• Austrian court snuffs out planned e-cigarette restriction

    VIENNA Austria’s e-cigarette retailers exhaled in relief after a constitutional court overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most products to officially licensed tobacco shops. The government had...
  • Fatal shooting outside Mississippi courthouse

    CANTON, Miss. –  A man fatally shot a defendant waiting outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, a law enforcement official said. Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says a suspect has been arrested and is in...
  • US-Mexico border drug tunnel found

    US-Mexico border drug tunnel found

    The tunnel is more than a 100m long and has rails, lights and ventilation Security forces in Mexico have discovered an underground tunnel aimed at crossing into the United States. The unfinished tunnel, in the...
  • Bella Hadid And Mom Yolanda Foster Are Bathing Beauties

    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 8:54am PDT       By X17 Staff Mommy n meee day☀️Home is when I’m with you my 👼🏻…❤️ @yolandahfoster A photo posted by Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) on Aug 2, 2015 at 4:50pm...

Headline News

  • Fatal shooting outside Mississippi courthouse


    CANTON, Miss. –  A man fatally shot a defendant waiting outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, a law enforcement official said. Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says a suspect has been arrested and is in custody in the Madison County jail. Tucker declined to identify the man arrested or the man shot. The shooting happened in a small courtyard outside Madison County’s criminal courthouse in Canton. Tucker says the suspect fired one shot with a semiautomatic handgun, and the defendant was shot once in the chest and died at the scene. Tucker and Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest say they do not know what the motive for the shooting was. The courthouse is a couple of blocks north of Canton’s main square and historical district. Canton is a city of 13,000 about 25 miles north of Jackson.

    August 3, 2015 11:12 am
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Politics

  • Winners and losers in Obama’s power plant limits


    Power transformer. President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama’s unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both environmentalist and the energy industry. The Environmental Protection Agency received more than 4 million public comments after Obama announced the proposed version last year, and opponents of the plan attempted unsuccessfully to stop it in Congress and in the courts. Some of the changes Obama is making in the final version of the plan go even further in cutting the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Other changes delay implementation and eliminate certain options that states could use to show they’re cutting emissions, making it harder to comply. All states are eagerly awaiting word of changes to …

    August 3, 2015 8:10 am
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Stocks

  • UK asks austerity-weary workers to suggest new budget cuts


    British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been trying to close a budget deficit for years through big spending cuts and some tax increases. Imagine your pay has been frozen for years and thousands of colleagues have been let go. Then your boss asks you for ideas on how to save even more money. That’s exactly what the British government is doing to millions of workers in healthcare, education and administration. Finance minister George Osborne tweeted that he has emailed every public sector employee to “ask for their views on how we can continue to do more with less.” “Frontline public service workers know how to make savings. That’s why I’ve asked for their views as part of the #SpendingReview,” he said on Twitter (TWTR, Tech30). People lashed out immediately, attacking the wealthy Oxford-educated politician, who is also heir to an interior design company. One tweeter wrote: “Hope they suggest that you’re processed into …

    August 3, 2015 10:51 am
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Sports

  • After 6-year wait, Tim Brown ready for Hall induction


    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Perhaps more than any other position in football, wide receivers are forced to depend on teammates for success. Without a quarterback to throw it, a line to block or other running backs and receivers to divert attention, it is nearly impossible for a wideout to accumulate the big numbers necessary to become a Hall of Famer. That’s why Tim Brown takes so much pride on the way he made it to Canton. Despite spending most of his career with pedestrian quarterbacks and few other big-play talents around him on the Raiders, Brown earned his Hall of Fame honors by becoming one of the league’s most consistent and prolific receivers. In a 17-year career that included 1,094 catches for 14,934 yards and 105 overall touchdowns, Brown caught balls from 19 quarterbacks with the Raiders and Tampa Bay. ”I used to tell them throw it in my vicinity and I’ll do the rest,” Brown …

    August 3, 2015 11:52 am
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World News

  • US-Mexico border drug tunnel found


    The tunnel is more than a 100m long and has rails, lights and ventilation Security forces in Mexico have discovered an underground tunnel aimed at crossing into the United States. The unfinished tunnel, in the border city of Tijuana, is believed to have been built by the Sinaloa cartel with the aim of smuggling drugs into the US. Last month Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, escaped from a maximum security jail through a 1.5km-long (1 mile) tunnel. Guzman, one of the world’s most wanted drug dealers, is still on the run. Tip-off Officials from the federal prosecutor’s office said the tunnel was 123m (404ft) long, but came just short of crossing the border. The tunnel is about 6m deep and can be accessed by a ladder. The tunnel entrance was hidden inside a warehouse near Tijuana’s airport The Mexican authorities uncovered the tunnel on 30 July, but they only allowed members …

    August 3, 2015 11:12 am
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Technology

  • Brain-training game helps ‘minimise impact of schizophrenia on life’


    A “brain training” game improves the cognitive function of people with schizophrenia and facilitates everyday tasks, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. Wizard, which will now be available on iOS (Apple’s operating system) as part of the Peak app, was tested for four weeks by 22 participants with a schizophrenia diagnosis. Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition which can contribute to behavioural changes, confused thinking, apathy and, in some cases, delusions or hallucinations. People with schizophrenia may experience cognitive impairments, including poor episodic memory, which affects remembering things such as times and dates, and understanding context. Wizard aims to improve the cognitive functionality and episodic memory of people with schizophrenia, with in-game tasks including users moving through rooms and identifying items in boxes and character locations. Professor Barbara Sahakian, who developed the game alongside Tom Piercy at Cambridge, said: “We need a way of treating the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia, such as …

    August 3, 2015 8:30 am
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Science

  • Brown Dwarf Boasts Brightest Auroras Ever Seen [Slide Show]


    Auroras—more commonly known as the northern and southern lights—are often counted among the wonders of the world. But they are actually wonders on other worlds, too. Astronomers have detected these ethereal curtains of light in the atmospheres of other planets and now, according to a study published in Nature on July 30, a substellar object called a brown dwarf. This object hosts the first known auroras beyond the solar system. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) Auroras are produced when the solar wind—a stream of plasma comprising charged particles that flow outward from the sun—becomes entangled in a planet’s or other celestial object’s magnetic field. The field tugs these particles toward the object’s poles where they smash into atoms in the atmosphere. These collisions transfer energy from the charged particles to the atoms, and then the so-called “excited” atoms release that energy as radiation. The type of radiation emitted, such as visible light …

    August 3, 2015 11:32 am
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Health

  • Austrian court snuffs out planned e-cigarette restriction


    VIENNA Austria’s e-cigarette retailers exhaled in relief after a constitutional court overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most products to officially licensed tobacco shops. The government had proposed that sales of e-cigarettes be limited to the Alpine republic’s licensed tobacconists from October to protect young people and for public health reasons. Specialist sellers of e-cigarettes objected because they would have been allowed only to sell re-usable devices, but not the liquid to fill them or disposable cigarettes. The court ruled on Monday however, that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional, saying that the health arguments put forward were not solid enough to justify blocking the retailers’ right to trade freely and that e-cigarettes should not be treated the same as other tobacco products. “We are relieved that we can carry on our business and don’t have to shut up shop,” said Thomas Baburek, head of e-cigarette association VFFED …

    August 3, 2015 11:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Bella Hadid And Mom Yolanda Foster Are Bathing Beauties


    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 8:54am PDT       By X17 Staff Mommy n meee day☀️Home is when I’m with you my 👼🏻…❤️ @yolandahfoster A photo posted by Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) on Aug 2, 2015 at 4:50pm PDT Are they sisters or mother and daughter?! We can’t tell! Model Bella Hadid and her mom Yolanda Foster struck a stunning pose while poolside on Sunday. The gals were clearly chanelling their inner Pam Anderson because those red-suited ladies totally look like Baywatch babes! The 18-year-old “It” girl posted the pic on her Instagram account, along with the caption, “Mommy n meee day. Home is when I’m with you my [angel].” Aww — so sweet! We’re glad to see that the 51-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills soaking up the sun since she’s had a scary battle with Lyme disease since 2012. The gorgeous lady has chronicled her battle with the chronic illness — at times being unable to …

    August 3, 2015 11:11 am
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Editorial

  • New Hampshire: The one thing 2016 presidential hopefuls must talk about


    If you happen to be running for president of the United States and intend to spend some quality time in New Hampshire over the next several months, let me offer some friendly advice:  Be prepared to talk about housing. Housing is on the minds of many folks in the Granite State. The rising cost of housing, the shortage of affordable rental homes, and the waning ability to access the homeownership market are top concerns.   These issues affect thousands of families across the state – not just in the larger population centers of Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth in southern New Hampshire, but also in the more rural communities in the central and northern portions of the state. The unsustainable housing situation in New Hampshire is a major problem, and one that appears to be growing in intensity and scope every day. In 2013, nearly 36 percent of the 519,000 New Hampshire households had housing cost …

    August 3, 2015 10:51 am
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Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol


    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am
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