Headline News

  • Ku Klux Klan gets green light for pro-Confederate flag rally in South Carolina: newspaper


    The white supremacist Ku Klux Klan has received approval from South Carolina officials to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the state capitol, a newspaper reported on Monday, less than two weeks after a white man shot dead nine people in a black church. The suspect in the church shooting, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has confessed to the killing. He had previously posted a racist manifesto online as well as photos of him posing with a Confederate flag, a Civil-War era banner associated with slavery and seen by many as a symbol of racist oppression. The shootings on June 17, in which all nine victims were black, unleashed shockwaves across the United States and triggered calls for South Carolina to stop displaying the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for the flag’s removal, and told the Post and Courier that she did not endorse the Klan’s planned rally. But …

    June 30, 2015 7:16 am
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Politics

  • When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. June 30 0 Tweet Santorum speaks during the Faith Freedom Coalition’’s Road to Majority Conference. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo) I feel bad for Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry. They are presidential retreads at a moment when anything that is more than an hour or two old is passé. John McCain was a retread in 2008 (having lost a bid for the GOP nomination in 2000), as was Mitt Romney four years later. Ronald Reagan was a retread in 1980, and Richard M. Nixon was one in 1968. But they’re ancient history. Times have changed. Santorum was the last conservative challenger standing against Romney in the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. Given that, and given the party’s historical tendency to nominate the “next person in line,” you might think the Pennsylvania Republican would get some respect from journalists and voters as a contender in 2016. …

    June 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Stocks

  • Greece confirms it will default to IMF


    Greece won’t pay the International Monetary Fund the 1.5 billion euros it owes Tuesday. A spokesman for Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told CNN the payment would not be made. Greece thus becomes the first developed economy to default to the IMF. The default marks another dramatic step in the country’s financial collapse, and comes as Greek leaders held a series of last-ditch talks with EU officials in a bid to revive a bailout plan. The European Commission said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Commission President Jean-Paul Juncker late Monday. Tsipras’ office said he had spoken to Juncker again on Tuesday, and to Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Juncker reiterated that talks on a bailout could be revived but only if Greece accepted proposals put forward by its creditors Friday night, and if Tsipras was willing to support them in a referendum he called for July 5. The chances of a last …

    June 30, 2015 7:16 am
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Sports

  • Umbrellas up at Wimbledon


    LONDON As is so often the case, the weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year. Afternoon temperatures were expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) — considerably higher on court — and the public address announcers were busy warning fans to drink water, apply sunscreen and wear hats. While organizers of the Australian Open would consider such temperatures to be something of a spring chill, for Wimbledon it is truly tropical. Almost all the outside courts offer no shade at all and even the show courts are exposed to the sun’s full glare for most of the afternoon, with only the large umbrellas held by ball boys and girls during changeovers offering relief for the players. There is …

    June 30, 2015 6:56 am
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World News

  • Scores dead in Indonesia plane crash


    More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan. The Hercules C-130 plane hit two houses and a hotel before bursting into flames creating a huge fireball. Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told the AFP news agency that there were no survivors among the 113 people on board. Around 50 bodies have been taken to hospital – others are being recovered. A major rescue operation is under way at the site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke. The BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo in Jakarta says that only the tail of the aircraft is still recognisable; the rest has been reduced to debris. Our correspondent says that there are reports that people are trapped inside wrecked buildings and the nearest hospital is continuing to receive bodies arriving from the crash site. It is too early …

    June 30, 2015 7:16 am
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Technology

  • Data roaming charges to end in EU


    Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced. Firms will be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates for a 14-month interim period from April 2016. The deal, which was reached on Tuesday, also sets out rules requiring telecom operators to treat most internet traffic equally. But the net neutrality rules will allow blocking for some reasons, such as to counter cyber-attacks. More to follow

    June 30, 2015 4:35 am
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Science

  • Quantum cryptography set for lift-off


    Qubits in space: NASA’s Jason-2 satellite is a quantum reflector Exchanging messages with almost complete security by exploiting the strange laws of quantum mechanics should in future be possible on a global scale. That is the conclusion of physicists in Italy, who have found that the delicate states needed for quantum cryptography can be transmitted via laser beam from an orbiting satellite to a receiver on the surface of the Earth. The researchers say that the relatively simple technology needed for such encryption could be incorporated into conventional communications satellites. Quantum cryptography involves two parties sharing a secret key that is created using the states of quantum particles such as photons. The communicating parties can then exchange messages by conventional means, in principle with complete security, by encrypting them using the secret key. Any eavesdropper trying to intercept the key automatically reveals their presence by destroying the quantum states. Losses and curvature Such cryptographic systems …

    June 30, 2015 4:36 am
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Health

  • Liberia announces fresh Ebola death


    MONROVIA A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case since the country at the heart of an epidemic was declared free of the virus on May 9, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Tuesday. “A 17-year-old corpse was tested positive for Ebola virus. This took place in Margibi County. There is no need to panic. The corpse has been buried and our contact tracing has started work,” said Nyenswah. (Reporting by Alphonso Toweh; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

    June 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Entertainment

  • Kate Hudson’s father lashes out at her and her brother in emotional interview


    More: Kate Hudson reacts to her brother’s hilarious nude post (PHOTO) Happy abandonment day… @katehudson A photo posted by Oliver Hudson (@theoliverhudson) on Jun 21, 2015 at 6:18pm PDT During an interview with the Daily Mail, Hudson revealed his side of the story and how he is breaking ties with his older children. “I say to them now, ‘I set you free,’” an emotional Bill told the publication. “I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognize Oliver and Kate as my own. I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life. Oliver’s Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack. He is dead to me now, as is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth.” Bill went on to blame the mother of his eldest two children, Goldie …

    June 30, 2015 6:15 am
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Editorial

  • Why I’m skeptical of a deal with Iran


    As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran approaches, I am deeply skeptical of the Obama administration’s claims that its emerging deal will eliminate every pathway to a nuclear weapon.  A good agreement must curb Iran’s support for terrorism, include strong verification measures, address its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program, and roll back its vast nuclear infrastructure.  If the Administration fails to secure an agreement that meets these objectives, the consequences for the security of the United States and our allies would be dire. Any deal with Iran’s Islamist extremist regime, the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, carries with it enormous risk. This is a regime we cannot trust. While Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, spoke to a joint session of Congress in February, Iran blew up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz. For decades Iran has supported terrorist groups like Hezbollah, which has attacked the United …

    June 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Odd News

  • Decapitated animal carcasses stymie investigators in California capital


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Authorities in California are trying to determine why someone has been dropping bags filled with the bodies of decapitated animals near railroad tracks in the capital city of Sacramento. On Monday, the city released a surveillance video of what appeared to be a woman dropping off the headless carcass of a goat, along with a similarly mutilated rat and catfish, and a bag of decapitated red hens, said Gina Knepp, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Department of Animal Control. “It’s bizarre,” Knepp said. “We don’t know if it’s religion; we don’t know if we have a sick individual in our community that simply likes to cut the heads off animals and dump them where people can see them.” Since the beginning of the year, more than a dozen sets of remains have been found in Sacramento, some of them in plastic bags placed near railroad tracks. Past incidents involved goats, roosters and a tortoise. …

    June 30, 2015 4:35 am
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