• Amazon signs Top Gear team for new car show

    Amazon signs Top Gear team for new car show

    Former Top Gear hosts — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May — have signed a deal with Amazon. “The boys” are going to Amazon. The former hosts of global TV hit “Top Gear” —...
  • Russia suspended from basketball by FIBA for infighting

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian Basketball Federation was suspended Wednesday by FIBA, meaning it could miss the European Championship that doubles as an Olympic qualifier. The suspension comes after two years of infighting at the federation,...
  • Hillary Clinton lies again

    In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and witness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary...
  • ‘Tourism slump hits’ Kenya Airways

    ‘Tourism slump hits’ Kenya Airways

    Kenya Airlines is looking for a $200m loan to help it recover One of Africa’s largest airlines Kenya Airways has announced its biggest ever annual loss. It has partly blamed the $290m (£188m) shortfall on...
  • Russia warns US as NGO blacklisted

    Russia warns US as NGO blacklisted

    The American NED awards medals for services to democracy Russia has said it will not tolerate “interference” by foreign organisations after it put a US pro-democracy foundation on a blacklist. The National Endowment for Democracy...
  • How the 1993 blasts changed Mumbai forever

    How the 1993 blasts changed Mumbai forever

    The serial blasts killed 257 people and wounded 1,400 people India has executed Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings. Columnist Bachi Karkaria reflects on how the bombings changed India’s...

Headline News

  • Police: Connecticut man loses 2 fingers when ceremonial musket misfires, explodes in his hands


    WILLIMANTIC, Conn. –  Police say a Connecticut man lost two fingers when the barrel of his ceremonial musket exploded in his hands. It happened Wednesday night in the driveway of the 39-year-old man’s home in Willimantic. Police say he put too much gunpowder into the weapon, causing the barrel to explode from the wooden stock when it was fired. The explosion caused him to lose two fingers on his left hand. Family members took him to Windham Hospital. His identity has not been released. Police say they are investigating, but no charges have been filed. The weapon was taken to the police department headquarters.

    July 30, 2015 6:07 am
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Politics

  • Harley an awkward ride for ‘union-busting’ Republican Walker


    MILWAUKEE For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there’s something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads “Union made in the USA.” Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters. But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about – it is a leading example of a successful company that has a strong relationship with labor unions. Walker, by contrast, has made his union-busting credentials the foundation of his White House bid, touting it as the prime example of his leadership success and as evidence of how he can defeat powerful vested interests and even foreign enemies. It’s not …

    July 30, 2015 3:47 am
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Stocks

  • Amazon signs Top Gear team for new car show


    Former Top Gear hosts — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May — have signed a deal with Amazon. “The boys” are going to Amazon. The former hosts of global TV hit “Top Gear” — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May — have signed up to present a new car show on Amazon (AMZN, Tech30). Clarkson was sacked by the BBC in March after a “physical altercation” that left a colleague seeking treatment in a hospital emergency room. The show will be produced by the trio’s former producer Andy Wilman, who quit the long running series after the BBC decided to get rid of Clarkson. Amazon said the first show will go into production shortly and will air on Amazon Prime in 2016. The program was one the BBC’s most valuable global brands. British media estimate that it made £150 million ($225.8 million) in revenue for the broadcaster’s commercial arm in 2014. BBC is …

    July 30, 2015 6:47 am
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Sports

  • Russia suspended from basketball by FIBA for infighting


    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian Basketball Federation was suspended Wednesday by FIBA, meaning it could miss the European Championship that doubles as an Olympic qualifier. The suspension comes after two years of infighting at the federation, which culminated last month when a Russian court ordered new elections for all senior federation posts. An earlier court ruling overturned the federation’s 2013 presidential election result, in which Yulia Anikeeva defeated former WNBA player Svetlana Abrosimova, who alleged there were many breaches of election rules. The federation posted a letter on its website from FIBA, addressed to Anikeeva, saying Russia’s suspension resulted from a lack of ”unity and stability” at the federation. Basketball’s governing body said in a statement that the federation has been ”unable to resolve longstanding institutional and legal issues.” ”As a consequence, the RBF forfeits its rights as a member of FIBA, and its teams and officials may not participate in official competitions or activities,” FIBA …

    July 30, 2015 6:27 am
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World News

  • ‘Tourism slump hits’ Kenya Airways


    Kenya Airlines is looking for a $200m loan to help it recover One of Africa’s largest airlines Kenya Airways has announced its biggest ever annual loss. It has partly blamed the $290m (£188m) shortfall on a decline in Kenya’s tourism sector. Some countries had issued travel advisories warning about terror threats in certain areas. Finance Director Alex Mbugua also told investors that the airline has been hit by competition from Gulf carriers, reports the Reuters news agency. Competition from within the continent is also a factor, with Ethiopian Airlines becoming a major regional rival. BBC Africa Live: New updates Losses were forecast but these were “much worse that they were expected to be”, African Aerospace magazine editor Alan Peaford said. The UK lifted its travel warning to parts of Kenya’s coast in June – but numbers are still low Tourism numbers are down because of the attacks in Kenya by Somalia-based militants al-Shabab, he added, …

    July 30, 2015 6:07 am
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Technology

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: writing a score for the end of the world


    Silence is rare in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – which is strange because everybody is dead. This elegiac adventure game, set in a rural area of Shropshire, imagines the end of humanity coming, not as a nuclear bang, but as a soft, almost seductive whimper. The player finds themselves in an abandoned village shortly after a devastating event of some kind, and by exploring the buildings, pathways and woodlands, must try to piece together what has happened. With no characters around (except for a few sequences in which their ghosts seem to appear as holographic visions telling portions of the backstory), Rapture relies very heavily on environmental sound and music. And Brighton-based developer The Chinese Room has taken a highly complex and ambitious approach to its audio. The most noticeable element from the start however, is the gorgeous orchestral score, composed by co-founder Jessica Curry. The game’s themes and visuals are heavily inspired by …

    July 30, 2015 4:07 am
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Science

  • USF researchers find reasons behind increases in urban flooding


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science investigating the increasing risk of ‘compound flooding’ for major U.S. cities have found that flooding risk is greatest for cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts when strong storm surge and high rainfall amounts occur together. While rising sea levels are the main driver for increasing flood risk, storm surges caused by weather patterns that favor high precipitation exacerbates flood potential. The paper describing their research on the causes of compound flooding in urban areas of the U.S will appear in Nature Climate Change (Vol. 5, August, 2015) and is now available online at: http://www.nature.com/natureclimatechange “Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population resides in coastal counties,” said study lead author Thomas Wahl of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the University of Siegen in Germany. “Flooding can have devastating impacts for these low-lying, densely populated and …

    July 30, 2015 3:06 am
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Health

  • Drug May Ease Passage When Kidney Stone Strikes


    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Kidney stones can quickly cause extreme pain, and passing the stones is the immediate goal for patients. Now, a new study finds that the drug tamsulosin (Flomax) can boost the passage of large kidney stones, but not small ones. “Small stones usually pass on their own, so it’s not too surprising that drug therapy did not help in this study,” said Dr. Warren Bromberg, chief of urology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. On the other hand, “anything that assists in passing a large stone, which otherwise would lead to prolonged pain and surgical intervention, is well worth it,” said Bromberg, who was not involved in the new research. The study was led by Jeremy Furyk of Townsville Hospital in Queensland, Australia. His team found that 28 days after visiting an emergency department for any size of kidney stone, 87 percent of patients treated with tamsulosin …

    July 30, 2015 3:27 am
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Entertainment

  • Kylie And Kendall Jenner Flaunt Their Figures In Skimpy Outfits After A Photo Shoot


    Posted on Wed Jul 29th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kylie and Kendall Jenner grabbed frozen yogurt after a photo shoot on Tuesday, and both of the teen reality stars turned heads when they walked down the street. We’re thinking most folks were admiring Kendall’s model bod and gawking at Kylie’s overly plumped pout, but Kylie definitely gave us her best Kim K style pose from the counter. She may be 17, but she already knows how to work that booty! Big sis Khloe covers the new issue of Complex mag, and in her interview she stated that Kylie’s relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga was a “special case” because the underage starlet has had a different upbringing. So…should we really be surprised that Kylie’s getting lip injections and wearing outfits like this to get fro yo? Nope! And she turns 18 next month, so it seems like this is only going to get worse. Or …

    July 29, 2015 10:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton lies again


    In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and witness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of President Obama and the consent of congressional leadership from both parties and in both houses of Congress. I did err in that column with respect to an arms dealer named Marc Turi. I regret the error and apologize for it. I wrote that Turi sold arms to Qatar as part of Clinton’s scheme to get them into the hands of rebels. A further review of the documents makes it clear that he applied to do so but was denied permission, and so he did not sell arms to Qatar. Other arms dealers did. I also erred when referring to Qatar as beholden to Washington. …

    July 30, 2015 6:27 am
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Odd News

  • Fugitive-turned-actor arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up


    SEATTLE A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday. Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state. The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said. Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had …

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm
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