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  • Memphis police officer shot, killed during traffic stop in Tennessee; suspect still on the run

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. –  Tennessee police officials say an officer has been fatally shot during a traffic stop in Memphis. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says police received a call at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday about an officer being shot. Armstrong says the officer was conducting a traffic stop when he was shot multiple times. The officer died at a hospital. Armstrong did not identify the officer, pending notification of next of kin. Armstrong says police have not made an arrest and the suspect is on the run. He said police are using all available resources to find the shooter. It is the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot since July 2011. Armstrong said officers are grieving, adding that “this is just a reminder of how dangerous” the job is.

    August 2, 2015 4:44 am


  • Obama to unveil more ambitious climate change plan

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants as he aims to cement his legacy on climate change, a senior administration official said. The revised Clean Power Plan will seek to slash carbon emissions from the power sector 32 percent from 2005 levels in 2030, a 9 percent increase over a previous proposal. The regulation will usher in a sweeping transformation of the U.S. electricity sector, encouraging an aggressive shift toward more renewable energy away from coal-fired electricity. Industry groups and some lawmakers from states that have relied on coal-based energy have said they will challenge it in the courts and through Congressional maneuvers, accusing the administration of a regulatory assault that will drive up energy prices. The White House was defiant, and said the release of the plan was “the starting gun for an all-out climate push” by the president …

    August 2, 2015 4:04 am


  • Get ready: Puerto Rico is likely to default August 1

    Puerto Rico will almost certainly be in default for the first time ever by Monday. The commonwealth needs to make a $58 million debt payment by August 1, but top Puerto Rican government officials say that they don’t have the money to pay. “We believe the probability of a default is approaching 100%,” says Ted Hampton, a senior analyst at Moody’s who covers Puerto Rican bonds. The August 1 payment is a very small part of the commonwealth’s $70 billion in outstanding debt. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the debt. Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla claims the commonwealth can’t pay all of its debts. He says the island’s economy is in a “death spiral.” Related: Who owns Puerto Rican debt? But will it be deja vu? Puerto Rico has been in this scenario before. There was a lot of speculation that the island would default on its July 1 debt payments, …

    August 2, 2015 2:24 am


  • UFC interested in Aldo vs. McGregor, Rousey vs. Tate 3 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas

    Conor McGregor arrives backstage during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Ronda Rousey arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere ‘Entourage’ at Regency Village Theatre on June 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) The last four opponents who have stepped in the Octagon with Ronda Rousey have lasted a combined 130 seconds. For all her trash talk and promise of taking the UFC title home to Brazil, Bethe Correia only made it 34 seconds with the most dominant athlete on the planet as Rousey landed a first round knockout for the third time in her career. Considering the way Rousey has been thrashing her opposition lately, it’s no surprise that the subject of former Strikeforce champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino always seems to come up after another dominant win from the UFC women’s bantamweight …

    August 2, 2015 4:44 am

World News

  • ‘Second plane part’ found on Reunion

    Volunteers have been searching for more plane debris on the beach in Reunion A second piece of suspected plane debris has washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, after a wing part suspected to come from the missing flight MH370 was found on Wednesday. The object, believed to be the door of an aircraft, was discovered just south of the city of St Denis. It is said to have writing on it and possibly some illustration. The Malaysia Airlines plane from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared last March with 239 people on board. The first piece of wreckage has gone to France, where investigators in the city of Toulouse will seek to establish if it came from MH370. It is believed to be a wing flap from a Boeing 777 – the same type of aircraft as the one that vanished. Fragments of a suitcase found on the same beach in St Andre …

    August 2, 2015 4:45 am


  • How does it feel to be a ‘grey entrepreneur’?

    Pulling into Old Street underground station in London I can with great accuracy predict who will head for the doors of the train. Not that clean-shaven man in the three-piece business suit; nor that Armani-ed woman who’s probably heading for a City skyscraper. No, Old Street (ironically, given the name) is a magnet for tech-oriented twentysomethings. So how does it feel to be a “grey entrepreneur” blinking in the light of Silicon Roundabout? I’m a former magazine editor (Psychologies, Good Housekeeping, In Style) in my late 50s. When, a few years ago, I wanted to find a therapist to deal with some of life’s harsher blows, I realised that most directories couldn’t give me what I needed. Picking out a face from the hundreds listed was a stab in the dark. Couldn’t you take the sort of algorithm that worked for dating sites, and find the right therapist much more accurately?  Related: Sink or swim: …

    August 2, 2015 4:24 am


  • Special issue: Philae results shed light on the nature of comets

    Related images(click to enlarge) During the first ever landing of a probe on a comet, the world held its breath as Philae survived a bouncy landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. This special issue of Science highlights seven new studies that delve further into the data that has been transmitted back by Philae. In a detailed account, Jens Biele et al. describe the critical moments where Philae descends on 67P, only to bounce off the soft, intended landing area and finally settle on a harder surface farther away. Analysis of the different compressive strengths of the two surfaces, based on the bouncing trajectory, sheds more light on the evolution of comets and could improve the design of future comet missions. Previously, scientists trying to understand comet surface material strength had to rely on indirect observations, which have ranged widely, and include some very low values that have raised questions about whether a comet …

    August 2, 2015 3:25 am


  • China to expand medical insurance for major illnesses

    BEIJING China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest step in a plan to fix a healthcare system that has sparked public discontent. The State Council said 50 percent of the medical costs will be covered by insurance in a bid to “more effectively reduce the burden of medical expenses”, in a statement posted on the government’s website. President Xi Jinping’s government has touted access to affordable healthcare as a key platform of his administration, underscoring the importance of meeting the needs of the nearly 1.4 billion people, many of whom have often complained of large out-of-pocket expenses due to low levels of insurance coverage. Many people say the cost of serious illnesses such as cancer and diabetes can bankrupt households under the current system. The aim of expanding health insurance was to “effectively …

    August 2, 2015 3:44 am


  • Does Brad Think He’s A Kardashian?! Pitt Exposes His Chest In See-Thru Top At LAX!

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 2:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff He was once the Sexiest Man Alive, but lately he’s been looking a little less than hunky! Brad Pitt touched down at LAX today after spending the past several days in London for Snatch director pal Guy Ritchie’s wedding, and we couldn’t help but notice that the A-list actor appears to have packed on the pounds, as his man boobs were visible through his black shirt! While the father-of-six was helping his friend celebrate tying the knot, his wife Angelina Jolie was visiting with refugees in Burma on Thursday. Maintaining his sex symbol physique is probably the last thing on his mind these days, as he’s too busy bromancing some of Hollywood’s hottest actors! While across the pond, the World War Z star Pitt showed up at London’s Haymarket Theatre Wednesday night to see Bradley Cooper perform in The Elephant Man. Afterward, Pitt and Cooper …

    August 2, 2015 3:04 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

  • Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet

    DALLAS An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. “His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe. The status of the animal is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said. (Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)

    July 31, 2015 7:38 pm