• Fire destroys historic Oregon baseball stadium

    PORTLAND, Ore. A historic Oregon baseball stadium was destroyed on Monday in a blaze that prompted evacuations of several dozen homes within a two-block radius. The vacant Civic Stadium in Eugene was engulfed in flames...
  • Tsipras asks Greeks to vote no

    Tsipras asks Greeks to vote no

    Thousands supporting a no-vote protested outside Greek parliament on Monday Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has urged voters to reject creditors’ demands in a snap referendum on Greece’s debt crisis due on Sunday. Mr Tsipras said...
  • Jamaica banking on youth and experience for worlds

    KINGSTON Jamaica are banking on a mix of youth and experience to continue their dominance in the sprint events at the Aug. 22-30 world championships in Beijing event after some strong performances at its four-day...
  • Fire chief says blaze destroyed historic stadium in Oregon

    EUGENE, Ore. –  A fire official in Oregon says a spectacular fire has destroyed Eugene’s historic Civic Stadium and prompted the temporary evacuation of a nearby two-block area. Eugene-Springfield Fire Chief Randy Groves said the...
  • Resistance to US gay marriage ruling

    Resistance to US gay marriage ruling

    The US Supreme Court decision was celebrated at gay pride marches on Saturday Texas’ top law officer has called the US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage in all 50 states a “lawless ruling” and...

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  • Fire destroys historic Oregon baseball stadium

    PORTLAND, Ore. A historic Oregon baseball stadium was destroyed on Monday in a blaze that prompted evacuations of several dozen homes within a two-block radius. The vacant Civic Stadium in Eugene was engulfed in flames shooting twice the building’s height when firefighters arrived on Monday evening, police said in a statement. The structure was scheduled to break ground on a major expansion and renovation in July after a years-long public campaign, according to local non-profit Eugene Civic Alliance. “We will be looking at the cause. However, the dry condition of the timber in this particular structure, it just took off, and there’s not much you can do about that,” Eugene-Springfield fire chief Randy Groves told local newspaper the Register-Guard. He said no one was injured. Police said emergency personnel were working to ensure the area was safe before letting people back home, adding that 38 firefighters battled the blaze for over two hours. Pictures published …

    June 30, 2015 12:11 am


  • Former Utah attorney general pleads not guilty to corruption charges

    SALT LAKE CITY Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of public corruption, his lawyer said, in a scandal that embroiled him and his successor in a wide-ranging criminal investigation. Shurtleff could face up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted on charges including accepting prohibited gifts, obstruction of justice, official misconduct and bribery, in five felony and two misdemeanor counts. A Republican who served three terms as attorney general until 2013, Shurtleff was arrested in July 2014 along with the man who succeeded him in the job, John Swallow. Swallow faces one misdemeanor and 13 felony charges including misuse of public funds, falsifying government records, racketeering and money laundering. Swallow, also a Republican, resigned in November 2013, less than a year into his first term. He has yet to enter a plea. Shurtleff appeared in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court to enter the not guilty …

    June 29, 2015 8:50 pm


  • Obama wants to make 5 million more workers eligible for overtime

    An estimated 5 million more salaried workers may soon become automatically eligible for overtime pay. That’s according to President Obama, who on Monday evening previewed a key part of a proposed change to overtime rules. Today, the only way you’re automatically guaranteed time and a half after logging 40 hours a week is if you earn less than $23,660 a year ($455 a week). The Department of Labor will later this week propose raising it to roughly $50,400 ($969 a week). The increase would only be the second one since 1975. “That’s good for workers who want fair pay, and it’s good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deserve — since those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren’t,” Obama wrote in an op-ed in the Huffington Post. While advocates for the change see a big win for workers, the business community sees the …

    June 29, 2015 11:11 pm


  • Ben Polland shoots 67 to take 4-stroke lead in PGA Professional Championship

    PHILADELPHIA –  Ben Polland shot a 3-under 67 on Monday on The Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon Course to take a four-stroke lead in the 48th PGA Professional National Championship. The 24-year-old Polland is a PGA assistant professional at Deepdale in Manhasset, New York. He opened with a 4-under 68 on Sunday on Militia Hill Course and had a 7-under 135 total. “I was trying to get a comfort level in the first few holes and I was kind of shaky,” Polland said, “but I knocked it on in two at No. 7 (a par 5) and two-putted for birdie. That calmed me down a bit. I had good numbers to the next few greens and made putts.” Defending PGA Assistant champion Grant Sturgeon of Mamaroneck, New York, and Charles Frost of Johns Island, South Carolina, were tied for second. Sturgeon had a 69 at Wissahickon, the site of the final two rounds, and Frost shot …

    June 30, 2015 12:12 am

World News

  • Tsipras asks Greeks to vote no

    Thousands supporting a no-vote protested outside Greek parliament on Monday Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has urged voters to reject creditors’ demands in a snap referendum on Greece’s debt crisis due on Sunday. Mr Tsipras said a clear vote against austerity would help Greece negotiate a better settlement to the crisis. Otherwise, he warned, he would not stay in office to oversee more cuts. Greece’s bailout expires on Tuesday, the same day it faces a critical deadline to repay a €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). EU leaders have warned that a rejection of the creditors’ proposals on Sunday would mean Greece leaving the eurozone – though Mr Tsipras says he does not want this to happen. Talks between Greece and its creditors broke down last week, leading to Greek banks having to shut this week. The uncertainty also caused stock markets to fall sharply on Monday. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside …

    June 29, 2015 11:51 pm


  • Microsoft transfers map business to Uber and display advertising to AOL

    Microsoft is to hand over its display advertising business to AOL and sell some map-generating technology to Uber as it slims down money-losing online operations. Microsoft is expected instead to focus on its growing search advertising business based on the Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said employees would be offered the chance to transfer to AOL. The world’s largest software company no longer gives results for its online operations, chiefly the MSN web portal and Bing, but they have lost more than $10bn over the past five years. Chief executive Satya Nadella has said Bing will turn a profit next fiscal year. “Today’s news is evidence of Microsoft’s increased focus on our strengths: in this case search and search advertising and building great content and consumer services,” said a Microsoft …

    June 29, 2015 8:30 pm


  • Freshwater and ocean acidification stunts growth of developing pink salmon

    Related images(click to enlarge) Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study from UBC. The risks of ocean acidification on marine species have been studied extensively but the impact of freshwater acidification is not well understood. The study is one of the first to examine how rising carbon dioxide levels caused by climate change can impact freshwater fish. “Most of the work on acidification has been in the ocean, yet 40 per cent of all fish are freshwater. We need to think about how carbon dioxide is affecting freshwater species,” said Colin Brauner, a professor in the Department of Zoology at UBC. “We found that freshwater acidification affects pink salmon and may impact their ability to survive and ultimately return to their freshwater spawning grounds.” The study, published in Nature Climate Change, examined …

    June 29, 2015 8:31 pm


  • Celgene to invest $1 billion in Juno to partner in cancer therapies

    Celgene Corp on Monday launched a 10-year partnership with Juno Therapeutics, announcing a $1 billion investment aimed at bringing to market Juno technologies that harness the immune system to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. The biotech companies, in a conference call to discuss the multi-faceted deal, said they anticipate potential product approvals in 2020. The huge vote of confidence propelled Juno’s shares more than 40 percent higher to $65.75 in heavy extended trading. Celgene will pay Juno about $150 million upfront and buy about 9.1 million newly issued Juno shares at $93 each, double Juno’s closing price on Monday. Juno had about 90.4 million shares outstanding as of May 4, according to a regulatory filing. At the heart of the deal are new treatments that use Chimeric Antigen Receptor Technology (CAR-T) and T Cell Receptor (TCR) technologies, red-hot areas of immunotherapy that have driven up the share prices of several small companies, such as Juno, …

    June 29, 2015 8:51 pm


  • Chrissy Teigen hilariously mocks Instagram’s nudity policy

    More: Twitter attacks Chrissy Teigen for being ‘drunk’ at the BBMAs The model is flipping a giant bird to Instagram after the site removed photos of her recent W magazine photoshoot, in which she appears completely topless. the nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 29, 2015 Instagram and the #freethenipple movement have famously butted heads in the past. Other celebrities, most notably comedienne Chelsea Handler, have stood up to the social network’s vague policies regarding nudity in photos. In April, Instagram updated its community guidelines to say “We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also …

    June 30, 2015 12:11 am


  • RobertsCare: How the chief justice redefined the Affordable Care Act just for the GOP

    ObamaCare is dead. What we have now is RobertsCare. And if you’re a Republican, and if you’ll take the time to read Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority decisions on NIFB v Sebelius in 2012 and on King v Burwell last week, you’ll know he just gave you a perfectly wrapped Christmas gift in June. It’s time to stop complaining about the Affordable Care Act and talking about repealing it, because in siding with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, the chief justice has effectively rewritten the law. And the rewrite is just what the GOP needed, because it puts the future of RobertsCare squarely in the hands of the Republicans who control Congress. The GOP owes Roberts a thank-you note. Here’s why: *  Three years ago, in his first opinion, Roberts redefined the ACA’s individual mandate as a tax – something the Obama administration had adamantly maintained it wasn’t, because the bill never would …

    June 29, 2015 8:51 pm

Odd News

  • Cult of personality: Turkmen leader gets park tribute on birthday

    ASHGABAT Turkmenistan, which rights groups view as one of the most repressive countries in the world, celebrated President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s 58th birthday on Monday by opening a park in the capital Ashgabat bearing his name. It was the latest tribute to the leader who took over the Central Asian nation after the death of his predecessor in December 2006. Last month, Turkmenistan unveiled a gilded 6-metre-high statue of Berdymukhamedov on horseback perched on a white cliff. A dentist with a passion for horses and fast cars, his rule has been marked by a rising personality cult. Several thousand people chanted “Thank you Arkadag,” the president’s official title which means “The Patron” in Turkmen, as the ribbon was cut to open the park. Berdymukhamedov was not at the ceremony. The park features a large marble arch with a huge portrait of Berdymukhamedov wearing a traditional Turkmen hat and tunic. Controlling the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves, …

    June 29, 2015 4:30 pm