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  • University of Texas moves statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis

    The statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis was moved from its prominent place on the University of Texas campus in Austin on Sunday, according to footage published on social media and by local Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Crews could be seen in the images and videos wrapping the larger-than-life bronze figure and using a large forklift to remove it from its pedestal. The university said the figure would be refurbished and moved to an exhibit in the school’s Briscoe Center for American History within the next 18 months. The southern Confederacy seceded from the United States, in large part to defend the practice of slavery, prompting the bloody 1861-65 U.S. Civil War. A wave of opposition to the display of Confederate symbols in public places swept the United States after nine black people were murdered in a South Carolina church on June 17 by a white man who was pictured on social media with the Confederate …

    August 30, 2015 6:38 pm


  • Obama changing name of Alaska’s Mount McKinley to Denali

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The historic change, coming at the beginning of a three-day presidential trip to Alaska, is a sign of how hard the White House will push during Obama’s remaining 16 months as president to ensure his fight to address climate change is part of his legacy. Renaming the mountain, which has an elevation of more than 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), makes headlines for his climate quest while also creating goodwill in a state that has not been broadly supportive to the Democratic president. Obama is slated to tour a receding glacier and meet with people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build …

    August 30, 2015 6:58 pm


  • Verizon will let you keep your contract

    You can continue to keep your two-year contract on Verizon, but the no-contract plans will save you money. Verizon hasn’t quite killed off two-year contracts just yet. The nation’s largest wireless carrier stopped offering two-year contracts to new customers earlier this month. But Verizon clarified last week that if you are currently under contract, you can renew your two-year deal with Verizon when you upgrade your phone. You shouldn’t do that. Every single one of Verizon’s new contract-free plans will save you money over the course of two years, when compared to Verizon’s old two-year contract plans. At minimum, you’ll save $3 a month by going contract-free. You can save up to $40 each month, depending on how much data you use. Verizon’s (VZ, Tech30) new no-contract plans come in just four flavors: small (1 GB of data per month), medium (3 GB), large (6 GB) and extra-large (12 GB). The new plans have no …

    August 30, 2015 3:37 pm


  • Saladino lifts White Sox to 6-5 win over Mariners

    CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Tyler Saladino drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Sunday. Alexei Ramirez singled and Tyler Flower walked to start the rally before Ramirez advanced to third on Carlos Sanchez’s flyout and scored on Saladino’s hit off David Rollins (0-1). David Robertson (6-3) struck out three in two innings for the victory as the teams split the four-game series. The White Sox tied the game in the ninth on shortstop Brad Miller’s throwing error to first on pinch hitter Sanchez’s grounder. Trayce Thompson scored after he singled off Carson Smith and stole second. Kyle Seager homered for the third straight game and drove in the go-ahead run on a single in the eighth for the Mariners. Austin Jackson also had three hits, including a two-run home run and a triple. Jackson hit a two-out triple …

    August 30, 2015 6:38 pm

World News

  • Kabul families struggle to smile amid rising violence

    Image caption A fairground ride is a rare treat for Hosnia Abdullah and her children The entrance to the City Park fairground in the Afghan capital Kabul is jam-packed. People are moving impatiently through the spiralling queue to the ticket booth. Inside the fairground there is a candyfloss stand and a sandwich and French-fries kiosk where another long queue is forming. It is the weekend and families have come out in droves with their little ones. The park is buzzing with the music from the rides and the voices of excited children. Young boys and girls were rushing to get a place on the rides, their parents following them with tickets. Hosnia Abdullah, 27, got into the teacup ride with her two children. It has been months since she has taken them out to play. Image caption Hosnia Abdullah says she keeps her children at home for fear of bomb attacks This is a rare …

    August 30, 2015 6:38 pm


  • Are we addicted to technology?

    Image caption Sleep problems are often a symptom of excessive screen time, experts say Just five minutes after meeting sleep and energy expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan in her central London clinic, she delivers some bad news. “You’ve got the classic pattern of someone who’s in a fatigue cycle,” she says. “You’re running on survival energy. Your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive. I would guess you feel pretty shattered mid-afternoon which would mean you are running on adrenalin, noradrenalin, cortisol.” I’m turning into a dopamine junkie – the brain chemical associated with pleasure that is released when we are stimulated, whether that is by food, sex, excitement… or screen time. It sounds convincing. Or am I being blinded by pseudo-science? Dr Ramlakhan works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment team. Surely tiredness is a by-product of a busy modern life – children, work, hobbies etc – …

    August 30, 2015 7:18 pm


  • Research identifies a protein that helps determine the fate of RNA

    Related images(click to enlarge) After it is transcribed from DNA, RNA can go on to many fates. While the most familiar path may lead directly to the production of protein, RNA molecules themselves can also become capable of altering the expression of genes. New research helps explain how the destiny of an RNA sequence is achieved. In a study published August 27 in Cell, Rockefeller University scientists and a colleague at Columbia University have identified a protein that recognizes a chemical instruction tag affixed to an RNA sequence, an important step in the decision-making process. “This tag, known as m6A, was identified more than four decades ago on RNA sequences. Since then, this abundant label has been implicated in several important processes that influence the production of proteins, as well as so-called microRNAs,” says study author Sohail Tavazoie, Leon Hess Associate Professor, and head of the Elizabeth and Vincent Meyer Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology. …

    August 30, 2015 6:18 pm


  • Dead woman tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone

    FREETOWN The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said. The new death, if confirmed, would represent a setback for efforts to end an 18-month regional epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than a third of them. In the latest case, a 67-year-old woman from the Kambia District along Sierra Leone’s border with Guinea, died on Saturday. Sierra Leone’s chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told Reuters that two samples tested in Kambia had tested positive for Ebola. However, he said further tests were being carried out in Makeni, the main town in the Northern Province, and in the capital Freetown. “We are particularly concerned because Kambia has gone 50 days without a confirmed Ebola case, suggesting the possibility of an error,” …

    August 30, 2015 6:38 pm


  • Kourtney Kardashian Plays With Her Kids While Scott Disick Is MIA

    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 12:45pm PDT       By X17 Staff While Scott Disick was probably on someone’s couching nursing a hangover, Kourtney Kardashian took the couple’s two oldest children to a Malibu playground on Saturday. Kourt played on the swing set with daughter Penelope, and later in the day she took both P and Mason shopping in Calabasas. On Friday night Scott partied with Kylie Jenner and Tyga at 1OAK in Hollywood, and we’re curious to see what LD might have said to Kyles. Perhaps he’s trying to win back Kourt by appealing to her family members? It certainly seems that way, but a nightclub probably isn’t the best spot to try and do it! While Kourt and Scott’s breakup may not be final, it will be a big topic on Keeping Up With The Kardashians this coming season. “Kourtney isn’t upset that Scott was with Tyga and Kylie. She was aware they would be …

    August 30, 2015 5:57 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm