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  • With church bells, brass bands, Gulf residents remember Katrina’s wrath, celebrate recovery

    Former President George W. Bush poses for a ‘selfie’ photo with former first lady Laura Bush, marching band director Asia Muhaimin, right, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, far left, at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Bush is in town to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (The Associated Press)

    August 29, 2015 3:49 am


  • Obama to name James O’Brien hostage affairs envoy

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will name James O’Brien special presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of a response to complaints about the government’s handling of hostage situations. O’Brien is currently vice chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm. O’Brien worked at the State Department from 1989 to 2001 in various positions, including senior advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the White House said in a statement on his appointment. The hostage envoy position at the State Department was created after the Obama administration undertook a six-month review of its policy for handling hostage situations. The review was spurred by complaints from families that their initiatives to free relatives captured by terrorists abroad had been discouraged and sometimes blocked by government officials. Following the completion of the review, Obama in June said the government would pursue a more cooperative policy to allow the officials to work with families. The administration said …

    August 29, 2015 2:48 am


  • Why Saudi Arabia won’t cut oil production

    Nine months after OPEC decided to leave its production target unchanged and pursue market share instead of trying to prop up prices, the group is facing a set of complex problems and decisions going forward. At first blush, the collapse of oil prices and the resiliency of U.S. shale appears to hand OPEC, and its most powerful member in Saudi Arabia, a stinging defeat. U.S. oil production has leveled off but has not dramatically declined. The revenues of OPEC members have fallen precipitously along with the price of crude. Saudi Arabia is under tremendous pressure. The Saudi government is considering slashing spending by a staggering 10% as it seeks to stop the budget deficit from growing any bigger. The IMF predicts that Saudi Arabia could run a budget deficit that amounts to about 20% of GDP. Related: How To Profit From Crashing Oil Markets The pain is manifesting itself in different ways. Not only will …

    August 29, 2015 2:48 am


  • ON THE TEE: Spieth gone, Bubba leading and Adam Scott likely done for the year

    Jordan Spieth reacts to his missed putt on the 18th hole during the second round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Edison, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press) Jordan Spieth stands with his caddie, Mike Greller, on the seventh hole during the second round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Edison, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press) EDISON, N.J. –  By the end of the week, Jordan Spieth might be No. 1 in just one major category — the PGA Tour money list. He has earned just under $10.4 million this year, so missing the cut at The Barclays is not likely to keep him up at night. Rory McIlroy will get back to No. 1 in the world ranking after Spieth replaced him two weeks ago. And McIlroy wasn’t even playing this week. Bubba Watson and Jason Day are the only two …

    August 29, 2015 3:49 am

World News

  • How does Usain Bolt run so fast?

    Usain Bolt showed his dominance of men’s sprinting at the athletics World Championship in Beijing this week with wins in the 100m and 200m. What’s his secret? Is the way to win at sprinting to move your legs faster than your rivals do? Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008 Bolt has won every race he’s entered at a World Championship or the Olympics, with the exception of one, where he was disqualified for making a false start. When non-athletes want to run fast they set about moving their legs as fast as they can, so you might assume that Bolt has achieved this exceptional record by making his legs move faster than everyone else has. But this idea doesn’t stand up – in fact, it falls flat on its face. “Elite sprinters don’t swing their legs any faster than recreational runners,” says Dr Sam Allen of Loughborough University. Instead, the difference is that a top …

    August 29, 2015 3:49 am


  • BBC3 should follow Radio 1 in focusing on social media, says Google boss

    BBC3 should follow Radio 1’s example in “fishing in the right places” for its younger target audience by focusing on social media such as YouTube, according to Google Europe boss Matt Brittin. “They should do is what they did with Radio 1,” Brittin told an audience at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. “Think about what content that audience and is going to like, watch and share across the internet, and really use that as a place to learn and I think it’s going to be helpful for BBC1, Radio 4, the BBC News Channel and so on and so forth.” “They should use it absolutely as their lab to do things they wouldn’t do anywhere else.” BBC 3 is scheduled to go online only at the start of 2016, but the decision to take the youth-oriented channel off the airwaves has been criticised at a time when the BBC is trying to work out …

    August 29, 2015 3:08 am


  • New technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and revolutionize gas storage

    A new method of manufacturing glass could lead to the production of ‘designer glasses’ with applications in advanced photonics, whilst also facilitating industrial scale carbon capture and storage. An international team of researchers, writing today in the journal Nature Communications, report how they have managed to use a relatively new family of sponge-like porous materials to develop new hybrid glasses. The work revolves around a family of compounds called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are cage-like structures consisting of metal ions, linked by organic bonds. Their porous properties have led to proposed application in carbon capture, hydrogen storage and toxic gas separations, due to their ability to selectively adsorb and store pre-selected target molecules, much like a building a sieve which discriminates not only on size, but also chemical identity. However, since their discovery a quarter of a century ago, their potential for large-scale industrial use has been limited due to difficulties in producing linings, thin …

    August 29, 2015 2:08 am


  • Legionnaires’ disease prompts California prison to shut off water

    SAN FRANCISCO An inmate at San Quentin State Prison on San Francisco Bay was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and about 20 others showed symptoms of pneumonia, prompting officials to shut off water service at the institution, a prison spokeswoman said on Friday. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling mist infected with the bacteria Legionella. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills and muscle aches. The diagnosed inmate, along with the others exhibiting symptoms, are all being treated at an outside hospital, said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections Rehabilitation. None of the inmates are in grave condition, she said. Public health officials ordered the prison to cease all water activities until the source of the exposure could be determined, Simas said. In the meantime, the prison is bringing in water from secondary sources, she said, including bottled water and portable toilets. Earlier this month officials in New York …

    August 29, 2015 2:28 am


  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian And Mom Kris Jenner Takes Their Lady Lumps To The Grocery Store

    Posted on Fri Aug 28th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian is now the LEAST lady-lumpalicious of all the Kardashian-Jenner clan! Kim, Kris and Kourtney hit up Erewhon grocery store with Kourt’s son Mason, on Thursday — dressed to the nines, of course! Kim showed off her baby bump in a tight black dress and Kris wore a matching get-up that put her derriere on FULL display. Like mother, like daughter! And while Kim is certainly celebrating the fact Kanye was able to put another angel in her ultrasound, she chatted with C Magazine recently about her fertility struggles and how IVF took the fun out of conceiving their second child. “I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again. It …

    August 28, 2015 9:47 pm


  • Why Georgia’s quest for Euro-Atlantic integration matters more than ever

    Seven years after his invasion of the former Soviet Republic, Russian President Vladimir Putin is busy in Georgia again. Since early summer, Russian-backed security forces have been inching further into the country from the breakaway province of South Ossetia to install signs unilaterally creating a new border with Georgia. As a result of the new demarcations, part of a BP-operated gas pipeline has now been shifted from Georgian to Russian control, and Georgian farmers have been losing their fields. As one local farmer noted, “I was in Georgia when I went to bed,” but “when I woke I was in South Ossetia.” Georgia is not considered as important as Iran. Nor is ongoing shelling and gunfire in the Russian-sponsored war in eastern Ukraine as deadly as the conflict in Syria and Iraq. But, while Washington’s focus is elsewhere, Moscow continues to undermine the unprecedentedly peaceful European security order—an order that more than 180,000 Americans in …

    August 29, 2015 1:28 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm