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  • Penn. school closes after venomous spiders found for a 3rd time

    A Pennsylvania school district has closed one of its elementary schools due to an infestation of venomous spiders. WHTM-TV reports this is the third time brown recluse spiders were found at Montgomery Elementary School in Mercersburg. The Tuscarora School District made the decision to close the school Tuesday after officials met with the district’s pest control management company. The company found five to six spiders in the school’s library in mid-July. They were also found last year at different times in the lunchroom kitchen and the boiler room. Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj says crews are spraying pesticides outside the school and the district plans to fog the entire building. Staff have already sealed cracks in the school’s walls Steve Miller, of Home Paramount Pest Control, says the spider bites are usually painless but it produces an ulcer. The spider is not native to the region.

    July 31, 2015 1:38 pm


  • Onetime DCCC Prospect Greitens Running as Republican in Missouri

    By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:26 p.m. today 0 Tweet Greitens, a former Republican, used to be a Democrat. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images File Photo.) Depending on how things shake out, Missouri voters could face a bizarro world next fall: A former Democrat running as the Republican nominee for governor against a Democrat who used to be a Republican. Eric Greitens is part of a crowded and growing field of Republican candidates who will face off next August. As he launched a statewide tour earlier this month, the former Democrat attempted to turn what could be a weakness in the crowded Republican primary into a strength. “I am a conservative Republican, but I didn’t start out that way,” Greitens wrote in a Fox News editorial in mid-July. Greitens, an ex-Navy SEAL turned New York Times best-selling author who has led the veterans advocacy group The Mission Continues, said that Democrats tried to recruit him “several years ago” to run for a federal office. An …

    July 31, 2015 11:58 am


  • Tom Cruise’s impossible mission: $100 million opening

    Yes, that’s actually Tom Cruise hanging from a plane. “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” hits theaters this weekend. Tom Cruise’s box office mission, if he chooses to accept it, is a $100 million opening at the U.S. box office. The movie star has had many hits over a blockbuster 30-year career, but has never had a film open to more than $100 million in the U.S., according to Rentrak (RENT). His latest film, the fifth installment of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” doesn’t look like the one that will break the barrier. However, Cruise has a lot to be happy about “Rogue Nation,” which he stars in and produced. The Paramount film, which opens this weekend, has already brought in an estimated $4 million thanks to Thursday night preview screenings and is projected for a $40 million to $50 million opening in the U.S. The action spy thriller is also sparking fire with critics with …

    July 31, 2015 1:38 pm


  • Arnold Palmer cancels appearance at Champions Tour to rest up after trip to England

    BLAINE, Minn. –  Arnold Palmer has canceled his appearance at this week’s Champions Tour 3M Championship. Executive Tournament Director Hollis Cavner said Palmer called him Thursday and said he needed extra rest because he was tired and not feeling well after spending a few weeks in England. Cavner said Palmer’s absence is nothing serious. Other than signing autographs, the 85-year-old Palmer was scheduled to captain Team LPGA — Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley — at Saturday’s Greats of Golf Challenge. Palmer and Tom Lehman designed the TPC Twin Cities, the site of this week’s tournament.

    July 31, 2015 1:38 pm

World News

  • Syria group ‘seizes US-backed rebels’

    Al-Nusra fighters are battling both the Syrian government and other rebels Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front, has claimed to have captured a number of rebel fighters who were trained by the US. A statement from the militant group warned others against taking part in “the American project”. Earlier reports said the leader of the so-called Division 30 and other members had been taken but this has been denied by the Pentagon. On Friday, al-Nusra Front attacked Division 30’s base in northern Syria. Five of the group’s fighters were killed and several more wounded in the clashes, Division 30 said in a statement. Al-Nusra said some of its fighters were killed in US airstrikes against their positions near the city of Aleppo. Its statement did not say how many Division 30 fighters had been captured, or when they were taken. Division 30 were trained under a US-led programme to build a moderate force to fight the …

    July 31, 2015 1:38 pm


  • Rise of facial recognition queried

    Facial recognition is increasingly popular with businesses A government-related agency in the US has suggested lawmakers consider strengthening privacy laws around facial recognition. Such systems are increasingly being used in public areas, such as shopping centres. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) did not make specific recommendations but suggested the need for a legal review. Senator Al Franken said new federal standards were needed. The report comes a month after privacy campaigners walked out of discussions on creating a code of conduct for private companies wishing to use facial-recognition technology. Legal loopholes The GAO report pointed out that there was currently a dearth of relevant legislation in the United States on the issue. “No federal privacy law expressly regulates commercial uses of facial-recognition technology, and laws do not fully address key privacy issues stakeholders have raised,” it said. The GAO’s report had originally been requested by Senator Franken, who released a statement following the document’s publication. …

    July 31, 2015 12:18 pm


  • How to Get to the Fourth Dimension

    Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician’s Journey through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More, by Matt Parker. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015; 464 pages. Mathematics popularizer Matt Parker, an Australian based in England, is a self-proclaimed “standup mathematician” perhaps best known for his numerous contributions to the Numberphile YouTube channel. He is also the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and his new book, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, is an ambitious and delightful addition to the current age’s plethora of high-quality volumes on recreational mathematics—even if most of the material he covers is focused on 2-D and 3-D. Like the extensive writings of legendary Scientific American columnist Martin Gardner this book seeks to make mathematics come alive for an intelligent and curious audience by engaging the reader in a lively informal style, and …

    July 31, 2015 11:18 am


  • For seniors, sexual activity is linked to higher quality of life

    (Reuters Health) – Older adults who value sexual activity and engage in it have better social lives and psychological well-being, according to a small study in Scotland Older adults said “they miss and want to engage in sexual behaviors, whether that be a kiss to intercourse,” said study coauthor Taylor-Jane Flynn in an email. “For many, these behaviors remained an important element in their life.” Flynn, a psychology PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University, said the study was inspired by her work as a health care assistant for elderly people. Although quality of life is a key consideration for older adults, sexuality is rarely studied, write Flynn and Alan Gow, an associate professor of psychology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, in the journal Age and Ageing. The researchers recruited 133 Scottish adults aged 65 and over by distributing questionnaires at local clubs, small businesses and older people’s groups. About half the participants lived with a …

    July 31, 2015 11:38 am



  • Scott Disick Tries To Buy His Son’s Affections After Being A Derelict Dad

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 9:54am PDT       By X17 Staff What do you do when you’ve been a basically deadbeat dad? BUY HIM STUFF! Recently single Scott Disick took his son Mason on a little shopping trip to Target and Nordstom on Thursday. For the outing, Scott looked disheveled in a green t-shirt, shorts and hid his locks under a Dodgers hat. Little Mason was trying to beat the summer heat in a tank top and cargo shorts. We’re glad to see that the reality star dad is giving his son some attention, but we want to know how he feels about missing so much time because he was busy partying with strangers all around the world? We think Scott has been stepping up his dad game after reports surfaced that Kourtney Kardashian had met with “Disso Queen” Laura Wasser in hoped of getting full custody of their three kids. It take more than a …

    July 31, 2015 12:58 pm


  • China’s rigged markets will ultimately destabilize global capitalism

    Beijing’s efforts to engineer a strong stock rally and the recent Shanghai market collapse have had quite limited effects on Western markets, but going forward the fallout from Chinese market meddling will likely be less benign. Unlike Western corporations, Chinese businesses are much more dependent on bank financing than selling stock to raise capital. And ordinary Chinese workers have more of their savings in banks and less in equities than Americans. Chinese banks are predominantly state owned, and funding for projects too often reflects the goals of the State Council — a political body, analog to a Western government’s cabinet, that also sets broad monetary, fiscal and industrial policy goals. Hence, a lot Chinese savings are badly invested. For example, the hundreds of billions of yuan financing joint ventures between Chinese and Western automakers — yet, indigenous Chinese manufacturers still have not learned how to produce a vehicle reliable enough to export and compete in …

    July 31, 2015 6:36 am

Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat

    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am