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10
Oct
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Space X Completes Historical ISS Docking

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Dragon, the first commercial unmanned space vessel has successfully docked with the International Space Station, loaded with half a ton of provisions. The historic operation puts Dragon owner SpaceX in line with world's four mighty space agencies.

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, along with JAXA colleague Akihiko Hoshide, captured the capsule using a robotic arm at 6:56AM ET. The duo are currently guiding the capsule into a dock. Dragon is delivering 822 pounds of supplies to the laboratory onboard the ISS, including crew supplementaries, scientific research, and hardware. Then, 18 days later, the capsule will be returned to Earth with 1,673 pounds worth of supplies.

 

Wed
10
Oct
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Irish Betting on Obama

With less than a month to go before America goes to the polls Paddy Power, Europe’s largest betting company, can report that close to 3 times more money has been staked on President Barack Obama than his election rival Mitt Romney.

The Irish betting house has seen only 25.5% of money staked on their next President betting line placed on Romney since he was formally named as the Republican candidate on August 30th while 74.5% of the dough has been placed on Obama in the same period.

Meanwhile, the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, has seen his odds of winning the presidential race improve significantly from 9/2 to 2/1 since his powerful display in the first debate but still trails Barack Obama who remains the favourite to win the election at 4/11.

Mon
08
Oct
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4 Killed in Lakeview, NY in Early Morning Accident

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Four people were killed in a single car crash early Monday Morning in Lakeview, NY according to New York State Police. 

The accident occurred on the Southern State Parkway about 4 a.m., closing the roadway for more than five hours on Monday.    A local resident who lives nearby the accident said the crash sounded like and explosion and was so loud it woke him from a deep sleep. 

Investigators combed through what appeared to be study aids for standardized tests.  At the crash scene the lone car was cut completely in half.  Remnants of debris included backpacks and a PS3 NBA basketball game cartridge.

 

The Lakeview Fire Department responded to the scene with an ambulance and engine and later provided thermal imaging and lighting for other first responders, officials said.

State Police said there was a second crash in the area that occurred just east of the fatal crash and said the two incidents were unrelated.

Mon
08
Oct
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Chavez Wins Presidential Election: 6 More Years

By: N. Tru Bass►

The voters have spoken in the Venezuelan Presidential election Sunday night.  President Hugo Chavez was declared the winner in this year’s election promising six more years of Chavez leadership.   He was declared the winner by receiving 54 percent of the vote to serve an unprecedented third term precipitated by the elimination term limit restrictions in 2009.

Earlier this week, Chavez said he would accept the results of the peoples vote whether he wins or loses.  “We’ll respect the results, whatever they are,” he told reporters after casting his vote in Caracas Sunday morning.  He also said citizen were turning out in massive numbers in the latest presidential election.

Excited Chavez supporters celebrated with fireworks as the results were read.  Election officials said challenger Henrique Capriles won 45 percent of the vote. 

Sun
07
Oct
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"Steel Magnolias":Producer Threatens Injunction Against Sunday Night Movie

 
Steel Magnolias original producer is suing over the airing of Sunday nights “Steel Magnolias”.  Claiming she’s not getting the credit or cash she deserves for the cover. 
Executive producer of the 1989 hit film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Shirley MacLaine filed suit against Sony Pictures and Lifetime television stating producer of the new TV movie starring Queen Latifah and Houston Native Phylicia Rashad.
White says she has a “Television agreement” that entitles her to a co-producer or co-executive producer credit on any TV project based on her hit film.  That TV agreement says any covers of her top-notch tear jerker obligates the new producers to pay a $15,000 fee, plus up to 3.75% of net profits. 

Sun
07
Oct
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Gas $5.69 in Los Angeles

 

Here in West Houston we saw gasoline prices rise a bit this week.  The national average holds for now at $3.81 per gallon, up slightly from previous weeks.  Californians are taking a beating at the pumps paying a record high average of $4.61 a full $.90 cents more than the rest of the country. 

While across the state the average is mid four dollars; in Los Angeles citizens are paying prices upwards of $5.69 and according to buyers, they have to get it. 

The rising prices are said to be due to a number of disruptions in supply, although according to a recent poll American’s are questioning the fragility of the fuel supply. 

Experts are saying the steep rise could be over by early next week and prices could finally start falling, the country is feeling your pain L.A.

Thu
04
Oct
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Romney Takes Obama To Task On Economy and Campaign Promises

Presidential Debate

By: N. Tru Bass !?

Mitt Romney came out in the first round of presidential debates Wednesday night in an offensive state of mind.  The Thinkering’s straw poll had Romney decisively ahead on confidence and statistics. 

Although, President Barak Obama is known for his persuasive speaking style Mitt Romney 1-up him in every statistical category.  An estimated 60 million viewers saw the debate firsthand.

Romney is decisively behind in all recent polls, and needed a strong performance in the first of a series of debates leading up to the 6 November 2012 election date.  He rose to the occasion with even staunch Obama supporters appreciating the effort. 

Mon
01
Oct
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Is Your Cellphone a Friend or Foe?

 

U.S. military experts at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana has created a new Android application that turns on your phone’s camera and beam images back. 

The Software can even build up a 3D model of your home, from which viewers can monitor your rooms, and potentially glean any information about you, your home or family; Including calendar entries.

The software called PlaiceRaider creators have showed how they could read the numbers of a check book when they tested the software on 20 volunteers.

Once the app is installed on a user’s phone, it can begin sending information back. Software on the other end can reconstruct maps of the invaded rooms.  The creators gave their infected phone to 20 people, who did not know about the app, and asked them to continue operating in their normal office environment.

Sat
29
Sep
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Longtime New York Times publisher, dead at 86-Arthur Sulzberger

 

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the influential publisher who transformed The New York Times in his long tenure, has died at age 86, the newspaper reported Saturday.

Sulzberger died Saturday at his home in Southampton, New York, after a long illness, the paper said, citing his family.

He started in 1963 as both publisher of the paper and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company. He left the publisher's job in 1992 and the chief executive's job in 1997, handing both reins to his son, the paper reported.

The Sulzberger family has helmed the paper since 1896, when it was bought by Adolph Ochs, Sulzberger's grandfather.

Sat
22
Sep
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Southlake Aviation Awarded $32-Million Damages Against West Houston Company

Kase Lawal

A Dallas County jury today awarded more than $32 million to a Southlake business whose leased plane was detained in the Congo last year after being taken there by an official with a Houston oil company in what Congolese officials suggested was a gold smuggling plot.
After deliberating over parts of three days, jurors determined that CAMAC International, its subsidiary CAMAC Aviation, and Mickey Lawal the head of the company’s African Operations, should pay Southlake Aviation $32.45 million for taking the company’s long-range Gulfstream V aircraft to the war-torn African country. Southlake Aviation is owned by businessman and philanthropist, David Disiere. CAMAC International’s president and CEO is Kase Lawal, Mickey Lawal’s brother and a member of one of President Obama’s trade advisory committees.

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