Headline News

  • NY mom accused of killing baby girl, living with body for months is released; evidence lacking

    BATAVIA, N.Y. –  A New York woman who was accused of murder and living with her dead baby daughter’s body for three months has been released from custody because of a lack of evidence. Authorities this weekend said they believed 28-year-old Batavia resident Christina Colantonio killed the girl “shortly after birth” about three months ago and charged her with second-degree murder. But prosecutors Tuesday said the charge required them to prove a live birth occurred. A medical examiner couldn’t establish that three months later. The Genesee (JEN’-uh-see) County district attorney’s office says it can’t present the case to a grand jury without such evidence and can’t keep the woman in jail. The prosecutor stresses the investigation continues and the murder charge is pending. The woman’s lawyer won’t comment.

    September 1, 2015 5:09 pm


  • Iran nuclear deal backers near votes to protect pact in U.S. Congress

    WASHINGTON Supporters of the international nuclear agreement with Iran moved within one vote of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday when two more Democratic senators said they would support the pact. Senators Bob Casey and Chris Coons, known as Iran hard-liners, both said they backed the agreement announced on July 14 between the United States, five other world powers and Tehran. “I will support this agreement because it puts us on a known path of limiting Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years with the full support of the international community,” Coons said in a speech at the University of Delaware. Their support means that 33 members of the Senate, 31 Democrats and two independents who vote with them, now support the deal, seen as a potential legacy foreign policy achievement for Democratic President Barack Obama. Two Senate Democrats oppose the pact, along with the overwhelming majority …

    September 1, 2015 3:08 pm


  • Colbert books Biden, Fallon books Trump

    Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling a bid for president, will be one of Stephen Colbert’s very first guests on the “Late Show” next week. Colbert himself announced the booking via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. He’ll be welcoming Biden on Thursday, September 10. There was immediate speculation that perhaps Biden would share some campaign-related news with Colbert, the former faux-conservative-pundit of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Colbert takes over CBS’s “Late Show” next Tuesday. His predecessor David Letterman hosted any number of politicians over the years, including Bob Dole, who confirmed his plans to run for president on the “Late Show” in 1995, and John McCain, who did the same thing on the same show in 2007. Colbert’s vice presidential announcement came hours after NBC said Donald Trump would be appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on September 11. Trump apparently spurned Colbert, whose team had been trying hard to book the …

    September 1, 2015 4:08 pm


  • Hasselbeck looking for meaningful snaps in preseason finale

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Matt Hasselbeck understands the significance of Thursday’s preseason finale. The 39-year-old quarterback has a one-year contract and is backing up Andrew Luck, who has never missed a pro game. If all goes well in Indianapolis this season, this traditionally meaningless contest could turn out to be the last meaningful snaps of Hasselbeck’s 17-year NFL career — and he’s lobbying to start. ”Coach (Chuck Pagano) tried to pull me from a two-minute drill and I gave him a dirty look like, `I just heard you say this morning how important practice is,”’ Hasselbeck said half-jokingly after Monday’s workout. ”For me, I was thinking, `How do you think I got here?’ Yes, It’s a preseason game, but we need all the reps we can get.” It’s not that a veteran such as Hasselbeck needs extra work. He craves it after a long, winding journey around the league. Hasselbeck started as a backup to Brett Favre …

    September 1, 2015 5:09 pm

World News

  • US murder rate soars in 2015

    Image caption Milwaukee, St Louis, Baltimore and Washington have seen the sharpest rise over the past year Murder rates have increased sharply across the US in 2015, with at least 30 cities reporting a rise in violence. Experts say factors may vary from city to city, but no-one really knows what has caused the trend, which was first identified this summer. The latest figures obtained by the New York Times show Milwaukee has seen the biggest spike, with a 76% increase. It is followed by St Louis, Missouri, which has seen a 60% increase, and Baltimore, Maryland, with a 56% rise. Some senior police officials say that heightened scrutiny of use of force by officers may have caused them to withdraw from everyday policing and emboldened criminals. But others say an increase in gun ownership, a spike in gang-related killings and more young people settling disputes with guns may be contributing factors. Why has the …

    September 1, 2015 5:08 pm


  • Qualcomm Sics Fire-Breathing Snapdragon on Android Hackers

    Qualcomm on Monday announced Snapdragon Smart Protect, a hardware-software product that could make the world a safer place for Android smartphone users. Snapdragon Smart Protect, which will become available with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, will provide real-time, on-device machine learning designed to support accurate and effective detection of zero-day malware threats. Smart Protect is the first application to utilize Qualcomm Zeroth technology. The tech uses an advanced cognitive computing behavioral engine that can pereform on-device real-time malware detection, classification and cause analysis, to augment conventional antimalware solutions. Adding to Smart Protect’s effectiveness is its ability to operate below the operating system layer on an Android phone. “It can detect any malware that’s installed on top of the operating system,” noted Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst with the Enderle Group. “A lot of malware will disable security so it won’t be detected by antimalware products,” he told TechNewsWorld. “By working below the operating system, …

    September 1, 2015 3:28 pm


  • Evidence of ancient life discovered in mantle rocks deep below the seafloor

    Related images(click to enlarge) Ancient rocks harbored microbial life deep below the seafloor, reports a team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Virginia Tech, and the University of Bremen. This new evidence was contained in drilled rock samples of Earth’s mantle – thrust by tectonic forces to the seafloor during the Early Cretaceous period. The new study was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery confirms a long-standing hypothesis that interactions between mantle rocks and seawater can create potential for life even in hard rocks deep below the ocean floor. The fossilized microbes are likely the same as those found at the active Lost City hydrothermal field, providing potentially important clues about the conditions that support ‘intraterrestrial’ life in rocks below the seafloor. “We were initially looking at how seawater interacts with mantle rocks, and how that process generates hydrogen,” said Frieder Klein, an associate scientist …

    September 1, 2015 2:27 pm


  • Deaf mice cured with gene therapy

    Boston, Massachusetts – In a laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital a cure for genetic deafness is taking shape. Lead researcher Jeff Holt says that if all goes as planned, children of the future who lose their ability to hear due to genetic mutation will never go deaf. Holt and his fellow researchers are attacking the problem at its source. They are using engineered viruses to repair damaged genes that make up parts of the inner ear. “Our strategy was to take a viral vector, remove the viral genes so that it doesn’t make anyone sick and to replace those with the correct DNA sequence for TMC1,” said Holt, an associate professor of Otolaryngology.  TMC1 is a gene critical to hearing. It is responsible for encoding proteins that convert sound into electrical signals the brain can process. To test their treatment protocol, Holt and his team used two types of deaf mice that model the dominant …

    September 1, 2015 2:48 pm


  • Waist Training Looks Dumb, So Why Do Celebs Post These Weird Selfies?

    Posted on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 12:29pm PDT       By X17 Staff Uh … when you have the same extra-curricular activity as Janelle Evans, you should probably start worrying … Khloe Kardashian and the infamous Teen Mom both posted waist-training selfies in the past 24 hours and what’s perhaps more disturbing than the fact they’re binding their middle sections into a ridiculously-constricting corset, is the fact they’re both posting photos of themselves doing it! I mean, if you bind your feet, are you gonna post a pic of it? What’s next, selfies of celebs picking their zits? We just don’t need to see this! Ms. Evans apparently wore her trainer to the VMAs the other night, accompanying this pic with the caption, “Waist training every day of the week has been helping and helped my look at the VMAs with @waistedbykeke.” Meanwhile, Khloe wrote on her pic: “Im obsessed with the gym but a little extra help …

    September 1, 2015 4:28 pm


  • Man Up, RNC Chairman Preibus, and let the woman speak

    Democrats are fond of saying there is a Republican War on Women. Hillary Clinton compares Republican candidates to terrorists as far as women’s rights are concerned. We expect that kind of anti-Republican name-calling from Democrats. But by denying Carly Fiorina, the GOP’s sole woman candidate for president, a place at the next debates, the Republican National Committee is playing right into their hands. As a Republican woman, I’m sick and tired of defending the indefensible. The country is riled up with disgust and anger at a Washington that hides behind excuses for failing to get anything done. It’s time for RNC Chairman Reince Preibus to man up and figure out a way to get Fiorina in that debate. Fiorina is coming up fast. The rest of the country is ready for a women president. The Republican Party leadership should be, too. So stop whining and just do your job. By every conceivable measure, Carly Fiorina …

    September 1, 2015 1:47 pm

Odd News

  • First Dane goes into space — to test bike gear

    COPENHAGEN Denmark will send its first man into space on Wednesday and in keeping with the country’s love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes at the International Space Station. Dubbed “Denmark’s Gagarin” by European Space Agency officials after the first man in space, Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. The aim is to test equipment in areas of telerobotics and communications as well as monitoring the impact of space travel on Mogensen himself as his short voyage is unique in missions that normally last several months, according to ESA. But he will also test out a new heart rate monitor and force-measuring pedals on exercise bikes built by the Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), according to the company’s website. The Danish exercise bikes — with …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am