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  • California utility ‘temporarily controls’ leaking gas flow

    Southern California Gas Co said on Thursday it has temporarily controlled the flow of natural gas spewing from a ruptured underground pipeline that forced the relocation of thousands of residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood. The company, a unit of Sempra Energy, said in a statement that while this was a “positive development,” more work needed to be done before the leak would be permanently sealed. It said cement needs to be injected from a relief well into the leaking well, which is slated to occur in the coming days. Following that, state regulators would have to verify that the leak has been sealed before it will be declared over, the company said. That process is expected to take several more days. “We have temporarily controlled the natural gas flow from the leaking well and begun the process of sealing the well and permanently stopping the leak,” Jimmie Cho, SoCalGas senior vice president of gas …

    February 11, 2016 4:51 pm


  • Obama to nominate acting Education Secretary King to fill post permanently

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will officially nominate acting Education Secretary John B. King to fill the post permanently, he said in a statement on Thursday, urging the Senate to quickly confirm King for the job. King has been the acting secretary since the beginning of the year, after Arne Duncan stepped down from the post. The White House had said in January that it was unclear whether the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress would confirm King in the year remaining in Obama’s presidency. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    February 11, 2016 4:50 pm


  • Richard Branson picks Extreme Tech Challenge startup winner

    Eric Dy, co-founder and CEO of Bloom Technologies, accepting his award from Richard Branson after winning the Extreme Tech Challenge contest. Eric Dy is reeling from one of his most memorable experiences as an entrepreneur. Late Wednesday, Dy stood before Richard Branson for seven minutes and pitched his startup Bloom Technologies in the final round of the Extreme Tech Challenge contest. The San Francisco-based firm has developed a wearable sensor tied to an app that allows expectant moms track their pregnancy, such as frequency, duration, and intensity of contractions. Bloom Technologies was one of three finalists that traveled to Necker Island, Branson’s private Caribbean island, and pitch their business directly to the titan. Dy’s presentation landed Bloom Technologies the big win. “It was a very long evening but a terrific one for us,” said Dy, the company’s co-founder and CEO. Dy, 36, was the last to present, but the Caribbean island setting helped to calm …

    February 11, 2016 3:30 pm


  • England star Anderson ‘honoured’ by OBE

    Image copyright PA Image caption James Anderson was made an OBE for services to cricket England cricket star James Anderson – England’s leading Test wicket-taker – has been awarded his OBE medal by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. The Lancashire fast bowler overtook Sir Ian Botham’s milestone of 383 wickets last year to become England’s most prolific bowler of all time. The Burnley-born 33-year-old said becoming the nation’s record Test wicket-taker was yet to sink in. Anderson said he “felt very fortunate to have made a career out of cricket.” He added: “Obviously I’ve played for England for over 10 years and to be recognised for that is really special for me and a huge honour for myself and my family.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anderson is England’s most prolific bowler of all time and most recently featured in the Test series victory in South Africa The Lancastrian has now amassed …

    February 11, 2016 4:51 pm

World News

  • Ayrault is new French foreign minister

    Image copyright AP Image caption Jean-Marc Ayrault (centre) returns to government, replacing Laurent Fabius (at left) French President Francois Hollande has named Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new foreign minister. He succeeds Laurent Fabius, 69, who announced on Wednesday he was stepping down as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Mr Ayrault is, like Mr Fabius, a former prime minister, leading the government from 2012-14. The leader of the Greens, Emmanuelle Cosse, has been named housing minister, and two other Green politicians have been given junior posts. Segolene Royal – a former presidential candidate and Mr Hollande’s ex-partner – has been given an expanded portfolio, becoming minister for environment, energy and the oceans, the Elysee Palace said. Mr Fabius was seen as the architect of an interventionist foreign policy that saw French troops battle militants in Mali and take part in coalition air strikes against the so-called Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq in recent years. …

    February 11, 2016 4:50 pm


  • Fruit and veg goes digital in South America

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Colombia’s Bogota, most groceries are still bought from markets and small shops A Colombian start-up with no former experience in retail is aiming to shake up the way people buy groceries online. Tech firm Grability has developed Rappi, a smartphone app that aims to makes shopping as easy as swiping your finger across a screen. Instead of laboriously wading through long written lists of food items, shoppers swipe through images of supermarket shelves and touch pictorial representations of each food item they want to buy. Grability has applied for a patent – pending in the US – for this swiping process, but it also handles the back-end platform that integrates the app with retailers’ systems. When the shopping is done and the order placed, a delivery person, which the company calls a “rappitendero”, selects the items from the stores and delivers them to the customer. Faster shopping A …

    February 11, 2016 5:12 pm


  • LIG, including the MSU scientists, announced a record of gravitational waves

    The case was the first announced recording of space-time oscillations — gravitational waves, reaching the Earth after a catastrophe that happened far in the Universe. That confirms a significant prediction made in the special theory of relativity made by Albert Einstein 1916 and enables a brand-newunprecedented understanding of space. “The scientific importance of that fact is immeasurable. Just as it was with electromagnetic waves, we will be able to realize its full meaning later,” says Valery Mitrofanov, the director of LIGO’s Moscow team. “LIGO Scientific Collaboration started in 1992, the time particularly difficult for our country, but Russia joined the project thanks to Vladimir Braginskiy, one of the pioneers in gravitational waves researching in the world. I would like to stress his merit of creation a school at the MSU Faculty of Physics, able to produce scientists that could participate in LIGO project and contribute significantly to the job of its large team. We hope …

    February 11, 2016 3:50 pm


  • Textile workers at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis

    (Reuters Health) – Breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Malaysian study suggests. While smoking is a known risk factor for this disease, the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger rheumatoid arthritis in some people, the researchers note in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to rheumatoid arthritis in individuals with genetic risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. While more research is needed to prove whether textile dust directly causes rheumatoid arthritis, the findings suggest factory workers might benefit from respiratory protections that prevent or minimize inhalation of this pollutant, Bengtsson added by …

    February 11, 2016 4:30 pm


  • Justin Bieber On Not Wanting To Hurt Hailey Baldwin: She Might Be “The Girl I’m Gonna Marry”

    Posted on Thu Feb 11th, 2016 11:40am PDT       By X17 Staff He’s like the guy who claims he cheats because he just loves you too much! Justin Bieber is continuing to open up about the nature of his relationship with Hailey Baldwin, and he has a really round about way of explaining why he refuses to be exclusive with her. “I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end. Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility. I know that in the past I’ve hurt people and said things that I didn’t mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being …

    February 11, 2016 4:50 pm


  • Love is… Your thoughts on Valentine’s Day

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    February 11, 2016 3:09 pm

Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution

    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am