• Struggling Seager rested by Mariners

    CHICAGO (AP) Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the lineup for their game Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Seager was getting a day off and would...
  • Facebook hits one billion users in a single day

    Facebook hits one billion users in a single day

    Facebook hit an unprecedented benchmark: One billion users in a single day. That happened for the first time on Monday, and co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone on Thursday. He noted in a...
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    NEW YORK Donald Trump had to do a bit of damage control on Thursday after repeatedly dropping Carl Icahn’s name in a campaign speech and then saying most good business negotiators were “vicious, horrible, miserable...
  • Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis

    Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis

    March 12, 2014: This photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bruce Davis. (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File) SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. –  After 43 years in prison, parole...
  • Facebook hits billion users in a day

    Facebook hits billion users in a day

    Image caption Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The “milestone” was reached on Monday, when...

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  • Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis


    March 12, 2014: This photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bruce Davis. (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File) SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. –  After 43 years in prison, parole officials again say it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. Parole commissioners recommended Thursday that Davis be paroled in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. It’s the fourth time for such a recommendation, but the 72-year-old Davis remains imprisoned at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. The previous three such recommendations by the Board of Parole Hearings were blocked, once by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and twice by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown most recently rejected Davis’ parole a year ago, saying he remains dangerous despite his age. It will be about five months before he decides on Thursday’s recommendation. Davis was not involved in the notorious killings of actress Sharon …

    August 27, 2015 6:23 pm
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Politics

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    NEW YORK Donald Trump had to do a bit of damage control on Thursday after repeatedly dropping Carl Icahn’s name in a campaign speech and then saying most good business negotiators were “vicious, horrible, miserable human beings.” Icahn, the billionaire investor, called Trump, the real estate mogul turned U.S. presidential candidate, to ask for an explanation after Trump made the comments in a speech. After that conversation, Trump told Reuters in a phone interview that he did not mean to include Icahn in his characterization. Tales From The Trail: Clinton on Biden Trump, who is leading the Republican field in the polls by a wide margin, was telling the audience at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, that the U.S. needed strong negotiators in key government roles. He said he preferred effective dealmakers like Icahn to “nice” people who, he said, were powerless in their roles. “Carl Icahn’s one of the best,” Trump said in …

    August 27, 2015 6:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Facebook hits one billion users in a single day


    Facebook hit an unprecedented benchmark: One billion users in a single day. That happened for the first time on Monday, and co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone on Thursday. He noted in a Facebook (FB, Tech30) post that a billion users is equal to about 1 in 7 people on Earth. “When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different,” Zuckerberg wrote. “This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.” The company reported in July that it had about 1.5 billion people logging on at least once a month. Zuckerberg said Monday’s achievement is significant because it’s a platform that lets users interact. “A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” …

    August 27, 2015 6:42 pm
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Sports

  • Struggling Seager rested by Mariners


    CHICAGO (AP) Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the lineup for their game Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Seager was getting a day off and would be back in the Mariners’ lineup Friday against the White Sox. Seager, 27, is hitting .254 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs, but is batting just .196 in August. ”He deserves (a day off) every now and then,” McClendon said. Seager said he was fine physically. Brad Miller was batting eighth and playing third base for Seattle. On Thursday, the Mariners dealt struggling reliever Fernando Rodney to the playoff-conscious Chicago Cubs for cash. The 38-year-old Rodney had been designated for assignment by Seattle last Sunday. Rodney was 5-5 and had gone 16 for 22 in save chances this season. The right-hander had a 5.68 ERA in 54 games.

    August 27, 2015 7:02 pm
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World News

  • Facebook hits billion users in a day


    Image caption Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The “milestone” was reached on Monday, when “1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family”, he said in a post. Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month, but this was the most in a single day. The company gained its billionth user in October 2012. It was founded in 2004 by Mr Zuckerberg while he was a Harvard student. In his post on Thursday, he predicted that Facebook’s reach would continue to grow. “This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote. In July, Facebook claimed that over half of the world’s online users visited the site at least once …

    August 27, 2015 6:23 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook’s latest milestone: 1bn users in a single day


    As the fictional Sean Parker might put it: ‘A million people logging in to Facebook on a single day isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion people’. The non-fictional Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new milestone for the social network: one billion daily users. “For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” wrote Zuckerberg in a post on his personal profile. “When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.” The news is no great surprise: Facebook has been growing steadily, and in the second quarter of 2015 it averaged 968 million daily active users, and 1.49 billion monthly active users. Based on its figure of 844 …

    August 27, 2015 7:02 pm
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Science

  • Massive study reports challenges in reproducing published psychology findings


    A study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, independent researchers could replicate less than half of the original findings. In some cases this may call into question the validity of some scientific findings, but it may also point to the difficulty of conducting effective replications and achieving reproducible results. The results of this review study, conducted by more than 270 researchers on five continents, are published in the Aug. 28 issue of the journal Science. Twenty-two students and faculty from the University of Virginia were among the co-authors. “For years there has been concern about the reproducibility of scientific findings, but little direct, systematic evidence. This project is the first of its kind and adds substantial evidence that the concerns are real and addressable,” said Brian Nosek, a U.Va. psychology professor and coordinator of the study. Nosek is the co-founder and executive director …

    August 27, 2015 6:02 pm
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Health

  • U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk


    CHICAGO The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study. Only 1.7 percent of U.S. parents of kindergartners sought exemptions in 2014 from laws requiring children be vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Rates vary nationwide, however, with at least one state reporting over 6 percent of parents seeking exemptions, the study released Thursday found. “Pockets of children who miss vaccinations exist in our communities and they leave these communities vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a media briefing. Lawmakers in at least 10 states including California are making efforts to tighten school vaccination exemption rules after a measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim sickened more than 100 people earlier this …

    August 27, 2015 6:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • Vanessa Hudgens Is All Smiles Despite Broken Hand


    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Vanessa Hudgens isn’t letting a broken hand get her down! The brunette beauty was all smiles despite nursing her injury, which we love is set in a pink cast. The actress also showed off her toned tummy while shopping for purses and then taking a spa day at Kate Somerville Skin Care in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. For the girly day, the 26-year-old wore ripped One Teaspoon jeans, a loose crop top and flats. How oh-so early ’90s of her! We’d be smiling wide too if we had such a leisurely afternoon planned! We’re glad to see that the Spring Breakers star is getting some good times in after being hit with some terrible news. Just last week, the actress revealed at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards and Cancer Benefit that her father is battling stage four cancer. V-Hudge has also been busy rehearsing for …

    August 27, 2015 5:42 pm
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Editorial

  • I’m still betting on Hillary Clinton in 2016


    Today, I’d still bet on Hillary Clinton At this point, Hillary Clinton’s greatest worry is an unknown civil servant in the Justice Department named Charles McCullough, III who is running the probe into Clinton’s private email server, not Joe Biden. Why do I say that? Because Joe Biden, in the latest Quinnipiac poll Biden is running at 18 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent and Bernie Sanders is at 22 percent. Yes, she’s not leading by as much as she used to be. And yes, if Biden was the Democratic candidate he would beat Trump, Rubio and Bush by more than Clinton (though Clinton still edges them all). And yes yes, Biden’s favorability with Democrats is at 83 percent while Clinton’s is slightly lower at 76 percent. But it’s still at 76 percent.   All this is not to say that Clinton isn’t weakened – she is. But the vulnerability is more on the left …

    August 27, 2015 5:22 pm
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Odd News

  • Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird’s Nest


    BEIJING A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt’s rivals could in the 200 meters final at world championships on Thursday — knock the Jamaican off his stride, and his feet, during his lap of honor. Bolt was taking the plaudits of the crowd after winning his fourth straight 200 meters world crown when the wheel of the cameraman’s Segway caught a trackside rail and flipped over, sending man and machine into the barefooted sprinter. The 29-year-old Olympic champion, who had his back to the man, was knocked to the ground and sustained a few minor cuts. He was not about to let the accident ruin his celebrations after beating American rival Justin Gatlin to a sprint title for the second time in five days, however. “I did not hit a cameraman. He took me out,” said Bolt, who held on to his track spikes with his right hand …

    August 27, 2015 2:21 pm
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