Headline News

  • Mass. authorities seek to ID toddler in ‘Baby Doe’ mystery


    A composite of a young girl found dead on a Massachusetts island is seen in this National Center for Missing and Exploited Children image. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) Investigators in Massachusetts are seeking the public’s help to solve a horrific mystery and identify a little girl whose body was found in a trash bag on the shoreline of a Boston Harbor island. Though her remains were discovered last week by a woman out walking her dog, no one has come forward to report a child missing. Related Image Expand / Contract This photograph shows leggings the child was wearing when she was found. They are white with black polka dots about an inch in diameter, size 4T, manufactured by “Circo.” (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office) A computer-generated composite image of the girl—dubbed “Baby Doe” –was created by the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Investigators believe the girl was about four years old. …

    July 4, 2015 1:25 am
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Politics

  • In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama’s administration was unexpectedly on the winning side in nearly all the close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in the term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. The run of victories ran counter to the administration’s recent mixed record. It lost major cases at the hands of the conservative-leaning court in the two previous terms. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Democratic administration’s top Supreme Court advocate, and his team of Justice Department lawyers successfully defended Obama’s signature healthcare law from a conservative legal challenge and argued on the winning side of the court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. They also successfully represented a Muslim woman who said she was denied a clothing retail sales job on religious grounds, and prevailed in a potentially fraught foreign policy question concerning the status of Jerusalem. The Obama administration had 28 wins and 20 losses out of 66 cases …

    July 4, 2015 1:24 am
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Stocks

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger looks to save ‘Terminator Genisys’ at box office


    Arnold Schwarzenegger once promised “I’ll be back” and with this weekend’s “Terminator Genisys” the actor returns the role that made him famous. “Genisys,” which opened Wednesday, is looking at a roughly $50 million projected debut over the five-day Fourth of July weekend, according to analysts. Much like the summer’s biggest movie, “Jurassic World,” the film looks to cash in on the nostalgia from the Terminator series, which has made $518.5 million in the U.S. since 1984 when “The Terminator” first came back through time, according to Rentrak (RENT). However, the fifth film in the series, “Genisys,” may need Schwarzenegger to save the day due to some bumpy buzz. Its trailer gave away one of the film’s twists (something that reportedly even the director wasn’t happy about), and it doesn’t help that it has a 25% rotten rating on reviews site “Rotten Tomatoes.” “It’s an example of a lot of things not clicking,” said Phil Contrino, …

    July 4, 2015 12:24 am
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Sports

  • Alex Rodriguez receives milestone ball as dispute with Yankees ends


    July 3, 2015: Zack Hample, left, presents New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez with the baseball on which Rodriguez got his 3,000th career hit during a news conference. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) The New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez finally received his 3,000th home run baseball Friday, when he and the organization settled its dispute over a marketing payment with a deal that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets Rodriguez his prized possession. When the Yankees and Rodriguez agreed to his mega 10-year, $275 million contract in December 2007, the team reached an agreement that would pay him $6 million for up to five milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights, such as A-Rod’s name and image to sell licensed goods. The first achievement he reached was hitting his 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. “I’m very happy, not only for what happened here with 3,000, …

    July 4, 2015 1:25 am
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World News

  • Shell to start Arctic oil drilling


    Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. Thirty ships left Dutch Harbor in Alaska on Thursday for the Arctic to support two initial exploratory wells. The company has already committed about $7bn (£4.5bn) to the controversial project, and is confident it will find huge quantities of oil in the region. But if the initial wells do not find oil, Shell will contemplate walking away from the region entirely. The US Department of the Interior gave the green light to Shell to commence Arctic oil exploration in May this year, and the Anglo-Dutch group clearly believes it will get the remaining necessary permits in the next week or two. The initial two wells will be in relatively shallow water of about 40 to 50m deep, off the coast of Alaska, and they will use conventional drilling techniques. The company should know whether these …

    July 4, 2015 1:25 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Subaru Outback


    The new Subaru Outback is unaccountably large – 4.8 metres long, 1.8 metres wide, 1.6 metres high – but low-slung; it looks much more estate than SUV. This, paradoxically, makes it seem even larger. One makes allowances in an SUV and expects to feel ridiculous. In a supersized estate, I was never prepared for how much I would always be sticking out, everywhere. Given its outlandish size, the Outback was strangely characterless. I drove to Bristol and parked in a hurry on some floor or other of a multistorey. When I returned, I couldn’t remember anything about it, not even its colour, which occupied some indeterminate, Welsh-weather-ish space between brown and grey. Luckily, I had parked in a way that nobody else would, which is how I was able to find it without having to wait until all the other cars had gone home. Going fast was a pleasure; the 2.0 turbo-diesel automatic features Subaru’s “lineartronic continuously …

    July 4, 2015 1:04 am
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Science

  • ‘Spectacular discovery’ of how memories are formed and learning takes place


    Related images(click to enlarge) Observations based on human brain studies Study reveals that the same brain neuron that fires for one image (Jennifer Aniston) would also fire instantly for another image (Eiffel Tower) if the volunteer had been shown an image of Jennifer Aniston at the Eiffel Tower This remarkable result shows that the neurons changed their firing properties at the exact moment the subjects formed the new memories It demonstrates that the neuron encodes the memory of the person as well as the place if they are both shown together. Therefore a memory has been formed of that person at that place ‘The discovery that individual neurons in the Medial Temporal Lobe, the brain’s main engine for memory formation, changed their firing to encode new associations even after one single presentation provides a plausible mechanism underlying the creation of new memories. The study suggests that the experience of learning can be traced back to …

    July 4, 2015 1:05 am
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Health

  • Overweight U.S. women need better pre-pregnancy counseling: study


    (Reuters Health) – Better care and counseling is needed to teach overweight women hoping to become pregnant about the health dangers of their excess weight and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, a new U.S. study concludes. “Overweight women trying to conceive largely misperceive their weight, which is concerning because they may not try to adopt healthier behaviors,” said study author Mahbubur Rahman of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. Those excess pounds can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure, which increase the chances of pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure and high protein in the urine), cesarean section, stillbirth or congenital abnormalities, lead author Dr. Abbey Berenson and her team write in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Recent research indicates that half of U.S. women of childbearing age are overweight, the researchers note. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in …

    July 4, 2015 1:24 am
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Entertainment

  • New report about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospice bed pics will disgust you


    More: Bobbi Kristina Brown’s aunt unleashes her wrath over the Houstons’ ‘lies’ Someone is allegedly trying to make money from Bobbi Kristina’s tragic situation. According to TMZ, it has been approached by someone who is shopping a photo of Whitney Houston’s daughter lying on her bed at a hospice facility just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. TMZ passed on the photo, and rightfully so, because it would have been incredibly disrespectful to publish that image, which reportedly shows a female family member “hovering” over Bobbi Kristina while she lies on her bed. But the report just gets even more shocking because apparently the person who is trying to sell the picture is “an extended family member.” More: Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family now has to deal with an ill-timed lawsuit TMZ had enough ethics to say no to the photo, but apparently it is being shopped around to multiple websites and magazines, and there is some interest. …

    July 4, 2015 12:44 am
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Editorial

  • What makes me proud to be an American: Thoughts on the Fourth of July


    Editor’s note: The following commentary adapted is from Fox News co-host Dana Perino’s  Proud American/Independence Day speech at Patriots Point Naval Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on July 4. My fellow Americans – welcome to the best Fourth of July celebration in the United States of America. There is no place I’d rather be than with you here at Patriots Point as we remember that on this day in 1776 our nation adopted the Declaration of Independence. Upon their signatures began the great experiment to create the most wonderful and free country the world has ever known.  As a nation and as individuals, we are not perfect – in both our distant and most recent past, we have been humbled…we have been brought to our knees in grief…we have marveled at the healing power of forgiveness…and so, we keep trying to improve, to be better, and to meet the challenge of protecting the …

    July 4, 2015 1:25 am
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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