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  • Undocumented immigrant to stand trial in San Francisco waterfront shooting

    SAN FRANCISCO An undocumented immigrant accused of shooting a woman along San Francisco’s famous waterfront in a killing that has ratcheted up the national debate over immigration will stand trial on murder and weapons charges, a judge ruled on Friday. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 1 shooting of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm-in-arm with her father along Pier 14 near the Ferry Building in a popular tourist area. After Lopez-Sanchez was arrested, authorities revealed that he was a felon who had been deported five times to Mexico from the United States. The case rose to national prominence when Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Steinle’s death was the result of failed U.S. immigration policies. It also highlighted San Francisco’s status as a so-called sanctuary city, one of several hundred municipalities nationwide that in the 1980s and 1990s chose to limit assistance to …

    September 4, 2015 1:07 pm


  • Trump, after Republican pledge, breaks from pack on Iran, gay marriage

    WASHINGTON Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday broke away from stances held by many of his rivals on issues ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky. Trump’s statements in a lengthy interview on MSNBC came one day after signing the party’s loyalty pledge. He called the Iran nuclear agreement “a disastrous deal” and “a horrible contract,” but said he would work with it. Many of the 16 other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election have vowed to immediately undo the Obama administration’s agreement if they win office. But Trump, a wealthy businessman, reiterated his view that too much money was at stake and his rivals were wrong to say they would rip it up. “This is the perfect example of taking over a bad contract,” he said, adding that he would be tough in enforcing it. Closer to home, Trump also eschewed rivals …

    September 4, 2015 11:27 am


  • Up in the air: Fed rate hike remains unclear

    Clarity is a rare commodity at the Federal Reserve lately. We hoped that the August jobs report would provide a clear signal on the strength of the economy before the U.S. central bank meets in less than two weeks and decides whether it will raise its key interest rate. But the mixed signals from Friday’s jobs report has only clouded the picture more. “A mixed report on the health of the U.S. labor market gives frustratingly little new insight into whether the Fed will start to hike rates,” says Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. The U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August. While that’s not weak by any gauge, it’s below the “strong and steady” threshold of 200,000 jobs and lower than the average 212,000 jobs a month that America has added this year. The uncertainty immediately filtered through the stock market — the Dow fell about 275 points, and the SP 500 and …

    September 4, 2015 12:27 pm


  • Giants release veteran punter Steve Weatherford

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants released popular punter Steve Weatherford on Friday and acquired Brad Wing in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The moves came days after coach Tom Coughlin suggested neither Weatherford nor free agent Robert Malone would be his punter this season. Malone was cut Tuesday, hours after Coughlin spoke. Weatherford, a key member of the Giants’ Super Bowl champions in February 2012, was released hours after punting in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots. His release will save the team money. Weatherford was to earn $3.075 million, while Wing, a former teammate of Odell Beckham Jr., at LSU will get $510,000. Money wasn’t the only issue. Coughlin has not been happy with Weatherford the past two years. The coach wanted his punts to land between the numbers and the sideline. It wasn’t happening as often as Coughlin wanted. Weatherford, who joined the Giants in 2011, also …

    September 4, 2015 1:08 pm

World News

  • Cuba welcomes back doctors who fled

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Cuban says its doctors are currently engaged in humanitarian missions in 68 countries Cuba has said it will welcome back doctors who deserted while serving on government-backed programmes abroad. The health ministry said doctors who fled in those circumstances would be guaranteed a job in Cuba and would incur no punishment or loss of status. Some 25,000 Cuban doctors are currently working abroad in programmes organised by the island’s communist government. In the past, most Cubans who fled the country were banned from returning to the island, often for long periods. The offer has also been extended to doctors who were allowed to emigrate on official visas, under a more open policy introduced in 2013 by President Raul Castro. ‘Brain drain’ The Cuban government says it has some 50,000 health workers engaged in health projects in 68 countries. Half of them are doctors. Critics say the highly-trained professionals are underpaid, …

    September 4, 2015 1:08 pm


  • When people say Nicholas Fraser’s vine isn’t the best of 2015: why you always lyin’?

    Along with Blackstreet’s No Diggity and Boyz II Men’s End of the Road, it was one of the defining RB jams of the 90s. Now, 18 years after its release, Next’s Too Close has provided the source material for one of the best vines on the internet. A good vine is funny. A great vine is hilarious, but also, crucially, exposes a fundamental truth of our times. This is what Nicholas Fraser has hit on in his immensely popular (16 million loops and counting) vine, which we’ll call Why You Always Lyin’. Why You Always Lyin’ consists of Fraser, one Converse-shod foot propped on an outside toilet (?), shirt unbuttoned, singing along to Next’s Too Close, but replacing the lyrics: “baby when we’re grinding / I get so excited” with “why the fuck you lying? / why you always lying?” All the while, Fraser wears a grin so wide that the corners of his mouth …

    September 4, 2015 11:47 am


  • Study shows that teens lose sleep after change to daylight saving time

    A new study shows that high school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March. The loss of sleep during the school week was associated with a decline in vigilance and cognitive function, which raises safety concerns for teen drivers. Results show that the average objectively measured sleep duration on the weeknights after the spring time change declined to 7 hours, 19 minutes, which reflects a mean loss of 32 minutes per night compared with the school week prior to the implementation of daylight saving time. Average cumulative sleep loss on weeknights following the time change was 2 hours, 42 minutes. During school days after the time change, students also displayed increased sleepiness and a decline in psychomotor vigilance, including longer reaction times and increased lapses of attention. “For many years now, sleep researchers have been concerned about sleep deprivation in adolescents,” said principal investigator Dr. …

    September 4, 2015 10:47 am


  • Philips aims to take healthcare from hospitals into homes

    BERLIN Philips Electronics will emerge from its radical transition away from the lighting industry as a more profitable company focused on consumer healthcare, the head of the group’s Personal Health business told Reuters. The Dutch conglomerate, which is shedding its lighting business and LED components operation, aims to tap a growing market for consumer medical devices and boost profitability through the provision of health data services, Pieter Nota said at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin. While German rival Siemens is gradually distancing itself from healthcare in line with its general move away from consumer businesses, Philips sees the consumerization of healthcare as a growth opportunity. “We are in a unique position to use our experience from our professional healthcare business for our personal healthcare business,” Nota said after the company used the Berlin show to announce a range of initiatives to move healthcare from hospitals into homes and the everyday lives of its …

    September 4, 2015 11:08 am


  • Lily-Rose Depp Is A Breathtaking Beauty In Los Angeles

    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 8:40am PDT       By X17 Staff She’s got good genes! Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, looked gorgeous as she stepped out in Los Angeles on Thursday. The petite 16-year-old donned a ’90s-inspired dress with a pair of bulky sandals for her adventure into the sunshine. This style really ain’t our thing but we know it’s very on trend– and it’s clear that Lily is taking her role seriously as Hollywood’s newest trendsetter. The teen is on the cusp of being Hollywood’s next “It” girl. In July she was named the new face of Chanel. She just filmed the new Kevin Smith movie, Yoga Hosers, which also stars Haley Joel Osment and Natasha Lyonne. Next up, she’s slated to star in the drama Planetarium with Natalie Portman. With more notoriety, Lily-Rose is finding that her life is coming under more scrutiny. As part of the Self Evident …

    September 4, 2015 11:28 am


  • That drowned Syrian boy on the beach is Obama’s fault

    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared on the website of the Erick Erickson Show. ISIS did not exist when George W. Bush left the White House. ISIS did not exist in the first few years of Barack Obama’s time in the White House. ISIS only became a thing when the White House, out of pride and arrogance, decided it was better to placate the left by withdrawing all troops from Iraq rather than help the Iraqis maintain their stability. A young boy has died, washed up on the shores of Europe. His picture has shocked the world and his death is direct result of Barack Obama fleeing the Middle East, tail tucked between his leg, so he could pridefully say he ended a war he never wanted. The boy is dead because Barack Obama chose to abdicate American leadership in the world. The boy is dead because Barack Obama chose to abdicate American leadership …

    September 4, 2015 10:07 am

Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses

    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm