Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Anti-marriage equality evangelical blogger outed as gay

A prominent evangelical author known for his opposition to same-sex marriage has admitted to having a homosexual relationship with a gay blogger.

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Panel recommends against ECG tests for heart disease

(Reuters) - Testing electrical activity of the heart using an electrocardiogram is unlikely to help doctors figure out who is at risk of coronary heart disease, according to recommendations from a U.S. government-backed panel.

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50 Shades of Grey baby boom? Births predicted to rise thanks to success of hit 'mommy porn' erotic novel

The book's phenomenon is predicted to be seen in the delivery room after a meteoric rise in mothers' revitalised sex stories thanks to the erotic novel.

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Windells Session 2: Snowboarding 2012

Windells is in full force this summer with one of the longest and largest parks to date. The diggers are keeping everything fresh and the coaches are teaching kids new moves all day long. Summer is here. Filmed by: Alexandra Erickson, Jake Strassman, Tyler Malay, Ian Post, Will Start, & Ian Macy. Additional Filming: Riley Erickson, Pat Raichur Edited by: Tyler Malay & Alexandra Erickson & Ian Macy.

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Understanding The Forex - How To Avoid Losses In The Forex Market

The foreign exchange market is a lucrative business venture. Boasting of a daily turnover of over $4 trillion, the attractiveness of the Forex market entices traders of all levels. Since it very easy to get a decent income from trading currencies, it is also very easy to lose money. Here are some tips on how to avoid losses while trading Forex.

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Maggie Sergio: Peet's Coffee & Tea and the Next DDT

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It's ScuttleButton Time!

Once again, doping accusations surround the brains behind the weekly ScuttleButton puzzle. Maybe you should solve it before sanctions are imposed.

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Imogen Cairns: 'I seem to perform better when the pressure is really on'

The Olympics mean different things to different people. To Imogen Cairns, regardless of what happens at North Greenwich Arena this evening, they mean personal – and team – triumph against the odds.

The 23-year-old, from Portishead – via Winterbourne – will line up in the final of the team event of the artistic gymnastics at 4.30pm, four years after Great Britain failed to qualify for the gold-medal event in Beijing.

For Cairns, 2008 is also synonymous with the agony of a double ankle injury that left her fearing she would never compete again. In her own words, she snapped everything but the bones in both ankles while practicing her vault, and could not walk properly for six months, was out of action for 18 months and underwent two operations on each ankle.

But, while she may stand at 5ft 1in and produce some of the most intricate and agile moves on the vault and beam, Cairns is a fighter. She stepped up first on the beam for Britain in Sunday's qualification round – a notoriously tricky opening apparatus – and drew praise from Beth Tweddle for the way in which she calmed the nerves of her younger team-mates with a solid routine.

Great Britain finished fifth of 12 teams in the qualification round, with the top eight reaching this evening's final, and Cairns is relishing the pressure of competing in an event she thought had passed her by.

"Being out injured – and being this old – I came back and worked so hard, and I just feel I deserve to be here, with all the work I put in," said Cairns.

"I am so happy it worked out that way. I just try to work my hardest – even if I can't work at the same pace as the youngsters."

Cairns, at 23, and Tweddle, at 27, are the veterans of the Great Britain gymnastics squad, with the Portishead Academy member competing at her second Games.

And the three-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who was inspired by a rapturous home crowd during Sunday's qualifying round, revealed how she preferred the pressure of expectation that comes only with the biggest events.

"I'm weird that way – with pressure, I seem to perform better," she said. "I don't know if that is because I get more nervous and get into the zone, but with pressure, I definitely reckon I do better.

"I had never competed in front of a home crowd before, but I felt I fed off the crowd. Some people try to block it out, because it puts them off focus, but I really like the encouragement from it.

"I am just so happy to be here. In 2008, I was 19 and it was my first Olympics, and it was a bit overwhelming for me. But I'm 23 now, I couldn't quite believe it when they said I was in the squad, and I'm absolutely loving it here.

"Straight after the 2008 Games, I went to a Grand Prix and had an awful fall and was out for 18 months. It was so horrible. I was going to retire after 2008 anyway – but I finished the Games and thought: 'Do you know what? I'm not ready yet'.

"When I went through my rehab, I realised how much I missed it. Gymnastics is my life – and I've got more to give."

Whether or not that "more" includes a performance that leads to standing on the podium alongside Tweddle, Hannah Whelan, Jenny Pinches and Becky Tunney at around 7.20pm today, Cairns is not prepared to speculate.

Despite Sunday's strong showing in qualification, United States, Russia, China and Romania all scored more points, and competition will be fierce again today. "You never know," said Cairns. "You never know – look at what our boys did. That's a huge inspiration for our team."

Imogen Cairns: 'I seem to perform better when the pressure is really on'

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Review: Fiona Apple levels the Hollywood Palladium crowd

Fiona Apple's mix of astounding musicianship and emotional bloodletting astonishes at the Hollywood Palladium as she supports 'The Idler Wheel ...'

Just before Fiona Apple played her new song "Every Single Night" on Sunday, someone from the sold-out Hollywood Palladium audience — perhaps one of the many young women in witchy lace dresses — screamed at her.

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25 Things Hollywood Has Taught Us: Part 4!

Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, Lana Del ReyIt's nearing the end of the week?and the end of our lesson plan?so we hope you're still able to keep up with the all the amazing things H'wood has taught us over the...

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Anti-Semitism trial begins against upscale S. Calif. hotel

A group of Los Angeles area Jews claim the owner of the upscale Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica became furious when she learned a charity event being held there was organized by Jews.

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Astronaut Fish Head to Space Station

The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has sent an aquarium to the International Space Station. It's not for relaxation, mind: the fish tank will be used to see how microgravity impacts marine life, including a transparent fish.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

The 8-Bit Olympic Games

Missed the Opening Ceremonies? Displeased with NBC's lackluster, far from comprehensive (or even accessible) coverage? Drown out your sorrows with this delightful animation capturing the spirit of the Olympics in 8-bit graphics created by animation company, Flikli, instead! More


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Olympic Victory Bouquet is Home Grown in Britain

There may have been no sun for months but the Olympic Victory Bouquet is all home grown.

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Rasheed Wallace reportedly to sign with Lakers

Rasheed Wallace reportedly to sign with Lakers

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African aviation reaches new heights ... with China?s help

by CNNGo staff

One of China's leading airlines is teaming up with a new low-cost African carrier, which is due to take to the skies on September 21.

Hainan Airlines (HNA), China's fourth-largest carrier and the first to receive a five-star award from Skytrax, will be spearheading Africa World Airline (AWA), which is based in Ghana.

Looking to end travel frustration in Africa

News of the fledgling "Chafrican" carrier comes in the wake of the demise of Ghana International Airlines, which ceased operations in 2010.

AWA, which has a reported start-up capital of US$50 million, hopes to spell an end to frequent flyer frustration in Africa.

"[Currently] to go to Cape Verde [off the west coast of Africa] from Accra, one has to fly to Lisbon in Portugal," said an AWA official. "In some cases, you take off from Accra, fly to Europe and catch a connecting flight, which will see you flying over Accra to get to your destination within Africa."

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Windells Session 1: Snowboard

Summer camp is here! But how much snow does Mt. Hood have? Well, I'm not exactly sure but during Session 1 we were still getting it! There isn't much thats better for boardin' than a pow day in June followed by sunny and warm 80 day! The campers and staff were crushing it and having a blast all session long. Filmed by: Alexandra Erickson, Jake Strassman, Tyler Malay, Will Start, Ian Macy & Ian Post.

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Zombie demonstrators counter Westboro Baptist Church protest

A Westboro Baptist Church protest was overshadowed by a horde of counter-demonstrators dressed as zombies. The zombies gathered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military base near DuPont Washington, to counter the Westboro Church's effort.

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Bill Keller On Fake NY Times WikiLeaks Op-Ed: 'Childish, Clunky Prank'

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Romney Tries To Distinguish Foreign Policy From Obama

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Bay Area Leads New Ranking of US Eco-Friendly Cities

That's perhaps to be expected, but would you have guessed that Las Vegas has more green architects than any other city?

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Kirk and Anne Douglas Donate $50 Million to Five Non-Profits

One gift will be used to enlarge the Harry's Haven Alzheimer's unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement home and hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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Brad Pitt Dead in Snowboarding Crash? Nope, Just the Latest Victim of a Celebrity Death Hoax

Brad PittAnother day, another celebrity death hoax. Brad Pitt is still alive and well, despite a Global Associated News report that said the Moneyball star died early Sunday in a snowboard...

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Brandi Glanville: Kristen Stewart's Affair Hits "Too Close to Home"

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Test Your Olympic Trivia Knowledge

Host Scott Simon talks to writer and trivia expert A.J. Jacobs about little-known facts regarding the Olympics.

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Inflatable heat shield survives hypersonic stress test

July 24 - An experimental heat shield developed by NASA has survived a trip through Earth's atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph (12,231 kph). In a test flight, the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) successfully demonstrated that an inflatable outer shell can protect a space capsule as it enters an atmosphere during planetary entry and descent, or as it returns to Earth with cargo from the International Space Station. Rob Muir reports.

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Olympian Mary Lou Retton: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton will always be a golden girl.Here's the 16-year-old gold medal winner back in 1984 (left) -- and 28 years later, the 44-year-old at an event in NYC earlier this year (right).Tens across the board.

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HSBC in talks to sell some Korean units to KDB

LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc , Europe's biggest bank, said it was in talks over the possible sale of its Korean retail banking and wealth management business to Korea Development...

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Robert Pattinson -- UHauling Ass Out of House with Kristen Stewart

Robert Pattinson isn't wasting any time -- a UHaul was spotted outside the Los Feliz home he shares (shared?) with Kristen Stewart ... following reports he's moved out of the love he lives (lived?) in with his (ex?) girlfriend.Kristen's baffling…

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Google's "Actively Discussed On Google+" In Search Results

Google is testing yet another Google+ integration in the search results. This one is named "Actively Discussed On Google+" and shows up for some users.

The feature basically gives you an additional link under the search results that says "Actively Discussed On Google+...

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Does Nation Building Have a Future?

This post by Johanna Mendelson Forman, a Scholar-in-Residence at the American University, School of International Service, and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The opinions expressed in this note are those of the author and...

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Let's hear it if you're British - Des Kelly

Let's get this straight. Everyone representing Great Britain during this Olympics is participating in a form of national service, whether they like it or not.

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Suzy reveals her health conditions on ?Invincible Youth 2?

miss A‘s Suzy revealed on the July 28th broadcast of KBS‘s ‘Invincible Youth 2‘ that she...

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Hacker can unscramble coded Web traffic for $200

LAS VEGAS, July 28 (Reuters) - A hacking expert has launched
a $200 password-cracking tool that makes it easy to decipher
Internet traffic sent through a widely used method for securing
businesses communications.

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