Headline News

  • Pulse nightclub killer’s wife to be released from jail ahead of trial


    SAN FRANCISCO –  The widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at a Florida nightclub is not a danger to the public and will be released from jail ahead of her trial on charges of aiding the attack, a federal judge in California decided Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu also said there is no evidence that Noor Salman, 31, has connections to the Islamic State group or holds extremist views. Her husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to several terror organizations during the shooting that killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando before police killed him. Prosecutors argued against Salman’s release on bail, calling her a danger to the public. She will stay behind bars for two days so the government can appeal. The judge said Salman was not a flight risk and will wear an electronic ankle monitor while she lives with her uncle in Northern California. After the June 12 …

    March 1, 2017 2:04 pm
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Politics

  • Canada, U.S. join forces on tackling border asylum-seekers


    OTTAWA Canadian and U.S. officials are working on a plan to tackle asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally, with American officials keen to discover how they entered the United States in the first place, said a source familiar with the matter. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is set to visit the Canadian capital Ottawa early this month for talks on the border and the influx of people, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Hundreds of people, mainly from Africa but also the Middle East, are fleeing U.S. President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugee agencies say. It is not common to have so many asylum seekers based in the U.S. looking for refuge in Canada over such a short period. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under increasing domestic pressure to deal with the influx, which experts say could pose a threat to national …

    March 1, 2017 12:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Can Partnerships With Telecom Service Providers Drive International Subscriber Growth For Netflix?


    After it expanded globally in 2016, Netflix ( NFLX ) is working on several initiatives to grow its international subscribers. According to our estimates, the company’s international segment accounts for nearly 42% of its valuation, and we expect its international subscribers to grow rapidly and reach 110 million by the end of our forecast period. The company is taking several steps to achieve this growth, and recently entered into a partnership with Spark, a New Zealand-based telecommunications company which will offer a free one-year Netflix subscription to subscribers signing up for a 24-month unlimited data, Spark broadband plan. This is Netflix’s first such deal in New Zealand, and the company might be looking at several such deals as it looks at an aggressive global growth strategy. As subscriber growth in the U.S. stagnates and the company faces intense competition from other players such as Amazon Prime Video, international markets can provide the next wave of growth …

    March 1, 2017 11:44 am
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Sports

  • Kevin Durant’s Injury Removes Warriors’ Safety Net


    In the space between Golden State’s Tuesday night game against Washington and an official announcement the next morning, the NBA came to a halt. The result of the game was almost beside the point. Of greater interest was the concerning way that Kevin Durant had left it, the result of unfortunate and incidental contact with teammate Zaza Pachulia. A box-out tussle with Wizards center Marcin Gortat had sent Pachulia to the ground, where the back of his head collided with Durant’s knee. There was a visible jolt for Durant—the kind that immediately sparks fears of structural damage. Those fears were only heightened by a somber Warriors locker room and the news overnight that Golden State would scrap its plans to add Jose Calderon so that it sign forward Matt Barnes instead. What was initially diagnosed a hyperextension was later clarified: Durant had suffered a moderate MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise, the combination of …

    March 1, 2017 12:24 pm
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World News

  • Website of Korea retail giant Lotte hacked in China


    March 1 (UPI) — The Lotte Group said Wednesday its website in China was hacked, one day after South Korea’s retail giant signed a deal to sell land for a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea. The website, www.lotte.cn, was inaccessible since Tuesday afternoon because of a virus planted by hackers, a Lotte official said, citing an analysis of computer security experts. The website breakdown occurred after Lotte’s board agreed to sell its golf course in the southeast rural county of Seongju to South Korea’s military to host the U.S.-backed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. Beijing has opposed the deployment of THAAD in South Korea, saying the system could hurt its security interests. China has vowed to take necessary “countermeasures.” Chinese state media also criticized Lotte’s decision with threats of boycotts of its business in China. “Companies that directly serve the deployment and jeopardize China’s interest should stay far away from China,” said the …

    March 1, 2017 2:04 pm
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Technology

  • How did an Amazon glitch leave people literally in the dark?


    Here’s a cautionary tale about the future of the internet: an over three-hour outage in an obscure, if tremendously profitable, wing of online retailer Amazon resulted not only in websites such as Medium and Business Insider failing, but also in people unable to turn on their lights. This outage affected Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon subsidiary that provides cloud computing services to other businesses. If you’ve ever been told something is stored or run “in the cloud”, the likelihood is that it was in servers owned by Amazon – or by similar services provided by its two main competitors, Microsoft and Google. When that model works, it works brilliantly, providing low barrier to entry for small firms needing an online presence, economies of scale for larger companies warning world-class hosting – and huge profits for Amazon itself. In the last year, thecompany has pulled in profit of $2.4bn overall, but AWS alone made a …

    March 1, 2017 12:24 pm
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Science

  • Climate-friendly aircraft routing could cut environmental damage


    Changing direction: rerouting could reduce environmental impact Rerouting transatlantic flights to follow the most climate-friendly path could damage the climate 10% less for an increase in costs of just 1%. That’s according to a team from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and the UK. “An attractive aspect of our approach is that it potentially enables some mitigation of aviation’s climate impact…using the current aircraft fleet,” Volker Grewe of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany, and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, explains. “Some mitigation options involve changes in aircraft or engine design, which would take decades to implement given the slow – and expensive – turnover of the global fleet.” Volker and colleagues modelled routings for 800 daily flights across the Atlantic under five typical winter weather patterns and three typical summer patterns. The team combined the EMAC chemistry-climate model with an air-traffic simulator, choosing 85 variations for each flight path – …

    February 28, 2017 7:56 pm
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Health

  • France detects possible bird flu outbreak on northern farm


    LILLE, France French authorities reported a possible outbreak of bird flu on a poultry farm in the far north of the country on Wednesday, which could mark a spreading of the disease beyond the southwest foie gras producing region where millions of birds have been culled. Traces of a severe bird flu virus were found on chickens at a farm near the port town of Dunkirk, which is close to the Belgian border, local authorities said in a statement, adding that further tests were being conducted to confirm the outbreak. The type of bird flu was not indicated. The farm saw some 10,000 chickens out of a flock of 27,000 die last month but initial testing did not detect bird flu. France, alongside Hungary, has been the country most affected by a wave of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in Europe. The virus is deadly for poultry but not known to be transmissible to humans. …

    March 1, 2017 12:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Kate Hudson’s Ex Chris Robinson Seeking Full Custody And Child Support For Their Son Ryder


    Posted on Wed Mar 1st, 2017 11:20am PDT       By X17 Staff What changed? Kate Hudson’s ex Chris Robinson has decided he wants full custody and increased child support for the former couple’s 10-year-old son Ryder, and they’re now involved in a nasty custody battle. Ever since they split they’ve shared joint custody, and the actress believes the rocker’s latest move is a bid for money. “When they finalized their divorce [in 2007], they agreed to joint custody. Chris now wants full custody of Ryder. This has been an ongo­ing issue for months now, and they are still battling it out behind closed doors,” a source dished to In Touch. They’ve hired a $500-an-hour private judge to resolve the matter, but there’s been no agreement since this began in June. “Chris and Kate have disagreed over her parenting style. He’s worried that Kate hasn’t been as hands-on as she should be, and he wants more guidance over …

    March 1, 2017 1:44 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

  • Man ticketed for speeding 88 mph in DeLorean claims he wasn’t trying to time travel


    When Doc Brown designed his DeLorean in Back to the Future, he had one goal in mind: time travel. But when 55-year-old Nigel Mills of Essex, England, recently took his own DeLorean out for a spin, he wasn’t particularly interested in traveling back in time. He was, however, clocked for speeding at 88 mph — the speed at which Doc Brown famously claimed the DeLorean could break the time-space continuum. SEE ALSO: Futuristic Volkswagen Hybrid Gets 261 Miles Per Gallon In Back to the Future, Doc Brown is able to time travel once he hits that magical speed. But despite Mills’ own speed, he was unable to travel anywhere but the magistrate’s office.  Mills paid £22,000 or ($29,112 US dollars) for the cult car. He only takes it out a few times a year, and everywhere he goes, people watch. “When I’m out in it a few people recognize it, they slow down and take …

    March 1, 2017 12:24 pm
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