Headline News

  • Murray State University explosion: 1 person injured after gas leak reported at residence hall


    Two people were hurt in an explosion Wednesday at a residence hall at a college in southwest Kentucky that an official said was caused by a gas leak.  Calloway County Emergency Management Director Clay Call told WDRB-TV two people were hurt. One was treated for minor injuries at the scene and the other, a university employee, was taken to the local hospital for treatment, according to Call. Call said a natural gas leak caused the explosion. Murray State University, located in Murray, said on the school’s official Twitter page the explosion happened at Richmond Hall. There was an explosion at Richmond Hall. Emergency Personnel are on the scene. Stay out of the area. — Murray State Univ (@murraystateuniv) June 28, 2017 “There was an explosion at Richmond Hall. Emergency Personnel are on the scene. Stay out of the area,” the university tweeted. Images posted on social media showed a large amount of debris across an …

    June 28, 2017 6:53 pm
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Politics

  • With U.S. healthcare bill in disarray, Republicans demand revamp


    WASHINGTON Senate Republican leaders faced calls from critics within the party on Wednesday for substantial changes, rather than mere tinkering, to a major healthcare bill if they are to salvage their effort to repeal major parts of the Obamacare law. In a big setback to the seven-year Republican quest to undo Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday abandoned plans to get the bill passed this week. McConnell, with his reputation as a master strategist on the line, put off a vote until after next week’s Independence Day recess, after it became apparent he would not muster the 50 votes needed for passage. Acknowledging demands from fellow Republicans for more input into retooling the legislation, McConnell said on the Senate floor, “Senators will have more opportunities to offer their thoughts as we work toward an agreement.” McConnell met with a procession of Republican senators in his …

    June 28, 2017 3:30 pm
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Stocks

  • T-Mobile US Enters Oversold Territory (TMUS)


    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which measures momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30. In trading on Tuesday, shares of T-Mobile US Inc (Symbol: TMUS) entered into oversold territory, hitting an RSI reading of 29.4, after changing hands as low as $60.72 per share. By comparison, the current RSI reading of the SP 500 ETF ( SPY ) is 50.7. A bullish investor could look at TMUS’s 29.4 RSI reading today as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side. …

    June 28, 2017 3:30 pm
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Sports

  • The Cubs’ Albert Almora apparently has a special message for President Trump


    The Cubs visited the White House today for a second time since their 2016 World Series win, and while today’s trip wasn’t a formal celebration—that already happened with President Barack Obama last year—this was a chance for players and coaches to meet President Donald Trump. Much has been made of the team’s decision to meet with Trump—see manager Joe Maddon insisting that this was not a political act—in the wake of the Golden State Warriors’ debate over making the trek to Washington, D.C., but most Cubs were mum about spending time with the classiest, most successful and most tremendous president in the world, and folks, you know it’s true. Not every Cubs player was in attendance; those that did were able to get some photos taken with the president, including reserve outfielder Albert Almora, who told reporters beforehand, “I just look at it as it’s not every day you get to meet the President of …

    June 28, 2017 3:30 pm
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World News

  • Dora weakens to tropical storm off Mexico’s coast


    June 28 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center downgraded Dora, the first hurricane of the 2017 season, to a tropical storm as the system continues to weaken off the Mexican coast. The NHC on Wednesday said Dora, which is about 295 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Mexican state of Baja California, has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is moving west-northwest at a speed of 10 mph as it advances farther into the Pacific Ocean. Dora will weaken further and is expected to degenerate by late Wednesday to a remnant low, which will dissipate by Thursday night. The NHC said tropical-storm-force winds extend north of the storm’s center up to 35 miles. No tropical storm watches or warnings are in effect. “Swells affecting the southwestern coast of the Baja California peninsula will gradually subside today but could still cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said in a …

    June 28, 2017 5:12 pm
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Technology

  • Uber drivers deserve to be treated far better | Letters


    The charge sheet against Travis Kalanick, and the Uber board as a whole, is a lengthy one (End of the road – Uber’s investors decide chief is liability after avalanche of claims, 22 June). There is, however, one major omission. The rampant exploitation of Uber’s tens of thousands of drivers under Kalanick’s watch should be at the very top of that charge sheet. The fact that it hardly features is hugely concerning. An employment tribunal found last year that Uber is wrongly depriving its drivers of basic protections such as the minimum wage, sick pay, and holiday pay – my own investigation found that some drivers take home as little as £4 an hour. Likewise, Transport for London has yet to grant Uber a full renewal of its licence, due to concerns around its operations. Now is the time to sweep away two of Uber’s most egregious aspects: the bullying culture at the top; and …

    June 28, 2017 3:30 pm
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Science

  • Deep-Learning Networks Rival Human Vision


    For most of the past 30 years, computer vision technologies have struggled to help humans with visual tasks, even those as mundane as accurately recognizing faces in photographs. Recently, though, breakthroughs in deep learning, an emerging field of artificial intelligence, have finally enabled computers to interpret many kinds of images as successfully as, or better than, people do. Companies are already selling products that exploit the technology, which is likely to take over or assist in a wide range of tasks that people now perform, from driving trucks to reading scans for diagnosing medical disorders. Recent progress in a deep-learning approach known as a convolutional neural network (CNN) is key to the latest strides. To give a simple example of its prowess, consider images of animals. Whereas humans can easily distinguish between a cat and a dog, CNNs allow machines to categorize specific breeds more successfully than people can. It excels because it is better …

    June 28, 2017 3:30 pm
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Health

  • Fewer U.S. cancer survivors breathing secondhand smoke


    (Reuters Health) – Cancer survivors are less than half as likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke as they were a generation ago, a U.S. study suggests. Even when they don’t smoke themselves, cancer patients who regularly breathe indoor air contaminated by tobacco smoke can have higher death rates and an increased risk of heart attack and strokes, the authors write in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. For the study, researchers analyzed data on secondhand smoke exposure for 686 cancer survivors in nationally representative surveys done in two-year cycles from 1999 to 2012. Overall, only about 16 percent of participants were exposed to secondhand smoke by the end of the study period, down from roughly 40 percent at the beginning. While the decline is encouraging, the trouble with the results is that these cancer survivors are being exposed to secondhand smoke at rates similar to the general population, said lead study author Dr. Oladimeji Akinboro, …

    June 28, 2017 3:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bella Thorne Skips With Joy After Reuniting With Scott Disick


    Posted on Wed Jun 28th, 2017 1:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s definitely got a spring in her step! Bella Thorne was in such a good mood she skipped to her meeting in downtown LA yesterday, and we have a feeling it has something to do with the fact she’s back in touch with Scott Disick. Although she fled Cannes after her brief fling with LD and reportedly felt “used” after he proceeded to hook up with a half dozen other chicks, they were recently spotted holds hands while leaving a Hollywood club, so we all know what that means… they’re totally still hooking up! She better enjoy her hangouts with The Lord while she still can, because it sounds like he needs another trip to rehab. Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy has been boozing so much, friends are now fearing for his health. “Scott’s on a fast track to liver disease the way he’s going. His …

    June 28, 2017 5:31 pm
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Editorial

  • 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
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Odd News

  • Flight delayed by woman hurling coins at jet engine


    BEIJING — Chinese airlines aren’t exactly known for flying on time. Four of them ranked among the worst last year when it comes to on-time arrivals and departures. U.S. airlines improving in on-time performance Not all delays are the airlines’ fault, of course. For instance, it wasn’t China Southern airline’s fault this week when a Guangzhou-bound flight was delayed for more than five hours at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The culprit was a woman in her 80s, who was just trying to keep everyone safe. The woman, identified only by her last name, Qiu, is apparently a Buddhist who, like many of the faith, put a lot of stock in good luck. Another passenger saw Qiu behaving strangely around their plane as they boarded — throwing a handful of coins straight at the jet’s engine. She did it, it turns out, with a little prayer for good luck, hoping to bring herself and the other …

    June 28, 2017 3:31 pm
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