Headline News

  • Deadly Oakland warehouse fire started next door, lawyer claims


    The defense team for the operator of the Ghost Ship warehouse released a report Monday that alleges that the fire that gutted an Oakland, Calif., warehouse last month and killed 36 people started at a building next door. ‘GET UP. WE’VE GOT TO GET OUT’: STORMS KILL 20 IN THE SOUTH Lawyers for Derick Ion Almena released a press release Monday afternoon saying they have received a “reliable scientific report” which indicates the origin of the blaze was at an adjacent structure and not inside the Fruitvale District warehouse.  “Such should reasonably foreclose any criminal negligence charges against Mr. Almena,” the statement said. “Recall that the ATF could not conclude where the fire originated. The reasonable doubt here is overwhelming.” Almena, 46, was the master tenant at the Ghost Ship warehouse when the blaze occurred.  His attorneys, Tony Serra, Jeffrey Krasnoff and Kyndra Miller, have previously said that Almena did not engage in criminal misconduct and blamed …

    January 24, 2017 8:48 am
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Politics

  • After U.S. exit, Asian nations try to save TPP trade deal


    WELLINGTON/TOKYO Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a promise to abandon the accord. The TPP, which the United States had signed but not ratified, was a pillar of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy to pivot to Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has touted it as an engine of economic reform, as well as a counter-weight to a rising China, which is not a TPP member. Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Monday pulling the United States out of the 2015 TPP agreement and distancing the United States from its Asian allies. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had held discussions with Abe, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong overnight about …

    January 24, 2017 5:27 am
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Stocks

  • Earnings Reaction History: Fifth Third Bancorp, 25.0% Follow-Through Indicator, 1.9% Sensitive


    Expected Earnings Release: 01/24/2017, Premarket Avg. Extended-Hours Dollar Volume: $92,985 Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB ) is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect light trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement. Historical earnings event related premarket and after-hours trading activity in FITB indicates that the price change in the extended hours is likely to be of limited value in forecasting additional price movement by the following regular session close. Last 12 Qtrs Positive Only Price Reactions Percent of time added to extended-hours gains: 20% Average next regular session additional gain: 1.2% Over the prior three fiscal years (12 quarters), when shares of FITB rose in the extended-hours session in reaction to its earnings announcement, history shows that 20.0% of the time (1 event) the stock posted additional gains in the following regular session by an average of 1.2%. Last 12 …

    January 24, 2017 7:48 am
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Sports

  • Frustrated LeBron calls for Cavs to take action


    3:39 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James is growing impatient with the direction the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be heading and is calling for the franchise to do something about it. After the Cavs fell 124-122 to an Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans team Monday night — Cleveland’s fifth loss in its past seven games — James unloaded on what he believes is a roster ill-equipped, in its current state, to become the last team standing and lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June. “I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization,” James told a small group of beat reporters who travel regularly to cover Cleveland’s road games. “I just hope we’re not satisfied.” The Cavs broke a 52-year championship drought in Cleveland last season, eliminating a Golden State Warriors team that went an NBA-record 73-9 in the regular season to do …

    January 24, 2017 5:27 am
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World News

  • Farmers spray powdered milk on EU buildings in protest


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — The European Milk Board said dairy farmers protesting market intervention dumped powdered milk onto an EU building in Brussels — turning the scene into a white, lactose wonderland. The protest occurred Monday during an EU Agriculture Ministers Council meeting held at the EU Council headquarters. The protesters argue the European Commission’s proposal last month to again sell large quantities of skimmed milk powder in order to stabilize the market will depress prices in Europe and abroad. The EMB said the measures first enacted in September 2014 have prevented European dairy farmers from being able to sell their products at a price high enough to cover production costs. The EU bought more than 350,000 tons of powdered milk in attempts to sell with the goal of stabilizing prices. “Stop the ongoing sales of intervention milk powder! Begin work on a legislative proposal to set up a permanent crisis instrument and present it …

    January 24, 2017 7:48 am
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Technology

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 to have infinity display and iris scanner, insiders say


    Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, have an almost bezel-less, edge-to-edge “infinity” display and an iris scanner, the Guardian has learned. The Galaxy S8 will be announced in late March and go on sale on or around 21 April, later than the originally planned launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February due to knock-on effects of the Note 7 fiasco. The two variants will have screens in the 5in to 6in region, with the devices having the same or smaller proportions of previous versions of Samsung’s flagship smartphone but with larger displays, according to several well placed sources talking to the Guardian. The S7 was available with either a 5.1in and 5.5in screen. The two smartphones are codenamed Dream and Dream 2, representing the smaller and larger Galaxy S8 respectively, according to two sources. Both versions will have screens that curve down at the left and right sides of the device …

    January 24, 2017 9:08 am
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Science

  • Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes


    Lining up: water molecules within a carbon nanotube The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to a new technique for studying confined water molecules – which is crucial to various branches of science, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. The study could lead to better ways of delivering drugs in the body and even boost our understanding of quantum mechanics. SWCNTs are hollow hair-like structures with walls that are one atom thick. Normally they are closed at both ends, but sometimes the ends can be open and Sofie Cambré of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and colleagues have previously shown that open SWCNTs rapidly fill with …

    January 24, 2017 12:45 am
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Health

  • New bird flu virus type confirmed on German turkey farm


    HAMBURG A bird flu outbreak in north Germany this week was of a new subtype called H5N5, the first time the strain has been confirmed on a German farm, the country’s national animal disease center said on Tuesday. The H5N5 strain was found on a turkey farm in Germany in Steinburg in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute said.. The H5N5 strain has been found previously in wild birds in the Netherlands, Italy, Montenegro and Italy and Croatia, the institute said. It has also been found in wild birds in Germany this week. The institute is not changing its bird flu risk assessment, it said. There have been no recorded cases of H5N5 spreading to humans, it added. The contagious H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in hundreds of wild birds in Germany in recent weeks and isolated outbreaks on farms have been occurring despite tougher hygiene rules and orders to …

    January 24, 2017 8:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Nina Dobrev celebrates birthday at ‘La La Land’-themed party


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Nina Dobrev celebrated her 28th birthday at a La La Land-themed party over the weekend. The Vampire Diaries alum rang in the occasion with professional dancers Derek and Julianne Hough, actors Aaron Paul and Glen Powell, and other friends at a bowling alley Saturday in Los Angeles. Dobrev and her guests wore classic, Old Hollywood-inspired outfits as a nod to La La Land. Derek and Julianne Hough went all out by dressing up as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone‘s characters from the movie. “La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent. @ninadobrev Birthday!!! #goldenage #family #talent,” Derek captioned a photo of himself and Julianne on Instagram. “City of stars #lalaland #ninasthemedbirthdayparty #brotherfromthesamemother #yellowlexi,” Julianne added on her own account. La la land!!! @juleshough is the modern day Ginger Rodgers. Pure talent . @ninadobrev Birthday !!! #goldenage #family #talent #ilikemyhat #move #beyond #weAreAboutToLightAmericaUp #motionEqualsEmotion #IWonAtBowling #iactuallylost #legends #ofLosingAtBowling …

    January 24, 2017 2:05 am
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Editorial

  • Sean Hannity: Trump mounts shock and awe campaign on DC


    It is only day five of the Trump administration, and the commander-in-chief is already launching a shock and awe campaign against the Washington establishment. President Trump is not wasting any time enacting his agenda. He is following through on the pledge he made on the campaign trail and in his inaugural address: The days of all talk and no action are over. In fact, just hours after his swearing-in on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, Trump immediately took action to undo the damage left behind by President Obama. Trump on Friday signed an executive order that could go a long way toward dismantling the disastrous health care law known as ObamaCare. On Day 2, President Trump took action to freeze all new and pending federal government regulations. On Monday, he pulled the U.S. out of the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. And he has already spoken with the leaders of …

    January 24, 2017 9:08 am
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Odd News

  • Sea lion climbs atop car in Washington state, takes a nap


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — A Washington state woman captured video of an unusual parking lot scene involving a sea lion that refused to budge from the top of a car. Melanie Sceva Hill said in a Facebook post she came across the strange sight Saturday on Whidbey Island. The post included photos of the sea lion as well as a video of the animal looking around at the spectators before spreading out on the roof for a rest. “Only on Whidbey Island!” Hill wrote. “A [sea lion] on the roof of someone’s car in the Nichols Brothers parking lot. This is happening right now and I guess he’s been there for a while!” Witnesses said two deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office eventually arrived and helped coax the sea lion, which had fallen asleep, down from atop the Honda Civic. Related Stories: Indiana sanctuary lion gets cases of ‘beer’ for 21st birthday Go west, …

    January 24, 2017 9:08 am
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