Headline News

  • At least 11 people killed in Georgia following severe weather


    At least 11 people are dead and 23 people injured after severe weather struck southern Georgia early Sunday, a day after 4 people were killed when a tornado spawned by the same system touched down in Mississippi.  Catherine Howden of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency told the Associated Press that the deaths occurred in Cook, Brooks and Berrien counties near the Florida-Georgia line. Howden said the deaths were related to severe weather, but could not specify whether tornadoes were the cause.  Cook County Coroner Tim Purvis said an apparent tornado “leveled” numerous mobile homes before dawn Sunday in the park near Adel, where at least 5 were confirmed dead. He said emergency responders were still searching for survivors hours later. Purvis estimated the park has about 40 mobile homes total and roughly half of them were destroyed. More on this… 4 dead mourned in Mississippi after tornado rips through area Tornado hits southern Mississippi reportedly …

    January 22, 2017 9:23 am
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Politics

  • White House says media delegitimizing Trump, says won’t ‘take it’


    WASHINGTON White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus intensified the Trump administration’s criticism of the news media on Sunday, accusing it of trying to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency and vowing to fight such coverage “tooth and nail.” “The media from Day One has been talking about delegitimizing the election,” Priebus said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” He accused the media of attacks on the new president, saying “we’re not going to sit around and take it.” Priebus spoke a day after the new Republican president used an appearance at the Central Intelligence Agency to attack the news media after reports on the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration on Friday. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

    January 22, 2017 9:01 am
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Stocks

  • 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
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Sports

  • 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
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World News

  • Trump administration won’t send delegation to Syria talks


    Jan. 22 (UPI) — The Trump administration won’t send a delegation to talks on the war in Syria, the State Department said. The U.S. government’s only representative when the talks begin Monday in Astana, Kazakhstan, will be its ambassador to Kazakhstan, officials said. “The United States is committed to a political resolution to the Syrian crisis through a Syrian-owned process, which can bring about a more representative, peaceful and united Syria,” acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Saturday in a statement. “Given our presidential inauguration and the immediate demands of the transition, a delegation from Washington will not be attending the Astana conference.” Toner has served under the Obama administration. Russia and Turkey had supported the idea of a U.S. delegation to attend the talks. The Kremlin excluded former Secretary of State John Kerry from Syria negotiations sponsored by Moscow and Ankara at the end of last year. Russia’s ambassador to the United States …

    January 22, 2017 9:23 am
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Technology

  • 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
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Science

  • 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
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Health

  • 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
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Entertainment

  • Report: Nicola Peltz dating Gigi Hadid’s brother Anwar


    Jan. 20 (UPI) — Nicola Peltz has reportedly developed a romance with Gigi Hadid‘s brother, Anwar Hadid. The 22-year-old actress was spotted holding hands with the 17-year-old burgeoning model on a lunch date Wednesday in Beverly Hills, according to Us Weekly. The Transformers: Age of Extinction star and Hadid enjoyed a meal at Il Pastaio. Sources told the magazine the pair seemed “very comfortable” together as they conversed over the lunch. “They are dating,” an insider told E! News. “It’s a fairly new relationship, but they are really good friends and part of the same group of friends.” Peltz and Hadid were first linked last week after the actress shared a photo with Hadid on Instagram. The image sees her hold the model close as she sits on his lap. “taken by the queen @ellenvonunwerth,” the star captioned the picture. taken by the queen @ellenvonunwerth A photo posted by Nicola Peltz (@nicolaannepeltz) on Jan 13, …

    January 22, 2017 9:23 am
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Editorial

  • Floyd Mayweather, Darren Blanton: It’s time to really help America’s inner cities


    Editor’s note: The following column is co-authored venture capitalist Darren Blanton with an introduction by boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather, to commemorate the founding of the Moblze Foundation. Moblze is dedicated to addressing problems associated with blight in America’s inner cities. Both Mayweather and Blanton will speak at an inaugural kick off event for the Foundation Friday in Washington. The Moblze Foundation’s mission dovetails with the Trump administration’s priority of emphasizing opportunities of entrepreneurship and mentorship in the inner cities. Introduction: My boxing career has afforded me the opportunity to see life’s bigger picture. Twenty years ago, I was a young man from Grand Rapids, Michigan who worked day in and day out to become the best ever at my craft. I could have easily given up when the road became tough, but I never did. I wanted to set an example for my children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Today, …

    January 22, 2017 4:40 am
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Odd News

  • Wrench flies off semi truck, smashes driver’s windshield in Pennsylvania


    Jan. 20 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania man’s dashboard camera was recording when a large crescent wrench flew off the side of a semi truck and smashed into his windshield. Scott Rumbarger, of Slippery Rock, said he was on Interstate 79 Tuesday on his way to Cranberry Township when his dashcam captured the moment the 2-foot-long crescent wrench flew off the side of the truck traveling just in front and to the right of him. The wrench smashed into the passenger side of Rumbarger’s windshield, sending broken glass raining into the car. “I see something coming off a truck, just a split second,” Rumbarger told KDKA-TV. “I see it flipping through the air, and I think it’s maybe nothing. It goes through my windshield. It turns out, it’s about a 2-foot crescent wrench.” “There are glass shards all through here, all over the dashboard, even into the backseat,” Rumbarger said. He said the wrench was so …

    January 22, 2017 4:40 am
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