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  • Residents of quiet Oklahoma suburb seek answers in fatal stabbings of 5 family members

    A memorial with flowers and balloons at the fence of the Bever home in Broken Arrow, Okla., is pictured Thursday, July 30, 2015, a week after five family members were found murdered at the home. Neighbors in this quiet Tulsa suburb are still coming to grips with how such brutality could happen here. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (The Associated Press) FILE – In this Thursday, July 23, 2015 file photo, neighbors Bill Whitworth, right, and Dan Whittaker, left, watch police investigators and talk with the media near the home in Broken Arrow, Okla., where five family members were discovered stabbed to death by authorities. Neighbors in this quiet Tulsa suburb are still coming to grips with how such brutality could happen here. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) (The Associated Press) A memorial with flowers and balloons at the fence of the Bever home in Broken Arrow, Okla., is pictured Thursday, July 30, 2015, a week after five family members …

    August 1, 2015 10:41 am


  • Yes, both Clintons are multi-millionaires

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is welcomed to the stage by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than $139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to eight years of federal income tax returns released by her campaign on Friday. The returns show that the Clintons paid an overall federal tax rate of 31.6 percent during those years. The bulk of the Clintons’ income came from speeches delivered to corporate and interest groups by Bill Clinton and later by Hillary Clinton after she resigned as secretary of state in early 2013. In a statement released by her campaign, Hillary Clinton said the couple has paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes on $139.1 million in income since 2006, and donated nearly $15 million to charity. “We’ve come a …

    August 1, 2015 8:00 am


  • MH370: Families still not ready to accept compensation

    A piece of wreckage found on the shores of a remote island could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Could this be the key to unlocking the MH370 mystery? Authorities are increasingly confident that debris washed up on the shores of a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from the Boeing 777 that vanished nearly a year and a half ago. But not much has changed for the families of the 239 people on board. The cause of the plane’s disappearance is still not known. And although Malaysia has declared the flight’s crew and passengers dead, many families refuse to accept that their loved ones may never come back until they see evidence. Lawyers say that without a definite answer to the mystery, and no bodies to bury, it is difficult for the families to move on with compensation claims. “In normal cases, once death certificates are issued, we can progress with the claims, …

    August 1, 2015 10:21 am


  • Tulowitzki scores winner as Blue Jays spoil Cueto’s Royals debut

    TORONTO David Price was pleased with the popcorn waiting in his locker when he finally arrived in Toronto. Hours later, Josh Donaldson gave Price something even better: a dramatic win for his new team. Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Johnny Cueto a no-decision in his Royals debut. After acquiring Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from Colorado and Price from Detroit, the Blue Jays obtained right-hander Mark Lowe from Seattle and outfielder Ben Revere from Philadelphia ahead of Friday’s trade deadline. ”This organization definitely put their best foot forward at the trade deadline, and you’ve got to love seeing that,” Price said in a postgame press conference. Tulowitzki played a key role in the win. He singled with one out in the 11th and advanced on a balk by Franklin Morales (3-1). Donaldson followed with a …

    August 1, 2015 10:41 am

World News

  • Gunman injured by armadillo ricochet

    A man from Texas has been wounded after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him in the head, the local sheriff says. The shooting incident took place in the Marietta area of East Texas. Three shots were fired and at least one ricocheted off the shell. The gunman was treated for a minor injury to the jaw, USA Today reports, but the small armoured creature has not been found and its fate remains unclear. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe told Reuters that the shooter opened fire in the early hours of Thursday morning when he spotted the armadillo on his property. “He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Mr Rowe said. “Karmadillo!” tweeted the comedian and animal rights supporter Ricky Gervais. Thursday’s incident is not the first armadillo bullet deflection to end in a human wounding in the southern United States in recent …

    August 1, 2015 10:42 am


  • How self-driving cars will cut accidents 90% (Q&A)

    Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. Stephen Shankland/CNET ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Peter Sweatman isn’t in charge of the computing revolution that’s sweeping the auto industry, but he’s at the center of it. As director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, he’s 30 miles west of Detroit and in the heart of car country. Ford, General Motors, Fiat’s Chrysler and countless suppliers are all nearby, and they’re getting even closer: a new project at the University of Michigan called Mcity will help carmakers develop the automated navigation systems of their self-driving vehicles. Mcity is a 32-acre microcosm of motoring complete with faded stop signs, roundabouts, lousy weather and out-of-date traffic signals. There, automakers and others can test not just self-driving cars but also radio communications that link cars to each other and to road infrastructure. By concentrating the work of many companies and academics, …

    August 1, 2015 8:21 am


  • Bering Sea hotspot for corals and sponges

    Related images(click to enlarge) North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a highly productive “green belt” that is home to deep-water corals as well as a plethora of fish and marine mammals. Situated along the continental slope, the area also supports a thriving — but potentially environmentally damaging — bottom-trawling fishing industry that uses large weighted nets dragged across the seafloor to scoop up everything in their path. A new study, conducted by research biologist Robert Miller of UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute and colleagues from Greenpeace, combines a variety of data to identify coral and sponge habitats that may be threatened by bottom-trawling. Further, the investigators also used the results of their habitat models to evaluate how restrictions on bottom-contact fishing in Bering Sea canyons could impact the fishing industry. The results appear in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation. “There’s a growing …

    August 1, 2015 7:21 am


  • More research links sedentary time to diabetes

    (Reuters Health) – People who are inactive for hours on end each day may be more likely to develop diabetes than people who spend more time moving around, a study confirms. Researchers gave accelerometers to about 2,000 people to track their movements during waking hours for one week. Five years later, compared to people who were sedentary for less than six hours at the start of the study, those who had been inactive for at least 10 hours a day had almost four times higher odds of being diabetic. “We are beginning to believe that being highly sedentary is something different than not getting exercise,” said lead author Bethany Barone Gibbs, a researcher in health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh. “Someone who runs 30 minutes every day can sit for the other 15 hours of the day at work, commuting, and at home and this person would be considered physically active but …

    August 1, 2015 7:41 am


  • Charlize Theron Adopts Second Child, Returns To LA After Shooting Scenes With Ex Sean Penn

    Posted on Sat Aug 1st, 2015 8:40am PDT       By X17 Staff So much going on here! On Friday Charlize Theron landed at Los Angeles International Airport after filming scenes for The Last Face with Sean Penn in South Africa on Thursday. This isn’t a big deal, except for the fact that they broke up last month and she’s reportedly been ignoring the Oscar winner since they split! But the REALLY big news is that Charlize has adopted her second child! Us Weekly reports that the 39-year-old actress adopted an African-American girl named August last month. August was born in the U.S., but no other details are known at this time. Prior to ending things with Penn, the couple reportedly had plans to adopt together, and Penn also wanted to adopt Theron’s 4-year-old son Jackson. A source tells the mag, “Sean always knew that to truly earn a place in Charlize’s heart, connecting with Jackson was one …

    August 1, 2015 11:01 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