12:16 a.m., said CHP Officer Alex Rubio.





Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 12:40:24 (36 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Netanyahu visit continues to stir emotion
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 12:40:20 (36 minutes ago) 
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says the United States shouldn't wade into Israeli politics -- even if the country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, plans to weigh in on American policies.
Bill Belichick's football explanation 'made no sense,' Bill Nye says
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-01-25 12:40:20 (36 minutes ago) 
New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick claimed Saturday that "climatic conditions" were the likely culprit behind the reported underinflation of the team's footballs during last week's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 12:40:16 (36 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 12:40:16 (36 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.










SkyMall, killed by the smartphone
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-01-25 12:40:14 (36 minutes ago) 

Yesterday came news that SkyMall, the in-flight catalogue of tchotchkes, is filing for bankruptcy. The cause? According to SkyMall, blame the FAA’s relaxation of its ban on the use of personal electronic devices by airline passengers.

Could it ever have ended any other way? We’re not so sure. SkyMall worked because it had a captive audience with nothing else to look at; now that we can keep browsing or playing Cwazy Cupcakes how could it compete? Perhaps the more surprising thing—to us, at any rate—was the fact that until now, the power of boredom evidently made a decent business model.

How else to explain why people would pay $99.95 for a zombie lawn ornament or $2250 for a statue of a yeti? Or a framed print spelling out the name of a university, each letter a photograph of an architectural feature? OK, perhaps we’re being a little mean-spirited. Mixed in among the weird and impractical offerings, there were usually things that people would pay good money for even if they hadn’t seen them while trapped in seat 25E. The Cat Genie robotic litter box, for example. And if you were a Batman or Harry Potter fan, then SkyMall had your wand or batarang needs covered.

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Boy shot by Los Angeles deputies treated for graze wound
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-01-25 12:40:13 (36 minutes ago) 
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting by deputies of a 16-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a gun at them....
In Case You Missed It: How We Honored Dr. King
  Source: White House.gov Blog Feed 2015-01-25 12:31:21 (45 minutes ago) 

In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a national day of service -- a "day on, not a day off." The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to honor Dr. King by coming together to help meet the needs of their communities and recommit to service throughout the year. Throughout the day yesterday, the President and the First Lady, the Vice President, Cabinet secretaries, and other senior Administration officials participated in a number of community service projects both in DC and throughout the nation. 

Here's How We Honored Dr. King: President Obama 

President Obama works with young boys during a #MartinLutherKingDay service project at the Boys & Girls Club in D.C. pic.twitter.com/yIZCxVe7d9

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 19, 2015

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Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:31:15 (45 minutes ago) 
Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More."
Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:31:15 (45 minutes ago) 
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.




Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.
Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
Huskies morning links: Danny Shelton named top defensive lineman at Senior Bowl
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
Sunday links:
‘All the Light We Cannot See’ tops NW book sales list
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” a hot nonfiction seller.
Seahawks on their way to Arizona: Let the hype begin
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
The Seahawks are on their way to Arizona and so are many of us here at the Seattle Times




Blizzard-like conditions possible in Northeast's next storm
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech.
Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.
Egypt: 13 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, security officials said.




Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 12:31:14 (45 minutes ago) 
In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.
Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain
  Source: Slashdot 2015-01-25 12:31:06 (45 minutes ago) 
Press2ToContinue writes While you can make a public domain dedication or (more recently) use the Creative Commons CC0 tool to do so, there's no clear way within the law to actually declare something in the public domain. Instead, the public domain declarations are really more of a promise not to make use of the exclusionary rights provided under copyright. On the "public domain day" of Copyright Week, Public Knowledge has pointed out that it's time that it became much easier to put things into the public domain. Specifically, the PK post highlights that thanks to the way copyright termination works, even someone who puts their works into the public domain could pull them back out of the public domain after 35 years.

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This... this is how I flirt.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 12:30:57 (45 minutes ago) 
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Supreme Court Memo: In Taking Up Execution Drugs Case, Justices Highlight Importance of a Single Vote
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-01-25 12:30:54 (45 minutes ago) 
There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. It takes four votes to hear a case, but it takes five to stay an execution. That can leave a lethal gap.
FULL MTP INTERVIEW: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-01-25 12:30:41 (45 minutes ago) 
Chuck Todd talks with potential 2016 presidential candidate Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.










Huckabee: Undocumented Shouldn't be 'Mass Deported'
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-01-25 12:30:41 (45 minutes ago) 
Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., tells Chuck Todd he doesn't think all undocumented immigrants "ought to be put on buses and mass deported."






Anniversary of Arab Spring in Egypt turns deadly
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-01-25 12:30:39 (45 minutes ago) 
Police and Islamists clash four years after the start of the country's 2011 uprising; turmoil roiling the Arab world's most populous
Cameron willing to take part in TV election debates, say Conservatives
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-01-25 12:30:31 (45 minutes ago) 
Cameron willing to take part in TV election debates, say Conservatives
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 12:30:30 (45 minutes ago) 
Conservative party chairman says politicians and broadcasters ‘edging towards a solution’ but further talks were needed

The Conservatives have signalled that David Cameron is willing to take part in televised leaders’ debates following the publication of revised plans from broadcasters.

Grant Shapps, the Tory party chairman, said that the politicians and broadcasters were “edging towards a solution” and, when asked whether he was saying yes or no to Cameron turning up, he replied: “It’s a yes.”

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Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 12:30:30 (45 minutes ago) 
Proposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denial

European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and governments, are to call next week for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority.

A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on “tolerance” that they are lobbying to have converted into law in the 28 countries of the EU.

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At Least 200 Killed in Boko Haram Assault on Major Nigerian City
  Source: Gawker 2015-01-25 12:30:28 (45 minutes ago) 

Islamist group Boko Haram launched an assault from three fronts on Maiduguri, a city of 2 million people in Nigeria's northeast, early Sunday morning, the Associated Press reports. This latest attack was repelled, and at least 200 combatants were killed.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 12:30:24 (46 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
'Historic and destructive' storm brewing
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 12:30:19 (46 minutes ago) 
Storms forecast for New York, New Jersey, New England; Massachusetts could see "historic and destructive" blizzard.
Despite losing some range, Mellencamp still belts
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 12:30:18 (46 minutes ago) 

At 63, John Mellencamp can still bring the crowd to its feet.

        
MU science students combine aerogel, outerwear
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 12:30:18 (46 minutes ago) 

Atop Alps, a college student wanted a thinner – but still warm – jacket. So he made one.

        




Bengals' Jackson focused on Dalton, turnovers
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 12:30:18 (46 minutes ago) 

After interviewing for the head coach position of the Buffalo Bills, Hue Jackson returns needing to fix the passing game.

        
Police arrest suspect in Covington homicide
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 12:30:18 (46 minutes ago) 

Delaun Hayes, 21, was booked Saturday into the Kenton County Detention Center on murder and assault charges.

        
Cranley, year 2: What's ahead for Cincinnati
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 12:30:18 (46 minutes ago) 

Cincinnati mayor's focus shifts to poverty, 'meat and potatoes' after a busy first year.

        
How dying costs taxpayers in Hamilton County
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 12:30:18 (46 minutes ago) 

Hamilton County's coroner says she's running on a shoestring, because dying isn't cheap

        
Nature: Frozen falls
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 12:30:16 (46 minutes ago) 
We leave you this midwinter Sunday at Taughannock Falls State Park in Ulysses, New York.




Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:30:16 (46 minutes ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 12:30:12 (46 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 12:30:10 (46 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-01-25 12:30:07 (46 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands....
New Fisher-Price Photo Studio Seeks Ad, Packaging Diversity
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 12:30:01 (46 minutes ago) 
Fisher-Price opens photo studio in Buffalo to invite more diversity for packaging, advertising




Lego — Silicon Valley entrepreneur's building block to technical innovation
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:20:40 (55 minutes ago) 

Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost Braille printer with a toy. Now, the 13-year-old’s startup is attracting investors and shaking up an industry

When not disrupting an industry, growing his company or pitching prospective clients, Shubham Banerjee can be found meeting his board, brainstorming with engineers or knocking on the doors of venture capitalists. Such is the life of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

He is 13 years old.

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Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:20:40 (55 minutes ago) 
Proposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denial

European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and government, are to call next week for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority.

A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on “tolerance” that they are lobbying to have converted into law in the 28 countries of the EU.

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Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 
After dove debacle, Vatican makes balloons new peace symbol
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 
Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 Islamic State hostages
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 




Koch event in Palm Springs drawing 2016 presidential hopefuls
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 
President Obama, Indian Prime Minister Modi cite progress toward nuclear ties
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 
World Health Organization mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola response
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 
Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 

SACRAMENTO >> Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume.

Auschwitz survivor recalls Nazi evil, liberation 70 years on
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Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, more than 200 killed
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria >> In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.

At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors.

30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-01-25 12:20:29 (55 minutes ago) 

MANILA, Philippines >> More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.

Dozens of commandos had entered the far-flung village of Tukanalipao at dawn looking for a top terror suspect, but had a "misencounter" with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town told The Associated Press by telephone.

Activist Shot Dead on Tahrir Protest Anniversary
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 12:20:27 (55 minutes ago) 
A woman activist shot dead in Cairo was one of several victims of violence as Egypt marked the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.






Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 12:20:16 (56 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Does the Equal Protection Clause apply to women?
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-01-25 12:20:14 (56 minutes ago) 
This week, the expanded House Republican majority marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by comically failing to pass a 20-week abortion ban contained in the so-called "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." Still, there's nothing funny about the GOP's anti-abortion crusade at both the federal and state levels. While a majority of Americans consistently support the right to choose in all or most cases, Republican-controlled states have passed hundreds of curbs on women's reproductive rights since 2010. Meanwhile, the GOP platform continues to demand a "Human Life Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution:
Faithful to the "self-evident" truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children. Apparently, in the GOP's immaculate reconception of the 14th Amendment, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens or fetuses of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person or fetus of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person or fetus within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

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Opinion: Dramatic doomsday warning
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 12:20:12 (56 minutes ago) 
In a dramatic warning to the world, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday that the iconic Doomsday Clock has ticked forward by two minutes. This new setting of three minutes to midnight indicates "the probability of global catastrophe is very high," said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin, which was founded by former Manhattan Project physicists after the atomic bombing of Japan.
14 dead in Egypt protests
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 12:20:12 (56 minutes ago) 
Fourteen protesters have been killed in demonstrations marking the fourth anniversary of Egypt's revolution, the country's Ministry of Health said Sunday.
Bill Belichick's football explanation 'made no sense,' Bill Nye says
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-01-25 12:20:11 (56 minutes ago) 
New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick claimed Saturday that "climatic conditions" were the likely culprit behind the reported underinflation of the team's footballs during last week's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 12:20:08 (56 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 12:20:08 (56 minutes ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.










Tardis tea-infuser
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-01-25 12:20:07 (56 minutes ago) 



Made from stainless steel, possibly larger on the inside than the outside, and $20 from Thinkgeek. (via Geeky Merch)

Kerry in Nigeria to Warn Against Postelection Violence
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-01-25 12:20:02 (56 minutes ago) 
Kerry in Nigeria met with main presidential candidates, condemned Boko Haram violence
How Debbie Reynolds Stumbled Into Stardom
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-01-25 12:11:12 (1 hours ago) 
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Boko Haram Storms Nigerian City As Kerry Lands for Talks
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Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.




Egypt: 13 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, security officials said.
Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.
French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech.




Blizzard-like conditions possible in Northeast's next storm
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.
Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-01-25 12:11:10 (1 hours ago) 
In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.
Trouble in New Orleans: Crime on rise in Quarter, police ranks depleted and Mardi Gras is here
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 12:11:03 (1 hours ago) 
Some travelers like Cuomo's plan to construct 1.5-mile rail link to NY's LaGuardia Airport
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 12:11:03 (1 hours ago) 
FDA mulls releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to fight growing threat of viral diseases
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 12:11:03 (1 hours ago) 




National NAACP leader visits Colorado Springs to urge action in wake of bombing attempt
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 12:11:03 (1 hours ago) 
Fisher-Price opens photo studio in Buffalo to invite more diversity for packaging, advertising
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 12:11:03 (1 hours ago) 
Dennis Rodman Invites Seth Rogen to North Korea
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Creationism isn't a science and doesn't belong in science class: Matt Marshall, Center for Inquiry-Northeast Ohio
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 12:10:49 (1 hours ago) 
Matt Marshall, of the Center for Inquiry-Northeast Ohio, argues in opposition to teaching creationism in public schools.
Including creationism in public school curriculum part of well-rounded education: Ched Spellman, Cedarville University
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 12:10:49 (1 hours ago) 
Ched Spellman, professor of biblical and theological studies at Cedarville University, believes creationism should be part of the public school curriculum.




Republican Governors Buck Party Line on Raising Taxes
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 12:10:47 (1 hours ago) 
There are proposals for raising the sales tax in Michigan, a tax on e-cigarettes in Utah and gas taxes in South Carolina and South Dakota, to name a few.
Op-Chart: The Secrets of Street Names and Home Values
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 12:10:47 (1 hours ago) 
Lake Shore Drive usually trumps Main Street. See how your street compares.
Police: Officer hit by drunken driver in West Philadelphia
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-01-25 12:10:43 (1 hours ago) 
A police officer was hospitalized after being hit by an allegedly drunken driver on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia.
Diplomatic 'Spat': White House on Harsh Netanyahu Comments
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-01-25 12:10:36 (1 hours ago) 
The White House chief of staff on MTP distanced the president from harsh comments about the Israeli Prime Minister that appeared in the Israeli press.






NewsWatch: Greeks head to polls to elect next national government
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-01-25 12:10:34 (1 hours ago) 
Greeks head to the polling booths for the third time in less than three years to elect a new government, a vote that could determine the country’s future in the eurozone and reverberate across Europe.




Economic Preview: U.S. economic engine races ahead of rest of world
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-01-25 12:10:34 (1 hours ago) 
Now it’s time to find out if the U.S. economy is still a single locomotive — or an inseparable part of a larger global train that’s slowing down.
Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 12:10:26 (1 hours ago) 
Proposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denial Continue reading...
Lego — Silicon Valley entrepreneur's building block to technical innovation
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 12:10:25 (1 hours ago) 

Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost Braille printer with a toy. Now, the 13-year-old’s startup is attracting investors and shaking up an industry

When not disrupting an industry, growing his company or pitching prospective clients, Shubham Banerjee can be found meeting his board, brainstorming with engineers or knocking on the doors of venture capitalists. Such is the life of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

He is 13 years old.

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Business leaders fret over ‘cocktail of political risks’ as UK election nears
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 12:10:25 (1 hours ago) 
Davos delegates fear possibility of minority government and second poll, as well as uncertainty over EU membership

The general election risks exposing the UK to a “cocktail of political risks” that could threaten growth and force the country out of the European Union, according to business leaders.

The growth of minority parties such as Ukip and the Greens and the fall in popularity of the Liberal Democrats are forcing bosses to prepare for the possibility that a second poll may have to be called months after the one scheduled for 7 May.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 12:10:19 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Winter storm to hit Massachusetts, NY and NJ
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 12:10:15 (1 hours ago) 
14 dead in protests marking Egypt revolution
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 12:10:15 (1 hours ago) 
Anniversary of Arab Spring in Egypt turns deadly
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 12:10:11 (1 hours ago) 
Police and Islamists clash four years after the start of the country's 2011 uprising; turmoil roiling the Arab world's most populous
Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:10:11 (1 hours ago) 

SEATTLE — The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water.

The Navy wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys at least 12 nautical miles off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The devices, about 3 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, send out sonar signals underwater so air crews can train to detect submarines.

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:10:11 (1 hours ago) 

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.

"This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.





Action Express regroups, sets up tight finish at Rolex 24
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 12:10:11 (1 hours ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 12:10:11 (1 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 12:10:09 (1 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






VIDEO: Australian Open feels like home - Nishikori
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 12:10:08 (1 hours ago) 
Japan's Kei Nishikori says the Australian Open feels like "home" ahead of his fourth round match against David Ferrer.
Greek exit polls suggest Syriza win
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 12:10:07 (1 hours ago) 
Exit polls suggest clear victory for anti-austerity Syriza party in tightly fought Greek general election.




Aston Villa 2-1 Bournemouth
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 12:10:07 (1 hours ago) 
Goals from Carles Gil and Andreas Weimann give Aston Villa victory over Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Greek exit polls suggest Syriza win
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 12:10:07 (1 hours ago) 
Exit polls suggest clear victory for anti-austerity Syriza party in tightly fought Greek general election.
Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-01-25 12:10:06 (1 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more ground U.S. troops to Yemen....
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
  Source: AP Top News 2015-01-25 12:10:05 (1 hours ago) 
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood....
Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016
  Source: AP Top News 2015-01-25 12:10:05 (1 hours ago) 
ATLANTA (AP) - Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal led a prayer rally that filled the basketball arena at Louisiana State University on Saturday. Called "The Response," or...




Residents: Police Shortage Is a Security Risk for Mardi Gras
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 12:10:01 (1 hours ago) 
Trouble in New Orleans: Crime on rise in Quarter, police ranks depleted and Mardi Gras is here
Travelers Like Plan for Rail Link to NY's LaGuardia Airport
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 12:10:01 (1 hours ago) 
Some travelers like Cuomo's plan to construct 1.5-mile rail link to NY's LaGuardia Airport
National NAACP Leader Urges Pursuit of Justice
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 12:10:01 (1 hours ago) 
National NAACP leader visits Colorado Springs to urge action in wake of bombing attempt
Effort to Make the "Right to Vote" a True Constitutional Right
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 12:00:40 (1 hours ago) 

(Image: Keith Ivey, justgrimes, debaird™, Erik (HASH) Hersman; Edited: JR / TO)

In an effort to undo the work being done in numerous states and counties to disenfranchise groups of voters, two progressive House members are aiming to make a promise that is implicit in the Constitution explicit – by calling on Congress to pass a “right to vote” constitutional amendment.

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) unveiled their amendment at a press conference. “We need to have an affirmative right to vote… a minimum voting standard,” Pocan said, and that’s what this amendment is offering.

“The Pocan-Ellison Right to Vote Amendment would amend the Constitution to provide all Americans the affirmative right to vote and empower Congress to protect this right,” according to a statement on Pocan’s website.

The right to vote is not directly enshrined in the Constitution. The 14th and 15th constitutional amendments dictate that voting cannot be denied based on race, the 19th Amendment based on gender, and the 24th Amendment prohibits poll taxes. Each of these amendments has extended the right to vote; however, because the U.S. does not have a national voting process, states and localities currently make their own voting laws.

There are federal statutes that uphold the right to vote, most notably the Voting Rights Act of 1965. However, in June 2013 the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. This section offered guidelines to states that have a history of undermining people’s right to vote, primarily based on race, and required these states to clear changes in their voting rules with the Justice Department. Since this provision was removed, conservative legislatures have successfully passed a series of voting changes, such as voter-ID laws and limits on absentee and non-Election-Day balloting.

Pocan said the disenfranchisement tactics that have been used in the past few years are “making it harder and harder for people to vote.”

Here is the text of the amendment:

SECTION 1: Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.

SECTION 2: Congress shall have the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

Ellison, in discussing the likelihood that this amendment would pass, pointed to other constitutional amendments that required time and effort of both politicians and activists “Americans just wouldn’t stop pushing for more rights for more people,” he said. “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Civil rights veteran Rev. Jesse Jackson also attended and discussed the work he’s been doing at the city level to garner local government support for the Amendment. Due to his advocacy, local counties are passing Right to Vote resolutions.

Julie Fernandez, Senior Policy Analyst for the Open Society Foundation, discussed the need for laws regarding voter’s rights to have higher standards of scrutiny. If this amendment passes, strict legal scrutiny will be applied to any attempt to disenfranchise voters. “Voting should be the place where we’re all equal,” she said.

Voting should be how any American can be involved and have a say in the laws that govern them. If this Amendment passes, it will give Americans the constitutional right many assume they already have, and will stop the Republican assault on voting rights. If you believe that everyone should have the right to vote, consider researching further and getting involved. Local governments, campuses, and organizations are all signing resolutions and are interested in your participation. FairVote has also initiated a Pledge to Stand With Voters. Click here to learn more and sign.

With Syriza, the Greek People Can Revive Hope in Europe
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 12:00:40 (1 hours ago) 

Translated Sunday, January 25, 2015, by Isabelle Métral.

For Alexis Tsipras, Syriza’s candidate, an absolute majority in Parliament would be an asset in order to impose a renegotiation of the Greek debt. The radical Left’s leader promises to set up “a government for all Greek people” if his party comes first in Sunday’s election.

From our special correspondent in Athens:

Syriza is well and truly set to get into the saddle. The last twenty-five opinion polls broadcast by the Greek media all point in the same direction: the anti-austerity Left is in pole position. On the eve of a crucial general election, it even pulls further ahead of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy. The only question is how much leeway will electors give Alexis Tsipras’ party in Parliament. Short of the absolute majority, Syriza would have to seek alliances in a confusing scene where split-offs cloud party lines as a result of the political crisis. “The stronger Syriza will come out, the safer the country’s future,” Alexis Tsipras insisted in Thessalonike last Tuesday and in Patras last Wednesday. Addressing thousands of supporters, he asked electors to give him a clear majority so that he can implement Syriza’s Leftist platform without having to negotiate and settle for less.

By all appearances, all the international pressure and threats from international financial institutions, all Brussels’ warnings have only fueled the Greeks’ determination to push austerity policies down under. Hence the aggressive radical strategy chosen by Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy. A leading figure in association with the disastrous policies dictated by the Troika (the European Central bank, the IMF, the European Commission), the Greek prime minister is hoping to hedge his losses by posing as the guardian of Greece’s future in the EU. “To initiate a conflict with Europe would be disastrous for Greece,” he insists, without ever assessing the results of the incumbent team’s policies. Never mind that they are disastrous from a social point of view, with an unemployment rate that stands at 27% (and peaks at 50% among young people), and are also significantly heavier on the lower classes. The social distress has worsened into a real humanitarian crisis, where an increasing proportion of the population are unable to meet their elementary needs in terms of food, health, and housing. Those that have newly fallen below the poverty line depend on the solidarity of their families and on volunteer social networks for keeping barely afloat.

Public services sold off to multinationals.

The austerity policies have spread their poison in the country’s economy. 90,000 small and medium-sized companies have been driven out of business between 2008 and 2011. The country’s frail productive foundation has gone bust, while public companies ahave been sold off to multinationals, pension funds and the Greek financial top-brass. To Yannis Eustathopoulos, an economist who works for the General Labour Confederation’s Labour Institute, the policies that have been implemented over the last five years “have contributed to a new model of economic growth based on the degradation of labour, of social rights, of the environment, and of territorial cohesion,” without these mutations however resulting in an alleviation of the public debt. It now stands at 175% of the GDP, against 113% in 2009 before the crisis. As to the 226,7 billion euro in aid granted by the Troïka since 2010 – in exchange for a stringent structural adjustment program – they have on the whole directly or indirectly benefited the financial sector.

In view of this poor track record, the statement of Wolfgang Schaüble, German Finance Minister, exhorting the Greek people to keep to the track of austerity and “accept the Troika’s control”, is ill received. Indeed it gives momentum to the campaign of Alexis Tsipras, who maintains that the only solution lies in “the cancellation of the greater part” of the debt since it is “unsustainable” and in its “restructuring” with a growth tag attached to it. Whereas the Right, which finds renegotiation unrealistic, waves the specter of “Grexit”, Syriza’s leader declares himself ready for a show of strength, even if the tactics were to lead Greece to exit from the euro zone if needs be. “Where would the line be drawn? How many suicides, how many school and hospital closures would we accept to take? Would 150 euro be the tolerable minimum for wages, and 100 euro for pensions? And how many million unemployed people and poor people? If you ask us the question, we will give you a clear answer: the euro must be compatible with dignity, justice, and solidarity,” Tsipras declared yesterday in his address to the Greek diaspora.

If Tsipras should not win the absolute majority, however, he would have to seek an agreement with other political forces. The Greek Communist Party (KKE) has so far been opposed to the principle of collaborating with Syriza. But this week it made a short step in the direction of a conditional support, no doubt to reassure its electors who might opt for a Syriza vote. “Of course, if circumstances permit and if the government proposes a law to stop the regression, we shall support it,” Dimitris Koutsoubas, the party’s secretary promises. But he stakes a clear limit: “If the Communist party openly supports this kind of government, it will lose the trust the people have placed in us; this would just alienate the people’s feelings - as has been the case with other communist parties that have supported governments.”

Pasok’s social democrats at a loss to reposition themselves

Practically wiped out by their support of the memorandums that laid down the austerity measures and by the impopularity of the incumbent coalition, Pasok’s social democrats seek to reposition themselves. Evangelos Venizelos, the vice prime minister and Foreign secretary says he is ready to support “ a national unity government” that included “supporters of the country’s European future”. A similar move towards Syriza was made by Stavros Théodorakis, a former famous TV figure that opted for politics and founded To Potami (the river) – a party that advocates “social policies” and a strict negotiation of the public debt”. Tsipras himself promises to set up a government for all Greeks if his party comes first in the polls - without the supporters of the memorandum. [1]

 

1. The "memorandum" is the document issued by the European Commission, setting forth their demands for crippling austerity policies put into place in 2011. The "memorandum" quickly became the focus for the popular discontent that arose in May 2010. The European Commission describes the memorandum in different terms.





Backup singer was James Brown’s wife, judge rules
  Source: Top News from AJC.com 2015-01-25 12:00:40 (1 hours ago) 
US-Russian rift threatens security of nuclear material
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:00:38 (1 hours ago) 

More than two decades of cooperation in guarding weapons-grade stockpiles comes to an end, leaving the world ‘a more dangerous place’

One of the greatest boons brought to the world by the end of the Cold War was the agreement been the US and the countries of the former Soviet Union to cooperate in securing the USSR’s vast nuclear arsenal.

Under the 1991 Cooperative Threat Reduction agreement, better known as the Nunn-Lugar programme (after the two senators who persuaded Congress to pay for it) 900 intercontinental ballistic missiles were destroyed, and over 7600 warheads were deactivated. Some 250 tons of bomb-grade fissile material, scattered across the disintegrating superpower, was locked up and put under guard, so it could not be stolen and sold to the highest bidder. Tens of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons scientists and technicians were found jobs and salaries to help reduce the incentives to offer their expertise to rogue states and terrorists.

There has been a race between cooperation and catastrophe, when you look at the possibility of catastrophic acts of terrorism. Cooperation has been running rapidly over the past twenty years, but this is a real setback...The Russians says they are going to spend resources to secure their materials and we have to hope they will. They have the expertise to do it, but they are under heavy economic pressure.

It makes the world a more dangerous place. It will make it more likely there will be nuclear security incidents in the world’s biggest nuclear stockpile.

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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari – digested read
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:00:38 (1 hours ago) 
John Crace synthesises down to 700 words an investigation into modern addiction by the journalist in career rehab

I buried my face in my tear-stained pillow. Many of the people I knew were suffering from their drug addiction. I, too, was drinking more coffee than was healthy for me. Ah, I hear you say, that Johann Hari is at it again, exaggerating and making things up. I understand that. Which is why I am making all the research I have undertaken for this heartrending book available online (exhibit 1: a receipt from Nespresso for £95). I needed to find a way out. Not just for me, but for everyone. I wanted the world to thrum with hope.

As I waited in the drowsy, neon-lit line at JFK (exhibit 2: Virgin Airlines boarding pass), I tried to remember precisely when the war on drugs started. It then occurred to me that I didn’t know precisely, so the next morning I went to a public library to find out (exhibit 3: day pass for Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library). After extensive research, I concluded that the war on drugs had started either on 23 July 1904 or 8 November 1920.

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Business leaders fret over ‘cocktail of political risks’ as UK election nears
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:00:38 (1 hours ago) 
Davos delegates fear possibility of minority government and second poll, as well as uncertainty over EU membership

The general election risks exposing the UK to a “cocktail of political risks” that could threaten growth and force the country out of the European Union, according to business leaders.

The growth of minority parties such as Ukip and the Greens and the fall in popularity of the Liberal Democrats are forcing bosses to prepare for the possibility that a second poll may have to be called months after the one scheduled for 7 May.

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Greek election: Syriza confident of victory – live updates
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 12:00:38 (1 hours ago) 
Leftwing anti-austerity party predicted to seize power
Result could plunge Europe deeper into crisisAlexis Tsipras hopes to replace Antonis Samaras as prime ministerGuardianWitness: your hopes and fears for the future of GreeceGuardian briefing on the Greek election

4.53pm GMT

Beware Greeks bearing exit polls. Wait for the real results.

4.45pm GMT

Beware the exit polls, not just the leaked ones, warns the BBC’s Yannis Koutsomitis

#Greece | 20 mins to poll close and official exit polls release. Note: Exit polls are not results. Have failed miserably in previous elex.

Exit polls from Greece at 7pm local time (5pm UK). They should be taken with a pinch of salt, as should even-less-reliable rumours/leaks.

People following #ekloges2015 in #Greece remember: many suburban & rural areas not always covered in most exit polls, yet they matter most!

4.32pm GMT

There are set to four main exit polls just after the polls close in half an hour, according to Manos Giakoumis, chief analyst at the thinktank Macro Polis.

4 exit polls @ 5pm (UK). The main from 5 TV channels, Macedonia Uni 4 Skai, Pulse 4 Action24 & Kapa Research 4 ToVima. #Greece #ekloges2015

Some "exit poll" leaks show a SYRIZA-ND difference >10% and a battle for 3rd. Real exit polls out in 30mins #greeceElections #ekloges2015

Exit polls in 40 mins might clear up some of speculation about Greek elections but they have been off in recent years #Greece #ekloges2015

4.20pm GMT

Anecdotal evidence suggests that New Democracy - the dominant force in prime minister Antonis Samaras’ outgoing coalition - is haemorrhaging votes to Syriza, writes Helena Smith in Athens.

The pattern of voting looks to be following May’s European election which saw Syriza topping the poll.

Several Greeks have told the Guardian they would be switching vote.

3.59pm GMT

With just over an hour to go before polls close, this chart helps explains how the percentage of the vote necessary to secure a majority, varies depending on how many of the smaller parties reach the 3% threshold necessary to secure a seat (see earlier).

Greece exit polls out at 5pm (London time). Worth keeping this @MacroPolis_gr chart with % needed for maj. to hand pic.twitter.com/BVOCNFSGZz

3.48pm GMT

The New Democracy party have demanded a judicial inquiry into leaked early exit polls that supposedly put Syriza as much as 12 or even 14 points ahead, according to the English website of the Kathemerini newspaper .

This does give the exit poll a little more credence, but should still be treated caution, according to Jon Henley in Athens.

Nea Dimokratia denounces exit poll leaks of up to 14% lead of SYRIZA.No smoke without fire #ekloges2015 #ekloges #greeceElections

3.42pm GMT

Germany is bracing itself for the results, writes Louise Osborne in Berlin.

The country’s biggest daily, Bild, claims Syriza no longer wants conditions to be dictated by Europe, and that therefore “all that remains for the Greeks is an exit from the eurozone and a return to the drachma”.

3.36pm GMT

While we enter the final 90 minutes of polling why not check to see if your finances are any more robust than Greece’s?

3.33pm GMT

Monitors representing Syriza in polling stations around Athens say they are very exited by unofficial exit polls that give the leftists a much bigger lead than thought, writes Helena Smith.

As the vote is still under way no one wants to go on the record – quite yet. But reports are being confirmed by analysts, who put the difference at as much as 12 percentage points (38-26) – an outcome that would likely give Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party an outright majority in Athens’ 300-seat House.

Greece’s incumbent prime minister, Antonis Samaras, is apparently hunkered down in his office with top cadres from his conservative New Democracy party. The mood in the New Democracy camp according to the Greek media “is anything but good”.

3.20pm GMT

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was in a buoyant mood as he cast his vote, writes Jon Henley in Athens.

Surrounded by a throng of reporters and chanting supporters, Tsipras declared election day to be the “last step of the Greek people towards regaining social cohesion and dignity”.

Europe’s future was “not the future of austerity – it is the future of democracy, solidarity and cooperation,” he added.

Tsipras: "Today is the last step of the Greek people towards regaining their dignity" pic.twitter.com/o1InJtulZH

3.15pm GMT

It is still far too early to start predicting results, but early leaked exit polls suggest a good night ahead for Syriza. One puts Syriza 6% ahead, another give the party a staggering 12% lead.

#Greece Far left Syriza heading to poss LANDSLIDE. Random exit polls giving it 12 pt lead, analysts tell me #ekgloges2015

By which is meant: ignore any exit polls "leaked" before 7pm Athens time. I certainly will, as always #ekloges2015

#Greece | RIA Novosti claims to have early exit polls: http://t.co/Ojj6mHzES6 Take it with a pinch of salt | #ekloges2015

2.58pm GMT

Confused by how the Greek election system works? The Irate Greek explains a rule of thumb over what percentage of the vote will be enough to secure a majority of the 300 parliamentary seats. It all depends on how many of the smaller parties reach the 3% threshold necessary to secure a seat.

To determine the percentage of nationwide votes needed to secure a majority, you should deduct from 100% the percentage of valid votes obtained by parties who did not reach the 3% threshold and multiply the percentage left by 0.404.

If parties who did not reach the 3% threshold obtained 8.5% of all valid votes nationwide, the minimum percentage of votes needed to secure a majority in parliament is (100%-8.5%)*0.404 = 36.96%

If all parties running get into parliament, the threshold for outright victory is just over 40%, but the majority drops depending on how many votes go to parties that fail to clear the 3% entry threshold
If, for example, 5% of the vote goes to parties that fail to get into parliament, the margin for victory could be around 38%.
If there is no outright winner, president Karolos Papoulias gives the leader of the biggest party a mandate to form a coalition or gain agreement for a minority government. Should this fail, the exploratory mandate is handed to the second party, and then to the third.
If the parties cannot agree, the president holds a final meeting with party leaders. If they still cannot agree, he appoints a caretaker government to call new elections.

2.36pm GMT

Welcome to our live coverage of the final stages of an election that could have profound consequences for Greece and the future of Europe.

The main contest is between the frontrunner Syriza – the leftwing opposition party led by Alexis Tsipras, and the governing centre-right New Democracy party led by prime minister Antonis Samaras.

Continue reading...




Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 12:00:16 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Huckabee seeks to straddle line on immigration
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-01-25 12:00:13 (1 hours ago) 
Mike Huckabee says deporting immigrants who were brought into the United States as children is like ticketing a child riding in the back seat of a car when the child's father is pulled over for speeding.
Boko Haram in fierce battle
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 12:00:12 (1 hours ago) 
Hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday launched a predawn attack on the city of Maiduguri and were locked in a fierce battle with troops on the outskirts of the city, according to the military, residents and vigilantes.
Iowa crowd gets glimpse of 2016 GOP contenders
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 12:00:12 (1 hours ago) 
The 2016 presidential race gets off to unofficial start with a marathon of speeches before a core group of caucus-goers. | PERRY, CHRISTIE SPEECHES INTERRUPTED
Children's hospital project aims to give families more comfort, privacy
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-01-25 12:00:08 (1 hours ago) 
Chris Evert Children's Hospital is bustling.




Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 12:00:08 (1 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 12:00:08 (1 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-01-25 12:00:06 (1 hours ago) 
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency....
Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-01-25 12:00:06 (1 hours ago) 
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency....
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-01-25 12:00:06 (1 hours ago) 
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases....




Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-01-25 12:00:06 (1 hours ago) 
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives....
Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-01-25 12:00:06 (1 hours ago) 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap....
Rally by German Anti-Islam Group PEGIDA Draws Smaller Crowds
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-01-25 12:00:02 (1 hours ago) 
German anti-Islam rally draws smaller crowds following leader's resignation
FDA mulls releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to fight growing threat of viral diseases
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 11:51:05 (1 hours ago) 
FDA mulls releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to fight growing threat of viral diseases
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 11:51:05 (1 hours ago) 




Official: Man on tracks illegally when Green Line train hit him
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:51:04 (1 hours ago) 
The man survived the impact and was hospitalized in stable condition, said transit spokesman Howie Padilla.
"Facebook", by Waldo Lee
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:50:56 (1 hours ago) 
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TIFU by talking about my tattoo to a Japanese tourist
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:50:56 (1 hours ago) 

This happened tonight while I was out having a beer with a friend from work. I live on Guam and we get a ton of Japanese tourists through here. It's like Japan's Mexico. Today was especially hot (about 93*f), so I was wearing a tank top shirt that exposes a tattoo on my left arm.

In walks a Japanese couple obviously on vacation. The man spoke pretty good english and decided the bar was a perfect place to practice his english, so he asks me, "What tattoo on yo arm-uh mean?"

I told him, "Oh this? My grandpa worked on the flight crew for a B-17 bomber in WW2. This is the pinup from his bomber jacket."

After it came out of my mouth and the look on the guys face...I don't know the word for the emotion his face showed...I realized what I had said. He just exchanged a few words with his female friend and they both dourly walked out of the bar into the night.

Guys, I have never felt so bad for something I've said in my life.

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This mug I got from the Boston Museum of Science
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I had to look twice...
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Texting while walking
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:50:56 (1 hours ago) 
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 'Plenty of time for me to decide' on 2016 presidential run
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 11:50:56 (1 hours ago) 
"Options are still on the table. We'll see," Gov. John Kasich said during a "Fox News Sunday" interview with host Chris Wallace.
Police: Man critical, girlfriend arrested in Crescentville stabbing
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
A woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend inside a home on the 5300 block of Tabor Avenue in the Crescentville section of Northeast Philadelphia.
Silver used Sept. 11 to steer $500G to doctor: letter
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
In the letter dated July 5, 2005, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promised the public money would go toward vital research on residents and workers at the site of the World Trade Center terror attacks who may have been exposed to asbestos when the buildings collapsed.
Former S.I. Zoo worker hopes to drive carriage horse
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
Even as de Blasio is pushing to ban horse-drawn carriages, one local legend is saddling up for a chance to work.




Blogger raises 637G for Brooklyn students' Harvard trips
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
Brandon Stanton of the popular photo blog Humans of New York was inspired by Mott Hall Bridges Academy eighth-grader Vidal Chastanet, who said his principal, Nadia Lopez, 'tells us that we matter.'
Couples who found each other in kindergarten
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
Some childhood sweethearts moved away, but they eventually reconnect; a new movie 'Love, Rosie' tells such a story
Rating New York's remaining delicatessens
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
New York’s at the heart of a new documentary about old-school Jewish food and the mensches behind it.
JetBlue CoatChex lets you leave your heavy coat at airport
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
There’s only one downside to escaping New York winters for warm-weather climates — lugging your heavy coat where you won’t need it.
Dr. Taub lauded by patients despite Sheldon Silver link
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
Dr. Robert Taub’s former patients and fellow physicians are struggling to make sense of the murky predicament he’s in as the doctor at the center of the Sheldon Silver corruption scandal.




Man, 97, dead from stab wound endured five decades ago
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
Antonio Ciccarello was stabbed as he walked to work in the late 1950s, but it took five decades for him to die from his wound.
Blizzard-like conditions possible in Northeast’s next storm
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast.






3-month-old dies after he's found unconscious in Queens home
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-01-25 11:50:49 (1 hours ago) 
Javion Williams’ parents called 911 after the boy was found unconscious at their Jamaica home around 3:20 a.m. Sunday. He was rushed to the hospital, but could not be saved.






US-Russian rift threatens security of nuclear material
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 11:50:33 (1 hours ago) 

More than two decades of cooperation in guarding weapons-grade stockpiles comes to an end, leaving the world ‘a more dangerous place’

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Business leaders fret over ‘cocktail of political risks’ as UK election nears
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-01-25 11:50:32 (1 hours ago) 




US-Russian rift threatens security of nuclear material
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:50:32 (1 hours ago) 

More than two decades of cooperation in guarding weapons-grade stockpiles comes to an end, leaving the world ‘a more dangerous place’

One of the greatest boons brought to the world by the end of the Cold War was the agreement been the US and the countries of the former Soviet Union to cooperate in securing the USSR’s vast nuclear arsenal.

Under the 1991 Cooperative Threat Reduction agreement, better known as the Nunn-Lugar programme (after the two senators who persuaded Congress to pay for it) 900 intercontinental ballistic missiles were destroyed, and over 7600 warheads were deactivated. Some 250 tons of bomb-grade fissile material, scattered across the disintegrating superpower, was locked up and put under guard, so it could not be stolen and sold to the highest bidder. Tens of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons scientists and technicians were found jobs and salaries to help reduce the incentives to offer their expertise to rogue states and terrorists.

There has been a race between cooperation and catastrophe, when you look at the possibility of catastrophic acts of terrorism. Cooperation has been running rapidly over the past twenty years, but this is a real setback...The Russians says they are going to spend resources to secure their materials and we have to hope they will. They have the expertise to do it, but they are under heavy economic pressure.

It makes the world a more dangerous place. It will make it more likely there will be nuclear security incidents in the world’s biggest nuclear stockpile.

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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari – digested read
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:50:32 (1 hours ago) 
John Crace synthesises down to 700 words an investigation into modern addiction by the journalist in career rehab

I buried my face in my tear-stained pillow. Many of the people I knew were suffering from their drug addiction. I, too, was drinking more coffee than was healthy for me. Ah, I hear you say, that Johann Hari is at it again, exaggerating and making things up. I understand that. Which is why I am making all the research I have undertaken for this heartrending book available online (exhibit 1: a receipt from Nespresso for £95). I needed to find a way out. Not just for me, but for everyone. I wanted the world to thrum with hope.

As I waited in the drowsy, neon-lit line at JFK (exhibit 2: Virgin Airlines boarding pass), I tried to remember precisely when the war on drugs started. It then occurred to me that I didn’t know precisely, so the next morning I went to a public library to find out (exhibit 3: day pass for Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library). After extensive research, I concluded that the war on drugs had started either on 23 July 1904 or 8 November 1920.

Continue reading...
Greek election: Syriza confident of victory – live updates
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:50:32 (1 hours ago) 
Leftwing anti-austerity party predicted to seize power
Result could plunge Europe deeper into crisisAlexis Tsipras hopes to replace Antonis Samaras as prime ministerGuardianWitness: your hopes and fears for the future of GreeceGuardian briefing on the Greek election

4.45pm GMT

Beware the exit polls, not just the leaked ones, warns the BBC’s Yannis Koutsomitis

#Greece | 20 mins to poll close and official exit polls release. Note: Exit polls are not results. Have failed miserably in previous elex.

Exit polls from Greece at 7pm local time (5pm UK). They should be taken with a pinch of salt, as should even-less-reliable rumours/leaks.

People following #ekloges2015 in #Greece remember: many suburban & rural areas not always covered in most exit polls, yet they matter most!

4.32pm GMT

There are set to four main exit polls just after the polls close in half an hour, according to Manos Giakoumis, chief analyst at the thinktank Macro Polis.

4 exit polls @ 5pm (UK). The main from 5 TV channels, Macedonia Uni 4 Skai, Pulse 4 Action24 & Kapa Research 4 ToVima. #Greece #ekloges2015

Some "exit poll" leaks show a SYRIZA-ND difference >10% and a battle for 3rd. Real exit polls out in 30mins #greeceElections #ekloges2015

Exit polls in 40 mins might clear up some of speculation about Greek elections but they have been off in recent years #Greece #ekloges2015

4.20pm GMT

Anecdotal evidence suggests that New Democracy - the dominant force in prime minister Antonis Samaras’ outgoing coalition - is haemorrhaging votes to Syriza, writes Helena Smith in Athens.

The pattern of voting looks to be following May’s European election which saw Syriza topping the poll.

Several Greeks have told the Guardian they would be switching vote.

3.59pm GMT

With just over an hour to go before polls close, this chart helps explains how the percentage of the vote necessary to secure a majority, varies depending on how many of the smaller parties reach the 3% threshold necessary to secure a seat (see earlier).

Greece exit polls out at 5pm (London time). Worth keeping this @MacroPolis_gr chart with % needed for maj. to hand pic.twitter.com/BVOCNFSGZz

3.48pm GMT

The New Democracy party have demanded a judicial inquiry into leaked early exit polls that supposedly put Syriza as much as 12 or even 14 points ahead, according to the English website of the Kathemerini newspaper .

This does give the exit poll a little more credence, but should still be treated caution, according to Jon Henley in Athens.

Nea Dimokratia denounces exit poll leaks of up to 14% lead of SYRIZA.No smoke without fire #ekloges2015 #ekloges #greeceElections

3.42pm GMT

Germany is bracing itself for the results, writes Louise Osborne in Berlin.

The country’s biggest daily, Bild, claims Syriza no longer wants conditions to be dictated by Europe, and that therefore “all that remains for the Greeks is an exit from the eurozone and a return to the drachma”.

3.36pm GMT

While we enter the final 90 minutes of polling why not check to see if your finances are any more robust than Greece’s?

3.33pm GMT

Monitors representing Syriza in polling stations around Athens say they are very exited by unofficial exit polls that give the leftists a much bigger lead than thought, writes Helena Smith.

As the vote is still under way no one wants to go on the record – quite yet. But reports are being confirmed by analysts, who put the difference at as much as 12 percentage points (38-26) – an outcome that would likely give Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party an outright majority in Athens’ 300-seat House.

Greece’s incumbent prime minister, Antonis Samaras, is apparently hunkered down in his office with top cadres from his conservative New Democracy party. The mood in the New Democracy camp according to the Greek media “is anything but good”.

3.20pm GMT

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was in a buoyant mood as he cast his vote, writes Jon Henley in Athens.

Surrounded by a throng of reporters and chanting supporters, Tsipras declared election day to be the “last step of the Greek people towards regaining social cohesion and dignity”.

Europe’s future was “not the future of austerity – it is the future of democracy, solidarity and cooperation,” he added.

Tsipras: "Today is the last step of the Greek people towards regaining their dignity" pic.twitter.com/o1InJtulZH

3.15pm GMT

It is still far too early to start predicting results, but early leaked exit polls suggest a good night ahead for Syriza. One puts Syriza 6% ahead, another give the party a staggering 12% lead.

#Greece Far left Syriza heading to poss LANDSLIDE. Random exit polls giving it 12 pt lead, analysts tell me #ekgloges2015

By which is meant: ignore any exit polls "leaked" before 7pm Athens time. I certainly will, as always #ekloges2015

#Greece | RIA Novosti claims to have early exit polls: http://t.co/Ojj6mHzES6 Take it with a pinch of salt | #ekloges2015

2.58pm GMT

Confused by how the Greek election system works? The Irate Greek explains a rule of thumb over what percentage of the vote will be enough to secure a majority of the 300 parliamentary seats. It all depends on how many of the smaller parties reach the 3% threshold necessary to secure a seat.

To determine the percentage of nationwide votes needed to secure a majority, you should deduct from 100% the percentage of valid votes obtained by parties who did not reach the 3% threshold and multiply the percentage left by 0.404.

If parties who did not reach the 3% threshold obtained 8.5% of all valid votes nationwide, the minimum percentage of votes needed to secure a majority in parliament is (100%-8.5%)*0.404 = 36.96%

If all parties running get into parliament, the threshold for outright victory is just over 40%, but the majority drops depending on how many votes go to parties that fail to clear the 3% entry threshold
If, for example, 5% of the vote goes to parties that fail to get into parliament, the margin for victory could be around 38%.
If there is no outright winner, president Karolos Papoulias gives the leader of the biggest party a mandate to form a coalition or gain agreement for a minority government. Should this fail, the exploratory mandate is handed to the second party, and then to the third.
If the parties cannot agree, the president holds a final meeting with party leaders. If they still cannot agree, he appoints a caretaker government to call new elections.

2.36pm GMT

Welcome to our live coverage of the final stages of an election that could have profound consequences for Greece and the future of Europe.

The main contest is between the frontrunner Syriza – the leftwing opposition party led by Alexis Tsipras, and the governing centre-right New Democracy party led by prime minister Antonis Samaras.

Continue reading...
Fox News Host: Invasions like Iraq "Saved the Planet"
  Source: Gawker 2015-01-25 11:50:30 (1 hours ago) 

Remember the planet before America started invading parts of it? God, what a shithole. Just a total mess. Since then, though: pretty much perfect, right? That's the improbable assessment Fox News' Charles Payne delivered on Sunday while discussing criticism of American Sniper .

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 11:50:25 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Hey! We've got some Super Bowl XLIX X's and O's to break down
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 11:50:11 (1 hours ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 11:50:09 (1 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 11:50:08 (1 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Bristol City 0-1 West Ham United
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 11:50:07 (1 hours ago) 
West Ham recover from Bristol City's strong start to win 1-0 with a Diafra Sakho strike to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-01-25 11:50:05 (1 hours ago) 
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency....




Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-01-25 11:50:05 (1 hours ago) 
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives....
Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-01-25 11:50:05 (1 hours ago) 
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency....
Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Set Loose in Florida Keys
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 11:50:01 (1 hours ago) 
FDA mulls releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to fight growing threat of viral diseases
Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 11:50:01 (1 hours ago) 
FDA mulls releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to fight growing threat of viral diseases
Why Campaign Finance Reform Is the First Issue That We Must Address
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:40:43 (2 hours ago) 

(Photo: takomabibelot/Flickr)

President Obama punctuated his State of the Union with a repeated refrain: “Surely we can agree.” With that mantra, he reminded us of our basic, universally shared values, foremost among them the inherent worth of every American life and the importance of giving all citizens a chance to succeed.

When the president enumerated what these values mean in practice - calling for child care, sick leave, equal pay, lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage - it was safe to assume the American public was nodding along. Indeed, a new poll released today by the Make It Work campaign, an advocacy group, finds that the vast majority of likely 2016 voters strongly support reforms like the ones Obama outlined.

“These ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families,” Obama said. “That is a fact. And that’s what all of us - Republicans and Democrats alike - were sent here to do.”

To see more stories like this, visit Moyers & Company at Truthout.

But while ordinary citizens overwhelmingly want tax breaks for the middle class, better wages and mandatory sick leave, many politicians are not interested in passing these reforms - because the super-wealthy individuals and powerful special interests funding our elections do not. This explains why Senate Republicans blocked the Fair Minimum Wage Act last year and have defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act four times since 2013.

The sad truth is this: Politicians of all stripes are beholden to their donors, not the American public. And as long as special interest groups and extremely wealthy individuals continue to bankroll campaigns, they’ll be the only ones getting what they want.

Nonetheless, some continue to fight for change. Today, exactly five years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave outside interest groups unlimited ability to fund-raise and influence elections, legislators reintroduced a “Defending Democracy” package of campaign finance reforms.

These bills and amendments are “about restoring confidence in our democracy and ending this unfettered spending by anonymous donors that overwhelms the rights of individual Americans to be heard,” said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in a press release.

The package, which has the support of at least 29 reform groups, includes the following proposed bills:

— The Empowering Citizens Act reforms the presidential public financing system, creates a congressional public financing system, shuts down individual-candidate super PACs and prohibits coordination between candidates and outside spending groups. Sponsors: Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

— The DISCLOSE Act closes dark-money loopholes by requiring groups that spend $10,000 or more on campaign-related expenditures to file disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission. Sponsors: Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

— The Democracy for All Amendment provides Congress and individual states with the authority to regulate campaign finance and distinguish between people and artificial entities. Key sponsors: Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Jim McGovern (D-MA).

— The Real-Time Transparency Act requires all political committees to disclose contributions of $1,000 or more. Sponsors: Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

— The Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act requires nonprofit organizations making campaign expenditures to disclose donors of $5,000 or more. Sponsor: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).

— The Shareholder Protection Act requires corporations to disclose election-related spending to shareholders and the public, even if the money goes indirectly through a third party. Sponsors: Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Capuano (D-MA).

Five years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision we’ve witnessed the most expensive elections ever, the rise of dark money and more than $1 billion in unlimited contributions into federal elections through super PACs.

To be sure, this reintroduced package of legislative remedies stands an infinitesimal chance of passage in the new GOP-led Congress. But there is value in keeping these common-sense reforms on the front burner, to reinforce where both parties stand on the most vital issue of our time for our democracy. Surely we can agree that our country should no longer be bought and sold by America’s moneyed interests at the expense of everyone else.





Effort to Make the "Right to Vote" a True Constitutional Right
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:40:43 (2 hours ago) 

(Image: Keith Ivey, justgrimes, debaird™, Erik (HASH) Hersman; Edited: JR / TO)

In an effort to undo the work being done in numerous states and counties to disenfranchise groups of voters, two progressive House members are aiming to make a promise that is implicit in the Constitution explicit – by calling on Congress to pass a “right to vote” constitutional amendment.

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) unveiled their amendment at a press conference. “We need to have an affirmative right to vote… a minimum voting standard,” Pocan said, and that’s what this amendment is offering.

“The Pocan-Ellison Right to Vote Amendment would amend the Constitution to provide all Americans the affirmative right to vote and empower Congress to protect this right,” according to a statement on Pocan’s website.

The right to vote is not directly enshrined in the Constitution. The 14th and 15th constitutional amendments dictate that voting cannot be denied based on race, the 19th Amendment based on gender, and the 24th Amendment prohibits poll taxes. Each of these amendments has extended the right to vote; however, because the U.S. does not have a national voting process, states and localities currently make their own voting laws.

There are federal statutes that uphold the right to vote, most notably the Voting Rights Act of 1965. However, in June 2013 the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. This section offered guidelines to states that have a history of undermining people’s right to vote, primarily based on race, and required these states to clear changes in their voting rules with the Justice Department. Since this provision was removed, conservative legislatures have successfully passed a series of voting changes, such as voter-ID laws and limits on absentee and non-Election-Day balloting.

Pocan said the disenfranchisement tactics that have been used in the past few years are “making it harder and harder for people to vote.”

Here is the text of the amendment:

SECTION 1: Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.

SECTION 2: Congress shall have the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

Ellison, in discussing the likelihood that this amendment would pass, pointed to other constitutional amendments that required time and effort of both politicians and activists “Americans just wouldn’t stop pushing for more rights for more people,” he said. “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Civil rights veteran Rev. Jesse Jackson also attended and discussed the work he’s been doing at the city level to garner local government support for the Amendment. Due to his advocacy, local counties are passing Right to Vote resolutions.

Julie Fernandez, Senior Policy Analyst for the Open Society Foundation, discussed the need for laws regarding voter’s rights to have higher standards of scrutiny. If this amendment passes, strict legal scrutiny will be applied to any attempt to disenfranchise voters. “Voting should be the place where we’re all equal,” she said.

Voting should be how any American can be involved and have a say in the laws that govern them. If this Amendment passes, it will give Americans the constitutional right many assume they already have, and will stop the Republican assault on voting rights. If you believe that everyone should have the right to vote, consider researching further and getting involved. Local governments, campuses, and organizations are all signing resolutions and are interested in your participation. FairVote has also initiated a Pledge to Stand With Voters. Click here to learn more and sign.

With Syriza, the Greek People Can Revive Hope in Europe
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:40:43 (2 hours ago) 

Translated Sunday, January 25, 2015, by Isabelle Métral.

For Alexis Tsipras, Syriza’s candidate, an absolute majority in Parliament would be an asset in order to impose a renegotiation of the Greek debt. The radical Left’s leader promises to set up “a government for all Greek people” if his party comes first in Sunday’s election.

From our special correspondent in Athens:

Syriza is well and truly set to get into the saddle. The last twenty-five opinion polls broadcast by the Greek media all point in the same direction: the anti-austerity Left is in pole position. On the eve of a crucial general election, it even pulls further ahead of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy. The only question is how much leeway will electors give Alexis Tsipras’ party in Parliament. Short of the absolute majority, Syriza would have to seek alliances in a confusing scene where split-offs cloud party lines as a result of the political crisis. “The stronger Syriza will come out, the safer the country’s future,” Alexis Tsipras insisted in Thessalonike last Tuesday and in Patras last Wednesday. Addressing thousands of supporters, he asked electors to give him a clear majority so that he can implement Syriza’s Leftist platform without having to negotiate and settle for less.

By all appearances, all the international pressure and threats from international financial institutions, all Brussels’ warnings have only fueled the Greeks’ determination to push austerity policies down under. Hence the aggressive radical strategy chosen by Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy. A leading figure in association with the disastrous policies dictated by the Troika (the European Central bank, the IMF, the European Commission), the Greek prime minister is hoping to hedge his losses by posing as the guardian of Greece’s future in the EU. “To initiate a conflict with Europe would be disastrous for Greece,” he insists, without ever assessing the results of the incumbent team’s policies. Never mind that they are disastrous from a social point of view, with an unemployment rate that stands at 27% (and peaks at 50% among young people), and are also significantly heavier on the lower classes. The social distress has worsened into a real humanitarian crisis, where an increasing proportion of the population are unable to meet their elementary needs in terms of food, health, and housing. Those that have newly fallen below the poverty line depend on the solidarity of their families and on volunteer social networks for keeping barely afloat.

Public services sold off to multinationals.

The austerity policies have spread their poison in the country’s economy. 90,000 small and medium-sized companies have been driven out of business between 2008 and 2011. The country’s frail productive foundation has gone bust, while public companies ahave been sold off to multinationals, pension funds and the Greek financial top-brass. To Yannis Eustathopoulos, an economist who works for the General Labour Confederation’s Labour Institute, the policies that have been implemented over the last five years “have contributed to a new model of economic growth based on the degradation of labour, of social rights, of the environment, and of territorial cohesion,” without these mutations however resulting in an alleviation of the public debt. It now stands at 175% of the GDP, against 113% in 2009 before the crisis. As to the 226,7 billion euro in aid granted by the Troïka since 2010 – in exchange for a stringent structural adjustment program – they have on the whole directly or indirectly benefited the financial sector.

In view of this poor track record, the statement of Wolfgang Schaüble, German Finance Minister, exhorting the Greek people to keep to the track of austerity and “accept the Troika’s control”, is ill received. Indeed it gives momentum to the campaign of Alexis Tsipras, who maintains that the only solution lies in “the cancellation of the greater part” of the debt since it is “unsustainable” and in its “restructuring” with a growth tag attached to it. Whereas the Right, which finds renegotiation unrealistic, waves the specter of “Grexit”, Syriza’s leader declares himself ready for a show of strength, even if the tactics were to lead Greece to exit from the euro zone if needs be. “Where would the line be drawn? How many suicides, how many school and hospital closures would we accept to take? Would 150 euro be the tolerable minimum for wages, and 100 euro for pensions? And how many million unemployed people and poor people? If you ask us the question, we will give you a clear answer: the euro must be compatible with dignity, justice, and solidarity,” Tsipras declared yesterday in his address to the Greek diaspora.

If Tsipras should not win the absolute majority, however, he would have to seek an agreement with other political forces. The Greek Communist Party (KKE) has so far been opposed to the principle of collaborating with Syriza. But this week it made a short step in the direction of a conditional support, no doubt to reassure its electors who might opt for a Syriza vote. “Of course, if circumstances permit and if the government proposes a law to stop the regression, we shall support it,” Dimitris Koutsoubas, the party’s secretary promises. But he stakes a clear limit: “If the Communist party openly supports this kind of government, it will lose the trust the people have placed in us; this would just alienate the people’s feelings - as has been the case with other communist parties that have supported governments.”

Pasok’s social democrats at a loss to reposition themselves

Practically wiped out by their support of the memorandums that laid down the austerity measures and by the impopularity of the incumbent coalition, Pasok’s social democrats seek to reposition themselves. Evangelos Venizelos, the vice prime minister and Foreign secretary says he is ready to support “ a national unity government” that included “supporters of the country’s European future”. A similar move towards Syriza was made by Stavros Théodorakis, a former famous TV figure that opted for politics and founded To Potami (the river) – a party that advocates “social policies” and a strict negotiation of the public debt”. Tsipras himself promises to set up a government for all Greeks if his party comes first in the polls - without the supporters of the memorandum. [1]

 

1. The "memorandum" is the document issued by the European Commission, setting forth their demands for crippling austerity policies put into place in 2011. The "memorandum" quickly became the focus for the popular discontent that arose in May 2010. The European Commission describes the memorandum in different terms.

Open-air swimming pool plans to launch in middle of Thames in London
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:40:40 (2 hours ago) 

Artist Tracey Emin to feature in promotional video for campaign, which is looking for £10m in online funding

An online crowd-funding campaign to build a £10m open-air swimming pool in the middle of the river Thames in central London is to launch next month.

Initial designs for the Thames Baths, which is to open next year on the Victoria Embankment if planning permission is granted, feature a 25-metre by 10-metre main pool, filtration system and pool-side decking.

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Koch event drawing 2016 presidential hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-01-25 11:40:38 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016. The first-term Republican lawmaker planned to join several other potential candidates at a gathering today in Palm Springs, California, organized by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, who have a keen interest in the party's contenders.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 11:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Man shoots, kills three members of his family, then himself: police
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-01-25 11:40:13 (2 hours ago) 
In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.
Airlines cancel 85 flights at O'Hare amid wet snow
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-01-25 11:40:13 (2 hours ago) 
More than 85 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport as a sloppy mixture of snow and rain falls in the Chicago area.






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Outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig predicts MLB could expand internationally
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-01-25 11:40:07 (2 hours ago) 
NEW YORK — Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he...
From would-be lawyer to ex-coach, Ravens coordinator Marc Trestman has learned his lessons
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-01-25 11:40:07 (2 hours ago) 
If Marc Trestman had listened to Howard Schnellenberger, he might not have started on the path that has led him into 11 NFL cities and two college campuses, and that took him to Canada to realize a lifelong goal.
Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-01-25 11:40:06 (2 hours ago) 
SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....
Nixon's budget plan faces challenges in Missouri Legislature
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-01-25 11:40:01 (2 hours ago) 
Republicans, with larger numbers in the legislature, are unlikely to give Gov. Jay Nixon much say in the budget.
U.S.-India Joint Statement साँझा प्रयास - सबका विकास” – “Shared Effort; Progress for All”
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 11:31:20 (2 hours ago) 

1.         The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, is visiting India from 25-27 January 2015.  The President of India and the Prime Minister of India welcomed the U.S. President as the Chief Guest at India's 66th Republic Day celebrations, the first U.S. President to grace this historic event.

2.         Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama assessed the extensive bilateral strategic and global partnership between their two countries and pledged to continue to enhance cooperation across the spectrum of human endeavor to better their citizens’ lives and that of the global community. 

3.         Noting that the multifaceted partnership between the United States and India is rooted in shared values of democracy and strong economic and people-to-people ties, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi elevated the bilateral relationship through their endorsement of a new India-U.S. Delhi Declaration of Friendship, which builds on their 30 September Vision Statement by articulating tangible principles to guide ongoing efforts to advance mutual prosperity, a clean and healthy environment, greater economic cooperation, regional peace, security and stability for the larger benefit of humankind.

4.         Recognizing the important role that both countries play in promoting peace, prosperity, stability and security in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, and noting that India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and the United States’ rebalance to Asia provide opportunities for India, the United States, and other Asia-Pacific countries to work closely to strengthen regional ties, the Leaders announced a Joint Strategic Vision to guide their engagement in the region.

5.         The Prime Minister and the President acknowledged and expressed satisfaction at the qualitative reinvigoration of strategic ties and the intensity of substantive interactions since the Prime Minister's visit to Washington in September 2014.  They appreciated the focused action and accomplishments by both sides on the decisions taken during the Summit in September and in this regard, they welcomed:

The 30 September 2014 signing of an implementing agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to conduct the joint NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission. The convening of the Defence Policy Group and its subgroups on 28-29 October 2014 to pursue stronger and expanded bilateral defence cooperation. India’s ongoing facilitation of U.S. Department of Defense humanitarian missions in India, including a mission in October and November 2014, to recover the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers who served in World War II. The signing of the India-U.S. Statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development on 3 November 2014, in furtherance of bilateral efforts to advance sustainable development in cooperation with partner countries around the world.   The breakthrough between India and the United States on issues relating to the implementation of the Bali Ministerial Decisions regarding public stockholding for food security purposes, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, and post Bali work. Convening of the U.S.-India Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation in New Delhi on 17 November 2014 to review, exchange views, and advance cooperation in diverse areas of science and technology and foster engagement in techno-entrepreneurship and innovation partnership for mutual benefit. Convening of the India-U.S. Higher Education Dialogue in New Delhi on 17 November 2014 to further bilateral cooperation in this field, strengthen partnerships between Indian and U.S. universities and community colleges, improve student and scholar mobility, and promote faculty collaboration. The signing of the MoU on 18 November 2014 between Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which would make available up to $1 billion in financing to facilitate expanded cooperation and enhance U.S. private sector investment in Indian clean energy projects. Successful hosting of the bilateral India-U.S. Technology Summit on 18-19 November 2014 with the U.S. as a partner country for the first time. Convening of the High Technology Cooperation Group on 20-21 November 2014 to shape a cooperative agenda on high technology goods, including export control-related trade in homeland security technologies, high technology manufacturing equipment including machine tools, defence trade, and fostering collaboration in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health-related information technology. Convening of the Smart Cities Conclave on 22 November 2014 organised by the U.S.-India Business Council in cooperation with the Ministry of Urban Development and the Mayors and Commissioners of Ajmer (Rajasthan), Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and the decision by the Government of India to constitute a high-level committee for each of the three Smart Cities comprising different departments of the Central Government, the state governments, local governments, and representatives of the U.S. industry. Signing of three MoUs between the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency on 25 January 2015 to develop Vishakhapatnam, Allahabad, and Ajmer as Smart Cities with the participation of U.S. industry, in furtherance of the commitment made by the Leaders in September 2014. The convening of the Trade Policy Forum at the Ministerial level on 24-25 November 2014, in which India and the United States agreed to work towards resolving commercial impediments in both markets, to help realize the potential of bilateral trade in goods and services, and to promote investment and manufacturing. Convening of the India-U.S. Political Military Dialogue on 4 December 2014 to exchange perspectives on bilateral strategic and regional issues. Convening the sixth round of the India-U.S.-Japan trilateral discussions on 20 December 2014 to deepen regional engagement and to discuss ways to implement projects on the ground. The launch of the Infrastructure Collaboration Platform in New Delhi on 13 January 2015 to promote enhanced market access and financing to increase U.S. industry participation in the growth and development of sectors that support Indian infrastructure. The 12-15 January 2015 expert exchange on Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) strategies and technologies and completion of a Joint Statement of Intent and a work plan for a programme of bilateral C-IED cooperation. The signing of a framework on and inauguration of the India-U.S. Investment Initiative in Washington on 12-15 January 2015 to jointly cooperate on facilitating capital market development conducive to financing investment; creating an environment that encourages investment in various sectors in India; and working to overcome any obstacles to such investment. The convening of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Working Group in Washington on 14-15 January 2015 and the 23 January signing of the Joint Declaration of Intent to advance implementation of the Digital India programme and further bilateral commercial ICT cooperation.  Launching of a Knowledge Partnership in defence studies expressing a shared desire to pursue collaborative activities between the United States and Indian National Defence Universities. Signing of the Statement of Cooperation for Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information between the Reserve Bank of India and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Reserve System, and Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC). Convening of Indian and U.S. CEOs who are committed to deepening bilateral economic ties by identifying current impediments to trade and investment and working with the two government to find solutions; and identifying emerging sectors where public-private partnership can unlock new collaborations between our two peoples. The 13 January 2015 signing of the MoU between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Urban Development to enable USAID to share expertise, best practices, innovation and technologies in support of India's efforts to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in urban areas. India’s recent introduction of visa-on-arrival for U.S. citizens and the convening of the first technical discussions to advance India’s membership in the United States’ Global Entry Program, initiatives aimed at easing travel between India and the United States to further strengthen people-to-people ties. Cooperation on scientific research collaboration on the Indian Monsoon Rainfall currently underway aboard the U.S. research vessel JOIDES Resolution in the Bay of Bengal. The conclusion of the first of two project annexes between the Indian Department of Atomic Energy–Department of Science and Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy, which will enable discovery science cooperation in particle accelerator and high energy physics. The 22 January signing of the MoU between the U.S. Department of Treasury and India’s Ministry of Finance to enhance cooperation to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Completion of an MoU between the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, and the U.S National Institute of Health and National Cancer Institute. The 23 January signing of the Joint Declaration of Intent between USAID and the Ministry of Human Resource Development for technical support to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), starting with IIT Gandhinagar, to strengthen research and entrepreneurship capabilities.  The recent finalization of the 2015 Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship, which will guide and expand the bilateral defence and strategic partnership over the next ten years. The 22 January signing of the India-U.S. Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Agreement to facilitate cooperation in defence research and development. Continuing bilateral engagement on the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), including the 22 January 2015 agreement in principle to pursue co-production and co-development of four pathfinder projects, form a working group to explore aircraft carrier technology sharing and design, and explore possible cooperation on development of jet engine technology.

6.         Prime Minister Modi and President Obama jointly appreciated the significant efforts undertaken by both sides in recent months to re-energize the strategic partnership, and affirmed expanding the substantive underpinnings of our diversified bilateral strategic partnership including through expanded strategic consultations, stronger defence, security, and economic cooperation.

7.         President Obama also reiterated his support for Prime Minister Modi's vision to transform India, and recognized that India's focus on its development priorities presented substantial opportunities for forging stronger India-U.S. economic ties and greater people-to-people contacts.  Reaffirming that India’s rise is also in the interest of the United States, regional and global stability, and global economic growth, President Obama reiterated the United States' readiness to partner with India in this transformation.  The two leaders pledged to translate their commitment of "Chalein Saath Saath”: “Forward Together We Go" of September into action through "Sanjha Prayaas; Sab Ka Vikaas": "Shared Effort; Progress For All".

Economic Growth

8.         Prime Minister Modi and President Obama expressed confidence that continued bilateral collaboration will increase opportunities for investment, improve bilateral trade and investment ties and lead to the creation of jobs and prosperity in both economies.  In this regard, the Leaders agreed to continue to strengthen their broad-based partnership for development through stronger trade, technology, manufacturing, and investment linkages between the two countries and triangular cooperation with partner countries, and that continued efforts to maintain labor standards as per domestic law and agreed international norms will make these linkages more durable.  The two sides also committed to continuing to cooperate on the finalization of the Post-Bali Work Programme in the spirit of the Doha mandate.

9.         The President and the Prime Minister affirmed their shared commitment to facilitating increased bilateral investment flows and fostering an open and predictable climate for investment.  To this end, the Leaders instructed their officials to assess the prospects for moving forward with high-standard bilateral investment treaty discussions given their respective approaches.

10.       The President and the Prime Minister also welcomed the fifth annual U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership Dialogue in February, in which the countries will deepen their dialogue on macroeconomic policy, financial sector regulation and development, infrastructure investment, tax policy, and efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. 

11.       The two sides agreed to hold a discussion on the elements required in both countries to pursue an India-U.S. Totalisation Agreement.

12.       President Obama commended Prime Minister Modi’s “Jan Dhan” scheme to prioritize financial inclusion for India’s poor.  The Leaders noted India’s intent to join the Better Than Cash Alliance.

13.       The Leaders committed to explore areas of collaboration in skill development ranging from establishing quality assurance systems for skilling certification standards, setting up of skill development centres, nurturing and promoting social entrepreneurship and strengthening the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

14.       President Obama and Prime Minister Modi agreed to collaborate in the implementation of India's ambitious Digital India programme and expand commercial cooperation, including by encouraging investment engagement in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

15.       In recognition of the importance of their ongoing commercial discussions, the two sides agreed to hold public-private discussions in early 2015 under the aegis of the India-U.S. Commercial Dialogue for a period of two years, until March 2016, on mutually agreed areas of cooperation.

16.       Recognizing the progress made in constructive engagement on Intellectual Property under the last round of the India-U.S. Trade Policy Forum held in November, 2014, the Leaders also looked forward to enhancing engagement on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in 2015 under the High Level Working Group on Intellectual Property, to the mutual benefit of both the countries.

17.       Acknowledging the potential for technological cooperation in the rail sector in augmenting and optimizing India's rail infrastructure, the Leaders agreed to facilitate U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Indian Railways technical cooperation that will assist Indian Railways’ efforts to modify its leasing and public-private partnership frameworks to attract private sector funding.

18.       The Leaders recognized the robust public-private U.S.-India civil aviation partnership and agreed to continue working together to identify emerging technologies and build a larger commercial engagement agenda through key events such as the 2015 U.S.-India Aviation Summit and demonstration of advanced U.S. technologies.

19.       Reaffirming their commitment to safety and security of civil aviation, the United States and India will continue consultations between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the India Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ensure international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), with the aim of restoring Category I status at the earliest possible time.  

20.       Noting the importance of ongoing cooperation in higher education, the President and Prime Minister welcomed ongoing efforts to extend a knowledge partnership for supporting the Indian Institute of Technology at Gandhinagar through USAID.  President Obama and Prime Minister Modi also pledged to collaborate through India's Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), to facilitate short-term teaching and research programs by up to 1000 visiting U.S. academics in Indian universities.  

21.       The Leaders emphasized the importance of strengthening international financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund. The President also affirmed his commitment to enhancing India's voice and vote in international Financial Institutions and ensuring that resources are made available and used creatively through multilateral development banks for infrastructure financing. Prime Minister Modi appreciated the efforts of the U.S. Treasury for cooperating with the Ministry of Finance on the Task Force on Resolution Corporation set up in pursuance of the recommendations of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission.

High Technology, Space and Health Cooperation

22.       Prime Minister Modi and President Obama reaffirmed their commitment to ensure that partnerships in science, technology and innovation are a crucial component of the overall bilateral engagement in the 21st century.  They also reaffirmed their support for the role that science, technology and innovation partnerships can play in addressing pressing challenges in areas such as food, water, energy, climate, and health and developing innovative solutions that are affordable, accessible and adaptable,  meet the needs of the people of the two countries and benefit the global community.  To this end, the Leaders agreed to continue to develop cooperative efforts in many areas of science, technology, and innovation, including studying the impacts of water, air pollution, sanitation and hygiene on human health and well-being.

23.       The Leaders also agreed to continue U.S.-India collaboration in hydrology and water studies and monsoon modelling and noted the need to expeditiously work towards launching an Indo-U.S. Climate Fellowship to facilitate human capacity building.  The Prime Minister and the President also reaffirmed the importance of ongoing efforts to strengthen women's participation in science, technology, engineering, and math through networking and mentoring programs.

24.       The President and the Prime Minister welcome efforts, under the bilateral High Technology Cooperation Group, to seek timely resolution of the challenges to trade in High Technology goods, including the U.S. licensing requirements for trade in certain dual use items.

25.       The Leaders reaffirmed the importance of providing transparent and predictable policy environments for fostering innovation.  Both countries reiterated their interest in sharing information and best practices on IPR issues, and reaffirmed their commitment to stakeholders’ consultations on policy matters concerning intellectual property protection.

26.       President Obama and Prime Minister Modi agreed to further promote cooperative and commercial relations between India and the United States in the field of space.  The leaders noted the on-going interactions between their space agencies, including towards realizing a dual frequency radar imaging satellite for Earth Sciences, and exploring possibilities for cooperation in studying Mars.

27.       The Leaders took note of ongoing U.S.-India space cooperation, including the first face-to-face meeting of the ISRO-NASA Mars Working Group from 29-31 January 2015 in Bangalore, in which the two sides will consider opportunities for enhanced cooperation in Mars exploration, including potential coordinated observations and analysis between ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission and NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN).  The Prime Minister and the President also welcomed continued progress toward enhanced space cooperation via the U.S.-India Civil Space Joint Working Group, which will meet later this year in India.

28.       Under the umbrella of an implementing agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Atomic Energy of India, the Leaders welcomed expanded collaboration in basic physics research, and accelerator research and development.

29.       The Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and announced specific actions at home and abroad to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including a CDC-Ministry of Health Ebola and GHSA preparedness training, expansion of the India Epidemic Intelligence Service, and development of a roadmap to achieve the objectives of the GHSA within three years.

30.       The Leaders also committed to multi-sectoral actions countering the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and cooperation in training of health workers in preparedness for infectious disease threats. The Leaders agreed to focus science and technology partnerships on countering antibiotic resistant bacteria and promoting the availability, efficacy and quality of therapeutics.

31.       The Leaders welcomed further progress in promoting bilateral cooperation on cancer research, prevention, control, and management and agreed to continue to strengthen the engagement between the CDC and India’s National Centre for Disease Control. 

32.       The President and Prime Minister also welcomed the upcoming completion of an Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Injury Prevention and Control MoU between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indian Council for Medical Research to further collaborative efforts to improve the health and welfare of both countries’ citizens.

33.       The Prime Minister and the President also agreed to expand the India-U.S. Health Initiative into a Healthcare Dialogue with relevant stakeholders to further strengthen bilateral collaboration in health sectors including through capacity building initiatives and by exploring new areas, including affordable healthcare, cost saving mechanisms, distribution barriers, patent quality, health services information technology, and complementary and traditional medicine.  The President and the Prime Minister pledged to encourage dialogue between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Indian counterparts on traditional medicine.  The Leaders also pledged to strengthen collaboration, dialogue, and cooperation between the regulatory authorities of the two countries to ensure safety, efficacy, and quality of pharmaceuticals, including generic medicines.   

34.       The Leaders also agreed to accelerate joint leadership of the global Call to Action to end preventable deaths among mothers and children through a third meeting of the 24 participating countries in India in June 2015.  As host, India will showcase the power of new partnerships, innovations and systems to more effectively deliver life-saving interventions. They also lauded the highly successful collaboration on a locally produced vaccine against rotavirus which will save the lives of an estimated 80,000 children each year in India alone, and pledged to strengthen the cooperation in health research and capacity building through a new phase of the India-U.S. Vaccine Action Programme.

Defence and Homeland Security Cooperation

35.       Prime Minister Modi and President Obama welcomed the efforts made by both sides to expand bilateral defence cooperation in areas of mutual interest and reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work towards deepening the bilateral defence relationship.  The Leaders acknowledged bilateral military ties as the foundation of the defense relationship and encouraged their respective militaries to pursue additional opportunities for engagement through exercises, military personnel exchanges, and defense dialogues.

36.       The Leaders also acknowledged the need for the two-way defence engagement to include technology cooperation and collaboration, co-production and co-development.  To this end, the President and the Prime Minister emphasized the ongoing importance of the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) in developing new areas of technology cooperation in the defence sector including through co-development and co-production and the Prime Minister welcomed the U.S. Defense Department’s establishment of a dedicated rapid reaction team focused exclusively on advancing DTTI.  The Leaders expressed confidence that continued DTTI collaboration will yield additional joint projects in the near future. 

37.       The President also welcomed the Prime Minister's initiatives to liberalize the Foreign Direct Investment Policy regime in the defence sector and the Leaders agreed to cooperate on India's efforts to establish a defence industrial base in India, including through initiatives like ‘Make in India.’

38.       Prime Minister Modi and President Obama expressed satisfaction over the efforts made by both countries to deepen cooperation in the field of maritime security, as reflected in the 2015 Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship.  To this end, they agreed that the navies of both sides would continue discussions to identify specific areas for expanding maritime cooperation.  They also reiterated their commitment to upgrading their bilateral naval exercise MALABAR.

39.       The two sides also noted the growing cooperation between their law enforcement agencies, particularly in the areas of extradition and mutual legal assistance, to counter transnational criminal threats such as terrorism, narcotics, trafficking, financial and economic fraud, cybercrime, and transnational organized crime and pledged to enhance such cooperation further.    The President and the Prime Minister also noted the serious risks to national and economic security from malicious cyber activity and agreed to cooperate on enhancing operational sharing of cyber threat information, examining how international law applies in cyberspace, and working together to build agreement on norms of responsible state behavior.

40.       The Leaders committed to undertake efforts to make the U.S.-India partnership a defining counterterrorism relationship for the 21st Century by deepening collaboration to combat the full spectrum of terrorist threats and keep their respective homelands and citizens safe from attacks. The Leaders reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations with ‘zero tolerance’ and reaffirmed their deep concern over the continued threat posed by transnational terrorism including by groups like Al Qaida and the ISIL, and called for eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and their financing, and stopping cross-border movement of terrorists. 

41.       The Leaders reaffirmed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt  entities such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company and the Haqqani Network, and agreed to continue ongoing efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue as well as the next round of the U.S.-India Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism in late 2015 to develop actionable elements of bilateral engagement.  The two sides noted the recent U.S. sanctions against three D Company affiliates.  The President and the Prime Minister further agreed to continue to work toward an agreement to share information on known and suspected terrorists.  They also agreed to enter discussions to deepen collaboration on UN terrorist designations, and reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai to justice.

42.       The President and the Prime Minister also noted the positive cooperative engagement between the Indian and the U.S. authorities with a view to working together to counter the threat of IEDs and to develop counterterrorism best practices.

Energy and Climate Change

43.       Noting that the Contact Group set up in September 2014 to advance implementation of bilateral civil nuclear cooperation has met three times in December and January, the Leaders welcomed the understandings reached on the issues of civil nuclear liability and administrative arrangements for civil nuclear cooperation, and looked forward to U.S.-built nuclear reactors contributing to India’s energy security at the earliest.

Clean Energy Goal and Cooperation

44.       President Obama and Prime Minister Modi emphasized the critical importance of expanding clean energy research, development, manufacturing and deployment, which increases energy access and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The leaders announced actions to advance India's transition to low carbon economy. India intends to increase the share of use of renewable in electricity generation consistent with its intended goal to increase India's solar target to 100 gigawatts by 2022. The United States intends to support India's goal by enhancing cooperation on clean energy and climate change, to include:

i.   Expanding Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R): A renewed commitment to PACE-R, including extending funding for three existing research tracks of solar energy, building energy efficiency, and biofuels for an additional five years and launching a new track on smart grid and grid storage.

ii.   Expanding Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D): Both the countries intended to expand our current Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D) through increased bilateral engagements and further joint initiatives to expand cooperation in support of India’s ambitious targets in renewable energy.

iii.   Accelerating Clean Energy Finance: Prime Minister Modi emphasized India's ongoing efforts to create a market environment that will promote trade and investment in this sector. President Obama welcomed India's ambitious solar energy goals and encouraged India to continue its efforts to increase trade and private investment in this sector. President Obama conveyed the potential availability of U.S. Government official financing in this area, consistent with its policies, to support private sector involvement for those entities in contributing to India’s clean energy requirements.

iv.   Launching Air Quality Cooperation: Implementing EPA’s AIR Now-International Program and megacities partnerships, focused on disseminating information to help the urban dwellers to reduce their exposure to harmful levels of air pollution, and enable urban policy planners to implement corrective strategies for improving Ambient Air Quality in the cities keeping in view health and climate change co-benefits of these strategies.

v.   Initiating Climate Resilience Tool Development: Jointly undertaking a partnership on climate resilience that will work to downscale international climate models for the Indian sub-continent to much higher resolution than currently available, assess climate risks at the sub-national level,  work with local technical institutes on capacity building, and engage local decision-makers in the process of addressing climate information needs and informing planning and climate resilient sustainable development, including for India’s State Action Plans.

vi.   Demonstrating Clean Energy and Climate Initiatives on the Ground: Additional pilot programs and other collaborative projects in the areas of space cooling, super-efficient appliances, renewable energy storage, and smart grids.

vii.   Concluding MOU on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change: Both countries concluded negotiations on a five year MOU to carry this work forward, to be signed as early as possible at a mutually agreed upon date.

Climate Change

45.       The United States of America and the Republic of India recognize that global climate change is a profound threat to humanity and to the imperatives of sustainable development, growth and the eradication of poverty. President Obama and Prime Minister Modi share a deep concern regarding the climate challenge and understand that meeting it will require concerted action by their countries and the international community. They stressed the importance of enhancing their bilateral cooperation on adaptation measures, as well as joint research and development and technology innovation, adoption and diffusion for clean energy and efficiency solutions that will help achieve the goals of transitioning to a climate resilient and low carbon economy. They also stressed the importance of working together and with other countries to conclude an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015. To this end, they plan to cooperate closely over the next year to achieve a successful agreement in Paris. The President and Prime Minister reaffirmed their prior understanding from September 2014 concerning the phase down of HFCs and agreed to cooperate on making concrete progress in the Montreal Protocol this year.

Global Issues and Regional Consultations

46.       The Leaders agreed to expand their efforts to assist other developing countries and address global development challenges for the benefit of the wider region and the world and they lauded ongoing triangular assistance, which may involve U.S.-India collaboration to address development challenges in third countries in areas including health, energy, food security, disaster management, and women’s empowerment. The two sides noted that this collaboration, which is active with Afghanistan, East and West Africa, may be expanded to additional third countries.

47.       Further underscoring the importance of implementing infrastructure projects to enhance connectivity and enable freer flow of commerce and energy in the region, the Leaders agreed to develop additional areas in which both sides could work together, including on India's initiatives to enhance its connectivity with the South and South East Asian region.  The President and the Prime Minister also stressed the importance of the economic and transport connectivity between Central and South Asia and the need to promote a secure, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan as part of a secure, stable, and prosperous region.  Reaffirming the importance of their strategic partnerships with Afghanistan, the Leaders asserted the importance of a sustainable, inclusive, sovereign, and democratic political order in Afghanistan and they agreed to convene further high-level consultations on Afghanistan in the near future.

48.       The President and the Prime Minister also welcomed the role of the leaders- led East Asia Summit (EAS) process in promoting open, balanced and inclusive security architecture in the region.  Noting the discussions in the sixth round of the India-US-Japan Trilateral Dialogue, the President and the Prime Minister underlined the importance of the cooperation between the three countries through identification of projects of common interest and their early implementation, and they decided to explore holding the dialogue among their Foreign Ministers.

49.       The President and Prime Minister pledged to strengthen their efforts to forge a partnership to lead global efforts for non-proliferation of WMDs, to reduce the salience of nuclear weapons in international affairs, and to promote universal, verifiable and non-discriminatory global nuclear disarmament.  They supported negotiations on a fissile material cut-off Treaty on the basis of the Shannon Mandate in the Conference on Disarmament.

50.       As active participants in the Nuclear Security Summit process, the United States and India welcomed progress towards reducing the risk of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons or related materials, and noted their shared commitment to improving nuclear security nationally and globally.  The Prime Minister welcomed the hosting of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit by the United States.  President Obama and Prime Minister Modi also welcomed the recent convening of the first bilateral nuclear security best practices exchange, under the auspices of the Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership, as an example of their cooperation on nuclear security.

51.       In a further effort to strengthen global nonproliferation and export control regimes, the President and the Prime Minister committed to continue to work towards India’s phased entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Australia Group.  The President reaffirmed the United States’ position that India meets MTCR requirements and is ready for NSG membership and that it supports India’s early application and eventual membership in all four regimes.

52.       The Leaders expressed concern over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, including its uranium enrichment activity.  They urged the DPRK to take concrete steps toward denuclearization, as well as to comply fully with its international obligations, including relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, and to fulfill its commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party talks.

53.       The Leaders welcomed recent progress and noted the criticality of Iran taking steps to verifiably assure the international community of the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme, and agreed that this is an historic opportunity for Iran to resolve outstanding concerns related to its nuclear programme.

54.       Highlighting the United States' and India’s shared democratic values and recognizing the important role of women in their societies, the Leaders looked forward to reconvening the Women Empowerment Dialogue as early as possible and reasserted their zero tolerance for violence against women.  The Leaders also looked forward to the reconvening of the Global Issues Forum.   

55.       The President and the Prime Minister also reaffirmed their commitment to consult closely on global crises, including in Iraq and Syria.  The Leaders agreed to exchange information on individuals returning from these conflict zones and to continue to cooperate in protecting and responding to the needs of civilians caught up in these conflicts.

56.       President Obama reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member, and both leaders committed to ensuring that the Security Council continues to play an effective role in maintaining international peace and security as envisioned in the United Nations Charter. They also committed to accelerate their peacekeeping capacity-building efforts in third countries. 

57.       Both sides also acknowledged that the Internet was a central element of the information society and a powerful enabler of global economic and social progress. Both sides also noted that the growth of the Internet in the coming decade would be from developing countries, of which India would be a significant contributor, especially in the context of its “Digital India” programme.

58.       The Leaders recognized that a digital divide persists between and within countries in terms of the availability, affordability and use of information and communications technologies, and they stressed the need to continue to bridge that divide, to ensure that the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies for development, are available to all people, including the poorest of the poor.

59.       President Obama thanked Prime Minister Modi and the people of India for the extraordinary hospitality extended to him on his second presidential visit to India, and he congratulated the nation on the celebration of its 66th Republic Day.  The Leaders reflected proudly on recent achievements and looked forward to continuing to work together to build a U.S.-India partnership that is transformative for their two peoples and for the world.   





U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 11:31:20 (2 hours ago) 

As the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies that bridge the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region and reflecting our agreement that a closer partnership between the United States and India is indispensable to promoting peace, prosperity and stability in those regions, we have agreed on a Joint Strategic Vision for the region. 

India and the United States are important drivers of regional and global growth.  From Africa to East Asia, we will build on our partnership to support sustainable, inclusive development, and increased regional connectivity by collaborating with other interested partners to address poverty and support broad-based prosperity.

To support regional economic integration, we will promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development in a manner that links South, Southeast and Central Asia, including by enhancing energy transmission and encouraging free trade and greater people-to-people linkages.

Regional prosperity depends on security. We affirm the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea. 

We call on all parties to avoid the threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

We will oppose terrorism, piracy, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction within or from the region.

We will also work together to promote the shared values that have made our countries great, recognizing that our interests in peace, prosperity and stability are well served by our common commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

We commit to strengthening the East Asia Summit on its tenth anniversary to promote regional dialogue on key political and security issues, and to work together to strengthen it.

In order to achieve this regional vision, we will develop a roadmap that leverages our respective efforts to increase ties among Asian powers, enabling both our nations to better respond to diplomatic, economic and security challenges in the region.

As part of these efforts, the United States welcomes India's interest in joining the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, as the Indian economy is a dynamic part of the Asian economy. 

Over the next five years, we will strengthen our regional dialogues, invest in making trilateral consultations with third countries in the region more robust, deepen regional integration, strengthen regional forums, explore additional multilateral opportunities for engagement, and pursue areas where we can build capacity in the region that bolster long-term peace and prosperity for all. 

President Obama Calls on Congress to Protect Arctic Refuge as Wilderness
  Source: White House.gov Blog Feed 2015-01-25 11:31:20 (2 hours ago) 

Each year, as the darkness of the Arctic winter brightens into spring, as the snow melts and the hills and valleys slowly turn green, the tens of thousands of members of the Porcupine caribou herd begin their great migration — traveling some 1,500 miles through Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to their calving grounds on the Coastal Plain.

This far northern region is known as “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins” to Alaska Native communities. The Refuge sustains the most diverse array of wildlife in the entire Arctic — home not only to the Porcupine caribou, but to polar bears, gray wolves, and muskoxen. Bird species from the Coastal Plain migrate to all 50 states of the country — meaning that no matter where you live, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is part of your landscape.  

But the majority of the Refuge is not protected as wilderness, including the Coastal Plain. For more than three decades, some voices have clamored to drill for oil in the Coastal Plain — a move that could irreparably damage this ecological treasure and harm the Alaska Native communities who still depend on the caribou for subsistence.

Today, the Department of the Interior released a revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan to better sustain and manage the entire Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — and President Obama took it a step further and announced his plans to ask Congress to designate the Coastal Plain and other core areas of the refuge as wilderness:

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Second try to lift AirAsia fuselage from Java Sea fails
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:31:17 (2 hours ago) 

Rope breaks while wreckage was being lifted from sea floor.

        
Obama offers condolences to Japan over hostage death
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President speaks with Japan's prime minister about Islamic State.

       
Obama, Congress may find cybersecurity consensus
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The White House and Congress agree on the need for passage of a cybersecurity bill.

       




Second try to lift AirAsia fuselage from Java Sea fails
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Rope breaks while wreckage was being lifted from seafloor.

       
Obama, India's Modi cite nuclear investment breakthrough
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:31:17 (2 hours ago) 

The president's arrival marked the first time a U.S. leader has visited India twice during his presidency.

       
Northeast braces for 'possibly historic' winter storm
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:31:17 (2 hours ago) 

Blizzard watches are in place for much of the region for Sunday night and Monday.

       
Watch Blake Shelton Mock The Bachelor on SNL
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Airlines cancel 85 flights at Chicago's O'Hare amid wet snow
  Source: The Washington Times - national 2015-01-25 11:31:14 (2 hours ago) 

CHICAGO (AP) - More than 85 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport as a sloppy mixture of snow and rain falls in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said Sunday that 85 flights were canceled as of 7:30 a. m., though the rest of the flight ...





Seattle Boat Show ties up to CenturyLink Event Center and South Lake Union
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 11:31:12 (2 hours ago) 
%%%30d0cd53ba230b4940532c56cd436198%%%The Seattle Boat Show – the largest show on the West Coast - ties up dockside to CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union in downtown Seattle is Sunday to Feb. 1.
8 ways to cut your cancer risk
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 11:31:12 (2 hours ago) 
Cancer can be seen as striking haphazardly, but research over the past 40 years shows that lifestyle factors play a huge role in who is diagnosed with the disease.
‘All the Light We Cannot See’ shines atop book sales list
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 11:31:12 (2 hours ago) 
“The 20/20 Diet” jumps into top nonfiction sales slot.
Smartphone gazer neglecting family life?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 11:31:12 (2 hours ago) 
It’s perfectly possible to find a healthy balance between human interaction and the life of the mind, writes Carolyn Hax, but here a phone-obsessed parent is showing contempt for her spouse’s feelings, a sign something more serious is wrong.
Community shocked by quadbike tragedy
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-01-25 11:31:06 (2 hours ago) 
The death of a six-year-old girl at a commemoration event for a boy killed on the roads has shaken a small Masterton community.




To sleep, perchance to dream painfree
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-01-25 11:31:06 (2 hours ago) 
In between her chemotherapy treatments terminally ill cancer patient Elise Manton is fundraising for a friend in need.
Family at scene of river tragedy
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-01-25 11:31:06 (2 hours ago) 
The family of a Hamilton man presumed drowned after disappearing in the Waikato River have descended on the city.
Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers
  Source: Slashdot 2015-01-25 11:31:03 (2 hours ago) 
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that In an abrupt U-turn, the California Department of Motor Vehicles late Friday retracted its finding that drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar must obtain commercial license plates. That determination — based on a 1935 state law — ignited a firestorm of criticism from the San Francisco startups and their supporters as stifling innovation. Commercial licenses are cumbersome to obtain, meaning they could impede the companies’ growth, which relies on getting new drivers, many of whom work just part time, into service quickly. And commercial registration probably would have necessitated that drivers get commercial insurance, which is significantly more expensive than personal auto insurance. Republican Assembly members threatened legislation over the “nonsensical” interpretation if the DMV didn’t reconsider its stance before Feb. 17. Now the department says it will do just that. That doesn't mean drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft can expect to be left alone by the DMV, though, which according to the article "will meet with regulators and the industry to work through the issue."

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LPT: Keep a folded hand towel hidden in the close vicinity of your desktop computer.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:30:57 (2 hours ago) 

I have this AND an exclusion zone divider taped onto my desk for hot drinks to the side of my mouse mat area.

Source: Very nearly wrote off my Blackwidow Ultimate and Deathadder this week with not one but TWO tea spillages on two consecutive days... after a life of never having done so once. My fast reactions likely saved the keyboard.

Bonus: Save silica gel desiccant and have a vac seal bag handy for when the worst happens with your electronics.

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Half Life 3
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Seven Hills loses one of its largest employers to Independence; Shoppes at Parma evacuated: Best of the Beat
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 11:30:57 (2 hours ago) 
Seven Hills is losing one of its largest employers and its $130,000 in income tax to neighboring Independence.
Police seek missing Northeast Philadelphia man
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-01-25 11:30:51 (2 hours ago) 
Howard Siegel, of the 3200 block of Tara Road in Northeast Philadelphia, was reported missing Saturday, police said.
Airlines cancel 85 flights at Chicago's O'Hare amid wet snow
  Source: Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper 2015-01-25 11:30:46 (2 hours ago) 

CHICAGO (AP) - More than 85 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport as a sloppy mixture of snow and rain falls in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said Sunday that 85 flights were canceled as of 7:30 a. m., though the rest of the flight ...

11 killed in pro-democracy protests in Egypt on 2011 uprising anniversary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 11:30:27 (2 hours ago) 
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Open-air swimming pool plans to launch in middle of Thames in London
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:30:26 (2 hours ago) 

Artist Tracey Emin to feature in promotional video for campaign, which is looking for £10m in online funding

An online crowd-funding campaign to build a £10m open-air swimming pool in the middle of the river Thames in central London is to launch next month.

Initial designs for the Thames Baths, which is to open next year on the Victoria Embankment if planning permission is granted, feature a 82ft by 32ft main pool, filtration system and pool-side decking.

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11 killed in pro-democracy protests in Egypt on 2011 uprising anniversary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:30:26 (2 hours ago) 
Two police officers were also wounded by a bomb explosion while security forces set up in Tahrir Square

Eleven people were killed during pro-democracy protests in Egypt and a bomb wounded two police officers on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said.

The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists facing one of Egypt’s toughest crackdowns have the resolve to challenge the US-backed government once again.

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Japanese PM stands firm on foreign policy after Isis hostage murder
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:30:26 (2 hours ago) 
Shinzo Abe says Japan will continue to play active role abroad after ‘unforgivable’ killing of Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has vowed his country will continue to play an active and constructive role abroad, undeterred by the execution of a Japanese security contractor by Islamic State extremists.

The apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa has shocked Japan and intensified anxiety over the fate of another hostage, Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist. However, there is little consensus on how to respond.

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Airlines cancel 85 flights at Chicago's O'Hare amid wet snow
  Source: Front - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper 2015-01-25 11:30:23 (2 hours ago) 

CHICAGO (AP) - More than 85 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport as a sloppy mixture of snow and rain falls in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said Sunday that 85 flights were canceled as of 7:30 a. m., though the rest of the flight ...

Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 11:30:20 (2 hours ago) 
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AirAsia fuselage lifted, then sinks
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
A new attempt to lift the submerged fuselage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 failed Sunday when a rope snapped after the wreckage reached the surface of the water, Indonesian officials said.
ISIS makes new demand to free hostage
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
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Big day for Greek voters
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
The left-wing party Syriza, which has vowed to renegotiate the terms of Greece's multibillion-euro bailout if it wins, has been leading in opinion polls going into the vote.
Boko Haram in fierce battle for Nigerian city
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
Hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday launched a predawn attack on the city of Maiduguri and were locked in a fierce battle with troops on the outskirts of the city, according to the military, residents and vigilantes.




Obama on Russia: 'Large countries don't bully smaller countries'
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
The military option is out, President Barack Obama said Sunday, but the U.S. will be looking at all other options to "ratchet up the pressure on Russia" on the issue of Ukraine.
President says there's progress with India on nuclear sticking point
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
The leaders of India and the U.S. say they've made progress on a deal allowing U.S. firms to cooperate on civilian nuclear power plants in India.
2016 race kicks off with long day of auditions
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
The 2016 Republican presidential race in Iowa got its unofficial start Saturday with a marathon of speeches, giving close to a dozen potential candidates a chance to introduce (or re-introduce) themselves to a core group of caucus-goers roughly one year before the contest.
Netanyahu visit continues to stir emotion
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says the United States shouldn't wade into Israeli politics -- even if the country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, plans to weigh in on American policies.
Lindsey Vonn gets record 64th World Cup win
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
The winning machine that is Lindsey Vonn proved unstoppable again Sunday with rivals left trailing in the World Cup super-G at St Moritz.




Radio and TV talk show pioneer dies
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin had died. He was 88.
4-year old calls 911, saves pregnant mom
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
Calise Manning is being called a hero for helping her pregnant mother and calling 911 operators in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Charges stem from protest over son's death
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-01-25 11:30:15 (2 hours ago) 
Still seeking justice in their son's death, Kendrick Johnson's parents and five other relatives face misdemeanor charges related to a 2013 protest, their attorney says. Each of the seven family members could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both.
John Mellencamp at the Aronoff Center
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 11:30:14 (2 hours ago) 

        
Up to 1 inch of snow on the way
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 11:30:14 (2 hours ago) 

Plenty of rain and snow is on the way to Cincinnati Sunday

        




Palm: UC could rise to 4 seed in NCAA tourney
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 11:30:14 (2 hours ago) 

Palm: UC could be in play for Nos. 4-5 NCAA seed

        
Boston hosting City Hall rally for Super Bowl-bound Patriots
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 11:30:12 (2 hours ago) 

BOSTON — Boston is sending off the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots with a rally at City Hall.

Mayor Marty Walsh is hosting the Monday celebration starting at 11 a.m. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick will address fans. So too will Patriots team captains Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater.

Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 11:30:11 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 11:30:09 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Nisman reporter flees Argentina
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 11:30:07 (2 hours ago) 
A journalist believed to have been the first to report the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman says he has fled the country, fearing for his life.




Ukraine vows to 'calm' fighting
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 11:30:07 (2 hours ago) 
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vows to "calm" fighting with pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine, a day after 30 people were killed in Mariupol.
Nisman reporter flees Argentina
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 11:30:07 (2 hours ago) 
A journalist believed to have been the first to report the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman says he has fled the country, fearing for his life.
Rally held over Fox 'Muslim' claims
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 11:30:07 (2 hours ago) 
A multi-faith rally, partly inspired by comments made on US TV describing Birmingham as a 'no-go area' for non-Muslims, is held.
Contestants vie for Miss Universe crown in Miami on Sunday
  Source: AP Top News 2015-01-25 11:30:05 (2 hours ago) 
MIAMI (AP) - A new Miss Universe will be crowned Sunday night in Miami, with participants from 88 countries taking part. The contestants were narrowed to 15 during Wednesday's preliminary competition, but the results won't be announced until the live show, which airs at 8 p.m. EST on NBC....
Why Campaign Finance Reform Is the First Issue That We Must Address
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:20:39 (2 hours ago) 

(Photo: takomabibelot/Flickr)

President Obama punctuated his State of the Union with a repeated refrain: “Surely we can agree.” With that mantra, he reminded us of our basic, universally shared values, foremost among them the inherent worth of every American life and the importance of giving all citizens a chance to succeed.

When the president enumerated what these values mean in practice - calling for child care, sick leave, equal pay, lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage - it was safe to assume the American public was nodding along. Indeed, a new poll released today by the Make It Work campaign, an advocacy group, finds that the vast majority of likely 2016 voters strongly support reforms like the ones Obama outlined.

“These ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families,” Obama said. “That is a fact. And that’s what all of us - Republicans and Democrats alike - were sent here to do.”

To see more stories like this, visit Moyers & Company at Truthout.

But while ordinary citizens overwhelmingly want tax breaks for the middle class, better wages and mandatory sick leave, many politicians are not interested in passing these reforms - because the super-wealthy individuals and powerful special interests funding our elections do not. This explains why Senate Republicans blocked the Fair Minimum Wage Act last year and have defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act four times since 2013.

The sad truth is this: Politicians of all stripes are beholden to their donors, not the American public. And as long as special interest groups and extremely wealthy individuals continue to bankroll campaigns, they’ll be the only ones getting what they want.

Nonetheless, some continue to fight for change. Today, exactly five years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave outside interest groups unlimited ability to fund-raise and influence elections, legislators reintroduced a “Defending Democracy” package of campaign finance reforms.

These bills and amendments are “about restoring confidence in our democracy and ending this unfettered spending by anonymous donors that overwhelms the rights of individual Americans to be heard,” said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in a press release.

The package, which has the support of at least 29 reform groups, includes the following proposed bills:

— The Empowering Citizens Act reforms the presidential public financing system, creates a congressional public financing system, shuts down individual-candidate super PACs and prohibits coordination between candidates and outside spending groups. Sponsors: Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

— The DISCLOSE Act closes dark-money loopholes by requiring groups that spend $10,000 or more on campaign-related expenditures to file disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission. Sponsors: Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

— The Democracy for All Amendment provides Congress and individual states with the authority to regulate campaign finance and distinguish between people and artificial entities. Key sponsors: Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Jim McGovern (D-MA).

— The Real-Time Transparency Act requires all political committees to disclose contributions of $1,000 or more. Sponsors: Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

— The Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act requires nonprofit organizations making campaign expenditures to disclose donors of $5,000 or more. Sponsor: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).

— The Shareholder Protection Act requires corporations to disclose election-related spending to shareholders and the public, even if the money goes indirectly through a third party. Sponsors: Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Capuano (D-MA).

Five years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision we’ve witnessed the most expensive elections ever, the rise of dark money and more than $1 billion in unlimited contributions into federal elections through super PACs.

To be sure, this reintroduced package of legislative remedies stands an infinitesimal chance of passage in the new GOP-led Congress. But there is value in keeping these common-sense reforms on the front burner, to reinforce where both parties stand on the most vital issue of our time for our democracy. Surely we can agree that our country should no longer be bought and sold by America’s moneyed interests at the expense of everyone else.





West Ham’s FA Cup blushes spared by Diafra Sakho winner at Bristol City
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:20:37 (2 hours ago) 

It was not convincing by any stretch and for long periods Bristol City threatened to add their name to the list of giantkilling acts of the weekend, but West Ham United ultimately found a way to overpower the League One club. Daifra Sakho, on as a second-half substitute and making his first appearance since picking up a back injury on New Year’s Day, met Andy Carroll’s cross with a far-post header to secure West Ham’s place in the last 16.

The goal arrived in the 81st minute and seemed cruel on City, who looked the more accomplished side at times but were left to rue their failure to make the most of several decent chances. West Ham were poor and Sam Allardyce will be relieved that the Premier League side were spared a replay. Deep in injury-time Matt Smith had threatened to haul Steve Cotterill’s side level but the striker, on loan from Fulham, headed a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas cross wide. It was that sort of day for City.

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Axa looks at cyber attack insurance policy in UK
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:20:37 (2 hours ago) 
Add-on policy sold in France aims to clean up private images and information posted online by hackers

Individuals afraid of cyber attacks may soon be able to buy insurance that would allow them to clean up the damage caused by hackers.

The insurance company Axa is already offering such insurance policies in France and is now looking at devising a similar policy for the UK market.

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11 killed in pro-democracy protests in Egypt on 2011 uprising anniversary
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:20:37 (2 hours ago) 
Two police officers were also wounded by a bomb explosion while security forces set up in Tahrir Square

Eleven people were killed during pro-democracy protests in Egypt and a bomb wounded two police officers on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said.

The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists facing one of Egypt’s toughest crackdowns have the resolve to challenge the US-backed government once again.

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Japanese PM stands firm on foreign policy after Isis hostage murder
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:20:37 (2 hours ago) 
Shinzo Abe says Japan will continue to play active role abroad after ‘unforgivable’ killing of Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has vowed his country will continue to play an active and constructive role abroad, undeterred by the execution of a Japanese security contractor by Islamic State extremists.

The apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa has shocked Japan and intensified anxiety over the fate of another hostage, Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist. However, there is little consensus on how to respond.

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At Least 30 Dead as Police Clash With Muslim Rebels in Philippines
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:20:26 (2 hours ago) 
The fighting threatens a year-old peace agreement and shattered a ceasefire that held for three years.




Five Best Online Presentation Creation Tools
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-01-25 11:20:24 (2 hours ago) 

You don't have to download an office suite to build great-looking presentations for work, a talk, or school. There are plenty of online options that work well from any computer with a web browser, whether it's your desktop, a PC at work, or a laptop on the go. This week we're looking at five of the best.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 11:20:18 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kendrick Johnson's parents may face jail
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 11:20:14 (2 hours ago) 
Still seeking justice in their son's death, Kendrick Johnson's parents will face the justice system themselves Monday on misdemeanor charges related to a 2013 protest, their attorney said.
Man shoots, kills three members of his family, then himself: police
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-01-25 11:20:14 (2 hours ago) 
In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.
Airlines cancel 85 flights at O'Hare amid wet snow
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-01-25 11:20:14 (2 hours ago) 
More than 85 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport as a sloppy mixture of snow and rain falls in the Chicago area.










Female terrorists finding their place in Islamic militants' ranks
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-01-25 11:20:11 (2 hours ago) 
From bikini-clad beachgoer to veiled jihadist fugitive, the partner of Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly underwent a startling metamorphosis that illuminates the dangerous potential behind militant groups' efforts to increase their recruiting of female terrorists.
Man shoots, kills three members of his family, then himself: police
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-01-25 11:20:11 (2 hours ago) 
In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 11:20:10 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 11:20:10 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Signs of progress: One month with Android Wear 5.0
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-01-25 11:20:09 (2 hours ago) 

Android Wear 5.0 came out last month—it was the third noteworthy update to the wearable OS, following versions 4.4W.1 and 4.4W.2. It's not a significant enough update to merit its own standalone review, but it's been a while since our last check-in with the platform. Plus, the launch of the Apple Watch is just a few months away at most.

Google also recently sent us another Android Wear watch we hadn't seen before—LG's G Watch R, the round version of the regular square G Watch we looked at back when Android Wear launched. It looks more like a finished product today, where as the first G Watch looked like no-frills development hardware. The G Watch R also doesn't use the old power-hungry internals that give the Moto 360 so many problems.

So armed with a new watch and new software, we spent a full month wearing Android Wear to get a sense of how far it's come since its original release a little over six months ago. While not all of our initial complaints have been addressed, not by a long shot, there are definitely signs of progress.

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Contestants vie for Miss Universe crown in Miami on Sunday
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-01-25 11:20:08 (2 hours ago) 
MIAMI (AP) -- A new Miss Universe will be crowned Sunday night in Miami, with participants from 88 countries taking part....
'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt
  Source: The Register 2015-01-25 11:11:08 (2 hours ago) 
'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt
  Source: The Register 2015-01-25 11:11:08 (2 hours ago) 
Translation: GOOGLE will be EVERYWHERE at ALL TIMES

Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt misled the world last week by claiming that – one day – the internet will vanish.…

Minnesota man accused of escaping from Fargo halfway house
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:11:02 (2 hours ago) 
A man serving time on a racketeering charge is accused of walking away from a Fargo halfway house.
Bayonne cop beat man with flashlight and lied on reports, feds say: Police officer Domenico Lillo was charged with the deprivation of civil rights under color of law and falsification of records
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:10:53 (2 hours ago) 
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140,000,000 people without power in Pakistan after terrorist attack
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:10:53 (2 hours ago) 
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TIL Indonesian scientists have developed a *male* birth control pill that has been proven 99.96% effective in clinical testing
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:10:53 (2 hours ago) 
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Left the house to go see a movie, came home with this little guy.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 11:10:53 (2 hours ago) 
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Belgium Confronts the Jihadist Danger Within
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 11:10:50 (2 hours ago) 
The thwarted terrorist operation highlighted the dangers posed by a well-developed underground pipeline that has made Belgium the biggest per capita contributor in Europe of fighters to Syria.
Op-Ed Columnist: Pope Francis, Birth Control and American Catholics
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 11:10:50 (2 hours ago) 
St. Francis was said to preach to birds. Pope Francis just said the darnedest thing about bunnies.




[Ticker] EU ministers to meet Thursday on Mariupol attack
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-01-25 11:10:45 (2 hours ago) 
EU foreign affairs chief Mogherini has convened an emergency foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels Thursday following an attack by Russia-controlled fighters on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. US leader Obama Sunday in India said he is ready to increase "economic pressure" on Russia but not to give Ukraine military assistance.


Calendar: Week of January 26
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-01-25 11:10:36 (2 hours ago) 
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead
Female terrorists finding their place in Islamic militants' ranks
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-01-25 11:10:35 (2 hours ago) 
From bikini-clad beachgoer to veiled jihadist fugitive, the partner of Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly underwent a startling metamorphosis that illuminates the dangerous potential behind militant groups' efforts to increase their recruiting of female terrorists.
Marco Rubio continues to send clear messages of a 2016 run for president
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 11:10:24 (2 hours ago) 

First-term Republican senator from Florida will join several other potential candidates at the closing event of Sunday’s Freedom Summit in Iowa

Florida senator Marco Rubio is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016.

The first-term Republican lawmaker planned to join several other potential candidates at a gathering Sunday in Palm Springs, California, organised by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, who have a keen interest in the party’s contenders.

Related: Heavyweight Republicans line up to claim the conservative mantle for 2016

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Japanese PM stands firm on foreign policy after Isis hostage murder
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 11:10:24 (2 hours ago) 
Shinzo Abe says Japan will continue to play active role abroad after ‘unforgivable’ killing of Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State Continue reading...




Majority of UK’s most influential had independent school education – survey
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-01-25 11:10:23 (2 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie visits Kurdish refugees: 'we are failing in Iraq' - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:10:23 (2 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie visits a Kurdish refugee camp in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. The US actress says the international community is failing to address the fierce conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and calls on world leaders to find a way to move forward. 'For all the immense efforts and good intentions, the international community is failing,' she says Continue reading...
West Ham’s FA Cup blushes spared by Diafra Sakho winner at Bristol City
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:10:23 (2 hours ago) 

It was not convincing by any stretch and for long periods Bristol City threatened to add their name to the list of giantkilling acts this weekend, but West Ham United ultimately found a way to overpower the League One club. Daifra Sakho, on as a second-half substitute and making his first appearance since picking up a back injury on New Year’s Day, met Andy Carroll’s cross with a far-post header to secure West Ham’s place in the last 16.

The goal arrived in the 81st minute and felt cruel on City, who looked the more accomplished side at times but were left to rue their failure to make the most of several decent chances. West Ham were poor and Sam Allardyce will be relieved that the Premier League club were spared a replay. Deep in injury-time Matt Smith had threatened to haul Steve Cotterill’s side level but the striker, on loan from Fulham, headed a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas cross wide. It was that sort of day for City.

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Axa looks at cyber attack insurance policy in UK
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 11:10:23 (2 hours ago) 
Add-on policy sold in France aims to clean up private images and information posted online by hackers

Individuals afraid of cyber attacks may soon be able to buy insurance that would allow them to clean up the damage caused by hackers.

The insurance company Axa is already offering such insurance policies in France and is now looking at devising a similar policy for the UK market.

Continue reading...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 11:10:18 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Kendrick Johnson's parents could be jailed for protest
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 11:10:14 (2 hours ago) 
Clint Eastwood talks 'American Sniper's' 'antiwar statement,' Bradley Cooper's weight loss
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 11:10:10 (2 hours ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 11:10:10 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 11:10:09 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Bristol City 0-1 West Ham United
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 11:10:07 (2 hours ago) 
West Ham recover from a strong start by League One Bristol City to win 1-0 courtesy of a Diafra Sakho strike and reach the FA Cup fifth round.




At least 10 killed in Egypt protests
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 11:10:07 (2 hours ago) 
At least 10 people are killed in Cairo during street protests marking the fourth anniversary of the start Egypt's 2011 uprising.
Vexed Mexes: Europe's angriest footballer?
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 11:10:07 (2 hours ago) 
AC Milan's Philippe Mexes grabs the throats of two Lazio players after being sent off in fiery Serie A clash.
At least 10 killed in Egypt protests
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 11:10:07 (2 hours ago) 
At least 10 people are killed in Cairo during street protests marking the fourth anniversary of the start Egypt's 2011 uprising.
Ukraine vows to 'calm' fighting
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 11:10:07 (2 hours ago) 
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vows to "calm" fighting with pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine, a day after 30 people were killed in shelling in Mariupol.
Eighty People Control Half of the World's Wealth and All of the Elected Officials
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:00:41 (2 hours ago) 

Today, the bulk of the wealth is in the hands of just 80 people. Global poverty has continued to rise and it’s only going to get worse. Oxfam has predicted that if we do nothing, the wealthiest one percent of the world will control the same amount of wealth as the other 99 percent do combined.

(Photo: World Economic Forum/Benedikt von Loebell; Edited: JR / TO)

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The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting began in Davos, Switzerland.  The meeting convenes “global leaders from across business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society for strategic dialogues which map the key transformations reshaping the world.”  The hope is that the dialogue will lead to action on the part of the participating nations to improve conditions in their own communities, with an understanding that we are all globally connected.  The idea is that the actions in one community can affect another anywhere in the world.

The current state of global economic inequality shows just how tenuous that connection is.

In what has now become tradition, Oxfam International, a confederation of organizations dedicated to fighting poverty, issued a report on the current state of economic inequality. Last year’s report sent shockwaves through the world by announcing that just 85 people controlled the same amount of wealth as the bottom 3 billion people combined.  That was even more dramatic than 2010 when it took 388 people to control that much wealth.

Today, the bulk of the wealth is in the hands of just 80 people.

The reasons for the dramatic change are much as they have always been. The global recession had disproportionate negative effects on those in the middle and bottom of the economic scale. As most of the population slid down the scale, the recovery went quickly upwards. While the majority of the population relied on income, which decreased or disappeared, the rich had assets. Those assets grew in value just as the returns on investments began to bounce back. The rich got richer simply because with assets, it’s difficult to not remain wealthy.

Oxfam releases the report every year just as global leaders gather in Davos because the key to reversing the trend lies in the hands of government. The problem requires a coordinated global effort to tackle inequality, such as punishing tax dodging by corporations and wealthy individuals. Other initiatives include: Universal public services (i.e. health and education), shifting the burden of taxation from labor and consumption to capital and wealth, living wages, equal pay, and adequate safety nets that include a minimum income.

Interestingly, many of these policies have been promoted – and rejected – here in America.

Thirty-five of the 80 individuals controlling wealth hold American passports. Many of the names are familiar, such as Bill Gates, the Waltons of Wal-Mart fame, George Soros, Warren Buffett, both Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. It is also no surprise that many of these names are often seen on the same donor lists of politicians across the nation, Congress and our recent presidents. The Oxfam report notes than nearly 12 percent of political contributions come from the list of 80 billionaires.

In the first few weeks of the 114th Congress, legislation was introduced to roll back regulations on Wall Street, as well as consumer protection laws that have been in place. While voters have repeatedly said they want improved education, universal healthcare and a real chance at the American dream, our elected officials seem to not hear the public’s demands. These same elected officials are dependent on the money from the wealthiest, but are also responsible for creating policies that would reverse the flow of that wealth towards a more equitable distribution.

What we have here is not a failure to communicate but a clear and dangerous conflict of interest.

The inability to invest in assets, such as houses, savings, or highly expensive art has left the majority of the world with little to show for their hard work.  Global poverty has continued to rise and it’s only going to get worse. Oxfam has predicted that if we do nothing, the wealthiest one percent of the world will control the same amount of wealth as the other 99 percent do combined.

The estimated time of arrival for this global wealth distribution is next year.





The Next Big Progressive Battle: A Living Wage
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:00:41 (2 hours ago) 

Part of a global protest held on May 15, 2014 against exploitative labor practices. (Photo: Bob Simpson/Flickr)

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On New Year’s Day, 20 states raised their minimum wages. That leaves a lot of states that aren’t increasing the minimum wage - along with the federal government.

Even some of those employees who are getting increases don’t have much to celebrate. Workers in Florida might barely notice their 12-cents-an-hour raise. And the extra 15 cents an hour in Montana, Arizona, and Missouri will be wiped out with inflation and climbing costs before the first paycheck is deposited.

U.S. legislators have refused since 2009 to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour - not even close to enough for full-time workers to make ends meet.

To put it bluntly, minimum wage is a poverty wage. Yet only 29 states have minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate - and some just barely.

In last year’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Although Congress turned a deaf ear, activists took up the challenge. “Fight for $15” movements across the country won among the most powerful progressive victories of 2014.

Cheers to cities like Seattle and San Francisco with minimum wage plans that will increase rates to $15 an hour in the next few years. Huge congratulations to voters in Oakland, California, as well in Arkansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and others who voted for significant minimum wage increases.

But the truth is, while it’s a great start, none of these increases goes far enough, or lifts workers out of poverty fast enough. What’s needed is a living wage that allows full-time workers to cover their basic needs and have a little savings left over in case of an emergency.

The Job Gap Economic Prosperity series - a collection of research reports by the Alliance for a Just Society - shows that a living wage comes to over $15 an hour for a single adult in most states studied. A parent supporting a child needs to earn closer to $22 or $23 an hour.

Women and people of color are least likely to earn a living wage, with half or more working full-time and not making enough to make ends meet.

Poverty-level pay is taken for granted at restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, and major retailers like Wal-Mart, that would rather invest in government lobbyists to keep wages low than in their employees.

“If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it,” Obama implored Congress in his latest State of the Union address. “If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”

The sub-minimum wage for tipped workers has been stuck at $2.13 an hour for 24 long years. Imagine going to work every day, hoping beyond hope that the tips will make up for the tiny hourly wage. No worker should be a second-class employee.

Refusing to pay employees a wage they can live on isn’t a business plan. Paying employees enough so they can shop or dine at your business or neighboring businesses and grow the local economy - now that’s smart.

A full-time job should lead to financial stability, not poverty. We must continue to push Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and abolish the separate tipped minimum wage.

In the meantime, keep up the “Fight for $15.” We know that we can motivate our mayors, city councils, and state legislators by speaking out, sharing our stories, and presenting the facts. Most importantly, we have to vote.

Let’s make 2015 the year for $15 - and really have something to celebrate next New Year.

Humanity's Future: Below Replacement Fertility?
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 11:00:41 (2 hours ago) 

United Nations, January 15, 2015 - Is below replacement level fertility the future for humanity? The answer to this seemingly simple question regarding human reproduction is not only of considerable demographic concern, but also has enormous social, economic and environmental consequences for the planet.

Aside from a global mortality catastrophe, the future size of the world’s population is determined basically by the number of children women bear. If the average number of births per woman remains more than about two, world population continues to increase.

However, if women on average have less than two births, then world population eventually decreases. A fertility rate of 2.1 births per woman under low mortality conditions is the replacement level, which over time results in population stabilisation.

Throughout most of human history women bore many children. In addition to offsetting high rates of infant and child mortality, a large number of children provided valuable assistance, needed labour and personal meaning to rural households as well as old-age support to parents.

At the beginning of the 20th century average global fertility was still about six births per woman. By 1950 world fertility had declined slightly to five births per woman, with less than a handful of countries having rates below the replacement level (Figure 1).

(Source: United Nations Population Division)

At that time, most of the largest countries, such as Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey, had rates of six or more births per woman. In addition, 29 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, had average fertility rates of seven or more births per woman.

As a result of the high fertility rates and comparatively low death rates, world population grew very rapidly during the 20th century, especially in the second half. World population nearly quadrupled during the past century, an unprecedented demographic phenomenon, increasing from 1.6 to 6.1 billion.

Also during the past 50 years, historic declines in fertility rates occurred, resulting in a halving of the world’s average rate to 2.5 births per woman. Those remarkable fertility declines are unequivocal and widespread, with lower rates in virtually every country.

In 1950, 101 countries, or 44 percent of world population, had a fertility rate of six or more births per woman. Today 12 countries – with all but two in sub-Saharan Africa, representing five percent of world population – have a fertility rate of six or more births per woman.

In addition, the transition from high fertility to below replacement levels took place in all European countries as well as in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. The transition to below replacement fertility also occurred across a broad and diverse range of developing countries, including Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Iran, Lebanon, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia and Vietnam. In sum, 75 countries, or close to half of the world’s population, are experiencing fertility rates below the replacement level (Figure 1).

With regard to future fertility levels, two key questions stand out. First, will countries with below replacement fertility remain at those levels? And second, in the coming decades will the remaining 126 countries also end up with below replacement fertility?

While future fertility rebounds cannot be ruled out, the general pattern over the last five decades has been unmistakable: once fertility falls below the replacement level, it tends to stay there. That trend has especially been the case for the many countries where fertility has fallen below 1.6 births per woman, such as Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Russia.

Some countries consider sustained below replacement fertility as a threat to their economies and societies and have attempted to return to at least the replacement level through various pro-natalist policies, programmes and incentives, including reduced taxes, subsidised care for children and bonuses. However, such government attempts have by and large not achieved their objectives.

The forces that brought about declines in fertility to historic lows are widely recognised and include lower mortality rates, increased urbanisation, widespread education, improvements in the status of women, availability of modern contraceptives and delayed marriage and childbearing.

Other important factors include the costs of childrearing, employment and economic independence of women, divorce and separation, the decline of marriage, co-habitation, childless lifestyles and the need to save for longer years of retirement and elder care. Those forces and factors are likely to continue and become increasingly widespread globally.

According to United Nations medium-variant population projections, by mid-century the number of countries with below replacement fertility is expected to nearly double, reaching 139 countries (Figure 1). Together those countries will account for 75 percent of the world’s population at that time.

Some of the populous countries expected to fall below the replacement fertility level by 2050 include Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. Looking further into the future, below replacement fertility is expected in 184 countries by the end of the century, with the global fertility rate falling below two births per woman (Figure 1).

It is certainly difficult to imagine rapid transitions to low fertility in today’s high-fertility countries, such as Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, where average rates are more than six births per woman. However, rapid transitions from high to low fertility levels have happened in diverse social, economic and political settings.

With social and economic development, including those forces favouring low fertility, and the changing lifestyles of women and men, the transition to below replacement fertility in nearly all the remaining countries with high birth rates may well occur in the coming decades of the 21st century.

Edited by Kitty Stapp

Angelina Jolie visits Kurdish refugees: 'we are failing in Iraq' - video
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:00:38 (2 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie visits a Kurdish refugee camp in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. The US actress says the international community is failing to address the fierce conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and calls on world leaders to find a way to move forward. 'For all the immense efforts and good intentions, the international community is failing,' she says Continue reading...
Sundance 2015 review: The Overnight – swinging with Jason Schwartzman is only fun at first
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:00:38 (2 hours ago) 

Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling are seduced by Schwartzman and his wife after they demonstrate a lactation machine in this initially promising but swiftly thin comedy

It’s sometimes hard to recognize when we are living in a times of legends. Jason Schwartzman shouldn’t be compared to the current crop of funnymen that appear in film today, such as Jason Segel or Bill Hader or his The Overnight co-star Adam Scott. He should be ranked alongside true innovators like Bob Hope or Jack Benny, the type of performer who can draw a laugh before they even open their mouths. Whether as the lead in the HBO series Bored to Death or in a bit part in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the dichotomy between his diminutive stature and his profound cockiness is, truly, a joke that never gets old.

But Patrick Brice’s film The Overnight really puts this theory to the test. There are indeed a few laughs in this 21st century Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice, but its meandering, seemingly ad-hoc script and repeated one note joke make for an unfulfilling experience.

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Six skiers die in avalanche in French Alps
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 11:00:38 (2 hours ago) 
Four men and two women were trekking at 7,900ft when they were buried in one of deadliest snowslide in years

Six experienced skiers have been killed in one of the deadliest avalanches in recent years in the French Alps.

The skiers – four men and two women aged between 58 and 73 – had been trekking at 7,900ft when they were swept to their deaths.

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Balloon Crew Launches in Bid to Break Two Major Records
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:00:25 (2 hours ago) 
An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route.






Cold Case, Hot Tip: Will Weird Lead Solve 1990 Hit-Run?
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-01-25 11:00:25 (2 hours ago) 
Phillip Zerrillo was on a country road when he was struck and left to die. State Police reopened the case based on a tip from a mystery woman.






Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 11:00:16 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Netanyahu visit continues to stir emotion
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-01-25 11:00:13 (2 hours ago) 
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says the United States shouldn't wade into Israeli politics -- even if the country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, plans to weigh in on American policies.
Balloonists lift off from Japan bound for North America
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-01-25 11:00:12 (2 hours ago) 
An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route.




Balloonists lift off from Japan bound for North America
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-01-25 11:00:12 (2 hours ago) 
An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route.
Selfie sticks: Theme-park boom or bust?
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-01-25 11:00:09 (2 hours ago) 
While visiting the Magic Kingdom, Maria Guerrero used a "selfie stick" to take a photo of herself, her mother and her cousin with Cinderella Castle looming in the background.
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 11:00:08 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 11:00:08 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






'Birdman'? 'Boyhood'? SAG Awards to offer Oscar preview
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-01-25 11:00:06 (2 hours ago) 
The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards should offer a low-key preview to the Academy Awards and a chance for favorites to begin polishing up their acceptance speeches....




Romanians Protest Swiss Franc Loans Repayments
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-01-25 11:00:02 (2 hours ago) 
Romanians protest repayments for Swiss franc loans, blame the banks, urge new laws
Sunday story: Discipline approach puts intervention over suspension
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 10:51:15 (2 hours ago) 
%%%e038da52a1dbebee2852df92d3827ec2%%%After a decade in classrooms, cheering on young people and believing in their progress, David Levine’s faith finally wilted. Three of his top students had walked into the front office at Big Picture High School reeking of marijuana at the precise moment th
Minnesota man serving time for racketeering accused of walking away from Fargo halfway house
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 10:51:10 (2 hours ago) 
Will Latin America take home the Miss Universe crown again Sunday?
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 10:51:10 (2 hours ago) 
Screen Actors Guild Awards to offer Oscar preview; 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood' are the films to beat
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 10:51:10 (2 hours ago) 




Kyrgios to meet Murray in in Australian Open quarterfinals
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:51:09 (2 hours ago) 
He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Sunday by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park.
Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?
  Source: Slashdot 2015-01-25 10:51:07 (2 hours ago) 
Bram Stolk writes So, I am running GNU/Linux on a modern Haswell CPU, with an old Radeon HD5xxx from 2009. I'm pretty happy with the open source Gallium driver for 3D acceleration. But now I want to do some GPGPU development using OpenCL on this box, and the old GPU will no longer cut it. What do my fellow technophiles from Slashdot recommend as a replacement GPU? Go NVIDIA, go AMD, or just use the integrated Intel GPU instead? Bonus points for open sourced solutions. Performance not really important, but OpenCL driver maturity is.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








[WP] During a routine checkup with your doctor you both discover your butthole is the stargate. The governments of the world are now out to capture you and harness the power of your ass.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 10:51:00 (2 hours ago) 
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Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter: A Nasa probe is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto, after travelling 5bn km (3bn miles) and nine years to get near the dwarf planet.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 10:51:00 (2 hours ago) 
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Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training - "Study participants in the “My Voice, My Choice” program practiced saying 'no' to unwanted sexual advances in an immersive virtual environment"
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GIF that Wikipedia uses to explain how cats always land on their feet via spine movement
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Heterochromiac afghan girl with her heterochromiac afghan cat
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 10:51:00 (2 hours ago) 
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Shooting at Euclid apartment complex sends man to hospital
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 10:50:59 (2 hours ago) 
The shooting happened at Cultural Gardens Apartments, according to Euclid police.
More snow to fall in Philadelphia region
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-01-25 10:50:52 (2 hours ago) 
Snow is forecast to fall in the Philadelphia area beginning Sunday night, possibly totaling 6 or more inches by Tuesday morning.
Cold Case, Hot Tip: Will Weird Lead Solve 1990 Hit-Run?
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-01-25 10:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Phillip Zerrillo was on a country road when he was struck and left to die. State Police reopened the case based on a tip from a mystery woman.










After the Vatican's dove disaster, a new tactic
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-01-25 10:50:45 (2 hours ago) 
The tradition of releasing doves as a gesture of peace in St. Peter's Square turned into a major PR headache last year
Crews working to restore power across California after winds wreak havoc
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 10:50:32 (2 hours ago) 

A brief but powerful round of winds toppled trees and power lines in Los Angeles and other southern parts of the state that affected more than 54,0000 customers

Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers – mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

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Angelina Jolie visits Kurdish refugees: 'we are failing in Iraq' - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 10:50:32 (2 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie visits a Kurdish refugee camp in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. The US actress says the international community is failing to address the fierce conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and calls on world leaders to find a way to move forward. 'For all the immense efforts and good intentions, the international community is failing,' she says Continue reading...
Six skiers die in avalanche in French Alps
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 10:50:32 (2 hours ago) 
Four men and two women were trekking at 7,900ft when they were buried in one of deadliest snowslide in years Continue reading...
Sundance 2015 review: The Overnight – swinging with Jason Schwartzman is only fun at first
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:50:31 (2 hours ago) 

Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling are seduced by Schwartzman and his wife after they demonstrate a lactation machine in this initially promising but swiftly thin comedy

Continue reading...




Six skiers die in avalanche in French Alps
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:50:30 (2 hours ago) 
Four men and two women were trekking at 7,900ft when they were buried in one of deadliest snowslide in years

Six experienced skiers have been killed in one of the deadliest avalanches in recent years in the French Alps.

The skiers – four men and two women aged between 58 and 73 – had been trekking at 7,900ft when they were swept to their deaths.

Continue reading...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 10:50:20 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Study: Cincinnati lagging in recession recovery
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 10:50:14 (2 hours ago) 

Manufacturing, business, financial and professional services here shrank last year.

        
Palm: UC could be in play for Nos. 4-5 NCAA seed
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-01-25 10:50:14 (2 hours ago) 

Palm: UC could be in play for Nos. 4-5 NCAA seed

        
After the Vatican's peace dove disaster, a new tactic
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 10:50:13 (2 hours ago) 
The tradition of releasing doves as a gesture of peace in St. Peter's Square turned into a major PR headache last year




​Ayad Akhtar on his Muslim experience
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 10:50:13 (2 hours ago) 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind the Broadway play "Disgraced" is not afraid to confront one of the most polarizing issues of the day: Islam and its place in America
Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:50:12 (2 hours ago) 
Sundance: James Franco on 'The Interview's' VOD release, superhero films
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:50:12 (2 hours ago) 
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 10:50:11 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 10:50:10 (2 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.










Is Thailand's 'phoney war' over?
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 10:50:08 (2 hours ago) 
Impeachment of ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra is a major step
Probe into care home minibus death
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:50:08 (2 hours ago) 
An investigation has been launched after an elderly woman was crushed by a runaway minibus in the car park of her care home.
Contestants Vie for Miss Universe Crown in Miami on Sunday
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-01-25 10:50:02 (2 hours ago) 
Will Latin America take home the Miss Universe crown again Sunday?
Humanity's Future: Below Replacement Fertility?
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 10:40:34 (3 hours ago) 

United Nations, January 15, 2015 - Is below replacement level fertility the future for humanity? The answer to this seemingly simple question regarding human reproduction is not only of considerable demographic concern, but also has enormous social, economic and environmental consequences for the planet.

Aside from a global mortality catastrophe, the future size of the world’s population is determined basically by the number of children women bear. If the average number of births per woman remains more than about two, world population continues to increase.

However, if women on average have less than two births, then world population eventually decreases. A fertility rate of 2.1 births per woman under low mortality conditions is the replacement level, which over time results in population stabilisation.

Throughout most of human history women bore many children. In addition to offsetting high rates of infant and child mortality, a large number of children provided valuable assistance, needed labour and personal meaning to rural households as well as old-age support to parents.

At the beginning of the 20th century average global fertility was still about six births per woman. By 1950 world fertility had declined slightly to five births per woman, with less than a handful of countries having rates below the replacement level (Figure 1).

(Source: United Nations Population Division)

At that time, most of the largest countries, such as Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey, had rates of six or more births per woman. In addition, 29 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, had average fertility rates of seven or more births per woman.

As a result of the high fertility rates and comparatively low death rates, world population grew very rapidly during the 20th century, especially in the second half. World population nearly quadrupled during the past century, an unprecedented demographic phenomenon, increasing from 1.6 to 6.1 billion.

Also during the past 50 years, historic declines in fertility rates occurred, resulting in a halving of the world’s average rate to 2.5 births per woman. Those remarkable fertility declines are unequivocal and widespread, with lower rates in virtually every country.

In 1950, 101 countries, or 44 percent of world population, had a fertility rate of six or more births per woman. Today 12 countries – with all but two in sub-Saharan Africa, representing five percent of world population – have a fertility rate of six or more births per woman.

In addition, the transition from high fertility to below replacement levels took place in all European countries as well as in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. The transition to below replacement fertility also occurred across a broad and diverse range of developing countries, including Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Iran, Lebanon, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia and Vietnam. In sum, 75 countries, or close to half of the world’s population, are experiencing fertility rates below the replacement level (Figure 1).

With regard to future fertility levels, two key questions stand out. First, will countries with below replacement fertility remain at those levels? And second, in the coming decades will the remaining 126 countries also end up with below replacement fertility?

While future fertility rebounds cannot be ruled out, the general pattern over the last five decades has been unmistakable: once fertility falls below the replacement level, it tends to stay there. That trend has especially been the case for the many countries where fertility has fallen below 1.6 births per woman, such as Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Russia.

Some countries consider sustained below replacement fertility as a threat to their economies and societies and have attempted to return to at least the replacement level through various pro-natalist policies, programmes and incentives, including reduced taxes, subsidised care for children and bonuses. However, such government attempts have by and large not achieved their objectives.

The forces that brought about declines in fertility to historic lows are widely recognised and include lower mortality rates, increased urbanisation, widespread education, improvements in the status of women, availability of modern contraceptives and delayed marriage and childbearing.

Other important factors include the costs of childrearing, employment and economic independence of women, divorce and separation, the decline of marriage, co-habitation, childless lifestyles and the need to save for longer years of retirement and elder care. Those forces and factors are likely to continue and become increasingly widespread globally.

According to United Nations medium-variant population projections, by mid-century the number of countries with below replacement fertility is expected to nearly double, reaching 139 countries (Figure 1). Together those countries will account for 75 percent of the world’s population at that time.

Some of the populous countries expected to fall below the replacement fertility level by 2050 include Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. Looking further into the future, below replacement fertility is expected in 184 countries by the end of the century, with the global fertility rate falling below two births per woman (Figure 1).

It is certainly difficult to imagine rapid transitions to low fertility in today’s high-fertility countries, such as Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, where average rates are more than six births per woman. However, rapid transitions from high to low fertility levels have happened in diverse social, economic and political settings.

With social and economic development, including those forces favouring low fertility, and the changing lifestyles of women and men, the transition to below replacement fertility in nearly all the remaining countries with high birth rates may well occur in the coming decades of the 21st century.

Edited by Kitty Stapp

Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 10:40:15 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




When the state claims custody of a fetus, it requires an incubator
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-01-25 10:40:13 (3 hours ago) 
On Thursday, January 22, having failed to win a pardon from the El Salvadoran justice system, a young woman won her freedom after a pardon was granted by El Salvador's Parliamentary Assembly, according to Amnesty International. The young woman, "Guadalupe," has already served seven years of the 30-year jail sentence she received after suffering a miscarriage the state judged to be an abortion.
El Salvador has one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world, criminalizing abortion on all grounds, even when a woman or girls’ life or health is in danger and in cases of rape. Women and girls suspected of having illegal abortions are also often cruelly and deliberately charged with homicide, as in Guadalupe’s case. And so most Americans can return to our everyday lives feeling that justice has been served and being grateful that America is a bastion of human rights, unlike our sovereign neighbors to the south.

Well, they can do so if they choose to ignore the fact that what happened to Guadalupe in El Salvador happens here on a regular basis. American women, in states both red and blue, have been detained, imprisoned, and even forced to undergo unwanted surgery because they have been guilty of being pregnant. In 2006, Julie B. Ehrlich and Lynn M. Paltrow of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) wrote:

Pregnant women have been arrested and jailed in South Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota and New Hampshire, among other states, based on the claim that pregnant women can be considered child abusers even before they have given birth.

Women targeted for these arrests are usually those with untreated drug or alcohol problems.

Other women have also been arrested for endangering the fetus by not getting to the hospital quickly enough on the day of delivery and by not following doctor's advice to get bed rest. One woman who suffered a stillbirth was arrested for murder based on the claim that by exercising her right to medical decision-making and postponing a Caesarean section, she caused the death of her child.

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Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 10:40:07 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 10:40:07 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






First female executive at Emerson dies on cruise in Asia
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-01-25 10:40:01 (3 hours ago) 
JoAnn Harmon Arnold handed out millions of dollars from Emerson's charitable arm.
India-U.S. Delhi Declaration of Friendship
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 10:31:16 (3 hours ago) 

“Chalein saath saath; forward together we go.” Reflecting the close ties between our two great democracies, India and the United States agree to elevate our long-standing strategic partnership, with a Declaration of Friendship that strengthens and expands the relationship between our two countries

“Sanjha Prayaas, SabkaVikaas; Shared Effort, Progress For All.” Each step we take to strengthen the relationship is a step towards shaping international security, regional and global peace, prosperity and stability for years to come.

Signaling the natural affinity enjoyed by our two nations, this Declaration proclaims a higher level  of trust and coordination that will continue to draw our Governments and people together across the spectrum of human endeavor for a better world.

The India-U.S. Vision Statement endorsed in September 2014 committed our nations to a long-term partnership for prosperity and peace, through which our countries work together to make our citizens and the global community, safer and more prosperous. 

The Declaration makes tangible and enduring the commitment of our two countries to harness the inherent potential of our two democracies, and upgrades the unique nature of our relationship, committing our Governments to work through areas of difference.

Through this Declaration of Friendship and in keeping with our national principles and laws, we respect:

Equal opportunity for all our people through democracy, effective governance, and fundamental freedoms; An open, just, sustainable, and inclusive rule-based global order; The importance of strengthened bilateral defense ties; The importance of adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change through national, bilateral and multilateral efforts; The beneficial impact that sustainable, inclusive development will have on our two countries and the world; The centrality of economic policies that support the creation of strong and sustainable jobs, inclusive development, and rising incomes; and Transparent and rule-based markets that seek to drive the trade and investment necessary to uplift all members of society and promote economic development. 

As part of this Declaration of Friendship, we commit to:

Hold regular Summits with increased periodicity; Elevate the Strategic Dialogue to a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, of which the Strategic elements would continue to be chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India and the U.S. Secretary of State and the Commercial components of the Dialogue would be led by India’s Minister of Trade and Commerce and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.  This reflects the United States’ and India’s commitment to strengthen commercial and economic ties to advance mutual prosperity, regional economic growth and stability; Establish secure hotlines between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States of America and National Security Advisors; Cooperate to develop joint ventures on strategically significant projects; Build meaningful security and effective counterterrorism cooperation; Hold regional and multilateral consultations; Consult and hold regular consultations in multilateral forums; and Leverage the talents and strengths of our people to enhance sustainable, inclusive development around the globe.




Fact Sheet: U.S. and India Climate and Clean Energy Cooperation
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 10:31:16 (3 hours ago) 

To further support the achievement of our ambitious climate and clean energy goals, the United States and India have pledged to enhance our cooperation in this area.  The United States welcomes India’s intention to increase the share of renewable energy in electricity generation consistent with its intended goal to increase India’s solar capacity to 100 GW by 2022, and intends to support India’s goal by enhancing cooperation in clean energy and climate change.  Our two countries already have a robust program of cooperation, including the highly successful U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) umbrella program, and we will expand policy dialogues and technical work on clean energy and low greenhouse gas emissions technologies. 

The United States and India agreed on:

Enhancing Bilateral Climate Change Cooperation: President Obama and Prime Minister Modi, stressing the importance of working together and with other countries on climate change, plan to cooperate closely this year to achieve a successful and ambitious agreement in Paris. Cooperating on Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs): Building on their prior understandings from September 2014 concerning the phasedown of HFCs, the leaders agreed to cooperate on making concrete progress in the Montreal Protocol this year. Expanding Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R): Both sides renewed their commitment to the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (PACE-R), a $125 million program jointly funded by the U.S. and Indian governments and private sector.  The renewal includes extending funding for three existing research tracks of solar energy, building energy efficiency, and advanced biofuels for five years and launching a new track on smart grid and grid storage technology. Accelerating Clean Energy Finance: Prime Minister Modi emphasized India’s ongoing efforts to create a market environment that will promote trade and investment in this sector. USAID will install a field investment officer in India this summer, backed by a transactions team to help mobilize private capital for the clean energy sector.  In February, The United States will host the Clean Energy Finance Forum and government-to-government Clean Energy Finance Task Force to help overcome strategic barriers to accelerating institutional and private financing.  The Department of Commerce will launch a trade mission on clean energy.  The Export-Import Bank is exploring potential projects for its MOU with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency for up to $1 billion in clean energy financing.  OPIC plans to build on its existing portfolio of $227 million in renewable energy and continue to identify potential projects to support utility-scale growth and off-grid energy access. Launching Air Quality Cooperation: The United States will implement EPA’s AIRNow-International program and megacities partnerships, focused on disseminating information to help urban residents reduce their exposure to harmful levels of air pollution, and enable urban policy planners to implement corrective strategies for improving ambient air quality in cities, allowing for estimates of health and climate change co-benefits of these strategies. Starting Technical Cooperation on Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Transportation Fuels: Both countries will discuss how to reduce the environmental and emissions impact of heavy-duty vehicles and transportation fuels by working to adopt cleaner fuels, emissions, and efficiency standards in India. Initiating Climate Resilience Tool Development: Jointly undertaking a partnership on climate resilience that will work to downscale international climate models for the Indian sub-continent to much higher resolution than currently available, assess climate risks at the sub-national level,  work with local technical institutes on capacity building, and engage local decision-makers in the process of addressing climate information needs and informing planning and climate resilient sustainable development, including for India’s State Action Plans. Promoting Super-Efficient Off-Grid Appliances: Strengthening our joint commitment to promote super-efficient off-grid appliances that can dramatically extend the range of energy services available to those lacking electricity, the United States and India intend to support the deployment of these resources to help meet India’s energy access goals. Transforming the Market for Efficient and Climate-Friendly Cooling: The United States will develop an Advanced Cooling Challenge to catalyze the development of super-efficient, climate-friendly, and cost-effective cooling solutions optimized to perform in India’s climates. Demonstrating Clean Energy Initiatives on the Ground: The United States will work with India on additional pilot programs and other collaborative projects, including developing an innovative renewable energy storage project and hosting a smart grid workshop.

The two countries concluded negotiations on a five-year MOU on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change to carry this work forward, to be signed as early as possible at a mutually-agreed upon date.  

Statements by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of the Republic of India
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 10:31:16 (3 hours ago) 

STATEMENTS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

AND PRIME MINISTER MODI OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA

 

Hyderabad House

New Delhi, India

4:48 P.M. IST

 

     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  Mr. President, and members of the media, it is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and the First Lady in India.

     Mr. President, we are honored that you accepted our invitation to be the chief guest of our Republic Day.  And I know how busy you are.  It is special because on this day we celebrate the values shared by the world’s two largest democracies.  You are also the first United States President to visit India twice in office.  It reflects the transformation in our relationship.  It shows your deep personal commitment to this partnership.  It tells us that our two nations are prepared to step forward firmly to accept the responsibility of this global partnership for our two countries and toward shaping the character of this century.

The promise and potential of this relationship had never been in doubt.  This is a natural global partnership.  It has become even more relevant in the digital age.  It is needed even more in our world for far-reaching changes and widespread turmoil.  The success of this partnership is important for our progress and for advancing peace, stability and prosperity around the world.

From the turn of the century we had begun transforming our relationship, but we have to convert a good start into lasting progress.  This requires translating our vision into sustained action and concrete achievements.

     Mr. President, in the last few months, I see new excitement and confidence in this relationship.  I see renewed energy in our engagement.  Thank you for your leadership and for setting the tone last September when I visited the White House.  The Civil Nuclear Agreement was the centerpiece of our transformed relationship, which demonstrated new trust.  It also created new economic opportunities and expanded our option for clean energy.

     In the course of the past four months, we have worked with a sense of purpose to move it forward.  I’m pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international legal obligations, and tactical and commercial viability.

     President Obama had also assured me of strong U.S. efforts in support of India’s full membership of the four international export control regimes.

Today, we also decided to take up our growing defense cooperation to a new level.  We have agreed in principle to pursue co-development and co-production of specific advanced defense projects.  This will help upgrade our domestic defense industry and expand the manufacturing sector in India.

We will also explore cooperation in the area of advanced defense technologies.  We have renewed our defense framework agreement.  We will deepen our cooperation on maritime security.

Terrorism remains a principal global threat.  It is taking on a new character, even as existing challenges persist.  We agreed that we need a comprehensive global strategy and approach to combat with it.  There should be no distinction between terrorist groups.  Every country must fulfill its commitment to eliminate terrorist safe havens and bring terrorists to justice.

Our two countries will deepen our bilateral security cooperation against terrorist groups, and we will further enhance our counterterrorism capabilities, including in the area of technology.

President Obama and I agree that a strong and growing economic relationship is vital for the success of our strategic partnership.  Economic growth in our two countries is becoming stronger.  Our business climate is improving.  This gives me a great optimism over our economic ties.

In addition, we have established a number of effective bilateral mechanisms to identify opportunities and also help our business, trade and investment more.  We will also resume our dialogue on bilateral investment treaty.  We will also restart discussions on social security agreement that is so important for the hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals working in the United States.

For President Obama and me, clean and renewable energy is a personal and national priority.  We discussed our ambitious national efforts and goal to increase the use of clean and renewable energy.  We also agreed to further enhance our excellent and innovative partnership in this area.  I asked him to lead international efforts in making renewable energy more accessible and affordable to the world.

The President and I expressed hope for a successful Paris Conference on Climate Change this year.  We will continue to refine our cooperation in science and technology, innovation, agriculture, health, education and skills.  These are central to the future of our two countries, and also give us an opportunity to help others around the world.  Indeed, our strategic partnership will only be complete if we assume our responsibility to work together to promote development and connectivity in our vast region.

President Obama and I agreed to pursue this goal with a sense of priority.  The President and I had an excellent discussion on global and regional issues, and particularly, we renewed our commitment to deepen our cooperation to advance peace, stability, prosperity in the Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean region, which is critical for the future of our two countries and the destiny of this world.  We will also work closely to help Afghanistan through its transition.

Our relationship stands at a new level today.  We have outlined a broad vision for our friendship and cooperation that reflects the opportunities and challenges of this century. 

As Lord Buddha said, “Noble friends and companions are the whole of the holy life.”  We have decided to give this critical partnership its due trust and sustained attention.  For this, we have agreed that India and the United States must [have] regular summits at greater frequency.  And we also established hotlines between myself and Barack and our national security advisors.

At the beginning of this year, we start a new journey.  Let me welcome you once again, Mr. President.  It is a great pleasure to have you with us.  Thank you very much.  Thanks a lot.  (Applause.)

     PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Namaste.  Thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for those very generous words.  I want to express my profound gratitude to not only you but the people of India for the incredible hospitality that has been shown to me and Michelle.  We are thrilled to be back in India.  Mera pyaar bhara namaskar. (Laughter.)

Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for the invitation to join the people of India on Republic Day.  I’m honored to be the first American President to attend this celebration, as well as the first President to visit India twice.  And this reflects my commitment, since the beginning of my presidency, to deepen our ties with India.  I’m pleased to be joined by members of my administration as well as members of Congress and business leaders from the United States, all who believe that a strong relationship with India is critical for America’s success in the 21st century.

As two great democracies, two innovative economies, two societies dedicated to the empowerment of our people -- including millions of Indian-Americans -- we are natural partners.  When I addressed your parliament on my last visit, I laid out my vision for how India and the United States could build a defining partnership for the 21st century.  And since then, we’ve made significant progress.  Our trade has increased.  Our militaries exercise together more.  We’re cooperating on key global challenges, from nuclear proliferation to global health.

Mr. Prime Minister, your election -- and your strong personal commitment to the India-U.S. relationship -- gives us an opportunity to further energize these efforts.  I was proud to welcome you to the White House last fall.  Your reputation preceded you.  As many of you know, in New York, the Prime Minister appeared in Madison Square Garden and was greeted like a Bollywood star.  (Laughter.)  And it was, I think, a signal of the deep friendship between our peoples as well as our close ties that we are working to expand even further.

At the White House, we agreed to take this partnership to a new level.  We advanced that work today.  Prime Minister Modi, thank you for hosting me, including our chai pe charcha.  (Laughter.)  We need more of those in the White House  (Laughter.)  But even as this visit is rich with symbolism, we made substantive progress.  As the Prime Minister has already indicated, the United States and India have declared a new Declaration of Friendship that elevates and formalizes our partnership.  And not only is it grounded in the values we share, but it commits us to more regular meetings at the leaders level, and sets up frequent consultations across our government.

We agreed that our trade and economic partnerships must focus on improving the daily lives of our people.  Prime Minister Modi described for me his ambitious efforts to empower rural Indians with bank accounts, and to ensure clean water and clean air for the Indian people.  And we want to be partners in this effort.

In the last few years, trade between our two countries has increased by some 60 percent, toward a record $100 billion.  We want to trade even more.  So we welcome the reforms that the Prime Minister is pursuing to make it easier to do business here in India.

Today, we achieved a breakthrough understanding on two issues that were holding up our ability to advance our civil nuclear cooperation, and we’re committed to moving towards full implementation.  And this is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.  We also, as the Prime Minister noted, agreed to resume discussions about a possible bilateral investment treaty.  And we will continue to pursue export reforms so that we can advance more high-tech collaborations with India.

I’m also pleased that we agreed to a number of important steps to promote clean energy and to confront climate change.  We very much support India’s ambitious goal for solar energy, and stand ready to speed this expansion with additional financing.  We’re also launching new joint projects to improve air quality in Indian cities.  The United States will share more data and develop tools to help India assess and adapt to the impact of climate change and to help vulnerable communities become more resilient.

And going forward, we’ve agreed to work together to make concrete progress this year towards phasing out hydrofluorocarbons, under the Montreal Protocol, and the Prime Minister and I made a personal commitment to work together to pursue a strong global climate agreement in Paris.  As I indicated to him, I think India’s voice is very important on this issue.  Perhaps no country could potentially be more affected by the impacts of climate change, and no country is going to be more important in moving forward a strong agreement than India.  So we appreciate his leadership. 

       

We agreed to deepen our defense and security cooperation.  We’ve renewed the framework that guides our defense cooperation for another 10 years.  And in a major step forward for our relationship, our Defense Technology and Trade Initiative will allow us to jointly develop and produce new defense technologies. We’ve also agreed to a new vision for the Asia Pacific so that we’re doing more together to advance our shared security and prosperity in this critical region.

I thanked the Prime Minister for India’s strong counterterrorism cooperation, and reiterated even as America’s combat mission is over in Afghanistan, we’re going to continue to be strong and reliable partners for the Afghan people, who have benefitted from India’s generous assistance over many years.  I thanked the Prime Minister for his continued support for ongoing efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to arrive at a just diplomatic solution.  

And, finally, we discussed what more we can do as global partners.  I reiterated -- and reiterate to the Indian people today -- that we support a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.  At the same time, we see India playing a greater role in ensuring international security and peace and meeting shared challenges.  As a leading contributor to U.N. peacekeeping missions for many years, India can help the world do even more to protect citizens in conflict zones.  We welcome India’s leadership in combatting diseases and promoting global health that advances the rights and dignity of citizens around the world.

So, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for welcoming me.  I very much look forward to tomorrow’s ceremonies, which I’m told are truly spectacular.  I’m looking forward to a chance to speak directly to the Indian people on the radio and in my speech on Tuesday about what I believe we can achieve together.

This new partnership will not happen overnight.  It’s going to take time to build and some patience.  But it’s clear from this visit that we have a new and perhaps unprecedented opportunity, and deepening our ties with India is going to remain a top foreign policy priority for my administration.

So let me just say Chalein Saath Saath.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

MODERATOR:  I now call upon Julie Pace of AP to ask her question.

Q    Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister.

Mr. President, I wanted to ask you about the situations in both Yemen and in Ukraine.  On Yemen, you’ve held up the U.S. counterterrorism campaign there as a model for what you’re hoping to achieve in your mission against the Islamic State group.  How does the political upheaval in Yemen affect U.S. efforts there?  And will it cause you in any way to retool aspects of your broader counterterrorism strategy?

And on Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels are again launching new offenses.  How at this point can you justify not taking a different approach, given that the Minsk Agreement has all but failed, and sanctions may have had an impact on the Russian economy but they don’t appear to be changing Russia’s calculus when it comes to Ukraine?

And, Mr. Prime Minister, I wanted to go back to climate change.  White House officials have said that the recent U.S. -- that they hope that the recent U.S.-China agreement can spur countries like India to make similar commitments to cut emissions.  I’m wondering if you feel any pressure to take that kind of action because of the China agreement.  And can a Paris climate summit produce a substantial result without that type of commitment from India?

Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, first of all, with respect to Ukraine, what I’ve said consistently is that we have no interest in seeing Russia weakened or its economy in shambles.  We have a profound interest, as I believe every country does, in promoting a core principle, which is, large countries don’t bully smaller countries.  They don’t encroach on their territorial integrity. They don’t encroach on their sovereignty.  And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine.  And what we have done is to consistently isolate Russia on this issue and to raise the costs that Russia confronts. 

Now, when you say that we should take a different approach, Julie, I don’t know exactly what you’re referring to.  I’ve been very clear that it would not be effective for us to engage in a military conflict with Russia on this issue, but what we can do is to continue to support Ukraine’s ability to control its own territory.  And that involves a combination of the economic pressure that’s been brought to bear in sanctions, the diplomatic isolation that has been brought to bear against Russia, and, as important as anything, making sure that we’re continuing to provide the support that Ukraine needs to sustain its economy during this transition period, and to help its military with basic supplies and equipment, as well as the continuing training and exercises that have been taking place between NATO and Ukraine for quite some time.

We are deeply concerned about the latest break in the cease-fire and the aggression that these separatists -- with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops -- are conducting.  And we will continue to take the approach that we’ve taken in the past, which is to ratchet up the pressure on Russia.

And I will look at all additional options that are available to us short of a military confrontation in trying to address this issue.  And we’ll be in close consultation with our international partners, and particularly European partners, to assure that they stay in lockstep with us on this issue.  What we’ve been very successful at is maintaining unity across the Atlantic on this issue, and that’s going to be a continuing priority of mine.

But ultimately, what I’ve said before remains true.  If Mr. Putin and if Russia are hell-bent on engaging in military conflicts, their military is more powerful than Ukraine’s, and the question is going to be whether they continue to pursue a path where that not only is bad for the people of Ukraine but is bad for the people of Russia, and are we able to continue to raise the costs even as we're creating an off-ramp diplomatically that eventually the Kremlin starts pursuing a more sensible policy in resolving this issue.

With regard to Yemen, my top priority has and always will be to make sure that our people on the ground in Yemen are safe.  That’s something that we have been emphasizing for the last several months, and builds on the work that we’ve been doing over the last several years.  It is a dangerous country in a dangerous part of the world.

A second priority is to maintain our counterterrorism pressure on al Qaeda in Yemen, and we have been doing that.  And I saw some news reports that suggested somehow that that counterterrorism activity had been suspended.  That is not accurate.  We continue to go after high-value targets inside of Yemen and to continue -- and we will continue to maintain the pressure that’s required to keep the American people safe.

We are concerned about what has always been a fragile central government and the forces inside of Yemen that are constantly threatening to break apart between North-South, between Houthi and Sunni inside of Yemen.  And this is one more sequence in what has been an ongoing turbulent process inside of Yemen.

And what we are advising not just the various factions inside of Yemen, but also working with our partners like the Gulf countries who have impact and influence inside of Yemen, is that at this point what’s needed is to respect a constitutional process that can resolve some of these differences peacefully, and assure that all the groups inside of Yemen are resorting to political rather than military means to resolve these differences.

But I guess the point, Julie, is Yemen has never been a perfect democracy or an island of stability.  What I’ve said is, is that our efforts to go after terrorist networks inside of Yemen without a occupying U.S. army, but rather by partnering and intelligence-sharing with that local government, is the approach that we’re going to need to take.  And that continues to be the case.  The alternative would be for us to play whack-a-mole every time there is a terrorist actor inside of any given country, to deploy U.S. troops.  And that’s not a sustainable strategy.

So we’ll continue to try to refine and fine-tune this model, but it is the model that we’re going to have to work with, because the alternative would be massive U.S. deployments in perpetuity, which would create its own blowback and cause probably more problems than it would potentially solve.

And we’re going to have to recognize that there are going to be a number of the countries where terrorists have located that are not strong countries.  That’s the nature of the problem that we confront.  Terrorists typically are not going to be locating and maintaining bases and having broad networks inside of countries that have strong central governments, strong militaries and strong law enforcement.  By definition, we’re going to be operating in places where oftentimes there’s a vacuum or capabilities are somewhat low.  And we’ve got to just continually apply patience, training, resources, and we then have to help in some cases broker political agreements as well.

So it is a long, arduous process.  It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best option that we have.  And what we have shown is that we can maintain the kind of pressure on these terrorist networks even in these kinds of difficult-to-operate environments.

PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  It’s my feeling that the agreement that has been concluded between the United States and China does not impose any pressure on us.  India is an independent country, and there is no pressure on us from any country or any person.

But there is pressure.  When we think about the future generations and what kind of world we are going to give them, then there is pressure.  Climate change itself is a huge pressure.  Global warming is a huge pressure.  And all those who think about a better life and a better world for the future generations, those who are concerned about this, then it is their duty and their conscience, they would want to give a better lifestyle to the future generations, a good life and a good environment.  There is pressure for all those people.  There is pressure on all countries, on all governments, and on all peoples.  Thank you.

     MODERATOR:  Last question.  (Inaudible), ABP News.

     Q    Thank you.  Good evening to both Honorable Prime Minister and President Barack Obama.  My question is for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  But let me first congratulate both of you for taking the relationship forward, more specifically on the nuclear deal issue.

(Continues in Hindi and is interpreted) -- Excellencies, both of you had talks, and my question is to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  You’ve held delegation-level talks, but we often see, as you did in the U.S., both Your Excellencies, beyond the delegation-level talks, go into a huddle and hold talks tête-à-tête.  And what exactly do you talk about?  And what is this friendship?  And which are the issues that you discussed, and which are the issues that you can share with us?

     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  Yes, we held very detailed talks, and some of these -- and the results and the issues that were discussed, let’s keep them behind curtains.

Why do we keep going into huddle and hold talks tête-à-tête?  Well, I’d just like to say that I’m fairly new in this area.  But with this little experience that I have gained over this short period of time, I can say that relations between countries depends less on full stops and commas, and more between the relationship between leaders, the openness, how much they know each other, and the chemistry between them.  This matters more and is very important.

In fact, far from the camera, when we speak, then we become closer to each other.  Barack and I have forged a friendship.  There is openness when we talk, and we even joke and share a lot together.  I think this is a chemistry which has not only brought Washington and Delhi, Barack and I closer, but also the two peoples of the two countries closer.  Personal chemistry between leaders is very important, and this can only grow.  Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  I would just add, the Prime Minister, as I said, caused great excitement in the United States when he visited.  And I do think that in addition to a personal friendship that we’ve been able to build in a fairly brief amount of time, we’re also reflecting the warmth and affection between the Indian people and the American people.

Part of the reason we’re such natural partners is because we share values -- as former colonies; as the two largest democracies in the world; as entrepreneurial nations; as people who believe in the freedom and dignity and worth of all individuals.  And so it’s not surprising then that we have a friendship, because hopefully we’re reflecting the values of our peoples.  And what I’m very excited about is, given the Prime Minister’s energy and ambition for his country and lifting people out of poverty, and moving forward on the reform agenda that he’s put forward, that that affection can then be translated into very specific actions.  And we’re seeing that reflected here today.

He’s right, though, we can’t tell you everything that we talked about.  Although I will share one thing, and that is we compared how much sleep each of us is getting.  (Laughter.)  And it turns out that Modi is getting even less sleep than me.  But of course that’s because he’s still new.  After you’ve been doing this for about six years, maybe he’ll be able to get an extra hour.

All right?  Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)

                        END                   5:30 P.M. IST

Voices: Will Cuban exiles seek to reclaim property?
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The issue will come up as the United States and Cuba move toward normalizing relations.

        
Smoggy bacon ban spoils festival preps in China
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City bans smoking bacon and roasting chicken over firewood, to reduce air pollution.

        
Second try to lift AirAsia fuselage from sea floor fails
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Rope breaks while wreckage was being lifted from sea floor.

        




India welcomes Obama
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Obama offers condolences over Islamic State hostage
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The president paid the condolences in a phone call to Shinzo Abe from India.

        
Obama, India's Modi cite nuclear investment breakthrough
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President Petro Poroshenko held an emergency meeting of his military officials and cut short a trip to Saudi Arabia.

        




Obama and India’s Modi Declare ‘Breakthrough’ on Nuclear Deal
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers
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SternisheFan (2529412) writes with this story at the Verge about an approach being considered by NASA to overcome some of the difficulties in moving a wheeled or multi-legged ground vehicle around the surface of Mars, which has proven to be a difficult task. Rover teams still have a tough time with the Martian surface even though they're flush with terrestrial data. The alien surface is uneven, and ridges and valleys make navigating the terrain difficult. The newest solution proposed by JPL is the Mars Helicopter, an autonomous drone that could 'triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day,' according to NASA. The helicopter would fly ahead of a rover when its view is blocked and send Earth-bound engineers the right data to plan the rover's route.

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Widespread Blackout in Pakistan Deals Another Blow to Government
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Kerry Meets With Nigerian Leaders to Encourage Peaceful Election
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Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lagos hoping to encourage an orderly vote amid the continuing fight against the militant group Boko Haram.






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Studying the mysteries of Stonehenge
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-01-25 10:30:37 (3 hours ago) 
For centuries the giant prehistoric monument in southwest England has remained a mystery. Who built Stonehenge? What was its meaning or purpose? Mark Phillips takes us to Stonehenge for a fascinating and revealing report on one of the world's most famous and inscrutable sites.




A special kind of love in the air
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-01-25 10:30:37 (3 hours ago) 
A message of love floated on air by 16-year-old Ashlynn Marracino did not reach her intended target, but she believes the balloon-borne note still got through - to her departed dad.Steve Hartman reports.
The Wall Street Journal: Greeks head to polls to elect next national government
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:30:36 (3 hours ago) 
Greeks head to the polling booths for the third time in less than three years to elect a new government, a vote that could determine the country’s future in the eurozone and reverberate across Europe.
The Wall Street Journal: Greek election likely to have muted effect on markets
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:30:36 (3 hours ago) 
As Greece goes to the polls, investors are bracing for a volatile reaction in markets. But some analysts say the wider impact is likely to be contained
The weekend in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:30:24 (3 hours ago) 

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend including President Obama in India, the election in Greece and glowing blue algae in Hong Kong

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The packaging bump that could cut a 4m tonne mountain of UK food waste
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:30:24 (3 hours ago) 
Industrial design graduate Solveiga Pakstaite’s Bump Mark uses a gelatine-based label to let consumers know when food has passed its prime

Britons throw away more than 4m tonnes of consumable food and drink from their homes ever year and a revamp of the sell-by-date label could save perfectly edible food from the bin bag.

It was while researching how blind people utilise public transport that an industrial designer came across an innovation for keep our fridges stocked a little bit longer. Solveiga Pakstaite, 22, says the study led to her question how blind people can check sell-by dates.

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Tim Burgess: soundtrack of my life
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:30:24 (3 hours ago) 
The Charlatans singer on the wonder of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the desperate beauty of Arthur Russell – and getting his nan to buy him a punk album from WH Smith

Tim Burgess was born in 1967 in Salford, Greater Manchester, and grew up in Northwich, Cheshire. After a stint as the lead singer in the Electric Crayons, he joined the Charlatans. Burgess’s career has included 22 top 40 hits, two solo albums, and collaborations with the likes of the Chemical Brothers and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop. In 2011 Burgess launched record label O Genesis, and released a series of 7-inch singles that reflect his own diverse musical tastes. O Genesis also released his most successful solo album, Oh No I Love You. His regular DJ sets have led to him presenting shows on BBC Radio 6 Music. Since taking time out to publish his autobiography, Telling Stories, Burgess has been focusing on his work with the Charlatans, who release their 12th album, Modern Nature, on 26 January.

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30 Elite Filipino Police Killed in "Misencounter" with Militants
  Source: Gawker 2015-01-25 10:30:22 (3 hours ago) 

More than 30 elite Filipino police commandos were killed during an attempt to capture a terror suspect, the Associated Press reported. The raid resulted in a "misencounter" with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a Muslim militant group that won semi-autonomy last year after four decades of fighting, Mamasapano's mayor told the AP.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 10:30:19 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Greek elections: Is Alexis Tsipras man of the moment?
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 10:30:14 (3 hours ago) 
McDonough: United States shouldn't 'get involved' in Israeli politics
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 10:30:14 (3 hours ago) 




Boko Haram battles troops for Nigerian city
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-01-25 10:30:14 (3 hours ago) 
Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:30:10 (3 hours ago) 

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — In fierce fighting Sunday, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria. Dozens of combatants have been killed and wounded, soldiers and hospital workers said.

At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors.

State issues possible "historic, destructive" blizzard alert
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:30:10 (3 hours ago) 
Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:30:10 (3 hours ago) 
Editorial: President on the spot
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:30:10 (3 hours ago) 

Did you watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech to Congress? We had to. Fewer Americans watch every year (this year TV viewership hit a 15-year low).

Watchers got a rehash of old policy proposals, shout-outs to worthies in the gallery and overdoses of self-congratulatory rhetoric. What meat there was had been leaked wholesale for days.





Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 10:30:10 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 10:30:09 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Science Tests the American Dream
  Source: Big Think 2015-01-25 10:30:07 (3 hours ago) 

Personality and intelligence do help lift people from poverty in America, lending some plausibility to the American dream in which hard work and stick-to-it-iveness improve one's lot in life.



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Hlatshwayo not fit to face Ghana
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 10:30:07 (3 hours ago) 
South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo is ruled out of Tuesday's Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana.
VIDEO: Colin Firth on being an unlikely villain
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:30:07 (3 hours ago) 
Actor Colin Firth has said the director of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn, cast him in the film because he was so unlikely to be seen as a villain.




Hlatshwayo not fit to face Ghana
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:30:07 (3 hours ago) 
South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo is ruled out of Tuesday's Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana.
WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:30:07 (3 hours ago) 
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Bath 20-15 Glasgow Warriors
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:30:07 (3 hours ago) 
Bath survive a late assault from Glasgow to win a thriller and reach the Champions Cup last eight as Pool Four winners.
The weekend in pictures
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:20:36 (3 hours ago) 

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend including President Obama in India, the election in Greece and glowing blue algae in Hong Kong

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Sundance 2015 review: Strangerland – Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes lost, send help fast
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:20:36 (3 hours ago) 

This perplexing Aussie thriller about the disappearance of a couple’s children in the outback, and subsequent unspooling, leaves its audience as in the dark as its protagonists

I’m going to admit this straight out of the gate: I don’t think I understood Strangerland. Well, I got the basics of the story – they’re clear enough. After moving from a bigger city to a tiny outback town, Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) mislay their two children Lily (Maddison Brown) and Tom (Nicholas Hamilton) just as a massive dust storm engulfs the town. That’s easy enough to follow, as is the investigation lead by salty town cop Detective Rae (Hugo Weaving).

What’s confusing is what on earth the movie, from Australian TV veteran but first-time feature director Kim Farrant, is actually trying to say. There is something powerful in here about female sexuality. Lily is attractive and amorous, having relationships with several local boys, and there are plenty of indications that her mother was the same way growing up. Her father seems to hate this in both of them, especially his daughter. Then we’re into the lies couples tell each other and the secrets we try to keep from the world and ourselves.

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The packaging innovation that could cut the UK’s £12bn yearly food waste
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:20:36 (3 hours ago) 
Solveiga Pakstaite’s ‘bump mark’ came from a her initial thought about how blind people determine food’s freshness

Britons throw away more than 4m tonnes of consumable food and drink from their homes ever year and a revamp of the sell-by-date label could save perfectly edible food from the bin bag.

It was while researching how blind people use public transport that an industrial designer stumbled across an innovation for keep our fridges stocked a little bit longer. Solveiga Pakstaite said the study led to her questioning how the blind can check sell-by dates.

Continue reading...
Brighton v Arsenal: FA Cup – live!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:20:35 (3 hours ago) 
Latest updates as Arsenal travel to the AmexEmail alan.smith@theguardian.com. Tweet: @alansmith90Follow all today’s live matches around Europe

3.18pm GMT

Can we take another shock? Is it possible to have too many Cupsets in one weekend?

Brighton have improved drastically since Chris Hughton took charge – winning three of their four games, including a midweek win over promotion chasing Ipswich, to ease fears of them becoming embroiled in a relegation battle. They will fancy their chances here.

3.00pm GMT

Nick will be here shortly with all the action from the Amex Stadium. In the meantime, here’s Amy Lawrence on the match:

Iñigo Calderón could scarcely bear to watch his television last Sunday as his fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla dazzled while Arsenal defeated Manchester City. Calderón, who hails from the Basque country, not so far from the Asturias region that Cazorla calls home, is an enthusiastic admirer of his compatriot’s talent but there was a point where watching became almost too much. “I tried to switch off the TV,” Calderón says with a chuckle. “They were on fire and I tried not to destroy my confidence.”

Jokes apart, this awareness about his own confidence levels – and how they can be manipulated by external influences and personal techniques – is particularly highly tuned in a player who has become a stalwart for Brighton & Hove Albion since his arrival five years ago.

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Tim Burgess: soundtrack of my life
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:20:35 (3 hours ago) 
The Charlatans singer on the wonder of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the desperate beauty of Arthur Russell – and getting his nan to buy him a punk album from WH Smith

Tim Burgess was born in 1967 in Salford, Greater Manchester, and grew up in Northwich, Cheshire. After a stint as the lead singer in the Electric Crayons, he joined the Charlatans. Burgess’s career has included 22 top 40 hits, two solo albums, and collaborations with the likes of the Chemical Brothers and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop. In 2011 Burgess launched record label O Genesis, and released a series of 7-inch singles that reflect his own diverse musical tastes. O Genesis also released his most successful solo album, Oh No I Love You. His regular DJ sets have led to him presenting shows on BBC Radio 6 Music. Since taking time out to publish his autobiography, Telling Stories, Burgess has been focusing on his work with the Charlatans, who release their 12th album, Modern Nature, on 26 January.

Continue reading...
Resumazing Scores Your Resume Based on a Job Posting
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-01-25 10:20:25 (3 hours ago) 

Lots of companies are using automated applicant tracking systems today. Resumazing figures out what changes you'll need to make to your resume to get the job you want.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 10:20:19 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




State of the Union 2015: Full transcript
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 10:20:16 (3 hours ago) 
As Prepared for Delivery
Dramatic video appears to show rocket blast
  Source: CNN.com 2015-01-25 10:20:15 (3 hours ago) 
Dramatic dashcam footage from Ukraine appears to show the moment a rocket nearly hit an on-coming motorist.
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 10:20:10 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 10:20:09 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-01-25 10:20:06 (3 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016....




Egypt: Officials Raise to 9 Death Toll in Clashes Between Islamists, Police in Cairo District.
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-01-25 10:20:03 (3 hours ago) 
Egypt: Officials raise to 9 death toll in clashes between Islamists, police in Cairo district.
Statements by President Obvama and Prime Minister Modi of the Republic of India
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-01-25 10:11:15 (3 hours ago) 

STATEMENTS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

AND PRIME MINISTER MODI OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA

 

Hyderabad House

New Delhi, India

4:48 P.M. IST

 

     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  Mr. President, and members of the media, it is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and the First Lady in India.

     Mr. President, we are honored that you accepted our invitation to be the chief guest of our Republic Day.  And I know how busy you are.  It is special because on this day we celebrate the values shared by the world’s two largest democracies.  You are also the first United States President to visit India twice in office.  It reflects the transformation in our relationship.  It shows your deep personal commitment to this partnership.  It tells us that our two nations are prepared to step forward firmly to accept the responsibility of this global partnership for our two countries and toward shaping the character of this century.

The promise and potential of this relationship had never been in doubt.  This is a natural global partnership.  It has become even more relevant in the digital age.  It is needed even more in our world for far-reaching changes and widespread turmoil.  The success of this partnership is important for our progress and for advancing peace, stability and prosperity around the world.

From the turn of the century we had begun transforming our relationship, but we have to convert a good start into lasting progress.  This requires translating our vision into sustained action and concrete achievements.

     Mr. President, in the last few months, I see new excitement and confidence in this relationship.  I see renewed energy in our engagement.  Thank you for your leadership and for setting the tone last September when I visited the White House.  The Civil Nuclear Agreement was the centerpiece of our transformed relationship, which demonstrated new trust.  It also created new economic opportunities and expanded our option for clean energy.

     In the course of the past four months, we have worked with a sense of purpose to move it forward.  I’m pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international legal obligations, and tactical and commercial viability.

     President Obama had also assured me of strong U.S. efforts in support of India’s full membership of the four international export control regimes.

Today, we also decided to take up our growing defense cooperation to a new level.  We have agreed in principle to pursue co-development and co-production of specific advanced defense projects.  This will help upgrade our domestic defense industry and expand the manufacturing sector in India.

We will also explore cooperation in the area of advanced defense technologies.  We have renewed our defense framework agreement.  We will deepen our cooperation on maritime security.

Terrorism remains a principal global threat.  It is taking on a new character, even as existing challenges persist.  We agreed that we need a comprehensive global strategy and approach to combat with it.  There should be no distinction between terrorist groups.  Every country must fulfill its commitment to eliminate terrorist safe havens and bring terrorists to justice.

Our two countries will deepen our bilateral security cooperation against terrorist groups, and we will further enhance our counterterrorism capabilities, including in the area of technology.

President Obama and I agree that a strong and growing economic relationship is vital for the success of our strategic partnership.  Economic growth in our two countries is becoming stronger.  Our business climate is improving.  This gives me a great optimism over our economic ties.

In addition, we have established a number of effective bilateral mechanisms to identify opportunities and also help our business, trade and investment more.  We will also resume our dialogue on bilateral investment treaty.  We will also restart discussions on social security agreement that is so important for the hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals working in the United States.

For President Obama and me, clean and renewable energy is a personal and national priority.  We discussed our ambitious national efforts and goal to increase the use of clean and renewable energy.  We also agreed to further enhance our excellent and innovative partnership in this area.  I asked him to lead international efforts in making renewable energy more accessible and affordable to the world.

The President and I expressed hope for a successful Paris Conference on Climate Change this year.  We will continue to refine our cooperation in science and technology, innovation, agriculture, health, education and skills.  These are central to the future of our two countries, and also give us an opportunity to help others around the world.  Indeed, our strategic partnership will only be complete if we assume our responsibility to work together to promote development and connectivity in our vast region.

President Obama and I agreed to pursue this goal with a sense of priority.  The President and I had an excellent discussion on global and regional issues, and particularly, we renewed our commitment to deepen our cooperation to advance peace, stability, prosperity in the Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean region, which is critical for the future of our two countries and the destiny of this world.  We will also work closely to help Afghanistan through its transition.

Our relationship stands at a new level today.  We have outlined a broad vision for our friendship and cooperation that reflects the opportunities and challenges of this century. 

As Lord Buddha said, “Noble friends and companions are the whole of the holy life.”  We have decided to give this critical partnership its due trust and sustained attention.  For this, we have agreed that India and the United States must [have] regular summits at greater frequency.  And we also established hotlines between myself and Barack and our national security advisors.

At the beginning of this year, we start a new journey.  Let me welcome you once again, Mr. President.  It is a great pleasure to have you with us.  Thank you very much.  Thanks a lot.  (Applause.)

     PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Namaste.  Thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for those very generous words.  I want to express my profound gratitude to not only you but the people of India for the incredible hospitality that has been shown to me and Michelle.  We are thrilled to be back in India.  Mera pyaar bhara namaskar. (Laughter.)

Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for the invitation to join the people of India on Republic Day.  I’m honored to be the first American President to attend this celebration, as well as the first President to visit India twice.  And this reflects my commitment, since the beginning of my presidency, to deepen our ties with India.  I’m pleased to be joined by members of my administration as well as members of Congress and business leaders from the United States, all who believe that a strong relationship with India is critical for America’s success in the 21st century.

As two great democracies, two innovative economies, two societies dedicated to the empowerment of our people -- including millions of Indian-Americans -- we are natural partners.  When I addressed your parliament on my last visit, I laid out my vision for how India and the United States could build a defining partnership for the 21st century.  And since then, we’ve made significant progress.  Our trade has increased.  Our militaries exercise together more.  We’re cooperating on key global challenges, from nuclear proliferation to global health.

Mr. Prime Minister, your election -- and your strong personal commitment to the India-U.S. relationship -- gives us an opportunity to further energize these efforts.  I was proud to welcome you to the White House last fall.  Your reputation preceded you.  As many of you know, in New York, the Prime Minister appeared in Madison Square Garden and was greeted like a Bollywood star.  (Laughter.)  And it was, I think, a signal of the deep friendship between our peoples as well as our close ties that we are working to expand even further.

At the White House, we agreed to take this partnership to a new level.  We advanced that work today.  Prime Minister Modi, thank you for hosting me, including our chai pe charcha.  (Laughter.)  We need more of those in the White House  (Laughter.)  But even as this visit is rich with symbolism, we made substantive progress.  As the Prime Minister has already indicated, the United States and India have declared a new Declaration of Friendship that elevates and formalizes our partnership.  And not only is it grounded in the values we share, but it commits us to more regular meetings at the leaders level, and sets up frequent consultations across our government.

We agreed that our trade and economic partnerships must focus on improving the daily lives of our people.  Prime Minister Modi described for me his ambitious efforts to empower rural Indians with bank accounts, and to ensure clean water and clean air for the Indian people.  And we want to be partners in this effort.

In the last few years, trade between our two countries has increased by some 60 percent, toward a record $100 billion.  We want to trade even more.  So we welcome the reforms that the Prime Minister is pursuing to make it easier to do business here in India.

Today, we achieved a breakthrough understanding on two issues that were holding up our ability to advance our civil nuclear cooperation, and we’re committed to moving towards full implementation.  And this is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.  We also, as the Prime Minister noted, agreed to resume discussions about a possible bilateral investment treaty.  And we will continue to pursue export reforms so that we can advance more high-tech collaborations with India.

I’m also pleased that we agreed to a number of important steps to promote clean energy and to confront climate change.  We very much support India’s ambitious goal for solar energy, and stand ready to speed this expansion with additional financing.  We’re also launching new joint projects to improve air quality in Indian cities.  The United States will share more data and develop tools to help India assess and adapt to the impact of climate change and to help vulnerable communities become more resilient.

And going forward, we’ve agreed to work together to make concrete progress this year towards phasing out hydrofluorocarbons, under the Montreal Protocol, and the Prime Minister and I made a personal commitment to work together to pursue a strong global climate agreement in Paris.  As I indicated to him, I think India’s voice is very important on this issue.  Perhaps no country could potentially be more affected by the impacts of climate change, and no country is going to be more important in moving forward a strong agreement than India.  So we appreciate his leadership. 

       

We agreed to deepen our defense and security cooperation.  We’ve renewed the framework that guides our defense cooperation for another 10 years.  And in a major step forward for our relationship, our Defense Technology and Trade Initiative will allow us to jointly develop and produce new defense technologies. We’ve also agreed to a new vision for the Asia Pacific so that we’re doing more together to advance our shared security and prosperity in this critical region.

I thanked the Prime Minister for India’s strong counterterrorism cooperation, and reiterated even as America’s combat mission is over in Afghanistan, we’re going to continue to be strong and reliable partners for the Afghan people, who have benefitted from India’s generous assistance over many years.  I thanked the Prime Minister for his continued support for ongoing efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to arrive at a just diplomatic solution.  

And, finally, we discussed what more we can do as global partners.  I reiterated -- and reiterate to the Indian people today -- that we support a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.  At the same time, we see India playing a greater role in ensuring international security and peace and meeting shared challenges.  As a leading contributor to U.N. peacekeeping missions for many years, India can help the world do even more to protect citizens in conflict zones.  We welcome India’s leadership in combatting diseases and promoting global health that advances the rights and dignity of citizens around the world.

So, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for welcoming me.  I very much look forward to tomorrow’s ceremonies, which I’m told are truly spectacular.  I’m looking forward to a chance to speak directly to the Indian people on the radio and in my speech on Tuesday about what I believe we can achieve together.

This new partnership will not happen overnight.  It’s going to take time to build and some patience.  But it’s clear from this visit that we have a new and perhaps unprecedented opportunity, and deepening our ties with India is going to remain a top foreign policy priority for my administration.

So let me just say Chalein Saath Saath.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

MODERATOR:  I now call upon Julie Pace of AP to ask her question.

Q    Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister.

Mr. President, I wanted to ask you about the situations in both Yemen and in Ukraine.  On Yemen, you’ve held up the U.S. counterterrorism campaign there as a model for what you’re hoping to achieve in your mission against the Islamic State group.  How does the political upheaval in Yemen affect U.S. efforts there?  And will it cause you in any way to retool aspects of your broader counterterrorism strategy?

And on Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels are again launching new offenses.  How at this point can you justify not taking a different approach, given that the Minsk Agreement has all but failed, and sanctions may have had an impact on the Russian economy but they don’t appear to be changing Russia’s calculus when it comes to Ukraine?

And, Mr. Prime Minister, I wanted to go back to climate change.  White House officials have said that the recent U.S. -- that they hope that the recent U.S.-China agreement can spur countries like India to make similar commitments to cut emissions.  I’m wondering if you feel any pressure to take that kind of action because of the China agreement.  And can a Paris climate summit produce a substantial result without that type of commitment from India?

Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, first of all, with respect to Ukraine, what I’ve said consistently is that we have no interest in seeing Russia weakened or its economy in shambles.  We have a profound interest, as I believe every country does, in promoting a core principle, which is, large countries don’t bully smaller countries.  They don’t encroach on their territorial integrity. They don’t encroach on their sovereignty.  And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine.  And what we have done is to consistently isolate Russia on this issue and to raise the costs that Russia confronts. 

Now, when you say that we should take a different approach, Julie, I don’t know exactly what you’re referring to.  I’ve been very clear that it would not be effective for us to engage in a military conflict with Russia on this issue, but what we can do is to continue to support Ukraine’s ability to control its own territory.  And that involves a combination of the economic pressure that’s been brought to bear in sanctions, the diplomatic isolation that has been brought to bear against Russia, and, as important as anything, making sure that we’re continuing to provide the support that Ukraine needs to sustain its economy during this transition period, and to help its military with basic supplies and equipment, as well as the continuing training and exercises that have been taking place between NATO and Ukraine for quite some time.

We are deeply concerned about the latest break in the cease-fire and the aggression that these separatists -- with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops -- are conducting.  And we will continue to take the approach that we’ve taken in the past, which is to ratchet up the pressure on Russia.

And I will look at all additional options that are available to us short of a military confrontation in trying to address this issue.  And we’ll be in close consultation with our international partners, and particularly European partners, to assure that they stay in lockstep with us on this issue.  What we’ve been very successful at is maintaining unity across the Atlantic on this issue, and that’s going to be a continuing priority of mine.

But ultimately, what I’ve said before remains true.  If Mr. Putin and if Russia are hell-bent on engaging in military conflicts, their military is more powerful than Ukraine’s, and the question is going to be whether they continue to pursue a path where that not only is bad for the people of Ukraine but is bad for the people of Russia, and are we able to continue to raise the costs even as we're creating an off-ramp diplomatically that eventually the Kremlin starts pursuing a more sensible policy in resolving this issue.

With regard to Yemen, my top priority has and always will be to make sure that our people on the ground in Yemen are safe.  That’s something that we have been emphasizing for the last several months, and builds on the work that we’ve been doing over the last several years.  It is a dangerous country in a dangerous part of the world.

A second priority is to maintain our counterterrorism pressure on al Qaeda in Yemen, and we have been doing that.  And I saw some news reports that suggested somehow that that counterterrorism activity had been suspended.  That is not accurate.  We continue to go after high-value targets inside of Yemen and to continue -- and we will continue to maintain the pressure that’s required to keep the American people safe.

We are concerned about what has always been a fragile central government and the forces inside of Yemen that are constantly threatening to break apart between North-South, between Houthi and Sunni inside of Yemen.  And this is one more sequence in what has been an ongoing turbulent process inside of Yemen.

And what we are advising not just the various factions inside of Yemen, but also working with our partners like the Gulf countries who have impact and influence inside of Yemen, is that at this point what’s needed is to respect a constitutional process that can resolve some of these differences peacefully, and assure that all the groups inside of Yemen are resorting to political rather than military means to resolve these differences.

But I guess the point, Julie, is Yemen has never been a perfect democracy or an island of stability.  What I’ve said is, is that our efforts to go after terrorist networks inside of Yemen without a occupying U.S. army, but rather by partnering and intelligence-sharing with that local government, is the approach that we’re going to need to take.  And that continues to be the case.  The alternative would be for us to play whack-a-mole every time there is a terrorist actor inside of any given country, to deploy U.S. troops.  And that’s not a sustainable strategy.

So we’ll continue to try to refine and fine-tune this model, but it is the model that we’re going to have to work with, because the alternative would be massive U.S. deployments in perpetuity, which would create its own blowback and cause probably more problems than it would potentially solve.

And we’re going to have to recognize that there are going to be a number of the countries where terrorists have located that are not strong countries.  That’s the nature of the problem that we confront.  Terrorists typically are not going to be locating and maintaining bases and having broad networks inside of countries that have strong central governments, strong militaries and strong law enforcement.  By definition, we’re going to be operating in places where oftentimes there’s a vacuum or capabilities are somewhat low.  And we’ve got to just continually apply patience, training, resources, and we then have to help in some cases broker political agreements as well.

So it is a long, arduous process.  It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best option that we have.  And what we have shown is that we can maintain the kind of pressure on these terrorist networks even in these kinds of difficult-to-operate environments.

PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  It’s my feeling that the agreement that has been concluded between the United States and China does not impose any pressure on us.  India is an independent country, and there is no pressure on us from any country or any person.

But there is pressure.  When we think about the future generations and what kind of world we are going to give them, then there is pressure.  Climate change itself is a huge pressure.  Global warming is a huge pressure.  And all those who think about a better life and a better world for the future generations, those who are concerned about this, then it is their duty and their conscience, they would want to give a better lifestyle to the future generations, a good life and a good environment.  There is pressure for all those people.  There is pressure on all countries, on all governments, and on all peoples.  Thank you.

     MODERATOR:  Last question.  (Inaudible), ABP News.

     Q    Thank you.  Good evening to both Honorable Prime Minister and President Barack Obama.  My question is for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  But let me first congratulate both of you for taking the relationship forward, more specifically on the nuclear deal issue.

(Continues in Hindi and is interpreted) -- Excellencies, both of you had talks, and my question is to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  You’ve held delegation-level talks, but we often see, as you did in the U.S., both Your Excellencies, beyond the delegation-level talks, go into a huddle and hold talks tête-à-tête.  And what exactly do you talk about?  And what is this friendship?  And which are the issues that you discussed, and which are the issues that you can share with us?

     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  Yes, we held very detailed talks, and some of these -- and the results and the issues that were discussed, let’s keep them behind curtains.

Why do we keep going into huddle and hold talks tête-à-tête?  Well, I’d just like to say that I’m fairly new in this area.  But with this little experience that I have gained over this short period of time, I can say that relations between countries depends less on full stops and commas, and more between the relationship between leaders, the openness, how much they know each other, and the chemistry between them.  This matters more and is very important.

In fact, far from the camera, when we speak, then we become closer to each other.  Barack and I have forged a friendship.  There is openness when we talk, and we even joke and share a lot together.  I think this is a chemistry which has not only brought Washington and Delhi, Barack and I closer, but also the two peoples of the two countries closer.  Personal chemistry between leaders is very important, and this can only grow.  Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  I would just add, the Prime Minister, as I said, caused great excitement in the United States when he visited.  And I do think that in addition to a personal friendship that we’ve been able to build in a fairly brief amount of time, we’re also reflecting the warmth and affection between the Indian people and the American people.

Part of the reason we’re such natural partners is because we share values -- as former colonies; as the two largest democracies in the world; as entrepreneurial nations; as people who believe in the freedom and dignity and worth of all individuals.  And so it’s not surprising then that we have a friendship, because hopefully we’re reflecting the values of our peoples.  And what I’m very excited about is, given the Prime Minister’s energy and ambition for his country and lifting people out of poverty, and moving forward on the reform agenda that he’s put forward, that that affection can then be translated into very specific actions.  And we’re seeing that reflected here today.

He’s right, though, we can’t tell you everything that we talked about.  Although I will share one thing, and that is we compared how much sleep each of us is getting.  (Laughter.)  And it turns out that Modi is getting even less sleep than me.  But of course that’s because he’s still new.  After you’ve been doing this for about six years, maybe he’ll be able to get an extra hour.

All right?  Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)

                        END                   5:30 P.M. IST

Smoggy bacon ban spoils festival preps in China
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:13 (3 hours ago) 

City bans smoking bacon and roasting chicken over firewood, to reduce air pollution.

       
Obama offers condolences to Japan
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:13 (3 hours ago) 

President speaks with Japan's prime minister about Islamic State.

       
WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:13 (3 hours ago) 

Critics say the kinds of reform being debated are long overdue.

       




Second try to lift AirAsia fuselage from sea floor fails
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:13 (3 hours ago) 

Rope breaks while wreckage was being lifted from sea floor.

       
Most uplifting stories of the week
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:13 (3 hours ago) 

Some nice gestures for loved ones highlights this week's uplifting stories.

       
Obama offers condolences over Islamic State hostage
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:13 (3 hours ago) 

The president paid the condolences in a phone call to Shinzo Abe from India.

       
Dennis Rodman Doesn’t Believe North Korea Hacked Sony
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:12 (3 hours ago) 
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Fans line up early to send off Seahawks
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 10:11:09 (3 hours ago) 
The Seahawks aren't expected to pass through 188th St. in Sea-Tac on their way to the airport until 9 a.m. or so.




Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it
  Source: The Register 2015-01-25 10:11:09 (3 hours ago) 
Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it
  Source: The Register 2015-01-25 10:11:09 (3 hours ago) 
Tennis and cycling events give Narcissism the flick

If you think selfie sticks are a sign of society's descent into a slough of narcissism, get thee to Australia where organisers of sporting events are making it know the telescoping terrors aren't entirely welcome.…

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-01-25 10:11:04 (3 hours ago) 
In fierce fighting Sunday, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria. Dozens of combatants have been killed and wounded, soldiers and hospital workers said.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps [Indie Rock]
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Australian postie and the dogs he meets.
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TIL albino redwood trees are unable to produce chlorophyll, however, they can survive because they are able to fuse their roots with the roots of other redwood trees and live as parasites.
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Denny Laine flying fine after clipping his Wings
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 10:10:56 (3 hours ago) 
Ex-member of WIngs, Denny Laine proved there's life after Paul McCartney in Beachland Ballroom show.
Lakewood residents voice frustration over hospital closing; North Olmsted must pay fired cop: Best of the Beat
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-01-25 10:10:56 (3 hours ago) 
Lakewood residents voice concerns about Lakewood Hospital closing; Forage Public House opens in Lakewood, and North Olmsted owes money to fired police officer.
Technophoria: Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 10:10:53 (3 hours ago) 
College fund-raising offices are turning to a handful of start-ups to help identify prospective alumni donors through their social media activity.




Widespread Blackout in Pakistan Deals Another Blow to Government
  Source: NYT > International 2015-01-25 10:10:53 (3 hours ago) 
Even with a partial restoration of power in the capital, Islamabad, and the most populous city, Karachi, 80 percent of the country remained without power after an apparent militant attack.
Kerry Meets With Nigerian Leaders to Encourage Peaceful Election
  Source: NYT > International 2015-01-25 10:10:53 (3 hours ago) 
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lagos hoping to encourage an orderly vote amid the continuing fight against the militant group Boko Haram.
A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-01-25 10:10:53 (3 hours ago) 
The New York City medical examiner determined that an operation after the stabbing in the 1950s led to Antonio Ciccarello’s death in September. The police have opened a murder investigation.
Are U.S. universities plagued by an epidemic of campus assaults?
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-01-25 10:10:42 (3 hours ago) 
According to the U.S. Justice Department, one in five college women will experience some kind of sexual assault while at school. Tracy Smith investigates what some are calling an epidemic of campus assaults, and looks into the ways that victims, educators and legislators are fighting back.
Winter storm could bring a blizzard to the Northeast
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-01-25 10:10:42 (3 hours ago) 
Just after region is coated in rain, snow and slush, a large storm system barrels out of Midwest just ahead of the work week




North-east US faces more heavy snow with possible blizzard-like conditions
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 10:10:28 (3 hours ago) 

After messy wintry mix over weekend, a new storm could drop a foot or more from Philadelphia, New York and up to Massachusetts at start of workweek

A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the north-east as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.

A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

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Sundance 2015 review: Strangerland – Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes lost, send help fast
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:10:26 (3 hours ago) 

This perplexing Aussie thriller about the disappearance of a couple’s children in the outback, and subsequent unspooling, leaves its audience as in the dark as its protagonists

I’m going to admit this straight out of the gate: I don’t think I understood Strangerland. Well, I got the basics of the story – they’re clear enough. After moving from a bigger city to a tiny outback town, Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) mislay their two children Lily (Maddison Brown) and Tom (Nicholas Hamilton) just as a massive dust storm engulfs the town. That’s easy enough to follow, as is the investigation lead by salty town cop Detective Rae (Hugo Weaving).

What’s confusing is what on earth the movie, from Australian TV veteran but first-time feature director Kim Farrant, is actually trying to say. There is something powerful in here about female sexuality. Lily is attractive and amorous, having relationships with several local boys, and there are plenty of indications that her mother was the same way growing up. Her father seems to hate this in both of them, especially his daughter. Then we’re into the lies couples tell each other and the secrets we try to keep from the world and ourselves.

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Ajax and Feyenoord play out stalemate to further boost leaders PSV
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:10:26 (3 hours ago) 
• Read Tom Davies’s minute-by-minute report

A rare goalless draw between Ajax and Feyenoord on Sunday was a setback for both the main pursuers of the leaders PSV Eindhoven at the head of the Dutch league.

Both sides needed a victory to put just the slightest pressure on the runaway leaders PSV, who now have a six-point advantage over the champions Ajax and 14 points over third-placed Feyenoord.

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Brighton v Arsenal: FA Cup – live!
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 10:10:26 (3 hours ago) 
Latest updates as Arsenal travel to the AmexEmail alan.smith@theguardian.com. Tweet: @alansmith90Follow all today’s live matches around Europe

3.00pm GMT

Nick will be here shortly with all the action from the Amex Stadium. In the meantime, here’s Amy Lawrence on the match:

Iñigo Calderón could scarcely bear to watch his television last Sunday as his fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla dazzled while Arsenal defeated Manchester City. Calderón, who hails from the Basque country, not so far from the Asturias region that Cazorla calls home, is an enthusiastic admirer of his compatriot’s talent but there was a point where watching became almost too much. “I tried to switch off the TV,” Calderón says with a chuckle. “They were on fire and I tried not to destroy my confidence.”

Jokes apart, this awareness about his own confidence levels – and how they can be manipulated by external influences and personal techniques – is particularly highly tuned in a player who has become a stalwart for Brighton & Hove Albion since his arrival five years ago.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 10:10:20 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Winter storm could bring a blizzard to the Northeast
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 10:10:12 (3 hours ago) 
Just after region is coated in rain, snow and slush, a large storm system barrels out of Midwest just ahead of the work week
30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:10:12 (3 hours ago) 

MANILA, Philippines — More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.

The commandos had entered the far-flung village of Tukanalipao at dawn looking for a top terror suspect, but had a "misencounter" with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other insurgents, Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town told The Associated Press by telephone.

Lindsey Vonn wins super-G for 64th World Cup victory
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:10:12 (3 hours ago) 
Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:10:12 (3 hours ago) 
Krauthammer: Anxiety as Iran influence spreads
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:10:12 (3 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON — While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.





Editorial: Going all in on ATMs
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-01-25 10:10:12 (3 hours ago) 

Attorney General Maura Healey is now the state’s top consumer advocate and responsible for enforcing the state gaming law, and as such we’d expect her to have an opinion on the wisdom of having ATMs in Bay State casinos. On top of that Healey made her opposition to casinos part of her campaign — she supported a casino repeal — so we’d expect that opinion to be not a particularly positive one. But we’d suggest the new AG consider whether she wants to dig in too deeply on the ATM issue in particular. It’s pretty small potatoes.

Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 10:10:11 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 10:10:10 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Bradford boss snubs Mourinho gesture
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 10:10:08 (3 hours ago) 
Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson refused Jose Mourinho's handshake before full-time in the FA Cup win over Chelsea.
WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks'
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-01-25 10:10:08 (3 hours ago) 
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.




VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:10:08 (3 hours ago) 
A round-up of social media trends from across the world
Teens 'use machete' in hijacking bid
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:10:08 (3 hours ago) 
Police arrest a boy aged 16 and an 18-year-old man after an attempt was made to force a taxi driver from his vehicle using a machete.
Murphy: Scrapping Trident 'wrong'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-01-25 10:10:08 (3 hours ago) 
Jim Murphy says it would be "wrong" to advocate scrapping Trident as Nicola Sturgeon calls on Labour to rethink its support for nuclear weapons.
Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-01-25 10:10:06 (3 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016....
Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker
  Source: AP Top News 2015-01-25 10:10:05 (3 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016. The first-term Republican lawmaker planned to join several other potential candidates at a gathering Sunday in Palm Springs, California, organized by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, who have a keen interest in the party's contenders....




Eighty People Control Half of the World's Wealth and All of the Elected Officials
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 10:01:07 (3 hours ago) 

Today, the bulk of the wealth is in the hands of just 80 people. Global poverty has continued to rise and it’s only going to get worse. Oxfam has predicted that if we do nothing, the wealthiest one percent of the world will control the same amount of wealth as the other 99 percent do combined.

(Photo: World Economic Forum/Benedikt von Loebell; Edited: JR / TO)

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The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting began in Davos, Switzerland.  The meeting convenes “global leaders from across business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society for strategic dialogues which map the key transformations reshaping the world.”  The hope is that the dialogue will lead to action on the part of the participating nations to improve conditions in their own communities, with an understanding that we are all globally connected.  The idea is that the actions in one community can affect another anywhere in the world.

The current state of global economic inequality shows just how tenuous that connection is.

In what has now become tradition, Oxfam International, a confederation of organizations dedicated to fighting poverty, issued a report on the current state of economic inequality. Last year’s report sent shockwaves through the world by announcing that just 85 people controlled the same amount of wealth as the bottom 3 billion people combined.  That was even more dramatic than 2010 when it took 388 people to control that much wealth.

Today, the bulk of the wealth is in the hands of just 80 people.

The reasons for the dramatic change are much as they have always been. The global recession had disproportionate negative effects on those in the middle and bottom of the economic scale. As most of the population slid down the scale, the recovery went quickly upwards. While the majority of the population relied on income, which decreased or disappeared, the rich had assets. Those assets grew in value just as the returns on investments began to bounce back. The rich got richer simply because with assets, it’s difficult to not remain wealthy.

Oxfam releases the report every year just as global leaders gather in Davos because the key to reversing the trend lies in the hands of government. The problem requires a coordinated global effort to tackle inequality, such as punishing tax dodging by corporations and wealthy individuals. Other initiatives include: Universal public services (i.e. health and education), shifting the burden of taxation from labor and consumption to capital and wealth, living wages, equal pay, and adequate safety nets that include a minimum income.

Interestingly, many of these policies have been promoted – and rejected – here in America.

Thirty-five of the 80 individuals controlling wealth hold American passports. Many of the names are familiar, such as Bill Gates, the Waltons of Wal-Mart fame, George Soros, Warren Buffett, both Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. It is also no surprise that many of these names are often seen on the same donor lists of politicians across the nation, Congress and our recent presidents. The Oxfam report notes than nearly 12 percent of political contributions come from the list of 80 billionaires.

In the first few weeks of the 114th Congress, legislation was introduced to roll back regulations on Wall Street, as well as consumer protection laws that have been in place. While voters have repeatedly said they want improved education, universal healthcare and a real chance at the American dream, our elected officials seem to not hear the public’s demands. These same elected officials are dependent on the money from the wealthiest, but are also responsible for creating policies that would reverse the flow of that wealth towards a more equitable distribution.

What we have here is not a failure to communicate but a clear and dangerous conflict of interest.

The inability to invest in assets, such as houses, savings, or highly expensive art has left the majority of the world with little to show for their hard work.  Global poverty has continued to rise and it’s only going to get worse. Oxfam has predicted that if we do nothing, the wealthiest one percent of the world will control the same amount of wealth as the other 99 percent do combined.

The estimated time of arrival for this global wealth distribution is next year.

The Next Big Progressive Battle: A Living Wage
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-01-25 10:01:07 (3 hours ago) 

Part of a global protest held on May 15, 2014 against exploitative labor practices. (Photo: Bob Simpson/Flickr)

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On New Year’s Day, 20 states raised their minimum wages. That leaves a lot of states that aren’t increasing the minimum wage - along with the federal government.

Even some of those employees who are getting increases don’t have much to celebrate. Workers in Florida might barely notice their 12-cents-an-hour raise. And the extra 15 cents an hour in Montana, Arizona, and Missouri will be wiped out with inflation and climbing costs before the first paycheck is deposited.

U.S. legislators have refused since 2009 to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour - not even close to enough for full-time workers to make ends meet.

To put it bluntly, minimum wage is a poverty wage. Yet only 29 states have minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate - and some just barely.

In last year’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Although Congress turned a deaf ear, activists took up the challenge. “Fight for $15” movements across the country won among the most powerful progressive victories of 2014.

Cheers to cities like Seattle and San Francisco with minimum wage plans that will increase rates to $15 an hour in the next few years. Huge congratulations to voters in Oakland, California, as well in Arkansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and others who voted for significant minimum wage increases.

But the truth is, while it’s a great start, none of these increases goes far enough, or lifts workers out of poverty fast enough. What’s needed is a living wage that allows full-time workers to cover their basic needs and have a little savings left over in case of an emergency.

The Job Gap Economic Prosperity series - a collection of research reports by the Alliance for a Just Society - shows that a living wage comes to over $15 an hour for a single adult in most states studied. A parent supporting a child needs to earn closer to $22 or $23 an hour.

Women and people of color are least likely to earn a living wage, with half or more working full-time and not making enough to make ends meet.

Poverty-level pay is taken for granted at restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, and major retailers like Wal-Mart, that would rather invest in government lobbyists to keep wages low than in their employees.

“If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it,” Obama implored Congress in his latest State of the Union address. “If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”

The sub-minimum wage for tipped workers has been stuck at $2.13 an hour for 24 long years. Imagine going to work every day, hoping beyond hope that the tips will make up for the tiny hourly wage. No worker should be a second-class employee.

Refusing to pay employees a wage they can live on isn’t a business plan. Paying employees enough so they can shop or dine at your business or neighboring businesses and grow the local economy - now that’s smart.

A full-time job should lead to financial stability, not poverty. We must continue to push Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and abolish the separate tipped minimum wage.

In the meantime, keep up the “Fight for $15.” We know that we can motivate our mayors, city councils, and state legislators by speaking out, sharing our stories, and presenting the facts. Most importantly, we have to vote.

Let’s make 2015 the year for $15 - and really have something to celebrate next New Year.

Sundance 2015 review: Glassland – half empty, half excellent alcoholic drama
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:01:05 (3 hours ago) 

Gerard Barrett’s Irish drama about the effect of Toni Collette’s alcoholism on son Jack Reynor is bleak and deeply moving – until he starts with the psychologising

The tears in Glassland catch you unawares. This is not your run-of-the-mill weepy, nor your archly-crafted Oscar bait. The most emotionally destructive scene here is when John (Jack Reynor) a young Irish man, has to convince his alcoholic mother (Toni Collette) to enter rehab, not because her addiction is killing her, but because it’s killing him.

Written and directed by Gerard Barrett, Jean is not one of those scamp drunks seen in shows like Shameless. She’s more like an inanimate object whom has to be dragged around, cleaned up, fed, and otherwise tended to by her dutiful son. It is as sad and bleak as the cinematography reflects. John, a taxi driver almost angelically good in his devotion to other people, has to come up with €8,000 to get his mother into rehab and has to decide whether or not to turn to a life of crime in order to get the cash.

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Ajax and Feyenoord play out stalemate to further boost leaders PSV
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-01-25 10:01:05 (3 hours ago) 
• Read Tom Davies’s minute-by-minute report

A rare goalless draw between Ajax and Feyenoord on Sunday was a setback for both the main pursuers of the leaders PSV Eindhoven at the head of the Dutch league.

Both sides needed a victory to put just the slightest pressure on the runaway leaders PSV, who now have a six-point advantage over the champions Ajax and 14 points over third-placed Feyenoord.

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Police arrest man after woman shot in chest Saturday in Jacksonville
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2015-01-25 10:00:28 (3 hours ago) 

A woman in her 40s was shot in the chest Saturday in Jacksonville and authorities have a man in custody they believe is related to the incident, police said.

A man entered the woman’s home in the 13000 block of Yellow Bluff Road about 5:10 p.m. and shot the woman in the chest, police said.

The man fled the scene in a black Chevy truck and the investigators believe the two people knew each other.

Officers arrested a suspect and recovered a handgun about 6:40 p.m. in the 2200 block of Longreene Road North, police said.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 10:00:26 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Police seize over $1 million worth of marijuana
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-01-25 10:00:21 (3 hours ago) 
Police seized over $1 million worth marijuana after stopping an East Garfield Park man Saturday evening on the Northwest Side, authorities said.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-01-25 10:00:21 (3 hours ago) 
Pluto, get ready for your close-up.
Police seize over $1 million worth of marijuana
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-01-25 10:00:21 (3 hours ago) 
Police seized over $1 million worth marijuana after stopping an East Garfield Park man Saturday evening on the Northwest Side, authorities said.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-01-25 10:00:21 (3 hours ago) 
Pluto, get ready for your close-up.




Colorado seeks permission to grow pot at state universities
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-01-25 10:00:18 (3 hours ago) 
After years of trying to stamp out marijuana use on college campuses, Colorado officials are now asking the federal government to allow its state universities to grow their own pot.
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-01-25 10:00:18 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From Its Streets Throughout History
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-01-25 10:00:17 (3 hours ago) 
From horses to highways, how Boston kept its streets clear of the white stuff.






'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-01-25 10:00:15 (3 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon....
Thousands of Spaniards Protest Proposed Security Law
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-01-25 10:00:03 (3 hours ago) 
Spaniards protest proposed security law that would impose hefty fines for some demonstrations




‘Paralyzing’ Blizzard to Bury Northeast in Snow
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-01-25 09:51:18 (3 hours ago) 
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Magical realism comes to life on Colombia visit
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-01-25 09:51:14 (3 hours ago) 
South American country is a generation beyond its drug-fueled reign of violence, and tourism is growing.
Navy seeks more sonar-emitting buoys; critics raise concerns over impact on marine mammals
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 09:51:08 (3 hours ago) 
Searching for 'death-qualified' jurors slows marathon bombing, movie theater shooting trials
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-01-25 09:51:08 (3 hours ago) 
This Week in Science: Unknown Radio Waves from Space, Working Virtually on Mars, Regulating Fertilization with Light, and More!
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-01-25 09:50:57 (3 hours ago) 
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As Vatican Revisits Divorce, Many Catholics Long for Acceptance
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-01-25 09:50:54 (3 hours ago) 
Pope Francis has begun a debate about the church’s treatment of divorced Catholics, and in October, a group of bishops will decide whether to recommend changes to him.
Deflate-Gate Is Pumping Up the Bottom Line for Some
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-01-25 09:50:44 (3 hours ago) 
From area bakeries to major national brands, businesses see Patriots' "DeflateGate" scandal as an opportunity.






Obama Describes 'Breakthrough' Talks With India
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-01-25 09:50:43 (3 hours ago) 
President Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday in New Delhi. Obama told reporters that the two sides had reached a 'breakthrough' regarding investments in nuclear power development in India.






ISIS kills one hostage, offers to swap the second hostage
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-01-25 09:50:42 (3 hours ago) 
The radical Islamic group appears to have beheaded one of the two Japanese nationals it has been holding hostage. But an audio recording said that ISIS is now willing to swap a second hostage not for ransom, but for a failed female suicide bomber being held in a Jordanian prison. Holly Williams reports from Istanbul.




​Uncovering the long-hidden secrets of Stonehenge
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-01-25 09:50:42 (3 hours ago) 
Ground-penetrating radar and other technologies are giving archaeologists with the Hidden Landscapes Project a new view of England's ancient monument
​Passage: SkyMall is grounded
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-01-25 09:50:42 (3 hours ago) 
The venerable in-flight gift catalog for the discriminating airline passenger filed for bankruptcy this week
Greek election: Syriza confident of victory – live updates
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 09:50:30 (3 hours ago) 
Leftwing anti-austerity party predicted to seize power
Result could plunge Europe deeper into crisisAlexis Tsipras hopes to replace Antonis Samaras as prime ministerGuardianWitness: your hopes and fears for the future of GreeceGuardian briefing on the Greek election
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Kerry urges Nigerians to refrain from post-presidential election violence
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 09:50:30 (3 hours ago) 

US secretary of state meets with president Goodluck Jonathan and plans to meet opposing candidate, former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari

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Obama and Modi agree to limit US liability in case of nuclear disaster
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-01-25 09:50:30 (3 hours ago) 
Decision set to lead to contracts worth billions of dollars but hopes for a US-China-style air pollution deal are dashed Continue reading...




Sundance 2015 review: Glassland – half empty, half excellent alcoholic drama
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 09:50:29 (3 hours ago) 

Gerard Barrett’s Irish drama about the effect of Toni Collette’s alcoholism on son Jack Reynor is bleak and deeply moving – until he starts with the psychologising

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Obama and Modi agree to limit US liability in case of nuclear disaster
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-01-25 09:50:29 (3 hours ago) 
Decision set to lead to contracts worth billions of dollars but hopes for a US-China-style air pollution deal are dashed

American industrial interests took centre stage at the start of Barack Obama’s visit to India as he and the prime minister, Narendra Modi, outlined a deal to limit the legal liability of US suppliers in the event of a nuclear power plant catastrophe.

Thirty years after an infamous chemical leak killed thousands at Union Carbide’s factory in Bhopal, the threat of tough Indian compensation laws has frustrated US hopes of an export boom in the energy sector – despite an agreement by the former US president George W Bush to share civil nuclear technology in 2005.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-01-25 09:50:23 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
​Uncovering the long-hidden secrets of Stonehenge
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-01-25 09:50:16 (3 hours ago) 
Ground-penetrating radar and other technologies are