• Asia shares fall on Greek ‘no’ vote

    Asia shares fall on Greek ‘no’ vote

    Japanese shares led the region’s losses in early trade Asian markets opened lower on Monday after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected austerity demands from creditors in a weekend referendum. The euro fell across the board after...
  • Lloyd hat-trick inspires U.S. World Cup victory

    VANCOUVER Carli Lloyd led from the front as the United States won the Women’s World Cup for a third time with a crushing 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday, the striker scoring the tournament’s fastest...
  • Markets tumble as Greece heads for the exit

    Markets tumble as Greece heads for the exit

    Markets are already reacting to Greece’s rejection of Europe’s latest bailout offer, and it’s not pretty to watch. Major stock markets and the euro were all getting hit after Greek voters said “no” to the...
  • Royal family arrive for christening

    Princess Charlotte has been christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges made their first public outing as a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pushed the princess in a pram...
  • Hosts Chile beat Argentina on penalties in Copa final

    SANTIAGO Chile won the Copa America for the first time on Saturday when they beat Argentina 4-1 on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 following 90 minutes and extra-time. Alexis Sanchez netted the clinching...

Headline News

  • Illegal fireworks eyed as cause of California fires


    SAN FRANCISCO Three fires that broke out on the July Fourth holiday in California were possibly sparked by the use of illegal fireworks and a man was arrested after fireworks exploded at a party and injured several people, officials said on Sunday. The Hollister Police Department said 35-year-old Shawn Gregory Bourdet was arrested after he lit a firework mortar that fell on its side and shot projectiles at celebrants at a block party late on Saturday. At least five people were treated at area hospitals, with injuries ranging from a possible broken leg to severe burns. A child was airlifted to a San Francisco Bay Area hospital with severe injuries, the police department said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that witnesses reported seeing a group shooting fireworks into a mattress outside a Los Angeles warehouse that eventually went up in flames. Fireworks debris was found on the scene. The blaze …

    July 5, 2015 9:00 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Christie criticizes high court’s gay marriage ruling


    WASHINGTON U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Sunday Supreme Court justices of his liking would not have legalized same-sex marriage and would have struck down a key provision of a national health care law. The two landmark rulings last month angered many conservative Americans and several Republican presidential candidates have condemned the decisions. Christie, who announced last week he was joining the Republican field in the 2016 presidential election, said the Supreme Court’s justices were not conservative enough, and cited his record nominating state judges who oppose “meddling in the business of the executive and legislative branch.” “If the Christie-type justices had been on that court in the majority, we would have won those cases in the Supreme Court rather than lost them,” he told “Fox News Sunday” in an interview. Supreme Court decisions play a perennial role in U.S. elections. Justices on the high court are nominated by the president and must …

    July 5, 2015 5:58 pm
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Stocks

  • Markets tumble as Greece heads for the exit


    Markets are already reacting to Greece’s rejection of Europe’s latest bailout offer, and it’s not pretty to watch. Major stock markets and the euro were all getting hit after Greek voters said “no” to the offer by a big margin in a referendum on Sunday, backing their left-wing prime minister’s call to reject austerity. The scale of the rejection caught markets by surprise. The euro dropped by more than 1% against the U.S. dollar to trade at around $1.10. U.S. stock futures were down about 1.3% around 8:15 pm ET. Stock markets in Asia opened lower, with Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index shedding 1.3%. Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries was down 1.2%, while Seoul’s KOSPI Composite lost 0.8%. Investors will also pay close attention to bonds issued by European governments. Some analysts say U.S. Treasuries could rally as investors look to avoid risk. The vote could trigger a series of events that leads to Greece becoming the …

    July 5, 2015 8:59 pm
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Sports

  • Lloyd hat-trick inspires U.S. World Cup victory


    VANCOUVER Carli Lloyd led from the front as the United States won the Women’s World Cup for a third time with a crushing 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday, the striker scoring the tournament’s fastest ever hat-trick, including a spectacular long-range goal. The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the U.S. stormed into an unexpected and unsurmountable 4-0 lead over their shell-shocked opponents. Japan, winners four years ago, were utterly stunned as their opponent’s deadly finishing ensured the U.S. added to their 1991 and 1999 titles and became the first nation to win the Cup three times. The game, played in front of 53,341 spectators at a packed BC Place, was the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup final ever and, for non-Japanese at least, was an entertaining finale to what has been an excellent tournament. “Honestly I’m so proud of this team, it’s unreal, it hasn’t really sunk in, I’m just so unbelievably …

    July 5, 2015 9:00 pm
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World News

  • Asia shares fall on Greek ‘no’ vote


    Japanese shares led the region’s losses in early trade Asian markets opened lower on Monday after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected austerity demands from creditors in a weekend referendum. The euro fell across the board after Greece rejected the conditions of a bailout package, increasing the odds of the country’s exit from the eurozone. The euro was at $1.1014 in Asian trade, recovering from one-month lows it hit earlier in the day. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was down 1.4% to 20,247.22 in early trade. Investors fled to the safe haven of the yen that rallied against the dollar and euro after Greek voters rejected the bailout terms by a wider margin than expected. The euro fell 1.5% to a six-week low of 133.700 yen, but then recovered some losses to trade up to 134.53. However, it is still down from Friday’s 136.185 yen. Major commodities such as oil prices were also down with Brent crude falling …

    July 5, 2015 9:00 pm
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Technology

  • From trash to treasure: Adidas designs shoes made of ocean garbage


    The sneakers are a concept foreshadowing products to come. Adidas To call ocean pollution a big problem is an understatement. According to UNESCO, in 2006, there were 46,000 pieces of floating plastic for every square mile of ocean. Plastic debris is responsible for the deaths of over a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year. And that’s just what we know about — the impact of plastic debris on marine life is mostly unknown. To help raise awareness for these issues, German sportswear brand Adidas has joined forces with Parley for the Oceans, an organisation formed in 2013 dedicated to undertaking projects to protect and conserve the Earth’s oceans. At a Parley for the Oceans event hosted by the United Nations last week, Adidas’ Eric Liedtke and Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch revealed a new collaborative project: a prototype shoe with an upper made entirely from recycled ocean waste and illegal deep-sea …

    July 5, 2015 9:40 pm
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Science

  • Researchers find mass killings, school shootings are contagious


    Mass killings and school shootings in the U.S. appear to be contagious, according to a team of scientists from Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University. Study author Sherry Towers, research professor in the ASU Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, explained, “The hallmark of contagion is observing patterns of many events that are bunched in time, rather than occurring randomly in time.” Her team examined databases on past high-profile mass killings and school shootings in the U.S. and fit a contagion model to the data to determine if these tragedies inspired similar events in the near future. They determined that mass killings – events with four or more deaths – and school shootings create a period of contagion that lasts an average of 13 days. Roughly 20 to 30 percent of such tragedies appear to arise from contagion. Their paper, “Contagion in Mass Killings and School Shootings,” appears in the July …

    July 5, 2015 9:40 pm
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Health

  • U.S. Navy triples maternity leave to 18 weeks for women


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on Thursday the change was effective immediately and would be retroactive to Jan. 1. A mother does not have to take the leave at once but may use it within a year of her child’s birth. “When the women in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children – sometimes for prolonged periods of time – so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do,” Mabus said in a statement. The 84 days, or 18 weeks, of leave replaces the previously authorized 42 days, or six weeks, the Navy said. The 18 weeks of paid leave is generous by …

    July 5, 2015 5:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • Heartbroken Sean Penn Looks To Son Hopper For Support Over The Fourth Of July Weekend


    Posted on Sun Jul 5th, 2015 9:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Sean Penn may have been spotted on a hot date with brunette beauty Minka Kelly last month, but it seems like the Oscar winner is still down in the dumps about his split from longtime love Charlize Theron. Not only does he appear depressed, but he also looks like he hasn’t showered in a few days. Yikes! According to reports, it was Charlize who dumped Sean, and he’s said to be taking the breakup really hard. In an interview with Esquire UK in March, Penn declared, “You say I’ve been married twice before, but I’ve been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today. So I wouldn’t even consider it a third marriage, I’d consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition. A friend of mine wrote a line, …

    July 5, 2015 7:18 pm
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Editorial

  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks


    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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