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  • Oslo to temporarily ban diesel vehicles

    01/16/2017 10:36:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 16 January 2017 10:13 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Beginning on Tuesday, diesel vehicles will be banned from driving on Oslo streets because of acute levels of dangerous air pollution. On both Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasts call for cold weather and very little wind, conditions likely to cause high levels of exhaust pollution over large areas of the city. Therefore the City of Oslo will for the first time ever implement a ban on diesel vehicles on municipal roads. On Tuesday, the ban will be in effect from 6am to 10pm. It will remain in effect during those same hours for as long as air pollution levels are...
  • Ebola's long-term effects revealed

    01/16/2017 1:52:57 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 14 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 1/13/17 | N/A
    People who survive Ebola may still battle debilitating health problems a year after being declared infection-free, according to an ongoing trial in Guinea which highlighted the need for patient followup. Three-quarters of survivors had post-Ebola symptoms when they enrolled for the trial about a year, on average, after they were discharged from hospital, researchers reported Saturday. Eighteen percent experienced eye problems, including eight individuals who went blind, a team wrote in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.br> Two percent—19 people—were deaf. This is the largest and longest-running assessment of Ebola survivors to date. Nearly one in four participants, the study said, suffered...
  • Driving from Amarillo to Austin, Texas (vanity)

    01/14/2017 5:30:34 PM PST · by vis a vis · 113 replies
    14 Jan 2017 | vis a me
    Driving this route soon. Have never been this way before. Little concerned because of the recent ice storms in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Any helpful hints? Best route? Any fun sights or good eats along the way?
  • Powder falling inside SJ-bound plane triggers haz-mat response

    01/13/2017 5:04:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Updated 10:59 pm, Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Michael Bodley
    Two flight attendants on Flight 322, which departed Seattle just before 5 p.m., reported feeling ill after the powder intermittently sprinkled down from an air vent in the galley at the front of the plane, said the spokeswoman, Ann Zaninovich. One was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, she said, adding that no passengers reported any symptoms and the plane’s pilots were not affected. A preliminary investigation into the plane, which landed just before 7 p.m., revealed that the substance was probably residue from the aircraft’s de-icing system, which isn’t toxic, she said. Emergency crews — including the San...
  • Rail passengers complain to SBB over burqa posters [Switzerland]

    01/13/2017 11:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 12 January 2017 10:45 CET+01:00
    Members of the public are calling on Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) to remove controversial posters from its railway stations just days after right-wing campaigners launched their provocative publicity campaign. The poster, unveiled in railway stations on Monday, shows a woman wearing a burqa with the strapline “Uncontrolled naturalization? No to facilitated naturalization”. It was commissioned by a committee co-led by Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Andreas Glarner to oppose the forthcoming referendum on facilitated naturalization for third generation immigrants, which goes to the polls on February 12th. Opponents of the bill — which would make it easier for third generation...
  • Germany urges EU to grill Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

    01/13/2017 9:40:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 8:29 AM EST
    Germany wants the European Union’s executive branch to question Italy over software that regulates emissions in Fiat Chrysler diesel cars. A Transport Ministry spokeswoman says German authorities believe the software constitutes an unauthorized “defeat device.” […] Transport Ministry spokeswoman Svenja Friedrich noted that Fiat Chrysler had refused to meet German authorities, and Italy had canceled a “mediation” meeting with the European Commission scheduled for the end of the month. …
  • Former Senator Al D’Amato Escorted Off JetBlue Flight

    01/10/2017 4:48:18 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 1/10/2016
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former New York U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato was escorted off a JetBlue flight Monday night. As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, D’Amato – a Republican – had a reputation in the U.S. Senate as something of a rabble-rouser. At age 79, that penchant speaking his mind seems to have earned him the heave-ho from the plane in Fort Lauderdale that was set to fly to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The incident took place around 8 p.m. Monday night. It began after passengers on flight 1002 to New York were delayed for seven hours in...
  • Amazon Echo's Attempt to Pronounce Wales' Longest Place Name Is Hilariously Bad

    01/09/2017 9:18:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    It's supposed to answer any question posed to it, making life easier for owners of the device. But the Amazon Echo has been caught out trying to pronounce the 58 letters of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The Echo and its virtual assistant called Alexa, was a popular Christmas gift this year Alexa performs tasks at the vocal request of her owner – including internet shopping. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home...
  • Maine Police Department Uses Classic Rock Song In Winter Safety Message

    01/09/2017 7:24:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Police in Bangor, Maine, are making use of a 1970s progressive rock hit by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band to encourage people to clear the snow off their cars before driving. Sgt. Tim Cotton posted on Facebook on Tuesday that the group’s song “Blinded By The Light” can serve as a reminder of how dangerous it is to drive with vision obscured by snow.
  • Iconic Sequoia 'Tunnel Tree' Brought Down By California Storm

    01/09/2017 12:19:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | January 9, 2017
    A powerful winter storm in California has brought down an ancient tree, carved into a living tunnel more than a century ago. The "Pioneer Cabin Tree," a sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, saw horses and cars pass through it over the years. More recently, only hikers were allowed to walk through the massive tree. Over the weekend, a powerful winter storm slammed into California and Nevada, prompting flooding and mudslides in some regions. The Associated Press reports it might be the biggest storm to hit the region in more than a decade. On Sunday, a volunteer at the...
  • Drone smashes into Boeing passenger plane during landing

    01/08/2017 8:19:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 7 Jan, 2017 14:23
    A drone smashed into a Boeing plane with 80 passengers and 6 crew on board, causing substantial damage to the aircraft as it prepared to land at an airport in Mozambique. The Boeing 737-700 belonging to airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) was operating a domestic flight when it was struck as it approached Tete airport, according to the Aviation Herald. The crew heard a loud bang but continued their approach, suspecting a bird had struck the plane. However, later examination revealed the damage was more substantial than initially thought and caused by an apparent drone collision. Photos shared online...
  • Father Flies Across the World to See Daughter, Injured in Fatal DUI Accident

    01/06/2017 10:36:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | JANUARY 6, 2017 | LORNE FULTONBERG
    The father of a foreign exchange student, badly injured in a New Year's Eve crash, has flown across the world to see his daughter in the hospital. With an emergency visa in hand, the local community helped Dung Tranh Huong travel. His daughter, Nhu, was riding in a car with Mandy Starkey-Carson, when a drunk driver hit them at more than 100 miles an hour. Starkey-Carson did not survive, though her two daughters did. Friday, Starkey-Carson's husband, Cory, and a few friends gathered at the airport to welcome Huong. "I think Cory just feels like this happened here in our...
  • Interstate 15 reopens near Nevada state line after motorist allegedly fires at officers

    01/06/2017 3:59:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    l a times ^ | 01/07/2017 | Veronica Rocha
    Interstate 15 near the Clifornia-Nevada border was reopened in both directions Friday afternoon after being closed for several hours during a standoff with a motorist who allegedly fired at officers and then disappeared. The major travel route between Southern California and Las Vegas was closed for nearly 11 hours as authorities searched for the suspected gunman, who had led California Highway Patrol officers on a brief chase being getting stuck. The pursuit began at 2:18 a.m. when a CHP officer tried to stop a motorist driving at excessive speeds north of Baker, said Officer Adam Carmichall, CHP spokesman in Barstow....
  • Help with Headlights on 1998 Ford Explorer

    01/06/2017 3:26:52 PM PST · by TheRobb7 · 22 replies
    Http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | 01-06-2017 | TheRobb7
    I have a 1998 Ford Explorer that has a timer for the headlights. Apparently it's messed up because the headlights stay on WAAAAAY longer than they should. I know it's a safety/convenience feature, but it's draining the battery...even a brand new one I put on a month ago. Is there a way to disable the "timer" so that the headlights shut off when the motor does? Thanks in advance for your help.
  • Vanity - anybody got any contacts in Greece?

    01/06/2017 7:41:11 AM PST · by jagusafr · 12 replies
    vanity | today | jagusafr
    Weird question, I know, but Freepers seem to have more contacts than anybody else. My Greek and Egyptian assets are pretty thin and I need info. jagusafr
  • 20 Feet of Snow Expected at Mammoth Mountain in Next 10 Days

    01/04/2017 10:03:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/04/2017
    Since Tuesday, 26 to 48 inches of fresh snow had fallen, with the deepest totals at the summit. Plows were working furiously to keep lots and streets clear. Normal resort operations could be affected as personnel struggle to deal with the snow.
  • Tower of Terror is now closed forever at Disneyland, and people have a lot of feelings about it

    01/04/2017 9:02:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hello Giggles ^ | January 3, 2017 | Rachel Paige
    Yesterday, Disneyland lost an icon: Tower of Terror closed, forever, at California Adventure. This should come as a surprise to no one, because we’ve known about this for quite a few months. At Comic-Con this past year, it was announced that bellhops are out, Star-Lord is in, and the thrill ride will undergo a complete Guardians of the Galaxy makeover. While the up and down mechanics of the ride will stay exactly the same, the theming around the ride will change. No more Twilight Zone. Way more Rocket Raccoon.
  • LIRR Train Derails in Brooklyn; 103 People Hurt

    01/04/2017 7:39:10 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 5 replies
    NBC4 New York City ^ | January 4 | Andrew Siff and Marc Santia
    The train derailed at the busy Atlantic Terminal at rush hour; all of the injuries were considered minor A Long Island Rail Road train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn at the height of Wednesday's morning rush, injuring more than 100 people and riddling the track area with shattered glass and debris.
  • Baggage handler gets trapped in plane's cargo hold on flight from Charlotte to Dulles

    01/03/2017 5:30:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    fox5dc.com ^ | 01/02/2017 | Tisha Lewis
    A baggage handler was found in the cargo hold of a United Airlines plane after he was accidentally locked inside during an entire flight from North Carolina to the D.C. region. The scare happened Sunday on United Express flight 6060 that flew from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dulles International Airport on New Year’s Day. United Airlines said in a statement: "United Express flight 6060 operated by Mesa Airlines from Charlotte Douglas to Washington-Dulles (IAD) landed safely at IAD yesterday. Once at the gate, an employee of the airline's ground handling vendor was found unharmed in the aircraft's cargo hold....
  • New Documentary Provides Evidence Corporate Greed, Not Act of God, Sunk Titanic

    01/01/2017 4:47:58 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 62 replies
    Sputniknews ^ | 02.01.2017 | Staff
    [snip] Molony, who has been studying the Titanic for 30 years, examined rarely seen photographs taken by Titanic's chief electrical engineer before it left the shipyard to identify black marks left by the fire on the front right-hand side of the ship's hull. The photos came to light in a recent private auction, The Sun reports. They show 30-foot long black streaks — just where the iceberg would later strike. "We appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast," Molony said. He notes that there is a "myth" of...
  • LAX had a nightmarish holiday season of delays and gridlock. It's likely a preview [tr]

    12/30/2016 4:36:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 29, 2016 | Dan Weikel and Adam Elmahrek
    It was Christmastime at Los Angeles International Airport. Security lines were long, passengers crowded the terminals and restaurants ran short of food. Airlines delayed and canceled several hundred departures and arrivals because of bad weather. At the gates, travelers booed and cheered announcements about flight schedules, depending on the news. Some people slept on the floor. Outside, traffic was so heavy it often took an hour or more to drive the two miles between the 405 Freeway and the terminals.
  • Russia says malfunction, not bomb, probably caused deadly crash of military jet

    12/29/2016 3:43:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washoington Post ^ | 12/29/2016
    The three-engine Tu-154, flying to Syria from the southern Russian city of Sochi, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 92 aboard. Why it went down remains a mystery, although Russian officials are leaning toward accidental causes, such as mechanical problems or pilot error, rather than an act of sabotage. ... Bainetov also said that an analysis of the pilots’ remarks before the crash indicated an “emergency situation” on board, but he did not elaborate. Earlier, the Russian tabloid Life, which is close to the security services and regularly obtains surveillance camera footage after accidents, said the captain yelled “the flaps!”...
  • I Got Zika And I will Never Be The Same (It's Worth It!)

    12/27/2016 4:14:23 PM PST · by Hostage · 84 replies
    AFAR Travel Guide ^ | December 19, 2016 | BRIANNA RICE
    What contracting Zika taught one traveler about traveling fearlessly I remember looking down at my polka-dotted legs as I lay by the pool of a small hostel in El Tunco, El Salvador. As I fought the urge to scratch, I counted the number of mosquito bites. Thirty-seven. I had thirty-seven bites on my legs, not to mention a few on my arms and the one driving me crazy on my back. I shrugged, sprayed my legs with more 99.9 percent DEET spray, and continued basking in the sun. A week after I tallied up my bites, on the last day...
  • Swede smashes world record for South Pole ski trip

    12/25/2016 12:04:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | 25 December 2016 | Oliver Gee
    A Swedish woman has skied to the South Pole 10 hours quicker than any other woman has ever done. "What a journey, it feels amazing to be here," Johanna Davidsson tells The Local from the middle of Antarctica. The 33-year-old nurse arrived at the South Pole on skis from Hercules Inlet after 38 days and 23 hours - in other words, ten hours faster than the previous female record holder did it. The journey, which was over 1,000 kilometres, finished on Christmas Eve. "There have really been some ups and downs in this journey, but I was so glad to...
  • Commercial Air Navigation

    12/23/2016 12:50:57 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 51 replies
    In a few days were flying to Rio. Down there. It'll take about 12 hours from Atlanta. And then I got to wunderin'. When flying east to west or vice versa the destination kinda always stays somewhat ahead of you. Flying west bound might be a bit quicker for a given distance because the destination is rotating towards you. Not too big a deal. Now flying for 12 hours in a southern direction the earth can rotate 180 degrees. Rio will have moved 180 degrees to the east. So here is the question,,,,,,,,,,,,,Does the navigator/flight computer immediately direct the plane...
  • I like to wait in airports

    12/23/2016 9:20:37 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 108 replies
    Nobody allows extra time anymore. Everybody gets all stressed out for no good reason. Especially around the Christmas season. I like to wait at airports and delays don't bother me. In fact, I try to arrive at the airport around four hours ahead of my flight time so that I have a "built-in" delay even if everything else about my flight happens on time. In fact, I get disappointed when I am "late" for my early arrival. If for some reason, for example if my business meeting runs long, and I only show up two and a half hours before...
  • Airlines to pay fine if planes drop human waste during flight

    12/22/2016 11:39:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 12/21/2016
    will be penalised if they empty toilet tanks during flight, the green panel ordered on Tuesday. National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the country’s aviation regulator - Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) - to issue instructions to all airlines, whose planes are involved, to pay Rs 50,000 as environmental compensation. The NGT bench chaired by Swatanter Kumar passed a slew of directions to be followed by airlines while hearing a plea of a retired army officer, who claimed the terrace of his house in south Delhi’s Vasant Enclave is being repeatedly spattered with excreta falling from aeroplanes. “DGCA shall also...
  • Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face prison, says UN boss

    12/21/2016 9:02:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Dec 20, 2016 (updated: 1:51) | James Crisp
    Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face tough punishments, including prison sentences, for cheating air pollution rules, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme said today (20 December). Erik Solheim told reporters in Brussels, “Deliberate cheating needs punishment”. “You need to come down hard economically on companies,” Solheim said, adding there needs to be a “personal” consequence for such scams. Asked if that should include custodial sentences, Solheim said, “We need to speak up for those companies that do well and shame those who do not perform and, in the very worst cases, sentence or punish.” …
  • Jumbo Jet’s Low Turn On Wrong Course Startles Neighborhood

    12/20/2016 5:35:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/19/2016
    he EVA Airways Boeing 777 bound for Taipei, Taiwan, flew north instead of south after departing from LAX early Friday morning, according to the FAA’s Ian Gregor. “At the time, aircraft were departing from LAX to the east,” Gregor said, adding that the EVA flight departed from the airport’s south runway complex. The 777’s flight crew switched from the LAX control tower to the approach control in San Diego right after takeoff, Gregor said. “The air-traffic controller at the approach control who was handling EVA instructed the pilot to make a left turn to a 180-degree heading,” Gregor said. “She...
  • NYC Artist that MUST Be Supported!

    12/20/2016 6:49:53 AM PST · by freddy005 · 15 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/20/16 | Scott Lobaido
    Trump-backing artist blacklisted from art show puts on his own f—ing event December 20, 2016 Scott LoBaido is an outspoken artist from Staten Island and the star of our series "Diary of a Mad White Patriot." In this installment, Scott wages war over a decision to not feature his art at an event for political reasons, and stages a yuge, super-sexy, hyper-patriotic art show of his own.
  • Experts suspect MH370 wreckage farther north, not in search zone

    12/19/2016 6:34:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The report added that “debris drift modeling results present strong evidence that the aircraft is most likely to be located to the north of the current indicative underwater search area”. It identified an area of approximately 25,000 sq. km “with the highest probability of containing the wreckage of the aircraft. The report went on: “The experts concluded that, if this area were to be searched, prospective areas for locating the aircraft wreckage, based on all the analysis to date, would be exhausted.” The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China, where most of the passengers were from, have previously agreed to...
  • Pakistan airline mocked for goat sacrifice

    12/19/2016 12:57:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | December 19, 2016 | Staff
    Pakistan's embattled national carrier has been widely mocked for sacrificing a goat next to a plane to ward off bad luck, weeks after one of the country's worst air disasters. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) turboprop plane built by European manufacturer ATR plummeted into a mountain in a northern region on December 7, bursting into flames and killing all 47 people on board. The animal slaughter, which took place on Sunday at Islamabad airport and
  • Witnesses recall car crash that destroyed Augusta's 'Haunted Pillar'

    12/19/2016 5:18:06 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    WRDW.com ^ | 12-18-2016 | Ben Billmyer
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta's famous Haunted Pillar on the corner of Broad Street and Fifth Street has a legend for being cursed. But the site is much less eerie after a car crash brings the 10-foot tower crumbling down Sunday morning. The popular tourist attraction, known for its urban legend and long history near Downtown Augusta, is actually being credited for possibly saving a life. "It didn't really kick in until I talked to the officer," says an awestruck Cory Tyler. "After that, I realized it was the Haunted Pillar." A haunting piece of Augusta history is not looking...
  • In Aleppo’s war-ravaged Old City, visitors pose with selfie sticks

    12/18/2016 1:24:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    WaPo ^ | Adam Taylor
    After years of fighting in Aleppo, much of Syria's largest city has been destroyed. Entire neighborhoods in the rebel-held east have been reduced to rubble by government airstrikes, with civilians forced to survive with limited food and medical supplies. Now, as the battle for the city reaches its final stages, visitors are returning to the historical sites at the city's center — and taking selfies amid the ruins. ... Until recently, the government had classified the Old City a military zone, with only troops, passing journalists and a handful of civilians allowed in. In early December, government forces were able...
  • WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY – December 17

    12/17/2016 9:27:36 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies
    Wright Brothers Day is an annual United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code and Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers were American brothers, inventors and aviation pioneers. Orville Wright ( August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948 ) Wilbur Wright ( April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912 ) The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C....
  • Bizarre 'Mad Max' Car Seen Driving on Thailand Road

    12/16/2016 6:39:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 16, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    A driver on a road in Pattaya, Thailand, recorded video of a bizarre modified car he compared to the post-apocalyptic vehicles from Mad Max. The video, recorded Monday, shows the ornate convertible with its top down on a road in Pattaya. The car is covered in strange decorations, and the driver eventually turns on some blinking lights. The driver appears amused to be filmed, but a female passenger appears embarrassed and ducks out of sight. "I recorded this car on the motorway on the way to Pattaya. I couldn't quite believe it at first," the uploader wrote. "It was covered...
  • Venezuelans fight to protect their savings as government pulls bills from circulation

    12/14/2016 9:30:43 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 32 replies
    fusion.net ^ | 12/13/2016
    CARACAS— Venezuelans are rushing to the banks this week in a desperate attempt to protect their savings from the government’s latest spasm of reckless financial policymaking. On Tuesday morning thousands of people across Venezuela played hooky from work to line-up outside banks and deposit bundles of cash into their savings accounts after the government gave everyone a 72-hour countdown to turn in all their 100 bolivar notes before they’re removed from circulation. “I’ve been saving for so long, withdrawing money every week and for what? Nothing!” complained José Orozco, who was holding a backpack full of money as he stood...
  • Atheist who fought Illinois laws dies in small plane crash

    12/12/2016 11:40:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2016 11:14 PM EST
    An Illinois man who was one of the better-known atheists in the country and an activist for keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday. The McHenry County coroner said an autopsy Monday revealed that Robert I. Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died from multiple crash injuries. Authorities said Sherman was piloting a small plane that crashed into a cornfield either Friday night or Saturday morning. The crash is under investigation. Sherman was an outspoken atheist and critic of using state money for religious purposes and having religious displays in public spaces....
  • Airbus in Iran to finalize plane deal – official

    12/12/2016 6:04:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AFP via Times of Israel ^ | December 12, 2016, 3:47 pm
    Airbus delegates have arrived in Tehran for talks aimed at finalizing a deal to sell around 100 planes, an Iranian official said Monday. The representatives of the European aerospace giant arrived on Sunday just hours after national carrier Iran Air concluded a $16.6 billion deal with US firm Boeing to buy 80 planes. […] Meanwhile, some conservatives in Iran reacted angrily to news of the deal with Boeing, which comes at a time when lawmakers in Washington have recently voted for renewed sanctions on the country. …
  • Fight Breaks Out at Opening of MGM National Harbor [New DC Casino]

    12/09/2016 1:12:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    WPGC ^ | December 9, 2016 | Staff
    MGM National Harbor will bring many jobs to Maryland and should give the D.C.-area economy a boost. However, not everyone was in the holiday spirit at Thursday night’s grand opening — a fight broke out during the Vegas-style extravaganza.
  • Six people killed in bomb blast near the pyramids - Islamists strike along road [tr]

    12/09/2016 1:01:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 9, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    Islamists have killed six people in a bomb blast on a road used to transport tourists to the pyramids in Egypt. The explosion rocked a checkpoint near a mosque in the western Talibiya neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital Cairo shortly before Muslim Friday prayers this morning. All of the victims were police officers either in or near their car while four civilians were hurt when the device went off near a bin. 
  • MGM gets state clearance to open its National Harbor casino Thursday night

    12/08/2016 3:55:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2016 | Luz Lazo
    MGM is ready to open in Prince George’s County, Maryland gaming officials said Wednesday. Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency issued an operating license Wednesday to the gaming giant, clearing the way for it to open to the public Thursday night.
  • New Sriracha-Inspired Lexus Comes With a Trunk Full of Hot Sauce

    12/07/2016 4:30:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Eater ^ | Nov 16, 2016 | Virginia Chamlee
    There’s even sauce in the steering wheelSriracha, the spicy, bright red Thai sauce — which has been the star of EDM festivals and appears in so many dishes some people are sick of it — is now drivable. Lexus has unveiled its latest custom car: a 2017 Lexus Sriracha IS. And it even has sriracha in the paint. The auto-maker partnered with Huy Fong Foods on the car, which will be on display at The Los Angeles Auto Show from November 18 through 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sad news: The car is not currently for sale. This...
  • Report: Advisers Working On Mid-January ‘Farewell Tour’ for Obama

    12/07/2016 9:21:30 AM PST · by PROCON · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | IAN HANCHETT
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” Fox News Chief National Correspondent reported, “I’m hearing this morning that, quietly behind the scenes, advisers to President Obama are working on sort of a farewell tour in mid-January.” Henry said, “I’m hearing this morning that, quietly behind the scenes, advisers to President Obama are working on sort of a farewell tour in mid-January. I’m told there’s at least three cities, that President Obama will be giving major speeches in arenas. one of them is Chicago, his sort of adopted hometown. they’re looking at the United Center there, where the Chicago Bulls play.”
  • Eliminating TSA Pre✓ Program Fee For Frequent Fliers Could Save Millions of Dollars: Study

    12/06/2016 6:46:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    The Gate ^ | 12/6/2016 | Brian Cohen
    According to a recent study, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argue that the Transportation Security Administration could potentially save millions of dollars — while simultaneously reducing longer lines — by providing free access to its TSA Pre✓ program to frequent travelers and decrease costs used for manpower and equipment for screening passengers at airport security checkpoints. The lead author of the study is Sheldon Jacobson, whose research on screening based on the security profiles of passengers helped lead to the creation of the TSA Pre✓ program, which was originally reserved for qualified frequent travelers but became available...
  • Seismically active Katmandu region in store for larger earthquake

    12/06/2016 12:23:49 AM PST · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 12/05/2016 | Steve Wesnousky of the University of Nevada
    An earthquake much more powerful and damaging than last year's 7.8 magnitude quake could rock Katmandu and the Himalayan Frontal Fault, an international team of seismic experts has concluded. The unsettling news comes after field research and analysis in the year following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, which killed 9,000 people and destroyed 600,000 structures throughout the region. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-seismically-katmandu-region-larger-earthquake.html#jCp "We conducted a number of paleoearthquake studies in the vicinity of Katmandu in the past year, digging trenches and studying soils and faultlines looking back over the past 2,000 years," Wesnousky said. "Coupled with the historical record, it's apparent...
  • Slow Mo Pile Up on Montreal's Snowy Streets

    12/05/2016 2:36:57 PM PST · by fella · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5 Dec 2016
    Slow Mo Pile Up on Montreal's Snowy Streets
  • Woman Gives Birth on Florida-Bound Southwest Airlines Airplane

    12/05/2016 12:04:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a baby was born in the middle of the flight. Airline spokeswoman Melissa Ford tells local news outlets that Flight 556 was on its way from Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, on Sunday when a woman went into labor.
  • Private plan to send Moon rover to Apollo 17 site

    12/04/2016 12:54:57 AM PST · by moose07 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 November 2016 | BBC
    A proposed private space mission is planning to visit Apollo 17's landing site on the Moon. A German team wants to land a pair of rovers on the lunar surface to inspect the buggy left behind in 1972 on the last crewed mission to the Moon. The group, called PT Scientists, is one of 16 teams vying for the $30m Google Lunar X-Prize. It has signed a deal with launch broker Spaceflight Inc. to secure a ride on a commercial launcher. The XPrize will award the first privately funded teams to land a robot on the Moon that travels more...
  • Madrid vows to ban diesel-fueled cars by 2025

    12/03/2016 9:29:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 2 December 2016 13:49 CET+01:00
    Madrid mayor, Manuela Carmena, signed a commitment to rid the pollution-stricken city of diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. She joined the mayors of Paris, Athens and Mexico City in signing the deal to improve air quality at the biennial meeting of city leaders in Mexico on Thursday. She also vowed to continue in a drive for alternative vehicle use and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city. …