Headline News

  • Homeowner kills ‘pregnant burglar’


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 16:04 Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell (right) said Andrea Miller did not appear pregnant at the time of her death Authorities in California are investigating whether to press charges against an elderly man who fatally shot a suspected female burglar who said she was pregnant before he opened fire. Tom Greer, 80, shot Andrea Miller, 28, after he chased her and a male suspect from his home on Tuesday. A post-mortem examination is being conducted to determine if Miller was pregnant at the time of her death. Miller’s suspected accomplice Gus Adams, 26, has been arrested. He is being held on suspicion of burglary and felony murder for his alleged role in the burglary that ended in Miller’s death. ‘Don’t shoot me’ “The lady didn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice,” Mr Greer told a local television station following the …

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am
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Politics

  • House Committee OKs lawsuit against Obama


    President Barack Obama(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before mid-term elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. Any lawsuit likely would take years to wind through federal courts. While the lawsuit would focus on Obamacare, Republicans have complained bitterly about the president’s actions on several issues. For example, House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama’s use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United …

    July 25, 2014 9:55 am
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Stocks

  • TGIF? Nope. Stocks fall on earnings woes


    Stocks are ending the week on a sour note, putting the SP 500 in reverse on the road to 2,000. The SP was down about 0.3% in mid-morning trading. The Dow was down more than 100 points, or 0.7%. A 4% drop In Visa (V), which has the biggest weighting in the Dow, weighed down the blue chips. The Nasdaq fell too, largely due to a more than 11% drop in Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) following its latest earnings. Here’s what you need to know. Amazonian drought: Amazon’s sales jumped more than 20% but it also reported a $123 million loss. Some investors may be growing tired of Amazon’s long history of quarters where it loses more than expected due to big investments. The company has been spending a lot this quarter, unveiling products and services like the Fire TV, Fire Phone and Sunday delivery, but it seems that’s not enough to keep some investors around …

    July 25, 2014 10:36 am
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Sports

  • European challengers commit to America’s Cup


    LONDON (Reuters) – Four European teams promised on Friday to compete for the next America’s Cup, ensuring the event would be viable after official challenger Team Australia pulled out because of rising costs. The European rivals from Italy, Sweden, Britain and France said they would cooperate with Oracle Team USA, the holders, to ensure the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 was a sporting and commercial success. “The teams Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France – jointly with the yacht clubs they represent – confirm their full support to the event, regardless of the host venue that will be selected,” they said in a joint statement. Planning for the 2017 Cup was thrown into turmoil last week when the Australians, the Challenger of Record, withdrew from the event. The next America’s Cup will be sailed in either San Diego or Bermuda, with the venue to be confirmed in October. The Challenger …

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am
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World News

  • Isis ‘overruns’ Syrian military base


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 13:14 Raqqa province has long been a stronghold for Isis militants, here seen with a captured tank Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa. The Islamist fighters have released images of captured soldiers being beheaded after the battle for the base. The Syrian army did not confirm that the base had fallen, but said it was organising a counter-attack. Isis already controls much of Raqqa province, and recently seized a swathe of territory in neighbouring Iraq. The group, which has changed its name to Islamic State, describes the territory under its control in Iraq and Syria as a caliphate. The Raqqa base, manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, is said to have been captured overnight after coming under siege from Isis fighters. In June, Isis fighters …

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am
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Technology

  • Apple’s new sapphire screens for iPhone 6 will be made with solar power


    The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in-charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act. The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy. After converting all of its data centres to clean energy, the Guardian understands Apple is poised to use solar power to manufacture sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, at a factory in Arizona. And in a departure for its reputation for secretiveness, Apple is going out of its way to get credit for its green efforts. “We know that our customers expect us to do the right thing about these issues,” Lisa Jackson, the vice-president of environmental initiatives told the …

    July 25, 2014 9:56 am
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Science

  • 250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice


    Scientists have theorized that the loss of Arctic sea ice over the last three decades is part of a recent, dramatic change in global climate. Now they have proof from an unorthodox collection of sources. Researchers with ARCdoc, a project based at the University of Sunderland in England, found that annual sea ice between Canada and Greenland blanketed much more territory up to 250 years ago—the result of a colder, wetter, stormier climate. The evidence came from nearly 150 handwritten logbooks of Royal Navy expeditions and Hudson’s Bay Company transports in the North Atlantic between 1750 and 1850. Another 60 volumes from Arctic whalers, who hunted their prey among permanent ice floes, offered rare eyewitness accounts of the far north. While the naval and Hudson’s Bay records had been examined before, “These whaling logbooks had never been used for scientific studies,” says Dennis Wheeler, ARCdoc’s director. The three-year endeavor to render the musty annals into …

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am
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Health

  • Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say


    FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Currently, a man who has ever had sex with another man cannot donate blood in the United States — a lifetime ban that has been in place since 1983. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted this policy at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. However, changing times and technological advances have rendered the decades-old ban obsolete, said JAMA article co-author Glenn Cohen, who directs Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology Bioethics. “We think it’s time for the FDA to take a serious look at its policy, because it’s out of step with peer countries, it’s out of step with modern medicine, it’s out of step with …

    July 25, 2014 9:56 am
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Reveals She Hasn’t Had Sex With French Montana In 25 Days


    Posted on Fri Jul 25th, 2014 8:10am PDT So candid! Khloe Kardashian and boyfriend French Montana gave their first interview to Power 105′s Angie Martinez yesterday, and the reality star revealed that since her rapper beau is observing Ramadan, they haven’t had sex is 25 whole days! The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star sarcastically explained it has been “so fun… That’s why he’s wearing all white. He’s so pure and holy, he’s virginal,” when asked how she has been handling not being intimate with her man. Kim K’s little sister also chatted with the radio host about being in a new relationship and how she doesn’t care what her critics say. “People are going to comment no matter what. If I like [Montana] no one else should care, they’re not f**king him. So why do they care?” she sniped. We are happy our favorite member of the K clan has found new love!   …

    July 25, 2014 10:36 am
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Editorial

  • It’s time for Congress to fight for our soldiers


      We ask a lot of our military men and women. When they volunteer and take an oath to serve our nation in uniform, they understand it will likely mean extended periods away from their loved ones, often in far-off lands and often at great risk to their lives.  What they shouldn’t expect, however, is that while they’re courageously serving in harm’s way they might receive a pink slip informing them that their services will no longer be needed and that they won’t have a job when they return home. Tragically, that’s exactly what happened to approximately 1,100 Army captains this month. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT If defense sequestration continues, it is only going to get worse. It was clear to me early on that preserving the readiness and war-fighting capabilities of our military would not be a priority of President Obama. This reality, coupled with the devastating impacts of defense sequestration, is wreaking havoc on the …

    July 25, 2014 9:56 am
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Odd News

  • Chubby Checker, HP settle lawsuit over penis-measuring app


    (Reuters) – The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man’s penis. HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of his stage name, likeness or related trademarks. The settlement was disclosed in a Tuesday filing with the San Francisco federal court. Other terms remain confidential. It is unclear whether money changed hands. Checker, 72, is best known for his 1960 song “The Twist,” a No. 1 hit on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 that inspired an international dance craze. In his February 2013 lawsuit against HP and its Palm unit, the singer objected to HP having in October 2006 begun online sales of “The Chubby Checker” app, which purported to let women estimate the size of …

    July 25, 2014 10:15 am
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