Headline News

  • Signed ticket from Lou Gehrig’s last game nets $95,600


    In this undated file photo provided by Heritage Auctions, a Yankee Stadium ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939, the day he retired from baseball, is shown.AP/Heritage Auctions NEW YORK –  A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375. The July 4, 1939, ticket and the 1971 Fight of the Century gloves were among the highlights from Heritage Auctions’ sale at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Gehrig’s 1924 rookie year contract sold for $358,500. A 1927 New York Yankees signed baseball sold for $143,400, and Babe Ruth’s 702nd home run ball sold for $191,200. The auction house said more than 60,000 tickets were sold to Gehrig’s last game, at Yankee Stadium in New York. …

    July 31, 2014 11:43 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama’s choice of John Tefft to be the next American ambassador to Russia, filling a post that had been vacant since February. Tefft is a former envy to Ukraine under Obama, and to Georgia and Lithuania under Republican President George W. Bush.     Tefft will go to Moscow as U.S.-Russia ties are severely strained over Washington’s sanctions on Russia due to its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Dozens of Obama’s nominees to be ambassadors have been held up for months by bitter partisan fighting in the U.S. Senate. Obama only nominated Tefft earlier this month. But both Republicans and Democrats said the dire state of U.S. relations with Russia made it imperative to let Tefft jump the queue so he could head to Moscow as quickly as possible. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate carried out his confirmation hearing, committee …

    August 1, 2014 12:24 am
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Stocks

  • 3 things Malaysia Airlines must do to survive


      Malaysia Airlines was in big financial trouble before the twin disasters of Flight 370 and Flight 17 claimed the lives of 537 people. With its reputation now severely damaged, executives are grappling with tough questions about the future of the airline. Should the name be changed? Should the business go private? Can the airline even survive? “I don’t think they’ve ever gone through this type of situation in the past,” Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, the former CEO of Malaysia Airlines, told CNN. “The business model definitely needs to be changed.” Here are three things management must do to rescue Malaysia Airlines: Restructure the business: Even before Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, the airline’s majority owners were working on a wide-ranging review of its business. It hadn’t turned a profit in years, efforts to compete with low-cost carriers had failed, and the need for yet another government bailout was growing. These are …

    July 31, 2014 11:02 pm
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Sports

  • Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic reach Bank of the West quarterfinals


    Venus Williams returns the ball to Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, during the first set of their match in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)The Associated Press Venus Williams celebrates after beating Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, 6-4, 7-6(1) in their match in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)The Associated Press Venus Williams reacts after losing a point to Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, during the second set of their match in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Williams won 6-4, 7-6(1). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)The Associated Press Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, reacts after losing a point to Venus Williams during the second set of their match in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Williams won 6-4, …

    July 31, 2014 11:43 pm
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World News

  • Israel and Hamas truce under way


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 06:07 News of the latest ceasefire comes nearly a month into Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo. Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, more than 1,420 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, health officials say. Sixty-one Israeli soldiers have died, as well two Israeli civilians and a Thai national in Israel. Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. Hamas wants a blockade of Gaza, maintained by both Israel and Egypt, to be lifted. ‘Much needed reprieve’ Officials from both Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, confirmed that they had agreed to the ceasefire proposal brokered by the US and UN. “During this time …

    August 1, 2014 12:25 am
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Technology

Science

  • Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record holder by 200 million years. These “lensing” galaxies are so massive that their gravity bends, magnifies, and distorts light from objects behind them, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. Finding one in such a small area of the sky is so rare that you would normally have to survey a region hundreds of times larger to find just one. The object behind the cosmic lens is a tiny spiral galaxy undergoing a rapid burst of star formation. Its light has taken 10.7 billion years to arrive here and seeing this chance alignment at such a great distance from Earth is a rare find. Locating more of these distant lensing galaxies will offer insight into how …

    July 31, 2014 8:38 pm
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Health

  • Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers’ health worsens


    CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. The unit was set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said her agency is working with the U.S. State Department to facilitate the transfer. Reynolds said the CDC is not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States, but five people in the past decade have entered the country with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, hemorrhagic fevers similar to Ebola. News of the transfer follows reports of the declining health …

    August 1, 2014 12:24 am
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Entertainment

  • Anna Paquin schools Larry King on how bisexuality works


    Paquin, who wed True Blood co-star, Stephen Moyer, in 2010, has been increasingly open about her sexual preference in recent weeks. She recently shared she’s proud to be a bi, married mom and she was not afraid to get into discussion about her sex life during her recent visit to Larry King Now. Anna Paquin, JWoww, Zoe Saldana and more make our mommy tweets roundup The beauty even went so far as to have a little question and answer session with the 80-year-old host. “Are you a non-practicing bisexual?” King asked the mother of twins, Charlie and Poppy. “Well, I am married to my husband,” Paquin replied. “And we are happily, monogamously married.” “But you were bisexual?” he went on to inquire To which she replied, “Well, I don’t think it’s a past tense thing.” When the host persisted, Paquin did the courtesy of elaborating for him. “Are you still straight if you are with …

    July 31, 2014 11:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?


    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Champion goat goes missing from Colorado county fair


    DENVER (Reuters) – An award-winning goat has gone missing from a Colorado county fair, leaving its teenage owner and organizers stumped, local media said on Thursday. The red-colored Boer breed goat, selected by judges as a grand champion, was last seen in an unlocked pen late on Sunday night and had been due to appear in the Weld County fair’s Junior Livestock Auction on Monday. Lanas Smith, father of the 18-year-old owner David Smith, said the family has no idea what happened to it. “I don’t really want to insinuate that someone stole the goat at this point,” Smith told the Greeley Tribune newspaper. Despite the absence of the animal, it was still auctioned for $5,500 for charity at the county fair. Whether or not the goat is found, Smith told the Tribune, his son will still get that money, which he plans to donate to a horse-assisted therapy project at Colorado State University. (Writing …

    July 31, 2014 8:38 pm
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