Headline News

  • Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group


    SAN FRANCISCO –  A federal judge has blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of abortion providers by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader. Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation. The federation says the Center for Medical Progress infiltrated its meetings and recorded its members. The group says release of any audio or video would put providers in danger. In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order. The Center for Medical Progress has previously released videos showing Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the use of aborted fetuses for research.

    July 31, 2015 6:59 pm
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Politics

  • Republican 2016 hopeful Huckabee rakes in nearly $1 million for speeches


    Republican White House candidate Mike Huckabee earned more than $975,000 in the last 16 months in speaking fees, in front of audiences including chambers of commerce, schools and universities, ministries and pregnancy outreach organizations. Huckabee made 44 speeches in that period, earning on average $22,175 per engagement, according to his financial disclosure released by the Federal Election Commission on Friday. Real estate mogul Donald Trump, one of Huckabee’s rivals in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, earned about $1.75 million on speeches during the same period, an average of $250,000 for each appearance. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton earned an average of $235,000 per speech, and nearly $12 million over all. Huckabee’s speeches were paid for by groups like the North Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salina (Kansas) Area Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Right to Life, Pregnancy Help 4 U, Consortium Health Plans, and a number of pregnancy care centers and ministries. …

    July 31, 2015 7:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Exxon and Chevron profits are down over 50%


    Drilling for oil used to be one of the most profitable businesses in the world. Not anymore. Big Oil earnings have nosedived in the past year. The latest results that came out Friday were even worse than expected. Chevron (CVX) announced a 90% drop in earnings on Friday. It went from bringing in $5.7 billion in the second quarter of 2014 to hauling in a mere $571 million this year. Exxon Mobil (XOM) isn’t much better. It raked in $8.8 billion in profits for the second quarter of 2014. This year, it earned less than half that amount — $4.2 billion. The problem for these companies is well known by now: Oil and gas prices have plummeted from over $100 a barrel last summer to under $50 now. It’s a lot harder to make money when you can only sell your product for half of what it used to be worth. Related: Oil prices have …

    July 31, 2015 7:59 pm
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Sports

  • Mariners recall Montero after deadline


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Seattle Mariners have recalled infielders Jesus Montero and Ketel Marte and pitchers Jose Ramirez and Rob Rasmussen following a busy trade deadline. Seattle traded pitchers J.A. Happ and Mark Lowe in separate deals on Friday. The Mariners also optioned shortstop Chris Taylor to Triple-A Tacoma. Rasmussen was acquired from Toronto in the Lowe deal. Ramirez was part of a Thursday trade in which the Mariners sent Dustin Ackley to the Yankees. Montero and Marte are in Friday’s lineup at Minnesota, with Robinson Cano (abdominal) and Logan Morrison (thumb) still out with injuries. Marte is regarded as one of Seattle’s top prospects. He hit .314 with three home runs, 29 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for Tacoma.

    July 31, 2015 7:59 pm
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World News

  • Turkey emerges from shadows in fight against Islamic State


    Mr Erdogan has been criticised for not taking a harder line against IS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Pakistan on Saturday for a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as Ankara repositions itself as a key player in the region, writes author and journalist Ahmed Rashid. Less than two years ago Turkey was a major player in Central and South Asia. Turkish diplomats were mediating peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government and between India and Pakistan. Turkey was creating a new regional co-operation over Afghanistan through its Istanbul process, while shoring up the resolve of the five Central Asian republics and making sure they did not all fall into the hands of Russia. It was even mediating internal political disputes in Pakistan between the government and the opposition. Everyone it seemed trusted Turkey. Then suddenly it all stopped. Turkey disappeared from the world stage and became enmeshed in multiple political …

    July 31, 2015 7:59 pm
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Technology

  • Texting while strolling makes you walk funny, study confirms


    Enlarge Image Don’t forget to look up, mister. CBS News Pro tip: Don’t read this on your smartphone while walking — unless you want the people behind you to become annoyed and get an uncontrollable urge to rip your phone out of your hand. If you’ve ever been stuck behind someone who was strolling while staring at a screen, you know walking texters get around about as fast as a snail with a Samsung Galaxy. Now a study has stepped in to confirm the obvious, concluding that people who walk while texting move more slowly — and even swerve. Researchers from Texas AM University and University of Bath in the UK asked 30 participants between 18 and 50 to navigate an obstacle course with curbs, traffic posts and other common pedestrian obstacles, in three scenarios: walking normally; texting and walking; and texting and walking while being distracted by taking a standard mathematical test on an …

    July 31, 2015 8:19 pm
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Science

  • Brown dwarf’s powerful auroras shine bright


    Hot on top: artist’s impression of an aurora on the brown dwarf The first aurora ever seen in an object beyond our solar system has been discovered by an international team of researchers. The team was studying a brown dwarf 20 light-years away, using both radio and optical telescopes, when the researchers picked up signals that suggest that the object hosts the most powerful aurora seen to date. Indeed, the aurora is hundreds of thousands of times more powerful than any detected in the solar system. This discovery also reveals a major difference between the magnetic activity of more-massive stars and that of brown dwarfs and planets. Auroras are natural light displays in the sky that form when charged particles from cosmic rays or the solar wind enter a planet’s magnetosphere – the region where charged particles are affected by a planet’s magnetic field. Once in the magnetosphere, the particles – mainly electrons and protons – …

    July 31, 2015 7:19 pm
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Health

  • Male caregivers may be less likely to ask for help


    (Reuters Health) – Among unpaid, informal caregivers of older people with illness or disability, male caregivers in particular can be ambivalent about asking for help, according to a new review. Caregivers are often family or close friends. Most are women. In the U.K., for example, 58% of informal caregivers are female, according to lead author Dr. Nan Greenwood of Kingston University and St George’s at the University of London. But that leaves more than 40% who are men, and their experience still needs closer attention with specific research, she said. It can be harder to study male caregivers because they are less likely to identify themselves that way, Greenwood told Reuters Health by phone. “A lot of the people the government would call a ‘carer’ would call themselves a husband, and this may be particularly true of men,” she said. “They are less likely to categorize themselves as carers so they don’t even think to …

    July 31, 2015 7:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Does Brad Thank He’s A Kardashian?! Pitt Exposes His Chest In See-Thru Top At LAX!


    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 2:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff He was once the Sexiest Man Alive, but lately he’s been looking a little less than hunky! Brad Pitt touched down at LAX today after spending the past several days in London for Snatch director pal Guy Ritchie’s wedding, and we couldn’t help but notice that the A-list actor appears to have packed on the pounds, as his man boobs were visible through his black shirt! While the father-of-six was helping his friend celebrate tying the knot, his wife Angelina Jolie was visiting with refugees in Burma on Thursday. Maintaining his sex symbol physique is probably the last thing on his mind these days, as he’s too busy bromancing some of Hollywood’s hottest actors! While across the pond, the World War Z star Pitt showed up at London’s Haymarket Theatre Wednesday night to see Bradley Cooper perform in The Elephant Man. Afterward, Pitt and Cooper …

    July 31, 2015 6:59 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet


    DALLAS An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. “His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe. The status of the animal is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said. (Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)

    July 31, 2015 7:38 pm
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