Headline News

  • Wounded special-ops veterans take on new enemy: child porn


    Oskar Zepeda was a sharpshooter in the Army, but now takes aim at child pornographers. Zepeda says catching bad guys online is just another way of sevring his country. (AP) Zepeda was nearly killed while hunting for a deadly Taliban commander in Afghanistan in 2011. Oskar Zepeda lost his childhood dream of being a soldier on Sept. 8, 2011, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, but he’s found a new way to continue serving his country — and protect its children. Leading a team whose nighttime mission was kill or capture a deadly Taliban commander, Zepeda was clearing a house when an insurgent pulled the pin on a grenade. “I heard a boom and then I couldn’t see or feel anything. My body wasn’t responding to what my mind was telling it to do,” recalled Zepeda. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I can still smell the blood, the smoke and hear the chaos,” said the former Ranger sharpshooter and U.S. Army …

    July 25, 2014 5:12 am
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Politics

  • Army War College probes plagiarism claims against Montana senator


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Army War College has opened an inquiry into accusations that Senator John Walsh, a Montana Democrat now facing a tough election challenge, plagiarized parts of a research paper tied to a master’s degree he earned from the school. The college’s announcement on Thursday that it had launched an investigation came a day after the New York Times reported Walsh may have lifted at least a quarter of his master’s thesis, citing an examination of the 14-page paper he submitted to obtain his degree in 2007. Walsh’s campaign has said he inadvertently misused citations in what was a research paper, rather than a thesis. A preliminary analysis of the paper in question led the college to determine that a more thorough examination was warranted by faculty members of an academic review board, which handles cases of suspected plagiarism or misconduct, the school said in a statement. The college has previously revoked the …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Stocks

  • S&P 500 inches to new high … but not 2,000


    Click for more market data. The major gauges barely budged Thursday, but it was a big day for buyout rumors. The SP 500 was only up about one point, but that was enough notch another all-time high. The index is slowly closing in on 2,000. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq both ended flat as investors focused on the latest batch of earnings and deal news. SodaStream in play? Shares of SodaStream (SODA) surged on a report that said the maker of at-home soda machines is in talks to be taken private. The stock was halted briefly following a 24% spike. But the rally cooled and it ended the day 9% higher. There have been rumors that SodaStream could partner with a larger beverage company after Coca-Cola (CCE) took a significant stake in Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which is working on its own at-home soda machine. SodaStream did not immediately respond to a …

    July 25, 2014 4:32 am
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Sports

  • Friendly match in Austria between Maccabi Haifa and Paderborn canceled over security concerns


    VIENNA –  A pre-season match between Maccabi Haifa and Bundesliga team Paderborn has been canceled after pro-Palestinian demonstrators stormed the pitch during the Israeli club’s previous game in Austria. Wilfried Ellinger, the deputy mayor of Kirchbichl, tells the Austria Press Agency on Friday that the match was called off because his small town wouldn’t be able to guarantee security. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Maccabi and Paderborn had been scheduled to play Saturday. On Wednesday, about 20 protesters waving Palestinian flags and signs with anti-Israeli slogans ran onto the pitch during Maccabi’s friendly against French side Lille in Bischofshofen, near Salzburg. Players and protesters clashed, and the game was abandoned.

    July 25, 2014 5:12 am
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World News

  • Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 10:28 More than 118,000 people are now sheltering in Gaza’s UN-run schools, officials say Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas movement are intensifying as the death toll in 18-day-old conflict continues to climb. Gaza faced more Israeli shelling and air strikes overnight, while Israeli towns raised the alarm over Hamas rockets on Friday morning. Israel’s security cabinet is due to discuss a seven-day truce plan backed by US Secretary of State John Kerry. More than 800 Palestinians have now been killed, as well as 34 Israelis. Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians, while 32 of Israel’s dead have been soldiers. One Thai national has also died in Israel. In the latest incident to inflame tensions on either side, at least 15 people died at a UN-run school shelter on Thursday. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Ian …

    July 25, 2014 4:52 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: Instagram goes after Snapchat, Airbnb tenants, mobile Pirates


    A quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Instagram accidentally leaks ad for their second snapchat ripoff Betabeat Last night, Instagram leaked word of an app called “Bolt,” a new, unanticipated photo messaging service. Considering Instagram is owned by Facebook, this adds Bolt to the growing portfolio of Facebook’s messaging services, which include Messanger, WhatsApp, Slingshot and Instagram. Facebook really wants to get Snapchat’s users. Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host’s house CNN.com So, if unwanted strangers won’t leave, just call authorities and have them booted out, right? That’s where Tschogl’s nightmare really begins. In California, renters who occupy a property for more than 30 consecutive days are considered full-time tenants on a month-to-month lease with rights to occupancy protected under the state’s tenant law. Reminder: if you rent your house to someone for two months, you’re a landlord. Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 images leaked Ubergizmo …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Science

  • No returning to Eden: Researchers explore how to restore species in a changing world


    Reversing the increasing rate of global biodiversity losses may not be possible without embracing intensive, and sometimes controversial, forms of threatened species management, according to a New Zealand zoologist and colleagues writing in the leading international journal Science. In a review article appearing in today’s edition, Professor Philip Seddon of the University of Otago and his co-authors examine the growing role that ‘conservation translocation’, which is the movement and release of plants and animals to re-establish new populations, is playing in efforts to combat biodiversity loss. The researchers write that the traditional goals of “having self-sustaining wildlife populations within pristine landscapes untouched by human influence” are “increasingly unobtainable.” They instead suggest that creating ‘wildness’ rather than restoring ‘wilderness’ is the most practical way forward. This ‘rewilding’ approach may involve translocations to restore ecological processes, such as predator-prey interactions, within landscapes shared by humans and wildlife. Reintroduction of species previously indigenous to an area has been …

    July 25, 2014 2:11 am
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Health

  • Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group


    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country. Malaria, a life-threatening disease transmitted to people via mosquitoes, kills more than half million people a year, mainly infants in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said it had seen a jump in cases in Central African Republic, where violence between Christian militia and Muslim rebels has killed thousands of people and forced a million from their homes. An MSF report found that malaria cases in Bossangoa, about 190 miles (300 km) north of the capital Bangui, had more than tripled to 6,507 in May with almost two-thirds of those children under the age of five. “What was already an extremely fragile state with an essentially non-existent health system, Central African Republic has …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Entertainment

  • Spider-Man creator Stan Lee bows out of Comic-Con appearances


    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 91-year-old comic book veteran will not be at his scheduled Friday and Saturday signings due to illness. The good news is that Lee will be OK after a bit of rest and it’s nothing to be worried about. Comic-Con 2014: 24 movie still has “potential” Lee’s spokesperson told the entertainment industry paper, “Unfortunately Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.” Despite his advanced age, Lee has been a fixture at the fanboy event since its inception. The creator was instrumental in making the convention a must-attend event and drew Hollywood’s attention that the Con was a great promotional tool for TV and film. He has missed only …

    July 25, 2014 4:32 am
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Editorial

  • Center for American progress support comes from all corners, including yours


    The United States Constitution. (ARCHIVES.GOV) On Monday, The Center for American Progress is sponsored an event touching on the 2nd Amendment.  If you tuned in, you probably didn’t notice much zeal for individual freedom or love of the 2nd Amendment.  The preview for the event stated it will “focus on the history of the amendment, from its beginning as a benign provision intended to calm the fears of the citizens of a new republic through the radicalization of the National Rifle Association.” Talk about revisionist history, but it’s not surprising coming from one of the most powerful left-wing arms of advocacy in our country today. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Talk about revisionist history, but it’s not surprising coming from one of the most powerful left-wing arms of advocacy in our country today.  The Center for American Progress (CAP) and its corresponding advocacy arm, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action), are two significant entities in …

    July 25, 2014 1:50 am
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Odd News

  • NJ Turnpike Authority wants Florida pizzeria logo off the menu


    (Reuters) – While its meatball pizzas and hoagies might mimic the pleasures of the Jersey Shore, it’s the logo of a Florida Keys pizzeria that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority says goes too far in evoking the Garden State. The agency this week sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza in New Jersey federal court, saying its logo “directly copied and appropriated” that of the Garden State Parkway. The restaurant’s merchandise and fact that pizzas are sold in the turnpike’s service areas could confuse consumers, it said. “There’s no way someone is going to mistake my logo for that of the parkway – we’re 1,300 miles away,” said Paul DiMatteo, co-owner of the Tavernier, Florida, restaurant, which also has a franchise in Florida City. “We’re a pizza shop, they’re the road department,” he said. “It’s two completely different identities.” Both logos are circular, yellow-and-green, with a rendering of the state in the middle. In the shop’s design, “Jersey …

    July 25, 2014 2:10 am
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