Headline News

  • Thousands evacuated as wildfires spread in California

    (CNN)Thousands of California acres are ablaze as firefighters battle at least 21 wildfires throughout the state, but while many of those fires are small or contained, the wind and heat that are spreading the Rocky Fire in Northern California — and the area’s steep terrain — are causing the most concern. However, the clouds Sunday carried silver linings: cooler temperatures and increased humidity. Even with high winds in the area, those conditions should reduce the blaze’s spread, though fire officials warned that the state’s drought has been so severe, firefighters might need more than cooler temperatures to douse the blaze. Since Saturday, the fire spread by almost 24,000 acres and has now consumed 46,000 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties, according to Daniel Berland, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. Fifty residences and outbuildings have been destroyed and authorities estimate more than 6,000 structures face a direct …

    August 2, 2015 11:06 am


  • Emails from Clinton private account were recently classified

    WASHINGTON Dozens of emails on the private email account that Hillary Clinton used when secretary of state were recently classified by the government, the State Department said on Friday, giving Republican critics more ammunition against the Democratic presidential hopeful. The emails, released by the State Department under a judge’s order, date from the early period of Clinton’s 2009-2013 tenure as America’s top diplomat. Many of them were heavily redacted and marked as “confidential” only this week before they were made public, meaning that Clinton was not aware when she sent or received them that their content might later be regarded as classified. The front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the November, 2016 election, Clinton is under scrutiny for using a private email account for her work as secretary of state. Opponents accuse her of playing loose with secret information and transparency laws, but Clinton says she broke no laws or rules by eschewing a standard …

    August 2, 2015 8:05 am


  • Republican candidates sound off on Fox debate: Prime time or warmup act?

    GOP candidate Ben Carson says the rules for Thursday night’s Fox debate “distort things.” He says if it were up to him, candidates would be randomly selected for debates held over two days. Many of the 17 Republican presidential candidates aren’t happy with the criteria for Thursday night’s debate on Fox News. They say it’s too restrictive. Or, as Ben Carson says, “it distorts things.” “If I were in charge, I would probably break it into two days, and put half the candidates in one day and half in the other day, and I would randomly select who was in each day,” Carson said in an interview airing Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” But Fox News is the one in charge. Only the 10 candidates who are faring best in the national polls will be invited to Fox’s prime time debate. There is a consolation prize for lower-ranking candidates: an invitation to a separate afternoon …

    August 2, 2015 10:25 am


  • Sights & Sounds: Getting ready to race at the ‘Tricky Triangle’ in Pocono

    Editor’s note: Scroll down for updates… It is finally race day at the ‘Tricky Triangle’ of Pocono Raceway! The garage is buzzing as teams are putting the final touches on their cars ahead of Sunday’s Windows 10 400. It is chamber of commerce weather in Pocono, with no threat of rain in the area. As is the case each weekend, teams are hard at work setting up the cars, pushing them through the NASCAR technical inspection process and setting up the pit boxes. The drivers have been busy spending time with fans, sponsor representatives and hospitality guests.

    August 2, 2015 11:06 am

World News

  • Dozens face ‘terror’ trial in UAE

    Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say 41 people will go on trial for trying to “seize power and establish a caliphate” in the Gulf nation. The state news agency said the group comprised foreigners and UAE nationals. Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish said the suspects planned to “carry out terrorist acts on UAE territories”. It is the latest in a series of trials against Islamists in the UAE. Rights groups have attacked the fairness of the hearings. The group had a “takfiri” ideology, Mr Kubaish said – referring to an extremist Sunni Muslim belief pursued by the so-called Islamic State. “Takfir” is the practice of one Muslim declaring another an apostate – and one which IS has used to carry out punishments. Islamists jailed Mr Kubaish said they also had guns and explosives and had been in touch with militant groups abroad. In July 2013, 68 Islamists were jailed without right of appeal after …

    August 2, 2015 11:07 am


  • Hitchhiking robot dead as cross-country trip cut short by vandals

    A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide has met its demise. The Canadian researchers who created Hitchbot as a social experiment said someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early on Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. “Sadly, sadly, it’s come to an end,” said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe. It is immobile on its own, relying on the kindness of strangers. Those who picked it up often passed it to other travelers or left it where others might notice it. It started in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on 17 July with its thumb raised skyward, a grin on its digital face and tape wrapped around its cylindrical head that read “San Francisco or bust”. The robot bounced around the Boston area and was briefly taken …

    August 2, 2015 8:25 am


  • Reservoir of ultracold atoms is filled continuously

    Copper top-up: the ultracold atom reservoir A reservoir of ultracold atoms that is topped-up continuously has been unveiled by physicists in Germany and Denmark. The system can store 38 million rubidium atoms at a temperature of 102 μK, and the team says that it could be adapted to work for a wide range of particles and trapping methods. Applications of the reservoir include using the cold atoms in metrology systems or to cool other gases or even tiny objects. Gases of ultracold atoms and molecules are used in a wide range of applications, including atomic clocks and simulating quantum effects in solid materials. While physicists have come a long way in developing and perfecting techniques for cooling gases to temperatures as low as 50 pK, these are “one-shot” systems in which the gas is cooled in isolation and then the atoms are put to use until their numbers are exhausted or the gas is destroyed by making a …

    August 2, 2015 7:25 am


  • Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

    (Reuters Health) – Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests. Researchers scoured more than 7 million tobacco industry documents to see how additives known as pyrazines were being used and found these ingredients were introduced after consumers in the 1960s rejected the first “low-tar” cigarettes as being flavorless. While nicotine, a stimulant in tobacco, has long been known to be addictive, the study offers fresh evidence that tobacco companies may have added pyrazines to cigarettes to support this addiction, said Dr. Maciej Goniewicz, a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. “They may facilitate delivery of nicotine to the brain, thus smokers may experience stronger effects of nicotine or these effects may happen faster,” Goniewicz, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. Pyrazines may also stimulate pleasant senses of smell, taste or vision, he added. “Smokers …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am


  • David Beckham Returns To LA Just As Wife Victoria Jets Out Of Town

    Posted on Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 8:45am PDT       By X17 Staff David and Victoria Beckham are quite the good looking couple! Funny thing is, these photos were snapped a few minutes apart, as Posh was departing from Los Angeles International Airport just as David was returning from a quickie trip to London. At least their four kids had parental coverage, but what a bummer that these two are spending more time apart! David was in London for pal Guy Ritchie’s wedding, and he was joined by none other than Brad Pitt. But where were the A-list hunks’ respective lady loves?! Victoria was staying behind in LA and Angelina has been on a four-day tour of Burma on behalf of the United Nations, so they were unable to attend the nuptials. Still, it looks like the boys had a blast:   SEE THE GALLERY David Beckham Just Misses Wife Victoria At LAX Stories from around the Web

    August 2, 2015 11:05 am


  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?

    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm

Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol

    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am