• Chicago Bears bringing high expectations to camp

    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery, left, talks to the media as head coach Marc Trestman listens at a news conference during the team’s NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday, July...
  • Venezuela opposition leader on trial

    Venezuela opposition leader on trial

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 23:43 Lilian Tintori holds a poster of her her husband, who has been in custody for five months The trial of one of Venezuela’s main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez,...
  • Facebook is officially a mobile company

    Facebook is officially a mobile company

      It wasn’t long ago that Facebook was widely seen as having a “mobile problem.” Those days are gone. Facebook (FB, Tech30) reported Wednesday that mobile ads accounted for about 62% of its ad revenue...
  • NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

    [image-36] NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. “We are looking to broaden...
  • Facebook reports surge in profits

    Facebook reports surge in profits

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 23:21 Facebook has announced a 138% rise in net income for the second quarter to $791m (£464m). Revenue from advertising, which makes up most of Facebook’s income, was $2.68bn,...

Headline News

  • Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination


    NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey’s largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the “One Newark” plan disproportionately affect black students. “We can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the ‘One Newark’ plan at the end of the 2013-2014 school year discriminates against black students on the basis of race,” an Education Department spokesman said in a statement. The investigation began this month, the department said. Word of the investigation came one day after the U.S. Justice Department said police in Newark had repeatedly violated civil rights, and recommended appointment of an independent monitor. Once a thriving manufacturing center, Newark is struggling with problems of urban blight and …

    July 23, 2014 6:16 pm
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Politics

  • Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday. The first-term Republican governor received 46 percent support, while his likely Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, got 45 percent support, the Marquette Law School Poll taken from July 17 to 20 showed. The results of the poll of 804 registered voters mirrored a poll taken by the same group in May, when both candidates received 46 percent support. Both polls had a 3.5 percentage- point margin of error. In June, a U.S. appeals court unsealed hundreds of documents that showed state prosecutors accusing Walker and others of participating in a broad plan to circumvent the state’s campaign finance laws during recall elections in 2011 and 2012. [ID:nL2N0P01LD] Neither Walker, a potential Republican White House hopeful in …

    July 23, 2014 5:35 pm
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Stocks

  • Facebook is officially a mobile company


      It wasn’t long ago that Facebook was widely seen as having a “mobile problem.” Those days are gone. Facebook (FB, Tech30) reported Wednesday that mobile ads accounted for about 62% of its ad revenue in the second quarter, up a from just 41% a year prior. The social network’s shares are up more than 30% this year, buoyed by the company’s newfound success in mobile advertising. The stock is currently poised to open at an all-time high Thursday morning. Facebook’s success in mobile is timely, with Web users flocking to mobile devices and leaving their desktops behind. January marked the first time ever that Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet, according to comScore. Facebook said its base of daily active users averaged 829 million in June, with 654 million on mobile devices. Related: Facebook experiment upsets regulators Facebook didn’t make any money on mobile as recently as …

    July 23, 2014 6:16 pm
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Sports

  • Chicago Bears bringing high expectations to camp


    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery, left, talks to the media as head coach Marc Trestman listens at a news conference during the team’s NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday, July 23, 2014., in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks at a news conference as he arrives for NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press BOURBONNAIS, Ill. –  Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery understands expectations are soaring. He’s not backing away from them, either. The Bears are aiming high, hoping to return to the playoffs after missing out for the sixth time in seven years, going into their third training camp under Emery. Practices start Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Emery said Wednesday the goal remains a championship.” He said the Bears are “very accountable as an organization to …

    July 23, 2014 6:16 pm
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World News

  • Venezuela opposition leader on trial


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 23:43 Lilian Tintori holds a poster of her her husband, who has been in custody for five months The trial of one of Venezuela’s main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, has begun in the capital, Caracas. He is accused of inciting violence during anti-government demonstrations. Mr Lopez has been in custody since 18 February, when he handed himself in to the authorities. He denies all the charges. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Venezuela earlier this year in months of protests against rising inflation and crime. Mr Lopez, 42, has accused the government of President Nicolas Maduro of jailing Venezuelans for seeking democratic change. Other opposition activists detained during the protests have also appeared in court in Caracas.. There is heavy police presence and road blocks near the Justice Palace. But hundreds of supporters, including Mr Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, and parents, have gathered outside the …

    July 23, 2014 6:16 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook reports surge in profits


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 23:21 Facebook has announced a 138% rise in net income for the second quarter to $791m (£464m). Revenue from advertising, which makes up most of Facebook’s income, was $2.68bn, up 67% compared with the second quarter of 2013. Adverts on mobile devices now account for 62% of advertising revenue, which is a spectacular rise as mobile ads accounted for almost nothing in 2012. But Facebook’s rapid expansion has resulted in a sharp rise in costs. Expenses were $1.52bn in the second quarter up 22% from 2013. “We had a good second quarter,” said Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in a statement accompanying the results. “Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world,” he said. The company now has 1.32 billion active users every month, up 14% on last year. Of those users more …

    July 23, 2014 5:36 pm
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Science

  • NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites


    [image-36] NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. “We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.  “Depending on the outcome, the new model could be a vital component in future science missions and the path for humans to Mars.” The RFI details possible new business models that would involve NASA contracting to purchase services from a commercial service provider, which would own and operate one or more communication relay orbiters. The solicitation is open to all types of organizations including U.S. industry, universities, nonprofits, NASA centers, and federally funded research and development centers, in addition to U.S. government and international organizations. NASA is interested in …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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Health

  • Abuse of U.S. generic-drug rules costs billions -report


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. rules that ensure prescription medicines are not misused have been manipulated by brand-name drug companies to fight off generic competitors, costing consumers billions of dollars, according to a report released on Wednesday. Called “risk evaluation and mitigation strategies” (REMS), these U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules are meant to secure the safe distribution of dangerous medicines. However, the report from the Generic Pharmaceutical Association said REMS have been used to prevent generic drugmakers from getting branded medicine to test their own versions, which is required to win FDA approval. This has delayed the arrival of 40 potential generic drugs, costing consumers some $5.4 billion a year, according to the report by Matrix Global Advisors and released by the generic drug trade group. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said the issue was worrisome. “This study raises serious concerns about whether safety protocols are being inappropriately used to inhibit access to …

    July 23, 2014 5:36 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bindi Irwin is using her grief to continue her father’s passions


    Bindi Irwin at 14: Crocodile Hunter’s girl grows up  Bindi, who will be 16 on July 24, said it has been a journey to find herself in the struggle of losing her dad in the public eye. “I remember after we lost Dad, so many adults came up to me and said, ‘Honey, time heals all wounds,’” she told People. “That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn’t. That kind of sadness never goes away.” Irwin has found her mission now in continuing her father’s legacy, and she does that by continuing the wildlife conservation efforts that her father was so passionate about. She still lives with her mother Terri Irwin and 10-year-old brother Robert in the home they shared with their father — which is on the grounds of their Australian zoo. Bindi Irwin has not only used her name to film nature TV specials, but she also just signed on as …

    July 23, 2014 6:16 pm
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Editorial

  • To solve border crisis reduce foreign aid


      Over the past few months we have witnessed an explosion of unaccompanied alien children crossing our Southern border. These children are arriving primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The President has proposed a 3.7 billion dollar emergency authorization by Congress to address the border crisis. However, we can humanely repatriate these children home by reducing foreign aid we provide to the countries they are arriving from. According to www.foreignassistance.gov, we provided the following amounts of foreign aid to the aforementioned countries in FY2013: 1) El Salvador – $27,438,00; 2) Guatemala – $83,898,00; 3) Honduras – $51,971,000. That is a total of $163,307,000. Senators Tom Coburn and Ron Johnson have both publicly stated that we can repatriate these children to their home countries on flights for approximately $20 million or less. Therefore, this is a solution that makes sense for several reasons. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The United States is not a country of infinite resources. …

    July 23, 2014 5:36 pm
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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