Headline News

  • Some niche retirement communities geared to people with specific interests or backgrounds


    ORLANDO, Fla. –  Niche retirement communities are growing particularly popular as the 76 million baby boomers reach retirement age. The communities are aimed at people of specific ethnic backgrounds, hobbies or collegiate allegiances. Here are some niche retirement communities found across the United States. ShantiNiketan in Tavares, Florida: This retirement community located about 30 miles northwest of Orlando is geared to residents from India. A clubhouse in the center of the 54 condos holds a dining room, kitchen, a worship room with an enormous shrine holding icons of Hindu gods Shiva and Ganesh and an exercise room. The dining room serves vegetarian meals and on weekends hosts karaoke. In their homes, residents get 20 Indian channels on cable TV. A second phase is under construction, and a similar community is being planned for New Jersey. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, California: This luxury retirement community located in the heart of California wine country …

    July 29, 2014 4:47 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

  • 1 in 3 U.S. adults have ‘debt in collections’


    Americans have a debt problem. An estimated 1 in 3 adults with a credit history — or 77 million people — are so far behind on some of their debt payments that their account has been put “in collections.” That’s a key finding from a new Urban Institute study. It examined non-mortgage debt, including credit card bills, car loans, medical bills, child support payments and even parking tickets. The debt in collections ranged from as little as $25 to a whopping $125,000. But the average amount owed was $5,200. Geographically, no area of the country is untouched. Among the states, Nevada had the highest percentage of residents with debt in collections — 47% – as well as the highest average amount owed – $7,198. That was helped in part by the Las Vegas metro area, where 49% of residents had debt in collections. By contrast, North Dakota had the lowest percentage of residents with debt …

    July 29, 2014 3:45 am
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Sports

  • NBA, Clippers eager to move on from Sterling to Ballmer after court ruling


    Max Blecher, attorney for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, leaves the Los Angeles County Courthouse for the noon break in the Clippers-Sterling trial in Los Angeles. Closing arguments are underway in the trial to determine whether the estranged wife of Donald Sterling can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The arguments Monday follow days of testimony involving Shelly Sterling’s removal of her husband from the family trust that owns the team after doctors found him to be mentally incapacitated. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)The Associated Press FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, during the Los Angeles Clippers’ NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Lawyers …

    July 29, 2014 4:47 am
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World News

  • EU set to widen Russia sanctions


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 10:11 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Burridge on the fighting near the MH17 crash site The European Union is set to agree new sanctions against Russia, targeting its finance, energy and defence sectors over the conflict in Ukraine. Top Russian individuals and bodies are already the subject of EU sanctions for their alleged role in Ukraine’s crisis. Calls for the EU to act have been fuelled by the downing of flight MH17. An international team has still failed to access the crash site in eastern Ukraine, amid heavy fighting between government forces and rebels there. The team, which includes Dutch and Australian police officers, has twice turned back from attempts to reach the site in the past two days. A third mission to the site, on Tuesday, has also failed to proceed because of the fighting, the AFP news agency reports. Many of the …

    July 29, 2014 4:47 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

  • Rob Kardashian’s issues leave mom Kris in tears


    Kardashian has opted to keep a low profile and stay out of the public eye to deal with his various problems and he has resurfaced recently — for the first time in a long time — in Malibu, California, on Sunday, July 27, while he enjoyed time at the family’s beach house, Us Weekly reports. Rob Kardashian reportedly has serious drug problem There as been much speculation as to what Rob is going through, with reports saying it’s his weight gain that has made him depressed and others assuming he has a drug problem. However, one thing is certain: There are mixed feelings when it comes to his family and their support for him. Older sister Kim K previously revealed on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she was taking a tough love approach when it came to her brother. “We’ve all been here to offer him help and he won’t take it, so …

    July 29, 2014 3:45 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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