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  • Appeals court upholds Jesus statue on Montana mountain

    Feb. 20, 201: The statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort overlooks Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley in Whitefish, Mont. (Linda Thompson/The Missoulian via AP) HELENA, Mont. –  A 6-foot tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments from a group of atheists and agnostics that allowing the statue to remain on U.S. Forest Service land violates the constitutional separation of church and state. Two members of the three-judge panel agreed with U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen of Montana, who found that the statue’s secular and irreverent uses outweighed its religious uses. In June of 2013 Christensen wrote that “Big Mountain Jesus has been the subject of much frivolity over the years,” serving as a meeting place for skiers, a wedding location and being festooned with ski …

    August 31, 2015 6:42 pm


  • Supreme Court says former Virginia governor McDonnell can stay out of prison pending appeal

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request by former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to remain out of prison while he appeals his corruption convictions. In a brief unsigned order, the court said McDonnell, who was governor from 2010 until 2014, would not have to report to prison until he completes the appeals process. Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts gave McDonnell a temporary reprieve while the court awaited the government’s response to his application. McDonnell’s lawyers are now expected to ask the high court to hear his full appeal. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected McDonnell’s initial request to stay out of prison. The same court upheld McDonnell’s conviction in a July ruling. McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in September 2014 of taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting one …

    August 31, 2015 3:01 pm


  • iPads replace cashiers at SF’s quinoa restaurant

    It is the most San Francisco restaurant ever. Eatsa is a new quinoa-only automated vegetarian restaurant powered by iPads where high-tech cubbies spit out your order. And yes, there is reclaimed wood and a mission to change the world. The restaurant is the first project of Keenwawa, a new venture-backed Silicon Valley startup that wants to disrupt fast food by making it healthy, affordable and accessible. Cofounded by Tim Young, Scott Drummond and David Freedburg, the key to Keenwawa’s big dreams is quinoa. “It has the potential to be a savior,” said Young, who sees quinoa as an alternative to animal protein. “It provides all these nine amino acids that people need to survive. It really is a superfood.” A protein-rich seed from the Andes, quinoa is nutty and hearty. Eatsa has eight menu items that use it as a jumping off point for salads and dishes like curry or burrito bowls. After months of …

    August 31, 2015 6:02 pm


  • Cubs acquire Mariners OF Austin Jackson for PTBNL

    Jun 6, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (16) runs around the bases after hitting a solo-homer against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports HOUSTON — The playoff-hopeful Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named. Mariners interim general manager Jeff Kingston announced the trade Monday night. Because the deal was made before Sept. 1, Jackson will be eligible for the postseason if the Cubs get that far. Chicago began the day with a 5 1/2-game lead over San Francisco for the second NL wild-card spot. The 28-year-old Jackson was traded from Detroit to the Mariners in July 2014. He was hitting .272 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games this season. The Cubs have been using Dexter Fowler in center field. He’s been banged up some, and Jackson …

    August 31, 2015 6:43 pm

World News

  • US Jewish site killings guilty verdict

    Image caption Frazier Glenn Cross shot dead three people, including a teenage boy, in April 2014 White supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross has been found guilty of murdering three people at two Jewish sites in Kansas City last year. Cross, who has admitted to the murders, said he hoped to “die a martyr” after the verdict was announced. Jurors still need to decide whether he should get the death penalty. Cross, 74, was also convicted of three counts of attempted murder for firing indiscriminately at people during the fatal shooting in April 2014. He shot dead Dr William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside two separate Jewish centres. Although he has admitted to the killings, Cross pleaded not guilty at trial. He said he was motivated to kill Jews because he believes they have too much power. None of the victims of the Kansas City shooting was …

    August 31, 2015 6:42 pm


  • Apple TV May Finally Grab the Spotlight

    The next version of the Apple TV set-top box could be ready for prime time in October, priced at either US$149 or $199, based on rumors circulating Monday as the company gears up for its Sept. 9 event in San Francisco. The current version goes for $99. With the higher price could come a seriously upgraded device: The new — and apparently quite improved — Apple TV reportedly will feature an A8 processor, flash storage support upwards of 32 GB, and 1 GB of RAM. It will include support for Siri, a new touchscreen remote control, a new and more intuitive interface, and support for an app store — something that has been missing in past versions, according to the latest buzz. It’s likely the next Apple TV also will serve as a hub for a long-rumored pay-TV service that will bundle multiple TV channels and could become available to subscribers for $40 per month. …

    August 31, 2015 3:21 pm


  • A Tribute to Oliver Sacks from Colleague and Friend Christof Koch

    Oliver Sacks has left the world. The British-born neurologist-cum-writer who called New York City his home for the past half century died yesterday at his Greenwich Village apartment at the age of 82. Sacks practiced and revived an almost extinct form of medicine that consisted of literary case studies focusing on the singular neurological patient hidden underneath the dry diagnostic labels of autism, ocular cancer, amnesia, Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, achromatism, blindness and so on. Sacks excelled at bringing the individual to life, describing with a riot of coruscated imagery and an exuberance of words what it was to be so afflicted and how it affected the patient’s life. Through his many books, and the movies and documentaries they inspired, Sacks brought the mind–brain connection to the reading public. He educating those who would never think of opening a neuroscience treatise describing how the aftermath of a stroke, virus infection or other physical pathology leaves …

    August 31, 2015 6:22 pm


  • Regulations may make kids’ fast food meals healthier

    (Reuters Health) – Regulating fast food kids’ meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study. If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report. “We can create policies that will nudge us toward healthier behaviors,” said senior author Marie Bragg, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. The proposed policy, which was introduced to the New York City Council, says fast food meals that come with a small toy must include a serving of fruit, vegetable or whole grain. The law would also limit meals with toys to no more than 500 calories, and it would place additional restrictions on fat and salt. To estimate the effect of the proposal, researchers analyzed food purchases made by 358 adults for 422 children at Burger …

    August 31, 2015 6:42 pm


  • Kim Kardashian Is Baby Bumpin’ In Neutrals The Day After The VMAs

    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 2:34pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian should have worn this last night to the VMAs instead of her horrific safari chic dress! Donning a neutral-on-neutral-on-neutral-on-neutral ensemble, Kimbo had her hair slicked back and showed off her baby bump when she turned up at her Los Angeles studio to film scenes for her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. We get that bodycon and neutrals are what Kimmy K’s pregnancy style is all about but we’re pretty perplexed by the wool coat. It’s the summer, Kim! Try a tank top! Meanwhile, it looks like the pregnant reality star has moved back home with mom yet again. Kris Jenner told E! News on Saturday that her daughter, husband Kanye West, and granddaugter North West, have once again moved in with her. Several months ago the family of three (soon to be four) moved out of Mama Jenner’s house and into …

    August 31, 2015 6:02 pm


  • Hillary Clinton’s emails: Why it doesn’t matter what’s in them

    The State Department is expected to release a new batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails Monday evening, totaling many thousands of pages. Her defenders will be searching through the electronic missives to find vindication, her critics parsing every key stroke to prove wronging, at least politically.  The former first lady’s strongest backers, aligned with the Democratic Party, believe the email controversy is based on partisanship, not principle. They believe she is being subjected to a double standard. Her most dogged attackers, aligned with the Republican Party, say the real truth is the opposite, that she is the one benefiting from a double standard, claiming anyone else would have been forced to quit the presidential race. What then is the truth about her emails? Clinton’s admirers say they show a good public servant who made, in hindsight, a bad but defendable choice to run all her business through one private email account and …

    August 31, 2015 5:42 pm

Odd News

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it

    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said, according to Parashak. Tang, a bartender at the airport, had not played the lottery in about a decade before using the found money to buy two tickets, Parashak said. Tang said he did not yet have plans for the money, but joked that he might use it to place $20 bills in random …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm