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  • Sorority sisters face probe for singing Kanye West song containing N-word

    Sorority sisters singing a Kanye West song have caused a rift at the University of New Hampshire. Some sorority sisters at the University of New Hampshire are being investigated after a video showing them singing along to a Kanye West song containing the N-word was posted on social media. The Snapchat video shows the members of Alpha Phi Sorority dancing at a party and singing the N-word as part of the lyrics to the song. It prompted other students to condemn the sorority’s “ignorant and insensitive” behavior. The critique was posted Tuesday on an anti-racism student Facebook group called “All Eyes on UNH.” “A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West on her Instagram story,” the post reads. “The girls sing the N-word without thinking of the implications.” “This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in …

    September 21, 2017 6:45 am


  • Twitter to meet Congressional panel probing 2016 election

    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc representatives will meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff next week in relation to inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a company representative said. The committee, along with other congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller, is investigating possible links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. Twitter’s meeting with the committee comes amid mounting pressure on regulators and Silicon Valley companies to open up the opaque world of online political ads and to prevent governments from using them to sway elections or attempt other meddling. Facebook said earlier this month that a Russia-based operation spent $100,000 on thousands of ads on its social media platform promoting ‘divisive’ messages before and after last year’s presidential election. After Facebook’s revelations, Democrats have urged the Federal Election Commission to require transparency for social media advertising. Russia continues to deny meddling in the election, in which Republican Donald Trump defeated …

    September 21, 2017 4:03 am


  • Fed Starts Monetary Policy Meeting, Trump Speaks to UN

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve began its two-day monetary policy meeting, but during the trading session financial market traders shifted their focus to the United Nations, where U.S. President Donald Trump tried to encourage members to confront threats from rogue nations like North Korea. In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.” Trump also said, “No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready willing, and able, but hopefully this will not …

    September 21, 2017 4:03 am


  • Far from the field, Red Sox clinch postseason berth

    2:23 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment It happened in the middle of the night. The Boston Red Sox were airborne, heading from Baltimore to Cincinnati. Maybe they exchanged a few high-fives somewhere over West Virginia. Or maybe they just slept through it. At least they will have something to toast at dinner on their night off Thursday. But the champagne-and-beer celebration, the one in which corks fly across a room and players break out designer ski goggles? That will wait, as it should, for another time and place. The Red Sox reeled in another postseason appearance thanks to Wednesday’s win and an Angels loss. Patrick McDermott/USA Today Sports It’s not that clinching a playoff berth — as the Red Sox did Wednesday night with the combination of their 9-0 pounding of the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels’ 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians — isn’t a notable accomplishment. Only …

    September 21, 2017 4:03 am

World News

  • North Korea’s top diplomat likens Trump speech to ‘dogs barking’

    Sept. 20 (UPI) — North Korea‘s top diplomat slammed U.S. President Donald Trump‘s speech on Wednesday after arriving in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is expected to deliver a keynote address to the assembly on Friday, likened Trump’s United Nations speech to the “sound of dogs barking,” Yonhap reported. Ri initially stayed tight-lipped after landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport, refusing to speak to Yonhap reporters who followed the North Korean diplomat soon after his arrival. Several policemen were dispatched to the terminal, and security agents quickly escorted Ri out of the building. Yonhap reported a “dour” Ri ignored reporters’ questions when he was asked what he thought of Trump’s U.N. speech. In the course of the speech, Trump said if the United States is “forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally …

    September 20, 2017 10:37 pm


  • I think I’m too old for Call of Duty, send help | Keith Stuart

    There comes a point in every athlete’s career when they realise they are what commentators often euphemistically refer to as “off the pace”. They’re not winning those 50/50 balls anymore, they’re not as fast, they’re getting injured more often and it’s taking longer to recover. The same thing happens in competitive video games, and I think it’s pretty much happened to me. Earlier this month, games publisher Activision ran two closed beta tests for Call of Duty: WWII, the latest title in the blisteringly fast online multiplayer shooter series. Betas are early previews in which a selection of people are invited to play the game online while the developers study the data to make sure the servers work and that nothing gets in the way of the shooting. The WWII test has been a success, with incredibly fluid visuals and some really well-designed maps, based in key second world war hotspots. As ever, there are …

    September 21, 2017 4:04 am


  • Binary supermassive black hole system spotted in Seyfert galaxy

    Two for one: bright radio sources at the heart of NGC 7674 A pair of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) could be orbiting each other in a galaxy that is 400 million light-years from Earth – according to astronomers in India and the US. The binary system appears to have a combined mass of about 40 million Suns and the black holes are separated by just over one light-year. The observation appears to back up a theoretical prediction linking galactic radio emissions to the presence of a binary SMBH. Today there is only one confirmed sighting of a binary SMBH, in a radio galaxy called 0402+379. This object is 750 million light-years away and the two SMBHs have a combined mass of 15 billion Suns and are separated by about 24 light-years. Compact and closer Now, Preeti Kharb and Dharam Lal at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics in Pune and David Merritt at the Rochester Institute of Technology have …

    September 20, 2017 7:50 pm


  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist

    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm


  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months

    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Father and his 2 children struck by lightning

    TULARE COUNTY — A father and his two young children were struck by lightning in Tulare County and lived to tell about it. They’re just grateful to be alive, CBS San Francisco reports.  It happened 2 weeks ago on a backpacking trip through the Sequoia National Forest. Chris Lovera had just started recording on his video camera as he huddled under a tree during a storm with his kids, Aidan and Nadia. For all three of them, the memory stops there because of a sudden bolt of lightning. Aidan, Chris and Nadia “After that point you know it was each of us waking up to a different scene,” said Chris. Aidan and Nadia awakened first to see their dad unconscious. “I thought he was dead because I was just screaming at him and I couldn’t see him breathing or moving,” Aiden said. “I got really scared,” said Nadia. They’d all been struck by lightning, but survived. …

    September 21, 2017 12:00 am