Headline News

  • Freedom or freedoom? Spelling off course on Mandela T-shirts worn by Johannesburg cyclists


    JOHANNESBURG –  Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this. Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in the former South African president’s honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word “freedom.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The T-shirt read: “The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others.” Organizer Hugh Fraser said Tuesday that 5,000 T-shirts with the typo were made for Sunday’s 35-kilometer (22-mile) “Freedom Ride,” which passed landmarks in downtown Johannesburg and the city’s Soweto area. Fraser says the spelling mistake was “a bit of a PR hiccup” and that the cycling event was otherwise a big success. It came two days after the July 18 birthday of Mandela, who died in December at the age of 95.

    July 22, 2014 5:57 am
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Politics

  • U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator’s legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. “There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court,” Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision. The 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has been the subject of years of political and legal attacks …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Stocks

  • Sanctions: Top 10 Russian targets


    The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine may persuade Europe to take a tougher line with Moscow over its support for separatist rebels. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may finally force Europe to impose tougher sanctions on Russia. Since Moscow annexed Crimea four months ago, European leaders have worried about possible blowback if they punished Russia. The reason: the extensive trade ties between Europe and its powerful neighbor. Europe is set to take a harder stance. Officials are meeting Tuesday to discuss ways of pressing Russia to end its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron says the weight of evidence suggests the rebels brought the plane down. “Russia cannot expect to continue enjoying access to European markets, European capital, European knowledge and technical expertise while she fuels conflict in one of Europe’s neighbors,” he said. The U.S. government, whose lead Europe might now …

    July 22, 2014 5:56 am
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Sports

  • IAAF World Junior championships open in Eugene


    In this June 13, 2014, photo, Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell looks on after winning the men’s 100 meters at the NCAA track and field championships, in Eugene, Ore. The Baylor freshman set a junior world record in the 100 meters at the NCAA track and field championships last month. He broke the 10-second barrier, running in 9.97 at Hayward Field. Bromell is making bold predictions for the junior world track championships this week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)The Associated Press FILE – In this June 13, 2014, file photo, Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell, right, and Florida State’s Dentarius Locke race to the finish line during the men’s 100 meters race at the NCAA track and field championships, in Eugene, Ore. The Baylor freshman set a junior world record in the 100 meters at the NCAA track and field championships last month. He broke the 10-second barrier, running in 9.97 at Hayward Field. Bromell is making bold predictions for the …

    July 22, 2014 5:57 am
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World News

  • Fresh push to broker Gaza truce


    22 July 2014 Last updated at 11:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. John Kerry: Sending aid “to try to alleviate the immediate humanitarian crisis” A diplomatic push to broker a truce in the Gaza Strip is intensifying, as Israel continues its military operation against militants in the territory. US Secretary of State John Kerry met UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Cairo, and more high-profile talks will be held later. Meanwhile, Israeli media have quoted the army as saying a soldier hit in a Hamas attack on Sunday is missing. Media say he is presumed dead. Nearly 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have died in 14 days of fighting. The majority of Palestinians killed were civilians, including dozens of children, according to the UN. Israel says it has killed at least 170 militants. Early on Tuesday, Israeli air strikes destroyed several mosques and targeted a stadium and the home of the late …

    July 22, 2014 5:57 am
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Technology

  • Stripe steps up PayPal rivalry with Australian launch


    Payment startup Stripe is launching in Australia, letting merchants in the country join the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada in taking payments using the service. The company bills itself as a programming language for money, pitching itself to app and website developers on ease of use. It can be added to most services with just a few lines of code, and automatically supports features such as subscriptions, use of multiple currencies, and one-tap purchasing out of the box. “Stripe’s mission is to grow internet commerce by providing everything an online business needs to accept payments,” said John Collison, the company’s co-founder and president, of the launch. “We hope Stripe’s powerful set of tools and APIs helps Australian businesses scale globally.” At launch, Stripe’s Australian pricing will be 1.75% + 30¢ for domestic transactions and 2.90% + 30¢ for international and American Express transactions. Long exclusive to the USA and Canada, in August 2013, Stripe expanded …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Science

  • NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy’s Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds. In altocumulus clouds, at medium altitudes ranging from 6,000 feet to 20,000 feet above mean sea level, water droplets can remain in a supercooled liquid phase at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, the freezing point of water. The supercooled liquid water found at temperatures generally between 0 and 35 below zero — the temperature where supercooled water droplets begin to spontaneously freeze in a process referred to as homogeneous nucleation — can freeze on contact and thus possibly impact aircraft weapons and sensors or control surfaces effecting flight safety. “Altocumulus clouds are relatively thin mid-level clouds that cannot be reasonably resolved in current atmospheric models. To mitigate their potential impact on Navy and Department of …

    July 22, 2014 1:34 am
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Health

  • India to investigate corruption in healthcare after TV sting operation


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV news channel. Hindi news channel News Nation TV showed laboratories in the national capital offering commissions as high as 50 percent to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centers. The diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India’s $74 billion healthcare industry, according to consultancy PwC, with the segment forecast to grow to $17 billion by 2021 from $3.4 billion in 2011. Newly appointed Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has vowed to clean up the health system, which he says is riddled with corruption, a problem that pervades public life in India. India was ranked 94th in a list of 177 countries on Transparency International’s 2013 global corruption index, lower than China, South Africa and Brazil. Officials at one laboratory visited by News Nation’s …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Entertainment

  • No more babies for Jessica Simpson, two is fine for now


    The newly-married star made her revelation via Instagram on Sunday, July 20, when she posted a picture of an adorable baby boy and herself bare-faced, but looking beautiful, as she snuggled up to him. The Blonde Ambition actress and singer captioned the photo, “I love you Jack, but I do not want another!!” Jessica Simpson’s wedding went off without a hitch, almost Little Jack belongs to the 34-year-old star’s good friend, interior designer Kathryn Sykora. Fans may be disappointed to learn that the “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” singer won’t be having any more children with her former NFL journeyman hubby, Eric Johnson, any time soon — not all that surprising, though, since she must be enjoying her amazing svelte figure — because, for now, the pair is content with their two tiny tots, daughter Maxwell Drew, 2, and son Ace, 13 months (she gave birth twice in the past two years). Weight Watchers …

    July 22, 2014 5:57 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s LGBT Executive Order endangers religious liberty


    July 21, 2014: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, applauds as President Obama waves after signing an executive order to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama’s executive order prohibits discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations. “Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government – the government of the people, by the people and for the people – will become just a little bit fairer,” the president told a gathering in the White House. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The executive order …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Odd News

  • Want to buy a bridge? Pennsylvania still has 11 for sale


    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Buying a bridge is not on most to-do lists, but anyone seeking a historic span need look no further than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has 11 of them for sale. PennDOT is trying to save bridges on the National Register of Historic Places that are not up to the demands of modern traffic. Prices range from $1 to $500, and moving costs can often be paid by the Federal Highway Administration. The catch is that the buyer must reuse the bridge somewhere else and is responsible for all associated costs. “They can’t be sold for scrap,” Erin Waters-Trasatt, a PennDOT spokeswoman, said on Monday. “They need to be rehabilitated and preserved.” One of the bridges for sale is the 111-year-old Pond Eddy Bridge over the Delaware River between Shohola Township, Pennsylvania, and Pond Eddy, New York. Built in 1903, the metal truss bridge is 252 feet long and 16 …

    July 22, 2014 1:34 am
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