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  • Officials: No public health risk after leak at New York State nuclear power plant

    BUCHANAN, N.Y. –  New York’s governor says state officials will investigate after radioactive material was detected in the groundwater below a nuclear power plant north of New York City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Saturday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point Energy Center. Officials say the contamination has remained contained to the site and that there is no risk to the public. Cuomo, a Democrat, says the state’s environmental conservation and health departments will investigate. A spokeswoman for Indian Point didn’t immediately respond Saturday to a request for comment. Elevated levels of tritium were found in two monitoring wells at the plant in 2014. In that instance, officials said the contamination likely stemmed from a earlier maintenance shutdown.  

    February 6, 2016 5:06 pm


  • Factbox: What will be in Obama’s final budget proposal?

    President Barack Obama is set on Tuesday to unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office. But since the Republican-controlled Congress controls the purse strings, much of Obama’s plan likely will be shelved. The following are some of the proposals that will be included: PENTAGON The Pentagon will ask for more than $7 billion for the fight against Islamic State, up about 35 percent from the previous year’s budget request to Congress, and wants a fourfold increase for military training and exercises in Europe to support NATO allies. TAX ON OIL In a long-shot bid to raise $20 billion to expand transit systems and research self-driving cars, Obama will propose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil. RENEWABLE ENERGY FUNDING Obama will seek a 20-percent boost for renewable energy research funding to a total of $7.7 billion. TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES WORKING WITH COLLEGES Obama will propose a $2.5 billion tax …

    February 6, 2016 4:25 pm


  • Forget FANG stocks! It’s the year of SNKRS!

    The fabled FANG stocks of tech — Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — have lost their bite. All four surged in 2015. But none of them are up this year. So is this the end of the big bull run for the FANG foursome? (Yes. Google is now technically Alphabet. But its ticker still starts with a G. And FANA just doesn’t sound as awesome as FANG.) Facebook (FB, Tech30) is down 1% but it recently hit an all-time high thanks to its strong earnings. It should remain a market leader as long as it continues to dominate the social media world and rack up even more mobile ad revenue. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is down 25% this year. Its latest earnings were a bit of a mess. Investors are once again worried about the company’s big investments weighing down profits. And it still trades at a sky-high valuation after more than doubling last year. Related: …

    February 6, 2016 4:46 pm


  • Rutherford sets British indoor record

    Rutherford has an outdoor personal best of 8.51m set at Chula Vista, California, in 2014 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford has set a British indoor long jump record of 8.26m at a collegiate meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rutherford, who has been training in the United States, improved Chris Tomlinson’s previous best of 8.18m recorded in Stuttgart in February 2008. The 29-year-old set the record with his second jump after opening with 7.96m. He fouled his third attempt and sat out the rest of the competition. “SMASH! SMASH BOOM!” he tweeted. “Another record down. Chuffed to have taken the British indoor LJ record tonight in New Mexico.” Rutherford, who is also world, European and Commonwealth champion, is expected to compete at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on 20 February, the fourth and last stop of the IAAF World Indoor Tour. He will defend his Olympic title in Rio this summer.

    February 6, 2016 5:06 pm

World News

  • Channel rescue for migrants in dinghy

    Image copyright AP Image caption Migrants have used inflatable dinghies like this one to cross from Turkey to Greece French coastguards have rescued four migrants who were found trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy. Rescuers were alerted by a fifth person found on a beach at Sangatte near Calais, suffering from hypothermia, in the early hours of Saturday. He told officials that the migrants on the dinghy were part of a group that had set off for the UK from Dunkirk. French police said crossing the Channel was very dangerous because of the large volume of shipping in the area. Life vests The head of a local police union, Gilles Debove, said it was only the second or third time in 10 years that such a crossing had been attempted. The migrants were found about three miles from the French coast and rescued shortly after 06:00 GMT. They were wearing life vests …

    February 6, 2016 5:06 pm


  • The ‘cultural desert’ of Silicon Valley finally gets its first serious art gallery

    Silicon Valley got its first major contemporary art gallery this week because Laura Arrillaga Andreessen – prolific art collector and heir to local real estate baron John Arrillaga – decided it was a little weird to have art sales in her house. “I didn’t come and say I’m going to make Silicon Valley like art. It just happened,” said Marc Glimcher, who runs the influential Pace Gallery and was in town to fete the opening of his new Menlo Park location. “In the beginning, Laura Arrillaga wouldn’t travel, so I would bring art to her house, and then her friends started wanting me to bring them art too. And she said, you know, it’s a little tacky to be doing this in my house, why don’t you use my dad’s old run down Tesla shop?” A Tesla building could only be considered “old” in Silicon Valley. There’s long been a truism that the Silicon Valley …

    February 6, 2016 4:45 pm


  • Motorboat noise gives predators a deadly advantage

    Related images(click to enlarge) A pioneering new study shows the rate fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby. Professor Mark McCormick of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University was part of an international research team that found noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators. As a consequence they are captured more easily and their survival chances are halved. It’s the first study to show that real-world noise can have a direct consequence on fish survival. “It shows that juvenile fish become distracted and stressed when exposed to motorboat noise and predators capitalise on their indecision”, said Professor McCormick. The team hope the findings will inspire better environmental noise management in coastal areas. “We found that when real boats were motoring near to young damselfish in open water, they became stressed …

    February 6, 2016 3:25 pm


  • More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

    BOGOTA More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents fetus’ brains from developing properly. There is no vaccine or treatment. There are so far no recorded cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Colombia, Santos said. There are 25,645 people infected with the disease in Colombia, Santos said during a TV broadcast with health officials. Among them are 3,177 pregnant women. “The projection is that we could end up having 600,000 cases,” Santos said, adding there could be up to 1,000 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare but serious condition that can cause paralysis and which some governments have linked to Zika infection. Santos said the government was now uncertain about a previous projection for up to 500 cases of Zika-linked microcephaly, …

    February 6, 2016 4:05 pm


  • CM Punk Freaks Out On A Reporter For WWE Questions

    Former WWE wrestler CM Punk signed with the UFC in 2014 after a really bad breakup with the wrestling company. And, he doesn’t want to talk about it. Complex reporter Kevin Wong learned that the hard way when Punk became upset over some WWE questions during an interview.  Punk sat down for an interview with Wong last month at a New Jersey Devils’ hockey game. Wong says that Punk was agitated prior to the interview and showed no desire to speak with him. He continued on despite Punk’s attitude.   Wong asked if Punk ever considered returning to the WWE like former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Punk responded to Wong, saying.  I don’t feel like fielding questions about [the WWE]. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I’ve accomplished everything I was going to. Wong also asked him if he’s nervous to compete in a real sport, instead of one that is fake and pre-determined.  I get this question …

    February 6, 2016 5:06 pm


  • Clinton vs. Sanders: Hillary shows weakness but Bernie is no Barack Obama

    Imagine Hillary Clinton’s relief, come Wednesday morning, when she no longer has to grovel before New Hampshire’s famously prickly primary electorate. It means no credibility leapfrogging as in 2008 when, following a third-place humiliation in Iowa, she told a New Hampshire debate audience: “I’m running on 35 years of change.” Or, on Thursday night in Durham, New Hampshire, with Clinton repeatedly invoking the Bin Laden raid – be it her hard work on behalf of President Obama — or her hard work, post-Obama, on the speech circuit. About Thursday night’s Democratic debate – the only time Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet before Tuesday’s Granite State primary, some observations: A Damsel. In Distress? Eight years ago in New Hampshire, Hillary’s back was against the wall: another decisive loss to Barack Obama and her campaign would come to an abrupt end. We remember it now as the week in which Hillary departed from …

    February 6, 2016 2:45 pm

Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border

    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm