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  • Man Steals Police Cruiser, Dies After Crashing It on 110 Freeway Near Downtown L.A., Police Say

    09/29/2016 7:46:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 29, 2016 | Anthony Kurzweil
    A Pasadena police officer was returning to the station after dropping off an inmate when he noticed a motorcycle down in lanes on the 110 Freeway, said Cpl. Phillips with the Pasadena Police Department. The officer got out of his patrol car to help but could not find the motorcycle rider until he noticed him trying to get into the police cruiser, Phillips said. The officer tried to pull the rider out of the car but was thrown to the ground, Phillips said. The man then took off in the cruiser, Phillips said, but the car crashed on the northbound...
  • Appeals court overturns ban on selfies in voting booths

    09/29/2016 7:12:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Sept 29, 2016 8:25 a.m. ET | Joe Palazzolo
    A unanimous three-judge panel of the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that New Hampshire authorities furnished no evidence that ballot selfies encouraged vote buying or voter coercion. They failed, as a result, to justify the 2014 law’s curbs on an increasingly popular form of speech. ... Since at least 1979 it has been illegal in New Hampshire for a voter to show his ballot to someone else with the intention of disclosing how he plans to vote. State legislators amended the law two years ago to include a ban on “taking a digital image or photograph...
  • DEA moves to ban kratom, frustrating both scientists and users

    09/29/2016 1:25:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 09/28/2016 | Brendan Kiley
    Maybe you’ve never heard of kratom — a plant from Southeast Asia with large, green leaves that are dried, powdered and taken as a drug with mild, opioid-like effects. Kratom has been used in Asia for generations — usually chewed or brewed into a tea — as a tonic, painkiller and an aid for people weaning themselves off opium. It can be bought in powder or capsule form at smoke shops across the country. But dedicated kratom users might want to stock up. As soon as Friday, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it will classify kratom as a...
  • El Cajon police say black man was holding vape smoking device in hand when officers fatally shot him

    09/29/2016 1:16:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    l a times ^ | 09/28/2016 | Veronica Rocha, Sarah Parvini and Richard Winton
    He ignored multiple instructions from an officer and “concealed his hand in his pants pockets,” Davis said. Olango paced back and forth as the officers talked to him, then “rapidly drew an object from his front pants pockets, placed both hands together on it and extended it rapidly toward [one] officer, taking what appeared to be a shooting stance,” the chief said. Olango, he said, pointed the object at the officer’s face. Police said Wednesday evening that the object was a vape smoking device, which officers have recovered. “The vape has an allsilver cylinder that is approximately 1” diameter and...
  • Roman coins discovered in ruins of Japanese castle

    09/28/2016 11:56:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    fox news ^ | 09/28/2016
    The coins were excavated from the ruins of Katsuren Castle in Okinawa Prefecture, according to the Japan Times, noting that this is the country’s first discovery of its kind. Citing the Board of Education in the city of Uruma, the Japan Times reports that the four copper coins are believed to be from the third to fourth centuries. ... X-ray analysis of the coins has apparently revealed the image of Emperor Constantine I and a soldier carrying a spear. Each coin measures 0.6 inches to 0.8 inches in diameter, according to the report.
  • Omar Mateen blamed Pentagon air strike which killed Iraqi ISIS leader for 'triggering' his Orlando..

    09/28/2016 11:49:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/27/2016
    The FBI had kept phone conversations between Mateen and the police negotiator secret after the June 12 mass shooting. But on Friday, a Florida court agreed they should be made public in response to a lawsuit filed by several news organizations. During the calls, Mateen blamed the attack, which left 49 dead and 53 others injured, on an air strike carried out by the Pentagon in May which killed Iraq's ISIS leader.
  • Knott's closes Halloween attraction after complaints from mental health advocates

    09/28/2016 11:37:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    kabc ^ | 09/27/2016 | Christina Salvo
    A popular Halloween attraction at Knott's Berry Farm and California's Great America was shutting down, officials announced Wednesday, after some took to social media calling the display "offensive" to those suffering from mental illness. The virtual reality attraction, which essentially focuses on a story line about a possessed patient running wild in a hospital, consists of strapping parkgoers into a chair before they are given VR goggles. If the game becomes too intense for them, customers can press the "panic button." ... After receiving backlash from several mental health advocates and "loyal fans," park officials issued a statement saying the...
  • Rare Black Moon Set To Rise Friday

    09/27/2016 7:50:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    cbs ^ | September 27, 2016 9:57 AM
    So what’s a Black Moon? It’s the second new moon in a single month. It’s an unusual lunar event that won’t happen again in the western hemisphere until July 2019. This Black Moon will rise Friday at 8:11 p.m. but you won’t see much. That’s because new moons are the beginning cycle of the moon phase, when it is not visible because of the position of the Sun, Earth and Moon. ... Black Moons only occur about once every 32 months. The opposite of a Black Moon is a Blue Moon which is the second full moon in a single...
  • 10 Mysterious Human Populations

    09/27/2016 6:35:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    listverse.com ^ | 09/24/2016 | Abraham Rinquist
    10 Population Y The Americas were the final frontier for human expansion. Most believe they were populated 15,000 years ago in one wave via the Bering land bridge. However, recent findings suggest a different story. Geneticists recently discovered DNA that closely resembles that of modern-day Australian Aboriginals and indigenous Papua New Guineans in the most unlikely of places: Amazonia. Experts have named this new founding group “Population Y.” These colonizers did not arrive via boat. They came in a separate wave across the Bering Strait. Their unique genetic signatures were similar but not identical to modern Austronesians—suggesting Population Y intermingled...
  • Europa’s Venting Global Ocean May Be Easier To Reach Than We Thought

    09/27/2016 6:11:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universe today ^ | 09/26/2016
    Earlier today (September 26th) NASA put an end to the waiting and announced the Hubble findings during a NASA Live conference. According to the NASA panel, which was made up of members of the research team, this latest Europa-observing mission revealed evidence of plumes of saline water emanating from Europa’s surface... ... These findings are immensely significant for two reasons. On the one hand, they are further evidence that a warm-water, saline ocean exists beneath Europa’s icy surface. On the other, they indicate that any future mission to Europa would be able to access this salt-water ocean with greater ease....
  • Bar's welcome mat meant to take a stand and be stepped on

    09/26/2016 1:24:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    he Krossroads Rock and Country Bar in Virginia Beach has been under fire for the past few days. That’s since it taped a San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick jersey to the floor by its entrance, to be stepped on as a welcome mat
  • Cop purchases new bike for teen who had to walk two hours to work

    09/26/2016 6:09:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Keffer was impressed by Duncan’s work ethic as the two of them got to know each other during the ride home. Duncan told Keffer that he wanted to be a police officer with the California Highway Patrol. After meeting the young man, Keffer got together with members of the Benicia Police Officers Association to surprise Duncan on Monday with a mountain bike at work. “There’s not a lot of 18 year olds out there that have this dedication we just wanted to make sure he know how much I appreciated what he’s doing,” Keffer said. Duncan was overcome with gratitude,...
  • He tried to take a ride on a manatee. Then he took a ride to jail

    09/26/2016 6:02:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    FWC Officer Courtney Baumgartner went to the Islamorada Library Beach, a small park off mile marker 81.5, around noon Friday when witnesses reported that a man in a creek was touching two adult manatees and their two calves. It’s against the law to molest manatees. A witness advised the defendant that making contact with manatees was against the law, but the man reportedly declared, “I’m riding it!” ... Massengale denied being warned away from the protected marine mammal and became “verbally combative,” FWC Officer Bobby Dube, an agency spokesman, said.... Although the FWC officer planned to give Massengale a notice...
  • Viking cats: Travelling the high seas helped felines conquer the world

    09/24/2016 3:23:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    A study into ancient feline DNA found the emergence of agriculture and boat travel were catalysts — pun intended — for the domestication and proliferation of house cats. The researchers even found evidence of one specific lineage at an ancient Viking site. The large-scale study, which was presented at the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology at Oxford University and reported by the journal Nature, was the first of its kind. Thanks to a 9,500-year-old human burial from Cyprus that also contained the remains of a cat, we know that some form of relationship between cats and humans stretches back at...
  • Pie wielder, from jail, says Kevin Johnson hit him twice 'pretty hard'

    09/22/2016 7:30:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    espn ^ | 09/22/2016 | associated press
    A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man, who was left battered and facing assault charges. The pie wielder and local activist, Sean Thompson, 32, said Thursday that the mayor overreacted, sending him to the hospital for nine stitches before he went to jail. He said he was angry Johnson devoted so much political energy to an arena for the city's basketball team and not...
  • Three Phoenix Policemen Resign After Forcing Teen to Eat Marijuana

    09/22/2016 7:23:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NBC ^ | 09/22/2016
    Police said officers pulled over the motorist, who was not identified, for speeding in a 2002 BMW at about 3:30 a.m. and later discovered the drug in his car. Faced with the officers' demand that he eat the gram of marijuana, the teenager popped it in his mouth and was subsequently issued a traffic ticket, police said. He reported feeling briefly ill from the drug. The teenager filed his complaint the same day as the traffic stop. Yahner said there was no video from the officers of the stop and that it appeared they turned off their body cameras prior...
  • Charlotte violence sparks self defense gun buying spree

    09/22/2016 3:21:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/22/16 11:56 AM | Paul Bedard
    The explosion of racial violence in Charlotte, N.C. has led to a gun buying spree by locals worried about their safety. At Hyatt Guns, one of the nation's largest, staff arrived Thursday morning after the second night of riots and encountered a line of buyers. ... "Sales last night were brisk. Most of the purchases were self defense shotguns and 12 gauge buckshot," he said. "We had people waiting at the door this morning who are looking at similar guns. People that were on the fence about buying a gun prior to last night are now making that purchase," added...
  • Calais aid workers are regularly having SEX with migrants from the Jungle camp - with FEMALE charity

    09/22/2016 12:52:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 09/22/2016 | Darren Boyle
    Calais aid workers volunteering in the Jungle have been accused of having sex with migrants, some of whom are believed to be underage, according to a whistle blower. The revelations have caused a furious row on Facebook, with some volunteers claiming the allegations should have remained secret and criticised the whistle blower for expressing his concerns. According to the whistle blower, some volunteers avail of the service of the Jungle camp prostitutes, while others have multiple partners in one day.
  • Yahoo to announce details of massive data breach

    09/22/2016 10:28:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Technology news website Recode reported yesterday that Yahoo will be confirming details of a massive data breach sometime this week, according to sources close to the situation. The breach is likely connected to claims made by hackers earlier in the summer that they had access to 200 million Yahoo user accounts, including information on names, passwords, personal information, birth dates, and other email addresses. ... Earlier in the summer, a hacker going by the moniker “Peace,” said that he would be selling credentials on 200 million Yahoo users from 2012 on the dark web for little more than $1,800. One...
  • How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station

    09/22/2016 10:20:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 09/22/2016 | Nancy Atkinson
    “Like all other satellites, it is being tracked by the world-wide network of radar installations operated by the US Department of Defense,” Peat explained via email to Universe Today. “They make the orbital elements available to the public via the Space-Track web site and this is where we get the orbital data from in order to make our predictions.” ... If you want to watch for it yourself, Heavens-Above provides tracking information anywhere around the world. Just input your specific location and click on “Tiangong-1,” listed under “Satellites.” Heavens-Above (they also have an app) is great for being able to...
  • Existing-Home Sales Unexpectedly Fall In August To 5.33 Million Rate

    09/22/2016 7:43:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    investors.com ^ | 09/22/2016 | ed carson
    Existing-home sales for August an annual rate fell o.9% to 5.33 million units, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday, as the supply of existing homes for sales fell 10% vs. a year earlier. Economists had expected a rate of 5.44 million. Sales fell significantly in July to a revised 5.38 million, but from a recovery high. ... Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported August housing starts fell more than expected. But a day earlier, the National Association of Home Builders said its builder sentiment gauge soared in September to match an 11-year high. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve's decision to leave...
  • The Mysterious “Binary Bandits” of Philadelphia

    09/21/2016 12:24:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    In what has been described as one of the most bizarre strings of petty crimes ever recorded, dozens of people in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood have been reporting the theft of their house numbers. Interestingly, in all cases, only the “1” and “0” have been taken, which has earned the yet-to-be-identified thieves the nickname “binary bandits”. You might not notice what’s missing from dozens of houses in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, but for those living there, it has been the main topic of discussion for the past two weeks. Someone is stealing the “1” and “0” from people’s house numbers...
  • China space station to fall to Earth in 2017

    09/21/2016 7:53:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace" laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of an ambitious Chinese plan to catch up with other space powers. However, a senior space official has said the lab had "comprehensively fulfilled its historical mission". ... Speaking at a press conference last week, Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, said: "Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling." She added that it was unlikely to affect aviation activities or cause damage to the ground. But in comments reported by the Guardian newspaper, Dr...
  • Thousands Sign Petition Calling for In-N-Out to Introduce a Veggie Burger

    09/20/2016 1:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 20, 2016, | by Tracy Bloom
    The change.org petition, started by the Good Food Institute, asks In-N-Out CEO Lynsi Snyder to put a meatless option on the immensely popular fast-food restaurant’s menu. ... More than 18,000 people have signed the petition as of late Tuesday morning. Once it has reached the stated goal of 25,000 online signatures, organizers will send it to Snyder. This isn’t the first In-N-Out has been petitioned for a veggie burger option; another online petition on change.org from from four years ago also sought a meat-free alternative to the traditional burger. It received more than 16,500 signatures before it was “closed.
  • Man Who Removed Girlfriend’s Lung While She Was Alive at Pomona Motel Sentenced to Life in Prison...

    09/20/2016 12:50:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 78 replies
    KTLA ^ | Updated at 10:18am, September 20, 2016 | Tracy Bloom,
    Alexander Anthony Clever, who pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge in July, will not be eligible for parole, the DA’s office said in a news release. In addition to the no contest plea, the defendant also admitted to special circumstance allegations of torture and mayhem, prosecutors said. Clever went to a motel — identified by police at the time as the Motel 6 at 2470 S. Garey Ave. in Pomona — on Nov. 29, 2014, with his girlfriend, Yvette Silva, and two others. At some point, he went into the bathroom with Silva and the pair argued, according...
  • Woman Steals Xanax, Threatens to Shoot During Robbery of Camarillo Ralphs, Detectives Say

    09/20/2016 12:46:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/20/216
    he robbery occurred on April 8 after a 30- to 40-year-old woman entered a Ralphs grocery store in the 600 block of North Las Posas Road, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The woman wondered around the store for a few minutes before approaching the pharmacy counter with a note demanding Xanax and oxycodone prescription medications, the Sheriff’s Office stated. In the note, the woman also warned that anyone who tried to intervene would be shot, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The woman was given an undisclosed amount of Xanax and then she ran into...
  • MIT Scientists Learn To Track Emotions Using Wireless Signals

    09/20/2016 10:33:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    .fastcompany.com ^ | 09.20.16 10:00 AM | Steven Melendez
    "The whole thing started by trying to understand how we can extract information about people’s emotions and health in general using something that’s completely passive—does not require people to wear anything on their body or have to express things themselves actively," says Prof. Dina Katabi, who conducted the research along with graduate students Mingmin Zhao and Fadel Adib. The system, called EQ-Radio, works by generating a low-power wireless signal and measuring the time it takes the signal to reflect from various signals in its vicinity. Since the reflection time from people’s bodies vary as they inhale and exhale, and as...
  • ‘Sherlock’ Actress Amanda Abbington Claims Her Purse Was Stolen At The 2016 Emmys

    09/20/2016 10:02:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | September 19, 2016 11:09 AM
    According to the British actress, her handbag was taken from underneath her chair while she went to accept an award during the ceremony. Abbington took to Twitter on Sunday evening to post about the incident. Thanks for the lovely tweets re; the Emmy's. So pleased we won! Cool, right? — amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) September 19, 2016 However, we went up to collect the Emmy, did some press, came back to my seat and some bastard had nicked my purse from under my seat. Nice
  • Thousands of migrants flee as fire damages Greek camp

    09/19/2016 9:05:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    yahoo ^ | 09/19/2016 | John Hadoulis
    o casualties were reported but tents at the Moria camp were "almost entirely destroyed" and containers that provide additional accommodation and health and registration services were damaged, a police source in Athens told AFP. Firefighters were prevented from tackling the fire early on by clashes that broke out among rival nationalities in the camp, reports said. "Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants fled the camp of Moria," to the surrounding fields, with strong winds fanning the flames also hampering firefighters, the police source said. However, once inside the firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. Police were sent out...
  • First Time: Wireless Emergency Alerts System Serves As Electronic Wanted Poster

    09/19/2016 8:21:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    KABC ^ | September 19, 2016
    A milestone in the war on terror was reached this morning as the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster. The image of wanted bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was transmitted to millions people via their cellphones.
  • NASA provides update on Asteroid Redirect Mission

    09/19/2016 6:21:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    spaceflightinsider.com ^ | 09/19/2016 | by Curt Godwin
    The mission itself has a projected launch date of December 2021 for the robotic component and some time in the mid-2020s for the crewed mission. NASA has given the program the go-ahead to proceed to Phase B, culminating in a preliminary design review and baseline of the robotic spacecraft in late 2017. The crewed mission is still in the very early discussion phase. Administrator Bolden expanded on some of Dr. Holdren’s points, noting that it is NASA’s intent to develop technology and techniques that can later be used by private industry. All three panelists were advocates of ARM being a...
  • Human skeleton found on famed Antikythera shipwreck

    09/19/2016 5:44:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    nature ^ | 19 September 2016 | Jo Marchant
    Foley and the archaeologists, meanwhile, are elated by the chance to learn more about the people on board the first-century bc ship, which carried luxury items from the eastern Mediterranean, probably intended for wealthy buyers in Rome. The skeleton discovery is a rare find, agrees Mark Dunkley, an underwater archaeologist from the London-based heritage organization Historic England. Unless covered by sediment or otherwise protected, the bodies of shipwreck victims are usually swept away and decay, or are eaten by fish. Complete skeletons have been recovered from younger ships, such as the sixteenth-century English warship the Mary Rose and the seventeenth-century...
  • Kashmir attack: What's behind the deadliest militant raid in years?

    09/19/2016 11:22:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    On Sunday, heavily-armed militants stormed an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir near the Line of Control (LoC) with territory administered by Pakistan, killing 17 soldiers. The four gunmen were killed after a gunfight, the Indian army said. Indian army officials told reporters the attack at the brigade headquarters in Uri looks to have been the work of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. ... The Line of Control, a de-facto border between the two countries separating Kashmir, is one of the most heavily militarised frontiers in the world and the incident has sparked fears of a military escalation. The incident has come...
  • Was This Masterpiece Painted With Ground Mummy?

    09/19/2016 11:07:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Eugene Delacroix's most famous painting, "Liberty Leading the People," hangs in a revered spot in Paris' Louvre Museum. Inspired by the 1830 Paris Uprising, it has been held up as an embodiment of the French national ethos, and most recently as a justification for the country's controversial burkini ban. But "Liberty Leading the People" may also have been literally painted with people. From at least the 16th century until as late as the early 1900s, a pigment made from mummified human remains appeared on the palettes of European artists, including Delacroix. Painters prized "mummy brown" for its rich, transparent shade....
  • Museum under fire for 'sexist' brain quiz

    09/15/2016 2:36:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The Science Museum in London has come under fire for an exhibit that apparently tells you whether your brain is male or female. The interactive 'Who Am I' exhibit features a series of questions. Your answers are displayed on a 'sex-o-meter' where an arrow either lands on blue (to represent a male brain) or pink (a female brain). More Talkers Headlines According to the test, men are better at "seeing things in three dimensions" and "being able to imagine how things rotate." Women fare better "in tests that involve: distinguishing between subtle hints and details" and "having a good visual...
  • China Launches Tiangong-2 Space Lab to Prep for 2020s Space Station

    09/15/2016 1:03:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    space.com ^ | 09/15/2016 | Mike Wall
    If all goes according to plan, the 9.5-ton (8.6 metric tons) Tiangong-2 — whose name translates as "Heavenly Palace" in Mandarin — will soon settle into an orbit about 236 miles (380 kilometers) above Earth and perform a series of initial tests and checkouts, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency. [China's Tiangong-2 Space Lab Mission in Pictures] The space lab will then climb to an altitude of 244 miles (393 km) — the same height at which China's future space station will operate — and await a mid- to late-October visit from two Chinese astronauts aboard a vessel called...
  • U.S. retail sales, factory output slump; third-quarter growth forecast cut

    09/15/2016 12:52:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:31pm EDT | Lucia Mutikani
    Sales were almost broadly weak, rising in only four categories, including clothing stores and restaurants and bars. Receipts at auto dealerships fell 0.9 percent and online sales, whose share has grown in recent years, dropped 0.3 percent. The Fed will hold its policy meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday. Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday she wanted to see stronger consumer spending data and signs of rising inflation before hiking rates. The U.S. central bank raised its benchmark overnight interest rate at the end of last year for the first time in nearly a decade, but has held it steady...
  • Right-wingers and asylum seekers clash in eastern Germany

    09/15/2016 9:20:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    rueters ^ | 09/15/2017
    About 80 young men and women, mainly Germans from the right-wing scene who had been drinking beer, gathered in central Bautzen, some 50 kilometers northeast of Dresden, on Wednesday evening and chanted the town belonged to Germans, police said. Opposite them stood a group of around 20 unaccompanied minors-- meaning they are younger than 18 -- who are seeking asylum in Germany. "Police were called at around 20.50 and told that two groups were going at each other ... attacking each other verbally and by throwing bottles, wooden slats and other such things," Uwe Kilz, head of Bautzen's police force,...
  • Bond denied for mosque arson suspect; Public defender appointed

    09/15/2016 6:52:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    WPTV Webteam ^ | 09/14/2016 | Meghan McRoberts,
    chreiber lives in the 5700 block of northwest Zenith Dr. where a search warrant was executed. Evidence collected at the house linked him to the fire that occurred late Sunday night, the sheriff's office said. "An arrest in this case has been made just 65 hours after the fire was reported. He was picked up when he was walking on the street," said Chief Deputy Garry Wilson of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. An examination of Schreiber’s social media account also shows multiple anti-Islamic posts and comments, the sheriff’s office said. Schreiber was charged with arson and Florida’s Hate...
  • Tim Cook says augmented reality will be bigger than virtual reality

    09/14/2016 5:25:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 09/14/2016
    ook has been dropping hints about Apple's interest in augmented and virtual reality since the beginning of the year. In January, the Financial Times reported that Apple has a secret team numbering in the hundreds of employees working to develop applications of the two technologies, including headsets. In his comments to GMA, Cook doesn't entirely write off virtual reality, but he does make it sound like a lower priority for Apple. "Virtual reality sort of encloses and immerses the person into an experience that can be really cool but probably has a lower commercial interest over time," he said. "Less...
  • RIP Sports Arena: Aerial Shots Capture Demolished Former Home Of Lakers, Clippers, DNC

    09/14/2016 2:59:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    cbslocal.com/ ^ | September 14, 2016 8:52 AM
    Aerial footage Wednesday showed what was once the site of an NBA title series, two NCAA Basketball championships, the 1963 NBA All-Star Game, and the 1960 Democratic Convention now with over half of its roof demolished and much of the site covered in debris. While spending recent years largely in disrepair, the Sports Arena has a storied past: Vice President Richard M. Nixon delivered the dedication address for the Sports Arena on Memorial Day in 1958, and John F. Kennedy, then a 43-year-old senator from Massachusetts, was nominated for the Democratic presidential ticket in 1960.
  • 7 OC Children Hospitalized With Serious Infections Following Routine Dental Procedure

    09/14/2016 1:55:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 13, 2016 | Kacey Montoya, Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime and Wendy Burch,
    The children were seen at Children's Dental Group of Anaheim, located at 2156 E. Lincoln Ave., between May 3 and Aug. 2 for pulpotomies, or "baby root canals," and later developed serious bacterial infections. County health officials said eight children have been reported to have slowly progressive oral cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the mouth that can spread to the gum and bone. Seven children have been hospitalized at Children's Hospital Orange County, and officials were working to contact the parents of 500 more children who were also seen at the Anaheim dental clinic.
  • How Hanjin's collapse left a British artist stranded at sea

    09/14/2016 8:05:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/14/2016 | Yvette Tan
    She was told by the captain of the Hanjin Geneva that its South Korean owners had gone bankrupt, so the ship was barred from international ports. The 25-year-old is taking part in an artist in residency programme, which was meant to be "23 Days at Sea". ... The 23 days she was meant to spend at sea as part of the residency programme, run by Access Gallery in Vancouver, are now up. The programme, which started last year, sends artists across the Pacific Ocean each year between Vancouver and Shanghai and is meant to spark their creativity. Its inaugural trip...
  • Unexplained Stone Structures Found Off Australia’s Coast

    09/14/2016 7:49:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    mysteriousuniverse.org ^ | 09/10/2016 | Brett Tingley
    Archeologists with the University of Western Australia have discovered a mysterious set of stone structures not far from the Dampier Archipelago in northwestern Australia. If current theories about the structures are confirmed, they could potentially rewrite much of Western Australia’s early history, not to mention human history. ... The structures are a set of rooms cut into stone, some of which display evidence of early agricultural practices such as grinding seeds and storing shells. This find could change current thinking about civilizations of the time, which were previously believed to have been hunter-gatherer groups. ... The Dampier Archipelago formed around...
  • Harmony of the Seas accident: One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash

    09/13/2016 10:08:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/13/2016
    One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner. The 42-year-old Filipino crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise. It fell 10 metres (33 feet) into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille. The injured crew members included three other Filipinos and an Indian man, AFP reports.
  • Gov. Brown Vetoes ‘Tampon Tax’ Bill, 6 Others

    09/13/2016 1:56:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    cbsla ^ | 09/13/2016
    The Democratic governor said Tuesday that it’s not right to create new tax breaks or expand existing ones that together add up to $300 million a year in state revenue. Other tax breaks that Brown announced vetoing include a proposal to eliminate sales tax on diapers and forgiving personal income taxes on mortgage debt for underwater homes.
  • 3 Syrians--believed a sleeper cell sent by ISIS-- arrested in Germany

    09/13/2016 7:19:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    The three are accused of coming to Germany in mid-November at the behest of IS "in order either to carry out an assignment they had already received or to keep themselves ready for further instructions," federal prosecutors said. The three are suspected of membership in a foreign terrorist organization. Their arrests followed raids at refugee homes in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the men had been under observation for months, and that "there are no indications of concrete attack plans" at present. "This may have been a sleeper cell," he told reporters. De Maiziere said...
  • Humans may speak a universal language, say scientists

    09/13/2016 6:57:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    TelegraphUK ^ | Sarah Knapton
    "These sound symbolic patterns show up again and again across the world, independent of the geographical dispersal of humans and independent of language lineage," said Dr Morten Christiansen, professor of psychology and director of Cornell's Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in the US where the study was carried out. "There does seem to be something about the human condition that leads to these patterns. We don't know what it is, but we know it's there." ... "It doesn't mean all words have these sounds, but the relationship is much stronger than we'd expect by chance," added Dr Christiansen. Other words found to...
  • Sir John Franklin's long-lost HMS Terror believed found

    09/12/2016 10:10:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cbc ^ | 09/12/2016 | Garrett Hinchey, CBC News
    n Monday morning, British newspaper the Guardian reported that the ship, which was abandoned in sea ice in 1848 during a failed attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage, was found "in pristine condition" in Nunavut's Terror Bay, north of where the wreck of HMS Erebus — the expedition's flagship — was found in 2014. The crew of the Arctic Research Foundation's Martin Bergmann research vessel found the shipwreck, with all three masts standing and almost all hatches closed, on Sept. 3. "Resting proud on 24 metres of water, we found HMS Terror — 203 years old, it is perfectly...
  • Robert Griffin III put on injured reserve with shoulder injury

    09/12/2016 7:25:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | Pat McManamonESPN Staff Writer
    Robert Griffin III has a fractured bone in his left shoulder and will miss at least the next eight games for the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Monday. Griffin was placed on injured reserve; if he is designated as the team's player to return, he could return to practice in six weeks, but he must miss a minimum of eight games. Browns coach Hue Jackson was asked if Griffin is done for the season. "No, I think he'll be designated for IR," Jackson said. "We'll get an opportunity to see where he is four weeks from now and go from...