• Summer bummer: Hollywood suffers big slump

    Summer bummer: Hollywood suffers big slump

      It’s been a rough summer for Hollywood. U.S. box office receipts are down 20% from last year, according to data from Rentrak, a company that analyzes movie ticket sales. That’s despite the usual big...
  • Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

    NEW YORK –  Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 in a neighborhood with a history...
  • Medica and Padres pound Braves

    San Diego, CA –  San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tommy Medica went 5-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs and four runs scored as the San Diego Padres thumped the Atlanta Braves, 10-1, to...
  • Massive landslide near Nepal capital

    Massive landslide near Nepal capital

    2 August 2014 Last updated at 07:30 A massive landslide has buried dozens of homes in Nepal, with six people confirmed dead and many missing. The landslide has blocked the Sunkoshi river, east of the...
  • Serena in Stanford last four, Venus exits

    (Reuters) – Top seed Serena Williams came from a set down to book her place in the Stanford Classic semi-finals with a hard-earned 2-6 6-3 7-5 win against fifth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday. Serena,...
  • Fresh Gaza strikes amid soldier hunt

    Fresh Gaza strikes amid soldier hunt

    2 August 2014 Last updated at 07:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Hadar Goldin disappeared as Israeli forces tried to destroy a militant tunnel Israel has carried out fresh attacks on...

Headline News

  • Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC


    NEW YORK –  Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 in a neighborhood with a history of racial strife — that much is certain. But six years later, the circumstances of the encounter in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn remain murky, even as prosecutors pursue charges against 28-year-old Shuchat alleging he attacked Charles because of his race. Shuchat’s supporters in the neighborhood’s Orthodox Jewish community have reacted with dismay over what they call a hate crime investigation gone awry. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities “took a minor incident and made it into a very serious situation,” said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who is Jewish. “This could have been resolved a long time ago. It makes absolutely no sense.” The case received renewed attention last month when deputy U.S. Marshals retrieved Shuchat from Israel after he lost a …

    August 2, 2014 3:09 am
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Politics

  • U.S. House passes border-security funding bill to speed deportations


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill. The 223-189 vote came one day after conservative Republicans balked at an earlier version of the measure, exposing a deep rift between Tea Party activists and more mainstream Republicans. In passing the retooled bill, the Republican-led House ignored a veto threat from the White House. But with the Senate already on a five-week summer recess, this measure will advance no further at least until September. “We couldn’t go home (for recess) and not have a decision,” said Representative Kay Granger of Texas, who helped draft the original bill. Granger said the measure would serve as a marker for negotiations in September to resolve the humanitarian crisis that has seen nearly 60,000 children from El …

    August 2, 2014 12:44 am
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Stocks

  • Summer bummer: Hollywood suffers big slump


      It’s been a rough summer for Hollywood. U.S. box office receipts are down 20% from last year, according to data from Rentrak, a company that analyzes movie ticket sales. That’s despite the usual big slate of action-packed, big budget flicks that are the bread and butter of film studios’ summer profits. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Warner Bros.’s “Godzilla,” and Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” have all fallen short of domestic box office forecasts. (Warner Bros. is owned by Time Warner (TWX), the parent company of CNN and CNNMoney.) Of the big sequels this summer, only Fox’s (FOXA) “X Men: Days of Future Past” surpassed the domestic ticket sales of its previous installment, according to Paul Dergarabedian, a media analyst with Rentrak . Both “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and Sony’s (SNE) “Spiderman 2″ haven’t been able to match their predecessors’ box office appeal. Related: Move over Hollywood! Louisiana is top for …

    August 2, 2014 3:29 am
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Sports

  • Medica and Padres pound Braves


    San Diego, CA –  San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tommy Medica went 5-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs and four runs scored as the San Diego Padres thumped the Atlanta Braves, 10-1, to open a three-game set. Everth Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI while Chris Nelson added three hits and a run scored for the Padres, who have won three of four. Eric Stults (4-13) pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up just one unearned run on two hits and four walks while striking out three. “When the team starts hitting it’s just contagious,” said Medica. Chris Johnson drove in the lone run of the game for the Braves, who have dropped their past four games. Mike Minor (4-7) allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings of work to take the loss. “The game is over,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “The great thing about our …

    August 2, 2014 3:09 am
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World News

  • Massive landslide near Nepal capital


    2 August 2014 Last updated at 07:30 A massive landslide has buried dozens of homes in Nepal, with six people confirmed dead and many missing. The landslide has blocked the Sunkoshi river, east of the capital Kathmandu, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground. Officials said army technicians would be sent in to unblock the river and allow the water to run off. There are fears that the death toll will rise, as rescue work continues in the district of Sindhupalchowk. Sindhupalchowk is 120 km (75 miles) east of Kathmandu. “Police and army officials are trying to find the missing people and evacuate the villages on the riverside” a police official told AFP. Officials said dozens of people were still missing. The Arniko highway to Tibet has been closed and the area declared a “flood crisis zone” by the government. Landslides are common during the June-September monsoon season in …

    August 2, 2014 3:09 am
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Technology

  • Tablets with cool camera features


    Using your tablet’s camera in public may garner some judgmental side-eyes or stifled laughter from lookers-on, but some slates actually offer a few cool features to make the public embarrassment worth risking. To be sure, their photo quality is usually less than inspiring, with even some of the best tablets housing cameras that result in grainy details, washed-out colors, and fuzzy focus. The slates on this list have native camera setting features that make the most out of the mediocre photo quality and add a fun element to busting out your tablet to snap a shot. For a few examples, check out the slideshow below. Tablets with cool camera features (pictures) See full gallery And it’s waterproof! Andrew Hoyle/CNET Sony Xperia Z2 The 10-inch Sony Xperia Z2 offers augmented-reality camera modes that let you overlay colorful, cartoonish imagery of dinosaurs, elves, butterflies, and more on top of whatever scenery you have your camera pointed at. …

    August 2, 2014 12:45 am
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Science

  • ‘Active’ surfaces control what’s on them


    Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or microfluidic devices, or solar panels that could automatically clean themselves of dust and grit. “Most surfaces are passive,” says Kripa Varanasi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, and senior author of a paper describing the new system in the journal Applied Physics Letters. “They rely on gravity, or other forces, to move fluids or particles.” Varanasi’s team decided to use external fields, such as magnetic fields, to make surfaces active, exerting precise control over the behavior of particles or droplets moving over them. The system makes use of a microtextured surface, with bumps or ridges just a few micrometers across, that is then impregnated with a fluid that can be manipulated — for example, an oil infused with …

    August 2, 2014 1:05 am
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Health

  • African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it. WHO chief Margaret Chan told a meeting of the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the countries worst affected – that the epidemic was outpacing efforts to contain it and warned of catastrophic consequences in lost lives and economic disruption if the situation were allowed to deteriorate. “The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries,” Chan said after the meeting. “They are determined to take extraordinary measures to …

    August 2, 2014 12:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Simpson to make cameo in Entourage movie? Could it be?!


    Now it’s time to turn her attention back to her career. According to OK! magazine, Simpson has her sights set on returning to the silver screen. No more babies for Jessica Simpson; two is fine for now A source told the gossip site, “She doesn’t want to put herself on the line as a lead, but she would like to appear in an ensemble piece.” That ensemble piece would be the TV-to-big-screen movie adaption of Entourage. She’s reportedly so serious about a role that “she has an acting coach coming to her house twice a week” because “she knows her skills aren’t the best.” This wouldn’t be a huge stretch for Simpson, since she played herself on the HBO series in 2010. Her scene was with conniving agent Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven. Weight Watchers didn’t whip Jessica Simpson into shape She throughly enjoyed her time on the set of the long-running series. At …

    August 2, 2014 3:29 am
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Editorial

  • Hey y’all, what’s wrong with a drawl?


    I was born in Tennessee. And even though I’ve lived in New York City for the past decade, I still take my tea sweet, my chicken fried and my biscuits buttered. I’m proud to call myself a gun-toting, Bible-clinging Tennessee Volunteer. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! http://facebook.com/toddstarnesFNC So you can imagine my befuddlement when I learned the Oak Ridge National Laboratory wanted to crack down on workers who have Southern accents by holding a “Southern Accent Reduction” course. In other words, them government folks want to learn us rednecks how to talk right. Bless their hearts. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the government-managed facility wanted to bring in a “nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer.” “Feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak with a more neutral American accent, and be remembered for what you say and not how you say it,” read …

    August 2, 2014 12:45 am
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Odd News

  • South African group to sue over giraffe bridge collision death


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African animal rights group is planning to sue the people responsible for the death of a giraffe that smashed its head on a bridge as it was transported in a trailer on one of Africa’s busiest motorways. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two giraffes in an open air trailer being driven along Johannesburg’s N1 motorway on Thursday before one hit its head on the bridge. “What a weird and sad thing to witness. That impact was so shocking,” TV and radio personality Pabi Moloi said on Twitter, next to a cellphone picture of the giraffes shortly before the incident. “Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. Who thought this one through?” South Africa’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said they would be seeking to prosecute those responsible. “We’re very concerned about the way it was transported. Most definitely there has been negligence,” …

    August 2, 2014 1:05 am
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