• Stop sharing USB Flash drives

    Stop sharing USB Flash drives

    USB-connected devices have a fatal flaw. Say no to strangers’ flash drives — and smartphones too. It’s time to start thinking of smartphones and USB Flash drives like toothbrushes or razors — for personal use...
  • Dawson tops crowded leaderboard in Minnesota

    Blaine, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Marco Dawson fired a 9-under 63 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the 3M Championship. Dawson has one win on the Web.com Tour in 2002....
  • Judge urges Argentina default talks

    Judge urges Argentina default talks

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 22:29 The bond-holders are known in Argentina as “buitres,” Spanish for “vultures” Negotiations between Argentina and its creditors should be resumed urgently, US judge Thomas Griesa has said. Investors...

Headline News

  • Area in front of White House reopened after being cleared


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Park Police and Secret Service officers reopened an area in front of the White House on Friday evening after briefly closing it due to an unattended package that had been left in front of the presidential building, according to a Reuters eyewitness. At around 8 p.m., officers moved pedestrians away from Pennsylvania Avenue, the street in front of the White House, and Lafayette Park, which faces the building. A package that looked like a small black backpack had been left near the railings that separate the White House grounds from the street, the witness reported. The authorities reopened the area after examining the item and returning it to its owner, the witness said. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Peter Cooney)

    August 1, 2014 9:03 pm
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Politics

  • Obama says that after 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA “tortured some folks” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into “enhanced interrogation techniques.” “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,” Obama told a White House news conference. Obama’s comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding shortly after he took office in January 2009. The administration of President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor, authorized the use of harsh questioning techniques of militant detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after deciding they did not amount to torture. Obama told reporters the techniques were used because the United States was afraid more attacks were imminent. “It’s important for us not to feel …

    August 1, 2014 8:43 pm
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Stocks

  • Stop sharing USB Flash drives


    USB-connected devices have a fatal flaw. Say no to strangers’ flash drives — and smartphones too. It’s time to start thinking of smartphones and USB Flash drives like toothbrushes or razors — for personal use only. German security researchers have discovered that USB-connected devices have a fatal flaw. Anything that connects via USB can be reprogrammed to pose as another device. That means a stranger’s USB stick could dupe your computer into thinking it’s a keyboard, then type in certain commands and quietly take control of your laptop. Or it could pose as a network card, rerouting your Internet traffic so everything you do can be spied on. Identity theft, bank fraud, extortion — you name it. Anything follows. And any talented computer engineer can tamper with a device’s firmware to dupe a computer. Related story: Dark Mail – email that hides from the NSA Some cybersecurity experts, like Rapid7′s Trey Ford, say the danger …

    August 1, 2014 9:23 pm
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Sports

  • Dawson tops crowded leaderboard in Minnesota


    Blaine, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Marco Dawson fired a 9-under 63 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the 3M Championship. Dawson has one win on the Web.com Tour in 2002. In eight Champions Tour starts this season, he has three top-10 finishes, with a share of fifth at the U.S. Senior Open being his best finish. Coming off his dominating win at the Senior Open Championship, 2012 winner Bernhard Langer fired a 64 and he shares second place with Jeff Maggert, Rocco Mediate and Vijay Singh. Kenny Perry, the 2011 runner-up, opened with a 65 at TPC Twin Cities and is alone in sixth place. Gary Hallberg, who shared second with Langer at this event in 2008, carded a 6-under 66 and was joined in seventh by Bobby Wadkins, Doug Garwood, Mike Goodes and U.S. Senior Open runner-up Gene Sauers. Dawson started his round on the 10th tee. He parred …

    August 1, 2014 9:03 pm
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World News

  • Judge urges Argentina default talks


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 22:29 The bond-holders are known in Argentina as “buitres,” Spanish for “vultures” Negotiations between Argentina and its creditors should be resumed urgently, US judge Thomas Griesa has said. Investors holding Argentine bonds and lawyers for the government attended a hearing in New York for the first time since Argentina defied an order to pay. “Nothing that has happened this week has removed the necessity of working out a settlement,” the judge said. The bond-holders, which Argentina calls “vulture funds,” are demanding a full payout of $1.3bn (£766m). Continue reading the main story “Start Quote It would have been easier for me to sign it, but I wouldn’t be able to sleep ” End Quote President Cristina Fernandez The bonds were bought by hedge funds NML and Aurelius Capital Management for a fraction of their face value in the aftermath of Argentina’s economic collapse in 2001. The South American nation …

    August 1, 2014 8:44 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Heavy metals and hydroelectricity


    Related images(click to enlarge) Hydraulic engineering is increasingly relied on for hydroelectricity generation. However, redirecting stream flow can yield unintended consequences. In the August 2014 issue of GSA Today, Donald Rodbell of Union College-Schenectady and coauthors from the U.S. and Peru document the wholesale contamination of the Lake Junín National Reserve by acid mine drainage from the Cerro de Pasco mining district. According to the World Bank, about 60% of Peru’s electricity is generated by hydropower, which during the dry season relies heavily on glacial meltwater to augment stream flow. The ongoing reduction in ice cover in Peru that began early in the twentieth century has reduced the aerial extent of glacial ice in some areas by nearly 30%. According to this GSA Today article, climate models project that warming will be pronounced in the highest elevation regions of the tropical Andes, and thus acceleration in ice loss is likely. To maintain dry-season river discharge …

    August 1, 2014 5:00 pm
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Health

  • Two relief workers with Ebola to be evacuated to Atlanta


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday. A plane equipped to transport Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol can carry only one patient back at a time, and Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse said it did not know who would return first. Both medical evacuations are due to be completed by early next week, said North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, as officials said bringing the stricken aid workers to the United States would not put the American public at risk. The patients are aid workers from Samaritan’s Purse and North Carolina-based missionary group SIM USA who were helping respond to a West Africa Ebola outbreak that is the worst on record. More than 700 people have died from the disease since February. A …

    August 1, 2014 4:40 pm
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Entertainment

  • Emma Watson supports the women of Turkey by laughing


    PHOTO: Emma Watson graduates from Brown University  Arinc made the outrageous claim in a speech earlier this week, saying that it isn’t considered proper for a woman to laugh out loud. “A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent,” Arinc said, according to The Guardian. “She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times.” Considering laughter is one of the most natural things in the world, it’s not surprising that many people, including men, have taken issue with Arinc’s views. The speech has prompted an influx of women to post pictures of themselves publicly laughing on social media in protest. Kesha talks stint in rehab and sexism in new essay  Watson jumped at the opportunity to stand up for her own sex, sharing a photo of herself doubled over in …

    August 1, 2014 9:23 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama and Kerry behind one of most strategic mistakes in military history


    July 22, 2014: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo.AP The obsession by the Obama-Kerry administration with imposing a cease-fire on the warring parties in the Hamas-Israel war will go down in history as one of the most strategic mistakes in military history. Here is a fact the administration deliberately and maliciously ignored: In the history of modern warfare, no terrorist group has ever honored a cease-fire. Hamas has broken every cease-fire it ever said it would honor. Every single one. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Even the Israel-Hamas 2012 cease fire, brokered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was simply agreed to by Hamas to give it an opportunity to restock its military arsenal, pressure Israel to lift its restrictions on the import of cement and steel into Gaza – material that Clinton said would be used to build hospitals and schools, but in fact was used to build …

    August 1, 2014 8:43 pm
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Odd News

  • French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill


    PARIS (Reuters) – A hospital in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients will be able to enjoy a “medically-supervised” glass or two with their families. “Why should we refuse the charms of the soil to those at the end of their lives? Nothing justifies such an prohibition,” the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital Center said in statement. The center’s head, Dr. Virginie Guastella, said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”. The bar will be the first in France to offer such a facility for patients and their families. Staff will be specially trained before it opens in the hospital’s palliative care center in September. “Medically supervised tastings will help brighten what is often a difficult daily life,” the hospital said. Although some researchers have long held that an antioxidant found in red wine is good for the heart, some recent research has determined that wine’s …

    August 1, 2014 9:03 pm
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