• Facebook Saves the Day From Slipping Away

    Facebook this week launched a feature that allows users to save content from their News Feed that they might want to read or watch later. Called “Save,” it is designed help users who may be...
  • Too good to be true? Don’t you believe it

    Too good to be true? Don’t you believe it

    The Burpo family.Jenny Marlowe Marvin of JM-Photoart.com “If it sounds too good to be true . . . it probably is!” We’ve all heard those discouraging words of warning. And all too often our experiences...
  • U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of...
  • Ohio State University fires marching band director

    COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored “serious cultural issues” including sexual harassment. Jonathan Waters had led the band since...
  • Forget 2009, Massa more vexed by recent crashes

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Five years after a freak Hungarian Grand Prix accident that left him in a coma with near-fatal head injuries, Felipe Massa returns this weekend looking to put much more recent crashes behind...

Headline News

  • Ohio State University fires marching band director


    COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored “serious cultural issues” including sexual harassment. Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade. His popular halftime shows drew millions of viewers on YouTube. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Fledgling university President Michael Drake said in a video statement Thursday that a two-month investigation uncovered a “sexualized” culture inside the band and determined Waters knew and failed to stop harassment. Drake said the band season will go on as usual as the search for a new director begins. Members of the 225-member band are scheduled to perform this weekend with the Columbus Symphony, in an annual event considered the unofficial start of its season.

    July 24, 2014 1:25 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. Any lawsuit likely would take years to wind through federal courts. House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama’s use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United States by their parents, risked giving him a “king-like authority.” But Boehner has tamped down calls from some fellow Republicans who have called for impeachment proceedings against Obama, which would be …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Global economy still limping along


    The world economy is stuck in low gear even as the risks to growth mount, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. Global growth this year should average 3.4%, the IMF said. That’s a little better than the 3.2% the world economy managed in 2013. “The recovery continues, but it remains a weak recovery,” said Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the IMF. A poor first quarter in the United States, when dire winter weather depressed demand, was largely — but not entirely — to blame for the revision. The IMF also marked down its forecasts for other big economies, including China, France, Italy and Russia. Tension between Moscow and the West over the crisis in Ukraine has hit business confidence in Russia. “The result has led to large capital outflows, and a near freeze in investment decisions,” Blanchard said. Russia’s economy is expected to grow just 0.2%, compared with the IMF’s April forecast of 1.3%. Other …

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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Sports

  • Forget 2009, Massa more vexed by recent crashes


    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Five years after a freak Hungarian Grand Prix accident that left him in a coma with near-fatal head injuries, Felipe Massa returns this weekend looking to put much more recent crashes behind him. The 33-year-old Brazilian remembers nothing of that 2009 drama, when he was hit on the helmet – on the corner of the visor – by a bouncing spring shed from compatriot Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn in front during qualifying. He was saved that day by a few millimeters. That incident and the former Ferrari driver’s remarkable recovery will always be a talking point in his career but Massa, now with resurgent Williams, is much more focused on the here and now. So much so that asked on Thursday about 2009, the Brazilian assumed the question related to his first corner collision in Germany last Sunday. “Yeah, I feel the accident and it was really a shame to be honest. To …

    July 24, 2014 1:25 pm
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World News

  • Gaza shelter attack ‘kills 15′


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 18:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. These people are “beyond consolation”, as Yolande Knell reports from Gaza At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says. Hundreds of Palestinians were in the school in Beit Hanoun, fleeing heavy fighting in the area. It is the fourth time that a UN school has been hit in Israel’s offensive against Hamas militants. In the past 16 days of fighting, more than 750 Palestinians and 33 Israelis have been killed, officials say. Israel launched its military offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping Hamas firing rockets from Gaza. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled” by the attack on the school in northern Gaza. “Today’s attack underscores the imperative for the killing to stop …

    July 24, 2014 1:25 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook Saves the Day From Slipping Away


    Facebook this week launched a feature that allows users to save content from their News Feed that they might want to read or watch later. Called “Save,” it is designed help users who may be inundated by links to articles, music clips and videos to separate the wheat from the chaff. “Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don’t have time to explore right away,” Jessie Baker, a spokesperson for Facebook, told TechNewsWorld. “Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time.” Users who see something intriguing — say, a link to an article, a new restaurant where a friend checked in, or a movie, TV or music clip — now can choose the Save option in a dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner of a post. Saved content is stored by category within a user’s Facebook account. …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Science

  • 3-D image of Paleolithic child’s skull reveals trauma, brain damage


    Related images(click to enlarge) Three-dimensional imaging of a Paleolithic child’s skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hélène Coqueugniot and colleagues from CNRS — Université de Bordeaux and EPHE. A Paleolithic child that lived ~100 thousand years ago found at Qafzeh in lower Galilee, Israel, was originally thought to have a skull lesion that resulted from a trauma that healed. The child died at about 12-13 years old, but the circumstances surround the child’s death remain mysterious. To better understand the injury, the authors of this study aimed to re-appraise the child’s impact wound using 3D imaging, which allows scientists to better to explore inner bone lesions, to evaluate their impact on soft tissues, and to estimate brain size to reconstruct the events surrounding the skull trauma. 3D reconstruction reveals that the child’s skull fracture …

    July 24, 2014 2:05 pm
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Health

  • CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs. The tuberculosis lab, which last year processed more than 500 specimens from around the United States, is the first of the CDC’s high-containment labs to be cleared to resume transfers of biological materials. Its other such labs remain on hold, the CDC said. The CDC also announced on Thursday the members of a new panel of independent experts who will advise CDC’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, on safety issues and corrective actions for the agency’s labs. The 11-member panel, scheduled to meet in August, is chaired by Joseph Kanabrocki, a microbiology professor and assistant dean for biosafety at the University of Chicago. Its co-chair is Dr. Kenneth Berns, …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jake Gyllenhaal Is Super Creepy (And Skinny!) In First Trailer For


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 9:59am PDT We can’t wait to see this! The first trailer for Nightcrawler has hit the web, not only do we witness Jake Gyllenhaal’s crazy acting chops, but we also see his dramatic weight loss onscreen for the first time. Remember, the hunky star lost about 20 pounds to play the character of Lou Bloom, a freelance crime journalist. Not to get confused with the Marvel comic of the same name, it seems as though there could be some American Psycho-style madness going on with this film. As part of a viral marketing campaign for the film, an actual ad was placed on Craigslist written in the voice of Bloom. “I’m looking for full-time employment. No job too big or too small. I have my own car and phone,” the ad said. Bloom is described as being “persistent” and someone who can “work nights.” “I can only approach things …

    July 24, 2014 12:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Too good to be true? Don’t you believe it


    The Burpo family.Jenny Marlowe Marvin of JM-Photoart.com “If it sounds too good to be true . . . it probably is!” We’ve all heard those discouraging words of warning. And all too often our experiences teach us they are right on the money. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So when something comes along that really is true and really is good, we’re apt to say, “No thanks.” In fact, that’s just what my son, Colton, and I ran into. Colton’s a young man of 15 now, but when he was just age 3, he saw something a lot of people thought was too good to be true. He saw heaven. He survived a life-threatening medical emergency and, once awake, knew things he just couldn’t know. Was he making it up? I like what he says about that: “Three-year-olds don’t lie. Sure you learn to lie later, but you really don’t lie at three. You just talk about what …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet


    (Story refiled to correct typographical error on third paragraph) (Reuters) – A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. The agent told him that he would have to wait if he wanted to board with his children. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.” Watson told TV broadcaster KARE in Minneapolis on Wednesday that after he boarded, an announcement came over the plane asking his …

    July 24, 2014 2:05 pm
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