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  • Prosecutors: 23-year-old man in wheelchair arrested 2 days after robbing New York City bank

    NEW YORK –  A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery, authorities announced Friday. Kelvin Dennison, 23, was picked up by officers at a hospital two days after he rolled into a Santander Bank branch in Queens Monday afternoon and claimed to be armed, police said. “Give me all you have,” he told a teller, according to court papers. “I have a gun.” The teller then passed him the cash before he pushed himself out of the bank and then fled down the street in his wheelchair, police said. Authorities released an image of a man in a wheelchair leaving the bank taken from a store’s surveillance camera. When Dennison went to a Queens hospital two days later, someone recognized him and called police, prosecutors said. Authorities didn’t say why Dennison went to the hospital. When he was questioned by investigators, …

    July 3, 2015 11:24 pm


  • Clinton says hopes Iran talks yield deal in the next week

    HANOVER, N.H. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Friday she hoped 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal in coming days to curb Iran’s nuclear program. The groundwork for the talks was laid when Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State and she had not commented recently on the negotiations as she seeks the Democratic Party nomination to run in the November 2016 presidential election. “I so hope that we are able to get a deal in the next week that puts a lid on Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” Clinton told a rally on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire. She said that even if a deal were reached, there would be more work to be done. Iran is in talks with the United States and five other powers – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – on an agreement to curtail its nuclear program in …

    July 3, 2015 9:23 pm


  • This man has the toughest job in the world right now

    Would you swap jobs with this man? Euclid Tsakalotos has been trying for months to save Greece from disaster — leading his country’s negotiations with its creditors. Those talks collapsed in acrimony and confusion this week. Greece’s banks have been shuttered, and the country is now on the brink of going bust. Yet Tsakalotos hasn’t given up yet. He believes a controversial referendum his boss has called for Sunday could provide a way out of the crisis. “There’s always a point of democracy,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “If Europe decides that they cannot live with a government that has slightly different priorities — social priorities, has slightly different economic priorities — from the mainstream, then that closes the door on democracy, and it opens the door for very nasty right-wing politics.” He was speaking a day after a particularly confusing series of events in the Greek saga, which has already seen its fair share …

    July 3, 2015 10:23 pm


  • Tomic slams ‘disrespectful’ Tennis Australia, ‘actor’ Rafter

    Bernard Tomic launched a blistering tirade against Tennis Australia and its head of performance Pat Rafter after his third round exit at Wimbledon on Friday. The attack came after former world number one Rafter said he would end funding for players in their 20s and that Tomic’s sister Sara would also have her funding cut off because of the uncooperative attitude of their father John. Tomic accused Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley and president Steve Healy of neglecting him and Rafter of being an “good actor”. “Don’t get me wrong,” the 22-year-old said after his loss to defending champion Novak Djokovic. “A lot of money was invested in me, for sure. But whatever they invested in me, they got in return 10, 20 times more. That’s 100 percent certain. “Now all of a sudden, they are neglecting me, for some reason. They are not supporting me, not respecting me.” The world number 26 gave as examples …

    July 3, 2015 11:24 pm

World News

  • Tonga King Tupou VI formally crowned

    The king of the Pacific island nation of Tonga, Tupou VI, has been formally crowned, more than three years after ascending to the throne. Foreign royals, including the Crown Prince of Japan, attended the coronation ceremony in the capital, Nuku’alofa. A retired Australian minister performed the crowning as it is taboo for Tongans to touch their king’s head. Former King George Tupou V died in March 2012. The coronation was the culmination of a week of festivities that included a traditional drinking rite, street parties and feasts. Thousands of Tongans and tourists watched the ceremony The ceremony, performed by 78-year-old retired Methodist minister D’Arcy Wood, drew thousands of Tongans and tourists. As well as Crown Prince Naruhito, the European royals Prince Georg von Habsburg of Hungary and Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg of Austria attended. Tupou VI, 55, ascended to the throne after his bachelor brother died. Tonga gained its independence from Britain in 1970 but …

    July 3, 2015 11:24 pm


  • Solar Impulse breaks record for longest sun-powered flight

    Solar Impulse co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are reunited in Hawaii on Friday. Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo.ch Hawaii always looks good, but perhaps never as good as it looked to pilot André Borschberg, who broke records Friday after landing a completely sun-powered plane after an arduous five-day flight. “Just landed in #Hawaii with @solarimpulse! For @bertrandpiccard and I, it’s a dream coming true,” Borschberg tweeted upon landing, referring to Bertrand Piccard, with whom he is piloting the Solar Impulse 2 around the world. “I feel exhilarated by this extraordinary journey. I have climbed the equivalent altitude of Mount Everest five times without much rest,” Borschberg later added in a statement. The single-seater Solar Impulse 2 landed around noon Eastern at Hawaii’s Kalaeloa Airport after flying nonstop from Japan, according to Solar Impulse’s website, which live-streamed the event. It was the eighth of 13 planned legs of the trip around the globe. Borschberg …

    July 3, 2015 9:03 pm


  • New insights into how the brain forms memories

    Related images(click to enlarge) Neurons in a brain region called the medial temporal lobe play a key role in our ability to quickly form memories about real-life events and experiences, according to a study published July 1st in Neuron. By recording from individual neurons in patients, the researchers reveal for the first time in humans the single-cell basis for the creation of episodic memories. “It was impressive to see how individual neurons signalled the learning of new contextual associations between people and places and that the changes in firing could occur just after one instance,” says lead study author Matias Ison of the University of Leicester. “This was also compatible with basic mechanisms underlying episodic memory formation.” The creation of memories about real-life episodes requires rapid neuronal changes that may appear after a single occurrence of an event. Previous studies in animals have shown that the medial temporal lobe is involved in encoding associations, which …

    July 3, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Weight-loss surgery edges out lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetes

    (Reuters Health) – People with type 2 diabetes who have weight loss surgery are more likely to have significant improvements in their diabetes three years compared to diabetics who try lifestyle changes, a small new study suggests. “One of the most important things to take away is that there is durability of remission over time,” said Dr. Anita Courcoulas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who led the research. Past studies have found that weight loss surgeries sometimes result in improvement for people with type 2 diabetes, but it remains to be seen if the surgeries are better at treating the condition than lifestyle interventions, the researchers write in JAMA Surgery. And few studies have examined the effectiveness of weight loss surgery for people with diabetes as well as class 1 or 2 obesity, which represents a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 39. (BMI is a measure of weight in relation to …

    July 3, 2015 5:21 pm


  • Calvin Harris Boasts About Girlfriend Taylor Swift’s BBQ Skills

    Posted on Fri Jul 3rd, 2015 9:00am PDT       By X17 Staff That’s one way to impress your man! Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris seem to be going strong and falling fast in love, and we bet one of the reasons why is that there’s nothing T-Swizzle can’t do perfectly… like BBQing! “She cooks too,” he captioned an Instagram photo of his singer sweetheart manning the grill at her seaside home. The couple are planning on hosting a massive July 4th bash at her Rhode Island estate, and preparations have already started to roll in. There’s also quite the guest list! Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Joe Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Lena Dunham, Cara Delevingne and Selena Gomez all scored invites, and there’s no no doubt it will be the hottest party in town!   Stories from around the Web

    July 3, 2015 10:44 pm


  • Letter from an Australian to America: Here’s why I love you, USA

    It’s December 1985 in Sydney, Australia. Two parents are at wits’ end. Something is not right with their 16-month-old child. For months, they have visited doctor after doctor. No one can tell them what is wrong. On the night before Christmas Eve, with their child more unsettled than unusual, they head for the emergency room at Children’s Hospital. The ward is nearly deserted, but there is one overnight doctor – a young man with a smiling face and an accent. As he looks the child over, the smile evaporates: “I think your son has neuroblastoma. Get him in for tests first thing in the morning.” Next day, the parents’ worst fears are confirmed. It is Stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer. The parents were mine. The child was me. The doctor, it turned out, was an American. The cause of neuroblastoma remains unknown. Only 1 in 100,000 children get it. Notoriously difficult …

    July 3, 2015 9:23 pm

Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm