• Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech resigns

    Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech resigns

    The chairman of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, has resigned. The German car maker said Saturday that Piech had resigned because an environment of trust “no longer exists” within the company’s board. Volkswagen has been dealing with...
  • Arrest over Japan radioactive drone

    A man who flew a drone carrying radioactive sand on to the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office has been arrested, Tokyo police say. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, was protesting over the Japanese government’s nuclear...
  • Wozniacki to meet Kerber in Stuttgart final

    BERLIN (Reuters) – World number five Caroline Wozniacki needed nearly three hours to break the resistance of second seed Simona Halep of Romania 7-5 5-7 6-2 on Saturday and reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix final...
  • Bruce Tells All!

    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 10:07am PDT       By X17 Staff ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Pretty much the only thing we didn’t get from Diane Sawyer’s interview of Bruce Jenner last night...
  • VW chairman resigns in power struggle

    Mr Piech (right) had criticised VW’s chief executive in an interview The chairman of the carmaker Volkswagen (VW), Ferdinand Piech, has resigned after a power struggle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn. Mr Piech had criticised...
  • St Mirren downs Kilmarnock to revive survival hopes

    Paisley, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) – A pair of second-half penalty kicks from Steven Thompson helped St Mirren to a 4-1 home victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday that revives the Saints survival hopes. The result moves last-place...

Headline News

  • Hey, that’s my cappuccino! Coyote captured outside lower Manhattan cafe


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police captured a young, female coyote outside a cafe in a residential area of lower Manhattan on Saturday, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City, where an increasing number of the predators are making their home. An emergency operator fielded a 911 call early Saturday morning reporting a coyote sighting at North Cove Marina near Battery Park City, said Detective Annette Markowski, spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. Armed with a tranquilizer gun, officers spent an hour trying to corner the animal near a cafe with an outdoor seating area. Eventually they “contained, darted and secured” the animal, police said. It was placed in a cage and transported in a police cruiser to Manhattan Animal Care and Control for examination. “It is healthy and will be released into an appropriate wilderness area somewhere in New York City, probably today,” said a spokesman for the New …

    April 25, 2015 2:01 pm
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Politics

  • How do we save American hostages?


    American military drone in action. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto in a January strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the hostage policy is to be completed this spring. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is considering whether to create a “fusion cell” comprised of the FBI, Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community to ensure they are closely coordinating on rescue efforts and communication with families. The administration is seeking reaction to the …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech resigns


    The chairman of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, has resigned. The German car maker said Saturday that Piech had resigned because an environment of trust “no longer exists” within the company’s board. Volkswagen has been dealing with a period of turmoil in recent weeks after Piech withdrew his support from CEO Martin Winterkorn. However, Piech failed in his bid to oust the CEO. Piech is one of Volkswagen’s largest shareholders. His wife, Ursula Piech, has also resigned from her duties at the company. Piech has long held the reins of the company and his resignation signifies the end of a power struggle. A grandson of Ferdinance Porsche, Piech became chairman and CEO of Volkswagen in 1993 and turned it into a global giant, by adding other top tier car brands into his fold such as Lamborghini and Bentley adding new life to brands like Bugatti. While Piech was chairman, Winterkorn, the current CEO, has led the company …

    April 25, 2015 2:40 pm
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Sports

  • Wozniacki to meet Kerber in Stuttgart final


    BERLIN (Reuters) – World number five Caroline Wozniacki needed nearly three hours to break the resistance of second seed Simona Halep of Romania 7-5 5-7 6-2 on Saturday and reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix final for the second time in five years. The Dane, a former world number one, will play Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Sunday as she eyes her second title of the year. Kerber eased past American Madison Brengle in straight sets, 6-3 6-1 Wozniacki clinched the first set after more than an hour when Halep sent a backhand into the net. The world number three, who had 22 unforced errors in the first set, upped her game, racing to a 3-0 lead before being reined in by Wozniacki’s thundering groundstrokes. Halep, who has won three titles this year, leveled but quickly fell two breaks behind again in the third as Wozniacki went 5-1 up. Halep saved three match points but could do …

    April 25, 2015 2:00 pm
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World News

  • Arrest over Japan radioactive drone


    A man who flew a drone carrying radioactive sand on to the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office has been arrested, Tokyo police say. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, was protesting over the Japanese government’s nuclear energy policy. He turned himself in late on Friday, police said. No-one was hurt. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was out of the country. The drone landing triggered a security alert and raised fears of extremists using drones to carry out attacks. The small amount of sand in the drone – which was equipped with a small camera – carried traces of radiation. Police said the radioactive material was likely to be caesium but the levels were too low to be harmful to human health. Japan does not yet regulate regulate low-altitude drone flights except around airports. However, officials are looking into changing the law as the remote-controlled devices become more popular. Japan shut down all 48 of its nuclear power …

    April 25, 2015 2:00 pm
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Technology

  • Tesla’s $13,000 battery could keep your home running in a blackout


    Elon Musk is a man who likes to make waves. Whether it’s privatizing space exploration or shaking up commuting with the Hyperloop high speed transport system, the billionaire technocrat aims big. Now his electric car company, Tesla, is planning to change the way people power their homes. In a tweet last month, Musk announced that Tesla would be unveiling a new product on 30 April. It is now widely thought to be a large battery capable of powering a house and an even larger “utility” sized power unit. Energy supply is a big business and a key market for Tesla, which has spent a fortune developing batteries for its cars. Home batteries can be powered up overnight, when energy companies typically charge less for electricity, and turned on during the day to power a home. They can also be used to store power generated by green – but intermittent – sources like solar and wind. …

    April 25, 2015 11:39 am
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Science

  • The Lancet: Scientists announce final trial results of the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine


    The first malaria vaccine candidate (RTS,S/AS01) to reach phase 3 clinical testing is partially effective against clinical disease in young African children up to 4 years after vaccination, according to final trial data, published in The Lancet. The results suggest that the vaccine could prevent a substantial number of cases of clinical malaria, especially in areas of high transmission. The findings reveal that vaccine efficacy against clinical and severe malaria was better in children than in young infants, but waned over time in both groups. However, protection was prolonged by a booster dose, increasing the average number of cases prevented in both children and young infants. Brian Greenwood, corresponding author and Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine in the UK explains, “Despite the falling efficacy over time, there is still a clear benefit from RTS,S/AS01. An average 1363 cases of clinical malaria were prevented over 4 years of follow-up …

    April 25, 2015 12:01 pm
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Health

  • Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids


    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Whether it’s Dr. Seuss or Beatrix Potter, when parents read to young children it may spur brain activity that supports early reading skills, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. John Hutton of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used MRIs to monitor the brains of 19 preschoolers, aged 3 to 5, as they listened to age-appropriate stories on headphones. The youngsters’ parents had provided information about their interactions with their children, including how often they read to them. While the study can’t prove cause-and-effect, being read to at home regularly was strongly linked with activation of certain brain areas involved in getting meaning from language, Hutton’s team found. These areas play a crucial role in speaking and reading, according to study which was to be presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego. There was particularly strong activation in brain areas that support …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bruce Tells All!


    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 10:07am PDT       By X17 Staff ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Pretty much the only thing we didn’t get from Diane Sawyer’s interview of Bruce Jenner last night was his new female name, but otherwise, Brucie really delivered! No one’s focusing on the face he called the entire Kardashian Klan “fake,” which we think is funny — he said he’s the only real thing to come out of the family’s reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And here’s how real for former Olympic athlete got … the top ten most important things he told Diane: 1. He’s not gay. 2. He hasn’t yet changed his male organs. 3. He’s been secretly dressing as a female since he was a boy. 4. Kim caught him dressing up and didn’t speak to him afterward; Kendall and Kylie saw their day in drag when the girls’ laptop was on “security …

    April 25, 2015 1:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Iran nuclear talks: Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans are hostages. Why isn’t their release being discussed?


    As the United States and Iran resume talks to reach a final nuclear agreement, there’s growing concern that the Obama administration could actually reach a deal with Iran – without securing the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini – as well as three other Americans – who remain imprisoned in Iran. Such a development would be outrageous – but based on what is happening now, that could very well occur. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Obama administration has refused to ask for the release of Pastor Saeed and the other imprisoned Americans at the bargaining table. And that is a tremendous mistake. The Obama administration has refused to ask for the release of Pastor Saeed and the other imprisoned Americans at the bargaining table. And that is a tremendous mistake. While President Obama told the Abedini family that securing the release of Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – is a “top priority” – there’s little evidence …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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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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