• IS guards museum at ancient Palmyra

    IS guards museum at ancient Palmyra

    The IS flag has been hoisted on top of the castle, but there is no destruction at the site Islamic State militants have locked Palmyra’s museum and placed guards outside its doors, days after seizing...
  • Warriors head to Houston with 2-0 lead

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Golden State Warriors will try for a commanding lead over the Houston Rockets Saturday night when Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals heads to the Toyota Center. The Warriors defended their...
  • German woman, 65, ‘has quadruplets’

    Annegret Raunigk, then 55, posing with one of her daughters in 2005 A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure, Germany’s RTL television reports. It says Annegret Raunigk...
  • She’s $10M closer to replacing plastic bottles

    She’s $10M closer to replacing plastic bottles

    Sarah Kauss, founder of S’well. Plastic water bottles are a divisive issue for many consumers, but not for Sarah Kauss. The defining moment happened at Kauss’ five-year business school reunion in 2009. “A professor did...

Headline News

  • Cleveland officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects


    A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of a man and a woman who led police on a 25-minute high-speed chase in 2012. Judge John O’Donnell announced the verdict in the case of Officer Michael Brelo, 31, who, if convicted, would have faced three to 11 years in prison for the fatal shooting of the two unarmed African-American suspects, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. Brelo was also found not guilty of aggravated assault in the case. (Reporting by Paul Thomasch; Editing by Alison Williams)

    May 23, 2015 10:23 am
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Politics

  • Emails show obsession over Hillary Clinton’s image


    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails also showed Clinton received information on her personal email account about the Benghazi attacks that was classified “secret” by the FBI just prior to their release. Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has come under criticism for using a personal email account, hosted on a private server in her New York state home, instead of a government one for messages she sent and received as secretary of state. The move by the FBI to classify some of the material could further fuel criticism that she handled sensitive information on her private email. But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told that the information …

    May 23, 2015 8:22 am
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Stocks

  • She’s $10M closer to replacing plastic bottles


    Sarah Kauss, founder of S’well. Plastic water bottles are a divisive issue for many consumers, but not for Sarah Kauss. The defining moment happened at Kauss’ five-year business school reunion in 2009. “A professor did a presentation about the global water crisis and the impact on the planet from plastic waste,” said Kauss. “I knew then that my bottle idea had to happen.” Before then, Kauss would carry other metal water bottles with her but wasn’t happy with their look. In 2010, Kauss launched her startup S’well, a line of insulated reusable stainless steel bottles that are designed to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. Since then, the New York-based firm has sold 4 million bottles. The business is profitable and saw revenue surge 400% between 2013 and 2014 — hitting $10 million last year. “We expect revenue to grow exponentially again this year,” she said. Related: From Wall Street …

    May 23, 2015 9:22 am
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Sports

  • Stars aligned as Djokovic chases career slam in Paris


    PARIS Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to win a maiden French Open title and complete a rare career grand slam. The world number one enters this year’s Roland Garros on a 22-match unbeaten run having claimed the Monte Carlo and Rome Masters titles. While his great rival and claycourt master Rafa Nadal is showing signs of frailty, Serbia’s Djokovic, who has reached the final twice at Roland Garros (2012 and 2014), could not be in better shape. Since last November, he has won the ATP World Tour finals, the Australian Open and became the first man to win the opening three Masters tournaments of the season in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo. “It is obviously very encouraging knowing that I have won all of the big events from last October, that I’ve been playing some of my best tennis in my life, and coming into Roland Garros with that amount of …

    May 23, 2015 10:23 am
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World News

  • IS guards museum at ancient Palmyra


    The IS flag has been hoisted on top of the castle, but there is no destruction at the site Islamic State militants have locked Palmyra’s museum and placed guards outside its doors, days after seizing the ancient city, Iraqi officials say. Antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said they had destroyed some modern plaster statues and also raised their flag on the ancient castle overlooking the Roman ruins. Most of the museum’s antiquities had been transferred to Damascus, he said. IS has previously demolished ancient sites that pre-date Islam. It sees this as a war against “false idols”. The capture of the World Heritage site next to the modern city of Palmyra has raised international alarm. UN cultural organisation Unesco says its destruction would be “an enormous loss to humanity”. Palmyra was built when the area was under Roman rule People v statues: Dr David Roberts, King’s College, London Some may find it distasteful that many seem …

    May 23, 2015 10:23 am
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Technology

  • Speak, toy! Welcome to the age of chatting with your teddy bear


    At Elemental Path’s office with co-founder JP Benini and a prototype of his company’s talking dinosaur. Sarah Tew/CNET Sitting in his company’s small Midtown Manhattan office, JP Benini speaks casually into his smartphone. “Hello!” Suddenly, a fluorescent-green plastic dinosaur sitting on the table in front of him springs to life. “Hi JP, what’s up?” it says in a gravelly cartoonish voice. “You sound like Cookie Monster,” Benini says. “What’s wrong with that?” the dinosaur quips. “Cookies are delicious.” That dinosaur looks simple, but there are years of work and millions of dollars in research spending behind its responses. The prototype was created by Elemental Path, which Benini co-founded a year ago, and which uses IBM’s Watson cognitive-computing platform — famous for its appearance on “Jeopardy!” in 2011 — to power its question-and-answer dialogue. Benini’s company plans to start selling the Internet-connected dinosaurs, his company’s first product, under its CogniToys brand in November for $100 each. …

    May 23, 2015 7:41 am
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Science

  • Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk


    An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers. In a four-year study of 73,357 Chinese adults, researchers observed that faster heart rates were positively associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. Researchers also found that faster heart rates were associated with impaired fasting glucose levels and a conversion from impaired fasting glucose levels to diabetes among the same population. “In this study, we measured resting heart rate among about 100,000 Chinese adults and followed them for four years,” said Xiang Gao, associate professor of nutritional sciences, Penn State and a study senior author. “We found participants with faster heart rates, suggesting lower automatic function, had increased risk of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and conversion from pre-diabetes to diabetes. Each additional 10 beats per minute was associated with 23 percent increased risk of diabetes, similar …

    May 23, 2015 8:02 am
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Health

  • Go Take a Hike — Safely


    SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Before setting out on a hike, make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected. The American Hiking Society outlines 10 things needed on every hike, starting with appropriate footwear. Trail shoes are fine for a short day hike that doesn’t involve carrying a heavy pack or negotiating difficult terrain. But hiking boots, which offer more support, are a better choice for longer hikes, carrying heavier loads, or traveling on more challenging terrain, the society says. Even if you have a GPS unit, you need a map and compass as a backup. It’s also important to carry enough water and have a way to purify water from sources along the trail, experts advise. Take extra food in case you’re out longer than you planned because of getting lost, suffering an injury or traversing more difficult terrain than you expected. Even if the weather forecast is good, bring rain gear and …

    May 23, 2015 8:22 am
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lopez Rocks Crazy Neon Nails In New York City


    Posted on Sat May 23rd, 2015 8:28am PDT       By X17 Staff Jennifer Lopez kept her outfit simple and her makeup minimal, but she more than made up for it with these neon green talons! We snapped the 45-year-old singer/actress running errands in New York City on Friday, and we also got a peek at her midriff. Leave it to J. Lo to look better than most starlets half her age! So how does she stay so fit? In addition to busting her famous booty at the gym, J. Lo’s daily diet was revealed. “I don’t deprive myself,” she told People. “But I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle … I always have healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables with me.” J. Lo starts off her day with a smoothie, has a salad for lunch and then snacks on an apple. For dinner she has a chicken breast with yams and green veggies, and she …

    May 23, 2015 10:43 am
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton’s scandals piling up faster than flakes in a snowstorm


    Wading through the daily deluge of Hillary Clinton news, I feel like I’m reading the police blotter. The litany of her shameful shenanigans resembles the litany of neighborhood crimes recorded by cops. There are simply too many to stomach. There is another similarity, too: In both cases, fear and revulsion are the proper responses from honest Americans. More than 17 months before Election Day, Clinton scandals are piling up faster than robberies during a police strike. There is a media feeding frenzy over her shady dealings and the sheer volume of unsavory revelations is approaching a critical mass. The pace of disclosures probably can’t continue, but already she’s looking less and less inevitable. This week brought a new batch of bombshells. The Washington Post reported that, in addition to $5 million she earned from her latest book, Clinton earned $11.7 million by delivering 51 speeches since January 2014. The paper reported that she was paid …

    May 23, 2015 8:42 am
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Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes


    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am
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