Headline News

  • Philadelphia police reportedly interviewing 2 persons of interest in carjacking that killed 3 kids


    July 25, 2014: An investigator examines a heavily damaged SUV before it is towed from the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia.AP Philadelphia police are reportedly interviewing two persons of interest concerning a carjacking and crash that killed three children last week.  WTXF-TV reported that the two men, aged 19 and 20, were brought into custody hours apart on Sunday and were being questioned by homicide detectives. If charges are brought against the men, they are not expected to be filed until Monday at the earliest.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Earlier Sunday, city officials and the Fraternal Order of Police announced that they had posted a $110,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the suspects, who fled on foot after crashing the vehicle Friday at an intersection in North Philadelphia where Keisha Williams, 34, and her three children, aged 7 to 15, were selling fruit for a church fundraiser.  Williams remained hospitalized, along …

    July 28, 2014 12:46 am
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Politics

  • Congress says Obama is too aloof as President


    President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn’t get it when it comes to working with Congress. Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it wanted to deal with the border crisis. And as the proposal drew fierce criticism, the White House made few overtures to lawmakers in either party to rally support. House and Senate lawmakers in both parties plus several senior congressional aides said this past week that the handling of the proposal by Obama and the White House is emblematic of the administration’s rocky relationship with Congress: an ad hoc approach that shuns appeals to opponents and doesn’t reward allies. Combined with a divided …

    July 27, 2014 10:44 pm
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Stocks

  • Scandal-ridden food processor issues recall


      The food processing company accused of mishandling meat at its Shanghai, China plant says it will suspend sales and recall all food processed there. Husi did not specify how much food it will recall but promised an internal investigation and new management of the Shanghai plant. The Saturday announcement also pledged cooperation with authorities, who ordered the facility closed and detained five people as part of their own inquires, state media reported. The scandal began when Chinese television showed workers at Husi Shanghai handling expired and tainted meat with their bare hands. Workers could be seen processing meat that had fallen on the floor, for example. It widened as the extent of the company’s distribution came to light. Many well-known fast food chains use the plant to supply their Asian operations. Related: China’s incredible high-speed rail system Most have ended their relationship with the company or stopped selling its products. Among them are Yum …

    July 27, 2014 1:11 pm
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Sports

  • Vikings’ Rudolph signs extension


    Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a contract extension on Sunday night. The 24-year-old Rudolph caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. “I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings. I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal,” Rudolph said. The 2012 Pro-Bowl MVP has already racked up 15 scores, ranking him fifth in Vikings history for tight ends. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    July 28, 2014 12:26 am
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World News

  • S Korea ferry trial: Students testify


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 05:02 The ferry tragedy killed scores of students and left a nation in mourning Students who survived South Korea’s ferry disaster have begun testifying at the trial of the ship’s crew. The students are giving evidence via video link from a district court near their homes, rather than at the actual trial in the southern city of Gwangju. The Sewol ferry sank on 16 April, killing 304 people – mostly teenagers. The crew are charged with negligence and abandoning ship. The captain and three officers are also charged with “homicide through wilful negligence”. Investigators say the ferry had been illegally modified to carry more passengers and cargo, and was overloaded. But prosecutors say the actions of the captain and crew – including instructing passengers to stay in their cabins as the ship listed – led to more deaths. A total of 476 people were on board the Sewol when …

    July 28, 2014 12:26 am
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Technology

  • Geeks tend to be Democrats, says DeGrasse Tyson


    A right-wing publication’s criticism of Tyson. LiberalAgenda22/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Is it possible that geeks are all of one persuasion? We know that most of them think alike and would prefer that all humanity thought, acted and dressed like engineers. However, does this also imply that geeks are natural Democrats? Appearing on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Cosmos presenter and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained his belief about nerd politics. Responding to Maher’s suggestion that Republicans dislike him because he’s both a scientist and black, Tyson said: “There appears to be some jealousy that the nerd set, the geek set, tends to vote Democrat.” He explained that he believes Republicans were desperate to get the geek vote. (Denigrating geeks might not be the best way to do it.) Tyson added: “Right now Comic-Con is going on in San Diego. Just go there and take a show of hands. (…) It’ll be overwhelmingly liberal …

    July 27, 2014 10:45 pm
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Science

  • Newly discovered gut virus lives in half the world’s population


    Odds are, there’s a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University has found that more than half the world’s population is host to a newly described virus, named crAssphage, which infects one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes. This phylum of bacteria is thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases. The research appears today in Nature Communications. Robert A. Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at SDSU, and his colleagues stumbled upon the discovery quite by accident. Working with visiting researcher and corresponding author on the study Bas E. Dutilh, now at Radboud University Medical Center in The Netherlands, the researchers were using results from previous studies on gut-inhabiting viruses to screen for new viruses. In the DNA fecal samples from 12 different individuals, they noticed a particular cluster of viral DNA, about …

    July 27, 2014 11:05 pm
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Health

  • Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation’s border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region. The new measures announced by the government on Sunday came as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to contain the worst outbreak yet of the virus. Speaking at a task force meeting, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the government is doing everything to fight the virus including inspecting and testing all outgoing and incoming passengers by Liberia’s airport authority. “All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points. At these entry points, preventive and testing centers will be established, and stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to,” she said. Ebola can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it, although the fatality …

    July 27, 2014 10:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • The future awaits: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is coming


    The science-fiction adventure comedy sequel may have taken four years to get going, but fans have been excited since the trailer was unveiled on Thursday at the San Diego, California, Comic-Con, Ace Showbiz reports. John Cusack’s creepy stalker strikes again Hot Tub Time Machine may not have been a box-office hit, but it certainly gathered fans via home video sales, and the three-and-a-half-minute trailer shows why as it’s jam-packed with humor, friendship and crazy futuristic outfits. Unfortunately, John Cusack, who starred as Adam in the original movie, will not be returning to the sequel, but it’s not going to be any less funny because Adam Scott (from Parks and Recreation) will take his place and star as his son. However, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke are all back for another round of booze-soaked hot tub fun. Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara Rob Corddry talk kids career Steve Pink returns as director and we can …

    July 27, 2014 11:25 pm
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer


    (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bishop punched him in the face, police said. The incident was not the first involving a costumed street performer running afoul of the law in New York. Last month, a costumed Spider-Man man was fined $370 for a 2013 incident in which …

    July 27, 2014 2:53 pm
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