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Oscar Pistorius jail term for killing Reeva Steenkamp more than doubled

A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was too short. The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his sentence be increased to 15 years, less time already served. Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar. The lower court had justified deviating from the prescribed 15-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and ...

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Ad wars are killing Priceline and TripAdvisor

Kayak CEO: I didn’t think people would buy flights on smartphones If you’re looking to book a vacation, let’s be honest. There’s not too much of a difference between searching for flights and hotels on Priceline, TripAdvisor and Expedia. The companies seem to know that too. So does Wall Street. And investors are worried. Shares of Priceline(PCLN, Tech30) plunged 13% and TripAdvisor(TRIP) was down more than 20% on Tuesday after reporting their latest earnings and disappointing outlooks after the closing bell Monday. Both companies have had to ramp up their ...

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Puerto Rico is killing its $300 million Whitefish contract. Now what?

Puerto Rico one month after Hurricane Maria Now that Puerto Rico’s governor has called for the cancellation of a controversial $ 300 million contract awarded to a small Montana-based utility, many questions remain for the millions of residents who continue to live on the island without electricity. Governor Ricardo Rossello’s request to terminate the contract with Whitefish Energy comesless than two weeksafter the two-year-old firm announced it had landed the deal to help restore Puerto Rico’s electricalgrid. On Sunday, Rossello called on Ricardo Ramos, the head of the Puerto Rico ...

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What the Las Vegas killing spree could mean for the gun industry

Mass shooting in Vegas: What happened Gun sales slumped after Donald Trump was elected president, but that could change after Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. It wouldn’t be the first time that gun sales have jumped in the wake of a mass shooting. Handgun sales spiked by 62% in December 2015, following the San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 and the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, according to Rommel Dionisio, managing director at Aegis Capital and an expert on the gun industry. And ...

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Trump: We'll probably end up killing NAFTA 'at some point'

NAFTA explained President Trump says he’s not optimistic about the future of America’s free trade deal with Canada and Mexico. “I think we’ll probably end up terminating NAFTA at some point,” he said during a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona on Tuesday night. Leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico officially began renegotiating NAFTA last week. Trump frequently blasted NAFTA on the campaign trail, labeling it the “worst trade deal in history” and blaming it for the loss of manufacturing jobs in America’s Rust Belt. But after ...

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Phil Donahue: 'Hypocrisy is killing us'

Donahue: What about people who didn’t vote? Talk show legend Phil Donahue says America’s problem is “hypocrisy.” The 81-year-old Donahue said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that Americans tout their patriotism, but about half of them don’t vote. “Hypocrisy is killing us,” he said. Donahue argued that Trump’s base represented a small percentage of the country, but elected Trump because they were “angry” and showed up to the ballot boxes last November. Related: There are Trump’s claims about jobs. And then there are the numbers “These are angry people,” he ...

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House to vote on killing Dodd-Frank today

Sen. Warren: Wall Street’s worst nightmare House lawmakers are poised to passthe “crown jewel” of the GOP-led regulatory reform effort on Thursday, effectively gutting the Dodd-Frank financial regulations that were put in place during the Obama administration. Called the Financial Choice Act, the Republican bill seeks to undo significant parts of the 2010 financial reform law. Crafted by House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, the bill is expected to pass despite vehement objections by Democrats to preserve the sweeping law aimed at preventing another financial crisis and protecting American consumers. ...

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300 days of sun: How one Indian entrepreneur is making a killing

Harnessing India’s sunny days for power Ketan Mehta is nothing if not ambitious. He wants to “shape the future of energy” for 1.3 billion people. The 28-year old entrepreneur co-founded Rays Power Infra six years ago with an eye on India’s enormous potential for solar energy. “Earth has been receiving trillions of units of energy every day from morning to evening but we’ve never been able to use it,” Mehta said. “Now, we have a chance.” Rays Power Infra develops, builds and operates solar projects across India, ranging from 400-acre ...

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China crippled CIA by killing US sources, says New York Times

Up to 20 CIA informants were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government between 2010 and 2012, the New York Times reports, damaging US information-gathering in the country for years. It is not clear whether the CIA was hacked or whether a mole helped the Chinese to identify the agents, officials told the paper. They said one of the informants was shot in the courtyard of a government building as a warning to others. The CIA did not comment on the report. Four former CIA officials spoke to the paper, ...

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Scientists Find Molecular ‘Key’ to Killing Hearty Bacteria

Even a small scrape or cut could lead to a life-threatening infection before antibiotics, but these compounds have been getting less effective as bacteria evolve to combat the threat. The search for new drugs has been slow, though now there may be a way to modify existing drugs to be effective against some of the most hearty bacterial cells. Scientists from the University of Illinois have learned how to attach a molecular “key” to narrow-spectrum antibiotics, thereby making them much more effective. The majority of antibiotics are only effective against ...

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