Headline News

  • Eric Cantor resigns from Congress


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 15:49 Cantor said he wanted to ensure his constituents had a voice in the upcoming “lame-duck” session of Congress The number-two leader in the US House of Representatives has said he will resign from Congress, weeks after his shock defeat in a party primary vote. Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia said he hoped his successor could take office in November rather than January. The seven-term Republican congressman was defeated in June by Dave Brat, a conservative economics professor. Mr Brat won despite raising less than $300,000 (£178,000) for his campaign to Mr Cantor’s $5.4m. He will now face Democratic nominee Jack Trammell – also a professor at Randolph-Macon College – in this autumn’s general election. ‘Privilege of a lifetime’ On Friday, Mr Cantor announced his plans to leave Congress on 18 August in a piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper. He said he had asked Virginia Governor Terry …

    August 1, 2014 9:55 am
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Politics

  • Grimm choice: Tax fraud trial could dog NY re-election campaign


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – This fall, when Representative Michael Grimm asks New York voters to send him to Washington for a third term in Congress he may be splitting his time between the campaign trail and a courtroom where he is due to face tax evasion charges. Grimm, a Republican and former FBI agent who represents parts of the city’s Staten Island and Brooklyn boroughs, was indicted in April on charges of fraud, perjury and conspiracy tied to his restaurant, Healthalicious. Last week, prosecutors asked a federal judge to start his trial in October, weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election. But a flurry of headlines about his business dealings is just one of the problems facing Grimm, who hails from one of New York City’s rare Republican-leaning districts. He was caught on camera in January threatening to throw a reporter off a balcony in the U.S. Capitol, saying: “I’ll break you in half. Like …

    August 1, 2014 8:34 am
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Stocks

  • Jobs recovery marches on, but at slower pace


      After gangbusters jobs growth in June, hiring slowed to a less impressive pace in July. The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. See who’s getting hired… The number was a bit disappointing after 298,000 jobs were added in June, but still the broader trend remains “respectable”, economists said. Over the past six months, the economy has added 1.5 million jobs, marking the strongest six months for hiring since 2006. “We’re not losing ground. We’re still in a recovery,” said Heidi Shierholz, economist for the Economic Policy Institute. “But we’re not seeing a big acceleration in job growth, either. We’re back to the solid, but not stellar growth.” Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2% in July, from 6.1% in June as more workers joined the labor force. Check the unemployment rate in your state This recovery has been a long, slow haul, but it now …

    August 1, 2014 9:14 am
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Sports

  • Lions’ defensive lineman Nick Fairley gets probation, fine for DUI, reckless driving


    MOBILE, Ala. –  Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley won’t spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. District Judge George Hardesty ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs during a hearing Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The judge’s order says the punishment is typical for first-time offenders, and the former Auburn standout must also attend driving school. The convictions stemmed from Fairley’s arrest in 2012. Fairley wasn’t in court. The judge says he accepts a defense attorney’s explanation that the player didn’t know about the hearing. Prosecutors asked the judge to issue an arrest warrant for Fairley since he failed to appear, but Hardesty refused. The Lions are in training camp in Michigan.

    August 1, 2014 9:55 am
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World News

  • MH17 crash team finds human remains


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 16:03 Australian experts examine the crash site A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts has found human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine. They made their discovery on their first full day of searching at the site, an area of some 35 sq km (13.5 sq miles) inside the conflict zone. Local search parties found 227 of the 298 victims earlier and they were flown to the Netherlands for identification. Fighting still rages, with 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed nearby on Thursday. The fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had previously prevented the investigators reaching the area. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 airliner came down on 17 July with the loss of all 298 passengers and crew, while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The stench of death is still there” End Quote …

    August 1, 2014 10:35 am
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Technology

  • YouTube star PewDiePie gets an official app from Maker Studios


    With more than 29m subscribers, PewDiePie is the biggest star on YouTube. Now he’s launched his own mobile app to keep fans watching his videos. The free app was released for iPhone this week by multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, the company to which PewDiePie – aka 24 year-old Swede Felix Kjellberg is signed. Fans can use the app to watch his videos, and create their own feed of favourites, while sharing individual clips with friends via Twitter, Facebook, text message and email. The app is an attempt to bolster PewDiePie’s popularity among a young, mobile-savvy audience – many of whom will already be watching his videos on their smartphones. According to YouTube, mobile devices already account for nearly 40% of its global watch time. The PewDiePie YouTube channel racked up 351m views in June 2014 alone, while Kjellberg’s blend of gameplay, jokes and enthusiastic swearing has generated more than 3bn video views in the …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Science

  • Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from. The paper will be published in the August issue of Science of The Total Environment. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, Kamenov said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places. “We can use this pollution signal to figure out where these people came from,” he said. Lead is composed of four variants, called isotopes. The amount of those isotopes fluctuates in different rocks, soils and ores …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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Health

  • Ebola Patient to Be Flown to U.S. for Treatment


    FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An American who is battling the Ebola virus in West Africa will be flown to the United States for treatment over the next few days, according to staff at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The name of the patient is not yet being released, but there are two known American patients currently fighting Ebola in medical centers in Monrovia, Liberia: Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59. Both had been working at clinics in Liberia, helping victims of an outbreak that the World Health Organization says has already killed at least 729 people. Both patients are described as being in stable but grave condition. According to NBC News, Emory said Thursday that it was preparing a special isolation ward to receive the Ebola patient “within the next several days.” A plane rigged with special equipment designed to contain the virus and care for the patient during flight …

    August 1, 2014 8:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Rihanna Rolls Up Her Sleeves For Dinner In The Big Apple


    Posted on Fri Aug 1st, 2014 7:00am PDT She can be casual too! Last night, Rihanna toned down her normal choice of attire as she went to dinner in a striped button up and jeans to go with some simple black heels. The 26-year-old singer dined at Italian eatery Da Silvano in Manhattan’s West Village, showing that even she can keep it covered up when the occasion calls for it. This will probably be one of her more comfortable times eating as she’s about to embark the Monster tour with Eminem, which kicks off on August 7 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Nothing can keep her from Italian food before that tour!   SEE THE GALLERY Rihanna Does Dinner In NYC Stories from around the Web

    August 1, 2014 9:14 am
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Editorial

  • The FoxHole: Luke A. Nichter eavesdrops on Richard Nixon


      While the world prepares to mark the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency on August 8-9, 1974 – the president announced his decision in a primetime Oval Office address on the evening of August 8, and the resignation took effect at noon Eastern Time the following afternoon, while Nixon was riding Air Force One to California – little attention was paid to the fortieth anniversary of the event that made the resignation inevitable. That occurred on July 27, 1974, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that Nixon had to turn over to federal investigators the secret tapes of his meetings with aides on Watergate that the special prosecutors in the case had subpoenaed. In so ruling, the Court acknowledged that the doctrine of executive privilege exists, but held it did not take precedence, as Nixon was asserting it should, over federal investigators’ right to access evidence vital to a pending …

    August 1, 2014 8:34 am
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Odd News

  • Butter, whipped cream coat Indianapolis highway after spill


    (Reuters) – Morning traffic slowed to a crawl on an Indianapolis highway on Friday after a truck carrying dairy products crashed, spilling 45,000 pounds (20,400 kg) of butter, margarine and whipped cream onto the road, police said. Crews were dispersing chemicals to remove the slippery mess from Interstate 465. Local television showed masses of boxes, opened tubs of margarine and tins of whipped cream by the side of the road. The driver of the truck, who was not injured, told police he may have dozed off just before the crash. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

    August 1, 2014 8:54 am
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