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  • Kansas jury to hear closing arguments, begin deliberations in Jewish site shootings trial

    OLATHE, Kan. –  Jurors are set to hear closing arguments in the case of a white supremacist charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in Kansas. Deliberations are to begin after closing arguments conclude Monday in the capital murder trial of Frazier Glenn Miller. The 74-year-old Missouri man is acting as his own attorney and told jurors Friday that the prosecutor had a “slum dunk.” Miller has admitted that he drove to two Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas, in April 2014 with the intent of killing Jews. He has pleaded not guilty because he says Jewish people are committing genocide against the white race and it was his duty to stop them. None of the victims was Jewish. If convicted, Miller could be sentenced to death.

    August 31, 2015 1:19 am


  • Larry Kudlow Says He Would Challenge Blumenthal Over Iran Deal

    By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 4:23 p.m. on Aug. 30 0 Tweet Blumenthal is undecided on the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he’s talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut. During an interview on his radio program with Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., over the weekend, Kudlow said he would mount a challenge to incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal if the Democrat supports the international agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. “Maybe I’m speaking out of school Peter but … if Senator Richard Blumenthal votes with Obama on Iran, I’m going to run against him. I’m going to run against him for the Senate,” Kudlow said. “The national Senate campaign committee has come to me and talked to me about it. They polled. I’m not a political guy, I’m an economist. I’m a broadcaster by profession, but I am so angry at this issue, among …

    August 30, 2015 10:58 pm


  • Hundreds arrested as Beijing launches stock market crackdown

    Chinese authorities have arrested nearly 200 people for alleged online rumor-mongering about China’s stock market turmoil and a recent, deadly chemical factory explosion in Tianjin. Among the arrested is Wang Xiaolu, a journalist for financial publication Caijing Magazine, “who has been placed under ‘criminal compulsory measures’ for suspected violations of colluding with others and fabricating and spreading fake information on securities and futures market,” according to Chinese state media. Government officials have also been placed under arrest, including Liu Shufan, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, who has been accused of bribery, fraud and completing under-the-table deals. At least four senior executives from Citic Securities, a top Chinese investment bank, were arrested on insider trading charges. Roughly 165 online accounts have been shut down over related violations, according to state media. Wang, Liu and the Citic executives have confessed to the accusations, according to state media. Suspects are sometimes coerced or forced into …

    August 31, 2015 1:39 am


  • Cardinals outlast Raiders in preseason thriller

    August 30, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) signals at the line of scrimmage against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Marion Grice scored on an 11-yard run with 31 seconds left and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Oakland Raiders 30-23 on Sunday night in an exhibition game where both first-team offenses struggled. The Raiders (1-2) got five field goals from Sebastian Janikowski in the first half but didn’t get into the end zone until Matt McGloin led an 83-yard drive late in the fourth quarter. He capped it with a 4-yard TD pass to Kris Durham with 2:18 left and Oakland tied the game when McGloin connected with Brice Butler on the 2-point conversion. Logan Thomas answered by leading the winning drive with help from a 38-yard pass to Ifeanyi Momah. It was a …

    August 31, 2015 1:19 am

World News

  • ‘Bomb material’ found in Bangkok

    Image caption Police said they found ball bearings and other bomb-making equipment at the suspect’s house on the outskirts of Bangkok Thai police say they have found bomb-making materials in a second apartment, after the arrest of a suspect in the explosion at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine. Police spokesperson Prawut Thavornsiri said they had found “parts to make bombs and electric charges”. Two new arrest warrants have also been issued, for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man. The 17 August blast, which the government called the worst such attack in Thailand, killed 20 people. On Saturday, bomb materials were found in the home of an unnamed foreigner who was detained, police said. The search of the second apartment in Bangkok’s Min Buri district at the weekend was prompted by information from the detained suspect, according to the Bangkok Post. “We found fertiliser bags, watches, radio controls,” Mr Prawut said. “These are bomb-making materials… nobody …

    August 31, 2015 1:19 am


  • Lizard Squad ‘copycats’: Teens arrested

    Six UK teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attacking websites with the help of Lizard Squad. Lizard Squad claimed to have knocked the Xbox and PlayStation gaming services offline over Christmas. The group set up a website letting paying customers use its Lizard Stresser tool to launch similar attacks. None of the teenagers are believed to be Lizard Squad members, nor linked to the Christmas hack. Lizard Stresser takes down servers and websites by flooding them with huge amounts of data – they’re called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. More related stories Xbox, Sony hackers hit by hack attack The 15-18-year-olds are suspected of buying Lizard Stresser using alternative payment services, such as Bitcoin, to remain anonymous, and then maliciously deploying it. The teenagers are believed to have targeted organisations including a national newspaper, a school, gaming companies and some online retailers, says the National Crime Agency (NCA). It hasn’t confirmed whether the …

    August 30, 2015 11:19 pm


  • Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products

    Related images(click to enlarge) A molecular system that holds great promise for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide has been modified so that it now also holds great promise as a catalyst for converting captured carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have incorporated molecules of carbon dioxide reduction catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs). This creates a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to carbon monoxide, which serves as a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products including fuels, pharmaceuticals and plastics. “There have been many attempts to develop homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysts for carbon dioxide, but the beauty of using COFs is that we can mix-and-match the best of both worlds, meaning we have molecular control by choice of catalysts plus the robust crystalline nature …

    August 30, 2015 10:19 pm


  • Five more California inmates diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

    Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to determine the source of the outbreak and minimize its spread, the state corrections department said on Sunday. Five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals after they were diagnosed with the disease through tests conducted over the last several days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. Another 51 inmates are under observation for the respiratory illness, the department of corrections said. On Friday, the state announced that an inmate at the San Francisco-area prison was diagnosed with the disease and about 20 others showed symptoms of pneumonia, prompting officials to shut off water service at the institution. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling mist infected with the bacteria Legionella. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills and muscle aches. The prison resumed the use of plumbed …

    August 30, 2015 10:39 pm


  • Justin Bieber Breaks Down And Cries After Performing “What Do You Mean” At MTV VMAs!

    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 8:39pm PDT       By X17 Staff Was he crying because he misses Selena Gomez or because he hasn’t performed on a stage this big in several years? We’ll never know, but you can’t help but feel for Justin Bieber after watching this clip of his performance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards! Bieber started his set by singing “Where Are U Now”, and after being hoisted up into the air in a harness while performing his new single, “What Do You Mean?” he descended on the stage. The pop superstar then covered his face with his hands and started sobbing! Even host Miley Cyrus didn’t know what to say, but she tried to cover things up by ripping more clothes off and telling the Biebs to “call her.” As for Selena, she reportedly was on HER PHONE during Bieber’s performance, and right before he wrapped things up, Selena and her …

    August 30, 2015 11:58 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm