• Should flamethrowers be sold in the US?

    A firm marketing flamethrowers as a “cool tool” has provoked a Michigan town to try to ban the fire-spewing machines. Why make, build or sell a flamethrower? That is the question posed by the man...
  • New type of prion may cause, transmit neurodegeneration

    Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder with similarities to Parkinson’s disease, is caused by a newly discovered type of prion, akin to the misfolded proteins involved in incurable progressive brain diseases such Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease...
  • Good news for Corinthian’s student debtors

    Good news for Corinthian’s student debtors

    Ever since Corinthian Colleges went bankrupt earlier this year, some former students have been fighting to have their student debt wiped out. Even if they win, they could end up with an unwelcome surprise: a...
  • Why Hillary Clinton may not be ‘first’ lady much longer

    Based on national polls, Hillary Clinton is the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination. But important early-state measurements tell a different story. A new survey shows Sen. Bernie Sanders has narrowed Clinton’s lead...
  • Love Bug actor Dean Jones dies

    Love Bug actor Dean Jones dies

    Image copyright AP Image caption Dean Jones was one of Disney major stars of the 1960s and 1970s The US actor Dean Jones, best known for his starring role in Disney’s The Love Bug, has...
  • Rockies activate Kendrick, Boone, recall 4 others

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have reinstated right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan from the 15-day disabled list. Kendrick will start the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The...

Headline News

  • Officials announce nearly $32 million state effort, with public help, for Alamo preservation


    Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, right, arrives for a news conference to celebrate the $31.5 million the General Land Office received for the preservation and development of the Alamo, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press) Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, left, poses with Bella the official Alamo cat following a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in San Antonio, to celebrate the $31.5 million the General Land Office received for the preservation and development of the Alamo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press) Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, left, tours the Alamo following a news conference to celebrate the $31.5 million the General Land Office received for the preservation and development of the Alamo, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press) Alamo Rangers watch over a news conference where Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and other officials held a news conference …

    September 2, 2015 6:18 pm
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Politics

  • Sources: Reichert Seriously Considering Washington Governor’s Race


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 3:20 p.m. Sept. 2 0 Tweet Reichert’s former chief of staff said this is “the most serious” he’s ever seen his old boss about running for governor. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Republican Rep. Dave Reichert is seriously considering a gubernatorial bid in Washington state, according to multiple GOP sources. The congressman has been the consistent source of rumors for a statewide bid over the last decade. But those rumors were often fueled by House Democrats who wanted him to leave behind a competitive open seat or Republicans focused on the Senate and governorships. “This time is the most serious I’ve ever seen him,” Mike Shields, the congressman’s former chief of staff, said. Reichert is considering challenging Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, the former House member who is running for his second term next year. Republicans have come close in gubernatorial races before, including Dino Rossi’s razor-thin, 129-vote loss in …

    September 2, 2015 3:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Good news for Corinthian’s student debtors


    Ever since Corinthian Colleges went bankrupt earlier this year, some former students have been fighting to have their student debt wiped out. Even if they win, they could end up with an unwelcome surprise: a bigger tax bill. Most forgiven debt is treated as taxable income by the IRS. But new legislation in California would exclude the amount of the student’s loan discharge — at least on their state taxes. In June, the Department of Education said students could apply for federal loan forgiveness if their schools shut down, or if they believe they were victims of fraud. Corinthian allegedly overstated job placement rates in order to recruit students. The school was fined $30 million by the DOE, and is currently facing lawsuits from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and several state attorneys general. When it shuttered its last operating campuses, 16,000 students were still enrolled. Many found out when they went to class and …

    September 2, 2015 6:18 pm
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Sports

  • Votto 3-run HR in 9th after Bryant error, Reds beat Cubs 7-4


    CHICAGO (AP) Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning that was set up by third baseman Kris Bryant’s two-out error, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 7-4 Wednesday. Bryant hit a two-run homer in the eighth that made it 4-all. The rookie has 22 home runs and 84 RBIs this season. Cubs closer Hector Rondon (5-3) retired the first two batters in the ninth. Jason Bourgeois, who homered earlier, followed with a single. Jay Bruce then hit a hard grounder that went through Bryant’s legs for an error, and Votto connected for his 27th home run. J.J. Hoover (7-0) got the win despite giving up Bryant’s homer. Aroldis Chapman closed for his 27th save. Tommy La Stella and Anthony Rizzo hit solo home runs for the Cubs. Chicago began the day with a 6 1/2-game lead over San Francisco for the second NL wild-card spot. Reds rookie Raisel Iglesias struck …

    September 2, 2015 6:38 pm
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World News

  • Should flamethrowers be sold in the US?


    A firm marketing flamethrowers as a “cool tool” has provoked a Michigan town to try to ban the fire-spewing machines. Why make, build or sell a flamethrower? That is the question posed by the man who designed what he calls America’s first hand-held flamethrower. Chris Byars’s answer: “It’s awesome.” Byars says he has sold and delivered 30 of his XM42 model, costing $899 (£588). He has received pre-orders for 400 more. This is not something you can buy at your local store – the XM42 can propel burning napalm-like fuel 25ft (7.6m), igniting and scorching anything in its path. A flamethrower could have a practical function, but that is not how Byers is marketing it. “I wanted one, personally, back in 2007, solely due to the ‘cool’ factor and [for] taking out wasps,” he says in an email. After soliciting funds on Kickstarter, he used his engineering experience to build one. But building such a …

    September 2, 2015 6:39 pm
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Technology

  • Doctors voice concerns over plan for greater patient access to medical records


    The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced plans to give patients in England access to their entire medical record by 2018, and to let them read and add to their GP record using their smartphone within a year. The announcement at NHS England’s annual conference in Manchester prompted fears of a repeat of last year’s row over care.data, a programme in which patient records were shared outside the NHS without their consent. The opposition forced NHS England to halt the scheme temporarily while it addressed the concerns. Phil Booth, coordinator of the campaign group MedConfidential, said: “Shoving highly sensitive information to patients via their smartphones really won’t help doctors treat them in 2016, and medical bodies like the Royal College of GPs have already pointed out it could expose the vulnerable to stalking, abuse and coercion, not to mention predatory companies who can’t wait to get their hands on such valuable data.” Organisations representing doctors …

    September 2, 2015 3:38 pm
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Science

  • New type of prion may cause, transmit neurodegeneration


    Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder with similarities to Parkinson’s disease, is caused by a newly discovered type of prion, akin to the misfolded proteins involved in incurable progressive brain diseases such Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), according to two new research papers led by scientists at UC San Francisco. The findings suggest new approaches to developing treatments for MSA, which currently has no cure, but also raise a potential concern for clinicians or scientists who come in contact with MSA tissue. The new findings mark the first discovery of a human disease caused by a new prion in 50 years, since work at the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s showed that human brain tissue infected with CJD could transmit neurodegeneration to chimpanzees. It wasn’t until 1982 that UCSF’s Stanley Prusiner, MD isolated the causative agent for a related disease called scrapie, found in sheep, and characterized it as a prion, for “infectious protein.” …

    September 2, 2015 6:38 pm
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Health

  • Clinton proposes $7.5 billion U.S. fund to fight addiction


    WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would launch a $10 billion initiative to tackle drug and alcohol addiction, a problem she speaks of often on the campaign trail and which affects 23 million Americans. Clinton’s plan would include a new $7.5 billion federal fund to support states that launch addiction-related prevention, treatment, medical response, prescription and criminal justice initiatives. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, announced her plan in the Manchester Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper. She said at her first campaign stop in the state, a retired doctor told her the biggest problem facing the country was drug addiction. “To be candid, I didn’t expect what came next,” Clinton wrote in the piece posted late on Tuesday. “In state after state, this issue came up again and again – from so many people, from all walks of life, in small downs and big cities.” Substance abuse has become an early, surprising theme in Clinton’s campaign, …

    September 2, 2015 2:58 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Ditches His Shirt To Reconnect With Nature


    Posted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 2:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff The Biebs must have known it’s Waterfall Wednesday! Justin Bieber has had quite the busy past week dropping his new single and video “What Do You Mean” and performing at the VMAs, so the pop star took a moment to reflect in nature – shirtless of course! The Canadian sensation was rumored to be dating his music video chick Xenia Deli, but the model just shot down those reports. “No, we are not dating. We are just friends,” she told Fox 11. We think JB is still carrying a torch for Selena Gomez, if her name being flashed in his vid is any indication. Some very perceptive Beliebers noticed the name “Selena” spray painted in graffiti on a wall in one of the scenes, and around it are the words “hope”, “love” and “JB.” We bet the heartthrob was wading through the river, contemplating a …

    September 2, 2015 5:18 pm
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Editorial

  • Why Hillary Clinton may not be ‘first’ lady much longer


    Based on national polls, Hillary Clinton is the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination. But important early-state measurements tell a different story. A new survey shows Sen. Bernie Sanders has narrowed Clinton’s lead in Iowa to seven points, down from 34 points. With 37 percent of likely caucus-goers saying they support Clinton, against 30 percent for Sanders, he is within striking distance five months before voters have their first say in the 2016 campaign. The situation is even more intriguing in New Hampshire, which holds its primary eight days after Iowa. There Sanders grabbed a seven-point lead in the two most recent polls, with Clinton again topping out at 37 percent. The upshot: If she loses Iowa and New Hampshire, is Clinton still the front-runner? The question is hypothetical, but the trend is real and there is no relief in sight for her. The latest emails released under court order show again she …

    September 2, 2015 5:58 pm
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Odd News

  • Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster sharing her name


    An anchor for Fox News Channel has sued Hasbro Inc for more than $5 million over the company’s sale of a plastic toy hamster that shares her name, and which she says resembles her. In a complaint filed on Monday, Harris Faulkner, who joined Fox News in 2005, called it “demeaning and insulting” for Hasbro to portray her as a rodent with its Harris Faulkner hamster, and said the toy damages her credibility as a journalist. Faulkner also said the hamster bears a “physical resemblance” to her through its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup design, and poses a choking hazard to small children. “Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author, has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation,” only to suffer “substantial commercial and emotional damages” from Hasbro’s conduct, the complaint said. Faulkner said she told Hasbro in January it had no permission to …

    September 2, 2015 2:58 pm
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