Headline News

  • State judge strikes down Florida’s gay marriage ban, stays ruling


    MIAMI (Reuters) – A state judge in Florida on Friday struck down the state’s prohibition on same-sex marriages, saying it violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, but immediately stayed the ruling pending appeal. The ruling by Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel in Miami-Dade County is the latest in a series of decisions by state and federal judges who have knocked down state bans on gay marriage, but then put their rulings on hold pending appeal. (Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    July 25, 2014 5:39 pm
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Politics

  • Trading power lunches for canned tuna in U.S. minimum wage bid


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was 4:25 p.m. and all Representative Tim Ryan had eaten so far were the few peanuts he foraged in a U.S. Capitol cloakroom. His congressional salary is $174,000. But on Thursday, the six-term Ohio Democrat couldn’t afford lunch. In a Congress thick with millionaires, Ryan and three other Democratic representatives are trying to live on the budget of a minimum wage worker this week in an effort to stir up attention to raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Congressional Republicans have blocked the Democratic initiative, claiming it would kill jobs – a contention that is a topic of hot debate among politicians and economists. With Congress winding down for the year and members mostly campaigning for re-election, this “week-in-the-life” stunt is more a push for votes in November’s races than for lawmakers’ votes on minimum wage legislation in 2014. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 for …

    July 25, 2014 6:00 pm
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Stocks

  • Your personal information just isn’t safe


    Target hack victims were directed to Experian for protection. But that company has leaked your data too. Companies can’t keep your data safe. It’s that simple. When Target lost data on some 110 million customers, it recommended them to credit bureau Experian for “identity theft protection,” offering to cover the cost for a year. Think you’re in better hands? Think again. Sometime before the Target (TGT) hack, Experian had its own data leak — via a subsidiary. That data leak got plugged before Target sent victims to Experian. But it shows that even those entrusted with our most sensitive data don’t know how to protect it. Experian unknowingly sold the personal data of millions of Americans — including Social Security numbers — to a fraudster in Vietnam. That guy then sold the personal information to identity thieves around the globe. It wasn’t until U.S. Secret Service agents alerted Experian that the company stopped. Related story: …

    July 25, 2014 4:38 pm
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Sports

  • Indianapolis RB Vick Ballard carted off field at training camp with leg injury


    ANDERSON, Ind. –  Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the field Friday with a lower left leg injury. Team owner Jim Irsay, making his first appearance at training camp, said Ballard would have an MRI. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ballard appeared to hurt his ankle on a pass play during Indy’s afternoon practice. After initially limping, Ballard was taken to the locker room on a golf cart. He wasn’t even hit on the play, and the Colts have not yet practiced in full pads. Ballard ran for 814 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012, and had 13 carries for 63 yards in last year’s season opener. But before the Colts second game, Ballard tore the ACL in his right knee. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 25, 2014 5:39 pm
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World News

  • Israel and Hamas ‘agree short truce’


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 23:18 Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour pause in hostilities in Gaza, reports say. The truce is due to begin at 0800 local time (0500 GMT). Efforts to negotiate a seven-day ceasefire are still ongoing. Earlier US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was still confident of a longer ceasefire, despite media reports that Israel had rejected one proposal. More than 800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 36 Israelis have died since the conflict started on 8 July.

    July 25, 2014 5:39 pm
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Technology

  • Google X project has lofty goal: to prevent disease


    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Google has often looked skyward with its most ambitious initiatives — high-flying Wi-Fi balloons and high quality satellite imaging among them. But the company’s newest project looks almost as inward as you can: down to the molecules of the human body. A new study called Baseline will anonymously collect molecular and genetic information from 175 volunteer participants. The Wall Street Journal reported news of the study Thursday evening. The study is in pilot stages for now but will later expand to include thousands of participants. The goal of the study is to learn enough about the human body to be able to detect fatal diseases like cancer or heart disease earlier, so treatment is more preventative and not reactive. The study will be reviewed and approved by an institutional review board — independent ethics committees that review medical research involving humans. The project is run by Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist …

    July 25, 2014 6:00 pm
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Science

  • NSU researcher part of team studying ways to better predict intensity of hurricanes


    They are something we take very seriously in Florida — hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains — Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma. In the past 25 years or so, experts have gradually been improving prediction of the course a storm may take. This is thanks to tremendous advancements in computer and satellite technology. While we still have the “cone of uncertainty” we’ve become familiar with watching television weather reports, today’s models are more accurate than they used to be. The one area, however, where there is still much more to be researched and learned is in predicting just how intense a storm may be. While hurricane hunter aircraft can help determine wind speed, velocity, water temperature and other data, the fact is we often don’t know why or how a storm gets stronger or weaker. There has been virtually no progress in hurricane intensity forecasting during the last quarter …

    July 25, 2014 2:17 pm
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Health

  • Snowboard injuries while listening to music less frequent, more severe


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Snowboarders who use personal music players while boarding have fewer injuries but the injuries they do sustain tend to be more severe, reports a new study from Canada. Typical risk factors for snowboard injuries include being at an intermediate skill level, snowboarding at night and using jump or half-pipe features at a terrain park, the authors of the study note. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries and is mandatory at many terrain parks. Some new helmets include built-in speakers, so the researchers wanted to see if listening to music might impact injury risk. The analysis was part of a larger study looking at injuries among snowboarders using terrain parks, lead author Kelly Russell told Reuters Health in an email. “We had anticipated that those who were listening to music on an iPod or other personal music player would be more likely to get injured because they would …

    July 25, 2014 6:00 pm
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Entertainment

  • Megan Fox Is One Hot Mama At Comic-Con


    Posted on Fri Jul 25th, 2014 1:20pm PDT Getty Images for Samsung Megan Fox is currently promoting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Comic-Con in San Diego, and the 28-year-old actress worked it for the cameras in a sexy two-piece David Koma outfit that showcased her amazing post-baby body. Can you believe she’s had two kids?! We certainly can’t… So how did Megan burn off the baby weight? “Let me tell you …. the first time I didn’t do anything. I was just lucky and I was younger,” she told E! News. “The second time it wasn’t coming off the same way and I’ve had to eliminate bread from my diet so I’m on that — it’s typical — high protein very low carbohydrate very low sugar diet. It’s kind of awful but it’s what I’m doing.” Hey, she looks amazing!   Stories from around the Web

    July 25, 2014 4:38 pm
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Editorial

  • Winging it in the Middle East


      Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared in The Washington Times. This week, a terrorist group tried to shut down Israel’s airport, and couldn’t. So President Obama stepped in and did it for them. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I’m speaking, of course, of the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, ostensibly after a Hamas rocket crashed about a mile away. The initial ban was on Tuesday for 24 hours, after which the FAA extended it for another day. All that came to an end late Wednesday when the FAA announced it was suddenly lifting the ban saying, according to The New York Times, that it was “satisfied with the security precautions Israel had taken to assure flight safety at the airport.” In other words, have we, the United States of America, been “fundamentally transformed” into a gang of immature teenage bullies? The Washington Times also reported: “The agency …

    July 25, 2014 6:00 pm
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Odd News

  • Pennsylvania parents locked son in car trunk to cure fear of dark


    PITTSBURGH Pa. (Reuters) – A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their five-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this week, according to court officials on Friday. Jeffrey and Danielle Lenhart were charged with felony child endangerment and reckless endangerment for locking their son in the car during three trips to the Idlewild amusement park in Lingonier, Pennsylvania, in July 2013, court records showed. They gave him a flashlight and told him to look for sweets before locking the trunk at the park, about 9.5-miles (15 km) from their home in Latrobe, court officials said. They were accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on Thursday in a deal approved by Westmoreland County Judge Richard McCormick Jr., according to Danielle Lenhart’s lawyer, Deborah Jackson. “She recognizes the serious nature of what has happened and I don’t think we will see her in court …

    July 25, 2014 2:17 pm
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