Headline News

  • California relatives of 9/11 victims will get second shot at scholarships after state bungling


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown on Friday announced signing SB384 by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord and Republican Sen. Ted Gaines of Roseville. It gives relatives of California victims until July 2016 to apply for a scholarship program funded through the sale of specialty memorial license plates. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The legislation arose after an investigation by The Associated Press found that just $21,381 was distributed to the children and spouses of the victims, out of more than $2 million intended for the scholarships. SB384 requires the state to renew efforts to notify eligible candidates. A state audit found that officials failed to notify many of them.

    August 22, 2014 5:53 pm
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Politics

  • California Senate passes gun database checks bill


    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – The California Senate passed a bill on Friday requiring local law enforcement to search a database of firearms owners in most cases when carrying out checks on people who may harm themselves or others. The move follows the Isla Vista killings in Southern California in May, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger fatally shot and stabbed six people before killing himself near the University of California Santa Barbara campus.     Less than a month before the killings, local law enforcement carried out a “welfare check” on Rodger. Welfare checks are inquiries into the well-being of a person, motivated by concern that they may pose a danger to themselves or others. California state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, whose district includes Isla Vista and who introduced the bill, said it would never be known for sure whether a gun database search then might have led to a different outcome in the case of Rodger.     ”But the next time California experiences …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Stocks

  • The Coolest Kickstarter tops $9 million


    Are coolers really all that hot? More than 46,000 people think so. The Coolest Cooler has raised over $9.2 million on Kickstarter — and it still has a week to go. It’s described as a “portable party” and includes features like a blender, waterproof bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board and bottle opener. It’s the second highest grossing campaign ever, ranking just behind the Pebble (the smartwatch that raised a record $10 million in 2012). “There’s a point where products derive much more attention than any rational expectation would suggest,” said Jason Greenberg, PhD and assistant professor at New York University’s business school, “In a market where potato salad can raise $55,000, it’s not that surprising.” What’s more surprising is that this isn’t Coolest’s first time around the Kickstarter block. Related: The 13 most WTF gadgets Ryan Grepper of Portland, Ore., unsuccessfully tried to raise $125,000 for similar model of The Coolest In November 2013. …

    August 22, 2014 6:13 pm
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Sports

  • Arrieta shines against former team as Cubs beat O’s


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Javier Baez and Luis Valbuena homered to back seven solid innings from Jake Arrieta as the Chicago Cubs beat the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Arrieta (7-4), who took a perfect game into the fifth, gave up one run on four hits against his former team. The right-hander is in his first full season with the Cubs after being acquired from Baltimore last July with pitcher Pedro Strop and two international signing bonus slots for pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger. Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 34th homer of the season for the Orioles, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (7-5) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven over five innings. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    August 22, 2014 5:53 pm
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World News

  • The British jihadis


    Abu Abdullah al Britani Using a nom de guerre, the 32-year-old from Portsmouth is believed to be one of a number who have travelled from the southern English city to Syria, from where he has used social media to promote the Isis message. Muhammad Hamidur Rahman Hamidur Rahman A former supervisor at Primark who left the UK to fight in Syria, the 25-year-old was reported earlier this month to have been killed. His father, who works in an Indian restaurant, said he had received a text telling him his son had been killed. Mashudur Choudhury Mashudur Choudhury The 31-year-old accompanied Rahman abroad but later returned to Britain, where he became the first person in the UK to be convicted of taking part in terrorist activity in Syria. He was arrested in October at Gatwick, as he flew back from Turkey. Reyaad Khan Reyaad Khan The 20-year-old from Cardiff appeared in a June Isis recruitment video …

    August 22, 2014 5:53 pm
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Technology

  • OS Flaw Leaves Android Wide Open for App Hack Attacks


    A flaw in Android’s GUI framework let university researchers hack into applications with up to 92 percent success rate. They tested apps from Gmail, HR Block, Newegg, WebMD, Chase Bank, Hotels.com and Amazon. “Changes in the shared memory side channel allow an attacker to infer if there is an activity transition going on in the foreground,” researcher Zhiyun Qian, an assistant professor at the University of California at Riverside, told LinuxInsider. “This is a design choice by modern OSes … . The same attack may work as well [on other mobile OSes],” he added. Details of the Flaw When a new screen or window is shown, the GUI framework allocates a fixed amount of memory in the shared memory register that’s proportional to the size of the screen, Qian said. This memory is allocated inside the app process and shared with a separate window compositor process. Shared memory is commonly adopted by window managers to …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Science

  • Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules


    Anyone who has suffered an injury can probably remember the after-effects, including pain, swelling or redness. These are signs that the body is fighting back against the injury. When tissue in the body is damaged, biological programs are activated to aid in tissue regeneration. An inflammatory response acts as a protective mechanism to enable repair and regeneration, helping the body to heal after injuries such as wounds and burns. However, the same mechanism may interfere with healing in situations in which foreign material is introduced, for example when synthetics are grafted to skin for dermal repair. In such cases, the inflammation may lead to tissue fibrosis, which creates an obstacle to proper physiological function. The research group of Arun Sharma, PhD has been working on innovative approaches to tissue regeneration in order to improve the lives of patients with urinary bladder dysfunction. Among their breakthroughs was a medical model for regenerating bladders using stem cells …

    August 22, 2014 5:33 pm
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Health

  • WHO warns of ‘shadow zones’ and unreported Ebola cases


    GENEVA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of “shadow zones” where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 known cases of the deadly virus in West Africa since the outbreak was first identified in March, according to new figures released by the WHO on Friday. However the U.N. agency, which has faced criticism that it moved too slowly to contain the outbreak, said that many cases had probably gone unreported. Independent experts raised similar concerns a month ago that the contagion could be worse than reported because some residents of affected areas are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment. Despite initial assertions by regional health officials that the virus had been contained in its early stages, Ebola case numbers and deaths have ballooned in recent months as the outbreak …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Selena Gomez Shows Some Serious Cleavage After Yet Another Sexy Sleepover With Boyfriend Justin Bieber


    Posted on Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez left Justin Bieber’s new Hollywood Hills mansion on Friday morning after yet ANOTHER sleepover (the two spent the night last Saturday and on Wednesday night), and after that she went to lunch with some gal pals in Los Angeles. We’re thinking she showered and had a change of clothes at Biebs’ house this morning — if not, she’s one dirty girl! But it definitely looks like that perfectly flat-ironed hair is from the night before … gotta look good for the Biebs! After lunch, Selena posted the video below and wrote, “Oceans -Hillsong church “spirit lead me where my trust is without boarders” so beautifully written. Have a great morning everyone!” Wonder if she sings these sweet songs to her man? Despite the fact that JB has seemingly relished in the opportunity to rub his flings in Selena’s face over the last few …

    August 22, 2014 4:52 pm
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Editorial

  • What pastors should be saying about Ferguson and racial unrest


      Some of the greatest abuse stemming from the situation in Ferguson is not coming from the hands of law enforcement officers but from the mouths of ministers who are exploiting this situation to  advance  their own agendas rather than bring healing to a community and nation torn apart by racial division.   I’m not only referring to pastoral provocateurs such as Al Sharpton who is spear-heading  an “Anti-Police Rally” this weekend or Jesse Jackson who has been roundly criticized for using the Ferguson chaos to raise funds for his church.    ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT White ministers throughout the country are also using the unrest in Ferguson to either score points with segments of their congregation by demonstrating how racially sensitive they are or to deal with their own angst over “white privilege.” There is no greater service we can perform than to speak truth to people, regardless how unpopular or politically incorrect that truth is. …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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