• Spanish protest parties ‘gain’

    Spanish protest parties ‘gain’

    Exit polls from Spain’s local and regional elections have predicted gains for two new challenger parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos. The governing People’s Party was the most voted-for, the polls suggested, but it may have lost...
  • Mickey Rourke Has Another Fashion Fail

    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...
  • Migrants taint Bangladesh image

    Migrants taint Bangladesh image

    Myanmar’s navy with a boat said to contain mainly Bangladeshi migrants Migrants trying to leave Bangladesh illegally are tainting the country’s image, its prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has said. Ms Hasina said their attempts to...
  • An shoots 65, cruises to BMW PGA win

    Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Rookie Byeong Hun An fired an impressive 7-under 65 in Sunday’s final round and the South Korean rolled to a 6-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship. An, who shared the...
  • Air Force removes commander from duty

    Air Force removes commander from duty

    Lt. Col. Scott Foley (Photo: Airman 1st Class Kayla Newman/Air Force) An Air Force lieutenant colonel was removed from command this month, pending the outcome of an inquiry, the Air Force Times reported. Lt. Col....
  • NSA starts winding down phone records spying program

    NSA starts winding down phone records spying program

    A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart) The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of...
  • Giant Black Holes May Be on a Collision Course

    Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21...

Headline News

  • Air Force removes commander from duty


    Lt. Col. Scott Foley (Photo: Airman 1st Class Kayla Newman/Air Force) An Air Force lieutenant colonel was removed from command this month, pending the outcome of an inquiry, the Air Force Times reported. Lt. Col. Scott Foley, commander of the 802nd Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, reportedly was removed from his assignment on May 10. In a May 21 email to Air Force Times, Oscar Balladares, spokesman for the 502nd Air Base Wing, said Col. Michael Gimbrone, commander of the 502nd Security Forces and Logistics Support Group, said Foley was removed “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command and lead his unit.” “Command is a privilege,” Balladares said. “When commanders fail to meet the Air Force’s expectations and standards, senior leaders have the responsibility to address the performance and hold them accountable.” “Lt. Col. Foley has been temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of an internal investigation and subsequent …

    May 24, 2015 12:32 pm
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Politics

  • NSA starts winding down phone records spying program


    A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart) The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other provisions to gather records in investigations of suspected spies and terrorists. In a chaotic scene during the wee hours of Saturday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill known as the USA Freedom Act, which would have ended …

    May 24, 2015 12:32 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

  • An shoots 65, cruises to BMW PGA win


    Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Rookie Byeong Hun An fired an impressive 7-under 65 in Sunday’s final round and the South Korean rolled to a 6-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship. An, who shared the third-round lead with Francesco Molinari, became the first player ever to finish at 20-under-par or better at this event. An ended the week at 21-under 267 for his first career victory on the European Tour. “It’s going to take a while, I think,” An said when asked how long it will take for this win to sink in. “It’s definitely the biggest event I’ve won, especially since I turned pro. It’s definitely gotten me in a lot of events and I’m very happy with it.” Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 2008 champion, notched his second straight tie for second. He shot a 5-under 67 and ended at 15-under 273 alongside Thongchai Jaidee (69) at Wentworth. Chris Wood made a hole-in-one during …

    May 24, 2015 12:33 pm
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World News

  • Spanish protest parties ‘gain’


    Exit polls from Spain’s local and regional elections have predicted gains for two new challenger parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos. The governing People’s Party was the most voted-for, the polls suggested, but it may have lost Madrid city council for the first time in 20 years. Turnout was marginally higher than in the last election, in 2007.

    May 24, 2015 1:33 pm
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Technology

  • Jet Reaction: UK’s modest bike with a huge engine seeking land speed record


    Coming from a man preparing to clamber into the cockpit of a sleek machine called Jet Reaction, designed to travel at 400mph, it was a surprising admission. “I don’t really like going fast. It’s scary and bloody uncomfortable. Frankly, driving it is a pain in the arse.” Still, if all goes to plan, Richard Brown will behind the controls of Jet Reaction later this year at the Bonneville salt flats in Utah, US, when he tries to break the two-wheeled land speed record. “No, it’s not about the thrill of speed at all,” says Brown, 50, an engineer from Oxfordshire, who makes his living buying and selling machine parts. “I’m prepared to drive it because it’s necessary but I don’t like it.” Members of the Jet Reaction team polish the bike – most are volunteer enthusiasts. Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Picture Agency What it is about for Brown is the engineering challenge of building a machine …

    May 24, 2015 11:52 am
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Science

  • Giant Black Holes May Be on a Collision Course


    Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21 years. If the observations are confirmed, the duo would be the closest known set of binary black holes, and their imminent collision would offer scientists an unprecedented chance to watch extreme physics in action. [Video: When Black Holes Collide] The potential black holes are impossible to glimpse directly. Besides being black—which is to say, invisible—they are far too distant from Earth and too close to one another to make out with telescopes. But scientists found what they think is the telltale signature of a pair of these behemoths circling together. The apparent black holes reside in what’s known as a quasar—a galaxy that is unleashing a torrent of light as mass gets gobbled by the gigantic black hole at its …

    May 24, 2015 12:13 pm
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Health

  • Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss


    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It’s not clear whether diet and exercise can prevent muscle loss as people age, a new British review finds. People lose 30 percent to 50 percent of their muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80, according to the study authors. Muscle loss can lead to reduced strength, more difficulty doing everyday tasks, and increased health care needs and costs, the researchers noted. “Poor diets and being physically inactive are common in older age. Understanding the benefits of maintaining sufficient levels of physical activity and diet quality to prevent sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) is therefore a priority,” review leader Sian Robinson, from the University of Southampton, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed 17 studies that looked at whether diet and exercise programs in men and women older than 65 could prevent the loss of muscle mass. “Although some studies have found enhanced effects of …

    May 24, 2015 12:32 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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