Day: January 8, 2018

An early look at the Detroit auto show floor –

Maurice Bracken, 44, has been working on the auto show for 16 years, ensuring the shipments are handled well, the glass is clean, the pixels are clear and more. 

“This is a chance for us to show off what’s going on in the city,” Duggan said.

“We got families to feed. We want people to come here to Detroit,” Bracken said. “We come in the evening, we clean everything up (and) get prepared for the next day.”

About 1,500 workers were hired for the event, in which automakers and suppliers from around the world will unveil and display dozens of new vehicles and products over two weeks.

The auto show is adding an extra 30,000 square feet of space to the auto show this year, totalling just shy of 1 million square feet of exhibitions.

NAACP and Anti-Fascists Plan to Protest Trump in Atlanta –

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Fo, Fo, Fo: West Virginia is a perfect poster child for a season of chaos in college basketball –

Virginia (14-1) — You might’ve heard this one before: The Cavaliers aren’t especially fun, but they’re effective. Their lone loss came at No. 2 West Virginia and they’re 3-0 in ACC play after a 61-49 win over North Carolina. Virginia ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring defense (52.5 ppg) and No. 2 in field-goal percentage defense (35.9). Sure, the style of play is a bit like watching paint dry, but the walls usually look pretty good once it does.

Texas Tech (14-1) — It’s time to take the Red Raiders seriously. They’ve opened Big 12 play with double-digit wins over then-ranked Baylor, No. 12 Kansas and Kansas State. They whipped the Jayhawks at The Phog, which is less impressive this season than most, but still. They beat Northwestern and Nevada, both ranked at the time, in nonconference play and took their only loss against No. 13 Seton Hall. Now for the gauntlet: at No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET on U) and home against No. 2 West Virginia on Saturday (2 p.m. ET on ).

Michigan State (15-2) — The Spartans had won 14 straight and looked like the clear No. 1 after winning their Big Ten opener by 30 over Maryland. Then they lost by 16 at Ohio State on Sunday to complete the wacky weekend in hoops. Still, in a year where everyone has at least one oddball loss, MSU feels like the most complete team — one of only two that ranks top-10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency — with blowout wins over North Carolina and Notre Dame on the resume.

It was another reminder that home-court advantage is powerful, as Michigan State, Duke, Arizona, Xavier, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida State all took losses on the road. The Spartans, Blue Devils, Sun Devils and Musketeers all fell to unranked opponents.

West Virginia (14-1) — The Mountaineers haven’t lost since a season-opening blowout against Texas A&M, which tells you what the Aggies look like at full strength and makes their meltdown more remarkable. WVU took out No. 3 Virginia earlier this season and in the last three games won at Oklahoma State and Kansas State and toppled red-hot Oklahoma. Jevon Carter, the nation’s leader in steals, harassed Sooners superstar Trae Young into arguably his worst game.

Rain unleashes risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged California – Fox News

Rodriguez reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writers Christopher Weber and John Antczak in Los Angeles also contributed to this report.

In the foothills just northeast of Los Angeles, residents placed sandbags outside houses that survived a December fire that scorched more than 24 square (62 square kilometers) miles, destroyed 60 homes and damaged 55 others.

“Everything is soaking into the ground at this time, but if it gets very heavy, it could trigger a flash flood warning,” Anderson said.

In Southern California, about 21,000 people were evacuated from neighborhoods beneath hillsides laid bare by the state’s largest wildfire and other recent blazes amid fears of flash floods and debris flows.

“Creeks that normally would be dry would turn into raging rivers of mud and debris and large rocks and trees,” Lewin said. “These can be quite damaging. They’ll destroy roads, they’ll take out homes.”

Robert Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, urged residents in parts of Summerland, Carpinteria and Montecito to leave by midday. The hillside communities were evacuated last month as the massive Thomas Fire raged. Evacuations also include homes near other burn areas dating to 2016.

The weather service also issued a winter weather advisory for portions of the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), forecasting about 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) of snow and up to 1 to 2 feet (30 to 61 centimeters) on higher peaks Tuesday. It said travelers should prepare for difficult travel conditions, including gusty winds, low visibility and slick and snow-covered roads.


A yearslong drought eased in California last spring, but Northern California had a dry start to winter and hardly any measurable rain fell in the south over the past six months. The extremely dry conditions and high winds last year led to some of the most destructive blazes on both ends of the state.

Bills coaches, Triplette’s crew weren’t primed for playoffs – Seattle Times

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Forward progress is usually called when a running back is stopped and defenders are piling on him or several defenders drape a quarterback.

The Bills’ curious play call, however, paled in contrast to the series of odd calls by referee Jeff Triplette’s playoff crew in Kansas City, where the Tennessee Titans overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to shock the Chiefs 22-21.

The drive stalled from there and Stephen Haushka’s 31-yard field goal was all the Bills had to show for their 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 8:06, their only decent drive all game.

All six of the fired coaches directed rookies who underperformed in 2017, so they’re the ones shouldering the blame for Elway’s so-far dismal draft class.


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West Brom in the running to sign forward who is set to leave Everton – reports – Birmingham Mail

Wenger wants to move into the transfer market to bolster his squad after Arsenal’s second string were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.

“We’d give Jonny a deal no problem,” Pardew said.

And the Birmingham Mail understands that remains the case, despite reports both Arsenal and Man City have now made contact.

Niasse has delivered a number of eye-catching performances this term despite only starting five matches, making a further nine substitute appearances.

The Frenchman failed with a £15 million bid in 2015 and was also left empty-handed when a £25 million offer was rebuffed last summer.

“I can’t give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anyone,” he said.

It’s thought talks have opened over new terms worth up to £100,000 a week, making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

But Pardew might be in two minds as to whether Evans’ availability is actually advantageous.

But the club could be tempted to accept £25 million with Pardew keen to bring in funds to reinvest on offensive players.

Novel Approaches May Push Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Forward – OncLive

Going back to the genomic story, the subset of patients with DNA-repair deficiencies that drugs, such as platinum agents and other DNA-damaging agents such as PARP inhibitors, may have a role. That concept is being developed now in pancreas cancer. There is a registrational study beyond the frontline setting looking at olaparib [Lynparza] in patients with germline-mutated pancreas cancer who have been treated with platinum-based therapy.

The second part of my talk touched on genomic sequencing in pancreatic cancer from the tumor perspective, meaning somatic profiling. We also discussed it from the germline perspective, meaning the family lineage opportunity. Are there findings that can have an impact in terms of treatment decision making? 

The last part of my talk was about where the field is going and the promising areas. The whole field of immunotherapy is a huge focus in pancreas cancer. We are trying to understand the microenvironment, why the T cells are not effective, and if we can make a tumor immune-responsive by combining immunotherapies together or combining immunotherapy with chemotherapy. There are many studies addressing these questions so that, over the next couple of years, we will understand whether there are opportunities.

In an interview during the 2017 OncLive® State of the Science SummitTM on Gastrointestinal Cancers, Eileen O’Reilly, MD, associate director for Clinical Research, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discussed novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer.

Germline testing is interesting. It is an emerging story in pancreas cancer. In solid tumors, we are finding that somewhere between 10% to 15% of patients with germline mutations are actionable and therapeutically important. For example, testing for BRCA, ATM, and NBN is something that we are increasingly thinking about; should we be doing this on a routine basis with pancreas cancer?

Spanish prisoner declared dead wakes up in morgue –

Spanish prisoner declared dead wakes up in morgue

Jan. 8 (UPI) — Authorities in Spain launched an investigation after a prisoner whom three doctors declared dead later woke up in a morgue hours before his autopsy. Britain's The Independent cited local Spanish media, which reported employees at the

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WD Patches Backdoor Security Flaw in My Cloud NAS Devices – eWeek


WD Patches Backdoor Security Flaw in My Cloud NAS Devices
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