Headline News

  • Dems celebrate ADA anniversary with eye on Obamacare repeal efforts

    July 26 (UPI) — A group of Senate Democrats marked the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by speaking out against Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act on the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, held the news conference hours before the full Senate would vote 55-45 against a measure to fully repeal the ACA — also known as Obamacare — and delay its replacement. Duckworth, who lost both legs while serving in the military, compared the fight for the ADA in 1990 to the one she and other Democrats are facing to protect the ACA. She said potentially losing Obamacare affects everyone, not just people with pre-existing conditions. “It affects people who are young and invincible and without pre-existing conditions,” Duckworth said. “I was that invincible person, I was …

    July 26, 2017 5:08 pm


  • White House domestic advisers take lead on refugee decision: officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) is taking the lead on a decision about how many refugees to admit to the United States next year, two current and three former officials said, a move that may empower those who wish to reduce immigration. The council, which reports to U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller, an architect of Trump’s initial travel ban, is adopting a role traditionally handled by National Security Council and State Department officials. The shift may strengthen the hand of officials who, like Trump himself, wish to cut the number of refugees resettled in the United States, against foreign policy experts who view the issue through an international humanitarian lens and say taking them in is vital to getting others to keep their borders open. The bureaucratic maneuver appears to be part of a wider Washington fight over steps that the Trump administration has taken …

    July 26, 2017 2:02 pm


  • The 7 Most Reliable Dividend Payers In The S&P 500

    If you’re a growth investor, it’s time to get a lot more boring with your portfolio. Studies have shown that the real secret to beating the market isn’t growth stocks. Contrary to popular belief, the secret to outsized gains lies in dividends. The respected research firm Ned Davis conducted a study over more than four decades. Their research found that dividend-paying stocks tend to beat the market over the long term and yield far better returns than stocks that don’t pay dividends. The Ned Davis study showed that stocks in the SP 500 that didn’t pay dividends delivered a 2.5% annual return from 1972 through 2015. That would have turned a $1,000 investment into $2,910 over that timeframe. By comparison, dividend-paying stocks in the SP 500 returned 9% annually over the same period — also beating the SP 500’s 7.4% annual return. In this scenario, a 9% annual return over this period would have turned …

    July 26, 2017 10:18 am


  • Sources: LeBron, D-Rose to work out in Vegas

    2:50 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LeBron James invited new teammate Derrick Rose to join him for workouts in Las Vegas this week, and the invitation was accepted, league sources told ESPN. The two former MVPs could participate in their first workout session as early as Wednesday, sources say. Rose inked his one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. James has spent the past few days vacationing and working out in Las Vegas. Derrick Rose is set to spend his 10th NBA season as a teammate of LeBron James in Cleveland. Leah Klafczynski/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who has been linked to trade talks for disgruntled Cavs star Kyrie Irving, is also among the players working out with James in Las Vegas, sources say. James sold Rose on the idea of coming to Cleveland for a new beginning and a chance to compete for an NBA title. …

    July 26, 2017 2:02 pm

World News

  • South Korea, New Zealand united against North Korean provocations

    SEOUL, South Korea, July 26 (UPI) — The top military officers of South Korea and New Zealand agreed Wednesday to bolster bilateral cooperation against North Korea‘s unrelenting saber-rattling. Army Gen. Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed Army Lt. Gen. Tim Keating, chief of the New Zealand Defense Force, on the security conditions on the peninsula during their meeting in Seoul, Lee’s office said. Lee requested New Zealand’s support for South Korea’s policy on North Korea and its handling of the communist neighbor’s nuclear and missile development. They pointed out, “Chances are high that North Korea will conduct the launch of an additional ballistic missile with ICBM range,” according to the JCS. The North test-fired what is believed to be an ICBM, or intercontinental ballistic missile, in early July. Lee and Keating “agreed to cope actively with [the North’s move] through close coordination and cooperation between the two countries,” added the JCS. …

    July 26, 2017 4:47 pm


  • ‘People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the Australians pushing the gaming world forward

    More than 70% of Australians play video games, and I’m one of them. With its spread from computers to TVs to mobile phones, the global games industry is now worth over $100bn, with an Australian market alone worth $3bn. But the value of games goes beyond just money. Interactive entertainment and the “serious games” that share lessons and skills have psychological and social benefits. We play to bond with other players, to build communities, to learn, to experience worlds beyond our imagination, and – as in the Dionysian theatres of old – to enjoy a temporary catharsis and channel feelings that otherwise preoccupy us into something vicarious. Not gonna lie: after a day of heavy trolling on the internet, retreating into a fictional post-apocalyptic wasteland to shred super-mutants with a Gauss rifle does me – and everyone around me – a true world of good. The mass popularity of games, whose players have an even …

    July 26, 2017 2:24 pm


  • Work begins on US neutrino experiment

    Shovel ready: officials at the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility break ground Construction has begun on a huge neutrino facility located at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) will study the properties of neutrinos in unprecedented detail, as well as the differences in behaviour between neutrinos and antineutrinos. Institutions in 30 countries are involved with the LBNF, which will take about a decade to build and once complete will be the world’s highest-intensity neutrino beam. The centrepiece of the LBNF is a four-storey-high neutrino detector – dubbed the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) – that will be built almost 1500 m underground in South Dakota. The detector is made up of four tanks that are each filled with 17,000 tonnes of liquid argon. Underground journey DUNE will measure the neutrinos that are generated by Fermilab, which lies around 1300 km away just outside Chicago. Fermilab will accelerate protons before smashing them …

    July 25, 2017 10:07 pm


  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist

    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm


  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months

    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Wild rabbits surf on sheep to escape floodwaters

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs. Ferg Horne, 64, says he’s been farming since he left school at age 15 and has never seen anything quite like it. He was trudging through pelting rain to rescue a neighbor’s 40 sheep from the floodwaters on Saturday at their South Island farm near Dunedin when he spotted some dark shapes from a distance. He was puzzled because he knew his neighbor, who was away in Russia attending a nephew’s wedding, didn’t have any black-faced sheep. As he got closer, he thought it might be debris from the storm, which had drenched the area and forced Horne to evacuate his home. Then he saw the bedraggled rabbits hitching a ride – two on one sheep and a third on another sheep. “I couldn’t believe …

    July 26, 2017 2:24 pm