• Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, could it in fact be an Islamic State militant? As world leaders scratch their heads about the best method to defeat the terror of Isis, internet users have come up with their own way to take the sting out of the group’s feathery tail. Members of the Reddit group 4chan began superimposing rubber duck heads on to images of Isis fighters, setting off a craze that has spread to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

  • Massive NSA Phone Data Collection to Cease

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American will stop at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program by Edward Snowden. Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information. President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ends Saturday.

  • Advocates Blame Violent Anti-Abortion Rhetoric For Planned Parenthood Shooting

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The deadly shooting that occurred at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was a “tragic” and “horrifying” consequence of the tense political rhetoric over abortion, women’s health advocates told BuzzFeed News. Three people, including a police officer, were shot and killed after a gunman opened fired inside the health clinic on Friday afternoon — the first deaths related to an attack on an abortion clinic since 2009. Nine others, including five police officers, were injured. “Anti-choice extremists know that their rhetoric incites others to commit these violent acts,” Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), told BuzzFeed News, referring to websites encouraging the targeting of abortion clinics and providers. “It’s not OK after they occur to say, ‘We condemn them,’ when they’re doing nothing to prevent them from happening in the first place.”

  • Obama pushes for gun control after Planned Parenthood shooting

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    After a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood on Friday, killing three people and injuring several others, President Obama urged the nation to increase controls over "the easy accessibility of weapons of war." "This is not normal," the president said in a statement Saturday. "We can't let it become normal." "If we truly care about this -- if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience -- then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them," Mr. Obama added. "Enough is enough."

  • Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The world might eventually have to shift its reliance on Wi-Fi to Li-Fi, an alternative technology that scientists say can reach speeds of 1 Gbps in real-world use — 100 times faster than average Wi-Fi speeds. At those speeds, you could download a high-definition movie in just a few seconds. A company called Velmenni told the IBTimes UK that it took the technology out of the labs and into real-world offices and industrial environments in Estonia, where it was able to achieve those speeds.

  • Assaults on staff at Western State Hospital costing millions

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    LAKEWOOD, Pierce County — A psychiatric patient “head-butted” a nurse so hard she fell back and her head was slammed against a door, causing injures that kept her home for three months. An agitated patient knocked a nurse onto a concrete floor, causing injuries that forced him out of work for seven months. A nurse who tried to stop a patient attack was in hurt so seriously that her recovery took more than two years. Hundreds of employees at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital have suffered concussions, fractures, bruises and cuts during assaults by patients, resulting in millions of dollars in medical costs and thousands of missed days of work.

  • The Russian Edition Of Maxim Published A List Of "Gays We Respect"

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    In an article headlined “Gays We Respect,” the Russian edition of men’s magazine Maxim has “forgiven” a list of famous actors, authors and musicians for their sexual orientation. “We, men, do not consider men who love men to be men. This is the rule,” the introduction to the post reads. “But there are exceptions. There are gays who have earned our respect and the right to remain real men in our eyes.” These “exceptions” include actors Ian McKellen and Neil Patrick Harris, who the magazine has “forgiven” for their sexual orientation due to their onscreen roles.

  • Miss World Canada prevented from reaching China pageant

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Canada's China-born Miss World contestant was stopped in Hong Kong on Thursday and denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China, a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country. Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old Toronto actress who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, was unable to obtain a visa in advance of her arrival for the contest finals this week in Sanya, on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan. Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old Toronto actress who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, was unable to obtain a visa in advance of her arrival for the contest finals this week in Sanya, on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan.

  • Live coverage: Shooter detained at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood


    An active shooter was reported Friday near Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. The office is at 3480 Centennial Blvd. Colorado Springs police, El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol officers are responding to the scene.  

  • Swedish court: 'We cannot ban Pirate Bay'

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    In a landmark decision, a Swedish court on Friday ruled that the country's internet service providers cannot be forced to block controversial Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay. After considering the case for almost a month, the District Court of Stockholm ruled that copyright holders could not make Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget block Pirate Bay. The court found that Bredbandsbolaget's operations do not amount to participation in the copyright infringement offences carried out by some of its 'pirate' subscribers.

  • Family earning over $1 million living in public housing

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    LOWER MANHATTAN — It pays to live in public housing. PIX11 Investigates has found over 1,500 households earning six-figure salaries while living in New York City Housing Authority apartments. “They should move them out,” said Carmen Santiago, an Alfred E. Smith Houses resident. Housing records obtained by PIX11 Investigates show a family reported making nearly a million dollars while paying only $1,574 in monthly rent for a three-bedroom apartment.

  • Abortion clinic protest buffer zone law passes in Australia

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Legislation preventing protesters from coming within 150 metres of an abortion clinic has passed the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment. The abortion buffer zone laws make it illegal for anti-abortion protesters to harass or film women going in or coming out of the clinics. Protestors who breach the so-called buffer zone may face fines or jail time for repeat offences.

  • Nutella rejects personalised jar for five-year-old girl named Isis

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Illawarra mother Heather Taylor is becoming accustomed to the odd looks, gasps and uncomfortable silences that accompany the mention of her daughter's name. Now she has suffered perhaps the ultimate indignity - being denied a personalised jar of Nutella. Ms Taylor's sister tried to buy five personalised jars - which are labelled with the recipient's name - for her nephew Odhinn and her niece Isis from a Myer department store in Shellharbour. Ms Taylor said, both names were initially flagged as problematic by a computer. After some negotiation, Odhinn was deemed acceptable - but the store manager drew the line at Isis, an acronym commonly used to denote Islamic State.

  • Medical marijuana users get OK from Ontario government to vaporize anywhere

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Medical marijuana users in Ontario are now legally able to use vaporizers just about anywhere in the province. The Liberal government quietly exempted them this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. It means medical marijuana users can vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds. Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said under the exemption for medical marijuana users, employers or restaurant owners could still ban them from smoking on the premises.

  • Two journalists arrested for story on intelligence trucks bound for Syria - RIGHTS

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and the daily’s Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gül were arrested Nov. 26 due to a story about Turkish intelligence trucks bound for Syria in early 2014. “We are accused of ‘spying.’ The president said [our action is] ‘treason.’ We are not traitors, spy, or heroes; we are journalists. What we have done here was a journalistic activity,” Dündar said before testifying to prosecutors Nov. 26. “Of course this prosecution will help enlighten how these incidents took place, rather than how we covered this story.”

  • In Saudi Arabia, artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death for atheism

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Dubai: When Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh​ was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution's request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison over a book of poetry he wrote and for allegedly having illicit relations with women. An appeal was filed and the case was sent back to the lower court, but this time around judges threw out defence witness testimony, refused to accept Mr Fayadh's repentance and on November 17 sentenced him to execution for apostasy.

  • Proposed Bill Would Require Large Stores To Pay Employees Double for Thanksgiving

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A California Assemblywoman is pushing legislation that protects workers on Thanksgiving. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says more retailers are choosing profits over people on Thanksgiving. She says the legislature should get involved to help workers making the sacrifice. The Double Pay On The Holiday Act failed last year, but she says her new proposed bill requires only big retailers—those with more than 500 employees—to pay double time only on Thanksgiving.

  • Black Lives Matter protesters storm Macy's NYC store

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Protesters filled the Macy’s store where the Thanksgiving parade will end today. New York Police say demonstrators entered the flagship store after a Black Lives Matter rally Wednesday night. The rally was aimed at shootings involving black men who were killed by polce - Jamar Clark, 24,  in Minneapolis on Nov. 15, and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. The latter shooting occurred last year, with dash cam video of the incident released this week showing an officer shooting McDonald 16 times..

  • Most hated man on the internet has done it again

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A young pharmaceutical company CEO who bought the rights to a lifesaving HIV-treating drug and increased its price from $18.70 to $1040 per pill has reneged on his pledge to cut it again. Turing Pharmaceuticals chief executive Martin Shkreli, who was dubbed “the most hated on the internet”, has maintained the 5,000 per cent inflated price of parasitic infection treatment Daraprim despite international outcry and a subsequent pledge to lower it. Shkreli shot to infamy — and was labelled a “morally bankrupt sociopath” — after Turing pharmaceuticals first jacked up the price. Compounding the apparent greediness, and the global outrage it caused, was Shkreli’s obliviousness, at one point even “giving the finger” to his critics.

  • Washington Examiner: Democrats rise in opposition to Obama's climate change agenda

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Hundreds of Democrats from 32 states are aligning against the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan, which they say will cause unnecessary economic harm from increased reliance on renewable energy. "As Democrats committed to a prosperous America and a healthy environment, we believe the United States has a unique opportunity to lead the world in addressing the global climate challenge, and yet do so, as we must, without unduly burdening the American economy or the American people," the Democratic coalition called CoalBlue said in a letter sent Tuesday to Obama. The group joined with hundreds of Democratic officeholders and state, local and party officials in telling Obama that the Environmental Protection Agency's emission rules for power plants pose "serious and overriding concerns," representing the wrong approach to the problem of climate change.