• Deadly violence in Gaza and Israel

    Deadly violence in Gaza and Israel

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 18:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Chris Morris: “Fighting seems to have resumed with a vengeance” Gaza and southern Israel have seen an...
  • Burbano’s double helps Tigres top Leon

    Mexico City, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – Hernan Burbano scored twice inside the opening 25 minutes on Saturday to lift Tigres to a 4-2 victory over defending Clausura champions Leon. Burbano needed only 12 minutes to open...
  • Deadly blasts hit Gaza and Israel

    Deadly blasts hit Gaza and Israel

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 17:35 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Chris Morris: “Fighting seems to have resumed with a vengeance” A lull in violence in Gaza has...
  • Vanessa Hudgens Shows Off Her Taut Tummy At

    Vanessa Hudgens Shows Off Her Taut Tummy At

    Posted on Mon Jul 28th, 2014 9:25am PDT Hottie with a body! Vanessa Hudgens flaunted her rock hard abs in a white skirt and cropped halter top last night at the Young Hollywood Awards, and...
  • Indian or American: Congressman’s ‘oops’

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 17:06 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Last Thursday US Representative Curt Clawson mistook two senior US officials testifying at a congressional hearing for representatives of the government of...

Headline News

  • U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds


    (Reuters) – Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday. The study examined how often 45 tide gauges along the country’s shore exceeded National Weather Service flood thresholds across several decades. The researchers found that the frequency of flooding increased at 41 locations. Moreover, they found that the rate of increase was accelerating at 28 of those locations. The highest rates of increase were concentrated along the mid-Atlantic coast. “We stress that in many areas, the frequency of nuisance flooding is already on an accelerating trajectory, and many other locations will soon follow” if trends in rising sea levels continue, the scientists wrote. The thresholds are usually associated with minor flooding, also called nuisance flooding, which can overwhelm drainage systems, cause road closures and damage …

    July 28, 2014 12:32 pm
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Politics

  • Former Virginia governor, wife go on trial on corruption charges


    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen starts on Monday, with the couple charged with selling political favors for a loan, gifts and vacations. McDonnell, 60, a Republican once mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, and the former first lady face a 14-count indictment alleging they accepted about $165,000 from a Virginia businessman in exchange for helping his dietary supplement company. The McDonnells deny the charges, contending in court filings there is no evidence they agreed to use their power to aid the executive, Jonnie Williams, founder of dietary supplement company Star Scientific Inc. Prosecutors say the gifts to McDonnell and his wife ranged from an engraved $6,500 Rolex watch to wedding and engagement presents and money for the couple’s daughters, and a $15,000 shopping spree for Maureen McDonnell. Other favors included a $50,000 loan and golf outings and equipment, prosecutors say. Virginia governors …

    July 28, 2014 10:51 am
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Stocks

  • ESPN commentator apologizes for domestic abuse "provocation" remark


    Stephen A. Smith is an ESPN commentator. ESPN star Stephen A. Smith apologized on Monday for what he called “the most egregious error of my career,” a Friday commentary about domestic abuse that referred to possible “provocation” by victims. ESPN signaled that it would not take any disciplinary actions against Smith, one of the sports network’s most controversial commentators. “Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view,” the network said in a statement. “As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.” Smith’s original comments were televised on “First Take,” the mid-morning ESPN2 talk show where he appears daily alongside Skip Bayless and Cari Champion. Smith and Bayless were discussing the assault charge against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was indicted in March for striking his then-girlfriend and dragging her out of an elevator. On Thursday, the National Football League suspended …

    July 28, 2014 11:32 am
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Sports

  • Chiefs trying to solve offensive line riddle by trying out numerous players in every position


    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. –  The presumptive favorite to win the starting right guard spot with the Kansas City Chiefs worked out with the third team on Monday. The guy who is challenging him for the spot slid over to center during another portion of the workout. Rishaw Johnson and Zach Fulton are just the start of the offensive line shuffle. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After watching three linemen who started last season depart in free agency — all within hours of each other — the Chiefs are trying to cobble together some sort of protection for quarterback Alex Smith that can also manage to open up running lanes for Jamaal Charles during training camp. And with lingering questions about the health of left tackle Eric Fisher and an ankle injury to starting right tackle Donald Stephenson, that job hasn’t gotten a whole lot easier.

    July 28, 2014 1:13 pm
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World News

  • Deadly violence in Gaza and Israel


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 18:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Chris Morris: “Fighting seems to have resumed with a vengeance” Gaza and southern Israel have seen an upsurge in violence despite a plea by the UN secretary general for a cessation of hostilities. Explosions in Gaza City reportedly killed 10 people, including children. Palestinian militant group Hamas said it had carried out a mortar attack that reportedly killed four civilians inside Israel near the Gaza border. And Israel said five Hamas militants were shot dead after entering an Israeli village from Gaza. Earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza, saying the Palestinian territory was in a “critical condition”. “In the name of humanity, the violence must stop,” he told reporters. Israel launched an offensive against Hamas in Gaza three weeks ago after a surge in rocket fire. Please turn …

    July 28, 2014 1:13 pm
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Technology

  • Are Uber’s passenger ratings big data for good or discrimination 2.0?


    For a short period on Monday morning, users of taxi firm 2.0 Uber were able to see their passenger rating, the company’s internal ranking of how good a customer you are. The coder Aaron Landy discovered that by pasting a short chunk of code into their browser, any Uber customer could find out the rating they had been assigned. Landy himself scored 4.6 out of 5. Uber rapidly fixed the hole, but not before the ability to check passenger ratings had gone viral on social media. For some, that meant sharing their their passenger ratings, commiserating over low scores and congratulating each other on high ones. For others, it was the first introduction to the fact that their drivers were reviewing them. The concept seems at first like a novelty, an shining example of our data-driven times. The same arguments that Uber makes for letting passengers rate drivers apply in reverse, after all: more information …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Science

  • New species of mayfly discovered in India


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India. The new species, called Labiobaetis soldani, “is named in honor of Dr. T. Soldan for his substantial contribution to the understanding of the Ephemeroptera of Palaearctic and Oriental realms,” according to the authors of a study that describes the new mayfly in the Journal of Insect Science. The larvae have light-brown heads with light-yellow antennae, and they grow to be about 4-5 millimeters in length. Adults are also about five millimeters long, and the males and females both lack hind wings. Labiobaetis soldani is closely related to Labiobaetis pulchellus, which has been described from Sri Lanka in the larval stage. However, it can be differentiated from all other …

    July 28, 2014 11:12 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: July 28, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola Two Americans working to help Ebola victims in the West African country of Liberia have themselves become infected, an aid organization said. According to the Associated Press, Dr Kent Brantly, 33, has tested positive for the highly contagious, often fatal viral disease and is currently being treated in a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. The North Carolina-based aid agency Samaritan’s Purse announced his illness in a news release issued Saturday, the AP said. Brantly, who previously worked at a family practice in Fort Worth, Texas, has been working in Liberia since October of 2013 and is the medical director for Samaritan’s Purse’s case management center in Monrovia. The second American stricken with Ebola is Nancy Writebol, a worker with a group called SIM (Serving in Mission) that is allied with …

    July 28, 2014 10:51 am
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Entertainment

  • Vanessa Hudgens Shows Off Her Taut Tummy At


    Posted on Mon Jul 28th, 2014 9:25am PDT Hottie with a body! Vanessa Hudgens flaunted her rock hard abs in a white skirt and cropped halter top last night at the Young Hollywood Awards, and we have to say she looks amazing, which is maybe why the Spring Breakers star was presented with the Trendsetter Award! We wonder where boyfriend Austin Butler was? We used to see the couple out all the time together, but in recent weeks we’ve only seen V-Hudg by herself. Seems like a breakup announcement might be coming soon!   Stories from around the Web

    July 28, 2014 11:32 am
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Editorial

  • Rick Perry’s bold border move


    Gov. Rick Perry listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference in the Governor’s press room, Monday, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Gov. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they’ve made it into Texas. Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Odd News

  • New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer


    (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bishop punched him in the face, police said. The incident was not the first involving a costumed street performer running afoul of the law in New York. Last month, a costumed Spider-Man man was fined $370 for a 2013 incident in which …

    July 27, 2014 2:53 pm
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