Headline News

  • Authorities seek motive for gunfight between patient, psychiatrist at Pennsylvania hospital


    A hospital worker views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburban Philadelphia are investigating a shooting at the hospital campus and say they have reports people have been injured and a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo)The Associated Press An officer stands guard near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital’s psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)The Associated Press Investigators work the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A shooting at the suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people. Prosecutor Jack Whelan says one of the injured …

    July 25, 2014 2:11 am
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Politics

  • Army War College probes plagiarism claims against Montana senator


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Army War College has opened an inquiry into accusations that Senator John Walsh, a Montana Democrat now facing a tough election challenge, plagiarized parts of a research paper tied to a master’s degree he earned from the school. The college’s announcement on Thursday that it had launched an investigation came a day after the New York Times reported Walsh may have lifted at least a quarter of his master’s thesis, citing an examination of the 14-page paper he submitted to obtain his degree in 2007. Walsh’s campaign has said he inadvertently misused citations in what was a research paper, rather than a thesis. A preliminary analysis of the paper in question led the college to determine that a more thorough examination was warranted by faculty members of an academic review board, which handles cases of suspected plagiarism or misconduct, the school said in a statement. The college has previously revoked the …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Stocks

  • Argentina is now very close to default


      The clock is ticking. Argentina will default in just a few days unless the country can find a way to satisfy creditors that are owed roughly $1.5 billion. The country’s only remaining option appears to be negotiations — and a compromise. If a deal is not reached, the country could miss its next bond payment on July 30. Argentina’s pickle is the result of a marathon legal battle with a small group of “holdout” creditors that have demanded full payment on bonds they picked up after the country’s last default in 2001. Most of the country’s other bondholders agreed to debt restructurings, but the holdouts have waged a battle in court for full principal — plus interest. The countdown to default started in earnest last month when a U.S. judge ruled that if Argentina doesn’t pay the holdouts, it can’t make any more payments to its restructured bondholders. Related: Argentina currency crisis is no …

    July 25, 2014 2:31 am
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Sports

  • Bats back Ross as Padres pound Cubs


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Tyson Ross finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts to help the San Diego Padres in a 13-3 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Ross (9-10) stifled the Cubs through six solid innings, yielding one run on five hits and a walk. The 27-year-old right-hander received 11 total runs of support in his previous five outings and has given up two or less earned runs in seven straight starts. Rene Rivera, Seth Smith and Will Venable each collected three hits, with Rivera adding a home run and three RBI for San Diego, which has won four of its last five. Venable, Chris Nelson and Alexi Amarista knocked in two runs apiece. “Guys are starting to climb with their averages which is good,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “Overall, a very good offensive night for all.” Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena and Chris Coghlan each posted an RBI in the setback, Chicago’s seventh …

    July 25, 2014 2:11 am
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World News

  • Arizona halts executions amid review


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 01:18 Wood killed his girlfriend and her father in 1989 The US state of Arizona has halted executions pending a review of its death penalty procedures, after the allegedly botched lethal injection of a convicted murderer on Wednesday. Officials say Joseph Wood gasped and snorted after the lethal cocktail of drugs was administered to him. He took almost two hours to die. Wood’s execution came as US death penalty states have increasing trouble obtaining the drugs used in capital punishment, amid a European export ban. ‘Extreme secrecy’ The morning after Wood’s execution, his lawyer Dale Baich demanded an independent inquiry into the death of his client. “He gasped and struggled to breathe for about an hour and 40 minutes,” said Mr Baich, who unsuccessfully tried to halt the execution when he realised his client was still alive. The execution should have taken 10 minutes, his lawyers said, but Wood, …

    July 25, 2014 2:51 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: Instagram goes after Snapchat, Airbnb tenants, mobile Pirates


    A quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Instagram accidentally leaks ad for their second snapchat ripoff Betabeat Last night, Instagram leaked word of an app called “Bolt,” a new, unanticipated photo messaging service. Considering Instagram is owned by Facebook, this adds Bolt to the growing portfolio of Facebook’s messaging services, which include Messanger, WhatsApp, Slingshot and Instagram. Facebook really wants to get Snapchat’s users. Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host’s house CNN.com So, if unwanted strangers won’t leave, just call authorities and have them booted out, right? That’s where Tschogl’s nightmare really begins. In California, renters who occupy a property for more than 30 consecutive days are considered full-time tenants on a month-to-month lease with rights to occupancy protected under the state’s tenant law. Reminder: if you rent your house to someone for two months, you’re a landlord. Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 images leaked Ubergizmo …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Science

  • No returning to Eden: Researchers explore how to restore species in a changing world


    Reversing the increasing rate of global biodiversity losses may not be possible without embracing intensive, and sometimes controversial, forms of threatened species management, according to a New Zealand zoologist and colleagues writing in the leading international journal Science. In a review article appearing in today’s edition, Professor Philip Seddon of the University of Otago and his co-authors examine the growing role that ‘conservation translocation’, which is the movement and release of plants and animals to re-establish new populations, is playing in efforts to combat biodiversity loss. The researchers write that the traditional goals of “having self-sustaining wildlife populations within pristine landscapes untouched by human influence” are “increasingly unobtainable.” They instead suggest that creating ‘wildness’ rather than restoring ‘wilderness’ is the most practical way forward. This ‘rewilding’ approach may involve translocations to restore ecological processes, such as predator-prey interactions, within landscapes shared by humans and wildlife. Reintroduction of species previously indigenous to an area has been …

    July 25, 2014 2:11 am
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Health

  • Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group


    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country. Malaria, a life-threatening disease transmitted to people via mosquitoes, kills more than half million people a year, mainly infants in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said it had seen a jump in cases in Central African Republic, where violence between Christian militia and Muslim rebels has killed thousands of people and forced a million from their homes. An MSF report found that malaria cases in Bossangoa, about 190 miles (300 km) north of the capital Bangui, had more than tripled to 6,507 in May with almost two-thirds of those children under the age of five. “What was already an extremely fragile state with an essentially non-existent health system, Central African Republic has …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Entertainment

  • Zoe Saldana Slams Media For Pregnancy News


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 3:00pm PDT Zoe Saldana is not a happy camper! Despite multiple reports that she’s pregnant with twins, the Avatar actress is up in arms about the media’s recent coverage about the news of her pregnancy. Earlier today, the 36-year-old tweeted: “I believe that any violation of privacy is nothing good.”~Lech Walesa. I would like to thank all the f*cking media for invading our privacy.” Ouch! Maybe she’s just having a hormonal mood swing — you know, because of the buns in the oven. Over the weekend, the Center Stage star shared photos of herself via social media — which got the gossip blogs talking. Then the actress took to the red carpet and showed off her bump in its full glory. Earlier today, outlets reported the stunner was pregnant with twins — which Zoe did not seem to take kindly to. Well Zoe — we understand your desire for …

    July 25, 2014 2:31 am
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Editorial

  • Center for American progress support comes from all corners, including yours


    The United States Constitution. (ARCHIVES.GOV) On Monday, The Center for American Progress is sponsored an event touching on the 2nd Amendment.  If you tuned in, you probably didn’t notice much zeal for individual freedom or love of the 2nd Amendment.  The preview for the event stated it will “focus on the history of the amendment, from its beginning as a benign provision intended to calm the fears of the citizens of a new republic through the radicalization of the National Rifle Association.” Talk about revisionist history, but it’s not surprising coming from one of the most powerful left-wing arms of advocacy in our country today. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Talk about revisionist history, but it’s not surprising coming from one of the most powerful left-wing arms of advocacy in our country today.  The Center for American Progress (CAP) and its corresponding advocacy arm, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action), are two significant entities in …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Odd News

  • NJ Turnpike Authority wants Florida pizzeria logo off the menu


    (Reuters) – While its meatball pizzas and hoagies might mimic the pleasures of the Jersey Shore, it’s the logo of a Florida Keys pizzeria that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority says goes too far in evoking the Garden State. The agency this week sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza in New Jersey federal court, saying its logo “directly copied and appropriated” that of the Garden State Parkway. The restaurant’s merchandise and fact that pizzas are sold in the turnpike’s service areas could confuse consumers, it said. “There’s no way someone is going to mistake my logo for that of the parkway – we’re 1,300 miles away,” said Paul DiMatteo, co-owner of the Tavernier, Florida, restaurant, which also has a franchise in Florida City. “We’re a pizza shop, they’re the road department,” he said. “It’s two completely different identities.” Both logos are circular, yellow-and-green, with a rendering of the state in the middle. In the shop’s design, “Jersey …

    July 25, 2014 2:10 am
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