China puts Microsoft under official investigation

BEIJING — Government investigators visited Microsoft offices in four Chinese cities Monday, according to a company spokeswoman. However, the reason for the visits was not immediately clear. Microsoft, like other U.S. technology giants in recent months, has been under fire from Chinese media for its perceived role in helping the …

Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s facing genocide and other charges. Khmer Rouge head of state, …

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014 with 155 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French historian Alexis de …

Quote of the Day

“I’ve been to places where there is a poet laureate for every ZIP code. The country is crawling with them. I think it’s out of control.” ~BILLY COLLINS, a former United States and New York State poet laureate, on the proliferation of the official wordsmiths. Quotation of the Day for …

Celeb birthdays for July 29, 2014

Actor Professor Irwin Corey (“Car Wash”) is 100. Actor Robert Horton (“Wagon Train”) is 90. Actor Robert Fuller (“Laramie,” ”Emergency!”) is 81. Actor David Warner (“Titanic”) is 73. Keyboardist Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon is 68. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee of Rush is 61. Documentary maker Ken Burns is 61. TV …

Once a niche, local foods becoming big business

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along …