• Lakers sign Wesley Johnson

    Los Angeles, CA –  Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Wesley Johnson on Monday. General manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement. Terms of the agreement were not released, although multiple...
  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ Gaza war

    Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ Gaza war

    29 July 2014 Last updated at 02:29 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Ian Pannell: “Children in Gaza have paid heavily” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a...
  • Round-up of wild horses gets under way in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Federal land managers began rounding up wild horses on public land in central Utah on Monday as part of efforts to cut herd numbers and placate ranchers who say the...
  • China regulators in Microsoft visit

    China regulators in Microsoft visit

    29 July 2014 Last updated at 01:58 Earlier this year China banned government purchases of Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft has confirmed that officials from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce – the body responsible...
  • Herbalife stock tumbles on earnings miss

    Herbalife stock tumbles on earnings miss

      Herbalife stock tumbled Monday after the company’s earnings fell short of expectations and its outlook disappointed investors. The controversial maker of diet shakes and supplements said it earned $1.55 per share in the second...

Headline News

  • Round-up of wild horses gets under way in Utah


    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Federal land managers began rounding up wild horses on public land in central Utah on Monday as part of efforts to cut herd numbers and placate ranchers who say the animals destroy range land vital for cattle grazing. Working with a pair of helicopters, a crew of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and contractors captured 45 horses in the Blawn Wash area near Minersville, about 220 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, agency spokeswoman Lisa Reid said.  Over the next eight days they hope to gather a total of 140 Mustangs in Blawn Wash, one of four designated management areas in the region. Under the BLM’s own rules, no horses should be in Blawn Wash and the region as a whole is capped at 170 horses. Last week, however, agency staff counted 775 horses during a flyover, Reid said. “They are really overpopulated, so taking 140 off of …

    July 28, 2014 8:41 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. senator to propose strong curbs on NSA phone data collection


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new Senate proposal to curb the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and increase transparency about the program has White House backing and may get more traction with critics who have dismissed other bills as too weak. Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will introduce the legislation on Tuesday. Because it does more to clamp down on the data collection exposed last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Leahy’s bill was expected to be more attractive to privacy advocates than a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May. Many American technology companies have also been clamoring for changes after seeing their international business suffer as foreign governments worry they might collect data and hand it over to U.S. spy agencies. The White House has been working closely with lawmakers, privacy experts and technology companies to secure Senate passage of …

    July 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Herbalife stock tumbles on earnings miss


      Herbalife stock tumbled Monday after the company’s earnings fell short of expectations and its outlook disappointed investors. The controversial maker of diet shakes and supplements said it earned $1.55 per share in the second quarter, short of analysts’ expectations of $1.57 per share. Herbalife also lowered its earnings targets for the rest of the year. Herbalife (HLF) shares fell more than 5% in after-hours trading. The results come less than a week after activist investor Bill Ackman launched another assault on Herbalife, renewing his argument that the company is a pyramid scheme. Ackman’s Pershing Square hedge fund stands to gain at least $1 billion if Herbalife’s stock price collapsed.   Herbalife sells diet shakes and other supplements worldwide through a vast network of independent distributors. Last week, Ackman gave a three-hour presentation accusing the company of exploiting the poor and immigrants. He argues that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme because it makes more money …

    July 28, 2014 7:39 pm
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Sports

  • Lakers sign Wesley Johnson


    Los Angeles, CA –  Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Wesley Johnson on Monday. General manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement. Terms of the agreement were not released, although multiple reports have it at just under $1 million for one year. “I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season,” Kupchak said. Johnson, like many other young Lakers last season, had a breakout year playing under former head coach Mike D’Antoni. Johnson averaged career highs with 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while appearing in a team-high 79 contests. A four-year vet out of Syracuse, Johnson spent his first two seasons with the Timberwolves after they made him the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and a year with the Suns before signing with Los Angeles last offseason. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    July 28, 2014 9:22 pm
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World News

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ Gaza war


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 02:29 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Ian Pannell: “Children in Gaza have paid heavily” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a “prolonged” military campaign in Gaza. Mr Netanyahu said Israel would continue to act until it had achieved its aim of destroying militant group Hamas’ network of underground tunnels. It comes amid an upsurge of violence in Gaza and southern Israel, despite a UN plea for a cessation of hostilities. Fighting continued in the early hours of Tuesday, with attacks reported from both sides. Officials say over 1,070 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting since 8 July. Israel says 48 of its soldiers and three civilians – two Israelis and a Thai worker, have been killed. ‘Painful day’ Early on Tuesday, Israeli aircraft fired at the house of the former Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, his …

    July 28, 2014 9:22 pm
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Technology

  • Are Uber’s passenger ratings big data for good or discrimination 2.0?


    For a short period on Monday morning, users of taxi firm 2.0 Uber were able to see their passenger rating, the company’s internal ranking of how good a customer you are. The coder Aaron Landy discovered that by pasting a short chunk of code into their browser, any Uber customer could find out the rating they had been assigned. Landy himself scored 4.6 out of 5. Uber rapidly fixed the hole, but not before the ability to check passenger ratings had gone viral on social media. For some, that meant sharing their their passenger ratings, commiserating over low scores and congratulating each other on high ones. For others, it was the first introduction to the fact that their drivers were reviewing them. The concept seems at first like a novelty, an shining example of our data-driven times. The same arguments that Uber makes for letting passengers rate drivers apply in reverse, after all: more information …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record


    [image-36] NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world,” said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance. But what is really important is not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance.” A drive of 157 feet (48 meters) on July 27 put Opportunity’s total odometry at 25.01 miles (40.25 kilometers).This month’s driving brought the rover southward along the western rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover had driven more than 20 miles …

    July 28, 2014 3:15 pm
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Health

  • Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak


    LAGOS (Reuters) – The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa’s most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20. He was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people. He died on Friday. “The private hospital was demobilized (evacuated) and the primary source of infection eliminated. The decontamination process in all the affected areas has commenced,” Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference. He said the hospital would be closed for a week and the staff would be closely monitored. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first …

    July 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • Rob Kardashain’s issues leave mom Kris in tears


    Kardashian has opted to keep a low profile and stay out of the public eye to deal with his various problems and he has resurfaced recently — for the first time in a long time — in Malibu, California, on Sunday, July 27, while he enjoyed time at the family’s beach house, Us Weekly reports. Rob Kardashian reportedly has serious drug problem There as been much speculation as to what Rob is going through, with reports saying it’s his weight gain that has made him depressed and others assuming he has a drug problem. However, one thing is certain: There are mixed feelings when it comes to his family and their support for him. Older sister Kim K previously revealed on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she was taking a tough love approach when it came to her brother. “We’ve all been here to offer him help and he won’t take it, so …

    July 28, 2014 7:39 pm
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Editorial

  • Hamas must be defeated the old-fashioned way, beginning with a demand for unconditional surrender


    July 22, 2014: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Tel Aviv, Israel.AP On Monday morning, the Jerusalem Post published the results of a poll on Israel’s next steps. About 10 percent of the public said that enough was enough and it was time for a cease-fire. Another 3 percent weren’t sure. But 86.5% of Jewish Israelis said that they want to keep fighting. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Nobody asked me, but I’m with the majority. Twice before, in 2008 and 2012, Israel attempted to end Hamas infiltration and rocket fire with limited military actions. Both of those efforts ended in a cease-fire accompanied by Israeli government threats to Hamas of the “don’t make me come back here again” variety. When Hamas opened fire three weeks ago, many Israelis hoped that this time would be different. Instead, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his cabinet adopted a limited …

    July 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Odd News

  • U.S. social media asks: Who is that woman in black?


    (Reuters) – A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek. She has been dubbed the “Woman in Black,” by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. “If you meet this woman, please, offer her a drink, a meal, whatever it may be you feel she needs. Be hospitable. Be kind,” said a post on the Facebook page, which has 19,000 followers. Several television stations have covered the “Woman in Black” when she has passed through, reporting that some believe the woman, who rarely speaks, is …

    July 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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