Headline News

  • Larry Ellison’s Hawaiian island without electricity after windstorm


    The entire Hawaiian island of Lanai remained without electrical service Monday after strong winds snapped or damaged utility poles over the weekend. Maui Electric Co. said crews were working to repair 19 utility poles on the 141-square-mile island where about 3,000 people live. Billionaire Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of Lanai in 2012. Crews hoped to restore power to Lanai City, where most of the island’s residents live, by Monday evening, the utility said. Windstorm damage across the state was the most extensive in years, knocking out power to thousands of people, said Hawaiian Electric, the parent company of Maui Electric. Lanai lost electricity and telephone service Saturday night, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone. Cellphone service was spotty, he said. The county was working on getting information to Lanai’s residents, he said. “We’re pretty much in the dark here. We’re getting limited information,” said Lanai resident Matt Kawasaki. “Everything that we hear is pretty …

    January 24, 2017 12:25 am
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Politics

  • Trump’s new EPA transition team draws from oil industry groups


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has drawn heavily from the energy industry lobby and pro-drilling think tanks to build its landing team for the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a list of the newly introduced 10-member team seen by Reuters on Monday. The email lists at least three former researchers from think-tanks funded by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch and at least one former lobbyist for the mining industry. Several members of the team have also publicly argued against U.S. efforts to combat climate change, a key function of the EPA under former President Barack Obama. The team’s make-up has reinforced expectations that Trump will follow through on his promise to slash U.S. environmental regulation as a way to promote drilling and mining. The team, charged with preparing the agency for new leadership, replaces the initial EPA transition group picked by Trump after the November election but before his swearing-in. Trump’s …

    January 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Can Costco Be Threatened By Amazon’s New Prime Visa Card?


    Costco’s ( COST ) membership based warehouse model has been going strong despite e-commerce companies offering several conveniences for grocery shopping. Its loyal customers still prefer to visit its warehouse-like stores with their shopping lists and buy groceries and other home supplies in bulk. Costco has been slow in its e-commerce initiatives but the company does not seem to be overly concerned about this. Costco prefers its customers to visit its warehouses, since they are likely to spend more in a physical visit than online. However, Amazon now appears to be taking Costco head on by launching a new credit card which gives its Prime customers an additional 5% discount on all purchases on its platform. This is a Visa card that can be used by customers everywhere and earn discounts in both restaurants and gas stations as well. Amazon has more than 60 million Prime members and it is luring them through these discounts to shop more …

    January 23, 2017 11:28 am
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Sports

  • Kerr calls out players for ‘mockery’ of ASG voting


    10:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment MIAMI — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called out players who submitted non-serious All-Star selections on their ballots in their first season of claiming voting influence over the process, saying they “made a mockery” of the system. The coach was asked whether he altered his own reserve selections based on which All-Star starters made the cut. Warriors teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both received starting selections, the latter over the protestations of Oklahoma City fans who wanted Russell Westbrook to make it on account of averaging a triple-double. Kerr said, “Sent my vote in yesterday, didn’t alter anything” — before pivoting. How NBA’s new voting format determined All-Star starters, snubs Did the NBA get things right with its new format? And what happened with Russell Westbrook and Isaiah Thomas? We answer the most pressing questions surrounding the 2017 All-Star vote. “I am …

    January 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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World News

  • Japan’s first passenger jet delayed until 2020


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. announced Monday deliveries of Japan’s first passenger jet would be delayed by another two years until 2020 and a 30 percent increase in costs. Mitsubishi said the delay “is due to revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft” to meet certification requirements for regulatory approvals. It’s the fifth delay for the plane, which will seat up to 92 people. Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of the conglomerate, has 447 orders for the plane, including from U.S. regional carriers Sky West Airlines, Trans States Holdings and the newly revived Eastern Air Lines. The first customer to receive the plane is All Nippon Airways, the operator of Japan’s biggest airline, with 25 orders. The carrier said it was “disappointed” at this latest delay. It was supposed to receive its first plane seven years ago. The plane is Japan’s first new commercial aircraft since 1965 when a turboprop was …

    January 24, 2017 12:25 am
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Technology

  • Machine Vision Helps Spot New Drug Treatments


    “By combining robotics and machine vision, we can work at large scale on hundreds of diseases simultaneously, using a small number of people,” says Gibson, who is CEO and cofounder of the 40-person startup Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Recursion uses software to read out the results of high-throughput screening, which automates drug testing in cells. That isn’t a new idea, but Recursion uses algorithms that inspect cells at an unusual level of detail. The software measures a thousand features of a cell, such as the size and shape of its nucleus or the distance between different internal compartments. In the company’s labs in Salt Lake City, automated microscopes feed image recognition software that scrutinizes hundreds of thousands of images each week of human cells modified to model genetic diseases. They’re watching for signs that one of the more than 2,000 compounds Recursion is testing on sick cells can make them look more like healthy ones. Recursion says …

    January 24, 2017 1:05 am
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Science

  • Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes


    Lining up: water molecules within a carbon nanotube The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to a new technique for studying confined water molecules – which is crucial to various branches of science, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. The study could lead to better ways of delivering drugs in the body and even boost our understanding of quantum mechanics. SWCNTs are hollow hair-like structures with walls that are one atom thick. Normally they are closed at both ends, but sometimes the ends can be open and Sofie Cambré of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and colleagues have previously shown that open SWCNTs rapidly fill with …

    January 24, 2017 12:45 am
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Health

  • Exercise Rates Often Decline After Cancer Diagnosis


    MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Exercise can help cancer patients cope with their treatment, but as many as 75 percent reduce their physical activity after diagnosis, a new study finds. Getting motivated to exercise can be difficult when faced with a serious illness. And along with the fatigue and pain associated with cancer treatment, many patients may give up exercising, the study authors said. “We have about 25 million cancer survivors in the United States, and there is mounting evidence that suggests that physical activity and exercise improve many outcomes in patients with cancer,” said lead researcher Dr. Jun Mao. He’s chief of integrative medicine service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. These outcomes include a better quality of life and physical function and, potentially, survival, he noted. Many patients feel that being sick and receiving chemotherapy are reasons not to exercise, Mao said. “Patients say: ‘I’m going to …

    January 24, 2017 12:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Stacey Dash Fired From Fox News


    Posted on Mon Jan 23rd, 2017 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff See ya, girl! Stacey Dash has been fired from Fox News, the network confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter. Fox decided not to renew the controversial correspondent’s contract, and that decision was allegedly made as far back as last fall. The Clueless star made her debut in May 2014, and was suspended in December 2015 after saying on-air that President Obama “didn’t give a s**t about terrorism.” That’s not the only time she got herself into hot water, though! She ruffled feathers in June 2016 when she made transphobic comments about Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender bathroom laws. “Go [to the bathroom] in the bushes. … I’m not gonna put my child’s life at risk because you want to change a law. So that you can be comfortable with your beliefs — which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No,” she told …

    January 24, 2017 12:05 am
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Editorial

  • Cal Thomas: Here’s Donald Trump’s best chance to unite our country


    President Donald Trump’s inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy (“The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”), or Ronald Reagan’s critique of government (“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”), or even Barack Obama’s in 2009 (“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord”), but the speech set out large goals, many details of which are yet to be revealed. That’s okay, though, because in the words of President Obama in his first inaugural address: “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply.” The ground has not only shifted …

    January 24, 2017 1:05 am
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Odd News

  • Napping bat found clinging to bottle of sauce in South Africa


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A South African woman shared video of a bat she found taking a nap while clinging to a bottle of sauce in her kitchen. Simone Fick shared a video filmed in the kitchen of her Postmasburg home Jan. 7 when she made a surprising discovery on a bottle of sauce. Fick carefully removes the Steers sauce bottle from the sink, revealing a bat clinging to the bottle. “Now we know, bats like Steers,” a woman’s voice says in the video. Fick said the bat slept on the bottle for the rest of the day before flying away. Related Stories: Trump Africa memo implies skepticism about U.S. policy, spending Report: China bans charter flights to South Korea amid conflict over THAAD

    January 24, 2017 1:05 am
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