Headline News

  • US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 13:39 The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July adding to optimism that the US economy is roaring once more. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2%, latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have shown. The biggest job gains were in professional business services and manufacturing jobs. On Wednesday, the Commerce Department said the US economy grew by a better-than-expected 4% during the April to June period.

    August 1, 2014 7:54 am
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Politics

  • Grimm choice: Tax fraud trial could dog NY re-election campaign


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – This fall, when Representative Michael Grimm asks New York voters to send him to Washington for a third term in Congress he may be splitting his time between the campaign trail and a courtroom where he is due to face tax evasion charges. Grimm, a Republican and former FBI agent who represents parts of the city’s Staten Island and Brooklyn boroughs, was indicted in April on charges of fraud, perjury and conspiracy tied to his restaurant, Healthalicious. Last week, prosecutors asked a federal judge to start his trial in October, weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election. But a flurry of headlines about his business dealings is just one of the problems facing Grimm, who hails from one of New York City’s rare Republican-leaning districts. He was caught on camera in January threatening to throw a reporter off a balcony in the U.S. Capitol, saying: “I’ll break you in half. Like …

    August 1, 2014 8:34 am
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Stocks

  • Europe hits Russia’s biggest banks


    Sberbank serves more than half the Russian population and has millions of customers abroad. Europe has cranked up the pressure on Russia by including the country’s top two banks on a list of sanctions. Publishing details of new measures aimed at disrupting activity in Russia’s banking, oil and arms industries, the EU said late Thursday that Sberbank (SBRCY)and VTB Bank were now banned from raising medium and long-term finance in Europe. Also on the list: Gazprombank, VEB and Russian Agricultural Bank — state-controlled banks that can no longer tap European financial markets. Shares fell sharply Friday — Sberbank was down 2.5% and VTB plunged 4%. Both banks slammed the sanctions while seeking to reassure investors and customers that it was business as usual. Sberbank said Europe’s move “undermines the foundations of the global financial system” and would not help solve the Ukraine crisis. Four of the banks were already subject to similar U.S. sanctions. But …

    August 1, 2014 7:14 am
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Sports

  • Thiem beats defending champ Granollers, joins Monaco in Kitzbuehel Cup semis


    KITZBUEHEL, Austria –  Dominic Thiem of Austria beat defending champion Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 7-5 to reach his first career semifinal at the Kitzbuehel Cup on Friday. The 20-year-old Thiem, the youngest player in the top 50, will next play 2008 champion Juan Monaco of Argentina, who defeated the fourth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Both quarterfinals were moved from Thursday because of rain. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the other semifinal, David Goffin of Belgium plays Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina. Thiem was 3-1 down in the opening set before winning 10 of the next 15 games for a 5-2 lead in the second. He failed to serve out the match at 5-3 but broke Granollers again at 6-5.

    August 1, 2014 7:54 am
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World News

  • MH17 crash investigators get to work


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 13:15 Australian experts examine the crash site A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts has finally got to work at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine. They arrived in a convoy with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors and began setting up a base in a farm. Australia believes that around 80 bodies remain at the site. Fighting still rages in the region, with 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed in a rebel ambush on Thursday. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The stench of death is still there” End Quote Michael Bociurkiw OSCE spokesman at crash site The fighting had previously prevented the investigators reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines jet came down on 17 July with the loss of all 298 passengers and crew. But after Ukraine’s military declared a unilateral one-day suspension of operations against the rebels …

    August 1, 2014 8:35 am
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Technology

Science

  • Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from. The paper will be published in the August issue of Science of The Total Environment. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, Kamenov said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places. “We can use this pollution signal to figure out where these people came from,” he said. Lead is composed of four variants, called isotopes. The amount of those isotopes fluctuates in different rocks, soils and ores …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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Health

  • Ebola Patient to Be Flown to U.S. for Treatment


    FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An American who is battling the Ebola virus in West Africa will be flown to the United States for treatment over the next few days, according to staff at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The name of the patient is not yet being released, but there are two known American patients currently fighting Ebola in medical centers in Monrovia, Liberia: Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59. Both had been working at clinics in Liberia, helping victims of an outbreak that the World Health Organization says has already killed at least 729 people. Both patients are described as being in stable but grave condition. According to NBC News, Emory said Thursday that it was preparing a special isolation ward to receive the Ebola patient “within the next several days.” A plane rigged with special equipment designed to contain the virus and care for the patient during flight …

    August 1, 2014 8:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Tamra Judge reportedly fired from RHOC


    The trouble began after the most recent episode aired last Sunday. Judge was upset that the show was edited to make it look like she skipped out on co-star Lizzie Rovsek’s birthday party at the last minute. RHOC‘s Tamra Judge is going to be a grandmother Allegedly, the mother of four told producers hours in advance that her daughter was sick and she couldn’t attend the event. They forced her to wait until a late hour to let Rovsek know. On her now-deleted Facebook page, Judge wrote, “They asked me to wait until the cameras were up in the limo to let Lizzie know. Then they had her call me and say ‘How rude that you didn’t call me.’” She decided to call out the network on her social media page because she felt they would only post what they wanted on her Bravo TV blog. Her latest entry is not posted on the show …

    August 1, 2014 7:14 am
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Editorial

  • The FoxHole: Luke A. Nichter eavesdrops on Richard Nixon


      While the world prepares to mark the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency on August 8-9, 1974 – the president announced his decision in a primetime Oval Office address on the evening of August 8, and the resignation took effect at noon Eastern Time the following afternoon, while Nixon was riding Air Force One to California – little attention was paid to the fortieth anniversary of the event that made the resignation inevitable. That occurred on July 27, 1974, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that Nixon had to turn over to federal investigators the secret tapes of his meetings with aides on Watergate that the special prosecutors in the case had subpoenaed. In so ruling, the Court acknowledged that the doctrine of executive privilege exists, but held it did not take precedence, as Nixon was asserting it should, over federal investigators’ right to access evidence vital to a pending …

    August 1, 2014 8:34 am
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Odd News

  • Help wanted: Aging Maine town offers reward for plumber


    BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) – When the only plumber in remote Jackman, Maine, retired, leaving the town’s 862 people with no alternative nearer than 50 miles (80 km) away, things got desperate enough that the town offered a $2,000 scholarship for anyone willing to learn the trade and stay. “It can sometimes take weeks until we can find someone to respond,” said local school principal Denise Plante. “And it can be worse in spring when plumbers are busy opening up lake camps and cottages.” The scholarship is funded by a local family who has run a summer camp in the area. Towns across Maine, which has the oldest population in the nation, face challenges keeping up with services as tradesmen retire and are not replaced by younger workers. In Jackman, where close to one in five residents is age 65 or older, a rate above the state average, the problem is more acute. As local paper …

    August 1, 2014 4:51 am
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