Headline News

  • State of emergency declared in California after week of rain


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — After the wettest period since 2010 in some areas of the state, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is requested federal assistance Monday for a healthy portion of his state, which is dealing with flooding, overflowing creeks and damaged roads. Brown declared a state of emergency in 50 of California’s 58 counties on Monday, to request immediate help from the Federal Highway Administration and Office of Emergency Services to help counties start clearing and repairing damage caused by flooding, mudslides, erosion and debris on roads and highways. “It’s been a heck of a few days,” Dan Gregoria, a forecaster at the National Weather Service, told the San Diego Union Tribune. “We’ve had everything from falling trees to creeks overrunning their banks. This has had a big impact on Southern California.” In San Diego County, flooding from the Santa Margarita River and overflowing creeks throughout the region have caused significant flooding, making some roads …

    January 24, 2017 2:45 am
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Politics

  • Minnesota governor collapses while addressing legislators


    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapsed on Monday while delivering his state-of-the-state address to legislators in St. Paul, but aides said afterward that Dayton quickly recovered from what they described as a fainting spell and returned home. A video clip from official statehouse footage posted on YouTube showed the 69-year-old, silver-haired governor pausing to take a sip of water, then slurring his words as he tried to resume his address before slumping at the lectern. He appeared to hit his forehead on the lectern as he lost his footing and aides rushed to grab him. Gasps rose from the assembly hall and someone was heard saying, “Get him to the ground, get him to the ground, please.” Lawmakers immediately adjourned the session while Dayton, a member of the Democratic-affiliated Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, was attended to. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said Dayton appeared to be seated upright and aware some moments afterward. The episode came about …

    January 24, 2017 1:25 am
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Stocks

  • Can Costco Be Threatened By Amazon’s New Prime Visa Card?


    Costco’s ( COST ) membership based warehouse model has been going strong despite e-commerce companies offering several conveniences for grocery shopping. Its loyal customers still prefer to visit its warehouse-like stores with their shopping lists and buy groceries and other home supplies in bulk. Costco has been slow in its e-commerce initiatives but the company does not seem to be overly concerned about this. Costco prefers its customers to visit its warehouses, since they are likely to spend more in a physical visit than online. However, Amazon now appears to be taking Costco head on by launching a new credit card which gives its Prime customers an additional 5% discount on all purchases on its platform. This is a Visa card that can be used by customers everywhere and earn discounts in both restaurants and gas stations as well. Amazon has more than 60 million Prime members and it is luring them through these discounts to shop more …

    January 23, 2017 11:28 am
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Sports

  • Terrence Jones, Pelicans overcome pitiful loss by beating Cavaliers


    2:06 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NEW ORLEANS — Even as his numbers climbed past season highs and toward what he said was “probably” the best game of his NBA career, and even after setting the interwebs into a tizzy after stonewalling LeBron James on a crucial crunch-time possession, Terrence Jones couldn’t shake a sense of unease. “I just kept looking at the clock, hoping that we got the win,” Jones said. “I did not want to have 36 [points] and lose, man.” The New Orleans Pelicans put up a season-best 70 points in the first half on the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers without Anthony Davis, their All-Star wunderkind who leads the team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and so much more. Terrence Jones had three blocked shots on Monday night, including this swat of LeBron James’ layup attempt in the fourth quarter. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports But it’s …

    January 24, 2017 1:25 am
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World News

  • New Gambia president expected back in country by next week


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — After days of negotiations to convince his predecessor to leave, Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, appointed a vice president Monday as troops secured the nation’s capital ahead of his arrival. Soldiers from several African countries, who entered Gambia to help push outgoing President Yahya Jammeh into exile, are preparing the presidential villa for Barrow to move in Saturday night, more than a week after he was sworn in. In the meantime, Barrow appointed Fatoumata Tambajang, a former minister of health, as his vice president. Tambajang has spent several years serving in the Gambian government focused on children and health issues, and raised eyebrows when she said recently she wanted to prosecute Jammeh for his crimes against the country during the more than 20 years he ruled the country after taking it over in a military coup in 1994. Barrow took the oath of office last Thursday at the Gambian Embassy in …

    January 24, 2017 1:25 am
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Technology

  • Machine Vision Helps Spot New Drug Treatments


    “By combining robotics and machine vision, we can work at large scale on hundreds of diseases simultaneously, using a small number of people,” says Gibson, who is CEO and cofounder of the 40-person startup Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Recursion uses software to read out the results of high-throughput screening, which automates drug testing in cells. That isn’t a new idea, but Recursion uses algorithms that inspect cells at an unusual level of detail. The software measures a thousand features of a cell, such as the size and shape of its nucleus or the distance between different internal compartments. In the company’s labs in Salt Lake City, automated microscopes feed image recognition software that scrutinizes hundreds of thousands of images each week of human cells modified to model genetic diseases. They’re watching for signs that one of the more than 2,000 compounds Recursion is testing on sick cells can make them look more like healthy ones. Recursion says …

    January 24, 2017 1:05 am
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Science

  • Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes


    Lining up: water molecules within a carbon nanotube The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to a new technique for studying confined water molecules – which is crucial to various branches of science, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. The study could lead to better ways of delivering drugs in the body and even boost our understanding of quantum mechanics. SWCNTs are hollow hair-like structures with walls that are one atom thick. Normally they are closed at both ends, but sometimes the ends can be open and Sofie Cambré of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and colleagues have previously shown that open SWCNTs rapidly fill with …

    January 24, 2017 12:45 am
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Health

  • Exercise Rates Often Decline After Cancer Diagnosis


    MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Exercise can help cancer patients cope with their treatment, but as many as 75 percent reduce their physical activity after diagnosis, a new study finds. Getting motivated to exercise can be difficult when faced with a serious illness. And along with the fatigue and pain associated with cancer treatment, many patients may give up exercising, the study authors said. “We have about 25 million cancer survivors in the United States, and there is mounting evidence that suggests that physical activity and exercise improve many outcomes in patients with cancer,” said lead researcher Dr. Jun Mao. He’s chief of integrative medicine service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. These outcomes include a better quality of life and physical function and, potentially, survival, he noted. Many patients feel that being sick and receiving chemotherapy are reasons not to exercise, Mao said. “Patients say: ‘I’m going to …

    January 24, 2017 12:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Nina Dobrev celebrates birthday at ‘La La Land’-themed party


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Nina Dobrev celebrated her 28th birthday at a La La Land-themed party over the weekend. The Vampire Diaries alum rang in the occasion with professional dancers Derek and Julianne Hough, actors Aaron Paul and Glen Powell, and other friends at a bowling alley Saturday in Los Angeles. Dobrev and her guests wore classic, Old Hollywood-inspired outfits as a nod to La La Land. Derek and Julianne Hough went all out by dressing up as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone‘s characters from the movie. “La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent. @ninadobrev Birthday!!! #goldenage #family #talent,” Derek captioned a photo of himself and Julianne on Instagram. “City of stars #lalaland #ninasthemedbirthdayparty #brotherfromthesamemother #yellowlexi,” Julianne added on her own account. La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent . @ninadobrev Birthday !!! #goldenage #family #talent #ilikemyhat #move #beyond #weAreAboutToLightAmericaUp #motionEqualsEmotion #IWonAtBowling #iactuallylost #legends #ofLosingAtBowling …

    January 24, 2017 2:05 am
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Editorial

  • Cal Thomas: Here’s Donald Trump’s best chance to unite our country


    President Donald Trump’s inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy (“The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”), or Ronald Reagan’s critique of government (“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”), or even Barack Obama’s in 2009 (“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord”), but the speech set out large goals, many details of which are yet to be revealed. That’s okay, though, because in the words of President Obama in his first inaugural address: “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply.” The ground has not only shifted …

    January 24, 2017 1:05 am
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Odd News

  • Napping bat found clinging to bottle of sauce in South Africa


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A South African woman shared video of a bat she found taking a nap while clinging to a bottle of sauce in her kitchen. Simone Fick shared a video filmed in the kitchen of her Postmasburg home Jan. 7 when she made a surprising discovery on a bottle of sauce. Fick carefully removes the Steers sauce bottle from the sink, revealing a bat clinging to the bottle. “Now we know, bats like Steers,” a woman’s voice says in the video. Fick said the bat slept on the bottle for the rest of the day before flying away. Related Stories: Trump Africa memo implies skepticism about U.S. policy, spending Report: China bans charter flights to South Korea amid conflict over THAAD

    January 24, 2017 1:05 am
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