• Ending the cycle of gang violence in El Salvador

    Ending the cycle of gang violence in El Salvador

    Gang violence has taken many lives in El Salvador It is Sunday morning in San Salvador and San Rafael hospital’s accident and emergency department is full. People are lying in the corridors on spare hospital...
  • Brandon Boykin eager for fresh start with Steelers

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin is looking forward to a fresh start with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Boykin, who enters his fourth season, also wanted to clarify his comments on Sunday, a...
  • Manhunt under way for killer of Memphis police officer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. A manhunt was under way on Sunday in Tennessee for a parolee suspected of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer who apparently interrupted a drug transaction when he stopped to investigate an illegally...
  • Click here to hack the network

    Click here to hack the network

    Messy networks can be happy hunting grounds for good and bad hackers This week is hacker week in Las Vegas. The desert playground is hosting three conferences dedicated to computer security – Black Hat USA,...
  • Nigerian army frees Boko captives

    Nigerian army frees Boko captives

    The army has made gains against the militants in recent months The Nigerian military says it has rescued 178 people from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Borno state. In a statement released...

Headline News

  • Manhunt under way for killer of Memphis police officer


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. A manhunt was under way on Sunday in Tennessee for a parolee suspected of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer who apparently interrupted a drug transaction when he stopped to investigate an illegally parked car, police said. The slain policeman, Sean Bolton, 33, was confronted by the gunman and shot multiple times during a brief scuffle after the officer pulled up to the parked car and shined his spotlight on the vehicle, Memphis police said in a statement. The gunman and another man who was in the driver’s seat of the car then fled on foot, and a citizen who found Bolton shot a short time later called for help on the officer’s radio, according to police. Fellow officers arriving on the scene discovered a small bag of marijuana and digital scales in the suspects’ car, surmising that Bolton had encountered the two men as they were conducting some kind of a drug …

    August 2, 2015 9:07 pm
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Politics

  • Obama’s climate plan seeks to slash emissions from power plants


    WASHINGTON The White House said it will launch the first ever rule on Monday to cut carbon emissions from power plants, a plan that opponents in the coal industry and their political allies will fight in the courts. In a fact sheet issued on Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan will cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan cuts emissions about 9 percent deeper than a last year’s draft, the White House said. But it gives states two years more to cut the emissions. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    August 2, 2015 8:07 pm
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Stocks

  • Clinton aide’s message: Modern media comes with no ‘undo’ button


    Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president called out The New York Times for reporting errors that she says weren’t fully fixed by a correction. “To suggest that the Democratic frontrunner for president is the subject of a criminal inquiry is something that can’t be unwound,” the Clinton campaign’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, said Sunday. She said the campaign is not “harboring any resentment” toward The Times now, but she wanted to be on the record about the flaws in a July 23 story originally titled “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email.” The word “criminal” was used wrongly and was later corrected. But Clinton’s aides feared that the story already did damage to the public’s perception of the candidate. Palmieri sent a sharply-worded letter to Times executive editor Dean Baquet last week, calling the story’s errors “egregious.” The campaign later shared the letter with the public. The Times declined to comment on the campaign’s …

    August 2, 2015 6:47 pm
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Sports

  • Brandon Boykin eager for fresh start with Steelers


    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin is looking forward to a fresh start with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Boykin, who enters his fourth season, also wanted to clarify his comments on Sunday, a day after the Eagles traded him to the Steelers for a conditional fifth-round pick, stressing that his former head coach Chip Kelly is not a racist. ”I said he was uncomfortable with men of our culture,” Boykin said. ”I’m not saying he’s a racist at all. That’s not what I said and I think it was kind of taken out of context. When you’re a player, you want to be able to relate to your coach no matter what outside of football. ”I want to be able to sit there and talk to you about whatever. There were times he just wouldn’t talk to people. You were walking down the hallway and he wouldn’t say anything to you.” It’s not …

    August 2, 2015 9:08 pm
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World News

  • Ending the cycle of gang violence in El Salvador


    Gang violence has taken many lives in El Salvador It is Sunday morning in San Salvador and San Rafael hospital’s accident and emergency department is full. People are lying in the corridors on spare hospital beds waiting their turn. Those who can sit up are in wheelchairs – not standard hospital issue. These are plastic garden chairs with wheels attached to them. Public finances are stretched – more than ever, some would say. June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than any other month since the country’s civil war ended in 1992. Juan – not his real name – is lucky not to be another number in those grisly statistics. Thirty-seven years old, he runs a recycling business and a carwash. Four men arrived at his work and opened fire: 40 bullets. “Thank God just one bullet hit my arm,” he tells me from his hospital bed. Juan says in the 20 years he …

    August 2, 2015 9:08 pm
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Technology

  • Click here to hack the network


    Messy networks can be happy hunting grounds for good and bad hackers This week is hacker week in Las Vegas. The desert playground is hosting three conferences dedicated to computer security – Black Hat USA, Def Con and BSides LV. Between them, they capture the entire gamut of hacker culture. Black Hat is the sensible, grown-up conference, where the clothes might be casual but the shoes are shiny. BSides is an unofficial companion conference for Black Hat and acts as a fringe event for the bigger show. Def Con is their freewheeling, raucous, free-spirited sibling. With tattoos. And a mohawk. Black Hat is now the biggest gathering of security professionals in the world and about 8,000 people involved in computer security will attend its training sessions, briefings and seminars. But what do they all do? What is a typical day as a security professional actually like? Port pressure To find out I went to hacker …

    August 2, 2015 8:27 pm
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Science

  • York scientists unlock secrets of stars through aluminium


    Physicists at the University of York have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins of the Solar System. Radioactive aluminium (aluminium-26, or Al26) is an element that emits gamma radiation through its decay enabling astronomers to image its location in our galaxy. Studying how Al26 is created in massive stars, scientists have distinguished between previously conflicting assumptions about its rate of production by nuclear fusion. Funded by the Science and Technologies Research Council (STFC), scientists measured the fusion of helium and sodium at two separate particle accelerators in Canada and Denmark, and the rate of production of Al26 was determined to within a factor of two. An improvement on previous experiments where there was disagreement of around a factor of 100 between measurements, this outcome removes dispute about the effect of sodium fusion on the rate …

    August 2, 2015 7:28 pm
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Health

  • FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps


    BOSTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc’s Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. The agency issued the advisory some 10 days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of the vulnerability in the pump, which is used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream of patients. The FDA and DHS cited research from independent cyber security expert Billy Rios, who found that remote attacks could be launched on patients by accessing a hospital’s network. Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly encouraged healthcare facilities to stop using the Symbiq infusion pump system and move to other devices. “This (vulnerability) could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage …

    August 2, 2015 7:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • We’re Still Pondering The Meaning Of The First Zoolander 2 Trailer


    Posted on Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 9:25am PDT       By X17 Staff We’ve been waiting a really, really ridiculously long time for some news on this sequel! After a leaked version hit the web over the weekend, Paramount has finally released the first official teaser for Zoolander 2. Much to our dismay, the trailer didn’t exactly deliver (read: it’s about as clever as Derek himself), but we still have high hopes for this comedy. Returning cast members include Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor, and they’ll be joined by Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, among others. Given how many celebs made cameos in the first flick, we’d imagine there are plenty more that we don’t even know about! Zoolander 2 hits theaters on February 12, 2016. We can’t wait!   Stories from around the Web

    August 2, 2015 7:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol


    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am
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