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  • Las Vegas completing last straw to draw water if first 2 Lake Mead reservoir intakes run dry

    In this June 1, 2015 photo, a worker walks across train tracks in a tunnel still under construction beneath Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nev. When operational, the three-mile-long tunnel and intake will allow the Southern Nevada Water Authority to draw water from Lake Mead even if its water level falls below the two current intakes. (AP Photo/John Locher) (The Associated Press) LAS VEGAS –  It took $817 million, two starts, more than six years and one worker’s life to drill a so-called “Third Straw” for Las Vegas to keep getting water from a shrinking Lake Mead. The pipeline is 600 feet underground, where a 3-mile tunnel runs horizontally to an intake at the very bottom of the lake. It’ll be flooded this summer so residents and tourists can continue to draw water even if two other intakes go dry. The project is the latest example of ways the parched West is scrambling to deal with …

    July 6, 2015 1:43 am


  • Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration

    DENVER Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans’ job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009. It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation’s outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a time when it needs to broaden its support base of Hispanics and Asians, two of the biggest groups of legal immigrants in the United States. “This hurts our efforts. I think people need to tone down the rhetoric,” said Hugo Chavez-Rey, chairman of a Hispanic Republican group in the battleground state of Colorado. Since 1989, the United States has been letting in about 1 million …

    July 6, 2015 2:01 am


  • Burt of Burt’s Bees dies at 80

    Burt Shavitz, co-founder of personal care company Burt’s Bees, has died at 80. Burt Shavitz, co-founder and namesake of natural personal care company Burt’s Bees, has passed away at 80. “We remember him as a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers…” the company said in a statement. “Above all, Burt was always Burt — an uncompromising individual of his own invention.” Shavitz died of respiratory complications in Maine, and was surrounded by family and friends, a spokesperson told the Associated Press. Burt’s Bees started by chance — Shavitz, a bearded beekeeper who sold honey from a roadside stand, pulled over one day in 1984 to pick up hitchhiker Roxanne Quimby. The two hit it off, and Quimby started making candles from Shavitz’s beeswax. The pair made $200 at their first craft fair selling the candles, and within a year, pulled in $20,000, according to a company timeline. …

    July 6, 2015 1:00 am


  • Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

    VANCOUVER A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game. The troubles that have rocked the sport’s governing body FIFA for more than a month seemed a world away as golden confetti rained down on a capacity crowd of over 53,000 at BC Place following an entertaining contest that showcased the good in a sport some had started to believe was rotten to the core. The U.S. returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer with a dominating display to cap a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory. The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women’s soccer is a vastly different game than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite …

    July 6, 2015 1:43 am

World News

  • ‘Pearl Harbor’ trends after US win

    The win was celebrated among fans across the US Victory for the US against Japan in the Women’s World Cup final turned into a Twitter row on Monday after some fans began to relate the win to Japan’s 1941 attack on the US Navy’s Pearl Harbor base. Pearl Harbor became one of the top trends among Twitter users in the US, attracting thousands of tweets. “Hey Japan, that one was for Pearl Harbor,” said Cloyd Rivers, in a tweet which drew more than 8,500 retweets and was favourited more than 11,000 times. The hyper-patriotic account is generally considered to be a parody, but many on Twitter were quick to take up the theme. “They destroyed Pearl Habor, we destroyed their dreams,” said another user Sean Garcia. Others referenced the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, with one user remarking: “Someone forgot to tell our US women’s team that we already avenged Pearl Harbor.” This …

    July 6, 2015 1:43 am


  • Hawk the Slayer is back – and he’s brought his mindsword

    Back in 1980, Terry Marcel kicked off the cinematic sword and sorcery boom that would give us Excalibur, Conan, Dragonslayer and Willow with a low-budget opus called Hawk the Slayer. Shot in six weeks in Buckinghamshire for £600,000, it featured the handsome but wooden John Terry as Hawk, who – with his flying “mindsword” and mismatched allies (witch, elf, dwarf, giant) – sets out to rescue a nun from his own deformed brother Vultan, played by Jack Palance at his scenery-chewing worst. Now, 35 years on, Marcel is finally preparing the follow-up: Hawk the Hunter. It’s not quite the longest a British director has waited to make a sequel to a cult hit, but damned close. “We have a studio deal and a sales deal,” says Marcel, himself quite elfin at 73. Games company Rebellion has also signed up to produce a Hawk game and a putative range of books or comics, and to provide …

    July 6, 2015 1:41 am


  • Supercharged Tuberculosis, Made in India

    MUMBAI, India—On a drizzly Monday afternoon here a few weeks ago, patients crowded around a door in a hallway in P. D. Hinduja Hospital—a private, nonprofit facility that caters to around 350,000 people per year. There is a loud, steady roar of voices, and patients and nurses have to shoulder past one another to get through the door, which leads to the office of lung specialist Zarir Udwadia. The walls are clean and white, and the air carries the tangy smell of disinfectant. Against one of those white walls a grizzled old man with a breathing tube in his nose lies moaning on a stretcher. Nearby, clutching a sheaf of prescriptions, the father of a sick college student tries to catch the attention of one of Udwadia’s assisting physicians. Several families have traveled thousands of kilometers to be here. Many of these patients, like 19-year-old Nisha, an engineering student from the central state of Madhya …

    July 6, 2015 1:42 am


  • Immunotherapy tablets for seasonal allergies offer small benefit

    (Reuters Health) – Oral tablets for grass pollen allergies, which are available in Europe and the U.S., offer only a small benefit for people with seasonal allergies, and more than half will have side effects from the medication, according to a new review of existing research. “The reported benefit is very small on average,” said lead author Dr. Danilo Di Bona of the Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Policlinico di Palermo in Italy. “This means that some patients will respond, but the majority will not, and it is not possible to predict who will respond to the treatment.” An injectable version of the same therapy, which is also available, is preferable, since more patients will respond to it, he said. The researchers considered 13 randomized controlled trials comparing under-the-tongue “meltaway” immunotherapy tablets with placebo pills, and measuring changes in reported allergy symptoms and the use of other allergy medications. In total, the trials included more than 4,000 …

    July 6, 2015 2:01 am


  • Bobby Brown struggles through Independence Day performance

    More: New report about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospice bed pics will disgust you With his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, still in hospice care and reportedly unresponsive after she was found unconscious in a bath in her home in late January, New Edition frontman Brown and his band were the opening act at a concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Brown and his band opened for a group called Mint Condition at the Affordable Old School Concert Series at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, according to Us Weekly. The RB legend wore all pink and sweated profusely during his set, the site reports. And although fans didn’t seem to notice — “Fans loved his performance,” one onlooker told Us Weekly — Brown seems to have struggled to get through the show. The witness continued, “Bobby did his New Edition classics and busted out into some of his signature dance moves, but had to stop several times during the 30-minute set.” More: …

    July 6, 2015 1:21 am


  • Time for the Obama administration to respond to Syrian chemical attacks

    The Obama Administration puts a lot of stock into negotiating with hostile regimes.  Consider its seemingly endless negotiations with Iran over that nation’s illicit nuclear weapons program. But even as those negotiations drag on, Iran’s ally Syria has systematically violated the 2013 agreement it negotiated with the administration. In that agreement, codified in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons. Yet last Friday, Reuters reported that international inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Agency, a government facility that western intelligence agencies assess was involved in developing chemical and biological weapons. The inspectors, from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, also are investigating numerous reports of the use of chlorine gas in “barrel bombs” delivered by the Assad regime’s helicopters.  Damascus has denied all the charges. It also continues to block inspectors from accessing some of the attacked …

    July 4, 2015 9:51 pm

Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm