• Today’s Toons 9/27/16

    Today’s Toons 9/27/16

    Click below for related story: Click below for related story: Click below for related story: This Thread Brought To You By The Letter C: In Case You Missed It Dept.: DNC Readies Hillary Replacement...
  • Suspects, victims in California killings were ‘furries’

    FULLERTON, Calif. –  Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims’ teenage daughter and all attended “furry” events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according...
  • Trump’s sniffles a social media sensation

    NEW YORK Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stole the social media spotlight during a U.S. presidential debate on Monday night – this time for what Twitter users branded a #Trumpsniffle. The wealthy businessman was seen...

Headline News

  • Suspects, victims in California killings were ‘furries’

    FULLERTON, Calif. –  Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims’ teenage daughter and all attended “furry” events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages. Jennifer Yost, 39, and her husband, Christopher Yost, 34, were found dead in their Fullerton home along with family friend Arthur “Billy” Boucher, 28. Police were summoned to the home Saturday morning by the couple’s 6-year-old daughter. She was not harmed, nor was her 9-year-old sister. Melinda Giles said she became friends with Jennifer Yost after meeting her and her 17-year-old daughter, Katlynn Goodwill Yost, last year at a gathering of “furries.” She said she also saw Frank Felix, 25, and Joshua Acosta, 21 — who have been arrested for investigation of the murders — at furry events, and had met Felix at the Yost family home. She said Jennifer Yost told her …

    September 27, 2016 3:03 am


  • Today’s Toons 9/27/16

    Click below for related story: Click below for related story: Click below for related story: This Thread Brought To You By The Letter C: In Case You Missed It Dept.: DNC Readies Hillary Replacement

    September 27, 2016 3:20 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


  • Award candidates have their night in Cubs’ 100th win

    1:31 AM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment PITTSBURGH — Talk about a night and year of milestones. The Chicago Cubs reached another one on Monday in a 12-2 thumping of the Pittsburgh Pirates — winning their 100th game — while statements were made by Cy Young contenders and MVP candidates alike. Kyle Hendricks: He lowered his ERA to 1.99 with six scoreless innings, giving Cy Young voters even more to think about when they cast their ballots next week. “He just finds a way to make weak contact,” third baseman Kris Bryant said. “It doesn’t seem like there are any hard ground balls. And the pop-ups. It’s unbelievable what he can do. He just knows how to pitch.” Kyle Hendricks went six scoreless innings to lower his ERA on the season to 1.99. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Bryant just made Hendricks’ Cy Young case for him without even knowing it. The Cubs’ defense has …

    September 27, 2016 3:03 am

World News

  • Bosnian Serbs defy courts, approve controversial holiday

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sept. 26 (UPI) — Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly approved a referendum for a statehood holiday, after courts banned the proposal. Initial results of Sunday’s referendum indicated more than 99 percent of voters approved the proposal, which calls for a Jan. 9 holiday. The vote was conducted in Republika Srpska, or the Serb Republic, a heavily Serb region in the republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The country’s Constitutional Court ruled the holiday is discriminatory against non-Serbians. The holiday falls on the anniversary of the 1992 declaration of independence of Bosnian Serbia, which launched a civil war of genocide and ethnic cleansing in which more than 100,000 people were killed. “Today we have written one more page of our glorious history and shown that we are people who fight for freedom,” Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said Sunday in the town of Pale. “This was more than playing heroes, more than anger, this was for the people. That …

    September 26, 2016 10:02 pm


  • Sale of Kodi ‘fully-loaded’ streaming boxes faces legal test

    Image copyright Thinkstock A legal case concerning the sale of video-streaming set-top boxes that can access subscription content for free, begins on Tuesday. So-called “fully-loaded Kodi boxes” have gained popularity, but the legality of their sale is in question. Middlesbrough trader Brian Thompson is accused of selling equipment that “facilitated the circumvention” of copyright protection measures. The trial has been described as a landmark case by industry watchers. Mr Thompson will not enter a plea on Tuesday, but has told local media he intends to challenge the charges. What is Kodi? Image copyright Kodi Image caption Kodi turns compatible devices into a “media centre” Kodi is free software designed to bring videos, music, games and photographs together in one easy-to-use application. It began life as a program called Xbox Media Centre (XBMC) that added a feature-rich media player to the original Xbox games console. The open-source project was developed by volunteers and can now be …

    September 27, 2016 1:43 am


  • ‘Physical cryptography’ uses neutrons to compare nuclear warheads

    No knowledge: the weapons-verification-technique set-up A new technique for comparing physical objects – while keeping the composition of the objects secret – has been demonstrated by physicists in the US and Italy. Based on a scheme for cryptography, the method involves comparing how radiation is transmitted through two targets and could be used to verify the presence of nuclear weapons in warheads. Future agreements on the control of nuclear weapons could require that all nuclear warheads be accounted for, including those in storage. This would rely on inspectors being able to tell a real nuclear warhead apart from a fake one. This is important because it would prevent a country from secretly stashing away some of its declared warheads and replacing them with fakes. Plutonium-239 in a concealed warhead can be revealed by exposing it to a beam of neutrons and measuring how much radiation passes through the warhead. However, imaging a warhead in this …

    September 27, 2016 1:23 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


  • ‘Anne of Green Gables’ to premiere on PBS on Nov. 24

    NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) — The latest, small-screen adaptation of the classic, Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables is to premiere on PBS in the United States on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. The movie was directed by John Kent Harrison and written by Susan Coyne. It stars                    Martin Sheen, Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Julia Lalonde, Kate Hennig, Stefani Kimber, Drew Haytaoglu, Kyle Gatehouse and Linda Kash. Kate Macdonald Butler, the late author L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, served as executive producer on the program, which aired in Canada last winter.    “Anne of Green Gables tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious young girl taken from an orphanage and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew,” a synopsis said. “The conservative Marilla has a profound effect on the adventurous Anne and creates a journey of learning and personal engagement that has resonated with generations since L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green …

    September 27, 2016 2:23 am


  • At first debate, Trump couldn’t wipe that smug grin off Hillary’s face. But he came close

    Here’s the bottom line on the first presidential debate of 2016: Maybe Donald Trump should have done more prep. On so many fronts he should have been able to wipe that smug grin off Hillary’s face; he did not rise to the challenge. Both candidates had singular ambitions in this confrontation; neither achieved what they might have hoped, but Hillary, aided and abetted by Lester Holt, came out ahead. Hillary Clinton’s only task in this first presidential debate was to excite people about her candidacy, and reduce her “enthusiasm gap.”  That she did not do, but she did manage to cast her adversary as unprepared and unfocused. Donald Trump’s one ambition in this debate was to convince American voters that he was presidential material, and not the monster that Hillary Clinton and the media have made him out to be. He came close. Arguably, Trump had the easier assignment. However, he was up against not …

    September 27, 2016 1:22 am

Odd News

  • Turkish engineers show off real-life ‘Transformers’ robot car

    ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 26 (UPI) — A team of Turkish engineers are turning science fiction into science reality by building a real-life “Transformer” that morphs from a car to a giant robot. Turkish company Letrons posted a video to YouTube showing their creation, which is also dubbed Letrons, taking an outdoor test drive. The vehicle doesn’t have room for a driver or passenger like its cinematic counterparts, but it does actually drive via remote-control, the creators said. The video shows the car driving around a paved lot before stopping and transforming into a giant robot that moves its head, arms and fingers. The robot then transforms back into a car and continues its drive. Letrons said it took 12 engineers a total eight months to create the robot using what used to be a BMW sports car.

    September 27, 2016 1:42 am