Headline News

  • Tanker with Iraqi Kurdish crude cleared to unload cargo off Texas


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload its cargo at sea off Texas on Sunday as a State Department official signaled Washington would not intervene to block delivery of the controversial crude. Coast Guard officials went aboard the tanker United Kalavrvta on Sunday and verified the ship and crew’s ability to safely offload the oil, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The ship set sail from the Turkish port of Ceyhan in June with a load of crude oil supplied by a new pipeline from the Kurdish oilfields. Trading sources in Texas, New York, London and Geneva have been unable to identify the buyer of the United Kalavrvta’s cargo. The oil could go to any one of the many refineries located along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The ship carries approximately 1 million barrels of crude, which would fetch more than $100 million at …

    July 28, 2014 2:47 am
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Politics

  • Kerry to woo Modi’s India, but quick progress unlikely


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China’s rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India’s new leader. The visit by Kerry, and a trip by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next month, follow the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May and are meant to create a good climate for Modi’s planned visit to Washington in September. Analysts say it is only once Modi meets President Barack Obama that the United States may have a more realistic hope for progress on big defense projects, on removing obstacles to U.S. firms’ participation in India’s nuclear power industry, and for firmer statements of shared interests in Asia. “India will play a much greater role in Asia under the Modi administration, but it will do so for its own reasons and under …

    July 28, 2014 2:47 am
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Stocks

  • China will soon be the world’s top business travel market


    Per capita business travel spending in China still under $200 — far less than the $800 U.S. average. China is the world’s hottest market for business travelers, and spending in the country could surpass the U.S. as soon as 2015, according to a new report. Business travel spending in China hit $225 billion last year — or 23% of the $1.1 trillion global total. That’s second only to the U.S., where spending reached $274 billion, a report from the Global Business Travel Association said. The pace of business travel growth in China is remarkable. Since 2000, spending has expanded by about 16% each year on average, compared to 1% in the U.S. “Despite stronger growth, the U.S. continues to lose with China, which is poised to take over as the #1 business travel market in the world by 2016,” the report said. For decades, the Chinese economy experienced double-digit growth — an expansion that has …

    July 28, 2014 1:26 am
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Sports

  • Dodgers spoil Peavy’s debut, sweep Giants


    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Carl Crawford lined an RBI triple to highlight Los Angeles’ three-run fifth inning and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-3, to sweep a three-game set. Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored for the Dodgers, who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Giants for first place in the NL West. “We’re going to see these guys again. They’re not going anywhere,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5) struck out seven and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings to notch the win. Jake Peavy (0-1), who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, made his first start for his new club and yielded four runs — three earned — on six hits and two walks while fanning five for San Francisco, which has dropped four straight on the heels of a 6-1 stretch. Buster Posey …

    July 28, 2014 2:27 am
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World News

  • Korea ferry trial: Students testify


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 07:51 The ferry tragedy killed scores of students and left a nation in mourning Students who survived South Korea’s ferry disaster have begun testifying at the trial of the ship’s crew. The students are giving evidence at a district court near their homes, rather than at the actual trial in the southern city of Gwangju. The Sewol ferry sank on 16 April, killing 304 people – mostly teenagers. The crew are charged with negligence and abandoning ship. The captain and three officers are also charged with “homicide through wilful negligence”. Investigators say the ferry had been illegally modified to carry more passengers and cargo, and was overloaded. But prosecutors say the actions of the captain and crew – including instructing passengers to stay in their cabins as the ship listed – led to more deaths. Swept back A total of 476 people were on board the Sewol when it …

    July 28, 2014 2:27 am
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Technology

  • Quiz: What type of Facebook user are you?


    You spend far too much time on there, but what on earth do you actually do? On Mark Zuckerberg’s birthday, take our handy quiz to find out

    July 28, 2014 2:47 am
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Science

  • Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed in Penn study


    Related images(click to enlarge) Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions. And, movement can turn harmful when cancer cells break away from tumors to set up shop in distant tissues. Adding to the growing fundamental understanding of the machinery of muscle cells, a group of biophysicists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania describe in the journal Science this week — in minute detail — how actin filaments are stabilized at one of their ends to form a basic muscle structure called the sarcomere. With the help of many other proteins, actin molecules polymerize to form …

    July 28, 2014 3:08 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests


    LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs. Currently testing patients to see if their tumors contain genetic mutations that make them suitable for drug treatment involves collecting a sample of tissue by needle biopsy or during surgery. The new tests are based on smart technology that can detect small fragments of circulating tumor DNA in the plasma taken from patients’ blood. The collaboration with Qiagen involves developing such a test to accompany AstraZeneca’s established lung cancer pill Iressa, while the agreement with Roche is for a companion diagnostic to go with AstraZeneca’s experimental successor to Iressa called AZD9291. AZD9291 targets a genetic mutation that helps tumors evade existing treatments and AstraZeneca believes it could sell as much as $3 billion a year. The mutation, known as T790M, develops in about …

    July 28, 2014 2:47 am
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Entertainment

  • Tila Tequila fears pregnancy complications because she’s so petite


    Tila Tequila swears her baby has saved her life  It seems the woman who was born with the name Tila Nguyen has some concerns about how fast her child is growing inside her pint-sized body. In a post to her official Facebook page shared on Thursday, the former A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila star showed off her blossoming baby bump with his photo: Along with the pic, she gave fans a weight-gain update by writing, “24 weeks pregnant here and growing! I’m up to 132 pounds now! Oh my God!! Boobs are starting to get into that DD size too!” In a separate comment, the 4-foot-11-inch star went on to ask, “How come everyone is posting pics of themselves but they’re basically about to be due but I’m barely 24 weeks and my belly is just as big as theirs??? Daaaang I’ve got myself a big girl in there! Or I’m just really …

    July 28, 2014 1:26 am
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer


    (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bishop punched him in the face, police said. The incident was not the first involving a costumed street performer running afoul of the law in New York. Last month, a costumed Spider-Man man was fined $370 for a 2013 incident in which …

    July 27, 2014 2:53 pm
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