Headline News

  • Europe could show way for clog maker Crocs’ revival


    BERLIN (Reuters) – The success of Crocs Inc in Europe, where the U.S. shoemaker has focused on its trademark colorful foam clogs rather than branching into other products, proves the brand has a future despite difficulties at home, its European head said. Crocs, founded in Boulder, Colorado in 2002, quickly built a cult following for its springy-soled clogs, selling more than 300 million pairs of shoes. It now runs 624 stores and has expanded into accessories and more fashionable shoe styles. But profits went into decline as sales growth stalled at home and it expanded rapidly overseas. Last month, the group said it would focus back on its “core molded footwear heritage”, cut 40 percent of its 350 product lines and close 75-100 stores as it trims investment in small markets. “You say ‘Crocs’ and a lot of people will frustratingly say ‘are you still around?’” Vince Gunn, Crocs European managing director, told Reuters in …

    July 30, 2014 5:20 am
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Politics

  • Senate immigration bill expected to fail


    Another day, another fight at the Capitol A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress’ five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats’ $3.5 billion emergency spending bill designed to help deal with tens of thousands of young migrants crossing the border illegally has yet to draw the necessary support to move forward. A vote in the Senate was expected Wednesday. The inclusion of hundreds of millions of dollars to fight Western wildfires and provide aid for Israel’s defense hasn’t been enough to win over Republicans, who demand legal changes rejected by Democrats to return the young migrants more quickly to Central America. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said it was Republicans’ fault that the Senate looked set to adjourn for August without addressing what both parties have called a humanitarian crisis. …

    July 30, 2014 3:36 am
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Stocks

  • Amgen joins job-cut parade


    The economy is on the mend, but the pink slips keep flying. Amgen (AMGN) became the latest company to announce major layoffs, despite signs that the U.S. jobs picture is improving. In its earnings presentation Tuesday, the biotechnology firm revealed it plans to eliminate 2,400 to 2,900 jobs, or about 12-15% of its workforce. Last month, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) said it would cut 18,000 jobs within the next year. That’s the largest round of layoffs in the company’s history. Amgen’s job cuts come despite a solid bounce in both revenue and profit. The stock jumped 4% in after-hours trading. Related: Beware of social media, biotech stocks The big job cuts come at a time when the employment picture in corporate America seems to finally be improving. Many companies were reluctant to hire after laying off heavily in the wake of the recession, but there had been signs lately that the trend was easing. Employers added …

    July 30, 2014 4:17 am
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Sports

  • HOF 2014: Ray Guy views long-awaited Hall of Fame induction as validation for punters


    OAKLAND, Calif. –  Ray Guy built a Hall of Fame career of making other people wait. Those anxious seconds for punt returners awaiting his booming kicks were nothing compared to the more than two decades Guy had to endure before finally getting the call that he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The seemingly interminable wait will come to an end Saturday in Canton, Ohio, when Guy gets to put on the Hall of Fame blazer for the first time as he becomes the first true punter to get inducted into the exclusive club. As much as Guy wanted personally to be a Hall of Famer, he also wanted it for his position, which he believed got disrespected every time he was passed over for the honor. “That kind of bothered me because they were saying that’s not a positon, it doesn’t take an athlete to do that, it’s not …

    July 30, 2014 5:20 am
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World News

  • UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 10:55 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Martin Patience reports: The school was attacked ”without warning” Israel launched a deadly attack on a UN school housing refugees in Gaza despite repeated warnings that civilians were sheltering there, the UN has said. UN spokesman Chris Gunness said “the world stands disgraced” by the attack, in which 15 were reported killed. Israel, which has accused the militant group Hamas of using schools as bases to launch rockets, has not yet commented on the claims. Some 1,200 Palestinians and 55 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians. Some 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed along with two civilians. A Thai worker in Israel has also died. Israel launched its offensive in Gaza after a surge in rocket fire from the territory. Hamas, which controls Gaza, says it will not stop fighting …

    July 30, 2014 5:20 am
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Technology

  • Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app


    By Amelia Butterly Newsbeat reporter 30 July 2014 Last updated at 08:50 Instagram has revealed its latest development; a Snapchat-style app that allows users to send photos which are deleted after the recipient views them. Bolt has been given a soft launch and the app is currently available in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The app has come under criticism from a smaller tech start-up, which also uses the brand name of Bolt. The co-founder and CEO of the company, Andrew Benton, appealed to Instagram to remember the “little guy”. He said: “We’ve worked really hard… building the Bolt brand and technology to where it is today. Please don’t destroy all that effort. “I know you haven’t forgotten how hard it is to build something from nothing. And not just technology, but a brand and distinct identity for yourself.” His app allows users to take advantage of their date plans to make free calls. …

    July 30, 2014 3:37 am
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Science

  • NASA-funded X-ray instrument settles interstellar debate


    Related images(click to enlarge) New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble, or LHB. At the same time, the study also establishes upper limits on the amount of low-energy, or soft, X-rays produced within our planetary system by the solar wind, a gusty outflow of charged particles emanating from the sun. “Interactions between the solar wind and neutral atoms in comets, the outer atmospheres of planets, and even interstellar gas produce soft X-rays,” explained team member Steve Snowden, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “We need to account for these processes because the X-rays they produce …

    July 30, 2014 3:57 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country’s chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighboring Liberia, highlighting the dangers faced by staff trying to halt the disease’s spread across West Africa. Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation. The contagious disease, which has no known cure, has symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding. The fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent although Ebola can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it. The 39-year-old Khan, hailed as a “national hero” by the …

    July 30, 2014 3:37 am
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    Entertainment

    • Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin Looked "Like They Were Still Married" At Hamptons Screening


      Posted on Tue Jul 29th, 2014 3:15pm PDT Talk about friendly exes! Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin both attended a Monday screening of Hector And The Search For Happiness in East Hampton, People reports. Arriving separately, the divorcing couple mingled with friends before and after the screening before hitting the after party at Serena and Lily Beach Market in Wainscott. The pair were accompanied by the Oscar winner’s mother Blythe Danner. “They seemed so comfortable with each other,” says an observer. “It was like they were still married,” a source told the mag. Once the night wound down, the Coldplay front man motioned to the A-list actress that he was ready to leave, and escorted her and Danner to their awaiting vehicles. “I don’t know what’s going on with them, but they seem really happy,” another source dished. We wouldn’t rule out a conscious re-coupling!   Stories from around the Web

      July 30, 2014 4:17 am
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    Editorial

    • Obama policy on nutrition is hard to digest


      The federal government is in the middle of rewriting its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a twice-per-decade process that sets the nation’s official nutrition recommendations.  The process has historically been non-controversial, but this year’s meetings have attracted criticism like never before. That’s because the committee in charge of setting the guidelines appears to be more concerned with sustainable agriculture and the virtues of veganism than with developments in nutrition science. This injection of activism into an entirely non-political task threatens to turn the clock back on public health in America, and the Obama administration is doubling down on its mistake, appointing yet another radical environmentalist to a senior nutritionist position. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The White House recently tapped Angie Tagtow, who calls herself an “environmental nutrition consultant,” as executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition and Policy and Promotion (CNPP). Tagtow’s job is to implement the government’s official dietary guidelines and food policy agenda. Yet Tagtow …

      July 30, 2014 3:37 am
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    Odd News

    • Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush


      SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”. The warning from the flight attendant that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on standby in Sydney prompted a rush to the plane’s toilets, News Ltd reported. Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said it discussed the matter with the crew member involved, who made the announcement over the plane’s PA system. The airline said the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plant and fruit materials being transported between states, too far. “Our procedures allow cabin crew to deliver the quarantine message through a public announcement and on this occasion the crew member elected to do so,” Jetstar said. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen …

      July 29, 2014 11:52 pm
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