Headline News

  • Cops hunt 3 suspects in shooting of Illinois police officer identified as 30-year vet

    As authorities pressed the hunt for three armed and dangerous suspects in the shooting of a Fox Lake, Ill. police officer, officials identified the victim as a 30-year veteran of the force and the father of four sons. Following the shooting death of Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz Tuesday morning , the community an hour north of Chicago was on lockdown. Helicopters were circling above Fox Lake, and all law enforcement agencies from the area, along with a regional SWAT team, K-9 units and FBI and ATF agents, were hunting for the suspects after Gliniewicz was shot and killed around 8 a.m. local time. The FAA put a temporary flight restriction in place over the area at the request of the Fox Lake Police Department at 1:35 p.m. The area being searched by police, in the northeastern portion of the state, was described as wooded and rural. Two male suspects are white and one is black, according …

    September 2, 2015 12:11 am


  • Seattle mayor proposes developer fees to pay for affordable housing

    SEATTLE Seattle’s mayor unveiled an affordable housing plan on Tuesday aimed at creating 20,000 new living units for low-income city dwellers over the next decade, more than a quarter of them to be paid for by private developers. Mayor Ed Murray said his proposal was aimed at addressing an overheated real estate market, fueled in part by the growth of Seattle-based Internet retailer Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and other companies, that is pricing out low- and middle-income residents. Affordable housing has emerged as a top political issue ahead of fall elections in Seattle, a city of 650,000 residents. Housing has been hotly debated, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods where residents bemoan – or flee – soaring rents and the tearing down of Craftsman-style homes for modern multifamily buildings. A lack of affordable housing, combined with stagnant or falling wages, has been cited by experts as a key contributing factor to homelessness in a number of U.S. cities. “This …

    September 1, 2015 11:10 pm


  • Extreme volatility rocks China stocks

    China stocks swung wildly on Wednesday as investors grappled with the market’s latest episode of extreme volatility. The benchmark Shanghai Composite shed 4.2% at the opening bell, only to recover and lurch into positive territory by mid-day. The smaller Shenzhen Composite followed a similar pattern, opening nearly 5% lower before mounting a recovery. The Shanghai index has now crashed roughly 40% from its June 12 peak, leaving the index with a 3% loss since January. Beijing has acted aggressively in recent months to prop up stocks. The central bank has injected cash into the financial system and state-backed brokerages have been ordered to buy stocks, but the measures have largely failed to stem losses. Investors will soon get a state-mandated break from the pain. Markets in China are due to start a four-day holiday on Thursday, as Beijing shuts down for a military parade that will commemorate the end of World War II. Stocks fared …

    September 2, 2015 12:10 am


  • Kevin Norwood on becoming a Carolina Panther: ‘This was a dream’

    Dec 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Kevin Norwood (81) stiff arms St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated St. Louis 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports When the Carolina Panthers made the move to acquire wide receiver Kevin Norwood from the Seattle Seahawks, it was an interesting move, but not one that blew anyone away. Apparently, the move was absolutely huge for one person, and that one person was Norwood himself. As Max Henson of Panthers.com reports, the second-year receiver actually had a feeling he was going to be heading to Carolina. “This was a dream, pretty much,” Norwood told the team’s site after his first Panthers practice. “I envisioned this. I kind of knew this was going to happen.” While Norwood still has an uphill climb before the 2015 season begins, he’s happy to be a Panther and is spending …

    September 2, 2015 12:11 am

World News

  • Japanese suggest new Olympic logos

    After the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo was scrapped because of allegations of plagiarism, the Japanese public has wasted no time in coming up with their own suggestions. Many on Twitter have been using a hashtag in Japanese which means “#unofficialemblem” to promote their designs, ranging from ninjas to paper cranes. Return of the wreath One particularly popular idea is for Tokyo to reuse the logo it had during its Olympic bid as a candidate city. Image caption The candidate city logo was unveiled in 2011 Created by design student Ai Shimamine, the logo depicts a wreath of cherry blossoms, one of Japan’s most celebrated flowers. It has a somewhat morbid origin – she said in an interview that she got the idea from a scene in an unnamed film where a wreath was laid on a grave. But it was given a hopeful spin by the Olympic bid committee. The wreath -which symbolises a …

    September 2, 2015 12:10 am


  • Intel launches Skylake processors

    Image caption Skylake uses the same 14 nanometre-sized transistors as the last-generation Broadwell chips, but arranges them in a new design Intel has launched its latest range of processors, codenamed Skylake, targeting everything from high-powered gaming rigs to computes the size of a USB stick. The “sixth generation” Core family promises improved performance, battery life and graphics-power thanks to a new microarchitecture. The chips have also been optimised to handle 4K videos better. But the US company may find it hard to convince users they need new devices. Microsoft is offering its latest operating system – Windows 10 – as a free upgrade to consumers and suggests its software should not be more taxing on processors than Windows 7 or Windows 8. In the past, many households bought new PCs when they wanted to upgrade the operating systems, but they might not do so this time round. In addition, a slowdown in China’s economy and …

    September 1, 2015 11:30 pm


  • Sex-specific biomarkers are needed to learn why heart attacks kill more women than men

    Related images(click to enlarge) Disproportionately more women than men die due to cardiovascular disease and heart attacks in the U.S., and current risk scoring systems–based on factors measured mainly in male populations–are poor predictors of mortality risk for women who suffer cardiac arrest. The need for sex-specific biomarker and risk stratification tools to improve diagnosis and treatment is clearly described in the Editorial “Sex, Myocardial Infarction, and the Failure of Risk Scores in Women,” published in Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Journal of Women’s Health website until September 30, 2015. Shilpa Agrawal, Jennifer Van Eyk, PhD, Kimia Sobhani, PhD, and C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, highlight an article by Eva de-Miguel-Balsa, MD, Hospital General Universitario de Elche, Spain, and colleagues in Journal of …

    September 1, 2015 10:30 pm


  • Number of California inmates observed for Legionnaires’ disease jumps

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. The number of inmates being observed for possible infection with Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco has jumped from 71 to 85, but the number of confirmed diagnoses held steady at six, authorities said Tuesday. Prison authorities said they have begun restoring some freedom of movement, as well as access to the law library and hot meals to inmates at the California prison who were put on lockdown to avoid infection when the outbreak began last week. The disease, a sometimes deadly form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium found in water systems, is transmitted when people breathe it in via steam, mist and moisture in the air. For that reason, prison officials initially shut down the plumbing in the prison, which houses 3,700 inmates and has 1,800 employees. On Tuesday, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations said in a news release that it would begin serving some hot …

    September 1, 2015 10:50 pm


  • Kylie Jenner Shows Off New Ear Piercing And Horrible Grammar

    Posted on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 9:55am PDT       By X17 Staff Someone should have taken her home schooling a bit more seriously! While showing off her new dagger piercing, Kylie Jenner also highlighted the fact that she doesn’t really have a good grasp on the English language. The 18-year-old, who was wearing nothing but a bra and underwear, posted one Instagram that said, “Cute lil new guy,” and another one that read, “No makeup Monday’s.” Umm — if Kylie had actually gone to high school it’s possible she would have known that it should actually be “Mondays” and not “Monday’s.” No apostrophe, girly! Oh to be 18, beautiful and dumb as a box of rocks …   Stories from around the Web

    September 2, 2015 12:50 am


  • One killer vs. 230 million armed Americans

    The American people have always had heart, and lots of it.  Perhaps that’s why the same day as the horrific shooting of two journalists in Roanoke, Va., the White House decided to capitalize on the tidal wave of grief to push its own agenda.  Josh Earnest, White House Spokesperson, made a statement urging Congress to pass legislation to “reduce gun violence.” This isn’t the first time Washington, D.C., has used tragedy to try and expand the regulatory strength of our ravenously power-hungry federal government. After all, doesn’t Uncle Sam know best? The current administration certainly thinks so. Following the shooting of nine Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, Obama made a personal plea for stricter gun regulations.  If one patriot had been armed in that South Carolina church, nine lives could have been saved. Now, more than ever, we must stand up and protect the second amendment rights that our Founders provided for just such a …

    September 1, 2015 9:50 pm

Odd News

  • First Dane goes into space — to test bike gear

    COPENHAGEN Denmark will send its first man into space on Wednesday and in keeping with the country’s love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes at the International Space Station. Dubbed “Denmark’s Gagarin” by European Space Agency officials after the first man in space, Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. The aim is to test equipment in areas of telerobotics and communications as well as monitoring the impact of space travel on Mogensen himself as his short voyage is unique in missions that normally last several months, according to ESA. But he will also test out a new heart rate monitor and force-measuring pedals on exercise bikes built by the Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), according to the company’s website. The Danish exercise bikes — with …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am