• Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan

    Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan

    Mr Karpeles’ lawyers asked for the hearing to be delayed Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin. Mark Karpeles,...
  • Colorado pot bank sues the Fed

    Colorado pot bank sues the Fed

    A Colorado bank has sued the Federal Reserve for not giving it permission to provide financial services to marijuana businesses. Fourth Corner Credit Union of Denver filed suit Thursday against the Kansas City branch of...
  • Teenagers urged to have MenW vaccine

    Teenagers urged to have MenW vaccine

    Teenagers and first-time students are being offered a vaccine against meningitis W Teenagers going to university and college this year are being offered protection against a deadly strain of meningitis, called MenW. GPs across the...
  • NASCAR launches merchandise superstore at Pocono

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) NASCAR stuck its everything-must-go tag on its merchandise haulers. The die-cast cars, stickers, T-shirts, and other collectibles for today’s stars to yesterday’s legends have all been arranged on hangers and shelves...
  • India court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case

    MUMBAI An Indian court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator’s report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company said. The Bombay High Court...
  • Stormy seas in Sagittarius

    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae – hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the...

Headline News

  • Firefighter killed, hundreds flee, homes destroyed as wildfires ravage California


    LOWER LAKE, Calif. –  Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as an army of firefighters continue to battle them from the air and the ground. Twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant. Some 8,000 firefighters were attempting to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out California. “The conditions and fire behavior we’re seeing at 10 in the morning is typically what we’d see in late afternoon in late August and September,” said Nick Schuler, a division chief with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “But because of the dry conditions, because of the drought-stricken vegetation accompanied by the steep terrain and winds, we’re seeing fire activity that’s abnormal …

    August 1, 2015 3:40 am
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Politics

  • Bush not a candidate? Super PAC’s spending reveals otherwise


    NEW YORK The first report of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, made public Friday, reveals for the first time, election lawyers say, just how much the group, Right to Rise, functioned as a kind of shadow campaign for Bush. The group shelled out $5.4 million from January through June for all the workaday line items, from travel to catering to political consulting, that have traditionally been paid for by candidates’ campaign committees. The Super PAC’s filing also reveals the gilded roster of Bush’s top donors, a formidable collection of some of the world’s most powerful and influential billionaires and GOP grandees, such as Coral Gables resident and private equity king Miguel Fernandez, who, with $3 million, was Bush’s top donor. San Franciscans William Oberndorf and Helen Schwab each gave about $1.5 million and 20 other people gave at least $1 million apiece. With its $103 million haul, the Super PAC has smashed the …

    August 1, 2015 4:00 am
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Stocks

  • Colorado pot bank sues the Fed


    A Colorado bank has sued the Federal Reserve for not giving it permission to provide financial services to marijuana businesses. Fourth Corner Credit Union of Denver filed suit Thursday against the Kansas City branch of the Federal Reserve, which supervises banks in Colorado. The Fed denied Fourth Corner’s request to allow it to operate within the banking system. Medical marijuana is legal in about 23 states and recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC. However, it is still illegal on the federal level. That means banks don’t want anything to do with marijuana businesses, who are forced forced to operate in cash only. Fourth Corner was created specifically to serve the pot industry. It got state approval back in November, and was waiting for a green light from the Federal Reserve. The industry was counting on the bank, hoping it would be a turning point for all their financial issues. …

    August 1, 2015 4:00 am
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Sports

  • NASCAR launches merchandise superstore at Pocono


    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) NASCAR stuck its everything-must-go tag on its merchandise haulers. The die-cast cars, stickers, T-shirts, and other collectibles for today’s stars to yesterday’s legends have all been arranged on hangers and shelves under one 60,000-square-foot roof at Pocono Raceway. Gone are the dozens of haulers representing drivers and teams that made race weekend shopping more complicated than needed. What sizes are left? Can I try on that jacket? No more. Fans are now free to roam what the sport billed as a trackside superstore, selling merchandise for 58 drivers and 25 teams. Fans can pick and pluck and sample all they’d like at their own convenience at the store, which had its ribbon cutting Friday. Martin Truex Jr., who won Pocono in June, said he fielded questions on Twitter all the time from fans wondering where they can buy his hats and shirts at the track. Now he has an easy answer: …

    August 1, 2015 3:41 am
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World News

  • Teenagers urged to have MenW vaccine


    Teenagers and first-time students are being offered a vaccine against meningitis W Teenagers going to university and college this year are being offered protection against a deadly strain of meningitis, called MenW. GPs across the UK are inviting 17 and 18-year-olds to come for a vaccine. First-time students under 25 are eligible too. There has been a steep rise in MenW cases since 2009 and experts say this group is particularly vulnerable. Meningitis W also has a higher death rate than other strains of the disease. Public Health England says it is important that anyone who plans to go to university this year gets vaccinated before they leave, because they will be mixing closely with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly be carrying the meningococcal bacteria. Health experts in Scotland and Wales are also urging school-leavers and freshers to make an appointment at their GP surgery this summer. The vaccination protects against …

    August 1, 2015 3:41 am
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Technology

  • Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan


    Mr Karpeles’ lawyers asked for the hearing to be delayed Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin. Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February. He is suspected of having accessed the exchange’s computer system to falsify data on its outstanding balance. MtGox claimed it was caused by a bug but it later filed for bankruptcy. Japan’s Kyodo News said a lawyer acting on Mr Karpeles’ behalf denied his client had done anything illegal. Mr Karpeles, who was born in France, is suspected of benefiting to the tune of $1m (£640,000), the agency said. In March 2014, a month after filing for bankruptcy, MtGox said it had found 200,000 lost bitcoins. The firm said it found the bitcoins – worth around $116m – in an old digital wallet …

    August 1, 2015 4:20 am
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Science

  • Stormy seas in Sagittarius


    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae – hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust. Nebulae are often named based on their key characteristics – particularly beautiful examples include the Ring Nebula (heic1310), the Horsehead Nebula (heic1307) and the Butterfly Nebula (heic0910). This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the Lagoon Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 8, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The inspiration for this nebula’s name may not be immediately obvious – this is because the image captures only the very heart of the nebula. The Lagoon Nebula’s name …

    August 1, 2015 3:20 am
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Health

  • India court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case


    MUMBAI An Indian court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator’s report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company said. The Bombay High Court will give a judgment at a later date, Rajesh Batra said in a statement late on Friday. Nestle has been at the center of India’s worst food scare in a decade after a regulator in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in May said it found excess lead in a sample of the firm’s popular Maggi noodles. The company withdrew the brand from Indian stores last month. It has since challenged the findings of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) at the Bombay High Court. The lawyer said television reports on Friday that the court had asked FSSAI and Nestle India to retest Maggi noodles were incorrect. A lawyer for FSSAI could not be reached by Reuters. …

    August 1, 2015 3:40 am
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Entertainment

  • One Direction Releases First Single Since Zayn Malik’s Departure


    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff It’s a different sound, but we like it! One Direction just released their first single since Zayn Malik quit the band, and it’s bound to burn up the charts! Titled “Drag Me Down,” the tune almost seems like a power anthem, and we wonder if it was written with Zayn in mind? “All my life you stood by me when no one else was ever behind me / All these lights that can’t blind me / With your love, nobody can drag me down / All my life you stood by me when no one else was ever behind me / All these lights that can’t blind me / With your love, nobody can drag me down,” go some of the lyrics. The boybanders decided to drop the song early as a gift for their fans. “We couldn’t wait for you to hear our new …

    August 1, 2015 3:00 am
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet


    DALLAS An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. “His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe. The status of the animal is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said. (Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)

    July 31, 2015 7:38 pm
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