Headline News

  • Virginia woman wants answers in son’s death in Peru

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. –  A Virginia Beach woman is looking for answers in the death of her 19-year-old son during a study program in Peru. The Virginian-Pilot reports Damion Wilkins was on an eight-day medical study course through a private Peruvian organization, the Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Wilkins’ mother, Richelle Dabney, says the association’s founder told her July 15 that her son fell during a hike in the jungle. Dabney says she was told efforts to revive her son were unsuccessful. Wilkins was a junior at Old Dominion University. His funeral is set for Monday in Norfolk. Dabney says her son passed a physical exam before he left for Peru. She says she’ll seek more information about his death and work to prevent deaths of other students who study abroad.

    July 28, 2014 7:09 am


  • Finally, a deal on VA health care fix?

    FILE – In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (AP Photo) After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon to unveil a plan expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and make it easier for veterans who can’t get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care. An agreement reached Sunday by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was a long time coming. The House and Senate approved bills on veterans health care in early June, and lawmakers from both parties said they expected a …

    July 28, 2014 6:48 am


  • Big Mac shortage in China as scandal-ridden supplier issues recall

      There are no Big Macs. There are no Chicken McNuggets. The menu at McDonald’s restaurants in China was much slimmer on Monday after a troubled supplier issued a major recall. At one Beijing location, no burgers or chicken items of any kind were available. Instead, staffers were reduced to offering only pies, hash browns, fries, drinks and ice cream. “Some restaurants across [China] might be out of stock on certain products,” the company said in a statement. “We sincerely apology to customers for the inconvenience and hope to have their understanding.” The Big Mac shortage is the latest twist in a food scare that has tarnished the reputations of fast food giants including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Yum Brands in China. Shanghai Husi, a subsidiary of Illinois-based OSI Group, said Saturday that it would suspend sales and recall all food processed at its Shanghai facility. Husi did not specify how much food it will recall …

    July 28, 2014 3:27 am


  • McGinley pulls out of U.S. PGA with shoulder injury

    (Reuters) – European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has pulled out of next week’s U.S. PGA Championship with a shoulder injury, the Irishman said on Monday. The 47-year-old McGinley has suffered from bursitis in his left shoulder, an affliction which forced him to miss the French Open at the start of July. “The scan showed that I really needed to rest my shoulder for a couple of months if I am to address the injury properly and so, because of that, I have regrettably had to withdraw from the U.S. PGA Championship,” McGinley, who was set to compete after an invitation from the PGA of America, said. “It’s a pity because I would have loved to have teed up at Valhalla but I assessed the situation over the past couple of weeks during my family holiday and I think this is the sensible decision.” The U.S. PGA, the fourth and final major of the year, …

    July 28, 2014 6:49 am

World News

  • Yukos shareholders win $50bn payout

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 12:08 Mikhail Khodorkovsky is the former head of Yukos A court in the Hague has awarded shareholders in the defunct Russian oil company Yukos the largest compensation package to date. The Court of Arbitration said Russia should pay $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages. It said Russian officials, under President Putin, had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt Yukos, and jail its boss, Mikhail Khodorkovsky for fraud and tax evasion. Russia’s Foreign Minister said Russia would most likely appeal the decision. Yukos was once the country’s largest oil producer. ‘Major step’ Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “The Russian side, those agencies which represent Russia in this process, will no doubt use all available legal possibilities to defend its position.” The claim was filed by a subsidiary for the financial holding company GML, once the biggest shareholder in Yukos Oil Co. GML Executive Director Tim Osborne said: “The majority shareholders of Yukos …

    July 28, 2014 6:49 am



  • First Winners of Largest Prize for Young Scientists Announced

    It’s good to be young. Three researchers in biology, chemistry and physics have won the inaugural Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, a new national prize rewarding promising research by scientists under 42. The $250,000 award, established by the charitable foundation of billionaire industrialist investor Leonard Blavatnik, is now the largest unrestricted cash prize awarded across a broad range of disciplines for early-career scientists. For comparison, Nobel Prizes are worth $1.2 million and are split among up to three researchers, whereas the recently created Breakthrough Prizes award $3 million to each winner. Neither are restricted to younger scientists. Contenders for the Blavatnik Awards were judged for their scientific boldness, future promise and prior accomplishments. “You get the sense that their best work is in front of them,” says Mercedes Gorre, the prize program’s executive director.  Winner Marin Soljačić, 40, designs materials with exotic electromagnetic and optical properties and has investigated technologies for wireless power transfer.  Soljačić’s …

    July 28, 2014 7:09 am


  • U.S. group overhauls China business in meat safety scandal

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A leading U.S. meat supplier said on Monday that a Chinese unit at the center of a food safety scandal had issues that were “absolutely inconsistent” with the group’s high standards. “This is my company and events like these have a personal toll … they simply don’t represent the values I stand for or those of my company,” Sheldon Lavin, the millionaire chairman, CEO and owner of Illinois-based OSI Group LLC told a news conference in Shanghai. OSI said it was suspending operations at Shanghai Husi Food and would review all its China plants in a bid to limit further damage after losing two major customers. KFC and Pizza Hut parent Yum Brands Inc last week severed its ties with OSI, while the Japan and Hong Kong units of McDonald’s Corp said they were ending their relationship with the U.S. meat processor’s Chinese unit following allegations it mixed expired meat with fresh …

    July 28, 2014 6:49 am


  • Tila Tequila fears pregnancy complications because she’s so petite

    Tila Tequila swears her baby has saved her life  It seems the woman who was born with the name Tila Nguyen has some concerns about how fast her child is growing inside her pint-sized body. In a post to her official Facebook page shared on Thursday, the former A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila star showed off her blossoming baby bump with his photo: Along with the pic, she gave fans a weight-gain update by writing, “24 weeks pregnant here and growing! I’m up to 132 pounds now! Oh my God!! Boobs are starting to get into that DD size too!” In a separate comment, the 4-foot-11-inch star went on to ask, “How come everyone is posting pics of themselves but they’re basically about to be due but I’m barely 24 weeks and my belly is just as big as theirs??? Daaaang I’ve got myself a big girl in there! Or I’m just really …

    July 28, 2014 1:26 am


  • What if democracy is a fraud?

    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am

Odd News

  • New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer

    (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bishop punched him in the face, police said. The incident was not the first involving a costumed street performer running afoul of the law in New York. Last month, a costumed Spider-Man man was fined $370 for a 2013 incident in which …

    July 27, 2014 2:53 pm