Headline News

  • Boehner: Obama executive steps further president’s ‘lawlessness’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that any unilateral steps by President Barack Obama to address a surge of illegal immigrants would make matters worse and add to a “legacy of lawlessness.” “No more unilateral action by the president,” Boehner said at a news conference. “If the president takes these actions, he’ll be sealing the deal on his legacy of lawlessness,” he said. “He’ll be violating the solemn oath he made to the American people on the day of his inauguration.” Boehner said the House planned to vote Wednesday on legislation that would initiate a lawsuit against Obama for overstepping the bounds of his authority with unilateral actions. Faced with an adversarial Congress, Obama has taken a series of unilateral actions to further his agenda. This has infuriated Republicans, who say Obama is exceeding the limits of his office. Boehner said Obama’s actions were “sacrificing the integrity of our …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Politics

  • House, Senate poised to pass rival border security bills


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress on Thursday is set to debate “emergency” border security legislation that lawmakers acknowledge will not be enacted but will enable them to campaign for re-election by arguing they worked to address a humanitarian crisis. Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally. With Congress on the verge of beginning its five-week summer recess, the votes in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-held Senate on Thursday will mark a holding pattern. When lawmakers return in September, they will be focused on legislation to keep the government running in the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. It is unclear whether the thorny immigration funding problem will nose its way into efforts to pass the budget bill and avoid a repeat of the …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Stocks

  • FCC calls Verizon plan to throttle connections ‘disturbing’


    FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s got some harsh words for Verizon. Verizon’s biggest users may soon find that their data plans aren’t so “unlimited” after all. And federal regulators aren’t happy about it. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler sent a letter to Verizon (VZ, Tech30) questioning its plan announced last week to slow down 4G connection speeds for certain customers with unlimited data plans. The news was first reported by Mashable, which posted a copy of the letter online. Wheeler didn’t mince words in his criticism of the wireless giant, saying he was “deeply troubled” by the initiative. Verizon no longer offers unlimited data plans to new customers. But subscribers who signed up for unlimited plans before Verizon ditched them in 2012 can keep those plans — provided they pay full price when they get a new phone. The company said last week that it would occasionally slow the connection speeds of those customers during …

    July 31, 2014 10:50 am
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Sports

  • Colts lost another starter, Donald Thomas needs season-ending surgery on quad


    ANDERSON, Ind. –  Colts left guard Donald Thomas will require season-ending surgery to repair his injured right quad. Coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday an MRI confirmed the diagnosis. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Thomas also missed most of last season with a torn right quad in Week 2. The Colts also said he had offseason surgery to repair a torn biceps. Indy thought Thomas’ return would solidify an offensive line that couldn’t stay healthy in 2013, struggled to open running lanes and allowed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to be hit far too many times. Rookie Jack Mewhort, Indy’s second-round pick, and NFL veteran Lance Louis will now compete for the open job. Thomas, running back Vick Ballard and defensive lineman Fili Moala are all out for the season. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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World News

  • WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 17:39 The head of the World Health Organization and leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m (£59m; 75m euro) response plan. They will meet in Guinea on Friday to launch the initiative aimed at tackling a virus which has claimed 729 lives. Sierra Leone’s president has declared a public health emergency over the outbreak after 233 people died there. Ebola spreads through human contact with a sufferer’s bodily fluids. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure. Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected with patients having a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.

    July 31, 2014 11:50 am
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Technology

  • T-Mobile gets another bidder: France’s Illiad


    T-Mobile CEO John Legere. T-Mobile T-Mobile has a suitor, and it’s not Sprint. French telecommunications provider Iliad has made an offer for T-Mobile, according to The Wall Street Journal. The move follows reports that Sprint and its parent, Japanese carrier SoftBank, were in talks to buy the carrier. T-Mobile is a hot property thanks to its flamboyant Uncarrier campaign and the resulting turnaround in customer growth. The company posted second-quarter results earlier Thursday that included a new gain of 1.5 million customers and more than 900,000 branded postpaid subscribers. A second interested party may suggest a potential bidding war. T-Mobile shares rose 5 percent to $32.45 on the news, valuing its market capitalization at just over $26 billion. Iliad made an offer to T-Mobile’s board less than a week ago, according to the WSJ. WSJ reporter Ryan Knutson tweeted that the offer was $33 a share for a 56.6 percent stake in the company. It’s …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Science

  • NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before


    The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. [image-51] NASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover instruments Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. Managers made the selections out of 58 proposals received in January from researchers and engineers worldwide. Proposals received were twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past. This is an indicator of the extraordinary interest by the science community in the exploration of the Mars. The selected proposals have a total value of approximately $130 million for development of the instruments. The Mars 2020 mission will be based on the design of the highly successful Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, which landed almost two years ago, and currently is operating on Mars. The new rover will carry more sophisticated, upgraded hardware and new instruments to conduct geological assessments …

    July 31, 2014 12:32 pm
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Health

  • J&J Pulls Hysterectomy Tool Tied to Cancer Risk From Market


    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The largest maker of a surgical tool that has shown an increased risk of spreading undetected cancers in women has said it will withdraw its device from the market. In a letter that was to be sent to all of its customers Thursday, Johnson Johnson asked that its laparoscopic power morcellators be returned to the company, the Wall Street Journal reported. Sales of new morcellators had been suspended in April after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that doctors should not use the tool because of the potential risk of spreading cancer during minimally invasive surgeries to remove uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths on the uterus, or the uterus itself. The morcellator used a spinning power cutter to slice uterine tissue into smaller fragments. Those fragments were then removed through small incisions in the abdomen via a tube or laparoscope. Experts said the company’s decision sends a strong …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Entertainment

  • Alicia Keys Is Pregnant!


    Posted on Thu Jul 31st, 2014 7:57am PDT Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child together! On Thursday the 33-year-old singer posted this adorable photo on Instagram and wrote: “Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!” Swizz posted another photo from the same shoot and added, “Love is life life is love and we’re so excited for another GIFT from up above Happy Anniversary my Goddess 4 years of greatness cheers to 100 plus more inshallah.” The couple got married in 2010 and welcomed son Egypt in October of the same year. Beatz (nee Kasseem Dean) has three other children from previous relationships. Congrats!   Stories from around the Web

    July 31, 2014 10:50 am
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Editorial

  • The West’s retreat is fueling the aggressors


    People gather on July 2, 2014, at the scene of a car bomb explosion, at the central market, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the birthplace of terror group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola) It is the law of the market: When you withdraw from the playing field, your competitors will seize the opportunity to expand and fill the void. Sometimes withdrawal of a big player leads to temporary chaos, as competitors grapple for power. Eventually, a winner will emerge. These rules apply not only to business, but also in international relations, where there has been a surge in advances of violent government regimes and other internal players over the past couple of years. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Among traditional players, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, we have seen growing ambition to rebuild a lost empire by means of swallowing pieces of former Soviet nations, such as Ukraine, through armed paramilitaries, which pursue an aggressive campaign in the East of …

    July 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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Odd News

  • Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space. Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The pet services, such as one dubbed Earth Rise, start at $995 and include having the pet’s remains into flown into space on a commercial flight and returned to the owner. The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet’s remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon. Memorial service are available before blast off and families can witness most of the launches, depending on location, the company said. “Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been …

    July 31, 2014 12:32 pm
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