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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has become an unlikely star on Instagram, with a huge number of followers and more than 3 million “likes.” CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports the account shares funny, educational posts about what travelers can and cannot bring onto planes. The TSA is not an agency people typically praise. Most fliers try to spend as little time at one of these checkpoints as possible. But that’s not the case when it comes to social media. Confiscated by the TSA Transportation Security Administration’s Instagram account documents the scary, crazy and strange things people try to take on planes In fact, if you aren’t already following the TSA on Instagram, there’s reason to think you’re missing out. From post-apocalyptic, fully loaded gas masks to Batarangs, guns and propane tanks, the TSA has seen it all. A dead body, which actually is a movie prop, was screened in Atlanta. And yes, it …

So, the government is committed to banning all diesel and petrol cars by 2040 (Report, 26 July). Has it considered the wider impacts? Power stations will face huge peak-time demand when drivers charge vehicles overnight. Can they cope? Will we face increased electricity charges? The rare metals in lithium batteries are produced only in inconvenient places. More than 85% of the world’s supply comes from China. How dependent will that make us upon them? Mining these materials is far from environmentally friendly. Each tonne processed produces 2,000 tonnes of toxic waste, laced with ammonia and hydrochloric acid. Much is dumped into landfill, decimating agriculture and poisoning drinking water. The very manufacture of an electric vehicle can create a large carbon footprint, offsetting global warming benefits. Then there is the issue of safe disposal of obsolete batteries. We could create more problems than we solve.William Harry PlantCrook, County Durham • The ban on petrol and diesel vehicles …

Note: The following is an excerpt from this week’s Earnings Trends  report. You can access the full report that contains detailed historical actual and estimates for the current and following periods,  please click here Here are the key points: •    With results from 171 SP 500 members already out, total earnings are up +8.8% from the same period last year on +3.4% higher revenues, with 78.9% beating EPS estimates and 70.8% beating revenue estimates. •    While growth is a bit on the lighter side relative to the preceding period for these 171 index members, the proportion of companies beating estimates, particularly revenue estimates, is notably tracking above other periods. •    The fact that companies are easily beating Q2 estimates even though estimates hadn’t fallen by that much ahead of the start of this earnings season, as had historically been the case, is a notable positive that needs to be acknowledged. •    For Q2 as a …

LOS ANGELES –  The Latest on a human trafficking investigation in the U.S. West (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Authorities say three people have been charged with pimping eight teens for commercial sex work in a ring that operated in California, Nevada and Texas. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday that 54 felony charges have been filed against Quinton Brown, Gerald Turner and Mia McNeil. They have been charged with sex trafficking, pimping and other charges. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys who could comment on the allegations. Prosecutors say eight teens between 15 and 17 years old were used in a commercial sex operation. Investigators say the trio solicited customers from postings on the internet. They say McNeil used stolen identities to rent apartments that were used as brothels. Authorities say McNeil has not yet been apprehended. ___ 9:45 a.m. California law enforcement …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Social media erupted with laughter on Thursday as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appeared in Google searches for “New York Jets owner.” Brady has “owned” the Jets, figuratively speaking, on the field. But according to this hilarious glitch, Brady is literally the owner of the team. Try Googling “owner of the Jets” pic.twitter.com/YPC6LwBr5f — ESPNBoston (@ESPNBoston) July 27, 2017 Including the postseason, Brady owns a 24-8 record against the Jets. The five-time Super Bowl champion signal-caller has torched New York for 7,625 yards and 48 touchdowns through the air in 32 meetings. Actual Jets owner Woody Johnson has led the team for 17 seasons and is the nominee for the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. — John Wilmhoff

(Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill on Thursday expanded an investigation into the causes of the opioid crisis plaguing the country, seeking information from four more drugmakers and three drug distributors. The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is focusing on the distribution of opioids and the efforts companies made to report and investigate the diversion of drugs for illicit use. The investigation comes at a time when lawmakers and regulators take steps to combat the epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. McCaskill requested for documents and information from opioid manufacturers Mallinckrodt Plc, Endo International Plc, Teva Pharmaceutical and Allergan Plc. In March, McCaskill asked Johnson Johnson, Mylan NV, Purdue Pharma, Insys Therapeutics Inc and Depomed Inc for internal estimates of the risk of abuse, addiction and overdose of opioids. The …

SEOUL, South Korea, July 27 (UPI) — North Korea on Thursday reiterated its call for the United States to end its “hostile policy” toward Pyongyang as the two Koreas marked the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended the conflict in the 1950-53 Korean War. The Rodong Sinmun, the North’s main newspaper, made the comment on the anniversary to celebrate what it claims is its victory against the United States during the war, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. It said that Washington does not understand that the North’s nuclear and missile programs have changed its strategic status as shown by the latest success of an intercontinental ballistic missile test. “There is only one way out for the U.S. That is to withdraw the anachronistic hostile policy toward North Korea and kneel and apologize to its army and people,” the paper said in a commentary. In a separate commentary, it called on …

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the blood-splattered cabin that he did it because she would not stop laughing at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday. Kenneth Manzanares was found in the couple’s room on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson. The agency said the 39-year-old woman, identified only as K.M., had a severe head wound but didn’t reveal any other details about her death. Manzanares was arrested aboard the 3,400-passenger Emerald Princess that had left Sunday from Seattle. Before medical workers and security officers responded, a man and others went into the cabin and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents. Manzanares grabbed his wife’s body …

July 27 (UPI) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday a new step to try to control the flow of migrants before they even arrive in Europe. To do that, he said, France will create centers in Libya to process asylum seekers. “The idea is to create hotspots to avoid people taking crazy risks when they are not all eligible for asylum. We’ll go to them,” Macron said at a naturalization ceremony in the central city of Orleans. Macron said the centers will be ready “as soon as this summer.” France offered asylum to 20,620 refugees in 2015, according to the EU’s statistics agency, Eurostat, more than any other EU nation except Germany. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimated 112,027 migrants from northern Africa and the Middle East traveled across the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year through Wednesday. A total of 2,378 people have drowned or are missing, the U.N said. Last …

July 27 (UPI) — President Donald Trump‘s pick to regulate the Federal Reserve told senators at a nomination hearing Thursday that there needs to be more transparency in how the system evaluates big banks. Randal Quarles, who was chosen to be the first ever Federal Reserve vice chairman for oversight, told members of the Senate Banking Committee the stress tests used to review banks need to be more straight-forward. Banks have complained about the stress tests since they were implemented, saying they are not aware beforehand what Fed regulators are really measuring when they evaluate a bank’s ability to withstand a financial crisis — like the one that crippled the global banking system in 2008. Quarles, a top Treasury Department official under former President George W. Bush, also said Thursday he would advocate for a simplified interpretation of the Volker Rule, which bans commercial banks from using customer deposits as capital for their own investment …

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