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  • Gold Price Forecast: Is Gold About to Hit $350?

    07/31/2015 7:09:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    profitconfidential.com/ ^ | Friday, July 31, 2015 | By Peter Prazic
    Gold has been mauled this week as the commodity sank to a four-year low. But it may get a lot worse, according to economist Claude Erb, who said that his gold price forecast could see bullion tumble to $350 an ounce. Erb deserves to have his opinion taken seriously, as he was among the only analysts predicting a long-term bear market for gold back in 2012. Rather than sit smugly by as gold lost $500.00 in value since his prediction, Erb has gone on the offensive this week and said it could get much, much worse. He bases this prediction...
  • Wage Growth Weak Despite Tightening Jobs Market

    07/31/2015 11:21:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    ·FOXBusiness ^ | ·Published July 31, 2015 | Dunstan Prial
    Compensation costs, which include wages and benefits such as health care coverage, for civilian workers barely moved during the second quarter, rising just 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. It was the weakest increase since 1982. Wages and salaries, which make up about 70% of compensation costs, were also little changed at 0.2%, and benefits, which make up the remaining 30% of compensation, rose even less at 0.1%, the government said. In another troubling long-term trend, compensation costs for civilian workers have leveled off in 2015 from the prior...
  • Cincinnati campus officer charged with murder wants job back

    07/31/2015 11:16:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    fox ^ | ap
    Officer Ray Tensing was fired shortly after his indictment Wednesday on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose. Tensing pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail Thursday. An official with the FOP Ohio Labor Council of the state Fraternal Order of Police said Friday that the union has filed a grievance against UC. The union says the university violated Tensing's employment contract by not giving him a predisciplinary conference and a copy of the formal charges. A UC spokeswoman said in an email Friday that the university stands by its...
  • Quarter of cancer patients losing faith in NHS because of late diagnosis

    07/30/2015 7:04:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM BST 31 Jul 2015 | Sarah Knapton,
    Researchers studied data from 70,000 patients and found that out of the 60,000 people who were diagnosed through their GP, nearly 13,300 had been seen three or more times before they were referred for cancer tests. Those who had taken the longest to diagnose were more likely to be unhappy with later aspects of their care. Nearly one in five were dissatisfied with how medical staff broke the news that they had cancer. 40 per cent were also unhappy with the communication between hospital staff and their GP. More than one in 10 felt that information had been deliberately withheld...
  • HBO programming chief talks 'True Detective' haters, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm's' fate

    07/30/2015 6:50:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Yvonne Villarreal
    There are plenty that love/like it....But critics mostly panned it. And, sure, there's a legion of viewers (about 12 million per episode) still tuning in each week, but some do so to hate-watch. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo addressed the so-called haters Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. ... "Here's what I think," he added. "I think Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today. I think he takes a big swing. All I can tell you is I think the show's ending is as satisfying as any...
  • Will industry address vulnerability beneath the carpet of the 777?

    07/30/2015 4:45:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    In the forward galley area near the L1 door and flight deck, a small access panel sits below the carpet which acts as the gateway to the 777’s electronics and engineering bay. The bay, referred to as the ‘E/E bay’, contains many of the 777’s extremely sensitive systems. A recently posted YouTube video, below, shows how shockingly easy it is to access the E/E bay, and how seemingly little has been done to keep people out. The systems in the E/E bay vary from fuse panels to the Airplane Information Management System (AIMS), also known as “the brains” of the...
  • Almost everything can be hacked, including sniper rifles

    07/30/2015 3:33:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 30 at 4:08 PM | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In a recent WIRED article, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger tackled just that issue. The wife and husband duo purchased two $13,000 TrackingPoint rifles and spent the last year reverse engineering and hacking the rifles’ computers. The two plan to present their research at the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, according to the article. TrackingPoint bills itself as a company comprised of “lifetime NRA members and engineers.” The products sold on its website seem standard enough when it comes to a gun company: bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic carbines, etc. The “5.56mm semi-auto,” basically a M16-type rifle, costs...
  • ...How the smartest computer on earth could shake up health care for 70m pharmacy customers

    07/30/2015 2:35:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 30 at 4:32 PM | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    The artificial intelligence system known as Watson is going to supercompute your health. IBM and CVS announced on Thursday that they will work together to come up with algorithms that use physiological indicators and red-flag behaviors to predict whose health is fine and whose may be on the decline. The first stage of the deal will focus on patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, but after that the sky's the limit. Here's why the deal is poised to shake up the way you think about health care. CVS has 7,600 retail stores, about 1,000 walk-in medical...
  • Worms infest Houston suburb water supply

    07/30/2015 2:25:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Dylan Baddour,
    No one seems to know how worms got in the tap water, but residents in Old River-Winfree, a town of about 1,400 just 25 miles east of Houston, are drinking from bottles this week. On Monday evening, the first residents of the Woodlands Acres Subdivision showed up at city offices with containers full of water and small red worms they say came out of their faucets, sprinklers and shower heads. Three days and dozens of reports later, Mayor Joe Landry said "people are not taking chances." ... She said this type of contamination can occur from backflow into pipes or...
  • Could We Make Artificial Gravity?

    07/30/2015 1:41:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Fraser Cain
    The only way to get gravity is with mass. The more mass, the more gravity you get. Without mass, you can’t have gravity. ... The force of gravity that we feel is actually just an acceleration towards the center of the Earth at 9.8 meters per second squared, or 1G. If you were in a spacecraft and it was accelerating away from Earth at a rate of 1G, it would feel exactly the same if you were standing on the ground. ... Want to fly to Jupiter? It would only take about 80 hours of acceleration, and then 80 hours...
  • Actress Valerie Harper Suffers ‘Health Emergency,’ Is Taken to Maine Hospital

    07/30/2015 12:50:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ktla ^ | July 30, 2015 | Sam Ruben
    Actress Valerie Harper, known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the spin-off “Rhoda,” was reportedly hospitalized Wednesday evening after being found unconscious backstage prior to a performance of her musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. Harper suffered a “health emergency” prior to the show and was taken away by ambulance, according to Entertainment Tonight. ... Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013.
  • Why are more millennials living at home today than at the height of the recession?

    07/30/2015 10:51:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    nola.com ^ | Emily Lane
    Even though there's about 3 million more Americans in the 18-34-age bracket today than there was in pre-recession 2007, there are fewer millennials living independently in 2015. About 42.2 million young adults ran their own households in 2015, down from 42.7 million in 2007. "This may have important consequences for the nation's housing market recovery, as the growing young adult population has not fueled demand for housing units and the furnishings, telecom and cable installations and other ancillary purchases that accompany newly formed households," the report notes.
  • ...Japan fires world's most powerful laser to produce... 1,000 times the planet's power consumption

    07/29/2015 5:26:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Japan claims to have fired the most powerful laser ever created. Researchers in Osaka were able to produce a 2-petawatt laser beam using a device known as the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiment (LFEX). The power of the 'Death Star'-like beam is equivalent to 1,000 times the world's total electricity consumption, the scientists claim. While it produced a huge amount of power, the energy required for the beam itself is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for two seconds. The team were able to produce such a high output from low energy by only firing the laser beam...
  • Santa Cruz boy accused of murdering, raping Madyson charged as adult

    07/29/2015 11:54:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    ksbw ^ | 11:48 AM PDT Jul 29, 2015 | Amy Larson
    Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured 8-year-old Madyson Middleton into his Santa Cruz apartment, raped and killed her, and put her body in a box, investigators said. Rosell announced Wednesday morning that he charged the 15-year-old as an adult, and identified the boy for the first time. "He is charged with one count of murder, (with) special circumstances involving sexual offenses, lying in wait, and kidnapping," Rosell said. According to Police Chief Kevin Vogel, Gonzalez lured Madyson into his apartment. The young girl trusted the boy enough to follow him into the apartment because he was her neighbor at the Tannery Arts...
  • What Are These Strange Scarlet Streaks Spotted on Tethys?

    07/29/2015 11:40:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | Jason Major
    They stretch for long distances across the moon’s surface following the rugged terrain, continuing unbroken over hills and down into craters… and their cause isn’t yet known. According to a NASA news release, “The origin of the features and their reddish color is currently a mystery to Cassini scientists. Possibilities being studied include ideas that the reddish material is exposed ice with chemical impurities, or the result of outgassing from inside Tethys. The streaks could also be associated with features like fractures that are below the resolution of the available images.” The images were taken by Cassini during a flyby...
  • Debris in Indian Ocean Examined for Connection to Flight 370

    07/29/2015 11:27:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    ktla ^ | CNN wire
    Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French Air Force in Reunion said Wednesday. The debris was found off the coast of St. Andre, a community on the island, according to Adjutant Christian Retournat. “It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning,” Retournat said. He said the debris — what appears to be a wing...
  • Pending Sales of Existing Homes Unexpectedly Fell in June

    07/29/2015 8:18:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 10:19 AM
    The index of pending home sales unexpectedly fell 1.8 percent, the first drop this year, after a revised 0.6 percent increase in May that was smaller than initially reported, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed Wednesday in Washington. The median forecast of 37 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.9 percent gain. The data are consistent with the slow improvement in housing, restrained by still-tight lending standards and a limited selection of available properties. An easing of those conditions, along with an acceleration in wage growth, would allow more Americans to take advantage of cheap borrowing costs...
  • $75,000 in rewards offered to catch operators who flew drones above fires

    07/29/2015 7:08:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    latimes.com ^ | July 28, 2015... | Matt Hamilton and Veronica Rocha
    San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to offer $75,000 in rewards for help in tracking down drone operators who interfered with firefighters during three major wildfires this summer.. After the unmanned devices were spotted flying above flames and smoke from the blazes this year — which altogether burned about 36,000 acres — fire crews were forced to ground water-dropping aircraft. Officials said the delays allowed the fires to spread, resulting in devastating property losses. ... And for about 25 minutes, officials had to halt tankers over the July 17 North fire, which jumped Interstate 15 near California 138 and...
  • Inflation deniers emboldened by gold's struggles

    07/28/2015 9:08:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    resourceinvestor.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Clint Siegner
    The deflationists argue that hugely accommodative monetary policy in the U.S., Japan (and nearly everywhere else in the world) has failed to produce real growth. Debt and obligations to social programs such as Medicare and pensions are so massive they can’t be paid. Therefore, according to deflation forecasters, they won’t be. Their predictions of default and accompanying bank failures, bankruptcies, and surging unemployment were bolstered by recent news out of Greece. Falling commodity prices and economic malaise have reemerged. They claim zero interest rate policy and quantitative easing merely delayed the inevitable for a bit. The inflation camp shares the...
  • CHP Communications Center in Eagle Rock Evacuated After Threatening Phone Call

    07/28/2015 8:10:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer and Christina Pascucci,
    Staff from the building — known as the Los Angeles Regional Traffic Management Center — were evacuated to a predesignated location, he said. Staffers and dispatchers from Caltrans and CHP work at the building, which opened in 2007. CHP officials were setting up easy-up tents in the parking lots of the center, aerial video from Sky5 showed. At least two officers with K-9 partners were walking the parking lot, appearing to inspect vehicles. An ambulance and fire engine were on scene. The Los Angeles Fire Department was on standby, Nunez said.
  • Eris’ Moon of Dysnomia

    07/28/2015 1:50:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Ask a person what Dysnomia refers to... But in addition to being a condition that affects the memory (where people have a hard time remembering words and names), it is also the only known moon of the distant dwarf planet Eris. In fact, the same team that discovered Eris a decade ago – a discovery that threw our entire notion of what constitutes a planet into question – also discovered a moon circling it shortly thereafter. ... The actual size of Dysnomia is subject to dispute, and estimates are based largely on the planet’s albedo relative to Eris. For example,...
  • Neptune’s Moon of Triton

    07/28/2015 11:52:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Fraser Cain
    The planets of the outer Solar System are known for being strange, as are their many moons. This is especially true of Triton, Neptune’s largest moon. In addition to being the seventh-largest moon in the Solar System, it is also the only major moon that has a retrograde orbit – i.e. it revolves in the direction opposite to the planet’s rotation. This suggests that Triton did not form in orbit around Neptune, but is a cosmic visitor that passed by one day and decided to stay. ... Triton has a radius, density (2.061 g/cm3), temperature and chemical composition similar to...
  • American dentist accused of killing beloved Zimbabwe lion Cecil

    07/28/2015 11:35:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    thestar.com ^ | Tue Jul 28 2015 | Jillian Kestler-D’Amours
    An American dentist has been accused of killing a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this month, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (WCTF) confirmed. The Zimbabwe tourism authority named the man accused of killing Cecil as Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist and avid big-game hunter. “#WalterJamesPalmer was the man who killed #CecilTheLion. This was an #illegalhunt,” the authority posted on Twitter. The Associated Press reported that Zimbabwean conservationists had accused an American of paying $50,000 to kill the lion. The American “shot the lion with a bow and arrow." ... Rodrigues told the Star that the...
  • Ceres Resembles Saturn’s Icy Moons

    07/28/2015 11:14:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on July 28, 2015 | Jason Major
    Ceres’ topography is revealed in full (but false) color in a new map created from elevation data gathered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, now nearly five months in orbit around the dwarf planet orbiting the Sun within the main asteroid belt. With craters 3.7 miles (6 km) deep and mountains rising about the same distance from its surface, Ceres bears a resemblance to some of Saturn’s frozen moons. “The craters we find on Ceres, in terms of their depth and diameter, are very similar to what we see on Dione and Tethys, two icy satellites of Saturn that are about the...
  • Gruesome Find: 100 Bodies Stuffed into Ancient House

    07/28/2015 9:40:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    livescience.com ^ | July 27, 2015 07:07am ET | Owen Jarus
    The bodies of juveniles, young adults and middle-age adults were packed together in the house...before it burnt down. Anthropologists who studied the remains say a "prehistoric disaster," possibly an epidemic of some sort, killed these people. The site, whose modern-day name is "Hamin Mangha," dates back to a time before writing was used in the area, when people lived in relatively small settlements, growing crops and hunting for food. The village contains the remains of pottery, grinding instruments, arrows and spearheads, providing information on their way of life ... An anthropological team at Jilin University in China is studying the...
  • California Bar Exam Cut From Three Days To Two

    07/27/2015 10:07:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Rejoice, future California lawyers! The CA State Bar Board of Trustees just voted to scale back the state’s onerous three-day exam, said by some to be the hardest bar exam in the country, to a more comfortable two-day affair. ... California was weighing a proposal to alter the test format to include one day of essays (5 one-hour essays and a 90-minute performance test) and one day of the MBE, with both days weighed equally. As noted in that post, this scales back the performance test from its previous 3-hour length ... Meanwhile, every California lawyer should start working on...
  • [Red] China’s Market-Intervention Folly

    07/27/2015 5:36:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Burton G. Malkiel
    The biggest drop in Chinese stocks in eight years Monday is another sign that Beijing’s efforts to prop up prices have failed. Moreover, the interventions themselves have made China’s equity markets more volatile and damaged their credibility in the long run. To stabilize stock prices, Beijing has employed numerous techniques, including suspending trading for a time on well over half of listed A-shares. Short sales were banned, and major shareholders were prohibited from selling. New initial public offerings were disallowed. China needs more professional participants in its equities markets. But why should institutions buy when the government can control if...
  • Man Attempts Selfie with Rattlesnake

    07/27/2015 1:53:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cbs ^ | Chris Matyszczyk |
    Recently, though, a San Diego man thought it might be an idea to take a selfie with a rattlesnake. Some might think this has all the sense of taking a boa constrictor clubbing. However, as KGTV in San Diego reported, Todd Fassler picked a rattlesnake out of the brush and thought he might memorialize the event. The snake had other ideas and bit him.....His medical expenses could be described as expensive. KGTV’s Dan Haggerty tweeted Fassler’s bill — for $153,161.25. Of this, more than $83,000 was for “pharmacy.” His case reportedly depleted the antivenom supplies at two local hospitals.
  • What About a Mission to Europa?

    07/27/2015 11:59:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on July 27, 2015 | Fraser Cain
    Jupiter’s moon Europa has the most water in the entire Solar System. If you took all the water on Earth, collected it into a big sphere, it would measure almost 1,400 kilometers across. Europa’s water would measure nearly 1,800 kilometers.All that water exists in a layer around Europa, encased in a layer of ice. ... According to the plan, a spacecraft will launch in the 2020s, carrying 9 instruments to Europa. Most will be familiar cameras, mass spectrometers, and the like, to study the surface of Europa to a high level of resolution. Over the course of 45 flybys, the...
  • [Red] China launches two satellites as it builds GPS rival

    07/27/2015 11:24:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    phys.org ^ | Julhy 26, 2015
    The satellites are the 18th and 19th launched by China as it develops its domestic navigation system Beidou, or Compass. They take the total number launched this year to three. Beidou is currently centred on the Asia Pacific region but is slated to cover the whole world by 2020. "The successful launch marks another solid step in building Beidou into a navigation system with global coverage," the satellite launch centre was quoted by Xinhua as saying. Beidou—named after the Chinese term for the plough or Big Dipper constellation—was announced in 2012, joining the US's GPS, Russia's GLONASS and European Union's...
  • Boat belonging to teenagers who disappeared on fishing trip found off Florida coast

    07/26/2015 5:29:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    The capsized vessel was discovered about 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County, but there was no sign of Austin Stephanos or Perry Cohen, both 14, in or around the boat, according to the Associated Press.
  • Bike rider with branch impaled in neck drives himself to the hospital

    07/26/2015 12:29:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A man was riding his bike on rough trails when he took a fall. As he got up and evaluated his condition, he quickly realized something was very wrong. Sticking out of the let side of his neck was a small tree limb. Still thinking clearly, the rider left the wood in his neck, went back to his car, and drove himself 20 miles to the nearest hospital. ... Deriy praised the rider for his calm actions. "If you have something like that happen, it’s a good idea not to touch,” he explained. The doctor stressed it...
  • Gamers Should Be Worried About Windows 10 Automatic Updates

    07/26/2015 12:10:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    forbes ^ | Erik Kain
    As Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly reports, the problem revolves around a conflict between automatic updates and Nvidia graphics card updates using Nvidia’s ‘Nvidia GeForce Experience’—a handy tool for all Nvidia GPU owners. Basically Microsoft has taken control away from users, and made all updates mandatory—including driver updates. This is a decision meant to increase security and stability across the PC user base, but it comes at a cost. Users are reporting problems with multi-monitor setups, dual-card configurations (SLI) and PCs not booting properly, setting off Windows 10 emergency recovery mode. More issues are likely to arise. In other words, for...
  • Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles That Can Be Remotely Hacked Online

    07/26/2015 11:51:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    ktla ^ | 7/26/2015 | CNN wire
    A flaw in several Chrysler models lets hackers remotely control them, posing an unprecedented danger for American drivers. Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire. ... The cars involved in the recall include the following vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens: 2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes...
  • Authorities order mosques closed in north Cameroon

    07/26/2015 10:58:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ap ^ | EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI
    Authorities have ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools following a series of suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead, the region's governor said Sunday. Child beggars are also being ordered off the streets because all the suicide bombers so far have been children, including the 13-year-old female who detonated explosives in an attack Saturday evening. ... In the latest attack inside Cameroon, at least 20 people were killed and another 85 wounded Saturday evening in the northern town of Maroua. The suicide bombing came just days after another attack there earlier...
  • Reclassification a possible cause of rise in Autism

    07/26/2015 7:05:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    thestandarddaily.com ^ | Jul 26, 2015 | Sean Waters
    Researchers at the Penn State University analyzed the data of enrollment of children in special education of 11 years and found out that the number has tripled which were 93,624 in 2000 to 419,647 in 2010. The researchers obtained the information data from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. An average of 6.2 million children was enrolled in special education classes between 2000 and 2010, with a 331 percent increase in the prevalence of autism during the decade. The study was published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. The study revealed that such high increase may be...
  • Israeli police enter Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque to drive out Palestinian rioters

    07/26/2015 6:44:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    business-standard.com ^ | July 26, 2015
    Palestinian youths have reportedly clashed with Israeli police inside the Al Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem. The 'masked rioters' are said to have barricaded themselves inside the mosque and hurled stones, blocks and fireworks at police, who moved in to stop them, reported the BBC.
  • US stocks decline as some companies offer bleak future guidance

    07/25/2015 11:24:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    nycity.today ^ | on Sun, 07/26/2015 - 03:16 | Peggy Miles
    .S. Stocks declined mainly due to disappointing second results by many companies and negative news from markets overseas. The bleak future outlook from some of the companies also led to selloff in the markets. The turmoil in the Chinese market was also noted as an issue by many stock market analysts. Many companies performed better than Wall Street expectations including Google and Amazon. Investors were concerned about bleak outlook for future quarters by some of the companies. .. For S&P 500, healthcare stocks faced the tough time during the week. Nine out of ten major sectors on S&P 500 ended...
  • [Red} China will lift its nationwide game console ban

    07/25/2015 11:21:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    engadget.com ^ | Jon Fingas
    China technically lifted its longstanding ban on game consoles last year, but only for companies that registered in the Shanghai free trade zone. Needless to say, that put a damper on sales in the world's most populous country. However, the gloves just came off -- China's Ministry of Culture has approved the manufacture and sale of consoles anywhere in the nation. Companies like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony no longer have to hold back ... when doing business. They'll still have to grapple with heavy censorship of the games themselves, but that beats a lack of official options.
  • Two arrested in 2013 mink-freeing spree that hit Minnesota

    07/25/2015 2:05:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Two animal-rights activists have been charged in California with terrorizing the fur industry during cross-country road trips — including in Minnesota — two years ago in which they released about 5,740 mink from fur farms and vandalized the homes and businesses of operators. The October 2013 spree left losses in Minnesota, the nation’s fifth-largest mink producer, and neighboring Wisconsin. Hundreds of mink were set loose from a southeastern Minnesota ranch, just days after Wisconsin fur farm owners scrambled to catch their own mink with fishing nets following a similar action that they called “devastating” to their operations. The four-generation Myhre...
  • At Least 1 Injured in Raging Fire at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas

    07/25/2015 1:52:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    abc ^ | EMILY SHAPIRO via
    The Clark County Fire Department said about 12:40 p.m. local time it was responding to the two-alarm fire. Photos posted to social media showed plumes of black smoke rising from the rooftop.
  • State Trooper: I Feed Bigfoots and They Have a Language

    07/25/2015 11:18:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies
    The man, who provided a full name but chose to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology News that the encounters have been happening since 2009 in a remote area in the North Cascades. “Sometimes it is just 5 to 10 minutes, other times they stay for hours,” he said. “I leave them food and they visit,” he continued. From apples to carrots, to beef jerky, cookies and candy bars, the ex-law enforcement officer claims the creatures eat it all and leave him alone. The man says he was looking for an old mine in the mountains the first time he came across...
  • Hollywood Woman Shot and Killed Over Financial Dispute; Suspect Arrested: LAPD

    07/25/2015 10:41:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ktla ^ | 03:10am, July 25, 2015 | Kennedy Ryan
    A 31-year-old man was arrested Friday night in the death of a Hollywood woman who was shot in the back of the head in an apparent dispute over money, police said. Carrie Jean Melvin, 30, was walking with her boyfriend in Hollywood near Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place (map), when she was shot on July 5, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. ... Obioha and Melvin knew each other and had a financial dispute, Preciado said. The shooter approached wordlessly and fired on Melvin from behind, hitting her in the back of the head, and then fled in a black...
  • Reports: Turkish Jets Hit IS Targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq

    07/24/2015 5:30:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET | Jul 24, 2015, 7:07 PM ET
    There was no immediate official confirmation of the airstrikes reported by the state-run TRT television and other media. If confirmed, it would be the first time Turkey has struck Kurds in northern Iraq since a peace deal was announced in 2013 between Ankara and the rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The private Dogan news agency said the Turkish jets were targeting PKK training facilities, shelters and anti-aircraft batteries in northern Iraq. Tensions have flared with Kurds in recent days after an IS suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish...
  • Fed inadvertently publishes staff forecast for 2015 rate hike

    07/24/2015 4:20:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:29am IST | Jason Lange and Howard Schneider
    The rate forecast was included with a series of bearish projections on U.S. economic growth and inflation that were presented to policymakers at their June 16-17 meeting. The disclosure of the sensitive information is the latest blow to Fed's reputation for secrecy around policy deliberations. Federal prosecutors are currently probing an alleged leak at the Fed of market-sensitive information to a private financial newsletter in 2012. "It regrettably appears once again that proper internal controls are not in place to safeguard confidential Federal Reserve information," said Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, a Republican who chairs the House Financial Service Committee...
  • Fossil-Fuel Emissions Causing Huge Impact on Radiocarbon Dating

    07/24/2015 3:56:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    nycity.today ^ | Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:26 | Gloria Bradley
    Radiocarbon dating which is used to estimate the age of every particular thing on earth is facing big threat from the fossil fuel and carbon in the atmosphere. Researchers said excess of carbon in atmosphere due to burning of fossil fuel could reduce the accuracy of Radiocarbon dating. Heather Graven, a climate-physics researcher at Imperial College London, after an analysis has found that emissions from fossil fuels are artificially raising the carbon age of the atmosphere. ... "Combustion of fossil fuels is diluting the fraction of atmospheric carbon dioxide containing radiocarbon. This is making the atmosphere appear as though it...
  • How Sony sanitized the new Adam Sandler movie to please Chinese censors

    07/24/2015 12:39:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 24, 2015, 1:30 p.m. GMT | Baldwin and Kristina Cooke
    In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures – the Great Wall. That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment this week in the United States. The aliens strike iconic sites elsewhere, smashing the Taj Mahal in India, the Washington Monument and parts of Manhattan. Sony executives spared the Great Wall because they were anxious to get the movie approved for release in China, a review of internal Sony Pictures emails shows. It is just one...
  • Star Wars Shocker: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks

    07/24/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    E!Online ^ | Today 12:07 PM PDT | McKenna Aiello
    Ahmed Best, the actor who played the first computer generated character in the franchise, revealed that Michael Jackson approached director George Lucas in hopes of taking on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace role with the help of prosthetics and makeup similar to that of his "Thriller" video. After meeting Jackson backstage at a concert with Lucas and co-star Natalie Portman, Best said, "George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. OK.' I thought, 'What is going on?'" ... Although it's up to speculation whether or not Jackson's...
  • Myanmar Illegal Logging Sentencing Strains Relations With China

    07/23/2015 6:13:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Myanmar’s jailing of scores of Chinese allegedly caught illegally logging is deepening a rift between Beijing and Yangon, and highlighting the stress on the country’s forests from China’s demand for wood. This week, a court in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment after they were found involved in illegal logging, according to the Myanmar government. The Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday that it lodged a diplomatic protest with Yangon over the ruling and urged the country to “take China’s concerns seriously, take all the factors into account and properly handle this case.”...
  • ‘He Could Have Been Working for Anyone,’ Attorney Says of Mystery Man With Palisades Weapons Cache

    07/23/2015 5:00:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    ktla ^ | July 23, 2015, | by Melissa Pamer and Chip Yost
    The mystery around a Los Angeles man whose decomposing body was found in an SUV near a home filled with 1,200 guns, tons of ammunition and $230,000 in cash was only deepening Thursday. ... When he died in early July after collapsing in a Santa Monica grocery store parking lot, Lash refused to go to a hospital or let anyone call 911, celebrity defense attorney Harlan Braun said in an interview with KTLA Wednesday evening. Braun represents Lash’s fiancée, Catherine Nebron, who fled to Oregon with an employee after leaving Lash’s body parked in an SUV outside her home in...