Headline News

  • Last victim of deadly Washington mudslide believed found


    (Reuters) – Search teams in Washington State have found the remains of a person thought to be the last victim of a mudslide that buried an entire community in March and killed 43 people, county authorities said. The body believed to be that of 44-year-old Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge was located Tuesday morning on the western edge of the disaster site. Medical examiners expect to confirm identification once the remains are recovered, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The Seattle Times reported that the body was found in a deep pocket of debris believed to have been the garage of Regelbrugge’s home, about 100 yards from the spot where the remains of her husband, U.S. Navy Commander L. John Regelbrugge III, were recovered on March 25. They were among 43 people who perished when a rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River, unleashing a torrent of mud that obliterated the …

    July 23, 2014 6:11 am
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Politics

  • Senate Democrats Count on Bulging War Chests for Final Months


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Fundraising plays a factor in who will serve as Senate majority leader in the next Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) If Senate Democrats lose the majority, it won’t be for lack of cash-flush campaigns. Facing a daunting map, Democrats turned in solid — sometimes eye-popping — second-quarter fundraising totals for the midterms. Even with incumbents such as Sens. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska already spending significantly on the airwaves, Democrats running for the party’s most endangered seats also continued to sit on significant war chests primed for a post-Labor Day advertising assault. With President Barack Obama’s approval ratings in the low 40s, an unreliable base turnout in midterms, outside groups unleashing seemingly unlimited resources and Republican challengers staying competitive financially, it will take every penny to ensure Democrats’ losses don’t reach six seats. That …

    July 23, 2014 5:30 am
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Stocks

  • Europe threatens Russia with tough sanctions


      Europe warned Russia it faces tough new sanctions unless Moscow halts the flow of arms to rebels in Ukraine and cooperates over the Malaysia Airlines crash. Shaken by the shooting down of Flight 17 last week with the loss of 298 passengers and crew, European Union states took a big step closer to adopting the kind of punitive measures imposed by the U.S. before the tragedy. “Everyone was in agreement without exception that something must be done,” said Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt. “I think Europe did wake up.” European sanctions imposed over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine have thus far been limited to asset freezes and travel bans on senior officials. The EU agreed Tuesday to extend that list — the names will be published later — and asked officials to prepare specific measures that could strike at the backbone of the Russian economy. Related: Sanctions: Top …

    July 23, 2014 6:10 am
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Sports

  • Montero sends D-backs past Tigers


    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Miguel Montero singled in the tying and go- ahead runs in the eighth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks took a win away from the Detroit Tigers in a back-and-forth 5-4 battle on Tuesday. The Tigers went ahead in their half of the eighth when Torii Hunter laced a two-run single to center. Detroit left the bases loaded, however, and its bullpen failed to hold the lead. Phil Coke (1-2) issued a pair of one-out walks, and Ian Krol entered from the bullpen with two outs and the bags full. Krol was ahead 0-2 on Montero before catching too much of the plate on his next pitch, and Montero punched a base hit to center to plate Ender Inciarte and David Peralta. “I was thinking the third one I’m not going to strike out looking so I gotta be ready to swing,” Montero said. “They battled, we battled, it was a really …

    July 23, 2014 6:11 am
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World News

  • UN warns of Israel Gaza ‘war crimes’


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 11:55 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. UN Human Rights boss Navi Pillay says Israel’s military actions in Gaza “could amount to war crimes” The UN’s top human rights official has condemned Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed. Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel’s military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians. She also condemned Hamas for “indiscriminate attacks” on Israel. Israel launched its offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping rocket fire from Gaza. “There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Ms Pillay said. However Israel, which claims the UN Human Rights Council is biased, is unlikely to co-operate with any authorised UN investigation, the BBC’s Imogen …

    July 23, 2014 6:11 am
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Technology

  • iPhone ‘backdoors’ can be used for surveillance, warns researcher


    A researcher has revealed what he claims to be previously undiscovered ways that users can be surveilled through their iPhone. Research released by iOS exploitation expert Jonathan Zdziarski at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York last week showed there were a number of previously undocumented “forensic services” and “surveillance mechanisms” within iOS. These tools, Zdziarski claims, would allow anyone with a decent level of technical skill and determination to get hold of plenty of sensitive data of a target, including photos, contacts and location. Zdziarski suggested the National Security Agency (NSA) might have used such methods for accessing targets’ information, but said he had no proof. Apple has explained these services as genuine “diagnostic” features to allow IT departments and store assistants to manage iPhones. But Zdziarski said these functions break Apple promises in that they “bypass backup encryption while copying more of your personal data than ever should come off the …

    July 23, 2014 5:31 am
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Science

  • ‘Comb on a chip’ powers new NIST/Caltech atomic clock design


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb. The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica, is the first demonstration of all-optical control of the microcomb, and its accurate conversion of optical frequencies to lower microwave frequencies. (Optical frequencies are too high to count; microwave frequencies can be counted with electronics.) The new clock architecture might eventually be used to make portable tools for calibrating frequencies of advanced telecommunications systems or providing microwave signals to boost stability and resolution in radar, navigation and scientific instruments. The technology also has potential to combine good timekeeping precision with very small size. The comb clock might be a component of future “NIST on a chip” technologies offering multiple …

    July 23, 2014 5:51 am
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Health

  • U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the full Senate. Although 146 nations and the European Union have ratified the United Nations convention, it has failed to win approval in the deeply divided U.S. Senate, where many conservatives are wary of subjecting American social policies to global laws. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Only two Republicans, John McCain of Arizona and John Barrasso of Wyoming, joined the panel’s 10 Democrats in favor. The treaty is supported by leading U.S. military veterans organizations, advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and business groups. Opponents, including many socially conservative Republicans, worry it could expand abortion rights, threaten U.S. parental rights such …

    July 23, 2014 5:31 am
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Entertainment

  • Britney Spears Does The Heavy Lifting On Day Date With Boyfriend David Lucado


    Posted on Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 2:50pm PDT Where are his manners?! Britney Spears picked up a colorful tapestry during a day outing with boyfriend David Lucado in L.A. today, and the singer’s beau clearly doesn’t believe in chivalry, because he let his famous girlfriend carry the heavy item and didn’t even bother to help her! The pop princess was dressed for the warmer temperatures in shorts and a colorful tank top, and while this a pretty unfashionable ensemble, her beau’s is way worse. He looks like an Easter bunny headed for the golf course! These two really need to hire a stylist to help them in the wardrobe department, and it’s not like they she can’t afford it. At least K-Fed looked sexy in a wife beater and jeans, but her current squeeze couldn’t even pull that off!   SEE THE GALLERY Britney Spears Shows Off Her Legs In Short Shorts Stories from around …

    July 23, 2014 6:11 am
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Editorial

  • Conservatives, libertarians and liberals should all worry about the militarization of police


    Reuters I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers. The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken. But today there are more than 50,000 “no-knock raids” a year. Government always grows, and government is force. Force is always dangerous. It’s not because crime got worse. There is less crime today. Crime peaked around 1990 and is now at a 40-year low. But as politicians keep passing new criminal laws, police find new reasons to deploy their heavy equipment. Washington Post reporter Radley …

    July 23, 2014 5:31 am
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Odd News

  • Father posts photo of sexually abused son online in donation plea


    (Reuters) – A Florida father who severely beat an 18-year-old man he said he caught sexually assaulting his son posted the child’s photo on a fundraising website to solicit donations for the boy’s recovery, police said on Tuesday. The father originally asked for $1 million on gofundme.com, then reduced his request to $100,000 before the page was taken down and a link to it on his Facebook page was removed by Monday night, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. “Our son was sexually (sic) assaulted and we are now faced with the challenge of picking up the pieces, the emotional and financial burden is about more than we can endure,” the father wrote, according to the newspaper. Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood, who last week said he did not take issue with the father’s initial response to the alleged assault, on Tuesday said police were “bewildered” when they saw the picture of the 11-year-old boy, …

    July 23, 2014 5:50 am
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