• From disqualification to contention for Tringale

    PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – A week after disqualifying himself for a scoring decision at the PGA Championship, Cameron Tringale turned the page and fired an opening 66 on Thursday to put himself near the...
  • Justin Bieber Tears Around Town On His Hot Wheels

    Justin Bieber Tears Around Town On His Hot Wheels

    Posted on Thu Aug 21st, 2014 3:28pm PDT       By X17 Staff After running a red light in his new red Chevrolet Corvette earlier in the day, Justin Bieber found a new way to tear around town...
  • Traffic lights are dangerously easy to hack

    Traffic lights are dangerously easy to hack

    Traffic lights are easy to hack, and they’re unlikely to be fixed, according to computer researchers. Traffic lights all across the United States are dangerously easy to hack. Anyone with a radio hooked up to...
  • S Africa MPs halt president’s speech

    S Africa MPs halt president’s speech

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 17:33 The EFF MPs often wear red workers’ overalls in parliament An address to parliament by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been halted by opposition MPs. Mr Zuma...
  • Death of Connecticut boy left in hot car ruled a homicide

    MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) – A 15-month-old Connecticut boy’s death in a hot car last month was ruled a homicide Thursday by the chief state medical examiner’s office. Benjamin Seitz, of Ridgefield, died of “hyperthermia due...
  • Canadian shot putter finally gets Beijing bronze

    (Reuters) – Canadian Dylan Armstrong will be awarded the shot put bronze from the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a result of a lifetime doping ban handed to Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, the International Olympic Committee...

Headline News

  • Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.     The restrictions come as California struggles through its third year of a catastrophic drought that has threatened a half-million acres of farmland, dried up reservoirs and shrunk the mountain snowpack that provides drinking water for millions of people.     “What we’re trying to prohibit is someone who makes a decision to empty their pool and then refill it,” said Jonathan Volzke, spokesman for the Santa Margarita Water District, which implemented a ban on filling pools this month in several suburbs south of Los Angeles. Depending on the size of the pool, filling one up all the way would require 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water, he said.     More than a dozen …

    August 21, 2014 6:33 pm
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Politics

  • Florida governor vows record education spending in re-election bid


    TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) – Governor Rick Scott, under intense criticism by his main opponent for cuts in school spending, on Thursday promised record spending on education next year if he wins a tough re-election campaign. “My mom taught me that a good education was the way out of poverty and I want all Floridians to have the opportunity to receive a great education and have their shot at the American Dream,” Scott said in announcing his plan. “By increasing per-pupil spending to historic levels next year, school districts will have more resources to provide Florida children the best education possible.”    Scott said he will budget more than $19.6 billion for education in 2015 legislative session, if he is in office. That is about $700 million more than this year’s spending, and would raise per-student spending to $7,176.    The governor’s office said such a funding level would be $232 per student more than this year’s …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Stocks

  • Traffic lights are dangerously easy to hack


    Traffic lights are easy to hack, and they’re unlikely to be fixed, according to computer researchers. Traffic lights all across the United States are dangerously easy to hack. Anyone with a radio hooked up to a laptop can wreak havoc by remotely changing lights at will — or by shutting them all down. That’s according to findings by computer researchers at the University of Michigan. “There’s an assumption that these devices are secure. We all just trust them so much,” said Branden Ghena, a computer science PhD student at the university and the lead researcher on the study. “This is critical infrastructure. We were shocked that was going on.” Related story: Your car is a giant computer – and it can be hacked   Under the watchful eye of local transportation officials in May, the Michigan researchers field-tested the hack in an undisclosed Michigan city, changing the traffic lights from a laptop in their truck. …

    August 21, 2014 5:53 pm
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Sports

  • From disqualification to contention for Tringale


    PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – A week after disqualifying himself for a scoring decision at the PGA Championship, Cameron Tringale turned the page and fired an opening 66 on Thursday to put himself near the top of the leaderboard at The Barclays. Tringale said he felt a sense of relief in putting the incident behind him – at a cost of $53,000 in prize money he had won for tying for 33rd at Valhalla. “Definitely (felt) better,” the 26-year-old American said after starting fresh in the opening tournament of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, which pays a bonus of $10 million to the points leader after the Tour Championship finale. Tringale had waved his putter over his ball prior to sinking a tap-in putt at the 11th hole of his final round in the PGA. Tringale said playing partner Matt Jones had asked in the scoring trailer if Tringale was sure he had not taken a …

    August 21, 2014 6:33 pm
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World News

  • Christian and Jewish leaders campaign to support Muslim community


    Christian and Jewish leaders have rallied to support the Muslim community, asking members of the Australian public to join them in a campaign called “We’ll love Muslims 100 years”. Rabbi Zalman Kastel will join Australian Christian Churches pastor, Brad Chilcott, Tim Costello and other denominational leaders in three events in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia on Friday to declare their support for Australian Muslims. The title makes a play on a recent headline in the Weekend Australian, “We’ll fight Islam 100 years”, which accompanied a story quoting a former head of army Peter Leahy saying that Australia must prepare for a war against radical Islam lasting for the rest of the century. A new banner reflecting the campaign message. Leaders will hold a banner headline, “We’ll love Muslims 100 years”, under a mock-up newspaper masthead called The Welcoming Australian. Chilcott decided to take the action because he and fellow religious leaders felt …

    August 21, 2014 6:34 pm
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Technology

  • ​Sprint attacks T-Mobile with $60 unlimited data plan


    Sprint’s unlimited data plan lives on. as the company takes its new pricing assault to rival T-Mobile. On Thursday, Sprint unveiled a $60 Unlimited Plan for individual customers. The new service offers unlimited voice, text messaging, and data for $60 a month. Sprint is marketing the new plan as the cheapest around, beating T-Mobile, its only national competitor offering unlimited data by $20 a month. ATT and Verizon abandoned unlimited data plans more than two years ago. Today, ATT and Verizon only offer new customers their shared plans, which include unlimited talk and text messaging and different tiers of data per month that can be shared among family members or devices. The new unlimited pricing plan along with a new Family Share Pack introduced on Monday are meant to kick-start Sprint’s competitiveness in the market and help right a ship that has been going off course for several quarters. Sprint — which has fallen to …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Science

  • Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover


    Related images(click to enlarge) Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs. Damaged coral reefs emit chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from settling in the degraded habitat, according to new research. The study shows for the first time that coral larvae can smell the difference between healthy and damaged reefs when they decide where to settle. Coral reefs are declining around the world. Overfishing is one cause of coral collapse, depleting the herbivorous fish that remove the seaweed that sprouts in damaged reefs. Once seaweed takes hold of a reef, a tipping point can occur where coral growth is choked and new corals rarely settle. The new study shows how chemical signals from seaweed repel young coral from settling in a seaweed-dominated area. Young fish were also not attracted to the smell of water from damaged reefs. The …

    August 21, 2014 5:12 pm
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Health

  • U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs. The move comes as health and law enforcement officials try to curb a rising tide of prescription drug abuse. Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by opioid painkillers, according to federal data. “Almost seven million Americans abuse controlled-substance prescription medications, including opioid painkillers, resulting in more deaths from prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a statement announcing the move on Thursday. In the future, products such as Vicodin that combine hydrocodone with another substance such as acetaminophen or aspirin, will be classed as Schedule II products, in line with the opioids oxycodone and morphine. Reclassifying the products will make them harder to obtain, both by addicts and legitimate pain patients. Physicians will not be allowed to call in a prescription to a pharmacy. Patients …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Tears Around Town On His Hot Wheels


    Posted on Thu Aug 21st, 2014 3:28pm PDT       By X17 Staff After running a red light in his new red Chevrolet Corvette earlier in the day, Justin Bieber found a new way to tear around town — on a black Can-Am trike! The 20-year-old singer left a pal’s apartment building in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, and we’d recognize those tatted up guns anywhere! And in typical Bieber fashion, he’s definitely not looking to keep a low profile with this motor vehicle… But we do have to scold the Biebs, because when we caught up with him around 2pm, X17 photographers witnessed the bad boy pop superstar driving his new ‘vette right through a stoplight in Beverly Hills. Shortly after that he arrived at his pal’s pad, at which point he switched rides and posted an Instagram pic of his car parked in the garage. We do love the Biebs, but it certainly seems like he …

    August 21, 2014 6:33 pm
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Editorial

  • Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: What’s really shocking about ALS


      By the year 2025, one in every 25 American adults will be diagnosed with ALS, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s. If you think that taking the Ice Bucket Challenge is a shock to the system, please consider the following fact: Soon we will all know someone—or be the person–with one of these devastating brain disorders. Experts agree that unless we declare war on ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s, these neurodegenerative diseases, as they are known, will become a global health crisis. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I know the devastation of brain disease first hand. My sister, Jenifer Estess, was diagnosed with ALS, seemingly out of nowhere, at age 35. We started Project A.L.S. together, as a family, with our friends, because we wanted more results from medical research. My sister, Jenifer Estess, was diagnosed with ALS, seemingly out of nowhere, at age 35. We started Project A.L.S. together, as a family, with our friends, because we wanted more results …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Odd News

  • Eight lives left; Utah cat revived after rescue from inside wall


    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A Utah cat has used up one of its nine lives after it was discovered near death and trapped in a wall of an empty house that was listed for sale. Named “Lazarus” by staff at the Utah Humane Society, the 4-year-old male Lynx Point and Siamese mix was found last month at the height of Utah’s steamy summer heat, Carl Arky, a spokesman for the society, said on Thursday. He said a female appraiser working at the home in Layton, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, heard noises coming from behind a sheetrock wall and made a hole to rescue the cat. Temperatures in the home were thought to be well above 100 Fahrenheit, as it was unoccupied and the air conditioner was off. “He was near death’s door,” said Arky. “I give a lot of credit to that women who drilled a hole in the wall …

    August 21, 2014 5:12 pm
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