Headline News

  • Boston Marathon bombing lawyers renew request for hearing on news media leaks


    BOSTON –  Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media. Last month, a judge issued a stern warning to prosecutors about former or current members of their team speaking to the media after Tsarnaev’s lawyers objected to interviews retired FBI agents gave around the anniversary of the deadly 2013 bombings. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The request came after several news outlets this week reported that investigators believe a friend of Tsarnaev provided the gun authorities say was used by Tsarnaev and his brother in the fatal shooting of an MIT police officer several days after the bombings. On Friday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked the judge to hold a hearing to determine what instructions were given to law enforcement about not talking to the media.

    July 25, 2014 2:37 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. lawmaker urges halt to Ex-Im deals in Russia


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative U.S. lawmaker called on Friday for the Export-Import Bank to halt deals with Russia, while a U.S. company warned that closing the export credit agency would stymie a project helping to wean Ukraine off Russian energy. Republican representative and Ex-Im critic Jeb Hensarling said the worsening situation in Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists, showed Russia was in direct conflict with U.S. interests and said Ex-Im should stop any financing that benefits Russian companies. Hensarling, who chairs a House committee with jurisdiction over the lender, wants Ex-Im to close down when its charter expires at the end of September. Its prospects for survival remain uncertain as Congress approaches a summer break. “Ex-Im’s continuing – and even increasing – connections with Russian companies, many of them run by (Russian President) Vladimir Putin’s cronies, has got to stop and stop immediately,” he wrote in a letter to U.S. President Barack …

    July 25, 2014 1:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Former Bear Stearns CEO Ace Greenberg dies


      Alan “Ace” Greenberg, a former CEO and chairman at Bear Stearns, has died at age 86. He was at the helm of Bear Stearns for 15 years, until 1993, and was chairman when the brokerage firm went under in 2008. Greenberg spent decades at the brokerage firm, seeing the company grow into an industry powerhouse and through its collapse, which fueled the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession. “In many respects, he epitomized the American dream, rising from a clerk to the corner office during his 65 years with the firm,” said JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon and Mary Erdoes, head of asset management, in an email sent Friday to employees. JPMorgan (JPM) bought Bear Stearns for $10 a share after the firm’s collapse. Greenberg was known to answer his own phone and was always at work. In a 2010 interview with CNN, he said he never missed a day of work after …

    July 25, 2014 2:37 pm
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Sports

  • Bills add cornerback Bobby Felder, activate linebacker Randell Johnson


    PITTSFORD, N.Y. –  The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Bobby Felder on Friday. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012 with the Minnesota Vikings and has spent time on the practice squads of Minnesota and Tampa Bay. He had 12 career interceptions in college at Nicholls State. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Bills also announced that linebacker Randell Johnson has been added to the active roster. Johnson began Buffalo’s training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. Buffalo also released defensive tackle Colby Way. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 25, 2014 2:37 pm
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World News

  • Russia angry at US ‘smear campaign’


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 18:48 Fighting in eastern Ukraine is ongoing and the West accuses Russia of aiding the separatist rebels there Russia has accused the US of launching a “smear campaign” over its alleged involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. The foreign ministry in Moscow said on Friday it rejects “unfounded public insinuations” from the US government. But the Pentagon says it believes the movement of Russian heavy-calibre artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is “imminent.” The row comes as more bodies of victims from flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine, arrived in the Netherlands. Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have been accused of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane. The US says it believes rebels shot down the passenger jet with a Russian-provided SA-11 Buk surface-to-air missile, probably by mistake. Russia has frequently denied sending heavy weapons into Ukraine but rebel leaders have given conflicting accounts of whether they had …

    July 25, 2014 2:17 pm
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Technology

  • Linux Gaming: If You Build It, Will They Come?


    For long-suffering Linux users who have endured the dearth of high-quality action games on their open source desktops, the wait for better game developer support soon may be over. New technology is making Linux more attractive to game makers. In fact, it may keep Linux under the hood, so players will have no clue Linux is inside. Until now, game makers have relied primarily on Windows PCs and gaming consoles powered by proprietary alternatives to the Linux OS. However, Linux-based systems specially designed for gaming are on the rise. Some of them provide run-time environments that work on top of Linux. Others employ a dedicated Linux console. These latest developments could provide gamers with serious Linux-based gaming alternatives. Enter Valve One new approach to bringing better game support to the Linux platform is a Linux-powered console under development by Valve. Valve already infused interest in game support for the Linux desktop through its Steam for …

    July 25, 2014 1:57 pm
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Science

  • NSU researcher part of team studying ways to better predict intensity of hurricanes


    They are something we take very seriously in Florida — hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains — Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma. In the past 25 years or so, experts have gradually been improving prediction of the course a storm may take. This is thanks to tremendous advancements in computer and satellite technology. While we still have the “cone of uncertainty” we’ve become familiar with watching television weather reports, today’s models are more accurate than they used to be. The one area, however, where there is still much more to be researched and learned is in predicting just how intense a storm may be. While hurricane hunter aircraft can help determine wind speed, velocity, water temperature and other data, the fact is we often don’t know why or how a storm gets stronger or weaker. There has been virtually no progress in hurricane intensity forecasting during the last quarter …

    July 25, 2014 2:17 pm
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Health

  • Nigeria confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos


    ABUJA/GENEVA (Reuters) – A Liberian man who died in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on Sunday after flying into Lagos, a city of 21 million people, and was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital. Nigeria confirmed earlier on Friday that he had died in quarantine. The man would be the first case on record of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and with 170 million people, its most populous country. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February. “His blood sample was taken to the advance laboratory at the Lagos university teaching hospital, which confirmed the diagnosis of the Ebola virus disease in the patient,” Chukwu told a …

    July 25, 2014 1:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lopez Throws Birthday Bash, Parties With Rumored Beau Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Khloe Kardashian


    Posted on Fri Jul 25th, 2014 12:15pm PDT What a fete! Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 45th birthday with a star-studded bash at Hamptons hotspot Nammos last night, and it looks like it was blast! Jenny from the Block was joined by more than 100 guests, including rumored beau Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Khloe Kardashian and boyfriend French Montana. Other invitees included Russell Simmons, Leah Remini, Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa, Kristin Chenoweth, Rachel Zoe, Brian Atwood, and longtime manager Benny Medina. “Jennifer was dancing with Leah Remini for a while and smiling and greeting everybody,” a source dished to Us Weekly. The singer was surprised with a massive cake that had a woman who resembled J.Lo sitting on a lion! The party carried on into the wee hours of the morning and didn’t wrap up until after 4AM. She just gets better with age!   Stories from around the Web

    July 25, 2014 2:37 pm
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Editorial

  • Military bars troops from attending Vacation Bible school honor


    A Soldier on flag detail prepares to fold Old Glory. (U.S. Army/Sgt. John Carkeet IV) Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri is a small country church bursting with American pride. Old Glory is posted in the sanctuary. And every morning at summer youth camp, the teenagers pledge allegiance and sing the national anthem. Patriotic holidays are big doings at Bible Baptist. On Memorial Day, the church ladies put out quite a spread – fried chicken, potato salad. Veterans would wear their uniforms and the preacher would salute them during the morning worship service. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Join Todd on Facebook for Conservative Conversation! “We are a very patriotic church,” Pastor Kent Hogan told me. “We love America. We love this country.” So it was not that big of a surprise when the church decided to honor the military during their annual Vacation Bible School. The theme was “God’s Rescue Squad.” And each day of the week, …

    July 25, 2014 1:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Pennsylvania parents locked son in car trunk to cure fear of dark


    PITTSBURGH Pa. (Reuters) – A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their five-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this week, according to court officials on Friday. Jeffrey and Danielle Lenhart were charged with felony child endangerment and reckless endangerment for locking their son in the car during three trips to the Idlewild amusement park in Lingonier, Pennsylvania, in July 2013, court records showed. They gave him a flashlight and told him to look for sweets before locking the trunk at the park, about 9.5-miles (15 km) from their home in Latrobe, court officials said. They were accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on Thursday in a deal approved by Westmoreland County Judge Richard McCormick Jr., according to Danielle Lenhart’s lawyer, Deborah Jackson. “She recognizes the serious nature of what has happened and I don’t think we will see her in court …

    July 25, 2014 2:17 pm
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