Headline News

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul airport police reportedly shoot suspicious suspect


    A Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police officer reportedly shot a suspect in the Hertz rental car area outside the area Saturday night. Chris Hogan, a police spokesman, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, that airport police received a call about two suspicious suspects in the rental car area on the Level 2 parking ramp at Terminal 1. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When police approached the individuals, they were uncooperative. An incident ensued and police shot one of the suspects. The suspect was taken to the hospital. Police have not released further details. Click for more from Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    April 26, 2015 12:45 am
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Politics

  • Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At the gathering he jokingly called “a night when Washington celebrates itself,” U.S. President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him. Obama’s comedy routine at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner included a sly dig at Hillary Clinton, the current front-runner to be the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Noting that some Americans are living in a time of uncertainty, Obama said, “For example, I have one friend just a few weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year and she’s now living out of a van in Iowa.” Clinton, who as a former secretary of state, former senator and former first lady is one of America’s best known figures, traveled around in a van this month in a deliberately low-key trip to the state that holds an early contest in the election …

    April 26, 2015 12:25 am
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Stocks

  • Casino drama: Elaine Wynn ousted from board


    Elaine Wynn co-founded the casino empire Wynn Resorts. Elaine Wynn played hard, but lost. She no longer has a seat on the board at the casino empire she co-founded. On Friday, the billionaire failed to convince enough shareholders to support her vocal campaign to be reelected as a director at Wynn Resorts (WYNN). It’s a painful loss for Elaine Wynn, who founded the gambling business 13 years ago along with her ex-husband Steve Wynn, the company’s current chairman and CEO. Elaine Wynn said in a statement that she was “disappointed” but hopes that with her fight she has “once again served as an agent of change and improvement for this company, which I love so deeply.” It’s not clear how close the race was. Wynn Resorts confirmed the preliminary outcome but did not announce specific results. “We thank Ms. Wynn for her service,” the company said. Elaine and Steve Wynn divorced amicably in 2010. Their …

    April 26, 2015 12:45 am
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Sports

  • Kansas City salvage 4-4 draw with Houston


    (Reuters) – Benny Feilhaber scored deep in stoppage time to rescue a point for Sporting Kansas City in a dramatic 4-4 draw against Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Feilhaber’s second goal of the game, a right-footed pile-driver from outside the box in the 95th minute, capped off a frenetic finish as Kansas City came from 3-1 behind to silence the Houston crowd. In Massachusetts, there was no late suspense as the New England Revolution crushed Real Salt Lake 4-0. Chris Tierney and Juan Agudelo scored three minutes apart just before half-time as the Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to six games, while Salt Lake failed to score for the third consecutive game. The Columbus Crew also dominated at home, with Ethan Finlay scoring twice in a 4-1 thrashing of the Philadelphia Union. But home was not a happy place for the Vancouver Whitecaps, beaten 2-1 by D.C. United. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; …

    April 26, 2015 12:25 am
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World News

  • Labour plan to cap rental increases


    Labour says rents have gone up by an average of £1,200 since 2010 Private landlords would not be able to increase annual rents by more than inflation for three years under Labour plans to give tenants more security. If Labour form the next government, Ed Miliband said he would act immediately to curb “massive” rent hikes which have forced some people out of their homes. New tenants in England would have the right to find out what predecessors paid to help negotiate the “best deal”. The Conservatives say rent controls “destroy investment in housing”. As the last full week of campaigning before the 7 May election gets under way, a clutch of polls suggested there remains little to choose between the Conservatives and Labour, with most experts still predicting a hung Parliament with no party winning outright. A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday has given the Conservatives (33%) a four-point lead over Labour …

    April 26, 2015 12:45 am
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Technology

  • Facebook isn’t a charity. The poor will pay by surrendering their data


    Luxury is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed. Such, at any rate, is the provocative argument put forward by Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist. Recently dubbed “the Varian rule”, it states that to predict the future, we just have to look at what rich people already have and assume that the middle classes will have it in five years and poor people will have it in 10. Radio, TV, dishwashers, mobile phones, flatscreen TVs: Varian sees this principle at work in the history of many technologies. So what is it that the rich have today that the poor will get in a decade? Varian bets on personal assistants. Instead of maids and chauffeurs we would have self-driving cars, housecleaning robots and clever, omniscient apps that can monitor, inform and nudge us in real time. As Varian puts it: “These digital assistants will be so useful that everyone will want one and the …

    April 25, 2015 11:44 pm
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Science

  • In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears


    Related images(click to enlarge) About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound–often described as ringing–that isn’t really there. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 23 have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible. The observations reveal just how different tinnitus is from normal representations of sounds in the brain. “Perhaps the most remarkable finding was that activity directly linked to tinnitus was very extensive, and spanned a large proportion of the part of the brain we measured from,” says Will Sedley of Newcastle University. “In contrast, the brain responses to a sound we played that mimicked [the subject’s] tinnitus were localized to just a tiny area.” In the new study, Sedley and The University of Iowa’s Phillip Gander contrasted brain activity during periods when tinnitus was relatively …

    April 26, 2015 12:06 am
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Health

  • Bristol-Myers says hepatitis C drug combination succeeds in study


    (Reuters) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its experimental drug cured hepatitis C in over 90 percent of patients in combination with Gilead Sciences Inc’s Sovaldi and a commonly prescribed drug, ribavirin, in a late-stage study. Data presented at the International Liver Congress on Saturday showed that the combination cured 94 percent of the patients suffering from hepatitis C after a liver transplant and 83 percent of patients with severe scarring. There were no adverse events observed in the study, Bristol-Myers said on Saturday. Bristol-Myers has been testing the drug, daclatasvir, in combination with Sovaldi after shelving plans to market another hepatitis C drug, asunaprevir, in the United States. Asunaprevir was expected to face tough competition from more potent drugs for hepatitis C, such as Sovaldi and AbbVie Inc’s Viekira Pak. An estimated 3.2 million people in the United States are living with chronic hepatitis C infection and there are about 17,000 new hepatitis C cases …

    April 26, 2015 12:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Megan Fox Is A Knockout In Her Off-Duty Ensemble At LAX


    Posted on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 10:12am PDT       By X17 Staff She’s a mom on the go! On Wednesday, Megan Fox arrived in LA from a 48-hour stint in New York City. Brian Austin Green’s lady love may be traveling up a storm but with that wind-blown hair of hers it looks like the 28-year-old is about to be in a Beyonce video! That hair is looking fierce! For her flight, the mom of two was carrying around a pretty hefty book, “The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim: The Untold Story of Fallen Angels, Giants on the Earth, and Their Extraterrestrial Origins.” Scott Alan Roberts’ book is a discussion about whether or not there’s any truth behind the Old Testament’s boo of Genesis, which recounts Enoch talking about spirit beings descending to Earth to breed a hybrid race of offspring known as the Nephilim. Umm what?! Guess she wasn’t a fan of the easy breezy …

    April 26, 2015 1:05 am
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Editorial

  • 100,000 Galaxies: What quest for alien ‘supercivilizations’ really tells us


    A Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy cluster Abell 3827, where dark matter may have been observed interacting with itself during a galaxy collision. (ESO) Astronomers from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) have scrutinized 100,000 galaxies for signs of life – the most exhaustive such study ever undertaken – and recently published their results in the prestigious Astrophysical Journal. What did they find? Nothing. Nada. Nichts. Score one more failure for those who believe that life generally and human life specifically are nothing miraculous – that given enough time, life inevitably materializes on its own. “These galaxies are billions of years old,” explains Jason Wright, one of the PSU researchers quoted in a recent news article, “which should have been plenty of time for them to have been filled with alien civilizations, if they exist.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Plenty of time, indeed. Other recent and ongoing attempts to find signs of extraterrestrial life have come up empty handed …

    April 26, 2015 12:25 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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