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  • Surfer narrowly escapes shark attack off California coast

    Aug. 29, 2015: At home in Los Osos, Calif., Elinor Dempsey, 54, shows her surfboard which a shark bit earlier while she was in Morro Bay. (AP) A California surfer narrowly escaped injury on Saturday after a great white shark bit off a chunk of her board off the state’s central coast. Elinor Dempsey, 54, of Los Osos, California, said she was surfing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay, around 10 a.m. when a shark swam under her board and chomped on it, leaving a 14-inch wide bite mark. Dempsey pushed her board toward the shark and jumped off. Other surfers who saw the attack warned everyone else to get out of the water. Some of the surfers helped Dempsey reunite with her board, and she got back on it to get to the shore. Officials closed the beach for 72 hours and posted warning signs at nearby beaches, said beach’s supervising …

    August 29, 2015 11:54 pm


  • Republican Christie proposes tracking immigrants like FedEx packages

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Saturday if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages. Christie, who is well back in the pack seeking the Republican nomination for president, told a campaign event in the early voting state of New Hampshire that he would ask FedEx Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith to devise the tracking system. Immigration has become a top issue in the Republican campaign, with front-runner Donald Trump vowing to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall along the southern border. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane,” Christie told the crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose …

    August 29, 2015 10:54 pm


  • Apple Music exec quits two months after launch

    Ian Rogers, a senior Apple Music executive, is leaving Apple. His departure comes just two months after Apple launched its new streaming music service in late June. Rogers was in charge of Apple Music’s live radio service Beats1. He joined Apple a year ago when the company acquired Beats Electronics, where he was CEO of its streaming media subscription service. An Apple spokesman confirmed Rogers’ departure but declined to say where Rogers is headed. A report in the FT says he may be moving to Europe to work for a company in an unrelated industry. Apple colleagues were said to be surprised by the news. Ian Rogers Apple (AAPL, Tech30) acquired Beats in 2014 for $3 billion. Apple made the deal, in part, for Rogers’ streaming media unit. Apple hoped it could help make up for declining sales in iTunes music downloads. Beats’ streaming service relaunched as Apple Music in late June. The company has …

    August 29, 2015 10:54 pm


  • Person familiar with the process: Los Angeles strikes 2024 Olympic bid deal with USOC

    Los Angeles and the U.S. Olympic Committee have struck a deal that will make the city America’s 2024 Olympic bidder pending approval by the city council next week. If the council approves the deal at a meeting Tuesday, the USOC will announce Los Angeles as its candidate, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the negotiations have not been publicly announced. Last month, the USOC scrapped plans to make Boston the bid city and entered talks with Los Angeles. On Friday, a city council subcommittee approved the pact and sent it to the full council for a vote. The International Olympic Committee has set a Sept. 15 deadline for cities to enter the race. The IOC will pick the host city in 2017. Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the mix. Los Angeles is trying to join …

    August 29, 2015 11:54 pm

World News

  • Horse trainer Cummings dies at 87

    Image caption Bart Cummings trained the winners of almost 7,000 races from 1953 The celebrated racehorse trainer Bart Cummings, who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, has died aged 87. His family said in a statement he had passed away peacefully early on Sunday morning at his home near Sydney. It said his final moments were spent with his family and wife of 61 years, Valmae, with whom he celebrated their anniversary on Friday. He prepared the winners of almost 7,000 races during his training career, which began in 1953. Image caption Viewed won the Melbourne Cup in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of his first entry in the revered race He won the Golden Slipper four times, the Caulfield Cup seven times, the Cox Plate five times, the VRC Oakes nine times and the Newmarket Handicap eight times. Cummings’ grandson and training partner, James, called him a “master trainer and a larger …

    August 29, 2015 11:54 pm


  • From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world

    On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In a decade, the social network has transformed people’s relationships, privacy, their businesses, the news media, helped topple regimes and even changed the meaning of everyday words. “A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” wrote Zuckerberg in the post announcing the numbers. These are just some of the ways his company changed everything – for better or worse. Facebook has changed the definition of “friend” “To friend” is now a verb. And unlike real life when the ending of a friendship can be deeply traumatic, it is easy to “de-friend”, a word invented to describe ditching a casual acquaintance when they are no longer enhancing your Facebook newsfeed. Although …

    August 29, 2015 11:14 pm


  • ‘Decorated’ graphene is a superconductor

    Super conductor: doping graphene with lithium creates Cooper pairs The “wonder material” graphene has another significant quality to add to its impressive list of electrical and mechanical properties: superconductivity. Physicists in Canada and Germany have shown that graphene turns into a superconductor when doped with lithium atoms – a result that could lead to a new generation of superconducting nanoscale devices. Graphene exhibits a range of remarkable properties, thanks to its special structure – a one-atom-thick hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms. It is far stronger than steel while also flexible, and is an excellent conductor of both electricity and heat. In its pristine form, however, it is not a superconductor. Coupling Cooper pairs Neither is pure graphite, but in 2005 physicists showed that graphite could be made to superconduct when chemically treated, so as to create bulk materials consisting of graphene alternated with one-atom-thick layers of another element. The best performing material thus created, calcium …

    August 29, 2015 10:14 pm


  • How Parents Add to Math Anxiety

    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents can spur math anxiety and poor math performance in children, a new study suggests. “We often don’t think about how important parents’ own attitudes are in determining their children’s academic achievement. But our work suggests that if a parent is walking around saying ‘Oh, I don’t like math’ or ‘This stuff makes me nervous,’ kids pick up on this messaging and it affects their success,” study co-leader Sian Beilock said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science. Beilock is a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. For the study, researchers assessed math achievement and math anxiety among 438 first- and second-grade students. They also asked the children’s parents about their levels of math anxiety and how often they helped their kids with math homework. The results showed that children of math-anxious parents learned less math during the school year and were more …

    August 29, 2015 10:34 pm


  • Selena Gomez Works It In A Sexy Dress For A Night Out In Hollywood

    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Such a stunner! Too bad she didn’t run into the Biebs, because we have a feeling he would have been speechless — either that, or she would have ended up back at his place! Selena Gomez stopped by The Nice Guy in Hollywood on Friday night, and the 22-year-old singer/actress showed some skin in a sexy black and white cut-out dress. Of course, even if ex Justin Bieber was wowed by this outfit, it sounds like the two are back on rocky terms. What’s going on this time with Jelena? Apparently it’s all about his new song, “What Do You Mean.” An insider tells Celebrity Dirty Laundry, “Selena was really hoping that Justin would mention her [in the new track], or at least make it obvious the song was about her. That song could have been about any girl. She was banking on his song …

    August 29, 2015 9:54 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm