• Militants ‘seize Israeli soldier’

    Militants ‘seize Israeli soldier’

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 12:14 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Martin Patience in Gaza: ”There is surprise that it has crumbled after just four-and-a-half hours” Israeli forces are searching...
  • Kaymer would love to partner Langer at Ryder Cup

    LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has added his name to a growing list calling for Europe captain Paul McGinley to consider 56-year-old Bernhard Langer as one of his three Ryder Cup wildcard...
  • Kim Kardashian Jets Off To Ibiza With Mom Kris Jenner

    Kim Kardashian Jets Off To Ibiza With Mom Kris Jenner

    Posted on Thu Jul 31st, 2014 2:54pm PDT On Thursday afternoon Kim Kardashian departed from Los Angeles International Airport with mom Kris Jenner and little sister Kendall, and the ladies caused absolute mayhem with photographers...
  • Sharknado 2 a runaway ratings hit

    Sharknado 2 a runaway ratings hit

      The Syfy channel’s first “Sharknado” movie last July generated buzz through social media chatter. The second movie, appropriately titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” used a different tactic — getting attention through ample news...
  • How do you get your face on the dollar?

    How do you get your face on the dollar?

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 10:23 Who, What, Why The Magazine answers the questions behind the news Continue reading the main story President Barack Obama has endorsed a young girl’s suggestion to feature a...

Headline News

  • Expert: ‘Mini tornado’ caused accident that killed New York skydiver and injured instructor


    CALVERTON, N.Y. –  A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a “mini tornado” caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump. Gary Messina died in the accident Wednesday afternoon at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. His instructor, Christopher Scott, was critically injured. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rich Winstock tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1zzHqPX ) wind and dust churned into a funnel and made it impossible to control the parachute. Winstock is director of the United States Parachute Association and chairs its safety and training committee. The FAA is investigating. It had no information Thursday about the accident’s cause. The National Weather Service said winds were in the 5- to 15-mph range at the time of the jump. Messina would have turned 26 on Thursday. ___ Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

    August 1, 2014 5:52 am
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Politics

  • Hawaii Senator Gets Distance From Governor Who Appointed Him


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 10 p.m. on July 31 0 Tweet Brian Schatz is an appointed senator from Hawaii. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The careers of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have been linked for several years, but the Schatz campaign has worked for the past 18 months to ensure their political fates are not. With the Aloha State Democratic primaries just a week away, it’s increasingly possible Schatz, the former lieutenant governor appointed by Abercrombie in December 2012, could win the Senate nomination, even as the governor loses his own re-nomination. Schatz faces Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Aug. 9 contest, which both campaigns say is close. Schatz hasn’t overtly run away from Abercrombie, whom he supports, but his campaign has focused squarely on the influence and accomplishments the freshman senator garnered in less than two years on Capitol Hill. The intent is to differentiate him from Hanabusa, …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Stocks

  • Sharknado 2 a runaway ratings hit


      The Syfy channel’s first “Sharknado” movie last July generated buzz through social media chatter. The second movie, appropriately titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” used a different tactic — getting attention through ample news coverage in the run-up to air. And it earned much higher ratings as a result. About 3.9 million viewers tuned into Wednesday’s sequel, a dramatic increase from the 1.4 million who tuned in for the original “Sharknado” last July. Syfy said the sequel ranked as its highest-rated original movie ever. The channel also called it “the most social movie on TV ever.” Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) and other social networking sites almost certainly helped the silly sequel gain an audience: Nielsen found around 580,000 tweets related to “Sharknado 2″ on Wednesday night, nearly twice as many as there were on the day the first “Sharknado” premiered. But the big difference this time around was the bounty of free publicity from news …

    August 1, 2014 5:11 am
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Sports

  • Kaymer would love to partner Langer at Ryder Cup


    LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has added his name to a growing list calling for Europe captain Paul McGinley to consider 56-year-old Bernhard Langer as one of his three Ryder Cup wildcard choices. Former skippers Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have already outlined their support for the German veteran while McGinley’s opposite number, Tom Watson, also said last week’s runaway Senior British Open champion “might be worth a pick”. Langer, who romped to a 13-shot victory at Royal Porthcawl in Wales on Sunday, would become the oldest player in Ryder Cup history if he featured in the team that will meet the United States in Scotland in September. American Ray Floyd holds that distinction after appearing in the 1993 edition at the age of 51. “I hope Paul was watching what Bernhard did in the Senior British Open,” Kaymer told Reuters in a telephone interview from Akron, Ohio where he is warming …

    August 1, 2014 5:52 am
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World News

  • Militants ‘seize Israeli soldier’


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 12:14 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Martin Patience in Gaza: ”There is surprise that it has crumbled after just four-and-a-half hours” Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed captured, as a Gaza truce collapsed and 27 Palestinians were killed in Israeli shelling. The Israeli military said the soldier went missing during an attack on forces trying to destroy a tunnel from Gaza built by militants into Israel. Israel accused Hamas of breaching the 72-hour ceasefire. Palestinian sources said 27 people were killed by Israeli shelling in the southern town of Rafah. In 2006 Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held for five years until November 2011. He was released in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the latest conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers. The ceasefire had been brokered by the US and …

    August 1, 2014 6:33 am
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Technology

  • YouTube star PewDiePie gets an official app from Maker Studios


    With more than 29m subscribers, PewDiePie is the biggest star on YouTube. Now he’s launched his own mobile app to keep fans watching his videos. The free app was released for iPhone this week by multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, the company to which PewDiePie – aka 24 year-old Swede Felix Kjellberg is signed. Fans can use the app to watch his videos, and create their own feed of favourites, while sharing individual clips with friends via Twitter, Facebook, text message and email. The app is an attempt to bolster PewDiePie’s popularity among a young, mobile-savvy audience – many of whom will already be watching his videos on their smartphones. According to YouTube, mobile devices already account for nearly 40% of its global watch time. The PewDiePie YouTube channel racked up 351m views in June 2014 alone, while Kjellberg’s blend of gameplay, jokes and enthusiastic swearing has generated more than 3bn video views in the …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Science

  • Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from. The paper will be published in the August issue of Science of The Total Environment. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, Kamenov said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places. “We can use this pollution signal to figure out where these people came from,” he said. Lead is composed of four variants, called isotopes. The amount of those isotopes fluctuates in different rocks, soils and ores …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. It is in urgent talks with donors and international agencies to send more medical staff and resources to the region, it said. The WHO on Thursday reported 57 new deaths in the four days to July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, raising the death toll to 729. It said the number of Ebola cases had topped 1,300. “The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Jets Off To Ibiza With Mom Kris Jenner


    Posted on Thu Jul 31st, 2014 2:54pm PDT On Thursday afternoon Kim Kardashian departed from Los Angeles International Airport with mom Kris Jenner and little sister Kendall, and the ladies caused absolute mayhem with photographers when they made their way through the terminal. Everyone wants a piece of the first family of reality TV! The ladies are en route to Ibiza, Spain where they will meet up with Kanye West for the weekend. Geez, who isn’t in Ibiza right now!? Between Bieber and Chris Brown, some of Hollywood’s finest are certainly partying it up over there. We’re guessing Kimye will have their own place, so does that mean Kendall will be forced to hang out with her mom the entire time? Hopefully not … but you know Kylie is pissed she didn’t get to go!   SEE THE GALLERY The Kardashians Fly Out Of L.A. Stories from around the Web

    August 1, 2014 5:11 am
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Editorial

  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?


    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Help wanted: Aging Maine town offers reward for plumber


    BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) – When the only plumber in remote Jackman, Maine, retired, leaving the town’s 862 people with no alternative nearer than 50 miles (80 km) away, things got desperate enough that the town offered a $2,000 scholarship for anyone willing to learn the trade and stay. “It can sometimes take weeks until we can find someone to respond,” said local school principal Denise Plante. “And it can be worse in spring when plumbers are busy opening up lake camps and cottages.” The scholarship is funded by a local family who has run a summer camp in the area. Towns across Maine, which has the oldest population in the nation, face challenges keeping up with services as tradesmen retire and are not replaced by younger workers. In Jackman, where close to one in five residents is age 65 or older, a rate above the state average, the problem is more acute. As local paper …

    August 1, 2014 4:51 am
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