• ‘Spike’ in Nigeria suicide attacks

    ‘Spike’ in Nigeria suicide attacks

    Suspicion exists that some of the girls are duped into carrying explosives An “alarming” increase in the number of suicide attacks, many of them involving girls and women, has been recorded in northern Nigeria, the...
  • Nadal pulls through French Open first round

    PARIS Rafa Nadal received a decent workout from French teenager Quentin Halys as he began his quest for a 10th French Open title with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 first-round win on Tuesday. Nadal, seeded sixth...
  • Two killed in shooting at Walmart in North Dakota

    Shots were fired at a Walmart store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, early on Tuesday and two people were killed, including the gunman, WDAZ television reported. The 1 a.m. shooting involved an airman from the...
  • India heatwave toll nears 800

    The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India has reached nearly 800 with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where...
  • Tokyo governor hits out at ‘ridiculous’ 2020 bill

    TOKYO The Tokyo metropolitan government has hit out at the “ridiculous” $400 million bill they have been asked to foot for the main stadium at the 2020 Olympics. “It’s out of order,” Tokyo governor Yoichi...
  • Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

    Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

    TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests...

Headline News

  • Two killed in shooting at Walmart in North Dakota


    Shots were fired at a Walmart store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, early on Tuesday and two people were killed, including the gunman, WDAZ television reported. The 1 a.m. shooting involved an airman from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, WDAZ reported. One witness who spoke with the television station said he heard “popping sounds” going off in the store and, when he left the building later, he saw a Walmart employee covered in blood. The store was on lockdown as the investigation continued, WDAZ reported. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg)

    May 26, 2015 9:57 am
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Politics

  • Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 9:30 a.m. today 0 Tweet Kirkpatrick is running for Senate in Arizona. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain for Senate, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans, giving Democrats a top recruit and a potential pick-up opportunity. Kirkpatrick made calls Monday to inform people of her plans, the source told CQ Roll Call. Her bid also opens up Arizona’s 1st District, a GOP-leaning seat that 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney captured by a 3-point margin in 2012. Kirkpatrick, 64, won re-election last fall in this district against all odds, defying a GOP wave that felled fellow moderate House Democrats. She has strong ties to the district’s Native American population, which made her uniquely able to carry the seat. But without Kirkpatrick running here, the 1st District is at risk of flipping to Republicans. In the Senate contest, McCain, 78, is the …

    May 26, 2015 8:56 am
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Stocks

  • Seahawk fans are crowd funding to keep Russell Wilson in Seattle


    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a group of fans raising money to keep him in Seattle. Many fans complain about how overpaid their favorite players are, but a group of Seattle fans are actually trying to raise more money for their star quarterback. Russell Wilson helped take Seattle to the last two Super Bowls, but he’ll be a free agent after next season and fans are worried that the team won’t be able to pay him enough to stay. So one fan started a crowd funding campaign on GoFundMe to try to raise at least $5 million to keep Wilson in Seattle. Seattle has had Wilson for a relative bargain price until now. He’s in the final season under a four-year, $3 million contract, according to Spotrac, which tracks sports contracts. But experts think his next deal could top the record $110 million, five-year deal previously signed by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The problem: …

    May 26, 2015 9:56 am
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Sports

  • Nadal pulls through French Open first round


    PARIS Rafa Nadal received a decent workout from French teenager Quentin Halys as he began his quest for a 10th French Open title with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 first-round win on Tuesday. Nadal, seeded sixth after a mediocre start to the season, was never threatened by the 18-year-old wild card on Court Philippe Chatrier although the junior U.S. Open runner-up did not appear too overawed. The nine-time champion, who now has an awe-inspiring 67-1 record at Roland Garros, next faces either compatriot Nicolas Almagro or Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nadal was broken once but having made only 13 unforced errors, the world number seven wrapped up victory on his first match point when Halys netted a backhand. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 26, 2015 9:57 am
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World News

  • ‘Spike’ in Nigeria suicide attacks


    Suspicion exists that some of the girls are duped into carrying explosives An “alarming” increase in the number of suicide attacks, many of them involving girls and women, has been recorded in northern Nigeria, the UN children’s agency Unicef says. There had been 27 attacks so far this year, compared with 26 for the whole of last year, it said in a statement. Three-quarters of the attacks were carried out by female bombers, some as young as seven, Unicef added. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in Nigeria. BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu says Boko Haram may be increasingly resorting to suicide attacks, following its loss of territory to regional forces. ‘Exploited’ Nigeria’s army said in March that it had recaptured all cities and towns from the group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants fighting for a global caliphate. Unicef said it did not believe that the girls carried out …

    May 26, 2015 9:57 am
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Technology

  • Twitter’s hot Periscope arrives on Android


    Twitter is launching its popular live-streaming app Periscope for Android users. James Martin/CNET After weeks of speculation and anticipation, Twitter is launching its wildly popular Periscope live-streaming app for Android users. The microblogging service announced Tuesday its broadcasting app, which lets users stream and edit live video, will be available on the Google Play store. Periscope’s debut on Android devices comes less than three months after its launch and less than a month after after rival Meerkat appeared on Android. Periscope has been a huge success for Twitter since its debut on iOS hot on the heels of Meerkat. The social network said Periscope had more than 1 million users within its first 10 days. Periscope’s app for Android will comparable features to its iOS counterpart, including allowing users to tweet a link to their broadcasts and have optional location sharing. The app also will give Android users more specific control over notifications, including when …

    May 26, 2015 8:16 am
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Science

  • Biodiversity: 11 new species come to light in Madagascar


    Related images(click to enlarge) Madagascar is home to extraordinary biodiversity, but in the past few decades, the island’s forests and associated biodiversity have been under greater attack than ever. Rapid deforestation is affecting the biotopes of hundreds of species, including the panther chameleon, a species with spectacular intra-specific colour variation. A new study by Michel Milinkovitch, professor of genetics, evolution, and biophysics at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), led in close collaboration with colleagues in Madagascar, reveals that this charismatic reptilian species, which is only found in Madagascar, is actually composed of eleven different species. The results of their research appear in the latest issue of the Molecular Ecology journal. They also discuss the urgent need to protect Madagascar’s habitats. In collaboration with professor Achille Raselimanana of the University of Antananarivo, researchers from the Department of Genetics and Evolution in the UNIGE Faculty of Sciences, led by Michel Milinkovitch, sought to find the genetic keys …

    May 26, 2015 8:36 am
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Health

  • Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?


    TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person’s positive vibes: smell. According to a team of European researchers, happiness may generate chemicals that get secreted in sweat, and that sweat signal gets sniffed by those around us. The experiments also suggest that we not only breathe in the upbeat emotions of others, but by doing so we actually become happier ourselves. “Human sweat produced when a person is happy induces a state similar to happiness in somebody who inhales this odor,” said study co-author Gun Semin, a research professor in the department of psychology at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal. The findings were published recently …

    May 26, 2015 8:56 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Is Dwarfed By His NBA Buddies While Shopping At Barneys


    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 7:49am PDT       By X17 Staff While Justin Bieber isn’t the tallest celeb in Tinseltown, keep in mind that he’s rolling with a pair of 6’9″ dudes in the pic above! On Sunday Biebs and close pal Kevin Durant went shopping at Barneys New York, and we imagine it was quite comical to watch the pop singer and the NBA superstar picking out clothes together. I mean, Kevin wears a size 17 shoe and last we checked Biebs, who is somewhere around 5’9″, is just a 7.5! Over the weekend the boys posted a video of Biebs shooting Durant with a nerf gun (the post has since gone missing from social media), but apparently Bieber reveals why Durant is his fav target. “Cuz he’s giant,” the pop star says. Boys will be boys, even if they’re famous millionaires… We snagged the video that Bieber removed from Instagram — check it out …

    May 26, 2015 7:16 am
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Editorial

  • Mr. Obama, climate change didn’t create ISIS, Boko Haram


    I didn’t attend my commencement ceremony at American University in Washington, D.C. I chose instead to receive my degree in the mail. I didn’t want to listen to a boring speaker, likely unaffiliated with the school or anyone in it, drone on in Washington’s notorious summer heat. Too bad graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy did not have the same option. They had to endure a commencement address by President Obama on “climate change.” Linking the rise of Islamic terrorism to a warming planet, the president told the grads, “Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart …

    May 26, 2015 9:16 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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