• Donna Karan leaves her namesake brand

    Donna Karan leaves her namesake brand

    Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer from her namesake brand. DKNY just lost its namesake designer. Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer from Donna Karan International. She made “a...
  • Washington Post encrypts the news

    Washington Post encrypts the news

    The Washington Post says the move will make it harder for governments to censor its site The Washington Post has begun encrypting parts of its website to make it harder for cyberspies and hackers to...
  • Devastating Argentina reach Copa final

    CONCEPCION, Chile Argentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 on Tuesday and set up a classic final against hosts Chile. Angel di Maria scored twice and Marcos...
  • Russia examines Baltic independence

    Russia examines Baltic independence

    Klaipeda, Lithuania: Gas now arrives by ship, to reduce reliance on Russian gas pipelines The Russian chief prosecutor’s office is to examine whether the Soviet Union acted legally when it recognised the Baltic states’ independence...

Headline News

  • Lost California mother rescued after giving birth in forest, family says


    OROVILLE, Calif. –  Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Chris French said Tuesday that a helicopter pilot responding to a brush fire Saturday first spotted a mother and an infant. Rescue workers on the ground whisked the pair to safety and they were taken to a hospital, French said. French said the cause of the fire is under investigation. “I cannot confirm the day of birth beyond that she reported to us she had been there for three days,” French said. “Also, her statement to us was that she gave birth at her vehicle within the forest. We did not witness the birth.” Amber Pangborn, 35, was released from a hospital on Monday, her mother said. The infant, Marissa, remains at the University of California, Davis medical center. The medical center didn’t return a …

    June 30, 2015 11:21 pm
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Politics

  • Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open their financial books. Bush’s income has soared since he left the Florida governor’s office in 2007, the records showed. His annual income was $260,580 in 2006, his last year as governor. Tracking steadily higher through the financial crisis and deep recession, Bush’s income was nearly $7.4 million in 2013. The release of 1,150 documents, dating to the start of his commercial real estate career in Miami in 1981, appeared to be the largest such disclosure ever by a presidential candidate. “This release will show voters how I earned a living over the past three decades and how much of that living I had to give back to Uncle …

    June 30, 2015 9:00 pm
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Stocks

  • Donna Karan leaves her namesake brand


    Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer from her namesake brand. DKNY just lost its namesake designer. Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer from Donna Karan International. She made “a personal decision” to end her day-to-day responsibilities, but will stay on in an advisory role, the company said Tuesday. Karan started her clothing collection in 1985, beginning with the “Seven Easy Pieces” that revolutionized the wardrobes of working women. She co-founded the company Donna Karan International with her husband Stephan Weiss. Several labels sprouted from that company, including DKNY in 1989. Donna Karan International has been owned by the French luxury company LVMH (LVMHF) since 2001. Before starting her own brand, Karan was a designer for Anne Klein. She will turn her focus to her nonprofit, the Urban Zen Initiative, which takes on a variety of healthcare related causes. The Urban Zen Company helps support the foundation. Its three stores …

    June 30, 2015 11:21 pm
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Sports

  • Harvard athlete among first openly transgender NCAA swimmers


    June 21, 2015:Schuyler Bailar lifts weights in McLean, Va. Recruited as a woman to swim for Harvard, he will now swim for the men’s team after transitioning from a female to a male in the last year. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via AP) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –  Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA. “It’s half terrifying and half exciting,” said Bailar, a 19-year-old from McLean, Virginia. “I’m just kind of embracing it with open arms.” Bailar, an incoming freshman, came out as transgender this year after already being recruited for the women’s team. Initially he planned to stay on that team but had mixed feelings about it — he wanted to swim, but he …

    June 30, 2015 11:21 pm
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World News

  • Washington Post encrypts the news


    The Washington Post says the move will make it harder for governments to censor its site The Washington Post has begun encrypting parts of its website to make it harder for cyberspies and hackers to monitor the stories users are reading. The US newspaper said it wanted users to “feel secure”, adding that it was the “first major general news organisation” to make such a move. It acknowledged, however, that it might see a fall in ad sales as a result. Several government agencies, including the UK’s GCHQ, have expressed concern about the increasing use of encryption. In November, the British communications surveillance agency’s director, Robert Hannigan, criticised social-media companies for frustrating its efforts to monitor terrorists and other criminals. But one expert suggested the body might be more relaxed about the Washington Post’s move. “I can think of scenarios where intelligence agencies would want to monitor what people are accessing on newspaper websites, but …

    June 30, 2015 11:01 pm
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Technology

  • Apple’s new warranty will replace your battery before it’s half dead


    Apple’s new warranty will replace your battery once it loses 20 percent of its capacity Apple Inc. Is your laptop’s life span just not what it used to be? Is your iPhone not making it through the day? You might be in luck. Apple has added a new feature to its AppleCare+ warranty service, an added cost for people who buy an iPhone smartphone, MacBook laptop or iPad tablet device. Typically, the company said it would replace the battery on a device only if its capacity, or the amount of energy it’s able to hold, fell to less than half of its original capability. Now, Apple says, it will replace the battery if it falls below 80 percent. The move could be a boon to consumers, who for decades have struggled with slowly evolving battery technology. The batteries inside an iPhone and MacBook haven’t significantly changed in over two decades, and that old technology sometimes …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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Science

  • Humans across the world dance to the same beat


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study carried out by the University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a strong rhythm, that enable coordination in social situations and encourage group bonding. Despite decades of skepticism about the presence of cross-culturally universal aspects of music, the study provides strong evidence for the existence of common features in global music. The results, which are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), support the idea that music is a powerful social glue that helps bond societies together. Dr Thomas Currie from the University of Exeter said: “Our findings help explain why humans make music. The results show that the most common features seen in music around the world relate to things that allow people to coordinate their actions, and suggest that the main function of music is to bring …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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Health

  • Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission


    HAVANA The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in March determined the country met the criteria for the designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said. “Cuba’s success demonstrates that universal access and universal health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success, even against challenges as daunting as HIV,” PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said in the statement. Cuba’s Communist government considers its free healthcare a major achievement of the 1959 revolution, although ordinary Cubans complain of a decline in standards since the fall of the Soviet Union, the country’s former benefactor, in 1991. The PAHO and WHO credited Cuba with offering …

    June 30, 2015 9:00 pm
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Entertainment

  • 9 Events that may have led to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s divorce


    The notoriously private duo announced the new in a statement. And while the couple said that they are splitting on amicable terms and are still committed to co-parenting their children together, they gave no real reason for the split. More: Jennifer Garner: Every day is man’s day in Hollywood But here are some of the factors we think could have led to the Hollywood stars ultimately growing apart. 1. Affleck became Batman Garner told reporters back in March that she and Affleck switch off time working so one of them can be at home with the kids. But since Affleck landed the huge role of Batman his schedule, no doubt, hasn’t allowed for much time off, which means Garner has probably been doing most of the parenting, hasn’t seen Affleck much and also hasn’t been able to grow her own career in the process. 2. Garner wants to focus on her career again A source …

    June 30, 2015 10:20 pm
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Editorial

  • The political solution to the Greek financial crisis


    The financial crisis in Greece has reached the moment of truth. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum July 5 on whether to accept the EU’s last offer of policy conditions for a bailout disbursement. He is asking for a “no” vote. Tsipras also told his Parliament and world financial markets that Greece would not make the 1.6 billion euro payment it owes the IMF by the today’s deadline [June 30]. The IMF accordingly will declare it in default. And the European Central Bank decided over the weekend to deny any more emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks. To stem panic and a bank run, the Greek government announced capital controls, including a daily limit on withdrawals. Worried Greeks have lined up for cash, there are reports of hoarding of food and gasoline. Around the world, investors have the jitters, including on Wall Street where the Dow Jones Industrial average dropped more than 350 …

    June 30, 2015 9:00 pm
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Odd News

  • Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says


    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. “I am not aware of that,” he said. “The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune.” At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called “El Alto”. The city is below the airport, at about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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