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  • Texas mother fatally shoots 2 daughters; police kill her

    FULSHEAR, Texas –  Police say a Houston-area woman fatally shot her two adult daughters before officers shot and killed her. The incident happened about 5 p.m. Friday in front of a home on the fringe of the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls says a motive was still under investigation, but it appeared the shootingclimaxed a family argument. Nehls says the two younger women had already been shot when a Fulshear police officer arrived and saw the mother with a gun in her hand, apparently preparing to shoot one of her daughters again. The officer shot and killed the woman. No identities have been released.

    June 24, 2016 11:41 pm


  • Republican ex-Treasury chief Paulson slams Trump, to vote for Clinton

    WASHINGTON Henry Paulson, a Republican who was U.S. Treasury secretary during the 2008 financial meltdown, on Friday called a Donald Trump presidency “unthinkable” and said he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Paulson joins a growing list of establishment Republicans who say they will not cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 election for Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee and a political neophyte whose populist rhetoric runs counter to many long-held Republican principles. “When it comes to the presidency, I will not vote for Donald Trump,” Paulson, who was chief executive of Goldman Sachs before becoming Treasury chief under Republican President George W. Bush, wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. “I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton, with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world,” he said. Paulson accused Trump, who has touted his business …

    June 24, 2016 10:40 pm


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Jackson claims split decision in Bellator return

    12:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment For a fighter who just turned 38 and hadn’t fought in over a year, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson came out of Bellator 157 on Friday with the most important thing possible: a victory. As his catchweight bout against Satoshi Ishii kept going, Jackson got better and he hung on to claim a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. But it was nowhere near a vintage showing from the former UFC light heavyweight champion. “Ring rust is a real thing,” said Jackson, who last fought in April 2015 in the UFC. “[Ishii] stayed close so I couldn’t knock him out. Lord knows I was trying.” Ishii, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in judo for Japan, used his skills early in the fight to secure multiple trip takedowns. However, Ishii was never able to take advantage of the position by landing any serious …

    June 25, 2016 12:00 am

World News

  • China making progress in launch vehicle technology

    HONG KONG, June 24 (UPI) — China has completed development on a “super rocket” which could be used for the purposes of manned lunar exploration by 2031. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology stated on Saturday, local time, the new rocket can be used for manned lunar exploration, unmanned explorations of Mars, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, local time. “If all goes to plan, the first launch could be achieved within 15 years,” CALT said in its statement. China is also preparing another launch that could take place as early as this Saturday, Space Flight Insider reported Friday. Long March-7 carrier rocket is transferred vertically to the launch pad in Wenchang, S #China‘s Hainan Province, Thu pic.twitter.com/mTh3sp5SdU — People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) June 24, 2016 The Long March-7 rocket, the latest among China’s fleet of launch vehicles, is to be sent into orbit from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, located on the tropical island of …

    June 24, 2016 9:40 pm


  • Antisemitism watchdog adds (((echo))) symbol to hate list after Jews targeted

    US antisemitism watchdog, the Anti-Defamation League, has added the “(((echo)))” symbol, used online by white supremacists to single out Jews, to its online database of hate symbols. The group’s decision comes days after Google removed a Chrome extension that was being used by antisemites to add triple parentheses around the names of prominent Jewish public figures including Michael Bloomberg and New York Times journalist Jonathan Weisman. “The echo symbol is the online equivalent of tagging a building with antisemites graffiti or taunting someone verbally,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s chief executive. “We at ADL take this manifestation of online hate seriously, and that’s why we’re adding this symbol to our database and working with our partners in the tech industry to investigate this phenomenon more deeply.” The intersection of old-fashioned white supremacy and antisemitism with tech-savvy online groups centred around websites such as 4chan and Reddit has given rise to a movement loosely termed the “alt-right”. …

    June 24, 2016 11:00 pm


  • Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common!

    Related images(click to enlarge) The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, demonstrate that all these skin appendages are homologous: they share a common ancestry. On the basis of new analyses of embryonic development, the Swiss biologists evidenced molecular and micro-anatomical signatures that are identical between hairs, feathers and scales at their early developmental stages. These new observations, published today in Science Advances, indicate that the three structures evolved from their common reptilian ancestor. Mammalian hairs and avian feathers develop from a similar primordial structure called a ‘placode’: a local thickening of the epidermis with columnar cells that reduce their rate of proliferation and express very specific genes. This observation has puzzled evolutionary and developmental biologists for many years because birds and mammals are not sister groups: …

    June 24, 2016 9:59 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Taylor Swift, Tom Hiddleston enjoy date in Nashville

    NASHVILLE, June 24 (UPI) — Taylor Swift and new beau Tom Hiddleston stepped out together Thursday in Nashville. The 26-year-old American singer and 35-year-old British actor enjoyed a dinner date with friends at the restaurant Adele’s. The couple were spotted holding hands as they arrived at the establishment. “Tom held the inside door open for Taylor and put his arm around her waist as they walked up to the hostess station,” a source told Us Weekly. “They looked like they were having an amazing time.” “They looked adorable [during dinner]. No one bothered them,” the insider added. “Tom also had his arm around Taylor as they exited. He seemed very protective of her.” Swift, who owns a house in Nashville, ate lunch with her parents, Scott and Andrea Swift, at Epice restaurant earlier in the day. E! News reported the singer introduced Hiddleston to her mom and dad afterward. Swift and Hiddleston were first linked …

    June 24, 2016 11:20 pm


  • Greg Palkot: Trump, Brexit, and a straight whiskey

    TURNBERRY, Scotland –  Timing is everything.  What sounded like an ill-fated trip to a foreign business enterprise turned into a perfect foreign policy photo op for Donald Trump.  He stood on the shimmering southwest Scottish coast, launched his refurbed Turnberry golf course, and praised the just announced results of the UK referendum on the the European Union.   “People want to take their country back,” Trump declared, “They want to have independence.” It was a bit more complicated than that.  But the question was that simple, yes or no, stay in the EU or leave.  The Brits chose leave.  And everyone was shocked.    The anchors and analysts on British TV began to see it coming a bit after midnight.  Others woke up the next morning and were (in their words) “gob-smacked.” All day the country reeled.  The stock market sank. The Pound weakened.  And Prime Minister Cameron took one for the team, announcing his resignation. Up …

    June 24, 2016 9:40 pm

Odd News

  • Sparkler lights bride’s hair on fire at Tennessee wedding

    MUNFORD, Tenn., June 24 (UPI) — A Tennessee wedding took an unexpected turn when a sparkler held by a guest caused the bride’s hair to burst into flames. The video, filmed at a wedding in Munford, Tenn., shows the bride and groom exiting the ceremony under a canopy of sparklers held over their heads by wedding guests. The bride passes too close to one of the fireworks and ends up with the back of her head in flames. The flames are extinguished and the happy couple try their exit again — this time making sure to tell guests to hold the sparklers high up in the air.

    June 24, 2016 10:20 pm