• Spain fighter jet crash kills 10

    Spain fighter jet crash kills 10

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 17:57 Ten people have died in a fighter jet crash at a military base in Spain, the Defence Ministry says. Military officials said that the Greek F-16 jet crashed...
  • Lindsay Lohan And Her Calvins Make Us Feel Sad

    Lindsay Lohan And Her Calvins Make Us Feel Sad

    Posted on Mon Jan 26th, 2015 9:26am PDT       By X17 Staff Lindsay Lohan makes us feel sad for Lindsay Lohan — and we didn’t think that was possible … On Saturday, Lilo, who has been battling...
  • IBM disputes report of 112,000 layoffs

    IBM disputes report of 112,000 layoffs

      Could IBM be preparing for the biggest corporate layoff in history? It depends who you ask. Tech blogger Robert Cringely wrote last week that IBM would lay off 26% of its staff, or nearly...
  • Islamic State ‘driven out of Kobane’

    Islamic State ‘driven out of Kobane’

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 16:52 Kurdish fighters flew the flag of the Popular Protection Units on a hill overlooking Kobane on Monday Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from Kobane, activists...
  • Hornets’ Williams has concussion, Biyombo bone bruise

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams has been diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose, and center Bismack Biyombo has a bone bruise in his right knee, the team announced Monday....

Headline News

  • American Airlines Group canceling flights from major northeast hubs


    (Reuters) – American Airlines Group has canceled all late afternoon and evening flights scheduled for Monday from the New York area, Philadelphia and Boston as a major winter storm bears down on the northeast, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said. The cancellations affect flights of American Airlines, US Airways and all regional partners, Huguely said in an email. The company plans to resume operations “as soon as it is safe to do so,” she said. As of early Monday afternoon, the company had canceled 626 flights that were scheduled for Monday and 970 scheduled for Tuesday, she said. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin)

    January 26, 2015 11:58 am
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Politics

  • Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban


    (Reuters) – Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state’s laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade said in an order issued on Sunday that she would give the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals until Feb. 9 to decide whether gay marriages should continue to be delayed in the state. The stay came two days after Granade ruled that Alabama’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, clearing the way for the conservative southern state to become the 37th U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to wed. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange immediately asked for a stay, arguing it was best to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides later this year whether states can ban gay marriage. Strange said allowing same-sex marriages in Alabama …

    January 26, 2015 9:16 am
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Stocks

  • IBM disputes report of 112,000 layoffs


      Could IBM be preparing for the biggest corporate layoff in history? It depends who you ask. Tech blogger Robert Cringely wrote last week that IBM would lay off 26% of its staff, or nearly 112,000 employees, in a massive restructuring. The cuts will be announced Wednesday, and they will predominantly be focused in IBM’s struggling storage and mainframe businesses, Cringely reported. IBM (IBM, Tech30) fired back with one of the longest “no comments” of all time. “IBM does not comment on rumors, even ridiculous or baseless ones,” the company said in a statement. “If anyone had checked information readily available from our public earnings statements, or had simply asked us, they would know that IBM has already announced the company has just taken a $600 million charge for workforce rebalancing. This equates to several thousand people, a mere fraction of what’s been reported.” In other words, IBM has effectively already announced plans to cut …

    January 26, 2015 11:37 am
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Sports

  • Pats’ Brady says ‘feelings hurt’ amid ‘Deflategate’ scrutiny


    (Reuters) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, said on Monday his feelings have been hurt during the NFL’s investigation into his team’s use of deflated balls. With many onlookers wondering whether the quarterback played a role in the matter to gain a competitive edge in the Patriots’ AFC championship win, Brady has said all along he had nothing to do with the matter. “It’s all speculation,” Brady said during his Monday morning appearance on Boston radio station WEEI-FM. “I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, too. I’ve done that and I’m trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. “I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt. Then I moved past it, because it’s not serving me. “What’s serving me is try to prepare for the game ahead. …

    January 26, 2015 11:58 am
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World News

  • Spain fighter jet crash kills 10


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 17:57 Ten people have died in a fighter jet crash at a military base in Spain, the Defence Ministry says. Military officials said that the Greek F-16 jet crashed into other planes and exploded at the Los Llanos airbase in Albacete in central Spain. One of the pilots performed a wrong manoeuvre during takeoff, according to local media. Both pilots were killed. Another 13 people have been injured, six of them seriously, according to officials.

    January 26, 2015 11:58 am
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Technology

  • Microsoft’s Windows Reboot Could Be Legendary


    I was one of the launch analysts for Windows 95, and the launch of that product is widely held — including by Bill Gates — as the company’s pinnacle. No launch before or since ever came close to that launch, and I remain amazed that no one, including Apple or Microsoft, has ever really attempted to duplicate that effort. Windows 10 has the potential to be even greater than Windows 95 — but potential alone won’t a legendary product make. It’ll come down to execution, not just on the product, but on the launch itself. I’ll close with my product of the week: the Microsoft HoloLens, which has the potential to take us one big step closer to something we call the Singularity. Remembering Windows 95 The Windows 95 launch cuts very close to the heart for me, because Bill Gates and Windows 95 made me as an analyst. Windows 95 is how I got …

    January 26, 2015 9:16 am
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Science

  • Weird X-Rays Spur Speculation about Dark Matter Detection


    Many major discoveries in astronomy began with an unexplained signal: pulsars, quasars and the cosmic microwave background are just three out of many examples. When astronomers recently discovered x-rays with no obvious origin, it sparked an exciting hypothesis. Maybe this is a sign of dark matter, the invisible substance making up about 85 percent of all the matter in the universe. If so, it hints that the identity of the particles is different than the prevailing models predict. The anomalous x-rays, spotted by the European Space Agency’s orbiting XMM–Newton telescope, originate from two different sources: the Andromeda Galaxy and the Perseus cluster of galaxies. The challenge is to determine what created those x-rays, as described in a study published last month in Physical Review Letters. (See also an earlier study published in The Astrophysical Journal.) The signal is real but weak and astronomers must now determine whether it is extraordinary or has a mundane explanation. …

    January 26, 2015 9:17 am
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Health

  • Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study


    MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study. “The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not get codeine either,” Dr. Gideon Koren, one of the study’s authors and a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said in a McMaster University news release. “The good news is that we now have evidence that indicates ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil] is safe for these kids, and is just as effective in controlling their pain, so there’s a good alternative available for clinicians to prescribe,” he added. In recent years, many doctors began prescribing morphine to young tonsillectomy patients after Canadian and U.S. health officials warned against codeine use, the researchers said. The Canadian study included …

    January 26, 2015 9:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Lindsay Lohan And Her Calvins Make Us Feel Sad


    Posted on Mon Jan 26th, 2015 9:26am PDT       By X17 Staff Lindsay Lohan makes us feel sad for Lindsay Lohan — and we didn’t think that was possible … On Saturday, Lilo, who has been battling an untreatable illness she got during a recent trip to French Polynesia, decided to take a break from her sick bed to post a racy selfie. Ya know — she can still do the important stuff … On Saturday, she posted a pic in her undies with the caption, “#mycalvins are helping me fight off my chikungunya

    January 26, 2015 11:38 am
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Hoax caller impersonating spy chief put through to UK PM Cameron


    LONDON (Reuters) – The British government said it was reviewing security procedures after a hoax caller claiming to be the director of Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron. The Sun newspaper said the drunk caller had earlier tricked the intelligence agency into handing over a mobile phone number for its director Robert Hannigan, although the government said it was not one used for calls involving classified information. “The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax,” a spokeswoman for Cameron’s office, 10 Downing Street, said in a statement about the calls on Sunday. “In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed. Both GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident.” The Sun reported that the unnamed man, who it described as being well-spoken and in …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am
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