• ‘Nashville’ Season 5 to premiere in 2017

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Nashville will return to television in early 2017. CMT announced in a press release Wednesday that the series will kick off Season 5 with a two-hour premiere Jan. 5....
  • Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts

    Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts

    Image copyright Google Image caption Google wants to discourage websites from obscuring their content with large ads Google is to penalise websites that feature intrusive pop-up adverts. It is updating the algorithms used to rank...
  • City of Los Angeles celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day'

    4:14 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment LOS ANGELES — Even as the Los Angeles City Council paused to honor Kobe Bryant and reflect on everything he has done since he arrived in...
  • Bear cubs feast on donated apples

    SMITHERS, British Columbia, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A group of bear cubs at an animal shelter in Canada enjoyed a feast of apples provided by generous locals. Northern Lights Wildlife Society shared video of the...
  • Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star

    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool...

Headline News

  • School district: Mum’s the word about transgender bunk-mates


    A Maryland school district is in trouble after a training video surfaced that instructs overnight field trip chaperones on how to accommodate transgender students. The key point kicking up a storm? Chaperones are not allowed to tell parents that their children might be bunking with members of the opposite sex on school trips. Anne Arundel County Public Schools wanted to make their schools “safe spaces” for kids who identify as transgender, so they produced a training video, starring the district’s chief communications officer, Bob Mosier. The video surfaced a few days ago on The American Conservative, but was uploaded in mid-July. In it, Mosier makes a few key suggestions to teachers and chaperones who take students on overnight trips. Chief among them is the advice that if a transgender student wants to sleep with students of the opposite sex, just let them. But since the school values the transgender student’s privacy, make sure no one tells the parents. …

    August 24, 2016 3:40 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Clinton leads Trump in key swing states, would likely win election


    NEW YORK If the U.S. presidential election were held today, Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia and have a 95 percent chance of beating Republican Donald Trump to become America’s first female president, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project. The project, which combines opinion polls with an analysis of voting patterns under different election scenarios, shows Clinton currently beating Trump in the popular vote by six percentage points and ahead in 19 states, including most of the larger-population ones that heavily influence the outcome of the election. At the moment, Clinton would win at least 268 votes in the Electoral College, the body that ultimately chooses the next president, just two shy of what she needs to win the White House. On average, the former secretary of state would win by 108 electoral college votes. Trump would win at least 21 states, many of …

    August 24, 2016 3:40 pm
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Stocks

  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit


    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am
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Sports

  • City of Los Angeles celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day'


    4:14 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment LOS ANGELES — Even as the Los Angeles City Council paused to honor Kobe Bryant and reflect on everything he has done since he arrived in the city 20 years ago it was evident that Bryant’s mind was elsewhere, looking ahead, consumed with what comes next. Wednesday was “Kobe Bryant Day” in L.A., by official proclamation. And after some awkward bits of democracy — when citizens used the open microphone to decry city expenditures, say “Go Lakers!” and hurl expletives and racial slurs — the council got down to honoring Bryant’s basketball accomplishments and civic contributions in his two-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers as purple-and-gold clad fans filled council chambers chanting “Ko-be” and “M-V-P.” “When Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were playing well we were all Angelenos, united and watching greatness,” council member Jose Huizar said. “The unforgettable moments at the buzzer inspired us …

    August 24, 2016 3:40 pm
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World News

  • China announces Mars mission probe for 2020 launch


    BEIJING, Aug. 24 (UPI) — China disclosed plans to deploy a mission probe and rover to Mars by 2020. In the announcement made Wednesday, Beijing stated the goal is for the mission to land on Mars by 2021, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, according to state-owned news agency Xinhua. The State Administration for Science Technology and Industry for National Defense unveiled the design for the space probe and rover. A state-sponsored competition for the best name and logo for the mission is also under way, the BBC reported. The new project is expected to be one of China’s top three space projects to date. In 2007, China launched Chang’e-1, an unmanned lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Named after the Chinese Moon goddess, Chang’e-1 entered lunar orbit in November, but was taken out of orbit in 2009. China is also expected to place a larger modular station into orbit by 2022 or 2023 …

    August 24, 2016 3:40 pm
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Technology

  • Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts


    Image copyright Google Image caption Google wants to discourage websites from obscuring their content with large ads Google is to penalise websites that feature intrusive pop-up adverts. It is updating the algorithms used to rank its search results so that offending pages are more likely to get lower placings. The change is due to come into effect on 10 January. Google makes much of its money from placing ads on the mobile web. One expert said the company wanted to give users one less reason to use ad-blockers or search within apps instead. For its part, Google said the move should make using some of its results less frustrating. “Pages that show intrusive interstitials [elements that cover the content] provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible,” it blogged. “This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller.” Punishing pop-ups The California-based company gave three examples …

    August 24, 2016 4:00 pm
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Science

  • Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System. A paper describing this milestone finding will be published in the journal Nature on 25 August 2016. Just over four light-years from the Solar System lies a red dwarf star that has been named Proxima Centauri as it is the closest star to Earth apart from the Sun. This cool star in the constellation of Centaurus is too faint to be seen with the unaided eye and …

    August 24, 2016 3:00 pm
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Health

  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study


    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am
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Entertainment

  • ‘Nashville’ Season 5 to premiere in 2017


    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Nashville will return to television in early 2017. CMT announced in a press release Wednesday that the series will kick off Season 5 with a two-hour premiere Jan. 5. The network picked up the musical drama in June following its cancellation at ABC. “We now have a clear path in attracting new audiences with our scripted programming,” CMT head of development Jayson Dinsmore said. “Beginning with Nashville … each series will help launch the next; creating an overlay to cycle viewers through our originals year round.” Thirtysomething creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are overseeing the series, although it is unknown which stars will return. News outlets reported in June that Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will likely reprise the roles of Rayna James and Juliette Barnes. Panettiere had announced her return to rehab for postpartum depression in May the same day of Nashville‘s cancellation. The actress had previously …

    August 24, 2016 4:20 pm
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Editorial

  • Why 2016 is the year of the angry white male


    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from “Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America—and What We Can All Do to Save the Middle Class” (Skyhorse Publishing, August 23, 2016) Ultra-liberal Democrats and the mainstream media (I know, I repeat myself) cannot understand why white voters, particularly white men, are so angry. Well, I’m going to share with you the raw, politically incorrect truth. It’s an indictment of a president and system practicing reverse racism and overt discrimination—in plain sight for all to see. First, there is no doubt that blacks, minorities, and people of color had it rough for many decades. Women, especially in the workplace, had the system tilted against them. We get it. And during the past hundred years, especially the last sixty, the vast majority of us fought hard to eliminate it. No one can deny the terrible things done to blacks: slavery; discrimination in jobs and …

    August 24, 2016 2:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Bear cubs feast on donated apples


    SMITHERS, British Columbia, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A group of bear cubs at an animal shelter in Canada enjoyed a feast of apples provided by generous locals. Northern Lights Wildlife Society shared video of the group of about 25 bear cubs as they snacked on piles of apples. “For all of you that donated apples and money towards a new Bear enclosure. Here is what we do with your support,” they wrote. “Thank you with all of our hearts we couldn’t do it without you.” The bears can be seen happily biting into the apples, creating a chorus of crunching sounds. According to the shelter, the majority of the bears in the video were orphaned as the result of vehicle collisions.

    August 24, 2016 3:20 pm
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