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  • One of two protesters leaves Shell oil-drilling support ship in Seattle port

    May 22, 2015: A woman identified as Chiara DAngelo hangs in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash. (Reese Semanko via AP) SEATTLE –  One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested help getting down from the Arctic Challenger in Bellingham Bay about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, and the Coast Guard said it obliged. The Arctic Challenger is part of a fleet Royal Dutch Shell expects to use to conduct exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska this summer — plans that have drawn large protests in Seattle, where …

    May 24, 2015 11:38 pm


  • As usual, short-term band-aid fixes from Congress

    The U.S. Capitol is illuminated at night as the Senate continues to work late Friday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers. When senators left town early Saturday after approving a brief extension of the nation’s highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, Congress often keeps the program alive temporarily and revisits the problem later. The two-month rescue of the highway trust fund is Congress’ 33rd short-term patch of that program since 2008, the Transportation Department says. Lawmakers have approved another 101 measures temporarily keeping federal agencies open since it last completed all its spending bills on time in 1997, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Lawmakers have also used short extensions to address expiring tax breaks, avoid federal defaults and keep agriculture and other …

    May 24, 2015 8:36 pm


  • Smart money is buying energy stocks. Should you?

    Forget politics and religion. One of the biggest debates on Wall Street these days is whether oil and energy stocks are toxic or terrific. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) put out a note last week telling clients now is the time to buy. Hedge funds have already pounced. The 50 largest hedge funds bought a lot of energy stocks (e.g. Williams Partners (WPZ), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Kinder Morgan (KMI)) in the first quarter, according to their latest stock disclosures. In some ways, it looks like a smart move. Oil plunged below $45 a barrel in January. Back then, people couldn’t seem to sell energy stocks fast enough. In recent weeks, oil has staged a mini-rally. Now it’s trading around $60 a barrel. That’s still far from the glory days of over $100 a barrel that the industry saw as recently as last summer, but for drillers, it’s a lot easier to make …

    May 24, 2015 9:31 am


  • Offense and power play come up short in Game 5, Rangers facing elimination against Lightning

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) deflects a shot by the New York Rangers during the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in New York. The Lightning won 2-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press) New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (22) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) during the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in New York. The Lightning won 2-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin) (The Associated Press) New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (22) goes airborne after colliding with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) as defenseman Keith Yandle (93) looks on during the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in New York. …

    May 24, 2015 11:38 pm

World News

  • Iraq will take back Ramadi ‘in days’

    Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has said that the city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State militants “in days”. But he told the BBC that more support was needed from international coalition partners. Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS over the past year, and fled from a smaller militant force in Ramadi last week. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Sunday that the rout showed Iraqi troops lacked the will to fight. Mr Carter told CNN’s State of the Union that the Iraqis had chosen to withdraw despite the fact that they “vastly outnumbered” IS forces. Meanwhile the leader of the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, said the world faced an unprecedented danger from IS and other Sunni militant groups fighting in Syria. Speaking to thousands of supporters via video link, he acknowledged for the first time that Hezbollah was fighting throughout Syria in …

    May 24, 2015 11:38 pm


  • Ford sells sustainability to China with MyEnergi Lifestyle pilot

    Ford has been promoting its MyEnergi Lifestyle program at CES Asia in Shanghai this week. CNET Ford has announced a massive push in its sustainability agenda with the launch of the MyEnergi Lifestyle pilot program for China, aiming to increase take-up of renewable energy sources and efficient vehicles while reducing power bills by as much as 60 percent for Chinese families. The automotive company has joined forces with Chinese-owned appliance manufacturer Haier — as well as local solar power company Trina Solar and electric vehicle charging company Delta Electronics — to roll out the initiative in Beijing and Shanghai. While the MyEnergi program has been in pilot stages in the United States since 2013, the move marks a major shift into the mainstream for Ford’s energy-efficiency program. Ford made the announcement at the CES Asia event currently running in Shanghai, China — the first time the Consumer Electronics Association has brought an offshoot of the …

    May 24, 2015 11:57 pm


  • New study finds that proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients

    New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects than patients treated with older radiation therapies. Working with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas, Michael Chuong, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the school, compared two kinds of X-ray radiation with proton therapy, an innovative, precise approach that targets tumors while minimizing harm to surrounding tissues. The researchers looked at nearly 600 patients and found that proton therapy resulted in a significantly lower number of side effects, including nausea, blood abnormalities and loss of appetite. The results were presented on May 22 at the annual conference of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group, held in San Diego. “This evidence underscores the precision of proton therapy, and how it can really make a difference in …

    May 24, 2015 8:17 pm


  • Depression May Intensify Anger in Veterans With PTSD: Study

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Anger often escalates quickly in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they’re depressed, a new study reveals. “Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen positive for PTSD or for depression, and especially when they screen positive for both,” lead researcher Raymond Novaco said in a news release from the American Psychological Association. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after living through or witnessing a dangerous event. People with the disorder may feel intense stress, suffer from flashbacks or experience a “fight or flight” response when there’s no apparent danger. In the study, Novaco’s team examined the mental-health records of almost 2,100 soldiers — mostly men — who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and later sought treatment. Those who showed signs of depression and PTSD had higher levels of anger and believed they were more likely …

    May 24, 2015 8:37 pm


  • 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


  • Visiting the troops with Aaron Tippin in Iraq: My proudest moment as an American military veteran

    Like all veterans, my memories are filled this Memorial Day with endless instances of pride at being able to serve this great country of ours – pride at being an American and even more pride at having been able to wear the uniform. Of my many memories, over 60 years’ worth, none is more striking than that of a dusty afternoon in 2008 in a bombed out building in Sadr City, Baghdad.  It wasn’t about my own service.  It was about someone else’s. I was accompanying my friend Aaron Tippin, a country music legend, as he visited and entertained troops during the Thanksgiving season.  It was an annual event for him during the war and I was often fortunate enough to accompany him.  On this particular afternoon, at one of many stops, we were at a Forward Operating Base with a battalion of the storied 82nd Airborne Division. The scene was literally out of a …

    May 23, 2015 4:46 pm

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