Headline News

  • Teens hold on to trees during tornado


    Monday, Jan. 24, 2017 BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — Four teens walking a trail at Barnwell State Park were holding on for dear life after finding themselves in the path of a tornado. Abbie Weeks, Nathan Sizemore, Matthew and Bill Frye were walking in the Barnwell State Park Saturday afternoon when an EF-2 tornado was approaching them. They say the winds began to pick up and tree limbs began following. Bill Frye says, “The wind was pushing us to our right so far — that we just decided to stop running so we grabbed on to a tree.” Matthew Frye says the howling winds sounded just like a siren. Abbie, Matthew and Bill locked arms and held on to the trunk of a tree.Nathan was holding onto a nearby tree. He says, “I was thinking of how to survive — and what to do really.” In the chaos Bill was hit by a tree. “Fortunately …

    January 24, 2017 5:11 pm
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Politics

  • Trump signs executive orders on manufacturing, infrastructure


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing that the permitting process and regulatory burden for domestic manufacturers should be streamlined to reduce what he called “the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible” process. “Sometimes it takes many, many years and we don’t want that to happen. If it’s a ‘no,’ we’ll get a quick ‘no.’ If it’s a ‘yes,’ it’s like, let’s start building,” he said. Among a total of five actions signed by Trump in an Oval Office ceremony, he also signed orders to expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects, to accelerate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects and to decree that any pipelines intended for the United States should be built in the country. He said: “We will build our own pipeline. We will build our own pipes, as we used to in the old days.” (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli) Related …

    January 24, 2017 1:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Earnings Reaction History: Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, 16.7% Follow-Through Indicator, 2.4% Sensitive


    Expected Earnings Release: 01/24/2017, Premarket Avg. Extended-Hours Dollar Volume: $1,962,716 Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV ( PHG ) is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect light trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement. Historical earnings event related premarket and after-hours trading activity in PHG indicates that the price change in the extended hours is likely to be of limited value in forecasting additional price movement by the following regular session close. Last 12 Qtrs Positive Only Price Reactions Percent of time added to extended-hours gains: 50% Average next regular session additional gain: 1.2% Over the prior three fiscal years (12 quarters), when shares of PHG rose in the extended-hours session in reaction to its earnings announcement, history shows that 50.0% of the time (1 event) the stock posted additional gains in the following regular session by an average of 1.2%. Last …

    January 24, 2017 3:50 pm
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Sports

  • Why Erin Andrews decided to open up on the toughest year of her life now


    I first met Erin Andrews last January, when I embedded for a weekend with the FOX NFL crew for a story at The MMQB. We got along, sharing notes as two females in a male-dominated industry, and stayed in touch over the next few months. I watched her reveal deep emotional scars at her civil trial last March, and when we met up last May when I was in Los Angeles for another assignment, I told her I thought she had a story to tell. Before I met Erin, I had only known her as the world does: in the role of glossy sideline reporter. But there was something so powerful as she disclosed part of her true self—vulnerable, wounded, but strong enough to take a stand for a gross violation of her privacy—and that message felt important to share for all women. • How Erin Andrews came out of her trial and battle with …

    January 24, 2017 1:29 pm
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World News

  • Helicopter carrying six crashes near Italian avalanche site


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — A helicopter, believed to be carrying five rescue workers and an injured skier, crashed Wednesday near the site of last week’s avalanche in Italy, officials said. Although the incident had no connection to the earthquake-provoked avalanche which buried a resort hotel and killed at least 14 people, the helicopter crashed about 60 miles away. Flying in a dense fog at an altitude of about 2,000 feet about mountainous central Italy, it fell after picking up a skier injured at the Camp Felice ski resort, about 75 miles east of Rome. The helicopter was in the fleet of Italy’s national ambulance service. The crashed helicopter was discovered by an on-foot rescue team which used infrared beams to spot the wreck due to the fog. The Italian broadcaster RAI said it was found in an area known as the Old Mine, a spot difficult to reach, several miles from Campo Felice. People nearby …

    January 24, 2017 5:11 pm
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Technology

  • UK box office still in love with Oscars darling La La Land


    The winner: La La Land Each awards season, the market typically anoints one runaway box-office winner that captures the imagination of audiences, with notable examples from the last decade being The King’s Speech (2011) and Slumdog Millionaire (2009). Last year, that film was The Revenant – a 156-minute survival ordeal that hardly looked a commercial slam-dunk on paper, but which achieved a muscular £23.4m by the end of its UK run. This year, the winner is La La Land, which grossed £4.37m in its second weekend of play (down a slim 23% from the opening frame), for an 11-day total of £14.91m. For comparison, The Revenant had reached £12.01m after two weekends. While La La Land benefits from some strong commercial elements, notably likable actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead roles, the film represented a huge risk. Successful movie musicals in recent years have overwhelmingly been adapted from stage hits, from Chicago …

    January 24, 2017 5:10 pm
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Science

  • Trump Administration Restricts News from Federal Scientists at USDA, EPA


    Pres. Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly this week to shore up its control over communications with the public and the press, as officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture e-mailed staff to inform them that they may no longer discuss agency research or departmental restrictions with anyone outside of the agency—including news media. Both agencies also told their scientists and other staff that press releases and external communications about taxpayer-funded work would stop until further notice. It remains unclear if these will be temporary or long-term policies. The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed News were the first to report the internal memos, which they said contained the EPA prohibitions on press releases and blog posts as well as the news that all incoming media requests would be carefully screened and require approval. At the USDA a department-wide e-mail from the chief of staff of the agency’s in-house research office, the Agricultural …

    January 24, 2017 4:50 pm
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Health

  • Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty


    (Reuters Health) – Nearly a third of middle-aged workers suffer from some level of frailty, including fatigue, issues with walking and other physical limitations that make them less able to hold a job, according to a UK study. Frailty is more often something considered when treating elderly patients, but middle-aged patients may face some of the same symptoms, the study team writes in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Physical frailty leaves many people out of work entirely, while others take a lot of days off or struggle with physical demands, especially in manual labor jobs, the research team writes. “Lots of factors are encouraging people to work longer, but this may not be feasible for those with major health problems and, depending on circumstances, might be either good or bad for health,” lead author Keith Palmer of the University of Southampton told Reuters Health by email. To examine the link between frailty and employment, …

    January 24, 2017 4:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian’s Lip Ring Makes Us Want To Smack Her In The Face


    Posted on Tue Jan 24th, 2017 1:45pm PDT       By X17 Staff Just stop, already! Kim Kardashian hit the studio today in LA, and while her leather pants and plaid outfit is a slight improvement from the biker shorts and hoodies she’s been rocking, we really can’t focus on anything but that stupid lip ring. Why is she wearing it everywhere she goes? We know she didn’t actually pierce her precious mouth, so it just makes her look like a giant poser! We bet Kanye told her she looked edgy and cool, because apparently the rapper is doing everything he can to win his way back into his wife’s good graces. That includes filming cameos for Keeping Up with the Kardashians! “Kanye is really trying to please Kim. He realizes that his difficult behavior has been extremely draining for her. He is trying to make it up to Kim by going along with things that are important …

    January 24, 2017 4:10 pm
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Editorial

  • A doctor’s prescription for ObamaCare: What to throw out, what to keep


    Fear drives health care decisions. My role as an internist is to battle irrational fear of illness as much as possible, or sometimes to use fear of a disease to persuade you to have a preventive vaccine or colonoscopy that you shouldn’t be afraid of. Currently, fear is exploding around ObamaCare and what to do about it. Control has largely been wrested from the states and the individual and deposited in a highly regulating federal law, which is now under attack. Fear of out-of-control health insurance premiums is currently doing battle with the fear of losing coverage altogether. President Trump took the first symbolic step toward repeal on Friday when he issued an executive order to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare on the states and the individual, which should at the very least lead to more exemptions and less enforcement of the law’s excess regulations. But the yeoman’s work of repeal and replace remains. …

    January 24, 2017 5:11 pm
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Odd News

  • Baby pandas welcome the Lunar New Year at Chinese research base


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Keepers at a giant panda breeding center in China gathered with several of the animals to perform a song and dance for the Lunar New Year. A video recorded Friday at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding shows the keepers preparing for the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Jan. 28, by performing a choreographed routine with 23 baby pandas. The keepers hold the pandas in their arms as they recite a welcome to the New Year and move the baby bears in a synchronized routine. The baby pandas are then treated to a snuggle session with plenty of scratches behind the ears. Related Stories: World’s oldest male panda in captivity dies at 31 New Zealand choppers save cherries for China in Lunar New Year rush Analysis: Doctors worry as heart drug research loses steam Turkey says it may shut off U.S. access to Incirlik Air Base

    January 24, 2017 5:10 pm
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