• Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal...
  • Forensic scientists reach MH17 site

    Forensic scientists reach MH17 site

    31 July 2014 Last updated at 15:28 A Ukrainian army vehicle escorts OSCE cars in Donetsk region on Thursday International forensic scientists have reached the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after...
  • Uganda anti-gay law challenged in court

    Ugandan activists are seeking to overturn the country’s tough anti-gay law by petitioning the constitutional court to declare it invalid. Signed by Uganda’s veteran president, Yoweri Museveni, in February, the law calls for homosexuals to...
  • From maximum security prison to tech entrepreneur

    From maximum security prison to tech entrepreneur

    After serving 8 years in prison, Marcus Bullock is helping the incarcerated stay connected with loved ones with his Flikshop app. Staying in touch with loved ones while incarcerated is the ultimate lifeline, according Marcus...

Headline News

  • Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. “Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity,” the court wrote. Similar voter identification laws have become a political and racial flashpoint across the United States with Democrats generally opposed and many Republicans backing them. Republicans argue tighter rules are needed to prevent voter fraud. Democrats say voter fraud is rare and that the rules are instead intended to deter poor people, ethnic minorities and college students from voting …

    July 31, 2014 10:10 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin supreme court upholds state’s voter ID law


    (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law on Thursday requiring voters to have identification to cast a ballot, according to court documents. However, the 2012 law is not in effect as a federal judge ruled the measure unconstitutional in April. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is appealing that ruling. Wisconsin is one of several states that have been forced to defend changes to voting protocol. Judges in recent months have overturned photo identification laws in Pennsylvania and Arkansas. (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Jonathan Allen)

    July 31, 2014 8:07 am
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Stocks

  • From maximum security prison to tech entrepreneur


    After serving 8 years in prison, Marcus Bullock is helping the incarcerated stay connected with loved ones with his Flikshop app. Staying in touch with loved ones while incarcerated is the ultimate lifeline, according Marcus Bullock, creator of photo postcard app, Flikshop. He would know. At the age of 15, Bullock was convicted for carjacking, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Tried as an adult, Bullock served eight years in several maximum-security prisons. “In prison, mail call is the best part of the day, every day,” said Bullock, “and actually getting mail is like hitting the lottery.” Photos and messages from home can be a major motivator for inmates to turn their lives around following their release, Bullock explained. But in today’s world of Facebook (FB, Tech30), Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) and Instagram, people aren’t so much accustomed to sending handwritten letters and printed photos from home the way …

    July 31, 2014 8:47 am
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Sports

  • Barcelona’s Pique relishing return of ‘angry’ Suarez


    MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes an “angry” Luis Suarez will be desperate to prove himself when he has served out a four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup. Uruguay striker Suarez was given a nine-match international suspension and banned from all football-related activity for four months by FIFA after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil last month. Barca have since lured him from English Premier League side Liverpool and the 27-year-old could make his debut for the Catalan club in the La Liga “Clasico” against Real Madrid at the end of October. “I expect that he (Suarez), like anybody who has the possibility of doing their work taken away from them, will be feeling rage,” Pique said at a news conference at Barca’s pre-season training camp in England. “For the time being he has to wait,” added the Spain defender. “When he returns …

    July 31, 2014 10:09 am
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World News

  • Forensic scientists reach MH17 site


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 15:28 A Ukrainian army vehicle escorts OSCE cars in Donetsk region on Thursday International forensic scientists have reached the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halted military operations. Australian and Dutch police experts arrived in a convoy of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors. Fighting between government and rebel forces had prevented them getting there for nearly a week. Australia believes that around 80 bodies remain at the crash site. Explosions were reportedly heard near the site after their arrival. A journalist for AFP news agency heard several “powerful” blasts and saw a plume of smoke less than 10km (six miles) from the crash site. Russian aviation experts are also in Ukraine, hoping to visit the site. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Malaysian PM Najib Razak calls for “justice for the victims” of the MH17 crash …

    July 31, 2014 9:49 am
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Technology

  • T-Mobile Q2 profit jumps as customer growth pops again


    T-Mobile CEO John Legere. James Martin/CNET More consumers signed up for T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s Uncarrier mobile revolution as growth once again exceeded Wall Street’s second-quarter expectations. The wireless carrier swung to a second-quarter profit of $391 million, or 48 cents a share, helped by a 90-cent gain from a spectrum licensing deal with Verizon Wireless. Revenue rose 15.3 percent to $7.19 billion. Wall Street forecast a profit of 8 cents a share on revenue of $7.04 billion. T-Mobile shares rose 2.2 percent to $31.63 in pre-market trading. T-Mobile has been solely focused on customer growth — often to the detriment of its bottom line. The company posted $1.45 billion on an adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization basis, in line with Wall Street’s forecast. Its aggressive moves, which the company makes assuming that the new customers would eventually pay off with more revenue and profit, have shaken up the wireless industry, forcing …

    July 31, 2014 8:07 am
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Science

  • Antarctic ice sheet is result of CO2 decrease, not continental breakup


    Climate modelers from the University of New Hampshire have shown that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting massive rearrangements of Earth’s continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic ice sheet. It will provide scientists insight into the climate change implications of current rising global CO2 levels. In a paper published today in Nature, Matthew Huber of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and department of Earth sciences provides evidence that the long-held, prevailing theory known as “Southern Ocean gateway opening” is not the best explanation for the climate shift that occurred during the Eocene-Oligocene transition when Earth’s polar regions were ice-free. “The Eocene-Oligocene transition was a major event in the history of the planet and our results really flip the …

    July 31, 2014 8:28 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca steps up push into cancer immunotherapy


    LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca is accelerating its push into cancer immunotherapy, with plans to test a key experimental drug in new tumor types. The company is seen as No. 4 in a race to develop the first drug in a new class that fights cancer by unleashing the body’s immune system, behind rivals Roche, Merck Co and Bristol-Myers Squibb. But its MEDI4736 medicine is still viewed as a highly promising agent, both on its own and in combination with other treatments. AstraZeneca said on Thursday it would launch a pivotal clinical trial program with MEDI4736 in head and neck cancer this year, in addition to ongoing tests in lung cancer, and was also looking at expanding tests into other cancer types. “There is the potential we would announce an additional tumor type beyond head and neck and non-small cell lung cancer by the end of this year,” head of medicines development Briggs Morrison told analysts …

    July 31, 2014 8:07 am
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Entertainment

  • Kelly Rowland Shows Off Her Pregnant Belly At Her Baby Shower


    Posted on Thu Jul 31st, 2014 6:30am PDT Not only is she glowing, but Kelly Rowland got all sorts of goodies on Wednesday afternoon — lucky lady! The singer had her baby shower at the SLS hotel in Los Angeles yesterday, and she showed off her pregnant belly in a beautiful blue dress while munching on some candy. The bash was hosted by Caress, so it seems like her guests got sweets and beauty products in their swag bags. From all the blue, it’s pretty clear that Kelly is having a boy, and while she hasn’t confirmed that, her Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams spilled the beans at a pre-BET Awards event last month. “I’m so happy that I have another nephew coming to babysit for a few hours and give back to its rightful owners,” Williams told HipHollywood. “She just looks so wonderful, I’m so happy for her.” We agree — she looks fantastic! …

    July 31, 2014 8:47 am
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Editorial

  • WWI, the not-so-great war


    Actors dressed as Russian soldiers take part in the re-enactment of the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg in Szkotowo, Poland, Sunday, July 27, 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) NEWBURY, England –  World War I began, as most wars do, with patriotic fervor and predictions of a quick end. It lasted four years. While the match igniting the “war to end all wars” was lit by the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, formal declarations of war occurred 100 years ago on July 28 (Austria declares war on Serbia) and Aug. 1 (Germany declares war on Russia, and Russia on Germany). Aug. 1, 1914, will be commemorated Sunday at a charity event to benefit current British war veterans at Highclere Castle, the site of the PBS series “Downton Abbey.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The observance will begin with a worship service led by the former Archbishop …

    July 31, 2014 8:07 am
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Odd News

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast. After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain. “It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) …

    July 30, 2014 12:06 pm
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