• Google Street View cars will soon measure pollution

    Google Street View cars will soon measure pollution

    Aclima, a startup that makes environmental sensors, is hitching a ride with Google’s cars to provide everyone with data about the air they breathe. What if air pollution data were as readily available as transit...
  • For winning debate formula, look to Britain

    When it comes to debates, the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious debating society,” remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have...
  • They got Hoffa-ed

    They got Hoffa-ed

    This story was first published in July 2014. Jimmy Hoffa disappeared 40 years ago — on July 30, 1975. Detroit, Michigan (CNN)The knock came for Pat Szpunar one afternoon in September 2012. At her door...
  • Burundi rival accepts top post

    Burundi rival accepts top post

    Despite boycotting the presidential poll Mr Rwasa still won nearly 20% of the vote Burundi’s opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has been elected as a deputy speaker of parliament, despite strident criticism of recent legislative and...
  • AP source: Indians trade outfielder Moss to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the trade says the Indians have dealt outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Cleveland will receive minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. The person spoke Thursday...

Headline News

  • They got Hoffa-ed


    This story was first published in July 2014. Jimmy Hoffa disappeared 40 years ago — on July 30, 1975. Detroit, Michigan (CNN)The knock came for Pat Szpunar one afternoon in September 2012. At her door on a quiet corner in Roseville, a northeast suburb of Detroit, stood two local police detectives. After some chitchat, she was hit with this doozy: They suspected a body was buried in her backyard. Szpunar, a 74-year-old widow who has lived in the house since 1988, couldn’t help but laugh. “What?” she asked. “You think Jimmy Hoffa’s buried back there?” The detectives looked stunned but wouldn’t say who they were looking for. She was only joking, but then a local reporter who’d caught wind of the investigation showed up. He wanted to talk about the former Teamsters boss who, he heard, was underneath her property. Soon, Szpunar says, all hell broke loose, turning her place “not into a three-ring circus” …

    July 30, 2015 10:13 am
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Politics

  • Republican Gilmore files paperwork to enter presidential race


    WASHINGTON Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the paperwork on Wednesday to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Federal Election Commission. Gilmore becomes the 17th candidate to seek the 2016 nomination, a field that includes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Earlier this month, Gilmore, 65, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper that he planned to formally enter the race in the first week of August. Gilmore, who briefly sought the 2008 Republican nomination before dropping out, served one term as Virginia’s governor, from 1998 to 2002, and was the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2001. It was not clear whether Gilmore will participate in the first official Republican debate, on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. The top 10 candidates in national polls will take part in the prime-time debate, with the other presidential hopefuls participating in a forum earlier in the day. …

    July 30, 2015 7:47 am
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Stocks

  • Google Street View cars will soon measure pollution


    Aclima, a startup that makes environmental sensors, is hitching a ride with Google’s cars to provide everyone with data about the air they breathe. What if air pollution data were as readily available as transit directions or weather forecasts? Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and a San Francisco-based startup called Aclima are trying to make that happen. Aclima has equipped Google’s Street View cars with environmental sensors. Google drives the Street View cars around the streets of the world to collect data for Google Maps. With Aclima’s technology along for the ride, these cars now have a second use: mapping urban air quality. On Tuesday, Aclima announced a partnership with Google Earth Outreach as well as the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan is to expand air quality mapping efforts to the San Francisco Bay Area over the next year. They piloted the program with a month-long initiative in Denver in August 2014 where three vehicles collected over …

    July 30, 2015 10:48 am
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Sports

  • Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court


    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota. Brady and the players’ union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But the NFL already had filed papers Tuesday in New York, moments after announcing that Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension for Brady’s involvement in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ordered the transfer. The judge wrote that he ”sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all.” He notes that Brady plays in Massachusetts, the union is headquartered in Washington and the NFL in New York, Kyle adds that ”the arbitration proceedings took place in New York and the award was issued in New York.” — AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    July 30, 2015 10:28 am
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World News

  • Burundi rival accepts top post


    Despite boycotting the presidential poll Mr Rwasa still won nearly 20% of the vote Burundi’s opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has been elected as a deputy speaker of parliament, despite strident criticism of recent legislative and presidential polls. There has been a political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term. Mr Rwasa withdrew from this month’s presidential election and described Mr Nkurunziza’s victory as “a joke”. He now says he will “play the game” to bring peace, AFP news agency reports. BBC Africa Live: New updates Mr Rwasa supported the protests, that began in April, against Mr Nkurunziza’s third-term bid in which more than 70 people have died in clashes with the police. There was also a failed coup attempt in May. Weeks of protest and a failed coup attempt followed Mr Nkurunziza’s third-term bid Mr Rwasa’s opposition coalition also called for a boycott of June’s parliamentary elections, but with …

    July 30, 2015 10:08 am
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Technology

  • T-Mobile blows away profit expectations as customer growth surges


    T-Mobile CEO John Legere had another good quarter of subscriber growth. Sarah Tew/CNET T-Mobile has shown it can win over customers at an impressive rate. Now it needs to prove it can consistently make money doing so. If the second quarter’s results are any indication, T-Mobile is off to a good start. The nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier posted a profit of $361 million, or 42 cents a share, and revenue of $8.2 billion. Analysts, on average, forecast earnings of 18 cents a share on revenue of $7.94 billion, according estimates compiled by Yahoo. Just as important: T-Mobile said it expects to keep posting a profit for the rest of the year. T-Mobile shares rose 5.6 percent to $39.10 in pre-market trading. The figures are further indications that T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” campaign, which the company says focuses on the aspects of the wireless industry that annoy consumers, has had a positive effect on its fortunes as it …

    July 30, 2015 8:08 am
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Science

  • Astronomers discover powerful aurora beyond solar system


    Astronomers have discovered the first aurora ever seen in an object beyond our Solar System. The aurora — similar to the famous “Northern Lights” on Earth — is 10,000 times more powerful than any previously seen. They found the aurora not from a planet, but from a low-mass star at the boundary between stars and brown dwarfs. The discovery reveals a major difference between the magnetic activity of more-massive stars and that of brown dwarfs and planets, the scientists said. “All the magnetic activity we see on this object can be explained by powerful auroras,” said Gregg Hallinan, of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). “This indicates that auroral activity replaces solar-like coronal activity on brown dwarfs and smaller objects,” he added. The astronomers observed the object, called LSR J1835+3259, using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) at radio wavelengths, along with the 5-meter Hale Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the 10-meter Keck …

    July 30, 2015 7:07 am
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Health

  • Health insurer Cigna’s profit rises as it adds more members


    Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion this month, reported a 2.6 percent rise in quarterly profit as it added more members in its commercial and government businesses. The company said net profit rose to $588 million or $2.26 per share, for the second quarter ended June 30, from $573 million, or $2.12 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose about 9 percent to $9.49 billion. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings)

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Will Celebrate Turning 18 By Hosting A Beach Party In Canada


    Posted on Thu Jul 30th, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff We can’t believe she will final be legal! Kylie Jenner turns 18-year-old on August 10th, and the reality star will celebrate by hosting a beach party gig at a club in Montreal, Canada. The reality star is reportedly getting paid anywhere from $100k-$200k for her appearance. The legal drinking age in Canada is 18, so we bet there will be more than a few bottles brought to her table to help her celebrate. We wonder if boyfriend Tyga will be on hand to watch his girlfriend officially become a woman? This is bound to be the happiest day of the rapper’s life, seeing as how he can no longer catch heat for sleeping with an underage girl. Maybe Scott Disick can teach her a couple things about how to really get the crowd pumped?   Stories from around the Web

    July 30, 2015 10:48 am
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Editorial

  • For winning debate formula, look to Britain


    When it comes to debates, the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious debating society,” remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have included such luminaries as Ronald Reagan and the Dalai Lama. The Oxford Union debates produce useful information. The same cannot be said for U.S. presidential debates. Next week, 10 Republican presidential candidates will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, behind podiums like “Jeopardy” contestants. With so many candidates having so little time, little useful information will be dispensed. More likely the all-male cast will be looking for ways to squeeze in their rehearsed sound bites, which will be replayed in their campaign ads and, they hope, on major news programs. But not to leave anyone out, Fox News has just announced a prequel to the main debate for all the other GOP candidates who failed to meet the requirements …

    July 30, 2015 10:28 am
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Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat


    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am
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