News archive from 17 November 2015, page 8

El Niño nears record territory

El Niño nears record territory

Climate troublemaker El Niño is approaching record territory. "This El Niño event (is) among the three strongest since 1950," the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement. Strong previous El Niños were recorded in 1972-73,...

 
'Black Ops III' campaign is a strange trip

'Black Ops III' campaign is a strange trip

Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes mind games to the extreme. The newest installment in Activision's multibillion-dollar video game franchise still leads players on an exhilarating international escapade. But some of the most intriguing sections in the...

 
Bell: Hungry as ever for greatness, Adrian Peterson is still Vikings' MVP

Bell: Hungry as ever for greatness, Adrian Peterson is still Vikings' MVP

Like the rest of us seeking confirmation that the greatest running back of this generation still possesses all of his explosive pop, sizzle and impact, Adrian Peterson wondered, too. Not that the Minnesota Vikings star seriously doubted whether his...

Usa Today, 16:24 in Sport
 
USPlabs charged in federal money laundering, wire fraud case

USPlabs charged in federal money laundering, wire fraud case

A company known for its popular workout and weight-loss treatments has been charged with 11 counts related to the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, according to a federal indictment made public Tuesday. The charges against Dallas-based USPlabs...

 
Gawker to focus on politics in company restructuring

Gawker to focus on politics in company restructuring

Gawker Media, the online media company controlled by entrepreneur Nick Denton, said Tuesday its flagship site, Gawker.com, will focus on politics and several other sites will be shuttered in a company restructuring that will result in seven employees...

 
Koch group spent $129 million last year

Koch group spent $129 million last year

WASHINGTON — Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the financial hub of the Koch brothers growing policy and political network, spent more than $129 million last year as it waged a successful fight to help Republicans seize control of the U.S. Senate,...

 
David Ortiz: 'Big Papi' in name — and actions

David Ortiz: 'Big Papi' in name — and actions

While working on a story last spring about the similarities between David Ortiz and Twins DH Kennys Vargas – big dudes with even larger personalities who began their careers in Minnesota – I was surprised to find out Big Papi had often invited the...

Usa Today, 16:43 in Sport
 
Is the future of high school football on the line?

Is the future of high school football on the line?

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest, wrote poet William Blake. He wasn’t talking about football, but administrator Roger Blake very much is when he says the game is at a critical juncture: Someday, without changes, it could run out of...

Usa Today, 16:47 in Sport
 
Obama boosts Philippine Navy, sends China a message not to expand presence

Obama boosts Philippine Navy, sends China a message not to expand presence

SUBIC BAY, Philippines — President Obama kicked off a six-day Asian trip Tuesday with a promise to boost the Philippine Navy and honor a U.S.-Philippine defense treaty, an apparent message to China that the U.S. military will resist its territorial...

 
Alaska military advocate to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Alaska military advocate to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON -- The White House announced plans Monday to grant a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bonnie Carroll, founder of an organization that provides support to grieving military families -- and the star of a true Alaska love story. Carroll was...

 
Report: Baltimore rioter sentenced to 4 years in CVS fire

Report: Baltimore rioter sentenced to 4 years in CVS fire

A man who pleaded guilty to setting afire a CVS store in Baltimore in April riots after the death of Freddie Gray was sentenced to 48 months in prison, CBS Baltimore is reporting. Raymon Carter must also pay a half a million dollars in restitution,...

 
Browns' Johnny Manziel will not face NFL discipline for incident with girlfriend

Browns' Johnny Manziel will not face NFL discipline for incident with girlfriend

On the same day Johnny Manziel learned he will finish the season as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback, he also got confirmation from the NFL that he won't lose his new job because of off-field behavior. The Browns posted a statement from the...

Usa Today, 17:13 in Sport
 
Attend live 'Dad Rock' podcast event in D.C.

Attend live 'Dad Rock' podcast event in D.C.

Are you ready to rock? Are you ready to hang with people who talk about rock? Starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, USA TODAY's Dad Rock podcast will hold a special recording session in front of an audience at Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW in...

 
Paris attacks reignite debate over encryption, surveillance and privacy

Paris attacks reignite debate over encryption, surveillance and privacy

WASHINGTON — Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris have revived the debate over whether U.S. tech companies should be required to build "backdoors" into encrypted phones, apps and Internet sites to let law enforcement conduct surveillance...

 
Fact check: Bernie Sanders on climate link to terrorism

Fact check: Bernie Sanders on climate link to terrorism

Sen. Bernie Sanders went too far with his debate claim that “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.” One study concluded that man-made climate change likely worsened a drought in Syria and contributed to instability there. But...

 
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