• Another long shootout sees Avs nip Red Wings

    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarome Iginla scored the decisive goal in the ninth round of the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt...
  • Argentine town bans beauty contests

    Argentine town bans beauty contests

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 01:50 Argentine women have a long history of competing in international beauty competitions A town in Argentina has become the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions....
  • New York killer boasted to onlookers

    New York killer boasted to onlookers

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:24 A photo of gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley was released by police The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public “watch what I’m...
  • Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed

    Related images(click to enlarge) A University of Southampton researcher has helped solve a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth....
  • FDA approves Cubists’ drug for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    (Reuters) – Cubist Pharmaceutical Inc’s drug to treat complicated urinary tract and intra-abdominal infections won U.S. approval on Friday, highlighting the regulator’s interest in tackling the growing threat of the so-called superbugs. Cubist shares were...
  • Packers, Steelers and Cowboys head to playoffs

    (Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys booked their places in the playoffs after victories on Sunday while the New England Patriots earned a bye in the first round of the...
  • Lance Bass Marries Fiance Michael Turchin

    Lance Bass Marries Fiance Michael Turchin

    Posted on Sun Dec 21st, 2014 7:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Lance Bass married fiance Michael Turchin at the Park Plaza hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. While the ceremony was just a 15-minute affair, the...

Headline News

  • New York killer boasted to onlookers


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:24 A photo of gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley was released by police The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public “watch what I’m going to do” shortly before the attack, police say. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, had a history of violence and mental instability. Candlelit vigils have been held in New York in memory of the two officers, Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos. Brinsley shot them as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn before running into a nearby subway station and reportedly shooting himself. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Brinsley had “no history of radicalisation” but that he was “often violent” He had posted messages on social media saying he would kill police officers in retaliation for the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died when white police officers arrested …

    December 21, 2014 8:55 pm
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Politics

  • Lawmaker calls for strong U.S. response to Sony hack, including sanctions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday called for a “very serious” U.S. reaction, including sanctions, to a North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, saying it was not enough for the United States to restrict that country’s cyber capability. U.S. Representative Mike Rogers criticized President Barack Obama on “Fox News Sunday” for getting on a plane to Hawaii on Friday and not acting immediately against North Korea. “The problem here was not that the fact that we didn’t have the capability to do something nearly in immediate time. We just didn’t get a decision from the president,” Rogers said. Rogers said there was much discussion last week about how to respond to the attack that wiped out Sony’s computers in response to the film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rogers criticized the Obama administration’s response as too late and too weak. “By acknowledging …

    December 21, 2014 8:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Meet the world’s No. 1 dealer in Guinness art


      Robert Lloyd, a New York antique dealer, holds an unusual distinction: He is the world’s largest dealer of Guinness advertising art. He has bought hundreds of paintings, once lost to obscurity in a London archive, that were original renderings of iconic Guinness posters displayed in pubs and college dorm rooms. The paintings are by the English artist John Gilroy, who died in 1985. Gilroy worked for S.H. Benson, an advertising agency that held the Guinness account from 1929 until the late 1960s. Gilroy designed thousands of posters for the beer giant’s ad campaigns. Lloyd, the antique dealer, came upon his Guinness obsession somewhat accidentally. Nearly five years ago, he was at an antique show in Florida when he stumbled on a few of the original Guinness paintings. Lloyd bought what the dealer had on hand but was thirsty for more. He went to London to see the rest of the paintings — and wasted …

    December 21, 2014 5:13 pm
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Sports

  • Another long shootout sees Avs nip Red Wings


    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarome Iginla scored the decisive goal in the ninth round of the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene scored on Colorado’s first two chances in the tiebreaker, but the Red Wings stayed alive with goals from Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in rounds two and three. Detroit’s Petr Mrazek and Colorado’s Calvin Pickard then matched one another save for save until Iginla’s goal to begin the ninth round. Pickard then made a right pad save on Brendan Smith to secure the victory. Pickard finished with 34 saves for the Avalanche, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 22-25 and concluded their road trip at 2-0-1. They have played beyond regulation in four of their last five games, going 3-0-2 over that stretch. Mrazek, starting in place of Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury), made 22 …

    December 21, 2014 9:15 pm
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World News

  • Argentine town bans beauty contests


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 01:50 Argentine women have a long history of competing in international beauty competitions A town in Argentina has become the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions. The town council of Chivilcoy, in the Buenos Aires region, said the contests were sexist and encouraged violence against women. It said they encouraged an obsession with physical beauty and illnesses like bulimia and anorexia. In Latin America the beauty pageant often serves as a springboard for a career in television or entertainment. A number of Latin America’s television personalities have won major beauty competitions and with it, celebrity status and lucrative careers. The council said that from now on Chivilcoy’s festivities and anniversaries would be celebrated by recognising the achievements of young people. They said the contests will be replaced with carnival mask competitions and prizes for volunteering. Correspondents say a debate has been emerging for some time in …

    December 21, 2014 8:55 pm
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Technology

  • Bluetooth for the Blue Period: Art and tech unite in MONA’s gallery app


    The O in use at Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art. Claire Reilly/CNET Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art is a world of contrasts. A modern museum space that reframes the definitions of visual art, it also pushes the boundaries of digital interactivity, thanks to the app-based visitor guide that forms the very centre of the MONA experience, known as The O. The artworks at MONA are certainly provocative — here a pinball machine modified with X-ray cables, dubbed the “Deluxe Suicide Service”, sits down a corridor from a room dominated by the sight (and smell) of a machine that replicates the human digestive system. It poops daily. But for a museum so concerned with corporeality and the human condition, and one that fills its halls with divisive representations of sex, death and defecation, one of the greatest achievements of MONA has been in the digital realm. The Story of the O MONA …

    December 21, 2014 8:35 pm
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Science

  • Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed


    Related images(click to enlarge) A University of Southampton researcher has helped solve a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth. They are seen as colourful displays in the night sky, known as the Northern or Southern Lights. They are caused by the solar wind, a stream of plasma — electrically charged atomic particles — carrying its own magnetic field, interacting with Earth’s magnetic field. Normally, the main region for this impressive display is the ‘auroral oval’, which lies at around 65-70 degrees north or south of the equator, encircling the polar caps. However, auroras can occur at even higher latitudes. One type is known as a ‘theta aurora’ because seen from above it looks like the Greek letter theta — an oval with a line crossing through the centre. While the cause of the auroral oval emissions is reasonably well …

    December 21, 2014 8:36 pm
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Health

  • FDA approves Cubists’ drug for antibiotic-resistant bacteria


    (Reuters) – Cubist Pharmaceutical Inc’s drug to treat complicated urinary tract and intra-abdominal infections won U.S. approval on Friday, highlighting the regulator’s interest in tackling the growing threat of the so-called superbugs. Cubist shares were up 1.9 percent in extended trading. The drug, Zerbaxa, treats infections caused by gram-negative bacteria — a type of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, often called superbugs. These have been linked to 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses every year in the United States, and up to $20 billion in direct healthcare costs. “The drug is also effective against pseudomonas, a difficult to treat pathogen,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Irina Koffler told Reuters ahead of the decision. Zerbaxa was a major driver behind Merck Co’s offer to buy Cubist for $8.4 billion earlier this month. The approval is significant for Cubist, whose main product, Cubicin, lost patent protection earlier than expected after a federal court invalidated four of its patents. Zerbaxa is the fourth …

    December 21, 2014 8:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lance Bass Marries Fiance Michael Turchin


    Posted on Sun Dec 21st, 2014 7:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Lance Bass married fiance Michael Turchin at the Park Plaza hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. While the ceremony was just a 15-minute affair, the party was clearly the place to be. And with guests like Carmen Electra, Kris Jenner and Lisa Vanderpump, we have a feeling things got pretty wild! Joey Fatone, AJ McLean, Gabourey Sidibe and Cheryl Burke were among the other attendees, and the wedding will be featured in a 90-minute on E! early next year. The former N Sync superstar posted a photo of the duo on Instagram and wrote, “Today I marry the man of my dreams. He makes me smile; he makes my heart melt; he makes me….me.” Awww! Bass and Turchin came out in 2006, and in September of 2013 they got engaged after dating for nearly two years. Congrats guys!   SEE THE GALLERY Lance Bass Had …

    December 21, 2014 8:15 pm
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.” “This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other …

    December 21, 2014 4:33 pm
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