• What material is really classified?

    What material is really classified?

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is under scrutiny over whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email when she was secretary of state....
  • Putin ‘ordered Litvinenko killing’

    Putin ‘ordered Litvinenko killing’

    A lawyer for Alexander Litvinenko’s family said Vladimir Putin was a “tinpot despot” Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally ordered” the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, the inquiry into the former spy’s death has heard. Ben Emmerson...
  • U.S. ‘Mob Museum’ dedicates exhibition to FIFA scandal

    (CNN)FIFA’s reputation has taken a bit of battering recently and world football’s governing body is remaining tight lipped over a museum, that is usually dedicated to gun-toting gangsters, giving the organization its very own exhibition....
  • IOS 9 makes the iPhone a smarter smartphone

    IOS 9 makes the iPhone a smarter smartphone

    The trope used to be that Android was for nerds and iPhones were for technophobes. But as Android has gotten easier to use over the years, iOS has grown more complex. With iOS 9, Apple’s...

Headline News

  • U.S. ‘Mob Museum’ dedicates exhibition to FIFA scandal


    (CNN)FIFA’s reputation has taken a bit of battering recently and world football’s governing body is remaining tight lipped over a museum, that is usually dedicated to gun-toting gangsters, giving the organization its very own exhibition. Las Vegas’ “Mob Museum,” officially named the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will open the display “The ‘Beautiful Game’ Turns Ugly” on September 1. “The display provides an incisive and eye-opening look into the rampant corruption that plagues the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the organization that runs international soccer,” read a statement on the museum’s website. “Through photographs, media clippings and cover stories and expository narrative, the Museum’s new FIFA exhibit gives a breakdown of the kickbacks, secrecy and match-fixing associated with the scandal.” FIFA declined to comment on the Mob Museum’s new exhibition when contacted by CNN. World football’s governing body has recently been embroiled in scandal after the U.S. indicted 14 people, including …

    July 31, 2015 7:37 am
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Politics

  • What material is really classified?


    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is under scrutiny over whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email when she was secretary of state. The inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community recently alerted the Justice Department about classified information included improperly on email that went through a home server Clinton used in lieu of the official State Department email system. The “referral” to the Justice Department laid open an ongoing difference of opinion between the State Department and the nation’s intelligence agencies over what material should be classified and what should not. Here’s a look at how government information is made secret — or not. Q: How could classified information be floating about? A: None of the allegedly secret information in the emails was marked “classified,” the IG found. But just because something is not stamped “Top Secret” doesn’t mean it isn’t. Some …

    July 31, 2015 7:57 am
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Stocks

  • IOS 9 makes the iPhone a smarter smartphone


    The trope used to be that Android was for nerds and iPhones were for technophobes. But as Android has gotten easier to use over the years, iOS has grown more complex. With iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system that will launch in the fall, the iPhone is officially “all growns up.” By adding complicated features into iOS 9, Apple is giving the iPhone a somewhat steeper learning curve — but also making it far more useful. Come the fall, your iPhone will be able to better understand the world around you and provide handy information based on where you are, the time of day, who you know and what you’ve recently been up to. It will also give you a tailored news feed, let you take notes more easily, and it will come with a vastly improved Maps app. With the major caveat that this is beta software and still unfinished, here’s a quick …

    July 31, 2015 7:17 am
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Sports

  • Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over granting Beijing the 2022 Winter Games


    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –  The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC’s decision began to pour in. After a closer-than-expected 44-40 win in Friday’s ballot against Almaty, Kazakhstan, Beijing will become the first city to host a summer and winter games. And just like before and after the city was awarded the 2008 Summer Olympics, watchdog groups were highly critical. “The IOC has sent the wrong message to the wrong people at the wrong time,” the International Tibet Network said in a statement. “China wants the world to ignore its deteriorating human rights and be impressed by Chinese can-do pragmatism instead. That’s exactly what the IOC has done. The honor of a second Olympic Games is a propaganda gift to China when what it needs is a slap in the face.” China claims Tibet …

    July 31, 2015 7:37 am
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World News

  • Putin ‘ordered Litvinenko killing’


    A lawyer for Alexander Litvinenko’s family said Vladimir Putin was a “tinpot despot” Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally ordered” the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, the inquiry into the former spy’s death has heard. Ben Emmerson QC, representing Mr Litvinenko’s family, said Russian state responsibility for the killing had been proven “beyond reasonable doubt”. Mr Putin’s “personal cabal” are “willing to murder those who stand in their way”, Mr Emmerson added. But the Kremlin told the BBC it did not trust the inquiry. ‘Tinpot despot’ Dissident Mr Litvinenko, 43, drank tea containing a fatal dose of radioactive polonium during a meeting with suspects Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi in 2006. The Kremlin wanted Mr Litvinenko dead and provided the poison used to kill him, Mr Emmerson alleged. Scientific evidence proves Mr Kovtun and Mr Lugovoi killed the former spy, he added. Mr Emmerson told the inquiry Mr Putin was an “increasingly isolated tinpot despot” and a …

    July 31, 2015 7:38 am
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Technology

  • Martin Lewis nets £25m after selling Moneysupermarket.com shares


    Martin Lewis, the personal finance journalist, has made £25.2m after selling a large portion of his shares in the price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com. Related: Moneysupermarket.com founder pulls out of £95m share sale Lewis sold 9m shares at £2.80, reducing his stake in the site from 3.1% to 1.5%. Credit Suisse acted as sole broker for the placing. The remainder of his shares – just under 8.4m – are subject to a further lock-up period of 180 days. Lewis is the founder of consumer website Money Saving Expert, which was purchased by Moneysupermarket in 2012. As part of that deal, he received £35m and was issued 22.1m shares, of which he handed 4.75m over to the Charities Aid Foundation. The charity also sold the bulk of its stake today – 4.3m shares worth £12m – leaving it with a 0.1% stake in the firm. Lewis previously confirmed he will step down as editor in chief of …

    July 31, 2015 8:17 am
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Science

  • Telescopes team up to find distant Uranus-sized planet through microlensing


    Related images(click to enlarge) NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing. This finding opens a new piece of discovery space in the extrasolar planet hunt: to uncover planets as far from their central stars as Jupiter and Saturn are from our sun. The Hubble and Keck Observatory results will appear in two papers in the July 30 edition of the Astrophysical Journal. The large majority of exoplanets cataloged so far are very close to their host stars because several current planet-hunting techniques favor finding planets in short-period orbits. But this is not the case with the microlensing technique, which can find more distant and colder planets in long-period orbits that other methods cannot detect. Microlensing occurs when a foreground star amplifies the light of a background star that …

    July 31, 2015 7:16 am
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Health

  • Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola


    LONDON The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was 100 percent effective.     Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck (MRK.N) and NewLink Genetics’ (NLNK.O) VSV-ZEBOV vaccine on some 4,000 people who had been in close contact with a confirmed Ebola case, showed 100 percent protection after 10 days.     The results were described as “remarkable” and “game changing” by global health specialists.     “We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,” WHO vaccine expert Marie Paule Kieny told reporters in a briefing from Geneva.     The vaccine could now be used to help end the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it began in December 2013.     WHO Director-General …

    July 31, 2015 7:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Kourtney Kardashian Takes A Break From Mommy Duty And Lets Scott Disick Bond With Son Mason


    Posted on Thu Jul 30th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian was quick to ditch Scott Disick when he was photographed fooling around with his ex Chloe Bartoli earlier this summer, but now it seems like she’s singing a different tune. Not only does she reportedly want him back, but on Tuesday she totally let him hang with their son Mason for the day while she shot scenes for Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Mason looked delighted to catch up with his dad over lunch, and after a number of phone calls with the kids, this is the first time we’ve seen Scott physically reunited with them. After spending a few hours together, Scott dropped Mason back off at Kourtney’s pad in Calabasas, so it seems like the estranged couple are on far better terms lately. “She wants Scott back,” a source told Us Weekly the other day. “She hopes [going for full custody …

    July 31, 2015 4:56 am
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Editorial

  • China’s rigged markets will ultimately destabilize global capitalism


    Beijing’s efforts to engineer a strong stock rally and the recent Shanghai market collapse have had quite limited effects on Western markets, but going forward the fallout from Chinese market meddling will likely be less benign. Unlike Western corporations, Chinese businesses are much more dependent on bank financing than selling stock to raise capital. And ordinary Chinese workers have more of their savings in banks and less in equities than Americans. Chinese banks are predominantly state owned, and funding for projects too often reflects the goals of the State Council — a political body, analog to a Western government’s cabinet, that also sets broad monetary, fiscal and industrial policy goals. Hence, a lot Chinese savings are badly invested. For example, the hundreds of billions of yuan financing joint ventures between Chinese and Western automakers — yet, indigenous Chinese manufacturers still have not learned how to produce a vehicle reliable enough to export and compete in …

    July 31, 2015 6:36 am
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Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat


    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am
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