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  • Sexual-assault accuser says Cosby didn’t realize she was gay

    LOS ANGELES The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women’s cues. The revelation by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before assaulting her in 2004, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia. In it, Constand’s lawyers argue that Cosby, 78, breached the confidentiality clause of their settlement through a series of public comments by his attorneys as they mounted a media campaign seeking to put his “spin” on the widening scandal. Her attorneys contend Constand’s only recourse is for the judge to unseal the settlement and free her of the confidentiality restrictions so she can defend her reputation. Cosby’s legal team has been …

    July 28, 2015 8:40 pm


  • Enticed by highway money, U.S. Congress revisits corporate tax break

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress is setting the stage for months of debate on a tax break for overseas corporate profits, a perennial proposal made over by being linked to another issue, funding for highway construction. The tax-break-for-road-funding package has backers but also many critics in Washington. By the end of 2015, it could provide a short-term highway funding solution and have a long-lasting impact on corporate tax policy. Or it could founder on the rocks of fiscal stalemate that for years have wrecked other proposals for overhauling the loophole-riddled U.S. tax code. Either way, the debate will underscore the power of combining two politically appealing ideas, even when they have little in common. In legislation introduced in 2013, Democratic Representative John Delaney created a combination that he called good policy and “good politics,” offering something to both political parties. “In the case of the Democrats, it’s infrastructure. In the case of the Republicans, it’s figuring …

    July 28, 2015 7:39 pm


  • Equal pay: Advocates say ‘clock out’ for black women

    Equal pay advocates posted selfies with fake time cards, ready to “clock out.” An Atlanta-based advocacy group has dubbed Tuesday “Black Women’s Equal Pay Day” and the idea has quickly gained traction on Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) and Facebook (FB, Tech30). Atlanta Women for Equality wanted workers across the nation to virtually “clock out” at 2:07 p.m. Why 2:07 p.m.? If a black woman stopped working at 2:07 p.m., the group said, it would make up for her wage gap with white men. That’s based on U.S. Census Bureau data that shows black women make about 64 cents to a white man’s dollar. Why July 28? The group says if a white man stopped working at the end of 2014, a black woman’s earnings would take until this date to catch up. Participants weren’t asked to leave work, but instead to take to social media with selfies holding fake time cards. Lisa Anderson, the executive director …

    July 28, 2015 8:40 pm


  • Mets rookie Syndergaard perfect through 6 innings vs Padres

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard is pitching a perfect game through six innings against the San Diego Padres. The hard-throwing righty had struck out seven in his 14th major league start. San Diego is the first team to face Syndergaard twice. New York was leading 2-0 thanks to Lucas Duda’s two-run homer off James Shields in the first. The closest the Padres came to a hit was Jedd Gyorko’s line drive toward the middle leading off the sixth. Syndergaard, however, got his glove up in time and deflected the ball on the ground to second baseman Daniel Murphy for a 1-4-3 putout. The only no-hitter in Mets history was pitched by Johan Santana on June 1, 2012. Syndergaard had thrown 81 pitches. He allowed a career-high seven runs and 10 hits in four innings of a 7-2 loss at San Diego on June 2. He also struck out 10 and walked none in …

    July 28, 2015 8:40 pm

World News

  • Australia pushing for MH17 tribunal

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is expected to address the UN Security Council about the tribunal Australia says it is encouraged by UN Security Council support for an international criminal tribunal into last year’s MH17 crash. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has returned to New York to lobby for the establishment of the tribunal. The Malaysian Airlines plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed, killing all on board. Many say there is evidence the plane was hit by a Russian-supplied missile fired by pro-Russian rebels. Australia has joined other countries involved in a joint investigation of the 17 July 2014 crash, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine, to push for the tribunal and the prosecution of those responsible. Russian opposition Russia is expected to veto the proposal after President Vladimir Putin earlier this month said it would be “premature”. Ms Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV that despite Russia’s resistance, she was …

    July 28, 2015 8:40 pm


  • Heavy-metal band captchas will rock your face off

    Are you tough enough to handle Metal Captcha? Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Everybody hates captchas. They’re weird little security devices that frustrate innocent Web surfers who spend precious minutes trying to unscramble garbled text and numbers just to be able to submit a form and confirm their identity as actual human beings. Not all captchas have to be annoying little monsters. They can be entertaining. All you need is the Metal Captcha service from HeavyGifts, a self-described “metal and rock fanatic creative design factory.” Real people will love it while bots will be turned away. The heavy-metal version of a captcha is sometimes even more challenging than a regular one. Metal-band logos are notoriously cryptic, the fonts are jagged and ragged and sometimes you just get a symbol. It will take a pretty knowledgeable metalhead to successfully conquer all of the Metal Captcha offerings. I’ve been sitting here running captchas for several minutes and I’m …

    July 28, 2015 3:59 pm


  • Catholic Spies in the New World? Relics Pose New Puzzle About Early American Colony

    In the ground beneath the first Protestant church built in English America, in a settlement partly founded to secure the New World for a new religion in the early 1600s, archaeologists have unearthed a relic that seems to belong to the wrong house of worship. Jamestown, Virginia, begun in bitter rivalry with Catholicism, has yielded a body entombed with ritual symbols that, in the Old World at that time, were common to Catholic burials. “There could have been a group of secret Catholics at Jamestown,” says James Horn, president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, the group supervising the dig. “They may have been spies for the King of Spain, who wanted the New World for the Pope. Or was this a holdover Catholic item that was being repurposed for the new Church of England religion? These are tantalizing possibilities.” On Tuesday, researchers announced the find, part of four graves uncovered at the site. The four …

    July 28, 2015 6:59 pm


  • Iowa extends bird flu disaster proclamation through August

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Tuesday extended the state’s bird flu disaster proclamation by a month until Aug. 30, keeping in place a raft of state resources for poultry farms recovering from an outbreak of the disease, country’s worst-ever. Without the extension, the disaster proclamation would have expired on July 31 even though a cleanup had not yet been completed, the governor’s office said in a release. More than 48 million birds, mostly chickens and turkeys, have died from highly pathogenic avian influenza or been culled to control its spread since late last year. Iowa, the country’s top egg-producing state, was the hardest hit with more than 31.7 million birds killed, although the outbreak has stalled with the warmer summer weather. The state has not had a confirmed case since mid-June. The State of Disaster Emergency proclamation authorizes the deployment of state resources to deal with the outbreak, including setting up quarantine zones, culling birds …

    July 28, 2015 7:19 pm


  • Khloe Kardashian Jets Out Of Town After Flashing Her Butt Cheeks On The Cover Of Complex

    Posted on Tue Jul 28th, 2015 7:33am PDT       By X17 Staff Khloe Kardashian jetted off to Australia on Monday afternoon, and rather than showing off her hot body in a sexy dress or skintight spandex, the reality starlet covered up in a camel coat and a black fedora! Feeling shy, are we? Just yesterday her Complex mag cover hit the web and newsstands, and in it we see her juicy booty on full display. And her butt wasn’t the only thing she revealed in the publication! In her interview, Khloe opened up about her relationship with estranged hubby Lamar Odom, and it almost seems like there could be a chance of a reconciliation! “I talked to Lamar this morning,” Kardashian told the mag. “I talk to Lamar as often as I can, which is inconsistent, but not on my terms. When you genuinely feel like that was the right relationship, you’re supposed to give it all …

    July 28, 2015 8:39 pm


  • The GOP’s judicial logjam

    As the hot Washington summer approaches August, the Senate’s Republican majority is already on vacation from the work of confirming judges. At the current torpid pace, they will put the lowest number of judges on the federal bench in any year since 1969. Do you think this crashed system for filling the federal bench has anything to do with the GOP Senate majority’s distaste for the liberal in the White House — even if he was chosen by the American people twice as their president and given the constitutional authority to nominate judges? Yes, this involves a heavy dose of simple obstruction by the GOP. Keep in mind that if it were not for Republican judges blocking President Obama’s executive order on immigration, the GOP would have already lost that fight. So in a politically polarized nation, Republicans have reason to keep an eye on the partisan make-up of the courts. That is just one …

    July 28, 2015 6:19 pm

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