Headline News

  • Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker


    (Reuters) – A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday. The glove is the latest clue in the mysterious accident in February at the Waste Isolation Plant near Carlsbad, where drums of radioactive debris from federal nuclear weapons sites and laboratories such as Los Alamos are entombed in salt caverns 2,100 feet (640 meters) underground. The mishap at the U.S. Energy Department facility exposed 22 workers to low levels of radiation and ranks as one of the few black marks on the safety record at the disposal site since it opened in 1999. Investigators have said a chemical reaction between nitrate salts and organic kitty litter used as an absorbent created sufficient heat to melt seals on at least one drum of contaminated …

    July 25, 2014 9:42 pm
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Politics

  • Limited review finds White House political office was within law


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A limited review found the White House’s political office appears to be operating within the law, a federal oversight agency said amid a congressional probe into whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes. The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said it had reviewed correspondence about the establishment of the administration’s Office of Political Strategy and Outreach (OPSO), and based on that review found OPSO appeared to be adhering to its guidance on the scope of the office’s activities. The OSC review looked at correspondence between the White House and Darrell Issa, head of the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “To the extent that OPSO’s activities are limited to thosedescribed in the White House correspondence, OPSO appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with Hatch Act restrictions,” the Office of the Special Counsel said in a letter dated July 24 …

    July 25, 2014 10:02 pm
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Stocks

  • Move over Hollywood! Louisiana is top for film production


    Wingate Jones in front of his New Orleans business. The shady Southern pine trees on the outskirts of Shreveport, La., serve as a year-round “New England” set for the television series Salem, one of many shows and movies being filmed in the state. With a temperate climate and generous tax incentives, Louisiana has been luring the California-based film industry south, creating thousands of new jobs and businesses in the process. “We have been on a steady upward trajectory since Louisiana adopted its incentive program in 2002,” said Chris Stelly, executive director of Louisiana Entertainment, a government organization tasked with developing the state’s entertainment industry. “2013 was our biggest year.” With films like G.I Joe, The Butler and Enders Game shot in the Bayou State, last year it topped Film L.A.’s Feature Film Production Study as the number 1 location for motion picture filming. From 2002 to 2012 (the last year data was available), the industry …

    July 25, 2014 8:41 pm
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Sports

  • Furyk joins Petrovic in Canadian Open lead


    Ile Bizard, QC (SportsNetwork.com) – Jim Furyk fired a 7-under 63 on Friday and he joined Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Canadian Open. Petrovic, who shared the first-round lead with Michael Putnam, carded a 4- under 66 in round two. The pair ended 36 holes at 10-under-par 130. Furyk, the 2006 and 2007 winner, is winless since the 2010 season, while Petrovic’s lone tour win was at the 2005 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Graham DeLaet, who played alongside Furyk, also fired a 63 and that helped the Canadian jump into a share of third place at minus-8. He was joined there by Kyle Stanley, who shot 67 in round two at Royal Montreal Golf Club. Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (65) stands alongside Justin Hicks (67), Andrew Svoboda (66) and Scott Brown (66) in fifth place at 7-under 133. Matt Kuchar (65), who played with Furyk and DeLaet, …

    July 25, 2014 9:42 pm
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World News

  • McDonald’s in Russian court case


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 14:22 McDonald’s operates hundreds of restaurants in Russia Russia’s main consumer watchdog has filed a lawsuit in Moscow against McDonald’s, urging the restaurant chain to withdraw certain products. Rospotrebnadzor said its inspectors in the city of Novgorod, western Russia, had found violations of food standards by McDonald’s. The US fast-food chain could not immediately be reached for comment. Cheeseburgers and Filet-o-Fish are among the foods named in the complaint. Russia is a major market for the firm. In early April McDonald’s suspended work at its three Crimean restaurants, following Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. McDonald’s operates about 400 restaurants in Russia. The first one opened in Moscow in 1990, and the burgers quickly became very popular among Russians. The court case comes at a low point in Russian-US relations, after Washington imposed sanctions on some top Russian officials and firms allegedly linked to the pro-Russian uprising …

    July 25, 2014 9:42 pm
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Technology

Science

  • New research suggests Saharan dust is key to the formation of Bahamas’ Great Bank


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study suggests that Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands. Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that iron-rich Saharan dust provides the nutrients necessary for specialized bacteria to produce the island chain’s carbonate-based foundation. UM Rosenstiel School Lewis G. Weeks Professor Peter Swart and colleagues analyzed the concentrations of two trace elements characteristic of atmospheric dust — iron and manganese — in 270 seafloor samples collected along the Great Bahama Bank over a three-year period. The team found that the highest concentrations of these trace elements occurred to the west of Andros Island, an area which has the largest concentration of whitings, white sediment-laden bodies of water produced by photosynthetic cyanobacteria. “Cyanobacteria need 10 times more iron than other photosynthesizers because they fix atmospheric nitrogen,” said Swart, lead author of the study. “This process …

    July 25, 2014 6:20 pm
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Health

  • Campus security policies for citing drinkers vary widely: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – At most colleges, campus police refer students involved in alcohol-related incidents to school officials for discipline rather than taking legal action, according to a study of 343 U.S. schools. After such an incident, students are generally not referred to the campus health center for alcohol screening or intervention, researchers led by Debra H. Bernat from University of Maryland in College Park found. For the study, they asked directors of campus police or security to complete a survey regarding their usual practices following serious, underage and less-serious alcohol incidents on and off campus. Even for serious or underage alcohol violations, which likely reflect illegal behavior, only one-third of colleges reported consistently issuing criminal charges or a citation to the drinker. For serious off-campus incidents, approximately 40 percent of colleges reported consistently referring students to an alcohol education program and offering counseling or treatment, compared to 16 percent for on-campus incidents, the …

    July 25, 2014 10:02 pm
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Entertainment

  • Fifi Geldof slams critics over sister Peaches’ death


    Even more shocking was that at the time of her death, no one knew what had caused it. Just days ago, an inquest determined that the cause of Peaches’ death was an overdose on high-strength heroin, 10 times bigger than the overdose that killed her mother, Paula Yates, 14 years ago. And the news has not been sitting well with many fans. The public has slammed the late star, calling her a selfish hypocrite for doing drugs around her young sons, especially since much of the money that she made in recent years came from her writing about motherhood. Peaches Geldof thinks her house is haunted These hurtful remarks have upset Peaches’ older sister Fifi Geldof, who took to her Instagram account yesterday to slam critics. Fifi posted an expletive-filled image reading, “Don’t keep calm and f*** this. F*** that. F*** you. F*** off.” Peaches Geldof’s autopsy results don’t squash drug rumors Which she captioned, …

    July 25, 2014 8:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint


    AP A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with one child allegedly held at gunpoint. Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Join Todd on Facebook for conservative conversation! Click here to join! As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into the United States, one of the scouts snapped a photograph. Agents stopped the van and ordered all the passengers to get out. They told the underage photographer that he had committed a federal crime. It was unclear which agency with the …

    July 25, 2014 10:02 pm
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Odd News

  • California woman ‘embarrassed’ by fallout from doll giving


    (Reuters) – A California woman who spooked her small community by anonymously leaving porcelain dolls on the doorsteps of fellow churchgoers that eerily resembled their daughters told police she is embarrassed by the incidents, authorities said on Friday. The dolls, some wearing fuzzy slippers or frilly gowns, turned up at more than a half-dozen homes in San Clemente last week, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Hallock. Interviews with families that received the dolls led authorities to the local woman, who then admitted her involvement, he said. She has not been publicly identified. The woman, who attended church with most of the girls’ families, said she did not mean to scare anyone, he said. “She felt like some of the girls would enjoy the dolls,” Hallock said. She has daughters of her own who are too old to play with dolls, he said. The woman said she wanted the dolls to resemble the children …

    July 25, 2014 6:20 pm
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