• ‘Final deadline’ for Greece debt plan

    ‘Final deadline’ for Greece debt plan

    Greek banks remain shut, with controls on cash machine withdrawals The eurozone has given Greece until Thursday to present new proposals to secure a deal with creditors, and has called a full EU summit for...
  • Obama hosts Vietnam communist leader

    US President Barack Obama has held historic talks at the White House with Vietnam’s Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong. It was the first such meeting since the two countries normalised relations 20 years ago....
  • Humana, Aetna set termination fees for deal

    Health insurer Humana Inc and buyer Aetna Inc set fees to be paid in the event of a failure of the largest deal in the health insurance industry. Aetna, which said last week it would...
  • Why don’t men live as long as women?

    Across the entire world, women can expect to live longer than men. But why does this occur, and was this always the case? According to a new study led by University of Southern California Leonard...

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  • Obama hosts Vietnam communist leader


    US President Barack Obama has held historic talks at the White House with Vietnam’s Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong. It was the first such meeting since the two countries normalised relations 20 years ago. Mr Obama said that despite differing political philosophies, the two countries were deepening co-operation. Analysts say the US and Vietnam are seeking stronger ties in the face of an increasingly assertive China. This month marks 40 years since the end of the Vietnam war. “Obviously, there has been a difficult history between our two countries in the 20th Century and there continues to be significant differences in political philosophy and political systems,” Mr Obama said. “What we have seen is the emergence of a constructive relationship that is based on mutual respect and that has benefited the people of both countries.” Mr Trong described the talks as “cordial, constructive, positive and frank”. Trade deal talks “What is of utmost importance …

    July 7, 2015 6:40 pm
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Politics

  • Vulnerable Republican McSally draws Democratic Challenger


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 6:09 p.m. today 0 Tweet McSally, a former Air Force pilot, is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2016 (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Arizona State Rep. Victoria Steele on Tuesday became the first Democrat to launch a campaign against Rep. Martha McSally, who represents one of the districts that has national Republicans worried most. Steele, a former television and radio news broadcaster from Tucson, said in a post on her campaign website that she hoped to “build on the legacies” of the Democrats who held the seat until 2015, including Reps. Ron Barber and Gabrielle Giffords. “I’m running for Congress because today the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top — they’ve broken that promise of the American Dream. We need to return to that promise of opportunity for all Americans,” Steele wrote. McSally, whose campaign announced Monday that she had raised $1 million in …

    July 7, 2015 6:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Cosby reruns pulled from Bounce TV, Centric following new revelations


    Bounce TV has pulled reruns starring the comedian. Bounce TV, an Atlanta-based African-American network, announced on Tuesday that it would immediately pull reruns of “Cosby,” the Bill Cosby sitcom that ran from 1996 to 2000. At the same time, Centric, a BET-owned network, will be yanking all “Cosby Show” episodes from its schedule beginning on Wednesday “until further notice,” according to a company spokesman. The moves follow new revelations on Monday about Cosby getting Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, according to released documents. Related: Bill Cosby admitted to getting Quaaludes to give to women Cosby has been hit with numerous allegations of sexual assault since November as multiple women have come forward to accuse the comedian. The accusations have caused a public outcry and led to Cosby earlier losing projects with Netflix and NBC. The TV star also saw multiple stand-up tour dates canceled due to the controversy. Cosby …

    July 7, 2015 5:20 pm
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Sports

  • Soccer scandal prompts CONCACAF to split from sports marketing firm


    MIAMI CONCACAF, the regional body that controls soccer in the Caribbean, North America and Central America, announced Tuesday it has parted with the U.S. division of a Brazilian sports marketing firm that federal prosecutors have indicted on corruption charges. Traffic Sports USA, a unit of the Brazilian Traffic Group, was responsible for marketing and sales for the confederation’s biennial gold cup tournaments through 2021 as well as the annual Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League through the season ending in 2022.In a press release CONCACAF said it was a mutual decision “to part ways.” It added the move “will have no effect on CONCACAF’s ability to fulfill its existing obligations to sponsors or to stage future tournaments.” A CONCACAF spokesman declined further comment late Tuesday. Traffic Sports USA’s President Aaron Davidson was among the 14 marketing officials and executives from FIFA, the governing body on international soccer, who were indicted in late May on bribery, money laundering …

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World News

  • ‘Final deadline’ for Greece debt plan


    Greek banks remain shut, with controls on cash machine withdrawals The eurozone has given Greece until Thursday to present new proposals to secure a deal with creditors, and has called a full EU summit for Sunday. European Council President Donald Tusk said this was now the “most critical moment in the history of the eurozone”. “The final deadline ends this week,” he said after emergency talks in Brussels. The eurozone had expected Greece to submit fresh plans on Tuesday after its voters rejected a deal in a referendum, but no new proposals were tabled. On Sunday, a meeting of all 28 members of the European Union will be held. In Brussels, Greece has been given an ultimatum: either there will be a deal or Greece and its banks face the prospect of going bust on Monday, the BBC’s Chris Morris in the Belgian capital reports. Greece crisis: Latest updates Tusk: Greece crisis ‘most critical moment …

    July 7, 2015 6:40 pm
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Technology

  • Electronic Arts taps Samantha Ryan as new head of mobile game division


    EA Mobile’s new chief, Samantha Ryan. Electronic Arts Electronics Arts has a new head of its mobile division, who will be in charge of the company’s ongoing efforts to expand its game development from consoles and PCs to smartphones and watches. EA Mobile’s new chief, Samantha Ryan, has worked for the division since she joined the company in March, working on key titles like strategy game Plants vs. Zombies and a mobile version of simulation game The Sims. EA Mobile’s previous chief, Frank Gibeau, left the company suddenly after 20 years in May. Gibeau was considered a possible candidate to replace former CEO John Riccitiello after he left in 2013, but the chief executive job went to EA Sports head Andrew Wilson. Ryan said she hopes to keep the smartphone, arguably the most ubiquitous gaming device in the world, a primary focus at EA. “The power of mobile is that it not only changes how …

    July 7, 2015 6:00 pm
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Science

  • Why don’t men live as long as women?


    Across the entire world, women can expect to live longer than men. But why does this occur, and was this always the case? According to a new study led by University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology researchers, significant differences in life expectancies between the sexes first emerged as recently as the turn of the 20th century. As infectious disease prevention, improved diets and other positive health behaviors were adopted by people born during the 1800s and early 1900s, death rates plummeted, but women began reaping the longevity benefits at a much faster rate. In the wake of this massive but uneven decrease in mortality, a review of global data points to heart disease as the culprit behind most of the excess deaths documented in adult men, said USC University Professor and AARP Professor of Gerontology Eileen Crimmins. “We were surprised at how the divergence in mortality between men and women, which originated …

    July 7, 2015 6:00 pm
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Health

  • Humana, Aetna set termination fees for deal


    Health insurer Humana Inc and buyer Aetna Inc set fees to be paid in the event of a failure of the largest deal in the health insurance industry. Aetna, which said last week it would buy Humana for about $37 billion in cash and stock, has to pay a termination fee of $1.69 billion, Humana said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday (1.usa.gov/1JSxWVr) Humana would pay the larger rival $1.31 billion if the deal is terminated. The deal faces antitrust issues as the authorities scrutinize how the combination will affect competition for each line of insurance: Medicare, Medicaid for the poor, individual insurance, commercial insurance for small and large businesses and the large employer business. (reut.rs/1LLQn1n) Wall Street analysts and some antitrust experts have said that they expect the combination to be approved, although regulators may insist on some divestitures. Aetna’s chief executive said on Monday that he was confident about an antitrust approval for …

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Entertainment

  • Beverly Johnson, Janice Dickinson react to Bill Cosby’s semi-admission of guilt


    Johnson, a supermodel who was the first black woman to cover Vogue and had everything to lose and nothing to gain from coming forward, said the reflex to cast doubt on a woman’s accusations because of her gender is sad. More: New Bill Cosby information could vindicate his accusers “It is unfortunate the amount of proof required to make a woman’s voice valid,” Johnson told People. “In the past year of this conversation around Bill Cosby’s actions against many women, including myself, the most unfortunate thing is the lesson we are teaching children about the worth of a woman’s body,” she continued. “I don’t know if every woman who has been sexually attacked and comes forward will be one of the many — or one who stands on her own. But as this conversation on Cosby’s actions continues, I hope that anyone with kids is thinking of teaching them that no one has the right to …

    July 7, 2015 5:40 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton: Why her worst enemy is not a Republican


    When Bill Clinton was asked about foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the former president told the Today Show: “All I’m saying is the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.” One set of rules for the Clintons and one set for everyone else. Is the former president saying a double standard is being used to hurt the Clintons? Just one problem – it always seems like the Clintons are the ones who are insisting on this double standard to rationalize their own indiscretions. Other foundations take money from foreign donors but they are not intimately tied to the current secretary of state. Big difference! It always seems like the Clintons are the ones who are insisting on this double standard to rationalize their own indiscretions. Other foundations take money from foreign donors but they are not intimately …

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Odd News

  • Time Warner Cable owes $229,500 to woman it would not stop calling


    NEW YORK Many people dislike receiving robocalls. Araceli King disliked receiving 153 of them from a single company. Time Warner Cable Inc must pay the insurance claims specialist $229,500 for placing 153 automated calls meant for someone else to her cellphone in less than a year, even after she told it to stop, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Tuesday. King, of Irving, Texas, accused Time Warner Cable of harassing her by leaving messages for Luiz Perez, who once held her cellphone number, even after she made clear who she was in a seven-minute discussion with a company representative. The calls were made through an “interactive voice response” system meant for customers who were late paying bills. Time Warner Cable countered that it was not liable to King under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law meant to curb robocall and telemarketing abuses, because it believed it was calling Perez, who had consented to …

    July 7, 2015 6:00 pm
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