Headline News

  • Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to go forward amid drug controversy


    This undated photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections) TUCSON, Ariz. –  The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. The court ruled in favor of Arizona officials in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father. The state plans to execute him Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Wood, 55, argued he has a First Amendment right to details about the state’s lethal injection method, the qualifications of the executioner and who makes the drugs. Such demands for greater transparency have become a new legal tactic in death penalty cases in recent months. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had put Wood’s execution on hold, saying the state …

    July 23, 2014 12:07 am
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Politics

  • Georgia Runoff Results for House Races: Ex-Congressman Bob Barr Loses Comeback Bid


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 9:13 p.m. on July 22 0 Tweet Jody Hice defeated Mike Collins, above, for the GOP nod in a Georgia House race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Updated 9:52 p.m. | Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk thwarted former Rep. Bobb Barr’s comeback, capturing a decisive win in Tuesday’s GOP runoff. Loudermilk defeated Barr 70 percent to 30 percent, with 41 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. There is no Democrat running in the 11th District in the fall, making Loudermilk the de facto next member of Congress from this Marietta-based district. He will succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey, who lost a GOP Senate primary in May. In the primary for Gingrey’s seat, Loudermilk came in first in a six-candidate primary with 37 percent. Barr trailed him with 26 percent. GOP operatives said Barr was well known in the district, but ultimately could not overcome his lengthy and unique political …

    July 22, 2014 9:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Dark Mail: Email that hides from the NSA


    Ladar Levison, the guy behind Lavabit, is launching Dark Mail to encrypt emails so the NSA doesn’t even know who’s talking. You can run from NSA surveillance — but you can’t hide. One way or another, the U.S. government will be able to snoop on your personal conversations. But there’s one tool that could make it much more difficult for the NSA to spy on you. Meet Dark Mail, your personal black box for email. Like Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) Gmail and other email services with robust security tools, Dark Mail encrypts email content, shielding it from government spies. But Dark Mail takes the extra step of cloaking your email’s metadata, which includes the subject line and the ‘To’ and ‘From’ fields. That way, spies can’t easily identify who’s sending emails. Why is that important? Even if the NSA can’t read the body of your message, knowing who you email can trigger extra government scrutiny. The …

    July 23, 2014 12:06 am
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Sports

  • Taurasi has 22 points as Mercury win 13th straight, clinching playoff berth with 89-71 win


    SEATTLE –  Diana Taurasi scored 22 and Candice Dupree added 19 to help the Phoenix Mercury win their 13th straight game and clinch a playoff berth with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. Brittney Griner added 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for Phoenix (19-3), the first team to win 13 straight since the Storm in 2010 and the third longest win streak in league history. The Mercury are five shy of tying the Los Angeles Sparks’ record of 18 consecutive set in 2001. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Crystal Langhorne had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Seattle (9-16), which dropped 2½ games behind Los Angeles for the fourth and final Western Conference playoff berth. The Storm have lost four of their last five and three in a row.

    July 23, 2014 12:06 am
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World News

  • Lift Gaza ‘siege’


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 05:32 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Quentin Somerville met one relative of a soldier killed in Israel The lifting of the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip must form part of any ceasefire deal, the Palestinian prime minister has said. Speaking during a visit by the UN secretary-general, Rami Hamdallah said it was time for the “siege to stop”. More than 630 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed in the past 15 days of fighting, officials say. The Israeli bombardment of Gaza is aimed at stopping rockets being fired into Israel by Palestinian militants. Both Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry are in the region to try to put an end to the fighting. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Lyse Doucet on the importance of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt They both called for an …

    July 23, 2014 12:06 am
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Technology

  • Electronic Arts earnings surge 51%


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 02:31 Titanfall is published exclusively for Microsoft by Electronic Arts and was launched earlier this year US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014. Net profit rose to $335m (£196m) for the period, up from $222m a year ago, EA has also benefitted from the launch of gaming consoles, which has driven up demand for its video game titles. However, the firm said it was delaying the launch of its title Battlefield Hardline from October to early 2015. It said it was looking to make improvements to the game based on user suggestions and feedback on the test version. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We continue to view mobile as a business with tremendous opportunity as the market is experiencing significant global growth in smartphones and …

    July 22, 2014 9:24 pm
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Science

  • Law of physics governs airplane evolution


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers believe they now know why the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo — it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac. In a new study, Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, shows that a law of physics he penned more than two decades ago helps explain the evolution of passenger airplanes from the small, propeller-driven DC-3s of yore to today’s behemoth Boeing 787s. The analysis also provides insights into how aerospace companies can develop successful future designs. The Concorde, alas, was too far from the curve of these good designs, Bejan says. The paper appears online July 22, in the Journal of Applied Physics. “The evolution of Earth’s species occurred on a timescale far too large for humans to witness,” said Bejan. “But the evolution of our use of technology and airplanes to transport people and goods has taken place in little more …

    July 22, 2014 9:44 pm
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Health

  • Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk. That doesn’t necessarily mean that nicotine causes ADHD, the authors note. For instance, it could be that women dependent on nicotine are more likely to have ADHD symptoms themselves, said senior author Dr. Carsten Obel, from Aarhus University in Denmark. The children of women who use nicotine replacement products to quit smoking may be at risk of ADHD because of genes or their family environment, he told Reuters Health by email. For the new study, the researchers analyzed information from Danish databases on more than 80,000 children born between 1996 and 2002. Mothers were interviewed while pregnant and asked if they currently smoked, used nicotine replacement products including gum, patches or sprays or had …

    July 22, 2014 9:24 pm
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Entertainment

  • Panic! at the Disco turns the WBC’s protest against them


    VIDEO: Brad Paisley takes a selfie stand against WBC  The church, called a “homophobic and anti-Semitic hate group” by the Anti-Defamation League, is known for staging protests against musicians, as well as picketing funerals of soldiers, celebrities and all types of victims. WBC’s latest target was Panic! at the Disco, and last week they rewrote the lyrics to the band’s song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” to “You Love Sin What a Tragedy.” Lead singer Brendon Urie, although married to a woman, spoke last year about experimenting with his sexuality, which supposedly led to the WBC’s decision to picket the PATD concert in Kansas City, Missouri, over the weekend. But the band decided to do something about it and told their Twitter followers that they would donate to the Human Rights Campaign in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church. The Human Rights Campaign is an LGBT advocacy group. Today @WBCSays is going to picket …

    July 23, 2014 12:06 am
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Editorial

  • Mr. Obama, abandoning our allies isn’t a strategy, it’s a disaster


      “We have enormous input about this that points fingers,” Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “It is pretty clear that this was a system from Russia, transferred to separatists. We know with confidence that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point of time.” Not only is it clear that the BUK missile launcher that struck Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was Russian, there are voice intercepts and a video of a launcher moving back into Russia with at least one missing missile. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I think we all know where that missing missile went – and that there were 298 innocent lives lost as a result. We need American leadership that can speak with one voice at a time of crisis and present a unified front against our enemies and our allies’ enemies.Until the Obama administration gets smart to this strategy, …

    July 22, 2014 9:24 pm
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Odd News

  • Donut capers stymie police in Oregon


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – Police in a Portland suburb have a sticky situation on their hands: for more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets. According to Hillsboro police, the baked-goods bandits first struck on June 1, smearing a maple bar across a car windshield. In the weeks since, the pastry perpetrators have occasionally turned to healthier fare, leaving yogurt, bread and potato salad on vehicles and in driveways, although most of the incidents have involved sweets, said police spokesman Lieutenant Mike Rouches. Amateur sleuths within the neighborhood collected frosting and sprinkles, and traced pastries back to at least two supermarkets in the area. “We think the suspects probably went to a Dumpster where a grocery store had thrown out day-old pastries,” Rouches said. Although only two residents of the suburban northeast Hillsboro neighborhood have complained to police, baked goods …

    July 22, 2014 9:44 pm
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