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  • Off-duty border patrol agent may have started Arizona fire

    An off-duty Border Patrol agent is being investigated for possibly starting a large wildfire in southern Arizona while target shooting last weekend, authorities said Thursday. Border Patrol officials said in statement that they were aware the investigation about how the fire began Sunday “involves an off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent” that they did not identify. “The agent was involved in recreational shooting and immediately reported the fire after it begun,” officials with the Tucson Sector added. They referred all questions about the investigation to state fire officials, who were holding an informational meeting Thursday night in Cochise County and didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment. A spokesperson for the Coronado National Forest declined comment on the ongoing investigation. U.S. Forest Service law-enforcement personnel are investigating the cause of the fire and officials previously said it was human-caused because there was no lightning nearby when it started Sunday about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of …

    April 27, 2017 10:58 pm


  • Risk of deeper involvement as U.S. weighs its options in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON As President Donald Trump’s administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight. In the past month, three U.S. service members have been killed in operations against Islamic State militants near Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan, where armed groups still find sanctuary.Officially, the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan ceased combat operations at the end of 2014, but the conflict has proved difficult to exit without risking the overthrow of the government in Kabul. Current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Trump administration is carrying out an inter-agency review, and while no decision has been made, the discussions revolve around adding 3,000 to 5,000 troops. One of the officials said there is an emphasis on avoiding artificial deadlines. Former President Barack Obama wanted to reduce the number of U.S. troops …

    April 27, 2017 7:35 pm


  • Barrick Gold's Q1 2017 Earnings Review: Higher Gold And Copper Prices Boost Earnings

    Barrick Gold released its Q1 2017 earnings result on April 24 and conducted a conference call with analysts the next day. The company reported an improvement in its earnings result driven by higher gold and copper prices but missed consensus estimates as the company reported higher costs. Copper prices surged higher in Q1 due to an improved demand outlook as a result of a fiscal stimulus in China and accelerating U.S. economic growth. In addition, gold prices  averaged higher in Q1 2017 as a result of higher safe-haven investment demand for the metal. However, the company’s cost of sales for gold operations rose in Q1, partially offsetting the impact of higher commodity prices on earnings. The increase in costs was driven by higher labor costs at the Veladero mine, higher maintenance costs at the Pueblo Viejo mine, and higher energy costs. Despite the higher costs in Q1, the company has maintained its cost guidance for the …

    April 27, 2017 9:57 pm


  • The most successful expansion team in history

    But the biggest single factor in Atlanta United’s early success is owner Arthur Blank. “Arthur Blank — I love that guy,” the taxi driver gushed as his car pulled up to the stately Buckhead mansion that houses the billionaire Home Depot founder’s business operations, a sentiment that seems unanimous across the city. Inside the building, it’s easy to see why. In a room off the main entrance, the longtime owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons’ approach is emblazoned on a display case in the form of six core values: Put people first. Listen to the customer. Include everyone. Innovate continuously. Lead by example. Give back. They aren’t just words to the 74-year-old Queens, New York, native. In February, when the Falcons reached their second Super Bowl, Blank showed his appreciation to the team’s 270 employees by taking them to Houston for the big game. Blank and Garber have known each other since the latter’s days …

    April 27, 2017 11:48 am

World News

  • Protesters storm Macedonia parliament after Albanian elected as speaker

    April 27 (UPI) — About 200 hundred Macedonian nationals stormed the parliament in Skopje and beat several lawmakers Thursday after an ethic Albanian was elected speaker, police said. The protesters, some wearing black masks, demanded new elections and backed ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski‘s VMRO party. Social Democratic Union leader Zoran Zaev had blood on his face and head, and three lawmakers from ethnic Albanian parties also were injured, according to eyewitness accounts from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. In all, 77 people were injured, including 22 police officers, inside and outside the parliament, authorities said. The protesters threw chairs, pushed over camera tripods and pounded legislators with their fists. And broken glass littered the floor. Police used stun grenades to disperse protesters. Talat Xhaferi, a former defense minister and member of the Democratic Union for Integration, was elected speaker by a coalition of the Social Democrat Union party and others representing Macedonia’s Albanian ethnic …

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm


  • Cybersecurity: is the office coffee machine watching you?

    Troubled by something deeply unethical going on at work? Or maybe you’re plotting to leak sensitive information on the company that just sacked you? Either way, you best think twice before making your next move because an all-seeing artificial intelligence might just be analysing every email you send, every file you upload, every room you scan into – even your coffee routine. The latest wave of cyber-defence technology employs machine learning to monitor use of the ever-expanding number of smart household objects connected to the Internet of Things – shutting down hackers before they’ve broken into corporate databases or whistleblowers before they’ve forwarded on information to the media. One of the leading proponents is cyber-defence company Darktrace, founded in 2013 by former British intelligence officers in Cambridge and today featuring 370 employees in 23 offices globally. The company is targeting growth in the Asia-Pacific, where regional head Sanjay Aurora is promoting Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System …

    April 27, 2017 10:58 pm


  • The search is on for elusive particle decay

    Armed and ready: the Majorana Demonstrator’s second module and detector are now installed A US experiment to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay has got the green light to start operations. The Majorana Demonstrator, located at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, received “Critical Decision 4” from the Department of Energy (DOE) in March. The decision certifies that the experiment met its “performance parameters”, including the need for ultra-low background measurements. “The DOE held us to the line and made sure we built something that we can use to do good science,” says Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicist Alan Poon, the Majorana Demonstrator’s detector group leader. “Because we know we have met all these basic requirements, now we start doing physics and trying to improve on the instruments and try to discover new signs.” The Majorana Demonstrator has been gathering data with one operating module since June 2015 and presented data on background levels …

    April 27, 2017 6:34 pm


  • UK cancer fund was poor value and may have caused patient suffering

    LONDON A special U.K. Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up in 2010 spent over 1.2 billion pounds ($1.55 bln) but failed to deliver value for patients or society and may have caused unnecessary suffering, an analysis has found. Specialists looked at 29 cancer medicines approved for funding by the CDF in January 2015 for 47 specific cancer conditions and found only 38 percent were based on data showing the drugs were likely to help patients live longer. The average overall survival gain was just over three months, but it ranged from barely 6 weeks up to 15.7 months. When other factors such as quality of life and toxic side effects of the drugs were considered as part of criteria developed by oncologists to measure value to patients, most of the drugs failed to show any meaningful clinical benefit. “From 2010 when it started to 2016 when it closed, the Cancer Drugs Fund cost the UK …

    April 27, 2017 10:18 pm


  • Johnny Depp Surprises Pirates Of The Caribbean Riders At Disneyland

    Posted on Thu Apr 27th, 2017 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Johnny Depp Is filming on the pirates ride in Disney land!!!! Crazy!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Klc1QyEKzR — Tommy Williams (@Twiller0) April 27, 2017 We would have died! Johnny Depp slipped into character and surprised Pirates of the Caribbean riders last night at Disneyland, and people couldn’t believe their eyes! The actor slurred and swashbuckled while pointing his sword at passersby, and more than a few of the lucky theme park guests caught the moment and shared it on social media! This was some brilliant marketing for the fifth installment of the franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, set to be released next month. Jack Sparrow is real, folks! Stories from around the Web

    April 27, 2017 11:19 pm


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Dangerous brown recluse spiders found in unexpected place

    A family in Michigan is scratching their heads after discovering unusual tenants inside their garage last week. On the floor of their unheated, detached garage in Davison, they spotted two long-legged spiders, which turned out to be brown recluse spiders — a dangerous type of spider with a powerful bite. Most bites are minor, but occasionally, skin around a brown recluse bite will become necrotic, turning a dark color and becoming a deep, open sore as it dies. The characteristic violin shaped mark is seen on a preserved Brown Recluse Spider displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. The family has no idea where the spiders with 3- to 5-inch-long legs came from or how they made their way into their garage. Howard Russell, an entomologist at Michigan State University Diagnostic Services, confirmed the spiders were, in fact, brown recluses. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Russell told CBS News. “I’ve …

    April 27, 2017 7:14 pm