• Learn to speak ‘Game of Thrones’

    Learn to speak ‘Game of Thrones’

    “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “I will let you live.” Those are a few of phrases you’ll learn to say in the warlike language of Dothraki from “Game of Thrones” with the help of a new class. In...
  • Pacers’ George suffers gruesome leg injury

    Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) – Indiana Pacers All-Star guard Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury during a USA Basketball team scrimmage Friday night. George’s right leg appeared to snap between his knee and ankle...
  • Australians abandon Down’s surrogate

    Australians abandon Down’s surrogate

    2 August 2014 Last updated at 03:59 Six-month-old Gammy has Down’s Syndrome and a life-threatening congenital heart condition A campaign for a baby with Down’s Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian...
  • Watney increases lead to three points in Reno

    (Reuters) – Nick Watney was unable to replicate his sizzling form of the first round but did enough on Friday to stretch his overnight lead to three points after the second round of the Barracuda...

Headline News

  • Philadelphia shooting leaves 3-year-old girl dead, police say


    PHILADELPHIA –  Police in Philadelphia say a 3-year-old girl has been shot and killed. A police dispatcher says there are other injuries in Friday night’s shooting, but didn’t have details. KYW-TV in Philadelphia is reporting the child was shot once in the chest and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The news station reports three adults are hospitalized, but there’s no word on their conditions. The shooting happened in the Gray’s Ferry section of the city. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No other information was immediately available.

    August 1, 2014 11:04 pm
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Politics

  • Obama says that after 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA “tortured some folks” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into “enhanced interrogation techniques.” “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,” Obama told a White House news conference. Obama’s comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding shortly after he took office in January 2009. The administration of President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor, authorized the use of harsh questioning techniques of militant detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after deciding they did not amount to torture. Obama told reporters the techniques were used because the United States was afraid more attacks were imminent. “It’s important for us not to feel …

    August 1, 2014 8:43 pm
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Stocks

  • Learn to speak ‘Game of Thrones’


    “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “I will let you live.” Those are a few of phrases you’ll learn to say in the warlike language of Dothraki from “Game of Thrones” with the help of a new class. In October, Living Language will put out a course on the tongue, which is spoken only on the mega-popular fantasy series by horse-mounted nomads, their fearsome king and their silver-haired queen. The course is a part of a big licensing push by the popular HBO show, which has also spawned T-shirts, action figures and jewelry as it broke viewership records across its four seasons. Living Language is producing 50,000 copies of the program, which consists of a book and a pronunciation CD that cost $20, and teaches about 200 words. There will also be a $4 app and a $30 online course. Related video: How HBO’s “Silicon Valley” figured out nerd culture Dothraki may have been invented for a TV show, …

    August 1, 2014 11:24 pm
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Sports

  • Pacers’ George suffers gruesome leg injury


    Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) – Indiana Pacers All-Star guard Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury during a USA Basketball team scrimmage Friday night. George’s right leg appeared to snap between his knee and ankle as it jammed against the padded stanchion and the court beneath the basket after he jumped in an attempt to block a James Harden layup. George remained on his back for several minutes in obvious pain before his leg was put in splint and he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher as teammates stood around him. Moments later, USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski grabbed a microphone and announced to the crowd at the Thomas Mack Center that the scrimmage was over. “With the serious injury that we had and the fact that we stopped playing for a long period of time, and out of respect for Paul and his family, the scrimmage is done,” Krzyzewski said. George, 24, …

    August 1, 2014 11:04 pm
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World News

  • Australians abandon Down’s surrogate


    2 August 2014 Last updated at 03:59 Six-month-old Gammy has Down’s Syndrome and a life-threatening congenital heart condition A campaign for a baby with Down’s Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000). The six-month-old boy, named Gammy, also has a congenital heart condition and needs urgent medical treatment. Pattaramon Chanbua was left to care for him after his Australian parents only wanted his healthy twin sister. She was paid $15,000 (£9,000) to be a surrogate for the couple, whose identities remain unknown. Mrs Chanbua was told of the child’s condition four months after becoming pregnant and the couple asked her to have an abortion but she refused, saying it was against her Buddhist beliefs. The 21-year-old, who already has two children, says she cannot afford to pay for the expensive treatment to deal with his life-threatening heart condition. “The money that was offered was a lot …

    August 1, 2014 11:04 pm
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Technology

  • Tech firms hit by cyber extortion


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 22:30 By David Grossman Technology editor, BBC Newsnight If you live out your life on the internet, getting knocked offline can ruin your day. But if you make your living on the internet, then someone killing your connection is a whole lot more serious. Your entire business could be in jeopardy. That is the threat that a new wave of cyber extortionists are holding over tech companies. The weapon the extortionists use is a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to block access to their websites, accompanied by demands for money to stop the attack. Such attacks, using multiple compromised computer systems to target a single system, are increasing in frequency, complexity and length, reports suggest. Five-day battle “The attack started on a Thursday morning early,” says Gary Burns, chief technology officer of New York-based Meetup, a social network for community groups. “We received an email asking for money …

    August 1, 2014 4:40 pm
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Science

  • Heavy metals and hydroelectricity


    Related images(click to enlarge) Hydraulic engineering is increasingly relied on for hydroelectricity generation. However, redirecting stream flow can yield unintended consequences. In the August 2014 issue of GSA Today, Donald Rodbell of Union College-Schenectady and coauthors from the U.S. and Peru document the wholesale contamination of the Lake Junín National Reserve by acid mine drainage from the Cerro de Pasco mining district. According to the World Bank, about 60% of Peru’s electricity is generated by hydropower, which during the dry season relies heavily on glacial meltwater to augment stream flow. The ongoing reduction in ice cover in Peru that began early in the twentieth century has reduced the aerial extent of glacial ice in some areas by nearly 30%. According to this GSA Today article, climate models project that warming will be pronounced in the highest elevation regions of the tropical Andes, and thus acceleration in ice loss is likely. To maintain dry-season river discharge …

    August 1, 2014 5:00 pm
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Health

  • Two relief workers with Ebola to be evacuated to Atlanta


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday. A plane equipped to transport Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol can carry only one patient back at a time, and Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse said it did not know who would return first. Both medical evacuations are due to be completed by early next week, said North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, as officials said bringing the stricken aid workers to the United States would not put the American public at risk. The patients are aid workers from Samaritan’s Purse and North Carolina-based missionary group SIM USA who were helping respond to a West Africa Ebola outbreak that is the worst on record. More than 700 people have died from the disease since February. A …

    August 1, 2014 4:40 pm
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Entertainment

  • Paulina Gretzky’s fiancé leaves PGA Tour because of cocaine use


    A source revealed the man who is engaged to marry Gretzky, daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, has failed three drug tests: one for marijuana, in 2009, and two for cocaine, in 2012 and 2014. Paulina Gretzky goes glamorous to rebrand her image Johnson announced Thursday he’ll be taking a leave of absence from the sport immediately in order to focus on his troubles. “I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said in a statement sent out by his managers. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.” Baby names inspired by golf’s great stars As the golfer promises to seek help, a look at the couple’s official social accounts reveals that their love for one another looks to …

    August 1, 2014 11:24 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama and Kerry behind one of most strategic mistakes in military history


    July 22, 2014: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo.AP The obsession by the Obama-Kerry administration with imposing a cease-fire on the warring parties in the Hamas-Israel war will go down in history as one of the most strategic mistakes in military history. Here is a fact the administration deliberately and maliciously ignored: In the history of modern warfare, no terrorist group has ever honored a cease-fire. Hamas has broken every cease-fire it ever said it would honor. Every single one. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Even the Israel-Hamas 2012 cease fire, brokered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was simply agreed to by Hamas to give it an opportunity to restock its military arsenal, pressure Israel to lift its restrictions on the import of cement and steel into Gaza – material that Clinton said would be used to build hospitals and schools, but in fact was used to build …

    August 1, 2014 8:43 pm
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Odd News

  • French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill


    PARIS (Reuters) – A hospital in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients will be able to enjoy a “medically-supervised” glass or two with their families. “Why should we refuse the charms of the soil to those at the end of their lives? Nothing justifies such an prohibition,” the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital Center said in statement. The center’s head, Dr. Virginie Guastella, said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”. The bar will be the first in France to offer such a facility for patients and their families. Staff will be specially trained before it opens in the hospital’s palliative care center in September. “Medically supervised tastings will help brighten what is often a difficult daily life,” the hospital said. Although some researchers have long held that an antioxidant found in red wine is good for the heart, some recent research has determined that wine’s …

    August 1, 2014 9:03 pm
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