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  • U.S. admits its 10,000th Syrian refugee

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s goal of the United States taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year was reached on Monday, the White House said. The Obama administration’s objective was to reach the refugee goal by the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. Despite the topic being a controversial one in politics at the moment, the president’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice defended the accomplishment. “While refugee admissions are only a small part of our broader humanitarian efforts in Syria and the region, the President understood the important message this decision would send, not just to the Syrian people but to the broader international community,” Rice said in a statement. “Millions have been displaced by the violence in the region, but this decision still represented a six-fold increase from the prior year, and was a meaningful step that we hope to build upon.” Rice also praised …

    August 29, 2016 9:10 pm


  • California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case

    LOS ANGELES California lawmakers, responding to outrage over the six-month jail term given to a former Stanford University swimmer after his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, passed legislation on Monday closing a loophole that allowed the sentence. The bill now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval. He has not indicated whether he will sign it into law. The measure was introduced in response to the sentence given to 20-year-old Brock Turner by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in June, which was widely condemned as too lenient. Prosecutors had asked that Turner be given six years in state prison. He is scheduled to be released on Friday from jail in Northern California. “Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that,” Democratic Assemblyman Bill Dodd, a co-author of the legislation, said in a written statement following its passage. Turner …

    August 29, 2016 8:50 pm


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Understanding key points of judge’s written order in Jason Pierre Paul’s case vs. ESPN

    Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke denied ESPN and Adam Schefter’s motion to dismiss New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s invasion of privacy lawsuit through a bench ruling. A bench ruling refers to an order that a judge reads aloud in court without providing, at that time, an accompanying written order. We analyzed the bench ruling, which centers on the legal fallout of Schefter tweeting a photo of a medical chart of Pierre-Paul losing a finger from a fireworks accident. We also detailed what the bench order could mean for investigative reporting in general. On Monday, Judge Cooke released her written order, which contains several noteworthy passages. As a starting point, the written order indicates that ESPN and Schefter scored a minor legal victory. Judge Cooke has dismissed Count I of Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit, which asserted that Schefter obtaining and tweeting Pierre-Paul’s medical chart violated Florida Statute § 456.057. This statute governs the duties …

    August 29, 2016 9:10 pm

World News

  • U.S., China, to discuss North Korea provocations ahead of G20 meeting

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The United States and China are expected to meet to discuss North Korea‘s nuclear provocations a day before the G20 meeting. Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security advisor, said Monday more pressure needs to be applied to North Korea, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. The meeting, to be held this Saturday in China, is to cover topics including climate change, the Iran nuclear deal and joint concerns regarding the Korean peninsula, according to the White House. Rhodes also said China has been working together with the United States to further exert political and economic pressure on North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Beijing’s relations with Pyongyang have deteriorated since Kim fully assumed power, and the North Korean leader has yet to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On Monday Rhodes did not rule out U.S. dialogue with North Korea, but only on the condition the country take sincere …

    August 29, 2016 9:30 pm


  • Feel the rhythm

    Image copyright SubPac Image caption Choreographer Chris Fonseca (left) uses SubPac tech to help hearing-impaired people dance As choreographer Chris Fonseca teaches me a dance routine, the beat of the music is pumping through me. But not through my ears. I’m wearing a SubPac, which is strapped on to my back and allows me to feel the beat of the music as it thumps through my body. Chris is trying to replicate what it would feel like if, like him, I were deaf. And this is his aim – to give the opportunity for deaf dancers in his classes to feel the music so they can learn his choreography with ease. “Dance classes are always so fast-paced, and without being able to hear the music you end up just being out of time,” says Chris. The SubPac, which is widely used in the music world to help music producers feel the music without damaging their …

    August 29, 2016 9:10 pm


  • Hunt for ninth planet reveals new extremely distant solar system objects

    Related images(click to enlarge) In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our Solar System, Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from the Sun in our Solar System. Sheppard and Trujillo have now submitted their latest discoveries to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center for official designations. A paper about the discoveries has also been accepted to The Astronomical Journal. The more objects that are found at extreme distances, the better the chance of constraining the location of the ninth planet that Sheppard and Trujillo first predicted to exist far beyond Pluto (itself no longer classified as a planet) in 2014. The placement and orbits of small, so-called extreme trans-Neptunian objects, can help narrow down the size and distance from the Sun of the predicted ninth planet, because that planet’s gravity influences the movements of the smaller objects that are …

    August 29, 2016 8:10 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Nick Jonas supports Joe Jonas at 2016 MTV VMAs

    NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Nick Jonas showed his support for brother Joe Jonas at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The 23-year-old singer, who performed his song “Bacon” during the ceremony, discussed his relationship with his 27-year-old sibling in an interview with E! News on the red carpet. “I think it’s really rare that two people from the same band are able to break off, do their own things and have success in their own right, so I feel really fortunate,” Nick said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations about just the unique position that we’re in, and it’s kind of bizarre to be able to share this after all we’ve shared together,” he added. Nick, Joe and their brother Kevin Jonas performed as the pop group Jonas Brothers from 2005 to 2013. Nick has since pursued a solo career, while Joe performs with his band DNCE. “It’s incredible,” Nick said …

    August 29, 2016 8:50 pm


  • Amb. Danny Danon: Ten years later — how to avert the next conflict in Lebanon

    Israel is justifiably skeptical when it comes to the United Nations. In 2015 alone there were twenty two resolutions passed against us in the General Assembly and numerous Security Council meetings to discuss what are referred to as “the situation in the Middle East.” All this took place, while a multitude of crises continued to unfold in the Middle East and around the world. Nevertheless, when the Second Lebanon War ended in August 2006, Israel welcomed Security Council resolution 1701 which led to the ceasefire, and the enhanced role it established for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  Now, ten years later and with UNIFIL’s mandate under review by the Security Council, it’s time to admit that the resolution and force have not done enough. Despite the tense calm that exists on our northern border, Hezbollah is stronger than ever with its arsenal spread throughout Lebanon acting as fuel that can ignite the …

    August 29, 2016 7:50 pm

Odd News

  • Peru’s president says local people do not get his ‘English humor’

    LIMA After upsetting lawmakers and a senior church leader with comments that have triggered chuckles and raised eyebrows, Peru’s new president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has observed that Peruvians do not get his “English humor”. Kuczynski, a 77-year-old former investment banker who studied in Britain in the 1950s, took office in Peru in July. The most recent example of his unusual style occurred last week when a judge issued an order that said public health centers could distribute the emergency contraceptive pill, a matter of contention in the Catholic country. When his minister for health, Patricia Garcia, said the decision would be challenged by the government, he said straight-faced, “First you better ask the Cardinal”. And in Puno near the Bolivian border, a place known for large markets selling black market goods, he said he “wasn’t worried about a bit of smuggling”. While the comments may seem fairly innocuous, they have generated controversy in the conservative …

    August 29, 2016 8:30 pm