• How this single mom survives on $7.50 an hour

    How this single mom survives on $7.50 an hour

    $7.50 an hour. That’s how much Safiyyah Cotton makes working at a McDonald’s in Philadelphia. While her work schedule changes often and she wishes she could work full-time, Safiyyah typically works 20 hours a week...
  • Joe Biden: No idea if I will run

    Joe Biden: No idea if I will run

    Image copyright EPA Image caption Biden: “The honest to God answer is I just don’t know” US Vice President Joe Biden says he does not know if he has the “emotional energy” to run for...
  • NFL: Brady wins. Goodell loses… again. Now what?

    Roger Goodell just lost again. Now what? Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman overturned New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s four game suspension for his alleged involvement in “Deflategate.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has now...
  • Jaden Smith Is Our Least Favorite Person Ever

    Jaden Smith Is Our Least Favorite Person Ever

    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff We hate to be mean, but he really bugs us! Jaden Smith stepped out with some friends in Calabasas yesterday, and the teenager was still...

Headline News

  • Brady to suit up after ‘Deflategate’ win; NFL appeals


    NEW YORK Star quarterback Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots’ season opener next week after a federal judge threw out his “Deflategate” suspension on Thursday – but the National Football League has not conceded defeat just yet. Within hours of the ruling, the NFL appealed the order vacating Brady’s four-game suspension. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman’s decision in New York was a major setback for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had suspended Brady for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the Patriots’ January playoff victory. The league’s appeal, which will likely take months to resolve, ensures the litigation will continue to loom over the 2015 season. “While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season,” Goodell said in a statement. Brady, 38, had been banned until an Oct. 18 clash with the Indianapolis Colts, …

    September 3, 2015 9:44 pm
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Politics

  • Presidential contenders focus on Puerto Rico fiscal crisis


    NEW YORK Puerto Rico is getting attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls, who are making early stops in the U.S. territory, likely in part due to the rapidly growing number of Puerto Ricans living in the key battleground state of Florida. Contenders for the White House, such as Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio, are scheduled on Friday to visit the island, which is trying to dig itself out of a wrenching fiscal crisis. While Puerto Rico’s residents will not be eligible to cast presidential votes in November 2016, they have a voice in the primaries and, as the island’s economy has suffered, an increasing number have moved to U.S. states, where they can vote – particularly Florida. “The Puerto Rico vote in Florida, a swing state, is substantial,” said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat. “The larger you have a Puerto Rican community in Florida … the more you have what has generally …

    September 3, 2015 7:24 pm
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Stocks

  • How this single mom survives on $7.50 an hour


    $7.50 an hour. That’s how much Safiyyah Cotton makes working at a McDonald’s in Philadelphia. While her work schedule changes often and she wishes she could work full-time, Safiyyah typically works 20 hours a week and brings home about $240 every two weeks. As a single mom, it’s barely enough to support her and her one year-old son, Safi. Safi’s father is incarcerated, and Safiyyah’s paycheck is their only source of income. So how does she get by? It takes a lot of penny-pinching, borrowing from friends and family, and sacrifice. Plus, Safiyyah gets considerable help from the government through benefits for food, child care, rent, and health care. Here’s a look at how she stretches her monthly budget. Rent Safiyyah lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her sister in North Philadelphia. They each pay $220 a month, with the government covering the remaining $125 through HUD’s Section 8 housing assistance program. “My number one …

    September 3, 2015 10:24 pm
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Sports

  • No injuries after drone crashes into stands during US Open tennis match


    Sept. 3, 2015: Police officers investigate the southwest corner of Louis Armstrong Stadium after a drone flew over the court, buzzing the players during a match between Flavia Pennetta and Monica Niculescu during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The drone crashed into the seats and can be seen to the right of the police officer on his phone. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NEW YORK –  A drone buzzed over the court during a U.S. Open match in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday night and crashed into an empty section of seats. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said no one was injured and that the New York Police Department was “conducting an ongoing investigation.” The black device flew diagonally through the arena during the next-to-last game of a second-round match that 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy won 6-1, 6-4 over Monica Niculescu of Romania. Pennetta said she heard the …

    September 3, 2015 10:04 pm
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World News

  • Joe Biden: No idea if I will run


    Image copyright EPA Image caption Biden: “The honest to God answer is I just don’t know” US Vice President Joe Biden says he does not know if he has the “emotional energy” to run for president. Mr Biden said at a foreign policy lecture in Atlanta: “I can’t look you straight in the eye and say now, ‘I know I can do it’.” The 72-year-old Democrat lost his son, Beau, to cancer earlier this year. The media have watched and waited for weeks for a hint that Joe Biden will challenge the Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton. The BBC’s Laura Bicker in Washington says he has finally given an insight into his deliberations – telling those gathered in Atlanta that unless he was able to devote his whole heart and soul to the endeavour – it would not be appropriate. He said: “The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have …

    September 3, 2015 10:05 pm
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Technology

  • Mobile music platforms keep African artists on song


    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The music industry in Africa contributes just 1% to the global creative economy Musicians across Africa are managing to make a living from their art thanks to the internet and the widespread adoption of mobile phones. A number of home-grown online music platforms have sprung up to champion local talent and take on the might of YouTube, iTunes and SoundCloud. And they’re proving very popular. South Africa’s Bozza is one such platform spearheading the idea of a DIY music industry on the continent. A digital marketplace for the entertainment and media industry in Africa, it enables artists to upload their videos, music and poetry. Music fans access the content via their phones. “The internet has made the world so much smaller,” says Zimbabwean hip hop artist Blayze. “As an artist, social media and online is a huge part of what you do, and you need to have platforms like Bozza …

    September 3, 2015 7:44 pm
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Science

  • Hubble survey unlocks clues to star birth in neighboring galaxy


    Related images(click to enlarge) In a survey of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope images of 2,753 young, blue star clusters in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (M31), astronomers have found that M31 and our own galaxy have a similar percentage of newborn stars based on mass. By nailing down what percentage of stars have a particular mass within a cluster, or the Initial Mass Function (IMF), scientists can better interpret the light from distant galaxies and understand the formation history of stars in our universe. The intensive survey, assembled from 414 Hubble mosaic photographs of M31, was a unique collaboration between astronomers and “citizen scientists,” volunteers who provided invaluable help in analyzing the mountain of data from Hubble. “Given the sheer volume of Hubble images, our study of the IMF would not have been possible without the help of citizen scientists,” said Daniel Weisz of the University of Washington in Seattle. Weisz is lead author on a …

    September 3, 2015 6:44 pm
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Health

  • Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds


    LONDON Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t, according to research by British scientists. In a study of more than 800 students aged 14 and 15, researchers from Cambridge University also found that physical activity had no effect on academic performance. Since this was a prospective study, in which the researchers followed the pupils over time to see how different behaviors affected performance, the scientists said it was reasonable to conclude that too much screen time reduced academic achievement. “We only measured this.. in Year 10, but this is likely to be a reliable snapshot of participants’ usual behavior, so we can reasonably suggest that screen time may be damaging to a teenager’s grades,” said Kirsten Corder of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, who co-led the work. The study, published in …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jaden Smith Is Our Least Favorite Person Ever


    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff We hate to be mean, but he really bugs us! Jaden Smith stepped out with some friends in Calabasas yesterday, and the teenager was still clad in the jacket he wore to the VMAs. He’s famous for claiming he only owns one pair of shoes, but does he only have one piece of outwear too? A more likely conclusion is that he just hasn’t showered since the awards show. If you don’t understand our distaste for the 18-year-old, let us remind you of that time he went on a Twitter rant and declared that “school was a tool to brainwash the youth.” He also so thinks that “if newborn babies could speak they would be the most intelligent beings on planet Earth.” Will and Jada may be too busy covering up their open marriage and practicing Scientology in secret to parent their kids, but they …

    September 3, 2015 9:24 pm
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Editorial

  • NFL: Brady wins. Goodell loses… again. Now what?


    Roger Goodell just lost again. Now what? Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman overturned New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s four game suspension for his alleged involvement in “Deflategate.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has now lost every major appeal by the NFL Player’s Association on behalf of suspended players. Goodell’s first serious blow came in 2012 when former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue reversed the suspensions of four New Orleans’ Saints players in the Bountygate scandal.  The commissioner’s iron fist remained mostly at rest until the beginning of the 2014 when the league was blindsided by three of its star players’ off-the-field domestic violence scandals. In a mission to ensure “reliable conclusions,” Goodell indefinitely suspended  Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy. Thursday’s ruling proves that the NFLPA’s fight for Brady wasn’t a waste since Judge Berman overturned the NFL’s entire punishment of Brady. Player conduct matters are governed by a collective bargaining agreement, requiring that disputes are to be resolved …

    September 3, 2015 10:04 pm
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Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses


    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm
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