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  • Black Lives Matter movement experiencing growing pains as it steps into national spotlight

    In this Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 photo, Ron Scott, center, of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, voices his concerns during a rally outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit regarding the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in April 2015. As the Black Lives Matter movement gains more public attention, there are questions being raised about who’s in charge of the movement and what its long-term goals are. (Max Ortiz/The Detroit News via AP) (The Associated Press)

    September 1, 2015 2:45 am


  • School protests hijack Chicago mayor’s budget forum

    CHICAGO Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a rare public forum on Monday, seeking support for painful belt tightening to solve the city’s fiscal crisis, at a meeting dominated by protests over the closing of a high school in an African-American neighborhood. Chants and boos greeted Emanuel, who was forced to agree to meet for the first time with 12 protesters who are in the 15th day of a hunger strike to pressure the city to reopen shuttered Dyett High School in South Chicago. “Hunger strike,” “Rahm don’t care,” and “die for Dyett,” chanted the crowd. The school board says it has closed Dyett and 50 other schools in minority neighborhoods due to a shrinking population, but many people in Chicago see school closures as part of a plan to privatize education. City officials are weighing the city’s first-ever garbage collection fees, higher property taxes and fees related to e-cigarettes to try to plug an estimated …

    August 31, 2015 11:03 pm


  • Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is expecting twin girls

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is pregnant and expecting identical twin girls in December. Mayer made the announcement Tuesday in a post on her official Tumblr page, saying the “twins part was quite a surprise.” The CEO said she has shared the news with Yahoo’s board of directors, and described them as “incredibly supportive.” “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout,” Mayer said in the Tumblr post. A Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) spokesperson confirmed that Mayer is pregnant, adding that the company is “extremely happy for her and supportive of her plans and approach.” Mayer has one son, Macallister, who was born in 2013. Yahoo shares have fallen by more than 35% since January, complicating Mayer’s efforts to revive the struggling tech …

    September 1, 2015 2:04 am


  • Giants acquire OF De Aza in trade with Red Sox

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games this season, splitting time with Baltimore and Boston. The Red Sox acquired the 31-year-old De Aza in a June 3 trade with the Orioles. The Giants announced the deal Monday night. The Red Sox received minor league left-hander Luis Ysla in the trade. San Francisco is looking for help in the outfield while Hunter Pence recovers from a left oblique strain. It got Marlon Byrd in a trade with Cincinnati on Aug. 20. Because the deal was made before Sept. 1, De Aza will be eligible for the postseason if the Giants get that far.

    September 1, 2015 2:45 am

World News

  • Thousands of Clinton emails released

    Image caption Mrs Clinton has defended the use of the private email server Thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails while US secretary of state have been released, including many that have been censored after being deemed classified. Mrs Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election, has been under fire for using a private computer server for work emails while in office. But she says no classified information was sent or received. But some 150 emails were deemed confidential by the State Department. Mrs Clinton’s opponents have accused her of putting US security at risk by using an unsecured computer system. The presidential hopeful has admitted that her decision to use a private email server at her New York home was a mistake. She served as Secretary of State in 2009-13. Ratings affected The emails – the details of which were found among more than 7,000 pages of her correspondence released by …

    September 1, 2015 2:45 am


  • US federal agent investigating Silk Road admits $800,000 bitcoin

    A former US secret service agent has pleaded guilty to stealing over $800,000 worth of bitcoin during an investigation into online drug marketplace Silk Road. Related: Silk Road: undercover DEA agent turned bitcoin thief pleads guilty Shaun Bridges, 33, appeared in federal court in San Francisco and admitted to money laundering and obstruction of justice. Silk Road operated for more than two years until it was shut down in October 2013 having generated more than $214m in sales of drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin, prosecutors said. Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road’s creator, who authorities say used the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty of charges that included distributing drugs via online sales. Bridges belonged to a Baltimore-based federal task force that investigated Silk Road. Another member of that unit, former US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force, has admitted extortion, money …

    August 31, 2015 11:23 pm


  • Grey Swans: Rare but predictable storms could pose big hazards

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Princeton and MIT have used computer models to show that severe tropical cyclones could hit a number of coastal cities worldwide that are widely seen as unthreatened by such powerful storms. The researchers call these potentially devastating storms Grey Swans in comparison with the term Black Swan, which has come to mean truly unpredicted events that have a major impact. Grey Swans are highly unlikely, the researchers said, but they can be predicted with a degree of confidence. “We are considering extreme cases,” said Ning Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton. “These are relevant for policy making and planning, especially for critical infrastructure and nuclear power plants.” In an article published Aug. 31 in Nature Climate Change, Lin and her coauthor Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined potential storm hazards for three cities: Tampa, Fla.; Cairns, …

    September 1, 2015 2:24 am


  • Valeant gets right to develop AstraZeneca’s psoriasis drug

    Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) (VRX.N) is buying rights to AstraZeneca Plc’s (AZN.L) late-stage experimental psoriasis drug brodalumab after it was dropped by Amgen Inc (AMGN.O) in May. Amgen pulled out of the project because suicidal thoughts were observed in some patients taking the medicine, casting a shadow over its prospects. Valeant said on Tuesday it would make an upfront payment of $100 million to AstraZeneca, and additional pre-launch milestone payments of up to $170 million and sales-related milestone payments of up to $175 million following the launch. Regulatory submissions in the United States and Europe for brodalumab in moderate-to-severe psoriasis are planned for the fourth quarter of 2015. The arrangement excludes Japan and certain other Asian countries where rights to the drug are held by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co (4151.T). Brodalumab belongs to a class of drugs called IL-17 inhibitors that work by blocking a signaling pathway that plays a key role in …

    September 1, 2015 2:44 am


  • Kylie Jenner And Tyga Party Are Attached At The Hip At The Republic Records VMAs After Party

    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 8:07am PDT       By X17 Staff Kylie Jenner and Tyga are so in loooove! The 18-year-old reality star and her main man were all about each other when they attended Republic Records’ VMAs after party last night in West Hollywood, CA. For the spicy soiree, Kylie, who changed her hair back to black, wore a sexy black bandage dress and nude sandals. Tyga looked like he was ready to shoot some hoots in a t-shirt shorts and athletic shoes. The rapper was clearly ready to get his party on — he was carrying a bottle of Hennessy into the party! Someone looks like he’s pre-gaming pretty hard! Looks like someone is pulling Kanye West’s 2008 VMAs move! Meanwhile, Tyga just came out with a new music video starring his teenaged lady love called … wait for it … “Stimulated.” Gag. Some of the oh-so-sweet lyrics include, “I’m at the bank, I’m …

    September 1, 2015 2:04 am


  • Migrant crisis: Is there anything you can do?

    Two thousand four hundred ninety-eight persons died or went missing this year in the Mediterranean, trying to reach Europe without authorization. No country alone can possibly address such a challenge. But no country is entitled to exempt itself, and coordination is crucial. Refugees and displaced persons are too often someone else’s problem. They need to become a shared global responsibility–if our most pressing concern is indeed curbing refugee deaths. At sea, and in the back of a truck, the contradictions of our age keep resurfacing, demanding rational deliberation rather than patchy procrastination. There are no coincidences, when it comes to global migration. The majority of people crossing the Mediterranean (mostly from Libya to Italy and Turkey to Greece) are leaving behind the certainty of war and of daily oppression. They are survivors who envision reuniting with family members, healing their children, pursuing jobs and education. Some intend to send remittances back home. Others do not …

    September 1, 2015 1:44 am

Odd News

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it

    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said, according to Parashak. Tang, a bartender at the airport, had not played the lottery in about a decade before using the found money to buy two tickets, Parashak said. Tang said he did not yet have plans for the money, but joked that he might use it to place $20 bills in random …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm