• Arencibia helps Rangers top Yankees

    Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – J.P. Arencibia hit a go-ahead two-run single as part of a four-run fifth inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set....
  • Jewish Museum suspect extradited

    Jewish Museum suspect extradited

    29 July 2014 Last updated at 14:45 The shooting in broad daylight left four people dead, two of them Israeli tourists France has extradited the man suspected of shooting dead four people at the Jewish...
  • Elevator surfing eyed in NYC tattoo artist’s death

    An aspiring tattoo artist was playing a “roller-coaster” game atop a Bronx housing-complex elevator early Monday when he was crushed to death, police sources said. Tito “Beboo” Morales, 20, became wedged between the elevator and...
  • This Week in the WNBA

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Six spots in the WNBA playoffs are still available to be claimed, as the league enters its final month of play before the postseason. The Mercury clinched a playoff berth last...
  • Italy to ‘help douse’ Libya fire

    Italy to ‘help douse’ Libya fire

    29 July 2014 Last updated at 10:53 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage shows rescuers attempting to quell the huge flames at the fuel depot – Rana Jawad reports Italy has...

Headline News

  • Fire at CVR Energy Kansas refinery shuts units; four injured


    (Reuters) – A fire at CVR Energy Inc’s Coffeyville, Kansas refinery, early Tuesday forced the shutdown of all monitored units at the facility, energy industry intelligence service Genscape said. The fire, which began just after midnight, lasted about an hour and injured four people, according to a local media report. “The victims have varying degrees of burns and were taken to a hospital,” NewsChannel 8 (ktul.com) said in a report. Significantly decreased furnace-stack activity and elevated flaring were observed, Genscape said. The cause of the fire was not known, the report said. A company spokesman and officials from Coffeyville police and fire departments were not immediately available for comment. The 115,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Kansas predominantly produces clean transportation products such as gasoline, diesel fuels and propane. A small fire was reported on a gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit at the refinery on Dec. 28, 2010, forcing the company to reduce crude throughput to just over …

    July 29, 2014 8:51 am
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Politics

  • Congressman Says Gwen Graham’s Dad ‘Not on the Ballot’


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Southerland faces a tough re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., said he isn’t buying the hype around his opponent, attorney Gwen Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former senator and governor. “The Grahams aren’t from Northwest Florida,” Southerland said in a recent sit-down interview with CQ Roll Call. “They’re a South Florida family.” “We respect the Graham name,” the two-term Republican continued. “We respect greatly the governor’s service and the senator’s service, but unfortunately, he’s not on the ballot.” National Democrats have touted Graham as one of their best recruits this cycle, saying she’ll be able to close the deal with voters in Florida’s 2nd District, thanks in part to her father’s legacy. Southerland’s re-election is quickly becoming one of the most competitive House races in the country, and it’s ratedTossup/Tilts Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Stocks

  • General Mills to demand suppliers cut greenhouse gases


      The maker of Cheerios says climate change isn’t just bad for humanity, it’s bad for business. So General Mills has unveiled a corporate policy that includes insisting that its suppliers take steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions as well as water usage. The company says in a blog post that weather conditions such as drought, floods and excessive heat can decrease output of the crops that make up its famous cereal and other food products. It also says changing weather patterns can affect delivery of products to customers. General Mills, which also makes Haagen-Dazs ice cream and Green Giant vegetables, previously announced plans to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions. But it said that nearly two-thirds of those emissions and 99% of its water use come from suppliers rather than its own operations. John Church, the company’s executive vice president of supply chain operations, did not spell out specific targets for greenhouse gas or …

    July 29, 2014 7:49 am
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Sports

  • Arencibia helps Rangers top Yankees


    Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – J.P. Arencibia hit a go-ahead two-run single as part of a four-run fifth inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set. Yu Darvish (10-6) struck out eight and allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings for Texas, which had dropped eight of its last 10 games coming in. “He never gave in, he just kept pitching. He didn’t have command of his fastball tonight, so he went to his breaking pitches,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. Neftali Feliz fired a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save of the season. Derek Jeter had three hits and moved past Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on the all-time hits list. Jeter, who shot a single through the hole on the right side to climb past Yastrzemski in the seventh, has 3,420 hits in his illustrious career. …

    July 29, 2014 8:51 am
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World News

  • Jewish Museum suspect extradited


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 14:45 The shooting in broad daylight left four people dead, two of them Israeli tourists France has extradited the man suspected of shooting dead four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels to Belgium. A spokeswoman for the Belgian police told AFP that Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, arrived in Brussels on Tuesday and was being interrogated. Four people were fatally shot in the attack in May, in broad daylight in the heart of the Belgian capital. Mr Nemmouche, who is of Franco-Algerian origin, is said to have spent a year fighting with Islamists in Syria. Mehdi Nemmouche was arrested during a customs check in Marseille after arriving on a coach from Amsterdam Police released security camera footage showing the suspect shortly after the attack on the museum His lawyer appealed against the extradition, saying it failed to guarantee that he would not be sent to “a third country,” but France’s …

    July 29, 2014 8:51 am
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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

  • Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and more on Icy Saturn Moon


    [image-36] Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.  Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface. These findings, and clues to what powers the geyser eruptions, are presented in two articles published in the current online edition of the Astronomical Journal. Over a period of almost seven years, Cassini’s cameras surveyed the south polar terrain of the small moon, a unique geological basin renowned for its four prominent “tiger stripe” fractures and the geysers of tiny icy particles and water vapor first sighted there nearly 10 years ago. The result of the survey is a map of 101 geysers, each erupting from one of the tiger stripe fractures, and the discovery that individual geysers are coincident with small hot spots. These relationships pointed the way to the geysers’ origin. …

    July 29, 2014 3:25 am
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Health

  • Pfizer beats forecasts as oncology drugs grow


    (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N), which in May officially abandoned its bid to buy British rival AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L), reported higher-than-expected second-quarter revenue, helped by growing demand for its cancer medicines. The largest U.S. drugmaker on Tuesday said it had earned $2.91 billion, or 45 cents per share. That compared with $14.1 billion, or $1.98 per share, a year earlier, when Pfizer received more than $10 billion in proceeds from the spinoff of its animal health business into a new publicly traded company, Zoetis (ZTS.N). Excluding special items, Pfizer earned 58 cents per share. Analysts on average expected 57 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sales fell 2 percent to $12.77 billion, hurt by declines for generic medicines that Pfizer calls established products, but they exceeded Wall Street expectations of $12.46 billion. Pfizer stuck to its prior earnings forecast of $2.20 to $2.30 per share for the full year. Shares of Pfizer were up 1 …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Entertainment

  • Kiefer Sutherland made Freddie Prinze, Jr. want to quit acting


    Comic-Con 2014: 24 movie still has “potential” “I did 24, it was terrible,” Prinze said. “I hated every moment of it.” But the actor explained it wasn’t the show itself that made him hate the experience, but rather the show’s star. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world,” Prinze said. “That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.” Although Prinze’s appearance on the show didn’t last long, it made enough of an impact on his life to know who to work with in the future — or at least who not to work with. “I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped,” Prinze said, but added that he realized he’d have to work with people he didn’t like no matter what industry he was in — including a stint with Vince McMahon at the WWE. …

    July 29, 2014 7:49 am
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Editorial

  • Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ a portent of what might be?


    This photo released by The Weinstein Company shows Brenton Thwaites, left, and Odeya Rush in a scene from the film, “The Giver.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, David Bloomer) With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn’t alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood. Entertainment Weekly calls gross receipts for what should have been a blockbuster July 4-6 weekend “downright terrifying.” Writes EW, “Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year’s holiday, according to Boxofficemojo.com, but it was Hollywood’s worst July 4 weekend since 1999. (And that’s not taking into account inflation. In fact, this was the worst July-holiday weekend for ticket sales since the summer of ‘Dragnet’ in 1987.)” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Arriving in theaters next week is a film that could reverse the trend. It’s called “The Giver,” based on the best-selling novel by Lois Lowry, which won the …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Odd News

  • Fist bumps relay 90 percent less germs than handshakes: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday. The study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that fist bumps, where two people briefly press the top of their closed fists together, transferred about 90 percent less bacteria than handshakes. “People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands,” Dave Whitworth, a biologist at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom who co-authored the study, said in a statement. “If the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases,” he said. The fist bump appears to enjoy the support of both U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, both of whom have been seen enthusiastically using the greeting, the study notes. The study used participants who wore gloves that …

    July 29, 2014 7:29 am
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