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  • Explosion hurts workers at Williams natgas facility in Louisiana

    Williams Cos Inc said an explosion and fire injured workers Thursday morning at a natural gas facility owned by Williams Partners’ Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co (Transco) in Gibson, Louisiana. The facility was offline for planned scheduled maintenance at the time of the incident and gas was not flowing through the pipeline system when the explosion occurred, the company said in a statement. Service to customers was not interrupted, the company said. The company said the pipeline did not rupture. Personnel were performing maintenance on a piece of equipment in the station yard called a “slug catcher” which is used to collect hydrocarbons. Four contractors who were performing the maintenance are being treated for injuries by local emergency response personnel. The severity of those injuries cannot be confirmed at this time. The 13 Williams employees stationed at the facility have been accounted for and were not injured, the company said. “We are deeply saddened by reports …

    October 8, 2015 2:24 pm


  • Clinton proposes breaking up too-big banks, monitoring shadow-banking system

    WASHINGTON Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed on Thursday breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and more oversight of the shadow-banking system as she continued to roll out a sweeping plan to rein in what she calls Wall Street “abuses.” In a nod to Democratic Party liberals who have been urging Clinton to take an aggressive posture toward Wall Street, her campaign said she would push to enhance provisions in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to give regulators the “explicit statutory authorization” to break up too big, too risky banks. Clinton would also pursue additional oversight of the “shadow-banking” sector by imposing additional margin and collateral requirements on risky short-term borrowing; reviewing recent regulatory changes to the money market fund industry for possible holes; creating new reporting requirements for hedge funds and private equity firms; and strengthening the authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. (Reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Will Dunham)

    October 8, 2015 2:24 pm


  • Ben Carson wants guns in class. Do teachers agree?

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson thinks we should arm teachers. But what do the teachers think? Several days after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Carson told USA Today that if he had a kid in kindergarten, he’d feel better knowing someone at the school was armed. “If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t,” Carson said. So, I decided to talk to the people at the heart of the issue — the teachers. Starting with my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Robison. “My first thought is if I had to protect my kids from such a travesty, a gun would be welcome in that moment,” Robison said. “But in reality, guns make me so nervous. I’m not sure I could really shoot someone, and under stress and being panicked I’m not sure …

    October 8, 2015 2:44 pm


  • Dolphins fire defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has been fired by new interim coach Dan Campbell. The move came after the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday and promoted tight ends coach Campbell. Coyle was widely criticized for the decline of the defense since he joined the Dolphins in 2012. They gave up 317 points that season, followed by 335 and 373, and after four games they’re on pace to allow 404 this season. More from FoxSports Miami (1-3) ranks last in the NFL in rushing defense at 160.5 yards per game, and last with one sack despite the offseason addition of $114 million tackle Ndamukong Suh. During his introductory news conference, Campbell said the defense needed to become more aggressive. — AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

    October 8, 2015 2:24 pm

World News

  • US woman shoots at fleeing shoplifters

    Image copyright ABC Image caption Police said no one was hurt in the shooting outside the Home Depot store Police in Michigan are weighing whether to file charges against a woman who shot at a pair of shoplifting suspects. Pursued by security guards, a suspect ran from the Home Depot hardware store to a sport-utility vehicle driven by an accomplice outside. The woman fired several shots with a 9mm handgun at the vehicle as it drove away, the Detroit Free Press reported. The suspects escaped on Tuesday with $1,000 (£652) worth of merchandise. Police said the 48-year-old woman had a license to carry a concealed weapon and has cooperated with the officers. She was released pending an investigation. No injuries were reported outside the store in Auburn Hills, Michigan, about 35 miles (56km) north of Detroit. However, police said a bullet may have hit the rear tire of the get-away vehicle. The woman could face …

    October 8, 2015 2:04 pm


  • Playmobil says ‘racist’ toy is meant to be a pirate who is a former slave

    Ida Lockett’s picture of the Playmobil figurine that she said was racist posted on the Playmobil Facebook page. Photograph: Playmobil Facebook page The Playmobil toy company has claimed a dark-skinned figure wearing a neck shackle was meant to “represent a pirate who was a former slave in a historical context” after a mother complained that it was racist. Ida Lockett of Sacramento, California, was horrified when she saw the instructions to her five-year-old son’s Playmobil pirate ship, which she said showed a slave with a neckpiece that looked similar to a slave collar. Ida Lockett’s post on Facebook showing her five-year old-son with his birthday present, which she said contained a ‘racist’ figurine. Photograph: Facebook post of Ida Lockett The character, appearing to be dark-skinned, with black hair, no shoes and tattered pants, came with instructions to put a grey choker-like piece around its neck. “This right here was found on his neck,” Lockett said. …

    October 8, 2015 2:44 pm


  • Why elephants rarely get cancer

    Related images(click to enlarge) Why elephants rarely get cancer is a mystery that has stumped scientists for decades. A study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and Arizona State University, and including researchers from the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, may have found the answer. According to the results, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and determined over the course of several years and a unique collaboration between HCI, Primary Children’s Hospital, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, elephants have 38 additional modified copies (alleles) of a gene that encodes p53, a well-defined tumor suppressor, as compared to humans, who have only two. Further, elephants may have a more robust mechanism for killing damaged cells that are at risk for becoming cancerous. In isolated elephant cells, this activity is doubled compared to healthy human cells, and five …

    October 8, 2015 1:23 pm


  • Perceived discrimination linked to smoking and poor diet

    (Reuters Health) – Feeling like the target of discrimination may increase a person’s odds of harmful behaviors like smoking, eating fatty foods and getting less sleep, a study of African-Americans suggests. Researchers examined the connection between discrimination and these unhealthy habits among almost 5,000 African-American residents of the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area. “We conducted this particular analysis to understand the extent to which multiple measures of perceived discrimination were associated with types of behaviors that are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease in African-Americans,” lead study author Mario Sims, a researcher with the Jackson Heart Study and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said by email. The new study found that higher levels of everyday discrimination were associated with more smoking, higher fat consumption and less sleep in both men and women. Higher levels of lifetime discrimination were linked to more smoking in women, more fat consumption in men and less …

    October 8, 2015 2:03 pm


  • Taylor Swift Sexes It Up On Her First-Ever Cover Of GQ

    Posted on Thu Oct 8th, 2015 11:42am PDT       By X17 Staff Taylor Swift is having a big first — her first cover of men’s magazine, GQ. The 25-year-old singer’s cover for the upcoming November issue was just revealed and hot damn does she look good! Wearing a James Perse tank dress that only costs $85, the superstar gave the camera a sultry look with her big blue eyes. The cover, shot by Michael Thompson, features the stunner’s black bikini peeking out, with beachy hair. Along with the sexy snaps, the mag features an article written by American author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. “If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously,” he wrote. “There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist. It’s as if mid-period Garth Brooks was also early Liz Phair, minus the …

    October 8, 2015 3:03 pm


  • Heartland fury as university renovates chapel to accommodate Muslims

    A decision to make a university’s chapel “faith neutral” to accommodate Muslim students has created great angst in the nation’s Heartland after critics were accused of being Islamophobic. Last May, Wichita State University ordered workers to remove all the pews and an altar inside the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel. The pews were ripped from the floor and replaced with portable chairs to make room for Muslim prayer rugs. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a must-read for conservatives!  “Under the terms of Mrs. Harvey D. Grace’s gift to the university in her will, ‘This chapel will be open to all creeds and to all races of people,’” WSU President John Bardo said in a statement. “Our goal should be exactly what Mrs. Grace set out to do in her gift, to have an all faiths chapel that is welcoming to all religious groups on campus.” This is what the Islamic transformation of …

    October 8, 2015 12:43 pm

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm