• Curfew as Baltimore protests spread

    A curfew has been declared in the US city of Baltimore amid violent protests over the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. After dark, live video from helicopters showed several buildings...
  • Mets top Marlins in under two hours

    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – There wasn’t much offense throughout the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins. But the two teams saved the best for last. Daniel Murphy’s three-run homer in the...
  • The rise and fall of the Bombshell Bandit

    The rise and fall of the Bombshell Bandit

    For two months last summer an unusual bank robber shocked, mystified and captivated the US. She was a woman, she was short, young and well-dressed, and she held up a string of banks in quick...
  • How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Caltech have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, pronounced link RNAs) can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist,...
  • Australian weds as execution looms

    Australian weds as execution looms

    Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006 An Australian convicted drug smuggler has married his girlfriend in an Indonesian prison ahead of his expected execution. Andrew Chan married Febyanti Herewila...

Headline News

  • The rise and fall of the Bombshell Bandit


    For two months last summer an unusual bank robber shocked, mystified and captivated the US. She was a woman, she was short, young and well-dressed, and she held up a string of banks in quick succession. The Bombshell Bandit told Jeff Maysh her story. Sandeep Kaur pulled on a wig and adjusted her designer sunglasses in her rear-view mirror. June 6, 2014 was a typically sunny afternoon in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and a quiet one, except for the screams of passengers on a nearby roller coaster. Thirty-eight miles northwest of Los Angeles, the First Bank sits in a hamlet of Spanish-style shops just off Magic Mountain Parkway. The busy road leads to Six Flags, a theme park billed as the Thrill Capital of the World. Kaur, 24, had been using her iPhone to research bank robberies. It was clearly a high-stakes pursuit. Some robbers escaped with fortunes, while others were captured or even killed …

    April 27, 2015 8:58 pm
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Politics

  • Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal


    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. Kerry spoke at the United Nations on the opening day of a month-long conference taking stock of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ahead of a meeting in New York with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, their first face-to-face encounter since recent marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zarif and Kerry met later on Monday at the Iranian U.N. ambassador’s residence across from Central Park and discussed efforts to secure a final agreement between Iran and the six powers by a June 30 deadline. The meeting was “productive,” a senior U.S. State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They discussed the work that political directors and experts did …

    April 27, 2015 8:38 pm
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Stocks

  • CVS got employees out of Baltimore store just before looting and fire


    Baltimore rioters turned violent Monday, looting a CVS on Pennsylvania Avenue before setting it on fire. As Baltimore protests over police conduct started to turn violent Monday, CVS closed a nearby store that was later looted and set on fire. No customers or employees were in the store when looters broke in, the company said. CVS shut the store at 3 p.m. and the fire broke out several hours later. Rioters also looted a check cashing store, set patrol cars on fire and threw rocks, bricks and other items at police. They later later cut a fire hose that was being used to put out the CVS fire. Authorities said 15 officers were injured, and police made at least 27 arrests. Monday’s violence came the same day as a funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in policy custody under circumstances that remain unclear. The recent death of Gray, who was 25, has sparked ongoing protests …

    April 27, 2015 8:58 pm
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Sports

  • Mets top Marlins in under two hours


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – There wasn’t much offense throughout the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins. But the two teams saved the best for last. Daniel Murphy’s three-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Mets to a 3-1 win over the Marlins in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night. New York starter Dillon Gee and Miami’s Jarred Cosart dueled throughout the evening and the Marlins were the first to crack the scoreboard, albeit in the eighth inning. Gee began the eighth with a groundout of Ichiro Suzuki and a strikeout of Adeiny Hechavarria. Pinch-hitter Justin Bour then singled and Dee Gordon followed with a base hit. Prado made it three hits in a row with a single to center that plated pinch-runner Reid Brignac. Carlos Torres (1-0) relieved Gee and induced an inning-ending popout from Giancarlo Stanton. The Mets, who dropped two of three to the Yankees …

    April 27, 2015 8:58 pm
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World News

  • Curfew as Baltimore protests spread


    A curfew has been declared in the US city of Baltimore amid violent protests over the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. After dark, live video from helicopters showed several buildings in central Baltimore on fire. Earlier, dozens of people were seen confronting police, and 15 officers were injured. The governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency, calling in the national guard as clashes intensified. African American Freddie Gray, 25, died on 19 April after a week in a coma. Where and when his injuries were sustained is being investigated by the justice department. Officials have suspended six police officers who were involved in the case. Monday’s clashes began hours after Gray’s funeral. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said it was very clear there was a difference between the “peaceful protests of those who seek justice” and the “thugs who want to incite violence”. She said: “We are deploying every resource …

    April 27, 2015 8:58 pm
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Technology

  • Apple Watch store launches with 3,000 apps


    Apple Watch has more than 3,000 apps on Day 1. James Martin/CNET New Apple Watch owners will have thousands of apps to peruse — once they finally get the device in their hands. The App Store for Apple Watch went live on Thursday with more than 3,000 apps, up from the 1,000 cited by Apple CEO Tim Cook in a memo earlier this month. App store analytics company appFigures believes the Apple Watch store will grow to about 100,000 apps within the next year. By comparison, Samsung has about 3,000 apps in its Gear wearables app store after selling smartwatches for a year-and-a-half. The company on Thursday teased its seventh smartwatch — this one sporting a round screen — to drum up developer interest in its operating system. The Apple Watch App Store features several curated app collections, including family, travel, health and fitness, creativity, work and communications. Other categories include get started, quick-fix games, …

    April 27, 2015 7:57 pm
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Science

  • How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Caltech have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, pronounced link RNAs) can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist, the scientists identified how this RNA gathers a group of proteins and ultimately prevents women from having an extra functional X-chromosome–a condition in female embryos that leads to death in early development. These findings mark the first time that researchers have uncovered the detailed mechanism of action for lncRNA genes. “For years, we thought about genes as just DNA sequences that encode proteins, but those genes only make up about 1 percent of the genome. Mammalian genomes also encode many thousands of lncRNAs,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Mitch Guttman, who led the study published online in the April 27 issue of the journal Nature. These lncRNAs such as Xist play a structural role, acting to scaffold–or bring together and …

    April 27, 2015 8:18 pm
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Health

  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state’s agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. Additional tests are pending to confirm the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N2, agency officials said. If these tests are positive, the state’s tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the virus and needing to be culled would be more than 9.5 million birds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said on a conference call on Monday. Iowa farms house, on average, an estimated 60 million egg-laying hens, Northey said. “This is a big deal,” Northey said. “Going forward, the question is are we done? Or does this mean more birds as we go forward.” Initial positive tests for H5 avian influenza were found in a commercial egg-laying farm with an estimated 1.7 million …

    April 27, 2015 4:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Scarlett Johansson Shows Off Her Fit Form At The Late Show With David Letterman


    Posted on Mon Apr 27th, 2015 2:54pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s a sexy lady in white! Scarlett Johansson looked prim and proper when she stepped out in the streets of NYC earlier today before her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. For her promo stop, the new mom donned a lacey pencil dress underneath a tan coat. The superstar may shielded her eyes with an oversized pair of sunglasses — but she couldn’t hide that mega-watt smile of hers! Things seems to be going swimmingly since getting married to French writer Romain Dauriac and giving birth to their daughter Rose last year. “[Marriage] takes a lot of work,” Ryan Reynolds’ ex wife said to Parade magazine recently. “It takes a man who’s not only confident in the love that you have for one another, but confident in what he has going on in his own career. He has to be in a field …

    April 27, 2015 7:17 pm
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Editorial

  • Baltimore mayor’s ‘balancing act’ gave protestors permission to turn violent


    “I wanted to give space to those who wished to destroy,” that is how Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake described her policy Saturday at a press conference. Her words, which effectively told police to stand down as those gathered to protest the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray smashed store windows, looted 7-Elevens and forced attendees at a Baltimore Oriole-Boston Red Sox baseball game to remain in the stadium because it wasn’t safe outside. At a press conference on April 25 the mayor said, ““I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The resulting violence escalated as flyers were distributed describing how the city was going to have a “purge” Monday styled after the movie of the same name where all laws …

    April 27, 2015 8:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction


    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm
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