• NHL conference semifinals open Thursday

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The NHL’s conference semifinal round will open Thursday with a pair of games. The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will start their Eastern Conference semifinal set on Thursday at...
  • Indonesia executes drugs prisoners

    Indonesia executes drugs prisoners

    Earlier the police firing squad was seen boarding the boat to the island where the executions took place Eight convicted drug smugglers have been executed by firing squad in Indonesia. The executions took place in...
  • Top US court divided on gay marriage

    Top US court divided on gay marriage

    The US Supreme Court has heard arguments in a historic case that could legalise same-sex marriage. Outside the court, protesters for and against rallied with signs, music, and preaching – reflecting the deep and sometimes...
  • David Beckham Is One Hot Denim Daddy At LAX

    David Beckham Is One Hot Denim Daddy At LAX

    Posted on Tue Apr 28th, 2015 9:59am PDT       By X17 Staff David Beckham is one hot dad in denim! The footballer touched down at LAX with his own dad Ted (the one in the oatmeal sweater)...
  • Nepal mourns victims of earthquake

    Nepal mourns victims of earthquake

    Nepal has declared three days of mourning for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in which more than 5,000 people are now known to have died. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala says the government is doing all...

Headline News

  • Baltimore mayor criticized for police response to rioting


    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The day after rioters tore through Baltimore, the city’s mayor was criticized on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the worst U.S. urban unrest in years after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off calling in the National Guard until three hours after violence first erupted. “The mayor of Baltimore had the city of Baltimore police on the ground. Quite frankly, they were overwhelmed. All the rest of the (boots) on the ground came from us,” the Republican governor said the day after declaring a state of emergency in the largely black city. The death of Freddie Gray gave new energy to the public outcry that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere. For nearly a …

    April 28, 2015 2:23 pm
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Politics

  • McCarthy says short-term transportation bill likely in May


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday he believes passage of short-term legislation next month to extend transportation funding through the end of 2015 was more likely than a multi-year funding bill. McCarthy told reporters that a short-term extension could buy more time for Congress to craft a longer-term transportation bill with a viable funding mechanism. Current federal funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects expires on May 31. His comments are among the first from House Republican leaders acknowledging that crafting a multi-year transportation bill is too ambitious for the nine legislative days scheduled in May. “The ultimate goal is to do a long term (bill), so five to seven years. The best way to get to a long-term one is to probably do a short term one first,” McCarthy told a news briefing. President Barack Obama earlier this year proposed a six-year, $478 billion transportation bill, but …

    April 28, 2015 12:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Why Baltimore police officers don’t wear digital cameras


    There may have been fewer questions about the recent death of Freddie Gray if Baltimore police officers recording his arrest were wearing body cameras. That’s why there will likely be more calls for police around the country to be equipped with digital cameras — especially in light of the riots taking place in Baltimore. Many in Baltimore were asking for this before Gray died. It just hasn’t happened yet. The Baltimore City Council approved a bill last November that would have required police to be equipped with audio and video recording devices. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed the bill, but supports the use of wearable cameras. In fact, Rawlings-Blake submitted her own proposal for a wearable camera program in February. Rawlings-Blake cited questions about funding and disputed the authority of the City Council to legislate changes at the police department. Representatives for Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore’s City Council were not immediately available for comment. Related: CVS in …

    April 28, 2015 1:02 pm
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Sports

  • NHL conference semifinals open Thursday


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The NHL’s conference semifinal round will open Thursday with a pair of games. The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will start their Eastern Conference semifinal set on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, while the Western Conference matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames will also open later that night at the Honda Center. On Friday, the Montreal Canadiens will host either the Detroit Red Wings or Tampa Bay Lightning to start the other Eastern Conference semifinal. The Red Wings and Lightning will meet in Tampa on Wednesday in Game 7 of that opening round series. Minnesota and Chicago will open their Western Conference series on Friday at the United Center. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 28, 2015 2:23 pm
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World News

  • Indonesia executes drugs prisoners


    Earlier the police firing squad was seen boarding the boat to the island where the executions took place Eight convicted drug smugglers have been executed by firing squad in Indonesia. The executions took place in Besi prison on the island of Nusakambangan early on Wednesday morning local time. Among those executed were Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Earlier, the men’s families were allowed to see them for the last time. Australia had appealed to Indonesia to delay the executions, citing alleged flaws in how their case was prosecuted. Those put to death also include Nigerian nationals, a Brazilian and an Indonesian. A Filipina woman was also due to be executed but was spared at the last minute. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso’s execution was postponed after a request by the Philippine president, a spokesman from the attorney general’s office told the BBC. The request came after someone who allegedly framed Veloso to carry heroin into …

    April 28, 2015 2:03 pm
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Technology

  • Sweden grants Julian Assange appeal


    Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost three years Sweden’s supreme court has granted Julian Assange the right to appeal against an arrest warrant for an alleged rape. The Wikileaks founder has been living inside Ecuador’s embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition. Prosecutors in Sweden want to question him over allegations of rape dating back to 2010, which he denies. Mr Assange claims extradition to Sweden would allow the US to charge him over leaks of classified documents. A previous appeal by Mr Assange was dismissed by Sweden’s appeals court in November last year, but the supreme court has now awarded him the right to appeal. The announcement follows a surprise reversal by Swedish prosecutors, who last month agreed to travel to London to question Mr Assange after insisting for years he must travel to Sweden. The 43-year-old Australian has been living in a small suite …

    April 28, 2015 12:02 pm
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Science

  • Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals


    The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The researchers, from Nagoya University and The University of Tokyo, Japan, say their findings mean that we may need to rethink the reasons humans survived Neanderthals — and that we may not have behaved as differently as we thought. The researchers looked at innovative stone weapons used by humans about 42,000-34,000 years ago. Traditionally, anthropologists believed that innovation in weapons enabled humans to spread out of Africa to Europe. However, the new study suggests that the innovation was not a driving force for humans to migrate into Europe as previously thought — they were no better equipped than the Neanderthals. “We’re not so special, I don’t think we survived Neanderthals simply because of technological competence,” said Dr. Seiji Kadowaki, first author of the study …

    April 28, 2015 12:22 pm
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Health

  • Scientists Pinpoint Brain’s ‘Hunger Circuit’ in Mice


    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Working with mice, researchers have identified a group of brain cells involved in feelings of hunger, appetite and eating. The researchers found that this group of brain cells — neurons — promotes fullness and removes uncomfortable feelings of hunger, even in mice that haven’t eaten. These findings, the researchers noted, could lead to the development of new weight-loss medications. “One reason that dieting is so difficult is because of the unpleasant sensation arising from a persistent hunger drive,” said the study’s co-senior author, Dr. Bradford Lowell, an investigator at the Center for Nutrition and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Our results show that the artificial activation of this particular brain circuit is pleasurable and can reduce feeding in mice, essentially resulting in the same outcome as dieting but without the chronic feeling of hunger,” Lowell noted in a hospital news release. Lowell’s lab colleagues …

    April 28, 2015 12:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • David Beckham Is One Hot Denim Daddy At LAX


    Posted on Tue Apr 28th, 2015 9:59am PDT       By X17 Staff David Beckham is one hot dad in denim! The footballer touched down at LAX with his own dad Ted (the one in the oatmeal sweater) on Monday. The father of four returned to Los Angeles on Monday night after being in London with his wife and family. Looks like Beckham’s proud papa is with his famous son to help celebrate his 40th birthday, which is this weekend. And David’s bday plants for the big 4-0 sound pretty epic to us! The former Galaxy soccer dressed down for this long flight, wearing a casual denim button-down top over a black V-neck shirt, black pants and brown boots. Yummy! David’s 66-year-old dad will be celebrating his son’s big day at an extravagant bash this weekend in Marrakech, Morocco.The athlete will join his family and famous friends at the lavish Amanjena resort, The Sun reports. The guest list …

    April 28, 2015 1:23 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton: Three big, unanswered questions from Democrat’s campaign launch


    April 21, 2015: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Hillary Clinton launched her campaign for president over two weeks ago, and there remain three major unanswered questions about her latest bid for the presidency: 1. Why is Hillary Clinton running for president, and what policies would she pursue if elected? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Pundits across the political spectrum have mocked the lack of a rationale for Clinton’s candidacy. Is she running for president because it’s “her turn,” because she’s the only Democrat with a truly national profile and near-universal name recognition, or because it’s the next logical thing to do in her political career?  None of these are sufficient rationales for a candidacy, but in the absence of a cogent explanation from Clinton or her campaign, it’s natural for observers to make assumptions about why she’s seeking the …

    April 28, 2015 12:43 pm
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Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction


    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm
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