Headline News

  • Indiana man wins $1M lottery prize for second time in three months


    July 30, 2014: Robert and Donna Hamilton pose with their check after winning $1 million in a Hoosier Lottery’s ‘$120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-Off’ (Hoosier Lottery) Any search for the luckiest man in American might very well begin and end with Robert Hamilton of Indianapolis.  On Wednesday, Indiana lottery officials announced that Hamilton won $1 million playing the “$120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-Off” game. Now here’s the lucky part: Hamilton won the same amount of money, the top prize offered by the game, this past April.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “The icing on the cake,” Hamilton told Fox59.com as he claimed his winnings Wednesday. Hamilton bought his most recent winning ticket at an Indianapolis convenience store, but he purchased his lucky ducat from April in Jasonville in western Indiana while on his way to a conference.  Hamilton said he planned to use his first prize to pay off all his financial obligations, purchase a home for him …

    July 31, 2014 3:45 am
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Politics

  • House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. The planned lawsuit is expected to generate months of bitter campaign rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats ahead of November elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. The suit is expected to claim that Obama, a Democrat, exceeded his executive authority in making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Republicans argue that by delaying some healthcare coverage mandates and granting various waivers, he bypassed Congress in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Republicans have complained about other unilateral actions that Obama has taken to advance his agenda, …

    July 31, 2014 4:04 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks end mixed after pops and drops


    Click for more market data. Despite strong economic growth and no major surprises from the Federal Reserve, the bulls couldn’t quite get it together Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day down and the SP 500 was flat. The Nasdaq bucked the trend, gaining 0.4%. Bond yields rose as well, a sign that investors believe the economy is improving. The dollar strengthened against most of its main trading partners. Fed tapers again: The Fed announced plans to trim its bond buying program by $10 billion, as expected. The Fed will now buy just $25 billion in long-term Treasuries and mortgage-backed bonds, down from a peak of $85 billion. It is widely expected to complete the program in October. In its statement, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) acknowledged that the economy has improved. But the central bank reiterated that it plans to hold interest rates at historic lows for a “considerable time” after …

    July 31, 2014 2:44 am
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Sports

  • Hundreds of damage claims possible after pipe break dumps 20 million gallons of water


    Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California’s worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school’s storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)The Associated Press In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, water flows into a parking structure at UCLA after a ruptured 93-year-old, 30-inch water main left the Los Angeles campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California’s worst drought in decades. The water also flooded the school’s storied basketball court, which underwent a major renovation less than two years ago. (AP Photo/Anuj Dixit)The Associated Press In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, a person walks through a flooded parking structure at UCLA after …

    July 31, 2014 3:44 am
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World News

  • Russia experts to visit MH17 site


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 09:28 Russian investigators to visit MH17 crash site as Ukraine suspends military operations in the east for a day More to follow.

    July 31, 2014 3:44 am
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Technology

  • Pre-school app Hopster TV takes on Netflix with The Gruffalo in its corner


    If you’re hoping to tempt parents and children away from apps like Netflix, YouTube and the BBC’s iPlayer, a few terrible tusks, terrible claws and terrible teeth in terrible jaws can’t hurt. UK-based app Hopster TV has bagged an exclusive deal to stream The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, the two films based on Julia Donaldson’s perennially-popular children’s books. Hopster, which charges parents a £3.99 monthly subscription to access TV shows and educational games through its iPhone and iPad app, is the first paid streaming service to secure a deal to offer the two films. It’s a coup for the app, which launched in late 2013, and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times in the UK. Hopster has also just struck a deal with Hit Entertainment to bring shows like Thomas Friends, Bob the Builder and Pingu to its app later this year. “We’re really stoked: 100,000 downloads for an app that’s really tightly …

    July 31, 2014 4:05 am
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Science

  • Vocal variety in African penguins


    Related images(click to enlarge) Adult African penguins communicate using four different vocalizations and juveniles and chicks use two begging calls to request food, according to a study published July 30, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Livio Favaro and colleagues from University of Turin, Italy. African penguins vocalize to communicate with their parents, mates, and colony members; however, only basic descriptions of their calls currently exist. To further observe their vocal behavior, the authors of this study collected, categorized, and acoustically analyzed hundreds of audio and video vocal recordings from a large captive colony of penguins in Italy. In addition, they identified the behavioral contexts in which calls were made. Results show that four basic vocalizations can be found in the auditory repertoire of the adult African penguin: a contact call emitted by isolated birds, an agonistic call used in aggressive interactions, an ecstatic display song uttered by single birds during the breeding …

    July 31, 2014 4:25 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone president declares state of emergency over Ebola


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicenters of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement. The measures resembled a tough anti-Ebola package announced by neighboring Liberia on Wednesday evening. Koroma announced he was cancelling a visit to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit next week because of the crisis and would instead hold an emergency meeting with regional leaders in Guinea on Friday. Highly infectious Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in the West Africa nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. “I hereby proclaim a State of Public Emergency to enable us take a more robust approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak,” he said in a speech late on Wednesday, adding that the measures would initially last between 60 and 90 …

    July 31, 2014 4:04 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Is Sexy And Shirtless In Spain, Posts Photo Of Orlando Bloom Crying After Their Fight


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 2:20pm PDT Justin Bieber and his mustache are currently causing all sorts of trouble in Ibiza, Spain, and several hours after getting into a brawl with Orlando Bloom, he posted this sexy and shirtless selfie on a boat. “Sunburnt and a mustache,” the 20-year-old Canadian crooner captioned the pic. Anyway, back to Bieber’s bad boy behavior! As you know, he got into a squabble with Orly in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and it seems pretty clear that the cockfight was over Miranda Kerr. In late 2012 Justin got flirty with Miranda at a party in New York City — when she was still married to Orly. Though Miranda denied sleeping with Justin, there were all sorts of rumors that the baby-faced Aussie and the “Baby” singer did more than just pose for pictures together after the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Of course, Orlando was rumored to be …

    July 31, 2014 2:44 am
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Editorial

  • Who will put an end to the Christian killing fields?


    Iraqi Christians pray during Sunday Mass at the Church of Virgin Mary in Baghdad, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) ”Please, the world needs to know: We are captives, we don’t have water or electricity here in Aleppo but it is nothing compared to the fear we have toward the Islamists. Why is no one doing anything to save us?” A young Assyrian Christian woman in Aleppo, Syria, spoke these words to me during a phone call a few days ago. She is stuck in the country with her three small children.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In wake of the ISIS invasion of Iraq, reports (long overdue) are emerging about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the country. Yet ISIS is committing the same atrocities against non-Muslims in Syria, too. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has been emptied of almost all Christians. Ten days ago, ISIS – who now call themselves the Islamic State (IS) …

    July 31, 2014 12:02 am
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Odd News

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain. “It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) …

    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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