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  • Daredevil completes first of its kind jump without a parachute

    LOS ANGELES A daredevil skydiver on Saturday became the first to jump from a height of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) without a parachute, landing in a net in southern California, a spokesman said. Luke Aikins, 42, who has 18,000 jumps under his belt, completed the jump in Simi Valley, landing in a net measuring 100 feet by 100 feet (30 meters by 30 meters) in a feat broadcast on Fox. “Aikins’ leap represents the culmination of a 26-year career that will set a personal and world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wing suit,” his spokesman Justin Aclin said in an email. Lights were set along the side of the net to serve as a guide for Aikins to aim himself as he hurtled toward it. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous,” Aikins told an interviewer on the Fox broadcast, before boarding a propeller plane to perform the jump. …

    July 30, 2016 11:36 pm


  • Clinton secures Mark Cuban’s endorsement in Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton toured the U.S. Rust Belt on Saturday, promising to reject bad international trade deals during a factory visit and securing the endorsement of investor Mark Cuban at a Pittsburgh rally. The Dallas Mavericks owner, who said as recently as last month that there was a “good chance” he would vote for Donald Trump, instead criticized the Republican nominee’s leadership in front of an energetic crowd. “Leadership is not yelling and screaming and intimidating,” Cuban said. “You know what we call a person like that in Pittsburgh? A jagoff!” Cuban added, using disparaging Pittsburgh slang. Cuban had spoken with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta several times in recent weeks and called him on Thursday to say he was ready to endorse Clinton, a campaign aide said. Clinton, along with her running-mate Tim Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, is on a three-day tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio after …

    July 30, 2016 11:36 pm


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Reports: Brewers near Lucroy trade with Indians

    Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment The Milwaukee Brewers have an agreement in place to trade All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Cleveland Indians, according to multiple reports. Lucroy, 30, must first approve the deal because of his limited no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to eight teams, including the Indians. The clubs are in the process of exchanging medicals. A source told Fox Sports that the Brewers would receive four players from the Indians if Lucroy signs off on the deal. A two-time All-Star, Lucroy is batting .300 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs. He has a $4 million salary this year as part of a contract that includes a $5.25 million team option for 2017. Lucroy was held out of Saturday night’s 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates as Milwaukee considered trade possibilities. The Indians have been in the market for a catcher since Yan Gomes, who struggled most of the …

    July 30, 2016 11:37 pm

World News

  • At least nine dead after India building collapse

    PUNE, India, July 30 (UPI) — Officials in India say a deadly building collapse Friday morning happened because builders did not follow safety precautions. Nine construction workers were killed and 10 more injured when a cement slab near the top of the building collapsed in Pune, according to Sky News. A rescue operation was underway Friday afternoon after the cement slab caved-in on workers on the 13th floor of the residential building, called Pride Express, Indian Express reported. “The incident took place because precautions were not taken,” said one official from the building department. “When we give permission, we clearly instruct what exactly should be done. We will find out if the instructions were not followed and will take strict actions against it.” Construction workers were placing the slab when it slipped, fell off the building and brought several workers with it, Prashant Ranpise, chief fire officer in Pune, told the International Business Times. “There …

    July 30, 2016 9:36 pm


  • Pokemon Go: Player claims to have caught all UK characters

    Media captionSam Clark: “I have all 142 and an egg hatched Taurus” Could this mark the beginning of the end for Pokemon Go? A man has claimed to have become the first to catch all the characters available in the UK. Sam Clark posted an online video showing he had caught 143 virtual characters when playing the game around Southampton and Gosport. The 33-year-old said he has spent “pretty much every waking hour” on the app since it was launched on 6 July. Mr Clark said he had lost more than two stone in weight during the process and claimed his final catch was a Lapras found “round the back of Primark”. The online augmented reality game – which is attracting millions of players – involves finding virtual Pokemon characters in real locations across the world. Mr Clark said he completed the collection of all the 142 characters available in the UK, as well as …

    July 30, 2016 11:57 pm


  • Adolescent exposure to drugs, alcohol fuels use in adulthood

    Related images(click to enlarge) Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That’s according to the one of the first studies to look at how adolescent exposure to illegal substances affects patterns of abuse in adulthood. The national study, by Michigan State University’s Cliff Broman, also indicates that the effects were more significant among white people and males. “While there have been many studies linking alcohol and drug use by parents to substance use among youths, there is limited research on how the availability of alcohol and drugs in the home may influence patterns of use among offspring in the future,” said Broman, professor of sociology. “These findings provide evidence that the availability of illegal drugs and alcohol in the home while growing up is a critical factor in the later use of substances.” Broman analyzed data …

    July 30, 2016 10:56 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Corpse flower blooms at New York Botanical Garden for the first time since 1937

    NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) — A corpse flower bloomed this week at The New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx for the first time in nearly eight decades. “Whenever the rare Amorphophallus titanum blooms, it causes a sensation,” the garden said in a press release. “Perhaps it is because it is one of the largest flowers in the world and its blooming cycle is unpredictable, but more likely it is due to the infamous odor it releases during its brief 24 to 36-hour peak bloom — like the smell of rotting meat, the reason the plant is more popularly known as the corpse flower. Native to Sumatra in Indonesia, it first bloomed in the Western Hemisphere at The New York Botanical Garden in 1937, and after almost 80 years on Thursday, July 28, it has finally bloomed again at NYBG.” The flower can be viewed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s Palms of the …

    July 30, 2016 10:36 pm


  • Happy 60th Birthday to our national motto: ‘In God We Trust’

    On July 30, 1956 – sixty years ago – President Eisenhower signed legislation officially making “In God We Trust” our national motto.  Prior to the passage of the law, there was no official motto for the United States. Congress noted that “In God We Trust” had already been inscribed on coins and was part of the national anthem, which showed that it had a strong claim as our national motto. However, official designation would be “of great spiritual and psychological value to our country,” according to the Senate and House of Representatives at the time. Even though the motto was not officially adopted until 1956, it is interwoven into the fabric of this nation, from our founding documents, to our currency, to inscriptions on our government buildings. Despite the prevalence of this motto throughout our society, it is still challenged by some as being controversial and an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.  So the question is, can …

    July 30, 2016 10:36 pm

Odd News

  • British man pays $80 fine in pennies at council office

    TELFORD, England, July 29 (UPI) — A British dad fined about $80 for taking his child on a vacation during the school term protested the fee by paying it entirely in pennies. The man had a friend film as he carried the bags of pennies — 1-pence and 2-pence pieces — into his local council office in Telford, England, and dumped them out on a desk. “I was fined by the local authority for taking my child on holiday during the term time,” the dad wrote. “When I called up to explain there is no specific law, the person on the phone had quite a rude attitude, so I went one better and changed the fine sum into penny pieces.”  “I went into my local council office and tipped the entire amount onto the counter,” he wrote.

    July 30, 2016 11:16 pm