Headline News

  • AP sources: Man’s arrest linked to gun used to kill MIT officer after Boston Marathon attack


    FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office shows Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass., who was shot to death Thursday, April 18, 2013 on the school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Stephen Silva, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill Collier. (AP Photo/Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, File)The Associated Press

    July 23, 2014 4:09 am
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Politics

  • Business executive wins Georgia Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Campaigning as an outsider who would shake up Washington, a former Fortune 500 chief executive defeated an 11-term congressman in a Georgia runoff election on Tuesday between two Republicans seeking to fill an open U.S. Senate seat. David Perdue, former chief executive of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, led U.S. Representative Jack Kingston by nearly 8,000 votes with 92 percent of the state’s counties reporting, prompting Kingston to concede his loss. “The numbers are not trending in our direction, and they’re probably not going to change,” Kingston told supporters shortly before 11 p.m., about four hours after polls closed. Perdue will face Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, in the November general election for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Keeping the seat in the Republican column is seen as crucial to the party’s efforts at seizing majority control of the Senate from the Democrats. …

    July 23, 2014 1:27 am
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Stocks

  • Get ready for craft beer with a Latin twist


      An ice-cold Corona with a slice of lime is what often comes to mind with Hispanic beers. But a growing cadre of Latino brew masters is working to change that. Among them is Juan Camilo, a 28 year old Dominican-American entrepreneur who two years ago turned his beer brewing hobby into a full-fledged business. He quit his job on Wall Street and, with a home-made recipe and a passion for beer, opened the Dyckman Beer Company, hailed as New York City’s first Latino-owned brewery. Camilo, who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic but grew up in upper Manhattan and the Bronx, plans to produce a line of beer that captures the essence, culture and flavors of New York’s Latino neighborhoods. “I just started experimenting with and adding different fruits and food that I grew up drinking and eating,” Camillo said. Related: Cold beer battle heats up in Indiana His first creation is a …

    July 23, 2014 4:09 am
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Sports

  • Slow recovering Contador to miss Vuelta


    ST GAUDENS France (Reuters) – Alberto Contador has given up hopes of competing in next month’s Tour of Spain as the Spaniard’s recovery from a crash on the Tour de France is taking longer than expected. “Bad day. The healing of the wound is getting complicated… Goodbye to the Vuelta” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Contador, who was looking to clinch a third Tour title this year, sustained a shinbone fracture in a crash during the 10th stage and was hoping to take part in the Vuelta to salvage his season. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

    July 23, 2014 4:09 am
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World News

  • Abbas backs Hamas Gaza truce demands


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 09:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Quentin Somerville met one relative of a soldier killed in Israel Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has backed calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire. At least 649 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the past 15 days of fighting, officials say. Israel launched its offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping rocket fire from Gaza. Meanwhile, several airlines suspended flights to Israel after a rocket from Gaza landed near Ben Gurion airport. Fighting continued overnight on Tuesday. An air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip left at least five people dead. An Israeli soldier was also killed. A Palestinian woman whom the BBC filmed being pulled from the rubble of a Gaza blast on Sunday also died from …

    July 23, 2014 4:09 am
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Technology

Science

  • Bats use polarized light to navigate


    Scientists have discovered that greater mouse-eared bats use polarisation patterns in the sky to navigate — the first mammal that’s known to do this. The bats use the way the Sun’s light is scattered in the atmosphere at sunset to calibrate their internal magnetic compass, which helps them to fly in the right direction, a study published in Nature Communications has shown. Despite this breakthrough, researchers have no idea how they manage to detect polarised light. “We know that other animals use polarisation patterns in the sky, and we have at least some idea how they do it: bees have specially-adapted photoreceptors in their eyes, and birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles all have cone cell structures in their eyes which may help them to detect polarisation,” says Dr Richard Holland of Queen’s University Belfast, co-author of the study. “But we don’t know which structure these bats might be using.” Polarisation patterns depend on where the …

    July 23, 2014 1:47 am
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Health

  • Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. That is the gist of a brief filed on Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals by the Justice Department. Under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. But the Supreme Court ruled early this month that Wheaton College, a Christian institution in Illinois, can opt out of providing the coverage on religious grounds by filling out a form claiming a religious exemption. However, Wheaton College argues that filling out the form violates its religious briefs by granting its employees the right to use birth control. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide …

    July 23, 2014 1:27 am
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Entertainment

  • The EPA (mistakenly) sends out a Kardashian-related tweet


    Kim Kardashian says motherhood made her sexier  “I’m now a C-list celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” the tweet said. “Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!” A spokesperson for the EPA told CBS News that the accidental tweet was sent out by an intern with the agency. Rep. John Dingell, who co-authored the Clean Water Act, decided to have a little fun with the agency’s mistake. He sent out a tweet of his own. Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I’m only left with more questions. — John Dingell (@john_dingell) July 22, 2014 Kardashian’s game follows a celebrity through Hollywood as she attends photo shoots, walks red carpets and lives the life of a Kardashian. It has made Kardashian a very rich woman (or, at least, a much richer woman) — the game, so far, has pulled in around $200 million, of which Kardashian will reportedly get …

    July 23, 2014 4:09 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Jason Riley on the lonely life of the black conservative


      For the month of June, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent for white Americans, and 11.1 percent for African-Americans. Why is this? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT For decades, well-intentioned policymakers, academics, activists, and advocates have devoted great attention to such disparities between black and white citizens, which are discernible in education, employment, basic health issues, and various other key social metrics. Back in 1965, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan published his famous Moynihan Report, more formally known as The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, wherein the future U.S. senator lamented the “tangle of pathology” afflicting black families.   While many have cited the residual effects of slavery, the demoralizing effect of the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr., or other factors, Jason L. Riley, the Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Fox News contributor, himself African-American, finds fault with the very political group to which most …

    July 23, 2014 1:27 am
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Odd News

  • Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches


    NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they’ll face hell fire for eternity if they’re not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. “How would you say ‘I stole your air-conditioners’ to Jesus? He’s the almighty,” said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel’s church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town. The units were stolen from the churches between July 13 and July 18, Gault said, adding that thieves generally are looking for scrap metal and copper. He said his office deals with such thefts weekly, but rarely from a church. The thieves left …

    July 23, 2014 1:47 am
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