Headline News

  • US ballet dancer makes history


    Misty Copeland has become a breakout star for ballet The American Ballet Theatre has named Misty Copeland its principal dancer – the first time a black ballerina has held the prestigious role. Ms Copeland, 32, made her debut this month, starring in Swan Lake in New York, one of the most coveted roles in ballet. In recent years, Ms Copeland has found fame outside of the ballet world. She has appeared in commercials and TV shows and wrote a best-selling memoir. “We haven’t had a ballet dancer who has broken through to popular culture like this since Mikhail Baryshnikov,” said Wendy Perron, an author and former editor of Dance Magazine. In March, Ms Copeland told the BBC that she thinks it is important to talk about being a black woman in the very white world of American ballet. “It’s incredible to be a brown swan,” she said of her current role. Ms Copeland’s starring role …

    June 30, 2015 1:59 pm
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Politics

  • Top Congressional Races in 2016: The West


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 1:17 p.m. June 30 0 Tweet Heck is poised to jump into the race for Senate seat in Nevada that Reid is giving up. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)   Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch in 2016. The West Region includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Nevada Senate: Democrats have only a pair of vulnerable Senate seats, but retiring Sen. Harry Reid’s is one of them. GOP Rep. Joe Heck looks poised to enter the race at any moment, while Democrats are likely to nominate former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. The last Senate race in a presidential year was in 2012 when appointed-Sen. Dean Heller defeated Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley by a single point. Democrats are far more confident in Cortez Masto as a candidate, but she …

    June 30, 2015 12:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Mexico pulls out of Trump’s Miss Universe pageant


    Miss Mexico Vianey Vazquez competes during The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014 Donald Trump warned earlier this month that unsavory individuals are crossing the border from Mexico. Now the country won’t be sending anyone to Trump’s beauty pageant. The Mexican media company Televisa said it will not have a representative in the next Miss Universe pageant. Trump is a partial owner of the Miss Universe Organization, which oversees both the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Televisa and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones help run Nuestra Belleza Mexico, a national pageant that determines the country’s contestant for Miss Universe. Jones lashed out at Trump for his “racist comments.” “As a Mexican I feel very offended and outraged, like everyone else – as Miss Universe I think Donald Trump is harming the organization,” she wrote on Twitter. Related: Trump not backing down: ‘Mexico is not our friend’ Trump has suffered considerable fallout for remarks he …

    June 30, 2015 1:18 pm
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Sports

  • Exclusive: FIFA’s Blatter will not attend women’s World Cup final


    NEW YORK FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for the final of the women’s World Cup on July 5 for personal reasons, a U.S.-based lawyer for Blatter said on Tuesday. Senior executives of Zurich-based FIFA were charged with corruption on May 27 by prosecutors in the United States over bids for major soccer tournaments dating back 24 years and involving up to $150 million in purported bribes. Blatter came under pressure to step down, and he announced on June 2 that he would do so. U.S. prosecutors have not accused Blatter of wrongdoing but his stewardship of world soccer’s governing body is under scrutiny, sources familiar with investigations in the United States and Switzerland have said. “He’s not going to go to the finals in Canada,” said the lawyer, Richard Cullen. “He has informed the organizers of that and cited personal reasons.” Cullen said that FIFA Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou of …

    June 30, 2015 1:59 pm
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World News

  • ‘Mass jailbreak’ from Yemen prison


    About 1,200 prisoners, including al-Qaeda suspects, have escaped from a prison in central Yemen, officials say. There were clashes at the prison in the central town of Taiz ahead of the break out. Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years, as competing forces fight for control of the country. The country was thrown into turmoil after the Houthi rebels forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee to Aden and then to Saudi Arabia.

    June 30, 2015 2:19 pm
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Technology

  • Apple Music streaming service and Beats 1 radio launch day – live


    The Apple Music launch represents a major upheaval for Apple’s digital music business, which until now has focused on selling music downloads through the company’s iTunes Store. The store remains open, but Apple is beginning the process of migrating digital music buyers to paying a monthly subscription for access to its entire catalogue of music. The base for Apple Music was Beats Music, the streaming service bought by Apple as part of its $3bn acquisition of Dre and Iovine’s Beats Electronics company in 2014. They, as well as Beats Music chief executive, Ian Rogers, and chief creative officer, Trent Reznor, have been prime movers in Apple Music along with longtime iTunes boss Eddy Cue. The new service’s roots go further back than that, however. In 2009, Apple bought a streaming music startup called Lala, and used its technology for the launch in 2011 of its iTunes Match cloud locker for storing music and accessing it …

    June 30, 2015 12:38 pm
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Science

  • Key element of human language discovered in bird babble


    Related images(click to enlarge) Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of humans alone, but a new study has revealed that babbler birds are also able to communicate in this way. Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Zurich discovered that the chestnut-crowned babbler – a highly social bird found in the Australian Outback – has the ability to convey new meaning by rearranging the meaningless sounds in its calls. This babbler bird communication is reminiscent of the way humans form meaningful words. The research findings, which are published in the journal PLOS Biology, reveal a potential early step in the emergence of the elaborate language systems we use today. Lead author Sabrina Engesser from the University of Zurich said: “Although previous studies indicate that animals, particularly birds, are capable of stringing different sounds together as part of a complex song, these songs generally lack a specific …

    June 30, 2015 12:39 pm
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Health

  • As U.S. Smoking Rate Drops, Smokers More Likely to Quit: Study


    THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As the number of smokers in the United States dwindles, those who still light up are becoming less attached to the habit and more likely to try quitting, a new study has found. These findings run counter to the theory of “hardening,” which has held that as smoking rates decline those who still smoke will be increasingly committed to their habit, said study author Margarete Kulik, a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. “The assumption is as smoking prevalence decreases, those smokers who are left will be the hardcore smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit,” Kulik said. “We found out that there is not hardening. There is softening. There is actually more quitting, and people smoke less.” The study was published online June 24 in the journal Tobacco Control. Dr. Norman Edelman, senior scientific …

    June 30, 2015 12:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chrissy Teigen Vows To Get Her Nipples Back On Social Media


    Posted on Tue Jun 30th, 2015 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Chrissy Teigen wants to fight for her right to show her nipple! We’re so glad the TMI star is using her celeb status to fight for the important things in life — the rights of nipples! On Monday, the sexy lady uploaded a racy, nipple-baring shot from her W Magazine shoot, where the mag named her one of the 10 sexiest supermodels on social media. But the snap wasn’t up for long before Instagram — which is notoriously nipple free — took it down. The 29-year-old model took to social media and vowed to get topless photos bank on Instagram when the social media app removed them. After the powers that be at Instagram yanked the nipple-tastic pic, Teigen took to Twitter to write, “The the nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back.” In the sexy …

    June 30, 2015 2:19 pm
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Editorial

  • The United States of America: The one essential, exceptional, indispensible nation


    I’m proud to be an American because we have done something no other great nation in the history of the world has done – we have used our great power not to enslave others, but to enable them. I am proud because America is exceptional for many reasons:  for our constitution, our melting pot culture, our classless society, and because we, from our earliest days, have been the world’s land of opportunity. But it’s more than just our unique history, or geography, or resources, or system of government. It’s more than our ethnic diversity, our melting pot culture, or the land of opportunity, or our constitution that enshrines individual liberty. We are exceptional also because we have built into our national DNA the ability to reinvent ourselves both individually and as a society, socially as well as economically.    We began as a nation of farmers, but used our abundant natural resources to reinvent ourselves …

    June 30, 2015 12:59 pm
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Odd News

  • Paris time lords extend Greek deadline


    PARIS By pure chance, Greece will gain fractionally more time to meet a midnight deadline on Tuesday to pay its IMF debts – thanks to a move by international time arbiters in the Paris Observatory to add one second to the world’s clocks. The so-called International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service charged with ensuring that earth time keeps pace with time measured by super-accurate atomic clocks ruled earlier this year that a tiny pause was needed to account for a gradual slowing-down in the earth’s rotation. The change, which will allow earth time to catch up with atomic time, will now take effect on Tuesday at the stroke of midnight Greenwich Mean Time, also known as UTC (coordinated universal time) in French. “Very exceptionally, the minute … will last one second longer than normal, that is, 61 seconds instead of 60,” the Paris Observatory, which houses the international time service, said in a statement. …

    June 30, 2015 8:36 am
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