• Giant Black Holes May Be on Collision Course

    Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21...
  • Man arrested in DC mansion murders

    Daron Dylon Wint is a certified welder and worked for family’s company, American Iron Works Police have arrested a man they believe held a family and housekeeper hostage in their Washington DC home before killing...
  • Key Iraq-Syria crossing ‘falls to IS’

    Key Iraq-Syria crossing ‘falls to IS’

    Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf – known as al-Waleed in Iraq – crossing as IS...
  • UK sells off unused net addresses

    UK sells off unused net addresses

    The UK’s government network uses addresses owned by the Department for Work and Pensions The UK government has started selling off internet addresses that it no longer uses. The first group of 150,000 addresses has...
  • Is the party over for real estate investing?

    Is the party over for real estate investing?

    Real estate has been one of the best performing assets since President Obama took office. No, we’re not talking about regular people’s homes. The biggest gains have come from so-called real estate investment trusts —...

Headline News

  • Man arrested in DC mansion murders


    Daron Dylon Wint is a certified welder and worked for family’s company, American Iron Works Police have arrested a man they believe held a family and housekeeper hostage in their Washington DC home before killing them. Daron Dylon Wint, 34, who had previously worked for the victims’ family business, was detained late Thursday in the US capital. He is accused of killing the four victims and setting the house on fire. Police refused to confirm reports Mr Wint was identified by DNA from the crust of a pizza delivered to the home. Savvas Savopoulos, 46, chief executive of American Iron Works, was found dead in his family’s home in Woodley Park, northwest Washington, just blocks away from the home of Vice-President Joe Biden. Police discovered his body alongside those of his wife Amy, 47, his 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, an El Salvador national. A week after the gruesome discovery, investigators have provided …

    May 22, 2015 7:31 am
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Politics

  • Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts


    By Tom Curry Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Knight, celebrating after drawing the first pick in the Capitol office lottery last November, acknowledges he has to kick up his fund-raising a notch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first. Knight raised less than $29,000 in the first quarter, stirring doubts about his ability to defend his seat in a district that leans only slightly Republican and that President Barack Obama carried in 2008. Last year, Knight defeated fellow Republican Tony Strickland with 53 percent of the vote after Democrats failed in the June primary to advance a candidate to the top-two November ballot. “I take full responsibility” for the feeble fund raising, Knight said. “We had an awful lot of issues that we were overcoming. We wanted to make sure our …

    May 22, 2015 4:09 am
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Stocks

  • Is the party over for real estate investing?


    Real estate has been one of the best performing assets since President Obama took office. No, we’re not talking about regular people’s homes. The biggest gains have come from so-called real estate investment trusts — REITs for short. REITs are companies that own a lot of different properties. Some REITs specialize in just one type of real estate (think apartments in California) while others own a bunch of different kinds of property such as hospitals, office buildings and malls. They make their money much like any landlord does — by collecting rent. Related: The best performing investment under Obama is… Investors have gobbled up REITs since 2009 for three reasons: 1) REITs trade like stocks. REITs give you real estate exposure a lot easier than having to buy and sell actual buildings. It’s good for diversification, which is why sophisticated investors usually have about 5% or less of their portfolio in REITs. 2) REITs win …

    May 22, 2015 7:10 am
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Sports

  • Francesco Molinari leads by 2 shots at Wentworth after shooting a round of 69


    England’s Justin Rose plays a shot during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 22, 2015. (Adam Davy/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (The Associated Press) Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo plays a shot during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 22, 2015. (Adam Davy/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (The Associated Press) England’s Luke Donald plays a shot during day two of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England, Friday May 22, 2015. (Adam Davy/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (The Associated Press) VIRGINIA WATER, England –  Francesco Molinari recovered from two bogeys in his first three holes to shoot a 3-under 69 on Friday and retain a two-shot clubhouse lead in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at …

    May 22, 2015 7:31 am
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World News

  • Key Iraq-Syria crossing ‘falls to IS’


    Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf – known as al-Waleed in Iraq – crossing as IS advanced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. The loss of al-Tanf to IS follows the group’s takeover of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The US says that fighting the militants will be a “difficult challenge”. Islamic State now controls “more than 95,000 sq km (36,679 sq miles)” of Syria, which is 50% of the country’s entire territory, the UK-based SOHR said. The militants dominate the provinces of Deir al-Zour and Raqqa and have a strong presence in Hasakeh, Aleppo, Homs and Hama. However, correspondents say there are large areas under IS control in the east that are not very significant strategically. IS has also made significant gains in neighbouring Iraq, capturing the strategically-important city of …

    May 22, 2015 7:30 am
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Technology

  • UK sells off unused net addresses


    The UK’s government network uses addresses owned by the Department for Work and Pensions The UK government has started selling off internet addresses that it no longer uses. The first group of 150,000 addresses has been snapped up by a Norwegian firm called Altibox for about £600,000. The addresses are becoming valuable because the net has almost outgrown the addressing scheme it adopted in the 1970s. If the UK government sells off all the surplus addresses it owns it could get up to £15m. However, some fear that as the addresses are shared out more widely, data could go astray. The surplus addresses are part of a much bigger block of 16 million addresses given to the Department of Work and Pensions in 1993. Earlier this year, the DWP started a project to see how many of these IP addresses could be freed. An official report produced before the DWP began its investigation suggested that …

    May 22, 2015 7:30 am
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Science

  • Giant Black Holes May Be on Collision Course


    Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21 years. If the observations are confirmed, the duo would be the closest known set of binary black holes, and their imminent collision would offer scientists an unprecedented chance to watch extreme physics in action. [Video: When Black Holes Collide] The potential black holes are impossible to glimpse directly. Besides being black—which is to say, invisible—they are far too distant from Earth and too close to one another to make out with telescopes. But scientists found what they think is the telltale signature of a pair of these behemoths circling together. The apparent black holes reside in what’s known as a quasar—a galaxy that is unleashing a torrent of light as mass gets gobbled by the gigantic black hole at its …

    May 22, 2015 7:50 am
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Health

  • U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures


    CHICAGO and NEW YORK As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for grain giant Archer Daniels Midland Co said that, as egg supplies have tightened and prices risen, the company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. And with a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad. “The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we’ve always been a very low-cost producer,” said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company. “Now, that’s no longer the case.” Still, companies wanting to import eggs may have to look far afield. “Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years,” said Rick Brown, a …

    May 22, 2015 4:09 am
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Entertainment

  • Madonna just won the battle on ageism with one photo


    We’ve loved her our entire lives. I remember when I was young that my mother wouldn’t let me watch her Blonde Ambition Tour videos with my older sisters. And now that Madonna is older, she is out to prove age is truly just a number and that it shouldn’t hold you back from anything you want to do (or wear or date). It seems like a broken record; weren’t we just talking about how age-shaming Rebel Wilson is completely inappropriate? We are bombarded by Pinterest boards and magazine articles about everything from clothing to makeup that is “age appropriate.” “10 things you shouldn’t wear after your 20s,” blah, blah, blah. And Madonna has always gotten flak for not “acting her age.” Well, she’s got one loud, clear and oh-so-perfect response for the haters and the trolls: “Bitch, I’m Madonna!” More: Madonna says ageism is as bad as racism She posted this photo late Wednesday evening …

    May 22, 2015 6:30 am
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Editorial

  • Imagine America without the Constitution


    What if we didn’t have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that’s what folks came to expect? What if those elected to office, and those appointed to it, as well, took oaths to uphold the Constitution? What if those who took the oaths promised fidelity to the Constitution? What if the Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land? What if the supreme law of the land means what it says? What if all in government, from presidents to park rangers, from generals to janitors, from judges to jail guards, take substantially the same oath? What if very few who have taken their oaths take them seriously? What if very few who have taken …

    May 22, 2015 4:28 am
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Odd News

  • Could another English king be buried under a car park?


    LONDON Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him. Philippa Langley, the inspiration behind the successful hunt for Richard III’s remains, is now on the trail of his forebear Henry I, one of the first rulers of England following the Norman conquest in the 11th Century. She is part of a team seeking backing to search for the ruins of Reading Abbey, founded by Henry in 1121 and where he was buried after his death 14 years later, allegedly brought about by eating too many lampreys, a type of fish. Like Richard, the exact whereabouts of Henry’s final resting place is unknown after the abbey, including his tomb, was mostly destroyed some 400 years later. “The thinking in Reading, using current estimates of the size of the abbey, …

    May 22, 2015 7:50 am
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