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  • Southern California hit by intense rain, flooding

    LOS ANGELES –  The third and most powerful in a series of storms pounded Southern California, dropping nearly 4 inches of rain south of Los Angeles, flooding freeways and raising concerns about damaging mudslides. Commuters could expect a messy drive to work Monday in several areas, with rainfall expected to ease slightly but not taper off until Tuesday. Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect for swaths of greater Los Angeles and across Southern California where multiple roads were closed Sunday or blocked by fallen trees. The National Weather Service cautioned that the system was expected to gain strength into Sunday evening and could end up being the strongest storm in at least seven years. California has been swamped during a wet winter that has brought plenty of rain and snow after years of drought. By early evening, the rainfall had set new records. Long Beach Airport received 3.87 inches of rain by 5 …

    January 23, 2017 5:46 am


  • Today’s Toons 1/23/17

    Click for related video: Click for related video: Click below for related story: Click below for precursor: This Thread Brought To You By The Letters C & L: In Case You Missed It Dept.: Steve Harvey appeared with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, where he enlisted his help in Trump’s plan to help rebuild America’s inner cities. On the same day that Steve Harvey backed Trump, Nicole Kidman vowed to support Trump. They’re the first two celebrity deaths of 2017. Attorney General Loretta Lynch came to Chicago Friday to announce a probe finding that the Chicago police are racist. It’s difficult to be politically correct while you are dodging bullets all the time. The Chicago police are the only cops who get rotated to Syria every six months for a little R&R. Bob Woodward ripped the CIA for spreading false salacious stories about Trump while Rep. John Lewis called Trump’s election illegitimate. …

    January 23, 2017 5:09 am


  • How You Can Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    The concepts, designs, gadgets — everything that is being showcased — provide a glimpse of the future. Every January thousands of people from around the globe converge on Las Vegas to attend the biggest trade show in the world. Incredible innovations and mind-boggling products are presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES. Since its launch in 1967, CES has been the place where some of our best-known gadgets were introduced, such as the video cassette recorder, CD players, camcorders and the Microsoft Xbox. And don’t forget the ever-thinner flat-screen TV. This year LG displayed a 55-inch transparent TV and a TV it dubbed the “wallpaper” TV, which is narrower than an iPhone, plus a levitating speaker. Other Jetsons-like concepts that were presented at CES included Toyota’s (NYSE: TM ) new Concept-i UX car — a vehicle designed to “get to know you” and read your emotions and switch between self-driving …

    January 23, 2017 3:25 am


  • Super Bowl 51: Matt Ryan’s Falcons vs. Tom Brady’s Pats

    The MMQB’s Albert Breer heads to Boston to find out why New England fans still harbor such harsh feeling toward the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. ATLANTA — To appreciate the magnitude of what we saw Sunday in the last football game ever at the Georgia Dome, we must consider what was happening in this city the April day Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008. I was there that weekend. Michael Vick was not. He was in federal prison in Kansas, serving nearly two years for animal cruelty. But the city not only hadn’t forgotten him; many in the city were keeping his seat warm and wanted him as their quarterback when he finished doing his time. I remember the day before the draft walking through a mall and thinking, “All these people with Vick jerseys or T-shirts supporting him … amazing.” So when Ryan got picked third overall by new GM Thomas Dimitroff, it was …

    January 23, 2017 5:06 am

World News

  • Britain’s May refuses to talk about reported test missile failure

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Prime Minister Theresa May refused Sunday to offered details on the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. But several members of parliament called for a full investigation of the reported failure and possible coverup weeks before a House of Commons vote on the future of the nuclear missiles. During an interview with the BBC, May wouldn’t say if she knew about the failure, let alone the test ahead of time. She was asked four times by Andrew Marr whether she knew about the failure before the Commons voted 472-117 in July to spend $53 billion renewing Trident. At the time, she said it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” for the Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons. On Sunday, she said “I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.” “There are tests that take place all the time, …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm


  • Samsung blames two separate battery faults for Galaxy Note 7 fires

    Samsung has blamed lithium-ion batteries for causing its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones to overheat and catch fire, a fault that led to the global recall of millions of devices and damaged consumer confidence in the world’s biggest maker of smartphones. At a press conference on Monday, Samsung officials said exhaustive tests on tens of thousands of devices and batteries had ruled out any problems with the device’s hardware or software. But, it added, internal and independent investigations had “concluded that batteries were found to be the cause of the Note 7 incidents”. In the case of the original battery, the casing was too small, causing it to short-circuit and ignite. It was replaced with a battery that had a different manufacturing defect but led to the same result. Samsung infographic showing the problems with the first type of battery in Galaxy Note 7 phone. Photograph: Samsung Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, …

    January 23, 2017 12:44 am


  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am


  • UK scientists give cancer risk warning on overdone chips, toast

    LONDON Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said on Monday. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at high temperatures, has been found in animal studies to increase the risk of cancer. In a statement that drew criticism from some independent experts, the FSA said that, to reduce the danger, consumers should cook these foods at lower temperatures and eat them when they are cooked to a golden color rather than browned. “The scientific consensus is that acrylamide has the potential to cause cancer in humans,” it said. “As a general rule of thumb, aim for a golden yellow color or lighter when frying, baking, toasting or roasting starchy foods like potatoes, root vegetables and bread.” But some experts …

    January 23, 2017 4:06 am


  • ‘SNL’ guest host Aziz Ansari: Donald Trump is ‘the Chris Brown of politics’

    Parks and Recreation and Master of None actor Aziz Ansari addressed the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the protests that followed it his opening monologue for this weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Live. “I can’t believe this. I am here hosting Saturday Night Live — the day after Trump’s inauguration. Mmmm,” the standup comedian began. “Pretty cool to know, though, he’s probably at home right now watching a brown guy make fun of him, though, right? Crazy couple of days, man. Yesterday, Trump was inaugurated. Today, an entire gender protested against him. Wow.” He then praised the protesters for the passion of their beliefs, but cautioned against demonizing the 63 million people who voted for Trump. “I’m sure there are people that had different, political priorities. I’m sure there are some people that voted for him with reservations. I’m sure there is a lot of people that voted for Trump, the same way a …

    January 23, 2017 5:46 am


  • Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans

    “There was one moment in Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, “that revealed why so many are so terrified of him.”  Lithwick deemed this moment so inflammatory that she called it “reprehensible” and “gobsmacking.”  Somewhat more restrained, Politico’s Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein said it was “head-scratching.” What was this extraordinary occurrence?  Had Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general of the United States embraced the notion of a terrorist state like, say, Iran having nukes? Was he in favor of packing the electorate with illegal immigrants and thus changing the electoral landscape forever? Had he admitted to using a private server for thousands of classified documents? Perhaps he voiced his support for abortion-on-demand, thereby adding to the more than 50 million children that have been terminated since Roe v. Wade? Of course, not. Senate Democrats and their media allies see none of these things as “reprehensible” (as they certainly are).  No, the …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm

Odd News

  • Canadian father builds hidden playroom for son

    Jan. 20 (UPI) — A handy father in Canada surprised his son 7-year-old by building him a secret playroom underneath the family computer. Isaac Bartley detailed the construction of the hidden playroom connecting the computer room to his son’s closet on his Imgur page while his son was away. “We have our computer set up beneath the stairs in our house,” he said. “The actual space under the stair landing has never been used.” Bartley decided to cut a holes in the closet and the wall beneath the computer while also modifying a portion of the desk to slide over and reveal the hidden passage. He then painted the walls of the crawl space white, placed hardboard on the ceiling and fitted the space with LED lights to add to the secretive ambience. When the project was completed Bartley shared a brief video providing a tour of the secret play space.

    January 23, 2017 4:46 am