Democratic ex-Va. Sen. Jim Webb announces presidential bid, Wiki-Bio  

CNN By : Dan Merica

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Thursday that "after many months of thought, deliberation and discussion" he has decided to run for president of the United States.

In an over 2,000-word blog post, Webb writes that he decided to run because the United States needs "proven, experienced leadership that can be trusted to move us forward from a new President's first days in office." - Referenced Article

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Facebook introduces a plan to monetize videos and share the revenue with content creators  

Online eBusiness Solutions By : Vern Nicholson

Facebook will position itself as YouTube’s alternative for viewing online video content in 2015. The world’s largest social network will create a revenue-sharing partnership with content providers like Fox Sports, the NBA, Hearst, Funny or Die and Tastemade to seize a larger share of online video viewing from YouTube.

“We’ve heard consistently from media companies and other video creators that if they were able to make money from their videos, they would publish more,” Facebook’s vice president of partnerships Dan Rose told Variety.

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DOJ Looking Into Possible Airline Collusion to Keep Fares High  


The Justice Department is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats that keeps airfares high.

Officials familiar with the antitrust investigation say the question is whether the major airlines are illegally coordinating with one another to limit capacity, which would have the effect of keeping fares up, to the detriment of passengers.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to one another how quickly they would add new flights and routes and extra seats. - Referenced Article

Superintendents Steven Racette and Stephen Brown placed on leave  

CNN By : Holly Yan, Dana Ford and Ashley Fantz

Three members of Clinton Correctional Facility's executive team, along with nine security staff employees, have been placed on administrative leave as part of the review of two convicted murderers' escape, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among the executives on leave, a state official told CNN on Tuesday. - Referenced Article

Exonerated Inmate Anthony Graves Oversees Crime Lab  


The Houston Texas City Council voted on June 24 to appoint Anthony Graves (pdf) to the board of the Houston Forensic Science Center, NBC News reports. Graves, 49, is capturing headlines because he spent 18 years in prison—most of that time on death row—before his murder conviction was overturned in 2010.

He has the full support of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who submitted his nomination to serve on the nine-member board that replaced the scandalous Houston Crime Lab. - Referenced Article

New York City Rent Guidelines Board Votes to Freeze Rents  


After failing in their efforts to overhaul rent laws in Albany, New York City tenants in more than one million rent-regulated apartments got some good news: a one-year holiday from rent increases.

At a raucous meeting Monday evening, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted 7-2 to freeze rents for tenants signing new or renewal one-year leases in the year beginning Oct. 1. Tenants who opt for two-year leases would pay up to 2% more. - Referenced Article

State police trooper Jay Cook hailed as hero for capturing prison escapee David Sweat  


Prison-break fugitive David Sweat’s life on the lam came to an abrupt end Sunday, thanks to the aim of a New York State Police sure shot.

Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran state trooper and firearms instructor, was hailed a “hero” by Gov. Cuomo, after he single-handedly confronted escaped cop-killer Sweat on a desolate road and shot him twice in the torso as the fugitive made a run for the woods. - Referenced Article

A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days  

mashable By : Ariel Bogel

The robot, Hadrian, was named after the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian who had a fad for construction. "He built a lot of walls for the Romans," Pivac said. "We also intend on building a lot of walls."

The technology was developed by Mark Pivac, an aeronautic and mechanical engineer, and the company's chief technical officer.

With more than A$7 million spent in research and development, Hadrian is able to take a pack of bricks, and handle, process and lay them without human intervention.

A 3D computer aided design file ensures the machine cuts, routes and lays the bricks to a high level of accuracy using a 28 metre telescopic boom. - Referenced Article

David Sweat critical but stable after Shawshank-like hunt  

The Guardian By : Martin Pengelly

David Sweat, the escaped convict who was shot and captured in upstate New York after a three-week manhunt, was said to be in “critical but stable” condition at an Albany hospital on Monday.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who has repeatedly compared the plot to those which drive prison-escape movies, told MSNBC: “This was Cool Hand Luke meets Shawshank Redemption.” - Referenced Article

Financial Times: PM Alexis Tsipras Misleading Greece  

Business Insider By : MYLES UDLAND

The Financial Times has spoken, and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is the one to blame for the current debacle unfolding in Greece.

In an editorial from the FT posted Sunday, the paper argues that Tsipras has not only overplayed his hand, but may now be misleading his people on just what is at stake in Greece's July 5 referendum. - Reference Article

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