• ‘More’ Cameroon to pight militants

    ‘More’ Cameroon to pight militants

    Cameroon will deploy an extra 2,000 troops along its northern border with Nigeria to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state television reports. It follows an upsurge in attacks blamed on the Nigerian militants. Three...
  • StaTuesday: Rating the Twins defense

    StaTuesday: Rating the Twins defense

    Jun 4, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) fails to grab a ground ball during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M....
  • George Washington University is ditching SATs

    George Washington University is ditching SATs

    Bombed the SAT? It doesn’t matter, if you’re applying to George Washington University. The college just became one of the largest and most prestigious to make standardized test scores optional for applicants. If you want...
  • New fast memory tech outraces flash

    New fast memory tech outraces flash

    Intel and Micron say 3D Xpoint is the first new “mainstream” type of memory since Nand flash in 1989 A new kind of memory technology is going into production, which is up to 1,000 times...
  • Senate aims to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood

    WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of...

Headline News

  • How Much Should You Pay Yourself as a Business Owner?


    In their book Start Your Own Business, the staff of Entrepreneur Media Inc. guides you through the critical steps to starting your business, then supports you in surviving the first three years as a business owner. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer easy-to-follow advice to help you set your salary as a business owner. It’s your business and your budget—which means the size of your paycheck is entirely up to you. But while the freedom of setting your own salary sounds great in theory, in practice, most business owners find it a tough call. Should you pay yourself what you need to cover expenses? What your business can afford? The salary you left behind to launch your business? Your best bet is to factor in all three—and a whole lot more. Obviously, you want your business to succeed and may be willing to accept a temporary drop in income to make that happen. On …

    July 28, 2015 12:38 pm
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Politics

  • Senate aims to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood


    WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. “The leader is working with his members to address this horrific issue and intends to have a vote before we leave” for a five-week summer recess, said McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas. Republican Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation to prohibit any federal funds to Planned Parenthood. (Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Bill Trott)

    July 28, 2015 11:38 am
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Stocks

  • George Washington University is ditching SATs


    Bombed the SAT? It doesn’t matter, if you’re applying to George Washington University. The college just became one of the largest and most prestigious to make standardized test scores optional for applicants. If you want to try to get into GW and don’t want to submit your SAT or ACT scores, you don’t have to. School officials say leaving your scores out of your application won’t hurt your chances. In fact, they are confident they can predict how successful a student will be based on their high school record and GPA. “We hope the test-optional policy sends a message to prospective students that if you are smart, hard-working and have challenged yourself in a demanding high school curriculum, there could be a place for you here,” said Laurie Koehler, a senior associate provost at the school. Money Essentials: How to save for college Koehler hopes the policy diversifies the student body at GW, helping the …

    July 28, 2015 12:38 pm
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Sports

  • StaTuesday: Rating the Twins defense


    Jun 4, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) fails to grab a ground ball during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to the latest edition of StaTuesday, where each week we’ll give you a different look at sports by examining a particular statistic or numbers. This past weekend, the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) issued its first Defensive Index rankings (SDI) for the season, based on games played through July 12. According to SABR, these rankings account for roughly 25 percent of the selection process used in determining each season’s Gold Glove winners. The Defensive Index is compiled from different fielding metrics and incorporates a myriad of categories. (If you are interested in a more detailed explanation, please click here.) When it comes to the Minnesota Twins, Trevor Plouffe was easily the best defender in the …

    July 28, 2015 12:38 pm
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World News

  • ‘More’ Cameroon to pight militants


    Cameroon will deploy an extra 2,000 troops along its northern border with Nigeria to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state television reports. It follows an upsurge in attacks blamed on the Nigerian militants. Three suicide bombings killed 33 people in Cameroon’s main northern city, Maroua, since last week. The reinforcements will raise the number of troops deployed to the north to 8,500, AFP news agency reports. Cameroon’s army uses Maroua as the headquarters for its operations against the group. Authorities in the region have announced several measures, including a ban on wearing the full-face veil, in an attempt to prevent suicide bombers from disguising themselves as devout Muslim women. BBC Africa Live News Updates Cameroon has joined Chad, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon in banning the full-face veil They have also closed some mosques and Islamic schools and banned large gatherings of Muslims without permission. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is due in Cameroon on Wednesday for …

    July 28, 2015 12:38 pm
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Technology

  • New fast memory tech outraces flash


    Intel and Micron say 3D Xpoint is the first new “mainstream” type of memory since Nand flash in 1989 A new kind of memory technology is going into production, which is up to 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash storage used in memory cards and computers’ solid state drives (SSDs). The innovation is called 3D XPoint, and is the invention of Intel and Micron. The two US companies predict a wide range of benefits, from speeding up scientific research to making more elaborate video games. One expert described it as a “huge step forward”. “There are other companies who have talked about new types of memory technology, but this is about being able to manufacture the stuff – that’s why they are making such a big deal out of it,” says Bob O’Donnell, from the consultancy Technalysis. The 3D Xpoint chips will be manufactured at Intel and Micron’s joint venture in Utah If all …

    July 28, 2015 11:58 am
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Science

  • Research with bite


    Related images(click to enlarge) The Tyrannosaurus rex and its fellow theropod dinosaurs that rampage across the screen in movies like Jurassic World were successful predators partly due to a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure that allowed them to easily tear through the flesh and bone of other dinosaurs, says new research from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, was conducted by Kirstin Brink, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Biology at UTM; Professor Robert Reisz of the Department of Biology and the UTM vice-principal of graduate studies; and colleagues at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Taiwan. Brink and her colleagues determined that this deeply serrated–or sawlike–tooth structure is uniquely common to carnivorous theropods such as T. rex and Allosaurus, and even one of the first theropods, Coelophysis. Other extinct animals had teeth that were superficially similar, but it …

    July 28, 2015 10:58 am
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Health

  • Healthcare improving for older Americans


    (Reuters Health) – The number of deaths, hospital stays and healthcare costs decreased among older Americans on Medicare over the past 15 years, according to a new study. “Although our health care system has its failings, we are making remarkable progress,” said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, the study’s lead author from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “People are much better off today than they were 15 years ago,” he told Reuters Health in an email. “We will continue to identify our flaws and seek to improve, but people should feel good that all our efforts, collectively, are paying off.” For the new study, the researchers used data on over 68 million people on Medicare, the U.S. health insurance for the elderly and disabled. Between 1999 and 2013, they found deaths from any cause fell among Medicare beneficiaries from 5.30 percent to 4.45 percent. “In any given year there are fewer deaths,” Krumholz said. “Leading to …

    July 28, 2015 11:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Kendall Jenner Struts Her Supermodel Stuff At The Studio


    Posted on Tue Jul 28th, 2015 10:00am PDT       By X17 Staff No wonder she’s taking the fashion industry by storm! Kendall Jenner joined the rest of her famous family to do some reality show taping at the studio in L.A. yesterday, and the cat walker put her pin thin gams on display in a short denim skirt, which she paired with a simple white cotton shirt and tan booties. If pregnant sister Kim Kardashian tried to wear this she would look downright ridiculous, but the Estee Lauder spokeswoman looked picture perfect! If you believe the rumors, Kimmy K is envious of Kenny’s hot bod, and has been criticizing her for being “too thin” out of jealousy! “No one can imagine how jealous she is of Kendall. She’s always wanted that type of slender, tall, elegant body her younger half-sister has,” a source tells New! magazine. “When Kim saw Kendall’s snap of her posing in a bikini …

    July 28, 2015 12:38 pm
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Editorial

  • A dark horse for the White House


    The Republican Party is awash with a glut of highly partisan candidates who are being largely ignored by the media, which is currently focused on every heartbeat and breath taken by Donald Trump.  That being the case, it’s a perfect time for a dark horse candidate to emerge. And that could be John Kasich. While Kasich may not be a household name, he has the qualifications and experience to be an effective president and it’s early enough in the process for him to acquire the necessary public recognition and acceptance.  Kasich has an impressive résumé that offers an ideal mixture of public- and private-sector jobs, a rare feat for today’s politicians. He has served as a congressman representing Ohio, has been a political commentator (Fox News), an executive at Lehman Brothers and was elected governor of Ohio in 2011.  Politicians lie frequently, but statistics do not.  Polling and number-crunching may not be sexy, but they …

    July 28, 2015 10:17 am
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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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