• Wildlife loss link to child slavery

    Wildlife loss link to child slavery

    Children enslaved as fishing labour in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage...
  • Marlins solve Kimbrel, beat Braves

    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in Marcell Ozuna with the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning as the Marlins capitalized on a pair of wild pitches from Braves closer Craig Kimbrel to beat...

Headline News

  • Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought


    (Reuters) – Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows. The study released Thursday by the University of California, Irvine, shows that groundwater in the Colorado River basin has dropped by 40 million acre-feet over the past five years, the equivalent of two of the nation’s largest reservoirs. “If drought conditions like this continue, there is a possibility we will entirely deplete our groundwater storage,” said researcher Stephanie Castle, the report’s author. The data comes as policymakers are wrestling over how to manage the use of groundwater, accessed via wells and often the last resort for farmers unable to buy water from reservoirs in dry years. Using satellite data, Castle tracked the ebbing water in the Colorado River basin, which stretches through seven states. …

    July 24, 2014 10:08 pm
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Politics

  • Montana governor urges respect for senator after plagiarism report


    (Reuters) – Montana’s governor urged respect on Thursday for the courage shown by Democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh during his military service amid allegations he may have lifted parts of a master’s thesis from works by other authors. The remark came a day after the New York Times reported that Walsh may have lifted at least a quarter of his thesis, according to an examination of the 14-page paper the senator submitted to obtain his degree in 2007. “Senator Walsh has a long history of fighting for Montanans, both at home and in combat. He deserves respect for his courage on our behalf,” Democratic Governor Steve Bullock said in a statement. Bullock said he had no knowledge of the issues raised in Wednesday’s New York Times report when he appointed Walsh in February to fill the Senate slot vacated by Democrat Max Baucus. Walsh, an Iraq War veteran and former commander of the Montana National …

    July 24, 2014 9:48 pm
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Stocks

  • 3 things that will drive your life insurance premiums through the roof


    What you’ll pay for a life insurance policy can vary dramatically; men pay higher premiums than women, older policyholders pay more than younger ones and smokers pay more than non-smokers. But just how much does your age, gender or smoking habit cost you? InsuranceQuotes.com evaluated life insurance premiums for the top 25 carriers in the nation to find out. Men pay an average of 38% more than women for the same coverage. Here’s one area where women have a financial edge. Men are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, various cancers and accidental injuries and that makes them more risky to insurers. The average life expectancy of an American man is also five years younger than a woman’s, meaning an insurer is more likely to pay out on a man’s policy than a woman’s. Smokers pay more than three times as much as non-smokers for the same policy. Insurers can charge smokers three times …

    July 24, 2014 10:28 pm
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Sports

  • Marlins solve Kimbrel, beat Braves


    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in Marcell Ozuna with the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning as the Marlins capitalized on a pair of wild pitches from Braves closer Craig Kimbrel to beat Atlanta, 3-2, at Turner Field. Kimbrel (0-2) got Garrett Jones looking at a called third strike to begin the ninth and Ozuna then fanned, but the low-and-inside pitch caromed off the shin guard of catcher Evan Gattis. The ball bounced away, giving Ozuna a chance to make it to first base. Another Kimbrel pitch went awry, this time over the head of Gattis, allowing Ozuna to reach second. Saltalamacchia then lined a hit to center field, and Ozuna beat the throw home. Henderson Alvarez (7-5) allowed six hits over eight strong innings and snapped a personal two-game skid to help the Marlins to their fourth win in five games. Steve Cishek retired the side in order for his 24th save …

    July 24, 2014 9:49 pm
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World News

  • Wildlife loss link to child slavery


    Children enslaved as fishing labour in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the harvesting of wild animals from the sea and the land is worth $400bn annually and supports the livelihoods of 15% of the world’s population. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote There’s a direct link between the scarcity of wildlife, the labour demands of harvests and this dramatic increase in child slavery” End Quote Prof Justin Brashares University of California, Berkeley But the …

    July 24, 2014 10:29 pm
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Technology

  • Dogs get jealous just like humans, new study shows


    Ansel Edwards, CC BY 2.0 If you’ve ever had a faithful hound, you’re already well aware that dogs can get antsy when you pay attention to other animals, and sometimes even other humans. Now, for the first time, researchers Christine Harris and Caroline Prouvost at the University of San Diego California have shown that, yes, your puppy is prone to fits of jealousy. “Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appear to be jealous behaviors but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owner and a seeming rival,” Harris said. “We can’t really speak to the dogs’ subjective experiences, of course, but it looks as though they were motivated to protect an important social relationship.” Harris and Prouvost worked with 36 dogs and a variety of objects, recording the results. First, the humans were to ignore the dogs and focus on two objects: a stuffed toy …

    July 24, 2014 9:49 pm
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Science

  • Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa


    Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa. The archaeologists’ research on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, was published in the journal, PLOS ONE, on 24 July 2014. It is estimated that the site is between 700,000 and one million years old. Steven James Walker from the Department of Archaeology at UCT, lead author of the journal paper, says: “The site is amazing and it is threatened. We’ve been working well with developers as well as the South African Heritage Resources Agency to preserve it, but the town of …

    July 24, 2014 10:08 pm
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Health

  • Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial


    (Reuters) – A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc’s experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday. The trial involved 441 patients, according to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, which published the results. Over the four-week efficacy assessment period, mean serum phosphorus for Zerenex patients dropped by 2.2 milligrams per deciliter compared with placebo patients, the trial showed. Most patients with kidney disease that requires dialysis need chronic treatment with phosphate-binding agents to lower and maintain serum phosphorus at acceptable levels. The study found that, if approved, Zerenex would be the only phosphate binder that also increases iron stores, reducing the need for other drugs to treat anemia. Side effects experienced by patients treated with Zerenex included diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and constipation. Serious adverse events were reported in 39.1 percent of the Zerenex patients and 49 …

    July 24, 2014 9:48 pm
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Entertainment

  • Whitney Houston’s mother objects to biopic about her daughter


    Happy birthday, Whitney Houston: The icon’s 8 best musical moments  “Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie despite my objections,” Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week. “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]. In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie done by folks who didn’t know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please, please let her rest.” While Cissy may be disturbed by the content that is presented in the film about her daughter, it’s not entirely true that the people behind the movie did not know Whitney. The picture, which reportedly focuses a large part of …

    July 24, 2014 10:28 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Police puzzled by dolls left on porches in California city


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police said on Thursday they were investigating porcelain dolls that had been left on the doorsteps of at least eight homes in a Southern California beach city that homeowners said bore a resemblance their daughters. The dolls were found over the past week on porches in San Clemente, a community of more than 60,000 people about 65 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Hallock said in a written statement. “Families in each of the homes where porcelain dolls were left voiced concern that the dolls resembled their daughters,” Hallock said. He said the dolls had been collected as evidence and were being examined to determine their origin for clues as to who had left them. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    July 24, 2014 10:08 pm
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