• India seeks U.S. help in locating missing air force jet

    NEW DELHI, July 30 (UPI) — India’s government announced it is seeking U.S. help from in locating the countrys air’s force’s AN-32 aircraft, which mysteriously disappeared on July 22. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said the...
  • Carmelo Anthony not impressed by Team USA sing-along

    2:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment The United States men’s basketball team is finding different ways to keep loose during its pre-Olympic warm-up tour. In this case, it was Jimmy Butler and...
  • ‘Westworld’ to premiere on HBO on Oct. 2

    PASADENA, Calif., July 30 (UPI) — HBO said its upcoming sci-fi series Westworld, starring Evan Rachel Wood, will debut on Oct. 2. The first teaser trailer for the 10-episode show was released last month. Starring...
  • Pokemon No: Athletes learn game is offline in Rio

    Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment RIO DE JANEIRO — So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes’ village took several days to fix. Who cares? But no “Pokemon Go”? That’s an outrage! If there...
  • Blue Bell faces penalties after listeria outbreak

    Blue Bell faces penalties after listeria outbreak

    BRENHAM, Texas, July 30 (UPI) — Blue Bell Creameries agreed to pay $850,000 following a listeria outbreak that left three dead, Texas health officials said. The company must pay $175,000 of the fine within 30...
  • Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

    Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

    Image copyright Stocktrek Image caption Australia is on the move Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Local co-ordinates,...
  • Setbacks to GOP voter restrictions

    Setbacks to GOP voter restrictions

    North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, center at podium gesturing during a news conference in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Courts dealt setbacks to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a...

Headline News

  • Joe Biden calls for vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland


    WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) — Vice President Joe Biden, in a weekly White House address, called for Senate Republicans to vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Biden was joined by retired Federal Judge Timothy Lewis to draw on the parallel between Lewis’ appointment and the push for Garland’s appointment. Biden introduced Lewis as “a retired federal judge who was nominated to the bench by a Republican president and confirmed by a Democratic Senate – within four weeks of a presidential election.” RELATEDObama: Give Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland ‘the respect he has earned’ President Barack Obama nominated Garland in March but there has yet to be a vote, making this the longest pending nomination in history. Biden, a former long-time ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, presided over nine nominations and said each one received a hearing and a vote on the Senate floor. “Nobody is suggesting that Senators have to vote ‘yes’ …

    July 30, 2016 1:12 pm
    0 Comments

Politics

  • Setbacks to GOP voter restrictions


    North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, center at podium gesturing during a news conference in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Courts dealt setbacks to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas. The rulings Friday came as the 2016 election moves into its final phase, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton locked in a high-stakes presidential race and control of the U.S. Senate possibly hanging in the balance. North Carolina is one of about a dozen swing states in the presidential race, while Wisconsin has voted Democratic in recent presidential elections and Kansas has been solidly Republican. The decisions followed a similar blow earlier this month to what critics said was one of the nation’s most restrictive voting laws in Texas. The New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said …

    July 30, 2016 11:31 am
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit


    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Carmelo Anthony not impressed by Team USA sing-along


    2:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment The United States men’s basketball team is finding different ways to keep loose during its pre-Olympic warm-up tour. In this case, it was Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving on the team plane, leading a rendition of Vanessa Carlton’s 2001 hit “A Thousand Miles” on Saturday, hours after a victory over Venezuela. DeMarcus Cousins posted a short clip of the start of the sing-along. @jimmybutler back at it…. Looking like Willie Beamen A video posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:51am PDT DeMar DeRozan and Draymond Green also posted their own videos of the performance, with the added bonuses of Kevin Durant enjoying the festivities while wrapped up in a blanket, and Carmelo Anthony, the team’s elder statesman, wanting nothing to do with his younger teammates’ shenanigans. Melo ain’t having it…😂 A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on Jul 30, 2016 at …

    July 30, 2016 1:12 pm
    0 Comments

World News

  • India seeks U.S. help in locating missing air force jet


    NEW DELHI, July 30 (UPI) — India’s government announced it is seeking U.S. help from in locating the countrys air’s force’s AN-32 aircraft, which mysteriously disappeared on July 22. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government is looking to determine whether the U.S. satellites picked up signals before the plane, which was carrying 29 passengers, disappeared. “At the time of disappearance, the aircraft was on secondary/passive radar and there was no SOS or transmission of any frequency. It just disappeared so that is the worrying part,” Parrikar said, according to Times of India. “It is total blank. There was not even a single signal recorded,” he said. “That is the reason we are contacting American defense forces to ascertain whether their satellites picked up any signal.” Parrikar said the plane was fit for flight saying that it was an “almost as good as new aircraft” and the pilot had flown for more than 500 hours …

    July 30, 2016 1:12 pm
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap


    Image copyright Stocktrek Image caption Australia is on the move Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m. The body responsible for the change said it would help the development of self-driving cars, which need accurate location data to navigate. Australia moves about 7cm north annually because of tectonic movements. Modern satellite systems provide location data based on global lines of longitude and latitude, which do not move even if the continents on Earth shift. However, many countries produce maps and measurements with the lines of longitude and latitude fixed to their local continent. “If the lines are fixed, you can put a mark in the ground, measure its co-ordinate, and it will be the same co-ordinate in 20 years,” explained Dan Jaksa of …

    July 30, 2016 11:51 am
    0 Comments

Science

  • New fossil evidence supports theory that first mass extinction engineered by early animals


    Related images(click to enlarge) Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the world’s first mass extinction was caused by “ecosystem engineers” – newly evolved biological organisms that altered the environment so radically it drove older species to extinction. The event, known as the end-Ediacaran extinction, took place 540 million years ago. The earliest life on Earth consisted of microbes – various types of single-celled organisms. These held sway for more than 3 billion years, when the first multicellular organisms evolved. The most successful of these were the Ediacarans, which spread around the globe about 600 million years ago. They were a largely immobile form of marine life shaped like discs and tubes, fronds and quilted mattresses. After 60 million years, evolution gave birth to another major innovation: metazoans, the first animals. Metazoans could move spontaneously and independently at least during some point in their life cycle and sustain themselves by eating other …

    July 30, 2016 10:50 am
    0 Comments

Health

  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study


    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • ‘Westworld’ to premiere on HBO on Oct. 2


    PASADENA, Calif., July 30 (UPI) — HBO said its upcoming sci-fi series Westworld, starring Evan Rachel Wood, will debut on Oct. 2. The first teaser trailer for the 10-episode show was released last month. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright, the series is about androids that come alive in a wild-west setting. Based on the 1973 film of the same name, the long-delayed drama was developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk as executive producers. A synopsis described it as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.”

    July 30, 2016 12:31 pm
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • Female ascendency in America didn’t happen overnight, but it was clearly visible in Philly


    It’s been almost a hundred years since my grandmother, then a teenage suffragette, marched in the streets of Milwaukee for the right of women to vote. Among the young feminists with her was a schoolmate, Goldie Myerson, who later moved to Tel Aviv, changed her name to Golda Meir and became the first (and, so far, only) female prime minister of Israel. Golda is often cited as a precedent for a Hillary Clinton presidency.  The comparison is natural, but misleading. Golda Meir was a woman in a man’s world, the one significant female in a party dominated by men.  Hillary, on the other hand, is now the leader of a Democratic Party whose power—real and symbolic—has largely passed into the hands of women. Golda Meir was a woman in a man’s world, the one significant female in a party dominated by men. Hillary, on the other hand, is now the leader of a Democratic Party …

    July 30, 2016 10:30 am
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Colorado family find black bear closed inside their SUV


    EVERGREEN, Colo., July 29 (UPI) — A Colorado couple woke up this week to a shocking discovery — a bear that had closed itself inside their SUV. David and Shaylee Meurer said the bear was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday, when David was getting ready for work at their Jefferson County home. “This is the first time in my life that my husband woke me up saying that there’s a bear in his car,” Shaylee Meurer said in a video posted to YouTube. The video shows a neighbor, Kevin John, open a door to the car and scare the bear away by loudly banging two pans together. David Meurer said he found the situation “kind of cool” — at least, until he looked inside the SUV. “Once I opened it and realized that this is what I was looking at, well, then I realized I hope my insurance covers it,” he told KUSA-TV. “The top …

    July 30, 2016 11:10 am
    0 Comments