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  • Unusual mass attack injures 8 California guards, 7 inmates

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  In a brawl that officials say was extreme even by the violent standard of California prisons, correctional officers had to open fire to stop a melee that sent eight guards and seven inmates to hospitals. Pelican Bay State Prison guards in three gun towers fired 19 rifle bullets and three hard foam rounds to stop large groups of prisoners from attacking other correctional officers Wednesday. The guards had been had been using pepper spray and batons to break up a fistfight between two inmates when they were swarmed by other felons in an exercise yard teeming with several hundred high-security inmates. “They just ran toward the incident from several areas of the yard and just rushed the officers,” said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “They overwhelmed them. Overwhelmed is the word I heard again and again.” The eight guards were treated at hospitals and released, …

    May 25, 2017 4:48 am


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    May 25, 2017 5:18 am


  • Brinker International Becomes Oversold (EAT)

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which measures momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30. In trading on Wednesday, shares of Brinker International, Inc. (Symbol: EAT) entered into oversold territory, hitting an RSI reading of 29.5, after changing hands as low as $39.82 per share. By comparison, the current RSI reading of the SP 500 ETF ( SPY ) is 58.7. A bullish investor could look at EAT’s 29.5 RSI reading today as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side. …

    May 25, 2017 2:07 am


  • Roger Goodell is on Mission to Mend Fences With Players

    The MMQB editor-in-chief Peter King shares which division he believes is the strongest in the NFL. CHICAGO — The NFL announced its revised policy on touchdown celebrations here at this week’s spring meeting, via an email addressed from Roger Goodell to the fans. But don’t get it twisted. The message was, implicitly, intended for someone else. Goodell wrote in the first sentence that, “We use (the offseason) to listen to players.” The third paragraph detailed the work he did in canvassing a cross-section of players on celebrations. The fourth paragraph explained what players told Goodell. The sixth paragraph had more on that. And the seventh and final paragraph thanked the players for their help. None of it was by mistake. In fact, as several sources detailed over the past week, it’s all part of a concerted effort by the NFL and commissioner to try and start chipping away at the public perception—and to some degree, …

    May 25, 2017 5:08 am

World News

  • Trump gave Duterte high marks for drug campaign during phone call

    May 24 (UPI) — U.S. President Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for his domestic war against drugs, a crackdown that has been condemned by human rights groups. The leaked transcript from the Philippines’ foreign affairs department shows during an April 29 phone call between the two leaders, Trump congratulated Duterte for his “great” and “unbelievable” job in the campaign against drugs, USA Today reported. “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump says, according to the transcript. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.” Less than a year after Duterte assumed office, more than 7,000 suspected drug dealers and users had died, rights groups have said. Trump had called Duterte after the conclusion of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian …

    May 24, 2017 10:45 pm


  • New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

    Image copyright Twitter/@RocketLabUSA Image caption The launch had been delayed by several days due to poor weather An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility. Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia Peninsula, in North Island, the firm said on Twitter. The test flight was the first launch ever from New Zealand and is a major first step in an emerging market; launching cheap disposable rockets to carry small satellites and other cargo. The company plans to start frequent commercial launches later this year. Poor weather conditions had pushed the launch into the fourth day of a 10-day window and the Electron finally took off at 16:20 local time (04:20 GMT). Image copyright Twitter/@RocketLabUSA The launch was conducted with no media or spectators permitted but the company released a video on their Twitter page. The test launch, one of three …

    May 25, 2017 3:28 am


  • Ultracold atoms shed light on the Fermi-Hubbard model

    Magnetic state: spin-up atoms occupying alternating lattice sites New insights into a popular and potentially useful model of how electrons behave in solids have been provided by an experiment involving ultracold atoms. Markus Greiner and colleagues at Harvard University in the US studied the behaviour of lithium-6 atoms that are held in an optical lattice and interact according to rules set out by the Fermi-Hubbard model. They found that the system becomes magnetic at low temperatures – and that the magnetism disappears when the density of atoms is reduced. The team can now use its atomic simulator to explore regimes of the Fermi-Hubbard model that could harbour very interesting physics including high-temperature superconductivity. The electronic properties of solid materials arise from quantum-mechanical interactions between large numbers of electrons. It is notoriously difficult to calculate these properties, so physicists rely on simple models to simplify the mathematics – but even models have significant computational challenges. One …

    May 25, 2017 2:48 am


  • Adolescent ADHD linked to teen parenthood

    Adolescents who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are much more likely than peers without ADHD to become teenaged parents, according to a large Danish study. In the 12-15 age group in particular, girls with ADHD were three and a half times more likely and boys were almost two and a half times more likely to become parents in their teen years. “We were expecting to find an increased risk, but not of this magnitude,” said lead study author Dr. Soren Dinesen Ostergaard, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Recent studies have linked the inattentive and impulsive symptoms of ADHD with risky sexual behavior, but it was unclear if that also translates into higher rates of teen pregnancies and parenthood. Past research has associated teenage parenthood with poor outcomes for both parents and children, including poverty, unemployment, increased health risks and behavioral problems, Ostergaard’s team writes in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, …

    May 25, 2017 2:27 am


  • Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning all smiles at Cannes

    May 24 (UPI) — Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning were all smiles on the red carpet this week. The trio of actresses promoted Sofia Coppola‘s movie The Beguiled at a photocall Wednesday at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France. Kidman, Dunst and Fanning wore dresses in a coordinating neutral palette. Kidman, 49, stunned in a nude-colored lace gown, while Dunst, 35, and Fanning, 19, turned heads in white. The actresses were joined by Coppola and co-star Colin Farrell. Coppola said in an interview with Deadline this week that Kidman, Dunst and Fanning were perfect for the period drama. “I just thought of some of my favorite actresses,” she recalled. “When I started thinking about it, I thought, ‘Oh, Kirsten could play the teacher and Elle could play the student and I would love to have Nicole Kidman — that was, like, my dream — as the headmistress.” The Beguiled is …

    May 25, 2017 5:28 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

  • Police: Tattooed “Joker” arrested for waving gun at cars

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A distinctive looking man was picked up by police Tuesday in southwest Miami-Dade and is facing a weapons charge, CBS Miami reports. Just after 6:30 p.m., police received reports describing a man with facial tattoos and green hair — bearing a striking resemblance to the Joker in the “Batman” movies — after allegedly pointing a gun at passing cars on a local street. When an officer arrived he spotted 29-year-old Lawrence Sullivan, who fit the description, walking out the front gates of a nearby apartment complex. The officer questioned Sullivan while conducting a pat-down. He reportedly found a Smith Wesson .380 in one of Sullivan’s pockets and placed him under arrest. Sullivan was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Lawrence Sullivan, 29, is accused of waving a gun at cars in southwest Miami-Dade, Fla. In court, Sullivan was given an assistant public defender, but he declined the state’s services. “I don’t even …

    May 24, 2017 11:46 pm