• Green returning to champions Golden State

    Golden State forward Draymond Green announced on Wednesday he has signed a five-year deal to stay with the NBA champions. While earlier reports said negotiations had reached an impasse, Green posted a video on sports...
  • Saudi prince pledges $32 billion to charity

    Saudi prince pledges $32 billion to charity

    Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud — who made billions investing in American, European and Middle Eastern companies — is donating his $32...
  • Egypt vows to pursue IS in Sinai

    Egypt says its army will continue an offensive in the Sinai Peninsula, after clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants left more than 100 dead. Operations will not stop until the area is cleared of all...
  • California bill would classify pro sports cheerleaders employees

    SAN FRANCISCO A bill currently before California Governor Jerry Brown would make clear that cheerleaders for state-based professional sports teams are employees, following high-profile lawsuits alleging labor violations in the state and elsewhere around the...
  • Erosion eating away at northern Alaska coast, USGS says

    July 16, 2012: A whalebone arch sits on the Barrow, Alaska, shoreline as ice floats in the Arctic Ocean in the background. (Nicole Klauss/Kodiak Daily Mirror via AP, File) ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  Erosion is eating away...
  • Greece talks before vote ‘ruled out’

    Greece talks before vote ‘ruled out’

    Supporters of the “No” campaign in Sunday’s referendum marched in Thessaloniki as divisions sharpen over the vote Eurozone finance ministers have ruled out any further talks on a fresh bailout for Greece until the country...

Headline News

  • California cities show biggest water use reduction yet in drought


    May 18, 2015: Irrigation pipes hang along a dried irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli near Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) California’s drought-stricken cities set a record for water cuts, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday. Regulators hope the savings will last through the summer as California communities have been ordered to cut water usage by 25 percent compared to 2013 levels. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the water conservation order in April. Chairwoman of the State Water Resources Board, Felicia Marcus, said the results show it’s possible to meet the steep targets set forth by the state. “It’s gratifying that far more communities are stepping up, and we want to see this much more through the summer,” Marcus said. “It ends up putting off the need for much harsher rationing, which has greater impacts on people and the economy.” California is in the …

    July 2, 2015 12:07 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads


    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic beads that are known to pollute waterways. The law makes Wisconsin one of seven states including Illinois and New Jersey to ban the tiny pieces of non-biodegradable plastic known as microbeads, often used as an exfoliant in soaps and toothpaste. It bans manufacturing of microbead products at the beginning of 2018 and their sale at the beginning of 2019. Walker, a Republican, has said he will announce in mid-July whether he will seek the party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election. “We’re elated to finally have the microbeads bill signed into law,” said Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations of Clean Wisconsin. Microbeads are so small they often slip through wastewater treatment systems and end up in nearby waterways, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. In 2014, Illinois …

    July 1, 2015 9:06 pm
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Stocks

  • Saudi prince pledges $32 billion to charity


    Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud — who made billions investing in American, European and Middle Eastern companies — is donating his $32 billion fortune to philanthropy, according to a statement released Wednesday. Alwaleed said he wants his money to go to humanitarian causes after his death. The release did not identify specific efforts, but said the board of trustees at Alaweed Philanthropies — which he currently heads — will craft a plan to spend the money on initiatives related to healthcare, education and poverty. “Philanthropy […] is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith,” Alwaleed said in the press release. “With this pledge, I am honoring my life-long commitment to what matters most — helping to build a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world for generations to come.” Forbes ranks Alwaleed at the 34th richest person in the world. His major investments …

    July 1, 2015 11:47 pm
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Sports

  • Green returning to champions Golden State


    Golden State forward Draymond Green announced on Wednesday he has signed a five-year deal to stay with the NBA champions. While earlier reports said negotiations had reached an impasse, Green posted a video on sports site Bleacher Report to say he was delighted to return to the organization. “Proud to say that I’ll be a Warrior for at least the next five years,” Green said. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Always trying to overcome the odds, overcome doubters. “To be in this position, signing back long term with the Warriors is amazing. It’s an organization that I love, it’s great being a part of, best fans in the NBA, first class organization.” The 25-year-old started 79 games for the Warriors last season and averaged career highs in points (11.7), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.7), blocks (1.3), steals (1.6) and shooting percentage (44.3), and finished runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year. …

    July 2, 2015 12:07 am
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World News

  • Egypt vows to pursue IS in Sinai


    Egypt says its army will continue an offensive in the Sinai Peninsula, after clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants left more than 100 dead. Operations will not stop until the area is cleared of all “terrorist concentrations”, the army said. Air strikes continued into the early hours of Thursday. The army says 17 soldiers were among those killed after militants launched near-simultaneous raids on military checkpoints in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Local reports put army casualties higher. The attack was one of the largest co-ordinated assaults in the area yet by IS’s local affiliate, Sinai Province. The peninsula has been under a state of emergency and a curfew since October, when dozens of soldiers were killed in a militant attack. Separately on Wednesday, security officials said nine members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood, including former MP Nasr al-Hafi, had been killed in a police raid on a flat in western Cairo. IS militants unleashed …

    July 1, 2015 11:07 pm
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Technology

  • Google apologizes for algorithm mistakenly calling black people gorillas


    Google’s is under fire after its Photos algorithm mistakenly labeled a picture of black people as “gorillas.” James Martin/CNET Google became one of the most powerful companies on Earth because it has developed some of the best algorithms in the world for organizing information. But a gaffe this week shows the shortcomings of technology, particularly when it doesn’t work just quite right. Jacky Alcine, a Web developer who is black, took to Twitter to say Google’s Photo app, released in May, labeled a picture of him and a friend as gorillas. The label showed up in a feature that automatically categorizes photos, like cars or beaches, so they are more easily searchable. “My friend’s not a gorilla,” Alcine tweeted. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The incident points to the problem tech companies face as computers get smarter and are expected to take on more more tasks a human normally would do. …

    July 1, 2015 8:46 pm
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Science

  • Creating a stopwatch for volcanic eruptions


    Related images(click to enlarge) We’ve long known that beneath the scenic landscapes of Yellowstone National Park sleeps a supervolcano with a giant chamber of hot, partly molten rock below it. Though it hasn’t risen from slumber in nearly 70,000 years, many wonder when Yellowstone volcano will awaken and erupt again. According to new research at Arizona State University, there may be a way to predict when that happens. While geological processes don’t follow a schedule, petrologist Christy Till, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, has produced one way to estimate when Yellowstone might erupt again. “We find that the last time Yellowstone erupted after sitting dormant for a long time, the eruption was triggered within 10 months of new magma moving into the base of the volcano, while other times it erupted closer to the 10 year mark,” says Till. The new study, published Wednesday in the journal Geology, is based …

    July 1, 2015 8:47 pm
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Health

  • Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Obamacare, as the president’s law is known, envisions a major expansion of the program, but nearly half of all U.S. states, mostly Republican-controlled, have rejected that part of the law. The Tennessee legislature voted against an expansion in February, joining 21 other states in doing so. Without expansion, 6.9 million low-income Americans, including 292,000 in Tennessee, will not get Medicaid assistance, said the Kaiser Family Foundation. Taking questions at an elementary school, Obama urged Republicans state legislators to “open your hearts and think about the people here in Tennessee who are working hard and struggling and just need a little bit of help.” In total, states that have opted out of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion turned down $472.1 billion in …

    July 1, 2015 9:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Teresa Giudice’s new book reveals the two things she does most in jail


    Us Weekly shared the first look at her journal-turned-memoir on Wednesday, and it reveals mostly that Giudice cries a lot. And when she’s not crying, she works out. More: Teresa Giudice’s new show would be bad — especially for her daughters She said she watched the movie Jersey Boys in prison and the ending really hit a nerve for her. “I was crying and have been very emotional for the rest of the night,” she wrote in the January entry when she first arrived at prison. She later adds, “I called Joe and he told me he was brushing Milania’s hair and Gia was videotaping him! I loved to hear that and I wish I was just there with them.” She confessed plenty of other moments with her daughters also made her cry. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star said she broke down when Audriana asked if Giudice was coming home soon or if …

    July 1, 2015 10:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Three keys to getting your kids into the Ivy League


    At 7:00am, bleary-eyed and with a granola bar in hand, you race your 17-year-old Lacey to her crew practice. Once you’ve dropped her off, you swing by Whole Foods to grab something to cook for dinner, before speeding back to the Potomac by 9:00am to pick Lacey up and get her to her flute lesson. After meeting with her music teacher for an hour, Lacey complains the entire care ride home about how she hates playing the flute, and she can’t wait to quit once she gets into Princeton. In fact, she claims she will quit the debate team, the literary magazine, the feminist club (she never went anyway), her work at the local soup kitchen, and French club. She was only doing these activities to look good to colleges. Once home, you stand over Lacey to make sure she gets a few hours of homework in, before her math tutor arrives at 3:30pm. Then at 6:00pm, you shuttle Lacey …

    July 1, 2015 9:06 pm
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Odd News

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis


    SAN DIEGO A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. Sam, as she is known, is white, about 50 years of age and speaks French and English with a British or Australian accent, according to police reports. She was hospitalized after being found on a street near the beach in Carlsbad, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego, on Feb. 1. “The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary,” she wrote on her Facebook page.    “I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair … My prognosis is not good, and I pray …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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