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  • Eastern Kentucky police chief suspended following DUI arrest

    ELKHORN CITY, Ky. –  Elkhorn City police chief has been suspended after being accused of driving drunk at the time of a crash in Pike County. Multiple news outlets report Police Chief Crystal Davis is facing a DUI charge following her arrest Sunday night. She was not on duty at the time of the single-vehicle crash. Kentucky State Police troopers say in an arrest report that they noticed Davis smelled of alcohol. They say Davis admitted to drinking four to five drinks before the crash. The 32-year-old pleaded not guilty on Monday. Davis has been the Elkhorn City Police Chief for about six months, and has been a police officer for nearly 14 years. Mayor Mike Taylor says Davis has been suspended without pay. It isn’t immediately clear if she has an attorney.

    June 28, 2016 9:45 am


  • Supreme Court decision affects other state abortion laws

    Bethany Van Kampen, left, hugs Alejandra Pablus as they celebrate during a rally at the Supreme Court after the court struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states. Many anti-abortion leaders were openly disappointed, bracing for the demise of restrictions that they had worked vigorously to enact over the past few years. The Supreme Court has decided “the abortion industry will continue to reign unchecked as mothers are subjected to subpar conditions,” said Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life. On the other side of the debate, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards hailed the ruling as “an enormous victory for women,” and joined her abortion-rights allies in vowing to quickly seek gains beyond Texas. “Far too many women still face insurmountable barriers, …

    June 28, 2016 7:03 am


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am

World News

  • Lebanon arrests 103 in Syrian refugee camp after suspected Islamic State attack

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 28 (UPI) — Lebanon’s army has conducted raids on Syrian refugee camps, detaining 103 people for entering the country illegally, following suicide bombings targeting a predominantly Christian border village. The raids occurred at makeshift camps in Lebanon’s Baalbek region. On Monday, a suspected Islamic State attack targeting the village of Qaa in northeastern Lebanon killed at least five people and injured nearly 30 others. At least eight suicide bombers carried out the attack. One attack occurred late Monday when people were gathering at a church for the funerals of some who were killed earlier in the day. Four assailants opened fire and detonated suicide vests, injuring 13 people. The Lebanese government has urged people not to gather. Hezbollah, the militant Shiite Islamist movement, said it would postpone a religious event in Beirut scheduled for Tuesday. Those detained were arrested for not having legal papers. Nine motorcycles were confiscated, as several bombers arrived …

    June 28, 2016 9:45 am


  • Google says machine learning is the future. So I tried it myself

    The world is quietly being reshaped by machine learning. We no longer need to teach computers how to perform complex tasks like image recognition or text translation: instead, we build systems that let them learn how to do it themselves. “It’s not magic,” says Greg Corrado, a senior research scientist at Google. “It’s just a tool. But it’s a really important tool.” The most powerful form of machine learning being used today, called “deep learning”, builds a complex mathematical structure called a neural network based on vast quantities of data. Designed to be analogous to how a human brain works, neural networks themselves were first described in the 1930s. But it’s only in the last three or four years that computers have become powerful enough to use them effectively. Corrado says he thinks it is as big a change for tech as the internet was. “Before internet technologies, if you worked in computer science, networking …

    June 28, 2016 3:22 am


  • How the spleen filters blood

    Related images(click to enlarge) Red blood cells must be small and flexible enough to squeeze through the tiniest capillaries of the body, where they deliver oxygen to surrounding cells. In the late 1960s, scientists proposed that the minute dimensions of these capillaries, which are less than 4 micrometers in diameter, are responsible for defining the size and shape of red blood cells. However, a new study led by MIT researchers reveals that these blood cell traits are actually determined by the smallest opening in the spleen. This narrow passage, known as the interendothelial slit, imposes a more stringent “physical fitness test” that all blood cells must pass before continuing to circulate through the body. “We have presented results showing that the spleen is the main organ that defines the shape of the circulating red blood cells,” says Ming Dao, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The findings could help …

    June 28, 2016 6:23 am


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Kevin Jonas, wife Danielle reveal baby No. 2 is a girl

    LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) — Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle are having another baby girl. The 28-year-old singer and his wife revealed they’re expecting a second daughter in an Instagram post Monday. The couple are already parents to 2-year-old daughter Alena Rose. Jonas shared a collage of Alena holding a pink “Baby Girl” balloon, writing, “We’re having a GIRL!” The singer previously told Nigel Barker’s Gentleman’s Code he was hoping for another daughter. “I’ve actually always wanted two girls,” he told Barker before qualifying, “I just want a healthy baby, just to clarify. I just want healthy children.” “I’ve always wanted two kids that were both girls and my wife was like, ‘Why?’ I’m like, ‘Because I’ve been around boys so much my entire life that I want to be surrounded by girls,’” the star explained. Jonas is the eldest of four brothers and performed with two of his siblings, Joe and Nick Jonas, …

    June 28, 2016 9:44 am


  • Brexit’s biggest lesson

    Maybe it was those college courses on the history of Europe that soured me on the idea of a united continent. How could a conglomeration of nation states noted for invading each other, pillaging and warring against each other form a union? How could a continent with different languages, cultures and money become a united states of Europe modeled after the USA? Unity is not union. As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher observed: “European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy.” The euro, which I also mocked at the time it was introduced on January 1, 1999, replaced the French franc (the Swiss wisely kept their franc), the German mark, the Dutch guilder and most other circulating currencies. Thatcher again: “The European single currency is bound to fail, economically, politically and indeed socially…” How prescient she was. A majority of British voters literally want their country back. That …

    June 28, 2016 10:04 am

Odd News

  • Defiant giraffe refuses to enter nighttime enclosure at London Zoo

    LONDON, June 27 (UPI) — A defiant giraffe at the London zoo refused to enter its nighttime enclosure at the behest of a keeper, earning a round of applause when it finally surrendered. A video filmed Friday evening at the London Zoo shows a keeper putting the giraffes into their nighttime enclosures at 9 p.m., but one defiant giraffe refuses the keeper’s commands. “For about five minutes before I started filming, the giraffe kept ignoring the keeper when he tried to get him to go back into his enclosure,” the filmer wrote online.  “At one one point he even seemed to tease the keeper by pretending to go back in, then refusing to and walking in circles again,” the filmer said. “Eventually, though, he realized the battle was lost and plodded back inside.” The giraffe earns a round of applause from onlookers when it finally walks into the enclosure.

    June 28, 2016 6:43 am