• Walkout hits Eiffel Tower tourists

    Walkout hits Eiffel Tower tourists

    The company that runs the tower said it “regrets that visitors… are being punished”. The Eiffel Tower shut down for six hours because of a staff walkout in protest against a surge in pickpocketing gangs....
  • Why Honest People Do Dishonest Things

    Every day we are bombarded with temptations — to cheat on our diets, to spend instead of save our paychecks, to tell little white lies. It can be exhausting to have to continually remind ourselves...
  • Cavs’ Irving out for Game 2

    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta due to a lingering left knee injury. The Cavs said Irving missed Friday’s morning shootaround...
  • The element that made the 20th Century shine

    The element that made the 20th Century shine

    Chromium is the chemical element of modernity – the key to innumerable gleaming, spotless surfaces. Yet it also harbours a dark secret that featured in one Oscar-winning Hollywood film. In the late 1920s, on either...

Headline News

  • Ga. high school graduate reunites with soldier who saved her life in Iraq


    A Georgia high school student had an emotional reunion Thursday with a U.S. veteran who helped her family flee from Iraq when she was just a month old. Lava Barwari was 36 days old when her parents were trying to flee Iraq in December 1996, then ruled by Saddam Hussein. The Kurdish family was one of many that found themselves on the dictator’s kill list. Lava’s mother, Awaz, was on the list of Kurds allowed to leave Iraq, but an official told her that newborn Lava was not. “I told the man I was not leaving without my baby,” Barwari told Fox 5 Atlanta. “He said I could leave her with other family in Iraq or not leave Iraq. So I said I wasn’t leaving.” At that point Lt. Col. Greg Pepin intervened “I told them if the baby’s name was ‘Greg,’ she could come with me under my passport,” Pepin told Fox 5 Atlanta. …

    May 22, 2015 7:57 pm
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Politics

  • Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi


    WASHINGTON Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails from Clinton’s personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks. But they offer a glimpse into how Clinton’s team was concerned about her image immediately afterward. A senior adviser to Clinton, Jake Sullivan, forwarded an email from a State Department official about positive media coverage of a statement she gave on Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the killings. “Really nice work guys,” State Department official Matthew Walsh wrote in an email to other staffers, which linked to a story …

    May 22, 2015 4:15 pm
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Stocks

  • Monaco car collector profits from ‘flipping’ Ferraris


    Pieter van Naeltwijck is no ordinary car collector. The Monaco millionaire makes his money in real estate, but brings in a little extra by buying and selling some of the newest, most exclusive cars on the planet. When a supercar manufacturer launches a new model, van Naeltwijck snaps it up. Limited editions offer the best returns. “If you’re lucky enough to buy them, you can sell some of them for double the price,” he told CNNMoney. “There’s much more demand than available cars, much like Monaco real estate … It’s a good investment.” His collection includes a black McLaren P1 hybrid supercar, as well as some ultra-exclusive Ferraris and Porsches. This McLaren P1, seen in Pieter van Naeltwijck’s private garage, is a limited production hybrid supercar. Unlike some car enthusiasts, van Naeltwijck doesn’t let his prized possessions gather dust in his private underground garage. He drives his cars as much as possible. Then, when he …

    May 22, 2015 7:16 pm
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Sports

  • Na grabs two-shot lead after 36 holes at Colonial


    Kevin Na had a hot hand with the putter on another wet day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to shoot a four-under-par 66 on Friday for a two-shot lead at the halfway mark at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Na had four birdies on the back nine before a scrambling bogey at the 18th put him at 10-under-par 130. England’s Ian Poulter, who started at the 10th hole, also got hot in his second nine with four birdies in a 67 for second place at 132, one better than 2013 winner Boo Weekley. Weekley overcame a nightmare start of four bogeys in his first five holes to shoot a 69 for 133. Na rolled in a 25-footer to birdie the 10th, hit a 20-foot birdie at 13 that moved him to do a celebratory ‘Big Bird dance’ and a left-to-right curler for birdie at 14. “I had a lot of fun today,” said …

    May 22, 2015 7:58 pm
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World News

  • Walkout hits Eiffel Tower tourists


    The company that runs the tower said it “regrets that visitors… are being punished”. The Eiffel Tower shut down for six hours because of a staff walkout in protest against a surge in pickpocketing gangs. Workers say the gangs are increasingly threatening them with assault or abuse. The company managing the major tourist attraction “thanked the public for its understanding” and said it “regrets that visitors… are being punished”. About seven million people go up the tower every year. The tower reopened on Friday afternoon. ‘Fight among themselves’ Staff are demanding “formal guarantees” from management to stop pickpocketing gangs who target numerous tourists every day. The staff’s union representative, Denis Vavassori, told the AP news agency that the staff had walked out “so we could ask for a permanent police presence here”. Eiffel Tower workers say that pickpocketing gangs have made life a misery for them and for tourists The area around the tower has …

    May 22, 2015 7:57 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales


    Amazon has become the first technology company to abandon controversial corporate structures that divert sales and profits away from UK in the face of a clampdown imposed by George Osborne. From the start of this month the online retailer has started booking its sales through the UK, meaning resulting profits will be taxed by HMRC. The group made $8.3bn (£5.3bn) of worldwide sales from British online shoppers but for 11 years all these internet transactions have been booked in Luxembourg. A spokesman said Amazon was “now recording retail sales made to customers in the UK through the UK branch. Previously, these sales were recorded in Luxembourg”. The move will allow Amazon to avoid being caught by chancellor George Osborne’s new diverted profits tax, which came into law from April. It imposes a punitive 25% tax on groups deemed to be artificially routing profits overseas. Amazon had for years denied that its UK corporate structures were …

    May 22, 2015 7:36 pm
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Science

  • Why Honest People Do Dishonest Things


    Every day we are bombarded with temptations — to cheat on our diets, to spend instead of save our paychecks, to tell little white lies. It can be exhausting to have to continually remind ourselves that, long-term, we want to be upstanding people, so we shouldn’t make tempting but unethical short-term decisions. But what if simply thinking about dishonesty could make it easier for us to behave ethically? This novel possibility comes from a set of studies published May 22 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, which demonstrate that anticipating temptation decreases the likelihood of a person engaging in poor behavior. In this set of studies, lead researcher Oliver Sheldon, a specialist in organizational behavior at Rutgers University, and co-author Ayelet Fishbach, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago, set out to understand the factors that influence self-control in ethical decision-making. The results suggest “a potential solution to curb dishonesty,” according to Francesca …

    May 22, 2015 7:57 pm
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Health

  • Amgen ends collaboration with AstraZeneca on inflammation drug


    Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop an inflammation drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in subjects of a trial. AstraZeneca could decide on the development and marketing of the drug for all territories, except for Japan and certain Asian territories, where Kyowa Hakko Kirin has the rights to it, Amgen said. Amgen said such safety concerns would likely result in a restrictive label, potentially limiting the number of patients using the drug. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)

    May 22, 2015 4:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Duggar fans are actually defending Josh Duggar — and I’m disgusted


    More: Michelle Duggar considered a hypocrite over her daughters’ bathroom selfie (PHOTO) And fans are furious, much to my absolute horror. Not only did In Touch produce a 33-page report through the Freedom of Information Act that reported a 14-year-old Josh fondled the genitals and breasts of several girls in 2002 and 2003, sometimes forcibly, but Josh himself even confirmed the molestation news. More: Josh Duggar’s argument against gay marriage doesn’t even make sense (VIDEO) “I acted inexcusably,” Josh said in his confession statement. Due to the statute of limitations, Josh was never prosecuted for the crimes. But his parents did send him to counseling after he confessed to the crimes at age 17. It’s unclear if there were more women between the ages of 14 and 17 or if the girls in 2002 and 2003 were the only ones. But it doesn’t really matter. Yes, he was a minor. And yes he made mistakes. But …

    May 22, 2015 6:36 pm
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Editorial

  • Where’s the coverage of heroes who stop mass killings?


    Heroic citizens stopping someone from killing a large number of people don’t seem to be considered news worthy.  Don’t people want to read about a brave soul risking his life by running towards the sound of gunfire while others run away?  Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media.  While accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings. The lack of news coverage allows left wing media outlets, such as Mother Jones which should know better, to falsely claim: “In not a single case was [a mass public shooting] stopped by a civilian using a gun.” The truth is that the more successful these heroes are in preventing people from getting killed, the less media coverage they receive, but the lack of fatalities doesn’t explain the lack of news coverage.  And if the heroes hadn’t been there, the attacks …

    May 22, 2015 4:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes


    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am
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