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  • Priest asks West Virginia public school officials if he can wear religious habit in classroom

    A Roman Catholic priest who is also a West Virginia public school teacher has asked officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom. The Rev. George Nedeff is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. He recently was hired as a substitute teacher in Wood County. The 75-year-old told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that students might benefit from having a priest in their schools. Nedeff wears a gray, ankle-length habit as representation of the order and his vows along with a crucifix and a rosary. “I am a priest. I am proud of it,” he said Wednesday. “I’m proud of the religious order I’m part of, and this is my life now.” School officials respect Nedeff’s request, Wood County Superintendent John Flint said. But a decision hasn’t been made. “We know him and he is very sincere and very heartfelt, but we have to …

    August 28, 2015 2:04 am


  • Pentagon revises plan to beef up oversight of industry R&D

    WASHINGTON The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer announced on Thursday he was revising his plan to increase oversight of weapons makers’ internal research and development projects that could be billed as overhead, after sharp criticism from industry executives. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he no longer planned to require companies to seek a “technical sponsor” before beginning an internal research program but would instead propose they be required to brief an appropriate defense official before and after such work. Ellen Lord, president of Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc and other key industry executives had challenged the proposed rule, arguing that micromanaging internal company investments would be counter-productive. “This should not constrain industry’s freedom in any way that current regulations and statute don’t already require, and it will have the benefit of ensuring more frequent and effective communication between industry and government,” Kendall said in prepared remarks for a …

    August 27, 2015 10:43 pm


  • Beijing targeted as investors look for a scapegoat

    Beijing has been blamed squarely for this week’s wild ride on global markets. Analysts are worried by turmoil in China’s stock markets, and signs that the country’s massive economy is flagging. Some critics have gone even further, insinuating that Beijing has misled the world about the severity of its economic slowdown. It seems China can do nothing right. In recent days, Beijing has been criticized for allowing a stock market bubble to form, criticized for intervening when markets fell, and criticized yet again for pulling its support and allowing stocks to resume their decline. The charges come just three weeks after China allowed its currency to slide against the U.S. dollar, which prompted howls of outrage in U.S. political circles. Beijing was criticized for “manipulating” the yuan, rigging the market in its favor. But Beijing has a right to feel unfairly targeted. It is, in fact, doing what Western policymakers and institutions have long called …

    August 28, 2015 12:43 am


  • Sanders missing second straight summer of work

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chuck of training camp with a leg injury. Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for a week and a-half. This time, it’s a pulled right hamstring. Sanders got hurt Aug. 6, the same day fellow Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas participated in his first full practice after missing the offseason program before signing a big contract last month. Thomas also skipped Peyton Manning’s annual passing camp at Duke. So, Manning hasn’t had his pair of Pro Bowl receivers on the field together with him for any meaningful snaps since the playoffs. Sanders isn’t expected to play in either of Denver’s remaining exhibition games although coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes to have him back on the field next week. ”He ran yesterday and everything was positive, there were no setbacks,” Kubiak said Thursday. ”I’m …

    August 28, 2015 2:04 am

World News

  • Protests urge Guatemala head to quit

    Image caption Medical students joined the protests in Guatemala City on Thursday Thousands of protesters have marched in the Guatemalan capital, demanding the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina over a corruption scandal. Businesses, including fast-food chains, were shut in support of the protest. The president is facing impeachment proceedings over the affair, which has seen his former deputy jailed and six cabinet ministers quitting in protest. He has apologised over the scandal but denies involvement. He is due to step down at the end of his term in January. Guatemalans are due to vote in just over a week’s time to choose his successor. Investigators have alleged that top government officials received a cut from bribes paid by businesses seeking to evade import duties. The scandal has been dubbed “La Linea”, or “The Line”, after the hotline businesses allegedly rang to clear their imports through customs at cut-price rates. Image caption The protests have …

    August 28, 2015 2:04 am


  • Why we still love platform games

    It’s the genre that helped propel gaming into the mainstream: the platform game. Characters like Mario and Sonic jumped from one little ledge to another, picking up bonus points and building profits for the firms behind them. But in recent years, first-person shooter games and action adventure titles have taken over as top sellers. So is the platform a fading force? Newsbeat’s been finding out. Rex Crowle from Guilford-based games company Media Molecule is the man behind upcoming platform game Tearaway Unfolded. More related stories Oi, don’t forget about the gaming industry ‘Exciting time’ for PC gaming It’s based on a world made out of paper and his office is full to bursting with real-life models of some of its characters. So who better to talk to about gaming’s most iconic genre? “We created Little Big Planet so platforming is something that is in our blood. “It allows us to give players lots of little …

    August 27, 2015 11:03 pm


  • Size Matters When It Comes to Cells’ Vulnerability to Parkinson’s

    Each year doctors diagnose approximately 60,000 Americans with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition for which the number-one risk factor is age. Worldwide an estimated seven to 10 million people currently live with the malady. As U.S. and global populations grow older, it is becoming increasingly urgent to understand its causes. So far, researchers know that Parkinson’s involves cell death in a few restricted areas of the brain including the substantia nigra (SNc), one of two big cell clusters in the midbrain that house a large population of dopamine neurons. These cells release dopamine and are involved in a variety of functions including reward processing and voluntary movement. Their death leads to the motor control and balance issues that are core symptoms of the disease. New research shows that these brain cells, most at risk in Parkinson’s disease, require unusually high amounts of energy to carry out their tasks because of their highly branched structures. …

    August 28, 2015 2:03 am


  • Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging. Sale of e-cigarettes to minors already is banned but the bill would require businesses wishing to sell them to obtain a license. E-cigarettes generally contain nicotine, drawn into the lungs after it is heated in a flavored liquid. The vapor also contains some formaldehyde …

    August 27, 2015 10:23 pm


  • Demi Lovato Enlists Kim Kardashian And Other Celebs To Help Reveal New Album

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff You ready for this? 😏 NEW ALBUM OCTOBER 2015 #Confident 1. “Confident” 2. “Cool For The Summer” 3. “Old Ways” 4. “For You” 5. “Stone Cold” 6. “Kingdom Come” (featuring Iggy Azalea) 7. “Waitin For You” (featuring Sirah) 8. “Wildfire” 9. “Lionheart” 10. “Yes” 11. “Father” 12. “Stars” 13. “Mr. Hughes” A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Aug 26, 2015 at 6:20pm PDT This is one way to get the word out! Demi Lovato confirmed her new album Confident will be dropping in October and gave fans their first look at the cover art on social media, but she didn’t stop there! The singer enlisted famous pals like her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and good girlfriend Kim Kardashian to help unveil the track list by tweeting individual songs, and we must say that’s quite the clever marketing trick! After all, someone like Kimmy K …

    August 28, 2015 1:44 am


  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them? What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military …

    August 28, 2015 1:23 am

Odd News

  • Two men hospitalized after jumping into canal at Venetian in Las Vegas

    Two men jumped into a canal at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and, because they could not swim, had to be rescued and hospitalized, a spokesman for the hotel said on Thursday. The disturbance on Monday morning at the Venetian, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip and draws many tourists for its gondola rides inspired by the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, was first reported on Thursday. The two men were caught on hotel surveillance cameras jumping over the fence that surrounds the hotel’s canal along Las Vegas Boulevard, hotel spokesman Keith Salwoski said in an email. “Apparently, the individuals were unable to swim and were pulled from the water,” he said. The two individuals were transported in critical condition by ambulance to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, said Clark County Fire Department deputy chief Jeff Buchanan. He could not share any details on their latest condition. It was unclear what …

    August 27, 2015 10:23 pm