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  • Blue whale tangled in line off Southern California coast; rescuers keeping watch

    RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. –  Rescuers say they’ll hold off until Saturday on efforts to free a blue whale tangled in a fishing line off the Southern California coast. The whale, believed to be about 75 feet long was spotted spouting and diving Friday afternoon in a channel between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island. It was dragging a long trailing line with an attached buoy, possibly from a lobster or crab trap. A disentanglement team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrived at the scene before sunset and attached a larger buoy to keep track of the whale but decided to hold off on efforts to cut or detach the line until Saturday. It’s unusual to see blue whales — the world’s largest mammal species — entangled and authorities want to proceed cautiously.

    September 5, 2015 1:50 am


  • Rubio, on stump in Puerto Rico, says island needs new leadership

    SAN JUAN Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told residents of Puerto Rico on Friday the island needed new political leadership as it grapples with its fiscal crisis, but protection under bankruptcy laws would not solve the U.S. territory’s problems. “I believe the Puerto Rico government has the ability to solve its own issues,” Rubio, a Cuban-American, told a crowd in San Juan, speaking in Spanish. “What you need is new political leadership that has the courage and willingness to do the right and needed reforms.” Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in June the U.S. territory could not afford to pay its debts, totaling $72 billion, and called for the commonwealth to be allowed to restructure its debts under the U.S. bankruptcy code. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, also in San Juan on Friday, addressed a panel on healthcare, telling the audience, “One of the challenges we face is the unfortunate legacy of inconsistent, …

    September 4, 2015 11:29 pm


  • Radio host Hugh Hewitt welcomes his ‘Donald Trump tattoo’

    Hugh Hewitt says he’s received his “Donald Trump tattoo” and he doesn’t mind it one bit. Hewitt, the conservative radio show host, tripped up Trump in an interview on Thursday evening. Trump seemed flustered when Hewitt brought up General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces. Trump commented instead on the Kurds, an ethnic group in parts of Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Later, when Hewitt invoked specific leaders of terror groups, Trump talked instead on what he called the “bigger picture.” Trump told Hewitt he thought the questions were meant to be “gotchas” and called them “somewhat ridiculous.” On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning, Trump called Hewitt a “third-rate radio announcer.” Hewitt responded in an interview with me Friday, saying, “He took a shot at me, that’s fine,” and the criticism is welcomed. He also displayed some Trump-like confidence: “I tell people, I’m not perfect, I’m just the best on radio. I think I am …

    September 5, 2015 2:30 am


  • Petersen falls short as No. 23 Broncos beat Huskies 16-13

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Jeremy McNichols rushed for 89 yards and two first-half touchdowns, and No. 23 Boise State withstood a second half filled with special teams mistakes for a 16-13 victory over Washington on Friday night in Chris Petersen’s return to the school he helped grow into a national power. Boise State (1-0) dominated the first half in building a 16-0 lead and looking like it would make Petersen’s return a miserable memory. But Washington’s defense stymied the Broncos in the second half and three big plays on special teams – including Dante Pettis’ 76-yard punt return for a touchdown – gave Washington a chance. Washington freshman quarterback Jake Browning nearly pulled off a late rally to make Petersen a winner. Starting at Washington’s 35 with 1:59 left, Browning drove the Huskies (0-1) into field goal range. But Cameron Van Winkle’s 46-yard field goal attempt with 21 seconds left was wide right. Van Winkle had …

    September 5, 2015 1:50 am

World News

  • The secret troops who tried to start a rebellion

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The Kashmir boundary has been a flashpoint for several decades In August 1965, what looked like an indigenous uprising spread like a jungle fire across the part of Kashmir under Indian control. A month later, India invaded Pakistan in what Pakistanis call an “unprovoked” move. Since the war ended in stalemate, Pakistan holds a victory pageant each year on 6 September to mark the day it fended off a much bigger enemy. But was the uprising in Indian-administered Kashmir really indigenous? Qurban Ali, 71, is one of the “insurgents” who fought the Indian troops in August 1965. But he is a native of the Pakistani-administered side of Kashmir, and he was not an insurgent, but a soldier of the Pakistani army’s Azad Kashmir (AK) Regiment. “I was a fresh recruit then, barely 20 years old. I had completed the regimental training, and then we volunteered for the Gibraltar Force,” he …

    September 5, 2015 1:50 am


  • Hacked Jeep USB update criticised

    Image copyright Fiat Chrysler Fiat Chrysler has started distributing a software patch for millions of vehicles, via a USB stick sent in the post. In July, two hackers revealed they had been able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee via its internet-connected entertainment system. The car firm has been criticised by security experts who say posting a USB stick is “not a good idea”. Fiat Chrysler has not yet commented to the BBC. ‘Fishing for victims’ Image copyright Jason Cox Image caption Customers were sent the USB stick with a letter explaining how to use it. “This is not a good idea. Now they’re out there, letters like this will be easy to imitate,” said Pete Bassill, chief executive of UK firm Hedgehog Security. “Attackers could send out fake USB sticks and go fishing for victims. It’s the equivalent of email users clicking a malicious link or opening a bad attachment. “There should be …

    September 4, 2015 11:49 pm


  • IU scientists use Instagram data to forecast top models at New York Fashion Week

    Related images(click to enlarge) With Fashion Week kicking off Sept. 10 in New York City, everyone wants to know who will be the industry’s next top model. The answer may lay far from the glittering world of runways, magazine covers and star-making designers. Researchers at Indiana University have predicted the popularity of new faces to the world of modeling with over 80 percent accuracy using advanced computational methods and data from Instagram. To conduct their analysis, IU scientists gathered statistics on 400 fashion models from the Fashion Model Directory, a major database of professional female fashion models, tracking hair and eye color; height; hip, waist, dress and shoes size; modeling agency; and runways walked. “Popularity” was defined as the number of runway walks in which a new model participated during the Fall/Winter 2015 season in March. Data for the study was collected in fall 2014. The team then analyzed accounts of the models on Instagram, …

    September 4, 2015 10:49 pm


  • Reproductive control can be a form of partner violence

    (Reuters Health) – Intimate partner violence or abuse can take the form of birth control sabotage, pregnancy pressure or coercion, which can have devastating consequences including unintended pregnancy, abortion and psychological trauma, according to a new review. This type of intimate partner violence is called ‘reproductive coercion,’ and health care providers should know how to screen for it and intervene effectively, the authors write. “Ultimately, (reproductive coercion) is about power and control – the perpetrators get off on that feeling of having complete power over their partners, even to the point of controlling a bodily function exclusive to women: pregnancy,” said lead author Dr. Jeanna Park of the University of Illinois in Chicago. “And although it seems irrational to threaten, coerce or trick a woman into acts that lead to pregnancy, perpetrators will then often force their partners to abort the pregnancy, further perpetuating the cycle of partner violence,” Park told Reuters Health by email. …

    September 4, 2015 11:10 pm


  • Miley Cyrus Sneaks Out Of The Club With Cody Simpson

    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff If you blink you’ll miss it! Miley Cyrus is so recognizable that she has a hard time going incognito, but she tried last night as she made her exit from The Nice Guy in Hollywood with Cody Simpson! The VMAs host was escorted out of the back door by an assistant, and the Australian singer followed behind with his leather jacket over his head to avoid being photographed. Someone should tell Gigi Hadid’s ex that he’s not that important! The only reason for these two to hide their hangout is if something is going on romantically. The “Wrecking Ball” songstress is rumored to have broken up with her Victoria’s Secret girlfriend Stella Maxwell, and Cody has been single since his split with his Sports Illustrated stunner ex. We know that the twerking queen goes both ways, so it’s very possible these two are secretly hooking …

    September 4, 2015 9:49 pm


  • Could Planned Parenthood funding fight sink the GOP?

    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared in The Hill newspaper and online. The king of all political wedge issues — abortion — is once again at the front of Republican politics. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), running for the GOP presidential nomination, announced last week he wants to force a government shutdown in October if Planned Parenthood is not cut off from government funds. And he is pressuring Senate Republican leaders to make it happen. In a conference call with evangelical ministers, he explained that top Senate Republicans, along with Democrats, are happy to have an “empty show vote” on ending funding for Planned Parenthood. Cruz wants to tie defunding Planned Parenthood to the pending government spending bill for the upcoming fiscal year. “We can expect President Obama and many of the congressional Democrats to cry loudly that if Congress uses its authority, Congress will be quote ‘shutting down the government,’ ” the senator told …

    September 5, 2015 2:10 am

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