Headline News

  • Texas man accused of sending over 500 hoax white powder letters arrested


    Federal authorities said Monday that a North Texas man had been arrested and charged with sending over 500 letters containing a white powder to schools, government offices, day care centers, and other locations across the U.S. and around the world. Hong Minh Truong, 66, of Rowlett, Tex., made an initial appearance in federal court in Dallas, where he was charged with false information and hoaxes. A judge ordered that Truong be remanded until a detention hearing scheduled for August 4.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A federal complaint seen by KDFW-TV alleges that Truong began sending the letters in December of 2008. The document claims that Truong would send between 10 and 40 letters at a time. The letters contained terroristic threats and in the case of all but two batches, a white powder that resembled anthrax.  One letter promised that its sender would “Hijack airplane from [Dallas's] Love Field airport … to hit NASA center or Empire …

    July 28, 2014 10:43 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue. The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles). “This is a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now,” an administration official said in a statement. “We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner,” the official said. The official did not describe how Russia violated the treaty. But the New York Times had reported in January that Washington informed its NATO partners that Russia had tested a ground-launched cruise missile. State Department officials had hinted that a …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Stocks

  • Medicare’s outlook improves as health spending slows


    The long-term prognosis for Medicare has improved thanks to slower health spending, while the outlook for Social Security remains unchanged. That’s according to the annual report from the trustees of both entitlement programs released on Monday. “[T]he pressure on our social insurance programs is growing, and we must make manageable changes now so we do not have to make drastic changes later,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said. On Medicare, the trustees now project that the trust fund for Part A, which covers hospital costs for seniors, will run dry by 2030. Thereafter, it would only be able to pay out 85% of projected benefits — a figure that would fall to 75% by 2050. That’s an improvement of four years over last year’s projection. And it’s an improvement of 13 years since 2009, before health reform was passed. But three trustees noted that it’s not clear how much of the spending slowdown is due to …

    July 28, 2014 9:42 pm
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Sports

  • Marlins rally late to take down Nationals


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jeff Baker’s RBI single capped a four-run ninth inning for the Miami Marlins, who rallied to beat the Washington Nationals, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set. The Marlins trailed 6-0 through six innings and entered the ninth behind 6-3. Casey McGehee led off the ninth with a walk and Garrett Jones doubled to put runners on second and third. Marcell Ozuna hit a line drive to center to score McGehee, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Jones. A wild pitch moved Ozuna to second with just one out. With the count full, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a liner to center for a game-tying triple. After Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners, Baker, who had entered the game in the eighth to pinch-hit, hit a line drive that sailed over the head of Bryce Harper and landed at the …

    July 28, 2014 11:24 pm
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World News

  • US: Russia ‘violated missile treaty’


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 05:04 Mr Obama spoke to EU leaders over further sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis Russia has violated a key arms control treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, the US government says. Russia tested a ground-launched cruise missile, breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 during the Cold War, the US said. A senior US official did not provide further details on the alleged breach, but described it as “very serious”. The bilateral agreement banned medium-range missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km (300 to 3,400 miles). The US claims come at a time of heightened tensions between the two sides, with the US criticising Russia for its alleged involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. ‘Prohibited items’ A senior US official, who was not named, said in a statement that the testing of the missile was “a very serious matter which we have attempted …

    July 28, 2014 11:24 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook requires standalone Messenger app for mobile chat


    Facebook’s Messenger app. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET Want to chat with friends on your Facebook mobile app? You’ll have to download the Facebook Messenger app first. The world’s largest social network said Monday it has begun the final phaseout of mobile messaging through its main Facebook app. Now, if users want to chat on Facebook, they’ll have to do it through the standalone Messenger app. Facebook first rolled out its Messenger-only system to select European countries in April, but now it’s moving onto the rest of the world. The move is part of Facebook’s strategy to develop more standalone apps, like its new short-live photo and video app Slingshot, to keep users engaged in its properties. “In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. “As we’ve said, our goal is …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Science

  • New correction to speed of light could explain SN1987 neutrino burst


    Did SN1987a emit two neutrino pulses? The effect of gravity on virtual electron–positron pairs as they propagate through space could lead to a violation of Einstein’s equivalence principle, according to calculations by James Franson at the University of Maryland. While the effect would be too tiny to be measured directly using current experimental techniques, it could explain a puzzling anomaly observed during the famous SN1987 supernova of 1987. In modern theoretical physics, three of the four fundamental forces – electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force and the strong nuclear force – are described by quantum mechanics. The fourth force, gravity, does not currently have a quantum formulation and is best described by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Reconciling relativity with quantum mechanics is therefore an important and active area of physics. An open question for theoretical physicists is how gravity acts on a quantum object such as a photon. Astronomical observations have shown repeatedly that light …

    July 28, 2014 11:24 pm
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Health

  • Targacept discontinues bladder drug, shares plunge


    (Reuters) – Targacept Inc said it was stopping development of a drug to treat overactive bladder after it failed to show significant reduction in incontinence in a mid-stage study. The company’s shares fell 32 percent in extended trading after it canceled its third drug development program in eight months and said it may change the direction of its research. Targacept said based on this and previous trial results its key technology did not appear to produce “new treatments with a meaningful improvement over the current standard of care.” Targacept’s key technology is based on modulating receptors found in the central nervous system which transmit signals between various organ systems and the brain. The company still has one compound based on this technology in clinical development to treat diabetic gastroparesis which causes the partial paralysis of the stomach. The company stopped the development of its Alzheimer’s drug this month and a schizophrenia drug last year. CEO …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Entertainment

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones was "a mess" after cancer diagnosis


    Douglas Zeta-Jones: Strong marriage at last  “I was a mess. I’ll be quite frank, I was a mess,” Zeta-Jones said, according to the New York Daily News. Zeta-Jones and Douglas both spoke to more than 3,000 doctors at the Fifth World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies in New York City. The couple recently decided to give their marriage another shot. They spoke at the event because both have become advocates for medical research and its benefits. According to People, they also wanted to thank the doctors who eventually saved Douglas’ life. “When I’m married to a man who has such a conviction for life — he fights to make the wrongs right. For the first time, he was fighting for his life,” Zeta-Jones explained. Douglas decided to fight for his love and underwent chemotherapy. He eventually lost 40 pounds, but the cancer was gone by the next year. “In …

    July 28, 2014 9:42 pm
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Editorial

  • Feds quietly dump hundreds of illegal immigrants in Tennessee


    June 25, 2014: A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, are stopped in Granjeno, Texas.AP Imagine you’re about to sit down for supper when suddenly 760 folks show up on your front porch wanting fried catfish and hushpuppies. You’d be fit to be tied as they say in Tennessee. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is fit to be tied. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Obama administration recently released 760 illegal immigrant children to sponsors in the Volunteer State without any warning, the governor charged. There was not so much as a text message or tweet. “It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee  without my administration’s knowledge,” the governor wrote in a strongly-worded letter to President Obama. CLICK HERE TO READ GOV. HASLAM’S LETTER TO PRESIDENT …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 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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