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  • Single and Still Connected to Family

    When you’re single, you’re mainly concerned with yourself. Naturally. Your singleness may be your own choosing, of course. So the whole idea of spending more time with family may seem contrary to the life you have chosen — even if going solo wasn’t technically your Plan A. Still, as the number of singles continues to increase in this country, doing everything alone is not all it’s cracked up to be. Regardless of whether you’ve been single for years or are facing singledom for the first time in a while, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being consumed with your own solo agenda. “Am I’m progressing enough at my job? Will those Nikes sell out before my paycheck comes in? Is it the weekend yet, so I can just binge-watch ‘The Americans’?” We are so used to having only ourselves to be concerned about. (Secretly, we tend to like it that way.) More From …

    July 27, 2016 3:23 pm


  • Senior U.S. lawmakers want information on DNC hack declassified

    WASHINGTON The top Democrats on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees called on Wednesday for the White House to consider declassifying and releasing any intelligence community assessments of the hack into the Democratic National Committee email system. Experts have attributed the breach to Russian hackers. “Given the grave nature of this breach and the fact that it may ultimately be found to be a state-sponsored attempt to manipulate our presidential election, we believe a heightened measure of transparency is warranted,” Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. Obama said in an interview broadcast by NBC News on Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the leak of more than 19,000 DNC emails, which showed the committee had favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the party’s presidential nomination. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by James Dalgleish)

    July 27, 2016 3:03 pm


  • 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


  • Coughlin joining NFL league office, sources say

    3:27 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Six months after stepping down as coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin has landed his next job. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach has accepted a full-time position with the NFL’s football operations department, multiple sources told ESPN. His exact role has yet to be announced by the league, but Coughlin brings nearly three decades of NFL coaching experience to the job, the last 12 with the Giants. He led New York to Super Bowl victories in the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

    July 27, 2016 3:23 pm

World News

  • Search for missing Indian air force plane leads to possible debris, defense chief says

    NEW DELHI, July 27 (UPI) — The massive search for a missing Indian air force plane has led to the discovery of several objects that could possibly be from the aircraft, the nation’s defense chief said Wednesday. During a news conference, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said the search operation for the lost AN-32 has led officials to possible debris in the Bay of Bengal. “There is no confirmed report, but there are some objects located,” Parrikar said. “The ships have been asked to verify them.” The Russian-made, twin-engine turboprop Antonov An-32, carrying 29 people, disappeared on Friday just minutes after departing Tambaram, a suburb of Chennai (formerly Madras) en route to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On Tuesday, officials said search teams have picked up pings that are possibly from the aircraft’s emergency beacon on the sea floor. However, investigators still aren’t certain whether the pings or the newly found objects are …

    July 27, 2016 3:23 pm


  • Osram Lightify light bulbs ‘vulnerable to hack’

    Image copyright Osram Security researchers have discovered nine vulnerabilities in a range of internet-connected light bulbs made by Osram. The flaws in the Lightify products could give attackers access to a home wi-fi network, and potentially operate the lights without permission. Osram said a “majority” of the problems would be fixed in a software update in August, but four remained unpatched. One security expert said Osram had made an “elementary” mistake. Osram’s Lightify range features internet-connected light bulbs that can be controlled using a smartphone app. Researcher Deral Heiland from Rapid7 discovered nine vulnerabilities in the Home and Pro range and reported them to the manufacturer. Image copyright Osram Image caption Osram’s Lightify lamps can be controlled by an app One problem was that the Osram smartphone app stored an unencrypted copy of the user’s wi-fi password. That could give an attacker access to a user’s home wi-fi network and the devices connected to it, …

    July 27, 2016 3:23 pm


  • Serendipitous observation may lead to more efficient solar cells and new gas sensors

    While investigating perovskite crystals, University of Groningen scientists made an observation that could make perovskite solar cells more efficient. It could also lead to new sensors for oxygen and water vapor. The results were published online by the journal Science Advances on 27 July. Photovoltaic cells based on hybrid perovskites were first introduced in 2009, and they rapidly became as efficient as standard silicon solar cells. They now convert light into electricity at about 22 percent efficiency. ‘And the theoretical limit is about 33 percent’, says Maria Antonietta Loi, Professor of Photophysics and Optoelectronics at the University of Groningen. However, part of the electric charge disappears into what are known as traps. This happens in both silicon and perovskite, and reduces the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. So it would be nice to know more about traps and how to avoid them. A serendipitous observation by University of Groningen scientists provided new insight into hybrid perovskite …

    July 27, 2016 2:23 pm


  • 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


  • Blake Lively on ‘Gossip Girl’ reunion: ‘It would be fun’

    LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) — Blake Lively is open to a Gossip Girl reunion. The 28-year-old actress, who played Serena van der Woodsen on The CW series, voiced interest in a potential revival while discussing The Shallows with E! News. “[Serena’s] probably on vacation. She’s probably in Europe, doing something fabulous,” the star said. “[A reunion] would be fun. We had such a great time doing that. I think we all would really enjoy that.” Gossip Girl co-starred Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford. Sebastian Stan, who portrayed Carter Baizen, was enthusiastic about a reunion when he spoke to E! in May. “I would do it. Why not?” the 33-year-old actor said. “I got two of them [interested] — Jessica Szohr and Chace. I don’t know what the rest are up to, but I’d be down.” “It was a great experience,” he added. “I will always have a soft part in my heart …

    July 27, 2016 4:03 pm


  • Black DNC protest tells crowd: “White people to the back”

    Organizers of the Black DNC Resistance March in Philadelphia were seen Wednesday on video segregating their protest by ordering white people to the back of the line. “I need all white people to move to the back – make space because this is a Black Resistance March,” one of the leaders yelled from the bed of a pickup truck. “I need all white people to move to the back and make room for the black and brown brothers and sisters.” Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch: a must-read for conservatives! Local media reports the march was organized by a coalition of neighborhood groups including Black Lives Matter Philadelphia. A Fox News colleague who was reporting on the march said as much as half of the crowd was white. “What if white people were in Ferguson,” one older white activist could be heard asking. The latest headlines on the 2016 elections from the biggest name …

    July 27, 2016 10:02 am

Odd News

  • Large monitor lizard found wandering loose in Wisconsin

    OSHKOSH, Wis., July 27 (UPI) — Animal rescuers in Wisconsin are seeking the owner of an unusual stray pet found wandering the streets — a 3-foot-long monitor lizard. The Oshkosh Area Humane Society said the monitor, a species native to Africa, Asia and Australia, was found loose on the north side of Oshkosh. The lizard, which was transferred to the Fox Valley Humane Association in Appleton, is in good health and is believed to be a pet that escaped or was released. The Humane Society said the animal was an odd one for the area — monitors aren’t sold at any nearby pet stores and are prohibited within the city of Oshkosh. Oshkosh was subject to another exotic animal mystery earlier in the summer when the skin of a Burmese python was found in a public park. Authorities said the animal may have been an escaped pet or the skin may have been left in …

    July 27, 2016 2:43 pm