• Nicole Richie Goes For The Sexy Pirate Look

    Nicole Richie Goes For The Sexy Pirate Look

    Posted on Sat Dec 20th, 2014 10:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Nicole Richie made an appearance at Curve in Malibu to promote her House of Harlow clothing line, and from the billowy sleeves to the ornate...
  • Mother charged with Cairns murders

    Mother charged with Cairns murders

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 03:43 The killings took place at a house in the Cairns district of Manoora Australian authorities have charged a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder...
  • Texas Southern stuns No. 25 Michigan State in OT

    East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Texas Southern did not take its first lead of the game until there was only 1:26 remaining in regulation. The Tigers were then able to force overtime and pull off...
  • US insists North Korea behind hack

    US insists North Korea behind hack

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 00:47 The film had been due to open during the holiday season The US has rejected North Korea’s claim that it was not responsible for a cyber-attack on Sony...
  • Utah crushes Colorado State in Las Vegas Bowl

    Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) – Travis Wilson accounted for four scores as No. 23 Utah crushed Colorado State, 45-10, in the Las Vegas Bowl. Wilson was 17-for-26 for 158 yards with a touchdown and an...

Headline News

  • Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota


    (Reuters) – More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation’s largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania were the latest in a series of U.S. demonstrations in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Police at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington arrested about 25 demonstrators, mostly for trespassing and failure to disperse, said Bloomington police spokesman Commander Mark Stehlik. The action organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis saw participants gather in a mall rotunda where some staged a so-called “die-in,” said a participant Mischa Kegan, 30, …

    December 20, 2014 9:44 pm
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Politics

  • Supremes clear way for gay marriage in Florida


    By GARY FINEOUT December 20, 2014 William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe, press close to one another after they had their photo made with their newly acquired marriage certificate, Wednesday at City Hall in Philadelphia. . (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. “This is a thrilling day for all Florida families,” Daniel Tilley, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties of Florida, said in a statement. “As we explained to the court, every day that the ban remains in place, couples are suffering real harms. We are grateful that the …

    December 20, 2014 8:03 pm
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Stocks

  • It’s time for disruptive tech firms to grow up


      As the adage goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity. And for today’s disruptive start-ups, critical media coverage is often worn as a badge of honor. It means that, as a relative newcomer, you’re making an impact. And it can be seen as vindication of a desire to shake things up, setting you apart from the established businesses you want to take on. Such publicity can also raise awareness, saving huge sums of marketing dollars. Uber is a great example. Its business model may be revolutionary but it’s unlikely the firm would have captured global attention as quickly as it has without the stream of “bad news” stories. Likewise, when city officials around the world declare war on Airbnb, people want to know what the fuss is about. They visit the website, and may even be tempted to make their first foray into the world of alternative accommodation. Related: Uber’s global ambitions …

    December 20, 2014 9:04 pm
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Sports

  • Texas Southern stuns No. 25 Michigan State in OT


    East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Texas Southern did not take its first lead of the game until there was only 1:26 remaining in regulation. The Tigers were then able to force overtime and pull off a 71-64 upset win over No. 25 Michigan State on Saturday. Jason Carter’s 3-pointer capped a 7-0 Texas Southern run to give it a 53-52 lead, and his bucket the next possession helped push the game to overtime. Texas Southern (2-8) hit 12 free throws in the extra session to record its second win of the season. Chris Thomas led all scorers with 22 points for the Tigers, while Malcolm Riley added 20 off the bench. The Spartans (8-4) got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Matt Costello, and Denzel Valentine chipped in 15. Michigan State was just 4-of-21 from long distance. “What we are trying to do is be all in every possession,” said Tigers coach Mike Davis. “Every …

    December 20, 2014 9:44 pm
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World News

  • Mother charged with Cairns murders


    21 December 2014 Last updated at 03:43 The killings took place at a house in the Cairns district of Manoora Australian authorities have charged a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged while in hospital where she is being treated under guard for self-inflicted knife wounds, police say. Post-mortems are being carried out to determine the exact cause of the eight victims’ deaths. Those killed were aged between 18 months and 14 years. Police found a number of weapons at the scene, including knives, which are being examined. The bodies were reportedly discovered by the mother’s 20-year-old son arriving at the home on Friday morning. Police have dismissed reports the family had been investigated by social services saying it was “not a problem house”. Memorials have sprung up outside the home in the Manoora district of Cairns. Australian Prime …

    December 20, 2014 9:44 pm
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Technology

  • Staples: Hack may have affected more than a million payment cards


    Staples joins Target, Home Depot and a host of other retailers that have become victims of hacking attacks. CNET Office supply chain Staples said Friday that a hack attack on some of its retail outlets earlier this year may have affected 1.16 million payment cards used by customers, giving attackers access to cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes. It’s the latest news of an attack involving hackers placing malware, or malicious software, on point-of-sale systems. In September, home-improvement chain Home Depot said 56 million credit cards had been put at risk by such an attack. Prior to that, at the end of 2013, Target was attacked in a similar breach the chain estimated could have affected a third of the US population. Art-supply chain Michaels Stores, department store Neiman Marcus and restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s have also been victims of data breaches. Staples said the malware attack spanned the country, affecting …

    December 20, 2014 8:23 pm
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Science

  • RNA measurements may yield less insight about gene expression than assumed


    The majority of RNA expression differences between individuals have no connection to the abundance of a corresponding protein, report scientists from the University of Chicago and Stanford University in Science on Dec. 18. The findings point to a yet-unidentified cellular mechanism that regulates gene expression and suggest studies that rely only on RNA measurements to characterize gene function require further analysis. “The chief assumption for studies of RNA differences is that they ultimately reflect differences in an end product, which is protein,” said senior study author Yoav Gilad, PhD, professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago. “But it turns out in most cases this may not be true.” For a gene to be expressed, information in DNA is copied onto messenger RNA (mRNA), which are the direct templates used to create proteins — the structural components and molecular machines for almost every function in a cell. Differences in mRNA levels between individuals are …

    December 20, 2014 8:24 pm
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Health

  • U.N.’s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won: Ban


    BAMAKO (Reuters) – The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose. “There’s a tendency that missions go on because of continuing political instability and conflict. Ebola is a very urgent and unprecedented epidemic, therefore we cannot take too long in eliminating it,” he told Reuters. “That is why I am sending a political message. It is not because we have made any decision on when UNMEER should end, but it should be a short-term mission,” he said. More than 7,300 people have died …

    December 20, 2014 8:23 pm
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Entertainment

  • Nicole Richie Goes For The Sexy Pirate Look


    Posted on Sat Dec 20th, 2014 10:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Nicole Richie made an appearance at Curve in Malibu to promote her House of Harlow clothing line, and from the billowy sleeves to the ornate velvet jacket, this outfit looks like some kind of an old timey costume! That said, we are kinda obsessed with the coat, but the fact that it matches Nic’s faded blue hair is a huge turnoff. We swear, we’re not trying to give the 33-year-old starlet a hard time. We think she’s gorgeous, but she’s been dying her locks all sorts of icky unnatural shades for almost a year now (she debuted her purple locks last March), and we really miss her as a blonde or a brunette. Is it too much to ask her to return to her roots?   SEE THE GALLERY Nicole Richie Rocks Faded Blue Hues In Malibu Stories from around the Web

    December 20, 2014 10:04 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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