Headline News

  • U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president’s 2010 healthcare overhaul. The twin rulings fell in line with partisan disagreements over healthcare reform, with two judges appointed by Republican presidents deciding against the administration in the District of Columbia and three judges appointed by Democrats ruling in favor in Virginia. The rulings also reignited the debate over Obamacare on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail to November congressional elections. Republican opponents of the law welcomed the D.C. decision as a further step toward dismantling Obama’s signature domestic policy. The cases deal with …

    July 22, 2014 4:00 pm
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Politics

  • Rating Change: Illinois’ 10th District


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 12:39 p.m. July 22 0 Tweet Dold is attempting to come back to Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Former Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., nearly survived Democrats’ redistricting efforts and a presidential election year, but he lost re-election in the 10th District in 2012. Dold is running again this year against the man who beat him, Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider. But like the race in California’s 52nd District, the Republican challenger in this Illinois contest is at least as well-known as the Democratic incumbent in the race. Much of the messaging will likely be recycled from last time, but the midterm dynamic could produce a friendlier electorate for Dold. Instead of getting a boost from Obama’s re-election effort, Schneider might be forced to contend with Gov. Pat Quinn’s struggling poll numbers outside of Chicago. The district leans Democratic by the numbers, but given the tight race last time …

    July 22, 2014 1:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Microsoft weighed down by ailing Nokia


    Satya Nadella has a lot of work ahead of him. It’s going to take more than layoffs for Microsoft to fix Nokia. Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) said Tuesday that Nokia’s devices and services business, which Microsoft acquired April 25, lost a stunning $692 million between that date and June 30, the end of the company’s most recent quarter. That loss includes some non-recurring expenses, but Nokia is clearly an unhealthy business. Microsoft is in the midst of a transition led by new CEO Satya Nadella, who announced plans last week to cut 18,000 jobs within the next year, or about 14% of the company. Most of those layoffs — about 12,500 — will come from Nokia. In a memo to Microsoft staff, Nadella said that Microsoft found many redundancies between the two companies, including both professional and factory workers. Nadella’s task now is to figure out how to make Nokia devices running Windows Phone software competitive …

    July 22, 2014 4:00 pm
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Sports

  • Judge sets January start for murder trial of ex-NFLer Hernandez


    BOSTON (Reuters) – Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star’s trial would begin on Jan. 9, according to a spokeswoman for Bristol County Superior Court. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough in June 2013. He has also pled not guilty in Boston to separate charges of killing two men after an incident involving a spilled drink at a nightclub in 2012. Garsh did not rule on Tuesday on a motion filed a day earlier by Hernandez’s lawyers that asks the court to “take prompt action” to prevent news broadcasts of Hernandez’s hearings from capturing courtroom conversations …

    July 22, 2014 4:00 pm
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World News

  • MH17 remains ‘still at crash site’


    22 July 2014 Last updated at 20:41 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The train carrying bodies from the MH17 crash site has arrived in Kharkiv The search for victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine must go on as only about 200 bodies appear to have been found so far, Dutch officials say. Forensics expert Jan Tuinder said his team had begun counting the bodies that earlier arrived in the town of Kharkiv. The first bodies, which were moved out of territory held by pro-Russian rebels, are due to be flown to the Netherlands on Wednesday. The plane crashed in a rebel-held area last Thursday killing all 298 on board. Western nations say there is growing evidence the rebels shot down the plane using a missile supplied by Russia. Russia, however, has suggested Ukrainian government forces are to blame. Experts have expressed concern that forensic evidence at the crash site …

    July 22, 2014 4:00 pm
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Technology

  • Loom bands: 10 digital ways to catch up with your kids crafting skills


    Parenting manuals? Pfft. The internet is now the flustered parent’s first port of call for tricky questions of all kinds. From the earliest years (“Should baby poo really be that colour?”) to the curious years (“Daddy, what’s the most aggressive penguin in the world? Ask Mr Google! Ask Mr Google!”) online sources are preserving millions of parents’ sanity. Not to mention their wafer-thin claims to omniscience. Which brings me neatly on to loom bands. My seven year-old son appears to have quietly put in the regulation 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at weaving tiny coloured rubber bands into intricate designs – this year’s craze among pre-teen children. Judging by the 50p-per-wristband he’s charging family members, he’s also honing his entrepreneurial skills. Meanwhile, I’ve been floundering: my schooldays taught me to flick an elastic band across the room at someone’s nose with decent accuracy, but not how to craft a neatly finished fishtail …

    July 22, 2014 9:18 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary


    [image-36] Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Chandra, one of NASA’s current “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe. With its superb sensitivity and resolution, Chandra has observed objects ranging from the closest planets and comets to the most distant known quasars. It has imaged the remains of exploded stars, or supernova remnants, observed the region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and discovered black holes across the universe. Chandra also has made a major advance in the study of dark matter by tracing the separation of dark matter from normal matter in collisions between galaxy clusters. It …

    July 22, 2014 1:39 pm
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Health

  • Schizophrenia has many genetic links, study says


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Over 100 locations on the human genome may play a role in a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study. While the results don’t have an immediate effect on those living with the psychiatric disorder, one of the study’s authors said they open areas of research into a topic that had looked closed. “The exciting thing about having little openings is it gives you a place to dig and make big openings,” said Steve McCarroll, director of genetics for the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. McCarroll is part of the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, which published the study in the journal Nature. About one percent of Americans have schizophrenia, according to the National Institutes of Health. The disorder’s symptoms, which include hallucinations and delusions, often begin between people’s teenage years and their late-20s. Researchers have long …

    July 22, 2014 1:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Chosen As Calvin Klein Model As He Launches New Fragrance


    Posted on Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 1:45pm PDT We all know that Justin Bieber loves his Calvins — but it turns out Calvin Klein loves him back! The unruly singer has just been tapped to model by the famous apparel company — and we can’t wait to see the finished product! While the details of what he will be modeling are unclear (back in April it was rumored he would appear in a campaign with Kendall Jenner), we can only assume he will stripping down to his skivvies. The “Boyfriend” singer has been known to post quite a few shirtless Instagram pics rocking some Calvin Klein briefs. A source at Calvin Klein told Daily Mail that the shoot already happened, adding, “Justin has shot for Calvin Klein, we hope the results will be released later this year.” Although we don’t know what his paycheck to drop his pants — Kate Moss’s first CK contract was …

    July 22, 2014 4:00 pm
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Editorial

  • ObamaCare in death spiral after federal appeals court strikes down some subsidies


    Tuesday, a federal appeals court slapped down the Obama administration in a 2-1 ruling that could kill the president’s signature health care law. If upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling would force Congress back to the drawing boards to design a health law that is actually affordable, rather than bearing the false title “Affordable Care Act.” The ruling in Halbig v. Burwell bars the federal government from handing out taxpayer-funded subsidies to people who buy ObamaCare plans in nearly two-thirds of the states. Those subsidies took the sting out of being forced to buy pricey ObamaCare plans. If the ruling sticks, buyers in those states will have to pay full price, on average a whopping four times the subsidized price they paid this year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Quadrupling the price would likely trigger a mass exodus out of the plans,causing what the insurance industry calls a “death spiral.” The ruling by the influential appeals court …

    July 22, 2014 1:19 pm
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Odd News

  • White flag surrender symbols replace U.S. flags on Brooklyn Bridge


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two white flags hung in place of the American flags that traditionally flutter atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday, baffling New York City officials, police and onlookers. Two U.S. flags usually decorate the towers of the iconic bridge, which opened in 1883, but on Tuesday morning on they had been replaced with the international symbol of surrender, said police spokeswoman Sophia Mason. The white flags have since been taken down but they flew on in a stream of photos posted on Twitter. New York City Councilman Mark Weprin tweeted one shot at about 10 a.m. with the question, “Why are there white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?” By 1 p.m., Weprin tweeted another photo that showed the American flags back in their proper place. The incident was under investigation and police planned to release more details later on Tuesday. (Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)

    July 22, 2014 1:38 pm
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