• Time running out in Coast Guard search for teens

    Time running out in Coast Guard search for teens

    (CNN)In the warm waters off the Florida coast this time of year, the Coast Guard says, someone can survive four, maybe five days. Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing since Friday...
  • People’s president: India mourns Abdul Kalam

    People’s president: India mourns Abdul Kalam

    Mr Kalam had a special affinity towards children – his book “Ignited minds” was dedicated to a child who told him the answer to “Who is our enemy” was “poverty” The death of former Indian...
  • OU students’ progress to be monitored

    OU students’ progress to be monitored

    Students at the Open University are going to have their progress monitored by a set of algorithms to spot if they need any extra support. The scheme, developed by the OU, has been designed to...
  • Strong dollar weighs on Merck revenue

    Merck Co Inc (MRK.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and boosted its full-year earnings forecast as demand for its diabetes and cancer drugs increased. The company also said it expects to reap benefits from its...
  • Kurdish peace ‘impossible’

    The Turkish president has said that Turkey cannot continue the peace process with the Kurds amid attacks by Kurdish militants on Turkish targets. It came as Nato discussed Turkish campaigns against the Islamic State (IS)...

Headline News

  • Time running out in Coast Guard search for teens


    (CNN)In the warm waters off the Florida coast this time of year, the Coast Guard says, someone can survive four, maybe five days. Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing since Friday — four days and counting. “People can survive in the water,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District. “It’s relatively warm, but, again, it’s a dangerous environment, and there’s only so long you could stay in the water.” The day-and-night search is focused 60 to 70 miles (97 to 113 kilometers) off Jacksonville, north of where the boys’ capsized boat was found Sunday. Fedor said search conditions were good, but the situation is dire. The Coast Guard says five cutters, a Navy ship and multiple planes are involved in the search. Mothers hold out hope “They’ve brought out every resource they have,” Carly Black, the mother of Austin, said of the Coast Guard search. …

    July 28, 2015 7:57 am
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Politics

  • Obama says Ethiopia should not jail journalists, restrict opponents


    ADDIS ABABA U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Ethiopia “cannot unleash the full potential of its people” if it jails journalists and restricts legitimate opposition groups. Ethiopia’s government has acknowledged it had more work to do to develop its democracy but also says any journalists it has detained committed crimes. In a speech at the African Union, Obama also said Central African Republic leaders needed to commit to inclusive elections and a peaceful transition of power. Elections in October will mark a return to democratic rule after the Seleka rebels toppled President Francois Bozize in March 2013, sparking a conflict. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Aaron Maasho; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Larry King)

    July 28, 2015 7:36 am
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Stocks

  • Which is the best digital assistant: Siri, Cortana, Alexa or Google Now?


    I’m hiring a new assistant. Requirements: must handle scheduling, take dictation, have flexible hours, be able learn on the job, and lack any corporeal presence. Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) are all competing to make the best digital assistants. I wanted to choose one the old fashioned way: a job interview. I asked the applicants — Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and Alexa — to complete the same basic tasks, judging them on accuracy, speed and style. They rattled off weather reports, gave driving directions, told (bad) jokes and tried to field basic trivia questions. They reminded me to feed the bunny, played music, and frequently apologized for their shortcomings. Here’s how the interview went: What is your greatest strength? Siri is the best at understanding natural language. It can pick up on multiple ways of asking the same questions, so you don’t need to worry about remembering …

    July 28, 2015 6:37 am
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Sports

  • Sabres sign prospect defenseman Guhle to entry-level deal


    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed newly drafted defenseman Brendan Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal was announced Monday, a little over a month after Buffalo drafted Guhle with the 51st pick. Guhle turns 18 on Wednesday and spent the past two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He is eligible to return to play in the juniors next season. Last year, he had five goals and ranked third among team defensemen with 32 points in 72 games. Overall, he has five goals and 37 points in 123 career junior games.

    July 28, 2015 7:57 am
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World News

  • People’s president: India mourns Abdul Kalam


    Mr Kalam had a special affinity towards children – his book “Ignited minds” was dedicated to a child who told him the answer to “Who is our enemy” was “poverty” The death of former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam has triggered an outpouring of grief in the country. Prayer services were held to pay tribute, and hundreds of Indians lined roads and stood outside Mr Kalam’s residence to catch a final glimpse. The much loved Mr Kalam died while addressing a gathering of students at a university in the north-eastern state of Shillong. Social media has also been filled with tributes, images and quotes from the former president’s speeches and books. Hundreds of schoolchildren lined roads to pay respects, as a truck carrying Mr Kalam’s body made its way to the former president’s Delhi home Similar scenes were witnessed in Guwahati in north-east India, where people gathered at the airport to pay respects before his …

    July 28, 2015 7:57 am
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Technology

  • OU students’ progress to be monitored


    Students at the Open University are going to have their progress monitored by a set of algorithms to spot if they need any extra support. The scheme, developed by the OU, has been designed to observe students’ paths through courses and engagement with online learning modules. The OU’s Prof John Domingue told the BBC: “This has been developed as a tool for tutors to help students. “We are planning to use this data for students studying in 2015-16.” The programme, called OU Analyse, was developed at the university during the 2013-14 academic year. It uses a variety of data sets held by the OU and assesses the likelihood of a student submitting their next assignment by using information gathered from four different algorithms. The more algorithms that indicate the student will not send in their work – the higher the chance of that happening. Prof Domingue added: “We take advantage of the fact that modules …

    July 28, 2015 7:56 am
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Science

  • Device innovation is driving improvement in stroke treatment outcomes


    In the last decade, Intra-Arterial (IA) stroke therapy (a technique in which thrombolytic agents and devices are passed through the arteries directly to the clot site) has gained notable momentum as an effective and safe treatment option for patients. Two new studies released today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, further reinforce the value and progress of IA treatment with conclusions that the innovative new devices that facilitate this approach are reducing treatment times, improving outcomes and decreasing mortality rates. Since Stent Retrievers – the latest evolution of devices for IA treatment – became available in 2012, no comparative analysis with pre-retriever devices has been conducted to determine differences in utilization or clinical outcomes. In the Trends and Outcomes of Mechanical Thrombectomy in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Review of National In-Patient Database, joint investigators, Drs. Srikanth Boddu and Ning Lin, at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill …

    July 28, 2015 6:56 am
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Health

  • Strong dollar weighs on Merck revenue


    Merck Co Inc (MRK.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and boosted its full-year earnings forecast as demand for its diabetes and cancer drugs increased. The company also said it expects to reap benefits from its $8.4 billion purchase of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, the maker of blockbuster antibiotic Cubicin. Cubicin sales for the second quarter were $293 million. Sales of Merck’s diabetes drug, Januvia, rose 1.3 percent to $1.6 billion in the quarter ended June 30. The company’s cancer treatment from a promising class of new drugs, Keytruda, brought in sales of $110 million, helping the drugmaker edge past the average analyst estimate for revenue. The 124-year-old company raised its forecast to $3.45-$3.55 per share from $3.35-$3.48 per share. Analysts on average were expecting $3.45 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. In the second quarter, Merck’s net income fell nearly 66 percent to $687 million, or 24 cents per share, for the second quarter, from $2 …

    July 28, 2015 7:17 am
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Entertainment

  • The Kardashians Slip Into Sexy Outfits To Celebrate Their Grandmother’s Birthday


    Posted on Mon Jul 27th, 2015 6:20am PDT       By X17 Staff The women of the Kardashian-Jenner family never miss a chance to get all dolled up! And when we say all dolled up, what we really mean is putting their boobs and booties on display! It seems like every time we’ve seen Kourtney lately her tatas are nearly falling out of her top, which is almost more distracting than pregnant sister Kim’s growing belly! Then again, it does seem like a pretty good way to show estranged baby daddy Scott Disick what he’s missing… Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall and Kris spent most of their Sunday together, and from Kim’s baby bump to Kourtney’s cleavage (not to mention yet another scandalicious outfit from Kylie!) there was a WHOLE lot to look at. The ladies (plus Corey Gamble) started off by heading to a bash in Hollywood to celebrate the birthday of Kris Jenner’s mom, Mary Jo Campbell, …

    July 28, 2015 4:36 am
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Editorial

  • With Holocaust comment, Huckabee has gone too far


    I like Mike Huckabee. I covered his bid for the Republican nomination in 2008, and found him to be smart, charming and exceptionally decent. Back then, Huckabee and I spoke a fair amount about Israel and the strategic threats it faces. He left no doubt that he stood with the Jewish state on moral as well as geopolitical grounds.  But on Saturday, Huckabee took his Zionist enthusiasm a step too far. In an interview with Breitbart News, he slammed President Obama’s deal with Iran as naïve (a correct assessment) but added that the president’s diplomacy “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” That is untrue for at least two reasons. First, it is extremely unfair.  Barack Obama may not love Israel as much as Mike Huckabee, but that doesn’t make him Adolf Hitler or even Neville Chamberlain. You don’t need to admire Obama’s Iranian policy to accept that it rests …

    July 28, 2015 6:16 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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