Headline News

  • Iowa inmate managed to escape maximum-security cell by sneaking through pipe opening to roof


    FILE – This Nov. 18, 2013 file photo shows a guard tower at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa. Lawmakers are demanding to know how convicted armed robber Justin Kestner was able to escape from the maximum-security prison on Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press) FORT MADISON, Iowa –  Authorities say an Iowa inmate managed to escape from one of the state’s most secure cells by sneaking through the building’s piping and onto the roof. The Iowa Department of Corrections said Monday that Justin Kestner escaped early Sunday from a building on the Iowa State Penitentiary complex in Fort Madison. He was living in a unit for disruptive maximum-security inmates who are typically confined 23 hours per day. The department says Kestner removed the screws from an access cover to a pipe chase in his cell’s shower and maneuvered up the chase and through a vent to the roof. He …

    July 6, 2015 4:44 pm
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Politics

  • The Donald Trump Impact: Not so Inevitable After All


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 2 p.m. July 6 0 Tweet Will the Donald Trump immigration comments linger? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) I was surprised by the near unanimity over the weekend about the impact of the Donald Trump comments about Mexican immigrants. Almost every disinterested political observer agreed Trump’s typically over-the-top remarks were certain to hurt GOP prospects in the 2016 presidential election. I am skeptical about that. Once again, too many observers got caught up in the events of the day and, because of that, failed to put current developments into a larger context, thereby exaggerating Trump’s likely effect on next year’s elections. Trump’s comments reflected silly stereotypes that demonized an entire people. But he didn’t make millions and become a celebrity by being delicate, humble or otherwise measured in his rhetoric. He is, as I wrote a few weeks ago, a carnival barker, not a serious, thoughtful observer of American politics and …

    July 6, 2015 2:04 pm
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Stocks

  • Now it’s Europe’s time to decide: Save Greece or not?


    Europe is fighting fires on all sides: Migrants pour in from north Africa. Ukraine teeters on the brink. And the scars of the global financial crisis are still healing. Now the region’s leaders have another crisis to deal with, and one that could strike the biggest blow to European integration in 60 years. The Greek people’s resounding rejection of Europe’s terms for a financial rescue demands a response. An immediate one. Greece will go bankrupt without money soon. That would almost certainly mean it has to abandon the euro — the centerpiece of efforts by generations of European politicians to pull together a continent torn apart by war twice in the last century. With so much at stake, why is it so hard to strike a deal? Why doesn’t Europe, whose leaders meet Tuesday in an emergency summit, just make it easier for Greece to cope with its enormous debt? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. …

    July 6, 2015 5:05 pm
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Sports

  • Djokovic recovers as match suspended, Serena wins


    LONDON After three hours and two minutes of combat, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson were forced off court in the twilight with their last 16 clash tantalizingly poised at two sets all and their Wimbledon audience begging for more. The match was halted as dusk closed in after world number one and defending champion Djokovic had fought back from two sets down having been thoroughly outplayed by a fired up Anderson before rediscovering his A-game. It was a remarkable conclusion to a day when a whiff of predictability had permeated the hectic schedule in men’s and women’s draws. Serena had earlier ousted big sister Venus in the battle of the Williams siblings, while Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka had claimed comfortable victories. In fact, the action elsewhere was remarkably tame in comparison to the ebb and flow of the drama on Court One. Few had predicted Anderson would be able to mix it …

    July 6, 2015 4:45 pm
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World News

  • Zimbabwe elephants flown to China


    Zimbabwe says it has too many elephants – unlike in some other African countries At least 20 elephants from Zimbabwe have arrived in China after being flown there from the capital, Harare. They were sold for around $40,000 (£26,000) each after their controversial capture last year. The sale has raised money to help run the Hwange National Park and also slows the growth of the elephant herd, Zimbabwean officials say. There are concerns elsewhere in Africa that poaching may lead to elephants becoming endangered. The capture of the animals was criticised by the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) last year. In a statement it said that the elephants would be “sentenced to a life of inhuman treatment”. Campaigners have said the younger elephants were forcibly separated from their mothers ZCTF chairman Johnny Rodrigues added that the transported elephants were between two-and-a-half and five years old – not old enough to be weaned. The elephants are …

    July 6, 2015 4:45 pm
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Technology

  • Minecraft: Story Mode trailer hints at epic, first-person adventure


    Minecraft, the popular crafting game where players build all sorts of creative shelters to keep safe from monsters, is getting a story mode courtesy of Mojang and Telltale Games. On Saturday, game developer Telltale and Minecraft creator Mojang released the first trailer for their upcoming video game Minecraft: Story Mode, and it looks like they’ve got another winner on their hands. In the clip, we get our first look at the game’s main heroes (and a pig), led by protagonist Jesse, who is voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt. Jesse learns how to craft a sword in the teaser, and the whole clip tells an epic tale of heroes on a journey to save the world. The premise of the game was also revealed in a Telltale blog post, which says the game will be available “later this year.” After something goes terribly wrong in their world, Jesse and his friends must track down the legendary …

    July 6, 2015 1:44 pm
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Science

  • Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe. Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite observatory, the team of international scientists detected the high-energy x-rays from five supermassive black holes previously clouded from direct view by dust and gas. The research, led by astronomers at Durham University, UK, supports the theory that potentially millions more supermassive black holes exist in the Universe, but are hidden from view. The findings are being presented at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting, in Llandudno, Wales, today (Monday, July 6, 2015). The scientists pointed NuSTAR at nine candidate hidden supermassive black holes that were thought to be extremely active at the centre of galaxies, but where the full extent of this activity was potentially obscured from view. High-energy x-rays found for five of the black holes confirmed that they had been hidden by dust and …

    July 6, 2015 1:44 pm
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Health

  • ‘Smell flowers, not smoke': Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks


    SEATTLE Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle’s parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest’s largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public. Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials voted in May to ban smoking in all of its 465 parks. It had previously required smokers to maintain 25-feet minimum distances from other visitors in any publicly accessible park land, the city said. On Monday, the city, on its website, encouraged park goers to “smell flowers, not smoke.” The ban follows similar restrictions in more than 1,000 other U.S. cities and communities across the nation, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, the city said. Cities have pursued the ban as the dangers of cigarette smoking became more widely accepted, and because of cigarette butt litter. “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease both locally and in the United States, so …

    July 6, 2015 2:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim And Kanye Gush Over North On Fourth Of July


    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Who needs fireworks when you have this little cutie?! Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West celebrated the Fourth of July on the reality star’s pal Lorraine Ridinger’s yacht in NYC, and the couple couldn’t help but gush over their daughter Nori all night. Little North even managed to get her rapper daddy to crack a smile! “I love my family,” the E! starlet captioned the sweet snapshots. In another image, Kimye locks lips with fireworks lighting up the background. The trio are gearing up to be a family of four once Kimmy K gives birth to her unborn son, and it’s nice to see that at least one member of the Kardashian clan in a healthy relationship. Although, rumors began swirling that sister Khloe was in the swing of a new romance with NBA player James Harden after they were spotted getting cozy in Vegas …

    July 6, 2015 1:24 pm
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Editorial

  • Oregon silences bakers who refused to make cake for gay wedding


    Shut up! Don’t say another word. That’s what the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) is telling the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by Christians who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they turned away in 2013. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! The state also slapped a gag order on the evangelical Christian bakers – banning them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions. “This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” Mrs. Klein wrote on Facebook. “According to the state of Oregon, we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.” The Kleins tell me they have been ordered not to speak to any news organizations or speak publicly – an …

    July 6, 2015 10:04 am
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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
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