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  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport temporarily evacuated after bag tests positive for explosives

    DEVELOPING: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reopened Saturday after part of the airport had to be evacuated when an unattended bag tested positive for explosives. Officials ordered the evacuation around 2:30 p.m. The evacuated area was reopened after an hour. “A portion of T1 ticketing evacuated. Airlines affected: American, US Airways, Spirit, Frontier, United. Contact airline for flight status,” the airport said on Twitter A short time later the airport reported “an unattended bag tested positive for explosives near the United ticket counter.” Airport Police was investigating with the Bloomington Police Department Bomb Squad. About an hour later the airport resumed normal activity. “Scene has been cleared and all areas reopened. Airport back to normal operations,” the airport tweeted. Scene has been cleared and all areas reopened. Airport back to normal operations. — MSP Airport (@mspairport) August 1, 2015  

    August 1, 2015 3:02 pm


  • John McCain’s political playbook still used

    2000 Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife Cindy, smile as confetti falls on them at the end of their 114th New Hampshire town hall meeting with voters at the Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, N.H. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) In the summer of 1999, John McCain didn’t have many big names backing his campaign for president. He didn’t have much money, either, and even resorted at one point to giving away ice cream to drum up a decent-size crowd. Enter the town hall. Driven to “desperation,” McCain decided to meet as many people as possible at as many of the QA events as he could. It took months for the strategy to pay dividends, but when it did, McCain was packing ’em in. “It was just jammed,” McCain said of one town hall, held at a fire house at 8 a.m. “That people would get up real early in the morning to …

    August 1, 2015 12:01 pm


  • White House: Let’s educate inmates

    Everyone deserves a second chance. Inmates, too. That’s the message from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He announced a new pilot program Friday that makes Pell grants available to some prisoners for the first time in two decades. “Ours is a nation of 2nd chances. Giving those who made mistakes a chance to get back on track is the core of who we are,” Duncan tweeted. The goal is to test how effective correctional education programs can be in breaking the cycle of repeat offenders. Congress banned prisoners from being eligible for Pell grants in 1994. Since then, the prison population has grown significantly to 1.6 million nationwide, and calls for reform are coming from President Obama — who recently became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison — as well as members of both parties. “As the President recently noted, for the money we currently spend on prison we could provide universal pre-k …

    August 1, 2015 2:22 pm


  • Redskins’ Breeland expected to miss 4-6 weeks with bad knee

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says cornerback Bashaud Breeland is expected to miss four to six weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee. Gruden addressed Breeland’s injury on Saturday, a day after the second-year player was hurt during the second practice of training camp. Gruden calls Breeland’s diagnosis ”the best-case scenario, probably, for what we thought” and says ”he’s a fast healer.” Gruden says Justin Rogers, Tevin Mitchel and Kyshoen Jarrett will get a shot at playing in the slot with Breeland out. Breeland went down to the turf shortly after the NFL announced he would be suspended for the Redskins’ regular-season opener against Miami for violating the substance abuse policy. Also Saturday, the Redskins signed cornerback Deshazor Everett and released linebacker Dasman McCullum. — Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    August 1, 2015 3:02 pm

World News

  • Display pilot killed in CarFest crash

    Kevin Whyman was trained by the Royal Air Force, his display team said The pilot of a display team aeroplane has been killed in a crash at the CarFest motoring event in Cheshire. Kevin Whyman, 39, was flying a Folland Gnat aircraft that came down near the event at Oulton Park at about 14:00 BST. BBC presenter Chris Evans, CarFest’s founder, confirmed his death and said the pilot’s family had been informed. A visibly upset Mr Evans delivered a statement saying the display pilot had been killed in a “tragic accident”. The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team, said in a statement: “Kevin was a Royal Air Force-trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. “He will be greatly missed by his family, the team and many friends. “Kevin leaves a wife and young daughter.” Mr Whyman, who was born in Chester, is a Cambridge University economics …

    August 1, 2015 3:02 pm


  • It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn’t Twitter flying?

    How many tech companies are saddled with the problem of enjoying global fame but struggling with lacklustre performance? Not Facebook, which revealed in its results that it has nearly 1.5 billion users logging in each month around the world. Twitter, however, is an example where participation is lagging behind reputation. The company built around text-message-length “tweets” announced in its own quarterly results last week that it has 304 million monthly active users (MAUs), who logged in at least once a month in the past quarter. That figure was up only 0.7% from the previous quarter, while the figure for MAUs in the US stayed stubbornly at 65 million. Yet it is Twitter that is so often cited in news stories, TV coverage and even TV adverts, as established media businesses scramble to generate engagement with a tech-savvy mass of viewers, readers and listeners. Twitter is seen as the easy way to do that: anyone can …

    August 1, 2015 12:21 pm


  • Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

    Related images(click to enlarge) Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on the skin of the lower back. This expands to nine the number of completely paralyzed individuals who have achieved voluntary movement while receiving spinal stimulation, though this is the first time the stimulation was delivered non-invasively. Previously it was delivered via an electrical stimulation device surgically implanted on the spinal cord. In the study, the men’s movements occurred while their legs were suspended in braces that hung from the ceiling, allowing them to move freely without resistance from gravity. Movement in this environment is not comparable to walking; nevertheless, the results …

    August 1, 2015 11:22 am


  • Add Asthma, Allergy Plans to Your Back-to-School List

    SATURDAY, Aug. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If your child has asthma or allergies, make sure his or her teacher, principal and school nurse know about it as part of your back-to-school planning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recommends. “More than 10 million kids under age 18 have asthma, and one in four suffer from respiratory allergies,” ACAAI President Dr. James Sublett said in a news release from the organization. “Many kids with asthma and food allergies don’t have a plan in place at school. An allergy or asthma action plan doesn’t do any good if it’s not shared with the people who can act on it,” he noted. The first step is to have allergy/asthma control measures at home, such as lowering exposure to triggers and taking prescribed medications. At school, it’s important for teachers to know your child’s asthma and allergy triggers so that they can help the youngster …

    August 1, 2015 11:41 am


  • Family Members Get Into A Nasty Fight At Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral

    Posted on Sat Aug 1st, 2015 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff While Bobbi Kristina Brown may finally be resting in peace, her memorial service on Saturday was anything but calm and quiet. Brown’s funeral was held this morning at St. James United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and though the late starlet’s boyfriend Nick Gordon was noticeably absent, most of her family members were in attendance. That is, until aunt Leolah Brown was escorted out of the church by Tyler Perry for yelling at Pat Houston! As Houston was getting ready to speak, Leolah started screaming, “Pat you know you are wrong for this!” Leolah then vented to reporters outside of the church and said, “It’s not over. We’ve got evidence of who Pat really is, this is going to be a long drawn out process. Things are connected. Pat is a fraud and a phony. She is not a Houston, she’s a Garland.” Apparently the …

    August 1, 2015 3:02 pm


  • 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