Headline News

  • Police: Florida man stabbed dog that wouldn’t stop barking

    SUNRISE, Fla. –  Police say a South Florida man stabbed his dog in the leg with a kitchen knife when it wouldn’t stop barking. The SunSentinel reports the dog was injured in November but Michael O’Brien wasn’t arrested until Jan. 20, when the investigation was completed. He’s charged with cruelty to animals and was released on a $2,500 bond. Sunrise police say the dog, named Nala, is healthy and in the custody of animal control. More News… Terminally ill Arizona shelter dog has a bucket list Police: Woman tosses dog from South Florida bridge, claiming it can fly Police say the 22-year-old O’Brien took the heavily bleeding dog to an animal clinic. He told the veterinarian the dog ran through a glass door. The dog needed two blood transfusions and was resuscitated by CPR. A police report says the veterinarian doubted O’Brien’s account. A witness later told police O’Brien used a kitchen knife to stab Nala …

    January 24, 2017 6:47 am


  • After U.S. exit, Asian nations try to save TPP trade deal

    WELLINGTON/TOKYO Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a promise to abandon the accord. The TPP, which the United States had signed but not ratified, was a pillar of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy to pivot to Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has touted it as an engine of economic reform, as well as a counter-weight to a rising China, which is not a TPP member. Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Monday pulling the United States out of the 2015 TPP agreement and distancing the United States from its Asian allies. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had held discussions with Abe, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong overnight about …

    January 24, 2017 5:27 am


  • 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


  • Frustrated LeBron calls for Cavs to take action

    3:39 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James is growing impatient with the direction the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be heading and is calling for the franchise to do something about it. After the Cavs fell 124-122 to an Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans team Monday night — Cleveland’s fifth loss in its past seven games — James unloaded on what he believes is a roster ill-equipped, in its current state, to become the last team standing and lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June. “I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization,” James told a small group of beat reporters who travel regularly to cover Cleveland’s road games. “I just hope we’re not satisfied.” The Cavs broke a 52-year championship drought in Cleveland last season, eliminating a Golden State Warriors team that went an NBA-record 73-9 in the regular season to do …

    January 24, 2017 5:27 am

World News

  • British Parliament must approve Brexit go-ahead, court rules

    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Parliament must vote on whether the government can begin the country’s exit from the European Union. It means the Brexit — Britain’s departure from the EU, as voted on in a June referendum – requires approval of Parliament’s members and peers prior to the start of talks, and not after. The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May planned on beginning the withdrawal procedure — invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty — by the end of March. While it is unclear if the court ruling will change May’s schedule, it is expected she has enough votes in Parliament to proceed. “The British people voted to leave the EU, and the government will deliver on their verdict — triggering Article 50, as planned, by the end of March. Today’s ruling does nothing to change that,” May’s office said in a statement Tuesday. Supreme Court President …

    January 24, 2017 6:48 am


  • How to grow a huge tech firm

    Think about how you can “scale up” your company from the moment you set it up. That’s one piece of recurring advice we’ve been hearing on CEO Secrets, our series where we ask prominent bosses to share their business advice. But what’s it like to turn a very small company into a huge, multinational one? In the age of the internet and the app store, it’s more possible than ever to take a business idea from bedroom to global boardroom. So for this web documentary we asked four of our CEOs to tell us what the journey is actually like to go from a small company to a huge one. We spoke to Jessica Butcher, co-founder of Blippar, Michael Tamblyn, head of Kobo, Alex Depledge, co-founder of Hassle.com and Bill Veghte, a tech industry veteran who headed Survey Monkey from 2015 to 2016. Filmed, edited, written and produced by Dougal Shaw Shhh! Get all the …

    January 24, 2017 5:07 am


  • 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


  • China jails two over vaccine scandal

    BEIJING A court in China on Tuesday jailed two people for selling vaccines without a license, state media said, after a scandal last year that sparked public anger. The case, involving possibly as much as $90 million of illegal trades of vaccines through a black market drugs ring, underscored regulatory weaknesses in the world’s second largest pharmaceuticals market. The court in Jinan city sentenced Pang Hongwei to 15 years in prison for illegally purchasing vaccines, including rabies vaccines, which she stored in warehouses in Jinan and another city, before selling them around China, Xinhua news agency said. Pang improperly stored the vaccines she bought, and earned nearly 75 million yuan ($10.93 million) from selling them, Xinhua added. She was also given another six years for a previous accusation of illegally trading vaccines, and so will serve a total of 19 years, the news agency said. Pang’s daughter, Sun Qi, was sentenced to six years in …

    January 24, 2017 4:26 am


  • Nina Dobrev celebrates birthday at ‘La La Land’-themed party

    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Nina Dobrev celebrated her 28th birthday at a La La Land-themed party over the weekend. The Vampire Diaries alum rang in the occasion with professional dancers Derek and Julianne Hough, actors Aaron Paul and Glen Powell, and other friends at a bowling alley Saturday in Los Angeles. Dobrev and her guests wore classic, Old Hollywood-inspired outfits as a nod to La La Land. Derek and Julianne Hough went all out by dressing up as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone‘s characters from the movie. “La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent. @ninadobrev Birthday!!! #goldenage #family #talent,” Derek captioned a photo of himself and Julianne on Instagram. “City of stars #lalaland #ninasthemedbirthdayparty #brotherfromthesamemother #yellowlexi,” Julianne added on her own account. La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent . @ninadobrev Birthday !!! #goldenage #family #talent #ilikemyhat #move #beyond #weAreAboutToLightAmericaUp #motionEqualsEmotion #IWonAtBowling #iactuallylost #legends #ofLosingAtBowling …

    January 24, 2017 2:05 am


  • Michael Goodwin: Why Trump’s fierce determination to succeed could be YUUUGE for America

    Two images bookend the most remarkable political contest of modern times. In the first, Donald Trump rides an escalator down to the lobby of Trump Tower to announce his fanciful campaign for president. In the second, Election Night maps on television screens flash red as 30 states fall like dominoes into Trump’s column. Just 17 months elapsed between those unforgettable moments, yet that span stands as an epoch unto itself in the history of America. We were eyewitnesses to a revolution, a rising up of people who felt shunned, betrayed and left behind. They called themselves “deplorables and irredeemables,” turning Hillary Clinton’s slurs into a rallying cry as they threw off the yoke of the old political order and trusted the nation to a true outsider. Hallelujah for an American tonic and a necessary course correction. Donald John Trump is the most unlikely revolutionary ever to stalk western civilization. He built buildings and a personal fortune, then …

    January 24, 2017 5:07 am

Odd News

  • Message in a bottle returns to Florida man after 34 years

    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A Florida man who tossed a message in a bottle into the ocean while serving in the Navy said the finder contacted him 34 years later. Rob Herbst of Pensacola said he tossed two bottled messages overboard into the Atlantic Ocean when he was a 19-year-old petty officer in 1983. “I am sending this off of the USS Coral Sea CV-43 Catapult One! We are currently on a world cruise deployment,” he wrote on the enclosed notes. Herbst said he heard from the couple that found one of the bottles, but he eventually forgot about the second — until a recent Facebook message. “Were you by any chance on the USS Coral Sea in 1983,” Cindy Brevik wrote. “The reason I am asking is that we were in the Fl Keys in 1983 and found a message in a bottle that was dropped off the USS Coral Sea by Ronald Herbst.” …

    January 24, 2017 5:07 am