• Stocks rally despite mixed messages from Greece

    Stocks rally despite mixed messages from Greece

    Deal or no deal for Greece? Wall Street was feeling more optimistic Wednesday, sending stocks back up. Stocks rallied after the Greek government made a big reversal, saying it is now ready to agree to...
  • US and Cuba announce embassies

    US and Cuba announce embassies

    There has not been a US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana since the 1960s The US and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in re-establishing diplomatic ties...
  • Milliners smile as bare-headed Dutchwoman wilts

    LONDON Many cultures boast an age-old proverb centered on learning lessons from a loss. “We learn little from victory, much from defeat,” the Japanese say. China leans on the Confucian saying with a similar message:...
  • US airlines investigated over prices

    US airlines investigated over prices

    The Justice Department is investigating whether US airlines have colluded to keep prices high. In a statement, the department confirmed an Associated Press report it was looking into “possible unlawful coordination by some airlines”. AP...
  • Saudi prince to give away $32bn

    Saudi prince to give away $32bn

    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) fortune to charity. Prince Alwaleed, 60, is one of the world’s richest people. He said he had been...
  • Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows

    Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was...

Headline News

  • US airlines investigated over prices


    The Justice Department is investigating whether US airlines have colluded to keep prices high. In a statement, the department confirmed an Associated Press report it was looking into “possible unlawful coordination by some airlines”. AP reported that it had seen a document revealing that the Justice Department had requested information from airlines as part of a competition probe. It follows years of restructuring and mergers by US airlines. Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, major carriers such as American, United and Delta, along with a host of regional airlines, have overhauled operations and stemmed heavy losses. Profit forecast AP said the Justice Department was investigating whether airlines were now conspiring to grow slowly in order to keep ticket prices high. By limiting the number of routes and available seats, airlines could charge higher prices. The report did not name which airlines had been asked for information by the Justice Department. It is …

    July 1, 2015 3:05 pm
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Politics

  • Retired Army Colonel to Challenge Stefanik


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 1:21 p.m. today 0 Tweet Stefanik leaves the Capitol Hill Club with aide Anthony Pileggi on June 24. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Democrat Mike Derrick, a retired Army colonel, said Wednesday he will run for Congress in New York’s 21st District, challenging freshman Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik in a district President Barack Obama won twice. In a statement from his hometown of Peru, New York, Derrick touted his 30 years in the military — which took him from the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, to the German border and to domestic posts — but said his campaign would focus on issues such as education, agriculture and income inequality. “I’m running for Congress to make sure that my hometown of Peru and all of the communities in New York’s 21st District have the opportunity to thrive and grow,” Derrick said in his statement. “Unfortunately, with the paralysis and stagnation in Congress right now, …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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Stocks

  • Stocks rally despite mixed messages from Greece


    Deal or no deal for Greece? Wall Street was feeling more optimistic Wednesday, sending stocks back up. Stocks rallied after the Greek government made a big reversal, saying it is now ready to agree to the bailout package it had previously dissed. The Dow popped as much as 182 points on the news. Markets then backed off those highs after Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras gave a confusing speech: He urged the Greek people to vote against the bailout package that he had just thrown his support behind. Despite the mixed messages, the Dow closed up 138 points (nearly 0.8%), the SP 500 gained 0.7% and the Nasdaq picked up just over 0.5%. What the world is trying to figure out is whether Greece will stay in the eurozone. The more Greece signals it wants to do a deal, the more investors (and everyone else) believes that Greece is likely to stay with the euro. …

    July 1, 2015 3:45 pm
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Sports

  • Milliners smile as bare-headed Dutchwoman wilts


    LONDON Many cultures boast an age-old proverb centered on learning lessons from a loss. “We learn little from victory, much from defeat,” the Japanese say. China leans on the Confucian saying with a similar message: “There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory.” The Dutch do not boast anything quite so pithy, but if Richel Hogenkamp takes anything from her swift second round exit on Wednesday, it may well owe much to a 1940s British advertising slogan: “If you want to get ahead, get a hat”. On a day when Wimbledon sweltered, the 23-year-old Dutchwoman, thrashed by Maria Sharapova, was almost the only person in the arena with an uncovered head. While line judges sported pristine starched white caps, and ball boys and girls wilted under kepis, Hogenkamp stood out from the crowd. Her blonde pony-tail swung and her increasingly-reddening face glowed beetroot, while all around watched the action shaded by flat …

    July 1, 2015 3:05 pm
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World News

  • US and Cuba announce embassies


    There has not been a US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana since the 1960s The US and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in re-establishing diplomatic ties severed in 1961. Cuba said Havana and Washington will restore full diplomatic relations and open embassies on 20 July. US President Barack Obama said the move showed that US and Cuban citizens were no longer “imprisoned by our past”. Relations had been frozen since the early 1960s when the US broke links and imposed a trade embargo on Cuba. But the two sides agreed to normalise relations at the end of 2014 and historic talks followed in April this year. Since 1977, the US and Cuba have operated diplomatic missions called “interests sections” in each other’s capitals under the legal protection of Switzerland. However, they do not enjoy the same status as full embassies. Underscoring the progress in the diplomatic …

    July 1, 2015 3:25 pm
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Technology

  • Star Wars Battlefront features the ‘absolute core’ of film series


    The Star Wars universe is massive, replete with all manner of intriguing locations, characters, and storylines that fans adore passionately. So, if you’re DICE and you’re designing the new Star Wars Battlefront, how do you decide what makes it into a single, standalone game? We recently got the chance to speak with Battlefront senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir about that very subject. She explained that what you’ll see in Battlefront represents the “absolute core” of the overall Star Wars universe. Electronic Arts “I wouldn’t say that we’ve designed it by committee. We have a very strong, very competent design lead. But, basically, what we’ve taken is what to us is the core of Star Wars,” she said. “Star Wars is so vast, there’s so many things in Star Wars that are beloved by so many. And so they are hard choices. “We selected what we felt was the absolute core of Star Wars. And people can …

    July 1, 2015 12:44 pm
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Science

  • Study finds males may contribute to offspring’s mental development before pregnancy


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy. The research, reported June 30 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, found that female mice exposed to male pheromones gave birth to infants with greater mental ability. “This is the first study to show that pheromone exposure exerts an influence across generations in mammals,” said Sachiko Koyama, an associate research scientist at the IU Bloomington Medical Sciences Program and visiting scientist at the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, who led the study. “We found that male pheromones seem to influence the nutritional environment following birth, resulting in changes to the brain that could extend to future generations,” she added. Pheromones are chemical signals used to communicate between organisms of the same species. …

    July 1, 2015 12:45 pm
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Health

  • Overuse of nursing home antibiotics may put all residents at risk


    (Reuters Health) – Some nursing home facilities prescribe antibiotics more often than others, which is tied to increased health risks, even for residents who don’t receive the medications, according to a new study. About two-thirds of nursing home residents receive antibiotic treatment of some kind each year. Prescribing the drugs inappropriately increases the risk of medication reactions, allergies, diarrhea and infections by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the authors write in JAMA Internal Medicine. “Wherever antibiotic prescriptions have been systematically audited, be it in acute care hospitals, long term care settings or in community clinics, there has been a consistent finding that one-third to one-half of antibiotic treatments are unnecessary or inappropriate,” said lead author Dr. Nick Daneman of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto. “Appropriate antibiotic prescribing may be a particular challenge in the nursing home, though, because histories are difficult to obtain from patients with cognitive impairment, elderly patients often have infection …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • True Detective Co-Stars Rachel McAdams And Taylor Kitsch Are Dating


    Posted on Wed Jul 1st, 2015 11:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Canadians in love! True Detective costars and fellow Canadians Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are a couple, reports Us Weekly. Last month, McAdams and Kitsch sent the rumor mill spinning when they were spotted dining at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood. Now multiple sources have confirmed the gorgeous twosome are more than just co-stars on the hit HBO show. Reportedly, the duo, who just wrapped the second season of True Detecive, have been friends for years but grew closer on set. “It hasn’t been long,” says an insider. “But it’s serious.” Previously, McAdams dated Ryan Gosling, Michael Sheen and most recently Jake Gyllenhall, while filming Southpaw. Kitsch, 34, recently broke up with fitness instructor Jennifer Welch. Looks like the perfect situation to be primed for love!   Stories from around the Web

    July 1, 2015 2:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Another day, another Clinton black eye


    Another day, another Clinton black eye — or two. Both continue the plotlines that threaten Hillary’s Oval Office dreams. First comes more evidence of the family’s sheer greed. The Washington Post reports that the University of Missouri at Kansas City wanted Hillary to speak at the opening of its women’s hall of fame last year, but backed off when she demanded $275,000. So the school, acting like a sucker waiting to be plucked, settled for Chelsea Clinton, who spent a half-hour on site for $65,000. At more than $2,000 a minute, what a bargain. The second poisonous story adds to Hillary’s reputation for dishonesty. It blows up her claim that she never encouraged slimy pal Sid Blumenthal to write intelligence-based emails about Libya when she was secretary of state. The stories add to the inescapable conclusion that she’s a greedy liar. The truth emerged when some­ ­emails Blumenthal turned over to Congress were not included …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says


    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. “I am not aware of that,” he said. “The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune.” At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called “El Alto”. The city is below the airport, at about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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