• Israel accused of Gaza ‘war crimes’

    Israel accused of Gaza ‘war crimes’

    Rafah was the scene of heavy fighting during the war in 2014 Amnesty International says there is “strong evidence” Israel committed war crimes in Gaza following the capture of a soldier by Hamas in last...
  • Gun-free zones are killing us

    Hours before the latest shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana, President Obama lamented what he regards as his greatest failure as president – his inability to pass gun control measures. In an interview with...
  • Terrorists win segregation appeal

    Terrorists win segregation appeal

    Kamel Bourgass (L) and Tanvir Hussain (R) Two convicted terrorists who claimed their prison segregation was unlawful have won their challenge at the UK’s highest court. Kamel Bourgass and Tanvir Hussain were separated from other...
  • US fugitive caught after film role

    US fugitive caught after film role

    Stange was reportedly arrested when he left the set to buy cigarettes A bank robber wanted for violating his probation has been apprehended by US police after starring in a low-budget horror film using his...

Headline News

  • Attorney for Islamic State sympathizer says suspect may be troubled but he’s not a terrorist


    In this photo taken on Monday, July 27, 2015, federal agents and Key West Police gather in a restaurant parking lot in Key West, Fla. A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil was charged Tuesday with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach. (Rob O’Neal/The Key West Citizen via AP) MIAMI OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press) MIAMI –  The attorney for a man arrested by the FBI on charges of plotting as an Islamic State sympathizer to detonate a nail-filled bomb on a Florida beach says he’s no extremist. A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. He faces a maximum punishment of life in prison if convicted. Suarez’s temporary attorney, Richard Della Fera, said in an email after Suarez made his first …

    July 29, 2015 6:01 am
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Politics

  • Congress moves to three-month highway extension; trade bank stays idled


    WASHINGTON In a rapidly shifting battle, Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday prepared to pass a three-month highway funding extension while leaving the idled Export-Import Bank’s fate hanging at least into September. With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects. Failure by Congress to act by Friday would lead to a cutoff of federal transport funds, disrupting projects nationwide. The lifeline until Oct. 29 is expected to pass the House on Wednesday followed by quick action in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, vowed on Tuesday to also pass a highway trust fund extension with three years of funding in the hope the House would follow suit in coming months. Late on Monday, the Senate demonstrated strong support for renewing the Ex-Im Bank, whose …

    July 29, 2015 3:41 am
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Stocks

  • Twitter’s Jack Dorsey: We know we must be easier to use


    Twitter’s main problem has been, in a nutshell: People who know how to use it, love it. Everyone else kind of scratches their heads. Jack Dorsey, the company’s co-founder and interim CEO, acknowledged this sentiment on Tuesday and promised he would try to get Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) to do better. During an earnings call with investors, Dorsey said Twitter’s recently launched features had little impact on getting new users to join and stay active. “This is unacceptable and we’re not happy about it,” he said. To turn Twitter around, Dorsey said the company needs to do three things: have more “disciplined execution,” simplify the service so people can learn how to use it faster, and market the platform better so people understand why it’s important to use Twitter. “‘Why Twitter’ must be articulated clearly,” Dorsey said. “What should you expect from Twitter? To be as easy as looking out your window to see what’s happening. …

    July 29, 2015 4:42 am
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Sports

  • William Perry auctioning off his size 25 Super Bowl XX ring


    LOUISIANA, NO – JANUARY 26: William Perry #72 celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during Superbowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome January 26, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bears won the Super Bowl 46-10. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Perry As William “The Refrigerator” Perry’s life has fallen on hard times in recent years, his Super Bowl ring has gone along for the bumpy ride. And once again, it appears the record-setting piece of jewelry can be had for the right price. The site Live Auctioneers is listing the ring as part of the annual National Sports Collectors Convention, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., just outside Chicago. Perry rocketed to fame as a rookie in 1985 as the larger-than-life, fun-loving defensive tackle who terrorized offenses as part of the “Monsters of the …

    July 29, 2015 6:22 am
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World News

  • Israel accused of Gaza ‘war crimes’


    Rafah was the scene of heavy fighting during the war in 2014 Amnesty International says there is “strong evidence” Israel committed war crimes in Gaza following the capture of a soldier by Hamas in last year’s war. Its report says at least 135 civilians were killed in a bombardment of Rafah after Lt Hadar Goldin was seized on 1 August. He was later declared dead. Amnesty said Israel employed a “‘gloves-off’ policy with devastating consequences for civilians”. Israel dismissed the report as “fundamentally flawed” and one-sided. The conflict lasted for 50 days between July and August, and ended in a truce. On the Palestinian side, 2,251 people, 1,462 of them civilians, were killed, the UN says. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with six civilians. Israel says it launched the offensive on Gaza to put an end to rocket fire and remove the threat of attacks by militants tunnelling under the border. …

    July 29, 2015 6:22 am
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Technology

  • ‘Happy Birthday!’ is dead, and it’s all Facebook’s fault


    Good news! Birthday wishes are finally meaningless. All the birthday cards you’ve ever posted, all the tender heartfelt messages sent to loved ones, all the dates seared into your memory through years of joy, are now utterly invalidated, so we should all stop bothering and move on with our lives. If you’re wondering who to thank from freeing us of the burden of caring about arbitrary dates, it’s Facebook. Thanks to them, the phrase “Happy Birthday!” is now a hollow shell. Why? This: — Peter Knox (@peterknox) July 28, 2015 Friend shared a text from @Facebook where to say “Happy Birthday!” You just reply “1” – which is nuts. pic.twitter.com/8FrIBufsrY — Peter Knox (@peterknox) July 28, 2015 It gets worse: FB texts him with EVERY birthday, every day with this message… The feature is part of Facebook’s SMS notification functionality, which lets users interact with the site through text messages. By default, Facebook will text …

    July 29, 2015 4:01 am
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Science

  • Electron spins cross over in femtoseconds


    Ultrafast and ultraviolet: at the Laboratory of Ultrafast Spectroscopy Electrons in an iron-based molecule have been spotted crossing between four different spin states in less than 50 fs (5 × 10–14 s), which is the fastest ever observation of such a transition. The measurements were made by researchers in Switzerland, who say that the speed of the transition means that the electrons jump directly from the initial low-spin state to the final high-spin state without going through any intermediate states. A new theoretical model is now needed to describe such rapid transitions, and their discovery has implications for future devices based on the spin of the electron. Electrons in atoms, molecules and solids exist in different spin states, and electrons can make transitions between these states. Spintronics makes use of such states to process and store information, and has the potential to deliver devices that are smaller and more energy efficient than conventional electronics. These states are quantum-mechanical in …

    July 29, 2015 3:01 am
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Health

  • Sanofi’s combination diabetes drug hits goal in late-stage trial


    PARIS Sanofi said on Wednesday a first late-stage Phase III study of its LixiLan diabetes drug had met its main target, while another would be completed at the end of the third quarter. LixiLan consists of a single-injection combination of Lyxumia, a drug developed with Danish drugmaker Zealand Pharma, and Sanofi’s Lantus. It targets patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. The first study tested the efficacy and safety of LixiLan versus treatment with either Lantus or Lyxumia alone. The new drug proved better at reducing average blood glucose levels than either Lantus or Lyxumia. A second study is investigating LixiLan patients whose type 2 diabetes is not adequately controlled on Lantus alone. “Full results will be communicated in an appropriate scientific forum,” the French drugmaker said in a statement. “Following an analysis of results from both Phase III studies … Sanofi will determine the next steps in the regulatory process,” Sanofi said. “Currently, regulatory submissions …

    July 29, 2015 3:21 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Squeezes Her Baby Bump Into A Skintight Dress For A Day At The Studio


    Posted on Tue Jul 28th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff If there was a most improved award for maternity fashion, the prize would definitely go to Kim Kardashian! While she had quite a few misses with her wardrobe when she was preggers with Nori, this time around she’s totally killing it! On Monday afternoon, Kim, who was outfitted in a tan trench and white bodycon dress, went to the studio with little sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner. While she could be dishing on her pregnancy in this week’s round of confessionals, we think it’s more likely that she’s talking about Kourtney Kardashian’s split from Scott Disick — OR the latest drama with stepdad Caitlyn Jenner! Last night, Kimbo posted a snap blowing a kiss to her baby son along with the caption, “Good night baby,” So sweet! Meanwhile not everything is so sweet in the Kardashian’s life. In a teaser for the next episode of …

    July 29, 2015 12:41 am
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Editorial

  • Gun-free zones are killing us


    Hours before the latest shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana, President Obama lamented what he regards as his greatest failure as president – his inability to pass gun control measures. In an interview with the BBC, he complained that we are “the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws.” For a president who is moving to take away guns from millions of veterans and the elderlysimply because they rely on others to handle their finances, some say Obama has already gone too far.  Obama offers no explanation for why the worst mass shooting during his presidency occurred in Europe, not in the US. Nor did he explain why many European countries have ahigher frequency of attacks and a higher death rate from mass public shootings. Not once during his interview with the BBC does he explain how his gun control proposals would have stopped any of the attacks …

    July 29, 2015 6:21 am
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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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