Headline News

  • Russia warns US as NGO blacklisted

    The American NED awards medals for services to democracy Russia has said it will not tolerate “interference” by foreign organisations after it put a US pro-democracy foundation on a blacklist. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), funded by the US Congress, is the first organisation to be labelled “undesirable” under a new Russian law. Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned that “we will never tolerate mentoring and open interference in our affairs by foreign structures”. US officials condemned Russia’s move. The US Department of State called the blacklisting “a further example of the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices and another intentional step to isolate the Russian people from the world”. Russia’s Foreign Ministry hit back by saying the NED’s name was “deceptive” because “it is only non-governmental on paper, while in reality it has, from the moment it was set up, received funding from the US budget, including funding via the channels of intelligence bodies”. …

    July 30, 2015 4:47 am


  • Harley an awkward ride for ‘union-busting’ Republican Walker

    MILWAUKEE For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there’s something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads “Union made in the USA.” Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters. But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about – it is a leading example of a successful company that has a strong relationship with labor unions. Walker, by contrast, has made his union-busting credentials the foundation of his White House bid, touting it as the prime example of his leadership success and as evidence of how he can defeat powerful vested interests and even foreign enemies. It’s not …

    July 30, 2015 3:47 am


  • Ford truck performs poorly in crash test

    The Ford F-150 SuperCab earned a rating of Marginal in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Small Overlap crash test. The new all-aluminum Ford F-150 crew cab pickup did well in a tough new crash test but the slightly smaller SuperCab version of the truck earned poor marks. “Consumers who wondered whether the aluminum-body F-150 would be as crashworthy as its steel-body predecessor can consider the question answered,” said David Zuby, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety chief researcher, in a statement. Both versions were subjected to the new small overlap front crash test. In that test, a vehicle hits a barrier at 40 miles per hour with just one-quarter of its front bumper. The impact occurs on the left side, just in front of the driver’s seat. The larger Ford (F) F-150 SuperCrew version of the truck has added structures that helped protect the passenger compartment during the small overlap test. It earned the Institute’s …

    July 30, 2015 4:47 am


  • Mets-Brewers mess shows perils of Twitter — and it isn’t going away

    Left: PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 30: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a MLB game at Citizens Bank Park on June 30, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)   Right: NEW YORK, NY – JULY 29: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets looks on in the dugout in the ninth inning duirng the game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on July 29, 2015 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Left: PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 30: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a MLB game at Citizens Bank Park on June 30, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)   Right: NEW YORK, NY – JULY 29: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets looks on in the dugout in …

    July 30, 2015 4:07 am

World News

  • How the 1993 blasts changed Mumbai forever

    The serial blasts killed 257 people and wounded 1,400 people India has executed Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings. Columnist Bachi Karkaria reflects on how the bombings changed India’s financial and entertainment capital forever. Two hours and 10 minutes was all it took to knock the swagger out of Mumbai, then called Bombay. Between 1.30 and 3.40 on that Friday afternoon of 12 March, 1993, the city detonated into a nightmare. It would wake up in bloodied disbelief, charred and chastened. The 13 bombs which exploded in quick succession brought the city’s most iconic buildings to their knees, beginning with the symbol of its financial supremacy, the Bombay Stock Exchange. The explosions ripped through the Air India building in the south to the Sea Rock hotel at Land’s End in the west, a strip of land that juts into the sea. The Plaza cinema owned by Bollywood legend V …

    July 30, 2015 4:47 am


  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: writing a score for the end of the world

    Silence is rare in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – which is strange because everybody is dead. This elegiac adventure game, set in a rural area of Shropshire, imagines the end of humanity coming, not as a nuclear bang, but as a soft, almost seductive whimper. The player finds themselves in an abandoned village shortly after a devastating event of some kind, and by exploring the buildings, pathways and woodlands, must try to piece together what has happened. With no characters around (except for a few sequences in which their ghosts seem to appear as holographic visions telling portions of the backstory), Rapture relies very heavily on environmental sound and music. And Brighton-based developer The Chinese Room has taken a highly complex and ambitious approach to its audio. The most noticeable element from the start however, is the gorgeous orchestral score, composed by co-founder Jessica Curry. The game’s themes and visuals are heavily inspired by …

    July 30, 2015 4:07 am


  • USF researchers find reasons behind increases in urban flooding

    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science investigating the increasing risk of ‘compound flooding’ for major U.S. cities have found that flooding risk is greatest for cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts when strong storm surge and high rainfall amounts occur together. While rising sea levels are the main driver for increasing flood risk, storm surges caused by weather patterns that favor high precipitation exacerbates flood potential. The paper describing their research on the causes of compound flooding in urban areas of the U.S will appear in Nature Climate Change (Vol. 5, August, 2015) and is now available online at: http://www.nature.com/natureclimatechange “Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population resides in coastal counties,” said study lead author Thomas Wahl of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the University of Siegen in Germany. “Flooding can have devastating impacts for these low-lying, densely populated and …

    July 30, 2015 3:06 am


  • Drug May Ease Passage When Kidney Stone Strikes

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Kidney stones can quickly cause extreme pain, and passing the stones is the immediate goal for patients. Now, a new study finds that the drug tamsulosin (Flomax) can boost the passage of large kidney stones, but not small ones. “Small stones usually pass on their own, so it’s not too surprising that drug therapy did not help in this study,” said Dr. Warren Bromberg, chief of urology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. On the other hand, “anything that assists in passing a large stone, which otherwise would lead to prolonged pain and surgical intervention, is well worth it,” said Bromberg, who was not involved in the new research. The study was led by Jeremy Furyk of Townsville Hospital in Queensland, Australia. His team found that 28 days after visiting an emergency department for any size of kidney stone, 87 percent of patients treated with tamsulosin …

    July 30, 2015 3:27 am


  • Kylie And Kendall Jenner Flaunt Their Figures In Skimpy Outfits After A Photo Shoot

    Posted on Wed Jul 29th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kylie and Kendall Jenner grabbed frozen yogurt after a photo shoot on Tuesday, and both of the teen reality stars turned heads when they walked down the street. We’re thinking most folks were admiring Kendall’s model bod and gawking at Kylie’s overly plumped pout, but Kylie definitely gave us her best Kim K style pose from the counter. She may be 17, but she already knows how to work that booty! Big sis Khloe covers the new issue of Complex mag, and in her interview she stated that Kylie’s relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga was a “special case” because the underage starlet has had a different upbringing. So…should we really be surprised that Kylie’s getting lip injections and wearing outfits like this to get fro yo? Nope! And she turns 18 next month, so it seems like this is only going to get worse. Or …

    July 29, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Q&A: ‘The Conservative Heart’

    One of the best political reads of the summer is “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur Brooks. I caught up with author on his book tour: Dana Perino: I underlined many passages of the book, including the three components of the pursuit of happiness. Could that be flipped around to be the happiness of pursuit, as I recently heard a psychologist describe? Arthur Brooks: I like that. In the book I talk about the research into whether or not money really buys happiness. Here’s what one study found: once you get a little beyond the middle-class threshold and your household is earning about $75,000 in total, more money hardly moves the happiness needle at all. How different would the world be if everyone whose household earned more than that amount stopped living as though more money would bring them more happiness? Happiness isn’t found in some finite checklist of goals that we can diligently complete and …

    July 30, 2015 2:26 am

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