• Iraqi jet accidentally bombs Baghdad

    Iraqi jet accidentally bombs Baghdad

    The bomb hit houses in eastern Baghdad At least eight people have been killed after a “technical problem” caused a bomb to fall from an Iraqi military plane over Baghdad. The Iraqi air force say...
  • ‘Smell flowers, not smoke': Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks

    SEATTLE Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle’s parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest’s largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public. Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials...
  • Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed

    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe. Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite observatory, the team of international scientists detected...
  • Kim And Kanye Gush Over North On Fourth Of July

    Kim And Kanye Gush Over North On Fourth Of July

    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Who needs fireworks when you have this little cutie?! Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West celebrated the Fourth of July on the reality star’s pal...

Headline News

  • Ex-Goldman programmer Aleynikov wins dismissal of second conviction


    NEW YORK A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) programmer on Monday won dismissal of his second criminal conviction, highlighting the difficulty of proving that he committed a crime by copying some of the investment bank’s high frequency trading code. Less than four years after beating a separate federal case, Sergey Aleynikov convinced a state judge to overturn a jury verdict in May. The panel had found Aleynikov guilty of “unlawful use of secret scientific material,” a violation of a rarely used 1967 law. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser wrote in his 72-page opinion that, while Aleynikov “doubtless acted wrongly” by copying code from Goldman’s servers before he left the investment bank to join a Chicago trading startup in 2009, prosecutors “did not prove he committed this particular obscure crime.” The difficulty of convicting Aleynikov underscores the antiquated nature of criminal law in the area of cybertheft, Conviser said, noting the law which Manhattan …

    July 6, 2015 2:04 pm
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Politics

  • The Donald Trump Impact: Not so Inevitable After All


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 2 p.m. July 6 0 Tweet Will the Donald Trump immigration comments linger? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) I was surprised by the near unanimity over the weekend about the impact of the Donald Trump comments about Mexican immigrants. Almost every disinterested political observer agreed Trump’s typically over-the-top remarks were certain to hurt GOP prospects in the 2016 presidential election. I am skeptical about that. Once again, too many observers got caught up in the events of the day and, because of that, failed to put current developments into a larger context, thereby exaggerating Trump’s likely effect on next year’s elections. Trump’s comments reflected silly stereotypes that demonized an entire people. But he didn’t make millions and become a celebrity by being delicate, humble or otherwise measured in his rhetoric. He is, as I wrote a few weeks ago, a carnival barker, not a serious, thoughtful observer of American politics and …

    July 6, 2015 2:04 pm
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Stocks

  • Big question: Will the Greek crisis delay a Fed rate hike?


    Greece could start a domino effect that hits Washington D.C. this summer. It could even knock the Federal Reserve off course. Here’s the problem: The Federal Reserve is on course to raise interest rates in September, but Greece’s ongoing crisis could create enough uncertainty in U.S. markets or with the U.S. dollar to make the Fed delay its long-awaited rate hike. Even Fed Chair Janet Yellen has warned that Greece is a factor. “To the extent that there are impacts on the euro-area economy or on global financial markets, there would undoubtedly be spillover to the United States that would affect our outlook as well,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said at her press conference on June 17. Related: The Greek Crisis…in 2 minutes A big enough factor? Fed policymakers and some economists believe the blow back from Greece could eventually force the Fed to hold off raising rates until December or next year. Other experts …

    July 6, 2015 1:04 pm
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Sports

  • Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage


    HUY, Belgium Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday. Katusha rider Rodriguez had the best kick up the punishing Mur de Huy, where the Fleche Wallonne classic ends, beating Team Sky’s Froome by a narrow margin while France’s Alexis Vuillermoz ended up third, four seconds back. Rodriguez, who won the Fleche Wallonne in 2012, attacked about 400 meters from the line and held off Froome. “It is very unexpected, I was hoping to be up there today and to put more time on my rivals,” Froome told reporters at the end of the 159.5km ride from Antwerp, Belgium. Overall, Froome leads German Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) by one second with American Tejay van Garderen in third place 13 seconds off the pace after losing 11 seconds on the day. Swiss Fabian Cancellara, in …

    July 6, 2015 2:05 pm
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World News

  • Iraqi jet accidentally bombs Baghdad


    The bomb hit houses in eastern Baghdad At least eight people have been killed after a “technical problem” caused a bomb to fall from an Iraqi military plane over Baghdad. The Iraqi air force say the Russian-made Sukhoi jet was returning from a bombing raid against Islamic State (IS) militants. The pilot made six attempts to dislodge the bomb after it became stuck during the attack, according to the military. It then fell as the plane overflew the capital, destroying several houses. “One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during its [the aircraft’s] return to base it fell on… houses in Baghdad Jadida,” security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told the Associated Press news agency. The agency also reports that at least three children are among the dead. Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led airstrikes, have been fighting IS militants who control much of the west and north of the …

    July 6, 2015 2:05 pm
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Technology

  • Minecraft: Story Mode trailer hints at epic, first-person adventure


    Minecraft, the popular crafting game where players build all sorts of creative shelters to keep safe from monsters, is getting a story mode courtesy of Mojang and Telltale Games. On Saturday, game developer Telltale and Minecraft creator Mojang released the first trailer for their upcoming video game Minecraft: Story Mode, and it looks like they’ve got another winner on their hands. In the clip, we get our first look at the game’s main heroes (and a pig), led by protagonist Jesse, who is voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt. Jesse learns how to craft a sword in the teaser, and the whole clip tells an epic tale of heroes on a journey to save the world. The premise of the game was also revealed in a Telltale blog post, which says the game will be available “later this year.” After something goes terribly wrong in their world, Jesse and his friends must track down the legendary …

    July 6, 2015 1:44 pm
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Science

  • Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe. Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite observatory, the team of international scientists detected the high-energy x-rays from five supermassive black holes previously clouded from direct view by dust and gas. The research, led by astronomers at Durham University, UK, supports the theory that potentially millions more supermassive black holes exist in the Universe, but are hidden from view. The findings are being presented at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting, in Llandudno, Wales, today (Monday, July 6, 2015). The scientists pointed NuSTAR at nine candidate hidden supermassive black holes that were thought to be extremely active at the centre of galaxies, but where the full extent of this activity was potentially obscured from view. High-energy x-rays found for five of the black holes confirmed that they had been hidden by dust and …

    July 6, 2015 1:44 pm
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Health

  • ‘Smell flowers, not smoke': Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks


    SEATTLE Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle’s parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest’s largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public. Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials voted in May to ban smoking in all of its 465 parks. It had previously required smokers to maintain 25-feet minimum distances from other visitors in any publicly accessible park land, the city said. On Monday, the city, on its website, encouraged park goers to “smell flowers, not smoke.” The ban follows similar restrictions in more than 1,000 other U.S. cities and communities across the nation, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, the city said. Cities have pursued the ban as the dangers of cigarette smoking became more widely accepted, and because of cigarette butt litter. “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease both locally and in the United States, so …

    July 6, 2015 2:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim And Kanye Gush Over North On Fourth Of July


    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Who needs fireworks when you have this little cutie?! Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West celebrated the Fourth of July on the reality star’s pal Lorraine Ridinger’s yacht in NYC, and the couple couldn’t help but gush over their daughter Nori all night. Little North even managed to get her rapper daddy to crack a smile! “I love my family,” the E! starlet captioned the sweet snapshots. In another image, Kimye locks lips with fireworks lighting up the background. The trio are gearing up to be a family of four once Kimmy K gives birth to her unborn son, and it’s nice to see that at least one member of the Kardashian clan in a healthy relationship. Although, rumors began swirling that sister Khloe was in the swing of a new romance with NBA player James Harden after they were spotted getting cozy in Vegas …

    July 6, 2015 1:24 pm
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Editorial

  • Oregon silences bakers who refused to make cake for gay wedding


    Shut up! Don’t say another word. That’s what the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) is telling the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by Christians who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they turned away in 2013. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! The state also slapped a gag order on the evangelical Christian bakers – banning them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions. “This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” Mrs. Klein wrote on Facebook. “According to the state of Oregon, we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.” The Kleins tell me they have been ordered not to speak to any news organizations or speak publicly – an …

    July 6, 2015 10:04 am
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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