• Greece ‘seeks last-minute debt deal’

    Greece ‘seeks last-minute debt deal’

    Queues continued to form outside banks in Greece on Tuesday The Greek government is reportedly planning to request a new two-year bailout deal from the eurozone. It comes just hours ahead of a deadline to...
  • We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA

    PRAGUE UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms aimed at cleaning up soccer’s scandal-plagued world governing body FIFA. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said...
  • A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain

    A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain

    TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it....
  • Obama wants to add 5 million to overtime payrolls

    Obama wants to add 5 million to overtime payrolls

    President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting...
  • The Anesthesia Dilemma

    The game is a contemporary of the original Nintendo but it still appeals to today’s teens and lab monkeys alike—which is a boon for neuroscientists. It offers no lifelike graphics. Nor does it boast a...
  • Paris time lords extend Greek deadline

    PARIS By pure chance, Greece will gain fractionally more time to meet a midnight deadline on Tuesday to pay its IMF debts – thanks to a move by international time arbiters in the Paris Observatory...

Headline News

  • US home values rose 4.9 pct. in April from year ago; huge gains in Denver and San Francisco


    WASHINGTON –  U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco. The Standard Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.9 percent in April from 12 months earlier, roughly the same annual pace as March. Strong job growth and low mortgage rates have prompted greater demand for housing, boosting home values. But the continued gains are at roughly double the pace of wage growth, potentially pricing out many would-be buyers. Prices in Denver climbed 10.3 percent, while home values in San Francisco rose 10 percent. The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The April figures are the latest available.

    June 30, 2015 8:17 am
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Politics

  • Obama wants to add 5 million to overtime payrolls


    President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, from the current $455 a week to $970 a week by next year. That would mean salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week, up from the current $23,660 a year. “We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded,” Obama wrote in an op-ed in The Huffington Post. “That’s how America should do business. In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.” To keep up …

    June 30, 2015 8:56 am
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Stocks

  • 4 ways the new overtime rules may affect your paycheck


    In the coming months, millions of employees around the country could become newly eligible for overtime pay due to a change in federal rules. Everyone’s first assumption is that the rule change will mean bigger paychecks. But that may not be how it plays out for some or even many. Today, the only way you’re automatically guaranteed time-and-a-half pay after logging 40 hours a week is if you earn less than $23,660 a year ($455 a week). This week the Department of Labor will propose raising the threshold to $50,440 ($970 a week). Related: Obama wants to make 5 million more workers eligible for overtime One of four changes could occur if your pay falls below the new threshold: 1. You’ll start getting overtime: Right now, workers who make a little more than $23,660 and are given some managerial duties are considered “exempt” from overtime pay. Under the new rules, such low-paid managers would be …

    June 30, 2015 9:16 am
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Sports

  • We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA


    PRAGUE UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms aimed at cleaning up soccer’s scandal-plagued world governing body FIFA. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said there were enough mechanisms in place to ensure that only officials with a clean past were elected on to FIFA committees. His comments came after Domenico Scala, who is overseeing FIFA reforms, demanded that an independent committee be created to carry out integrity checks on executive committee members before they could be allowed to take office. Scala said confederations had blocked these reforms and said their “actions must be consistent with their speech.” Continental confederations, which elect the FIFA executive committee members, currently carry out integrity checks, a system which Infantino said should continue. “UEFA and the European associations have always been in favor of reforms and have always been in favor of integrity checks being made in the confederations,” …

    June 30, 2015 8:57 am
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World News

  • Greece ‘seeks last-minute debt deal’


    Queues continued to form outside banks in Greece on Tuesday The Greek government is reportedly planning to request a new two-year bailout deal from the eurozone. It comes just hours ahead of a deadline to repay €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Reports of the move to call for aid from the European Stability Mechanism emerged as Greek leaders held talks over the European Commission’s latest proposal for Greek economic reforms. If Athens accepts the EC deal, it will free up cash to repay the €1.6bn. Amid fears of a Greek default on its huge public debt – and a possible exit from the euro – long queues of people are continuing to snake from many cash machines in Greece, where withdrawals are capped at just €60 a day. Greek banks were shut this week after talks between Greece and its creditors broke down. However, up to 1,000 bank branches will re-open from …

    June 30, 2015 9:17 am
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Technology

  • Two tweets, AU$80,000: Newspaper pays for defamation on Twitter


    Twitter Two little tweets have resulted in a hefty legal bill for an Australian newspaper, after a court found that the brief missives defamed a politician. The Federal Court of Australia today awarded AU$80,000 in damages to Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey in his long-running legal battle with one of the country’s leading media outlets, Fairfax Media, over a headline reading “Treasurer for Sale.” While the story, published on May 5, 2014, related to allegations that a Sydney business group was providing “access” to the Treasurer for a price, the Court found that two tweets published on May 4 and May 5 in relation to the story were defamatory. Fairfax newspaper The Age, circulated primarily in the state of Victoria, was ordered to hand over AU$80,000 ($61,400/£39,000) to Mr Hockey for the two tweets in question, or AU$40,000 per tweet. The ruling is a watershed moment in Australian media law and in the country’s treatment …

    June 30, 2015 8:36 am
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Science

  • The Anesthesia Dilemma


    The game is a contemporary of the original Nintendo but it still appeals to today’s teens and lab monkeys alike—which is a boon for neuroscientists. It offers no lifelike graphics. Nor does it boast a screen. Primate players—whether human or not—are simply required to pull levers and replicate patterns of flashing lights. Monkeys get a banana-flavored treat as a reward for good performance whereas kids get nickels. But the game’s creators are not really in it for fun. It was created by toxicologists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the 1980s to study how chronic exposure to marijuana smoke affects the brain. Players with trouble responding quickly and correctly to the game’s commands may have problems with short-term memory, attention or other cognitive issues. The game has since been adapted to address a different question: whether anesthetics used to knock pediatric patients unconscious during surgery and diagnostic tests could affect a youngster’s long-term …

    June 30, 2015 8:37 am
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Health

  • A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain


    TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that’s something many people tend to overlook, experts say. “We’re just now starting to get people to recognize that eating right and exercising and maintaining your health can play into the graceful aging of your brain,” said Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, an Oklahoma City physician and chair of the American Stroke Association advisory committee. Healthy living tips make up more than half of the “10 Ways to Love Your Brain” recently released by the Alzheimer’s Association, as part of June’s Alzheimer’s Brain Awareness Month. An estimated 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia in 2015, and this number is projected to triple by 2050, according to …

    June 30, 2015 8:57 am
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Entertainment

  • Ryan Seacrest Jets Off To Romantic Vacation With New Girlfriend Hilary Cruz


    Posted on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff These two seem to be getting along swimmingly! Ryan Seacrest and his new lady love, Hilary Cruz, are going on a romantic vacay! Judging by their lightweight ensembles, we have a feeling these two are headed to a tropical destination filled with sun and fun. The 40-year-old American Idol host walked ahead of the 26-year-old former beauty queen when they arrived at Los Angeles’ LAX airport on Sunday. Ryan looked ready for a break with his black T-shirt, black jeans, bright red sneakers and a white fedora. His lady love, a former Miss Teen USA, wore a similar hat to her main man, black pants and a grey tank. Ryan and Hilary first went public in early May at a West Hollywood restaurant. Three days later the beauty then attended the American Idol season 14 finale in Hollywood. A source close to Ryan confirmed to …

    June 30, 2015 8:16 am
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Editorial

  • Iran deal: Why a smart mom (or dad) could do better. Lessons in statecraft that I learned from mothercraft


    After watching the twists and turns of negotiations with Iran over the last year, I’m convinced that a savvy mom could negotiate a better deal than our experienced diplomats. Why? Because our diplomats seem lacking in good, old-fashioned common sense, which parents need in abundance to survive. I’ve studied nuclear weapons at MIT, philosophy at Oxford and politics at George Washington University, but some of the most important lessons I ever learned were as a mother enrolled in the school of life. Because learning about weapons’ throw-weights, epistemology or Chinese characters is nothing compared to learning some good old-fashioned common sense. So while the diplomats in Vienna debate enrichment cycles and sanctions relief, they might spend some time sussing out the people they’re dealing with – on both sides of the table. No diplomat can be a good negotiator without the basic skill set most parents learn while navigating the kids through childhood and puberty. …

    June 30, 2015 8:57 am
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Odd News

  • Paris time lords extend Greek deadline


    PARIS By pure chance, Greece will gain fractionally more time to meet a midnight deadline on Tuesday to pay its IMF debts – thanks to a move by international time arbiters in the Paris Observatory to add one second to the world’s clocks. The so-called International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service charged with ensuring that earth time keeps pace with time measured by super-accurate atomic clocks ruled earlier this year that a tiny pause was needed to account for a gradual slowing-down in the earth’s rotation. The change, which will allow earth time to catch up with atomic time, will now take effect on Tuesday at the stroke of midnight Greenwich Mean Time, also known as UTC (coordinated universal time) in French. “Very exceptionally, the minute … will last one second longer than normal, that is, 61 seconds instead of 60,” the Paris Observatory, which houses the international time service, said in a statement. …

    June 30, 2015 8:36 am
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