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Singapore confirms 41 locally-transmitted Zika cases Singapore confirms 41 locally-transmitted Zika cases
- August 30, 2016

The Foreign Ministry has set up coordination with the Health Ministry and Indonesian embassy in Singapore over the preparedness to face the threat, Marsudi added. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people. Thailand has recorded the highest number of cases in the region at nearly 100 infected people across 10 provinces this year. (more...)
The Internet Is Obsessing Over Britney Spears' Carpool Karaoke: The Best Reactions
- August 30, 2016

But the 34-year-old added that she has no plans for marriage: "I think I might not ever go to men again ... Things took for an even more hilarious turn when, for "... "Tragically, as Britney's star continued to shine, her private life crumbled after the divorce of her parents and her tabloid breakup with Justin". (more...)
Elon Musk's SolarCity to Build "Solar Shingles" For Your House
- August 30, 2016

Tesla Motor Inc. announced the use of a larger and upgraded battery pack on the high-end versions of all-electric sedan Model S and Model X SUVs to boost their driving range and acceleration. During the "go-shop" period SolarCity could seek other buyers, should it choose to do so. From August 1, SolarCity was offered 45 days to find a better offer before the two companies propose their deal to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. (more...)
Sheikh Mohammed Conducts Surprise Checks in Government Offices, Finds Them Empty Sheikh Mohammed Conducts Surprise Checks in Government Offices, Finds Them Empty
- August 30, 2016

The 67-year-old sheikh was seen walking into an empty room but it was not clear whose office it was. According to Gulf News, Sheikh Mohammed is known for his early-morning inspections "to ensure government services are up Dubai's globally-admired standards", so his presence should not have come as a complete surprise to those caught out. (more...)
Tropical storm warning issued for North Carolina Tropical storm warning issued for North Carolina
- August 30, 2016

That depression is expected to become a tropical storm, and while it threatens to bring wind and rain to eastern North Carolina, there's a chance the worst of the weather will remain offshore. The name of this expected tropical storm remains unclear for the time being. The storm's path has been the subject of speculation for a week, and as of Monday morning forecasters expected it to turn to the west-northwest today, pass north of western Cuba and move deeper into the southeastern Gulf. (more...)
Weather: Strong Storms Sunday Night, Partial Clearing Monday
- August 30, 2016

A cold front is crossing the northeast today , so you'll notice some clouds and maybe even a spot shower, but any clouds will clear the state this afternoon and mostly sunny skies will prevail. Highs will be cooler, in the 70's and 80's. Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Tomorrow night: Cloudy; Occasional showers/storms. Wind: E/NE 5-10. (more...)
Dozens dead as Turkey targets Kurdish militias in Syria Dozens dead as Turkey targets Kurdish militias in Syria
- August 30, 2016

Syrian activists say government airplanes have attacked a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned. "We will continue until we uproot this terror organization", Erdogan told the rally. The Turkish-Kurdish conflict has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people, a lot of them Kurds. (more...)
Google Cast now native to Chrome Google Cast now native to Chrome
- August 30, 2016

The Google Cast extension for Chrome , which launched in July 2013, is no longer required for casting. Google Cast is now built-in to Google Chrome, allowing users to stream straight from the browser to their Cast device. When you visit a website that supports Cast, you should see a "sender" icon that only appears if you're connected to the same network as your Chromecast device. (more...)
Over 300 Reindeer Were Killed By A Freak Lightning Strike In Norway
- August 30, 2016

The incident is said to have happened during a violent storm. The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves, in the lightning storm on Friday. So yep, with the insane amount of rain seeping into the already fast-thawing ground, those lightning rod legs, and that steadfast pack mentality, these poor reindeer had a whole lot going against them that day. (more...)
Islamic State takes responsibility for Yemen bomb; at least 60 dead Islamic State takes responsibility for Yemen bomb; at least 60 dead
- August 30, 2016

Aden , Yemen's second city and a base for the Saudi-based government, has been witnessing for months a series of assassinations and blasts against the army and police forces. local time (1.15 a.m. ET) while recruits were waiting in line to be enrolled among troops heading to battle at the Saudi-Yemeni border, the officials said. (more...)
Northern Japan Braced for Arrival of Typhoon Lionrock Northern Japan Braced for Arrival of Typhoon Lionrock
- August 30, 2016

Lionrock, which was initially slated to make landfall in Japan Sunday, already reached past its peak intensity. It's expected to maintain much of its current power before weakening as it passes over the northern part of the Japanese archipelago and into the Sea of Japan. (more...)
French Minister Blames US Protectionism for TTIP Failure French Minister Blames US Protectionism for TTIP Failure
- August 30, 2016

Both the European Union's lead negotiator in trade talks with the United States and the spokesman for Germany's chancellor on Monday downplayed assertions that negotiations on the proposed landmark pact have collapsed. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested he would "never sign any trade agreement which hurts our workers or which diminishes our freedom and independence" - a swipe at TTIP. (more...)
Tropical Storm Hermine May Not Make A Caribbean Appearance After All
- August 30, 2016

The tropical wave is moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour and is now being hindered in its development by upper-level winds. Should it develop enough to earn a name, it will be called Hermine, the eighth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. (more...)
European ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libyan coast
- August 30, 2016

Refugees from Eritrea rest inside the Astral vessel after being rescued from the Mediterranean sea. A migrant is seen after being rescued during a MOAS operation off the coast of Libya August 18, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Italian Red Cross released on August 19, 2016. (more...)
Is it aliens? Big radio blip sparks SETI interest — GeekWire
- August 30, 2016

That lack of detection doesn't close the book on an extraterrestrial civilisation just yet. Because the receiver covers such a big sweep of the radio dial, it is hard to tell if the signal comes from intelligent life. The power requirement gets even steeper, he said. Another possibility, of course, is that the signal is a natural anomaly , such as background noise. (more...)
Appeals court dismisses FTC lawsuit against AT&T for data throttling Appeals court dismisses FTC lawsuit against AT&T for data throttling
- August 30, 2016

They offered unlimited data plans, but failed to tell customers that their speeds would be knocked down to near-unusable levels after they had used a certain amount of data, which has changed a few times since this saga began in 2011. Because AT&T was a common carrier, it can not be liable for the violations alleged by the FCT. AT&T previously filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but that was denied by the district court. (more...)
Turkish forces deepen push into Syria, draw USA rebuke over targets Turkish forces deepen push into Syria, draw USA rebuke over targets
- August 30, 2016

The region lies between two Kurdish-controlled cantons - one east of the Euphrates and the other to the west near the Mediterranean. "Turkey's claims that it is fighting the YPG west of the Euphrates have no basis in truth and are merely flimsy pretexts to widen its occupation of Syrian land", Redur Xelil, chief spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, told Reuters. (more...)
Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1 Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1
- August 30, 2016

A spokesman for the Japanese supplier confirmed to Reuters that the truck was carrying airbag inflators and propellants with ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound that is at the heart of the massive safety recall for the airbags. "Takata immediately deployed personnel to the site and has been working closely with the subcontractor and the appropriate authorities to investigate this incident", Takata said in a statement. (more...)
Iceland's Met Office: 2 Earthquakes Rock Our Largest Volcano Iceland's Met Office: 2 Earthquakes Rock Our Largest Volcano
- August 30, 2016

The volcano is covered by an ice cap, which should, in the event of an eruption, typically contain the lava for around 60 to 90 minutes, giving time to alert the population and worldwide air traffic, Roberts said. Gunnar Gudmundsson, a geophysicist, said authorities are monitoring the situation at the volcano in southern Iceland and described it as "a little bit unusual". (more...)
Parole denied for the 9th time for John Lennon's killer Parole denied for the 9th time for John Lennon's killer
- August 30, 2016

In the panel's decision released formally Monday, the members commended Chapman for "your acceptance of responsibility and vivid characterization of your crime as premeditated, selfish and evil". Two letters were sent advising against it, one of which was was understood to have been sent on behalf of Ms Ono. Mrs Chapman said the couple spend their time having sex, making pizzas and watching Wheel of Fortune on television and said her visits are the highlight of the year for both of them. (more...)

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