• How This Beer Growler Went From Concept to Market

    Entrepreneurs: GrowlerWerks founders Shawn Huff, Brian Sonnichsen, Evan Rege and Chris Maier created uKeg, a portable, pressurized growler (a container for transporting craft beer and other beverages). “Aha” moment: The founders—who are based in Portland,...
  • Baghdad’s Green Zone opens to public

    Baghdad’s Green Zone opens to public

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Green Zone is protected by a number of checkpoints Iraq has declared Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone open to the public for the first time in 12 years....
  • ‘Record’ flooding hits South Carolina, hundreds rescued

    CHARLESTON, S.C. Persistent torrential rainfall in South Carolina caused major flooding on Sunday, turning some suburbs of the city of Charleston into lakes and forcing hundreds of rescues across the state. “This is record. There’s...
  • Jerusalem Old City ban follows killings

    Jerusalem Old City ban follows killings

    Image copyright EPA Image caption Israeli police patrol the Old City of Jerusalem after the ban was imposed Israel is barring some Palestinians from entering the Old City of Jerusalem after two knife attacks, one...

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  • How This Beer Growler Went From Concept to Market

    Entrepreneurs: GrowlerWerks founders Shawn Huff, Brian Sonnichsen, Evan Rege and Chris Maier created uKeg, a portable, pressurized growler (a container for transporting craft beer and other beverages). “Aha” moment: The founders—who are based in Portland, Ore. (where else?)—were lovers of craft beer but not of traditional glass growlers, which can let brews go flat, warm and stale, leading to the discarding of limited-edition IPA (the dreaded “drain pour”). The team searched in vain for a pressurized growler that would keep beer fresh and cold. “I realized there was an opportunity to come out with a distinctive design and to improve the technology so we could offer something that people really need,” Huff says. Rough draft: The founders—all engineers—3-D printed a plastic prototype, self-funding the project to the tune of $80,000. After receiving a positive response from brewers, they launched a Kickstarter campaign in October 2014, raising more than $1.5 million from 10,000-plus fans. They set …

    October 4, 2015 3:43 pm


  • Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina

    NEW YORK Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign. Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers. She has now moved to the short list of candidates the Kochs may support with their reported $1 billion war chest, the sources said. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is among those on the coveted list, the sources said. A spokesman for the Kochs declined to comment Other politically powerful mega donors are also lining up. Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens hosted a packed luncheon at a posh Dallas venue for Fiorina in late September, while …

    October 4, 2015 2:02 pm


  • ‘The Martian’ opening rockets near October box office record

    “The Martian” blasted off to near record numbers this weekend with an estimated box office opening of $55 million in the U.S. The Matt Damon-led space thriller is just short of another film about astronauts lost in space, “Gravity,” which holds the record for biggest October opening with a $55.7 million debut in 2013. When final box office numbers come in on Monday, however, there’s a chance that 20th Century Fox’s “Martian” could take the record outright. Critical acclaim and strong buzz seem to have boosted the film, which stars Damon as a NASA astronaut marooned on Mars. The film holds a 94% score on review site RottenTomatoes.com and a very strong CinemaScore of “A” from moviegoers. “The Martian” was one of Matt Damon’s biggest box office openings. Related: The ins and outs of the box office prediction ‘crapshoot’ Then there was the actual red planet making news this week thanks to NASA’s discovery of …

    October 4, 2015 2:22 pm


  • Manager John Farrell returning to Red Sox after cancer scare

    CLEVELAND (AP) John Farrell was forced to step away from the Red Sox because of cancer. He will return as their manager in 2016, an announcement that ends Boston’s second straight troubling season on an uplifting note. The club said Sunday that Farrell, who recently completed his final course of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will be back next season. Boston announced Farrell’s return before Sunday’s season finale against Cleveland. The 53-year-old left the Red Sox on Aug. 14 after being diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma, detected when he had surgery to repair a hernia. More from FoxSports ”It’s the right thing to do from an organizational perspective,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. ”He’s won before. He deserves it. We look forward to us bouncing back in 2016.” Farrell will have more tests in about three weeks, according to Dombrowski, who added he has been told Farrell’s full recovery could take up …

    October 4, 2015 4:02 pm

World News

  • Baghdad’s Green Zone opens to public

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Green Zone is protected by a number of checkpoints Iraq has declared Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone open to the public for the first time in 12 years. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the move was part of a reform drive that he had “promised the people”. However, he added, some restrictions would remain, with a number of streets requiring a special pass. The 10 sq km (four sq miles) area – home to government buildings and foreign embassies – was closed after the US-led invasion in 2003. “The opening of the Green Zone is one of the measures we promised the people,” a statement from Mr Abadi’s office said on Sunday. “The prime minister opened the Green Zone to public passage and people in their vehicles came in droves,” it added. It is the latest in a series of steps by Mr Abadi to ease sectarian tensions …

    October 4, 2015 3:42 pm


  • Look out! Here come the iPhone zombies

    There’s been a reported increase in the number of serious accidents caused by smartphone users not looking where they are going. So what are people so absorbed by? We took to the streets to find out

    October 4, 2015 2:22 pm


  • Wearable electronic health patches may now be cheaper and easier to make

    Related images(click to enlarge) A team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a method for producing inexpensive and high-performing wearable patches that can continuously monitor the body’s vital signs for human health and performance tracking, potentially outperforming traditional monitoring tools such as cardiac event monitors. The researchers published a paper on their patent-pending process in Advanced Materials on Sept. 23. Led by Assistant Professor Nanshu Lu, the team’s manufacturing method aims to construct disposable tattoo-like health monitoring patches for the mass production of epidermal electronics, a popular technology that Lu helped develop in 2011. The team’s breakthrough is a repeatable “cut-and-paste” method that cuts manufacturing time from several days to only 20 minutes. The researchers believe their new method is compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing — an existing method for creating devices in bulk using a roll of flexible plastic and a processing machine. Reliable, …

    October 4, 2015 1:03 pm


  • Loud noise exposure linked to heart disease risk

    (Reuters Health) – People with long-term exposure to loud noise at work or in leisure activities may be at increased risk of heart disease, a U.S. study finds. Researchers found the strongest link in working-age people with high-frequency hearing loss, which is typically the result of chronic noise exposure. “Compared with people with normal high-frequency hearing, people with bilateral high-frequency hearing loss were approximately two times more likely to have coronary heart disease,” said lead author Dr. Wen Qi Gan of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in Lexington. Past research has already linked noise exposure, especially in workplaces, to coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and other illnesses, Gan and his colleagues write in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. But many of these studies lacked individual information about actual noise exposure, relying instead on average decibel levels in the person’s environment. High-frequency hearing loss, the researchers say, is a better indicator of exposure …

    October 4, 2015 1:42 pm


  • Heidi Klum And Seal Reunite With Their Kids For The Day

    Posted on Sun Oct 4th, 2015 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Heidi Klum and ex-husband Seal spent time with their kids in Los Angeles on Saturday, and they may have ended their seven-year marriage three years ago, but it’s good to see that they can keep things civil for the sake of their family. Heidi and Seal were photographed with their three biological children, Henry, 10 and Johan, 9, and Lou, 6, but their other daughter Leni was noticeably absent. Leni is Heidi’s daughter from her relationship with Flavio Briatore, but Seal formally adopted the little girl in 2009. After parting ways with Seal, Heidi doted on each of her kids, treating them to a day of shopping. Perhaps they’re getting the ball rolling on Halloween costumes? Heidi certainly is! On Friday the former model posted the photo below and a video on Instagram and wrote, “Slime me up … So yucky but so worth it …

    October 4, 2015 2:42 pm


  • School district fights ACLU, vows to keep saying ‘God bless you’

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has launched a full-scale assault on Airline High School after the principal wrote the words, “May God Bless You All” in a message posted on the school’s website. “The Future Starts Today – May God Bless You All,” wrote Principal Jason Rowland in September. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives!  The ACLU also complained about plans by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes to place prayer request boxes around the campus. Pastor Fream said it’s time for the community to stand together and send a message to the ACLU. That was all the evidence the ACLU needed to accuse Bossier Parish Schools of engaging “in a pattern of religious proselytization.”   “There is no question that the principal has violated these legal mandates by invoking God, prayer and Christianity in school publications and on school grounds,” Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman wrote …

    October 3, 2015 4:17 pm

Odd News

  • Canada politician mistakes Bank of England governor for actor

    OTTAWA One of the world’s most famous central bank chiefs, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, briefly became the late American actor Art Carney during a Canadian election debate on Friday. Gilles Duceppe, leader of the separatist Bloc Quebecois party, referred twice to “Art Carney” alluding to corporations sitting on cash piles. It took Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to let him know he must have been speaking about Mark Carney, who used to head the Bank of Canada and now is at the Bank of England. Art Carney co-starred with Jackie Gleason in the comedy “The Honeymooners.” (Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

    October 2, 2015 9:12 pm