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Melbourne named 'most liveable city' Melbourne named 'most liveable city'
- August 18, 2016

The Economist said that social unrest and the rising threat of terrorism resulted in 20 percent of cities scoring worse than they did in the 2015 survey. Perth is in seventh spot with 95.9, reports ABC. The ranking of Brisbane, which was 18 a year ago, is yet to be published. "Although 17.2 percentage points separate Melbourne in first place from Warsaw in 65th place, all cities in this tier can lay claim to being on an equal footing in terms of presenting few, if any, challenges to ... (more...)
Epic meteor shower peaks tonight
- August 18, 2016

According to NASA , the best time is sometime after midnight but before dawn on Friday. The Perseids will peak tonight, August 11 , but tomorrow night should also be a good show. The newly released Perseid video shows meteors captured from July 26 through today by NASA's All Sky Fireball Network, a system of 15 cameras scattered throughout the country. (more...)
U.S. Swimmers Pulled From Plane By Brazilian Authorities U.S. Swimmers Pulled From Plane By Brazilian Authorities
- August 18, 2016

Brazilian police blocked at least two members of the U.S. Olympic swim team from flying back to the U.S. on Wednesday, amid doubts over claims made by the athletes and fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte of a robbery at gunpoint in Rio. "I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so - I'm not getting down on the ground". "They pulled us over", Lochte said. Lochte himself told police that he and team mates Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had all attended a party in the French Olympic ... (more...)
Verizon Offers Apps Home Screen Placement For $1-$2 Per Phone
- August 18, 2016

U.S. telecommunications giant Verizon is offering companies the chance to have their apps installed on customer smartphones, AdAge reports. The apps also can't be targeted at certain consumers, and the move could end up frustrating or upsetting Verizon's customers. (more...)
CA Advocates Slam DEA Decision to Keep Marijuana a Schedule One Drug
- August 18, 2016

Under the law, schedule I drugs , which includes marijuana, are classified as substances that now have no now accepted medical use. The policy announced today does not remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I substances, but does open the door to finding new, practical benefits for the drug. (more...)
Nikon Launches Its First Entry level Camera, the D3400 Nikon Launches Its First Entry level Camera, the D3400
- August 18, 2016

The D3400 includes an 11-point AF system and 5 frames per second (fps) shooting to capture the best frames of fleeting moments. The Nikon D3400 is loaded with high performance features that help capture images in a variety of shooting situations, including a broad ISO range from 100-25,600, which helps to produce top-quality photos and videos with low noise. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's prediction about black holes observed in lab Stephen Hawking's prediction about black holes observed in lab
- August 18, 2016

For the first time, using a model of a black hole that traps sound instead of light, scientists have seen spontaneous evidence of what comes out of them. But time and continued research indicate that there may be even more to the theory of black holes than previously thought. "It doesn't prove that Hawking radiation exists around astrophysical black holes ". (more...)
The HP Omen X Desktop is for gamers on the edge The HP Omen X Desktop is for gamers on the edge
- August 18, 2016

In terms of thermal management, there's a tri-chamber design to separate components and optimise thermals with dedicated cooling in each chamber. It also has liquid cooling. Rounding out the package are 10 USB ports, including eight USB 3.0 and two USB 3.0 Type C; 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity; slim-tray DVD burner; 1,300W power supply; and Windows 10 Home 64-bit. (more...)
Southern California wildfire 4 percent contained
- August 18, 2016

The fire was zero percent contained and covered 28 square miles at 11 p.m. PT (2 a.m. ET) - only 12 hours after it began - according to CalFire. Another major fire has been burning 100 miles north of San Francisco since Saturday. "As long as we keep our family and pets safe, thats all we are anxious about", said Hagen. Although it falls within the mandatory evacuation zone some residents have remained, keeping one eye on their homes and another on the fire. (more...)
Clinton tax returns show huge loss from presidential run
- August 18, 2016

Their charitable contributions were $42,000 to the Desert Classic Charities and $1 million to the Clinton Family Foundation, a vehicle for charitable giving that is not related to the high-profile Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. (more...)
In NYC, 49 pregnant women had Zika, 1 baby born with defect
- August 18, 2016

Duval County has now reported seven travel-related cases of the Zika virus, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday. Other cases in the county have included residents from DeSoto, Irving and Dallas who traveled overseas to places such as El Salvador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Jamaica. (more...)
Great Lakes' second-oldest shipwreck discovered in Lake Ontario Great Lakes' second-oldest shipwreck discovered in Lake Ontario
- August 18, 2016

It sank in Lake Ontario during a storm in 1803, not far from Oswego, New York with at least five people aboard, three crew and two merchants. A team of underwater explorers says it has found the second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes. (more...)
Kayakers nearly killed by breaching Humpback whales Kayakers nearly killed by breaching Humpback whales
- August 18, 2016

The group captured the whales' breach, as the mammals got closer and closer to their boats. The group has faced criticism for getting so close to the wildlife, Stapinsky said, but he maintains they were following the rules. They thought they'd seen it all, until the mother shot through the water moments later. Watch the above video to see the encounter. The video originally posted to YouTube, has been viewed more than 70,000 times and has been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook. (more...)
Trump to begin airing TV ads in key election states
- August 18, 2016

He said anti-police critics, and Clinton, " share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places within our country". Trump appeared Tuesday night at what seemed to be a setting for a more typical rally in West Bend, Wisc., but he mostly stuck to the script in what the campaign billed as a speech on "law and order", in which he talked about violence in cities, along with common themes about what the GOP nominee views as a "rigged" political system. (more...)
Newest wildfire advances on thousands of California homes
- August 18, 2016

Even for California's firefighters, experienced in tackling wildfires, this blaze - or rather series of blazes - is proving very hard to tackle. Jerry Brown, California's governor, declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County on Tuesday. (more...)
Cisco laying off 5500 employees amid tech upheaval
- August 18, 2016

Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins, who took over in July 2015, has been working to boost growth by shifting Cisco's offerings toward software-based networking, security and management products, which customers increasingly prefer because they're less expensive and more versatile. (more...)
Ford to introduce autonomous ride-sharing vehicle by 2021
- August 18, 2016

FORD has thrown its hat into the autonomous ring today, announcing that it plans to have high-volume fully autonomous cars in production by 2021. The company's office located in Palo Alto California is going to witness an expansion both in terms of its physical layout and the number of people working at the facility. (more...)
Americans want to see Clinton's deleted emails: Trump campaign
- August 18, 2016

The Kaines between 2006 and 2015 paid a combined federal, state and local effective tax rate between 18.7 percent and 29.1 percent. Presidential candidates typically release their tax returns to the media to show their effective tax rate, charitable donations and other financial details. (more...)
Voter Registration Deadline nears for State & Local Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline nears for State & Local Primary Election
- August 18, 2016

A resident can also complete an affidavit with a deputized registration clerk at the resident's village mayor's office, or at the resident's public high school or college campus. 3,494 voters were registered to vote in Washakie County in the primary election on Tuesday, August 16. For more information, call your local county board of elections. (more...)
Dundalk suffer blow in Champions League quest with defeat by Legia Warsaw Dundalk suffer blow in Champions League quest with defeat by Legia Warsaw
- August 18, 2016

But the backdrop was still all too familiar to those in the crowd who had frequented Lansdowne Road over the years, the glorious summer weather of earlier in the week giving way to relentlessly damp and dreary conditions. The final blow came in injury time when Legia broke free and scored a second to break Dundalk and Irish hearts. Andy Boyle threw himself in the way and, although his back was turned and his arm close to his side when the ball hit it, the referee appeared to have no ... (more...)

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