• Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy end their engagement

    Michael Strahan still “can’t believe” Hall of Fame honor  “They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule, it has been hard to maintain the relationship,” Strahan’s rep told People. That distance...
  • P&G dumping 90 brands

    P&G dumping 90 brands

    Procter Gamble is cleaning house. The nation’s largest consumer product company, will be dumping about 90 of its smaller, less popular brands. The move, announced Friday as executives discussed earnings with investors, will still leave...
  • Australian pair abandon Down’s baby

    Australian pair abandon Down’s baby

    2 August 2014 Last updated at 03:59 Six-month-old Gammy has Down’s Syndrome and a life-threatening congenital heart condition A campaign for a baby with Down’s Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian...
  • ‘Active’ surfaces control what’s on them

    Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or...
  • Tablets with cool camera features

    Tablets with cool camera features

    Using your tablet’s camera in public may garner some judgmental side-eyes or stifled laughter from lookers-on, but some slates actually offer a few cool features to make the public embarrassment worth risking. To be sure,...

Headline News

  • Jewish man’s hate crime case over black man’s attack resurrects old wounds in NYC neighborhood


    NEW YORK –  The extradition of a white Orthodox Jewish man to New York City to face hate crime charges over a black man’s attack has renewed questions about the case. Supporters of Yitzhak Shuchat say there’s no evidence of racial hatred in a 2008 street encounter he had with Andrew Charles. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Shuchat worked for a civilian patrol group in Crown Heights, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a history of racial strife. Authorities say he confronted Charles and beat him with a nightstick, then fled to Israel. Shuchat has pleaded not guilty. The case has stirred emotions in Crown Heights that date to 1991, when street violence exploded after a black child was accidentally hit and killed by a car in a Jewish motorcade. A group of blacks then fatally stabbed a rabbinical student.

    August 2, 2014 1:06 am
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Politics

  • U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill. The 223-189 vote came one day after conservative Republicans balked at an earlier version of the measure, exposing a deep rift between Tea Party activists and more mainstream Republicans. In passing the retooled bill, the Republican-led House ignored a veto threat from the White House. But with the Senate already on a five-week summer recess, this measure will advance no further at least until September. “We couldn’t go home (for recess) and not have a decision,” said Representative Kay Granger of Texas, who helped draft the original bill. Granger said the measure would serve as a marker for negotiations in September to resolve the humanitarian crisis that has seen nearly 60,000 children from El …

    August 2, 2014 12:44 am
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Stocks

  • P&G dumping 90 brands


    Procter Gamble is cleaning house. The nation’s largest consumer product company, will be dumping about 90 of its smaller, less popular brands. The move, announced Friday as executives discussed earnings with investors, will still leave the company with portfolio of 70 to 80 brands. Company officials did not immediately identify the names of the brands being cut. Some will be sold to new owners, others will just be closed down. PG will continue to sell many of the best known products found in American households, including Tide laundry detergent, Charmin toilet paper, Gillette razors and Pampers diapers, Crest toothpaste and Bounty paper towels. Related: Tide popular among thieves The brands the company is keeping account for 90% of the company’s annual sales of $83 billion.   “We’re going to create a faster growing and more profitable company that is far simpler to manage and operate,” said CEO A.G. Lafley. “Less will be much more.” Lafley …

    August 2, 2014 1:26 am
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Sports

  • Serena Williams beat Ivanovic to reach semis at Bank of the West Classic


    STANFORD, Calif. –  Serena Williams roared back after falling behind in the third set to beat Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday night to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic. The top-seeded and top-ranked Williams dropped three consecutive games to fall behind 4-3 and then ripped seven straight points to right the ship in front of a sellout crowd at Stanford. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Williams assured herself of a 200th non-consecutive week at the top of the ladder while Ivanovic will return to the top 10 for first time in over five years. Andrea Petkovic ended Venus Williams’ run in the tournament, beating the former top-ranked player 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. She gets a shot at Serena Williams on Saturday afternoon.

    August 2, 2014 1:05 am
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World News

  • Australian pair abandon Down’s baby


    2 August 2014 Last updated at 03:59 Six-month-old Gammy has Down’s Syndrome and a life-threatening congenital heart condition A campaign for a baby with Down’s Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000). The six-month-old boy, named Gammy, also has a congenital heart condition and needs urgent medical treatment. Pattaramon Chanbua was left to care for him after his Australian parents only wanted his healthy twin sister. She was paid $15,000 (£9,000) to be a surrogate for the couple, whose identities remain unknown. Mrs Pattaramon was told of the child’s condition four months after becoming pregnant and the couple asked her to have an abortion but she refused, saying it was against her Buddhist beliefs. The 21-year-old, who already has two children, says she cannot afford to pay for the expensive treatment to deal with his life-threatening heart condition. “The money that was offered was a lot …

    August 2, 2014 1:05 am
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Technology

  • Tablets with cool camera features


    Using your tablet’s camera in public may garner some judgmental side-eyes or stifled laughter from lookers-on, but some slates actually offer a few cool features to make the public embarrassment worth risking. To be sure, their photo quality is usually less than inspiring, with even some of the best tablets housing cameras that result in grainy details, washed-out colors, and fuzzy focus. The slates on this list have native camera setting features that make the most out of the mediocre photo quality and add a fun element to busting out your tablet to snap a shot. For a few examples, check out the slideshow below. Tablets with cool camera features (pictures) See full gallery And it’s waterproof! Andrew Hoyle/CNET Sony Xperia Z2 The 10-inch Sony Xperia Z2 offers augmented-reality camera modes that let you overlay colorful, cartoonish imagery of dinosaurs, elves, butterflies, and more on top of whatever scenery you have your camera pointed at. …

    August 2, 2014 12:45 am
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Science

  • ‘Active’ surfaces control what’s on them


    Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or microfluidic devices, or solar panels that could automatically clean themselves of dust and grit. “Most surfaces are passive,” says Kripa Varanasi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, and senior author of a paper describing the new system in the journal Applied Physics Letters. “They rely on gravity, or other forces, to move fluids or particles.” Varanasi’s team decided to use external fields, such as magnetic fields, to make surfaces active, exerting precise control over the behavior of particles or droplets moving over them. The system makes use of a microtextured surface, with bumps or ridges just a few micrometers across, that is then impregnated with a fluid that can be manipulated — for example, an oil infused with …

    August 2, 2014 1:05 am
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Health

  • African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it. WHO chief Margaret Chan told a meeting of the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the countries worst affected – that the epidemic was outpacing efforts to contain it and warned of catastrophic consequences in lost lives and economic disruption if the situation were allowed to deteriorate. “The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries,” Chan said after the meeting. “They are determined to take extraordinary measures to …

    August 2, 2014 12:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy end their engagement


    Michael Strahan still “can’t believe” Hall of Fame honor  “They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule, it has been hard to maintain the relationship,” Strahan’s rep told People. That distance includes Strahan’s Monday to Friday job of co-hosting Live! with Kelly and Michael as well as his weekend job (on the opposite coast) with NFL on Fox. Strahan and Murphy began dating in 2007, after divorces for both of them. Murphy was previously married to actor Eddie Murphy, and Strahan was previously married to Jean Muggli. Between the two of them, they have nine children. Murphy spoke to People about Strahan shortly after she started dating him and said at first that she was worried to start dating so soon after her divorce. But Strahan was the perfect man for her at the time. “Michael and I talk about everything, and we both love to travel, explore and laugh,” she …

    August 2, 2014 1:26 am
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Editorial

  • Hey y’all, what’s wrong with a drawl?


    I was born in Tennessee. And even though I’ve lived in New York City for the past decade, I still take my tea sweet, my chicken fried and my biscuits buttered. I’m proud to call myself a gun-toting, Bible-clinging Tennessee Volunteer. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! http://facebook.com/toddstarnesFNC So you can imagine my befuddlement when I learned the Oak Ridge National Laboratory wanted to crack down on workers who have Southern accents by holding a “Southern Accent Reduction” course. In other words, them government folks want to learn us rednecks how to talk right. Bless their hearts. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the government-managed facility wanted to bring in a “nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer.” “Feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak with a more neutral American accent, and be remembered for what you say and not how you say it,” read …

    August 2, 2014 12:45 am
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Odd News

  • South African group to sue over giraffe bridge collision death


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African animal rights group is planning to sue the people responsible for the death of a giraffe that smashed its head on a bridge as it was transported in a trailer on one of Africa’s busiest motorways. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two giraffes in an open air trailer being driven along Johannesburg’s N1 motorway on Thursday before one hit its head on the bridge. “What a weird and sad thing to witness. That impact was so shocking,” TV and radio personality Pabi Moloi said on Twitter, next to a cellphone picture of the giraffes shortly before the incident. “Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. Who thought this one through?” South Africa’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said they would be seeking to prosecute those responsible. “We’re very concerned about the way it was transported. Most definitely there has been negligence,” …

    August 2, 2014 1:05 am
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