Headline News

  • Boston Marathon bombing: New arrest linked to gun used after attacks


    BOSTON –  A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a college police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Two people with knowledge of the investigation say the gun is the one that was used to kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier during the manhunt for bombing suspects Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR’) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Silva is a friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School with him in 2011. An attorney for Silva, Jonathan Shapiro, said Tuesday evening that he received the case only a few hours earlier and was not in a position to comment.

    July 22, 2014 6:02 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senate Democrats want to cut $1 billion from Obama border request


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats are proposing to cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with a surge of some 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border, a Senate Democratic aide said on Tuesday. Obama on July 8 asked lawmakers to approve $3.7 billion to bolster border security and speed deportation proceedings, but Congress has yet to take action on the request. At a luncheon on Tuesday, Senate Democrats discussed what their response should be. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gave no details of the proposal Democrats are coalescing around, which is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski. After the lunch, Reid, a Democrat, told reporters he hoped lawmakers could take action on Obama’s request before starting August recess in about 10 days. “These agencies are going to run out of money in mid-August,” Reid said. The Senate …

    July 22, 2014 5:21 pm
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Stocks

  • Apple profit soars on booming iPhone and Mac sales — but wow, did iPads slump


    Apple sales and profit soared last quarter despite a steep decline in demand for the iPad. The iPhone, Apple’s flagship product, continued to gain significant traction. Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in the past three months, up 13% compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Mac desktop computers led the product line in terms of growth, up 18% with 4.4 million sold — well above Wall Street analysts’ forecasts. But iPad sales fell by 9% to 13.2 million last quarter. Also hurting Apple’s bottom line was the fact that customers are buying cheaper iPads — the average selling price of an iPad fell by about $20 since last year. That means the iPad mini continues to outshine the larger iPad, including the new iPad Air, released in October 2013. CEO Tim Cook blamed “market softness” in some parts of the world. But he said a turnaround might come from Apple’s recently announced deal with …

    July 22, 2014 6:02 pm
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Sports

  • Blazers F Thomas Robinson has thumb surgery, back by training camp


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    July 22, 2014 6:02 pm
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World News

  • Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq


    22 July 2014 Last updated at 23:36 Dozens were killed in an earlier series of blasts in Baghdad at the weekend A suicide bomb has killed at least 21 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police and medical officials have said. At least 13 civilians were killed in the attack, which took place at a police checkpoint at the entrance to the Kadhimiya district. Many of those killed were reportedly on their way to a Shia shrine in the area. Iraq is experiencing an upsurge in instability. The government is battling Islamist militants, who have seized cities in the country’s north-west. At least five of those killed in the bombing were policemen, security sources said. The area is home to the Musa al-Khadim shrine, a site of pilgrimage for many Muslims. Fallujah airstrikes In a separate incident, at least 14 people were killed in Iraqi air strikes near the city of Fallujah. The Iraqi government …

    July 22, 2014 6:02 pm
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Technology

  • Microsoft profit falls on Nokia loss


    22 July 2014 Last updated at 23:00 Last week, Microsoft said it would lay off 18,000 workers, most of them from its Nokia handset division Technology giant Microsoft reported a 7% fall in profit during the second quarter. The company said profit during the March to June period was $4.6bn (£2.7bn), compared with $4.97bn during the same period last year. Microsoft said its Nokia division, which it acquired in April, lost $692m. Last week, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs – the biggest round of job cuts in the company’s 39-year history. Around 12,500 of those positions will be eliminated in the Nokia phone business. “We are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution,” said chief executive Satya Nadella in a statement, choosing to focus on revenues from Microsoft’s cloud division, which he said were set to double to $4.4bn this year. Shares in Microsoft were mostly flat in trading after …

    July 22, 2014 5:21 pm
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Science

  • Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment


    Viruses designed to target and kill cancer cells could boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy to the arms and legs and help avoid amputation, a new study reports. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, tested the effectiveness of a genetically engineered version of the virus used to vaccinate against smallpox. They found use of the virus alongside isolated limb perfusion chemotherapy — given directly to blood vessels supplying the affected arm or leg as an alternative to amputation — was more effective in rats than either treatment on its own. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, was funded by the Dr Lucy M Bull Lectureship and Research Fund and supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), with additional funding from The Royal College of Surgeons of England and Sarcoma UK. Researchers at the ICR, in collaboration with …

    July 22, 2014 5:41 pm
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Health

  • Puma says cancer drug meets trial goal, shares soar


    (Reuters) – Puma Biotechnology Inc said its experimental cancer drug met its main goal in a late-stage trial, sending its shares up about 186 percent in extended trading. The drug neratinib, codenamed PB272, is being studied as a potential adjuvant treatment for breast cancer. Adjuvant treatment, or additional treatment, is given after the primary treatment. Treatment with neratinib showed a statistically significant improvement in disease-free survival of 33 percent versus patients who on placebo, according to the trial data. The patients were treated with neratinib after adjuvant treatment with the cancer drug trastuzumab in women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer. Puma said it intends to file for marketing approval in the first half of 2015. Shares of the company were had closed at $59.03 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. (Reporting by Shailesh Kuber; Editing by Joyjeet Das)

    July 22, 2014 5:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Shows Off Her Enviable Stems In New York City


    Posted on Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 3:16pm PDT Even a classy lady like Taylor Swift knows how to highlight those slim pins! On Tuesday afternoon, the “Trouble” singer headed to Angelica Cafe for a light lunch — we think any boys who saw her in this winning outfit are headed for some trouble of their own! Wearing a green-print dress, the 24-year-old turned heads with her short, flirty green dress, gold necklace with the letter “S” and fuchsia heels. That short skirt and those sky-high heels certainly help elongate the already leggy songstress! Earlier in the day, Taylor used her “S” necklace to squash the rumors that she and BFF were feuding. Despite reports that Taytay had cut ties with Selena Gomez for reuniting with bad boy boyfriend Justin Bieber, the blonde took to Twitter today to wish her frenemy a happy 22nd birthday. “Usually this S represents ‘Swift’ but today I’m wearing it because …

    July 22, 2014 6:02 pm
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Editorial

  • MH17 shoot down: Here’s what we need to do next with Putin, Ukraine


      The tragic death of 298 people on board Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in a wheat field in eastern Ukraine marks a moment when words of disapproval and expressions of grief are not enough. This is a moment when action must follow the outrage and rhetorical condemnation.  I believe this is a defining event in history. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It is a defining event for Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. It is no secret that Putin has imperial ambitions, motivated by his pathological insecurities and a quest to restore lost glories. These are dangerous delusions that, if not confronted firmly, will come to threaten us all. This is an opportunity for American leadership, in step with our European allies, to spur the community of nations to act together and be a force for good. It is a defining event for the United States and the European Union. The festering danger in Ukraine is a result …

    July 22, 2014 5:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Mysterious white flags replace U.S. stars and stripes on Brooklyn Bridge


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers awoke to find two white flags hung in place of the American flags that traditionally flutter atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, baffling city officials, police and onlookers. Two U.S. flags usually decorate the towers of the iconic bridge, which opened in 1883, but on Tuesday morning on they had been replaced with stark white flags that, on closer inspection, appeared to be the stars and stripes with all the color bleached out, police said. The white flags have since been taken down, and the red, white and blue ones restored. “This may be somebody’s art project or may be somebody’s attempt at making some kind of statement,” John Miller, the deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism, said at a press conference, “but it’s not clear what that statement is.” Video camera footage shows several people, including some four or five people in a group, crossing the bridge …

    July 22, 2014 5:41 pm
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