• Farc suspends truce after attack

    Farc suspends truce after attack

    Colombia’s leftist rebel group Farc has suspended a unilateral ceasefire after 26 of its fighters were killed in a government air and ground offensive. The ceasefire had been in place since December 2014. The attack...
  • Hendricks, Cubs blank Padres

    San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kyle Hendricks tossed the first shutout of his career as the Chicago Cubs grabbed a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres to close out a three-game series. Hendricks (1-1)...
  • German pilots may get spot medicals

    A Germanwings Airbus A320 similar to the one which crashed The German airline Lufthansa is considering random medical checks for pilots, to help prevent any future disaster like the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people....

Headline News

  • Quadruple-murder suspect faces arraignment in Washington, D.C


    WASHINGTON A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper faced arraignment on Friday after authorities tracked him down overnight in the U.S. capital. The suspect, Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, faces a charge of first-degree murder while armed at his arraignment some time after 1 p.m. EDT in District of Columbia Superior Court. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force had tracked Wint to a Howard Johnson hotel in College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, late on Thursday, only to see him leave as they arrived. Officers and a helicopter pursued Wint, who was in a car, and a small moving truck that was traveling with him. “We did a vehicle pin maneuver on both vehicles and we were able to arrest everyone,” Commander Robert Fernandez of the U.S. Marshals Service told CNN. Besides Wint, police arrested three men and two women in the vehicles, Fernandez said. …

    May 22, 2015 10:33 am
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton boosted tax breaks for non-profits


    President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton talk during the White House Conference on Philanthropy in the East Room of the White House in Washington in 1999. (AP Photo/Khue Bui) As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband’s presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show. The blurred lines between the tax reductions proposed by the Clinton administration in 2000 and the Clinton Library’s fundraising were an early foreshadowing of the potential ethics concerns that have flared around the Clintons’ courting of corporate and foreign donors for their family charity before she launched her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. White House documents in the Clinton Library reviewed by The Associated Press show Hillary Clinton and …

    May 22, 2015 8:10 am
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Stocks

  • Theme parks ready for summer — and their stocks are soaring


    The stock market often seems like one big roller coaster. So why not invest in roller coasters? Companies that own theme parks have done surprisingly well in 2015 — despite concerns about sluggish consumer spending. And it looks like the summer — which unofficially kicks off this Memorial day weekend — will be a great one. Shares of Cedar Fair (FUN), which owns Cedar Point in Ohio and several other amusement and water parks throughout the country, are up 20% so far this year. Six Flags (SIX), operator of 18 theme parks in the United Sates, Mexico and Canada, is up 15%. And the theme park units of two media giants, Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA), are also thriving. Comcast owns Universal Parks and Resorts. That division reported a 34% jump in revenue in the first quarter. Disney said that operating profits from its parks and resorts unit were up 24% in the most recent …

    May 22, 2015 9:11 am
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Sports

  • Murray can win French after solving clay puzzle: Courier


    LONDON Andy Murray looks like he has solved the puzzle of claycourt tennis and is a serious title challenger at the French Open, according to twice Roland Garros champion Jim Courier. World number three Murray is in the same half of the draw as favorite Novak Djokovic and nine-times champion Rafa Nadal and could play gritty Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter-finals. Yet with back-to-back titles on the slippery red dust in the build-up, the first of his career on the surface, those obstacles will not feel insurmountable for the in-form Scot who is unbeaten since getting married in April. Courier, who will be commentating for British channel ITV Sport on what promises to be an intriguing fortnight, believes Murray’s title runs in Munich and in Madrid, where he outplayed Nadal, would have been an eye-opener. “I do think that in Madrid he was more offensive in the semi-finals and finals than we are used …

    May 22, 2015 10:33 am
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World News

  • Farc suspends truce after attack


    Colombia’s leftist rebel group Farc has suspended a unilateral ceasefire after 26 of its fighters were killed in a government air and ground offensive. The ceasefire had been in place since December 2014. The attack – in the country’s south-western Cauca region – was the deadliest since the resumption of air strikes against the rebels last month. The two sides have been in negotiations since 2012 in an attempt to end more than half a century of conflict. The guerrilla group said in a statement that the ceasefire suspension was the result of “five months of land and air offensives against our structures all over the country”. “We deplore the joint attack by the Air Force, the army and the police,” said the statement. “We feel pain for the deaths of guerrilla fighters as well as soldiers, sons of a same people and from poor families”. But the group said they were willing to maintain …

    May 22, 2015 10:33 am
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Technology

  • UK sells off unused net addresses


    The UK’s government network uses addresses owned by the Department for Work and Pensions The UK government has started selling off internet addresses that it no longer uses. The first group of 150,000 addresses has been snapped up by a Norwegian firm called Altibox for about £600,000. The addresses are becoming valuable because the net has almost outgrown the addressing scheme it adopted in the 1970s. If the UK government sells off all the surplus addresses it owns it could get up to £15m. However, some fear that as the addresses are shared out more widely, data could go astray. The surplus addresses are part of a much bigger block of 16 million addresses given to the Department of Work and Pensions in 1993. Earlier this year, the DWP started a project to see how many of these IP addresses could be freed. An official report produced before the DWP began its investigation suggested that …

    May 22, 2015 7:30 am
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Science

  • Giant Black Holes May Be on Collision Course


    Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21 years. If the observations are confirmed, the duo would be the closest known set of binary black holes, and their imminent collision would offer scientists an unprecedented chance to watch extreme physics in action. [Video: When Black Holes Collide] The potential black holes are impossible to glimpse directly. Besides being black—which is to say, invisible—they are far too distant from Earth and too close to one another to make out with telescopes. But scientists found what they think is the telltale signature of a pair of these behemoths circling together. The apparent black holes reside in what’s known as a quasar—a galaxy that is unleashing a torrent of light as mass gets gobbled by the gigantic black hole at its …

    May 22, 2015 7:50 am
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Health

  • Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism


    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers said. The study included 38 children with autism and 76 children without the disorder. All of the children wore special wrist devices designed to detect anxiety and other responses to social situations. The children first read a book by themselves. Then, they read a book to two other children and then had 10 minutes of group play. After that, the children were given 10 minutes of supervised play with guinea pigs. Researchers chose guinea pigs because of their small size and gentle nature. Compared to other children, those with autism had higher levels of anxiety when reading silently, reading …

    May 22, 2015 8:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Matt Bellamy Shows Off His New Girlfriend On The amFAR Red Carpet


    Posted on Fri May 22nd, 2015 7:25am PDT       By X17 Staff Matt Bellamy definitely has a type! We can’t believe how much the Muse rocker’s new girlfriend Elle Evans looks like former fiancee Kate Hudson… On Thursday evening Matt and his new bae attended the amfAR 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala event in Cannes, and the smitten couple even shared a quick smooch on the red carpet. The duo have been dating since March, and they made their first public appearance at the Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival last month. Around that time it was reported that Evans had not yet been introduced to Bellamy’s son Bingham, but seeing as he’s bringing her out to big parties in Cannes, we’re guessing that’s changed! And speaking of gorgeous girls, every star in Cannes was at the amFAR event last night … Click the gallery below to see more pix of stars like Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe …

    May 22, 2015 10:32 am
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Editorial

  • A Christian response to ISIS


    The assault of ISIS against the crosses atop every church, hospital, school and care facility in Syria and Iraq, is equal only to their shameless violence against “the people of the cross” themselves.  This hatred is applied against anyone who opposes them:  Muslim, Christian, Jew or non-believer alike. It was nearly a year ago when ISIS invaded the governate of  Nineveh, the Christian center of  Iraq from apostolic times. In two overnight waves, on June 10 and August 7, every Nineveh Christian who could, fled.  Some 150,000 Christians escaped, many on foot, leaving their homes, businesses, possessions,  and identification papers behind in the panic. At checkpoints, some were forced to turn over  their money and wedding rings, others were sexually and physically assaulted. Those who resisted had their daughters taken instead. There are now “markets” set up in Mosul, Nineveh’s capital,  where ISIS reportedly sells abducted  children and women, attaching price tags to them.  The …

    May 22, 2015 8:31 am
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Odd News

  • Could another English king be buried under a car park?


    LONDON Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him. Philippa Langley, the inspiration behind the successful hunt for Richard III’s remains, is now on the trail of his forebear Henry I, one of the first rulers of England following the Norman conquest in the 11th Century. She is part of a team seeking backing to search for the ruins of Reading Abbey, founded by Henry in 1121 and where he was buried after his death 14 years later, allegedly brought about by eating too many lampreys, a type of fish. Like Richard, the exact whereabouts of Henry’s final resting place is unknown after the abbey, including his tomb, was mostly destroyed some 400 years later. “The thinking in Reading, using current estimates of the size of the abbey, …

    May 22, 2015 7:50 am
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