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  • Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

    SYDNEY Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness. Aldrin, 86, who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, early on Friday local time when his condition deteriorated. He has fluid in his lungs but is responding well to antibiotics and is in a stable condition, according to his official website. Aldrin appeared in good spirits on Saturday after receiving a visit from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman at Christchurch Hospital. “I had a surprise visitor this morning. My longtime friend,” he wrote on Twitter. In the photos, Aldrin can be seen giving a thumbs-up sign and sitting in front of a tray of food and juice. His manager Christina Korp, who traveled with him to Antarctica, posted …

    December 2, 2016 10:03 pm


  • U.S. spy agencies fight Congress over plan for probe of covert Russian influence campaign

    WASHINGTON The top U.S. intelligence officer has asked Congress to drop a provision in a pending bill that would create a special committee to combat Russian efforts to exert covert influence abroad, saying such a panel would duplicate current work and hinder cooperation with foreign allies. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper laid out the objections of the U.S. intelligence community in a Sept. 9 letter to the chairmen and top Democrats on the House of Representatives and Senate intelligence committees. He charged that parts of the bill amounted to “micromanagement” of the intelligence community. The intelligence bill, an annual measure that provides broad Congressional authorization for a wide range of U.S. intelligence activities and agencies, has already been approved by both intelligence committees and the House of Representatives. Backers in the Senate are marshalling support for the bill in the hope it will be approved next week, an official familiar with the matter said. …

    December 2, 2016 2:23 pm


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Helfrich: Appealed to Kelly to return to Oregon

    Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment In the first interview he has granted since he was dismissed as coach of Oregon, Mark Helfrich says he reached out to former coach Chip Kelly a couple of weeks ago when he thought he could be fired. Helfrich tells ESPN Radio’s Russillo Kanell that he reached out to Kelly when it started “going south” for the Ducks and the rumors heated up, in the interest of trying to save his assistants’ jobs. Oregon enters unknown territory amid a much more hostile Pac-12 The Ducks’ dynasty in the past decade came at a time of great upheaval in the Pac-12. Their rebuilding efforts will not be easy, no matter the coach. Who should Oregon hire to replace Mark Helfrich? Oregon fired Mark Helfrich just two years after he led the team to the national championship game. The Search Firm identifies and debates the candidates the Ducks should consider to …

    December 2, 2016 6:42 pm

World News

  • Henry Kissinger visits China to ease concerns amid Trump transition

    HONG KONG, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met with China’s Xi Jinping on Friday, a visit Kissinger described as timely in a moment of political transition in the United States. The meeting was held as President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, an unprecedented move that could cause friction in U.S.-China relations. On Friday, Xi told Kissinger, “The presidential election has taken place in the United States and we are now in the key moment. We, on the Chinese side, are watching the situation very closely. Now it is in the transition period,” the South China Morning Post reported. In November during the annual gathering of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Xi had made similar comments in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. Xi said the U.S.-China relationship is at a “hinge moment,” while not mentioning President-elect Donald Trump by name. Kissinger, who had …

    December 2, 2016 10:03 pm


  • Facebook plans to invest $20m in affordable housing projects

    Facebook has agreed to invest $20m in affordable housing initiatives after facing intense criticism for failing to help low-income residents in Silicon Valley where the technology boom has exacerbated displacement and gentrification. The corporation, which is pushing forward with a massive campus expansion in northern California, announced on Friday a partnership with community organizations aimed at funding affordable housing construction and assisting tenants facing eviction. Housing activists who have long been critical of Facebook and its role in accelerating income inequality in the region said the investment marked an “unprecedented” collaboration between Silicon Valley corporations and advocacy groups and that the project could push neighboring tech companies to better address local poverty. “I’m hoping this fund will be the thing that starts to move the rest of the region,” said Tameeka Bennett, executive director of Youth United for Community Action (Yuca), a non-profit in east Palo Alto that helped negotiate the new agreement. The housing …

    December 2, 2016 6:42 pm


  • Trump’s First 100 Days: Space

    President-elect Donald Trump says he loves NASA and that “space is terrific,” although “we’ve got to fix our potholes,” too. These statements—given to a 10-year-old boy who asked about NASA at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire in November 2015—would prove to be the most informative things Trump offered about the nation’s space program for most of his presidential campaign. Almost a year later, as he campaigned along Florida’s “Space Coast” near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Trump offered more specifics about his space-policy plans, vowing to revitalize the agency through cost-saving partnerships with the burgeoning commercial space industry. According to an accompanying op-ed from the campaign, NASA under Trump would transform from “a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity” into a spaceflight powerhouse with the lofty goal of conducting “human exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century.” As of yet, Trump has made no further mention of space in his public statements …

    December 2, 2016 10:23 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Luann de Lesseps says wedding will be ‘three-day affair’

    CHICAGO, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Luann de Lesseps says her wedding will be an elaborate three-day affair. The 51-year-old Real Housewives of New York star spilled details about her upcoming nuptials to Tom D’Agostino, Jr., while appearing on an episode of the Steve Harvey Show set to air Monday. “[It’s a] traditional wedding, [then] it’s his 50th birthday and [then] it’s New Year’s Eve,” de Lesseps revealed, according to E! News. “It’s a destination wedding in Palm Beach. It’s a three day affair. “ “I’m wearing three dresses. I wanted to wear, like, something traditional to walk down the aisle, because Tom has never been married, so I wanted to be his bride,” she added. “Then for his birthday, I was maybe going to sing a little something for him. And then for New Year’s Eve, I wanted to wear something really blingy and fun.” De Lesseps was previously married to Alexandre de Lesseps and …

    December 2, 2016 8:42 pm


  • Newt Gingrich: We have 1,100 happy families and a news media unable to report on success

    We have a successful President-elect before he is even sworn in. We have 1,100 excited families looking forward to a happy Christmas when for weeks they had been sick with worry about their futures. And we have a news media unable to report on success. How? President-elect Donald Trump convinced Carrier to keep 1,100 jobs in the United States. He was helped by Vice President-elect Mike Pence who had additional interest in and leverage over this decision because he is Governor of Indiana where Carrier is located. The people employed at Carrier are ecstatic. They were about to face a gloomy Christmas. Now they have their jobs and they are thrilled that the President-elect intervened decisively and successfully. This was actually Trump’s second intervention. (He earlier convinced Ford not to move one of its assembly lines to Mexico.) But because the media focused so much on the 1,100 jobs, and because Carrier’s management had been …

    December 2, 2016 6:42 pm

Odd News

  • Cat stuck in ice puddle rescued in Russia

    ZLATOUST, Russia, Dec. 2 (UPI) — A Russian couple acted quickly to help rescue a stranded cat whose paws had become stuck in a frozen puddle. Video shared to YouTube showed the cat, covered in snow, sitting among a shallow pile of snow with its paws frozen in a puddle of ice underneath. A woman quickly rushed to grab a green bucket full of warm water to pour over the ice and eventually managed to thaw out the stranded cat. The person who uploaded the video later wrote a comment explaining the cat’s story had a happy ending after a trip to the vet, RT reported. “Called a vet. He gave it anti-inflammatory medicine. The cat is young – 7-9 months [according to the vet],” the uploader said. “By the evening he started to walk. In three days I posted an announcement in social media and a girl from our town picked him up. He’s …

    December 2, 2016 10:22 am