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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:11
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk holds up a bottle of wine given as a gift from one of their first customers, right, during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of Tesla's unusually secretive site selection process for its $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee that the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.
Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork
A construction site stands in front of the Metropolitan Opera on July 29, 2014 at Lincoln Center in New York CityThe Metropolitan Opera in New York, whose staff is locked in a bitter dispute with its managing director over proposed pay cuts, has extended labor negotiations by 72 hours, avoiding a Friday lockout. Peter Gelb, whose push to slash salaries by 16 percent could now delay the start of the new season, had said employees would find doors locked and would be without pay beginning August 1.
New York Met postpones work stoppage by 72 hours
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company says its second-quarter profit soared 41 percent on a significant investment gain from a stock-swap deal completed earlier this year.
Berkshire Hathaway 2Q profit jumps 41 percent
Microsoft on Friday sued Samsung in federal court claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over cross-license technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone marketMicrosoft on Friday sued Samsung in federal court claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over cross-license technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. "After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft," the US technology firm's deputy counsel said in an online post. The complaint filed in New York federal court alleges Samsung is failing to make payments for patented Microsoft technology used in smartphones and tablets. Samsung did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.
Microsoft sues Samsung alleging contract breach
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
Workers work on installing the motherboard to a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in WinnsboroBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed a bit in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose, pointing to slack in the labor market that could give the Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates low for a while. Nonfarm payrolls increased 209,000 last month after surging by 298,000 in June, the Labor Department said on Friday. Although job growth was below expectations, July marked the sixth straight month employment expanded by more than 200,000, a signal of strength last seen in 1997. The one tenth of a percentage point increase in the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent came as more people entered the labor market, an indication of confidencein job prospects.
U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate rises
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson of the US during the 39th Ryder Cup on September 25, 2012 in Medinah, IllinoisTiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been paired together for the first two rounds of the 96th PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced Friday. Groups revealed for next Thursday and Friday at the year's final major at Valhalla Golf Club also saw the traditional pairing of the three major winners from earlier this year. Mickelson, who failed in his bid to complete a career grand slam in June at the US Open, and Woods, the 14-time major champion who will be making only his fourth start since back surgery four months ago, will be joined by Irishman Padraig Harrington. Woods, who won the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla, has a checkered history with Mickelson, notably a Ryder Cup pairing in which he delievered a death-stare glance at Mickelson in a foursomes match after the left-hander sent his tee shot into the deep rough.
Tiger, Phil together again at PGA Championship
In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.
US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map
By Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that it will be difficult to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza after the latest truce fell apart but he strongly defended Secretary of State John Kerry for his failed diplomatic drive. Obama's comment at a White House news conference suggested the limited impact that diplomacy is having as Israel tries to dismantle Hamas tunnel networks in Gaza and the Palestinian militants fight back. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets in Israel.
Obama says will be hard to get a new ceasefire in Gaza
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said. The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and gasoline bombs at soldiers. Fighting flared between Israel and militant groups in Gaza again on Friday after a three-day truce collapsed shortly after taking effect.
Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank clashes: medics
Manny Roth, founder of the Greenwich Village club Café Wha?, has died.
Manny Roth, founder of Café Wha?, dead at 94
Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi on August 1, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry told Narendra Modi that India's refusal to ratify a key WTO trade deal sent the wrong message, as he met the country's new prime minister for the first time on Friday. During the meeting -- aimed at breaking the ice with a leader once shunned by Washington -- Kerry told Modi India's stance was at odds with his desire to open up the country's economy. "We note that the prime minister is very focused on his signal of open to business and creating opportunities and therefore the failure of implementing TFA (Trade Facilitation Agreement) sends a confusing signal and undermines that very message that he is seeking to send about India," a US official quoted Kerry as saying. "While we understand India's food security concerns, the Trade Facilitation Agreement is one that will bring tremendous benefit, particularly to the world's poor.
Kerry challenges India's Modi over WTO stance
US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the briefing room of the White House on August 1, 2014 in Washington, DCPresident Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that US intelligence operatives had "tortured some folks" in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but urged they not be judged too harshly. The US administration is expected to release a declassified Senate report in the coming days that will detail abuses by intelligence agents targeting the Islamist extremist group Al-Qaeda. "Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong," Obama told reporters. "When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line."
Obama: After 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'
Business
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:11
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Workers work on installing the motherboard to a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in WinnsboroBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed a bit in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose, pointing to slack in the labor market that could give the Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates low for a while. Nonfarm payrolls increased 209,000 last month after surging by 298,000 in June, the Labor Department said on Friday. Although job growth was below expectations, July marked the sixth straight month employment expanded by more than 200,000, a signal of strength last seen in 1997. The one tenth of a percentage point increase in the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent came as more people entered the labor market, an indication of confidencein job prospects.
U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate rises
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market's opening in New YorkBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended lower for a second day and the S&P 500 posted its biggest weekly decline since 2012 on Friday as concerns over Argentina's default continued to dog sentiment. Data showing U.S. job growth slowed in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose suggested the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates low for a while. The jobs growth, which came in below economists' forecasts, relieved some investors worried about how soon the Fed could bump up interest rates after data on Thursday showed U.S. labor costs recorded their biggest gain in more than 5-1/2 years in the second quarter. A U.S. judge on Friday criticized Argentina's decision to default and ordered negotiations between the country and holdout investors to continue.
S&P 500 posts biggest weekly decline since 2012
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett listens to a shareholder at the Berkshire-owned Borsheims jewelry store where Buffett was selling jewelry as part of the company annual meeting weekend in OmahaBy Jonathan Stempel and Luciana Lopez (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said second-quarter profit soared 41 percent, reflecting a substantial increase in investment gains and improved results in manufacturing, service and retail businesses. Net income rose to $6.4 billion, or $3,889 per Class A share, from $4.54 billion, or $2,763 per share, a year earlier. Quarterly operating profit rose 11 percent to $4.33 billion, or $2,634 per Class A share, from $3.92 billion, or $2,384 per share. ...
Berkshire profit soars 41 percent, helped by investment gains
People walk by the JP Morgan & Chase Co. building in New YorkBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trustees representing investors in JPMorgan Chase & Co's $4.5 billion settlement over money-losing mortgage-backed securities are expected to accept the bank's proposal for the vast majority of their trusts, according to a person familiar with the matter. The seven trustees overseeing the securities will accept the deal for all but perhaps two dozen of the 330 trusts included in the offer, the person said. Trustees may poll bondholders in some trusts to see if they would pursue claims if the offer is rejected, the person said. JPMorgan reached the $4.5 billion agreement in November with 21 institutional investors in 330 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts issued by JPMorgan and Bear Stearns, which it took over during the financial crisis.
Exclusive: JPMorgan's proposed $4.5 billion deal to be accepted for most trusts
Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in TokyoBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. In approving the accord, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan overcame concerns she had expressed over a settlement provision allowing Apple to pay just $70 million if related litigation were to drag out. Apple has been appealing Cote's July 2013 finding, in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, that it violated antitrust laws for colluding with the publishers to drive up e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.com Inc . In June, Apple agreed to settle related class-action litigation brought on behalf of consumers and 33 U.S. states.
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval
A Chrysler logo is pictured at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York International Auto Show in New YorkBy Bernie Woodall, Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp posted stronger-than-expected growth in U.S. auto sales in July but most manufacturers on Friday reported gains below expectations as several months of strong demand pushed optimism too high. Ford's sales were up 10 percent at 212,236, with Toyota's up 12 percent at 215,802 due to strong demand for their SUVs as well as offering larger discounts. "I wouldn't say the industry missed the mark too egregiously." Toyota was the No. 2 seller in July, edging past Ford, which had held that spot for the first half of this year and for 2013 overall. Average industry discounts last month rose slightly to just over $3,000 per vehicle, with Ford incentives averaging close to $3,919.
U.S. auto sales fall short of expectations in July
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve has made a big bet that recovery of the labor market is a long way from creating a worrisome surge of inflation. A range of economic data on Friday suggested the Fed has been reading the odds well. While the Labor Department's monthly employment report showed more than 200,000 jobs created for the sixth straight month, wages were about flat in the private sector and there was little improvement in America's blight of long-term unemployment. The report supported Fed Chair Janet Yellen's view that a sharp drop in the unemployment rate over the last year has masked substantial weakness in the labor market.
Jobs data bolsters Yellen's argument on labor market slack
Visitors walk past the logo of Airbus Group during the e-Aircraft Day at the Bordeaux Merignac airportBy Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus's summer sales campaign with the new A330neo airliner has triggered warnings of potential oversupply in the wide-body market and of a bruising price battle as the older-generation model undercuts rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Two weeks after Airbus announced a revamp of its A330 at the Farnborough Airshow, the battle for wide-body sales is heating up as Delta Air Lines seeks to renew part of its fleet. The aerospace industry is focusing on squeezing the maximum life out of existing products following some expensive upsets, including delays and technical problems on the 787 and Airbus's A380 superjumbo. Airbus has upgraded the A330, and Boeing has updated its larger 777, even as both companies pour billions into developing next-generation models such as the 787 and the forthcoming A350.
Airbus, Boeing wide-body jet battle triggers warnings of oversupply
Ackman, founder and CEO of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, speaks at the Sohn Investment Conference in New YorkBy Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Caroline Humer (Reuters) - Botox maker Allergan Inc on Friday accused rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and billionaire investor William Ackman of violating securities laws by using insider information as they prepared a takeover bid for the drug company. In a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in California, Allergan said Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management and Valeant "hatched" an "improper and illicit insider-trading scheme" that allowed the hedge fund to buy Allergan shares, knowing about Valeant's planned $51 billion takeover bid.
Allergan sues Valeant, Ackman for alleged insider trading
File image of a man near a display of carpets while shopping at a Home Depot store in New YorkU.S. consumer sentiment edged down in July, while an index of consumer expectations weakened for a third straight month, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final July reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 81.8, a touch below the 82.0 estimate and down from the final June reading of 82.5. "What has recently dominated the attention of consumers is job and income growth," survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement. The survey's gauge of consumer expectations fell for a third straight month, to 71.8 from 73.5.
Consumer sentiment dips in July
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
Trader Benedict Willis, left, calls out as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. U.S. markets steadied on Friday a day after a major sell-off. Investors focused on a relatively strong jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years.
S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years
FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, Dave Matthews of The Dave Matthews Band performs on stage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Live Nation’s partnership with Yahoo to stream one concert live every day _ which began with the Dave Matthews Band on July 15, 2014 _ is a rare win for music fans because it gives them high-quality concert footage for free in a way that also helps the companies providing it. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.
Concerts on Yahoo make best of industry struggles
Brokers work at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. federal judge Friday urged Argentina to resume negotiations "as promptly as possible" to resolve its debt crisis and said the South American nation's officials must stop publicly uttering what he described as "half-truths" that mislead people about its legal obligations.
US judge scolds Argentina over debt crisis remarks
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, file photo, A 43 year old Congolese patient, center, who has been confirmed to have Ebola hemorrhagic fever, following laboratory tests, is comforted by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) nurse Isabel Grovas, left, and Doctor Hilde Declerck, right, in Kampungu, Kasai Occidental province, Congo. In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn’t changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease. A number are being developed, but none have been rigorously tested in humans. One experimental treatment, though, was tried this week in an American aid worker sick with Ebola, according to the U.S-based group that she works for in Liberia. Without a specific treatment, doctors and nurses focus on easing the disease’s symptoms _ fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea _ and on keeping patients hydrated and comfortable. (AP Photo/WHO, Christopher Black, File)LONDON (AP) — In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.
Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?
World News
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:11
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions". The 72-hour break announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, driven by mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll. U.S. President Barack Obama called for the Israeli soldier's unconditional release and said that after the day's events it would be tough to reinstate a truce.
Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling
Members of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of HraboveBy Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) - International experts found the remains of more victims of the downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday but fighting nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels renewed security concerns around the wreckage. Roads had for days been too dangerous to use because of heavy fighting, frustrating efforts to recover all the victims' remains and push ahead with an investigation. They will... be brought back to the Netherlands for identification," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in the Netherlands. "The security situation at the site is unstable and unpredictable." In the latest clashes, separatist forces killed at least 10 Ukrainian paratroopers in an ambush after midnight near Shakhtarsk, one of the closest towns to the wreckage site, the Ukrainian military said.
Experts recover human remains at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets with Indian PM Modi at the Prime Minister's residence in New DelhiBy Sanjeev Miglani and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to office with a reputation as a business-friendly leader ready to open up one of the world's biggest markets and sweep away the remnants of the country's socialist past. Now potential investors, some of them foreign firms hoping to exploit new opportunities in India's vast consumer market, are scratching their heads after Modi's party walked away from a major deal to reform customs rules and make global trade easier. India shocked trade officials by rejecting the agreement at the 160-member World Trade Organization, one of the group's biggest initiatives since it was set up 19 years ago. New Delhi has since said it did not believe the pact was dead, but insisted that, alongside the so-called trade facilitation agreement, the WTO must find a deal allowing India to subsidize and stockpile food in order to protect the poor.
Doubts surface about India's Modi after trade deal scuppered
Ri Tong-il, spokesman for North Korean Foreign Minister Park Ui-chun speaks with media during the sidelines of the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum in HanoiBy Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council on Friday of double standards by condemning Pyongyang's recent ballistic missiles launches while ignoring "provocative" joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. The normally reclusive state held its fourth news conference at the United Nations this year to push for an emergency Security Council meeting on the military exercises, which Pyongyang routinely denounces as preparation for war. North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ri Tong Il said Pyongyang wrote to the 15-member council, of which the United States and South Korea are members, on July 21 to request the body take up the issue.
North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards
Sierra Leonean President Koroma, Liberian President Sirleaf and Guinean President Conde speak during a conference on the Ebola virus in ConakryBy Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it. WHO chief Margaret Chan told a meeting of the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst affected - that the epidemic was outpacing efforts to contain it and warned of catastrophic consequences in lost lives and economic disruption if the situation were allowed to deteriorate. "The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries," Chan said after the meeting.
African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak
Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New YorkBy Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Richard Lough NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was declared a "credit event." In a stern tone, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York slammed the decision by Latin America's third biggest economy to defy his order that it pay in full holdout investors suing it and instead default on $29 billion in debt. As Griesa was speaking, a 15-member committee facilitated by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) voted unanimously to call the missed coupon payment a "credit event." The move triggers a payout process for holders of insurance on Argentine debt, which analysts estimate could amount to roughly $1 billion. Griesa said, "Nothing that has happened this week has removed the necessity of working out a settlement." He chided Argentina for making public statements he characterized as misleading.
Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge
Britain's Ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron, arrives at Mitiga International Airport on June 10, 2014London (AFP) - Britain's ambassador to Libya said Friday he had "reluctantly" decided to leave the embassy in Tripoli due to local fighting, as the security situation deteriorates.
British ambassador quits Tripoli as fighting spreads
FILE - In this undated file photo released by Proyecto Vaquita, a porpoise lies dead on a beach at the Gulf of California. An environmental panel says in a report released Friday August 1, 2014, that fewer than 100 of Mexico’s vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction. (AP Photo/Proyecto Vaquita, O.Vidal, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left.
China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. With clean-up work underway in the 2-square kilometer (1-square mile) area, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city's worst such disaster in 16 years.
Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
BERLIN (AP) — Two cars of a train tipped over following a collision late Friday near a station in southwestern Germany, authorities said, injuring a number of passengers.
2 trains collide in Germany, passengers hurt
People drive their car showing a sign reading "children" as they leave their home on July 28, 2014 in DonetskAt a rebel checkpoint in war-torn eastern Ukraine, camouflaged gunmen on a deserted road hurriedly wave through cars with hand-written signs reading "children" taped to their windscreens. The former engineering student said those fleeing came from the towns in northeastern Ukraine currently experiencing the most deadly bombardments and shortages as government troops close in on pro-Russian rebels. "Yesterday a bus drove past here from Shakhtarsk.
Residents running away from war in eastern Ukraine
By Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that it will be difficult to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza after the latest truce fell apart but he strongly defended Secretary of State John Kerry for his failed diplomatic drive. Obama's comment at a White House news conference suggested the limited impact that diplomacy is having as Israel tries to dismantle Hamas tunnel networks in Gaza and the Palestinian militants fight back. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets in Israel.
Obama says will be hard to get a new ceasefire in Gaza
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said. The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and gasoline bombs at soldiers. Fighting flared between Israel and militant groups in Gaza again on Friday after a three-day truce collapsed shortly after taking effect.
Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank clashes: medics
Investigators gather evidence at the crash site of the Air Algerie plane in Mali's Gossi region, on July 29, 2014The death toll in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali last week has been revised down to 116 after it was discovered that two people thought to be on the plane were not, officials in Ouagadougou said. "The toll is 116 victims and not 118" as previously announced by the French authorities, said General Gilbert Diendiere, advisor to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore. Flight AH5017, which took off in the early hours of July 24 from Ouagadougou bound for Algiers, went missing amid reports of heavy storms.
Death toll in Mali plane crash revised to 116
Technology
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:12
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Facebook errorBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said service to the world's largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries. "Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience," Facebook said in an emailed statement.
Facebook restores service after outage in many countries
Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in TokyoBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. In approving the accord, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan overcame concerns she had expressed over a settlement provision allowing Apple to pay just $70 million if related litigation were to drag out. Apple has been appealing Cote's July 2013 finding, in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, that it violated antitrust laws for colluding with the publishers to drive up e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.com Inc . In June, Apple agreed to settle related class-action litigation brought on behalf of consumers and 33 U.S. states.
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval
A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in BeijingMicrosoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, seeks monetary recovery from Samsung but does not publicly disclose the amount in dispute. Samsung representatives did not have immediate comment. In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote that Microsoft "values and respects our partnership" with Samsung, but differs with Samsung over how to interpret the licensing agreement.
Microsoft sues Samsung in U.S. over patent royalties
Angry Birds Transformers Telepods racerBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Those ubiquitous Angry Birds flew from the mobile screen to the toy store, hooked up with Hollywood, and are headed back to the digital world thanks to the telepod. Hasbro's Angry Bird telepods were a big attraction last weekend at San Diego's Comic-Con, an annual gathering of 130,000 comic and entertainment enthusiasts, with fans lining up to preview new Transformers-themed bird figurines containing miniscule codes that can be read by tablets. The Angry Birds Transformers telepods, featuring "Autobirds" and "Deceptihogs," is due out on October 15, spinning off the success of Paramount Pictures' June box office hit, "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Licensed toys have become a key to extending the entertainment content revenue stream, with U.S. retail sales in 2013 of $5.3 billion, according to research company The NPD Group. In the first quarter of 2014, the top licensed toys included Disney's princess lines and "Frozen" toys, which helped Disney bring in $885 million in consumer products revenue, about 8 percent of the company's overall revenue during that time.
Film world's cast of toys teleport into digital playground
A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBEIJING (Reuters) - "Hundreds" of Chinese employees at Microsoft Corp's Nokia phone business protested on Friday against mass layoffs that the U.S. tech company announced last month, according to an employee present and pictures posted on social media networks. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans against "Microsoft's hostile takeover and violent layoffs" for five hours until "they had sore throats," said the employee who participated in the demonstration and so declined to be identified. Microsoft announced on July 17 the deepest job cuts in its 39-year history, amounting to 18,000 positions. Microsoft said up to 12,500 of those jobs would come from Nokia, the Finnish handset maker it bought in April in a $7.2 billion friendly takeover.
Chinese employees at Microsoft's Nokia arm protest mass layoffs
The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service. The company, last year, opened the service to phones powered by Google Inc's wildly popular Android operating system and Apple's iOS platform.
BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users
This is the HTC One (M8) running on Windows PhoneRumors have been circulating regarding a Windows Phone variant of the HTC One (M8) for months, but a picture on Verizon’s servers seems to have confirmed the existence of the phone once and for all. Leaked to PCMag, the high quality rendering clearly shows an HTC One (M8) with the iconic Live Tiles of Windows Phone on the display. The URL even reads “HTC_M8_Windows.” With an HTC press event scheduled for August 19th in New York, it was unlikely that we were going to have to wait long for the official unveiling of the phone, but Verizon couldn’t keep this cat in the bag. According to Windows Phone Central’s sources, the One (M8) for Windows (as documents have referred to it) will launch on August 21st, just
This is the HTC One (M8) running on Windows Phone
WWE Network isn't yet the streaming champion Vince McMahon wants it to beWhen Vince McMahon proudly announced WWE Network at CES in January, he essentially gave wrestling fans everything they'd ever wanted. The 24/7 streaming network offers access to WWE's massive vault of past pay-per-views, weekly programming, and original shows. It seemed like an absolute bargain for fans, and set WWE on a new trajectory that will ultimately abandon the old, $60 Sunday night pay-per-view formula that's lined McMahon's pockets for decades. Right now, Vince McMahon is learning that you can give wrestling fans everything they want, but there's no guarantee they'll pay for it.
WWE Network isn't yet the streaming champion Vince McMahon wants it to be
Google Now Launcher available for most Android phones
Google Now Launcher available for most Android phones
The latest updates for the Galaxy S5 have arrived on Verizon and T-MobileSamsung’s latest flagship phone just got even better on two of the biggest U.S. carriers. As SamMobile points out, both Verizon and T-Mobile released updates for the Galaxy S5 this week, fixing several issues and adding additional features to the Android device. On Verizon’s side, Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud have all received updates. Streaming music connectivity has also improved, the “Primary Contacts” label now reads “Emergency Contacts” when in Emergency Mode and Visual Voicemail will now work when the S-View flip cover is closed. A full list of improvements follows below: Updates applications: Caller Name ID Message+ Cloud Resolved issues: ‘Search’ icon has been removed within Memo when there is no memo Favorite ‘Contact’ information background is now more
The latest updates for the Galaxy S5 have arrived on Verizon and T-Mobile
President Obama signs cellphone unlocking bill into law
President Obama signs cellphone unlocking bill into law
Apple's $450 million ebooks antitrust settlement approved by judgeApple's $450 million ebooks case settlement received preliminary approval from US District Judge Denise Cote today, though the ultimate sum distributed to consumers will hinge on the outcome of Apple's appeal. If the original verdict is upheld, $400 million will go to consumers that were "harmed" by the price-fixing scheme between Apple and book publishers, with $50 million directed to lawyers' pockets. If Apple somehow pulls an upset and wins on appeal, the company won't have to pay anything. Should that play out, Apple will pay consumers $50 million, with lawyers still earning a healthy $20 million payday.
Apple's $450 million ebooks antitrust settlement approved by judge
PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price"Honey, can you turn off Netflix? I'm trying to play Twisted Metal." The "Netflix for games" truly is the future of gaming — but that future comes with a whole new vocabulary of gripes and concerns, all of which will be familiar to anyone who uses Netflix. PlayStation Now is a cloud gaming service that lets you rent games by the hour, day, week, or month.
PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price
Researchers turn culture in to cold, hard data
Researchers turn culture in to cold, hard data
Everything you need to know about how to use Amazon’s Fire phoneAmazon’s recently launched Fire phone isn’t exactly jumping off of store shelves, but the handset’s placement on the Amazon.com best-selling smartphone charts over the past month suggest that at least a few people have purchased the novel new handset. Amazon tried to woo potential smartphone buyers by developing features that no other smartphone has, such as a nifty glasses-free 3D effect and touchless tilt gesture controls. The bad news is that these aren’t really features that will sell phones. The good news is that if you did happen to purchase a Fire phone, we’ve come across a quick collection of guides that will teach you everything you need to know about how to use the handset’s unique new features. CNET
Everything you need to know about how to use Amazon’s Fire phone
Politics
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US President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques." "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values," Obama told a White House news conference. Obama's comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding shortly after he took office in January 2009. The administration of President George W. Bush, Obama's predecessor, authorized the use of harsh questioning techniques of militant detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after deciding they did not amount to torture.
Obama says that after 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'
US President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday immigration legislation on track to pass in the House of Representatives is unworkable and will force him to act on his own to address pressures from a surge of illegal immigrants on the southwestern border. "House Republicans, as we speak, are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere," he told reporters at a news conference. "Without additional resources and help, we're just not going to have the resources we need to fully solve the problem," Obama said. "That means that while they're out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress." Republicans on Friday were set to vote on border security measures that would make it easier to deport Central American child migrants, satisfying demands from conservative Republicans.
Obama calls House immigration bill extreme, vows action
The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday authorizing 1,000 more visas for Afghan civilians who worked with American troops and diplomats - often risking their lives - sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law. The bill, passed unanimously, expands the 2009 Special Immigrant Visa program to 4,000 from 3,000 visas. The House of Representatives passed the measure, also unanimously, on Wednesday. The measure is intended to assist Afghans who worked for Americans, mostly as interpreters and guides, during the 13-year-long war and to ease the difficult process of getting visas to come to the United States.
U.S. Congress backs more visas for Afghans who worked with troops
Speaker of the House Boehner arrives for a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives planned to vote on Friday on revised border security legislation that would make it easier to deport Central American child migrants from the southwestern border, satisfying a key demand from conservative Republicans. House Republican lawmakers said they will try again to pass two separate bills that failed to win enough support from the party on Thursday amid a revolt influenced by Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand from Texas. The Senate failed to advance its own $2.7 billion border funding plan on Thursday. One bill provides additional funding for border security and to care for tens of thousands of migrant children who have flooded over the border in recent months.
Republicans revive U.S. border security bills to speed deportations
President Barack Obama somberly warned on Friday that a forthcoming Senate Intelligence Committee report will show that the United States “tortured some folks” before he took office. But he dismissed “sanctimonious” calls to punish any individuals responsible and rejected calls for CIA Director John Brennan’s resignation.
Obama: Senate report will show ‘we tortured some folks’
Sheila Jackson Lee in charge of Homeland Security?!Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush, but she co-sponsored a bill to do just that in 2008.
Congresswoman who co-sponsored Bush impeachment bill said Democrats never tried to impeach Bush
You've got to give this much to Rand Paul: Kentucky's junior senator is willing to do something almost unheard of in modern presidential politics, which is to make arguments that not everyone in his party already cares about. For this reason alone, Paul is probably the most interesting presidential hopeful out there, if not the most likely to succeed.
Why is Rand Paul reaching out to black voters?
FILE - This Jan. 7, 2014, file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, as he speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a news conference. The Senate voted to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Mitch McConnell's opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, uses his campaign's own footage in attack video against him.
McConnelling McConnell: Grimes’ new video relies entirely on opponent’s B-roll
FILE In this March 28, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, after a meeting with, from left, Senegal President Macky Sall; Malawi President Joyce Banda; Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma; and Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves. The U.S. embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast made history in June 2013 by hosting a gay pride reception attended by about two dozen openly gay Ivorians. Despite the groundbreaking nature of the event, reporters were barred from attending, and the only mention of it was a short blurb on the embassy website posted the following week. The discreet handling of the event encapsulates the Obama administration's cautious promotion of gay rights in Africa, an issue that is likely to come up during his visit, beginning June 26, 2013 to three African nations, two of which punish homosexuality with jail time. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)President Barack Obama will welcome leaders from nearly 50 African nations to Washington next week for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit amid the West Africa Ebola outbreak health officials say is the deadliest in history.
Ebola virus outbreak will not change plans for Obama to host African leaders summit
7 Ways Obama Basically Called Republicans Bums TodayObama: GOP's Immigration Bill Is Merely A 'Message Bill'
7 Ways Obama Basically Called Republicans Bums Today
President Calls GOP Proposal a Doomed 'Message Bill'
Obama Dismisses House GOP Border Crisis Bill
It's Been 2,401 Days Since Hillary Clinton Visited IowaIowans Are Asking: Where's Hillary?
It's Been 2,401 Days Since Hillary Clinton Visited Iowa
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map
FILE - In this June 12, 2014 photo Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Rauner, who’s been courting black voters as he tries to unseat Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, said Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, that he pledges 1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago’s South Side for loans to small African-American businesses. ( AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The wealthy Republican running for Illinois governor is catching heat for pledging $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses.
Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune
Sports
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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power "Y" shaped juncture where a water rupture occurred, involving two main trunk lines is seen on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Thursday, July 31, 2014. Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe some 30 hours after it burst. Damage costs have yet to be pegged from the rupture of the pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water in the midst of California's worst drought in decades. The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main, the school announced Friday.
UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor
Venus Williams celebrates after beating Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, 6-4, 7-6(1) in their match in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams feels like the hometown girl when she plays at Stanford even though she grew up in Southern California and currently resides in Florida.
Williams, Ivanovic reach Bank of West quarters
FILE - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 file photo, Shakhtar's Donetsk supporters wave Ukrainian flags as they react during the final soccer match of Ukraine's Cup between Donetsk's Shakhtar and Dynamo Kiev at Vorskla Stadium in Poltava, Ukraine. Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region. Defying authorities in Ukraine, Russia is incorporating three Crimean teams into its own leagues _ a move that could strain relations between the host country of the 2018 World Cup and the sport’s world governing body. Champion Shakhtar Donetsk has been left humbled by the conflict, forced to play its home games in exile in Lviv near the Polish border, a Ukrainian-speaking city that is the cultural opposite of mostly Russian-speaking and industrial Donetsk. (AP Photo/Andrey Lukatsky, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region.
Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea
FILE - This is a Friday, July, 25, 2014 file photo of Chika Amalaha of Nigeria, as she makes good lift during the women's 53 kg weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland. The Commonwealth Games Federation says a 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter has been stripped of her gold medal after a positive doping test it was reported on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Amalaha tested positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last Friday, becoming the youngest ever female to win a weightlifting title at a Commonwealth Games. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter was stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal on Friday because of a positive doping test, a case that raised concerns about how such a young athlete had access to banned substances.
Teen weightlifter stripped of Commonwealth gold
MOSCOW (AP) — Football clubs from the Crimea region annexed by Russia will play in the Russian leagues this season.
Russia takes in Crimean clubs, Ukraine upset
FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
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Tiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods made six birdies to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.
Another decent start for Woods at Firestone
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power "Y" shaped juncture where a water rupture occurred, involving two main trunk lines is seen on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Thursday, July 31, 2014. Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe some 30 hours after it burst. Damage costs have yet to be pegged from the rupture of the pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water in the midst of California's worst drought in decades. The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.
Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days
FILE - In this April 15, 2012, file photo, referee Violet Palmer explains a call to Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, not shown, as Cleveland Cavaliers' Lester Hudson (14) looks on during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Palmer, the first woman to referee an NBA game, says she will marry her longtime female partner, celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine, on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.
NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner
In this photo taken Friday July 27 2014, Francois Etoundi of Australia lifts during the men's 77kg weightlifting competition in the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 in Glasgow Scotland. Etoundi, was stripped of his games accreditation Thursday July 31, 2014 after being arrested over an alleged assault during an altercation in the athletes' village in Glasgow. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUTGLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.
Comm Games athlete convicted for assault on rival
NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears(Reuters) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday defended the league's decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for violating the league's personal conduct policy in a domestic abuse incident. Goodell's ruling last Thursday caused a harsh backlash from critics who thought he let Rice off lightly compared to harsher penalties for doping and on-field violations by other players. Three U.S. senators expressed their dismay in a letter to Goodell that the punishment did not send a strong enough message against domestic violence. We have very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable here in the NFL and there will be consequences for that," Goodell told reporters in Canton, Ohio, site of Saturday's Hall of Fame inductions.
Goodell defends Rice punishment deemed 'light' by critics
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson of the US during the 39th Ryder Cup on September 25, 2012 in Medinah, IllinoisTiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been paired together for the first two rounds of the 96th PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced Friday. Groups revealed for next Thursday and Friday at the year's final major at Valhalla Golf Club also saw the traditional pairing of the three major winners from earlier this year. Mickelson, who failed in his bid to complete a career grand slam in June at the US Open, and Woods, the 14-time major champion who will be making only his fourth start since back surgery four months ago, will be joined by Irishman Padraig Harrington. Woods, who won the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla, has a checkered history with Mickelson, notably a Ryder Cup pairing in which he delievered a death-stare glance at Mickelson in a foursomes match after the left-hander sent his tee shot into the deep rough.
Tiger, Phil together again at PGA Championship
PGA: WGC - Bridgestone Invitational-First Round(Reuters) - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will continue their long rivalry when they play together in the first two rounds at the PGA Championship in Kentucky next week. Americans Woods and Mickelson and Irishman Padraig Harrington, the 2008 champion, will tee off in the first round at 8:35 a.m. ET (1235 GMT) on Thursday at Valhalla in Kentucky, and at 1:45 p.m. ET (1745 GMT) on Friday. The PGA of America could have given Tom Watson, captain of next month’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, a chance to observe up close the two stars, who are in danger of failing to earn automatic spots. ...
Woods, Mickelson, Harrington grouped at PGA Championship
Workers try to clear water from the floor of Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus from a broken thirty inch water mainBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday. The large pipe under Sunset Boulevard, just north of the University of California at Los Angeles, ruptured under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, spouting a 40-foot geyser and sending some 20 million gallons of water across the north end of campus. The flood swamped campus athletic fields, underground parking garages and several buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the arena built in 1965 which has become famous as home to the university's basketball teams. Most of those facilities were back to normal, athletic director Dan Guerrero said in an Internet message to students on Friday, but Pauley Pavilion's entire wooden floor would be replaced with a new "state of the art" court.
Floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break
Aug 1 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will continue their long rivalry when they play together in the first two rounds at the PGA Championship in Kentucky next week. Americans Woods and Mickelson and Irishman Padraig Harrington, the 2008 champion, will tee off in the first round at 8:35 a.m. ET (1235 GMT) on Thursday at Valhalla in Kentucky, and at 1:45 p.m. ET (1745 GMT) on Friday. The PGA of America could have given Tom Watson, captain of next month's U.S. Ryder Cup team, a chance to observe up close the two stars, who are in danger of failing to earn automatic spots. ...
Golf-Woods, Mickelson, Harrington grouped at PGA Championship
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FILE - This March 21, 2014 file photo shows actress Cheryl Hines, right, posing with her fiance Robert F. Kennedy Jr., at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's An Evening of Environmental Excellence in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kennedy Jr. and Hines are planning to wed at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod. Kennedy's cousin, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, says the wedding is planned for Saturday afternoon, Aug. 2, at Ethel Kennedy's home in Hyannis Port, Mass. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines are planning to tie the knot in a wedding at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts.
Robert Kennedy Jr. to marry actress Cheryl Hines
FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, Dave Matthews of The Dave Matthews Band performs on stage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Live Nation’s partnership with Yahoo to stream one concert live every day _ which began with the Dave Matthews Band on July 15, 2014 _ is a rare win for music fans because it gives them high-quality concert footage for free in a way that also helps the companies providing it. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.
Concerts on Yahoo make best of industry struggles
This June 17, 2014 photo released by Danny Zelisko shows Dick Wagner, left, and Alice Cooper. Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, July 30, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71. (AP Photo/Danny Zelisko)NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71.
Guitarist, songwriter for Alice Cooper dies at 71
FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, Mark Ruffalo arrives at the New York premiere of "Begin Again," in New York. After actor Wallace Shawn decided to lend his name and very recognizable voice to the growing dissent against Israel's actions in Gaza, he had people on the street express their disappointment in him. Ruffalo has tweeted on the issue frequently and said he's seen his following fluctuate because of it. But he's committed to using his social media voice for more than just entertainment. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn't hesitate to sign on. Actor Wallace Shawn is willing to put up with jeers on the street for his opinions about the violence. And Mark Ruffalo is determined to air his views about the fighting on Twitter, no matter the cost to his social media numbers.
Growing number of stars risk opinions on conflict
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014 photo, Helen Mirren and Lasse Hallstrom embrace during press day for "The Hundred-Foot Journey" at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles. In the film directed by Hallstrom, Mirren plays Madame Mallory, a prickly and particular restaurateur who takes overcooked asparagus as a personal affront. Her Michelin-starred restaurant, set in a quaint village that looks like a postcard, is among the most celebrated in France, and Mallory presides unforgivingly over its staff and cuisine. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/APLOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren lowers her voice to a whisper and her eyes take on a devious twinkle as she makes a confession: When she has a really good time making a movie, as she did on "The Hundred-Foot Journey," she fears: "Oh my God, is it going to suck?"
Could Helen Mirren forget how to act? She worries
Demonstrators play their musical instruments outside Lincoln Center during a protest over a labor dispute with New York's Metropolitan Opera, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in New York. Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. The company announced late Thursday that the delay was requested by a federal mediator who had arrived just hours earlier to try to resolve the labor standoff. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers at the Metropolitan Opera said Friday they want to work with management to avoid shutting down one of New York City's most prestigious cultural institutions.
Met Opera workers say they hope to avert lockout
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein speaks during the festival in Newport, R.I. Wein introduced his Newport All-Stars band at the festival in 1954, and is scheduled to perform with the latest edition of the band 60 years later on the festival's closing day Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Fort Adams Park. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein doesn't know if this year will mark the end of a tradition dating back to the inaugural event 60 years ago: playing with his Newport All-Stars band.
Wein to lead Newport All-Stars 1 more time
Singer Katy Perry performs her song "Roar" at an event for the Special Olympics hosted by President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics.
At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics
A view of the Banksy mural which targets the issue of Government surveillance with silver and red paint sprayed over it, Cheltenham, England, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced. "Spy Booth" shows three agents in trench coats and trilby hats eavesdropping on a phone booth. It appeared in April on a wall in Cheltenham, western England, home of spy agency GCHQ. A local group formed to save the work after the building's owner attempted to have it removed and sold. Campaigner Angela De Souza said a local businessman had agreed to buy and preserve the work. But on Friday it was covered in scrawled graffiti letters. De Souza said conservators were in “a race against time” to save it. Banksy works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auction, and several of his outdoor pieces have recently been stripped from walls and sold. (AP Photo/Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.
Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced
This undated image provided by ComicConnect.com shows a a nearly mint 1962 copy of the first Incredible Hulk comic book. It is being actioned online along with a 1939 copy of Detective Comics, which featured one of the earliest appearances of Batman and a 1942 Archie comic book, Archie No. 1, which marked the first time the red-headed character appeared in his own magazine. (AP Photo/ComicConnect.com)NEW YORK (AP) — Batman creator Bob Kane's own copies of the Caped Crusader's earliest appearances are going up for auction.
Batman creator's personal copies to be auctioned
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than 60,000 fans are rocking to a free Blake Shelton concert on the Atlantic City beach.
Atlantic City hosts free Blake Shelton concert
Pamela AndersonCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.
Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Legendary journalist Larry King speaks to Brian Lowry, TV Critic, Variety, as a part of a panel during the "OJ: Trial of the Century" Premiere at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Danny Moloshok/ AP Images for Discovery Communications Inc.)NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly, former CNN prime-time stars Larry King and Piers Morgan aren't big fans of each other.
Larry King and Piers Morgan trade jabs
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault.
Police: Costumed girl injured at Comic-Con fell
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor.
Lawsuit over Slipknot bassist's death dismissed
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, file photo, A 43 year old Congolese patient, center, who has been confirmed to have Ebola hemorrhagic fever, following laboratory tests, is comforted by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) nurse Isabel Grovas, left, and Doctor Hilde Declerck, right, in Kampungu, Kasai Occidental province, Congo. In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn’t changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease. A number are being developed, but none have been rigorously tested in humans. One experimental treatment, though, was tried this week in an American aid worker sick with Ebola, according to the U.S-based group that she works for in Liberia. Without a specific treatment, doctors and nurses focus on easing the disease’s symptoms _ fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea _ and on keeping patients hydrated and comfortable. (AP Photo/WHO, Christopher Black, File)LONDON (AP) — In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.
Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?
In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown. On Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta next week for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.
Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment
FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Colorado marijuana regulators have drafted an emergency rule aimed at making it easier for new marijuana users to tell how much pot they are eating. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Marijuana can go in more than brownies and cookies. And the dizzying variety of foods that can be infused with the drug is complicating matters for Colorado regulators who want to make sure pot-infused edibles and drinks won't be confused with regular foods.
Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot
CDC to send 50 medical experts to infected areas.
Watch: Ebola Outbreak Prompts Dispatch of Health Workers
Infected Americans to be transported from Liberia to US facility.
Watch: Ebola Patients to be Treated on US Soil
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said. The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and gasoline bombs at soldiers. Fighting flared between Israel and militant groups in Gaza again on Friday after a three-day truce collapsed shortly after taking effect.
Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank clashes: medics
Avoiding Deadly Dehydration: 8 Vital Questions to Ask Yourself Before You HikeRecently, we read the tragic news about an actor from the beloved Harry Potter series dying from heat-related illness. The 50-year-old British actor, David Legeno, played the werewolf villain Fenrir Greyback. Legeno died while hiking near Death Valley, California, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Office. The saddest part of this is that...
Avoiding Deadly Dehydration: 8 Vital Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hike
What Happens Once Ebola Patients Arrive in the USTwo American Aid Workers Will Be Treated in the United States
What Happens Once Ebola Patients Arrive in the US
In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown. On Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta next week for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.
Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment
Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly speaking with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday. A plane equipped to transport Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol can carry only one patient back at a time, and Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse said it did not know who would return first. Both medical evacuations are due to be completed by early next week, said North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, as officials said bringing the stricken aid workers to the United States would not put the American public at risk. The patients are aid workers from Samaritan's Purse and North Carolina-based missionary group SIM USA who were helping respond to a West Africa Ebola outbreak that is the worst on record.
Two relief workers with Ebola to be evacuated to Atlanta
West Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a $100 million (75 million euro) action plan which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.
West Africa seals off Ebola outbreak epicentre
Sierra Leonean President Koroma, Liberian President Sirleaf and Guinean President Conde speak during a conference on the Ebola virus in ConakryBy Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it. WHO chief Margaret Chan told a meeting of the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst affected - that the epidemic was outpacing efforts to contain it and warned of catastrophic consequences in lost lives and economic disruption if the situation were allowed to deteriorate. "The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries," Chan said after the meeting.
African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak
Two US citizens, including Dr. Kent Brantly, suffering from Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States to be cared for in strict isolation in the coming days, the State Department saysTwo Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, officials said Friday. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, are being flown home but the exact timing of their arrival is uncertain, their aid groups said. The World Health Organization said the fast-moving outbreak was causing "catastrophic" loss of life in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. "The safety and security of US citizens is our paramount concern," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, confirming her agency was facilitating the medical evacuation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
US evacuating two Americans sick with Ebola
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Prospective medical marijuana growers in Florida are struggling to figure out a legal way to obtain starter cannabis plants under a new state law allowing for limited medical use, the bill's sponsor and other experts say. Florida lawmakers failed to address how growers licensed by the state would acquire a non-euphoric strain of marijuana, such as "Charlotte's Web," named for a Colorado girl who used the drug to get relief from epileptic seizures. ...
Legal complication clouds medical marijuana rollout in Florida
By TG Branfalt Jr. NEW YORK (Reuters) - David Cassidy, the "Partridge Family" star and 1970s teen idol, will have to appear in a New York court to face a drunken driving charge after missing a proceeding related to his plea deal, apparently because he was playing a game of bocce nearby. Cassidy, 64, was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated. He was initially allowed to forego an in-person appearance at Schodack Town Court that is typically required in criminal cases because he lives in Florida and the court was told he was undergoing substance abuse treatment. Cassidy's lawyer, Lucas Mihuta, was set to sign an agreement that would have allowed Cassidy to enter a guilty plea on misdemeanor charges without being present.
Former teen idol Cassidy faces NY court appearance on DWI charge
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Handout of a deep-sea octopus is shown on the ledge near the bottom of Monterey CanyonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If someone were to create an award for "mother of the year" in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender. Scientists on Wednesday described how the female of an octopus species that dwells almost a mile below the sea surface spends about 4-1/2 years brooding her eggs, protecting them vigilantly until they hatch while forgoing any food for herself. It is the longest known egg-brooding period for any animal, they wrote in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. ...
Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years
Handout illustration of the dinosaur lineage that evolved into birdsAn international team of scientists on Thursday described an extraordinary evolutionary process that unfolded over a period of 50 million years in which a lineage of carnivorous dinosaurs shrank steadily and acquired numerous traits that led to the first appearance of birds. The researchers, using techniques developed by molecular biologists to reconstruct virus evolution, examined 1,500 anatomical traits in 120 different dinosaurs from the theropod group. "Our study measured the rate of evolution of different groups of theropod dinosaurs," said lead researcher Michael Lee, a paleontologist at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum.
How do you make a bird? Shrink a dinosaur for 50 million years
People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space. Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet’s remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon. "Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been a long time coming," Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.
Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The lead in human teeth holds clues about where a person grew up and can help criminal investigators and archaeologists working with old or decomposed corpses, according to a University of Florida researcher. Because lead ore deposits around the world differ, and as young people's teeth absorb traces of the metal in the environment, the region where a person grew up can be distinguished through lead analysis of a tooth, said geologist George Kamenov. "If you were born in Europe and then came to the U.S., yes, I will be able to see that," Kamenov said. In addition to aiding authorities in identifying bodies, the analysis can help archaeologists locate human remains on an historical timeline, he said.
Lead in teeth holds secrets of person's origins, research shows
A view of the Safran Composites, their new research center dedicated to next-generation aerospace materials in Itteville near ParisAirbus Group and Safran on Wednesday named Alain Charmeau as the head of a new venture designed to reorganize Europe's space launch activities. The two companies said in June they had agreed to create a 50-50 joint venture in space launchers, combining Airbus's launch systems with Safran's propulsion systems. The venture is expected eventually to incorporate the marketing teams for Europe's Ariane space rocket, currently in the European consortium Arianespace, and some design teams from French and German space agencies. It is the first concrete step toward consolidation after Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders called for a shake-up to preserve Europe's commercial access to space in the face of new competition.
Airbus, Safran name Alain Charmeau to run space joint venture
Why Millions of 'Sailing' Creatures Are Invading West Coast BeachesAn invasion is afoot along beaches from Oregon to California: Millions of glassy purple, jellyfish-like sea creatures that look like sailboats have been washing ashore.
Why Millions of 'Sailing' Creatures Are Invading West Coast Beaches
A new blood and saliva test that looks for traces of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can predict whether some people with oral cancers will have their cancer come back, early research suggests. It helps to know as soon as possible that cancer has returned, because tumors that are caught early are easier to treat. In the study, the researchers analyzed blood and saliva samples from 93 people with head and neck cancers; The researchers looked for fragments of DNA from HPV-16, a strain of the virus that is strongly linked with head and neck cancer.
Blood Test Could Predict Oral Cancer Recurrence
See Which Cities Attract the World's Greatest MindsBe born in Boston and move to New York City. Using a database of more than 2,000 years of notable names, stretching back to King David of Israel and Judah in 1069 B.C., researchers tracked the rise and fall of cultural centers in Europe and North America over hundreds of years. They found that Paris was a magnet for talent, drawing 70 percent of France's notables over the centuries, and that Germany has long consisted of multiple, smaller, cultural centers competing for brains and creativity. "This paper is the first step," study researcher Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, told Live Science.
See Which Cities Attract the World's Greatest Minds
Marketing the Moon: How Space Collectors Retold the Story of Apollo's SuccessAt an upcoming space artifact auction, among the selection of astronauts' autographs, spacecraft parts and mission patches, is a 45-year-old press kit from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. That's the case laid out — both figuratively and literally — by David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek in "Marketing the Moon" (MIT Press, 2014), a richly-illustrated, engaging coffee-table-style book covering why the secret to NASA's Apollo success was not just its astronauts, engineers and scientists, but also the public relations officers who helped to make "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth" more than just a political tagline.
Marketing the Moon: How Space Collectors Retold the Story of Apollo's Success
US Air Force to Launch New GPS Satellite TonightThe United States Air Force will loft a new, advanced GPS satellite into orbit tonight (Aug. 1), and you can watch the launch live online. The Air Force's GPS 2F-7 is set to launch to space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at 11:23 p.m. EDT (0323 Aug. 2 GMT) on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "GPS is a system of satellites, ground stations and user equipment that produce the signals needed to enable positioning, navigation and timing services to users worldwide," Col. Bill Cooley, director of the Global Positioning System Directorate, told reporters last week. "The GPS constellation is healthy, robust and more capable than it has ever been in GPS history." [The World's Tallest Rockets Compared]
US Air Force to Launch New GPS Satellite Tonight
Transparent Bodies: Mice Go See-Through For Science"Although the idea of tissue clearing has been around for a century, to our knowledge, this is the first study to perform whole-body clearing, as opposed to first extracting and then clearing organs outside the adult body," study researcher Viviana Gradinaru, a neuroscientist at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, said in a statement. Follow Tanya Lewis on Twitter and Google+.
Transparent Bodies: Mice Go See-Through For Science
Vintage NASA Spacecraft to Tackle Interplanetary ScienceA private team is priming a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft to perform new science as it travels through interplanetary space after attempts to move the probe into a position closer to Earth failed. "We're disappointed we couldn't put it in the L-1 orbit, but we had a lot of scientists saying we're more interested in interplanetary space," Keith Cowing, co-leader of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, told Space.com.
Vintage NASA Spacecraft to Tackle Interplanetary Science
Inventor of the Intelligent Knife Zoltan Takats speaks to the media at St Mary's Hospital in LondonBy Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian scientists are aiming for the first prototype of a new device in two years that will help surgeons distinguish between healthy tissue and tumours in a split-second as they operate and remove cancerous tissue precisely. Hungarian chemist Zoltan Takats started to work on the technology in 2002 in the United States and from 2004 onwards at the Budapest Semmelweis Medical University in cooperation with the Imperial College London, where he works now. Last week, U.S.-based Waters Corporation acquired the technology - called Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) - from Hungarian start-up firm MediMass Ltd. Waters said in a July 22 statement on its website that the technology could be used to create the "Intelligent Knife" or "iKnife," a device "in the conceptual stages of development that could potentially be used for real-time diagnostics in surgery".
Hungarian scientists aim for prototype of cancer surgery device
The 17th century French philosopher René Descartes proposed the notion of "cogito ergo sum" ("I think, therefore I am"), the idea that the mere act of thinking about one's existence proves there is someone there to do the thinking. "The only thing you know is, 'I am conscious.' Any theory has to start with that," said Christof Koch, a neuroscientist and the chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Neuroscience in Seattle. In the last few decades, neuroscientists have begun to attack the problem of understanding consciousness from an evidence-based perspective. In fact, Koch and Francis Crick, the molecular biologist whofamously helped discover the double-helix structure of DNA, had previously hypothesized that this region might integrate information across different parts of the brain, like the conductor of a symphony.
Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Tests of water off the U.S. West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the U.S. shore, scientists said on Tuesday. Results obtained this week in tests of water gathered by an Oregon conservation group and tested by East Coast scientists came in as expected with no Fukushima-linked radiation, and five more tests are planned at six-month intervals to see if radiation levels will climb. "We've seen radiation halfway across the Pacific, north of Hawaii, but in U.S. waters there has been none, yet," Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist Ken Buesseler said. Tests of some fish species, which can race across the ocean more quickly than slow-moving currents, have shown higher levels of radiation, although radiation levels in sea life off the U.S. shore are still safe, Buesseler said.
No Fukushima radiation in tests off U.S. West Coast: scientists
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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)President Obama urged that US officials who used torture not be judged too harshly.
Obama: After 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’
NYPD 'Chokehold' Death Raises Questions Over Use of ForceNEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a police officer on a New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide.
Official: NYC Police chokehold ruled a homicide
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Legendary journalist Larry King speaks to Brian Lowry, TV Critic, Variety, as a part of a panel during the "OJ: Trial of the Century" Premiere at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Danny Moloshok/ AP Images for Discovery Communications Inc.)NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly, former CNN prime-time stars Larry King and Piers Morgan aren't big fans of each other.
War of words erupts between Larry King &Piers Morgan
A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic"A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic." The "Send This Instead" free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, provides 57 humorous and sarcastic retorts to sexting requests, as well as a link to police to report sexual harassment. It is aimed at Canadian teens, but will be available worldwide when it is officially launched at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas on August 11-14. "When you are feeling pressured to send intimate images to someone online, Send This Instead," reads a description of the app on Apple's and Google's app stores.
Canadian police launch anti-sexting app for kids
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell saw an e-mail exchange on Friday between the governor's wife and a businessman that defense attorneys said was evidence the pair were having an affair. Lawyers for McDonnell's wife, Maureen, said at the start of the couple's corruption trial that their marriage had been unraveling at the time they accepted gifts from a businessman who they said Maureen McDonnell had a "crush" on.
Jury in former Va. governor's corruption trial sees racy e-mail
President Barack Obama speaks about Congress, foreign policy and immigration, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)'Unconditional release' is required If Hamas wants to resolve Gaza conflict, Obama says.
Obama: Israeli soldier must be freed
Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographWest Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a $100 million (75 million euro) action plan which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.
Ebola-hit countries move to seal off hot zones, borders
San Diego wildfireA teenage girl charged with setting a California wildfire that burned 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego in May has been ordered by a judge to submit to a mental competency exam, prosecutors said on Friday. She has been identified only by her first name, Cheyenne, because she is a minor. Cheyenne, who could be required to stand trial as an adult, was ordered to undergo the mental competency evaluation by a judge during a hearing earlier this week, San Diego County District Attorney's spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said.
Teen girl to get head examined after setting 2K acre wildfire
Female Iranian worshippers take part in the Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday.
New alcohol rehab center opens in...Iran?
Two US citizens, including Dr. Kent Brantly, suffering from Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States to be cared for in strict isolation in the coming days, the State Department saysTwo Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, officials said Friday. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, are being flown home but the exact timing of their arrival is uncertain, their aid groups said. The World Health Organization said the fast-moving outbreak was causing "catastrophic" loss of life in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. "The safety and security of US citizens is our paramount concern," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, confirming her agency was facilitating the medical evacuation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
US brings 2 Americans sick with Ebola back home
Gerrymandering may end with new redistricting requirementsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to hold a special session to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
2014 game changer? New Florida voting map ordered
Accessibility logoLate last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will require the removal of the word "handicapped" from signs, and unveiled a new, updated accessibility logo — part of an effort to destigmatize people with disabilities.
Big change coming to "disabilities" logo
The wine bar will be housed in the hospital's palliative care unitA hospital in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients will be able to enjoy a "medically-supervised" glass or two with their families. Nothing justifies such an prohibition," the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital Center said in statement. The center's head, Dr. Virginie Guastella, said terminally ill patients had the right to "enjoy themselves". Although some researchers have long held that an antioxidant found in red wine is good for the heart, some recent research has determined that wine's health benefits are exaggerated.
Cheers: French hospital plans wine bar for terminally ill
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of television-over-the-Internet service Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. After the Supreme Court's ruling against the company, Aereo is now using the high court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like other cable TV companies. In Aereo’s view, that means broadcasters must license its signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aereo Inc, the video streaming company that suspended service after the U.S. Supreme Court found it violated copyrights of television broadcasters, has urged a federal judge to let it operate like a cable system, saying it likely would not otherwise survive. In a Thursday night filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the start-up backed by billionaire Barry Diller said it needed emergency help because it could not continue incurring "staggering costs" without having revenue come in, and required "some time" to make the necessary technological changes. "Unless it is able to resume operations in the immediate future, the company will likely not survive," Aereo said. "The company is figuratively bleeding to death." Bruce Keller, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton representing the broadcasters, declined to comment on Friday.
'Bleeding to death': Aereo seeks court's help to function as cable company
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.
House moves toward vote on border bill
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Oscar Pistorius has sold the house where he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius Sells House Where He Killed Girlfriend
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating, sees gradual decline in national debt
Moody's Upgrades Greece's Credit Rating
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating, sees gradual decline in national debt
Moody's Upgrades Greece's Credit Rating, Sees Gradual Decline in National Debt
China's appetite for fish bladders may send porpoise to brink of extinction
China Bladder Trade Sending Porpoise to Extinction
A look at Israeli soldiers who have been captured and later swapped
A Look at Israeli Soldiers Who Have Been Captured
French officials: first remains of victims of Air Algerie crash in Paris for identification
Remains of Air Algerie Crash Victims Now in Paris
Tunisia closes border crossing with Libya after people fleeing violence try to break through
Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya After Violence
Uruguay's world-renowned plan to create national marketplace for legal marijuana under fire
Uruguayan Pot Marketplace May Go up in Smoke
UK police say fire that gutted landmark seaside pier may have been started deliberately
Police Say UK Pier Fire May Have Been Arson
Gunmen shoot and kill another Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu as he leaves a mosque
Gunmen Kill Another Somali Lawmaker in Mogadishu
China says 9 suspects killed, 1 caught in Xinjiang police action amid rising militant violence
China Says 9 Suspects Killed in Xinjiang Raid
ABC News' Terry Moran speaks to residents in northern Gaza who hoped for a lasting ceasefire.
Watch: Palestinian Recalls Sudden End to Brief Israel-Gaza Ceasefire
Images from across the globe: Taiwan Gas Explosion Destruction, Gaza City Rubble, Scores Missing In India Landslide, River Otter Waterslide
Watch: Day in Pictures: 8/1/14
Fighting erupts only a few hours after cease-fire was established.
Watch: IDF Soldier Captured by Hamas
Israel says it will continue fighting until Hamas tunnel network is destroyed.
Watch: Israel Calls 16,000 Additional Reservists
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The death of a Staten Island man who was put into a choke hold by the New York Police Department was ruled a homicide today by the city's medical examiner.
NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide
Ex-banker sentenced in New York for making inside trades linked to child support
Ex-Banker Sentenced in NY Insider Trading Case
5 states still competing for Tesla gigafactory; Nevada hopes groundwork near Reno is good sign
Nevada No Lock for Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork
Steps North Texas city of Wichita Falls has taken to save water as 4-year drought persists
Steps North Texas City Has Taken to Save Water
Sudanese family 'very tired,' thankful for efforts to free woman from death sentence in Sudan
Sudanese Family 'Very Tired,' Thankful for Freedom
In political sea change, immigrants in the US illegally can get driver's licenses in Colorado
Colorado Issuing Driver's Licenses to Immigrants
Parched North Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation using biodegradable layer
Parched Texas City Hopes to Cut Lake Evaporation
Virginia clerk seeks delay in ruling striking down gay marriage; seeks appeal in Supreme Court
Stay Sought in Ruling on Va. Gay-Marriage Ban
Park service tentatively OKs plan to kill 2,800 deer at Civil War battlefields to save plants
Plans to Kill 2,800 Deer on Civil War Battlefields
Prosecutor: Kansas foster father high on marijuana when he left 10-month-old girl in hot car
Prosecutor: Foster Father High in Hot Car Death
Ole Miss renaming Confederate Drive, taking other steps to recognize its own racial diversity
Ole Miss Taking More Steps for Racial Diversity
As fear mounts over Ebola patients returning to US, Tropical Storm Bertha churns in the Atlantic, and a pack of coyotes terrorize CA neighborhood.
Watch: Two Ebola Patients Coming to US; Gaza Cease-fire Collapses
Report says Eric Garner's death, which was caught on video, was caused by a police officer's choke hold.
Watch: Medical Examiner Rules NYPD Choke Hold Death A Homicide
Two were arrested for an illegal grow operation after house raid in connection with the April Millsap murder investigation.
Watch: Police Raid House in Teen Murder Investigation, Make Pot Bust
ABC News' Ryan Owens lets Texas residents in on a secret about pushing the button to cross the street.
Watch: Does That Crosswalk Button Actually Work?
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ABC News: Politics
As if to say, "don't let the door hit you on your way out," President Obama decided to take a big swat at Republican lawmakers today.
7 Ways Obama Called Republicans Bums Today
Iowans are asking: Where's Hillary Clinton? It's been 2,401 days since she visited the important caucus state.
It's Been 2,401 Days Since Hillary Clinton Visited Iowa
There is currently no uniform way to measure how stoned someone is.
Driving While Stoned: Congress Searches for a Test Standard
The Iowa caucuses can make or break presidential candidates just like they did for Barack Obama in 2008. But caucuses, unlike a regular primary, take a lot more effort for the average voter. Like clockwork every four years, Hawkeye State voters gather in meetings to...
5 Ways Democrats May Boost Turnout at 2016 Iowa Caucuses
This Sunday, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, come to “This Week.� The powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, New Yorker editor David Remnick,...
Sunday on 'This Week': White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer
“We did some things that were contrary to our values,� the president said.
'We Tortured Some Folks,' Obama Says
House Republicans wrangled behind closed doors today to win approval of conservatives to pass an emergency spending bill that would address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. A vote on the revamped $694 million was expected later today.
Obama Dismisses House GOP Border Crisis Bill
 Reprinted from Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate by Ken Hughes by permission of the University of Virginia Press. For more information and to purchase the book, click here. INTRODUCTION What more could we possibly need to know about Watergate? Four decades...
Book Excerpt: 'Chasing Shadows' by Ken Hughes
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK BORDER-FUNDING BILL: Last night Senate Republicans blocked a bill to provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the U.S. With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did...
Abandoning The Border?
The money is earmarked to institute reforms at the beleaguered agency.
Congress Approves $15 Billion VA Deal
Money was to deal with crisis of minors illegally entering the U.S.
Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border-Funding Bill
Obama touts "longest streak of private sector job creation."
Watch: President Obama Remarks on Jobs and Economy
The president chides Congress' for lack of action as a five-week vacation begins for legislators.
Watch: Obama: 'Congress Should Stop Standing in The Way of Our Country's Success'
President takes action on federal contractors despite Republican lawsuit accusing Obama of sidestepping Congress.
Watch: Obama Signs Executive Order Amid GOP Lawsuit
The president and Democrats call the proposed lawsuit a political stunt.
Watch: House GOP Votes to Sue President Obama
MONEYScope
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
ABC News: Money
What does Amazon's newest addition to its board of directors signal?
What Does Amazon's Newest Board Member Bring?
Ahead of its first earnings announcement since going public, camera maker GoPro posted a video of a stuntman jumping off the rooftop of a building while wearing the high-definition Hero3 model.
Incredible GoPro Video as Stuntman Jumps From Roof
The lifestyle of Tim Chantarangsu, a YouTube sensation with 2.5 million subscribers, reflects that of a young man who makes enough to pay for his parents' mortgage while enjoying his youth.
A Day in the Life of the YouTube Star Who Paid His Parents' Mortgage
Government says GM owner website was faulty, urges owners to recheck for recalls
Government Says GM Owner Site Was Faulty
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway 2Q profit up 41 percent; boost from Graham stock-swap deal
Berkshire Hathaway 2Q Profit Jumps 41 Percent
Business Highlights
How the Dow Jones industrial average and other major indexes fared on Friday
How the Dow Jones Average Fared Friday
Gas prices post rare July decline, lowest price to start August in 4 years
Rare Summer Relief for Gasoline Prices
Bally Technologies, LinkedIn, Procter & Gamble, and Tesla are big market movers
LinkedIn and Tesla Are Big Market Movers
Federal government meets goal for giving 23 percent of contracting dollars to small businesses
Govt Meets Goal for Small Business Contracts
Top selling vehicles in the US in July
Top Selling Vehicles in the US in July
US stock market closes out its worst week in two years, interrupting a prolonged rally
US Stocks Have Their Worst Week in Two Years
Dominique Howard, 21, a receptionist at JPMorgan Chase in New York City, became the first woman to win the title in the competition's 13-year history.
See What It Takes to Be Microsoft Word World Champion
Shares soar on better than average earnings.
Watch: Investors Connect With LinkedIn
Jobs report comes in lower than expected, shows the unemployment rate is creeping up slowly.
Watch: 209K Jobs Added in July, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 6.2 Percent
SciTech
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
ABC News: Technology
Device to show a player's position, speed, acceleration and total distance run.
Why NFL Players Will Soon Have a Real Chip on Their Shoulders
The social network is helping expand Internet use across the globe.
Facebook Brings Free Internet to Users in Zambia
The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean baseball team, need all the help they can get.
The Baseball Team So Bad It's Putting Robots in Empty Seats
Search-and-rescue team helps scientists pull rare whale fossil from California backyard
Rare Whale Fossil Pulled From California Backyard
Microsoft sues Samsung over dispute regarding royalty payments for Android phones
Microsoft Sues Samsung in Royalty Dispute
Free concerts on Yahoo make best of music industry's struggles
Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles
Google says it sold barge in Maine; it's headed out to sea, containers to be scrapped
Google Confirms It Sold Barge Docked in Maine
Facebook suffered a brief outage.
Facebook Has Second Outage in 2 Months
Yahoo complains to highest German court over law broadening Internet copyright protection
Yahoo Takes Copyright Law to Top German Court
2-pound Michigan newborn parents call 'Mighty Girl' 1 of smallest to undergo heart procedure
2-Pound Michigan Baby Undergoes Heart Procedure
Once defiant about alleged spying on Senate staffers, CIA director apologizes to top senators
CIA Director Reverses Himself on Senate Spying
Interior Department, water suppliers pitch in $11M to try to conserve Colorado River basin
$11M Deal Struck to Conserve Colorado River Basin
What about users living in the United States?
Why 3 Countries, and Not the US, Get Instagram's New 'Bolt' App First
Your dog's name could be just the computer password you need.
Why Weak Passwords Aren't Always a Bad Idea
NFL players will have computer chips in their shoulder pads to measure speed and hits.
Watch: TechBytes: NFL, Zuckerberg
Health
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
ABC News: Health
Fears have grown since American doctors planned to be taken to U.S.
Is It Safe to Bring Ebola Patients to the US?
People whose twin has died have found one another on Facebook.
Twinless Twins Grieve Together
An Ebola outbreak has infected 1,323 people and killed 729 of them.
Why We Don't Have an Ebola Vaccine
Most bites from brown recluse spiders go unnoticed, experts say. But not the one that turned Jessica Blessing’s leg blue.
Tennessee Teen, Once Bitten, Now Scared of Spiders
US issues highest-level travel warning for 3 west African countries over Ebola.
US Warns Against Traveling to Ebola-Hit Countries
When it comes to exercise, even a little can go a long way.
Why 6 Seconds of Exercise Can Be as Worthwhile as 90 Minutes
See the "plastic tent" in a plane that could fly infected Americans out of Africa.
How the US Government Could Evacuate Americans With Ebola
Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes and cause flesh-eating disease.
Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida
The aid group Samaritan's Purse is pulling nonessential personnel out of West Africa after two workers contracted Ebola.
Peace Corps Pulling Volunteers From Ebola-Affected Countries
An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials said.
Ebola, Spreading in Africa, Could Land in US
Dr. Shek Umar contracted the virus while helping others.
Top Sierra Leone Doctor Dies of Ebola
Surgeon General: Skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds
Generation of Tanners See Spike in Deadly Melanoma
Maybe athletes and President Obama are on to something.
Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes, Study Says
Drug doses and suppliers are sometimes kept secret, experts say.
What We Don’t Know About Lethal Injection Drugs
That love scene from "The Fault in Our Stars" is so intense.
Cancer Lessons I Learned From a Fictional Teenage Boy
Entertainment
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
ABC News: Entertainment
If you are like the rest of us, all you have been hearing today is that "Guardians of the Galaxy" is finally in theaters. Reviews, interviews with the cast, et cetera, et cetera. The only thing is "Guardians" is no "Avengers," no "X-Men," so aside from most die-hard comic fans, most poeple have no idea who these characters are. So, guess what, here you go -- the only cheat sheet you'll need before heading to the movie this weekend. Whether you see "Guardians of the Galaxy" is up to you, but here's a breakdown of the team.
All the Details of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Characters -- A Cheat Sheet
The "Scandal" actress went the sentimental route.
Why Kerry Washington Named Her Baby 'Isabelle'
Her parents thought they named her Maggie, but they didn't. Her real name is...
Maggie Gyllenhaal Discovers Her First Name Isn't 'Maggie'
At one point, "I had a very stuck idea of what a husband looks like," she said.
Jada Pinkett Smith Explains Why She and Will Smith Don't Have Marriage Rules
Get all the details of the James Brown biopic.
Will 'Get On Up' Make You Stand Up and Cheer?
After Kim Kardashian took Adrienne Bailon to task for mentioning her ex Rob Kardashian and how the family's famous name may have hurt her career, the singer and current co-host of "The Real" responded on Instagram. First, Kardashian, 33, tweeted on Wednesday, "Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian."
Adrienne Bailon Fires Back After Kim Kardashian Diss
Kim Kardashian was looking at some old photos and got inspired.
See Kim Kardashian '20 Pounds Lighter'
Vin Diesel opened up this morning on "Live with Kelly & Michael" when talking about his good friend Paul Walker, who died last year in a car crash. The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star said that he grew up in the "bouncing world" and that he was used to losing people, but that his bond with Walker was much different. "We grew up in the business together and became famous together ... he was my partner," Diesel, 47, said, admitting the subject of his death was "heavy."
Vin Diesel: How Kelly Ripa Helped Me Out Early in My Career
Well, Chad Kroeger sure knows how to celebrate a wedding anniversary. The Nickelback frontman got his wife Avril Lavigne a ridiculous 17-carat ring to celebrate the couple's first year together.
Avril Lavigne Gets 17-Carat Anniversary Gift From Chad Kroeger
Hilary Duff is back releasing new music after a seven-year hiatus. The actress and singer, 26, told Billboard for its Pop Shop Podcast that she was "nervous" to get back into the studio. Her first single "Chasing the Sun" was released earlier this week.
Hilary Duff Says Separation from Mike Comrie 'Has Been Very Difficult'
The singer is expecting her first child with her husband, Tim Witherspoon.
Kelly Rowland Accidentally Reveals Her Baby's Gender
Netflix announced that more than 50 new titles will be released throughout the month.
'The Mighty Ducks,' 'Freaky Friday,' 'Mad Max' and More: What's New on Netflix in August
Stars take sides in reported scuffle between Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber.
#Team Orlando Bloom: Stars Line Up for Actor in Justin Bieber Fight
For the first time in more than two decades, Paul Hogan is a single man again. However, he's not letting his divorce get him down.
Paul Hogan 'Hasn't Given Up' on Love After Divorce
Who Knew Vin Diesel could sing!? The "Fast & Furious" star sounds like a jacked Barry White when he offered to cover Sam Smith's "Sta With Me" while speaking to Capital FM promoting his new hit movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Watch Vin Diesel Sing Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'
Travel
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
ABC News: Travel
It's hard to imagine much heat relief could be found among the thousands of people who packed this pool, but that's just what these swimmers were seeking.
Why All These People Jumped Into the Pool
Don't book a garden view and end up looking at the parking lot.
Choose Your View at Caribbean Resort
These hotel infinity pools from travel site Trivago will have you planning your next vacation, stat.
Photos: 8 Unbelievable, Incredible Infinity Pools
Hotel Suite of the Week: Bungalows at Hidden Pond Resort
Photos: Hotel Suite of the Week: Bungalows at Hidden Pond Resort
The fleet is refurbished, with extra legroom, wi-fi and an app on the way.
At 100, Greyhound Upgrades Fleet with Wi-Fi, Flashy Seats
Explore interesting sites off the same-old beaten path.
Where to Go in Philadelphia
Learn strategies for getting your luggage back with little hassle.
What to Do When the Airline Loses Your Bag
Here are our favorite luxe yet kid-friendly destinations.
Last-Minute Summer Vacations for All Ages
The strangest hotels around the world.
Photos: Incredible Northern Lights Views from New Floating Snowflake Hotel
The best family beaches according to FamilyVacationCritic.com
Photos: Where to Hit the Beach This Summer
For millions of Americans, vacation means quality time with their family and, of course, their pets. AAA and pet-friendly hotel chain Best Western teamed up for a photo contest of the best shots of traveling pets.
Photos: Pets on Vacation
These new thrill rides are worth the trip – and the scream.
Photos: 2013's Coolest New Coasters
Rarely seen photos of the development of the iconic ride.
Photos: Disney Celebrates 50 Years of 'It's a Small World'
Orient-Express Hotels is re-branding its trains, hotels and travel experiences.
Photos: Luxury Train Travel From Bygone Era Gets a Boost
PARENTS MAGAZINE NAMES 10 BEST CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS FOR FAMILIES IN 2014
Photos: 10 Best Caribbean Islands for Families
Relationships
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
GMA
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:27
ABC News: GMA
Two American patients stricken with Ebola will be flown from Africa to the U.S. in the next few days, ABC News has learned.
2 Americans With Ebola to Be Treated at Atlanta Hospital
Restaurant will bring pies to boats, docks and other lake locals.
Jet Ski Pizza Delivery Rides Wave in Michigan
If you are like the rest of us, all you have been hearing today is that "Guardians of the Galaxy" is finally in theaters. Reviews, interviews with the cast, et cetera, et cetera. The only thing is "Guardians" is no "Avengers," no "X-Men," so aside from most die-hard comic fans, most poeple have no idea who these characters are. So, guess what, here you go -- the only cheat sheet you'll need before heading to the movie this weekend. Whether you see "Guardians of the Galaxy" is up to you, but here's a breakdown of the team.
All the Details of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Characters -- A Cheat Sheet
A Tennessee doctor who placed himself in quarantine after volunteering in West Africa, where the Ebola virus is rampant, says he's "feeling well" and showing no sign of symptoms.
Why Ebola Doctor in Tennessee Is in Quarantine
Abigail Hernandez and her mother went to the local newspaper’s offices to thank the staff for keeping a ticker box showing how many days she had been missing throughout the ordeal.
Teen Saw Reports About Her Disappearance While Missing
Luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter staged a worldwide event to herald Sebba for his years of service.
Staff Treats Outgoing CEO to the Best Goodbye Party of All Time
At one point, "I had a very stuck idea of what a husband looks like," she said.
Jada Pinkett Smith Explains Why She and Will Smith Don't Have Marriage Rules
Move over, Barbie, and make room for Marie Curie.
Marie Curie to Pioneer New Doll Line
Excited fans geared up for the midnight showing of "Guardians of the Galaxy" were in for a surprise when they were greeted with the opening of a different movie.
Tears and Jeers: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Fans Surprised by Wrong Movie
Get all the details of the James Brown biopic.
Will 'Get On Up' Make You Stand Up and Cheer?
Nickelback frontman gave wife Avril Lavigne a 17-carat ring to celebrate their first anniversary.
Watch: Avril Lavigne Gets Whopping 17-Carat Anniversary Ring
ABC News' Sara Haines has the latest in the "Pop News" midday buzz.
Watch: See Nick Jonas' Unrecognizable Transformation for 'Kingdom' TV Show
Dr. Alan Jamison, who treated Ebola patients in Liberia, was told to stay in home.
Watch: Ebola: Doctor Quarantined in Tennessee
Long Lake, Michigan, business owner came up with a savvy way to serve his customers without them needing to dock.
Watch: Pizza Place Offers Delivery to Boats by Jet Ski
Pratt talks about his transition from lovable sitcom goof to action hero.
Watch: 'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Chris Pratt on His Rise to Stardom
Nightline
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:28
ABC News: Nightline
This is an extreme fitness competition so fierce, that athletes train for it for weeks, except they have no idea what challenges they will face until they arrive.
Inside Sweat-Fueled Smack Down of the CrossFit Games
It took paramedics 19 minutes to arrive at the home of a Florida State University professor shot in his garage after a neighbor called 911 – with the dispatcher’s confusion contributing to the delay and one EMS unit replaced by another, authorities said.
Shot FSU Professor Waited 19 Minutes for Ambulance
At 5-foot-9 and 213 pounds, the 22-year-old Chicago student says she often feels heavy and unattractive -- feelings that have pushed her to extremes.
When Being Curvy Hurts
ABC News' Terry Moran rode along with an Israeli armored unit into Gaza today.
Inside Israel's Search for Tunnels Used by Hamas
Made-for-TV movie was so successful, they made a sequel.
What Makes 'Sharknado 2' Better Than the Original?
Under federal law, unsolicited automated calls to your cell are illegal.
When Debt Collector Robocalls Hijack Your Cell Phone
One of OKCupid's most popular users offers tips to help users make their online dating experience better.
Why You're Not Getting Any Online Dates
Actor Chris Pratt never thought in his “wildest dreams� he would be asked to set the tone for a Marvel blockbuster film, cast in the lead role for “Guardians of the Galaxy.�
How Chris Pratt Went From Super Goof to Superhero
Palin called venture “a news channel that really is a lot more than news.�
Sarah Palin's New TV Channel Spawns Twitter Mockery
An in-dept look at the controversial felony murder case of the Elkhart Four.
Should Teens Be Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison?
The family of Matthew Campbell, a Montana man who is in prison after allegedly plotting to hire a hit man to kill his mother, says they have forgiven him.
Family Forgives Man Accused of Plotting a Hit on Own Mother
At just three-years-old, James, known as “Baby James,� is the pint-sized pride of southern Louisiana for his skills on the golf course.
3-Year-Old Golf Prodigy Has PGA Tour Dreams
Co-Anchor, Nightline
Dan Harris' Biography
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.� She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America� and “20/20.�
Juju Chang's Biography
Dan Abrams is a 'Nightline' Co-Anchor and the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News.
Dan Abrams' Biography
Primetime
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:28
ABC News: Primetime
Jaycee Dugard says she doesn't want to live in the past.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Tells Diane Sawyer About Moving On
On her first trip to New York City, Jaycee Dugard attended a star-studded awards ceremony, took in a Broadway play and was awed by the city's skyscrapers. But for her, the most memorable part of the trip was going for pizza. "Just walking down the street. With everybody. It was my favorite moment," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
Dugard Revels in Being Free in NYC
Abducted by strangers and held captive for 18 years.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard: The Full Interview
Jaycee Dugard revels in saying her name, a name she wasn't allowed to utter or even write for 18 years while she was held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir and in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer because she wants to live free of Phillip Garrido's secrets.
Jaycee Dugard: 'Life After Something Tragic'
Handcuffed in the backyard, her attacker, Phillip Garrido, is her only contact.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Dependent on Her Abductor
Phillip Garrido's wife is introduced bearing dolls and chocolate as gifts.
Watch: Introducing Jaycee Dugard to Nancy Garrido
While held captive she gives birth to two girls.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Pregnant at Age 14
Over 18 years, officials fail to detect a crime right under their noses.
Watch: Parole Officers Visit the House 60 Times
Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs look into Phillip Garrido's past after public rant
Watch: Unlikely Heroes Start to Investigate Garrido
The system failed despite Garrido being a known sex offender and being monitored
Watch: How Did Phillip Garrido Pull Off This Crime?
Nancy Garrido videotapes a parole officer as he conducts a surprise search.
Watch: Officer's Failed Search Caught on Tape
Adjusting to life after being rescued from the torments of Phillip Garrido.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Recovers With the Love of Family
Jaycee Dugard has powerful memories from the last 20 years, 18 of them spent as a prisoner of kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Yet, some of the most overwhelming memories come from her first two years of freedom which she and her children have spent reunited with her mother.
Jaycee Dugard's Triumph Over Kidnapping, Captivity
Authorities visited the home of Phillip Garrido at least 60 times and still somehow missed the hidden compound housing Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters. There were even reports that neighbors and residents alerted authorities to sightings of Dugard and the fact that children were living in tents in the convicted sex offender's backyard. Experts say there are several things you can look for to help a missing or exploited child.
How to Report a Missing Child Sighting
Jaycee Dugard has formed the JAYC Foundation to help families of abduction. Dugard, kidnapped at 11 and held captive for 18 years, has spent her first two years of freedom healing with her family. She now wants to help other families do the same.
Jaycee Dugard's New Foundation Helping Families of Abduction
20/20
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:28
ABC News: 20/20
Kelly Osborn still believes her daughter Sheena Morris didn't commit suicide and was murdered.
Watch: Inside Dining Room Where Mom Investigates Daughter's Death
The tree-trimming dispute came to an end when Michael Vilkin shot and killed his neighbor John Upton.
Watch: Feud Between Two Neighbors Ends in Death
While Upton was known for his philanthropy, Vilkin said Upton had a temper and yelled profanity at him.
Watch: What Drove Man to Shoot, Kill Neighbor
Despite being found guilty, Vilkin said he is "hopeful" and plans to appeal the jury's decision.
Watch: Man May Spend Life in Prison for Neighbor's Murder
People reimagine line-waiting, from turning it into a business to making it entertaining.
Watch: Line Rage: Why People Lose It Waiting in Line
From brawls to meltdowns, political figures across the country are captured on camera losing it.
Watch: State Senator Punches Fellow Senator in the Head
A cruise ship worker is found on the side of a deserted road, unconscious, beaten within an inch of her life. Her discovery marks the beginning of a multi-state manhunt for a dangerous serial rapist.
Photos: What Happened in Miami Hotel Attack?
“I’m always hopeful, unless I see a pistol in your hand. Then I will shoot you in one second,� Michael Vilkin said.
Man Who Killed Neighbor Over Tree-Trimming Feud Has No Regrets
Guilty of murder, Michael Vilkin said he expected to act in self-defense when he shot John Upton.
Watch: Man in Jail for Killing Neighbor: 'I Was Afraid of Him'
Click through to see how a simple dispute over brush and trees between neighbors John Upton and Michael Vilkin ended in death.
How a Simple Dispute Between Two Neighbors Ended in Death
In the tale of two neighbors from the wealthy community of Encinitas in San Diego, Calif., with a tumultuous relationship that ended with one's death, their friends and loved ones continue struggling to make sense of the tragedy.
Family Without Answers After Neighbor Dispute Ended in Death
Hissing, punches, head locks - nothing seems off-limits for these overseas elected officials.
Watch: Nasty Politician Brawls From Around the World
Robert Samuel turned waiting in line into a booming business.
Can't Wait in Line for a Cronut? Hire This Guy
You could be waiting in a line at Disney World, and you wouldn't even know it.
Disney Theme Parks Reimagining the Wait in Line
In a look back at how a friendship ended in murder, here is a timeline of events of leading up to and after Skylar Neese’s death.
Friendship Ends in Murder When Teens Kill Best Friend
WNT
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:28
ABC News: World News
After suffering facial disfigurement from her husband, a member of the Taliban, life has dramatically changed for her.
Watch: Meet Aesha, a Symbol of Strength and Triumph
Two American patients stricken with Ebola will be flown from Africa to the U.S. in the next few days, ABC News has learned.
2 Americans With Ebola to Be Treated at Atlanta Hospital
A planned cease-fire between Israel and Hamas crumbled hours after it went into effect today, with Israel resuming full operations in the Gaza Strip amid claims of a soldier's suspected abduction.
40 Dead in Gaza, Soldier Abducted as Cease-Fire Crumbles
However, July marked sixth consecutive month of 200,000+ job growth.
Unemployment Rate Creeps Up - but With Possible Silver Lining
Fears have grown since American doctors planned to be taken to U.S.
Is It Safe to Bring Ebola Patients to the US?
An Indianapolis thief has been arrested after he looked right into a security camera before stealing a FedEx package from a porch.
Alleged Porch Thief Arrested After Staring At Security Camera
Why did the pedestrian cross the road? Before they got to the other side, they pressed crosswalk buttons. But in Dallas and New York City, walkers who push the metal button are essentially pushing placebo buttons that do nothing to influence traffic patterns.
Why the Crosswalk Buttons in Your City May Not Work
Aesha is taking classes and making jewelry as she continues to heal.
After Vicious Attack, Afghan Woman Rebounds With Support of US Family
The pilot who crashed into a San Diego parking lot after clipping a Target store was pulled from the plane's wreckage by a civilian rescuer as flames had gotten as close as the seat right behind her, her rescuer told ABC News.
Pilot Pulled From Crash as Flames Threaten
Diane Sawyer reveals the stories people have been buzzing about all week.
Watch: Instant Index: Hollywood Make-Up Artist Dick Smith Dies at 92
Three-day cease-fire in the Middle East; stock market takes a dive.
Full Episode: WN 7/31: 3 Meet Aesha, a Symbol of Strength
One of two Wisconsin girls accused of allegedly stabbing their friend so they could meet the fictional Internet character "Slender Man" was ruled incompetent to stand trial today.
Girl Accused in 'Slender Man' Stabbing Talks to Voldemort
Facebook suffered a brief outage.
Facebook Has Second Outage in 2 Months
Hours before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia about his missed chance to kill attack mastermind Osama bin Laden, according to audio released this week.
Bill Clinton's Chilling Statements Hours Before 9/11 Attacks
It took paramedics 19 minutes to arrive at the home of a Florida State University professor shot in his garage after a neighbor called 911 – with the dispatcher’s confusion contributing to the delay and one EMS unit replaced by another, authorities said.
Shot FSU Professor Waited 19 Minutes for Ambulance

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