• FIFA president slams AG, soccer corruption case

    May 29, 2015: FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures after his re-election during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP) ZURICH –  FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch...
  • U.S.-Egyptian released from Egypt jail: family

    CAIRO An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday. Mohamed Soltan was...
  • Paris to cut love locks from bridges

    Paris to cut love locks from bridges

    Parisian city officials say they plan to start removing the so-called ‘love locks’ on Monday Paris is to remove padlocks symbolically fastened to one of the French capital’s main bridges by couples. Tying a ‘love...
  • Uber updates privacy policy, but can still track users

    Uber updates privacy policy, but can still track users

    Uber updates its privacy policies to let users know how it’s using their location data. Uber After coming under fire for questionable privacy practices, Uber announced Thursday it’s updated its privacy policies to make them...
  • Wills and trusts

    A will is a device that lets you tell the world whom you want to get your assets. Die without one, and the state decides who gets what, without regard to your wishes or your...
  • Blatter condemns European ‘hate’

    Blatter condemns European ‘hate’

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has condemned what he described as a “hate” campaign against football’s world governing body by European officials. And he said he was “shocked” by the comments of US prosecutors following the...

Headline News

  • U.S.-Egyptian released from Egypt jail: family


    CAIRO An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday. Mohamed Soltan was among thousands detained after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president. An Egyptian court had condemned Soltan’s father, Salah, to death. “By the grace of God, we are incredibly happy to confirm that Mohamed is on his way home after nearly two years in captivity,” wrote Soltan’s sister Hanaa on Facebook. “After extensive efforts, the U.S. Government has successfully secured Mohamed’s deportation back home to the U.S., mercifully concluding this dark chapter for Mohamed and our family.” The family has run a campaign to free her 27-year-old brother, who had been on hunger strike in detention and has appeared emaciated in photographs. His U.S. citizenship has meant U.S. …

    May 30, 2015 4:56 am
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Politics

  • Obama says ‘handful of senators’ blocking surveillance reforms


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless “a handful of senators” stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. “I don’t want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we’re dark and heaven forbid we’ve got a problem,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. McConnell has called the Senate back to Washington for a rare Sunday session to deal with the expiration of three provisions of the Patriot Act, including Section 215, used to justify the National Security Agency’s collection of …

    May 30, 2015 1:34 am
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Stocks

  • Wills and trusts


    A will is a device that lets you tell the world whom you want to get your assets. Die without one, and the state decides who gets what, without regard to your wishes or your heirs’ needs. So-called intestacy laws vary considerably from state to state. In general, though, if you die and leave a spouse and kids, your assets will be split between your surviving mate and children. If you’re single with no children, then the state is likely to decide who among your blood relatives will inherit your estate. Making a will is especially important for people with young children, because wills are the best way to transfer guardianship of minors. You may amend your will at any time. In fact, it’s a good idea to review it periodically and especially when your marital status changes. At the same time, review your beneficiary designations for your 401(k), IRA, pension and life insurance policy …

    May 30, 2015 4:35 am
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Sports

  • FIFA president slams AG, soccer corruption case


    May 29, 2015: FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures after his re-election during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP) ZURICH –  FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption which could yet lead directly to his door. In a defiant interview with his local Swiss broadcaster, Blatter said “there is something that smells” about the timing of dawn raids to arrest soccer officials in Zurich two days before his re-election Friday. Two FIFA vice presidents and a recently elected FIFA executive committee member were among seven men detained and accused of racketeering, money laundering and fraud in connection with bribes worth $150 million for tournament television rights in North and South America. Lynch said Wednesday that indicted FIFA and marketing officials had “corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.” “I was shocked by what …

    May 30, 2015 4:56 am
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World News

  • Paris to cut love locks from bridges


    Parisian city officials say they plan to start removing the so-called ‘love locks’ on Monday Paris is to remove padlocks symbolically fastened to one of the French capital’s main bridges by couples. Tying a ‘love lock’ on to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath has become a tourist tradition in recent years. But part of the bridge collapsed under the weight last year. City officials say all locks will all be removed from Monday as they pose a safety risk. Close to a million padlocks – weighing 45 tonnes – are expected to be cut off. The Pont de l’Archeveche, near the Notre Dame cathedral, will also have locks removed from its side. See-through panels will replace grilles on the Pont des Arts Part of the Pont des Arts collapsed last year Metal grilles on the side of the Pont des Arts, which dates to 1804, will be …

    May 30, 2015 4:56 am
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Technology

  • Uber updates privacy policy, but can still track users


    Uber updates its privacy policies to let users know how it’s using their location data. Uber After coming under fire for questionable privacy practices, Uber announced Thursday it’s updated its privacy policies to make them simpler and “easier to understand.” Uber, which pairs drivers with passengers via a smartphone app, was blasted in the press last fall for boasting it could track a reporter without her knowledge using a feature called “God View.” With the resulting backlash, the company announced it had hired a third-party data-privacy expert to review its policies and provide recommendations. And now we’re seeing the results of that intervention. The new privacy policies “explain more clearly and concisely what data Uber asks for, and how that data is used to provide or improve our services,” Uber’s managing counsel of data privacy, 
Katherine Tassi, wrote in a blog post Thursday. “Users will be in control: they will be able to choose whether …

    May 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Science

  • Little-known quake, tsunami hazards lurk offshore of Southern California


    Related images(click to enlarge) While their attention may be inland on the San Andreas Fault, residents of coastal Southern California could be surprised by very large earthquakes – and even tsunamis – from several major faults that lie offshore, a new study finds. The latest research into the little known, fault-riddled, undersea landscape off of Southern California and northern Baja California has revealed more worrisome details about a tectonic train wreck in the Earth’s crust with the potential for magnitude 7.9 to 8.0 earthquakes. The new study supports the likelihood that these vertical fault zones have displaced the seafloor in the past, which means they could send out tsunami-generating pulses towards the nearby coastal mega-city of Los Angeles and neighboring San Diego. “We’re dealing with continental collision,” said geologist Mark Legg of Legg Geophysical in Huntington Beach, California, regarding the cause of the offshore danger. “That’s fundamental. That’s why we have this mess of a …

    May 30, 2015 1:13 am
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Health

  • Obesity increases risk for common heart rhythm disorder


    (Reuters Health) – Obesity increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder that can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure, a new analysis suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 51 previously published studies covering more than 600,000 people and found that obesity also made it more likely that patients with atrial fibrillation would have complications after surgery to treat the condition. “A lower risk of developing heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation can be added to the list of health benefits from weight reduction,” senior study author Dr. Prashanthan Sanders, director of the center for heart rhythm disorders at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said by email. “Weight reduction in patients who have already established atrial fibrillation is also likely to be beneficial.” Millions of people worldwide have atrial fibrillation, which happens when rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers – the atria – to contract …

    May 30, 2015 1:35 am
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Entertainment

  • Amazing story of how Taylor Swift ‘saved’ teens from car crash


    On Wednesday, a group of teens from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, attended Swift’s 1989 concert at Tiger Stadium. In a post on Swift’s website, Avery Talbot told a harrowing tale of how post-concert the girls split up into two groups, one headed for home around 1 a.m. when tragedy almost struck. The driver, Elizabeth Dazzio, was carrying her sister, Caroline and a friend Emma, who all had attended the concert. Talbot continued her story, saying, “On her way home Daz (as she calls Dazzio) unfortunately fell asleep while getting off the interstate… It was almost 1 AM and pitch black and the girls and the totaled car could not be seen.” More: Dancer flips out over Taylor Swift — but it’s not what you think (VIDEO) But in a stroke of pure luck, at that night’s performance Swift handed out light-up bracelets, which, according to Talbot, “were all synchronized with Taylor and the entire stadium was …

    May 30, 2015 3:54 am
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Editorial

  • Iran’s continued nuclear cooperation with North Korea extends far beyond missiles


      The Tehran regime and the North Korean government have been engaged in extensive exchange of information and visits by experts on nuclear weapons and nuclear warhead design as recently as April 2015, reliable and detailed information obtained by network of the Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) inside Iran say. The MEK also provided a detailed account of a visit to North Korea in 2013 of Tehran’s top nuclear weapons experts headed by elusive Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was present during the last nuclear test conducted by North Korea. Also a seven-member North Korean delegation, comprised of experts in nuclear warhead design and various parts of ballistic missiles including guidance systems, spent the last week of April in Iran. This was the third such nuclear and missile team to visit Iran in 2015. The next delegation is scheduled to secretly arrive in Iran in June and will be comprised of nine experts, according to …

    May 30, 2015 1:54 am
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Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police


    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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