• I’ll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions?

    Charles Darwin once wrote in his book The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals that insects “express anger, terror, jealousy and love.” That was in 1872. Now, nearly 150 years later, researchers have discovered...
  • Malls, stores consider new ways to protect shoppers

    NEW YORK –  More sophisticated cameras. Security robots. Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes — but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and...
  • Van Gogh paintings, stolen in 2002, recovered in Italy

    NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) — Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, were recovered by Italian authorities, the museum announced Friday. “View of the Sea at Scheveningen,” painted...
  • Source: Texans’ O’Brien to call plays on offense

    10:27 AM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien will now call plays on offense after taking those duties away from offensive coordinator George Godsey, a source told ESPN’s Adam...
  • Jose Fernandez jersey goes missing after vigil

    TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Hundreds turned out Wednesday night at Alonso High School for a candlelight vigil in memory of Jose Fernandez; however, at some point during the night, Fernandez’s original Alonso HS baseball jersey...

Headline News

  • Malls, stores consider new ways to protect shoppers


    NEW YORK –  More sophisticated cameras. Security robots. Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes — but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and other measures to offer people more protection without intruding too much on their shopping time. Mall executives say shoppers have been adamantly opposed to airport security tactics like metal detectors. So they’re trying other things, and increasingly using mass notifications that let them send text and email alerts to tenants within seconds in case of a crisis. Concerns about safety have been heightened by the attacks. Those included a shooting in the makeup area of a Macy’s store near Seattle, where five people died, as well as stabbings at a Minnesota mall where ten people were injured before a police officer shot the assailant. Justin Dye, 41, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, said he has felt more on edge when he …

    September 30, 2016 9:33 am
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Politics

  • Clinton says Trump may have violated U.S. law on Cuba


    CHICAGO U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that Republican opponent Donald Trump may have violated U.S. law, following a news report that one of his companies attempted to do business in Cuba. Newsweek said on Thursday that a hotel and casino company controlled by Trump secretly conducted business with Cuba that was illegal under U.S. sanctions in force during Fidel Castro’s presidency of the Communist-ruled island. (See the Newsweek article: bit.ly/2dmKH3e) “Today we learned about his efforts to do business in Cuba which appear to violate U.S. law, certainly flout American foreign policy, and he has consistently misled people in responding to questions about whether he was attempting to do business in Cuba,” Clinton told reporters on her campaign plane. Clinton and Trump are in a close race ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Newsweek, citing interviews with …

    September 30, 2016 6:12 am
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Stocks

  • 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
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Sports

  • Source: Texans’ O’Brien to call plays on offense


    10:27 AM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien will now call plays on offense after taking those duties away from offensive coordinator George Godsey, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, confirming multiple reports. The Texans have been struggling on offense, scoring just three touchdowns heading into Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, with whom they are tied with an NFL-low 42 points this season. Houston ranks 24th in the league in total offense. Godsey took over play-calling duties from O’Brien after joining the Texans in 2015.

    September 30, 2016 9:33 am
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World News

  • Van Gogh paintings, stolen in 2002, recovered in Italy


    NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) — Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, were recovered by Italian authorities, the museum announced Friday. “View of the Sea at Scheveningen,” painted in 1882, and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen,” painted in 1884, were taken from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum in a robbery. They were recently found in Naples, in the home of a suspected drug trafficker, during a police sting operation targeting organized crime. “We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Italian Public Prosecutions Department, the members of the Guardia di Finanza investigation team, the Italian police, the Dutch Public Prosecutions Department, the liaison officers of the Dutch Public Prosecutions Department in Rome and everyone else involved. The paintings have been found!” Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger said Friday in Naples. The paintings were found with frames removed and a small amount of damage to the …

    September 30, 2016 9:33 am
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Technology

  • US states challenge internet administration handover


    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The US has slowly withdrawn from its early role as a key administrator of the internet Four US states are challenging government plans to give control of core internet administration functions to the non-profit group Icann. The transfer concludes a lengthy process in which Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has been given more of these tasks. Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada have started lawsuits, saying the decision needs Congressional approval. The handover is scheduled for today. Icann keeps an eye on the core addressing system of the internet, known as DNS, via a subsidiary called the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. DNS translates the names that humans use to navigate the web into the numbers computers use. Since the early days of the internet, a division of the US Commerce Department, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has been involved in approving changes to the core DNS …

    September 30, 2016 6:12 am
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Science

  • I’ll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions?


    Charles Darwin once wrote in his book The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals that insects “express anger, terror, jealousy and love.” That was in 1872. Now, nearly 150 years later, researchers have discovered more evidence that Darwin might have been onto something. Bumblebees seem to have a “positive emotionlike state,” according to a study published this week in Science. In other words, they may experience something akin to happiness. To some, the idea is still controversial, however. Unlike humans, you can’t simply ask a bee to interrogate its own emotions and describe them. Instead, researchers have to look for evidence that the insects have the cognitive, behavioral and physiological building blocks that, when combined, can give rise to a complex phenomenon like emotion. Biologist Clint Perry of Queen Mary, University of London devised an experiment to do just that. He and his colleagues trained bumblebees to distinguish between a blue flower placed on …

    September 30, 2016 9:53 am
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Health

  • 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
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Entertainment

  • Ariel Winter: Years of criticism have made me jaded


    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Ariel Winter says her many years in Hollywood have made her somewhat jaded. The 18-year-old Modern Family star said in the fall issue of Rogue that criticism “no longer hits her as hard” as it did in her early career. “At this stage, you get sort of jaded after a certain period of time,” Winter said. “I feel like I’ve been in the industry for so long that I have gotten to the point where people’s comments and the exposure doesn’t bother me as much.” “It still bothers when you get negative feedback for something, but it doesn’t hit me as hard as it would somebody just entering the industry,” she said. Winter was just 11 years old when she debuted as Alex Dunphy on Modern Family. In recent years, she’s faced online hate and consistent media attention over her curvaceous figure and revealing social media posts. “It’s called …

    September 30, 2016 9:13 am
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Editorial

  • Karl Rove: Why the next week is critical for both Hillary and Trump


    It was a record-breaker. The Nielsen ratings say 84 million Americans watched Monday’s presidential debate, and most stayed glued to their sets. There was no significant drop-off in viewership as the evening progressed. Perhaps these viewers hoped to be impressed by what they heard. What they got, however, was a political car crash, with tires screeching, bumpers crumpling and glass breaking. Donald Trump presented himself as the candidate who can bring change to America. He derided the current economy and the state of the nation, decried precarious world security and depicted Hillary Clinton as a 30-year Washington politician. But these moments were too few. For much of the evening he was on his heels. Mrs. Clinton deftly and relentlessly attacked him as unqualified and unfit for office. She criticized his business practices and refusal to release his tax returns. She pointed to his multiple bankruptcies and failure to pay contractors. She dredged up old quotes about global warming, …

    September 30, 2016 9:53 am
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Odd News

  • Apple-thieving moose feuds with robotic lawnmower


    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — A moose known for stealing apples from a backyard tree has developed an antagonistic relationship with a robotic lawn mower. Video shared to YouTube shows the apple thieving moose slowly creeping up to a fence surrounding the yard before encountering the lawnmower. The determined moose approached the robotic maintenance tool, posturing and stomping on the ground in an attempt to frighten the lawnmower, as it continued along its route unfazed. Failing to assert its dominance the moose turned its focus to snacking on the apple tree, before once again becoming distracted by the lawnmower. The two parties continued their confrontational dance until the flustered moose eventually fled back into the surrounding wilderness.

    September 30, 2016 6:12 am
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