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Raptors host Heat, but may be without Kyle Lowry

Raptors host Heat, but may be without Kyle Lowry

Sports
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors eked out an overtime victory over the Nets on Monday night, but they left Brooklyn uncertain about the status of injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. The club said Lowry sustained "an acute back spasm" and would be reevaluated Tuesday. The injury to Lowry made a tough night even more difficult. While the Raptors were working overtime to beat the Nets 114-113, the Miami Heat were resting for their game against Toronto on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. Lowry hit the court hard on a play under the basket late in overtime Monday. He had trouble getting to his feet and when he did, his legs buckled. He was carried to the dressing room and then taken for x-rays. "I think (the injury is) more of a bruise than anything else," Raptors coach Dwane Casey sa...
Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Science
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own -- spontaneously.Many of the gorilla's abilities are thought to be socially acquired, including food cleaning behavior. But during a series of tests, researchers found gorillas cleaned sand from a dirty apple 75 percent of the time."In four of our five gorillas, at least one of the techniques for cleaning was similar to that observed in the wild," Damien Neadle, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, said in a news release. "Given that these two groups are culturally unconnected, it suggests that social learning is not required for this behavior to emerge."Scientists suggest their findings -- published this week in the journal PLoS One -- don't diminish t...
House of Cards to return without Spacey

House of Cards to return without Spacey

Entertainment
The final season of House of Cards will start production in 2018 without Kevin Spacey, Netflix has said.The sixth season of the US political drama, which starred the 58-year-old as a fictional president, was originally expected to air in mid-2018.But the show was put on hold after actor Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14. Since then, numerous allegations against the Oscar-winning actor have surfaced.According to media reports, Netflix has been considering five possible spin-offs for the popular show, although it is unclear what the focus would be or when they would air.Image:Spacey is seeking 'evaluation and treatment', according to a representativeThe company has now confirmed that work on the sixth season - comprised of eight episodes - will begin in the ne...
How to get in the holiday spirit without going into debt

How to get in the holiday spirit without going into debt

Finance
For many people, getting into the holiday spirit means stringing twinkly lights everywhere, hosting parties plentiful with food and drinks, piling stacks of gifts for loved ones — and overspending.If you head into the season of giving without a budget, there's a good chance you'll come out on the other side with a holiday hangover in the form of debt.NerdWallet's Consumer Holiday Shopping Report shows that 27 percent of consumers who shopped during the 2016 season had no budget, and another 24 percent went over budget.The survey also showed that 56 percent of shoppers last year incurred credit-card debt, up from 48 percent in 2015."A lot of people are still paying off holiday debt from last year," said Kimberly Palmer, a personal finance expert with NerdWallet. "You don't want to be in tha
Mattis, Tillerson ask Congress for authorization of military force without end date

Mattis, Tillerson ask Congress for authorization of military force without end date

Business
Oct. 31 (UPI) -- As the 16-year debate rages on Capitol Hill over the legal authority sending the U.S. military to combat, a new bipartisan bill proposes a new legal authority to replace active authorities that date back to President George W. Bush's administration.On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cemented the White House's reliance on a pair of 15-year-old authorizations for military force as the legal cornerstone permitting the executive branch to stage counter-terrorism operations.A new authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, has been proposed by Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and is being considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The new AUMF would seek to replace two previous ones, the 2001 AUM...