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  • Deep seas complicate search for ship lost in hurricane: investigator

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Deep seas will likely hamper efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said on Tuesday, as a search for 32 missing crew ran into a sixth fruitless day. National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr spoke before her arrival in Jacksonville, Florida, to help spearhead an NTSB investigation into what maritime experts have called the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years. She said the probe promised to be difficult given that the ship sank in an unknown location, possibly in 15,000-feet (4,750-meter) deep waters. Its last known location, after departing Jacksonville last week en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was off Crooked Island in the Bahamas. “It’s a big challenge when there’s such a large area of water and at such depth,” Dinh-Zarr said. Locating the wreckage of the ship is crucial as …

    October 6, 2015 8:31 pm


  • House effort to force Ex-Im vote to stall in Senate: McConnell aide

    WASHINGTON A bid by some House Republicans and Democrats to force a vote to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank is likely to stall in the Senate, leaving the trade bank’s supporters to pin last-ditch hopes on attaching it to a Senate transportation bill. U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who opposes renewal of trade bank’s charter that expired June 30, does not want to take up a stand-alone bill that could result from the House effort, an aide to the Kentucky Republican said. “The leader has no plans to spend a week or more on this bill he doesn’t support,” McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas told Reuters. In July, McConnell allowed an Ex-Im renewal measure to be attached to a six-year highway spending plan approved by the Senate. The provision passed by a strong, 64-29 vote, but the transportation bill was stalled by opposition in the House. As a result, Ex-Im, which helps finance exports of …

    October 6, 2015 6:10 pm


  • California outlaws using info from eavesdropping TVs to target ads

    California is banning advertisers from targeting ads using information collected from high-tech TVs that can eavesdrop on their owners. The state’s governor inked a new law on Tuesday that bans companies from “using or selling” recordings made by SmartTVs in order to customize commercials. Some modern televisions equipped with voice recognition allow viewers to control the TV with audible commands. Samsung issued an unsettling warning in February when it told customers that SmartTVs are constantly listening and transmitting recordings back to the company, whether or not the feature is turned on. Samsung said the information is only used to help improve the voice command feature, but it was unsettling for people who thought their living room conversations were private. It also tipped the public off to a potential for abuse. “It might be a little creepy if the family discussing financial issues finds themselves receiving targeted commercials from bankruptcy attorneys as they watch their favorite …

    October 6, 2015 8:31 pm


  • Offensive line woes have Wilson, Seahawks scrambling for answers

    Although the Seattle Seahawks are no strangers to comparisons with the San Francisco 49ers over the past few seasons, there’s a current one they can live without. #Seahawks have five offensive touchdowns in 42 drives this season. The TDs are tied with 1-3 San Francisco for league’s fewest. — Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 6, 2015 The Seahawks have rebounded from an 0-2 start with back-to-back victories, but their issues on offense are becoming a cause for alarm. Seattle has scored five offensive touchdowns on 42 drives, which is tied with the 49ers for the fewest in the NFL. More from FoxSports One of the biggest trouble spots – a leaky offensive line – was on display in Monday night’s controversial 13-10 victory over the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked six times, bringing his season total to 18, and was running for his life on a number of other occasions. Sure it’s an incomplete …

    October 6, 2015 9:11 pm

World News

  • Burkina Faso coup leader charged

    Image copyright AP Image caption Gen Gilbert Diendere later described the coup as “the biggest mistake” The leader of last month’s short-lived coup in Burkina Faso has been charged with crimes including threatening state security and murder. Gen Gilbert Diendere is expected to face trial before a military tribunal. Interim President Michel Kafando was reinstated two weeks ago after intervention from the army and West African leaders. The presidential guards’ unit that carried out the coup is to be disbanded. BBC West Africa correspondent Thomas Fessy says Gen Diendere has been formally charged with 11 crimes including threatening state security, murder, collusion with foreign forces, voluntary assault and wilful destruction of property. Former Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole, who was also arrested in connection with the coup, has also been charged. Mr Bassole has always denied any involvement. Image copyright AFP Image caption The army stormed the base of the presidential guard when members refused to …

    October 6, 2015 8:31 pm


  • Can we live in harmony with robots?

    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Who is most at risk: the humans or the machines? Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives. In Japan they grow so attached to their robot dogs that they hold funerals for them when they “die”. Sony, the firm that began making the popular Aibo toys in 1999, decided to stop offering repairs in 2014, meaning once they broke down they were fit only for the scrapheap. But people weren’t willing to throw them in the rubbish bin, wanting instead to say goodbye to them in the same way you would to a human or pet. Image copyright Other Image caption In Japan robot …

    October 6, 2015 6:30 pm


  • New species discovered: Hog-nose rat

    Related images(click to enlarge) Museum of Natural Science Curator of Mammals Jake Esselstyn at Louisiana State University and his international collaborators have discovered a new genus and species on a remote, mountainous island in Indonesia. This new discovery is the third new genus described by this group of scientists since 2012, and identifies a rodent with features never seen by the scientific community before. On the second morning of their field season in 2013, Esselstyn and Museum Victoria Senior Curator of Mammals Kevin Rowe set out in opposite directions from their field camp to check their traps. Unbeknownst to each other, they both caught the same type of animal in their respective traps and immediately knew they were looking at a new species. “We had never seen anything like this. It was obviously a new species. We came back to camp and were both surprised that the other one had it as well,” Esselstyn said. …

    October 6, 2015 9:11 pm


  • Factors in middle school tied to impaired driving later on

    (Reuters Health) – Risk factors for intoxicated driving in high school, or for riding with impaired drivers, may be evident in children as young as 12, a new study suggests. Middle-schoolers with positive attitudes toward marijuana or recent alcohol use, for example, were at increased risk of driving under the influence and riding with drinking drivers as teens, the authors found. Regular conversations with adolescents may help parents and caregivers identify the youngsters who are at risk, said senior author Elizabeth D’Amico, of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. “It’s out there and around them, and if you keep an open door they’re going to be able to tell you more and you’ll be able to help them more,” D’Amico told Reuters Health. One in 10 high school students admits to driving under the influence of alcohol in the past 30 days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one …

    October 6, 2015 5:49 pm


  • Jennifer Lopez’s 46-Year-Old Booty Is Still On Fleek

    Posted on Tue Oct 6th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff After getting a peek at Jennifer Lopez in a pair of skintight white pants, it’s pretty safe to say that age is nothing but a number. Well, for some lucky souls! On Monday afternoon the 46-year-old actress headed to the dance studio to prep for her Las Vegas Planet Hollywood residency, and from her flawless skin to those sexy heels, she looked amazing. So when does J. Lo move to Sin City and what can we expect from her set? The star’s gig starts at Planet Hollywood on January 20, 2016, and she recently told ET Online, “I think I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. I’m excited about going to Vegas [and] doing the kind of quintessential show that I’ve always had in my mind. It’s gonna have everything that I’ve been known to do over the years, and it’s gonna be a …

    October 6, 2015 8:51 pm


  • Acting out of weakness? Why Obama’s dangerously wrong about Putin’s intentions in Syria

    In last Friday’s press conference, President Obama called Vladimir Putin’s incursion in Syria “an act of weakness.” It’s his pat answer when Putin misbehaves. The White House likes to portray the Kremlin as a place filled with petulant children who don’t understand what’s in their own best interest and will one day rue their misguided behavior. A mixture of condescension and patience may be an appropriate tactic in child rearing. But in a dangerous world, it’s a lackadaisical prescription for disaster. Mr. Obama sees Putin’s military adventure as a quagmire-in-waiting for the Kremlin. In the end, he believes, Moscow will lose more than it gains and find itself isolated and censured by the international community. This, he concludes, will leave Putin weaker than when he started. But there’s a problem with the president’s line of thinking. Actually, there are several. Sometimes it might make sense to give some actors space to “learn their lesson.” But …

    October 6, 2015 8:30 pm

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm