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  • More than 1M marched against Trump in US

    Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Related Stories: Jackie Evancho’s transgender sister supports plan to sing at Trump inauguration Trump issues executive order to ease ‘economic burden’ of ACA Donald Trump’s attorneys agreed to seek Trump University lawsuit settlement Trump seeks to delay Trump University suit until after inauguration

    January 21, 2017 9:38 pm


  • White House accuses media of playing down inauguration crowds

    WASHINGTON The White House on Saturday accused the media of framing photographs to understate the crowd that attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, a new jab in a long-running fight between the new president and the news organizations who cover him. In an unusual and fiery statement on Saturday night, White House spokesman Sean Spicer lashed out about tweeted photographs that showed large, empty spaces on the National Mall during the ceremony on Friday. “This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said in a brief statement. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm about the inauguration are shameful and wrong.” Washington’s city government estimated 1.8 million people attended President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, making it the largest gathering ever on the Mall. Aerial photographs showed that the crowds for Trump’s inauguration were smaller than in 2009. Spicer’s rebuke followed a larger-than-expected turnout for women’s marches protesting …

    January 21, 2017 8:58 pm


  • 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


  • Popovich: Wizards, Lowe ‘got off easy’ with fines

    9:44 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich believes Washington Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe deserved a harsher penalty than the fine levied by the NBA for standing on the court and yelling during the New York Knicks’ final possession of a loss on Thursday. The league fined Lowe $5,000 fine and the Wizards $15,000. “I think they got off easy,” Popovich said, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “What if that shot costs a playoff game because somebody does that? Maybe that affects a coach being fired. Maybe a franchise winning a series. So if you think about it, maybe it’s worth it for $5,000 or $10,000 to go do that.” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was critical of Wizards assistant Sidney Lowe for standing on the court and yelling during the Knicks’ final possession Thursday night. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images Popovich suggested larger fines of $250,000 for …

    January 21, 2017 8:58 pm

World News

  • Thousands converge for Women’s March nationwide

    Jan. 21 (UPI) — Protesters in Washington, D.C., and worldwide gathered Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington and other demonstrations following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Thousands of people flooded Metro trains and other forms of public transportation and traveled from across the nation to gather outside the White House for the march on Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, people packed into common areas wearing pink hats in solidarity. Women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem thanked the crowd for showing up in such large numbers to the demonstration during one of the first speeches of the day, according to ABC News. “We have people power and we will use it,” she said. “This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity.” She went on to praise leaders …

    January 21, 2017 8:19 pm


  • How the @Potus handover from Obama to Trump works

    The presidential Twitter handle – @Potus – has been handed over as Donald Trump becomes America’s 45th president. Outgoing US leader Barack Obama promised followers that tweets from his eight years in office will be preserved. It means those who follow the official account will find themselves following an extra one. That’s because Obama’s tweets will be transferred to @Potus44. “Potus” stands for President of the United States. https://twitter.com/BBCNewsbeat/status/822491244861526021 Obama’s White House team developed the strategy for the handover several months ago. It seems clear there was a worry that tweets could otherwise be deleted. “We are working to ensure these materials continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created,” an official blog states. “Moving forward, the president and first lady can be followed on familiar handles: @BarackObama and @MichelleObama.” https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/821499447616139266 The Democratic administration approached Twitter with a plan to make the process as smooth as possible. Twitter then acted as a …

    January 21, 2017 8:38 pm


  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am


  • 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


  • Barron Trump plays peek-a-boo with tiny nephew while Donald Trump signs papers

    Barron Trump entertained his tiny nephew while his dad, U.S. President Donald Trump, signed documents in the President’s Room at the U.S. Capitol building Friday. The entire family, including Trump’s young grandchildren, stood by as the commander-in-chief got to work in front of photographers and television camera-people, following Trump’s official swearing-in ceremony and celebratory parade. Barron, 10, was seen behind his seated father, playing peek-a-boo with his half-sister Ivanka’s 9-month-old son, Theodore, Us Weekly said. CNN video of the interaction also captured Barron giving a “High 5” to the baby as Ivanka and first lady Melania Trump, Barron’s mother, look on and smile. The clip has gotten nearly 7 million views on Facebook in less than 24 hours. Melania and Barron plan to stay at their home in New York City until the end of the school year and are expected to move into the White House with the president in June. Related Stories: Protesters …

    January 21, 2017 1:16 pm


  • Mainstream media screams in pain as Trump becomes president (they know he beat them, too)

    President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday was a time of historic transition. It was not just the transfer of power from Washington back to the citizens, as explained by the 45th president. It also marked the transfer of power from the news media to Trump. And journalists weren’t happy about it. Trump did what no politician in the modern era had. He had taken on the most-powerful interest group in America – the media – and won. He celebrated his victory as only Trump could – tweeting from both the @potus account and his own.  He now has more than 35 million followers between the two, about one-and-a-half times the viewers of the three network evening news shows combined. The media acted defeated but not vanquished, calling the inaugural speech “Hitlerian” for daring to use the term “America First.” A viral video of a protester screaming as Trump was announced the new president could well have …

    January 21, 2017 8:38 pm

Odd News

  • Wis. police urge meth users to have fake drugs ‘tested’ at station

    Jan. 21 (UPI) — A police department in Wisconsin posted a tongue-in-cheek message on Facebook this week, sympathizing with meth users who may have been sold fake drugs, urging them to bring in batches they suspected were wrong to have them “tested.” The post by the Sparta, Wis., police department is not the first sarcastic jibe on its Facebook page. Previous screeds about people parking cars on their lawns and alternate-side parking. Thursday’s post states drug dealers may be passing off crumbled rock salt as the drug methamphetamine, sympathizing with drug users who’ve been duped. “We understand how frustrating it is buying something and finding out it’s not what you thought you purchased…like ordering a large T-shirt that turns out to be a size schmedium. If you have recently purchased meth that you feel may be rock salt, please feel free to bring it to the Sparta Police Department for testing. Tests can also be …

    January 21, 2017 8:38 pm