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  • Katrina 10 Years Later as Erika Heads for Florida and Hurricane Trump Surge Continues

    President Barack Obama waves after speaking at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) People in South Florida being told to prepare for a big storm. Tropical Storm Erika tearing through the Caribbean right now and Puerto Rico being flooded with rain. The storm could become a hurricane as it heads toward Florida. We’re tracking the storm.. as ceremonies continue in New Orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of the deadly hurricane Katrina that destroyed the city. In a speech yesterday, President Obama said of New Orleans, “You’re also becoming a model for the nation when it comes to disaster response and resilience. We learned lessons from Katrina.” He praised the progress but also said much work remains to be done. There’s new revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email controversies today though emails released from one of her top aides appear fairly banal. Still …

    August 28, 2015 9:25 am


  • Best president ever! How Trump’s love of hyperbole could backfire

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Manhattan real estate lawyer John Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Mechanic was representing Gucci, and the luxury retailer was already sold on opening a flagship store in what was unquestionably a prime location. But the salesman in Trump still couldn’t resist pumping it up in his sales pitch. “He said it was the best retail space, in the best retail building, on the best corner, in the best city in the world,” Mechanic recalled. Mechanic still has a copy of Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” which the billionaire inscribed during the visit: “To the greatest real estate lawyer in the world, best wishes, Donald.” Anyone who has witnessed Trump’s meteoric surge to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field is familiar with …

    August 28, 2015 6:44 am


  • HSBC error leaves thousands of Brits without pay

    HSBC wrongly coded hundreds of thousands of payments on eve of a three-day weekend. Thousands of Brits were left without pay heading into the holiday weekend after HSBC botched payments for many of its corporate customers. HSBC (HSBC) is one of the world’s biggest banks, and it operates accounts for about one million businesses in the U.K. About 275,000 payments were incorrectly coded Friday, meaning they couldn’t be processed by the clearing system that handles direct debits and other automated transactions. Companies were left unable to pay month-end salaries or suppliers’ invoices, and customers of other banks were also affected because HSBC was unable to complete transfers to them. HSBC apologized for the error, which came at the start of a three-day weekend. Monday is a public holiday and millions will be traveling at home and abroad. “We are taking immediate steps to ensure the payments reach beneficiaries as quickly as possible,” a spokesman said. …

    August 28, 2015 8:45 am


  • Joshua Bellamy hopes to finally stick with Bears

    May 27, 2015; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Joshua Bellamy (11) during organized team activities at the Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports The Chicago Bears are dealing with an injury crisis at the wide receiver position. The team’s top four receivers — Alshon Jeffery (calf), Kevin White (shin), Eddie Royal (hip) and Marquess Wilson (hamstring) — are all dealing with injuries. Each time one of Chicago’s top pass-catchers goes down, the spotlight shines a little further into the depth chart. Right now, it’s on Joshua Bellamy, a former undrafted rookie who has been cut six times by four different teams since entering the NFL in 2012, according to Bears senior writer Larry Mayer. “Pretty much my whole career has been like this, trying to find my way to the top,” Bellamy said, per the Bears’ official website. Bellamy, 26, was cut two years in a row by the Kansas …

    August 28, 2015 9:25 am

World News

  • Libya boats search for more bodies

    Image caption Libyan rescuers worked throughout the night to search for survivors and recover bodies Fishing boats off the Libyan coast are searching for more bodies after two migrant vessels capsized on Thursday. Around 200 people are feared to have drowned as they tried to cross from Zuwara, west of Tripoli, to Italy. The victims include Syrians, Bangladeshis and people from sub-Saharan Africa. Police in Italy have detained 10 suspected traffickers after 52 people were found dead in the hold of a ship off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. Image caption Rescued migrants have been taken to a detention centre in Libya The United Nations’ refugee agency says more than 2,500 people have died trying to reach Europe so far in 2015, not including Thursday’s deaths. BBC Africa Live: News updates A Bangladeshi diplomat told the BBC that at least five Bangladeshi nationals, including a six-month-old baby, were among the dead from Thursday’s sinkings. …

    August 28, 2015 9:25 am


  • Apple Watch is king of smartwatch sales according to latest numbers

    Apple sold 3.6m Watches in the second quarter of this year, but compared to the 40m sales estimates, does that make the company’s first smartwatch a flop? The Apple Watch has both excited some and disappointed others. Before it was even launched, financial analysts predicted that Watches would sell in their droves, hitting 40m on customer wrists by the end of the first year. Those estimates, based on the performance of Apple’s iPhone and its 47.5m sales in a single quarter, were 80 times larger than any other smartwatch had sold in a year. Device analysts such as CCS Insight’s Ben Wood described the notion of Apple Watch being a flop as “absolute nonsense” and said it would easily be the “most successful smartwatch ever”. Early smartwatch pioneer Pebble, which recently launched its new Time and Time Steel, only sold 1m watches in three years, and Google’s Android Wear watches, which are produced by a …

    August 28, 2015 7:05 am


  • Study aims to reproduce 100 published journal papers

    Following one of the largest-scale scientific reproducibility investigations to date, a group of psychology researchers has reported results from an effort to replicate 100 recently published psychology studies; though they were able to successfully repeat the original experiments in most all cases, they were able to reproduce the original results in less than half, they report. The authors – part of the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, and led by Brian Nosek – emphasize that a failure to reproduce does not necessarily mean the original report was incorrect, but say that their results do provide evidence toward the challenges of reproducing research findings, including identifying predictors of reproducibility and practices to improve it. Nosek and colleagues were motivated to undertake this collaborative project given continued concerns regarding reproducibility across scientific disciplines. They designed an open study in which teams of psychologists selected studies for replication from the 2008 issues of three leading psychology journals, then conducted the …

    August 28, 2015 6:04 am


  • Cancer, transplant patients protest over Venezuela’s medicine shortages

    CARACAS Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country beset with shortages. Around 13,000 people with chronic issues are at risk of severe harm if they do not find chemotherapy or medicines, including those that prevent organ transplants being rejected, according to organizer CodeVida, a non-profit umbrella health group. A combination of currency controls, slumping domestic production and cross-border smuggling have caused acute shortages of medical supplies in socialist-led Venezuela. With an estimated seven in 10 drugs currently unavailable, rights groups are warning the situation is increasingly untenable. “The word ‘wait’ doesn’t exist for transplant patients. The medicines are daily. If we don’t have them, we collapse,” said Alfredo Quintero, 52, who has a transplanted kidney but has medicines to last only until Sept. 6. “What do they want us to be, a statistic?” he said …

    August 28, 2015 6:25 am


  • Miley Cyrus Puts Her Boobs On Display For Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 8:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Miley Cyrus can’t stop, won’t stop showing off her tits. The wild child stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live and made things a bit awkward when she came out wearing nothing but a glittering cape and pasties, putting her boobs on display. Jimmy was clearly unclear where to look as he interviewed the singer – but tried to ride out the challenging interview. When Jimmy asked Miley about what her famous dad thought of his nudist daughter, she said, “My dad’s cool. He’d probably maybe rather I didn’t have my tits out the whole time. but he’d rather me have my tits out and be a good person, than have my shirt on, and be a bitch. I see a lot of people with their clothes on, and they’re kind of a–holes.” The 22-year-old added, “And I don’t know if it’s the clothes that turn them …

    August 28, 2015 7:45 am


  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them? What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military …

    August 28, 2015 1:23 am

Odd News

  • Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

    TAIPEI Taiwan will roll out “angel” and “devil” metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project. Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano will appear on a limited-edition charity series of Taiwan EasyCards, which users swipe to enter metro stations and buy goods at convenience stores. “We will issue the ‘devil’ edition Yui Hatano cards beginning September 1 as originally planned,” EasyCard Corp said in a statement, referring to the sexier of the two cards. The softer “angel” cards will be released after a change in theme after hearing “input from various parties”, it said. “We expect to launch the ‘angel’ edition cards in mid-September, following a redesign.” EasyCard had previously announced it would halt the roll-out following an angry public reaction. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said in a statement he didn’t know what motivated recently appointed EasyCard chairman Tai Chi-chuan to “make …

    August 28, 2015 2:23 am