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  • Police: Kansas Woman Found Getting High on Canned Air at Wal-Mart

    08/30/2015 8:18:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Melissa Ann Wright was accused of huffing an industrial strength duster chemical that’s normally used to clean computers. Someone reported seeing the woman huffing a can of Ultra Duster about 11 p.m. Wednesday inside the Wal-Mart and called 911, according to television station KCTV. The spray is supposed to be used as a cleaner, and the bottle warns that inhaling it can be harmful or even cause death. “Once it enters the system it causes the heart to become super sensitive to things like adrenaline,” said Tama Sawyer, the managing director of the University of Kansas Poison Control Center. “So...
  • Video: ‘You Made Direct Eye Contact With Me,’ Ohio Officer Tells Driver During Traffic Stop

    When a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, handed John Felton a warning for a traffic signal violation, Felton asked whether was stopped for something besides having out-of-state plates, according to a video of the conversation posted on Facebook. “Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you,” the officer replied in the video. ... Felton grew up in Ohio but now lives in Michigan. His car has a Michigan license plate. He told WKEF the officer followed his car about two miles and originally said he’d committed a minor traffic offense —...
  • NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario

    08/30/2015 3:58:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on August 30, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Although Orion hits the atmosphere at over 24,000 mph after returning from deep space, it slows significantly after atmospheric reentry. By the time the first parachutes normally deploy, the crew module has decelerated to some 300 mph. Their job is to slow the craft down to about 20 mph by the time of ocean splashdown mere minutes later. ... On Aug. 26, NASA conducted a 35,000 foot high drop test out of the cargo bay of a C-17 aircraft using an engineering test version of the Orion capsule over the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. “The engineering...
  • Notre Dame buys thousands of yellow bricks from 19th-century factory being demolished

    08/30/2015 2:39:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    a strong market for those materials, too. For example, the Wilson complex — like many other factories its age — is a repository of old-growth timbers that have become extremely rare. The hard maple flooring and heart-pine support beams inside the buildings were cut from trees that had been growing for hundreds of years. Old factories are some of the last places where such wood can be found. The factory's deconstruction is a stroke of luck for the University of Notre Dame as well. The four oldest buildings in the Wilson complex happen to be made of the same type...
  • How 'Fear the Walking Dead' Can Avoid 'The Walking Dead's' Early Mistakes

    08/30/2015 1:45:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | Paul Tassi
    As we head into the second episode of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC, the show is already a runaway success. It shattered both live ratings and DVR records for a cable show, and has likely secured itself a lifespan past the initial two seasons that have already been greenlit. I quite liked the pilot, which was slower paced than the original Walking Dead, and managed to capture more of a sense of rising tension. You only saw two or three zombies over the course of the evening, yet that was in many ways more terrifying than the type of...
  • Afghan forces recapture district which fell to Taliban after withdrawl of British troops

    08/30/2015 12:12:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 30, 2015 | Danielle Moylan, Kabul
    Soldiers who were part of NATO’s Resolute Support non-combat mission were quickly dispatched to advise Afghan special forces bolstering local efforts. Col. Brian Tribus, an American military spokesman, also confirmed U.S. forces had carried out 18 airstrikes in the Musa Qala district since 22 August. Mr Mirza Khan Rahimi, governor of Helmand, played down the impact of the US airstrikes to the Telegraph, saying that Afghan forces would have been sufficient on their own to wrest back control of Musa Qala. Mr Rahimi claimed that up to 300 Taliban fighters had been killed or wounded in the operation. At least...
  • 11 dead, over 200 hurt in Saudi Aramco's housing complex fire

    08/30/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Aug 30, 2015 22:42 IST
    The fire started in the basement of a tower in the eastern city of Khobar, the kingdom's civil defence said on Twitter. It added that several of the injured were in a "critical condition" and that the casualties were from "various nationalities," without giving details. Photographs published on the civil defence website showed plumes of black smoke rising from the windows of one of the buildings. Authorities said that residents of nearby towers were evacuated as helicopters took part in the firefighting operations
  • Yemen factions gear up for key battle over central province

    08/30/2015 11:29:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    journalstar.com ^ | AHMED AL-HAJ
    Security officials from both sides said the focus was now on Marib, an oil-rich province that supplies the rebel-held capital of Sanaa with electricity and fuel, after months of combat and airstrikes that have killed some 2,000 civilians, according to the U.N. Pro-government forces have recently tightened their grip on the province's capital, also called Marib, while the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have consolidated their positions on its outskirts, digging trenches and laying mines in nearby Jawf, security officials from both sides and witnesses said. If pro-government forces manage to push the rebels out of Marib, they could potentially...
  • ‘The Walking Dead’ to show zombie attack in special episode

    08/30/2015 10:16:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    The half-hour special, set during the time period of the drama’s companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead”, chronicles a group of passengers facing a walker attack while in flight, reported Entertainment Weekly. One character who survives that encounter will then join the cast of “Fear the Walking Dead” on season two. The airline attack story will debut online, and will unfold in chapters that will air during “Walking Dead”s on-air telecasts.
  • The mystery of the ‘alien plughole’ on Mars: Scientists discover strange terraced crater...

    08/30/2015 9:36:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    An 'alien plughole' on Mars that has baffled scientists could have a simple explanation. Astronomers claim the strange crater, which has a terraced rather than bowl pattern, has been created by water ice. To confirm their theory, researchers found an enormous slab of water ice just beneath the crater, measuring 130ft (40 metre) thick. 'Craters should be bowl shaped, but this one had terraces in the wall,' says Ali Bramson, a graduate student in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Terraces can form when there are layers of different materials in the planet's subsurface, such as dirt, ice...
  • Fan dies after falling from upper deck at Braves-Yankees game

    08/29/2015 9:06:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat August 29, 2015 | Steve Almasy and Mayra Cuevas,
    <p>The man tumbled out of the stands during the seventh inning of the game as the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was walking to home plate.</p> <p>"The Atlanta Braves offer their deepest condolences to the family," the team said in a statement. "At this time, all inquiries will be directed to the Atlanta Police Department, as this is an ongoing investigation."</p>
  • Germany divided on Merkel's 'open door' policy with migrants

    08/29/2015 5:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    In order for the refugee burden to be shared evenly throughout the EU, Merkel supports the imposition of mandatory quotas to ensure that each member state is admitting its fair share of migrants. However, attempts to adopt this as EU policy have met stiff resistance among the more pragmatic European leaders. ... The final destination is Germany for many of these men, women and children. Official forecasts from Berlin have at least 800,000 asylum seekers arriving this year alone, causing much concern among Germans worried about their country’s ability to digest that many new arrivals. Domestic opposition to Merkel’s migration...
  • 38 girls killed in Swaziland bus crash en route to King's wife choosing ceremony

    08/29/2015 5:23:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    The accident happened on Friday night when their open truck smashed into a car on the road between the tiny kingdom's two main cities, Mbabane and Manzini, en route to the traditional Reed Dance. "A total of 38 young girls have been pronounced dead, with more than 20 others seriously injured," Swaziland Solidarity Network spokesman Lucky Lukhele said. ... "The girls were in an open truck which hit a sedan car stopped on the road," The Reed Dance, due to be held on Monday, is a beauty pageant that attracts tens of thousands of young virgins who dance before the...
  • The Dwarf Planet Orcus

    08/29/2015 5:18:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Matt Williams
    Orcus was discovered on February 17th, 2004, by Michael Brown of Caltech, Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory, and David Rabinowitz of Yale University. Although discovered using images that were taken in 2004, prerecovery images of Orcus have been identified going back as far as November 8th, 1951. In accordance with the IAU’s astronomical conventions, objects with a similar size and orbit to that of Pluto are to be named after underworld deities. Therefore, the discovery team suggested the name Orcus, after the Etruscan god of the underworld and the equivalent of the Roman god Pluto. estimates of Orcus’ diameter...
  • Man's Concrete Home Survives Raging Wildfire in Washington

    08/29/2015 1:00:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | RACHEL HAWATMEH
    John Belles said he was prepared for the inevitability of a wildfire when he built his thin-shelled, concrete dome in 1999 surrounded by dry fields in Okanogan County. Earlier this week, Belles just happened to be working 30 miles out of town when he received a voicemail from a friend warning him about a fire approaching his home, he told ABC News today. After shuttling three vehicles off his property, Belles said he realized he had to hurry as the fire was only a couple hundred yards away. “The fire was getting close, in fact, there was a firefighter there...
  • China’s economic judders bring questions – and opportunity

    08/29/2015 8:37:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 29, 2015 | Marion Dakers,
    There is a stark contrast between the PBOC and the US Federal Reserve’s approach to managing markets. The Fed tends to treat investors like the recently burgled: reassurance at every stage, no loud noises during the night. American central bankers have been signalling for two years that the crisis-era programme of vacuuming up bonds from the market, known as quantitative easing, would be wound up as the economy improved. ... China’s abrupt interventions have therefore come as a surprise to investors who have only recently gained direct access to the country’s A-share market. By Friday night, after five days of...
  • World's oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids: New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is...

    08/29/2015 7:40:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Will Stewart
    A stunning wooden statue pulled from a Russian peat bog 125 years ago has been dated as being 11,000 years old after 'sensational' new analysis. This means the remarkable Shigir Idol, which is covered in ‘encrypted code’ and may be a message from ancient man, is by far the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Previous dating attempts claimed it was made 9,500 years ago. ... The idol was originally dug out of a peat bog in the Ural Mountains in 1890. 'The first attempt to date the idol was made 107 years after its discovery, in 1997. The first...
  • Nine Killed as India and Pakistan Exchange Cross-Border Fire

    08/28/2015 7:28:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 9:20 a.m. ET | Qasim Nauman And Krishna Pokharel
    At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded in cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani forces on Friday, officials said, increasing tensions less than a week after high-level talks between the estranged neighbors were called off. The exchange of fire on Friday is the latest in a series of cross-border incidents between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals, in which dozens of soldiers and civilians on both sides have died over the last year. The prime ministers from both countries had agreed on a number of measures last month to reduce tensions, including a meeting between senior border security officials...
  • Massive Wildfire Turns Russia's Lake Baikal Into Hellish Landscape

    08/27/2015 1:00:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 25 2015 04:08 PM EDT | Sean Breslin
    In the northwestern United States, wildfire smoke has invaded major cities as millions of acres of land burn. On the other side of the world, infernos that have been burning for weeks – in a part of Siberia, no less – have turned the landscape into what resembles Hell on Earth. Near Lake Baikal, the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, large wildfires are sending huge amounts of smoke into the air, shrouding the popular vacation area in the middle of summer, Mashable said. The wildfires have been a combination of natural and man-made, the report added, and...
  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia: Ministry

    08/27/2015 12:47:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    indianexpress ^ | August 27, 2015
    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry’s website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said. A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical...
  • Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test

    08/27/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Nature ^ | Monya Baker
    Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted. In the biggest project of its kind, Brian Nosek, a social psychologist and head of the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 269 co-authors repeated work reported in 98 original papers from three psychology journals, to see if they independently came up with the same results. The studies they took on ranged from whether expressing insecurities perpetuates them to differences in how children and adults respond to fear stimuli, to effective ways to teach arithmetic. According to the replicators'...
  • Liberals Don’t Like Hillary Because She’s Competent. They Like Her Because She’s A Stick In Our Eye

    08/27/2015 11:26:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    journal.ijreview.com ^ | Dennis Miller
    Obviously, many of our citizens (not I) cannot fathom how Hillary Clinton is even in there with a shot. Just from a silhouette perspective, a Rorschach, it’s hard for some to imagine Democrats feel that this is their best foot forward. The whole thing seems very old and tired at this point. As a matter of fact, between Hillary and Pelosi and Reid and Biden, the Democratic Star Chamber makes the cantina on Tatooine look like an IBM board meeting circa 1958. I on the other hand, get it. I don’t like it but I get it. She certainly isn’t...
  • The Gas (and Ice) Giant Uranus

    08/27/2015 11:24:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Matt Williams
    Uranus, which takes its name from the Greek God of the sky, is a gas giant and the seventh planet from our Sun. It is also the third largest planet in our Solar System, ranking behind Jupiter and Saturn. Like its fellow gas giants, it has many moons, a ring system, and is primarily composed of gases that are believed to surround a solid core. Though it can be seen with the naked eye, the realization that Uranus is a planet was a relatively recent one. Though there are indications that it was spotted several times over the course of...
  • Leaked data shows women on Ashley Madison were mostly fake

    08/27/2015 7:05:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    It's no secret that Ashley Madison has fake female profiles to engage users -- heck, it's even noted in the ToS that the website "is geared to provide you with amusement and entertainment." When its user data was leaked to the public, though, people got a chance to see just how many women there are on the website exactly, and how many of them are definitely fake. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz took a closer look at the data dump in an effort to determine the site's female population and found that barely any of the 5.5 million profiles marked as...
  • Kurdish general in Iraqi Army killed by ISIS in Anbar

    08/27/2015 6:57:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Brigadier General Safin Abdulmajid, the Kurdish commander of 10th Division of Iraqi Army, was killed Thursday in Anbar province in a vehicle-borne suicide attack by the Islamic State. Al-Iraqia TV reported Thursday that the jihadist attack on occurred in Jarayshi district, 18km north of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi. The AFP news agency reported that the bomber also killed Staff Major General Abdulrahman Abu Raghif, deputy head of the Anbar Operations Command.
  • Second-Quarter Growth Rate Revised Up to 3.7%

    08/27/2015 6:30:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Fox/Reuters ^ | August 27, 2015
    The GDP report, which was released in the wake of a global stock market sell-off, should offer assurance to both investors and cautious Fed officials that the United States was in good shape to weather the growing strains in the world economy. Concerns over slowing economic growth in China sent global equity markets into a tailspin last week, raising doubts that the U.S. central bank would raise its short-term interest rate next month. On Wednesday, New York Fed President William Dudley said that prospects of a September lift-off in the central bank's key lending rate "seems less compelling to me...
  • 3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body

    08/26/2015 5:23:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | John Biggs
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to “swim” in various liquids. They also contain nanoparticles that can be used to inject chemicals into cells and organs. These are better than the traditional nano-scale robots in that they are actually shaped like swimming things. By combining Chen’s 3D printing technology with Wang’s expertise in microrobots, the team was able to custom-build microfish that can do more than simply swim around when placed in a solution containing hydrogen peroxide. Nanoengineers were able to easily add...
  • Ceres’ “Pyramid” Gets a Closer Look, But Bright Spots Remain a Mystery

    08/26/2015 4:43:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Universe Today ^ | August 26, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    The Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting just 1,470 kilometers (915 miles) above Ceres’ surface, and the science team released these latest images. Above is a closest view yet of the so-called ‘pyramid’ on Ceres, although the closer Dawn gets, the less this feature looks like a pyramid. It’s actually more like a conical mountain with a flat top, almost like a butte. ... The mountain is located in the southern hemisphere, and stands 6 kilometers (4 miles) high. Visible on the sides of the mountain are narrow braided fractures and an intriguing bright area. Only time will tell if this...
  • Meet the Fast, Tough War Machine That's Replacing the Humvee

    08/26/2015 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Why go with Oshkosh? Think back to 2006-7 and you'll remember that American Army soldiers and Marines were getting clobbered by improvised explosive devices in Iraq. In fact, IEDs accounted for 60 percent of American casualties. The situation was so dire that units were bolting steel plates to their Humvees for protection. That led to the development of heavy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which worked well in Iraq but not in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. There, the Pentagon's solution was the lighter M -ATV or MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle built by Oshkosh Defense. ... The L-ATV differs from...
  • Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years

    08/26/2015 12:38:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Rueters ^ | Keith Coffman
    "It is the court's intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again ... If there was ever a case that warranted the maximum sentences, this is the case," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said. "The defendant does not deserve any sympathy." Survivors and relatives of those killed clapped and cheered as Samour then ordered deputies to remove Holmes from his courtroom, and the gunman was led away in shackles. The 27-year-old was found guilty last month of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 after donning a helmet, gas mask and body armor, then opening fire...
  • Syria conflict: New 'IS chemical attack' [Mustard Gas]

    08/26/2015 12:26:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 August 2015
    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it had treated four members of a family who suffered from breathing difficulties and developed blisters after a mortar hit their home in Marea. The Syrian American Medical Society has also reported receiving 50 patients showing symptoms of chemical exposure. Local rebels say the shells were fired from an IS-held village to the east. A spokesman for one group, the Shami Front, told the New York Times that half of the 50 mortars and artillery rounds which hit Marea contained sulphur mustard. The powerful irritant and blistering agent - which is commonly known...
  • Police in West Covina Investigate Discovery of Woman’s Body in Possible Uber Vehicle

    08/26/2015 12:23:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    KTLA ^ | Kennedy Ryan, Kirk Hawkins and Christina Pascucci,
    The discovery was made around 12 p.m. on Tuesday in the parking lot of a Stater Bros. on North Azusa Avenue, according to the West Covina Police Department. The woman’s body was found in the backseat of a gray Volkswagen, said police Sgt. Brian Daniels. On the front passenger seat, investigators found a tan leather purse. ... The vehicle appeared to have an Uber sticker and tag, but the ride-sharing service would not confirm or deny whether the car or its driver was registered with the company.
  • Former Game of War Dev Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

    08/26/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    GameSpot ^ | on August 26, 2015 | by Eddie Makuch
    42-year-old Jing Zeng was detained by FBI agents on August 20 as he attempted to board a plane for Beijing, China, according to federal documents obtained by the publication. Zeng is accused of stealing data from a computer at developer Machine Zone; the information he attempted to make off with reportedly pertained to in-game player behavior, including details about how players spend money--but not actual source code. Still, this type of information would theoretically be very valuable, given how big and successful Game of War is.
  • Report: Solyndra Misrepresented Facts to Get Loan Guarantee

    08/26/2015 9:22:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | KEVIN FREKING Associated Press
    A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. The company's collapse soon after getting federal backing provided ammunition to lawmakers and other critics who portrayed President Barack Obama's economic stimulus program as wasteful government spending. The company's failure likely will cost taxpayers more than $500 million. "In our view, the investigative record suggests that the actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally...
  • EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

    08/25/2015 2:30:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    .foxnews ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tori Richards
    “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.” ... For several days, the EPA didn’t notify the states of Utah, New Mexico or the Navajo Nation that the spill was coming their way. McCarthy...
  • Watch: What Palmyra looked like in the 1800s, and how the Islamic State is destroying it

    08/25/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25 at 12:40 PM | Ishaan Tharoor
    Before the 20th century, the ruins of Palmyra, once a key crossroads of classical civilizations, existed on the dusty margins of the Ottoman Empire. European travelers, though, took a special interest in the city. The images sequenced above — photographs by the 19th-century French photographer Félix Bonfils and drawings by the 18th-century British traveler Robert Wood — were formative documents in the Western imagination and inspired the architecture of the industrial age's emerging powers. Wood's rendering of an ancient Roman eagle seen in Palmyra, for example, would later become the model for the Seal of the United States. The archaeological...
  • Cecil the Lion Killer Costume Severed Head Included

    08/25/2015 10:17:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The best "so bad it's good" Halloween costume contest is over ... because now you can dress up this year as Dr. Walter Palmer ... the dentist who killed beloved lion Cecil. The costume retails for $59.99 and includes a severed lion's head, a smock and gloves with fake blood spatter, and some dentist tools for the front pocket.
  • Lion Kills Safari Guide in Same Zimbabwe Park Where Cecil Lived

    08/25/2015 10:09:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Quinn Swales was taking a group of tourists on a walking safari in Hwange National Park on Monday morning when a lion suddenly charged, the company he was working for said. “Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety,” the company, Camp Hwange, said on its Facebook page, adding that no other members of the group were hurt. Swales, 40, died the morning of the attack from the injuries he suffered, it said.
  • Coming To America? China Censors Bad Market Talk Amid Meltdown

    08/25/2015 4:48:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    zerohedge.com/ ^ | Monday, August 24, 2015 17:58 | Tyler Durden
    Back in July, after a dramatic unwind in the half dozen or so backdoor margin lending channels that had helped drive Chinese stocks to nosebleed levels triggered a terrifying 30% decline (vaporizing billions in paper profits in the process), the Politburo predictably stepped in to rescue the market. However, when it started to become clear that a succession of declarations, directives, policy rate cuts, and even threats weren’t going to be enough to alleviate the pressure on equities, Beijing looked to take back the narrative by banning the use of certain undesirable phrases. ... And so, with every attempt to...
  • Russia bans all of Wikipedia over an article about hashish

    08/24/2015 8:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    engadget ^ | August 25, 2015 - | Andrew Tarantola
    Specifically, the agency is up in arms over "charas" -- a handmade form of hash from India that even I had never heard of -- as the Wiki page reportedly constitutes "instructions" on how to make the stuff. And since Wikipedia, like Reddit, employs HTTPS, there's no way for the Russian government to censor that single page. As such, the entire Wikipedia site is completely offline for all of Russia and will remain so until the Roscomnadzor gets its way.
  • Wave of...migrants board trains toward EU as Hungary builds razor wire fence to keep them out

    08/24/2015 5:17:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    vancouversun.com ^ | Dusan Stojanovic, The Associated Press
    On Sunday, the migrants — many with children and babies — orderly boarded trains and buses that took them to the border with Serbia before heading farther north toward EU-member Hungary, which is building a razor wire fence on its frontier to prevent them from entering. If they manage to enter Hungary, the migrants could travel freely across the borders of most of the 28 EU-member states. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee centre where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. State...
  • [Breaking] North Korea expresses regret over landmine attack

    08/24/2015 11:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    North Korea has expressed regret over two South Korean border guards injured by a landmine blast and promised to make efforts to prevent a similar incident from happening again, according to South Korea's National Security Office Chief Kim Kwan-jin. The North also decided to withdraw its declaration of "quasi-state of war" against Seoul, he said. In return, South Korea will turn off its frontline loudspeakers blaring anti-North messages from Tuesday noon on the condition that the North will not make any "abnormal" behavior. The two Koreas also agreed to host the reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War...
  • NYSE Says It Will Halt Trading For 15 Minutes If S&P Falls 7%

    08/24/2015 11:17:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    kitco.com ^ | Monday August 24, 2015 11:12 | Neils Christensen
    The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has warned investors that if equity markets continue to fall with the S&P 500 Index dropping 7% during the session, they will halt trading for 15 minutes. So far, it looks like the NYSE won’t have to trigger a market circuit breaker as equities have managed a bounce off its lows since the start of the trading session. Shortly after North American equity markets opened, a wave of selling pressure pushed the S&P down to a low of 1,831 points, a fall of more than 5%. However, those losses have been cut almost in...
  • Talks prolonged; Park demands North apologize

    08/24/2015 10:07:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Blue House stays awake around the clock for second night Aug 25,2015 President Park Geun-hye said cross-border propaganda broadcasts would continue unless North Korea apologizes for the planting of land mines in the demilitarized zone that seriously injured two South Korean solders earlier this month, displaying a tough stance while top officials from the two Koreas continued round-the-clock talks to defuse tensions. During a meeting with senior secretaries at the Blue House Monday, Park said she would continue the anti-North broadcast campaign as long as the condition for an apology is not met. “The government will take appropriate action [if...
  • Astro-Challenge: Splitting 44 Boötis

    08/24/2015 9:12:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Universe Today ^ | on August 24, 2015 | David Dickinson
    How good are your optics? Nothing can challenge the resolution of a large light bucket telescope, like attempting to split close double stars. This week, we’d like to highlight a curious triple star system that presents a supreme challenge over the next few years and will ‘keep on giving’ for decades to come. The star system in question is 44 Boötis, in the umlaut-adorned constellation of Boötes the herdsman. Boötes is still riding high to the west at dusk for northern hemisphere observers in late August, providing observers a chance to split the pair during prime-time viewing hours. Sometimes also...
  • Gold stands tall as China fears fuel safe-haven draw

    08/23/2015 10:46:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:57pm EDT | Manolo Serapio Jr
    Asian equities tumbled, the U.S. dollar retreated and industrial commodities from copper to oil slid to their weakest since 2009. "Gold is rising on market fears," said Howie Lee, analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore. Lee said gold looks on track to rally to $1,200 an ounce, a level last seen in June. Gold rose to as much as $1,168.40 on Friday, its highest since July 7. It gained more than 4 percent last week, the most since mid-January. Fears of a China-led global economic slowdown drove Wall Street to its steepest one-day drop in nearly four years on Friday,...
  • Activists say Islamic State destroyed temple at Syria's Palmyra

    08/23/2015 4:49:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | August 23, 2013
    Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its grounds, the blast so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns around it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday night that the temple was blown up a month ago. Turkey-based activist Osama al-Khatib, who is originally from Palmyra, said the temple was blown up Sunday. Both said the extremists used a large amount of explosives...
  • Calgary is stunned by SNOWFALL in the middle of summer

    08/23/2015 4:45:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 23 August 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    For most people, seeing snow falling in the middle of summer might come as a bit of a surprise. But not for the residents of Calgary, who happily watched the white stuff falling all of yesterday and barely batted an eyelid. ... While the heaviest flurries took place across the Rockies, particularly in Banff, but by early afternoon it had begun snowing across lower ground, including in Calgary. By the following day, however, things returned to normal with a full day of sunshine, though temperatures were still a little low at 60F (15C). The forecast for the rest of the...
  • Wiz Khalifa Handcuffed for Using ‘Hoverboard’ at LAX

    08/23/2015 11:05:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Time ^ | Tanya Basu
    The first video show Khalifa surrounded by cops. “This? I didn’t do nothing, anyway,” he says in the video showing a time stamp of 3:55 pm. “What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn’t listen to what you say? We can have all the conversations you want to, you can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be.” ... Khalifa went to Twitter regarding the incident, mentioning in multiple tweets that hoverboards were the way of the future.
  • NASA wants to turn astronauts' poop into food

    08/23/2015 7:37:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Using urine and breathed-out carbon dioxide as the building blocks to create useful aboard items, the team is genetically engineering yeast to produce things that astronauts may need. "A particular strain of yeast can be genetically manipulated to create polymers, or plastics, used for 3D printing, as well as Omega 3s, which lower heart disease risk, and protect skin and hair," Mark Blenner, professor at Clemson, was quoted as saying in a Quartz report.