• Musk aims to save world from evil AI

    Musk aims to save world from evil AI

    The Future of Life Institute said films such as Terminator “distracted” from the real issues facing AI. The Future of Life Institute has announced it will use a $10m (£6m) donation from billionaire entrepreneur Elon...
  • 5 steps for Greece to return to the drachma

    5 steps for Greece to return to the drachma

    The Greek economy has nearly run out of cash and experts say the country could soon be forced to print its own currency. Many predict the country will have to re-introduce drachmas, which would see...
  • Iran talks to continue past deadline

    Iran talks to continue past deadline

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said several issues still needed to be resolved Talks between world powers and Iran on a comprehensive nuclear agreement will continue past Tuesday’s deadline, the EU’s foreign policy chief...
  • What Evangelicals should do now

    In the matter of the “culture wars,” evangelical Christians are asking, “what do we do now?” The question is being raised in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down state laws reserving marriage...

Headline News

  • U.S. military jet, small plane collide, crash in South Carolina: media


    A military aircraft and a small plane collided over South Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday. The collision involved an F-16 fighter aircraft and a Cessna C-150, the FAA said in a statement. It occurred about 11 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina. The agency said the crash occurred about 11 a.m. No additional information was immediately released. (Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Bill Trott)

    July 7, 2015 11:38 am
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Politics

  • South Carolina Senate passes bill to banish Confederate flag from statehouse


    CHARLESTON, S.C. The South Carolina Senate passed legislation on Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the statehouse grounds and has long been denounced by critics as a symbol of slavery. The bill passed a third and final reading by a 36-3 vote in the state Senate and will now be taken up by the lower House of Representatives. The political discussion comes after numerous elected officials, including Republican Governor Nikki Haley, called for the flag’s removal after the June 17 massacre of nine African-American churchgoers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston. (Reporting by Harriet McLeod in Charleston; Writing by David Adams; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    July 7, 2015 10:17 am
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Stocks

  • 5 steps for Greece to return to the drachma


    The Greek economy has nearly run out of cash and experts say the country could soon be forced to print its own currency. Many predict the country will have to re-introduce drachmas, which would see it go back to the old currency it used before switching to the euro. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how this might work: 1. Start printing IOUs If the government and banks run out of euros, it’s possible the government may begin printing IOUs to pay state employees and pensioners. Wolfango Piccoli, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, predicts that Greece may have to issue around 500 million euros worth of IOUs next week to pay public sector salaries, if Greece is unable to secure more financing from European creditors. These IOUs could be used as an alternate form of cash, though they wouldn’t be as easy to use. 2. Introduce new digital drachmas The government and banks could work together …

    July 7, 2015 11:17 am
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Sports

  • Trump says he, PGA of America agree to move golf event from Trump course


    WASHINGTON Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s organization said on Tuesday that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against illegal immigrants from Mexico. A statement issued from Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, said Trump met on Monday with representatives from the PGA of America and they agreed “it is in everyone’s best interest not to conduct the 2015 Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles in October.” “Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf,” Hicks said. The decision to move the Grand Slam of Golf event, …

    July 7, 2015 11:38 am
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World News

  • Musk aims to save world from evil AI


    The Future of Life Institute said films such as Terminator “distracted” from the real issues facing AI. The Future of Life Institute has announced it will use a $10m (£6m) donation from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk to fund 37 research projects dedicated to keeping AI “beneficial”. The projects include $136,000 for a study of artificial intelligence weapons and how to keep them under “meaningful human control”. There is also a further $1.5m earmarked for an AI research centre. Additional funding has come from the Open Philanthropy Project. The centre would be run by Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK. “There are reasons to believe that unregulated and unconstrained development could incur significant dangers, both from “bad actors” like irresponsible governments and from the unprecedented capability of the technology itself,” said Oxford University’s Nick Bostrom. “The centre will focus explicitly on the long-term impacts of AI, the strategic implications of powerful AI systems as they …

    July 7, 2015 11:38 am
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Technology

  • YouTube gamer PewDiePie ‘earns $7m’


    YouTube’s most popular star earned $7m (£4.5m) in 2014, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen. Felix Kjellberg, 25, known to fans as PewDiePie, records himself playing video games and uploads his reactions online. He has 37 million followers on the video-sharing website – more than One Direction and Taylor Swift. “He appeals to an attractive demographic of teens and young adults,” said Ian Maude, from Enders Analysis. “It’s strange to imagine that somebody can earn so much from YouTube, but the equivalent of half the UK is watching his videos,” he said. Mr Kjellberg’s latest video, in which he plays online game called Agario, has clocked up 1.5 million views in 18 hours. Expressen looked at dividends paid by Mr Kjellberg’s companies to work out how much he had earned. In July 2014, Mr Kjellberg confirmed to an audience on Reddit that he had earned “roughly” $4m in 2013. More than 37 million people follow PewDiePie …

    July 7, 2015 9:57 am
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Science

  • New Shark Week Film Shows Rarely-Seen Sharks of Cuba


    July’s lineup of Shark Week documentaries features an exploration of the toothy fish in the waters off Cuba, a relatively unstudied hotspot of shark biodiversity. The area has only recently been opened to a wide community of scientists because of a thaw in U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations. “Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba,” to be aired July 7 at 10 P.M. on the Discovery Channel, follows a joint team of U.S. and Cuban marine biologists. “Viewers will get to experience all our on-water and in-water activities with sharks, hear the scientists talk about the excitement of our collaboration and feel the drama as we work through challenges to accomplish our goals,” says Bob Hueter, a marine biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory, who appears in “Tiburones.” One of those goals is to protect the more than 100 species of sharks in the area from overfishing. “Fishing in Cuba is an important source of income, supports remote coastal communities …

    July 7, 2015 9:57 am
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Health

  • Wide Variations Seen in U.S. Stroke Care


    TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ odds of receiving a drug that can halt strokes in progress may vary widely depending on their ZIP codes, a new study finds. Experts said the findings, reported in the July issue of the journal Stroke, help verify what everyone has suspected: There are disparities in emergency stroke care across the United States, specifically in the use of a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. And the magnitude of the disparities was “striking,” said senior researcher Dr. James Burke, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 20 percent of hospital markets, not a single stroke patient received tPA over four years, Burke’s team found. In others, up to 14 percent of stroke patients received the drug. The big question is: Why? “We really don’t know what’s driving this,” Burke said. The hospital markets that most often gave tPA were scattered across the country, …

    July 7, 2015 10:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Celebs Are Outraged Over Bill Cosby’s Admission He Got Quaaludes To Give Women For Sex


    If you ever believed that Bill Cosby didn’t drug and rape dozens of women — you should probably think again. Yesterday, the Internet went wild when Associated Press released a 2005 testimony in which from the former Cosby Show star admitted that he obtained Quaaludes and other sedatives in order to give them to women he wanted to have sex with. The findings come after the AP went to court to “compel the release of the documents.” Cosby’s lawyers attempted to keep the documents sealed because they believed releasing the information would embarrass their client, the AP reports. Unfortunately for Cosby the new organization won, and the documents have sent a ripple through the Internet when they revealed that in 2005, the actor testified under oath to giving three half-pills of Benadryl to the former Temple University employee who filed the lawsuit. Amazingly enough, Cosby remained on the school’s board of trustees until he resigning …

    July 7, 2015 9:37 am
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Editorial

  • What Evangelicals should do now


    In the matter of the “culture wars,” evangelical Christians are asking, “what do we do now?” The question is being raised in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down state laws reserving marriage for heterosexual couples. The “culture wars,” while well-intentioned, were a mistake from the beginning. Evangelical Christians, whose Leader said, “My Kingdom is not of this world,” thought they could organize people of like mind and like faith and create a voting bloc to elect people who would impose something resembling that other kingdom on people who do not see themselves as members of that kingdom. Given the number of politicians who seem to have difficulty imposing a moral code of any sort on themselves, such a strategy was doomed from the start. Why didn’t they learn from previous “moral improvement” movements that if one wants to change culture, one must first change individuals? For evangelical Christians that can only be …

    July 7, 2015 10:17 am
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Odd News

  • Sex on a Florida beach leads to two-and-a-half years prison time


    TAMPA, Fla. A man convicted of having sex on a public beach in Florida in front of a child was sentenced on Monday to 2-1/2 years in prison, a state prosecutor said. Jose Caballero, 40, was arrested in Bradenton Beach in west central Florida last July after other beachgoers complained that he was fondling and starting to have sexual intercourse with a woman on the beach in the middle of the afternoon. A 4-year-old child saw the activity, which was videotaped by a witness, a police report said. When her mother asked him to stop, Caballero responded confrontationally, which factored into the sentence requested, said Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca. “His judgment was pretty poor,” Dafonseca said. Caballero, who previously served about eight years in prison for cocaine trafficking, faced as much as 15 years in prison. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. Both he and the woman involved, 21-year-old Elissa Alvarez, …

    July 7, 2015 5:55 am
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