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Massive blasts rock Chinese city of Tianjin, killing 17 and injuring over 300 – CNN

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tianjin, China (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 11:13 p.m. ET] Nine firefighters are dead and dozens more remain missing in the wake of massive blasts at an industrial warehouse in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin overnight, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the firefighters’ deaths were included in the overall death toll of 17 that Chinese state media reported earlier. [Previous story, posted…

Former President Carter says he has cancer – Reuters

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare,” Carter, 90, said in a statement. “A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.” Carter, a Democrat, served as the…

Los Angeles Covers Reservoir Waters With ‘Shade Balls’ – ABC News

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Los Angeles has been blackballed. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating “shade balls” to protect water quality. City officials this week dumped the last 20,000 of 96 million black balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir in Sylmar, 25 miles northwest of downtown. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir. That prevents chemical reactions that can cause algae…

Poll: Trump has (smaller) lead in New Hampshire – USA TODAY

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Donald Trump (Nati Harnik, AP) Businessman Donald Trump still leads among New Hampshire Republicans, a new poll says, but his numbers appear to have dropped since last week’s debate and dust-up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Trump is at 18%, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush at 13%, seven months before New Hampshire holds its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, according to the Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald survey. The next three spots are…

Chelsea Manning faces possible solitary confinement, lawyer says – Fox News

Thursday, August 13, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. –  Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning could be placed in solitary confinement indefinitely for allegedly violating prison rules by having a copy of Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover and an expired tube of toothpaste, among other things, her lawyer said Wednesday. The former intelligence analyst, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700,000…

Windows 10 is awesome… but don’t buy a new Windows 10 laptop right now – BGR

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Windows 10 has been getting rave reviews from people who have upgraded their machines from Windows 7 and Windows 8. But what if you’re looking to get a brand-new laptop that runs Windows 10 — what’s your best option? According to The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern, the answer right now is that you shouldn’t buy a new Windows 10 laptop for at least another few months. DON’T MISS: I just watched…

Here’s why people are furious about Lenovo laptops right now – Fortune

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has apparently been caught secretly installing its own proprietary software on Windows PCs, and the software appears near-impossible to remove. Multiple users have noticed that Lenovo computers were automatically downloading an application called “Lenovo Service Engine” to their machine, and, disconcertingly, the said firmware would reinstall itself even after a clean reboot of the Windows operating system was performed. The problem was first noticed by Ars…

Broken Arrow School District Gives Laptops To Ninth Graders – News On 6

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Students at the Broken Arrow Freshman Academy start school next week with a laptop that could save more money than it costs. The new, low-priced computers replace textbooks and other more expensive computers. The district has 1,300 ninth graders this year and every one of them gets a computer they’ll keep for the year. Buying all those computers costs a lot, but it could save even…

Check out some of the weirdest NBA fashion photo shoots – SI.com

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Over the last decade, NBA players have staked their claim as the most fashion forward athletes in sports, but when the still conservative world of sports smashes together with the avant-garde world of high fashion shoots, the results can be a little ridiculous. Recently Dwyane Wade raised some eyebrows by sharing a photo from a recent photo shoot with Esquire, along with the hashtag #IfYouCantPullItOffYouWontUnderstand to explain his two-coats, no-shirt look….

Fashion’s Zombie Brands: They’re Baaack – New York Magazine

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection Another day, another revival of a fashion house, with a photogenic young man attached to design it. Nothing to see here, just another turn of the blithely spinning fashion-news wheel, right? Except that the brand in question is only four years old and is best known for selling moderately priced trays, costume jewelry, and other whimsical gift-friendly items. I’m referring to last Thursday’s announcement that C….

Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by recent surgery – Fox News

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ATLANTA –  Former President Jimmy Carter announced he has been diagnosed with cancer in a brief statement issued Wednesday. “Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.” The statement makes clear that Carter’s…

Officials: At Least 13 Dead in China Port Explosions – New York Times

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Asian Morning Briefing: US Stocks Stage Late Rally – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MARKETS AT A GLANCE9 (Data as of approximately 5 p.m. ET) SNAPSHOT: U.S. stocks staged an afternoon rally to recover from a second day of losses following China’s currency devaluation, as Treasury prices pared earlier gains. The dollar tumbled against the euro and the yen as investors reconsidered expectations for a rate increase in September after China’s currency plunged for a second day. Gold prices rose in safe-haven buying. Oil…

Black-balled: LA tries spherical scheme to block evaporation amid drought – Fox News

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Is a bevy of black balls – 96 million to be exact – a crucial solution in helping California manage its calamitous drought? On Monday, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti deployed the final 20,000 of the 96 million “shade balls” onto the surface of the city’s 175-acre, Sylmar-based reservoir, completing the final stage of the $34.5 million Los Angeles Department of Water (LADWP) attempt to protect the region’s water quality….

A few asterisks on that ‘Bernie Sanders leads in New Hampshire’ poll – Washington Post

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Windows 10 is awesome… but don’t buy a new Windows 10 laptop right now – BGR

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Windows 10 has been getting rave reviews from people who have upgraded their machines from Windows 7 and Windows 8. But what if you’re looking to get a brand-new laptop that runs Windows 10 — what’s your best option? According to The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern, the answer right now is that you shouldn’t buy a new Windows 10 laptop for at least another few months. DON’T MISS: I just watched…

Woman suffers burns after laptop explodes – KSAT San Antonio

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NEWS Woman on South Side treated for burns, smoke inhalation SAN ANTONIO – A woman was rushed to a hospital after her laptop exploded, burning her. Fire crews were called to the 400 block of Congress Avenue near South Flores on the city’s South Side. The woman was apparently working at the kitchen table at her home around midnight when the laptop caught fire, investigators said. When fire crews arrived,…

Here’s why people are furious about Lenovo laptops right now – Fortune

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has apparently been caught secretly installing its own proprietary software on Windows PCs, and the software appears near-impossible to remove. Multiple users have noticed that Lenovo computers were automatically downloading an application called “Lenovo Service Engine” to their machine, and, disconcertingly, the said firmware would reinstall itself even after a clean reboot of the Windows operating system was performed. The problem was first noticed by Ars…

23 reasons your laptop is better than a boyfriend or girlfriend – Metro

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Relationships come and go, but the internet is forever.  Feeling a bit concerned about the amount of time you spend in the default position of slouching in bed, laptop open? Don’t stress. Being single and in love with your laptop is significantly more fulfilling than any romantic relationship. Here’s why. 1. A laptop’s just as good for snuggling as any significant other Its warm glow on your lap beats actual…