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  • U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone


    (Reuters) – New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition for grass and property destruction from straying bison. Yellowstone is now home to more than 4,000 bison, or buffalo, constituting the bulk of the country’s last pure-bred population of the animals. Dozens from the Yellowstone herd have been relocated to two Montana American Indian reservations in recent years. Park officials, wildlife advocates and Native American groups are now eager to restore wild bison to more of their native habitat.   A recent U.S. Interior Department report on bison concluded they could potentially be reintroduced to swaths of …

    July 30, 2014 7:38 pm
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Politics

  • Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’


    KANSAS CITY Mo./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, imploring them to “stop just hatin’ all the time” as they voted to sue him over charges he has overstepped the bounds of his office. In a party-line, 225-201 vote, the House of Representatives authorized the Republican-drafted lawsuit, which will focus on unilateral changes Obama has made to the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law. All Democrats and five Republicans opposed the measure. On the House floor, Republican lawmakers reverently invoked America’s founders in accusing Obama of bypassing Congress. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold,” said House Speaker John Boehner. But Obama, in a campaign-style speech, made fun of his political adversaries, laughing as he accused them of wasting time instead of addressing more pressing issues. “Stop being mad all the …

    July 30, 2014 7:58 pm
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Stocks

  • Grieving parents drowning in $200,000 student loan debt receive relief


    Lisa Mason (left) passed away 5 years ago, and her parents got hit with her six-figure student loan debt. Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle have been struggling to pay their daughter’s six-figure student loan debt ever since she passed away five years ago — and now they are starting to get some much needed relief. After a CNNMoney story about the family’s situation ran Tuesday, hundreds of readers reached out to offer words of encouragement — and financial support — to the family. So far, people have donated more than $8,000 through the Masons’ GoFundMe page. “We’ve been totally blown away,” said Mason. “It’s so encouraging to realize there’s a lot of good people out there.” His fund raising goal is set at $200,000, the amount he now owes the private student lenders. Mason says he was so desperate to help his daughter Lisa get a nursing degree that he co-signed the $100,000 in …

    July 30, 2014 6:36 pm
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Sports

  • Kyrie Irving focused on USA Basketball, fighting for spot on 12-man roster


    LAS VEGAS –  Kyrie Irving is excited about playing with LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s also focusing squarely on the task at hand with USA Basketball. “Right now the most important thing is that we’re representing the United States,” Irving said Wednesday after the U.S. team’s practice. “It’s all about trying to win a gold medal.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 22-year-old Australian-American is one of 10 pure guards at the national team’s training camp hoping to land a spot on the 12-man roster. Irving emerged as a star for the team during mini-camp last summer when he ended the three-day event with a 23-point, seven-assist performance to lead the White squad to a victory over the Blue in a scrimmage game. But that was last year, when Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was shelved with knee problems. This summer Rose has stolen headlines with an inspiring comeback after just three days in camp, …

    July 30, 2014 7:38 pm
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World News

  • House votes to sue President Obama


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 14:32 Congressman Pete Sessions of Texas sponsored the resolution The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers. The 225-201 vote along party lines means House lawyers will now draft legal documents to launch a lawsuit. Its supporters say Mr Obama exceeded his powers when he delayed an insurance deadline in his healthcare law. The president himself has dismissed it as a waste of time. “Everyone sees this as a political stunt,” he said. “If they’re not going to do anything, we’ll do what we can on our own,” the president added. “And we’ve taken more than 40 actions aimed at helping hardworking families like yours. That’s when we act – when your Congress won’t.” Republicans in Congress have complained that Mr Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority on numerous occasions, in order to bypass Congress by issuing …

    July 30, 2014 7:38 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung profit hit by phone slowdown


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 01:53 The success of its Galaxy smartphones has seen Samsung become the world’s biggest phone maker Profits at Samsung Electronics fell 20% in the second quarter, hurt mainly by a slowdown in smartphone sales and a strong Korean currency. It made a net profit of 6.25 trillion won ($6.1bn; £3.6bn) in the April-to-June period, down from 7.77 trillion won a year ago. When compared to the previous quarter, its profit was down 17%. Samsung is the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones and the handset division accounts for the bulk of its profits. Operating profit at its phone division fell 31% during the period, from the previous three months. “The second quarter was affected by several factors including the slow global sales of smartphones and tablets and escalating marketing expenditure to reduce inventory,” the firm said in a statement. Meanwhile, a stronger Korean currency also hit Samsung’s earnings during …

    July 30, 2014 7:58 pm
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Science

  • Cross-Border Ebola Outbreak a First for Deadly Virus


    When the physicians found the nine-year-old boy he was scared and barely had a pulse. He had been locked in a house with his mother for four days by community members in a corner of southwest Guinea, the hotbed of Africa’s current Ebola crisis. The boy’s neighbors were frightened of contracting the virus that causes the highly lethal illness (which kills between 50 and 90 percent of its victims) and did not want to risk coming into contact with either of them. By the time that Doctors Without Borders came upon their village, however, it was too late—the mother died in the back of a pickup truck on the way over to the temporary Ebola clinic. The little boy trembled nearby, surrounded by workers wearing protective body suits, high rubber boots and masks fogged up with perspiration. When he got to the treatment center and received a small bag of cookies he managed a wan …

    July 30, 2014 4:12 pm
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Health

  • Khosla-backed startup hopes to bring doctors to patients’ mobiles


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – HealthTap Chief Executive Officer Ron Gutman believes paying the doctor a visit is expensive and time-consuming. So why not bring the doctor to the patient – digitally?     On Wednesday, the Palo Alto-based startup, which is backed by investor Vinod Khosla, introduced a virtual-consult service called HealthTap Prime. Consumers can opt to pay $99 a month to text or video conference with a physician, online or via a smartphone.      It remains to be seen whether patients will be willing to pay out-of-pocket for HealthTap’s service, which is not covered by the largest insurers. HealthTap faces competition from startups such as DoctoronDemand, which lets patients dial up a licensed physician for $40, as well as technology companies such as Cisco. And given their doctors’ inability to take samples, examine patients closely or employ equipment, it is unclear how it can be useful beyond consultation for minor ailments.     HealthTap began as an Internet …

    July 30, 2014 7:58 pm
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  • Robert Pattinson defends Kristen Stewart’s cheating


    Bromance! Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson hang out  The Twilight star spoke with Esquire U.K. about Stewart and what ended their relationship — and he had a surprising answer. “S*** happens, you know?” Pattinson said, according to E! News. “It’s just young people. It’s normal! And honestly, who gives a s***? “The hardest part was talking about it afterwards,” he added. “Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can’t predict.” Pattinson’s answer may be less about not caring that she cheated and more about not wanting to be asked the question. Even though the actor was a rising star at the time, the cheating scandal gave him a non-stop paparazzi entourage. But he said, “I don’t understand why. I think it goes through periods where you’re assigned ‘this is the guy to follow’. But whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, ‘Oh God, what …

    July 30, 2014 6:36 pm
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Odd News

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain. “It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) …

    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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