Headline News

  • Milwaukee museum to display portrait of pope made of condoms


    MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Art Museum says it hopes a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms will ignite a conversation about the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the role art plays in public discussions, director Dan Keegan said on Monday. The museum said that about 200 callers have complained about the portrait. Milwaukee Catholic Archbishop Jerome Listecki called the museum callous and the portrait insulting in a blog last week on the Archdiocese website. About 17,000 colorful condoms were stitched together to fashion the portrait called “Eggs Benedict,” which the museum plans to put on display in November, museum spokeswoman Vicki Scharfberg said. Milwaukee artist Niki Johnson has said she made the portrait in response to Pope Benedict’s position against the use of condoms even to combat AIDS in Africa. She completed it two years ago. Benedict later softened his stance, saying condoms were sometimes permissible to stop the epidemic. The museum said callers …

    June 29, 2015 9:51 pm
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Politics

  • Former Utah attorney general pleads not guilty to corruption charges


    SALT LAKE CITY Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of public corruption, his lawyer said, in a scandal that embroiled him and his successor in a wide-ranging criminal investigation. Shurtleff could face up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted on charges including accepting prohibited gifts, obstruction of justice, official misconduct and bribery, in five felony and two misdemeanor counts. A Republican who served three terms as attorney general until 2013, Shurtleff was arrested in July 2014 along with the man who succeeded him in the job, John Swallow. Swallow faces one misdemeanor and 13 felony charges including misuse of public funds, falsifying government records, racketeering and money laundering. Swallow, also a Republican, resigned in November 2013, less than a year into his first term. He has yet to enter a plea. Shurtleff appeared in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court to enter the not guilty …

    June 29, 2015 8:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy


    Puerto Rico’s governor has a message for Washington D.C: change the law, we want the right to declare bankruptcy. On the brink of default, Governor Alejandro García Padilla demanded that the U.S. government allow Puerto Rico, a commonwealth, access to chapter 9 bankruptcy. That’s what Detroit used when it went belly up. At the moment, only cities, towns and other municipalities are able to declare bankruptcy. “We cannot allow them to force us to choose between paying for our police, our teachers, our nurses, and paying our debt,” Padilla said in a televised announcement Monday night in Spanish. “We have to act now.” Puerto Rico is running out of time. The island owes $73 billion that it can’t pay. Its debt is already junk grade and has one of the lowest possible ratings. “Now is the moment for us to call on Washington for concrete action,” Padilla said, referring to the need to lobby Washington …

    June 29, 2015 8:51 pm
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Sports

  • Germay, U.S. set for ‘very heated’ World Cup semi-final


    The German juggernaut will run into the United States wall when the top-ranked nations clash on Tuesday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with a spot in the Women’s World Cup final on the line. Top-ranked Germany and the world number two U.S. team bring contrasting styles to a semi-final with all the makings of a classic as each powerhouse looks to move one step closer to capturing their third World Cup. “Of course it is exciting the first and second best team playing against each other,” Germany coach Silvia Neid said during a news conference. “I know the United States would like to be number one but we are still number one and we will try to show tomorrow that it is our position to keep. “Both teams will want to make it to the final that is why I expect a very heated match.” After losing in the quarter-finals at the 2011 World Cup staged …

    June 29, 2015 9:51 pm
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World News

  • Costa Rica’s presidential piglet


    Costa Rica’s pig farmers are unhappy about cheap imported meat and want government support for domestic producers Costa Rica’s president has welcomed an unusual new addition to his household – a two-week-old piglet named Daniela. A young girl handed the piglet to President Luis Guillermo Solis during a rally by farmers outside the presidential palace in San Jose, and the president says he plans to keep it, the Efe news agency reports. Daniela can rest easy now that she’s a presidential piglet – Mr Solis says she won’t end up on the dinner table, but instead will be “the first pet of the republic”. He likened the piglet to US President Barack Obama’s pets, and the turkey that is traditionally pardoned at the White House each year. “If Obama has dogs and a turkey, then I will have a pig,” he joked. The squealing piglet was given to the president so that he understands what …

    June 29, 2015 9:51 pm
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Technology

  • Microsoft transfers map business to Uber and display advertising to AOL


    Microsoft is to hand over its display advertising business to AOL and sell some map-generating technology to Uber as it slims down money-losing online operations. Microsoft is expected instead to focus on its growing search advertising business based on the Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said employees would be offered the chance to transfer to AOL. The world’s largest software company no longer gives results for its online operations, chiefly the MSN web portal and Bing, but they have lost more than $10bn over the past five years. Chief executive Satya Nadella has said Bing will turn a profit next fiscal year. “Today’s news is evidence of Microsoft’s increased focus on our strengths: in this case search and search advertising and building great content and consumer services,” said a Microsoft …

    June 29, 2015 8:30 pm
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Science

  • Freshwater and ocean acidification stunts growth of developing pink salmon


    Related images(click to enlarge) Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study from UBC. The risks of ocean acidification on marine species have been studied extensively but the impact of freshwater acidification is not well understood. The study is one of the first to examine how rising carbon dioxide levels caused by climate change can impact freshwater fish. “Most of the work on acidification has been in the ocean, yet 40 per cent of all fish are freshwater. We need to think about how carbon dioxide is affecting freshwater species,” said Colin Brauner, a professor in the Department of Zoology at UBC. “We found that freshwater acidification affects pink salmon and may impact their ability to survive and ultimately return to their freshwater spawning grounds.” The study, published in Nature Climate Change, examined …

    June 29, 2015 8:31 pm
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Health

  • Celgene to invest $1 billion in Juno to partner in cancer therapies


    Celgene Corp on Monday launched a 10-year partnership with Juno Therapeutics, announcing a $1 billion investment aimed at bringing to market Juno technologies that harness the immune system to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. The biotech companies, in a conference call to discuss the multi-faceted deal, said they anticipate potential product approvals in 2020. The huge vote of confidence propelled Juno’s shares more than 40 percent higher to $65.75 in heavy extended trading. Celgene will pay Juno about $150 million upfront and buy about 9.1 million newly issued Juno shares at $93 each, double Juno’s closing price on Monday. Juno had about 90.4 million shares outstanding as of May 4, according to a regulatory filing. At the heart of the deal are new treatments that use Chimeric Antigen Receptor Technology (CAR-T) and T Cell Receptor (TCR) technologies, red-hot areas of immunotherapy that have driven up the share prices of several small companies, such as Juno, …

    June 29, 2015 8:51 pm
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry is at war with two nuns


    Perry is looking to purchase a historic Los Angeles convent in Los Feliz, Calif., but the nuns aren’t having it. More: Katy Perry dissed Taylor Swift during the Super Bowl? You be the judge Us Weekly obtained some pretty surprising documents that explain two of the five nuns who occupy the convent are arguing that the property is legally theirs to sell. Sister Rita Callanan and Sister Catherine Rose sold the property to a restaurateur named Dana Hollister for $15.5 million. Meanwhile, Archbishop Jose Gomez thinks he has the rights the property and has been negotiating with the pop star for an estimated $14.5 million to make the place hers. Perry even tried to close the deal by visiting the nuns, but no dice. More: How Katy Perry’s Super Bowl performance became one of the greats According to Us, Sister Rita didn’t have anything nice to say. “Well, I found Katy Perry and I found …

    June 29, 2015 10:11 pm
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Editorial

  • RobertsCare: How the chief justice redefined the Affordable Care Act just for the GOP


    ObamaCare is dead. What we have now is RobertsCare. And if you’re a Republican, and if you’ll take the time to read Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority decisions on NIFB v Sebelius in 2012 and on King v Burwell last week, you’ll know he just gave you a perfectly wrapped Christmas gift in June. It’s time to stop complaining about the Affordable Care Act and talking about repealing it, because in siding with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, the chief justice has effectively rewritten the law. And the rewrite is just what the GOP needed, because it puts the future of RobertsCare squarely in the hands of the Republicans who control Congress. The GOP owes Roberts a thank-you note. Here’s why: *  Three years ago, in his first opinion, Roberts redefined the ACA’s individual mandate as a tax – something the Obama administration had adamantly maintained it wasn’t, because the bill never would …

    June 29, 2015 8:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Cult of personality: Turkmen leader gets park tribute on birthday


    ASHGABAT Turkmenistan, which rights groups view as one of the most repressive countries in the world, celebrated President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s 58th birthday on Monday by opening a park in the capital Ashgabat bearing his name. It was the latest tribute to the leader who took over the Central Asian nation after the death of his predecessor in December 2006. Last month, Turkmenistan unveiled a gilded 6-metre-high statue of Berdymukhamedov on horseback perched on a white cliff. A dentist with a passion for horses and fast cars, his rule has been marked by a rising personality cult. Several thousand people chanted “Thank you Arkadag,” the president’s official title which means “The Patron” in Turkmen, as the ribbon was cut to open the park. Berdymukhamedov was not at the ceremony. The park features a large marble arch with a huge portrait of Berdymukhamedov wearing a traditional Turkmen hat and tunic. Controlling the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves, …

    June 29, 2015 4:30 pm
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