Headline News

  • Suspect in September fire at Chicago-area air traffic facility formally charged


    CHICAGO –  A suburban Chicago contractor accused of setting fire to an air traffic control facility has been formally charged. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the charges Friday against 37-year-old Brian Howard of Naperville. The September fire forced the shutdown of O’Hare and Midway international airports. Howard was a contract employee working at the facility in Aurora. Authorities say he cut cables and set fire to a basement telecommunications room. He is charged with one count of willfully setting fire to, damaging, destroying or disabling an air navigation facility; and one count of using fire to commit a federal felony. If found guilty, Howard could face up to 30 years in prison. His attorney, Ron Safer, says Howard has “always accepted responsibility for his conduct” and they believe the charges are fair.

    May 3, 2015 3:38 pm
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Politics

  • Boehner says Hillary Clinton should support White House on trade


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner challenged Hillary Clinton on Sunday to help the White House get trade legislation through the U.S. Congress by speaking out in favor of it. Lawmakers are debating whether to give President Barack Obama “fast-track” authority to negotiate deals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trade is a rare issue on which the White House enjoys support from Republicans, but many Democrats are opposed. “She can’t sit on the sidelines and let the president swing in the wind here,” Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Boehner said Clinton, 2016 presidential contender and a former secretary of state, supports both fast-track authority and the TPP, but “she just won’t say so.” The White House says free-trade deals open up new markets to U.S. exports and help businesses compete abroad. But many Democrats and their supporters, including labor unions, say the deals help big corporations at the expense …

    May 3, 2015 1:17 pm
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Stocks

  • America’s capsizing economy: Can it right the ship?


    America has had the wind knocked out of its sails this year. Volatile stock markets, weak economic growth and a hiring slowdown have created a perfect storm for nearly flat growth. The question is whether the U.S. economy and markets can right the ship in May and beyond. There’s reason to believe they can start to this week. “We’re in a slow growth economy,” says Dorothy Weaver, former chair of the Miami Federal Reserve branch and CEO of Collins Capital. “I don’t think we’re heading for a capsized economy, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t be hitting low winds and a doldrum.” The economy’s storm clouds: April was rough all around. It started with news that the economy only added 126,000 jobs in March, and previous months of job gains were revised down. Retail sales for March arrived in mid-April and they were sluggish. Then last week we learned that America’s economic growth was next …

    May 3, 2015 3:38 pm
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Sports

  • McIlroy to face Woodland in Match Play finals


    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland won their semifinal matches on Sunday and will face each other in the final match at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. McIlroy, who finished off Paul Casey in their quarterfinal match earlier Sunday, took down Jim Furyk, 1-up, in their semifinal match. McIlroy won the final two holes at TPC Harding Park against Furyk to advance. Woodland overcame an early deficit to topple Danny Willett, 3 2. Woodland will go for his third PGA Tour win on Sunday. The victory would easily be his biggest on tour. After a pair of halves, Furyk and McIlroy traded bogeys at three and four. McIlroy rolled in 4-footer for birdie at the fifth to grab a 1-up lead. Furyk squared things up as he poured in a 19-footer for birdie at No. 9. McIlroy, the 2012 runner-up, ran in a long birdie try at 11 to even the …

    May 3, 2015 3:38 pm
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World News

  • Costa Rica issues toxic spill alert


    Costa Rica has declared an emergency zone along about 100km (62 miles) of the country’s Pacific coastline, after a ship full of toxic chemicals sank. The vessel went down in heavy seas off the tourist town of Puntarenas. It was carrying almost 200 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used in the manufacture of fertilisers and explosives. The government has asked people in the area to avoid swimming and fishing until tests have been done. The main Pacific port of Puerto Caldera has also been affected by the spillage. A spokesman for Costa Rica’s Emergency Commission said the government did not know what the impact would be yet in the emergency zone. Reinaldo Carballo said the measure was preventive “because of the potential impact ammonium nitrate could have on human health”. He said it was important to determine whether the chemical had remained in the zone or if it had been in contact with the sea water, …

    May 3, 2015 3:38 pm
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Technology

  • Meet Da Poke Shack, one of the US’ finest restaurants — according to Yelp


    Da Poke Shack, a hole-in-the-wall lunch spot, became the highest-rated restaurant in the US by Yelp reviewers in 2014. Dara Kerr/CNET KONA, Hawaii — Albert Vasconcelles was fishing one day in February 2014 when an employee called with strange news. Da Poke Shack — Vasconcelles takeout eatery here — had just been named the No. 1 restaurant in the US by Yelp. The employee thought it was a crank call. “I was like, ‘ah whatevers,’” said Vasconcelles, in a Hawaiian accent. Then, he said, he went back to fishing. But Vasconcelles got another phone call — this time from Yelp. The online reviews site confirmed that Da Poke Shack was indeed the highest-rated restaurant on its list of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the US.” Da Poke Shack isn’t some haute cuisine restaurant with white tablecloths, fine wines and a reservation wait list. Like the name implies, it’s a hole-in-the-wall lunch spot. It …

    May 3, 2015 8:36 am
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Science

  • Sustainability progress should precede seafood market access, researchers urge


    Demand for seafood from wild fisheries and aquaculture around the world has nearly doubled over the past four decades. In the past several years, major retailers in developed countries have committed to source their seafood from only sustainably certified fisheries and aquaculture, even though it is not clear where that supply will come from. A team of researchers led by the University of California, Davis, has focused its attention on fishery improvement projects, or FIPs, which are designed to bring seafood from wild fisheries to the certified market, with only a promise of sustainability in the future. They conclude that FIPs need to be fine tuned to ensure that fisheries are delivering on their promises. The researchers’ policy forum titled “Secure Sustainable Seafood from Developing Countries” will be published May 1 in the journal Science. “We’re cautiously optimistic that fishery improvement projects, which fast-track access to international markets, can lead to sustainable fisheries, especially in …

    May 3, 2015 8:57 am
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Health

  • Hog farmers more likely to carry drug-resistant bacteria: U.S. study


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry an infectious bacteria that can cause skin and respiratory problems and resists treatment from multiple drugs, according to a new U.S. research study. The study, published this week in the online journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is the largest-ever examination of infections of Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, in a group of livestock workers. It comes amid rising concern that widespread antibiotic use in meat production could create risks to human health. Staph is a leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections in humans. Most infections are not life threatening, but the bacteria can lead to pneumonia and turn deadly if they infect the bloodstream, bones and joints, or lungs. Health experts are concerned that routine use of antibiotics in meat production could be spurring the growth of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” capable of creating a human health hazard. The study tracked …

    May 3, 2015 1:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kris And Kendall Jenner Look Tired On Their Early-Morning Flight Out Of LAX


    Posted on Sun May 3rd, 2015 11:52am PDT       By X17 Staff Kris and Kendall Jenner got up SUPER early for a 4am flight out of LAX this morning and the sleep deprivation showed on their faces! That said, these ladies are beautiful and we can’t claim to look any better than they did at 4am, but here’s documented, photographic proof that even the ladies of the Kardashian clain aren’t photo-ready this early in the morning!   SEE THE GALLERY Kris And Kendall Jenner Take An Early-Morning Flight Stories from around the Web

    May 3, 2015 2:17 pm
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Editorial

  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today: Let’s liberate medicine in America. Here’s our vision of health for the 21st Century


     (AP) Expediting the development and delivery of medical treatments—treatments that bring a new standard of care, or even actual cures for serious illnesses—should be a bipartisan goal, a mission of mercy that should be undertaken by both political parties. We are both involved with a new, non-profit organization, the Tomorrow’s Cures Today Foundation, which supports consumer choice and competition as one way to achieve this goal. We might note that time is especially critical for Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Matt Bellina, who recently sent us an email that began: “My name is Matt. I‘m 31 years old, I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, I have a beautiful wife and two small boys, and I’m dying. I have ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and without hope for a cure, my doctors say I only have a couple of years left to live.” The world is a very different place today compared to 1962, when new federal legislation required …

    May 2, 2015 1:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Man sues Florida hospital after his leg found in the garbage


    MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it. John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. “Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play. When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” the lawsuit said. Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South …

    May 1, 2015 4:44 pm
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