• Samsung misjudged demand for its flagship smartphone

    Samsung misjudged demand for its flagship smartphone

    Oops! Samsung hasn’t been making enough of their flagship Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Samsung experienced “supply difficulties from higher-than-expected market demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge,” the company said in a statement released alongside their...
  • Immigration fuels rising tension in Germany

    Immigration fuels rising tension in Germany

    Provisions to house immigrants have sparked demonstrations The man’s clothes were dirty and he was clearly exhausted. He slumped back in the plastic chair and began to cry. “My wife, my family, they’re all dead....
  • Q&A: ‘The Conservative Heart’

    One of the best political reads of the summer is “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur Brooks. I caught up with author on his book tour: Dana Perino: I underlined many passages of the book, including...

Headline News

  • Top officials critical of Ohio police officer charged with murder in traffic stop case


    Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, center, shakes hands with a protestor during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff’s spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (The Associated Press)

    July 30, 2015 2:26 am
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Politics

  • Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week


    Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week amid a controversy over alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue. Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale “distributed denial-of-service,” or DDoS, attack, the organization said. In such attacks, a web server is deliberately flooded with massive amounts of data to block access from legitimate users. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day “to ensure that we are fully protected,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were …

    July 29, 2015 11:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Samsung misjudged demand for its flagship smartphone


    Oops! Samsung hasn’t been making enough of their flagship Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Samsung experienced “supply difficulties from higher-than-expected market demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge,” the company said in a statement released alongside their second quarter financial results. The company also saw fewer shipments of older, middle and low-end phones. Still, Samsung saw a bump in its mobile revenue, pushing the company’s overall sales to 49 trillion Korean won ($42 billion), up 3% from the previous quarter. Total operating profit was 6.9 trillion Korean won ($5.9 billion), slightly better than expectations. Investors weren’t too impressed, sending shares down by about 2.5% in early Seoul trading on Thursday. Korea-based Samsung (SSNLF) has been struggling in the high-stakes mobile market against global rivals like Apple (AAPL, Tech30), and upstarts like Beijing-based Xiaomi. It’s a far cry from just a few years ago, when the company could still rely on its mobile division to deliver major profits …

    July 30, 2015 2:46 am
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Sports

  • Early retirement: players call it quits in prime of careers


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with his own stunning retirement on the heels of his spectacular rookie season, citing concern about head trauma over a hard-hitting career. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker called it quits after four seasons. Next, ex-Pittsburgh pass-rushing specialist Jason Worilds bid farewell to football. And then yet another 49er joined the list of departures from the NFL while still young: Offensive lineman and 2010 first-round pick Anthony Davis also chose his health and future over more punishing knocks in the head after a concussion left him dazed for weeks late last year. ”You don’t want to see guys walk away, but at the end of the day everyone has their own problems and things they need to deal with, their …

    July 30, 2015 3:06 am
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World News

  • Immigration fuels rising tension in Germany


    Provisions to house immigrants have sparked demonstrations The man’s clothes were dirty and he was clearly exhausted. He slumped back in the plastic chair and began to cry. “My wife, my family, they’re all dead. All killed,” he said. “That’s why I left Syria.” I met Saba in a makeshift reception centre for refugees, in the town of Passau. He had been waiting for hours to be “processed”. Little wonder – 200 refugees arrive at this centre every day. Across town, a municipal ice rink has been hastily converted into another reception centre. Germany receives more refugees than any other European county. In the first half of this year, 180,000 people claimed asylum in Germany, and that number is expected to more than double by the end of 2015. Towns and cities are converting gyms and warehouses into accommodation or putting refugees up in tent cities. Volunteers are rushing to donate clothes, money, time. This …

    July 30, 2015 2:26 am
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Technology

  • As Patents Expire, Farmers Plant Generic GMOs


    Billy Maddox planted 100 acres of Roundup Ready soybeans this year. The big news is he didn’t pay Monsanto a dime. It’s been 20 years since Monsanto developed its first genetically modified crops. Now some of its early patents are starting to expire, leading to the first “generic GMOs”—off-patent seeds that cost half as much and which farmers are free to save and replant. Maddox, speaking in a Southern drawl as he drove down a road somewhere near Jonesboro, Arkansas, is a seed dealer who works with conventional varieties. This year was the first time he ever sold any GMOs. From the acres he planted he was able to collect thousands of bags of seeds genetically engineered to resist glyphosate, the weed killer Monsanto markets as Roundup. “We cleaned it, bagged it, and sold it. I tried to make a little bit of money,” says Maddox. “Oh yeah, the farmer saves money. If they buy …

    July 30, 2015 12:05 am
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Science

  • USF researchers find reasons behind increases in urban flooding


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science investigating the increasing risk of ‘compound flooding’ for major U.S. cities have found that flooding risk is greatest for cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts when strong storm surge and high rainfall amounts occur together. While rising sea levels are the main driver for increasing flood risk, storm surges caused by weather patterns that favor high precipitation exacerbates flood potential. The paper describing their research on the causes of compound flooding in urban areas of the U.S will appear in Nature Climate Change (Vol. 5, August, 2015) and is now available online at: http://www.nature.com/natureclimatechange “Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population resides in coastal counties,” said study lead author Thomas Wahl of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the University of Siegen in Germany. “Flooding can have devastating impacts for these low-lying, densely populated and …

    July 30, 2015 3:06 am
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Health

  • High sodium diet may predict high blood pressure to come


    (Reuters Health) – As dietary sodium levels go up over time, so does the risk for high blood pressure, suggests a new study that followed more than 4,000 adults in Japan for four years. The study did not measure dietary sodium directly, instead using urine samples to estimate levels of sodium consumed, but the results align with other large studies of sodium intake and blood pressure risk, researchers say. “A small amount of salt (less than 3,000 milligrams a day) is necessary for us, but excessive salt is dangerous,” said coauthor Dr. Tomonori Sugiura of Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. To excrete excess amounts of sodium, the body has to increase blood pressure, Sugiura told Reuters Health by email. Dietary sodium levels are much higher in Japan than in the U.S., but most people eat too much in both countries, Sugiura said. U.S. government dietary guidelines recommend consuming no more …

    July 29, 2015 11:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kylie And Kendall Jenner Flaunt Their Figures In Skimpy Outfits After A Photo Shoot


    Posted on Wed Jul 29th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kylie and Kendall Jenner grabbed frozen yogurt after a photo shoot on Tuesday, and both of the teen reality stars turned heads when they walked down the street. We’re thinking most folks were admiring Kendall’s model bod and gawking at Kylie’s overly plumped pout, but Kylie definitely gave us her best Kim K style pose from the counter. She may be 17, but she already knows how to work that booty! Big sis Khloe covers the new issue of Complex mag, and in her interview she stated that Kylie’s relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga was a “special case” because the underage starlet has had a different upbringing. So…should we really be surprised that Kylie’s getting lip injections and wearing outfits like this to get fro yo? Nope! And she turns 18 next month, so it seems like this is only going to get worse. Or …

    July 29, 2015 10:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Q&A: ‘The Conservative Heart’


    One of the best political reads of the summer is “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur Brooks. I caught up with author on his book tour: Dana Perino: I underlined many passages of the book, including the three components of the pursuit of happiness. Could that be flipped around to be the happiness of pursuit, as I recently heard a psychologist describe? Arthur Brooks: I like that. In the book I talk about the research into whether or not money really buys happiness. Here’s what one study found: once you get a little beyond the middle-class threshold and your household is earning about $75,000 in total, more money hardly moves the happiness needle at all. How different would the world be if everyone whose household earned more than that amount stopped living as though more money would bring them more happiness? Happiness isn’t found in some finite checklist of goals that we can diligently complete and …

    July 30, 2015 2:26 am
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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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