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  • Missing pilot’s husband says he doesn’t believe she survived Los Angeles plane crash

    LOS ANGELES –  The husband of a pilot who was involved in a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles says he believes she did not survive the accident. Richard Falstrom told The Associated Press on Saturday that his wife, Mary Falstrom, told him the nice weather beckoned her to go fly. He said she never came home and that he’s certain her small-engine plane went down. “She loved flying. It was a passion,” he said, adding that she has decades of piloting experience. His comments came hours after the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the active search for three missing people and instead turned to hunting bodies and wreckage. Two men, ages 61 and 81, were aboard a plane that was seen on radar colliding with another aircraft flown by a 72-year-old woman around 3:30 p.m. Friday, officials said. The first plane was a …

    February 7, 2016 6:28 am


  • Rubio, Christie and Kasich get more debate traction on social media

    NEW YORK Donald Trump lost his social media dominance for the first time during the Republican presidential debates as the candidates made their eighth showing Saturday night in New Hampshire. Instead, many on Twitter took to mocking contender Senator Marco Rubio, who came under heavy attack on Saturday from rivals. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also saw a big bump in his share of the social conversation. By the end of the night, Trump, who has the most followers, still received the largest share of mentions on Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), with 33 percent compared to Rubio’s 20 percent. Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, came in third, with 15 percent. But Twitter said an hour into the debate that Rubio was the most tweeted about candidate on the social media platform, marking the first time a candidate other than Trump came out on top within that time frame. Overall, Rubio received 10 more mentions …

    February 7, 2016 4:27 am


  • MSNBC’s Democratic debate is lowest rated of the season

    MSNBC’s feisty debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton received high marks from political observers, but not high ratings from ordinary viewers. With 4.5 million viewers, it was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to Nielsen data. The prior low was 7.8 million viewers for ABC’s Democratic debate on the Saturday night before Christmas. MSNBC’s debate was a late addition to the lineup, originally announced just over a week ago and not officially sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee until this week. But the channel heavily promoted the debate on Wednesday and Thursday. The ratings results may suggest some measure of debate fatigue among viewers. MSNBC may have also faced structural disadvantages because it is generally lower-rated than Fox News or CNN. Related: Clinton accuses Sanders of ‘artful smear’ On the other hand, the 9 p.m. hour when the debate started is usually MSNBC’s highest-rated hour, with about one million …

    February 7, 2016 4:48 am


  • Wales have areas to work on

    Rachel Taylor was re-appointed Wales captain before the 2016 Women’s Six Nations Wales captain Rachel Taylor was left bemoaning her side’s inability to keep possession after losing to Ireland in their opening game of the Women’s Six Nations. Holders Ireland secured a comfortable 21-3 win at Donnybrook. “It felt like a long time defending, we weren’t able to keep a lot of ball and go through the phases,” Taylor said. “After a couple of phases we’d get turned over and that’ll probably be our biggest area to work on this week.” Centre Sene Naoupu and lock Sophie Spence crossed for Ireland in the second quarter. Two more penalties from home captain Niamh Briggs, who scored 11 points, were the only second-half scores. Wales defended bravely for long periods, but could not add to Robyn Wilkins’ opening penalty. Defeat at Donnybrook came after Wales had beaten Ireland 15-5 in a friendly at Ystrad Mynach in January. …

    February 7, 2016 6:28 am

World News

  • The snipers trained to protect rhinos

    In Kenya’s Borana nature reserve, drastic new measures are being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from poachers who kill the animals for their horns, writes Chris Haslam. You never expect Africa to be cold, but up here on Kenya’s Laikipia plateau, it’s freezing. Thick cloud hides the spires of Mount Kenya and as darkness falls, the temperature plummets. I’m lying in wet grass with three heavily armed Kenyans. One hundred metres ahead stand three white rhinos. They’re oblivious to our presence, and from here, with three shots, my companions could earn themselves a year’s salary each. But they won’t. They’re part of an SAS-trained private army raised to protect the species from poachers. I ask the sergeant what he would do if he spotted one of his friends or neighbours up to no good. His reply is unequivocal. “If he comes to kill rhinos he is robbing the entire community. And I will shoot him …

    February 7, 2016 6:28 am


  • Who will speak for Brittin? Not MPs on the warpath over Google

    Here’s Matt Brittin, Google’s boss in northern Europe, speaking in 2012: “Google set up in London 11 years ago now and it was a natural choice. It is such a cosmopolitan international city and there is a huge array of talent you can access – and that’s the most important thing for Google when building its teams outside the US. “Also, the UK is the No 1 internet economy in the world. We spend more money buying things online in this country than anywhere else on a per head basis. So actually it has been a great place for us. We’ve been so successful in the UK that we want to try to give something back.” You can still watch that clip on YouTube and the sentiments might be worth comparing with what Brittin ends up telling the parliamentary accounts committee this week, when he’ll have another go at explaining Google’s tax affairs to MPs. …

    February 7, 2016 4:47 am


  • Man-made underwater sound may have wider ecosystem effects than previously thought

    Related images(click to enlarge) Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research from the University of Southampton. The study, reported in the journal Scientific Reports published by Nature, found that exposure to sounds that resemble shipping traffic and offshore construction activities results in behavioural responses in certain invertebrate species that live in the marine sediment. These species make a crucial contribution to the seabed ecosystem as their burrowing and bioirrigation activities (how much the organism moves water in and out of the sediment by its actions) are crucial in nutrient recycling and carbon storage. The study showed that some man-made sounds can cause certain species to reduce irrigation and sediment turnover. Such reductions can lead to the formation of compacted sediments that suffer reduced oxygen, potentially becoming anoxic (depleted of dissolved oxygen and a more severe condition of …

    February 7, 2016 3:27 am


  • Wildfires May Boost Ozone Levels in Cities: Study

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Wildfire smoke may boost levels of dangerous ozone air pollution, researchers report. Colorado State University scientists analyzed data collected over nearly 10 years at hundreds of air monitoring sites across the United States. They found that ozone levels were higher on days when there was wildfire smoke in the air than on days without the smoke. This association was particularly evident in certain areas, including the Northeast corridor, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Birmingham and Kansas City, according to the study published recently in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. This is “not what you’d expect,” because most wildfires don’t occur near cities, study co-author Emily Fischer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, noted in a university news release. However, the study data showed that as wildfire smoke plumes travel, higher levels of ozone are more likely to occur in cities than in rural areas. That suggests that wildfire smoke …

    February 7, 2016 4:07 am


  • Sheree Whitfield And NeNe Leakes: Did They Really Make Peace?

    Sheree Whitfield decided to return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta after spending a few years out of the spotlight. Sheree was one of the original housewives and she did film a few seasons before deciding to focus on her life and her family. But this year, Sheree decided that it was time to return and fans were shocked to see her back. And according to a new report, Sheree Whitfield was shocked to see NeNe Leakes in Jamaica. “#JAWDROPPING! LOL! I didn’t know what to think honestly. I hadn’t spoken to NeNe in over four years, so I wasn’t sure how things were going to play out,” Sheree reveals to Bravo after seeing NeNe Leakes walk into the dinner in Jamaica. Of course, Cynthia had invited her to the dinner, but she hadn’t told her co-stars. Yas! #this what I’m talkn abt.TUH #reunited an it feel so good @IamSheree @KenyaMoore @CynthiaBailey10 @NeNeLeakes pic.twitter.com/PgrL2MGReY — …

    February 7, 2016 5:07 am


  • Stossel: Why Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton are 2016’s likely nominees

    Donald Trump is way ahead in the polls for the Republican nomination.   Bernie Sanders will win the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday, and he’s close to Hillary Clinton in national polls.   But neither Trump nor Sanders is likely to win! In our new Fox News TV special, “Tech Revolution” at 8 and 11 pm ET Sunday night, we’ll explain why the better way to predict winners is to look at betting odds. They give Marco Rubio more than a 50 percent chance of winning the nomination, and Hillary Clinton an 80 percent chance. Betting odds have a better track record than polls or pundits. They come from people who put their own money on the line, rather than people who just mouth off. George Mason University economist Robin Hanson puts it this way:  Imagine you’re in a bar… “You’re pontificating — and somebody challenges you and says, ‘want to bet?’ All of us, as …

    February 7, 2016 2:47 am

Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin

    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm