Headline News

  • Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus: CDC


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – More U.S. adolescents are receiving vaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer but vaccination rates for the infection remain too low, federal health officials said on Thursday. In 2013, 37.6 percent of girls ages 13-17 got the recommended three doses of the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. That was up from 33.4 percent in 2012 but far short of the CDC’s goal of an 80 percent vaccination rate, data showed. “It’s frustrating to report almost the same HPV vaccination coverage levels among girls for another year,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The percentage of boys receiving all three doses of the vaccine more than doubled, increasing to 13.9 percent in 2013 from 6.8 percent in 2012, according to data from the CDC’s National …

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aiming to shake up the debate over fighting poverty, Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Thursday called for charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with government in spending taxpayer money to aid the poor. Presenting his plan for a sweeping revamp of social safety net programs, Ryan said he wanted to give families more choice in how they receive taxpayer-funded assistance. He proposed replacing some 11 programs ranging from food stamps to housing vouchers with “opportunity grants” given to states to tailor aid to individual needs. The plan would shift the federal government’s anti-poverty role largely to one of vetting state programs to distribute aid, and they would have to give the poor a choice of providers. “There wouldn’t just be a federal agency or a state agency,” Ryan said in remarks prepared for delivery to the American Enterprise Institute. “Instead, they could choose from a list of certified providers. …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Stocks

  • Global economy still limping along


    The world economy is stuck in low gear even as the risks to growth mount, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. Global growth this year should average 3.4%, the IMF said. That’s a little better than the 3.2% the world economy managed in 2013. “The recovery continues, but it remains a weak recovery,” said Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the IMF. A poor first quarter in the United States, when dire winter weather depressed demand, was largely — but not entirely — to blame for the revision. The IMF also marked down its forecasts for other big economies, including China, France, Italy and Russia. Tension between Moscow and the West over the crisis in Ukraine has hit business confidence in Russia. “The result has led to large capital outflows, and a near freeze in investment decisions,” Blanchard said. Russia’s economy is expected to grow just 0.2%, compared with the IMF’s April forecast of 1.3%. Other …

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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Sports

  • Former Texas coach Mack Brown to serve as studio analyst for college football games on ABC


    BRISTOL, Conn. –  Former Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC. Brown stepped down in December after 16 years with the Longhorns, winning the national title after the 2005 season. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Brown will appear on “College Football Countdown” and offer pregame, halftime and postgame commentary for the games on ABC, including “Saturday Night Football.” He will work with host John Saunders and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell. ESPN also said Thursday that former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis will serve as an analyst for ESPN2′s studio coverage on Saturdays. Davis was fired by the Tar Heels in 2011 during an NCAA investigation. He led the Hurricanes back to national prominence while coaching them from 1995-2000. In between, there was a mostly unsuccessful NFL stint with the Cleveland Browns.

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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World News

  • Algeria passenger jet feared crashed


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 18:17 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Alex Duval-Smith in Mali says there was “very bad weather” in the area, as well as “armed groups” A passenger plane carrying 116 people is feared to have crashed on a flight from Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital Algiers. Contact with the Air Algerie flight was lost over the Sahara as it crossed Mali in bad weather, officials said. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the plane, which has 50 French citizens aboard, “probably crashed”. French media reported that soldiers had found wreckage in Tilemsi, central Mali, but this was not confirmed. Contact with Flight AH 5017, chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair, was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, Air Algerie said. The pilot had contacted Niger’s control tower in Niamey to change course because of a sandstorm, officials say. BBC West Africa correspondent …

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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Technology

  • Sigourney Weaver on Alien: Isolation ‘It’s going to be wild’


    They say don’t meet your heroes – and usually they’re right. Work on a film magazine for a few weeks and you soon discover that the actors you once idolised are often spoiled, petulant monsters who would rather be anywhere else in the world than in stuffy hotel room being interviewed by you. Then Sega asked if I wanted to interview Sigourney Weaver. Due out in October, Alien: Isolation is a terrifying survival horror video game, set 15 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s original movie. A remote space station has picked up a distress call from the Nostromo and now contact has been lost with the facility. In an ironic act, Weylan Yutani has sent out Ripley’s daughter Amanda to investigate. When she arrives, she discovers something has gotten on board the dark and claustrophobic station. Something … alien. Early previews of the game have been hugely positive – it is a nightmarishly …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Science

  • Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets


    [image-36] Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun — and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth and were thought to be ideal candidates for detecting water vapor in their atmospheres because of their high temperatures where water turns into a measurable vapor. These so-called “hot Jupiters” are so close to their star they have temperatures between 1,500 and 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, however, the planets were found to have only one-tenth to one one-thousandth the amount of water predicted by standard planet-formation theories. “Our water measurement in one of the planets, HD 209458b, is the highest-precision measurement of any chemical compound in a planet outside our solar system, and we can now say with much greater certainty than ever before …

    July 24, 2014 10:04 am
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Health

  • Young Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders?


    THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young children with strong reading skills may be on a fast track to a brighter future, a new study suggests. Kids with above average reading skills may have higher intelligence levels as they get older, according to British researchers. The study included 1,890 identical twins from Great Britain who were given reading and intelligence tests when they were ages 7, 9, 10, 12 and 16. Because each pair of twins had the same genes and home environment, any differences between them had to be due to factors they didn’t share, such as the quality of their teachers or friends who encouraged reading, the researchers suggested. Differences in reading skills between the twins were linked to later differences in intelligence, including areas such as vocabulary and reasoning. The reading abilities associated with later enhanced intelligence were evident by age 7. This suggests that even early reading skills may affect …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Jake Gyllenhaal Is Super Creepy (And Skinny!) In First Trailer For


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 9:59am PDT We can’t wait to see this! The first trailer for Nightcrawler has hit the web, not only do we witness Jake Gyllenhaal’s crazy acting chops, but we also see his dramatic weight loss onscreen for the first time. Remember, the hunky star lost about 20 pounds to play the character of Lou Bloom, a freelance crime journalist. Not to get confused with the Marvel comic of the same name, it seems as though there could be some American Psycho-style madness going on with this film. As part of a viral marketing campaign for the film, an actual ad was placed on Craigslist written in the voice of Bloom. “I’m looking for full-time employment. No job too big or too small. I have my own car and phone,” the ad said. Bloom is described as being “persistent” and someone who can “work nights.” “I can only approach things …

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Israel unrest: Anti-Semitic attacks rise as Gaza conflict continues


      It didn’t take long for Hamas to make a mockery of President Obama’s efforts to get a ceasefire in Gaza. The rulers of Gaza are nothing if not consistent. In genocidal word and terrorist deed, Hamas has one goal—the eradication of the Jewish State and its 8 million citizens. To that end, it has gone beyond kidnapping and murder, suicide bombing and missiles and rockets. Gaza’s democratically-elected government has rewarded its constituent’s trust by making them human shields and cannon fodder for its martyrdom on-demand campaign for 24-hour news cycle feeds and social networking platforms. Thus far Hamas’ murderous gameplan, has been largely thwarted by Israel’s Iron Dome, her people’s iron will, and the IDF’s warnings via cellphone, text and leaflets in advance of attacks to minimize civilian casualties. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But there is no iron dome technology that can slow Hamas’ other long-distance campaign—the unleashing of history’s oldest hate—anti-Semitism– on every continent. But there is …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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