Headline News

  • Homicide probe to be launched into B.B. King’s death: officials

    Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The Clark County, Nevada coroner’s office said in a posting on Twitter that it had taken jurisdiction over King’s body, and that autopsy results would take a minimum of six to eight weeks. “Our coroner takes jurisdiction over #BBKing body, performs autopsy. Results:6-8wks min,” it said, adding that a homicide investigation would be conducted along with the Las Vegas police department. Two of King’s children, Karen Williams and Patty King, alleged that King was poisoned, ostensibly by two of his longtime associates including one who had power of attorney over his affairs, the Associated Press reported. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered,” each woman said …

    May 26, 2015 4:15 am


  • Emails suggest future political problems for Hillary

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server. The nearly 900 pages of her correspondence released Friday are only a sliver of the more than 55,000 pages of emails Clinton has turned over to the State Department, which had its plan to release them next January rejected this week by a federal judge. Instead, the judge ordered the agency to conduct a “rolling production” of the records. Along with a Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, the slow drip of emails will likely keep the issue of how Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, used a personal email account while …

    May 26, 2015 12:50 am


  • China gets a new billionaire every week

    Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, is one of China’s richest men and a self-made billionaire. Wealthy Chinese are getting even richer really fast. A new billionaire was created almost every week in China in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Wealth creation is booming for the Chinese — supported by strong economic growth and robust capital markets — and it’s all happened in the last 15 years, said Francis Liu, a managing director at UBS Wealth Management. They’re primarily pulling in the big bucks from real estate, technology, healthcare and other consumer industries, he said. In 2014, there were about 200 billionaires in China, versus 570 in the U.S., according to UBS. Chinese billionaires are also using their new found wealth to give back. Older generations generally focus their philanthropy on areas like education and healthcare, while younger billionaire entrepreneurs have looked to social issues, such as supporting …

    May 26, 2015 3:55 am


  • Soccer team’s Euro success lifts gloom in war-weary Ukraine

    DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine Eastern Ukrainian club Dnipro are unexpectedly poised for possible European soccer glory, lifting the gloom in their war-weary country, at least for a while. With fighting raging on the doorstep of its hometown of Dnipropetrovsk, the club had to travel 500 km (310 miles) to play their Europa League home matches in the capital, Kiev, away from their fans and often at near-empty stadiums. That sapped morale early on, they say. But despite the odds, they have fought their way to the Europa League final on Wednesday against Spain’s Sevilla, and when they run onto the pitch in Warsaw they say they will have their compatriots on the front line in mind. “These are hard times for our state and for us too. We are hoping our sporting achievement will inspire our heroes who are defending our country from the enemy,” Dnipro defender Artem Fedetsky told Reuters. “We know the whole of Ukraine …

    May 26, 2015 4:15 am

World News

  • Iran trial begins for US reporter

    Jason Rezaian has been in custody in Iran for 10 months The trial of a Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for almost 10 months on charges that include “espionage” has opened in the capital Tehran behind closed doors. Jason Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen, has been accused of passing information to “hostile governments”. The Washington Post’s editor described the trial as “shameful” and criticised the decision to hold it in private. Mr Rezaian could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is being tried in one of Tehran’s revolutionary courts, usually reserved for political cases or those related to national security. ‘No justice’ Iran has not recently commented on the case, but the Washington Post has spoken out forcefully. “The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of [Mr] Rezaian,” a statement by the newspaper’s Executive Editor Martin Baron says. “Now we learn his trial will be closed …

    May 26, 2015 4:16 am


  • Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer at Apple

    Apple has promoted Sir Jonathan Ive, the British designer responsible for most of the company’s biggest hits in recent years, to the position of chief design officer at the company. Jony Ive, whose previous title was vice president of design, will continue to be responsible for all of Apple’s design work, “focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives”, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. But Ive’s day-to-day managerial responsibilities will be delegated to the new vice presidents of industrial design and user interface design, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. Ive’s promotion, first reported by British TV presenter and writer Stephen Fry in an interview with Ive for the Telegraph, frees him up to “travel more”, he told Fry. “Among other things, he will bring his energies to bear – as he has already since their inception – on the Apple stores that are proliferating around the world,” Fry wrote. But …

    May 26, 2015 4:15 am


  • New maze-like beamsplitter is world’s smallest

    Photonic Tetris? View of the maze-like beamsplitter An ultracompact beamsplitter – the smallest one in the world – has been designed and fabricated by researchers in the US. Using a newly developed algorithm, the team built the smallest integrated polarization beamsplitter to date, which could allow computers and mobile devices of the future to function millions of times faster than current machines. Beamsplitters divide light waves into two separate channels of information, and will be crucial for the development of so-called silicon photonic chips that compute and shuttle data using light instead of electrons. “Light is the fastest thing you can use to transmit information,” says Rajesh Menon, an electrical and computer engineer at the University of Utah. “But that information has to be converted to electrons when it comes into your laptop. In that conversion, you’re slowing things down. The vision is to do everything in light.” Light maze Silicon photonics could significantly increase …

    May 26, 2015 12:30 am


  • Fight over hot new cholesterol drugs may be won in milligrams

    LOS ANGELES Two powerful and innovative cholesterol drugs likely to be approved this summer both target the same protein and have been shown to sharply lower LDL in high-risk patients.  But there is at least one significant difference between the two offerings: the dosages in which they will be sold. Assuming approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Amgen Inc. will offer its drug, Repatha, as a biweekly 140 mg injection or a monthly injection of 420 mg, while Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi, will be offered in biweekly injections of 75 mg or 150 mg. The difference in dosages is likely to lead to very different sales strategies for the two drugs, in what could be a fierce competition for market share. Amgen’s high-dose monthly injection could be seen as more convenient and might appeal to doctors because of its higher potency. Regeneron and Sanofi could enjoy a significant pricing advantage with …

    May 26, 2015 12:51 am


  • Accused Molester Josh Duggar Once Joked About Incest On 19 Kids And Counting

    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 9:10am PDT       By X17 Staff This totally grosses us out. Not only was Josh Duggar investigated for molesting at least five girls back in 2006 (some of whom were reported to be his younger sisters), but just two years later he cracked a joke about incest on an episode of his family’s reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. In the clip, Duggar talks about going on a date with then-fiancee Anna Duggar, and how the family rules require then to have a chaperone, as they were not yet married. Josh’s siblings Jana and John David Duggar ended up accompanying him, and during his interview he said, “We chose Jana and John David – we thought why not, have a double date … We are from Arkansas, no?“ The other day In Touch Weekly obtained a copy of a police report that shows Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses against …

    May 26, 2015 3:15 am


  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran

    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am

Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm