• Today’s Toons 8/3/15

    Today’s Toons 8/3/15

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  • ‘Failed stars’ host powerful auroral displays

    Related images(click to enlarge) Brown dwarfs are relatively cool, dim objects that are difficult to detect and hard to classify. They are too massive to be planets, yet possess some planetlike characteristics; they are too...
  • More than 100 killed in India floods

    More than 100 killed in India floods

    A cyclone struck the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people in flood-related incidents Heavy monsoon rains in India have killed more than 100 people in the past week and forced tens of thousands of...
  • SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much. There are 14 new coordinators – seven...

Headline News

  • Raging Northern California wildfires prompt evacuations; thousands of homes still threatened


    LOWER LAKE, Calif. –  Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires Monday, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said. Wildfires were also burning in Washington and Oregon as the West Coast suffered from the effects of drought and summer heat. The largest California wildfire was raging in the Lower Lake area north of San Francisco. It nearly tripled in size over the weekend to 84 square miles. The fire has destroyed 24 homes and 26 outbuildings and was threatening 6,300 homes, many of them ranches scattered in rural areas ranging from grasslands to steep hills, officials said. Officials have ordered 12,000 people to evacuate homes, the Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1Ie4toA ). Several roads have been closed. Fire officials “are calling the behavior of this fire unprecedented,” state fire spokesman Jason Shanley told the newspaper. “It is jaw-dropping to see …

    August 3, 2015 3:09 am
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Politics

  • Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum


    WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidates will test their messages in New Hampshire on Monday, with the exception of Donald Trump, in a pivotal week on the 2016 campaign trail that will be dominated by their first head-to-head debate on Thursday. Fourteen of the 17 candidates are to face off in Manchester, N.H., for the Voters Issues Forum, a two-hour event at Saint Anselm College in which each candidate will be asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw. Most of the leaders in the Republican field are to participate, including Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, but not poll leader Trump, who declared he would not attend in outrage over an editorial published by the Union Leader, the Manchester newspaper that is one of the sponsors of the event. Others not planning to attend are former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who just jumped into the race last …

    August 3, 2015 12:08 am
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Stocks

  • AT&T launches first TV-phone plan after DirecTV deal


    ATT, fresh off its completed acquisition of DirecTV, is already flexing its muscles as a combined company. ATT announced a new TV and wireless phone service on Monday, an important first step that will help integrate the satellite TV firm, and possibly attract new customers who want to pay a single bill for all their entertainment content and data. The offer promises users nationwide the ability to watch their favorite TV shows anytime — on a TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. It costs $200 a month for the first year, and includes HD and DVR service for up to four TVs, unlimited talk and text on up to four phones and 10GB of shareable wireless data. The package is the first of many that are expected to make use of the ATT’s combined TV, phone and Internet services. “Today is the first of many planned moves to enable our customers to enjoy a premium entertainment …

    August 3, 2015 2:49 am
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Sports

  • SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators


    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much. There are 14 new coordinators – seven on each side of the ball – in the Southeastern Conference. That includes Vanderbilt coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and the number creates extra homework for staffs around the league leading up to the season. Head coaches aren’t the only ones making huge bucks either, considering the seven-figure salaries of new defensive coordinators Will Muschamp (Auburn) and John Chavis (Texas AM). The offseason study of new coordinators involves trying ”to figure out how much they will impact their particular program that they’re representing, and that’s always challenging,” Saban said. ”You can pretty much assume that they’re going to do their whole scheme, and you’re going to see a lot of the same things,” he said. ”But I think we continue to …

    August 3, 2015 3:09 am
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World News

  • More than 100 killed in India floods


    A cyclone struck the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people in flood-related incidents Heavy monsoon rains in India have killed more than 100 people in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps, India’s home ministry has said. A cyclone struck the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people in flood-related incidents. More than 200,000 people have moved to relief camps. India regularly witnesses severe floods during the monsoon season. In Myanmar (also known as Burma), floods have left at least 27 dead. Wind and rain from Cyclone Komen added to damage in India in recent days. Nearly four million people in 10,000 villages have been affected by the floods in the worst-affected Indian state of West Bengal, the home ministry said. At least 20 people were killed after a landslip in the north-eastern state of Manipur buried a while village Some four million people living …

    August 3, 2015 3:10 am
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Technology

  • AT&T launches first DirecTV bundle: $200 for TV, wireless for four


    ATT is offering the first nationwide bundle of services. CNET/Marguerite Reardon Well, ATT didn’t waste any time. Fresh off of closing its acquisition of DirecTV last month, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier unveiled its first bundle of mobile and television services. The company is offering four wireless accounts with 10GB of sharable data and television service with high-definition video and digital video recording capabilities for four televisions for a promotional rate of $200 a month for the first year. The bundle will launch on August 10. It marks the first time a company has been able to offer a bundle of wireless and television services throughout the nation, a move made possible with the combination of ATT’s wireless assets with DirecTV’s nationwide satellite TV service. It also comes at a time when other providers are looking to augment their services, from Cablevision’s $10 wireless service to Verizon Wireless aiming to launch a mobile video service. …

    August 3, 2015 12:28 am
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Science

  • ‘Failed stars’ host powerful auroral displays


    Related images(click to enlarge) Brown dwarfs are relatively cool, dim objects that are difficult to detect and hard to classify. They are too massive to be planets, yet possess some planetlike characteristics; they are too small to sustain hydrogen fusion reactions at their cores, a defining characteristic of stars, yet they have starlike attributes. By observing a brown dwarf 20 light-years away using both radio and optical telescopes, a team led by Gregg Hallinan, assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech, has found another feature that makes these so-called failed stars more like supersized planets–they host powerful auroras near their magnetic poles. The findings appear in the July 30 issue of the journal Nature. “We’re finding that brown dwarfs are not like small stars in terms of their magnetic activity; they’re like giant planets with hugely powerful auroras,” says Hallinan. “If you were able to stand on the surface of the brown dwarf we observed–something you …

    August 3, 2015 3:30 am
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Health

  • New cocktails to test limits of cancer drug pricing


    LONDON New cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider fresh market strategies. The growing reluctance of governments and private insurers to fund very expensive drugs – even remarkably effective ones – points to a showdown as manufacturers mix and match therapies that harness the immune system to fight tumors. Several companies acknowledge discounts will be needed when drugs costing more than $100,000 each are combined. That could give firms with multiple products in-house an edge over those having to negotiate pricing arrangements with partners. Dozens of new cancer combinations will be launched over the next few years, with ones for lung cancer, melanoma and other solid tumors taking off strongly after 2018, drug company pipelines suggest. Pricey immunotherapies, offering long-lasting responses, are already starting to change practice, as doctors use so-called checkpoint inhibitors like …

    August 2, 2015 11:48 pm
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Entertainment

  • We’re Still Pondering The Meaning Of The First Zoolander 2 Trailer


    Posted on Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 9:25am PDT       By X17 Staff We’ve been waiting a really, really ridiculously long time for some news on this sequel! After a leaked version hit the web over the weekend, Paramount has finally released the first official teaser for Zoolander 2. Much to our dismay, the trailer didn’t exactly deliver (read: it’s about as clever as Derek himself), but we still have high hopes for this comedy. Returning cast members include Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor, and they’ll be joined by Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, among others. Given how many celebs made cameos in the first flick, we’d imagine there are plenty more that we don’t even know about! Zoolander 2 hits theaters on February 12, 2016. We can’t wait!   Stories from around the Web

    August 2, 2015 7:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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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
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