Headline News

  • California police officer shot at after traffic collision

    A Northern California police officer was shot at while sitting inside a patrol car after a traffic accident, police said on Sunday. The Oakland Police Department supervisor, who was not injured, was responding to a call at about 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, the department said in a statement. “Shortly after the (traffic) collision, a male suspect approached the supervisor’s vehicle and fired a round striking the patrol vehicle,” the department said. The officer was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Police are searching for the shooting suspect. The incident came hours after the burial of one of three Baton Rouge police officers fatally shot by a black former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri, who police say intended to kill as many officers as possible in retaliation for police violence against black men. The shootings were the latest in a series that have sparked debate over policing and minorities in the United States. …

    July 24, 2016 10:57 am


  • Sanders says would prefer Elizabeth Warren over Kaine as vice presidential pick

    WASHINGTON Former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday he would have preferred to see Hillary Clinton select someone like Senator Elizabeth Warren for the vice presidential spot over Senator Tim Kaine. “I have known Tim Kaine for a number of years…Tim is a very, very smart guy. He is very nice guy,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He is more conservative than I am. Would I have preferred to see somebody like an Elizabeth Warren selected by Secretary Clinton? Yes, I would have.” (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Mark Heinrich)

    July 24, 2016 10:36 am


  • 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


  • Police draw guns on Iowa DL playing Pokemon

    Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie wrote that he “feared for my life” when stopped by police in a park Wednesday while playing the popular mobile game “Pokemon Go” in a case of mistaken identity. Ekakitie wrote in a Facebook post that approximately five Iowa City police officers stopped him and four guns were pointed at him as police searched for a suspect who had robbed a nearby bank 10 minutes earlier. “My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband,” Ekakitie wrote. “Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view.” Ekakitie said he …

    July 24, 2016 10:37 am

World News

  • ASEAN ministers begin annual negotiations amid South China Sea acrimony

    VIENTIANE, Laos, July 24 (UPI) — ASEAN foreign ministers are beginning their annual negotiations in Laos amid intensive and growing frustration over the gridlock created by China’s stance on territorial ownership of islands in the South China Sea. The diplomats will decide whether to change the rules and the heart of decision-making for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a result of China’s rejection of a court finding which shot down that country’s claims to most of the territory in the South China Sea, the Wall Street Journal reported. RELATEDInternational court backs Philippines, rebukes China in South China Sea The 10-members of ASEAN are gathered in the Laotian capital for the first time since the Phillipines got its legal victory over China July 12. A U.N.-backed arbitration panel ruled that China’s claims over the islands have no legal basis. Still, China has refused to acknowledge the ruling and has been building up its military …

    July 24, 2016 10:37 am


  • Pokemon Go: Where might you catch ’em all in Japan?

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The day is finally here: Pokemon Go has been launched in Japan It’s finally returned to its birthplace – Pokemon Go has been officially launched in Japan. Much of the world is already consumed by Pokemon Go fever and news of the Japanese launch sent social media users into a frenzy. To help new trainers, we’ve come up with a few suggestions to find the rare and favourite monsters. 1. The Yumenoshima Tropical Plant Dome Image copyright Yumenoshima Image caption Tokyo’s Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome is warm all year round This greenhouse in Tokyo is warm all year-round, making it the perfect place to fill your Pokedex with lots of grass and poison-type Pokemon. These classes of pocket monster typically thrive in warmer temperatures. And you wouldn’t freeze hunting for and catching Pokemon outdoors during the chilly Tokyo winter. Image copyright POKEMON Image caption Maybe you’ll find a common Caterpie …

    July 24, 2016 10:57 am


  • Ancient feces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road

    Related images(click to enlarge) An ancient latrine near a desert in north-western China has revealed the first archaeological evidence that travellers along the Silk Road were responsible for the spread of infectious diseases along huge distances of the route 2,000 years ago. Cambridge researchers Hui-Yuan Yeh and Piers Mitchell used microscopy to study preserved faeces on ancient ‘personal hygiene sticks’ (used for wiping away faeces from the anus) in the latrine at what was a large Silk Road relay station on the eastern margins of the Tamrin Basin, a region that contains the Taklamakan desert. The latrine is thought to date from 111 BC (Han Dynasty) and was in use until 109 AD. They found that eggs from four species of parasitic worm (helminths) were present: roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), tapeworm (Taenia sp.), and Chinese liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis). Chinese liver fluke is a parasitic flatworm that causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea, jaundice and …

    July 24, 2016 9:56 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


  • Colin Farrell, Eddie Redmayne appear in magical new trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts’

    SAN DIEGO, July 24 (UPI) — Warner Bros. shared a new trailer for its Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with the crowds at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. The 2 1/2-minute clip shows a city in peril after some of the rare, mystical creatures magizoologist Newt Scamander [played by Eddie Redmayne] has collected during his travels are accidentally let loose. The video, prominently featuring cast members Redmayne, Colin Farrell and Katherine Waterston, has gotten more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube and about 4 million views on Facebook since it was posted Saturday. With a screenplay by Potter author J.K. Rowling, the movie is set for release Nov. 18. Set in the 1920s, it was directed by David Yates who helmed the last four installments in the Potter blockbuster film franchise.

    July 24, 2016 11:17 am


  • Europe in crisis: After Turkey, Nice and Brexit… can Germany lead the way?

    Terror in Nice, a failed coup in Turkey, Russian-sponsored war in Ukraine, and Great Britain’s decision last month to leave the European Union are all signs of a Europe in need of leadership more than ever. But where will that leadership come from?  Traditionally, it’s been the United States in concert with the United Kingdom that has provided the strategic backbone to the transatlantic relationship. However, with the British decision to leave the EU and signs of America turning inward a key question arises: Can Germany provide the continent’s anchor to help maintain transatlantic stability and strength?                    Certainly, Germany is once again the “great power” on the European continent. It’s not a status either Germany’s neighbors or most Germans feel entirely comfortable with. German citizens and politicians had become strategically comfortable during the Cold War wrapped in the blanket of the American-led alliance (NATO). Since that time, Germans have rested most often inside the …

    July 24, 2016 9:36 am

Odd News

  • Humpback whale puts on a show for boats off Australian coast

    SWANSEA HEADS, Australia, July 22 (UPI) — A whale watcher off the coast of Australia captured footage of a humpback putting on a show for nearby boats with multiple breaches. The video, posted to Facebook by Erin Murphy, shows the humpback getting close to the whale watching boat, as well as another boat nearby. The gigantic ocean mammal breaches several times for spectators, creating huge splashes each time. “Whale Sundays are the best Sundays,” Murphy wrote.

    July 24, 2016 10:17 am