Headline News

  • Firefighters battle six-alarm Boston blaze


    BOSTON (Reuters) – Six companies of Boston firefighters on Wednesday battled a large blaze that engulfed multiple buildings in the city’s residential eastern section, fire officials said. Live television images showed a plume of smoke hanging over the city’s east near Logan International Airport. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been injured in the fire, which was reported at 8:35 a.m. ET. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Bill Trott)

    July 30, 2014 9:23 am
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Politics

  • Republicans Make Massive TV Reservation For Mike Coffman’s… Wife


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Mike Coffman is a Colorado Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A Republican group reserved $2.6 million in Denver television time for a House incumbent’s wife who is running for Colorado Attorney General. The Republican Attorneys General Association Colorado PAC reserved the air time from Oct. 7 through Election Day to boost Colorado Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. She is the wife of Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., who faces one of the most competitive House races of the cycle.   Mike Coffman’s 6th District is in the Denver suburbs — so there’s a chance he might benefit too from the blitz. He faces former state Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Both men are running strong campaigns and are top fundraisers. The 6th District race is rated Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. 0 comments Tweet

    July 30, 2014 7:41 am
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Stocks

  • U.S. economy bounces back sharply


    After a deep decline in the first three months of the year, the U.S. economy bounced back, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter. What a relief. The deep economic contraction earlier this year was temporary after all. New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter. That was even better than the forecast of 3% growth, according to a consensus of economists surveyed by CNNMoney. Consumer spending, which alone accounts for about two thirds of U.S. economic activity, strengthened, as did exports to foreign countries and business investments. American consumers spent more money on long-lasting goods like autos and furniture, and businesses invested more in technology and industrial equipment. Both can be seen as good signs that households and companies are more optimistic and investing in the future. The Bureau of Economic Analysis also revised historical data, …

    July 30, 2014 8:22 am
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Sports

  • Barry Sanders, Randy Gradishar headline ex-NFL players joining Heads Up Football lineup


    INDIANAPOLIS –  Barry Sanders and Randy Gradishar have joined the growing list of former NFL players who want to promote USA Football’s safety program, Heads Up Football. The program is designed to teach football coaches in youth leagues and at the high school level how to reduce the amount of head injuries in the game. Over the years, former players such as Sanders and Gradishar have played a role in spreading the message. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Of this year’s 78 trainers, 17 played in the NFL. Another 127 ambassadors, such as Sanders and Gradishar, have NFL experience. Trainers lead full-day instructional sessions. Ambassadors are asked to help strengthen awareness of the program while reinforcing the program’s standards as they visit practices and games of participating teams and leagues across the country.

    July 30, 2014 9:23 am
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World News

  • US economic growth surges by 4%


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 14:45 A separate report showed that private employers added 218,000 jobs in July The US economy grew at an annual rate of 4% during the April-to-June period, latest figures released by the US Department of Commerce have shown. Consumer spending – which makes up over two-thirds of US economy activity – grew by a robust 2.5%. Business spending increased by 14% in the world’s largest economy, as businesses restocked inventories. The growth during the second quarter reverses the contraction seen earlier in the year. Measured on a quarter-on-quarter basis, GDP grew by 1%. In the previous quarter, from January to March, the US economy shrank a revised 2.1% on an annualised basis, as a result of harsh winter weather. However, even with the rebound, the winter is likely to mean overall growth this year will be only 1.6% – less than in 2013. That could cause the Federal Reserve …

    July 30, 2014 9:23 am
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Technology

  • Sprint stems customer bleeding in return to Q1 profit


    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse speaking at an event in Chicago in June. Marguerite Reardon/CNET Sprint returned to a profit in the fiscal first quarter, a rare bit of positive news amid its tough turnaround. The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier by subscriber base continued to lose customers in its core Sprint and prepaid arms, posting a net loss of 220,000 subscribers for the period, which ended June 30. Its results were propped up by a gain in wholesale and affiliate customers. The Overland Park, Kan., company posted a fiscal first-quarter profit of $23 million, or 1 cent a share, on revenue of $8.79 billion. A year ago, before Sprint merged with Clearwire and was acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank, it posted a loss of $1.6 billion, or 53 cents a share, on revenue of $8.9 billion. The results exceeded Wall Street’s average forecast of a loss of 1 cent a share and revenue of $8.78 billion. …

    July 30, 2014 7:42 am
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Science

  • Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges


    Related images(click to enlarge) NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays — that is, those activated by applying an specific voltage — are as functional as the current technology’s magnetically activated arrays. This advance makes them a highly attractive capability for potential Explorer-class missions designed to perform multi-object observations. “We have identified real applications — three scientists want to use our microshutter arrays and the commercial sector has expressed interest,” said Mary Li, a Goddard engineer who is working with Moseley and other team members to fully develop this already groundbreaking observing technology. “The electrostatic concept has been fully demonstrated and our focus now is on making these …

    July 30, 2014 8:02 am
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Health

  • Pfizer to buy two Baxter vaccines for $635 million


    (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) agreed to buy two of Baxter International Inc’s (BAX.N) vaccines and a part of a facility involved in their production for $635 million. The deal will give Pfizer access to Baxter’s NeisVac-C, a meningitis vaccine, and FSME-IMMUN, an encephalitis vaccine. Both vaccines are already being sold in the United States. (Reporting by Anand Basu; Editing by Simon Jennings)

    July 30, 2014 7:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber And Orlando Bloom Fight Over Their Female Flames In Ibiza, Spain


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 6:02am PDT Boys will be boys! And of course they were fighting about girls… Justin Bieber, 20, and Orlando Bloom, 37, reportedly got into a fight early Wednesday morning inside of Cipriani restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, and according to TMZ, Orly was the one who threw the first punch! But did the Biebs and his big mouth start it? Maybe… Apparently Justin was talking smack, at which point Orlando approached and attempted to strike the singer. Justin ducked to avoid getting hit and yelled, “What’s up b*tch?” before swiftly exiting the restaurant. While the Biebs partied with Orlando’s ex-wife Miranda Kerr in 2012 after the Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Orlando seemingly took things one step further when he got all flirty with Justin‘s ex Selena Gomez last April. But was this fight about both of the ladies or just Miranda? A few minutes after the squabble, Bieber posted an …

    July 30, 2014 8:22 am
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Editorial

  • In quest for healthy profits, a new mantra: suffer, the patients


    (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences) I’m the underachiever in my family. My parents also produced Harvard Medical School research director Thomas Stossel. Mom called him the one who had “a real job.” For years, my brother annoyed me by not embracing the libertarianism that changed my life. It bored him. He was comfortable in his Harvard cocoon. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But then he realized that the anti-capitalist activists who fight with me on my TV show are also the people who make life more difficult for doctors, and for patients who want cures. Lately, the anti-capitalists have become obsessed with “conflict of interest” in science — any trace of corporate money must poison honest medical research. ObamaCare includes a rule called the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. It orders companies that make medical products to disclose even bagels they serve doctors and anything valued above $10. On my TV show this week, Tom calls that “the conflict of interest …

    July 30, 2014 7:42 am
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Odd News

  • Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”. The warning from the flight attendant that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on standby in Sydney prompted a rush to the plane’s toilets, News Ltd reported. Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said it discussed the matter with the crew member involved, who made the announcement over the plane’s PA system. The airline said the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plant and fruit materials being transported between states, too far. “Our procedures allow cabin crew to deliver the quarantine message through a public announcement and on this occasion the crew member elected to do so,” Jetstar said. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen …

    July 29, 2014 11:52 pm
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