Headline News

  • Mom of slain California 8-year-old says she doesn’t fault mom of teen boy accused in killing

    SANTA CRUZ,Calif. –  The mother of a slain 8-year-old California girl says she doesn’t fault the mom of the 15-year-old neighbor boy accused of the killing. The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1MHcPs2 ) reported Monday that Laura Jordan says she hugged Reggie Factor at a makeshift memorial for Madyson Middleton, the daughter of Jordan. Factor’s son, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing Madyson inside his family’s apartment at a housing complex in Santa Cruz where both families live. Jordan says both mothers lost children that day and she doesn’t blame Factor for what happened. Gonzalez, who is being prosecuted as an adult, has not entered a plea. His next hearing is set for Sept. 21.

    August 3, 2015 1:12 pm


  • Democrats welcome Obama’s push on Iran deal

    Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of Obama’s personal lobbying at the White House last week, part of the administration’s all-out campaign since the pact was announced July 14. Other Democrats have signaled they are leaning in favor and still others have remained undeclared, awaiting a vote in September. The deal, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions smothering its economy, is not a traditional fight between the White House and Republicans, who control the House and Senate. This is about Obama, who has often been at odds with congressional Democrats, trying to cajole them just weeks after a divisive debate over trade. The president has talked to more than 80 lawmakers, …

    August 3, 2015 12:12 pm


  • Sears to make first profit since 2012. But don’t be fooled

    Sears is about to book its first profit since 2012 But don’t be fooled. Sears Holdings (SHLD) is in terrible shape. Sales at its two flagship brands — Sears and Kmart — are still tumbling. The only reason it’s making money in the second quarter is because of a complex financial transaction involving its real estate holdings. Wall Street wasn’t cheering the news. Sears shares tumbled 8% on Monday, leaving them down 40% so far this year. “We’re still watching the slow destruction of a once-venerable company,” said Paula Rosenblum, managing partner at retail consultancy RSR Research. She was referring to Sears, adding that Kmart has been crumbling for much longer. Related: Magnitude of Kmart’s downfall is stunning Extremely rare profit: Sears Holdings said on Monday it expects to post a profit of $155 million to $205 million for the quarter that ended on August 1. That would represent the first quarterly profit for Sears …

    August 3, 2015 12:52 pm


  • Packers LB Clay Matthews misses practice (knee soreness)

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews missed Green Bay’s Monday morning practice with what coach Mike McCarthy termed ”knee soreness.” McCarthy downplayed any concerns about Matthews, the centerpiece of the team’s defense. Matthews felt something in his knee during Saturday’s first in-pads practice of training camp, McCarthy said. Players had Sunday off before returning to practice Monday, again in pads. Matthews came out and watched a brief portion of practice wearing a Packers baseball cap and jogged off the field into the Don Hutson Center after his cameo appearance. McCarthy said Matthews did rehabilitation work with other injured players inside the Hutson Center during practice. McCarthy said he does not have a timetable for Matthews’ return. The Packers are working Matthews both inside and outside this camp after changing his role at midseason last year. Because he moved to inside linebacker during the bye week last season after 4 1/2 years …

    August 3, 2015 1:12 pm

World News

  • ‘Migrant’ hoax: The selfies that fooled the internet

    An Instagram account that appeared to belong to a migrant, documenting his route from Senegal to Europe, garnered thousands of followers and global media attention. Now, it transpires, the account was a fake. BBC Trending talks to the man who mocked it up. The account, created in the name of Abdou Diouf from Dakar, started posting selfies last week, and claimed to chart his perilous route from Senegal to Europe. The pictures showed him smiling to the camera with his “#family”, and getting a haircut ahead of his big trip. His “journey” wasn’t easy, though. A later picture purported to show him on a boat, in the dark. “The only way to cross, a small inflatable boat all night rowing. Really scared,” the caption reads. Eventually he appeared to reach land. “Finally the land os opportunities [sic]. We tired but happy. Very danger trip,” writes “Diouf”. The account has built up more than 8,000 followers, …

    August 3, 2015 1:12 pm


  • Sony unveils smartphones with 13-megapixel front camera for selfies

    Sony is trying to lure in selfie-takers with its Xperia M5 (left) and Xperia C5 Ultra (right). Sony Sony is trying to woo selfie-taking consumers with its latest two smartphones. Unveiled on Monday, the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 both include 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. That’s a change of pace since typically smartphone makers reserve the better cameras for the rear since since people traditionally take pictures of what’s around them. But the selfie craze of taking pictures of yourself apparently convinced Sony to adopt a hefty camera on the front as well. Sony dubs the Xperia C5 Ultra a new “PROselfie” smartphone with its dual 13-megapixel cameras and a full-HD 6-inch display with a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. Powered by a 1.7 gigahertz octa-core processor, the phone includes 2 gigabytes of RAM, 4G network connectivity, an aluminum frame and a battery that Sony says can run for two days on …

    August 3, 2015 12:32 pm


  • Light-emitting diode sole-source lighting effective in bedding plant seedling production

    Related images(click to enlarge) In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In northern latitudes, though, the average greenhouse photosynthetic DLI can fall far short of optimal levels, resulting in delayed production and poor quality plants. Roberto Lopez and Wesley Randall, researchers at the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University, published a study in the May 2015 issue of HortScience in which they compared the quality of bedding plant seedlings grown under sole-source LEDs and supplemental lighting from LEDs and high-pressure sodium lamps. “Due to their small size, wavelength specificity, high light output, and relatively low heat output, LEDs have been used in environmental chambers …

    August 3, 2015 7:31 am


  • Austrian court snuffs out planned e-cigarette restriction

    VIENNA Austria’s e-cigarette retailers exhaled in relief after a constitutional court overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most products to officially licensed tobacco shops. The government had proposed that sales of e-cigarettes be limited to the Alpine republic’s licensed tobacconists from October to protect young people and for public health reasons. Specialist sellers of e-cigarettes objected because they would have been allowed only to sell re-usable devices, but not the liquid to fill them or disposable cigarettes. The court ruled on Monday however, that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional, saying that the health arguments put forward were not solid enough to justify blocking the retailers’ right to trade freely and that e-cigarettes should not be treated the same as other tobacco products. “We are relieved that we can carry on our business and don’t have to shut up shop,” said Thomas Baburek, head of e-cigarette association VFFED …

    August 3, 2015 11:52 am


  • Incognito Khloe Kardashian Channels Carmen Sandiego With Her Trench And Fedora

    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 10:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Where in the world is Khloe Kardashian?! The jetsetter was actually in Los Angeles airport when she was spotted looking like cartoon super criminal Carmen Sandiego on Sunday night. Covered up in a grey trench by Haider Ackermann, oversized fedora, army green jumpsuit by Kardashian Kollection and Balenciaga boots, Khloe arrived at LAX last night after a red-eye flight from Australia. While in Australia, the big bootied star still managed to keep working on her fit form, which she flaunted on the cover of Complex magazine last week. While in the Land Down Under, Khloe still hit the gym, posting an Instagram snap of her and her pals hitting some machine. While in Australia, the 31-year-old also talked about her recent 35-pound weight loss while on the radio show Fitzy Wippa. “It wasn’t that intense here because I’m still jet-lagged, but I make sure that …

    August 3, 2015 1:12 pm


  • New Hampshire: The one thing 2016 presidential hopefuls must talk about

    If you happen to be running for president of the United States and intend to spend some quality time in New Hampshire over the next several months, let me offer some friendly advice:  Be prepared to talk about housing. Housing is on the minds of many folks in the Granite State. The rising cost of housing, the shortage of affordable rental homes, and the waning ability to access the homeownership market are top concerns.   These issues affect thousands of families across the state – not just in the larger population centers of Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth in southern New Hampshire, but also in the more rural communities in the central and northern portions of the state. The unsustainable housing situation in New Hampshire is a major problem, and one that appears to be growing in intensity and scope every day. In 2013, nearly 36 percent of the 519,000 New Hampshire households had housing cost …

    August 3, 2015 10:51 am

Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol

    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am