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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
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Black boxes from the Malaysian jetliner downed over eastern Ukraine will be sent to a lab in the United Kingdom, said Malaysia's deputy transport minister on Tuesday. "The procedure is to have the black boxes sent to the nearest lab that is authorized by the ICAO for analysis," Aziz Kaprawi told Reuters, referring to the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The two black boxes are now in the possession of Malaysian authorities after Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered a deal late on Monday with eastern Ukraine's separatists leader to hand over evidence that could shed light on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last Thursday. Aziz said that the black boxes would travel to a lab under the Air Accidents Investigations Branch in the U.K. A Belgian Air Force jet was already heading towards Kiev on Tuesday afternoon to collect the boxes.
MH17 black boxes will go to UK for analysis, says Malaysian minister
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
Boehner: No border money without policy changes
A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.
Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fire
Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaA U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government. The subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are available to people with annual incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four.
Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.
HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection
In this July 10, 2014 photo, a mailman delivers mail to a house for sale in Quincy, Mass. The National Association of Realtors reports on existing-home sales in June on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.
US home sales increase 2.6 percent in June
The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.
Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city
European Union governments are discussing the possibility of imposing capital restrictions on Russia and sanctions in defence and energy technology if Moscow does not cooperate in the probe into a plane crash in Ukraine, diplomats said on Tuesday. Under proposals being discussed by EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the EU would draw up a package for sanctions in these areas that the 28-nation would act on if Russia did not cooperate over the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane, which killed nearly 300 people.
EU discussing capital curbs, defence sanctions on Russia-diplomats
An Afghan man points to the number "39" on a car's license plate in KabulAfghans' aversion to the number 39 due to its mysterious connotations of prostitution forced the government on Tuesday to appeal for people to stop refusing vehicle licence plates containing the much-feared figure. The "curse of 39" has struck repeatedly in recent years, returning as registration number combinations cycle over, with car dealers complaining they get stuck with vehicles that they are unable to sell due to a bizarre urban legend. According to many Afghans, "39" got its bad reputation through a well-known pimp who was often identified by the number on his car plates as he drove around Herat, the western city that lies close to the border with Iran. Now anyone seen sporting a "39" licence plate is in danger of being linked to the underground sex industry that is taboo in the devoutly Muslim nation.
Afghan car buyers urged to defy the 'curse of 39'
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels who want to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said on Tuesday. Ugandan Junior Foreign Minister Okello Oryem said a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni was scheduled for Tuesday. The rebel camp has been angered by Uganda's deployment of troops to South Sudan in support of the government of President Salva Kiir against insurgent forces led by his sacked deputy Riek Machar. Western powers and some regional states have said Uganda's presence complicates peace talks, which have rumbled on for months with little progress.
South Sudan rebel team quits Uganda without meeting on mending ties
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29Israelis.
Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on
Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, center, gestures after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, officials said Tuesday.
Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to seek peace negotiations with Israel in Gaza based on an Egyptian truce proposal that the Islamist militant group has rejected. After meeting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, a country which has mediated in the Arab-Israeli conflict in the past, Kerry said he had held constructive talks in a bid to end the conflict in Gaza which has killed more than 600 people. "Hamas has a fundamental choice to make and it is a choice that will have a profound impact for the people of Gaza," Kerry said at a news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri. "The Egyptians have provided a framework and a forum for them to be able to come to the table to have a serious discussion together with other factions of the Palestinians." Hamas has said the Egyptian plan ignores its demands for the release of prisoners and a more comprehensive lifting of an economic blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Kerry urges Hamas to seek peace based on Egyptian proposal
Former Brazilian player Dunga attends the closing ceremony prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday appointed Dunga as coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract was not renewed after the hosts' World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany. The 50-year-old Dunga, Brazil's 1994 World-Cup winning skipper, takes the reins for a second time having led the Selecao at the 2010 tournament. "I am immensely happy - thank you for your confidence in me," said Dunga, who in his playing days was a tough-tackling midfielder with Serie A side Fiorentina and Germany's Stuttgart, and who also had a spell in Japan with Jubilo Iwata.
Brazil appoint Dunga as Scolari successor
FILE - This undated file photo released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows Jordie L. Callahan. A jury there found Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. His sentencing is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio could receive life in prison when he's sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Youngstown.
Man accused of enslaving woman to be sentenced
Business
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are modestly higher at the open on Tuesday as a cascade of earnings landed and inflation was tame, while hopes rose for an easing of tensions in Ukraine. The Dow Jones industrial average is rising 29.95 points, or 0.18 percent, to 17,081.68, the S&P 500 is up 7.15 points, or 0.36 percent, to 1,980.78 and the Nasdaq Composite is adding 20.42 points, or 0.46 percent, to 4,445.12. (Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
Wall St. climbs at open after raft of earnings
A home for sale is seen in VirginiaU.S. home resales rose in June to their fastest pace in eight months, a signal that the housing market was pulling out of a slump. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales increased 2.6 percent to an annual rate of 5.04 million units.
Pace of U.S. home resales rises to eight-month high
A woman shops for groceries at a Whole Foods supermarket in New YorkBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose in June as the cost of gasoline surged, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a gradual build-up of inflationary pressures. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index increased 0.3 percent last month, with gasoline accounting for two-thirds of the gain, after May's 0.4 percent rise. In the 12 months through June, the CPI increased 2.1 percent after a similar rise in May. Inflation is creeping up as the economy's recovery becomes more durable, a welcome development for some Federal Reserve officials who had worried that price pressures were too low.
U.S. consumer inflation rises on high gasoline prices
Coca Cola cans are seen at a concession inside the Dunas arena soccer stadium in Natal(Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as sales volumes in North America, its biggest market, failed to show growth for the second straight quarter. Unit case volume sales were flat in North America in the quarter ended June 27 despite increased marketing around the FIFA World Cup and the launch of its 'Share a Coke' campaign. JP Morgan analysts had expected volumes to be up 1-2 percent in North America, which accounted for 45 percent of total revenue in the second quarter. Still, sparkling beverages volume, which includes carbonated energy drinks and waters, was flat in the quarter in North America, with brand Coca-Cola volumes up 1 percent.
Coca-Cola sales miss estimates as North America growth stalls
A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California(Reuters) - Quarterly profit at McDonald's Corp fell more than expected after established restaurants in its struggling U.S. division turned in a third straight quarterly sales decline and results from Europe also logged a surprise drop. Weakness in the world's biggest hamburger chain's two top markets, coupled with its warning of a global fall in same-restaurant sales for July, also helped send McDonald's shares down 1.1 percent in early trading on Tuesday. McDonald's gets about 30 percent of its revenue from the United States, where sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell 1.5 percent in the second quarter. Traffic remained depressed amid tough competition from a range of rivals, which include Wendy's Co, Burger King Worldwide Inc and privately held Chick-fil-A. Analysts had expected McDonald's U.S. comparable sales to fall just 0.3 percent, according to research firm Consensus Metrix.
McDonald's profit falls on weak U.S., European sales
A worker uses a cordless screwdriver to fix the logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse at a branch office in ZurichBy Katharina Bart ZURICH (Reuters) - Credit Suisse Group AG will quit commodities trading after chalking up its biggest loss since the financial crisis in 2008, the result of a 1.6 billion Swiss franc ($1.78 billion) fine from U.S. authorities for helping its clients evade taxes. The Swiss bank reversed a recent vow to stick with its commodities unit, and thus joins the ranks of trading firms answering regulatory demands for more capital by significantly reducing or even shuttering their natural resource trading arms. Credit Suisse's fixed income unit outshone both its wealthy client unit and its U.S. rivals with a 4 percent rise in sales and trading, flouting its own downbeat guidance in May. That compares to drops of at least 10 percent at American banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan last week. Credit Suisse said the commodities cuts, set to save $75 million, would allow resources and funds to be reassigned to its private bank, which disappointed investors with a 39 percent drop in revenue and weaker margins, and swung to a loss due to the fine.
Credit Suisse posts big loss after U.S. tax settlement
By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc apologized to Chinese customers on Monday after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to the two chains. On Tuesday, Starbucks said some of its cafes previously sold products containing chicken originally sourced from Shanghai Husi, a firm that was shut down on Sunday by local regulators after a TV report showed staff using expired meat and picking up meat from the floor to add to the mix.
China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan
A Verizon logo is seen during the International CTIA WIRELESS Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, LouisianaVerizon Communications Inc, the largest U.S. wireless telecommunications company, reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue on a jump in wireless customers and a surge in tablet sales. The dramatic increase in customers is a boost for Verizon, which has moved cautiously amid some of the deepest promotions the industry has seen. Net additions of wireless subscribers with contracts surged 53 percent to 1.4 million in the second quarter ended June 30. Verizon also sold a record 1.14 million tablets.
Verizon second-quarter revs top estimates as wireless customers surge
An employee of Lupin Limited works at a reception at their headquarters in MumbaiBy Sophie Sassard and Zeba Siddiqui LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian generics firm Lupin , some U.S. drugmakers looking for a tax-saving deal in Europe and private equity funds are planning to bid for a range of older drugs being auctioned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , five sources familiar with the matter said. Chief Executive Andrew Witty said in April GSK was reviewing its portfolio of mature drugs, known as established products, and in May the group invited sector players and private equity firms to consider bidding.
Exclusive - India's Lupin, U.S. firms weigh bids for GSK's mature drugs: sources
JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New YorkBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co has begun to provide the debt forgiveness and other help to struggling homeowners under last year's $13 billion accord with federal and state authorities, though it has only turned over a handful of details, a monitor of the deal said in a report released on Tuesday. Joseph Smith, who was appointed by the bank and governments to monitor a settlement over mortgage securities, said he determined that the largest U.S. bank had so far earned $6.3 million in so-called "credits" from either cutting borrowers' principal or agreeing to defer some payments on 100 loans in a test pool. JPMorgan agreed last November to pay $9 billion in cash and $4 billion in the form of loan modifications and other help to consumers to resolve federal and state claims that it misrepresented risky mortgage securities that it sold in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. Chase is JPMorgan's brand for consumer loans.
JPMorgan begins to provide consumer help under $13 billion settlement
In this July 10, 2014 photo, a mailman delivers mail to a house for sale in Quincy, Mass. The National Association of Realtors reports on existing-home sales in June on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.
US home sales increase 2.6 percent in June
In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, Baltazar Rosado, of Hollywood, Fla., pumps gasoline into his car at a Chevron gasoline station in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices in June on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose in June at a slightly slower pace than in May with two-thirds of the June advance driven by the largest jump in gasoline prices in a year.
US consumer prices up 0.3 percent in June
FILE - This March 4, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stock futures pointed higher early Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as more corporate earnings rolled in. Shares in the restaurant chain Chipotle and the cable company Comcast surged after they reported results that were better than Wall Street expected. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Solid earnings for a range of companies helped nudge the stock market higher in early Tuesday trading. The restaurant chain Chipotle and Comcast, the giant cable company, surged after reporting better results than Wall Street expected.
US stocks climb as earnings reports roll in
FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows bottle tops of Coca-Cola 8 oz. bottles in Doral, Fla. The Coca-Cola Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. reported quarterly sales that fell short of Wall Street estimates on Tuesday as demand remained weak for Diet Coke in North America.
Coke's sales miss estimates as Diet Coke flags
FILE - In this July 11, 2013 photo, a taxi cab passes a McDonald's restaurant in New York's Times Square. McDonald's Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag.
McDonald's profit slips; US sales decline
World News
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.
Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city
Israeli police officers detain a protester suspected of throwing stones during a protest by Israeli Arabs in the northern city of Nazareth, against Israel's offensive in the Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighboring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon flew to Israel to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and meet on Wednesday with the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank. Hamas, the dominant group in the Gaza Strip, and its allies fired more rockets into Israel, triggering sirens in Tel Aviv.
Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts
Maritime police search for missing passengers near capsized South Korean ferry "Sewol" at the sea off JindoBy Ju-min Park SUNCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - The body of South Korea's most wanted man, linked to the sinking of a ferry in April that killed 300 people, was identified more than a month after being found in an orchard, police said on Tuesday, with his book and empty bottles of alcohol nearby. Police said that DNA and fingerprint evidence from the heavily decomposed body found on June 12 showed it to be that of Yoo Byung-un, 73, the target for more than two months of South Korea's largest manhunt. Beside the body was a book written by Yoo, along with an empty bottle of a shark-liver-oil health tonic, made by a Yoo family company, and three empty bottles of alcohol, police said. The book was called "Greater Love has No One Than This" and was written in 1995 while Yoo was serving four years in prison for fraud.
Korea ferry businessman's body found next to book, alcohol bottles
A general view shows damaged buildings in Jobar, a suburb of DamascusThe Western-backed National Coalition of Syrian opposition members said on Tuesday it had voted to force out its "interim government" and form a new one within a month. Attempts to form a viable government-in-exile for Syria's opposition have been hamstrung by rivalries between its backers and among its members as well as by its inability to establish itself inside Syria. The National Coalition is designated as the main body representing the opposition by the United States and other major powers but it has little influence over rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The group said in a statement on Tuesday it was dissolving its interim cabinet to "create new ground for work on the basis of moving the government into the interior as soon as possible, and employing Syrian revolutionary capabilities".
Syrian opposition coalition dissolves interim government
Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo smiles while waiting for the results announcement by the Elections Commission, at Waduk Pluit in JakartaBy Wilda Asmarini and Gayatri Suroyo JAKARTA (Reuters) - The main party backing Joko "Jokowi" Widodo claimed victory in Indonesia's presidential election on Tuesday, despite last-minute accusations from his rival that allegations of mass vote fraud had not been properly investigated. One leading news website, kompas.com, put Jokowi's final tally at 53.15 percent, but gave no source for the data. The Elections Commission, known as KPU, said it would announce the result at 8 p.m. Jakarta time (9 am ET). "I want to declare that we, the party that supports and puts forward Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla (for vice president), has won," party chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri told a news conference.
Jokowi party claims victory in Indonesian presidential election
Marina Litvinenko, wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, gives a news conference in LondonBritain said on Tuesday it will hold a public inquiry into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder from his deathbed after he was poisoned in London in 2006. Last year, the British government rejected a request for an inquiry into the killing of Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a plush London hotel, leading to accusations it wanted to appease the Kremlin which has always denied any involvement in the death.
Britain to hold public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko
File picture shows a photo of poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko pinned to flowers outside the University College Hospital in central London on November 23, 2007Britain on Tuesday announced a public inquiry to identify those responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea. The move comes as London presses for greater sanctions against Moscow over the downing of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine and is likely to anger the Kremlin and further chill relations between Britain and Russia. The inquiry will be able to look at whether the Russian state was behind the mysterious killing of Kremlin critic Litvinenko in 2006, which outraged London at the time and plunged relations with Moscow into the deep freeze.
Britain to hold inquiry into ex-spy Litvinenko's death
The Italian parliament voted on Tuesday to lift immunity from arrest for one of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's oldest associates, implicated in a massive bribery scandal linked to a flood barrier project in Venice. Giancarlo Galan, a former governor of the Veneto region and ex-minister and one of the founding members of Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, has been accused of taking bribes to smooth approvals for companies involved in the project. As a member of parliament, Galan enjoys immunity from arrest which can only be lifted after a special vote.
Italy parliament votes to allow arrest of Berlusconi ally
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice secretary has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two U.S. investment funds seeking to undo a new law that would allow some of the island's public corporations to restructure their debt.
Puerto Rico seeks dismissal of US funds' lawsuit
Black boxes from the Malaysian jetliner downed over eastern Ukraine will be sent to a lab in the United Kingdom, said Malaysia's deputy transport minister on Tuesday. "The procedure is to have the black boxes sent to the nearest lab that is authorized by the ICAO for analysis," Aziz Kaprawi told Reuters, referring to the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The two black boxes are now in the possession of Malaysian authorities after Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered a deal late on Monday with eastern Ukraine's separatists leader to hand over evidence that could shed light on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last Thursday. Aziz said that the black boxes would travel to a lab under the Air Accidents Investigations Branch in the U.K. A Belgian Air Force jet was already heading towards Kiev on Tuesday afternoon to collect the boxes.
MH17 black boxes will go to UK for analysis, says Malaysian minister
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out on Tuesday near a major military base in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, a witness said. The shooting began early afternoon near Camp Tshatshi but it was not immediately clear who was involved. Camp Tshatshi was the scene of fighting in December last year when gunmen also attacked state television and an airport in the capital. (Reporting by Pete Jones; Writing by David Lewis)
Gunfire rings out near military base in Congo's capital: witness
Israeli soldiers on patrol near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 22, 2014, as they search for tunnels reportedly used by Palestinian militants from the coastal enclave to enter IsraelIsrael will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said on Tuesday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered speed, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the "unacceptable" demands laid out by Hamas as a condition for halting its fire. She said the question of an immediate ceasefire with Hamas was not going to happen at this stage. "Second, it won't happen in a way in which Hamas's completely unacceptable conditions are met, because it just wont," she said.
Israel to finish Gaza tunnels assault before truce: Livni
Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaA U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government. The subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are available to people with annual incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four.
Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies
A man reads an issue of the state-controlled Zimbabwean daily newspaper 'The Herald' with a headline reading: "Thumbs up for draft constitution," in Harare, Zimbabwe on March 19, 2013Two Zimbabwean journalists won a victory for free speech Tuesday when the Constitutional Court struck off a statute which made defamation a crime punishable by up to 20 years in jail. Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba said the court found that the law was unjustified and "had the effect of interfering with the exercise of the right to freedom of expression." Zimbabwe has tough media laws which have been used by President Robert Mugabe's government to expel foreign correspondents and arrest journalists from the independent press. Malaba made the ruling in a case in which two journalists were charged with criminal defamation after their paper, The Zimbabwe Independent, published a story naming state security agents alleged to have abducted opposition and human rights activists in 2008.
Zimbabwe journalists win free speech victory
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.
HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection
Technology
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkBy David Randall and Edwin Chan NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple, once a can't-miss stock, is finding it tough to persuade portfolio managers to come back into the fold. Yet the company remains one of the most significantly underweighted stocks among large cap fund managers, according to a Goldman Sachs report. Part of the reason for a lack of portfolio manager enthusiasm is that Apple Inc no longer seems to be the hot growth company of old, fund managers say. Apple reports results for its fiscal third quarter on Tuesday, July 22.
Fund managers unconvinced by Apple rebound
United Technologies Corp Aerospace Systems in PhoenixUnited Technologies Corp posted an 8 percent increase in quarterly profit, topping estimates, as sales of its elevators and aircraft parts helped offset a sluggish performance in its Pratt & Whitney engine business. The maker of Sikorsky helicopters and Otis elevators said second-quarter net income rose to $1.68 billion, or $1.84 per share, from $1.56 billion, or $1.71 per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average were looking for $1.71 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue rose 7 percent to $17.19 billion. United Tech posted organic revenue growth of 3 percent, which excludes sales from a helicopter agreement with Canada and net divestitures.
United Tech posts 8 percent profit rise, gives rosier outlook
Cast members Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling attend the season two premiere of "Orange is the New Black" in New York(Reuters) - Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe will set the video streaming company up for growth, but will increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said. Netflix said it planned to expand into Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg in September, taking its international addressable market to more than 180 million broadband households — double the current U.S. market. Netflix, which now has over 50 million subscribers, already has presence in European countries such as the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Netflix's international business is likely to post losses or stay in "early-stage margin mode" for the next several years, RBC Capital Markets analysts wrote in a note.
Netflix's Europe expansion seen eating into profits
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer delivers her keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las VegasYahoo Inc will buy mobile analytics startup Flurry to beef up a fast-growing mobile advertising business that still lags Google Inc's and Facebook Inc's in scale. Six-year-old Flurry uses analytics to help target ads at consumers by monitoring activity on more than half a million apps on some 1.4 billion mobile devices around the world, Yahoo said in a statement on Monday. The startup provides information to help marketers and brands more easily reach their desired audiences, Yahoo said. Yahoo did not cite a price tag, but a source familiar with the matter said the Internet company is paying several hundred million dollars.
Yahoo to buy analytics startup Flurry to bolster mobile ad business
A picture illustration shows a WeChat app icon in BeijingChina will crack down on smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the government said on Tuesday, the latest move in an official campaign to 'clean the Internet'. The ruling Communist Party has since last year intensified a campaign against what it calls 'rumors' and 'pornography' online due to their harmful effect on the country. The anti-porn campaign targeting mobile apps will encourage companies to remove the offensive material themselves, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on its website. China will also "enhance abilities to discover pornographic and obscene apps" and "improve the process of punishment", MIIT said.
China says to crack down on pornography in mobile apps
A worker wipes a poster advertisement for Apple's iPhone 5C on a wall of Japan's biggest mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc shop before its launch ceremony for the start of the selling of Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C at its shop in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm) and 5.5-inch (14-cm) displays is much larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, the people told the Journal. Foxconn and Pegatron Corp plan to start mass producing the 4.7-inch iPhone model next month, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, whose parent is Foxconn, will begin making the 5.5-inch version exclusively in September, the people said.
Apple asks suppliers to produce up to 80 million large-screen iPhones: WSJ
Wikia Maps lets you annotate the Millennium FalconWiki-hosting service Wikia is launching a brand new feature that lets users collaboratively annotate maps of just about anything — and that includes nerdy fictional locations like Game of Thrones' Westeros or even the inside of the Millennium Falcon. Though it's still in beta, the new section of the site already includes a number of user-created maps that give you a good idea of what's possible. A detailed cut-away image of the Millennium Falcon, for example, has such nitty gritty details that you can read about the ship's freight loading room or check where all of the exits are. The maps are also embeddable so that they can be shared relatively easily — the beta is open until tomorrow, with no word on when an official launch will be happening.
Wikia Maps lets you annotate the Millennium Falcon
The unbelievable life and death of Michael C. RuppertBy the second Sunday of April this year, Michael C. Ruppert was broke. The 63-year-old cop-turned-writer and firebrand gained fame by starring in Collapse, a 2009 documentary in which he predicts society’s destruction. Publicity from the film was great — he went on a countrywide promotional tour — but compensation had fizzled out. By April, he was receiving just a couple hundred dollars per month in royalties to supplement his meager Social Security checks.
The unbelievable life and death of Michael C. Ruppert
FILE - This Feb. 15, 2011 file photo shows Comcast installation trucks in Pittsburgh. Comcast Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated.
Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups
Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be even bigger than anyone imaginedApple has told suppliers to make between 70 million and 80 million combined 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units by December 30, The Wall Street Journal has learned from sources familiar with the matter, in anticipation of what will be its biggest iPhone launch ever. Foxconn and Pegatron will start production of the smaller iPhone next month – something recent rumors also claimed – and Foxconn will be the exclusive maker of the 5.5-inch model, which will head to mass-production in September. Both companies are on a “hiring binge,” the Journal says, with Foxconn “hiring workers by the hundreds a day to staff production lines” at their factories in China. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for
Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be even bigger than anyone imagined
The Bible's a mess, but a designer is fixing itAdam Greene, a book designer based in Santa Cruz, California, thinks he can change that with a Kickstarter for a new version of the Bible titled Bibliotheca. Bibliotheca is the realization of Greene’s long-held desire to help others discover the Bible. Bibliotheca consists of four volumes, three for the Old Testament and one for the New. "Growing up with the Bible, there were so many interpretive lenses held up to it for me," Greene tells The Verge.
The Bible's a mess, but a designer is fixing it
Listen to the first 'Ninja Turtles' single from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ignAs if the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie wasn't already going to be crazy enough, the film unveiled the first single off of its soundtrack last night — and it easily brings this movie onto a completely new level of insane. Called "Shell Shocked," the song is a thumping rap track featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, laying down lyrics that casually relate to the movie like, "All my brothers trying to get some cheddar / We all want to cut like Shredder. ...
Listen to the first 'Ninja Turtles' single from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign
Atari's betting its future on gays and gamblers
Atari's betting its future on gays and gamblers
How to install iOS 8 beta 4 right now without a developer accountApple pushed out its fourth beta version of iOS 8 on Monday, and the update came right on time. iOS 8 beta 4 is a huge improvement over earlier betas in a number of ways, offering several new features such as a redesigned Control Center, as well as plenty of bug fixes that make it easier for iOS developers to test their apps ahead of iOS 8′s public release this fall. Of course, the fixes are also greatly appreciated by non-developers who pay $99 for the opportunity to get their hands on Apple’s unreleased iOS software before any of their friends. As it turns out, iPhone and iPad owners don’t even need to pay for a developer account to install iOS
How to install iOS 8 beta 4 right now without a developer account
The next Dance Central launches September 2nd on Xbox One
The next Dance Central launches September 2nd on Xbox One
Politics
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
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Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaA U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government. The subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are available to people with annual incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four.
Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies
A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. "There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court," Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision.
U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress
Sen. Ron Wyden attends first Senate Finance Committee hearing as chairman in WashingtonBy Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As more U.S. corporations do deals to cut taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday focused on these transactions known as inversions. Nine such deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International, Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are being considered. Witnesses at the Senate Finance Committee's hearing will include government officials and academics. Chairman Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, is expected to call for stand-alone legislation to respond to the flurry of inversions that has Washington on edge.
U.S. Senate panel to debate wave of corporate tax-avoidance deals
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman and a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia's Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, have traded jabs and tried to coalesce Republican support since emerging from a crowded primary field in May. Republicans consider it crucial to hold on to the seat, currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss, as they push to retake control of the Senate. Kingston, 59, of Savannah, has worked to convince voters that his 21-year tenure in Congress is a strength despite low approval ratings for its members. "Do you really know what you get with David Perdue?" Kingston asked at a recent debate.
Georgia voters to pick Republican U.S. Senate nominee after long fight
Federal PrisonThousands of federal prisoners set to be released early thanks to a change in drug rules will most likely be quickly deported to their home countries next year.
Many drug inmates who get break under new plan to be deported
U.S. President Obama speaks about Ukraine at the White House in WashingtonPresident Obama on Monday bluntly accused pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine of stealing evidence and improperly removing bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and pressed Russia to compel the rebels to stop blocking an international investigation.
Obama: Pro-Russia separatists stealing Malaysia Airlines crash evidence
LAWTON, Okla. — Fred Fitch, the three-term mayor of this small city in Southern Oklahoma, has a lot of questions about the 1,200 undocumented immigrant children who arrived at the Fort Sill Army base just north of town last month. He’s a friendly, seemingly reasonable guy, but on a recent Wednesday afternoon,he couldn’t help but indulge in a little gossip about the hottest topic in Lawton.
Rumors swirl around migrant kids, fueling local backlash
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in front of a hotel where closed-door nuclear talks on Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Monday, July 14, 2014. Kerry will hold in-depth discussions with Iran's top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)Secretary of State John Kerry hit the political talk show circuit on Sunday, saying there is mounting evidence that Russia was involved in providing the weapon separatists are accused of using to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
Kerry: Mounting evidence Russia provided weapon used to shoot down MH17
U.S. President Obama speaks about situation in Ukraine from the White House in WashingtonPresident Obama on Friday called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 an “outrage of unspeakable proportions,” declared it a “wake-up call” for timid European leaders, and all but laid blame for the tragedy directly at Russia’s doorstep.
Obama hits reset button on wobbly public response to Malaysia Airlines shootdown
Florida Cop Fired for KKK Ties Was Undercover, Ex-Wife ClaimsWoman Describes Alleged KKK Initiation Ritual
Florida Cop Fired for KKK Ties Was Undercover, Ex-Wife Claims
Senate to Probe Flaws With Black Lung ProgramSen. Robert Casey: ABC News Report Exposed Black Lung Benefits System ‘Rife With Problems’
Senate to Probe Flaws With Black Lung Program
Gaza Hospitals Caught in Crossfire, Four DeadAl Aqsa Martyrs Hospital Hit by Tank Fire
Gaza Hospitals Caught in Crossfire, Four Dead
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
Federal appeals court deals blow to health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
Boehner: No border money without policy changes
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Kerry has returned to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Pool)CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.
Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks
Sports
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.
Dream coach Michael Cooper has tongue cancer
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)HOYLAKE, England (AP) — The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug.
McIlroy will emerge even stronger than ever
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 19-20 - FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the ball during NFL football minicamp at the team's facility in Berea, Ohio. With LeBron James’ return, Johnny Football might not be the top star in Cleveland, but Manziel will still get plenty of attention for what he does on and off the field this summer. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Second on Cleveland's depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.
Manziel scores as NFL's top-selling jersey
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the opening of the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in Dallas, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.
Big 12 commish's dire warning about pending change
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) is tended to by trainer Bud Carpenter during their NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Monday, July 21, 2014. Watkins returned to the field. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed, his attorney said on Monday.
Bills DT Dareus to enter substance abuse program
BEIJING (AP) — LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy.
LeBron James begins tour of China
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits his second two-run home run of the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)TORONTO (AP) — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has passed Boston great Carl Yastrzemski on baseball's career home run chart.
Big Papi passes Yaz with 453rd career home run
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A Philadelphia Eagles player is facing charges in Arizona after authorities say he pushed a police officer investigating a bar brawl.
Eagles player charged with shoving Arizona officer
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained neck.
Rockies place 1B Justin Morneau on 15-day DL
Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team owner Donald Sterling attends the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday met with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to discuss a possible settlement over Sterling's opposition to the $2 billion sale of the basketball team, a source close to the case said. Ballmer met with Sterling for 90 minutes at the 80-year-old real estate billionaire' s request, but the talks did not resolve Sterling's opposition to the deal brokered by his estranged wife, the source said. Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, are locked in a court battle over whether Sterling has legal standing to block the NBA-record sale to Ballmer.
Sterling, Ballmer discuss possible Clippers deal: source
A Philadelphia Eagles football player was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of felony aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a police officer probing a bar fight, authorities said on Monday. Keelan Johnson, 24, was booked into jail early on Saturday and later released after the skirmish at a bar on Mill Avenue, an entertainment district near Arizona State University in Tempe. Johnson, an Eagles safety who played college football for Arizona State, is accused by Tempe police of assault and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, according to court records. Johnson was signed to the Eagles' practice squad before the start of the 2013 season.
Philadelphia Eagles player arrested in shoving of Arizona officer
(Reuters) - Three days after losing one of the National Basketball Association's best young players on the free agent market, the Indiana Pacers gained a welcome boost by signing seven-year league veteran Rodney Stuckey on Monday. Though Stuckey lacks the all-round talent of fellow shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who opted to leave the Pacers for more money with the Charlotte Hornets, he will certainly give Indiana plenty of athleticism and vigor. "Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statament.
Pacers aquire Stuckey, rue loss of Stephenson
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com. The delay in signing the rookie shooting guard is reportedly not related to speculation that the team may trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love. Instead, the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to use their remaining $1.4 million in salary cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him about $5.5 million this season. The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have been in talks about a trade involving Wiggins and Love since star forward LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland.
National Basketball Association roundup
New York Giants quarterback Manning scrambles from the pocket as guard Snee blocks and nose tackle Ratliff pursues in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington(The Sports Xchange) - New York Giants offensive guard Chris Snee announced his retirement Monday after struggling to bounce back from hip and elbow injuries. Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler who helped the Giants win two Super Bowls, played in the NFL for 10 seasons. Snee, 32, hoped to recover from elbow surgery and two hip operations over the past two years in time to play an 11th season but was unable to participate in the Giants' minicamp in June. No doubt," coach Tom Coughlin, who is Snee's father-in-law, said in a statement on the team's website.
National Football League roundup
Entertainment
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
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This photo provided by Oculus Rift/Fox shows a scene from “X-Men: Days of Future Past” virtual reality experience. Comic-Con attendees will have an opportunity to enter the mind of Professor X. Fox has created an "X-Men" virtual reality experience especially for the pop-culture extravaganza, which kicks off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Oculus Rift/Fox)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.
'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con
FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Library of Congress on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 said Joel, whose hits include "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl," will receive its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize
HONG KONG (AP) — Imax and China's biggest state-owned film exhibitor are teaming up to open 19 giant screen cinemas in the world's No. 2 movie market.
Imax, Shanghai Film to open 19 screens in China
This photo taken Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.
Big milestone for Britain's little prince
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.
Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M
From left, Creator Kurt Sutter, Director Paris Barclay and actor Charlie Hunnam speak on stage during the “Sons of Anarchy” panel at the The FX 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, July 21, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson have roles on the upcoming final season of "Sons of Anarchy."
Love and Manson guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'
This photo released by FX shows Fares Fares, left, as Fauzi, and Adam Rayner as Barry, in a scene from the TV series, "Tyrant," airing Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Production of FX’s series “Tyrant” recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics’ panel Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/FX, Vered Adir)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Production of FX's series "Tyrant" recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics' panel Monday.
Israel violence moves production of FX's 'Tyrant'
In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Fox)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy.
'Simpsons' marathon, digital Simpsons World coming
This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." The network announced Monday, July 21, 2014, it has renewed the series for a second season with a new cast, time period and crime. The location, however, is still being worked out. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — FX is taking another trip to "Fargo," where the cast is changing but some of the characters are not.
'Fargo' gets 2nd season on FX with new cast, crime
FILE - This Dec. 1, 2012 file photo shows Shania Twain performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Twain says she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, 2014, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Country superstar Shania Twain will end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she made a grand Sin City entrance on horseback and began performing at Caesars Palace.
Shania Twain's Vegas residency to end in December
FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, Canadian music artist Shawn Mendes poses for a portrait, in New York. Mendes, who turns 16 next month, was able to secure a following on Vine, where he had 300,000 fans awaiting his posts. Record labels caught wind of his strong social media presence. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Six seconds isn't a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform.
Vine star Mendes finds breakthrough on pop charts
NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.
Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight.
New alcohol charge against John Mellencamp's son
In this July 17, 2014 photo, “Weird Al” Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Billboard reported that Yankovic's “Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 this week with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double the amount his last album, "Alpocalypse," sold in its debut week in 2011. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.
'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2010 file photo, Conor Oberst, left, and M. Ward perform with Monsters of Folk at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments. The Bright Eyes singer's attorney filed the notice of voluntary dismissal Friday, July 18, 2014, in New York federal court. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments.
Conor Oberst dismisses lawsuit against accuser
Health
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
Federal appeals court deals blow to health law
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.
HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection
FILE - This 2013 file photo provided by Cardiff University shows Dr. Michael O'Donovan, deputy director of the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University School of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Scientists have pinpointed more than 100 spots in our DNA code linked to the risk of schizophrenia, lighting up some little-known pathways that make the mysterious disease tick. (AP Photo/Cardiff University School of Medicine)WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.
Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaA U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government. The subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are available to people with annual incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four.
Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies
Wawona Packing Co is recalling fresh Sweet 2 Eat brand peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots because of potential contamination by listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The Cutler, California, company is pulling about three dozen brand products of bulk and packaged fruit nationwide, the FDA said in a statement on Monday. Wawona shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the plant and retested. Subsequent tests have been negative, the FDA said.
Wawona Packing recalls fruit over listeria concerns
BERLIN (AP) — Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne.
German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana
File photo of a marijuana home grower working on a marijuana flowerA German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis "for therapeutic purposes". Five people suffering from chronic pain brought the complaint to a court in Cologne after Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) refused them permission to grow the plant at home. While the plaintiffs all had permits to buy and consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes, they wanted to cultivate their own because they could not afford to purchase the drug and their health insurance did not cover it.
Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis
An employee of Lupin Limited works at a reception at their headquarters in MumbaiBy Sophie Sassard and Zeba Siddiqui LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian generics firm Lupin , some U.S. drugmakers looking for a tax-saving deal in Europe and private equity funds are planning to bid for a range of older drugs being auctioned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , five sources familiar with the matter said. Chief Executive Andrew Witty said in April GSK was reviewing its portfolio of mature drugs, known as established products, and in May the group invited sector players and private equity firms to consider bidding.
Exclusive - India's Lupin, U.S. firms weigh bids for GSK's mature drugs: sources
A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.
Families sick from fracking turn to scientists
China has sealed off parts of its northwestern city of Yumen after a resident died of bubonic plague last week, state media reported on Tuesday. Several districts of the city of about 100,000 people in Gansu province were subsequently turned into special quarantine zones, Xinhua said. It said 151 people who came into direct contact with the victim were also placed in quarantine. The city had set aside 1 million yuan ($161,200) for emergency vaccinations, the Jiuquan Daily, a local newspaper, said on Tuesday.
Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death: Xinhua
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - An anti-cancer drug made by the U.S. biotech firm Celgene can re-activate hidden HIV in patients so that it can be detected, bringing researchers closer to being able to treat it, Danish scientists said on Tuesday. "There is still a long way to go and many obstacles to overcome before we can start talking about a cure against HIV," said Ole Schmeltz Sogaard, who led the research team from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, in a statement. The drug, known generically as romidepsin and under the brand name Istodax, is licensed to treat a type of cancer called T-cell lymphoma. In this study, however, it was investigated as a potential HIV therapy.
Celgene drug can drive HIV out of hiding: study
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in LondonBritain is to make it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM), Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. The government, which is hosting a London summit on FGM and forced marriage, will also announce a range of other measures aimed at bringing an end to both practices in Britain and abroad, Cameron's office said in a statement. This will include 1.4 million pounds ($2.4 million) of funding for an FGM prevention programme in Britain, new laws that would see parents prosecuted if they fail to prevent their daughter undergoing FGM, and programmes to prevent child and forced marriage in 12 developing countries.
Britain plans new measures to prevent female genital mutilation
Why Talking To Strangers On The Subway Is Good For You (Really)
Why Talking To Strangers On The Subway Is Good For You (Really)
A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. "There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court," Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision.
U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress
This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)BALTIMORE (AP) — For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.
Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement
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CDC Director Frieden testifies before a hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of bird flu was cross-contaminated with a dangerous bird flu strain before it was sent to a laboratory outside of the CDC, an agency spokesman said on Monday. The CDC disclosed the bird flu incident as part of an internal investigation into the agency's mishandling of live anthrax in June, potentially exposing dozens of its own lab workers to the pathogen. While no humans fell ill as a result of the bird flu breach, CDC Director Dr Thomas Frieden has called it “the most distressing" in a series of safety breaches at the agency because of the public risk posed by the virus.
U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred
A group of seven leading drugmakers has agreed to share an array of neglected experimental medicines with British academic researchers in the latest example of the deepening ties between industry and external scientists. British business minister Vince Cable announced the new partnership on Tuesday between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the companies, under which the researchers will gain access to "deprioritized" pharmaceutical compounds. AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson &Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda and UCB have all signed up to the scheme, which builds on the success of an earlier two-way program between AstraZeneca and the MRC.
Drugmakers to share neglected compounds with British academia
NASA file image shows Neil Armstrong on the moon next to the Lunar Module EagleBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was canceled in 1972. Instead, NASA was directed to begin planning for a human expedition to an asteroid. This path, however, is fraught with technological cul-de-sacs that do not directly contribute to radiation protection, landing systems, habitats and other projects needed to build the road to Mars, a National Research Council panel concluded in June.
Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Experts have mapped a huge magma reservoir below Mount Rainier in Washington state that begins melting deep in the Earth's mantle before pushing upwards to where it will eventually be tapped for eruption. Their findings, published this week in the journal Nature, are aimed at helping experts understand the volcano's inner workings, and eventually determine when it might again erupt. A state landmark, Mount Rainier last erupted in the 19th century. The tallest volcano and fifth-highest peak in the contiguous United States, it towers some 14,410-feet (4,392 meters) about 58 miles (93 km) southeast of Seattle, from most of which it is visible.
Experts map deep magma reservoir below Washington's Mt. Rainier
Women make up one-quarter of heart attack patients among people who are relatively young, but fare worse afterward than their male counterparts — women have longer hospital stays on average, and they are more likely than men to die in the hospital after a heart attack, according to a new study. The researchers also found that over the past decade, heart attack hospitalization rates for younger patients (under age 55) have not declined as quickly as they have for patients in older age groups. To look at trends in heart attacks among relatively young people, the researchers analyzed data from more than 230,000 hospitalizations for heart attacks in patients ages 30 to 54. They found that the number of hospitalizations for heart attacksamong women increased from 28,681 (which means 56 per 100,000 people) in 2001, to 31,777 (61 per 100,000) in 2010.
Heart Attacks Strike Young Women Harder Than Men
People who consume beneficial bacteria — whether they eat foods such as yogurt, or take probiotic supplements — may modestly reduce their blood pressure, a new study suggests. "The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics can be part of a healthy lifestyle to help reduce high blood pressure,"said study author Jing Sun, a senior lecturer in biostatistics at the Griffith University School of Medicine in Queensland, Australia. "They can also help maintain healthy blood-pressure levels." [8 Tips to Be a Probiotic Pro] The modest blood-pressure reductions from probiotics shown in this analysis were comparable to results seen in review studies of people who reduced their salt intake to less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day, and those in people who began a regular strength-training program, the researchers said.
Probiotics May Lower Blood Pressure
MH17 Plane Crash Site Seen from Space (Photo)Satellites have captured images of the scattered debris and charred wreckage from last week's crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. DigitalGlobe, a Colorado-based company, programmed three of the five Earth-watching satellites in its commercial fleet to look at the crash site shortly after the plane was shot down by a missile on Thursday, July 17. DigitalGlobe was finally able to capture clear, high-resolution images of the crash site yesterday (July 20) and today (July 21). In the top half of the image, the main debris field can be seen inside a blackened splotch of earth near the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, which has been embroiled in conflict as Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists fight for control of the region.
MH17 Plane Crash Site Seen from Space (Photo)
Apollo 11's Scariest Moments: Perils of the 1st Manned Moon LandingApollo 11 was four minutes into its landing sequence when the terse words of its commander, Neil Armstrong, came from the speaker in Mission Control: Buzz Aldrin, sitting next to Armstrong in the descending Lunar Module, stared at the frozen display on the computer, which read "1202." It was an error code, but for what? Controllers in Houston scanned their notes trying to figure out what the heck the problem was.
Apollo 11's Scariest Moments: Perils of the 1st Manned Moon Landing
Actor Morgan Freeman Talks Mars Trips & More with NASA AstronautsActor Morgan Freeman grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday. "So you guys are out there, floating around, tossing that microphone back and forth there cleverly," Freeman said during a webcast Friday (July 18) featuring the station's Expedition 41 NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson. "Showoff," Freeman retorted as the audience at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California laughed. Swanson thinks that the International Space Station is a good place to practice for an eventual trip to Mars.
Actor Morgan Freeman Talks Mars Trips &More with NASA Astronauts
Humans are getting taller; Most of the transformations that occur within such a short time period "are simply the developmental responses of organisms to changed conditions," such as differences in nutrition, food distribution, health care and hygiene practices, said Stephen Stearns, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. But the origin of these changes may be much deeper and more complex than that, said Stearns, pointing to a study finding that British soldiers have shot up in height in the past century. "Evolution has shaped the developmental program that can respond flexibly to changes in the environment," Stearns said.
Taller, Fatter, Older: How Humans Have Changed in 100 Years
A new genetic analysis of people with schizophrenia — and the largest study investigating the genetic basis of any psychiatric disorder to date — provides hints that the disease may sometimes be connected with infections as some researchers have long suggested. There have been few innovative drug treatments for schizophrenia over the last 60 years. "In the past, people thought schizophrenia must happen because of some really bad mutations in a person not seen in people around them," said study co-author Steve McCarroll, director of genetics at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "This study shows a substantial part of the risk of schizophrenia comes from many tiny nudges to the genome that all humans share."
New Schizophrenia Gene Links Uncovered
Some folk stories and superstitions hold that a full moon affects people's sleep, and new research lends support to this idea. In the study, researchers found that people slept for 20 to 25 minutes less on average on nights with a full moon, compared with how long they slept on nights with a quarter moon. The people in the study also said they had more trouble falling asleep during the full moon than the quarter moon, according to the results, published July 8 in the journal Current Biology.The researchers stressed that further studies are needed to confirm whether there is a relationship between moon phases and sleep duration.
Full Moon Looms Large Over Your Sleep
Wheat pours into a truck as a French farmer harvests his crop in Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine near NantesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread - wheat bread, that is. An international team of scientists on Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of wheat in an accomplishment that may help guide the breeding of varieties of the vitally important food crop that are more productive and more hardy. Researchers who are part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, formed in 2005 by a group of wheat growers, plant scientists and breeders, unveiled what they called a chromosome-based draft genome sequence of bread wheat, also known as common wheat. The work makes it easier to identify genes controlling agriculturally important traits like yield, disease and pest resistance and drought tolerance, according to Frédéric Choulet, a plant genomicist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), one of the lead researchers.
Genetic blueprint unveiled for vital food crop wheat
Darkness is important for optimum reproductive health in women, and for protecting the developing fetus, said study researcher Russel J. Reiter, a professor of cellular biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In a review of studies published online July 1 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, Reiter and his colleagues evaluated previously published research, and summarized the role of melatonin levels and circadian rhythms on successful reproduction in females.
Stay Up Late? How It Could Hurt Your Fertility
So it's no surprise that probiotics, and foods or supplements containing live organisms that can help maintain a normal balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, have also gained more attention. "There's been a tremendous increase in interest in probiotics among practicing physicians and the general public," said Dr. Allan Walker, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an investigator at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston. "Over the last 10 to 15 years, research into probiotics and intestinal microbes has taken off, and many talented researchers have entered the field," Walker said. In his own research, Walker studies the use of probiotics in infants, and has also co-chaired the Yale Workshop, a group of experts who analyzed the scientific data and published recommendations for physicians on probiotic use in 2011.
4 Conditions Probiotics Are Likely to Treat
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FILE-In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction 100 days ago, said community leader Pogu Bitrus, who provided their names. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have died.
Abductions leave some families forever broken
Israeli soldier march during a drill near Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it had failed to trace any remains of one of its soldiers whom it believes died in the Gaza Strip two days ago, and whom Hamas has said it captured. The Israeli military named the missing man as Oron Shaul, 21, who was traveling in an armored vehicle that was hit with an anti-tank missile fired at it by Palestinian fighters in Gaza on Sunday. "The efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined," it added. Hamas's armed wing announced on Sunday it had captured an Israeli soldier identified as Shaul Aron, revealing his army ID number, but not saying whether he was dead or alive.
Missing Israeli soldier in Gaza presumed dead
Todd AkinFormer GOP Congressman and 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri doesn’t rule out another office run
Akin tries, again, to clarify 'legitimate rape'
21st Century Fox Bests Competition with Dawn of The Planet of The ApesHumans are getting taller; Most of the transformations that occur within such a short time period "are simply the developmental responses of organisms to changed conditions," such as differences in nutrition, food distribution, health care and hygiene practices, said Stephen Stearns, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. But the origin of these changes may be much deeper and more complex than that, said Stearns, pointing to a study finding that British soldiers have shot up in height in the past century. "Evolution has shaped the developmental program that can respond flexibly to changes in the environment," Stearns said.
Is this evolution? Humans getting taller, fatter, older
Armed pro-Russian separatists gather near the train transporting the remains of victims from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane before its departure from the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of TorezA train carrying the remains of crash victims arrived in Ukrainian government territory.
Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city
China typhoon cause massive floodingBEIJING (AP) — The death toll from the strongest typhoon to slam into China's south in decades has risen to 46, with 25 other people still missing, the government said Tuesday.
Strongest typhoon in decades leaves 46 dead in China's south
Fugitive ferry boss: body identifiedThe body of South Korea's most wanted man has been found in sordid circumstances.
Korea ferry owner found dead
Vladimir PutinPresident Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a full investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but said the West must put pressure on Kiev to end hostilities. Putin also called on Western powers not to meddle in Russia's domestic affairs and said steps were needed to strengthen the country's military capabilities because of moves by NATO and to protect the economy from "external threats". "We are being called on to use our influence with the separatists in southeastern Ukraine. Putin's comments were his first detailed response in public to Western criticism of Russia's role in Ukraine since the Malaysian airliner was brought down on Thursday, killing 298 people.
Putin: I'll handle Ukraine rebels, West should butt out
An inmate prepares food inside the kitchen of a restaurant run by Tihar Jail authorities in DelhiBy David Lalmalsawma NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As India's capital baked in a heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter who took his order for a traditional "thali" meal of flat bread, lentils, vegetables and rice.Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia's largest prison complex."Tihar Food Court" in west Delhi, a rehabilitation effort kicked off by the Tihar prison, opened in the first week of July on an "experimental basis" while awaiting formal clearances. "The restaurant was set up to give employment to the inmates and project the positive aspects of prison work to the public," said spokesman Gupta.A similar experiment has run for more than two years in the southern state of Kerala, where prison inmates dish up food sold at a counter near the jail, or distributed by mobile vans.
Inside restaurant where your waiter could be convicted murderer
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29Israelis.
Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on
Hillary Rodham Clinton signs copies of her new book "Hard Choices" at the Common Good Books store, Sunday July 20, 2014 in St Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)The former Secretary of State is urging tougher sanctions.
Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia
FILE - In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. The average annual pension for police and fire retirees is $32,000, while most other retired city workers get $19,000 to $20,000. Orr has said pension changes are unfortunate but necessary because two funds are underfunded by billions. If investment performance improves in the years ahead, he said, the cuts could be restored. "I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed positive decision about their future and the future of the city," Kevyn Orr said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)DETROIT (AP) — A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.
Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide
FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard sunken ferry Sewol in the waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea. The anger, grief and deep remorse at Danwon High School in Ansan, outside of Seoul, was a reflection of what many South Koreans have felt since the April 16 sinking of the ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Of the 325 students on a class trip to the southern holiday island of Jeju, 75 were rescued, 245 died and 5 are still missing. Two of those rescued had already returned to school, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)South Korean police say they've found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.
S. Korean police confirm body belongs to ferry fugitive
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Kerry has returned to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Pool)CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.
Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.
Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city
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Wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine has been 'significantly altered,' international monitors told ABC News, as remains of the victims arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government.
Malaysia Airlines Wreckage 'Significantly Altered'
Thailand's army government enacts temporary constitution to pave way for eventual elections
Thailand's Junta Adopts Interim Constitution
McNuggets and other popular items are disappearing from menus at McDonalds, KFC and other fast food restaurants in China after a major supplier of beef, chicken and pork was shut down for allegedly violating numerous safety regulations, including mixing in chicken and beef parts that were months beyond their expiration date.
Chinese Not Lovin' Fast Food Meat Scandal
Egypt: Cease-fire negotiations between Israel, Hamas could give rise to new peace talks
Egypt Calls for Israeli, Palestinian Peace Talks
Putin: Russia will do 'everything in its power' to assist plane investigation but blasts West
Putin: Russia Will Facilitate Plane Investigation
Foreign financial institutions will be able to directly invest in Saudi stock market next year
Saudi Stock Market to Allow Foreign Investment
Chinese ex-official who accused party of brutality detained; 2nd official being investigated
China Ex-Officials See Reprisals for Baring Abuses
Dutch prime minister: Government expects to have 1st bodies of Ukraine victims home Wednesday
Dutch PM: 1st Victims Should Be Home Wednesday
Parents of abducted Chibok girls, escapees meet Nigeria's president
Parents of Abducted Girls, Escapees Meet President
France sticks to warship sale to Russia despite calls for European arms embargo, sanctions
Amid Sanctions, France in Warship Sale to Russia
Iraqi Christians flee northern city of Mosul in wake of threats from Islamic State militants
Iraq Christians Flee Mosul After Militant Threats
ABC News' Alex Marquardt goes inside a hospital to report the chaotic scene caused by the conflict.
Watch: Gaza Hospital Struggles Under Israeli Bombardment
ABC News' Kirit Radia reports the latest on the Malaysia Air wreckage site and the impact escalating violence may have on the investigation.
Watch: Ukrainian Military Fights Rebels For Control of Donetsk
The spots, which are wider than normal spaces, trigger allegations of sexism at one mall in northern China.
Watch: Parking Spots Reserved for Women Spark Outrage in China
Officials say M17 crash site is not currently secure, leaving it open to tampering.
Watch: President Obama Says 'Separatists Are Removing Evidence From the Crash Site'
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
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The selfie craze has reached a new low: People are now taking the social snaps at sacred places like the Auschwitz concentration camp and New York's 9/11 memorial.
Selfies at Auschwitz and 9/11 Memorial: Are They Ever OK?
Police are looking into who put them there and why.
Mysterious White Flags Fly Over Brooklyn Bridge
Man charged in Oklahoma with abusing children while volunteering at Kenya mission
Man Charged in Oklahoma With Child Abuse in Kenya
A truck driver was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital after a train smashed into his truck on a Kentucky highway.
See Video of Lighter-Fluid Truck Bursting Into Flames After Train Crash
Fire burning at oil services company in western North Dakota town; cause not immediately clear
Fire Burns in Industrial Part of North Dakota Town
Mechanic who built first aircraft engine for Wright brothers honored at Air Force museum
Wright Brothers' Mechanic Honored at Ohio Museum
A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl is back home nine months after vanishing on her way home from school.
9 Months After Vanishing, New Hampshire Girl Is Home
California's Wawona Packing issues voluntary nationwide fruit recall over listeria concerns
California Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall
Police: Maryland parents kept their 22-year-old autistic twin sons locked in basement room
Md. Parents Allegedly Locked up Autistic Twin Sons
Authorities are scrambling to the unravel the mystery around the killing of a prominent law professor at Florida State University.
Police Baffled by FSU Professor's Fatal Shooting
10 Things to Know for Today
Eric Garner died an hour after New York Police allegedly choked him against code in order to detain him.
Watch: NY Mayor Bill De Blasio says 'It Looks Like a Chokehold To Me' In Response To Recent Death
Images from across the globe: Medal of Honor, Palestinians Search for Survivors, Extinguishing Washington Wildfires, Japan Supports Gaza
Watch: Day in Pictures: 7/21/14
As Dutch investigators arrive at the MH17 crash site, wildfires continue to rage in Washington State, and Sgt. Ryan J. Pitts receives the Medal of Honor.
Watch: Obama Puts Pressure on Russia Over Flight MH17; Gov. Perry Sending National Guard to Texas Border
American-born Max Steinberg joined the IDF after taking a family trip to Israel in 2012.
Watch: 24-Year-Old Californian Killed in Gaza
ABC Politics
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Politics
Rep. Jack Kingston and Dollar General ex-CEO David Perdue square off Tuesday.
Georgia Republicans Look to Settle Their Feud
During back-to-back Facebook and Twitter chats Monday evening, Hillary Clinton weighed in again on the growing tensions in the Middle East, reiterating her hope for a ceasefire in the region and stressing her view that Israel has largely been “provoked� by Hamas throughout the conflict....
Hillary Clinton: Israel 'Provoked' By Hamas
GREENWICH, Conn. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Connecticut to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, but the issue of gun control dominated the evening. Outside one of the fundraisers Christie attended, he was greeted  by about 170 protesters angry at his...
Gun Control Takes Center Stage on Chris Christie Conn. Trip
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TIME TO PICK A CANDIDATE: Two months of Republican-on-Republican badmouthing will finally come to an end in Georgia tonight, according to ABC’s CHRIS GOOD. Either Rep. Jack Kingston or former Dollar General CEO David Perdue will become the GOP candidate...
Georgia On Our Minds
Alison Lundergan Grimes’ is out with a new television ad  hitting her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on comments he made about his role in  job creation in April. ABC News got a sneak peak of Grimes’ second television ad featuring Kentuckians asking questions to...
New Alison Lundergan Grimes Ad Hits Mitch McConnell on 'Not My Job' Comment
ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe and Christopher Good report, with  FiveThirtyEight.com’s Harry Enten: WHO’S ON THE BALLOT? Voters in Georgia will cast ballots in primary run-offs today. One race, the GOP run-off for the open Georgia Senate seat, will set up a  2014 fight between tonight’s...
Primary Season Continues: Georgia Votes in Run-Off
Gov. Rick Perry has mobilized 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
Will National Guard Help Stop Immigrant Influx in Texas?
Kerry is on a mission to try to stop the bloodshed.
John Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Broker Ceasefire as Israel/Gaza Fighting Rages on
The former paratrooper was wounded while battling Taliban fighters.
Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts Awarded Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan
Two American leaders who went eye-to-eye with the Russian president.
Close Encounters With Putin: What Bush And Biden Saw
The president reflected on the principles that got him to the White House.
President Obama Reveals His Top 5 Secrets to Success
Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts honored at the White House for his actions during the battle of Wanat.
Watch: President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Afghan War Hero
Pitts was honored for his heroics during the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan.
Watch: President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts
The president delivers remarks on the inability of international investigators to gain access to crash scene of MH17.
Watch: Obama: Russia, Putin Have Responsibility to Compel Separatists to Cooperate
Ret. Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts risked death to maintain post during Battle of Wanat.
Watch: Medal of Honor Recipient Describes Actions During Battle with Taliban
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
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The next time a telemarketer calls you, don’t think of the phone ringing, think of it cha-chinging! What’s that you say? You’re on the National Do-Not-Call list? Me too, but I still get calls. And that’s both obnoxious —and an opportunity!
How To Make Money Off Illegal Telemarketers
At such select retail outlets as the forthcoming Band of Outsiders store in SoHo and Urban Outfitters in Brooklyn, hungry customers can now snag coffees and croissants on their way to fitting rooms.
Get Your Fix: the Latest Luxury Stores Sell Cappuccinos to Complement Clothing
There's no magic number to planning a secure retirement.
How Much Will You Need to Retire?
Grain higher the CBOT, cattle higher and pork mixed on the CME
Grain Higher, Livestock Mostly Higher
Clarification: GM-Recalls-Rental Cars story
Clarification: GM-Recalls-Rental Cars Story
US home sales increase 2.6 percent in June to 5.04 million, fastest pace in 8 months
US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent in June
Solid corporate earnings drive stocks higher in early trade; Comcast, Lockheed among gainers
Stocks Open Higher; Comcast, Lockheed Gain
US stocks climb in early trading as earnings reports roll in; Chipotle jumps 12 percent
US Stocks Climb as Earnings Reports Roll In
Food giant contrasts with big bump at Chipotle.
McDonald's, Coca-Cola Come Up Short
US consumer prices up 0.3 percent in June, reflecting biggest jump in gasoline in 12 months
US Consumer Prices up 0.3 Percent in June
US home sales increase 2.6 percent to 5.04 million, fastest pace in 8 months
US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent to 5.04 Million, Fastest Pace in 8 Months
McDonald's profit slips as US sales continue to suffer
McDonald's Profit Slips; US Sales Decline
Coke sales miss Wall Street expectations as Diet Coke remains soft
Coke's Sales Miss Estimates as Diet Coke Flags
What's next for Netflix, after 50 million subscribers?
Watch: Orange is the New Green
Although boys' toy sales are up 32%, Hasbro failed to meet revenue expectations.
Watch: Toy Company Hasbro Takes a Hit
SciTech
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Technology
NASA has released an image taken by the Hubble space telescope of a cluster of stars in a neighboring galaxy. Its name -- NGC 121 -- may be prosaic, but the image is spectacular.
Hubble Telescope Snaps Stunning Photo of Star Cluster in Neighboring Galaxy
Tim Cook has steered Apple through three years of increased competition from rivals since he took the helm as the tech giant's CEO.
How Tim Cook Is Taking Steve Jobs’ Advice to Heart
For people who follow "RedAlertIsrael" on the "Yo" app, the number of push alerts over the past few days indicating predicted rocket attacks in Israeli territory have been staggering.
Meet the Guy Behind 'Red Alert Israel'
Verizon 2Q profit increases 93 percent thanks to Vodafone deal, tops forecast
Verizon 2Q Profit Rises 93 Percent
Comcast 2nd-quarter earnings top Wall Street as Internet hookup pace accelerates
Comcast 2Q Earnings Top Views on Internet Hookups
Scientists find 'genetic revelation' to the mystery of schizophrenia, seeing hints for therapy
Genetic Mapping Triggers New Hope on Schizophrenia
Wildlife refuges in Northwest, Hawaii are 1st in nation to phase out bee-killing pesticide
Northwest Wildlife Refuges to Phase out Pesticide
Red meat isn't very green: Study finds beef pollutes far more than pork, poultry, dairy, eggs
Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry, Study Says
Yahoo expands mobile toolkit with acquisition of Flurry's app analytics, ad campaign designer
Yahoo Buying App and Analytics Company Flurry
Netflix's 2nd-quarter earnings more than double as video service hits 50 million subscribers
Netflix Tops 50M Subscribers as 2Q Earnings Soar
Taking page from Apple, Microsoft aims to design sleek, easy to use, desirable products
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
World on a hot streak: Globe sizzles to temperature record in June, after breaking May record
World Breaks Monthly Heat Record 2 Times in a Row
NASA honors Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on moon 45 years ago
NASA Names Building for Moonwalker Neil Armstrong
Google's "Project Ara," an affordable smartphone with customizable and swappable features, is one step closer to reaching the public.
Google's 'Create Your Own Phone' One Step Closer
The Soofa is so much more than a seat. One dozen of the solar powered park benches, which charge smartphones and download environmental data, are being installed this month around Boston.
Boston Gets Wired With 'Soofas'
Health
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Health
While serious conditions need the attention of a doctor, it might not hurt to reach for one of these items the next time you have a minor health problem.
5 Home Remedies You Can Find in Your Kitchen
Army vet Darin Welker says his ducks help him with PTSD and depression.
Can Any Animal Be a Therapy Animal?
Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile, chikungunya and EEE.
Are Your State's Mosquitoes Carrying Deadly Viruses?
The “norovirus-like� stomach bug that sickened more than 260 swimmers at a Washington lake was in fact norovirus, health officials have confirmed.
Norovirus Named in Washington Lake Outbreak
When Jenn Medvin asked her daughter, Avery, what she wanted to be as an adult, the 6-year-old gave a range of answers from doctor to princess. But when Medvin asked Avery what she thought her twin brother Xander would be, the 6-year-old paused for a second before saying her diagnosed-autistic brother could be "Spider-Man."
Sister Reveals Autistic Twin Brother's 'Super Powers'
Here's what you should know about this (sort of) new mosquito-borne virus.
What the Heck Is the Chikungunya Virus?
A plague cluster has been identified in Colorado after three residents contracted the disease, officials said on Friday. There have been a total of four reported cases of the plague in Colorado so far.
Plague Cluster Reported in Colorado; Prairie Dogs Eyed
The day after Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 was shot down in Ukraine, members of the tight-knit HIV/AIDS community are mourning the loss of roughly 100 researchers, who were killed en route to the International Aids Society conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Missile That Downed MH 17 'Ripped a Hole Through the Heart' of AIDS Community
A pregnant cancer patient learned her baby might not survive a heart condition.
Mother and Baby Beat Odds to Survive Cancer, Heart Defect
Josh Hardy spent six months battling complications from a virus.
Boy Who Got Unapproved Drug Heads Home to Virginia
As families flock to pools and lakes to cool off, experts are warning about a risky consequence of climate change: waterborne disease.
How Hotter Summers Are Putting Swimmers at Risk
For all the impressive advancements in medical technology, researchers and scientists still face a daunting challenge when they study the habits of the adorable but uncommunicative subjects called human infants.
How Scientists and Doctors Use Baby-Friendly Tricks to Study Infants
Hally Yust’s family doesn’t want others to fear the water.
Girl Killed by Brain-Eating Amoeba Loved the Water
Studies reveal more side effects for cholesterol drug niacin; some doctors say it's too risky
Studies See New Risks for Cholesterol Drug Niacin
Dr. Brad E. Zacharia explains why he went to med school.
'It's Not Brain Surgery' Was a Siren Call, 'NY Med' Neurosurgeon Says
Entertainment
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Entertainment
Rachel McAdams was surprised to hear rumors that Lindasy Lohan was intimidated by her when the two filmed "Mean Girls" mroe than 10 years ago. "If anything, I was in awe of her talent," McAdams told Allure for August cover. "I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural. It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.�
Rachel McAdams Dishes on Filming 'Mean Girls' with Lindsay Lohan
Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed their baby girl earlier this month. Now the talk show host is introducing her to the world.
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of His Newborn Daughter
Kacey Catanzaro is the first woman to make the finals of "American Ninja Warrior" and she's hoping this feat pays dividends asap. Catanzaro spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the prospects of becoming a stunt woman after the finals of "American Ninja Warrior" coming up shortly in Las Vegas. "Definitely," she said of wanting to be a stunt woman on a big time TV show. and "My boyfriend Brent, he's been a stuntman for like five years. Everytime I watch him, I'm like 'I would love to do that' but it is so hard to get into."
Kacy Catanzaro on Her Career Aspirations After 'American Ninja Warrior'
Get all the details from last night's episode of the dating show.
'The Bachelorette' Recap: The Men Tell All
She's yet to deliver the final rose but rumors she's expecting have begun.
Is 'Bachelorette' Andi Dorfman Already Pregnant?
Blake Lively is hungry and "not just for enchiladas," the actress writes in her premiere "Letter From the Editor" for her website Preserve, which launched today. "I'm hungry for experience," she writes. "Sitting down to write this editor’s letter has been the hardest thing I've done yet on my Preserve journey. I’m more intimidated than I should probably admit. I’m no editor, no artisan, no expert. And certainly no arbiter of what you should buy, wear, or eat." But she is going to attempt to do just that.
Inside Blake Lively's First Ever 'Letter From the Editor'
Tim McGraw doesn't feel good about swatting a fan at his show last week, but the country megastar said it's time to move on. "I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on," he told ET Canada yesterday. "I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on."
Tim McGraw Says He Feels Bad About Swatting at Fan During Concert
The "19 Kids & Counting" stars have been married for three decades.
How Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Will Celebrate Their 30th Anniversary
Efron kicks off British adventurer Grylls’ new show next Monday.
See Zac Efron Skydive with Bear Grylls
On last night's previously filmed "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," it's Christmas time and Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe are dealing with the possibility of going to jail for multiple counts of fraud, to which they have plead guilty. "I do cry myself to sleep sometimes," Teresa said, according to People magazine. "This will not be our last Christmas together."
Teresa Giudice on Possibility of Jail: 'I Do Cry Myself to Sleep Sometimes'
The TV star also praises pal Austin “Chumlee� Russell for his 95 lb. slim down.
Why 'Pawn Stars' Star Corey Harrison Lost 192 Pounds
Following her arrest over the weekend, Farrah Franklin, 33, has spoken out, saying she is "unbothered and staying prayed up and, away from any negativity." The former member of Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend early Sunday morning on disorderly conduct.
Ex-Destiny's Child Member Opens Up Post Arrest
The TV star slams the film featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Why Kevin Sorbo Thinks the New 'Hercules' Movie Is 'Stupid'
Berkley, who played Jessie Spano, is not planning to watch Lifetime movie.
Elizabeth Berkley Slams Unauthorized 'Saved by the Bell' Movie
It's been a couple weeks since George Clooney fired back at the Daily Mail story about his fiancee Amal Alamuddin's mother, which since has been taken down. On Friday, he spoke to Variety about the incident and said "It’s just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock ‘em around."
George Clooney on Fiancee Amal Alamuddin: 'I’m Marrying Up'
Travel
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Travel
In his new book, Owen Beddall shares behind-the-scenes experiences on Qantas.
What Do the Rich and Fabulous Do in 1st Class? Insider Reveals All
Combine history with some modern-day splash on your trip to this city.
See This, Skip That: Milwaukee
The film industry has expanded well beyond the Hollywood Hills.
6 Destinations for Spotting Stars on Set
Little things can mean the difference between a frustrating trip and fun.
Getting on a Plane? Put These Numbers in Your Phone
Miami luxury from $499 per night
Photos: Hotel Suite of the Week: Presidential Suite at The Mayfair Hotel & Spa
Debuting later this month, Plaza-opoly features Plaza-inspired instructions, playing cards and themed board spaces.
New 'Plaza-opoly' Board Game Inspired by Iconic Hotel
At luxury resorts, the tiniest guests are getting top-notch food. Never mind that these (mostly) toothless tots aren't exactly gourmands. Lately, luxury resorts are touting their gourmet, organic, made-to-order baby foods to the far more discerning: their paying parents.
Gourmet Baby Food Latest Luxury Travel Trend
Space bins sound futuristic, but they're here now.
Space Bins Promise More Overhead In Flight Storage
Don't be a hater. Or do, and and get rewarded.
Why Spirit Airlines Wants to 'Hug the Haters'
The strangest hotels around the world.
Photos: Don't Lick the Walls at Hotel Made of Salt
The best family beaches according to FamilyVacationCritic.com
Photos: Where to Hit the Beach This Summer
For millions of Americans, vacation means quality time with their family and, of course, their pets. AAA and pet-friendly hotel chain Best Western teamed up for a photo contest of the best shots of traveling pets.
Photos: Pets on Vacation
These new thrill rides are worth the trip – and the scream.
Photos: 2013's Coolest New Coasters
Rarely seen photos of the development of the iconic ride.
Photos: Disney Celebrates 50 Years of 'It's a Small World'
Orient-Express Hotels is re-branding its trains, hotels and travel experiences.
Photos: Luxury Train Travel From Bygone Era Gets a Boost
Relationships
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
GMA
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: GMA
A truck driver was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital after a train smashed into his truck on a Kentucky highway.
See Video of Lighter-Fluid Truck Bursting Into Flames After Train Crash
One year ago today the world was waiting with bated breath for news from Buckingham Palace on the birth of the next British heir to the throne.
Prince George Turns 1
Wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine has been 'significantly altered,' international monitors told ABC News, as remains of the victims arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government.
Malaysia Airlines Wreckage 'Significantly Altered'
Kacey Catanzaro is the first woman to make the finals of "American Ninja Warrior" and she's hoping this feat pays dividends asap. Catanzaro spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the prospects of becoming a stunt woman after the finals of "American Ninja Warrior" coming up shortly in Las Vegas. "Definitely," she said of wanting to be a stunt woman on a big time TV show. and "My boyfriend Brent, he's been a stuntman for like five years. Everytime I watch him, I'm like 'I would love to do that' but it is so hard to get into."
Kacy Catanzaro on Her Career Aspirations After 'American Ninja Warrior'
Summer wouldn’t be summer without burgers, but some options do diet damage.
Restaurant Burger Options to Beat Calories, Sodium
A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl is back home nine months after vanishing on her way home from school.
9 Months After Vanishing, New Hampshire Girl Is Home
Get all the details from last night's episode of the dating show.
'The Bachelorette' Recap: The Men Tell All
Fort Worth nonprofit is transforming bridal wear for sensitive baby burials.
How Wedding Gowns Can Bring Solace to Grieving Parents
Get a look at this wedding dress cake!
The Dress That's a Cake
Authorities are scrambling to the unravel the mystery around the killing of a prominent law professor at Florida State University.
Police Baffled by FSU Professor's Fatal Shooting
The martial arts guru shows off some moves to burn calories and sculpt muscles.
Watch: Fitness Trainer Rob Fletcher Leads Ultimate 60-Second Workout
The high profile couple wants to make sure their guests do not post any selfies or tweets.
Watch: Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Ban Phones From Upcoming Wedding
Disney Theatrical Productions' "Get Up and Go" uses dances from Disney Broadway productions to encourage kids to stay active.
Watch: 'Newsies' Dance Workout in Times Square
ABC nutrition and wellness editor Dave Zinczenko shares his tips to beat high-calorie burgers.
Watch: Eat It to Beat It: Burger Options With Fewer Calories, Sodium
Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains what a new review of past studies reveals about probiotics.
Watch: Taking Probiotics Could Lower Blood Pressure
Nightline
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Nightline
Just a few weeks after Eric Mann bought a Brooklyn brownstone for $1.2 million in February — and painted the walls, sanded the floors and added a $300 chandelier — he sold it for $2.1 million. “I was extremely lucky,� said Mann, who said he’d...
5 Ways to Spot a Home Flip Money Pit
A Dutch cyclist, who escaped tragedy twice after missing flights on both doomed Malaysia Airlines flights, is shaken over the coincidences, but feels “lucky to be alive.�
Cyclist Who Missed Both Doomed Malaysia Flights Feels 'Lucky'
Every morning, Lauren Bobert starts the day by getting ready for work. She puts on her make-up, fixes her near-perfect hair, and puts on a sparkly belt. But the 27-year-old mother of four isn’t fully dressed until she straps on her loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.
Colo. Restaurant Serves Up Big Helping of 2nd Amendment
Lawmakers have called a hearing to address concerns that a federal labor program for years may have unfairly denied benefits for coal miners who suffer from black lung disease.
Senate to Probe Flaws With Black Lung Program
More cases of credit card thieves are using “skimming� devices to steal unsuspecting customers’ credit card information are cropping up across the country, not just at gas stations, but ATMs and, in at least one case, at a fast food chain’s drive-thru window.
Credit Card Thieves Use 'Skimmers' at Gas Pumps and ATMs
In an instant, James Dittrich and Meredith Duffy’s new apartment in East Orange, New Jersey, went from being a safe haven and exciting new start to a crime scene where they both barely escaped with their lives.
After Brutal Home Invasion, Some Scars Never Heal
In his first television interview, the elderly artist whose look-alike paintings in the styles of Abstract Expressionists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock fooled experts and sent shock waves through the art world claims he was �shocked� to learn that his works were sold as newly discovered masterpieces to wealthy collectors for tens of millions of dollars.
Accused Master Art Forger Tracked Down in Shanghai
We’ve all heard of blind dates, but marrying someone the moment you meet them is a new extreme. That’s the premise of a controversial new reality show on A&E’s FYI network called “Married at First Sight,� where the bride and groom agree to say “I...
'Married at First Sight' Reveals Couples Tying the Knot Sight Unseen
For the first time in 16 years, the cast of “The Wonder Years� is reuniting.
‘Wonder Years’ Cast Reunites
A trio of friends from Brooklyn, N.Y., who are not yet out of middle school have signed a record deal with Sony.
Brooklyn Eighth-Graders Get Sony Record Deal
Co-Anchor, Nightline
Dan Harris' Biography
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.� She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America� and “20/20.�
Juju Chang's Biography
Primetime
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: Primetime
Jaycee Dugard says she doesn't want to live in the past.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Tells Diane Sawyer About Moving On
On her first trip to New York City, Jaycee Dugard attended a star-studded awards ceremony, took in a Broadway play and was awed by the city's skyscrapers. But for her, the most memorable part of the trip was going for pizza. "Just walking down the street. With everybody. It was my favorite moment," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
Dugard Revels in Being Free in NYC
Abducted by strangers and held captive for 18 years.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard: The Full Interview
Jaycee Dugard revels in saying her name, a name she wasn't allowed to utter or even write for 18 years while she was held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir and in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer because she wants to live free of Phillip Garrido's secrets.
Jaycee Dugard: 'Life After Something Tragic'
Handcuffed in the backyard, her attacker, Phillip Garrido, is her only contact.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Dependent on Her Abductor
Phillip Garrido's wife is introduced bearing dolls and chocolate as gifts.
Watch: Introducing Jaycee Dugard to Nancy Garrido
While held captive she gives birth to two girls.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Pregnant at Age 14
Over 18 years, officials fail to detect a crime right under their noses.
Watch: Parole Officers Visit the House 60 Times
Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs look into Phillip Garrido's past after public rant
Watch: Unlikely Heroes Start to Investigate Garrido
The system failed despite Garrido being a known sex offender and being monitored
Watch: How Did Phillip Garrido Pull Off This Crime?
Nancy Garrido videotapes a parole officer as he conducts a surprise search.
Watch: Officer's Failed Search Caught on Tape
Adjusting to life after being rescued from the torments of Phillip Garrido.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Recovers With the Love of Family
Jaycee Dugard has powerful memories from the last 20 years, 18 of them spent as a prisoner of kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Yet, some of the most overwhelming memories come from her first two years of freedom which she and her children have spent reunited with her mother.
Jaycee Dugard's Triumph Over Kidnapping, Captivity
Authorities visited the home of Phillip Garrido at least 60 times and still somehow missed the hidden compound housing Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters. There were even reports that neighbors and residents alerted authorities to sightings of Dugard and the fact that children were living in tents in the convicted sex offender's backyard. Experts say there are several things you can look for to help a missing or exploited child.
How to Report a Missing Child Sighting
Jaycee Dugard has formed the JAYC Foundation to help families of abduction. Dugard, kidnapped at 11 and held captive for 18 years, has spent her first two years of freedom healing with her family. She now wants to help other families do the same.
Jaycee Dugard's New Foundation Helping Families of Abduction
20/20
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: 20/20
Act 1: Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese left her West Virginia home on July 6, 2012, and never returned.
Watch: Best Friends Last to See Teen Who Goes Missing
Act 2: Officer Jessica Colebank says Sheila Eddy and Rachel Shoaf had suspiciously identical stories.
Watch: Police Suspect Missing Teen's Friends of Hiding Something
Act 3: Police are now armed with video and phone records to prove Skylar Neese's friends were lying.
Watch: Missing Teen's Friend Has Nervous Breakdown
Act 4: Rachel Shoaf says that she and Sheila Eddy killed Skylar Neese because they "didn't like her."
Watch: Teen Admits to Stabbing Best Friend to Death
Act 5: Skylar Neese's dad says if he could say anything to her killers he would say, "Rot in hell."
Watch: Teens Charged as Adults for Murdering Best Friend
A close family friend of Rachel Shoaf, one of two teens now in prison for stabbing 16-year-old Skylar Neese to death, said that she is still reeling from the fact that a young girl she helped raise, whom she described as having a lot of promise, is now a convicted murderer.
Family Friend Shocked That Teen With 'Potential, Morals' Turned Murderer
In a look back at how a friendship ended in murder, here is a timeline of events of leading up to and after Skylar Neese’s death.
Friendship Ends in Murder When Teens Kill Best Friend
Sheila Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder after stabbing her friend.
Shocking Tweets from Skylar Neese's Killer After She Stabbed Her to Death
Kelly Kerns couldn't believe Rachel Shoaf killed Skyler Neese until reading about her guilt in the news.
Watch: Family Friend of Teen Who Killed Friend Was in Disbelief
“I think they're people that try to get something for nothing,� Diane Stretton, who’s been living in her car, told ABC News’ “20/20.�
Nanny Who Wouldn't Leave Says She Feels 'Taken Advantage of'
Some of the most iconic hotels and houses in horror movie and television history are actually places that people lived in.
5 Real Residences Used in Horror Movies, TV Shows
If you think haunted houses are impossible to sell, you’re in for the fright of your life.
Buyers Are Dying to Live in Haunted Houses
Two animal trainers never expected their neighborhood to turn against them.
Malibu Community Roars Over Tigers as Neighbors
Click through to see stories of surprising things that happened to homeowners when they put their houses for sale and to check out Brendon DeSimone’s tips on how you can protect your home when it’s on the market.
Home Seller Nightmares: Bad Realtors, Teen Parties
Roughly 4,000 Americans drown each year. And 1 in 5 children drown in a pool with a lifeguard present.
Get the Facts: Protect Your Child From Drowning
WNT
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:58
ABC News: World News
IDF continues to target Hamas' labyrinth of tunnels and ability to launch rockets into Israel.
Watch: Israel's Ground Operation in Gaza Severely Impacting Civilian Population
Federal authorities are investigating a Saturday hot air balloon crash into power lines in Massachusetts, an accident that sparked a pair of powerful explosions and injured five people.
Video Shows Hot Air Balloon's Fiery Crash Into Power Lines
Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said his troops would simply be "referring and deterring" immigrants and not detaining people.
Perry Sends Guard to Border for 'Referring and Deterring'
A dozen Israeli tank shells struck a hospital in Gaza today, killing four people and injuring 60, witnesses and Gaza health officials said.
Gaza Hospitals Caught in Crossfire, Four Dead
“We have to make sure… accountability exists,� the president said.
Obama On Russian Separatists: 'What Exactly Are They Trying To Hide'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend.
Kerry Returns to Middle East to Push for Cease-Fire
More than 270 bodies have been recovered at the crash site.
Separatists Turn Over Downed Jet's Black Boxes 'Intact'
A man who died after a New York City police officer took him to the ground in a chokehold appeared to have little damage to his neck and trachea, according to preliminary autopsy results, a law enforcement source said, but that may not be enough to keep him from being disciplined or even facing criminal charges.
Cop's Chokehold May Not Have Seriously Injured Man's Throat
Two Florida residents are now the first to contract the chikungunya virus from mosquitos in the U.S.
Watch: Health Alert: Chikungunya Virus
Texas Governor Enlists National Guard to Help With Border Crisis; Weird Al Targets Internet Fans
Full Episode: World News 7/21: International Inspectors Allowed to Examine Malaysia Air Wreckage
The tip was ten times the total dinner bill.
Waiter Receives $1K Tip, Splits It with Colleagues
Badly injured, alone and surrounded by Taliban fighters, Ryan Pitts had resigned himself to dying. The former U.S. Army staff sergeant will be awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Monday. He's is credited with maintaining an observation post and preventing the bodies of fallen soldiers from falling into enemy hands during a 2008 battle in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of nine Americans.
Meet Today's Medal of Honor Recipient
11-year-old Shamiya Adams is the latest child to die from gunfire this summer.
This Is the Toll Chicago’s Gun Violence Has Taken on the City’s Kids
Two police officers in Florida accused of being members of the KKK were reportedly connected to the 2009 firing of an officer from the same department, for the same reason.
Florida 'KKK' Cop Was Undercover, Ex-Wife Says
Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile, chikungunya and EEE.
Are Your State's Mosquitoes Carrying Deadly Viruses?

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