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  • Flint will return to Detroit water system due to lead concerns

    DETROIT Flint will resume getting water from Detroit, officials said on Thursday, a week after the Michigan city confirmed that children were showing elevated levels of lead since it began using water from a nearby river. “Reconnecting to Detroit is a major step toward safe water,” Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said at a news conference. The reconnection is expected in the next couple of weeks. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder told reporters he would ask the state legislature to provide half of the $12 million needed to connect Flint’s water supply with the Great Lakes Water Authority through next summer. Snyder expects the funding measure to pass. Flint will contribute $2 million, while the Flint-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a philanthropic organization, will give $4 million, officials said. The financially troubled industrial city of about 100,000 residents started using the Flint River for water in 2014 after a state-appointed emergency manager ruled out a deal to …

    October 8, 2015 12:23 pm


  • Hackers in China, South Korea, Germany targeted Clinton’s server: AP

    WASHINGTON Computer hackers in China, South Korea and Germany tried to attack Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server after she left the U.S. State Department in February 2013, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. “It was not immediately clear whether the attempted intrusions into Clinton’s server were serious espionage threats or the sort of nuisance attacks that hit computer servers the world over,” the AP said, citing a congressional document. The report said the attempted hacks appeared to have been thwarted by threat-monitoring product, although that was not installed for a period of three months, creating a window of possible exposure. In a letter to Secnap Network Security Corp, which provided the threat monitoring product connected to the server, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asked the Florida-based cyber security company for documents related to its work with Clinton’s server. The committee is one of …

    October 8, 2015 10:22 am


  • College loses bid to change name for $20 million donation

    Joan Weill, on the right, serves on the board for Paul Smith’s College and offered to donate $20 million. Paul Smith’s College, a tiny school in upstate New York, got some great news: Philanthropist Joan Weill, a friend of the college, was ready to donate $20 million. The only catch was the school would have to be renamed Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College. The college’s leadership was ready to oblige, but it had a problem. Decades ago, when local businessman Phelps Smith donated the land on which the school is built, he stipulated in his will that it be named after his father and “be forever known as ‘Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences.’” Facing the prospect of a $20 million windfall, the college administration recently went to court to seek permission to rename the school anyway. But this week, a local judge denied the college’s petition — leaving the fate of the $20 million …

    October 8, 2015 12:43 pm


  • Photo: Former FSU receiver trolls Al Golden

    Once a rival always a rival. This week former Florida State wide receiver Snoop Minnis took a run at Miami head coach Al Golden. The former Seminoles pass catcher set up a few garbage cans with a football in front of it, with another garbage can off to the side with a tie wrapped around it. The caption read, “Watching the Canes prepare for the Noles. Didn’t know Al Golden wore a tie at practice too.” The image was posted on Minnis’ Facebook account and tweeted by Billy Corbin, the director of “The U.” More from FoxSports Former Florida State receiver Marvin “Snoop” Minnis clowns the ‘Canes on Facebook #RivalryWeek #BeatFSU pic.twitter.com/BixWkXTXOT — Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) October 7, 2015 This Saturday No. 12 FSU (4-0, 2-0 ACC) will host Miami (3-1, 0-0 ACC) at 8 p.m. for the 60th time. Miami leads the series with a 31-28 records versus the Seminoles.

    October 8, 2015 12:23 pm

World News

  • Jewellery sells for record price in HK

    Image copyright EPA Image caption The Jewel of Kashmir was sold for HK$52.28m to a Hong Kong collector A string of natural grey pearls and a Kashmir sapphire broke world records at an auction in Hong Kong, auctioneers Sotheby’s say. A rare grey pearl necklace that once belonged to a British aristocrat sold for HK$41m ($5.3m; £3.5m). Meanwhile, a 27.68-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring, The Jewel of Kashmir, sold for HK$52.28m. Both pieces of jewellery were bought by Hong Kong collectors on Wednesday, Sotheby’s announced. The string of pearls was part of the collection of Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson, famous for her collection of art and furniture as well as jewellery. The previous world auction record for a natural grey pearl necklace was set in London in 2012 when the Cowdray Pearls sold for $3.35m. Image copyright Sotheyby’s Image caption The Cowdray Pearls were first put up for auction in 1937

    October 8, 2015 12:03 pm


  • UK firms develop drone-freezing ray

    Image copyright Blighter Surveillance Systems Image caption The Auds system uses a strong radio signal to freeze a drone mid-flight Three British companies have created a device to deter drones from entering sensitive areas by freezing them in mid-flight. The Anti-UAV Defense System (Auds) works by covertly jamming a drone’s signal, making it unresponsive. After this disruption, the operator is likely to retrieve the drone believing that it has malfunctioned. The system joins a host of recently announced technologies which can blast larger drones out of the sky. A drone flying in sensitive airspace can be detected by the Auds radar and then sighted via a camera equipped with thermal imaging capabilities so that it can be targeted visually. Then, a high-powered radio signal can be focused on the drone – essentially overriding the connection to whoever is operating it. The whole process takes as little as 25 seconds, according to the manufacturers. Radio jam …

    October 8, 2015 10:43 am


  • NIST, UC Davis scientists float new approach to creating computer memory

    Related images(click to enlarge) What can skyrmions do for you? These ghostly quantum rings, heretofore glimpsed only under extreme laboratory conditions, just might be the basis for a new type of computer memory that never loses its grip on the data it stores. Now, thanks to a research team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),* the exotic ring-shaped magnetic effects have been coaxed out of the physicist’s deepfreeze with a straightforward method that creates magnetic skyrmions under ambient room conditions. The achievement brings skyrmions a step closer for use in real-world data storage as well as other novel magnetic and electronic technologies. If you have a passing familiarity with particle physics, you might expect skyrmions to be particles; after all, they sound a lot like fermions, a class of particles that includes protons and neutrons. But skyrmions are not fundamental pieces of matter (not even of yogurt); they are effects …

    October 8, 2015 9:22 am


  • Whistle … and Walk … While You Work

    THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If you have to sit almost all day while you work, take a short walk whenever you can. Why? Researchers report that even a 10-minute stroll can restore blood flow to legs affected by prolonged sitting. “Although the size of our sample was small, the effects and results we found were still profound,” said study first author Robert Restaino, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. The findings were published recently in the journal Experimental Physiology. “The obvious take-home is that uninterrupted sitting and inactivity leads to microvascular dysfunction, and therefore is unhealthy,” said Dr. William Gray, director of endovascular services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. Gray noted that sitting for a long time has previously been linked to heart disease. Restaino said the goal of his study was to “tease apart the impairments elicited by prolonged sitting.” …

    October 8, 2015 10:02 am


  • Kim Zolciak Reveals Undetected Heart Condition Found Following Mini-Stroke

    Posted on Thu Oct 8th, 2015 8:25am PDT       By X17 Staff So scary! Kim Zolciak appeared on Good Morning America this morning and revealed to host Michael Strahan that her doctors found she had an undetected heart condition during their tests following her mini-stroke earlier this month. “It was a blessing in disguise. The minor TIA revealed that I have a PFO, which is like a hole in your heart. I was born with it and it never closed. That’s what caused it, basically,” she explained. The blonde bombshell also took the time to address the haters that claimed she faked her hospitalization to get out of performing on Dancing with the Stars. “I think it’s sick that somebody would ever think that and some of the people that have said that, it just shows me their mentality. I don’t think that many people would really fake a stroke. Especially since I love Dancing With the …

    October 8, 2015 11:03 am


  • Heartland fury as university renovates chapel to accommodate Muslims

    A decision to make a university’s chapel “faith neutral” to accommodate Muslim students has created great angst in the nation’s Heartland after critics were accused of being Islamophobic. Last May, Wichita State University ordered workers to remove all the pews and an altar inside the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel. The pews were ripped from the floor and replaced with portable chairs to make room for Muslim prayer rugs. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a must-read for conservatives!  “Under the terms of Mrs. Harvey D. Grace’s gift to the university in her will, ‘This chapel will be open to all creeds and to all races of people,’” WSU President John Bardo said in a statement. “Our goal should be exactly what Mrs. Grace set out to do in her gift, to have an all faiths chapel that is welcoming to all religious groups on campus.” This is what the Islamic transformation of …

    October 8, 2015 12:43 pm

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm