Headline News

  • Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus


    WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health officials said on Monday. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is one of two American relief workers to test positive for the highly contagious virus that has killed 672 people across the region in the largest-ever Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. He was treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, in his role as medical director for a case management center run by North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, a relief organization headed by evangelist Franklin Graham. The organization said a missionary from Charlotte, North Carolina, was also in isolation receiving treatment after testing positive for Ebola. Nancy Writebol had helped disinfect the protective suits worn by medical personnel inside the …

    July 28, 2014 4:37 pm
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Politics

  • Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak as U.S. agencies provide support: U.S. official


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is getting updates on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, an administration official said on Monday, noting U.S. agencies had increased their assistance in the past several weeks. The outbreak of the highly infectious disease has killed 672 people. The United States has been providing supplies including personal protective equipment, the administration official said. “We have been engaged on this outbreak since April, when the first cases were reported and have increased response significantly over the last several weeks as the outbreak deepened,” the official said. Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, said in a televised interview on Monday that the outbreak was of “grave concern.” “We are very much present and active in trying to help the countries of the region and the international authorities like the World Health Organization address and contain this threat. But it is indeed a …

    July 28, 2014 2:54 pm
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Stocks

  • OkCupid set up bad dates in ‘an experiment’


    OkCupid isn’t apologetic about its data-gathering methods. Facebook isn’t the only social network that experiments on its users. Online dating site OkCupid revealed on Monday the results of a study it conducted, in which it told subscribers they were more compatible than they really were. The result? There’s something to the power of suggestion. OkCupid, which is owned by Internet conglomerate IAC (IACI), gives its users a compatibility score based on how they answer a series of questions on the site. Among users who were just 30% compatible, a single message from one OKCupid subscriber to another led to a conversation only 10% of the time. But here’s the twist: when OkCupid duped users who actually had low compatibility, telling them that their compatibility score was 90%, they had a 17% chance of having an online conversation. “The mere myth of compatibility works just as well as the truth,” said Christian Rudder, co-founder of the …

    July 28, 2014 3:35 pm
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Sports

  • Claiborne wants to prove worth 2 years after Cowboys’ dramatic move up to draft cornerback


    OXNARD, Calif. –  Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams’ nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys. The third-year cornerback pulled and grabbed the receiver aggressively enough to prompt a heated, facemask-to-facemask exchange that ended with a shove. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Claiborne had already told reporters he was ready to prove he was worthy of Dallas’ dramatic move up the draft board to get him with the sixth overall pick in 2012. He didn’t waste any time showing some urgency. Claiborne says he’s “not accepting anything less than great” from himself after just one interception in each of his two years. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 28, 2014 5:17 pm
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World News

  • LA Clippers sale ‘can go ahead’


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 23:09 US judge rules LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling More to follow.

    July 28, 2014 5:17 pm
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Technology

  • Are Uber’s passenger ratings big data for good or discrimination 2.0?


    For a short period on Monday morning, users of taxi firm 2.0 Uber were able to see their passenger rating, the company’s internal ranking of how good a customer you are. The coder Aaron Landy discovered that by pasting a short chunk of code into their browser, any Uber customer could find out the rating they had been assigned. Landy himself scored 4.6 out of 5. Uber rapidly fixed the hole, but not before the ability to check passenger ratings had gone viral on social media. For some, that meant sharing their their passenger ratings, commiserating over low scores and congratulating each other on high ones. For others, it was the first introduction to the fact that their drivers were reviewing them. The concept seems at first like a novelty, an shining example of our data-driven times. The same arguments that Uber makes for letting passengers rate drivers apply in reverse, after all: more information …

    July 28, 2014 10:52 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record


    [image-36] NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world,” said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance. But what is really important is not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance.” A drive of 157 feet (48 meters) on July 27 put Opportunity’s total odometry at 25.01 miles (40.25 kilometers).This month’s driving brought the rover southward along the western rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover had driven more than 20 miles …

    July 28, 2014 3:15 pm
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Health

  • Drugs to increase ‘good’ cholesterol may not cut deaths


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Drugs that have been investigated to increase so-called “good” cholesterol may not prevent deaths, heart attacks or strokes as many hoped, according to a new analysis. Due to limitations in existing studies and ongoing experiments involving these and other drugs, researchers not involved with the analysis caution that it’s too early to give up on medications that increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, however. “In the time before statins were available, there were several pieces of evidence that HDL-raising drugs reduce cardiovascular events, but since the time statins have been used there is now evidence that HDL-targeted therapies don’t do anything to decrease mortality,” said Dr. Darrel Francis, the study’s senior author from Imperial College London. Unlike low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is the so-called “bad” cholesterol that piles up in blood vessels, HDL is considered good because it’s thought to chip away LDL cholesterol. People with low HDL levels and high …

    July 28, 2014 2:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • INTERVIEW: Tyler Oakley talks being a gay role model


    Speaking with SheKnows at the annual event that celebrates the brightest and most influential young stars in Hollywood, Oakley revealed that he’s pleased with how the current YouTube trends are helping people to achieve their dreams. Young Hollywood Awards 2014: Full winners list announced “I would say people are achieving their dreams through [YouTube], which is the coolest thing because all of my friends are able to live out things that they never thought would be possible — like writing books, or hosting, or doing movies, so it’s a cool thing,” he told SheKnows. The star’s dreams are clearly coming true, and he’s passionate and opinionated, having recently become a role model for gay youth. Oakley has a strong online influence and previously blasted Vine star Nash Grier about his use of a gay slur, so we wanted to know what it feels like to reach people. “I would say, if you have an influence online …

    July 28, 2014 3:35 pm
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Editorial

  • Meet the people Obama doesn’t want to come to America


    Earlier this month President Obama called the tsunami of illegal immigrants crossing the border “the best and the brightest.”   “We shouldn’t be making it harder for the best and the brightest to come here, create jobs here, grow our economy here,” the president told new U.S. citizens at a White House ceremony. “We should make it easier.” In the shadow of the illegal immigrant crisis at America’s southern border, the Obama administration continues to hold highly skilled and educated workers wishing to come to the U.S. and work for American companies to the strict regulations of its H-1B visa program, while moving toward a policy that grants work visas to the American-born children of immigrants who come here illegally. One of those individuals is Waghmare Vishal, a computer programmer from India. Vishal is a senior engineer for Maxxton USA, a software company based in Dallas. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! …

    July 28, 2014 2:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Arial, Times New Roman … and now the ‘Hugo Chavez’ font


    CARACAS (Reuters) – Supporters of Venezuela’s late socialist leader Hugo Chavez on Monday unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive – a font for typing in “El Comandante’s” handwriting style. The distinctive ‘ChavezPro’ font was launched by a group of young “anti-imperialists” to coincide with nationwide commemorations of the 60th anniversary of his birth. Chavez’s bold scrawl became famous to Venezuelans as he used to spend hours on national TV writing and drawing on boards and papers to explain policies, develop ideas and sign deals. His signature, in red for socialist, adorns T-shirts, baseball caps and the walls of buildings around the nation. The new font can be downloaded for free from the “Creative Trench” group’s web site (www.trincheracreativa.com). They used letters written by Chavez while he was in jail for a failed 1992 coup attempt to digitalize his handwriting. “The best present!” enthused one ‘Chavista’ via Twitter. “The typography of the …

    July 28, 2014 3:15 pm
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