Headline News

  • New York fugitive wrote to daughter ‘See you on the outside': report

    In a letter postmarked before his June 6 escape from a New York state prison, convicted murderer Richard Matt told his daughter “See you on the outside,” the Buffalo News reported. But Matt never reached her home in the Buffalo suburb where she sought round-the-clock protection after learning he staged a brazen escape with fellow inmate David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility, touching off a nearly three-week manhunt. Matt, 49, was shot and killed by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent on June 26 about 27 miles northwest (43 km) northwest of the prison in Dannemora, New York. Sweat, 35, was shot and captured on Sunday another 23 miles (37 km) away, close to the Canadian border. Matt’s daughter, who was not identified in the story published late on Thursday on the newspaper’s website, received the letter on June 9, three days after the convicted killers were discovered missing. They cut holes in their …

    July 3, 2015 11:20 am


  • Obama to host Vietnam’s Trong at White House Tuesday

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will hold talks with Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong at the White House on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday. Trong will be Vietnam’s first party general secretary to visit the United States. “The President looks forward to discussing with General Secretary Trong ways to strengthen further the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, reflecting on the accomplishments of the past 20 years since the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations,” the White House said in a statement. It added Obama and Trong would also discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, human rights, and bilateral defense cooperation. Hanoi has strengthened its military relationship with former foe Washington since a territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea has heated up in the past couple of years. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

    July 3, 2015 9:19 am


  • Uber suspends ride-sharing service in France

    Uber has suspended its ride-sharing service uberPOP in France to protect its drivers from violent attacks, the company said Friday. Uber has been facing a backlash in France, after local cab drivers accused it of undercutting their business by avoiding rules and licensing requirements. The company said its drivers faced “intimidation, violent assaults, and organized ambush” during protests last week. Related: Uber says no guns or no rides French government ordered police to crack down on Uber in Paris after the demonstrations turned violent. The UberPOP app was ruled illegal by the French government last year. But Uber has appealed the decision, insisting that its activities in France are legal. Uber has a presence in six cities across France and serves over 500,000 customers. Of those riders, 160,000 people regularly use the uberPOP service. Uber has faced a wave of regulatory and legal challenges around the world in the last year. It was temporarily blocked …

    July 3, 2015 10:20 am


  • Punting academy converts young Australian rules football players into US college stars

    In this June 12, 2015, file photo, Nathan Chapman, left, director of Prokick Australia academy, watches as players practice their kicking in Monbulk, Australia. Experienced Australian rules football players have for many years considered the option of extending their sporting life span after careers in the top flight Australian Football League by turning to punting in the United States. But the young men training with the Prokick Australia academy are forgoing an AFL career for the offer of a college scholarship. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, FIle) (The Associated Press) FILE – In this June 12, 2015, file photo, Michael Dickson practices his punting at the Prokick Australia academy in Monbulk, Australia. Thanks to the offer of a university education, the lure of travel and the opportunity to play in front of massive crowds, more than 30 Australians are now punting for U.S. schools at various levels. Almost all of them via Prokick.(AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, File) (The Associated Press) …

    July 3, 2015 11:20 am

World News

  • Police response ‘slow’

    Prime Minister Habib Essid, centre, attended a minute’s silence in Sousse Tunisia’s prime minister has told the BBC that the slow response of police to last week’s deadly attack on a tourist resort was a major problem. On Friday Habib Essid took part in a minute’s silence to remember the 38 people who were killed in the town of Sousse, south of Tunis, a week ago. He said he was deeply sorry for the attack, in which 30 Britons died. Mr Essid said the government believed there was only one gunman, and that he had links to a known terrorist group. The man, identified as Seifeddine Rezgui, had travelled to Libya between December 2014 and January 2015, he said. The group that planned in this attack was also behind the deadly shootings in the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March, Mr Essid added.

    July 3, 2015 11:21 am


  • Theresa May named internet villain of the year

    The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has been named the UK internet industry’s villain of the year for pursuing “snooper’s charter” legislation without fully consulting the sector. The gong, part of the annual ISPA awards, was given for “forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society”. “With an investigatory powers bill due before parliament in the coming months, it is essential that ISPs are consulted,” the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) added. The MPs Tom Watson and David Davis were jointly named internet hero for their legal action against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA). “Surveillance has dominated both the hero and villain shortlists for number of years, and it was felt Davis and Watson were some of the best informed politicians on the subject,” the ISPA said. Related: Drip surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs Also nominated for the Hero award …

    July 3, 2015 8:59 am


  • Seafaring spiders depend on their ‘sails’ and ‘anchors’

    Related images(click to enlarge) Spiders travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study helps explain how spiders are able to migrate across vast distances and why they are quick to colonise new areas. Common spiders are frequently observed to fly using a technique called ‘ballooning’. This involves using their silk to catch the wind which then lifts them up into the air. Ballooning spiders are estimated to move up to 30 km per day when wind conditions are suitable, helping in their quest for new habitats and resources. This dispersal strategy, however, involves a significant risk. The airborne spider has little control over where it travels and could end up landing on water, which has been thought to be unsuitable for its survival. Lead author Morito Hayashi from the Natural History Museum, London, …

    July 3, 2015 9:00 am


  • Many New Teen Drivers ‘Crash’ in Simulated Driving Task

    FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Around four in 10 newly licensed teen drivers “crashed” in a simulated driving test, suggesting that many adolescents lack the skills they need to stay safe on the road, according to a new study. The simulated driving assessment (SDA) included a 35-minute “drive” replicating 22 variations of the most common scenarios that often cause teens to crash. “During the SDA, 42.9 percent of teens within three months of licensure, and 29.4 percent of experienced adult drivers had at least one simulated collision,” said Catherine McDonald, the study’s lead author, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. “For every additional error in the SDA, the risk for crashing or running off the road in the simulator increased 8 percent,” she added. Findings from the study were published online in the journal Injury Prevention. Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of …

    July 3, 2015 9:20 am


  • Report: Rob Kardashian Pissed At Sister Kim Over Disparaging Rolling Stone Remarks

    Posted on Fri Jul 3rd, 2015 8:20am PDT       By X17 Staff We don’t blame him! Rob Kardashian is none too pleased about his sister’s insensitive comments about him in her recent Rolling Stones interview, where she basically called him lazy and worthless, and now the USC graduate is letting her know! “Rob and Kim had been cool again and were getting along. Now he’s furious at her again for her comments to Rolling Stone. He has been bitching her out on her phone. He’s mad — pissed as hell,” a source dished to Us Weekly. In case you missed it, Kimmy K majorly dissed her younger sibling when asked about his struggle with depression and weight gain, and his distain for the public eye. It’s not that mysterious, what’s happening with Rob. “He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that’s OK. Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out …

    July 3, 2015 10:40 am


  • Supreme Court should live under ObamaCare like the rest of America

    The Supreme Court’s recent decision to ignore the letter of the law and uphold the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional rewrite of Obamacare undermines the American people’s trust and confidence in our nation’s highest court. Justice Scalia summed up the Court’s actions rightly when he called them “absurd” and opined that “words no longer have meaning” under the Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell. As a result, more Americans will now be forced into a broken health care system that has already failed millions of Americans; putting federal bureaucrats between patients and their doctor, driving up costs and hurting more American families and businesses. Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of the larger problem in Washington – one where those of influence and power live under a different set of rules than average Americans.  Case and point, the Executive Branch – which has written the rules for Obamacare – and the Judicial Branch – which is now a co-author …

    July 3, 2015 9:20 am

Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm