• Greece Crisis 101: No way out

    Greece Crisis 101: No way out

    On Sunday, Greece will vote on a landmark referendum: “Yes” or “No” to another bailout and more austerity? In Greek, that’s “Nai” or “Oxi?” Polls show a contest too close to call. But this much...
  • Champagne given world heritage title

    Champagne given world heritage title

    The vineyards in the Champagne region were given heritage status in Saturday’s meeting The industry behind champagne production has been handed world heritage status by the United Nations’ cultural arm. Unesco decided that the vineyards,...
  • Exclusive: CVC say they are under no pressure to sell F1

    SILVERSTONE, England Formula One’s commercial rights holders CVC Capital Partners are under no pressure to sell their controlling stake in the sport and want to keep it, co-chairman Donald Mackenzie told Reuters on Saturday. He...
  • China ‘to set out climate pledges’

    China ‘to set out climate pledges’

    China has said it would target 2030 for its emission to peak China is set to reveal how much it intends to cut its carbon emissions by beyond 2020, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said....
  • Niki Lauda swapped trophies for free car washes

    SILVERSTONE, England, Triple world champion Niki Lauda agrees with Lewis Hamilton’s comments about ‘ugly’ Formula One trophies but says they were so bad in his day that he swapped them for a lifetime of free...
  • Va. pro-Confederate battle flag rally stirs debate

    STAFFORD, Va. –  More than 70 people rallied with Confederate battle flags outside the courthouse in Stafford County, attracting a smaller number of counter-protesters. Rally co-organizers Jason Sulser of Stafford and Manny Vega of Midlothian...

Headline News

  • Parents of woman slain at San Francisco pier focused on healing, not ‘sanctuary’ law


    SAN FRANCISCO –  The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they’re focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times. Kathryn Steinle’s father, Jim Steinle, told KNTV (http://bit.ly/1C7zlrk ) he hopes justice reigns in the case against Francisco Sanchez. Police arrested Sanchez about an hour after Wednesday’s seemingly random slaying of the 32-year-old San Francisco resident at Pier 14 — one of the busiest attractions in the city. Federal officials say Sanchez has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times to his native Mexico, most recently in 2009. He was jailed in San Francisco in March on a drug charge. But under the city’s sanctuary ordinance, people in the country illegally aren’t handed over to immigration officials unless there’s a warrant for their arrest. ___ Information from: KNTV-TV.

    July 4, 2015 4:28 pm
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Politics

  • Chistie, Rubio sleep over at Mitt Romney’s place


    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney(AP Photo/Gregory Bull) 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march in Wolfeboro’s Fourth of July parade. Christie, who formally jumped into the race this week, told reporters in New Hampshire Friday that he was grateful for the invitation. “I suspect there might be a little politics discussed tonight with Mitt and Ann, but me and Mary Pat, …

    July 4, 2015 1:47 pm
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Stocks

  • Greece Crisis 101: No way out


    On Sunday, Greece will vote on a landmark referendum: “Yes” or “No” to another bailout and more austerity? In Greek, that’s “Nai” or “Oxi?” Polls show a contest too close to call. But this much is known: The result could cost Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras his job and force an abrupt change in government. And no matter how it goes down, it won’t solve the urgent crisis facing Greece. Years of recession and austerity, compounded by failed political brinksmanship, have left Greece dead broke. Without another rescue, economic calamity is likely: Banks will run out of money, seniors may not get their pensions, and unemployment — already an unimaginably high 25% — will worsen. Here’s how Greece got to this point. What’s at the root of Greece’s problem? Debt. Greece has way too much of it. Greece is not a big country. It has about 11 million people and an economy the size of Missouri’s. …

    July 4, 2015 4:49 pm
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Sports

  • Exclusive: CVC say they are under no pressure to sell F1


    SILVERSTONE, England Formula One’s commercial rights holders CVC Capital Partners are under no pressure to sell their controlling stake in the sport and want to keep it, co-chairman Donald Mackenzie told Reuters on Saturday. He would not comment on reports that RSE Ventures, the investment vehicle of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, was teaming up with Qatar to buy CVC’s stake in a potential $7 billion-$8 billion deal.. Asked at the British Grand Prix whether the private equity fund had a deadline by which they had to sell their 35.5 percent stake, the media-shy businessman replied: “No, we don’t. There is no end date. “We have 12 year funds, which we have to return the original money. We have already done that. So the pressure’s off,” added Mackenzie. “We like owning it (Formula One), we don’t want to sell it. There are always some people who’d like to buy it, it’s a very good business.” …

    July 4, 2015 4:28 pm
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World News

  • Champagne given world heritage title


    The vineyards in the Champagne region were given heritage status in Saturday’s meeting The industry behind champagne production has been handed world heritage status by the United Nations’ cultural arm. Unesco decided that the vineyards, wine cellars and sales houses where champagne is produced and sold were culturally significant. It was one of 11 sites given World Heritage status by Unesco at a meeting in Germany on Saturday. The status should ensure the sites receive special protection in future. Unesco said the champagne industry was “a very specialised artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise.” Its addition to the list – that already includes Macchu Picchu in Peru, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Wall of China – could bring extra financial aid and more tourists. The vineyards of Burgundy, in France, were also given World Heritage status on Saturday. Among the other sites to be named were: Singapore’s Botanic Gardens Diyarbakir …

    July 4, 2015 4:28 pm
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Technology

  • Windows 10 gets its own Minecraft, coming July 29


    Microsoft How many more platforms can Minecraft be announced on? Does Windows 10 count? At today’s MineCon conference, a worldwide gathering for Minecraft players, Microsoft announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta will be arriving on Windows 10 on launch day, July 29. It joins the many other places you can already play Minecraft: Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Windows already has Minecraft, but this additional variant aims to be more tuned to what Windows 10 offers. Minecraft is Microsoft’s Tetris. Since purchasing Mojang, the Swedish creators of Minecraft, in 2014, Microsoft has put Minecraft into every Microsoft platform: on Xbox One, on HoloLens, and now Windows 10. Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta has additional optimizations that set it apart from the existing PC version: seamless swapping between touchscreen, controller or keyboard/mouse controls, Xbox Live and Minecraft Pocket Edition online play, and record/share support for built-in …

    July 4, 2015 1:27 pm
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Science

  • New study shows South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago


    An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs. While the use of ochre by early humans dates to at least 250,000 years ago in Europe and Africa, this is the first time a paint containing ochre and milk has ever been found in association with early humans in South Africa, said Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and lead study author. The milk likely was obtained by killing lactating members of the bovid family such as buffalo, eland, kudu and impala, she said. “Although the use of the paint still remains uncertain, this surprising find establishes the use of milk with ochre well before the introduction of domestic cattle …

    July 4, 2015 1:28 pm
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Health

  • Plane Passengers’ Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma’s Effect on Brain


    FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A study involving people who thought they were about to die in a plane crash reveals new clues to the long-term impact that traumatic events have on the brain. In August of 2001, passengers on Air Transat flight 236 were on an overnight flight from Toronto to Lisbon, Portugal, when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean. Many on the harrowing flight thought they might die that night, but in the end the plane was able to make an emergency landing on a small island in the Azores. Now, nearly 14 years later, a study led by Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute in Toronto looked at some of those passengers to try to understand how traumatic events might affect people long-term. “Here we have a group of people who all experienced the same extremely intense trauma,” lead researcher Dr. Daniela Palombo said in a …

    July 4, 2015 1:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian Takes Her Lovely Lady Lumps To The Gym


    Posted on Sat Jul 4th, 2015 2:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian went to shoot interviews for Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Friday, and before that the 35-year-old reality TV star went to the gym. Pregnancy isn’t slowing her down one bit! While her figure may be changing, Kim insists that she would never do anything to her face. Yesterday she posted a selfie on Instagram and wrote, “No I don’t do fillers or botox when pregnant like some tabloids are reporting, you would have to be really sick to endanger your child like that! Anyone who has been pregnant or gained weight knows your face totally changes! My nose gets bigger, cheeks fuller my lips swell up. The challenge is trying to adjust the make up to make me feel normal we will share our tricks on KimKardashianWest.com.” Kim and hubby Kanye West revealed last month that they were expecting their second child …

    July 4, 2015 5:09 pm
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Editorial

  • Billy Graham’s daughter: My father’s spiritual leadership after the 9/11 attacks


    My grandfather, Frank Graham, was a simple dairy farmer who never went past the eighth grade in school.  But in May, 1934, he met with some other businessmen in Charlotte, N.C., and together they prayed that God would raise up a man in America who would proclaim the Good News of peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ. His own son and my father became God’s answer to his prayer. Billy Graham has become a true national treasure frequently referred to as America’s pastor.  He has been beloved by Liberal and Conservative.  Republican and Democrat. Catholic and Protestant. Secular and religious.  The consistency of his faith, the humility of his character, and the simplicity of his lifestyle convey his authenticity as a man of God. But the value of his spiritual leadership has never been as evident as it was on September 14, 2001.  Three days after America was attacked, the nation was still …

    July 4, 2015 9:46 am
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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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