Headline News

  • U.S. Peace Corps withdrawing volunteers due to Ebola virus


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. It is the worst outbreak on record of the deadly virus, according to the World Health Organization. “The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus,” the group said in a statement. The Peace Corps currently has 102 volunteers in Guinea, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone working in the areas of education, health and agriculture. The State Department has confirmed that one U.S. citizen died from Ebola in Nigeria after being infected in Liberia. Two other American aid workers infected with Ebola – Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol – are in serious condition, but …

    July 30, 2014 3:32 pm
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Politics

  • Vulnerable Senator Up 2 Points in Democratic Poll


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 4:07 p.m. today 0 Tweet Pryor is in a dead-heat re-election race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor led his Republican challenger by 2 points in a recent Democratic poll, which is the third survey on the race released in the last two days. The polling memo, obtained by CQ Roll Call, stated Pryor led by a 48-46 percent margin, with 6 percent undecided — a lead within the 4-point margin of error. The survey included a sample of 600 likely voters and was conducted July 20-24 by Democratic firm Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, which counts as a client the Arkansas gubernatorial campaign of former Rep. Mike Ross. The memo comes one day after the Pryor campaign released an internal poll (taken July 7-10) showing him ahead 45-39 percent and an independent poll from Talk Business Politics-Hendrix College (taken July 22-25) found Cotton up 44-42 percent. Pryor and …

    July 30, 2014 3:52 pm
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Stocks

  • Walmart: ‘Going to a very dark place’


    Walmart may not go the way of RadioShack (RSH) any time soon. But Goldman Sachs says that customers are abandoning the big-box pioneer in droves. On Tuesday, the investment bank downgraded Walmart (WMT)‘s stock to ‘Neutral,’ saying that big-box stores are losing out to online retailers and stores with more focused inventories. With $115 billion in annual sales, Walmart isn’t quite going out of business, but the retailer has seen sales slip for five straight quarters. Online shopping is clearly hurting the store, as more customers turn to Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and other merchants for everyday items such as hardware and groceries. E-commerce is making Walmart’s vast breadth of merchandise less appealing to shoppers. Instead, customers are looking for better deals on a more narrow assortment of goods available at stores like Costco (COST) and dollar stores The bank upgraded Costco’s stock to Buy. Goldman noted that Amazon’s move into grocery sales is the biggest …

    July 30, 2014 2:30 pm
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Sports

  • Everton signs striker Romelu Lukaku for club-record $47 million from Chelsea


    LIVERPOOL, England –  Everton has broken its transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for $47 million. The 21-year-old who set up the first and scored the second in Belgium’s 2-1 World Cup win over the United States is returning to Everton after scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances while on loan at Goodison Park last season. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The transfer fee eclipses the 15 million pounds paid in 2008 for Lukaku’s compatriot Marouane Fellaini, who was subsequently sold to Manchester United. Lukaku joined Chelsea in 2011 from Anderlecht but struggled to hold down a place as a starter and also spent time on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

    July 30, 2014 3:32 pm
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World News

  • Anger mounts as Gaza toll rises


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 20:52 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Families of the victims of the attack on a UN-run school have been grieving at a hospital that received the injured, as Ian Pannell reports The US and UN have condemned the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the attack, which killed 16, was “outrageous”. Israel said that its military was responding to mortar rounds launched from near the school. More than 100 people died in Gaza on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said. The shelling of a market near Gaza City killed 17, while booby traps claimed the lives of three Israeli soldiers. Palestinian doctors said an Israeli air strike had also killed seven people in Khan Younis. The Gaza health ministry said 106 people had been killed on Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll to 1,336. Most have been civilians. Some …

    July 30, 2014 3:32 pm
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Technology

  • Tor attack may have unmasked users


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 21:16 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor The ability to unmask Tor’s users would undermine the reason people use the service Developers of software used to access Tor – an otherwise hard-to-reach part of the internet – have disclosed that an attack on the network may have unmasked users for five months. The Tor Project said that it believed the assault was designed to de-anonymise the net addresses of people operating or visiting hidden sites. However, it said it was not sure exactly how users had been “affected”. The project added that it believed it had halted the attack on 4 July. Tor allows people to visit webpages without being tracked and to publish sites whose contents does not show up in search engines. The Tor Project said it believed that the infiltration had been carried out by two university researchers, who claimed at the start of July to …

    July 30, 2014 3:52 pm
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Science

  • Cross-Border Ebola Outbreak a First for Deadly Virus


    When the physicians found the nine-year-old boy he was scared and barely had a pulse. He had been locked in a house with his mother for four days by community members in a corner of southwest Guinea, the hotbed of Africa’s current Ebola crisis. The boy’s neighbors were frightened of contracting the virus that causes the highly lethal illness (which kills between 50 and 90 percent of its victims) and did not want to risk coming into contact with either of them. By the time that Doctors Without Borders came upon their village, however, it was too late—the mother died in the back of a pickup truck on the way over to the temporary Ebola clinic. The little boy trembled nearby, surrounded by workers wearing protective body suits, high rubber boots and masks fogged up with perspiration. When he got to the treatment center and received a small bag of cookies he managed a wan …

    July 30, 2014 4:12 pm
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Health

  • U.S. FDA panel reviews Baxter immune therapy’s long-term safety


    Washington (Reuters) – Advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet on Thursday to discuss the relative risks and benefits of Baxter International Inc’s experimental treatment for certain hereditary disorders of the immune system. The FDA on Wednesday posted its preliminary assessment of the data on its website. The agency is seeking guidance from a panel of outside experts on whether the benefits of the product outweigh the risks. The FDA is not obligated to follow the recommendations of its advisors, but typically does so. Baxter’s therapy, HyQvia, is designed to treat primary immunodeficiency diseases. These are genetic disorders in which certain cells of the immune system are missing, leading to a infections, recurrent pneumonia and abscesses of the organs. HyQvia combines immune globulin (IG), a substance made from human blood plasma, and one vial of recombinant human hyaluronidase, or rHuPH20, a genetically engineered enzyme that increases absorption of the IG and allows …

    July 30, 2014 3:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Gives Us Some Major Lip After A Trip To The Gym


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 12:06pm PDT Is it just us — or is Kimmy K’s pout looking even plumper than usual? That’s what we thought too. The big-lipped Kim Kardashian blew off steam earlier today at Barry’s Bootcamp in West Hollywood. And while she didn’t say anything to us after her workout — her overly plump lips did all the talking. It’s possible that the the 33-year-old needed a work out after verbally slamming brother Rob’s ex, Adrienne Bailon, who said that dating Rob and being involved with the Kardashians hurt her career. After the gym she went to the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch. Guess she doesn’t care about the boycott against the famous hotel chain. Last year, the owner, Brunei leader Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, instituted Islamic Shariah criminal law in his home country, which protesters have called, “state-sponsored homophobia.” In June, Kim said, “My best friend Allison and I wanted to …

    July 30, 2014 2:30 pm
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Editorial

  • The IRS thinks you’re a terrorist, but Holder still won’t appoint special counsel


    Attorney General Eric Holder announces at the Justice Department in Washington Monday, July 14, 2014, that Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) “Crazies” “TeRrorists” (Yes, spelled like that.) ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “A**holes.” That’s how former top IRS official Lois Lerner described conservatives on emails sent from her official IRS email account just days after the 2012 election. Corresponding with an unknown person (the name is redacted), she provides her own unique brand of commentary on conservative anguish over the lost presidential election.  Here is Lois Lerner, on the true threats to our nation: “So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists (sic). It’s our own crazies that will take us down.” And here she is, responding to a comment about the “whacko wing of the GOP”: “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many a**holes.” Let’s not forget, this commentary is coming …

    July 30, 2014 3:52 pm
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Odd News

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain. “It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) …

    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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