Headline News

  • Attorney says man regrets defacing Confederate monument in Virginia, wants to foster dialogue


    RICHMOND, Va. –  The attorney for a man charged with defacing a Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia, says his client regrets the action. Attorney Daniel Watkins says Joseph Weindl will reimburse the city for restoration costs. Police say the 39-year-old Richmond man spray-painted an “L” on the granite base of a monument honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis on June 28. Weindl is charged with intentionally defacing a public monument. Watkins said Tuesday in a statement that Weindl told police the “L” stood for “loser.” Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since the June 17 massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused gunman had posed in photographs with the Confederate battle flag. Watkins says Weindl wants to find legal and positive ways to foster dialogue on the issue.

    July 1, 2015 7:23 am
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Politics

  • Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama’s White House, emails show


    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Hillary Clinton struggled to fit into the government of President Barack Obama after being appointed Secretary of State in 2009, according to emails released by the State Department on Tuesday. They showed Clinton turning up for meetings that had been canceled and worrying about how much time she had with her new boss, revealing growing pains in the relationship between her and former election rival Obama in the early months of her time as America’s top diplomat. In an email to two aides on June 8, 2009, Clinton was unsure if the White House had held a Cabinet meeting and whether she should attend. “I heard on the radio that there is a Cabinet mtg this am. Is there? Can I go? If not, who are we sending?” Clinton wrote. A State Department official wrote back that the government was holding a meeting, but not a full cabinet meeting that she needed to …

    July 1, 2015 5:02 am
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Stocks

  • Hillary Clinton’s epic battle with a fax machine


    The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department offer important insight into the former Secretary of State’s time on the president’s cabinet. It also included one very epic battle with a fax machine. In an exchange with longtime aide Huma Abedin on December 23, 2009, Clinton cannot seem to figure out how to receive a fax. Abedin: Can you hang up the fax line, they will call again and try fax Clinton: I thought it was supposed to be off hook to work? Abedin: Yes but hang up one more time. So they can reestablish the line Clinton: I did. Abedin: Just pick up phone and hang it up. And leave it hung up. Clinton: I’ve done it twice now. Clinton: Still nothing. Call Oscar if they need help. I’ll be out of pocket for an hour or so. At 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, the State Department posted to its website …

    July 1, 2015 7:43 am
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Sports

  • Japan’s Nishikori pulls out of Wimbledon with calf strain


    LONDON Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of Wimbledon before his second round match on Wednesday after failing to recover from a calf strain. “It’s the same injury, it got better before the first match. I thought it would be okay but in the last match in fifth set it was hurting too much… and I decided not to play today,” Nishikori told reporters. He had been due to play Colombian Santiago Giraldo on Centre Court. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Justin Palmer)

    July 1, 2015 7:23 am
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World News

  • Australia’s ABC ‘wrong’ over guest


    The ABC is reviewing how it chooses the audience for its live QA television program Australia’s public broadcaster has conceded it was wrong to let a man acquitted of terror offences appear on live television. Sydney man Zaky Mallah’s appearance on the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) show QA last month ignited fierce debate about free speech. Citing national security, the government launched a review of the ABC’s editorial decision. The ABC has said it will review QA’s audience and panel selection. “Given his criminal background and past public statements, the live broadcast meant that the ABC was not in a position to manage unpredictable or inappropriate actions or responses,” the ABC Board said on Wednesday. “There was inadequate consideration given to important issues around his presence in the studio, considering his previous actions, his desire for the media spotlight and some of his public comments,” it said. Citizenship laws Last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott …

    July 1, 2015 7:43 am
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Technology

  • From Waze for crowds to Uber for street food – MIT innovations at Kumbh Mela


    This August an expected 30 million religious devotees, ascetics and tourists will congregate in the Indian city of Nashik for the Kumbh Mela – a 20-day Hindu festival which is one of the largest public gatherings in the world. The mass pilgrimage of faith takes place every three years on a rotational basis in four alternating cities, and will be returning to Nashik after a gap of 12 years. For the spiritual, the event is a catharsis, where one can purge oneself of sin by taking a dip in the holy water of the sacred rivers. But for technologists, social innovators and urban planners, the staggering increase in human density is a golden opportunity to identify, analyse and study pop-up city problems at scale. Ramesh Raskar, who spearheads the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kumbhathon venture, is head of MIT’s Camera Culture group, conducting multidisciplinary research in optics, sensors, probes and software processing. “The Kumbhathon was …

    July 1, 2015 4:42 am
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Science

  • Hope for patients with chronic wounds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Most wounds clear up by themselves, but some fail to heal and become chronic. An international team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet, now unveil the important role of so-called microRNAs in regulating skin wound healing, pointing to new therapeutic possibilities for the treatment of hard-to-heal wounds. Chronic wounds affect 0.2-1 percent of the population in developed countries and represent an increasing health problem and an economic burden to society. Current treatments focus on optimising controllable factors such as clearing infections. There is a major medical need for treatments that have a direct impact on the wound healing process, and this is why the researchers set out to find therapeutic targets for chronic skin wounds. Wound healing is a complex process that can be divided into several phases — two of these are the inflammatory and the proliferative phase. During the inflammatory phase, damaged and dead cells, bacteria, and debris are …

    July 1, 2015 4:43 am
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Health

  • California bill limits school vaccine exemptions


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for communicable diseases in the aftermath of a measles outbreak at Disneyland that was linked to low inoculation rates. The law, which makes California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal exemptions to vaccinations, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many who feared a now debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism and others who feared intrusion on the religious exemption. “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.” Opponents, who had packed legislative hearings and targeted lawmakers with advertisements, petitions and telephone campaigns, reacted swiftly, some threatening lawsuits, despite a …

    July 1, 2015 5:02 am
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Entertainment

  • Troubling relationship between the Duggars and their local PD uncovered


    More: Research on the Duggars’ lifestyle and beliefs exposes shocking revelations An investigation by In Touch — the same publication that broke the Duggar molestation scandal — has revealed that the Duggars paid members of their local police force for additional security at both their family home in Arkansas and Josh’s new home in the days following his move back from Washington, D.C. The job was arranged by Kate Gosselin’s former bodyguard, Steve Neild, who now works for the family. More: New Duggars police report proves Jim Bob and Michelle should be in jail The problem? The Tontitown Police Department is actively investigating the family in a child endangerment case. On May 27, a Department of Health Services worker responding to a 911 call was refused entry to the Duggar home when attempting to check the welfare of an unnamed minor inside. The Tontitown chief of police gave the OK for off-duty officers to provide …

    July 1, 2015 6:22 am
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Editorial

  • You’ve been warned, America, gay marriage is just the beginning


    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday’s narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing marriage between people of the same sex. That the majority threw a bone to religious people, their churches and institutions, saying they could continue to preach and teach that homosexual marriage is wrong, will almost certainly be challenged by gay activists and secularists whose goal is to drive religious people, and especially Christians, out of the public square. What might be a preview of things to come occurred last week when the Fairfax County (Va.) School Board voted 10-2 to approve a “gender identity” curriculum for children starting in seventh grade. News reports said the crowd that showed up for the vote overwhelmingly …

    July 1, 2015 5:02 am
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Odd News

  • Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says


    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. “I am not aware of that,” he said. “The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune.” At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called “El Alto”. The city is below the airport, at about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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