Headline News

  • Manhunt underway for 2 suspects who allegedly shot at unmarked police cruiser

    A massive manhunt was underway in upstate New York on Monday after police said two males wearing dark clothing walked up to an unmarked police cruiser and opened fire injuring a sheriff’s detective. Onondaga County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Seeber said the undercover detective was sitting outside the Springfield Garden Apartments parking lot in DeWitt at around 6:30 p.m. when the “unknown male suspects” started to fire at the vehicle. Police said glass shattered as the bullets hit the police cruiser. “When you have two figures walking up to your car and it’s dark out, it’s hard to make out the suspects,” Seeber said. “The incident was very quick.” Seeber said the detective was alone in the vehicle at the time. According to Syracuse.com, a 911 dispatcher said the unidentified detective called for help and said he had been shot at about 10 times. The detective was transported to University Hospital in Syracuse with injuries from …

    January 24, 2017 4:47 am


  • Minnesota governor collapses while addressing legislators

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapsed on Monday while delivering his state-of-the-state address to legislators in St. Paul, but aides said afterward that Dayton quickly recovered from what they described as a fainting spell and returned home. A video clip from official statehouse footage posted on YouTube showed the 69-year-old, silver-haired governor pausing to take a sip of water, then slurring his words as he tried to resume his address before slumping at the lectern. He appeared to hit his forehead on the lectern as he lost his footing and aides rushed to grab him. Gasps rose from the assembly hall and someone was heard saying, “Get him to the ground, get him to the ground, please.” Lawmakers immediately adjourned the session while Dayton, a member of the Democratic-affiliated Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, was attended to. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said Dayton appeared to be seated upright and aware some moments afterward. The episode came about …

    January 24, 2017 1:25 am


  • Can Costco Be Threatened By Amazon’s New Prime Visa Card?

    Costco’s ( COST ) membership based warehouse model has been going strong despite e-commerce companies offering several conveniences for grocery shopping. Its loyal customers still prefer to visit its warehouse-like stores with their shopping lists and buy groceries and other home supplies in bulk. Costco has been slow in its e-commerce initiatives but the company does not seem to be overly concerned about this. Costco prefers its customers to visit its warehouses, since they are likely to spend more in a physical visit than online. However, Amazon now appears to be taking Costco head on by launching a new credit card which gives its Prime customers an additional 5% discount on all purchases on its platform. This is a Visa card that can be used by customers everywhere and earn discounts in both restaurants and gas stations as well. Amazon has more than 60 million Prime members and it is luring them through these discounts to shop more …

    January 23, 2017 11:28 am


  • Terrence Jones, Pelicans overcome pitiful loss by beating Cavaliers

    2:06 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NEW ORLEANS — Even as his numbers climbed past season highs and toward what he said was “probably” the best game of his NBA career, and even after setting the interwebs into a tizzy after stonewalling LeBron James on a crucial crunch-time possession, Terrence Jones couldn’t shake a sense of unease. “I just kept looking at the clock, hoping that we got the win,” Jones said. “I did not want to have 36 [points] and lose, man.” The New Orleans Pelicans put up a season-best 70 points in the first half on the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers without Anthony Davis, their All-Star wunderkind who leads the team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and so much more. Terrence Jones had three blocked shots on Monday night, including this swat of LeBron James’ layup attempt in the fourth quarter. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports But it’s …

    January 24, 2017 1:25 am

World News

  • Report: Two North Korea ICBMs placed in position

    North Korea placed two new intercontinental ballistic missiles into position in an area north of Pyongyang, a Japanese television network reported. NHK reported Sunday two ICBMs that may be equipped with newly developed engines might have been deployed ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump‘s inauguration Friday. A South Korean military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told NHK the two missiles can be “launched at any time.” Last week, Yonhap reported two new road-mobile ICBMs were recently captured by South Korea military intelligence. The new road-mobile ICBMs appear to be shorter than Pyongyang’s other versions, including the 19-20 meters in length KN-08 and the 17-18-meter-long KN-14, officials had told the South Korean news agency. According to NHK, the South Korean official said the “two-stage missile is similar to the medium-range ballistic missile Musudan. The first stage of the missile is different from the Musudan, and may be equipped with a newly developed engine.” …

    January 24, 2017 3:46 am


  • How to grow a huge tech firm

    Think about how you can “scale up” your company from the moment you set it up. That’s one piece of recurring advice we’ve been hearing on CEO Secrets, our series where we ask prominent bosses to share their business advice. But what’s it like to turn a very small company into a huge, multinational one? In the age of the internet and the app store, it’s more possible than ever to take a business idea from bedroom to global boardroom. So for this web documentary we asked four of our CEOs to tell us what the journey is actually like to go from a small company to a huge one. We spoke to Jessica Butcher, co-founder of Blippar, Michael Tamblyn, head of Kobo, Alex Depledge, co-founder of Hassle.com and Bill Veghte, a tech industry veteran who headed Survey Monkey from 2015 to 2016. Filmed, edited, written and produced by Dougal Shaw Shhh! Get all the …

    January 24, 2017 5:07 am


  • Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes

    Lining up: water molecules within a carbon nanotube The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to a new technique for studying confined water molecules – which is crucial to various branches of science, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. The study could lead to better ways of delivering drugs in the body and even boost our understanding of quantum mechanics. SWCNTs are hollow hair-like structures with walls that are one atom thick. Normally they are closed at both ends, but sometimes the ends can be open and Sofie Cambré of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and colleagues have previously shown that open SWCNTs rapidly fill with …

    January 24, 2017 12:45 am


  • China jails two over vaccine scandal

    BEIJING A court in China on Tuesday jailed two people for selling vaccines without a license, state media said, after a scandal last year that sparked public anger. The case, involving possibly as much as $90 million of illegal trades of vaccines through a black market drugs ring, underscored regulatory weaknesses in the world’s second largest pharmaceuticals market. The court in Jinan city sentenced Pang Hongwei to 15 years in prison for illegally purchasing vaccines, including rabies vaccines, which she stored in warehouses in Jinan and another city, before selling them around China, Xinhua news agency said. Pang improperly stored the vaccines she bought, and earned nearly 75 million yuan ($10.93 million) from selling them, Xinhua added. She was also given another six years for a previous accusation of illegally trading vaccines, and so will serve a total of 19 years, the news agency said. Pang’s daughter, Sun Qi, was sentenced to six years in …

    January 24, 2017 4:26 am


  • Nina Dobrev celebrates birthday at ‘La La Land’-themed party

    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Nina Dobrev celebrated her 28th birthday at a La La Land-themed party over the weekend. The Vampire Diaries alum rang in the occasion with professional dancers Derek and Julianne Hough, actors Aaron Paul and Glen Powell, and other friends at a bowling alley Saturday in Los Angeles. Dobrev and her guests wore classic, Old Hollywood-inspired outfits as a nod to La La Land. Derek and Julianne Hough went all out by dressing up as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone‘s characters from the movie. “La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent. @ninadobrev Birthday!!! #goldenage #family #talent,” Derek captioned a photo of himself and Julianne on Instagram. “City of stars #lalaland #ninasthemedbirthdayparty #brotherfromthesamemother #yellowlexi,” Julianne added on her own account. La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent . @ninadobrev Birthday !!! #goldenage #family #talent #ilikemyhat #move #beyond #weAreAboutToLightAmericaUp #motionEqualsEmotion #IWonAtBowling #iactuallylost #legends #ofLosingAtBowling …

    January 24, 2017 2:05 am


  • Michael Goodwin: Why Trump’s fierce determination to succeed could be YUUUGE for America

    Two images bookend the most remarkable political contest of modern times. In the first, Donald Trump rides an escalator down to the lobby of Trump Tower to announce his fanciful campaign for president. In the second, Election Night maps on television screens flash red as 30 states fall like dominoes into Trump’s column. Just 17 months elapsed between those unforgettable moments, yet that span stands as an epoch unto itself in the history of America. We were eyewitnesses to a revolution, a rising up of people who felt shunned, betrayed and left behind. They called themselves “deplorables and irredeemables,” turning Hillary Clinton’s slurs into a rallying cry as they threw off the yoke of the old political order and trusted the nation to a true outsider. Hallelujah for an American tonic and a necessary course correction. Donald John Trump is the most unlikely revolutionary ever to stalk western civilization. He built buildings and a personal fortune, then …

    January 24, 2017 5:07 am

Odd News

  • Message in a bottle returns to Florida man after 34 years

    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A Florida man who tossed a message in a bottle into the ocean while serving in the Navy said the finder contacted him 34 years later. Rob Herbst of Pensacola said he tossed two bottled messages overboard into the Atlantic Ocean when he was a 19-year-old petty officer in 1983. “I am sending this off of the USS Coral Sea CV-43 Catapult One! We are currently on a world cruise deployment,” he wrote on the enclosed notes. Herbst said he heard from the couple that found one of the bottles, but he eventually forgot about the second — until a recent Facebook message. “Were you by any chance on the USS Coral Sea in 1983,” Cindy Brevik wrote. “The reason I am asking is that we were in the Fl Keys in 1983 and found a message in a bottle that was dropped off the USS Coral Sea by Ronald Herbst.” …

    January 24, 2017 5:07 am