Headline News

  • Adolescent stow-away found dead on U.S. military plane


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has found the body of an adolescent male trapped in a compartment above the landing gear of a C-130 aircraft following a trip to Africa, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the body was found at Ramstein Air Base in Germany during a routine post-flight maintenance inspection on Sunday. The plane traveled from Germany to Senegal, Mali, Chad, Tunisia and Sicily before landing in Ramstein on a trip that lasted just over a week. “At this point, it is unknown where or when the deceased entered the landing gear wheel well,” Kirby said, describing the apparent stow-away as “an adolescent black male, possibly of African origin.” As concerns swell over an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in several African countries, the military also confirmed that the body was tested for communicable diseases. Those tests came up negative. “The cause of death, as well as the other …

    July 29, 2014 2:58 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, pinning Washington’s hopes on the former Procter Gamble Co chief executive to launch a massive turnaround effort at the troubled agency. McDonald, 61, replaces former Army general Eric Shinseki, who resigned in late May amid a scandal over cover-ups of long waiting times for health care appointments at VA hospitals and clinics across the country. The 97-0 vote to confirm McDonald comes a week after he pledged to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the agency, refocusing its 341,000 employees on serving veterans. McDonald, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who served as PG CEO from 2009 to 2013, is widely expected to start his new job with an extra $17 billion at his disposal to reduce months-long health care wait times in new legislation slated for passage by Congress this week. The …

    July 29, 2014 3:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Sorry Bill, Herbalife’s woes aren’t about you


      Herbalife shares fell more than 10% Tuesday. That’s good news for short-seller Bill Ackman, but the market seems more concerned about the company’s fundamentals than they are about whether Herbalife is a pyramid scheme. The company reported earnings late Monday that fell short of analysts’ expectations. Herbalife has reported record results for the past 19 quarters. So it’s understandable why the stock is down. Even CEO Michael Johnson said so. “There’s been some interesting reaction to these numbers,” Johnson said in a conference call with analysts. “We may have conditioned the markets for big beats,” he said. But Johnson and other Herbalife executives did not mention Ackman during the call. Analysts did not ask about him either. Johnson tried to accentuate the positive. He said results surpassed the company’s own expectations. Looking ahead, Johnson said he’s “incredibly confident” that the “mega trends,” such as the obesity epidemic in the United States, will continue to …

    July 29, 2014 1:57 pm
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Sports

  • Kumbaya: Camp filled with confidence for Rex, Jets, and they’re not backing down


    CORTLAND, N.Y. –  Rex Ryan likes the outward confidence his New York Jets players are showing in training camp, saying it’s “a good sign” for his team. Ryan has always been known to make bold proclamations since becoming coach in 2009. While he has toned down some of the bravado in recent seasons, his players have stepped in for him. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Second-year cornerback Dee Milliner recently declared that he believes he’s the NFL’s top cornerback, and linebacker Calvin Pace said the Jets have the league’s best defense. Geno Smith also said he thinks he can become a top-five quarterback. Ryan says Tuesday that his team might “get a few bullets shot at you when you take this approach,” but adds that the Jets “are not running from it. We’re running into it.” ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 29, 2014 2:57 pm
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World News

  • New Hampshire man held on $1m bail in kidnapping of 15-year-old girl


    A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1m bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom. Abigail Hernandez disappeared after leaving her high school in October and returned home last week. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested Monday without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where Hernandez lives. He’s charged with felony kidnapping, a charge that carries up to seven years in jail if convicted. Police said Kibby, 34, confined Abigail, then 14, on 9 October, sometime after she left Kennett High School to walk to her North Conway home. Abigail, who turned 15 a week after she disappeared, returned home the night of 20 July, but authorities have not explained the circumstances of her disappearance or return. Kibby was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held on $1m cash bail. The only time he spoke was to answer, “Yes …

    July 29, 2014 2:57 pm
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Technology

  • Bubblews Will Give You a Penny for Your Thoughts


    Bubblews, a social media platform that offers to pay users for their posts, last week moved out of its testing phase, which began in 2012. It emerged with a new look designed to attract users who might be dissatisfied with other social media offerings. Bubblews is attempting to build a self-sustaining ecosystem in which users who create engaging posts are paid for their work. It prides itself on being different from Facebook and Twitter, both of which compensate only their relatively small groups of company employees. Bubblews users can create, like and comment on “bubbles” — that is, posts. Users are allowed to publish as many as 10 posts in 24 hours. They receive compensation through an advertisement revenue-share system, based on the interactions — views, likes, coments — their posts spark. Users are prompted to enter their PayPal information when their earnings reach the US$50 mark. They can expect to receive payment within 30 …

    July 29, 2014 3:18 pm
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Science

  • Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for University Position


    [image-36] After almost two decades with NASA, including two space shuttle missions, astronaut Mike Massimino left the space agency Monday for a full-time position with Columbia University in New York. Massimino’s experience at NASA includes two shuttle missions to service the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope. During the final servicing mission, STS-125 in 2009, Massimino became the first astronaut to tweet from space, which led to a significant social media following. “Mike has played a significant role within the astronaut office in his time here,” said Bob Behnken, Chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “His technical expertise was extremely helpful in the many roles he fulfilled, not the least of which was his part in the successful Hubble servicing missions.” “Mike embraced the opportunity to engage with the public in new ways and set the stage for more space explorers to be able to share their mission experience directly with …

    July 29, 2014 3:40 pm
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Health

  • Hungarian competition watchdog probes Sanofi subsidiary


    BUDAPEST/PARIS (Reuters) – Hungary’s competition watchdog GVH has raided the Hungarian headquarters of French drug maker Sanofi as the first step of proceedings against the firm for suspected abuse of its dominant market position. A Sanofi spokeswoman confirmed that the Hungarian watchdog had searched the company’s offices on July 22. She said the group is “fully cooperating” with the regulator’s procedure, which concerns the conclusion of wholesale trade contracts. “The company is confident that it has at all times complied with all applicable laws and regulations,” she said. The watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday it had launched the probe after Sanofi, which sells several drugs in Hungary, refused to sign a contract with a drug wholesale company. “The suspicion arose that Sanofi-Aventis… applies a practice in choosing its drug wholesale partners in which the selection is not based on the expected real economic efficiency of the link, while putting certain groups of market …

    July 29, 2014 3:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kendall And Kylie Jenner Party Down With Chris Brown


    Posted on Tue Jul 29th, 2014 11:45am PDT Oh look Kylie and Kendall Jenner are making new friends! Apparently the reality star sisters can now count bad boy Chris Brown as one of their buds. The 18-year-old and 16-year-old were chillin’ and illin’ with the 25-year-old rapper at a wild house party over the weekend. Umm we wonder if Mama Bear Jenner knows just who were youngest ones are consorting with? (Of course she does, those girls don’t breathe without their mother’s say so — Kris Jenner was probably the one taking the pictures and uploading them on Instagram.) In the pics, the girls seem cozied up with Chris, who was recently released from jail, as he showed off his grillz. The house party looks like some it was a boisterous affair — Chris certainly seemed like he was enjoying flicking off the camera. The Jenner girls also partied down with rapper Trey Songz, who …

    July 29, 2014 1:57 pm
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Editorial

  • Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims


    Ammar al-Hakim, right, the leader of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, take part in the Eid al-Fitr prayer in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr holiday marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues. “This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little …

    July 29, 2014 3:18 pm
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Odd News

  • More mysterious craters found in Russia’s remote Siberia region


    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia’s Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported. The Siberian Times, an English-language newspaper, published pictures of two new giant holes discovered by reindeer herders, one located in the Yamal and the other in the Taymyr peninsula, both above the Arctic circle. The paper said that theories of their origin range from meteorites or stray missiles to aliens or an underground gas explosion. The report could not be confirmed independently. Russian state TV reported earlier this month that a giant hole had appeared in the gas-rich Yamal peninsula where temperatures plummet below -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun barely rises in winter. A Russian scientific expedition arrived at the site to inspect the first crater, nicknamed the “Yamal black hole”, earlier this month, according to a recent report …

    July 29, 2014 3:39 pm
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