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  • Montana family shot after offering to help stranded driver, relative says

    BILLINGS, Mont. –  A man who was stopped along a road on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation gunned down a family who tried to help him Wednesday, killing the couple and wounding their daughter, a relative said. The FBI confirmed that two people were killed and a third injured by gunfire in Pryor, a town of just over 600 people in southern Montana. A suspect was arrested hours later in Wyoming, FBI spokesman Todd Palmer said. Palmer could not say what led to the shooting and did not release details about the victims or gunman. Bryce Hugs, of Pryor, told The Billings Gazette that his aunt, Tana Shane, drove by a man who had run out of gas just south of town. Shane picked up her husband, Jason, and daughter, Jora, and returned to help, Hugs said. “(He) killed both of them and then shot the daughter,” Hugs told the newspaper. “It grazed her in the …

    July 30, 2015 12:06 am


  • Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week

    Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week amid a controversy over alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue. Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale “distributed denial-of-service,” or DDoS, attack, the organization said. In such attacks, a web server is deliberately flooded with massive amounts of data to block access from legitimate users. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the remainder of the day “to ensure that we are fully protected,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Visitors to Planned Parenthood sites, which serve some 200,000 people a day seeking information on reproductive health, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting, abortion and other topics, were …

    July 29, 2015 11:45 pm


  • Jon Stewart on White House meetings: ‘It’s not a secret’

    On Wednesday’s “Daily Show” Jon Stewart addressed, well, himself. The satirical host opened the show with a discussion of his reportedly “secret” White House meetings with President Obama. “It was openly listed, and I went through the normal White House entrance like everybody else, and I told my mom,” Stewart said of the meetings. “Something is not a secret just because you don’t know about it.” Politico reported on Tuesday that Stewart had met Obama at the White House in 2011 and 2014. “The president asked me to come to Washington, and I did because if the president tells you and you don’t, then who the f*** knows what would happen,” Stewart said. “And by the way, to all future presidents, if you ask me to come to Washington, I will do that because I have no idea how to react to that other than ‘what time?’ ” The host went on to say that …

    July 30, 2015 12:46 am


  • Filthy Rio poses multitude of health risks for Olympic swimmers, rowers

    April 28, 2015: Fernando Spilki, the head of the environmental studies program at Feevale University, takes water samples from the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP) RIO DE JANEIRO –  Athletes competing in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for …

    July 30, 2015 12:06 am

World News

  • Maradona accuses ex-wife of theft

    Maradona is regarded by football fans and experts as one of the greatest players of all time Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has accused his former wife Claudia Villafane of stealing nearly $9m (£6m) from his bank accounts. Maradona said during a live TV show on Canal America that Ms Villafane, his childhood sweetheart, was “a thief”. “If she did what we fear she did, unfortunately she will have to go to jail,” the 54-year-old said. She denies any wrongdoing. The couple met in a poor neighbourhood of Buenos Aires before Maradona rose to fame. Their two daughters – Dalma and Giannina – posted messages on Twitter supporting Ms Villafane. Maradona led Argentina to the World Cup victory in 1986, and is regarded by football fans and experts as one of the greatest players of all time.

    July 30, 2015 12:06 am


  • As Patents Expire, Farmers Plant Generic GMOs

    Billy Maddox planted 100 acres of Roundup Ready soybeans this year. The big news is he didn’t pay Monsanto a dime. It’s been 20 years since Monsanto developed its first genetically modified crops. Now some of its early patents are starting to expire, leading to the first “generic GMOs”—off-patent seeds that cost half as much and which farmers are free to save and replant. Maddox, speaking in a Southern drawl as he drove down a road somewhere near Jonesboro, Arkansas, is a seed dealer who works with conventional varieties. This year was the first time he ever sold any GMOs. From the acres he planted he was able to collect thousands of bags of seeds genetically engineered to resist glyphosate, the weed killer Monsanto markets as Roundup. “We cleaned it, bagged it, and sold it. I tried to make a little bit of money,” says Maddox. “Oh yeah, the farmer saves money. If they buy …

    July 30, 2015 12:05 am


  • Researchers design first artificial ribosome

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell. The engineered ribosome may enable the production of new drugs and next-generation biomaterials and lead to a better understanding of how ribosomes function. The artificial ribosome, called Ribo-T, was created in the laboratories of Alexander Mankin, director of the UIC College of Pharmacy’s Center for Biomolecular Sciences, and Northwestern’s Michael Jewett, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering. The human-made ribosome may be able to be manipulated in the laboratory to do things natural ribosomes cannot do. When the cell makes a protein, mRNA (messenger RNA) is copied from DNA. The ribosomes’ two subunits, one large and one small, unite on mRNA to form the functional unit that assembles the protein in a process called translation. Once …

    July 29, 2015 11:05 pm


  • High sodium diet may predict high blood pressure to come

    (Reuters Health) – As dietary sodium levels go up over time, so does the risk for high blood pressure, suggests a new study that followed more than 4,000 adults in Japan for four years. The study did not measure dietary sodium directly, instead using urine samples to estimate levels of sodium consumed, but the results align with other large studies of sodium intake and blood pressure risk, researchers say. “A small amount of salt (less than 3,000 milligrams a day) is necessary for us, but excessive salt is dangerous,” said coauthor Dr. Tomonori Sugiura of Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. To excrete excess amounts of sodium, the body has to increase blood pressure, Sugiura told Reuters Health by email. Dietary sodium levels are much higher in Japan than in the U.S., but most people eat too much in both countries, Sugiura said. U.S. government dietary guidelines recommend consuming no more …

    July 29, 2015 11:26 pm


  • Kylie And Kendall Jenner Flaunt Their Figures In Skimpy Outfits After A Photo Shoot

    Posted on Wed Jul 29th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kylie and Kendall Jenner grabbed frozen yogurt after a photo shoot on Tuesday, and both of the teen reality stars turned heads when they walked down the street. We’re thinking most folks were admiring Kendall’s model bod and gawking at Kylie’s overly plumped pout, but Kylie definitely gave us her best Kim K style pose from the counter. She may be 17, but she already knows how to work that booty! Big sis Khloe covers the new issue of Complex mag, and in her interview she stated that Kylie’s relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga was a “special case” because the underage starlet has had a different upbringing. So…should we really be surprised that Kylie’s getting lip injections and wearing outfits like this to get fro yo? Nope! And she turns 18 next month, so it seems like this is only going to get worse. Or …

    July 29, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Governed by Zealots

    The government’s environmental rules defeat even environmentalists. Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls “the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed in the entire world.” Tom’s company hired hundreds of people to study the Pebble Mine’s potential environmental impact, a first step before asking the Environmental Protection Agency for permission to dig. Usually, the EPA analyzes a company’s study, then does its own research, then rules. But in this case, the EPA did something odd — it rejected the mine before Pebble even got its application in. That’s never happened before, says Collier. So why would the EPA do that? It’s simple: the agency has been captured by environmental zealots. One of the world’s biggest environmental groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council, opposed the mine. The NRDC doesn’t do science …

    July 29, 2015 10:25 pm

Odd News

  • Fugitive-turned-actor arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up

    SEATTLE A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday. Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state. The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said. Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had …

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm