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  • Police block area of San Francisco amid reports of armed man

    SAN FRANCISCO –  Police in San Francisco have blocked off traffic around Civic Center and United Nations Plaza after receiving reports of a man who might be armed. KGO-TV said Saturday that pedestrians and motorists are being asked to leave the area amid reports of a man holding up something that may be a weapon. The television station says police are attempting to communicate with the man.

    September 24, 2016 4:45 pm


  • Netanyahu to meet Clinton and Trump during U.S. visit: sources

    JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently visiting the United States, will separately meet U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday, campaign sources and Israeli officials said. The meetings will take place a day before Clinton and Trump face off in a first presidential debate but no details of where or when the meetings will take place were immediately available. Netanyahu traveled to the United States this week to address the U.N. General Assembly and met U.S. President Barack Obama and a number of other world leaders. Earlier this week, Clinton met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who also addressed the U.N. General Assembly. Trump also met Sisi. (Additional reporting by Emily Flitter in New York, Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Alison Williams)

    September 24, 2016 5:25 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


  • Ex-Baylor president Starr says ‘grave injustice’ done to Art Briles

    Former Baylor president Ken Starr defended former Baylor coach Art Briles on Saturday, after both lost their jobs earlier this year amid a widespread sexual assault scandal, according to ESPN. Starr called Briles an “honorable man who conducted an honorable program,” and went on to further praise him. Multiple women reported sexual assaults involving multiple Baylor players over the past few years, with the school and football program failing to respond. Briles was fired in May after an investigation. “Briles has devoted his life to molding the lives of young men,” Starr said. “A grave injustice was done to Art Briles. Coach Briles has been calumnied…it’s completely unfair. “I have great confidence to this day in Coach Briles. I believe he’s an honorable person.” Starr added that he disagreed with the results of the investigation into the school, conducted by law firm Pepper Hamilton. Starr was demoted as Baylor president and chancellor and later resigned. Briles …

    September 24, 2016 4:45 pm

World News

  • Jeremy Corbyn re-elected U.K. Labor party leader

    LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as the leader of the U.K.’s labor party after a convincing defeat over opponent Owen Smith. Corbyn won 61.8 percent of the vote over Smith’s 38.2 percent and won the majority over Smith in every category winning support from 59 percent of voting members, 70 percent of registered supporters and 60 percent of affiliated supporters, according to The Guardian. Corbyn’s re-election followed the resignation of dozens of shadow cabinet members after the European Union referendum and tension with Labor members of Parliament who backed a motion of no confidence in him. Following his victory Corbyn urged people to “respect the democratic choice that has been made” and turn their focus toward “exposing and defeating the Tories,” according to the BBC. “We have much more in common than divides us,” he said of Smith and other members of the Labor party. “Let us wipe that slate clean …

    September 24, 2016 2:44 pm


  • Twitter shares soar almost 20% on takeover talk

    Image copyright JONATHAN ALCORN Shares in Twitter jumped more than 20% after a report said the home of the 140-character tweet had received takeover approaches. Twitter, which has been the subject of takeover rumours before, is getting closer to a sale, according to the US business news channel CNBC. Potential suitors include Google and Salesforce.com, the report said. Twitter’s board of directors is open to a deal, which could come by the end of the year, according to CNBC. Last month Twitter shares jumped after comments from co-founder Ev Williams. When asked on Bloomberg TV whether the company could remain independent he replied: “We’re in a strong position now, and as a board member we have to consider the right options.” .news-vj-spw-wrapper{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;right:0;bottom:0} ]]> The $26bn purchase of the social network LinkedIn by Microsoft has helped to stoke speculation about the future of Twitter. The company’s flagging performance has also spurred talk of a takeover. Twitter …

    September 24, 2016 5:25 pm


  • Trees recognize roe deer by saliva

    Related images(click to enlarge) In spring, the young, delicate shoots in the forest light up, bright and May green. The buds and shoots are the future of the forests as they allow young trees to grow. The problem for the trees is: Roe deer like to eat them, and especially their buds. With a bit of luck, the young, gnawed saplings will only take a few more years to grow than their non-bitten conspecifics. In the worst case, they will become stunted trees, or they will have to give up their fight for survival after a number of years. In this respect, roe deer can cause a great deal of damage and hinder the regeneration of many deciduous tree species. In order to protect themselves against roe deer browsing, trees purposely put up a fight. By studying young beeches (Fagus sylvatica) and maples (Acer pseudoplatanus), biologists from the Leipzig University and the German Centre for …

    September 24, 2016 1:05 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


  • Marion Cotillard’s Boyfriend Guillaume Canet Calls Brad Pitt Affair Rumors “Stupid” And “Unfounded”

    Posted on Sat Sep 24th, 2016 12:59pm PDT       By X17 Staff Marion Cotillard’s boyfriend Guillaume Canet has broken his silence about the Brad Pitt cheating rumors, and he’s p*ssed! The director/actor posted a photo of a danger sign and wrote the following message on his Instagram account in French: “I don’t usually make it a habit to comment on rumors made about us. I also don’t usually talk about my private life which until now I’ve always protected attentively … But the fury of the tabloids, the venal stupidity of some people calling themselves journalists, the haters who feel braver behind a keyboard, drive me to speak of the pride, love, and respect and admiration I have for Marion staying as strong and intelligent in the face of all these stupid and unfounded accusations. I think we’re all living with much more important things at this moment and now it’s time to move on and raise …

    September 24, 2016 4:04 pm


  • High school football team stages “die-in” to protest National Anthem

    A California high school football team staged a bizarre “die-in” to protest the singing of the national anthem. Join Todd’s American Dispatch: a must-read for Conservatives! And it’s free! The Castlemont High School Knights, based in Oakland, engaged in shameful display of anti-American behavior. It happened during a Friday night football game.  Disgraced NFL Colin Kaepernick was on hand to encourage the children to disrespect America and the U.S. Armed Forces.  “I had to come out here and stand with y’all,” he said in remarks covered by the Mercury News. “So I appreciate what y’all did. I love y’all. Y’all my brothers — I’m here with you.” But instead of collapsing on the ground with the children, Kaepernick simply took a knee. I guess he didn’t want to get grass stains on his hoodie. Click here to read the full story on ToddStarnes.com.   Todd Starnes is host of Fox News Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio …

    September 24, 2016 5:05 pm

Odd News

  • Foul-smelling, rare ‘corpse flower’ blooms at Dartmouth College

    HANOVER, N.H., Sept. 24 (UPI) — A rare flower known for its large size and foul smell bloomed in a greenhouse at Dartmouth college over the weekend. The university provided an online live stream of “Morphy” the 13-year-old Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower. Morphy was grown from a seed by a private grower in New Hampshire starting in 2003 and acquired by Dartmouth in 2007, according to Dartmouth news. The plant, which was estimated to weigh between 37 and 39 pounds, bloomed once before in 2011 and sprouted two leaves which photosynthesized leading up to the most recent bloom. The corpse flower’s name comes from the smell emitted from the green and burgundy flower which resembles rotting flesh and attracts flies and beetles in the wild. Members of the public were welcomed to view the rare flower as Dartmouth extended its viewing hours in honor of the event. Only seven corpse flowers were reported to …

    September 24, 2016 5:25 pm