• Avril Lavigne Reveals Battle With Lyme Disease

    Avril Lavigne Reveals Battle With Lyme Disease

    Posted on Wed Apr 1st, 2015 9:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Fight on, sk8tergirl! Avril Lavigne just revealed that she’s secretly been battling Lyme disease in the new issue of People, and the singer admits that...
  • Surprise! Green energy surged despite cheap oil

    Surprise! Green energy surged despite cheap oil

    Here is some good news about the environment: Investment into renewable energy surged in 2014, despite record low oil prices. The price of oil plunged nearly 50% since last summer, sparking fears green energy projects...
  • Getty heir found dead in LA home

    Andrew Getty, the grandson of J Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the family fortune, has been found dead at home, his parents have confirmed. Mr Getty, 47, was found dead in the...
  • Gun attack on Istanbul police HQ

    Gun attack on Istanbul police HQ

    Turkish police were involved in a courthouse shootout in Istanbul on Tuesday Police have killed an armed woman assailant and wounded a gunman who opened fire outside Istanbul’s police headquarters, the city’s governor says. The...
  • Bayern’s Alaba to miss seven weeks

    Munich, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) – Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba is expected to miss the next seven weeks because of a knee ligament injury, the club confirmed on Wednesday. The Austria international suffered a medial collateral...
  • Health Highlights: April 1, 2015

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Singer Avril Lavigne Has Lyme Disease Pop star Avril Lavigne says she has Lyme disease. In an interview...

Headline News

  • Getty heir found dead in LA home


    Andrew Getty, the grandson of J Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the family fortune, has been found dead at home, his parents have confirmed. Mr Getty, 47, was found dead in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills residence on Tuesday afternoon. The Los Angeles coroner’s office said initial reports suggested natural causes or an accident was to blame. A statement from Ann and Gordon Getty confirmed that Andrew, one of their four sons, had died. His oil baron grandfather died in 1976. Industrialist J Paul Getty founded the Getty Oil Company and was once named the richest living American by Fortune magazine. ‘Doctor’s appointment’ Jack Richter of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told reporters that officers went to the home shortly after 14:15 local time (22:15 GMT) on Tuesday. They found the body in the bathroom and interviewed a woman who was present. J Paul Getty in 1975. He was once …

    April 1, 2015 11:41 am
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Politics

  • Poll finds rising exile support for Obama’s Cuba policy


    (Reuters) – A poll of Cuban-Americans shows support for the White House’s new Cuba policy has risen in the three months since it was announced, with 51 percent now in favor of closer engagement with Cuba, up from 44 percent in December. The poll by consulting firm Bendixen Amandi International, and released in New York on Wednesday, sampled 400 people across the country’s population of approximately 2 million Cuban-Americans, mostly concentrated in Florida and New Jersey. Forty percent of those polled said they disagreed with the new policy. The White House policy change announced Dec. 17 includes plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after 54 years, relax travel restrictions for Americans seeking to visit the island and increase commercial ties, while leaving intact the U.S. embargo against the island. “In the three months since President Obama’s historic announcement, rather than increasing opposition, the study reveals there is now slight majority support amongst Cuban-Americans for …

    April 1, 2015 11:40 am
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Stocks

  • Surprise! Green energy surged despite cheap oil


    Here is some good news about the environment: Investment into renewable energy surged in 2014, despite record low oil prices. The price of oil plunged nearly 50% since last summer, sparking fears green energy projects might be push aside. But a new study commissioned by the UN Environment Program shows companies and governments invested $270 billion in renewable power and fuels last year, 17% more than the year before. The boost came after two years of slowdown and was driven mainly by a green energy boom in Asia, the report said. China and Japan have embraced solar energy in 2014, pouring a combined $74.9 billion in solar installations, while Europe saw a record $18.6 billion of investment into offshore wind projects in 2014. The growth was especially strong in emerging markets, where investment jumped 36%. China, Brazil, India and South Africa were all among the top 10 investing countries. In the U.S., $38.3 billion was …

    April 1, 2015 12:00 pm
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Sports

  • Bayern’s Alaba to miss seven weeks


    Munich, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) – Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba is expected to miss the next seven weeks because of a knee ligament injury, the club confirmed on Wednesday. The Austria international suffered a medial collateral ligament tear in his left knee during his country’s friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, meaning he may miss out on the rest of Bayern’s campaign. The 22-year-old already missed two months this season because of a knee injury, limiting him to 19 starts in the Bundesliga. And now Alaba will miss both legs of his team’s Champions League quarterfinal with FC Porto, and potentially one or both legs in the semifinal round if Bayern reaches that point. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

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World News

  • Gun attack on Istanbul police HQ


    Turkish police were involved in a courthouse shootout in Istanbul on Tuesday Police have killed an armed woman assailant and wounded a gunman who opened fire outside Istanbul’s police headquarters, the city’s governor says. The wounded man is said to have been captured. Earlier an intruder was arrested at district offices of Turkey’s ruling AK Party. On Tuesday two members of a Marxist group took a prosecutor hostage at an Istanbul courthouse. All three died later in a shootout with police. The banned DHKP-C claimed that attack.

    April 1, 2015 11:41 am
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Technology

  • Obama puts ‘malicious cyber actors’ on notice


    In February, President Obama went to Silicon Valley to hold a summit on cybersecurity. James Martin/CNET President Barack Obama is taking aim at “malicious cyber actors” who attempt to profit off digital attacks on US interests. An executive order, announced Wednesday, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and Attorney General to impose sanctions on cyberattackers who hack into the networks of US companies or government agencies. “Malicious cyber activity — whether it be stealing sensitive information, including personal identifiers, or trade secrets — is often profit-motivated,” Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, wrote in a statement. “By freezing assets of those subject to sanctions and making it more difficult for them to do business with U.S. entities, we can remove a powerful economic motivation for committing these acts in the first place.” The White House aims to hit hard at the potential profit a hacker could stand …

    April 1, 2015 11:20 am
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Science

  • Widespread agricultural contaminant impacts fish reproductive behavior


    A common growth-promoting hormone used worldwide in the cattle industry has been found to affect the sexual behaviors of fish at a very low concentration in waterways — with potentially serious ecological and evolutionary consequences. Researchers from Monash University, Australia in collaboration with researchers from Åbo Akademi University in Finland, have found that the steroid 17β-trenbolone — used on livestock to increase muscle growth — alters male reproductive behavior in guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata). This androgenic growth promoter is part of a group of contaminants called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that enter the environment through a variety of sources — from discharge of household waste to agricultural run-off and industrial effluent. Using trenbolone in livestock farming has been banned in the EU. However, in Denmark, researchers have measured high concentrations of it in gym sewage. Trenbolone is popular among bodybuilders. Trenbolone is used for example in the United States, Argentina and Australia. One of the …

    April 1, 2015 11:40 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: April 1, 2015


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Singer Avril Lavigne Has Lyme Disease Pop star Avril Lavigne says she has Lyme disease. In an interview with People magazine, the 30-year-old musician said she began feeling ill last April and doctors told her she was likely dehydrated and exhausted from touring, ABC News reported. But her symptoms became worse and Lavigne said she knew there was something more serious going on. “I had to fight,” she said in the interview. “I had doctors tell me I was crazy and they didn’t want to test me. I had to learn about it completely on my own.” “She has rarely left her home,” said People staff writer Patrick Gomez, ABC News reported. “She says she has been unable to breathe. It is hard to stand and she is barely able to brush her teeth.” —– Joni Mitchell in …

    April 1, 2015 11:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Avril Lavigne Reveals Battle With Lyme Disease


    Posted on Wed Apr 1st, 2015 9:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Fight on, sk8tergirl! Avril Lavigne just revealed that she’s secretly been battling Lyme disease in the new issue of People, and the singer admits that she spent months being frightened because she had no idea what was wrong with her. The “Complicated” songstress recalled spending her 30th birthday in Vegas, and not being able to keep up with her friends due to a lack of energy. “I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed. My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know,” she explained to the mag. After spending months feeling lethargic and lightheaded, doctors were finally able to diagnose her illness. “I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought …

    April 1, 2015 12:00 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

  • CERN proves The Force exists, Albert Hall outraged at Beatles ‘holes’ slur


    LONDON (Reuters) – From a supermarket putting in trampolines for customers to reach the top shelf to prestigious CERN saying it has proved The Force exists, Wednesday brought April Fool’s spoofs a-plenty. London’s venerable Royal Albert Hall released an April 1, 1967 letter from its archives protesting “in the strongest conceivable terms” at having The Beatles imply in the song “Day in the Life” that there were 4,000 holes in its auditorium. Commerzbank sought a solution to Greece’s financial woes, saying Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had proposed a one-off license fee of 1 euro on European Union users of Pythagoras’ theorem. The resulting revenues from 1 April 570 BC to now would be 107,443,980,002,362,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 euros at a compounded interest rate of 4 percent, it asserted. Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the European Central Bank was opening a restaurant with a view called “Euro Sunset”. It will offer basic fare to cater for poor southern …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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