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  • At least 6 protesters arrested at rally against Cincinnati traffic stop shooting

    CINCINNATI –  Police say at least six people were arrested during a rally protesting the traffic stop shooting of a black motorist by a white campus officer in Cincinnati. Friday night began with a candlelight vigil organized by the family of Samuel DuBose, whose July 19 death came amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Overall, the protests were peaceful and there were no reports of violent arrests. Cincinnati police Captain Doug Wiesman tells the Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1M3beNY) officers made the initial arrest because someone had threatened a business in a march after the vigil ended. Other demonstrators tried to obstruct officers and were also arrested, he says. Former Officer Ray Tensing has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting. ___ Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

    August 1, 2015 6:21 am


  • Bush not a candidate? Super PAC’s spending reveals otherwise

    NEW YORK The first report of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, made public Friday, reveals for the first time, election lawyers say, just how much the group, Right to Rise, functioned as a kind of shadow campaign for Bush. The group shelled out $5.4 million from January through June for all the workaday line items, from travel to catering to political consulting, that have traditionally been paid for by candidates’ campaign committees. The Super PAC’s filing also reveals the gilded roster of Bush’s top donors, a formidable collection of some of the world’s most powerful and influential billionaires and GOP grandees, such as Coral Gables resident and private equity king Miguel Fernandez, who, with $3 million, was Bush’s top donor. San Franciscans William Oberndorf and Helen Schwab each gave about $1.5 million and 20 other people gave at least $1 million apiece. With its $103 million haul, the Super PAC has smashed the …

    August 1, 2015 4:00 am


  • Here are Jon Stewart’s final “Daily Show” guests

    Jon Stewart will spend his final week as “Daily Show” host with fellow comedians. Amy Schumer, Denis Leary, and Louis C.K. will be Stewart’s final guests, the host announced on Thursday night’s “Daily Show.” Schumer will be on Monday, Leary on Tuesday, and Louis C.K. on Wednesday, according to Comedy Central’s website. “Remember, next week is our last week,” Stewart said to close Thursday’s show. “I can’t wait to show my appreciation at all the support and enthusiasm that you guys have given this show all these years, so thank you all so much. Next week, tune in, it’s going to be a ball.” Related: Will Jon Stewart’s biggest guests return for his final week? Stewart’s final show will also run longer than usual at 52 minutes and Comedy Central will have a “Daily Show” marathon leading up to his final sign off on August 6, according to the network’s website schedule. The re-aired episodes …

    August 1, 2015 6:20 am


  • Nuggets sign Emmanuel Mudiay to multiyear deal

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed top pick Emmanuel Mudiay to a multiyear deal Friday. Taken with the seventh overall selection, the 19-year-old point guard will be counted on heavily by the Nuggets after they traded Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets. Mudiay had a solid summer league performance for Denver as he averaged 12 points and 5.8 assists. His play in Las Vegas gained notice and he was named to the All-NBA summer league second team. General manager Tim Connelly recently said he’s confident Mudiay can handle the workload running new coach Michael Malone’s system, especially with veteran Jameer Nelson expected to lend guidance. Mudiay suited up last season in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 18 points in 12 games.

    August 1, 2015 6:21 am

World News

  • New Taliban leader calls for unity

    The Taliban has vowed to continue with attacks such as the one that hit the Afghan parliament in June The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, has called for unity in an audio message, saying that the group will continue fighting. Mullah Mansour was named as the new leader on Thursday, after the death of former head Mullah Omar was confirmed. But a Taliban spokesman told the BBC he had not been appointed “by all Taliban”, going against Sharia law. The audio message said fighters should unite as “division in our ranks will only please our enemies”. It also said that the Taliban would “continue our jihad until we bring an Islamic rule in the country”. The 30-minute recording was released to journalists by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid on Saturday. Some Taliban figures have accused pro-Pakistani circles of imposing Mullah Mansour, who is known for his support for peace talks, on them. …

    August 1, 2015 6:21 am


  • Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan

    Mr Karpeles’ lawyers asked for the hearing to be delayed Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin. Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February. He is suspected of having accessed the exchange’s computer system to falsify data on its outstanding balance. MtGox claimed it was caused by a bug but it later filed for bankruptcy. Japan’s Kyodo News said a lawyer acting on Mr Karpeles’ behalf denied his client had done anything illegal. Mr Karpeles, who was born in France, is suspected of benefiting to the tune of $1m (£640,000), the agency said. In March 2014, a month after filing for bankruptcy, MtGox said it had found 200,000 lost bitcoins. The firm said it found the bitcoins – worth around $116m – in an old digital wallet …

    August 1, 2015 4:20 am


  • Stormy seas in Sagittarius

    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae – hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust. Nebulae are often named based on their key characteristics – particularly beautiful examples include the Ring Nebula (heic1310), the Horsehead Nebula (heic1307) and the Butterfly Nebula (heic0910). This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the centre of the Lagoon Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 8, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The inspiration for this nebula’s name may not be immediately obvious – this is because the image captures only the very heart of the nebula. The Lagoon Nebula’s name …

    August 1, 2015 3:20 am


  • India court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case

    MUMBAI An Indian court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator’s report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company said. The Bombay High Court will give a judgment at a later date, Rajesh Batra said in a statement late on Friday. Nestle has been at the center of India’s worst food scare in a decade after a regulator in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in May said it found excess lead in a sample of the firm’s popular Maggi noodles. The company withdrew the brand from Indian stores last month. It has since challenged the findings of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) at the Bombay High Court. The lawyer said television reports on Friday that the court had asked FSSAI and Nestle India to retest Maggi noodles were incorrect. A lawyer for FSSAI could not be reached by Reuters. …

    August 1, 2015 3:40 am


  • Aww Shucks! Calvin Harris Is Still That Awkward Geek From Scotland

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 11:02am PDT       By X17 Staff Still can’t take the geek outta Calvin Harris! Looking like a shy boy, Calvin Harris kept his hands in his pockets as he arrived at LAX for his flight out of the city of Angels on Thursday. Aww does someone need a hug? The DJ, who has been loving up Taylor Swift, dressed casually for his flight out of town, wearing a grey shirt, black pants and the hottest shoe in the world — the Yeezy Boost 350s. We think the Scot is too hot to handle — but that wasn’t the always the case … Yesterday, the hunky music man posted a hilarious Throwback Thursday of him and a pal, in which Tay Swizz’s main man looks endearingly dorky. Along with the snap, Calvin wrote, “ME AND IRV IN JUMPIN JAKS DUMFRIES 2002 LOOKING F-CKING FANTASTIC #SCOTLAND #LIFE #IRV #LEGEND.” Umm we love how …

    August 1, 2015 5:00 am


  • 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