Headline News

  • Inmate escapes from eastern Illinois jail after overpowering guard, stealing uniform, SUV


    This undated photo provided by the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office shows Kamron T. Taylor. Taylor, a convicted murderer awaiting sentencing, escaped early Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Ill., after overpowering a guard and taking his keys, uniform and SUV. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office) (The Associated Press) KANKAKEE, Ill. –  A convicted murderer awaiting sentencing escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after overpowering a guard and taking his keys, uniform and SUV. Kamron T. Taylor, who has a history of escape attempts, fled from the Jerome Combs Detention Center at about 3 a.m., the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Taylor, a 23-year-old from Kankakee, is considered armed and dangerous, Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said. He fled in the correctional officer’s brown Chevrolet Equinox. Local law enforcement agencies were helping hunt for Taylor, and the sheriff’s office has asked for help from the …

    April 1, 2015 10:40 am
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Politics

  • Watchdog group finds four Presidential candidates skirting laws


    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   A watchdog group is accusing four potential 2016 presidential candidates of skirting federal campaign finance rules while traveling and raising money as if they were off and running. In complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, the Campaign Legal Center says Florida Republican Jeb Bush, Maryland Democrat Martin O’Malley, Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker are raising money and campaigning for the presidency without incorporating presidential campaigns. Once such incorporated organizations exist, would-be candidates must comply with fundraising limits and disclosure rules. Given the political structure of the FEC, it is unlikely any of the political figures would face penalties over the complaints. Of the roughly 20 Democrats and Republicans weighing campaigns, only Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy. Cruz declared his candidacy last week, after traveling to early voting states for more than a year. Sen. Lindsey Graham, …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Stocks

  • GoDaddy races onto Wall Street. Stock soars 30% after IPO


    GoDaddy has taken it first lap around Wall Street. It’s off to a fast start. The stock popped 30% after it started trading Wednesday morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GDDY (GDDY).” The website hosting service known for its racy Super Bowl ads and sponsorship of NASCAR star Danica Patrick priced its IPO at $20 Tuesady night, compared with its expected range of $17 to $19. The stock commenced trading at $26.15 a share on Wednesday. Even though it hasn’t generated a profit since 2009, GoDaddy is now valued at nearly $4 billion. Related: NASCAR joins backlash over Indiana religious freedom law ‘Elevated’ financial risk: Investors want to know: Will GoDaddy shares be off to the races like Patrick’s No. 10 car or will they crash and burn? “I would say the caution flag is up,” said James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings, a firm that rates the financial health …

    April 1, 2015 10:00 am
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Sports

  • Nationals release Kevin Frandsen


    Viera, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Washington Nationals released utility man Kevin Frandsen on Wednesday. Frandsen, 32, was just 3-for-35 with two RBI this spring. He played in 105 games for the Nationals in 2014 and is a career .259 hitter with 15 homers and 110 RBI over parts of eight seasons in the majors. Washington also assigned outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to minor league camp. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 1, 2015 9:39 am
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World News

  • Thai government replaces martial law


    Thailand’s military government has announced it is lifting martial law, 10 months after it was imposed. It was introduced in May 2014, shortly before the army staged a coup. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced the move in a televised statement and has said it will be replaced by a new security order. However the new measure has drawn considerable criticism, with many fearing that it could give the military more power than it had before. Gen Prayuth made the announcement late on Wednesday, saying the king had given his formal approval to the lifting of martial law. The Thai junta – officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order – has promised to restore democracy and hold elections in late 2015, but has repeatedly cracked down on dissent, jailing critics and censoring the media.

    April 1, 2015 10:40 am
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Technology

  • Obama puts ‘malicious cyber actors’ on notice


    In February, President Obama went to Silicon Valley to hold a summit on cybersecurity. James Martin/CNET President Barack Obama is taking aim at “malicious cyber actors” who attempt to profit off digital attacks on US interests. An executive order, announced Wednesday, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and Attorney General to impose sanctions on cyberattackers who hack into the networks of US companies or government agencies. “Malicious cyber activity — whether it be stealing sensitive information, including personal identifiers, or trade secrets — is often profit-motivated,” Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, wrote in a statement. “By freezing assets of those subject to sanctions and making it more difficult for them to do business with U.S. entities, we can remove a powerful economic motivation for committing these acts in the first place.” The White House aims to hit hard at the potential profit a hacker could stand …

    April 1, 2015 11:20 am
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Science

  • Bitcoin-Based Blockchain Breaks Out


    The Bitcoin Network’s so-called “blockchain” digital public ledger system records all transactions once they have been deciphered and validated. Adapted for other uses, such a system could serve as a gatekeeper and auditor to defend against, say, a cyber prankster looking to turn off your freezer via the Internet. Moreover, it could enable two autonomous automobiles to exchange data, ensuring that one stops at a traffic light while the other crosses the intersection.   These are just a few opportunities that big tech companies and start-ups alike envision when they consider applying the blockchain approach outside the realm of virtual currency. Blockchains are appealing from a security and privacy standpoint because they rely on information stored across a decentralized network of computers, so there is no central repository to serve as a juicy target for cyber attackers.   The Bitcoin Network serves as the best example to date of blockchain technology in action, although some …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Health

  • India to repackage state-supplied condoms in bid to attract users


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When it comes to the wrappers of India’s state-supplied condoms, boring is out, attractive is in, but erotic is too much. India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private firms. The government gives away 650 million ‘Nirodh’ condoms each year in its safe sex campaign, but the text-heavy display and condoms crammed into a white plastic wrapper are a turnoff for many. “The government-made condom looks sick,” said Vinod Poddar, a taxi driver in the capital, New Delhi, who has avoided the brand for years. “We need looks and quality, and it lacks both.” To change this perception, India’s health ministry has set up a panel to review pictures as well as more vibrant colors for the wrappers of condoms made by state-owned …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Her Struggles And Reveals That She Prefers Directing To Acting


    Posted on Wed Apr 1st, 2015 7:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Sigh … it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot less of Angelina Jolie on camera in the future! In a recent interview with Elle.com, the 39-year-old actress chats about the challenges of filmmaking and how she’s all about directing these days. “I prefer directing to acting,” she says. “There is huge freedom that comes from being behind the camera. It brings a lot of responsibilities as well, but is intensely rewarding. Particularly the chance to help draw out the best in young actors, like Jack O’Connell in Unbroken, who is a remarkable talent.” On the struggles of making Unbroken, she says: “I tend not to look back and dwell on a project once it is finished. But I do remember how intense the atmosphere was on-set filming some of the tougher scenes [such as] when Louie is being brutalized. It was very moving how …

    April 1, 2015 10:00 am
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Editorial

  • Obama exploits the environment for his new global carbon goals


    President Barack Obama attends the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) On Monday, the Obama administration formally pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent compared to 2005 levels. This pledge comes despite agreements with China that will allow the country to emit more CO2 in one month than the $479 billion regulation under the Clean Power Plan will reduce in the United States within one year. The Obama administration will struggle to justify the lack of environmental progress achieved from such a deal, especially when American jobs become vulnerable to global competitors who can offer cheap and reliable energy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 28 percent promise makes it clear that the administration is determined to use every tool it can identify, manipulate, or invent to advance its goal of overhauling our nation’s economy in the name of climate change. …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Odd News

  • CERN proves The Force exists, Albert Hall outraged at Beatles ‘holes’ slur


    LONDON (Reuters) – From a supermarket putting in trampolines for customers to reach the top shelf to prestigious CERN saying it has proved The Force exists, Wednesday brought April Fool’s spoofs a-plenty. London’s venerable Royal Albert Hall released an April 1, 1967 letter from its archives protesting “in the strongest conceivable terms” at having The Beatles imply in the song “Day in the Life” that there were 4,000 holes in its auditorium. Commerzbank sought a solution to Greece’s financial woes, saying Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had proposed a one-off license fee of 1 euro on European Union users of Pythagoras’ theorem. The resulting revenues from 1 April 570 BC to now would be 107,443,980,002,362,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 euros at a compounded interest rate of 4 percent, it asserted. Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the European Central Bank was opening a restaurant with a view called “Euro Sunset”. It will offer basic fare to cater for poor southern …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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