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  • Mississippi school district fined $7500 for opening assembly with prayer

    Brandon High School where the assembly in May 2014 took place. (City of Brandon) Allowing a school assembly honoring high-achievers to open with a prayer made one Mississippi school district $7,500 poorer – and a student who sued $2,500 richer. The Rankin, Miss., public school district was hit with the fine after U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said it defied his prior order barring prayers school events. According to the judge, the prayer violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop “proselytizing Christianity.” The alleged violation, which came at an assembly last year for students who scored above 22 on their ACT college admissions test, prompted the judge to apply fines for that and another incident, in which Gideons International was permitted to hand out Bibles to elementary school students. “The district’s breach did not take very long and it occurred in a very bold way,” Reeves wrote in his judgment. “Its conduct …

    July 28, 2015 4:37 am


  • Senate votes to attach trade bank revival to transport bill

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to attach a renewal of the Export-Import Bank’s charter to a multi-year transportation funding bill now making its way through the chamber. The vote, however, leaves uncertain the ultimate fate of both the Ex-Im Bank and federal funding for road and mass transit construction projects ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier on Monday that his chamber would not take up the Senate measure, adding that the Senate should instead pass the House’s five-month extension. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Ken Wills)

    July 28, 2015 3:36 am


  • Police raid Chinese factory that was churning out fake iPhones

    Police in Beijing have seized an electronics factory that was used to manufacture more than 41,000 fake Apple iPhones over the past seven months. Investigators raided the factory on May 14, arresting nine people, including a couple who owned the factory, according to a statement released by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. Police estimated that the 41,000 counterfeit Apple (AAPL, Tech30) iPhones made at the factory since January are worth nearly $20 million. Hundreds of workers at the factory, which is located in a suburb of Beijing, have produced fake smartphones on six assembly lines since 2011, according to police. The knockoffs were made with discarded cellphone logic boards from abroad, and accessories purchased from Shenzhen, the center of China’s electronics manufacturing industry. Completed smartphones were then sold overseas. Police confiscated more than 1,400 fake phones during the raid. Related: Chinese smugglers make big bucks on iPhone 6 U.S. authorities discovered fake phones in May, …

    July 28, 2015 4:36 am


  • Tulo traded to Toronto in SS swap: Everything you need to know

    DENVER, CO – MAY 03: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies acknowledges the fans after hitting his 1000th career hit, a single off of relief pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka #16 of the New York Mets in the seventh inning at Coors Field on May 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal put the baseball world on its ear Monday night when he broke the news that the Colorado Rockies traded five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays in what ultimately became a six-player trade and swap of shortstops. Toronto is sending four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes back to Colorado, though there is plenty of speculation that Reyes will soon be traded again, as the Rockies already have their shortstop of the future sitting in the minors. Nonetheless, Tulo is a Blue Jay after 10 seasons in Denver. While the thought of Tulowitzki in …

    July 28, 2015 4:37 am

World News

  • Policemen die in Bahrain bomb blast

    There have been several attacks against police officers in Shia villages Two policemen have been killed in “a terrorist bombing” in Bahrain, the country’s interior ministry has said. Six other officers were injured, one seriously, on the island of Sitrah. Bahrain has suffered unrest since a 2011 uprising in which the Shia majority demanded reforms from the Sunni-led government. The latest attack comes just days after Bahraini authorities said they had foiled an arms smuggling plot linked to Iran. Two Bahrainis were arrested after they admitted receiving a shipment of explosives, automatic weapons and ammunition from Iranian handlers, officials said. Bahrain’s government has previously accused Iran of supporting Shia militants in the kingdom. It also recalled its ambassador to Tehran on Saturday, over “hostile comments” by Iranian leaders. The explosion in Sitrah is the latest in a series of blasts that have targeted police in villages with a predominately Shia population. Roads leading into the …

    July 28, 2015 4:37 am


  • Amazon launches music streaming in UK

    Amazon says Calvin Harris, Paloma Faith and Mark Ronson are among the most popular artists in the UK Amazon has entered the UK streaming market with the launch of Prime Music, a new service available to Amazon Prime customers as part of their annual £79 subscription. Prime Music will provide access to more than one million songs and about 500 specially created playlists. Amazon’s answer to Spotify, Deezer and Google Play follows the launch of Apple Music and Jay-Z’s Tidal this year. However, there are some big holes in the Amazon Prime catalogue. The likes of Amy Winehouse, Abba, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Eminem – all part of the Universal Music Group – are unavailable at launch. Universal’s artists were also unavailable in the US version of Amazon’s service when it launched last June. At the time, The New York Times suggested the record company, which accounts for about a third of the global …

    July 28, 2015 3:56 am


  • Some stroke treatments proven to reduce health care costs

    Use of mechanical thrombectomy on qualifying stroke patients could result in major savings to the healthcare economy in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and other western countries with a similar healthcare structure, according to a new study presented at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The study, Developing an Interventional Stroke Service: Improving Clinical Outcomes and Reducing Cost and Delivering Great Cost Savings Benefits to Health Economy, conducted at the University Hospital of North Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent, U.K., found that mechanical thrombectomy (the use of a device to retrieve a clot from the vessel) in the treatment of stroke reduced the average stroke patient’s hospital stay to 14 days when compared to previously recorded 90 days. In addition, more than nine in 10 patients were discharged to their home as opposed to a nursing home. Using this data, the study also found the use of mechanical thrombectomy produced a net savings of …

    July 28, 2015 2:56 am


  • Sanofi links with Regeneron in $2.2 billion cancer drug push

    French drugmaker Sanofi (SASY.PA) said on Tuesday it was committing up to $2.17 billion to a collaboration with its long-time partner Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN.O) in the hot area of cancer immunotherapy. Sanofi will make an upfront payment of $640 million to Regeneron and the U.S. biotech company will get up to $375 million more if certain sales targets are hit. Sanofi will also invest more than $1 billion in research for the program, which aims to tap the body’s immune system to help fight cancer. As part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop a programed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor currently in Phase I clinical testing, and plan to start trials in 2016 with new drug candidates. (Reporting by Ben Hirschler; editing by David Clarke)

    July 28, 2015 3:16 am


  • The Kardashians Slip Into Sexy Outfits To Celebrate Their Grandmother’s Birthday

    Posted on Mon Jul 27th, 2015 6:20am PDT       By X17 Staff The women of the Kardashian-Jenner family never miss a chance to get all dolled up! And when we say all dolled up, what we really mean is putting their boobs and booties on display! It seems like every time we’ve seen Kourtney lately her tatas are nearly falling out of her top, which is almost more distracting than pregnant sister Kim’s growing belly! Then again, it does seem like a pretty good way to show estranged baby daddy Scott Disick what he’s missing… Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall and Kris spent most of their Sunday together, and from Kim’s baby bump to Kourtney’s cleavage (not to mention yet another scandalicious outfit from Kylie!) there was a WHOLE lot to look at. The ladies (plus Corey Gamble) started off by heading to a bash in Hollywood to celebrate the birthday of Kris Jenner’s mom, Mary Jo Campbell, …

    July 28, 2015 4:36 am


  • ‘We the People’ is at risk: Why America needs civics education

    Most are familiar with the “Jaywalking” quizzes Jay Leno regularly did on the streets of Universal Studios. They often included American civics questions. The answers were often laughably pathetic.  Unfortunately, they are representative of the general citizenry’s knowledge. According to studies byAnnenberg Public Policy Center, only about a third (38 percent) of Americans can name the three branches of America’s government (executive, legislative and judicial), much less explain what each does. Also surprisingly, only 32 percent of Americans could correctly identify the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, according to the Xavier Center for the Study of the American Dream. According to this same study, only 32 percent of Americans knew how many U.S. Senators there were (100), and only 29 percent knew the length of a U.S. Senator’s term in office (six years).   Voter turnout for the 2014 national election was the lowest it has been since World War II …

    July 28, 2015 2:16 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