Day: January 3, 2018

No. 25 NDSU Opens New Year at Pitt on Jan. 5, Big 12 Dual at West Virginia on Jan. 7 – NDSU Bison Athletics

NDSU 197 Cordell Eaton Places Fourth at Reno Tournament of Champions
North Dakota State 197-pounder Cordell Eaton placed fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Nov. 17. NDSU was seventh in the team standings with 77.5 points. Eaton, a redshirt sophomore from Long Grove, Iowa, lost a 10-6 decision to Cal Poly’s Tom Lane in the semifinals after winning three straight matches. NDSU 133 Cam Sykora reeled off five straight tech falls after suffering a 6-3 loss to North Carolina State’s Tariq Wilson.

No. 3 Oklahoma State Defeats NDSU
No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State won nine of 10 matches including two falls and three tech falls to defeat North Dakota State 40-3 in a Big 12 Conference dual on Nov. 26 before 1,511 spectators in Scheels Center. NDSU 157-pounder Clay Ream recorded the lone win for the Bison with a 3-2 decision over Jonce Blaylock.

No. 25-ranked North Dakota State (4-5, 0-3 #Big12WR) is scheduled to open the New Year at Pitt (1-5, 0-0 ACC) in a non-conference dual at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 … Live results at … Video at ACC Network Extra / Watch … North Dakota State will then travel to West Virginia (1-3, 0-1 #Big12WR) for a Big12 Conference dual at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, in Morgantown … The Mountaineers host #18 Oklahoma on Thursday … Live results at … Video at

Fogarty Places Fifth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
North Dakota State 165-pounder Andrew Fogarty placed fifth at the Cliff  Keen Las Vegas Invitational Dec. 1-2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Bison were in 18th place in the team standings with 43 points.  Fogarty put together a 7-2 record including one pin.

Coming Soon
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Wyoming (1-2, 1-1 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Bison Drop Road Duals at No. 8 Iowa, No. 13 Northern Iowa
North Dakota State opened the dual portion of its schedule on the road. No. 8-ranked Iowa defeated the Bison 38-6 on Nov. 17. Paul Bianchi was the lone winner for NDSU at 125 pounds. North Dakota State dropped a 21-19 decision to No. 13 Northern Iowa in a Big 12 Conference dual on Nov. 19 that came down to the final match. Native Iowans, 133 McGwire Midkiff and 197 Cordell Eaton, each posted wins for the Bison along with 157 Clay Ream, 165 Andrew Fogarty and 285 Dan Stibral.

The Lineup
Wt.     #25 North Dakota State Bison (4-5, 0-3 #Big12WR)
125 — Paul Bianchi (17-8, 5-4)
133 — #23 Cam Sykora (15-3, 6-0) OR McGwire Midkiff (8-8, 1-3)
141 — Sam Hampton (5-6, 1-4)
149 — Kyle Gliva (15-8, 5-3) OR Mitch Bengtson (10-4, 0-1)
157 — #15 Clay Ream (13-3, 7-1) OR Nick Mergen (8-8, 0-2)
165 — #19 Andrew Fogarty (22-6, 6-3)
174 — Charley Popp (3-5, 1-4) OR Nick Knutson (4-6, 1-1)
184 — Tyler McNutt (10-11, 0-6)
197 — Cordell Eaton (13-7, 5-4)
285 — Dan Stibral (13-9, 3-6)

Bison in the Individual Rankings
Individually, on the (Dec. 26) rankings, Clay Ream is No. 14 at 157 pounds and 165 Andrew Fogarty is No. 18 at 165 pounds;
 … In the Track Wrestling (Jan. 1) rankings, Cam Sykora is No. 23 at 133 pounds, Clay Ream is No. 13 at 157 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 21 at 165 pounds;
 … In (Dec. 26) rankings, Clay Ream is No. 11 at 157 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 18 at 165 pounds;
 … In the Asics/Flowrestling rankings (Dec. 26), Clay Ream is No. 13 at 157 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 19 at 165 pounds;
 … In the Amateur Wrestling News (Dec. 26) rankings, Clay Ream is No. 18 at 157 pounds,
 … And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Dec. 18) rankings, Clay Ream is No. 10 at 157 pounds.

Sessions names 17 interim US attorneys, including in premier Manhattan office – Washington Post

The office in Manhattan is particularly important because, with 220 assistant U.S. Attorneys, it is one of the largest in the country, and its prosecutors handle some of the country’s most high-profile terror and financial crimes cases. The former U.S. Attorney there, Preet Bharara, was particularly high-profile, and notably did not step down immediately when asked by Trump with 45 others in March. He is now the host of a podcast “Stay Tuned with Preet” and is often publicly critical of Trump.

Geoffrey S. Berman, a law partner of Rudy Giuliani at the firm Greenberg Traurig and a former federal prosecutor, was named to the interim post at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, which handles some of the most high-profile cases in the country, according to a release from the Justice Department.

The other 16 U.S. attorneys Sessions named included Nick Hanna, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles and San Diego, for the Central District of California; Richard Donoghue, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, to head that office; Matthew Schneider, the Chief Deputy Attorney General in Michigan for the Eastern District of Missouri; Timothy Garrison, a prosecutor in the Western District of Missouri to head that office; Craig Carpenito, a partner at Alston & Bird for the District of New Jersey; and Grant Jaquith, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York to head that office.

Devlin Barrett contributed to this report.

“As a former U.S. Attorney myself, I have seen firsthand the impact that these prosecutors have and it is critical to have U.S. Attorneys in place during this time of rising violent crime, a staggering increase in homicides, and an unprecedented drug crisis,” Sessions said in a statement. “That is why, today, I am appointing 17 current and former federal prosecutors to serve as U.S. Attorneys on an interim basis. Each has excellent prosecution skills and the temperament necessary to succeed in this critical role — and they have already proven that with a number of accomplishments on behalf of the American people.”

Possible blizzard Thursday — then temperatures plunge – The Boston Globe

The Mattapan high-speed trolley will be replaced by bus service, and harbor ferries will be canceled, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said at a news conference.

In less-tempestuous areas of the state, winds will gust up to 40 miles per hour at the storm’s peak, forecasters say.

The weather service warned that the storm “is becoming a serious situation in regards to the damaging wind,” which could lead to downed power lines and trigger power outages across the state at a time when people need shelter.

Walsh said at a news conference he expected 8 to 12 inches of snow in the city. He said the city is ready with 40,000 tons of rock salt and 700 pieces of snow-clearing equipment. In addition to asking people to stay off the roads, he asked them to keep their children inside, away from the dangers of snow plows. He urged people to look out for their elderly neighbors.

“In a few spots, sea ice chunks may exacerbate damage to structures and roads along the shore,’’ forecasters wrote.

Wednesday was relatively warm, with the temperature in Boston peaking around 28 degrees, after a record-tying stretch of seven days when the mercury did not climb above 20.

He said non-essential state executive branch employees had been given the day off and urged businesses to allow their employees to work from home.

After the storm clears, residents will face a return to the bitter cold that has been plaguing the area.

“A few low spots could be inundated up to 6 feet. There will be widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and basements,” forecasters said.

Prickles and a paunch: Israel’s overweight hedgehogs go on diet – Reuters

Prickles and a paunch: Israel's overweight hedgehogs go on diet

RAMAT GAN, Israel () – Ten overweight hedgehogs have had to go on strict diets and exercise regimes after they ate so much on the streets of Israel they struggled to curl up into a ball to fend off predators. Sherman, the overweight hedgehog
Wildlife hospital puts fat hedgehogs on diets with personalised exercise plansMetro
Israeli Hedgehogs Are Too Fat, Have To Go On DietsForward

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Appalachia Underground Natural Gas Storage Clears 1st Test – U.S. News & World Report

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Appalachia Underground Natural Gas Storage Clears 1st Test
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Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks about tax reform on Capitol Hill in Washington. Plans for an underground liquefied natural gas storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle
Appalachian Underground Natural Gas Storage Hub Clears Initial HurdleWest Virginia Public Broadcasting

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California: Hardly any snow but not in drought again, yet – Fox News

“It’s very clear to us that we need to have more information” about how atmospheric rivers behave overall, Davis said.

This winter, in contrast to the previous rain-sodden one, meteorologists point to a strengthening La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific, which typically brings drier weather.

The dry spell is even more acute in Southern California, including Los Angeles, which the National Weather Service said this week was marking its driest 10-month period on record. Residents there last saw significant rainfall in February.

A stubborn ridge of high pressure in the Pacific — the same bad guy during the state’s drought — has been blocking storms from reaching Southern California in particular.

As Californians, “we live in the most variable climate in the country,” Davis said Wednesday, surrounded by forecasters and water officials in parkas for their mountain-meadow news conference. “That variability is what we have to manage.”

This winter, one month into the state’s peak storm season, snowpack across the Sierras stood Wednesday at 24 percent of normal.

Near-record rainfall last winter snapped the historic drought, filling reservoirs and sending many rivers over their banks. Reservoirs remain at 110 percent of normal storage thanks to the last wet winter, water officials said.

Tesla falls far short on Model 3 deliveries, pushes back production targets – CNBC

There were no Model 3 deliveries in 2016, as the car was not in production yet.

Tesla said it delivered 29,870 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2017, including 1,550 of its anticipated Model 3 sedan.

The California-based electric-car maker also delivered 15,200 Model S sedans, and 13,120 Model X SUVs. That represents a 27 percent increase over the same quarter in 2016 for both models combined, and a 9 percent increase over Q3 2017, Tesla’s previous best quarter, the company said.

Tesla is apparently still deep in the circles of production hell.

On Wednesday, the electric car maker released delivery numbers for the fourth quarter of 2017 that fell short of many expectations on Wall Street, and once again pushed production targets on its highly anticipated Model 3 sedan.

“In the 12-month investable time frame our rating contemplates, we see Tesla as a great company led by a true visionary, but must acknowledge the asymmetric risk/reward profile for the stock at the market’s current valuation,” Osborne said in the note. “Simply, we see a lot more that can go wrong than can go right as the company transitions into Mr. Musk’s greater vision as laid out in his Master Plan, Part Deux.”

In 2017, the company had said it planned to reach a production rate of 5,000 cars per week for the Model 3, but later revised back that target to the end of the first quarter. Now, Tesla expects to reach the target by the end of the second quarter.

In addition to those deliveries, Tesla said there were 2,520 Model S and X vehicles and 860 Model 3 vehicles in transit to customers at the end of the quarter, which Tesla will count as deliveries in Q1 2018.

Judge Dismisses Long-Shot Bid to Overturn New York Bitcoin Law – Coindesk

In a media statement sent to CoinDesk, Chino’s lawyer said that while the court decided Chino has no standing to challenge the BitLicense regulation, he has already filed an appeal to the New York State Supreme Court. It further stated:

Justice lady image via CoinDesk’s archive.

The full content of the court decision on the case is shown below:

The dispute mainly stemmed from the controversy that arrived with the introduction of BitLicense. Entrepreneurs complained that the license enforced too many regulations, as well as imposed high compliance costs.

As previously reported by CoinDesk, in addition to the $5,000 non-refundable application fee for the BitLicense, legal fees and time allocation could result in several thousand dollars spent. Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, for example, estimated at the time that one company could spend up to $100,000.

Natural Gas: Fast Money – Seeking Alpha

Natural Gas: Fast Money
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