• Plenty to talk about as F1 takes a break

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Formula One headed for its annual holidays on Monday with some drivers looking forward to the break more than others and plenty to talk about before the next race in Belgium. “I’m...
  • Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

    Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 12:12 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ebola has no vaccine and no cure as Emily Thomas reports. Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed...
  • Delaware wants federal money to care for immigrant children

    DOVER, Del. –  Delaware officials say the federal government should provide more information about 117 immigrant children placed with Delaware families and should reimburse state agencies and nonprofits for providing services. The News Journal reports...
  • Fears over massive Libya fuel fire

    Fears over massive Libya fuel fire

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 10:18 The Libyan authorities have called for a ceasefire to allow firefighters to tackle the blaze Libya has requested international assistance to put out a fire at a large...
  • Dollar stores joining forces

    Dollar stores joining forces

    Family Dollar is being acquired by dollar-store rival Dollar Tree for $8.5 billion. If everything in its stores costs a buck, it will take 8.5 billion items sold for Dollar Tree stores to buy rival...

Headline News

  • Family ‘scared to death’ over disappearance of Oregon mother


    The Facebook page, “Find Jennifer Huston,” is plastered with photos of the 38-year-old missing Oregon mother who was last seen Thursday. Huston is seen here in an undated photo provided by her family. Huston is pictured here with her husband and two young sons. Jennifer Huston The father of a missing Oregon mother who disappeared last week while running errands said he is “scared to death” over what may have happened to his 38-year-old daughter. An intense search is underway for Jennifer Huston, who was last seen Thursday night in Newburg, where she swiped her debit card at a Circle K gas station, her husband Kallen told KPTV. She has not been seen since. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We’re absolutely scared to death,” Huston’s father, Bill Turner, told The Oregonian Sunday night.  Newberg-Dundee Police Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said surveillance video shows Huston buying gas around 6:10 p.m. for her dark green Lexus LX-470. Huston appeared to be …

    July 28, 2014 9:11 am
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Politics

  • Finally, a deal on VA health care fix?


    FILE – In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (AP Photo) After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon to unveil a plan expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and make it easier for veterans who can’t get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care. An agreement reached Sunday by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was a long time coming. The House and Senate approved bills on veterans health care in early June, and lawmakers from both parties said they expected a …

    July 28, 2014 6:48 am
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Stocks

  • Dollar stores joining forces


    Family Dollar is being acquired by dollar-store rival Dollar Tree for $8.5 billion. If everything in its stores costs a buck, it will take 8.5 billion items sold for Dollar Tree stores to buy rival Family Dollar. Dollar Tree (DLTR) is buying its larger rival for $74.50 a share in cash and stock, 23% more than Family Dollar’s closing price on Friday, for a total value of $8.5 billion. Combined, the two chains have more than 13,000 stores and annual revenue of $18 billion. That would surpass the current leader in the dollar-store sector, Dollar General (DG), which has more than 11,000 stores and revenue of $17.5 billion. Dollar Tree plans to continue to operate both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands after the merger is completed. It expects the deal to close early next year. A big winner in the deal is activist investor Carl Icahn, who holds 9.4% of Family Dollar shares, …

    July 28, 2014 7:29 am
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Sports

  • Plenty to talk about as F1 takes a break


    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Formula One headed for its annual holidays on Monday with some drivers looking forward to the break more than others and plenty to talk about before the next race in Belgium. “I’m not so excited about going into the summer break, as we speak,” championship-leading Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg told reporters after finishing fourth and behind team mate Lewis Hamilton in Hungary on Sunday. “Hopefully I will be excited, but it’s going to take some time,” added the downcast German, whose overall lead was cut to 11 points. Mercedes will want to resolve behind closed doors the latest flare-up between their drivers after Hamilton ignored a request to allow Rosberg, on a different strategy, to overtake him at the Hungaroring. “We have to discuss internally. That’s the best way forward for us as a team,” said Rosberg. “We need to discuss it, we will discuss it, and we will see how we …

    July 28, 2014 8:51 am
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World News

  • Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 12:12 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ebola has no vaccine and no cure as Emily Thomas reports. Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus. Screening centres are also being set up at the few major entry points that will remain open, such as the main airport. Meanwhile, Nigeria largest’s airline, Arik Air, has suspended all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after a man with Ebola flew to Nigeria last week. The virus has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February. The outbreak began in southern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is the world’s deadliest so far. Nigeria has put all its entry points on red alert after confirming that a Liberian man died of Ebola after arriving at …

    July 28, 2014 8:51 am
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Technology

  • Geeks tend to be Democrats, says DeGrasse Tyson


    A right-wing publication’s criticism of Tyson. LiberalAgenda22/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Is it possible that geeks are all of one persuasion? We know that most of them think alike and would prefer that all humanity thought, acted and dressed like engineers. However, does this also imply that geeks are natural Democrats? Appearing on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Cosmos presenter and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained his belief about nerd politics. Responding to Maher’s suggestion that Republicans dislike him because he’s both a scientist and black, Tyson said: “There appears to be some jealousy that the nerd set, the geek set, tends to vote Democrat.” He explained that he believes Republicans were desperate to get the geek vote. (Denigrating geeks might not be the best way to do it.) Tyson added: “Right now Comic-Con is going on in San Diego. Just go there and take a show of hands. (…) It’ll be overwhelmingly liberal …

    July 27, 2014 10:45 pm
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Science

  • First Winners of Largest Prize for Young Scientists Announced


    It’s good to be young. Three researchers in biology, chemistry and physics have won the inaugural Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, a new national prize rewarding promising research by scientists under 42. The $250,000 award, established by the charitable foundation of billionaire industrialist investor Leonard Blavatnik, is now the largest unrestricted cash prize awarded across a broad range of disciplines for early-career scientists. For comparison, Nobel Prizes are worth $1.2 million and are split among up to three researchers, whereas the recently created Breakthrough Prizes award $3 million to each winner. Neither are restricted to younger scientists. Contenders for the Blavatnik Awards were judged for their scientific boldness, future promise and prior accomplishments. “You get the sense that their best work is in front of them,” says Mercedes Gorre, the prize program’s executive director.  Winner Marin Soljačić, 40, designs materials with exotic electromagnetic and optical properties and has investigated technologies for wireless power transfer.  Soljačić’s …

    July 28, 2014 7:09 am
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Health

  • U.S. group overhauls China business in meat safety scandal


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A leading U.S. meat supplier said on Monday that a Chinese unit at the center of a food safety scandal had issues that were “absolutely inconsistent” with the group’s high standards. “This is my company and events like these have a personal toll … they simply don’t represent the values I stand for or those of my company,” Sheldon Lavin, the millionaire chairman, CEO and owner of Illinois-based OSI Group LLC told a news conference in Shanghai. OSI said it was suspending operations at Shanghai Husi Food and would review all its China plants in a bid to limit further damage after losing two major customers. KFC and Pizza Hut parent Yum Brands Inc last week severed its ties with OSI, while the Japan and Hong Kong units of McDonald’s Corp said they were ending their relationship with the U.S. meat processor’s Chinese unit following allegations it mixed expired meat with fresh …

    July 28, 2014 6:49 am
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Entertainment

  • Tila Tequila fears pregnancy complications because she’s so petite


    Tila Tequila swears her baby has saved her life  It seems the woman who was born with the name Tila Nguyen has some concerns about how fast her child is growing inside her pint-sized body. In a post to her official Facebook page shared on Thursday, the former A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila star showed off her blossoming baby bump with his photo: Along with the pic, she gave fans a weight-gain update by writing, “24 weeks pregnant here and growing! I’m up to 132 pounds now! Oh my God!! Boobs are starting to get into that DD size too!” In a separate comment, the 4-foot-11-inch star went on to ask, “How come everyone is posting pics of themselves but they’re basically about to be due but I’m barely 24 weeks and my belly is just as big as theirs??? Daaaang I’ve got myself a big girl in there! Or I’m just really …

    July 28, 2014 1:26 am
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 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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