• NASA-funded X-ray instrument settles interstellar debate

    Related images(click to enlarge) New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA...
  • Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app

    Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app

    By Amelia Butterly Newsbeat reporter 30 July 2014 Last updated at 08:50 Instagram has revealed its latest development; a Snapchat-style app that allows users to send photos which are deleted after the recipient views them....
  • Obama policy on nutrition is hard to digest

    Obama policy on nutrition is hard to digest

    The federal government is in the middle of rewriting its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a twice-per-decade process that sets the nation’s official nutrition recommendations.  The process has historically been non-controversial, but this year’s meetings have...
  • Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country’s chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who...
  • Senate immigration bill expected to fail

    Senate immigration bill expected to fail

    Another day, another fight at the Capitol A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the...
  • Today’s Toons 7/30/14

    Today’s Toons 7/30/14

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Headline News

  • Complex bribery case kicks off vs. ex-Utah attorneys general accused of accepting lavish gifts


    SALT LAKE CITY –  Two former Utah attorneys general are appearing in court on bribery charges, kicking off what legal experts say is a complex case that could take years to resolve as lawyers navigate a scandal involving nearly two dozen charges, hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence and some dubious witnesses. Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, who between them spent nearly 13 years running Utah’s top law enforcement office, are scheduled to appear together Wednesday in a Salt Lake City courtroom. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Both men face numerous charges of bribery, obstruction of justice and other counts that prosecutors say stem from cozy relationships with businessmen who offered gold coins, luxury vacations and use of a private jet, among other allegations. Swallow and Shurtleff have denied wrongdoing and say the investigation is politically motivated.

    July 30, 2014 3:17 am
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Politics

  • Senate immigration bill expected to fail


    Another day, another fight at the Capitol A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress’ five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats’ $3.5 billion emergency spending bill designed to help deal with tens of thousands of young migrants crossing the border illegally has yet to draw the necessary support to move forward. A vote in the Senate was expected Wednesday. The inclusion of hundreds of millions of dollars to fight Western wildfires and provide aid for Israel’s defense hasn’t been enough to win over Republicans, who demand legal changes rejected by Democrats to return the young migrants more quickly to Central America. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said it was Republicans’ fault that the Senate looked set to adjourn for August without addressing what both parties have called a humanitarian crisis. …

    July 30, 2014 3:36 am
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Stocks

  • Meat scandal takes a bite out of McDonald’s sales in Japan


      A tainted meat scandal that originated in China is now starting to stink up McDonald’s sales. The fast food chain’s Japanese unit said Tuesday that it will fall short of profit and sales targets for the year, after a longtime meat supplier was shut down last week by authorities for unsanitary practices. As meat from the supplier has been pulled out of circulation, McDonald’s outlets in China, Hong Kong and Japan have stopped selling items such as Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets. The scandal has led to “negative impact on sales and consumer confidence,” the company’s Japanese unit said in a statement. “Our sales and profit expectations have been reduced.” The meat scandal began when Chinese television showed workers at a Shanghai food plant handling expired and tainted meat with their bare hands. Workers at the Chinese subsidiary of Illinois-based OSI Group said that the meat smelled bad, and they could be seen processing …

    July 30, 2014 2:14 am
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Sports

  • Solarte, Padres top Cardinals


    San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Yangervis Solarte smacked a solo homer and scored two runs as the San Diego Padres topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game set. Tyson Ross (10-10) struck out seven and allowed a run on four hits and five walks over six innings for the Padres, who snapped a three-game losing streak. “He’s been so good over the past couple months, especially this month. When something like this happens with the five walks, it’s a little bit exasperating because he’s been so good,” Padres manager Bud Black said of Ross. Lance Lynn (11-8) surrendered two runs — one earned — on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts over six frames for St. Louis, which has dropped five of its last seven games. The game was tied 1-1 before the Padres plated a run in the sixth and seventh innings to go ahead. Solarte and …

    July 30, 2014 3:16 am
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World News

  • Gaza refuge suffers deadly shelling


    30 July 2014 Last updated at 09:07 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has seen entire areas of Gaza destroyed, as Ian Pannell reports Tank fire has killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering at a school in a Gaza refugee camp, the UN says. Witnesses at the UN-run Abu Hussein school, where thousands were taking refuge, said walls had been destroyed. Israel, which has accused the militant group Hamas of using schools as bases to launch rockets, said it was investigating the reports. At least 1,200 Palestinians and 55 Israelis have been killed since Israel launched its offensive on 8 July. Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians. Some 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed along with two civilians. A Thai worker in Israel has also died. The Israelis launched its offensive in Gaza after a surge in rocket fire from the territory. Hamas, which controls Gaza, …

    July 30, 2014 3:16 am
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Technology

  • Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app


    By Amelia Butterly Newsbeat reporter 30 July 2014 Last updated at 08:50 Instagram has revealed its latest development; a Snapchat-style app that allows users to send photos which are deleted after the recipient views them. Bolt has been given a soft launch and the app is currently available in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The app has come under criticism from a smaller tech start-up, which also uses the brand name of Bolt. The co-founder and CEO of the company, Andrew Benton, appealed to Instagram to remember the “little guy”. He said: “We’ve worked really hard… building the Bolt brand and technology to where it is today. Please don’t destroy all that effort. “I know you haven’t forgotten how hard it is to build something from nothing. And not just technology, but a brand and distinct identity for yourself.” His app allows users to take advantage of their date plans to make free calls. …

    July 30, 2014 3:37 am
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Science

  • NASA-funded X-ray instrument settles interstellar debate


    Related images(click to enlarge) New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble, or LHB. At the same time, the study also establishes upper limits on the amount of low-energy, or soft, X-rays produced within our planetary system by the solar wind, a gusty outflow of charged particles emanating from the sun. “Interactions between the solar wind and neutral atoms in comets, the outer atmospheres of planets, and even interstellar gas produce soft X-rays,” explained team member Steve Snowden, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “We need to account for these processes because the X-rays they produce …

    July 30, 2014 3:57 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country’s chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighboring Liberia, highlighting the dangers faced by staff trying to halt the disease’s spread across West Africa. Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation. The contagious disease, which has no known cure, has symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding. The fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent although Ebola can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it. The 39-year-old Khan, hailed as a “national hero” by the …

    July 30, 2014 3:37 am
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Entertainment

  • ESPN host suspended for just one week for domestic violence comment, but is it enough?


    Hope Solo weds man accused of assaulting her  Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was suspended for only two games after a domestic violence arrest in Atlantic City — he was seen on camera dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of an elevator. ESPN decided to take up the issue and host Stephen A. Smith upset just as many people for suggesting that a domestic violence victim may provoke their abuse. “What I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family — some of who you all met and talked to and what have you — is that… let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on …

    July 30, 2014 2:14 am
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Editorial

  • Obama policy on nutrition is hard to digest


    The federal government is in the middle of rewriting its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a twice-per-decade process that sets the nation’s official nutrition recommendations.  The process has historically been non-controversial, but this year’s meetings have attracted criticism like never before. That’s because the committee in charge of setting the guidelines appears to be more concerned with sustainable agriculture and the virtues of veganism than with developments in nutrition science. This injection of activism into an entirely non-political task threatens to turn the clock back on public health in America, and the Obama administration is doubling down on its mistake, appointing yet another radical environmentalist to a senior nutritionist position. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The White House recently tapped Angie Tagtow, who calls herself an “environmental nutrition consultant,” as executive director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition and Policy and Promotion (CNPP). Tagtow’s job is to implement the government’s official dietary guidelines and food policy agenda. Yet Tagtow …

    July 30, 2014 3:37 am
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Odd News

  • Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian budget airline Jetstar apologized on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”. The warning from the flight attendant that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on standby in Sydney prompted a rush to the plane’s toilets, News Ltd reported. Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said it discussed the matter with the crew member involved, who made the announcement over the plane’s PA system. The airline said the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plant and fruit materials being transported between states, too far. “Our procedures allow cabin crew to deliver the quarantine message through a public announcement and on this occasion the crew member elected to do so,” Jetstar said. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen …

    July 29, 2014 11:52 pm
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