Headline News

  • Driver fleeing crash dies after SUV goes into Philly river


    PHILADELPHIA –  Authorities say a driver fleeing a Philadelphia traffic accident died after his sport utility vehicle plunged into the Delaware River. Police said the vehicle had struck several parked cars just north of Old City on Monday evening and then fled. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Officials said the SUV was on an underpass at Penn’s Landing when it went up a grassy incline, crashed through a metal fence and landed in the river shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. A fire department official said a police officer and two onlookers jumped into the river and tried to get the driver out of the car, but were unable to do so. Divers got him out and took him to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name hasn’t been released.

    July 29, 2014 6:49 am
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Politics

  • Congressman Says Gwen Graham’s Dad ‘Not on the Ballot’


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Southerland faces a tough re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., said he isn’t buying the hype around his opponent, attorney Gwen Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former senator and governor. “The Grahams aren’t from Northwest Florida,” Southerland said in a recent sit-down interview with CQ Roll Call. “They’re a South Florida family.” “We respect the Graham name,” the two-term Republican continued. “We respect greatly the governor’s service and the senator’s service, but unfortunately, he’s not on the ballot.” National Democrats have touted Graham as one of their best recruits this cycle, saying she’ll be able to close the deal with voters in Florida’s 2nd District, thanks in part to her father’s legacy. Southerland’s re-election is quickly becoming one of the most competitive House races in the country, and it’s ratedTossup/Tilts Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Stocks

  • GM’s most popular pickup recalled six times this year


    GM has issued six separate recalls this year for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, shown here, and the GMC Sierra, making them the most frequently recalled vehicles of this year. For owners of GM’s most popular pickups, recalls have been almost a monthly occurrence this year. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra have been recalled six times so far in 2014, giving them the dubious honor of being the year’s most frequently recalled vehicles. And it doesn’t stop there – the two trucks have been recalled nine times since they hit showrooms 12 months ago. The Silverado and the Sierra are nearly identical – they share the same frame and many of the same parts and design features. GMC’s Sierra is essentially a high-end, higher-priced version of the mass-market Silverado. They may need lots of repairs, but don’t call them lemons. The Silverado won Truck of the Year honors from the nation’s leading auto …

    July 29, 2014 5:48 am
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Sports

  • Pennsylvania congressmen ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions


    HARRISBURG, Pa. –  Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports’ governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The five released a letter Monday they sent last week to Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They’re citing an April state court ruling that was critical of the consent decree, which includes a temporary ban on post-season play, a temporary reduction in scholarships, the cancellation of 112 wins and a $60 million fine. The group is four Republicans — Charlie Dent, Glenn Thompson, Jim Gerlach and Mike Kelly — plus Democrat Mike Doyle. Dent, Doyle and Thompson are Penn State alumni. An NCAA spokeswoman tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the organization hasn’t received the letter and isn’t commenting beyond its previous statements.

    July 29, 2014 6:49 am
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World News

  • Microsoft in China anti-trust probe


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 11:55 Earlier this year China banned government purchases of Microsoft Windows 8 An anti-monopoly investigation into US technology giant Microsoft has been launched by Chinese authorities. China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce – the body responsible for enforcing business laws – said it was looking into “alleged monopoly actions” by the company. The announcement came after officials from the regulator visited some of Microsoft’s local offices. The company said it “will address any concerns the government may have”. It has not yet been accused of any specific wrongdoing. Any potential investigation in China would be a fresh setback for Microsoft in the country, a key growth market for global technology firms. Earlier this year, China said it would ban government use of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system. Increased scrutiny? The visits to Microsoft offices come just days after the China’s anti-trust regulator said that Qualcomm, one of …

    July 29, 2014 6:49 am
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Technology

  • Android ‘Fake ID’ flaw could leave millions open to attack


    A vulnerability in Google’s Android software could leave millions open to attack from malicious apps that seem to have come from legitimate developers. The flaw has been named “Fake ID” by security company Bluebox Labs, which discovered it. However, Google says it has already issued a patch to protect Android users from attacks exploiting the flaw. Fake ID has been resident in Android from version 2.1 to 4.4, although it was fixed in April as part of the latest update, Android KitKat. Millions of devices could still be at risk, though, as Google’s own figures show that 82.1% of Android users are running an older version. In a blog post published today, Bluebox explained that the problem lies in how app security is checked on Android, with each app given its own cryptographic signature determining who can update it, and what privileges it has on a device. To get these signatures, apps are signed using …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Science

  • NASA Selects Environmental Test and Integration Services II Contract


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    July 29, 2014 7:29 am
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Health

  • Pfizer beats forecasts as oncology drugs grow


    (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N), which in May officially abandoned its bid to buy British rival AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L), reported higher-than-expected second-quarter revenue, helped by growing demand for its cancer medicines. The largest U.S. drugmaker on Tuesday said it had earned $2.91 billion, or 45 cents per share. That compared with $14.1 billion, or $1.98 per share, a year earlier, when Pfizer received more than $10 billion in proceeds from the spinoff of its animal health business into a new publicly traded company, Zoetis (ZTS.N). Excluding special items, Pfizer earned 58 cents per share. Analysts on average expected 57 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sales fell 2 percent to $12.77 billion, hurt by declines for generic medicines that Pfizer calls established products, but they exceeded Wall Street expectations of $12.46 billion. Pfizer stuck to its prior earnings forecast of $2.20 to $2.30 per share for the full year. Shares of Pfizer were up 1 …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Entertainment

  • Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck feud is Jennifer Garner’s fault


    When asked if Affleck would be in town to make an appearance as Batman at this year’s Comic-Con, Smith responded, “Great question. I don’t know because we’re not f***ing tight. I have not been [close with him] in decades,” according to Yahoo Celebrity. Kevin Smith booted from Southwest flight  It seems as if Smith is a little bitter about his friendship going south and he wasn’t done elaborating on the situation. “That’s old Ben. He’s got a wife that don’t care for me at all. And plus, honestly, he probably don’t care for me anymore. He’s a triple A-list movie star and s*** like that. If he’s Jimmy Carter, I’m Billy Carter, to put it in ’70s terms. And I’m not even related and s***.” This isn’t the first time as of late that a former friend has called out a member of the Garner/Affleck union. Just last month, Mark Ruffalo, who co-starred with Garner …

    July 29, 2014 5:48 am
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Editorial

  • Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ a portent of what might be?


    This photo released by The Weinstein Company shows Brenton Thwaites, left, and Odeya Rush in a scene from the film, “The Giver.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, David Bloomer) With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn’t alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood. Entertainment Weekly calls gross receipts for what should have been a blockbuster July 4-6 weekend “downright terrifying.” Writes EW, “Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year’s holiday, according to Boxofficemojo.com, but it was Hollywood’s worst July 4 weekend since 1999. (And that’s not taking into account inflation. In fact, this was the worst July-holiday weekend for ticket sales since the summer of ‘Dragnet’ in 1987.)” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Arriving in theaters next week is a film that could reverse the trend. It’s called “The Giver,” based on the best-selling novel by Lois Lowry, which won the …

    July 29, 2014 7:09 am
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Odd News

  • Fist bumps relay 90 percent less germs than handshakes: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday. The study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that fist bumps, where two people briefly press the top of their closed fists together, transferred about 90 percent less bacteria than handshakes. “People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands,” Dave Whitworth, a biologist at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom who co-authored the study, said in a statement. “If the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases,” he said. The fist bump appears to enjoy the support of both U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, both of whom have been seen enthusiastically using the greeting, the study notes. The study used participants who wore gloves that …

    July 29, 2014 7:29 am
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