Ebola Experts Warn of an African 'Apocalypse'

At an emergency hearing in Washington Thursday afternoon, major players in the fight against Ebola in West Africa addressed the outbreak that has stolen the lives of more than 900. Leaders from health agencies and humanitarian efforts addressed the need for increased support as one called the current state of affairs in West Africa “apocalyptic.”-DailyBeast-

The celebrities risking worldwide scorn by supporting Israel

These awesome dudes and dudettes have risked worldwide condemnation by publicly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself from relentless rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists. “If you are anti-Israel, you are anti-America,’’ Stern, 60, declared last month on his Sirius XM show. “It’s the only democracy over there. It’s the only friend we have who’s willing to fight and stand up for what’s right.’’-NY Post-

3-D printers are beginning to make an impression

3-D printers, which can make plastic objects, have long been used in industry but are creeping into the consumer market. You can make so many things with them. People who have businesses buy them for making prototypes. Parents buy them to make toys for their kids. Hobbyists buy them because they like to tinker. 3-D enthusiasts imagine a day when these printers are as ubiquitous as phones and people print out many household goods instead of stopping at a store. Small-business owners are already switching to these printers from more expensive industrial machines. Prices are expected to drop even further after key patents on 3-D printing technology expire next year.-LATimes-

Time to Hard-Delete Carlos Danger

WHEN you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet. Some sex scandals, like Mark Sanford’s, fall into the realm of flawed human nature, and some, like Weiner’s, fall into the realm of “Seriously, what is wrong with you?”-NYTimes-

Police accuse Spain train crash driver of 'reckless homicide,' minister says

Police in Spain have accused the driver of a train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing at least 78 people, of "reckless homicide," the country's interior minister said. The crash on the outskirts of the city, which is popular with tourists and Christian pilgrims and was preparing to celebrate a saint's day Thursday, shocked the Galician region and the nation. Fernandez Diaz told reporters earlier Saturday there are "rational indications" that the accident is the fault of the driver. Pressed on what those indications are, he declined to give more details.-CNN-

4 in 5 in USA face near-poverty, no work

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend. The findings come as President Obama tries to renew his administration's emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to "rebuild ladders of opportunity" and reverse income inequality. As nonwhites approach a numerical majority in the U.S., one question is how public programs to lift the disadvantaged should be best focused — on the affirmative action that historically has tried to eliminate the racial barriers seen as the major impediment to economic equality, or simply on improving socioeconomic status for all, regardless of race.-AP-

The Prelude to Israel-Palestine Peace Talks Begins Monday

After three years of a stalemate — and six middle east trips by Secretary of State John Kerry — Israel and Palestine will try again on Monday to resume peace talks. The Washington-based, direct talks will attempt to "develop a procedural workplan" for full-blown peace talks in the next few months.-Atlantic Wire-

Royal baby: Pregnant Kate taken to hospital in labor

The Duchess of Cambridge has been taken to hospital in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace has said. She travelled by car from the palace to St Mary's in Paddington, west London, with her husband the Duke of Cambridge. The couple do not know the sex of their first child, who will be third in line to the throne. "Things are progressing as normal", said a spokesman. The next official announcement is likely to be that of the birth.-BBC-

Jenny McCarthy's hiring as 'View' co-host is matter of contention

Less than a week after Elisabeth Hasselbeck said her goodbyes after 10 years on "The View," another divisive blond has joined the daytime talk show.Critics are outraged that Jenny McCarthy, who has led an ongoing campaign against childhood vaccinations, has been hired as a co-host for ABC's 'The View.'-LA Times-

Cory Monteith Cause of Death Revealed

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed Cory Monteith died from a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol. The post-mortem testing, which included an autopsy and toxicological analysis, seem to confirm this was an accident. Monteith was found deceased in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, shortly after noon on July 13. He had checked into the hotel on July 6 and had been expected to check out on the 13th. When he had not done so, hotel staff checked his room and found him deceased.-ET-

Cory Monteith dead: Troubled actor, 31, was upbeat after battling addictions

Cory Monteith appeared a few months ago as if he was truly looking forward to the future, having finally put behind him the demons of substance abuse that had plagued him since he was a youth. Monteith's apparent happiness and turnaround made the news of his death even more shocking to costars and fans. The body of the 31-year-old actor was discovered Saturday shortly after noon in a room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver after he failed to check out as scheduled. Police noted there seemed to be no evidence of foul play and said an autopsy was planned for Monday to determine the cause of death.-LATimes-

After Zimmerman verdict, can nation heal racial rift?

George Zimmerman is a relieved man in hiding. Those convinced of his guilt in the death of Trayvon Martin continue to protest his acquittal and other perceived injustices. Now that the trial is over, some people are counseling that it's time to heal and move on. But protests were being held across the country Sunday by people who say they can't move on while they feel that the case and the bigger issues of race and justice that it represents are unresolved.-USA Today-

Jason Patric Bill May Boost Sperm Donor Rights

Inspired by actor Jason Patric‘s child custody battle, the California state legislature is debating a bill that would allow sperm donors to argue for their rights to become legal fathers. Currently, sperm donors are not legally considered the “natural father” of their children unless both parents sign a document prior to conception, according to the proposed bill. This applies to anonymous sperm bank donors and sperm donors participating in in-vitro fertilization with women other than their wives.-ABC-

Asiana Airlines considers legal action against TV station, NTSB

Asiana Airlines is considering legal action against an Oakland television station and the National Transportation Safety Board after an intern at the agency mistakenly confirmed "inaccurate and offensive" names as those of the pilots of ill-fated Flight 214.-CNN-

Venezuela Offers Asylum to Snowden

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said Friday that he would offer asylum to the fugitive intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, who has been stranded in a Moscow airport searching for a safe haven.-NYTimes-

Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall. Thursday, the first ferry to the island left Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. ET. As you would expect, tickets and reservations are said to be sold out for today.-NPR-

An interactive breakdown of the major Supreme Court decisions of the 2012-13 term:

The Supreme Court ended its term dramatically last week with rulings on same-sex marriage. But there were other important decisions this term with far-reaching effects. Among key rulings (first justice pictured is author of the decision):-USA Today-

Jury Hears Zimmerman’s Recorded Account of Night of Fatal Shooting

For the first time, the jury in the trial of George Zimmerman on Monday heard the defendant, in taped policeinterviews, give his version of events the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, in a townhouse complex here 16 months ago.-NYTimes/CBS/DB-

76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck

Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, according to a survey released Monday. Fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event, according to the survey of 1,000 adults. Meanwhile, 50% of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27% had no savings at all.-CNN-

Edward Snowden has nowhere to go

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, believed to be in legal limbo in the Moscow airport, expanded his requests for asylum to 21 countries, including China and 13 European nations, according to WikiLeaks, but his options seemed to be narrowing on Tuesday.-CBS-

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

Pregnant women are getting sticker shock in the United States, where charges for delivery have about tripled since 1996, according to an analysis done for The New York Times. Childbirth in the United States is uniquely expensive, and maternity and newborn care constitute the single biggest category of hospital payouts for most commercial insurers and state Medicaid programs. The cumulative costs of approximately four million annual births is well over $50 billion. And though maternity care costs far less in other developed countries than it does in the United States, studies show that their citizens do not have less access to care or to high-tech care during pregnancy than Americans.-NYTimes-

Cirque Du Soleil Artist Dies After Fall In Vegas

A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas. Sarah Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage. Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun that the accident occurred near the end of the production Saturday night at the MGM Grand.-NPR-

Nineteen Firefighters Perish as Blaze Sweeps Central Arizona

Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years. The "hotshot" firefighters were forced to deploy their emergency fire shelters — tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat — when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell. The fire also destroyed an estimated 200 homes. Dry grass near the communities of Yarnell and Glen Isla fed the fast-moving blaze, which was whipped up by wind and raced through the homes, state forestry spokesman Art Morrison told The Associated Press.

Western U.S. Heat Wave Turns Deadly

Record-breaking temperatures in the western U.S. contributed to the death of at least one Nevada resident and sent scores more to hospitals for heat-related illnesses. Parts of California, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Texas saw temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. An elderly man in Las Vegas, where temperatures on Saturday reached an all-time high of 118 degrees, was found dead in his apartment, which had no air-conditioning. Near the border of Arizona, at least three people who had been trying to cross the border were found dead, likely because of the heat.-DB/Chicago Tribune-

Summer school: Should more kids go?

One of the most troubling explanations of summer learning loss comes from a 2007 study from Johns Hopkins University, "Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap." The study revealed that students from different income brackets progress at about the same rate during the school year, but only low-income student backslide during the summer. By ninth grade, the summer regression is responsible for about two-thirds of the achievement gap between low income students and their wealthier peers. The study was a "wake-up call" for many educators, who had never seen the importance of summer quantified. It spurred many school districts, especially those with high levels of poverty, to refocus on summer.-USA Today-

A Case for Regulating Sugar Like Alcohol

Substances like alcohol are regulated according to four criteria. For a government to take that big step on behalf of its citizens, a substance must:
1. Be ubiquitous
2. Be toxic
3. Be addictive
4. Have a negative impact on society
There is a substance that fits the bill times four -- save for the fact that it is not currently regulated. And that is sugar.-Atlantic-

Swan Song for Cicadas, but Many Missed the Show

If you are still waiting for Swarmageddon to break out in your backyard, it is time to stop. The great cicada invasion is winding down for 2013, and it will not be back for another 17 years. After dwelling in the ground since 1996, the insects began to emerge in May from North Carolina to the Hudson River Valley. In yards, forests and fields up and down the coast, they trilled by the billions, mated, laid their eggs in branches and left exoskeletons on bushes and walkways. Now their song is fading.-NYTimes-

Egypt: Protesters Storm Muslim Brotherhood’s Headquarters

rotesters stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power. Footage on local TV networks showed smashed windows, blackened walls and smoke billowing out of the fortified villa. A fire was still raging on one floor hours after the building was stormed. One protester tore down the Muslim Brotherhood sign from the building’s front wall, while another hoisted Egypt’s red, black and white flag out an upper-story window and waved it in the air in triumph.-TIME-