• S Korean soldiers hurt in DMZ blast

    S Korean soldiers hurt in DMZ blast

    The demilitarized zone is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world Two South Korean soldiers have been seriously injured in a suspected mine blast at the border with North Korea, state media...
  • India building collapse kills 11

    India building collapse kills 11

    More than 100 people have died after the buildings they were living in collapsed in Mumbai in the last two years At least 11 people have died after a building collapsed near India’s western city...
  • Puerto Rico defaults on bond payment

    Puerto Rico has confirmed that it failed to make a debt payment at the weekend, in the latest sign of the economic crisis in the US territory. The government said it did not have the...
  • Last Dambusters pilot dies aged 96

    Last Dambusters pilot dies aged 96

    The last surviving Dambusters pilot, Les Munro, has died at the age of 96, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association has said. Sqd Ldr Munro died in hospital in his native New Zealand on Monday...
  • Hessman sets minor league HR record with No. 433

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Call him the real-life Crash Davis. Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers’ system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his...

Headline News

  • Eye-scanning tech used to track terrorists adapted to help find missing children

    Missing British toddler Madeleine McCann is seen here in a 2007 photo that seeks to bring attention to the distinctive dark “smudge” within the iris of her right eye. A technology developed for identifying terrorists is being adapted to help find missing children.  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed high-resolution cameras they hope to place at major checkpoints — like airports — to scan a person’s iris from 40 feet away. “Physical appearances can be altered, but no two irises are the same,” said Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering.  “This is breakthrough technology for locating missing children, especially victims of human trafficking,” Savvides told FoxNews.com. “Right now law enforcement has only photos of missing children to work with, but appearance can change.” “We’re giving them a biometric that really cannot be altered,” he said. “I sleep better at night knowing the potential role for …

    August 4, 2015 2:16 am


  • Obama administration faces criticism over human trafficking report

    WASHINGTON Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on Monday over an annual global report on human trafficking in response to a Reuters article chronicling how senior U.S. diplomats had watered down rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez called the account “alarming unacceptable if true”, tweeting that “we must get to the bottom of this” at a Senate hearing set for Thursday to review the 2015 Trafficking in Persons report. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen people in Washington and foreign capitals, showed that the State Department office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 countries in this year’s report. Among the countries that received higher rankings than recommended by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons were Malaysia, Cuba, China, India, Uzbekistan …

    August 4, 2015 12:14 am


  • Puerto Rico’s other crisis: It’s running out of water

    Puerto Rico doesn’t have enough money to pay its bills. It went into default for the first time in its history on Monday. Now it’s running out of water too. Literally. A drought has forced the island’s government to ration water. It’s become so bad that the government is actually turning off tap water in people’s homes, sometimes for days at a time. The main tourist areas, however, are exempt for now. It’s easy to blame this problem on the hot, dry weather, but Puerto Ricans say that isn’t the only culprit. They believe the government has mismanaged the island’s water supply and pipes for years. Juan Camacho’s home will have running water for a day and then no water at all for the following two days. He lives in Trujillo Alto, a town that is a mere 13 miles from downtown San Juan, the capital. When the water comes back on, many Puerto Ricans …

    August 4, 2015 1:14 am


  • Adam Jones, Caleb Joseph homer as Orioles beat Athletics 9-2

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Chris Davis hit a three-run shot in the first inning for his 27th homer to back rookie Tyler Wilson’s impressive spot start, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 9-2 on Monday night. Caleb Joseph added a two-run homer in the fourth off Jesse Chavez (5-11) as Baltimore won for the eighth time in 10 games. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter earned his 1,313th career managerial victory, tying him with Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon for 31st all-time. Adam Jones had an RBI double in the third inning on one of his three hits, while Jimmy Paredes and Joseph hit run-scoring doubles in the fifth. A’s left fielder Coco Crisp returned from the 60-day disabled list from a neck injury that sidelined him since May 20, one of six roster moves by Oakland before the game. He batted second and went 2 for 4. Wilson (2-1) pitched 7 2-3 innings in place …

    August 4, 2015 1:36 am

World News

  • S Korean soldiers hurt in DMZ blast

    The demilitarized zone is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world Two South Korean soldiers have been seriously injured in a suspected mine blast at the border with North Korea, state media report. The Yonhap news agency said the explosion happened as the soldiers were on a search mission in the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ). The soldiers sustained serious leg wounds but were not in a critical condition, it said. An army official ruled out North Korean involvement. The 4km (2.5 mile)-wide DMZ is one of the world’s most protected borders, separating the two Koreas which remain technically at war.

    August 4, 2015 1:37 am


  • Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth

    Since Steve Jobs’s death, in 2011, Elon Musk has emerged as the leading celebrity of Silicon Valley. Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors, which produces electric cars; the CEO of SpaceX, which makes rockets; and the chairman of SolarCity, which provides solar power systems. A self-made billionaire, programmer, and engineer—as well as the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in the Iron Manmovies—he has been on the cover of Fortune and Time. In 2013, he was first on the Atlantic’s list of “today’s greatest inventors,” nominated by leaders at Yahoo, Oracle, and Google. To believers, Musk is steering the history of technology. As one profile described his mystique, his “brilliance, his vision, and the breadth of his ambition make him the one-man embodiment of the future.” Musk’s companies have the potential to change their sectors in fundamental ways. Still, the stories around these advances—and around Musk’s role, in particular—can feel strangely outmoded. The …

    August 4, 2015 12:34 am


  • Even moderate picky eating can have negative effects on children’s health

    Picky eating among children is a common but burdensome problem that can result in poor nutrition for kids, family conflict, and frustrated parents. Although many families see picky eating as a phase, a new study from Duke Medicine finds moderate and severe picky eating often coincides with serious childhood issues such as depression and anxiety that may need intervention. According to the study, published August 3 in the journal Pediatrics, more than 20 percent of children ages 2 to 6 are selective eaters. Of them, nearly 18 percent were classified as moderately picky. The remaining children, about 3 percent, were classified as severely selective — so restrictive in their food intake that it limited their ability to eat with others. “The question for many parents and physicians is: when is picky eating truly a problem?” said lead author Nancy Zucker, Ph.D., director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders. “The children we’re talking about are …

    August 3, 2015 11:34 pm


  • Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Strengthen Older Women’s Bones: Study

    MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates. “While high-dose vitamin D did indeed increase calcium absorption, the increase was only 1 percent and [it] did not translate into gains in spine, hip or total body bone mineral density,” said study author Dr. Karen Hansen. In fact, Hansen, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, noted that she and her colleagues “did not find any benefit of vitamin D, in either high or low dose, on muscle mass, two tests of muscle fitness or fall [risk].” The team reported the results online Aug. 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Postmenopausal women face a greater than average risk for developing osteoporosis, according to the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. In …

    August 3, 2015 11:54 pm


  • Kylie Jenner Wants You To Make Sure You Know She’s Got A Hot Body

    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 7:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourt Ky swim session A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Aug 2, 2015 at 4:45pm PDT Kylie Jenner’s about to be jailbait no more! The soon-to-be 18-year-old posted yet another insanely sexy bikini selfie — because obviously she values what’s on the inside. The 17-year-old showed off her figure in a skimpy black two piece, which she accessorized with gold bangles. Kylie and recently single sister Kourtney Kardashian decided to take a break from their exhausting life of primping and posing to take a swim on Sunday. The teen captioned the photo, “Kourt Ky swim session” — because she’s a clever and brilliant mind. The youngest Jenner turns 18 next Monday and will be toasting being legally able to sleep with her 25-year-old boyfriend by holding a big bash in Montreal, Canada next weekend. We wonder if she will taking advantage of the …

    August 3, 2015 11:14 pm


  • TCU student punished for criticizing Islam, Baltimore riots

    All it took was 140 characters for Texas Christian University to suspend a conservative student who posted a series of social networking posts that insulted the Islamic State, the Baltimore rioters and Mexicans. TCU banned Harry Vincent from most campus activities, ordered him to perform 60 hours of community service and attend a diversity training class. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION The 19-year-old, who is a member of the College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom, said he was told by the university that his conservative views were “inappropriate.” It sounds to me like Harry Vincent is guilty of being a Christian Conservative white guy – and on a university campus that’s a crime worthy of death penalty. “They’re trying to make me out to be the classic bigoted hateful white male,” Harry told me in a telephone interview from his home in Maryland. “That’s the complete opposite of …

    August 3, 2015 10:54 pm

Odd News

  • No plans to probe hitchhiking robot vandalism: Philadelphia police

    HARRISBURG, Pa. Philadelphia police said on Monday they will not investigate the weekend vandalism that ended an experimental robot’s attempted hitchhiking trip across the United States unless the Canadian universities that own it file a criminal complaint. The child-sized robot, named hitchBOT, had safely hitchhiked across Canada and through parts of Europe. But its trip from Boston to San Francisco ended abruptly on Saturday in a Philadelphia alley, where it was found with its head removed. “We can’t do anything without a complaint being filed,” Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Leeloni Palmiero. “If they did, we would absolutely investigate.” The robot’s owners said they have no interest in mounting a criminal prosecution. “We wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOT’s friends and family to do the same,” the team behind the project said in a statement posted on the hitchBOT website. (m.hitchbot.me/) “Sometimes bad things happen to good robots.” HitchBOT was the brainchild of …

    August 3, 2015 11:54 pm