• Bruce Tells All!

    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 10:07am PDT       By X17 Staff ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Pretty much the only thing we didn’t get from Diane Sawyer’s interview of Bruce Jenner last night...
  • VW chairman resigns in power struggle

    Mr Piech (right) had criticised VW’s chief executive in an interview The chairman of the carmaker Volkswagen (VW), Ferdinand Piech, has resigned after a power struggle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn. Mr Piech had criticised...
  • St Mirren downs Kilmarnock to revive survival hopes

    Paisley, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) – A pair of second-half penalty kicks from Steven Thompson helped St Mirren to a 4-1 home victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday that revives the Saints survival hopes. The result moves last-place...
  • NBC finds at least 10 Brian Williams embellishments

    NBC finds at least 10 Brian Williams embellishments

    The in-house investigators assigned to look into Brian Williams’ past reports have documented at least 10 instances of exaggerations and embellishments by the NBC anchorman. The investigation is not yet complete, according to a person...
  • Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids

    Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids

    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Whether it’s Dr. Seuss or Beatrix Potter, when parents read to young children it may spur brain activity that supports early reading skills, a new study finds. Researchers...
  • How do we save American hostages?

    How do we save American hostages?

    American military drone in action. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism —...

Headline News

  • Day of protests planned in Baltimore after black man’s death


    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Waves of demonstrators were expected to descend on Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man after he was taken into custody, a day after the city’s police chief said officers had failed to give him timely medical attention for a spinal injury. At least two separate marches were planned. Both were due to start at the place where Freddie Gray, 25, was detained on April 12 for carrying a switchblade knife and placed inside a police transport van. Gray died on Sunday, a week after his arrest. A preliminary autopsy report found that Gray had suffered a spinal injury. Authorities have yet to explain the precise time or place he sustained the injury or its cause. But Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said on Friday the officers repeatedly failed to give Gray medical assistance and disregarded department regulations by failing to buckle the man into seat restraints …

    April 25, 2015 1:00 pm
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Politics

  • How do we save American hostages?


    American military drone in action. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto in a January strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the hostage policy is to be completed this spring. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is considering whether to create a “fusion cell” comprised of the FBI, Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community to ensure they are closely coordinating on rescue efforts and communication with families. The administration is seeking reaction to the …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Stocks

  • NBC finds at least 10 Brian Williams embellishments


    The in-house investigators assigned to look into Brian Williams’ past reports have documented at least 10 instances of exaggerations and embellishments by the NBC anchorman. The investigation is not yet complete, according to a person with knowledge of it, who described some of the findings on condition of anonymity. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was briefed on the current findings at a Thursday morning meeting in New York. The meeting suggests that the network is nearing a decision about Williams’ future. Williams, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” for the past 10 years, was suspended nearly three months ago when a scandal erupted about his recounting of an Iraq War mission in 2003. Related: Brian Williams wants back in as limbo drags His suspension is scheduled to end in August, but it is unclear whether NBC will reinstate him at that time. Lester Holt has been filling in. The network has been under pressure — both …

    April 25, 2015 12:40 pm
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Sports

  • St Mirren downs Kilmarnock to revive survival hopes


    Paisley, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) – A pair of second-half penalty kicks from Steven Thompson helped St Mirren to a 4-1 home victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday that revives the Saints survival hopes. The result moves last-place St Mirren to within seven points of Motherwell with four games to play, while Killie has lost its last five fixtures. Sean Kelly got the hosts off the mark inside of eight minutes thanks to an errant pass from Kilmarnock’s Nathan Eccleston, which handed Kelly an easy finish. Kieran Sadlier made it 2-0 to St Mirren by halftime when he scored on the rebound, but Killie pulled a goal back in the 53rd through Josh Magennis to cut the deficit in half. It took only four minutes for the Saints to restore their two-goal lead when Thompson converted from the penalty spot after Killie’s Alexei Eremenko handled the ball inside his own penalty area. Thompson was on target again from …

    April 25, 2015 12:40 pm
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World News

  • VW chairman resigns in power struggle


    Mr Piech (right) had criticised VW’s chief executive in an interview The chairman of the carmaker Volkswagen (VW), Ferdinand Piech, has resigned after a power struggle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn. Mr Piech had criticised his chief executive in an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel, but did not specify the issue at stake. Mr Winterkorn has been widely tipped as VW’s next chairman. Mr Piech and the Porsche family control 51% of VW. Volkwagen is the biggest car manufacturer in Europe. On 17 April, Volkswagen’s five-member governing board gave its backing to Mr Winterkorn. Board member Wolfgang Porsche, a cousin of Mr Piech, said he had given his “personal opinion” without clearing his remarks with other family members. Mr Piech, 78, is a former VW chief executive. His wife Ursula has also resigned her seat on the board. In a statement (in German), Volkswagen said that deputy board chairman Berthold Huber would …

    April 25, 2015 12:40 pm
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Technology

  • Tesla’s $13,000 battery could keep your home running in a blackout


    Elon Musk is a man who likes to make waves. Whether it’s privatizing space exploration or shaking up commuting with the Hyperloop high speed transport system, the billionaire technocrat aims big. Now his electric car company, Tesla, is planning to change the way people power their homes. In a tweet last month, Musk announced that Tesla would be unveiling a new product on 30 April. It is now widely thought to be a large battery capable of powering a house and an even larger “utility” sized power unit. Energy supply is a big business and a key market for Tesla, which has spent a fortune developing batteries for its cars. Home batteries can be powered up overnight, when energy companies typically charge less for electricity, and turned on during the day to power a home. They can also be used to store power generated by green – but intermittent – sources like solar and wind. …

    April 25, 2015 11:39 am
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Science

  • The Lancet: Scientists announce final trial results of the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine


    The first malaria vaccine candidate (RTS,S/AS01) to reach phase 3 clinical testing is partially effective against clinical disease in young African children up to 4 years after vaccination, according to final trial data, published in The Lancet. The results suggest that the vaccine could prevent a substantial number of cases of clinical malaria, especially in areas of high transmission. The findings reveal that vaccine efficacy against clinical and severe malaria was better in children than in young infants, but waned over time in both groups. However, protection was prolonged by a booster dose, increasing the average number of cases prevented in both children and young infants. Brian Greenwood, corresponding author and Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine in the UK explains, “Despite the falling efficacy over time, there is still a clear benefit from RTS,S/AS01. An average 1363 cases of clinical malaria were prevented over 4 years of follow-up …

    April 25, 2015 12:01 pm
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Health

  • Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids


    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Whether it’s Dr. Seuss or Beatrix Potter, when parents read to young children it may spur brain activity that supports early reading skills, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. John Hutton of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used MRIs to monitor the brains of 19 preschoolers, aged 3 to 5, as they listened to age-appropriate stories on headphones. The youngsters’ parents had provided information about their interactions with their children, including how often they read to them. While the study can’t prove cause-and-effect, being read to at home regularly was strongly linked with activation of certain brain areas involved in getting meaning from language, Hutton’s team found. These areas play a crucial role in speaking and reading, according to study which was to be presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego. There was particularly strong activation in brain areas that support …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bruce Tells All!


    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 10:07am PDT       By X17 Staff ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Pretty much the only thing we didn’t get from Diane Sawyer’s interview of Bruce Jenner last night was his new female name, but otherwise, Brucie really delivered! No one’s focusing on the face he called the entire Kardashian Klan “fake,” which we think is funny — he said he’s the only real thing to come out of the family’s reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And here’s how real for former Olympic athlete got … the top ten most important things he told Diane: 1. He’s not gay. 2. He hasn’t yet changed his male organs. 3. He’s been secretly dressing as a female since he was a boy. 4. Kim caught him dressing up and didn’t speak to him afterward; Kendall and Kylie saw their day in drag when the girls’ laptop was on “security …

    April 25, 2015 1:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Iran nuclear talks: Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans are hostages. Why isn’t their release being discussed?


    As the United States and Iran resume talks to reach a final nuclear agreement, there’s growing concern that the Obama administration could actually reach a deal with Iran – without securing the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini – as well as three other Americans – who remain imprisoned in Iran. Such a development would be outrageous – but based on what is happening now, that could very well occur. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Obama administration has refused to ask for the release of Pastor Saeed and the other imprisoned Americans at the bargaining table. And that is a tremendous mistake. The Obama administration has refused to ask for the release of Pastor Saeed and the other imprisoned Americans at the bargaining table. And that is a tremendous mistake. While President Obama told the Abedini family that securing the release of Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – is a “top priority” – there’s little evidence …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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