• Ravens All-Pro guard Yanda lets his play prove his worth

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Entering the final season of a five-year contract, Marshal Yanda insists he isn’t concerned about negotiating a new deal with the Baltimore Ravens. ”We’ll worry about that when the time comes,”...
  • Julianne Hough Shows Off Some Major Engagement Bling

    Julianne Hough Shows Off Some Major Engagement Bling

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 1:09pm PDT       By X17 Staff Diamonds are most certainly this girl’s best friend! Julianne Hough showed off some major bling when she posted a cheeky snap of her six-carat Lorraine...
  • Google rejects EU’s abuse complaint

    Google rejects EU’s abuse complaint

    Image caption Price comparison site rivals have complained about the priority Google gives to its own shopping service Google has rejected the EU’s objections to how it displays shopping links in its search results as...
  • Manziel out for remainder of preseason with elbow issue

    Manziel out for remainder of preseason with elbow issue

    Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will not play in Cleveland’s last two exhibition games because of lingering soreness in his right elbow. Manziel has been shut down from throwing, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said the...
  • Shadow IT Feeds ‘Man in the Cloud’ Attacks

    Shadow IT — the use of unauthorized online services by company employees — is a concern of cyberwarriors charged with defending business systems against network attacks. There’s new evidence that those concerns are justified. A...
  • Got DirecTV? Now you can get Sprint for free

    Got DirecTV? Now you can get Sprint for free

    If you’re a DirecTV customer, Sprint will give you a year’s worth of cell phone service for free. There are a few catches: You still need to pay the $36 activation charge, taxes and surcharges....

Headline News

  • Man charged in death of 9-year-old girl in Ferguson


    ST. LOUIS –  A suburban St. Louis man is accused of killing a 9-year-old girl who was inside her Ferguson home when shots were fired into a bedroom. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch on Thursday charged 21-year-old De’Eris Brown, of O’Fallon, with second-degree murder in the Aug. 18 death of Jamyla Bolden. She was doing homework on her mother’s bed when she was killed. Brown also faces three counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a building. In a probable cause statement, Ferguson officer William Ballard says Brown fired through a bedroom window. A witness identified Brown as the shooter, and he allegedly confessed. Brown does not have a listed attorney who could comment on the allegations.

    August 27, 2015 3:02 pm
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Politics

  • Saudi King Salman to meet with Obama Sept. 4: White House


    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE The White House said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman would meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on Sept. 4. The two leaders will discuss Yemen, Syria and steps to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards; Editing by Emily Stephenson)

    August 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Stocks

  • Got DirecTV? Now you can get Sprint for free


    If you’re a DirecTV customer, Sprint will give you a year’s worth of cell phone service for free. There are a few catches: You still need to pay the $36 activation charge, taxes and surcharges. Oh, and you need to switch to Sprint (S) (or add a line, if you’re an existing Sprint customer). You’ll also automatically be moved to a plan that costs $50 a month after the first (free) year, which you’ll need to stick with until you pay off your phone with Sprint. If you’re still reading, here’s how to get the deal: DirecTV customers can upload copies of their bills on Sprint’s website and get 2 GB of data each month, and unlimited talk and text for 12 months. Sprint will even pay off new customers’ old contracts or phones if they make the switch — or you can trade in your old smartphone for up to $300. Sprint’s promotion is …

    August 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Sports

  • Ravens All-Pro guard Yanda lets his play prove his worth


    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Entering the final season of a five-year contract, Marshal Yanda insists he isn’t concerned about negotiating a new deal with the Baltimore Ravens. ”We’ll worry about that when the time comes,” Yanda said. ”Right now, I’m focused on getting better as a football player and stuff like that. We’ll get it done when we get it done.” When it comes time to work up a contract, the ninth-year guard could remind the Ravens that he’s a four-time Pro Bowler. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder could also point out that he was an Associated Press first-team All-Pro last year, and a second-teamer in 2011 and 2012. Or, Yanda could just bring Ravens coach John Harbaugh to the negotiating table. ”He’s just a special human being and a special player, and he’s a Hall of Famer someday,” Harbaugh said. ”I’m sure glad he’s on our team.” Left tackle Jonathan Ogden played his entire career in …

    August 27, 2015 4:01 pm
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World News

  • Google rejects EU’s abuse complaint


    Image caption Price comparison site rivals have complained about the priority Google gives to its own shopping service Google has rejected the EU’s objections to how it displays shopping links in its search results as “wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics”. Europe’s competition commissioner accused the firm of abusing its dominance in search in April. Her intervention followed complaints from price comparison services that they were being unfairly disadvantaged by the prominence of Google’s own ads. The US firm has now filed its formal response. Google says its shopping service – which appears as a box of images and links displayed at the top or right-hand side of other results – benefits customers and businesses without unlawfully distorting the market. And it rejects the EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s suggestion that it should show ads sourced and ranked by other companies within the facility. Its defence rests on three arguments: Fact: Google says …

    August 27, 2015 3:02 pm
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Technology

  • Shadow IT Feeds ‘Man in the Cloud’ Attacks


    Shadow IT — the use of unauthorized online services by company employees — is a concern of cyberwarriors charged with defending business systems against network attacks. There’s new evidence that those concerns are justified. A new attack vector on business systems leverages the synchronization features of services like Dropbox and Google Drive to perform malicious mischief, according to a report Imperva released earlier this month at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas. The “Man in the Cloud” attack, as it’s called, involves making a simple change in configuration settings to turn services into a devastating criminal tool not detected easily using common security measures, the report explains. The key to the attack is in the way the services synchronize files among devices linked to an account. Each device has software provided by the service to ensure all the information on the devices and in the cloud is the same. When a change is made …

    August 27, 2015 3:01 pm
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Science

  • Intensity of desert storms may affect ocean phytoplankton


    Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles into the atmosphere. Eastward winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where dust ultimately settles in the open ocean. This desert dust contains, among other minerals, iron — an essential nutrient for hundreds of species of phytoplankton that make up the ocean’s food base. Now scientists at MIT, Columbia University, and Florida State University have determined that once iron is deposited in the ocean, it has a very short residence time, spending only six months in surface waters before sinking into the deep ocean. This high turnover of iron signals that large seasonal changes in desert dust may have dramatic effects on surface phytoplankton that depend on iron. “If there are changes to the sizes of deserts in Asia, or changes in the way people are using land, there could be a larger source of …

    August 27, 2015 2:01 pm
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Health

  • FDA proposes adding suffixes to distinguish biosimilar drug names


    WASHINGTON Cheaper versions of biologic drugs would be identified by a suffix to distinguish them from their more expensive, branded counterparts under draft guidance issued on Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said its proposal is designed to prevent inadvertent substitution of non-interchangeable products and to make it easier to monitor and track usage once the products are on the market. Biologic drugs are made from living organisms and, unlike most traditional drugs, cannot be easily replicated. Copies of biologic products are known as biosimilars as they are similar, not identical, to the original. The FDA is proposing that original biologic products and their biosimilars share a core drug substance name. That name would be followed by a unique suffix composed of four lowercase letters with no meaning. As an example, the FDA offered the hypothetical drug replicamab. The original biologic might be named replicamab-cznm while the biosimilar could be named …

    August 27, 2015 2:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Julianne Hough Shows Off Some Major Engagement Bling


    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 1:09pm PDT       By X17 Staff Diamonds are most certainly this girl’s best friend! Julianne Hough showed off some major bling when she posted a cheeky snap of her six-carat Lorraine Schwartz-designed engagement ring on her website earlier today. The blonde, who famously dated Ryan Seacrest, was quick to gush over her new rock and her betrothal to NHL player Brooks Laich. In addition to posting a snap of the big bauble, Julianne also detailed how Brooks proposed: “It was magical and sweet. We were at home, romantic, and relaxed, which is perfectly very ‘us.’ We stood on the deck, watching the sun set over the lake and listening to our favorite songs. Not even for a second did I expect that beautiful, serene scene was about to become one of the most meaningful moments of our lives. In fact, I was so taken aback when Brooks got down on one …

    August 27, 2015 3:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Call me ‘ze,’ not ‘he’: University wants everyone to use ‘gender inclusive’ pronouns


    Educators in the Volunteer State are very concerned that students might be offended by the usage of traditional pronouns like she, he, him and hers, according to a document from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.” Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a MUST READ for Conservatives! Braquet, who is director of the university’s Pride Center, suggested using a variety of gender neutral pronouns instead of traditional pronouns. For all you folks who went to school back when there were only him and her – here’s a primer: some of the new gender neutral pronouns …

    August 27, 2015 1:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird’s Nest


    BEIJING A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt’s rivals could in the 200 meters final at world championships on Thursday — knock the Jamaican off his stride, and his feet, during his lap of honor. Bolt was taking the plaudits of the crowd after winning his fourth straight 200 meters world crown when the wheel of the cameraman’s Segway caught a trackside rail and flipped over, sending man and machine into the barefooted sprinter. The 29-year-old Olympic champion, who had his back to the man, was knocked to the ground and sustained a few minor cuts. He was not about to let the accident ruin his celebrations after beating American rival Justin Gatlin to a sprint title for the second time in five days, however. “I did not hit a cameraman. He took me out,” said Bolt, who held on to his track spikes with his right hand …

    August 27, 2015 2:21 pm
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