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  • Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland received warning for unspecified ‘unprofessional conduct’

    DALLAS –  The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about “unprofessional conduct” in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, about 200 miles south of Dallas, on July 13, three days after her arrest. Officials say used a plastic bag to hang herself, a finding her family has questioned. Bland’s family and others also have criticized Trooper Brian Encinia, who stopped Bland for failing to signal a lane change. The Associated Press obtained Encinia’s personnel file Friday from the Texas Department of Public Safety through a Freedom of Information Act request. Encinia had been with the department for a little over a year. For the most part, his file was unremarkable. He received “competent” ratings in all of the …

    August 1, 2015 2:40 am


  • Hillary, Bill Clinton report total income of $140 million since 2007

    WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Friday reported income approaching $140 million over the last eight years, providing evidence of the vast wealth they have accumulated. Their tax records showed that in 2013, the Clinton duo delivered six-figure speeches that reaped nearly $23 million. Clinton, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, released her family’s tax returns from 2007 to 2014. The Clinton camp said the release was in keeping with a commitment for transparency. Hillary Clinton is struggling to overcome questions about her honesty that have arisen from a controversy over her use of a private email server for official business as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. A Quinnipiac University poll this week said 57 percent of voters see Clinton as not honest and trustworthy. The Clintons’ adjusted gross income over the period was just shy of $140 million. …

    July 31, 2015 11:59 pm


  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting a baby

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting a baby girl. Zuckerberg announced the news on his Facebook (FB, Tech30) page on Friday afternoon, tagging his wife Priscilla Chan in the post. He said the couple had been trying for a few years, and had already suffered three miscarriages. “You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child,” Zuckerberg said. “You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience.” He did not say when the baby would be born. “Our good news is that our pregnancy is now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful,” said Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg married Chan in 2012. “Cilla” recently finished her medical residency this summer. They posed with their dog Beast in a photo that accompanied the announcement. …

    August 1, 2015 2:00 am


  • Oregon’s Helfrich keeping quiet about new QB as Ducks return

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) If former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams is the next starting quarterback at Oregon, Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich isn’t saying. Helfrich wouldn’t address Adams’ status with the program, his prospects to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota – or even refer to the FCS first-team All-American by name at Pac-12 media days on Friday. ”I know everybody will want to address the quarterback position, and the only thing we’re going to talk about are the people that are here and involved in the program,” Helfrich said. Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns in three seasons at Eastern Washington, producing particularly memorable performances against Pac-12 opponents. Adams passed for 411 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 107 yards and two TDs in a 2013 win at Oregon State, and he threw for 475 yards and seven touchdowns in a 59-52 loss at Washington last season against a Huskies defense …

    August 1, 2015 2:40 am

World News

  • Taliban split over Omar successor

    Many are unhappy that Mullah Mansour (l) has been chosen to succeed Mullah Omar The Afghan Taliban’s Supreme Council was not consulted over the election of a new leader following the death of founder Mullah Omar, the BBC has learned. Taliban sources said on Thursday that his deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been chosen to head the militant group. But a spokesman told the BBC he had not been appointed “by all Taliban”, which was against Sharia law. He said the council would now hold a meeting to elect a new leader. Some Taliban figures have accused pro-Pakistani circles of imposing Mullah Mansour, who is known for his support for peace talks, on them. At least one Taliban faction would have preferred Mullah Omar’s son to succeed him. Who is Mullah Omar? Lyse Doucet: What is the future for the Taliban? Taliban forces continue to launch attacks across Afghanistan Impossible task Taliban spokesman Mullah Abdul …

    August 1, 2015 2:40 am


  • MtGox bitcoin chief held in Japan

    Mr Karpeles’ lawyers asked for the hearing to be delayed Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the collapsed 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. In March 2014, a month after filing for bankruptcy, the firm said it had found 200,000 lost bitcoins. The firm said it found the bitcoins – worth around $116m – in an old digital wallet from 2011. That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000. That total amounts to about 7% of all the bitcoins in existence. Bitcoin is a virtual currency built around a …

    August 1, 2015 12:19 am


  • Starvation effects handed down for generations

    Related images(click to enlarge) Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in roundworms. The effects are what Duke University biologist Ryan Baugh terms a “bet-hedging strategy.” In nature, the worms live a boom-or-bust lifestyle in which the occasional famine will devastate the population, but not all of the worms are killed. The survivors are smaller and less fertile, and they acquire a toughness that lasts at least two generations. What changes isn’t their genes themselves, but the way in which those genes are used, Baugh said. Baugh and his Duke team starved thousands of C. elegans worms for one or eight days at the first stage of larval development after hatching. When feeding was resumed, the worms that had starved longer grew more slowly, and ended up smaller and less fertile. They also proved more susceptible to a second bout of starvation. The starved worms …

    July 31, 2015 11:19 pm


  • Many Older Americans Feel Prepared for Aging

    FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most older Americans feel they are prepared for the process of aging, but many have concerns about maintaining their physical and mental health as they get older, a new survey finds. The 2015 United States of Aging Survey of 1,000 adults 60 and older found that 86 percent felt prepared overall for the process of aging, and 42 percent said they are “very prepared” to age. Forty percent said they are most concerned about maintaining their physical health, while more than one-third were concerned about maintaining their mental health and their memory as they get older. More than two-thirds of respondents said the keys to good health include a healthy diet, having a good attitude and getting enough sleep. Fifty-eight percent said they had not changed residences in more than 20 years, and three-quarters said they intend to live in their current home for the rest of their …

    July 31, 2015 11:39 pm


  • Zoe Saldana Shows Off Her Insanely Fit Tummy After Giving Birth To Twins Less Than A Year Ago

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 12:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff Hot mama! Zoe Saldana gave birth to twin sons Bowie and Cy a mere eight months ago, but you would never guess that based on her latest gym selfie! The Avatar star shows off her rock hard abs in the pic, but makes sure to let her fans know it wasn’t an easy road back to her pre-pregnancy bod! “Almost there! It’s been difficult but so rewarding. I feel strong. All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, damn it!!!” she captioned the snapshot. Almost there?! You’re there, girl! The actress has spoken previously about the effects of pregnancy on her body, and she candidly admitted that weight gain was just one issue she dealt with after giving birth. “Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In …

    August 1, 2015 12:59 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