Headline News

  • Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government. A three-judge panel returned the case to a lower court with instructions to rule in favor of appellants who had sued to overturn the rule. The ruling has the potential to cripple the implementation of the law by making health insurance unaffordable for many people.If the Obama administration appeals, the case could yet end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. The subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are available to people with annual incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four. (Reporting by David Morgan, Lawrence …

    July 22, 2014 9:58 am
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Politics

  • Georgia voters to pick Republican U.S. Senate nominee after long fight


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman and a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia’s Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, have traded jabs and tried to coalesce Republican support since emerging from a crowded primary field in May. Republicans consider it crucial to hold on to the seat, currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss, as they push to retake control of the Senate. Polls show a close run-off. Kingston, 59, of Savannah, has worked to convince voters that his 21-year tenure in Congress is a strength despite low approval ratings for its members. He portrays Perdue, who lives on Georgia’s exclusive Sea Island, as a wealthy elitist. “Do you really know what you get with David Perdue?” Kingston asked at a recent debate. Perdue, 64, …

    July 22, 2014 9:18 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks get a Chipotle and Comcast boost


    Click the chart for more markets data. Some days you wake up ready to run, and that’s what is happening on Wall Street Tuesday as healthy company earnings give investors extra energy. Here’s what investors are talking about: 1. Stocks march ahead: It’s hard to keep this market down. The Dow, SP 500, and Nasdaq all rose in early trading after taking a slight breather Monday. The Dow is up about 65 points (about 0.4%), while the Nasdaq is up 0.8%. 2. Hungry for some earnings: Food and beverage stocks were on the move Tuesday as some major restaurant chains released second quarter results. Shares of Chipotle (CMG) skyrocketed almost 12% after the burrito maker posted earnings late Monday that surged from the year earlier despite higher menu prices. McDonald’s (MCD) sank after the fast food giant reported second quarter revenue and profit that fell short of expectations due to lower sales in the U.S. …

    July 22, 2014 9:58 am
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Sports

  • Mets rely on deGrom against Mariners


    (SportsNetwork.com) – Jacob deGrom will try to win a third straight start on Tuesday night as the New York Mets look to even their three-game set with the hosting Seattle Mariners. The right-handed deGrom has given up one run over 14 innings while winning back-to-back starts for the first time in his young career. The rookie last pitched on July 13 versus Miami, allowing a run over seven frames and striking out eight. The 26-year-old deGrom is 3-5 with a 3.18 earned run average through 12 starts with 72 strikeouts in his 73 2/3 innings. He will face a club from the American League for the first time. For the Mariners, Erasmo Ramirez was recalled to make his first major league start since June 24. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts with Seattle this season, but has not won since April 1. Ramirez went 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in …

    July 22, 2014 9:58 am
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World News

  • MH17 bodies out of rebel area


    22 July 2014 Last updated at 15:39 The train carrying the bodies from the MH17 crash site arrived in Kharkiv on Tuesday A train carrying the remains of victims of the Malaysian airliner which crashed in Ukraine has arrived in the city of Kharkiv, outside rebel territory. Flight MH17 crashed in an area held by pro-Russia rebels last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board. Meanwhile, international monitors say parts of the wreckage were changed and cut into since they first saw them. Western nations say there is growing evidence the rebels shot down the plane using a missile supplied by Russia. Russia has suggested Ukrainian government forces are to blame. The remains will now be flown from Kharkiv to the Dutch city of Eindhoven, arriving on Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said. Most of those who died in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 were Dutch. Hope for clues The …

    July 22, 2014 9:58 am
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Technology

  • Loom bands: 10 digital ways to catch up with your kids crafting skills


    Parenting manuals? Pfft. The internet is now the flustered parent’s first port of call for tricky questions of all kinds. From the earliest years (“Should baby poo really be that colour?”) to the curious years (“Daddy, what’s the most aggressive penguin in the world? Ask Mr Google! Ask Mr Google!”) online sources are preserving millions of parents’ sanity. Not to mention their wafer-thin claims to omniscience. Which brings me neatly on to loom bands. My seven year-old son appears to have quietly put in the regulation 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at weaving tiny coloured rubber bands into intricate designs – this year’s craze among pre-teen children. Judging by the 50p-per-wristband he’s charging family members, he’s also honing his entrepreneurial skills. Meanwhile, I’ve been floundering: my schooldays taught me to flick an elastic band across the room at someone’s nose with decent accuracy, but not how to craft a neatly finished fishtail …

    July 22, 2014 9:18 am
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Science

  • Soon Just a Memory?: Transistor’s Successor May Radically Alter Processor Architecture


    A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer architectures. The memristor, the subject of much study over the last six years, could become the basic building block for an array of new devices—from the sensors and memory chips being built into the “Internet of Things” (connected, sensor-embedded devices) to the giant computers used for big data applications by scientists, engineers and Wall Street. Today, and for the past 50 years, computers have worked by processing data in fast dynamic memory and pushing it down wires—input/output channels—to slower-speed permanent disk storage. Memristors may combine into a single device the best characteristics of both dynamic memory (the RAM in a desktop computer) and hard drives or flash memory chips, which retain data when the electricity goes off. The original idea dates back to the late 1990s, when …

    July 22, 2014 9:38 am
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Health

  • MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn


    TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says. The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers said. Researchers collected air samples over three consecutive days from a camel barn owned by a 43-year-old male MERS patient who lived south of the town of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The man later died. One of the camels in the barn was later confirmed to have MERS. The air samples contained genetic fragments of MERS that were identical to those detected in the infected camel and its owner, according to the study in the July 22 issue of the journal mBio. The findings show the need for “further investigations and measures to prevent possible airborne transmission of this deadly …

    July 22, 2014 9:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Flashes His Million Dollar Smile At The Grocery Store


    Posted on Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 7:30am PDT Say cheese! He may be a little bit shady with the ladies, but Justin Bieber is always a sweetheart when X17 photographers snap his photo… After picking up two random chicks, taking them to the mall and then ditching them, Justin Bieber changed into a crazy sweatshirt and went to Whole Foods with his entourage. One can only guess as to what the 20-year-old singer put in his shopping cart, but we’re guessing snacks. Lots and lots of snacks.   SEE THE GALLERY Justin Bieber Jokes Around At Whole Foods Stories from around the Web

    July 22, 2014 9:58 am
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Editorial

  • VA reform: Sen. Saunders socialist agenda holding up help for America’s veterans


      They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. The definition of insanity in Washington is when, despite painfully obvious facts and experiences, ideologically-slavish legislators insist the “solutions” (read: more money) that they’ve tried for years will finally solve persistent problems. The latest personification of such insanity is Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the self-proclaimed socialist who also happens to be the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) committee. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When Sen. Sanders took the helm of the committee last year, there was already a scandalous story about VA benefits backlog that had yet to break nationally. Still, he likely expected a fairly tranquil chairmanship on the historically bipartisan committee, simply funding the priorities of veterans organizations, members of Congress, and veterans. Sanders is doing the only thing he knows how to do: throwing money at the problem. It’s insane, but he’s doing …

    July 22, 2014 9:18 am
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Odd News

  • Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes”. Five people suffering from chronic pain brought the complaint to a court in Cologne after Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) refused them permission to grow the plant at home. The court said the BfArM had to reconsider three of the requests that it had rejected. While the plaintiffs all had permits to buy and consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes, they wanted to cultivate their own because they could not afford to purchase the drug and their health insurance did not cover it. The court said three of the plaintiffs met the requirements to produce the drug because it was “sufficiently certain” that third parties would not be able to access the plants and products. “Until now it has not been legal for anyone to …

    July 22, 2014 9:38 am
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