Headline News

  • Suspect in Portland stabbings was in 2 separate incidents before attack, police say

    A man suspected of stabbing two people to death and injuring another at an Oregon train station Friday was involved in two separate train-station incidents a day before his alleged attack, police said. A Portland police spokesman told KGW-TV on Sunday Jeremy Joseph Christian hurled a Gatorade bottle at a black woman Thursday night in the Interstate Rose Quarter Station. The woman then sprayed mace at Christian. Another woman told KOIN 6 she recorded Christian ranting about Muslims and Christians on a train at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The woman, who asked to be identified as KK, said he was visibly upset. “He was pretty upset, squinting his eyes, venting to his friend on the phone about some girl that just pepper-sprayed him,” the woman said. “He was complaining about the city, complaining about Muslims, Christians, and it just got very violent very quick.” The woman added that the passengers were scared and Christian was talking …

    May 29, 2017 2:38 am


  • Senate intelligence panel requests Trump campaign documents: Washington Post

    WASHINGTON The Senate Intelligence Committee, investigating Russian meddling in U.S. 2016 election, has asked President Donald Trump’s political organization to hand over all documents going back the campaign’s launch in June 2015, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people briefed on the request. The letter from the Senate panel seeking all documents, emails and telephone records arrived at Trump’s campaign committee last week and was addressed to its treasurer, the Post said. This marked the first time the Trump campaign organization has been drawn into the bipartisan committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, it said. Dozens of former campaign staffers are expected to be contacted soon to ensure they are aware of the request, the Post said, citing the two people. The letter was signed by Republican Senator Richard Burr, the committee’s chairman, and Senator Mark Warner, its top Democrat, according to the Post, which said representatives for Burr and …

    May 28, 2017 9:15 pm


  • Ex-Div Reminder for Regions Financial Corp's 6.375% Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B

    On 5/30/17, Regions Financial Corp’s 6.375% Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B (Symbol: RF.PRB) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.3984, payable on 6/15/17. As a percentage of RF.PRB’s recent share price of $29.08, this dividend works out to approximately 1.37%, so look for shares of RF.PRB to trade 1.37% lower – all else being equal – when RF.PRB shares open for trading on 5/30/17. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 5.49%, which compares to an average yield of 5.64% in the “Financial” preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel . The chart below shows the one year performance of RF.PRB shares, versus RF: Below is a dividend history chart for RF.PRB, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.3984 on Regions Financial Corp’s 6.375% Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B : According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, Regions Financial Corp (Symbol: …

    May 29, 2017 2:37 am


  • Deric makes 4 saves, Dynamo and FC Dallas tie 0-0

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tyler Deric made four saves for his first shutout of the season to help the Houston Dynamo tie FC Dallas 0-0 on Sunday night. Seeing his first action since a 2-0 loss to New England on April 8, Deric made a diving stop on Kellyn Acosta’s shot to the top corner. FC Dallas (5-2-5) outshot the Dynamo (6-5-2) 16-5 and seemingly controlled the match, but extended its winless streak to four games, despite the return of Mauro Diaz. The 26-year-old designated player was third in MLS last season with 13 assists before tearing an Achilles tendon on Oct. 16. Houston has just two wins in its last 30 MLS road games (2-20-9), but snapped a five-game road losing streak during which it had been outscored 14-3.

    May 29, 2017 1:37 am

World News

  • U.S., South Korea confirm North Korean launch of short-range ballistic missile

    May 28 (UPI) — North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile early Monday, United States and South Korea military officials said, the communist nation’s ninth missile test this year and second in the past week. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said what appeared to be a new Scud missile flew 280 miles. It was tracked for six minutes, U.S. Pacific Command said, until it landed in the Sea of Japan. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the sea. President Donald Trump was briefied on North Korea’s latest missile launch, a National Security Council official said, according to White House pool reports. Trump has said he would consider military action against North Korea. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic … probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes.” …

    May 29, 2017 12:17 am


  • BA flight disruption at Heathrow set for third day

    Image copyright Getty Images British Airways passengers are facing a third day of disruption at Heathrow as the airline deals with the impact of a worldwide computer system crash. BA says it aims to operate a full long-haul schedule and a “high proportion” of short-haul services after the outage caused by a power failure. It says passengers should check the status of flights before travelling. Cancellations and delays affected thousands of passengers at both Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday. All flights operated from Gatwick on Sunday but more than a third of services from Heathrow – mostly to short-haul destinations – were cancelled. In a statement, BA said its IT systems were moving “closer to full operational capacity”. Five key questions for BA Wedding on hold amid BA travel woes BA passengers ‘trying not to cry’ “We continue to make good progress in rebuilding our operation, following Saturday’s major IT systems failure which severely affected …

    May 28, 2017 11:56 pm


  • Who Will Build the World’s First Commercial Space Station?

    Michael Suffredini has big business plans for low Earth orbit. After a decade as NASA’s program manager for the International Space Station (ISS) he retired from the agency in September 2015 to pursue opportunities in the private sector, convinced that a golden age of commercial spaceflight was dawning. Partnering with Kam Ghaffarian, CEO of SGT, the company that operates the ISS for NASA and also trains America’s astronauts, Suffredini co-founded Axiom Space in early 2016. As Axiom’s president, Suffredini’s goal is simple: to build and fly the world’s first private space station, using the ISS as a springboard. The company is in talks with NASA to install a new commercial module on the ISS’s sole available unused docking port as early as 2020 or 2021, and is presently planning the module’s construction and flight with aerospace manufacturers and launch providers. Axiom’s module would be the foundation for a full-blown private space station that would debut …

    May 26, 2017 10:59 am


  • Drug approvals bounce back as R&D labs churn out new winners

    LONDON The number of new drugs approved for sale in United States and Europe has bounced back this year, suggesting a marked slowdown in 2016 was an aberration rather than a sign of flagging research and development productivity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already cleared 21 new prescription medicines for sale against 22 in the whole of 2016, and just nine at this stage last year. The European Medicines Agency has recommended 42 compared with a 2016 total of 81, and 31 in the first five months of last year. Unlike the FDA, the EMA includes generic or non-patented drugs in its list. John LaMattina, a former research head for Pfizer and a board member at PureTech Health, is unsurprised by the rebound and believes concerns raised at the end of 2016 about deteriorating drug pipelines were “far too dire”. Significantly, drugmakers are getting smarter about the way they develop medicines by shifting …

    May 27, 2017 10:48 pm


  • Lionsgate to release Tom Hiddleston-Maisie Williams movie ‘Early Man’ in the U.S.

    May 26 (UPI) — Britain’s Aardman Animations says Lionsgate is to release its movie Early Man in the United States on Feb. 16. “We’re delighted to be reunited with @Lionsgate to bring @earlymanmovie to US theatres on Feb 16th 2018! #EarlyMan,” Aardman tweeted Friday.  Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams lead the voice cast of director Nick Park’s film, which is due in British theaters on Jan. 26. They play prehistoric characters Dug, Lord Nooth and Goona. Park and Aardman are the creators of the cartoon icons Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. We’re delighted to be reunited with @Lionsgate to bring @earlymanmovie to US theatres on Feb 16th 2018! #EarlyMan https://t.co/kctIAj0ALf pic.twitter.com/PQadGAz0Tn — Aardman Animations (@aardman) May 26, 2017

    May 29, 2017 1:57 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

  • Trump, Macron handshake turns into showdown

    BRUSSELS — U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron. At their first meeting, ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white. Trump finally seemed ready to pull away — but Macron evidently wasn’t. The French leader held the shake for a few seconds more. Both men’s jaws seemed to clench. U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron before a working lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. Trump has described himself as “a germ freak” and called handshakes “barbaric.” In his 1997 book “The Art of the Comeback,” Trump wrote he’d “often thought of taking out a series of newspaper ads encouraging the abolishment of the handshake.” Trump’s aversion to hand-shaking seemed to lessen over the course of the U.S. …

    May 25, 2017 7:52 pm