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  • StoryCorps’ oral history project adds thousands of stories to national public archive

    Rhiannon Leonard interviews her boss, Gary Himes, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Weverton, Md., for StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen oral history project. High school students across the United States were asked to interview an elder and send the audio recording to a publIcly accessible Library of Congress archive. (AP Photo/David Dishneau) (The Associated Press) Vanyce Grant poses with her grandfather Bernie Stuart at her home in Bolingbrook, Ill., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Grant interviewed Stuart for StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen oral history project. High school students across the country are making history this weekend by recording interviews with their elders in an unprecedented effort to stockpile wisdom for the ages. (AP Photo/Sophia Tareen) (The Associated Press) In this Oct. 11, 2015, photo, provided by Michele Gange Bonner, Lauren Bonner, center, poses between her grandparents Camille and Claude Gange at Paradox Lake, N.Y. Lauren, 13, interviewed her grandparents ahead of the StoryCorps Great Thanksgiving Listen oral history …

    November 30, 2015 5:17 am


  • U.S. presidential candidate Carson: Syrian refugee facilities ‘quite nice’

    WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Sunday that he found facilities at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to be “really quite nice” and that people there would rather stay or return home to Syria than come to the United States. But Carson, one of the leaders in the polls in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, offered few details in a round of television interviews from Jordan about how he would work to defeat Islamic State militants and stabilize Syria to enable the refugees’ return. After meeting with refugees at a camp in Jordan, Carson, 64, told CNN that “their true desire is to be resettled in Syria.” “But they are satisfied to be in the refugee camps if the refugee camps are adequately funded. Recognize that in these camps they have schools, they have recreational facilities that are really quite nice. And there (are) all kind of things …

    November 30, 2015 2:36 am


  • Best Buy launches Cyber Week sales

    Best Buy launched a week’s worth of cyber sales on Sunday. The company posted its plans for Cyber Monday. And like many other retailers, it’s planning more than just one day of deals. More and more, holiday shopping is done online. So it makes sense for retailers to ramp up — and stretch out — the hype over digital promotions. Starting Sunday and continuing through December 5, BestBuy.com is offering a fresh round of discounts daily. On the actual Cyber Monday, the site will post more than 50 one-day sales. Among them: $100 Best Buy gift card with a GoPro Hero 4 Black purchase Buy one, get one 50% off, select Nintendo 3DS games $10 off Chromecast 50% off select Kitchen Aid mixers Cyber Week deals that went live on Sunday include up to $100 off select iPad Mini 3, $50 off an Xbox One console, and $100 off a Samsung 40-inch HDTV. Best Buy …

    November 29, 2015 9:12 pm


  • ‘Davis Cup win must be built on’

    Victorious Davis Cup captain Leon Smith is urging tennis authorities to build on Great Britain’s success. With Andy Murray playing a pivotal role, Great Britain won the trophy for the first time in 79 years. “The time is now,” Smith told BBC Scotland. “We say it all the time but I really hope the powers that be do what’s necessary to capture this wave of excitement and interest. “We need people to follow up on it and keep people engaged in the sport.” Murray, ranked number two in the world, won all three of his matches in the weekend final with Belgium, two singles and the doubles with brother Jamie. The 28-year-old Scot did the same in the ties against France and Australia, while he won both singles in the opening win against the United States, sitting out of the doubles on that occasion. “For Scottish tennis in particular, it’s an incredible time,” said Glasgow-born …

    November 30, 2015 5:17 am

World News

  • Greek PM in Turkey Twitter outburst

    Image copyright AP Image caption The exchange came as the PMs attended a European Union-Turkey summit on refugees Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has attacked his Turkish counterpart on Twitter after the downing of a Russian plane, prompting an admonishing reply. Mr Tsipras posted four tweets on Sunday addressed to Ahmet Davutoglu, complaining about Turkish violations of Greek airspace. “Fortunately our pilots are not mercurial as yours against the Russians,” his first tweet read. Mr Davutoglu replied urging Mr Tsipras to “focus on our positive agenda”. The exchange followed last week’s downing of the Russian warplane, which Turkey said had violated its airspace while carrying out missions in Syria. Russia denied the plane was over Turkish territory and a major diplomatic row ensued. ‘Communication disaster’ The exchange came as both prime ministers attended the European Union-Turkey summit on refugees in Brussels on Sunday. The two sides struck a deal there to try to control the …

    November 30, 2015 5:18 am


  • DJI launches crop-spraying drone

    Image copyright DJI Billion-dollar drone company DJI is expanding from consumer and camera drones into the agriculture industry. The Chinese firm’s latest model is a crop-spraying drone, which it claims is “40 times more efficient” than manual spraying, despite having just 12 minutes of flight time. It will be released in China and Korea where hand-spraying is more common. DJI made $500m (£332m) in drone sales in 2014 and some analysts predict the firm will hit $1bn in sales this year. The Agras MG-1 has eight rotors and can carry up to 10kg of crop-spraying fluids per flight. The foldable device is also dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials, the firm says on its website (in Chinese). Farmers around the world have used drones for some time but generally for monitoring their crops and livestock. Huge farms use aircraft for crop-dusting but they can be very expensive. “With this new product, we’ve shown that …

    November 30, 2015 2:57 am


  • NASA sees small Tropical Storm In-fa becoming extra-tropical

    Related images(click to enlarge) Tropical Storm In-fa was becoming an extra-tropical storm as it tracked toward the island of Iwo To, Japan in the western North Pacific Ocean. NASA’s Terra satellite captured an infrared image of the small storm that is battling wind shear and was becoming extra-tropical. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA’s Terra satellite passed over In-fa on Nov. 25 and captured an infrared image of the small storm as it was being affected by strong southwesterly wind shear. Tropical-storm-force winds only extended out 85 miles from the center. The MODIS image also showed that strong convection and thunderstorms continued to be pushed northeast of the center. In-fa is located in an area of strong (30 to 40 knots/34.5 to 46 mph/55.5 to 74 kph) southwesterly vertical wind shear. At 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST), Tropical storm In-fa was centered near 20.6 degrees north latitude and 137.1 degrees east longitude, about 343 …

    November 30, 2015 1:38 am


  • Screen time, in moderation, not linked to youngsters’ depression

    (Reuters Health) – Youngsters who spend too much time staring at televisions and computers may be more depressed than those who abstain completely, but kids who enjoy screen time in moderation may be the happiest of all, a recent analysis suggests. Many pediatricians recommend that parents limit screen time to less than two hours a day because excessive use of television, computers and mobile devices is linked to obesity and other health problems and is also thought to impair cognitive development. For the current study, researchers analyzed data from previously published studies involving more than 125,000 participants and found evidence that limiting screen time makes sense for children and young teens. Youth who spent at least five hours a day starting at screens were 80 percent more likely to be depressed than their peers who spent no time in front of screens. There was, however, little difference in depression risk between children who didn’t have …

    November 30, 2015 2:17 am


  • Model Chrissy Teigen Attacked For Support Of Planned Parenthood

    Model Chrissy Teigen is getting attacked for her support of Planned Parenthood in wake of the shootings that took place at a Colorado Springs branch on Friday. According to Gossip Cop, Teigen is receiving all kinds of hateful tweets for her demonstration of support and sympathy for Planned Parenthood It all started when the model tweeted: “Every time s***like this happens, john and I immediately make another donation to planned parenthood.” She then tweeted a link to where people can donate money to Planned Parenthood. Chrissy Teigen, who’s expecting a baby with her husband, John Legend, then received a lot of hateful comments. She didn’t back down, tweeting: “Extremely fine with any unfollows. Would prefer it over your ignorant rants but I’m prepared either way. Nothing I haven’t seen before.” Teigen was attacked online the rest of Friday and on Saturday. One user said she should “focus more on @PPFA killing kids,” and another bashed …

    November 30, 2015 4:37 am


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Intruder dies in California chimney after homeowner lights fire

    A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realizing anyone was inside, police said. The man appeared to have climbed into the chimney during the night while the owner was away and then became stuck, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. After the owner of the home in Huron lit a fire in his fireplace Saturday afternoon, he heard a man yelling inside the chimney as the house filled with smoke, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The homeowner tried to extinguish the flames, but firefighters who dismantled the chimney during a rescue effort found the suspect dead inside, the sheriff’s office said. The deceased man’s identity and cause of death have not been determined, Lieutenant Brandon Pursell of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said by phone on Sunday. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Chris Reese)

    November 29, 2015 5:51 pm