• HK protest over ‘breast as weapon’

    HK protest over ‘breast as weapon’

    The Breast Walk protesters said they were highlighting the “ridiculous” nature of the conviction Dozens of bra-wearing men and women have protested in Hong Kong after a woman was jailed for assaulting a senior policeman...
  • Failed stars host powerful aurora displays

    Related images(click to enlarge) Brown dwarf stars host powerful aurora displays just like planets, astronomers have discovered. The so-called failed stars, which are difficult to detect and also remain hard to classify, are too massive...
  • China’s huge factory sector is struggling

    China’s huge factory sector is struggling

    China’s factories hit an unexpected speed bump in July, hiking concerns about slower growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The government’s official purchasing managers’ index hit 50.0 in July, according to the National Bureau of...
  • Which was the best travel photograph of the year?

    Which was the best travel photograph of the year?

    North of Svalbard in the Arctic – Joshua Holko/www.tpoty.com From the harsh reality of the natural world, to stunning beauty seen at some of the planet’s remotest locations – the best images from the latest...

Headline News

  • Seattle CEO who set firm’s minimum wage to $70G says he has hit hard times


    The Seattle CEO who reaped a publicity bonanza when he boosted the salaries of his employees to a minimum of $70,000 a year says he has fallen on hard times. Dan Price, 31, tells the New York Times that things have gotten so bad he’s been forced to rent out his house. Only three months ago Price was generating headlines—and accusations of being a socialist — when he announced the new salary minimum for all 120 employees at his Gravity Payments credit card processing firm. Price said he was doing it, and slashing his $1 million pay package to pay for it, to address the wealth gap. “I’m working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,” he told the Times in a video that shows him sitting on a plastic bucket in the garage of his house. “I’m renting out my house right now to try and make ends meet myself.” The …

    August 2, 2015 11:29 pm
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Politics

  • Obama’s climate plan seeks to slash emissions from power plants


    WASHINGTON The White House said it will launch the first ever rule on Monday to cut carbon emissions from power plants, a plan that opponents in the coal industry and their political allies will fight in the courts. In a fact sheet issued on Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan will cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan cuts emissions about 9 percent deeper than a last year’s draft, the White House said. But it gives states two years more to cut the emissions. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    August 2, 2015 8:07 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s huge factory sector is struggling


    China’s factories hit an unexpected speed bump in July, hiking concerns about slower growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The government’s official purchasing managers’ index hit 50.0 in July, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, down from 50.2 the previous month. Any number below 50 represents a deceleration in the manufacturing sector. A separate survey conducted by Chinese media group Caixin and Markit showed manufacturing PMI dropped to 47.8 in July, the lowest level in two years, and the fifth consecutive month the index has fallen below 50. Poor factory activity is one indicator that the overall health of China’s economy may also be suffering. In a bid to support growth, policymakers have already cut interest rates, and reduced the amount of cash banks are required to keep in reserve. Some infrastructure projects have been accelerated. Economists at UBS said the government figures — which showed a slowdown in new orders and output — …

    August 2, 2015 10:48 pm
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Sports

  • Raiders excited to break out the pads for first time


    NAPA, Calif. (AP) After months of practicing in shorts and shells, the Oakland Raiders finally got the chance to put on the pads. The Raiders held their first padded practice under new coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday, a milestone that excites players ready to get back to the physical part of football after an entire offseason away from it. ”You get tired of playing patty-cake football and pillow fighting,” left tackle Donald Penn said. ”Get some pads on and hit. That’s when you see who the real men are, who’s really tough. Everybody can look good in shorts. Pads show you what everybody has got. I love the first day.” With contact limited under the collective bargaining agreement, teams are not allowed to practice in pads during OTAs, minicamp or an acclimation period at the start of training camp. The focus up until this point had been on technique rather than physical play so …

    August 2, 2015 11:29 pm
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World News

  • HK protest over ‘breast as weapon’


    The Breast Walk protesters said they were highlighting the “ridiculous” nature of the conviction Dozens of bra-wearing men and women have protested in Hong Kong after a woman was jailed for assaulting a senior policeman with her breast. Ng Lai-ying, 30, had accused Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po of touching her breast during a protest in March. But the court had ruled against her, saying she deliberately pushed her breast against him so she could accuse him of assault. She was sentenced on Thursday to three months and 15 days in prison. About 200 people joined the Breast Walk protest outside police headquarters in Wan Chai on Sunday – either wearing exposed bras or waving them – saying that a breast was “not a weapon”. One man said the sight of all the bras was not as ugly as the verdict itself Ng had been taking part in a protest in Yuen Long against Chinese mainlanders …

    August 2, 2015 11:29 pm
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Technology

  • Click here to hack the network


    Messy networks can be happy hunting grounds for good and bad hackers This week is hacker week in Las Vegas. The desert playground is hosting three conferences dedicated to computer security – Black Hat USA, Def Con and BSides LV. Between them, they capture the entire gamut of hacker culture. Black Hat is the sensible, grown-up conference, where the clothes might be casual but the shoes are shiny. BSides is an unofficial companion conference for Black Hat and acts as a fringe event for the bigger show. Def Con is their freewheeling, raucous, free-spirited sibling. With tattoos. And a mohawk. Black Hat is now the biggest gathering of security professionals in the world and about 8,000 people involved in computer security will attend its training sessions, briefings and seminars. But what do they all do? What is a typical day as a security professional actually like? Port pressure To find out I went to hacker …

    August 2, 2015 8:27 pm
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Science

  • Failed stars host powerful aurora displays


    Related images(click to enlarge) Brown dwarf stars host powerful aurora displays just like planets, astronomers have discovered. The so-called failed stars, which are difficult to detect and also remain hard to classify, are too massive to be planets but physicists from the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford have revealed that they host powerful auroras just like Earth. The international team of researchers made the discovery by observing a brown dwarf 20 light years away using both radio and optical telescopes. Their findings provide further evidence that suggests these stars act more like supersized planets. Dr Stuart Littlefair, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “Brown dwarfs span the gap between stars and planets and these results are yet more evidence that we need to think of brown dwarfs as beefed-up planets, rather than “failed stars”. “We already know that brown dwarfs have cloudy atmospheres – like planets – although the clouds …

    August 2, 2015 11:29 pm
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Health

  • FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps


    BOSTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc’s Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. The agency issued the advisory some 10 days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of the vulnerability in the pump, which is used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream of patients. The FDA and DHS cited research from independent cyber security expert Billy Rios, who found that remote attacks could be launched on patients by accessing a hospital’s network. Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly encouraged healthcare facilities to stop using the Symbiq infusion pump system and move to other devices. “This (vulnerability) could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage …

    August 2, 2015 7:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • We’re Still Pondering The Meaning Of The First Zoolander 2 Trailer


    Posted on Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 9:25am PDT       By X17 Staff We’ve been waiting a really, really ridiculously long time for some news on this sequel! After a leaked version hit the web over the weekend, Paramount has finally released the first official teaser for Zoolander 2. Much to our dismay, the trailer didn’t exactly deliver (read: it’s about as clever as Derek himself), but we still have high hopes for this comedy. Returning cast members include Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor, and they’ll be joined by Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, among others. Given how many celebs made cameos in the first flick, we’d imagine there are plenty more that we don’t even know about! Zoolander 2 hits theaters on February 12, 2016. We can’t wait!   Stories from around the Web

    August 2, 2015 7:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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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
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