• Rockies beat Cubs in 10 innings

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Barnes singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to boost the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, on Wednesday. Wesley Wright (0-2) walked Nolan Arenado and Drew...
  • Israel to ‘destroy Gaza tunnels’

    Israel to ‘destroy Gaza tunnels’

    31 July 2014 Last updated at 11:38 Israel launched a ground offensive on the night of 17 July after discovering a tunnel network used by militants to infiltrate and attack Israel Israel will not stop...
  • Gordon, Royals edge Twins

    Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Gordon provided the go-ahead RBI double as the Kansas City Royals used a sixth-inning rally to top the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game set...
  • Israel to ‘destroy all Gaza tunnels’

    Israel to ‘destroy all Gaza tunnels’

    31 July 2014 Last updated at 10:35 Israel launched a ground offensive on the night of 17 July after discovering a tunnel network used by militants to infiltrate and attack Israel Israel will not stop...
  • The 5 ‘worst’ consumer complaints

    The 5 ‘worst’ consumer complaints

    Home repairs and construction gone wrong are among the country’s five worst consumer complaints. From “grandparent scams” to fraudulent investments, schemes targeting the elderly are by far the worst. That’s according to an annual survey...
  • Vocal variety in African penguins

    Vocal variety in African penguins

    Related images(click to enlarge) Adult African penguins communicate using four different vocalizations and juveniles and chicks use two begging calls to request food, according to a study published July 30, 2014 in the open-access journal...

Headline News

  • Document says State embraces harsh Senate report about post-9/11 CIA interrogation practices


    FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2004, file photo, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at a news conference in Washington at the State Department. A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept Powell and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)The Associated Press WASHINGTON –  The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page White House document, which contains the State Department’s preliminary proposed talking points in response to the classified Senate report, a …

    July 31, 2014 4:45 am
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Politics

  • House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. The planned lawsuit is expected to generate months of bitter campaign rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats ahead of November elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. The suit is expected to claim that Obama, a Democrat, exceeded his executive authority in making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Republicans argue that by delaying some healthcare coverage mandates and granting various waivers, he bypassed Congress in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Republicans have complained about other unilateral actions that Obama has taken to advance his agenda, …

    July 31, 2014 4:04 am
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Stocks

  • The 5 ‘worst’ consumer complaints


    Home repairs and construction gone wrong are among the country’s five worst consumer complaints. From “grandparent scams” to fraudulent investments, schemes targeting the elderly are by far the worst. That’s according to an annual survey of 40 local and state consumer protection agencies that were asked to single out the most common and outrageous complaints they have received over the past year. Scammers went after the elderly in a variety of ways, whether it was a “once in a lifetime” chance to make money in Ghana’s emerging gold market or a contractor who took thousands for a deposit but never came close to completing the work. “These con artists are very skillful at what they do and they will literally take the last dime of an older person’s savings without any qualms whatsoever,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America which conducted the survey. Other awful consumer gripes included …

    July 31, 2014 4:45 am
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Sports

  • Rockies beat Cubs in 10 innings


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Barnes singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to boost the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, on Wednesday. Wesley Wright (0-2) walked Nolan Arenado and Drew Stubbs before giving up a one-out single to Michael McKenry. Barnes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a single to left. Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4. Adam Ottavino worked around a two-out single in the bottom half of the 10th to pick up his first save in the big leagues. The Rockies had dropped the first two contests of this four-game series, including a 16-inning loss on Tuesday. “The way we’ve lost some games, it seems like it’s been Murphy’s Law around here, so it was nice to see us fight for that win because they haven’t been coming easy,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Brett Anderson got the start …

    July 31, 2014 5:46 am
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World News

  • Israel to ‘destroy Gaza tunnels’


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 11:38 Israel launched a ground offensive on the night of 17 July after discovering a tunnel network used by militants to infiltrate and attack Israel Israel will not stop its operation in Gaza until the tunnels constructed by Hamas have been destroyed, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said. Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said Israel was determined to destroy the tunnels – used to attack troops and towns – “with or without a ceasefire”. Earlier Israel called up 16,000 reservists, bringing the total mobilised so far to 86,000. Some 425,000 people in Gaza have been displaced by fighting, the UN says. That is as much as 25% of the population of the territory. Continue reading the main story 1.7m people living in Gaza 4,505 per square kilometre 225,178 living in UN or public buildings 200,000 may be sheltering with families 299,000 children need psychosocial help More detail: Life …

    July 31, 2014 5:45 am
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Technology

  • Pre-school app Hopster TV takes on Netflix with The Gruffalo in its corner


    If you’re hoping to tempt parents and children away from apps like Netflix, YouTube and the BBC’s iPlayer, a few terrible tusks, terrible claws and terrible teeth in terrible jaws can’t hurt. UK-based app Hopster TV has bagged an exclusive deal to stream The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, the two films based on Julia Donaldson’s perennially-popular children’s books. Hopster, which charges parents a £3.99 monthly subscription to access TV shows and educational games through its iPhone and iPad app, is the first paid streaming service to secure a deal to offer the two films. It’s a coup for the app, which launched in late 2013, and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times in the UK. Hopster has also just struck a deal with Hit Entertainment to bring shows like Thomas Friends, Bob the Builder and Pingu to its app later this year. “We’re really stoked: 100,000 downloads for an app that’s really tightly …

    July 31, 2014 4:05 am
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Science

  • Vocal variety in African penguins


    Related images(click to enlarge) Adult African penguins communicate using four different vocalizations and juveniles and chicks use two begging calls to request food, according to a study published July 30, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Livio Favaro and colleagues from University of Turin, Italy. African penguins vocalize to communicate with their parents, mates, and colony members; however, only basic descriptions of their calls currently exist. To further observe their vocal behavior, the authors of this study collected, categorized, and acoustically analyzed hundreds of audio and video vocal recordings from a large captive colony of penguins in Italy. In addition, they identified the behavioral contexts in which calls were made. Results show that four basic vocalizations can be found in the auditory repertoire of the adult African penguin: a contact call emitted by isolated birds, an agonistic call used in aggressive interactions, an ecstatic display song uttered by single birds during the breeding …

    July 31, 2014 4:25 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone president declares state of emergency over Ebola


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicenters of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement. The measures resembled a tough anti-Ebola package announced by neighboring Liberia on Wednesday evening. Koroma announced he was cancelling a visit to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit next week because of the crisis and would instead hold an emergency meeting with regional leaders in Guinea on Friday. Highly infectious Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in the West Africa nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. “I hereby proclaim a State of Public Emergency to enable us take a more robust approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak,” he said in a speech late on Wednesday, adding that the measures would initially last between 60 and 90 …

    July 31, 2014 4:04 am
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Entertainment

  • Ashton Kutcher Is Shy On A Sushi Outing Without Pregnant Fiancee Mila Kunis


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 2:00pm PDT Where was his lady love? Ashton Kutcher stepped out with a male pal to grab sushi in Beverly Hills today, and the actor didn’t seem to want his picture taken. Maybe he’s self conscious he appears to put on some sympathy pounds during fiancee Mila Kunis’ pregnancy? The Two and a Half Men star and the actress are expecting a baby girl this fall, and the couple are reportedly considering the name Finn for their unborn daughter, Radar reports. “Ashton’s mom’s maiden name is Finnegan,” a source told the website. The soon-to-be married pair have already entered into the nesting stage, too, by decorating their little one’s nursery with a jungle theme. “It’s decorated green with baby animals,” the source adds. We bet he will be a fun dad!   SEE THE GALLERY Ashton Kutcher Grabs Lunch With Male Pal Stories from around the Web

    July 31, 2014 4:45 am
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Editorial

  • Who will put an end to the Christian killing fields?


    Iraqi Christians pray during Sunday Mass at the Church of Virgin Mary in Baghdad, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) ”Please, the world needs to know: We are captives, we don’t have water or electricity here in Aleppo but it is nothing compared to the fear we have toward the Islamists. Why is no one doing anything to save us?” A young Assyrian Christian woman in Aleppo, Syria, spoke these words to me during a phone call a few days ago. She is stuck in the country with her three small children.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In wake of the ISIS invasion of Iraq, reports (long overdue) are emerging about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the country. Yet ISIS is committing the same atrocities against non-Muslims in Syria, too. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has been emptied of almost all Christians. Ten days ago, ISIS – who now call themselves the Islamic State (IS) …

    July 31, 2014 12:02 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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