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  • Minneapolis fire chief visits protest camp to discuss safety concerns as storm approaches

    MINNEAPOLIS –  Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site. The protesters have been there for two weeks since a black man, Jamar Clark, was fatally shot by an officer Nov. 15. Some who say they saw the shooting say Clark was handcuffed, which police dispute. The protesters have used portable fire pits to keep warm and have barricaded the street. The fire chief alerted reporters about his visit, but the Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1PV03Ji ) journalists were blocked from the brief meeting by Black Lives Matter activists. Afterward, Fruetel said he wanted to make sure the protesters and community are safe. He said they also discussed a snowstorm expected to hit Minneapolis Monday and Tuesday. ___ Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

    November 29, 2015 5:51 pm


  • Clinton will unveil $275 billion infrastructure plan to create jobs

    BOSTON U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to make job creation the focus of her campaign over the next month, beginning with a $275 billion infrastructure spending plan that will be released this week. Clinton’s plan to increase the federal government’s spending on infrastructure by $275 billion over the next five years will be fully paid for by changing how businesses are taxed, a campaign aide said, without providing any details. Of the total amount, $25 billion will be earmarked for an infrastructure bank. Clinton’s campaign estimates her proposals could also encourage private investment that, along with government spending, would inject a total of $500 billion into rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges, buildings and other structures. “My jobs plan starts with investing in infrastructure,” Clinton said on Sunday at the launch of “Hard Hats for Hillary” in Boston, “not just because infrastructure jobs are good-paying jobs, though they are, and not just because we desperately …

    November 29, 2015 6:31 pm


  • Black Friday isn’t as special as it used to be

    Black Friday is fading. It’s still a key sales day for retailers, but holiday shopping promotions began earlier than ever this year. And consumers responded by shopping earlier than ever. The massive sales peaks that used to surround Black Friday have been replaced by calmer, sustained sales over the holiday shopping season. “It’s reflective of the economy. It’s a steady pace, it’s not as intense, but we’re busy,” said National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz. He added that the industry is likely to reap the benefits of the wage and employment growth shown in the October jobs report in the coming weeks. ShopperTrak said sales may have declined from 2014. It estimated in-store shoppers spent about $12.1 billion over the two-day period. Related: Mobile shopping surged on Black Friday Thinner crowds in stores over Black Friday weekend were also partly attributable to virtual shopping. Online browsing and orders had their strongest year yet, according …

    November 29, 2015 5:11 pm


  • Nuno resigns as Valencia coach

    Nuno Espirito Santo has resigned as coach of Valencia, the Spanish club where former Manchester United defender Phil Neville is assistant manager. The 41-year-old Portuguese leaves after just over one season in charge. Speaking in a news conference following his team’s 1-0 defeat by Sevilla, Nuno said he had told club owner Peter Lim of his decision before Sunday’s game. Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last year but have struggled this term, winning five out of 13 games. “I have spoken with the owner, the president and we are all agreed that Valencia is a project for the present and the future and I don’t want that to stop,” Nuno said. “I want Valencia to return to being one of the biggest clubs in Europe.” Archive: In conversation with Nuno – BBC World Service Los Che are yet to announce who will be taking temporary charge. Spanish football writer Andy West had this analysis… …

    November 29, 2015 5:52 pm

World News

  • Russian pilot’s body flown to Ankara

    Image copyright EPA Image caption Tributes to Lt Col Oleg Peshkov have been left outside the defence ministry in Moscow Turkey has flown the body of the Russian pilot killed after his plane was downed on the Syrian border to Ankara, to be met by Russian diplomats. Lt Col Oleg Peshkov’s coffin was flown to the capital from southern Turkey. It is not yet clear when the body will be repatriated to Russia. Turkish forces shot down the plane saying it had violated Turkish airspace, which Russia denies. The incident has sparked a furious row between the two countries. Russia announced sanctions against Turkey. Rebels from Syria’s ethnic Turkmen community opened fire on Lt Col Peshkov and his co-pilot as they tried to parachute into government-held territory on Tuesday. The rebels said he had died by the time he reached the ground. Earlier on Sunday, Lt Col Peshkov’s body was received by Turkish authorities at …

    November 29, 2015 6:11 pm


  • The innovators: oven warms up to 21st century with the ping of things

    For US entrepreneur Matt van Horn, there was one household device that has stubbornly avoided the technological transformation of domestic life. “The oven in my home today looked almost identical to the vintage ovens on shows like Mad Men … and not much had changed,” he says. The result of that observation is the June Intelligent Oven, a “smart” device that brings computers, probes and cameras into the cornerstone of the kitchen. The creation of Van Horn and business partner Nikhil Bhogal marks another step in the progress of the internet of things – the concept that everyday devices can be connected together digitally. When they began working on their device two years ago, Van Horn and Bhogal aimed to create a oven with a touchscreen and a camera that would produce what the microwave could not: decent food. Appropriately, the oven’s appearance bears a resemblance to one of the first hi-tech domestic appliances. “With …

    November 29, 2015 2:51 pm


  • How cells in the developing ear ‘practice’ hearing

    Related images(click to enlarge) Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have figured out the molecular chain of events that enables the cells to make “sounds” on their own, essentially “practicing” their ability to process sounds in the world around them. The researchers, who describe their experiments in the Dec. 3 edition of the journal Cell, show how hair cells in the inner ear can be activated in the absence of sound. “The multistep process we uncovered reminds me of a Rube Goldberg invention,” says Dwight Bergles, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a reference to Goldberg’s construction of complicated gadgets to perform seemingly simple tasks. “Cells in the inner ear exploit a system used for fluid secretion in other organs to …

    November 29, 2015 5:32 pm


  • Roche pulls out of ‘superbug’ antibiotic project

    VIENNA Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding has dropped out of a high-profile project to develop an antibiotic for treating “superbug” infections, the company said on Sunday. Roche had agreed in 2013 to pay privately held partner Polyphor up to 500 million Swiss francs ($485.3 million) for rights to the product, marking a rare foray by a major pharmaceuticals company into the battle against superbug infections in hospitals. The deal included milestone payments of up to 465 million francs. “Roche has decided to discontinue its involvement in the clinical development of the investigational antibiotic RG7929/POL7080 for the treatment of patients with severe Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections and will return the asset to Polyphor,” a company spokesman said by email when asked about a report to this effect by the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper. The spokesman cited Roche’s assessment that “a streamlined development path as originally planned is no longer an option for Roche”. Superbug infections, including multi-drug-resistant typhoid, …

    November 29, 2015 6:11 pm


  • 2015 Cyber Week Deals: Who Has The Best Deals On TVs, XBox, PS4, Kindle?

    Cyber Monday starts one day early on Sunday for most retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and Target, but some of the best online deals on TVs, Apple’s iPad and MacBook, Xbox and PS4 game systems, and various models of the Kindle and Kindle Fire will be available all week. Free shipping is available with most purchases, making Cyber Monday sales worth checking out, especially if you have electronics and tech gadgets on your holiday shopping list. However, if you miss out on the bargains on Sunday or Monday, don’t worry. Many online sales will continue throughout what’s now being called Cyber Week. Amazon is adding new deals every day, with two bargains worth looking at if you have a Kindle on your list. The Kindle Paperwhite is $99 (reg. $119) and the Kindle Fire 7-inch is $34.99 (reg. $50), and the Fire Kids Edition $84.99 (reg $100). Yahoo! Tech is calling Best Buy’s Cyber Week …

    November 29, 2015 5:51 pm


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Intruder dies in California chimney after homeowner lights fire

    A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realizing anyone was inside, police said. The man appeared to have climbed into the chimney during the night while the owner was away and then became stuck, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. After the owner of the home in Huron lit a fire in his fireplace Saturday afternoon, he heard a man yelling inside the chimney as the house filled with smoke, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The homeowner tried to extinguish the flames, but firefighters who dismantled the chimney during a rescue effort found the suspect dead inside, the sheriff’s office said. The deceased man’s identity and cause of death have not been determined, Lieutenant Brandon Pursell of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said by phone on Sunday. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Chris Reese)

    November 29, 2015 5:51 pm