• Apple vs. Lenovo: Lenovo’s Coming-Out Party

    If there is one vendor on the planet that has the capability to fight Apple — on paper, it is Lenovo. Lenovo this week will hold its annual Lenovo Tech World event in China, showcasing...
  • Massive India heatwave ‘kills 430′

    Massive India heatwave ‘kills 430′

    Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded 48C (118F) More than 430 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in...
  • Berdych storms into French Open second round

    PARIS Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych bulldozed his way into the second round of the French Open by thrashing Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 on Monday. Berdych, who is on a quarter-final collision...
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    Today’s Toons 5/25/15

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  • Nigeria fuel shortages affect bank

    Nigeria fuel shortages affect bank

    There have been long queues at petrol stations because of the fuel shortage Nigeria is being crippled by the fuel shortage that the country has been experiencing for more than a month. Nigerian banks have...
  • Fatal floods hit southern US states

    Fatal floods hit southern US states

    At least three people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed in flash flooding in the southern US. Two people were killed in weather-related accidents in Oklahoma and a man lost his life...

Headline News

  • Police: Bomb squad destroys pressure cooker found in vehicle on National Mall; 1 arrested


    WASHINGTON –  A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle’s owner was found and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press that Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a street on the mall west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday. “Further investigation revealed a pressure cooker, and an odor of gasoline was detected,” Schneider said, adding a Capitol Police bomb squad was called in because the vehicle was deemed “suspicious in nature.” Authorities have noted that pressure cookers have been used in the past to create explosive devices. Three people were killed and more than 260 others wounded in April 2013 when two pressure-cooker bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Schneider said the bomb squad destroyed …

    May 25, 2015 7:22 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. U.S. Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America’s unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own. Their apparent answer: calling time on a 40-year-old federal ban on crude oil exports and using the newfound energy bounty to strategic advantage. “We’ve got an abundance of supply,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said this week in Oklahoma at a gathering of putative Republican candidates for next year’s presidential election. Lifting the ban, he said, would allow exports to “our allies in Europe, where, instead of being dependent on (President) Vladimir Putin and the Russians, they could be dependent on Americans.” President Barack Obama’s administration has allowed small exceptions but has said it will not open the door to crude exports as …

    May 25, 2015 4:41 am
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Stocks

  • Amazon offering one-hour food delivery


    This is tasty. Amazon is expanding its Prime Now service to offer quick delivery of food from local stores in Manhattan. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) said customers can order groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from D’Agostino, Gourmet Garage and Billy’s Bakery through its Prime Now app. Two-hour delivery is free for Prime members, while one-hour delivery in “select zip codes” costs $7.99. The ramped-up delivery service started on Thursday in “select neighborhoods” and will be spreading through Manhattan in coming weeks, Amazon said. The service will soon include Eataly, an upscale Italian food vendor that was victimized by a security hack earlier this year, and Westside Market, a 50-year-old chain of family-run food markets. “Once we’ve packed the order, the [Amazon] delivery guys arrive, they pick up the orders, and they set sail to deliver the product,” said Julie Dugas, director at Billy’s Bakery, which already partners with Amazon through Amazon Fresh, a competitor to …

    May 25, 2015 5:41 am
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Sports

  • Berdych storms into French Open second round


    PARIS Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych bulldozed his way into the second round of the French Open by thrashing Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 on Monday. Berdych, who is on a quarter-final collision course with another Japanese in fifth seed Kei Nishikori, had too much in his locker for the world number 146 on court Suzanne Lenglen. He will next face either compatriot Radek Stepanek or Croatian Ivan Dodig. Berdych, one of the top four seeds in a grand slam for the first time, warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching at least the last eight in the Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome Masters. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)

    May 25, 2015 7:22 am
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World News

  • Massive India heatwave ‘kills 430′


    Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded 48C (118F) More than 430 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 140 people have died since Saturday. Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded 48C while temperatures rose to above 44C (111F) in the capital, Delhi. Authorities have urged people to stay indoors and drink plenty of fluids. Heatwave conditions have been prevailing in the two worst-affected southern Indian states since mid-April, but most of the deaths have happened over the last week. The worst-hit state has been Andhra Pradesh where 246 people have died from the high temperatures in the last week, most of them in the last few days. Temperatures rose to above 44C (111F) in the Indian capital, Delhi Authorities have urged people to drink plenty of fluids “The …

    May 25, 2015 7:22 am
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Technology

  • Apple vs. Lenovo: Lenovo’s Coming-Out Party


    If there is one vendor on the planet that has the capability to fight Apple — on paper, it is Lenovo. Lenovo this week will hold its annual Lenovo Tech World event in China, showcasing the company’s new breadth. While it would be easy to position this as the U.S. (Apple) against China (Lenovo ), Lenovo is actually far more of a multinational company, with executives balanced between the U.S. and China, and with strong alliances with both Microsoft and Google. This will not only be a battle between companies, but also between approaches to the market, and it’s worth watching. I’ll go deeper into that and then close with my product of the week: the first MU-MIMO router I’ve got in to test the Linksys EA8500 with performance beyond anything you’ve seen before. Apple vs. Lenovo Apple and Lenovo have some rather distinct differences as well as similarities that make this battle fascinating to …

    May 25, 2015 8:02 am
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Science

  • The most ancient evidence of life on Earth?


    The worm-like shapes in the rock are described in text books as the oldest form of life ever found on Earth. But not everyone is convinced.Credit: University of Bristol To some scientists, the Apex chert microfossils found in the Pilbara region of Western Australia are the oldest evidence of life on Earth. To others, the “fossils” are nothing more than geological anomalies in the rock. This latter group now claims to have delivered the knockout blow in this decades-long debate. David Wacey and colleagues from the University of Bristol and University of Western Australia have carefully sliced open some of the 3.46-billion-year-old “microfossils” and found they are merely unusually shaped minerals. Their work has been  published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our work solves a major controversy and removes this particular piece of evidence for life on the early Earth,” Wacey says. But not everyone is convinced. The story begins in the 1980s in the …

    May 25, 2015 4:20 am
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Health

  • The magic of magnets


    The strongest man can be defeated by a magnet.Credit: Jeffrey Phillips “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” These words from science-fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke have a special resonance for a magician: we have always been early adopters of advanced technology.  Let me share one example of a scientific principle that was recruited for magic and that simultaneously ended an armed conflict in North Africa. Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin is considered the father of modern magic. Born in 1805 and trained as a watchmaker, a chance encounter with a technical book on stage-illusions altered his life – it mistakenly arrived by mail in place of a book on watchmaking. Fascinated with the methods he’d stumbled upon and able to deploy his mechanical expertise to improve upon them, he became the most celebrated magician of the 19th century – and inspired a young Erik Weisz to take the stage name Houdini.  In 1856 Robert-Houdin …

    May 25, 2015 4:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Mickey Rourke Has Another Fashion Fail


    Posted on Sun May 24th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Mickey Rourke made Canon Drive in Beverly Hills his own personal catwalk, on Saturday, as he pranced down the sidewalk in a daring ensemble. The aging actor wore plaid-on-plaid with a buttoned-up vest over a red plaid shirt, with baggy jeans a some amazing white boots with silver and red detailing. Where does this guy shop?! Adding to Rourke’s unique look were blue-tinted glasses and his usual floppy grey hair. Passersby literally craned their necks to catch a look at The Wrestler star’s interesting get-up. Can someone please start a blog about Mickey’s unique looks already? We need some fashion ID’s on these pieces, people! Check out what Rourke has to say when asked if he’d fight Floyd Mayweather for a cool million dollars …   SEE THE GALLERY Mickey Rourke Gets It Wrong … Again Stories from around the Web

    May 24, 2015 12:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Memorial Day 2015: An open letter to my fellow veterans of the global War on Terror


    To my comrades, fellow veterans of the Global War on Terror (GWOT):  on this Memorial Day I call you to action.  Do not let others define our generation and our service.  Define yourselves.   In a time where victimhood is celebrated, where discourse is dominated by ineffectual and verbose liberal academics, and society led by inept deceivers – we alone showed the world for the seven years after 9/11/01 that America was the indisputable world super power and that darkness could never put out the light. To the contrary, the light would come with insurmountable power to punish its enemies.  We are the brave few volunteers upon whom the existence of the entire free world relies.      We are the lionhearted difference‐makers who – in the flower of our youth – cast off the mental shackles of our society’s historic entitlement, weakness, and cowardice to serve and to take the greatest of the world’s …

    May 25, 2015 5:01 am
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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