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  • Arizona inmate uses basketball hoop to leap to freedom


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A physically fit felon escaped from a detention facility in Arizona by scaling a basketball hoop in the yard and then jumping from it onto a fence, authorities said on Monday. Wade Cole Dickinson, 28, remains at large more than two weeks after fleeing from the Yavapai County Detention Facility, a report by the local sheriff’s office said. Investigators say he climbed the 10-foot-tall hoop and used it as platform to leap to the fence. From there he pulled apart a seam in the fencing, it said, reached the center’s roof and then scaled another fence separating him from freedom. Dickinson, who listed his occupation as a personal trainer, was awaiting transfer to prison after being sentenced to 24 years on charges including fraud, trafficking in stolen property, drug possession and illegal possession of a firearm. The report by the sheriff’s office found that officials at the detention center knew he was …

    July 28, 2014 6:38 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

  • Grieving parents hit with $200,000 in student loans


    Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle not only took in their daughter’s three children when she passed away, they also inherited her $100,000 student loan bill. When his 27-year old daughter Lisa died suddenly of liver failure five years ago, Steve Mason was as devastated as any father would be. He and his wife Darnelle immediately took in Lisa’s three children — ages 4, 7 and 9 at the time — even though they knew it would be a huge struggle to support them. Steve earns less than $75,000 per year as a pastor, while Darnelle earns even less as a director at the same church. Then the student loan bills started coming. Mason had co-signed on the $100,000 in private student loans that his daughter took out for nursing school, and now the lenders wanted their money. Unable to keep up with the monthly payments on top of all of the other mounting expenses, …

    July 28, 2014 5:38 pm
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Sports

  • Fans quickly claim all tickets for NBA superstar LeBron James’ free homecoming show in Ohio


    AKRON, Ohio –  LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won’t divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available. York says the event is more of a show than a party or rally. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people, but it’s unclear how much space will be used for the event. James has created big buzz by returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

    July 28, 2014 7:20 pm
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World News

  • France offers Iraq Christians asylum


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 15:59 Aid is distributed to Iraqi Christians who fled to Hamdaniya, east of Mosul The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities. Two top ministers said, “We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.” It was a joint message from Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve, respectively foreign minister and interior minister in the Socialist government. A senior Christian cleric in Iraq, Patriarch Louis Sako, estimated that before the advance of IS, Mosul had a Christian community of 35,000 – compared with 60,000 prior to 2003. According …

    July 28, 2014 7:20 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops


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    July 28, 2014 7:19 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

  • - Kim Kardashian Busted By Police For Tinted Windows


    Posted on Mon Jul 28th, 2014 3:00pm PDT On Monday morning Kim Kardashian was pulled over at the corner of Valley Circle and Burbank Blvd in Calabasas, and police gave the reality starlet a warning for the overly-tinted windows on her black Mercedes SUV. Hey, at least she didn’t get a citation! But maybe she should have? After all, this is the second time in the last 18 months that she’s been stopped for her excessively dark windows! Back in March of 2013 she was giving a warning on the same vehicle, so we’re wondering how she was able to pull this off! Our photographers on the scene tell X17online exclusively, “Kim handled the incident like a pro, and she totally used her star power and flirty personality to weasel her way out of a ticket.” Not at all surprising…   SEE THE GALLERY Kim Kardashian Gets Pulled Over By Police Stories from around the …

    July 28, 2014 5:38 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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