Headline News

  • Shooting reported at mall in San Antonio, Texas


    San Antonio police were responding on Sunday to a shooting incident at a mall in the city, with one person in custody and authorities searching for a second suspect, local media reported. There was no immediate word on casualties, but Mayor Ivy Taylor tweeted that police were searching for a second suspect in a “deadly shooting” at the mall. (Reporting by Peter Cooney in Washington; Editing by Paul Simao)

    January 22, 2017 6:03 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senators McCain, Graham to support Tillerson nomination


    WASHINGTON Two senior Republican lawmakers said on Sunday they would vote to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, despite their concerns over the former ExxonMobil chief’s relationship with Russia’s president. “After careful consideration, and much discussion with Mr. Tillerson, we have decided to support his nomination to be secretary of state,” Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a statement. “Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and (Russian) President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests,” said the two senators, veteran foreign policy experts. The Republican-controlled Senate has so far confirmed two of Trump’s nominees for cabinet posts but Tillerson, former chief executive officer at Exxon Mobil Corp, has faced criticism from several prominent Republicans because of his close relationships with Russian officials, including Putin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

    January 22, 2017 5:02 pm
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Stocks

  • Falling Earnings Estimates Signal Weakness Ahead for MiMedx Group (MDXG)


    Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio. One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is MiMedx Group, Inc. MDXG , which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year. A Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) further confirms weakness in MDXG. A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen one estimate moving down in the past 60 days, compared with no upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from 15 cents a share a …

    January 22, 2017 3:22 pm
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Sports

  • Full-strength Arizona has arrived


    9:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment For 11 weeks and 19 games you didn’t hear much talk about Arizona. Allonzo Trier was absent without a reason being stated and, while the remaining Wildcats were pretty good — even excellent, at times — they dropped neutral-site games to Butler and Gonzaga. As a result, there were always three or four other elite teams, ones with even fewer losses, to focus on before the conversation got around to Sean Miller’s group. Then came the 20th game. Trier is back, and he and his teammates went into Pauley Pavilion on Saturday and beat No. 3-ranked UCLA 96-85. It’s time to talk about Arizona. The Wildcats were already really, really good without Trier Now the truth can be told. The whole air of uncertainty surrounding Trier’s absence obscured the fact that Arizona had opened Pac-12 play by putting up numbers that wouldn’t be at …

    January 22, 2017 9:01 am
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World News

  • Britain’s May refuses to talk about reported test missile failure


    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Prime Minister Theresa May refused Sunday to offered details on the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. But several members of parliament called for a full investigation of the reported failure and possible coverup weeks before a House of Commons vote on the future of the nuclear missiles. During an interview with the BBC, May wouldn’t say if she knew about the failure, let alone the test ahead of time. She was asked four times by Andrew Marr whether she knew about the failure before the Commons voted 472-117 in July to spend $53 billion renewing Trident. At the time, she said it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” for the Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons. On Sunday, she said “I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.” “There are tests that take place all the time, …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition


    Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth-quarter results over the next fortnight, with Alphabet going first on Thursday and Amazon the following week. But analysts are already looking beyond the simple question of how many cardboard boxes Amazon filled and how many searches Google answered. They’re wondering which company will win the battle to control your home. That battle is being fought by two carafe-sized cylinders from the respective companies. One is Amazon’s Echo, with its voice-operated “personal assistant”, Alexa; the other is Google Home, which responds to the phrase “OK Google”. Both are internet-connected, home-based devices which can be command to do things: give the weather forecast; play music; read out news headlines; update shopping lists; and control “smart” devices in the …

    January 22, 2017 8:41 am
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Science

  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term


    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am
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Health

  • Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate: aide


    WASHINGTON The Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said on Sunday Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” program, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said President Donald Trump “may stop enforcing the individual mandate.” Separately, on CBS’ “Face the Nation” show, she reiterated Republican promises that no one would lose their health insurance under Obamacare while a replacement is being developed. “For the 20 million who rely upon the Affordable Care Act in some form, they will not be without coverage during this transition time,” she said. On Friday Trump signed an executive order concerning the 2010 healthcare law, urging U.S. agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals. Healthcare experts had speculated that Trump could expand exemptions from …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm
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Entertainment

  • David Ayer reflects on ‘controversial’ blockbuster ‘Suicide Squad’


    David Ayer took to Twitter to reflect on his critically panned, super-villain blockbuster Suicide Squad. The filmmaker’s comments were in response to a supportive fan who hailed the 2016 movie, which starred Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, as a “masterpiece.” “Thank you so much. I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own. I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much,” Ayer wrote in a statement he linked to on Twitter. He also acknowledged that while the movie was “wildly successful commercially,” it does have flaws. He admitted as well that he was hurt by the scathing reviews it received from critics. “Wish I had a time machine. I’d make the Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to …

    January 22, 2017 3:23 pm
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Editorial

  • Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans


    “There was one moment in Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, “that revealed why so many are so terrified of him.”  Lithwick deemed this moment so inflammatory that she called it “reprehensible” and “gobsmacking.”  Somewhat more restrained, Politico’s Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein said it was “head-scratching.” What was this extraordinary occurrence?  Had Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general of the United States embraced the notion of a terrorist state like, say, Iran having nukes? Was he in favor of packing the electorate with illegal immigrants and thus changing the electoral landscape forever? Had he admitted to using a private server for thousands of classified documents? Perhaps he voiced his support for abortion-on-demand, thereby adding to the more than 50 million children that have been terminated since Roe v. Wade? Of course, not. Senate Democrats and their media allies see none of these things as “reprehensible” (as they certainly are).  No, the …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm
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Odd News

  • Drone pilot shocked by sharks swimming around Florida surfers


    A drone operator in Florida said he was trying to capture video of boats when he stumbled on a more shocking sight — sharks swimming around oblivious surfers. Jason Griffeth said he took his new camera drone from his Vero Beach home to the Fort Pierce Inlet to capture footage of boats Friday morning when he decided to get some shots of surfers and paddle boarders he sighted nearby. “As I got about 300 feet in the air, I noticed there was some big fish swimming out near the surfers,” Griffeth told WPBF-TV. “I was like, ‘Those kind of look like sharks.’” The video, posted to YouTube, shows the sharks — and some large fish that appear to be tarpon — swimming all around the surfers and paddle boarders, who appeared not to notice their sub-aquatic company. “And I was kind of freaking out because I had no way to notify the surfers because I …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm
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