The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 22:40:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKTue, 29 Jul 2014 22:40:00 -0400Sheik Umar Khan, a leading doctor fighting Ebola, dies from the disease</P><p>Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the most prominent physician working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, died Tuesday from the disease. He was 39.</p><p>The news was confirmed by the country's chief medical officer. "It is a big and irreparable loss to Sierra Leone as he was the only specialist the country had in viral hemorrhagic fevers," Dr. Brima Kargbo said. <em>The Independent </em>reports that Khan contracted the disease last week, and was in quarantine. Before falling ill, he had treated more than 100 patients at a Kenema hospital.</p><p>The World Health Organization says that this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaTue, 29 Jul 2014 22:40:00 -0400UCLA, Sunset Boulevard flooded after enormous water main break</P><p>This isn't something you want to see when the state of California is experiencing a severe drought: a water main break Tuesday afternoon flooded UCLA and Sunset Boulevard with thousands and thousands of gallons of water.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>UPDATE: Break in 30-inch water main opens 15-foot sinkhole. Watch live:</p>&mdash; NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 30, 2014</blockquote></center><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.@UCLA and #SunsetBoulevard are #flooded due to a water main break -</p>&mdash; Banjo (@banjo) July 29, 2014</blockquote></center><p>The break on Sunset Boulevard caused...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaTue, 29 Jul 2014 20:49:00 -0400Clown crashes clown car</P><p>A female clown was driving home from a show at an elementary school in Westwood, New Jersey, on Monday when she reportedly reached for her GPS, ran off the road, and into a utility pole. Several fellow clowns quickly arrived on the scene to assist her.</p><p>The 68-year-old clown, who was in full dress and makeup at the time, suffered only minor injuries, according to police. Her Toyota sedan, however, was not so lucky.</p><p>Next time, she might want to hitch a ride in her friends' tiny car.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:18:00 -0400Adam Wainwright solicits suggestions for legendary first tweet -- in his first tweet</P><p>The St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright took some flak &mdash; and that's putting it lightly &mdash; on Twitter a couple weeks back for admitting that he intentionally gave Derek Jeter a few pitches in the MLB All-Star Game.</p><p>Later, in an interview with FOX's Erin Andrews, he sighed: "I don't love social media."</p><p>That may be because social media can be really, really mean. It may also be because Wainwright apparently hasn't quite grasped how it works. The pitcher joined Twitter today, amassing thousands of followers before sending a single tweet. And when he did, it was this:</p><p> </p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sitting here...</p></blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:10:00 -0400Macy's, JCPenney busted for selling glass 'rubies'</P><p>A <em>Rossen Reports</em> investigation has found that a number of department stores, including Macy's and JCPenney, are marketing gems filled with lead glass as "real" rubies.</p><p><em>Rossen Reports</em> staffers, along with a professional gemologist, visited Lord &amp; Taylor, Macy's, JCPenney, and Littman Jewelers, purchasing items that contained "rubies." Salespeople at all of the stores told them the rubies were "real," "natural," and "genuine." But when they sent their purchases to two different labs, all of them contained "high contents of lead glass."</p><p>One of the purchase rings was essentially "fish tank gravel...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:32:00 -0400Pay yourself first: The habit that can help you build wealth<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>You may always say that you'll up your retirement contributions (next pay period, you promise!) or stash a little extra in your emergency fund, but somehow another month passes and you still haven't done it.</p><p>The problem is likely that by the time you've paid for everything else &mdash; rent, groceries, utilities and maybe even a few dinners out &mdash; you often don't have enough left to add to least not until your next paycheck. And so the cycle goes.</p><p>If this sounds familiar, it could mean you're not in the habit of paying yourself first, which isn't the same as spending money...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marisa TorrieriTue, 29 Jul 2014 16:24:00 -0400Obama announces new U.S. sanctions on Russia</P><p>President Obama on Tuesday announced new U.S. sanctions on Russia, in response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 earlier this month in an area of Ukraine held by Russian-backed rebels. Obama said the sanctions target "key sectors of the Russian economy: energy, arms, and finance."</p><p>Some details from <em>The New York Times</em>:</p><p >The latest American actions took aim at more Russian banks and a large defense firm, but they also went further than past moves by blocking future technology sales to Russia's lucrative oil industry in an effort to inhibit its ability to develop future resources. [<em>The...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:44:00 -0400EA announces Netflix-like service for Xbox One games</P><p>The latest Netflix-for-something-other-than-movies-and-television-shows service is here, thanks to EA.</p><p>Dubbed "EA Access," the subscription service offers Xbox One gamers unlimited entry to The Vault, which houses a collection of EA's top-selling games (current options include <em>FIFA 14</em>, <em>Madden NFL 25</em>, and <em>Battlefield 4</em>) for $4.99 a month. <em>TechCrunch</em> notes that the service may be especially attractive to fans of serial titles, such as <em>Madden</em>, which constantly update but cost $70 for each new iteration. And, in addition to offering popular games, the company says it will debut new releases for Access...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:41:00 -0400Maj. Gen. John Nichols: National Guard troops will undergo training, Spanish classes before being sent to border</P><p>A Tuesday hearing in Texas about Republican Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border sparked partisan debate about the plan's effectiveness. At the hearing, Maj. Gen. John Nichols also provided new details about the National Guard's border plans.</p><p>Nichols, who serves as the Guard's leader, said at the hearing that the troops sent to the border will undergo training for a week and a half to two weeks, including taking Spanish classes, before arriving at the border. Nichols, along with Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), said...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:29:00 -0400Study: Infant rats can sense their mothers' fear using smell</P><p>A new study at the University of Michigan Medical School found that infants may be able to detect their mothers' fear &mdash; through smell.</p><p>The study, published in the journal <em>Proceedings in the National Academy of Sciences</em>, suggests that infants, or at least infant rats, recognize their mothers' feelings of being threatened by identifying certain smells.</p><p>"Our research demonstrates that infants can learn from maternal expression of fear, very early in life," lead researcher Jacek Debiec told <em>Business Standard</em>. "Most importantly, these maternally-transmitted memories are long-lived, whereas other...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:50:00 -0400Twin Peaks: What the newly revealed 'missing pieces' change about the series<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Today sees the release of a long-awaited Holy Grail for <em>Twin Peaks</em> fans: a new Blu-Ray set that includes nearly 90 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes from the film adaptation, <em>Fire Walk With Me</em>, alongside a wide array of other special features.</p><p class="p1">Some of the deleted scenes are enjoyable on a pure surface level: Chet Desmond brawling with the smug, obstructive Sheriff Cable; Agent Cooper complimenting the oft-mentioned (but still unseen) Diane on her beautiful dress and hair; Bobby Briggs' parents enjoying a quite evening reading the Bible together.</p><p class="p1">But for diehard fans, the release of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0400Boehner: Republicans 'have no plans to impeach the president'</P><p>While speaking to media Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bluntly addressed the idea that Republicans are angling to impeach President Obama.</p><p>Boehner actually laughed when a reporter, who mentioned "talk of impeachment that's coming more from Democrats than Republicans," asked for the Speaker's opinion on the matter.</p><p>"We have no plans to impeach the president," said Boehner flatly. "We have no future plans."</p><p>"This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill," he continued. "Why? Because they're trying to rally their...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kimberly-alters" ><span class="byline">Kimberly Alters</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:58:00 -0400Unborn baby saved after pregnant woman dies in Gaza</P><p>Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan, 23, was killed when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the Gaza Strip. Qanan was eight months pregnant, and doctors were able to conduct an emergency Caesarean section to save her child.</p><p>Qanan lived in Deir al-Balah and died on the way to the hospital. She had been trapped in rubble for an hour before being reached by paramedics. After the delivery, the newborn was moved to another hospital in Khan Yunis, and her health is currently being monitored in the maternal ward. The hospital's head doctor, Abdel Karim al-Bawab, told AFP that the baby, now four days old, will...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:00 -0400Afghan president's cousin killed by suicide bomber</P><p>Afghanistan's outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, lost a cousin, Hashmat Khalil Karzai, to a suicide bombing on Tuesday.</p><p>The late Karzai was a "staunch supporter of the president," the <em>Associated Press</em> reports, and he was involved in the country's campaign to select Hamid Karzai's successor. The <em>AP</em> notes that Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager for Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is competing against Abdullah Abdullah for the Afghan presidency. Afghanistan is currently holding an audit of the 8 million votes that were recently cast in the second round of its presidential election.</p><p>Hashmat Karzai was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:17:00 -0400The 6 best low-cost smartphones<img src="" /></P><p class="Default">When I pulled the new One phone, made by Chinese manufacturer OnePlus, out of its box, I was stunned by its fit and finish. I was also stunned by its retail price: $299 with 16 gigabytes of storage, and $349 for 64GB. Compare that to an iPhone 5S ($649) or a Galaxy S5 ($599), which are standard retail prices, and you have to wonder whether the One's competitors are worth the extra price.</p><p class="Default">The OnePlus One isn't the only solid piece of hardware going for a more affordable price. It's part of a broader trend toward low-cost smartphones. Here are some options on the market:</p><p class="Default"><strong>OnePlus One<br /></strong>The One has...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tyler-hayes" ><span class="byline">Tyler Hayes</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:15:00 -0400Hillary Clinton on whether she's worth millions: 'Yes, yes indeed!'</P><p>Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016 &mdash; at least, according to the rest of the nation. No, she hasn't officially declared her candidacy, but the book tour, speech appearances, and talk show visits have everyone hanging on her every word, just waiting for a formal proclamation.</p><p>Of course, this type of scrutiny on everything she says has gotten Clinton into trouble recently &mdash; especially when it comes to discussing her fortune. After her now-infamous "dead broke" gaffe, the former Secretary of State has once again addressed her wealth in a new interview with <em>Fusion</em>'s Jorge...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kimberly-alters" ><span class="byline">Kimberly Alters</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:45:00 -0400