Headline News

  • Remote, rugged area strains California manhunt after kidnapping, killing, attack on deputies


    LOS ANGELES –  Searchers are dealing with difficult high-desert terrain — tough to scan and even tougher to traverse — in a manhunt following a series of crimes that includes a kidnapping, a killing, and the wounding of two sheriff’s deputies. Dozens of deputies and helicopters were combing the sparsely populated mining territory 30 miles east of Bakersfield on Tuesday in heat at times surpassing 100 degrees. Peaks in the area reach 7,000 feet, with the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert to the east and the San Joaquin Valley to the west. All three of the crimes were likely committed by one dangerous man on foot who has been breaking into unoccupied homes and taking firearms, Kern County sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Pruitt called the search “very challenging.” “It’s rugged terrain,” he said, “high desert, mountainous, a lot of the area is open, some of the area has shrubbery, bushes, tree lines, there …

    August 5, 2015 2:42 am
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Politics

  • FBI looking into security of Clinton private email account: Washington Post


    WASHINGTON The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing two government officials. The FBI last week also contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work emails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state, the Post said. Clinton’s use of her private email account linked to a server in her New York home for her work as America’s top diplomat came to light in March and drew fire from political opponents who accused the Democratic presidential candidate of sidestepping transparency and record-keeping laws. “The government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials. We are actively cooperating,” Kendall said in a statement. At least four emails from the account used by …

    August 5, 2015 12:21 am
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Stocks

  • Where cell phone service is the fastest — and slowest


    RootMetrics ranked the best and worst cities for wireless service among the country’s 125 most populated city areas. Location, location, location — It’s the No. 1 factor in getting the best real estate, and increasingly, Internet and wireless service too. Chances are, if you live in or around one of the major cities in the U.S., you have high expectations for good wireless service. After all, that’s what you’re paying for! But the differences from city to city can vary drastically. RootMetrics, an independent wireless research company, looked at the mobile network performance of the 125 most populated U.S. urban areas for the first half of the year, and ranked them based on several factors. Among them: how often you can get a signal (reliability); how quickly you can connect to the network and download and upload data; the frequency of dropped calls; and how quickly text messages are transmitted. Top 5 cities for overall …

    August 5, 2015 3:22 am
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Sports

  • Tennessee opens training camp facing higher expectations


    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee ended a string of four straight losing seasons last year and enters training camp trying to live up to expectations that it can compete for a Southeastern Conference East Division title. The Volunteers return the nucleus of a team that won four of its final five games and have one of the SEC’s top returning quarterbacks in Joshua Dobbs. SEC media have picked Tennessee to finish second in the East, behind only Georgia. Tennessee believes its opponents will notice the difference. ”We really have a target on our back now,” senior offensive tackle Kyler Kerbyson said Tuesday night after the Vols’ first training camp workout. ”We’re not seen as just the easy game on the schedule. Teams are going to give us their best, the best they have. Coach (Butch) Jones reminds us of that every day.” That represents a major step forward for a program that hasn’t won more than …

    August 5, 2015 3:02 am
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World News

  • China ‘cross row’ Christians held


    The Holy Love Christian Church had refused to remove the cross on their building Seven Christians have been detained, with some accused of embezzlement, after protesting the removal of their church cross, their lawyer said. Police detained Pastor Bao Guohua, his wife and five church staff in the eastern city of Jinhua, in Zhejiang province. Their lawyer Chen Jiangang told the BBC it was a smear campaign. Christians say the government has been ordering state-sanctioned churches to take down their crosses. Chinese state media on Wednesday said that Mr Bao and his wife, Xing Wenxiang, who are pastors at the Holy Love Christian Church, had embezzled hundreds of thousands of yuan in church funds and “conducted illegal business”. They are also accused of “deliberately hiding accounts, and on several occasions distorting the truth to incite social unrest among believers,” according to a widely-reproduced report by Zhejiang Daily newspaper. But the church’s lawyer Chen Jiangang told …

    August 5, 2015 2:42 am
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Technology

  • FBI examining the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email account – report


    The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, the Washington Post has reported, citing two government officials. Related: ‘So revealing and wacky': Hillary Clinton emails deride David Cameron The FBI also contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work emails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state, the Post said. Kendall said in a statement: “The government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials. We are actively cooperating.” Clinton’s use of her private email account linked to a server in her New York home for her work as America’s top diplomat came to light in March and drew fire from political opponents who accused the Democratic presidential candidate of sidestepping transparency and record-keeping laws. At least …

    August 5, 2015 12:41 am
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Science

  • Giant Magellan Telescope Organization president resigns


    Ed Moses has left the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization Ed Moses, the head of the body constructing the $1bn Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), has announced he has left the organization, citing personal reasons. Moses, who was president of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), has departed after only 10 months in the role “to deal with family matters that require his attention”, according to a GMTO statement. The news of Moses’ departure comes just weeks after Wendy Freedman, chair of the organization’s board, stepped down in early July. The GMT is scheduled to be fully operational in Chile’s Atacama Desert by 2024, when it will become the world’s largest optical telescope. Moses joined the GMTO as its first president last September, after a stint running the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In June the project received a major boost when the GMT’s 11 international partners committed more than $500m to start construction of …

    August 4, 2015 11:41 pm
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Health

  • Banned Medicaid providers still participate in some states, report says


    Hundreds of medical providers banned from a Medicaid program in one state are able to take part in another state’s program despite regulations designed to stop them, according to a report by an independent federal auditor to be released on Wednesday. The continued participation of banned providers leaves state Medicaid programs for the poor and disabled vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse, according to the study, which says the problem reflects a struggle by states to communicate with one another. The study, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), also found that about half of the states were unable to terminate providers enrolled in privately run Medicaid managed care programs. Some refuse to terminate providers still licensed by a medical board, it found. “If a provider has been terminated by a state, that is a red flag, because it would indicate there was a problem either …

    August 5, 2015 12:01 am
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Entertainment

  • Two People Shot And Killed At Drake’s OVO Fest After Party


    Posted on Tue Aug 4th, 2015 7:55am PDT       By X17 Staff Two people were shot and killed and several more were injured after a shooting at Drake’s OVO Fest after party in Toronto, Canada. The shooting happened after 3 AM Tuesday inside the Muzik nightclub. Drake was hosting the official after-party for the OVO Fest at Muzik. One person was killed inside the club, the other was shot outside of the club. We don’t know if Drake was still in the club when the shooting happened. One man and one woman were killed. Three more have been hospitalized, reports TMZ. Perhaps Drake should rethink having an after party for the music fest? At his OVO Fest after party last year, someone else was shot at Muzik as well. Umm not so safe! Meanwhile in New Jersey, another shooting occurred at a concert last night. Two people were shot outside J.Cole and Big Sean concert at the …

    August 5, 2015 3:22 am
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton’s health and the media: What concerns this physician


    Hillary Clinton’s physician released a letter regarding her health on Friday that ended with an endorsement: “She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.” But can an internist like Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mount Kisco Medical Group possibly know if a person is medically fit to be president? Or do the stresses and conditions of the presidency have an impact that is impossible to predict? This, after all, isn’t the same as clearing someone to run a marathon.   I’ll tell you what Dr. Bardack does know. She knows that in December 2012, “Mrs. Clinton was found to have a transverse sinus thrombosis and began anticoagulation therapy to dissolve the clot.” She knows that Clinton subsequently tested negative for all clotting disorders. But in my opinion, given that Clinton also suffered deep venous thrombosis in her legs in 1998 and in 2009, the tendency to form …

    August 5, 2015 3:02 am
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Odd News

  • Three times lucky as Kerry swaps crutches for Kennedy clan cane


    KUALA LUMPUR U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday swapped the crutches he has been on since breaking his leg in a cycling accident in May for a silver-handled cane that served successive members of the Kennedy clan, including former president John Kennedy and his father Joseph. Kerry appeared with the cane at meetings with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Malaysia. He said it had been loaned to him by Vicki Kennedy, widow of Senator Teddy Kennedy. “This cane has a history,” Kerry joked at the start of one meeting in Kuala Lumpur. “This cane belonged to Ambassador Joseph B. Kennedy in England during the war. And after the war, President Kennedy, before he became president, used this cane when his back was bad after the war,” he said. “And then Teddy Kennedy, who broke his back, used the cane,” Kerry said, adding that Teddy Kennedy had loaned him the …

    August 5, 2015 12:01 am
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