• Lynx put end to Mercury’s 16-game streak

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus led a pivotal run early in the fourth quarter that enabled the Minnesota Lynx to stop the Phoenix Mercury’s 16-game win streak with a 75-67 decision...
  • Memo reveals response to CIA ‘abuse’

    Memo reveals response to CIA ‘abuse’

    31 July 2014 Last updated at 19:07 The Senate report appears to conclude some of the interrogations of prisoners amounted to torture A secret Senate report on CIA interrogations “tells a story of which no...
  • Seahawks running back Lynch ends his holdout

    (Reuters) – The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were given a welcome boost on Thursday when running back Marshawn Lynch ended a one-week holdout by reporting for camp at the team’s practice facility. Lynch, Seattle’s...
  • Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman arrives in US

    Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman arrives in US

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 02:51 Supporters wildly greeted her arrival in New Hampshire A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the...
  • Syria ‘torture’ photos shown in US

    Syria ‘torture’ photos shown in US

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 02:21 By Tara McKelvey BBC News A forensic photographer smuggled images of Syrians killed and tortured – apparently by those working for Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The photographer, using...

Headline News

  • Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court rulings created uncertainties last week regarding the legitimacy of subsidies for individuals enrolled on federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is coordinating and funding the cases, filed the petition, according to the not-for-profit’s website. (bit.ly/1tA8r5x) The twin appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, fell in line with partisan disagreements over healthcare reform. Two judges appointed by Republican presidents decided against the administration in the District of Columbia and three judges appointed by Democrats ruled in favor in Virginia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia …

    July 31, 2014 10:40 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at liberals who want her to retire


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for liberals who have been saying the 81-year-old should step down while Democratic President Barack Obama is in office so he can appoint her successor: Who are you going to get who will be better than me? Referring to the political polarization in Washington and the unlikelihood that another liberal in her mold could be confirmed by the Senate, Ginsburg, the senior liberal on the nine-member bench, asked rhetorically, “So tell me who the president could have nominated this spring that you would rather see on the court than me?” Ginsburg, in a wide-ranging 75 minute interview with Reuters in her chambers late on Thursday, also acknowledged that President Barack Obama had invited her to a private lunch last summer at the White House. It was an unusual move, she conceded. Responding to questions about whether Obama might have been fishing for …

    July 31, 2014 8:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Musk wants Tesla ‘elves’ to service cars


    The Tesla service team will pick up your car and return it before you even know it’s gone. Elon Musk wants the Tesla team to work like magic “elves” when servicing cars. The company has already shaken up the automobile industry. Musk has introduced well-reviewed cars that run only on electricity. He’s changed the car shopping experience. Now Musk is aiming to transform how your car gets fixed. Musk expects that Tesla cars won’t have to receive frequent maintenance, but when they need to be serviced he wants it to be quick and with as little disruption to a Tesla owner’s day as possible. Related: Tesla’s next 6 months will be busy Eventually a Tesla service team will be able to pick up your car (maybe while you’re at work), service it, and return it to you that same day. The plan is for an entire pit crew team to work on the car at …

    July 31, 2014 6:56 pm
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Sports

  • Lynx put end to Mercury’s 16-game streak


    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus led a pivotal run early in the fourth quarter that enabled the Minnesota Lynx to stop the Phoenix Mercury’s 16-game win streak with a 75-67 decision at Target Center. Clinging to a 52-51 lead entering the final period, the Lynx outscored Phoenix by a 14-3 margin to begin the frame, then held off a late charge to hand the Mercury their first loss since June 12. After struggling to score for much of the night, Moore buried two big 3- pointers and had eight points during the game-deciding flurry, with Augustus accounting for the other six. Moore ended with 20 points and nine rebounds and Augustus totaled 19 points in Minnesota’s eighth straight victory. Rebekkah Brunson contributed a double- double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Phoenix managed to cut its 12-point deficit down to three via a 9-0 surge capped by DeWanna Bonner’s triple with …

    July 31, 2014 10:40 pm
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World News

  • Memo reveals response to CIA ‘abuse’


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 19:07 The Senate report appears to conclude some of the interrogations of prisoners amounted to torture A secret Senate report on CIA interrogations “tells a story of which no American is proud”, a leaked White House memo states. The report was described in a draft memo of media talking points proposed by the state department, which was first reported by the AP news agency. The memo says now-discontinued CIA interrogation practices were brutal and produced little intelligence of value. President Barack Obama halted the CIA programme when he took office in 2009. During the presidency of George W Bush, the CIA operation known internally as the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation programme saw as many as 100 suspected terrorists held in “black sites” outside the US and interrogated using methods such as waterboarding, slapping, humiliation, exposure to cold, and sleep deprivation. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell (centre-left) was not immediately …

    July 31, 2014 10:20 pm
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Technology

  • Got some Dane in your DNA? Do a happy dance


    A Lego version of Billund, Denmark, home to Lego’s head office. How could being from Lego’s country of origin not make you happy?Nicolas Guyon/Flickr Good news if your relatives celebrate Valdemar’s Day and write slashes through their o’s. The closer a country finds itself to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is likely to be, according to research from the University of Warwick in England, a country which, sadly, didn’t even make the top 20 in last year’s World Happiness Report. Denmark, along with other Northern European countries, regularly tops the increasing number of world happiness rankings. But while most analyses focuses on factors such as wealth, social support, and political freedom, the Warwick researchers have another explanation: Danish DNA. They detail their findings in a working paper, National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration (PDF), which was just made public for the first time. “The results were surprising,” said Eugenio …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Science

  • Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record holder by 200 million years. These “lensing” galaxies are so massive that their gravity bends, magnifies, and distorts light from objects behind them, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. Finding one in such a small area of the sky is so rare that you would normally have to survey a region hundreds of times larger to find just one. The object behind the cosmic lens is a tiny spiral galaxy undergoing a rapid burst of star formation. Its light has taken 10.7 billion years to arrive here and seeing this chance alignment at such a great distance from Earth is a rare find. Locating more of these distant lensing galaxies will offer insight into how …

    July 31, 2014 8:38 pm
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Health

  • U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production. Under the new rule, poultry producers would be required, among other things, to perform microbiological testing at two points in their production process to prevent salmonella and campylobacter contamination. The plan is designed to encourage a pro-active prevention approach instead of simply addressing contamination after it occurs. The move could prevent as many as 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year, USDA officials said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the plan “imposes stricter requirements on the poultry industry and places our trained inspectors where they can better ensure food is being processed safely.” The agriculture department said maximum line speeds for chicken and turkey processing plants operated by companies such as Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms …

    July 31, 2014 8:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jada Pinkett Smith on marriage: Break the rules and discover a whole new world


    The problem? Arias is seven years older than Willow, and while some fans thought this picture was completely innocent, others disagreed. PHOTO: Willow Smith in bed with much older male pal One person who is convinced that the world is overreacting is Jada, who previously slammed suggestions that anything was wrong with the pic, and she’s opened up about it again to Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. “Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty,” the actress stated. “I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves,” she continued. “I was saying to a friend the other day, ‘Remember, our kids are not us.’ They’re not. Sometimes we’re trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that’s a terrible, terrible trap.” Oh, Jada Pinkett Smith’s totally cool with Willow/Moisés pic It’s no secret that Jada and her husband have an unconventional view when it comes to parenting and …

    July 31, 2014 9:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?


    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Champion goat goes missing from Colorado county fair


    DENVER (Reuters) – An award-winning goat has gone missing from a Colorado county fair, leaving its teenage owner and organizers stumped, local media said on Thursday. The red-colored Boer breed goat, selected by judges as a grand champion, was last seen in an unlocked pen late on Sunday night and had been due to appear in the Weld County fair’s Junior Livestock Auction on Monday. Lanas Smith, father of the 18-year-old owner David Smith, said the family has no idea what happened to it. “I don’t really want to insinuate that someone stole the goat at this point,” Smith told the Greeley Tribune newspaper. Despite the absence of the animal, it was still auctioned for $5,500 for charity at the county fair. Whether or not the goat is found, Smith told the Tribune, his son will still get that money, which he plans to donate to a horse-assisted therapy project at Colorado State University. (Writing …

    July 31, 2014 8:38 pm
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