• Denorfia, Padres down Braves

    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Denorfia scored twice and drove in a run among his three hits to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of...
  • Truce as deaths in Gaza pass 900

    Truce as deaths in Gaza pass 900

    26 July 2014 Last updated at 09:58 A BBC team has been into the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, hit hard by Israel last Sunday Residents in Gaza are using a 12-hour humanitarian truce to...
  • Game of Thrones adds new characters

    By Steve Holden Newsbeat reporter 26 July 2014 Last updated at 08:04 Nine new characters have been unveiled for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The announcement was made via a video during a...
  • Puig triples three times, leads Dodgers past Giants

    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Yasiel Puig tripled three times in a historic night at the plate in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-1 rout of the San Francisco Giants. Puig hit three triples and a...
  • South Sudan rebels ‘lose key town’

    South Sudan rebels ‘lose key town’

    25 July 2014 Last updated at 17:02 Rebel and government forces have been fighting since December in the world’s newest state Government forces in South Sudan have retaken the strategic town of Nasir in Upper...

Headline News

  • FBI found bomb-making cache in Tucson rampage gunman’s home: LA Times


    (Reuters) – Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 rampage, kept bomb-making components in a safe in his bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files released to the newspaper showed that agents and sniffer dogs, who stormed Loughner’s home just after his capture, found equipment including batteries, a circuit board, wires, and a numeric keyboard, the LA Times said. The files, amassed as the FBI investigated Loughner and released this week at the LA Times’ request under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed his love of guns, erratic behavior and an obsession with Giffords. The information in the report could not be independently confirmed by Reuters. The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “I have a new tattoo on my back: 2 9mm bullets,” Loughner wrote in one Internet message. “There are important figures …

    July 26, 2014 4:06 am
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Politics

  • Obama tells Central American leaders most children will go home


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged the leaders of three Central American countries on Friday to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the U.S. border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay. In a White House meeting with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Obama had a tough-love message: his administration had compassion for the children, but not many would qualify for humanitarian relief or refugee status. Many of the migrants have fled poverty and crime at home. The meeting came as Obama struggles to contain a border crisis triggered by the tens of thousands of children who have crossed the Texas border with Mexico in recent months. They have overwhelmed border resources and put election-year pressure on Obama to resolve it. “There may be some narrow circumstances in which there is a humanitarian or refugee status that a …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Stocks

  • Mary Poppins won’t work for minimum wage


    You’d think magical powers would entitle Mary Poppins to more than $7.25 an hour. But in a parody from Funny or Die, the Disney character (played by Kristin Bell) is quitting her job because that’s all the Banks family will pay her. She struggles to make ends meet while making $7.25, the federal minimum wage, pleading for a $3 raise. “In every job that must be done, you must be paid in more than fun,” she sings, a play on an original Mary Poppins song. Related: LA hotel workers could get highest minimum wage in the U.S. Plenty of people in the real world agree. 71% of people surveyed by CNNMoney favor an unspecified hike in the federal minimum wage. Meanwhile, 36% said it should be increased to $10.10 an hour, which is what Senate Democrats and President Obama have proposed. A number of states and major cities aren’t waiting for Congress to act and …

    July 26, 2014 2:45 am
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Sports

  • Denorfia, Padres down Braves


    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Denorfia scored twice and drove in a run among his three hits to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a four-game set on Friday. Tommy Medica finished with a career-high four hits and an RBI single and Rene Rivera supplied two hits and drove in a run for the Padres, who have won three straight and five of their last six. Jesse Hahn (6-2), recalled from Triple-A El Paso prior to the game, surrendered just one run on three hits with four strikeouts in six strong innings to earn the win, his sixth in his last seven starts. “I felt good tonight,” said Hahn. “I had great defense behind me and we hit the ball well.” Freddie Freeman had two of Atlanta’s four hits and scored twice for the Braves, which have dropped four of their last five. Starter …

    July 26, 2014 4:05 am
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World News

  • Truce as deaths in Gaza pass 900


    26 July 2014 Last updated at 09:58 A BBC team has been into the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, hit hard by Israel last Sunday Residents in Gaza are using a 12-hour humanitarian truce to return to their homes, gather essential supplies and search for those trapped in the rubble. Gaza’s health ministry says 60 bodies have been recovered, with 35 already brought to the Shifa Hospital morgue. The Palestinian death toll now stands at 935, officials say, since Israel began strikes against Hamas on 8 July. Thirty-eight Israelis have died. International talks on a longer truce are resuming in Paris. Correspondents reported a tense situation in areas hardest-hit by air strikes and tank shelling, but some semblance of normal life returning. Israel said it would continue to “locate and neutralise” Hamas tunnels during the pause, which began at 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT). US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting the foreign ministers …

    July 26, 2014 4:05 am
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Technology

  • Pokémon Art Academy review


    Giotto used his architectural knowledge to introduce perspective to his painting, while Leonardo da Vinci brushed up on his anatomical drawing skills by sketching cadavers. In Pokémon Art Academy you’ll begin your monster drawing career with a painting by numbers-style rendering of Pikachu’s head, graduating to full-body portraits and lessons in use of paintbrushes, pens, pencils and drawing layers. Learning alongside you is AI-student, Lily, whose efforts are so terrifying that the most inept human artist will be reassured at the comparative beauty of their own attempts. There are also tips to help you capture the essence of each Pokémon, which you will find inhabit a zone somewhere between pointless and actually insane. ALSO OUT THIS WEEK Wii Sports Club, Wii U Wii Sports was the game that accidentally defined the Nintendo Wii. Its small set of sport-themed mini-games didn’t even feature Mario, but became the instant staple of families, shared houses and late-night drinkers. …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Science

  • New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley


    Related images(click to enlarge) New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. In Australia, annual barley production is second only to wheat with 7-8 million tonnes a year. Powdery mildew is one of the most important diseases of barley. Senior Research Scientist Dr Alan Little and team have discovered the composition of special growths on the cell walls of barley plants that block the penetration of the fungus into the leaf. The research, by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls in the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Germany, will be presented at the upcoming 5th International Conference on Plant Cell Wall Biology and published in the journal New Phytologist. “Powdery mildew is a significant problem wherever barley is grown around …

    July 26, 2014 2:25 am
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Health

  • Nigeria government confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos


    ABUJA/GENEVA (Reuters) – A Liberian man who died in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on Sunday after flying into Lagos, a city of 21 million people, and was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital. Nigeria confirmed earlier on Friday that he had died in quarantine. “His blood sample was taken to the advance laboratory at the Lagos university teaching hospital, which confirmed the diagnosis of the Ebola virus disease in the patient,” Chukwu told a press conference on Friday. “This result was corroborated by other laboratories outside Nigeria.” However, at a separate press conference held by the Lagos state government at the same time, the city’s health commissioner, Jide Idris, said that they were only “assuming that it was Ebola” because they were …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Entertainment

  • James Franco leaks Dave Franco and Zac Efron’s coupledom


    Who’s hotter: James Franco vs. Dave Franco  Franco posted an Instagram photo of what looks like a screenshot of a gossip site featuring his own brother, Dave Franco, and actor Zac Efron getting cozy. In one photo, the two are giggling it up at a sporting event, and in another they are caught in a warm embrace. The headline of the article on the undisclosed site reads “Zac Efron Dating ‘Neighbors’ Costar Dave Franco.” James’ caption for the post is “Effron and My brother dating!!!!!! Congrats, boys! I’m so happy for you!!!” We can just see James sitting behind his keyboard with his usual Cheshire cat grin as he’s doctoring the “screenshot.” This is only the latest in James’ feigned Instagram scandals. In April, he caught some heat for attempting to pick up a 17-year-old girl on the social media site, but many later believed it to be a publicity stunt for his movie Palo …

    July 26, 2014 2:45 am
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • Chinese police arrest man after nursing home patients castrated


    BEIJING (Reuters) – Police in China have arrested a man on suspicion of castrating or partially castrating four patients at a nursing home, state media said on Thursday, the latest scandal to hit the country’s medical sector. Doctors discovered on Tuesday that three men at the nursing home in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang had had either one or both of their testicles removed with a blunt razor, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The fourth victim was not found until later after police carried out a full inspection of the facility, the news agency said. The victims are in hospital, though their injuries were not life threatening, Xinhua added. “The victims identified the perpetrator as a worker at the nursing home, while a staff member at the home said the man, in his 30s, was also housed there for mental illness,” it said. Police have not identified the suspect or said why he carried …

    July 26, 2014 2:25 am
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