• Top Races to Watch in 2016: New England

    Top Races to Watch in 2016: New England

    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 1:15 p.m. July 2 0 Tweet Guinta has been dogged by past campaign finance issues. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a...
  • Rise in nuisance call complaints

    Rise in nuisance call complaints

    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) received a record number of complaints about nuisance calls in the past year. The watchdog said 180,188 complaints about unwanted promotional calls and text messages had been made, up...
  • French woman jailed for baby murders

    French woman jailed for baby murders

    Dominique Cottrez (right) confessed to suffocating her children after giving birth secretly at home A court in northern France has sentenced a woman to nine years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies...
  • Contador has the crucial edge: Yates

    UTRECHT, Netherlands Sean Yates knows a thing or two about leading a rider to the Tour de France title and the Briton feels his protege Alberto Contador has the required experience to prevail in a...

Headline News

  • Closing of Chicago trading pits: a requiem for family ties


    CHICAGO Thomas Cashman was not long out of law school when his dad, Tom, brought him to the Chicago Board of Trade soybean pit in 1994. The two spent the next 10 years trading side by side, until Thomas moved upstairs to begin trading on computer screens. Thomas, a third-generation CBOT trader now back practicing law and trading on the side, is a member of one of the better-known trading families in Chicago’s 167-year history of futures trading. Over time, 24 Cashmans worked on the CBOT trading floor, all tracing their roots to the first Cashman on the floor: George, who came to the CBOT after high school in the late ’40s. He later bought seats for his brothers Gene and Ed, both Chicago policemen at the time. “It made it easier for me to break into the markets, but on the other hand I had that responsibility to live up to the family reputation,” …

    July 2, 2015 12:30 pm
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Politics

  • Top Races to Watch in 2016: New England


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 1:15 p.m. July 2 0 Tweet Guinta has been dogged by past campaign finance issues. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch. The New England region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. New Hampshire Senate: Sen. Kelly Ayotte isn’t the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in the country, but Democrats might need to defeat her to ensure they gain five seats and a majority in the Senate for 2017. Democrats are waiting on Gov. Maggie Hassan to announce her plans, but that may not happen until the state’s budget process is complete. If Hassan passes, former Rep. Carol Shea Porter and others will likely take a look. New Hampshire tends to swing with the national wave, so Ayotte can’t feel too confident yet. But she isn’t …

    July 2, 2015 1:10 pm
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Stocks

  • Whole Foods CEOs admit to overcharging, apologize


    Whole Foods execs are admitting the chain has been overcharging customers in New York City stores, but promised that if that ever happens again they’ll give the food to customers for free. John Mackey and Walter Robb, co-CEOs of Whole Foods (WFM), apologized to customers in a video filmed in the sliced fruit section of one of their grocery stores. The casually dressed execs admitted that some customers had been accidentally overcharged for sliced fruit, fresh squeezed juices and sandwiches by workers who made errors. “Straight up, we made some mistakes,” said Robb, framed by containers of sliced strawberries, kiwis and pineapples. “We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it.” Mackey said there has been a “very, very small percentage of mis-weighing errors” made by the workers prepping and pricing the food. “We know they’re unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customers’ favor, and sometimes not in the …

    July 2, 2015 11:50 am
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Sports

  • Contador has the crucial edge: Yates


    UTRECHT, Netherlands Sean Yates knows a thing or two about leading a rider to the Tour de France title and the Briton feels his protege Alberto Contador has the required experience to prevail in a demanding race this year. Yates, who guided Bradley Wiggins to his Tour triumph in 2012, left the sport that year but he is now Contador’s sports director at Tinkoff-Saxo. The Englishman believes Contador has what the other big favorite do not have — experience he can take confidence from. “He’s got history on his side, he’s won more grand tours than all the others combined. Experience is a major part,” Yates told Reuters at his team hotel on Thursday. Yates was Contador’s sports director at Discovery Channel the year the Spaniard won his maiden tour in 2007 and directed Froome in 2012 when the Briton finished second in the Tour. He reiterated that Contador was an all-rounder who never gives …

    July 2, 2015 12:30 pm
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World News

  • French woman jailed for baby murders


    Dominique Cottrez (right) confessed to suffocating her children after giving birth secretly at home A court in northern France has sentenced a woman to nine years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies between 1989 and 2000. At the trial in the town of Douai, the prosecution had asked for an 18-year term for Dominique Cottrez, 51. The defence had argued that the former health worker should be acquitted because of her troubled mental state. Cottrez earlier confessed to suffocating her children after giving birth secretly at home near Lille. She then buried the bodies in the garden of her parents’ home and at her own home nearby in Villers-au-Tertre. The former nursing assistant had previously said she had a long incestuous relationship with her father and that she feared each baby might be his. However, during the trial she did not talk about the relationship. Cottrez, who is obese, also said that …

    July 2, 2015 12:31 pm
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Technology

  • Rise in nuisance call complaints


    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) received a record number of complaints about nuisance calls in the past year. The watchdog said 180,188 complaints about unwanted promotional calls and text messages had been made, up 11% from last year. In its annual report, it said it had issued five fines relating to unsolicited calls and texts. Consumer group Which? said the figures were the “tip of the iceberg”. The organisation said its research showed only 2% of people who received unwanted calls reported them. “Regulators, government and industry must work harder to cut off unwanted calls and texts that annoy millions of us every day,” said Richard Lloyd, executive director at Which? The body is running a campaign to hold senior executives accountable for nuisance calls made by their companies. It said the ICO should use its powers “to full effect”, to punish companies that broke cold-calling rules. The ICO told the BBC the rise …

    July 2, 2015 12:50 pm
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Science

  • Human brain study by UCLA and UK researchers sheds light on how new memories are formed


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the first study of its kind, UCLA and United Kingdom researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better understanding of memory loss and new methods to fight it in Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. Specifically, the study examined neurons in the medial temporal lobe associated with episodic memory, the brain’s ability to consciously recall experienced events and situations like running into an old school friend at the opera. Episodic memory logs these unique experiences and relies on the very rapid formation of new associations in the brain. The team was able to record individual neurons in the medial temporal lobe and found that the cells changed their firing to encode new associations — such as meeting an old school friend at the opera — at the exact moment of …

    July 2, 2015 12:50 pm
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Health

  • J&J vaccine completely prevented HIV in half of monkeys in trial


    CHICAGO An experimental Johnson Johnson vaccine completely prevented HIV infection in half of monkeys that got the shot and then were exposed to high doses of an aggressive virus, results that spurred the company to test the vaccine in people, academic and company researchers said on Thursday. The international trial is underway in 400 healthy volunteers in the United States, East Africa, South Africa and Thailand. It is the first time since Merck’s failed 2007 trial that a major pharmaceutical company has sponsored clinical development of an HIV vaccine, said Dr. Dan Barouch, a vaccine researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hosptial, MIT and Harvard. Some 35 million people are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Since it began spreading 30 years ago, AIDS has killed 40 million people worldwide. Despite progress in treatments, experts believe a vaccine is the best hope for eradicating the …

    July 2, 2015 1:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Brandi Glanville Calls RHOBH Co-Stars "C**ts"


    The claws are coming out! Brandi Glanville held nothing back in her interview on Howard Stern’s SirusXM radio show today, and the reality star made it pretty clear why she wouldn’t be returning to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for another season of drama and wine drinking. “Last year was a really tough year for me, because I felt like I played ball — you know, I gave my all to the show. And then when it aired, I felt like, ‘Oh my god, they did me no favors in the editing room.’ And I got really upset and a little depressed because of it,” she explained about feeling misrepresented. The blonde beauty does admit, though, to doing antagonistic things without thinking! “I didn’t want to do the show again, ’cause I took so much heat. I was doing things to my own detriment that I couldn’t explain, like throwing wine in someone’s face. …

    July 2, 2015 8:30 am
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton: How much longer can she hide the truth?


    In the course of my work at Fox News, I am often asked by colleagues to review and explain documents and statutes. Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge, our chief intelligence correspondent, and Pamela Browne, our senior executive producer, I read the transcripts of an interview Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state. What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer. In 2011, he applied to the Departments of State and Treasury for approvals to sell arms to the government of Qatar. Qatar is a …

    July 2, 2015 1:11 pm
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Odd News

  • Meditating Portuguese actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane


    LISBON A Portuguese actor humming a prayer as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text onboard a plane awaiting takeoff from Paris was mistaken for a terrorist by alarmed passengers and taken off the flight by police. “Police told me that I had been denounced as a terrorism suspect aboard the plane because I was reciting the Koran aloud, that I was reading a text involving words ‘death’ and ‘bomb’,” the man, Heitor Lourenco, said in remarks aired by SIC television on Thursday. The incident occurred on Tuesday. Lourenco, 47, said his text, which he was reading on a tablet device, contained Tibetan characters and the device had the timer on to tell him how long he had meditated, which probably caused associations with a bomb. He was released after six hours of questioning during which police watched videos of him on the Internet showing that he is a theater and television actor, and checked …

    July 2, 2015 12:50 pm
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