Headline News

  • Sheriff: 4 dead inside SC home; no search for suspect

    ROCK HILL, S.C. –  Authorities say four people have been found dead in a South Carolina home. York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant told the Rock Hill Herald law enforcement officials responded to the home around 5:45 p.m. Sunday after a 911 call reporting a shooting. He says authorities aren’t looking for a suspect. York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said early Monday in a statement that all four died of gunshot wounds. She identified the dead as homeowner Randy E. Moore, 55; his wife, Anna H. Moore, 50; Anna Moore’s 31-year-old son, Jason A. Lockamy of Hamlet, North Carolina; and Lockamy’s 31-year-old girlfriend, Lora K. Young, 31, of Fairmont, North Carolina. Gast says autopsies will be completed Monday. No further details about the shooting were immediately available. Rock Hill is about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte.

    July 6, 2015 3:01 am


  • Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration

    DENVER Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans’ job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009. It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation’s outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a time when it needs to broaden its support base of Hispanics and Asians, two of the biggest groups of legal immigrants in the United States. “This hurts our efforts. I think people need to tone down the rhetoric,” said Hugo Chavez-Rey, chairman of a Hispanic Republican group in the battleground state of Colorado. Since 1989, the United States has been letting in about 1 million …

    July 6, 2015 2:01 am


  • China stocks volatile after Beijing acts to avoid crash

    China stocks remained volatile on Monday, despite a series of dramatic steps by officials over the weekend designed to support markets. After opening with a gain of roughly 7%, the benchmark Shanghai Composite closed 2.4% higher on Monday. The smaller Shenzhen Composite, which also started the day in positive territory, reversed course and ended 2.7% lower. The measures put forward by Beijing in the past few days include a commitment from brokerages to buy billions worth of stocks, and a de-facto suspension of new IPOs. In addition, the central bank has offered a new line of credit to support margin financing, a risky way to invest using borrowed money. The Shanghai Composite — the world’s third largest stock exchange if you add up the value of its companies — has lost roughly 25% since June 12, putting it officially in bear market territory. The bears are growling even louder on the smaller Shenzhen Composite, down …

    July 6, 2015 3:01 am


  • Dandy Danny: Lee outlasts 3 others in playoff for 1st PGA Tour title at Greenbrier Classic

    Danny Lee, of New Zealand, reacts to a birdie putt on the 18th green of the first playoff hole at the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Sunday, July 5, 2015. Lee won the tournament on the second playoff hole with David Hearn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press) Danny Lee poses with the trophy after winning the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley) (The Associated Press) Kevin Kisner reacts to a missed birdie on the 18th hole during regulation play of the final round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Sunday, July 5, 2015. Kinser finished at 13-under- par and was eliminated in the first playoff hole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press) Robert Streb takes a bite out of his hat as he waits to hit on …

    July 6, 2015 3:01 am

World News

  • Twin Nigeria blasts kills scores

    This attack comes after a bomb blast in Zabamari in north-east Nigeria on Friday Two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say. A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night. No-one has claimed responsibility but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before, even though it is not in north-east Nigeria where the Islamists normally operate. The blasts are the latest in the series of deadly attacks in recent days which have seen more than 200 people killed.

    July 6, 2015 3:02 am


  • Hawk the Slayer is back – and he’s brought his mindsword

    Back in 1980, Terry Marcel kicked off the cinematic sword and sorcery boom that would give us Excalibur, Conan, Dragonslayer and Willow with a low-budget opus called Hawk the Slayer. Shot in six weeks in Buckinghamshire for £600,000, it featured the handsome but wooden John Terry as Hawk, who – with his flying “mindsword” and mismatched allies (witch, elf, dwarf, giant) – sets out to rescue a nun from his own deformed brother Vultan, played by Jack Palance at his scenery-chewing worst. Now, 35 years on, Marcel is finally preparing the follow-up: Hawk the Hunter. It’s not quite the longest a British director has waited to make a sequel to a cult hit, but damned close. “We have a studio deal and a sales deal,” says Marcel, himself quite elfin at 73. Games company Rebellion has also signed up to produce a Hawk game and a putative range of books or comics, and to provide …

    July 6, 2015 1:41 am


  • Supercharged Tuberculosis, Made in India

    MUMBAI, India—On a drizzly Monday afternoon here a few weeks ago, patients crowded around a door in a hallway in P. D. Hinduja Hospital—a private, nonprofit facility that caters to around 350,000 people per year. There is a loud, steady roar of voices, and patients and nurses have to shoulder past one another to get through the door, which leads to the office of lung specialist Zarir Udwadia. The walls are clean and white, and the air carries the tangy smell of disinfectant. Against one of those white walls a grizzled old man with a breathing tube in his nose lies moaning on a stretcher. Nearby, clutching a sheaf of prescriptions, the father of a sick college student tries to catch the attention of one of Udwadia’s assisting physicians. Several families have traveled thousands of kilometers to be here. Many of these patients, like 19-year-old Nisha, an engineering student from the central state of Madhya …

    July 6, 2015 1:42 am


  • Immunotherapy tablets for seasonal allergies offer small benefit

    (Reuters Health) – Oral tablets for grass pollen allergies, which are available in Europe and the U.S., offer only a small benefit for people with seasonal allergies, and more than half will have side effects from the medication, according to a new review of existing research. “The reported benefit is very small on average,” said lead author Dr. Danilo Di Bona of the Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Policlinico di Palermo in Italy. “This means that some patients will respond, but the majority will not, and it is not possible to predict who will respond to the treatment.” An injectable version of the same therapy, which is also available, is preferable, since more patients will respond to it, he said. The researchers considered 13 randomized controlled trials comparing under-the-tongue “meltaway” immunotherapy tablets with placebo pills, and measuring changes in reported allergy symptoms and the use of other allergy medications. In total, the trials included more than 4,000 …

    July 6, 2015 2:01 am


  • Bobby Brown struggles through Independence Day performance

    More: New report about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospice bed pics will disgust you With his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, still in hospice care and reportedly unresponsive after she was found unconscious in a bath in her home in late January, New Edition frontman Brown and his band were the opening act at a concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Brown and his band opened for a group called Mint Condition at the Affordable Old School Concert Series at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, according to Us Weekly. The RB legend wore all pink and sweated profusely during his set, the site reports. And although fans didn’t seem to notice — “Fans loved his performance,” one onlooker told Us Weekly — Brown seems to have struggled to get through the show. The witness continued, “Bobby did his New Edition classics and busted out into some of his signature dance moves, but had to stop several times during the 30-minute set.” More: …

    July 6, 2015 1:21 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