Headline News

  • California firefighters let most evacuees return home


    July 28, 2014: A Cal Fire crew member looks for hot spots in ground burned by the of the Sand Fire in the rugged foothills of El Dorado county near Plymouth, Calif. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater) SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. –  A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday. An unmanned aircraft that aimed to get video of the blaze burning near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was sighted Sunday, two days after the fire broke out, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities told the man controlling the drone to stop it from flying because of the potential danger to firefighting planes. The man, whom Tolmachoff did not identify, was not cited. …

    July 29, 2014 12:44 am
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Politics

  • U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue. The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles). “This is a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now,” an administration official said in a statement. “We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner,” the official said. The official did not describe how Russia violated the treaty. But the New York Times had reported in January that Washington informed its NATO partners that Russia had tested a ground-launched cruise missile. State Department officials had hinted that a …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Stocks

  • Stocks flat despite another big Merger Monday


    Click the chart for more markets data. It was another merger Monday on Wall Street. But that didn’t excite investors too much. The Dow eked out a slight gain while the SP 500 finished right where it started. The Nasdaq dipped into negative territory. Investors are probably focused more on the deluge of economic reports coming later this week: a read on gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter, a meeting from the Federal Reserve’s policy committee and the July jobs report. “I think the market is somewhat apprehensive coming into this week because of the amount of data that we’re likely to see going into the week,” said Tom Beevers, chief executive officer of StockViews. But here were the key takeaways today: 1. Housing and discount shopping deals: Zillow (Z) confirmed that it plans to buy Trulia (TRLA) for $3.5 billion in stock. The acquisition merges the two biggest names in online housing, …

    July 28, 2014 11:43 pm
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Sports

  • Los Angeles Lakers re-sign F Wesley Johnson after first season with club


    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. –  The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed forward Wesley Johnson to a one-year contract. The Lakers announced the deal Monday night. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Johnson set career highs when he averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing in a team-high 79 games last season, including 62 starts. The 6-foot-7 Johnson also shot a career-best 42.5 percent from the field in his first season with Los Angeles. Johnson, 27, was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft by Minnesota. He signed a one-year deal with the Lakers last summer after one season with the Phoenix Suns.

    July 29, 2014 12:44 am
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World News

  • UN blacklists N Korea arms ship firm


    29 July 2014 Last updated at 04:53 The Chong Chon Gang was carrying military hardware including two Soviet-era MiG-21 fighters The UN Security Council has blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship seized in July 2013 near the Panama Canal with Cuban weapons on board. The move means Pyongyang-based Ocean Maritime Management is now subject to an international asset freeze and travel ban. The company operated the Chong Chon Gang, found with Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sugar sacks. United Nations sanctions ban most arms shipments to North Korea. Under resolutions adopted after Pyongyang’s nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, the export of all arms and related parts, with the exception of small arms and light weapons, to the communist country is prohibited. ‘Cynical attempt’ The UN’s North Korea sanctions committee said that the company had “played a key role in arranging the shipment of the concealed cargo of arms”. Continue reading …

    July 29, 2014 12:44 am
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Technology

  • Facebook requires standalone Messenger app for mobile chat


    Facebook’s Messenger app. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET Want to chat with friends on your Facebook mobile app? You’ll have to download the Facebook Messenger app first. The world’s largest social network said Monday it has begun the final phaseout of mobile messaging through its main Facebook app. Now, if users want to chat on Facebook, they’ll have to do it through the standalone Messenger app. Facebook first rolled out its Messenger-only system to select European countries in April, but now it’s moving onto the rest of the world. The move is part of Facebook’s strategy to develop more standalone apps, like its new short-live photo and video app Slingshot, to keep users engaged in its properties. “In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. “As we’ve said, our goal is …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Science

  • New correction to speed of light could explain SN1987 neutrino burst


    Did SN1987a emit two neutrino pulses? The effect of gravity on virtual electron–positron pairs as they propagate through space could lead to a violation of Einstein’s equivalence principle, according to calculations by James Franson at the University of Maryland. While the effect would be too tiny to be measured directly using current experimental techniques, it could explain a puzzling anomaly observed during the famous SN1987 supernova of 1987. In modern theoretical physics, three of the four fundamental forces – electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force and the strong nuclear force – are described by quantum mechanics. The fourth force, gravity, does not currently have a quantum formulation and is best described by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Reconciling relativity with quantum mechanics is therefore an important and active area of physics. An open question for theoretical physicists is how gravity acts on a quantum object such as a photon. Astronomical observations have shown repeatedly that light …

    July 28, 2014 11:24 pm
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Health

  • Targacept discontinues bladder drug, shares plunge


    (Reuters) – Targacept Inc said it was stopping development of a drug to treat overactive bladder after it failed to show significant reduction in incontinence in a mid-stage study. The company’s shares fell 32 percent in extended trading after it canceled its third drug development program in eight months and said it may change the direction of its research. Targacept said based on this and previous trial results its key technology did not appear to produce “new treatments with a meaningful improvement over the current standard of care.” Targacept’s key technology is based on modulating receptors found in the central nervous system which transmit signals between various organ systems and the brain. The company still has one compound based on this technology in clinical development to treat diabetic gastroparesis which causes the partial paralysis of the stomach. The company stopped the development of its Alzheimer’s drug this month and a schizophrenia drug last year. CEO …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Entertainment

  • Will Justin Bieber’s 226th Make-A-Wish at Young Hollywood Awards help clean up his image?


    Zayn Malik and 14 other celebs’ shockingly insightful quotes  Bieber has been a big supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for years and he is passionate about helping children suffering from life-threatening conditions achieve their dream. The singer was on hand Sunday night for the Young Hollywood Awards to help Grace Kesablak, a 10-year-old cancer patient. According to Cody Simpson, who introduced Justin Bieber, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes and Bieber holds the record for most wishes granted by a recording artist ever. Back in 2013, he passed 200 wishes. “Despite his relentless schedule, Justin has been genuinely committed to granting wishes since the very beginning and a strong supporter of Make-A-Wish,” Make-A-Wish America president and CEO, David Williams, said of Bieber back in 2013. “Justin understands the impact on a child of a wish-come-true and how it can create positive changes in their outlook, help them feel better, and even influence their health.” …

    July 28, 2014 11:44 pm
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Editorial

  • Feds quietly dump hundreds of illegal immigrants in Tennessee


    June 25, 2014: A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, are stopped in Granjeno, Texas.AP Imagine you’re about to sit down for supper when suddenly 760 folks show up on your front porch wanting fried catfish and hushpuppies. You’d be fit to be tied as they say in Tennessee. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is fit to be tied. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Obama administration recently released 760 illegal immigrant children to sponsors in the Volunteer State without any warning, the governor charged. There was not so much as a text message or tweet. “It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee  without my administration’s knowledge,” the governor wrote in a strongly-worded letter to President Obama. CLICK HERE TO READ GOV. HASLAM’S LETTER TO PRESIDENT …

    July 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Odd News

  • U.S. social media asks: Who is that woman in black?


    (Reuters) – A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek. She has been dubbed the “Woman in Black,” by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. “If you meet this woman, please, offer her a drink, a meal, whatever it may be you feel she needs. Be hospitable. Be kind,” said a post on the Facebook page, which has 19,000 followers. Several television stations have covered the “Woman in Black” when she has passed through, reporting that some believe the woman, who rarely speaks, is …

    July 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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