Headline News

  • Amtrak seeks to combine lawsuits over fatal Philadelphia derailment


    Amtrak has asked a U.S. judicial panel to consolidate lawsuits before a single judge in Philadelphia over the May 12 train derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. The railroad on Tuesday joined many plaintiffs in requesting that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation appoint U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis, who already oversees 16 cases stemming from the accident, to handle all 22 existing lawsuits plus “numerous” others it expects to be filed. Passengers on Train 188 have sued Amtrak in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey over injuries linked to the May 12 derailment, which occurred when the train left the track along a northbound curve in Philadelphia after traveling at more than twice the speed limit. The consolidation of similar lawsuits can make litigation more efficient and less expensive. Amtrak has said its liability from a single accident is capped at $200 million, under a 1997 federal law. It …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Politics

  • Democrat Clinton raises $45 million since April U.S. campaign launch


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has raised more than $45 million since she entered the race in April, aides said on Wednesday, setting a fast pace in what is sure to be the most expensive U.S. political campaign in history. The fundraising figure, announced by the campaign on Twitter, did not include a breakdown of the total number of donors to Clinton, the average donation, or how many donors have already given the legal maximum for the primary campaign of $2,700. But campaign aides said 91 percent of the donations were in amounts of $100 or less, and touted the figure as a sign of broad-based grass-roots support as she fights off a challenge from the party’s liberal wing led by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The Sanders campaign said it had received contributions from more than 200,000 individuals since he entered the race at the end of April, and donations averaged …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Stocks

  • 5 reasons Millennials aren’t like the rest of us


    Dare to go inside the mind of a Millennial. A new poll sponsored by The Atlantic magazine and the Aspen Institute and released on Wednesday offers new insights into what one of the most talked about generations of Americans is thinking. The survey, which was conducted from June 8 to June 19, asked participants about their views of the American Dream. It broke down responses by age into four categories: 30 or younger (the Millennials), 31-50, 51-64 and 65 and over. Here are five key findings: 1. Helping others is not a top priority Only 22% of Millennials valued helping others as the most important factor in their personal American Dream. This percentage was the lowest reported among any age group. Mark Penn, one of the authors of the survey, said this finding was surprising but not an indictment. “Millennials came out much more self-interested than we expected to find,” Penn told CNNMoney. “It doesn’t …

    July 1, 2015 5:46 pm
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Sports

  • IndyCar fines Rahal for pit lane violation, puts Power on probation for improper conduct


    INDIANAPOLIS –  Graham Rahal’s team has been fined $10,000 because the Fontana winner left the pits with a fuel hose attached to his car Saturday. Half of the fine issued Wednesday was suspended and one of the crew members was put on probation for three races. Defending series champ Will Power was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the season for directing improper language or gestures at a series official. Five other teams were fined for pit violations including Tristan Vautier, who was docked $10,000 for hitting a crew member in pit lane. He was placed on probation the rest of this season. Chevrolet received a 60-point bonus and Honda, a 30-point bonus, for meeting the engine life cycle but each was docked 60 points for engines that fell short.

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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World News

  • Liberia’s new Ebola outbreak spreads


    Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined an area on Tuesday where the teenager’s corpse was found but two more cases have been announced A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, following the death of a teenager from the virus on Sunday, officials say. The country had been declared Ebola-free more than seven weeks ago. The new case was in Nedowein, the same village where the boy died, the ministry of information said. Liberia’s authorities quarantined the area after the teenager’s death and said his funeral was carried out safely. The BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh says the man who tested positive for Ebola did not live with the teenager who died, and has been moved to a treatment centre. Health official Cestus Tarpeh told AFP news agency that the person had been in physical contact with the 17-year-old before his death. He added that a herbalist who had treated the boy had evaded the authorities …

    July 1, 2015 5:46 pm
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Technology

  • Blood, murder and magic: What if ‘Harry Potter’ films were rated R?


    You’d look at your hands in horror like Harry Potter too if you killed your teacher. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Child abuse. Angry owls. A bloody Quidditch game. These are only a few of the things we’d see had we watched an R-rated “Harry Potter” movie instead of the tamer “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” film that we know and love. New-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine, aka the Fine Brothers, are best known for their Kids and Teens React video series that captures young folks’ reactions to older technologies. In their latest Web series, which transforms kids’ movies into R-rated offerings, the Fine Brothers take an entertaining look at classic scenes from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as if the film was intended for an adult audience. The incredibly gory new animated tribute to “Harry Potter” shows how violent Harry’s home life had been before he was accepted to Hogwarts. …

    July 1, 2015 4:45 pm
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Science

  • The bizarre mating habits of flatworms


    Related images(click to enlarge) Failing to find a mating partner is a dent to the reproductive prospects of any animal, but in the flatworm species Macrostomum hystrix it might involve a real headache. Zoologists from the Universities of Basel and Bielefeld have discovered the extraordinary lengths to which this animal is willing to go in order to reproduce – including apparently injecting sperm directly into their own heads. The academic journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B has published their findings. The absence of a mate usually spells disaster for sexually reproducing animals. However, some simultaneous hermaphrodites – animals who have both male and female sex organs at the same time – have developed an escape route for this scenario: self-fertilization. It is an imperfect solution, as any offspring produced by so-called “selfing” are bound to be inbred, but still better than not reproducing at all. In previous studies, it had been established that the …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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Health

  • Implanted drug improves tolerance of sunlight in rare condition


    (Reuters Health) – A skin-darkening drug can help protect against serious pain in people with a rare inherited condition that makes them flee sunlight like movie vampires, according to tests in Europe and the U.S. The condition, known as erythropoietic protoporphyria, causes severe burning skin pain after several minutes of direct sun exposure. The pain can last for days and sometimes causes redness and swelling. Even bright lights or sunlight coming through a window can trigger it. Victims sometimes refer to themselves as “shadow hoppers,” said Dr. Manisha Balwani, co-investigator in the U.S. trial. Adults who received the implanted drug reported that they could spend significantly more time in the sun than those who received a placebo implant, although the increase was not always dramatic because people with the condition have developed a powerful aversion to sunlight that is difficult to overcome. “In these trials, the biggest improvement is in the quality of life. It …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Miranda Kerr Can’t Stop Smiling About New Romance With Snapchat Billionaire Evan Spiegel


    Posted on Wed Jul 1st, 2015 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Someone looks smitten! Miranda Kerr caught a flight out of LAX on Tuesday, and the Aussie supermodel could barely contain her grin! It makes sense, considering she’s reportedly enjoying a steamy new hookup with 25-year-old Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel! The Victoria’s Secret stunner and the tech giant were spotted making out in Venice, Calif., on June 27. “They sat at the bar and were making out. They were really into each other,” a source dished to Us Weekly. The brunette beauty and husband Orlando Bloom split back in October 2013, and he has since moved on with Brazilian actress Luisa Moraes. Miss Kerr had a brief fling earlier this year with billionaire James Packer, but he is now in a relationship with Mariah Carey! There’s is no bad blood between the 32-year-old and her British actor ex, though! “We speak every day. We’re really close, …

    July 1, 2015 4:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Shame on you for fat-shaming Chris Christie


    On Tuesday, New Jersey’s Chris Christie finally announced that he’s running for president. Before the Republican governor had even uttered the final words of his speech, social media exploded with jokes about his weight. The Internet was once again hit with a flurry of fat jokes and doctored photos of him shoving junk food in his face.  “Chris Christie is asking everyone not to send money to his campaign, but to send bacon instead. #Christie2016,” read one tweet from user @ny007ny. “When #ChrisChristie becomes #POTUS, they’re going to change the presidential 747 to #AirForceTon,” read another tweet from @DannyPrecise. Another tweet shows a play on the famous Obama “hope” poster. #ChrisChristie campaign poster has leaked! #Christie2016 pic.twitter.com/n2NvnA5FXW — Bryan Kremkau (@bryankremkau) June 30, 2015 Of course, this is nothing new for Christie. He has endured ridicule and fat-shaming since he first set foot on the steps of the State House in Trenton back in 2010. …

    July 1, 2015 5:06 pm
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Odd News

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis


    SAN DIEGO A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. Sam, as she is known, is white, about 50 years of age and speaks French and English with a British or Australian accent, according to police reports. She was hospitalized after being found on a street near the beach in Carlsbad, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego, on Feb. 1. “The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary,” she wrote on her Facebook page.    “I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair … My prognosis is not good, and I pray …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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