• Your mail delivered. After dark

    Your mail delivered. After dark

    Mail delivery in cities is trending later, with more mail being delivered after 5 p.m., especially in places Atlanta and Washington D.C. Mail is supposed to hit your mailbox before 5 pm. But thanks to...
  • CDC says lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The director of a government bioterror lab behind the potential exposure of workers to live anthrax has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head...
  • Tottenham secure deals for Davies, Vorm

    London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Tottenham-Hotspur announced the signings of defender Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm from Swansea City on Wednesday. Davies will head to White Hart Lane on a new five-year contract, while Vorm...
  • Hamas leader ties truce to blockade

    Hamas leader ties truce to blockade

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 20:57 Israel says its latest ground offensive in Gaza is aimed at destroying Hamas’ network of tunnels The leader of Islamic militant group Hamas has said there can be...

Headline News

  • Indiana teen dead, dad missing after crash ends world flight bid

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – A teenager from Plainfield, Indiana, who was trying to fly around the world in 30 days, is dead and his father is missing after their small plane crashed on Tuesday night near American Samoa, an official told Reuters on Wednesday. Haris Suleman, 17, and his father Babar were attempting a flight around the globe in a single-engine plane to raise funds for schools in Pakistan, according to a website where followers could track their progress. They left Indianapolis in their Beech A36 Bonanza on June 19 and aimed to return on July 26, the website said. The airplane took off at 9:58 p.m. local time on Tuesday and crashed in the ocean at 10:15 p.m. in good weather, said Iuniasolua Savusa, director of Homeland Security for American Samoa. He said Haris’s body had been recovered and that marine patrol and port authorities were searching for the remains of the plane and for …

    July 23, 2014 4:15 pm


  • Chris McDaniel Finished Mississippi Senate Runoff With $386,000

    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 12:19 p.m. today 0 Tweet McDaniel had nearly $400,000 left after his runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Chris McDaniel, who may soon launch an official challenge to the results of the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff, still had $386,000 in his campaign coffers a week after the late June election, according to his July quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission. McDaniel, who hoped to use that money for the November general election, instead lost to Sen. Thad Cochran by more than 7,600 votes. But he’s since refused to concede. Nearly a month later, his campaign continues to allege that Cochran won with illegitimate votes, and his supporters are going through Mississippi election records to determine if enough potentially illegal votes were cast to allow McDaniel to formally challenge the results. In the second quarter — which stretched from April 1, two months before the June 3 primary, …

    July 23, 2014 1:33 pm


  • Your mail delivered. After dark

    Mail delivery in cities is trending later, with more mail being delivered after 5 p.m., especially in places Atlanta and Washington D.C. Mail is supposed to hit your mailbox before 5 pm. But thanks to cost-cutting measures and a shrinking work force, U.S. Postal Service letter carriers in cities are delivering mail in the evening as many as two days a week, or more. And if you live in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Richmond, Va., Arlington, Va., or South Florida, mail is coming to your door after 5 p.m. more than four days a week — or around 70% of the time, according to a new report this week by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The report focuses on delays in the Washington D.C. area and points out that mail carriers are putting their lives in danger with the late deliveries. After all, it means that mail is being delivered after dark a …

    July 23, 2014 4:14 pm


  • NFL-Ex-Redskin Fred Davis sought in domestic violence case

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is being sought by police on a domestic assault charge, Washington police said on Wednesday. Davis, 28, is alleged to have approached an ex-girlfriend while she was eating at a Washington restaurant early on June 2 with a man. Davis grabbed her by the shoulders and spun her around, police said. When the woman walked outside, Davis followed and threw a handful of dirt and flowers from a plant box at her, police said. The two argued at length, then Davis got in a car and drove off. The woman, 28, was not hurt. She reported the incident to police the following day, police said. Davis, a second-round draft choice from the University of Southern California, played for the Redskins for six years. He was suspended indefinitely in February by the National Football League for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; …

    July 23, 2014 4:15 pm

World News

  • US warned: surveillance reform hinges on change to Reagan executive order

    John Napier Tye is not Edward Snowden. He says he has no surveillance documents to disclose to journalists. He takes a nuanced position on Snowden’s disclosures. Yet the 38-year old former State Department official has raised a Snowden-like alarm that Americans’ communication data remains highly vulnerable to surreptitious collection by the National Security Agency – and will remain vulnerable despite the legislative fixes wending through Congress to redress the bulk domestic phone data collection Snowden revealed. Like Snowden, Tye means to spark a debate on the proper boundaries of NSA authorities. His focus is on an obscure, Reagan-era executive order that serves as a foundational set of rules for the intelligence apparatus. The order, known as Executive Order 12333, renders the current surveillance debate hollow, he said, even as it shows signs of traction in the Senate. “Without reform of activities under 12333, changes to the 215 program won’t address the major challenges to Americans’ …

    July 23, 2014 4:15 pm


  • Failure to Communicate Hamstrings Cyberdefenders

    A failure to communicate between security pros and company brass may be contributing to the inability of a significant number of organizations to reduce the risk of cyberattacks on their systems. That was one of the findings last week in a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Websense. Thirty-one percent of the nearly 5,000 respondents surveyed for the study said their cybersecurity team never met with the executive team about cybersecurity. Twenty-three percent of the surveyed IT pros said their teams only met annually with company brass. Security professionals often complain that management doesn’t get the relationship between data loss and revenue loss. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given how little the parties communicate with each other. “Thirty-one percent is a big number to say they never communicate with their executive teams. That’s not healthy,” said Jeff Debrosse, director of security labs at Websense. “That would clearly support why some security …

    July 23, 2014 9:32 am


  • Hit by Climate Change, Dwindling Antarctic Seal Population Grows More Diverse

    Although climate change continues to stir up opportunities and challenges for animals across the world, new research published today in Nature shows the ups and down this change is creating for one species in particular. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) The study analyzed the Antarctic fur seal population of South Georgia Island, which was observed over the last three decades, to see how climate change is affecting the species. The researchers found a 30 percent decline in the female population from 2003 to 2012. They also found, however, that the declining population would most likely become genetically more diverse as climate change continues. The reason, they say, is that genetically similar females are being excluded from breeding, as reflected by an estimated 17 percent decline in genetic similarity among the female population in the past two decades. “We’ve found that the seals have been significantly affected by climate change,” says Jaume Forcada, …

    July 23, 2014 1:54 pm


  • Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa. Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, putting strain on a string of weak health systems facing one of the world’s deadliest diseases despite waves of international help. In a sign of the growing frustrations with the failure of region’s governments to tackle the outbreak, a Liberian whose brother died from the disease set fire to the Health Ministry in protest on Wednesday. A statement from the president’s office said 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, had been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. A source at the ward …

    July 23, 2014 1:34 pm


  • LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian Laugh Off Their Reality Show’s Bad Ratings

    Posted on Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 1:21pm PDT LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian don’t seem too concerned about the fact that no one is watching their new series, and they’re still pulling out all the stops to promote the reality TV flop. The happily married homewreckers made an appearance on Extra on Wednesday, and they laughed and joked around with host Mario Lopez while yabbering on about their latest gig. The two recently chatted with Life Style about their family drama, and they revealed that they told Eddie’s two sons with ex-wife Brandi Glanville about their affair. Remember, Eddie and Brandi’s sons, Mason and Jake are 11 and 7, respectively. “We’ve had discussions with them about the whole situation,” Eddie said. LeAnn added, “They understand more than you think they do.” Uh huh… However, LeAnn is now suggesting that the mag is twisting things around! “[LS] we said we spoke to them about the …

    July 23, 2014 4:15 pm


  • Retired military dogs deserve a new leash on life

      Mankind has always had a special relationship with dogs. For thousands of years, dogs have comforted us, protected us, and given us their unconditional love. Time and time again through the ages they have proven why they are considered our best friends.  And nowhere is that remarkable bond between dogs and people been more critical than on the battlefield. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms since the beginning of organized warfare. American Humane Association has been working with Mission K9 Rescue to bring home these hero dogs so they, too, can enjoy a hero’s welcome and a happy, healthy retirement after a lifetime of service to their country. The Romans were known to have use dogs in their military campaigns to disrupt and overwhelm the enemy. During the Civil War, dogs were reported to have been used to guard soldiers. In the course of World War I, thousands of dogs …

    July 23, 2014 1:34 pm

Odd News

  • NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies to hometown

    CLEVELAND (Reuters) – NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy in the small town where he has a home, sent sweet apologies to the community in the form of 800 cupcakes. The Bath Township police department received five dozen of the desserts, along with a note apologizing for “chaos” in the neighborhood, bearing the names of James, his wife, Savannah, and their two sons. “We are all on a sugar high here,” Police Chief Michael McNeely said. “There are cupcakes galore and they are the best I’ve ever eaten.” LaKisha Williams, co-owner of Baker Blvd. Decadent Cupcakes in Akron, said it took her staff most of Tuesday to deliver the cupcakes, a dozen at a time, to 65 homes. The note accompanying the cupcakes read: “Dear Friend, We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we …

    July 23, 2014 1:53 pm