• Obama to unveil major climate change proposal

    Obama to unveil major climate change proposal

    Washington (CNN)The Obama administration unveiled a major climate change plan on Sunday aimed at a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s coal-burning power plants. On Monday, President Barack Obama will begin selling...
  • Greek stock market crashes 20% on reopening

    Greek stock market crashes 20% on reopening

    The Greek stock market crashed more than 20% Monday as it reopened for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark index in Athens opened nearly 23% lower, with banking stocks among the biggest losers....
  • Syrian government warplane crashes

    Syrian government warplane crashes

    Ariha was seized by a coalition of Islamist rebels in May (file image) A Syrian government warplane has crashed in a built-up area of the north-western town of Ariha, killing 12 people, activists say. The...
  • New York Liberty honor Becky Hammon

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Liberty honored former star Becky Hammon, putting the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach in their ring of honor Sunday at halftime of their game against the Seattle Storm. Hammon...
  • Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

    DOHA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month’s nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle...

Headline News

  • Obama to unveil major climate change proposal


    Washington (CNN)The Obama administration unveiled a major climate change plan on Sunday aimed at a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s coal-burning power plants. On Monday, President Barack Obama will begin selling it to the public at a White House event. The “Clean Power Plan” is the final version of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Barack Obama called “the biggest most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change,” in a video released by the White House on social media Saturday night. Under the plan, the administration will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards, based on their individual energy consumption. The plan also includes an incentive program for states to get a head start on meeting standards on early deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency. “Power plants are the single biggest source of harmful carbon pollution that contributes to climate change,” Obama said …

    August 3, 2015 5:10 am
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Politics

  • Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal


    DOHA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month’s nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria. Most Gulf Arab states are worried that Iran’s July 14 accord with the United States and other powers will hasten detente between Tehran and Washington and embolden Tehran to support paramilitary allies in the region. Last month, world powers agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on a nuclear program the West suspects was aimed at creating an atomic bomb, but which Tehran says is peaceful. Speaking in Egypt on Sunday, Kerry said the United States had labeled Iran the world’s number-one state sponsor of terror, but this was precisely why it was so important to ensure Tehran did not obtain a nuclear weapon. “There can be absolutely …

    August 3, 2015 4:09 am
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Stocks

  • Greek stock market crashes 20% on reopening


    The Greek stock market crashed more than 20% Monday as it reopened for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark index in Athens opened nearly 23% lower, with banking stocks among the biggest losers. The country’s four biggest lenders — Piraeus (BPIRF), Alpha Bank (ALBKF), the National Bank of Greece (NBG) and Eurobank were all down 30%. Greece’s financial crisis forced the authorities to suspend all trading at the end of June to prevent a meltdown. Capital controls were introduced, including the closure of banks and financial markets. ATM withdrawals were limited to 60 euros ($66) per day. The banks reopened on July 20, after Europe agreed in principle to a new bailout, but withdrawals remain limited to 420 euros ($455) a week. Related: These investors are getting killed in Greece Greek banks are in a dire state, relying on emergency cash from the European Central Bank to stay afloat. Greece’s new $96 billion …

    August 3, 2015 4:49 am
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Sports

  • Maple Leafs, Bernier agree to 2-year, $8.3 million deal


    TORONTO (AP) Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million. The 26-year-old will count $4.15 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. The agreement Sunday came after Bernier and the Leafs went to team-elected salary arbitration but before the arbitrator could hand down a ruling. Bernier, a native of Laval, Quebec, had a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage this past season for the Leafs. In 175 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Leafs, Bernier is 76-67-20 with a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage. Signing Bernier was the final piece of essential business this offseason for Toronto, which also hired Mike Babcock as coach and Lou Lamoriello as general manager, traded Phil Kessel and signed a handful of unrestricted free agents.

    August 3, 2015 5:10 am
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World News

  • Syrian government warplane crashes


    Ariha was seized by a coalition of Islamist rebels in May (file image) A Syrian government warplane has crashed in a built-up area of the north-western town of Ariha, killing 12 people, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) activist group said the crash occurred amid bombing raids. Ariha was one of the last government strongholds in Idlib when it was captured by rebels in May. The fall of the Ariha left most of Idlib province, bordering Turkey, in rebel hands. The SOHR said dozens had also been injured in the crash. In January officials said at least 35 soldiers had been killed in a cargo plane crash in Idlib province. State media blamed that the crash on “weather conditions and heavy fog” but al-Nusra rebels, linked to al-Qaeda, said they had shot it down.

    August 3, 2015 4:29 am
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Technology

  • AT&T launches first DirecTV bundle: $200 for TV, wireless for four


    ATT is offering the first nationwide bundle of services. CNET/Marguerite Reardon Well, ATT didn’t waste any time. Fresh off of closing its acquisition of DirecTV last month, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier unveiled its first bundle of mobile and television services. The company is offering four wireless accounts with 10GB of sharable data and television service with high-definition video and digital video recording capabilities for four televisions for a promotional rate of $200 a month for the first year. The bundle will launch on August 10. It marks the first time a company has been able to offer a bundle of wireless and television services throughout the nation, a move made possible with the combination of ATT’s wireless assets with DirecTV’s nationwide satellite TV service. It also comes at a time when other providers are looking to augment their services, from Cablevision’s $10 wireless service to Verizon Wireless aiming to launch a mobile video service. …

    August 3, 2015 12:28 am
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Science

  • ‘Failed stars’ host powerful auroral displays


    Related images(click to enlarge) Brown dwarfs are relatively cool, dim objects that are difficult to detect and hard to classify. They are too massive to be planets, yet possess some planetlike characteristics; they are too small to sustain hydrogen fusion reactions at their cores, a defining characteristic of stars, yet they have starlike attributes. By observing a brown dwarf 20 light-years away using both radio and optical telescopes, a team led by Gregg Hallinan, assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech, has found another feature that makes these so-called failed stars more like supersized planets–they host powerful auroras near their magnetic poles. The findings appear in the July 30 issue of the journal Nature. “We’re finding that brown dwarfs are not like small stars in terms of their magnetic activity; they’re like giant planets with hugely powerful auroras,” says Hallinan. “If you were able to stand on the surface of the brown dwarf we observed–something you …

    August 3, 2015 3:30 am
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Health

  • In a Yemen hospital, malnutrition menaces young lives


    SANAA Born just before the outbreak of Yemen’s devastating war, Ali Mohammed al-Tawaari may well not survive it. Damaged by a lack of skilled medical care at a critical moment in his early weeks, the six-month-old infant struggles for life in a hospital in the bomb-damaged capital Sanaa. Ali suffers malnourishment and complications from a botched circumcision performed by an unqualified practitioner. “He is dying, you can see it,” said his mother Wadha, watching his tiny skeletal figure, clothed in green pyjamas. “I want to turn him to the Kaaba,” she said, referring to the ancient cubic shrine in Mecca which all Muslims face when they pray and when they are buried. He was admitted on Wednesday to an intensive care unit at al-Sabeen hospital in the city’s Haddah neighborhood, where nurses treat infants suffering malnutrition, their skin stretched tight over the bones of wasted figures. When the war began in March, between the country’s …

    August 3, 2015 3:50 am
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Entertainment

  • We’re Still Pondering The Meaning Of The First Zoolander 2 Trailer


    Posted on Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 9:25am PDT       By X17 Staff We’ve been waiting a really, really ridiculously long time for some news on this sequel! After a leaked version hit the web over the weekend, Paramount has finally released the first official teaser for Zoolander 2. Much to our dismay, the trailer didn’t exactly deliver (read: it’s about as clever as Derek himself), but we still have high hopes for this comedy. Returning cast members include Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor, and they’ll be joined by Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, among others. Given how many celebs made cameos in the first flick, we’d imagine there are plenty more that we don’t even know about! Zoolander 2 hits theaters on February 12, 2016. We can’t wait!   Stories from around the Web

    August 2, 2015 7:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol


    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am
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