Headline News

  • Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure 2016 field to heed Francis’ teachings on climate, economics


    DES MOINES, Iowa –  Roman Catholic leaders in Iowa will call for candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion. Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines says the vocal pivot to be made Thursday will mark the first time a U.S. Catholic bishop has publicly asked those seeking the White House to heed the admonitions of Francis’ first encyclical. In it, the pope called for a “bold, sweeping revolution” to correct what he sees as a “structurally perverse” economic system that has turned the Earth into an “immense pile of filth.” Says Pates: “The goal of the pope is to raise the questions with all the candidates.”

    July 2, 2015 2:28 am
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Politics

  • California moves to strike ‘lynching’ language from state law


    SAN FRANCISCO California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word “lynching” from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police custody. The bill, which unanimously passed in the California Legislature last week, followed furor over the arrest of black activist Maile Hampton on a charge of felony lynching during a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration in Sacramento in January. Hampton’s attorney, lawmakers and other supporters rallied behind her at court and on social media, saying it was ironic she had been charged under a decades-old law that was originally enacted to protect black detainees from white lynch mobs. Hampton’s supporters also called for the removal of the word lynching from the penal code, saying its application was not appropriate. Thousands of African-Americans were victims of lynchings, or extrajudicial public execution by hanging, in Southern states …

    July 2, 2015 1:07 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ episodes pulled from TV Land


    Bo and Luke Duke are no longer flying through Hazzard County on TV Land. The network has pulled episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule, a spokesperson for TV Land confirmed on Wednesday. The network would not comment further on whether reruns of the series were pulled due to its inclusion of a 1969 Dodge Charger known as the “General Lee” which has the Confederate battle flag painted on its roof. In the wake of the murders at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the flag has become a major point of contention. Since the “General Lee” is one of the most famous cars in TV history the series has been added to that argument. The show (which is distributed by Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (TWX) like CNN) ran during the early 1980s and has gained a solid cult fan base. TV Land, which is owned …

    July 2, 2015 1:47 am
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Sports

  • Swiss say US has filed formal request to extradite 7 FIFA officials arrested in May


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    July 2, 2015 2:28 am
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World News

  • US makes Fifa extradition request


    The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May, the Swiss authorities say. Formal extradition requests were submitted on Wednesday, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said. The seven top Fifa executives arrested in Zurich are among 14 Fifa officials indicted on charges of “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption. The charges follow a major inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    July 2, 2015 2:28 am
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Technology

  • Nikon offers fast general-purpose APS-C lens and supertelephoto updates


    The 16-80mm f2.8-4 is a nice all-purpose range. Nikon Essentially a DX-mount option that serves a similar purpose as its 24-120mm f4 FX-mount lens — it’s the equivalent focal range on a Nikon APS-C camera like the D7200 — the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR sounds like a great general-purpose alternative to Nikon’s slow 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens or 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 kit step-up. As usual, though, speed costs. At $1,070 (£685, AU$1,400 directly converted) the new lens will run you significantly more than the $700 (about £405, AU$900) 16-85mm. Favorite lenses under $1,000 (pictures) See full gallery Not that its high price seems unjustified. In addition to using Nikon’s high-end Nano Crystal Coat for ghost and flare reduction it has protective fluorine-coated front and back elements. It’s also the first DX-mount lens to incorporate an electromagnetic aperture (that’s the “E” in the name) which should allow it to respond more quickly to exposure …

    July 2, 2015 12:47 am
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Science

  • Dagger-like canines of saber-toothed cats took years to grow


    Related images(click to enlarge) New research shows that the fearsome teeth of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis fully emerged at a later age than those of modern big cats, but grew at a rate about double that of their living relatives. The findings, published today in the journal PLOS ONE and based on a new technique that combines isotopic analysis and x-ray imaging, for the first time provide specific ages for developmental events in Smilodon, notably in their teeth. The study estimates that the eruption rate of S. fatalis‘s permanent upper canines was 6 millimeters per month–double the growth rate of an African lion’s teeth. But the extinct cat’s dagger-like canines weren’t fully developed until about three years of age. “For predators such as big cats, an important determinant of an individual’s full hunting ability is the time required to grow their weapons–their teeth,” said Z. Jack Tseng, a National Science Foundation and Frick Postdoctoral …

    July 2, 2015 12:48 am
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Health

  • U.S. campaign highlights stress of fireworks on combat veterans


    Every Independence Day for the past eight years, Shawn Gourley and her family have left their Indiana home for remote campgrounds to escape the fireworks that trigger her veteran husband’s wartime memories. Gourley’s husband Justin, who served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004, is one of about 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be worsened by the cracks and thunder of celebratory fireworks. “Anytime that we get scared, we react. They do the same thing,” said Gourley, whose husband becomes anxious at the sound of fireworks, paces back and forth and searches for ways to guard his family. This year, in an effort to expose an issue about which many veterans feel shame, the Gourleys launched a sign campaign to educate their neighbors about the effects of fireworks on combat veterans. The group, Military with PTSD, on Wednesday was finishing up mailing out nearly 4,000 signs reading …

    July 2, 2015 1:07 am
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Entertainment

  • Amanda Seyfried dishes on the downside to Mean Girls


    More: 8 Female celebs who aren’t afraid to talk about their vaginas The gorgeous blond actress covers the August issue of Marie Claire U.K. and, in her interview with the magazine, she dishes on everything from love to motherhood to mental illness. Among the topics of discussion? Her famous role in the cult classic teen movie and what it was like to be stereotyped in Hollywood. “After Mean Girls, I kept getting scripts for big-boobed blonde idiots. I could have so easily been Karen Smith my whole career,” she shared. “I realized that if I really wanted to work forever I was going to have to make the right decisions… that’s why I’ve made some tough decisions too, I’ve turned down some pretty big stuff. I didn’t want to be an action hero or in a f***ing green suit for like, ten years, because I don’t want to be miserable. I think happiness comes from …

    July 2, 2015 2:27 am
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Editorial

  • ‘I am a follower of Christ': County clerk resigns rather than issue gay marriage licenses


    Editor’s note: The following column originaly appeared on ToddStarnes.com.   Linda Barnette has issued marriage licenses in Grenada County, Mississippi for 24 years. On Tuesday, she resigned. “I choose to obey God rather than man,” Mrs. Barnette wrote in her one paragraph resignation letter to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors. Click here to follow Todd for conservative news and information! “I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority,” she wrote. ‘The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.” In the coming days I believe Christians will be forced to abandon their jobs in public service. Those who remain will be targeted with lawsuits and investigations from the activists. Another …

    July 2, 2015 1:07 am
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Odd News

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis


    SAN DIEGO A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. Sam, as she is known, is white, about 50 years of age and speaks French and English with a British or Australian accent, according to police reports. She was hospitalized after being found on a street near the beach in Carlsbad, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego, on Feb. 1. “The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary,” she wrote on her Facebook page.    “I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair … My prognosis is not good, and I pray …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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