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(ABC News) – New Emails Show Clinton Used Private Server Earlier Than She Said

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Post-Email Server Apology

Newly disclosed emails from Hillary Clinton to then CENTCOM chief David Petraeus show that the former secretary of state was using a private server earlier than she had previously said.

The new set of emails, from January to February 2009, was turned over to the State Department by the Department of Defense, State Department spokesman John Kirby told ABC News, confirming a story originally reported by The Associated Press.

The State Department said its record of Clinton emails begins on March 18, 2009. Over the nearly two months she was in office before that, Clinton has said she used a Blackberry email account that she can no longer access.

The discovery appears to contradict Clinton’s sworn statement that she had turned over all the email from her private server to the State Department.

Clinton’s team did not respond to a request from ABC News for comment.

The revelation came the same day the State Department said it had found previously undisclosed emails related to the Benghazi terror attack on Clinton’s private email account.

In February, the Department turned over 296 emails relating to Benghazi to the House Select Committee investigation the attack, claiming at the time that they were the only emails relevant to the committee’s request.

The discovery Friday of a handful of new emails, first reported by the Daily Beast, contradicted that claim.

A senior State Department official told ABC News on Friday that it missed these emails the first time around because of the cumbersome nature of discovery process. Clinton turned over 55,000 printed pages of documents that had to be search by hand, which prevented researchers from conducting electronic keyword searches, according to this official. The new emails were discovered only after the documents had been scanned and searched on a computer.

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4 Palestinians arrested for deadly Rosh Hashanah rock attack

Shin Bet says suspects admitted to throwing stones at Alexander Levlovich’s vehicle, causing him to crash; suspects all teens (16-19).

Itay Blumenthal

News: Shin Bet says suspects admitted to throwing stones at Alexander Levlovich’s vehicle, causing him to crash; suspects all teens (16-19).

The Shin Bet and police forces arrested four Palestinian teens (16-19) suspected of playing a role in the stone-throwing attack on Rosh Hashanah that killed Israeli Alexander Levlovich, it was released for publication Saturday night.



Mahmoud Abed Rabbo Dawiyat, Mohammed Salah Mohammed Abu Keif, Waled Fares Mustafa Atrash and another minor who’s details are under gag order, are from the Sur Bahar suburb of East Jerusalem and have Israeli identification cards.


Three of the four suspects. (Photo: Shin Bet Spokesperson)
Three of the four suspects. (Photo: Shin Bet Spokesperson)



Levlovich was killed on the eve of the Jewish New Year on his way home from dinner with family. The four Palestinians are accused of throwing stones at his vehicle, causing him to lose control and crash into a telephone pole.


During questioning, the four said they went out that evening with purpose, prepared to throw rocks at passing vehicles specifically on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.


Alexander Levlolich and his wrecked vehicle at the scene of the attack. (Photo: Arik Abulof, Jerusalem Fire and Rescue)
Alexander Levlolich and his wrecked vehicle at the scene of the attack. (Photo: Arik Abulof, Jerusalem Fire and Rescue)



Dawiyat, whom the Shin Bet said admitted to throwing the stones, added that he arrived at the location of the attack wearing a Hamas flag which he had received while participating in a rally in Umm al-Fahm for the al-Aqsa Mosque before the attack.

Source: 4 Palestinians arrested for deadly Rosh Hashanah rock attack

Business Education

(mashable) – Google eats Oyster as online book startups succumb to giants

It’s time for the next, and perhaps final, chapter of the market for e-book subscriptions.Oyster, the startup that helped kickstart the sexy-sounding (at least in the world of literature) idea of a “Netflix for e-books” two years ago and received plenty of press and $17 million in funding for it, announced this week that it’s shutting down in the next few months.The startup did not explain its reasoning for shutting down, but multiple people familiar with the situation told Mashable that Google has snatched up the majority of Oyster’s team, including its founders, in an acquisition. Google confirmed to Mashable that a portion of the Oyster team will take over running Google Play Books.

Re/code was first to report Google’s acqui-hiring part of Oyster’s team.

Oyster’s fate highlights the difficulty of building a standalone business focused on digital book subscriptions (and e-books more generally) against much larger technology and publishing businesses.

The three leading startups — Oyster, Scribd and Entitle — initially touted the potential for businesses in the e-book subscription market to one day rival the likes of billion-dollar companies like Netflix and Spotify. Now two of those three businesses are dead.

Entitle (formerly eReatah) quietly shut down this summer. Oyster is expected to help Google’s books team in New York compete with Apple and Amazon by improving design and curation, but Google is not yet committing to pursuing the e-book subscription option, according to people familiar with the matter. Google declined to comment on future product plans.

“It’s proof that a standalone subscription offering for general e-books, as opposed to something in a market niche, can’t work,” says Mike Shatzkin, a book publishing consultant and founder of The Idea Logical Company.

Scribd, the last of the three subscription startups still standing, had established itself as a document sharing service for six years before investing in e-book subscriptions. Amazon unveiled an e-book subscription option of its own last year, but it’s just part of a suite of book services for the $250 billion technology giant.

Some familiar with Oyster’s situation, who were not authorized to speak about the deal on the record, suggested that Google’s acquisition signals this is becoming a market for the bigger players rather than the startups. Industry watchers we spoke with also noted that businesses like Amazon, Apple and Google, with greater financial resources larger existing audiences, who have the potential to make good on the promise of reading unlimited digital books each month.

Just because Google has the potential to go this route doesn’t mean it will be worth the effort, even with Oyster’s team under its roof.

“The book business is beneath a rounding error,” says Shatzkin. “There are people in Google who worry about the book business, but there’s nobody at the top of Google who could justify spending more than a couple of minutes a month worrying about the book business.”

If that’s true, the Oyster deal may not represent a new page for the concept of e-book subscriptions so much as the final word.

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( – Teen who stabbed high school students must go to jail at 18

FILE – In this April 9, 2014, file photo, Alex Hribal is escorted to a district magistrate to be arraigned in Export, Pa. Hribal, charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a Pennsylvania high school, must move from a juvenile detention center to the county jail when he turns 18, Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani ruled Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hribal is charged as an adult in the April 2014 rampage. A hearing to determine whether the case will be moved to juvenile court won’t resume until November, but Hribal turns 18 on Oct. 1.


— A teen charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his high school must move from a juvenile detention center to the county jail when he turns 18, a judge ruled Thursday.

The decision by Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani came over the objections of the attorney for Alex Hribal, of Murrysville. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the ruling.

Hribal is charged as an adult in the April 2014 rampage at Franklin Regional High School. A hearing to determine whether the case will be moved to juvenile court won’t resume until November, but Hribal turns 18 on Oct. 1.

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey had argued that “real and irreversible harm” could be done to Hribal’s mental health status if the slightly built boy is moved to the adult facility.

Thomassey acknowledges Hribal committed the attack using two 8-inch kitchen knives he brought from home that morning, but he contends Hribal was seriously mentally ill. The defense attorney still hopes to convince Feliciani that Hribal’s case belongs in juvenile court where, Thomassey contends, the boy can receive more suitable mental health treatment and other rehabilitation than he will in the adult system.

Hribal faces potentially decades in prison if he’s convicted as an adult of 20 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, as well as a school weapons violation. But if he’s moved to juvenile court, Hribal’s incarceration would end when he’s 21.

District Attorney John Peck has argued that the crimes are too serious to allow for that and that Hribal can receive help in the state prison system for whatever mental issues he may have. At Thursday’s hearing, Peck also argued that there’s no exception in the law that would let Hribal remain in the juvenile detention center after he’s 18, and the judge agreed.

Thomassey asked the judge to allow Hribal to post bond once he’s moved to the jail, but the judge said that’s “not appropriate.”

“He’s charged, at this point, as an adult,” the judge said. “They’re serious charges.”

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( – Countdown to kickoff: Steelers at Rams

Pittsburgh will travel to St. Louis for a Week 3 kickoff against the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome.


Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) vs. St. Louis (1-1)
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 | 1 p.m. | CBS
Edward Jones Dome

SERIES HISTORY:Rams lead, 15-7-2, regular season (Steelers lead, 1-0, postseason).

LAST MEETING:Steelers 27, Rams 0, Dec. 24, 2011, Heinz Field. RB John Clay, RB Rashard Mendenhall and RB Isaac Redman all rushed for touchdowns, the first time since the 2008 season that three different Steelers rushed for a touchdown in the same game. The defense registered three sacks, forced seven punts and allowed a season-low 68 net passing yards while posting the Steelers’ 29th shutout since 1960. Charlie Batch filled in at QB for Ben Roethlisberger and threw for 208 yards.

LAST WEEK: The Steelers improved to 1-1 with a 43-18 thumping of the 49ers at Heinz Field. The Rams fell to 1-1 with a 24-10 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field.

WHEN THE RAMS HAVE THE BALL: Job One for the Steelers, as always, will be to stop the run. But this time that’s a task that will include identifying and dealing with WR Tavon Austin. Although he’s carried just eight times in two games, Austin leads St. Louis with 57 yards rushing (one TD). The Rams will deploy their most dynamic play-maker wide left or right, in the slot, in bunch formations and in the backfield, and they’ll motion Austin into and out of the backfield in an effort to create favorable matchups and get him the ball in open spaces. He can fly and he can influence plays even as a decoy on fake-wide receiver sweeps, as he did on what became a 40-yard touchdown pass at Washington.

QB Nick Foles has 48 career touchdown passes and 17 career interceptions (2-0 this season). Although not a runner, Foles has decent pocket mobility and will even roll out and throw on the run on occasion. He’s an intelligent, accurate passer but when he’s harassed, as he was almost constantly by Washington, he’s much less effective. Foles was hurried 14 times on 32 attempts by the Redskins. He threw for 297 yards and led a 12-play, 84-yard drive that produced the tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation in St. Louis’ season-opening overtime win over Seattle.

TE Jared Cook is a big target and a prominent component of the two-tight ends personnel group the Rams favor. He’s not Rob Gronkowski (New England) but he’s better than Vernon Davis (San Francisco) in the passing game. St. Louis starts a pair of rookies on the offensive line (LG Jamon Brown and RT Rob Havenstein) and has four players in spots they weren’t in a year ago (LT Greg Robinson played guard last year as a rookie and C Tim Barnes is a fourth-year pro and a first-year starter). The Rams have yet to get much of anything significant established with consistency on the ground (39-143-3.7 in two games). They got off to an agonizingly slow start at Washington (six punts, 72 total net yards in the first two quarters) and became the first team to be shut out in a first half by the Redskins since Oct. 2, 2011 (when it happened to the Rams).

WHEN THE STEELERS HAVE THE BALL: The ability to deal with a Front Four that goes seven deep will go a long way toward dictating whether the visitors succeed or fail. DTs Aaron Donald (two-and-a-half sacks) and Michael Brockers and DEs Robert Quinn (two) and Chris Long (one) are all former No. 1 picks, as is reserve DT Nick Fairley (Detroit, 2011). They’re a handful, but the Washington offensive line nonetheless handled the strength of the St. Louis defense. The Redskins consistently got to the edge on the way to rushing for 182 yards and two TDs and averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

St. Louis plays its DBs four, five and six at a time and for the most part plays off the line of scrimmage. The Rams rely on zones to mask an absence of one-on-one coverage skills. Quinn (13) and LB Alec Ogletree (10) have excelled at forcing fumbles since 2013 and CB Janoris Jenkins has six TDs since 2012. St. Louis will blitz some but mostly it counts on the defensive linemen to get home in a hurry. Opposing QBs have been sacked a combined eight times through two games, but they’ve also completed 55 of 68 passes (80.9 percent) for two touchdowns and one interception.

The Rams crowded the line on running downs against the Redskins at times and weren’t opposed to run-blitzes. But they gradually wore out against a Washington offense that stopped short of going no-huddle but still pushed the tempo by getting plays in quickly, getting plays off quickly and getting the ball out quickly. After having closed from 17-0 down at halftime to within 17-10 in the third quarter, the Rams allowed a 12-play, 77-yard drive in 6:49 after giving up possession with 9:27 remaining at Washington.

SPECIAL-TEAMS HEADLINERS:K Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein hit a 52-yard field goal against the Redskins and has made 14 from 50-plus in his career. RB Benny Cunningham was fifth in the NFL in kickoff return average in 2014 (27.5 yards). Austin had a 75-yard punt return for a TD against Seattle (his third career TD on a punt return) and is the only player in NFL history with a punt return of at least 75 yards in each of his first three seasons. Steelers KJosh Scobee missed a PAT against San Francisco after missing field goal attempts of 44 and 46 yards in the season opener against New England.

THE X-FACTOR: The Steelers are averaging 458.5 yards and 32 points per game. And now they get RB Le’Veon Bell back from his two-game suspension. What will Bell’s addition mean to an offense that seemingly found its stride against the 49ers?

THEY SAID IT:“It’s really exciting getting him back. Honestly, I feel like Le’Veon’s the best running back in the NFL. When we’re getting pieces back to our team and an offense that’s already unstoppable and you’re just adding another great player to it, might as well just take out the popcorn and get ready for the show. Those guys are going to do some great things.” _ Steelers LB Ryan Shazier on Bell’s return.

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( – Teen conservative star CJ Pearson apparently hoaxed the White House


CJ Pearson has gained a considerable amount of attention for his comments regarding Barack Obama.


CJ Pearson has gained a considerable amount of attention for his comments regarding Barack Obama.

On Thursday afternoon, 13-year old CJ Pearson warned his 43,900 followers not to believe what they read.

The US teenager, whose activism and online success had made him a youth outreach chairman for Republican Ted Cruz, had been trading messages with a reporter for Glenn Beck’s news site, The Blaze.

Oliver Darcy, a reporter for the site, was asking Pearson to prove – as he had claimed, to great viral attention – that US President Barack Obama had truly blocked him on Twitter. In lieu of proof, Pearson was calling for help.

“In a few minutes, @oliverdarcy is going to release a hit article on me and I’m going to take it,” Pearson wrote..”Because here’s what the PR folks are saying: say you lied and apologise to avoid backlash. But, instead, I choose to stand by my word. While the article will be incriminating, all we have in politics is our word and I stand by it. Nevertheless, I’m disappointed in @theblaze.”

It was one of the more confusing moments in a story born to confuse. Coreco JaQuan Pearson’s profile had been growing well before the Twitter story, thanks to his precocious and silver-tongued video denunciations of the president.

The most successful had come just this month, when Pearson locked his eyes on a webcam and asked – rhetorically – why a president who so blatantly disrespected police officers had so quickly invited Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed to the White House, after being disciplined for bringing to school a homemade clock that administrators mistook for a bomb.

“Mr President, when cops are being gunned down, you don’t invite their family to the White House,” Pearson said. “You never did. But when a Muslim kid builds a clock? Well, come on by.”

The video was viewed nearly two million times and inspired dozens of profiles, including one in The Washington Post.

People trying to understand the Pearson phenomenon got it quickly. Wunderkinds arise on the right with some frequency. In 2009, it was 13-year old Jonathan Krohn – also a Georgian – giving a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and becoming a quasi-celebrity.

In 2013 it was Benji Backer, a 16-year old Wisconsinite whose story of high school administrators suppressing his political views got him onstage at CPAC and other conferences.

Neither Krohn nor Backer took to stardom. By 2012, Krohn was renouncing his old views in a series of interviews, and taking on a new life as a journalist. Backer’s exit was quicker: By 2015, he worried that a political life was making him “selfish.”

Pearson entered the political life with gusto, and no qualms. His first video, in February, was inspired by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ranting to a room of conservative donors (and a pre-presidential bid Scott Walker) that President Obama did not love America.

“I don’t want to be politically correct,” said Pearson. “I don’t care about being politically correct at this point. President Obama: You don’t love America. If you loved America, you would call ISIS what it is… if you loved America, President Obama, you wouldn’t try to take away what hard-working Americans have worked for their entire lives.”

That video scored two million views, success Pearson wouldn’t achieve on YouTube again until this month. But it was enough. By May, Pearson had a five-minute interview with Cruz that teed up the candidate’s favourite talking points.

“Have we not maintained our promise to the American people to repeal Obamacare?” Pearson asked.

“CJ,” said Cruz, “you’re exactly right.”

Pearson became a fervent Cruz supporter; in September, the Cruz campaign announced his new role as the head of “Teens for Ted,” and Pearson added a email address to his Twitter profile. Simply by speaking his mind, Pearson had become a conservative star.


Barack Obama’s Twitter account blocks 13-year-old critic

There was one catch. Pearson had done more than speak. He’d left the impression that his speech was being silenced. In March, after the Giuliani video went viral, Pearson’s Facebook account was closed.

He was 12 years old when he shot the video, and as Facebook told reporters, no one could have an account until age 13. Pearson was not having it.

He told a local Fox News affiliate that the First Amendment was “obviously not a big concern to the powers that be at Facebook.”

He told national Fox News that “time and time again, Facebook has shut down many conservative accounts after they decide to speak up.”

No one had really been denied access to Pearson’s speech, and he quickly solved the age problem by setting up a Facebook fan page and turning 13.

But just four months later, Pearson announced that he would “take a break from politics and commentary.” The reason was a complicated and quickly terminated fight with an obscure Twitter account with only (as of right now) 33 followers and no public profile.

Jon Richards, a blogger for Georgia’s PeachPundit, noticed that the most toxic aspect of the fight came from an account that egged it on with a racial slur. That account was easily traced back to Pearson.

Nothing came of either story, though, and Pearson started this week with more visibility than ever.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee tweeted that he’d “love to discuss” a speaking role for Pearson. Business Insider upgraded him from a rising star to a “leading 13-year old pundit.” And then, Pearson tweeted what he claimed was a screenshot of @BarackObama blocking his account.

At first, no one questioned this. Twitchy, the conservative site that aggregates Twitter wars, reported that the White House was “afraid of a 13-year-old boy.”

The Daily Caller matter-of-factly reported that Pearson had been blocked, as did Breitbart, as did other conservative news sites. White House assistant press secretary Frank Benenati swiftly tweeted that Pearson was wrong, and that “nobody is or has ever been blocked from the @POTUS twitter account.”

That sent skeptics looking for cases where the account had blocked hostile accounts, and it inspired a new video from Pearson – which would be viewed half a million times – denouncing the White House for lying about him.

“They lied about Benghazi,” he said, in high dudgeon. “They lied about the IRS. They lie about every issue of importance to the American people.”

But other online sleuths could tell that something was off. First, a subsequent Pearson tweet revealed that he was still following @BarackObama.

Second, there was no timestamp or external information on the tweet, and the kerning on the standard text “learn more” was skewed. Coincidentally, a popular parody account had previously tweeted an identical image (now deleted) of an Obama “blocking,” with the same kerning.

Oliver Darcy, a reporter for the Blaze, dug into all of this and contacted Pearson. The wunderkind initially told him that he’d taken the shot on a Droid tablet.

In the video, Pearson had claimed that he saw the blocking when he “got home,” not specifying what device he’d used.

As more questions swirled online, Pearson warned his fans that the “incriminating” piece was coming, but never said publicly whether it could be trusted.

Then, two hours after Darcy’s piece went online, Pearson issued a fresh Facebook statement. “I’m not responding to fraudulent attacks on my character by the left nor RINOs,” Pearson wrote.

“My friend sent me the screenshot, since I accessed my account using his phone. I saw it with my own eyes. Time to move on.”

Benji Backer watched the events unfold with disgust. After a short conversation, he pointed to the tweetstorm he’d written after reading the Blaze piece, about how “young conservatives have made the movement look foolish.” He wasn’t a part of that, but he knew Pearson was headed for a fall.

“I tried to give CJ advice,” Backer wrote.

“And I know he’s going to lash out at me now. But we used to work together. I told him he had promise but that he had to keep it in perspective, truth [sic] and stay humble. Stardom can ruin those things and it did for him. CJ & I (when I was still in politics) were going to work on some things.

“But he didn’t like advice and he wanted ‘his brand’ to grow instead. People, including myself, tried to help CJ. I really thought he could do great things. But he wasn’t willing to listen. Most of all, CJ lied to me. Numerous times. And many people I know and love. That’s when I knew there was a problem.”

Reached on Twitter and at his campaign email account, Pearson did not respond to questions. According to Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler, CJ Pearson remains part of the campaign.

 – The Washington Post

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(reuters) – Cuba’s Castro slams U.S. trade embargo at United Nations | Reuters

Cuba’s President Raul Castro, speaking at the United Nations for the first time, on Saturday hailed renewed diplomatic ties with the United States as “major progress” but slammed a U.S. trade embargo as the top obstacle to Cuba’s economic development.

Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama in December announced a detente following more than half a century of animosity between the former Cold War foes that culminated in the restoration of diplomatic relations on July 20.

Although Obama has taken steps to ease trade and travel restrictions, only the U.S. Congress can lift the full embargo and that is not viewed as likely at the moment.

The embargo is “the main obstacle to our country’s economic development, while affecting other nations due to its extraterritorial scope, and hurting the interests of American citizens and companies,” Castro told a U.N. summit of world leaders on sustainable development.

“Such policy is rejected by 188 United Nations members states that demand its removal,” he said, referring to an annual U.N. General Assembly resolution that has condemned the U.S. embargo for more than two decades.

Cuba estimates the embargo has caused $121 billion in damage to its economy. It has launched a campaign for the General Assembly to again adopt the resolution calling for the embargo to be lifted.

U.N. diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Washington is considering abstaining from the U.N. vote on the resolution, provided the draft text is amended from previous years to tone down the criticism of the United States.

Adoption of the resolution has become an annual ritual. The United States and Israel have always voted against the declaration. While the General Assembly’s vote is nonbinding and symbolic, it has served to highlight U.S. isolation regarding Havana.

Castro is due to address the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday for the first time as president. Castro, 84, took over from his ailing brother, Fidel, provisionally in 2006 and definitively in 2008.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Source: Cuba’s Castro slams U.S. trade embargo at United Nations | Reuters

Autos Crash crime

(CNN) – 2 dead: Calif. police detain man in seemingly random shootings

By Ralph Ellis, CNN

Story highlights

  • 2 people killed, 3 hurt in shootings and a vehicle crash, police in Banning, California, say
  • A suspect was arrested in nearby city

(CNN)Police in Southern California are trying to determine whether there’s a connection in three shootings and a car crash. Two people died and three were injured Saturday.

A man fitting the description of a suspect in three of the incidents was detained, Banning police Chief Alex Diaz said. He didn’t know a motive for the incidents, which happened over less than an hour in the town 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

“At this point it seems random,” Diaz said. “There’s no correlation between the suspect and the victims at this point.”

Banning police first responded to an 11:36 a.m. call about a shooting and found one person dead and another wounded inside a vehicle, Diaz said. A white SUV was seen nearby, he said.

Seven minutes later police got a call about a woman who said a white or Hispanic man wearing a blue shirt and driving a white SUV fired into her car, Diaz said. She was injured by broken glass.

About 10 minutes later, a man was shot and wounded inside a vehicle parked outside a grocery store, Diaz said. Store security camera video captured a man whose appearance and vehicle matched the description given by the woman, Diaz said.

At 12:13 p.m., police received a call and found a vehicle that crashed into a wall. The driver was dead but police don’t know whether that incident was related to the others, Diaz said. The medical examiner has not determined how the man died, the chief said.

Less than 10 minutes after the call about the car crash, police in nearby Beaumontdetained the suspect, said city police Chief Sean Thuilliez.

Officers heard about a man who was trying to enter a vehicle holding a woman and some children, Thuilliez said. Before that, residents called to complain about a man knocking on doors and asking about his children, Thuilliez said.

The man was driving a white Chevy Tahoe, Thuilliez said, and officers found a firearm inside. Police did not identify the man and said no charges have been filed at this point.

The condition of the injured people was not known.

Diaz said the man’s questions about his children worried police who went to his home in a nearby town to check on his family. His children were safe, Diaz said.

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(variety) – Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Won’t Be Jon Stewart’s

Analysis: Jokes? Check. Funny correspondents? Check. But the new boss won’t be the same as the old

Trevor Noah recently found himself in an unusual position for someone who hosts Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”: He thought a Republican politician made a lot of sense.

Noah was watching a recent debate among Republican candidates for President, and discovered he agreed with some of the ideas being put forth by Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senator. “He was saying things that were sane at the debates,” Noah recalled.

If that sort of talk sounds unusual coming from the person who is inheriting Jon Stewart’s chair, then so be it. Noah intends to start his tenure on “The Daily Show” this Monday at 11 p.m. with a “clean slate” and without any biases in place. Jon Stewart might have developed a knee-jerk reaction to Fox News Channel. Noah said he has yet to do so. “I want to be in a position where I get to start off fresh,” he told reporters Friday morning. “I don’t have any preconceived notion of how I should feel.”

Is Trevor Noah late-night TV’s Nick Carraway? That character, the fictional protagonist in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” had an unusual modus operandi: “Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.” By trying to stay neutral until evidence compelled him not to be, Carraway kept relationships others might have forsaken. Comedy Central is banking on Noah’s willingness to open lines of communication so audiences keep tuning in to what is arguably not only the flagship program of the cable network, but also its owner, Viacom.

Comedy Central sees Noah as “the next evolution in the franchise that is ‘The Daily Show,’” said Michele Ganeless, the network’s longtime president.

Noah’s guest list for his first week on air might illustrate his efforts. Comedian Kevin Hart will visit, but the roster also includes New Jersey Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie and musician Ryan Adams. Viewers of Noah’s “Daily Show” will likely see more musical guests under his aegis than Stewart’s, an effort to end the week in a fun way.

Noah has a “sweet” disposition that has attracted advertisers, said Jeff Lucas, who oversees ad sales for every Viacom-owned outlet except BET. “The show is sold out for weeks” he noted, because sponsors like the idea of “a fresh face in late night with the history of the show.” Even so, the company is not taking any chances. Comedy Central ran original episodes of its popular late-night entry “@midnight” in the “Daily Show” slot for the past few weeks – a good way to draw an audience to see promos for Noah’s new launch. And when Noah debuts, he will do so with a lot of promotional firepower behind him. Viacom will simulcast his launch on MTV, CMT, VH1, Nick at Nite, and several more of its properties.

He isn’t standing alone. Many of the writers and producers from Stewart’s tenure on the program will continue to guide it from behind the scenes. And Viacom has hired a team of digital executives to ensure the program can do more of what it does best – find the most interesting news of the day and interpret it for viewers – in new media as well as old.

“We have to expand our view,” said Noah. “Sometimes, the story is made and breaks on Twitter, and we have to find a way to react to that. We have to find a way to consume and disseminate the information from Twitter, which is not an easy thing to do, because the show is used to presenting video materials back to a video audience.”

He does not intend to wreak havoc on the show’s current structure, but he will offer new perspective. As a South African of mixed-race parentage – Noah’s mother is a black South African and his father a white native of Switzerland – he will likely try to place U.S. news in a broader context. “I’ve always seen myself as a citizen of the world, so for the show, I think we’re going to mirror that,” he said. He may compare and contrast what happens in America to similar events in other parts of the globe. Even so, he cautioned, “it’s not an international show.”

And he has shadows to push aside. For a certain generation, Jon Stewart was a sort of Walter Cronkite, trying to shine a light on the real meaning of events and news coverage. When journalist Judith Miller, often accused of helping the Bush administration push the United States into conflict in Iraq by publishing articles suggesting weapons of mass destruction were available to that country’s leaders, came on his show in 2015 to promote a memoir of her tenure at the New York Times, Stewart didn’t just ask questions. He confronted her in no uncertain terms.

“The pressure is amplified because of the legacy” of Stewart, Noah said Friday. “This is a giant undertaking and we are approaching it as such, but we are also excited about it.”

Stewart isn’t the only late-night figure with whom Noah must contend. Audiences in the time-slot have continued to splinter as a new generation of hosts takes over for David Letterman and Jay Leno. There is a new face behind the desk of nearly every major wee-hours program on American TV, from NBC’s “Tonight Show” to CBS’ “Late Show.” And cable networks are considering new launches with greater frequency. Samantha Bee, a longtime “Daily Show” correspondent, is slated to launch her own late-night program on Time Warner’s TBS early next year. Other networks including National Geographic Channel are testing out bespoke programs like a show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

“People say late night is crowded, and I always say to people, ‘You clearly haven’t seen the comedy scene,’ because that’s the world I live in. Comedy is crowded. There are hundreds of comedians in every place in the world,” Noah said. “If you focus on that, it looks like an impossible undertaking. All I can focus on is doing Trevor to the best of my ability.” A lot of other people will be focused on that as well in the days ahead.


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(NBC News) – Florida Cops Arrest Woman, 20, Wanted on Warrant for Riding Sea Turtle

A Florida woman wanted after a picture of her riding a sea turtle went viral on social media was arrested early Saturday, police said.

Police in Florida released this photo that appears to show a woman sitting or riding on a sea turtle. Courtesy of Melbourne (Fla.) Pol

Stephanie Moore, 20, was jailed on a $2,000 bond on a felony warrant on charges of possessing, selling or molesting a marine turtle or eggs nest, the Melbourne Police Department said on Facebook.

Moore was allegedly one of two women sitting on sea turtles in photographs from early July. After the pictures were shared online, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took up the case as a criminal investigation. The department asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

Related: Endangered green sea turtles make a comeback in Florida

Moore was arrested after police in Melbourne, on Florida’s Atlantic coast, responded to a disturbance at a home Saturday. They determined a warrant had been out for her.

Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act makes it a third-degree felony to injure, harm, harass, capture or attempt to capture any marine turtles, eggs or nests, according to NBC affiliate WESH.

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(fox news) – NJ high school star quarterback dies after suffering injury during game

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The star quarterback on a New Jersey high school football team died after suffering an injury on the field.

Evan Murray, 17, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, played for Warren Hills Regional High School. During a game Friday night at home against Summit he was hit by an opposing player late in the second quarter, the Daily News reported.

He was taken from the field after a Summit interception and subsequent return, Tapinto.netreported Saturday. He was carted off the field in an ambulance, the website said.

The player felt “woozy” after the play but tried reassuring his teammates he would be fine as he was lifted on a gurney and rushed to the hospital, the News reported, citing witnesses.

“He tried giving a thumbs-up to the rest of the team, and all of us cheered,” Kailtin Bell, 16, a Warren Hills junior varsity cheerleader, told the paper.

“Our coach was telling us he was going to be all right,” she said through tears. “We didn’t expect anything would happen.”

At the end of the game, teammates emerged from the locker room and said Murray may have suffered a heart attack, Bell told the News.

Summit won the game 14-12, according to reports.

Warren Hills junior Taylor Coughlin, 16, told Murray walked off the field after the hit which occurred behind the line of scrimmage.

She said that right around halftime, he fell to the ground on the sideline, hushing the stunned crowd.

“He was laying on the ground and everyone was looking at him,” she told the paper. “He did get back up. He stood up with help and sat on a gurney.”

Coughlin told the website Murray was a member of the National Honor Society. “He was an amazing student and an amazing athlete,” she said. “He stood out in his athletics, his academics—everything.”

Warren Hills coach Larry Dubiel said officials were still trying to determine what happened.

“We lost a fine kid,” he told lehighvalleylive.

A statement from interim Superintendent Gary Bowen on Saturday called the school community “deeply saddened.”

“Last night we experienced a tragedy in the loss of student athlete Evan Murray following an injury during the Summit-Warren Hills football game,” Bowen said. “Our school district, with the cooperation of many, is providing grief and crisis counseling beginning immediately today, Saturday, for as long as the need exists.”

Coaches, students and community members gathered at the school’s football field on Saturday for a memorial.

Bowen declined to take questions from reporters, saying a cause of death has not yet been determined. Authorities said an autopsy was planned for Saturday afternoon.

Members of the school community said they were shocked by Murray’s death.

“I can’t comprehend what happened,” said one parent.

Murray was a three-sport athlete at Warren Hills. He also played basketball and baseball. He had been the Blue Streaks starting quarterback since his sophomore year.

“Man. Myth. Legend. I hope one day I can be half the man Evan Murray was and will forever be,” a friend Sevian Frangipane wrote on Twitter.

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Warren Hills baseball coach reflects on Evan MurrayWarren Hills baseball coach Mike Quinto reflects on athlete Evan Murray as the Warren Hills Regional High School community gathers at the football stadium Sept. 26, 2015, to mourn the death of the quarterback who was injured in a game the night before. (Video by Matt Smith | For


(reuters) – FDA approves Novo Nordisk’s long-awaited diabetes drug

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By Deena Beasley and Vidya L Nathan

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk’s diabetes drug Tresiba, two years after rejecting the long-acting form of insulin.

The agency also approved the company’s Ryzodeg, an injection that combines Tresiba and a fast-acting man-made form of insulin. Novo Nordisk is the world’s No. 1 maker of insulin, a hormone normally produced by the pancreas that helps the body use glucose for energy.

Tresiba is already being sold in 30 countries, and analysts expect annual sales of $2.4 billion by 2020, according to Thomson Reuters Cortellis.

“The U.S. market for basal insulin represents over 80 percent of the global market,” said Soren Lontoft Hansen, senior analyst at brokerage firm Sydbank. “We expect a positive price reaction on Monday between 5 percent and 10 percent.”

The FDA had declined to approve Tresiba in 2013, asking for more data on risks of heart problems from using the drug. (

U.S.-listed shares of Novo Nordisk fell 10 cents to close at $54.93 on Friday.

Hansen said the U.S. approval sets the stage for Novo Nordisk to compete against long-acting insulins Lantus and Toujeo sold by rival Sanofi SA.

Todd Hobbs, chief medical officer for Novo Nordisk in North America, said diabetics using Tresiba can go as long as 42 hours between doses, compared with 18 to 24 hours for Levemir, the company’s current long-lasting insulin.

As an ultra-long acting product, Tresiba is sold at a premium to other insulins, but Novo Nordisk said the company has not yet determined a U.S. price for the new insulin.

“We want to do everything we can to make it as affordable and as broad of an access as we can,” Hobbs said.

Novo Nordisk said it expects to launch Tresiba in the United States during the first quarter of 2016. A company spokesman said a launch target for Ryzodeg has not yet been determined.

Analysts were confident that the FDA would approve the drug after Novo Nordisk submitted interim test results to the agency earlier this year. The ongoing cardiovascular outcomes trial will likely conclude in mid-2016, Hobbs said.

Friday’s FDA approvals include warnings that Tresiba and Ryzodeg should not be used by patients who have high levels of the chemical ketone. (

Novo Nordisk earlier on Friday said its new experimental once-weekly diabetes drug, semaglutide, was successful in a late-stage study. (Additional reporting by Ole Mikkelsen in Copenhagen; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Bill Rigby)


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( – The real reason babies smile

When it comes to smiling, babies expect a little something in return — especially from mom and dad, according to a new study.

What do they seek? Newser reported babies beam to make others do the same and use “sophisticated timing” in the process.

According to U.S. News & World Report, researchers at the University of California, San Diego programmed a robot to act like a baby based on a previous study “that observed the face-to-face interactions of 13 pairs of mothers and infants younger than four months.” In that study, 11 of 13 babies showed signs of intentional smiling.

The researchers conducted the new study by designing the toddler robot to simulate how babies smile, and The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the machine interacted with UC San Diego students.

The baby-inspired bot, named Diego-San, did one thing frequently during the study, published in the journal PLOS One.

“Diego-San elicited lots of smiles, with little effort,” according to the Union-Tribune. “Students only seemed to tune out the robot when it smiled in a random, unnatural manner.”

The bottom line: Babies want to make those around them smile as much as possible, all “while smiling as little as possible,” The Times of India reported.

The Union-Tribune’s piece compared babies to comedians in this regard — exerting small effort to bring joy — and Javier Movellan, UC San Diego psychologist and lead researcher, said it’s all based on babies knowing what they want.

“I used to wonder if my daughter was trying to communicate with me when she was an infant and smiled,” Movellan said. “It might not have just been wishful thinking on my part. Babies are very goal-oriented.”

Babies also know how to usher in long-lasting grins, according to Newser.

Infants deploy “maximally efficient … wait times” between smiles because if they completely stop, the person they hope to incite joy in ceases also, the Newser report read. The robot’s interactions over the study’s course followed the same theory.

According to CTV News, study co-author Dan Messinger from the University of Miami said the new study helped researchers understand the baby-parent interaction in ways unknown before.

“What makes our study unique is that previous approaches to studying infant-parent interaction essentially describe patterns,” he said. “But we couldn’t say what the mother or infant is trying to obtain in the interaction. Here we find that infants have their own goals in the interaction, even before four months of age.”

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(CNN) – Got a new credit card in the mail? Here’s why


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There’s a reason why some newly-issued credit cards look a little different.

Swiping your credit card could soon be a thing of the past.

Banks have been sending out new chip-enabled credit cards that have to be inserted and held in a credit card reader to complete a transaction.

These new cards look similar to your old credit cards, but now have a small metallic chip on the front. Think of the chips — called EMV microchips — as mini computers. They hold your payment data, which is currently held on the magnetic stripe, and provide a unique code specific to each purchase.

Chip-enabled cards aren’t new, they’ve been around for more than 20 years and are common in many areas of the world. But they are more secure than magnetic-striped-only cards.

“The microprocessor adds additional security data to the transaction each time the card is [used],” explained Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

Here’s what will change:

Thieves will have a harder time stealing your info

The magnetic stripe is easy to copy and use to create fake cards. Thieves commonly obtain a card’s data through data breaches and using card skimmers they install in places like ATMs and gas pumps. You can unsuspectingly give away your data when you swipe your card at a compromised machine.

“Everything a fraudster would need to make a duplicate was available by copying the stripe itself or stealing data from the merchant data system,” said Vanderhoof .

The new chips hold data specific to each purchase, so reproducing will be much more difficult.

“We have not seen a proven data breech of a chip card in an EMV market since it’s been in place,”said Owen Wild, security marketing director at NCR, which makes transactional software and hardware.

It will take a few seconds longer to check out

The check-out process will be a little different and a bit longer for consumers as the card authentication process unfolds.

“If a typical transaction is three to five seconds, what we’ve seen with the chips is five to 10 seconds,” said Wild. “It will have an impact on lines … especially in high-traffic areas.”

A signature will still be required when using a chip-enabled card.

You’ll see more new card readers in stores

While there’s no mandate for the new cards, retailers and banks do have a big incentive to upgrade by October 1.

That’s when new liability rules go into effect. Right now, the bank that issues the card ends up swallowing the cost of fraud. But starting in October, whoever has less protection will have to pick up the tab. In other words, a store that hasn’t upgraded could end up footing the bill for fraudulent purchases.

That means you’re likely to see a lot more of the new readers over the coming months.

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The new card readers will require inserting and holding the card in place.

Upgrading credit card reading machines can be costly for retailers depending on their size.

“For small mom-and-pop stores, you can buy a fairly inexpensive EMV-enabled terminal,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence at Visa (V).

But for big-box retailers with more complex payment systems, the cost can be much higher. After its massive data breech at the end of 2013, Target (TGT) announced it would spend $100 million to upgrade to chip-enabled technology.

The upgrade is also costly for the issuers, with cards costing about five times as much as magnetic-stripe only cards, according to Martin Ferenczi, North America president at digital security company Oberthur Technologies.

Related: Credit card of the future could stop fraud

But don’t expect 2016 to be the year of no credit card fraud. It will take a few years for chip-based sales to become the majority of transactions.

While the protections are an upgrade to the current magnetic stripe-only credit cards, they still leave vulnerabilities. If your chip card is physically stolen, a thief would still be able to use it and there’s no added protection when shopping online.

But the technology will continue to evolve.

“The chip has a limited shelf life and has to be replaced every couple of years,” said Ferenczi.

Related: Wal-Mart exec: Credit card upgrade a ‘joke’

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( – ‘Blood moon’ total eclipse coming Sunday; here’s where to watch

The lunar eclipse, also called a “blood moon”, begins at 8:07 p.m. on Sunday, with the total eclipse lasting from 9:11 p.m. to 10:23 p.m., according to Sky & Telescope magazine. (Sky & Telescope)

The University of New Orleansand Louisiana State University have scheduled public viewing events for the unusual total lunar eclipse that will occur Sunday night (Sept. 27). The eclipse — the last total lunar eclipse until 2017 — begins at 8:07 p.m. and ends at 11:27 p.m. in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.

UNO astrophysicist C. Greg Seab and the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society are sponsoring a public gathering to discuss and view the eclipse on the university campus. Seab, a physics professor, will discuss “Moons, Supermoons and Lunar Eclipses” at 7 p.m. in Room 1001 of the Science Building.

Seab said those viewing the eclipse are likely to see dramatic changes in the moon’s color — from dusky gray to bright red-orange. “It has been called a blood moon because of its color, Seab said. “But that is not an astronomical term.”

If weather permits, the public will be able to watch the full moon rise and also be able to see Saturn. Pontchartrain Astronomical Society members will have telescopes set up at about 7 p.m. for public viewing.

Parking for the UNO event is located in a lot off Leon C. Simon Boulevard and St. Anthony Boulevard.

Umbra_color_schematic.jpgThe moon would be black during a total lunar eclipse, if the Earth’s atmosphere wasn’t present. Some of the Sun’s red light refracts through the atmosphere and into its “umbra”, or shadow on the moon, turning the moon a reddish orange.Sky & Telescope

The Landolt Astronomical Observatory on the LSU campus will be open to the public between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The observatory is making its large Alvan Clark Telescope available for public viewing of the “blood moon.”

“An astronaut standing on the moon would see our earth completely covering the sun, with the sun’s corona sticking out, giving a halo around the Earth,” said professor Bradley Schaefer of the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy. “But the brightest light will actually be a brilliant red rim all around the Earth’s edge caused by seeing all of the world’s sunsets simultaneously.”

The Ladolt observatory is on the roof of Nicholson Hall on Tower Drive next to the LSU Student Union. Free parking will be available in the parking lot between Nicholson Hall and the Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex. A stairway to the observatory is on the first floor of Nicholson Hall. The observatory is accessible to handicapped persons.

The observatory is open to the public once a month. The next scheduled viewing will be of Saturn and its rings Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

Interested in combining eclipse watching and night fishing? The St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier is providing an opportunity to do both, with $1 admission just for viewing, $3 for fishing. The pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road, Slidell, and will be open Sunday from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Just want to check out the eclipse in your own yard, or on the Web? Check out Sky & Telescope magazine’s tips for viewers and its scheduled high-definition webcast:

The magazine also has made available a lunar eclipse ebook. It includes a large moon map and lots of information about the eclipse.

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(WTAE-TV4) – 2 dead, woman wounded after shooting at Silky’s strip club

Victims found at club in Stowe Township and on West Carson Street in Esplen

STOWE TOWNSHIP, Pa. —Two men were fatally shot and a woman wounded in the leg when two groups of customers argued at a strip club early Friday morning, police said.

The shooting was reported around 4:30 a.m. at Silky’s Adult Entertainment Club on Island Avenue in Stowe Township.

“We do believe there was some kind of altercation in the bar,” Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

VIDEO: Watch David Kaplan’s report from Stowe Township

Police said two men were shot before bouncers pushed the crowd outside. One of the men — who still hasn’t been identified — was found dead in the parking lot while another was driven away in a private vehicle.

The second victim, 22-year-old Jarrell Green, was found when an ambulance arrived at West Carson Street in Esplen, which is within Pittsburgh city limits but not far from Silky’s.

Investigators say the people who drove Green away from the club have not cooperated with the investigation, but have not been charged.

“We’re asking for anybody that was in the bar, near the intersection, or on the street that may have saw or heard anything around 4:30 to call the county homicide unit,” Schurman said.

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No arrests have been made. Schurman says police are reviewing surveillance video to determine who might have been involved.

Information can be shared with county police at 412-473-1300. Callers may remain anonymous.

Follow updates from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan on Twitter@DKaplanWTAE.

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( – Speaker John Boehner will resign from Congress at the end of October

According to the New York Times, Boehner was “under extreme pressure from the right wing of his conference over whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood in a bill to keep the government open.

Rep. John Mica said Friday that Boehner “just does not want to become the issue. Some people have tried to make him the issue both in Congress and outside.”

Boehner, who represents Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District, took over the speakership in January 2011.

He was first elected to U.S. Congress in 1990 and was re-elected for his 13th term last November.

The second oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, he grew up mopping floors and waiting tables at his family tavern, Andy’s Cafe, in Cincinnati.

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A ‘lost world’ of dinosaurs thrived in the snowy dark of Alaska, researchers say – The Washington Post

By Rachel Feltman September 22 at 8:03 AM
Researcher: ‘We’re finding a lost world of dinosaurs’
A research team in Alaska have discovered a new species of duck-billed dinosaur that endured months of winter darkness and probably experienced snow. The researchers from Florida State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks say the remote area they’re exploring may hold many more dino-discoveries. (Florida State University/University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Paleontology can be pretty grueling work, especially if you want to study dinosaurs who could handle snow.

To get to the Prince Creek Formation of Alaska — an area rich with fossils of creatures who lived in the ancient Arctic — scientists have to wait for things to thaw. Then they have to come in on tiny bush planes and take inflatable boats down rivers plagued by crumbling cliffs. If they make it to the dig site without a plane crash or a cascade of boulders, they’re in for freezing rain, snow, and hordes of mosquitoes — not to mention bears, wolves, and other dangerous predators.
esearchers spent a month at the dig site along the Colville River on Alaska’s North Slope, which meant they experienced a wide variety of weather, including snow. (Greg Erickson)
They endure all this for a single month of field work. It would be a tad longer if not for falcon nesting season.

“The falcons do dive bomb us pretty frequently,” Florida State University professor Greg Erikson told The Post.

But for Erikson and his colleagues, it’s worth it. To them, this part of Alaska is the last frontier of dinosaur discovery. Along with Patrick Druckenmiller, earth sciences curator of the University of Alaska Museum of the North and associate professor of geology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Erikson has just announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur found in the area.

[New York’s Natural History Museum is getting a dinosaur so huge its head will peek into the next room]

But the duck-billed dino is even more exciting than your usual find. The dinosaur, which was previously believed to belong to a well-known species, was incredibly abundant around 70 million years ago. They’ve already found some 10,000 bones from the species.
A handful of bones from the new species. Over 10,000 bones from the creature have been found. (Pat Druckenmiller)
And that means that it thrived in an area that was — at least for a dinosaur — remarkably cold.

“It wasn’t so long ago that the idea of dinosaurs living up in the polar world was kind of, you know, really? Are you kidding?” Druckenmiller said. We don’t know a ton about how dinosaur metabolisms worked (in fact, the debate over whether they were warm or cold blooded still rages on) but most people think of them as fairly tropical creatures, like modern lizards.

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It’s an intriguing question, and one that’s difficult to answer with bones alone: Did dinosaurs, like modern reptiles, need to bask in the sun and heat to survive? Or were they warm-blooded, like the birds that would become their only surviving descendants — able to survive in the cold and dark? Erikson and Druckenmiller’s new species shows that the answer may be quite complicated.

The new species, called Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, is described in a study published Tuesday in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. At 25 feet long, the plant eater looked very similar to Edmontosaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur frequently found in Alberta and Montana. But the abundant bones, which the researchers believe are gathered in one place because a herd of young dinosaurs were attacked, showed enough small differences to make them suspicious. Detailed analysis by Hirotsugu Mori, a former graduate student at UAF, helped confirm that this was a new creature.

[Scientists find a new dinosaur with well preserved, bird-like wings — but not for flight]

At the time that these dinosaurs lived their region would have averaged temperatures in the low 40s. “By reptilian standards, that’s pretty chilly,” Druckenmiller said. So he and his colleagues believe that this species must have had special adaptations to live in the cold.

“These were dinosaurs living at the very edge of what we think dinosaurs were physiological capable of,” he said.
Greg Erickson repels down to the dig site on a rare sunny day. (Greg Erickson)
Erickson added that these extreme conditions created a sort of “natural laboratory.” If the team can figure out how U. kuukpikensis was different from its close cousins in balmier regions, they might figure out how the new species managed to survive the cold.

[Dinosaurs aren’t really extinct]

The researchers are particularly interested in looking at how quickly the new species grew, which could tell them whether or not it used an unusually slow metabolism to manage the cold. They can track growth rates by looking at lines of arrested growth in the dinosaur bones, which are basically the same as the rings on a tree.

In addition to cold and occasional snow, the dinosaurs also endured darkness: The region would have been dark for three to five months a year, and there’s no sign that the dinosaurs migrated to get some sun. The researchers already have evidence of at least 13 species of dinosaurs taking up permanent residence in this inhospitable place, and they expect to find even more — including a few unknown species.
“It’s intriguing for us to ponder how they survived those months of darkness,” Erickson said. “We’re just finding this whole new world of dinosaurs we didn’t know existed.”

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(USA Today) – See the Pope or buy a new iPhone? New Yorkers decide

Miguel Guevara, 24, is waiting the iPhone 6S at the 5th Ave Apple Store. Apple’s phone launches the same time Pope Francis visits New York City (Photo: Eli Blumenthal,)

NEW YORK — As crowds filled around 58th Streetand 5th Avenue, not everyone was awaiting the arrival of the Pope.

The site diagonal to Central Park is also home to Apple’s flagship 5th Ave Store. True to form, lines have been increasing over the last few weeks for its own big event:  the first in-store sales of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

As of midday Thursday, lines for Apple’s new phones, which have been available for pre-order since Saturday, stretched a half block around the 58th Street store. One security guard monitoring the scene said he expected Apple’s line to grow over to 1,000 people by the evening. Still, that’s a small cry from last year’s line and a drop in the bucket to the hundreds of thousands expected to see the Pope Friday at the United Nations.

Apple’s iPhone launches are notorious for their large crowds. Last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch saw lines extending over 20 blocks, with some lining up weeks to be among the first to buy the devices.

Many of those in line this year were buying the phones to resell domestically or overseas, where there is high resell value for the devices. Many were speaking languages other than English, particularly Chinese or Russian. For them the wait for iPhone came down to a business decision.

The choice between Pope and phone wasn’t so easy for Miguel Guevara, a 24-year-old Apple fan and devout Catholic from New York. Guevara was fifth in line waiting to buy a new iPhone 6S Plus in Rose Gold for himself and a Rose Gold iPhone 6S for his mother, he said Thursday. He’d been waiting since Wednesday, giving away his shift at retail store Tommy Hilfiger to get in line. He’s also a student at Pace University, but isn’t missing school thanks to the Pope’s visit.

“I’m a religious guy,” says Guevara, showing off a cross tattoo on his inner right wrist and rosary beads that he keeps in his pocket. “Its unfortunate that I’m gonna miss the Pope, but I’m sure its going to be packed anyways.”

“And I have DVR, I have my roommate DVRing it.”

The Papal visit has made waiting a bit more difficult than years past, with security prohibiting tents and folding chairs ahead of the Pope’s arrival.

“It would be nice to see the Pope,” says Jackie, 18, who was fourth in line with his friend Andres on behalf of The site that lets people donate their old devices, which are then refurbished or resold with the money going to support clean drinking water and other charities. Both have been in line for around two weeks, and in exchange for their efforts, will each be getting a 64GB Rose Gold 6S.

Jackie notes that the Apple Store is on the Pope’s route to St. Patrick’s Cathedral so they will still see him while still holding their spot in line.

And while the iPhone line-waiters have become a tradition in New York, the spectacle still draws the curious . “A lot of people walk by here and they ask you every time, almost every five minutes,” says Andres, also 18. “Before they put all the gates up, every five minutes somebody would ask us, because they saw all the chairs, ‘what are you waiting for?'”

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