Headline News

  • Why do some people refer to themselves in the third person?

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump quite often refers to himself as “Trump” – instead of using the words “I” or “me”. It’s an eccentric habit that delights his critics, though he’s just the latest in a long line of politicians to talk this way. What does it say about him? “Nobody would be tougher on Isis than Donald Trump,” the billionaire property mogul said when he announced his 2016 presidential bid. “You wouldn’t even be hearing about immigration if it weren’t for Donald Trump,” he told NBC, claiming that other presidential contenders would not have been bold enough to mention the subject if he had not led the way. “Trump was able to get something. I don’t know what the hell it was, but it doesn’t matter. Because I’m off that subject,” he said in an interview with CNN last month, referring to President Obama’s decision to release his birth certificate in 2011. (Trump and …

    August 27, 2015 8:43 pm


  • Saudi King Salman to meet with Obama Sept. 4: White House

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE The White House said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman would meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on Sept. 4. The two leaders will discuss Yemen, Syria and steps to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards; Editing by Emily Stephenson)

    August 27, 2015 2:41 pm


  • Instagram breaks out of the square

    After five years of square-shaped tyranny, Instagram will finally allow users to post portrait and landscape photos and videos. The Facebook (FB, Tech30)-owned photo-sharing tool announced the change Thursday morning. To start posting photos in their original shapes, users must update their iOS and Android Instagram apps to version 7.5. When you select an image or video, a new button will appear in the bottom left corner. Tap to toggle between square and not-square. For some Instagram photographers, this update is great news. No more cropping out feet, lesser bridesmaids, tops of giraffes or scenic backgrounds. For others who found the constraint inspiring, it might take some getting used to. “Square format has been and always will be part of who we are,” said the company in a blog post. “That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to …

    August 27, 2015 8:42 pm


  • Fan at Phils game hurt soon after Manfred talks about safety

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A woman was injured by a foul ball at a Philadelphia Phillies game Thursday night, hours after the Major League Baseball commissioner was at the stadium and spoke about increasing fan safety. Commissioner Rob Manfred talked at Citizens Bank Park before the New York Mets played the Phillies. He said there was a chance that extra safety nets could be put up around the majors as early as next season. Several fans at big league games have been hurt by foul balls and flying bats this season. The injuries have prompted players and others to call for expanded netting at ballparks. ”We are examining all of the relevant information,” Manfred said. ”Our goal to is to put the commissioner’s office in a position where we can make a complete recommendation to ownership in November and give people an opportunity to be ready to make changes for next year if, in fact, we decide …

    August 27, 2015 9:03 pm

World News

  • South Sudan businesses struggle in a ‘war economy’

    Image caption The conflict has led to a sharp increase in the cost of living South Sudan has what many business people describe as a “war economy”, as they battle to keep their companies afloat as a result of the brutal conflict which broke out between government and rebel forces in December 2013. With President Salva Kiir finally signing a peace deal on Wednesday, the hope is that a step has been taken towards ending the conflict – though many question whether the agreement will be implemented as seven previous ceasefire deals have collapsed. But the conflict – which has killed tens of thousands of people and left more than two million homeless – has not dampened the resilience of young people such as Rachael Aleko Aguer. Based in the capital, Juba, she launched a lifestyle magazine, Real Woman, in February 2015, well over a year into the conflict. She told the BBC that she …

    August 27, 2015 8:43 pm


  • Facebook’s latest milestone: 1bn users in a single day

    As the fictional Sean Parker might put it: ‘A million people logging in to Facebook on a single day isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion people’. The non-fictional Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new milestone for the social network: one billion daily users. “For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” wrote Zuckerberg in a post on his personal profile. “When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.” The news is no great surprise: Facebook has been growing steadily, and in the second quarter of 2015 it averaged 968 million daily active users, and 1.49 billion monthly active users. Based on its figure of 844 …

    August 27, 2015 7:02 pm


  • Massive study reports challenges in reproducing published psychology findings

    A study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, independent researchers could replicate less than half of the original findings. In some cases this may call into question the validity of some scientific findings, but it may also point to the difficulty of conducting effective replications and achieving reproducible results. The results of this review study, conducted by more than 270 researchers on five continents, are published in the Aug. 28 issue of the journal Science. Twenty-two students and faculty from the University of Virginia were among the co-authors. “For years there has been concern about the reproducibility of scientific findings, but little direct, systematic evidence. This project is the first of its kind and adds substantial evidence that the concerns are real and addressable,” said Brian Nosek, a U.Va. psychology professor and coordinator of the study. Nosek is the co-founder and executive director …

    August 27, 2015 6:02 pm


  • U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk

    CHICAGO The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study. Only 1.7 percent of U.S. parents of kindergartners sought exemptions in 2014 from laws requiring children be vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Rates vary nationwide, however, with at least one state reporting over 6 percent of parents seeking exemptions, the study released Thursday found. “Pockets of children who miss vaccinations exist in our communities and they leave these communities vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a media briefing. Lawmakers in at least 10 states including California are making efforts to tighten school vaccination exemption rules after a measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim sickened more than 100 people earlier this …

    August 27, 2015 6:22 pm


  • Vanessa Hudgens Is All Smiles Despite Broken Hand

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Vanessa Hudgens isn’t letting a broken hand get her down! The brunette beauty was all smiles despite nursing her injury, which we love is set in a pink cast. The actress also showed off her toned tummy while shopping for purses and then taking a spa day at Kate Somerville Skin Care in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. For the girly day, the 26-year-old wore ripped One Teaspoon jeans, a loose crop top and flats. How oh-so early ’90s of her! We’d be smiling wide too if we had such a leisurely afternoon planned! We’re glad to see that the Spring Breakers star is getting some good times in after being hit with some terrible news. Just last week, the actress revealed at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards and Cancer Benefit that her father is battling stage four cancer. V-Hudge has also been busy rehearsing for …

    August 27, 2015 5:42 pm


  • I’m still betting on Hillary Clinton in 2016

    Today, I’d still bet on Hillary Clinton At this point, Hillary Clinton’s greatest worry is an unknown civil servant in the Justice Department named Charles McCullough, III who is running the probe into Clinton’s private email server, not Joe Biden. Why do I say that? Because Joe Biden, in the latest Quinnipiac poll Biden is running at 18 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent and Bernie Sanders is at 22 percent. Yes, she’s not leading by as much as she used to be. And yes, if Biden was the Democratic candidate he would beat Trump, Rubio and Bush by more than Clinton (though Clinton still edges them all). And yes yes, Biden’s favorability with Democrats is at 83 percent while Clinton’s is slightly lower at 76 percent. But it’s still at 76 percent.   All this is not to say that Clinton isn’t weakened – she is. But the vulnerability is more on the left …

    August 27, 2015 5:22 pm

Odd News

  • Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird’s Nest

    BEIJING A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt’s rivals could in the 200 meters final at world championships on Thursday — knock the Jamaican off his stride, and his feet, during his lap of honor. Bolt was taking the plaudits of the crowd after winning his fourth straight 200 meters world crown when the wheel of the cameraman’s Segway caught a trackside rail and flipped over, sending man and machine into the barefooted sprinter. The 29-year-old Olympic champion, who had his back to the man, was knocked to the ground and sustained a few minor cuts. He was not about to let the accident ruin his celebrations after beating American rival Justin Gatlin to a sprint title for the second time in five days, however. “I did not hit a cameraman. He took me out,” said Bolt, who held on to his track spikes with his right hand …

    August 27, 2015 2:21 pm