Headline News

  • U.S. to seize $100 million of Iraqi Kurdish oil in tanker off Texas


    HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq’s central government and the autonomous region. The tanker United Kalavrvta, carrying some 1 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil, arrived near Galveston Bay on Saturday, but has yet to unload its disputed cargo. The U.S. judge’s overnight approval of the request from Baghdad on Monday deals another blow to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) attempts to establish its own oil sales, which are seen as a crucial step in the autonomous region’s push for independence. Baghdad, which is struggling to contain a Sunni Islamist insurgency that has captured swathes of central and northern Iraq, sees such oil sales as smuggling. It has cut the KRG’s budget since the …

    July 29, 2014 12:56 pm
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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

  • Arby’s: More meat is mightier


    Arby’s new Reuben Super Stack is about twice the size of Arby’s regular Reuben. Fast-food restaurants’ push for protein has led Arby’s to offer the new Mega Meat Stacks. The roast beef sandwich chain is introducing meat sandwiches that are at least twice the size of regular versions. The limited-time offers include a Reuben Super Stack featuring corned beef, turkey, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. There’s also a Triple Stack with turkey, roast beef, pepper bacon, lettuce and tomato. Each of the new creations will cost $5.49 each, averaging about 50 cents more than Arby’s regular sandwiches. Arby’s is responding to two big industry trends — more protein and extreme sandwiches, according to Mary Chapman, the director of product innovation at Technomic, a fast food research company. “This is an in-your-face way of saying to the public: look what we’ve got,” said Technomic’s Chapman. The new Mega Meat Stacks are being touted in …

    July 29, 2014 11:55 am
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Sports

  • Wild re-sign right wing Justin Fontaine to 2-year contract after 13-goal season


    ST. PAUL, Minn. –  The Minnesota Wild have re-signed right wing Justin Fontaine to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. The deal was done on Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Fontaine had 13 goals, eight assists and a plus-6 rating for the Wild in 66 games last season as a rookie, ranking fourth on the team in goals. Playing primarily on the third line, Fontaine also had one goal and one assist in nine playoff games. The 26-year-old Fontaine’s goal total last season was the third-highest by a rookie in Wild history, and his plus-minus rating was second. The former Minnesota Duluth star also recorded the franchise’s first hat trick by a first-year player, when he had three goals in a game at Phoenix in January.

    July 29, 2014 12:56 pm
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World News

  • West Africa flight ban over Ebola


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 18:33 A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Asky said it took the decision to keep “its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time”. The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. In Sierra Leone, the doctor who led the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, has died of the disease. Government officials hailed Dr Khan, 39, as a “national hero”. The government disclosed last week that he was being treated for Ebola and had been quarantined. His death follows that of prominent Liberian doctor Samuel Brisbane at the weekend. Police deployed Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment. It spreads through contact with an …

    July 29, 2014 12:56 pm
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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

  • Khloe Kardashian Lands In New York Bright-Eyed And Bushy-Tailed


    Posted on Tue Jul 29th, 2014 8:14am PDT This is why she’s our favorite Kardashian! (Sorry Kim…) After getting on a red-eye flight on Monday night in Los Angeles, Khloe Kardashian landed at JFK International Airport on Tuesday morning and not only was she in a good mood, but she looked fantastic. If you’re wondering why Khloe, Kim and Kourtney have been tweeting and Instagramming throwback pics from Thailand, it’s because the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians covered the family’s trip there earlier this year. We already saw Kim and Khloe squabbling because Khloe wanted to leave early, and apparently it wasn’t so she could get back to “the 50 rappers she’s dating” — it was so she could keep her little brother Rob company! “Rob has said, ‘Being in that house, it was so dark, and it made me do dark things,’” Khloe said on the show. “It gets to me, …

    July 29, 2014 11:55 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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