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  • Turner Field US flag at half-staff after fan dies in fall

    ATLANTA –  The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the victim as Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. The Braves said Sunday they are “deeply saddened” by Murrey’s death. “Greg was a valued and longtime season-ticket holder and an incredibly passionate Braves fan,” the team said in a statement. “This tragic loss is felt throughout Braves Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organization continue to go out to his family and friends.” The Braves displayed a photo of Murrey on the video board and observed a moment of silence before Sunday’s game. The fall in the seventh inning …

    August 30, 2015 10:59 pm


  • Larry Kudlow Says He Would Challenge Blumenthal Over Iran Deal

    By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 4:23 p.m. on Aug. 30 0 Tweet Blumenthal is undecided on the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he’s talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut. During an interview on his radio program with Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., over the weekend, Kudlow said he would mount a challenge to incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal if the Democrat supports the international agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. “Maybe I’m speaking out of school Peter but … if Senator Richard Blumenthal votes with Obama on Iran, I’m going to run against him. I’m going to run against him for the Senate,” Kudlow said. “The national Senate campaign committee has come to me and talked to me about it. They polled. I’m not a political guy, I’m an economist. I’m a broadcaster by profession, but I am so angry at this issue, among …

    August 30, 2015 10:58 pm


  • Hulu steals hit movies from Netflix with Epix deal

    Hulu’s new front in its competition with Netflix involves “The Hunger Games” and “Transformers.” Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) said Sunday that it had decided to let its distribution deal with Epix expire, which covers popular movies from the studios Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount. A few hours later, Hulu said it had inked a deal with Epix, which means the studio’s movie catalog will be moving from one streaming site to another. The changeover will happen at the end of September and will only affect customers in the United States. Netflix was transparent about the move, publishing a blog post from chief content officer Ted Sarandos that said movies like “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “World War Z” would be going away on September 30. “If you want to see them on Netflix US, now is the time,” he wrote. Hulu would rather have you sign up for its monthly video service and …

    August 30, 2015 9:38 pm


  • Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hits Dodgers as Chicago blanks Los Angeles, 2-0

    Aug. 30, 2015: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LOS ANGELES –  Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) struck out a season-high 12 and became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball’s third no-hitter in less than three weeks. Astros right-hander Mike Fiers blanked the NL West-leading Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21. Los Angeles had never before been no-hit twice in one season. Arrieta got the benefit of a close call for the official scorer in the third inning, when Kike Hernandez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Hernandez hit a one-hopper at Castro, who tried to play it …

    August 30, 2015 10:59 pm

World News

  • Bishop denies Cambodia deal collapse

    Image caption Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (right) denies the Cambodia deal is Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said a deal to resettle refugees in Cambodia is on track despite reports to the contrary. Under the deal, signed in September last year, Australia is paying Cambodia to take in its rejected refugees from its detention centre on Nauru. But so far only four people in Nauru have volunteered to go to. Cambodian media quoted a government spokesperson on Sunday as saying it had no plans to bring in any more. Australia has set aside about AU$55.5m ($40m; £25m) for the deal, including a $40m aid package, which means almost AU$14m per refugee so far, according to figures from the Australia Associated Press. ‘Less the better’ Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak was quoted in the Cambodian Daily at the weekend as saying the four refugees were “enjoying their life” in Cambodia. But he said: “We …

    August 30, 2015 10:59 pm


  • Lizard Squad ‘copycats’: Teens arrested

    Six UK teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attacking websites with the help of Lizard Squad. Lizard Squad claimed to have knocked the Xbox and PlayStation gaming services offline over Christmas. The group set up a website letting paying customers use its Lizard Stresser tool to launch similar attacks. None of the teenagers are believed to be Lizard Squad members, nor linked to the Christmas hack. Lizard Stresser takes down servers and websites by flooding them with huge amounts of data – they’re called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. More related stories Xbox, Sony hackers hit by hack attack The 15-18-year-olds are suspected of buying Lizard Stresser using alternative payment services, such as Bitcoin, to remain anonymous, and then maliciously deploying it. The teenagers are believed to have targeted organisations including a national newspaper, a school, gaming companies and some online retailers, says the National Crime Agency (NCA). It hasn’t confirmed whether the …

    August 30, 2015 11:19 pm


  • Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products

    Related images(click to enlarge) A molecular system that holds great promise for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide has been modified so that it now also holds great promise as a catalyst for converting captured carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have incorporated molecules of carbon dioxide reduction catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs). This creates a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to carbon monoxide, which serves as a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products including fuels, pharmaceuticals and plastics. “There have been many attempts to develop homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysts for carbon dioxide, but the beauty of using COFs is that we can mix-and-match the best of both worlds, meaning we have molecular control by choice of catalysts plus the robust crystalline nature …

    August 30, 2015 10:19 pm


  • Five more California inmates diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

    Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to determine the source of the outbreak and minimize its spread, the state corrections department said on Sunday. Five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals after they were diagnosed with the disease through tests conducted over the last several days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. Another 51 inmates are under observation for the respiratory illness, the department of corrections said. On Friday, the state announced that an inmate at the San Francisco-area prison was diagnosed with the disease and about 20 others showed symptoms of pneumonia, prompting officials to shut off water service at the institution. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling mist infected with the bacteria Legionella. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills and muscle aches. The prison resumed the use of plumbed …

    August 30, 2015 10:39 pm


  • Britney Spears Is A Golden Goddess At The 2015 MTV VMAs

    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 7:17pm PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for MTV Britney Spears hasn’t always had the best time at the MTV Video Music Awards, but this year she’s back on top! Brit Brit hit the red carpet in a boobilicious gold dress, and she presented the Best Male Video award to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for their collab on “Uptown Funk.” Host Miley Cyrus introduced Britney, calling the pop superstar one of her go-to people for advice. Aww! But when Britney was at the podium, she took a bit of a swipe at Taylor Swift when she joked, “Okay, Miley, to be fair, I think it was [Taylor] who was calling me.” Of course Brit then gave T Swiz and Nicki Minaj major props on their opening performance, so we hardly think there’s any bad blood between the ladies…   Stories from around the Web

    August 30, 2015 9:58 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 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