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  • Tropical storm losing strength as it nears Florida, 20 dead in Dominica

    MIAMI Tropical Storm Erika was soaking Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean but showed signs of losing steam as it headed toward south Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Twenty people were confirmed dead on the island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in an address carried on television and online late Friday. Rescuers were still searching for others reported missing. Erika was no longer forecast to make landfall in the United States as a hurricane due to some likely weakening over mountainous areas of Haiti and Cuba. Instead, it could lose tropical storm strength by Saturday, with winds falling below 40 miles per hour (64 kph) as it moves over eastern Cuba, although “very heavy rainfall” was a concern. “The forecast intensity has been significantly changed to show a much weaker cyclone,” the hurricane center said in a Friday evening advisory. Erika …

    August 29, 2015 1:28 am


  • Biden beloved by top Democrats; his candidacy, not so much

    MINNEAPOLIS Joe Biden got plenty of love from top Democrats on Friday, but their views about a possible White House run by the vice president were decidedly more mixed. While Biden was nowhere near the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, his potential late entry into the party’s presidential race against front-runner Hillary Clinton dominated conversations in meeting rooms and hallways. In more than a dozen interviews, top Democrats expressed admiration and affection for Biden, but several cast doubt on whether he should get in the race. Some questioned whether his late start would keep him from making much headway. “I like Joe Biden. We all love him,” said Alice Huffman of California, president of the state’s NAACP. “But I don’t see him overtaking Hillary.” Earl Fowlkes, chairman of the party’s LGBT caucus, said Biden was “a good man, a solid man” but wondered whether he would excite the minority and young voters who …

    August 28, 2015 10:47 pm


  • Travel secrets of tech execs

    It’s not uncommon for startup executives to jump on a plane multiple times a month — or even within a week. They’re meeting with investors, scoping out office space and researching cities for expansion. But without the luxury of a corporate jet or personal assistant, they have to make the most of coach — and maximize the time spent out of the office. From must-have apps to the perfect travel outfit, CNNMoney caught up with some tech founders to learn their tips and tricks for travel. Kathryn Minshew, cofounder of The Muse Minshew’s company, a career site for millennials, raised $10 million in funding earlier this year. Right now, it posts jobs in just six markets — but it plans to expand to 15 by the end of the year. “I’ve been known to hop on a plane and fly across the country and back in 24 hours,” she said. Minshew, who traveled often as …

    August 29, 2015 12:48 am


  • Tomlinson lines game-winning single as Giants beat Cardinals

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rookie Kelby Tomlinson lined a bases-loaded single up the middle with one out in the ninth against previously unbeaten Kevin Siegrist, and the San Francisco Giants topped the Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night to snap St. Louis’ five-game winning streak. Left fielder Brandon Moss grabbed another glove from the dugout and moved in to make a five-man infield, then Tomlinson found a hole against Siegrist (5-1). Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam off 15-game winner Michael Wacha in the third inning for the Giants, who kept pace 2 1-2 games behind NL West-leading Los Angeles. Javier Lopez (1-0) got Moss to line out to second in the ninth and Tomlinson quickly fired to first to double up Stephen Piscotty, who was off the bag. Byrd’s eighth career grand slam gave the Giants eight for the season, a franchise record. Byrd last hit one on July 9, 2013, while with the Mets facing …

    August 29, 2015 1:48 am

World News

  • Limit Chilcot legal advice cash

    The government should limit the amount of money spent on legal advice for politicians, officials and military figures as part of the Chilcot inquiry, a senior Conservative MP has said. David Davis told the BBC “some people” were exploiting practices “to delay and dispute the outcome” of the inquiry. He said it was right to protect people from injustice but “legal advice is only appropriate up to a point.” A government spokesman told The Telegraph the inquiry was independent. Earlier this week, Sir John Chilcot wrote to families of UK soldiers killed in Iraq saying he understood their “anguish” at delays. He blamed the “Maxwellisation” process – where those criticised are given an opportunity to respond – for the delays. Image caption David Davis called for ministers to act Mr Davis said: “What appears to be happening is that some people are using the Maxwellisation process to delay and dispute the outcome of Chilcot.” The …

    August 29, 2015 1:28 am


  • HSBC clears ‘99%’ of delayed payments

    HSBC says it has processed “99%” of payments affected by an IT glitch, with the remainder due to be completed overnight. Earlier, the bank said 275,000 payments were hit by the problem, meaning many people were not paid on time ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday. HSBC apologised for the inconvenience caused to customers. It said it was “committed to ensuring that no one loses out as a result of today’s unacceptable problems”. “Customers who do not receive the delayed payment by Saturday morning should speak with their bank in the first instance,” the bank said in an earlier statement. “They should also contact their bank if they have suffered any costs as a result of today’s problems,” it continued. The fault meant that it was not just HSBC customers who were affected, but also customers of other banks who were expecting payments, such as wages, from HSBC accounts. ‘No communication’ One HSBC customer, Sam …

    August 28, 2015 11:07 pm


  • New technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and revolutionize gas storage

    A new method of manufacturing glass could lead to the production of ‘designer glasses’ with applications in advanced photonics, whilst also facilitating industrial scale carbon capture and storage. An international team of researchers, writing today in the journal Nature Communications, report how they have managed to use a relatively new family of sponge-like porous materials to develop new hybrid glasses. The work revolves around a family of compounds called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are cage-like structures consisting of metal ions, linked by organic bonds. Their porous properties have led to proposed application in carbon capture, hydrogen storage and toxic gas separations, due to their ability to selectively adsorb and store pre-selected target molecules, much like a building a sieve which discriminates not only on size, but also chemical identity. However, since their discovery a quarter of a century ago, their potential for large-scale industrial use has been limited due to difficulties in producing linings, thin …

    August 29, 2015 2:08 am


  • Caffeine may chip a couple strokes off golf score

    (Reuters Health) – A moderate dose of caffeine may help combat fatigue and shave about two strokes off the scores of skilled collegiate players, according to a small study. “There’s not a lot of caffeine research in golf,” said lead author Petey W. Mumford of Auburn University in Alabama. Most studies focus on endurance sports. Professional golfers may walk up to five miles over four hours for a round of golf, which is physical activity, though not intense exercise, said senior author Dr. Kaelin C. Young of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, also on the Auburn campus. A golf tournament involves physical and mental fatigue, Young said. The researchers studied 12 male golfers with a handicap of three to 18 as they played an 18-hole round of golf on two consecutive days for a 36-hole tournament. The golfers were already used to consuming caffeine in their daily lives. On each day of golf, …

    August 28, 2015 10:27 pm


  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian And Mom Kris Jenner Takes Their Lady Lumps To The Grocery Store

    Posted on Fri Aug 28th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian is now the LEAST lady-lumpalicious of all the Kardashian-Jenner clan! Kim, Kris and Kourtney hit up Erewhon grocery store with Kourt’s son Mason, on Thursday — dressed to the nines, of course! Kim showed off her baby bump in a tight black dress and Kris wore a matching get-up that put her derriere on FULL display. Like mother, like daughter! And while Kim is certainly celebrating the fact Kanye was able to put another angel in her ultrasound, she chatted with C Magazine recently about her fertility struggles and how IVF took the fun out of conceiving their second child. “I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again. It …

    August 28, 2015 9:47 pm


  • Why Georgia’s quest for Euro-Atlantic integration matters more than ever

    Seven years after his invasion of the former Soviet Republic, Russian President Vladimir Putin is busy in Georgia again. Since early summer, Russian-backed security forces have been inching further into the country from the breakaway province of South Ossetia to install signs unilaterally creating a new border with Georgia. As a result of the new demarcations, part of a BP-operated gas pipeline has now been shifted from Georgian to Russian control, and Georgian farmers have been losing their fields. As one local farmer noted, “I was in Georgia when I went to bed,” but “when I woke I was in South Ossetia.” Georgia is not considered as important as Iran. Nor is ongoing shelling and gunfire in the Russian-sponsored war in eastern Ukraine as deadly as the conflict in Syria and Iraq. But, while Washington’s focus is elsewhere, Moscow continues to undermine the unprecedentedly peaceful European security order—an order that more than 180,000 Americans in …

    August 29, 2015 1:28 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm