• Afghanistan army defends key city

    Security forces have been in a standoff with the Taleban for almost a week The Afghan government has launched a major offensive against Taliban forces near the north-eastern provincial capital of Kunduz. The Taliban have...
  • Bhullar wants to emulate Yao Ming in India

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sim Bhullar knows it is going to be a tall order but the first NBA player of Indian descent believes that, like Yao Ming in China, he can trigger basketball frenzy...
  • U2 Delights Fans With Surprise Subway Concert

    Posted on Wed May 6th, 2015 11:32am PDT       By X17 Staff #u2 #jimmyfallon #ny #metrostation #angelofharlem A video posted by U2 italian fans (@u2italianfans) on May 5, 2015 at 12:28am PDT Bono’s hand may be injured...
  • The horse that doubles as a library

    The horse that doubles as a library

    Ridwan Sururi and Luna visit schools in Indonesia three times a week Adult illiteracy in Indonesia is dropping, but one region has almost a million adults who cannot read. In central Java, the BBC meets...
  • Pacquiao shoulder surgery a success

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday, just days after his loss to Floyd Mayweather in the so-called “Fight of the Century”. Surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who...
  • Wendy’s to sell 640 restaurants

    Wendy’s to sell 640 restaurants

    Wendy’s announced plans Wednesday to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants in the United States and Canada. The sales are a part of the burger chain’s plan to reduce the number of company-owned locations. The...

Headline News

  • Man who beat Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium faces federal prison term for gun conviction


    LOS ANGELES –  A man who beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium faces a lengthy federal prison sentence for an unrelated gun crime. A Los Angeles judge is set to sentence Louie Sanchez on Thursday for being a felon in possession of guns. Police investigating the beating of Bryan Stow found semi-automatic rifles, other weapons and ammunition belonging to Sanchez. The arsenal was discovered at the home of his friend and co-defendant, Marvin Norwood. The two were previously sentenced to state prison for the 2011 opening day attack that left Stow with permanent brain damage. Prosecutors want Sanchez to serve nearly eight years in federal prison after finishing his eight-year state term. Norwood is scheduled for sentencing for the same crime in two weeks.

    May 7, 2015 3:26 am
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Politics

  • Republican Santorum will announce decision on presidential run on May 27


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania told Fox News on Wednesday he will announce on May 27 whether he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. A staunch social conservative, Santorum finished second to eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Santorum’s website said “a special announcement” would be made in Pittsburgh on the evening of May 27. If he enters the race, Santorum would join a field that so far includes Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida; former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; former Hewlett-Packard Co chief Carly Fiorina; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)

    May 7, 2015 1:45 am
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Stocks

  • Wendy’s to sell 640 restaurants


    Wendy’s announced plans Wednesday to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants in the United States and Canada. The sales are a part of the burger chain’s plan to reduce the number of company-owned locations. The company hopes to sell the restaurants to franchisees. Wendy’s stock rose 7% on the news. It intends to sell 380 restaurants this year and another 260 in 2016. The company is working with a private equity group to manage the sale, which will be directed at existing Wendy’s franchise owners. At the end of 2014, Wendy’s had a total of 6,515 restaurants worldwide. Related: McDonald’s CEO promises better food CEO Emil Brolick said the goal is to “drive further growth opportunities for expanded restaurant ownership to strong operators.” He expects the deal to generate up to $475 million in cash. Wendy’s (WENDY) is also selling its bakery in Zanesville, Ohio, where it makes buns. Related: Upstart burger chains are eating …

    May 7, 2015 2:25 am
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Sports

  • Bhullar wants to emulate Yao Ming in India


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sim Bhullar knows it is going to be a tall order but the first NBA player of Indian descent believes that, like Yao Ming in China, he can trigger basketball frenzy in the country his parents left before he was born. Former Houston Rockets center Yao, an eight-time All-Star, triggered NBA-mania in China after being selected first overall in the 2002 draft and went on to become his country’s wealthiest and most recognizable athlete. That is unlikely to happen to Toronto-born Bhullar, who at 7ft 5in (2.26 meters) is an inch shorter than Yao. Bhullar, who was not drafted, signed just a 10-day contract with Sacramento Kings last month and played only three games before embarking on a tour of India, where basketball is much less popular than it was in China pre-Yao. Still, as he conducts basketball clinics in cities across the country, Bhullar is drawing inspiration from the former …

    May 7, 2015 3:26 am
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World News

  • Afghanistan army defends key city


    Security forces have been in a standoff with the Taleban for almost a week The Afghan government has launched a major offensive against Taliban forces near the north-eastern provincial capital of Kunduz. The Taliban have come close to the city in recent fighting, leaving it cut off with tens of thousands of displaced. A BBC correspondent who has flown into Kunduz has heard gunfire and artillery exchanges not far from its centre. Afghan officials say foreign jihadists trained by the Islamic State group are fighting alongside the Taliban. Provincial governor Mohammed Omer Safi said that the bodies of 18 foreign fighters including two women had been found. Security forces and Taliban have been involved in a standoff for about a week after the insurgents launched an offensive on Kunduz at the end of April. Correspondents say the advance is the most serious threat to a provincial capital in years. Afghan army and police are involved …

    May 7, 2015 3:26 am
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Technology

  • Cops claim their cell phones were illegally searched (by other cops)


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. The Hoboken Bar where the original incident took place. TIGRI/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET It’s tempting to believe that the authorities treat their own a little differently from the way they treat others. A new lawsuit, however, might offer pause for a moment’s consideration. In August, new graduates from the Port Authority Police Academy celebrated with a party at a bar in Hoboken, N.J. Some of the newly bestowed cops were allegedly bestowing a little drunken superiority on bouncers and others at the bar. So much so that the police were called (other police, that is). In November, nine rookies were fired. Three of their superiors were also disciplined. Now, however, as NJ.com reports, the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association is suing the Port Authority, the force that patrols the bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey, and …

    May 7, 2015 1:05 am
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Science

  • Solomon Islands dolphin hunts cast spotlight on small cetacean survival


    A new study on the impact of ‘drive-hunting’ dolphins in the Solomon Islands is casting a spotlight on the increasing vulnerability of small cetaceans around the world. From 1976 to 2013, more than 15,000 dolphins were killed by villagers in Fanalei alone, where a single dolphin tooth can fetch the equivalent of 70 cents ($0.70 U.S.) — an increase in value of five times just in the last decade. Results of the Solomon Islands study are being reported this week online in the new journal, Royal Society Open Science. “In the Solomon Islands, the hunting is as much about culture as economic value,” said Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University and co-author on the study. “In other parts of the world, however, the targeting of dolphins and other small cetaceans appears to be increasing as coastal fishing stocks decline. “The hunting of large whales is managed by the …

    May 7, 2015 1:25 am
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Health

  • Siegfried buys BASF drug ingredient businesses for $306 million


    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German chemicals group BASF (BASFn.DE) has agreed to sell parts of its pharmaceutical ingredients business to Swiss drug contract manufacturer Siegfried Holding (SFZN.S) for 270 million euros ($306 million), including assumed debt. “Siegfried will reach the critical size to play a leading role in the supplier market as a recognized partner for the pharmaceutical industry,” said Siegfried Chief Executive Rudolf Hanko. Siegfried said financing of the transaction was secured by a syndicate of Swiss banks and there were no plans for a capital increase. It plans to issue a hybrid bond for partial refinancing after completion of the deal. BASF said on Thursday the move was part of a strategy to focus its pharmaceutical ingredients business on excipients, which are auxiliary pharmaceutical ingredients that help the body to better absorb a drug. BASF will keep selected active ingredients such as ibuprofen, omega-3 fatty acids and polyethylene glycol (PEG), where the company has …

    May 7, 2015 1:45 am
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Entertainment

  • U2 Delights Fans With Surprise Subway Concert


    Posted on Wed May 6th, 2015 11:32am PDT       By X17 Staff #u2 #jimmyfallon #ny #metrostation #angelofharlem A video posted by U2 italian fans (@u2italianfans) on May 5, 2015 at 12:28am PDT Bono’s hand may be injured but it looks like he still knows how to rock — even in the most unlikely of venues! Before their scheduled performance on this Friday’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Bono, The Edge and the rest of the boys in U2 popped up at NYC’s Grand Central subway station and performed an impromptu session of “Angel of Harlem.” More like Angels of Manhattan! In the video, showing the U2 frontman, clad in a oversized jacket and bright blue cowboy hat, at the microphone and singing the band’s beloved 1988 classic as the eager crowd cheers on the band. Last month, the Irish rocker told The New York Times that a hand injury from a bike crash prevented him from playing …

    May 7, 2015 2:46 am
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Editorial

  • Why the UK election matters to Americans


    This week’s general election in the United Kingdom offers voters one of the starkest and most important choices in decades. What they choose could have seismic consequences for the international situation and leave America much lonelier on the world stage. Polls show the election on a knife-edge. On one side is Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party which, lacking a majority in 2010, made a coalition deal with the left-of-center Liberal Democrats. In a world where Russian aggression is surging, where Iran is spiraling out of control and ISIS is rampaging across the Middle East, America needs its allies more than ever – and America has no better ally than Great Britain. While Cameron is a moderate conservative – pro-gay marriage, pro-European Union and committed to environmental issues — he nonetheless has led a quiet revolution, implementing spending cuts while ushering in moderate tax relief across the board (including an 8 percent cut in corporation …

    May 7, 2015 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • Australia’s Sex Party stripped of official registration


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian Sex Party, a tiny party known for its salacious name and election day antics, said on Thursday that it had been deregistered after the country’s election watchdog ruled it did not have enough activists. Co-founder Robbie Swan said in a statement that the party would “vigorously” appeal a decision handed down by the Australian Election Commission (AEC) that removed its official status following a review of its membership. Under Australian law a political party must have either an elected representative in the federal parliament or 500 members to keep its registration. The Sex Party has one lawmaker in the Victoria state legislature, but none at federal level. Swan rejected the AEC’s finding that it had fallen below the 500-member threshold. The Sex Party is primarily comprised of young people who change addresses frequently, do not have home phone numbers and are much more transient than traditional party voters, Swan said. …

    May 7, 2015 1:25 am
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