• U.S. proposes new rules for moving crude oil by rail

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail, after a number of explosive accidents over the past year. The...
  • Scores killed in Taiwan plane crash

    Scores killed in Taiwan plane crash

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 16:05 The Civil Aeronautics Administration chief Jean Shen said the scene was chaotic A passenger plane has crashed after a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, killing more than 40...
  • There’s Something About Harry…

    There’s Something About Harry…

    Posted on Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 7:30am PDT Harry Styles may not spend that much time in Los Angeles, but when he does, we DEF pay attention! On Tuesday X17 photographers snapped the One Direction...
  • Investors take a breather

    Investors take a breather

    Investors shifted focus to improving corporate earnings Wednesday as geopolitical jitters eased slightly. Here’s what the markets are buzzing about today: 1. More records in sight: That was fast. The SP 500 cruised to a...
  • 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...

Headline News

  • U.S. proposes new rules for moving crude oil by rail


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail, after a number of explosive accidents over the past year. The draft rules, which are subject to a 60-day public comment period, propose new tank-car braking systems, train-speed restrictions, more testing for volatile gases and liquids, and a two-year phase out of older tank cars that officials have said are prone to puncture and fire when derailments occur. The rules follow an 18-month period which saw more than a dozen derailments of trains carrying crude oil, six of which led to major fires and one of which caused the death of 47 people in the Canadian town of Lac Megantic, in Quebec province. “Today’s proposal represents our most significant progress yet in developing and enforcing new rules to ensure that all flammable liquids… are transported safely,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx …

    July 23, 2014 10:12 am
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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

  • Investors take a breather


    Investors shifted focus to improving corporate earnings Wednesday as geopolitical jitters eased slightly. Here’s what the markets are buzzing about today: 1. More records in sight: That was fast. The SP 500 cruised to a new all-time high of 1,988.43 right out of the gate. If it closes above 1,985.59, that will mark its 26th record close this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average drifted lower at the open settling in around the breakeven mark. The Dow remains just shy of its intraday record of 17,151.56 that was set just last week. Boosted by upbeat tech earnings, the Nasdaq edged 0.4% higher. All three major indexes ended in the green Tuesday. Related: Fear Greed Index still stymied by fear 2. Geopolitical jitters ease: Major indexes across Europe floated 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, …

    July 23, 2014 10:12 am
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Sports

  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer’s, steps down


    DENVER (Reuters) – Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer’s disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club’s daily operations. “We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to ‘Mr. B,’ who has faced Alzheimer’s disease with such dignity and strength,” the team said in a statement. Team President Joe Ellis will oversee day-to-day management, while a trust will handle Bowlen’s ownership of the team. (Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Jim Loney)

    July 23, 2014 10:12 am
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World News

  • Scores killed in Taiwan plane crash


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 16:05 The Civil Aeronautics Administration chief Jean Shen said the scene was chaotic A passenger plane has crashed after a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, killing more than 40 people, local officials say. The domestic TransAsia Airways flight crashed near Magong airport on the outlying Penghu island, reports said. There were a total of 54 passengers and four crew on board, Taiwan’s CNA news agency reported. Aviation officials said flight GE222 aborted its initial landing and then crashed, local media reported. Transport minister Yeh Kuang-Shih said that 47 people were killed and 11 were injured, CNA reported. The agency previously said that 51 were feared killed, citing fire department officials. “It’s chaotic [at] the scene,” Jean Shen, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, told Reuters news agency. ‘Plane in flames’ Firefighters and other emergency personnel are attempting to rescue those on board. A photo published by local media showed …

    July 23, 2014 10:12 am
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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

  • There’s Something About Harry…


    Posted on Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 7:30am PDT Harry Styles may not spend that much time in Los Angeles, but when he does, we DEF pay attention! On Tuesday X17 photographers snapped the One Direction hottie cruising around town on his motorcycle, and from the tattoos to the skinnies, we love his style! Sure, Justin Bieber may have more ink (and perhaps a bit more swagger), but Harry has more of an edge with his rock ‘n roll inspired look. But will Harry be riding around solo or is he here in Hollywood to see a lady friend? After all, he doesn’t go back on the road with his band until August 1, so we have to wonder! And speaking of going off on his own, Harry recently shot down rumors that he’s leaving the English-Irish group. Harry told Top of the Pops magazine, “I’m 100 per cent in this band. I still want to …

    July 23, 2014 10:12 am
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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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