• Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

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  • Indian scientist explains why we shouldn't drink Coke

    Melbourne, July 30 (ANI): While the fizzy cola drink is loved by most people in the world, an Indian scientist has now shown what Coca-Cola does to your body up to an after you gulp it down, and it is not good. On his blog Truth Theory, Niraj Naik has outlined the health issues and alarming findings, News.com.au reported. After 20 minutes, the body's blood sugar spikes giving an insulin burst and the liver responds by turning sugar into fat.

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  • Riddle of missing flight MH370 has confounded experts

    In what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 without a trace. An explanation for the event, officially declared an accident by Malaysian authorities in late January, might become possible if a large piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion this week turns out to be part of the ill-fated Boeing 777. Here is what we know about MH370: The doomed flight took off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur at 00:41 am on Saturday, March 8, 2014 (1641 GMT Friday) with 239 people on board, including 227 passengers, of which 153 were Chinese, headed for Beijing.

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Sacramento Kings

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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  • China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills

    China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defence cooperation between the countries. The exercises will take place August 20 to 28 in the Peter the Great Gulf and other areas off the Russian coast, defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters. China will send seven naval ships including a destroyer and a frigate, along with fighter jets and other aircraft, Yang said.

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  • Guy Ritchie marries

    Guy Ritchie is officially married to Jacqui Ainsley, according to reports. The nuptials were held at Guy’s property Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, England, a manor he once owned with his former wife Madonna. Numerous white tents were erected on the grounds for the event, which was attended by the likes of David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Jason Statham and his girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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  • Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

    Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people. While many hunters acknowledge Cecil was likely killed illegally, they say the vitriol directed towards them is misplaced. "Animal lovers tend to forget the benefit that can be derived by properly managing a resource," said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ).

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  • Teen charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in court

    A 15-year-old boy charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor at an artists' complex in a California beach town appeared in court briefly Thursday and was appointed a lawyer. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez wore a green t-shirt and khaki pants. District Attorney spokesman Paul Mangasarian said the delay likely was aimed at giving the defense more time to build a case.

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  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

    As she eyes the colourful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centres, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat -- but not only for the shopping. A museum or a zoo isn't a place you go to more than once." With their functions expanding from shopping and dining to venues for Catholic mass, Zumba workouts or even weddings, experts say malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities. - City lungs 'lost' - As the Philippines' population has boomed in recent decades, soaring from 68 million in 1995 to 100 million in 2015, creeping urbanisation has magnified the appeal of malls to residents and businesses alike.

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  • Singapore Airlines releases seven A350 jet orders back to Airbus

    Singapore Airlines has agreed to a request from Airbus to release seven of its A350-900 widebody jet orders back to the aircraft manufacturer, the carrier said in a statement. This reduces the airline's A350s on order to 63, it said, in a series of adjustments to orders and deliveries to meet the immediate needs of the airline and the plane maker. Its purchase options for 20 of the wide-body A350-900s remain unchanged, the airline said.

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  • Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way

    Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. However, other African Pygmy tribes grow differently: In East Africa, the Sua and Efe peoples give birth to smaller-than-average babies.

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  • David Cassidy prepares to auction Florida mansion

    Like many of his baby boomer peers with grown children and debts to settle, one-time heartthrob David Cassidy is looking to downsize. Cassidy, 65 and the father of two, is auctioning the waterfront home and all its furnishings Sept. 9 as part of bankruptcy and divorce proceedings. "My soon-to-be ex-wife and I need to resolve our financial problems," Cassidy told The Associated Press while leading a home tour last week.

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  • Hundreds protest in Taipei after student suicide

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Taipei early on Friday calling for the education minister to resign after a student committed suicide, amid a deepening row over the island's "China-centric" school curriculum. Several hundred people, some holding white roses and candles, congregated outside the education ministry at midnight to bid farewell to 20-year-old Lin Kuan-hua, who police said killed himself in his New Taipei City home Thursday morning. Lin was reportedly one of 30 students, along with three journalists, who were arrested last week for breaking into the ministry in anger at controversial changes to the high school curriculum, which students say favour China's view of the island's history.

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  • Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast

    A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest. Thirty-year-old Ng Lai-ying, who took part in a protest against mainland Chinese cross-border traders in March, was sentenced to three months and 15 days for the charge of "assaulting a police officer". "If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests," magistrate Michael Chan said, according to the Post.

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  • Executive, daughter on college trip killed in plane crash

    The victims of a fiery plane crash in Milwaukee were identified Thursday as a top executive at a Boston capital investment firm and his teenage daughter who were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit. Joseph Trustey, a former Army captain, and his 18-year-old daughter, Anna, died when their small single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames Wednesday evening at Timmerman Airport, according to Summit Partners, where Trustey was an executive. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and there was no immediate word on what caused the crash.

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  • Here's what coffee can do to your brain (Update)

    Washington DC, July 29 (ANI): A new study has predicted the association between coffee consumption habits and the incidence of pre-symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered a prodromal stage of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers at the University of Bari in Italy evaluated 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65-84 year old, and interesting found that cognitively normal older individuals who modified their habits by increasing with time their amount of coffee consumption ( 1 cup of coffee/day) had about two times higher rate of MCI compared to those with reduced habits (

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  • Japan's Universal plans Manila apartments, offices with Filipino partner

    Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp and its Filipino partner will build apartments, office towers and even an opera house alongside their $2 billion casino-resort project in the Philippine capital, Manila, once the gaming phase is completed. Filipino businessman Antonio Cojuangco, a relative of President Benigno Aquino, said on Thursday he was joining the development and operations of the non-gaming portion of the Manila Bay Resorts. "I can't match their resources but definitely I want to be part of their group," Cojuangco told reporters after a topping-off ceremony at the Manila Bay Resorts, referring to the investment of Universal, owned by slot-machine billionaire Kazuo Okada, through Tiger Resorts Leisure and Entertainment Inc. In January, Cojuangco bought the entire 40 percent stake of Universal in a holding firm that owns the land on which the Manila Bay Resorts is being built, resolving a problem over foreign land ownership.

    Reuters
  • Facebook says drone ready for real-world testing later this year

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced on Thursday it has completed building its first full-scale drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and will provide Internet access to the most remote parts of the world. The plane will weigh about 880 pounds (400 kg), said Yael Maguire, the company's engineering director of connectivity. "Our mission is to connect everybody in the world," said Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering.

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  • Wesley Matthews 'was pissed off' that Portland didn't even offer him a contract, or phone call

    Less than a month into the NBA’s 2015 NBA offseason, the Portland Trail Blazers have firmly established their presence at the top of everyone’s “worst summer in the NBA” lists. One of those former starters, shooting guard Wesley Matthews, was defined characteristically as the team’s figurative heart and soul several times last year, prior to tearing his Achilles past the mid-point of the season. The Blazers decided against offering their heart and soul a contract as he entered free agency this summer, and Matthews is less than pleased at the team’s refusal to even reach out, much less offer him a contract.

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  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia

    Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. With official information scant just eight weeks before Pope Francis makes Philadelphia the centerpiece of his U.S. trip, rumors are swirling about massive security fencing and miles of street closures. The lack of clear information is breeding confusion and consternation in the City of Brotherly Love and contempt for the people who run it — particularly around the downtown parkway where Francis is expected to attend an outdoor concert and celebrate Mass before more than 1 million people.

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