Headline News

  • Group to sue Trump over potential payments from foreign governments

    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A political watchdog group plans to file suit against President Donald Trump Monday in federal court in New York alleging he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution by not divesting himself of his business empire. The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced Sunday it will file the suit Monday morning at 9 a.m. claiming several leases in Trump Tower, owned by foreign government and business interests, violate the clause because they may be able to exert influence over the president. The emoluments clause, contained in Article 1, Section 9 of the the Constitution, restricts officeholders from accepting any type of gift, or emolument, from any king, prince or foreign state. The CREW lawsuit seeks to allege that foreign governments paying for leases in Trump properties or rooms at Trump-owned or -branded hotels could influence the president. “We did not want to get to this point. It …

    January 23, 2017 4:27 am


  • Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington for visit: White House

    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February during a phone call in which they discussed the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the White House said on Sunday. In his first call with Netanyahu since taking office on Friday, Trump stressed his “unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security.” “The president and the prime minister agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran,” the White House said in a statement. Trump also said peace between Israel and the Palestinians could only be negotiated between the two parties, but that the United States would work with Israel to achieve that goal. Relations between Israel and the Obama administration ended on a contentious note, when the United States declined to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a halt to Israeli settlement-building. The readout from the White House …

    January 23, 2017 1:04 am


  • How You Can Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    The concepts, designs, gadgets — everything that is being showcased — provide a glimpse of the future. Every January thousands of people from around the globe converge on Las Vegas to attend the biggest trade show in the world. Incredible innovations and mind-boggling products are presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES. Since its launch in 1967, CES has been the place where some of our best-known gadgets were introduced, such as the video cassette recorder, CD players, camcorders and the Microsoft Xbox. And don’t forget the ever-thinner flat-screen TV. This year LG displayed a 55-inch transparent TV and a TV it dubbed the “wallpaper” TV, which is narrower than an iPhone, plus a levitating speaker. Other Jetsons-like concepts that were presented at CES included Toyota’s (NYSE: TM ) new Concept-i UX car — a vehicle designed to “get to know you” and read your emotions and switch between self-driving …

    January 23, 2017 3:25 am


  • NFL Conference Championship Blanket: First look at Super Bowl LI between Pats, Falcons

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –  Super Bowl LI, please save us. With the Falcons’ 44–21 beating of the Packers, and the Patriots’ 36–17 destruction of the Steelers in Sunday’s conference championship games, the country has seen just two competitive playoff games out of the 10 played to this point. Will the Houston Super Bowl on Feb. 5 be any different? For that answer, let’s get an early look at the factors that will determine the winner of Super Bowl LI. Go crazy, folks It’s all about the quarterbacks: Just about any way you slice it, this is a matchup between the top two passers in the league. Whether you look at passer rating, QBR, yards per attempt or FootballOutsiders.com’s DVOA efficiency ratings, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Tom Brady ended up No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the stats department. They are masters of their craft, have plenty of weapons around them, and have two …

    January 23, 2017 1:06 am

World News

  • Britain’s May refuses to talk about reported test missile failure

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Prime Minister Theresa May refused Sunday to offered details on the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. But several members of parliament called for a full investigation of the reported failure and possible coverup weeks before a House of Commons vote on the future of the nuclear missiles. During an interview with the BBC, May wouldn’t say if she knew about the failure, let alone the test ahead of time. She was asked four times by Andrew Marr whether she knew about the failure before the Commons voted 472-117 in July to spend $53 billion renewing Trident. At the time, she said it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” for the Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons. On Sunday, she said “I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.” “There are tests that take place all the time, …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm


  • Samsung blames two separate battery faults for Galaxy Note 7 fires

    Samsung has blamed lithium-ion batteries for causing its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones to overheat and catch fire, a fault that led to the global recall of millions of devices and damaged consumer confidence in the world’s biggest maker of smartphones. At a press conference on Monday, Samsung officials said exhaustive tests on tens of thousands of devices and batteries had ruled out any problems with the device’s hardware or software. But, it added, internal and independent investigations had “concluded that batteries were found to be the cause of the Note 7 incidents”. In the case of the original battery, the casing was too small, causing it to short-circuit and ignite. It was replaced with a battery that had a different manufacturing defect but led to the same result. Samsung infographic showing the problems with the first type of battery in Galaxy Note 7 phone. Photograph: Samsung Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, …

    January 23, 2017 12:44 am


  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am


  • UK scientists give cancer risk warning on overdone chips, toast

    LONDON Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said on Monday. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at high temperatures, has been found in animal studies to increase the risk of cancer. In a statement that drew criticism from some independent experts, the FSA said that, to reduce the danger, consumers should cook these foods at lower temperatures and eat them when they are cooked to a golden color rather than browned. “The scientific consensus is that acrylamide has the potential to cause cancer in humans,” it said. “As a general rule of thumb, aim for a golden yellow color or lighter when frying, baking, toasting or roasting starchy foods like potatoes, root vegetables and bread.” But some experts …

    January 23, 2017 4:06 am


  • Taylor Lautner Stays By Girlfriend Billie Lourd’s Side After The Death Of Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds

    Posted on Sun Jan 22nd, 2017 7:56am PDT       By X17 Staff Resilience! Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd is staying strong after the death of her mother and grandmother just after Christmas and by her side through it all has been boyfriend Taylor Lautner. The couple headed to the Barney’s sale Saturday and enjoyed some lunch at department store restaurant. They were low-key, focused on each other … and their phones — perhaps watching the Womens Marches in LA, DC, NY and around the world yesterday, as many of us were. The young actress has been keeping it quite together in the new year; she’s been posting tributes to her mother and grandmother as part of the healing process and no doubt, Taylor’s been a key part of the process. Lourd posted this Instagram a week ago, remembering the close bond she had with her mom and acknowledging that humor would help her heal … “If my …

    January 23, 2017 3:46 am


  • Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans

    “There was one moment in Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, “that revealed why so many are so terrified of him.”  Lithwick deemed this moment so inflammatory that she called it “reprehensible” and “gobsmacking.”  Somewhat more restrained, Politico’s Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein said it was “head-scratching.” What was this extraordinary occurrence?  Had Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general of the United States embraced the notion of a terrorist state like, say, Iran having nukes? Was he in favor of packing the electorate with illegal immigrants and thus changing the electoral landscape forever? Had he admitted to using a private server for thousands of classified documents? Perhaps he voiced his support for abortion-on-demand, thereby adding to the more than 50 million children that have been terminated since Roe v. Wade? Of course, not. Senate Democrats and their media allies see none of these things as “reprehensible” (as they certainly are).  No, the …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm

Odd News

  • New Jersey man accused of dodging $56,000 worth of tolls

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — A New Jersey man caught trying to skip a toll on the George Washington Bridge is accused of 888 toll violations totaling more than $56,000. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said officers spotted a 2014 Toyota Camry without front or rear license plates going through an EZPass toll lane without paying about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Pentangelo said the driver, Alesandel Rodriguez, 31, had a New York license tag in the back windshield of the car tat expired Dec. 15. Police discovered Rodriguez’s EZPass accounts had been revoked and was accused of 888 EXPass toll violations during the past five years — totaling $56,240 in owed tolls and ensuing fees. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with theft of services. He was issued several traffic summonses and his car was impounded. The suspect was turned over to police in Teaneck, N.J., after he was found to …

    January 23, 2017 12:45 am