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  • Meet the Saudi women who advocated for the right to drive — and are paying dearly for it

    06/23/2018 10:28:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Since May, the Saudi government has arrested at least a dozen women’s rights advocates, accusing them of nefarious contacts with foreign parties and branding them traitors in the press. The crackdown has been seen by some as a warning from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to other activists: Reforms are a gift from the leadership to Saudi citizens, not rights that can be won. The activists did not limit themselves to the driving campaign. They fought for survivors of domestic violence, women shackled by restrictive guardianship laws and political prisoners. They represented different generations of Saudi women, trying over decades to...
  • Man Dies Trying to Rescue 5-Year-Old Boy Who Fell Into River in Sequoia National Park

    06/23/2018 10:11:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    L A Times ^ | Jun 23, 2018 | 2:50 PM | Carlos Lozano
    The incident occurred about 7:15 a.m. near the park entrance, according to a statement from the National Park Service. Three bystanders assisted in getting the boy and his parents out of the water. The boy was later transported by helicopter to a hospital in Visalia, where he was being treated. His condition was not immediately known. The man who initially tried to rescue the boy disappeared into the water, and it took rescuers nearly two hours to retrieve his body, officials said. It was the second river fatality within two weeks in Sequoia National Park.
  • Mexico Fans Pour Into LA Streets To Celebrate World Cup Win

    06/23/2018 4:03:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    cbs2la ^ | June 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    When police in Huntington Park shut down Pacific Boulevard in anticipation of the celebrations, fans moved one block over. CBS2 captured video as crowds shut down the intersection of Rita and Saturn avenues while a car did donuts. Rocks and eggs were thrown at patrol cars. One man was arrested on several charges. Dozens of people also hit the streets of Pacoima, celebrating at the intersection of Van Nuys and Laurel Canyon boulevards. A watch commander at the sheriff’s East L.A. station confirmed that extra units were deployed, but refused to go into further detail. There were no reported injuries. All...
  • Calif. EBT Cards To Be Disabled Sunday For Planned Outage

    06/23/2018 2:01:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    cbs2la ^ | June 23, 2018 at 9:53 am
    State and county officials are urging recipients to do their shopping and make necessary cash withdrawals prior to the outage. EBT cards, which replaced food stamps under federally supported welfare programs as of June 2004, can be used for purchases at participating stores and also enable recipients to make cash withdrawals.[?]Locally, the program is administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. The services will be down while the state of California transitions from its current EBT vendor to a new one. During the transition, the customer service line listed on each EBT card will not be in...
  • Research team uncovers lost images from the 19th century

    06/23/2018 1:40:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | June 22, 2018 by | Jeff Renaud, University of Western Ontario
    Invented in 1839, daguerreotype images were created using a highly polished silver-coated copper plate that was sensitive to light when exposed to an iodine vapour. Subjects had to pose without moving for two to three minutes for the image to imprint on the plate, which was then developed as a photograph using a mercury vapour that was heated. Kozachuk conducts much of her research at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and previously published results in scientific journals in 2017 and earlier this year. In those articles, the team members identified the chemical composition of the tarnish and how it changed...
  • Soccer fans gather across Los Angeles to watch Mexico vs. South Korea match

    06/23/2018 12:21:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jun 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM | Ruben Vives, Andrea Castillo and Paloma Esquivel
    Thousands of soccer fans gathered in sports bars, churches, restaurants, pubs, football clubs and makeshift viewing stands all over Southern California on Saturday to watch Mexico take on South Korea in the World Cup in Russia. Mexico, which upset reigning champion Germany in its June 17 opening match, was favored to win. But history was not on Mexico’s side because it had not won back-to-back matches at a World Cup since 2002. The two teams had met once before at the World Cup in 1998, with Mexico winning 3-1. Watching the first half of the game at Wilshire Plaza Park...
  • Adobe is using AI to catch Photoshopped images

    06/23/2018 7:30:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Engadget ^ | Kris Holt
    Think of sharks swimming in the streets of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, or someone flying a "where's my damn dinner?" banner over a women's march. Those images were fake, but clever manipulation can trick news outlets and social media users into thinking they're real. Whenever someone alters an image, unless they are pixel perfect in their work, they always leave behind indicators that the photo is modified. Metadata and watermarks can help determine a source image, and forensics can probe factors like lighting, noise distribution and edges on the pixel level to find inconsistencies. If a color is slightly...
  • Holland America cruise in Alaska hit by norovirus

    06/23/2018 7:15:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    KTOO ^ | June 22, 2018 | Jacob Resneck,
    Some 73 people reported falling ill on the Zaandam which is carrying more than 2,000 passengers and crew. Holland America released a statement Friday confirming that a number of passengers reported falling ill with a stomach virus on Monday. It said it activated a protocol to isolate ill passengers in their cabins. It also cleaned railings, door handles and other commonly touched surfaces to prevent the virus from spreading further. The 781-foot Zaandam was docked in Juneau all day on Friday. It’s scheduled to depart at 10 p.m. and is headed to a number of Alaska ports including Hoonah, Anchorage,...
  • Bethesda Sues Makers Of Westworld Game, Saying It Uses Fallout Shelter's Code

    06/23/2018 7:09:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Kotaku ^ | Ethan Gach
    The lawsuit was filed June 21 and seeks to have money for damages awarded and for Warner Bros. to stop selling the game. “The Westworld game is a blatant rip-off of Fallout Shelter,” Bethesda charges in their lawsuit, arguing that Behaviour is inappropriately using code developed while assisting the development of Bethesda’s game. In the suit, Bethesda asserts that it paid Behaviour in 2014 to develop parts of Fallout Shelter and now claims that studio used some of the designs, artwork, and code commissioned for that game to help create Warner Bros. newly released Westworld mobile game. The Westworld game...
  • Chevy Blazer is coming back -- and it'll be made in Mexico

    06/22/2018 2:54:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    cbs ^ | 06/22/2018
    Minutes after GM announced that the Blazer would be making a comeback in the 2019 model year, the labor union issued a statement blasting the plan to build the new Blazer at the Ramos Arizpe factory in Mexico. "This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country," stated Terry Dittes, vice president at the UAW. "GM employs over 15,000 production workers in Mexico, pays the workers less than $3 per hour and exports over 80 percent of the vehicles to the U.S. to sell here. This is...
  • MS-13 gang members, including 10 illegal immigrants, charged in deaths of Virginia teens

    06/22/2018 2:32:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Fox news ^ | Greg Norman
    Eleven MS-13 gang members – all of whom are illegal immigrants except one – are facing life in prison after being charged in the kidnappings and deaths of two teens whose bodies were dug up in a Virginia park last year. The ages of the male gang members charged Friday ranged from 20 to 27. All of them are from El Salvador and only one – who is believed to have fled the country – is not in police custody, according to NBC Washington. 
  • China Appears To Be Preparing To Deorbit Its Tiangong-2 Space Lab

    06/22/2018 2:25:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | June 21, 2018 | Andrew Jones
    China has lowered the orbit of its Tiangong-2 space lab , likely in preparation for deorbiting the orbital facility and thus averting a similar scenario to the uncontrolled re-entry of Tiangong-1 earlier this year. Tiangong-2 was launched in September 2016 to test advanced life support and refueling and resupply capabilities via the crewed Shenzhou-11 and uncrewed Tianzhou-1 cargo missions, in preparation for constructing a large, modular space station in low Earth orbit. Orbital information published by the U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Command, through the Joint Space Operations Center, indicates that Tiangong-2 has moved from an altitude of around 380...
  • Californians could vote to end daylight saving time under bill sent to governor

    06/22/2018 8:33:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    L A Times ^ | Patrick McGreevy
    Californians would be asked in a November ballot measure whether to end the biannual practice of moving their clocks ahead and back to comply with the Daylight Saving Time Act, under a bill the Assembly approved Thursday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. “This bill creates a pathway for California to stay on daylight saving time year-round,” Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) told his colleagues before they voted 63-4 to approve his bill. "AB 807 is aimed to dramatically improve public health,” Chu said. “Studies have shown that when we switch our clocks, that action alone increases the chances...
  • Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them

    06/22/2018 8:07:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Howard Cohen
    Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them After the first 25, you have to submit tails for the chance to collect the top prize. Tails can be submitted at numerous checkpoints throughout Florida, including in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Islamorada, Tavernier, Marathon, Key West and Boca Raton. Participants can also get a 2018 Lionfish Challenge T-shirt, commemorative coin and entry into the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame. ... Over the last five years, some dozen South Florida restaurants began serving lionfish on their menus because the delicate, flaky fish, often...
  • Keystone Virus Makes Jump From Mosquitoes To Human For First Time

    06/22/2018 7:52:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    npr ^ | 06/21/2018
    Just in time for the hot, humid, bug-bite-riddled summer, here's another disease to worry about: Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed a new mosquito-borne virus has made the jump from infecting only animals to infecting humans in a study published earlier this month. The first known case of the Keystone virus has been identified in a 16-year-old boy after a year of tests and analysis, Glenn Morris, director of the university's Emerging Pathogens Institute, told NPR member station WUSF. The teen was infected while attending band camp in north Florida last summer, and suffered from a fever and...
  • Bedrock in West Antarctica rising at surprisingly rapid rate

    06/22/2018 7:37:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | June 21, 2018, | The Ohio State University
    The unexpectedly fast rate of the rising earth may markedly increase the stability of the ice sheet against catastrophic collapse due to ice loss, scientists say. Moreover, the rapid rise of the earth in this area also affects gravity measurements, which implies that up to 10 percent more ice has disappeared in this part of Antarctica than previously assumed. Researchers led by scientists at The Ohio State University used a series of six GPS stations (part of the POLENET-ANET array) attached to bedrock around the Amundsen Sea Embayment to measure its rise in response to thinning ice. The "uplift rate"...
  • SpaceX nabs $130 million to launch an Air Force satellite with Falcon Heavy

    06/21/2018 10:18:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Kirsten Korosec
    Under the contract, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company founded by Elon Musk will launch the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite to its intended orbit. The contract includes launch vehicle production and mission, as well as integration, launch operations and spaceflight worthiness activities, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Department of Defense. The work, which will be performed at SpaceX’s headquarters, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and in McGregor, Texas, is expected to be completed by September 2020. The mission is planned to be launched from Kennedy Space Center. Two proposals were received by the DOD in the competitive bidding...
  • A Festival Vendor Convinced People To Purchase $38 'Hot Dog Water'

    06/21/2018 10:10:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    According to signs all over the Hot Dog Water stand at last weekend's Car-Free Day festival, the wiener in water is a health drink. Here's everything the vendor claims it does: increases brain function, makes you look younger, helps you lose weight, and increases your vitality. Oh, and p.s., apparently it's keto-compatible and gluten-free. Twitter users spotted the insanity and shared it with everyone outside of Vancouver. You can see pictures of the stand, a snapshot of the person serving water (dressed in a full-body hot dog suit), and the water itself. The drink looks like it's in a repurposed...
  • At least 33 children fall ill at Lake Placid summer camp in Florida, authorities say

    06/21/2018 10:02:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/22/2018 | Peter Martinez
    Some began vomiting and others suffered headaches. The victims were rushed to at least two local hospitals, according to Highlands County Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. He told CBS News Radio that one person passed out, which prompted a 911 call. WTSP-TV writes that none of the cases appear to be serious
  • 45 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, which quickly retaliates

    06/21/2018 9:34:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    L A Times ^ | Jun 20, 2018 | Noga Tarnopolsky
    At least five projectiles fell within Israeli communities, two landing near a community center and one next to a kindergarten where children later arrived for the last day of the school year, officials said. The kindergarten, “the second to be struck by mortars launched from Gaza in the past two weeks, has a reinforced ceiling,” Conricus said. In response, Israeli fighter jets hit 25 targets belonging to Hamas, the militia that governs the Palestinian territory. The night-long salvo followed two Israeli air force strikes against infrastructure belonging to Hamas on Tuesday. One of the targets, the Israeli military revealed on...