Headline News

  • Woman survives being run over by bus


    She thought her life was over. A woman who was run over by a mini yellow school bus told The Post she thought she’d never see her family again as the horrific accident unfolded. “When I opened my eyes in the emergency room, I don’t know how many hours later, I was so shocked that I was still alive,” Ayse Ayaz, 43, said from her room at Kings County Hospital. “It’s a miracle. Thank God I’m still alive.” Ayaz was in the crosswalk at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue M in Midwood — three blocks from her home — on Friday afternoon when the bus making a right turn struck her. WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT   The mother of three said the bus was going “too fast,” and she can still recall the vehicle “pulling” her under. “It was so tight and squished, and then I wasn’t breathing,” Ayaz said. “When he hit me, …

    January 19, 2017 12:23 pm
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Politics

  • Senate to vote on Trump national security cabinet picks on Friday


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate is due to vote on Friday on the two retired Marine generals who are President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to be Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer said on Thursday. Both retired General James Mattis, Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon, and retired General John Kelly, his choice for Homeland Security, are expected to be confirmed easily. The Senate will begin debate on a third prospective member of Trump’s national security team, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, the Republican’s selection to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Schumer said. But he did not guarantee that there would be a vote on Pompeo on Friday. Senate Republicans had hoped to confirm as many as seven of Trump’s cabinet nominees in the hours after he is inaugurated as president on Friday. However, Democrats balked at what they described as a push by Republicans, who hold a 52-seat …

    January 19, 2017 12:43 pm
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Stocks

  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit


    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am
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Sports

  • Fights we’d like to see on ‘Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN’


    1:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment With the announcement Thursday of the deal between ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions to launch the new live boxing series “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” — which airs on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes — the question is what fights will we see on the minimum 42 cards that will air between the kickoff show March 23 and the end of 2018? Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said that he intends for the series to be more than just showcase fights. In fact, he promised, “You will definitely see competitive fights and fighters who are ready to be tested.” The Golden Boy himself added that fight fans would see “top prospects going up against ex-world champions or prospects against prospects and contenders against contenders. This is not going to be by any means a series for us to use for fighters who just …

    January 19, 2017 12:43 pm
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World News

  • Report: North Korea taking steps to block draft evaders


    North Korea is imposing tough new measures to discourage young men from avoiding military conscription. Pyongyang authorities are conducting physical exams of eligible North Koreans at schools to prevent draft evasion, according to Japan-based news service Asia Press. “If there are currently 10 soldiers being discharged from the military, only eight soldiers are being recruited to replace them, leading to difficulties in maintaining military power,” the report stated. A source in North Korea told Asia Press military recruiting typically begins in the spring, but recently the “military recruitment department has been going around to schools and conducting physical exams of students.” “They are rushing the exams in order to prevent parents who do not want to send their children to the military,” the source said. Mandatory military service in North Korea lasts 13 years, and the eligible population have a “weak physique” owing to a poor diet in their formative years. Many endured starvation and …

    January 19, 2017 12:23 pm
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Technology

  • Tesla avoids recall after Autopilot crash death


    Image copyright AFP Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation after it found no evidence of a defect in the vehicle. Joshua Brown was killed when his car collided with a lorry while operating in Autopilot mode. Tesla has stated Autopilot is only designed to assist drivers, who must keep their hands on the wheel. The feature is intended to be used on the motorway, where is lets cars automatically change lanes and react to traffic. The NHTSA report said data from the car showed that “the driver took no braking, steering or other actions to avoid the collision”. Bryan Thomas from the NHSTA said the driver should have been able to see the lorry for seven seconds, which “should have been enough time to take some action”. ‘Inattentive drivers’ The investigation …

    January 19, 2017 12:23 pm
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Science

  • Proposed Presidential Autism–Vaccine Panel Could Help Spread Disease


    A White House panel that questions vaccine safety and attacks immunization standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control—a possibility raised last week in meetings with incoming president Donald Trump—could actually lead to increased disease outbreaks. Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who suggests inoculations are linked to autism, met last week with Trump to discuss a panel to examine what Kennedy called “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” Although the autism–vaccine claim has been studied and debunked, the president-elect has also suggested a connection. His team later hedged about the panel, saying that nothing had been decided. (Kennedy’s office declined an interview request.) Nevertheless, public health experts and autism advocates are deeply worried that an effort with presidential backing could undermine public confidence in vaccines and trigger epidemics of all-but-eradicated diseases. “We have dozens of studies examining autism and vaccines, and they don’t show a link,” says Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science …

    January 19, 2017 12:03 pm
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Health

  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study


    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am
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Entertainment

  • Steve Carell trolls ‘The Office’ fans with joke revival tweet


    Jan. 19 (UPI) — Steve Carell trolled The Office fans Wednesday by joking about the show’s revival. The 54-year-old actor pranked his 4.98 million followers on Twitter following news that fellow NBC series Will Grace will return to television for 10 new episodes. “Breaking News: ‘The Office’ returning to NBC,” he wrote. The tweet received over 179,000 likes before the star dashed hopes by saying, “Wait, sorry. I meant ‘Will and Grace’ (Typo).” Breaking News: “The Office” returning to NBC. — Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) January 18, 2017 Wait, sorry. I meant “Will and Grace” (Typo) — Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) January 18, 2017 Carell, who played Michael Scott on The Office, followed up Thursday by blaming the post on Toby Flenderson. Series writer, director and showrunner Paul Lieberstein played Toby during the show’s nine-season run. “My account was hacked by Toby Flenderson,” the actor wrote. My account was hacked by Toby Flenderson. — Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) …

    January 19, 2017 1:03 pm
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Editorial

  • Sean Hannity: President Obama could learn a lot about respect from President Bush


    President Obama is leaving office the same way he came in, as a rigid, divisive and radical ideologue who will stop at nothing to undermine his political opponents. Former presidents have a long tradition of holding their tongues and giving their successors a wide berth. But in his final press conference on Wednesday, the outgoing commander-in-chief signaled that he’s not going away. And he even took a few shots at President-elect Donald Trump. “I’m still a citizen,” he said. “And I think it is important for Democrats or progressives who feel that they came out on the wrong side of this election to be able to distinguish between the normal back and forth, ebb and flow of policy. There’s a difference between the normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake,” he added. Instead of following the example of his own predecessor, President …

    January 19, 2017 12:23 pm
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Odd News

  • Study: Horses kill more people in Australia than snake bites


    Jan. 19 (UPI) — An Australian researcher studying deaths from venomous animals discovered a shocking statistic — horses kill more people in the country than snakes. The study, published in the Internal Medicine Journal, said Dr. Ronelle Welton of the University of Melbourne and her colleagues examined records from hospital admissions and coroners from 2000 to 2013 to study “injury trends from envenoming.” The study led Welton to a surprising discovery — horses killed more people during the 2013 period than all venomous animals in Australia combined. The study found horses were responsible for 74 reported deaths from 2000-2013, while bees and other stinging insects were blamed for 27 deaths. Snakes caused 27 fatalities, and no reported deaths were linked to spider bites. Welton said the data challenges stereotypes of Australia as a country where venomous creatures are constantly on the lookout for human prey. “Australia is known as the epicenter of all things venomous,” …

    January 19, 2017 12:23 pm
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