Headline News

  • New laws aim to slash carbon emissions in California to pre-1990 levels

    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 25 (UPI) — California lawmakers have moved to clip carbon emissions in the Golden State by a historic level in the next 15 years. The senate passed S.B. 32, an amendment to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Wednesday by a vote of 25-13. The bill imposes stern limits on greenhouse gases that must, by 2030, cut levels to 40 percent of what they were in 1990. The assembly previously passed the bill 47-29 and sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown‘s desk for ratification. RECOMMENDEDPlants are adapting to rising CO2 rates California, which has some of the strictest emissions laws in the United States, seeks to lead the way in slashing carbon emissions with the new legislation — a goal not easily accomplished, given the deep economic and political ties of an aggressive oil industry. The most populous state in the country, California goes a long way in subsidizing the oil …

    August 25, 2016 4:30 pm


  • Biden: Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a ‘bad deal’ for Europe

    STOCKHOLM U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States believed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline involving Russia and several European energy companies was a “bad deal” for Europe. Russia’s Gazprom and its European partners agreed the project, which will run across the Baltic Sea to Germany, last year. But many eastern European countries and the United States have said the pipeline could limit supply routes and the energy security of the European Union, which gets a third of its gas from Russia. Biden made his comments during a news conference in Sweden. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Simon Johnson; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

    August 25, 2016 7:46 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


  • Source: Coughlin joins competition committee

    5:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Along with John Elway and Bruce Arians, former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has also been added to the NFL’s competition committee, according to a source. It appears as if Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher is the only member of the committee that has stepped aside, and the rest of the competition committee remains intact, for now. Also, the NFL will have a newly formed Chairman’s Committee that will handle strategies and priorities for the NFL. The newly-formed committee will be composed of Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Steelers president Art Rooney, Texans owner Bob McNair and Giants owner John Mara. Falcons owner Arthur Blank, meanwhile, will chair a committee that will determine the annual compensation of NFL employees, such as commissioner Roger Goodell. The other members of that committee will be chosen by Blank. Tom Coughlin, one of three …

    August 25, 2016 4:30 pm

World News

  • India, France investigating Scorpene submarine data leak

    NEW DELHI, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Some 22,000 pages of technical data for stealth submarines built by French shipbuilder DCNS for India were leaked, sending officials in both countries scrambling. France and India both opened investigations on Wednesday after 22,400 pages dated from 2011 allegedly detailing the secret combat capabilities of six Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines were leaked to The Australian newspaper. The newspaper reported an “Edward Snowden-sized leak” that would “provide an ­intelligence bonanza if obtained by India’s strategic rivals, such as Pakistan or China.” DCNS acknowledged the leak, saying a thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the damages. The leak allegedly included technical manuals and sensitive information about onboard weaponry and intelligence-gathering systems. The Australian said it redacted sensitive information from its report. “DCNS has been made aware of articles published in the Australian press related to the leakage of sensitive data about Indian Scorpène. This serious matter is thoroughly investigated by the …

    August 25, 2016 4:50 pm


  • Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

    Image copyright AP Image caption The texts had been sent to human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor Flaws in Apple’s iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target’s device merely by getting them to click on a link. The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted security researchers to unsolicited text messages he had received. They discovered three previously unknown flaws within Apple’s code. Apple has since released a software update that addresses the problem. The two security firms involved, Citizen Lab and Lookout, said they had held back details of the discovery until the fix had been issued. Rare attack Image copyright AP Image caption The text promised to reveal details about torture The lawyer, Ahmed Mansoor, received the text messages on 10 and 11 August. The texts promised to reveal “secrets” about people allegedly being tortured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s jails if …

    August 25, 2016 4:10 pm


  • Researchers find vulnerabilities in iPhone, iPad operating system

    An international team of computer science researchers has identified serious security vulnerabilities in the iOS – the operating system used in Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. The vulnerabilities make a variety of attacks possible. “There’s been a lot of research done on Android’s operating systems, so we wanted to take a closer look at Apple’s iOS,” says William Enck, an associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University and co-author of a paper describing the work. “Our goal was to identify any potential problems before they became real-world problems.” The researchers focused on the iOS’s “sandbox,” which serves as the interface between applications and the iOS. The iOS sandbox uses a set “profile” for every third-party app. This profile controls the information that the app has access to and governs which actions the app can execute. To see whether the sandbox profile contained any vulnerabilities that could be exploited by third-party apps, the …

    August 25, 2016 3:09 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


  • Courtney Stodden Gets A Fake Baby To Cope With Her Miscarriage

    Posted on Thu Aug 25th, 2016 1:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff Just received my reborn baby today! exciting 🙈 i know it may seem a little strange but my therapist suggested that having him may help me cope with my loss. #rebornbaby A video posted by Courtney A Stodden (@courtneyastodden) on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:41pm PDT This makes us sad for her, but also a little worried! Courtney Stodden got a fake baby to cope with her tragic miscarriage, and we guess whatever helps her to overcome the grief is a good thing, but this doll is super creepy! The Internet sensation lost her pregnancy with husband Doug Hutchinson, so her therapist apparently recommended she get a “reborn” doll to process her emotions. Her behavior has been slightly erratic in recent weeks, as evidenced by the photos and videos on her Instagram. She shaved her head and is now wearing a pink wig a la …

    August 25, 2016 4:30 pm


  • Immigration? Terror? Here’s the real debate we should be having in 2016

    This election year, 2016, is unconventional, to say the least. However, not unlike previous elections, the economy and jobs are top-of-mind for voters.  Immigration and trade have largely – and incorrectly – taken the blame for America’s economic woes. What’s been ignored is overregulation – specifically, financial regulation. Talking about red tape may not elicit the same emotional response as these other heated issues, but if politicians were serious about addressing the real source our economic malaise, they would look first and foremost to Dodd-Frank – the sweeping overhaul of financial regulation passed in 2010. Our core problem is a lack of new businesses. The politicians who supported and now defend Dodd-Frank would have Americans believe that the law is a safeguard against harmful financial risk-taking. Even if that was that their intent, the result has been a lop-sided, top-heavy recovery. Americans are hungry for more good jobs. In any normal economic conditions, the main …

    August 25, 2016 2:49 pm

Odd News

  • Snake wrangler captures escaped king cobra in Texas

    NEEDVILLE, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A professional snake wrangler captured a deadly king cobra in Texas 9 hours after it escaped from its owner’s barn. Jared Zellars, 23, who owns numerous exotic pets, said he discovered the 8-foot-long venomous snake was missing from his Needville barn enclosure about 7 a.m. Wednesday. “I usually use hooks, I double check everything and lock all the cages she just happened to break through. The plastic was bent or something I don’t know how she did it,” Zellars told KPRC-TV. Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies and Texas Parks and Wildlife officers spent hours searching the area for the snake, and at one point shot and killed a serpent that turned out to be a cottonmouth. Snake wrangler Clint Pustejovsky and his partner spotted the cobra about 3:45 p.m. on Zellars’ property, about 20 feet away from the barn. “The most venomous snake capture I’ve ever had by far,” …

    August 25, 2016 11:28 am