Headline News

  • Police: Carjacked vehicle hits Philadelphia crowd, killing 2 children, critically injuring 3


    PHILADELPHIA –  Police say a vehicle that had been carjacked plowed into a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. Homicide Capt. James Clark says a woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the Tioga section of north Philadelphia on Friday morning by two men who drove off with her in the back seat. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Clark said “something obviously went horribly wrong” and the vehicle went out of control and struck a group of five adults and children on the corner around 11:15 a.m. Two of the children were killed. Clark said an adult and two other children were taken to hospitals in critical condition. The two men fled the scene and are being sought.

    July 25, 2014 12:37 pm
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Politics

  • House Committee OKs lawsuit against Obama


    President Barack Obama(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) 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 carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. 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 mid-term elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. Any lawsuit likely would take years to wind through federal courts. While the lawsuit would focus on Obamacare, Republicans have complained bitterly about the president’s actions on several issues. For example, 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 …

    July 25, 2014 9:55 am
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Stocks

  • Smart people buy generic brands


    These products are the same in all but their names. So why do 26% of Americans buy the one that costs more? Sudafed or Wal-Phed: Which would you choose? Nine times out of 10, pharmacists and doctors will buy the generic version of aspirin, rather than a brand-name like Bayer. Likewise, professional chefs prefer store-brand sugar, salt and baking powder instead of brand name ingredients. In short, the most informed consumers usually buy generic products, claims a new paper by economists from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Chicago. Their research estimates Americans are wasting about $44 billion a year on name brands, when they could be buying the exact same products if they switched to cheaper store brands. Store brand products cost on average about half the price of national brands. Take that bottle of aspirin for example. A 100-tablet package of 325 mg Bayer Aspirin costs $6.29 on CVS.com. The …

    July 25, 2014 12:37 pm
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Sports

  • Massachusetts judge won’t toss murder charge against ex-NFL player


    BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in last summer’s killing of a semi-professional soccer player. Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh in a ruling late Thursday rejected the defense’s argument that prosecutors lack probable cause to charge Hernandez in the execution-style slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Boston. Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including five counts related to illegal firearms possession. His trial is set for Jan. 9. A tight end and one of the league’s top franchises, Hernandez had been a rising NFL star before he lost his $41 million contract with the New England Patriots. Prosecutors said that Hernandez was at a nightclub with Lloyd in June 2013 when “something happened at the club that caused Hernandez to arm himself,” going …

    July 25, 2014 12:37 pm
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World News

  • Greste appeal over Egypt conviction


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 15:20 Peter Greste has told his supporters that letters of support he has received from them while in prison were inspirational Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and seven-year jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his brother Mike has said in a statement. It said that the family were “strong and confident” of a successful outcome and “determined to fight” its cause. Mr Greste and two al-Jazeera colleagues were jailed in June for defaming Egypt and helping outlawed Islamists. The case triggered an international outcry and demands for a pardon. Mr Greste argued soon after his conviction that the prosecutor had “consistently failed to present a single piece of concrete evidence to support the outrageous allegations” against him and his co-defendants – Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed. In a more recent statement released with Baher Mohammed, he said that he …

    July 25, 2014 12:16 pm
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Technology

  • Apple’s new sapphire screens for iPhone 6 will be made with solar power


    The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in-charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act. The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy. After converting all of its data centres to clean energy, the Guardian understands Apple is poised to use solar power to manufacture sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, at a factory in Arizona. And in a departure for its reputation for secretiveness, Apple is going out of its way to get credit for its green efforts. “We know that our customers expect us to do the right thing about these issues,” Lisa Jackson, the vice-president of environmental initiatives told the …

    July 25, 2014 9:56 am
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Science

  • 250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice


    Scientists have theorized that the loss of Arctic sea ice over the last three decades is part of a recent, dramatic change in global climate. Now they have proof from an unorthodox collection of sources. Researchers with ARCdoc, a project based at the University of Sunderland in England, found that annual sea ice between Canada and Greenland blanketed much more territory up to 250 years ago—the result of a colder, wetter, stormier climate. The evidence came from nearly 150 handwritten logbooks of Royal Navy expeditions and Hudson’s Bay Company transports in the North Atlantic between 1750 and 1850. Another 60 volumes from Arctic whalers, who hunted their prey among permanent ice floes, offered rare eyewitness accounts of the far north. While the naval and Hudson’s Bay records had been examined before, “These whaling logbooks had never been used for scientific studies,” says Dennis Wheeler, ARCdoc’s director. The three-year endeavor to render the musty annals into …

    July 25, 2014 10:16 am
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Health

  • Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say


    FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Currently, a man who has ever had sex with another man cannot donate blood in the United States — a lifetime ban that has been in place since 1983. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted this policy at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. However, changing times and technological advances have rendered the decades-old ban obsolete, said JAMA article co-author Glenn Cohen, who directs Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology Bioethics. “We think it’s time for the FDA to take a serious look at its policy, because it’s out of step with peer countries, it’s out of step with modern medicine, it’s out of step with …

    July 25, 2014 9:56 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Posts Another Sexy Bikini Pic From Mexico Before Heading Home With Kanye West


    Posted on Fri Jul 25th, 2014 10:13am PDT She may be back in Los Angeles now, but we can’t stop staring at Kim Kardashian’s sexy pictures from her romantic Mexican vacation with hubby Kanye west! Shortly before jetting home yesterday, Kim posted the snapshot above and captioned it, “Last day to get my tan in…” and she also added the pic on the right and wrote, “Heaven on Earth! Thank you @realjoefrancis for letting us stay at Casa Aramara!” Sorry, but all we’re looking at here is those boobs! The other day Kim shared a picture of herself smooching daughter North West after the 13-month-old celebritot took her first steps, and she wrote, “Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!! Mommy Daddy are so proud of you!!!!” Sounds like the family was having a blast down there! Kimye honeymooned …

    July 25, 2014 12:37 pm
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Editorial

  • It’s time for Congress to fight for our soldiers


      We ask a lot of our military men and women. When they volunteer and take an oath to serve our nation in uniform, they understand it will likely mean extended periods away from their loved ones, often in far-off lands and often at great risk to their lives.  What they shouldn’t expect, however, is that while they’re courageously serving in harm’s way they might receive a pink slip informing them that their services will no longer be needed and that they won’t have a job when they return home. Tragically, that’s exactly what happened to approximately 1,100 Army captains this month. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT If defense sequestration continues, it is only going to get worse. It was clear to me early on that preserving the readiness and war-fighting capabilities of our military would not be a priority of President Obama. This reality, coupled with the devastating impacts of defense sequestration, is wreaking havoc on the …

    July 25, 2014 9:56 am
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Odd News

  • Chubby Checker, HP settle lawsuit over penis-measuring app


    (Reuters) – The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man’s penis. HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of his stage name, likeness or related trademarks. The settlement was disclosed in a Tuesday filing with the San Francisco federal court. Other terms remain confidential. It is unclear whether money changed hands. Checker, 72, is best known for his 1960 song “The Twist,” a No. 1 hit on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 that inspired an international dance craze. In his February 2013 lawsuit against HP and its Palm unit, the singer objected to HP having in October 2006 begun online sales of “The Chubby Checker” app, which purported to let women estimate the size of …

    July 25, 2014 10:15 am
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