Headline News

  • NASCAR cools on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag’s presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, but getting U.S. motor racing fans to comply may prove difficult. On the eve of a big holiday race weekend in Daytona Beach, David Childress was among those who ignored the call and packed a t-shirt festooned with the Civil War-era flag for his trip to the world-famous Florida racetrack. “I don’t think you’re supposed to cherish it, but don’t forget it,” said Childress, 61, from Mississippi, who said he owns six Confederate flags. The June 17 killings at a Charleston bible-study group have prompted politicians and businesses to try to banish the flag, widely viewed as a symbol of slavery, after photos of the white man charged in the shooting showed him posing with it. NASCAR and track owner Daytona International Speedway Corp have not banned the flag at …

    July 2, 2015 8:34 pm
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Politics

  • Illinois mired in uncertainty over budget


    SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO, Illinois Illinois blew through a budget deadline this week, and now the state faces court battles over spending and a political standoff between rookie Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has dominated state politics for three decades. Rauner said he can soften the impact of a looming government shutdown and continue paying state workers on time and in full. Democrats said there are strict limits on what the governor can spend without a budget that has been approved. Lawmakers and political observers said the delay and confusion, if it drags on, could take a toll on the business climate and hurt Illinois’ credit ratings, which are already lower than any other state’s. “I’ve been through overtime sessions before, but this is such a different dynamic,” said Democratic State Representative Elaine Nekritz, who has been in office since 2003. “We are fighting over things that are not budget related, …

    July 2, 2015 9:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Unpaid interns fight for a paycheck


    The law isn’t clear as to when employers are required to pay interns. Some unpaid interns who’ve been fighting for a paycheck will have to keep fighting. Back in 2013, a district court ruled in favor of three interns suing Fox Searchlight for back pay. But on Thursday, a federal appeals court sent that suit back to the lower court, ordering it to reconsider — bad news for the interns. The former interns, who worked on the set of the movie Black Swan and in the company’s corporate office, allege Fox violated federal and state labor laws by hiring them as unpaid interns and giving them the duties of full-time employees. They worked ten-hour days setting up office furniture, taking out the trash and running errands. One intern had to buy “a non-allergenic pillow for Director Darren Aronofsky,” according to court documents. None of the three plaintiffs, who were college students or recent graduates, received …

    July 2, 2015 8:14 pm
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Sports

  • Japan, U.S. have revenge on their minds in World Cup final


    EDMONTON Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation of trying to avenge a past loss to the other. For the Americans, it is all about avenging their loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final where the latter triumphed on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time. For the defending world champions, the game represents a chance to get one back on the Americans for their 2-1 win in the gold medal game at the 2012 London Olympics. “(The Americans) took the Olympic gold medal but we aren’t going to hand over the World Cup. That is the kind of spirit we will play with,” said Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama. Many Japanese fans will still clearly recall the referee’s controversial failure to award Japan a penalty during the gold medal …

    July 2, 2015 8:35 pm
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World News

  • Adelaide Crows coach knifed to death


    Phil Walsh had been the coach of the Adelaide Crows since 2014 Phil Walsh, the coach of the Australian Football League’s Adelaide Crows, has been found dead at his home, South Australia Police say. Officers had been called after a domestic dispute in the early hours of Friday. Mr Walsh, 55, was treated for knife injuries but died at the scene. Mr Walsh’s 26-year-old son has been arrested and charged with murder. Mr Walsh’s wife was taken to hospital after receiving non-life threatening injuries. Police said that Mr Walsh had been stabbed multiple times and a knife was found at the scene. “There’s been an argument, I can’t tell you anything about the argument… but as a result of that both Mr Walsh and his wife received a wound and the wound ultimately caused Mr Walsh’s death,” a South Australia detective told reporters. Police said the son, who was living with his parents, arrived home …

    July 2, 2015 8:35 pm
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Technology

  • Stunning photo catches the ISS in transit over the full moon


    Enlarge Image ISS, meet moon. Dylan O’Donnell If you’ve ever looked up to the night sky to see the International Space Station zooming by (if you haven’t, you can find out when to look for it here), you know it goes by at quite a clip — 7.66 kilometres per second, a dot only a little brighter than the stars. Photographing it, therefore, takes planning, skill and no small amount of luck. A shot like the above, showing the ISS in transit across the face of the full moon taken by Byron Bay, Australia astrophotographer Dylan O’Donnell? It took 12 months of careful waiting and planning to make the most of his fraction-of-a-second window. Although ISS flyovers are frequent, there’s a lot of sky for it to pass through, and lining up directly with the moon, let alone the full moon, happens rarely. Zoomed in, you can make the space station’s solar arrays. Dylan O’Donnell …

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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Science

  • Seahorse tails could inspire new generation of robots


    Related images(click to enlarge) Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse’s tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science. The research centers on the curious shape of seahorse tails and was led by Clemson University’s Michael M. Porter, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Seahorse tails are organized into square prisms surrounded by bony plates that are connected by joints. Many other creatures, ranging from New World monkeys to rodents, have cylindrical tails. Researchers wanted to know whether the square-prism shape gives seahorse tails a functional advantage. To find out, the team created a 3D-printed model that mimicked the square prism of a seahorse tail and a hypothetical version that was cylindrical. Then researchers whacked the models with a rubber mallet and twisted and bent them. Researchers found that the square prototype was stiffer, stronger and more resilient than the …

    July 2, 2015 8:55 pm
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Health

  • For first time, gene therapy shows promise in cystic fibrosis


    LONDON Scientists conducting a major trial of a therapy that replaces the faulty gene responsible for cystic fibrosis say the treatment has showed significant benefit for the first time in patients’ lung function. The technique, developed with the technology commercialization firm Imperial Innovations, replaces the defective gene behind the inherited lung disease by using inhaled molecules of DNA to deliver a normal working copy of the gene to lung cells. “Patients who received the gene therapy showed a significant, if modest, benefit in tests of lung function compared with the placebo group,” said Eric Alton, a professor at Imperial College London who led the trial. Briefing reporters about the results, he said they were “encouraging” but cautioned that because the effect was inconsistent, with some patients responding better than others, the gene therapy was not ready for regular clinical use. “The effects were modest and variable,” he stressed. Cystic fibrosis is the world’s most common …

    July 2, 2015 9:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian fat shames her own brother


    More: NPR listeners rebel against Kim Kardashian’s interview in a harsh way Kim said during an interview with the powerhouse mag that the reason Rob hasn’t been seen on Keeping Up With the Kardashians lately isn’t because of a drug problem. “It’s not that mysterious, what’s happening with Rob,” she said. “He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that’s OK.” Us Weekly points out that Rob was last photographed last month at In-N-Out, though he’s been keeping a low profile since the weight gain started back in 2013. Still Kardashian goes even further, “Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out and plays video games with his friends all day long? Yes.” More: Kim Kardashian throws baby North an epic birthday party (PHOTOS) But when asked if she thought Rob had bigger drug issues, she called BS. “It’s not more like hookers and meth at the Ritz. No …

    July 2, 2015 8:34 pm
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Editorial

  • Christian bakers fined $135,000 for refusing to make wedding cake for lesbians


    The owners of a mom and pop bakery have just learned there is a significant price to pay for following their religious beliefs. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2013. Click here to follow Todd on Facebook for Conservative Conversation! The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) awarded $60,000 to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for “emotional suffering.”  “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” the final order read. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” According to the BOLI, the lesbian couple suffered great angst. One of the women “felt depressed and questioned whether there was something inherently wrong with the sexual orientation she was …

    July 2, 2015 9:15 pm
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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
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