• Thailand’s first MERS case to leave hospital

    BANGKOK An Omani man who became Thailand’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand’s health minister said. The 75-year-old man,...
  • Why the seahorse’s tail is square

    Why the seahorse’s tail is square

    Related images(click to enlarge) Why is the seahorse’s tail square? An international team of researchers has found the answer and it could lead to building better robots and medical devices. In a nutshell, a tail...
  • Tunisia ceremony for Sousse victims

    Tunisia ceremony for Sousse victims

    Flower have been laid on the beach where many of the victims were shot dead A special ceremony is to be held in the Tunisian resort of Sousse to remember the 38 people killed in...
  • No rocking chair and slippers yet for Laura Davies

    LONDON If anyone imagined Laura Davies was ready to reach out for her rocking chair and slippers they had better think again because the 51-year-old has her sights on playing in September’s Solheim Cup and...
  • ‘Diddy’ Combs avoids assault charges

    ‘Diddy’ Combs avoids assault charges

    Combs’ lawyer said the rapper was “thankful” the charges had been rejected Rapper Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs will not face assault charges following an incident last month involving a kettlebell weight, officials have said. The...

Headline News

  • ‘Diddy’ Combs avoids assault charges


    Combs’ lawyer said the rapper was “thankful” the charges had been rejected Rapper Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs will not face assault charges following an incident last month involving a kettlebell weight, officials have said. The 45-year-old was arrested on 22 June on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at the University of California. He was held in jail before being released on $160,000 (£102,500) bail. The district attorney has referred the case to the Los Angeles City attorney’s office to decide if Combs will face lesser charges. “We are thankful that the district attorney rejected felony charges in this matter,” said Combs’s lawyer, Mark Geragos. “This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with.” Sean Combs said he was defending himself and his son Justin At the time of the incident, officials did not identify the victim of the alleged assault or say what led to the incident. …

    July 3, 2015 4:38 am
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Politics

  • Academics Say Higher Education Prepared Them for Higher Office


    By Ivan Levingston Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Economics professor Brat said his 20-minute stump speeches played well with voters because they recognized his genuine concern. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) When sociology professor John Trammell ran for Congress in 2014, he was “amazed” by how well prepared he was to be a politician. Public speaking, prolific writing, research, the internal politics of higher education and the experience of being critiqued through peer review — all were skills applicable both in the ivory tower and in politics. But Trammell’s higher education didn’t prepare him for the media spotlight and the pressure to raise funds in one of the highest profile races in the cycle after his opponent and fellow Randolph-Macon College Professor Dave Brat had knocked off House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary. And debates tested Trammell’s ability to step away from his academic training. “I’m a social scientist and I’m trained in research methodology, and the facts matter to me,” …

    July 3, 2015 5:18 am
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Stocks

  • Aetna to buy rival health insurer Humana for $37 billion


    Aetna has struck a deal to buy rival health insurer Humana for $37 billion. Aetna (AET) will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana (HUM) for a combination of cash and stock, at roughly $230 per Humana share, according to a joint statement. That’s 23% higher than Humana’s closing price on Thursday. The new company will have more than 33 million members, and bring in estimated revenue of about $115 billion per year, with 56% coming from government-sponsored programs such as Medicare. “This combination will allow us to continue to invest in excellent service for our members and strengthen our partnerships with providers to deliver high quality care at an affordable price,” said Mark Bertolini, Aetna’s chairman and CEO. If the deal is approved by shareholders and regulators, Bertolini will serve as chairman and CEO of the new company. Both Aetna and Humana shares fell nearly 3% on Thursday before the deal was announced. Related: Will …

    July 3, 2015 4:17 am
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Sports

  • No rocking chair and slippers yet for Laura Davies


    LONDON If anyone imagined Laura Davies was ready to reach out for her rocking chair and slippers they had better think again because the 51-year-old has her sights on playing in September’s Solheim Cup and the 2017 edition. The former world number one was outside the top eight automatic qualifiers for the biennial team event going into this week’s European Masters at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of London but there is no doubting the British veteran’s intentions. “I think I’m good enough to be among the top 12 players in Europe but it’s all about results and the results aren’t good enough at the moment,” Davies told Reuters in an interview. “I’m 10th on the points list and I need to be fourth. I’m thinking down the road for the next Solheim Cup as well, I’m not giving up on that at all.” The automatic qualifiers will come from the top four …

    July 3, 2015 4:38 am
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World News

  • Tunisia ceremony for Sousse victims


    Flower have been laid on the beach where many of the victims were shot dead A special ceremony is to be held in the Tunisian resort of Sousse to remember the 38 people killed in an Islamist attack a week ago. Dignitaries and tourists staying at the beach resort are expected to attend. Authorities in Tunis say they have uncovered the network behind the attack and are holding eight people suspected of direct links with the gunman. A one-minute silent will also be held across the UK to remember the 30 British tourists killed in the attack. Tunisia’s government fears the attack, which jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has claimed, will destroy its tourism industry, the country’s biggest foreign currency earner. Security has been stepped up since the attack Authorities have identified 28-year-old student Seifeddine Rezgui as the gunman who carried out the attack. They have also deployed 1,377 armed security agents at hotels and …

    July 3, 2015 4:39 am
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Technology

  • Reddit revolts: subforums shut down in protest over AMA co-ordinator sacking


    Many of the biggest subreddits on social news site Reddit have shut down to protest against the sacking of a well-liked community co-ordinator. The so-called “Reddit Revolt” has seen the temporary closure of the site’s gaming, science, history, and cinema subforums by their volunteer moderators, with many more joining in. The protest is focused on the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, a former Reddit employee who was abruptly let go on Thursday. Her role had been to co-ordinate the site’s popular Ask Me Anything series, also known as AMAs, where celebrities answer questions submitted by the Reddit community. The main AMA subforum, “IAmA”, was the first to close in protest. Over the years, Taylor had brought in some of the site’s biggest successes, including the AMA with President Obama in 2012, and one with a man with two penises in 2014. The contrast between those two events is also a nice way to sum up Reddit …

    July 3, 2015 4:58 am
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Science

  • Why the seahorse’s tail is square


    Related images(click to enlarge) Why is the seahorse’s tail square? An international team of researchers has found the answer and it could lead to building better robots and medical devices. In a nutshell, a tail made of square, overlapping segments makes for better armor than a cylindrical tail. It’s also better at gripping and grasping. Researchers describe their findings in the July 3 issue of Science. “Almost all animal tails have circular or oval cross-sections–but not the seahorse’s. We wondered why,” said Michael Porter, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Clemson University and the lead investigator on the study, who earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, in 2014. “We found that the squared-shaped tails are better when both grasping and armor are needed.” Also remarkable, the square plates make the seahorse’s tail stiffer, stronger and more resistant to strain at the same time. Usually, strengthening …

    July 3, 2015 4:59 am
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Health

  • Thailand’s first MERS case to leave hospital


    BANGKOK An Omani man who became Thailand’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand’s health minister said. The 75-year-old man, who had traveled to Bangkok for treatment for a heart condition and was then diagnosed with the virus, was declared free of the disease earlier this week. “The medical team looking after the patient and three of his relatives have decided that they can return home,” Thai Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin told reporters, adding that the man and three of his relatives who traveled with him to Bangkok were preparing to leave an infectious diseases facility. It was not clear whether the patient and his family would travel back to Oman immediately. Thailand’s Health Ministry said all 176 people on its watch-list who were exposed to the country’s single patient have tested negative for the disease. Thailand confirmed its …

    July 3, 2015 5:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Stella Maxwell: 13 Things to know about Miley Cyrus’ rumored new girlfriend


    1. She’s a Victoria’s Secret model Maxwell was just chosen as one of the 10 new faces of Victoria’s Secret. She was also featured in last year’s fashion show sporting some seriously awesome wings. Pic from my fitting… love this look so much @victoriassecret A photo posted by Stella! (@stellamaxwell) on Dec 4, 2014 at 5:03pm PST 2. She and Cyrus met through mutual friend Cheyne Thomas More: Miley Cyrus reveals her struggles with gender expectation 3. She’s got a sense of humor “We met through Grinder,” the model joked about her relationship with Cyrus in an interview with V Magazine. 4. She’s an Instagram lover Like most models these days, Maxwell is all about Instagram photos, and she and Cyrus have been having fun taking super-cute selfies together. Sick dayyyy @mileycyrus A photo posted by Stella! (@stellamaxwell) on Jun 6, 2015 at 7:40pm PDT 5. She’s all about supporting LGBT rights Though it’s unclear …

    July 3, 2015 4:38 am
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Editorial

  • Proud to serve in our Air Force and go beyond the horizon


    As a rural latchkey kid growing up in Iowa in the 1970s, I used to climb on the rooftops of our farm buildings with my German shepherd and look out at the endless horizon beyond the corn fields.  You could see the curvature of the earth and just beyond was a world that I yearned to explore.   The tough thing for a young woman to figure out in those days was how to get there. Then, as often happens, a door opened. I learned through an Air Force Academy liaison officer and a high school counselor that in the fall of 1975 President Gerald Ford signed a law that would open up endless possibilities for women and allow me to explore that world I couldn’t quite see.    Despite divisive debate in Congress and some resistance from the Department of Defense, the President’s signature allowed the first coed class, the Class of 1980, to enter …

    July 3, 2015 5:19 am
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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
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