• Kylie Jenner Is Proving Blondes Do Have More Fun

    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Next step: a haircut by @jenatkinhair and blonde brows by @joycebonelli. I’m shooting my LIVE cover of ELLE Canada today. Follow @ellecanada to help me...
  • Hungary to bus migrants to border

    Hungary to bus migrants to border

    Hungary is to send buses to transport migrants to Austria’s border after they began walking there earlier on Friday. A large group of migrants left Budapest station on foot after a stand-off with police, defying...
  • Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

    Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

    (CNN)NASA’s rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel. But they can’t take off underwater. Rising sea levels caused...
  • Study reveals the genetic start-up of a human embryo

    Related images(click to enlarge) An international team of scientists led from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet has for the first time mapped all the genes that are activated in the first few days of a fertilized human...

Headline News

  • Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says


    (CNN)NASA’s rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel. But they can’t take off underwater. Rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps threaten to disrupt a handful of NASA launch sites along U.S. coastlines, the space agency warns. In the coming years, launch facilities at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and other places may need to be retrofitted or even moved inland, NASA says. “Every NASA center has its own set of vulnerabilities, and some are more at risk than others,” NASA climatologist Cynthia Rosenzweig said in a recent post on one of the agency’s websites. “But sea level rise is a very real challenge for all of the centers along the coast.” In other words, NASA has a lot of people and property potentially in harm’s way, especially in a big coastal storm. NASA says that more than …

    September 4, 2015 3:08 pm
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Politics

  • Jeb Bush will target New Hampshire with first TV ads


    WASHINGTON Republican Jeb Bush’s first TV ads of his 2016 White House campaign will target New Hampshire, his team said on Friday, in a reflection of his need to do well in an early voting state where rival John Kasich has been making inroads. The initial $500,000 buy will include Boston broadcast television and New Hampshire station WMUR, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. Ads will start running next Wednesday and continue through the rest of the month. Targeted online advertising will also be included. New Hampshire’s primary next Feb. 9 follows the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 that launch the parties’ nominating contests for the November 2016 presidential election. “This is the first step in a multi-week process where we will be expanding our advertising in New Hampshire and the other early states,” Campbell said of the Bush ads. They will focus on Bush’s “strong conservative record of reform and his plan to change the …

    September 4, 2015 3:28 pm
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Stocks

  • College athletes finally getting some cash


    College athletes are getting additional money to cover their full cost of attending school. When college football players return to the field this week, they’ll have a little bit more cash in their wallets. For the first time, the NCAA this year is allowing schools to give cash stipends to cover the cost of things like late-night snacks, student fees, laundry money and movies. Scholarships cover the core expenses of college such as tuition and room and board. The new stipends are supposed to close the gap between scholarship money and what it actually costs to attend school. The stipends, available at most of the country major sports programs, range from about $2,000 to $5,000 a year, although some schools are reportedly offering a few thousand more than that. That may not sound like a lot, but that’s real money for students from poorer families. Some star athletes have complained about going to bed hungry …

    September 4, 2015 2:28 pm
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Sports

  • As Braves continue to sink, frustrations rising to the surface


    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Wisler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, July 6, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Frustrations are bubbling over for the Atlanta Braves as they muddle through a stretch in which the team has barely been competitive. The Braves saw their losing streak reach nine games with a 15-1 beating at the hands of the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Not only is Atlanta losing but the bigger concern is, in the words of first baseman Freddie Freeman, “getting manhandled every single night.” The Braves have been outscored by a staggering 82-20 margin during the skid and have won only once in their last 17 games. Three of the past seven defeats have come by double-digit margins. “As a professional baseball player, that’s not what you want,” Freeman said. “You don’t come to the yard every day expecting to lose by 14, …

    September 4, 2015 3:09 pm
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World News

  • Hungary to bus migrants to border


    Hungary is to send buses to transport migrants to Austria’s border after they began walking there earlier on Friday. A large group of migrants left Budapest station on foot after a stand-off with police, defying official efforts to take them to reception centres and register them. Earlier on Friday another group escaped along railway tracks in Bicske, to the west, from a train stopped by police. European Union states are struggling to agree on how to deal with the crisis. The surprise announcement by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff late on Friday night followed several days of chaotic scenes in the central European country. Janos Lazar said Hungary had not yet had a response from the Austrian government regarding its bus plan. Hungary has become a major transit nation for people fleeing the Middle East and Africa, seeking to reach north and west Europe.

    September 4, 2015 3:09 pm
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Technology

  • Car sales surge 10% in August to highest level in eight years


    Poor weather in August might have dampened high street clothes sales but it seems to have triggered a stampede into car showrooms with a near-10% increase in monthly vehicle sales. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said new car registrations rose by 9.6% year-on-year to 79,060 vehicles with the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf models leading the way. It extended the record run of rising sales to a 42nd month and brought the number of new registrations for the year so far to 1.6m, with industry officials predicting more growth to come. There was also very strong demand for “alternatively-fuelled vehicles” which include plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. Sales were up by 52% although this type of car still only represents 2.4% of the overall market. There was an even bigger jump in sales of commercial vehicles such as vans and lorries, with registrations increasing by 15% to 17,350, all …

    September 4, 2015 3:48 pm
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Science

  • Study reveals the genetic start-up of a human embryo


    Related images(click to enlarge) An international team of scientists led from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet has for the first time mapped all the genes that are activated in the first few days of a fertilized human egg. The study, which is being published in the journal Nature Communications, provides an in-depth understanding of early embryonic development in human – and scientists now hope that the results will help finding for example new therapies against infertility. At the start of an individual’s life there is a single fertilized egg cell. One day after fertilization there are two cells, after two days four, after three days eight and so on, until there are billions of cells at birth. The order in which our genes are activated after fertilization has remained one of the last uncharted territories of human development. There are approximately 23,000 human genes in total. In the current study, scientists found that only 32 of these …

    September 4, 2015 2:48 pm
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Health

  • For diabetes in obesity, weight-loss surgery beats medication


    (Reuters Health) – Weight-loss surgery beats medication for controlling type 2 diabetes in obese people, according to the longest-term trial ever to compare the two approaches. Half of the patients treated with weight-loss surgery in the study were diabetes-free at five years, said Dr. Francesco Rubino of Kings College London in the UK and colleagues in a report in The Lancet. “The five-year mark is an important mark in many diseases,” Dr. Rubino told Reuters Health by phone. “The fact that some patients at five years are basically disease-free is a remarkable finding.” In 2009, he and his colleagues randomly assigned 20 obese patients with type 2 diabetes to receive medical treatment, 20 to receive a type of weight-loss surgery called a gastric bypass, and another 20 to undergo a weight-loss operation called a biliopancreatic diversion. Eighty percent of patients who had surgery had their blood sugar under good long-term control, versus about 25 percent …

    September 4, 2015 3:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Is Proving Blondes Do Have More Fun


    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Next step: a haircut by @jenatkinhair and blonde brows by @joycebonelli. I’m shooting my LIVE cover of ELLE Canada today. Follow @ellecanada to help me with me outfits. And check out my snapchat for behind the scenes. #ElleCanadaKylie A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:38pm PDT Kylie Jenner seems to be having a blast as a blonde! Just days after the 18-year-old reality star showed off her newly blonde mane, she Instagramed her new haircut by Jen Atkin and her newly dyed blonde brows by Joyce Bonelli. On Monday, the personality wrote, “Took months of not dying my hair and wearing wigs to get my hair back to health so I can do this!! Thank you @priscillavalles @maishaoliver for putting up with me all day. I’m going for an ashy dirty blonde for the fall. But this shits a …

    September 4, 2015 3:48 pm
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Editorial

  • The secret of Mother Teresa’s greatness


    Editor’s note: The following column is excerpted from Eric Metaxas’s new book, “7 WOMEN The Secret of their Greatness” (Thomas Nelson, September 8, 2015). Last year I was in Skopje, the capital city of what is called by some the Republic of Macedonia and by others FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). I was there under the auspices of East-West Ministries of Dallas to speak to that nation’s parliamentary leaders about the life of one of my heroes, William Wilberforce. One day during my visit, as I was walking through the center of the city, I was surprised to come upon a spot identified as the birthplace of another one of my heroes, Mother Teresa. I had completely forgotten that she was born in Skopje, and suddenly there I was standing on the very site where she had come into the world. The house itself had been destroyed in the great Skojpe earthquake of 1963, …

    September 4, 2015 2:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses


    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm
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