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  • 2nd man charged along with former Texas officer in death of patrolman’s pregnant girlfriend

    Former Austin Police officer, VonTrey Clark, 32, is escorted into the Bastrop County Jail, in Bastrop, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, after being extradited from Indonesia. Clark was charged with capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in the death of Clark’s ex-girlfriend, Samantha Dean. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP) (The Associated Press)

    September 3, 2015 3:23 pm


  • Two more Senate Democrats back Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON Support for the Iran nuclear deal rose in the U.S. Senate on Thursday when two more Democratic senators, Cory Booker and Mark Warner, came out in favor of the agreement. Both, however, expressed reservations about the pact and said they would support efforts to keep a hard line on Iran. “While I choose to support the deal, I am not satisfied with it as a final measure and will support efforts to shore up its weaker points,” Warner said in a statement, issued shortly after White House spokesman Josh Earnest surprised reporters at his daily press briefing by announcing the Virginia lawmaker’s support. Booker announced his support in a lengthy statement that called the accord between world powers and Tehran “the better of two flawed options.” “Make no mistake, this deal, while falling short of permanently eliminating Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, succeeds in either delaying it or giving us the credible ability …

    September 3, 2015 3:23 pm


  • This Musk is leading a food revolution

    Elon is not the only Musk trying to change the world. So is his younger brother Kimbal. “I think food right now, it feels like 1995 in the Internet days. The amount of innovation and excitement and enthusiasm is unbridled,” Kimbal Musk said in an exclusive interview with CNNMoney. Americans are transforming how they eat — paying more attention to the origins of their food and how it’s made. Musk is at the forefront of a movement that is accelerating the rate of change. Musk gave up his full-time job starting technology companies to create a concept that ties a restaurant business to nonprofit work. (He still sits on the board of Elon Musk’s Tesla (TSLA) and Space X.) The Kitchen is his chain of eight restaurants. The Kitchen Community is Musk’s nonprofit that he hopes will instill better eating habits in children from low-income neighborhoods. Profits from the restaurants help fund the community effort. …

    September 3, 2015 2:23 pm


  • It’s not over yet: What’s next in the ‘Deflategate’ mess

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers – and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class in New England called ”Deflategate.” And it’s not over yet. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman erased Tom Brady’s four-game suspension on Thursday, handing the four-time Super Bowl champion another victory in a career already full of them. The NFL promptly appealed. So settle in for more talk about deflated footballs and perhaps years of fallout from commissioner Roger Goodell’s botched attempt to punish the New England Patriots and their quarterback for using improperly inflated footballs in the AFC title game in January. (Or, maybe they didn’t.) Some questions and answers about the latest developments: — Q: Why did Brady win? A: Judge Berman said Goodell failed to follow the processes set out in the collective bargaining agreement when he personally presided over the …

    September 3, 2015 3:43 pm

World News

  • Guatemala congress backs resignation

    Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Otto Perez now faces possible prosecution over his alleged involvement in a corruption scheme known as La Linea Congress in Guatemala has approved the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina two days after stripping him of his immunity. Mr Perez Molina is appearing before a judge in connection with the alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars from the national customs service. He has denied any wrongdoing. The Guatemalan congress is expected to swear in the Vice-President, Alejandro Maldonado, as the new head of state in the next few hours. Mr Perez Molina’s alleged corruption sparked huge protests in recent months. His resignation comes just days before Sunday’s presidential election. He was barred from standing under constitutional rules. Analysis: Katy Watson, BBC Central America correspondent Perez Molina has been hanging on until the bitter end – determined not to resign, even amid weekly protests and calls for him to go. …

    September 3, 2015 3:43 pm



  • WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease

    Related images(click to enlarge) A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer. Dr. Zhang, assistant professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Immunology and Microbiology, and his group have been studying the adverse health effects of air pollution from a unique perspective. While the major research efforts in the field were focused on the effects of air pollution on lung tissues and cardiovascular system, the Zhang lab studied the pathological effects and stress mechanisms of air pollution on the liver, the major organ of detoxification and metabolism. Their work demonstrated that inhalation exposure to high-concentration airborne particulate matter PM2.5 has direct effects on the liver, triggering liver fibrosis, a pathological condition …

    September 3, 2015 2:43 pm


  • Research on health effects of fracking faces multiple challenges

    (Reuters Health) – Several years into the modern “fracking” era in the U.S., there still isn’t enough rigorous research to determine whether or how the practice may threaten human health, according to a recent commentary. Investigators have begun trying to tease out the long-term effects of this natural gas extraction technology, but answers on whether people who live near fracking sites are at increased risk of disease are likely several more years away, given the complexity of this research – and the fact that many people who have allowed companies to lease their land for fracking have signed confidentiality agreements, says the lead author. “For the most part, they’re not allowed to talk about any ill effects to themselves, to their water, to their land, even to their animals,” Dr. Madelon Finkel, an epidemiologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, told Reuters Health in an interview. “That in a sense is hampering …

    September 3, 2015 3:03 pm


  • EJ Johnson Is One Skinny B*tch Now

    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 12:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff Werk! EJ Johnson has lost so much weight that we barely recognized him as he left lunch at The Ivy with Rich Kids co-star Dorothy Wang yesterday, and we can’t decide what’s more fabulous – his new physique or that Chanel necklace! The reality star resorted to gastric bypass surgery after his weight ballooned, but he’s kept it off and feels better than ever! “It was a tool, and I think that it was something that really helped me jumpstart the life I definitely wanted to lead…I mean like literally I’m almost half my size. I’m not dating anyone right now but, trust me, there are a lot of offers on the table,” he told Wendy Williams about the procedure. Fellas, he’s single and ready to mingle!   Stories from around the Web

    September 3, 2015 3:23 pm


  • Immigration: Anchor babies and the dangers of ‘nativism’

    The tone of the debate over the nation’s immigration laws has taken an ugly turn as some office-seekers offer solutions to problems that don’t exist.             The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip.             We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates or travel. The list of natural rights is endless.             We expect this not because we are Americans, but because we are persons and these rights are integral to our nature. We expect this in America because the Constitution was written to restrain the government from interfering with natural rights.             When these first principles are violated to advance a political cause or to quell public fear, those whose rights are violated because of an …

    September 3, 2015 2:03 pm

Odd News

  • Spanish pensioner offers cash to find job for ‘desperate’ son

    MADRID A Spanish pensioner has placed a newspaper advertisement offering 5,000 euros ($5,600) to any employer who would hire his 39-year-old son, a “desperate” unemployed father of one. “Pensioner offers 5,000 euros to company who hires his unemployed son, qualified, responsible and hard-working with good references, pay negotiable according to contract, absolute discretion,” the advertisement in El Heraldo de Aragon newspaper said. Concerns about Spanish unemployment, the second-highest in Europe at 22.4 percent, are at the center of the campaign for a general election to be held in December. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, ahead in polls but expected to fall short of a majority, is seeking to overcome scepticism that an economic recovery is truly filtering down. The pensioner, a retired lawyer, told the newspaper he could not watch his son suffer without doing anything. “The advert might look undignified, but I lost my sense of shame a long time ago,” said the pensioner, who …

    September 3, 2015 11:02 am