• Moss, Kipnis lead Indians past Reds

    Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Moss homered and knocked in three runs to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Progressive Field. Jason Kipnis...
  • US reality show taken off schedule

    Josh Duggar said he would “do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions” A US cable network has pulled a long running reality TV show following revelations of alleged sexual...
  • Baghdad halts Ramadi refugee flow

    The authorities in Baghdad have closed a key bridge, stopping refugees fleeing the city of Ramadi from entering the Iraqi capital. More than 40,000 people have left Ramadi since its capture by Islamic State militants...

Headline News

  • Probe leaves unanswered questions in deadly California bus crash


    LOS ANGELES Investigators have not determined why a FedEx truck driver veered across a Northern California highway last year and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a college recruitment trip, killing 10 people, authorities said on Friday. Five of the dead were Los Angeles-area students who had been on their way to tour a university campus when the FedEx truck collided head-on with their bus on Interstate 5 in the agricultural community of Orland, north of Sacramento. The April crash also killed five adults including a 26-year-old college recruiter and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck. Thirty-nine others were injured, authorities said. California Highway Patrol Sergeant Nathan Parsons, a supervisor in charge of the investigation, told a news conference in Los Angeles that the 13-month probe considered mechanical, human and other factors. “The collision was caused, for unknown reasons, by the (FedEx truck) driver’s unsafe turning movement, and although fatigue …

    May 22, 2015 10:18 pm
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Politics

  • Senate tries to bridge gaps on domestic surveillance


    WASHINGTON The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a proposal meant to bridge divides among lawmakers on how to handle the June 1 expiration of domestic spying programs, with no clear outcome in sight late on Friday. Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina announced his bill as lawmakers tried to figure out how to handle the expiration of certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act that let spy agencies sweep up millions of Americans’ telephone records. Although Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the two chambers were at an impasse, provoking a rebuke from the White House. Spokesman Josh Earnest accused some senators of “playing chicken” with civil liberties and national security. The White House wants the Senate to join the House in passing another bill, the USA Freedom Act, which would end the bulk collection of so-called telephone metadata and replace it with a more targeted system. …

    May 22, 2015 8:16 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s richest man bet his company’s shares would fall


    Turns out China’s richest man upped his bet that shares of his solar company would take a tumble — just five days before a massive crash. Li Hejun increased his short position by 796 million shares in Hanergy Thin Film Solar on May 18, according to a stock exchange filing on May 18. He also purchased an additional 26.4 million shares at an average of HK$7.28 ($0.94) — roughly what the shares were trading at that day. Investors taking a short position borrow shares to sell, betting they’ll turn a profit by buying back the shares once prices drop. This revelation about Li’s holdings only raises more questions around what exactly happened to Hanergy. On Wednesday, shares crashed 47% in just over an hour, before trading was halted. The company’s market value tumbled by $19 billion, and Li, who held over 80% of the company, was estimated to have lost as much as $15 billion, …

    May 22, 2015 9:17 pm
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Sports

  • Moss, Kipnis lead Indians past Reds


    Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Moss homered and knocked in three runs to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Progressive Field. Jason Kipnis was 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored for the Indians, who have won a season-best four games in a row. Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (5-4) gave up two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out seven in six innings. Todd Frazier had two hits and drove in a run for Cincinnati, which has dropped a season-high six straight games. Reds starter Mike Leake (2-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and walked five with no strikeouts in four innings. An RBI groundout by Billy Hamilton gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead in the second, but the Indians answered with two runs in the home half of the inning. Leake issued three consecutive walks, including one …

    May 22, 2015 10:18 pm
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World News

  • US reality show taken off schedule


    Josh Duggar said he would “do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions” A US cable network has pulled a long running reality TV show following revelations of alleged sexual abuse by one of its members. The series 19 Kids and Counting on TLC stars a conservative Christian couple and their 19 children. It has been alleged that the eldest son Josh Duggar molested five underage girls as a teenager. Duggar has not admitted to the abuse but has apologised for his behaviour, saying he acted “inexcusably”. “I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions,” 27-year-old Duggar wrote in a statement on Facebook on Thursday. “In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.” TLC network said that it was “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation”. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and …

    May 22, 2015 10:18 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales


    Amazon has become the first technology company to abandon controversial corporate structures that divert sales and profits away from UK in the face of a clampdown imposed by George Osborne. From the start of this month the online retailer has started booking its sales through the UK, meaning resulting profits will be taxed by HMRC. The group made $8.3bn (£5.3bn) of worldwide sales from British online shoppers but for 11 years all these internet transactions have been booked in Luxembourg. A spokesman said Amazon was “now recording retail sales made to customers in the UK through the UK branch. Previously, these sales were recorded in Luxembourg”. The move will allow Amazon to avoid being caught by chancellor George Osborne’s new diverted profits tax, which came into law from April. It imposes a punitive 25% tax on groups deemed to be artificially routing profits overseas. Amazon had for years denied that its UK corporate structures were …

    May 22, 2015 7:36 pm
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Science

  • Why Honest People Do Dishonest Things


    Every day we are bombarded with temptations — to cheat on our diets, to spend instead of save our paychecks, to tell little white lies. It can be exhausting to have to continually remind ourselves that, long-term, we want to be upstanding people, so we shouldn’t make tempting but unethical short-term decisions. But what if simply thinking about dishonesty could make it easier for us to behave ethically? This novel possibility comes from a set of studies published May 22 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, which demonstrate that anticipating temptation decreases the likelihood of a person engaging in poor behavior. In this set of studies, lead researcher Oliver Sheldon, a specialist in organizational behavior at Rutgers University, and co-author Ayelet Fishbach, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago, set out to understand the factors that influence self-control in ethical decision-making. The results suggest “a potential solution to curb dishonesty,” according to Francesca …

    May 22, 2015 7:57 pm
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Health

  • Amgen ends partnership with AstraZeneca on psoriasis drug


    Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop a psoriasis drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in the subjects of a trial. Amgen said such safety concerns would likely result in a restrictive label that could limit the number of patients using the late-stage experimental drug, brodalumab. The company needs drugs like brodalumab at a time when many of its drugs face competition from cheaper copies, RBC Capital Markets analyst Michael Yee said. Although returning a late-stage drug does not have a major impact, it highlights incremental risks for Amgen, he said. Brodalumab belongs to a class of drugs called IL-17 inhibitors that work by blocking a signaling pathway that plays a key role in inducing and promoting inflammatory diseases. Two late-stage studies evaluating the drug for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis were started in 2014. It was also being tested for treatment of other inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and …

    May 22, 2015 8:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Fuller House makes final decision on Olsen twins’ involvement


    More: Fuller House — 5 Things that could have happened to D.J. and Steve “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family,” executive producer Robert L. Boyett confirmed in a statement. “It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House.” And while the Olsen twins won’t be returning for their shared role as Michelle in Full House, original cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are all returning for Fuller House. John Stamos is also producing the series and will appear as Uncle Jesse, while Dave Coulier will return as Joey. More: Full House: Where would the Tanner family be now? Time …

    May 22, 2015 10:38 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton, Bill de Blasio and the false god of American politics


    If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins. We are more sophisticated today. Moderns don’t bow to Zeus. Many of us, though, put our faith in the false god of politics, despite its track record of not being able to achieve all of the things we project upon it. The late comedian George Carlin may have put the blame for this where it belongs: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” In order to accurately judge an idea, policy, or individual “stupid,” one must first have a standard by which stupid can be measured. Moderns don’t bow to Zeus. Many of us, though, put our faith in the false god of politics, despite its track record of not being able to achieve …

    May 22, 2015 8:37 pm
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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
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