Headline News

  • Man accused of firing gun at officer during traffic stop

    DECATUR, Ga. –  Authorities say a Georgia man has been arrested after he fired at gun at a suburban Atlanta police officer during a traffic stop. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams says in a news release that authorities arrested 24-year-old Tamarcus Gresham of Lithonia on an aggravated assault charge in connection with Wednesday’s incident. Officials say an officer saw a car with a loose license plate and initiated the stop. Gresham was a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies say as the officer turned on a light to read the license plate number, the suspect began firing a gun into the air and at the officer. Gresham was later taken into custody. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

    August 25, 2016 6:06 am


  • Brexit leader Nigel Farage addresses Trump rally, bashes Clinton

    JACKSON, Miss. Nigel Farage, a key figure in the successful campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, lent his support to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying Trump represented the same type of anti-establishment movement that he masterminded in his own country. Farage appeared with Trump before a cheering crowd of thousands at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Farage partly based his Brexit drive on opposition to mass immigration to Britain that he said was leading to rapid change in his country. His appearance came as Trump sought to moderate his own hardline stance against illegal immigration. In remarks broadcast on Wednesday, Trump backed further away from his vow to deport millions of illegal immigrants, saying he would be willing to work with those who have abided by U.S. laws while living in the country. Trump summoned Farage on stage in the middle of his appearance, shook his hand and surrendered …

    August 25, 2016 3:45 am


  • 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


  • Marlins acquire Jeff Francoeur from Braves in three-way deal

    The Marlins have acquired veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur from the Braves in a three-way trade also involving the Rangers, the teams announced on Wednesday. Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported the deal. In the deal structure, the Braves will receive minor leaguer Dylan Moore from the Rangers and minor league catcher Matt Foley from the Marlins, and the Rangers will receive international signing money from the Marlins. The full details of the trade are below: Francoeur, 32, entered Wednesday hitting .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. The Marlins lost Giancarlo Stanton to injury last week, potentially for the rest of the season, and add outfield depth after being tied to Carlos Gomez, who joined the Rangers this week. Moore has hit .263 with 14 home runs and 40 stolen bases across Single A and High A ball this season.  

    August 25, 2016 6:06 am

World News

  • Maduro government vows to fire Venezuelan public workers who support recall

    CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro‘s administration vowed to fire high-ranking government employees who supported the opposition’s presidential recall referendum efforts Wednesday. Mayor of Caracas Jorge Rodríguez, a leading member of Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela and head of a signature-verification commission established by Maduro’s government during the opposition’s recall efforts, on Monday said high-ranking employees who do not support late former President Hugo Chavez‘s socialist revolution will be fired if they do not resign by Wednesday. “In the public administration we cannot have as managers people who don’t support the revolution,” Rodríguez said during a press conference. “They have a period of 48 hours to make sure workers in trusted positions, in leadership roles, find other jobs.” RELATEDVenezuela’s Maduro seeks to cut funds to opposition-controlled parliament Rodríguez said he would disclose the names of employees who supported the Democratic Unity Roundtable opposition coalition’s petition efforts to oust Maduro …

    August 25, 2016 6:07 am


  • Ghostbusters star hit by cyber-attack

    Hackers have targeted Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones after intimate photos of the actress were posted online. The star’s Tumblr page has been taken offline after she became the victim of an apparent cyber-attack. Copies of her passport and driving licence were published as well as personal photos from her iCloud account. An image of the dead Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe appeared in an apparent racist insult. Photos of the actress posing with stars including Rihanna, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West were leaked as was her phone number and Twitter password. The 48-year-old left Twitter briefly last month after she received racist messages. She was sent tweets blaming her for Aids and comparing her to a gorilla. She criticised the social media company for not doing enough to deal with online trolls. https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/755210319681691648 Twitter announced a new “quality filter” earlier this week which is designed to allow users to deal with trolls and abusive posts …

    August 25, 2016 4:05 am


  • Calcium channel blockers caught in the act at atomic level

    Related images(click to enlarge) An atomic level analysis has revealed how two classes of calcium channel blockers, widely prescribed for heart disease patients, produce separate therapeutic effects through their actions at different sites on the calcium channel molecule. Millions of Americans, and an even larger number of patients worldwide, take calcium channel blockers to control cardiovascular problems. In a study published Aug. 24 in the advanced online edition of Nature, researchers describe how the fundamental mode of action of two distinct chemical classes of these drugs differs. The knowledge was gained by analyzing the atomic structure of their binding sites. The paper is titled, “Structural basis for inhibition of voltage-gated Ca2+ channel by Ca2+ antagonist drugs.” UW Medicine researchers William A. Catterall, University of Washington professor and chair of pharmacology, and Ning Zheng, UW professor of pharmacology and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, headed the project. The first author on the Nature report …

    August 25, 2016 3:05 am


  • 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


  • Kate Gosselin reveals son Collin has special needs: ‘I’ve felt very alone in this’

    WERNERSVILLE, Pa., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Kate Gosselin is setting the record straight on son Collin Gosselin’s rumored behavioral issues. The 41-year-old Kate Plus 8 star revealed in the Sept. 5 issue of People that the 12-year-old has “special needs” and is enrolled in a program away from home. “This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this,” she admitted. “By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him — our entire family has been impacted.” Gosselin didn’t reveal Collin’s specific diagnosis, but did say he “needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things.” She hopes the program will teach her son “the skills he needs to be the best him he can be.” “We miss him so much, so it’s been hard because there is a huge hole …

    August 25, 2016 4:25 am


  • The incredible story of America’s national parks

    America is beautiful. While other nations celebrate their history and their culture, we proclaim our land’s beauty.  We are reminded of our scenic treasures by documentaries featuring jagged peaks and plunging waterfalls, by calendars portraying colorful vistas, and by literature that strives to find the words to describe indescribable sights.  We write, paint, and blog about the natural beauty of the United States.  We even sing about it.  In 1893, my grandmother’s future college professor — Katharine Lee Bates — traveled from her Wellesley College campus to Colorado’s Pikes Peak.  The 2,000 mile journey inspired her to exclaim the beauty of spacious skies, purple mountain majesties, and even amber waves of grain.  America the Beautiful has become an unofficial national anthem, preferred by many (especially the vocally challenged) to the Star-Spangled Banner.  And when we want to experience the best of our natural beauty, we visit our national parks.  There we encounter “a treasure house …

    August 25, 2016 2:44 am

Odd News

  • Pizza by drone: unmanned air delivery set to take off in New Zealand

    WELLINGTON/SYDNEY A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world’s biggest companies including Amazon.com Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to make deliveries by drone and aviation authorities in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules to allow air deliveries. Last month, U.S. convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc [SILC.UL] conducted the first single commercial drone delivery – coffee, donuts and a chicken sandwich – as part of a trial. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd conducted a demonstration pizza delivery by drone in the New Zealand city of Auckland on Thursday, and afterwards said it aimed to be the first company to launch a regular drone service, late this year. “We’ve always said …

    August 25, 2016 3:25 am