Headline News

  • National Park Service apologizes for tweets showing poor inaugural turnout

    Jan. 21 (UPI) — The official Twitter account of the National Park Service was restored after briefly shutting down when a staff member retweeted images implying there was a low turnout on the National Mall for President Donald Trump‘s inauguration. The images, which were widely shared by Trump critics on social media, showed the mall teeming with an estimated 1.8 million people for Barack Obama‘s first inauguration in 2009 next to a decidedly less-than-full crowd in the same space Friday. The park service did not offer an estimate for the number of people who attended Trump’s inauguration. The Washington Post reported the incoming Trump administration ordered the Interior Department, which oversees the National Park Service, to suspend its Twitter accounts after the offending tweets began receiving significant attention online. “All bureaus and the department have been directed by incoming administration to shut down Twitter platforms immediately until further notice,” the Interior Department wrote in an …

    January 21, 2017 1:56 pm


  • Full Text of Trump’s Inaugural Speech

    Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you. Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. …

    January 21, 2017 12:56 pm


  • 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


  • Could quarterback-needy Jets take a flyer on Johnny Manziel?

    9:47 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The New York Jets are looking for a quarterback and there could be a new name on the market. You may have heard of him. Our question of the week: @RichCimini what is the chance the jets take a gamble on Manziel? #jetsmail — Mike Gulino (@mgulino95) January 20, 2017 @RichCimini: Mike, I understand why you asked the question. Johnny Manziel made news Friday, telling ESPN’s Ed Werder in a text message that he’s sober and wants to resume his football career. Good for Johnny; we should all hope he can get his life straightened out. But does that make him a good candidate to play quarterback for the Jets? I can answer that in five words: No. No. No. No. No. I’d be beyond stunned if the Jets showed any interest in Manziel. Signing Johnny Football would dwarf the Tim Tebow trade in …

    January 21, 2017 8:55 am

World News

  • Seven arrested in decade-old Amsterdam diamond heist

    Jan. 21 (UPI) — Seven people were arrested in connection to a $70 million diamond heist at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in February 2005. Dutch authorities said five men and two women were detained on charges of money laundering and armed robbery in what has been called one of the largest jewelry thefts worldwide. Investigators said on Feb. 25, 2005, armed robbers stole an armored vehicle belonging to the airline KLM from a high-security area of the airport. No one was injured. Some of the stolen jewels were found in a get-away vehicle, but most have not been recovered. A few months after the theft, several people were detained as suspects but later released. Police said the suspects, all Dutch nationals, were arrested in Amsterdam and Spain.

    January 21, 2017 1:57 pm


  • Minecraft paedophile Adam Isaac groomed boys online

    Image copyright PA A man who groomed young boys through the online game Minecraft has been jailed for two years and eight months. Adam Isaac, 23, from Merthyr Tydfil, previously admitted eight sexual offences against children. Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he targeted two boys, aged 12 and 14, and asked them to send intimate photos of themselves. Judge Richard Twomlow QC said: “This predatory behaviour is a worry and a concern to parents.” Isaac admitted causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, performing sexual acts in the presence of a child, encouraging a child to engage in a sexual activity and the possession of indecent photos of a child. He committed sexual acts himself while on video calls with the boys and also possessed indecent images of an unidentified third boy. Minecraft: Grooming dangers for children gaming online In a statement to the court, the family of one of the victims said: “We never …

    January 21, 2017 8:35 am


  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am


  • 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


  • Barron Trump plays peek-a-boo with tiny nephew while Donald Trump signs papers

    Barron Trump entertained his tiny nephew while his dad, U.S. President Donald Trump, signed documents in the President’s Room at the U.S. Capitol building Friday. The entire family, including Trump’s young grandchildren, stood by as the commander-in-chief got to work in front of photographers and television camera-people, following Trump’s official swearing-in ceremony and celebratory parade. Barron, 10, was seen behind his seated father, playing peek-a-boo with his half-sister Ivanka’s 9-month-old son, Theodore, Us Weekly said. CNN video of the interaction also captured Barron giving a “High 5” to the baby as Ivanka and first lady Melania Trump, Barron’s mother, look on and smile. The clip has gotten nearly 7 million views on Facebook in less than 24 hours. Melania and Barron plan to stay at their home in New York City until the end of the school year and are expected to move into the White House with the president in June.

    January 21, 2017 1:16 pm


  • Three things every Christian owes President Trump

    The Obama era will come to an end on the morning of Friday, January 20th as Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. Christians in America are divided between those who embrace Trump, those who oppose him, and those who take a “wait-and-see” mentality. Regardless of which category a Christian falls into, here are three things each of us owes President Trump: 1. We owe him the benefit of the doubt. We owe President Trump the benefit of the doubt. For Christians who supported his candidacy, this imperative can be taken for granted. But for others of us who did not support his candidacy, this imperative is a necessary reminder. During the election cycle, we opposed Mr. Trump’s nomination and candidacy for a variety of reasons, including reservations about his ideological framework, policy stances, temperament, and rhetoric. Yet Mr. Trump was victorious, and after his inauguration, our …

    January 21, 2017 12:36 pm

Odd News

  • Kitten nicknamed ‘Elsa’ rescued, found frozen to blanket

    Jan. 20 (UPI) — A kitten was dropped off at a Humane Society in Utah after being found frozen to a blanket. The Humane Society of Utah shared photos of the kitten they named Elsa and used the opportunity to remind residents in the state to keep their pets inside during the cold weather. “With a Winter Storm Warning in effect throughout most of northern Utah, we wanted to remind everyone to bring their pets inside or provide them adequate shelter,” the Humane Society said. “This kitten was brought to the HSU last night by a good Samaritan who found her frozen to a blanket.” Director of Marketing and Communications for Humane Society of Utah told WQAD Elsa arrived at the shelter in poor shape and staff was unsure whether she would survive. “It was very skinny, it had gone without food for a while, frozen to the blanket,” Shepherd said. “It’s ears had a …

    January 20, 2017 8:31 pm