Headline News

  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s friend due in court for final hearing before trial


    BOSTON –  A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was due in federal court for a final hearing before his trial begins next week. Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, is charged with lying to authorities investigating the bombing. Prosecutors say he was in Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after the attack, when two other friends decided to remove Tsarnaev’s backpack, laptop computer and other evidence. Phillipos is accused of lying about being present when the items were removed. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Jury selection is scheduled to begin Sept. 22. But lawyers for Phillipos on Monday renewed their request to move the trial from Boston to Springfield, Providence, Rhode Island, or Portland, Maine. The defense says Phillipos can’t get a fair trial in Boston because of prejudicial pretrial publicity. Judge Douglas Woodlock was expected to discuss the change of venue motion and other topics during a final pre-trial hearing …

    September 23, 2014 12:42 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance ‘inversion’ deals


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb “inversion” deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad. The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inverted, while also making new inversions more difficult to do and less potentially rewarding. Because they took effect on Monday, the new rules might raise issues for some of a handful of companies that have agreed to do inversions, but have not yet completed them. Fast-food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc is in the midst of inverting to Canada in a deal with coffee-and-donuts vendor Tim Hortons Inc. A spokeswoman for Burger King said the company declined to comment. Asked about the impact on pending deals, a senior Treasury official told reporters on a conference call: “If they are closed and done as of …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Stocks

  • Scenes from #FloodWallStreet: ‘Corporate capitalism = Climate chaos ‘


      Hundreds of protesters marched the financial district in New York Monday to protest the role big business plays in climate change. The demonstration, dubbed #FloodWallStreet, blocked traffic near Wall Street. It came one day after tens of thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March in New York City. That march attracted numerous celebrities from all walks of life including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, comedian Chris Rock, as well as actors Leonard DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. Monday’s demonstration drew people like 23-year-old Maddy Ray (left) and 27-year-old Doug Collins from Maine, photographed below: And Barry Knight, who came from Massachusetts to the the march. Knight held up this sign and told CNNMoney: “If you think this is inconvenient, think about how inconvenient it will be for your grand kids when they don’t have a sustainable planet.” The protesters had initially planned on meeting a few …

    September 23, 2014 12:42 am
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Sports

  • Marian Gaborik scores 2 in regulation, LA Kings beat Coyotes 4-3 in preseason shootout


    LOS ANGELES –  Nick Shore scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened the preseason with a 4-3 split-squad victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. Marian Gaborik scored two goals on assists from Anze Kopitar for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who suited up at Staples Center for the first time since winning their second NHL title in three seasons. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Michael Stone tied it with 1:23 left in regulation during a 6-on-3 advantage for the Coyotes. Justin Hodgman and Philip Lane also scored in the third period. Andy Andreoff also scored for Los Angeles. Gaborik scored on a wrist shot in the second period and a tap-in early in the third. The other half of both clubs’ rosters also went to a shootout in Arizona, with the Coyotes winning 5-4.

    September 23, 2014 12:42 am
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World News

  • Rozelle: man arrested over fatal store explosion


    A 44-year-old man has been arrested following an explosion in Sydney’s inner west that killed three people, including a mother and her baby. The explosion and subsequent fire in the early hours of September 4 at a convenience store on Rozelle’s Darling Street destroyed the building. Bianka O’Brien, 31, her baby boy Jude, and a neighbour, Chris Noble, 27, who were in the adjoining units, all died in the blaze. Three people were injured in the fire. Strike Force Baracchi was established by detectives from the property crime squad’s arson unit to investigate the fire. Police arrested a 44-year-old Greenacre man at a hospital in Camperdown on Tuesday. It is alleged the fire was deliberately lit, police said. The store owner, Adeel Khan, has been in a serious condition in Royal Prince Alfred hospital since emergency services dug him out of the debris. Detectives visited the hospital after the explosion to speak with the 44-year-old. …

    September 23, 2014 12:42 am
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Technology

  • Apple may change Beats brand as it spins up music service


    Apple’s Beats Music service may be in for a shake up. Apple bought Beats for $3 billion earlier this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook (second from left) is flanked by Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, with iTunes chief Eddy Cue (far right). Apple There are conflicting reports about what exactly will happen with Beats Music. The $10-a-month subscription streaming music service was acquired when Apple bought Beats for $3 billion. The service could be scrapped entirely, according to TechCrunch. Or the service could continue with its name slowly phased out, according to Recode. An Apple spokesman told CNET that the TechCrunch report that Apple will be scrapping the Beats streaming music service is “absolutely not true.” It’s more likely, as Recode points out, that the streaming service could lose the Beats Music name, perhaps taking on the much more well-known iTunes brand and becoming integrated with Apple’s overall iTunes package. “I was going …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Science

  • BICEP2 gravitational wave result bites the dust thanks to new Planck data


    Dirty window: The ‘dusty’ sky as seen by Planck Astronomers working on the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP2) telescope at the South Pole hit the headlines earlier this year when they claimed to have seen the first evidence for the primordial “B-mode” polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). But a new analysis of polarized dust emission in our galaxy, carried out by the Planck collaboration, has shown that the part of the sky observed by BICEP2 has much more dust than originally anticipated. The B-modes observed by the BICEP telescope are therefore most likely to be “local” galactic contamination rather than an imprint left behind by the rapid “inflation” of the early universe – the extremely rapid expansion that cosmologists believe our universe underwent a mere 10–35 s after the Big Bang. While the new analysis does not completely rule out BICEP2’s original claim just yet, it does establish that the dust emission …

    September 22, 2014 10:01 pm
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Health

  • U.S., Canada allow emergency use of Tekmira’s Ebola treatment


    (Reuters) – Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp (TKM.TO)(TKMR.O) said on Monday that U.S. and Canadian regulators have authorized the use of its Ebola treatment in patients who have confirmed or suspected infections from the deadly virus. The Vancouver-based company said its treatment, TKM-Ebola, has been administered to patients on an emergency basis and the repeat infusions have been well-tolerated. The drug was administered to Rick Sacra, a doctor who contracted the virus in West Africa, and who has shown promising signs, the Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement. TKM-Ebola, an RNAi therapeutic, works by preventing the virus from replicating. Expanded access protocols, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, allow drug developers to offer experimental therapies to patients with serious diseases who cannot participate in controlled clinical trials. Tekmira Chief Executive Officer Mark Murray said the company’s supplies of the treatment are limited. The company is developing TKM-Ebola under a …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Entertainment

  • - Justin Bieber Causes A Racket On The Tennis Court


    Posted on Mon Sep 22nd, 2014 8:58pm PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber may not have Federer’s backhand, Nadal’s killer serve or Murray’s slice, but the Biebs looks darn good on the tennis court, nonetheless! Wearing high-tops and ‘baller shorts, the pop star hit a few balls with his bodyguard on an LA-area court, on Monday and X17online has the EXCLUSIVE pix! Check out our massive gallery of the cutest tennis player we know, below …   SEE THE GALLERY Justin Bieber Goes Ballin’ On The Tennis Court Stories from around the Web

    September 22, 2014 11:21 pm
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Editorial

  • When the going gets tough: Desperate Democrats turn to Michelle Obama, not her husband


    Drowning aboard the sinking ship of President Obama’s unpopularity, Democrats are throwing out a lifeline to Michelle Obama in their effort to tread water in the U.S. Senate. The first lady is hitting the campaign trail for endangered Democrats while the president, viewed as more of an electoral liability than an asset, is nowhere to be found. Republicans need to pick up just six seats to gain control of the Senate, and Democrats are doing all they can to keep that from happening and keep Harry Reid in power. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT With Fox News showing the president’s job approval rating at 38 percent and a Pew Poll showing the first lady’s favorability above 60 percent, vulnerable Democrats are keeping the commander in chief out of the spotlight. It’s a sad state of Democratic affairs when the president of the United States is on the midterm JV team and their starting lineup includes a first lady …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Virginia preschool teacher accused of biting toddler is arrested


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday. Theresa Brown, 24, is accused of biting the toddler on Sept. 11 at The Goddard School in Woodbridge, Virginia, a private school about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Washington, according to Prince William County police. Brown bit the child who was enrolled at the school, leaving a visible mark, as punishment after he had bitten another teacher, police said. A witness reported the incident to the school’s 24-year-old co-owner, Nadia Choudhry. Choudhry did not report the incident and was charged with failing to report the offense to authorities, which state law requires, police said. Officials at the school, described on its website as serving infants to school-age children, declined to comment. As of Monday, Brown was no longer listed online as a member …

    September 22, 2014 10:01 pm
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