• Syria ‘torture’ photos shown in US

    Syria ‘torture’ photos shown in US

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 02:21 By Tara McKelvey BBC News A forensic photographer smuggled images of Syrians killed and tortured – apparently by those working for Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The photographer, using...
  • Flyers G Mason breaks finger

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason broke the little finger on his right hand and will miss around two weeks of on-ice training, the team announced Thursday. The Flyers said Mason suffered...
  • Champion goat goes missing from Colorado county fair

    DENVER (Reuters) – An award-winning goat has gone missing from a Colorado county fair, leaving its teenage owner and organizers stumped, local media said on Thursday. The red-colored Boer breed goat, selected by judges as...
  • Got some Dane in your DNA? Do a happy dance

    Got some Dane in your DNA? Do a happy dance

    A Lego version of Billund, Denmark, home to Lego’s head office. How could being from Lego’s country of origin not make you happy?Nicolas Guyon/Flickr Good news if your relatives celebrate Valdemar’s Day and write slashes...
  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?

    Is the president incompetent or lawless?

    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of...
  • U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed...

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  • Syria ‘torture’ photos shown in US


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 02:21 By Tara McKelvey BBC News A forensic photographer smuggled images of Syrians killed and tortured – apparently by those working for Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The photographer, using the pseudonym of Caesar, spoke publicly for the first time on Capitol Hill. Wearing dark glasses and a hood to hide his identity, he told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee what he had seen in Damascus. He described maimed bodies, people with eyes gouged out and skeletal remains, a litany of horrors that defy the imagination. Or would defy the imagination – except he had pictures. As a photographer who worked in the Syrian security apparatus, he was sent to a military hospital, a place where bodies were taken, to document the dead. Over a two-year period he’d sneaked the photos he’d taken, along with others he downloaded, on to memory sticks he hid in his shoes. Caesar, …

    July 31, 2014 8:39 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at liberals who want her to retire


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for liberals who have been saying the 81-year-old should step down while Democratic President Barack Obama is in office so he can appoint her successor: Who are you going to get who will be better than me? Referring to the political polarization in Washington and the unlikelihood that another liberal in her mold could be confirmed by the Senate, Ginsburg, the senior liberal on the nine-member bench, asked rhetorically, “So tell me who the president could have nominated this spring that you would rather see on the court than me?” Ginsburg, in a wide-ranging 75 minute interview with Reuters in her chambers late on Thursday, also acknowledged that President Barack Obama had invited her to a private lunch last summer at the White House. It was an unusual move, she conceded. Responding to questions about whether Obama might have been fishing for …

    July 31, 2014 8:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Musk wants Tesla ‘elves’ to service cars


    The Tesla service team will pick up your car and return it before you even know it’s gone. Elon Musk wants the Tesla team to work like magic “elves” when servicing cars. The company has already shaken up the automobile industry. Musk has introduced well-reviewed cars that run only on electricity. He’s changed the car shopping experience. Now Musk is aiming to transform how your car gets fixed. Musk expects that Tesla cars won’t have to receive frequent maintenance, but when they need to be serviced he wants it to be quick and with as little disruption to a Tesla owner’s day as possible. Related: Tesla’s next 6 months will be busy Eventually a Tesla service team will be able to pick up your car (maybe while you’re at work), service it, and return it to you that same day. The plan is for an entire pit crew team to work on the car at …

    July 31, 2014 6:56 pm
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Sports

  • Flyers G Mason breaks finger


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason broke the little finger on his right hand and will miss around two weeks of on-ice training, the team announced Thursday. The Flyers said Mason suffered the injury while playing hockey in his hometown of Oakville, Ontario, on Sunday. He will continue his off-ice training. Mason, 26, compiled a 33-18-7 record with four shutouts, a .917 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average last season for the Flyers. He was 2-2 with a 1.97 GAA in five games during the team’s first-round playoff exit to the New York Rangers. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    July 31, 2014 8:39 pm
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World News

  • Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 22


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 01:39 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage taken by eyewitnesses showed huge fires at the scene A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 22 people and injured about 270, officials say. The exact cause of the gas leaks is not clear, but reports say the blasts were caused by ruptured pipelines. Images from the scene show major fires, cars overturned and significant damage to roads and buildings. Dozens of those injured by the blasts were taken to hospitals for treatment, Taiwan’s fire agency said. “The local fire department received calls of gas leaks late Thursday and then there was a series of blasts around midnight affecting an area of two to three sq km [one sq mile],” the National Fire Agency added in a statement. ‘A huge cave’ “I saw lots of cars and motorcycles with engines all …

    July 31, 2014 7:58 pm
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Technology

  • Got some Dane in your DNA? Do a happy dance


    A Lego version of Billund, Denmark, home to Lego’s head office. How could being from Lego’s country of origin not make you happy?Nicolas Guyon/Flickr Good news if your relatives celebrate Valdemar’s Day and write slashes through their o’s. The closer a country finds itself to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is likely to be, according to research from the University of Warwick in England, a country which, sadly, didn’t even make the top 20 in last year’s World Happiness Report. Denmark, along with other Northern European countries, regularly tops the increasing number of world happiness rankings. But while most analyses focuses on factors such as wealth, social support, and political freedom, the Warwick researchers have another explanation: Danish DNA. They detail their findings in a working paper, National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration (PDF), which was just made public for the first time. “The results were surprising,” said Eugenio …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Science

  • Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record holder by 200 million years. These “lensing” galaxies are so massive that their gravity bends, magnifies, and distorts light from objects behind them, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. Finding one in such a small area of the sky is so rare that you would normally have to survey a region hundreds of times larger to find just one. The object behind the cosmic lens is a tiny spiral galaxy undergoing a rapid burst of star formation. Its light has taken 10.7 billion years to arrive here and seeing this chance alignment at such a great distance from Earth is a rare find. Locating more of these distant lensing galaxies will offer insight into how …

    July 31, 2014 8:38 pm
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Health

  • U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production. Under the new rule, poultry producers would be required, among other things, to perform microbiological testing at two points in their production process to prevent salmonella and campylobacter contamination. The plan is designed to encourage a pro-active prevention approach instead of simply addressing contamination after it occurs. The move could prevent as many as 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year, USDA officials said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the plan “imposes stricter requirements on the poultry industry and places our trained inspectors where they can better ensure food is being processed safely.” The agriculture department said maximum line speeds for chicken and turkey processing plants operated by companies such as Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms …

    July 31, 2014 8:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Michael Strahan still "can’t believe" Hall of Fame honor


    An entire U.S. city is boycotting Jon Bon Jovi  On Saturday, Aug. 2, Strahan will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he still has a hard time believing it is real. “It’s one of those things where I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it,’” Strahan told People. “It was actually very amazing and very scary at the same time.” As part of the honor, Strahan will be giving a speech at the ceremony, but said he is not stressing about what he is going to say. He explained, “I want to kind of go up there and be free and not worry about giving the speech of a lifetime. I think a lot of guys sit and write and write and write because everyone tries to outdo the other with the speeches. I don’t care for that. I just want to make sure I thank the right people, …

    July 31, 2014 6:56 pm
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Editorial

  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?


    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Champion goat goes missing from Colorado county fair


    DENVER (Reuters) – An award-winning goat has gone missing from a Colorado county fair, leaving its teenage owner and organizers stumped, local media said on Thursday. The red-colored Boer breed goat, selected by judges as a grand champion, was last seen in an unlocked pen late on Sunday night and had been due to appear in the Weld County fair’s Junior Livestock Auction on Monday. Lanas Smith, father of the 18-year-old owner David Smith, said the family has no idea what happened to it. “I don’t really want to insinuate that someone stole the goat at this point,” Smith told the Greeley Tribune newspaper. Despite the absence of the animal, it was still auctioned for $5,500 for charity at the county fair. Whether or not the goat is found, Smith told the Tribune, his son will still get that money, which he plans to donate to a horse-assisted therapy project at Colorado State University. (Writing …

    July 31, 2014 8:38 pm
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