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  • DC police release four people arrested in connection with mansion murders

    Washington D.C. police said Sunday that they had released four people who were arrested earlier this week in connection with a quadruple murder in an upscale neighborhood of the nation’s capital.  Police did not identify the four people or say how long they were detained.  Daron Wint, 34, remains the only person who has been charged in connection with the deaths of 46-year-old corporate executive Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their son Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. All four were found dead in the burning Savopoulos family home in northwest Washington on the afternoon of May 14 after being held for at least 18 hours prior to their deaths. Wint and the others were arrested Thursday, approximately 24 hours after authorities identified Wint as the main suspect in the case. Police and prosecutors believe that Wint had help from others in holding the Savopouloses captive, but no other suspects have been identified.  During their ordeal, Savvas …

    May 25, 2015 3:00 am


  • No automatic shut-off for leaking oil pipeline

    Staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement by successfully arguing in court in the late 1980s that it should be subject to federal oversight because the pipeline is part of an interstate network, said Kevin Drude, deputy director of the county’s Energy and Minerals Division. Auto shut-off valves are not required by federal regulators. “It’s the only major pipeline that doesn’t have auto shut-off,” Drude said. “For us, it’s routine.” Federal regulators are investigating the cause of …

    May 25, 2015 12:38 am


  • Smart money is buying energy stocks. Should you?

    Forget politics and religion. One of the biggest debates on Wall Street these days is whether oil and energy stocks are toxic or terrific. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) put out a note last week telling clients now is the time to buy. Hedge funds have already pounced. The 50 largest hedge funds bought a lot of energy stocks (e.g. Williams Partners (WPZ), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Kinder Morgan (KMI)) in the first quarter, according to their latest stock disclosures. In some ways, it looks like a smart move. Oil plunged below $45 a barrel in January. Back then, people couldn’t seem to sell energy stocks fast enough. In recent weeks, oil has staged a mini-rally. Now it’s trading around $60 a barrel. That’s still far from the glory days of over $100 a barrel that the industry saw as recently as last summer, but for drillers, it’s a lot easier to make …

    May 24, 2015 9:31 am


  • Spieth 3rd-time runner-up in Texas after Chris Kirk’s clutch par putt at 18 to win Colonial

    Chris Kirk poses with the champion’s trophy after winning the Colonial golf tournament, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (The Associated Press) Chris Kirk, front left, shakes hands with his caddie G.W. Cable after finishing the Colonial golf tournament, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Kirk won the tournamen. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (The Associated Press) FORT WORTH, Texas –  As Chris Kirk waited to putt on the 18th green, Jordan Spieth was watching nearby in anticipation of a possible playoff at Colonial. Kirk was also expecting a playoff. He just thought it would be with playing partner Brandt Snedeker and not Spieth, the local Masters champion who was within one stroke of Kirk’s lead after draining a 20-foot birdie at No. 18 when finishing two groups earlier. In the end, there were no extra holes Sunday. Kirk got the plaid jacket that goes to the winner at Hogan’s Alley, and …

    May 25, 2015 3:00 am

World News

  • Israel ex-PM given prison sentence

    This is the second jail sentence for Israel’s former leader Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for fraud and breach of trust. He was convicted at a retrial in March of taking more than $150,000 (£96,000) from a US businessman. His lawyers have said they will appeal. The sentence is in addition to a six-year jail term he received last year, after a separate bribery trial. Olmert served as Israeli PM from 2006 to 2009. He was forced to resign amid corruption allegations, which ended his political career. His departure disrupted the Israeli peace process with the Palestinians and cleared the way for the election of Benjamin Netanyahu, seen as more hardline on the peace issue. ‘Witch-hunt’ Olmert was acquitted of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash from New York-based financier, Morris Talansky in 2012. However, a retrial was ordered after recordings emerged, in which he referred to …

    May 25, 2015 3:00 am


  • Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush review – perfect for younger gamers

    Kirby returns in clay-sculpted form on the Wii U and as with the DS hit Kirby’s Power Paintbrush, he abandons vacuuming enemies in favour of drawn lines and tapping. This more sedate gameplay favours forward thinking rather than quick reflexes and along with beautifully tactile visuals creates dreamlike challenges with their own peculiar logic. Painting these lines is achieved directly on the Wii U gamepad that mirrors the TV screen, then up to three more players can join to protect Kirby using either Wii Remotes or Pro Controllers. They move freely but must rely on the rainbow ropes created by the main player and stick close to Kirby to avoid being warped forward. Three amiibos, Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight can be tapped on the gamepad to trigger special power ups, although use is limited to one a day. There’s some longevity here too, the six-hour campaign is extended by hunting down hidden chests …

    May 25, 2015 3:59 am


  • The June–July 2015 issue of Cosmos Magazine

    The June–July issue contains features on brain stimulators TMS and tDCS, stopping HIV-AIDS in its tracks, mysterious and elusive Pluto, Moore’s Law at 50, a profile of Wade Davis, new science fiction and much more. Read this issue online herePurchase issue 63 here

    May 25, 2015 12:18 am


  • Low-Income Southerners at Highest Risk for Vision Loss

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New U.S. government research connects eyesight problems with poverty, and reveals that people in the southern part of the country have the highest prevalence of both poverty and severe vision loss. In fact, most of the counties that rank in the top 25 percent for severe vision loss and poverty are in the South, according to Dr. Jinan Saaddine, team leader of the Vision Health Initiative in the Division of Diabetes Translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Severe vision loss is listed in the top 10 disabilities — it affects activities of daily living, leads to depression and social isolation,” Saaddine said. “Regular eye examinations and awareness of risk factors associated with vision loss need to be promoted, especially among local communities in the South.” Interventions are available for many eye conditions that can lead to vision loss, according to the researchers. But poverty …

    May 25, 2015 12:38 am


  • Mickey Rourke Has Another Fashion Fail

    Posted on Sun May 24th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Mickey Rourke made Canon Drive in Beverly Hills his own personal catwalk, on Saturday, as he pranced down the sidewalk in a daring ensemble. The aging actor wore plaid-on-plaid with a buttoned-up vest over a red plaid shirt, with baggy jeans a some amazing white boots with silver and red detailing. Where does this guy shop?! Adding to Rourke’s unique look were blue-tinted glasses and his usual floppy grey hair. Passersby literally craned their necks to catch a look at The Wrestler star’s interesting get-up. Can someone please start a blog about Mickey’s unique looks already? We need some fashion ID’s on these pieces, people! Check out what Rourke has to say when asked if he’d fight Floyd Mayweather for a cool million dollars …   SEE THE GALLERY Mickey Rourke Gets It Wrong … Again Stories from around the Web

    May 24, 2015 12:54 pm


  • Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day

    It is Memorial Day 2015. In cemeteries across the country flags flutter, flowers grace the graves of the departed, and bugles sound the mournful notes of Taps. The crowds paying tribute, however, have grown sparse. Begun as a way to honor Civil War dead, the commemoration was long called Decoration Day from the practice of decorating graves. The observance was held on May 30 no matter the day of the week. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday in May as the end of a federally mandated three-day weekend. Now firmly ingrained as the traditional start of the summer season, the solemn reasons behind the day have faded despite the continuing sacrifices of so many. Seventy years ago, it was very different. Memorial Day 1945 marked an uneasy time of mixed emotions. There was celebration, remembrance, and dread. World War II in Europe was over by three weeks and no more …

    May 25, 2015 12:58 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