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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:31
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Lucille Strickland, mother of Xavier Strickland, 4, who was fatally mauled by four pit bulls owned by Geneke Lyons, addresses the court before Lyons was sentenced, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Detroit. Lyons, who was was earlier found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to a year in jail with work release and probation. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old Detroit boy who was mauled to death by pit bulls described the lingering emotional effects of the attack that only ended when police shot the animals, as the dog's owner was sentenced Thursday to jail time and probation.
Man gets jail, probation in fatal dog attack on Detroit boy
Office lights are on in banks as dawn breaks behind the financial district of Canary Wharf, in LondonBy Andrew MacAskill and Lawrence White LONDON (Reuters) - British politicians have urged banks to provide more services in poor areas after a Reuters article showed the largest are disproportionately closing branches in the lowest-income areas while expanding in wealthier ones. The analysis published last week found more than 90 percent of the branch closures were in areas where the median household income is below the British average of 27,600 pounds ($36,600). "The research is very worrying and I hope the Treasury are aware of it," James Heappey, a Conservative member of parliament (MP), told the House of Commons in a debate on Thursday.
Politicians condemn 'quiet scandal' of British bank closures
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked a new Indiana law Thursday that bans abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities.
Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion law
In this undated photo released by the United States Postal Service, one of the "soda fountain favorites" stamps is displayed. Five years ago, the future seemed grim for a Nashville soda shop that opened during the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good. But the crowds came back, and the old-fashioned shop is hosting Thursday, June 30, 2016 launch of the U.S. Postal Service's new "soda fountain favorites" stamps. (United States Postal Service via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The future seemed grim five years ago for a Nashville soda shop that has been serving up ice cream since the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good.
Iconic Nashville soda shop hosts new USPS stamps launch
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. One measure of Supreme Court justices' rising frustration is the number of times they can't recruit three colleagues to hear a case, then feel compelled to tell the world about it. Thomas did so nine times this past term, or about as often as he did in the four previous years combined. Most appeals are denied with no objection noted. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — One measure of Supreme Court justices' rising frustration is the number of times they can't recruit three colleagues to hear a case, then feel compelled to tell the world about it.
SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Thomas' dissents rise in nixed cases
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said it would be wrong for him or any of his colleagues to quit if critics of the central bank's stance in the European Union referendum come to power following Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to resign. Before Britain voted to leave the EU last week, Carney said this would bring short-term market turmoil and negative medium-term economic consequences, drawing criticism from the subsequently victorious Vote Leave campaign, which questioned his motivation. Three Conservative anti-EU campaigners - Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom - are among the five candidates vying to succeed Cameron in a race that will conclude in September.
BoE's Carney says will not quit if critics come to power
Libya, Somalia and Yemen were judged special cases whose governments are in too much chaos to be judged over the actions their governments have taken to combat human trafficking, a US report foundThe United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticized for taking an easier line on Thailand. Announcing the release of the State Department's annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and not political favor.
US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar
Israeli soldiers stand guard outside a house in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed, on June 30, 2016A Palestinian attacker Thursday fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl in her home in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank before being shot dead by security guards, the Israeli army said. The army said the young Palestinian killed the girl in her bed after breaking into her home in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the flashpoint city of Hebron. Security personnel rushed to the house and fired on the attacker, who wounded a guard before being shot dead, the army said.
Palestinian kills teen in West Bank home, shot dead: army
The photo released by ESA and taken by OSIRIS wide-angle camera on the Rosetta space probe on Nov. 22, 2014 from a distance of 30 km (18.6 miles) from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the faint jets of the comet's activity. After a journey lasting 12 years, a date has been set for the Rosetta spacecraft's final descent onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The European Space Agency says the probe will crash onto the comet Sept. 30, joining its sidekick Philae. The lander touched down nearly two years ago. (ESA/Rosetta/OSIRIS via AP)BERLIN (AP) — After a journey lasting 12 years, a date has been set for the comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta's last hurrah.
Rosetta space probe set to crash-land on comet on Sept 30
Fans of Portugal and Poland cheer for their national teams prior the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):
The Latest: Belgium's Vertonghen to miss rest of Euro 2016
Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, delivers a speech in LondonBy Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favored to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU. Johnson's announcement, to audible gasps from a roomful of journalists and supporters on Thursday, was the biggest political surprise since Prime Minister David Cameron quit after losing last week's referendum on British membership of the bloc. It makes interior minister Theresa May, a party stalwart who backed remaining in the European Union, the new favorite to succeed Cameron.
Ex-London mayor halts bid to be UK prime minister, upends race
Matt Grevers checks his time after his heat in the men's 200-meter backstroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):
The Latest: NBC to offer 85 hours of virtual reality in Rio
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should negotiate the preliminary terms of its exit from the European Union before triggering the formal Article 50 exit process, said Conservative lawmaker Michael Gove, who earlier on Thursday launched a bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron. "I believe that after we’ve had an opportunity to negotiate and to discuss with our European partners in preliminary terms the decision that the British people have reached then in due course Article 50 needs to be triggered," he told the BBC. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)
UK must negotiate Brexit before Article 50: Conservative Gove
Passengers wait in front of empty Lufthansa counters at the Franz-Josef-Strauss-airport in Munich, southern Germany, on April 27, 2016German airline Lufthansa and its cabin staff said Thursday they had reached an agreement on working conditions, bringing to an end a long and bitter industrial dispute that hit thousands of passengers. Lufthansa and the cabin crews' union UFO "have come to a comprehensive agreement that has been accepted by both sides," the union said in a statement. The deal was reached under the mediation of Matthias Platzeck, the former Social Democrat president of the regional state of Brandenburg, it added.
Lufthansa reaches deal with cabin staff
By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's governing Conservative Party has begun the process of electing a new leader and presumptive prime minister, after David Cameron said he would resign following the country's vote last week to leave the European Union. Below is a summary of the process for the leadership election, and some information about the five candidates. THE ELECTION PROCESS The five candidates who were nominated by Thursday's noon deadline (1100 GMT) will now go forward to a vote of Conservative lawmakers on July 5.
Factbox: How does the UK's Conservative Party elect a leader, and who is running?
Business
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:31
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Traders work on the floor of the NYSECarney said monetary policy easing would likely be required over the summer and that the BoE had measures in place to prop up the country's economy and its vast banking sector. "Central banks are doing their best to step in and send stocks higher," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive officer of Sarhan Capital. Investors will keenly watch St. Louis Fed President James Bullard's speech on U.S. monetary policy outlook for clues on the Fed's take on policy easing.
Wall Street rallies after Bank of England governor hints at stimulus
File photo of a job-seeker completing an application at a career fair in PhiladelphiaFactory activity in the U.S. Midwest surged to its highest in almost 1-1/2 years in June amid strong gains in new orders and production, offering a ray of hope for the downtrodden manufacturing sector. While another report on Thursday showed an increase in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week, layoffs remained low in June, backing views the labor market remained healthy despite last month's paltry job gains. The signs of stability in manufacturing and low layoffs added to consumer spending data in suggesting that economic growth regained speed in the second quarter.
U.S. data offers hope for manufacturing; jobs market steady
A Hershey's chocolate bar is shown in this photo illustration in EncinitasMondelez International Inc made a $23 billion takeover offer for Hershey Co , looking to create the world's largest confectioner, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday. A merger of two of the world's top five candy makers would bring Hershey's strong U.S. business to Mondelez's global footprint. The combined company would leapfrog Mars Inc, which has 13.3 percent of the global market, according to data firm Euromonitor International Ltd. The bid also pits Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez against the Hershey Trust, one of Pennsylvania's wealthiest charities.
Mondelez makes $23 billion takeover bid for Hershey: source
E-Golf in production line at Volkswagen in WolfsburgSAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for Volkswagen AG said at a court hearing Thursday the German automaker believed it could fix 85,000 polluting 3.0-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel cars and SUVs, a move that could help the company avoid a second pricey buyback. Separately, a Justice Department lawyer, Joshua Van Eaton, said talks and tests were being conducted to resolve the fate of those vehicles, which could take months to rectify. At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer did not set a formal deadline to fix those vehicles, but set an Aug. 25 status hearing to get an update.
Volkswagen believes it can fix 85,000 polluting U.S. vehicles
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc. speaks at the Viva Technology event in ParisGoogle boss Eric Schmidt said on Thursday that Britain's referendum vote to leave the European Union was unlikely to lead to a shift in the U.S. tech giant's business activities. "I think it unlikely that Google would change our allocation based on this," Schmidt told a Paris tech conference. "We have large operations in Ireland, in Britain, France, Germany and so forth.
Google's Schmidt says Brexit vote unlikely to shift investment
People are reflected on a Honda Motor car outside the company's showroom in TokyoBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. auto safety regulators warned on Thursday that Takata air bag inflators on more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles show a substantial risk of rupturing, and urged owners to stop driving the "unsafe" cars until they have been fixed. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cited new test data that shows some 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash. Takata air bag inflators are linked to as many as 14 deaths worldwide, including 13 in Honda Motor Co vehicles.
U.S. calls for urgent repairs of 300,000 recalled Honda vehicles
A Starbucks logo on a store in Los AngelesNearly 9,000 Starbucks Corp workers and supporters have signed an online petition saying that the company has made "extreme labor cuts" at U.S. cafes, hurting employee morale as well as customer service. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and other executives have spoken with Jaime Prater, a Southern California barista and the petition's creator, the Seattle-based company said, but declined to give details. Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Riley said it is not uncommon for Schultz to reach out to employees and said that there is no nationwide labor reduction happening at Starbucks stores.
Starbucks workers petition for more hours amid labor cuts
EU and British flags are adjusted before the EU summit in BrusselsNEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Foreign exchange volatility and economic uncertainty after Britain's vote to leave the European Union have imperiled a projected profit rebound in the United States, where companies have been stuck in an earnings recession since last year.
Brexit fuels worries about expected U.S. earnings recovery
The Dick's Sporting Goods store in BroomfieldDick's and Sports Authority still have to finalize paper work on the deal, and a U.S. bankruptcy court judge has to approve it, two sources said on Thursday. The intellectual property of Sports Authority includes its e-commerce website, SportsAuthority.com, a loyalty program with 28.5 million members, and a list consisting of 114 million customer files, according to an advertisement for the intellectual property auction. Sports Authority held a bankruptcy auction for its assets on Wednesday.
Exclusive: Dick's set to win auction for Sports Authority brand - sources
United Parcel Service air craft are being loaded with air containers full of packages bound for their final destination at the UPS Worldport All Points International Hub during the peak delivery month in LouisvilleATLANTA (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc has reached a tentative five-year agreement with its pilots' union after nearly five years of talks, the world's largest package delivery company said on Thursday.
UPS reaches tentative five-year deal with pilots union
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Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn creepy
Android N? More like Android Nougat
Google investigates Calendar app outageThe company now says service has been restored for some users.
Google investigates Calendar app outage
Kleiner Perkins raises $1.4 billion to invest in startupsThe venture capital firm's new funds will translate into opportunities for young companies.
Kleiner Perkins raises $1.4 billion to invest in startups
World News
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:31
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
FILE PHOTO - An undated picture released by Iran's Revolutionary Guards website shows American sailors sit in an unknown place in IranBy Yeganeh Torbati and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American sailors who were detained by Iran in January gave away too much information to their captors and were seized in the Gulf following a series of missteps by the crew and their superiors, the U.S. Navy said in a report on Thursday. The report said some of the 10 crew members, detained at gunpoint Jan. 12 by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had revealed sensitive information, such as phone and laptop passwords, to the Iranians. At the time of their capture, an international incident that rattled nerves days before the implementation of a nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, the sailors were in transit in two vessels from Kuwait to Bahrain.
U.S. sailors detained by Iran spoke too much under interrogation: Navy
Airport employees mourn for their friends, who were killed in Tuesday's attack at the airport, during a ceremony at the international departure terminal of Ataturk airport in IstanbulBy Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 44 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on one of the world's busiest airports, a hub at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey this year.
Istanbul airport bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish official
Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, delivers a speech in LondonBy Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favored to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU. Johnson's announcement, to audible gasps from a roomful of journalists and supporters on Thursday, was the biggest political surprise since Prime Minister David Cameron quit after losing last week's referendum on British membership of the bloc. It makes interior minister Theresa May, a party stalwart who backed remaining in the European Union, the new favorite to succeed Cameron.
Ex-London mayor halts bid to be UK prime minister, upends race
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad joins Syrian army soldiers for Iftar in the farms of Marj al-Sultan villageSyrian President Bashar al Assad said in an interview to be broadcast on Friday that Western countries had sent security officials to help his government covertly in fighting Islamist militants involved in Syria's war. Assad, in remarks to Australia's SBS News channel that were carried by Syrian state media, said Western states - who are strongly opposed to his rule but also face the threat of Islamist attacks at home - were secretly cooperating with his government in counter-terrorism operations. "They attack us politically and then they send officials to deal with us under the table, especially the security, including your [the Australian] government," Assad was quoted as saying.
West cooperating secretly with Damascus against militants: Assad
Sisi speaks at Al-Asmarat district in Al Mokattam areaHisham Genena, Egypt's erstwhile corruption tsar, settles in a corner. "We can speak freely." It has been a long way down for Genena, a former policeman and judge who was appointed to head Egypt's corruption watchdog in 2012 and is now on trial, accused of defaming the state by exaggerating the scale of public sector graft. "When political parties are absent, NGOs are absent, local media is being crushed, international media too... is that a sign of a healthy environment in which a country can flourish?" Three years after general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted the Muslim Brotherhood, a crackdown that first targeted opposition activists has now turned on establishment figures like Genena to TV presenters and street performers.
In Egypt, Sisi's star fades as problems pile up
Canada confirmed on Thursday that it would provide troops to help establish a new 4,000-strong NATO force on Russia's border to act as a deterrent against a possible show of force by Moscow. A statement from the Canadian defense ministry gave few details, but NATO diplomats say the Canadians will be based in Latvia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to provide more information at a NATO summit in Poland next week.
Canada confirms will give troops for eastern European NATO force
French Prime Minister Valls and Labour Minister El Khomri attend a meeting with French employer's body MEDEF union leader Pierre Gattaz about French labour law reforms at the Hotel Matignon in ParisBy Brian Love PARIS (Reuters) - France's main employers federation launched a withering attack on draft labor regulations on Thursday, saying changes made to reduce union opposition meant the proposals had become so convoluted they would not help create new jobs. President Francois Hollande, who faces an election in 10 months' time, wants hiring and firing made easier to tackle high unemployment. "This law will do absolutely nothing for employment," said Pierre Gattaz, leader of the Medef employer federation.
France's employers join hostile unions to slam labor law reform
A participant holds up a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in ManaguaBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect homosexuals and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. After a heated debate lasting almost four hours, the 47-member state forum overcame strong objections by Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries to adopt a Western-backed resolution by a vote of 23 states in favor and 18 against with six abstentions. The United Nations expert, still to be named, will have a three-year mandate.
U.N. rights council creates role of expert to protect LGBT people
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants launched a twin suicide attack on Thursday, targeting a convoy of buses carrying Afghan police cadets outside of the capital and killing 37 people, mostly policemen, and wounding 40, an Afghan official said. The attack took place in Paghman district, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Kabul, according to Mousa Rahmati, the district governor of Paghman. The first suicide attacker struck two buses carrying trainee policemen, and a second attacker targeted those who rushed to the scene to help and also hit a third bus, Rahmati said. He said that four civilians were among those killed.
Top Asian News 5:18 p.m. GMT
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after beating Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun during their men's singles second round match at Wimbledon, on June 30, 2016Andy Murray maintained his challenge for a second Wimbledon title as the world number two crushed Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in the second round on Thursday. Murray had dismissed fellow Brit Liam Broady in ruthless fashion in his opening match and the 2013 champion was in equally dominant mood against the out-classed Lu. As he bids to wrestle the title away from Novak Djokovic, the 29-year-old's powerful display could be a good omen as he also defeated Lu in 2013 en route to becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years.
Ruthless Murray sweeps into Wimbledon third round
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police official says a roadside bomb has killed a policeman and wounded seven civilians in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Roadside bomb kills policeman in northwestern Pakistan
France's Gilles Simon returns against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their men's singles second round match at Wimbledon, on June 30, 2016Fuming Gilles Simon threatened to sue Wimbledon officials for making him play on potentially dangerous wet grass during his second round defeat against Grigor Dimitrov. Already frustrated he had been asked to play on when it was raining in the early stages of the match on Wednesday, Simon was incensed to be in the same situation again when the tie resumed 24 hours later. Simon exchanged words with umpire John Blom when drizzle fell during the second set and was heard to say: "If I play and get injured, I will sue you and you will pay".
Simon threatened to sue Wimbledon over wet grass
Austria's constitutional court is seen in ViennaAustria's Constitutional Court will rule on Friday on the far-right Freedom Party's challenge to the result of last month's presidential run-off election, which its candidate narrowly lost, a court spokesman said. Postal ballots swung the election against Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer, who would have been the first far-right head of state in the European Union.
Verdict on Austrian far right's challenge to election due Friday
Israeli soldiers stand guard outside a house in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed, on June 30, 2016A Palestinian attacker Thursday fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl in her home in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank before being shot dead by security guards, the Israeli army said. The army said the young Palestinian killed the girl in her bed after breaking into her home in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the flashpoint city of Hebron. Security personnel rushed to the house and fired on the attacker, who wounded a guard before being shot dead, the army said.
Palestinian kills teen in West Bank home, shot dead: army
Wales coach Chris Coleman points during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Wales and Northern Ireland, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)LILLE, France (AP) — The last time the spotlight was on Wales in the way it is now at the European Championship, a 17-year-old Pele scored the only goal for Brazil in a World Cup quarterfinal.
Wales warms to pressure of history-making Belgium game
Technology
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:31
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Shop assistant waits for customers at a Meizu store as Meizu MX3 smartphones are seen on display in the foreground, in ShenzhenQualcomm Inc has filed 17 fresh complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing accord in the U.S. tech giant's biggest market. The patent infringement complaints by Qualcomm, submitted to intellectual property courts in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday, mark the second time in a week it has taken legal action against Meizu, one of China's top 10 handset suppliers. Qualcomm is seeking to uphold terms of its landmark 2015 anti-trust settlement with China's economic policy panel, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC).
Qualcomm files 17 new complaints in China courts against smartphone maker Meizu
The logo of Intel is seen during the annual Computex computer exhibition in TaipeiBMW is set to announce an alliance to develop self-driving cars with collision detection specialist Mobileye and computer chip maker Intel, a source familiar with the matter said, as the race to put driverless cars on the road heats up. The tie-up is likely to focus on technology being developed by Mobileye to give computer-driven vehicles better reflexes without driver input, ushering in an era of self-driving cars early in the next decade, analysts said. It will be attended by BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Mobileye Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Amnon Shashua, they said.
BMW teams up with tech firms for driverless cars: source
A customer uses her cell-phone to access the Sidian Bank mobile-app inside the banking hall at the Sidian Bank headquarters on the outskirts of Kenya's capital NairobiBy Neha Wadekar NAIROBI (Reuters) - Sidian Bank has approved its first car loans to experienced Uber [UBER.UL] drivers in Kenya, using a model the ride hailing service hopes can be rolled out across countries in Africa where a lack of customer data limits lending. Getting loans is one of the main hurdles facing small businesses and individuals across the continent as relatively few people have bank accounts or a credit score to go with them so lenders can assess risk. Under the Sidian Bank scheme, Uber's app for booking cars and registering customer satisfaction provides the data the lender needs to decide whether to offer Uber drivers relatively cheap loans to buy their own cars.
Uber driver data in Kenya helps bridge credit gap
Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in MeccaSaudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca starting this year, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation. As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands of pilgrims converged on a walkway intersection near the Muslim holy city of Mecca last September, according to a Reuters count, the highest loss of life at the annual pilgrimage since 1990. Containing personal and medical information, the bracelets will help authorities provide care and identify people, the official Saudi Press Agency SPA said.
Saudi Arabia to introduce hi-tech bracelets in haj safety push
A Hertz rental car sign is placed outside a rental lot near Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus(Reuters) - Hertz Global Holdings Inc said it has reached deals with the two largest U.S. ride-hailing companies, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc, to rent cars to their drivers. Hertz's deal with Uber will allow drivers in Los Angeles to rent cars from certain off-airport Hertz locations. The deal could be expanded to other areas in the United States, Hertz said.
Hertz signs rental deals with Uber and Lyft
File photo of a woman holding her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustrationGoogle has bought future output from two yet to be built wind power farms in Norway and Sweden to power its data centers in Europe, the company and farm developers said on Thursday. Google said in a separate statement it has also agreed to buy power from a smaller wind farm project in Sweden, putting the total newly acquired capacity at 236 megawatts (MW). Norway's Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 50-turbine, 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late 2017, when it would become the largest wind farm in the country.
Google buys output from two new Nordic wind farms
There's going to be a Wreck-It Ralph sequelDisney just announced a sequel to 2012's animated movie, Wreck-It Ralph. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston will return to helm the sequel, along with John C. Reilly. The news was unveiled in a Facebook Live video, during which Reilly kept interrupting Moore and Johnston as they attempted to make the announcement.
There's going to be a Wreck-It Ralph sequel
Home automation and security start at your front door. There is no single connected device more obvious and necessary than a smart lock because it makes your life so much easier. No more fumbling with keys because your smartphone controls the lock. And no more worrying about giving a guest or repair man access to your home because you can give them temporary access from their smartphone, or you can even open your door remotely from anywhere in the world as long as your smart lock connects to the internet. The problem with smart locks these days is that there are so many to choose from, but we have a clear favorite that rises above the rest: The  August Smart Lock Keyless Home Entry System . Here are some key details: Secure - Safe, keyless access to your home with iOS and Android smartphones Easy DIY Retrofit Install, - Replace the interior of your existing deadbolt; outside is unchanged Total Control - You control who has access to your home and manage how longtheir access lasts Always On - Powered by batteries means it's always on, even if your power, Wi-Fi, or cable go down Kindly refer the installation videos, August Smart Lock works with the free August app to create keys, grant access, view the activity log, and more, available for Android and iOS. All of the standard features are great, of course, but there are two things in particular that make this lock our favorite. First, it's absolutely gorgeous — especially compared to most of the other stuff out there. And second, you actually never have to take your phone out of your pocket to use it if you don't want to. The lock can be set to lock itself automatically behind you as you leave the house, and then a proximity-unlock feature unlocks August when you return home and approach the door. The August Smart Lock Keyless Home Entry System starts at $165 on Amazon depending on the color you want. There's also a version that works with Apple's HomeKit platform for $228. Finally, the $80 August Connect add-on lets your lock connect to the internet so you can operate it remotely.
This is our favorite smart lock
AI pilot defeats human combat instructor in simulated air battlesALPHA, which was designed as a research tool, was called "the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic, and credible AI I’ve seen to date" by United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee, a retired aerial combat instructor who tested the program's capabilities. Lee battled ALPHA in a flight simulator which pitched teams of aircraft against one another in various scenarios, including defending and attacking specific territory.
AI pilot defeats human combat instructor in simulated air battles
The report in the journal Cell Stem Cell found that at least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at 570 individual clinicsHundreds of companies across the United States are selling unapproved stem cell treatments directly to patients, raising concern about safety and scams in a fast-growing industry, researchers said Thursday. The report in the journal Cell Stem Cell found that at least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at 570 individual clinics. The clinics claimed to offer "stem cell interventions" for muscle and bone disorders, heart disease, problems with the immune system, injured spinal cords, and cosmetic reasons, and more.
Hundreds of US companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments'
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June is over and the July 4th weekend is almost here, but you don't have to wait another minute to start celebrating because today's post covering all the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is finally here. We've got some great new options for iOS device users to check out today, and be sure to head back to yesterday's post where you'll find a few more remaining freebies. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now —obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. iOverwrite Normally $1.99. iOverwrite simply writes a large number of random files into the flash memory of your iPad, which overwrites any recently deleted data. This way, if your iPad comes into the possession of someone who can perform an un-deletion of files (like a hacker), your privacy is that much safer than if you had only cleared out your iPad. Download iOverwrite SampleTank Normally $19.99. NEW VERSION WITH "THE GRID" SOUND PACK AND PLUG AND PLAY SUPPORT FOR iRIG PADS! NEW SONIK SYNTH MOBILE EDITION WITH OVER 300 INSTRUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE SampleTank is a professional-quality sound and groove workstation that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more! SampleTank gives you 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound set of over 600 instruments that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Plus, each category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can immediately use the over 1,000 included patterns. Its instruments give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance: It's a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, hundreds of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. Now you can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you. SampleTank comes with 136 instruments and over 1,000 patterns. You can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs for each instrument category including Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Chromatic, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Synth Leads, Synth Pads, Trons, Voices, Ethnic, Percussion and Sound FX (or download the complete SampleTank Sound Packs bundle). You can also purchase the new SampleMoog™ - Mobile Edition and Miroslav Philharmonik - Mobile Edition downloadable Sound Collections in the in-app store to add over 200 of the best analog synth and orchestral instruments from these legendary libraries. Though SampleTank works effortlessly with your device's touchscreen, it also offers many other control options. Try it with the iRig MIDI interface to jam with your favorite MIDI controllers, just like you would a regular sound or synth module. For an even more portable experience, use iRig KEYS with Lightning® or iRig KEYS Pro mini-keyboard controllers to jam out while on the go. No matter how you use it, its built-in tools will inspire you to create professional sounding music anywhere your mobile life takes you. The latest version of SampleTank includes plug-and-play support for iRig Pads, IK's new ultra-portable groove controller. With it, you can use two different modes — basic and full integration — that let you control SampleTank and its drum machine-style PADS section with different degrees of flexibility. Just connect your iRig Pads and you'll be ready to take your grooves to go. IK has also unveiled a new sound pack called "The Grid" that's tailored towards mobile beatmaking and electronic music. Available via in-app purchase, it includes 50 instruments and 50 patterns in two categories: DRUMS and a new SYNTH FX category. With it you can get kits for Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Techno, EDM, Breaks, House andmore! SampleTank delivers the same sound and performance quality that you’d expect from our high-end professional studio products — Plus lightning-fast sound loading and near-zero latency makes putting the groove in your pocket easy. So get in the pocket and get SampleTank. Features: • 4-partmulti-timbral professional-quality sound and groove module • Expandable sound library with 600+ instruments in 16 categories • SampleMoog™ and Miroslav Philharmonik downloadable Sound Collections (via in-app purchase) • 1,000+ melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation • 4-track MIDI recorder • Built-in insert effects and master reverb • Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters • Support for MIDI Program Change, Continuous Controllers and Virtual MIDI • 128 User Presets • Play interface with piano keyboard, scale keyboard and enhanced drumpads • Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices Download SampleTank Friendly FTP Client Normally $2.99. The Friendly FTP Client with all the functionality that you need. Features: - Supports FTP, SFTP - Supports connect to multiple Servers at the same time - Supports transfermultiple files &folders from/to multiple Servers at the same time - File transfer process works in background (so you can do another job with FTP Client while waiting transfer process complete) Powerful file manager - Copy/Cut/Delete/Rename files and folders. - Share your files with your friends. - Favorites and Recent feature for access to your files easier. - Copy files from your Mac &PC. - Protect Everything with a password. Upload your files to ftp server - Capture your photo/video then upload them to your FTP Server immediatly - Record anything then it will go to your FTP Servers. Support almost file formats Download Friendly FTP Client English Spanish Normally $4.99. More than 50,000 people around the world using English Spanish app everyday for their daily conversation. The app comes to world to leverage your English and Spanish as well with these cool features: 1. Search English and Spanish common sentences with just a keyword 2. With images as sample 3. Save all words searched 4. Easy to connect to community to share what cool you see just a tap. Download English Spanish CoffeeFind Normally $0.99. Find the nearest coffee shop to you or any location in the world. Just launch the app and see your nearest coffee shop or search for specific address. Now supports all types of Coffee Shop including Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonalds as well as smaller coffee shops. Get directions or call the coffee shop. Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Buy once, run on all devices. • Find coffee shops, coffee shop hours and amenities around you. • Shows distance from your location (or a location you choose) to any coffee shop. • Shows coffee shop name, address, current status (open or closed) and phone number. On iPhone, selecting phone number will call the coffee shop. • Get directions to the coffee shop using Apple Maps, Google Maps, Bing Maps or Waze. • Swipe and move map to new location and do a new search. • Get directions to the coffee shops using the Share option menu. • Share coffee shop directions using Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, Email or AirDrop. • Search locally or around the world for any coffee shop you want. Includes almost 21,000 coffee shops in 63 countries. Download CoffeeFind Snap to Call Normally $4.99. Catch Phone Numbers &Email Address on the Go!! The only app that not only grab numbers and text from written document but also use the Phone Numbers or E-mail Address instantly so you would be able to make an Instant Phone Call, Send Sms to any Phone number or even Email ------------------ Special Features ------------------ - Extract Numbers from anywhere and make an instant call, or send sms or add to contact - Scan E-mail Addresses &send Quick Mail with just One Click - One click Add to Contact Phone Number after scanning - No need to waste time to write numbers and text by hand - Remarkable scanning quality gives results in seconds - See complete history of your previous scan - Easy modify and Change any scanned number - No Internet Connection Required, Process happens inside the app - Unlimited Storage capacity -------------------------------------------------------- Please Note: To get the best results tap on screen to center the image then click on Camera icon. Always take snap when image is well focused -------------------------------------------------------- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) What is Snap to Call? Snap to Call is an app specially designed app for iOS Devices. The purpose behind is to make your life easy and comfortable. With “Snap to Call” you can grab the text or number from anywhere and make an instant use. The only app that not only grab numbers and text from written document but also use the Phone Numbers or E-mail Address instantly so you would be able to make an Instant Phone Call, Send Sms to any Phone number or use as a recipient to send E-mails My images contain text and number, but the result is not good? If the text font is too small or the background noise is too high (for example a background image) then this process will fail like every other character recognition tool. The recognized text file contains unclear text and characters, How to get best results? Recognizing text or numbers from any image is not easy job. It depends mostly onthe quality of the image, font, brightness etc. Make sure that the quality of the image (includes brightness, color, font) is enough good to extract text from it. How long will it take to recognize my image? The text recognition time depends on a lot of factors. First of all, it is the image quality. The average time of recognizing one file is several seconds. Download Snap to Call Ninjas Normally $0.99. Here comes an authentic cartoon art style 2D belt scroll arcade action! Can your fingers catch the speed of the ninja? A new operation system enables speedy, smooth action! A great adventurewill start to take back a stolen scroll! Many obstacles, including evil ninjas, ninja dogs, monsters, demi-humans, zombies, traps, castles, dungeons, will prevent your adventure! Explore a broad world map and push into the castle of vice! Then, take back the scroll! ▪ Select among four ninjas! - Select one from ninjas of fire, water, thunder, and wind! You can use secret characters by achieving records!! Can you find iOS original characters!? ▪ Master legendary ninjutsu! - You can master ninjutsu by getting scrolls. Can you master the legendary last ninjutsu!? ▪ Get legendary blade! - It is not only ninjutsu that helps you! Get legendary blades with the power of shinobi! ▪ Level system - Allocate points obtained by increasing your level to Power, Strength and Ninriki. The higher your level, the stronger the blades you will have! ▪ Available game mode - You can select a game mode from Easy, Normal, and Hard. The more difficult the mode you complete, the higher the score you can achieve... ▪ Animation, graphics, and system - Smoother animation has been achieved by displaying 3D data in 2D. - Numerous effects have been used for ninjutsu, weapons, and monsters. - You can enjoy unique new combos shot from skill. Download now to shoot the ninjutsu! Download Ninjas AirAV Normally $o.99. AirAV can play almost any file format video/audio/subtitle. Just transfer the media files to your ios devices using iTunes File Shareing or open Wi-Fi transfer in the settings and use web browser to load files on your PC,then it can be played at once. With built-in UPnP client, it can stream/download media files from almost all the UPnP/DLNA media servers to your iPhone/ipad/iPod. Features 1.Support almost any video formats: WMV, AVI, MKV, RMVB, RM, XVID, MP4, 3GP, MPG... 2.Support almost any audio formats: MP3, WMA, RM, ACC, OGG, APE, FLAC,FLV... 3.Support smi, srt, ass, ssa, sub txt subtitle. 4.support almost all the Media Servers: - Mac OS MediaShare, TwonkyMediaServer, TVMOBILI, PS3 media server, Majestic, EyeConnect, Vuze,MediaLink,Orb, Playback.. - Windows Win7 Media Player, TVMOBILI, Asset UPnP, FreeMi, XBMC, TVersity, Wild Media Server, TwonkyMediaServer... - Linux TVMOBILI, FUPPES, MediaTomb .. - NAS QNAP,Iomega, DS-207+, Synology DS101, DS106J - Phone Sony Ericsson C905 FAQ 1. Can you recommend a media server? You can download MediaShare from Mac app store.The MediaShare is developed by us. For windows, you can use win7 Media Player, FreeMi,TVMOBILI, TwonkyMediaServer...But some file format the FreeMi does't support, you should change the file suffix to 'mkv'. 2. How to use win7 as a media server? http://ranysoft.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/config-win7-to-be-a-upnp-server/ 3.How to download the files from media servers to your iphone/ipad/ipod? Read the help in AirAV. Download AirAV Bill Tracker and Reminder Normally $1.99. With this handy app, you’ll never pay a bill late again. Bill Tracker and Reminder tracks due dates, amounts owed, and confirmation numbers for payments. You always need a simple tool to control how much you want to spend this month. Essentially you need lists with bills, and a calendar where you can see your overdue payments, planned payments, and check what has already been paid off. Features of Bill Tracker and Reminder: - Track information about each bill including due date, amount due, whether the bill has been paid, confirmation numbers for payments and more. - Easily create recurring bills - See complete history for each account: every bill and payment Download Bill Tracker and Reminder Basic Calc Pro Normally$1.99. Focusing on the most basic calculation system This calculator is focused on the most basic calculation system than other calculator apps. Excluded engineering calculations. It shows present modifications. It provides calculation history. This is for common people using in the most easy ways.It is available for people seeking the simplest method. Basic Calc Pro for iPad - No Add - Calculation history - Universal app - Intuitive design - Able to see present modifications Download Basic Calc Pro Talk To the World Normally $7.99. Real Voice Phrasebook, Fully Offline) Interpret within any2 languages of 13 languages (English, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Thai, Vietnamese and Czech) ** Extensively including all travel dialogues during overseas (such as Number, Time, Weather, Transport, Accommodation, Communication, Sightseeing, Shopping, Greeting People, Entertainment, Food &Drink, Emergencies and Health) ** All the dialogues including real person voices records, along with the printed words. You may easily show the words to anyone when you needed. ** Parkour Lab is a leading studio focusing on professional Travel App. We have more than 200 Travel App in Apple Store and are always ranking top. We know the travelers' needs and we hope to bring more conveniences when you are traveling around the world. Download Talk To the World
11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now
Time is running out to stop a $53 million cryptocurrency heistOn June 17, someone stole $53 million from the DAO, an experimental investment bank built in the Ethereum cryptocurrency system — and the developers have spent the last two weeks trying to get it back. The DAO’s withdrawal system froze the money for 27 days, and rather than let the money slip away permanently, Ethereum's coders have decided to stop the theft by changing the basic code that the currency runs on.
Time is running out to stop a $53 million cryptocurrency heist
Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn creepy
Halt and Catch Fire's third season will premiere on August 23rdHalt and Catch Fire, AMC's consistently entertaining, detail-obsessive '80s period drama, will return for its third season on August 23rd. Halt and Catch Fire's third season will see the show moving from Texas to Silicon Valley for its 10-episode run. Last season, the series largely followed Cameron and Donna's attempts to get their online games company, Mutiny, off the ground. Although the show sometimes seemed uncomfortable in the startup world, given the first season's exploration of the slightly stodgier Cardiff Electric, it remained innovative and well-crafted.
Halt and Catch Fire's third season will premiere on August 23rd
Politics
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:09
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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks about the House Democrats' sit-in over gun-control laws, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonU.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told Republican lawmakers on a conference call that the House will vote next week on a measure intended to keep guns out of the hands of people on terrorism watch lists, according to a knowledgeable source. The announcement came a week after Democrats staged an unprecedented House sit-in to protest the Republican-controlled chamber's lack of movement on guns in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12.
House to vote on measure to keep guns from terrorists: source
U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew and Puerto Rico's Governor Garcia Padilla listen to kindergarden teacher Rivera during their visit to the elementary school Eleonor Roosevelt in San JuanBy Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors in Puerto Rico's debt-burdened economy still face risks of default on some of the island's $70 billion in debt even after the U.S. Congress on Wednesday created a powerful federal oversight board to manage credit restructurings. U.S. President Barack Obama says he will quickly sign the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) before the U.S. territory faces a possible default on July 1 on $1.9 billion worth of debt payments. While the government of Puerto Rico says it cannot honor all of its debts, and will likely default for a fourth time in the last year on some of its bonds, some creditors could get their payments via insurers or reserve funds.
Puerto Rico still faces debt default despite rescue law
File photo illustration shows an anti Zika virus kitIt could take years to learn how long men infected with Zika are capable of sexually transmitting the virus, which can cause crippling birth defects and other serious neurological disorders. In the meantime, health officials have warned couples to refrain from unprotected sex for six months after a male partner is infected. The extraordinary recommendation, based on a single report of Zika surviving 62 days in semen, could affect millions.
Zika sex research begins despite U.S. Congress funding impasse
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage at a campaign rally in BangorBy Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's scathing criticism of his stance on trade, highlighting divisions within the Republican Party that threaten unity ahead of the Nov. 8 election. At a campaign rally in Maine on Wednesday, Trump called the nation's largest business association "controlled totally by various groups of people who don’t care about you whatsoever." He said new trade deals should be negotiated because foreign countries are taking advantage of America. "Every country that we do business with us look at us as the stupid people with the penny bank," Trump said Wednesday at the rally in Bangor, Maine.
Trump's opposition to trade deals fuels internal party opposition
Hundreds of protesters surrounded the Hyatt Regency in a normally sleepy suburb of San Francisco. Some even attempted to charge through police barricades into the lobby. The source of their frustration: Donald Trump.
Party faithful: Inside look at the California GOP convention
ER visits are up, and heavier use among young adults reported, but the decreased stigma surrounding recreational pot blunts findings.
What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog named Lucca the prestigious Dickin Medal.
Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal
Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer, a Marine veteran and father of two, is the 16th law enforcement officer to be killed by a gunman this year — a 129 percent increase over the first three months of 2015. “The numbers are very chilling,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Spate of police officers fatally shot is ‘very chilling’
President Obama outlined a number of new actions aimed at combating the country’s deadly opioid epidemic on Tuesday.
Obama seeks to loosen restrictions on opioid abuse medication
Is the GOP Breaking Up Over Trump?The decisions by a number of well-known Republicans to buck the party because of Donald Trump's likely ascension to the top of the ticket could be seen as an effort to help rebuild the party, some experts say. Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, a Republican who served under President George W. Bush, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post why a Trump presidency would be bad for the country, declaring that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton this fall. And Brent Scowcroft, who was the national security adviser to Republican Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, put out a statement supporting Clinton and her "wisdom and experience." He did not mention Trump by name.
Is the GOP Breaking Up Over Trump?
ISIS 2 Years Later: From 'JV Team' to International KillersIn that time, the group has gone from obscurity, mocked by President Barack Obama as a terrorist “JV team,” to the world’s most brutal terrorist network, not only responsible for thousands of deaths in the Middle East but also linked to hundreds more in dozens of terrorist plots in the West. ISIS currently controls thousands of square miles in Iraq and Syria, though the U.S. military saysthe group been pushed out of swaths of land, especially in Iraq, since a territorial high point in late summer 2014. In January of that year in a New Yorker profile, Obama made the “JV team” remark.
ISIS 2 Years Later: From 'JV Team' to International Killers
Russia's defense ministry said that American destroyer USS Gravely, pictured on August 2, 2012, crossed the path of the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry on June 17, coming "dangerously close"The U.S. has accused Russia of intentionally interfering with its Navy operations.New video released by Russia shows the moment that a Russian frigate, the Neustrashimyy, and the U.S. Navy’s USS Gravely crossed paths in the eastern Mediterranean two weeks ago. Russia’s defense ministry claimed the U.S. ship made a “dangerous approach” on its warship, saying it “grossly breached” international maritime laws. The ministry said the U.S. ...
US Officials Say Russian Warship Intentionally Interfered With Navy Operations
FILE - In this June 14, 2016 file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks in Washington. Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Lynch during an impromptu meeting in Phoenix, but Lynch says the discussion did not involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an impromptu meeting in Phoenix, but Lynch said the discussion did not involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state.
Clinton and Lynch met privately at Phoenix airport
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said Thursday it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets.
Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Bangor, Maine.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):
The Latest: Trump's immigration plans panned on Capitol Hill
Sports
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:29
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In nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah has averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game in the NBAIn Thursday's final hours before the NBA's free agency period began, Joakim Noah was reportedly being eyed by the New York Knicks while Oklahoma City looked at Al Horford to help keep Kevin Durant with the Thunder. Players whose contracts expire become free agents and can start talks with other clubs at one minute after midnight Friday morning on the US East Coast, with Durant among the top players looking seriously at making a move. Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, has been a standout for the Chicago Bulls.
Noah reportedly eyes Knicks as Thunder ponder Horford
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays off the 9th tee during the first round of the 100th French Golf Open on July 30, 2016Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) - Rory McIlroy had a stop-start opening to the 100th French Open at Golf National on Thursday, as Dane Lucas Bjerregaard fired a hole-in-one and opened up a one-shot clubhouse lead. World number four McIlroy managed four birdies against four bogeys in an even par round of 71 to sit five adrift of the early lead. Despite not being a spectacular opening to his first visit here since 2010, it was a good return for McIlroy after missing the US Open cut at Oakmont, despite two shots finding the water.
Stop-start for McIlroy, hole-in-one for Bjerregaard at French Open
LPGA: KPMG Women's PGA Championship - First Round(Reuters) - Top Chinese woman golfer Shanshan Feng will compete at the Rio Games despite concerns over Zika virus and the world number 12 says she fears for the sport's Olympic future following some high-profile withdrawals from the men's competition. Golf's return to Olympics for the first time since 1904 has been hit by pullouts by several top male golfers, including world number one Jason Day, multiple major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas, can cause crippling defects in babies and has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre in adults.
Top China golfer Feng not to allow Zika fears ruin Rio dream
PGA: U.S. Open - Second Round(Reuters) - An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Northern Irishman withdrew from the Rio Games last week, citing concerns about the Zika virus, though he also told British media the Olympics were not one of his goals. "Most other athletes dream their whole lives of competing in the Olympics, winning an Olympic gold, and we haven't," McIlroy told British media.
Golfers dream of green jackets, not Olympic gold: McIlroy
An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Northern Irishman withdrew from the Rio Games last week, citing concerns about the Zika virus, though he also told British media the Olympics were not one of his goals. "Most other athletes dream their whole lives of competing in the Olympics, winning an Olympic gold, and we haven't," McIlroy told British media.
Olympics-Golfers dream of green jackets, not Olympic gold - McIlroy
Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang has bought a 5% holding in the Minneapolis-based Timberwolves and associated women's team the LynxA Chinese businessman has bought a minority stake in the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, his company and the league said, after taking over Spanish La Liga football team Granada in a 37 million euro deal earlier this month. The deal makes him the first Chinese citizen to have an ownership stake in an NBA team, the league said in a statement. "My goal is to bring China and this great league closer, and build the Timberwolves and Lynx fan base in our country," it quoted Jiang as saying.
Timberwolves' new Chinese stakeholder on buying spree
NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors extended qualifying offers to forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli on Wednesday, making them restricted free agents. The move, which needed to be made by Thursday, means the Warriors can now match any offer made to the pair by other teams. The Warriors, however, are expected to pursue Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, who could potentially take Barnes' small forward position and force him to exit.
Warriors extend qualifying offers to Barnes, Ezeli
Brooke Henderson of Canada during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic on August 16, 2015Second-ranked Brooke Henderson defends her first LPGA title this week at the Portland Classic, her breakthrough victory last year helping the Canadian teen return as a major champion. The 18-year-old qualified for the event on Monday then rolled to an eight-stroke victory, the largest LPGA victory margin since 2012, to become the tour's third-youngest winner ever. Henderson became the first Canadian to win an LPGA event since Lori Kane in 2001 and only the second Monday qualifier to ever take a title after Laurel Kean in 2000.
Teen Henderson defends LPGA breakthrough title
The NFL has been looking into the Al-Jazeera America report alleging the use of performance-enhancing drugsThe NFL Players Association wants to see evidence supporting the league's investigation into charges of dope cheating made in a December report by Al-Jazeera America on performance-enhancing drugs. The union's formal request was revealed Wednesday in letters sent to Adolpho Birch, the NFL vice president who sent letters to the union last week asking to investigate the four remaining active NFL players mentioned in the report -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and free agent linebacker Mike Neal. "On behalf of Mr. Harrison, we have repeatedly requested that the NFL inform him and the NFLPA whether the NFL possesses any credible evidence (e.g., verified documents or verified testimony of witnesses) that warrants an interview of Mr. Harrison regarding a potential violation of the Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances (PES Policy)," the union's letter on behalf of Harrison said, according to a copy obtained by USA Today.
NFL players union wants to see evidence in league probe
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts has signed a six-year contract extension through the 2021 season for $140 millionIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed a six-year contract extension through the 2021 season for $140 million, the richest contract in NFL history, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday. The biggest prior deal in NFL history saw Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers ink a five-year contract for $110 million in 2013. "Andrew has signed through 2021," Irsay tweeted.
Indianapolis Colts sign Luck to richest deal in NFL history
Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, pictured on March 4, 2016, says she will not play in the Rio Olympics because she fears contracting the Zika virusSouth Africa's Lee-Anne Pace became the first woman golfer to withdraw from the Rio Olympics, saying Wednesday she will not play in Brazil because she fears contracting the Zika virus. "I was very much looking forward to the opportunity," said Pace, her nation's top-ranked woman golfer at 38th in the world. "However, over recent months my team has been monitoring the situation regarding the Zika Virus and finding out as much information as possible.
South Africa's Pace first LPGA player to skip Rio Olympics
Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City is expected to meet with the Thunder before becoming a free agent, and is reportedly looking at meeting with the New York KnickNBA stars Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan have made their first steps toward deciding where they will play next season, or in Duncan's case if he will play at all. Oklahoma City forward Durant, set to play for the US Olympic squad in Rio in August, was expected to meet with the Thunder before becoming a free agent on Friday and he becomes eligible to meet with other clubs. Durant, 27, is reportedly looking at meeting with the New York Knicks, whose star player Carmelo Anthony will join Durant in Rio, and the Golden State Warriors, who won a record 73 games last season but lost to Cleveland in the NBA Finals.
Durant, Wade, Duncan make first moves to NBA future
(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and second-ranked Jordan Spieth command the spotlight at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio where Rory McIlroy is a conspicuous absentee. Two years ago, four-times major winner McIlroy clinched the prestigious title at Firestone Country Club by two shots but he will not be competing in the 2016 edition as he is playing instead in the European Tour's French Open. Traditionally, the Bridgestone Invitational is held in early August but the PGA Tour event was brought forward by more than a month this year to accommodate golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Day and Spieth set for Firestone, McIlroy in France
US golfer Jordan Spieth, pictured on April 10, 2016, is uncertain if he will compete in the Rio OlympicsWorld number two Jordan Spieth remains uncertain if he will compete in the Rio Olympics when golf returns to the Games lineup for the first time in 112 years. Spieth and many of the world's top golfers will compete this week at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. "Right now, I'm uncertain," Spieth said.
Spieth still uncertain if he will play golf in Rio Olympics
World number one Jason Day, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and second-ranked Jordan Spieth command the spotlight at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio where Rory McIlroy is a conspicuous absentee. Two years ago, four-times major winner McIlroy clinched the prestigious title at Firestone Country Club by two shots but he will not be competing in the 2016 edition as he is playing instead in the European Tour's French Open. Traditionally, the Bridgestone Invitational is held in early August but the PGA Tour event was brought forward by more than a month this year to accommodate golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Golf-Day and Spieth set for Firestone, McIlroy in France
Entertainment
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:31
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows the cast during a performance of the musical "Kinky Boots." The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots," based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Matthew Murphy)NEW YORK (AP) — The great comedian W.C. Fields is credited with the line, "Never work with children or animals." He would have had trouble on Broadway this season.
Who will win at the Tony Awards? AP predicts
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FILE - In this April 21, 2015, file photo, Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for the film 'The Avengers Age of Ultron' in London. Box Office Mojo has crowned Johansson as Hollywood's highest grossing actress on a list updated June 29, 2016.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)Scarlett Johansson has taken the crown as Hollywood's highest-grossing actress ever.
Scarlett Johansson ranked Hollywood's top-grossing actress
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Debi Mazar speaks during the "Younger" panel at the TV Land 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. After the success of her award-winning cooking show "Extra Virgin," Mazar's creative juices are still flowing, as the actress talks about the possibility of another show and more of her culinary dreams. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Debi Mazar and her brood spend at least a month in Tuscany each year, but if the "Younger" actress had her way, the region would be a far more permanent fixture in her life.
With an eye to Tuscany, Debi Mazar plots culinary future
BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Robert De Niro is conjuring the legacy — and the stand-up jokes — of comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, Henny Youngman and Milton Berle while praising the natural beauty of New York's Catskills region.
Wisecracking De Niro touts Catskills with NY governor
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2014, file photo, television host Nancy Grace arrives at the 7th annual GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Grace is leaving her prime-time show on the HLN network in October 2016. The CNN sister station said Grace told her staff on Thursday, June 30, 2016 that her show would be ending after 12 years. An HLN spokeswoman said the network had no immediate announcement on what program would go in its place. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tough-talking former prosecutor Nancy Grace is leaving her prime-time show on the HLN network in October.
HLN's Nancy Grace leaving her legal show
FILE - This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Alexander Skarsgard from "The Legend of Tarzan." For films that aren’t “the movie to see,” moviegoers are increasingly staying home. With word-of-mouth traveling at the speed of Twitter, quality has become a more vital currency. (Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — As Hollywood girds for a low-key Fourth of July box office weekend and watches its summer season dip 15 percent below last year's, an even more worrisome trend has taken shape: Moviegoers are growing pickier.
Moviegoers to Hollywood: It better be good
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — No one was injured when a roller coaster at an Oklahoma City amusement park stalled out and stranded eight people, including seven children.
8 rescued after Oklahoma City roller coaster gets stuck
FILE - In this Wednesday March 23, 2016 file photo, Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov addresses a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of Russian region of Chechnya, in the regional capital of Grozny, Russia. Russian state television on Thursday is to broadcast the opening episode of "Live - The Team," in which participants compete to become an assistant to leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Another powerful, controversial man is taking to reality TV to find an assistant — not Donald Trump but the leader of Chechnya.
Chechen leader Kadyrov seeks apprentice on reality TV show
NEW YORK (AP) — Film and TV studio Lions Gate is buying cable channel operator Starz in a deal worth $4.4 billion.
Lions Gate to buy cable channel Starz in $4.4 billion deal
Union members cheer as they discuss preparations for a strike against as many as five of the city's eight casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday June 29, 2016. Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union says it will go on strike Friday if it can't reach new contracts with three casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment (Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's) and two casinos owned by billionaire investor Carl Icahn (the Tropicana and the Trump Taj Mahal). About 6,500 of the union's nearly 10,000 workers are at the five hotels. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's main casino workers union reached agreement Thursday on a new contract with three of the five casinos it had been targeting for a strike this weekend.
Union reaches deal with 3 of 5 Atlantic City casinos
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Souleye, left, and Alanis Morissette arrive at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Morissette posted a nude photo of herself sporting a large baby bump while floating underwater on Instagram on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Alanis Morissette has posted a nude photo of herself sporting a large baby bump while floating underwater.
Pregnant Alanis Morissette posts nude underwater photo
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, Mariah Carey performs at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington. Music is at the heart of the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, and this year is no different. Fans will get to hear from first-timers Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy and Jeremih as well as from festival veterans Charlie Wilson, Maxwell, New Edition, Tyrese and Lalah Hathaway - all of whom are scheduled to perform inside the Superdome Friday, July 1, 2016, through Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.
New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest
NEW YORK (AP) — Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.
Alvin Toffler, author of 'Future Shock,' dead at 87
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked a new Indiana law Thursday that bans abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities.
Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion law
UN peacekeepers patrol in their vehicle during Liberia's presidential election run-off, along a street in MonroviaBy Alphonso Toweh MONROVIA (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeping mission that was sent to Liberia in 2003 to restore order after two brutal civil wars withdrew on Thursday, beginning a new phase of self-reliance for the impoverished West African country. Liberia has relied heavily on the mission of 15,000 U.N. troops, known as UNMIL, which had been winding down for several months before control was officially handed over to domestic forces on Thursday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told Reuters much had been done to prepare for the transition, but that more was still needed.
U.N. peacekeeping mission leaves Liberia after 13 years
Doctors and hospitals in the United States received $7.52 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests from the makers of drugs and medical devices in 2015, according to data released by a government health agency. The Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services said in its open payments report, which is mandated by the "Sunshine Act," that doctors and hospitals reported $2.6 billion in general payments, $3.89 billion in research payments and $1.02 billion of ownership or investment interests. This is the third annual report in the program, which has a searchable website reflecting data for more than 600,000 doctors and over 1,100 teaching hospitals.
U.S. reports doctors, hospitals brought in $7.52 billion in payments
By Ethan Lou TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal government has formed a task force on marijuana legalization that will conduct nationwide consultations before reporting back in November, it said on Thursday. The government said in April it will introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 to legalize the marijuana's recreational use. Medical marijuana is already legal in Canada.
Canada forms task force to consult on marijuana legalization
In this undated photo provided by Mark Eisenhauer, Joshua Eisenhauer poses for a photograph with his dogs. When Eisenhauer emptied 24 rounds from his 9mm handgun at police and firefighters responding to a fire in his Fayetteville, N.C., apartment, the former Army sergeant believed he was shooting at the Taliban bomber whose truckload of explosives blew the limbs off his friend, his defenders say. The only place where he belongs is one he can get treatment for his PTSD, said Eisenhauer's father, Mark. (Mark Eisenhauer via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Army sergeant's defenders say he truly believed he was protecting fellow soldiers from a Taliban bomber when he emptied 24 rounds at police and firefighters responding to a fire in his apartment.
Laws encourage alternatives to prison for veterans with PTSD
A baby in a box is not only adorable, it's safe. That is why the practice has been going on for almost 80 years in Finland, which has the world's lowest infant mortality rates. Every newborn is provided with a cardboard box to sleep in along with a starter kit of clothes, diapers and toys from the government.Now, the UK is starting the...
Why The UK Started Giving Out Those Amazing Baby Boxes
By Reyna Gobel (Reuters Health) – Stretching just 10 minutes a day might help ease menopause and depression symptoms in middle-aged women, a small study suggests. “Light-intensity exercises such as stretching have not been previously evaluated for its impact on menopausal and depressive symptoms,” lead researcher Yuko Kai told Reuters Health by email. Forty Japanese women, ages 40 to 61 years, participated in the study at the Physical Fitness Research Institute, Meiji Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare in Tokyo.
Stretching may ease women's depression and menopause symptoms
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory disease, are more likely to have heart attacks and strokes when they have a family history of cardiovascular problems, a Danish study suggests. Psoriasis wasn't associated with higher risk of heart attacks or strokes when people with the skin condition didn't have a family history of cardiovascular disease, the study found.
Family history biggest predictor of heart attacks in people with psoriasis
Children fill up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur districtBy Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British American Tobacco (BAT), the world's second biggest cigarette company, vowed on Thursday to investigate some of its supply farms in Bangladesh after a Swedish campaign group uncovered the use of child workers to grow and process tobacco. Swedwatch, which surveyed three tobacco farming districts in Bangladesh, said it found child labor was "widespread" in farms supplying BAT and its local subsidiary British American Tobacco Bangladesh, jeopardizing their health and education.
British American Tobacco vows to investigate child workers in Bangladeshi farms
5 Hacks to Manage Shift WorkHuffington Post is proud to partner with the American Sleep Association (ASA) to promote sleep awareness.According to 2004 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 15 million Americans work full-time on evening shift, night shift, rotating shifts, or other employer-arranged irregular schedules. Shift work has been shown to have a number...
5 Hacks to Manage Shift Work
LPGA: KPMG Women's PGA Championship - First Round(Reuters) - Top Chinese woman golfer Shanshan Feng will compete at the Rio Games despite concerns over Zika virus and the world number 12 says she fears for the sport's Olympic future following some high-profile withdrawals from the men's competition. Golf's return to Olympics for the first time since 1904 has been hit by pullouts by several top male golfers, including world number one Jason Day, multiple major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas, can cause crippling defects in babies and has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre in adults.
Top China golfer Feng not to allow Zika fears ruin Rio dream
Top Chinese woman golfer Shanshan Feng will compete at the Rio Games despite concerns over Zika virus and the world number 12 says she fears for the sport's Olympic future following some high-profile withdrawals from the men's competition. Golf's return to Olympics for the first time since 1904 has been hit by pullouts by several top male golfers, including world number one Jason Day, multiple major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas, can cause crippling defects in babies and has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre in adults.
Olympics-Top China golfer Feng not to allow Zika fears ruin Rio dream
(Repeating for additional clients with no changes to text) By Bill Berkrot June 30 (Reuters) - It could take years to learn how long men infected with Zika are capable of sexually transmitting the virus, which can cause crippling birth defects and other serious neurological disorders. In the meantime, health officials have warned couples to refrain from unprotected sex for six months after a male partner is infected. The extraordinary recommendation, based on a single report of Zika surviving 62 days in semen, could affect millions.
Zika sex research begins despite U.S. Congress funding impasse
A sign sits in front of Shire's manufacturing facility in Lexington, Massachusetts(Reuters) - Irish drugmaker Shire Plc said a study testing an experimental drug to treat attention-deficit disorder met the main goal, bringing the drug one step closer to approval in the United States. The company's shares were up 3 percent at 4381 pence at 12.52 GMT on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Shire's U.S.-listed shares were up 3 percent at $176.28 in light premarket trading on the Nasdaq.
Shire says ADHD drug meets main goal of study
People are silhouetted against a display of the Canon brand logo at the CP+ camera and photo trade fair in YokohamaBy Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's anti-monopoly regulator has approved Canon Inc's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, but issued a warning over the way they carried out the deal, which antitrust experts have called questionable. Toshiba, hurt by an accounting scandal and in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion) sale in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before securing approval from regulators. Some antitrust and accounting experts at the time said the method, involving the use of a special entity and the issuance of warrants to allow Toshiba to receive cash from Canon before regulatory approval, was problematic though not illegal.
Japan regulator approves Canon deal to buy Toshiba unit, warns on method
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A Airbus logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in GenevaAirbus Group and Safran pledged on Thursday to make Europe competitive in the face of U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX as they completed a deal to merge their space launcher activities. The heads of both companies pledged to focus on making the venture competitive after Europe's position in the commercial launch market was threatened by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which intends to offer cut-rate launch services by re-using its rockets. Under the final deal, French engine maker Safran will pay Airbus Group 750 million euros ($832 million) to ensure an equal 50/50 ownership split in the new venture -- slightly less than a previously expected figure of 800 million.. "They needed to complete this deal so that they are ready to design an entire launcher for civil customers rather than government requirements, forcing the agencies to accept what they have done for their customers rather than work with what governments want," an analyst said, asking not to be named.
Airbus, Safran finalize space launchers merger
The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 is pictured before landing at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern SpainAn airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain early on Thursday after an almost three-day flight across the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world. The single-seat Solar Impulse 2 touched down shortly after 7.30 a.m. local time in Seville after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 2.30 a.m. EDT on June 20. The flight of just over 71 hours was the 15th leg of the round-the-world journey by the plane piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.
Solar plane lands in Spain after three-day Atlantic crossing
By Matthew Stock The unique mechanical properties of bat wings could lead to a new breed of nature-inspired drone. A prototype built by researchers at the University of Southampton shows that membrane wings can have improved aerodynamic properties and fly over longer distances on less power. Using a paper-thin rubber membrane, the team designed wings that mimic the physiology of the muscles in a bat's wing, changing shape in response to the forces it experiences.
Bat wings inspire new breed of drone
By Matthew Stock A UK-based laboratory is working to eradicate animal testing in the cosmetics industry by developing alternative methods which are not only cruelty-free but more scientifically advanced than other current tests. XCellR8 uses scaffolds of cells from human skin donated by plastic surgery patients, which they say are ideally suited to testing cosmetic products. "For skin irritation testing the cells are isolated from human skin that has been donated by people who have had plastic surgery and they've said that they're quite happy for the tissue to be used for research purposes.
Human skin cells used in animal-free cosmetic tests
Monitors are pictured in the main control room of the European Space Operations Centre in DarmstadtYou'll have to wait at least 15 years for the technology to be developed, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) said, putting doubt on claims that the journey could happen sooner. "If there was enough money then we could possibly do it earlier but there is not as much now as the Apollo program had," ESA Director-General Jan Woerner said, referring to the U.S. project which landed the first people on the moon. Woerner says a permanent human settlement on the moon, where 3D printers could be used to turn moon rock into essential items needed for the two-year trip to Mars, would be a major step toward the red planet.
Human flights to Mars still at least 15 years off: ESA head
Scorpion Architects Build Lairs with Porches and Mating RoomsThe twists and turns of a scorpion's underground burrows are generally inaccessible to anything that isn't a scorpion — including scientists. The scientists investigated the burrow construction of three species from two different genera of the Scorpionidae family, to understand how the scorpions were benefiting from their tunnels' structural designs. The scorpions lived in three locations — the Negev desert in Israel, and the Kalahari Desert and the Central Highlands, both in Namibia — where variations in soil composition and hardness could affect the types of tunnels the critters constructed.
Scorpion Architects Build Lairs with Porches and Mating Rooms
Real-Life Holodeck? 'Star Trek' Tech Uses VR to Solve Global ProblemsOn the cult sci-fi TV show "Star Trek," crewmembers aboard the USS Enterprise could explore simulated environments or participate in interactive virtual experiences — anything from walking around lush forests to trying to solve a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery — as a way to mentally escape the confines of the starship or take a break from daily activities. While the fictional Holodeck from the hit series was mainly used by the "Star Trek" characters for recreational purposes, could such an immersive virtual-reality (VR) environment help people tackle global problems like climate change or drug policy? Researchers at New York University (NYU) think so, and they are designing their own version of the technology to create a cyberlearning environment of the future.
Real-Life Holodeck? 'Star Trek' Tech Uses VR to Solve Global Problems
Lab-Grown 'Living' Bones Could Yield Customized ImplantsFor the first time, pieces of living bone have been grown from the cells of patients — in this case, miniature pigs — and sculpted to replace missing anatomical structures.
Lab-Grown 'Living' Bones Could Yield Customized Implants
Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff BezosEarly Monday (Nov. 23), the private spaceflight company Blue Origin made a major stride in the pursuit of fully reusable rockets, when it launched an uncrewed vehicle into space and then soft-landed the rocket booster on the ground. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," said Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin's founder, speaking about the landing in a press briefing yesterday (Nov. 24). "And my teammates here at Blue Origin, I could see felt the same way.
Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos
Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in SpaceThanksgiving in space will be a lot like the holiday down here on the ground — minus the gravity, of course. Like most Americans, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) off, and they'll spend the day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watching football and enjoying a turkey-centric feast, agency officials said. Kelly and Lindgren gave viewers a look at that feast in a special Thanksgiving video this week, breaking out bags of smoked turkey, rehydratable corn, candied yams and potatoes au gratin.
Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space
By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Battered by a presidential impeachment and the worst recession since the Great Depression, Brazil is getting a rare bit of relief as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the Olympics: declining numbers of Zika infections. Since the start of the Zika outbreak, which wreaked havoc across Brazil's northeast earlier this year, many physicians and would-be visitors have worried the Games could be a catalyst to spread the virus internationally. Some athletes, including the world's top-ranked golfer, have said they will stay home to avoid infection because of concerns over health complications caused by Zika, notably microcephaly, a birth defect among babies of pregnant mothers infected by the virus.
Olympics will come and go but Zika is here to stay, scientists say
Researchers found that when 4th- to 7th-grade teachers reported feeling "burned out," their students also had elevated stress levels. The study "is the first of its kind connecting teachers' stress-related experiences to students' stress physiology in a real-life setting," the researchers wrote in their study, published today (June 27) in the journal Social Science &Medicine. Teacher burnout is likely the leading reason for which teachers leave the profession, according to the study.
Can You 'Catch' Stress in a Classroom? Science Says Yes
A forest fire is seen burning from a helicopter belonging to the Indonesian National Board of Disaster Management (BNPB) in Pelalawan, Riau province, Sumatra islandBy Beh Lih Yi JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forest fires that blanketed Southeast Asia in thick haze last year released the greatest amount of climate-changing carbon since record blazes in 1997, producing emissions higher than in the whole of the European Union, scientists said on Tuesday. Singapore, Malaysia and northern Indonesia choked under a layer of toxic smog in September and October last year, caused by thousands of fires started in Indonesia to cheaply clear land for palm oil crops and for pulp and paper plantations. The study by scientists from the Netherlands, Britain and Indonesia, published in the online journal Scientific Reports recently, was the first scientific report calculating greenhouse gas emissions from the fires using measurements on the ground combined with satellite observations.
Southeast Asian fires emitted most carbon since 1997 - scientists
FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, a sign warning of extreme heat is seen on a trailhead at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix. Thirty-one of the country’s top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is real, a problem and something needs to be done about it. The science groups, which represent millions of scientists, sent the letter Tuesday, June 28, 2016, saying the severity of climate change is increasing and will get worse faster in coming decades. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one of the country's top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is a real problem and something needs to be done about it.
Science groups to Congress: Climate change is real threat
"These results are important, because caffeine is a stimulant widely used to counteract performance decline following periods of restricted sleep," the lead author of the study, Tracy Jill Doty, a behavioral biology scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, said in a statement.
Caffeine's 'Boost' Disappears When You're Extremely Sleep-Deprived
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Senate sleuths focus on ex-State Department aide in Clinton email ‘cover-up’As Hillary Clinton seeks to rebound from a highly critical report from the State Department’s inspector general, Senate investigators and a conservative group are zeroing in on newly revealed evidence about the activities of a now retired State Department computer specialist in orchestrating what they charge was a “cover-up” of the former secretary of state’s email practices. Therole of John Bentel, whose identity as a key figure in the email probes was first reported by Yahoo News on Wednesday, is expected to be one focus of questioning today when Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is deposed in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch over the State Department’s handling of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Clinton’s emails, according to a source close to the case.
Senate sleuths focus on ex-State Department aide in Clinton email ‘cover-up’
Statue of Liberty, other world sites threatened by climate change, says U.N.The Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor. Climate change might dampen Lady Liberty’s glow, according to experts. The United Nations released a report Thursday saying 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries are vulnerable to the effects of climate change: rising temperatures, rising sea levels, intensifying storms, longer droughts and so on.
Statue of Liberty, other world sites threatened by climate change, says U.N.
19 people rescued from Kentucky cave
Colonies of E. coli bacteria are seen in a microscopic image courtesy of the CDCBy Kylie MacLellan and Ben Hirschler ISE-SHIMA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman "heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria" because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for "nightmare" bugs. In Japan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said leading countries needed to tackle resistance by reducing the use of antibiotics and rewarding drug companies for developing new medicines.
G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.
Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukesHIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes
FILE - This Saturday, May 5, 2012 file photo shows the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park in London. The IOC says 23 athletes have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics. The International Olympic Committee announced the results Friday, May 27, 2016 after retesting 265 London samples with improved techniques. The IOC says the athletes represent five sports and six countries. It did not name them. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)LONDON (AP) — Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.
IOC: 23 positives in retests of samples from London Olympics
19th-century shipwreck unearthed in Boston
Can affirmative consent apps combat campus sexual assault?The creators of YES to SEX, a smartphone app that promises to help “all gender partners get and give a safe sexual consent in as little as 25 seconds,” have released a new platform that allows colleges and universities to customize the application to meet the specific needs of their campuses. YES to SEX founder Wendy Mandell-Geller told Yahoo News that after launching the original version of the app in April, she soon realized its potential to make an impact on university and college campuses. In addition to providing users with an up-to-date guide to giving and receiving sexual consent under Title IX, the app’s new college format can be customized to reflect each school’s policies — as well as its color scheme.
Can affirmative consent apps combat campus sexual assault?
Vincent Foster’s sister: Trump’s comments are ‘beyond contempt’Sheila Foster Anthony, sister of former Clinton White House aide Vincent Foster, took to the Washington Post opinion page Thursday to admonish Donald Trump for his recent comments about her brother’s death. Earlier this week, the same paper published an interview with Trump in which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was quoted drudging up a decades-old conspiracy theory about Foster’s 1993 suicide.
Vincent Foster’s sister: Trump’s comments are ‘beyond contempt’
Video shows before police kill unarmed man
People light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, at the Cairo Opera house in CairoCAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - No new radio signal has been received from an EgyptAir jet since the day it crashed in the Mediterranean last week, sources close to the investigation said on Friday. A radio signal picked up on the day of the crash from the plane's emergency locator transmitter (ELT) allowed officials to determine a broadly defined search zone, but nothing new has since been detected, the sources told Reuters. "There has been nothing since day one," a source familiar with the investigation said.
No new signal from EgyptAir jet since day of crash as search intensifies
FILE - In this May 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Billings, Mont., Thursday, May 26, 2016. Donald Trump’s best liaison to Republicans is turning out to be Hillary Clinton. Trump overcame a “Never Trump” campaign aimed at stopping him from clinching the Republican nomination. Now the businessman is benefiting from a wave of GOP donors, voters and conservative issues groups uniting under a new banner: Never Hillary. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)You tell me,” Trump asked. The woman replied that she was offended, and Trump quickly repeated the phrase. “Oh, oh really — oh, I’m sorry about that,“ Trump said before turning to a reporter who had asked about Warren, immediately using the term again.
Trump doubles down on Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ attack after Native American woman calls him ‘offensive’
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after giving an energy speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The possibility of appearing to pander is among the reasons Donald Trump would be unlikely to pick a woman or a minority as his vice presidential running mate, his campaign chairman says.
Donald Trump unlikely to pick woman or minority as running mate
Can Dump Trump forces succeed if he doesn’t collapse further in the polls?He has been called an “intellectual prodigy” and is one of the most influential thinkers and writers in conservative Republican politics. Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs magazine, is also an informal adviser to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the most prominent Republican national leader to decline — at least so far — to endorse presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Levin also worked as a White House policy adviser to former President George W. Bush and has since been part of a movement within Republican politics to move the party toward a solutions-oriented disposition, in contrast to many in the party whose main goal has been to block the agenda of President Obama and the Democrats.
Paul Ryan ally doubts speaker will ever fully endorse Trump
What Obama should do on tortureLike a lot of two-term presidents nearing the last bend in the road, Barack Obama seems guided by equal parts conviction and whimsy these days, without much regard for political consequence. The president has expounded publicly on race and political civility, shaken hands with a Cuban Castro, commuted a slew of sentences for drug offenders, plunged the federal government into the debate over transgender Americans in restrooms. Obama clearly isn’t going to declassify the full text of the Senate’s mammoth, landmark report on torture, and maybe that’s the right call — I don’t know.
What Obama should do on torture
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