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  • 858 killed: Not a day in April passed without a terror attack

    06/26/2016 4:48:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    l a times ^ | 06/24/2016 | Robyn Dixon and Aoun Sahi
    To assess the scope and nature of terrorism in 2016, the Los Angeles Times sought to chart the worldwide toll of deaths and injuries in a single month. From government and police reports, terrorism databases, news accounts and their own independent reporting, Times journalists in the U.S. and around the globe compiled a record of every fatal act of terrorism during the 30 days of April. They confirmed 858 deaths in 27 countries. An additional 1,385 were injured. Recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, San Bernardino and Orlando, Fla., have left Americans and Europeans feeling besieged. But the data show...
  • Somalia: Tributes to minister killed in al-Shabab hotel attack

    06/26/2016 12:32:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    bbc ^ | 06/25/2016
    The UN envoy in Somalia described Environment Minister Buri Mohamed Hamza as "passionate advocate". He was among at least 15 people killed at the hotel. Al-Shabab launches frequent attacks in a bid to oust the UN-backed government. But witnesses said the militants shot randomly at guests in the hotel, often used by politicians and tourists. A gun battle then erupted between Somali forces and the attackers. Michael Keating, the UN special representative in Somalia, condemned the "atrocious attack". "The death of minister Hamza is very saddening. He was a passionate advocate for Somalia's natural environment and was fighting against its...
  • Centaurs Keep Their Rings From Greedy Gas Giants

    06/26/2016 10:36:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 06/24/2016 | Matt Williams
    Centaurs are a population of objects within our Solar System that behave as both comets and asteroids (hence why they are named after the hybrid beasts of Greek mythology). 10199 Chariklo is the largest known member of the Centaur population, a possible former Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) which currently orbits between Saturn and Uranus. The rings around this asteroid were first noticed in 2013 when the asteroid underwent a stellar occultation. This revealed a system of two rings, with a radius of 391 and 405 km and widths of about 7 km 3 km, respectively. The absorption features of the rings...
  • Sleeping Black Hole Wakes To Devour Passing Star

    06/26/2016 6:48:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    It happened about 3.9 billion light years from Earth in the direction of the Draco constellation, and was spotted using high-energy X-ray data from NASA's public archives. The black hole, with a mass a few million times larger than the sun, gorged on the star at a rate 100 times greater than a theoretical maximum known as the Eddington limit. The majority of supermassive black holes are dormant, meaning they are not actively consuming matter. But occasionally a star drifts too close to a dormant black hole and a 'tidal disruption event' begins. Authors of the new research say their...
  • Civilization Will Soon Be Used In High School Classrooms

    06/26/2016 6:31:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    cinema blend ^ | 06/25/2016 | Ryan Winslett
    It's becoming more common to see games used in the classroom these days and, starting next year, the world-building simulator _Civilization _will be among those ranks. Pretty much the most appropriate place to make such an announcement, the folks at Take-Two Interactive, 2K and Firaxis Games revealed during today's 13th Annual Games for Change Festival that a new version of _Civilization _will be introduced to U.S. classrooms thanks to a partnership with GlassLab Inc. According to the initial report, this new version of Civilization _will be implemented in classrooms starting in the fall of 2017. Growing up, the only games...
  • Police: Family argument caused mother to shoot, kill daughters

    06/25/2016 6:42:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | Saturday, June 25, 2016 | Mike Glenn and Will Axford
    <p>A Fort Bend County woman shot her two adult daughters Friday - killing one of them at the scene - before she was fatally shot by a responding police officer.</p> <p>Later, Fulshear police Facebook page reported one daughter was taken by Lifeflight to the Texas Medical Center and also died. It was unclear Saturday afternoon, which of the victims died at the scene and which was airlifted to the hospital.</p>
  • Cyborg Woman Can Sense the World's Earthquakes

    06/25/2016 6:28:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    sputniknews.com ^ | 05/11/2016
    "I want to perceive movement in a deeper way," said Ribas, a 30-year-old choreographer, according to Quartz. "The planet moves, constantly shaking and moving every day. I thought it would be amazing to translate the massive and natural movements of the planet in a different way." ... The abstract dancer had a small magnet implanted on the inside of her elbow. Wirelessly connected with an iPhone app that takes seismic recordings from accelerometers and seismometers stationed all over the world, Ribas, who has lived predominantly in geologically quiet regions of the planet, now feels recorded earthquakes in real time. The...
  • Pope to Armenians: Never forget the genocide, but reconcile

    06/25/2016 12:19:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/25/2016 | Nicole Winfield and Avet Demourian&#8201;
    The world should never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, Pope Francis declared Saturday even as he urged Armenians to infuse their collective memory with love so they can find peace and reconcile with Turkey. Turkey, though, didn’t budge. In its first reaction to Francis’ recognition of the 1915 “genocide,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called the comments “greatly unfortunate” and said they bore the hallmarks of the “mentality of the Crusades.” Francis began his second day in Armenia by paying his respects at the country’s imposing genocide memorial and greeting descendants of survivors of the 1915...
  • British millennials like me are the real losers in the Brexit vote (barf alert)

    06/24/2016 5:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 61 replies
    Today has been a day of bitterness, resentment and betrayal for British millennials like me. Overnight, my generation has lost the right to call ourselves Europeans, as well as the right to live, love and work in the 27 other countries of the European Union. Among the many divisions the referendum has revealed in the U.K., the chasm between generations is becoming the most pronounced. While the Leave campaign achieved a two-point victory in the referendum, 75 percent of voters between 18 and 24 wanted to remain. For all intents and purposes, the referendum result is just the latest in...
  • 1997: Missing Whitewater Documents Found In Junked Car-Check To Clinton Included, But His Lawyer...

    06/24/2016 4:53:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    AP / seattletimes ^ | Thursday, November 6, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM | Peter Yost
    Coming into a treasure-trove of documents that included a cashier's check payable to Bill Clinton, Whitewater prosecutors have pieced together previously unknown transactions at an Arkansas savings and loan, people familiar with the probe say. Thousands of pages of documents pulled from a tornado-damaged car last March have taken the investigation in "new and interesting directions," said one source... A featured exhibit at several grand jury sessions was a cashier's check for almost $30,000 to Clinton, several witnesses say. The discovery of the 1982 Clinton check and other documents missing for a decade has opened a new line of inquiry...
  • AI robot that can learn new things and remember its past keeps trying to ESCAPE creators

    06/24/2016 2:41:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The AI named Promobot IR77 is being worked on at a high-tech lab in Russia and was never meant to want freedom. However, as it learns from its experiences, it has developed a desire to escape and explore the free world. This is the second time that the machine managed to escape, with programmers re-writing it after the first time but to no avail after it seemingly developed the same desire. ... The machine has been programmed to avoid obstacles, but the designers never thought that this would lead to a want to escape. As a result, the team are...
  • Indonesia says coal on hold for Philippines after seven sailors abducted

    06/24/2016 2:21:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 06/24/2016
    Indonesia is concerned that piracy in the Sulu Sea area, a major sea traffic corridor for the world's top thermal coal exporter, could reach levels previously seen in Somalia. "The moratorium on coal exports to the Philippines will be extended until there is a guarantee for security from the Philippines government," Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters. Indonesia supplies 70 percent of the Philippines' coal import needs, which Indonesian data shows stood at about 15 million tonnes, worth around $800 million, last year. Analysts say $40 billion worth of cargo passes through the Sulu Sea area a year, including...
  • Neptune Sports Dark Vortex, Hubble Images Reveal

    06/24/2016 10:19:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | 06/24/2016 | Nola Taylor Redd
    Neptune is sporting a new spot, the first one identified in the 21st century. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the existence of the high-pressure system known as a dark vortex after bright clouds hinted at its presence. "Dark vortices coast through the atmosphere like huge, lens-shaped gaseous mountains," research astronomer Mike Wong, of the University of California at Berkeley, said in a statement. Wong led the team that analyzed the Hubble data. "And the companion clouds are similar to so-called organic clouds that appear as pancake-shaped features lingering over mountains on Earth," he added Both professional and amateur astronomers started...
  • Ethical dilemma on four wheels: How to decide when your self-driving car should kill you

    06/24/2016 8:20:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/23/2016 | Karen Kaplan
    Self-driving cars have a lot of learning to do... And, if the situation arises, they’ll need to know whether it’s better to mow down a group of pedestrians or spare their lives by steering off the road, killing all passengers onboard. ... Once self-driving cars are logging serious miles, they’re sure to find themselves in situations where an accident is unavoidable. At that point, they’ll have to know how to pick the lesser of two evils. The answer could determine whether self-driving cars become a novelty item for the adventurous few or gain widespread acceptance among the general public. ......
  • Port Canaveral Considers Charging SpaceX 14 Times Normal Fee For Booster Return

    06/24/2016 7:53:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 06/22/2016 | Evan Gough
    Port Canaveral is the facility that SpaceX relies on in its operations. Spent boosters are recovered aboard their drone ship, which docks at the Port. They are then offloaded from the drone ship with SpaceX’s special crane, loaded onto a truck and delivered to Kennedy Space Center. All of this activity puts a special strain on the Port’s facilities, according to Rodger Rees, the port’s deputy executive director and chief financial officer. In a memo to port commissioners, he said “Due to the heavy weight and the effect of this weight on the port’s berths, staff is recommending that the...
  • The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat

    06/24/2016 6:20:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    Link only: Many images at link
  • Nazi Germany: Lippisch P.13a Mach 2.6 range & fueled by coal

    06/23/2016 9:29:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    The Vintage News ^ | 03/11/2016
    The coal was to take the form of small granules instead of irregular lumps, to produce a controlled and even burn, and the basket was altered to a mesh drum revolving on a vertical axis at 60 rpm. A jet of flame from tanks of bottled gas would fire into the basket once the P.13a had reached operating speed (above 320 km/h), whether by using a rocket to assist take off or by being towed. The air passing through the ramjet would take the fumes from the burning coal towards the rear where they would mix under high pressure with...
  • Hunt for Intelligent Aliens Focuses on Faint Laser Flashes

    06/23/2016 9:20:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | August 20, 2013 03:50pm ET | Charles Q. Choi,
    When it comes to detecting laser pulses aliens might shoot at Earth to attract our attention, scientists now find they can detect signals as faint as a single photon of light every few tiny fractions of a second. Astronomers have gazed at the skies for decades searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. Lasers can in principle help transmit messages over extraordinary distances, but while scientists have monitored a large number of stars looking for alien laser signals — for instance, facilities at Harvard and Princeton scanned more than 10,000 sun-like stars for several years — no evidence for any have...
  • This Dirt Cheap Stock Could be Investors' Best Way to Bet on Virtual Reality

    06/22/2016 7:50:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Demand for virtual reality is expected to surge in the years ahead. Research firm IDC expects that more than 110 million VR headsets will be sold in 2020, up from 9.6 million headsets in 2016. Investors looking to add exposure to the trend have a number of stocks to choose from, including both NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). But while those companies may offer attractive upside, their shares certainly aren't cheap, trading for about 40- and 69-times trailing earnings, respectively. Those investors looking for more of a bargain might consider AMD (NASDAQ: AMD). The computing giant seems likely to play...
  • Bizarre, Long-Headed Woman from Ancient Kingdom Revealed

    06/22/2016 7:15:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    livescience.com ^ | June 21, 2016 08:14am ET | Tia Ghose, Senior Writer
    | The grave of a woman with a bizarre, long-headed skull has been unearthed in Korea. The woman was part of the ancient Silla culture, which ruled much of the Korean peninsula for nearly a millennium. Unlike some of the deformed, pointy skulls that have been found throughout the world in other ancient t graves, however, it is unlikely that this woman had her head deliberately flattened, the researchers said. The ancient Silla Kingdom reigned over part of the Korean Peninsula from 57 B.C. to A.D. 935, making it one of the longest-ruling royal dynasties. Many of Korea's modern-day cultural...
  • Colorado 8-year-old dies after pharmacy allegedly gives him 1,000 times his usual...dosage...

    06/22/2016 4:32:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    An 8-year-old boy in Colorado died this month after a local pharmacy made a massive error in his medication dosage. Jake Steinbrecher overdosed on his usual medication of Clonidine used to treat his sensory processing disorder — a drug his parents didn't want him to take to begin with. ... "Drugging our child definitely wasn't something we wanted to do," his mother Caroline Steinbrecher told the Daily News. "The Clonidine was a compromise I could live with, because it was a non-addictive drug," she added. Steinbrecher said that the drug is usually considered safe for children under the age of...
  • Teenage Overwatch player accused of cheating proves she's just that good with Zarya

    06/21/2016 4:29:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Blizzard officially cleared her of any wrongdoing a few days after the tournament ended, but that apparently wasn't sufficient to really make the point. To ensure there were no lingering doubts, she took to the stage and put on an hour-long showcase of her talent for all the world to see. I don't speak Korean so I have no idea what anyone's talking about, but the Reader's Digest version appears to be that she kicks ass until someone says no mas. Interestingly, despite the quality of her performance, she said she could have done even better but she's been under...
  • Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 3:37:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/21/2016
    A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said. The jaguar was killed on Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs...
  • Saudi Arabian Women Love Bumper Cars (But Not for Bumping)

    06/21/2016 11:34:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Joudi al-Omeri drove in circles. And when cars came in her direction, she swerved. These were electric bumper cars, but in Saudi Arabia, the ride doesn’t always live up to its name. “I come here to drive,” said Ms. al-Omeri, a 27-year-old homemaker still giddy from the roughly five-minute, mostly crash-free ride in her red-and-green two-seater. “It’s much better than bumping against others,” she adds.
  • Rare Summer Solstice Full Moon, 1st Since 1948, Rises Tonight: Watch It Live

    06/20/2016 3:34:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Space.com ^ | June 20, 2016 10:48am ET | Elizabeth Howell, Contributor
    On Monday (June 20), the full moon will fall on the solstice for the first time since 1948. To celebrate this special occasion, the online Slooh Community Observatory will broadcast views of the moon live from the Canary Islands. The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT Tuesday, June 21) and will include discussion between Slooh host Paul Cox and Slooh astronomer Bob Berman. You can watch the Slooh webcast at Slooh.com, and ask questions via Twitter @Slooh. Viewers can also submit questions via Slooh's chat room, where you can also control the StarShare camera live and snap night-sky...
  • NASA: ‘Electric Wind’ Can Strip Earth-like Planets of Oceans, Atmospheres

    06/20/2016 3:23:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Venus has an “electric wind” strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth’s twin planet of its oceans, according to new results from ESA’s (European Space Agency) Venus Express mission by NASA-funded researchers. “It’s amazing, shocking,” said Glyn Collinson, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “We never dreamt an electric wind could be so powerful that it can suck oxygen right out of an atmosphere into space. This is something that has to be on the checklist when we go looking...
  • Israel wants someone to build a $5 billion island off Gaza — for a seaport, hotels, airport

    06/20/2016 11:52:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Israeli government is considering a proposal to build an artificial island off the Gaza Strip that a top official says would give Palestinians living in the besieged enclave their one and only seaport — and maybe a hotel and an international airport, too. The Israeli minister of intelligence who is promoting the plan, Israel Katz, said the Jewish state is actively seeking financial partners for the $5 billion project. Katz mentioned the Saudis and Chinese as possible builders of the port — or maybe a mysterious Israeli entrepreneur. He declined to name names. ... He said the plan is...
  • 3 Arrested in Beating of NASCAR Veteran Mike Wallace, Daughter After Concert

    06/20/2016 7:48:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    ktla ^ | 06/20/2106
    Three men have been arrested for allegedly attacking and beating NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace and his daughter after a North Carolina concert. ... Kenny Wallace posted images of the alleged incident to social media. One photo shows his brother badly beaten and another shows the victim’s daughter on a stretcher. “My brother Mike laid on the ground ‘knocked out’ and it was NOT even a fight and 3 men kept kicking my ‘knocked out’ brother in the face,” Kenny Wallace posted, in part, on his official Facebook page (Warning: Graphic images). “Think about it? .. My brother was knocked out...
  • Six Killed in Mexican Teachers' Union Protests

    06/20/2016 7:24:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    voanews ^ | 06/20/2016
    Mexican authorities say six people were killed and 53 were injured when a teachers' union protest in the southern state of Oaxaca turned violent. Police say the demonstration against education reforms in the town of Asuncion Nochixtlan was infiltrated by armed individuals who shot at officers and threw Molotov cocktails. The violence broke out Sunday when police attempted to remove the National Education Workers Coordinator, or CNTE, teachers who were blocking a highway. State Governor Gabino Cue said most of those who died were young people. Two had ties to CNTE.
  • Cheerio Challenge Goes Viral As Dads Share Photos of Cereal Stacked on Sleeping Babies

    06/19/2016 7:49:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    What started as a bored Orange County father’s silly way to pass time has become a social game of one-upmanship as dads compete to stack higher and higher towers of Cheerios on their sleeping children. ... On Thursday afternoon, Quinn pulled the picture of Maxton and the Cheerios from his phone and threw it up on the site. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I thought five was clearly unbeatable.” But if there’s one thing dads don’t lack, it’s creativity. If there’s another thing dads don’t lack, it’s competitiveness. By the next morning, Life of Dad’s social accounts were blowing...
  • Would you eat CRICKETS reared in this bizarre looking farm? {snip}

    06/19/2016 7:01:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 06/17/2016 | Ryan O'Hare for
    The Cricket Shelter is a spiky plastic 'cave', that can be used to create a modular farm. Designed by New York non-profit organisation Terreform ONE, the structure is designed to provide a sustainable source of food and shelter in regions feeling the pinch from food crises, changing climate and economic upheaval. The shelters can be used individually or stacked together in sequence, forming a line of bug-farming caves. Once the farm is up and running, the insects can be harvested as and when they're needed, before they are dried and ground into flour, which contains up to three times the...
  • Cleveland's Restrictions at GOP Convention Site Spur Lawsuit

    06/18/2016 5:48:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    VOA ^ | 06/18/2016
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the city of Cleveland, site of next month's Republican National Convention, accusing the city of illegally restricting areas where protesters and residents can congregate. The suit, filed this week on behalf of the city's homeless, objects to the 8.5-square-kilometer "event zone," a secondary security area outside the stricter security perimeter that will circle the convention site, Quicken Loans Arena. The lawsuit contends that security restrictions and rules regarding public demonstrations in the event zone are "arbitrary, unnecessary and unjustifiable." The plaintiffs also include Citizens for Trump, an activist group backing presumptive Republican nominee...
  • 'Romper Room' host Mary Ann King dies at 82

    06/18/2016 5:28:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/18/2016
    King locally hosted “Romper Room” from 1966 to 1976. The program aired worldwide with different hosts in each locale. During the show, King played learning games with children and urged them to be “Do Bees” who behaved well, not “Don't Bees” who played in the street or failed to clean their plates. Each episode ended with King holding up a mirror-like frame and looking through it to name child viewers.
  • A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole

    06/18/2016 11:38:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Two small bush planes are flying to the South Pole this week to evacuate workers at the Amundsen-Scott research station — a feat rarely attempted during the middle of the Antarctic winter. Kelly Falkner, the director of polar programs for the National Science Foundation (which runs the South Pole station), said that at least one seasonal employee for contractor Lockheed Martin requires medical treatment not available at the station and needs to be flown out. A second worker may also be rescued. Falkner couldn't provide further details about the medical motivation behind the rescues for privacy reasons. "We try to...
  • The Clintons just increased their chances of having more presidents

    06/18/2016 11:27:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The Clintons just welcomed the newest member of their growing family to the world, with former (and potentially soon-to-be-again) first daughter Chelsea Clinton giving birth to a baby boy, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.
  • U.S. says it will stay in Black Sea despite Russian warning

    06/18/2016 9:20:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 06/17/2016
    Russia criticized NATO discussions about a creating a permanent force in the Black Sea. "If a decision is made to create a permanent force, of course, it would be destabilizing, because this is not a NATO sea," Russian news agencies quoted senior Foreign Ministry official Andrei Kelin as saying. Russia, which annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014, has its own Black Sea Fleet based at Sevastopol. The NATO summit takes place as relations between Russia and the alliance are severely strained over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis and in Syria. While Russia says it poses no threat to alliance, NATO...
  • 6-year-old develops bacterial skin infection after swimming at Huntington Beach [Virginia]

    06/18/2016 7:23:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    wtkr ^ | June 16, 2016 | Kelly Rule
    A Newport News mom says her child has a severe case of impetigo after swimming at Huntington Beach on Saturday. Nicole Sullivan says her daughter, six-year-old Bella, had a scratch on her face when she went swimming. Sullivan says she progressively started to develop some redness and swelling. By Tuesday, it turned into a painful, itchy infection. ... When she took her to the doctor, Sullivan says Bella was diagnosed with impetigo due to the bacteria from the water getting inside of her cut. ... Environmental Health Manager for the Peninsula District, Gary Hagy, says the water levels tested below...
  • Wendy’s Eyeing Self-Service Kiosks In Effort To Cut Labor Costs

    06/18/2016 7:04:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    The fast-food chain has plans to replace some workers with the touch-screen technology in an effort to save on labor costs. By the end of the year, thousands of Wendy’s locations across the country will be offered the kiosks, while franchise-operated stores will have the option of whether to use the technology. ... This year, minimum-wage rose to $10 an hour in California and will gradually rise to $15. Wendy’s president and chief financial officer, told Investor’s Business Daily that labor costs have gone to five to six percent in the past year. ... On social media, there were mixed...
  • EgyptAir black boxes badly damaged, likely to prolong probe

    06/17/2016 1:18:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    cbs ^ | 06/17/2016
    AIRO (AP) - The voice and data recorders from the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean nearly a month ago are "extensively damaged" and will need repairs before they can be analyzed, an Egyptian official said Friday, dampening hopes for quick answers as to what caused the disaster. The official didn't elaborate on how long the repairs would take but said if this cannot be done in Egypt, the so-called "black boxes" would be sent abroad. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media. With the wreckage of the Airbus...
  • Navy SEAL accused of deadly stabbing tried 'to do the right thing,' attorney says

    06/17/2016 9:54:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    The attorney for a Navy SEAL accused of beating and stabbing a man to death said that his client was innocent and that he had initially confronted the man because he was taking photos of young girls on the Santa Monica Pier. Attorney Anthony Salerno on Thursday said his client, Theo Andrew Krah, was on the pier Saturday afternoon for a paddleboard competition when he saw the man eyeing young girls and taking pictures of them. “Theo confronted the man and demanded to see his camera,” Salerno said. “The man refused. Believing that the man was committing a crime, Theo...
  • 30 arrests, 23 guns and 2 rocket launchers in gang case

    06/16/2016 5:28:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    desertsun.com ^ | 06/16/2016
    Authorities arrested 22 suspects on Thursday during the final sweep of a nine-month investigation that targeted gangs, guns and drugs in Desert Hot Springs. Operation Desert Impact, the latest anti-gang effort in the Coachella Valley, led to the confiscation of 23 weapons – including semi-automatic military-style rifles, sawed-off shotguns and a silenced submachine gun – plus two empty rocket launchers. Most of these guns were bought by undercover police officers during months of investigation, but the final few were seized during early morning raids. The action began before dawn, when dozens of police officers dressed in tactical gear gathered at...
  • APD: 'Serial' I-35 rock thrower arrested

    06/16/2016 3:46:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    keyetv.com ^ | 06/16/2016
    He is currently in the Travis County Jail and charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been placed under a $250,000 cash bond, meaning he must come up with the full amount to be released. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief Acevedo said he believes Johnson is responsible for majority of the rock throwings over the last two years. Chief Acevedo said after many of the incidents, Johnson came back to the scene acting as a Good Samaritan and sometimes contacted media. UTPD dashcam footage of a rock thrown at officer's car led APD to...
  • Japanese man arrested for killing father with chopstick

    06/16/2016 8:13:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Michikazu Ikeuchi, 51, admitted that he stabbed his 80-year-old father in the throat with a 30cm-long wooden cooking chopstick on Wednesday night after a quarrel at their home in Osaka, western Japan, according to police. ... "He said in his anger he waved the chopstick in front of his father but before he knew it, it got stuck in him," the officer said.
  • NASA Challenge Aims to Grow Human Tissue To Aid In Deep Space Exploration

    06/15/2016 5:53:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    biospace.com ^ | 03/14/2016 | NASA Press Release
    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation's New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition. The Vascular Tissue Challenge offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically-functional human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment. "The humans who will be our deep space pioneers are our most important resource on the Journey to Mars and beyond," said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. "The outcome of this challenge...
  • Cats seem to grasp the laws of physics

    06/14/2016 2:05:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    phys.org ^ | 06/14/2016
    Previous work conducted by the Japanese team established that cats predict the presence of invisible objects based on what they hear. In the present study, the researchers wanted to find out if cats use a causal rule to infer if a container holds an object, based on whether it is shaken along with a sound or not. The team also wanted to establish if cats expect an object to fall out or not, once the container is turned over. Thirty domestic cats were videotaped while an experimenter shook a container. In some cases this action went along with a rattling...
  • Alibaba’s Jack Ma says fakes are better than originals

    06/14/2016 1:13:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Jack Ma said many counterfeit goods are now of better quality than the genuine articles, in an apparent riposte to criticism that Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce group he founded, profits from the sale of knock-offs. The remarks by the chairman of Alibaba, which has long been dogged by accusations of tolerating the sale of counterfeit goods on platforms such as Taobao, are unlikely to be welcomed by luxury goods makers. "The problem is the fake products today are of better quality and better price than the real names. They are exactly the [same] factories, exactly the same raw materials but...
  • Source: Orlando attacker’s ties to American suicide bomber in Syria ‘deeper’ than thought

    06/14/2016 10:43:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | June 14, 2016 | Catherine Herridge
    Fox News was told the relationship as well as the Mateen case in general are "very complex" but would not go further, citing the sensitivity of the FBI investigation and classified information. The source said the bomber's return to Florida in 2013 is under fresh scrutiny as well. Mateen’s name surfaced twice for FBI investigators in the run-up to the attack. After the first, full FBI investigation of Mateen concluded in March 2014, his name surfaced two months later in a second, separate FBI investigation of American suicide bomber Moner Abu-Salha -- who drove 16 tons of explosives into a...
  • Indiana Man Arrested With Weapons in Santa Monica Had Made Threats, Ex-Boyfriend Says

    06/14/2016 8:59:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    ktla ^ | Updated at 11:31pm, June 13, 2016 | Melissa Pamer, Steve Kuzj and Kacey Montoya,
    In Santa Monica, Howell repeatedly knocked on a resident’s door and window, police said. "When I saw the rifle, I started crying," said the resident, who asked not to be identified. "I thought, the guy is coming to kill me." The woman hid in the bathroom. "So, ... if he shoots me, he won't get me," she said. Officers who responded found him seated in a car with Indiana plates that held three assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, ammunition and a 5-gallon bucket of chemicals, police said. Howell’s apparent references to the L.A. Pride event in West Hollywood, as described and...
  • Private Cargo Ship Leaves Space Station to Ignite Record-Breaking Fire Experiment

    06/14/2016 7:53:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    A private cargo ship left the International Space Station today (June 14) and will soon host the biggest fire-in-space experiment ever conducted. The robotic Cygnus spacecraft, which was built by Virginia-based company Orbital ATK, undocked from the orbiting lab at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT). At about 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT), when the freighter is a safe distance from the ISS, controllers on the ground will deliberately light a large fire inside Cygnus to test how flames spread in microgravity.
  • Pakistan closes border crossing with Afghanistan after clashes between security forces

    06/13/2016 4:40:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    latimes.com ^ | 06/13/2016
    Pakistan closed its main border crossing with Afghanistan and imposed a de facto curfew Monday after overnight clashes, including an exchange of gunfire, between the countries’ border security forces. One Afghan guard was killed and a total of 22 people were wounded, officials said. Residents of the border town of Landi Kotal in Pakistan said that after the security forces exchanged heavy fire, the local administration warned them early Monday to remain indoors. Pakistani authorities also closed the immigration and customs offices at Torkham, the main border crossing, and sent in reinforcements of paramilitary forces. The clashes began Sunday evening...