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Massive winter storm leaves 7 dead as it heads to northeast

A massive winter storm system that whipped up tornadoes, ice and snow from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes on Christmas Day, killing at least seven people, headed for the northeastern US Wednesday. The storm snarled holiday travel as 1,500 flights were cancelled and people were warned to…

Netflix blames Christmas Eve outage that affected 27 million users on Amazon

Netflix on Wednesday was blaming Amazon for an embarrassing outage that left millions of people unable to snuggle up with the online film streaming service on Christmas Eve. More than 27 million Netflix members in the Americas may have been unable to access shows or films online due to a…

UN predicts 1.1 million Syrian refugees by June

The United Nations on Wednesday predicted the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries will double to 1.1 million by June next year if the country’s war is not ended. There are now more than 540,000 registered refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, according to the latest UN…

Iran grounds domestic flights during call to prayer

Iran has ordered domestic airlines to take off half an hour after pre-dawn Muslim prayers, the website of country’s civil aviation organisation quoted its chief as saying on Wednesday. “According to a directive we issued to the domestic airlines, from now on the airlines will be authorised to take off…

‘Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

Gerry Anderson, the British director and creator of the cult sci-fi animation series “Thunderbirds”, died on Wednesday aged 83, his son said on Wednesday. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease since 2010 and his health had deteriorated in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said on his personal website.…

JFK conspiracy theorists ask for inclusion in 50-year ceremony

Officials in Dallas, Texas, where former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, want to honor the 50th anniversary of his death with a celebration of his life in 2013. But conspiracy theorists who believe government officials played a role in his demise on Nov. 22, 1963, refuse to be sidelined,…

Home prices rise 4.3 percent in October

US home prices rose 4.3 percent in October as compared with last year, though slipped slightly from the previous month, according to S&P/Case-Shiller statistics released Wednesday. The 20-city price index declined 0.1 percent from September, according to data not adjusted for seasonal variations, but the group emphasized the strong year-on-year…

Newark Booker aide rejected million-dollar donation as ‘too small’

Cory Booker releases secret emails on $100M Facebook gift to Newark Schools (via NJ.com) NEWARK — Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, gave $100 million to the Newark public schools in hopes of encouraging contributions as small as $5 and $10 from everyday people, but that never happened. The City…

Sam Donaldson to tea party: ‘It’s not your country anymore – it’s our country’

During an appearance on Chris Matthews‘ syndicated weekend talk show, ABC News contributor and analyst Sam Donaldson criticized the tea party and argued that the movement and the Republican party were becoming increasingly in danger of irrelevancy. “It’s the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like…

Apple’s Siri has a rival: Google Voice Search

Apple promises a lot from Siri. The company advertises this “intelligent assistant” as a major selling point for new iPhones and iPads. Ask a question out loud, and Siri digs up an answer; dictate an appointment, and Apple’s software will jot down the date for you. At least, that’s the…

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