• BMX racers benefit from drone tech

    BMX racers benefit from drone tech

    Coaches can get performance analysis feedback about the BMX racers in real-time Great Britain Cycling Team’s BMX squad is fitting its bikes with tech developed for military drones to try to shave milliseconds off its...
  • Nishikori takes center stage, Federer cruises on

    PARIS Roger Federer avoided any more security scares as he moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger still lurks in the bottom half of the draw, namely in...
  • Blair quits Middle East envoy role

    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to stand down from his role as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU, sources confirm. He will leave the role next month...
  • Texans to appear on ‘Hard Knocks’

    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – The Houston Texans have scheduled a Wednesday press conference, at which time the team is expected to announce its participation in the television series “Hard Knocks.” The HBO reality program chronicles...

Headline News

  • Appeals court strikes down Arkansas 12-week abortion ban


    A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas law that banned abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, upholding a lower court’s decision last year that had blocked the law. The Arkansas law violates a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy at a point before the viability of the fetus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit said. Two doctors challenged the Arkansas law, which had granted exceptions to protect the life of the mother and for pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. “By banning abortions after 12 weeks’ gestation, the act prohibits women from making the ultimate decision to terminate a pregnancy at a point before viability,” the appeals court said. The judges said the appeals court was bound by a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right to choose an abortion before viability and that Arkansas made no attempt to refute assertions the doctors’ lawyers made. The court …

    May 27, 2015 12:06 pm
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Politics

  • Taxpayer information stolen from IRS website


    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday. “We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we, but everybody in the financial industry, are dealing with.” The IRS said it is notifying taxpayers whose information was accessed. The IRS is providing them with credit monitoring services. Koskinen wouldn’t say whether investigators believe the criminals are based …

    May 27, 2015 9:04 am
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Stocks

  • College-educated workers took biggest pay cut last year


    Here’s a twist … workers with college or advanced degrees saw their wages slip last year, while those with less education fared better. Workers with bachelor’s degrees saw their average hourly wage drop to $29.55 in 2014, down 1.3% from a year earlier, according to an Economic Policy Institute analysis of Labor Department data. Those with advanced degrees saw their earnings fall 2.2% to $38.20. Meanwhile, the hourly income of those with high school degrees or some college courses under their belt remained essentially flat at $16.46 and $18.14, respectively. Those who didn’t finish high school saw a 0.6% bump in pay to $12.31 an hour. Just why this is happening isn’t clear, but economists have their theories. Cities and states have been boosting the minimum wage, which generally lifts the earnings of the least educated, said Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute. Related: More than half of middle-class kids fail to …

    May 27, 2015 12:06 pm
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Sports

  • Nishikori takes center stage, Federer cruises on


    PARIS Roger Federer avoided any more security scares as he moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger still lurks in the bottom half of the draw, namely in the shape of Japan’s Kei Nishikori. While second seed Federer was beating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Nishikori was given center stage on Court Phillipe Chatrier and produced further evidence as to why he is being tipped as a potential champion. The 25-year-old fifth seed was handed a tough test by left-handed Brazilian claycourt specialist Thomaz Bellucci but passed it with flying colors, winning 7-5 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round for only the second time. Bellucci is one of the in-form players on clay this year and arrived in Paris full of confidence after winning the Geneva title last week, but Nishikori proved too strong in a high-quality contest played in warm sunshine. …

    May 27, 2015 12:06 pm
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World News

  • Blair quits Middle East envoy role


    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to stand down from his role as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU, sources confirm. He will leave the role next month after he fulfils “outstanding commitments”, a source close to Mr Blair told the BBC. Mr Blair, who took the role just hours after leaving Downing Street in 2007, has written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to confirm his decision. He will “remain active” in the region in an informal role, the source said. Mr Blair remains “fully committed to assisting the international community in its work with Israel and the Palestinians to bring about progress on the two-state solution”, they said. “He believes that he can best support these efforts through working with the key regional players, the USA, the EU and others, without any formal role.” Analysis Tensions have frequently flared along the Israeli border with Gaza By …

    May 27, 2015 12:06 pm
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Technology

  • BMX racers benefit from drone tech


    Coaches can get performance analysis feedback about the BMX racers in real-time Great Britain Cycling Team’s BMX squad is fitting its bikes with tech developed for military drones to try to shave milliseconds off its race times. Miniature infrared lamps are fixed to the off-road two-wheelers, and they’re monitored using sensors placed at a track’s sides. These provide data to an app, which suggests ways the cyclist can be more efficient. The move is the result of a partnership with the defence firm BAE Systems. It said it originally developed the technology as part of a “sense and avoidance” system for unmanned aircraft to help them prevent mid-air collisions with other flying objects. It has been adapted to record the trajectory of the cyclists in the air after they make their jumps as well as their movements on the ground. It is hoped they can use the information to improve their techniques and race strategies …

    May 27, 2015 12:26 pm
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Science

  • Advance in quantum error correction


    Quantum computers are largely theoretical devices that could perform some computations exponentially faster than conventional computers can. Crucial to most designs for quantum computers is quantum error correction, which helps preserve the fragile quantum states on which quantum computation depends. The ideal quantum error correction code would correct any errors in quantum data, and it would require measurement of only a few quantum bits, or qubits, at a time. But until now, codes that could make do with limited measurements could correct only a limited number of errors — one roughly equal to the square root of the total number of qubits. So they could correct eight errors in a 64-qubit quantum computer, for instance, but not 10. In a paper they’re presenting at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Theory of Computing in June, researchers from MIT, Google, the University of Sydney, and Cornell University present a new code that can correct errors …

    May 27, 2015 8:45 am
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Health

  • Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?


    WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to noise from traffic, trains and planes may be linked to a burgeoning belly, Swedish researchers report. The increased risk of a larger waist rose with the number of sources of noise someone was exposed to at the same time — from 25 percent for those exposed to only one source to nearly double for those exposed to all three sources, the scientists added. “Long-term exposure to traffic noise may affect our metabolism and lead to abdominal obesity,” said lead researcher Charlotta Eriksson, from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “Traffic noise should be recognized as an important environmental health hazard that needs to be taken into consideration in urban planning,” she said. Eriksson cautioned that this is an observational study, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect between traffic noise and abdominal obesity. Traffic noise, however, may …

    May 27, 2015 9:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Amy Schumer Skewers Bill Cosby Rape Scandal With Hilarious Sketch


    Posted on Wed May 27th, 2015 9:15am PDT       By X17 Staff We love Amy Schumer — and so should you! The always provocative funny lady took a stab at the Bill Cosby rape scandal on last night’s Inside Amy Schumer and it’s pretty damn hilarious. In the sketch, the blonde lady plays Bill Cosby’s fictional defense attorney in the comic’s trial in the Court of Public Opinion. Ha! The scene starts with the prosecutor’s closing arguments before Schumer takes the stage. How does Schumer plan on getting Cosby out of this image-destroying jam? Why by playing an episode of The Cosby Show, giving jurors pudding pops and presenting them with Cosby sweaters of course! The basic premise of the sketch is Cosby couldn’t have possibly drugged and raped all these women because he’s the beloved Dr. Huxtable — and even if he did, why would we want to destroy our memories of The Cosby Show by …

    May 27, 2015 11:26 am
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Editorial

  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse


    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best


    PARIS American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. Recalling last year’s U.S. Open, the 19-year-old described how she was forced to share a toilet with a cat. “You guys are going to laugh at this,” Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the first round on Tuesday, told reporters. “Lord have mercy. We were in New York, and the guy walked outside and he greeted us and he had no shoes on. “Then he told us when we were in the elevator ‘I hope you like cats’. We’re like, yeah, cats are fine. He was like ‘but you can’t let down the toilet seat because the cat uses the toilet.’ “After that, I think hotels are safer!” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am
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