• Many killed in Yemen air strike

    Many killed in Yemen air strike

    Houthi positions have been under attack from Saudi Arabia and its allies for months An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 30 people in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden,...
  • Woof, woof, it’s a dog’s life for Serena

    LONDON Serena Williams describes elder sibling Venus as “the perfect sister” and her “best friend”. Venus calls her top-ranked sister “the ultimate champion” and reveals they “never argue.” So is there anything the world’s most...
  • Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results

    SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived a trademark lawsuit brought against Amazon.com Inc by a watchmaker which says the online retailer’s search results can cause confusion for potential customers. The opinion from...
  • Report: Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick

    Report: Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick

    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 8:50am PDT       By X17 Staff It looks like she’s finally reached her breaking point! Kourtney Kardashian has pulled the plug on her relationship with partner Scott Disick, reports claim. The...
  • IS ‘recaptures north Syria town’

    IS ‘recaptures north Syria town’

    Islamic State has launched several deadly counter-attacks against the Kurds in recent weeks Islamic State militants are reported to have regained control of a town near their northern Syrian stronghold of Raqqa from Kurdish-led forces....
  • Greece swaps finance minister to help bailout talks

    Greece swaps finance minister to help bailout talks

    Greece has replaced its finance minister in a bid to smooth talks on a new financial rescue. The country’s chief bailout negotiator, Euclid Tsakalotos, was appointed to the post Monday after Yanis Varoufakis resigned. Varoufakis...

Headline News

  • Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results


    SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived a trademark lawsuit brought against Amazon.com Inc by a watchmaker which says the online retailer’s search results can cause confusion for potential customers. The opinion from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reverses a lower court ruling, and said high-end watchmaker Multi-Time Machine Inc. is entitled to a trial on its trademark allegations. (Reporting by Dan Levine, Editing by Franklin Paul)

    July 6, 2015 12:03 pm
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Politics

  • Heck Decision Prompts Rating Changes in 2 Nevada Races


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 10:18 a.m. July 6 0 Tweet Republican chances to win Nevada’s Senate seat improve slightly with Heck in the race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Republican Rep. Joe Heck’s decision to run for the Senate is no surprise, but now that he is officially in the race, we are changing our rating in two Nevada races. The race for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s open seat was already competitive, but Republican chances improve slightly with Heck’s decision. He is a battle-tested incumbent who won’t be easy for Democrats to pigeonhole as being too conservative for the state. Heck will likely face former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who has been elected statewide twice in races that weren’t particularly difficult. But she should benefit from presidential year turnout next year and Democrats believe the opportunity to elect the first Latina senator will inspire Hispanic voters to go to the polls …

    July 6, 2015 10:03 am
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Stocks

  • Greece swaps finance minister to help bailout talks


    Greece has replaced its finance minister in a bid to smooth talks on a new financial rescue. The country’s chief bailout negotiator, Euclid Tsakalotos, was appointed to the post Monday after Yanis Varoufakis resigned. Varoufakis had become a lightning rod in Greece’s talks with Europe. In resigning, he conceded that his poor relations with other European finance ministers had become an obstacle in the search for a solution to the country’s debt crisis. “I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my … ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the prime minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement,” Varoufakis wrote in a blog post early Monday. “I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride,” he wrote. During his time in government, Varoufakis refused to adopt the mannerisms of a conventional European politician. Instead, he dressed informally and loudly. He frequently appeared …

    July 6, 2015 11:03 am
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Sports

  • Woof, woof, it’s a dog’s life for Serena


    LONDON Serena Williams describes elder sibling Venus as “the perfect sister” and her “best friend”. Venus calls her top-ranked sister “the ultimate champion” and reveals they “never argue.” So is there anything the world’s most famous sporting siblings — who own 27 grand slam singles titles between them –don’t like about each other. “Her dog. He is bad,” grinned Serena after she trumped her sister in the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday to move within three wins of holding all four majors at once. “He kind of uses me, yeah. Whenever she comes home, he goes back to her. Kind of gets me excited. “Been talking to her about that, though. “Venus does nothing wrong. She’s like the perfect sister.” (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Ken Ferris)

    July 6, 2015 12:04 pm
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World News

  • Many killed in Yemen air strike


    Houthi positions have been under attack from Saudi Arabia and its allies for months An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 30 people in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, witnesses there have said. It is unclear how many of the dead were were civilians or Houthi rebels who the coalition planes have been targeting. The rebels captured the capital, Sanaa last year, forcing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi into exile. Some 3,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led campaign began in March, the UN says. The latest strike hit a marketplace in Fayoush, a suburb of Aden, witnesses there said. “[There was] blood from people mixed with that of the sheep and other livestock at the market,” one resident told the Associated Press news agency. Efforts are continuing to try to broker a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through Eid al-Fitr, a major Muslim festival, later this month. Both …

    July 6, 2015 12:04 pm
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Technology

  • Unity


    Most people who play video games have played a game made with Unity – even if they don’t know it. Originally launched in 2005, this adaptable, cross-platform game engine is freely available to amateur coders and can be bought for just $1500 by small professional studios, allowing both groups to quickly develop new projects without having to build their own underlying 3D graphics technologies – saving years of work and many thousands of dollars. Consequently, Unity has been a hugely important part of the indie scene, providing the tech behind everything from Gone Home to City Skylines, Pillars of Eternity and Fallout Shelter. But the openness and accessibility of the engine comes at a cost. For many PC gamers, the tech has become synonymous with cheap, quickly produced games, thrust onto the Steam game download service by inexperienced developers. Although the industry recognises the benefits of the engine – there are now over 4.5m Unity …

    July 6, 2015 9:43 am
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Science

  • Cracking the Code review


    Non-fictionCracking the Codeby Stephen and Sally Damiani with Leah Kaminsky, Vintage Australia (2015) Before Massimo Damiani’s first birthday, the baby lost the ability to crawl. He could no longer pull himself to his feet and would topple over even when sitting on the floor to play. Before that he had hit every developmental milestone, but now something was going badly wrong. Massimo had been born with an anomaly in his spinal cord and only one kidney, but doctors couldn’t put their finger on the cause of this new condition. All they could say was that it was a previously unknown form of leukodystrophy – the loss of myelin, the electrical insulation around neurons.  His nervous system was crumbling and the prognosis was bleak. But Massimo’s father Stephen was not about to let the story end there. With no background in medical science, he teamed up with geneticist Ryan Taft to map the family’s genome in …

    July 6, 2015 9:43 am
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Health

  • Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns’ Vitamin Shot


    MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny. Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns to prevent internal bleeding. The consequences of that choice can be severe, pediatric specialists say. Infants can quickly become deficient in vitamin K, which can lead to dangerous bleeding in the intestines or the brain. “If you refuse the shot, you’re rolling the dice with your child’s health,” said Dr. Robert Sidonio Jr., a hematologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Vitamin K is necessary for normal blood clotting. In older children and adults, bacteria in the gut produce much of the vitamin K the body needs. But that’s not the case for infants. And breast milk does not supply enough vitamin K — no matter how careful …

    July 6, 2015 10:04 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick


    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 8:50am PDT       By X17 Staff It looks like she’s finally reached her breaking point! Kourtney Kardashian has pulled the plug on her relationship with partner Scott Disick, reports claim. The father-of-three was photographed getting way too handsy with his ex Chloe Bartoli in Monte Carlo last week, and we have a feeling that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for these two! Not that they haven’t problems forever, though! The reality star has stuck by her man’s side through his battle with substance abuse and out of control partying, but it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. On Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you see The Lord unable to stay at his house because Kourt doesn’t want him around the children when he’s been drinking, and they’ve had multiple on-camera conversations about the future of their union. LD went to rehab earlier this year in an attempt to appease …

    July 6, 2015 11:23 am
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Editorial

  • Oregon silences bakers who refused to make cake for gay wedding


    Shut up! Don’t say another word. That’s what the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) is telling the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by Christians who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they turned away in 2013. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! The state also slapped a gag order on the evangelical Christian bakers – banning them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions. “This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” Mrs. Klein wrote on Facebook. “According to the state of Oregon, we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.” The Kleins tell me they have been ordered not to speak to any news organizations or speak publicly – an …

    July 6, 2015 10:04 am
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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