• ‘Food van off road during Six Nations’

    ‘Food van off road during Six Nations’

    Elinor Snowsill and her Wales team-mates are hoping to qualify for the 2017 World Cup through their placing at this year’s Six Nations – needing better results than Italy and Scotland to secure the spot...
  • ‘Iron Boy’ granted superhero wish

    ‘Iron Boy’ granted superhero wish

    Image copyright NSW Police Image caption NSW police chief Andrew Scipione called Iron Boy “Sydney’s true hero” A young Australian boy with cystic fibrosis has been given the chance to save Sydney from a super...
  • There are a lot of empty homes in Flint, Michigan

    There are a lot of empty homes in Flint, Michigan

    Flint has a housing problem. Nationwide, the average vacancy rate is 1.6%, according a report from RealtyTrac. But in Flint, the rate is nearly five times higher at 7.5%. “That is pretty worrisome,” said Daren...
  • China Could Have an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Next Year

    In what would be a milestone for advanced nuclear power, China’s Nuclear Engineering Construction Corporation plans to start up a high-temperature, gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear reactor in Shandong province, south of Beijing, late next year. Examples...
  • Glamorgan mull over extra coach

    Glamorgan mull over extra coach

    Robert Croft was part of England’s backroom team for the recent one-day series in South Africa Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris says the club is still considering whether to add an extra coach to the...

Headline News

  • Pacifica: Residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs


    PACIFICA, Calif. –  Living with the Pacific Ocean as your backyard has its benefits. But the crumbling ocean cliffs have forced dozens to move quickly and at a high cost. Still, others remain, unsure of when the call to leave might come. The toll has been heavy in recent years. In 2010, two apartment buildings undermined by previous storms were evacuated and face demolition. Last month, during El Nino storms, the residents of another apartment building and two homes were forced to move out. Continuing erosion has left these three neighboring apartments sitting unsafely on the edge of an 80-foot bluff. Officials have visited in recent weeks and pledged to seek state and federal assistance. But many forced out residents say they felt abandoned, left alone to find money for moving, storage lockers and new dwellings.

    February 11, 2016 1:48 am
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Politics

  • Puerto Rico senate approves bill to restructure utility PREPA


    The Puerto Rico senate has approved the PREPA Revitalization Act, intended to restructure the country’s debt-laden power utility, a spokesman for PREPA said. The bill now moves to the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, which would need to approve it before it could become law. “This legislation provides PREPA with critical tools to make PREPA the modern utility that Puerto Rico needs and deserves,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. PREPA, with more than $8 billion in debt, reached a restructuring deal in December with about 70 percent of its creditors. That deal hit a roadbump in January when Puerto Rico’s lawmakers failed to meet a Jan. 22 deadline to pass necessary legislation. However, the agency and bondholders agreed to extend a crucial deadline to Feb. 16. (Reporting by Shivam Srivastava in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)

    February 11, 2016 12:47 am
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Stocks

  • There are a lot of empty homes in Flint, Michigan


    Flint has a housing problem. Nationwide, the average vacancy rate is 1.6%, according a report from RealtyTrac. But in Flint, the rate is nearly five times higher at 7.5%. “That is pretty worrisome,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “The long-term impact is blight that spreads from neighborhoods and ripples out to the larger community … it ultimately drags on home prices and values.” In Flint, one in 14 houses are vacant, Blomquist noted. But in five zip codes close to the city’s center, the problem is much worse: one in five houses are empty. “It’s a downward spiral as vacancy rates rise,” he said. “A homeowner who is trying to sell their house might have to end up walking away, and that adds to the problem.” Flint is under a state of emergency after it was discovered that the city’s water supply had been contaminated with unsafe levels of lead. “I would suspect …

    February 11, 2016 1:28 am
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Sports

  • ‘Food van off road during Six Nations’


    Elinor Snowsill and her Wales team-mates are hoping to qualify for the 2017 World Cup through their placing at this year’s Six Nations – needing better results than Italy and Scotland to secure the spot Before joining up with her Wales team-mates for the Six Nations, fly-half Elinor Snowsill talks to me while cooking 40 chicken breasts. They are not all for the 25-year-old – she is completing a batch of orders for her Cardiff healthy meal delivery service. Having set up Onest Food 18 months ago, “a lot of people” advised Snowsill to give up rugby but she refused, saying: “It’s a challenge, I do like a challenge. “For me rugby really helps me with the business – if I was working for someone else I wouldn’t be in control of my workload during the Six Nations. This way I can be.” The Radyr resident made her Wales debut at the 2010 World Cup …

    February 11, 2016 1:48 am
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World News

  • ‘Iron Boy’ granted superhero wish


    Image copyright NSW Police Image caption NSW police chief Andrew Scipione called Iron Boy “Sydney’s true hero” A young Australian boy with cystic fibrosis has been given the chance to save Sydney from a super villain. The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed nine-year-old Domenic Pace into Iron Boy for the day on Thursday. Iron Boy defeated his arch-nemesis Ultron on the steps of the Sydney Opera House as hundreds of bystanders cheered him on. Earlier he had saved Make-A-Wish Foundation’s reporter Hope Joy from Ultron’s henchmen. Image copyright Make-A-Wish Foundation Image caption Iron Boy saves Make-A-Wish’s Hope Joy after riding a police speedboat across Sydney Harbour Domenic travelled by helicopter to police headquarters and later rode a police speedboat to Clark Island to rescue Ms Joy. Speaking to Sydney radio station 2GB, Domenic described the helicopter ride as “awesome”. Image copyright Twitter Iron Boy received celebrity support from Robert Downey Jr, the actor who plays Tony Stark, …

    February 11, 2016 1:48 am
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Technology

  • China Could Have an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Next Year


    In what would be a milestone for advanced nuclear power, China’s Nuclear Engineering Construction Corporation plans to start up a high-temperature, gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear reactor in Shandong province, south of Beijing, late next year. Examples of the so-called Generation IV reactors that go beyond today’s conventional reactor technology, the twin 105-megawatt reactors would be the first of their type built at commercial scale in the world. Construction of the plant is nearly complete, and the next 18 months will be spent installing the reactor components, running tests, and loading the fuel before the reactors go critical in November 2017, said Zhang Zuoyi, director of the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, a division of Tsinghua University that has developed the technology over the last decade and a half, in an interview at the institute’s campus 30 miles south of Beijing. If it’s successful, the 210-megawatt plant in Shandong will be followed by a 600-megawatt …

    February 11, 2016 1:08 am
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Science

  • Penguin parents: Inability to share roles increases their vulnerability to climate change


    Related images(click to enlarge) The fixed division of labour between crested penguin parents increases their chicks’ vulnerability to food shortages made ever more common by climate change. The parents have been unable to adapt their habits to the challenges of increasingly frequent years of limited food supply and, as a result, will become further threatened by extinction. So says Kyle Morrison of Massey University and the National Institute of Water Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, who led a study published in Springer’s journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The main duties of all penguin parents are to provide food and to defend their offspring against predatory seabirds and other intruding penguins. While on guard duty, parents fast and do not go off to sea to feed. Most penguins avoid long fasting periods by alternating brooding and chick-provisioning duties between the sexes. However, the seven species of Eudyptes penguins (the crested penguins, including rockhopper penguins) are an …

    February 10, 2016 11:47 pm
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Health

  • Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study


    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The rise in marijuana use among American adults is not as large as previously suggested, a new study says. About 12.5 percent of adults said they used marijuana at least once in 2013, researchers found, but adults’ use of the drug did not double from 2002 to 2013, as another study reported last fall. That earlier study also said marijuana-related problems such as addiction also doubled during that time. The new findings show marijuana use among U.S. adults rose 20 percent between 2002 and 2013, and that the rate of pot-related problems held steady or even declined, according to the researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. While they found that marijuana use did not double, the 12.5 percent of adults who used the drug in 2013 was a higher percentage than the 9.5 percent reported in the previous study. The new study was published …

    February 11, 2016 12:27 am
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Entertainment

  • Porn Star Drops Lawsuit Against Josh Duggar, Did Jim Bob Duggar Pay Her Off?


    Ashley Stamm-Northup, a porn star who goes by the stage name of Danica Dillon, has reportedly dropped her lawsuit against 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, amid rumors that she was paid off by the Duggar family. Stamm-Northup, who reportedly worked at various strip clubs and appeared in “adult and mainstream films, initially filed a lawsuit against Duggar in a Philadelphia courthouse in November 2015. Her lawsuit claimed that Josh physically assaulted her “to the point where she felt as if he was raping her” in two different cities in March (Delaware) and April 2015 (Philadelphia). Fox News reports that Duggar’s lawyer calls the accusations “entirely fictitious” and claims that Josh was not in Philadelphia in April 2015, but did not address the second encounter (March 2015) described in the lawsuit. The first assault allegedly happened in March 2015, with TMZ reporting that Josh offered her $1500 for “her companionship” at a hotel after …

    February 11, 2016 1:48 am
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton’s un-American henchwomen and the left’s dirty secret


    Over years, New Hampshire earned its reputation for upending conventional wisdom, but the 2016 campaign is also leaving another legacy. When Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem tried to shame and bully young women into supporting Hillary Clinton, they inadvertently revealed a dirty secret of the left’s fixation on gender, race and ethnicity. They demonstrated that hiding behind the gauzy appeals to make history is a willingness to use brass knuckles to achieve conformity. In their warped vision, biology trumps individuality, and those who don’t agree are traitors to their gender. That’s not just unappealing, it’s also un-American. Our democracy is energized and more representative when no vote is taken for granted. The demands for conformity by Clinton’s henchwomen mirror the anti-free-speech movements on college campuses, but are striking because they came from a former secretary of state and a feminist icon, both of whom struggled against demeaning stereotypes in their own careers. They now ape …

    February 10, 2016 11:07 pm
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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