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  • Whitehead, Desmond receive medals from library association

    NEW YORK –  Colson Whitehead’s latest honor is a “thank you” from the country’s libraries. Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” has won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. On Sunday, the association told The Associated Press that the nonfiction medal was given to Matthew Desmond for “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” The medals were established in 2012 and are sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, along with the library association’s Booklist publication and the Reference and User Services Association. Previous winners include Doris Kearns Goodwin, Donna Tartt and Anthony Doerr.

    January 22, 2017 8:03 pm


  • U.S. Senators McCain, Graham to support Tillerson nomination

    WASHINGTON Two senior Republican lawmakers said on Sunday they would vote to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, despite their concerns over the former ExxonMobil chief’s relationship with Russia’s president. “After careful consideration, and much discussion with Mr. Tillerson, we have decided to support his nomination to be secretary of state,” Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a statement. “Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and (Russian) President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests,” said the two senators, veteran foreign policy experts. The Republican-controlled Senate has so far confirmed two of Trump’s nominees for cabinet posts but Tillerson, former chief executive officer at Exxon Mobil Corp, has faced criticism from several prominent Republicans because of his close relationships with Russian officials, including Putin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

    January 22, 2017 5:02 pm


  • Did Anadarko Receive A Fair Price For Its Eagle Ford Assets?

    The year 2016 was a comeback year for Anadarko Petroleum ( APC ), as the oil and gas company recovered almost 42% of its stock price over the year backed by the rebound in commodity prices, and the acquisition of Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) assets during the year. In addition to this, the US-based company finalized two significant asset sales of more than $3.5 billion over the last one month, that have put the company on track to exceed its divestment plan of $5 billion. The two deals includethe sale of Eagleford shale assets inSouth Texas for $2.3 billion to Sanchez Energy Corporation and Blackstone Group LP, and sale of its upstream and midstream assets in the Marcellus Shale to Alta Marcellus Development for a sum of$1.24 billion (For More Details Read: Anadarko Shifts Focus To High-Margin Basins By Divesting Non-Core Assets). In this note, we analyze if the company paid a fair price for …

    January 22, 2017 7:23 pm


  • Full-strength Arizona has arrived

    9:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment For 11 weeks and 19 games you didn’t hear much talk about Arizona. Allonzo Trier was absent without a reason being stated and, while the remaining Wildcats were pretty good — even excellent, at times — they dropped neutral-site games to Butler and Gonzaga. As a result, there were always three or four other elite teams, ones with even fewer losses, to focus on before the conversation got around to Sean Miller’s group. Then came the 20th game. Trier is back, and he and his teammates went into Pauley Pavilion on Saturday and beat No. 3-ranked UCLA 96-85. It’s time to talk about Arizona. The Wildcats were already really, really good without Trier Now the truth can be told. The whole air of uncertainty surrounding Trier’s absence obscured the fact that Arizona had opened Pac-12 play by putting up numbers that wouldn’t be at …

    January 22, 2017 9:01 am

World News

  • Britain’s May refuses to talk about reported test missile failure

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Prime Minister Theresa May refused Sunday to offered details on the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. But several members of parliament called for a full investigation of the reported failure and possible coverup weeks before a House of Commons vote on the future of the nuclear missiles. During an interview with the BBC, May wouldn’t say if she knew about the failure, let alone the test ahead of time. She was asked four times by Andrew Marr whether she knew about the failure before the Commons voted 472-117 in July to spend $53 billion renewing Trident. At the time, she said it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” for the Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons. On Sunday, she said “I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.” “There are tests that take place all the time, …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm


  • Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition

    Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth-quarter results over the next fortnight, with Alphabet going first on Thursday and Amazon the following week. But analysts are already looking beyond the simple question of how many cardboard boxes Amazon filled and how many searches Google answered. They’re wondering which company will win the battle to control your home. That battle is being fought by two carafe-sized cylinders from the respective companies. One is Amazon’s Echo, with its voice-operated “personal assistant”, Alexa; the other is Google Home, which responds to the phrase “OK Google”. Both are internet-connected, home-based devices which can be command to do things: give the weather forecast; play music; read out news headlines; update shopping lists; and control “smart” devices in the …

    January 22, 2017 8:41 am


  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am


  • Smokers Unleash Harms on Their Pets

    SUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Secondhand smoke not only harms people, it also poses a danger to dogs, cats and other pets, a veterinarian warns. “If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time,” said Dr. Carmela Stamper, who’s with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pets are also at risk from cigarette smoke residue that gets on skin, clothes, carpets, furniture and other household items, dubbed “thirdhand” smoke, according to the agency. “Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur,” Stamper said in an FDA news release. “Dogs, cats and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, skin and clothes,” she explained. Pets …

    January 22, 2017 8:03 pm


  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ says farewell to President Obama ‘To Sir, With Love’-style

    The first episode of Saturday Night Live following President Donald Trump‘s inauguration ended with a heartfelt tribute to his predecessor Barack Obama. NBC News reported SNL cast members Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata sang “To Sir, With Love,” the title song from the 1967 movie about a beloved teacher played by Sidney Poitier, in front of a portrait of Obama. “We got you a mug. It says ‘World’s Best President,’” Strong said, holding up a coffee cup at the end of the song, according to Us Weekly. “Thank you. Don’t go,” Zamata added. Trump is a vocal critic of SNL, particularly Alec Baldwin‘s impression of him. Trump hosted an episode of the sketch-comedy show when he was on the campaign trail last year, however. Aziz Ansari hosted this weekend’s edition.

    January 22, 2017 7:25 pm


  • Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans

    “There was one moment in Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, “that revealed why so many are so terrified of him.”  Lithwick deemed this moment so inflammatory that she called it “reprehensible” and “gobsmacking.”  Somewhat more restrained, Politico’s Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein said it was “head-scratching.” What was this extraordinary occurrence?  Had Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general of the United States embraced the notion of a terrorist state like, say, Iran having nukes? Was he in favor of packing the electorate with illegal immigrants and thus changing the electoral landscape forever? Had he admitted to using a private server for thousands of classified documents? Perhaps he voiced his support for abortion-on-demand, thereby adding to the more than 50 million children that have been terminated since Roe v. Wade? Of course, not. Senate Democrats and their media allies see none of these things as “reprehensible” (as they certainly are).  No, the …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm

Odd News

  • Drone pilot shocked by sharks swimming around Florida surfers

    A drone operator in Florida said he was trying to capture video of boats when he stumbled on a more shocking sight — sharks swimming around oblivious surfers. Jason Griffeth said he took his new camera drone from his Vero Beach home to the Fort Pierce Inlet to capture footage of boats Friday morning when he decided to get some shots of surfers and paddle boarders he sighted nearby. “As I got about 300 feet in the air, I noticed there was some big fish swimming out near the surfers,” Griffeth told WPBF-TV. “I was like, ‘Those kind of look like sharks.’” The video, posted to YouTube, shows the sharks — and some large fish that appear to be tarpon — swimming all around the surfers and paddle boarders, who appeared not to notice their sub-aquatic company. “And I was kind of freaking out because I had no way to notify the surfers because I …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm