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  • Woman who claims to be mother of infant left on the side of the road in Maryland comes forward

    PASADENA, Md. –  A woman claiming to be the mother of an infant discovered in a car seat carrier on the side of the road in Maryland has contacted authorities. Officials with the Anne Arundel County Police Department say the three-month-old girl was found just before midnight in a scuffed carrier in Pasadena after a resident called to report the abandoned child. Authorities say the scuff marks lead them to believe the carrier may have fallen from a moving car. Police say a woman has contacted them, saying she is the child’s mother. Police are working to confirm the claim. The baby was taken to a local hospital after she was discovered, and will be released to the Department of Child Protective Services.

    July 5, 2015 1:18 pm


  • Cruz presidential campaign says supporters donated $51 million

    WASHINGTON Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far less in donations directly to his campaign than his supporters have collected for the four outside spending groups supporting him. The statement said there were 175,000 individual donations to the campaign with an average contribution of $81. About $10 million came in during the second quarter of the year. Final figures from political action committees supporting him have not been released yet but the Cruz campaign said that in June the groups announced having already brought in more than $37 million. Last week, the campaign for Hillary Clinton, the clear front-runner in the …

    July 5, 2015 1:57 pm


  • Voting in Greece is over. Now for the count

    Counting is underway in Greece after a referendum on Sunday that could determine the country’s future in the European Union. Voters were asked whether to accept the latest offer of financial help from Europe and the International Monetary Fund. The offer has already been rejected by the Greek government. Without the money, economic chaos looms, and Greece may have to leave the euro. Greek media indicated the “no” vote had a slight lead shortly after the polls closed, but the result was too close to call. After years of living on borrowed money and paying the price with savage austerity, Greeks were choosing between more of the same, or a rupture with Europe that could spell disaster. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks to vote “no” to strengthen his hand in talks with creditors. He wants a bigger bailout with less painful terms, and a chunk of debt canceled. But European leaders say a “no” …

    July 5, 2015 12:57 pm


  • Wiesberger wins in Paris after storm delay

    PARIS Bernd Wiesberger recorded his first win on the European Tour since 2012 with a three-stroke victory in the French Open on Sunday during challenging conditions. After play at Le National was halted for an hour because of a thunderstorm, the Austrian fired a closing 65 for a 13-under par total of 271, leaving him clear of England’s James Morrison who finished in second place, on 67 for the day and 274 overall. Two shots further back came South African Jaco Van Zyl, who had taken a two-stroke lead into the final round, but could only manage a 73 on the day. Former world number one Martin Kaymer of Germany was fourth after shooting 70. Wiesberger, who had started the final round in third spot, secured the title with a birdie on the 18th hole, his sixth of a flawless round. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 29-year-old from Vienna said he was “well prepared” for …

    July 5, 2015 1:18 pm

World News

  • Greek ‘No’ vote ahead

    “No” voters celebrated in Athens as reports came in that they were ahead With more than 30% of votes counted, results from the Greek referendum suggest voters have rejected the terms of an international bailout. Results published by the interior ministry showed about 60% of those whose ballots had been counted voting “No”, against some 40% voting “Yes”. Greece’s governing Syriza party campaigned for a “No”, saying the bailout terms were humiliating. The “Yes” campaign warned this could see Greece ejected from the eurozone. Senior European officials had also said that a “No” would be seen as an outright rejection of talks with creditors. But Greek government officials have insisted that a “No” vote would strengthen their hand and that they could rapidly strike a deal for fresh funding in resumed negotiations. Greek banks will reopen by Tuesday, they say. Follow our live updates “The mandate from the Greek people is for the government to …

    July 5, 2015 1:18 pm


  • How many iPhones does it take to stop a bullet?

    Whenever a new iPhone comes out, there are lots of questions about its screen resolution, its battery life, the quality of its camera… You know, normal questions. A YouTube user known as EverythingApplePro recently had another kind of question about the shiny slabs of tech — just how many of them it would take to stop a bullet shot at close range from an AK-74. No, that’s not a typo; the AK-74 is a Russian assault rifle that was released in 1974 and put into wide circulation during Russia’s 1979 conflict with Afghanistan. Like its more well-known predecessor, the AK-47 (which was made in — you guessed it — 1947), the gun was also made by Mikhail Kalashnikov. But I digress. What’s really important here is that, according to EverythingApplePro, the gun can fire bullets that leave the muzzle at up to 2,900 feet (about 884 meters) per second. So just how many phones would …

    July 5, 2015 1:37 pm


  • Patients with recurrent depression have smaller hippocampi

    Related images(click to enlarge) The brains of people with recurrent depression have a significantly smaller hippocampus – the part of the brain most associated with forming new memories – than healthy individuals, a new global study of nearly 9,000 people reveals. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the ENIGMA study is co-authored by University of Sydney scholars at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. The research is the largest international study to compare brain volumes in people with and without major depression. It highlights the need to identify and treat depression effectively when it first occurs, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Using magnetic resonance imaged (MRI) brain scans, and clinical data from 1,728 people with major depression and 7,199 healthy individuals, the study combined 15 datasets from Europe, the USA and Australia. Major depression is a common condition affecting at least one in six people during their lifetime. It is a serious clinical mood disorder in …

    July 5, 2015 1:40 pm


  • Vertex Pharma’s lung disorder therapy wins FDA nod

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc’s unique combination therapy for a rare lung disorder was given the green light by U.S. health regulators, extending the company’s reach to the most common form of genetic mutation responsible for cystic fibrosis. Orkambi, a combination of Vertex’s approved drug Kalydeco and a new compound called lumacaftor, is intended for patients aged 12 and above, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. (1.usa.gov/1KwebV3) Orkambi and Kalydeco aim at fixing the underlying condition caused by the misbehaving gene, unlike current drugs which treat related symptoms. The combination treats the most common F508del mutation, while Kalydeco alone treats cystic fibrosis patients with a different mutation. Orkambi will carry a wholesale price tag of $259,000 per year in the United States, the company said in a regulatory filing. (1.usa.gov/1HzWyon) Most of the analysts had expected Orkambi to be priced lower than Kalydeco, which costs about $300,000 per year. Analyst’s view on the lower …

    July 5, 2015 1:58 pm


  • Kaley Cuoco Is Too Sexy For Her Shirt After Sweating It Out At Yoga

    Posted on Sun Jul 5th, 2015 10:45am PDT       By X17 Staff No days off! Kaley Cuoco went to yoga near her home in the valley on Saturday, and she showed off her tight tummy (and fancy sports bra) when she walked to her car. Kaley gulped down a few sips of a large smoothie right before she hopped in the driver’s seat, but as soon as she got home and jumped in the shower, it was time for a pool party at her mansion! The Big Bang Theory actress posted a few photos on Instagram with hubby Ryan Sweeting and wrote, “Trying desperately to get a family photo 😂🐶🐶🐶💗🇺🇸 happy birthday America!!”   SEE THE GALLERY Kaley Cuoco Is One Sweaty Betty Stories from around the Web

    July 5, 2015 1:17 pm


  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks

    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm

Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm