Headline News

  • US court dismisses Chiquita lawsuit


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 23:03 Chiquita has admitted to paying paramilitary groups in Colombia in the past A US appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against banana grower Chiquita brought by at least 4,000 Colombians who accused the company of supporting paramilitary forces who killed or tortured their relatives. The Florida-based court found US courts have no jurisdiction over the case. Chiquita, which is based in the US, has admitted paying paramilitaries but said it was a victim of extortion. It said the ruling reinforces that it was not responsible for the violence. ‘Outside the US’ In a court case dating back to 2007, the Colombian plaintiffs allege that a pair of US laws, the Torture Victims Protection Act and the Alien Tort Statute, enable it to sue the American company in US courts for damages. But, in the 2-1 decision on Thursday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found a 2013 US …

    July 24, 2014 5:27 pm
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Politics

  • White House bemoans lawmakers’ delay on U.S. border crisis funds


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States. The stalemate over the request comes as Obama prepares on Friday to host the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries that have been the source of much of the migrant surge that has strained border resources. Congress is locked in a largely partisan fight over the money that Obama says is needed to provide humanitarian needs of the children and speed deportations for many after they get a hearing from immigration authorities. Republicans want Congress to amend a 2008 anti-trafficking law to accelerate deportations, but Democrats are opposed out of concern the children would face the same conditions of crime and poverty when returned home. Senate Democrats have proposed cutting Obama’s $3.7 billion …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Stocks

  • Introducing the $7.76 Big Mac


    Would you pay $7 for a Big Mac? If you took your U.S. dollars to Norway, that’s how deep the exchange rate would set you back. There, a McDonald’s (MCD) Big Mac costs 48 Norwegian kroner, which translates to $7.76 in U.S. dollars. That makes the krone the most “puffed-up currency” in The Economist’s iconic Big Mac index. The magazine created the unofficial economic indicator in 1986 as a lighthearted way to compare currencies and buying power around the world. According to its latest iteration of the index, released Thursday, Norway’s currency is overvalued. There, you pay 62% more than you would in the United States, to get essentially the same product. Related: McDonald’s stands by rotten meat supplier So which country has the cheapest Big Mac? It used to be India with it’s Big Mac substitute, the Maharaja Mac — a chicken sandwich. This year though, Ukraine takes that distinction, as political turmoil depresses …

    July 24, 2014 4:26 pm
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Sports

  • Adrian Peterson reports to Vikings training camp _ with a ring on his finger


    MANKATO, Minn. –  Adrian Peterson has arrived at training camp with a different look: a ring on his finger. The star running back reported Thursday with the rest of the Vikings to the Minnesota State University campus and confirmed he married his longtime girlfriend, Ashley Brown, just five days earlier. They got engaged July 4, and Peterson called that “a pretty exciting and explosive night.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Peterson says the couple was planning on simply making the marriage official in court but decided on an intimate ceremony at their house. He says they tried to keep the news quiet, but the secret started to spill out with their presence in Minnesota for a charity gala the night after the wedding. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 24, 2014 5:27 pm
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World News

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 23:23 The wreck of a plane that disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. The Burkina Faso army said the plane, operated by Algeria’s national airline Air Algerie, had crashed about 50km (30 miles) from the Burkinabe border. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane early on Thursday after pilots reported severe storms. The passengers included 51 French citizens. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 – Flight AH 5017 – had been chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair.

    July 24, 2014 5:27 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon posts huge loss in second quarter, despite sales rise


    Amazon has reported a rise in sales on Thursday but posted a bigger-than-expected $126m (£74m) loss for its second quarter, sending shares sharply lower in after-hours trading. Revenue at the company rose 23% to $19.34bn but losses increased as the firm spent heavily in a bid to expand its business with its first smartphone, the Fire Phone – which goes on sale in the US today – and to expand new services including grocery delivery and video streaming. “We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better,” said Amazon’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos. Shares of Amazon dipped 10%, to $358.61, in after-hours trading as the company said it expected further losses of up to $810m in the upcoming quarter – compared to a $25m loss in the third quarter last year. Amazon’s Fire Phone goes on sale in the US on Friday, facing stiff competition in a market dominated by …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Science

  • 3-D image of Paleolithic child’s skull reveals trauma, brain damage


    Related images(click to enlarge) Three-dimensional imaging of a Paleolithic child’s skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hélène Coqueugniot and colleagues from CNRS — Université de Bordeaux and EPHE. A Paleolithic child that lived ~100 thousand years ago found at Qafzeh in lower Galilee, Israel, was originally thought to have a skull lesion that resulted from a trauma that healed. The child died at about 12-13 years old, but the circumstances surround the child’s death remain mysterious. To better understand the injury, the authors of this study aimed to re-appraise the child’s impact wound using 3D imaging, which allows scientists to better to explore inner bone lesions, to evaluate their impact on soft tissues, and to estimate brain size to reconstruct the events surrounding the skull trauma. 3D reconstruction reveals that the child’s skull fracture …

    July 24, 2014 2:05 pm
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Health

  • Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola


    LAGOS (Reuters) – A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. If confirmed, the case would be the first on record of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and, with 170 million people, its most populous country. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man, who is in his 40s, arrived at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday. He was rushed to hospital and put in an isolation ward, she said. “The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Shows Some Skin On A Lunch Date With A Mystery Man


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 12:33pm PDT Taylor Swift and an unidentified dude stepped out to lunch in New York City on Thursday, and we doubt this was a hot date (we’re thinking he’s just a friend or a business contact), but she was definitely dressed to impress in a cropped top and short skirt! T. Swizzle wore a pair of bright pink suede pumps and carried a yellow purse, and in addition to flashing us a sweet smile, she made a few funny faces while deep in conversation with her companion. We’re just dying to know what they were talking about! Probably not cats and antiques, but ya never know… In other news, we keep getting photos of Tay Tay leaving the gym, but we never see her in spandex and sneakers. In fact, we didn’t even realize that she was working out until someone at the New York Daily News pointed out …

    July 24, 2014 4:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Troop leader: Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint


    AP A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by Border Patrol agents and one child allegedly was held at gunpoint. Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Join Todd on Facebook for conservative conversation! Click here to join! As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into the United States, one of the scouts snapped a photograph. Agents stopped the van and ordered all the passengers to get out. They told the underage photographer that he had committed a federal crime. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet


    (Story refiled to correct typographical error on third paragraph) (Reuters) – A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. The agent told him that he would have to wait if he wanted to board with his children. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.” Watson told TV broadcaster KARE in Minneapolis on Wednesday that after he boarded, an announcement came over the plane asking his …

    July 24, 2014 2:05 pm
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