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  • Police arrest New Jersey man in theft of bag holding $150,000 in cash forgotten by ATM workers

    MAHWAH, N.J. –  Police say they’ve arrested one of two men who made off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees filling ATMs mistakenly left it on a northern New Jersey lawn. Police arrested 42-year-old Alton Harvey on Wednesday afternoon in Irvington. Authorities are still seeking 35-year-old Jamar Bludson. Mahwah police say the ATM employees had stopped at a business when one of them placed the satchel on the lawn as he moved items around in their vehicle. They drove off, forgetting the bag. Sometime after 11:15 a.m. Monday, surveillance video showed a passenger in a white van grabbing the bag. It’s unclear if Harvey has an attorney who can comment on the charges. He’s being held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.

    July 31, 2015 5:36 am


  • What changes to expect from Obama’s final Clean Power Plan

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping – and controversial – regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. In its initial version, the Clean Power Plan called for cutting the country’s power plant emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, setting different targets for each state. The proposal is the signature piece of President Barack Obama’s climate change policy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said this week that the final rule will be “stronger in many ways than the proposed rule.” But the Clean Power Plan has been sharply criticized by the energy and manufacturing industries and some energy-producing states, and opponents have already vowed to challenge the regulation in court. The final rule is expected to accommodate some of that opposition, as well as take into account feedback from over 4.3 million public comments. Among other things: The …

    July 31, 2015 3:56 am


  • Hulk Hogan vs Gawker showdown put off until March

    The Hulk Hogan versus Gawker smackdown has been put off until next year. Florida Judge Pamela Campbell, who will preside over Hogan’s lawsuit against the gossip site, said her docket was clogged with cases until March 2016. Hogan’s corner had sought a trial date for this fall. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million claiming an invasion of privacy for showing a sex tape that involved Hogan. The expected trial delay came a day after lawyers for Hogan accused Gawker of leaking a sealed tape of Hogan making racist comments. The racist rant was reported by the National Enquirer. Hogan’s attorneys filed a request in court Wednesday for additional discovery, essentially an investigation into how the tape became public. Related: More Hulk Hogan sex tapes in Gawker case The revelation of Hogan’s racist rant prompted the World Wrestling Entertainment to cut ties with Hogan, one of their most famous …

    July 31, 2015 5:16 am


  • Beijing chosen to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games

    July 31, 2015: Chinese delegation, from left, Yao Ming, Li Nina, Yang Lan, Liu Peng, Yang Yang, Vice President of the China Olympics Council Yu Zaiqing, China Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Wang Anshun, Zhang Haidi, Li Lingwei, Hou Liang and Zhang Li attend the Beijing’s bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –  Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The voting numbers were not immediately released. The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, came in to the vote as the strong favorite, despite its lack of natural snow and winter conditions. Beijing was seen by the IOC as a safe, reliable choice that also offered vast commercial opportunities …

    July 31, 2015 5:36 am

World News

  • Pair guilty of killing off-duty PC

    Recently-married PC Neil Doyle had worked for the police for 10 years Two men have been found guilty of killing an off-duty policeman in an attack during a night out in Liverpool. PC Neil Doyle, 36, died after he was struck with a “pile driver” punch in the early hours of 19 December last year. Andrew Taylor, 29, and Timmy Donovan, 30, of Huyton were convicted of manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court. A third man, Christopher Spendlove, was cleared of manslaughter. PC Doyle had been out drinking with fellow Merseyside officers Michael Steventon and Robert Marshall when the two groups of men met in the city’s Seel Street just before 03:00. Prosecutors said the defendants were “determined to get into involved in a physical confrontation”. Taylor and Donovan were both found guilty of wounding with intent for an attack on PC Marshall. Taylor was also convicted of GBH in relation to an attack on PC …

    July 31, 2015 5:37 am


  • Hisense to buy Sharp America in $23.7M deal

    Hisense shows off curved panels at CES Asia this year. Getty Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense has today announced it will acquire Sharp America in a deal worth $23.7 million that will see it take over the Japanese company’s TV business in North and South America. Hisense Group today released a statement confirming it would purchase “all equity and assets of Sharp’s TV factory in Mexico for $23.7 million with rights to use the ‘Sharp’ brand name and all its channel resources in both North and South American regions.” In a TV market dominated by the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic, this deal will see Hisense become a serious contender in the Americas, and also marks a broader shift by Chinese brands to grab a bigger slice of the consumer market in the region. Having manufactured flat panels for more than a decade, Hisense is well-placed to capitalise on potential growth in an industry …

    July 31, 2015 4:16 am


  • Drought’s lasting impact on forests

    Related images(click to enlarge) In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought. But that assumption is far off the mark, according to a new study of drought impacts at forest sites worldwide. Living trees took an average of two to four years to recover and resume normal growth rates after droughts ended, researchers report today in the journal Science. “This really matters because in the future droughts are expected to increase in frequency and severity due to climate change,” says lead author William R.L. Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah. “Some forests could be in a race to recover before the next drought strikes.” Forest trees play a big role in buffering the impact of human-induced climate change by removing massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and incorporating the carbon into woody tissues. The finding …

    July 31, 2015 3:16 am


  • Stand, Don’t Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

    THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing more helps improve all these measures and can give you a trimmer waist to boot, the researchers said. “Switching some of your sitting time to standing could have benefits for your heart and metabolism,” said lead author Genevieve Healy, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland in Herston. “More time spent standing rather than sitting could improve your blood sugar, fats in the blood and cholesterol levels, while replacing time spent sitting with time walking could have additional benefits for your waistline and body mass index,” she said. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between standing and …

    July 31, 2015 3:36 am


  • Kourtney Kardashian Takes A Break From Mommy Duty And Lets Scott Disick Bond With Son Mason

    Posted on Thu Jul 30th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian was quick to ditch Scott Disick when he was photographed fooling around with his ex Chloe Bartoli earlier this summer, but now it seems like she’s singing a different tune. Not only does she reportedly want him back, but on Tuesday she totally let him hang with their son Mason for the day while she shot scenes for Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Mason looked delighted to catch up with his dad over lunch, and after a number of phone calls with the kids, this is the first time we’ve seen Scott physically reunited with them. After spending a few hours together, Scott dropped Mason back off at Kourtney’s pad in Calabasas, so it seems like the estranged couple are on far better terms lately. “She wants Scott back,” a source told Us Weekly the other day. “She hopes [going for full custody …

    July 31, 2015 4:56 am


  • Lessons from Obama’s deal with Iran

    In April, President Obama announced the framework of a deal that he said would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “We only have three options for addressing Iran’s nuclear program” — cutting a deal with Iran, “starting another war in the Middle East” or “hope for the best.” In deploying his favorite rhetorical device, the president reaffirmed to the world he only really saw one option: cutting a deal with Iran no matter the cost. If after witnessing six years of President Obama’s weak and feckless foreign policy wasn’t enough to embolden the regime in Tehran, President Obama’s comments in April must have convinced the mullahs they had the American president right where they wanted him. The price for President Obama’s penchant for negotiating from weakness is now clear. The deal announced with much fanfare by the White House two weeks ago comes nowhere close to the deal President Obama promised the American people …

    July 30, 2015 10:31 pm

Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat

    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am