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  • Houston police officer killed because of uniform: county sheriff

    The killing of a U.S. police officer on Friday in a Houston suburb was unprovoked, a county sheriff said, saying the victim was a target because of his uniform. “It appears to be clearly unprovoked,” said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman on Saturday, speaking of Friday’s shooting of Darren Goforth at a gas station. Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested Shannon Miles, 30, who will be charged with capital murder for the shooting, which Hickman said was captured on surveillance video. Goforth, a 10-year veteran, was gassing up his patrol car when the gunman approached from behind, shot him in the back and shot him again as he lay on the ground, officials said. Hickman linked the shooting to anti-police rhetoric following protests against deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers. Goforth was white, the suspect is black. He said the department assumed Goforth was a target because he wore a uniform, …

    August 30, 2015 6:16 am


  • Democratic support for Clinton at lowest since 2012: Reuters poll

    WASHINGTON Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s support among Democrats has dropped to its lowest point since Reuters/Ipsos began polling on her chances of winning the party’s nomination for the 2016 election almost three years ago. But the former secretary of state still has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over her nearest rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the online survey showed on Friday. Clinton has suffered a steady erosion in the number of people in opinion polls who see her as trustworthy as controversy has grown over her use of a private email account when she served as America’s top diplomat. The Reuters/Ipsos survey, a rolling poll taken over the previous five days, put Clinton at 45 percent, with Sanders at 25 percent. The lead is Clinton’s smallest since Reuters/Ipsos began polling Democrats in late 2012 about who they want to see representing them at the November 2016 presidential election. Vice President Joe Biden, …

    August 30, 2015 2:55 am


  • Google to kill single most annoying thing about browsing the Web

    You know that panicked feeling when you’ve got a zillion browser tabs open, and one of them starts blaring music? Google is about to put an end to that — the single most annoying Web browsing feature. In a soon-to-be-released update to the Chrome browser, Google will no longer allow sounds and videos to load in background tabs. You will have to click on a tab to load a video or streaming media file — even if it is set to auto-play. Chrome team member François Beaufort said in a Google+ post (first spotted by 9to5Google) that Google has implemented the new tool into Chrome Canary, a beta version of the Chrome browser that serves as a testing ground for new features before they are released to the public. “This means no more ‘Where’s that sound coming from?’ moments when an ad for instance decides to autoplay in a tab you’ve specifically opened in the …

    August 30, 2015 4:56 am


  • Chelsea target Zenit defender Garay after giving up on Stones

    EAST RUTHERFORD, UNITED STATES – MARCH 31: Ezequiel Garay #2 of Argentina moves the ball against Ecuador in the second half during an international friendly match between Argentina and Ecuador at Metlife Stadium on March 31, 2015 in East Rutherford, United States. Argentina defeated Ecuador 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/LatinContent/Getty Images) Each day we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining… Real Madrid are set to complete their £29m deal for Manchester United’s David de Gea on Sunday. But United have failed to get Gareth Bale to Old Trafford as part of the deal. Meanwhile, the Red Devils are still hopeful of completing a deal for Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen to replace De Gea Chelsea want Ezequiel Garay as their new center-back after giving up on John Stones and missing out on Aymen Abdennour. Barcelona …

    August 30, 2015 6:16 am

World News

  • New arrest over Austria migrant deaths

    Image caption The vehicle was discovered on a motorway in Austria near the Hungarian border Hungarian police say they have arrested a fifth man over the deaths of 71 people, thought to be migrants, found in an abandoned lorry in Austria. The man is the fourth Bulgarian to be held over the find near the Hungarian border. The other man is Afghan. Meanwhile, Germany, France and the UK have called for urgent EU talks on the escalating migration crisis in Europe. On Sunday, France’s foreign minister said the attitude of several countries towards the crisis was “scandalous”. Hungarian police said in a statement that the fifth man was arrested late on Saturday “on suspicion of committing the crime of people smuggling”. Authorities believe the men are low-level members of a human trafficking gang and hope the arrests will help them uncover the leaders of the group. In a court hearing on Saturday, the four men …

    August 30, 2015 6:16 am


  • Blinded by technology: has our belief in Silicon Valley led the world astray?

    When Microsoft programmer Kentaro Toyama was sent by his employers to India in 2004, charged with using technology to improve education, he expected to swoop in armed with gadgets and effect whizzy social change. It didn’t quite pan out like that. Toyama had some early successes at Microsoft Research India, including the invention of a device that allowed multiple mice-wielding pupils to control one computer at the same time. (MultiPoint, a problem-fixer for classrooms that had too few computers, won awards.) But he quickly came to see that technology was not the “magic cure” export his employers – and, indeed, many in Silicon Valley – seemed to expect. In his new book, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, he writes that this was “hard to take. I was a computer scientist, a Microsoft employee, and the head of a group that aimed to find digital solutions for the developing world. I …

    August 30, 2015 3:15 am


  • About 10 percent of mothers experienced depression 2 years after Hurricane Katrina, study shows

    About 10 percent of mothers experienced chronic, persistent depressive symptoms two years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people, displacing hundreds of thousands and causing widespread damage estimated at more than $100 billion, according to a Georgia State University study. While most people don’t develop persistent depression after a major disaster like that, a small but significant number will, according to a study led by Dr. Betty S. Lai, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Georgia State. The study, titled “Hurricane Katrina: Maternal Depression Trajectories and Child Outcomes,” was published recently in Current Psychology. It tracked 283 mothers and their children who were living in southern Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. Researchers examined their depression levels during the two years following the storm. “Overall, our findings indicate that the majority of mothers did not report elevated depressive symptom trajectories postdisaster,” the report stated. …

    August 30, 2015 6:15 am


  • Alnylam, Medicines cholesterol drug lasts months after one shot

    LONDON A new drug in early development cuts cholesterol as much as two potent injections recently cleared for sale but lasts much longer, meaning it may need to be given only every three to six months, initial findings suggest. Results with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Medicines Co’s experimental product ALN-PCSsc highlight the competition for a market tipped to generate billions of dollars in sales. Unlike rival antibody-based PCSK9 medicines that work in the blood, the new under-the-skin injection is a first-in-class treatment that stops synthesis of the protein which is linked to “bad” LDL cholesterol in the liver. Targeting PCSK9 is a hot area for drug companies seeking to cut heart risks for millions of people who don’t benefit from conventional statin drugs. Amgen’s Repatha and a rival product, Praluent, from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, are each expected to generate more than $2 billion a year in sales by 2020, according to Thomson Reuters data. Pfizer …

    August 30, 2015 6:36 am


  • Selena Gomez Works It In A Sexy Dress For A Night Out In Hollywood

    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Such a stunner! Too bad she didn’t run into the Biebs, because we have a feeling he would have been speechless — either that, or she would have ended up back at his place! Selena Gomez stopped by The Nice Guy in Hollywood on Friday night, and the 22-year-old singer/actress showed some skin in a sexy black and white cut-out dress. Of course, even if ex Justin Bieber was wowed by this outfit, it sounds like the two are back on rocky terms. What’s going on this time with Jelena? Apparently it’s all about his new song, “What Do You Mean.” An insider tells Celebrity Dirty Laundry, “Selena was really hoping that Justin would mention her [in the new track], or at least make it obvious the song was about her. That song could have been about any girl. She was banking on his song …

    August 29, 2015 9:54 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm