• Second Bangkok bombing suspect held

    Second Bangkok bombing suspect held

    A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, the Thai prime minister has revealed. The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, east...
  • IMF: Global markets should brace for China slowdown

    IMF: Global markets should brace for China slowdown

    There’s no doubt about it: China’s slowdown is going to have an impact beyond its borders. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is telling developing countries to prepare now, and warning global...
  • Transplant Surgeons Revive Hearts After Death

    Transplant Surgeons Revive Hearts After Death

    A donated heart beats outside the body while being supplied with blood and oxygen. Transplant surgeons have started using a device that allows them to “reanimate” hearts from people who have recently died, and use...
  • Today’s Toons 9/1/15

    Today’s Toons 9/1/15

    Click below for Tony’s toons: Click for related video: Click below for video: Click below for related story: This Thread Brought To You By The Letter P: In Case You Missed It Dept.: FBI hires...
  • Clinton friend advised on U.S. politics, foreign policy

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama’s White House despite holding no...
  • Giants acquire OF De Aza in trade with Red Sox

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games...

Headline News

  • Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. It’s a move that has long been urged by Arctic advocates inside and outside the administration as the nation prepares for more shipping, mining and drilling in the region. But the vessels are valued at about $1 billion each, and the U.S. Congress would need to agree to pay for the expansion. Obama will say that the government should buy a heavy icebreaker by 2020 – a year when routine Arctic marine transit is expected – instead of the previous goal of 2022. He also will propose to start planning for additional icebreakers. The White House said move is required for safety in the changing Arctic – and to keep up with Russia. …

    September 1, 2015 4:05 am
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Politics

  • Clinton friend advised on U.S. politics, foreign policy


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama’s White House despite holding no formal government position. The State Department released emails on Monday that showed adviser Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton exhaustive memos on domestic issues, taking a more active role in advising her than was previously known. He urged her to speak out against Tea Party conservatives and encouraged her to get the White House to “rein in” a key Obama aide who had upset him, Her close links to Blumenthal, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, could rebound on the former first lady as she runs for the Democratic nomination for the November 2016 presidential election. She is under pressure for using a private email account instead of a government one when she served as America’s top diplomat from 2009-2013. Political …

    September 1, 2015 3:04 am
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Stocks

  • IMF: Global markets should brace for China slowdown


    There’s no doubt about it: China’s slowdown is going to have an impact beyond its borders. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is telling developing countries to prepare now, and warning global growth will be weaker than the IMF forecast just two months ago. “As the Chinese economy is adjusting to a new growth model, growth is slowing — but not sharply, and not unexpectedly,” Lagarde said Tuesday in Indonesia, according to prepared remarks. “Other emerging economies, including Indonesia, need to be vigilant to handle potential spillovers from China’s slowdown and tightening of global financial conditions.” China’s economy has grown by more than 10% annually for most of the past three decades, but is now entering a period of slower growth. A raft of disappointing economic statistics has experts worried — and that comes on top of recent stock market turmoil and a surprise devaluation of the yuan. China isn’t buying as …

    September 1, 2015 4:04 am
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Sports

  • Spurrier takes shot at Meyer, Ohio State over weak nonconference foes


    21 Sept 2003: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Washington Redskins during the Skins’ 24-21 loss to the New York Giants at Fedex Field in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Bob Leverone/Sporting News/Icon SMI The Florida Gators have won three national championships in football. On Monday, the coach who won the first one took a shot at the guy who won the other two … and then one more last season. Speaking on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on ESPN Radio on Monday, current South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier talked the upcoming SEC football season. And before long, the 70-year-old Spurrier tried score some points with the SEC faithful by letting reigning national champion Ohio State have it over its schedule. “Every now and then when I listen in to your show, I know the SEC fans are a little upset at Ohio State’s schedule and rightfully so to tell you the truth,” Spurrier said. “But that’s …

    September 1, 2015 4:05 am
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World News

  • Second Bangkok bombing suspect held


    A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, the Thai prime minister has revealed. The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia, Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters. “He is a main suspect and a foreigner,” he was quoted as saying. A foreign man was arrested in Bangkok last week over the blast at Erawan Shrine which killed 20 people. Bomb-making materials and 10 passports were found at the apartment in Nong Jok on the outskirts of Bangkok, police said. But he may not be the prime suspect – seen on security camera leaving a backpack at the crowded shrine shortly before the bombing on 17 August.

    September 1, 2015 4:05 am
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Technology

  • Transplant Surgeons Revive Hearts After Death


    A donated heart beats outside the body while being supplied with blood and oxygen. Transplant surgeons have started using a device that allows them to “reanimate” hearts from people who have recently died, and use the organs to save others.  The “heart in a box” is a wheeled cart with an oxygen supply, a sterile chamber, and tubing to clamp onto a donor heart and keep it fed with blood and nutrients. Doctors say it may extend the time a heart can last outside the body and is letting them recover hearts from donors who haven’t been eligible before. In at least 15 cases, surgeons in the United Kingdom and Australia say they have used the system to successfully transplant hearts removed from patients after they’ve died. Typically, heart transplants only come from brain-dead donors whose hearts are cut away while their bodies are still healthy. The $250,000 device was developed by Transmedics, an Andover, …

    September 1, 2015 3:24 am
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Science

  • Grey Swans: Rare but predictable storms could pose big hazards


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Princeton and MIT have used computer models to show that severe tropical cyclones could hit a number of coastal cities worldwide that are widely seen as unthreatened by such powerful storms. The researchers call these potentially devastating storms Grey Swans in comparison with the term Black Swan, which has come to mean truly unpredicted events that have a major impact. Grey Swans are highly unlikely, the researchers said, but they can be predicted with a degree of confidence. “We are considering extreme cases,” said Ning Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton. “These are relevant for policy making and planning, especially for critical infrastructure and nuclear power plants.” In an article published Aug. 31 in Nature Climate Change, Lin and her coauthor Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined potential storm hazards for three cities: Tampa, Fla.; Cairns, …

    September 1, 2015 2:24 am
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Health

  • Valeant gets right to develop AstraZeneca’s psoriasis drug


    Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) (VRX.N) is buying rights to AstraZeneca Plc’s (AZN.L) late-stage experimental psoriasis drug brodalumab after it was dropped by Amgen Inc (AMGN.O) in May. Amgen pulled out of the project because suicidal thoughts were observed in some patients taking the medicine, casting a shadow over its prospects. Valeant said on Tuesday it would make an upfront payment of $100 million to AstraZeneca, and additional pre-launch milestone payments of up to $170 million and sales-related milestone payments of up to $175 million following the launch. Regulatory submissions in the United States and Europe for brodalumab in moderate-to-severe psoriasis are planned for the fourth quarter of 2015. The arrangement excludes Japan and certain other Asian countries where rights to the drug are held by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co (4151.T). Brodalumab belongs to a class of drugs called IL-17 inhibitors that work by blocking a signaling pathway that plays a key role in …

    September 1, 2015 2:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner And Tyga Party Are Attached At The Hip At The Republic Records VMAs After Party


    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 8:07am PDT       By X17 Staff Kylie Jenner and Tyga are so in loooove! The 18-year-old reality star and her main man were all about each other when they attended Republic Records’ VMAs after party last night in West Hollywood, CA. For the spicy soiree, Kylie, who changed her hair back to black, wore a sexy black bandage dress and nude sandals. Tyga looked like he was ready to shoot some hoots in a t-shirt shorts and athletic shoes. The rapper was clearly ready to get his party on — he was carrying a bottle of Hennessy into the party! Someone looks like he’s pre-gaming pretty hard! Looks like someone is pulling Kanye West’s 2008 VMAs move! Meanwhile, Tyga just came out with a new music video starring his teenaged lady love called … wait for it … “Stimulated.” Gag. Some of the oh-so-sweet lyrics include, “I’m at the bank, I’m …

    September 1, 2015 2:04 am
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Editorial

  • Migrant crisis: Is there anything you can do?


    Two thousand four hundred ninety-eight persons died or went missing this year in the Mediterranean, trying to reach Europe without authorization. No country alone can possibly address such a challenge. But no country is entitled to exempt itself, and coordination is crucial. Refugees and displaced persons are too often someone else’s problem. They need to become a shared global responsibility–if our most pressing concern is indeed curbing refugee deaths. At sea, and in the back of a truck, the contradictions of our age keep resurfacing, demanding rational deliberation rather than patchy procrastination. There are no coincidences, when it comes to global migration. The majority of people crossing the Mediterranean (mostly from Libya to Italy and Turkey to Greece) are leaving behind the certainty of war and of daily oppression. They are survivors who envision reuniting with family members, healing their children, pursuing jobs and education. Some intend to send remittances back home. Others do not …

    September 1, 2015 1:44 am
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Odd News

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it


    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said, according to Parashak. Tang, a bartender at the airport, had not played the lottery in about a decade before using the found money to buy two tickets, Parashak said. Tang said he did not yet have plans for the money, but joked that he might use it to place $20 bills in random …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm
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