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  • Family of American journalist killed by the Islamic State group speaks out in rare interview

    MIAMI –  The parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff are speaking out about the foundation they established to honor his legacy and their disappointment with the U.S. government in a rare interviewing marking the 1-year anniversary of his death. South Florida residents Shirley and Arthur Sotloff have spoken little since The Islamic State group released a video showing a jihadi behead American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff on September 2, 2014. Their pain is still raw, but they’re channeling their grief and anger into 2Lives Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation to endow scholarships to journalism students. The Miami Herald (http://tinyurl.com/pyyu54f) reports a memorial will also be unveiled later this month. The 31-year-old freelance journalist had been held hostage for a year after being taken from a fake government checkpoint. In addition to the journalism scholarships, they’re considering establishing a hostage crisis center for families in the United States. __ Online: http://2livesfoundation.org/ ___ Information from: The Miami Herald, …

    August 30, 2015 2:17 pm


  • Trump pondering possible third party bid

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reaches out to hug a supporter after he spoke at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies  in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday. “I think over the next couple of weeks you’re going to see some things that are very interesting,” Trump said after a speech in Nashville to a gathering of tea party activists. “We’re going to make a decision very soon,” he added, “and I think a lot of people are going to be very happy.” Trump has so far refused to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, saying his refusal to commit gains him leverage over the party establishment, which has been caught off-guard by his early dominance in the race. He’s also said repeatedly that he’d prefer to run as …

    August 30, 2015 10:56 am


  • Natural gas discovery could be largest ever

    In what could be the largest natural gas discovery in history, Italian energy company Eni says it has unearthed a “supergiant” gas field in the Mediterranean Sea covering about 40 square miles. The gas field could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Eni says that’s the energy equivalent of about 5.5 billion barrels of oil. The company won’t know the field’s true size until it begins to develop it. Found in the deep waters off the northern coast of Egypt, Eni claims the gas field to be the largest ever in the Mediterranean and possibly the world. After Eni explores and begins to develop the field, the company estimates that it will be able to satisfy Egypt’s natural gas demand for “decades.” “This historic discovery will be able to transform the energy scenario of Egypt,” said Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi in a statement. With a large presence already established in …

    August 30, 2015 1:37 pm


  • Aces up! Brian Harman with rare feat of hole-in-one twice in the same round

    EDISON, N.J. –  Brian Harman made a hole-in-one twice Sunday in The Barclays, the first time that’s happened on the PGA Tour in nine years. Harman hit a 7-iron from 184 yards on the third hole at Plainfield. On the final par 3, he hit 4-iron hybrid into the cup on the 14th hole. The last player with two aces in the same round was Yusaku Miyazato in the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open. Harman needed both of them. Even with the aces, he closed with a 68. Both shots were going right at the hole the moment it left the club. He says he told the first to go in. When the ball was in flight on the second one, he said, “Make it two.” He says he was “shocked.” He adds: “They’re just so rare.”

    August 30, 2015 2:18 pm

World News

  • Friends named as Shoreham victims

    Image caption The number of floral tributes grows every day Two friends embarking on a cycle ride were victims of the Shoreham air crash that claimed 11 lives, police said. Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard Smith, 26, were killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed into the busy A27 at about 13:20 BST on 22 August. The pair had been heading for a cycle trip on the South Downs Way when the crash happened. The A27 has now partially reopened with a 40mph speed limit imposed, as investigations continue. Earlier Giovanna Chirico, the fiancée of victim Mark Trussler, paid tribute to him. She said he had taken his motorbike to Shoreham as he wanted to see the last flight of the Vulcan. “It was a nice day and I texted him when the flight was due,” she said. “He replied saying I should get the kids ready so we could take them out to …

    August 30, 2015 2:17 pm


  • Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

    The summer holidays are either over or nearly over depending where your child is in the world. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of making a cup of tea without being screamed at / bundled into / forced to referee an over-aggressive game of split-screen Minecraft. And their children? They’re back at school learning, then coming home every night eager to continue the education on whatever devices at hand. Or, alternatively, to continue eagerly smashing one another’s blocky windows. Related: The best apps of 2014 for Android, iPhone and iPad But seriously, there are some excellent educational apps out there, blending serious learning with well-crafted production values and a sense of fun. They can complement (not replace) reading books, physical play and conversation in expanding on what children are learning in school. I’ve picked out 10 of the best examples, swerving pure games and individual stories – as good as the …

    August 30, 2015 11:17 am


  • Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering ‘virus alert’

    Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have found a way to trigger a type of immune system “virus alert” that may one day boost cancer patients’ response to immunotherapy drugs. An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells’ ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system. In a report on the work published in the Aug. 27 issue of Cell, the Johns Hopkins-led research team says it has found a core group of genes related to both a viral defense warning system and susceptibility to a demethylating drug called 5-azacytidine that chemically alters their ability to operate through a process called demethylation. A study with similar findings authored by Daniel De Carvalho, Ph.D., at the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital, and Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., director of research at the Van Andel Institute, focused …

    August 30, 2015 2:17 pm


  • Neurologist, author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82

    Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” died on Sunday at the age of 82, his personal assistant said. The British-born Sacks, who announced in February that he had terminal liver cancer, died at his home in New York City at 1:30 a.m. with his partner, the writer Billy Hayes, and his personal assistant, Kate Edgar, at his side, Edgar told Reuters. “He definitely wrote to the very end,” said Edgar, noting Sacks in his final days never stopped penning a legacy that will be published posthumously and may include “several books.” NYU School of Medicine, where Sacks taught, said in a statement mourning his death that his “breakthrough work” in the fields of neurology and neuro psychiatry led to important understandings in these fields. “Equally important, his prolific, award-winning writing …

    August 30, 2015 2:37 pm


  • Kendall Jenner Sports A Skimpy Outfit At The Airport

    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 10:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Kendall Jenner jetted out of Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday morning, and the reality star flashed some cleavage and her amazing abs in a cropped tank top. She looked absolutely amazing, but we just hope she brought a sweater or a blanket — you know how cold the AC on flights can be! Kendall was off to New York City, which is undoubtedly a business trip. While the 19-year-old starlet’s career has taken off over the last year, we find it interesting that she’s one of the main reasons why Cara Delevingne has quit the biz to pursue her passion for acting. Eliminating the competition, are we? A source tells HollywoodLife that Kendall and her family were very supportive of Cara’s career switch. “They think she’s doing the right thing. Kendall has been one of her biggest fans,” a source tells the site. “She …

    August 30, 2015 1:56 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