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last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:50:55 -0500

Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profit down 36 percent on year, in line with guidance

A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that October-December profit fell 36 percent from a year earlier, confirming the firm's first annual earnings decline in three years. The world's top smartphone maker reported a fourth-quarter profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.88 billion), compared with a 5.2 trillion won profit it guided for earlier this month. Profit for the mobile division, the driver of Samsung's record 2013 earnings, fell to 1.96 trillion won from 5.47 trillion won a year earlier. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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Herald Sun | Breaking News
last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:06:07 GMT

Palaszczuk makes GST blunder
OPPOSITION Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk could not say what rate the GST is when quizzed on Townsville radio.

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Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:35:28 -0500

State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel

The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Cummings complained that the committee's investigation was moving at a "glacial" pace and that there were "major problems" with the committee's work, adding that he and other Democrats "have grave concerns about the partisan path this committee has taken over the past year." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks.


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last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:39:45 -0500

State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel

The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Cummings complained that the committee's investigation was moving at a "glacial" pace and that there were "major problems" with the committee's work, adding that he and other Democrats "have grave concerns about the partisan path this committee has taken over the past year." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks.


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Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday

In this Jan. 16, 2008, file photo, a note is posted on a door at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., indicating state offices will close in observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate General Robert E. Lee's birthdays. Lee’s birthday would no longer be celebrated on the same day as King under a bill introduced Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, by Arkansas Republican Rep. Nate Bell. Arkansas is one of three states, along with Alabama and Mississippi, that jointly celebrate King and Lee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage.


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After sparring with 2 Chainz, Nancy Grace debates pot with Dr. Drew

Nancy Grace And Dr. Drew Square Off Over PotOn the heels of her endlessly entertaining debate with rapper 2 Chainz over the legalization of marijuana, Nancy Grace picked up the anti-pot argument on Tuesday with fellow HLN host Dr. Drew.


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Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm

A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/The Quincy Patriot Ledger, Gary Higgins) BOSTON HERALD OUT; BOSTON GLOBE OUT; QUINCY OUT (REV-SHARE)By Scott Malone MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Reuters) - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet (30 cm) of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because of flooding from a breached sea wall. "This area sees flooding regularly, but we haven't seen damage like this since the blizzard of '78," town planner Greg Guimond said as he surveyed the wreckage. Schools remained closed in Boston and most of its suburbs for a second straight day but life was otherwise returning to normal with the city's transit system and airport resuming service and a travel ban lifted.


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Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The tremor, initially reported as a weaker magnitude 5.1, was relatively shallow, occurring at 10.7 miles (17.2 km) below the seabed, the USGS said. It was centered 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Eureka, a town that lies about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Oregon border. The National Tsunami Warning Center said the quake had not triggered a tsunami.

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Military says Washington state marijuana shops 'off-limits' to troops
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. military base south of Seattle has sent letters warning retail marijuana shops that military personnel are banned from entering their businesses and buying cannabis products, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The letters were sent last week by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in the Tacoma area. "The use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana remains illegal for all service members, at all times and locations," said Lewis-McChord spokesman Joe Kubistek. Washington state voters joined Colorado in 2012 in approving the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in state-regulated systems that have ushered in retail shops carrying a range of marijuana products for adults.

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Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, speaks to participants of consultations between representatives of the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Lavrov said the meeting should pave the way for further talks on conditions for a political settlement. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking. Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after rebels drove Ukrainian government forces out of Donetsk airport. The separatists say they want to drive back government forces and their artillery out of range of the cities they hold and improve their grip on strongholds. "The latest military actions provoked by Kiev will lead to the inevitable further escalation of the conflict (and) undermine efforts taken by the international community to end the bloodshed," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


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Hillary Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi

REUTERS NEWS PICTURES SERVICE - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2013The former secretary of state will appear before a House select committee.


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Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot

COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)Jordan says it is ready to trade an Iraqi woman militant for a pilot held by IS extremists.


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Dozen killed in suicide attack against Mali rebels

French helicopters are stationed at a base in Goa, Mali on January 2, 2015An attack overnight in northern Mali by a pro-government armed group including suicide bombers killed a dozen people, security sources said Wednesday. "GATIA fighters, accompanied by suicide bombers, attacked a rebel Tuareg and anti-government Arab position in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday near the town of Tabankort. A security source in MINUSMA -- the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali -- confirmed the deaths, adding that two fighters blew themselves up while a third was killed before he was able to detonate his explosives. GATIA is the commonly-used name for the pro-government Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group.


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Bucking Obama, senior Democrat seeks limits on war against IS

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.Rep. Adam Schiff's resolution forbids using ground forces in combat against IS militants.


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Hezbollah carried out deadly attack on Israeli convoy

Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The Lebanese Hezbollah group is claiming responsibility for today’s attack on an Israeli military convoy. Hezbollah claims the attack destroyed a number of Israeli vehicles and caused casualties among "enemy ranks." Israel later fired at least 35 artillery shells into Lebanon. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Lebanese Hezbollah militants killed and wounded a number of Israeli soldiers in a "big operation" on Wednesday targeting an Israeli military convoy in a frontier area, a Lebanese political source said. The attack in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms area was in response to an Israeli rocket attack in Syria, the source, who is familiar with details of the operation, said.


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Obama's attorney general pick aims to smooth DOJ ties with Congress

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of the administration's controversial actions on immigration. Lynch, a career prosecutor known for her diplomatic skills, struck a delicate balance during her confirmation hearing, telling the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, "I look forward to fostering a new and improved relationship." Her willingness to listen to Republican concerns was generally well received by the senators.


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last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:37:30 -0500

State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel

The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Cummings complained that the committee's investigation was moving at a "glacial" pace and that there were "major problems" with the committee's work, adding that he and other Democrats "have grave concerns about the partisan path this committee has taken over the past year." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks.


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Herald Sun | Top Stories
last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:57:00 GMT

Knighthood a stupid decision, says Bolt
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to award a knighthood to Prince Philip could be fatal for his leadership, says Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt.

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Ms Palaszczuk, how much is GST? ‘Pass’
SHE wants to be Premier by the end of the week, but Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk this morning stumbled over the GST.

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Digg Top Stories
last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:56:15 +0000

Solving An Unsolvable Math Problem
Yitang Zhang solves a pure-math mystery.

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last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:04:27 GMT

Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it would use Boeing Co's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States.

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last updated: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:22:05 -0500

How Much Of A Neckbeard Are You, Really?

Every geek can be a little bit of a neckbeard. See how you fare on this quiz!

This is a tongue-in-cheek quiz and not to be taken seriously! If we geeks and gamers can't laugh at ourselves every once in a while, what do we have? Besides, everyone should be able to check at least one thing off of the list. Doritos are f'n tasty.

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McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson to Retire
"It's tough to say goodbye to the McFamily"

The president and CEO of McDonald’s will retire effective March 1, the company’s board announced Wednesday, after 25 years with the world’s largest restaurant chain.

Don Thompson will be replaced by Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook, who was elected by the board to take his place. McDonald’s still sits atop the fast food throne, with more than 36,000 locations worldwide and some 69 million customers in more than 100 countries per day.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to the McFamily, but there is a time and season for everything,” Thompson said in a statement. “I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Steve, that he will continue to move our business and brand forward.”

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