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  • Use wrong pronoun for transgender senior? California may punish you

    The California state Senate is considering a bill that would punish health care workers up to a year in jail if they “willfully and repeatedly” decline to address a transgender resident with their “preferred name or pronouns.” The bill, SB 219, proposed by San Francisco’s Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT groups in health care sectors such as hospitals, retirement homes and housing institutions. It establishes a number of provisions that would force such care facilities to accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them pick gender-specific restrooms and ensuring care workers use their preferred gender pronouns. Related Image Expand / Collapse California state Sen. Scott Wiener, seen in 2014, has proposed a bill regarding use of pronouns for transgender seniors.  (Reuters) “It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual …

    August 19, 2017 5:42 am


  • Bannon departure tips trade scales in favor of White House ‘globalists’

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The departure on Friday of Steve Bannon, the White House’s top economic nationalist, will likely tip the trade policy scales in favor of the Trump administration’s “globalist” faction, which could soften the stance toward two of Trump’s favorite targets: China and the North American Free Trade Agreement. But after news that Trump had fired Bannon from his post as chief strategist, trade experts said it may take some time for National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to start winning more debates on trade policy. Bannon and White House Trade and Manufacturing Office director Peter Navarro were often allied in taking hardline anti-China stances over currency manipulation, steel tariffs and other trade issues, often opposed to Cohn, Mnuchin and Perdue, according to lobbyists who been involved in the debates. The Cohn-led group proved more influential in the administration’s decisions in April not to label …

    August 19, 2017 5:22 am


  • Taylor Morrison Home Breaks Below 200-Day Moving Average

    In trading on Friday, shares of Taylor Morrison Home Corp (Symbol: TMHC) crossed below their 200 day moving average of $21.43, changing hands as low as $21.30 per share. Taylor Morrison Home Corp shares are currently trading down about 1.4% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of TMHC shares, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, TMHC’s low point in its 52 week range is $15.82 per share, with $24.79 as the 52 week high point – that compares with a last trade of $21.34. According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, TMHC makes up 2.46% of the PowerShares Dynamic Building Construction Portfolio ETF (Symbol: PKB) which is trading lower by about 0.5% on the day Friday. Click here to find out which 9 other stocks recently crossed below their 200 day moving average »

    August 19, 2017 5:22 am


  • Seahawks’ Walsh: Ex-teammates taunted me

    4:03 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh said his gestures towards the Minnesota Vikings’ sideline Friday night were the result of his ex-teammates taunting him. Russell Wilson, Kasen Williams among Seahawks’ standouts vs. Vikings Russell Wilson was sharp in a 20-13 Seattle win Friday, and Kasen Williams caught one of the QB’s touchdown passes to continue a strong preseason. Bennett: Protest moment with Britt ‘special’ Justin Britt, who is white, put his arm on Michael Bennett’s shoulder as Bennett sat during the national anthem on Friday night. Bennett had called for a white player to join the protest that seeks to call attention to social injustice. Seahawks LT Fant injures ACL, will miss 2017 Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant will need surgery for an ACL injury and miss the 2017 season, team coach Pete Carroll said. “I felt like it was nothing that was …

    August 19, 2017 5:22 am

World News

  • Death roll rises to 14 in Spain terror attacks

    Aug. 18 (UPI) — The death toll from two terrorist attacks in Spain rose to 14 Friday, officials said — as investigators try and find the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd of people in one of Barcelona’s popular tourist districts. In the first attack, in Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas district, a white van hit a crowd of pedestrians in the Catalunya Square, which is a tourist draw. Witnesses said it jumped the curb and crashed into numerous people. Thirteen people died and the driver fled on foot, police said. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said two people have been arrested in connection with the attack, though neither is believed to have been the driver, who remains at large. Authorities have not released any information about the motive for the attack. A third individual was killed after a shootout at a police checkpoint outside Barcelona. It was unclear how the man killed was …

    August 18, 2017 6:32 pm


  • How the tech industry wrote women out of history

    Susie the computer: sophisticated but cheap. Susie and her computer friend Sadie appeared in 1960s adverts to promote a now defunct UK computer company, accompanied by a young, attractive, nameless woman. Feminised adverts like these were a common ploy in Britain at the time, when male managers, uninitiated in the complexities of this new technology, viewed the machines as intimidating and opaque. “Computers were expensive and using women to advertise them gave the appearance to managers that jobs involving computers are easy and can be done with a cheap labour force,” explains technology historian Marie Hicks. They might have been on a typist’s salary, but women like the one who appears alongside Susie and Sadie were not typists – they were skilled computer programmers, minus the prestige or pay the modern equivalent might command. As Hicks’ book Programmed Inequality illustrates, women were the largest trained technical workforce of the computing industry during the second world …

    August 19, 2017 5:23 am


  • Light is seen to scatter off light

    First sight?: CERN’s ATLAS collaboration claims to see light-by-light scattering for first time The idea that particles of light can interact with one another – known as light-by-light scattering – has finally been observed some 80 years after it was first predicated. That’s the claim of members of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN in Geneva, who have combed through data they took in 2015 when lead ions collided with each other in their detector. Some scientists, however, dispute the priority of the finding, arguing that light-by-light scattering was observed by an experiment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California 20 years ago. Classically, light cannot interact with light because photons – even though they mediate interactions between charged particles – do not themselves carry charge. However, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, a cornerstone of quantum mechanics, says that photons can briefly transform into “virtual” pairs of particles and antiparticles, such as electrons and positrons. There is …

    August 18, 2017 9:15 pm


  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist

    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm


  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months

    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Naked crane climber tumbles seven stories to his death

    LOS ANGELES — A suspected car thief  has died after leading police on a chase that ended with a standoff when the man climbed a crane at the Port of Los Angeles,  CBS Los Angeles reports. The man spent about three hours on the crane and eventually took off all his clothes, at around 8.p.m. During the standoff, the man was seen walking around, waving, twitching and even doing calisthenics on the narrow ledge of the crane. A SWAT team eventually approached the man and tried to coax him down to safety. At about 9:30 p.m., the man either fell or jumped to his death, landing on a ship, police said. The vehicle was stolen from a dealership in San Bernardino and the driver was was able to get onto the port property by blowing past a security checkpoint staffed by private security, police said. The man drove recklessly around the port before scaling the …

    August 17, 2017 4:30 am