• McBride slams Rockies over Royals

    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt McBride’s first career grand slam propelled the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a two-game set on Wednesday. Rockies starter Jorge...
  • Pakistan talks over protests begin

    Pakistan talks over protests begin

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 03:56 Mr Khan has come under pressure from other opposition leaders to end his “unconstitutional” protests Initial talks between Pakistan’s government and two protest groups are taking place, after...
  • Kevin Hart’s ex-wife crashed his engagement bash

    Kevin Hart’s heart taken by new fiancée Eniko Parrish Huewire reports that Kevin took his brand-new fiancée, Eniko Parrish, to Atlanta’s Magic City Strip Club to celebrate their engagement, because, you know, classy. Surprise! Kevin’s...
  • Argentina has had it with U.S. bond laws

    Argentina has had it with U.S. bond laws

      Argentina wants to take its ball and go home in its ongoing debt crisis. The country is in default again on some of its debt. Negotiations with several hedge funds over debt repayments broke...

Headline News

  • Police in southern California search for mystery couple who posted selfie after burglary


    This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows two people who appear in ‘selfie’ portraits found on the cloud account of a Southern California burglary victim. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) SANTA CLARITA, Calif. –  Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim’s cloud account? That’s what Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators are trying to determine. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Detectives on Wednesday released photos of a man and woman that mysteriously appeared on a Santa Clarita woman’s online account days after thieves broke into her home through a window and ransacked the place. The crooks stole cash and either her cellphone or tablet, Deputy Joshua Dubin said. The photos, apparently taken with the stolen device, were uploaded to the woman’s account after the July 30 break-in, he said. They show a smiling man with short, dark hair, a smiling woman with longer brownish hair, thick painted eyebrows and …

    August 20, 2014 11:12 pm
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Politics

  • Virginia ex-governor takes stand to deny granting favors


    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell took the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday and denied giving any special treatment to the company at the heart of the bribery and corruption charges against him and his wife. McDonnell characterized his treatment of the company, Star Scientific Inc, and its CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. as “nothing at all special, other than what I was supposed to do.” McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been charged with 14 counts of bribery and fraud for allegedly accepting more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from Williams to promote the company’s signature product, Anatabloc. During the trial, now in its fourth week, prosecutors have said the couple was desperate for money and in deep trouble financially, turning to Williams to help them out. To prove its case against the McDonnells, the government must convince the jury that the couple – and specifically, the …

    August 20, 2014 8:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Argentina has had it with U.S. bond laws


      Argentina wants to take its ball and go home in its ongoing debt crisis. The country is in default again on some of its debt. Negotiations with several hedge funds over debt repayments broke down so badly in July that Argentina is actually trying to change the laws overseeing its bond contracts. President Cristina Kirchner submitted a bill Tuesday to Argentina’s congress that would take the bonds in contention and put them under the Argentine judicial system. At the moment, many of the bonds fall under the U.S. legal code, where various court orders have hamstrung Argentina’s options. It’s uncertain whether the jurisdiction switch is feasible, but Argentina continues to fight the hedge funds. Related: Get caught up on Argentina’s debt crisis The ordeal all goes back to 2001 when Argentina initially defaulted. Many of its bondholders (92%), fearing they wouldn’t get much, if anything, accepted a lower repayment. But a small group of …

    August 20, 2014 9:30 pm
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Sports

  • McBride slams Rockies over Royals


    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt McBride’s first career grand slam propelled the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a two-game set on Wednesday. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (13-8) won his sixth straight start at Coors Field after going eight strong innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (8-11) surrendered five runs — one earned – on five hits and struck out six over seven innings to snap a three-start winning streak. The Royals as a team had their seven-game interleague winning streak snapped as well as their three-game winning streak overall. They now lead Detroit by one game in the AL Central. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    August 20, 2014 11:12 pm
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World News

  • Andrew Cornwell and wife accused of lying to Icac about painting


    The disgraced New South Wales Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell has been accused of colluding with his wife, Samantha Brookes, to lie to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) about using a painting to launder an illegal donation. Brookes has also been accused of giving evidence “laced with lies” on three occasions. The commission has heard a Rex Newell painting was used to launder $10,120 from the property developer Hilton Grugeon to Cornwell’s 2011 state election campaign for the seat of Charlestown. Brookes has previously said the painting was given to her as a gift in 2010 from Cornwell’s father, Brian, and then given to Grugeon as a Christmas present. He appreciated the present so much he decided to pay the couple $10,120 for it, according to Brookes and Cornwell. Grugeon has given evidence that the painting was used as a way for him to donate to Cornwell’s campaign, despite being a prohibited donor. Brookes previously …

    August 20, 2014 11:13 pm
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Technology

  • Sea plankton found on the outer surface of the ISS


    NASA There are a lot of things in space, but terrestrial sea plankton was not one of them –at least, so we thought. Yet traces of the microorganisms were found on the windows of the International Space Station, as reported by Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency. Experiments had previously shown that microorganisms such as bacteria are capable of surviving in space, and, further, propagating endospores — but sea plankton is certainly a new discovery, Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission, told the news agency. “The results of this experiment are absolutely unique,” he said. “We have found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator [window] surface. This should be studied further.” As for how the plankton got there in the first place, researchers are yet unclear, although they do have some theories. “[Plankton in] such phases of development is found on the surface of the ocean. It isn’t characteristic to …

    August 20, 2014 8:29 pm
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Science

  • US expedition yields first breakthrough paper about life under Antarctic ice


    The first breakthrough paper to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth’s final frontiers shows that there’s life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn’t seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions of years. The life is in the form of microorganisms that live beneath the enormous Antarctic ice sheet and convert ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth. Many of the microbes are single-celled organisms known as Archaea, said Montana State University professor John Priscu, the chief scientist of the U.S. project called WISSARD that sampled the sub-ice environment. He is also co-author of the MSU author-dominated paper in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature. “We were able to prove unequivocally to the world that Antarctica is not a dead continent,” Priscu said, adding that data in the Nature paper is …

    August 20, 2014 4:46 pm
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Health

  • Experimental Ebola drugs needed for ‘up to 30,000 people’


    LONDON (Reuters) – Up to 30,000 people could have used experimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola currently plaguing West Africa, British scientists said on Wednesday. The calculation highlights the dilemma facing officials considering how to distribute the tiny quantities of unproven drugs that are likely to be available in the near term to fight the deadly disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is hoping for improved supplies of experimental treatments and progress with a vaccine by the end of the year, after last week backing the use of untested drugs and vaccines. Oliver Brady, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, and colleagues have been crunching the numbers and believe the number of people needing such treatment or protection is very large, even under a conservative scenario. “This demand is likely to be higher than many people realize,” Brady wrote in a commentary in the science journal Nature. …

    August 20, 2014 12:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kevin Hart’s ex-wife crashed his engagement bash


    Kevin Hart’s heart taken by new fiancée Eniko Parrish Huewire reports that Kevin took his brand-new fiancée, Eniko Parrish, to Atlanta’s Magic City Strip Club to celebrate their engagement, because, you know, classy. Surprise! Kevin’s ex-wife was having a celebration of her own at Magic City, with co-stars from her Atlanta Exes show, which premiered last night. Awkward. Supposedly, neither had any idea the other would be at the same strip club, but in a city the size of Atlanta, that would be one pretty major coincidence. If Kevin Hart were Justin Bieber, he’d buy a monkey, too The uncomfortable run-in seems like a bad sign for Kevin and Parrish’s future as man and wife. But Kevin reportedly flaunted his gorgeous wife-to-be and dropped a whopping $40k on her during the celebration, on top of the freaking giant engagement ring he just gave her. Sources say Kevin and Torrei pretty much ignored each other — …

    August 20, 2014 10:11 pm
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Editorial

  • Student punished for saying "bless you"


    Kendra Turner and her motherMyFoxMemphis Kendra Turner was brought up right. She’s the kind of kid who says “yes sir” and “no ma’am.”  She was “raised up right,” with good manners as they are prone to say around Dyersburg, Tennessee. So it was not out of character for Kendra to say “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed. But that common courtesy landed the 18-year-old in hot water. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13 Kendra said she was rebuked by her teacher at Dyer County High School and thrown out of class for violating the teacher’s ban on the words “bless you.” The school would have us believe that a child telling a classmate “bless you” after a sneeze somehow caused a classroom commotion so severe it warranted a punishment? It’s a good thing Kendra didn’t offer her classmate a tissue.   “She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her …

    August 20, 2014 8:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. “Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space,” a spokesman said on Wednesday. “During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days.” Pimco’s New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. “This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City,” the spokesman said, regarding New York City’s battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects. Two weeks ago, three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders …

    August 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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