Headline News

  • Japanese group searching US archives for info on American MIAs from 1944 battle on Saipan


    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. –  A Japanese group is combing a New York military museum’s World War II records for information it hopes will lead to the graves of Americans still listed as missing in action on the Pacific island of Saipan. Kuentai-(KOO’-en-tye)-USA — which normally searches for the remains of Japan’s war dead — says it’s racing the clock: A developer plans to begin construction in the fall on a condominium near the beach where scores of American soldiers died in Japan’s largest mass suicide attack of the war. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The group has found the remains of at least two American fighting men near the construction site and believes as many as 16 others are buried nearby. The Pentagon says developers on Saipan are subject to stringent historic preservation laws, and if a suspected burial site is found to be in imminent danger, it will send in a recovery team.

    July 30, 2014 11:26 am
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Politics

  • Kerry presses India on global trade deal as deadline looms


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in India on Wednesday for an official visit, has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to advance economic liberalisation. Kerry made the call in a newspaper article, penned along with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, published hours ahead of his arrival for talks aimed at revitalising ties that have been mired in disputes over trade, intellectual property rights and climate change. India has threatened to block a worldwide reform of customs rules, saying it must be accompanied by a parallel agreement allowing developing countries more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains. The deadline for the deal that the World Trade Organisation says could provide a trillion dollar stimulus to the global economy is Thursday. Kerry said India stood to gain by creating a level playing field instead of …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Stocks

  • U.S. economy bounces back sharply


    After a deep decline in the first three months of the year, the U.S. economy bounced back, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter. What a relief. The deep economic contraction earlier this year was temporary after all. New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter. That was even better than the forecast of 3% growth, according to a consensus of economists surveyed by CNNMoney. Consumer spending, which alone accounts for about two thirds of U.S. economic activity, strengthened, as did exports to foreign countries and business investments. American consumers spent more money on long-lasting goods like autos and furniture, and businesses invested more in technology and industrial equipment. Both can be seen as good signs that households and companies are more optimistic and investing in the future. The Bureau of Economic Analysis also revised historical data, …

    July 30, 2014 8:22 am
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Sports

  • WTA says Sabine Lisicki hit women’s record 131 mph (211 kph) serve in loss at Stanford


    STANFORD, Calif. –  The WTA says Sabine Lisicki has hit the fastest record serve in the history of the women’s tennis tour, reaching 131 mph (211 kph). Lisicki hit the serve at 5-5, 40-30 of a first-round loss against Ana Ivanovic in the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday. Ivanovic got her racket on the ball, but the attempted return landed wide. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The previous fastest WTA serve was 129 mph (208 kph), by Venus Williams at the 2007 U.S. Open. Lisicki, a 24-year-old German, was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2013.

    July 30, 2014 11:26 am
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World News

  • Strike on Gaza market ‘kills 15′


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 17:23 Hundreds of people were said to have been out shopping At least 15 people have been killed and 160 wounded in an Israeli strike that hit a fruit and vegetable market near Gaza City, Palestinian officials say. The explosion hit a busy market in Shejaiya, where hundreds of people were shopping, a spokesman for the Gaza health ministry said. The attack came during a four-hour truce called by the Israeli military – rejected by Hamas as meaningless. Separately, three Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, the military said. Palestinian doctors said another Israeli air strike after the truce was announced had killed seven people in Khan Younis. It was unclear whether the Israeli truce applied to the Shejaiya area or whether locals were aware of it Earlier, the UN said Israel had attacked a UN-run school housing refugees in Gaza, despite warnings that civilians were there. Fifteen people …

    July 30, 2014 11:26 am
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Technology

  • Snapchat funding talks with Alibaba could value company at $10bn


    Snapchat, the loss-making company behind a disappearing photo messaging service, is reportedly in talks with investors that could value the business at $10bn. According to Bloomberg, the investors include Alibaba Group, the Chinese internet giant currently planning the largest tech initial public offering of all time. All parties have so far declined to comment. Last year Snapchat’s chief executive and co-founder Evan Spiegel rejected a $3bn offer for his messaging service from Facebook. Spiegel has said Mark Zuckerberg warned him he planned to launch a rival service unless he sold. “It was basically like, ‘We’re going to crush you,’” he told Forbes magazine. Google then reportedly offered $4bn for the company but was similarly rebuffed. Since those rejections there has been a flood of money into the tech sector that has led some to speculate about a new tech bubble. In April, house-sharing app Airbnb raised another $500m from investors at a price that valued …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Science

  • NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Update Media Call Aug. 5


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    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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Health

  • Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia


    WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients’ anxiety. The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study — and the evidence of a benefit is limited. But experts said it’s encouraging that there is ongoing research into the potential calming power of outdoor space. As dementia progresses, it’s common for people to become anxious, restless and agitated, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sometimes there is a medical reason — such as chronic pain — that the person with dementia just can’t explain, said Dr. Mark Stecker, chairman of neurosciences at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. Often, though, the problem stems from …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Drew Barrymore’s Half-Sister Found Dead At Age 47


    Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2014 8:00am PDT Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in San Diego, California on Tuesday, according to KGTV ABC10. Barrymore was reportedly found inside her car around 6 a.m. by local resident Marta Lopez. Lopez noticed that Barrymore’s car was blocking her driveway and she approached the vehicle, only to find Barrymore unresponsive. Dozens of white pills were reportedly found inside Barrymore’s car, though National City police say the cause of death is still unknown. “Her car was parked right here last night around midnight,” onlooker Oscar Sandoval told the news. “I thought she was sleeping or waiting for someone.” Barrymore would have turned 48 on July 31. Jessica and Drew, 39, share the same father, actor John Drew Barrymore.   Stories from around the Web

    July 30, 2014 10:25 am
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Editorial

  • To stop Ebola, let’s end another virus: fear


    In this photo taken on Sunday, July 27, 2014, medical personnel inside a clinic take care of Ebola patients on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah) The Ebola virus has been infecting and killing people in Central Africa since at least 1976, and the current “worst Ebola epidemic in history” has been going on in West Africa since March.  But it is only in the past few weeks that a second deadly “virus” has emerged, as the news media has caught on to this story and has broadcast it around the world, infecting everyone with another contagious virus: fear. Don’t get me wrong; Ebola is a bad bug, and well worth being concerned about. This particular Zaire strain kills up to 90 percent of its human victims. It often fools the immune system of a host into not recognizing it, and many victims end up in kidney and liver failure without …

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am
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Odd News

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain. “It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) …

    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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