• Migrant dies on Channel Tunnel train

    Migrant dies on Channel Tunnel train

    Cross-Channel passengers and freight services are facing delays following the incident at 05:00 BST A migrant has died on a freight shuttle trying to reach Britain, Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel says. Eurotunnel tweeted that the...
  • Ferrer a surprise inclusion for Russia tie

    BARCELONA Spain’s new Davis Cup captain Conchita Martinez sprung a surprise on Tuesday by naming world number seven David Ferrer in her team for next week’s Group I tie away to Russia. Ferrer was not...
  • This travel jacket does 15 things at once

    This travel jacket does 15 things at once

    The Baubax travel jacket has 15 built-in features, including a neck pillow, eye mask, gloves and a pocket to hold drinks. Here’s a jacket that could very well be the Swiss Army Knife of travel...
  • Israel and Egypt: The next ISIS conquests?

    Israel and Egypt: The next ISIS conquests?

    The Fourth of July – America’s Independence Day – is not an official Israeli holiday, but in recent years it has become an occasion for fireworks. Last year Hamas lit up the Israeli sky with...
  • GOP donors want Presidential candidates to calm down

    GOP donors want Presidential candidates to calm down

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left).(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Worried about “Republican-on-Republican violence,” top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald...

Headline News

  • 11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently


    When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge—there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects, they reach their goals without fail. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” –Thomas Edison We all want to get more out of life. There’s arguably no better way to accomplish this than by finding ways to do more with the precious time you’ve been given. It feels incredible when you leave the office after an ultra-productive day. It’s a workplace high that’s hard to beat. With the right approach, you can make this happen every day. You don’t need to work longer or push yourself harder—you just need to work smarter. Related: 12 Things Successful People Never Reveal About Themselves …

    July 7, 2015 7:16 am
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Politics

  • GOP donors want Presidential candidates to calm down


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left).(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Worried about “Republican-on-Republican violence,” top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party’s top 20 donors in the last presidential contest, issued a letter to 16 White House prospects and the Republican National Committee late last week calling for candidates to stay on the “civility reservation.” “Our candidates will benefit if they all submit to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, ‘Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican,’” Friess wrote in a letter sent to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. A copy was obtained by The Associated Press. In the dispatch, Friess cites the backing of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts. “Would you join the effort to inspire a more civil …

    July 7, 2015 6:15 am
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Stocks

  • This travel jacket does 15 things at once


    The Baubax travel jacket has 15 built-in features, including a neck pillow, eye mask, gloves and a pocket to hold drinks. Here’s a jacket that could very well be the Swiss Army Knife of travel wear — it’s got 15 features. “This is the travel jacket you always needed, but never existed,” said Hiral Sanghavi, co-founder of BauBax, which is making the jacket. With a prototype ready, the startup is beginning its Kickstarter campaign Tuesday to raise $20,000 to launch the jacket later this year. It’s designed with multiple hidden functions that promise to make commuting of any sort more comfortable and hands-free. The jacket includes: A neck pillow in the hood that inflates in two seconds and an eye mask for shutting out the light. Gloves concealed in each sleeve. An insulated cupholder pocket. It also has an earphone cable track inside the hood, a pocket with built-in microfiber cloth to protect and clean …

    July 7, 2015 7:16 am
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Sports

  • Ferrer a surprise inclusion for Russia tie


    BARCELONA Spain’s new Davis Cup captain Conchita Martinez sprung a surprise on Tuesday by naming world number seven David Ferrer in her team for next week’s Group I tie away to Russia. Ferrer was not expected to make himself available for the July 17-19 match in Vladivostok following a dispute between top players and the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) over the appointment last year of Gala Leon as the nation’s first female Davis Cup captain. After weeks of upheaval at the federation and the naming of a new president, Leon was sacked last week and Martinez, a former Wimbledon champion who is also Spain’s Fed Cup captain, was named to replace her until the end of the year. Ferrer, who pulled out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament with an elbow injury, will be joined in the Spain team by Pablo Andujar, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Marc Lopez and David Marrero, Martinez told a news …

    July 7, 2015 7:17 am
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World News

  • Migrant dies on Channel Tunnel train


    Cross-Channel passengers and freight services are facing delays following the incident at 05:00 BST A migrant has died on a freight shuttle trying to reach Britain, Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel says. Eurotunnel tweeted that the train had been stopped following the incident on the French side at about 05:00 BST. Is it believed the migrant may have sustained fatal injuries jumping on to the train, the BBC’s Simon Jones said. Cross-Channel passengers and freight services are facing delays, with Eurotunnel advising day-trip customers to rearrange their travel. It comes days after about 150 migrants tried to storm the Channel Tunnel terminal in France. It is the second migrant fatality in as many weeks following the reported death of an Eritrean while trying to get on a train at Coquelles last month. Simon Jones tweeted; “It’s believed the migrant found dead in the Channel Tunnel may have sustained fatal injuries jumping onto a train.” Signs warn …

    July 7, 2015 7:17 am
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Technology

  • Hacking Team advises customers to stop using its tools after massive leak


    Hacking Team, the cybersecurity firm which saw 400GB of private data published on Sunday night in a humiliating hack, has been forced to advise customers to stop using its software while it assesses the damage caused by the leak. A spokesman for the company recommended that clients, who are largely law enforcement and national security agencies who use Hacking Team to provide surveillance capabilities, suspend their operations while the company determines what has been exposed. “We would expect this to be a relatively short suspension of service,” the spokesman told Reuters. He also confirmed the breach, saying: “Law enforcement will investigate the illegal taking of proprietary company property.” The massive data dump obtained a number of awkward files for the firm, apparently showing that Hacking Team sold its hacking tools to repressive regimes such as Sudan and Bahrain – despite denials from the firm that it dealt with such nations. But the data dump also …

    July 7, 2015 5:55 am
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Science

  • Graphene coating boosts battery performance


    Extra charge: graphene and silicon can increase battery capacity The capacity of a lithium-ion battery can be nearly doubled by using an anode made from tiny nanoparticles of silicon wrapped in several layers of graphene. Researchers from South Korea – including electronics giant Samsung – have found that the graphene coating boosts the electrical conductivity of the particles and stops them from being damaged as their volume expands when the battery is charged. The scientists describe their work as “a meaningful step” towards the development of commercial batteries with silicon anodes. Ubiquitous in portable electronics, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries consist of two electrodes – anode and cathode – separated by an electrolyte. When the battery is being charged with electrical energy, lithium ions move from the cathode through the electrolyte to the anode, where they are absorbed into the bulk of the anode material. Expansion and contraction When the battery is discharged, lithium ions come out …

    July 7, 2015 5:56 am
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Health

  • WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to beat smoking


    LONDON Too few governments make full use of tobacco taxes to dissuade people from smoking or help them to cut down and quit, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, recommending that at least 75 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes should be tax. In its “The Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015″ report, the United Nations health agency said that one person dies from tobacco-related disease every six seconds or so, equivalent to about 6 million people a year. That number is forecast to rise to more than 8 million people a year by 2030 unless strong measures are taken to control what the WHO calls a “tobacco epidemic”. There are a billion smokers worldwide, but many countries have extremely low tobacco tax rates and some have no special tobacco taxes at all, the agency said. “Raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to …

    July 7, 2015 6:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck just took the most awkward vacation ever


    In a move straight out of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s conscious uncoupling playbook, Affleck and Garner dropped the divorce hammer on the press when they were already in the Bahamas, together, with their three kids. The family spent the week at Baker’s Bay, a private resort community where they own a home, with Garner arriving on the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary and Affleck the day before. “The family felt it was important to be together, and they were together. The family is united and, no matter what, will protect the kids,” a source told People, who shared photos of the couple having what appears to be a serious chat on their dock. More: 9 Events that may have led to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s divorce And if those photos look like whatever convo that was happening was super awkward, that’s because it was. An onlooker told the mag that Affleck seemed “distracted.” “They …

    July 7, 2015 7:36 am
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Editorial

  • Israel and Egypt: The next ISIS conquests?


    The Fourth of July – America’s Independence Day – is not an official Israeli holiday, but in recent years it has become an occasion for fireworks. Last year Hamas lit up the Israeli sky with a barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip, aimed at civilian targets. This year the bombs bursting in air were fired from northern Sinai by a new enemy: the Islamic Caliphate, aka ISIL, ISIS and various other aliases and euphemisms. These are the guys with the black and white flag who have been chopping off heads in the name of Allah in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Nigeria, France and other locales. Now they are right next door. Over the Fourth of July weekend, forces of the Caliphate launched a very well organized surprise attack on Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai Peninsula. The operation bore the organization’s familiar trademarks: the black and white flag, decapitations, mutilations and the bloodthirsty …

    July 7, 2015 6:16 am
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Odd News

  • Sex on a Florida beach leads to two-and-a-half years prison time


    TAMPA, Fla. A man convicted of having sex on a public beach in Florida in front of a child was sentenced on Monday to 2-1/2 years in prison, a state prosecutor said. Jose Caballero, 40, was arrested in Bradenton Beach in west central Florida last July after other beachgoers complained that he was fondling and starting to have sexual intercourse with a woman on the beach in the middle of the afternoon. A 4-year-old child saw the activity, which was videotaped by a witness, a police report said. When her mother asked him to stop, Caballero responded confrontationally, which factored into the sentence requested, said Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca. “His judgment was pretty poor,” Dafonseca said. Caballero, who previously served about eight years in prison for cocaine trafficking, faced as much as 15 years in prison. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. Both he and the woman involved, 21-year-old Elissa Alvarez, …

    July 7, 2015 5:55 am
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