Headline News

  • Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults


    NEW YORK –  The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved by the BSA’s National Executive Board on a 45-12 vote during a closed-to-the-media teleconference. “For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us,” said the BSA’s president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. “Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good.” Initial reactions to the decision from groups on both sides suggested the issue would remain divisive. The Mormon church, which sponsors more Scout units that any other organization, said it was “deeply troubled” by the decision. Church officials suggested they would look into the possibility of forming their …

    July 27, 2015 11:51 pm
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Politics

  • Top Republican rebuffs Senate transport bill with U.S. Ex-Im bank renewal


    WASHINGTON A congressional standoff over U.S. transportation funding deepened on Monday as the No. 2 House Republican said he would reject the Senate’s multi-year road and mass transit bill, leaving the Export-Import Bank’s fate uncertain in the balance. The U.S. Senate voted 64-29 to attach a renewal of the Export Import Bank to the $350 billion spending authorization bill, a move that the trade lender’s backers had hoped for since Congress allowed its charter to expire on June 30. While the transportation bill is considered a “must pass” legislative vehicle, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pushed Congress closer to an August 1 cut-off of federal highway construction money on Monday. He said he would not accept the Senate’s plan, and said it should instead approve a House-passed five-month extension of transportation funding aimed at buying time for a long-term deal in the autumn. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy told reporters, adding that …

    July 27, 2015 11:31 pm
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Stocks

  • Jon Stewart is literally speechless over Huckabee comments


    Jon Stewart is one of TV’s most outspoken media critics, but at one point during Monday’s “Daily Show” the host literally had nothing to say. During the second segment on the “Daily Show,” Stewart reacted to Mike Huckabee’s controversial comments comparing the Iran Deal to the Holocaust by only contorting his face and gesticulating wildly. That’s right, Stewart didn’t say anything more than a few indiscernible noises. Instead the host shook his head, smiled, looked angry, and gestured with his hands (including one that used only a certain finger) to clips of the presidential candidate speaking. The segment was one of the most surreal in “Daily Show” history. At the end of the show, Stewart explained that the segment was a long-time running joke. “For anybody who was watching at home who thought to themselves, what the hell was going on in that second act there … for the past I don’t know 15, 16 …

    July 28, 2015 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Arizona Cardinals hire woman to coach inside linebackers in training camp, preseason


    Feb. 15, 2014: Texas Revolution player Jennifer Welter warms up for the Revolution’s Indoor Football League game against the North Texas Crunch in Allen, Texas. Welter became what is believed to be the first woman who wasn’t a kicker or holder to play in a men’s pro football game. (AP) TEMPE, Ariz. –  The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason. The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men’s professional sports league. “I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,” Welter said on Twitter on Monday night. Welter coached linebackers and special teams for the Revolution last season, …

    July 27, 2015 11:51 pm
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World News

  • Abdul Kalam: The people’s President


    Dr Kalam was called India’s ‘missile man’ by the media Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th President, who collapsed and died, aged 84, on Monday evening while doing what he loved – addressing students – was an extraordinary Indian. Born in humble circumstances in a Muslim family in rural Tamil Nadu, a young boy who sold newspapers as a boy to help his family make ends meet, rose to the highest office in the land. And he did so not through the conventional route of a political career but through the dint of hard work as a scientist in government service. India’s “missile man”, as he was dubbed in the popular press, Abdul Kalam was a rocket scientist who rose to prominence as head of the country’s successful civilian space and missile defence programmes. An unlikely compromise candidate for President, he soon became the most popular occupant of that exalted post, disregarding …

    July 27, 2015 11:51 pm
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Technology

  • Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie?


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. The documentary? Or the Sorkinization? Movieclips Film Festivals Indie Films/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET You have to have an opinion about this. Otherwise, how can you possibly claim to be a visionary who’s changing with the world with your brand new app? In the left corner, we have the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie, imaginatively titled “Steve Jobs.” This is to distinguish it from the Ashton Kutcher movie from 2013 titled “Jobs.” In the right corner, we have the Alex Gibney documentary titled: “Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine.” This is to distinguish it from the 2011 documentary titled: “Steve Jobs: One Last Thing.” Yes, there will be a test at the end of this article. The first trailer for Gibney’s opus was released on Friday. It may, to some, seem rather familiar. The hope for originality lies less in its …

    July 27, 2015 11:51 pm
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Science

  • Mobile stroke treatment units may greatly improve survival rates, chance of recovery for ischemic stroke patients


    Two new studies presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, report that Mobile Stroke Treatment Units (MSTUs) can significantly reduce the time it takes to diagnose and treat patients for stroke, greatly improving survival rates and enhancing a patient’s chance of recovery. There are currently four MSTUs in use worldwide. Two are in Germany and two are in the United States (U.S.) – one in Cleveland and one in Houston. MSTUs resemble ambulances on the outside, but contain highly specialized staff, equipment and medications strictly used for diagnosing and treating strokes. Specifically, they are equipped with diagnostic tools and telemedicine capabilities that facilitate real-time communication with hospital-based stroke specialists, enabling immediate diagnosis and the administration of IV tPA for eligible patients while en route to the hospital. “Determining and facilitating the correct treatment in the shortest amount of time is the most important part of treating stroke, as …

    July 27, 2015 10:50 pm
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Health

  • South Korea declares country effectively out of MERS danger


    SEOUL South Korea declared on Tuesday it is effectively out of danger from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), more than two months after the first case was reported and began spreading in hospital settings to kill 36 people. The outbreak grew to become the largest outside Saudi Arabia, infecting 186 people and at its peak putting nearly 17,000 in quarantine. It was traced to a man who returned from a business trip to the Middle East in May. “It is the assessment of the government and the medical community that the public can rest easy,” Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn told a government meeting on public health. Twelve people remain hospitalized in South Korea and under treatment for MERS although only one is still testing positive for the MERS virus, the Health Ministry said, adding that no new cases have been reported since July 4. Health experts say the virus has an incubation period of about …

    July 27, 2015 11:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Shows Off Her Insane Booty On Complex Cover


    Move over, Kim! Khloe Kardashian showcases her insane derriere on the cover of the new Complex magazine, and it’s safe to say that she has the hottest body of the K clan! “I don’t know if I’m ever gonna feel like ‘Daaamn, you look good,’ but I’ve never felt as comfortable in my own skin than I do now,” she tells the mag. The reality star gives a highly candid interview about her love life, her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner, and her bond with her famous sisters, but what caught our attention was her defense of youngest sibling Kylie. Lamar Odom’s ex addressed the criticism the 17-year-old gets over her lips and her relationship with 25-year-old Tyga, and she makes it seem like her baby sis should be in a different category than other teens. “I am a lion and these are my cubs. Don’t f**k with my cubs ’cause I will rip your head …

    July 28, 2015 12:31 am
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Editorial

  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of ‘gutter politics’


    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal.  Huckabee said the president’s Iran policy would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Click here to join Todd’s Facebook page! The president bristled at what he called a “ridiculous” comment. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” he said. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party.” Cruz rebuffed the president’s slap and said it was “particularly sad today that President Obama chose to engage in gutter politics – attacking Mike Huckabee by name, attacking …

    July 27, 2015 10:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Fugitive-turned-actor arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up


    SEATTLE A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday. Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state. The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said. Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had …

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm
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