Headline News

  • Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in Maryland park swing; may have been there all night


    LA PLATA, Md. –  A woman was found in a Maryland park pushing her dead toddler in a swing, and authorities say she may have been there all night. Charles County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that police found the unidentified woman in a park with her dead 3-year-old son in the town of La Plata after receiving a call early Friday morning. The release said officers saw right away that the toddler was dead, and that his body showed no signs of trauma. Richardson says the child’s body was taken to a medical examiner for an autopsy and the mother was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation. La Plata is located about 30 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

    May 22, 2015 4:35 pm
    0 Comments

Politics

  • Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi


    WASHINGTON Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails from Clinton’s personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks. But they offer a glimpse into how Clinton’s team was concerned about her image immediately afterward. A senior adviser to Clinton, Jake Sullivan, forwarded an email from a State Department official about positive media coverage of a statement she gave on Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the killings. “Really nice work guys,” State Department official Matthew Walsh wrote in an email to other staffers, which linked to a story …

    May 22, 2015 4:15 pm
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • ’19 Kids and Counting’ episodes yanked over scandal


    The popular reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” was yanked off the air Friday following revelations that one of the show’s stars had molested several girls when he was a teenager. TLC, which has televised the show since 2008, decided it would not be appropriate to continue showing repeats amid news coverage of the scandal. “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of ’19 Kids and Counting’ currently from the air,” the channel said. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” The channel’s move came one day after Josh Duggar, who is now 27, apologized in the wake of an In Touch Magazine report that he had molested the girls. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and …

    May 22, 2015 3:14 pm
    0 Comments

Sports

  • NFL’s Goodell refuses to recuse himself from Brady hearing, union says


    The National Football League has rejected a request from the players union that Commissioner Roger Goodell remove himself from Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension over the “Deflategate” scandal, ESPN reported on Friday, but the league disputed the report. Brady, the star quarterback for the New England Patriots, received the suspension for knowing about a scheme to deflate footballs in the AFC championship game last January. A union official told Reuters Goodell refused to recuse himself but later said he was “mistaken” and had not received an official letter on the matter. In an email to Reuters, the NFL said the reports were not true and that, “No decision has been made on the union’s request.” ESPN reported the league had rejected a request from the NFL Players Association to have Goodell remove himself from the appeal. The league suspended Brady for the first four games of next season, fined the club a record …

    May 22, 2015 4:36 pm
    0 Comments

World News

  • Cholera hits 3,000 Burundi refugees


    Tanzania alone hosts more than 64,000 Burundians Cholera has infected about 3,000 people in Tanzania, the UN has said, where many Burundians have fled seeking refuge from their country’s unrest. Up to 400 new cases are being seen each day, the UN’s refugee agency said. Over 100,000 have left Burundi in recent weeks, escaping violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. In the latest unrest, at least two people were killed in a grenade attack in the capital Bujumbura. “Those who did this had the intention to kill, because the grenades were thrown among women selling fruits, in a big crowd,” General Godefroid Bizimana, a deputy police chief, told the AFP news agency. There were fresh protests in Bujumbura on Friday against Mr Nkurunziza’s bid to extend his rule, a move critics say is unconstitutional. The UN is hoping to evacuate refugees away from the Kagunga area Meanwhile protests …

    May 22, 2015 4:35 pm
    0 Comments

Technology

  • NSA pranksters plant ‘listening’ devices in New York and take snooping abroad


    Next time you’re at a bar in the East Village, say, congratulating yourself on having tricked your roommate, bitching about your friend’s accent or sharing your partner’s sex secrets, check under the table for listening devices. Wags claiming to work for the NSA as one of “many third-party contractors, albeit pro-bono and unofficial” are collecting your conversations. A group calling themselves We Are Always Listening says it has placed recording devices across New York and – just like their real NSA counterparts – they have plans to start snooping on people in Germany too. The stunt aims to highlight the extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program as the debate over whether or not to renew the Patriot Act rages on. In a conversation with the Guardian the “agents” said they have been careful not to release “anybody’s first and last names”, although there were two names in one of the tracks on the site …

    May 22, 2015 3:34 pm
    0 Comments

Science

  • Partly human yeast show a common ancestor’s lasting legacy


    Related images(click to enlarge) Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker’s yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly unchanged in them both, say biologists at The University of Texas at Austin. The team created thriving strains of genetically engineered yeast using human genes and found that certain groups of genes are surprisingly stable over evolutionary time. The research, published May 22 in the journal Science, paves the way for using humanized yeast to better understand genetic disorders and to screen drugs for treating the diseases. Although yeast consist of a single cell and humans have trillions of cells organized into complex systems, we share thousands of similar genes. Of those, about 450 are critical for yeast’s survival, so researchers removed the yeast version of each one and replaced it with the human version and waited to see whether …

    May 22, 2015 3:55 pm
    0 Comments

Health

  • Amgen ends collaboration with AstraZeneca on inflammation drug


    Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop an inflammation drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in subjects of a trial. AstraZeneca could decide on the development and marketing of the drug for all territories, except for Japan and certain Asian territories, where Kyowa Hakko Kirin has the rights to it, Amgen said. Amgen said such safety concerns would likely result in a restrictive label, potentially limiting the number of patients using the drug. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)

    May 22, 2015 4:15 pm
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lawrence And Nicholas Hoult Are Friendly Exes On X-Men Set


    Posted on Fri May 22nd, 2015 10:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Not everyone is this cool with each other after a breakup! Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult split last August, but the pair aren’t letting their soured relationship get in the way of work. The Oscar winner and the British actor posed for a selfie on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse with the film’s director Bryan Springer, and it certainly doesn’t seem as if there’s any lingering bad blood between the exes! It could be because they’ve both moved on to new love interests. The Silver Linings Playbook star has been quietly seeing Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, while the About A Boy star has been spotted with Glee’s Dianna Agron. Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber could never do this!   Stories from around the Web

    May 22, 2015 4:35 pm
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • Where’s the coverage of heroes who stop mass killings?


    Heroic citizens stopping someone from killing a large number of people don’t seem to be considered news worthy.  Don’t people want to read about a brave soul risking his life by running towards the sound of gunfire while others run away?  Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media.  While accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings. The lack of news coverage allows left wing media outlets, such as Mother Jones which should know better, to falsely claim: “In not a single case was [a mass public shooting] stopped by a civilian using a gun.” The truth is that the more successful these heroes are in preventing people from getting killed, the less media coverage they receive, but the lack of fatalities doesn’t explain the lack of news coverage.  And if the heroes hadn’t been there, the attacks …

    May 22, 2015 4:35 pm
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes


    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am
    0 Comments