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  • Teen taking test drive in Lamborghini dies in crash; excessive speed believed a factor

    MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. –  A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend’s Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail. Police say 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was taking the car for a spin on a county road in Mount Sinai on Long Island early Friday when he lost control. The car’s owner, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car and was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Det. Sgt. Michael Fitzharris tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1vUWXaU) that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. Of the test drive, Fitzharris says, “I think it was probably just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kid, and this man chose to give him this opportunity.” Shepard’s father, Gene, tells the newspaper that Lamborghinis were his son’s favorite car. ___ Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

    August 30, 2014 9:08 am


  • Obama unloads on Republicans, sees ‘cynical genius’

    NEWPORT R.I. (Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises. “There has been a certain cynical genius to what some of these folks have done,” Obama said at the second of three fundraisers he attended. “What they’ve realized is, if we don’t get anything done, then people are going to get cynical about government and its possibilities of doing good for everybody,” he said in Purchase, New York. ”And since they don’t believe in government, that’s a pretty good thing.”  Many polls show Republicans regaining control of the Senate in November’s elections. That would give them control of both houses of Congress, making it harder for the president to move forward on his agenda in the remaining two years of his presidency. Republican opposition has blocked the …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am


  • Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO

    The maker of the Angry Birds video game is replacing its CEO. The maker of the Angry Birds mobile video game is dumping its CEO as the company struggles with increased competition and difficulties in changing its business model. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish video game maker, announced that CEO Mikael Hed will “pass the hoodie” in January to former Nokia (NOK) executive Pekka Rantala, a reference to the typical clothing worn in the company’s offices. The company is shifting its business from a pay-to-play, in which players buy the video game, to a free-to-play model. It now gets about half its revenue from licensing Angry Birds images for toys, clothing and other novelty items. But while revenue has held up, profit in 2013 fell by more than 50%. Rovio has had trouble with its plans to charge users for purchases made in the games. Competitors such as King Digital Entertainment (KING), maker of the Candy …

    August 30, 2014 8:49 am


  • A’s seek success in 3rd test with Angels

    (SportsNetwork.com) – Oakland will rely on Jeff Samardzija on Saturday when it continues a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium. The Athletics originally had Scott Kazmir lined up for this start, but Oakland manager Bob Melvin opted to flip-flop him with Samardzija. Kazmir will instead start Sunday’s finale. “The idea is to give Kaz a little more time off,” Melvin said. “It’s been a while since he’s pitched this much, and Shark (Samardzija) feels real good right now.” Not to mention, the A’s are 0-3 in August when Jon Lester and Kazmir have faced the same team in back-to-back starts. So it will be Samardzija, who is coming off one of his better efforts since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. Samardzija snapped a two-start losing streak on Monday in Houston, as he allowed two runs in eight innings and struck out 10 to improve to 4-3 with a …

    August 30, 2014 9:09 am

World News

  • Lesotho PM flees ‘military coup’

    30 August 2014 Last updated at 13:24 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Thomas Thabane said he would return to Lesotho and step aside if he loses the next election The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger. Speaking to the BBC, Thomas Thabane said he would return from South Africa, which surrounds Lesotho, “as soon as I know I am not going to get killed”. Reports say the capital, Maseru, is now calm after soldiers seized buildings. The army denied staging a coup. Lesotho has seen a series of military coups since independence in 1966. Mr Thabane has headed a unity government since, but suspended parliament sessions in June amid feuding in his coalition. He denied accusations that his actions had undermined his government. Lesotho is a largely rural country dominated …

    August 30, 2014 9:09 am


  • In paralysis, finding freedom via brain-wave tech

    Eric Valor, 45, at his home in Aptos, Calif. He uses an eye-tracking camera to help him communicate and a sensor taped to his cheek to alert an attendant. James Martin/CNET All of a sudden, Eric Valor struggled to surf. His left foot started dragging while he tried to pop up on his board, causing more wipeouts than normal for the avid wave rider. What started as a visit to the foot doctor resulted in an eventual diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition with few known causes that bit by bit takes away a person’s ability to control muscle movements and leads to death. Valor out surfing, once a regular hobby along with snowboarding and scuba diving. Courtesy of Eric Valor “The gravity of that day,” he said of when he was diagnosed, “of the terrifying fear, volcanic anger, the inconsolable sorrow for the loss …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am


  • Watching the structure of glass under pressure

    Related images(click to enlarge) Glass has many applications that call for different properties, such as resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments. Glassmakers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak these properties by changing the atomic structure of glass. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time captured atoms in borosilicate glass flipping from one structure to another as it is placed under high pressure. The findings may have implications for understanding how glasses and similar “amorphous” materials respond at the atomic scale under stress, said Sabyasachi Sen, professor of materials science at UC Davis. Sen is senior author on a paper describing the work published Aug. 29 in the journal Science. Boron oxide is often added to glass to control a range of properties, including chemical durability, flow resistance, optical transparency and thermal expansion. Material scientists know that the structure around the boron atoms in …

    August 30, 2014 8:08 am


  • Liberia adds new Ebola centers as tries to contain virus outbreak

    DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Liberia is building five new Ebola treatment centers each with capacity for 100 beds as it struggles to contain the spread of world’s biggest outbreak of the deadly disease, government and health officials said on Saturday. The hemorrhagic fever has killed more than 1,500 people and infected over 3,000 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal since March and there is currently no widely available vaccine or cure but early treatment can save lives. World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesman Francis Kasolo said Liberia was the worst hit country in west Africa, with nearly 700 deaths among about 1,500 cases, and increasing the number of beds in coming weeks would ease the pressure in the country’s congested hospitals. Ebola, which is passed between humans by contact with infected tissues and fluids, has put severe strain on west African health systems, which were already weak due to poverty, corruption and years …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am


  • Miley Cyrus’ VMAs date turns himself in to police

    Emotional Miley Cyrus sends homeless youth to accept VMA An Oregon official told the New York Daily News that Helt was booked on a probation violation warrant at the Polk County Jail in The Dalles, Oregon. He posted the $2,500 bail and is expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks. According to court records, Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass after breaking into a man’s apartment several years ago. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation, and his arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after Helt violated his probation. Helt has been homeless in Los Angeles while trying to find work there as a model. He met Cyrus at Hollywood homeless shelter My Friend’s Place, which the singer has been helping raise money for. Miley Cyrus’ VMAs date is a wanted man Helt gained nationwide attention when he accompanied Cyrus to the VMAs and …

    August 30, 2014 7:27 am


  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama

      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am

Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm