Headline News

  • ‘Slenderman’ attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim’s family said on Tuesday. The Purple Heart was recently sent to the 12-year-old girl in an unsigned card that read, “The Only Heart I Could Find – Be Strong,” the family said in a statement. “The family has been so touched and moved by this act of kindness that they would like to personally thank the individual, publicly or privately, for the gift and for their sacrifice for our country.” The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. military who are wounded in battle or posthumously if they are killed in action or die after being wounded in action. “It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave …

    July 22, 2014 7:58 am
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Politics

  • U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator’s legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. “There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court,” Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision. The 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has been the subject of years of political and legal attacks …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Stocks

  • China scare snares Burger King, Papa John’s


    Chinese authorities have shut down an American-owned meat processor in Shanghai that was supplying several big name chains. Burger King and Papa John’s have joined the growing list of fast food chains caught up in China’s latest food scare. On Monday, local regulators suspended the operations of Shanghai Husi Food, a subsidiary of Illinois-based OSI Group, and ordered all its meat products to be taken off shelves across Shanghai. The government intervened after a Chinese broadcaster aired footage of workers using their bare hands at a Husi food plant to process expired meat, and even food that had fallen on the floor. Burger King (BKW), Papa John’s (PZZA) and Chinese fast food chain Dicos said they had taken down Husi-sourced products. McDonald’s (MCD) and Yum Brands (YUM) have already apologized to customers and halted orders from Husi. Yum said there may be temporary shortages of KFC’s cheese pork hamburger and BBQ hamburger, and Pizza Hut’s …

    July 22, 2014 7:58 am
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Sports

  • Colombia forward James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal to play at Real Madrid


    FILE – In this June 28, 2014, file photo, Colombia’s James Rodriguez celebrates after he scored his side’s second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 23-year-old Monaco forward who was the top scorer at the World Cup, is closing in on a deal with Real Madrid. Spanish sports newspapers said Monday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid and Rodriguez is to be presented to fans on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)The Associated Press

    July 22, 2014 7:58 am
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World News

  • Joko Widodo set to be declared next Indonesian president


    After the protracted political wrangling and unease that followed Indonesia‘s disputed presidential election, Joko Widodo – known as Jokowi – is on the verge of being named as Indonesia’s next head of state. The election commission is expected to announce the result at 8pm local time after completing the final count of more than 130m votes. A final tally of the vote shows that Jokowi and his running mate, Jusuf Kalla, won the race by a margin of more than 6%, garnering 53.17% of the votes. Jokowi and his opponent, the former army general Prabowo Subianto, both claimed victory on election day on 9 July, citing unofficial quick counts. Hours before Tuesday’s official announcement, Prabowo declared his withdrawal from the electoral process, describing the vote as undemocratic, unfair and systematically rigged. At a press conference in east Jakarta, Prabowo said his team would use their “constitutional rights to reject the implementation of the presidential election, …

    July 22, 2014 7:58 am
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Technology

  • Stripe steps up PayPal rivalry with Australian launch


    Payment startup Stripe is launching in Australia, letting merchants in the country join the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada in taking payments using the service. The company bills itself as a programming language for money, pitching itself to app and website developers on ease of use. It can be added to most services with just a few lines of code, and automatically supports features such as subscriptions, use of multiple currencies, and one-tap purchasing out of the box. “Stripe’s mission is to grow internet commerce by providing everything an online business needs to accept payments,” said John Collison, the company’s co-founder and president, of the launch. “We hope Stripe’s powerful set of tools and APIs helps Australian businesses scale globally.” At launch, Stripe’s Australian pricing will be 1.75% + 30¢ for domestic transactions and 2.90% + 30¢ for international and American Express transactions. Long exclusive to the USA and Canada, in August 2013, Stripe expanded …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Science

  • NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy’s Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds. In altocumulus clouds, at medium altitudes ranging from 6,000 feet to 20,000 feet above mean sea level, water droplets can remain in a supercooled liquid phase at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, the freezing point of water. The supercooled liquid water found at temperatures generally between 0 and 35 below zero — the temperature where supercooled water droplets begin to spontaneously freeze in a process referred to as homogeneous nucleation — can freeze on contact and thus possibly impact aircraft weapons and sensors or control surfaces effecting flight safety. “Altocumulus clouds are relatively thin mid-level clouds that cannot be reasonably resolved in current atmospheric models. To mitigate their potential impact on Navy and Department of …

    July 22, 2014 1:34 am
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Health

  • India to investigate corruption in healthcare after TV sting operation


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV news channel. Hindi news channel News Nation TV showed laboratories in the national capital offering commissions as high as 50 percent to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centers. The diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India’s $74 billion healthcare industry, according to consultancy PwC, with the segment forecast to grow to $17 billion by 2021 from $3.4 billion in 2011. Newly appointed Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has vowed to clean up the health system, which he says is riddled with corruption, a problem that pervades public life in India. India was ranked 94th in a list of 177 countries on Transparency International’s 2013 global corruption index, lower than China, South Africa and Brazil. Officials at one laboratory visited by News Nation’s …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Anna Paquin Says Being Bisexual And Monogamous Aren’t "Mutually Exclusive"


    Posted on Mon Jul 21st, 2014 2:24pm PDT Being bisexual isn’t quite as racy as it sounds — or so says Anna Paquin. In June, the True Blood star tweeted her support of LGBT Pride Month when she wrote, “Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender.” While many commended her support, others seemed to misconstrue her comments to think she has an open marriage, but the Kiwi explained her relationship with True Blood costar Stephen Moyer is very much a monogamous one. In an interview with HuffPost Live last week, the Oscar winner clarified her bisexuality: “There’s people that are going to probably go to their grave thinking whatever they think about the LGBT community. That’s their problem, not mine. And there’s people that think that monogamy and bisexuality are mutually exclusive. Again, their problem not mine.” Paquin, who married Moyer in 2010, also added why she felt …

    July 22, 2014 7:58 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s LGBT Executive Order endangers religious liberty


    July 21, 2014: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, applauds as President Obama waves after signing an executive order to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama’s executive order prohibits discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations. “Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government – the government of the people, by the people and for the people – will become just a little bit fairer,” the president told a gathering in the White House. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The executive order …

    July 22, 2014 5:16 am
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Odd News

  • Want to buy a bridge? Pennsylvania still has 11 for sale


    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Buying a bridge is not on most to-do lists, but anyone seeking a historic span need look no further than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has 11 of them for sale. PennDOT is trying to save bridges on the National Register of Historic Places that are not up to the demands of modern traffic. Prices range from $1 to $500, and moving costs can often be paid by the Federal Highway Administration. The catch is that the buyer must reuse the bridge somewhere else and is responsible for all associated costs. “They can’t be sold for scrap,” Erin Waters-Trasatt, a PennDOT spokeswoman, said on Monday. “They need to be rehabilitated and preserved.” One of the bridges for sale is the 111-year-old Pond Eddy Bridge over the Delaware River between Shohola Township, Pennsylvania, and Pond Eddy, New York. Built in 1903, the metal truss bridge is 252 feet long and 16 …

    July 22, 2014 1:34 am
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