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  • Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

    CONCORD, N.H. A New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable aspects of the culture of St. Paul’s School, a nearly 160-year-old academy whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry. The alleged victim acknowledged agreeing to a “senior salute” in May 2014 – a long-standing tradition among students that involved seniors inviting underclassmen to get together before graduation, often for sexual purposes. Prosecutors argued that Labrie, 19, went much further than the girl wanted to go and ignored her signals to stop. Labrie testified that their encounter, in the machine room on the top floor of a school building, was entirely consensual, and …

    August 28, 2015 7:05 am


  • Best president ever! How Trump’s love of hyperbole could backfire

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Manhattan real estate lawyer John Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Mechanic was representing Gucci, and the luxury retailer was already sold on opening a flagship store in what was unquestionably a prime location. But the salesman in Trump still couldn’t resist pumping it up in his sales pitch. “He said it was the best retail space, in the best retail building, on the best corner, in the best city in the world,” Mechanic recalled. Mechanic still has a copy of Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” which the billionaire inscribed during the visit: “To the greatest real estate lawyer in the world, best wishes, Donald.” Anyone who has witnessed Trump’s meteoric surge to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field is familiar with …

    August 28, 2015 6:44 am


  • China’s shrinking copper appetite is killing US jobs

    China’s insatiable appetite for metals like copper is falling off a cliff. It’s destroying prices of raw materials. And killing U.S. jobs. Copper — a key indicator of global growth — has been hit especially hard by China’s slowdown. Prices have tumbled 40% since early 2013. There’s now an oversupply of copper in the world, because the frenzied demand from China has fizzled. Besides electronic products and cars, copper is widely used in wiring, plumbing and building construction — key components in China’s massive infrastructure development boom of the last decade. That building boom is now fading. Miners are scrambling to react to the new environment. Several are aggressively scaling back mining activities, forcing them to cut U.S. jobs as well. Related: Mining stocks are getting killed as copper, gold plunge Copper giant cuts 10% of U.S. jobs Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), the world’s largest publicly traded copper miner, is slashing its mining employees and contractors by …

    August 28, 2015 6:45 am


  • Broncos’ sidelined Sanders still trying to earn Manning’s trust

    Aug 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) leaves the field following a scrimmage at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chunk of training camp with a leg injury. Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for 1 1/2 weeks. This time, it’s a pulled right hamstring. Sanders got hurt Aug. 6, the same day fellow Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas participated in his first full practice after missing the offseason program before signing a big contract last month. Thomas also skipped Peyton Manning’s annual passing camp at Duke. So, Manning hasn’t had his pair of Pro Bowl receivers on the field together with him for any meaningful snaps since the playoffs. Sanders isn’t expected to play in either of Denver’s remaining exhibition games although coach Gary …

    August 28, 2015 7:05 am

World News

  • Guinea ‘blocking ex-leader’s return’

    Image caption Capt Moussa Dadis Camara is popular in the south-east of Guinea Guinea’s exiled former junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara has told the BBC that the Guinean authorities are blocking his return home. His attempt to return via Ivory Coast this week failed when his flight was refused permission to land in Abidjan. Capt Camara survived an assassination attempt in December 2009 and then went to live in Burkina Faso. He has said he wants to stand for president in October’s elections and the deadline to register is on Tuesday. BBC Africa Live: News updates “I think President Alpha Conde does not want me to come back home,” Capt Camara told BBC Afrique. “The instructions [for the plane not to land] came from Conakry not Ivory Coast.” Capt Camara, who seized power in 2008 when long-time leader Lansana Conte died, announced his attention in May to stand as the presidential candidate for his Patriotic …

    August 28, 2015 7:05 am


  • Apple Watch is king of smartwatch sales according to latest numbers

    Apple sold 3.6m Watches in the second quarter of this year, but compared to the 40m sales estimates, does that make the company’s first smartwatch a flop? The Apple Watch has both excited some and disappointed others. Before it was even launched, financial analysts predicted that Watches would sell in their droves, hitting 40m on customer wrists by the end of the first year. Those estimates, based on the performance of Apple’s iPhone and its 47.5m sales in a single quarter, were 80 times larger than any other smartwatch had sold in a year. Device analysts such as CCS Insight’s Ben Wood described the notion of Apple Watch being a flop as “absolute nonsense” and said it would easily be the “most successful smartwatch ever”. Early smartwatch pioneer Pebble, which recently launched its new Time and Time Steel, only sold 1m watches in three years, and Google’s Android Wear watches, which are produced by a …

    August 28, 2015 7:05 am


  • Study aims to reproduce 100 published journal papers

    Following one of the largest-scale scientific reproducibility investigations to date, a group of psychology researchers has reported results from an effort to replicate 100 recently published psychology studies; though they were able to successfully repeat the original experiments in most all cases, they were able to reproduce the original results in less than half, they report. The authors – part of the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, and led by Brian Nosek – emphasize that a failure to reproduce does not necessarily mean the original report was incorrect, but say that their results do provide evidence toward the challenges of reproducing research findings, including identifying predictors of reproducibility and practices to improve it. Nosek and colleagues were motivated to undertake this collaborative project given continued concerns regarding reproducibility across scientific disciplines. They designed an open study in which teams of psychologists selected studies for replication from the 2008 issues of three leading psychology journals, then conducted the …

    August 28, 2015 6:04 am


  • Cancer, transplant patients protest over Venezuela’s medicine shortages

    CARACAS Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country beset with shortages. Around 13,000 people with chronic issues are at risk of severe harm if they do not find chemotherapy or medicines, including those that prevent organ transplants being rejected, according to organizer CodeVida, a non-profit umbrella health group. A combination of currency controls, slumping domestic production and cross-border smuggling have caused acute shortages of medical supplies in socialist-led Venezuela. With an estimated seven in 10 drugs currently unavailable, rights groups are warning the situation is increasingly untenable. “The word ‘wait’ doesn’t exist for transplant patients. The medicines are daily. If we don’t have them, we collapse,” said Alfredo Quintero, 52, who has a transplanted kidney but has medicines to last only until Sept. 6. “What do they want us to be, a statistic?” he said …

    August 28, 2015 6:25 am


  • Justin Bieber Look-Alike Found Dead

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 9:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Tobias Strebel, a man who spent over $100K to look like Justin Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 in in the San Fernando Valley on Aug. 21. The cause of death is unclear but law enforcement says that drugs were found in the room. Th LAPD also said that the disappearance may have been triggered by a break up with his boyfriend. The 35-year-old, who went by the name Toby Sheldon, was featured on My Strange Addiction and Botched for this obsession with looking like the boyish popstar.   Stories from around the Web

    August 28, 2015 5:44 am


  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them? What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military …

    August 28, 2015 1:23 am

Odd News

  • Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

    TAIPEI Taiwan will roll out “angel” and “devil” metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project. Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano will appear on a limited-edition charity series of Taiwan EasyCards, which users swipe to enter metro stations and buy goods at convenience stores. “We will issue the ‘devil’ edition Yui Hatano cards beginning September 1 as originally planned,” EasyCard Corp said in a statement, referring to the sexier of the two cards. The softer “angel” cards will be released after a change in theme after hearing “input from various parties”, it said. “We expect to launch the ‘angel’ edition cards in mid-September, following a redesign.” EasyCard had previously announced it would halt the roll-out following an angry public reaction. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said in a statement he didn’t know what motivated recently appointed EasyCard chairman Tai Chi-chuan to “make …

    August 28, 2015 2:23 am