Headline News

  • Houston-area sheriff’s deputy remembered during funeral


    HOUSTON –  Thousands of law enforcement officers stood at attention to form a wall Friday outside one of Houston’s largest churches as a 21-gun salute and flyover by police helicopters were carried out in honor of a slain sheriff’s deputy. The symbolic gestures followed the funeral for Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was gunned down at a gas pump a week ago. “We come to this place with heavy hearts, and have questions we don’t really understand,” Lt. Don Savell, the sheriff’s department chaplain, said as the ceremony began. “We gather to share the grief we all feel and perhaps to find the strength to bear our sorrow and to look for seeds of hope.” Second Baptist Church, which holds 7,000 people, was filled. Some officers stood outside and watched the nearly two-hour service on big-screen televisions, while other spectators gathered outside the suburban convenience store where Goforth was killed to view the …

    September 4, 2015 7:29 pm
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Politics

  • Saudi Arabia satisfied with Obama’s assurances on Iran deal


    WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia is satisfied with assurances from U.S. President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, a senior Saudi official said on Friday. Saudi King Salman met with Obama at the White House on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aimed to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king’s first to the United States since ascending to the throne in January 2015, and comes after the United States agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in July. The U.S.-Saudi relationship has suffered strain because of what Riyadh sees as Obama’s withdrawal from the region, a lack of direct U.S. action against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and a perceived U.S. tilt towards Iran since the 2011 Arab uprisings. But the countries share many strategic …

    September 4, 2015 7:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Bilingual anchor’s defense of Spanish pronunciations sparks debate


    A bilingual news anchor in Arizona has defended her pronunciation of Spanish words and in doing so has brought national attention to the issue. During a broadcast on Monday, Vanessa Ruiz, an anchor at Phoenix’s KPNX, responded to hateful messages she’d received over the way she reads the news. For instance, Ruiz pronounces the Arizona city of Casa Grande and other locations by rolling her Rs. Ruiz thanked the city for welcoming her into the community and supporting and encouraging her before defending herself. “I was lucky enough to grow up speaking two languages and I have lived in other cities in the U.S., South America, and Europe,” Ruiz said during the broadcast. “So, yes, I do like to pronounce certain things the way they are meant to be pronounced and I know that change can be difficult but it’s normal and over time, I know that everything falls into place.” In a follow-up article …

    September 4, 2015 6:28 pm
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Sports

  • Rizzo’s slam helps power Cubs past D-Backs 14-5


    CHICAGO (AP) A steady breeze blowing in off Lake Michigan kept Wrigley Field comfortable Friday. It didn’t contain or cool off the Chicago Cubs. Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in Chicago’s eight-run fifth inning, and rookie Addison Russell homered twice to power the Cubs and Jon Lester to a 14-5 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Javier Baez added a two-run shot – his first homer this season – and went 3 for 4 in his third game since his recall from the minors as the Cubs rolled to their third win in five games following a four-game losing streak. ”We punctured the wind today,” manager Joe Maddon said. ”Some of the youngsters . Addison’s two and Javy’s was absolutely pounded. ”And eventually Rizz did break the wind,” Maddon joked. ”No, use it please. He broke the wind with a grand slam to right field. The at-bats were spectacular.” Rizzo’s 28th homer was his second …

    September 4, 2015 7:29 pm
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World News

  • Austria opens border to migrants


    The Austrian chancellor has said his country and Germany have agreed to let migrants cross their borders from Hungary. Werner Faymann’s announcement came after Hungary began bussing migrants to the Austrian border. They include hundreds who defied attempts to register them in Budapest and began walking to the border. European Union states are struggling to agree on how to deal with an unprecedented surge in migrants. Budapest’s surprise decision to lay on buses followed several days of chaotic scenes. Those travelling on foot were among thousands camped outside Keleti station in Budapest, while another group fled along railway tracks in Bicske, to the west of the Hungarian capital, from a train stopped by police. The BBC’s Matthew Price, who has been travelling with those walking along the main road to Vienna, said there was fear among the migrants that they would be arrested rather than sent to the border. Image copyright AP Image caption Some …

    September 4, 2015 7:29 pm
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Technology

  • Why is Apple customers’ appetite for its products insatiable?


    “Siri, give us a hint,” said Apple’s invitation to its media event next Wednesday. But few needed a hint to know that the chief executive, Tim Cook, will unveil new phones and iPhone software, plus a greatly improved Apple TV set-top box controlled via Siri, Apple’s voice-activated system. Related: Will Apple reveal the iPhone 6S on 9 September? Siri drops hints Nor did experts need a hint to know that the new phones will look almost identical to last year’s larger-screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and probably be called the 6S and 6S Plus. Apple works in two-year ‘ticktock’ cycles, and last year’s bigger screens were the more dramatic tick. Supply chain leaks suggest the latest models might have a feature called Force Touch – already used in some Mac computers and on its watch – that allows the device to sense and respond to the degree of pressure from a touching finger. But …

    September 4, 2015 7:49 pm
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Science

  • Farthest galaxy detected


    Related images(click to enlarge) A team of Caltech researchers that has spent years searching for the earliest objects in the universe now reports the detection of what may be the most distant galaxy ever found. In an article published August 28, 2015 in Astrophysical Journal Letters, Adi Zitrin, a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy, and Richard Ellis–who recently retired after 15 years on the Caltech faculty and is now a professor of astrophysics at University College, London–describe evidence for a galaxy called EGS8p7 that is more than 13.2 billion years old. The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old. Earlier this year, EGS8p7 had been identified as a candidate for further investigation based on data gathered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. Using the multi-object spectrometer for infrared exploration (MOSFIRE) at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the researchers performed a spectrographic analysis of the galaxy to determine its …

    September 4, 2015 6:48 pm
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Health

  • Informing athletes about concussions may not change behavior


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Educating athletes about the risk of concussion may do little to change long-term behavior, a new qualitative research review has found. Based on 89 peer-reviewed articles, two books and two Web sites, researchers say the most successful approaches included interactivity and varied kinds of presentations and were part of mandated training or legislation, according to their report online August 25 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “We recommend that everyone involved with the athlete (coaches, parents, athletic trainers, physicians) be involved. It’s not just the athlete,” the paper’s lead author, Dr. Martin Mrazik from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, told Reuters Health by email. Educational efforts should be informed by updated guidelines such as those published in 2013 in the same journal, Dr. Mrazik said (available here: bit.ly/1JTmuGx). He also recommended caution in using online guidelines that have not been internationally approved. Few studies reported on the …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Pink (Sort Of) Apologizes For Dissing Demi Lovato And Other VMA Performers


    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 9:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Slam! Pink was NOT a fan of most of the performances at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and, in fact, she even felt it necessary to Instagram a message about her distaste for today’s music, writing: “I felt embarrassed and sad. And old. We’re getting old. But in all seriousness; I felt sad because music is supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won’t save any kids life. In a world that is even scarier and with lives still worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my industry and peers. Beside Macklemore and pharell [Williams] and [Justin] bieber (pre sob fest) and the weekend, Tori Kelly was dope too. The rest was gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe. Notably absent from Pink’s “excused” list were …

    September 4, 2015 7:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Navy exonerates chaplain accused of being anti-gay


    A Navy chaplain accused of failing to show “tolerance and respect” toward gay sailors has been cleared of all wrongdoing and will not be removed from the military. “I am relieved the Navy sided with me,” Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder told me. Join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives Modder, a highly decorated veteran who once ministered to an elite Navy SEAL unit, had been given a “detachment for cause” letter in February. He was removed from his job after his commander accused him of being intolerant and unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. “On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds,” wrote Capt. Jon R. Fahs, the chaplain’s commanding officer, in a memorandum obtained by Fox News. Navy Personnel Command rejected the commander’s recommendation to fire Modder, Military Times reported. “There is …

    September 4, 2015 6:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Arby’s fires Florida manager after police officer joke goes ‘awry’


    MIAMI Arby’s sandwich chain fired a South Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after an unfortunate police joke led to a complaint against staff at a drive-thru. The mix-up led to a police woman accusing the store of denying her service simply because she was a cop. Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, accused the clerk of refusing to accept her credit card when she ordered a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant a few miles northwest of Miami. She said the manager told her; “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Martin was eventually served, but decided to return her food and was given a refund. The next day Pembroke Pines police chief Dan Giustino issued a press release saying he had called Arby’s to demand an apology. The clerk, Kenneth Davenport, told local media that the delay in serving Martin was a mix-up as he was busy …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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