Headline News

  • Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than six years in prison for trying to make ricin


    (Reuters) – A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for “attempting to weaponize” the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May 2014 in federal court in New Jersey. The toxins, extracted from plant seeds, are potentially lethal to humans if ingested, inhaled or injected, even in tiny doses. In addition to the prison term “for attempting to weaponize the lethal toxins” and possessing a prohibited flask with the intention of using it to produce illegal narcotics, U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper sentenced Gonzalez to five years of supervised release, the Justice Department said in a statement. Gonzalez was arrested in November 2013 after law enforcement officials tracked several suspicious deliveries to his New York City apartment, including a kilogram of a toxic and explosive compound, the Federal Bureau of …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House. Romney’s decision helps clarify an emerging Republican field split between potential establishment candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and conservative voices represented by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The move will likely boost Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, even though Romney has privately made known to aides he is not convinced that Bush can defeat Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. But Romney’s decision also helps other potential candidates such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who was on Romney’s vice presidential short list in 2012; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and possibly New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, all of whom will have a better chance …

    January 30, 2015 2:27 pm
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Stocks

  • January was a terrible month for stocks


    Stocks have been having a pretty bad 2015 so far. Investors probably wished they had hibernated this January. It was the worst month for stocks since this month last year. The Dow shed 3.7%, the SP 500 has lost 3.1%, and the Nasdaq is over 2.1% lower. Talk about a bad start to the year. A quick glance at the chart below shows what a whiplash ride 2015 has been so far with 7 days where the market swung up or down more than 200 points. Related: Bears warn: A crisis could be near There’s an adage on Wall Street that the early days of the year are a good predictor of the full-year. Historically speaking, there’s only about a 50-50 probability that the stock market will end the year on a positive note if January saw market declines, according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG, points out that five …

    January 30, 2015 4:48 pm
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Sports

  • Ko moves 1 clear of Jang in Florida


    Ocala, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Lydia Ko fired a 7-under 65 in Friday’s third round to move one stroke clear of Ha Na Jang at the season-opening Coates Golf Championship. Ko ended 54 holes at 14-under-par 202. She picked up three of her five LPGA Tour titles last year, and with a win on Saturday will likely become the youngest player ever, male or female, to reach No. 1 in the world rankings. Jang, the second-round leader, managed a 1-under 71 at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club and is alone in second place at minus-13. Na Yeon Choi carded a 6-under 66 to jump into third place at 12-under-par 204. World No. 3 Stacy Lewis shot 2-under 70 for the second straight round and she is alone in fourth place at 10-under 206. Amy Yang matched Ko’s 65 and she soared into a share of fifth at minus-9. Yang was joined there by Jessica Korda …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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World News

  • IS ‘chemical weapons expert killed’


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 23:50 The coalition has carried out hundreds of strikes against IS in Iraq A chemical weapons expert with the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq has been killed in a coalition airstrike, the US military has said. Abu Malik’s training provided IS with “expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability”, a statement said. He served as a chemical weapons engineer under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, before joining al-Qaeda in Iraq and then IS, the US said. The US-led coalition has carried almost 2,000 strikes against IS targets. Mr Malik was killed in a raid near Mosul on 24 January, according to the US. His death is expected to “degrade and disrupt” IS and weaken their ability to produce and use chemical weapons, the US military said. There have been frequent reports of IS using chlorine gas, but no evidence the group has accumulated a significant chemical weapons …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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Technology

  • For Silk Road founder, evidence keeps piling up


    Supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, stand in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13 in New York City. Getty Images Ross Ulbricht’s defense is looking shakier by the day. In the latest series of developments, federal prosecutors said the alleged mastermind of Silk Road, an online bazaar for drugs and other contraband, had millions of dollars in bitcoins on his laptop, according to Wired. That revelation undermines Ulbricht’s defense, who claims he was “the fall guy” for someone else. Prosecutors on Thursday said the FBI traced more than 700,000 bitcoins, or around $13.4 million, representing around 4,000 transactions on the site. Now 30, Ulbricht has admitted he founded Silk Road, but handed over control of the site to another individual when maintaining it became too much of a burden. Both Ulbricht and …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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Science

  • Meteorite may represent ‘bulk background’ of Mars’ battered crust


    NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth. It’s been shown to be a 4.4 billion-year-old chunk of the Martian crust, and according to a new analysis, rocks just like it may cover vast swaths of Mars. In a new paper, scientists report that spectroscopic measurements of the meteorite are a spot-on match with orbital measurements of the Martian dark plains, areas where the planet’s coating of red dust is thin and the rocks beneath are exposed. The findings suggest that the meteorite, nicknamed Black Beauty, is representative of the “bulk background” of rocks on the Martian surface, says Kevin Cannon, a Brown University graduate student and lead author of the new paper. The research, co-authored by Jack Mustard from Brown and Carl Agee from the University of New Mexico, is in press in the journal Icarus. When scientists started analyzing …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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Health

  • Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A second hospital patient in Sacramento, California, tested negative for the Ebola virus on Friday, the hospital reported, hours after the first was found to be free of the deadly disease at a nearby medical center. Both individuals were said to have been at low-risk of contracting Ebola before their test results came back. Public health officials have not said whether the two cases were linked in any way. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said its patient, admitted on Wednesday, would now be discharged. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

    January 30, 2015 6:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Did We Miss The All-Black, Long Coat, High Heel Boots, Heavy-On-The-Makeup Memo?


    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 1:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff Umm did we not get the memo where we’re all supposed to wear black coats, black boots and all-black outfits? Or was a Kardashian-klan only message? We guess so because sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian looked like style twins when they walked it out while en route to the family office in Los Angeles on Friday. Both gals were outfitted in long coat and sexy black boots. For the office stop, Kim donned a leather pencil skirt and black top, while Khloe, who really is going goth with all that eye makeup, opted for favorite pair of ripped jeans and a simple black top. We have to say Khloe’s wearing so much makeup it looks like she’s been airbrushed. Those girls do take a lot of selfies — so maybe that’s a good thing?! Earlier this month, Kim wrote that she and Kanye were revamping …

    January 30, 2015 4:48 pm
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Editorial

  • Fool of the Week?


    What a week… filled with fools! There was an abundance of foolishness surrounding the American sniper Chris Kyle. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin invovked the race card regarding Kyle. Fool. Jesse Ventura called Kyle a liar. (Wow! What a tough guy you are, Ventura. Calling a dead man a liar). Fool. And more nonsensentical anti-sniper drivel from Michael Moore. Fool. So, while I was trying to pick the most foolish fool, Something amazing happened.. Texas governor Greg Abbott declared this coming Monday, February 2, “Chris Kyle Day.” (Chris Kyle was killed on February 2, 2013 at age 38) So, in lieu of a fool this week.. Let’s just say thank you to Texas for honoring a real American hero And what better way to honor his memory than by going to see the movie…. It’s awesome! By the way… You can catch a tribute to Chris Kyle, Saturday @1130am ET on “Cashin’ In.” Heads up, …

    January 30, 2015 6:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Trucker pulling loose tooth triggers backup on Alabama freeway: report


    (Reuters) – A truck driver distracted by yanking free his loose tooth veered off the road and caused a miles-long backup on an Alabama freeway, a local newspaper reported on Friday. The unnamed 57-year-old trucker was driving on Interstate 20/59 near Tuscaloosa when the accident occurred late on Sunday, the Birmingham News reported. “The driver stated he lost control when he was pulling a tooth with his hands,” an Alabama Highway Patrol incident report said, according to the newspaper. “He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof.” After veering off the road, the truck went into a ditch before jackknifing into a stand of trees, the newspaper reported. The accident caused no serious injuries but it triggered a complete shutdown of a three-mile stretch of the freeway and caused delays that lasted into the Monday morning rush hour, the newspaper reported. Alabama Highway Patrol representatives did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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