(CNNPolitics.com) – Bob Corker to John Kerry: ‘You’ve been fleeced’ by Iran – 

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Tom LoBianco and Stephen Collinson, CNN

At Thursday’s hearing, it was clear that Republicans and several Democrats have concerns about the Iran nuclear agreement.
The hearing was more notable for substance and detailed examination of the deal’s provisions rather than political fireworks.

Washington (CNN)A largely skeptical panel of senators grilled Secretary of State John Kerry over the Iran nuclear deal Thursday, as both sides tried out new lines of attack sure to be repeated throughout the agreement’s 60-day congressional review period.

Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that there is no “unicorn” or “fantasy” alternative if the U.S. rejects the deal, which the administration maintains will keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon but which many Republicans see as providing Iran a path to a bomb.

But Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennesse Republican, said that the U.S. had been “fleeced” and that Kerry had “turned Iran from being a pariah, to now Congress being a pariah” in the course of making the agreement.

And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, repeatedly warned that the next president could overturn the deal, which isn’t a binding treaty.

In the shorter term, Congress could vote against the deal at the end of the 60-day review. President Barack Obama has promised to veto such a vote, but would need to round up a significant number of Democrats in order to sustain the veto.

At Thursday’s hearing, it was clear that several Democrats also have concerns about the deal. In one of the hearing’s more heated exchanges, New Jersery Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez seemed to give voice to widespread frustration in Congress that members hadn’t been more closely consulted during the negotiating process.

When Kerry tried to break in when Menendez, who is extremely skeptical about the deal, was listing his reservations, the senator replied testily: “I have limited time. You’ve been with the Iranians two years. I have seven minutes.”

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who has yet to say whether he will support the deal, did praise it for rolling back Iran’s nuclear program but worried about what would happen when it expires in 15 years.

However, Sen. Babara Boxer, a California Democrat, defended the deal and took issue with Corker’s comments.

Still, though no senators appeared to climb down from entrenched positions against and for the deal, the hearing was more notable for substance and detailed examination of the deal’s provisions rather than political fireworks.

Kerry said that the U.S. could not simply ignore Iran or walk away from the plan, which calls for new oversight and controls on uranium enrichment in return for an end to economic sanctions.

He laughed briefly in the middle of his testimony before landing on a new Obama administration argument.

“Folks, they already have what they want. They got it 10 years ago or more,” Kerry said. “This isn’t a question in giving them what they want. I mean, it’s a question of how do you hold their program back?”

He told the senators: “Let me underscore the alternative to the deal we have reached is not — as I’ve seen some ads on TV suggesting disingenuously — it isn’t a ‘better deal,’ some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation.” He continued, “That is a fantasy, plain and simple, and our intelligence community will tell you that.”

Republican Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, however, made clear that Republicans are less than convinced and have every intention of continuing to challenge the deal, suggesting it is the deal’s supporters who are out of touch with reality.

“Anyone who believes this is a good deal joins the ranks of the most naïve people on earth,” he said.

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(NBC News) – Two Killed, Eight Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting…58 year old shooter 


UPDATE: A 58 year old white male stood up after 20 minutes of showing of movie, “Train Wreck” and began shooting then killed himself.
At least two people are dead including the gunman and at least six others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at the Grand movie theater on Johnston street in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.

City Marshal Brian Pope told the local newspaper The Advertiser that the gunman was dead. Lafayette police told NBC News that the shooting occurred at the Grand Theatre on Johnston Street about 7:30 p.m.

Acadian Ambulance Service told NBC News that eight people were injured, with two people dead. It wasn’t immediately clear whether those who died were listed among the eight wounded or were separate.

Acadian Ambulance Service told NBC News that two people were dead at the scene. Police said they believed one of them was the gunman.

“We believe the scene is safe at this time,” Sgt. Kyle Suarez told NBC News.

Eight other people were transported to three hospitals. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was on his way to Lafayette and asked for prayers for the victims.

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Two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.

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(CSMonitor.com) – NASA finds ‘cousin’ to Earth in age-old quest for other worlds 

NASA announced Thursday that its planet-hunting mission, Kepler, has found an exoplanet that very closely resembles our own.

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  • NASA has found Earth’s closest lookalike to date.

The space agency announced Thursday that its planet-hunting mission, Kepler, has discovered an exoplanet that is comparable to our own in age and size, orbiting a Sun-like star at a distance that makes it neither too hot nor too cold to support life.

Kepler 452b, as the planet is called, is the smallest known planet outside our solar system that is in the habitable zone of a G2-class star, like the Sun. It is about 6 billion years old, 60 percent larger than the Earth in diameter, and sits in the constellation Cygnus, about 1,400 light-years away from Earth.

Recommended: What makes a planet livable? Five things scientists look for.

Its discovery – 20 years after scientists first proved that stars other than our own host planets – marks a milestone in humankind’s 2,500-year-old quest for other worlds.

“Today the Earth is a little less lonely, because there’s a new kid on the block,” Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., said at a Thursday news conference announcing the discovery. “We believe … that this is the nearest thing that we’ve found to an Earth system analogue, a twin system to our own.”

John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, called the new planet a “close cousin to the Earth.”

It wasn’t until the 1990s that scientists confirmed that suns across the universe host their own planets. But the quest to find another habitable planet dates as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, whose philosophers challenged their contemporaries to conceive of the universe as infinite, and populated with a multitude of inhabited worlds.

Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus is most frequently credited with originating the idea that the universe is infinite, in his poem “On the Nature of Things“: ” ‘Tmust be confessed in other realms there are / Still other worlds, still other breeds of men, / And other generations of the wild.”

During the Renaissance, Giordano Bruno disputed the uniqueness of the sun, suggesting in 1584 that the stars were other suns like ours, with their own planets. For his efforts, he was burned at the stake for heresy.

But all this remained pure conjecture until the development of the telescope in the early 17th century. Within a century or so, astronomers began noticing that stars varied in their brightness, and that they moved with respect to one another.

In 1925, Edwin Hubble proved the existence of other galaxies – clusters of stars similar to the Milky Way. His discovery “forever alters our view of the universe,” according to NASA.

Seventy years later, Swiss astrophysicists Michel Mayor and Didier Quelozdiscovered the giant planet 51 Pegasi b, the first planet found to be orbiting a main-sequence star. The hunt for Earthlike planets has since taken on growing sophistication, through tools such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Canadian telescope MOST. Spitzer in particular has been crucial in discovering water on an exoplanet.

Kepler’s launch in 2009, and developments in data interpretation since, have pushed the quest for habitable worlds further forward. Including the discovery of 452b, Kepler has now identified a total of 4,675 exoplanets.

And while there’s still plenty we don’t know about our newly discovered “cousin,” scientists are optimistic about the future. Projects such as the James Webb Space Telescope and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), scheduled to start in the next few years, suggest NASA has every intention of continuing the search for the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe?

“This is a great time we’re living in,” said Dr. Queloz, who was present at Thursday’s conference. “This is just the beginning of a very long journey.”

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2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Guide « CBS Pittsburgh

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(Photo Credit: KDKA)

The road to a Super Bowl championship is a long one. For the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, they hope the road begins at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of trainingcamp being held at Saint Vincent College.

To mark the occasion, the Steelers announced an anniversary celebration event, which will be held on Sunday, July 26.

The day’s events begin at noon and with the Steelers Experience, which will include interactive areas,live music and more.

Fans will also have a chance to win several prizes, including pro shop gift cards and VIP experiences.

At 11:30 a.m., fans are invited to attend the Black and Gold service in Saint Vincent Basilica.

Practice begins at 2:55 p.m., where Chris Jamison will sing the National Anthem.

If you can’t make it to the celebratory event, there are plenty of other opportunities to see the black and gold for the first time this year.


(Photo Credit: Abbey Way)

Over the years, some players have arrived at camp in interesting ways.

Two years ago, Brett Keisel set the bar for training camp arrivals. While some players arrived in luxury vehicles, Keisel pulled up in a dump truck.

No one has topped Keisel since, but some have tried.


Ben Roethlisberger Laughing With Mike Tomlin

Full Training Camp Schedule


Saturday, July 25 All players report by 4 p.m. No Steelers’ Practice
Sunday, July 26 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday, July 27 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday, July 28 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Wednesday, July 29 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday, July 30 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday, July 31 7 p.m. Night Practice at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium
Saturday, August 1 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Sunday, August 2 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday, August 3 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday, August 4 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Wednesday, August 5 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday, August 6 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday, August 7 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Saturday, August 8 No Steelers’ practice – team travels
Sunday, August 9 First Preseason Game vs. Minnesota Vikings
Hall of Fame Game (8 p.m., NBC-TV)
Monday, August 10 Players Day Off – no Steleers practice
Tuesday, August 11 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Wednesday, August 12 5:30 p.m. evening practice at Saint Vincent College – open to the public
Thursday, August 13 No Steelers practice – team travels
Friday, August 14 Second Preseason Game at Jacksonville Jaguars
(7:30 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Saturday, August 15 Players Day Off – no Steelers practice
Sunday, August 16 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday, August 17 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday, August 18 Players Day Off – no Steelers practice
Wednesday, August 19 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday, August 20 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday, August 21 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Saturday, August 22 No Steelers Practice – camp breaks
Sunday, August 23 Third Preseason Game vs. Green Bay Packers
(8 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Saturday, August 29 Fourth Preseason Game at Buffalo Bills
4 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Thursday, September 3 Fifth Preseason Game vs. Carolina Panthers
(7:30 p.m., KDKA-TV)


Ben Roethlisberger & Fans At Training Camp

Daily Activities

In addition to the open practices, there will be plenty of things to do at Saint Vincent College.

Daily activities include the Steelers Nation Unite Tent, ELF Photo Booth, UPMC Steelers Experience and the Play 60 Fun Zone.

The FedEx Traveling Great Hall will also make the trip to Latrobe.

A display recognizing Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown’s record-setting achievements last year will also be on display.

For more information about these activities, click here.

Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp

Parking & Directions

Parking is free and available in the fields adjacent to the camp entrance. For handicap parking access, see a parking lot attendant upon arrival.

If you’re using a GPS to guide you to camp, here’s the address to use:

Saint Vincent College
3000 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650

Directions From The Steelers’ Website:

From the Pittsburgh International Airport and Pittsburgh area:

Follow signs to Pittsburgh and travel on I-376 East towards Pittsburgh for 17 miles through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. (if traveling from the airport.) Stay in the right lane and follow I-376 East (Parkway East) for approximately 18 miles to the PA Turnpike exit in Monroeville Milepost #56. Travel east on the PA Turnpike (I-76) to Milepost #67 Irwin. Upon exiting, bear right and follow Route 30 East to Latrobe for approximately 15 miles. Once you pass Westmoreland Mall, Saint Vincent College is approximately 3-4 miles east of that landmark. Make a left hand turn at the traffic light at Saint Vincent Drive to the entrance of Saint Vincent College from Route 30 East. Proceed 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus. Approximate travel time is one hour 30 minutes from Airport.

From Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New Jersey and points east:

Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76 West, to exit 91 (old exit 9) Donegal, take Pennsylvania Route 711 North to junction with U.S. Route 30 in Ligonier, take Route 30 West 10.4 miles to the stop light at Saint Vincent Drive, turn right onto Fraser Purchase Road (unmarked), go 1/2 mile, and turn left onto campus.

If you are coming from an area not listed, visit the Steelers’ website here.

Hotels & Dining Around Latrobe

Check out LaurelHighlands.org for a variety of hotel and dining options around Saint Vincent College.

The road to a Super Bowl championship is a long one. For the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, they hope the road begins at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – Hillary Clinton speaks at private fundraiser in Fox Chapel 

Mark_Steidl Mark Steidl of Highland Park attended the private fundraiser where Hillary Clinton spoke. Mark is a student at CCAC.

Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton made a quick fund-raising stop in Pittsburgh Wednesday, greeting supporters gathered at the Fox Chapel home of Cindy Shapira.

The former senator of New York, former secretary of state and First Lady, now the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, arrived at the private event late morning.

Among the public officials who heard her speech were Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor Bill Peduto and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper.

Mr. Fitzgerald, who introduced Mrs. Clinton, said between 150 and 200 supporters were there to listen to the candidate’s wide-ranging speech.

In it, he said that she praised President Obama’s record on the economy, contending that the man who beat her in the 2008 nomination battle hadn’t received enough credit for helping to pull the nation out of the worst downturn since the Great Depression. She also described the freshly negotiated Iran deal as a major accomplishment for his administration. On a more personal note, Mr. Fitzgerald said, she talked about how she had been inspired by the recent birth of her grandchild and by the struggles of her own mother during her early years in Illinois.

“It was interesting; people often say she doesn’t connect, the way Bill Clinton can, but she really connected,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “You could see people responding to her in a positive way.“

He said she spoke for between 20 and 30 minutes, while mingling with the crowd for a little over an hour.

Her host, Ms. Shapira, is a philanthropist, and community activist and the wife of Giant Eagle CEO David Shapira. In the spring of 2012, she was the host of another high profile Democratic fund-raising event headlined by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Also in attendance was Mark Steidl of Highland Park, a 20-year-old Community College of Allegheny student who brought a message of advocacy for people with disabilities.

Mr. Steidl, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, carried a sign reading: #IWantToWork, referencing a national awareness campaign. He was able to attend the event after several parents and professionals crowdfunded a donation to Ms. Clinton, said his mother, Tina Calabro.

In a Facebook message to the Post-Gazette providing a photo of himself with the candidate, Mr. Steidl wrote: “Hillary Clinton was in Pittsburgh today for a fundraiser. I met her and brought a message that young people with disabilities want to work.”

He later said in a telephone interview that he thought Ms. Clinton was nice and that he intended to vote for her.

The Clinton event was closed to the press and the candidate had no public events scheduled during her brief Pittsburgh trip. A spokesman for her campaign said they would have no comment on the visit or how much money they hoped to reap from it.

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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) –  Tractor-trailer bed collapses when rolls of steel coils break loose in S. Oakland 

IMG_5060 (1).JPG A tractor-trailer tied up traffic this morning when rolls of steel coils broke loose on the truck bed, causing it to collapse on Second Avenue in South Oakland.

By Andrew Goldstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A tractor-trailer carrying coils of steel cracked open and collapsed in South Oakland this morning causing temporary road closures, Allegheny County emergency officials said.

Second Avenue was closed between Bates Street and the Armstrong Tunnel for three hours during rush-hour. The incident was reported around 6:15 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

Police said two rolls of the steel coils broke loose and rolled toward the middle of the truck, causing its bed to collapse as the tractor-trailer was pulling out of the parking lot of Steel Dynamics’ The Tech division on Second Avenue.

The truck, from P.I. & I. Motor Express Trucking Co. in Sharon, had just been loaded with the coils and was headed to Cleveland this morning.

Another driver heading out with a separate load said each of the rolls weighs about 22,000 pounds.

Andrew Goldstein: agoldstein@post-gazette.com.

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(Bangkok Post) – New York plans $15 minimum wage at fast-food chains 

NEW YORK – New York state was poised Wednesday to raise the minimum wage to $15 in the fast-food sector, a key victory in a long-running workers campaign for liveable wages.

Low wage workers, many in the fast-food industry, join with supporters in front of a McDonald’s to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour, on April 15, 2015 in New York

A three-person panel appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state’s current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour should be increased to $15, a raise of more than 71 percent.

Cuomo had indicated he would follow the panel’s recommendation.

“What a great, great day!” Cuomo, a Democrat, said at a news conference with the leaders of the $15 campaign.

The wage increase will be phased in, starting with fast-food chain restaurants operating in New York City. They are due to meet the new minimum wage by 2018, while elsewhere in the state fast-food restaurants will have until 2021 to comply.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but states and municipalities can set their own. Some 29 states and Washington, DC, have minimum wages above the federal minimum.

“We’re getting $15 before every other state,” said Eric Schneiderman, New York attorney general.

“It’s a victory you have all built,” he said, thanking the labor leaders and Cuomo. “This is a victory for all men and women who work hard.”

Activists have been pushing for several years to get the $15 minimum wage in the fast-food sector, notorious for low pay that workers say does not keep them out of poverty.

Under pressure from unions, McDonald’s announced in April a pay hike for 90,000 employees in company-owned restaurants, though that does not affect the majority of its restaurants, which are owned by franchisees.

From July 1 the starting wages for full and part-time workers in its own restaurants were raised by one dollar above the local minimum wage.

The move followed similar wage increases announced by Wal-Mart Stores, Gap and others, all under pressure from labor and social groups over low pay.

Cuomo said that New York state’s $15 minimum wage decision would “radiate” across the country.

“If it’s right in New York, it’s right in California,” he said.

In May, Los Angeles, the second biggest US city, passed an increase in its minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. That followed a similar move by Seattle one year ago.

Other states and communities have also passed, or are weighing increases to, statutory minimum pay, after years in which inflation eroded the spending power of US workers.

But only a few have moved toward the $15 target that worker groups are calling for.

According to US labor data, workers in the food preparation and serving-related occupations comprise 22 percent of US employees who make at or below the minimum wage. Workers such as waiters can earn less than the minimum wage if they make up the gap in tips.

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