• Russia ‘fired rockets into Ukraine’

    Russia ‘fired rockets into Ukraine’

    24 July 2014 Last updated at 22:35 Fighting in eastern Ukraine is preventing free access to the MH17 crash site in Grabove The US says it has evidence that Russia has fired artillery across the...
  • Amazon plunges 10% on big loss

    Amazon plunges 10% on big loss

    Amazon’s non-shipping efforts, like its first smartphone, aren’t cheap. Investors are familiar with Amazon’s quarterly routine: posting huge sales numbers with little or no profit. But they are not shrugging off the loss this quarter....
  • Stanley back in form to contend in Canada

    (Reuters) – Kyle Stanley has endured a frustrating 2013-14 PGA Tour season with 11 missed cuts in 25 starts but hinted at better things to come as he surged into contention for the Canadian Open...
  • UN sends ‘unofficial’ aid to Syria

    UN sends ‘unofficial’ aid to Syria

    24 July 2014 Last updated at 22:39 Almost half of Syria’s population is now in need of aid, the UN says The United Nations has sent its first aid convoy into Syria without the consent...
  • Voices from the death penalty debate

    Voices from the death penalty debate

    25 July 2014 Last updated at 00:05 By Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News, Knoxville The arm of a decommissioned electric chair The logistics of death by execution in the US are increasingly complicated, as are the...

Headline News

  • Milwaukee barber sentenced for role in Stradivarius violin theft


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Milwaukee barber received a 3-1/2-year prison sentence on Thursday for supplying a stun gun used in the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin from a concert violinist. Universal Knowledge Allah, 37, was also sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court to 3-1/2 years of extended supervision after his release for being party to felony robbery in the theft of the violin, which was made in 1715. “I just want to humbly apologize to you and everyone for making this mistake,” Allah told the court before the sentence was handed down. Allah, who has been a barber for 18 years in Milwaukee, was found guilty of supplying the stun gun to Salah Jones, who faces trial on charges he incapacitated Frank Almond with the weapon as the musician left a performance in a Milwaukee suburb on Jan. 27. Prosecutors said Jones then took the violin, valued at about $5 million. Authorities recovered the …

    July 24, 2014 7:48 pm
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Politics

  • White House bemoans lawmakers’ delay on U.S. border crisis funds


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States. The stalemate over the request comes as Obama prepares on Friday to host the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries that have been the source of much of the migrant surge that has strained border resources. Congress is locked in a largely partisan fight over the money that Obama says is needed to provide humanitarian needs of the children and speed deportations for many after they get a hearing from immigration authorities. Republicans want Congress to amend a 2008 anti-trafficking law to accelerate deportations, but Democrats are opposed out of concern the children would face the same conditions of crime and poverty when returned home. Senate Democrats have proposed cutting Obama’s $3.7 billion …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Stocks

  • Amazon plunges 10% on big loss


    Amazon’s non-shipping efforts, like its first smartphone, aren’t cheap. Investors are familiar with Amazon’s quarterly routine: posting huge sales numbers with little or no profit. But they are not shrugging off the loss this quarter. Shares plunged 10% in extended trading Thursday after the tech giant reported a larger than expected loss. While sales rose 23%, the company recorded a loss of $126 million, which was even more than analysts had expected. It lost $7 million during the same quarter last year. It’s easy to see where Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) has been spending. It rolled out a number of new products and services this year, including Sunday delivery, its Fire TV media streaming device, and its first smartphone, the Fire Phone. It also recently announced an unlimited e-book subscription service for $9.99 per month. Related: Amazon’s innovative gadgets While CEO Jeff Bezos has always been more concerned about the long-term growth than immediate profit, investors …

    July 24, 2014 8:27 pm
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Sports

  • Stanley back in form to contend in Canada


    (Reuters) – Kyle Stanley has endured a frustrating 2013-14 PGA Tour season with 11 missed cuts in 25 starts but hinted at better things to come as he surged into contention for the Canadian Open in Montreal on Thursday before being overtaken late in the day by Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic. The 26-year-old American, whose short game has especially let him down this year, produced sparkling form with his putter as he racked up six birdies and a bogey in the opening round to shoot a five-under-par 65 on Royal Montreal’s Blue Course. Though Stanley failed to maintain momentum on his homeward nine after racing to the turn in an electrifying five-under 30, he ended a glorious, sun-splashed day one stroke off the pace set by his compatriots Putnam and Petrovic. Putnam, a journeyman who has bounced between the PGA Tour and the lower-tier circuits over the past decade, got to six under with …

    July 24, 2014 7:47 pm
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World News

  • Russia ‘fired rockets into Ukraine’


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 22:35 Fighting in eastern Ukraine is preventing free access to the MH17 crash site in Grabove The US says it has evidence that Russia has fired artillery across the border targeting Ukrainian military positions. Russia also intends “to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers” to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, the state department said. Russia has frequently denied sending any rocket launchers into Ukraine. The US comment comes a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, with the rebels widely accused of shooting it down. Multinational efforts to find the cause of the crash is under way, led by the Netherlands which lost 193 of its citizens. All 298 people on board the flight died in the crash. ‘Human intelligence’ A total of 114 coffins have now been brought to the Dutch town of Hilversum for forensic examination The US, which has repeatedly accused Russia …

    July 24, 2014 8:28 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon posts huge loss in second quarter, despite sales rise


    Amazon has reported a rise in sales on Thursday but posted a bigger-than-expected $126m (£74m) loss for its second quarter, sending shares sharply lower in after-hours trading. Revenue at the company rose 23% to $19.34bn but losses increased as the firm spent heavily in a bid to expand its business with its first smartphone, the Fire Phone – which goes on sale in the US today – and to expand new services including grocery delivery and video streaming. “We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better,” said Amazon’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos. Shares of Amazon dipped 10%, to $358.61, in after-hours trading as the company said it expected further losses of up to $810m in the upcoming quarter – compared to a $25m loss in the third quarter last year. Amazon’s Fire Phone goes on sale in the US on Friday, facing stiff competition in a market dominated by …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Science

  • Heparin Does Not Reduce Pregnancy Complications, and May Create Some


    For the past 20 years pregnant women with an increased risk of developing blood clots have often been prescribed a common blood thinner to prevent serious complications from the clots, including preeclampsia (high blood pressure in the mother), disruption of the placenta, low birth weight and loss of the fetus. The largest randomized clinical trial to examine the therapy finds that the drug—low-molecular-weight heparin—is not effective. The find, reported in The Lancet, is the result of a dozen years of analysis of patients across five countries.   Clots are clumps of blood cells, platelets and proteins, and so it seemed logical to think that diluting, or thinning, the blood with heparin would give the clotting components less opportunity to cluster. The treatment seemed especially appealing for pregnant women with thrombophilia, who start off at elevated risk of developing blood clots because of inherited or acquired conditions. “These complications can be so devastating from a patient …

    July 24, 2014 6:07 pm
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Health

  • Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola


    LAGOS (Reuters) – A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. If confirmed, the case would be the first on record of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and, with 170 million people, its most populous country. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man, who is in his 40s, arrived at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday. He was rushed to hospital and put in an isolation ward, she said. “The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Is Jennette McCurdy on her way to becoming the next most controversial teen celeb?


    McCurdy is a talented actress and obviously so much more than just her physical appearance, but she seems to understand not all of her fans are the Nickelodeon crowd. So are the photos going too far, especially for an actress with a young fan base? Feud: Jennette McCurdy versus Nickelodeon  Miley Cyrus has gone through the same thing. As an actress who got her start on Disney, her overtly-sexual attitude has worried some parents — as well as fellow role models. McCurdy took to Reddit on Thursday, posting a blog called “I am not a role model.” “With the growing I’ve done, I realize that to attempt to live up to the idea of being a role model is to set myself up for foregone failure,” she wrote. “Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but even if I hadn’t, people would have found invisible ones. This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity, …

    July 24, 2014 8:28 pm
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Editorial

  • Troop leader: Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint


    AP A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by Border Patrol agents and one child allegedly was held at gunpoint. Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Join Todd on Facebook for conservative conversation! Click here to join! As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into the United States, one of the scouts snapped a photograph. Agents stopped the van and ordered all the passengers to get out. They told the underage photographer that he had committed a federal crime. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he …

    July 24, 2014 5:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake


    (Reuters) – An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis. “My client is devastated,” said Banks’ attorney John Graves. Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but believed it occurred in June, his attorney said. A spokeswoman for the hospital’s parent company said in a statement that Banks’ allegations were without merit. “We intend to defend all counts aggressively,” Kate DeWitt Darden, spokeswoman for Baptist Health System, said in a statement. The lawsuit does not specify a monetary value of …

    July 24, 2014 6:07 pm
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