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  • Six workers injured in electrical explosion at Washington state dam

    This undated photo shows the Priest Rapids Dam near Mattawa, Wash. (Grant Public Utility District) Six utility workers were injured in an electrical explosion at a dam in central Washington state Thursday. Grant Public Utility District spokesman Thomas Stredwick told the Associated Press the structure of the Priest Rapids Dam is stable and no residents are at risk. Multiple agencies responded to the incident including the Hanford Fire Department. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office told the Tri-City Herald the incident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. local time. The dam is located on the Columbia River near Mattawa, Wash., about 60 miles east of Yakima. The six have various levels of injuries with some flown to hospitals and others transported by ambulance. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says the Seattle hospital is expecting two people from the explosion to arrive there for treatment. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    October 8, 2015 10:46 pm


  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Cruz raised $12.2 million in third quarter

    WASHINGTON U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, his campaign said on Thursday. The Texas senator has raised a total of $26.5 million since entering the race in late March for the 2016 Republican nomination, the Cruz campaign said in a statement. Cruz’s total for the three months ended Sept. 30 was more than double that of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, another contender in the crowded Republican field. Rubio’s campaign raised $6 million in the third quarter, a source said earlier on Thursday, citing campaign officials. Cruz became the first major figure to officially throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race when he announced his candidacy in late March with an explicit appeal to Christian conservatives. Cruz currently ranks sixth among the 15 Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the November 2016 presidential election, according to a Real Clear Politics average of opinion polls. (Reporting …

    October 8, 2015 10:25 pm


  • Former Apple CEO on making of Steve Jobs movie

    Former Apple CEO John Sculley is a long-time fan of Aaron Sorkin. So when the legendary screenwriter approached him for script research on “Steve Jobs,” Sculley was very happy to help. Sorkin met with Sculley four times while making the film. The ex-CEO shared stories about Apple (AAPL, Tech30) history, his relationship with Jobs and Jobs’ relationships with others. “[Sorkin’s] a brilliant screenwriter,” Sculley said. “While [the dialogue] may not have been the exact words that were spoken, it represented the kind of dialogue that said ‘yes, that’s that person.” That includes himself, played by Jeff Daniels in the film. Sculley was very impressed with the way Daniels absorbed aspects of his personality. “I couldn’t believe how … he actually captured how I was feeling going through some of the most intense scenes,” Sculley said. Sculley visited the set and spoke with both Daniels and Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs. He shared favorite memories with …

    October 8, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Matt Kenseth wins pole once again at Charlotte

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth is back in a familiar spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway – sitting on the pole. Kenseth will start up front Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race after turning a lap at 194.532 mph Thursday night to edge Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Kenseth also won the pole at the track in May for the Coca-Cola 600. He likes to joke that he doesn’t qualify well, but this will be the fourth time he has started on the pole this season and the 17th time in his career. More from FoxSports ”When they get my car to drive absolutely perfect, every once in a while I’m not going to mess it up,” Kenseth said with a laugh. ”Tonight it was pretty darn close to perfect. I was going to really have to mess it up to not” get the pole. Joey Logano qualified third, non-Chase driver Greg Biffle …

    October 8, 2015 10:46 pm

World News

  • US shooting family in $6.5m settlement

    Media captionThe dash cam footage shows Walter Scott’s car being pulled over and Officer Michael Slager asking for his paperwork before Mr Scott runs away A city in the US state of South Carolina has reached a $6.5m (£4.2m) settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot dead by a white police officer in April. North Charleston City Council approved the deal in a unanimous vote. Walter Scott, 50, was shot in April by officer Michael Slager while running from a routine traffic stop. It was one of several cases across the US in which unarmed black men died during encounters with police officers. Michael Slager was charged with murder and dismissed from the police force. A police dashboard camera caught the moment Mr Scott ran from his car, while footage from a bystander’s mobile phone showed the officer firing eight shots at him as he fled. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Former …

    October 8, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Malcolm Turnbull defends use of secret messaging apps and private email server

    Malcolm Turnbull has defended his use of non-government emails and secret messaging applications such as Wickr after the opposition suggested it could be a tactic to avoid legitimate scrutiny. The Australian reported on Friday that the prime minister had been operating a private email server outside the federal parliament’s secure system, and had also used apps such as Confide and Wickr to communicate with colleagues and journalists. Related: Turnbull is not a rebadged Abbott. But he must do more than shift conservatives to the centre | Mark Bahnisch These mobile-based apps allow users to send messages that self-destruct after reading and avoid metadata collection. The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, said he did not use such apps. Shorten called on the prime minister to “voluntarily clear up whether or not” he had used the services to send classified material. Turnbull said at a press conference in Sydney on Friday that he does not use a private …

    October 8, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Faster design — better catalysts

    Related images(click to enlarge) While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Therefore, catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept, that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications. Hydrogen would be an ideal energy carrier: Surplus wind power could split water into its elements. The hydrogen could power fuel cell-driven electric cars with great efficiency. While the only exhaust would be water, the range could be as usual. But fuel cell vehicles are still a rare exception. The required platinum (Pt) is extremely expensive and the world’s annual output would not suffice for all cars. A key component of the fuel cell is the platinum …

    October 8, 2015 9:25 pm


  • Bid to repeal California school vaccination law falls short

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday. The effort was part of a backlash against a bill signed into law in June by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown that requires pupils to be vaccinated against childhood diseases unless they have a medical reason to refuse. It was passed after a measles outbreak among unvaccinated people at Disneyland last year. That law, which goes into effect next year, makes California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal exemptions to vaccinations. Opponents of the new rules, some fearing a long-debunked link between vaccines and autism, and others opposed to the state’s removal of a religious exemption for parents who want to opt out of vaccination, vowed to take the issue to voters. But a report posted …

    October 8, 2015 10:05 pm

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  • Selena Gomez Says She Underwent Chemotherapy To Treat Lupus In 2013

    Posted on Thu Oct 8th, 2015 8:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez is breaking her silence on being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, revealing that during her tour break in 2013, she underwent chemotherapy treatment to alleviate the symptoms of lupus — and didn’t go to rehab, as was reported at the time. In a new interview with Billboard, the “Come and Get It” singer said, “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.” Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of her tour in December 2013 — and the move ignited Internet rumors that the young starlet was struggling with addiction. But in fact she was dealing with the poorly understood condition of Lupus which affects the immune system, which fails to detect the difference between healthy tissue and germs and viruses which enter the system from the outside. The 23-year-old told Billboard, “I wanted so badly to say, …

    October 8, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Hillary Clinton will be president… just look at how Republicans can’t stop attacking her

    Why are Republicans so obsessed with Hillary Clinton? Maybe cause they don’t want to run against her? There’s not much news in saying that all the Republican presidential candidates, commentators, and the well-financed Clinton-hate machine are focused on Hillary Clinton. Of course she is far from perfect.  But isn’t it interesting that they never explain this focus on her – what to me often appears to be an obsession. Here is a fair question that even those who don’t plan on voting for Hillary Clinton may be able to answer honestly:  If Hillary Clinton weren’t a formidable candidate, would the Republicans all be picking on her? Hillary is likeable, trustworthy, and electable to most Democrats and by the time she is the Democratic nominee, she will be leading in the polls over the Republican nominee. The answer, of course, is no. If they don’t fear her becoming the Democratic nominee, why are they so literally …

    October 8, 2015 8:45 pm

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm