• Patriots WR Edelman inactive

    East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – The New England Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for today’s AFC East contest against the New York Jets. Edelman is sidelined due to a thigh injury and...
  • Kourtney Kardashian Reveals Newborn Son’s Name!

    Kourtney Kardashian Reveals Newborn Son’s Name!

    Posted on Sun Dec 21st, 2014 9:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Did she put baby daddy Scott Disick in charge of this one? Because both the first and middle name of Kourtney Kardashian’s newborn son sound...
  • Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of...
  • Ambulance wait times ‘may increase’

    Ambulance wait times ‘may increase’

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 14:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Labour has said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has questions to answer over the plans Target times for ambulances to...

Headline News

  • Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit


    Dec. 17, 2014: Charles Floyd Jones picks up trash at the tent city on the eastern edge of downtown Detroit. (AP) Dec. 17, 2014: Charles Floyd Jones picks up trash at the tent city on the eastern edge of downtown Detroit. (AP) Dec. 17, 2014: Josh Reslow, 23, and his girlfriend Brittney Hines, 25, are interviewed outside the tent city erected outside the eastern edge of downtown Detroit. (AP) DETROIT –  Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit’s atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city’s good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that’s sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business. Jones and others in this makeshift community of seven tents — believed to be the only tent city in Detroit — say they have …

    December 21, 2014 11:51 am
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Politics

  • Obama says Sony hack not an act of war


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington’s longstanding dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company. Obama and his advisers are weighing how to punish North Korea after the FBI concluded on Friday that Pyongyang was responsible. North Korea has denied it was to blame. The U.S. president put the hack in the context of a crime. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union” show that aired on Sunday. “I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take …

    December 21, 2014 12:11 pm
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Stocks

  • Sony doesn’t know how but says ‘The Interview’ will be shown


      At one point, it looked like Sony was bowing to hackers’ wishes that “The Interview” never be shown. But that’s not so, says an attorney for Sony Pictures. “Sony only delayed this,” attorney David Boies said on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He was speaking of Sony (SNE)‘s decision to cancel the Christmas Day release by pulling the movie from theaters. That followed decisions by the country’s largest theater chains to not show the movie, because of an online post threatening a “bitter fate” to anyone who sees the controversial comedy, which depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean Kim Jong-Un. The theater owners were concerned the audience for other films would stay home on Christmas, when Americans turn out to theaters in droves. But Sony is under all sorts of pressure to get the movie out somehow. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” Boies said. …

    December 21, 2014 11:10 am
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Sports

  • Patriots WR Edelman inactive


    East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – The New England Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for today’s AFC East contest against the New York Jets. Edelman is sidelined due to a thigh injury and a concussion. Danny Amendola will start in his place. Also out for the Patriots is running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder). That means Jonas Gray should get more carries. Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson returns after missing three games with turf toe. The Patriots have already clinched the division title, but can sew up a first- round bye with a victory today. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 21, 2014 12:11 pm
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World News

  • Ambulance wait times ‘may increase’


    21 December 2014 Last updated at 14:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Labour has said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has questions to answer over the plans Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients could be lengthened, the BBC has learned. A leaked NHS document includes plans to change the response time for some Red 2 patients – those with “serious but not the most life-threatening” conditions – from eight to 19 minutes in England. It said the plans had been backed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, subject to approval by ambulance trust bosses. The government said no decisions had been made. Labour has demanded answers. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has written to Mr Hunt asking him to explain why the measures – proposed to be brought in within weeks – were not disclosed to Parliament days after he signed them off. The leaked document, drawn up for …

    December 21, 2014 11:51 am
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Technology

  • Gamer pleads guilty to making emergency call to report Grand Theft Auto shooting


    This is not the sort of shooting you should call 911 about. Rockstar Games/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Here’s a general rule worth sticking to. When you call the emergency services, it’s best to tell them about something that has actually occurred or is actually occurring. In real life, that is. I only offer this menial reminder because of the tale of David Helens. Helens is a 25-year-old Englishman who seems to enjoy playing Grand Theft Auto. This is understandable. A lot of 25-year-old Englishmen are like that. What is less understandable, however, is why he called 999 (the British equivalent of 911) and reported a shooting. This shooting, you see, was only happening inside the Grand Theft Auto world, rather than outside in the big wide one. As the Mirror reports it, Helens told the 999 dispatcher that his friend Max had been shot in the chest and was bleeding badly. This was nonsense …

    December 21, 2014 12:31 pm
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Science

  • Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity


    Related images(click to enlarge) Four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells in a University of Oregon spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity. The work, which potentially could inspire devices with improved efficiency in solar energy conversion, was performed on photocells that used lead-sulfide quantum dots as photoactive semiconductor material. The research is detailed in a paper placed online by the journal Nature Communications. In the process studied, each single photon, or particle of sunlight, that is absorbed potentially creates multiple packets of energy called excitons. These packets can subsequently generate multiple free electrons that generate electricity in a process known as multiple exciton generation (MEG). In most solar cells, each absorbed photon creates just one potential free electron. Multiple exciton generation is of interests because it can lead to solar cells that generate more electrical current and make them more efficient. The UO work shines …

    December 21, 2014 12:32 pm
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Health

  • Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough


    KOIDU, Sierra Leone (Reuters) – The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it’s too late to nip it in the bud. A deployment of medical workers and equipment to Kono District has been the fastest so far in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases,- under a strategy of tackling epidemic hotspots before they get too big. But officials say responses need to be yet faster to fight the fever that has killed more than 7,000 people across West Africa. In Koidu, the capital of Kono district, people continue to die of what is thought to be Ebola while others seem unaware of the risks. A Reuters reporter saw a young man lying on a city street, vomiting. He died there before an ambulance could come. An almost hysterical soldier …

    December 21, 2014 12:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kourtney Kardashian Reveals Newborn Son’s Name!


    Posted on Sun Dec 21st, 2014 9:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Did she put baby daddy Scott Disick in charge of this one? Because both the first and middle name of Kourtney Kardashian’s newborn son sound an awful lot like something Lord Disick himself would find entertaining! Kourtney Kardashian posted an Instagram photo of the newest member of her family on Sunday and wrote, “Madly in love with my little Reign Aston Disick.” Kardashian welcomed her third child on December 14, which is also her son Mason’s 5th birthday.   Stories from around the Web

    December 21, 2014 12:11 pm
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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