Headline News

  • U.S. border funding bill founders amid House opposition


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner suffered a political setback on Thursday when he had to cancel a planned vote on legislation that would provide $659 million to help address an immigration crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. Boehner had labored to garner sufficient support from his fellow Republicans for the spending bill by hastily arranging a vote on a second immigration-related measure later on Thursday. That bill would have prohibited President Barack Obama from taking new steps on his own to suspend deportations of some undocumented residents who have been living in the United States for some time with their families and have no criminal records. But even that was not enough, according to senior House Republican aides, leaving Boehner and his leadership team to scurry for a new strategy. House Republicans arranged a closed-door meeting for later on Thursday to discuss their options. The setback put Republicans in the embarrassing …

    July 31, 2014 2:34 pm
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Politics

  • House, Senate poised to pass rival border security bills


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress on Thursday is set to debate “emergency” border security legislation that lawmakers acknowledge will not be enacted but will enable them to campaign for re-election by arguing they worked to address a humanitarian crisis. Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally. With Congress on the verge of beginning its five-week summer recess, the votes in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-held Senate on Thursday will mark a holding pattern. When lawmakers return in September, they will be focused on legislation to keep the government running in the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. It is unclear whether the thorny immigration funding problem will nose its way into efforts to pass the budget bill and avoid a repeat of the …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Stocks

  • T-Mobile soars on $15 billion takeover bid


    T-Mobile shares jumped 6% on a report about a buyout bid emerging out of France Shares of T-Mobile USA soared 6% Thursday on a $15 billion takeover bid from a French telecom company. The news that France’s Iliad will be making an offer for T-Mobile quickly ripped through the markets, causing T-Mobile’s (TMUS) stock to briefly be halted. It also drove Sprint (S) down 5%, as the wireless company had been rumored to be crafting its own buyout of T-Mobile. Iliad may have sensed an opening to leap into the world’s biggest wireless market. Related: FTC says T-Mobile charged customers for bogus fees Confirming an earlier news report, Iliad said it has offered $15 billion in cash for 56.6% of T-Mobile, which translates to $33 per share. The French company said it values the remaining part of T-Mobile at $40.5 per share. Overall, the bid places a $36.20-a-share price tag on T-Mobile, good for a …

    July 31, 2014 12:52 pm
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Sports

  • Seattle acquires OF Chris Denorfia from San Diego for pair of minor leaguers


    CLEVELAND –  The Seattle Mariners have acquired veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaugers. Seattle announced the deal about 90 minutes before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. The Mariners sent outfielder Abraham Almonte, their opening day starter in center field, and right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen to the Padres. Almonte made the club out of spring training but lasted only 27 games before being optioned to the minors. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Denorfia, 34, was hitting .242 with one homer, 10 doubles and 16 RBIs in 89 games for the Padres. He’s a career .275 hitter and last season hit .279 in 144 games for San Diego. Denorfia also has the flexibility to play all three outfield positions, having at least 150 career starts at all three spots.

    July 31, 2014 2:14 pm
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World News

  • Gaza school attack unacceptable


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 19:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The fighting has left Palestinians separated from their families, as Ian Pannell reports The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible”. In its strongest criticism yet of Israel’s offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US – Israel’s closest ally – also said the civilian casualties were “too high”. It urged Israel to do more to protect civilian life. Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. It blames the Hamas militant group for most of the civilian deaths in Gaza, saying its fighters deliberately operate from civilian areas. Some 425,000 Palestinians – a quarter of Gaza’s population – have now been displaced by the fighting, the UN says. A senior Israeli official has told the BBC that the army has …

    July 31, 2014 1:54 pm
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Technology

  • T-Mobile gets another bidder: France’s Illiad


    T-Mobile CEO John Legere. T-Mobile T-Mobile has a suitor, and it’s not Sprint. French telecommunications provider Iliad has made an offer for T-Mobile, according to The Wall Street Journal. The move follows reports that Sprint and its parent, Japanese carrier SoftBank, were in talks to buy the carrier. T-Mobile is a hot property thanks to its flamboyant Uncarrier campaign and the resulting turnaround in customer growth. The company posted second-quarter results earlier Thursday that included a new gain of 1.5 million customers and more than 900,000 branded postpaid subscribers. A second interested party may suggest a potential bidding war. T-Mobile shares rose 5 percent to $32.45 on the news, valuing its market capitalization at just over $26 billion. Iliad made an offer to T-Mobile’s board less than a week ago, according to the WSJ. WSJ reporter Ryan Knutson tweeted that the offer was $33 a share for a 56.6 percent stake in the company. It’s …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Science

  • NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before


    The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. [image-51] NASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover instruments Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. Managers made the selections out of 58 proposals received in January from researchers and engineers worldwide. Proposals received were twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past. This is an indicator of the extraordinary interest by the science community in the exploration of the Mars. The selected proposals have a total value of approximately $130 million for development of the instruments. The Mars 2020 mission will be based on the design of the highly successful Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, which landed almost two years ago, and currently is operating on Mars. The new rover will carry more sophisticated, upgraded hardware and new instruments to conduct geological assessments …

    July 31, 2014 12:32 pm
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Health

  • J&J Pulls Hysterectomy Tool Tied to Cancer Risk From Market


    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The largest maker of a surgical tool that has shown an increased risk of spreading undetected cancers in women has said it will withdraw its device from the market. In a letter that was to be sent to all of its customers Thursday, Johnson Johnson asked that its laparoscopic power morcellators be returned to the company, the Wall Street Journal reported. Sales of new morcellators had been suspended in April after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that doctors should not use the tool because of the potential risk of spreading cancer during minimally invasive surgeries to remove uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths on the uterus, or the uterus itself. The morcellator used a spinning power cutter to slice uterine tissue into smaller fragments. Those fragments were then removed through small incisions in the abdomen via a tube or laparoscope. Experts said the company’s decision sends a strong …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Entertainment

  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy on why Kirstie Alley won’t talk to him


    During and after a great partnership on Dancing With the Stars, Chmerkovskiy and Alley were the best of friends. However, Alley has now cut all ties with the hunky 34-year-old, and he has hinted it’s all because of Jennifer Lopez, People magazine reported. Maks Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis PDA amid dating rumors New rumors recently revealed that Chmerkovskiy might be dating Lopez, and Alley is none too pleased about it because the singer is best pals with Leah Remini. Alley famously made some negative remarks about Remini recently, calling her a “bigot” after she left the Church of Scientology, of which the Cheers star is a devout member. Chmerkovskiy said Alley thinks he’s hanging with the wrong crowd, and she won’t talk to him anymore because of it. “She stopped getting along with me,” he said while on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. “We had a great relationship… But I got a message now that I …

    July 31, 2014 12:52 pm
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Editorial

  • The West’s retreat is fueling the aggressors


    People gather on July 2, 2014, at the scene of a car bomb explosion, at the central market, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the birthplace of terror group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola) It is the law of the market: When you withdraw from the playing field, your competitors will seize the opportunity to expand and fill the void. Sometimes withdrawal of a big player leads to temporary chaos, as competitors grapple for power. Eventually, a winner will emerge. These rules apply not only to business, but also in international relations, where there has been a surge in advances of violent government regimes and other internal players over the past couple of years. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Among traditional players, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, we have seen growing ambition to rebuild a lost empire by means of swallowing pieces of former Soviet nations, such as Ukraine, through armed paramilitaries, which pursue an aggressive campaign in the East of …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Odd News

  • Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space. Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The pet services, such as one dubbed Earth Rise, start at $995 and include having the pet’s remains into flown into space on a commercial flight and returned to the owner. The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet’s remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon. Memorial service are available before blast off and families can witness most of the launches, depending on location, the company said. “Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been …

    July 31, 2014 12:32 pm
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