• 2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction

    2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction

    The top seller was this Colt Model 1860, a cap and ball revolver used by the Union Army during the Civil War. Bidding was fast and furious this past weekend for hundreds of antique guns...
  • NYC police chief backs mayor

    NYC police chief backs mayor

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:09 The head of the New York City police union said Mayor Bill de Blasio had “blood on his hands” New York City’s police chief has backed Mayor Bill...
  • Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine

    Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:55 Alstom makes the high-speed TGV train Alstom has agreed to pay $772m (£494m) in criminal penalties to settle bribery related charges with the US Department of Justice. The...
  • McIlroy ends year atop world rankings

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – There was not much change to the men’s world rankings as there were just two changes inside the top 20 this week. Rory McIlroy finished the year as the No. 1...
  • LeAnn Rimes Is Happy To Be Home For The Holidays

    LeAnn Rimes Is Happy To Be Home For The Holidays

    Posted on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 6:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Ho ho ho! Someone’s happy to be back in Hollywood for the holidays! On Sunday evening LeAnn Rimes landed at Los Angeles International Airport, and...
  • Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote

    Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 15:41 Beji Caid Essebsi has urged all Tunisians to “work together” for stability Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed as winner of Tunisia’s first free presidential poll....
  • Which Heisman winner reaches the championship game?

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Back in 1964, Navy’s Roger Staubach and Notre Dame’s John Huarte quarterbacked their teams against one another with the Fighting Irish shutting out the Midshipmen, 40-0. What did these two players...

Headline News

  • Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:55 Alstom makes the high-speed TGV train Alstom has agreed to pay $772m (£494m) in criminal penalties to settle bribery related charges with the US Department of Justice. The DOJ alleges the French firm bribed government officials to win business in countries such as Indonesia and Egypt. The DOJ said the corruption scheme “was astounding in its breadth, its brazenness and its worldwide consequences”. It is the largest ever US criminal fine for violations of foreign bribery laws. The DOJ said Alstom paid more than $75m to secure $4bn in projects around the world. The DOJ’s deputy attorney general, James Cole, said he wanted the fine to serve as a warning to other firms. “It is both my expectation and my intention that the comprehensive resolution we are announcing today will send an unmistakable message to other companies around the world that this Department of Justice will be relentless …

    December 22, 2014 11:00 am
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Politics

  • Sheriff, gadfly attorney seek to stop Obama on immigration


    By PETE YOST December 22, 2014 Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama’s immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to convince a judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system isn’t really broken — contrary to what the president says. Klayman and his client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress and say drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. “President Obama and others recite that the immigration system of the United States is broken,” Klayman wrote in a court filing. “It is unmistakable that the only thing that is broken about the nation’s immigration laws is that the defendants are determined to break those laws.” The case is being handled …

    December 22, 2014 8:19 am
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Stocks

  • 2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction


    The top seller was this Colt Model 1860, a cap and ball revolver used by the Union Army during the Civil War. Bidding was fast and furious this past weekend for hundreds of antique guns from the World Wars and the Wild West. They sold at a clip of about two guns a minute for a total price nearing $1 million. The star at the sprawling auction house in Pennsylvania was an intricately engraved six-shooter from the 1800s, which commanded the top price of $33,600. The Morphy Auctions room was crowded with gun enthusiasts, some wearing NRA caps, camouflage coats and dungaree coveralls. There were grandfathers with sons and grandsons, passing on a family passion for guns. But the winning bidder was conducting his business via phone. He wanted the auction’s top gun: a .44-caliber Colt Model 1860 cap and ball revolver. It was the type of gun used by the Union Army during the …

    December 22, 2014 11:20 am
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Sports

  • McIlroy ends year atop world rankings


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – There was not much change to the men’s world rankings as there were just two changes inside the top 20 this week. Rory McIlroy finished the year as the No. 1 ranked player as he holds a comfortable lead atop the rankings. Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson all stayed put as Nos. 2-4. The lone change to the top 10 saw Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose swap spots, with Garcia moving up one to No. 5. Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Martin Kaymer all remained the same at Nos. 7 through 12. FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel exchanged places with Phil Mickelson, moving Horschel up one to No. 13 and Mickelson down a spot to No. 14. Graeme McDowell, Hideki Matsuyama, Victor Dubuisson, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson and Chris Kirk rounded out the top 20 once again from No. 15. With this being …

    December 22, 2014 11:00 am
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World News

  • NYC police chief backs mayor


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:09 The head of the New York City police union said Mayor Bill de Blasio had “blood on his hands” New York City’s police chief has backed Mayor Bill de Blasio after criticism that he had increased tensions between police and minority communities. Two officers were shot and killed as they sat in their patrol car on Saturday, following weeks of protests about killings by US police. The mayor was accused by the police union of stoking tensions. But Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC it was not his fault some officers had lost trust in him. And he strongly rejected the notion the mayor had increased the risk to police officers by appearing to side with protesters following the death of Eric Gardner who was killed by a police officer earlier in the summer. “There are a lot of moving currents creating tension and atmosphere,” he said, referring …

    December 22, 2014 11:00 am
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Technology

  • South Korean nuclear operator hacked amid cyber-attack fears


    South Korea’s nuclear plant operator has said its computer systems have been breached, raising fears that hackers, including those with possible North Korean links, could shift their focus to key infrastructure. The violation prompted a safety drill on Monday at nuclear plants around the country. The precautionary exercise comes days after the US blamed Pyongyang for hacking Sony Pictures, which led the company to cancel the release of a Hollywood satire about the fictional assassination of the secretive state’s leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack and threatened to retaliate if the White House continued to blame it. Pyongyang said there was “clear evidence” the Obama administration was behind the film. Officials in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said only noncritical data about nuclear plants had been leaked, adding that they were confident they could fend off any attempt to compromise the safety of the country’s atomic facilities. “It’s our judgment …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Science

  • Descent into Siberia’s mystery crater


    The first crater lies on the northern tip of the Yamal peninsula, the term “Yamal” meaning “end of the world” in the local language. It was an unstable place to explore, or even approach too closely, with its rims melting and falling inside, and the sound of water running deep within. The marshy state of the cavernous hole meant scientists had to wait until winter, when the crater had frozen solid, to determine what was inside. Lead scientist Vladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, documented his team’s expedition with this collection of photographs.

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Health

  • Mother’s Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids


    MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana — and to do so at an earlier age — if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics. The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed would be most likely to engage in risky behaviors “since those children may be missing both the supervision and support that a parent can offer during an emotional time,” said study co-author Ian Colman. He is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. “So we were surprised to see that maternal depression when the child was aged 6 to 10 was actually more strongly associated with those risky health behaviors,” Colman …

    December 22, 2014 8:39 am
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Entertainment

  • LeAnn Rimes Is Happy To Be Home For The Holidays


    Posted on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 6:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Ho ho ho! Someone’s happy to be back in Hollywood for the holidays! On Sunday evening LeAnn Rimes landed at Los Angeles International Airport, and from the smile on her face to the festive red plaid, she’s clearly in the Christmas spirit. And this is even after missing her flight! Earlier in the day LeLe tweeted, “Practicing acceptance #missedflight our bags made it but we didn’t That’s what happens when you are all organized but the universe isn’t.” And speaking of practicing acceptance, LeAnn and Brandi Glanville are currently having a little bit of a squabble after the reality TV star appeared on Watch What Happens Live and chatted with Andy Cohen about Eddie Cibrian’s manhood. During a game of Shag, Marry, Kill Cohen chose Cibrian as the one he’d “shag,” and naturally Glanville dished the deets on her ex-husband’s skills in the sack. “He’s …

    December 22, 2014 10:20 am
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo. To be sure, many tales from the animal kingdom this year were by turns heart-warming and hilarious, and more than a few came out of the Golden State or the Sunshine State. A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years, only to …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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