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  • Suspect in death of New Orleans police officer scheduled to be on court Monday

    NEW ORLEANS –  The family of a man accused of killing a New Orleans policeman has released a statement of sympathy and thanks to the dead man’s family. Public defender Christopher Murell, one of Travis Boys’ attorneys, emailed the family’s statement Sunday. They say they’re deeply sorry for the heartache that Officer Daryle Holloway’s family and children must be feeling. And they say they’re very moved by his mother’s grace in asking the community to pray for them. Olander Holloway asked for the prayers during a memorial for her son. She said she cannot imagine what Boys’ mother is going through, and does not have any hard feelings toward his family. Boys is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Orleans Parish Criminal Court. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge.

    July 5, 2015 5:40 pm


  • Republican Christie criticizes high court’s gay marriage ruling

    WASHINGTON U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Sunday Supreme Court justices of his liking would not have legalized same-sex marriage and would have struck down a key provision of a national health care law. The two landmark rulings last month angered many conservative Americans and several Republican presidential candidates have condemned the decisions. Christie, who announced last week he was joining the Republican field in the 2016 presidential election, said the Supreme Court’s justices were not conservative enough, and cited his record nominating state judges who oppose “meddling in the business of the executive and legislative branch.” “If the Christie-type justices had been on that court in the majority, we would have won those cases in the Supreme Court rather than lost them,” he told “Fox News Sunday” in an interview. Supreme Court decisions play a perennial role in U.S. elections. Justices on the high court are nominated by the president and must …

    July 5, 2015 5:58 pm


  • What ‘No’ vote means for Greece and Europe

    It’s a big fat Greek no. No to more austerity, no to a bailout deal, and — quite possibly — no to the euro. After years of living on borrowed money and paying the price with savage austerity, early tallies show that voters in Greece have rejected the latest offer of financial help from Europe and the International Monetary Fund. The vote could lead to the country’s exit from the eurozone within weeks. That’s because Greece needs more money from Europe to stay afloat. The result marks a victory for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who urged his country to vote “no.” He believes that will strengthen his hand in talks with creditors. He wants to negotiate a bigger bailout with less painful terms, and a chunk of debt canceled. But European leaders have said ahead of the referendum that any new bailout would come with strict conditions attached — something the Greek voters overwhelmingly …

    July 5, 2015 4:58 pm


  • FIFA corruption clouds lift for Women’s World Cup final

    VANCOUVER A Women’s World Cup that began under the cloud of a FIFA corruption scandal is set for a dazzling finish when holders Japan face the United States in an intriguing final on Sunday. The scandals that have rocked the soccer world for more than a month were far from the minds of thousands of fans who transformed the area around a sun-kissed BC Place into a massive soccer Mardi Gras in the hours before kickoff. U.S. supporters decked out in red, white and blue were leading the carnival with the flag-waving, face-painted crowd chanting “USA, USA” and high-fiving anyone within reach as they danced up and down the streets, filling bars and fan zones. BC Place, venue for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics, was again the epicenter of the sporting world, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Japanese ambassador to Canada Kenjiro …

    July 5, 2015 5:40 pm

World News

  • Osborne urged to reform tax system

    Chancellor George Osborne needs to carry out an “ambitious” tax reform agenda in his Budget on Wednesday, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has said. Simplifying the “painfully complex” tax system would allow him to “deliver an investment-boosting Budget”, said IoD director Simon Walker. In May, a survey of IoD members said the new Conservative government should give priority to reducing the deficit. But the IoD now says that alone is not enough. “IoD members continue to support the chancellor’s priority of eliminating the annual fiscal deficit by the end of this Parliament, but this commitment alone would not be viewed by business as a successful Budget,” the IoD said. “The chancellor must be ambitious in his tax reform agenda in order to create an ‘equity economy’, in which simple and sensible taxes on wealth and easy-to-understand investment tax breaks encourage more people to buy shares in entrepreneurial businesses.” Investment ‘daunting’ The IoD called on the …

    July 5, 2015 5:41 pm


  • Man dies after shooting off firework from top of his head

    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. A scene from the graphic government fireworks safety video. US CPSC/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET No amount of warnings is ever enough. Neither is any amount of scare tactics. On Saturday, as Americans were celebrating Independence Day, 22-year-old Devon Staples was in the backyard of a friend’s home in Calais, Maine. As the Associated Press reports, Staples decided to place a fireworks mortar tube on his head. He then set it off. He was instantly killed. This death comes despite a graphic YouTube video released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warning of the dangers of fireworks. The video specifically warned of the dangers of placing one’s head anywhere near them. It reminded people never to relight a dud, always to have water handy and always ensure that bottle rockets have a clear path. It explained how putting one’s …

    July 5, 2015 5:38 pm


  • Astroparticle physics funding in the UK is ‘critically low’, says Institute of Physics

    Ongoing investment: the planned Cherenkov Telescope Array The size of the UK’s astroparticle community – and the breadth of science receiving financial support – is “critically low”, according to a report by the UK Institute of Physics, which publishes Physics World. The report – A Review of UK Astroparticle Physics Research – says that limited funding is hampering the ability of the astroparticle physics community to train people and develop new applications. The report was written by a five-member panel that was chaired by Alex Murphy, who is professor of nuclear and particle astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh. It says that the UK hosts a community of “world-class” astroparticle physicists that publishes high-quality papers and makes “major contributions” to several key international projects. The report also points out that the international standing of the community is “exceptional”, with many physicists in the UK holding senior positions in such projects. Leadership roles Recommendations to further …

    July 5, 2015 5:40 pm


  • U.S. Navy triples maternity leave to 18 weeks for women

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on Thursday the change was effective immediately and would be retroactive to Jan. 1. A mother does not have to take the leave at once but may use it within a year of her child’s birth. “When the women in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children – sometimes for prolonged periods of time – so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do,” Mabus said in a statement. The 84 days, or 18 weeks, of leave replaces the previously authorized 42 days, or six weeks, the Navy said. The 18 weeks of paid leave is generous by …

    July 5, 2015 5:59 pm


  • Gerard Butler And His Beach Babe Girlfriend Party It Up In Malibu

    Posted on Sun Jul 5th, 2015 11:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Gerard Butler and lady love Morgan Brown had a blast celebrating the Fourth of July in Malibu on Saturday, and the day before that the Scottish hunk took his girlfriend and her daughter to lunch. Is it possible Gerry is ready to settle down with the brunette babe?! The two have been dating for almost a year now, and not only is Morgan a former model and a total looker, but she has her own successful interior design company. Sounds like a catch to us … maybe Gerard should put a ring on it! He’s never been married, you know…   SEE THE GALLERY Gerard Butler Has A Beach Party In Malibu Stories from around the Web

    July 5, 2015 5:18 pm


  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks

    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm

Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm