• Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win

    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Eight years ago, Stacy Lewis was an amateur when she tied for fifth at Mission Hills Country Club in the first women’s major of the season, a tournament she has...
  • Arkansas to rework ‘religion law’

    The governor of Arkansas has called for changes to a “religious freedom” bill after a similar law in Indiana has drawn a firestorm of criticism. Wal-Mart and other companies had urged Governor Asa Hutchinson not...
  • Blatt, Kerr named NBA’s top coaches for March

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Cleveland’s David Blatt and Golden State’s Steve Kerr have been named the NBA’s coaches of the month for March. Blatt led the Cavaliers to the best record in the Eastern...
  • Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant Again!

    Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant Again!

    Posted on Wed Apr 1st, 2015 3:06pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian is finally pregnant again! APRIL FOOLS! Did we get ya?! In case you couldn’t figure it out — those pics aren’t really of...
  • Further delay to Iran nuclear deal

    Further delay to Iran nuclear deal

    The talks at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel will be extended to Thursday Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme will continue until at least Thursday morning, two days after the original deadline, the US says. US Secretary...

Headline News

  • Getty oil heir’s death seen as likely accidental or natural


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Andrew Getty, the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, died from what appears to have been accidental or natural causes, but an autopsy is not expected to be performed before Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. The 47-year-old heir to the Getty oil fortune was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his Hollywood Hills home, his parents said in a statement in which they asked for privacy for the family. Police said there was no immediate sign of foul play. “At first glance, it does not appear to be a criminal type of act. But that could change,” Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said on Tuesday night. He said the investigation was in its early stages and that witnesses were being questioned, though no one had been taken into custody. The medical examiner assigned to the case was expected to begin her investigation …

    April 1, 2015 6:06 pm
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Politics

  • New Jersey Senator Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on Wednesday on corruption charges, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said. Menendez, 61, was indicted in New Jersey along with Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen on one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, seven counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud, the DOJ spokesman said, adding the senator was also charged with one count of making false statements. The agency said Menendez “allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests.” Menendez, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has denied any wrongdoing. He will hold a news conference at 7 p.m. (2300 GMT) in New Jersey. For some time, federal authorities have been investigating his relationship with Melgen, a Democratic donor accused of overbilling the government’s Medicare program. Menendez, …

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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Stocks

  • CBS to turn ’60 Minutes’ Segment into ‘Patriots Day’ Movie


    A news story that was featured on the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” is the backbone of a movie that’s being made by CBS’s feature film division. And CBS hopes it’ll be the first of many. The movie, “Patriots’ Day,” is about Ed Davis, the former Boston police commissioner who helped lead the city’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. CBS announced the production of “Patriots’ Day” on Tuesday. What the network announced at the same time, more subtly, was “60 Minutes Productions,” a unit that strives to strike deals like this one. The unit is led by “60 Minutes” senior producer Michael Radutzky, who will also be a producer of the movie. “For years, we’ve been helping others put our stories on the screen. Now we’re doing it for ourselves,” a “60 Minutes” spokesman said Wednesday. The arrangement is part of a larger trend in media. Magazine articles and TV news reports have …

    April 1, 2015 6:05 pm
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Sports

  • Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win


    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Eight years ago, Stacy Lewis was an amateur when she tied for fifth at Mission Hills Country Club in the first women’s major of the season, a tournament she has grown to love. In 2011, the American overhauled the world number one Yani Tseng in the final round at Mission Hills to claim her first major crown, and this week she will be bidding to extend her career tally of grand slam wins to three. “I’m excited to be back,” world number three Lewis, 30, told reporters on the eve of Thursday’s opening round of the ANA Inspiration. “Any time you come to a course that you’ve won on, you have some great memories. “It’s fun to be back. And the first major of the year … everybody is always really excited for. My mind-set is good. I’ve been building on this tournament really since February. “We’ve been progressing with …

    April 1, 2015 7:05 pm
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World News

  • Arkansas to rework ‘religion law’


    The governor of Arkansas has called for changes to a “religious freedom” bill after a similar law in Indiana has drawn a firestorm of criticism. Wal-Mart and other companies had urged Governor Asa Hutchinson not to sign the bill. Critics of the bill say it could be used to discriminate against gay people because it gives business owners a legal defence based on their faith. Hundreds in Arkansas have protested against the measure this week. The governor said he wanted the state’s legislature to either recall the bill or pass additional legislation that would bring it more in line with a 1993 federal law from which it is modelled. In recent days, Mr Hutchinson has come out in support of the bill and on Tuesday his office said he planned on signing it. “I don’t believe in a workplace that discriminates,” Mr Hutchinson said. Mr Hutchinson said there is a “generational difference of opinion” on …

    April 1, 2015 6:06 pm
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Technology

  • Surface 3 Targets Windows-Loving Prosumers


    Microsoft on Tuesday raised the curtain on its new Surface 3 tablet, targeting users who want a robust Windows tablet at an iPad price. Up to now, those looking for a full-featured Windows tablet had to spend US$799 for a Surface Pro 3, but some customers will find their needs can be met with the new $499 Surface 3. Windows tablet shoppers now have more options, noted Wes Miller, a research analyst with Directions on Microsoft. “It allows Microsoft to continue to market and promote all of the innovations of the Surface Pro 3 and have a go-to product for those who aspire to get a Pro model, but it’s not in their budget,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They’re giving a pricing and feature alternative to people who like the notion of a two-in-one computer and who got sticker shock at the Surface Pro’s $799 initial price without a keyboard,” added Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal …

    April 1, 2015 3:23 pm
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Science

  • Ancient seashell coloration patterns revealed using ultraviolet light


    Related images(click to enlarge) Nearly 30 ancient seashell species coloration patterns were revealed using ultraviolet (UV) light, according to a study published April 1, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jonathan Hendricks from San Jose State University, CA. Unlike their modern relatives, the 4.8-6.6 million-year-old fossil cone shells often appear white and without a pattern when viewed in regular visible light. By placing these fossils under ultraviolet (UV) light, the organic matter remaining in the shells fluoresces, revealing the original coloration patterns of the once living animals. However, it remains unclear which compounds in the shell matrix are emitting light when exposed to UV rays. Using this technique, the author of this study was able to view and document the coloration patterns of 28 different cone shell species from the northern Dominican Republic, 13 of which appear to be new species. Determining the coloration patterns of the ancient shells may be important for …

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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Health

  • Obese children may have a harder time tasting fats than leaner kids


    (Reuters Health) – – Obese children may have taste buds that are less able to detect fats than those of leaner kids, a factor that could contribute to excessive eating, a small study suggests. “Some people may be more susceptible to dietary fat than others,” said Russell Keast, a nutrition researcher at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, who wasn’t involved in the study. “The data indicates that there may be a genetic component to dietary fat that is highlighted in the obese,” he told Reuters Health in an email. Globally, about 60 million children, or 9 percent of all kids, will be overweight or obese by 2020, according to the World Health Organization. This makes them more likely to grow into obese adults and increases their risk of premature death, breathing difficulties, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, fractures and mental health issues. The study, by Naïm Khan at the Université de Bourgogne in France and colleagues, …

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant Again!


    Posted on Wed Apr 1st, 2015 3:06pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian is finally pregnant again! APRIL FOOLS! Did we get ya?! In case you couldn’t figure it out — those pics aren’t really of Kanye West’s piece. That big-lipped babe is actually her (not-so) single (not-so) white female doppelganger, pregnant Glee star Naya Rivera. But damn does she look exactly like Kimmy K! The pregnant actress was out and about in la la land earlier today dressed in an all-black, totally Kim-style ensemble. Hey Kimbo, you better watch your back — because we have a feeling Naya’s starring at it and copying everything about it!   Stories from around the Web

    April 1, 2015 6:05 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s folly in Iran needs a page from Reagan’s playbook


    President Obama speaks at dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are negotiating an agreement with Iran that will accelerate a nuclear arms race in a part of the world that has begun a 30-year, fight to the finish, religious war.  It is a prescription for disaster. The administration won’t portray it that way, of course.  They will say they have succeeded in slowing down Iran’s program.  They will offer the usual Obama straw man argument — it’s a choice between this deal and war with Iran.  And nobody wants another war in the Middle East. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Yet some neo-Conservatives have called for just that:  they say the only way to stop Iran’s bomb is to bomb Iran.  But these are the same folks who said the Iraq war would be short, sweet …

    April 1, 2015 11:41 am
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Odd News

  • South African media fall for presidency’s April Fool joke


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The South African president’s office sent out a press release on Wednesday announcing new cabinet appointments for positions that do not exist, making April Fools of some local media. The new positions included ministers for Public Participation and Interface, and Roads and Traffic Affairs. The local media house EWN initially ran the story, but later updated it with the headline “We fell for it”. President Jacob Zuma is generally given a hard time by the opposition Democratic Alliance but his rivals took the joke in good humor. “I did think it was funny,” DA’s parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane told the local channel News24. “I wish they could be very serious every other day of the year.” (Reporting by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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