Headline News

  • Los Angeles approves sweeping earthquake building-safety rules

    LOS ANGELES Los Angeles on Friday approved safety standards that will require earthquake retrofits at thousands of apartment buildings and establish the nation’s toughest rules for structurally weak concrete buildings. The rules will apply to 13,500 wood-frame buildings with so-called soft first-stories, which often consist of thin pillars supporting upper floors in an area where tenants park, and 1,500 so-called brittle concrete buildings, which lack the ability to waver or bend in a temblor, the mayor’s office said. Many soft first-story buildings are rent-stabilized, which prompted concerns that any damage to the residences would wipe out Los Angeles’ already limited affordable-housing stock. San Francisco and a few other California cities have instituted rules for soft first-story buildings. But the Los Angeles ordinance, which passed the City Council by a unanimous vote on Friday and was quickly signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, marks the first time a U.S. city has mandated retrofits of brittle concrete buildings, …

    October 9, 2015 9:51 pm


  • Clinton’s support slides ahead of first Democratic debate

    Just days before she will take the stage in the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton’s lead over rival Bernie Sanders has narrowed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Clinton’s support among Democratic voters fell 10 points within less than a week. From October 4 to October 9, Clinton saw her support tumble from 51 percent of Democratic support to just 41 percent. Her nearest competitors, Vermont Senator Sanders and Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden, who has yet to decide whether he will run, both made gains. Support for Sanders jumped from just over 24 percent to 28 percent, and Biden rose from 16 percent to a even 20 percent in the same time period. This is not the first time that Clinton’s support has taken a steep nosedive. Just last month, Sanders edged within eight points of the former secretary of state — Clinton at 39 percent; Sanders at 31. Clinton, who was the …

    October 9, 2015 10:30 pm


  • Elon Musk says, ‘Yo, I don’t hate Apple’

    Elon Musk Elon Musk tried to clear the air with Apple on Friday night — sort of. There’s some concern Apple is poaching engineers at his company, Tesla (TSLA), to build an Apple car. Musk recently bashed Apple as a “Tesla graveyard,” saying that it’s merely hiring the engineers his company has fired. Then on Friday, Musk sent out a small peace offering on Twitter. “Yo, I don’t hate Apple,” he tweeted, “It’s a great company with a lot of talented people. I love their products and I’m glad they’re doing an EV.” Yo, I don’t hate Apple. It’s a great company with a lot of talented people. I love their products and I’m glad they’re doing an EV. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2015 But here’s the thing. EV stands for “electric vehicle.” Apple (AAPL, Tech30) hasn’t confirmed the numerous rumors that it’s working on a high-tech car. There’s a mountain of clues, …

    October 9, 2015 8:50 pm


  • Title contenders eyeing win at Charlotte to ease pressure

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Expect the intensity to pick up a tick in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended last year with mild-mannered Matt Kenseth jumping Brad Keselowski, who had already drawn the ire of Denny Hamlin. Why will drivers be more amped than usual Saturday night? Because a win will earn a championship contender an automatic berth into the third round and relieve the pressure for ominous races at Kansas and Talladega. ”I think if you can win in a first round situation, you can definitely put yourself in a position to get those guys on the team that mental break that they’re going to need just because of the detail and things that it takes on a weekly basis when you have to run all three weeks at that level,” reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick said. More from FoxSports Harvick had a …

    October 9, 2015 9:31 pm

World News

  • Thatcher was urged to soften image

    Image copyright PA Image caption Margaret Thatcher shied away from words like “compassion” and “caring” Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was urged to soften her image, newly released personal documents reveal. The warning came in a memo from chief press secretary Bernard Ingham setting out her strengths and weaknesses. Other papers from 1985 contain reports of a Commons “scuffle” between Labour MP Robert Kilroy-Silk and future party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Plans to exclude Mrs Thatcher from the unveiling of a Falklands War memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral also feature. The Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust is in charge of the gradual release of her private files. ‘Dominant person’ Mr Ingham’s five-page memo to Mrs Thatcher states that she had gained a reputation among the public of being “hectoring, strident and bossy”. On the positive side he described her as a “decisive, strong-minded person” and “someone who is clearly going to be very hard to beat”. “In …

    October 9, 2015 9:51 pm


  • Twitter looks to cut jobs and regain momentum – report

    Twitter is planning company-wide layoffs next week, technology news website Re/code reported on Friday. The news comes after Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent chief executive on Monday. It is unclear how many of Twitter’s staff will be laid off, but it is likely that it will affect most departments, Re/code said, citing company insiders. The company employs about 4,100 people in more than 35 offices around the world, according to its website. Twitter shares fell 3.1% to $29.90 in extended trading on Friday. The company is working to rekindle growth after its latest quarterly results in July revealed the slowest rise in monthly average users since it went public in 2013 – a performance that Dorsey at the time called “unacceptable”. Twitter’s layoffs come at the same time as it restructures its engineering organisation to make it more efficient, Re/code reported. It is likely that many of the people affected by the layoffs will be …

    October 9, 2015 6:49 pm


  • Tiny ancient fossil from Spain shows birds flew over the heads of dinosaurs

    Related images(click to enlarge) Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: The earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is today southern Germany. However, whether these early birds were capable of flying — and if so, how well — has remained shrouded in scientific controversy. A new discovery published in the journal Scientific Reports documents the intricate arrangement of the muscles and ligaments that controlled the main feathers of the wing of an ancient bird, supporting the notion that at least some of the most ancient birds performed aerodynamic feats in a fashion similar to those of many living birds. An international team of Spanish paleontologists and NHM’s Director of the Dinosaur Institute, Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, studied the exceptionally preserved wing of a 125-million-year-old bird from central Spain. Beyond the bones preserved in the fossil, the tiny wing of this ancient bird reveals details of a complex network …

    October 9, 2015 9:30 pm


  • California to enact comprehensive medical marijuana regulations

    Sacramento, Calif., and Los Angeles California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state’s first comprehensive regulations of medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled a wild west of disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug. The package of three laws, viewed by some as a possible framework for the eventual legalization of recreational marijuana in the most populous U.S. state, would establish a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and regulate such activities as cultivation and dispensary licensing. The bills, which take effect in 2018, “establish a long-overdue comprehensive regulatory framework for the production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana,” Brown, a Democrat, said in a signing statement on Friday. “This new structure will make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system.” The bills regulate the cultivation of marijuana, which now frequently takes place on hidden gray …

    October 9, 2015 10:10 pm


  • Yolanda Foster Reveals Her Children Bella And Anwar Hadid Are Also Battling Lyme Disease

    Posted on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 7:20am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance This poor family! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster has been bravely battling Lyme disease for several years, and at last night’s Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City, she revealed that her daughter Bella and son Anwar are also struggling with the autoimmune disorder. “When my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were also diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” the reality star told the crowd. “This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so …

    October 9, 2015 7:10 pm


  • Paul Ryan: The perfect choice for speaker of the House

    I’ve known Paul Ryan for a few years, every since we sat next to each other by chance on a plane from Washington to Wisconsin. I was traveling on business, and he was going home for the weekend. The whole country was debating ObamaCare at the time, and we spoke in detail about health care in America and what I’d observed in the nation’s health care market. I’ve always believed that a deep understanding of finances is a prerequisite for leadership, especially in a time of economic turmoil, and I quickly became impressed with Paul’s knowledge of tax law and budgets. He spoke expertly about things that even many people in the industry don’t understand. He knew the challenges employers were facing and what needed to be done about them. There are few people in the House of Representatives who can command the respect they need to bring together legislators who are so dramatically polarized, …

    October 9, 2015 8:50 pm

Odd News

  • New England man offers to ship autumn foliage for $19.99

    BOSTON People who want to see New England’s colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-colored vegetation straight to your door for $19.99. Kyle Waring, of Somerville, Massachusetts, set up the website shipfoliage.com earlier this year and began sending his first packages of hand-picked leaves to U.S. customers this week. “I’ve hit over 200 sales so far,” he said. Waring came up with the idea while contemplating “seasonal monetization opportunities” with his wife. They settled on leaves, he said, because “fall in New England is especially gorgeous and really strikes an emotional chord.” It is not Waring’s first foray into seasonal offerings. Last winter, he shipped snow from Boston’s record snowfall for $89, using the website ShipSnowYo.com. He said he received requests for 718 pounds (326 kg) of snow from around the United States. According to shipfoliage.com, Kyle offers …

    October 9, 2015 5:49 pm