• Phoneless in Paris

    Phoneless in Paris

    The loss of a phone in Paris provides a moral lesson for Adam Gopnik – but not the one he was expecting. Not long ago, I got to spend a couple of days in my...
  • Seahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner

    SEATTLE (AP) Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension...
  • Memphis police officer shot, killed

    SAN FRANCISCO A police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Saturday night, officials said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told reporters that around 9:15 p.m. local time a...
  • How self-driving cars will cut accidents 90 percent (Q&A)

    How self-driving cars will cut accidents 90 percent (Q&A)

    Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. Stephen Shankland/CNET ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Peter Sweatman isn’t in charge of the computing revolution that’s sweeping the auto industry, but he’s at the...
  • Seeking big bucks from Super PACs

    Seeking big bucks from Super PACs

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super...
  • The troubleshooting teddies of Tirana

    The troubleshooting teddies of Tirana

    The weather-beaten forms of cuddly toys hanging from buildings are a common sight in Albania. Who put them there, and why? Suspended from the eaves of houses, they sway gently in the wind. The bodies...
  • Ryan Blaney wins NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Ryan Blaney survived a flurry of late cautions to win the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for his first victory of the season. Blaney erased the sting of a...

Headline News

  • Memphis police officer shot, killed


    SAN FRANCISCO A police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Saturday night, officials said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told reporters that around 9:15 p.m. local time a citizen used the downed officer’s radio to report he had been shot multiple times. Armstrong said the officer was transported in critical condition to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. “This is a very difficult time,” Armstrong said, adding that it was the third killing of a police officer in the past four years. “It doesn’t get any easier.” The suspect remained at large, Armstrong said. He did not release the officer’s name, pending family notification. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Kim Coghill)

    August 2, 2015 1:03 am
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Politics

  • Seeking big bucks from Super PACs


    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs as well. Unlike campaigns, these outside groups aren’t limited in how much money they can accept from individual donors. While they can’t directly take orders from the candidates they’re spending money to help elect, they still account for about $2 of every $3 raised so far in the 2016 race for president. Many super PACs must file their first fundraising reports with federal regulators by midnight Friday. The super PAC filings will detail how money was raised and spent from January to the end of June and include the names of donors. Two weeks ago, many of the candidates filed their first campaign fundraising reports. Together, the reports from the super PACs and the candidates will produce the first …

    August 2, 2015 12:03 am
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Stocks

  • Congressional Black Caucus to talk diversity with Silicon Valley leaders


    The Congressional Black Caucus, led by Rep. G. K. Butterfield (left), will meet with Silicon Valley leaders. The Congressional Black Caucus delegation is going to visit Silicon Valley to help tackle Big Tech’s diversity problem. The CBC Diversity Task Force will travel to Silicon Valley from August 2 to August 4 to meet with companies at the forefront of innovation — but lacking a diverse workforce. Members will visit many of the tech giants, including Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Bloomberg, Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC, Tech30), Kapor, Pandora (P), and SAP (SAP, Tech30), according to the press release. In 2014, three companies had almost homogenous headlines when their diversity reports were released. Google, Facebook and Apple all came with similar warning signs: “mostly white, mostly male.” Only 7% of the Apple’s almost 50,000 strong workforce was black. Just 2% of Google’s workforce is African-American. Call for change Launched in May, the CBC TECH 2020 is a five-year …

    August 2, 2015 12:23 am
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Sports

  • Seahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner


    SEATTLE (AP) Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension on Saturday night, making sure Seattle keeps Wagner beyond the 2015 season when his rookie contract was set to expire. Team owner Paul Allen confirmed the agreement in a tweet. NFL.com reported the deal is worth $43 million, which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football. Wagner was an All-Pro last season and finished second on the team with 104 tackles despite missing five games with a painful toe injury – and that was after having 140 and 119 the previous two years. Wagner has been Seattle’s starting middle linebacker since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. Wagner said Friday that his deadline for an extension was ”now,” and that he briefly considered holding …

    August 2, 2015 1:04 am
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World News

  • Phoneless in Paris


    The loss of a phone in Paris provides a moral lesson for Adam Gopnik – but not the one he was expecting. Not long ago, I got to spend a couple of days in my favourite city of Paris, and while I was there I lost my iPhone. I wasn’t sure exactly when, and I wasn’t sure exactly how. We were staying at an old-fashioned hotel right across from the Gare du Nord, which is the great train station in the north of Paris where phones go to be stolen. It seems to have a kind of magnetic attraction for smartphones of all kinds – meaning, really, just that it’s a locale for pickpockets who can, in effect, wangle a smartphone from your pants by sheer force of will from across the station floor. We had gone to the Gare du Nord to find a taxi to take us out to Saint Denis for my …

    August 2, 2015 1:04 am
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Technology

  • How self-driving cars will cut accidents 90 percent (Q&A)


    Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. Stephen Shankland/CNET ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Peter Sweatman isn’t in charge of the computing revolution that’s sweeping the auto industry, but he’s at the center of it. As director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, he’s 30 miles west of Detroit and in the heart of car country. Ford, General Motors, Fiat’s Chrysler and countless suppliers are all nearby, and they’re getting even closer: a new project at the University of Michigan called Mcity will help carmakers develop the automated navigation systems of their self-driving vehicles. Mcity is a 32-acre microcosm of motoring complete with faded stop signs, roundabouts, lousy weather and out-of-date traffic signals. There, automakers and others can test not just self-driving cars but also radio communications that link cars to each other and to road infrastructure. By concentrating the work of many companies and academics, …

    August 2, 2015 12:23 am
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Science

  • Short wavelength plasmons observed in nanotubes


    Related images(click to enlarge) The term “plasmons” might sound like something from the soon-to-be-released new Star Wars movie, but the effects of plasmons have been known about for centuries. Plasmons are collective oscillations of conduction electrons (those loosely attached to molecules and atoms) that roll across the surfaces of metals while interacting with photons. For example, plasmons from nanoparticles of gold, silver and other metals interact with visible light photons to generate the vibrant colors displayed by stained glass, a technology that dates back more than 1,000 years. But plasmons have high-technology applications as well. In fact, there’s even an emerging technology named for them – plasmonics – that holds great promise for superfast computers and optical microscopy. At the heart of the high-technology applications of plasmons is their unique ability to confine the energy of a photon into a spatial dimension smaller than the photon’s wavelength. Now, a team of researchers with Berkeley Lab’s …

    August 1, 2015 11:23 pm
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Health

  • Health Highlights: Aug 1, 2015


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Claims 4th Victim New numbers released Saturday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the continuing outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has now claimed a fourth life, with 65 people now infected. City health officials note, however, that 20 people have been successfully treated for the respiratory ailment, USA Today reported. The illness is typically spread when people breathe in vapor or mist from a contaminated plumbing system, and USA Today says that five buildings — including Lincoln Hospital, Concourse plaza and the Opera House Hotel — have tested positive for the bacteria. All of the five affected sites are attempting to rid the buildings of the contamination, and are also required to give the city plans detailing how they would prevent future outbreaks.

    August 1, 2015 11:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Ducks For Cover After A Messy Lunch Meeting


    Posted on Sat Aug 1st, 2015 9:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Pulling a Leonardo DiCaprio, are we? And are those stains on his white tee? Someone get this boy a Tide pen! On Friday Justin Bieber went to a lunch meeting in Beverly Hills, and though he wasn’t in the mood to be photographed, we still got a peek at his tatted guns. Loves it! Earlier this week the pop star announced that his new single, “What Do You Mean,” would be released later this month, and he explained the meaning behind it to pal Ryan Seacrest. “Well, girls are often just flip-floppy,” Justin said. “They say something and they mean something else. So … what do you mean? I don’t really know, that’s why I’m asking.” “I’ve been working a lot in the studio, just trying to have a consistent sound, a cohesive sound,” the pop superstar continued. “I get in my head a lot …

    August 1, 2015 9:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?


    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet


    DALLAS An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. “His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe. The status of the animal is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said. (Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)

    July 31, 2015 7:38 pm
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