• Egypt’s Sinai hit by deadly attacks

    Egypt’s Sinai hit by deadly attacks

    At least 600 Egyptian security personnel have been killed in militant attacks since 2013 Egypt’s military says at least 10 soldiers have been killed and injured in a wave of attacks in the Sinai peninsula...
  • Greek PM ‘offers fresh compromise’

    Greek PM ‘offers fresh compromise’

    Alexis Tsipras is asking for only a few changes to proposals, reports say Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered new concessions to the country’s creditors, media reports say. A letter to creditors obtained by...
  • Greek government does about-face on bailout

    Greek government does about-face on bailout

    Whoa! The Greek government is now ready to sign on to a bailout package it threw out just days ago, but the about-face won’t fix the country’s crisis any time soon. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...
  • Today’s Toons 7/1/15

    Today’s Toons 7/1/15

    Click below for Tony’s toons: This Thread Brought To You By The Letter P: In Case You Missed It Dept.: Andrew Klavan: 0bama’s Clown-Car Diplomacy (video)...
  • Sauber appoint Smith as technical director

    LONDON Sauber have appointed former Caterham technical director Mark Smith to perform the same role at the Swiss-based Formula One team, they said on Wednesday. The 54-year-old Briton, who left now-defunct Caterham in May last...

Headline News

  • 10 Franchises Reveal What They Look for in a Franchisee

    Want to be a franchisee? Well, it takes more than just finding the right franchise for your needs and lifestyle. The process of becoming a franchisee is one that requires both the franchisee and the franchisor to feel like they have found the perfect fit. There are, of course, financial requirements, but most franchisors care about more than the figures in your bank account. Some want franchisees who are always enthusiastic, while others value level-headed people with business skills. Some are seeking entrepreneurs who will be ready to sign multi-unit deals, while others want a franchisee who approaches the business as a part-time job. Here’s what 10 franchisors at the International Franchise Expo told Entrepreneur they looked for in a potential franchisee. Related: 21 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs 1. Philly Pretzel Factory Philly Pretzel Factory Website “Someone who is willing to follow a system. We want someone who has the entrepreneurial spirit, …

    July 1, 2015 6:22 am


  • Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama’s White House, emails show

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Hillary Clinton struggled to fit into the government of President Barack Obama after being appointed Secretary of State in 2009, according to emails released by the State Department on Tuesday. They showed Clinton turning up for meetings that had been canceled and worrying about how much time she had with her new boss, revealing growing pains in the relationship between her and former election rival Obama in the early months of her time as America’s top diplomat. In an email to two aides on June 8, 2009, Clinton was unsure if the White House had held a Cabinet meeting and whether she should attend. “I heard on the radio that there is a Cabinet mtg this am. Is there? Can I go? If not, who are we sending?” Clinton wrote. A State Department official wrote back that the government was holding a meeting, but not a full cabinet meeting that she needed to …

    July 1, 2015 5:02 am


  • Greek government does about-face on bailout

    Whoa! The Greek government is now ready to sign on to a bailout package it threw out just days ago, but the about-face won’t fix the country’s crisis any time soon. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote to European leaders and the International Monetary Fund late Tuesday, accepting most of the conditions they had attached to releasing more cash, a European official told CNNMoney. The official confirmed the contents of a letter first reported by the Financial Times. European finance ministers will meet later Wednesday to discuss the dramatic reversal in the Greek government’s position. But it won’t spell the immediate end of Greece’s financial crisis, even if the about-face is given a favorable reception by the country’s creditors. That’s because the only mechanism for Europe to hand over rescue loans expired at midnight. And Greece defaulted on a payment to the IMF Tuesday. A new bailout agreement could take weeks to negotiate. Meanwhile, Greek banks …

    July 1, 2015 5:42 am


  • The Latest: Warmer than usual temperatures expected again on Day 3 at Wimbledon

    Sun rays fall on an umbrella during a break in the singles first round match between Andy Murray of Britain and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) (The Associated Press) LONDON –  The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 11:45 a.m. The umbrellas will be out at Wimbledon on Wednesday, as protection from the sun. The All England Club normally readies itself for rain delays, but so far this year it’s been about the heat. Wednesday’s temperatures could reach 35 degrees C (95 degrees F), a number rarely seen in southwest London. “I can’t remember it being this hot at Wimbledon,” said Tracy Austin, a former top-ranked player who twice reached the semifinals at the All England Club and who now works for the BBC as a commentator. The temperature during Andy Murray’s first-round victory on Tuesday was said to …

    July 1, 2015 6:23 am

World News

  • Egypt’s Sinai hit by deadly attacks

    At least 600 Egyptian security personnel have been killed in militant attacks since 2013 Egypt’s military says at least 10 soldiers have been killed and injured in a wave of attacks in the Sinai peninsula claimed by Islamic State. More than 70 “terrorists” targeted five checkpoints around the town Sheikh Zuweid, a military spokesman said. Twenty-three attackers were killed and three pick-up trucks armed with anti-aircraft guns were destroyed, he added. Clashes are continuing in the area, with militants reportedly besieging Sheikh Zuweid’s main police station. Islamic State’s local affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted online that it had targeted 15 security sites and carried out three suicide attacks. The assault is one of the biggest since jihadists based in Sinai stepped up their attacks after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi two years ago. At least 600 police and armed forces personnel have since been killed. Wednesday’s attacks came two days …

    July 1, 2015 6:43 am


  • From Waze for crowds to Uber for street food – MIT innovations at Kumbh Mela

    This August an expected 30 million religious devotees, ascetics and tourists will congregate in the Indian city of Nashik for the Kumbh Mela – a 20-day Hindu festival which is one of the largest public gatherings in the world. The mass pilgrimage of faith takes place every three years on a rotational basis in four alternating cities, and will be returning to Nashik after a gap of 12 years. For the spiritual, the event is a catharsis, where one can purge oneself of sin by taking a dip in the holy water of the sacred rivers. But for technologists, social innovators and urban planners, the staggering increase in human density is a golden opportunity to identify, analyse and study pop-up city problems at scale. Ramesh Raskar, who spearheads the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kumbhathon venture, is head of MIT’s Camera Culture group, conducting multidisciplinary research in optics, sensors, probes and software processing. “The Kumbhathon was …

    July 1, 2015 4:42 am


  • Hope for patients with chronic wounds

    Related images(click to enlarge) Most wounds clear up by themselves, but some fail to heal and become chronic. An international team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet, now unveil the important role of so-called microRNAs in regulating skin wound healing, pointing to new therapeutic possibilities for the treatment of hard-to-heal wounds. Chronic wounds affect 0.2-1 percent of the population in developed countries and represent an increasing health problem and an economic burden to society. Current treatments focus on optimising controllable factors such as clearing infections. There is a major medical need for treatments that have a direct impact on the wound healing process, and this is why the researchers set out to find therapeutic targets for chronic skin wounds. Wound healing is a complex process that can be divided into several phases — two of these are the inflammatory and the proliferative phase. During the inflammatory phase, damaged and dead cells, bacteria, and debris are …

    July 1, 2015 4:43 am


  • California bill limits school vaccine exemptions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for communicable diseases in the aftermath of a measles outbreak at Disneyland that was linked to low inoculation rates. The law, which makes California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal exemptions to vaccinations, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many who feared a now debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism and others who feared intrusion on the religious exemption. “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.” Opponents, who had packed legislative hearings and targeted lawmakers with advertisements, petitions and telephone campaigns, reacted swiftly, some threatening lawsuits, despite a …

    July 1, 2015 5:02 am


  • Troubling relationship between the Duggars and their local PD uncovered

    More: Research on the Duggars’ lifestyle and beliefs exposes shocking revelations An investigation by In Touch — the same publication that broke the Duggar molestation scandal — has revealed that the Duggars paid members of their local police force for additional security at both their family home in Arkansas and Josh’s new home in the days following his move back from Washington, D.C. The job was arranged by Kate Gosselin’s former bodyguard, Steve Neild, who now works for the family. More: New Duggars police report proves Jim Bob and Michelle should be in jail The problem? The Tontitown Police Department is actively investigating the family in a child endangerment case. On May 27, a Department of Health Services worker responding to a 911 call was refused entry to the Duggar home when attempting to check the welfare of an unnamed minor inside. The Tontitown chief of police gave the OK for off-duty officers to provide …

    July 1, 2015 6:22 am


  • You’ve been warned, America, gay marriage is just the beginning

    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday’s narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing marriage between people of the same sex. That the majority threw a bone to religious people, their churches and institutions, saying they could continue to preach and teach that homosexual marriage is wrong, will almost certainly be challenged by gay activists and secularists whose goal is to drive religious people, and especially Christians, out of the public square. What might be a preview of things to come occurred last week when the Fairfax County (Va.) School Board voted 10-2 to approve a “gender identity” curriculum for children starting in seventh grade. News reports said the crowd that showed up for the vote overwhelmingly …

    July 1, 2015 5:02 am

Odd News

  • Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says

    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. “I am not aware of that,” he said. “The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune.” At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called “El Alto”. The city is below the airport, at about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm