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  • Killer shot after 3-week escape moved from NY hospital to another maximum-security prison

    ALBANY, N.Y. –  An escaped murderer who was shot after three weeks on the run has been moved from a New York hospital to another maximum-security prison. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says David Sweat was moved from the Albany Medical Center early Sunday. He was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. The prison is about 200 miles west of Albany. Officials say Sweat initially will be in the infirmary and then housed in a single cell in a 23-hour confinement unit. Sweat and Richard Matt had escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border, in early June. Matt was killed June 26. Sweat was captured June 28 after being shot by a trooper as he fled through a field near the Canadian border.

    July 5, 2015 9:39 am


  • Amid tight security, America celebrates the Fourth

    Fireworks explode over the East River in front of the Manhattan skyline as seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York during the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation: SPECTATORS BRAVE TIGHT SECURITY FOR NYC FIREWORKS SHOW Hundreds of thousands of people braved tight security along New York City’s East River to watch the annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display. Minneapolis resident Joe Cunningham said Saturday’s fireworks show was “awesome” and lived up to his family’s expectations. Cunningham said New York’s show will be the benchmark for all other fireworks displays. ‘Hermione’ Leads Parade of Ships in NYC Play video Hermione Leads Parade of Ships in NYC Macy’s said the 25-minute show featured more than 50,000 …

    July 5, 2015 9:57 am


  • White House crackdown on for-profit colleges begins today

    The Obama administration is cracking the whip on for-profit colleges. Starting Wednesday, the Department of Education will make sure students don’t take on more debt than they can handle by holding schools accountable for the return on investment of their degree programs. In many cases, especially with for-profit colleges, institutions have over-promised earning potential and students have taken on mountains of debt that they can’t repay. The new set of rules, called the gainful employment regulations, require colleges to track their graduates’ debt and employment to prove that their programs don’t fall short of federal guidelines. Institutions now have to provide information on program costs, how much students earn after they graduate and how much debt they could accumulate. This will let the Department see which programs are saddling students with debt and leaving them with low earning prospects, and which offer affordable training that leads to well-paying jobs. “There are too many [institutions that] …

    July 5, 2015 8:56 am


  • Hamilton wins British Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two

    SILVERSTONE, England Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg finishing second. Germany’s Sebastian Vettel took third place for Ferrari, with Williams driver Felipe Massa denied a podium appearance after the Brazilian had set the early pace following a blistering start. On a tricky afternoon of safety cars, sunshine and showers Hamilton prevailed to chalk up his 38th career win and fifth of the season to go 17 points clear of Rosberg after nine of 19 races. The victory in front of an estimated 140,000 fans made Hamilton only the third Briton, after Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell, to win three times at home. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Mark Meadows)

    July 5, 2015 9:39 am

World News

  • Princess Charlotte to be christened

    Prince George will attend his younger sibling’s christening The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen five godparents for Princess Charlotte, including William’s cousin Laura Fellowes. The announcement was made ahead of the royal baby’s christening in Norfolk. Other godparents include Catherine’s cousin Adam Middleton and Thomas van Straubenzee, a friend of the duke’s. The christening will be held on the Sandringham estate and attended by the Queen, other senior members of the Royal Family and Catherine’s parents. The duke and duchess, Prince George and the princess will appear as a family of four in public for the first time at the baptism at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham. The baptism, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will be held in private. But members of the public will be allowed into the area outside the church – known as the paddock – to see Charlotte and other royals …

    July 5, 2015 9:40 am


  • Steer clear of low-tech hacks: How to keep your information safe

    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Someone going by the name Jesse B. Harding lied on the Internet to steal people’s Social Security numbers — and the real Harding simply didn’t know. A fraudster posed as Harding, posting a fake property listing under his name and real job as a real estate agent, all with the goal of conning potential renters into sharing their Social Security numbers and other personal information. It was a low-tech approach to identify theft, but it was meticulous and effective. The fake posting on Trulia.com used stolen pictures of the house, listed a too-good-to-be-true price and directed potential renters to a fake property management website. “They could have stolen it from a variety of places because I advertised it widely,” the real Harding said in retrospect. Luckily, one potential renter named Cindy Herrera grew suspicious of the person posing as Harding and alerted the real real estate agent. But still, the damage had …

    July 5, 2015 9:37 am


  • Sleep deprivation could reduce intrusive memories of traumatic scenes

    A good night’s sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But an Oxford University-led study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong thing to do. The research, conducted in Oxford’s Wellcome Trust-funded Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) and published in the journal Sleep, showed that sleep deprivation might prevent people from consolidating memories of experimental trauma (emotional film clips in the study), reducing their tendency to experience flashbacks. Dr Kate Porcheret, from Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, said: ‘We wanted to see what effect sleep deprivation would have on the development of intrusive memories – what in a clinical setting are called flashbacks. After showing participants a film of scenes with traumatic content, as an analogue to trauma, they were either kept in a sleep laboratory and deprived of sleep or sent home to have a normal night’s sleep in their own bed.’ …

    July 5, 2015 9:39 am


  • Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer

    SUNDAY, July 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who spend lots of time outdoors in the summer need to be careful about insect bites, an expert says. Certain insects, such as ticks and mosquitoes, may be carriers of disease, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, said Dr. George Ruggiero, chief of family medicine and director of medical education at Peconic Bay Medical Center in New York. Anyone who develops headache, fever, chills and aches after flu season ends should consider the possibility that they’ve been bitten, he said. People who develop a rash should also be seen by a doctor, he added. “A combination of education and taking the right precautions are the best ways to prevent mosquito- and tick-borne diseases,” Ruggiero said in a medical center news release. “Always be cognizant of your surroundings and diligent in your self-examination in order to prevent any serious reactions.” There are other steps people can …

    July 5, 2015 9:57 am


  • Paris Hilton might have been in on the plane crash prank

    Apparently not when it comes to reality TV stars. Shocker, I know. It appears this is the case with Paris Hilton in our latest edition of “Everything You know Is False.” TMZ has obtained documentation proving that Hilton knew about, was in on, and was paid tons of cash for the plane crash prank. More: These fans are just as devastated as Paris Hilton over Tinkerbell’s death The documents prepared by the Egyptian production company that was behind the prank even said Hilton wasn’t the company’s first choice! It said, “We will act as if something is going wrong and all passengers to jump off the plane!!! Of course everyone will panic, we’ll be having skydivers in disguise with us on board. We will monitor the funny reactions from our celebrity guest when they fear jumping off the plan.” That certainly seems to jibe with the video we got to see of the event. More: …

    July 5, 2015 9:17 am


  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks

    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm

Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm