Headline News

  • Southwest flight makes emergency landing at LAX after wing flaps issue


    A Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento, California, had to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles after its wing flaps malfunctioned.  An airline spokesman says flight 1704 was safely diverted to Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday after “an indication of a performance issues” with its wing flaps as it approached Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Flaps are part of the flight control system and impacts plane lift and speed. The spokesman says the system has built-in redundancies for safe operation in such a situation.  The spokesman says the airline worked with 81 customers on the flight to get them onto other flights or ground transportation. He says the plane was out of service Saturday night, has been inspected and will be repaired before it’s put back in use.

    September 21, 2014 2:36 pm
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Politics

  • Mary Landrieu Assists Keg Stand


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 12:11 p.m. today 0 Tweet Landrieu assists on a keg stand at LSU on Saturday Sept. 20. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) BATON ROUGE, La. — There are some wild and crazy people in there. That’s what a campaign staffer warned Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu as she eyed an opening to the Parade Grounds in the center of Louisiana State University, where football fans began setting up intricate tailgate parties campus-wide 24 hours before the Saturday night game. Landrieu had already been working the campus with a fury for an hour, flanked by an army of volunteers in navy “I’m With Mary” t-shirts and handing out Landrieu for Senate stickers. “Let’s do it,” responded Landrieu, who is one of the cycle’s most vulnerable senators as she seeks a fourth term. After running into a family friend, Landrieu made her way across a portion of the expansive field to a tent of welcoming …

    September 21, 2014 1:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Ravens spend ‘six figures’ on Ray Rice jersey swap


    A one-time Ray Rice fan waits in line to exchange jerseys. The Baltimore Ravens were overwhelmed this weekend by fans looking to exchange Ray Rice jerseys. The Ravens said earlier this month that fans could trade in official jerseys with Rice’s name and number after the running back was cut from the team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL for spousal abuse. More than 7,000 people went to Baltimore’s MT Bank Stadium on Friday and Saturday to take part in the exchange, according to Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne. The team gave away 5,595 jerseys before running out of inventory. After that, the Ravens offered fans 2,400 vouchers for jerseys that can be picked up once the team gets more. Byrne confirmed the team’ costs for the exchange ran into “six figures,” but he declined to be more precise. Related: NFL’s biggest sponsor backs Roger Goodell The jerseys will be donated to a company that deals …

    September 21, 2014 12:13 pm
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Sports

  • 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, his backup McDonald inactive for Cardinals


    GLENDALE, Ariz. –  San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis and his top backup Vance McDonald were inactive for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Davis missed practice all of last week with an ankle injury. McDonald has a knee injury. Both had been listed as questionable. Third-stringer Derek Carrier moved into San Francisco’s starting tight end spot. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Two other San Francisco starters were inactive — right tackle Anthony Davis (hamstring) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe). Jonathan Martin replaced Davis, Perrish Cox Brock. As expected, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer was inactive with a nerve problem in his throwing shoulder. Punter Dave Zastudil missed his second straight game with a sore groin. Drew Stanton started for Palmer for the second week in a row. Recently re-signed Drew Butler was the Cardinals’ punter. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    September 21, 2014 2:36 pm
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World News

  • Pope decries ‘perverted’ extremists


    21 September 2014 Last updated at 18:02 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pope Francis was met by big crowds in the capital, Tirana Pope Francis has denounced extremists around the world for “perverting” religion to justify violence during a visit to Albania. Tens of thousands of Albanians attended an open air Mass celebrated by the pontiff in the capital, Tirana. He praised the “peaceful coexistence” of religions in the country, where a Muslim majority lives alongside Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Security is tight for the visit amid rumours of a jihadist plot against him. During a meeting with top Albanian government officials, Pope Francis hailed as a “precious gift” the mutual respect between Muslims and Christians in the country. Pope Francis said he had wanted to visit the Balkan nation because it had “suffered very, very much” Tens of thousands of Albanians of all faiths descended on the capital for the …

    September 21, 2014 2:36 pm
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Technology

  • Rating the road to the wire-free PC


    Microsoft’s HD-10 is a Miracast adapter for TVs. Miracast is a projection technology that works with Wi-Fi networks. Microsoft “We didn’t invent wireless. We just made it ubiquitous.” That’s how Intel executive Kirk Skaugen described the company’s rollout years ago of Centrino, the integrated Wi-Fi capability we all take for granted today. (Apple, though, was the first major PC company to embrace Wi-Fi, back when Intel was backing a forgotten competitive standard called HomeRF.) At the Intel Developer Forum earlier in September, though, the chip giant laid out its plans for a completely wire-free PC, an objective that even most cell phones — with their charging cables — haven’t yet achieved. Intel is hoping to make USB cables, HDMI cables and power cables go the way of the Ethernet cable in an attempt to clean up the ball of black spaghetti with which many of us are forced to travel. The company admits that the …

    September 21, 2014 1:14 pm
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Science

  • Soft robotics ‘toolkit’ features everything a robot-maker needs


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials. With the advent of low-cost 3D printing, laser cutters, and other advances in manufacturing technology, soft robotics is emerging as an increasingly important field. Using principles drawn from conventional rigid robot design, but working with pliable materials, engineers are pioneering the use of soft robotics for assisting in a wide variety of tasks such as physical therapy, minimally invasive surgery, and search-and-rescue operations in dangerous environments. The Soft Robotics Toolkit is an online treasure trove of downloadable, open-source plans, how-to videos, and case studies to assist users in the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. It will provide researchers with a level of detail not typically …

    September 21, 2014 1:34 pm
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Health

  • Rooms with water damage may be linked to skin problem in children


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Water damage in living rooms or children’s bedrooms, as confirmed by infrared cameras, could be associated with worse eczema in children, says a new study. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, results in itchy scaly skin. It often affects children, especially during the first year of life. Moisture problems in the home can come from poor ventilation, high humidity or from wet weather and floods. Water damage has long been associated with respiratory problems and asthma, but previous studies on water damage or mold growth on “atopic dermatitis” have shown mixed results. Most of those previous studies have used questionnaires, interviews or visual inspection on-site to determine the presence of moisture problems at home, and those may not have been accurate, say the authors. “In this study, we wanted to examine the association between AD severity and water damage by using a reliable method,” Dr. Kagmo Ahn told Reuters Health in an …

    September 21, 2014 1:14 pm
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Entertainment

  • - Suge Knight Resurfaces After Assassination Attempt


    Posted on Sun Sep 21st, 2014 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Suge Knight appeared to have recovered well from last month’s shooting as he was spotted at Cafe Roma in Beverly Hills on Saturday. The former Death Row Records CEO still sported remnants of the horrific night, wearing a bandage on his left arm. Even his Rolls Royce Phantom windshield still has a crack from the attack. As it was reported previously, the 49-year-old was shot multiple times at a pre-MTV VMA party hosted by Chris Brown at Hollywood hot spot 1Oak back on August 24. He underwent surgery shortly after. Since the shooting, Knight has publicly stated that he doesn’t care who shot him and that he’s focusing on other things besides revenge.   SEE THE GALLERY Suge Knight Swings By Beverly Hills For Lunch Stories from around the Web

    September 21, 2014 2:57 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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