Headline News

  • Tourists drawn to giant ketchup bottle now on sale in Illinois for $500,000, with warehouse


    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. –  For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what’s billed as the “World’s Largest Bottle of Catsup” was not an option. The Collinsville water tower is a depiction of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was once produced in the buildings beneath the tower. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Now, the sign is for sale. Owner Larry Eckert is asking $500,000 for the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark and adjacent warehouse. The 100,000-gallon tower never held ketchup. It hasn’t been used since Brooks moved out in the 1960s. Judy Demoisy helped save the bottle when it was in danger of being torn down in 1993. She says preservationists believe using it in a ketchup museum would be great. “It’s a global condiment,” she says.

    July 29, 2014 2:45 am
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Politics

  • U.S. officials defend Kerry from Israeli criticism


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials rallied to the defense of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday after withering criticism in Israel of Kerry’s failed attempt to secure a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians. The critiques of Kerry centered around ideas that U.S. officials say were sent to Israeli officials, based on an Egyptian draft ceasefire proposal, that would provide for an immediate end to hostilities and talks 48 hours later between Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian officials in Cairo. The confidential draft was leaked to the Israeli news media, which interpreted the proposal as akin to a U.S. effort to get Israel to halt a military campaign aimed at destroying Hamas tunnels in Gaza that militants have used to launch attacks against Israeli soldiers. “John Kerry: The Betrayal,” was the headline of an opinion piece in the Times of Israel about Kerry’s attempt to secure a ceasefire. “Astoundingly, the secretary’s intervention in the …

    July 29, 2014 3:05 am
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Stocks

  • Enter through the ‘Poor Door’: Income ‘segregation’ in N.Y.


    This building on New York’s Upper West Side will have a separate entrance for low-income residents. It’s a tale of two cities in Manhattan, as the city okayed plans for a luxury condominium with a separate door for low-income residents. The 33-story complex will have 219 expensive condos for sale and 55 to rent cheap to low-income tenants. This building’s approved “poor door” is new, but the issue isn’t. There are a number of similar buildings across the city that restrict some residents from fancy amenities — think gyms, playrooms and rooftops. The plans for the latest development at 40 Riverside on Manhattan’s Riverside Drive were approved as part of the Inclusionary Housing Program, an effort to mitigate inequality by offering affordable housing in nice areas. The program, enacted in 2009 under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gives developers tax breaks and more space in exchange for building affordable housing either in the …

    July 29, 2014 1:44 am
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Sports

  • HOF 2014: After long wait, 70-year-old Humphrey rewarded for star career with Falcons, Eagles


    ATLANTA –  Claude Humphrey wishes he could have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame “a long time ago where I could have actually enjoyed it more.” Even so, there’s a bonus for Humphrey, the former standout defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Now that he’s 70, it’s the perfect time for Humphrey’s 12-year-old grandson to savor the honor with him. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Humphrey’s daughter, Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, will make the introductory speech at the ceremony. Sitting in the audience will be her son, Archie Robinson Jr. “I couldn’t go without my wingman,” Humphrey said. “It’s a legacy for my only grandson. He gets a chance to learn a little something about his granddad. It’s something I don’t have to tell him. Other people can tell him. He won’t think I’m telling him a lie.” The young Robinson will learn Humphrey was one of the game’s most feared pass rushers during a career …

    July 29, 2014 2:45 am
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World News

  • Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 08:21 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Emily Thomas reports on ”a relentless night” in Gaza Gaza has seen one of its heaviest nights of bombardment, by air, sea and land, after Israel’s prime minister warned of a long conflict ahead. Israel carried out 60 air strikes, targeting the TV and radio stations and other sites associated with Hamas, the group which controls Gaza. At least 60 Palestinians were killed, according to local health officials. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would continue to act until it had achieved its aims. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Israel warns of more days of war to come, as Orla Guerin reports Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Ian Pannell: “Children in Gaza have paid heavily” In a televised address, he stressed the need to destroy tunnels dug under the …

    July 29, 2014 2:45 am
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Technology

  • Microsoft faces monopoly investigation in China


    A Chinese investigation into Microsoft is probably targeting its “monopoly” of the country’s operating systems market, state media have said, after the US software company became the latest foreign firm to go under Beijing’s scrutiny. Microsoft confirmed in a statement late on Monday that it was under investigation in China, without disclosing details. “We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect, and we will address any concerns the government may have,” it said. The inquiry comes after China in May banned the use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system on all new government computers, amid reports alleging security concerns. The same month, the US indicted five members of a Chinese military unit for allegedly hacking American companies for trade secrets. Officials of China’s state administration for industry and commerce (SAIC) have visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, commercial hub Shanghai, southern metropolis Guangzhou and south-west Chengdu city, state media said. …

    July 29, 2014 3:05 am
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Science

  • Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and more on Icy Saturn Moon


    [image-36] Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.  Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface. These findings, and clues to what powers the geyser eruptions, are presented in two articles published in the current online edition of the Astronomical Journal. Over a period of almost seven years, Cassini’s cameras surveyed the south polar terrain of the small moon, a unique geological basin renowned for its four prominent “tiger stripe” fractures and the geysers of tiny icy particles and water vapor first sighted there nearly 10 years ago. The result of the survey is a map of 101 geysers, each erupting from one of the tiger stripe fractures, and the discovery that individual geysers are coincident with small hot spots. These relationships pointed the way to the geysers’ origin. …

    July 29, 2014 3:25 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone president visits Ebola center


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s president visited the center of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It was Ernest Bai Koroma’s first visit to the northeastern district of Kenema since the start of the epidemic that has killed some 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), making it the worst outbreak yet. Sierra Leone has the highest number of Ebola cases, at 525, surpassing neighboring Guinea where the virus was first reported in February. A Liberian man died of the disease in Nigeria last week. The president headed to Kenema by helicopter after a prayer session at the national stadium in the capital Freetown to mark the end of the Muslim month of fasting. Koroma, a Christian, told the Muslim congregation that he planned to visit Sheik Umar Khan, the country’s leading Ebola …

    July 29, 2014 3:05 am
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Entertainment

  • 7 Pics that prove Pablo Schreiber aka Pornstache is actually really hot


    Man Candy Mondays: Liev Schreiber  Here are seven pictures of Schreiber that prove how good-looking he is, but be warned: You may never feel the same about Pornstache while watching OITNB again. Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN.com Seriously, is this even the same crooked, pervy guy from the show? Without the facial hair, Schreiber is clearly chiseled and he looks like a boy you totally had a crush on in college. Photo credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com The 36-year-old actor certainly has a boyish charm about him. Something you would never expect from Pornstache. Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN.com Who doesn’t love a nice, tall drink of water? At nearly 6’5″, this guy probably doesn’t have any shortage of dates. Photo credit: WENN.com He’s got a versatile look and is a cutie sporting a little scruff and a Bieber-esque ‘do. Photo credit: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com He sure cleans up well. Schreiber is clean-cut and looking like he can run for office or …

    July 29, 2014 1:44 am
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Editorial

  • Israel must not be held to a different standard in protecting its citizens


      I ask all Americans to picture the following scenario: Al Qaeda builds cells in Mexico and takes control of the Coahuila region which borders Texas. The United States closes border crossings to prevent Al Qaeda from its stated goal: smuggling weapons to use to destroy America. Significant international pressure mounts to re-open the border crossings and the United States permits humanitarian aid to pass through while looking out for any terror-related materials. America monitors the Gulf of Mexico to insure that weapons would not arrive in Coahuila via the sea. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite these efforts, weapons flow from Guatemala to Mexico, enabling the terrorists to send them to Coahuila with ease. U.S. intelligence is aware of the stockpiles of missiles in Coahuila, but the missiles are stored in very dense residential areas and any attempt to destroy them could lead to significant civilian casualties. The citizens along the southern border of Texas are advised …

    July 29, 2014 3:05 am
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Odd News

  • U.S. social media asks: Who is that woman in black?


    (Reuters) – A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek. She has been dubbed the “Woman in Black,” by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. “If you meet this woman, please, offer her a drink, a meal, whatever it may be you feel she needs. Be hospitable. Be kind,” said a post on the Facebook page, which has 19,000 followers. Several television stations have covered the “Woman in Black” when she has passed through, reporting that some believe the woman, who rarely speaks, is …

    July 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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