Headline News

  • Alabama inmate who killed police officer defiant before execution

    Oct. 20 (UPI) — The state of Alabama on Thursday night executed convicted killer Torrey Twayne McNabb, after a flurry of last-minute appeals failed. McNabb’s attorney’s had filed appeals throughout Thursday seeking a stay, but the inmate died by lethal injection at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. McNabb refused to eat and expressed defiance before his execution, making obscene gestures toward the witness gallery. His last words: “Mom, sis, look at my eyes. I’ve got no tears in my eyes. I’m unafraid. … to the state of Alabama, I hate you [expletive]. I hate you.” McNabb shot police Cpl. Anderson Gordon in 1997 after an auto accident. The officer was shot four times. At McNabb’s trial in 1999, he apologized to Gordon’s family — and was convicted by a jury. Thursday night, McNabb’s family and attorneys were concerned that he wasn’t fully unconscious — saying he’d moved his arm 20 minutes into the protocol. …

    October 20, 2017 7:15 am


  • White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet’s profile

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse. U.S. President Donald Trump is surrounded by his cabinet, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (L-R), Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson, Vice President Mike Pence, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) …

    October 20, 2017 6:55 am


  • TechnipFMC Enters Oversold Territory (FTI)

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which measures momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30. In trading on Thursday, shares of TechnipFMC plc (Symbol: FTI) entered into oversold territory, hitting an RSI reading of 28.5, after changing hands as low as $25.03 per share. By comparison, the current RSI reading of the SP 500 ETF ( SPY ) is 81.1. A bullish investor could look at FTI’s 28.5 RSI reading today as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side. The …

    October 20, 2017 6:55 am


  • Nike transforms Super Bowl footballs into Patriots shoes

    Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Fans of the New England Patriots probably haven’t forgotten the team’s improbable comeback in last season’s Super Bowl. A unique way to remember that game will be on display when the same Atlanta Falcons invade Gillette Stadium on Sunday. That’s because Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft teamed up with Nike to create a shoe made from game balls used in last February’s showdown. Kick off your weekend with a trip to @TheHall to check out these super @Nike shoes, made from SBLI game balls: https://t.co/yROy2DiCd0 pic.twitter.com/DRLWaEtoDU — New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 19, 2017 Nike makes an Air Force 1 using game-used footballs to commemorate Patriots Super Bowl LI comeback, only pair to be auctioned by Pats pic.twitter.com/And94qgjue — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 19, 2017 The tongue of the shoe, an Air Force 1 designed at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, is made from the laces …

    October 20, 2017 6:55 am

World News

  • Lebanese police seize stolen painting possibly by Dali

    Oct. 19 (UPI) — Lebanese authorities said they seized a stolen painting believed to be by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Security forces issued a statement Wednesday saying they took possession of the painting, Portrait of Mrs. Reeves, Friday, in the Cola neighborhood in Beirut. They said the painting was stolen from a neighboring country. If proved to be authentic, the painting is considered one of Dali’s minor works. He completed a number of high-society portraits on commission, including some during his time in the United States. The crime bureau of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said the painting is worth millions of dollars. But art historian Lawrence Saphire told The Daily Star that Dali’s portraits tended to sell “for a few hundred thousand dollars because they are not considered serious paintings.” Dali is among the most famous painters of the surrealist movement, which is characterized by illogical or fantastical scenes often painted in a realist …

    October 19, 2017 9:23 pm


  • The death of the startup: is big tech squeezing out the competition?

    Facebook has been breathing down the neck of the group video-chat app Houseparty for over a year. The app, developed by the San Francisco startup Life On Air, has been a hit with teenagers – an audience Facebook is desperate to woo. After months of sniffing around its tiny competitor and even inviting the team to its headquarters last summer, Facebook launched its own group video chat tool within Messenger in December 2016. In February, it invited teens to its headquarters to quiz them, in return for $275 Amazon cards, on how and why they used video-chat apps. By July, Facebook was demonstrating a Houseparty clone, Bonfire, to employees and by early September the app launched in Denmark. “They see we’re having traction,” Sima Sistani, co-founder of Houseparty, told the Wall Street Journal in August. “That’s why we’re pushing so hard.” Pushing hard might not be enough when you’re going up against some of the …

    October 20, 2017 6:56 am


  • Atoms and Josephson junctions simulate 1D quantum liquid

    Disorder at work: the Josephson junction quantum simulator A theory that describes how quantum particles interact with each other in 1D has been put to the test by two independent teams of physicists. In one experiment, aspects of the Tomonaga–Luttinger theory were verified using laser-trapped ultracold atoms. The other study made use of superconducting devices. Confirmation of the theory could lead to the development of new technologies based on nanowires and other 1D systems. Applications include electronics, sensing, energy harvesting and quantum information. Tomonaga–Luttinger theory describes a 1D ensemble of interacting quantum particles in terms of a Tomonaga–Luttinger liquid (TLL). It predicts properties of 1D quantum systems such as how electrons behave in a nanowire. Testing these predictions in a systematic way has not been possible, however, because it is very difficult to control how particles interact in 1D systems such as nanowires. Quantum simulator One way forward is to create an analogous quantum system …

    October 19, 2017 6:39 pm


  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist

    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm


  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months

    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Why is the CIA tweeting about puppies?

    The Central Intelligence Agency’s official Twitter account has been tweeting out plenty of photos of their latest K9 recruits, who are training to be CIA explosive detection canines.  “Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives. Even when motivated w food play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself,” reads one tweet that went viral.   In response to an inquiry from CBS News, a CIA spokesperson explained the agency’s latest social media push. “CIA uses its social media and website to, among other things, educate the public about CIA,” the CIA spokesperson said. “We believed a series of stories about CIA’s nationally-recognized and award-winning program for training dogs to be ‘Explosive Detection Canines’ would be insightful and interesting.” “The story began weeks ago, with picking out the new pups, and followed them as they progressed through the six-week course of imprint training and getting paired with their human partner.  This is followed by another ten weeks …

    October 19, 2017 10:46 pm