• Nationals place Strasburg on DL

    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – The Washington Nationals have placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with neck tightness. Strasburg was removed from Friday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning. He...
  • Solar plane begins Pacific crossing

    Solar Impulse was held up for more than a month on China’s east coast Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg has begun his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse...
  • Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA

    Start by looking at your income. There are income limits for Roth IRAs, so if your income is above those limits, then it’s a no-brainer: a traditional IRA is the only one for you. Let’s...

Headline News

  • Illinois House OKs bill to restructure Chicago pension payments


    The Illinois House on Saturday passed a bill that gives Chicago some financial breathing room by restructuring its contributions to retirement funds for city public safety workers. The 65-45 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, has signed on as its chief sponsor. (Reporting by Karen Pierog; Editing by James Dalgleish)

    May 30, 2015 2:41 pm
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Politics

  • With tough words for Wall St., O’Malley launches White House bid


    BALTIMORE, Maryland Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley blasted social injustice and Wall Street excesses as he launched a White House bid on Saturday, casting himself as a younger, more liberal alternative to Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton. “Powerful, wealthy special interests here at home have used our government to create, in our own country, an economy that is leaving a majority of our people behind,” said O’Malley, opening his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally at a waterfront park in downtown Baltimore. O’Malley, who has aggressively courted his party’s liberal wing, began his political career in Baltimore, first as a member of city council and then as mayor. Decrying big banks as having been behind the financial crisis of 2008, O’Malley singled out Goldman Sachs (GS.N) for particular criticism. He said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein recently told his employees that “he’d be just fine” with either Republican Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton as president …

    May 30, 2015 1:39 pm
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Stocks

  • Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA


    Start by looking at your income. There are income limits for Roth IRAs, so if your income is above those limits, then it’s a no-brainer: a traditional IRA is the only one for you. Let’s say you’re eligible for both a Roth and a traditional IRA. Generally, you’re better off in a traditional if you expect to be in a lower tax bracket when you retire. By deducting your contributions now, you lower your current tax bill. When you retire and start withdrawing money, you’ll be in a lower tax bracket, thereby giving less money overall to the tax man. If you expect to be in the same or higher tax bracket when you retire, you may instead want to consider contributing to a Roth IRA, which allows you to get your tax bill settled now rather than later. But it can be difficult, if not impossible, to guess what tax bracket you will be …

    May 30, 2015 2:40 pm
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Sports

  • Nationals place Strasburg on DL


    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – The Washington Nationals have placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with neck tightness. Strasburg was removed from Friday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning. He is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 outings this season. The Nationals filled the roster spot by recalling pitcher Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse. He was 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA in nine starts for the Chiefs. The 26-year-old right-hander reached the majors for the first time with the Nationals in 2014, making one start and two relief appearances.

    May 30, 2015 2:41 pm
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World News

  • Solar plane begins Pacific crossing


    Solar Impulse was held up for more than a month on China’s east coast Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg has begun his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane. The experimental aircraft, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, left Nanjing at about 02:40 (18:40 GMT). It is likely to take Mr Borschberg five to six days of continuous flight to reach his central Pacific destination. He will try to stay awake for much of that time, taking only short catnaps. His progress will be monitored the entire way from a control room in Monaco. Meteorologists and flight strategists will constantly update him on the best route to follow. The journey is the seventh leg in the single-seat, propeller-driven aircraft’s quest to circumnavigate the globe using just the energy of the Sun. The project made steady progress after starting …

    May 30, 2015 2:40 pm
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Technology

  • Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison


    Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, who went by the online handle “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was sentenced to life in prison for operating the online illegal-drug marketplace site. Ross Ulbricht/LinkedIn Ross Ulbricht, the convicted founder of online illegal-drug marketplace Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentencing of the 31-year-old San Francisco man was handed down by US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest in a Manhattan courtroom, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Ulbricht was facing a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. In a letter filed to the court earlier this week, Ulbricht pleaded with the judge not to send him away for life. “As I see it, a life sentence is more similar in nature to a death sentence than it is to a sentence…Both condemn you to die in prison, a life sentence just takes longer,” Ulbricht …

    May 30, 2015 12:58 pm
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Science

  • Infrared detector to free up Internet of tomorrow


    Fast operator: Ackert and his silicon photodetector A new kind of silicon photodetector invented by physicists in Canada and the UK should help to ensure that the Internet does not grind to a halt, as people share and download ever-more online data. The device, which could be built using existing chip-fabrication techniques, would ease the pressure on the Web’s data centres by opening up a new frequency range in optical communications. Ever-greater use of social media, video streaming and other data-heavy applications is causing a rapid rise in Internet use. US technology company Cisco Systems says that worldwide Internet traffic increased more than five-fold between 2008 and 2013, and is set to rise by another factor of three by 2018. This apparently insatiable appetite for online services puts pressure on the hardware that makes up the Internet, and in particular on the huge data centres that route bits and bytes between computers across the globe. …

    May 30, 2015 1:19 pm
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Health

  • Pfizer’s Ibrance drug slows progression of breast cancer


    CHICAGO A Phase III trial of Pfizer Inc’s Ibrance showed that, in combination with hormone therapy, the drug more than doubled the duration of disease control for women with the most common type of breast cancer. At the time of an interim analysis, patients given Ibrance and AstraZeneca Plc’s Faslodex (fulvestrant), a widely used treatment to block estrogen, lived an average of 9.2 months before their cancer worsened. This compared with 3.8 months for patients treated with Faslodex and a placebo. The trial, presented in Chicago at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, enrolled 521 patients whose breast cancer was classified as estrogen-receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative. This category accounts for about 75 percent of all breast cancers. Ibrance, or palbociclib, was given conditional approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February for such patients, but only those who had not previously been treated for advanced breast …

    May 30, 2015 1:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Teen Mom‘s Jenelle Evans is in trouble with the law — for the 13th time


    It all started when Evans’ baby daddy Nathan Griffith called the cops, accusing her of vandalizing his car during a custody dispute. He said when he went outside to confront Evans, she attacked him by punching, slapping and trying to kick him down a flight of stairs, and he said she reeked of booze. He also accused her of clawing at him and trying to choke him with his own shirt. According to the police report, Griffith has scratches on his neck, a ripped shirt and bruises on his face, all consistent with his story. However, Evans’ lawyer told TMZ that Griffith started the fight by trying to run over her with his truck after stealing her phone and refusing to hand over their son, and her PR team tweeted a message to the same effect. For those asking,Jenelle was at Nathan’s to pick up her son.Nathan stole her phone refused to hand over Kaiser.This …

    May 30, 2015 7:56 am
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Editorial

  • S’mores no more? Feds wage war of culinary aggression


    I have disturbing news to share with you from our federal government. The USDA wants Americans to remove chocolate and marshmallows and fire from our summertime s’mores. Instead – the USDA is suggesting we load up the graham crackers with strawberries and low-fat yogurt.  That’s not a s’more. That’s a fruit salad with an oversized graham cracker crouton. Over the past six years the Obama administration has waged a War of Culinary Aggression against lard-loving Americans. What kind of dystopian society have we become where a red blooded American cannot enjoy a graham cracker smothered in milk chocolate and topped with a slightly charred marshmallow? Banning cupcakes and Ho-Hos. cheeseburgers and Cheetos. Remember back in 2012 when Mrs. Obama served cabbage sloppy? Last year the U.S. Forest Service tried to convince us that s’mores would taste better if we replaced the chocolate with banana chunks and the graham crackers with angel food cake. It’s culinary …

    May 30, 2015 1:59 pm
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Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police


    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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