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  • Hundreds in Los Angeles protest climate change, North Dakota pipeline

    LOS ANGELES Hundreds of people gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday to protest against climate change and show support for activists demonstrating against the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Several Hollywood stars, including Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon, were among the more than 800 people who attended the climate rally in MacArthur Park. Rallygoers carried signs urging to “shut it all down now” and chanted slogans like “water is life.” “Not only is it an environmental, but it’s a problem in terms of social justice,” Sarandon told the rally. “We can do it. We can stop fracking. We can stop the pipeline. But really it’s only because of great numbers of people.” Also among celebrity attendees was actress Shailene Woodley, who earlier this month was arrested in North Dakota while protesting the planned pipeline in an incident that was live-streamed on Facebook. In North Dakota, more than 80 protesters were arrested on …

    October 23, 2016 9:35 pm


  • Obama turns focus on Senate races as he campaigns for Clinton

    LAS VEGAS President Barack Obama on Sunday campaigned in the battleground state of Nevada for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he wants to succeed him in the White House – but he spent most of his time talking about the state’s Senate race. Democrats badly want to get back control of the Republican-controlled Senate in the Nov. 8 election, and are sending Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden to states where close races could tip the balance. In Nevada, Obama reserved most of his firepower for mocking three-term Republican U.S. Representative Joe Heck, who had supported his party’s presidential candidate until earlier this month when Donald Trump’s campaign went into crisis mode by the release of a video in which he lewdly bragged about groping and kissing women. “I understand Joe Heck now wishes he never said those things about Donald Trump, but they’re on tape, they’re on the record,” Obama said, using Heck’s earlier …

    October 23, 2016 10:16 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


  • Vikings don’t doubt their identity after suffering first loss of the season

    PHILADELPHIA — It is quiet in the Vikings’ locker room. So quiet that one can hear the tap, tap, tapping of safety Andrew Sendejo hopping around on his one good foot after suffering a sprained ankle in the first half of the team’s 21–10 loss to the Eagles. The toenails on Sendejo’s bare feet are painted jet black, and while the mood in the room is not quite funereal, it’s just about as close as it can get for a team that still sits atop the NFC standings at 5–1 after suffering their first loss of the season. “There isn’t anybody happy in this locker room,” says receiver Adam Thielen. “Nobody here is ever O.K. with a loss no matter how [many games we’ve] won.” Several players sit silently on stools, towels wrapped around their waists, simply staring into the abyss of empty lockers. Answers to reporters’ questions are kept short. Smiles are rare. At …

    October 23, 2016 8:34 pm

World News

  • France to dismantle ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais

    CALAIS, France, Oct. 23 (UPI) — The migrant camp in northeast France known as “The Jungle” is expected to be gone by December, with French officials have saying they’ll start the work of dismantling it this week. French authorities plan to start moving about 6,900 refugees in the Calais encampment to reception centers in other parts of the country, and will start breaking down the tents and temporary shelters that make up the makeshift village. The refugees, roughly 1,200 of whom are children, who have been staying in “The Jungle” will be taken to reception centers and given the option of seeking asylum in France or returning to the country they came from. Residents of the encampment were given letters and flyers explaining the camp will be closing and they have to decide what they want to do. The plan, officials said, is to start processing residents of the camp at 8:00 a.m. local time …

    October 23, 2016 8:35 pm


  • AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is the tradition-focused legal industry really ready to embrace the latest tech innovation? An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed. The AI predicted the verdicts to an accuracy of 79%, according to the scientists involved. AI is increasingly being used in fields such as journalism, law and accountancy. But critics said no AI would be able to understand the nuances of a legal case. The study, which was conducted by researchers at University College London and the universities of Sheffield and Pennsylvania, does not spell an end to lawyers, the researchers said. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The empty seat is not for an AI – not yet, anyway “There is a lot of hype about AI but we don’t see it replacing judges or lawyers any time soon. What we …

    October 23, 2016 10:15 pm


  • While Dinosaurs Romped, Birdsongs Filled the Air in Balmy Antarctica

    BUENOS AIRES—Sixty-eight million years ago in what is now Antarctica, there were no ice floes groaning or collapsing into an ice-covered sea. Instead the region had a moderate climate, temperate waters and a silence occasionally broken by the “hoink hoink” calls of prehistoric birds. That, at least, is the scenario suggested by Argentine and U.S. paleontologists who recently described in detail, in an article published in Nature, the oldest fossilized remains found so far of a syrinx—the sound-making structure of birds. “This is the first fossil evidence of the vocalization apparatus of a bird of the Mesozoic era,” says paleontologist Fernando Novas, a researcher at the National Scientific and Technological Research Council here. “It belonged to an extinct genus of birds called Vegavis iaai, which lived on today’s Vega Island, north of the Antarctic Peninsula. This animal was about 40 centimeters long, resembled a duck and coexisted there with the dinosaurs.” Artist rendition of Vegavis …

    October 22, 2016 9:43 am


  • 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


  • ‘Extremely sick’ Charlie Puth cancels remainder of his concert tour

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) — American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth says he is canceling the rest of his concert tour because he is “extremely sick.” “Unfortunately I have to cancel the remaining dates on my Don’t Talk Tour,” the 24-year-old entertainer tweeted Sunday. “This is the last thing I want because I love being on the road performing and meeting every one of you,” he continued. “You are the reason I can do what I love most for a living and I am so thankful. I have been extremely sick pushing through these dates and haven’t taken the time my body needs to recover. Resting and taking time off the road is the only way I can get better and start performing for you again. I promise I will do whatever I can to make it up to you. I love you so much. I am deeply sorry.” Puth did not offer details regarding what …

    October 23, 2016 8:54 pm


  • Ex-State Dept. insider: Patrick Kennedy’s long history with scandal

    From the Benghazi cover up to a clumsy attempt to trade favors with the FBI, a long string of State Department scandals dating all the way back to 1998 has one central figure in common: Patrick Kennedy. The undersecretary of state for management, Kennedy, has been directly involved, if not at the very center, of the many biggest scandals of Hillary Clinton’s State Department. He wields considerable power because in the State Department because he oversees every activity, including diplomatic security, information technology, contracting, acquisitions, construction, budget, finance, personnel, assignments, consular affairs and State’s FOIA office, that is necessary for the department’s operation and our embassies abroad. WHAT THE BENGHAZI ATTACK TAUGHT ME ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON Kennedy has a reputation as a micromanager who involves himself in the most mundane details. For example, he personally approved every U.S. official who worked in or visited the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, or its mission in Benghazi. …

    October 22, 2016 6:06 pm

Odd News

  • Ricciardo gives Butler the boot

    AUSTIN, Texas Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo laughingly handed Scottish film star Gerard Butler a sweaty boot filled with Red Bull on the U.S. Grand Prix podium on Sunday and demanded he drink. With a global live audience of millions watching, and tens of thousands at the track, the actor swallowed his pride and also the contents. “I hear Mr Butler does not drink alcohol, I respect that completely,” the Australian, who finished third for the Red Bull team, told the crowd as Butler approached to conduct the podium interviews. “But I believe he’s going to drink some Red Bull out of my shoe right now. The race wasn’t that exciting but hopefully now…” Ricciardo, a race winner in Malaysia this month, has made a habit of quaffing the podium champagne from his race boot — dubbing the gesture a ‘Shoey’ — when he finishes in the top three. He said last month that …

    October 23, 2016 10:16 pm