BRADLEY MANNING COULD GET 136 YEARS: U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge against him, that is "aiding the enemy." But he was found guilty of 19 other charges, including six counts of espionage, for giving a vast trove of government documents to the WikiLeaks website. The documents revealed secret information about the U.S. conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning could face a prison term of up to 136 years on those convictions. The former private first class was tried in a military court martial in Maryland.
THE PRESIDENT'S BARGAINING CHIP: In a new attempt to get a budget through the Congress, President Barack Obama has offered Republicans a new deal: A cut in the corporate tax rate in return for spending that will create jobs. The president outlined his idea yesterday during a visit to a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "Here's the bottom line," he told his audience. "I'm willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs."
DRIVER WAS ON PHONE AND SPEEDING: The train driver was on the phone, and was driving almost double the speed limit, at the time that his train derailed in an accident that killed 79 passengers in northern Spain last Wednesday. That was the finding of a Spanish court, released yesterday. Data collected in the investigation indicates that the train had slowed from 119 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour only seconds before it hit a sharp curve, derailed and smashed into a concrete wall. The driver has been provisionally charged with 72 counts of reckless homicide.
MORE CHARGES IN PENN STATE ABUSE CASE: A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the former president of Penn State University and two university administrators must face trial on obstruction of justice and other charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Prosecutors allege that the three lied to a grand jury when they said they did not know about allegations of abuse against Sandusky that had been made as early as 1998. Sandusky was convicted and imprisoned in June 2012.
WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SUGAR: We, the people of the United States, have an inalienable right to drink as much sugary soda as we want. That's the ruling of a New York appeals court. The ruling upholds a lower court decision that declared that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg cannot ban sugary drinks in serving sizes larger than 16 ounces. The mayor argues that jumbo portions contribute to obesity and are a threat to public health. In a statement, he said he'd appeal the ruling.
IF McDONALD'S PAID DOUBLE: If McDonald's paid every one of its workers twice the hourly wage they now get, the price of a Big Mac would increase just 68 cents, to $4.67. And that includes double the pay for the top boss, CEO Donald Thompson, whose pay last year was $8.75 million. That's according to a researcher at the University of Kansas, who provided the results to The Huffington Post website. Researcher Arnobio Morelix also estimates that every item on the Dollar Menu would go up by 17 cents. The fast food chain's workers are striking in seven cities this week, demanding a doubling of their wages from the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.
IT'S NICE TO GET PRESENTS: Virginia's governor is working on returning all of the gifts he received from a businessman, in response to public criticism. But, he told an interviewer on WTOP radio in Washington yesterday, "It's hard... not to accept gifts." Governor Bob McDonnell said last week that he has already repaid all "loans" from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. In addition to being a major campaign contributor, Williams gave McDonnell thousands of dollars for his daughters' weddings, took Virginia's first lady on a $15,000 shopping spree, and loaned the family a Ferrari. McDonnell is under investigation by the FBI.
EVEN FRENCH PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THIS: French people may be known for their love of beauty, but even they may be offended by the Abercrombie & Fitch policy of hiring only beautiful people. A French human rights group is investigating the retailer's practices. Lawyers tell CNBC that A&F had better be worried. "The reason the company's recruitment attracts so much interest is for moral reasons rather than legal ones. But if a company says it only wants to hire good-looking people, they are in dangerous water," said British barrister Leon Glenister. It isn't illegal to hire people for their looks, but it may focus attention on its willingness to hire based on age, race or disability.
MAN PEES ON COP AND X-RAY MACHINE: A Florida man, who was arrested for driving without a license, wound up peeing on a cop and an x-ray machine. Raymond Lawhorn was pulled over at 10:30 pm on Saturday (July 27th) after he hit a police car. The office brought him to Alachua County Jail, where began urinating on the floor, an x-ray machine, and a detention officer. (Huffington Post)
SCIENTISTS GROW TOOTH FROM STEM CELLS IN URINE: Scientists in China say they have successfully grown a human tooth using stem cells taken from urine. The team at the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health extracted cells from urine and managed to turn them into stem cells. Then they used the cells to implant teeth-like structures in mice. There has been some criticism of the research, though. Professor Chris Mason, a stem cell scientist at University College London, says that urine was "probably one of the worst sources of stem cells." (The Independent)
WHY 29-YEAR-OLDS GET THE WORST HANGOVERS: A new study finds that 29-year-olds get the worst hangovers. The U.K. study surveyed two-thousand British people over the age of 18, and found that 29-year-olds suffered the worst hangovers because they try to party hard, thinking they still have the stamina they had when they were younger, when in reality they don't. The study also found that the average British person takes six-sick days each year due to hangovers and that many admitted to going to work still drunk on Monday mornings. The research also found that the average hangover lasts nine-hours and 45-minutes, but for a 29-year-old that time increases to ten-hours and 24-minutes. (Daily Mail
RELEA FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS MOST REQUESTED BOOK AT GUANTANAMO BAY: Fifty Shades of Grey is the most requested book at Guantanamo Bay. U.S. Congressman Jim Moran made the revelation while touring Camp 7, which holds five men charged with plotting the September 11th attacks. Moran was quoted as saying, "Rather than the Koran, the book that is requested most by the (detainees) is "Fifty Shades of Gray." The detention camp library also has Star Trek novels, the Odyssey, and the Hunger Games books. (Dailymail)
RELEASE CONFIRMED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF NIRVANA’S ‘IN UTERO’: The 20th anniversary deluxe edition of Nirvana's third and final studio album, In Utero, will be released on September 24th and will feature more than 70 tracks. In addition to the original album, the reissue will include previously unreleased demos, B-sides and live tracks, including a complete live performance from 1993 featuring the final touring lineup of the band.
CELEBRATED ACTRESS EILEEN BRENNAN HAS DIED: Eileen Brennan, best supporting actress nominee for Private Benjamin and star of The Last Picture Show, died on Sunday (July 28th) at the age of 80 inside her home in Burbank, California. She had been suffering from bladder cancer. Eileen also appeared alongside Paul Newman in The Sting and as Mrs. Peacock in the movie adaptation of Clue in 1985.
CW TO ADAPT 'THE FLASH' INTO A NEW TV SERIES: Hoping to bank off of the success of their popular super hero shows, The CW is planning to bring DC hero The Flash back to the small screen from the same team behind their freshman hit Arrow. CBS previously attempted a TV series about the guy with superspeed and superhuman reflexes which only lasted for one season back in 1990.