Day: December 26, 2017

Dashcam Video Shows 3-Car Crash as Freeway Drivers Brake for SpaceX Rocket Launch – KTLA


Dashcam Video Shows 3-Car Crash as Freeway Drivers Brake for SpaceX Rocket Launch
The launch of the latest SpaceX rocket Friday night wasn't just a hit on social media – it appeared to create at least a couple of actual hits between vehicles on Southern California's freeways, according to a video posted to YouTube. In a video posted
Drivers crashed as SpaceX rocket launch startled Southern CaliforniansThe Denver Channel
Dashcam video shows multi-car crash in Beaumont caused by SpaceX launchKABC-TV
Three-car crash closes Mitchell Freeway for hoursPerthNow

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Business briefs: Stocks slip; Jet from Savannah slides off Boston taxiway – Charleston Post Courier

The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The Ocean County-based company used deceptive practices to obtain nearly $350,000 in federal relief funds from nine homeowners, the complaint alleged, often by pressuring customers into signing agreements with assertions that a quoted price was only available for 48 hours.

French health authorities have said 31 infants across France contracted salmonella in recent months within days of consuming baby milk made in the Craon factory. None died, though 16 were hospitalized. All are OK now.

The major indexes were slightly lower early on and veered little for the rest of the day. It was the lightest day of trading in about a year.

The complaint also alleged the company performed home elevations without being legally registered for that type of work; did substandard work that didn’t pass municipal inspections and didn’t fix the problems; abandoned one job without finishing the promised work; and delayed obtaining necessary permits, effectively displacing homeowners for longer time periods.

Trading was light as investors returned from the Christmas holiday.

Hunters harvest 65 deer in first week of chronic wasting disease hunt in Montana – KTVQ Billings News

Of the mule deer checked during the past week, eight were bucks and 36 were antlerless. Of the white-tailed deer checked, nine were bucks and 12 were antlerless.

More information about CWD and the special hunt is available online to

CWD is a progressive, fatal neurological disease that effects deer, elk and moose. It has been present for some years in states and Canadian providences north, east and south of Montana, but was first found in wild deer in the state this fall during a focused CWD surveillance throughout south-central Montana.

The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet and Billings between Dec. 19-24 included 44 mule deer and 21 white-tailed deer. The count brings the total for the hunt, which opened Dec. 15, to 117 mule deer and 55 white-tailed deer.

The special hunting season will run through Feb. 15, unless hunters fill a quota of 200 deer of each species before that date.

CWD has not been shown to spread to people, pets, livestock or wildlife outside of the deer family. However, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend not consuming meat from an animal known to be infected with CWD. The CDC also recommends that hunters have deer tested if they were harvested in areas where CWD is known to be present.

The special hunt is designed to gather information about the distribution and prevalence of CWD in deer in an area of Carbon County where six deer harvested during the 2017 general big-game season tested positive for the disease. Hunters are required to submit their harvested deer to FWP within three days either at a check station at Joliet or at FWP’s Region 5 headquarters in Billings Heights. The Joliet check station is open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Region 5 headquarters is open during normal business hours.

Springfield area ending 2017 with moderate drought, bitter cold – The State Journal-Register

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around -2. Wind chill values between -7 and -12. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Fall temperatures were above normal and precipitation below normal in the Springfield region, according to the National Weather Service at Lincoln, which recorded only a tenth of an inch of rain in Springfield for September. Water levels on Lake Springfield were at the lowest level of the year, 556.16 feet above sea level as of Dec. 8, according to City Water, Light & Power. The lake is considered full pool at 560 feet.

Abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions exist across the southern two-thirds of Illinois, according a weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, Sangamon, Menard, Logan, Morgan and Macoupin counties are in a moderate drought. Conditions are rated as abnormally dry in most of Christian and Montgomery counties.

Saturday: A chance of snow after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 14.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values between -4 and 1. East wind around 6 mph.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values between -4 and -14. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest after midnight.

BBC1’s The Miniaturist is a wonderfully unusual Boxing Day treat – Radio Times

There is, of course, a danger that a botched screen adaptation will take a sledgehammer to all those beautiful images the author has constructed in your head and replace them with something ugly, something wrong, something that distorts the original story.

The first time I read Jessie Burton’s debut novel The Miniaturist I was struck by a prophetic thought: ‘This absolutely needs to be a film or TV show’.

Offended, Nella takes matters into her own hands and commissions “The Miniaturist” to make objects for her doll’s house, requesting a lute and a teeny-tiny box of marzipan as her own secret rebellion against the Brandts.

And now here it is, in prime position in the BBC’s festive TV schedule. Christmas wishes do come true.

One major secret is revealed on Boxing Day, and that secret belongs to Johannes: he is gay, and has a male lover. That explains his attitude towards Nella, the wife he must marry in order to show the world he is a “normal” businessman in pious Amsterdam.

The exquisitely detailed doll’s house, the tiny furniture, the Brandt family’s Amsterdam canal house with its hidden secrets – all if it would transfer so perfectly to the screen, if only it were handled with love and care.

There is lots to set up in the first episode of The Miniaturist, so if you’re wondering whether to hang on and watch the hour-long second episode, the answer is: stick with it. The pay-off comes, and it does not disappoint.

Zack Moss, Utah run over West Virginia in Heart of Dallas Bowl – Salt Lake Tribune

Three plays later, Huntley faked a pitch to Moss, tucked the ball and followed a pair of lead blockers pulling and leading around the end as Huntley strolled into the end zone untouched to give the Utes a 14-3 lead with 5:46 left in the first half.

However, the Utes took advantage of a Mountaineers special teams blunder. All Big-12 returner Marcus Simms allowed a punt to hit the ground, and it caromed off him and Barton recovered at the Mountaineers’ 13-yard line.

The Utes’ defense limited the Mountaineers offense, led by backup quarterback Chris Chugunov, to 153 yards of total offense and just six first downs, three of which came on the Mountaineers’ second to last drive of the game.

Utah pushed around the Mountaineers to the tune of a 30-14 win in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl to improve to 11-1 in bowl games during coach Kyle Whittingham’s tenure. The win also gave Utah its fourth consecutive season with a winning record (7-6) as well as a fourth consecutive year with a bowl victory.

• Julian Blackmon wins MVP of the game with two interceptions.

Meanwhile, the defensive line, anchored by seniors Filipo Mokofisi, Lowell Lotulelei and Kylie Fitts rushed, hit and sacked Chugunov all day.

After the Mountaineers tacked on another field goal to make it 17-6, West Virginia penalties and a fourth-down conversion on a pass to Darren Carrington II set up Huntley’s second touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Gay added two more field goals before Mountaineers receiver Ka’Raun White caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chugunov with 1:58 remaining.

“I thought they really controlled the game from start to finish, our defense – particularly the front,” Whittingham said. “I’m very proud of those senior defensive linemen — Lowell and Flip and Kylie Fitts. I thought they played extremely well today. We won the line of scrimmage. That was very evident on both sides of the ball.”

Florida State meets Southern Miss in Independence Bowl –

Florida State (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be playing without some of its top defensive players, including second-team AP All-American safety Derwin James, who declared for the NFL draft and opted not to play in the bowl game.

”We’re not expecting one person to try and (stop Smith), we’re expecting everybody,” Florida State interim coach Odell Haggins said. ”We’re a team. We play team defense. We’re going to play together.”

The Seminoles will try to slow a Southern Miss offense that’s led by running back Ito Smith. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior has run for nearly 4,500 yards in his career, including 1,323 this season.

TAGGERT’S WATCHING: The Independence Bowl will be a prime opportunity for Florida State players to impress Willie Taggart, the program’s new coach. Taggart replaces Jimbo Fisher, who left earlier this month to take the Texas A&M job. Taggart won’t coach in Wednesday’s game but has been around the program during bowl workouts.

WATCHING FOR AKERS: Florida State’s Cam Akers has emerged as the top option in the Seminoles’ backfield, running for 930 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Akers – who was one of the top-rated recruits in the nation last year – is familiar to several players and coaches on the Southern Miss roster. Akers played in high school in Clinton, Mississippi, which is less than two hours from the Southern Miss campus.

The Seminoles freely acknowledge it’s been a tough few months. They’re also adamant the disappointment won’t carry over to the field when they face the Golden Eagles.

BOWL STREAKS: Florida State is making its 36th consecutive bowl appearance, which is the longest streak in the nation. The Seminoles have won seven of their past nine in the postseason. Southern Miss has played in a bowl game during 13 of the last 16 seasons.

Liverpool verdict – Rampant Reds a joy to watch once more after running riot with devastating show – Liverpool Echo

The outpouring of emotion that followed showed exactly what it meant to the lifelong Reds fan, who used to watch training through a hole in the wall at Melwood, as he slid on his knees in front of the Kop before being mobbed by his team-mates.

Not used: Nordfeldt, Van der Hoorn, Rangel, Dyer.

It was a gamble to deny him his dream move last summer but it has paid off handsomely. It’s testament to his attitude and application that Klopp handed him the captain’s armband in the absence of both Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

Fellow countryman Roberto Firmino tormented the Swans and helped himself to a couple of classic poacher’s efforts as he took his tally for the season to 16 goals.

At the Emirates last Friday the Reds were left to rue not killing Arsenal off but a blistering start to the second half ensured there would be no repeat.

Police release photos of damaged car after hit-and-run death – Belfast Telegraph

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released without charge.

“We’ve examined CCTV in the area and are keen to speak to three men who were seen walking along Oldham Road, near to the junction of Queens Road shortly after the collision took place.

The victim, who was in her 40s, was hit shortly before 9pm as she crossed a pelican crossing in the Miles Platting area of Manchester.

Images of the vehicle have been released by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as they appeal for witnesses.

Police have released pictures of a damaged car after a woman was killed in a hit-and-run collision on Christmas Day.

“If you saw the Peugeot on Christmas Day prior to the collision in the Manchester area or another area, please get in touch with us as soon as you can.

She was taken to hospital, where she later died, while a damaged blue 2008 Peugeot was found abandoned near the scene of the collision.

The science behind why you remember some of your favourite smells from childhood –

The science behind why you remember some of your favourite smells from childhood
There are certain odours ingrained in your mind that can trigger memories of experiences which happened a long time ago – and scientists now believe they may have found the areas in the brain responsible for storing these smells as long-term memories
Odours may trigger long-term memories: StudyABP LIVE

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