• Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing

    Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing

    The reef contains a higher degree of biodiversity than any other World Heritage site United Nations heritage body Unesco has voted not to put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on its world danger list. The decision...
  • Who owns Puerto Rico’s debt?

    Who owns Puerto Rico’s debt?

    Puerto Rico is being dubbed “America’s Greece.” The island has too much debt that it can’t pay. Even if it makes a critical July 1 payment to creditors, Puerto Rico still has over $70 billion...
  • Subdued Djokovic eases into third round

    LONDON A strangely lethargic Novak Djokovic outclassed Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-2 6-3 to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday. The world number one and top seed dropped serve in the opening...
  • Health Highlights: July 1, 2015

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Governor Signs Tough Vaccination Bill Into Law California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a highly controversial...
  • U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuter) – The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961....
  • Australians seek to help amnesiac

    Australians seek to help amnesiac

    The woman, who speaks English and some French and goes by the name Sam, recalls memories of Australia Everyone has an opinion about her and lots want to help, but a woman with amnesia in...

Headline News

  • White House lifts 40-year-old ban on cameras during public tours


    WASHINGTON The White House lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion on Wednesday and invited visitors to share their shots on Twitter using #WhiteHouseTour. First lady Michelle Obama announced the change in a video on Instagram. “If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” she said, holding up a placard reading “No Photos or Social Media allowed.” “Well, not anymore,” Obama said as she tore up the sign, laughing. The White House said the ban was put in place more than 40 years ago to limit the damage old flash photography could have on artwork, the Office of the First Lady said. It did not have an exact date for when the rule took effect, but said changes in flash photography led officials to lift it. However, some cameras and accessories such as so-called selfie sticks would still be prohibited, along with …

    July 1, 2015 9:24 am
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Politics

  • U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years


    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuter) – The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961. The senior U.S. diplomat in Havana on Wednesday delivered a letter from President Barack Obama addressed to Cuban President Raul Castro about the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text of the letter was not immediately disclosed. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the U.S. interests section, handed the letter to Cuba’s interim foreign minister, Marcelino Medina, at the Cuban foreign ministry. The two shook hands in front of a Cuban and a U.S. flag. Obama was due to speak at 11 a.m. from the White House’s ceremonial Rose Garden. It was unknown whether Castro would reciprocate with comments of his own. The Cuba deal marks a major achievement for Obama, who has been criticized for foreign policy stumbles, …

    July 1, 2015 9:03 am
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Stocks

  • Who owns Puerto Rico’s debt?


    Puerto Rico is being dubbed “America’s Greece.” The island has too much debt that it can’t pay. Even if it makes a critical July 1 payment to creditors, Puerto Rico still has over $70 billion in outstanding debt to go. Governor Alejandro García Padilla has said the country won’t be able to pay that all back, dubbing it a “death spiral.” “To tell you the truth, Puerto Rico is a bigger problem for American investors than Greece,” Alan Valdes, director of floor trading at DME Securities told CNN. “Most American investors have little exposure to Greece at all.” Related: Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy The fallout: So who gets hurt if Puerto Rico doesn’t pay up — or if it only pays back a fraction of what it owes? It could be you. Over 20% of bond mutual funds own Puerto Rican bonds, according to data from Morningstar (the exact numbers …

    July 1, 2015 9:46 am
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Sports

  • Subdued Djokovic eases into third round


    LONDON A strangely lethargic Novak Djokovic outclassed Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-2 6-3 to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday. The world number one and top seed dropped serve in the opening game of the match and appeared distracted in a performance littered with loose serves and uncharacteristic errors. Serb Djokovic was still far too good for 33-year-old world number 92 Nieminen who was playing in his final Wimbledon. The defending champion broke in the sixth game of the third set and completed victory when Nieminen sent a forehand wide. Djokovic will play Australian Bernard Tomic, the 27th seed, in the last 32. (Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

    July 1, 2015 9:24 am
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World News

  • Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing


    The reef contains a higher degree of biodiversity than any other World Heritage site United Nations heritage body Unesco has voted not to put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on its world danger list. The decision has been welcomed by the state of Queensland, which generates billions of dollars in tourism revenue from the reef. Despite deciding against giving the reef protected status, Unesco did warn that it faced “major threats”. The reef, which stretches 2,000km (1,200 miles) along the coast, is the world’s largest living ecosystem. Jackie Trad, Queensland’s deputy state premier, told the BBC she was “absolutely pleased about the decision”. “It was an incredible moment in history, in Queensland and Australian history,” said Ms Trad. She acknowledged there had been a decline in the health of the reef, but said that the Queensland government had made “strong commitments” to protecting it. Australia will have to report back to Unesco at the end of …

    July 1, 2015 9:46 am
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Technology

  • Microsoft launching Surface 3 with built-in 4G LTE


    Microsoft is beginning to roll out its Surface 3 tablets with built-in 4G LTE to business customers. Sarah Tew / CNET Microsoft is slowly starting to roll out its new Intel-based Surface 3 tablets that come with 4G LTE built-in. The first Surface 3s with built-in 4G LTE were rolled out in Japan with partner Y!Mobile two weeks ago, according to a July 1 post on Microsoft’s Surface blog. Starting July 3 in Germany and the U.K., Microsoft will make its first Surface 3 with LTE models available to business customers. Some unspecified time after that date, Microsoft will add Surface 3 models with 4G LTE in France and Spain. The company has worked hard to entice consumers and businesses to its Surface tablets but has found only modest success since their initial release in 2012. Adding 4G LTE to the Surface 3, which was launched in May, is yet another effort to woo buyers. …

    July 1, 2015 8:43 am
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Science

  • Producing spin-entangled electrons


    A team from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, along with collaborators from several Japanese institutions, have successfully produced pairs of spin-entangled electrons and demonstrated, for the first time, that these electrons remain entangled even when they are separated from one another on a chip. This research could contribute to the creation of futuristic quantum networks operating using quantum teleportation, which could allow information contained in quantum bits–qubits–to be shared between many elements on chip, a key requirement to scale up the power of a quantum computer. The ability to create non-local entangled electron pairs –known as Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen pairs –on demand has long been a dream. Russell Deacon, who carried out the work, says, “We set out to demonstrate that spin-entangled electrons could be reliably produced. So far, researchers have been successful in creating entangled photons, since photons are extremely stable and do not interact. Electrons, by contrast, are profoundly affected by their environment. …

    July 1, 2015 8:44 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: July 1, 2015


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Governor Signs Tough Vaccination Bill Into Law California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a highly controversial bill into law that mandates vaccinations for nearly all children in the state’s public school system. “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.” According to the Associated Press, the law eliminates “personal belief” exemptions that were formerly in place in California. Those exemptions allowed parents to exclude their children from routine vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs. Under the new law, only children with serious medical conditions can get an exemption and any other unvaccinated child has to be homeschooled, the AP reported. Many parents and …

    July 1, 2015 9:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Zolciak’s Daughter Brielle Denies Rumors She Got A Boob Job


    Posted on Tue Jun 30th, 2015 1:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff We’re not sure what to think! Rumors have been swirling that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak’s teenage daughter Brielle got breast implants, so the 18-year-old decided to deny the claims in a sassy Instagram post. “When the doctor forgets to put the implants in,” she captioned a video of herself explaining why people probably think she’s had a boob job. “To those of you who think I’ve gotten a boob job, tell me where. Because I really don’t see how I could have gotten one. You only think that when I wear a really good bra and I’m not wearing one now,” she revealed. It wouldn’t be the biggest shocker, as we all know mom Kim Z loves a good nip and tuck! when the doctor forgets to put the implants in A video posted by brielle zolciak (@briellebiermann) on Jun 27, 2015 …

    July 1, 2015 8:23 am
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Editorial

  • Message to French leaders (and cab drivers): Let innovation lead


    When Courtney Love, the queen of grunge, is afraid to set foot on city streets, she must be in a pretty rough town. In fact, Love was in Paris on Thursday morning when she tweeted that the cab she was riding in had been ambushed by a mob of taxi drivers. Love wrote: “They’re beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad.”   French cab drivers smashed livery vehicles, set tires ablaze and snarled traffic across the country Thursday in a nationwide strike aimed at Uber after weeks of rising tensions directed at the U.S.-based ride-hailing company. The protests are relatively small – some estimate only five percent of cab drivers are responsible for most of the problems – but their impact is undeniable. Love’s tweet might be an exaggeration, but her sentiment is understandable. In recent weeks, nearly 100 Uber drivers — and in some cases, their passengers, as …

    July 1, 2015 9:04 am
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Odd News

  • Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says


    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. “I am not aware of that,” he said. “The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune.” At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called “El Alto”. The city is below the airport, at about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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