• Today’s Toons 7/24/14

    Today’s Toons 7/24/14

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  • Blue Jays rally past Red Sox

    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jose Bautista homered and added an RBI double as the Toronto Blue Jays came away with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Colby Rasmus, Josh Thole and...
  • Gaza conflict stirs anger and violence in West Bank

    The main street through the village of Husan, just outside Bethlehem, is still littered with rocks and the black, burned patches of tarmac that mark the impact of molotov cocktails. Ibrahim Hamamra stands outside a...
  • Google to face Europe data watchdogs

    Google to face Europe data watchdogs

    24 July 2014 Last updated at 08:11 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News The ruling only applies to search engines viewed from within the EU Google is to meet data regulators from across the...
  • Indian sports minister irked by turban row

    MUMBAI (Reuters) – Basketball’s no-headgear rule has irked the Indian sports minister who has reacted with anger after two Sikh members of the men’s national team had to remove their turbans before they were allowed...
  • ‘Apostasy’ woman flies out of Sudan

    ‘Apostasy’ woman flies out of Sudan

    24 July 2014 Last updated at 10:00 Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, flew out with Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing...

Headline News

  • Wine collector faces sentencing for selling bogus bottles of wine he made in Calif. kitchen


    NEW YORK –  A California wine collector faces sentencing in New York after he was convicted of making up to $20 million from 2004 to 2012 by selling bogus bottles of wine. A federal judge will sentence Rudy Kurniawan Thursday after a jury in December convicted him of mail and wire fraud charges. Prosecutors say federal sentencing guidelines call for him to serve at least 11 years in prison. Defense lawyers say the 27 months he’s spent in prison are enough. Either way, Kurniawan, who was born in Indonesia, will be deported once he’s freed. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Billionaire yachtsman, entrepreneur and wine investor William Koch filed a letter with the court saying he lost more than $2 million in the fraud and had spent millions more investigating it. He said serious fraud merits serious punishment.

    July 24, 2014 5:22 am
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Politics

  • Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman’s aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing disclosure and shareholder voting. Republican Representative Edward Royce of California plans to grill SEC Corporation Finance Director Keith Higgins at a House Financial Services hearing. Among his top concerns is a rule that lets investors such as Ackman delay publicly reporting when they have amassed a large stake in a company for days. “I am especially interested in the SEC’s process when looking at novel or creative deals like the announced joint-bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square for Allergan,” Royce said in a statement. “Mr. Higgins’ appearance before the committee is an opportunity to make sure that the Commission is making robust reviews of these sorts of deals to ensure strong investor protections and market transparency.” …

    July 24, 2014 1:40 am
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Stocks

  • Chinese homebuyers are flocking to these U.S. states


      Chinese buyers are now the biggest international players in the U.S. housing market and some states are seeing billions of dollars in real estate deals as a result. More than half of the $22 billion Chinese buyers spent on U.S. homes during the 12 months ended in March was spent in California, Washington and New York, according to the National Association of Realtors. The hottest markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Seattle, according to Juwai.com, a Hong Kong-based website that connects Chinese buyers with U.S. properties. California is particularly attractive because it’s so close to the homeland, and its major cities have large Chinese-American populations and attractive climates and lifestyles, said Andrew Taylor, Juwai’s co-CEO. Related: Mansions for under $1 million “Plus, it has a thriving tech industry that employs many Chinese,” he said. Leslie Appleton-Young, the chief economist for the California Association of Realtors, said there had always been …

    July 24, 2014 4:21 am
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Sports

  • Blue Jays rally past Red Sox


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jose Bautista homered and added an RBI double as the Toronto Blue Jays came away with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Colby Rasmus, Josh Thole and Ryan Goins each drove in runs for the Blue Jays, who rallied from an early three-run deficit to win their second in a row in the four-game series, which ends Thursday. R.A. Dickey (8-10) hung in long enough for the win, lasting six full frames despite allowing four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. Casey Janssen collected his 15th save with a perfect ninth. “When you start the game giving up three runs without recording an out, it can really weight on you mentally,” Dickey stated. “It was a very satisfying win for me personally because I kept us in the game long enough for us to scratch it out.” David Ortiz hit a three-run blast for the Red …

    July 24, 2014 5:22 am
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World News

  • Gaza conflict stirs anger and violence in West Bank


    The main street through the village of Husan, just outside Bethlehem, is still littered with rocks and the black, burned patches of tarmac that mark the impact of molotov cocktails. Ibrahim Hamamra stands outside a shuttered grocery store where less than 24 hours earlier his brother Mohammed was shot dead by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) sniper, his family claim, as a riot raged nearby. The IDF told the AFP news agency that Mohammed was shot with a rubber bullet. There were violent clashes with Israeli troops on Tuesday night as thousands of people across the West Bank took to the streets to protest over the deaths of scores of civilians in fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas fighters at Shujai’iya, in Gaza City. The protest followed weeks of violence in the West Bank, including clashes in Hebron 10 days ago in which a man was killed. A mass rally is planned in Ramallah on …

    July 24, 2014 5:22 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: New Foursquare, new Shield, new Lumia and new wearables


    A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team This MP Wants People Who Steal World Of Warcraft Weapons To Be Punished Like Real-Life Thieves Buzzfeed Mike Weatherley, who is also David Cameron’s chief advisor on intellectual property, asked ministers to consider new laws so that “people who steal online items in video games with a real-world monetary value receive the same sentences as criminals who steal real-world items of the same monetary value”. The Conservative MP, who himself plays the fantasy role-playing game Warcraft, told BuzzFeed that players sometimes spend large amounts of real world money on in-game items. The far more pertinent question for most, of course, would be whether conventional property rights can be extended to digital downloads from sites such as iTunes or Amazon. That would obviously affect criminals who steal accounts – but it would also pose thorny questions for the companies …

    July 24, 2014 1:40 am
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Science

  • Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye


    Related images(click to enlarge) Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. “The proteins we study are part of the most efficient system ever built, capable of converting the energy from the sun into chemical energy with an unrivaled 60 percent efficiency,” said Yulia Pushkar, a Purdue assistant professor of physics involved in the research. “Understanding this system is indispensible for alternative energy research aiming to create artificial photosynthesis.” During photosynthesis plants use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into hydrogen-storing carbohydrates and oxygen. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, …

    July 24, 2014 2:00 am
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Health

  • India’s Ipca halts shipments to U.S. from local plant after FDA concerns


    MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Ipca Laboratories Ltd said on Thursday it has voluntarily suspended shipments to the United States from one of its drug ingredient manufacturing plants after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concerns regarding the unit. Ipca, a mid-sized generic drugs and ingredients maker, said the FDA issued a so-called “Form 483″, a letter in which the agency typically outlines violations of its guidelines observed during inspections of manufacturing plants. Ipca did not give details about the contents of the Form 483 that it had received. Over the past year, large Indian drugmakers such as Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd and Wockhardt Ltd have been hit by a spate of regulatory sanctions due to concerns about production processes at their local plants. The sanctions have hurt India’s reputation as a supplier of safe, affordable drugs. The shipment halt from Ipca’s Ratlam plant in central India will also impact its U.S. drug exports from …

    July 24, 2014 1:40 am
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Entertainment

  • Zoe Saldana almost quit the biz after Pirates of the Caribbean


    Though the 36-year-old actress says she got along with her fellow thespians, the politics on the set are what made the job seem almost unbearable. “Those weren’t the right people for me,” she said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I’m talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line. Extras versus actors, producers versus PAs. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business.” Zoe Saldana’s Nina Simone biopic might be doomed  Though Saldana persevered through the filming of the 2003 flick, she admits at the time she promised herself she wouldn’t put herself through the process again. “I was 23 years old, and I was like, ‘F*** this!’ I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and …

    July 24, 2014 4:21 am
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Editorial

  • Why I’m sorry for judging a convenience store clerk


    Jason F. Wright and Cheri RomickCourtesy of the author There was just something about her. The woman behind the Handy Mart counter had worried eyes and a tired smile. I suspected the reason her smile was exhausted had nothing to do with using it all the time. It was just tired of lying. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It was 6:40 a.m. in the quiet convenience store and I’d planned to buy a newspaper and enjoy a donut and juice before heading to my office. And, because I’m a serial talker, I’d hoped to chat with whoever might be working or simply passing through the combination gas station and Dunkin Donuts. I paid for my breakfast and decided to try to pry a smile with a joke that was outrageously funny in my head, but in the real world? Not so much. The clerk, Cheri Romick, grinned anyway, wished me a good day and returned to her routine. …

    July 24, 2014 1:40 am
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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