• Summer Games federations chastize SportAccord chief

    The Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) on Friday told the president of SportAccord he could no longer represent them following his attack on the International Olympic Committee as more federations withdrew from the umbrella...
  • EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to Ukraine

    EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to Ukraine

    Living standards of many Ukrainians have plunged amid continuing economic crisis The EU has agreed a €1.8bn (£1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine – the largest financial deal with a non-EU member. The agreement was signed...
  • A Christian response to ISIS

    The assault of ISIS against the crosses atop every church, hospital, school and care facility in Syria and Iraq, is equal only to their shameless violence against “the people of the cross” themselves.  This hatred...
  • Hillary Clinton boosted tax breaks for non-profits

    Hillary Clinton boosted tax breaks for non-profits

    President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton talk during the White House Conference on Philanthropy in the East Room of the White House in Washington in 1999. (AP Photo/Khue Bui) As first lady...

Headline News

  • Nine preserved brains mysteriously turn up on upstate NY street


    Authorities in upstate New York are trying to determine the source of nine brains that reportedly turned up along a village street. One of the brains was analyzed by a local veterinarian in St Lawrence County, who determined it was likely from a dog, according to WWNY TV 7. The veterinarian determined the brain had been surgically removed and preserved in formaldehyde. But a chemistry professor at Clarkson University told North Country Now the specimen probably came from a sheep, not a dog. Police in Gouverneur told local media the nine brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes. No criminal activity is suspected, police said.

    May 22, 2015 8:32 am
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton boosted tax breaks for non-profits


    President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton talk during the White House Conference on Philanthropy in the East Room of the White House in Washington in 1999. (AP Photo/Khue Bui) As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband’s presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show. The blurred lines between the tax reductions proposed by the Clinton administration in 2000 and the Clinton Library’s fundraising were an early foreshadowing of the potential ethics concerns that have flared around the Clintons’ courting of corporate and foreign donors for their family charity before she launched her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. White House documents in the Clinton Library reviewed by The Associated Press show Hillary Clinton and …

    May 22, 2015 8:10 am
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Stocks

  • Theme parks ready for summer — and their stocks are soaring


    The stock market often seems like one big roller coaster. So why not invest in roller coasters? Companies that own theme parks have done surprisingly well in 2015 — despite concerns about sluggish consumer spending. And it looks like the summer — which unofficially kicks off this Memorial day weekend — will be a great one. Shares of Cedar Fair (FUN), which owns Cedar Point in Ohio and several other amusement and water parks throughout the country, are up 20% so far this year. Six Flags (SIX), operator of 18 theme parks in the United Sates, Mexico and Canada, is up 15%. And the theme park units of two media giants, Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA), are also thriving. Comcast owns Universal Parks and Resorts. That division reported a 34% jump in revenue in the first quarter. Disney said that operating profits from its parks and resorts unit were up 24% in the most recent …

    May 22, 2015 9:11 am
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Sports

  • Summer Games federations chastize SportAccord chief


    The Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) on Friday told the president of SportAccord he could no longer represent them following his attack on the International Olympic Committee as more federations withdrew from the umbrella organization. In a sharply-worded letter, seen by Reuters, ASOIF president Francesco Ricci Bitti informed SportAccord chief Marius Vizer, who heads the umbrella organization that represents some 100 Olympic and non-Olympic federations, his attack on the IOC last month was incompatible with his position. Since Vizer’s speech in Sochi in April more than a dozen international federations have suspended their membership in protest at his criticism of the IOC, which he accused of resisting change, lacking transparency and being dated. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) became the latest to withdraw its membership on Friday accusing Vizer of dividing the sports community with his comments, bringing the total number to at least 18 federations. ASOIF’s Ricci Bitti also accused Vizer of “a …

    May 22, 2015 8:32 am
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World News

  • EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to Ukraine


    Living standards of many Ukrainians have plunged amid continuing economic crisis The EU has agreed a €1.8bn (£1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine – the largest financial deal with a non-EU member. The agreement was signed at an EU summit in Riga, Latvia, between the leaders of the 28-member bloc and six post-Soviet nations. The loan aims to help cash-strapped Ukraine implement economic reforms, as fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the east has taken a heavy toll. A crackdown on corruption is part of the conditions for the loan. In other developments on Friday: Amnesty International released a report, saying it had found evidence that both sides in the Ukrainian conflict were torturing prisoners, and that the rebels were conducting summary executions Russia said it was taking all necessary steps to free two of its citizens recently captured in Ukraine. The two men earlier confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces, to mediators of …

    May 22, 2015 8:32 am
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Technology

  • UK sells off unused net addresses


    The UK’s government network uses addresses owned by the Department for Work and Pensions The UK government has started selling off internet addresses that it no longer uses. The first group of 150,000 addresses has been snapped up by a Norwegian firm called Altibox for about £600,000. The addresses are becoming valuable because the net has almost outgrown the addressing scheme it adopted in the 1970s. If the UK government sells off all the surplus addresses it owns it could get up to £15m. However, some fear that as the addresses are shared out more widely, data could go astray. The surplus addresses are part of a much bigger block of 16 million addresses given to the Department of Work and Pensions in 1993. Earlier this year, the DWP started a project to see how many of these IP addresses could be freed. An official report produced before the DWP began its investigation suggested that …

    May 22, 2015 7:30 am
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Science

  • Giant Black Holes May Be on Collision Course


    Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21 years. If the observations are confirmed, the duo would be the closest known set of binary black holes, and their imminent collision would offer scientists an unprecedented chance to watch extreme physics in action. [Video: When Black Holes Collide] The potential black holes are impossible to glimpse directly. Besides being black—which is to say, invisible—they are far too distant from Earth and too close to one another to make out with telescopes. But scientists found what they think is the telltale signature of a pair of these behemoths circling together. The apparent black holes reside in what’s known as a quasar—a galaxy that is unleashing a torrent of light as mass gets gobbled by the gigantic black hole at its …

    May 22, 2015 7:50 am
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Health

  • Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism


    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers said. The study included 38 children with autism and 76 children without the disorder. All of the children wore special wrist devices designed to detect anxiety and other responses to social situations. The children first read a book by themselves. Then, they read a book to two other children and then had 10 minutes of group play. After that, the children were given 10 minutes of supervised play with guinea pigs. Researchers chose guinea pigs because of their small size and gentle nature. Compared to other children, those with autism had higher levels of anxiety when reading silently, reading …

    May 22, 2015 8:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Emma Stone’s relationship status may be changing very soon


    It appears the couple has reunited just one month after news broke that the two were taking time away from their relationship of three years. More: 8 Emma Stone haircuts you’ll want to copy According to Us Weekly, the duo was spotted holding hands and getting affectionate while grabbing breakfast together at Malibu Farm on Tuesday, May 19. “They ordered pancakes and were holding hands,” a source revealed to the magazine. “[They’re] working on their relationship and will probably get back together.” So it looks like there is hope for these Hollywood darlings after all! More: EXCLUSIVE — Andrew Garfield’s new PSA for Worldwide Orphans is adorable (VIDEO) The trouble in paradise reportedly stemmed from their busy filming schedules, not from their lack of feelings for each other. A source who spoke with People last month said the breakup was because “they’re both slaves to their schedules.” More: 7 Times Andrew Garfield’s beard swallowed his face …

    May 22, 2015 8:31 am
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Editorial

  • A Christian response to ISIS


    The assault of ISIS against the crosses atop every church, hospital, school and care facility in Syria and Iraq, is equal only to their shameless violence against “the people of the cross” themselves.  This hatred is applied against anyone who opposes them:  Muslim, Christian, Jew or non-believer alike. It was nearly a year ago when ISIS invaded the governate of  Nineveh, the Christian center of  Iraq from apostolic times. In two overnight waves, on June 10 and August 7, every Nineveh Christian who could, fled.  Some 150,000 Christians escaped, many on foot, leaving their homes, businesses, possessions,  and identification papers behind in the panic. At checkpoints, some were forced to turn over  their money and wedding rings, others were sexually and physically assaulted. Those who resisted had their daughters taken instead. There are now “markets” set up in Mosul, Nineveh’s capital,  where ISIS reportedly sells abducted  children and women, attaching price tags to them.  The …

    May 22, 2015 8:31 am
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Odd News

  • Could another English king be buried under a car park?


    LONDON Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him. Philippa Langley, the inspiration behind the successful hunt for Richard III’s remains, is now on the trail of his forebear Henry I, one of the first rulers of England following the Norman conquest in the 11th Century. She is part of a team seeking backing to search for the ruins of Reading Abbey, founded by Henry in 1121 and where he was buried after his death 14 years later, allegedly brought about by eating too many lampreys, a type of fish. Like Richard, the exact whereabouts of Henry’s final resting place is unknown after the abbey, including his tomb, was mostly destroyed some 400 years later. “The thinking in Reading, using current estimates of the size of the abbey, …

    May 22, 2015 7:50 am
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