Headline News

  • Evangelical group that recruits children encounters resistance in heavily-secular Portland


    PORTLAND, Ore. –  The arrival last week of an evangelical Christian group in heavily-secular Portland has raised the ire of some residents. The Child Evangelism Fellowship will host child-oriented gatherings called Good News Clubs throughout the city this week. The organizers hope to bring in children between the ages of 5 and 12. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Opponents of the group say the group presents a fundamentalist view of Christianity that should be rejected. They took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper to oppose the outreach. CEF vice president Moises (MOH’-ses) Esteves says the group is trying to engage with a younger audience that may not have heard its message. He says opponents are part of an atheist plan to dismantle Christian outreach.

    July 22, 2014 3:56 am
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Politics

  • Rating Change: Nebraska’s 2nd District


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 8:03 p.m. on July 21 0 Tweet Lee Terry is a Nebraska Republican. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., has a history of making races closer than they need to be — and 2014 appears to be no different. Even though midterm turnout in Nebraska’s 2nd District should benefit the Republican, his inability to boost his own numbers and the potential that two third party candidates will make the November ballot raise questions about the Republican’s electoral health. It’s been a roller coaster race for Democrats who touted and then lost their top recruit in Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen. But the party bounced back with state Sen. Brad Ashford, who appears to be a credible candidate. Even still, Terry should have a considerable advantage, particularly in a midterm election, as I wrote in my full analysis last Nov. in the Rothenberg Political Report ($): …

    July 22, 2014 1:14 am
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Stocks

  • Detroit retirees back pension cuts


    Detroit has rebounded much more than expected by many in the year since its bankruptcy filing. It’s been a surprisingly good year for Detroit. Last year at this time, the city filed for the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy ever. The process has moved much faster than expected. On Monday, court documents showed thousands of employees and retirees had voted in favor of cuts to their pension benefits, raising the chances that the city will be able to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. The reorganization plan won the support of about 82% of police and firefighters and 73% of other retirees and employees. “Even in a non-controversial, non-politically charged bankruptcy, getting to this stage in only a year is quite an accomplishment,” said Michael Sweet, an expert in municipal bankruptcies. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who oversees the city’s finances, has struck deals with city unions, pension funds and creditors to shave $7.4 billion in debt …

    July 22, 2014 3:55 am
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Sports

  • Broncos safety T.J. Ward scheduled in court on charge stemming from strip club incident


    DENVER –  Broncos safety T.J. Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club. Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT’s All Nude Club. Ward’s hearing in Denver County Court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 27-year-old Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Cleveland, where he also earned second-team All-Pro honors last year. Ward is a major component of Denver’s defensive makeover this offseason following the AFC champions’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

    July 22, 2014 3:56 am
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World News

  • MH17 bodies leave Ukraine rebel area


    22 July 2014 Last updated at 09:49 The train, which left a town near the crash site on Monday, arrived in Kharkhiv on Tuesday morning A train with the remains of victims of the Malaysian airliner which crashed in Ukraine has arrived in the city of Kharkhiv, outside rebel territory. The transfer of bodies from MH17 follows international pressure on pro-Russia rebels, amid accusations that the aircraft was shot down. The rebels earlier handed over the “black box” flight recorders to Malaysian officials. The Boeing crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

    July 22, 2014 3:56 am
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Technology

  • Technology-based mobile health takes off in developing counties


    Soon opticians – and even their assistants – will be able to check people’s vision using just a mobile phone, and it won’t matter if they’re not sure what they’re seeing because the phone will know what to look for. Space-age future? Far from it. The eye-miracle phone is already here. In fact, it’s being used in the world’s poorest countries. “Smartphones have been getting better and better, and the fortuitous coincidence is that their optical elements are so small, in fact smaller than a pupil”, explains Dr Iain Livingstone, a paediatric ophthalmologist at Peekvision, the UK-based organisation behind the technology. “With a few tweaks, we can put that to our advantage.” Peekvision’s technology utilises an ordinary smartphone, which can be used in place of the expensive and complicated ophthalmoscopes that have been a mainstay of eye exams for decades. This is how it works: an optician or even a minimally trained healthcare worker points …

    July 22, 2014 1:14 am
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Science

  • NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy’s Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds. In altocumulus clouds, at medium altitudes ranging from 6,000 feet to 20,000 feet above mean sea level, water droplets can remain in a supercooled liquid phase at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, the freezing point of water. The supercooled liquid water found at temperatures generally between 0 and 35 below zero — the temperature where supercooled water droplets begin to spontaneously freeze in a process referred to as homogeneous nucleation — can freeze on contact and thus possibly impact aircraft weapons and sensors or control surfaces effecting flight safety. “Altocumulus clouds are relatively thin mid-level clouds that cannot be reasonably resolved in current atmospheric models. To mitigate their potential impact on Navy and Department of …

    July 22, 2014 1:34 am
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Health

  • MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn


    LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air. MERS, a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus known as a coronavirus (CoV), has infected at least 850 people since it first emerged two years ago and killed at least 327 of them, according to latest figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The vast majority of human cases have been in Saudi Arabia, but isolated MERS cases have been reported across Europe and in Asia and the United States in people linked who have recently traveled in the Middle East. Scientists are not sure of the origin of the virus, but several studies have linked it to camels and some experts think it is being passed to humans through close …

    July 22, 2014 1:14 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Theroux Dishes On His Relationship With Jennifer Aniston, Being Famous And Why He Always Wears Black


    Posted on Mon Jul 21st, 2014 3:00pm PDT Justin Theroux is featured in the new issue of Elle Magazine, and while he doesn’t reveal too much about his relationship with Jennifer Aniston, he definitely touches on it and shares his thoughts about all those rumors. On how dating Aniston thrust him into the spotlight: “My life changed a lot. More people are like, ‘Hey, man!’ And I don’t think that’s from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: Don’t ever engage with it. Just JKL. It was a learning curve, but it wasn’t as traumatic as you might expect. It’s just annoying. Occasionally you’ll get a stewardess congratulating you, on, I don’t know, whatever, some three-headed baby we just had.” The Leftovers star doesn’t say whether he spends his days scanning over gossip blogs, but clearly he’s aware of how obsessed …

    July 22, 2014 3:56 am
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Editorial

  • To solve immigration crisis Obama, Congress must begin with border security


      The humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children streaming across the U.S.-Mexican border not only poses painful immediate policy choices, but further confounds our already polarized national dialogue on long-term immigration policy. Regarding this particular influx, it can be blamed on a 1998 law aimed at international child trafficking – passed with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush – that bars the immediate deportation of any unaccompanied minors from non-contiguous (i.e. other than Canada or Mexico) countries, and allows them to stay in the U.S. – legally and with few restrictions – until they have a deportation hearing, something that can take anywhere from two to four years. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What bearing does this crisis have on the larger national immigration policy discourse? It’s all about enforcing border security.  Unquestionably, back in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, people have become aware of this law …

    July 22, 2014 1:14 am
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Odd News

  • Want to buy a bridge? Pennsylvania still has 11 for sale


    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Buying a bridge is not on most to-do lists, but anyone seeking a historic span need look no further than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has 11 of them for sale. PennDOT is trying to save bridges on the National Register of Historic Places that are not up to the demands of modern traffic. Prices range from $1 to $500, and moving costs can often be paid by the Federal Highway Administration. The catch is that the buyer must reuse the bridge somewhere else and is responsible for all associated costs. “They can’t be sold for scrap,” Erin Waters-Trasatt, a PennDOT spokeswoman, said on Monday. “They need to be rehabilitated and preserved.” One of the bridges for sale is the 111-year-old Pond Eddy Bridge over the Delaware River between Shohola Township, Pennsylvania, and Pond Eddy, New York. Built in 1903, the metal truss bridge is 252 feet long and 16 …

    July 22, 2014 1:34 am
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