• Venezuela’s Lopez on hunger strike

    Venezuela’s Lopez on hunger strike

    Mr Lopez handed himself in during a mass protest in Caracas 15 months ago Prominent jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has announced he has gone on hunger strike demanding “freedom for political prisoners”. In...
  • Goldschmidt, D-backs edge Cubs in rubber game

    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to power the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series. Goldschmidt’s efforts...
  • As usual, short-term band-aid fixes from Congress

    As usual, short-term band-aid fixes from Congress

    The U.S. Capitol is illuminated at night as the Senate continues to work late Friday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers. When senators left town...
  • Spanish protest parties make gains

    Spanish protest parties make gains

    More than 35 million people registered to vote Spain’s new anti-corruption movements have made gains in local and regional elections, at the expense of traditional main parties. With the count almost completed, the governing People’s...
  • Cardinals beat Royals to avoid being swept

    Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Michael Wacha sparkled again to become the first seven-game winner in the National League and the Cardinals beat the Royals 6-1 on Sunday to avoid being swept in a three-game...

Headline News

  • John Nash, mathematician who inspired ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ killed in car crash


    Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said on Sunday. The couple were in a taxi when the driver lost control, crashed into a guard rail and hit another car on Saturday afternoon on the New Jersey Turnpike, said police. Nash, 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were thrown from the taxi and pronounced dead at the scene, New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Gregory Williams added, declining to comment on media reports that they were not wearing seat belts. Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash in the Oscar-winning movie, said on Twitter that he was stunned by the deaths. “An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts,” the Hollywood star wrote. The taxi driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the driver of the other vehicle …

    May 24, 2015 9:37 pm
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Politics

  • As usual, short-term band-aid fixes from Congress


    The U.S. Capitol is illuminated at night as the Senate continues to work late Friday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers. When senators left town early Saturday after approving a brief extension of the nation’s highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, Congress often keeps the program alive temporarily and revisits the problem later. The two-month rescue of the highway trust fund is Congress’ 33rd short-term patch of that program since 2008, the Transportation Department says. Lawmakers have approved another 101 measures temporarily keeping federal agencies open since it last completed all its spending bills on time in 1997, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Lawmakers have also used short extensions to address expiring tax breaks, avoid federal defaults and keep agriculture and other …

    May 24, 2015 8:36 pm
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Stocks

  • Smart money is buying energy stocks. Should you?


    Forget politics and religion. One of the biggest debates on Wall Street these days is whether oil and energy stocks are toxic or terrific. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) put out a note last week telling clients now is the time to buy. Hedge funds have already pounced. The 50 largest hedge funds bought a lot of energy stocks (e.g. Williams Partners (WPZ), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Kinder Morgan (KMI)) in the first quarter, according to their latest stock disclosures. In some ways, it looks like a smart move. Oil plunged below $45 a barrel in January. Back then, people couldn’t seem to sell energy stocks fast enough. In recent weeks, oil has staged a mini-rally. Now it’s trading around $60 a barrel. That’s still far from the glory days of over $100 a barrel that the industry saw as recently as last summer, but for drillers, it’s a lot easier to make …

    May 24, 2015 9:31 am
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Sports

  • Goldschmidt, D-backs edge Cubs in rubber game


    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to power the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series. Goldschmidt’s efforts backed a quality start from Jeremy Hellickson (2-3), who pitched into the seventh and scattered three runs on four hits. Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, and Miguel Montero, who spent the first nine years of his career in Arizona, cranked a solo shot in the second inning. Goldschmidt singled in a run in the first inning and hammered a Jason Hammel (3-2) offering to straightaway center in the third. Nick Ahmed opened the third with his first career triple and scored on Hellickson’s sacrifice fly to center field. Ender Inciarte singled ahead of Goldschmidt’s mammoth blast, and the Diamondbacks stayed ahead 4-1 before Coghlan clubbed a two-run shot in the fifth. Hammel, after allowing three earned …

    May 24, 2015 9:37 pm
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World News

  • Venezuela’s Lopez on hunger strike


    Mr Lopez handed himself in during a mass protest in Caracas 15 months ago Prominent jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has announced he has gone on hunger strike demanding “freedom for political prisoners”. In a video leaked from prison, Mr Lopez called for an end to censorship, and for the government to set a date for parliamentary elections. He also urged Venezuelans to join peaceful marches next Saturday “for peace and democracy”. Mr Lopez is accused of inciting violence during protests last year. More than 40 people, from both sides of the political divide, were killed in months of protests against the government of Nicolas Maduro. The authorities say Mr Lopez incited violence and encouraged demonstrators to vandalise government buildings at the end of a protest in February 2014. He was charged and arrested a few days later. Mr Lopez said fellow jailed opposition politician Daniel Ceballos was also on hunger strike. ‘Crime and …

    May 24, 2015 9:37 pm
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Technology

  • The bizarre and often hilarious world of Grand Theft Auto V mods


    It wasn’t just upgraded visuals and additional content that some PC gamers held off on playing Grand Theft Auto V for. If history was any indicator, GTA V was primed for a cavalcade of custom modifications (or “mods”) once released on PC — the platform of choice for do-it-yourselfers who want to take a peek under a game’s hood and tinker with its digital innards. The series’ previous entry, Grand Theft Auto IV, has had a legacy of impressive mods ranging from the totally obscure to the absolutely gorgeous — to the point where the game has the potential to graphically outshine most modern titles. At only around a month old, Grand Theft Auto V’s mod scene is in its infancy, but it has already opened the door for some over-the-top absurdity and limitless sandbox creativity. The video above shows the kind of bizarre chaos possible with just a few of them loaded. So how …

    May 24, 2015 3:54 pm
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Science

  • New study finds that proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients


    New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects than patients treated with older radiation therapies. Working with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas, Michael Chuong, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the school, compared two kinds of X-ray radiation with proton therapy, an innovative, precise approach that targets tumors while minimizing harm to surrounding tissues. The researchers looked at nearly 600 patients and found that proton therapy resulted in a significantly lower number of side effects, including nausea, blood abnormalities and loss of appetite. The results were presented on May 22 at the annual conference of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group, held in San Diego. “This evidence underscores the precision of proton therapy, and how it can really make a difference in …

    May 24, 2015 8:17 pm
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Health

  • Depression May Intensify Anger in Veterans With PTSD: Study


    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Anger often escalates quickly in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they’re depressed, a new study reveals. “Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen positive for PTSD or for depression, and especially when they screen positive for both,” lead researcher Raymond Novaco said in a news release from the American Psychological Association. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after living through or witnessing a dangerous event. People with the disorder may feel intense stress, suffer from flashbacks or experience a “fight or flight” response when there’s no apparent danger. In the study, Novaco’s team examined the mental-health records of almost 2,100 soldiers — mostly men — who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and later sought treatment. Those who showed signs of depression and PTSD had higher levels of anger and believed they were more likely …

    May 24, 2015 8:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mickey Rourke Has Another Fashion Fail


    Posted on Sun May 24th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Mickey Rourke made Canon Drive in Beverly Hills his own personal catwalk, on Saturday, as he pranced down the sidewalk in a daring ensemble. The aging actor wore plaid-on-plaid with a buttoned-up vest over a red plaid shirt, with baggy jeans a some amazing white boots with silver and red detailing. Where does this guy shop?! Adding to Rourke’s unique look were blue-tinted glasses and his usual floppy grey hair. Passersby literally craned their necks to catch a look at The Wrestler star’s interesting get-up. Can someone please start a blog about Mickey’s unique looks already? We need some fashion ID’s on these pieces, people! Check out what Rourke has to say when asked if he’d fight Floyd Mayweather for a cool million dollars …   SEE THE GALLERY Mickey Rourke Gets It Wrong … Again Stories from around the Web

    May 24, 2015 12:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Visiting the troops with Aaron Tippin in Iraq: My proudest moment as an American military veteran


    Like all veterans, my memories are filled this Memorial Day with endless instances of pride at being able to serve this great country of ours – pride at being an American and even more pride at having been able to wear the uniform. Of my many memories, over 60 years’ worth, none is more striking than that of a dusty afternoon in 2008 in a bombed out building in Sadr City, Baghdad.  It wasn’t about my own service.  It was about someone else’s. I was accompanying my friend Aaron Tippin, a country music legend, as he visited and entertained troops during the Thanksgiving season.  It was an annual event for him during the war and I was often fortunate enough to accompany him.  On this particular afternoon, at one of many stops, we were at a Forward Operating Base with a battalion of the storied 82nd Airborne Division. The scene was literally out of a …

    May 23, 2015 4:46 pm
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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