Headline News

  • Cosby gave woman drugs before sex


    The comedian is best known as Dr Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show in 1984-92 US comedian Bill Cosby admitted he obtained sedatives with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, court papers from 2005 show. The unsealed files, obtained by the Associated Press news agency, show Mr Cosby made the admission in a sex abuse civil case brought by a woman. That case was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006. Mr Cosby, now 77, is facing a series of sexual assault accusations dating back decades. He has denied the claims. Mr Cosby has never been criminally charged. The documents came to light after the AP went to court to compel the release of the documents. Mr Cosby’s lawyers tried to stop the release of the papers, arguing it would embarrass their client and reveal personal information. ‘I gave her Quaaludes. Then we have sex’ Mr Cosby admitted …

    July 7, 2015 5:56 am
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Politics

  • Republican White House contender Rubio to deliver economic speech


    CHICAGO Presidential candidate Marco Rubio will deliver an economic speech in Chicago on Tuesday with the goal of separating himself from the packed field of Republican candidates and kick-starting his campaign into a more active, visible phase. Rubio, a senator from Florida, has spent much of the last several weeks either bogged down in a U.S. Senate preoccupied with a Pacific Rim trade deal or out of the public eye raising money. But after his Chicago speech, Rubio will visit Iowa and then Nevada, both of which hold key nominating contests early next year. His campaign says to expect further travel, likely to New Hampshire. With his Cuban-American background, youth and compelling biography, Rubio, 44, has long been viewed by campaign analysts as one candidate in the ever-growing field of 14 who could break out from the pack. As yet, however, there is little sign of that. State polls in early primary states, save for …

    July 7, 2015 2:14 am
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Stocks

  • ESPN moves golf tournament from Trump course


    ESPN became the latest company on Monday to distance itself from Donald Trump, the billionaire Republican presidential candidate who kicked off his White House bid last month with inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants. The sports media empire opted to re-locate its upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club. The tournament, which is scheduled for July 14, will now be held at Pelican Hill Golf Club in the Los Angeles area. In a statement, ESPN noted that the event will benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, a program that honors the late “SportsCenter” anchor by “providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanic and African Americans.” “Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans,” the statement said. “Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.” A Trump spokesperson did not immediately …

    July 7, 2015 5:15 am
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Sports

  • The Latest: Wimbledon pauses for minute’s silence to remember victims of 2005 London bombings


    The top of a military steward’s hat in view, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) (The Associated Press) LONDON –  The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 11:35 a.m. Before play got started at Wimbledon on Tuesday, the All England Club took a moment to remember the victims of the 2005 London bombings on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The club paused for a minute’s silence at 11:30 a.m., with play on the outside courts not starting until 11:45 a.m. Kevin Anderson, who will resume his fourth-round match against top-seeded Novak Djokovic at about 1 p.m., stopped practicing for a short time to mark the commemoration. On July 7, 2005, several suicide bombings killed 52 people on the London transport network.

    July 7, 2015 5:57 am
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World News

  • France pushes for Greek bailout deal


    For Greek citizens, another day of queuing at the bank for a restricted sum of cash France will do all it can to keep Greece in the eurozone, because allowing it to leave would be too risky, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. “The basis for a deal exists,” he said ahead of an emergency eurozone summit. However, Germany has warned against any unconditional debt write-off. Eurozone ministers have called on Greece to put forward fresh proposals after Greek voters rejected the latest draft bailout deal in a referendum. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met Greek political party leaders on Monday and headed to Brussels on Tuesday morning, where he is expected to present new proposals. Follow the latest updates His plan is said to include a demand for Greece’s vast €323bn ($356bn; £228bn) debt to be cut by up to 30%. Greece’s teetering banks are to stay closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The European …

    July 7, 2015 5:57 am
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Technology

  • Hacking Team advises customers to stop using its tools after massive leak


    Hacking Team, the cybersecurity firm which saw 400GB of private data published on Sunday night in a humiliating hack, has been forced to advise customers to stop using its software while it assesses the damage caused by the leak. A spokesman for the company recommended that clients, who are largely law enforcement and national security agencies who use Hacking Team to provide surveillance capabilities, suspend their operations while the company determines what has been exposed. “We would expect this to be a relatively short suspension of service,” the spokesman told Reuters. He also confirmed the breach, saying: “Law enforcement will investigate the illegal taking of proprietary company property.” The massive data dump obtained a number of awkward files for the firm, apparently showing that Hacking Team sold its hacking tools to repressive regimes such as Sudan and Bahrain – despite denials from the firm that it dealt with such nations. But the data dump also …

    July 7, 2015 5:55 am
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Science

  • Graphene coating boosts battery performance


    Extra charge: graphene and silicon can increase battery capacity The capacity of a lithium-ion battery can be nearly doubled by using an anode made from tiny nanoparticles of silicon wrapped in several layers of graphene. Researchers from South Korea – including electronics giant Samsung – have found that the graphene coating boosts the electrical conductivity of the particles and stops them from being damaged as their volume expands when the battery is charged. The scientists describe their work as “a meaningful step” towards the development of commercial batteries with silicon anodes. Ubiquitous in portable electronics, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries consist of two electrodes – anode and cathode – separated by an electrolyte. When the battery is being charged with electrical energy, lithium ions move from the cathode through the electrolyte to the anode, where they are absorbed into the bulk of the anode material. Expansion and contraction When the battery is discharged, lithium ions come out …

    July 7, 2015 5:56 am
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Health

  • After coal, can better health save West Virginia?


    WILLIAMSON, WV With coal trains chugging past in the distance, Jack Perry watches as his wife, Margie, plants row upon row of Hungarian pepper seedlings in the community garden that residents of this West Virginia coal town call the “Garden of Eatin’.”     “The peppers they sell at the stores don’t taste anything like this,” says Perry, a retired coal worker. His grandfather brought over the original batch of seeds in the early 1900s when he arrived from Hungary to work in southern West Virginia’s mines.     The coal industry that sustained those generations is on life support in Williamson and surrounding Mingo County, battered by exhausted mines and competition from natural gas. Williamson’s faded sign welcoming drivers to “the heart of the billion dollar coal field” now competes with billboards for weight loss and pain clinics, and the main street is lined with empty storefronts and pawn shops. Unlike their neighbors in Kentucky, where there have …

    July 7, 2015 2:14 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry and John Mayer made their own fireworks this weekend


    The former couple seems to have reunited again and was spotted shaking their bones at the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary farewell concert series in Chicago over the weekend. “They were backstage being super sweet together — but not standing too close — in a big group of friends,” a witness told People. “Someone handed her a tie-dyed rose. Katy was extremely polite, gracious and friendly.” But if that sounds super innocuous to you, never fear — because someone actually got a pic of the pair in what could only be described as an amorous moment. At least for Katy, anyway. More: Katy Perry shows off serious side-boob for new endorsement (PHOTO) Katy Perry, John Mayer–Baby, You’re My Fireworks! http://t.co/V7lUFrS8Mp pic.twitter.com/cH0ZkMsHFr — TMZ (@TMZ) July 6, 2015 More: Katy Perry’s sunflower costume received harsh criticism in China (PHOTO)  Perry hasn’t commented on the recoupling, but she did post a pic of those tie-dyed roses on her …

    July 7, 2015 5:35 am
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Editorial

  • Could Bernie Sanders knock Queen Hillary off the 2016 throne?


    Trying to create a presidential persona and a rationale for running, Hillary Clinton relaunched her campaign at a memorial to FDR. She used the glorious setting of Four Freedoms Park to summon Roosevelt’s legacy and frame her theme as “Four Fights.” She also invoked her husband and President Obama, as if piggy-backing on presidents would define her. Perhaps it will work, but her predicament recalls a Dem president she didn’t mention: Lyndon Baines Johnson. The similarities must scare her. Related Image Expand / Contract Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) LBJ looked certain to be re-elected in 1968, until a Minnesota senator with a penchant for poetry named Eugene McCarthy shocked the world by getting 42 percent in the New Hampshire primary, against Johnson’s 49 percent. Less than three weeks later, the president …

    July 7, 2015 2:14 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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