Headline News

  • Hearings’ contrasts: Senators friendly to ag nominee, grill SEC choice


    March 23 (UPI) — Senate confirmation hearings for two of President Donald Trump‘s nominees — for agriculture and the Securities and Exchange Commission — had contrasting tones Thursday. Members of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee were friendly and non-confrontational with the agriculture secretary nominee, George “Sonny” Perdue, 70, but SEC chairman pick Jay Clayton, 50, received a grilling with some members of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Democrat Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts took a jab at the white collar lawyer who has no government experience. “If President Trump wanted to make sure that the SEC would have a hard time in going after his Wall Street friends, you would be the perfect SEC chair,” said Trump, who didn’t give Clayton a chance to respond during her statement. Because of ethics rules, Clayton would be forced to recuse himself from cases involving former clients during his first two years. That includes big banks …

    March 23, 2017 10:25 pm
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Politics

  • Trump to nominate businessman Hagerty as Japan ambassador: White House


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate businessman William Hagerty as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, the White House said on Thursday. Hagerty is a Tennessee native who founded a private equity firm, Hagerty Peterson. He spent several years in Japan with the Boston Consulting Group management consultancy and later served in the White House of former President George H.W. Bush. If his nomination is approved by the U.S. Congress, he will replace Caroline Kennedy, who has held the position since 2013. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    March 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Housing Gets Pricey, Trumpland Gets Dicey


    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 New mortgage application numbers are unchanged at a rate of 4.46. This is down 2.7%, and the fast-rising cost of housing in general has shifted, demand having fallen year over year. Applications are down 3% as demand for housing in the U.S. is strengthening, which is good for those actively trading home real estate, but bad for those looking to get in the market right now. At 10am ET, we’ll see a report come out from the National Association of Realtors. Expectations are for a read of -2.5%, adjusting somewhat for the 3.3% jump last time around. Basically, housing demand is shrinking as costs spike – clearly, we’ve seen investment activity in the buying up of homes lately, which is allowing folks interested in selling their houses to seek higher prices. But putting that money to work in another place to live has become problematically pricey, as well. Earnings Island Revisited …

    March 23, 2017 8:44 pm
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Sports

  • Tyler Dorsey lifts Oregon in thriller over Michigan to advance to Elite Eight


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As invigorating as its run has been, and as modest as its seventh-seed is, it is a strain to characterize Michigan as a classic March Cinderella tale. Even its coach grants that. “I don’t think we see ourselves as a Cinderella,” John Beilein said in the locker room Wednesday, one day before the Wolverines’ Sweet 16 matchup with Oregon. “We’ve just had our backs to the wall longer than some other teams.” The wall finally collapsed behind Michigan on Thursday. Oregon moved on to another Elite Eight with a 69-68 win in a thriller that was choppy at times but dazzling at the finish. Here are three thoughts on the action from the Sprint Center: 1. Tyler Dorsey out-Supermanned Derrick Walton, Jr.  But just barely. Dorsey had been Oregon’s version of Mr. March, scoring 51 points combined in the Ducks’ first-weekend games. The 6’4” sophomore was hardly himself early in the Sweet 16, missing four of …

    March 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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World News

  • North Korea accuses Japan of espionage


    March 23 (UPI) — North Korea accused Japan of espionage on Thursday, nearly a week after Tokyo placed a reconnaissance satellite into orbit. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman told Pyongyang’s state-controlled KCNA the Japanese satellite was being used for insidious purposes. “The launch is a clear indication of an ambition to reinvade Korea,” the spokesman said. Japan colonized the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Tokyo did launch a rocket carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on Friday. The reconnaissance “Radar 5” satellite can take photographs at night and during adverse weather conditions. The H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan and cost Tokyo $327 million. Pyongyang’s spokesman said, “Japanese authorities announced the satellite launch was for intelligence gathering, revealing for themselves the satellite is for spying purposes.” North Korea also slammed the United States for what it described as double standards in the region. “The United States has no issue …

    March 23, 2017 10:25 pm
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Technology

  • Ads in your eye


    Image copyright Lightvert Image caption Blink and you’ll miss it Passers-by on a London street were recently amazed to see a fleeting image of a pink tongue protruding from fruitily plump lips, seemingly suspended in mid-air. It was the famous logo for the Rolling Stones and was part of an experiment by tech start-up Lightvert. Its technology can produce images that appear to be 200m (656ft) high, but which only exist in the eye of the viewer for a fraction of a second. So could we be on the verge of seeing giant digital ads in our cities, similar to those featured in the seminal 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner? Lightvert certainly hopes so. Its tech, called Echo, works by employing a narrow – no more than 200mm – strip of reflective material fixed to the side of a building. A high-power projector mounted below or above the strip beams light off the reflector directly …

    March 23, 2017 8:46 pm
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Science

  • Molecular motors drive liquid through large channels


    The thick of it: directed flow occurs in thick channels, not thin Conventional fluids flow only in response to external forces, but scientists are increasingly interested in “active matter” that consumes energy and moves itself. Previously, this has been seen only on millimetre or centimetre scales, but now researchers in the US have observed tiny molecular motors moving around metre-long tubes. Flocks of birds, swarms of bees and other collective animal movements can be explained by cognitive decisions of the organisms involved. A bird, for example, sits in the wake of the bird in front to minimize drag. However, collective behaviour can also be found at the cellular and sub-cellular level. “Non-equilibrium behaviour is more general than what living or sentient creatures exhibit,” explains Seth Fraden of Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The mechanisms through which this kind of self-organization occurs are not well understood. To gain more insight, Fraden, together with colleagues at Brandeis and …

    March 23, 2017 4:42 pm
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Health

  • Foam soap may not measure up to liquid soap


    Foam soaps are increasingly replacing traditional liquid soaps in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, the food industry and other public spaces, but the trend may carry a risk, a small study suggests. Foam soaps may not be as effective as liquid soaps in eliminating bacteria that can lead to infection, the authors say. “In this pilot study, when standard hand washing techniques were used – washing wet hands with one pump of foam soap for six seconds and drying with a paper towel for four seconds – the foam soap was not as effective as the liquid soap in eliminating the hand bacterial load,” Dr. Ozlem Equils at UCLA’s School of Medicine and the Miora Educational Foundation in Encino, California, told Reuters Health by email. Equils and colleagues tested two common brands of foam and liquid detergent-based soaps that are available in neighborhood grocery stores. When volunteers washed with foam soap, the average bacterial colony count …

    March 23, 2017 8:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Zac Efron says wearing heels was ‘hardest’ part of ‘Baywatch’


    March 23 (UPI) — Zac Efron says wearing heels was the “hardest” part of his movie Baywatch. The 29-year-old actor gave a shoutout Wednesday on Twitter to “ladies who can handle heels” after a new trailer for the movie showed him dressed as a woman. “Mad respect to all the ladies who can handle heels. 1 of my hardest stunts EVER on #Baywatch,” he tweeted to his 13.4 million followers. Efron sports stiletto booties, a minidress and a sunhat as part of an undercover mission in the trailer, which debuted earlier in the day. The preview also featured other funny moments between the actor and co-star Dwayne Johnson. Efron and Johnson will play Matt Brody and Mitch Buchannnon in Baywatch, which opens in theaters May 26. The film is directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon, and co-stars Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Priyanka Chopra. “I play Matt Brody,” Efron told Entertainment Tonight in 2016. …

    March 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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Editorial

  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night


    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am
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Odd News

  • Va. woman showing friend how to play lotto game wins $1M


    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Merry Thomas had just finished work when she took her friend Julie to a food store nearby in Fredericksburg. There she showed Julie how to work a Virginia Lottery self-service machine and scan the ticket to see if it was a winner — and it was, reports CBS affiliate WTVR. Julie’s ticket won $12 and Merry’s ticket won $1 million, according to Virginia Lottery officials. CBS This Morning Jackpocket’s modern take on purchasing lottery tickets Jackpocket, launched this week, enables people to buy lottery tickets without standing in line at a dealer. A New York state lawmaker says the le… “Right in front of my eyes I saw this woman turn into a puddle,” Julie said. “I’ve been freaking out since then!” Merry said as she claimed her big check. WTVR reports that by winning a top prize in the 20x Money game, Merry could take the full $1 million prize over …

    March 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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