• Migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel

    Channel Tunnel services have been disrupted after about 150 migrants tried to storm the Calais terminal. Migrants entered restricted areas on the French side overnight, delaying and cancelling services, Eurotunnel said. A spokesman for the...
  • Syrian forces close in on rebel town

    Syrian forces close in on rebel town

    The Syrian government says the rebels suffered heavy casualties Syrian forces with their Lebanese Hezbollah allies are carrying out a major offensive against rebels holding the strategically important town of Zabadani, state TV says. Zabadani,...
  • Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels

    UTRECHT, Netherlands Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday’s first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said....
  • The Hulk Hogan versus Gawker sex tape trial delayed

    The Hulk Hogan versus Gawker sex tape trial delayed

    The much-anticipated legal showdown between Hulk Hogan and Gawker will have to wait. Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the trial centered around Gawker Media’s publication of a sex tape featuring Hogan...
  • Varoufakis attacks Greece creditors

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has accused Athens’ creditors of “terrorism”, the day before a referendum on an international bailout. Speaking to Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, he said the country’s lenders wanted to “instil fear...

Headline News

  • Forgiveness of Charleston shooter prompts discussion about whether that’s best for community

    CHARLESTON, S.C. –  Some family members of those killed in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting have said they forgive the man who’s been charged. But others in the African-American community say offering forgiveness so quickly may not be the best idea. Experts say the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal families offering forgiveness may have spared Charleston racial unrest, unlike in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore after the deaths of black men in encounters with police. But others say forgiving racially motivated crimes allows the white majority in the United States to avoid talking about racism. Raymond Winbush directs the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He says no one talks about forgiving the Islamic State group or Osama bin Laden for their crimes, so why should African-Americans be forgiving?

    July 4, 2015 8:04 am


  • In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama’s administration was unexpectedly on the winning side in nearly all the close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in the term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. The run of victories ran counter to the administration’s recent mixed record. It lost major cases at the hands of the conservative-leaning court in the two previous terms. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Democratic administration’s top Supreme Court advocate, and his team of Justice Department lawyers successfully defended Obama’s signature healthcare law from a conservative legal challenge and argued on the winning side of the court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. They also successfully represented a Muslim woman who said she was denied a clothing retail sales job on religious grounds, and prevailed in a potentially fraught foreign policy question concerning the status of Jerusalem. The Obama administration had 28 wins and 20 losses out of 66 cases …

    July 4, 2015 1:24 am


  • The Hulk Hogan versus Gawker sex tape trial delayed

    The much-anticipated legal showdown between Hulk Hogan and Gawker will have to wait. Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the trial centered around Gawker Media’s publication of a sex tape featuring Hogan will not begin on July 6 because of a legal technicality. The judge had not allowed sufficient time between the last motion filed and the start of the trial. In the opinion filed Thursday, the appeal court wrote that Florida law “prescribes a minimum interval of fifty days between service of the last pleading and commencement of trial.” By the time the trial date was set on June 19, “the window for doing so had been closed for weeks,” according to the court. A new start date has not been set. Gawker Media had asked for the delay. Heather Dietrick, the company’s president and general counsel, said in a statement that the postponement of the trial “provides us the important …

    July 4, 2015 6:43 am


  • The Latest: Brown back on court at Wimbledon, hoping to follow up victory over Nadal

    LONDON –  The latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 11:40 a.m. Dustin Brown is back on court at Wimbledon, hoping to follow up his win over Rafael Nadal by beating 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia. The 102nd-ranked German drew a loud ovation as he walked on to Court 3 for this third-round match, wearing bright red headphones. Brown pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far when he beat Nadal on Centre Court in the second round on Thursday. It’s the fourth year in a row that Nadal has lost to a player ranked 100th or lower at Wimbledon, but none of the three previous victors went on to win their next match.

    July 4, 2015 8:04 am

World News

  • Migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel

    Channel Tunnel services have been disrupted after about 150 migrants tried to storm the Calais terminal. Migrants entered restricted areas on the French side overnight, delaying and cancelling services, Eurotunnel said. A spokesman for the firm called for “immediate action” from authorities to protect the tunnel and provide a solution to the migrant crisis. Le Shuttle passenger services had been operating as normal, although technical problems have led to further delays. Passengers, who are facing delays of up to two hours, are still being encouraged to check in on time. Freight services are also delayed, Eurotunnel said, and freight lorries are queuing on the M20 for the second time this week. Kent Police initiated phase two of Operation Stack – where freight traffic is queued on sections of the M20 – and closed roads at about 01:00 BST. ‘Immediate action’ A spokesman for Eurotunnel said there had been “huge numbers of migrants” in and around …

    July 4, 2015 8:04 am


  • Minecon 2015 day one

    “It’s all my friends. People on the street might not know who they are, but if you ask a fan of YouTube or Minecraft, these are superstars!” says Garrett, who says he relishes the fact that this group of creators have managed to become big stars for their viewers while remaining under the radar in the wider media world. “It’s fun being in that position of not being completely mainstream. I can come up with an idea for a video, and I don’t need to pitch it to anyone or get approval. If I’m tweeting or replying to someone, it’s me: there’s no PR company talking about what I should say,” says Garrett. “Mainstream approval is something I’m not interested in.”

    July 4, 2015 5:22 am


  • A tale of 2 (soil) cities

    Related images(click to enlarge) As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles, pores, minerals, soil microbes, and more. It is awash in variety. Soil is a living, dynamic substance, and the microbial life within it is crucial to providing plant life with the food they need to grow. The microbes can be bacteria or fungi, but both need space–the pores–for a good living environment. Soil particles that clump together are aggregates. These are the architectural building blocks of soil. Their presence has a major effect on the behavior of the soil as a community. Multiple processes form the aggregates: cycles of wetting-drying, thawing-freezing, earthworm activity, actions by fungi, and interaction with plant roots. No matter what formed the aggregates, the pores are affected. So are the microbes living in them. Sasha Kravchenko, a soil scientist and professor …

    July 4, 2015 5:24 am


  • Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight

    (Reuters Health) – Weight screenings in high school were not enough to get overweight and obese kids on track toward a healthier weight, a recent U.S. study found. With obesity rates soaring among Arkansas teenagers, the state implemented a screening program in schools in 2003, with alerts sent to parents of kids with weight problems. But kids screened by the program in early high school and again in their junior and senior years did not seem to benefit compared to kids exempt from screening, the study found. While the screening and reporting measures in Arkansas have been both popular and controversial, there is no evidence to support their use, said study author Kevin Gee of the University of California, Davis School of Education, in email to Reuters Health. Rates of teenage obesity have more than quadrupled in the last 30 years and now more than one in five teens is obese, according to the U.S. …

    July 4, 2015 5:43 am


  • Bethenny Frankel’s crazy yoga pose has fans freaking out (PHOTO)

    More: Bethenny Frankel blames Andy Cohen for her failed marriage — but why? On Thursday evening, Frankel took to Instagram to share a picture of herself in a tiny pink bikini as she partook in some Jeep gymnastics. “How’s my ride? #ridindirty,” she captioned the pic. But fans have a lot more to say about her yoga skills than her cool car. How’s my ride? #ridindirty A photo posted by Bethenny Frankel (@bethennyfrankel) on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:17am PDT More: RHONY‘s Kristen Taekman on her feelings about the Bethenny Frankel drama One fan wrote, “That looks scary to get into that position! [heart] my tricked out Jeep too!” Others are just confused over how Frankel even got up there, with comments including, “That’s great but how did you get up…” and “How do u get out of that position?” One commenter simply wrote, “Ouch!” There are even those who now have a total girl …

    July 4, 2015 5:03 am


  • A nation of underdogs: The will to win and overcome is in America’s DNA

    The will to overcome adversity is an American tradition. For more than 200 years, the notion that anything is possible, by anyone, has emboldened people at every strata of society to pursue a dream and fight for what they believe in. From equal rights activists to entrepreneurs, our nation’s history is rife with stories of people who believed the impossible was possible. Indeed, a notion that an underdog can win—whatever his definition of winning may be—is part of our country’s DNA. It’s a truism I know firsthand. While America’s challenges are very real, and the mountains we all have to climb are in many ways taller and steeper, I refuse to tolerate cynics who declare the American Dream is dead or inaccessible. To them I say there’s has never been a more important time to dream, or a more opportune time to make dreams come true. I grew up in the working class neighborhoods of …

    July 4, 2015 5:43 am

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