• Report: U.S. scales back deployment to Korea for drills

    Report: U.S. scales back deployment to Korea for drills

    Aug. 18 (UPI) — Strategic assets of the U.S. military, including an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine, may not be deployed during the upcoming joint exercises on the Korean peninsula. South Korean television network...
  • Semiconductor Industry Outlook

    Semiconductor Industry Outlook

    The semiconductor industry is made up of 15 sub-sectors (including 4 for semiconductor equipment) within the Technology sector, which is one of the 16 broad Zacks-categorized sectors. Similar to the Technology sector, Zacks also breaks...
  • Sources: Patriots fear top pick lost for season

    Sources: Patriots fear top pick lost for season

    9:58 AM ET CloseESPN Insider Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to...
  • House Democrats launch probe into MS drug pricing

    House Democrats launch probe into MS drug pricing

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. House Democrats said on Thursday they were launching an investigation into why prices for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) treatments have nearly quintupled since 2004, and they sent letters requesting information from...
  • Japan’s alert system against North Korea malfunctions

    Japan’s alert system against North Korea malfunctions

    Aug. 18 (UPI) — Japan’s national emergency alert system, capable of transmitting urgent messages nationwide during a potential North Korea missile attack, is not functioning properly, Kyodo news agency reported. A drill conducted Friday across...

Headline News

  • Former Uber CEO Kalanick replies to venture capital firm’s lawsuit


    Aug. 18 (UPI) — Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick filed a reply in court to a fraud lawsuit brought by an investor. Legal documents submitted Thursday by Kalanick in Delaware Chancery Court said a lawsuit by Benchmark Capital was initiated “as part of its public and personal attack” on him. Benchmark was an early Uber investor. It sued Kalanick earlier in August, accusing him of fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in his attempt to remain CEO of the company. Kalanick resigned in June following a number of high-profile scandals at the ride-sharing startup. He remains on Uber’s board of directors. In court documents, Kalanick says that Benchmark’s demands are subject to mandatory arbitration, meaning the Delaware court has no jurisdiction to settle the issue. It adds that Benchmark took advantage of him while mourning the death of his mother from a boating accident, and that Benchmark’s lawsuit came “at …

    August 18, 2017 10:24 am
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Politics

  • House Democrats launch probe into MS drug pricing


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. House Democrats said on Thursday they were launching an investigation into why prices for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) treatments have nearly quintupled since 2004, and they sent letters requesting information from seven drugmakers. U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings and Peter Welch sent the letters to Bayer AG, Biogen Inc, Merck KGaA’s EMD Serono unit, Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG, Sanofi SA, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc. The lawmakers on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said in the letters that they were looking to determine whether drug companies were raising prices for MS drugs in lockstep with their competitors. The average annual cost of MS therapy rose to $78,000 in 2016 from $16,000 in 2004, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Drugmakers have faced a global pushback from regulators and lawmakers about high prices. President Donald Trump has said the companies are “getting away with murder” and has …

    August 18, 2017 9:03 am
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Stocks

  • Semiconductor Industry Outlook


    The semiconductor industry is made up of 15 sub-sectors (including 4 for semiconductor equipment) within the Technology sector, which is one of the 16 broad Zacks-categorized sectors. Similar to the Technology sector, Zacks also breaks down each of the other sectors into groups such that there are a total of 264 sub-sectors or industries. These “X” industries are then grouped in two: the top half (i.e., industries with the best average Zacks Rank) and the bottom half (industries with the worst average Zacks Rank). Over the last 10 years, using a one-week rebalance, the top half beat the bottom half by a factor of more than 2 to 1. (Click here to know more: About Zacks Industry Rank ) Therefore the Zacks Industry Rank is a good indicator of investment opportunities within an industry at any given time. Moreover, because stocks in the same X industry have certain common positive or negative factors affecting them, …

    August 18, 2017 9:03 am
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Sports

  • Sources: Patriots fear top pick lost for season


    9:58 AM ET CloseESPN Insider Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider. CloseESPN Staff Writer Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots fear they have lost rookie defensive end Derek Rivers for the entire season due to a knee injury, league sources told ESPN on Friday. Rivers, a third-round draft choice from Youngstown State, went down on a kickoff coverage drill Wednesday in a joint practice with the Houston Texans. Head athletic trainer Jim Whalen examined Rivers’ left knee on the field. With that practice taking place at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, before the Patriots traveled to Houston for a preseason game Saturday, the club …

    August 18, 2017 9:03 am
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World News

  • Report: U.S. scales back deployment to Korea for drills


    Aug. 18 (UPI) — Strategic assets of the U.S. military, including an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine, may not be deployed during the upcoming joint exercises on the Korean peninsula. South Korean television network SBS reported Friday the United States canceled plans to deploy the strategic assets during the drill set to begin next week, and the move is taking place a week after tensions spiked between Washington and Pyongyang. The United States and South Korea originally planned to deploy two U.S. aircraft carriers, a nuclear-powered submarine and a strategic bomber to the peninsula. A South Korean government source who spoke to SBS anonymously said Seoul agreed with the proposal to scale back. But Chung Kyung-doo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s appointee for chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told South Korean parliamentarians this week there will be no reduction in the scale of the exercise. “I am not considering that right now,” …

    August 18, 2017 10:24 am
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Technology

  • KitKat maker Nestlé accused of copying Atari Breakout game in advert


    Nestlé has been accused of copying Atari’s classic 1970s video game Breakout for a KitKat marketing campaign. In a complaint filed on Thursday in a federal court in San Francisco, Atari said Nestlé knowingly exploited the Breakout name, look and feel through social media and a video, hoping to leverage “the special place it holds among nostalgic baby boomers, Generation X, and even today’s millennial and post-millennial gamers”. Atari cited an ad titled KitKat: Breakout, in which adults and children sitting on a sofa used paddles to knock down KitKat bars. According to Atari, “Nestlé simply took the classic Breakout screen, replaced its bricks with KitKat bars, and invited customers to ‘break out’ and buy more candy bars.” The games firm accused Nestlé of copyright and trademark infringement and unfair competition. KitKat ‘Breakout’ ad “The infringing conduct in this case is so plain and blatant that Nestlé cannot claim to be an ‘innocent’ infringer,” Atari …

    August 18, 2017 9:04 am
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Science

  • Rare elements could be forged by neutron stars eaten by black holes


    My precious: Did imploding neutron stars produce the gold in your jewellery? Precious elements may come from spinning neutron stars that have swallowed a tiny black hole and imploded. If true, this dramatically changes our understanding not only of how rare elements like gold are made, but also the nature of some dark matter. The elements in question include all atoms heavier than bismuth, as well as some neutron-rich isotopes heavier than iron. They are forged in what is called the r-process (meaning ‘rapid’), which requires copious numbers of neutrons as well as densities ten billion times greater than those found in the Sun’s core to enable the rapid capture of those neutrons by atomic nuclei. Therefore, the r‑process can only take place in the most extreme environments. In 1957, Burbidge–Burbidge–Fowler–Hoyle (known as B2FH) proposed that core-collapse supernovae were the origin of the r‑process elements, but in recent years this has fallen into doubt. Binary neutron …

    August 17, 2017 8:50 pm
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Health

  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist


    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months


    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am
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Editorial

  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night


    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am
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Odd News

  • Naked crane climber tumbles seven stories to his death


    LOS ANGELES — A suspected car thief  has died after leading police on a chase that ended with a standoff when the man climbed a crane at the Port of Los Angeles,  CBS Los Angeles reports. The man spent about three hours on the crane and eventually took off all his clothes, at around 8.p.m. During the standoff, the man was seen walking around, waving, twitching and even doing calisthenics on the narrow ledge of the crane. A SWAT team eventually approached the man and tried to coax him down to safety. At about 9:30 p.m., the man either fell or jumped to his death, landing on a ship, police said. The vehicle was stolen from a dealership in San Bernardino and the driver was was able to get onto the port property by blowing past a security checkpoint staffed by private security, police said. The man drove recklessly around the port before scaling the …

    August 17, 2017 4:30 am
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