Headline News

  • Hundreds attend ceremony to welcome return of saint who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii


    FILE – In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer. St. Marianne Cope’s remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony. The remains will be kept in a cabinet in the cathedral. (AP Photo/Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File)The Associated Press HONOLULU –  A white hearse pulled up to the entrance of a downtown Honolulu cathedral Thursday, carrying the remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients. A metal box containing the remains of St. Marianne Cope was carried into the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace for what was a cross between a funeral Mass and a homecoming ceremony. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT …

    July 31, 2014 6:36 pm
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Politics

  • Club For Growth Back on TV for Justin Amash


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 4:45 p.m. today 0 Tweet Amash faces a primary on August 5. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The Club for Growth’s independent expenditure arm has started airing television spots again on behalf of Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., according to Federal Election Commission records. The move could be indicative that Amash is in some political jeopardy just days ahead of the August 5 primary. Amash is fending off a primary challenge from former East Grand Rapids School Trustee Brian Ellis, a self-funding candidate with endorsements from a slew of business-friendly groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The club is one of several tea party groups and members of Congress who are circling their wagons around the libertarian-minded Amash. The club made two major expenditures involving television ad production and airtime purchases, each worth about $70,000, according to online records. One expenditure is in favor of Amash and the other is in opposition to Ellis. …

    July 31, 2014 4:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Students and parents borrowing less to pay for college


    Borrowing reached its lowest level in five years as students paid for more expenses out of pocket. While college costs and student loan bills have soared over the past decade, some students and their families are finding ways to spend (and borrow) less. Borrowing reached its lowest level in five years as families paid for more expenses out of pocket and cut back on costs in a variety of ways, according to an annual survey of 1,600 college students and parents by Sallie Mae and market research firm Ipsos. Related: Drowning in student loan debt On average, college students and their parents borrowed 22% of total college costs in the 2013-2014 school year, compared to 27% two years ago. Financial aid experts say that even a small reduction in borrowing can help students save thousands of dollars in future interest payments, and make it more likely that they will be able to afford those payments …

    July 31, 2014 4:55 pm
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Sports

World News

  • Israel and Hamas ‘agree new truce’


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 23:29 News of the latest ceasefire comes nearly a month into Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday, the US and UN say. A statement urged all parties to “act with restraint” until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo. Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,422 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to Gaza’s health ministry. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have died. Two Israeli civilians have been killed and a Thai national in Israel. Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. ‘Much needed reprieve’ “During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place,” US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon …

    July 31, 2014 5:55 pm
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Technology

  • Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge


    Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer’s emails stored in a data center in Ireland to the US government, a US judge ruled on Thursday in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other US companies had challenged a criminal search warrant for the emails, arguing federal prosecutors cannot seize customer information held in foreign countries. But following a two-hour court hearing in New York, US District Judge Loretta Preska said the warrant lawfully required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored. “It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information,” Preska said. The judge said she would temporarily suspend her order from taking effect to allow Microsoft to appeal to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. The case appears to be the first in which a corporation has challenged a US …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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Science

  • Ebola Outbreak “Worsening” in West Africa


    The Ebola outbreak continues to roil West Africa, with the World Health Organization announcing Thursday that the death toll has climbed to 729 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More than 1,300 people are infected.   To help limit the spread of the disease the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the agency is now “surging” its response. Thursday afternoon the agency issued a new level 3 travel warning for the affected countries—asking Americans to halt nonessential travel to those locations and unveiling plans to send 50 additional CDC staff to the affected areas. Once there, CDC workers will help to ramp up airport screenings to ensure that sick people do not leave the country, augment laboratory testing for Ebola and help local health personnel to track individuals who may have been exposed to sick persons. (There is little risk of transmitting Ebola before a person becomes symptomatic, and even then transmission occurs …

    July 31, 2014 4:35 pm
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Health

  • On first meeting, men prefer ‘nice’ women: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For heterosexual men, women who are “nice” are also “attractive,” according to a new study, but the same doesn’t hold true for women meeting a man for the first time. “Although dating patterns have changed over the years, gender-stereotypic behavior persists in the dating realm,” said lead author Gurit E. Birnbaum. “Women are expected to be more caring and concerned about others than are men. Men, in contrast, are expected to take control of the dating environment,” said Birnbaum, of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. Past studies have also found that for heterosexuals, having gender-typical qualities that line up with your biological sex is generally attractive to the opposite sex, Birnbaum told Reuters Health in an email. To better understand why niceness in a stranger is a turn-on for men, but less of one for women, the researchers recruited around 100 heterosexual, single …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Jets Out Of Town With Mom Kris Jenner


    Posted on Thu Jul 31st, 2014 2:54pm PDT On Thursday afternoon Kim Kardashian departed from Los Angeles International Airport with mom Kris Jenner and little sister Kendall, and the ladies caused absolute mayhem with photographers when they made their way through the terminal.   SEE THE GALLERY The Kardashians Fly Out Of L.A. Stories from around the Web

    July 31, 2014 4:55 pm
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Editorial

  • Paul Ryan’s poverty plan hurts the poor, aids the rich


    FILE – In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va. Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) On Monday night, Greta Van Susteren used a portion of her show to do a segment titled, “DNC press secretary doesn’t give a damn about poverty.” She has accused me of being a “jerk,” “disgraceful” and worse. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What did I do to draw the ire of Van Susteren? We [the Democratic National Committee] put out a statement Sunday criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for his recent plan to address poverty. According to Van Susteren, “for 50 …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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Odd News

  • Egyptian sumo wrestler storms his way into ancient sport


    INAZAWA Japan (Reuters) – Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi was a large, muscular Egyptian teenager with a passion for body building when a friend recommended he try the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. But it was a hard sell. “This sport is about two elephants pushing each other,” he recalls thinking. “I’m a body builder, man. It’s so ugly for me, I will never do it.” Now Osunaarashi, 22, is the first Egyptian, first African, first Arab and first Muslim to muscle his way into sumo’s professional ranks, so proud of his heritage that he observed the Ramadan fast during a just-ended tournament. This meant neither eating nor drinking from 3 a.m to 7 p.m. despite grappling with wrestlers whose weight averaged 150 kg (330 lbs) in temperatures up to 33 C (91 F) “The food was not a problem, but water was. It was the hardest part,” Osunaarashi told Reuters in an extremely rare interview at …

    July 31, 2014 4:35 pm
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