Headline News

  • Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees


    DALLAS The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended the group’s outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The new policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth but will still allow local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations to make their own choices regarding gay adult leaders. The Boy Scouts said the latest resolution, unanimously adopted by the organization’s executive committee on July 13, gained final approval by the National Executive Board, with 79 percent of board members present voting to support it. The executive committee had urged an end to the ban because of “sea change in the law with respect to gay rights.” The decision follows the landmark ruling in late June by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide. In May, the Boy …

    July 27, 2015 7:30 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Republican House panel demands Obama remove IRS commissioner


    WASHINGTON The chairman of a congressional investigative panel on Monday called for the ouster of the head of the Internal Revenue Service over a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups starting in 2013. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called on President Barack Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, saying he had “failed in his duty” to keep documentation and provide it to the committee. (1.usa.gov/1MSFTKV) “The IRS failed to comply with a congressional subpoena. The IRS further failed by making false statements to Congress. We will pursue all constitutional remedies at our disposal, including potential contempt proceedings or perhaps impeachment of Commissioner Koskinen,” the committee said in a statement. The IRS reviews the activities of non-profits that apply for tax exemption because U.S. law limits their political involvement. Certain non-profits, designated 501(c)(4) organizations, had increasingly been used as conduits for political spending, …

    July 27, 2015 7:30 pm
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Stocks

  • Departing Gawker editor calls it a ‘miserable place’


    At least three editorial staffers at Gawker Media are leaving as the company appears to be undergoing dramatic changes William Arkin, who founded the company’s national security-focused site, “Phase Zero,” announced Monday that he will be departing Gawker Media. In a post on the site, Arkin called himself a “casualty” of the internal turmoil that began earlier this month over the removal of a controversial story. Arkin said that Gawker was a “miserable place.” Hours later, Leah Finnegan said that she will be stepping down as features editor of Gawker.com, the company’s flagship gossip site. Finnegan, who reportedly clashed with founder and chief executive Nick Denton after the story was pulled, told CNNMoney that she is leaving voluntarily. Sultana Khan, who reportedly worked on Arkin’s “Phase Zero” blog, also took the buy-out, tweeting that she was “bummed to be leaving @Gawker like this.” Related: Gawker’s Nick Denton promises ‘second act’ for gossip site Those departures …

    July 27, 2015 6:10 pm
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Sports

  • Cardinals arrive at un-air conditioned Busch Stadium


    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals players arrived to un-air conditioned Busch Stadium on Monday. The problem was fixed by mid-afternoon, several hours before a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Manager Mike Matheny downplayed the situation, noting he grew up without air conditioning. Matheny joked that his wife sets the thermostat at ”about 47 degrees” and that he thought they were ”trying to raise penguins.” The problem was first noted during a news conference at adjacent Ballpark Village to promote the United States’ opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup, in November.

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World News

  • Viewpoint: Why Britain does not owe reparations to India


    ‘The British did offer English as a unifying language’ At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion “This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies”. Speakers included Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor and British historian John MacKenzie. Mr Tharoor’s argument in support of the motion has found favour among many Indians, where the subject of colonial exploitation remains a sore topic. Here, Professor MacKenzie, who spoke against the motion, offers his views. Mr Shashi Tharoor is a remarkable man, a great ornament in India’s diplomatic, political and literary life. He spoke at the Oxford Union reparations debate with great elegance and wit, but he overstated the case. And he is wrong about reparations. Having just emerged from editing a four-volume encyclopaedia of all empires in human history, I can say categorically that no empires have pursued tender or altruistic policies. Empires happen because of imbalances in …

    July 27, 2015 7:30 pm
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Technology

  • Medium cracks down on cyberbullying in rules update


    Medium announces new rules to curb abusive behavior. Nicole Cozma/CNET Blog publishing platform Medium has updated its rules to prohibit activity intended to harass other users, the latest Internet community to crack down on abusive behavior. The social publishing site announced new rules Monday that prohibit public shaming, the posting of revenge porn, or publishing private or confidential information intended to harass other users. The new rules are intended to foster an environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves online without fear of being intimidated by other users, the publishing platform explained in an unsigned blog post. “We want everyone to feel at home on Medium. This doesn’t mean you’re free from having your views challenged or your ideas re-characterized,” the blog post explains. “But some speech shuts down more expression than it opens up, by causing silence, retreat, isolation, or intimidation. No one should feel any less than who they are from spending time …

    July 27, 2015 7:50 pm
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Science

  • New study: Consumers don’t view GMO labels as negative ‘warnings’


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients. The study, presented at the annual conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, held in San Francisco on July 27, relies on five years of data (2003, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2015) and includes 2,012 responses to a representative, statewide survey of Vermont residents. It focuses on the relationship between two primary questions: whether Vermonters are opposed to GMO’s in commercially available food products; and if respondents thought products containing GMO’s should be labeled. Results showed no evidence that attitudes toward GMO’s are strengthened in either a positive or negative way due to a desire for labels that indicate the product contains GM ingredients. On average …

    July 27, 2015 6:50 pm
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Health

  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ Finacea generic infringes Bayer patent: court


    NEW YORK India’s Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ proposed generic version of Bayer AG’s Finacea, a gel for treating the common skin condition rosacea, infringes Bayer’s patent, a U.S. court ruled on Monday. The federal court in Wilmington, Delaware said Glenmark’s proposed gel would be absorbed into the skin in a similar way to Finacea, violating Bayer’s patent. Germany’s Bayer had sued Glenmark in 2013 after Glenmark filed an application to market a copycat version of the $95 million drug in the United States. (Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Bernard Orr)

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm
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Entertainment

  • Billionaire Jessica Alba Still Buys Her Own Groceries With The Fam


    Posted on Mon Jul 27th, 2015 12:13pm PDT       By X17 Staff Jessica Alba may be the co-founder of a billion-dollar business but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t buy her own food! The movie star-turned-business woman grabbed some groceries at high-end market Bristol Farms on Sunday. Alba was joined by her hubby Cash Warren and their two little girls Honor, seven, and Haven, four, at the supermarket in Beverly Hills. It looks like the fam was shopping for a special occasion — they had a bounty of white hydrangeas and a mound of ice in their shopping carts. We have a feeling the family of four had a fun-filled BBQ at their home. Umm can we come?! Jessica looked easy breezy in a blue dress, layered under a white cardigan. The 34-year-old kept her off-duty outfit cool with a pair of sandals. Cash opted for a white shirt and blue shorts and their two daughters looked adorbs …

    July 27, 2015 6:10 pm
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Editorial

  • American capitalism isn’t broken after all


    One of the best-loved stories about the squeeze on middle-class incomes in the U.S. concerns the long-term divergence between wages and productivity. This goes as follows: Wages have stagnated for decades even as output and profits kept going up. Owners of capital grabbed all the gains. For those who tell this story, the issue is justice not growth. What’s the point of striving for efficiency if the benefits don’t flow to the living standards of everyday Americans? Instead, they argue, capital needs reining in. The U.S. should restore the bargaining power of labor — with stronger unions, higher minimum wages, import barriers, taxes on profits, and so forth. The narrative is so appealing that to remain popular it probably doesn’t need to be true. That’s just as well, because it turns out to be wrong. The evidence suggests that greater productivity makes a decisive contribution to living standards. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama’s Council …

    July 27, 2015 6:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Fugitive-turned-actor arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up


    SEATTLE A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday. Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state. The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said. Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had …

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm
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