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  • Attorneys for Oklahoma man set to die for girl’s death say he’s insane, try to halt execution

    OKLAHOMA CITY –  An Oklahoma man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002 has become insane while in prison, and his upcoming execution should be halted, the man’s attorneys argue in a new court case. Attorneys for Benjamin Robert Cole, 50, of Claremore will present their arguments Friday before District Judge James Bland in McAlester, where Cole is being housed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. “Mr. Cole’s condition has deteriorated steadily since his conviction,” Federal Public Defender Susan Otto wrote in a court filing. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that executing an insane person is unconstitutional, and Cole’s attorneys maintain the prison’s warden is violating a state law that requires her to notify the local district attorney when an inmate has become insane. Otto says Cole’s ability to participate in his defense has been in question since the inception of the case, and she told the state’s Pardon and Parole Board …

    August 28, 2015 1:03 am


  • Pentagon revises plan to beef up oversight of industry R&D

    WASHINGTON The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer announced on Thursday he was revising his plan to increase oversight of weapons makers’ internal research and development projects that could be billed as overhead, after sharp criticism from industry executives. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he no longer planned to require companies to seek a “technical sponsor” before beginning an internal research program but would instead propose they be required to brief an appropriate defense official before and after such work. Ellen Lord, president of Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc and other key industry executives had challenged the proposed rule, arguing that micromanaging internal company investments would be counter-productive. “This should not constrain industry’s freedom in any way that current regulations and statute don’t already require, and it will have the benefit of ensuring more frequent and effective communication between industry and government,” Kendall said in prepared remarks for a …

    August 27, 2015 10:43 pm


  • Beijing targeted as investors look for a scapegoat

    Beijing has been blamed squarely for this week’s wild ride on global markets. Analysts are worried by turmoil in China’s stock markets, and signs that the country’s massive economy is flagging. Some critics have gone even further, insinuating that Beijing has misled the world about the severity of its economic slowdown. It seems China can do nothing right. In recent days, Beijing has been criticized for allowing a stock market bubble to form, criticized for intervening when markets fell, and criticized yet again for pulling its support and allowing stocks to resume their decline. The charges come just three weeks after China allowed its currency to slide against the U.S. dollar, which prompted howls of outrage in U.S. political circles. Beijing was criticized for “manipulating” the yuan, rigging the market in its favor. But Beijing has a right to feel unfairly targeted. It is, in fact, doing what Western policymakers and institutions have long called …

    August 28, 2015 12:43 am


  • Costs for athlete housing in 2024 Olympic bid questioned by Los Angeles analysts

    LOS ANGELES –  City analysts warned that construction costs for athlete housing in Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic bid may be significantly underestimated. The cost of acquiring land and building an Olympic Village for athletes near downtown Los Angeles “may significantly exceed” the projected $1 billion cost, according to a preliminary report released Thursday from the city’s Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso finds that The report says more study is needed. The City Council will discuss the issues in the report on Friday as it considers giving Mayor Eric Garcetti authority to execute agreements linked to the bid, a steppingstone toward entering the international competition for the Games. A vote on the matter could happen as early as Friday, but is expected to come next week. Garcetti said Thursday in a meeting with the editorial board of the Los Angeles Daily News that the games would be a money-maker for …

    August 28, 2015 1:04 am

World News

  • Colombia and Venezuela recall envoys

    Image caption More than 1,000 Colombians have been deported with many needing to use temporary shelters and donated clothes Colombia and Venezuela have recalled their ambassadors following days of growing tension between the neighbouring nations. More than 1,000 Colombians have been deported and about 6,000 have left in fear since Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro closed the border last week. On Thursday Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said it was “unacceptable” and withdrew his envoy. The Venezuelan government followed suit later in the day. Mr Maduro closed the border and declared a state of emergency in the western state of Tachira, last Friday, after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. Announcing the recall of his ambassador, Mr Santos condemned the expulsions. “I can’t allow Venezuela to treat Colombians and the Colombian government in this way,” he said. He added that he would call for an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers from the Union of …

    August 28, 2015 1:03 am


  • Why we still love platform games

    It’s the genre that helped propel gaming into the mainstream: the platform game. Characters like Mario and Sonic jumped from one little ledge to another, picking up bonus points and building profits for the firms behind them. But in recent years, first-person shooter games and action adventure titles have taken over as top sellers. So is the platform a fading force? Newsbeat’s been finding out. Rex Crowle from Guilford-based games company Media Molecule is the man behind upcoming platform game Tearaway Unfolded. More related stories Oi, don’t forget about the gaming industry ‘Exciting time’ for PC gaming It’s based on a world made out of paper and his office is full to bursting with real-life models of some of its characters. So who better to talk to about gaming’s most iconic genre? “We created Little Big Planet so platforming is something that is in our blood. “It allows us to give players lots of little …

    August 27, 2015 11:03 pm


  • Pigments, organelles persist in fossil feathers

    Related images(click to enlarge) A study provides multiple lines of new evidence that pigments and the microbodies that produce them can remain evident in a dinosaur fossil. In the journal Scientific Reports, an international team of paleontologists correlates the distinct chemical signature of animal pigment with physical evidence of melanosome organelles in the fossilized feathers of Anchiornis huxleyi, a bird-like dinosaur that died about 150 million years ago in China. The idea that melanosomes, which produce melanin pigment, are preserved in fossils has been hotly debated among scientists during the last several years. Microscopic traces that to some scientists seem to resemble melanosomes, appear to skeptics to instead be similar-looking bacteria. The new study resolves the debate, said co-author Ryan Carney, a graduate student at Brown University, by adding a powerful second line of evidence: chemistry. “We have integrated structural and molecular evidence that demonstrates that melanosomes do persist in the fossil record,” said Carney, …

    August 27, 2015 10:03 pm


  • Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging. Sale of e-cigarettes to minors already is banned but the bill would require businesses wishing to sell them to obtain a license. E-cigarettes generally contain nicotine, drawn into the lungs after it is heated in a flavored liquid. The vapor also contains some formaldehyde …

    August 27, 2015 10:23 pm


  • Demi Lovato Enlists Kim Kardashian And Other Celebs To Help Reveal New Album

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff You ready for this? 😏 NEW ALBUM OCTOBER 2015 #Confident 1. “Confident” 2. “Cool For The Summer” 3. “Old Ways” 4. “For You” 5. “Stone Cold” 6. “Kingdom Come” (featuring Iggy Azalea) 7. “Waitin For You” (featuring Sirah) 8. “Wildfire” 9. “Lionheart” 10. “Yes” 11. “Father” 12. “Stars” 13. “Mr. Hughes” A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Aug 26, 2015 at 6:20pm PDT This is one way to get the word out! Demi Lovato confirmed her new album Confident will be dropping in October and gave fans their first look at the cover art on social media, but she didn’t stop there! The singer enlisted famous pals like her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and good girlfriend Kim Kardashian to help unveil the track list by tweeting individual songs, and we must say that’s quite the clever marketing trick! After all, someone like Kimmy K …

    August 28, 2015 1:44 am


  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them? What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military …

    August 28, 2015 1:23 am

Odd News

  • Two men hospitalized after jumping into canal at Venetian in Las Vegas

    Two men jumped into a canal at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and, because they could not swim, had to be rescued and hospitalized, a spokesman for the hotel said on Thursday. The disturbance on Monday morning at the Venetian, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip and draws many tourists for its gondola rides inspired by the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, was first reported on Thursday. The two men were caught on hotel surveillance cameras jumping over the fence that surrounds the hotel’s canal along Las Vegas Boulevard, hotel spokesman Keith Salwoski said in an email. “Apparently, the individuals were unable to swim and were pulled from the water,” he said. The two individuals were transported in critical condition by ambulance to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, said Clark County Fire Department deputy chief Jeff Buchanan. He could not share any details on their latest condition. It was unclear what …

    August 27, 2015 10:23 pm