• Plane debris flown out of Reunion

    Plane debris flown out of Reunion

    The debris was packed into a crate for the flight to Paris A piece of debris that experts believe could be from missing flight MH370 has been flown out of the French island where it...
  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

    WASHINGTON –  Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don’t reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon...
  • Zuckerberg ‘miscarriage’ story prompts outpouring of emotions

    Zuckerberg ‘miscarriage’ story prompts outpouring of emotions

    “It’s a lonely experience,” Mark Zuckerberg says, writing about his wife Priscilla Chan’s three miscarriages. Zuckerberg’s announcement that Chan is now pregnant with a baby girl prompted thousands of congratulatory Facebook (FB, Tech30) messages on...
  • Argentine in Fifa ‘not guilty’ plea

    Argentine in Fifa ‘not guilty’ plea

    Mr Burzaco is one of the 14 people indicted in the US on corruption charges An Argentine businessman has pleaded not guilty in a US court over the corruption scandal that has rocked football’s world...
  • Reliever Sam Dyson sent to Rangers by Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins traded right-handed reliever Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers on Friday for catcher Tomas Telis and a minor league pitcher. Dyson was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 appearances...
  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg to have child

    Facebook’s Zuckerberg to have child

    The couple posted a picture to accompany Mr Zuckerberg’s announcement. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. The couple made the announcement with a post on Mr...

Headline News

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms


    WASHINGTON –  Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don’t reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday. Last week the Communication Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn’t reached. The contract covers employees in nine states from Massachusetts to Virginia who work for Verizon’s wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service. The unions say the telecom giant is demanding that workers sharply increase their health care contributions and make concession on pensions.

    July 31, 2015 5:59 pm
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton given clean bill of health by her doctor


    WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is healthy and “fit to serve” with no lingering effects from a 2012 concussion that caused a health scare when she was secretary of state, her personal physician said on Friday. The Clinton campaign released a statement from her doctor, Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco, New York, that detailed the health status of Clinton, the front-runner to represent the Democratic Party in the November 2016 presidential election. It said she takes blood thinners daily to guard against blood clots that have arisen on three occasions, in 1998, 2009 and 2012, and suffers from hypothyroidism. One of the questions about the 67-year-old Clinton’s health has been whether she had completely recovered from a concussion suffered when she fainted in December 2012 after contracting a stomach virus while traveling abroad and becoming dehydrated. During follow-up evaluations concerning the concussion, Clinton was found to have a blood clot in her head, the …

    July 31, 2015 3:58 pm
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Stocks

  • Zuckerberg ‘miscarriage’ story prompts outpouring of emotions


    “It’s a lonely experience,” Mark Zuckerberg says, writing about his wife Priscilla Chan’s three miscarriages. Zuckerberg’s announcement that Chan is now pregnant with a baby girl prompted thousands of congratulatory Facebook (FB, Tech30) messages on Friday, and some of them were extraordinarily personal, with women’s stories of other miscarriages and the silence that often accompanies heartbreaking loss. “My husband and I are going through the same thing,” a user named Bethany wrote. “We just had a miscarriage in May…so it’s nice to know I’m not alone.” A user named Jennifer wrote of her miscarriages, “The pain is so intense and the sense of grief is real. Thank you for letting other couples know that they are not alone.” Zuckerberg posted a picture and short essay to his personal Facebook page on Friday afternoon. He has 25 million followers, so the news spread very quickly. Related: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and wife expecting a girl “Most people …

    July 31, 2015 5:58 pm
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Sports

  • Kyle Busch starts drive for 4th straight win from pole at Pocono Raceway


    Kyle Busch waits in the garage for the start of a practice session for Saturday’s NASCAR truck series Pocono Mountains 150 auto race, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press) Kyle Busch smiles while waiting for the start of a practice session for Sunday’s NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press) Kyle Busch prepares for a practice session for Sunday’s NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press) LONG POND, Pa. –  Kyle Busch will start his drive for his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup victory from the pole. Busch turned a lap of 178.416 mph Friday at Pocono Raceway to take the top spot for the first time during his sensational streak. He also made it three straight Cup poles for Joe Gibbs Racing following back-to-back wins …

    July 31, 2015 5:59 pm
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World News

  • Plane debris flown out of Reunion


    The debris was packed into a crate for the flight to Paris A piece of debris that experts believe could be from missing flight MH370 has been flown out of the French island where it was found on Wednesday. The object, believed to be part of a wing, left Reunion in the Indian Ocean on a flight to Paris on Friday evening. From there it will be transported to a defence ministry laboratory in Toulouse for analysis. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished in March 2014. There were 239 passengers and crew on board. Volunteers are searching for more plane debris on the beach in Reunion Since then, an Australian-led search effort has been focused on a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean about 4,000km (2,500 miles) to the east of Reunion. Experts have said the two-metre (6ft) object washed up on a beach could be a moveable …

    July 31, 2015 5:59 pm
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Technology

  • Hackers expose security flaws in cars, phones — even guns


    You thought that Jeep hack was scary? Get ready for more bad news. The biggest cybersecurity conferences of the year — BlackHat and DefCon — are taking place in Las Vegas, and researchers are showing off new ways to hack Internet-connected cars. Watch CNET Update to learn about some of the latest flaws found, including a way to hack TrackingPoint’s high-tech rifle: Security is a bigger concern when more devices can connect online. But while we debate why a gun needs an app, Facebook is working to bring Internet to more countries with drones. CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what’s ahead. Subscribe to the podcast via the links below. Subscribe: iTunes (HD) | iTunes (SD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (MP3) RSS (HD) | RSS (SD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (MP3) …

    July 31, 2015 4:18 pm
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Science

  • How the Brain Purges Bad Memories


    The brain is extraordinarily good at alerting us to threats. Loud noises, noxious smells, approaching predators: they all send electrical impulses buzzing down our sensory neurons, pinging our brain’s fear circuitry and, in some cases, causing us to fight or flee. The brain is also adept at knowing when an initially threatening or startling stimulus turns out to be harmless or resolved. But sometimes this system fails and unpleasant associations stick around, a malfunction thought to be at the root of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research has identified a neuronal circuit responsible for the brain’s ability to purge bad memories, findings that could have implications for treating PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Like most emotions, fear is neurologically complicated. But previous work has consistently implicated two specific areas of the brain as contributing to and regulating fear responses. The amygdala, two small arcs of brain tissue deep beneath our temples, is involved in emotional …

    July 31, 2015 3:18 pm
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Health

  • FDA says investigating latest cyclosporiasis outbreak


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the latest outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified of about 358 confirmed cases of the infection until Thursday, the FDA said in a statement on its website. (1.usa.gov/1SQUB6Z) The agency said it has not identified a “conclusive vehicle” for the latest outbreak, but preliminary investigations found that cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico was supplied to restaurants at which some of those who have become ill ate. Fresh cilantro from Puebla has been linked by health officials to the 2013 and 2014 annual cyclosporiasis outbreaks as well. U.S. officials earlier this week implemented a partial ban on imports of the herb from the area, after human feces and toilet paper were found in growing fields and around facilities. (1.usa.gov/1D5J3uX) Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Kroger Co are pulling some cilantro from stores, Bloomberg …

    July 31, 2015 3:38 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mariah Carey And French Montana Get Surprised By Justin Bieber In The Studio


    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff #comingsoon @frenchmontana @ehudmusic @joeyarbagey @justinbieber A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on Jul 31, 2015 at 1:32am PDT Mimi, the Biebs, and Frenchie all on one track? We just died and went to heaven! Mariah Carey just shared this picture of herself, Justin Bieber, and French Montana in the recording studio together, and that can only mean one thing – a massive collaboration! Apparently, the Grammy winner and Khloe Kardashian’s ex were hard at work making new tunes on Thursday night when JB just randomly showed up unannounced! The Canadian heartthrob reportedly gushed to the songstress about being a huge fan, and when she played a portion of her new stuff for him, he was inspired to jump into the booth and lay down some vocals, TMZ reports. They undoubtedly have a major hit on their hands!   Stories from around the Web

    July 31, 2015 4:58 pm
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Editorial

  • Hospital crisis needs a healthy dose of faith


    My home state of Georgia is in the throes of a health care crisis. Providers are cutting hours, hospitals are closing their doors, and Georgians — black, white, brown, purple, rich and poor — are suffering. Five hospitals have been shuttered in the past three years, and many more have reduced the services they provide. As a minister and a concerned community member, I cannot stand by and idly watch this situation worsen. The Bible teaches that we have a moral responsibility to care for the most vulnerable among us. Proverbs 21:13 states, “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered.” Their suffering is our suffering. But as we seek to face the reality of our daily challenges to keep health care accessible in Georgia, we must keep Washington from making the situation worse. Hospitals, clinics and other treatment centers have to navigate myriad regulations handed …

    July 31, 2015 2:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat


    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am
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