Game Of Thrones Renewed For Seasons 5 And 6
Game of Thrones isn't going anywhere. After the season-four premiere debuted to 6.6 million viewers, HBO has ordered a fifth and sixth season of the hit series. The drama based on George R.R. Martin books will most likely return next spring. Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said "Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other. David Benioff and D.B.
VA Inspector Says Alabama Doctor's Acts May Be Insurance Fraud
According to an internal VA report on the case, by copying old information into patient records, a pulmonologist at the Montgomery, Ala., veterans hospital may have committed insurance fraud. The Department of Veterans Affairs own medical inspector said the pulmonologist's actions might amount to falsification of a government document. The initial report, a copy of which was released by Congress this week with names blacked out, said the pulmonologist admitted to copying and pasting data gathered by other doctors such as patient history, vital signs, examinations, assessments and plans of care, into his own assessments. After the medical inspector's initial report, further investigation found the pulmonologist at the Montgomery campus of Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System copied old information into patient records more than 1,200 times from 2011 to 2013, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
Girl Dies After Being Hit By Plane In Florida
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday, the 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died. The FAA said the girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry of Georgia were both struck Sunday afternoon. Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon. The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would be unable to make it back to the airport and that he was instead going to attempt a landing on Caspersen Beach, just to the south.
U.S. Home Prices Down In May, But Consumer Confidence Strong
U.S. single-family home prices fell unexpectedly in May, declining for the first time in more than two years in the latest signal of the wobbly state of the housing market. Still, U.S. consumers remained confident in the broader economic picture, with a key measure of consumer attitudes at its highest since October 2007 and views of the job market the brightest in six years. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.3 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, its first fall since January 2012.
Earnings Lift Wall Street Slightly At Open
U.S. stocks rose slightly at the open on Tuesday following better-than-expected results from companies such as Pfizer and Merck and ahead of data on consumer sentiment. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 24.25 points or 0.14 percent, to 17,006.84, the S&P 500 gained 2.96 points or 0.15 percent, to 1,981.87 and the Nasdaq Composite added 10.57 points or 0.24 percent, to 4,455.47.
Apple Updates Retina MacBook Pros With Better Specs
Apple has updated its Retina MacBook Pro line with new Haswell processors that edge their predecessors by small amounts, and with new base RAM for the low-end 15-inch model that doubles the amount of memory it carries within from 8GB to 16GB. The Retina MacBook Pro update is similar to the MacBook Air update Apple issued earlier this year, in that it improves what’s under the hood but doesn’t introduce any sweeping changes to the Retina MacBook Pro line.
PLO Offers 24-hour Truce, Says It Speaks For Hamas
A senior PLO official has called for a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, saying he is also speaking in the name of Hamas. Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said on Tuesday that Israel must bear the consequences if it rejects this call. There was no immediate comment from Hamas on the offer. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev brushed aside the offer. He says that until Israel hears from Hamas directly, "it's not serious."
China: Ex-security Czar Zhou Under Investigation
China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. The party's anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said on its website that it is investigating 71-year-old Zhou Yongkang for serious violations of party discipline, but gave no details. Such an announcement typically paves the way for the official to be ousted from the party and face prosecution.
Militant Video Offers Horrifying Warning To Troops
The al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swaths of Iraq almost unopposed last month has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed. Iraq's army unraveled when the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham staged a lightning advance and later declared a medieval-style caliphate. The 30-minute video clip, circulated during the holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, shows ISIS militants standing over dozens of terrified, handcuffed Iraqi soldiers. They are then led away and then executed one by one by the Sunni militants.
Israel Hits Symbols Of Hamas Power In Gaza War
Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. Flares turned the sky over Gaza City orange overnight and by daybreak, as the conflict entered its fourth week, heavy clouds of dust hovered over the territory. A thick column of black smoke rose from a burning fuel tank at the power plant.