• Suicide attack ‘hits Turkish troops’

    Suicide attack ‘hits Turkish troops’

    Two Turkish security troops have been killed and 24 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the regional governor’s office says. A tractor laden with explosives was driven at a military police station,...
  • Phoneless in Paris

    Phoneless in Paris

    The loss of a phone in Paris provides a moral lesson for Adam Gopnik – but not the one he was expecting. Not long ago, I got to spend a couple of days in my...
  • Seahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner

    SEATTLE (AP) Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension...
  • Memphis police officer shot, killed

    SAN FRANCISCO A police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Saturday night, officials said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told reporters that around 9:15 p.m. local time a...

Headline News

  • More than 20 wildfires burn in California forcing hundreds to flee

    At least 23 large wildfires are raging in forests and woodlands across California, taking the life of one firefighter and forcing hundreds to flee their homes as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground. The blazes, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said Daniel Berland, spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Some 9,000 firefighters were working to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out the state. “The conditions and fire behavior we’re seeing at 10 in the morning is typically what we’d see in late afternoon in late August and September,” said Nick Schuler, a division chief with Cal Fire. “But because of the dry conditions, because of the drought-stricken vegetation accompanied by the steep terrain and winds, we’re seeing fire activity that’s abnormal for this time of year.” The fires forced …

    August 2, 2015 2:24 am


  • Seeking big bucks from Super PACs

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs as well. Unlike campaigns, these outside groups aren’t limited in how much money they can accept from individual donors. While they can’t directly take orders from the candidates they’re spending money to help elect, they still account for about $2 of every $3 raised so far in the 2016 race for president. Many super PACs must file their first fundraising reports with federal regulators by midnight Friday. The super PAC filings will detail how money was raised and spent from January to the end of June and include the names of donors. Two weeks ago, many of the candidates filed their first campaign fundraising reports. Together, the reports from the super PACs and the candidates will produce the first …

    August 2, 2015 12:03 am


  • Get ready: Puerto Rico is likely to default August 1

    Puerto Rico will almost certainly be in default for the first time ever by Monday. The commonwealth needs to make a $58 million debt payment by August 1, but top Puerto Rican government officials say that they don’t have the money to pay. “We believe the probability of a default is approaching 100%,” says Ted Hampton, a senior analyst at Moody’s who covers Puerto Rican bonds. The August 1 payment is a very small part of the commonwealth’s $70 billion in outstanding debt. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the debt. Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla claims the commonwealth can’t pay all of its debts. He says the island’s economy is in a “death spiral.” Related: Who owns Puerto Rican debt? But will it be deja vu? Puerto Rico has been in this scenario before. There was a lot of speculation that the island would default on its July 1 debt payments, …

    August 2, 2015 2:24 am


  • Rousey beats Correia in 34 seconds, retains bantamweight title

    July 15, 2015: Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey trains with trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, Calif. (AP) RIO DE JANEIRO –  Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight title by knocking out Bethe Correia only 34 seconds into the first round at UFC 190 on Saturday night. Rousey charged at Correia at the start and finished the fight by throwing a rapid sequence of punches at the Brazilian’s head, landing a combination of right and left strikes that sent her opponent face-first into the ground and disappointed the home crowd that packed the HSBC Arena. It was yet another impressive performance by Rousey, who improved to 12-0 in her incredible MMA career. The UFC’s biggest star arrived in Rio as the overwhelming favorite against Correia (9-1) after winning her previous three title defenses in a combined 96 seconds. She needed only 14 seconds to beat Cat Zingano at UFC 184 earlier this year. …

    August 2, 2015 2:24 am

World News

  • Suicide attack ‘hits Turkish troops’

    Two Turkish security troops have been killed and 24 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the regional governor’s office says. A tractor laden with explosives was driven at a military police station, reports by Turkish media say. The attack happened near the town of Dogubayazit in Agri province, close to Turkey’s border with Iran. Since 24 July, Turkey has carried out hundreds of air raids on PKK bases on both sides of the Iraq-Turkey border. The Turkish state news agency, Anadolu, said that the attack happened at around 03:00 local time (00:00 GMT). It said that the tractor was carrying two tons of explosives that were detonated by a suicide bomber. Images in the Turkish press showed a badly-damaged building with the roof destroyed. The regional governor did not say how the PKK had been identified as the group behind the blast. The PKK has not commented. Turkey says the group was …

    August 2, 2015 2:25 am


  • How self-driving cars will cut accidents 90 percent (Q&A)

    Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. Stephen Shankland/CNET ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Peter Sweatman isn’t in charge of the computing revolution that’s sweeping the auto industry, but he’s at the center of it. As director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, he’s 30 miles west of Detroit and in the heart of car country. Ford, General Motors, Fiat’s Chrysler and countless suppliers are all nearby, and they’re getting even closer: a new project at the University of Michigan called Mcity will help carmakers develop the automated navigation systems of their self-driving vehicles. Mcity is a 32-acre microcosm of motoring complete with faded stop signs, roundabouts, lousy weather and out-of-date traffic signals. There, automakers and others can test not just self-driving cars but also radio communications that link cars to each other and to road infrastructure. By concentrating the work of many companies and academics, …

    August 2, 2015 12:23 am


  • Short wavelength plasmons observed in nanotubes

    Related images(click to enlarge) The term “plasmons” might sound like something from the soon-to-be-released new Star Wars movie, but the effects of plasmons have been known about for centuries. Plasmons are collective oscillations of conduction electrons (those loosely attached to molecules and atoms) that roll across the surfaces of metals while interacting with photons. For example, plasmons from nanoparticles of gold, silver and other metals interact with visible light photons to generate the vibrant colors displayed by stained glass, a technology that dates back more than 1,000 years. But plasmons have high-technology applications as well. In fact, there’s even an emerging technology named for them – plasmonics – that holds great promise for superfast computers and optical microscopy. At the heart of the high-technology applications of plasmons is their unique ability to confine the energy of a photon into a spatial dimension smaller than the photon’s wavelength. Now, a team of researchers with Berkeley Lab’s …

    August 1, 2015 11:23 pm


  • Health Highlights: Aug 1, 2015

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Claims 4th Victim New numbers released Saturday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the continuing outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has now claimed a fourth life, with 65 people now infected. City health officials note, however, that 20 people have been successfully treated for the respiratory ailment, USA Today reported. The illness is typically spread when people breathe in vapor or mist from a contaminated plumbing system, and USA Today says that five buildings — including Lincoln Hospital, Concourse plaza and the Opera House Hotel — have tested positive for the bacteria. All of the five affected sites are attempting to rid the buildings of the contamination, and are also required to give the city plans detailing how they would prevent future outbreaks.

    August 1, 2015 11:43 pm


  • Does Brad Think He’s A Kardashian?! Pitt Exposes His Chest In See-Thru Top At LAX!

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 2:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff He was once the Sexiest Man Alive, but lately he’s been looking a little less than hunky! Brad Pitt touched down at LAX today after spending the past several days in London for Snatch director pal Guy Ritchie’s wedding, and we couldn’t help but notice that the A-list actor appears to have packed on the pounds, as his man boobs were visible through his black shirt! While the father-of-six was helping his friend celebrate tying the knot, his wife Angelina Jolie was visiting with refugees in Burma on Thursday. Maintaining his sex symbol physique is probably the last thing on his mind these days, as he’s too busy bromancing some of Hollywood’s hottest actors! While across the pond, the World War Z star Pitt showed up at London’s Haymarket Theatre Wednesday night to see Bradley Cooper perform in The Elephant Man. Afterward, Pitt and Cooper …

    August 2, 2015 3:04 am


  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?

    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm

Odd News

  • Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet

    DALLAS An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. “His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe. The status of the animal is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said. (Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)

    July 31, 2015 7:38 pm