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  • Exclusive: Donald Trump’s companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers

    NEW YORK Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners. A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data reveals that this is business as usual in the New York property magnate’s empire. Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Most of the applications were approved, the data show. Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs administered by the Labor Department. The candidate’s foreign talent hunt included applications for an assistant golf-course superintendent, an assistant hotel manager and a banquet manager. Two of …

    July 31, 2015 10:19 pm


  • 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


  • How to make Chrome your default Windows 10 browser

    Hey, where did my Chrome go? Upgrading to Windows 10 using “express settings” will automatically make Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) Edge your PC’s default Web browser, even if you used a different browser when your PC was running Windows 7 or Windows 8. You can still make Google (GOOGL, Tech30) Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Safari or another app your default browser in Windows 10, but it’s not as easy or intuitive to do that as it was in previous versions of Windows. Here’s how to do that: 1) Click the “Use this as my default browser” button. That will launch the Settings app, opened to the “Choose default apps” tab. 2) Click on the Microsoft Edge logo. Picking a browser won’t immediately be visible: You’ll have to scroll down to where it says “Web browser,” and click on Edge. 3) Click on the browser of your choice. You’ll be prompted to choose an app. …

    July 31, 2015 9:59 pm


  • Napoli home run helps Red Sox beat Rays 7-5

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox held onto Mike Napoli at the trading deadline, and he responded a few hours later with a two-run homer off the top of the Green Monster that led Boston over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Friday night. The Red Sox had already blown two leads when David Ortiz drew a two-out walk in the seventh inning and Napoli turned a one-run deficit into a 6-5 lead with a drive that landed on the ledge atop the 37-foot-high wall. The 33-year-old first baseman had been on the trading block as someone who would be more useful to a contender than Boston, headed to a second straight last-place finish. Another subject of trade talks, Alejandro de Aza, had two hits for Boston. Blake Swihart also had a pair of hits for the Red Sox, doubling with one out in the eighth and scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-5. …

    July 31, 2015 10:19 pm

World News

  • India-Pakistan ‘mango diplomacy’ isn’t fruitful

    Pakistan is the world’s fifth largest producer of mangoes In a South Asian tradition, Pakistani leaders send mangoes to their Indian counterparts every year. The fabled ‘mango diplomacy’, however, does not really help lower tensions between the two neighbours, writes Shivam Vij. On the occasion of Eid last week, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly sent a box of mangoes to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. But relations were not sweetened as a result. The festival gift came even as India and Pakistan exchanged fire in the disputed Kashmir region, in which at least five civilians on both sides were killed. “Sharif resorts to ‘mango diplomacy’ amid cross-border shelling,” read a newspaper headline. “Mangoes were delivered to Mr Modi through official channels even as Pakistan was accusing us of flying a drone into its airspace,” the Hindustan Times quoted an Indian official as saying on condition of anonymity. Sources say Mr Sharif sent 45kg of …

    July 31, 2015 10:19 pm


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Kylie Jenner Promotes Butt Enhancement Cream After Shooting Down Marriage Rumors

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 2:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff All in a day’s work! Kylie Jenner ignited rumors she married boyfriend Tyga this week when she Instagrammed a pic of herself wearing a gold wedding band, but the reality star just cleared up the reports while capitalizing on the increased attention by promoting a butt enhancing cream! “Not planning on getting married anytime soon :),” she tweeted to her 10.7 million followers. While we’re glad the underage E! starlet isn’t hitched, we’re a little concerned about the fact that she’s publicly hawking a product that claims to make your boobs and booty grow! What company hires a 17-year-old to endorse this?! “I love sharing my beauty secrets with you guys and this is a favorite! @PureLeef offers products with All Natural ingredients (which is important to me) to help maintain accentuate your curves! @PureLeef’s butt enhancement cream Breast plumping lotion stimulate fat cells in …

    July 31, 2015 8:59 pm


  • 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

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