Headline News

  • Sheriff: 2 badly burned bodies found in car investigated as double homicide


    PASCO, Wash. –  The Franklin County Sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths of two people found badly burned in a car as a double homicide. The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1f9etFZ ) that the bodies were found Thursday night in car that was hidden in a ravine about a mile off the road. Sheriff Jim Raymond says investigators have tentatively identified the victims. They say it was an adult and a child. A volunteer firefighter spotted smoke coming from the ravine about 5:45 p.m. and went to investigate. The firefighter found a car engulfed in flames. The bodies were discovered after the fire was put out. Autopsies are being scheduled. Raymond says they’ve identified a person or persons of interest in the case. ___ Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

    July 3, 2015 4:41 pm
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Politics

  • Edwards Releases Senate Fundraising Totals


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 2:09 p.m. today 0 Tweet Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Donna Edwards’ Senate campaign said Friday the Democrat raised $590,000 in the second quarter — ending the first half of the year with less than $1 million in the bank for her primary race for the open Maryland Senate seat. The campaign said the $924,000 raised year-to-date comes from more than 10,000 donors. A campaign aide said Thursday this is Edwards’ “strongest” quarter since she was elected to Congress in 2008. It also marks marks her first quarter with new campaign manager, Garrick Delzell, who joined her after working at Emily’s List. “Donna is building a campaign that reflects the values of Maryland’s working families,” said Edwards spokesman Benjamin Gerdes. “In just four months, she’s engaged 10,000 contributors and over 100,000 grassroots supporters in her race for the United States Senate. Donna’s supporters share her passion …

    July 3, 2015 1:21 pm
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Stocks

  • Don’t bet against Joey Chestnut… or Nathan’s?


    Competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will attempt to win his ninth straight mustard belt on July 4th. It’s a disgusting display of gluttony. But for many, the annual hot dog eating contest is right up there with viewing fireworks as a holiday tradition. Nathan’s Famous at Coney Island in Brooklyn has hosted this event since 1916. Next year will be the centennial! And it’s becoming a tradition for me to write a story about this small restaurant company just before Independence Day. Related: Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Have a hot dog. Or 70. Nathan’s (NATH) went public in 1993. The company is only worth $170 million and trading volume is extremely low. About 42,000 shares change hands every day on average. Apple (AAPL, Tech30), by way of comparison, has an average daily trading volume of nearly 45 million shares. But Nathan’s has been a big wiener (sorry!) for the few long-term investors that own it. Its …

    July 3, 2015 2:21 pm
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Sports

  • Play suspended between marathon men Cilic and Isner


    LONDON (This version of the story was refiled to make clear in paragraph three that Isner won fifth set 70-68) Marin Cilic and John Isner will attempt to finish their third round Wimbledon match on Saturday tied at 10-10 in the fifth set after play was suspended due to bad light. A lengthy encounter always looked on the cards given their track records for going the distance and as the gloom descended on Court One play was suspended after four hours and 15 minutes. American Isner, who beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut by winning the fifth set 70-68 in the longest match in history, an 11 hour five minute epic in the Wimbledon first round in 2010, lost a first-set tiebreak before taking the second in similar fashion. Croatian Cilic, who contested the second-longest men’s singles match ever played at Wimbledon in 2012 with a five hour 31 minute victory over Sam Querrey, took the third …

    July 3, 2015 4:42 pm
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World News

  • IS claims rocket attack on Israel


    Israeli troops deployed along the border with Egypt are on alert A group affiliated with Islamic State has said it fired three rockets into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. The affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, said it had acted in retaliation for what it says is Israeli support for the Egyptian army. Israel said two rockets landed in the south of the country, causing no casualties or material damage. At least 17 Egyptian soldiers and 100 IS militants have died in fighting in northern Sinai since Wednesday. The clashes were triggered by a co-ordinated mass assault of IS militants on the town of Sheikh Zuweid. Siren alert Sinai Province claimed the rocket attack on social media on Friday. The group said it had fired Grad rockets towards “occupied Palestine”. The Israeli military later said that two missiles landed in open areas in Israel’s Negev region, causing no damage. Sirens were heard in communities in …

    July 3, 2015 4:42 pm
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Technology

  • Terminator: Meet the organisation trying to stop killer robots


    Utter the phrase “killer robot” to someone and you’ll likely see them smile, a grin spreading as they picture a 10-foot chrome monster firing its lasers and bleating electronically about exterminating humans. But while sci-fi ‘bots — even the ones that turn evil — occupy a fond place in our hearts and on our movie screens, the reality of lethal, autonomous machines is much closer, and more terrifyingly mundane, than we might think. Sentry robots like this one must not be allowed to make kill decisions on their own, the Campaign argues. KIM DONG-JOO/AFP/Getty Images “They will look like tanks. They will look like battleships. They will look like jet fighters,” says robotics professor Noel Sharkey, speaking to CNET about the Campaign to Stop Killer robots. The organisation is working to get a global international treaty to ban robots that kill without human prompting. In the video above, we let the Campaign explain why it …

    July 3, 2015 1:00 pm
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Science

  • US survey reveals high value of physicists to industry


    Weighing up the options A survey by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) has found that US physicists with PhDs who go on to work in industry do not suffer a loss of earnings or intellectual satisfaction. Those who find jobs in the private sector, the survey finds, typically have careers that are rewarding both professionally and financially, even though they do not necessarily use the specific training they acquired in their doctoral and – for some – postdoctoral training. The survey – Common Careers of Physicists in the Private Sector – focuses on 503 US-based physicists employed in the US private sector who were awarded their PhDs in 1996, 1997, 2000 or 2001. Those years were chosen because they were either side of the 2000 “dot-com” bubble, to provide a balance to the survey because Internet firms often hire physicists. Carried out by Roman Czujko, recently retired head of the AIP’s Statistical Research Center, together …

    July 3, 2015 1:01 pm
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Health

  • Noise From Fireworks Threatens Young Ears


    FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The Fourth of July weekend is a time for celebrations and beautiful fireworks displays. But, parents do need to take steps to protect their children’s ears from loud fireworks, a hearing expert cautions. “Fireworks can be harmful to a child’s ears,” Dr. Laura Swibel Rosenthal, a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor at Loyola University Health System in Chicago, said in a health system news release. “It is rare, but I have seen problems such as hearing loss and a tympanic membrane perforation,” she explained. A tympanic membrane rupture is commonly known as a ruptured eardrum. Rosenthal said that World Health Organization guidelines advise that children not be exposed to sounds that exceed 140 decibels (dB). Fireworks, however, can range from as low as 130 dB to as high as 190 dB. For comparison, the sound of a jet taking off from a distance of about 300 feet …

    July 3, 2015 1:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Shows Off Suspiciously Fuller Booty On Makeup Shopping Trip


    Posted on Fri Jul 3rd, 2015 1:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim, is that you? Kylie Jenner and a pal headed to Sephora in Calabasas for a little makeup shopping yesterday, and the youngest of the Kardashian sported a crop top and spandex that highlighted her growing butt! First the massive lips, then the suddenly fuller chest, and now a plump booty! Kris Jenner is obviously letting her little girl go under the knife, and it’s shocking. The teenager looks like she’s thirty years old! Her drastically changing looks have everyone closest to her worried, including her famously image obsessed sister Kimmy K! “She has gone totally overboard. Her friends are worried. Even Kim of all people has told her to stop,” an insider recently dished to LifeStyle. “She has gotten so much attention from having her nose and lips done that now she can’t stop,” the source added. Even her mom thinks she has gone …

    July 3, 2015 4:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Lynne Russell, ex-CNN anchor, and her husband are alive thanks to a gun


    Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, believe they would be dead if she hadn’t been carrying a gun. Late Wednesday night, Russell was forced at gunpoint from a motel parking lot into her room. The robber, not satisfied with merely taking her husband’s briefcase, started shooting at him. Fortunately, Russell had handed de Caro her purse, with her handgun inside it. De Caro shot the attacker, who later died at the hospital. This story made national news. ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, People Magazine and even such foreign publications as the UK Guardian newspaper mentioned that Russell, a CNN anchor from 1983 to 2001, and de Caro both had concealed handgun permits. We see these stories every day, some of the heroic actions caught on video and others where the criminal is killed, but you would never know it, because the national media continually ignore them. The case with Russell is an …

    July 3, 2015 1:21 pm
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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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