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  • Hoverboard responsible for destroying Tennessee home, officials say

    Tennessee officials said Tuesday that a hoverboard was to blame for destroying a $1 million home in January and leaving the family homeless. Nashville Fire Department Spokesman Brian Haas said the two teens who lived at the home heard a noise downstairs at 11:40 a.m. on Jan. 9. When teens rushed down to see what the noise was, their entire first floor was in flames. Haas said it was a hoverboard that burst into flames, which started the blaze. Brian Fox, the teens’ father, caught his 16-year-old daughter as she leapt from second floor to escape the flames, according to The Tennessean. Fox then rushed to get a ladder to help his 14-year-old son get out of the house from the second floor. The teens suffered only minor injuries. The Foxes have two other children, a 12-year-old and a 5-year-old, according to The Tennessean. The Fox family – still in shock – told reporters they …

    February 10, 2016 1:24 am


  • A breakfast in Harlem underscores key challenge for White House hopeful Sanders

    MANCHESTER, N.H. Bernie Sanders was due to have breakfast with one of America’s most prominent civil rights activists, Al Sharpton, just hours after trouncing Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential nominating contest. The meeting marks a recognition by Sanders that his campaign must swiftly broaden its base of support if he has any chance of mounting a long-term challenge to Clinton, who consistently polls better among African American voters. They will play a crucial role in the Democratic race as it moves to South Carolina – where more than half of the Democratic primary voters in 2008 were African American – and other states more diverse than New Hampshire or Iowa, which held the first contest of the 2016 election. Sanders will meet with Sharpton in the same Harlem restaurant where the activist met with Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign – an obvious bit of symbolism for the Vermont senator trying …

    February 10, 2016 12:43 am


  • Sears announces it’s closing at least 50 stores

    Sears doesn’t want to waste any time. The retailer announced on Tuesday that it planned to “accelerate” the closing of at least 50 “unprofitable stores.” Sears (SHLD), which also owns Kmart, originally planned to close the stores over the next few months, but poor sales have sped up the timeline. In its earnings report Tuesday, Sears said it expects total revenue to hit $7.3 billion for the fourth quarter — down from $8.1 billion last year. Related: Macy’s closings could leave a trail of dead malls Shares of the company’s stock were valued at more than $15 on Tuesday — down from nearly $45 a share in May 2015. Sears said warmer weather and increased competition were partly to blame, as they hurt sales during the important winter holiday. Apparel sales in particular took a big hit. Sears said apparel sales have “a substantial impact on our overall profitability.” The retailer said it planned to …

    February 10, 2016 1:23 am


  • Deila criticism is ‘nonsense’

    Deila came in for criticism after back-to-back defeats to Ross County and Aberdeen Tom Boyd says any suggestions that Ronny Deila should be sacked as Celtic manager are “absolute nonsense”. The former Celtic captain believes it would be “absolutely ridiculous” to dismiss Deila with his side sitting top of the Premiership. “It’s an absolute nonsense that there’s a certain overreaction to a manager who is sitting on top of the league with a game in hand.” Boyd told BBC Scotland. “There seems to be a furore of negativity surrounding the manager.” Celtic sit top of the league on goal difference from Aberdeen – who defeated the champions last week to bring the title race to life – having played a game fewer. The loss at Pittodrie followed defeat in the League Cup semi-final to Ross County for Deila’s side, and Sunday’s uninspiring Scottish Cup win over part-timers East Kilbride did little to quell the Norwegian’s …

    February 10, 2016 1:24 am

World News

  • French MPs vote on constitution change

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Wednesday’s vote is one of numerous measures that need to be passed before the constitution is finally revised French MPs are due to vote on a package of changes to the constitution, drawn up after November’s attacks in Paris. The changes would give a new status under the constitution to the state of emergency which is currently in force. They would also controversially inscribe the right to strip terror convicts of their French nationality. If the measures are approved in Wednesday’s formal session, the package goes to the Senate – before a meeting of the joint houses of parliament. President Francois Hollande promised these changes in the aftermath of the 13 November attacks in Paris by gunmen and suicide bombers who targeted a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars – leaving 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris With the country united in …

    February 10, 2016 1:24 am


  • Number of Australians coming out as LGBTI on Facebook each day doubles in a year

    The number of Australians coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer on Facebook daily has doubled since the start of 2015, the social media network has announced. Facebook measured the number of LGBTIQ Australians by monitoring which of its 14 million Australian users changed the “interested in” field to reflect a same-gender interest, an interest in both genders, entering into a same-sex relationship, or used a custom gender on their profile. Related: In challenging homophobia, gay men have become our own oppressors | Simon Copland In the last 12 months the number of Australians coming out as LGBTI each day doubled, with big spikes around Sydney’s March 2015 mardi gras festival, the Irish referendum in favour of same sex marriage in May, and US supreme court decision legalising same sex marriage in June. The analysis did not reveal what the daily number of Australians coming out or total number of LGBTIQ Australians …

    February 10, 2016 1:03 am


  • Horses can read human emotions, University of Sussex research shows

    For the first time horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions. Psychologists studied how 28 horses reacted to seeing photographs of positive versus negative human facial expressions. When viewing angry faces, horses looked more with their left eye, a behaviour associated with perceiving negative stimuli. Their heart rate also increased more quickly and they showed more stress-related behaviours. The study, published today (10 February) in Biology Letters, concludes that this response indicates that the horses had a functionally relevant understanding of the angry faces they were seeing. The effect of facial expressions on heart rate has not been seen before in interactions between animals and humans. Amy Smith, a doctoral student in the Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research Group at the University of Sussex who co-led the research, said: “What’s really interesting about this research is that it shows that horses have the ability to …

    February 9, 2016 11:43 pm


  • Homemade ‘Dewshine’ Can Be Deadly

    TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Experts are warning about the dangers of a potentially deadly homemade concoction known as “dewshine,” which is a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, a soft drink. In a recent case, two Tennessee teens died after drinking the toxic combination. It was the first known incident in the state. Two other teens were also treated, but survived, according to doctors. The dewshine mixture is used to get drunk quickly, but the racing fuel can cause severe symptoms, including blindness and death, said Dr. Donna Seger, medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center. “Racing fuel, used for drag racing, is almost 100 percent methanol. This affects the body at a cellular level and causes the cells to die,” said Seger, who is also a clinical professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Drinking homemade dewshine can trigger nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, seizures, coma and death, depending …

    February 10, 2016 12:23 am


  • Zika Virus: U.S. Athletes Not Going To Rio 2016 Olympics? USOC Gives Go-Ahead To Skip Summer Games

    The 2016 Summer Olympic games begin on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of almost two dozen countries affected by the Zika virus. Although the Rio 2016 Olympics are still six months away, there is rising concern over the virus becoming a health threat to athletes who are participating in the Summer Games, as well as anyone who plans to travel to the 17-day event. Our New Interactive #Zika Map is now LIVE! Check it out: https://t.co/Cg2zYpD9WO #ZikaVirus pic.twitter.com/hRupUNnXjX — HealthMap (@healthmap) February 1, 2016 According to Reuters, the United States Olympics Committee (USOC) told U.S. sports federations that athletes and staff who are concerned about their health due to the Zika virus not to go to Brazil if they don’t feel comfortable doing so. Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing states that the USOC stated that “no one should go to Brazil if they don’t feel comfortable going; bottom …

    February 10, 2016 1:24 am


  • Trump, Kasich, Cruz, Rubio, Bush: What NH results mean to the still-alive five

    Add this to the list of election-year proverbs to dismiss: John Sununu’s snarky missive that “Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents”. The last presidential hopeful to make good on Sununu’s words: his old boss, George H.W. Bush. That was all the way back in 1988 – three years before Peyton Manning first took the field . . . for his high-school team. Maybe Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, New Hampshire’s two big winners, will make Sununu look good. Time will tell. In theory, the first two stops on the campaign trail embody two traits: clarity and attrition. In that regard, Iowa’s GOP caucuses didn’t disappoint. Three Republican candidates left the race not long after the votes were counted; the contest moving forward suggested a three-man war of attrition between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. And then New Hampshire went to the polls. Three “cards” coming out of the primary? Try 52-card …

    February 9, 2016 11:03 pm

Odd News

  • Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant

    A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said. James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October. James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station. He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said. …

    February 9, 2016 8:01 am