• Abbott orders talk show boycott

    Abbott orders talk show boycott

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says “heads should roll” at the ABC The Australian Prime Minister has told his cabinet to boycott a popular talk show on the national broadcaster. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC)...
  • China stocks rise after Beijing acts to avoid crash

    China stocks rise after Beijing acts to avoid crash

    China stocks have pulled out of their tailspin after Beijing took a series of dramatic steps over the weekend to prevent an all-out market crash. After opening with gains of roughly 7%, the benchmark Shanghai...
  • China shares jump despite Greek vote

    China shares jump despite Greek vote

    Chinese shares headed higher, bucking the trend from the rest of Asia Mainland Chinese shares surged nearly 8% on Monday despite the rest of Asian markets trading lower on Greece’s rejection of austerity demands. The...
  • FIFA officials booed before World Cup trophy ceremony

    VANCOUVER FIFA officials were booed by the crowd before the trophy presentation at the Women’s World Cup final which was won 5-2 by the United States against Japan. Despite FIFA president Sepp Blatter staying away...
  • Burt’s Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz dead at 80

    Burt Shavitz, co-founder and namesake for natural care product company Burt’s Bees, has died, the company said on Sunday. He was 80. Shavitz, a “a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man” and beekeeper, co-founded the company...

Headline News

  • Illegal fireworks hurts 5 at party, suspected in some fires


    LOS ANGELES –  Illegal fireworks were believed to have ignited fires that threatened homes and destroyed property in several locations, as well as caused an explosion at a block party that sent at least five people to the hospital, authorities across California said Sunday as they assessed damages and injuries from the July Fourth celebration. In the city of Hollister, a man was arrested on suspicion of setting off a large mortar during a block party Saturday night. Once lit, the device fell over and shot projectiles into a crowd, hitting several people, police said. A child was flown to a San Francisco Bay area hospital with severe injuries, several children suffered moderate to severe burns and one person had a possible broken leg. “This incident is a grim reminder of the dangers of fireworks. Some of these children will be scarred for life,” Hollister’s police chief, David Westrick, said in a statement. Shawn Gregory …

    July 5, 2015 11:20 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. and Iran: the unbearable awkwardness of defending your enemy


    VIENNA It’s always awkward to defend your enemies. But that’s the position U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has found itself in with Iran as it pushes for an historic accord that would end a 12-year nuclear standoff. Tehran and Washington, which have called each other the “Great Satan” and a member of the “Axis of Evil” during 36 years of hostility, are more used to exchanging insults than defending each other. The two foes cut diplomatic ties after Iranian revolutionaries seized 52 hostages in Tehran’s U.S. embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Yet for a month now the U.S. State Department has been defending Iran from suggestions that it was on the verge of violating a requirement to reduce its low-enriched uranium stockpile under a 2013 interim nuclear with major powers. Low-enriched uranium can be further enriched to make fissile material for an atomic bomb, and one of the main goals of any nuclear deal …

    July 5, 2015 10:00 pm
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Stocks

  • China stocks rise after Beijing acts to avoid crash


    China stocks have pulled out of their tailspin after Beijing took a series of dramatic steps over the weekend to prevent an all-out market crash. After opening with gains of roughly 7%, the benchmark Shanghai Composite was trading 4% higher on Monday, while the smaller Shenzhen Composite was up 2%. The stabilizing measures include a commitment from brokerages to buy billions worth of stocks, and a de-facto suspension of new IPOs. In addition, the central bank has offered a new line of credit to support margin financing, a risky way to invest using borrowed money. The Shanghai Composite — the world’s third largest stock exchange if you add up the value of its companies — has lost roughly 25% since June 12, putting it officially in bear market territory. The bears are growling even louder on the smaller Shenzhen Composite, down 31% in the same period. The drops are in sharp contrast to massive gains …

    July 5, 2015 11:00 pm
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Sports

  • Optimism returns for Woods after rare bogey-free round


    Tiger Woods declared his tie for 32nd at the Greenbrier Classic a “very positive week” and sounded genuinely excited about his prospects ahead of this month’s British Open at St Andrews starting on July 16. Woods has won twice at the Old Course, in 2000 and 2005, but it would be premature to suggest his game is quite ready to be etched on the Claret Jug once more. Still, after signing his first bogey-free card in 56 rounds on the PGA Tour, he had reason for tempered optimism after finishing six strokes behind winner Danny Lee in West Virginia on Sunday. A day after six-times major champion Nick Faldo concluded that Woods was still prone to blocking drives under pressure, the American former world number one was singing a different tune. “It’s the best I hit it in a long, long time,” the 14-times major champion told reporters after signing for a three-under 67. “This …

    July 5, 2015 11:21 pm
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World News

  • Abbott orders talk show boycott


    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says “heads should roll” at the ABC The Australian Prime Minister has told his cabinet to boycott a popular talk show on the national broadcaster. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) was criticised after a former terror suspect was allowed on live television show QA two weeks ago. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has cancelled his Monday night appearance, according to local media reports. Mr Joyce’s office cited the Prime Minister’s order for why he cancelled his appearance, local media said. “The Prime Minister has communicated that he does not want any frontbencher to appear on QA,” a spokesman for Mr Joyce told the Sydney Morning Herald. The QA program has become a lightning rod for debate in Australia about national security and freedom of speech. Citizenship The ABC last week conceded it was wrong to let Sydney man Zaky Mallah appear live on the program to ask a question. In 2005, …

    July 5, 2015 11:21 pm
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Technology

  • From trash to treasure: Adidas designs shoes made of ocean garbage


    The sneakers are a concept foreshadowing products to come. Adidas To call ocean pollution a big problem is an understatement. According to UNESCO, in 2006, there were 46,000 pieces of floating plastic for every square mile of ocean. Plastic debris is responsible for the deaths of over a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year. And that’s just what we know about — the impact of plastic debris on marine life is mostly unknown. To help raise awareness for these issues, German sportswear brand Adidas has joined forces with Parley for the Oceans, an organisation formed in 2013 dedicated to undertaking projects to protect and conserve the Earth’s oceans. At a Parley for the Oceans event hosted by the United Nations last week, Adidas’ Eric Liedtke and Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch revealed a new collaborative project: a prototype shoe with an upper made entirely from recycled ocean waste and illegal deep-sea …

    July 5, 2015 9:40 pm
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Science

  • Researchers find mass killings, school shootings are contagious


    Mass killings and school shootings in the U.S. appear to be contagious, according to a team of scientists from Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University. Study author Sherry Towers, research professor in the ASU Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, explained, “The hallmark of contagion is observing patterns of many events that are bunched in time, rather than occurring randomly in time.” Her team examined databases on past high-profile mass killings and school shootings in the U.S. and fit a contagion model to the data to determine if these tragedies inspired similar events in the near future. They determined that mass killings – events with four or more deaths – and school shootings create a period of contagion that lasts an average of 13 days. Roughly 20 to 30 percent of such tragedies appear to arise from contagion. Their paper, “Contagion in Mass Killings and School Shootings,” appears in the July …

    July 5, 2015 9:40 pm
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Health

  • Congo and WHO investigate possible Ebola outbreak


    KINSHASA Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital Kinshasa, the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Health minister Felix Kabange said that response teams arrived in Masambio, a village in Bandundu province, on Thursday to collect samples for testing. Kabange said that six hunters fell ill on Friday with symptoms of Ebola including diarrhea, vomiting and bloody urine after killing an antelope the day before that had been stumbling and was probably sick. Four of the hunters have since died. However, he said that none suffered from a fever, the earliest and most common symptom of the disease, suggesting that they may have suffered only from food poisoning. The samples would return to Kinshasa for testing either Thursday night or Friday morning, Kabange said. But he cautioned that it would be too …

    July 5, 2015 10:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton reach out to gay teen on Facebook


    More: Matt Lauer and Daytime Emmys: Is he really donating money for being thanked? Both the openly gay talk show host and the 2016 presidential hopeful commented on a photo posted to the popular photojournalism blog Humans of New York. The photo, which shows a young boy holding his head in his hands, is captioned with the boy’s own words: “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.” Humans of New York is no stranger to viral posts, but an outpouring of support quickly made this photo one of the most popular ever to hit the site. And with all that support, the photo caught the attention of a couple of celebs. Clinton was first to weigh in, commenting on the post on Facebook July 3, “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of …

    July 5, 2015 11:20 pm
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Editorial

  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks


    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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