• Indian or American: Congressman’s ‘oops’

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 17:06 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Last Thursday US Representative Curt Clawson mistook two senior US officials testifying at a congressional hearing for representatives of the government of...
  • New species of mayfly discovered in India

    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any...
  • Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout

    Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 16:30 The payout is a big hit for a country on the brink of recession Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages,...
  • Rick Perry’s bold border move

    Rick Perry’s bold border move

    Gov. Rick Perry listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference in the Governor’s press room, Monday, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Gov. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard...
  • Health Highlights: July 28, 2014

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola Two Americans working to help Ebola victims in the...

Headline News

  • Indian or American: Congressman’s ‘oops’


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 17:06 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Last Thursday US Representative Curt Clawson mistook two senior US officials testifying at a congressional hearing for representatives of the government of India. In an awkward exchange that quickly went viral, the Florida Republican boasted of attending school in India and his love of Indian films to Nisha Biswal of the state department and Arun Kumar of the commerce department. “I am familiar with your country,” he told the two assistant secretaries. “I love your country.” Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Sadly, it’s becoming extremely uncommon for members of Congress to actually know what they’re talking about” End Quote Jonathan Capehart The Washington Post He then went on to request that India open itself to increased US investment. “I ask co-operation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing,” he said. “Can I have that?” A confused Ms …

    July 28, 2014 11:12 am
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Politics

  • Former Virginia governor, wife go on trial on corruption charges


    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen starts on Monday, with the couple charged with selling political favors for a loan, gifts and vacations. McDonnell, 60, a Republican once mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, and the former first lady face a 14-count indictment alleging they accepted about $165,000 from a Virginia businessman in exchange for helping his dietary supplement company. The McDonnells deny the charges, contending in court filings there is no evidence they agreed to use their power to aid the executive, Jonnie Williams, founder of dietary supplement company Star Scientific Inc. Prosecutors say the gifts to McDonnell and his wife ranged from an engraved $6,500 Rolex watch to wedding and engagement presents and money for the couple’s daughters, and a $15,000 shopping spree for Maureen McDonnell. Other favors included a $50,000 loan and golf outings and equipment, prosecutors say. Virginia governors …

    July 28, 2014 10:51 am
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Stocks

  • Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion


    The two biggest names in online house hunting — Zillow and Trulia – are joining forces in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion. Trulia shares jumped 12% on the news that it’s selling to Zillow. Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites, where consumers can search listings of homes for sale. Zillow and Trulia together attract more than 130 million visitors a month. Both companies post detailed listings of homes for sale, and charge agents to post their names alongside their listings. Some agent teams spend $20,000 a month with Zillow, Trulia, or both. Still the websites’ revenue only add up to about 4% of the $12 billion the real estate industry spends on marketing via newspaper and television ads, billboards, direct mail and the like. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sees an opportunity to capture more of those marketing dollars via mobile. “Mobile is becoming the medium of choice for home shopping,” said …

    July 28, 2014 9:31 am
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Sports

  • Spanish judge rejects prosecutor’s request to drop tax fraud charges against Lionel Messi


    MADRID –  A Spanish judge has rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement says there is “sufficient evidence” to believe the Argentina player “could have known and consented” to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income made from Messi’s image rights. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The statement was issued Monday by the court in Gava, Barcelona. In June, Messi’s public relations firm said a prosecutor had agreed to drop the tax fraud case against the player and his father. Messi’s father, Jorge Horacio Messi, is under investigation for an alleged 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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World News

  • Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 16:30 The payout is a big hit for a country on the brink of recession Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages, the biggest compensation package ordered to date. Russia was told to pay the money to former shareholders in the now defunct oil producer Yukos. The Hague court said Russian officials had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt Yukos, and jail its boss. The Russian finance ministry said the ruling was “flawed”, “one-sided” and “politically biased.” The ministry added that the Hague’s arbitration court “had no jurisdiction to consider the questions it was given”. ‘Major step’ The claim was filed by a subsidiary for the financial holding company GML, once the biggest shareholder in Yukos Oil Co. GML Executive Director Tim Osborne said: “The majority shareholders of Yukos Oil were left without compensation for the loss of their investment when Russia …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Technology

  • Are Uber’s passenger ratings big data for good or discrimination 2.0?


    For a short period on Monday morning, users of taxi firm 2.0 Uber were able to see their passenger rating, the company’s internal ranking of how good a customer you are. The coder Aaron Landy discovered that by pasting a short chunk of code into their browser, any Uber customer could find out the rating they had been assigned. Landy himself scored 4.6 out of 5. Uber rapidly fixed the hole, but not before the ability to check passenger ratings had gone viral on social media. For some, that meant sharing their their passenger ratings, commiserating over low scores and congratulating each other on high ones. For others, it was the first introduction to the fact that their drivers were reviewing them. The concept seems at first like a novelty, an shining example of our data-driven times. The same arguments that Uber makes for letting passengers rate drivers apply in reverse, after all: more information …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Science

  • New species of mayfly discovered in India


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India. The new species, called Labiobaetis soldani, “is named in honor of Dr. T. Soldan for his substantial contribution to the understanding of the Ephemeroptera of Palaearctic and Oriental realms,” according to the authors of a study that describes the new mayfly in the Journal of Insect Science. The larvae have light-brown heads with light-yellow antennae, and they grow to be about 4-5 millimeters in length. Adults are also about five millimeters long, and the males and females both lack hind wings. Labiobaetis soldani is closely related to Labiobaetis pulchellus, which has been described from Sri Lanka in the larval stage. However, it can be differentiated from all other …

    July 28, 2014 11:12 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: July 28, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola Two Americans working to help Ebola victims in the West African country of Liberia have themselves become infected, an aid organization said. According to the Associated Press, Dr Kent Brantly, 33, has tested positive for the highly contagious, often fatal viral disease and is currently being treated in a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. The North Carolina-based aid agency Samaritan’s Purse announced his illness in a news release issued Saturday, the AP said. Brantly, who previously worked at a family practice in Fort Worth, Texas, has been working in Liberia since October of 2013 and is the medical director for Samaritan’s Purse’s case management center in Monrovia. The second American stricken with Ebola is Nancy Writebol, a worker with a group called SIM (Serving in Mission) that is allied with …

    July 28, 2014 10:51 am
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Entertainment

  • Shia LaBeouf And Girlfriend Mia Goth Stock Up On Junk Food


    Posted on Mon Jul 28th, 2014 7:20am PDT Shia LaBeouf and his girlfriend Mia Goth went shopping at Gelson’s in Los Angeles on Sunday, and from the Capri Sun packs to the chips and candy, it looks like these two love all things sugary and salty! Despite the fact that the duo have been together since late 2012, it’s not often that we spot them out and about. The actors met on the set of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and there were reports that they had un-simulated sex during filming. That could explain how they connected so well! But ick… Shia appeared in a Manhattan court on Thursday morning for his disorderly conduct case, and his lawyer is close to reaching a deal with prosecution. Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Russell asked Judge Ann Scherzer for an adjournment, and all parties are due back in court on September 10. On June 26 the 28-year-old star was …

    July 28, 2014 9:31 am
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Editorial

  • Rick Perry’s bold border move


    Gov. Rick Perry listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference in the Governor’s press room, Monday, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Gov. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they’ve made it into Texas. Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Odd News

  • New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer


    (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bishop punched him in the face, police said. The incident was not the first involving a costumed street performer running afoul of the law in New York. Last month, a costumed Spider-Man man was fined $370 for a 2013 incident in which …

    July 27, 2014 2:53 pm
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