• Boeing profits from sales boost

    Boeing profits from sales boost

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 14:03 Boeing’s profits from April to June were boosted by a “strong” commercial aircraft sales, the company has said. Net profits rose 52% to $1.65bn (£1bn) from the same...
  • S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

    S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 12:17 Nurses at Kenema’s hospital want MSF to take on the Ebola cases The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the...
  • Nothing can ground Delta. Earnings fly

    Nothing can ground Delta. Earnings fly

    It seems like nothing can stop the aviation industry from its jet fueled joy ride. Delta (DAL) reported healthy earnings Wednesday that included a 9% jump in revenue from the year earlier, another sign that...
  • Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The...
  • Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

    Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 08:02 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. This time-lapse footage shows the first 15 minutes of the operation The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia,...

Headline News

  • Boeing profits from sales boost


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 14:03 Boeing’s profits from April to June were boosted by a “strong” commercial aircraft sales, the company has said. Net profits rose 52% to $1.65bn (£1bn) from the same period last year. During a quarter which saw the firm deliver its first Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft, Boeing’s earnings from commercial aircraft operations helped to offset a fall in defence profits. Earnings from the firm’s defence, space and security business fell 25% to $582m. The company also boosted its full-year earnings forecast to between $7.90 and $8.10 per share, up from its previous forecast of $7.15 to $7.35 per share. “Overall, our strong first-half financial performance, sustained focus on growth and productivity, and positive market outlook support our increased earnings guidance for the year,” said Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney. The firm expects higher full-year profits in part due to second-quarter tax settlements totalling $408m. Jumbo deliveries Boeing said commercial aircraft …

    July 23, 2014 8:12 am
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Politics

  • Senate Democrats Count on Bulging War Chests for Final Months


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Fundraising plays a factor in who will serve as Senate majority leader in the next Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) If Senate Democrats lose the majority, it won’t be for lack of cash-flush campaigns. Facing a daunting map, Democrats turned in solid — sometimes eye-popping — second-quarter fundraising totals for the midterms. Even with incumbents such as Sens. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska already spending significantly on the airwaves, Democrats running for the party’s most endangered seats also continued to sit on significant war chests primed for a post-Labor Day advertising assault. With President Barack Obama’s approval ratings in the low 40s, an unreliable base turnout in midterms, outside groups unleashing seemingly unlimited resources and Republican challengers staying competitive financially, it will take every penny to ensure Democrats’ losses don’t reach six seats. That …

    July 23, 2014 5:30 am
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Stocks

  • Nothing can ground Delta. Earnings fly


    It seems like nothing can stop the aviation industry from its jet fueled joy ride. Delta (DAL) reported healthy earnings Wednesday that included a 9% jump in revenue from the year earlier, another sign that after years of consolidation and cost cutting the airline business is continuing to cruise to new highs. Shares of Delta are already up over 35% this year, an impressive feat considering the headwinds of 2014, which included winter weather, economic uncertainty, and lots of geopolitical risk in Ukraine, Venezuela and the Middle East, which sent oil prices higher. Related: ‘Smart’ luggage will text you when it gets lost Despite all that, people were still flying. Passenger revenue for the airline was the strongest in the U.S., with a 15.7% increase from the same period in 2013. Profit from corporate revenue was especially robust, suggesting that companies are feeling confident enough in the economy to send their employees on the road. …

    July 23, 2014 8:11 am
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Sports

  • LeBron James wows fans in Hong Kong with basketball skills in latest stop on China tour


    NBA star LeBron James speaks during a promotional event at a shopping district in Hong Kong as part of his China tour Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Earlier this month, James left the Miami Heat after four seasons and four trips to the NBA Finals and re-signed with the Cavaliers, where his career began. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)The Associated Press NBA star LeBron James poses with his fans during a basketball clinic in Hong Kong as part of his China tour Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Earlier this month, James left the Miami Heat after four seasons and four trips to the NBA Finals and re-signed with the Cavaliers, where his career began. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)The Associated Press NBA star LeBron James uses his fan’s smartphone to take a selfie during a promotional event at a shopping district in Hong Kong as part of his China tour Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Earlier this month, James left the Miami …

    July 23, 2014 8:12 am
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World News

  • S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 12:17 Nurses at Kenema’s hospital want MSF to take on the Ebola cases The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency has said. Sheik Umar Khan tested positive and has been admitted to hospital in Kailahun, the epicentre of the outbreak. More than 630 people have died of Ebola in the three West African states since the outbreak began in Guinea in February, United Nations figures show. It is the world’s deadliest outbreak to date and there is no cure for Ebola. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world’s largest It kills up to 90% of those infected but if patients receive early treatment, they have a better chance of survival. It spreads through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. ‘National hero’ …

    July 23, 2014 8:12 am
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Technology

  • iPhone ‘backdoors’ can be used for surveillance, warns researcher


    A researcher has revealed what he claims to be previously undiscovered ways that users can be surveilled through their iPhone. Research released by iOS exploitation expert Jonathan Zdziarski at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York last week showed there were a number of previously undocumented “forensic services” and “surveillance mechanisms” within iOS. These tools, Zdziarski claims, would allow anyone with a decent level of technical skill and determination to get hold of plenty of sensitive data of a target, including photos, contacts and location. Zdziarski suggested the National Security Agency (NSA) might have used such methods for accessing targets’ information, but said he had no proof. Apple has explained these services as genuine “diagnostic” features to allow IT departments and store assistants to manage iPhones. But Zdziarski said these functions break Apple promises in that they “bypass backup encryption while copying more of your personal data than ever should come off the …

    July 23, 2014 5:31 am
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Science

  • ‘Comb on a chip’ powers new NIST/Caltech atomic clock design


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb. The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica, is the first demonstration of all-optical control of the microcomb, and its accurate conversion of optical frequencies to lower microwave frequencies. (Optical frequencies are too high to count; microwave frequencies can be counted with electronics.) The new clock architecture might eventually be used to make portable tools for calibrating frequencies of advanced telecommunications systems or providing microwave signals to boost stability and resolution in radar, navigation and scientific instruments. The technology also has potential to combine good timekeeping precision with very small size. The comb clock might be a component of future “NIST on a chip” technologies offering multiple …

    July 23, 2014 5:51 am
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Health

  • U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the full Senate. Although 146 nations and the European Union have ratified the United Nations convention, it has failed to win approval in the deeply divided U.S. Senate, where many conservatives are wary of subjecting American social policies to global laws. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Only two Republicans, John McCain of Arizona and John Barrasso of Wyoming, joined the panel’s 10 Democrats in favor. The treaty is supported by leading U.S. military veterans organizations, advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and business groups. Opponents, including many socially conservative Republicans, worry it could expand abortion rights, threaten U.S. parental rights such …

    July 23, 2014 5:31 am
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Entertainment

  • Kate Hudson Satisfies Her Sweet Tooth In The Big Apple


    Posted on Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 5:59am PDT Kate Hudson stepped out in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, and the 35-year-old actress didn’t seem to mind that photographers snapped her munching on a Twizzler. Who knew she had such a sweet tooth? Kate’s been making the rounds to promote her new movie, Wish I Was Here, and on Monday she stopped by The View and got candid about her personal life. “I have two kids,” she said. “I wouldn’t say I’m conventional, but what is conventional these days? I’ve got two children from two different fathers, so that’s unconventional. I’m a strict parent; I’m strict when it comes to manners. I think kids get too much too fast. Ryder wants a cell phone, he can get a pager – when he’s 12.” When talking about fiance Matt Bellamy, Kate said she already feels married, adding, “I think this goes back to growing up in …

    July 23, 2014 8:11 am
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Editorial

  • Conservatives, libertarians and liberals should all worry about the militarization of police


    Reuters I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers. The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken. But today there are more than 50,000 “no-knock raids” a year. Government always grows, and government is force. Force is always dangerous. It’s not because crime got worse. There is less crime today. Crime peaked around 1990 and is now at a 40-year low. But as politicians keep passing new criminal laws, police find new reasons to deploy their heavy equipment. Washington Post reporter Radley …

    July 23, 2014 5:31 am
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Odd News

  • Father posts photo of sexually abused son online in donation plea


    (Reuters) – A Florida father who severely beat an 18-year-old man he said he caught sexually assaulting his son posted the child’s photo on a fundraising website to solicit donations for the boy’s recovery, police said on Tuesday. The father originally asked for $1 million on gofundme.com, then reduced his request to $100,000 before the page was taken down and a link to it on his Facebook page was removed by Monday night, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. “Our son was sexually (sic) assaulted and we are now faced with the challenge of picking up the pieces, the emotional and financial burden is about more than we can endure,” the father wrote, according to the newspaper. Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood, who last week said he did not take issue with the father’s initial response to the alleged assault, on Tuesday said police were “bewildered” when they saw the picture of the 11-year-old boy, …

    July 23, 2014 5:50 am
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