• Soldiers guard El Salvador buses

    Soldiers guard El Salvador buses

    Few buses were circulating in San Salvador despite police guards at bus stops The government in El Salvador has provided military and police escorts for bus drivers forced to go on strike by powerful criminal...
  • Celebrity fitness chain to go public

    Celebrity fitness chain to go public

    SoulCycle does an annual supermodel cycle for charity SoulCycle, the US indoor cycling fitness chain which has gained a cult following in the US, plans to float on the stock market. The boutique fitness firm...
  • Gawker names temporary editors

    Gawker names temporary editors

    Gawker named two of its veteran editors Thursday to temporarily take charge of the site. The gossip news site has been wracked with turmoil and departures in recent weeks. John Cook, Gawker’s editor of investigations,...
  • Kids Company charity in police probe

    Kids Company charity in police probe

    An investigation into a number of allegations of crime involving the children’s charity Kids Company has been launched by the Metropolitan Police, the BBC has learned. The inquiry is being led by the complex case...
  • Bears’ Jennings pleads guilty to reckless driving charge

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings pleaded guilty to reckless driving stemming from an arrest in Georgia in January. Karla White, office manager of the Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court clerk in Georgia, said...

Headline News

  • Celebrity fitness chain to go public


    SoulCycle does an annual supermodel cycle for charity SoulCycle, the US indoor cycling fitness chain which has gained a cult following in the US, plans to float on the stock market. The boutique fitness firm is popular among A-list celebrities with David Beckham, Lady Gaga and Tom Cruise all having attended classes. It plans to raise up to $100m (£64m), according to its initial estimate in its official filing. Started in 2006 by Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, it now has 36 studios. Cindy Crawford is a SoulCycle fan And it is already profitable, making $25m profit last year on sales totalling $112m. “SoulCycle isn’t in the business of changing bodies: it’s in the business of changing lives,” the boutique fitness firm, says in the filing as it tries to woo would-be investors. While its description of its purpose may seem rather lofty for what is in reality just another exercise class, it claims to …

    July 30, 2015 5:09 pm
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Politics

  • Clinton asks union group to ‘be my partner’ in White House bid


    SILVER SPRING, Md. Hillary Clinton on Thursday asked the country’s largest labor union federation, the AFL-CIO, “to be my partner” as she seeks the Democratic nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. After meeting with union leaders, Clinton said she wants the Obama administration’s proposed Pacific trade deal to meet tests on worker protection and higher wages. Clinton is seeking the union group’s endorsement, which would bring both prestige and many thousands of grassroots organizers to her campaign ahead of the November 2016 election. “I made it clear to them that raising incomes was at the center of my economic agenda. I think it’s the defining challenge of our times and that’s why I put out a plan for strong growth, fair growth and long-term growth,” she told reporters after talks with the AFL-CIO. Her Democratic rivals for the nomination, liberal Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, are trying also to …

    July 30, 2015 3:49 pm
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Stocks

  • Gawker names temporary editors


    Gawker named two of its veteran editors Thursday to temporarily take charge of the site. The gossip news site has been wracked with turmoil and departures in recent weeks. John Cook, Gawker’s editor of investigations, was named acting executive editor of Gawker. He replaces Tommy Craggs, who quit after Gawker founder and CEO Nick Denton removed a post after it was published, enraging staff members. Deputy Editor Leah Beckman, who has been with Gawker since 2011, will become acting editor-in-chief. She will replace Max Read who also resigned in the aftermath of the controversy. Related: Gawker loses two top editors over deleted article Related: Gawker retreats and deletes controversial story During the turmoil, tension between Beckman and Denton spilled onto Twitter (TWTR, Tech30). On July 21, Beckman tweeted, “Hi @nicknotned I’m the interim EIC of your blog Gawker. It’s been 36 hrs since Max Tommy resigned you have not said one word to me. Hi!” …

    July 30, 2015 4:49 pm
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Sports

  • Bengals DT Devon Still relieved about daughter as camp opens


    CINCINNATI (AP) Devon Still was trim and upbeat when he arrived for the start of the Cincinnati Bengals training camp. Good news about his 5-year-old daughter put him in the right frame of mind. Leah Still’s latest scan found no trace of the cancer that she’s been fighting for more than a year. Still said on Thursday that she has to get treatments to strengthen her immune system, but the worst of it should be behind her. They had an emotional goodbye when he headed to Cincinnati to try to earn a spot in the Bengals’ line rotation. Still has lost 27 pounds as he enters his fourth season. He’s on a one-year deal, so he’s starting to run out of chances. — Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    July 30, 2015 5:09 pm
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World News

  • Soldiers guard El Salvador buses


    Few buses were circulating in San Salvador despite police guards at bus stops The government in El Salvador has provided military and police escorts for bus drivers forced to go on strike by powerful criminal gangs. At least seven drivers who defied the ban have been killed in recent days, and the capital San Salvador has been paralysed for days with commuters forced to walk to work. Criminal gangs have been pushing for truce negotiations with the government. El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in the Americas. The stoppage is the latest crisis between the government and the gangs, which are demanding to be included in a commission examining ways of stemming urban violence – which they are largely responsible for. President Salvador Sanchez Ceren has ruled this out. The government has captured a number of suspected gang members accused of murdering bus drivers More than 100 bus routes have faced threats …

    July 30, 2015 5:10 pm
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Technology

  • Tickets to Earth ‘cousin’ Kepler-452b now on sale


    Enlarge Image Kepler-452b NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle If you didn’t make the cut for a trip to the Red Planet on Mars One (which might be a blessing in disguise), why not make your space dreams even bigger and reserve the right to move to Kepler-452b, the newly discovered distant planet that’s the closest thing yet spotted in the cosmos to another Earth? After NASA announced its landmark discovery of the potentially habitable planet a mere 1,400 light-years away earlier this month, a listing by an individual has popped up on Chinese e-commerce site TaoBao — similar to eBay or Amazon — that offers an “immigration status ticket” for migration to the newly known planet for a mere .2 yuan, or about $.03. The private seller, whose name doesn’t translate in Google Translate, doesn’t mention how any new immigrants to Kepler-452b will travel there in this listing that we have to assume is meant to be …

    July 30, 2015 4:09 pm
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Science

  • Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children


    For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). It is very common for young children to develop otitis media with effusion, also known as “glue ear,” in which the middle ear fills with thick fluid that can affect hearing development. There are frequently no symptoms, and parents often seek medical help only when hearing difficulties occur. “Unfortunately, all available medical treatments for otitis media with effusion such as antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants and intranasal steroids are ineffective and have unwanted effects, and therefore cannot be recommended,” writes Dr. Ian Williamson, Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, with coauthors. In 2004 in the United States, there were 2.2 million diagnosed episodes of otitis media with effusion, costing an …

    July 30, 2015 3:09 pm
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Health

  • HIV status, knowledge low among heterosexual South African couples


    (Reuters Health) – Less than half of men in a high-risk South African township knew whether their partners had ever been tested for HIV, and women weren’t much more informed, according to a survey of heterosexual couples. This should encourage efforts to improve HIV testing among women and HIV disclosure among women in heterosexual partnerships, the authors conclude. Almost 20 percent of South African adults ages 15 to 49 years old were HIV positive in 2012, but social norms and other barriers discourage people from getting tested and disclosing their status, the authors note. These populations need “a concerted effort to reach far into disadvantaged communities for testing with privacy, and to reduce stigma,” said senior author Wendee M. Wechsberg of RTI International in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Fear of isolation from their partner, dependency issues, fear of blame and violence might keep couples from discussing their HIV status and history, Wechsberg told Reuters …

    July 30, 2015 3:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chris Brown Gets Punk’d By A Nine-Year-Old On BET Series’ Premiere


    Posted on Thu Jul 30th, 2015 2:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Punk’d is back and taking aim at possibly the potentially wildest target yet — Chris Brown! BET’s reboot of Ashton Kutcher’s hit show has producers pulling the wool over the unruly RB star — and he actually handles himself well! For the series premiere, the singer is on the set of his new music video and a 9-year-old girl named Jayla approaches him. The too-cute girl tells Brown she loves his dance moves but has some tips for him. Pretty quickly, it becomes clear that the girl is all by herself, which alarms the new father. At one point, Brown asks, “Did you run away?” Luckily Brown seems eager to help the adorable girl and doesn’t flip out on her. We guess having a daughter has calmed his untamed heart! Brown’s episode of Punk’d airs Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 10:30 p.m. ET on BET.   …

    July 30, 2015 4:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Eric Shawn: The Hoffa hit, 40 years later


    It all started, and ended, on this day four decades ago. It was a hot July afternoon, nearly 92 degrees, when Teamsters president and labor icon Jimmy Hoffa is said to have opened the rear door of a 1975 maroon Mercury in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and climbed in. He was never seen again. The FBI has expended countless resources in the ensuing decades in the hopes of finally solving this enduring American mystery with no success. But I believe, based on my 2004 investigation, that Frank Sheeran did it. “Suspects Outside of Michigan: Francis Joseph “Frank” Sheeran, age 43, president local 326, Wilmington, Delaware. Resides in Philadelphia and is known associate of Russel Bufalino, La Cosa Nostra Chief, Eastern Pennsylvania,” reads the 1976 HOFFEX memo, the compilation of everything investigators knew about Hoffa’s disappearance that was prepared for a high level, secret conference at FBI …

    July 30, 2015 2:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat


    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am
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