• Trump hotels examine card breach claim

    Trump hotels examine card breach claim

    Donald Trump’s organisation said it was “committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information” Donald Trump’s hotel business is investigating claims that it is the latest US firm to fall victim to a credit and debit...
  • Flashy Federer eases past Querrey

    LONDON Roger Federer’s effortless stroll through the early stages at Wimbledon continued as he brought out the party tricks in a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over Sam Querrey to reach the third round on Thursday....
  • BP to pay £12bn for Gulf oil spill

    BP to pay £12bn for Gulf oil spill

    BP has set aside around $43bn to compensate victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) following the 2010 Gulf of...
  • Wildcard Ward joins Murray in Wimbledon third round

    LONDON British wildcard James Ward battled past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic on Thursday to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time, delighting a vociferous home crowd. The 6-2 7-6(4) 3-6...
  • Pope will visit jail housing ex-church official

    PHILADELPHIA –  The Philadelphia prison that Pope Francis plans to visit during his U.S. trip houses a former church official jailed for his handling of abuse complaints. Monsignor William Lynn is serving a three-year prison...
  • Did Paris Hilton Know She Was Being Pranked?

    Posted on Thu Jul 2nd, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Paris is burning! Or at least we suspect her ears are! Earlier this week Paris Hilton became the talk of the town when a death-defying...
  • Prince pulls all of his music from Spotify

    Prince pulls all of his music from Spotify

    The artist behind hits like “Purple Rain” and “1999” pulled his music from Spotify on Wednesday. It appears Spotify will not be partying like it’s 1999. Prince, the legendary pop artist, pulled all of his...

Headline News

  • Nerves rattled by false reports of U.S. Navy Yard shooter in Washington


    WASHINGTON A false alarm about a possible shooter at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Thursday rattled nerves amid heightened security for potential domestic threats ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend. A report of a possible gunman, which was later determined to be unfounded, touched off an hours-long lockdown starting at about 7:45 a.m. EDT at the military facility just a mile south of the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House. The Navy Yard was the site of a 2013 shooting that left 12 dead. “An employee thought they heard something of concern, they made a call,” said Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. The call was placed from inside the NAVSEA Command Building around 7:29 a.m. and was relayed to the city’s police force, she said. “We don’t believe that it was a malicious hoax or incident like that,” Lanier said. Police …

    July 2, 2015 11:30 am
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Politics

  • Top Obamacare official looks ahead after Supreme Court ruling


    WASHINGTON The U.S. official overseeing Obamacare said on Friday she has not seen any indication that states will back away from running their own health insurance marketplaces now that the Supreme Court has validated the federal insurance exchange. Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services, also said she expected enrollment in both the state and federal health insurance exchanges established under the 2010 Affordable Care Act — called Obamacare — to decline from 10.2 million currently to 9.1 million by the end of 2015. That was the number her department had originally set as a goal for 2015. Speaking with reporters in her office, an upbeat Burwell said now that the Court has upheld the law, she is ready to build on the five-year-old program’s progress by continuing to expand Medicaid, which makes benefits available to low-income people. Obamacare survived a major legal test on Thursday when the Supreme Court upheld the law’s tax …

    July 2, 2015 9:09 am
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Stocks

  • Prince pulls all of his music from Spotify


    The artist behind hits like “Purple Rain” and “1999” pulled his music from Spotify on Wednesday. It appears Spotify will not be partying like it’s 1999. Prince, the legendary pop artist, pulled all of his music from the streaming service on Wednesday. “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” a message on the singer’s Spotifiy page reads. “We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible. There was no explanation why Prince pulled his music from Spotify. Prince’s discography is also missing from other streaming services like Rdio and Apple Music, Apple’s new streaming music service which debuted earlier in the week. So if you ask Apple’s Siri to play the top song of 1984 it responds with “Sorry, ‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince isn’t available for streaming.” However, if fans want to listen to Prince digitally they can head over to TIDAL, …

    July 2, 2015 9:50 am
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Sports

  • Flashy Federer eases past Querrey


    LONDON Roger Federer’s effortless stroll through the early stages at Wimbledon continued as he brought out the party tricks in a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over Sam Querrey to reach the third round on Thursday. Once the Swiss seven-times champion had tamed the American’s hefty serve, he cruised through the match, even managing to lob his statuesque opponent with a shot through his legs in the second set. Querrey began with a tenacious effort to peg Federer back, but the Swiss, chasing an 18th grand slam title, broke in the ninth game of the first set and never looked back. He broke twice more in each of the second and third sets and finished it off in an hour and 21 minutes to set up a clash with Australia’s Sam Groth. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond)

    July 2, 2015 11:30 am
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World News

  • Trump hotels examine card breach claim


    Donald Trump’s organisation said it was “committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information” Donald Trump’s hotel business is investigating claims that it is the latest US firm to fall victim to a credit and debit card security breach. Security expert Brian Krebs reported that US banks had identified a pattern of fraudulent transactions involving accounts that had been used at a Trump Hotel Collection property. The attack appeared to date back to February, he said. The company said it was carrying out a “thorough investigation”. “Like virtually every other company these days, we have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties. “We are committed to safeguarding all guests’ personal information and will continue to do so vigilantly,” the Trump Organization executive vice-president Eric Trump said. Suspicious transactions In a blogpost published on 1 July, Krebs – …

    July 2, 2015 11:31 am
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Technology

  • PayPal sends $890 million to buy money-transfer firm Xoom


    PayPal has made a few significant acquisitions since 2013, including purchasing Paydiant and Braintree. Getty Images PayPal unveiled its plans to buy money-transfer company Xoom on Wednesday, keeping up PayPal’s effort to touch just about every aspect of the digital payments world. The deal, with an enterprise value of $890 million, will expand PayPal’s global money-transfer services, likely giving PayPal’s 165 million worldwide active consumers more options to send and receive money across international borders using Xoom’s services on their smartphones and personal computers. PayPal already offers international money transfers in 190 countries and regions, as well as peer-to-peer money-transfers and payments in the US through the service Venmo. San Francisco-based Xoom will help PayPal speed its expansion into the 37 countries Xoom already operates, especially the important markets of Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil, PayPal’s incoming CEO Dan Schulman said in a statement. Xoom, which has 1.3 million active customers in the …

    July 2, 2015 8:49 am
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Science

  • When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons


    In tough economic times, parents financially favor daughters over sons, according to researchers at the Carlson School of Management and Rutgers Business School. Their study, forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Research, found participants preferred to enroll a daughter rather than a son in beneficial programs, preferred to give a U.S. Treasury bond to a daughter rather than a son, and bequeathed a greater share of their assets to female offspring in their will when they perceived economic conditions to be poor. “Almost all parents say that they don’t favor one of their children over another, but economic recessions subconsciously lead parents to prefer girls over boys,” said Rutgers professor of marketing Kristina Durante, lead author of the study. In one experiment, 629 participants read a news article that described the economy as either improving, getting worse, or neutral. They then were asked to make a will dividing their assets between an imaginary son and …

    July 2, 2015 8:50 am
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Health

  • Summer Danger: BBQ Grill Brush Wires Causing Big Health Woes


    THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Before you bite into that burger on Independence Day, you might want to ask the chef whether a rusty old grill brush was used to clean the barbecue. Wire bristles from grill brushes can snap off, land on the grate and find their way into grilled meats, public health experts warn. If ingested, these bristles can tear up a person’s throat and digestive tract, causing potentially life-threatening injuries. “The worst are the bristles that make it all the way down to the intestines,” said Dr. David Grand, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging with the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. “It if gets to your intestine and then perforates through the wall of your intestine, that is scary. We saw one migrate into the liver and cause a liver infection that had to be treated, and we’ve had bristles that pierced the …

    July 2, 2015 9:10 am
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Entertainment

  • Did Paris Hilton Know She Was Being Pranked?


    Posted on Thu Jul 2nd, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Paris is burning! Or at least we suspect her ears are! Earlier this week Paris Hilton became the talk of the town when a death-defying plane crash prank video began circulating the Interwebs. The vid shows Paris believing she is plummeting to her death while being a passenger on a plane — and then it turned out it was all an elaborate ruse put on by an Egyptian prank show. GOTCHA! Only instead of finding it funny, everyone everywhere felt sorry for the damsel in distress — but TMZ is reporting that Paris knew about the prank before and got a pretty pay day to fake her fears. The site is claiming the celebutante got somewhere in the million dollar range! TMZ says it has a contract from the Egyptian production company, which reads, “We will act as if something is going wrong and ask …

    July 2, 2015 10:30 am
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Editorial

  • Independence Day: Here’s how to get more Americans to vote


    Independence Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate America’s birth as a democracy. This year, it also should spur a redoubling of efforts to uphold that system of governance, whose well-being is at greater risk than we’ve seen in decades. Indicators of America’s flagging democratic engagement abound. Voter turnout plunged to a 72-year low in the 2014 midterms, hitting a floor seen last during World War II.  And the next generation of voters tends to be particularly apathetic, despite their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs. More than half of 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed in a 2013 Harvard Public Opinion Project said they would replace every member of Congress if given the chance, but only half of those disgruntled Millennials said they planned to vote in the 2014 midterms. Americans also show signs of disinterest in how their democracy works. Only 36 percent are able to name all three branches of government, according to …

    July 2, 2015 9:10 am
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Odd News

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis


    SAN DIEGO A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. Sam, as she is known, is white, about 50 years of age and speaks French and English with a British or Australian accent, according to police reports. She was hospitalized after being found on a street near the beach in Carlsbad, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego, on Feb. 1. “The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary,” she wrote on her Facebook page.    “I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair … My prognosis is not good, and I pray …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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