• Chuck II’s are selling fast

    Chuck II’s are selling fast

    The classic Converse sneaker known for its vintage look just got a big update in the comfort department. The new shoe, called the Chuck II, went on sale Tuesday morning. They’re displayed on illuminated, lime...
  • Prison worker admits role in escape

    Prison worker admits role in escape

    Joyce Mitchell gave the inmates tools used in the escape A former prison worker has pleaded guilty to charges that she helped two convicted killers escape from a maximum-security facility in New York. Joyce Mitchell...
  • Cameroon strengthens border force

    Cameroon strengthens border force

    Cameroon will deploy an extra 2,000 troops along its northern border with Nigeria to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state television reports. It follows an upsurge in attacks blamed on the Nigerian militants. Three...
  • ‘More’ Cameroon to pight militants

    ‘More’ Cameroon to pight militants

    Cameroon will deploy an extra 2,000 troops along its northern border with Nigeria to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state television reports. It follows an upsurge in attacks blamed on the Nigerian militants. Three...

Headline News

  • Prison worker admits role in escape


    Joyce Mitchell gave the inmates tools used in the escape A former prison worker has pleaded guilty to charges that she helped two convicted killers escape from a maximum-security facility in New York. Joyce Mitchell admitted on Tuesday to giving tools to the men, who broke out through tunnels under the prison. Mitchell, 51, faces two to seven years in prison under a plea agreement. Inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat were on the run for almost three weeks in June, setting off a massive manhunt involving hundreds of police officers. Police shot and killed Matt near the Canadian border on 26 June. Sweat was later caught in the same area and sent back to prison. Mitchell was a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. She was arrested soon after Matt and Sweat escaped on 5 June. She told prosecutors that she hid the tools – including hacksaw blades, chisels …

    July 28, 2015 1:59 pm
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Politics

  • Senate aims to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood


    WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. “The leader is working with his members to address this horrific issue and intends to have a vote before we leave” for a five-week summer recess, said McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas. Republican Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation to prohibit any federal funds to Planned Parenthood. (Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Bill Trott)

    July 28, 2015 11:38 am
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Stocks

  • Chuck II’s are selling fast


    The classic Converse sneaker known for its vintage look just got a big update in the comfort department. The new shoe, called the Chuck II, went on sale Tuesday morning. They’re displayed on illuminated, lime green columns at the Soho Converse store in Manhattan. There was no line out the door, no chaos at the cash register — but most customers who tried the updated All-Stars were happy. “I like the simplicity,” said James Anderson, a 32-year-old New Yorker who does marketing for Coca-Cola (CCE). Anderson has worn Converse for years, and said they represent the 1970s era of punk rock and basketball before they were commercialized. He added that the more comfortable materials and small design tweaks haven’t ruined the shoe’s classic appeal. That was exactly the brand’s intention, said Geoff Cottrill, a vice president and general manager of the All-Star Brand. “We redesigned everything, yet redesigned nothing,” he added. “We focused on the …

    July 28, 2015 2:39 pm
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Sports

  • Wong gone: Second baseman makes Cards history with home runs


    The St. Louis Cardinals have had some tremendous second basemen in their long history from Rogers Hornsby to Tommy Herr. Kelton Wong might not fit into the all-time greats category for the position just yet, but he has accomplished something no other Cardinals second baseman has since Frankie Frisch nearly 90 years go — hitting double-digit home runs in consecutive seasons, according to Major League Baseball. Wong hit his 11th home run of the season Monday night against the Reds, a grand slam in the fourth inning of the St. Louis’ 4-1 win. He’s one shy of his home run total from last season while having tied his RBI total from 2014 with 42. With the Cards playing their 100th game of the season Tuesday night, Wong, a 24-year-old native of Hawaii, is likely to set a career high for homers and RBI. (h/t MLB)

    July 28, 2015 1:58 pm
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World News

  • Cameroon strengthens border force


    Cameroon will deploy an extra 2,000 troops along its northern border with Nigeria to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state television reports. It follows an upsurge in attacks blamed on the Nigerian militants. Three suicide bombings killed 33 people in Cameroon’s main northern city, Maroua, since last week. The reinforcements will raise the number of troops deployed to the north to 8,500, AFP news agency reports. Cameroon’s army uses Maroua as the headquarters for its operations against the group. Authorities in the region have announced several measures, including a ban on wearing the full-face veil, in an attempt to prevent suicide bombers from disguising themselves as devout Muslim women. BBC Africa Live News Updates Cameroon has joined Chad, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon in banning the full-face veil They have also closed some mosques and Islamic schools and banned large gatherings of Muslims without permission. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is due in Cameroon on Wednesday for …

    July 28, 2015 1:58 pm
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Technology

  • New fast memory tech outraces flash


    Intel and Micron say 3D Xpoint is the first new “mainstream” type of memory since Nand flash in 1989 A new kind of memory technology is going into production, which is up to 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash storage used in memory cards and computers’ solid state drives (SSDs). The innovation is called 3D XPoint, and is the invention of Intel and Micron. The two US companies predict a wide range of benefits, from speeding up scientific research to making more elaborate video games. One expert described it as a “huge step forward”. “There are other companies who have talked about new types of memory technology, but this is about being able to manufacture the stuff – that’s why they are making such a big deal out of it,” says Bob O’Donnell, from the consultancy Technalysis. The 3D Xpoint chips will be manufactured at Intel and Micron’s joint venture in Utah If all …

    July 28, 2015 11:58 am
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Science

  • Research with bite


    Related images(click to enlarge) The Tyrannosaurus rex and its fellow theropod dinosaurs that rampage across the screen in movies like Jurassic World were successful predators partly due to a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure that allowed them to easily tear through the flesh and bone of other dinosaurs, says new research from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, was conducted by Kirstin Brink, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Biology at UTM; Professor Robert Reisz of the Department of Biology and the UTM vice-principal of graduate studies; and colleagues at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Taiwan. Brink and her colleagues determined that this deeply serrated–or sawlike–tooth structure is uniquely common to carnivorous theropods such as T. rex and Allosaurus, and even one of the first theropods, Coelophysis. Other extinct animals had teeth that were superficially similar, but it …

    July 28, 2015 10:58 am
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Health

  • Healthcare improving for older Americans


    (Reuters Health) – The number of deaths, hospital stays and healthcare costs decreased among older Americans on Medicare over the past 15 years, according to a new study. “Although our health care system has its failings, we are making remarkable progress,” said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, the study’s lead author from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “People are much better off today than they were 15 years ago,” he told Reuters Health in an email. “We will continue to identify our flaws and seek to improve, but people should feel good that all our efforts, collectively, are paying off.” For the new study, the researchers used data on over 68 million people on Medicare, the U.S. health insurance for the elderly and disabled. Between 1999 and 2013, they found deaths from any cause fell among Medicare beneficiaries from 5.30 percent to 4.45 percent. “In any given year there are fewer deaths,” Krumholz said. “Leading to …

    July 28, 2015 11:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Ignites Engagement And Marriage Rumors With Blinging Instagram Snap


    Posted on Tue Jul 28th, 2015 11:07am PDT       By X17 Staff Umm are Tyga and Kylie Jenner engaged or worse … married? Her latest Instagram snap is making us think — yes! Yesterday the 17-year-old ignited rumors that she is either married or engaged to her 25-year-old rapper boyfriend when she posted an Instagram highlighting her ring finger, which had dazzling new bling on it. In the photo, Kylie, who is two weeks shy of turning 18, is wearing two rings on her wedding finger. Back in May, we noticed that the teen was wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger, which set off engagement rumors. But now the reality star has added a second ring — a diamond encrusted band — leading us to believe that the inappropriate duo may have secretly gotten hitched. Some other damning evidence is that on Sunday night’s episode of I Am Cait, Kylie may have let it slip …

    July 28, 2015 2:38 pm
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Editorial

  • The Other Football: Time to end unholy alliance between Qatar and Barcelona


    FC Barcelona of Spain is, at present, the world’s most successful soccer team and as it wows crowds here in the U.S. on its exhibition critics are weary of its sponsorship deal with a known sponsor of terrorism. That dark-side is Barcelona’s ongoing financial relationship with the controversial Gulf state of Qatar, which shocked all in the soccer world when it beat out the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals in a play that by all accounts was paid for by bribing other voting nations to vote for them. Barcelona’s sponsorship deal with Qatar Sports Investment started in 2011 and is reportedly worth nearly $200 million. The deal, which meant having the Qatar Foundation and now Qatar Airways on its prized shirts, is up for re-negotiation in 2016. On its present tour of the U.S., Barcelona fans are on show everywhere proudly wearing their one hundred dollar plus Qatari Airlines emblazoned Barca …

    July 28, 2015 2:18 pm
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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
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