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  • Suspect in San Francisco pier attack admits in jailhouse interview he shot woman

    San Francisco shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez and victim Kathryn Steinle are shown in this composite photo. (Associated Press) The man arrested following a seemingly random shooting at a San Francisco pier that took the life of a young woman admitted in a jailhouse interview that he shot her, albeit by accident. Francisco Sanchez, 45, told KGO-TV Sunday in a mix of Spanish and English that he found a gun wrapped inside a shirt while he was sitting on a bench at the pier and smoking a cigarette. “So I picked it up and … it started to fire on its own,” Sanchez said, adding that he heard three shots go off. He appeared confused and sometimes spoke incoherently during the interview, and said he has poor vision and was under the influence of sleeping pills at the time of the shooting. “All I want to say is that in the courts, I want them to give …

    July 6, 2015 5:22 am


  • China downplays Hillary Clinton claim it hacked U.S. information

    BEIJING China on Monday downplayed an accusation by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that Beijing had tried to “hack into everything that doesn’t move in America”. At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday, Clinton said the U.S. must be “fully vigilant” about China’s military, adding that Beijing had stolen commercial secrets from defense contractors and “huge amounts of government information”. Beijing has in the past expressed outrage over U.S. government claims it engages in state-sponsored hacking of commercial information, saying China is itself a victim of hacking attacks. Asked about Clinton’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the two sides had taken a “constructive spirit” in tackling the issue. “China and the U.S. have taken a constructive spirit and approach to strengthening dialogue and cooperation to jointly face various challenges in line with the interests of both sides in a way that is conducive to peace and prosperity in the …

    July 6, 2015 6:01 am


  • Markets fall as Greece risks euro exit with ‘no’ vote

    Markets are sliding following Greece’s historic “no” vote, but uncertainty about what happens next is keeping losses in check. Global stocks sank after Greek voters said “no” to Europe’s latest bailout offer by a big margin in a referendum on Sunday, backing their left-wing prime minister’s call to reject austerity. The result takes Greece a step closer to leaving the euro, analysts say. In Europe, Germany’s DAX lost 1.4% and France’s CAC index tumbled 1.6% in early trading. U.S. stock futures were weaker. There’s was more red on screens across Asia. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index closed down 2.2%, while Seoul’s KOSPI Composite lost 2.4% and Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries ended 1.2% lower. Related: China stocks volatile as Beijing acts to avoid crash The reaction in currency and bond markets was more subdued. After falling about 1%, the euro stabilized against the U.S. dollar to trade at $1.10. Bonds issued by Spain and Portugal, which have …

    July 6, 2015 5:01 am


  • World’s number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says ruptured ligament in left ankle playing soccer

    LONDON –  World number one Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle while playing soccer. The Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement on his Instagram account, only saying that he is “working hard to get back as soon as I can.” McIlroy says he suffered a “total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday.” McIlroy adds that he is “continuing to assess (the) extent of injury.”

    July 6, 2015 5:22 am

World News

  • Greek PM replaces outspoken minister

    Yanis Varoufakis last week accused Greece’s international creditors of “terrorism” Greece’s outspoken finance minister has resigned, hours after voters backed his call to reject creditors’ demands for more austerity in a referendum. Yanis Varoufakis said it was felt his departure would be helpful in finding a solution to the country’s debt crisis. Eurozone finance ministers, with whom he repeatedly clashed, had wanted him removed, Mr Varoufakis explained. Meanwhile, global financial markets have fallen over fears that Greece is heading for an exit from the euro. The European Central Bank (ECB) is to meet to discuss whether to raise its emergency cash support for Greek banks, which are reportedly just days away from running out of funds and collapsing. Follow the latest updates BBC Europe editor Katya Adler says the eurozone’s most powerful members, France and Germany are at odds over what to do next, with France taking a softer and Germany a harder line. Pensioners …

    July 6, 2015 5:23 am


  • Ubisoft chief: ‘We learned from the mistakes we made with Watch Dogs’

    In 2012, a fallow year for the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles, Ubisoft revealed its latest open-world action adventure – and promptly stole the show. Watch Dogs, a cyberpunk thriller set in an astonishingly detailed recreation of Chicago, looked amazing, with its complex lighting effects, lifelike character animation and detailed weather simulation. There was just one slight problem – when the game was released on PC and the next-gen consoles, the visuals did not quite match that early promise. For many gamers, the disparity symbolised a growing problem with games industry marketing: a reliance on “vertical slice” demos to build early hype. These pre-release presentations tend to be built on powerful PC hardware and are designed to give an impression of the performance levels that development teams are targeting. The problems come when the game is released months or even years later, and the reality fails to match the early promise, with the …

    July 6, 2015 5:41 am


  • Wind farm syndrome and other imaginary ailments

    Wind turbines appear more likely to cause illness in neighbours who do not profit from them.Credit: GETTY IMAGES For some, wind farms are a joy to behold; they like that the woob-woob of the turbines are helping to save the planet. But others believe the vibrations are making them ill. Their symptoms include fatigue, mental fogginess, insomnia, headaches and nausea.  The condition even has two names: vibroacoustic disease and wind farm syndrome. Both have been picked up around the world by those who believe they are affected, and a few doctors. One theory is that wind farms produce infrasound – low frequency sound waves at or below our hearing threshold – which can travel long distances and exert significant pressure, causing biological damage. In Australia, one senator has been a critic of wind farms on behalf of rural communities. The political pressure has provoked inquiries and reviews, none of which have found credible science to …

    July 6, 2015 5:42 am


  • The big five extinctions

    Biologists suspect we’re living through the sixth major mass extinction. Earth has witnessed five, when more than 75% of species disappeared. Palaeontologists spot them when species go missing from the global fossil record, including the iconic specimens shown here. “We don’t always know what caused them but most had something to do with rapid climate change”, says Melbourne Museum palaeontologist Rolf Schmidt. End Ordovician, 444 million years ago, 86% of species lost— Graptolite 2-3 cm length Graptolites, like most Ordovician life, were sea creatures. They were filter-feeding animals and colony builders. Their demise over about a million years was probably caused by a short, severe ice age that lowered sea levels, possibly triggered by the uplift of the Appalachians. The newly exposed silicate rock sucked CO2 out of the atmosphere, chilling the planet.Credit: JAIME MURCIA / MUSEUM VICTORIA

    July 6, 2015 6:02 am


  • Bobby Brown struggles through Independence Day performance

    More: New report about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospice bed pics will disgust you With his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, still in hospice care and reportedly unresponsive after she was found unconscious in a bath in her home in late January, New Edition frontman Brown and his band were the opening act at a concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Brown and his band opened for a group called Mint Condition at the Affordable Old School Concert Series at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, according to Us Weekly. The RB legend wore all pink and sweated profusely during his set, the site reports. And although fans didn’t seem to notice — “Fans loved his performance,” one onlooker told Us Weekly — Brown seems to have struggled to get through the show. The witness continued, “Bobby did his New Edition classics and busted out into some of his signature dance moves, but had to stop several times during the 30-minute set.” More: …

    July 6, 2015 1:21 am


  • 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