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  • Bomb suspect’s lawyers: Feds drumming up terror theory

    NEW YORK –  Lawyers for a man accused of plotting bomb attacks in New Jersey and New York say the government is doing everything it can to wrongfully portray their client as a terrorist. The lawyers said in papers filed in Manhattan federal court Thursday that prosecutors plan to show jurors inflammatory evidence against Ahmad Khan Rahimi at his October trial, including letting them hear that he owned a gun, shot at police and has been charged in New Jersey with attempted murder. Prosecutors responded in court papers, saying “the defendant’s murderous efforts to flee, less than 48 hours after the bombings in Manhattan, are probative of his consciousness of guilt.” Defense lawyers noted Rahimi has not been charged with a federal crime of terrorism. Rahimi, an Afghanistan-born U.S. citizen, has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he detonated a pipe bomb near a Seaside Park, New Jersey, charity run and planted two pressure cooker …

    July 22, 2017 4:47 am


  • Scaramucci awaits U.S. approval for China deal

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump administration’s new communications director, has yet to get approval from U.S. regulators to sell his hedge fund firm to a group led by Chinese conglomerate HNA, according to a person familiar with the matter. Scaramucci agreed in January to sell SkyBridge Capital LLC to clear the way for a job working with U.S. President Donald Trump. That role finally materialized on Friday when Trump shook up his administration, prompting the resignation of White House spokesman Sean Spicer. But the sale of SkyBridge has yet to get the green light from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews acquisitions by foreign entities for potential national security risks. Many of the heads of the government departments and agencies comprising CFIUS are political appointees, and it is chaired by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Scaramucci told Reuters in May that he expected the sale of SkyBridge …

    July 22, 2017 3:05 am


  • Earnings Reaction History: Microsoft Corp., 75.0% Follow-Through Indicator, 5.2% Sensitive

    Expected Earnings Release: 07/20/2017, After-hours Avg. Extended-Hours Dollar Volume: $354,648,901 Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect very active trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement. Historical earnings event related premarket and after-hours trading activity in MSFT indicates that the price change in the extended hours is likely to be of significant value in forecasting additional price movement by the following regular session close. Last 12 Qtrs Positive Only Price Reactions Percent of time added to extended-hours gains: 75% Average next regular session additional gain: 3.6% Over the prior three fiscal years (12 quarters), when shares of MSFT rose in the extended-hours session in reaction to its earnings announcement, history shows that 75.0% of the time (6 events) the stock posted additional gains in the following regular session by an average of 3.6%. Last 12 …

    July 22, 2017 3:06 am


  • Sale fastest in AL history to 200 K’s in season

    3:24 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment ANAHEIM, Calif. — It was a fastball, 96 mph on the outer half of the plate, and Kole Calhoun didn’t swing at it as much as he reached and flailed. Once again, Chris Sale‘s last pitch of a game was as nasty as his first. Sale struck out Calhoun to complete a sixth scoreless inning Friday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. It marked Sale’s 200th strikeout of the season in his 20th start, putting the ace lefty in a class with Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez — Hall of Famers all — as the only pitchers to fan that many hitters in 20 or fewer starts. But Sale’s dominance is even more historic. He has reached 200 strikeouts in only 141⅓ innings, fewer than any American League pitcher in a season, according to the …

    July 22, 2017 3:05 am

World News

  • CIA director: Kim Jong Un is problem, not solution

    July 21 (UPI) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo made his strongest statement yet regarding regime change in North Korea and the country’s ruler Kim Jong Un during a forum in Aspen on Thursday. Pompeo, who has previously said President Donald Trump asks him about North Korea “every day,” said Kim is the driving force behind the nuclear threat, CNN reported. “It would be a great thing to denuclearize the peninsula, to get those weapons off of that, but the thing that is most dangerous about it is the character who holds the control over them today,” Pompeo said, referring to the third ruler of the North Korean regime. “So from the administration’s perspective, the most important thing we can do is separate those two. Right? Separate capacity and someone who might well have intent and break those two apart.” The CIA director was quick to point out, however, that he was not calling for overthrowing …

    July 21, 2017 10:18 pm


  • Drones will have to be registered in UK safety clampdown

    Drones will have to be registered and users forced to take a safety awareness test under new regulations announced by the UK government. Dozens of near-misses with aircraft around airports have stoked fears over the safety of drone use. Under the rules, owners of drones weighing more than 250g – heavier than many available on the high street – will have to register their details and demonstrate that they understand safety and privacy laws that affect their use. The move follows research that showed strikes by drones of more than 400g could critically damage helicopter windscreens, while a bigger drone of about 2kg could critically harm airliner windscreens at higher speeds. Pilots have been calling for a clampdown after a series of near-collisions between drones and passenger jets, particularly on approach or take-off from major airports, including Heathrow. Twenty-two incidents involving commercial airliners and possible drones were investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airprox Board …

    July 22, 2017 3:06 am


  • Attosecond physicist honoured by Royal Society

    Attosecond science: Paul Corkum receives prestigious medal Canadian physicist Paul Corkum is among 17 scientists honoured by the Royal Society‘s annual awards. The prizes recognize researchers who have made outstanding contributions to science. Corkum has been awarded a £10,000 Royal Medal for his contributions to laser physics and the relatively new field of attosecond (10–18 s) science. Currently working at the University of Ottawa, Corkum has pioneered concepts in this branch of physics. He has demonstrated how attosecond optical and electron pulses can be created by controlling the interaction between laser light and matter. Using such short electron pulses, he has made the fastest “real-time” measurements ever recorded and combined them with sub-0.1 angstrom spatial resolution. “Truly wonderful surprise” “When I received the notification informing me that I’d won the Royal Medal I thought that it was a scam – like when you get an e-mail saying you may have won $1,000,000,” says Corkum. “This was a …

    July 21, 2017 10:59 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

  • Ex-Miss Kentucky USA accused smuggling drugs into jail

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former beauty pageant winner from Kentucky has been accused of smuggling marijuana into an Ohio prison for an inmate. Media outlets report a grand jury in Allen County, Ohio, indicted 28-year-old Kia Hampton of Louisville earlier this month.  Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said recorded phone calls gave them enough evidence to get a warrant for a cavity search, the Courier-Journal reported, citing an affidavit. Hampton reached into her pants as officers were interrogating her, pushing a white balloon down to the floor, the affidavit said. Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Kenneth Sturgill said Hampton was carrying nearly 3 grams of marijuana into the jail, according to the Courier-Journal. The third-degree felony charge of bringing drugs onto government facility grounds carries a maximum three-year prison sentence upon conviction. Hampton was served a search warrant upon arriving at the Allen Correctional Institution on May 26 for an inmate visit. Hampton was …

    July 21, 2017 3:01 am