Headline News

  • Voices from the death penalty debate


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 00:05 By Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News, Knoxville The arm of a decommissioned electric chair The logistics of death by execution in the US are increasingly complicated, as are the attitudes Americans have about the death penalty. Five people engaged in the death penalty debate in Tennessee, which recently voted to use the electric chair in executions should lethal injection drugs be unavailable, offer their thoughts. Arizona inmate Joseph Wood died this week by lethal injection, in a process that took almost two hours. His death came after he and his legal team legally tried to stop the execution because they didn’t know the provenance of the drugs to be used to kill him. A shortage of the drugs used for lethal injections and the uncertainty about the efficacy of the drugs that do exist have forced many states across the US to consider alternative means of execution. Earlier this …

    July 24, 2014 6:28 pm
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Politics

  • White House bemoans lawmakers’ delay on U.S. border crisis funds


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States. The stalemate over the request comes as Obama prepares on Friday to host the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries that have been the source of much of the migrant surge that has strained border resources. Congress is locked in a largely partisan fight over the money that Obama says is needed to provide humanitarian needs of the children and speed deportations for many after they get a hearing from immigration authorities. Republicans want Congress to amend a 2008 anti-trafficking law to accelerate deportations, but Democrats are opposed out of concern the children would face the same conditions of crime and poverty when returned home. Senate Democrats have proposed cutting Obama’s $3.7 billion …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Stocks

  • It’s Seamless over Starbucks for business travelers


    Seamless is growing in popularity among business travelers in New York City. Turns out that snagging a Starbucks sandwich for a quick bite simply will not do — at least if you’re in New York. A new study released Thursday found that business travelers in New York City are abandoning Starbucks in favor of a meal from Seamless, the food delivery website and app. “[Seamless is] aggregating a lot of the meal traffic,” said Robert Neveu, CEO of Certify, which manages business traveler accounts and published the study. The study examined data from over 6 million transactions in the last quarter, looking at expenses from businesses large and small. Neveu said business travelers want something that’s convenient, fast, of reasonable quality and within their budget. Enter Seamless, which allows customers to search for food by cuisine, price and rating. Related: 9 apps every business traveler needs now The app’s popularity with the hotel-bound set is …

    July 24, 2014 6:27 pm
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Sports

  • Trip Tips: Controversy is par for the course at Trump’s Scots resort


    BALMEDIE Scotland (Reuters) – Just about everyone, including people who don’t care about golf, knows that American mogul Donald Trump, sometimes known as “The Donald” as if there were no other, owns a course in Scotland. But how many people know what it is like to play it? Before visiting with a golfing buddy, I knew of the controversies – environmentalists had opposed it when Trump bought the land in 2006, some landowners refused to sell. More recently, Trump scrapped plans to invest more at his site near Aberdeen, because he opposed plans for a wind farm nearby. But I was curious to see for myself, and anything that has caused such a ruckus in one of the world’s quiet corners is probably worth seeing. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be opulent, tacky and over the top with delusions of grandeur? Or was it well run and enjoyable? The answer was all …

    July 24, 2014 6:27 pm
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World News

  • UN sends ‘unofficial’ aid to Syria


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 22:39 Almost half of Syria’s population is now in need of aid, the UN says The United Nations has sent its first aid convoy into Syria without the consent of the government in Damascus. It comes a week after the UN adopted a resolution allowing aid deliveries without the Syrian government’s approval. Nine trucks carrying food and sanitation supplies entered Syria from Turkey on Thursday, officials said. The UN says more than 10.8 million Syrians are in need of aid after more than three years of brutal civil war. More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria and over 9 million have been displaced from their homes by the fighting, which began in 2011 as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Aid obstructed The trucks entered northern Syria from the Bab al-Salam crossing on the border with Turkey, the UN said. Officials said it would take some time …

    July 24, 2014 7:27 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon posts huge loss in second quarter, despite sales rise


    Amazon has reported a rise in sales on Thursday but posted a bigger-than-expected $126m (£74m) loss for its second quarter, sending shares sharply lower in after-hours trading. Revenue at the company rose 23% to $19.34bn but losses increased as the firm spent heavily in a bid to expand its business with its first smartphone, the Fire Phone – which goes on sale in the US today – and to expand new services including grocery delivery and video streaming. “We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better,” said Amazon’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos. Shares of Amazon dipped 10%, to $358.61, in after-hours trading as the company said it expected further losses of up to $810m in the upcoming quarter – compared to a $25m loss in the third quarter last year. Amazon’s Fire Phone goes on sale in the US on Friday, facing stiff competition in a market dominated by …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Science

  • Heparin Does Not Reduce Pregnancy Complications, and May Create Some


    For the past 20 years pregnant women with an increased risk of developing blood clots have often been prescribed a common blood thinner to prevent serious complications from the clots, including preeclampsia (high blood pressure in the mother), disruption of the placenta, low birth weight and loss of the fetus. The largest randomized clinical trial to examine the therapy finds that the drug—low-molecular-weight heparin—is not effective. The find, reported in The Lancet, is the result of a dozen years of analysis of patients across five countries.   Clots are clumps of blood cells, platelets and proteins, and so it seemed logical to think that diluting, or thinning, the blood with heparin would give the clotting components less opportunity to cluster. The treatment seemed especially appealing for pregnant women with thrombophilia, who start off at elevated risk of developing blood clots because of inherited or acquired conditions. “These complications can be so devastating from a patient …

    July 24, 2014 6:07 pm
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Health

  • Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola


    LAGOS (Reuters) – A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. If confirmed, the case would be the first on record of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and, with 170 million people, its most populous country. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man, who is in his 40s, arrived at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday. He was rushed to hospital and put in an isolation ward, she said. “The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Britney Spears Won’t Renew Vegas Contract, Wants To Start Family With Boyfriend


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 3:05pm PDT Her biological clock must be ticking! Britney Spears grabbed Starbucks in L.A. today amid rumors she is eager for her Las Vegas residency to end in 2015 so that she can have a baby with boyfriend David Lucado! Although executives are allegedly eager to extend her concert series through 2016, Brit Brit is counting down the days until her contract is up and she can try for a child with her beau. “Britney cannot wait until the Vegas show is done because she wants to start a family with David. She says she will get pregnant as soon as the show is finished! David is always with her in Vegas and they act like an old married couple together. He is really good with her kids and has taken to the father role pretty easily,” a source dished to Radar. Already mother to sons Sean, 8, and …

    July 24, 2014 6:27 pm
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Editorial

  • Troop leader: 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 Border Patrol agents and one child allegedly was 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. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake


    (Reuters) – An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis. “My client is devastated,” said Banks’ attorney John Graves. Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but believed it occurred in June, his attorney said. A spokeswoman for the hospital’s parent company said in a statement that Banks’ allegations were without merit. “We intend to defend all counts aggressively,” Kate DeWitt Darden, spokeswoman for Baptist Health System, said in a statement. The lawsuit does not specify a monetary value of …

    July 24, 2014 6:07 pm
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