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  • Airline pilot reportedly caught texting during takeoff on flight from North Carolina

    An airline pilot flying as a passenger on a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Tampa, Florida was reportedly caught texting on his cellphone while the plane was taking off, which is in violation of federal regulations. The Charlotte Observer reports passenger Chad Tillman used his own cellphone to capture footage of the unidentified pilot as he was texting in his seat. Both men were on an American Airlines flight, but a spokesman for American told the newspaper the pilot works for a different airline. As soon as the plane landed in Florida, Tillman wrote a letter to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to tell him about what he saw, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I’m sure he is a good pilot, but even a small lapse of judgment in his profession could get people killed, and it bothers me that he can so casually disregard FAA regulations in public view,” Tillman wrote. American Airlines …

    September 4, 2015 2:05 am


  • Trump accuses talk-show radio host of ‘gotcha’ question

    WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking “a gotcha question”. Discussing Islamist extremism, conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt told Trump he was looking for the next president to know who the leaders of major militant groups were, naming the heads of Islamic State, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and its Nusra Front wing in Syria. “Do you know the players without a scorecard, yet, Donald Trump?” asked Hewitt, who will co-moderate the next official Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16 in California. “No, you know, I’ll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they’ll all be changed. They’ll be all gone,” Trump replied. “You know, those are like history questions. ‘Do you know this one, do you know that one?’” added the billionaire …

    September 3, 2015 11:24 pm


  • Gwen Ifill scolded by PBS ombudsman for ‘inexcusable’ tweet

    Gwen Ifill, the the co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” has received a public slap on the wrist for a tweet that drew condemnation from conservatives. PBS ombudsman Michael Getler said the offending tweet was “inexcusable” and a “real self-inflicted wound.” Ifill had posted a link on Wednesday to the Obama administration’s Twitter account that showed a graphic designed to promote the Iran nuclear deal. Her retweet came with the comment, “Take that, Bibi.” Bibi is the nickname of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has campaigned against the deal with Iran. Many on the right believed that she was taunting Netanyahu. Related: Rebekah Brooks is back at News Corp. “Ifill is a highly experienced journalist, very quick, alert, knowledgeable, and with an engaging on-air personality,” Getler wrote. “She also has a talented eye for the ironies and political turnabouts in the daily flow of news that contributes to her presence. But PBS and the NewsHour are …

    September 4, 2015 2:25 am


  • ON THE TEE: Round 2 of the FedEx Cup playoffs is all about the Big 3

    NORTON, Mass. –  The second FedEx Cup playoff event is all about the Big Three. And the battle for No. 1. Rory McIlroy returned to No. 1 in the world even though he skipped opening playoff event last week at The Barclays. That’s mostly about math, and an indication that McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are running nose-to-nose at the moment. Spieth has the easiest road back to No. 1 this week and likely only has to finish ahead of McIlroy. Jason Day, coming off his six-shot victory at The Barclays, would have to win to have any chance. The Deutsche Bank Championship gets underway Friday, and at least for the moment, the focus has shifted from the race for the $10 million bonus by winning the FedEx Cup to a world ranking that figures to keep changing over the next few months. Tee times Friday at the TPC Boston are based on the FedEx Cup …

    September 4, 2015 2:25 am

World News

  • Hungary migrant stand-off continues

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many on board the train stayed there overnight after resisting being removed by Hungarian police A tense stand-off between police and migrants on a train in Hungary is continuing into a second day. On Thursday, police let the migrants board the train in Budapest but then tried to force them off at a refugee camp to the west of the capital. Hungarian MPs face a key vote later on whether to tighten border controls as migrants try to pass through to their preferred destination, Germany. Three other European meetings on Friday will discuss the migrant crisis. Members of the European Commission are also flying to the Greek island of Kos to examine the difficulties caused by the large numbers of refugees and migrants landing there. The UN has meanwhile urged the EU to admit up to 200,000 refugees as part of “a mass relocation programme” that had the “mandatory …

    September 4, 2015 2:25 am


  • Extra screen time ‘hits GCSE grades’

    An extra hour a day of television, internet or computer game time in Year 10 is linked to poorer grades at GCSE, a Cambridge University study suggests. The researchers recorded the activities of more than 800 14-year-olds and analysed their GCSE results at 16. Those spending an extra hour a day on screens saw a fall in GCSE results equivalent to two grades overall. “Reducing screen time could have important benefits,” said co-author Dr Esther van Sluijs. Activity monitored The researchers analysed the habits of 845 pupils from schools in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk at the age of 14 years and six months. The pupils heights and weights were recorded, and they had to wear a physical activity monitor for five days including a weekend. They were also asked to complete a questionnaire detailing the amount of time they spent on: homework reading for pleasure physical activity watching TV playing video games non-homework time online The …

    September 3, 2015 11:44 pm


  • Not on my watch: Chimp swats film crew’s drone

    Related images(click to enlarge) Cool. Calm. And oh, so calculated. That’s how a chimpanzee living in the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands set out to swat an aerial drone that was filming her group. In an article in the journal Primates published by Springer, Jan van Hooff and Bas Lukkenaar explain it as yet another example of chimpanzees’ make-do attitude to using whatever is on hand as tools. The incident happened earlier this year, on 10 April, when a Dutch television crew was filming at the zoo in Arnhem. The idea was to use a drone to film the chimpanzees in their compound from different close-up angles. The drone already caught the chimpanzees’ attention during a practice run. Some grabbed willow twigs off the ground, while four animals took these along when they climbed up scaffolding where the drone was hovering. This behavior is not frequently observed among these chimps. Filming started when the …

    September 4, 2015 2:45 am


  • Chipotle critic turns up heat with ‘Chubby Chipotle’ ad

    LOS ANGELES Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, known for its indulgent burritos, is battling a “Chubby Chipotle” ad campaign from the food industry group whose “Nanny” ads helped sink New York City’s ban on super-sized sugary drinks. The Center for Consumer Freedom’s full-page advertisement in Thursday’s New York Post depicts a smiling, shirtless, overweight young man flexing one arm and resting the other on his ample tummy. The text under the “‘Chipotle’ Healthy” headline reads: “Eat two ‘all natural’ Chipotle burritos a week and you could gain 40 pounds in a year.” It urges consumers to find out more at ChubbyChipotle.com, a site that calls the company’s executives “fast food hypocrites” for claiming that Chipotle’s menu is GMO-free and for bending their own rules on “no antibiotics ever”. The CCF, founded by powerful lobbyist Rick Berman to fight smoking bans in eateries, said it is supported by restaurants, foundations and individuals. It declined to name the …

    September 3, 2015 11:05 pm


  • Jennifer Garner Takes Violet For A Sweet Treat Amid Rumors She Wants Ben Out Of The House

    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 9:41am PDT       By X17 Staff Ice cream can’t fix a broken home but it can certainly help on a hot day! Jennifer Garner took her daughter Violet out for some scoops of ice cream on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. And that sure looks like a tasty treat! We’re glad to see that the Jen and her oldest daughter are getting in some quality time amid the divorce drama. The mom of three wore a pair of white jeans, a denim shirt and leather sandals for the mother/daughter hang. The Dallas Buyers’ Club star has been keeping busy despite some major snags in her separation from Ben Affleck. On Monday, People reported that Jennifer is rethinking her living situation with Ben, who is currently still residing at their Pacific Palisades compound. The outlet is claiming that the situation isn’t working well for the hands-on mom and she may be forcing …

    September 4, 2015 1:25 am


  • EXCLUSIVE: Kentucky Clerk: ‘This is a fight worth fighting’

    UPDATE: A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Bunning also warned deputy clerks around the state that they could suffer the same fate should they refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses. I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s …

    September 4, 2015 2:05 am

Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses

    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm