Headline News

  • Crews clean up, repair flood damage from L.A. water main break


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Utility crews working around the clock on Wednesday labored to clean up and repair damage from a major water main break that spouted a 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) geyser and flooded part of the University of California campus in drought-stricken Los Angeles. The late-afternoon rupture on Tuesday beneath Sunset Boulevard, a key thoroughfare on the city’s west side, opened a gaping sinkhole in the street and sent water gushing across the north end of the UCLA campus for several hours. It took crews from the Department of Water and Power (DWP) until 7 p.m. to halt most of the water flow, though shutoff valves were still stuck partially open and water continued to drain into the crater as of midday Wednesday, slowing repair efforts, DWP officials said. An estimated 20 million gallons of water has escaped from the rupture, the worst in Los Angeles since a larger and older pipeline burst in the …

    July 30, 2014 5:35 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

  • Kim Kardashian’s game makes $700,000 a day


    Hitting the hottest clubs with the virtual Kim Kardashian will make you a Hollywood A-lister in no time. Kim Kardashian is famous for doing nothing. Now she’s got a game that’s pulling in $700,000 a day where players have to do, well, nothing. “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” from Glu Mobil lets you create an avatar that can work to achieve virtual A-list status. Your mission: Hob-nobbing with celebrities, going to a photo shoot and wearing expensive clothes. The game is free to download, but players spend real money on things like virtual clothes, virtual hairstyles and energy boosts for their avatars. The more your avatar does, the faster you can move up the ranks from the E List to the A List — the objective of the game. If sales continue at their current rate, the game will gross $200 million in its first year, according to Doug Creutz, an analyst at Cowen and Company. That …

    July 30, 2014 4:33 pm
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Sports

  • Jeff Gordon crew chief trying to keep 24 team motivated while preparing for NASCAR’s Chase


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was suddenly clear to all of them that the Sprint Cup championship is a reasonable and reachable goal. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I think Indianapolis, we were the best car and were able to execute all day and win the race,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said Wednesday. “That gives us confidence, and I don’t want to say added incentive, but just an added confidence in our ability in what we can do moving forward.” But Gustafson now has his work cut out for him the next six weeks. Gordon is already locked into the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, which buys time to look for every ounce of speed possible and build the fastest …

    July 30, 2014 5:35 pm
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World News

  • Ebola: Liberia shuts all schools


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 21:33 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ebola explained in 60 seconds Liberia’s government has announced that is is closing down all schools across the country to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Some communities would be placed under quarantine as well, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said. Non-essential government workers will be sent home for 20 days and the army deployed to enforce the measures. The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. The BBC’s West Africa correspondent Thomas Fessy says treatment facilities have reportedly been overwhelmed in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Some wards have already filled up, forcing health workers to treat some patients at their homes. President Sirleaf said that Friday 1 August would be a non-working day in Liberia to allow for the disinfection of all public facilities. “All …

    July 30, 2014 5:35 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

  • Justin Bieber Is Sexy And Shirtless In Spain After Brawl With Orlando Bloom


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 1:59pm PDT Justin Bieber and his mustache are currently causing all sorts of trouble in Ibiza, Spain, and several hours after getting into a brawl with Orlando Bloom, he posted this sexy and shirtless selfie of himself on a boat. “Sunburnt and a mustache,” the 20-year-old Canadian crooner captioned the pic. Anyway, back to Bieber’s boy behavior! As you know, he got into a squabble with Orly in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and it seems pretty clear that the cockfight was over Miranda Kerr. In late 2012 Justin got flirty with Miranda at a party in New York City — when she was still married to Orly. Though Miranda denied sleeping with Justin, there were all sorts of rumors that the baby-faced Aussie and the “Baby” singer did more than just pose for pictures together after the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Of course, Orlando was rumored to …

    July 30, 2014 4:33 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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