• Liberia quarantine after Ebola case

    Liberia quarantine after Ebola case

    The latest Ebola outbreak has killed thousands of people across West Africa Liberia’s authorities have quarantined the village where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola. This is the first reported case of Ebola in Liberia...
  • Nervous Kvitova begins defence in brutal style

    LONDON Petra Kvitova probably wishes she could be this nervous before every match if her 35-minute 6-1 6-0 rout of Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens at Wimbledon on Tuesday was anything to go by. Stepping out on...
  • California passes tough vaccine bill

    California passes tough vaccine bill

    Some parents’ groups have argued the bill is trampling on their rights California lawmakers have passed a bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the US. It would require most...
  • Greece seeks last-minute debt deal

    Greece seeks last-minute debt deal

    Queues continued to form outside banks in Greece on Tuesday The Greek government has requested a new bailout deal from the eurozone, just hours before its bailout expires and it must repay €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to...
  • Nadal fires early warning to the big guns

    LONDON Rafa Nadal might have been condemned to a lowly 10th seeding at Wimbledon but he remains a floater everyone will want to avoid after getting his campaign off to an impressive start with a...

Headline News

  • Obama seeks overtime rules revamp that could help 5 million workers


    The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled details of a long-awaited proposal that would make nearly 5 million more U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay, but many businesses say it would force them to cut hours and wages. Under the proposal, the maximum income a salaried worker could earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay would rise to $50,440 from $23,660, the first significant change in four decades. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said millions of workers would earn an estimated $1.3 billion in additional wages annually. Others would work less hours for the same amount of money, and many businesses would create new part-time positions to fill the gap, he said. “By updating the salary threshold to keep pace with inflation and wage growth, this proposal guards against future erosion of overtime protections while providing certainty for businesses,” Perez said during a telephone press conference. The proposal would touch nearly every sector of …

    June 30, 2015 11:38 am
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Politics

  • Obama wants to add 5 million to overtime payrolls


    President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, from the current $455 a week to $970 a week by next year. That would mean salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week, up from the current $23,660 a year. “We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded,” Obama wrote in an op-ed in The Huffington Post. “That’s how America should do business. In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.” To keep up …

    June 30, 2015 8:56 am
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Stocks

  • 5 questions about NBC’s breakup with Donald Trump


    NBC and Univision say they’re breaking off ties with Donald Trump. But there are many unresolved questions about what’s going to happen next; here’s a look at five of them. 1. Will NBC sell its stake in the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants? Right now, NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, owns half of the Miss Universe Organization, and Trump owns the other half. The company says it’s “ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.” But how? If NBC sells its stake to Trump, it could come under criticism for further enriching him. The company could try to acquire Trump’s stake from him, but he might not be in a selling mood. Or NBC could try to find another buyer. An NBC spokesman declined to comment about the possibilities. 2. What will happen to the Miss USA pageant next month? The annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants “will no longer air on NBC,” …

    June 30, 2015 11:18 am
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Sports

  • Nervous Kvitova begins defence in brutal style


    LONDON Petra Kvitova probably wishes she could be this nervous before every match if her 35-minute 6-1 6-0 rout of Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens at Wimbledon on Tuesday was anything to go by. Stepping out on to a sun-kissed Centre Court to begin the defence of her title, the Czech confessed to feeling the butterflies churning in her stomach. Then she started playing and in the blink of an eye she had torn shreds off her beleaguered opponent in a one-sided demolition job in which she conceded a solitary point on her serve in the final game of the match. “Actually, I will be quite happy if every time I am nervous it is going to be like this. So I’m happy I won it,” she told reporters having begun her campaign just as she left off in last year’s final with a brutal exhibition of power tennis. “For sure, it wasn’t really easy, especially before the …

    June 30, 2015 10:58 am
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World News

  • Liberia quarantine after Ebola case


    The latest Ebola outbreak has killed thousands of people across West Africa Liberia’s authorities have quarantined the village where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola. This is the first reported case of Ebola in Liberia since it was declared free of the disease seven weeks ago. Deputy health minister Tolbert Nyenswah said tests confirmed that the teenager from Nedowein village, near the international airport, had died of the disease on 28 June. Officials are investigating how he contracted Ebola, Mr Nyenswah said. More than 11,000 people have died of the disease since December 2013, the vast majority of them in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The countries had largely curbed the spread of the disease – but the number of new cases has risen recently, with the start of the rainy season in West Africa. Analysis: BBC News website health editor Michelle Roberts The news that a 17-year-old has died of Ebola in Liberia is …

    June 30, 2015 11:18 am
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Technology

  • Two tweets, AU$80,000: Newspaper pays for defamation on Twitter


    Twitter Two little tweets have resulted in a hefty legal bill for an Australian newspaper, after a court found that the brief missives defamed a politician. The Federal Court of Australia today awarded AU$80,000 in damages to Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey in his long-running legal battle with one of the country’s leading media outlets, Fairfax Media, over a headline reading “Treasurer for Sale.” While the story, published on May 5, 2014, related to allegations that a Sydney business group was providing “access” to the Treasurer for a price, the Court found that two tweets published on May 4 and May 5 in relation to the story were defamatory. Fairfax newspaper The Age, circulated primarily in the state of Victoria, was ordered to hand over AU$80,000 ($61,400/£39,000) to Mr Hockey for the two tweets in question, or AU$40,000 per tweet. The ruling is a watershed moment in Australian media law and in the country’s treatment …

    June 30, 2015 8:36 am
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Science

  • The Anesthesia Dilemma


    The game is a contemporary of the original Nintendo but it still appeals to today’s teens and lab monkeys alike—which is a boon for neuroscientists. It offers no lifelike graphics. Nor does it boast a screen. Primate players—whether human or not—are simply required to pull levers and replicate patterns of flashing lights. Monkeys get a banana-flavored treat as a reward for good performance whereas kids get nickels. But the game’s creators are not really in it for fun. It was created by toxicologists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the 1980s to study how chronic exposure to marijuana smoke affects the brain. Players with trouble responding quickly and correctly to the game’s commands may have problems with short-term memory, attention or other cognitive issues. The game has since been adapted to address a different question: whether anesthetics used to knock pediatric patients unconscious during surgery and diagnostic tests could affect a youngster’s long-term …

    June 30, 2015 8:37 am
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Health

  • A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain


    TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that’s something many people tend to overlook, experts say. “We’re just now starting to get people to recognize that eating right and exercising and maintaining your health can play into the graceful aging of your brain,” said Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, an Oklahoma City physician and chair of the American Stroke Association advisory committee. Healthy living tips make up more than half of the “10 Ways to Love Your Brain” recently released by the Alzheimer’s Association, as part of June’s Alzheimer’s Brain Awareness Month. An estimated 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia in 2015, and this number is projected to triple by 2050, according to …

    June 30, 2015 8:57 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry Beats Out Taylor Swift As Forbes’ Highest-Paid Female Celeb


    Posted on Tue Jun 30th, 2015 7:39am PDT       By X17 Staff Katy Perry covers the new issue of Forbes magazine, and though she holds the number three spot on the publication’s Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2015 list, she’s the top-earning female. Congrats! “Don’t think that I didn’t celebrate this moment by going straight to Taco Bell and getting my crunch wrap supreme,” Katy wrote on Instagram after learning the news. But on a more serious note, she added: “Before accepting the offer to be on the cover of Forbes, I was told that a lot of women have previously shied away from doing it. I wondered if it was because they thought socially it would look like they were flaunting or bragging or it wasn’t a humble decision. Ladies, there is a difference between being humble and working hard to see the fruits of your labor blossom, and your dreams realized. Hopefully this cover can be an …

    June 30, 2015 10:17 am
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Editorial

  • Iran deal: Why a smart mom (or dad) could do better. Lessons in statecraft that I learned from mothercraft


    After watching the twists and turns of negotiations with Iran over the last year, I’m convinced that a savvy mom could negotiate a better deal than our experienced diplomats. Why? Because our diplomats seem lacking in good, old-fashioned common sense, which parents need in abundance to survive. I’ve studied nuclear weapons at MIT, philosophy at Oxford and politics at George Washington University, but some of the most important lessons I ever learned were as a mother enrolled in the school of life. Because learning about weapons’ throw-weights, epistemology or Chinese characters is nothing compared to learning some good old-fashioned common sense. So while the diplomats in Vienna debate enrichment cycles and sanctions relief, they might spend some time sussing out the people they’re dealing with – on both sides of the table. No diplomat can be a good negotiator without the basic skill set most parents learn while navigating the kids through childhood and puberty. …

    June 30, 2015 8:57 am
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Odd News

  • Paris time lords extend Greek deadline


    PARIS By pure chance, Greece will gain fractionally more time to meet a midnight deadline on Tuesday to pay its IMF debts – thanks to a move by international time arbiters in the Paris Observatory to add one second to the world’s clocks. The so-called International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service charged with ensuring that earth time keeps pace with time measured by super-accurate atomic clocks ruled earlier this year that a tiny pause was needed to account for a gradual slowing-down in the earth’s rotation. The change, which will allow earth time to catch up with atomic time, will now take effect on Tuesday at the stroke of midnight Greenwich Mean Time, also known as UTC (coordinated universal time) in French. “Very exceptionally, the minute … will last one second longer than normal, that is, 61 seconds instead of 60,” the Paris Observatory, which houses the international time service, said in a statement. …

    June 30, 2015 8:36 am
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