• Benitez confirms Napoli exit

    Naples, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) – Napoli manager Rafael Benitez confirmed on Thursday he will leave the club at the conclusion of the Serie A season. “I want to thank the chairman, club and fans because after...
  • Putin makes troop deaths state secret

    Vladimir Putin attended a military parade to mark Victory Day earlier this month Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The amendment bans information...
  • Google gives first peek at Android M

    Google products chief Sundar Pichai introduced the first look at the next version of Android Google has shown off some of the functions of the next version of its Android mobile operating system. Codenamed Android...
  • Djokovic, Nadal reach 3rd round at RG

    Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) – Reigning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal were a pair of second-round winners Thursday at the French Open. The two-time runner-up Djokovic straight-setted Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller...
  • US charges Chinese in testing scam

    US officials say the suspects posed as students to take college entrance exams The US Department of Justice has charged 15 Chinese nationals with developing a scheme to have imposters take university entrance exams. Prosecutors...
  • Blatter denies scandal responsibility

    Blatter denies scandal responsibility

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has condemned the “action of individuals” for bringing “shame and humiliation” on football in a corruption scandal. But he said that although many held him “ultimately responsible” for the football community,...

Headline News

  • U.S. charges 15 Chinese nationals in college exam fraud scheme


    WASHINGTON Fifteen Chinese nationals have been charged with developing a fraud scheme in which they paid impostors to take entrance exams, including the SAT, and gained acceptance to elite American colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday. Conspirators were paid up to $600 each time they used counterfeit Chinese passports to trick test administrators into thinking they were the person who would benefit from the test score, a federal grand jury charged. Between 2011 and 2015, mainly in western Pennsylvania, the defendants paid impostors to take the SAT – previously known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test – the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), under false names, according to the Justice Department statement. Both the test takers and the people they claimed to be are being charged. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton said the beneficiaries secured admission to …

    May 28, 2015 12:39 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears: sources


    TEL AVIV U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington’s efforts to assuage its ally’s fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran. A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said negotiators were close to a new deal that would bring annual payouts to $3.6-$3.7 billion on average. An Israeli official, who also declined to be named, put the expected aid at between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. “They (the United States) are trying to douse the fires after our flare-up about the Iran deal,” the official added, referring to curbs being negotiated on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program which Israel has condemned as insufficient. In Washington, the Pentagon had no immediate comment. A spokesman for Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, asked about the U.S. aid figures, said: …

    May 28, 2015 9:18 am
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Stocks

  • Obama’s favorite wearable company gets sued


    Getting sued just before you want to sell stock on Wall Street is never a good sign. We’ll soon find out if it has an impact on the initial public offering plans of Fitbit, the industry leader in fitness tracking wearable technology. One of Fitbit’s key rivals, Jawbone, filed a lawsuit against Fitbit in California earlier this week. Jawbone claims that Fitbit poached employees and stole the company’s trade secrets and intellectual property. Jawbone, which makes the Up line of fitness trackers, is one of many companies trying to gain share in the increasingly crowded wearable market. Related: Fitbit files for an IPO In addition to Fitbit and Jawbone, the companies compete with much larger tech firms like Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Samsung (SSNLF) as well as GPS maker Garmin (GRMN) and athletic apparel firms Under Armour (UA) and Adidas (ADDDF). Fitbit says in its IPO filing with the SEC that it …

    May 28, 2015 12:18 pm
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Sports

  • Benitez confirms Napoli exit


    Naples, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) – Napoli manager Rafael Benitez confirmed on Thursday he will leave the club at the conclusion of the Serie A season. “I want to thank the chairman, club and fans because after two years my experience here in Napoli is coming to an end,” said Benitez. “On Sunday, we have a very important match and I want to finish my two years with a victory.” Benitez, 55, is rumored to be the favorite to take the managerial role at Real Madrid, which parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti on Monday. Napoli enter the final weekend of the season in fourth place and will face third-place Lazio with a berth in next season’s Champions League on the line. “The family has been the key to my choice,” he added. “Napoli and [president] Aurelio [De Laurentiis] have made every effort and we were close to renewal.” If Benitez does take the reins at Real Madrid, …

    May 28, 2015 12:39 pm
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World News

  • Putin makes troop deaths state secret


    Vladimir Putin attended a military parade to mark Victory Day earlier this month Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The amendment bans information about the deaths of Russian forces “during special operations” in peacetime. The Kremlin has consistently denied sending regular troops and armour to help rebels in eastern Ukraine. But a new report from the US says Russia has been using training camps near the border as “launching points of Russia’s war in Ukraine”. The study by the Atlantic Council, published on Thursday, claims to have tracked Russian involvement in the conflict using photographs, videos and satellite images posted online. President Putin’s move to ban information about peacetime military deaths comes amid fears of a fresh offensive by Russian-backed separatists. Men wearing military uniforms ride atop a troop transporter during exercises at Kuzminsky military training ground in the Rostov region Reuters reporters …

    May 28, 2015 12:39 pm
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Technology

  • Google gives first peek at Android M


    Google products chief Sundar Pichai introduced the first look at the next version of Android Google has shown off some of the functions of the next version of its Android mobile operating system. Codenamed Android M, it makes it easier for users to control what permissions their apps have access to. It will also allow fingerprints to be used as ID checks for purchases made through websites and in physical stores, where devices can be used in the place of payment cards via a new service called Android Pay. Battery life should also be extended. This will be achieved via a new feature called Doze, which will suspend apps if a device’s sensors indicate it is not being handled. Notifications and alarms, however, will continue to function. The firm said tests indicated that its Nexus 9 handset could last up to two times longer between charges as a result. Google is holding its developers conference …

    May 28, 2015 12:38 pm
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Science

  • Don’t Overthink It, Less Is More When It Comes To Creativity


    Most of us have experienced writer’s block at some point, sitting down to write, paint or compose only to find we can’t get the creative juices flowing. Most frustrating of all, the more effort and thought we put into it, the harder it may become. Now, at least, neuroscientists might have found a clue about why it is so hard to force that creative spark. Researchers at Stanford University recently set out to explore the neural basis of creativity and came up with surprising findings. Their study, published May 28 in Scientific Reports, suggests the cerebellum, the brain region typically associated with movement, is involved in creativity. If so, the discovery could change our understanding of the neurological mechanisms behind some thought processes. (Scientific American and Scientific Reports are both parts of Nature Publishing Group.) There is a scientific belief that the cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that “makes us human,” and …

    May 28, 2015 4:56 am
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Health

  • Tattoos May Pose Health Risks, Researchers Report


    THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Getting a tattoo may put you at risk for long-term skin problems, a new study warns. “We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo,” said senior investigator Dr. Marie Leger, an assistant professor in the dermatology department at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “Given the growing popularity of tattoos, physicians, public health officials and consumers need to be aware of the risks involved,” Leger said in a Langone news release. For the study, researchers surveyed about 300 New York City adults, aged 18 to 69, with tattoos. Most of them had no more than five tattoos, and the arm was the most popular tattoo site (67 percent). Up to 6 percent of the study participants experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, infection, severe itching or swelling that sometimes lasted longer than four months. In some cases, …

    May 28, 2015 9:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Judge Dismisses Michael Jackson Child Molestation Case


    Posted on Thu May 28th, 2015 9:05am PDT       By X17 Staff A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the child molestation case brought about by choreographer Wade Robson and another alleged victim, James Safechuck, against Michael Jackson’s estate should be dismissed after too much time had passed since the late singer’s death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff dismissed the case when he ruled that the two men, who filed in 2013, had waited too long after the singer’s death in 2009 to make a legal claim. Legally, an alleged victim has one year to file. Robson, who was a key witness in Jackson’s acquittal in 2005, has since changed his story and said that Jackson first molested him when he was seven years old at the Neverland Ranch, as his sister slept in a separate bed. The choreographer, who has designed dances for Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, alleges he was molested by the …

    May 28, 2015 11:38 am
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Editorial

  • The Patriot Act must go: It assaults our freedoms, doesn’t keep us safe


    The Patriot Act has a bad pedigree and an evil history. In the fearful days immediately following 9/11, the Department of Justice quickly sent draft legislation to Congress that, if enacted, would have permitted federal agents to violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution by writing their own search warrants. The draft subsequently was revealed to have been written before 9/11, but that’s another story. The House Judiciary Committee reviewed the legislation and revised it so that it would meet Fourth Amendment norms. The revised version permitted federal agents to write their own search warrants for business records, but the warrants could be challenged by the custodian of the records or by the person whose records were being sought. Because the records were in the hands of a third party, they were in no danger of destruction. The Fourth Amendment was written largely to assure that the general warrants British soldiers used to search the …

    May 28, 2015 9:38 am
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Odd News

  • Branded golf balls were a mistake, Ireland’s former bank regulator says


    DUBLIN Ireland’s financial regulator, whose “timid” supervision was criticized for not halting the country’s banking crash, produced branded golf balls to promote itself before the office was overhauled, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday. Promotions such as golf balls or umbrellas bearing the logos of banks were commonplace in Ireland during their rapid growth a decade ago. That growth ended in the most expensive bank bailout in the euro zone when a property bubble spectacularly burst. Patrick Neary, who was head of financial regulation from 2006 to 2009, was asked on Thursday what the regulators were thinking when they handed out the golf balls. “Your job was the micro-prudential supervision of the banks. What was going on?” inquiry member Susan O’Keefe asked Neary, in the most anticipated hearing since lawmakers began to question bank executives, regulators and politicians. “It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don’t know much about …

    May 28, 2015 8:58 am
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