• Bangkok police claim bomber hunt reward

    Bangkok police claim bomber hunt reward

    Image caption Thailand’s chief of police made the announcement whilst holding bundles of banknotes Thailand’s police chief has announced that he will give an $83,000 (£53,793) public reward to his own men after they apprehended...
  • Google’s new OnHub router is beautifully simple

    Google’s new OnHub router is beautifully simple

    Everybody puts router in a corner. It’s not just because Wi-Fi routers are unattractive (though most are). We hide them away because where there’s a router there’s also a nest of cords and aggressively blinking...
  • Today’s Toons 8/31/15

    Today’s Toons 8/31/15

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  • What the US economy really needs next

    When Chinese stocks took a nosedive last week, it rang economic alarm bells around the world, including in the US. But the threat to Americans’ prosperity is less than you might think, says Chris Low,...
  • Who killed Dr Malleshappa Kalburgi?

    Who killed Dr Malleshappa Kalburgi?

    Image caption A meeting was held to condole the death of Malleshappa Kalburgi on Sunday So who killed Malleshappa Kalburgi, a leading Indian scholar and a well-known rationalist thinker? Police say they are still investigating...

Headline News

  • Omaha doctor hopes remains found at French World War II crash site that of MIA brother

    B-26 tail gunner Tom McCaslin, killed in June 22, 1944, crash near Caen, France (Omaha World Herald) An Omaha physician is hoping remains found in the French woods belong to his brother, a tail gunner on a World War II bomber that crashed near that spot just a few weeks after D-Day. The crash killed everyone on board, including Staff Sgt. Tom McCaslin, who remains missing in action seven decades later. His brother, Dr. Joseph McCaslin, 84, and other family members would be grateful if he could come home soon, the Omaha World Herald reported Sunday. “I think everybody in the family would feel better,” the doctor told the paper. Last month, he gave the government a sample of his DNA following the recovery of the remains. Government officials said it was a routine request, but McCaslin is hoping. Tom McCaslin was on board a B-26 bomber that crashed on June 22, 1944, near Caen, …

    August 31, 2015 5:40 am


  • Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 senators

    WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands. “I believe the agreement, titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the best available strategy to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Merkley wrote in a statement published on Medium.com. To read the statement, see (bit.ly/1PFmSwz) Obama is trying to muster 34 votes in the Senate to ensure lawmakers cannot kill the deal. Thirty-one senators, all Democrats and independents who vote with Democrats, have now said they will support it. Congress must vote on the deal by Sept. 17. The following describes how votes are likely to play out: • When Congress returns on Sept. 8 from its August recess, debate will begin on a Republican-sponsored “resolution of disapproval” against the deal. • In the Senate, …

    August 31, 2015 2:59 am


  • Google’s new OnHub router is beautifully simple

    Everybody puts router in a corner. It’s not just because Wi-Fi routers are unattractive (though most are). We hide them away because where there’s a router there’s also a nest of cords and aggressively blinking lights. Inside Google’s new OnHub router. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi networks are strongest when routers are visible. The antennas can reach farther when they’re out in the open, not blocked by walls or furniture. Moving a router is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your Wi-Fi coverage. To solve the the ugly router problem, Google (GOOG) has, rather unexpectedly, designed its own router. The Google OnHub is a $199 router that’s easy on the eyes and even easier to set up. The company says the OnHub will simplify the set-up and day-to-day management of a wireless network. I tested one out at home, pitting it against my existing router, an Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Airport Extreme (which is …

    August 31, 2015 5:39 am


  • Report: Redskins ownership won’t let coaches bail on RG3

    Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and his staff reportedly want to move on from Robert Griffin III. Shocking, right? According to Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini of ESPN.com, several coaches and high-ranking front office officials want to bench RG3 but they are receiving resistance from ownership. The Redskins have reportedly discussed the possibility of trading Griffin, but there is hardly any interest and it is unclear if owner Daniel Snyder would allow a trade. Griffin’s $16.1 million option for 2016, which was picked up by the team in April and is guaranteed for injury only, is the main reason there is little interest for him on the trade market. The Redskins also cannot cut an injured player, and if RG3 is seriously injured his 2016 salary will become guaranteed. RG3 was not cleared to play in Saturday’s preseason game as he was nursing a concussion. He sent a curious tweet after being told he …

    August 31, 2015 5:40 am

World News

  • Bangkok police claim bomber hunt reward

    Image caption Thailand’s chief of police made the announcement whilst holding bundles of banknotes Thailand’s police chief has announced that he will give an $83,000 (£53,793) public reward to his own men after they apprehended a suspect in the deadly bombing at Bangkok’s Erwan Shrine. Somyot Pumpanmuang said the officers deserved it as there had been no public tip-off to help them. The 17 August blast, which the government called the worst such attack in Thailand, killed 20 people. One man has been arrested, and warrants have been issued for two other people. It is not clear if the unnamed man detained by the police is the chief suspect in the attack. Police have said they do not believe he is the man seen in CCTV footage at the shrine just before the explosion. Police say the suspect under arrest is a 28-year-old foreigner and that bomb materials were found at his home. Praise for …

    August 31, 2015 5:40 am


  • The Diamond Minecart dethrones PewDiePie as biggest YouTube channel

    The most popular channel on YouTube now belongs to British gamer Daniel Middleton, whose Minecraft videos published as The Diamond Minecart were watched more than 402m times in July 2015 alone. That was enough to make him the biggest channel on YouTube that month ahead of wrestling body WWE’s 399m views, according to the latest chart published by analytics firm OpenSlate and online-video industry site Tubefilter. Another British channel, nursery-rhymes collection Little Baby Bum, was third in the rankings with 391m views in July, followed by BuzzFeed Video’s 382m views, and musician Taylor Swift’s 381m. It’s a mark of The Diamond Minecart’s rise, as well as sharp increases in views for the WWE and BuzzFeed Video channels in 2015, that the two channels that have traditionally topped this chart by some distance have fallen out of the top five. Gamer Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s channel was ranked sixth in July with 373m views, while toy-unboxing channel …

    August 31, 2015 3:19 am


  • Air pollution associated with increased heart attack risk despite ‘safe’ levels

    30 Aug 2015: Particulate matter and NO2 air pollution are associated with increased risk of severe heart attacks despite being within European recommended levels, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Jean-Francois Argacha, a cardiologist at University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel-Vrije Universiteit Brussel), in Belgium.1 “Dramatic health consequences of air pollution were first described in Belgium in 1930 after the Meuse Valley fog,” said Dr Argacha. “Nowadays, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers air pollution as one of the largest avoidable causes of mortality. Besides the pulmonary and carcinogenic effects of air pollution, exposition to air pollution has been associated with an increased risk in cardiovascular mortality.” “In addition to the long term consequences, more recent research suggests that acute exposure to air pollution may trigger some cardiovascular events such as strokes, heart failure or myocardial infarction (heart attack),” continued Dr Argacha. “Myocardial infarction covers a number of clinical conditions and the …

    August 31, 2015 2:19 am


  • Ghana strike ends but election campaign to test IMF deal further

    ACCRA Ghana faced down the first major challenge to an IMF austerity program on Monday when doctors suspended a three-week strike but a bigger test of President John Mahama’s commitment will come next year as he fights for reelection. The International Monetary Fund deal is designed to restore fiscal stability and kickstart growth in a country that recently lost its reputation as one of Africa’s strongest economies after years in which its GDP grew at around 8 percent thanks to exports of gold, cocoa and oil. The end of the strike by the Ghana Medical Association makes it easier for the government to honor the $918 million IMF program in the short-term. It also strengthens Mahama’s hand should other disaffected unions stage industrial action, political analysts said. But the decision by doctors to suspend their strike for better working conditions makes it harder for other civil servants to win redress for inequities and declining wages, …

    August 31, 2015 2:39 am


  • Miley Cyrus And Nicki Minaj Have A Mini Catfight Onstage At The MTV VMAs

    Meow! Nicki Minaj ripped Miley Cyrus a new one onstage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday while accepting the award for Best Hip Hop Video. After thanking her fans, Nicki boldly stated, “And now back to this b*tch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what’s good?” She then mouthed, “Don’t play with me, b*tch!” Cyrus’s reply? “Hey, we are all in this industry and we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate sh*t,” she said. “Nicki, congratuf*cklations.” So why did Nicki have her panties in a bunch? After the rapper/singer got into a minor feud with Taylor Swift earlier this month, Miley came to Taylor’s defense. Of course, Nicki and Taylor had already sorted things out, so it seems like Miley wasn’t aware of that. Last month, Nicki had some thoughts after learning that she wasn’t in the running for the Video of …

    August 31, 2015 3:59 am


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 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