• Saudi Arabia: We'll never cut oil production

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Saudi Arabia has a tough message for oil producers hurting from the price crash: We'll never cut production. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi also said he wasn't conspiring to take out rival producers by driving down the price.

  • Reward increased to find Waco meteorologist's shooter

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    WACO, TX -- An anonymous donor helped increase the reward for the person who shot a central Texas weatherman, KTRK reports. The anonymous $5,000 donation raised the reward to find the shooter to $10,000. A sketch was released earlier this week of the person who shot KCEN meteorologist Patrick Crawford outside the station in Falls County on Wednesday.

  • Sen. Tom Coburn on his friendship with President Obama: ' I just love him as a man'

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Tom Coburn, the conservative Republican senator from Oklahoma, announced earlier this year that he has prostate cancer and will be ending his term two years early, says CBS News/60 Minutes. This is an interesting man. He's an obstetrician who has delivered over 4,000 babies. Called the "Godfather of the Tea Party," he has been a powerful and effective force against government spending. He opposes gay marriage, he's against abortion rights and says global warming doesn't exist. And yet, he became one of Barack Obama's closest friends in Congress. It may be Washington's most unlikely friendship, but it is a lesson that political opposites can work together in highly partisan and dysfunctional times.

  • Sony Pictures hack fuels speculation about studio's possible sale

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Fallout from the crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has called into question exactly what the future holds for one of Hollywood's biggest names, the Los Angeles Times reports. A paralyzed computer system has hampered the studio's ability to make deals, promote upcoming movie releases and conduct business. Some employees at the Culver City film and television studio still were having trouble accessing their email this weekend. But, beyond the day-to-day running of a studio, there's a sense in Hollywood that big changes are ahead. "Major upheaval will occur at Sony," said Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC's Annenberg School. "This will reset the studio's relationship with Japan."

  • Most and least reliable small cars

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    By definition, buyers of small cars are cost conscious. They want to get a good value on something fuel-efficient that will remain dependable for years to come, says Yahoo. Based on Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey that collected data on more than a million vehicles, there are a few compact models that shine and several that should be avoided. All things being equal, steer toward cars with a better-than-average predicted reliability to put the odds in your favor for trouble-free ownership. Here, we present the most and least reliable subcompact and compact cars.

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo, says Reuters, can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person's detention or imprisonment - in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object.

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

    Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages. On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!" they wrote. John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd is expected — even if the festivities are likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John's hell-raising rock 'n' roll days.

  • New York Pain Clinic Doctor Is Sentenced in Overdose Deaths of 2 Patients

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    A pain doctor in Queens who was convicted of manslaughter in the overdose deaths of two patients was sentenced on Friday to more than 10 years in state prison. The doctor, Stan Xuhui Li, 60, of Hamilton, N.J., ran a one-day-a-week pain clinic in Flushing, Queens, where he saw as many as 80 patients in a day and did most of his business in cash, handing out prescriptions for opiates and tranquilizers. The manslaughter convictions against Dr. Li were unusual for New York State, where doctors who are caught providing drugs to addicts are usually charged with criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance.

  • Baby Jesus gets GPS

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Attention thieves and pranksters considering nabbing the baby Jesus from the Indiana Masonic Home's Nativity scene: Don't do it. Jesus has GPS. New York-based BrickHouse Security, which operates a distribution center in Indianapolis, is donating several GPS monitors that will be put inside the baby Jesus and other statues on display at the Masonic Home's iconic archway.

  • NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'I'm Trying To Figure Out' Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson sounded off on the media firestorm that ensued after his father, Phil, argued that being gay is a sin in a 2013 GQ interview, The Huffington Post reports. "Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn't agree with -- and I've even said so," Robertson tells Larry King in a Dec. 15 chat. "We love everybody ... In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay." As to whether or not he thought that being gay or lesbian was a choice, Robertson added, "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am."

  • Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Hacking

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film "The Interview" over a hacking by North Korea a "mistake," NPR reports. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end news conference. He added that he was "sympathetic" about their concerns, but, "I wish they would have spoken to me first."

  • Breathing in Pollution While Pregnant Linked to Autism

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found. Bloomberg reports researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found the risk of autism rises in parallel with exposure to fine particulate matter during pregnancy, with the biggest effect occurring in the final months of gestation. The results appear in the Dec. 18 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives. The findings add to other research suggesting the environment plays a role in the development of autism, a developmental disorder marked by repetitive behaviors and trouble communicating and socializing. The study, which started in 1989 and involved more than 100,000 nurses from across the U.S., will help researchers home in on the causes of autism and potential ways to prevent it, saidMarc Weisskopf, a senior study author.

  • Obama to deliver State of the Union on Jan. 20

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to the new Republican-run Congress on Jan. 20, officials said Friday. "Your report will inform our efforts to address the people's priorities," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in extending the formal invitation to Obama, USA TODAY reports. Boehner also said that "the new year will bring a new American Congress, and with it, the opportunity to continue our work to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for our country."

  • Parents of accused Aurora shooter plead for his life

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    In a letter to prosecutors released Friday, the parents of accused Aurora movie theater killer James Holmes are asking for his life to be spared, according to USA TODAY. Holmes faces the death penalty in connection with the 12 shooting deaths at a suburban Denver movie theater in July 2012. Jury summons last week were sent to to 9,000 potential jurors for a trial that's expected to begin in earnest in the spring or early summer. In their letter, Holmes' parents say their son suffers from mental illness and begged prosecutors to agree to a plea deal that would see him locked up for life and spared execution. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and has undergone two formal — and still confidential — mental-health evaluations.

  • Dropped your phone in water? The fix isn't rice

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Dropped your mobile phone in the toilet? Forget the urban myth about sticking it in rice. But there is hope, in the form of a pair of competing companies that use a combination of vacuum and low heat to vaporize the water out of devices. The methods, these companies say, get water-impaired electronics up and running — with their data and settings intact, USA TODAY reports. TekDry and competitor DryBox offer a similar service: place your device inside the kiosk and wait for a few minutes as a vacuum pump depressurizes the container and low heat helps boil away the water vapor. It can dry out cell phones, laptops and other electronics in as little as 20 minutes, for about $20.

  • Candy Crowley's final guest is a big one: Obama

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Candy Crowley leaves CNN on Sunday, and one guest is giving her quite the send-off, USA TODAY reports. President Obama will be talking with the veteran reporter on State of the Union, the series Crowley has anchored for four years. In the network exclusive interview, he'll be discussing the latest news on Cuba and North Korea, as well as the final two years of his presidency. After 27 years of political reporting with CNN, Crowley leaves behind a strong legacy.

  • FBI confirms North Korea behind Sony hack

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, according to USA TODAY. "As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,'' a FBI statement said. "While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks."

  • Source: Hackers send new message to Sony

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a "very wise" decision to cancel the Christmas day release of "The Interview," a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony's top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN. The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way.

  • Shock study: Marriage rate declines with porn use, threatening economy, society

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Pornography is replacing the desire among young men for marriage, according to a new study that finds males are chasing “low-cost sexual gratification” on the web over a wife and family, the Washington Examiner reports. “Traditionally, one of the reasons to enter into a marriage was sexual gratification. But as options for sexual gratification outside of marriage have grown, the need for a marriage to serve this function is diminishing,” said the report. The report published by Germany’s Institute for the Study of Labor and co-authored by a West Chester University of Pennsylvania professor suggested that the government crack down on porn access, especially as more and easier tools to tap into the Internet, such as smartphones, expand. Saving marriage, said the report, will help the economy and society.