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  • Friends, colleagues to remember slain Mississippi nuns

    DURANT, Miss. –  Friends and colleagues who knew two nuns killed in their Mississippi home are gathering Sunday to remember them, as authorities continue to investigate the harrowing crime that shocked people in the small communities where the women committed their lives to helping the poor. Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, has been arrested and charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill. The county sheriff said Sanders confessed to the killings although many people are struggling to comprehend why anyone would want to take the two women’s lives. A wake is scheduled to be held Sunday at the St. Thomas Church in Lexington where the women led Bible study. That will be followed by a mass Monday in Jackson. The women’s bodies were found in their Durant, Mississippi, home after they failed to show up for work Thursday at a health clinic in Lexington, about 10 miles away. …

    August 28, 2016 1:09 am


  • Trump vows crackdown on immigrants who overstay visas if elected

    DES MOINES, Iowa U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered fresh details of how he would tackle illegal immigration on Saturday, saying he would crack down on those who overstay their visas as he sought to quiet criticism from conservatives. In a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump also cited the shooting death of a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade to urge African-American voters to rally behind him, calling it an example of violence that has to be addressed. Trump, speaking on the Iowa State Fairgrounds with hay bales stacked behind him, sought to clarify his views on how to overhaul the U.S. immigration system after saying earlier in the week that he was softening on his plan to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants. That stance drew fire from conservatives who wanted him to stand fast after he won the Republican presidential nomination in large part by a hardline stance that would …

    August 28, 2016 12:29 am


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • 'Laser Show' redux: Dustin Pedroia showing the way for Red Sox

    1:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment BOSTON — To hear Dustin Pedroia tell it, he only knew he was on the verge of making history Saturday night because he overheard the broadcasters discussing it on television as he walked through the Boston Red Sox clubhouse between innings. “I heard something, but I didn’t know what it was,” Pedroia said, straight-faced. “I didn’t really catch what they were saying.” That doesn’t seem quite right, does it? Not after right fielder Mookie Betts confessed that the Red Sox dugout was “locked in every time [Pedroia] came to the plate” in an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Meanwhile, shortstop Xander Bogaerts could tell Pedroia was in the midst of piling up nine, 10, 11 hits in a row because, well, he has a good memory and he’s able to count. “Matter of fact,” Bogaerts said, “I told [assistant hitting coach] …

    August 28, 2016 1:09 am

World News

  • Richard Branson injured in serious bicycle crash

    VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said he’s “glad to be alive” after a bicycle crash in the Virgin Islands left him with a fractured cheek, torn ligaments and cuts and bruises. Branson was training for an upcoming athletic challenge when he hit a bump in the road while traveling down a hill. “The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes,” he said in a blog post on the Virgin website. “I was flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life.” Branson was flown to a hospital in Miami for x-rays and scans. Branson shared a photo on Twitter Friday of himself drinking tea out of a straw due to the extent of his injuries. …

    August 27, 2016 6:06 pm


  • Now You Can Finally Use Your Drone to Make Money

    The skies are about to get substantially more populated with drones. They won’t deliver packages to your doorstep anytime soon, but a large menu of other kinds of commercial drone missions will become legal on Monday thanks to new federal rules. The guidelines also make it much simpler to become a commercial drone pilot, lowering the barrier of entry for people and companies to use unmanned aircraft commercially. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone regulations limit commercial operations to relatively low-risk scenarios. The aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds, remain below 400 feet, and cannot fly beyond the operator’s visual line of sight, at night, or directly over crowds of people. But limiting flights to this fairly narrow context isn’t a problem, says Chris Anderson, the former Wired editor-in-chief who is now CEO of 3DR, a leading drone maker. “The vast majority of commercial uses that we can think of fall into that space …

    August 28, 2016 12:49 am


  • US teens more likely to vape for flavorings than nicotine in e-cigarettes

    US teens are more likely to vape for the flavourings found in e-cigarettes rather than nicotine, suggests research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. The findings call into question the designation of e-cigarettes as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and suggest that the recent spike in the popularity of e-cigarettes among this age group doesn’t signal a ‘nicotine epidemic’ as feared, conclude the researchers. It is widely assumed that teen vapers are vaping nicotine, so in a bid to find out exactly what substances they are vaping, the researchers quizzed almost 15,000 students about their vaping experiences as part the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey–an annual, nationally representative study of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. Some 3837 of the students had vaped at some point, and of those who had vaped within the past month, 1701 had done so at least once; 1085 had done so up to five times; and 616 had …

    August 27, 2016 11:48 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Ralph Macchio, Jewel help roast their friend Rob Lowe on Comedy Central

    NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Rob Lowe‘s long-time friend and The Outsiders co-star Ralph Macchio has joined the roster of celebrities to skewer Lowe at a Comedy Central roast. The event was taped Saturday and will air on the cable network Labor Day. The actor’s Tommy Boy cast-mate David Spade served as roast-master for the television special. Political commentator Ann Coulter, singer/songwriter Jewel, football player Peyton Manning, and comedians Nikki Glaser, Jimmy Carr, Pete Davidson, Rob Riggle and Jeff Ross were also among the roasters. Previous Comedy Central roasts took aim at Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, William Shatner and Roseanne Barr.

    August 28, 2016 1:49 am


  • Don’t weep for Gawker — it was no free speech martyr

    Recently, dozens of journalists in Turkey were marched off to jail for daring to challenge the Islamist authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan. Across the world there are great journalists doing brave and exceptional things — and who are suffering for it. Gawker.com, which shut down this week, was not one of those places. Gawker was not censored or silenced or, as a blog post on the site claimed recently, “murdered.” A better description was that it committed suicide. Gawker was not all bad, and broke some important stories. However, founder Nick Denton was a narcissistic gossip peddler whose morality was so fluid that, according to former editor Max Read, even his own reporters rarely knew where the line was drawn. Gawker’s downfall started in 2007 when it outed PayPal founder Peter Thiel, in part for apparently holding the wrong political opinions. (Thiel is a well known libertarian, and now supports Donald Trump.) It also outed a …

    August 27, 2016 3:24 pm

Odd News

  • Police probe mystery of live shark found in roadside puddle

    ONE TREE HILL, Australia, Aug. 26 (UPI) — South Australia police said they have “ruled out the possibility of a Sharknado” in the mystery of a shark found in a roadside puddle. Police said a member of the public contacted authorities Friday morning to report finding a small shark partially submerged in a roadside puddle in the town of One Tree Hill. Fauna Rescue South Australia responded to the scene and transferred the shark, believed to be a Port Jackson shark, to a water tank. The group said the shark was alive at the time of its rescue, but later died. “How the shark came to be in the puddle is still a mystery, however, police have ruled out the possibility of a Sharknado,” police said. “It is believed the shark may have been caught earlier today and dumped, or was kept as a pet but was growing too large for its tank.”

    August 28, 2016 12:09 am