• Colombia rebels push on with talks

    Pablo Catatumbo said the bombing raids were a “step back” Negotiators for Colombia’s Farc left-wing rebel group say they want to push ahead with peace talks. The announcement came just days after dozens of Farc...
  • Rangers outlast Indians in Hamilton’s return

    Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a run scored, one walk and two strikeouts in his season debut, and the Texas Rangers used a two-run seventh to beat the Cleveland Indians 10-8...
  • Apple promotes design guru Jony Ive

    Apple promotes design guru Jony Ive

    Apple has promoted Jony Ive, its longtime design guru, to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer. “In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives,”...
  • Bomb threat foiled near US Capitol

    The suspicious vehicle was found on the National Mall near the US Capitol building Police in Washington DC have destroyed a pressure cooker found inside a “suspicious” vehicle parked near the US Capitol. Officers on...
  • Twins stay hot by handling Red Sox

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Trevor Plouffe’s three-run homer and 7 2/3 strong innings from Ricky Nolasco carried the Minnesota Twins to another win, a 7-2 Memorial Day triumph over the Boston Red Sox. Nolasco (5-1)...

Headline News

  • Ellis Island museum reopening marks culmination of several years’ work by New Jersey company


    BOONTON, N.J. –  A new addition to Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum is having its grand opening next week after numerous delays following the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. The Daily Record reports (http://dailyre.co/1Bm3CNl ) the Wednesday opening of the Peopling of America Center marks the end of the second phase of construction for Phelps Construction Group. The Boonton, New Jersey, company spent several years before and after the storm renovating, restoring and adding onto the site’s museum. Preconstruction on the two-phase project began in 2011, but development halted in October 2012 when Sandy damaged the island. The devastation closed the island to the public and kept workers away for about a year. Company president Doug Phelps says he’s worked with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation before and hopes to again in the future. ___ Information from: Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.), http://www.dailyrecord.com

    May 25, 2015 8:07 pm
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Politics

  • Ash Carter’s criticism raises questions on U.S. role in Iraq


    Defense Secretary Ash Carter (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East, seized Ramadi in central Iraq a week ago, which has revived concerns about U.S. efforts to fight the group. The Obama administration’s approach in Iraq is a blend of retraining and rebuilding the Iraqi army, prodding the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad to reconcile with the nation’s Sunnis and bombing Islamic State group targets from the air without committing American ground combat troops. President Barack Obama’s strategy is predicated on Baghdad granting political concessions to the country’s alienated Sunnis, who are a source of personnel and money for the Islamic State group. But there has been little visible progress …

    May 25, 2015 4:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Apple promotes design guru Jony Ive


    Apple has promoted Jony Ive, its longtime design guru, to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer. “In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives,” an Apple spokeswoman told CNNMoney on Monday. Ive is one of the most celebrated designers of his time. For years he has helped shape the iconic look and feel of Apple’s products — including the iPod, the iPhone and the new Apple Watch. Now he will hand over day-to-day managerial duties to two longtime executives — Richard Howarth, who will run industrial design, and Alan Dye, who will be responsible for user interface or software design. Ive, who is British, joined Apple in 1992. A few years later, when only 30 years old, he took over the company’s design team. After Tim Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as Apple (AAPL, Tech30) CEO in 2011, Ive was put in charge of Apple’s …

    May 25, 2015 7:47 pm
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Sports

  • Rangers outlast Indians in Hamilton’s return


    Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a run scored, one walk and two strikeouts in his season debut, and the Texas Rangers used a two-run seventh to beat the Cleveland Indians 10-8 on Monday. Hamilton started in left field and batted fifth in his first game back with the Rangers since 2012. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the contest. The 34-year-old Hamilton was an All-Star in each of his five seasons (2008-12) with the Rangers and was the American League MVP for them in 2010. However, he left Texas after the 2012 season, signing a 5-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After two unsuccessful seasons with the Angels, though, Hamilton relapsed with drugs and alcohol this past winter while also nursing a shoulder injury. Los Angeles quickly moved to cut ties with him and sent him back to Texas on April 27. …

    May 25, 2015 8:07 pm
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World News

  • Colombia rebels push on with talks


    Pablo Catatumbo said the bombing raids were a “step back” Negotiators for Colombia’s Farc left-wing rebel group say they want to push ahead with peace talks. The announcement came just days after dozens of Farc rebels were killed in an air force bombing raid in south-western Cauca province. The Farc said the bombing was a “step back” but insisted that the progress made so far at the talks should not be “thrown overboard”. The talks aim to put an end to more than five decades of armed conflict. The rebel negotiator known as Pablo Catatumbo insisted that “if we continue on this path [of negotiations], an alternative to war is possible”. He was speaking in the Cuban capital, Havana, where the peace talks have been held since they were officially launched in November 2012. Escalating violence At least 26 guerrilla fighters died in the bombing raid in Guapi, in Cauca province on Thursday. The killing …

    May 25, 2015 8:07 pm
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Technology

  • oneBoard to rule them all? This smart keyboard PC runs Windows or Android


    The AC000 oneBoard Pro+ is a smart keyboard powered by Android or Windows. Aloysius Low/CNET SHANGHAI — As manufacturers turn almost every device into something smart and connected, Beijing-based AC000 has come up with a smart keyboard that actually makes sense — a self-contained computer that can run either Windows or Android operating systems. While keyboard peripherals have been all the rage for modern tablet devices, oneBoard looks to flip the relationship. It’s a computer contained entirely within the keyboard, and all a user will need to do is plug it into a screen. oneBoard has three versions available: one for family, one for office and one for gaming. The gaming model is the oneBoard Pro+, an 86-key layout using Cherry MX Plum mechanical keys with either an ARM or an Intel Atom processor. The keyboard runs Google’s mobile OS Android on the ARM version, or Microsoft’s Windows 8 on the Intel Atom-powered model. Both …

    May 25, 2015 8:06 pm
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Science

  • Depression associated with 5-fold increased mortality risk in heart failure patients


    23 May 2015: Moderate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all cause mortality in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2015. The results from OPERA-HF show that risk was independent of comorbidities and severity of heart failure. Patients who were not depressed had an 80% lower mortality risk. Heart Failure 2015 is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 23 to 26 May in Seville, Spain. The scientific programme is here: http://spo.escardio.org/ Professor John Cleland, chief investigator of OPERA-HF and professor of cardiology at Imperial College London and the University of Hull, UK, said: “Patients with heart failure are at high risk of recurrent hospital admissions and death. Approximately 25% of patients admitted to hospital with heart failure are readmitted for a variety of reasons within one month. Within one year, …

    May 25, 2015 4:25 pm
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Health

  • Tips for Preventing Dog Bites


    MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Dog bites are a serious public health issue, but many are preventable, experts say. About 4.7 million Americans — more than half of them children — suffer dog bites each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Even the friendliest dog may bite when startled or surprised. Be cautious; once a child is scarred they are scarred for life,” said Dr. Gregory Evans, president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. “Most children love dogs and like to put their faces up close to the dog’s face. Parents should never permit this. Injuries to the face and hands can be disfiguring or disabling and require prompt, expert medical attention,” Evans said in a society news release. Two-thirds of dog bites among children occur to the head and neck, and often require plastic surgery, according to the news release. Last year alone, about 28,500 reconstructive …

    May 25, 2015 4:45 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Hates Her Life At Times, Shuts Down When Asked About Dad Bruce Jenner’s Gender Transition


    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 10:59am PDT       By X17 Staff On last night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, we got a peek at Kylie Jenner and big sister Khloe Kardashian going heli-skiing in Montana in an attempt to get away from the chaos in Hollywood. While Kylie handled the adventure like a pro, Khloe was clearly quite uncomfortable on the mountain. However, when it came time to have a family chat, it was Kylie who had a minor freak out. “I feel like I go through these times where I hate my life,” she said in her interview portion of the show. “My sisters always try and make me talk about everything but I don’t want to right now. People deal with things in different ways.” When Khloé suggested therapy, Kylie said she wasn’t interested. Kendall added, “Kylie and I are handling [Bruce’s transition] differently. Kylie does bottle up her emotions.” Meanwhile, dad …

    May 25, 2015 7:06 pm
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Editorial

  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran


    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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