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  • Lavrov and Kerry discuss Cold War-era arms control treaty that the US says Russia has violated


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    July 29, 2014 10:53 am
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Politics

  • NRSC Chairman: Senate Map Has Expanded to 12 States


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at noon today 0 Tweet In the 2014 elections, Moran leads the NRSC. (CQ Roll Call) National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran said Tuesday the GOP’s pickup opportunities have expanded to around a dozen states — twice as many as needed to take control of the Senate. “I think we have a good map in the sense that we have good candidates and good states,” Moran told CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski. “The map has expanded over time. In my view, [it] started out with six or seven — now 10 or 12.” Republicans have clear advantages in South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana. About three months before the elections, the party is also in a better position in Iowa and Colorado than it was at the beginning of the year, and the GOP is giving Democratic incumbents strong challenges in states including Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Alaska. Beyond …

    July 29, 2014 11:13 am
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Stocks

  • Home price increases continue at slower pace


    Home prices were up less than 10% for the first time in more than a year in May. Home prices continued to rise this spring, but the pace of increase has slowed since late last year. The SP/Case-Shiller home price index, a closely watched measure of home values. posted a 9.3% annual increase in its May reading, down from the 10.8% rate in April. The rate of increase was as high as 13.7% in November before slowing every month since. The good news for homeowners is that the index has now been up every month over the last two years — after posting drops almost every month over the previous five years. Related: The most and least affordable markets And some experts say the current growth is better for the market, because rapid price increases can keep some buyers on the sidelines. “Today’s Case-Shiller data is consistent with the slow glide-path down towards a more …

    July 29, 2014 9:51 am
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Sports

  • 49ers sign former Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith, waive/injured guard Fouimalo Fonoti


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. –  The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal. The 49ers waived injured guard Fouimalo Fonoti on Tuesday to make room for Smith on the roster. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Smith’s signing comes after injuries to primary backups Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James in the last week. Hunter is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and James will be sidelined indefinitely with a left elbow injury. Smith spent the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after a collegiate career at Kentucky. He had 48 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns in 43 games for Arizona. He also had 13 tackles on special teams. Fonoti signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in May.

    July 29, 2014 10:53 am
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World News

  • Son of security tsar Zhou Yongkang at centre of China corruption investigation


    Before the Communist party formally announced its corruption investigation into China‘s former security tsar Zhou Yongkang on Tuesday, his fate was a magnet for speculation about factional struggles at the top of the party hierarchy, painstakingly hidden from public view. But at the centre of the investigation is a familiar story: the life and career of his 42-year-old son Zhou Bin, a wealthy investor whose ascent seems to embody the tight relationship between money and power at the top of the party elite. On Tuesday, the Chinese independent magazine Caijing reported that Zhou has been formally arrested for “involvement in illegal business operations” by the procuratorate in Yichang, a prefecture-level city in eastern China’s Hubei province. Authorities had detained the younger Zhou as he was leaving Singapore for the US in December, according to Reuters, the South China morning post and others. While initial accounts claimed that Zhou was simply aiding the investigation into his …

    July 29, 2014 10:53 am
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Technology

  • Android ‘Fake ID’ flaw could leave millions open to attack


    A vulnerability in Google’s Android software could leave millions open to attack from malicious apps that seem to have come from legitimate developers. The flaw has been named “Fake ID” by security company Bluebox Labs, which discovered it. However, Google says it has already issued a patch to protect Android users from attacks exploiting the flaw. Fake ID has been resident in Android from version 2.1 to 4.4, although it was fixed in April as part of the latest update, Android KitKat. Millions of devices could still be at risk, though, as Google’s own figures show that 82.1% of Android users are running an older version. In a blog post published today, Bluebox explained that the problem lies in how app security is checked on Android, with each app given its own cryptographic signature determining who can update it, and what privileges it has on a device. To get these signatures, apps are signed using …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Science

  • Passengers Screenwriter Talks about Time Dilation and a Story’s Inner Truth


    Originally posted on SoapBox Science, a community guest blog from Nature.com Jon Spaihts is the screenwriter of The Darkest Hour, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the upcoming Passengers and The Mummy. The one-time physics student and science writer has become one of the go-to writers for hard science fiction and space epics in Hollywood. He is currently working on a remake of Disney’s classic, The Black Hole and is writing Marvel’s forthcoming movie Doctor Strange. Jon also features in today’s OSAM blog: Behind the Science of Hollywood Here Jon speaks to Alex Jackson on collaborative work with scientists on film, the importance of science in filmmaking and finding the right balance between scientific practice, current knowledge and future developments with the demands of fine storytelling. What experiences of working with scientists in the screenwriting process, do you have? Much of the collaboration I’ve done with scientists is related to projects still in development – so there’s only so much I’m allowed to talk about them. …

    July 29, 2014 11:35 am
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Health

  • It’s ‘Buyer Beware’ for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says


    TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun accessory, but if you’re not careful, they can cause serious eye damage. Decorative contacts should be fitted properly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s important to get an eye exam and a valid prescription for these lenses and buy them from a trustworthy seller, the FDA cautioned. To spread the word about the potential health risks associated with decorative contact lenses, the FDA joined forces with the American Optometric Association (AOA), and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC). The three groups offered guidance on how to use these lenses safely. Their recommendations include: Visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist for an exam before using decorative contact lenses — even if you think your vision is perfect. You should also schedule follow-up exams. Be sure to get a valid prescription for these lenses. This …

    July 29, 2014 11:13 am
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Entertainment

  • Zoe Saldana Shows Off The Baby Bump She’s Not Admitting She Has


    Posted on Tue Jul 29th, 2014 7:00am PDT Zoe Saldana has the rare ability to be cute as a button AND sexy at the same time — we are equally jealous of this quality and in awe. BUT, she doesn’t like us admiring the baby bump she doesn’t admit she has … After UK’s Guardian paper recently reported she and hubby Marco Perego are expecting twins, the actress took to Twitter to say … well, to say F all y’all: “I would like to thank all the f–king media for invading our privacy.” Hmmm … okay. So, our headline here could be: “Zoe Saldana Leaves Her New York Hotel With A Slightly Larger Middle Region But We Don’t Know What That Bump Under Her Dress Is.” OR how about … “Zoe Saldana Looks Cute In Leopard Print.” What’s your vote?   SEE THE GALLERY Zoe Saldana Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Leopard Print Stories …

    July 29, 2014 9:51 am
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Editorial

  • How Hamas plans to win by losing


      Every few years there is another Hamas-Israel battle. It begins in the typical way – Hamas incites an incident, Israel responds, Hamas escalates by lobbing rockets into Israel, Israel moves to destroy Hamas’ weapons depots and rocket launchers in Gaza. It’s followed by a period of calm until Hamas begins the next round. It’s a standard, predictable routine. Yet every time the cycle runs again both sides have more advanced, lethal weapons. This time Hamas has longer range, more accurate rockets which can target 75% of the Israeli population. Israel has a new Iron Dome missile defense system which can shoot them down. This time Hamas has built an extensive tunnel system which can bring fighters under the border and into Israeli territory unseen. By the time this round’s ceasefire eventually comes, Israel will have destroyed the tunnels. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hamas knows what while they can’t win on the battlefield, they can win in …

    July 29, 2014 11:13 am
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Odd News

  • Texas man slams car into house after arguing with wife, police say


    DALLAS (Reuters) – A Texas man has been arrested for assault on suspicion of slamming a car into his home after getting into an argument with his wife, who was inside and severely injured when the vehicle crashed into a bathroom, police said on Tuesday. Scottey Davis was in police custody on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the incident in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill on Monday, police said. There was no attorney listed as representing Davis. His wife was found under piles of bricks and debris inside the house and then taken to a hospital. She was in serious condition, Cedar Hill police said. Video footage of the house from local TV broadcasters showed a piles of bricks next to a ground floor bathroom that had been caved in by the vehicle. (Reporting by Jana J. Pruet; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)

    July 29, 2014 11:35 am
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