• The Republican debate gameshow

    Welcome to the first US presidential primary debate – the first round in the longest electoral game show in the world. Our lucky Republican candidates have managed to squeeze in enough name-recognition to be polling...
  • Bonobos’ clue to speech evolution

    Bonobos’ clue to speech evolution

    Wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a flexibility in their communication that was thought to be uniquely human. That is the conclusion of a study by UK and...
  • Coach Mike Zimmer expected to rejoin Vikings soon

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to rejoin the team soon. Zimmer missed practice Tuesday to be with his father, Bill, who has been in declining health. Zimmer was expected to...
  • USS John Warner joins fleet

    USS John Warner joins fleet

    NORFOLK, Virginia (CNN)It’s 7,800 tons, 337 feet and $2 billion worth of steel and stealth, with war-fighting controls that look like a big arcade video game. That new-boat smell may have worn off a bit...
  • Has Yemen war reached a turning point?

    Has Yemen war reached a turning point?

    The retaking of al-Anad is a strategic boost to Yemeni government forces The retaking of a key air base to the north of the southern city of Aden is a major strategic victory for the...
  • New Chevy Volt drives way longer on a charge

    New Chevy Volt drives way longer on a charge

    The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt going on sale later this year will go about 40% farther on a single electric charge than the previous model, according to EPA tests. The redesigned 2016 Volt will go...

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  • The Republican debate gameshow


    Welcome to the first US presidential primary debate – the first round in the longest electoral game show in the world. Our lucky Republican candidates have managed to squeeze in enough name-recognition to be polling in the top 10 of a very large field. Since politics in the US is a spectator sport, we’ve added some tips on how to play along at home. Divide the candidates among your friends, and see who gets the highest score. Now let’s meet our contestants. Come on down… Donald Trump Who is he? Billionaire, reality television star, golf and real estate mogul, rider of golden escalators. The Donald is the one man who really needs no introduction. He exists whether you acknowledge him or not. He’s at the top of the polls in the Republican Party, and the establishment’s attempts to strike him down have only made him more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Expected strategy: Trump …

    August 4, 2015 2:39 pm
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Politics

  • Former Republican Running as Democratic to Replace Kirkpatrick


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:41 p.m. today 0 Tweet Kirkpatrick is vacating her House seat to run for the Senate. (File Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) In Arizona’s 1st District, Democrats may turn to a former Republican as they try to hold on to outgoing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s seat. Former state Sen. Tom O’Halleran, 69, on Tuesday said he would seek the party’s nomination, becoming the first Democratic candidate to enter the race. Kirkpatrick is vacating her seat to run for the Senate. “I have a record of taking on tough challenges and delivering — even when it meant standing up to party leadership,” Halleran said in a statement. “This election is about Arizonans who want a job that pays enough to provide for their family, the dignity of a secure retirement, and the confidence that they are leaving future generations with even greater opportunities.” Some Democrats in Arizona believe O’Halleran could draw an opponent in a Democratic …

    August 4, 2015 12:18 pm
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Stocks

  • New Chevy Volt drives way longer on a charge


    The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt going on sale later this year will go about 40% farther on a single electric charge than the previous model, according to EPA tests. The redesigned 2016 Volt will go about 53 miles after a full charge without burning gasoline. That’s considerably better than the 38 mile electric range that today’s Volt has. If you need to drive farther, the car’s 4-cylinder gasoline engine will turn on, generating electricity to keep the electric motors running. Even then, there will still be notable improvements. When the new Volt is powered by the gasoline engine it will get about 42 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. That’s up from 37 miles per gallon for the current Volt. For comparison, a non-hybrid Honda Civic gets about 33 miles per gallon combined. Even owners of the current Volt model often go weeks or months without refilling the gas tank, according to …

    August 4, 2015 1:18 pm
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Sports

  • Browns’ Pryor more confident he can switch to wide receiver


    BEREA, Ohio (AP) After a few practices with the Browns, Terrelle Pryor believes it’s ”very realistic” he can make a successful switch from NFL quarterback to wide receiver. Pryor says his confidence has grown in the early stages of his unique transition. The former Oakland quarterback has impressed Cleveland’s coaches and teammates with his skills. He returned to his QB roots during Tuesday’s practice, throwing a wobbly touchdown pass on a trick play to wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Joking about his pass, Pryor says ”it was a duck, but it was a completion.” Pryor says his hamstring tightened during practice and that it’s possible he could sit out a day to rest. The former Ohio State star says he’s looking forward to the team’s scrimmage Friday in Columbus. — AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL coverage on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    August 4, 2015 2:39 pm
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World News

  • Bonobos’ clue to speech evolution


    Wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a flexibility in their communication that was thought to be uniquely human. That is the conclusion of a study by UK and Swiss psychologists. Bonobos are just as closely related to humans as chimpanzees, but their wild communication is much less studied. Researchers say the new findings push back the development of context-free vocal calls to our shared ancestor with bonobos, 6-10 million years ago. The paper is published in the journal PeerJ. Similar to babies For a long time, it was assumed that non-human primates, including great apes like chimpanzees and bonobos, could only communicate using calls that were tied to specific emotional states – such as screaming in alarm, or barking for aggression. Using a single vocal signal in multiple contexts – referred to as “functional flexibility” – was thought to be a human ability. And it is something we …

    August 4, 2015 2:39 pm
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Technology

  • Hey, Siri


    Apple is working on a service that will enlist Siri to transcribe voice mail messages for iPhone users, Business Insider reported Monday. Apple employees reportedly are testing the service in preparation for a 2016 rollout, possibly as a new feature in iOS 10. When a call is placed to a phone that has iCloud Voicemail enabled and you don’t answer it, Siri will pick it up for you. Depending on who the caller is, Siri can provide information about where you are and why you can’t answer the call, according to the report. If your caller leaves a voice message, Siri will notify you and send you a transcription. “This is a natural evolution for Siri,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. “A Siri transcription service would be a welcome feature for Apple users, since many times they don’t have the ability or time to retrieve voice mails,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They could now …

    August 4, 2015 12:38 pm
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Science

  • Pollution Spurs Rapid Adaptation in Trout


    Research on wild fish populations is adding to a growing body of evidence that human activities—particularly polluting the environment—can spur rapid evolution in complex life-forms. In the past biologists assumed that the genetic makeup of such organisms changes slowly, over thousands if not millions of years. In the last decade, though, the Atlantic tomcod (Microgadus tomcod) and killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) in New England have been shown to have developed resistance to toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) dumped in lakes, rivers and coastal waters during the 20th century. Similarly, populations of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in several Canadian lakes have managed to adapt to more than 80 years of heavy-metal emissions from smelters. The same seems true of brown trout (Salmo trutta) in the rivers of southwestern England. Now a new study reveals not only that the local populations of these trout have changed rapidly in response to pollution, it also ties distinct genetic changes to precise …

    August 4, 2015 11:38 am
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Health

  • Kellogg to stop using artificial products in cereals and snacks


    Kellogg Co’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies are set to turn all-natural soon. The 109-year old company, whose cereals have been a popular breakfast choice for decades, said on Tuesday it was aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack brands by the end of 2018. The world’s biggest breakfast cereal maker is the latest in a string of U.S. food companies to bow to growing pressure to remove synthetic ingredients from products due to health concerns. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors. General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereals, said in June it plans to have 90 percent of its cereals free of artificial flavors and colors by 2016, up from about 60 percent currently. Sales at both companies have shrunk in the United States due to a growing preference …

    August 4, 2015 11:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Blake Shelton Jokes, Drinks Vodka In First Post-Divorce Interview


    Posted on Tue Aug 4th, 2015 10:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Just two days after finalizing his divorce with Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton sat down with Entertainment Tonight to promote his upcoming season of The Voice — and it looks like the country crooner needed a stiff drink in hand for the interview! We don’t blame him — divorce is rough stuff! Seated next to Brad Paisley, the 39-year-old had with a Solo cup that was filled with ice and “a little vodka.” The recently single singer joked, “I thought I’d go ahead and get it started early. … It’s been one of those weeks.” It most certainly had been one of those weeks. On July 20, the couple announced in a joint statement that they were splitting after four years of marriage. The duo said, “And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately.” Mere hours after the split announcement hit, their divorce …

    August 4, 2015 1:18 pm
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Editorial

  • Trump, Cruz, Carson and more: Your guide to scoring the Republican debate


    Is this the dumbest idea of the 2016 campaign? Or is it the smartest? The New York Times recently reported that several top Republican donors wanted GOP candidates to boycott the primary debates to signal their distaste for billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump.   Turning their backs on Trump would make news and establish the party’s identity as more than a big, bright platform for Trump. His sensational, barbed attacks on fellow Republicans, immigrants and President Obama have hurt the Republican brand with voters, including independents, Latinos and, most of all, Republicans. But despite his many critics, Trump remains at the top of GOP primary polls in a fragmented and large field. Shunning Trump risks making him even more of a hero to voters who feel alienated from national politics. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released Monday has him with 19 percent support, ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 15 percent and …

    August 4, 2015 10:57 am
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Odd News

  • Lame Massachusetts chicken to get 3-D printer prosthetic leg


    BOSTON One Massachusetts chicken is about to get a costly leg up on life – a $2,500 prosthetic limb made on a 3-D printer. The chicken, named Cicely, is headed into surgery on Wednesday for the start of a first-of-its-kind procedure to fit her with an artificial limb, her owner, Andrea Martin of Black Thistle Farm, said on Monday. Cicely, 3 months old, was born with a torn tendon in her right leg that limits her mobility. When Martin took her to Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to be examined last week she was given two choices — a prosthetic or euthanasia. “It was a no-brainer,” Martin said in a phone interview. “She needs to be able to live a normal life.” Martin’s farm, located in Clinton, about 45 miles (72 km) west of Boston, specializes in chicken rehabilitation and this isn’t the first time she has splurged on surgery. One of her …

    August 4, 2015 3:56 am
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