Headline News

  • Removal of animals from an Alabama shelter continues; police investigating abuse


    DECATUR, Ala. –  Volunteers will continue removing animals from a shelter in Alabama that’s now the focus of a police investigation. The Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/1ChnyqC ) reports 125 dogs and 49 cats were removed Friday from the Animal Rescue Shelter of Lawrence County. The Moulton Police Department started investigating reports of animal cruelty at the site after a former worker showed photos and video of the facility to police and published them online. The property owner, Bobbie Taylor, said she did nothing wrong. She said many of the animals were ill before they arrived. A spokeswoman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Anita Edson, said volunteers will continue Saturday removing remaining animals from the site. The Lawrence County Commission has canceled its $80,000-a-year contract with Taylor. ___ Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

    July 4, 2015 1:07 pm
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Politics

  • Chistie, Rubio sleep over at Mitt Romney’s place


    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney(AP Photo/Gregory Bull) 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march in Wolfeboro’s Fourth of July parade. Christie, who formally jumped into the race this week, told reporters in New Hampshire Friday that he was grateful for the invitation. “I suspect there might be a little politics discussed tonight with Mitt and Ann, but me and Mary Pat, …

    July 4, 2015 1:47 pm
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Stocks

  • 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
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Sports

  • Holder Kvitova stunned by Jankovic at Wimbledon


    LONDON Holder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock 3-6 7-5 6-4 defeat by Serbia’s former world number one Jelena Jankovic who produced an inspired display in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday. Second seed Kvitova breezed through her first two matches but after taking the first set against 30-year-old Jankovic, the Czech made too many errors allowing the 28th seed to triumph. “I am overwhelmed and so excited,” said Jankovic, who has never been past the fourth round at the All England Club and admits that grass is not her favorite surface. “I have played so poorly the last couple of years and playing on Centre Court against the defending champion was unbelievable. The crowd was really great. “My opponent was in great form, no doubt about it, I just tried to stay in there, stay positive and fight and I made it. I have to keep going.” Twice champion Kvitova looked confident at the start, …

    July 4, 2015 1:07 pm
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World News

  • Six dead in China factory collapse


    There are reports the collapse was caused by a pool built on the factory’s roof A shoe factory has collapsed in eastern China, killing six workers, according to Chinese state media. More than 50 people were working in the factory in the city of Wenling, in Zhejiang province, when it collapsed at around 16:00 local time (08:00 GMT) on Saturday. CCTV News said 49 people were rescued, 40 of whom were hospitalised. The China Daily newspaper said a large pool built on the factory’s roof was believed to be the cause. The China News website said several hundred firefighters were involved in the rescue. In January last year, 14 workers died in a fire at the Dadong shoe factory in the same city. It is not known if the collapse occurred in the same factory. Wenling, a wealthy coastal city, is well-known for its footwear industry. The city’s tourism office says one in five pairs …

    July 4, 2015 1:07 pm
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Technology

  • Windows 10 gets its own Minecraft, coming July 29


    Microsoft How many more platforms can Minecraft be announced on? Does Windows 10 count? At today’s MineCon conference, a worldwide gathering for Minecraft players, Microsoft announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta will be arriving on Windows 10 on launch day, July 29. It joins the many other places you can already play Minecraft: Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Windows already has Minecraft, but this additional variant aims to be more tuned to what Windows 10 offers. Minecraft is Microsoft’s Tetris. Since purchasing Mojang, the Swedish creators of Minecraft, in 2014, Microsoft has put Minecraft into every Microsoft platform: on Xbox One, on HoloLens, and now Windows 10. Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta has additional optimizations that set it apart from the existing PC version: seamless swapping between touchscreen, controller or keyboard/mouse controls, Xbox Live and Minecraft Pocket Edition online play, and record/share support for built-in …

    July 4, 2015 1:27 pm
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Science

  • New study shows South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago


    An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs. While the use of ochre by early humans dates to at least 250,000 years ago in Europe and Africa, this is the first time a paint containing ochre and milk has ever been found in association with early humans in South Africa, said Paola Villa, a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and lead study author. The milk likely was obtained by killing lactating members of the bovid family such as buffalo, eland, kudu and impala, she said. “Although the use of the paint still remains uncertain, this surprising find establishes the use of milk with ochre well before the introduction of domestic cattle …

    July 4, 2015 1:28 pm
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Health

  • Plane Passengers’ Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma’s Effect on Brain


    FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A study involving people who thought they were about to die in a plane crash reveals new clues to the long-term impact that traumatic events have on the brain. In August of 2001, passengers on Air Transat flight 236 were on an overnight flight from Toronto to Lisbon, Portugal, when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean. Many on the harrowing flight thought they might die that night, but in the end the plane was able to make an emergency landing on a small island in the Azores. Now, nearly 14 years later, a study led by Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute in Toronto looked at some of those passengers to try to understand how traumatic events might affect people long-term. “Here we have a group of people who all experienced the same extremely intense trauma,” lead researcher Dr. Daniela Palombo said in a …

    July 4, 2015 1:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kourtney Kardashian Keeps Her Head Up After Scott Disick Cheating Drama


    Posted on Sat Jul 4th, 2015 10:30am PDT       By X17 Staff After Scott Disick was photographed all over his ex Chloe Bartoli in Monte Carlo, it seems like he and Kourtney Kardashian could be dunzo. But no one from the Kardashian camp has released a statement on the matter, and based on Kourt’s demeanor on Friday, everything seems fine! The 36-year-old reality starlet taped confessional interviews for Keeping Up With The Kardashians at the studio in Van Nuys yesterday, and when asked whether she was dumping Scott, she politely ignored photographers. The previous day she posted a photo from home, where she was clearly hanging out with the couple’s three kids, Mason, 5, Penelope, 2, and Reign, 6 months. Seems like that was her not-so-subtle way of showing which one of them is the more responsible parent! But what’s going to happen when Scott comes home?!   SEE THE GALLERY Kourtney Kardashian Brushes Off Scott Disick …

    July 4, 2015 1:07 pm
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Editorial

  • 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
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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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