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  • Owners of former Vick dogfighting house seek to preserve its history, shed a new controversy

    SMITHFIELD, Va. –  Much has changed at the former headquarters of Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation in Surry County. The anti-chaining organization Dogs Deserve Better bought the 15-acre compound and its five-bedroom house in 2011. The property where dogs were once brutalized is now a refuge for dogs rescued from a life of being chained or penned. But the organization has had its own animal cruelty controversy. Its founder was charged in 2012 with mistreating a dog, which was seized by the county. A judge found no evidence of abuse and ordered the dog returned, and the charges were dropped. Now the organization and its founder are suing animal control workers in federal court for unspecified damages. Settlement talks are underway.

    July 4, 2015 10:05 am


  • Backlash against Walker’s open meeting law changes

    President Barack Obama is greeted by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he arrives on Air Force One at La Crosse Regional Airport, Thursday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff. The 24-page measure passed late Thursday night in the state’s budget committee on a 12-4 vote with only Republicans voting for it. Democrats on the committee decried the sudden insertion of changes that hadn’t been publicly discussed. The full Legislature, and GOP Gov. Scott Walker, still must sign off before they become law. A day later, a backlash began with civil liberties advocates and lawmakers from both parties expressing opposition to the provisions. “Gov. Walker and his office are trying to muzzle all the watchdogs in this state,” said Brendan Fischer, General Counsel for the …

    July 4, 2015 9:45 am


  • Windows 10 upgrade: You’ll have to wait

    Are you counting down the days until you can upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 PC to Windows 10? You might need to exercise a little bit more patience. Though Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) said a month ago that Windows 10 would become available on July 29, Microsoft clarified on Thursday that everyone won’t be able to upgrade on that day Microsoft will roll-out upgrades slowly, in waves. In a blog post, Windows Chief Terry Myerson said that Windows 10 upgrades will first go to “Windows Insiders,” a group of 5 million people who have been testing out a preview version of Windows 10. After the “Insiders,” Microsoft will begin notifying people who reserved copies of Windows 10 that they can upgrade, “slowly scaling up after July 29,” Myerson said. If you already reserved a copy, your PC has been confirmed as compatible. The slow roll-out is in part because Windows 10 is in very high …

    July 4, 2015 8:44 am


  • Cilic wins battle of Wimbledon’s marathon men

    LONDON A match between two missile-serving giants had the potential to go on for hours and hours but luckily for Marin Cilic he only needed 15 minutes and two games on Saturday to complete a 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-4 6-7(4) 12-10 win over John Isner. With the Wimbledon third-round match suspended at 10-10 in the fifth set under gathering gloom on Friday, the duo who hold the distinction of winning the annual tournament’s two longest matches returned to lock horns on a sun-drenched Court One. But at five hours 31 minutes, Croatian Cilic’s 2012 victory over Sam Querrey was akin to a 100 meter sprint when compared to Isner’s feat of endurance in 2010. The fifth set alone in that three-day epic against Nicolas Mahut lasted eight hours 11 minutes and ended 70-68 with the final time clocked at 11 hours five minutes. But fears the Cilic-Isner encounter could be a reprise of the “never-ending match” …

    July 4, 2015 10:05 am

World News

  • Tunisia declares state of emergency

    Armed members of Tunisia’s security forces were deployed to the beach at Sousse for a ceremony of remembrance one week after the attack Tunisia has declared a state of emergency, just over a week after 38 tourists, mainly Britons, died in an attack in the resort city of Sousse. The state of emergency gives security forces more powers and limits the right of public assembly. Authorities had already tightened security in the wake of the attack on 26 June, deploying more than 1,400 armed officers at hotels and beaches. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is due to address the nation later. Security forces were criticised for not responding more quickly to the attack in Sousse, when a gunman opened fire on tourists on a beach and in a hotel before being shot dead by police. Those killed included 30 Britons. The gunman has been identified as student Seifeddine Rezgui, who authorities say had trained in …

    July 4, 2015 10:05 am


  • Minecon 2015: day one of the annual Minecraft conference

    “We have a whole slew of people who are making their entire living just off making videos about Minecraft. Just the economics of that – how many people are making a living off this one IP – is pretty awesome,” says Bui. “That doesn’t take anything away from us, and I would say it actually adds value to Minecraft, to have people who are extremely talented and creative doing things. We’ve essentially outsourced YouTube videos to a community of millions of people, and what they come up with is more creative than anything we could make ourselves.” There are limits: Mojang’s rule is that uploading videos to YouTube is fine, but selling them on iTunes or other video-on-demand services is not – the key being whether creators are charging fans. “There’s no damage to us from YouTube. We might have some people who make content we might not agree with, but this is how the …

    July 4, 2015 9:24 am


  • Spectrometer made from quantum dots is compact and low cost

    Colour coding: quantum dots being deposited on a digital camera The first-ever spectrometer made from quantum dots has been unveiled by Jie Bao of Tsinghua University in China and Moungi Bawendi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. According to its inventors, the instrument could be produced commercially to be as small, inexpensive and simple as a mobile-phone camera. Such compact spectrometers could find a wide range of applications, from gathering scientific data on space missions to sensors integrated within household appliances. Spectrometry measures the intensity of light as a function of wavelength and is used to study various properties of light-emitting and light-absorbing substances. This makes it an invaluable analytical technique that is used in a broad range of scientific and technological disciplines. Most spectroscopic techniques involve dispersing light in terms of its wavelength. A prism, for example, can be used to bend light into its constituent wavelengths (colours) and a spectrum …

    July 4, 2015 9:26 am


  • Childhood Trauma Tied to Migraine Risk as Adult

    FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. “We found the more types of violence the individual had been exposed to during their childhood, the greater the odds of migraine,” study author Sarah Brennenstuhl, from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. “For those who reported all three types of adversities — [witnessing] parental domestic violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse — the odds of migraine were a little over three times higher for men and just under three times higher for women,” Brennenstuhl said. The findings were reported online recently in the journal Headache. To reach their conclusions, researchers looked at data from a mental health survey involving nearly 23,000 men and women over the age of 18. “The most surprising finding was the link between exposure to parental domestic violence and migraines,” …

    July 4, 2015 9:45 am


  • Teen Mom‘s Amber Portwood’s ex apparently has no plans to share custody

    More: Amber Portwood almost ‘explodes’ at Dr. Drew during OG reunion (VIDEO) But that doesn’t mean that her ex-boyfriend, Gary Shirley, is willing to share custody with Portwood — at least, not according to a report by Life Style magazine. A source revealed to the publication, “He’s not giving Leah up, not even partial custody.” More: Amber Portwood’s fiancé’s drunken behavior is rather troubling (VIDEO) Shirley was awarded full custody of Leah in 2011 after Portwood was arrested for felony domestic battery charges. Apparently, Shirley still has some sore feelings when it comes to the past, because the source revealed his reason for not wanting to share custody, saying, “He doesn’t think she would do a good job taking care of her.” The proud papa has proven himself as a fantastic and loving father, but Portwood has come a long way since her jail days, and she appears to be in a very positive place …

    July 4, 2015 9:04 am


  • Billy Graham’s daughter: My father’s spiritual leadership after the 9/11 attacks

    My grandfather, Frank Graham, was a simple dairy farmer who never went past the eighth grade in school.  But in May, 1934, he met with some other businessmen in Charlotte, N.C., and together they prayed that God would raise up a man in America who would proclaim the Good News of peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ. His own son and my father became God’s answer to his prayer. Billy Graham has become a true national treasure frequently referred to as America’s pastor.  He has been beloved by Liberal and Conservative.  Republican and Democrat. Catholic and Protestant. Secular and religious.  The consistency of his faith, the humility of his character, and the simplicity of his lifestyle convey his authenticity as a man of God. But the value of his spiritual leadership has never been as evident as it was on September 14, 2001.  Three days after America was attacked, the nation was still …

    July 4, 2015 9:46 am

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