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  • Despite Trump’s pardon, federal judge won’t wipe Arpaio conviction from record

    Oct. 19 (UPI) — Former Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio might have received a pardon from President Donald Trump, but the judge who found him guilty for criminal contempt has refused to wipe the evidence of his conviction off the record. The presidential pardon assures that Arpaio is protected from prosecution, but his attorneys and the Justice Department had asked Bolton to have her rulings vacated from the court. Bolton denied the request. “The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial record keeping,” she wrote in her ruling. “To vacate all rulings in this case would run afoul of this important distinction. The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, ‘revise the historical facts’ of this case.” And even though he’s a free man …

    October 19, 2017 11:05 pm


  • Democrats fail to block Arctic reserve oil drilling

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth. An amendment blocking the development failed 48-52, mostly along party lines. A lone Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, supported the measure. The only Democrat to vote against it was Joe Manchin from West Virginia. Conservationists and many Democrats treasure the Alaskan reserve, also known as ANWR, as one of the planet’s last paradises. Established by Congress in 1980, it is home to tribes and a habitat for sensitive wildlife including caribou, polar bears and hundreds of species of migratory birds. Republicans, who now control Congress and the White House, have long wanted to open a portion of ANWR called the 1002 area. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the chair of the Senate energy committee and an Alaskan …

    October 19, 2017 10:44 pm


  • Nikkei and Dow Jones Industrials at Record Highs, US Futures Lower, Gold Rises

    Investors will remain attentive to the new highs being attained on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrials is at historic highs. Retail Sales from the U.K faltered via its data. China GDP number met their expectations today. Weekly Unemployment Claims will come from the States. Major Indexes Attaining Record Heights, Trump Decision on Fed Leadership Investors will be paying strict attention to the results on Wall Street today as equities on the three major Indexes continue to attain record heights. Building Permits data from the States yesterday showed some weakness in the housing sector. Today the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index numbers will be released. The White House is also in focus, as investors prepare for President Trump’s decision regarding the future leadership of the Federal Reserve, Trump’s choice for the Chairperson role will likely come in about two weeks. China Growth Meets Estimates, Bullish Behavior from Japan While growth numbers from China only met their …

    October 19, 2017 10:45 pm


  • Party like it’s 1988! Hernandez, Dodgers slam Cubs to reach World Series

    11:31 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CHICAGO — In the end, it was most fitting. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ quest for a pennant ended on the field where it began nearly a year ago, on the ancient grounds of Wrigley Field. It was most fitting that the winning pitcher was the Dodgers’ longtime ace, Clayton Kershaw, who flashed his best stuff in two months and dazzled the Chicago Cubs for six innings. In years past, the Dodgers might have asked Kershaw to do more. This season, they didn’t need him to. It was most fitting that Kershaw didn’t have to carry the load himself. Not in the least. In a season when the Dodgers seemed to produce a fresh hero every night, it was lightly regarded utility player Enrique Hernandez who produced an epic clinching performance. But someone else might have stepped up just as easily. Enrique Hernandez hit three …

    October 19, 2017 10:45 pm

World News

  • Lebanese police seize stolen painting possibly by Dali

    Oct. 19 (UPI) — Lebanese authorities said they seized a stolen painting believed to be by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Security forces issued a statement Wednesday saying they took possession of the painting, Portrait of Mrs. Reeves, Friday, in the Cola neighborhood in Beirut. They said the painting was stolen from a neighboring country. If proved to be authentic, the painting is considered one of Dali’s minor works. He completed a number of high-society portraits on commission, including some during his time in the United States. The crime bureau of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said the painting is worth millions of dollars. But art historian Lawrence Saphire told The Daily Star that Dali’s portraits tended to sell “for a few hundred thousand dollars because they are not considered serious paintings.” Dali is among the most famous painters of the surrealist movement, which is characterized by illogical or fantastical scenes often painted in a realist …

    October 19, 2017 9:23 pm


  • Google and Facebook under pressure after helping anti-refugee campaign

    An anti-refugee campaign, Secure America Now, received targeted help from Facebook and Google to achieve the most efficient use of its millions of dollars of ad-spending in the run up to the US general election, it has been reported. The campaign, which split its focus between anti-Islamic adverts, such as one alleging the imminent creation of the “Islamic State of France”, and more specifically political messages focused on Hillary Clinton, was treated as a big-ticket customer by the advertising teams at both companies, receiving a high tier of personalised treatment, according to Bloomberg News. On Facebook’s part, that partially involved working directly with the advertising agency that handled Secure America Now’s business, to experiment with video advert formats in an effort to find which of 12 different versions was most effective. Facebook used Secure America Now’s video to explore whether or not vertical video adverts could be more impactful than square ones. (They are not, …

    October 19, 2017 10:45 pm


  • Atoms and Josephson junctions simulate 1D quantum liquid

    Disorder at work: the Josephson junction quantum simulator A theory that describes how quantum particles interact with each other in 1D has been put to the test by two independent teams of physicists. In one experiment, aspects of the Tomonaga–Luttinger theory were verified using laser-trapped ultracold atoms. The other study made use of superconducting devices. Confirmation of the theory could lead to the development of new technologies based on nanowires and other 1D systems. Applications include electronics, sensing, energy harvesting and quantum information. Tomonaga–Luttinger theory describes a 1D ensemble of interacting quantum particles in terms of a Tomonaga–Luttinger liquid (TLL). It predicts properties of 1D quantum systems such as how electrons behave in a nanowire. Testing these predictions in a systematic way has not been possible, however, because it is very difficult to control how particles interact in 1D systems such as nanowires. Quantum simulator One way forward is to create an analogous quantum system …

    October 19, 2017 6:39 pm


  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist

    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm


  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months

    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Why is the CIA tweeting about puppies?

    The Central Intelligence Agency’s official Twitter account has been tweeting out plenty of photos of their latest K9 recruits, who are training to be CIA explosive detection canines.  “Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives. Even when motivated w food play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself,” reads one tweet that went viral.   In response to an inquiry from CBS News, a CIA spokesperson explained the agency’s latest social media push. “CIA uses its social media and website to, among other things, educate the public about CIA,” the CIA spokesperson said. “We believed a series of stories about CIA’s nationally-recognized and award-winning program for training dogs to be ‘Explosive Detection Canines’ would be insightful and interesting.” “The story began weeks ago, with picking out the new pups, and followed them as they progressed through the six-week course of imprint training and getting paired with their human partner.  This is followed by another ten weeks …

    October 19, 2017 10:46 pm