• Fathers do not always know best at Indy 500

    INDIANAPOLIS At the Indianapolis 500 it is not always a case of father knows best, not even when those fathers are two American motorsports greats. Graham Rahal, the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby...
  • Confederate flag-burning events spark outrage

    Confederate flag-burning events spark outrage

    July 1, 2003: Wearing a Confederate uniform and the Stars and Bars of theConfederacy, H.K. Edgerton of Ashville, North Carolina stands beside astatue of former Sen. Strom Thurmond outside the state house in Columbia, South...
  • Is Liberty Global stalking Vodafone?

    Is Liberty Global stalking Vodafone?

    Vodafone shares have surged this week based on takeover talk. Shares in British telecoms group Vodafone have surged by roughly 11% in London in the past three days as investors get excited by takeover talk....
  • Polish voters to decide on president

    Mr Duda (right) edged Mr Komorowski in the first round of voting Poland will go to the polls on Sunday to choose its new president in a run-off vote. In the first round on 10...
  • U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

    CHICAGO/NEW YORK As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps – importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman...
  • Senate approves Obama’s global trade bill

    Senate approves Obama’s global trade bill

    Rice bound for Japan is loaded aboard a ship at the Port of Sacramento(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand...
  • Braves best Brewers in 11 innings

    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jace Peterson’s two-out single in the 11th inning drove in the deciding run and lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers. Peterson’s clutch hit off Brandon...

Headline News

  • Confederate flag-burning events spark outrage


    July 1, 2003: Wearing a Confederate uniform and the Stars and Bars of theConfederacy, H.K. Edgerton of Ashville, North Carolina stands beside astatue of former Sen. Strom Thurmond outside the state house in Columbia, South Carolina. (Reuters) A conceptual-art project that includes plans to burn and bury Confederate flags in 13 mostly Southern states on Memorial Day has drawn the ire of groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans that consider the events disrespectful and divisive. The planned flag burnings and burials also raised concern that such a public and symbolic act would fall short of the artist’s stated goal to simply retire the flag as a “symbol of terror” and would instead serve to aggravate tensions. The controversy is the latest in a long string of flare-ups over the flag and highlights how fraught a symbol it remains 150 years after the Civil War ended. While some denounce the flag as an emblem …

    May 23, 2015 9:28 pm
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Politics

  • Senate approves Obama’s global trade bill


    Rice bound for Japan is loaded aboard a ship at the Port of Sacramento(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate’s 44 Democrats backed a president of their own party on legislation near the top of his second-term agenda. Obama hailed the vote in a statement that said trade deals “done right” are important to “expanding opportunities for the middle class, leveling the playing field for American workers and establishing rules for the global economy that help our businesses grow and hire.” Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror …

    May 23, 2015 8:27 pm
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Stocks

  • Is Liberty Global stalking Vodafone?


    Vodafone shares have surged this week based on takeover talk. Shares in British telecoms group Vodafone have surged by roughly 11% in London in the past three days as investors get excited by takeover talk. Media mogul John Malone told Bloomberg earlier this week a tie-up between Vodafone (VOD) and his cable company, Liberty Global, would be a “great fit.” Neither company would comment on the speculation but analysts said a merger could work. Vodafone shares gained 4.9% on Friday, taking the stock to a 14-year high and helping London’s FTSE100 index to outperform other European indexes. Related: Tech merger rumor mill out of control “A potentially integrated Vodafone-Liberty Global could be well placed to leverage investments and drive higher growth and returns,” Barclays analysts said in a research note. They said the deal could lead to $20 billion of potential synergies. Vodafone is the world’s second largest provider of mobile phone services. The U.K.-based …

    May 23, 2015 9:27 pm
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Sports

  • Fathers do not always know best at Indy 500


    INDIANAPOLIS At the Indianapolis 500 it is not always a case of father knows best, not even when those fathers are two American motorsports greats. Graham Rahal, the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, and Macro Andretti, whose father Michael won 42 Indycar races, both work in the family businesses and will be on the starting grid Sunday at the Brickyard. Now retired and operating successful IndyCar teams – Andretti Autosport and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – Michael Andretti and Bobby Rahal, like many parents, have at times had issues communicating with their kids. Delivering fatherly advice through a headset while their sons speed around an oval at over 225 mph has not always been welcomed, the messages sometimes conveyed in a forceful not so subtle fashion. This year Bobby Rahal has stepped back from pit wall and allowed other team members to talk strategy with Graham while Marco and Michael are once …

    May 23, 2015 9:28 pm
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World News

  • Polish voters to decide on president


    Mr Duda (right) edged Mr Komorowski in the first round of voting Poland will go to the polls on Sunday to choose its new president in a run-off vote. In the first round on 10 May, neither Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda nor incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski gained the 50% needed to win outright. Mr Duda edged Mr Komorowski, who had been the favourite and is looking for a second term, by 34.7% to 33.7%. The president has limited powers, but is head of the armed forces and can veto new laws. ‘Serious warning’ Mr Komorowski, 62, took office five years ago after his predecessor, Lech Kaczynski, died in a plane crash. Analysis: BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw The choice is between two conservatives albeit with some differences. President Komorowski says he is the stable candidate who can steer Poland safely through troubled times caused by the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine. A firm supporter of the EU …

    May 23, 2015 8:48 pm
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Technology

  • Chris Pratt goes on Facebook to apologize in advance for ‘Jurassic World’ press tour


    How thoughtful to apologize in advance. CBRTrailers/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET So tell me, what was your character’s motivation in running away from that vast dinosaur? It’s questions such as that which drive actors demented. Well, more demented than they already are. When they’re in a blockbuster movie, they must tour the world and answer the same questions time and again. Being American, they are unlikely to answer them in a foreign language, which makes the experience all the more numbing — both for them and for readers. Why, Robert Downey Jr. found himself out of iron when a British journalist tried to be creative and asked him, during an “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” interview, about his relationship with his father. He walked out. All hail, then, Chris Pratt. He’s in the new “Jurassic World” movie. He knows that on his press tour he might say silly, politically incorrect, marginally nauseating things. So he took …

    May 23, 2015 7:47 pm
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Science

  • Top 10 Most Fascinating New Species Unveiled


    On May 23, 1707, a child was born in the Swedish countryside who would go on to alter the course of science forever. Carl Linnaeus is considered the father of modern taxonomy. He created the modern naming system for organisms, known as binomial nomenclature, which prescribes how scientists recognize and classify new organisms. In honor of Linnaeus’s upcoming birthday, the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry published a list on May 21 of the top 10 new species discovered in 2014. The IISE has published such a list annually since 2008 as a part of a larger initiative to document the estimated 10 million species that remain undiscovered. Scientists name approximately 18,000 new species every year; the public never hears about most of them. To assemble their top 10, IISE researchers scour primary and secondary sources throughout the year to identify species …

    May 23, 2015 8:08 pm
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Health

  • U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures


    CHICAGO/NEW YORK As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps – importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing and commodities company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. With a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad. “The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we’ve always been a very low-cost producer,” said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company. “Now, that’s no longer the case.” The United States is grappling with its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the culling of 40 million birds. The virus has been confirmed on commercial farms and backyard flocks …

    May 23, 2015 8:27 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mama June to TLC: Cancel 19 Kids and Counting or else


    As the walls all begin to fall around the Duggars’ empire in the wake of Josh Duggar’s child molestation allegations, one former TLC star is already pointing out the network’s obvious and blatant double standard. While news reports were breaking, and the story of Josh Duggar’s molestation allegations were going viral on the internet, TLC was busy airing a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting. Now, I admittedly don’t know how television programming works, but I have to believe that someone could have pulled the plug on that airing. It is clearly in bad taste to be showing it when such terrible things are being alleged against one of the major cast members, implicating his parents and being against some of his sisters. All of it is just terrible if true. More: Josh Duggar Scandal: Jim Bob kept the sex offenses secret for over a year And Twitter picked up on it right away. Is …

    May 23, 2015 6:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Visiting the troops with Aaron Tippin in Iraq: My proudest moment as an American military veteran


    Like all veterans, my memories are filled this Memorial Day with endless instances of pride at being able to serve this great country of ours – pride at being an American and even more pride at having been able to wear the uniform. Of my many memories, over 60 years’ worth, none is more striking than that of a dusty afternoon in 2008 in a bombed out building in Sadr City, Baghdad.  It wasn’t about my own service.  It was about someone else’s. I was accompanying my friend Aaron Tippin, a country music legend, as he visited and entertained troops during the Thanksgiving season.  It was an annual event for him during the war and I was often fortunate enough to accompany him.  On this particular afternoon, at one of many stops, we were at a Forward Operating Base with a battalion of the storied 82nd Airborne Division. The scene was literally out of a …

    May 23, 2015 4:46 pm
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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