Headline News

  • Lawyers call for outside probe of ‘botched’ Arizona execution


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers for an Arizona double-murderer who took two hours to die from a lethal injection called on Thursday for an outside review of what they called a “horrifically botched execution” that has prompted new calls for the United States to end the death penalty. The complications in executing convicted killer Joseph Wood on Wednesday in a procedure his lawyers complain was cloaked in secrecy came after two other lethal injections went awry earlier this year in Ohio and Oklahoma. Corrections officials said Wood was never in pain during the execution at a prison southeast of Phoenix, but his lawyers said he struggled for breath for more than 90 minutes. An Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution said the 55-year-old inmate gasped 660 times before falling silent. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer expressed concern over how long the procedure lasted and ordered a review by prison officials, but she said that justice had …

    July 24, 2014 2:26 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. Any lawsuit likely would take years to wind through federal courts. House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama’s use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United States by their parents, risked giving him a “king-like authority.” But Boehner has tamped down calls from some fellow Republicans who have called for impeachment proceedings against Obama, which would be …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Stocks

  • What it really takes to be a great boss


    For many, having a truly great boss is the exception rather than the rule. That’s because being one takes a seriously deft touch. You have to inspire people to succeed and give them the tools they need – all while meeting company dictates. Most of us assess how great a boss is by how he or she manages employees. But in order to manage employees really well, a leader actually needs to master two other things first, said Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill, the coauthor of two leadership books, “Being the Boss” and “Collective Genius.” One, Hill said, is to develop self-awareness, to know how others feel when they’re with you. Are they scared of you? Do they trust you? Do they feel you trust them? “It’s always about the emotional connection,” she said. “Being scared around you doesn’t lead to your being respected.” The second is to successfully manage your network of colleagues …

    July 24, 2014 2:25 pm
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Sports

  • Ravens’ Rice suspended by league for two games


    (Reuters) – Baltimore Ravens’ Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice was suspended by the National Football League on Thursday without pay for the first two games of the 2014 regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Rice has also been fined an additional game check for “conduct detrimental to the NFL” for his arrest in February following a fight he had with his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. An anti-bullying advocate and three-time Pro Bowl pick, Rice was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program in May, thus avoiding jail time. “The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women. I believe that you are sincere in your desire to …

    July 24, 2014 2:25 pm
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World News

  • Gaza shelter attack ‘kills 15′


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 18:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. These people are “beyond consolation”, as Yolande Knell reports from Gaza At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says. Hundreds of Palestinians were in the school in Beit Hanoun, fleeing heavy fighting in the area. It is the fourth time that a UN school has been hit in Israel’s offensive against Hamas militants. In the past 16 days of fighting, more than 750 Palestinians and 33 Israelis have been killed, officials say. Israel launched its military offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping Hamas firing rockets from Gaza. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled” by the attack on the school in northern Gaza. “Today’s attack underscores the imperative for the killing to stop …

    July 24, 2014 1:25 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook Saves the Day From Slipping Away


    Facebook this week launched a feature that allows users to save content from their News Feed that they might want to read or watch later. Called “Save,” it is designed help users who may be inundated by links to articles, music clips and videos to separate the wheat from the chaff. “Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don’t have time to explore right away,” Jessie Baker, a spokesperson for Facebook, told TechNewsWorld. “Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time.” Users who see something intriguing — say, a link to an article, a new restaurant where a friend checked in, or a movie, TV or music clip — now can choose the Save option in a dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner of a post. Saved content is stored by category within a user’s Facebook account. …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Science

  • 3-D image of Paleolithic child’s skull reveals trauma, brain damage


    Related images(click to enlarge) Three-dimensional imaging of a Paleolithic child’s skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hélène Coqueugniot and colleagues from CNRS — Université de Bordeaux and EPHE. A Paleolithic child that lived ~100 thousand years ago found at Qafzeh in lower Galilee, Israel, was originally thought to have a skull lesion that resulted from a trauma that healed. The child died at about 12-13 years old, but the circumstances surround the child’s death remain mysterious. To better understand the injury, the authors of this study aimed to re-appraise the child’s impact wound using 3D imaging, which allows scientists to better to explore inner bone lesions, to evaluate their impact on soft tissues, and to estimate brain size to reconstruct the events surrounding the skull trauma. 3D reconstruction reveals that the child’s skull fracture …

    July 24, 2014 2:05 pm
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Health

  • CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs. The tuberculosis lab, which last year processed more than 500 specimens from around the United States, is the first of the CDC’s high-containment labs to be cleared to resume transfers of biological materials. Its other such labs remain on hold, the CDC said. The CDC also announced on Thursday the members of a new panel of independent experts who will advise CDC’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, on safety issues and corrective actions for the agency’s labs. The 11-member panel, scheduled to meet in August, is chaired by Joseph Kanabrocki, a microbiology professor and assistant dean for biosafety at the University of Chicago. Its co-chair is Dr. Kenneth Berns, …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe And Kim Kardashian Hurl Nasty Insults At One Another In New Episode Of


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 11:59am PDT We know reality shows are generally pretty fake as far as drama and dialogue, but after watching a sneak peek at this Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, we have to wonder how much is real and how much is scripted! You see, when Kim and Khloe Kardashian squabble, it doesn’t seem like they’re reading lines — it looks like they’re about to rip each other’s extensions out. On the July 27 episode of their hit reality show, Khloe chats with family during their trip to Thailand and confesses how badly she wants to “get the freak out of [there].” Kim apparently has an issue with her sister wanting to leave early and travel alone, calling it “ridiculous” and confronting her about it. Kim asks Khloe, “What’s the point in coming all the way out here?” Khloe’s response? “Kim you can do whatever your heart …

    July 24, 2014 2:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Too good to be true? Don’t you believe it


    The Burpo family.Jenny Marlowe Marvin of JM-Photoart.com “If it sounds too good to be true . . . it probably is!” We’ve all heard those discouraging words of warning. And all too often our experiences teach us they are right on the money. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So when something comes along that really is true and really is good, we’re apt to say, “No thanks.” In fact, that’s just what my son, Colton, and I ran into. Colton’s a young man of 15 now, but when he was just age 3, he saw something a lot of people thought was too good to be true. He saw heaven. He survived a life-threatening medical emergency and, once awake, knew things he just couldn’t know. Was he making it up? I like what he says about that: “Three-year-olds don’t lie. Sure you learn to lie later, but you really don’t lie at three. You just talk about what …

    July 24, 2014 1:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet


    (Story refiled to correct typographical error on third paragraph) (Reuters) – A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. The agent told him that he would have to wait if he wanted to board with his children. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.” Watson told TV broadcaster KARE in Minneapolis on Wednesday that after he boarded, an announcement came over the plane asking his …

    July 24, 2014 2:05 pm
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