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  • Police kill gunman inside posh downtown Austin hotel

    AUSTIN, Texas An early Sunday shootout in the lobby of a swank downtown Austin hotel ended when police killed a man after he apparently randomly gunned down another person, police said. The shootings at the Omni Austin Hotel, about four blocks from the Texas state Capitol, happened just before 5 a.m. CDT, police said. A 911 caller reported a man walking around with a gun in the lobby of the hotel, a sleek high-rise with a soaring atrium overlooking the city’s historic Sixth Street district, said Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley. Two minutes later, the caller reported that the man had just shot someone, he said. “The 911 operator was able to hear crying in the background as well as yelling,” Manley said. Police arrived to find a man with a rifle and saw a body on the floor of the lobby, Manley said. The gunman pointed the rifle at officers, who then chased him …

    July 5, 2015 3:38 pm


  • Cruz presidential campaign says supporters donated $51 million

    WASHINGTON Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far less in donations directly to his campaign than his supporters have collected for the four outside spending groups supporting him. The statement said there were 175,000 individual donations to the campaign with an average contribution of $81. About $10 million came in during the second quarter of the year. Final figures from political action committees supporting him have not been released yet but the Cruz campaign said that in June the groups announced having already brought in more than $37 million. Last week, the campaign for Hillary Clinton, the clear front-runner in the …

    July 5, 2015 1:57 pm


  • Buying frenzy for final game of Women’s World Cup

    Last-minute tickets sales heated up for Sunday night’s FIFA Women’s World Cup championship that pits the U.S. against Japan, the defending champs. Sales took off after the U.S. team clinched its spot last Tuesday, doubling the listing prices on ticket exchange sites. Overall, fans have spent $3.4 million on tickets in the secondary market, according to SeatGeek.com, at an average price of $374. The game will be played in Vancouver, and it’s the most expensive ticket to a North American soccer game that SeatGeek.com has on its books. Those are still bargain prices compared to a seat at the men’s World Cup final in Brazil last year, which had an average resale price of $5,508. But the Women’s World Cup tickets are hotter than the men’s qualifier game against Mexico in September 2013. That was the second-most expensive North American soccer game, and resale tickets sold at an average price of $293. The most expensive …

    July 5, 2015 2:58 pm


  • Wiesberger comes from 3 shots back to win French Open for 3rd European Tour title

    Bernd Wiesberger of Austria kisses the trophy after he won the French Open Golf tournament at Paris National course in Guyancourt, west of Paris, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Wiesberger won the French Open on Sunday, shooting 65 for a 13-under total of 271. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) (The Associated Press) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tees off at the first hole during the final round of the French Open Golf tournament at Paris National course in Guyancourt, west of Paris, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Wiesberger won the French Open on Sunday, shooting 65 for a 13-under total of 271. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) (The Associated Press) PARIS –  Bernd Wiesberger of Austria came from three shots back to win the French Open on Sunday, making five birdies on the front nine to take command as overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl faltered. Wiesberger finished with a 6-under 65 to win by three shots ahead of James Morrison of England, who shot …

    July 5, 2015 3:38 pm

World News

  • Greek voters reject bailout offer

    Crowds gathered to celebrate in Athens as results began to come through With two-thirds of ballots counted, results from the Greek referendum show voters decisively rejecting the terms of an international bailout. Figures published by the interior ministry showed 61% of those whose ballots had been counted voting “No”, against 39% voting “Yes”. Greece’s governing Syriza party campaigned for a “No”, saying the bailout terms were humiliating. The “Yes” campaign warned this could see Greece ejected from the eurozone. Some European officials had also said that a “No” would be seen as an outright rejection of talks with creditors. But Greek government officials have insisted that a “No” vote would strengthen their hand and that they could rapidly strike a deal for fresh funding in resumed negotiations. Greek banks will reopen by Tuesday, they say. Follow our live updates Reacting to the result, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis called it “a big yes to a …

    July 5, 2015 3:38 pm


  • How many iPhones does it take to stop a bullet?

    Whenever a new iPhone comes out, there are lots of questions about its screen resolution, its battery life, the quality of its camera… You know, normal questions. A YouTube user known as EverythingApplePro recently had another kind of question about the shiny slabs of tech — just how many of them it would take to stop a bullet shot at close range from an AK-74. No, that’s not a typo; the AK-74 is a Russian assault rifle that was released in 1974 and put into wide circulation during Russia’s 1979 conflict with Afghanistan. Like its more well-known predecessor, the AK-47 (which was made in — you guessed it — 1947), the gun was also made by Mikhail Kalashnikov. But I digress. What’s really important here is that, according to EverythingApplePro, the gun can fire bullets that leave the muzzle at up to 2,900 feet (about 884 meters) per second. So just how many phones would …

    July 5, 2015 1:37 pm


  • Patients with recurrent depression have smaller hippocampi

    Related images(click to enlarge) The brains of people with recurrent depression have a significantly smaller hippocampus – the part of the brain most associated with forming new memories – than healthy individuals, a new global study of nearly 9,000 people reveals. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the ENIGMA study is co-authored by University of Sydney scholars at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. The research is the largest international study to compare brain volumes in people with and without major depression. It highlights the need to identify and treat depression effectively when it first occurs, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Using magnetic resonance imaged (MRI) brain scans, and clinical data from 1,728 people with major depression and 7,199 healthy individuals, the study combined 15 datasets from Europe, the USA and Australia. Major depression is a common condition affecting at least one in six people during their lifetime. It is a serious clinical mood disorder in …

    July 5, 2015 1:40 pm


  • Vertex Pharma’s lung disorder therapy wins FDA nod

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc’s unique combination therapy for a rare lung disorder was given the green light by U.S. health regulators, extending the company’s reach to the most common form of genetic mutation responsible for cystic fibrosis. Orkambi, a combination of Vertex’s approved drug Kalydeco and a new compound called lumacaftor, is intended for patients aged 12 and above, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. (1.usa.gov/1KwebV3) Orkambi and Kalydeco aim at fixing the underlying condition caused by the misbehaving gene, unlike current drugs which treat related symptoms. The combination treats the most common F508del mutation, while Kalydeco alone treats cystic fibrosis patients with a different mutation. Orkambi will carry a wholesale price tag of $259,000 per year in the United States, the company said in a regulatory filing. (1.usa.gov/1HzWyon) Most of the analysts had expected Orkambi to be priced lower than Kalydeco, which costs about $300,000 per year. Analyst’s view on the lower …

    July 5, 2015 1:58 pm


  • Stars Celebrate Independence Day With Bikinis, Booze And Their BFFs

    Posted on Sun Jul 5th, 2015 11:49am PDT       By X17 Staff We saw a lot of celebs partying it up yesterday for the Fourth of July, but Kim Kardashian takes the cake for the best Independence Day outfit! The pregnant reality star squeezed her baby bump into an American flag swimsuit, sequined hot pants and red, white, and blue tube socks. And don’t forget the fanny pack, necklace and trucker hat! We already saw what Kim’s big sis Kourtney was up to (you know, hanging with her kids while Scott Disick is vacationing with his ex), and though Caitlyn Jenner didn’t post an image of herself, she did upload a shot of the American flag and write, “Happy 4th of July! Proud to be an American … where at least I am free to be me.“ Miley Cyrus threw a big ol’ bash at her home, and naturally she wore a skimpy outfit and posed for …

    July 5, 2015 3:18 pm


  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks

    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm

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