• Ben Carson: We must value human life

    Ben Carson: We must value human life

    Dr. Ben Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, is professor emeritus of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also president and CEO of American Business Collaborative, LLC. The...
  • Germany seeks Balkan migrant curbs

    Germany seeks Balkan migrant curbs

    The Pegida movement protested against asylum seekers in Dresden on Monday German officials are urging action to tackle a surge of asylum seekers from the Balkans, including reintroducing visas and declaring more of the migrants’...
  • 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...

Headline News

  • Ben Carson: We must value human life

    Dr. Ben Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, is professor emeritus of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also president and CEO of American Business Collaborative, LLC. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)The recent revelations regarding a video showing a Planned Parenthood staff discussion of the alleged sale of tissue from aborted fetuses should be deemed abhorrent by anyone with a conscience. A second undercover video has emerged showing Planned Parenthood’s medical directors council president Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” for intact fetal tissue specimens. Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, defended the organization, saying that it broke no laws. But that is not enough. It would be instructive for people to know more about the origins of this organization and its founder, Margaret Sanger. This woman was a proponent of eugenics, which …

    July 28, 2015 9:17 am


  • 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


  • Mike Bloomberg buys historic London mansion for $25 million

    Michael Bloomberg is adding to his London real estate portfolio by buying a historic mansion in the upmarket neighborhood of Chelsea for $25 million. The former New York City mayor paid £1 million ($1.6 million) over the asking price to buy the home, according to people familiar with the deal. The opulent seven-bedroom property was built in 1715 and overlooks the River Thames. It is a 20-minute walk from his other London home in Knightsbridge, where he regularly entertains business leaders, cultural figures and politicians. Bloomberg has close ties to the U.K., and received an honorary knighthood in 2014 from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his business and philanthropic work. He has worked with London mayor Boris Johnson on city hall initiatives, and supports the arts through his involvement with theaters and galleries. Bloomberg’s new London home cost £16 million ($25 million). Bloomberg’s new London pad boasts nearly 6,300 square feet, a large central …

    July 28, 2015 8:37 am


  • Easley, LaFell among nine placed on injury lists by Patriots

    The New England Patriots will open training camp on Wednesday with nine players on the physically unable to perform or non-football injury lists. The two big names that stand out on the lists are second-year defensive lineman Dominique Easley and wide receiver Brandon LaFell. The others are wide receiver Matthew Slater, linebackers Dane Fletcher and Chris White, defensive tackle Vince Taylor, guard Ryan Wendell, and defensive lineman Chris Jones. Quarterback Matt Flynn was also placed on the non-football injury list, which allows players to miss practice for, you guessed it, non-football reasons. While it sounds serious that these players are starting training camp injured, it’s far less serious than it appears. Players on the PUP list can practice immediately upon clearance from the medical staff, whenever they’re healthy enough to play. Flynn, who’s on the NFI list, can also be activated at any time, as well. (h/t Patriots)

    July 28, 2015 9:17 am

World News

  • Germany seeks Balkan migrant curbs

    The Pegida movement protested against asylum seekers in Dresden on Monday German officials are urging action to tackle a surge of asylum seekers from the Balkans, including reintroducing visas and declaring more of the migrants’ home countries to be “safe”. Pressure has grown in recent days after attacks on migrant hostels and a huge rise in asylum claims this year. In a Dresden suburb, the car of Michael Richter, a councillor who had been helping refugees, was blown up. There are calls now for Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro to be declared “safe”. Since Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia were declared “safe” in December, the rise in asylum seekers from those countries was only 23%, Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) said. However, the numbers from Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro had soared by 515%, the BAMF said. A “safe” classification makes it easier for the authorities to send back asylum seekers, because it is then …

    July 28, 2015 9:17 am


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe Is Engaged To Shawn Booth

    Posted on Tue Jul 28th, 2015 6:28am PDT       By X17 Staff Um, spoiler alert? But you had to have already heard about this by now… The season finale of The Bachelorette aired last night, and though it seemed to be down to the wire, Kaitlyn Bristowe ended up picking personal trainer Shawn Booth in the end. “I didn’t think I could be this happy,” Bristowe tells the new issue of People. “We have such an honest relationship. Every day I think, ‘I picked the right guy.’” Booth chimed in, “She just makes me feel different, something that I’ve never felt before. It’s what I’ve been looking for.” Awww! Bristowe had to choose between Booth and Nick Viall, and after rejecting Viall’s proposal and sending him home, she had a heart to heart with Booth. “I fall more and more in love with you every time I see you and I look at you and I see …

    July 28, 2015 8:37 am


  • 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

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