• Nigeria vote ‘too close to call’

    Nigeria vote ‘too close to call’

    Counting is under way but the announcement of results has already been delayed Early results from Nigeria’s election show little separating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, and ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. With eight states and...
  • Dozens dead near Yemen refugee camp

    Dozens dead near Yemen refugee camp

    Air strikes have caused severe damage to Houthi strongholds across the country At least 45 people have been killed in an explosion near a refugee camp in northwest Yemen, aid workers say. Yemen’s Foreign Minister...
  • Mickey Rourke Is Anything But A Drag In West Hollywood

    Mickey Rourke Is Anything But A Drag In West Hollywood

    Posted on Mon Mar 30th, 2015 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Mickey Rourke has quite the motley crew! The actor, who had a very noticeable bandage across his nose, posed with some colorful characters outside Craig’s...
  • NASCAR changes qualifying format for Daytona, Talladega

    Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Qualifying for NASCAR national touring series races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway will no longer feature a pack of cars running together. NASCAR announced on Monday modifications to...

Headline News

  • Massive emerald at center of fight involving lots of green


    Unearthed in Brazil in 2001, the “Bahia Emerald” is one massive chunk of controversy. At times, no less than eight people and one country have laid claim to a gem that weighs roughly 840 pounds and contains about 180,000 carats of emerald crystals. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On Monday, the battle over ownership moved to Los Angeles Superior Court, where a judge began hearing arguments over who should have custody of one of the world’s largest emeralds, known as the “Bahia Emerald” — which by some accounts is said to be worth upwards of $400 million. Once listed on eBay for what once seemed to be a bargain “buy it now” price of $75 million, legal possession of the Bahia has changed hands several times, and the stories of its travels are truly straight out of the latest tinsel-town caper flick. In no particular order, we’re told the emerald has been used as collateral for a cache …

    March 30, 2015 2:36 pm
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Politics

  • Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:27 a.m. today 1 Tweet Duckworth announced her run for Senate on Monday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Updated 11:52 a.m. | Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Monday she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top-tier candidate in a must-win seat in 2016. “I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because it’s time for Washington to be held accountable, and to put Illinois families and communities first,” Duckworth said in a video announcing her candidacy. National Democrats say Duckworth’s profile is the best match to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk, a moderate Republican who is running for his first re-election in the solidly Democratic state. Duckworth is an Army veteran who lost both her legs and sustained damage to her arm when a helicopter she was co-piloting in Iraq was shot down. Kirk is also a veteran and is disabled from a stroke he suffered …

    March 30, 2015 11:15 am
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Stocks

  • Elon Musk to unveil ‘major new Tesla product line’


    Tesla is about to launch a mysterious new line of products. The only hint CEO Elon Musk is willing to give about the new lineup: it’s not a new electric car. Musk tweeted that the company will show off its new product line at the company’s Hawthorne, California, Design Studio on April 30 at 8 p.m. PT. So what does Musk have up his sleeve? A cologne? An underwear line? Healthy snack options? It’s possible that Musk gave a hint during a recent StarTalk Radio interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. During the podcast, Musk said that when he was in college, he surmised that there were five things that “are most going to affect the future of humanity: the Internet, production and consumption of sustainable energy, space exploration and exploring life beyond earth, artificial intelligence and rewriting human genetics. Musk has already done three of those things. As a co-founder of PayPal, he was …

    March 30, 2015 1:36 pm
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Sports

  • Serena Williams will return to Washington Kastles in 40th season of World Team Tennis


    NEW YORK –  Serena Williams will return to the Washington Kastles in the 40th season of World Team Tennis. WTT announced Monday that Williams will play for the defending champion Kastles for the first time since 2011. The coed summer league co-founded by Billie Jean King starts July 12, with the Kastles and Williams traveling to Boston. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The top-ranked Williams will compete on the road July 20 against Philadelphia and at home July 21 in Washington. Venus Williams will play a home match July 14 for the Kastles, whose lineup includes Martina Hingis. Eugenie Bouchard (Boston) returns, along with veterans John Isner (Springfield, Missouri) and Andy Roddick (Austin). The conference championships begin July 30, with the finals Aug. 2.

    March 30, 2015 2:16 pm
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World News

  • Nigeria vote ‘too close to call’


    Counting is under way but the announcement of results has already been delayed Early results from Nigeria’s election show little separating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, and ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. With eight states and the capital Abuja declared, President Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has a lead of about 20,000 votes. Final results in the closely contested poll are due Tuesday. The US and UK in a joint statement expressed concern over possible “political interference” in the count. “So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process,” said the statement from UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry. “But there are disturbing indications that the collation process, where the votes are finally counted, may be subject to deliberate political interference.” Nigeria’s election commission (Inec) dismissed these fears, with a spokesman telling the AFP agency “there is absolutely no basis” to talk of meddling. Female opposition …

    March 30, 2015 2:36 pm
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • Notre Dame researchers develop computational model to simulate bacterial behavior


    University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems. “Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.” The new model may be adapted to study clot formation in blood vessels, which can pose the risk of detaching and migrating to the lungs, a fatal event. Clots in healthy people usually stop growing and dissolve …

    March 30, 2015 11:15 am
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Health

  • U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food


    MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American children are getting fewer calories a day from fast food restaurants, but one-third still eat ready-to-go pizza, chicken and burgers on a daily basis, a new study finds. Among kids aged 4 to 19, national health and nutrition surveys showed that average daily calorie consumption from fast food restaurants fell by 110 calories between 2003 and 2010, said study author Colin Rehm. Also, the percentage of kids consuming fast food on a given day dropped from nearly 39 percent to about 33 percent in the period, the McDonald’s-funded study found. “It is good news with a few important qualifiers,” said Rehm, who worked on the research while at the University of Washington. “We need to make sure that the decrease in calories hasn’t been paralleled by a drop in nutrients or food groups.” The findings suggest young people are consuming fewer high-calorie foods and beverages at burger …

    March 30, 2015 11:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Mickey Rourke Is Anything But A Drag In West Hollywood


    Posted on Mon Mar 30th, 2015 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Mickey Rourke has quite the motley crew! The actor, who had a very noticeable bandage across his nose, posed with some colorful characters outside Craig’s on Sunday night. As per usual, the actor donned an interesting ensemble. Along with the bandage, Mickey was spotted in some unfortunate camo pants and we aren’t sure if that’s a cropped or he stole it from a child — but either way he’s rockin’ some midriff. The Wrestler star was with a glittering drag queen and a woman with a bright yellow wig. Looks like Mick’s having a blast!   SEE THE GALLERY Mickey Rourke Has A Crazy Cast Of Friends Stories from around the Web

    March 30, 2015 1:36 pm
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Editorial

  • Could ‘psychotic depression’ have downed Germanwings plane?


    In this Sept. 13, 2009, photo, Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller) The fact that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps, killing 149 people and himself, suggests that, were major depression to blame, it had spiraled down into the worst form: psychotic depression.  The official diagnostic name for this is “Major Depression, Severe, With Psychotic Features.” Major depression itself, of course, can cause suicidal ideation.  Tragically, in 2013 alone, there were 41,149 reported suicides in the United States, making suicide the 10th  leading cause of death.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But depression linked to taking the lives of others is far more rare.  We think of cases like that of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub in 2001. Even when people have reached the lowest levels of mood and energy and concentration and sleep and appetite and have lost …

    March 30, 2015 11:16 am
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Odd News

  • South Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree: police


    SEOUL (Reuters) – Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The 35-year-old-man was arrested on March 23 for 87 cases of robbery across the country, a police officer in the city of Incheon said by telephone. The police officer said the suspect, who had been jailed for robbery in 2005, underwent surgery to alter the structure of his jaw and also procedures to stretch his limbs to gain height. The suspect confessed to the robberies but said he had the surgery because he did not like his appearance, the officer said. South Korea is home to more than 4,000 plastic surgery clinics and has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic procedures. The suspect devised his own tools to disable digital locks …

    March 30, 2015 7:10 am
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