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  • Construction accident closes down major San Francisco freeway

    SAN FRANCISCO Emergency work was expected to block off the principal freeway connecting San Francisco to the south for at least 20 hours, after a construction crane crashed into and demolished a tower supporting high-voltage power lines. “All southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 are closed down until possibly 5 p.m. today,” Officer Eric Anderson of the California Highway Patrol said on Saturday, warning of significant traffic delays. The crane was being used to construct a new freeway overpass in Burlingame, a suburb south of San Francisco. Officer Art Montiel of the highway patrol said the crane struck Pacific Gas Electric (PG) towers, sending the power lines over the freeway. He said the power company had to wait for heavy equipment to arrive on the scene. The accident, reported at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, coincided with a momentary power disruption in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. The massive scoreboard at ATT …

    August 29, 2015 1:51 pm


  • An angry man who turned to murder

    Investigators search garbage from a dumpster near the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan II in Roanoke, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no records indicating he was ever committed for psychiatric care or had been the subject of a restraining order. Hop-scotching around the country for work, he rarely stayed anywhere longer than a year and didn’t …

    August 29, 2015 10:50 am


  • Chinese official defends intervention: ‘We must take action’

    Expect the Chinese government not to sit still when its financial markets are falling apart. If there is “systemic risk to the financial system, we must take action,” China’s Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao told CNN in an exclusive interview Friday. Zhu’s comments came after two weeks of extreme turmoil in the global stock markets, particularly in China. The key Shanghai stock index has plunged more than 40% since June and erased all 2015 gains. The backdrop is that the Chinese government has been especially active in the financial markets lately. Just two weeks ago, the country surprised the world by allowing the yuan to devalue. It propped up its markets by actually buying stocks a few months earlier. And this week, as its stock market tanked, the People’s Bank of China cut its key rates for the fifth time in just nine months in an effort to keep money flowing in its financial system. …

    August 29, 2015 12:51 pm


  • Lawyer: Tony Stewart’s response to lawsuit ‘appalling’

    NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart’s car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are ”appalling.” Attorney Mark Lanier said Saturday in an email that Kevin Ward Jr. was killed last year as he walked on a dirt track in upstate New York even though Stewart is one of the world’s best drivers. The lawyer noted five other cars drove around Ward during a yellow caution flag before Stewart ”revved his engine and ran him over.” He called Stewart’s legal papers in response to the lawsuit ”appalling.” Ward’s family sued Stewart this month for unspecified damages, accusing Stewart of gross negligence in the August 2014 accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Stewart’s lawyer, Brian Gwitt, said in court papers Friday that Ward was impaired by marijuana and died because he exited his car during the race. ”Stewart …

    August 29, 2015 1:51 pm

World News

  • Lebanese hold ‘You Stink’ rally

    Image caption Protesters are calling for the resignation of the environment minister and new parliamentary elections Thousands of people are taking part in a rally in the Lebanese capital Beirut in protest at a government they say is corrupt and ineffective. Security is high amid fears the demonstrations could turn violent, as similar protests did last weekend. Dissatisfaction with Lebanon’s ruling groups was sparked by a failure to solve a crisis over the disposal of rubbish earlier this summer. It led to the “You Stink” campaign calling for high-level resignations. The protesters poured into a major square in central Beirut, waving Lebanese flags and shouting anti-government slogans. Many wore t-shirts with the words “You Stink”. Some were playing music and singing. Lebanon wracked by dysfunction Lebanon cartoons vent anger at rubbish crisis In a speech before the protesters, campaign organiser Rasha Halabi called for the resignation of the environment minister and for the interior minister …

    August 29, 2015 1:51 pm


  • Come September, Apple TV Will Outshine the iPhone

    About Apple’s September event… Apple’s annual September media event is an oxymoron — it’s become almost entirely predictable. One year it introduces a major new iPhone redesign and the next it offers incremental iPhone improvements. And make no mistake about it, despite last year’s Apple Watch debut, at the core of the September event is the critically important iPhone. To illustrate: In 2011, Apple introduced the incrementally improved iPhone 4s, which in turn introduced Siri as its cool new feature. In 2012, Apple introduced the redesigned iPhone 5. In 2013, came the iPhone 5s, which introduced Touch ID, alongside the polycarbonate iPhone 5c and a redesigned iOS 7. In 2014, we saw the redesigned iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which delivered the larger screens users were pining for, plus a bunch of little improvements here and there. Now, in 2015, the September event likely will introduce an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The …

    August 29, 2015 11:10 am


  • Moffitt makes important steps toward developing a blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early

    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States and has a 5-year survival rate of only 6 percent, which is the lowest rate of all types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. This low survival rate is partially attributed to the difficulty in detecting pancreatic cancer at an early stage. According to a new ‘proof of principle’ study published in Aug. 27 issue of Cancer Prevention Research, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers hope to improve pancreatic cancer survival rates by identifying markers in the blood that can pinpoint patients with premalignant pancreatic lesions called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs). “One promising strategy to reduce the number of people affected by pancreatic cancer is to identify and treat premalignant pancreatic lesions,” said first author Jennifer Permuth-Wey, Ph.D., M.S., assistant member in the Departments of Cancer Epidemiology and Gastrointestinal Oncology at Moffitt. “IPMNs are established precursor lesions to pancreatic …

    August 29, 2015 10:12 am


  • European heart experts okay longer use of blood thinners

    LONDON European heart experts on Saturday endorsed the potential use of multiple blood thinning drugs for heart attack patients beyond one year, in a move that may boost demand for AstraZeneca’s Brilinta. New European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines state for the first time that use of so-called P2Y12 inhibitors in addition to aspirin beyond one year “may be considered after careful assessment of the ischaemic and bleeding risks of the patient”. The move follows an assessment of two large clinical trials, known as PEGASUS and DAPT, showing that prolonged dual drug treatment can reduce the risk of repeat heart attacks or strokes in patients with previous heart problems. Plavix, which was developed by Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb and is now available as a cheap generic, is the most widely used P2Y12. But Brilinta has shown additional benefits and AstraZeneca is working to ramp up its use. Following the success of the PEGASUS trial, the …

    August 29, 2015 10:30 am


  • Kendall Jenner And Kourtney Kardashian Sizzle At The Studio

    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 10:38am PDT       By X17 Staff Not only was it about 100 degrees out yesterday, but Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian were looking smokin’ hot when X17 photographers snapped their photo. On Friday afternoon the sexy siblings stopped by the studio to film Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Kenny opted for a cool sundress and sneakers while Kourtney wore a pair of high-waisted jeans, heels and a tight tank. Later in the day Kourt went to Color Me Mine with son Mason, and she also posted some sweet photos on Instagram with son Reign. Of course, what was estranged partner Scott Disick doing? Later in the day he was snapped partying with Kylie Jenner and Tyga. Um, what?! The trio of troublemakers went to at 1 Oak in West Hollywood and left around 2am. While it’s not good that he can’t quit the club scene, at least he was getting …

    August 29, 2015 1:51 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm