Headline News

  • ‘The Hobbit’ book returned after 38-year unexpected journey


    ITHACA, N.Y. –  A hardbound edition of “The Hobbit” is back on the shelves at a New York library nearly 40 years after it was checked out by a reader who traveled the world as a Marine. Bob James tells WSTM-TV in Syracuse that he checked out the J.R.R. Tolkien book from the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca before enlisting in the Marines in 1979. The book became so popular with his fellow Marines that there was a waiting list. James believes the book was passed along to Marines and sailors serving aboard at least eight different ships in the western Pacific. He brought the book the home after getting out of the Marines and held onto it until Monday, when he returned it to the library. The library didn’t charge him any late fees. Related Stories: Trump pick for NSC post Crowley to step down: transition official Bodies of 5-year-old boy and his …

    January 22, 2017 10:41 am
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Politics

  • White House says media delegitimizing Trump, says won’t ‘take it’


    WASHINGTON White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus intensified the Trump administration’s criticism of the news media on Sunday, accusing it of trying to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency and vowing to fight such coverage “tooth and nail.” “The media from Day One has been talking about delegitimizing the election,” Priebus said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” He accused the media of attacks on the new president, saying “we’re not going to sit around and take it.” Priebus spoke a day after the new Republican president used an appearance at the Central Intelligence Agency to attack the news media after reports on the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration on Friday. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Andrea Ricci) Related Stories: Theresa May to visit White House, ‘won’t be afraid’ to challenge Trump Barron Trump plays peek-a-boo with tiny nephew while Donald Trump signs papers White House accuses media of playing down inauguration crowds Trump …

    January 22, 2017 9:01 am
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Stocks

  • Why Applied Materials (AMAT) Isn't Done Growing Earnings Yet


    Growth stocks can be some of the most exciting picks in the market, as these high-flyers can captivate investors’ attention, and produce big gains as well. However, these can also lead on the downside when the growth story is over, so it is important to find companies which are still seeing strong growth prospects in their businesses. One such company that might be well-positioned for future earnings growth is Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT . This firm, which is in the Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing – Wafer Fabrication industry, saw EPS growth of 47.1% last year, and is looking great for this year too. In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 38.8%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 13.7%, suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul. Applied Materials Inc. Price and Consensus Applied Materials Inc. Price and Consensus | Applied Materials Inc. Quote And if this …

    January 22, 2017 11:21 am
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Sports

  • Full-strength Arizona has arrived


    9:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment For 11 weeks and 19 games you didn’t hear much talk about Arizona. Allonzo Trier was absent without a reason being stated and, while the remaining Wildcats were pretty good — even excellent, at times — they dropped neutral-site games to Butler and Gonzaga. As a result, there were always three or four other elite teams, ones with even fewer losses, to focus on before the conversation got around to Sean Miller’s group. Then came the 20th game. Trier is back, and he and his teammates went into Pauley Pavilion on Saturday and beat No. 3-ranked UCLA 96-85. It’s time to talk about Arizona. The Wildcats were already really, really good without Trier Now the truth can be told. The whole air of uncertainty surrounding Trier’s absence obscured the fact that Arizona had opened Pac-12 play by putting up numbers that wouldn’t be at …

    January 22, 2017 9:01 am
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World News

  • 7.9 earthquake strikes near Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands


    Jan. 22 (UPI) — A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific’s Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea on Sunday but no injuries were reported. The quake, which had a depth of over 84 miles, was centered on Bougainville Island, an island of approximately 175,000 people, which is geographically part of the Solomon Islands chain but is not part of island’s government, the U.S. Geological Survey states. The quake, which was 25 miles northwest of Panguna, hit at 4:30 a.m. Two hours later, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled tsunami threats for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The earthquake was downgraded from 8.0 by USGS. Two smaller quakes — measuring 5.6 and 4.6 — struck nearby shortly afterward, USGS said. USGS computer models estimate that some 570,000 people on nearby islands may have felt the earthquake, including 234,000 people who may have experienced “very strong” to “severe” shaking. “Overall, the population in this region …

    January 22, 2017 12:01 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition


    Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth-quarter results over the next fortnight, with Alphabet going first on Thursday and Amazon the following week. But analysts are already looking beyond the simple question of how many cardboard boxes Amazon filled and how many searches Google answered. They’re wondering which company will win the battle to control your home. That battle is being fought by two carafe-sized cylinders from the respective companies. One is Amazon’s Echo, with its voice-operated “personal assistant”, Alexa; the other is Google Home, which responds to the phrase “OK Google”. Both are internet-connected, home-based devices which can be command to do things: give the weather forecast; play music; read out news headlines; update shopping lists; and control “smart” devices in the …

    January 22, 2017 8:41 am
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Science

  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term


    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am
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Health

  • Egypt’s military to enter pharmaceutical industry


    CAIRO Egypt’s military has received the license required to form a pharmaceutical company, a decree by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail published on Sunday showed. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has often called in the military to assist in major infrastructure projects and with distribution of subsidized commodities to keep a lid on rising prices amid an acute shortage of dollars. Egypt has faced a drug shortage for months and the government raised prices on a number of medicines in January after months of negotiations with pharmaceutical companies hurt by dollar shortages and a weakening currency. The Egyptian pound’s slump and the foreign currency crunch have made it harder for Egyptian pharmaceutical companies to import active ingredients they need to make generic medicines that millions of poor Egyptians rely on. Egypt abandoned its peg of 8.8 pounds per dollar on Nov. 3 and the pound has since halved in value. Pharmaceutical companies have been negotiating for months …

    January 22, 2017 12:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Tim Daly, Christina Hendricks, Jackie Cruz attend Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Gala for the Arts


    Tim Daly, Christina Hendricks, Jackie Cruz, Mae Whitman and Tim Allen were among the guests at the Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Gala for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Friday’s party honoring and supporting arts in America was held at the Harman Center for the Arts on the evening Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Other attendees of the inuagural ball included Carol Alt, Charisma Carpenter, Alia Shawkat, Alysia Reiner, Cheryl Hines and Dean Norris. The elegant dinner also featured a special performance by the Grammy-winner Blues Traveler. Trump was not at the affair, but he attended the Liberty Ball, the Freedom Ball and the Salute to Our Armed Services ball. “For the last two decades, this event stands out as the most defining bi-partisan gathering in the nation’s capital,” said a press release from the Creative Coalition. “The benefit gala is hosted by luminaries from the entertainment industry; as …

    January 22, 2017 11:21 am
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Editorial

  • Floyd Mayweather, Darren Blanton: It’s time to really help America’s inner cities


    Editor’s note: The following column is co-authored venture capitalist Darren Blanton with an introduction by boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather, to commemorate the founding of the Moblze Foundation. Moblze is dedicated to addressing problems associated with blight in America’s inner cities. Both Mayweather and Blanton will speak at an inaugural kick off event for the Foundation Friday in Washington. The Moblze Foundation’s mission dovetails with the Trump administration’s priority of emphasizing opportunities of entrepreneurship and mentorship in the inner cities. Introduction: My boxing career has afforded me the opportunity to see life’s bigger picture. Twenty years ago, I was a young man from Grand Rapids, Michigan who worked day in and day out to become the best ever at my craft. I could have easily given up when the road became tough, but I never did. I wanted to set an example for my children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Today, …

    January 22, 2017 4:40 am
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Odd News

  • Wrench flies off semi truck, smashes driver’s windshield in Pennsylvania


    Jan. 20 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania man’s dashboard camera was recording when a large crescent wrench flew off the side of a semi truck and smashed into his windshield. Scott Rumbarger, of Slippery Rock, said he was on Interstate 79 Tuesday on his way to Cranberry Township when his dashcam captured the moment the 2-foot-long crescent wrench flew off the side of the truck traveling just in front and to the right of him. The wrench smashed into the passenger side of Rumbarger’s windshield, sending broken glass raining into the car. “I see something coming off a truck, just a split second,” Rumbarger told KDKA-TV. “I see it flipping through the air, and I think it’s maybe nothing. It goes through my windshield. It turns out, it’s about a 2-foot crescent wrench.” “There are glass shards all through here, all over the dashboard, even into the backseat,” Rumbarger said. He said the wrench was so …

    January 22, 2017 4:40 am
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