• Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows

    Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was...
  • Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case

    Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case

    The gun-shaped case is available at several online stores. Police are up in arms over an iPhone case that’s shaped like a gun. “Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if...
  • Greek PM defiant amid cash squeeze

    Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made a defiant speech as cash withdrawal limits begin to bite for Greek bank customers. Mr Tsipras promised Greeks their pensions and wages would be safe. Earlier he put...
  • Another day, another Clinton black eye

    Another day, another Clinton black eye — or two. Both continue the plotlines that threaten Hillary’s Oval Office dreams. First comes more evidence of the family’s sheer greed. The Washington Post reports that the University...
  • Retired Army Colonel to Challenge Stefanik

    Retired Army Colonel to Challenge Stefanik

    By Eli Yokley Posted at 1:21 p.m. today 0 Tweet Stefanik leaves the Capitol Hill Club with aide Anthony Pileggi on June 24. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Democrat Mike Derrick, a retired Army colonel, said...
  • Broady and beard cut down to size by Goffin

    LONDON British wildcard Liam Broady, whose bushy beard and family dramas have received as much attention as his first-round win, was cut down to size by Belgium’s David Goffin at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Broady, one...

Headline News

  • Washington state Girl Scouts return donation over anti-transgender demand


    SEATTLE A Washington state Girl Scouts organization said on Wednesday it has returned a $100,000 gift after the donor told them the money could not be used to the benefit of any transgender participants in the scouts program. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it received the donation, amounting to nearly a third of its 2015 financial-assistance fund, on March 30. But as news reached the donor that the Girl Scouts welcome all girls, including transgender girls, the donor asked that the donation be returned unless the organization could guarantee the money would not help transgender girls, the group said. It did not identify the donor. “Making the world a better place has been Girl Scouts’ goal since its founding in 1912, and diversity and inclusion are inherent parts of what our organization is all about,” the Girl Scouts of Western Washington said in a statement. Gender identity has been a topic of national …

    July 1, 2015 1:46 pm
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Politics

  • Retired Army Colonel to Challenge Stefanik


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 1:21 p.m. today 0 Tweet Stefanik leaves the Capitol Hill Club with aide Anthony Pileggi on June 24. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Democrat Mike Derrick, a retired Army colonel, said Wednesday he will run for Congress in New York’s 21st District, challenging freshman Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik in a district President Barack Obama won twice. In a statement from his hometown of Peru, New York, Derrick touted his 30 years in the military — which took him from the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, to the German border and to domestic posts — but said his campaign would focus on issues such as education, agriculture and income inequality. “I’m running for Congress to make sure that my hometown of Peru and all of the communities in New York’s 21st District have the opportunity to thrive and grow,” Derrick said in his statement. “Unfortunately, with the paralysis and stagnation in Congress right now, …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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Stocks

  • Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case


    The gun-shaped case is available at several online stores. Police are up in arms over an iPhone case that’s shaped like a gun. “Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if someone reaches for it, in my mind they’re reaching for a gun,” said Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey state trooper and firearms instructor. Dellla Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, shared a Facebook (FB, Tech30) photo of the iPhone case that he found on a closed social media site for cops. A model poses with her phone tucked into her back pocket, and the protruding case looks like the handle of a semiautomatic compact pistol. Della Fave said that if a teenager draws the phone in the presence of a cop “the first thing they’re going to see as it’s coming up is the trigger guard and the butt of the gun. …

    July 1, 2015 1:46 pm
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Sports

  • Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows


    Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was exhausted following his playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, while Woods tried to remain upbeat after a U.S. Open appearance that included another round of 80 for the 14-times major winner. “I’m tired. I’m spent,” Watson told reporters on the eve of the tournament in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. “That much pressure, that much energy spent trying to get into the playoff, trying to stay in the playoff and then trying to produce in the playoff. I’m tired and worn out.” Masters winner Watson said he quit practice on Tuesday after just three holes. “My wife gave me some rest, my in-laws took the kids to the pool,” he said. “I’ll keep resting, drinking fluids and hopefully …

    July 1, 2015 1:46 pm
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World News

  • Greek PM defiant amid cash squeeze


    Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made a defiant speech as cash withdrawal limits begin to bite for Greek bank customers. Mr Tsipras promised Greeks their pensions and wages would be safe. Earlier he put new proposals in a letter to eurozone partners, accepting most of what was on the table before talks collapsed, but with conditions. Germany says talks with Greece will not be possible until after a referendum called by Mr Tsipras for Sunday. Eurozone finance ministers held a conference call on Wednesday and also decided to postpone any further talks with Greece until after Sunday’s referendum, according to Slovakia’s Finance Minster Peter Kazimir. In the poll Greeks will be asked to accept or reject proposals made by creditors last week. Mr Tsipras’s latest offer to creditors is tied explicitly to agreement on a request for a third bailout from the eurozone’s bailout fund lasting two years and amounting to €29.1bn. In his …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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Technology

  • Star Wars Battlefront features the ‘absolute core’ of film series


    The Star Wars universe is massive, replete with all manner of intriguing locations, characters, and storylines that fans adore passionately. So, if you’re DICE and you’re designing the new Star Wars Battlefront, how do you decide what makes it into a single, standalone game? We recently got the chance to speak with Battlefront senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir about that very subject. She explained that what you’ll see in Battlefront represents the “absolute core” of the overall Star Wars universe. Electronic Arts “I wouldn’t say that we’ve designed it by committee. We have a very strong, very competent design lead. But, basically, what we’ve taken is what to us is the core of Star Wars,” she said. “Star Wars is so vast, there’s so many things in Star Wars that are beloved by so many. And so they are hard choices. “We selected what we felt was the absolute core of Star Wars. And people can …

    July 1, 2015 12:44 pm
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Science

  • Study finds males may contribute to offspring’s mental development before pregnancy


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy. The research, reported June 30 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, found that female mice exposed to male pheromones gave birth to infants with greater mental ability. “This is the first study to show that pheromone exposure exerts an influence across generations in mammals,” said Sachiko Koyama, an associate research scientist at the IU Bloomington Medical Sciences Program and visiting scientist at the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, who led the study. “We found that male pheromones seem to influence the nutritional environment following birth, resulting in changes to the brain that could extend to future generations,” she added. Pheromones are chemical signals used to communicate between organisms of the same species. …

    July 1, 2015 12:45 pm
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Health

  • Overuse of nursing home antibiotics may put all residents at risk


    (Reuters Health) – Some nursing home facilities prescribe antibiotics more often than others, which is tied to increased health risks, even for residents who don’t receive the medications, according to a new study. About two-thirds of nursing home residents receive antibiotic treatment of some kind each year. Prescribing the drugs inappropriately increases the risk of medication reactions, allergies, diarrhea and infections by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the authors write in JAMA Internal Medicine. “Wherever antibiotic prescriptions have been systematically audited, be it in acute care hospitals, long term care settings or in community clinics, there has been a consistent finding that one-third to one-half of antibiotic treatments are unnecessary or inappropriate,” said lead author Dr. Nick Daneman of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto. “Appropriate antibiotic prescribing may be a particular challenge in the nursing home, though, because histories are difficult to obtain from patients with cognitive impairment, elderly patients often have infection …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Donald Trump Sues Univision For $500 Million After Network Drops Miss USA Pageant


    Donald Trump chatted with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor last night and revealed that he’s suing Univision for $500 million after the network dropped the broadcast of the Miss USA pageant. Trump said: “The papers were just filed, so that will be interesting. I have a signed contract for five years on the pageants. They have no right to terminate. They didn’t even send me a letter, they terminated with a PR statement. They called me, also — one of the top people at Univision, so apologetic — ‘Donald, we shouldn’t be doing this, I know that. We’ll pay you whatever money you need or whatever money you want.’” Univision released their own statement on the matter and said, “We just reviewed Mr. Trump’s complaint for the first time, and it is both factually false and legally ridiculous. We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against …

    July 1, 2015 12:24 pm
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Editorial

  • Another day, another Clinton black eye


    Another day, another Clinton black eye — or two. Both continue the plotlines that threaten Hillary’s Oval Office dreams. First comes more evidence of the family’s sheer greed. The Washington Post reports that the University of Missouri at Kansas City wanted Hillary to speak at the opening of its women’s hall of fame last year, but backed off when she demanded $275,000. So the school, acting like a sucker waiting to be plucked, settled for Chelsea Clinton, who spent a half-hour on site for $65,000. At more than $2,000 a minute, what a bargain. The second poisonous story adds to Hillary’s reputation for dishonesty. It blows up her claim that she never encouraged slimy pal Sid Blumenthal to write intelligence-based emails about Libya when she was secretary of state. The stories add to the inescapable conclusion that she’s a greedy liar. The truth emerged when some­ ­emails Blumenthal turned over to Congress were not included …

    July 1, 2015 1:05 pm
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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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