Headline News

  • Man suspected of starting pharmacy fire during Baltimore riots is arrested


    A man suspected of torching a CVS Health Corp pharmacy in Baltimore that became a symbol of the April rioting in the city was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a Twitter post that Raymon Carter, 24, was in custody. Authorities released a wanted poster on Monday of Carter, and the ATF and other authorities offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Video footage of the fire appeared around the world during coverage of the violence that broke out following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from injuries sustained in police custody. Six police officers have been charged in his death. (Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney)

    July 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Politics

  • Democrat Clinton raises $45 million since April U.S. campaign launch


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has raised more than $45 million since she entered the race in April, aides said on Wednesday, setting a fast pace in what is sure to be the most expensive U.S. political campaign in history. The fundraising figure, announced by the campaign on Twitter, did not include a breakdown of the total number of donors to Clinton, the average donation, or how many donors have already given the legal maximum for the primary campaign of $2,700. But campaign aides said 91 percent of the donations were in amounts of $100 or less, and touted the figure as a sign of broad-based grass-roots support as she fights off a challenge from the party’s liberal wing led by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The Sanders campaign said it had received contributions from more than 200,000 individuals since he entered the race at the end of April, and donations averaged …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Stocks

  • Facebook updates a logo you won’t really see


    The old Facebook logo is on top, the new logo on the bottom. Brace yourself. Facebook (FB, Tech30) has quietly updated its 10-year-old logo, switching to a new custom typeface. The redesign is mild enough that most non-designers probably won’t notice. The letters are thinner and have a bit more breathing room. Overall, the logo has a little less character (ha), but is still the same recognizable all-lowercase white and blue. The most noticeable difference is probably the different style of “a.” Facebook’s creative director Josh Higgins told the blog Brand New that the modernized logo was meant to be “more friendly and approachable.” The redesign only applies to places where the full word “Facebook” appears, like on the main Facebook web page, signage around campus, and Mark Zuckerberg’s business card. The square F logo and app icon will look the same. The new Facebook logo won’t even be readily visible to the millions of …

    July 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Sports

  • Pens add high-scoring Kessel in trade with Leafs


    The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring forward Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal involving six players and three draft picks on Wednesday. Kessel, along with forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2016 second-round draft pick, went to Pittsburgh for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling and first and third-round draft picks in 2016. Toronto will also cover $1.25 million per year of Kessel’s salary. The move came on the first day of NHL free agent signing. Kessel, who had 25 goals in 82 games last season and has scored more than 20 goals in seven straight seasons, is signed for seven seasons with an $8 million salary-cap charge, according to war-on-ice.com. The five-time 30-goal scorer gives the Penguins a top wing to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Erixon played in 42 games for the Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks, and has …

    July 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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World News

  • India quiet on emissions peak year


    Prime Minister Modi is seeking to boost manufacturing which will mean higher emissions India will not announce a target year for its carbon emissions to peak, its environment minister tells the BBC. Prakash Javadekar said that Delhi would submit plans to cut emissions to the UN, but would not announce a target date for when it expected its total carbon emissions to drop. His comments came two days after China told the United Nations that its emissions would peak around 2030. India is the world’s third largest carbon emitter, after China and the US. Scientists say global emissions need to peak and drop soon if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. “The world is not expecting… India to announce its peaking year,” said Prakash Javadekar, in an exclusive interview with the BBC. “Countries know where India stands and what its requirements [development needs] are and therefore nobody has asked us for [the] peaking …

    July 1, 2015 7:47 pm
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Technology

  • Blood, murder and magic: What if ‘Harry Potter’ films were rated R?


    You’d look at your hands in horror like Harry Potter too if you killed your teacher. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Child abuse. Angry owls. A bloody Quidditch game. These are only a few of the things we’d see had we watched an R-rated “Harry Potter” movie instead of the tamer “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” film that we know and love. New-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine, aka the Fine Brothers, are best known for their Kids and Teens React video series that captures young folks’ reactions to older technologies. In their latest Web series, which transforms kids’ movies into R-rated offerings, the Fine Brothers take an entertaining look at classic scenes from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as if the film was intended for an adult audience. The incredibly gory new animated tribute to “Harry Potter” shows how violent Harry’s home life had been before he was accepted to Hogwarts. …

    July 1, 2015 4:45 pm
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Science

  • The bizarre mating habits of flatworms


    Related images(click to enlarge) Failing to find a mating partner is a dent to the reproductive prospects of any animal, but in the flatworm species Macrostomum hystrix it might involve a real headache. Zoologists from the Universities of Basel and Bielefeld have discovered the extraordinary lengths to which this animal is willing to go in order to reproduce – including apparently injecting sperm directly into their own heads. The academic journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B has published their findings. The absence of a mate usually spells disaster for sexually reproducing animals. However, some simultaneous hermaphrodites – animals who have both male and female sex organs at the same time – have developed an escape route for this scenario: self-fertilization. It is an imperfect solution, as any offspring produced by so-called “selfing” are bound to be inbred, but still better than not reproducing at all. In previous studies, it had been established that the …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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Health

  • Implanted drug improves tolerance of sunlight in rare condition


    (Reuters Health) – A skin-darkening drug can help protect against serious pain in people with a rare inherited condition that makes them flee sunlight like movie vampires, according to tests in Europe and the U.S. The condition, known as erythropoietic protoporphyria, causes severe burning skin pain after several minutes of direct sun exposure. The pain can last for days and sometimes causes redness and swelling. Even bright lights or sunlight coming through a window can trigger it. Victims sometimes refer to themselves as “shadow hoppers,” said Dr. Manisha Balwani, co-investigator in the U.S. trial. Adults who received the implanted drug reported that they could spend significantly more time in the sun than those who received a placebo implant, although the increase was not always dramatic because people with the condition have developed a powerful aversion to sunlight that is difficult to overcome. “In these trials, the biggest improvement is in the quality of life. It …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Ben Affleck Is "Devastated" By Jennifer Garner Divorce, "Tried To Save The Marriage"


    Posted on Wed Jul 1st, 2015 2:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Ben Affleck is reportedly broken up that his marriage to Jennifer Garner is over, but some are saying it’s not dunzo for the reasons you think. Many outlets are reporting that the Thirteen Going on Thirty star is divorcing Batman because of his drinking and gambling, but TMZ claims that the split happened because of his demanding career, alleging that Jen felt “neglected.” We love that the outlet is painting Jen as the jealous wife — how obvious! We, here at X17, have sources that have said the duo split because of his gambling, drinking and roving eye. Three years ago, the couple nearly split and since have been attending regular couples therapy sessions, according to a source for Us Weekly. “They were going to divorce when Sam was born but you know how it is — baby comes and solves the issues for a …

    July 1, 2015 6:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Shame on you for fat-shaming Chris Christie


    On Tuesday, New Jersey’s Chris Christie finally announced that he’s running for president. Before the Republican governor had even uttered the final words of his speech, social media exploded with jokes about his weight. The Internet was once again hit with a flurry of fat jokes and doctored photos of him shoving junk food in his face.  “Chris Christie is asking everyone not to send money to his campaign, but to send bacon instead. #Christie2016,” read one tweet from user @ny007ny. “When #ChrisChristie becomes #POTUS, they’re going to change the presidential 747 to #AirForceTon,” read another tweet from @DannyPrecise. Another tweet shows a play on the famous Obama “hope” poster. #ChrisChristie campaign poster has leaked! #Christie2016 pic.twitter.com/n2NvnA5FXW — Bryan Kremkau (@bryankremkau) June 30, 2015 Of course, this is nothing new for Christie. He has endured ridicule and fat-shaming since he first set foot on the steps of the State House in Trenton back in 2010. …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Odd News

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis


    SAN DIEGO A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. Sam, as she is known, is white, about 50 years of age and speaks French and English with a British or Australian accent, according to police reports. She was hospitalized after being found on a street near the beach in Carlsbad, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego, on Feb. 1. “The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary,” she wrote on her Facebook page.    “I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair … My prognosis is not good, and I pray …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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