• Charities warned over ‘harassment’

    Charities warned over ‘harassment’

    Charity Commission chairman William Shawcross said charities had to listen to the public Charities could face criminal sanctions unless they stop aggressive fundraising tactics, their regulator has warned. William Shawcross, Charity Commission chairman, told the...
  • USC not worried by another year of sky-high preseason hopes

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Even before coach Pete Carroll’s dynasty had died, Southern California began a yearly cycle of sky-high preseason hopes and comparatively disappointing results. After Carroll left and the Trojans became hamstrung by NCAA...
  • MtGox bitcoin chief held in Japan

    MtGox bitcoin chief held in Japan

    Mr Karpeles’ lawyers asked for the hearing to be delayed Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the collapsed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin. Mark Karpeles,...
  • Greek stock market to reopen, with restrictions

    Greek stock market to reopen, with restrictions

    The Athens stock exchange will reopen Monday, more than a month after Greece’s financial crisis forced the authorities to suspend all trading. But there will be some restrictions for local investors, the Greek finance ministry...
  • Many Older Americans Feel Prepared for Aging

    Many Older Americans Feel Prepared for Aging

    FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most older Americans feel they are prepared for the process of aging, but many have concerns about maintaining their physical and mental health as they get older, a...
  • Rare seabird returns to Dominica

    Rare seabird returns to Dominica

    Biologist Adam Brown describes the discovery as a “game changer” for the birds’ prospects A colony of one of the world’s rarest seabirds has been found on the Caribbean island of Dominica, according to scientists....

Headline News

  • South Dakota firefighter dies helping battle wildfire in Northern California forest


    ALTURAS, Calif. –  The U.S. Forest Service says a firefighter from South Dakota has been killed battling one of more than a dozen wildfires burning across California. Forest Service officials said in a press release issued Friday night that David Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota, was killed sometime Thursday as he was battling a fire in the Modoc Forest. That’s about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. Ruhl, an engine captain from South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest, had been working with California firefighters since June. Forest Service officials didn’t say how he died. He vanished sometime Thursday and his body wasn’t recovered until Friday morning. The fire in the Modoc National Forest has burned across about 800 acres.

    August 1, 2015 12:39 am
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Politics

  • Hillary, Bill Clinton report total income of $140 million since 2007


    WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Friday reported income approaching $140 million over the last eight years, providing evidence of the vast wealth they have accumulated. Their tax records showed that in 2013, the Clinton duo delivered six-figure speeches that reaped nearly $23 million. Clinton, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, released her family’s tax returns from 2007 to 2014. The Clinton camp said the release was in keeping with a commitment for transparency. Hillary Clinton is struggling to overcome questions about her honesty that have arisen from a controversy over her use of a private email server for official business as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. A Quinnipiac University poll this week said 57 percent of voters see Clinton as not honest and trustworthy. The Clintons’ adjusted gross income over the period was just shy of $140 million. …

    July 31, 2015 11:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Greek stock market to reopen, with restrictions


    The Athens stock exchange will reopen Monday, more than a month after Greece’s financial crisis forced the authorities to suspend all trading. But there will be some restrictions for local investors, the Greek finance ministry said, to prevent more money flooding out of the banking system. They will only be allowed to buy shares with existing holdings of cash, and won’t be able to draw on their Greek bank accounts. Greece’s banks were bleeding cash at a furious pace on fears the country’s debt crisis would force it to abandon the euro. Capital controls were introduced on June 29, including the closure of banks and financial markets. ATM withdrawals were limited to 60 euros ($66) per day. The banks reopened on July 20, after Europe agreed in principle to a new bailout, but withdrawals remain limited to 420 euros ($455) a week. Some capital controls have been relaxed, so Greek companies could make payments abroad. …

    July 31, 2015 11:59 pm
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Sports

  • USC not worried by another year of sky-high preseason hopes


    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) Even before coach Pete Carroll’s dynasty had died, Southern California began a yearly cycle of sky-high preseason hopes and comparatively disappointing results. After Carroll left and the Trojans became hamstrung by NCAA sanctions for the past half-decade, their modest winter successes never matched their enormous summer expectations. Those hopes are high again, now that USC is free of scholarship sanctions and bolstered by its first full recruiting class in four years. Coach Steve Sarkisian believes the Trojans can only break the cycle through hard work, and he can’t wait to get to it next week. ”It’s somewhat of a beauty contest right now,” the second-year coach said Friday at the Pac-12 media days. ”It’s great, it’s flattering that people feel a certain way about us, but ultimately we have to perform.” With quarterback Cody Kessler leading 16 returning starters, USC was picked to win the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll Thursday. …

    August 1, 2015 12:39 am
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World News

  • Charities warned over ‘harassment’


    Charity Commission chairman William Shawcross said charities had to listen to the public Charities could face criminal sanctions unless they stop aggressive fundraising tactics, their regulator has warned. William Shawcross, Charity Commission chairman, told the Times that the watchdog should oversee practices such as street fundraising – by so-called “chuggers” – if self-regulation failed. He said the death of poppy seller Olive Cooke, 92, had highlighted the issue. Mrs Cooke killed herself in May after receiving hundreds of charity letters. Her family said this was not to blame. Following her death, the government commissioned a review by Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary organisations. Mr Shawcross told the newspaper: “If he concludes that self-regulation by charities cannot work, then government would have to consider whether the Charity Commission should regulate fundraising.” ‘Must listen’ An inquest last month found that Mrs Cooke, from Bristol, killed herself after suffering problems with depression …

    August 1, 2015 12:40 am
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Technology

  • MtGox bitcoin chief held in Japan


    Mr Karpeles’ lawyers asked for the hearing to be delayed Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the collapsed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin. Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February. He is suspected of having accessed the exchange’s computer system to falsify data on its outstanding balance. MtGox claimed it was caused by a bug but it later filed for bankruptcy. In March 2014, a month after filing for bankruptcy, the firm said it had found 200,000 lost bitcoins. The firm said it found the bitcoins – worth around $116m – in an old digital wallet from 2011. That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000. That total amounts to about 7% of all the bitcoins in existence. Bitcoin is a virtual currency built around a …

    August 1, 2015 12:19 am
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Science

  • Starvation effects handed down for generations


    Related images(click to enlarge) Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in roundworms. The effects are what Duke University biologist Ryan Baugh terms a “bet-hedging strategy.” In nature, the worms live a boom-or-bust lifestyle in which the occasional famine will devastate the population, but not all of the worms are killed. The survivors are smaller and less fertile, and they acquire a toughness that lasts at least two generations. What changes isn’t their genes themselves, but the way in which those genes are used, Baugh said. Baugh and his Duke team starved thousands of C. elegans worms for one or eight days at the first stage of larval development after hatching. When feeding was resumed, the worms that had starved longer grew more slowly, and ended up smaller and less fertile. They also proved more susceptible to a second bout of starvation. The starved worms …

    July 31, 2015 11:19 pm
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Health

  • Many Older Americans Feel Prepared for Aging


    FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most older Americans feel they are prepared for the process of aging, but many have concerns about maintaining their physical and mental health as they get older, a new survey finds. The 2015 United States of Aging Survey of 1,000 adults 60 and older found that 86 percent felt prepared overall for the process of aging, and 42 percent said they are “very prepared” to age. Forty percent said they are most concerned about maintaining their physical health, while more than one-third were concerned about maintaining their mental health and their memory as they get older. More than two-thirds of respondents said the keys to good health include a healthy diet, having a good attitude and getting enough sleep. Fifty-eight percent said they had not changed residences in more than 20 years, and three-quarters said they intend to live in their current home for the rest of their …

    July 31, 2015 11:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mark Zuckerberg And Wife Priscilla Announce They’re Expecting First Child


    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 1:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff They have a baby genius bun in the oven! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla just announced they are expecting their first child – a baby girl – in a touching post on FB. The billionaire also revealed that the couple has suffered three secret miscarriages in their quest to become parents. “Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we’re expecting a baby girl! This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation,” Zuckerberg began. “We want to share one experience to start. We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had …

    July 31, 2015 10:59 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet


    DALLAS An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. “His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe. The status of the animal is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said. (Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)

    July 31, 2015 7:38 pm
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