• Barrett, No. 13 Ohio State top PSU in 2-OT

    University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – J.T. Barrett shook off a rough game through the air with a pair of critical touchdown runs in overtime. Barrett and Ohio State’s rejuvenated offense took a step back Saturday,...
  • Ukraine votes in parliamentary election

    Ukrainians are voting in an election that is expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end a separatist conflict in the east of the country. Polling stations opened at 8.00 am (0600 GMT) on...
  • Molecular beacons shine light on how cells ‘crawl’

    Molecular beacons shine light on how cells ‘crawl’

    Related images(click to enlarge) Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all multi-cellular organisms, are mechanically engineered with precise forces that allow them to move around and stick to things. Proteins called integrin...
  • Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream

    Earlier this year engineer Dr Craig Labovitz testified before the US House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law. Labovitz is co-founder and chief executive of Deepfield, an outfit that sells...
  • Ebola-striken doctor known as a ‘do-gooder’

    Ebola-striken doctor known as a ‘do-gooder’

    By COLLEEN LONG, DAVID B. CARUSO, JAKE PEARSON October 25, 2014 Workers from BioRecoveryCorp carry equipment from the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer Friday(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician...
  • Reese Witherspoon Looks Like A Sexy Librarian!

    Reese Witherspoon Looks Like A Sexy Librarian!

    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:04pm PDT       By X17 Staff Grab your books, your library card and your knowledge of the Dewey decimal system because Reese Witherspooon looks like one sexy librarian! The mom of...

Headline News

  • Man who attacked NYPD cops with hatchet wanted to kill white people, dad says


    The father of the Navy veteran who attacked four New York City police officers with a hatchet earlier this week wanted to kill white people, his father told reporters Saturday.  Ralph Thompson told the New York Post that his son Zale “committed suicide” when he attacked the officers in Jamaica, Queens Thursday evening, striking two of them before he was fatally shot.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “And he was taking one of y’all with him,” the elder Thompson added, later clarifying that the “y’all” was a reference to white people.  “He just said, ‘They have to pay for all their unfairness,’” Ralph Thompson added. “Unfairness for the way they treat black people.” The Post reported that three of the four officers Thompson attacked are white, while the fourth is Hispanic.  New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Friday that Thompson’s attack was “a terrorist attack, certainly.” But he also stopped short of including the attack in …

    October 26, 2014 1:56 am
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Politics

  • Ebola-striken doctor known as a ‘do-gooder’


    By COLLEEN LONG, DAVID B. CARUSO, JAKE PEARSON October 25, 2014 Workers from BioRecoveryCorp carry equipment from the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer Friday(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn’t know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him. Even before leaving for Guinea this summer to fight Ebola with Doctors Without Borders, the 33-year-old had amassed an ordinary man’s lifetime worth of world travel, much of which was in the service of the poor. In the past three years alone, Spencer, an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, had been to Rwanda to work on an emergency care teaching curriculum, volunteered at a health clinic in Burundi, helped investigate an …

    October 26, 2014 1:35 am
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Stocks

  • Brits may get paid for losing weight


    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm
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Sports

  • Barrett, No. 13 Ohio State top PSU in 2-OT


    University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – J.T. Barrett shook off a rough game through the air with a pair of critical touchdown runs in overtime. Barrett and Ohio State’s rejuvenated offense took a step back Saturday, but the 13th-ranked Buckeyes did just enough to escape Happy Valley with a 31-24 victory in double overtime. Ohio State had scored 50-plus points in four straight games coming in but was shut down completely after taking a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter. Barrett, who threw for just 74 yards and was intercepted twice, countered Bill Belton’s touchdown run in the first extra session with one of his own, then called his number again for the eventual game-winning 4-yard score. The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) sacked Christian Hackenberg on fourth down on the ensuing possession to seal the team’s fifth consecutive win. Hackenberg threw for 224 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Nittany Lions …

    October 26, 2014 1:56 am
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World News

  • Ukraine votes in parliamentary election


    Ukrainians are voting in an election that is expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end a separatist conflict in the east of the country. Polling stations opened at 8.00 am (0600 GMT) on Sunday in the first parliamentary polls since street protests in the capital Kiev last winter forced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich to flee and ushered in a pro-Europe leadership under Poroshenko. Poroshenko called the election early to try to clear out Yanukovich loyalists and produce an assembly that also has a pro-Europe majority. Opinion polls indicated a political grouping supporting Poroshenko was likely to become the main force in the 450-seat assembly. Such an outcome could increase strains in ties with Russia, which the Kiev leadership blames for backing the pro-Russian rebels in the east in a conflict that has killed more than 3,700 people and aggravated Ukraine’s economic problems. Polling stations close at 8.00pm and exit polls will be available …

    October 26, 2014 1:56 am
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Technology

  • Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream


    Earlier this year engineer Dr Craig Labovitz testified before the US House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law. Labovitz is co-founder and chief executive of Deepfield, an outfit that sells software to enable companies to compile detailed analytics on traffic within their computer networks. The hearing was on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the impact it was likely to have on competition in the video and broadband market. In the landscape of dysfunctional, viciously partisan US politics, this hearing was the equivalent of rustling in the undergrowth, and yet in the course of his testimony Labovitz said something that laid bare the new realities of our networked world. “Whereas internet traffic was once broadly distributed across thousands of companies,” he told the subcommittee, “we found that by 2009 half of all internet traffic originated in less than 150 large content and content-distribution companies. By May …

    October 26, 2014 1:36 am
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Science

  • Molecular beacons shine light on how cells ‘crawl’


    Related images(click to enlarge) Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all multi-cellular organisms, are mechanically engineered with precise forces that allow them to move around and stick to things. Proteins called integrin receptors act like little hands and feet to pull these cells across a surface or to anchor them in place. When groups of these cells are put into a petri dish with a variety of substrates they can sense the differences in the surfaces and they will “crawl” toward the stiffest one they can find. Now chemists have devised a method using DNA-based tension probes to zoom in at the molecular level and measure and map these phenomena: How cells mechanically sense their environments, migrate and adhere to things. Nature Communications published the research, led by the lab of Khalid Salaita, assistant professor of biomolecular chemistry at Emory University. Co-authors include mechanical and biological engineers from Georgia Tech. Using their …

    October 26, 2014 1:56 am
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Health

  • U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Obama has resisted Republican calls for a travel ban on advice from health officials who say such a measure would be counter-productive. Along with New York and New Jersey, Illinois has now imposed quarantines for anyone arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa. But the first person isolated under the new rules called her treatment a “frenzy of disorganization.” Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, arrived at Newark airport on Friday and was questioned by protective-gear clad …

    October 26, 2014 1:35 am
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Entertainment

  • Reese Witherspoon Looks Like A Sexy Librarian!


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:04pm PDT       By X17 Staff Grab your books, your library card and your knowledge of the Dewey decimal system because Reese Witherspooon looks like one sexy librarian! The mom of three turned heads when she donned a navy business casual ensemble in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Gotta love those slim pins! The Oscar winner opted for a patterned navy skirt, navy top and suede maroon heels for an afternoon of business meetings. The 36-year-old was wrapped up in a phone call but things seemed to be going along swimmingly on the other end — the blonde couldn’t stop smiling! The Southern girl has been busy as of late, making promotional appearances for her upcoming films, The Good Lie and Wild. Later this year, the actress is slated to appear in Inherent Vice, and next year will star in Don’t Mess With Texas.   SEE THE GALLERY Reese Witherspoon Looks Like …

    October 26, 2014 1:15 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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