Headline News

  • Native Americans protest proposed Arizona copper mine


    PHOENIX Members of a Native American tribe in Arizona took to the roadways on Monday to protest against a proposal for a massive copper mine at a small town east of Phoenix, vowing to protect sacred lands. A small group from the San Carlos Apache tribe began a scheduled cross-country caravan to Washington, D.C., to try to persuade the U.S. Congress to save an area known as the Oak Flat campground near Superior, Arizona. The several dozen protesters hope to garner wide public support and get lawmakers to repeal a land exchange signed last year that paves the way for a $6 billion project by Resolution Copper Mining, a company jointly owned by Britain’s Rio Tinto and Australia’s BHP Billiton Ltd. “This is sacred land to us and what they are doing is a betrayal,” tribal elder Sandra Rambler said in a telephone interview from the caravan. “It’s like someone ripping the guts out of …

    July 6, 2015 6:46 pm
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Politics

  • Obama says U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria’s civil war on Monday and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers. Obama, speaking during a visit to the Pentagon, noted the difficulty of preventing small-scale attacks by “lone wolves” within the U.S. homeland despite success at preventing large attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on New York and Washington. “We’re going to have to pick up our game to prevent these attacks,” he said. Obama said there were no current plans to send additional U.S. troops overseas and repeated that the fight against the militant group also known as ISIL would not be quick. He said U.S. training of Iraqi forces had been ramped up after being too slow. The U.S. military has lamented that Iraq had not provided enough recruits to meet U.S. …

    July 6, 2015 6:05 pm
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Stocks

  • Techtiquette: Should I become Facebook friends with my coworkers?


    Once you add coworkers to your online network, you risk sharing your identity to people who can impact your professional and financial life. Techtiquette answers your burning questions about the proper way to use technology in social situations. Dear Hope, My friend has a hard and fast rule about being friends with her coworkers on Facebook: Don’t do it, and maybe never do it, even if you or they leave the company. I just graduated from college, and am in my first full-time job. Should I follow her advice? Or is it OK to be friends with them online? What about LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram? To say you won’t connect with coworkers online is erring on the side of caution — especially if their opinion of you can impact your professional and financial life. Bosses who follow certain employees and comment or like their posts on Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) or Instagram can be accused of …

    July 6, 2015 7:06 pm
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Sports

  • Back to obscurity for all but a few after World Cup


    VANCOUVER With the Women’s World Cup party over it was back to reality for many of the players who headed home on Monday to resume 9-to-5 jobs, school studies and raising families. Women’s soccer basked in the spotlight during the month-long tournament, delivering an entertaining spectacle that produced record-smashing television ratings and an eye-popping total attendance of 1.35 million after 52 matches. But only a lucky few from the record 24 teams that qualified for the tournament, which the United States won on Sunday with a 5-2 win over Japan, will return home to earn a living as a professional soccer player. Players in the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League earn yearly wages of between $6,842 and $37,800, which pales in comparison to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.6 million) and Barcelona’ Lionel Messi ($73.8 million), who both rank in the top five on Forbes’ 2015 highest-paid athletes list. The U.S. team will get $2 million …

    July 6, 2015 6:46 pm
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World News

  • US ‘intensifying’ anti-IS campaign


    US fighter jets have been leading air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group is “intensifying” its campaign in northern Syria, President Barack Obama says. Speaking at the Pentagon, Mr Obama said the US would not send additional troops to Syria but would increase support for the country’s moderate opposition. He added that “an effective partner on the ground” was needed to defeat IS. It comes as IS militants were reported to have regained control of the town Ain Issa from Kurdish-led forces. Mr Obama’s remarks followed some of the heaviest bombing of IS since coalition strikes began in September last year. The bombing targeted Raqqa, IS’s de facto capital in Syria. “We’re intensifying our efforts against Isil’s base in Syria,” said Mr Obama, using another name for the militant group. “Our air strikes will continue to target the oil and gas facilities that fund so …

    July 6, 2015 6:46 pm
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Technology

  • Robot wedding in Japan is spectacularly weird (Tomorrow Daily 203)


    A robot wedding is easily the most fun way to start your week, wouldn’t you agree? We’re discussing the logistics of the event on today’s show, particularly what to get the happy couple. We originally thought about a toaster, but upon further reflection, we think that might come across as rude to a couple of robots. Either way, it’s fun to speculate about what robots might like for their nuptials. Almost 25 years ago, Sony and Nintendo partnered together to design a hybrid cartridge/CD console. Sadly, because of concerns from both companies, the console never saw the light of day… until now. A reddit user claims they have one of the prototype consoles, and shared photos of the device with the rest of the Internet. There’s also a new way to drive a Range Rover Sport around — you just need the prototype car and the corresponding smartphone app. Oh, and we forgot to mention…the …

    July 6, 2015 5:45 pm
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Science

  • Researchers develop world’s most sensitive test to detect infectious disease, superbugs


    Related images(click to enlarge) Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world’s deadliest superbugs–C. difficile and MRSA among them–could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, designed to easily and quickly identify dangerous pathogens. Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new way to detect the smallest traces of metabolites, proteins or fragments of DNA. In essence, the new method can pick up any compound that might signal the presence of infectious disease, be it respiratory or gastrointestinal. “The method we have developed allows us to detect targets at levels that are unprecedented,” says John Brennan, director of McMaster’s Biointerfaces Institute, where the work was done. This new method is described online in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. “The test has the best sensitivity ever reported for a detection system of this kind – it is as much as 10,000 times more sensitive than other detection systems,” he …

    July 6, 2015 5:45 pm
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Health

  • Humana cuts outlook, raising new concerns about Aetna deal


    NEW YORK Humana Inc, fresh from announcing an agreement to be purchased by larger rival Aetna Inc, prompted new investor concerns about the $33 billion deal on Monday by lowering its 2015 financial forecasts. The transaction announced on Friday is already expected to face a tough review by U.S. antitrust regulators, particularly if another major deal among health insurers emerges. Humana, which has posted disappointing results for several quarters in a row, said on Monday that members of its Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly were using hospital services at a higher rate than the company expected. That increase could cut into already tight profit margins, if Humana ends up paying more for medical claims than they anticipated when setting monthly insurance rates. Humana CEO Bruce Broussard said on a conference call with investors that inpatient hospital admissions have not performed in line with what the company had forecast. That contributed to its decision to …

    July 6, 2015 6:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ben Affleck’s Rep Denies Claims The Actor Fell For Co-Star Margot Robbie During Suicide Squad Filming


    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 2:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Let the other woman speculation begin! Ben Affleck’s rep is denying a recent Woman’s Day report that the actor “developed serious feelings” for Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie while filming. “Ben has had the hots for Margot ever since he saw her in The Wolf Of Wall Street,” a source told the publication. While on-set romances are nothing new in Hollywood, it is worth noting that the Aussie actress has been in a steady relationship with British beau Tom Ackerley for more than a year. Now that the Oscar winner has announced his split with wife Jennifer Garner, though, Miss Robbie would be an idiot not to trade up for the Boston hunk! This isn’t the first time the blonde beauty has been accused of coming between a Hollywood couple. While filming Focus, rumors began swirling that she was getting too close for comfort with …

    July 6, 2015 5:25 pm
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Editorial

  • San Francisco ‘sanctuary’ killing: Why is our political class letting illegals harm Americans?


    Is reality about to intrude on America’s political class?  For at least the last two decades, that clerisy has assured us that immigration, legal or otherwise, is a virtue.  We’ve also been told that our lawless southern border is coming under control.   In his first year in office, President Bill Clinton said, “I believe we should stiffen our efforts to control the southern border.” He added “I think we should have more Border Patrol agents and I think we should do more to restrict illegal immigration.”   In a 2006 address from the Oval Office, President George W. Bush proclaimed that “the United States must secure its borders,” and said that “we are launching the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history.”   President Obama said “When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system, and I began by doing what I could to secure our borders.”  The White House boasts that his subsequent efforts “represent the most serious and sustained effort to secure our border in our …

    July 6, 2015 6:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian goes airborne in lawn chair lifted by helium balloons


    CALGARY, Alberta A Canadian man who parachuted from a flying lawn chair powered by helium balloons was facing police charges on Monday. Daniel Booria of Calgary was charged with mischief after he tied more than 100 helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair on Sunday evening, strapped a parachute on his back and set sail over the city in a publicity stunt intended to advertise a cleaning-products company. The 26-year-old was intending to steer the improvised aerial device over the Calgary Stampede, the city’s annual rodeo and festival that attracts over a million visitors a year, with an eye to parachuting onto the grounds. He was blown off course and jumped on a field nearly 2 km (1.2 miles) west of his intended destination where he was met by police and arrested. “It was the most fun thing I’ve ever done,” the man told the Calgary Sun newspaper, saying the stunt used a C$20 ($15.80) lawn …

    July 6, 2015 5:45 pm
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