Headline News

  • Fired medical marijuana researcher loses appeal to keep university job


    TUCSON, Ariz. –  A fired University of Arizona professor who was studying the effects of medical marijuana on military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has lost an appeal to regain her job. Suzanne Sisley was let go last month because funding for part of the work she did with the medical school was running out and because the telemedicine program she worked with is shifting direction, the university said in a letter. Sisley claims she was targeted by conservative state legislators who disapproved of her research. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sisley had federal approval to conduct the controlled study. Sisley and her supporters will ask the Arizona Board of Regents to help her find a new home for the study. She is hoping to work with Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University.

    July 30, 2014 7:22 am
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Politics

  • Republicans Make Massive TV Reservation For Mike Coffman’s… Wife


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Mike Coffman is a Colorado Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A Republican group reserved $2.6 million in Denver television time for a House incumbent’s wife who is running for Colorado Attorney General. The Republican Attorneys General Association Colorado PAC reserved the air time from Oct. 7 through Election Day to boost Colorado Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. She is the wife of Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., who faces one of the most competitive House races of the cycle.   Mike Coffman’s 6th District is in the Denver suburbs — so there’s a chance he might benefit too from the blitz. He faces former state Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Both men are running strong campaigns and are top fundraisers. The 6th District race is rated Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. 0 comments Tweet

    July 30, 2014 7:41 am
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Stocks

  • Twitter zooms 25% on strong sales and mobile growth


    Get those thumbs up, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo — the company’s second quarter was worth getting excited about. Things are looking up for Twitter — or at least, for its stock price. Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) shares surged 25% in premarket trading Wednesday after it posted strong second-quarter sales. Twitter’s better-than-expected quarterly report helped allay fears among investors about the company’s growth. Of particular note was Twitter’s success with mobile users. The number of Twitter users on mobile grew 29% versus last year. Twitter also raised its projection for total 2014 sales to up to $1.3 billion. It has been a rough year for Twitter. Shares have fallen by more than 40% since the start of 2014 as investors have questioned how much more Twitter can grow — and whether it can cash in on its user base. Chief operating officer Ali Rowghani resigned in June, and the company named a new chief financial officer a …

    July 30, 2014 6:21 am
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Sports

  • Fabio Capello to remain as Russia coach despite World Cup failure


    MOSCOW –  Fabio Capello says he will stay in his post as Russia coach despite the team’s World Cup failure. Russia was eliminated after the group stage in Brazil without winning a game, prompting speculation the Italian would be fired. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After emerging from his second meeting with Russian Football Union officials in three days, Capello told local media it was “confirmed” that he “will continue to work with the Russian team.” Capello signed a contract extension in January taking him through to the World Cup in Russia in 2018. That deal reportedly contains a clause that would require the Russian Football Union to pay out at least $25 million in compensation for firing him at this stage. The 68-year-old Capello has previously said the Russia job will be his last.

    July 30, 2014 7:22 am
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World News

  • Ukraine seizes key town near Donetsk


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 12:14 Donetsk has been hit by heavy government shelling in recent days Ukraine says it has seized a key town near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, as fighting intensifies in the east. Pro-Russia separatists were driven out of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the army says. The strategic town is near the airport and train station in Donetsk. Heavy fighting around Donetsk has again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of flight MH17. Details of fresh EU sanctions against Russia for its support to the Ukrainian rebels will be revealed on Wednesday. Shelling Almost two weeks after the Malaysia Airlines jet came down, international monitors from the Organization for the Security and Co-operation of Europe were prevented from reaching the crash site again on Wednesday. They were turned back to Donetsk after being stopped at a separatist checkpoint, with evidence of fighting ahead smoke rising in the distance from …

    July 30, 2014 7:22 am
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Technology

  • Sprint stems customer bleeding in return to Q1 profit


    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse speaking at an event in Chicago in June. Marguerite Reardon/CNET Sprint returned to a profit in the fiscal first quarter, a rare bit of positive news amid its tough turnaround. The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier by subscriber base continued to lose customers in its core Sprint and prepaid arms, posting a net loss of 220,000 subscribers for the period, which ended June 30. Its results were propped up by a gain in wholesale and affiliate customers. The Overland Park, Kan., company posted a fiscal first-quarter profit of $23 million, or 1 cent a share, on revenue of $8.79 billion. A year ago, before Sprint merged with Clearwire and was acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank, it posted a loss of $1.6 billion, or 53 cents a share, on revenue of $8.9 billion. The results exceeded Wall Street’s average forecast of a loss of 1 cent a share and revenue of $8.78 billion. …

    July 30, 2014 7:42 am
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Science

  • Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges


    Related images(click to enlarge) NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays — that is, those activated by applying an specific voltage — are as functional as the current technology’s magnetically activated arrays. This advance makes them a highly attractive capability for potential Explorer-class missions designed to perform multi-object observations. “We have identified real applications — three scientists want to use our microshutter arrays and the commercial sector has expressed interest,” said Mary Li, a Goddard engineer who is working with Moseley and other team members to fully develop this already groundbreaking observing technology. “The electrostatic concept has been fully demonstrated and our focus now is on making these …

    July 30, 2014 8:02 am
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Health

  • Pfizer to buy two Baxter vaccines for $635 million


    (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) agreed to buy two of Baxter International Inc’s (BAX.N) vaccines and a part of a facility involved in their production for $635 million. The deal will give Pfizer access to Baxter’s NeisVac-C, a meningitis vaccine, and FSME-IMMUN, an encephalitis vaccine. Both vaccines are already being sold in the United States. (Reporting by Anand Basu; Editing by Simon Jennings)

    July 30, 2014 7:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Prince Harry spotted in a royally-epic photobomb


    Fox’s fake Prince Harry tricks 12 women in new reality series  While at a women’s swimming event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, the prince was caught in a photobomb so amazing, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t planned. Prince Harry jumped in a picture being taken of former Olympic boxer Trevor Shailer, rugby coach Sir Gordon Tietjens and sports psychologist Gary Hermansson, according to People magazine. Shailer was so kind to post the photo in all of its glory on his Facebook page. “Photo of the day… A royal photo bomb by Prince Harry with Titch (Sir Gordon) and Gary Hermansson at the Swimming venue tonight,” reads the caption. “Thanks to Bev Hari for taking the pic… Fun times supporting our athletes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games!!” Prince Harry is not the only one in the royal family who has been busy photobombing at the Commonwealth Games this year. None …

    July 30, 2014 6:21 am
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Editorial

  • In quest for healthy profits, a new mantra: suffer, the patients


    (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences) I’m the underachiever in my family. My parents also produced Harvard Medical School research director Thomas Stossel. Mom called him the one who had “a real job.” For years, my brother annoyed me by not embracing the libertarianism that changed my life. It bored him. He was comfortable in his Harvard cocoon. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But then he realized that the anti-capitalist activists who fight with me on my TV show are also the people who make life more difficult for doctors, and for patients who want cures. Lately, the anti-capitalists have become obsessed with “conflict of interest” in science — any trace of corporate money must poison honest medical research. ObamaCare includes a rule called the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. It orders companies that make medical products to disclose even bagels they serve doctors and anything valued above $10. On my TV show this week, Tom calls that “the conflict of interest …

    July 30, 2014 7:42 am
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Odd News

  • Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”. The warning from the flight attendant that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on standby in Sydney prompted a rush to the plane’s toilets, News Ltd reported. Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said it discussed the matter with the crew member involved, who made the announcement over the plane’s PA system. The airline said the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plant and fruit materials being transported between states, too far. “Our procedures allow cabin crew to deliver the quarantine message through a public announcement and on this occasion the crew member elected to do so,” Jetstar said. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen …

    July 29, 2014 11:52 pm
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