• Anti-semitic crimes ‘double’ in UK

    Anti-semitic crimes ‘double’ in UK

    Figures suggest 473 anti-semitic incidents were recorded from January to June this year The number of reported anti-semitic incidents in the UK has increased by more than 50%, figures released by a charity have suggested....
  • All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon joins Nationals

    MIAMI (AP) All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon wants to win another championship and become baseball’s career saves leader. He likes his chances with the Washington Nationals. ”The biggest reason why I accepted this trade to come...
  • #MediaDiversity: Why newsrooms are so white

    #MediaDiversity: Why newsrooms are so white

    CNNMoney’s Tanzina Vega sparked a spirited discussion on Twitter about the lack of diversity in newsrooms. If you are a journalist of color, you’ve heard this one before. Despite the demographics of the United States...
  • Terror police arrest woman at airport

    Terror police arrest woman at airport

    A woman travelling with three children has been arrested on suspicion of preparing to go to Syria to engage in terror acts. The woman, from Leicester, was arrested at Birmingham Airport by West Midlands Counter...
  • Browns motivated by lack of national respect

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Outside expectations are so low for the Browns that coach Mike Pettine joked he’s seen his team picked to finish fifth in the four-team AFC North. The Browns were the only team...

Headline News

  • Senate Republicans aim divert Planned Parenthood funds in abortion dispute


    WASHINGTON Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women’s health. The Republican plan to take $500 million a year from Planned Parenthood and give it to the likes of hospitals and community health centers was criticized by family planning experts who said it showed a lack of understanding of how women’s health services work. Long a target of conservatives, Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks due to secretly recorded videos about its role in supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research.    Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, a Republican, introduced a bill to defund the organization which is likely to be voted on early next week. The bill “would ensure taxpayer dollars for women’s health are spent on women’s health, not a scandal-plagued political lobbying giant,” Senate …

    July 29, 2015 6:04 pm
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Politics

  • New Jersey legislator seeks federal loans to bail out state pensions


    A top New Jersey Democrat wants the federal government to create a low-interest loan program to rescue states with big public pension problems. State Senate President Steve Sweeney called on Wednesday for a nationwide pension debt restructuring plan under which the U.S. Federal Reserve would offer low-interest loans to state governments to pay down unfunded pension liabilities. The country has racked up nearly $1 trillion of unfunded liabilities altogether in its state-run retirement systems, according to the latest estimate from Pew Charitable Trusts. Other projections have put the number even higher. New Jersey’s badly underfunded pension system was cast further into the spotlight last year when Governor Chris Christie, now a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, slashed the state’s contribution because of a revenue shortfall. Labor unions sued, saying the cuts violated a promise Christie himself made, in 2011 pension reforms, to ramp up to full contributions. But Christie won the battle in the state’s highest …

    July 29, 2015 3:43 pm
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Stocks

  • #MediaDiversity: Why newsrooms are so white


    CNNMoney’s Tanzina Vega sparked a spirited discussion on Twitter about the lack of diversity in newsrooms. If you are a journalist of color, you’ve heard this one before. Despite the demographics of the United States rapidly shifting from a white majority to a brown and black one, why is there so little diversity in the news media? The numbers released this week by the American Society of News Editors and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University paint a discouraging portrait of how little progress has been made in hiring minority journalists. Of the 32,900 people employed in newspaper newsrooms around the country, only about 12.76%, or 4,200, are racial minorities. And that number has remained relatively steady for the past few years (11.85% in 2000, 13.73% in 2006 and 12.76% in 2014). As a Latina who has covered race, ethnicity and the media business (sometimes all at once), I know …

    July 29, 2015 6:45 pm
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Sports

  • All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon joins Nationals


    MIAMI (AP) All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon wants to win another championship and become baseball’s career saves leader. He likes his chances with the Washington Nationals. ”The biggest reason why I accepted this trade to come here because I’ve played against these guys for four years now and I’ve seen the way the organization has become and it’s a fitting organization for me,” Papelbon said Wednesday, a day after he was trade from Philadelphia to Washington. ”It’s a bunch of baseball players here that want to win and that’s all I ask for, to come here and try to win and I think it was the best fit for me to get out of Philly. It made no difference to give up the $2 million to come here. To me it’s all about winning and being at a place that I’m happy.” Papelbon helped Boston win the World Series in 2007. In the deal Tuesday, the …

    July 29, 2015 6:45 pm
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World News

  • Anti-semitic crimes ‘double’ in UK


    Figures suggest 473 anti-semitic incidents were recorded from January to June this year The number of reported anti-semitic incidents in the UK has increased by more than 50%, figures released by a charity have suggested. There were 473 recorded anti-semitic incidents between January and June this year, a 53% rise from 2014, according to the Community Security Trust. CST chief executive David Delew welcomed increases in crime reporting, but said the figures caused “anxiety”. Home Secretary Theresa May said anti-semitism has “no place in Britain”. The CST – a charity that monitors anti-semitism – said the 473 recorded incidents included 44 violent assaults and two involving “extreme violence”. Willingness to report There were 35 instances of damage and desecration of Jewish property, and 88 cases of abuse or threats on social media, according to the charity. One third were said to be random, spontaneous acts of verbal abuse directed at Jewish people in public. The …

    July 29, 2015 6:45 pm
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Technology

  • Tom Brady’s Deflategate riposte: I switched from Samsung to iPhone 6. So?


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Tom Brady believes his phone is private. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images The New England Patriots had tried science to block charges of equipment tampering. That didn’t work. Their quarterback, Tom Brady, was still suspended for four games. This for allegedly knowing that footballs allegedly were being deflated in an unbecoming manner before the AFC Championship game at the start of the year. I use all the allegedlys because it doesn’t seem that the NFL has any actual proof. It doesn’t even seem as if the NFL has a consistent, scientifically sound procedure for testing ball pressure. (The accusation was that Brady, preferring a softer ball, persuaded certain people in the Patriots employ to tamper with vetted balls to get them beneath the league-mandated range of 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch.) Which is why the NFL wanted Brady to hand …

    July 29, 2015 4:03 pm
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Science

  • Dense star clusters shown to be binary black hole factories


    The coalescence of two black holes — a very violent and exotic event — is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. But, as these mergers emit no light of any kind, finding such elusive events has been impossible so far. Colliding black holes do, however, release a phenomenal amount of energy as gravitational waves. The first observatories capable of directly detecting these ‘gravity signals’ — ripples in the fabric of spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago — will begin observing the universe later this year. When the gravitational waves rolling in from space are detected on Earth for the first time, a team of Northwestern University astrophysicists predicts astronomers will “hear,” through these waves, five times more colliding black holes than previously expected. Direct observations of these mergers will open a new window into the universe. “This information will allow astrophysicists to better understand the nature of black holes …

    July 29, 2015 3:03 pm
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Health

  • Flesh-eating bacteria kills Virginia fisherman


    A Virginia fisherman stabbed by a catfish barb has died of a flesh-eating bacteria, a state health official said on Wednesday. Charlie Horner, 75, of Mechanicsville, was fishing on July 18 in the Rappahannock River about 130 miles south of Washington when a cut on his leg became infected with vibrio vulnificus, a deadly river bacteria, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said. Doctors tried to stop the rapid spread of the disease by amputating Horner’s leg but he died on July 22, the report said. Michelle Stoll, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, confirmed the death was caused by vibrio vulnificus. Horner’s was the first vibrio vulnificus death of 2015 in Virginia. There have been 17 cases this year in the state, five from wound infections, Stoll said. Infections from vibrio vulnificus are fatal about 50 percent of the time, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are normally about 95 …

    July 29, 2015 3:24 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Gisele Bundchen Undergoes Secret Plastic Surgery In Paris


    Posted on Wed Jul 29th, 2015 12:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Even supermodels need a nip/tuck! Gisele Bundchen allegedly got secret plastic surgery while in Paris and was caught when her longtime chauffeur was spotted dropping the model off at the clinic, the New York Post reports. The Brazilian beauty and her sister Rafaela arrived at the doctor’s office undercover in Muslim burqas on July 15th, and stayed overnight to recover before being picked up by the same chauffeur the following morning. The ladies were then taken to Les Sources de Caudalie spa to bounce back in privacy for a week. The Victoria’s Secret stunner is rumored to have had work done on her breasts, which she thought sagged after two pregnancies, and her eyes. The $11k procedure was meant to be a 35th birthday and retirement gift to herself. Let’s hope she didn’t screw up her famous features!   Stories from around the Web

    July 29, 2015 6:44 pm
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Editorial

  • It is time to restore dignity to children in the womb


    The details coming out these last two weeks from the undercover work of the Center for Medical Progress, showing overwhelming evidence of the fact that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of the babies it aborts, are brutal and disturbing. The first undercover video showed Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, having a casual lunch while talking about the abortions she does and oversees, and how to more effectively get the organs she wants. She states, in between bites of food and sips of wine, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” The other two videos likewise show Planned Parenthood doctors speaking about, and examining, the body parts of these babies, with no …

    July 29, 2015 6:24 pm
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Odd News

  • Fugitive-turned-actor arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up


    SEATTLE A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday. Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state. The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said. Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had …

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm
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