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  • Fallen firefighter remembered as hero, family man

    YONKERS, N.Y. –  A New York City fire battalion chief killed by debris from a house explosion last week was remembered Saturday as a hero and a dedicated family man at his funeral service attended by thousands of firefighters, elected officials, friends and family. Michael Fahy’s wife and two of their three young children spoke tenderly about him at the Roman Catholic Mass at the Annunciation Church, in Yonkers, that Cardinal Timothy Dolan helped officiate. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro also addressed the packed church. Through tears, his wife, Fiona, called him “the love of her life” and told the mourners how the only thing he loved more than his work was his family. “New York knows what we’ve always known, that Mike Fahy was a hero,” she added. “I’m nowhere near trying to make sense of any of this.” “Dad, I could always count on you,” said Michael, the oldest …

    October 1, 2016 5:18 pm


  • U.S. says hackers probed voting systems, no sign of damage

    Hackers have probed the voting systems of many U.S. states but there is no sign that they have manipulated any voting data, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Saturday. National security officials are investigating a number of possible leads suggesting that cyber-criminals are trying to influence the Nov. 8 presidential election, including by hacking into systems run by the Democratic National Committee. Republican candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly charged that the U.S. election system is “rigged” and top Democrats in Congress have charged that Russia is behind repeated attempts to access both party data and state voting systems. “In recent months, malicious cyber actors have been scanning a large number of state systems, which could be a preamble to attempted intrusions,” Johnson said in a statement. “In a few cases, we have determined that malicious actors gained access to state voting-related systems. However, we are not aware at this time of any manipulation of …

    October 1, 2016 2:17 pm


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


World News

  • British MP calls for boxing ban after fighter Mike Towell’s death

    GLASGOW, Scotland, Oct. 1 (UPI) — The death of a Scottish boxer following a fight has prompted one U.K. lawmaker to renew his call for boxing to be banned. Labor MP Paul Flynn, who represents Glasgow, Scotland, where the fight happened, said the sport of boxing should be banned because it’s ultimate goal is to injure the opponent. “The whole purpose of the sport is to render the opponent unconscious,” Flynn told The Guardian. Boxer Mike Towell, 25, was knocked down twice in the first and fifth rounds before suffering a knockout blow later in the fifth round of a welterweight fight against Welsh boxer Dale Evans at the St. Andrews Sporting Club in Glasgow on Thursday. Towell was taken from the ring on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital. He died Friday night after swelling and bleeding on the brain. Towell’s death was the second incident in seven months in Scotland, after fighter …

    October 1, 2016 5:17 pm


  • 1950s electro

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This photo shows Turing (right) and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Computer in 1951 The earliest known recording of music produced by a computer – a machine operated by Alan Turing, no less – has finally been made to sound exactly as it did 65 years ago. It’s hardly chart-topping material. The performance is halting and the tone reedy. It starts with a few bars of the national anthem, then a burst of Baa Baa Black Sheep, followed by a truncated rendition of Glenn Miller’s swing hit In The Mood. (“The machine’s obviously not in the mood,” an engineer can be heard remarking when it stops mid-way.) But the rudimentary audio track is a landmark – the first time that music played on a computer is known to have been recorded. Find us on Facebook It was captured by the BBC in the Autumn of 1951 during …

    October 1, 2016 2:17 pm


  • Watch the Action as Rosetta Crashes into a Comet

    Shortly before 5 A.M. Eastern time on Friday, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will gently fire its thrusters for a few minutes and begin a 14-hour descent to Comet 67P, a mountain-size, snowy dust ball drifting through the darkness that reigns more than half a billion kilometers from the sun. Starved of solar power, Rosetta’s mission is coming to an end after more than a decade of operations, concluding with a crash into the comet it has shadowed through deep space for two years. In that time Rosetta revitalized the scientific study of comets—as well as public interest in them—revealing 67P as an ancient and bizarre low-gravity world of impossibly soaring cliffs, crumbling boulder-scapes and hissing jets of water laced with cocktails of organic chemicals. It traced the comet’s history, linking it to a cold birthplace somewhere in the solar system’s outer depths and conclusively dismissing the possibility that water from objects like it …

    October 1, 2016 5:56 am


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • David Duchovny’s ‘Aquarius’ canceled after two seasons

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) — David Duchovny‘s 1960s-set drama Aquarius has been canceled after two seasons. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter shared the news Saturday. The show co-starred Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont, Grey Damon, Claire Holt, Ambyr Childers, Madisen Beaty, Cameron Deane, Michaela McManus, Brían F. O’Byrne and Chance Kelly. “America in the 1960s was a land of tumult and transformation. Across the country, institutions were rocked by protests both violent and peaceful, assassinations became an all-too common occurrence and each day brought a new headline that spoke to the painful process that the country was going through: revolution. No city felt this pain more than Los Angeles,” a synopsis of the series said. “Los Angeles Police Department Detective Sam Hodiak served his country in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II, and now protects his city in the late ’60s. When an old flame tells him that her daughter, Emma Karn, has …

    October 1, 2016 5:17 pm


  • ‘His Majesty’: Student single-handedly defeats an army of gender neutral activists

    When future generations read about the “Great Gender Pronoun Wars” of the early twenty-first century, they will most certainly learn of Grant Strobl – a noble and mighty king. “His Majesty” is an unlikely title for a 21-year-old political science major from Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch: a must-read for Conservatives! “It was definitely activism by accident,” he told me. In less than 24-hours, the brave conservative single-handedly defeated an army of gender neutral activists at the University of Michigan. Think David versus a gender confused Goliath. The University of Michigan recently announced a new initiative to allow students to select their preferred gender pronouns through an online service. It was designed as a way to help professors tell the difference between the guys and the gals and the zi’s and the zir’s. “Asking about and correctly using someone’s designated pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show …

    October 1, 2016 1:57 pm

Odd News

  • Great Dane who ate girl’s pants among 11 finalists for ‘Hambone’ insurance award

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Sept. 30 (UPI) — A Great Dane became one of 11 pets nominated for Nationwide insurance’s “Hambone Award” which honors odd insurance claims. Myles the Great Dane puppy’s family discovered their pet’s love for devouring clothes when a pair of their daughter’s pants disappeared. “When we had an inkling he ate the pants, we were in disbelief,” owner Cassandra Orser told the Poughkeepsie Journal. “It happened so quickly, we did not think it was possible.” Myles underwent surgery to remove the child’s jeans and was forced to go under the knife again after eating a pair of rubberized work gloves. His unusual case earned Myles the honor of “Most Unusual Claim of the Month” award from Nationwide Insurance placing him in contention for the annual “Hambone Award.” Other contestants include a Florida cat named after Marvel comics character Tony Stark who was left hanging by its tail from a set of window blinds, …

    October 1, 2016 10:17 am