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  • U.S. working to keep up with surging weapons demand: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years, a top Pentagon official said. “Projections are still strong,” Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), told Reuters in an interview late on Monday. He said the agency was trying to sort out the impact of a much stronger-than-expected fourth quarter as it finalized its forecast for arms sales in fiscal 2016, which began Oct. 1. The fight against Islamic State militants and other armed conflicts around the globe were fueling demand for U.S. missile defense equipment, helicopters and munitions, Rixey said, a shift from 10 years ago when the focus was on fighter jets. “It’s worldwide. The demand signal is coming in Europe, in the Pacific and in Centcom,” he said, referring to …

    November 24, 2015 11:26 pm


  • Obama to meet advisers Wednesday on homeland security after Paris attacks

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is slated to meet on Wednesday morning with his national security advisers to review the “homeland security posture” of the United States after Islamic State attacks in Paris and “as we enter the holiday season,” the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    November 24, 2015 10:05 pm


  • Singapore expected to add 37,600 millionaires a year

    Singapore is expected to add an average of 37,600 millionaires a year through 2020. That’s an estimated total of 188,000 millionaires over the next five years, or an 18% growth rate — faster than the 16% Hong Kong will see, according to WealthInsight. It also means one in 30 Singaporeans will be a millionaire by then. Singapore currently has about 154,000 high net worth individuals, with collective net worth hitting more than $806 billion. That’s roughly 3% of Singapore’s population of 5.5 million. “Singapore’s burgeoning financial markets, renowned private banking and superior quality of life are continuing to attract high net worth individuals from neighboring countries,” Oliver Williams of WealthInsight said in a statement. “We’re currently seeing a large influx of Indian and Chinese millionaires into the country.” Overall, Hong Kong still has more millionaires than Singapore — 193,000 are in the Chinese territory. But recent political uncertainty, including last year’s pro-democracy protests in the …

    November 24, 2015 10:46 pm


  • ‘Depay could become a world great’

    “It is not always sunshine,” was Arjen Robben’s gentle warning to Memphis Depay regarding life in the Premier League with Manchester United. The Netherlands captain was reacting to recent criticism of his compatriot from both club manager Louis van Gaal and national team coach Danny Blind, which resulted in his omission from both teams. The 31-year-old himself experienced the highs and lows of being a precocious talent in the English top flight. At the age of 22, the coveted winger joined Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven – and in three years won two league titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups. He was a huge success at Stamford Bridge, however he also garnered the reputation for being a diver, an accusation that resurfaced at the 2014 World Cup. Depay also arrived in England from PSV. United paid £31m for the 21-year-old, who had helped the Dutch giants win last season’s Eredivisie, finishing as the league’s …

    November 25, 2015 12:06 am

World News

  • The Pope’s five big issues in Africa

    Image copyright Getty Images Pope Francis will go to Africa for the first time this week, visiting a refugee camp, a slum and a mosque. He will make 19 speeches during his tour of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) and they will probably address these issues: 1. Peace between Muslims and Christians He is expected to focus on religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence at a time of rising political instability and extremism in much of the region. Security is expected to be tight throughout the trip, as the faithful flock to see this popular Pope, who has previously said that Christians would be wrong to equate Islam with violence. His first stop, Kenya, has seen some of the worst Islamist violence: Two years ago, gunmen from the Somali militant group al-Shabab massacred at least 67 people inside Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. In Uganda, his second stop, al-Shabab bombed sports bars in Kampala …

    November 24, 2015 11:26 pm


  • ‘Too quiet’ electric and hybrid cars create headache for US regulators

    US regulators are grappling with new rules for electric and hybrid cars that are too quiet, leading to fears of collisions with cyclists and sight-impaired pedestrians unless the vehicles are fitted with artificial noise-making systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the odds of a hybrid vehicle being involved in a pedestrian crash are 19% higher compared with a gasoline-powered vehicle. Related: Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: car review | Martin Love The car safety regulator has said that if the proposal were implemented there would be 2,800 fewer pedestrian and bicyclist injuries annually. There are about 125,000 such accidents each year. But the regulators have been forced to delay until at least March 2016 a government plan, in the works since 2013, to require “quiet cars” – vehicles that operate at low speeds without a gasoline engine running – to add new audio alerts at low speeds. The proposed rules would require automakers like …

    November 24, 2015 10:25 pm


  • NASA study suggests carbon content of temperate forests overestimated

    Related images(click to enlarge) Digital measurements of millions of trees indicate that previous studies likely overestimate the amount of carbon stored by temperate U.S. forests, according to a new NASA study. The findings could help scientists better understand the impact that trees have on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Although it is a well-established fact that trees absorb carbon and store it long-term, researchers are unsure how much is stored in global forests. “Estimates of the carbon content of living trees typically rely on a method that is based on cutting down trees,” said Laura Duncanson, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It takes a lot of effort to cut down trees, particularly the biggest ones, so this just isn’t practical to do in large numbers.” Because of this limitation, field studies aim to strategically sample trees. When looking at U.S. forests, for example, on average about …

    November 24, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Research raises questions over ADHD drug effects

    LONDON Researchers voiced concern on Wednesday about poor quality studies on the popular ADHD treatment Ritalin, saying evidence of some benefits, but also of sleep problems and appetite loss, suggests the drug should be prescribed with caution. Ritalin is sold by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis NOVN.VX, known generically as methylphenidate and also sold under the brand names Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym. It has been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)for more than 50 years. The Cochrane Review researchers, who conducted a full assessment of studies on the benefits and harms of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drug, said evidence on its use in children was poor. “Our expectations of this treatment are probably greater than they should be,” said Morris Zwi, a London-based consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, who worked on the review. “Whilst our review shows some evidence of benefit, we should bear in mind that this finding was based on …

    November 24, 2015 9:45 pm


  • Bindi And Derek Win ‘DWTS’ Mirrorball Trophy According To Show’s Insider

    Who is the Dancing with the Stars Season 21 winner? Another fantastic season comes to an end tonight and only one of the final three couples will take home the Mirrorball trophy. Bindi and Derek, Nick and Sharna, and Alek and Lindsay all made it to the finale thanks to their efforts on the dance floor and votes from their fans. UPDATE: The rumors were true! Bindi Irwin is the DWTS Season 21 winner! Nick Carter placed second and Alek Skarlatos took third place in this season’s competition. JUST IN: Bindi Irwin has WON America’s Dancing With the Stars. #9News pic.twitter.com/iOteiBmBZC — Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) November 25, 2015 One couple may have a big advantage over the others tonight. According to a report from Celeb Dirty Laundry, Bindi was pegged to be the winner early on and the longer she stayed, the better the ratings. Although the source states that the producers “rigged” a win for her, that just …

    November 24, 2015 10:46 pm


  • Dinesh D’Souza: What politics has in common with organized crime

    In 2012 I exceeded the campaign finance limit by giving $20,000 more than allowed to the Senate campaign of a college friend of mine, Wendy Long.   Relentlessly prosecuted by the Obama administration for this comparatively minor infraction, I was sentenced to eight months of overnight incarceration in a confinement center.  The Obama administration clearly wanted to reach me a lesson—and I learned one, although not the one they intended. The confinement center was a privately-run facility near the Mexican border. The inmates were not white-collar guys but mostly drug smugglers, coyotes, armed robbers, even rapists and murderers.  A rough crowd!  At first, fearing for my safety, I kept to myself.  But over time I got to know these people and understand the perspective of the criminal underclass. I went in there with the “Shawshank Redemption” idea that virtually all criminals purport to be innocent. What I discovered is that the hoodlums admit they are guilty, …

    November 24, 2015 8:25 pm

Odd News

  • Baby in swaddling clothes found in manger at New York church

    NEW YORK A newborn with his umbilical cord still attached was found lying in a manger at a New York church, police said on Tuesday. At Holy Child Jesus Church in the borough of Queens on Monday, the custodian found the crying infant wrapped in towels in the indoor nativity scene he had set up just before his lunch break, a New York police spokesman said. Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, one of the priests at the church, said he and others placed a clean towel around the baby while waiting for paramedics to show up. “The beautiful thing is that this woman found in this church – which is supposed to be a home for those in need –  this home for her child,” Heanue said, referring to the person he assumes left the baby there. “A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. …

    November 24, 2015 9:25 pm