Headline News

  • Theater shooting defendant returning to court for more hearings on which experts can testify


    Robert and Arlene Holmes, parents of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes, walk from the courtroom at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, July 22, 2014, in Centennial, Colo. The court will look at setting a new trial date in the case against James Holmes. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)The Associated Press

    July 23, 2014 2:07 am
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Politics

  • Business executive wins Georgia Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Campaigning as an outsider who would shake up Washington, a former Fortune 500 chief executive defeated an 11-term congressman in a Georgia runoff election on Tuesday between two Republicans seeking to fill an open U.S. Senate seat. David Perdue, former chief executive of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, led U.S. Representative Jack Kingston by nearly 8,000 votes with 92 percent of the state’s counties reporting, prompting Kingston to concede his loss. “The numbers are not trending in our direction, and they’re probably not going to change,” Kingston told supporters shortly before 11 p.m., about four hours after polls closed. Perdue will face Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, in the November general election for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Keeping the seat in the Republican column is seen as crucial to the party’s efforts at seizing majority control of the Senate from the Democrats. …

    July 23, 2014 1:27 am
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Stocks

  • Indonesia markets cheer Widodo victory


      Indonesian markets rallied Wednesday after government officials declared Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of the country’s presidential election. Stocks in Jakarta climbed 1.1% in morning trading, while the rupiah strengthened as much as 0.8% to 11,465 against the dollar. Widodo will be the first person without a military or elite background to take top office in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy. He worked in his family’s furniture business before entering local politics and then serving as governor of Jakarta. While challenger Prabowo Subianto may contest the election results, most analysts don’t expect the current verdict to change. Related: 4 risks for emerging markets Indonesia, the world’s fifth largest country by population, is challenged with slowing growth, a weakening currency and widening budget and current account deficits. The Southeast Asian nation also needs to find a way to finance infrastructure upgrades. Markets have surged this year on hopes that Widodo, a relative outsider, might be …

    July 23, 2014 2:07 am
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Sports

  • PyeongChang organizers appoint interim head


    (Reuters) – The head of the South Korea Olympic Committee will step in to take over interim leadership of the 2018 PyeongChang Games following the surprise resignation of two senior officials. Kim Jung-haeng will take charge until a full-time replacement is found for Kim Jin-sun, who abruptly resigned as president of the committee on Monday in the middle of a review by the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI). An official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism denied the BAI review was the reason behind Kim Jin-sun’s resignation, which followed the exit of the vice president and secretary general of the committee, Moon Dong-hoo, who quit earlier this month. Kim Jung-haeng, 70, assumed power as the most senior of the six vice presidents remaining on the organizing committee for the country’s first Winter Olympics, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday. He will be briefed on how preparations are going on Thursday. In …

    July 23, 2014 2:07 am
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World News

  • Costa Concordia begins final journey


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 08:02 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Costa Concordia towing operation The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is being towed on its final journey to the port of Genoa for scrapping. Its removal is one of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations. The Concordia struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. It was re-floated nine days ago and is being kept above the surface by giant buoyancy chambers. Over a dozen vessels will help to tow the ship. The wreck was hauled upright in September last year but was still partially submerged, resting on six steel platforms. The cruise ship is being towed to Genoa at two knots per hour, almost at walking pace, with an escort of more than a dozen tug boats. The journey, which is expected to take four days, …

    July 23, 2014 2:07 am
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Technology

Science

  • Bats use polarized light to navigate


    Scientists have discovered that greater mouse-eared bats use polarisation patterns in the sky to navigate — the first mammal that’s known to do this. The bats use the way the Sun’s light is scattered in the atmosphere at sunset to calibrate their internal magnetic compass, which helps them to fly in the right direction, a study published in Nature Communications has shown. Despite this breakthrough, researchers have no idea how they manage to detect polarised light. “We know that other animals use polarisation patterns in the sky, and we have at least some idea how they do it: bees have specially-adapted photoreceptors in their eyes, and birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles all have cone cell structures in their eyes which may help them to detect polarisation,” says Dr Richard Holland of Queen’s University Belfast, co-author of the study. “But we don’t know which structure these bats might be using.” Polarisation patterns depend on where the …

    July 23, 2014 1:47 am
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Health

  • Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. That is the gist of a brief filed on Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals by the Justice Department. Under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. But the Supreme Court ruled early this month that Wheaton College, a Christian institution in Illinois, can opt out of providing the coverage on religious grounds by filling out a form claiming a religious exemption. However, Wheaton College argues that filling out the form violates its religious briefs by granting its employees the right to use birth control. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide …

    July 23, 2014 1:27 am
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Entertainment

  • Robert Downey, Jr. is Forbes‘ top paid actor for second year in a row


    Forbes estimates that RDJ has raked in a whopping $75 million since last June, which is the same amount they believed he made the year before. The business magazine calculates their figures by talking to agents, directors, producers, lawyers and other industry professionals before determining who makes the list. RDJ’s top earner by far has been Iron Man 3, which pulled in more than a billion dollars in 2013. Robert Downey, Jr. joins Twitter, fans follow in droves  It’s been a roller coaster year for Downey, Jr. In addition to the undoubted joy that comes with being Hollywood’s top earner, the actor also made the exciting announcement earlier this month that he is expecting his first daughter with wife, Susan. On the other hand, the Downey family has been almost simultaneously publicly battling eldest son Indio’s issues with cocaine. Twenty-year-old Indio was arrested at the beginning of July for allegedly being in the possession of …

    July 23, 2014 2:07 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Jason Riley on the lonely life of the black conservative


      For the month of June, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent for white Americans, and 11.1 percent for African-Americans. Why is this? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT For decades, well-intentioned policymakers, academics, activists, and advocates have devoted great attention to such disparities between black and white citizens, which are discernible in education, employment, basic health issues, and various other key social metrics. Back in 1965, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan published his famous Moynihan Report, more formally known as The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, wherein the future U.S. senator lamented the “tangle of pathology” afflicting black families.   While many have cited the residual effects of slavery, the demoralizing effect of the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr., or other factors, Jason L. Riley, the Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Fox News contributor, himself African-American, finds fault with the very political group to which most …

    July 23, 2014 1:27 am
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Odd News

  • Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches


    NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they’ll face hell fire for eternity if they’re not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. “How would you say ‘I stole your air-conditioners’ to Jesus? He’s the almighty,” said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel’s church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town. The units were stolen from the churches between July 13 and July 18, Gault said, adding that thieves generally are looking for scrap metal and copper. He said his office deals with such thefts weekly, but rarely from a church. The thieves left …

    July 23, 2014 1:47 am
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