• Periscope ‘changing house viewings’

    Simon Bradbury has started streaming house viewings live An estate agent using a live video streaming app to conduct home viewings said he hoped the technology would help improve his profession’s image. Simon Bradbury, of...
  • U.S. green energy use highest since 1930s

    U.S. green energy use highest since 1930s

    Renewables now account for 9.8% of U.S. energy use, the highest level since the 1930s, when people used a lot more wood. Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year...
  • AAC introduces football championship game

    Key Biscayne, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The American Athletic Conference announced on Thursday the addition of a conference championship game in football. The first American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 5 at...
  • ‘God Bless America,’ football fans say

    ‘God Bless America,’ football fans say

    Many football fans cheered the US decision to tackle alleged corruption in Fifa A bold, surprise move by the US on the world stage hasn’t always been a recipe for global applause. By indicting 14...
  • Tajik special ops chief ‘joins IS’

    Tajik special ops chief ‘joins IS’

    Gulmurod Khalimov has been missing since the beginning of May Tajikistan’s special forces chief has appeared in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria. Gulmurod Khalimov is seen in the footage...
  • Blac Chyna Continues Instagram War With Kylie Jenner

    Blac Chyna Continues Instagram War With Kylie Jenner

    Posted on Thu May 28th, 2015 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff It’s all out feud of the nobodies! Blac Chyna has been in an Instagram posting war with her ex Tyga’s current girlfriend Kylie Jenner, and...
  • MEPs in new EU-US trade controversy

    There are hopes of getting a TTIP deal before the November 2016 US presidential election Euro MPs have called for transparent and public handling of trade disputes with the US, but they have softened their...

Headline News

  • ‘God Bless America,’ football fans say


    Many football fans cheered the US decision to tackle alleged corruption in Fifa A bold, surprise move by the US on the world stage hasn’t always been a recipe for global applause. By indicting 14 top Fifa officials on corruption charges on Wednesday, however, the US government currently finds itself on the right side of much of the international media. “The parasites in Fifa who skimmed off millions – and the influence peddlers who tempted them – should be shown no mercy,” write the editors of the Times of South Africa. “The Americans will have done the world a huge favour if their actions finally force Fifa to clean up its act.” The headline of a piece by Emmet Malone in the Irish Times proclaims: “US does football a service as Fifa’s house of cards begins to collapse”. Malone goes on to praise the “dogged” efforts of US tax authorities. Fifa is a “global behemoth”, …

    May 28, 2015 3:59 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Pataki, one of the longest shots, announces White House bid


    EXETER, N.H. Former New York Governor George Pataki announced on Thursday he will run for the White House in 2016, becoming one of the longest shots in a crowded Republican presidential nomination contest. The three-term governor has not held office since 2006 and barely registers in opinion polls on more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls. Announcing his candidacy in the town of Exeter, New Hampshire, Pataki took a swipe at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for charging high speaking fees. “She speaks for the middle class? They are the party of privilege, we are the party of the middle class,” he said. Pataki, 69, represents a moderate voice in the Republican presidential field. As governor of one of the most Democratic-leaning states, he supported abortion rights and signed tough gun control legislation. But on Thursday he said his “conservative policies” had slashed the number of people on welfare. Lacking name recognition, Pataki might struggle to …

    May 28, 2015 1:18 pm
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Stocks

  • U.S. green energy use highest since 1930s


    Renewables now account for 9.8% of U.S. energy use, the highest level since the 1930s, when people used a lot more wood. Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year since the 1930s. The country used green energy to meet 9.8% of its total energy needs, the Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. Total energy includes power used for homes, buildings, industry, vehicles and other uses. It was the highest percent of green energy in 85 years when people relied on wood on a much greater scale to heat their homes. Renewable use has grown 5% a year since 2001. Wind energy has seen the largest growth rate, but it’s sill old-school technologies that dominate green energy production. The top seven and the share of the country’s overall energy use they make up are: 1. Hydro — 2.5% 2. Wood — 2.2% 3. Biofuels — 2.1% 4. Wind — 1.8% 5. …

    May 28, 2015 4:19 pm
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Sports

  • AAC introduces football championship game


    Key Biscayne, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The American Athletic Conference announced on Thursday the addition of a conference championship game in football. The first American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 5 at noon (ET) and will be televised nationally on either ABC or ESPN. The 2015 season will be the AAC’s first in its new 12-team, two-division format, in which each team will play eight conference games. Each team will face the other five teams in its own division as well as three teams from the other division. The AAC’s East Division includes UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple. The West Division lineup is Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. The two divisional champions will meet in the championship game at the home site of one of the participants, not at a neutral site. The divisional winners will be determined by the team with the best conference record, with …

    May 28, 2015 3:59 pm
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World News

  • Tajik special ops chief ‘joins IS’


    Gulmurod Khalimov has been missing since the beginning of May Tajikistan’s special forces chief has appeared in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria. Gulmurod Khalimov is seen in the footage dressed in black and holding a gun. He went missing in early May. He says he joined IS in protest at Tajikistan’s policy towards religion, which he says is anti-Islamic. Hundreds of Central Asians are thought have left for Syria, but this is the first known case of such a high profile officer joining the militants. The authorities in Tajikistan have refused to comment on his whereabouts since his disappearance, reports the BBC’s Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Almaty. ‘Slaughter’ Khalimov used to fight extremists at home and was one of the best trained officers in the country, our correspondent says. In the video, which is believed to have been recorded in a Syrian camp, he says he plans to return to …

    May 28, 2015 3:59 pm
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Technology

  • Periscope ‘changing house viewings’


    Simon Bradbury has started streaming house viewings live An estate agent using a live video streaming app to conduct home viewings said he hoped the technology would help improve his profession’s image. Simon Bradbury, of Thomas Morris in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, said his office was among the first to stream open house events using the app Periscope. He said he had been “blown away” by its success. “One thing people are critical of estate agents for is authenticity, and this is changing that,” he said. Live streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat allow people to broadcast live from their smartphone or tablet, and are rapidly gaining followers. Viewers can ask home owners questions during the broadcast Mr Bradbury conducted his first online house viewing in Eynesbury, Cambridgeshire, earlier this month. He said 54 people watched online, compared to just five who visited in person. The house was sold 24 hours later, albeit not to …

    May 28, 2015 4:39 pm
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Science

  • Why Carbon Is the Best Marker for the New Human Epoch


    Fire ranks among humanity’s oldest and most powerful tools. Now the residue from all the oil and coal burned to power modern civilization may provide the best marker for the start of a new geologic epoch that highlights Homo sapiens’s world-changing impact, known as the Anthropocene, or “new age of humans.” “We’re actually changing and continuing to change how the Earth system functions and leaving markers that could still be found in a million years time,” says Earth scientist Karen Bacon of the University of Leeds in England. “That’s quite incredible to think about.” The proposed marker is billions of microscopic black balls found from the high arctic to the bottoms of lakes in Chile. When a flame eats into the hydrocarbons known as coal or oil, not all the carbon atoms pair up with the oxygen that makes fire and carbon dioxide emissions possible. Some of that carbon remains bonded tightly to its fellow carbons, …

    May 28, 2015 12:59 pm
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Health

  • Boston Scientific ordered to pay $100 million in transvaginal mesh trial


    A Delaware jury on Thursday ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman who said she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company. Jurors awarded Deborah Barba $25 million in compensatory damages, and an additional $75 million in punitive damages, according to lawyers for Barba. The 51-year old Newark, Delaware-resident was implanted with Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products in 2009, to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, according to her 2011 lawsuit. The devices caused serious complications, she said, and despite two subsequent surgeries to try to fix the problems, parts of the devices are still in her body, continuing to cause pain. Following a two-week trial, jurors deliberated for about seven hours before finding Boston Scientific had been negligent in designing and making the devices and that it had failed to warn patients and doctors …

    May 28, 2015 1:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Blac Chyna Continues Instagram War With Kylie Jenner


    Posted on Thu May 28th, 2015 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff It’s all out feud of the nobodies! Blac Chyna has been in an Instagram posting war with her ex Tyga’s current girlfriend Kylie Jenner, and her latest photo seems to be an attempt to show the reality star that her boobs are superior! The single mother posed by a pool while showing off ample cleavage, and she had to know that her rival posted an almost identical pic just two days prior. Oh snap! Blac Chyna is pretty savvy to keep this battle going since she’s getting so much press from it, but her new boxer boyfriend J’Leon Love might not appreciate the fact she’s so preoccupied with her former rapper beau and his love life!   Stories from around the Web

    May 28, 2015 3:39 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton’s fake Southern accent gets lost in translation


    Hillary Clinton went down to Dixie this week and tried to pull off a faux Southern accent. Sweet Lord Almighty,  folks – it was pitiful. Miss Hill’ry was drawling and dropping “g’s” all over the stage during a speech to Democrats in South Carolina – the Palmetto State. I was surprised Miss Hill’ry didn’t show up at her campaign rally in bare feet, waving a cast iron skillet and singing Dixie. Clearly, Miss Hill’ry has mastered the art of speaking from both sides of her mouth – but she still needs to work on her drawl. “Hillary Clinton’s southern twang is back,” announced New York Times writer Maggie Haberman on Twitter. The folks over at Hot Air crafted a spot-on analysis of Miss Hill’ry’s politically expedient dialect in a story titled, “Hillary’s Fake Southern Accent is Back.”  The problem is that it’s not a very good Southern accent. It’s almost like her linguistic advisors made …

    May 28, 2015 1:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Branded golf balls were a mistake, Ireland’s former bank regulator says


    DUBLIN Ireland’s financial regulator, whose “timid” supervision was criticized for not halting the country’s banking crash, produced branded golf balls to promote itself before the office was overhauled, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday. Promotions such as golf balls or umbrellas bearing the logos of banks were commonplace in Ireland during their rapid growth a decade ago. That growth ended in the most expensive bank bailout in the euro zone when a property bubble spectacularly burst. Patrick Neary, who was head of financial regulation from 2006 to 2009, was asked on Thursday what the regulators were thinking when they handed out the golf balls. “Your job was the micro-prudential supervision of the banks. What was going on?” inquiry member Susan O’Keefe asked Neary, in the most anticipated hearing since lawmakers began to question bank executives, regulators and politicians. “It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don’t know much about …

    May 28, 2015 8:58 am
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