Headline News

  • Wild turkey sparks hunt for angry bird at University of Michigan


    DETROIT A wild turkey is ruffling feathers at the University of Michigan, chasing pedestrians and cyclists, sneaking into dorms and even causing traffic delays by lying down in the middle of streets. The turkey, which has been living on the Ann Arbor school’s North Campus for months, is now the target of a bird hunt because of its aggressive behavior, a campus official said. “The challenge with turkeys is they can become very angry and aggressive,” said University of Michigan police spokeswoman Diane Brown. The bird, which stands as tall as a person’s chest, has settled into a remote portion of campus where other wildlife, like deer, have been known to live, Brown said. It has become something of a celebrity on campus, with students and staff reporting numerous sightings on social media. At one point the brazen bird, dubbed “Turkey Tom,” even got into a dorm, according to student accounts. “You know you live …

    July 30, 2015 11:11 pm
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Politics

  • Hunting club that suspended U.S. hunter donates to top lawmakers


    WASHINGTON A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group’s records show. Safari Club International said it had suspended member Walter Palmer and called for an inquiry into the death of a lion known as Cecil. The big cat’s killing has triggered an international furor and an investigation by U.S. wildlife authorities. The Arizona-based club, which advocates for hunters’ rights, has raised funds over the years in support mostly of Republicans, according to the website of the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog group. It has sought to influence Congress as lawmakers in recent years have debated bills related to firearms restrictions and keeping federal lands open to hunting, fishing and recreational shooting. In the 2014 election cycle, Safari Club International made $694,640 …

    July 30, 2015 11:51 pm
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Stocks

  • Hillary Clinton campaign blasts ‘egregious’ errors by The New York Times


    Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is accusing The New York Times of “egregious” errors and the “apparent abandonment of standard journalistic practices.” The campaign is angry over a story The Times published one week ago about fallout from Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. It was originally headlined “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email.” The Times’ story, which was based on unnamed sources, quickly unraveled. Clinton herself was not the target, and the case was not criminal. Now the Clinton team, in a highly unusual move, is formally protesting the story. On Tuesday the campaign sent a letter to The Times executive editor Dean Baquet, and on Thursday it made the letter public. The letter asserts that The Times rushed the flawed story onto its web site and front page despite “questionable sourcing,” and scarce attempts to contact Clinton before publication. The letter, from the campaign’s …

    July 30, 2015 10:51 pm
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Sports

  • New York Jets lineman allegedly drove at 143 mph, fled from police


    July 30, 2015: New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson responds to questions during a news interview after practice at training camp. (AP) FLORHAM PARK, N.J. –  Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law. Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations for an incident on July 14 — just two weeks after his NFL-issued drug suspension for marijuana use. Richardson, entering his third NFL season, spoke to reporters after the team’s first practice of training camp — but before the news broke about the charges. The Jets were not aware of the incident until they saw media reports. “I apologized to my teammates and my organization and I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again,” Richardson said of the …

    July 30, 2015 11:11 pm
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World News

  • Canada pastor ‘admits N Korea plot’


    Mr Lim gave his confession at a news conference in Pyongyang North Korea says a detained Canadian pastor has confessed to a “subversive plot” to overthrow the government and set up a “religious state”. Hyeon Soo Lim’s confession was reported by the state news agency KCNA. The 60-year-old reverend of a Toronto-based church was detained in January when he travelled to North Korea for humanitarian work. North Korea periodically detains foreigners, particularly those linked to religious activity which is banned. Staged public confessions from prisoners have previously been held in similar cases. ‘Betterment of the people’ The KCNA report said Mr Lim gave a press conference on Thursday in Pyongyang where he admitted to using humanitarian work as a “guise” for “subversive plots and activities in a sinister bid to build a religious state”. He also reportedly admitted to giving lectures that “North Korea should be collapsed with the love of ‘God’”, and helping the …

    July 30, 2015 11:11 pm
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Technology

  • Tickets to Earth ‘cousin’ Kepler-452b now on sale


    Enlarge Image Kepler-452b NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle If you didn’t make the cut for a trip to the Red Planet on Mars One (which might be a blessing in disguise), why not make your space dreams even bigger and reserve the right to move to Kepler-452b, the newly discovered distant planet that’s the closest thing yet spotted in the cosmos to another Earth? After NASA announced its landmark discovery of the potentially habitable planet a mere 1,400 light-years away earlier this month, a listing by an individual has popped up on Chinese e-commerce site TaoBao — similar to eBay or Amazon — that offers an “immigration status ticket” for migration to the newly known planet for a mere .2 yuan, or about $.03. The private seller, whose name doesn’t translate in Google Translate, doesn’t mention how any new immigrants to Kepler-452b will travel there in this listing that we have to assume is meant to be …

    July 30, 2015 4:09 pm
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Science

  • California ‘rain debt’ equal to average full year of precipitation


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 — the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific Ocean that are rich in water vapor. In an average year, 20 to 50 percent of California’s precipitation comes from relatively few, but extreme events called atmospheric rivers that move from over the Pacific Ocean to the California coast. “When they say that an atmospheric river makes landfall, it’s almost like a hurricane, without the winds. They cause extreme precipitation,” said study lead author Andrey Savtchenko at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Savtchenko and his colleagues examined data from 17 years of satellite observations and 36 years of combined observations and model data to understand how precipitation has …

    July 30, 2015 11:11 pm
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Health

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has a Physical, Mental Disability: CDC


    THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 50 million Americans live with a disability, health officials reported Thursday. The most common disabilities are mobility limitations, such as having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs — affecting one in eight adults — followed by disabilities in thinking and/or memory, independent living, seeing and self-care, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This report is a snapshot of the percent of adults with disabilities in the U.S., so we can get a better understanding of who people with disabilities are,” said researcher Elizabeth Courtney-Long, a health scientist at the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The researchers found that most people with disabilities live in southern states, such as Alabama (31.5 percent), Mississippi and Tennessee (31.4 percent). Although why these states tend to have the highest number of disabled people isn’t known, the researchers suggested …

    July 30, 2015 11:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Eva Longoria And Salma Hayek Are Hot Ladies At Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet Premiere


    Posted on Thu Jul 30th, 2015 11:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Eva Longoria and Salma Hayek are some hot tamales! The gorgeous gals got gussied up for the premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wednesday night. The ladies looked fab but we couldn’t help but notice Salma’s tiny date — daughter Valentina! “It’s actually a grandmother-mother-daughter date night,” the 48-year-old told People mag about why she took the tot to the screening. “My mom is also here. This film is for everybody.” In addition to her mother and daughter, Salma also brought pal Eva to support the film, which she produced. Salma opted to wear a tuxedo-style halter dress, while Eva opted to show off her stunning form in a blue bodycon dress. The animated movie is Inspired by the classic book by Kahlil Gibran and tells a sweeping tale that has enchanted readers for years. While …

    July 30, 2015 10:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Lessons from Obama’s deal with Iran


    In April, President Obama announced the framework of a deal that he said would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “We only have three options for addressing Iran’s nuclear program” — cutting a deal with Iran, “starting another war in the Middle East” or “hope for the best.” In deploying his favorite rhetorical device, the president reaffirmed to the world he only really saw one option: cutting a deal with Iran no matter the cost. If after witnessing six years of President Obama’s weak and feckless foreign policy wasn’t enough to embolden the regime in Tehran, President Obama’s comments in April must have convinced the mullahs they had the American president right where they wanted him. The price for President Obama’s penchant for negotiating from weakness is now clear. The deal announced with much fanfare by the White House two weeks ago comes nowhere close to the deal President Obama promised the American people …

    July 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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Odd News

  • Stowaway cat ‘Lucky’ to be alive in sunken boat


    PHOENIX A brown and black shorthair cat now named “Lucky” is one fortunate feline after managing to survive while trapped under water for at least an hour inside a sunken powerboat in Arizona. “It’s really a miracle,” Dive Time Recovery owner Jon Zuccala, who pulled the submerged boat from a sandbar north of Lake Havasu City, told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. “I would have named her ‘Eight’ because after all this, I’m sure she has used up one of her nine lives.” Zuccala said he was called to the scene by authorities on Saturday afternoon to hoist the boat to the shore from the lake’s bottom. The boat was then towed to his shop where a mechanic went to work the next morning to flush out the engine. “The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch,” Zuccala said. “She was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.” Lucky’s quick escape proved …

    July 30, 2015 7:27 am
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