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  • $750K is a bittersweet reward for 2 North Carolina brothers wrongly imprisoned 30 years

    RALEIGH, N.C. –  Receiving $750,000 apiece for wrongful imprisonment is a bittersweet reward for two North Carolina brothers who suffered an emotional and physical toll from their three decades of incarceration. Henry McCollum says he’s happy to be free and the money will help him and his family. But his brother, Leon Brown, is struggling from his time behind bars. Brown is hospitalized because of severe mental illness that his family attributes to his wrongful imprisonment in the killing of an 11-year-old girl. He was unable to attend the hearing Wednesday when the state awarded them compensation. “I’m happy one can go on,” said sister Geraldine Brown, who’s been sharing her house with the men. “But I’m living a life where the other can’t go on.” McCollum, 51, wore a gray suit and brought a framed copy of his pardon to hear a state official rule that each man could receive the maximum payout under …

    September 3, 2015 5:00 am


  • First U.S. President to enter Arctic Circle

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Kotzebue School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Kotzebue, Alaska. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. Obama’s visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, was designed to snap the country to attention by illustrating the ways warmer temperatures have already threatened entire communities and ways of life in Alaska. He said, despite progress in reducing greenhouse gases, the planet is already warming and the U.S. isn’t doing enough to stop it. “I’ve been trying to make the rest of the country more aware of a changing climate, but you’re already living it,” Obama told a crowd of more than 1,000 in this rough-and-tumble town on Alaska’s western coast. As he closed …

    September 3, 2015 3:20 am


  • Fox News anchor sues toy company over ‘demeaning plastic rodent’ doll

    A Fox News anchor is suing toy company Hasbro (HAS) for millions after she said it appropriated her name and her likeness for its “Littlest Pet Shop” product line. Harris Faulkner filed the suit in U.S District Court Monday over the toy line’s “Harris Faulkner Hamster” doll. “Hasbro’s false suggestion that Faulkner endorsed its product directly impugns Faulkner’s journalistic integrity, by suggesting that she has entered into a business relationship with the company (when she has not) and that she has lent her good name to a demeaning plastic rodent (when she did not),” the lawsuit said. The suit said the toy resembled her in complexion, shape of its eyes and design of its eye makeup. Faulkner, 49, was also concerned by the warning on the toy’s packaging that indicates the doll is a choking hazard. Related: Sarah Palin was ‘tremendous’ as host on Fox News challenger, boss says “Faulkner is extremely distressed that her …

    September 3, 2015 4:20 am


  • Report: Ohio State QB Jones taken to hospital for headache

    Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones was taken to the hospital because of a headache, his mother told The Toledo Blade. Florence Jones told the newspaper her son was taken to an emergency room in Columbus, Ohio, and that he should be fine. Jones is competing with J.T. Barrett to be the top-ranked Buckeyes’ starter when they open the season Monday night at Virginia Tech. Jones took over as Ohio State’s starter last year after J.T. Barrett broke his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. Jones helped the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game and Alabama and Oregon in the College Football Playoff to win the national title. Ohio State had not yet confirmed that Jones was hospitalized.

    September 3, 2015 5:01 am

World News

  • Ugandan bodies flown home from Somalia

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Ugandans constitute the largest contingent in the African Union force in Somalia The bodies of 10 Ugandan soldiers killed in Somalia by militant Islamist group al-Shabab are being flown home, an army spokesman has said. The attack was a “game changer”, and al-Shabab should expect an “appropriate response”, Paddy Ankunda added. Twelve Ugandan soldiers were killed in Tuesday’s raid on an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia. Al-Shabab said it had killed 70 AU troops. Ugandan troops are part of a 22,000-strong AU force battling the militants. In the Ugandan army’s first comment on the raid, Col Ankunda said in a tweet: “We will not relent in our efforts to help in the pacification of Somalia despite the attack.” Image copyright AFP Image caption Uganda is a major contributor to the AU force in Somalia He did not give details of the other two Ugandan soldiers who were killed. …

    September 3, 2015 5:21 am


  • Could Slack’s Slackbot herald the era of virtual colleagues?

    Virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence are a staple of popular culture, from HAL 9000 in the Space Odyssey series to Samantha in 2013 film Her. But these assistants are no longer science fiction. There’s Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Now and the recently-unveiled Facebook M. Plus, there’s Slackbot, the “assistant, notepad and programmable bot” whose potential is one reason workplace communications startup Slack is valued at $2.8bn by investors. Slack started as an internal tool for Tiny Speck, the games company launched by Stewart Butterfield, who’d previously co-founded photo-sharing service Flickr before selling it to Yahoo. Tiny Speck’s first game, Glitch, wasn’t a hit, but the internet messaging software used by its developers had potential. One pivot and $340m of funding later, Slack is the talk of the technology industry, with more than 1.1 million people using its apps and website to message their colleagues, as well as its resident chatbot. Slackbot is first …

    September 3, 2015 3:40 am


  • Short sleepers are 4 times more likely to catch a cold

    A new study led by a UC San Francisco sleep researcher supports what parents have been saying for centuries: to avoid getting sick, be sure to get enough sleep. The team, which included researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, found that people who sleep six hours a night or less are four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, compared to those who spend more than seven hours a night in slumber land. This is the first study to use objective sleep measures to connect people’s natural sleep habits and their risk of getting sick, according to Aric Prather, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and lead author of the study. The findings add to the growing evidence of the importance of sleep for our health, he said. “Short sleep was more important than any other factor in predicting subjects’ likelihood of catching cold,” …

    September 3, 2015 2:40 am


  • Novartis makes history with U.S. launch of ‘biosimilar’ drug

    ZURICH/LONDON Novartis kicked off a new era in U.S. medicine on Thursday with the launch of the first “biosimilar” copy of a biotechnology drug approved in the United States, following a green light from a U.S. appeals court. Novartis unit Sandoz said Zarxio, its form of Amgen’s white blood cell-boosting product Neupogen, would increase access to an important treatment by offering a “high-quality, more affordable version”. U.S. biotech group Amgen had tried to stop the sale of Zarxio, also known as filgrastim-sndz, but the Washington-based appeals court rejected its attempt to block the launch. The potential for copycats to take business from original biotech drug brands is increasingly grabbing investors’ attention, although uncertainties remain as to how quickly so-called biosimilars will win business. Biosimilars have been on the market in Europe since 2006. However, the U.S. regulatory pathway for biosimilars, which are made in living cells and can never be exact replicas of originals, was …

    September 3, 2015 3:00 am


  • Britney Spears Plays It Cool After Telling Crowd At Vegas Concert “Men Can Suck My F***ing Toe”

    Posted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Britney Spears was all smiles when X17 photographers snapped her photo on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but last week it was a completely different story! Britney was onstage in Las Vegas performing at her residency gig, and she pranced around onstage and said, “Look how beautiful the girls are! Men, frankly, can suck my f*cking toe.” Wait, what?!! In June Brit Brit broke up with somewhat steady boyfriend Charlie Ebersol, but we also have to wonder if this might have something to do with the pop star being unhappy about performing in Sin City. Her contract expires on December 31, and she recently told E! News that’s she’s not sure if she’ll renew it. “I haven’t made up my mind,” she said. “I really love doing the show. It’s a lot, a lot of fun but I’m kind of torn right now. I don’t really …

    September 3, 2015 3:20 am


  • Church in hot water over football field baptism

    Asking a Baptist preacher to baptize is like asking Colonel Sanders if he wants a bucket of chicken. Somebody’s going to get dunked. So when a football coach in Villa Rica, Georgia asked to be baptized on the high school football field – the local First Baptist Church obliged. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives!   At the end of the school day somebody hauled out an old feeding trough, plopped it in the end zone near the field house and filled it with water. A crowd of about 75 folks, black and white, young and old, gathered in the sweltering August heat to watch the coach take the Baptist plunge. An outward symbol of being washed anew. Perhaps inspired by their coach’s public display of his faith, some of the players also asked to be baptized. One by one the teenage boys stepped into the trough – as …

    September 3, 2015 2:00 am

Odd News

  • Australian sheep is unofficially the world’s woolliest

    SYDNEY Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world’s woolliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra on Wednesday and was said to be struggling to walk under the weight of his coat. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of RSPCA ACT, the Canberra division of the animal charity, estimated Chris had more than five years of wool on him and likely little contact with humans. The 40.2 kilos of wool removed from Chris mean that he was unofficially the carrier of the world’s heaviest fleece, possibly shattering the current record set by New Zealand sheep Big Ben, found to be carrying nearly 29 kilograms of wool in 2014. Big Ben dethroned fellow Kiwi, Shrek, who gained national celebrity in his home nation, meeting then Prime Minister Helen Clark …

    September 3, 2015 3:00 am