Headline News

  • Massachusetts teenager charged in October killing in court on assault charge


    BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and murdering a teacher at his former high school appeared in a Boston court on Wednesday to face charges of stalking and attacking a female staffer at the detention center where he is awaiting trial. Philip Chism, 15, was charged with following a Department of Youth Services staff worker into a bathroom last month, where prosecutors say he beat her, stabbed her with a pencil and attempted to strangle her.   Chism was arraigned in Suffolk County Juvenile Court on one charge of attempted murder, two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one charge of kidnapping. Chism has been charged as an adult in the alleged rape and murder of 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer in October at his high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, about 20 miles north of Boston. Prosecutor Mark Zanini said at the hearing that the June 2 incident …

    July 23, 2014 12:13 pm
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Politics

  • Federal judges follow party lines in different courts


    E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own. The legal drama played out Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, on two appeals courts that Obama has transformed through 10 appointments in 5½ years. In the first ruling, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health care premiums, saying financial aid can be provided …

    July 23, 2014 9:32 am
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Stocks

  • That was fast. New record for stock market


    That was fast. The SP 500 cruised to a new intraday record right out of the gate. It’s yet another sign that investors, at least in the United States, aren’t that worried about global conflicts hurting big companies. 1. The numbers: The SP 500 traded as high as 1,989.29 and is on track to celebrate its 26th record close this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average drifted lower at the open, but has since trimmed its losses. The Dow remains just shy of its intraday record of 17,151.56 that was set only last week. Boosted by upbeat tech earnings, the Nasdaq edged 0.4% higher. All three major indexes ended in the green Tuesday. Here’s what to watch today: 2. Geopolitical jitters ease: Major indexes across Europe inched higher after EU officials stopped short of imposing tough economic sanctions against Russia. “I think some of the macro geopolitical concerns have, at least for the moment, moved …

    July 23, 2014 12:12 pm
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Sports

  • Majka closes in on polka dot jersey as Nibali gains more ground


    ST LARY PLA D’ADET France (Reuters) – Poland’s Rafal Majka took a big step toward winning the Tour de France polka dot jersey when he took a solo route to the stage victory on Wednesday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the overall race. Majka was the best climber on the 17th stage, a brutal 124.5-km trek from St Gaudens featuring four tough ascents, and extended his lead over Nibali and Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez in the mountain classification. The win was his second stage victory after prevailing on the 14th stage in the Alps, and a third in four stages for Tinkoff-Saxo after leader Alberto Contador crashed out. “I’m so happy because my team worked so hard for that result,” said Majka, who has 149 points in the mountain classification. Nibali has 118 and Rodriguez 112 with 80 points left up for grabs. Italian Giovanni Visconti was second with Nibali taking third place …

    July 23, 2014 12:13 pm
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World News

  • Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 18:07 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. “Nations united in grief”: Annita McVeigh reports on the ceremony at Eindhoven The Netherlands has received the first victims’ bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base. Forty hearses left for the town of Hilversum where the formal identification process will begin. The Netherlands is observing a national day of mourning for the 298 victims, most of whom were Dutch. Ukrainian pro-Russian rebels have been widely accused of shooting down the plane on 17 July. UK government sources say intelligence shows rebels deliberately tampered with evidence, moving bodies and placing parts from other planes in the debris. As fighting continued in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, officials in Kiev told the BBC that two aircraft, thought to be military jets, had been downed just 35km (20 miles) from the crash site. The fate …

    July 23, 2014 12:13 pm
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Technology

  • Failure to Communicate Hamstrings Cyberdefenders


    A failure to communicate between security pros and company brass may be contributing to the inability of a significant number of organizations to reduce the risk of cyberattacks on their systems. That was one of the findings last week in a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Websense. Thirty-one percent of the nearly 5,000 respondents surveyed for the study said their cybersecurity team never met with the executive team about cybersecurity. Twenty-three percent of the surveyed IT pros said their teams only met annually with company brass. Security professionals often complain that management doesn’t get the relationship between data loss and revenue loss. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given how little the parties communicate with each other. “Thirty-one percent is a big number to say they never communicate with their executive teams. That’s not healthy,” said Jeff Debrosse, director of security labs at Websense. “That would clearly support why some security …

    July 23, 2014 9:32 am
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Science

  • Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival


    Related images(click to enlarge) Freezing and thawing might not be good for the average steak, but it seems to help wood frogs each fall as they prepare to survive Alaska’s winter cold. “Alaska wood frogs spend more time freezing and thawing outside than a steak does in your freezer and the frog comes back to life in the spring in better shape than the steak,” said Don Larson, University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student and lead author on a recent paper demonstrating that freeze tolerance in Alaska wood frogs is more extreme than previously thought. Although wood frogs are well-studied freeze-tolerant amphibians, Larson’s research is believed to be the first to examine the frogs under natural conditions. In subarctic Interior Alaska, wood frogs overwinter in the ground covered by duff and leaf litter, creating a hibernacula, where temperatures can remain below freezing for more than six months with minimum temperatures of minus four (minus 20 …

    July 23, 2014 9:52 am
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Health

  • Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They’re Thinner Than They Are


    WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fine, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. “Being overweight or obese is associated with adverse health outcomes, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes,” said lead researcher Neda Sarafrazi, a nutritional epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. “Children who have a misperception of their weight are not going to take steps to control their weight or reduce their weight, and reduce the risk of future health complications,” she said. “If people perceive their weight accurately, they can start weight-control behavior.” According to the CDC report, 34 percent of Hispanic-American children and teens believe they are thinner than they are, as do 34 percent of black kids and 28 percent of white kids. In addition, about 81 percent of overweight boys …

    July 23, 2014 9:32 am
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Entertainment

  • Nicole Scherzinger And Paris Hilton Get Decked Out For Lady Gaga’s L.A. Concert


    Posted on Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 9:42am PDT Nicole Scherzinger and Paris Hilton are gaga for Lady Gaga! The celebs got gussied up last night for Mother Monster’s Los Angeles show at the Staples Center. For the night on the town, Nicole donned a super sexy midriff-baring black ensemble, paired with some sporty kicks. While Paris went for a demure but funky dress with striped tights. In the style wars, we have to say — we think NIcole wins hands down. While at the concert, Paris got to meet her drag queen counterpart and it looks like she got quite the kick out of it! Seems like an eventful night for the on-the-go socialite. During the concert, Gaga treated fans to “Venus,” “Paparazzi,” “G.U.Y.” and a plethora of other hits. We’re sad we missed out!   SEE THE GALLERY Nicole Scherzinger Rocks Out At Lady Gaga Concert Stories from around the Web

    July 23, 2014 12:13 pm
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Editorial

  • VA reform: Sen. Sanders’ socialist agenda holding up help for America’s veterans


      They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. The definition of insanity in Washington is when, despite painfully obvious facts and experiences, ideologically-slavish legislators insist the “solutions” (read: more money) that they’ve tried for years will finally solve persistent problems. The latest personification of such insanity is Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the self-proclaimed socialist who also happens to be the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) committee. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When Sen. Sanders took the helm of the committee last year, there was already a scandalous story about VA benefits backlog that had yet to break nationally. Still, he likely expected a fairly tranquil chairmanship on the historically bipartisan committee, simply funding the priorities of veterans organizations, members of Congress, and veterans. Sanders is doing the only thing he knows how to do: throwing money at the problem. It’s insane, but he’s doing …

    July 23, 2014 9:32 am
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Odd News

  • Restaurant run by Indian convicts wins praise for politeness, hygiene


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – As India’s capital baked in a heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter who took his order for a traditional “thali” meal of flat bread, lentils, vegetables and rice.Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia’s largest prison complex.”Tihar Food Court” in west Delhi, a rehabilitation effort kicked off by the Tihar prison, opened in the first week of July on an “experimental basis” while awaiting formal clearances. It is sited half a km (0.6 mile) away from prisoners’ dormitories.With a spacious interior lined with wooden tables and walls adorned with paintings done by prisoners, the 50-seat restaurant has been praised for the polite behavior of its employees, who were trained by a prestigious nearby hotel management school.”The food is average,” said Gupta. “But the …

    July 23, 2014 9:52 am
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