Headline News

  • San Diego beach reopened after hammerhead shark spotted 2 days in row


    SAN DIEGO –  The coast seems to be clear after shark sightings Saturday and Sunday along the San Diego coastline. San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said no sharks were seen Monday after kayakers saw a hammerhead shark twice over the weekend. On Saturday, the shark was circling and video was taken. Shark experts say the movement was aggressive so authorities closed a two-mile stretch of La Jolla Shores for 24 hours. Another hammerhead was seen Sunday. Swanson said it was farther off shore so the beach was reopened with a warning to swimmers. When no shark was sighted Monday, the warning was lifted. Lee says there hasn’t been a shark sighting in La Jolla Shores for about three years.

    August 31, 2015 4:42 pm
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Politics

  • Supreme Court says former Virginia governor McDonnell can stay out of prison pending appeal


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request by former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to remain out of prison while he appeals his corruption convictions. In a brief unsigned order, the court said McDonnell, who was governor from 2010 until 2014, would not have to report to prison until he completes the appeals process. Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts gave McDonnell a temporary reprieve while the court awaited the government’s response to his application. McDonnell’s lawyers are now expected to ask the high court to hear his full appeal. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected McDonnell’s initial request to stay out of prison. The same court upheld McDonnell’s conviction in a July ruling. McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in September 2014 of taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting one …

    August 31, 2015 3:01 pm
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Stocks

  • Oil skyrockets up to almost $50 a barrel


    Oil prices have a long history of violent swings. But even by those standards, crude just experienced an incredibly extreme move. Just a week ago oil plummeted below $38 a barrel for the first time since 2009 with little end to the pain in sight. Flash forward to today and oil is racing back to nearly $50 a barrel. That amounts to a 30% spike in the span of merely a week. Over the past three days alone crude enjoyed its largest percentage gain since August 1990, according to The Wall Street Journal. So what changed so dramatically? Fundamentally, not all that much. It still looks like the world has too much oil, thanks to the gush in production created by the American shale oil boom. Concerns about a supply glut may have been eased a bit on Monday with a new government report that downgraded its estimate for U.S. oil output so far this …

    August 31, 2015 4:01 pm
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Sports

  • Jaguars trade PK Josh Scobee to Steelers for 6th-round pick


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded longtime kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Steelers needed a kicker after losing Shaun Suisham (knee) and then Graham Hartley (hamstring) to preseason injuries. Scobee was the longest-tenured player on Jacksonville’s roster, having joined the franchise as a fifth-round draft pick in 2004. He is in the final year of his contract, which pays him $3.425 million. Scobee has appeared in 168 regular-season games and connected on 235 of 291 field-goal attempts (80.8 percent) and 317 of 322 extra points. Among active kickers, Scobee ranks eighth in field goals made and ninth in points. The Jaguars will make rookie Jason Myers their placekicker. — AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

    August 31, 2015 4:42 pm
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World News

  • Carnival crowds brave downpours


    Revellers at Notting Hill Carnival donned ponchos and clutched umbrellas as west London was hit by downpours. Up to 60 bands in colourful costumes have been taking part in the Grand Finale street parade. There were also 38 sound systems to entertain crowds. More than a million people are believed to have attended the event across the two days. Earlier, three men were arrested after a man suffered stab wounds. Image caption Performers took advantage of dry spells to show off their costumes Image caption Bright umbrellas added to the colourful carnival style Image caption This is how the magic happens: Behind the scenes with the London School of Samba Image caption Last minute costume alterations were made ahead of the Bank Holiday parade A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries at about 13:00 BST. Police made 126 arrests at carnival on Sunday in total, mainly for public-order related offences. …

    August 31, 2015 4:41 pm
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Technology

  • Apple TV May Finally Grab the Spotlight


    The next version of the Apple TV set-top box could be ready for prime time in October, priced at either US$149 or $199, based on rumors circulating Monday as the company gears up for its Sept. 9 event in San Francisco. The current version goes for $99. With the higher price could come a seriously upgraded device: The new — and apparently quite improved — Apple TV reportedly will feature an A8 processor, flash storage support upwards of 32 GB, and 1 GB of RAM. It will include support for Siri, a new touchscreen remote control, a new and more intuitive interface, and support for an app store — something that has been missing in past versions, according to the latest buzz. It’s likely the next Apple TV also will serve as a hub for a long-rumored pay-TV service that will bundle multiple TV channels and could become available to subscribers for $40 per month. …

    August 31, 2015 3:21 pm
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Science

  • An engineered surface unsticks sticky water droplets


    Related images(click to enlarge) The leaves of the lotus flower, and other natural surfaces that repel water and dirt, have been the model for many types of engineered liquid-repelling surfaces. As slippery as these surfaces are, however, tiny water droplets still stick to them. Now, Penn State researchers have developed nano/micro-textured, highly slippery surfaces able to outperform these naturally inspired coatings, particularly when the water is a vapor or tiny droplets. Enhancing the mobility of liquid droplets on rough surfaces could improve condensation heat transfer for power-plant heat exchangers, create more efficient water harvesting in arid regions, and prevent icing and frosting on aircraft wings. “This represents a fundamentally new concept in engineered surfaces,” said Tak-Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a faculty member in the Penn State Materials Research Institute. “Our surfaces combine the unique surface architectures of lotus leaves and pitcher plants in such a way that these surfaces possess both …

    August 31, 2015 2:21 pm
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Health

  • Religion rarely part of ICU conversation


    (Reuters Health) – In less than 20 percent of family meetings in the intensive care unit do doctors and other health care providers discuss religion or spirituality a new study finds. For many patients and families, religion and spirituality are important near the end of life, and understanding these beliefs may be “important to delivering care that is respectful of the patient as an individual,” said senior author Dr. Douglas B. White of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in email to Reuters Health. Researchers used audio recordings to analyze 249 meetings between health care professionals and an ICU patient’s surrogate decision maker at six medical centers between 2009 and 2012. Three-quarters of the decision makers rated religion or spirituality as fairly or very important in their lives. Religion or spirituality came up in 40 of the 249 conversations. More than half of the time, the surrogate decision maker, rather than the doctor, brought …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sweaty Khloe Kardashian Suffers A Wardrobe Malfunction At The Studio


    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 1:39pm PDT       By X17 Staff Not even a Kardashian can beat the LA heat! Khloe Kardashian was a sweaty Sally when she made her way into the studio on Monday morning. Despite having AC, the 31-year-old had one sweaty back when she rolled up in an long-sleeved bodycon dress under the sweltering summer sun. It’s a little hot for that outfit, lady! But the problems with this outfit didn’t stop with the sweatstains — Khloe also must have missed the fact that underneath her arm the dress is busting at the seams!   SEE THE GALLERY Sweaty Khloe Kardashian Hits The Studio Stories from around the Web

    August 31, 2015 4:01 pm
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Editorial

  • America, you’re watching the beginning of the end of the Republican Party


    The beginning of the end of the Republican Party has started. On Friday, I told you the Republican Party is dying. Then, yesterday, Ross Douthat in the New York Times echoed my key point. Mine was that the Republican leaders in Washington would see the decline of Donald Trump as proof that they need do nothing to change. Like the Bourbons of France, they’d forget nothing and learn nothing. On Sunday, Douthat wrote, “In an unhealthy system, the kind I suspect we inhabit, the Republicans will find a way to crush Trump without adapting to his message. In which case the pressure the Donald has tapped will continue to build — and when it bursts, the G.O.P. as we know it may go with it.” Yes, exactly. The Republican Party is dying because the GOP in DC has gone corporate and K Street. They attack any Republicans who dare hold them to their promises. They’ve …

    August 31, 2015 1:41 pm
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Odd News

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it


    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said, according to Parashak. Tang, a bartender at the airport, had not played the lottery in about a decade before using the found money to buy two tickets, Parashak said. Tang said he did not yet have plans for the money, but joked that he might use it to place $20 bills in random …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm
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