• CAR factions announce ceasefire

    CAR factions announce ceasefire

    24 July 2014 Last updated at 02:28 Representatives from the Seleka (l) and the anti-Balaka signed the agreement Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over...
  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    WASHINGTON –  The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified...
  • US ‘around the world’ flier crashes

    US ‘around the world’ flier crashes

    23 July 2014 Last updated at 23:55 Haris was killed but his sister said she hoped her father Babar would be found alive A US teenager and his father who crashed during an attempt to...
  • Pop star Ariana Grande’s grandfather has died

    Grande took to Twitter to share her sad news with fans, informing them that her beloved grandpa has died following an ongoing battle with his health. Rixton’s cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem” is infinitely better...
  • Macan – Porsche’s physics

    Macan – Porsche’s physics

      Porsche already made my favorite SUV to drive, the Cayenne. Now there’s something even better, the new Porsche Macan, a smaller SUV that’s lighter, quicker and even more fun. While the larger Cayenne feels...

Headline News

  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations


    WASHINGTON –  The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified glitches in the department’s Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in “significant performance issues, including outages” in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. She said the problem is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We apologize to applicants and recognize this may cause hardship to applicants waiting on visas and passports. We are working to correct the issue as quickly as possible,” she said. Harf said the problems with the database have resulted in an “extensive backlog” of applications, which has, in turn, hampered efforts to get the system fully back on line. It was not immediately clear how …

    July 23, 2014 8:17 pm
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Politics

  • Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday. The first-term Republican governor received 46 percent support, while his likely Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, got 45 percent support, the Marquette Law School Poll taken from July 17 to 20 showed. The results of the poll of 804 registered voters mirrored a poll taken by the same group in May, when both candidates received 46 percent support. Both polls had a 3.5 percentage- point margin of error. In June, a U.S. appeals court unsealed hundreds of documents that showed state prosecutors accusing Walker and others of participating in a broad plan to circumvent the state’s campaign finance laws during recall elections in 2011 and 2012. [ID:nL2N0P01LD] Neither Walker, a potential Republican White House hopeful in …

    July 23, 2014 5:35 pm
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Stocks

  • Macan – Porsche’s physics


      Porsche already made my favorite SUV to drive, the Cayenne. Now there’s something even better, the new Porsche Macan, a smaller SUV that’s lighter, quicker and even more fun. While the larger Cayenne feels very similar to a sports sedan from behind the wheel, the Macan comes amazingly close to a sports car. I drove one through canyon roads from the Los Angeles area out to Willow Springs race track. On these tightly twisting, rising, falling two-lane roads the Macan was not just capable but genuinely silly fun. The Macan, for now, comes in two basic flavors. The Macan S has a 340 horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and a starting price around $51,000. The Macan Turbo (Yes, they both have turbos but only one gets to be called the “Turbo.”) starts at about $73,000, a price that gets you a 400 horsepower turbocharged V6. Neither one is cheap, especially for an SUV that’s, frankly, …

    July 23, 2014 8:16 pm
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Sports

  • LA Clippers player asks followers for help in finding aunt’s killer


    (Reuters) – A player for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers has taken to social media to ask for help in finding a man wanted for stabbing his aunt to death, generating new tips in the case, his family said on Wednesday. Clippers forward Matt Barnes posted pictures of Michael Williams, 51, to his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Tuesday, saying the man was wanted by police in the California capital in connection with the fatal stabbing of his aunt, Tanganyika Williams, 48. Barnes pleaded for anyone who had seen the man, identified by the slain woman’s son as her estranged husband, to call his family or the police with details. “This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance,” he wrote in the post. A Sacramento Police spokesman confirmed Williams was wanted for homicide …

    July 23, 2014 8:17 pm
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World News

  • CAR factions announce ceasefire


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 02:28 Representatives from the Seleka (l) and the anti-Balaka signed the agreement Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over a year of religious conflict. The agreement was signed in Congo between Muslim Seleka rebels and the Christian anti-Balaka militia. As part of the deal, the Seleka dropped their demand for CAR’s partition. Thousands of people have been killed and almost a quarter of the country’s 4.6 million inhabitants have been forced from their homes. Muslims have been forced to flee the capital city and most of the west of the country, in what rights groups described as ethnic cleansing. Both sides have been accused of war crimes such as torture and unlawful killing. The negotiations began in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville on Monday. Seleka fighters withdrew from Bangui towards the north-east in January “We have signed this ceasefire …

    July 23, 2014 9:17 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook reports surge in profits


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 23:21 Facebook has announced a 138% rise in net income for the second quarter to $791m (£464m). Revenue from advertising, which makes up most of Facebook’s income, was $2.68bn, up 67% compared with the second quarter of 2013. Adverts on mobile devices now account for 62% of advertising revenue, which is a spectacular rise as mobile ads accounted for almost nothing in 2012. But Facebook’s rapid expansion has resulted in a sharp rise in costs. Expenses were $1.52bn in the second quarter up 22% from 2013. “We had a good second quarter,” said Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in a statement accompanying the results. “Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world,” he said. The company now has 1.32 billion active users every month, up 14% on last year. Of those users more …

    July 23, 2014 5:36 pm
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Science

  • NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites


    [image-36] NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. “We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.  “Depending on the outcome, the new model could be a vital component in future science missions and the path for humans to Mars.” The RFI details possible new business models that would involve NASA contracting to purchase services from a commercial service provider, which would own and operate one or more communication relay orbiters. The solicitation is open to all types of organizations including U.S. industry, universities, nonprofits, NASA centers, and federally funded research and development centers, in addition to U.S. government and international organizations. NASA is interested in …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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Health

  • Abuse of U.S. generic-drug rules costs billions -report


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. rules that ensure prescription medicines are not misused have been manipulated by brand-name drug companies to fight off generic competitors, costing consumers billions of dollars, according to a report released on Wednesday. Called “risk evaluation and mitigation strategies” (REMS), these U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules are meant to secure the safe distribution of dangerous medicines. However, the report from the Generic Pharmaceutical Association said REMS have been used to prevent generic drugmakers from getting branded medicine to test their own versions, which is required to win FDA approval. This has delayed the arrival of 40 potential generic drugs, costing consumers some $5.4 billion a year, according to the report by Matrix Global Advisors and released by the generic drug trade group. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said the issue was worrisome. “This study raises serious concerns about whether safety protocols are being inappropriately used to inhibit access to …

    July 23, 2014 5:36 pm
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Entertainment

  • Pop star Ariana Grande’s grandfather has died


    Grande took to Twitter to share her sad news with fans, informing them that her beloved grandpa has died following an ongoing battle with his health. Rixton’s cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem” is infinitely better “thank you for your continuous love light over the past few weeks… we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa,” the singer wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. thank you for your continuous love light over the past few weeks… we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa :’( — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 23, 2014 “if only y’all knew how amazing he was.. my heart hurts so much. It’s beyond broken but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace.” if only y’all knew how amazing he was.. my hurts so much. It’s beyond broken :’( but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his …

    July 23, 2014 8:16 pm
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Editorial

  • To solve border crisis reduce foreign aid


      Over the past few months we have witnessed an explosion of unaccompanied alien children crossing our Southern border. These children are arriving primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The President has proposed a 3.7 billion dollar emergency authorization by Congress to address the border crisis. However, we can humanely repatriate these children home by reducing foreign aid we provide to the countries they are arriving from. According to www.foreignassistance.gov, we provided the following amounts of foreign aid to the aforementioned countries in FY2013: 1) El Salvador – $27,438,00; 2) Guatemala – $83,898,00; 3) Honduras – $51,971,000. That is a total of $163,307,000. Senators Tom Coburn and Ron Johnson have both publicly stated that we can repatriate these children to their home countries on flights for approximately $20 million or less. Therefore, this is a solution that makes sense for several reasons. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The United States is not a country of infinite resources. …

    July 23, 2014 5:36 pm
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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