Headline News

  • Lengthy election could be recipe for Canadian chaos


    Stephen Harper says Canadians should “stay the course” The Canadians are off and running in what will be the nation’s longest general election campaign since 1874. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally launched the nation’s electoral season, which will last a whopping (by Canadian standards) 78 days, before voters in 338 electoral constituencies, called ridings, head to the polls on 19 October. (That sound Canadians may hear is laughter from US presidential candidates, who take 78 days just to come up with a catchy name for the “independent” committee they’ll use to rake in millions from rich donors.) The decision to kick off the race so early – previous campaigns have lasted about five weeks – is seen as a tactical move by the Conservatives, who can bring the most financial resources to bear over a lengthier campaign season that has strict spending caps (cue more laughter from the Americans). Mr Harper started …

    August 3, 2015 11:54 pm
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Politics

  • Obama administration faces criticism over human trafficking report


    WASHINGTON Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on Monday over an annual global report on human trafficking in response to a Reuters article chronicling how senior U.S. diplomats had watered down rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez called the account “alarming unacceptable if true”, tweeting that “we must get to the bottom of this” at a Senate hearing set for Thursday to review the 2015 Trafficking in Persons report. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen people in Washington and foreign capitals, showed that the State Department office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 countries in this year’s report. Among the countries that received higher rankings than recommended by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons were Malaysia, Cuba, China, India, Uzbekistan …

    August 4, 2015 12:14 am
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Stocks

  • Delta, American Airlines refuse to carry some big game trophies


    Delta and American Airlines will no longer allow certain big game trophies to be hauled on their planes. The announcements Monday followed protests over the slaughter of an African lion named Cecil. Delta said it has banned worldwide the shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies as freight. “Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments,” the company said in a release. The airline did not say why it decided to halt the practice. American Airlines (AAL) followed Delta’s lead, saying late Monday that it would also prohibit exotic animal trophies. “Effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies,” American said on Twitter. A Minnesota dentist recently faced intense backlash after he killed a popular lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe. Activists had been targeting Delta (DAL). A change.org petition circulating since at least May called …

    August 3, 2015 11:14 pm
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Sports

  • Braves keep rallying, Garcia HR in 12th beats Giants 9-8


    ATLANTA (AP) Adonis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning off Ryan Vogelsong and the Atlanta Braves completed their final comeback of the game, beating the San Francisco Giants 9-8 Monday night. Brandon Crawford hit two home runs, helping the Giants take a 6-0 lead. The Braves rallied with four runs in the sixth against Matt Cain, then A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Santiago Casilla to tie it at 7. Buster Posey homered early and hit a go-ahead single in the Giants 12th. Jace Peterson led off the Braves 12th by reaching on a throwing error by Crawford from shortstop. Vogelsong (7-7), trying to earn the first save of his 11-season career, fell behind in the count and Garcia homered over the center field wall. Garcia made his major league debut this season and has three home runs in 11 games. Both teams hit four …

    August 3, 2015 11:34 pm
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World News

  • India building collapse kills seven


    More than 100 people have died after the buildings they were living in collapsed in Mumbai in the last two years At least seven people have died after a building collapsed near India’s western city of Mumbai, police say. About 17 people are feared trapped beneath the three-storey building in Thane after the incident on Tuesday. Reports say the municipality had declared the old, dilapidated property dangerous to live in, but the residents had refused to vacate. More than 100 people have died in residential building collapses in Mumbai in the last two years. Property prices and rent in Mumbai are among the highest in Asia. Many citizens are forced to live in old, dilapidated properties in a land-scarce city where an estimated 60% of its 18 million people live in slums and shantytowns. There are more than 14,000 buildings in Mumbai that are more than 70 years old. Between 2008 and 2012, there were …

    August 3, 2015 11:34 pm
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Technology

  • San Fran’s pee wall makes a splash


    San Francisco has a problem you notice almost immediately once you arrive: some areas stink of urine. The problem is most noticeable, and pungent, around the city’s metro stations. And it’s at one station – 16th Mission – where an interesting experiment is taking place. San Francisco’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is trying out a new idea that was and announced last week to much intrigue. They’ve coated some walls with a special type of paint that would make urine splash wildly up at the perpetrator – over his shoes, legs… even, as you can see in the video above, even their face. Signs in the area don’t explicitly state that the anti-pee paint has been applied The superhydrophobic coating costs about $200 to apply to each wall, and it essentially gives the concrete a waterproof layer. The effectiveness of the splashing is unquestionable. When Mohammed Nuru from the DPW gave me a demonstration …

    August 3, 2015 8:33 pm
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Science

  • Even moderate picky eating can have negative effects on children’s health


    Picky eating among children is a common but burdensome problem that can result in poor nutrition for kids, family conflict, and frustrated parents. Although many families see picky eating as a phase, a new study from Duke Medicine finds moderate and severe picky eating often coincides with serious childhood issues such as depression and anxiety that may need intervention. According to the study, published August 3 in the journal Pediatrics, more than 20 percent of children ages 2 to 6 are selective eaters. Of them, nearly 18 percent were classified as moderately picky. The remaining children, about 3 percent, were classified as severely selective — so restrictive in their food intake that it limited their ability to eat with others. “The question for many parents and physicians is: when is picky eating truly a problem?” said lead author Nancy Zucker, Ph.D., director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders. “The children we’re talking about are …

    August 3, 2015 11:34 pm
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Health

  • Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Strengthen Older Women’s Bones: Study


    MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates. “While high-dose vitamin D did indeed increase calcium absorption, the increase was only 1 percent and [it] did not translate into gains in spine, hip or total body bone mineral density,” said study author Dr. Karen Hansen. In fact, Hansen, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, noted that she and her colleagues “did not find any benefit of vitamin D, in either high or low dose, on muscle mass, two tests of muscle fitness or fall [risk].” The team reported the results online Aug. 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Postmenopausal women face a greater than average risk for developing osteoporosis, according to the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. In …

    August 3, 2015 11:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Wants You To Make Sure You Know She’s Got A Hot Body


    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 7:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourt Ky swim session A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Aug 2, 2015 at 4:45pm PDT Kylie Jenner’s about to be jailbait no more! The soon-to-be 18-year-old posted yet another insanely sexy bikini selfie — because obviously she values what’s on the inside. The 17-year-old showed off her figure in a skimpy black two piece, which she accessorized with gold bangles. Kylie and recently single sister Kourtney Kardashian decided to take a break from their exhausting life of primping and posing to take a swim on Sunday. The teen captioned the photo, “Kourt Ky swim session” — because she’s a clever and brilliant mind. The youngest Jenner turns 18 next Monday and will be toasting being legally able to sleep with her 25-year-old boyfriend by holding a big bash in Montreal, Canada next weekend. We wonder if she will taking advantage of the …

    August 3, 2015 11:14 pm
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Editorial

  • TCU student punished for criticizing Islam, Baltimore riots


    All it took was 140 characters for Texas Christian University to suspend a conservative student who posted a series of social networking posts that insulted the Islamic State, the Baltimore rioters and Mexicans. TCU banned Harry Vincent from most campus activities, ordered him to perform 60 hours of community service and attend a diversity training class. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION The 19-year-old, who is a member of the College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom, said he was told by the university that his conservative views were “inappropriate.” It sounds to me like Harry Vincent is guilty of being a Christian Conservative white guy – and on a university campus that’s a crime worthy of death penalty. “They’re trying to make me out to be the classic bigoted hateful white male,” Harry told me in a telephone interview from his home in Maryland. “That’s the complete opposite of …

    August 3, 2015 10:54 pm
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Odd News

  • No plans to probe hitchhiking robot vandalism: Philadelphia police


    HARRISBURG, Pa. Philadelphia police said on Monday they will not investigate the weekend vandalism that ended an experimental robot’s attempted hitchhiking trip across the United States unless the Canadian universities that own it file a criminal complaint. The child-sized robot, named hitchBOT, had safely hitchhiked across Canada and through parts of Europe. But its trip from Boston to San Francisco ended abruptly on Saturday in a Philadelphia alley, where it was found with its head removed. “We can’t do anything without a complaint being filed,” Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Leeloni Palmiero. “If they did, we would absolutely investigate.” The robot’s owners said they have no interest in mounting a criminal prosecution. “We wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOT’s friends and family to do the same,” the team behind the project said in a statement posted on the hitchBOT website. (m.hitchbot.me/) “Sometimes bad things happen to good robots.” HitchBOT was the brainchild of …

    August 3, 2015 11:54 pm
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