Headline News

  • Deck collapse in North Carolina injures over 20 people: local media


    More than 20 people were hurt on Saturday in a residential deck collapse on the North Carolina coast, local TV station WNCN reported. The Raleigh-based television station, citing officials, said the collapse on Emerald Isle in Carteret County left three of the injured people in critical condition at a hospital. Officials could not immediately be reached to confirm the report. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles Editing by W Simon)

    July 4, 2015 8:51 pm
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers


    GLEN, N.H. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and “huge amounts of government information,” and of trying to “hack into everything that doesn’t move in America.” Clinton’s language on China appeared to be far stronger than that usually used by President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration. Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said she wanted to see China’s peaceful rise. “But we also have to be fully vigilant, China’s military is growing very quickly, they’re establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property,” said Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. “They’re also trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America. Stealing commercial secrets … from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage,” she said. Clinton is the front-runner to win …

    July 4, 2015 5:49 pm
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Stocks

  • China spends billions to prevent stock market crash


    China’s stock market is in trouble. It’s down over 20% since mid-June. But Chinese stock brokers are trying to tell scared investors: Stop selling. Help is on the way. On Saturday, China’s 21 largest brokerage firms said they would spend a whopping 120 billion yuan (about $19.3 billion) to try to stabilize the market, according to Chinese state media. The firms will actually buy stock funds themselves. The goal is to show regular mom and pop investors that the big players still think buying stocks is a good idea. It’s a similar strategy to companies buying back their stock when they think it’s undervalued. Related: Why China’s stock market is getting scary Big stock slide: The Shanghai Composite — the world’s third largest stock exchange if you add up the value of its companies — has lost 24% since June 12, putting it officially in bear market territory. The bears are growling even louder on …

    July 4, 2015 6:49 pm
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Sports

  • Powell wins in Paris with his fastest 100 in four years


    Former world record holder Asafa Powell ran his fastest 100 meters in four years to win the sprint at the Paris Diamond League meeting in 9.81 seconds on Saturday. Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut matched Francis Obikwelu’s 2004 European record by finishing second in 9.86 with American Mike Rodgers third in 9.99. Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s race in 10.75 seconds, the fastest time of the year. Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, looking for a world pole vault record, instead failed to win at the Stade de France for the first time in seven years. The Olympic gold medalist cleared only 5.71 meters to share fifth place as Greek Konstadínos Filippídis vaulted 5.91m. There was disappointment for Olympic and world champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand as well when her five-year dominance of the women’s shot put ended in her return from shoulder and elbow surgery. The loss was her first in 57 meetings as Adams …

    July 4, 2015 8:51 pm
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World News

  • Pope starts Latin American visit


    This is the Pope’s second visit to South America Pope Francis is due to arrive in Ecuador at the start of a seven-day tour of South America. Ecuador’s left-wing President Rafael Correa called the visit “an honour”. Pope Francis will also travel to Bolivia and Paraguay, as part of his second trip to the region since becoming pontiff in 2013. The Argentine is the first Pope to come from South America. He is expected to highlight the themes of poverty and inequality. In 2007, before becoming Pope, he told a gathering of Latin American bishops that they were living in the most unequal part of the world. During his previous trip in 2013, he addressed millions on Brazil’s Copacabana Beach. Cocoa leaves The Pope has requested to chew coca leaves while in Bolivia, according to Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao. Coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, has been used in the Andes for thousands of …

    July 4, 2015 8:51 pm
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Technology

  • Zombies, creepers and kids all flock to Minecraft’s block party


    As a corporate conference venue, London’s ExCeL Centre is regularly overwhelmed by besuited executives dealing in arcane business jargon. This weekend, however, an altogether different sub-culture was in charge, as Creepers, Zombies, Skeletons and thousands of children congregated to celebrate a common digital passion: Minecraft. Minecraft involves exploring a world made out of digital blocks, which can be broken up and made into new materials and structures, from pickaxes and swords to buildings and carts. Its “creative mode” puts the emphasis on building, while its “survival mode” sees players having to battle monsters which come out at night. Initially a PC game, it has since crossed on to games consoles, smartphones and tablets, finding a huge audience of children along the way. The game’s developer, Mojang, brought its Minecon conference to London for the first time, with 10,000 fans filling the venue – a small sliver of the 70 million people who have bought the …

    July 4, 2015 9:30 pm
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Science

  • Newly discovered 48-million-year-old lizard walked on water in Wyoming


    A newly-discovered, 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a “Jesus lizard” for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect tropical species, according to a study published July 1 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jack Conrad from American Museum of Natural History. Modern relatives of the Jesus lizard live in an area stretching from central Mexico to northern Colombia, flourishing in the higher temperatures found at the equator. Members of various animal, plant, fungal, and other clades currently confined to the tropics or subtropical areas are often found in fossil records at mid-to-high latitudes from warm periods in Earth history. The 48-million-year-old fossil, recovered from the Bridger Formation in Wyoming, is the first description of a new species, named Babibasiliscus alxi by the author, and may represent the earliest clear member of the Jesus lizard group, Corytophanidae. This group, which includes iguanas and chameleons, remains poorly understood, due …

    July 4, 2015 9:32 pm
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Health

  • Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus


    KINSHASA Six hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital when the hunters developed Ebola-like symptoms after eating an antelope that appeared to be sick when they killed it. The symptoms included diarrhea, vomiting and bloody urine. Four of the hunters have died. “All of the samples are negative … There is not an Ebola epidemic,” Health Minister Felix Kabange said in an interview on state-run television. Congo has had more outbreaks of the disease than any other country. Since December 2013, the virus has killed more than 11,200 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in the worst Ebola epidemic on record. A three-month outbreak that killed 49 people late last year in the remote …

    July 4, 2015 5:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Celebrates The Fourth Of July With Beau Calvin Harris (And Her Besties!)


    Posted on Sat Jul 4th, 2015 11:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Taylor Swift and boyfriend Calvin Harris are currently celebrating the Fourth of July at her Rhode Island estate — along with a slew of her best gal pals — and it looks like they’re having a blast! Um, where’s our invite? Taylor posted the above snapshot with her man and wrote, “Friendly relations between Scotland and America,” while Gigi Hadid posted their pajama party pic last night. The ladies also uploaded photos of themselves jumping for joy on Taylor’s lawn, and while bestie Karlie Kloss isn’t pictured, famous faces at Swift’s bash included Joe Jonas, Ed Sheeran, the members of Haim, Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt and Empire star Serayah. Seems like the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!   Stories from around the Web

    July 4, 2015 9:10 pm
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Editorial

  • Liberal witch hunt against Trump is helping, not hurting him


    The media and the Left are going all-in attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who committed the sin of saying something that upset them when he was discussing illegal Mexican immigrants. A presidential candidate refusing to be PC? Nah, can’t have that. The Hispanic network Univision and NBC have both tried to trump Trump because they say his comments were too harsh. The outrage community (what conservatives call Social Justice Warriors or SJWs) wasn’t far behind. It’s all part of the Modern American Witch Hunt that consumes the news media in one enormous comb-over of our past. (Sorry, Donald.) SJWs who decry bullying anyone except conservatives spend more time persecuting nonbelievers than Soviets did Gulag-ing dissenters. The SJWs want a safe space free of flags, statues, monuments, gravesites, the Ten Commandments, sports team names and toy cars. Their unity shows. Univision’s President of Programming and Content Alberto Ciurana compared Trump to accused racist murderer Dylann …

    July 4, 2015 5:50 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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