• Bangladesh factory fire kills 13

    Bangladesh factory fire kills 13

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 17:45 Fatal fires are common in Bangladesh’s factories, where safety standards are often poor At least 13 people have died and dozens have been injured in a fire at...
  • Shakira Gives Birth To Second Son

    Shakira Gives Birth To Second Son

    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 8:25am PDT       By X17 Staff Her hips don’t lie — they produce babies! Hip-shaking singer Shakira and her boyfriend, professional soccer player Gerard Pique, are now the proud parents to...
  • What Super Bowl? The Ad Bowl has already begun

    What Super Bowl? The Ad Bowl has already begun

      The Super Bowl is Sunday evening, but the Ad Bowl is already underway. Some Super Bowl advertisers have been previewing their ads for days, trying to maximize their multimillion dollar investments. Others are keeping...
  • Pirate Bay back up after December police raid

    Pirate Bay back up after December police raid

    The Pirate Bay made a defiant return Saturday, seven weeks after a police raid shut down the infamous file-sharing website. On the revived site, a defiant pheonix rising from the ashes has replaced the usual...
  • Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests

    Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests

    SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bacteria may offer a new way to treat cancer, a small, preliminary study suggests. Researchers injected a weakened strain of Clostridium novyi-NT bacteria spores into tumors in six...

Headline News

  • San Francisco police arrest man over body parts found in suitcase


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco police said on Friday night they had detained two people in connection with a case involving a suitcase full of body parts discovered on a downtown street earlier this week. An anonymous tip offered around 7:30 p.m. local time led officers to the Tenderloin neighborhood where they found the individuals, one of whom was identified earlier on Friday as a person of interest in the homicide case, San Francisco Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said. Both people were taken in for questioning, though neither had been arrested or charged with a crime, Gatpandan said. Authorities closed off several blocks in downtown San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after discovering the suitcase. Officers then found more remains nearby after searching the area, police said. The San Francisco Chronicle said the city medical examiner determined that the remains belonged to a “light-skinned male,” but neither an identity nor cause …

    January 31, 2015 3:00 pm
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Politics

  • DSCC, NRSC Release Final Fundraising, Debt From 2014


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:30 p.m. today 0 Tweet Jon Tester from Montana is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2016 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will start the 2016 cycle with $5 million more in debt than Republicans, according to recently released fundraising figures from both organizations. The National Republican Senatorial Committee starts the cycle $10 million in debt, the committee announced Saturday, while the DSCC starts the cycle $15 million in debt. Not included in the DSCC’s debt is a $5 million mortgage it took out last summer to purchase its longtime building, the Mott House. The mortgage does not comprise any part of the committee’s operational debt that it pays down during the cycle. The DSCC also paid off $1.3 million of debt in January, according to a DSCC aide. Both committees brought in small hauls from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 — the final reporting period of the year. The DSCC …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Stocks

  • What Super Bowl? The Ad Bowl has already begun


      The Super Bowl is Sunday evening, but the Ad Bowl is already underway. Some Super Bowl advertisers have been previewing their ads for days, trying to maximize their multimillion dollar investments. Others are keeping their ads under wraps until game time, believing that’s the best way to stand out. At an average cost of $4.5 million per 30-second ad, the stakes are obviously high. NBC said ad time during the four quarters of the game officially sold out earlier this week. Almost as valuable is the commercial time during the network’s six-hour pre-show — and after the game, when NBC will show its popular drama “The Blacklist.” Watch: Super Bowl’s strangest prop bets More than ever, Super Bowl advertisers are supplementing their 15-, 30- and 60-second spots with viral online videos and what marketers call “social media war rooms.” But the spots are undoubtedly the most important part. On top of what’s paid to …

    January 31, 2015 2:59 pm
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Sports

  • Pitt knocks off No. 8 ND on Robinson’s late runner


    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – James Robinson made a tough go-ahead runner in the lane with 12 seconds remaining as Pittsburgh took down No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72 in a wild finish on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish nearly pulled off an improbable comeback when Jerian Grant shook off a slow start and went on a personal 9-0 run inside the final three minutes. Grant’s two free throws with 31.2 seconds left gave Notre Dame a 72-71 lead, but Robinson drove right, gained some space with a spin move and scored over Pat Connaughton for what proved to be the deciding bucket. Grant passed up a shot at the other end with Steve Vasturia open in the corner, and Vasturia’s shot was off the mark. Jamel Artis grabbed the rebound, made two free throws, and Pitt stole the ensuing inbounds pass to end its three-game losing streak. Artis finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and …

    January 31, 2015 2:19 pm
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World News

  • Bangladesh factory fire kills 13


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 17:45 Fatal fires are common in Bangladesh’s factories, where safety standards are often poor At least 13 people have died and dozens have been injured in a fire at a plastics factory in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, officials say. The cause of the blaze in the multi-storey Nasim Plastic building is still unclear, but it may have triggered by a faulty gas cylinder or boiler. The fire was later brought under control. Fire-fighters are now searching through the rubble. Factory fires are common in Bangladesh, where safety conditions are often poor. In 2012, 112 workers died in a fire in the factory just outside the capital. The country suffered an even greater tragedy in 2013 when the Rana Plaza garment factory complex collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, killing 1,135 people.

    January 31, 2015 3:00 pm
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Technology

  • Pirate Bay back up after December police raid


    The Pirate Bay made a defiant return Saturday, seven weeks after a police raid shut down the infamous file-sharing website. On the revived site, a defiant pheonix rising from the ashes has replaced the usual Pirate Bay logo of a buccaneer’s ship. Screenshot by CNET The site, which allows users to download television shows, movies, games and other files, had been down since December 9. Two weeks later, a temporary homepage went back up with a countdown to February 1, according to TorrentFreak, which first reported the site was back up. The Pirate Bay is known for allegedly abetting the piracy of copyrighted material — and court battles over bans of the site have been going on in several countries for years. When the site was shut down in December, it was unclear if it would go back up. Today, the site features an image of a phoenix in the place of its trademark pirate …

    January 31, 2015 2:40 pm
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Science

  • Launch of NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission Set for Saturday


    NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) Saturday, Jan. 31 on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 7 a.m. Managers from NASA and United Launch Alliance gave a “go” to proceed with the launch following completion of minor repairs to the Delta II rocket. During inspections following the Thursday launch attempt, minor “debonds” to the booster insulation were identified. A standard repair was implemented.                                                                                      Weather forecasters are predicting a 100 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch. SMAP will provide high-resolution, space-based measurements of soil moisture and its state — frozen or thawed — a new capability that will allow scientists to better predict natural hazards of extreme weather, climate change, floods and droughts, and help reduce uncertainties in our understanding of …

    January 31, 2015 2:40 pm
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Health

  • Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests


    SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bacteria may offer a new way to treat cancer, a small, preliminary study suggests. Researchers injected a weakened strain of Clostridium novyi-NT bacteria spores into tumors in six patients. The bacteria grew in the tumors and killed cancer cells, the investigators reported. C. novyi-NT, which lives in soil, is a close relative of the bacteria that causes botulism. Before injecting C. novyi-NT into the patients, the researchers weakened it by removing its dangerous toxin. Five of the six patients are still alive, while one died from unrelated causes several months after receiving the bacteria injection, according to the study to be presented Saturday at the annual Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology in Hollywood, Fla. Research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. “When tumors reach a certain size, parts of them do not receive oxygen, which makes them resistant to …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Shakira Gives Birth To Second Son


    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 8:25am PDT       By X17 Staff Her hips don’t lie — they produce babies! Hip-shaking singer Shakira and her boyfriend, professional soccer player Gerard Pique, are now the proud parents to a second baby boy. On Friday, the popstar announced on Twitter that she gave birth to her son in Barcelona, Spain. The birth news was also on the “She Wolf” singer’s Facebook page: “We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona. The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means ‘defender of mankind’ and ‘warrior.’ The hospital confirmed that both mother and child are in excellent health.” The 37-year-old Colombian and her sexy younger man (he’s 27!) first met at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when she attended the games to perform the World Cup’s anthem “Waka Waka (This …

    January 31, 2015 3:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel’s leader won’t back down on Congress speech


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. It will be an occasion for Netanyahu to deliver his views on the nuclear deal with Iran that the White House and its European partners are attempting to craft. It is a deal Netanyahu does not like or trust. President Obama wants the speech canceled. He has made it clear that he won’t meet with Netanyahu. His senior officials are telling journalists, off the record, that a speech by Bibi could wreck Israeli-American relations, leave the Jewish state friendless and veto-less at the U.N. and unprotected from the aggression of the ayatollahs in Tehran. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unlike the American president, Bibi can’t afford to simply hope for the best. For almost two decades he has been obsessed with what could happen to his country if the ayatollahs get their hands on the strategic weapons to carry out their deranged …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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