• Deadly plane crash in Indonesia city

    At least 30 people have been killed in a military transport plane crash in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan, officials say. Local TV reported that the Hercules crashed into two houses...
  • Why I’m skeptical of a deal with Iran

    Why I’m skeptical of a deal with Iran

    As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran approaches, I am deeply skeptical of the Obama administration’s claims that its emerging deal will eliminate every pathway to a nuclear weapon.  A good...
  • Liberia announces fresh Ebola death

    MONROVIA A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case since the country at the heart of an epidemic was declared free of the virus on May 9, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah...
  • When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

    When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. June 30 0 Tweet Santorum speaks during the Faith Freedom Coalition’’s Road to Majority Conference. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo) I feel bad for Rick Santorum, Mike...
  • Quantum cryptography set for lift-off

    Quantum cryptography set for lift-off

    Qubits in space: NASA’s Jason-2 satellite is a quantum reflector Exchanging messages with almost complete security by exploiting the strange laws of quantum mechanics should in future be possible on a global scale. That is...
  • Data roaming charges to end in EU

    Data roaming charges to end in EU

    Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced. Firms will be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates for a 14-month interim period...

Headline News

  • United flight passengers held at Washington airport while doctor assesses ill passenger


    SEATAC, Wash. –  A Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman says passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago were held on the plane for more than an hour after landing Monday night while a doctor assessed a sick passenger’s ailment. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says the passengers were released after an airport-based doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided the passenger had food poisoning. Cooper says the passenger had vomited twice during Flight 1454. United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said he had no information on what caused the food poisoning for the female passenger. He says there were 162 passengers aboard the flight. Cooper says the CDC doctor was concerned about the symptoms and the decision was made to hold the passengers on board the plane in case the ailment turned out to be something more serious. He says the plane landed about 7 p.m. PDT and passengers were allowed to leave at about …

    June 30, 2015 4:15 am
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Politics

  • When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. June 30 0 Tweet Santorum speaks during the Faith Freedom Coalition’’s Road to Majority Conference. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo) I feel bad for Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry. They are presidential retreads at a moment when anything that is more than an hour or two old is passé. John McCain was a retread in 2008 (having lost a bid for the GOP nomination in 2000), as was Mitt Romney four years later. Ronald Reagan was a retread in 1980, and Richard M. Nixon was one in 1968. But they’re ancient history. Times have changed. Santorum was the last conservative challenger standing against Romney in the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. Given that, and given the party’s historical tendency to nominate the “next person in line,” you might think the Pennsylvania Republican would get some respect from journalists and voters as a contender in 2016. …

    June 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Stocks

  • Facebook rainbow profiles used by 26 million


    Celebrites like Russell Simmons and Arnold Schwarzenegger updated their Facebook profiles following the SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision. Rainbows spread quickly all over Facebook this weekend to celebrate the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Over the past three days, 26 million people have super imposed rainbows over their Facebook (FB, Tech30) profile pictures using a free tool provided by the company. The rainbow filter launched Friday and continued to gain steam over Pride weekend, garnering more than half a billion likes and comments all over the world. Famous people including Russell Simmons, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff changed their profiles. The tool was created by two Facebook interns during an internal hackathon last week. Changing a profile picture is easily dismissed as low-effort activism. But for many people who are not typically political it was a way to quietly show support. Facebook has long …

    June 30, 2015 3:14 am
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Sports

  • Peter Oosterhuis, Ryder Cup player and broadcaster, tells magazine he has Alzheimer’s disease


    Former star golfer Peter Oosterhuis says he has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The 67-year-old Oosterhuis went public with the news in Golf World’s digital magazine Monday with hopes it can bring attention and raise money toward finding a cure. Oosterhuis is a six-time Ryder Cup player from England who became part of the golf broadcast team for CBS Sports. He announced this year he was stepping away from television work. He first disclosed his diagnosis at a fundraiser last month at Pebble Beach for the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Neurological Center. It was founded in 2011 by CBS Sports host Jim Nantz, whose father was afflicted with Alzheimer’s for 13 years before he died in 2008.

    June 30, 2015 4:36 am
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World News

  • Deadly plane crash in Indonesia city


    At least 30 people have been killed in a military transport plane crash in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan, officials say. Local TV reported that the Hercules crashed into two houses and a car and burst into flames. Military spokesman Fuad Basya told the BBC that the plane came down soon after take-off and that there were at least 12 crew members on board. Officials say that bodies were recovered from the plane wreckage. A major rescue operation is under way at the crash site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke. Military personnel removed an aircraft wheel from the crash site on Tuesday Rescuers are having to deal with wreckage from the aircraft as well as debris from destroyed buildings The crash is one of several involving military aircraft in recent years A large crowd has gathered at the crash site Large crowds watched the emergency services search …

    June 30, 2015 4:56 am
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Technology

  • Data roaming charges to end in EU


    Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced. Firms will be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates for a 14-month interim period from April 2016. The deal, which was reached on Tuesday, also sets out rules requiring telecom operators to treat most internet traffic equally. But the net neutrality rules will allow blocking for some reasons, such as to counter cyber-attacks. More to follow

    June 30, 2015 4:35 am
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Science

  • Quantum cryptography set for lift-off


    Qubits in space: NASA’s Jason-2 satellite is a quantum reflector Exchanging messages with almost complete security by exploiting the strange laws of quantum mechanics should in future be possible on a global scale. That is the conclusion of physicists in Italy, who have found that the delicate states needed for quantum cryptography can be transmitted via laser beam from an orbiting satellite to a receiver on the surface of the Earth. The researchers say that the relatively simple technology needed for such encryption could be incorporated into conventional communications satellites. Quantum cryptography involves two parties sharing a secret key that is created using the states of quantum particles such as photons. The communicating parties can then exchange messages by conventional means, in principle with complete security, by encrypting them using the secret key. Any eavesdropper trying to intercept the key automatically reveals their presence by destroying the quantum states. Losses and curvature Such cryptographic systems …

    June 30, 2015 4:36 am
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Health

  • Liberia announces fresh Ebola death


    MONROVIA A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case since the country at the heart of an epidemic was declared free of the virus on May 9, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Tuesday. “A 17-year-old corpse was tested positive for Ebola virus. This took place in Margibi County. There is no need to panic. The corpse has been buried and our contact tracing has started work,” said Nyenswah. (Reporting by Alphonso Toweh; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

    June 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Entertainment

  • Scott Disick Can Run But He Can’t Hide From Addiction And Cheating Rumors


    Posted on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff The Lord can’t escape his bad behavior! Scott Disick arrived to catch a flight out of LAX on Sunday, and the reality star was peppered with questions about his sobriety, alcohol addiction, and alleged cheating on partner Kourtney Kardashian. LD took it all in stride, though, and didn’t snap when they followed him when they continued to quiz him. The father-of-three has endured a well publicized battle with booze for years now, but the infidelity allegations are somewhat recent! “Scott was taking cocaine and doing Xanax while he was in NYC. He was out of control. He had sex with this hot 21 year old he met in the club. They holed up in his hotel room for days,” a source dished to Star. He’s skating on thin ice, because the insider claims the brunette beauty is prepared to kick him to the curb and …

    June 30, 2015 4:15 am
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Editorial

  • Why I’m skeptical of a deal with Iran


    As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran approaches, I am deeply skeptical of the Obama administration’s claims that its emerging deal will eliminate every pathway to a nuclear weapon.  A good agreement must curb Iran’s support for terrorism, include strong verification measures, address its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program, and roll back its vast nuclear infrastructure.  If the Administration fails to secure an agreement that meets these objectives, the consequences for the security of the United States and our allies would be dire. Any deal with Iran’s Islamist extremist regime, the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, carries with it enormous risk. This is a regime we cannot trust. While Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, spoke to a joint session of Congress in February, Iran blew up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz. For decades Iran has supported terrorist groups like Hezbollah, which has attacked the United …

    June 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Odd News

  • Decapitated animal carcasses stymie investigators in California capital


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Authorities in California are trying to determine why someone has been dropping bags filled with the bodies of decapitated animals near railroad tracks in the capital city of Sacramento. On Monday, the city released a surveillance video of what appeared to be a woman dropping off the headless carcass of a goat, along with a similarly mutilated rat and catfish, and a bag of decapitated red hens, said Gina Knepp, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Department of Animal Control. “It’s bizarre,” Knepp said. “We don’t know if it’s religion; we don’t know if we have a sick individual in our community that simply likes to cut the heads off animals and dump them where people can see them.” Since the beginning of the year, more than a dozen sets of remains have been found in Sacramento, some of them in plastic bags placed near railroad tracks. Past incidents involved goats, roosters and a tortoise. …

    June 30, 2015 4:35 am
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