Headline News

  • 1 arrested after drone carrying cellphones, other contraband crashes at South Carolina prison


    COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Officials are looking for a person they say helped try to use a drone to sneak cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a maximum-security prison in South Carolina. Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said Wednesday that officials found a crashed drone in bushes outside Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. At the site, Givens says officers on April 21 also found the cellphones, marijuana and tobacco products. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT One man has been arrested and charged with trying to give contraband materials to inmates, and authorities are looking for a second suspect. Givens says this is the first time officials know of a drone being used to smuggle banned items into a South Carolina prison. ___ Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

    July 30, 2014 1:29 pm
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Politics

  • Kerry presses India on global trade deal as deadline looms


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in India on Wednesday for an official visit, has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to advance economic liberalisation. Kerry made the call in a newspaper article, penned along with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, published hours ahead of his arrival for talks aimed at revitalising ties that have been mired in disputes over trade, intellectual property rights and climate change. India has threatened to block a worldwide reform of customs rules, saying it must be accompanied by a parallel agreement allowing developing countries more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains. The deadline for the deal that the World Trade Organisation says could provide a trillion dollar stimulus to the global economy is Thursday. Kerry said India stood to gain by creating a level playing field instead of …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Stocks

  • Can Argentina avoid another default?


      It’s going right down to the wire — Argentina has just hours to avoid a second debt default in 13 years that could plunge the country into turmoil. The crisis stems from a legal battle with a small group of “holdout” creditors that have demanded payment of about $1.5 billion on bonds they bought after the $144 billion default in 2001. That standoff has blocked payments to other creditors. Unless they resume by midnight Wednesday, Argentina will have broken its promise to investors again. If that happens, the country may have to devalue its currency to preserve foreign currency reserves, and that could trigger a dangerous rise in inflation that is already projected to hit 40%. The peso has fallen by about 25% against the dollar this year. “It’s the worst moment for Argentina to go into default … because they need fresh sources of funding, and that is only possible if they sort …

    July 30, 2014 12:27 pm
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Sports

  • Nadal withdraws from Toronto, Cincinnati with injury


    TORONTO (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal will miss two U.S. Open tune-up events due to a wrist injury that has put his status in doubt for a title defense at the year’s final grand slam. Nadal, who suffered the injury during practice, will have to wear a cast on his right wrist for two-to-three weeks, forcing him to withdraw from next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto and the following week’s Cincinnati Open. “Depending on the evolution of the injury that will be carefully followed by the doctors, including MRI tests, it will be decided then the return to competition, initially scheduled for the US Open,” Nadal’s publicist said in a statement. The world number two, who won the Canadian and Cincinnati titles last year, felt pain during practice in Mallorca and tests later revealed the injury, according to his publicist. The injury will delay Nadal’s start to the North American hardcourt season and his preparations for the Aug. …

    July 30, 2014 1:29 pm
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World News

  • Six dead in Nigeria college blast


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 19:08 The bomber was hidden among students at the college, witnesses say At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a college in northern Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, witnesses say. The female bomber is reported to have blown herself up as students queued to check their names on an admission list. Meanwhile the government says a 10-year-old girl with a suicide belt has been arrested in a neighbouring state. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009. The college bombing was the fifth attack in Kano since Sunday. ‘Huge crowd’ At least three of the attacks were carried out by female bombers, in what BBC Nigeria analyst Aliyu Tanko describes as a new trend in the insurgency. It is unclear whether the group is recruiting female bombers or forcing kidnapped girls to carry out suicide missions, he says. Boko …

    July 30, 2014 1:28 pm
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Technology

  • Snapchat funding talks with Alibaba could value company at $10bn


    Snapchat, the loss-making company behind a disappearing photo messaging service, is reportedly in talks with investors that could value the business at $10bn. According to Bloomberg, the investors include Alibaba Group, the Chinese internet giant currently planning the largest tech initial public offering of all time. All parties have so far declined to comment. Last year Snapchat’s chief executive and co-founder Evan Spiegel rejected a $3bn offer for his messaging service from Facebook. Spiegel has said Mark Zuckerberg warned him he planned to launch a rival service unless he sold. “It was basically like, ‘We’re going to crush you,’” he told Forbes magazine. Google then reportedly offered $4bn for the company but was similarly rebuffed. Since those rejections there has been a flood of money into the tech sector that has led some to speculate about a new tech bubble. In April, house-sharing app Airbnb raised another $500m from investors at a price that valued …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Science

  • NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Update Media Call Aug. 5


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    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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Health

  • Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia


    WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients’ anxiety. The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study — and the evidence of a benefit is limited. But experts said it’s encouraging that there is ongoing research into the potential calming power of outdoor space. As dementia progresses, it’s common for people to become anxious, restless and agitated, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sometimes there is a medical reason — such as chronic pain — that the person with dementia just can’t explain, said Dr. Mark Stecker, chairman of neurosciences at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. Often, though, the problem stems from …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Nicole Richie Tells Oprah About The Hardest And Easiest Part Of Marriage To Joel Madden


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 9:52am PDT Nicole Richie is one powerhouse mom and wife! The fashionista, who has been married to Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden for three and half years, is now sitting down and opening up on all things Nicole to Oprah Winfrey for an episode Oprah: Where Are They Now? The #CandidlyNicole got personal with the media mogul, discussing her family life and the best and worst part of marriage. “We met and we were partners from day one. And from the second we found out we were going to parents together, we looked at each other and we said, ‘Okay, both of our parents are divorced. We both have had ups and downs with our parents and we don’t really have a strong example of what a healthy family life is. But, we’re recognizing that now, so let’s work at it and let’s go through this together as a team.’ …

    July 30, 2014 12:27 pm
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Editorial

  • To stop Ebola, let’s end another virus: fear


    In this photo taken on Sunday, July 27, 2014, medical personnel inside a clinic take care of Ebola patients on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah) The Ebola virus has been infecting and killing people in Central Africa since at least 1976, and the current “worst Ebola epidemic in history” has been going on in West Africa since March.  But it is only in the past few weeks that a second deadly “virus” has emerged, as the news media has caught on to this story and has broadcast it around the world, infecting everyone with another contagious virus: fear. Don’t get me wrong; Ebola is a bad bug, and well worth being concerned about. This particular Zaire strain kills up to 90 percent of its human victims. It often fools the immune system of a host into not recognizing it, and many victims end up in kidney and liver failure without …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Odd News

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain. “It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) …

    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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