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  • California wildfire takes toll on Big Sur tourism

    BIG SUR, Calif. –  Lodge managers and cafe owners along California’s dramatic Big Sur coast were looking at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month. Big Sur establishments were already reporting as much as a 50 percent drop in business, said Stan Russell, executive director of the chamber of commerce. That’s even though the only signs of the blaze were fire trucks and an occasional whiff of smoke along the famously winding and scenic Highway 1. Normally, this time of year “is when everybody really runs at 100 percent,” Russell said Friday about tourism in the area. “This is when we make our money.” The week-old blaze a few miles north of Big Sur had been blamed for one death, that of a bulldozer operator working the fire line. The …

    July 30, 2016 7:16 pm


  • Trump rebuts criticism by Army father at Democratic convention

    NEW YORK Donald Trump rejected criticism from the father of a soldier killed in Iraq who said the Republican presidential nominee had “sacrificed nothing and no one” and questioned whether the mother was allowed to speak during the couple’s appearance at the Democratic convention. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump told ABC News in excerpts of an interview posted on Saturday. “I work very, very hard.” Khizr Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin and a Muslim, won widespread praise when he spoke Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, telling the story of his son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2004. He also attacked Trump for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and asked if the candidate had read the U.S. Constitution. He pulled out a pocket-copy from the inside of his suit coat, in one of the most commented moments …

    July 30, 2016 7:36 pm


  • 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


  • Tides cause collapse of ramp at Rio sailing site

    Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment RIO DE JANEIRO — The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed Saturday. No one was injured, organizers said, but the incident raises further questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city. Philip Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organizing committee, placed the blame on high tides and a stormy sea. The collapsed structure, which is temporary, is the main access point for boats to reach the water. Wilkinson also said the construction company responsible for the project has been contacted and is expected to make the repairs within four days. Sailing competitions begin Aug. 8. Training will not be affected because the boats can use the permanent ramp to the side of the damaged structure, the Rio 2016’s spokesman said. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said “it would be wrong to make a …

    July 30, 2016 7:16 pm

World News

  • United Nations to send police force to Burundi

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi, July 30 (UPI) — The U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of an international police force to prevent violence and human-rights violations in Burundi. According to the BBC, the council supported the resolution drafted by France to send a 228-member police force to the African country for a year. “Given an increase in violence and tension the Security Council must have eyes and ears on the ground to predict and ensure that the worst does not occur in Burundi,” French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said. “This is a strong act of preventative diplomacy.” More than 450 people have been killed and and 270,000 have fled to neighboring countries since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term, according to Voice of America. The vote to send the 228-member police team to Burundi passed by a vote of 11 to four with China, Angola, Egypt and Venezuel voting against, as Nkurunziza’s …

    July 30, 2016 2:13 pm


  • CEO Secrets: Reddit boss shares three tips for success

    Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive of online discussion forum Reddit, offers the business advice he wishes he had been given before he started out. Video journalist Dougal Shaw caught up with him at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam, for the #CEOSecrets series. You can read more about Steve Huffman and the creation of Reddit here. This video was filmed on a smartphone as part of a special project.

    July 30, 2016 7:56 pm


  • Abundant and diverse ecosystem found in area targeted for deep-sea mining

    Related images(click to enlarge) In a study published in Scientific Reports, scientists discovered impressive abundance and diversity among the creatures living on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ)–an area in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining. The study, lead authored by Diva Amon, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), found that more than half of the species they collected were new to science, reiterating how little is known about life on the seafloor in this region. “We found that this exploration claim area harbors one of the most diverse communities of megafauna [animals over 2 cm in size] to be recorded at abyssal depths in the deep sea,” said Amon. The deep sea is where the next frontier of mining will take place. A combination of biological, chemical and geological processes has led to the formation of high …

    July 30, 2016 6:56 pm


  • 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


  • ‘Game of Thrones’ to end with eighth season; spin-off still a possibility

    BEVERLY HILLS , Calif., July 30 (UPI) — HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed Game of Thrones will end with its eighth season. “Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys told Entertainment Weekly at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills Saturday. “Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get [the showrunners] to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.” Bloys also said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a Thrones spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter said. “We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to, but, of course, it has to make sense creatively,” he emphasized. “I’m not sure that the guys could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start …

    July 30, 2016 2:33 pm


  • Newt Gingrich: Two conventions, two realities and a jarring contrast

    We have now finished two weeks of two conventions by two parties. For Americans who watched both presentations, the contrast was jarring. They weren’t just offering two different political visions. In many ways, they were offering two radically different versions of reality. In that sense, the gap between the two conventions was an accurate reflection of where we are as a country. There really are two very different visions of reality competing in the political campaigns underway this year–with their own value systems, sets of ideas, and interpretations of the facts. The version of reality that many Republicans, Independents, and even some Democrats are experiencing was the basis for the Republican convention in Cleveland. In the Republican understanding of reality, the country is on the wrong track, the government isn’t working, and the problems are getting worse. The election this November is certainly a contest between two candidates, but it is also a contest between …

    July 30, 2016 6:35 pm

Odd News

  • Gladstone the cat to defend British Treasury from mice

    LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — The British Treasury has joined Downing Street and the Foreign Office in naming a rescue cat to the office of Chief Mouser. Gladstone the cat will join longtime government employee Larry and fellow new addition Palmerston in defending Britain’s government offices from mice. “Hello! I’m Gladstone, a charming, 18 month-old Domestic Short Hair (which makes me a moggie),” he wrote in an introductory Instagram post. “I recently moved into my new home at Her Majesty’s Treasury, where I’ll be tackling their mice problem.” Like his predecessors, the newest Chief Mouser was adopted as a stray from Battersea Dogs Cats Home. Gladstone’s addition could add some stress to the already strained relationship between Palmerston and Larry, who was sent to the vet in what the BBC reported may have been the result of a scuffle between the two incumbent mousers. Treasury staff appeared to show awareness of the possibility of a …

    July 30, 2016 7:16 pm