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  • Lawyers to argue over fate of Colorado movie gunman Holmes

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. Lawyers for both sides in Colorado’s movie massacre trial are due to make closing arguments on Thursday in the penalty phase, then jurors will decide if mitigating factors such as mental illness outweigh aggravating ones that could justify the death penalty. The jury of nine women and three men has already found the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student guilty on all 165 counts for killing 12 people and wounding 70 at a midnight screening of a Batman film at a Denver area cinema. After hearing 40-minute closing arguments, the panel will deliberate. If jurors vote unanimously that mitigating factors outweigh aggravating ones, Holmes will get an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for the July 20, 2012 mass shooting. If they do not, the jurors will hear victim impact testimony before ultimately deliberating again on whether Holmes should be put to death by lethal injection. If the jury does not reach …

    July 30, 2015 12:49 pm


  • A Brief Electoral History of Recently Indicted Congressmen

    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 12:12 p.m. July 30 0 Tweet It might be easy to scoff at Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania for talking about his re-election bid on the same day he faced a 29-count indictment on corruption charges, but the most recent members of the House to be indicted held their own at the ballot box, at least initially. The last two members of the House to be indicted won their next election. After New York Republican Rep. Michael G. Grimm was indicted in 2014, I wrote about how it reminded me of one of my worst mistakes as a political handicapper and how I didn’t want to repeat it. Apparently, I’m a slow learner. Back in 2006, I assumed that after the FBI found $90,000 cash in Democratic Rep. William Jefferson’s freezer he would lose re-election. That turned out not to be true. He won the runoff election that cycle, …

    July 30, 2015 11:48 am


  • This Bud’s not for you: Budweiser, Bud Light sales fall

    The King of Beers has lost some jewels from his crown. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of Budweiser and Bud Light, said Thursday that sales of its two top beers have continued to fall “in the low single digits” in the United States in the second quarter — despite a ton of marketing for both brands. Sales of Bud and Bud Light have been waning for years, putting the brewer in a tough spot. Wall Street isn’t pleased either. Shares of AB InBev (BUD) fell 5% Thursday. Company executives told analysts that they are stepping up efforts to increase the sagging popularity of these two brands. “We can and must do better with Bud Light,” said AB InBev CEO Carlos Alves de Brito. Related: Bud Light’s #UpForWhatever slogan causes social media uproar New marketing campaigns are helping to slow down some of the sales declines. But Brito conceded that the company has “a long way to …

    July 30, 2015 12:48 pm


  • Ravens launch training camp eyeing return trip to playoffs

    OWINS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have launched their eighth training camp under John Harbaugh, hopeful it begins a journey that ends with a deep playoff run. A year ago, the Ravens had to deal with the pending suspension of running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The situation worsened when a video surfaced in early September showing Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator. There are no such distractions at this camp. The focus for the Ravens is to go farther than last year, when they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the second round of the postseason. On the first day of practice Thursday, top draft pick Breshad Perriman hurt his knee. Harbaugh says the injury ”is not serious.” — Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    July 30, 2015 12:49 pm

World News

  • Kenya’s Garissa campus ‘must reopen’

    The survivors of the attack in April fled the college campus and left the town Peace activists in Kenya are calling for the reopening of the college where 148 people were killed by gunmen from the Somalia-based al-Shabab group. The April attack led to the closure of Garissa University College, which has had an impact on the local economy, the activists say. Some students are also complaining that they are missing out on their education since the college was shut. Al-Shabab has pledged a “long, gruesome war” against Kenya. BBC Africa Live: New updates The activists have organised a four-day arts and culture festival in the north-eastern town of Garissa to challenge the perception that the place is no longer safe. There was national mourning in the wake of the massacre in April. “We believe that you cannot fight terrorism with the gun, that will never succeed,” the man behind the festival Lolani Kalu told …

    July 30, 2015 1:08 pm


  • IBM’s Watson wants to make you healthier in deal with CVS Health

    IBM’s Watson computer is aiming to make you healthier with a new partnership with CVS. IBM IBM has teamed up with CVS Health, the operator of thousands of drugstores across the US, in a bid to more accurately predict a person’s health troubles and provide advice. The two companies have formed a partnership that will feed IBM’s Watson “cognitive computing” computer, a machine that’s capable of understanding natural language and learning as it collects more data, with a wide range of healthcare information, including medical health records, medical claims, and pharmacy purchases, to predict a person’s risk for several deadly or debilitating diseases. Those diseases include hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The companies have hit on a major segment of the healthcare market: People suffering from those diseases make up 86 percent of the $2.9 trillion spent each year in the US on healthcare costs. According to the companies, all of that data will …

    July 30, 2015 12:08 pm


  • Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish

    Noah’s Ark supposedly provided shelter to animals from the rising floodwaters. But at a federal breeding site near Shasta Lake, Calif., the opposite is occurring: The tanks of Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery are providing refuge this summer for salmon nearly out of water. There, staffers are rearing the only insurance policy that the Sacramento River’s winter-run Chinook have against extinction: a living genetic bank of 1,035 baby fish, selected to reseed the population should it extinguish in the wild. Unique coloring, genetics and size distinguish this subspecies, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Golden State’s extreme drought, now well into its fourth year and said by climate scientists at the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to be the state’s worst in more than 1,200 years, has been accelerating the anticipated demise of several of California’s endangered fishes, including its salmon. A total of five species and subspecies of …

    July 30, 2015 11:08 am


  • Abbott strikes deals with heart valve replacement companies

    Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) on Thursday said it would buy a small private company and has invested in another, with an option to buy, as it places bets on the future growth potential of minimally invasive systems to replace diseased heart valves. Abbott said it has agreed to acquire the equity in Minnesota-based Tendyne Holdings Inc that it does not already own for $225 million plus future payments tied to regulatory milestones. Abbott already had a 10 percent stake in the company worth about $25 million. In a separate transaction in which financial details were not disclosed, Abbott said it has provided capital to and secured an option to purchase California-based Cephea Valve Technologies. Both private companies are developing systems to replace diseased mitral valves in the heart while sparing patients traditional chest-cracking open-heart surgery. Neither deal is expected to alter Abbott’s 2015 earnings forecast, the company said. Abbott currently sells MitraClip, a minimally invasive device …

    July 30, 2015 11:29 am


  • Ben Affleck Denies Having An Affair With The Nanny

    Posted on Thu Jul 30th, 2015 9:45am PDT       By X17 Staff While many outlets are reporting that Ben Affleck had an affair with his children’s nanny Christine Ouzounian, the superstar is denying any romantic relationship. His rep refuting the rumors, saying it was a “complete garbage and full of lies.” Reports are swirling that Affleck and Ouzounian, who was only employed in the Garner/Affleck household for a few months, quickly turned into something sexual. Multiple sources confirm to People that the she was having an affair with Affleck. A source said, “Christine is in love with him.” However, a source close to Affleck says he and Ouzounian had “a work relationship and a friendship. There has never been a romantic or sexual relationship.” According to another pal, the 42-year-old and the 28-year-old began their fling last spring, soon after she was hired. The source claims that the two would rendezvous at the Hotel Bel Air — …

    July 30, 2015 12:48 pm


  • For winning debate formula, look to Britain

    When it comes to debates, the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious debating society,” remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have included such luminaries as Ronald Reagan and the Dalai Lama. The Oxford Union debates produce useful information. The same cannot be said for U.S. presidential debates. Next week, 10 Republican presidential candidates will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, behind podiums like “Jeopardy” contestants. With so many candidates having so little time, little useful information will be dispensed. More likely the all-male cast will be looking for ways to squeeze in their rehearsed sound bites, which will be replayed in their campaign ads and, they hope, on major news programs. But not to leave anyone out, Fox News has just announced a prequel to the main debate for all the other GOP candidates who failed to meet the requirements …

    July 30, 2015 10:28 am

Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat

    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am