Headline News

  • Detroit boy, three, fatally shot by 11-year-old brother: report

    A 3-year-old Detroit boy was fatally shot by his 11-year-old brother on Monday afternoon while the two played with a gun in their backyard, The Detroit News reported. The two were inside a car in the yard when the shot was fired, the newspaper said, citing Detroit police. Detroit Police Officer Nicole Kirkwood confirmed to Reuters that a 3-year-old was shot in the head by an 11-year-old in a vehicle, but could not provide the younger child’s condition or their relationship. No names were released, and no other information was immediately available. The Detroit News noted that two others were killed in the city in recent months while someone played with a gun – a 14-year-old boy fatally shot a 14-year-old girl in January, and a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in December. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski)

    August 3, 2015 5:13 pm


  • Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report

    WASHINGTON In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report. In all, analysts in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons – or J/TIP, as it’s known within the U.S. government — disagreed with U.S. diplomatic bureaus on ratings for 17 countries, the sources said. …

    August 3, 2015 4:12 pm


  • Here’s why women feel cold in the office

    How pervasive is bias against women in the workplace? Well, it’s literally in the air. That’s one takeaway from a new study by two European researchers. Most modern offices use climate control systems based on the metabolic rate of an average 40-year-old man who weighs 155 pounds. That may have described a typical worker in the 1960s, when this standard was first adopted, but does not anymore. “We found that the standards globally — at least for the metabolic rate — are based on an average male,” researcher Boris Kingma told CNNMoney. Kingma and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, both of whom are at the University of Maastricht Medical Center in the Netherlands, published their research Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The two believe temperature standards should be set according to the “body composition” of the people in a particular building or office. That will create the ideal environment for most of the people. …

    August 3, 2015 5:13 pm


  • Bills offensive line coach Kromer joins team at camp

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has rejoined the team in time for its night practice at training camp, coach Rex Ryan says. Ryan made the announcement shortly before the Bills took the field Monday evening, their fourth day of camp in suburban Rochester. On Sunday, the Bills suspended Kromer without pay for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Kromer was charged in Florida with a count of battery for causing bodily harm last month. He allegedly confronted two boys for using his beach chairs, pushing one to the ground and punching him in the face. Prosecutors dropped the charge on Friday. Kromer’s suspension begins Sept. 7, six days before Buffalo opens the season against Indianapolis. — AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    August 3, 2015 5:13 pm

World News

  • Gunmen wound key Burundi activist

    Mr Mbonimpa’s work over the years for prisoners and others has won international acclaim A prominent Burundi human rights activist has been shot and seriously wounded by gunmen on motorbikes, his family and witnesses say. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was attacked in the capital, Bujumbura. He was a stern critic of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid for a third term in office. On Sunday presidential aide Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed in an attack on his car in Bujumbura. He was in charge of the president’s personal security. Burundi has suffered serious unrest since President Nkurunziza’s decision in April to seek a third term in office. Opponents argued this contravened the constitution and there was a failed coup attempt in May. A presidential election was then held last month which Mr Nkurunziza won, but which was boycotted by the opposition. Bikers with guns A relative of Mr Mbonimpa told the Reuters news agency that the activist …

    August 3, 2015 5:13 pm


  • Cybersecurity bill could ‘sweep away’ internet users’ privacy, agency warns

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with “appropriate Federal entities”, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in July; deputy secretary of the department Alejandro Mayorkas responded today that some provisions of the bill “could sweep away important privacy protections” and “raises privacy and civil liberties concerns”. Much of the attention on Cisa has been directed at companies such as Google, Facebook and Comcast, which have large troves of internet user behavior. But …

    August 3, 2015 4:33 pm


  • Light-emitting diode sole-source lighting effective in bedding plant seedling production

    Related images(click to enlarge) In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In northern latitudes, though, the average greenhouse photosynthetic DLI can fall far short of optimal levels, resulting in delayed production and poor quality plants. Roberto Lopez and Wesley Randall, researchers at the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University, published a study in the May 2015 issue of HortScience in which they compared the quality of bedding plant seedlings grown under sole-source LEDs and supplemental lighting from LEDs and high-pressure sodium lamps. “Due to their small size, wavelength specificity, high light output, and relatively low heat output, LEDs have been used in environmental chambers …

    August 3, 2015 7:31 am


  • Planned Parenthood fight over fetal tissue research hits U.S. Congress

    WASHINGTON Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women’s healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, reinvigorating America’s debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up. The Republican defunding push follows the recent release of hidden-camera videos by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, attacking Planned Parenthood for providing fetal tissue to researchers. Planned Parenthood has hundreds of family planning and reproductive health centers nationwide. It gets up to $500 million per year in Medicaid contributions, and up to $60 million in federal funds for family planning services. U.S. law tightly restricts applying federal funds to abortions. Millions of women, many young and single, rely on Planned Parenthood for healthcare beyond abortions and family planning, including breast and cervical …

    August 3, 2015 3:53 pm


  • Kim Kardashian Flaunts Her Pregnancy Curves When She Jets Off To New Orleans

    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 12:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff Looks like Kim Kardashian’s preferred maternity attire is skintight beige ensembles — obviously! Kimbo wore a deep plunging beige tank, bodycon skirt and caramel leather jacket as she caught a flight to New Orleans out of LAX on Monday. The reality star, who is five months pregnant and known for wearing figure-hugging ensembles even when she has a bun in the oven, is really showing these days! Yesterday, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shocked us all when she wore a supertight ensemble with pair of … flats! On Sunday, the pregnant star slipped her feet into a pair of Alaia pom pom flats in nude, which she paired with a sleeveless cotton, beige midi dress and Haider Ackermann trench and her black Hermes “Birkin” bag. We were surprised to see the brunette in the sandals since we rarely see here in anything other …

    August 3, 2015 5:13 pm


  • Guardian of Israel? Schumer wrestles with legacy, too, as Iran deal decision looms

    Back in the 1982, the Jewish community of Philadelphia held an Israel Bonds fundraiser at a suburban country club.  After dinner, the master of ceremonies, a local doctor, rose and held up a small book. “I was rummaging through my attic the other day and found this,” he said.  “It’s the Philadelphia Jewish Community yearbook of 1916.  Al Stein, (OR SOME SUCH NAME), where are you?” A middle-aged fellow raised his hand. “Al, 1916, your grandfather, Max Stein, contributed two dollars and eleven cents to the community. Schumer knows perfectly well that the Iran deal poses a threat to the security of the State of Israel. A titter ran through the prosperous audience. “Harry Gottleib?  Where are you?” “Right here.” “Your grandfather Hymie donated ninety seven cents.” “He got off easy,” said Gottleib, eliciting a laugh. The doctor shook his head. “Just think back to how poor our parents and grandparents were. Immigrants with nothing.  …

    August 3, 2015 2:52 pm

Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol

    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am