Headline News

  • $30 hot dog man near World Trade Center gets fired


    Stick a fork in him — the food vendor who charged tourists $30 for a hot dog was canned for the sausage scam, his boss revealed Thursday. Ahmed Mohammed — whose fluctuating frank prices ranged from $3 to $30 near the World Trade Center — was also fleecing owners of the food cart, his boss Abdelalim Abdelbaky, 22, told The Post. “I fired him over it yesterday after I watched the news,” said Abdelbaky, whose father owns the food cart and vending license. “He told me he charged the people $2 a hot dog. He lied to me.” Abdelbaky said the vendor pocketed the extra dough — and left his family with hundreds of dollars in fines to pay off. On Wednesday, Mohammed was slapped with three food-vending citations — after WNBC caught him on camera overcharging customers with accents, police sources said.  

    May 22, 2015 1:34 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. State Department posts first set of Hillary Clinton emails online


    WASHINGTON The State Department on Friday posted on its website a set of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails that were related to a 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. The department is reviewing additional Clinton emails for later release. It said the Web address for the first batch of emails was: here The site appeared to be loading slowly for many users, according to numerous posts by reporters on Twitter. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson)

    May 22, 2015 12:13 pm
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Stocks

  • Brazil’s president accused of "creative accounting"


    Brazil’s president President Dilma Rousseff is being accused of fiscal shenanigans. Brazil’s political opposition plans to file a criminal complaint against President Dilma Rousseff next week, accusing her of manipulating fiscal accounts in recent years to meet accounting targets. A group of opposition parties led by the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) will request that Brazil’s General Prosecutor investigate Rousseff for allegedly breaking the law with a series of measures popularly called “creative accounting”. The government has been accused of using money from state-run financial institutions to finance the Treasury and make its end-year budget targets. Rousseff’s government has also been accused of hiding some of the details about its fiscal accounts ahead of presidential elections last October. She beat out the PSDB in a tight run-off vote. The presidential office did not comment on the PSDB’s allegations. Rousseff appointed a new Economy Minister at the beginning of the year to shore up investor confidence. …

    May 22, 2015 1:13 pm
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Sports

  • In the FCS Huddle: Illinois State needs to send a message


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The most telling comment at Marshaun Coprich’s court appearance on Friday came from the judge while the plea hearing wrapped up: “It’s not very often you get a do-over in criminal court,” Judge Robert Freitag told Coprich in McLean County (Ill.) Circuit Court. Second chances are a part of life, even to those who run afoul of the law, but the possible quick do-over that Illinois State University gave its All- American running back was curious, to say the least. Coprich admitted to selling 9 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer in Normal, Illinois, last month. As a first-time offender, he received two years of probation. If he completes it without incident, the felony drug charge will be removed from his record. Shortly after the plea hearing, Illinois State coach Brock Spack lifted the university’s indefinite suspension of Coprich and reinstated him to the football program, which last season won …

    May 22, 2015 1:34 pm
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World News

  • First set of Clinton emails released


    Hillary Clinton used a personal email address while US Secretary of State The US State Department has released hundreds of emails – many relating to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya – from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. The emails were previously provided to a congressional committee. Ms Clinton has constantly defended her use of the private account since the launch of her presidential campaign. More of Ms Clinton’s emails are set to be released in the coming weeks. This first batch is just a fraction of the approximately 55,000 emails that the State Department is currently reviewing for release. The State Department and Ms Clinton have been subject to intense scrutiny by a congressional committee which is investigating the attack on a US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, during which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. “The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or …

    May 22, 2015 1:34 pm
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Technology

  • Top Amazon UK executives quit as directors of British arm


    Amazon’s two top executives in the UK have quietly quit as directors of the online retailer’s main British company in the runup to a clampdown on multinational technology corporations that use complex structures to divert profits overseas. Christopher North, Amazon’s managing director for the UK, and Rob McWilliam, who joined from Asda as finance director two years ago, resigned from the board of Amazon.co.uk on 1 May. A spokesman for the company said: “We regularly review our business structure to ensure that we are able to best serve our customers and to pursue future growth opportunities. Christopher North remains the country manager and head of Amazon in the UK.” McWilliam is also thought to remain a senior figure in UK operations, though his LinkedIn profile gives a new title of “vice president, consumables”. He has been replaced as finance director on the Amazon.co.uk board by accountant Phaedra Andrews. Taking North’s place on the board, meanwhile, …

    May 22, 2015 11:32 am
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Science

  • Robot masters new skills through trial and error


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks — putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more — without pre-programmed details about its surroundings. “What we’re reporting on here is a new approach to empowering a robot to learn,” said Professor Pieter Abbeel in UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. “The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won’t have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to …

    May 22, 2015 11:53 am
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Health

  • Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC


    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But 10 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a statement. The majority of those who fell ill said they had recently eaten sushi that included raw tuna. However, “a common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified,” the CDC said in its statement. While the bulk of cases, 31, are in California, eight other states are affected: Arizona (10), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1), the agency said. Most of the cases have involved people who live in the southwestern United States, or who traveled to that part of the country …

    May 22, 2015 12:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mama June Threatens to Sue TLC for Airing 19 Kids and Counting After Josh Duggar Is Accused Of Child Molestation


    Posted on Fri May 22nd, 2015 9:53am PDT       By X17 Staff Mama June Shannon is going after TLC for their decision to continue airing 19 Kids and Counting after star Josh Duggar was accused of child molestation. As you may know, Shannon’s show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was cancelled last year after reports surfaced that she was dating a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel. (McDaniel also allegedly molested Shannon’s own daughter, Anna Cardwell.) Earlier this week In Touch Weekly obtained a copy of a police report that shows Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses against five underage girls, some of which may have been his younger sisters. The reports, which were hidden since 2006, show that Duggar confessed to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, who then waited over than a year to contact police about the incident. Shannon is so mad she’s threatening to sue the network, and she told TMZ yesterday, “I read …

    May 22, 2015 12:33 pm
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Editorial

  • Why I’m proud to be part of freedom’s long line of defenders


    Growing up, I spent Memorial Day sitting on the street curb in the tiny farming town of Wanamingo, Minnesota—eating my melting snow cone and watching the commemorative parade make its way down a wide Main Street. Many other American kids had similar experiences. High school marching bands, volunteer fire crews, waving city leaders, and antique tractors all brought smiles and chuckles to spirited onlookers—a slice of Americana. But only one display brought the entire town—young and old—to their feet in reverence and respect: the color guard, their waving flags, and the uniformed veterans proudly marching behind. From grizzled World War II veterans in ill-fitting uniforms to newly minded Gulf War veterans, the small town showed their unwavering, unequivocal and enthusiastic support for their defenders. Wanamingo was proud of those who defended her—and never forgot those who gave the ultimate, full-measure for freedom. The men and women marching down Main Street didn’t go off to Germany, …

    May 22, 2015 12:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes


    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am
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