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  • New Mexico town of Belen fighting to keep Nativity scene

    Oct. 13, 2015: A Nativity scene in Belen, N.M., is displayerd next to City Hall, where it has been since 1992. The little town of Belen Spanish for Bethlehem is fighting to keep the all-year round Nativity scene on city property, despite objections from a Wisconsin-based organization who that wants it removed over church-state concerns. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) BELEN, N.M. –  For nearly a quarter of a century, a year-round Nativity scene made of metal has rested in the little town of Belen, New Mexico. Now Belen — Spanish for Bethlehem — is fighting to keep the Nativity scene on city property and officials may even sell the land to a private owner in order to preserve the iconic art. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wants Belen to remove the images and is threatening legal action if it’s not removed from public land. “The position of the city is that the Nativity scene will stay …

    October 13, 2015 5:54 pm


  • Illinois governor eyes sale of landmark Chicago state building

    CHICAGO Illinois will seek to auction off its main building in Chicago, Governor Bruce Rauner said on Tuesday, adding that the Thompson Center is inefficient and that the sale will save the state money and generate property tax revenue for Chicago. Rauner declined to indicate the market value of the building, which houses 2,000 government workers and which he said will likely be demolished by new owners. Both Chicago and the state of Illinois are mired in financial crisis and the state is currently running without a budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1. The Republican governor who took office in January said the 30-year-old building is noisy, smelly and too expensive to heat and cool given its immense, 16-story atrium. Keeping it would require $100 million for deferred maintenance and repairs, he added. The glass-clad Helmut Jahn-designed building is named after former governor James Thompson. Located on the north end of …

    October 13, 2015 2:52 pm


  • Even JPMorgan suffered during the market mayhem

    JPMorgan Chase got hit by a double whammy last quarter: the Federal Reserve kept interest rates low and chaos hit the financial markets. That one-two punch caused JPMorgan (JPM) to suffered a 6% decline in revenue, the bank reported Tuesday. The slump was driven in part by the extreme turbulence that rocked Wall Street late in the summer, as highlighted by the 1,000-point Dow plunge the morning of August 24. JPMorgan still made money — $4.3 billion in revenue — off the market, but that was 6% less than it made the prior year. “That’s going to happen in markets like that,” JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told reporters during a conference call. Dimon said JPMorgan is “pretty pleased” with how the bank navigated the “very volatile markets.” Last quarter was the worst for the stock market since 2011. Financial markets broadly were rattled by a combination of China’s economic slowdown and uncertainty over when the …

    October 13, 2015 5:33 pm


  • AP source: Utley’s hearing scheduled for Monday

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with Chase Utley’s appeal says the hearing for the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman has been scheduled for Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because no announcement was authorized. The timing means Utley will be eligible to play for the rest of the best-of-five NL Division Series against the Mets. New York took a 2-1 lead into Game 4 Tuesday night at Citi Field. More from FoxSports Utley was suspended two games for his rough slide in Game 2 that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. He was on the bench and didn’t play in the Dodgers’ 13-7 loss Monday night. John McHale Jr., the baseball executive who will hear the appeal, informed MLB and the players’ union of the timing on Tuesday.

    October 13, 2015 5:33 pm

World News

  • ICC to investigate Russia-Georgia war

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The conflict between Georgian and Russian forces in 2008 last for five days The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said she will investigate Russian and Georgian forces over possible war crimes. The investigation relates to a five-day conflict in 2008 centred on South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia. Fatou Bensouda said she had evidence suggesting South Ossetian forces killed up to 113 ethnic Georgian civilians, and both sides killed peacekeepers. Russian forces may have participated in the killing of civilians, she added. The war began with an operation by Georgia, which hoped to seize back South Ossetia. But Russian troops army quickly retook the area and pushed deeper into Georgian territory, stopping just short of the capital, Tbilisi. Nearly 1,000 people were killed while tens of thousands of Georgians living in the disputed areas were forced out of their homes. The ICC said on Tuesday that …

    October 13, 2015 5:53 pm


  • Hillary Clinton’s email server connection was vulnerable to hackers

    The private email server running in Hillary Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by the Associated Press. Clinton’s server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of US government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders. Records show that Clinton operated two more devices on her home network in Chappaqua, New York, that also were directly accessible from the internet. One contained similar remote-control software that also has suffered from security vulnerabilities, known as Virtual Network Computing, and the other appeared to be configured to …

    October 13, 2015 3:12 pm


  • Measurements of dinosaur body temperatures shed new light on 150-year debate

    Related images(click to enlarge) Were dinosaurs really fast, aggressive hunters like the ones depicted in the movie “Jurassic World”? Or did they have lower metabolic rates that made them move more like today’s alligators and crocodiles? For 150 years, scientists have debated the nature of dinosaurs’ body temperatures and how those temperatures influenced their activity levels. New research by UCLA scientists indicates that some dinosaurs, at least, had the capacity to elevate their body temperature using heat sources in the environment, such as the sun. They also believe the animals were probably more active than modern-day alligators and crocodiles, which can be active and energetic, but only for brief spurts. The researchers also found evidence that other dinosaurs they studied had lower body temperatures than modern birds, their only living relatives, and were probably less active. The research is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Led by Robert Eagle, a researcher in the department …

    October 13, 2015 5:53 pm


  • Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study

    TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Early physical therapy provides only modest benefits for low back pain, and the discomfort usually subsides by itself, a new study has found. The study followed more than 200 people with recent-onset low back pain who were randomly assigned to physical therapy or no treatment for the first month after their pain began. Physical therapy included back manipulation and exercise. Early physical therapy produced a modest improvement in the study participants’ ability to function after three months, compared with no physical therapy. However, after a year, no significant difference in function was found between the two groups. And, the participants reported no improvement in pain after one month, three months or one year of therapy, the researchers said. “People with lower back pain tend to get better quickly, and the physical therapy helped them get there a little quicker,” said lead researcher Julie Fritz, a professor of physical …

    October 13, 2015 2:32 pm


  • Chris Brown’s Daughter Royalty Has Moves Just Like Her Daddy

    Posted on Tue Oct 13th, 2015 12:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff ❤️ A video posted by @chrisbrownofficial on Oct 13, 2015 at 8:21am PDT This actually makes us like Breezy way more! Chris Brown and daughter Royalty showed off their dance moves during a recent photoshoot with Lana Del Rey’s boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini, and the hip hop bad boy decided to share an adorable clip of the action with his Instagram followers. His little girl grooves to the music while her famous dad mimics her in attempt to keep her going, and dare we say CB seems like a pretty good dad! The RB star hinted that the shoot was for his upcoming album cover, and that would make sense considering his new album is named after his little princess. It wasn’t all work and no play for the duo, though! The “Turn Up The Music” crooner took the toddler to pet some giraffes at an …

    October 13, 2015 5:33 pm


  • President Park should publicly apologize for South Korea’s sexual violence in Vietnam

    This week’s state visit by South Korean President Park Geun-hye presents an opportunity to assess the strength of the alliance between our two countries. At the same time, it presents an obligation to challenge our ally when its behavior does not fully align with American values. The United States as a country has a strong legacy of embracing mistakes and atoning for them. President Park should embrace this uniquely American value and publicly apologize to the thousands of Vietnamese women who were forcibly raped by troops under her father’s command during the Vietnam War. Forty years ago, Park Chung-hee – the current president’s father and a former general, led over 320,000 of his U.S.-allied troops into the War in Vietnam. Throughout the war, South Korean soldiers violently raped and sexually assaulted thousands of young women, some as young as 13 and 14 years of age. Many of these women bore children as a result of …

    October 13, 2015 5:13 pm

Odd News

  • I never sprayed Putin, says Hamilton

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed as wide of the mark reports that he sprayed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the winner’s champagne after Sunday’s grand prix in Sochi. “I actually didn’t. I didn’t actually spray him. I think there’s a weird picture but I didn’t spray him. I definitely don’t want anything (to happen),” the Mercedes driver told Sky Sports television on Monday with a smile. Hamilton, who flew back home to Britain to join the team’s celebrations after they won their second successive constructors’ championship in Russia, has got into trouble previously for his champagne-spraying antics on the podium. He was criticized and accused of sexist bullying in April for aiming a spray of champagne directly in the face of a Chinese Grand Prix hostess in Shanghai. That incident, highlighted in photographs that showed the woman flinching, triggered condemnation in Britain and Germany as well as on Chinese social media but …

    October 12, 2015 10:07 am