Headline News

  • Judge allows Aaron Hernandez defense to subpoena Verizon in effort to ID anonymous caller


    FALL RIVER, Mass. –  A Massachusetts judge has authorized a subpoena so lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can identify an anonymous tipster who claimed one of the jurors who convicted Hernandez of murder may have been “untruthful” during jury selection. Judge Susan Garsh ruled Friday that Verizon can be subpoenaed to determine the identity of the tipster who called attorney James Sultan in April, after Hernandez was convicted in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The judge said the caller’s credibility can be determined only by first learning her identity. Sultan says the tipster called him from a blocked number and said the juror was present for a discussion about a Boston double murder Hernandez is also accused of committing. The jurors weren’t told about that case during the trial.

    July 3, 2015 2:41 pm
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Politics

  • Edwards Releases Senate Fundraising Totals


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 2:09 p.m. today 0 Tweet Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Donna Edwards’ Senate campaign said Friday the Democrat raised $590,000 in the second quarter — ending the first half of the year with less than $1 million in the bank for her primary race for the open Maryland Senate seat. The campaign said the $924,000 raised year-to-date comes from more than 10,000 donors. A campaign aide said Thursday this is Edwards’ “strongest” quarter since she was elected to Congress in 2008. It also marks marks her first quarter with new campaign manager, Garrick Delzell, who joined her after working at Emily’s List. “Donna is building a campaign that reflects the values of Maryland’s working families,” said Edwards spokesman Benjamin Gerdes. “In just four months, she’s engaged 10,000 contributors and over 100,000 grassroots supporters in her race for the United States Senate. Donna’s supporters share her passion …

    July 3, 2015 1:21 pm
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Stocks

  • Don’t bet against Joey Chestnut… or Nathan’s?


    Competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will attempt to win his ninth straight mustard belt on July 4th. It’s a disgusting display of gluttony. But for many, the annual hot dog eating contest is right up there with viewing fireworks as a holiday tradition. Nathan’s Famous at Coney Island in Brooklyn has hosted this event since 1916. Next year will be the centennial! And it’s becoming a tradition for me to write a story about this small restaurant company just before Independence Day. Related: Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Have a hot dog. Or 70. Nathan’s (NATH) went public in 1993. The company is only worth $170 million and trading volume is extremely low. About 42,000 shares change hands every day on average. Apple (AAPL, Tech30), by way of comparison, has an average daily trading volume of nearly 45 million shares. But Nathan’s has been a big wiener (sorry!) for the few long-term investors that own it. Its …

    July 3, 2015 2:21 pm
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Sports

  • Serena survives almighty Watson scare to advance


    LONDON World number one Serena Williams survived an almighty scare at Wimbledon on Friday, battling back to beat inspired Briton Heather Watson in three sets and stay on course for a 21st grand slam title. Williams, who has lifted this year’s Australian and French Open crowns, was forced to dig deep in front of a raucous home crowd after an error-strewn showing against the superb Watson, recovering from 3-0 down in the final set to win 6-2 4-6 7-5. The 33-year-old will face her sister Venus in the last 16 — their 26th career meeting — as she continues her bid for a sixth Wimbledon crown. “I have had some tough losses but that was probably my toughest match. I think she played unbelievable and should have won the match,” the American told reporters. “She could get beyond the top 20, she is playing really well… She was playing so good there was nothing I …

    July 3, 2015 2:41 pm
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World News

  • China firm ‘must approve pregnancies’


    The firm was apparently worried that too many babies may be born to its staff at the same time A Chinese firm reportedly plans to ask its staff to seek approval before they get pregnant, provoking scorn in the state-run press and on social media. Workers at a finance firm in Henan province were said to have been told they must apply for a “place on the birth-planning schedule” – and only if they had been employed for over a year. Those who became pregnant without approval may be penalised. The plan has been heavily criticised on social networks and in the media. A commentator in the state-run China Youth Daily said the company regarded its workers as “tools on the production line” rather than human beings, the AFP news agency reports. Employees are also unhappy, with one complaining that it was impossible to guarantee that a pregnancy would follow the schedule set by the …

    July 3, 2015 2:41 pm
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Technology

  • Terminator: Meet the organisation trying to stop killer robots


    Utter the phrase “killer robot” to someone and you’ll likely see them smile, a grin spreading as they picture a 10-foot chrome monster firing its lasers and bleating electronically about exterminating humans. But while sci-fi ‘bots — even the ones that turn evil — occupy a fond place in our hearts and on our movie screens, the reality of lethal, autonomous machines is much closer, and more terrifyingly mundane, than we might think. Sentry robots like this one must not be allowed to make kill decisions on their own, the Campaign argues. KIM DONG-JOO/AFP/Getty Images “They will look like tanks. They will look like battleships. They will look like jet fighters,” says robotics professor Noel Sharkey, speaking to CNET about the Campaign to Stop Killer robots. The organisation is working to get a global international treaty to ban robots that kill without human prompting. In the video above, we let the Campaign explain why it …

    July 3, 2015 1:00 pm
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Science

  • US survey reveals high value of physicists to industry


    Weighing up the options A survey by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) has found that US physicists with PhDs who go on to work in industry do not suffer a loss of earnings or intellectual satisfaction. Those who find jobs in the private sector, the survey finds, typically have careers that are rewarding both professionally and financially, even though they do not necessarily use the specific training they acquired in their doctoral and – for some – postdoctoral training. The survey – Common Careers of Physicists in the Private Sector – focuses on 503 US-based physicists employed in the US private sector who were awarded their PhDs in 1996, 1997, 2000 or 2001. Those years were chosen because they were either side of the 2000 “dot-com” bubble, to provide a balance to the survey because Internet firms often hire physicists. Carried out by Roman Czujko, recently retired head of the AIP’s Statistical Research Center, together …

    July 3, 2015 1:01 pm
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Health

  • Noise From Fireworks Threatens Young Ears


    FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The Fourth of July weekend is a time for celebrations and beautiful fireworks displays. But, parents do need to take steps to protect their children’s ears from loud fireworks, a hearing expert cautions. “Fireworks can be harmful to a child’s ears,” Dr. Laura Swibel Rosenthal, a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor at Loyola University Health System in Chicago, said in a health system news release. “It is rare, but I have seen problems such as hearing loss and a tympanic membrane perforation,” she explained. A tympanic membrane rupture is commonly known as a ruptured eardrum. Rosenthal said that World Health Organization guidelines advise that children not be exposed to sounds that exceed 140 decibels (dB). Fireworks, however, can range from as low as 130 dB to as high as 190 dB. For comparison, the sound of a jet taking off from a distance of about 300 feet …

    July 3, 2015 1:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kourtney Kardashian Posts Pic With Kids After Scott Disick Spotted Getting Cozy With His Ex


    Posted on Fri Jul 3rd, 2015 11:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Is she trying to send a message that he has a family at home?! Kourtney Kardashian shared a pic of her kids at bedtime on her Instagram account yesterday, and we have a feeling she was attempting to deflect attention away from the fact that her partner Scott Disick was photographed get way too cozy with his ex Chloe Bartoli in Monte Carlo recently. “Pajama party,” she captioned the snapshot, which shows youngest son Reign in a striped onesie. The Lord might want to hop on the next flight back to Kourt’s side if he has a prayer of saving their relationship. According to sources, the reality star doesn’t want him hanging around his former fling. “Scott and Chloe flirt all the time. Kourtney does not want her around Scott,” an insider dished to Us Weekly. Rumors have been circulating about LD’s infidelity for years, …

    July 3, 2015 2:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Lynne Russell, ex-CNN anchor, and her husband are alive thanks to a gun


    Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, believe they would be dead if she hadn’t been carrying a gun. Late Wednesday night, Russell was forced at gunpoint from a motel parking lot into her room. The robber, not satisfied with merely taking her husband’s briefcase, started shooting at him. Fortunately, Russell had handed de Caro her purse, with her handgun inside it. De Caro shot the attacker, who later died at the hospital. This story made national news. ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, People Magazine and even such foreign publications as the UK Guardian newspaper mentioned that Russell, a CNN anchor from 1983 to 2001, and de Caro both had concealed handgun permits. We see these stories every day, some of the heroic actions caught on video and others where the criminal is killed, but you would never know it, because the national media continually ignore them. The case with Russell is an …

    July 3, 2015 1:21 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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