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With this rugged speaker, sound takes a backseat to accessories – Engadget

Friday, August 21, 2015

It takes a lot to get me excited about a Bluetooth speaker these days. Although subpar sound quality plagued early devices, newer models offer both good looks and solid audio. Even so, most of the current offerings are same-y; unremarkable. Now, a company called Braven has found a way to evolve the Bluetooth speaker even further, with a large selection of rugged wireless speakers. The BRV-PRO was unveiled earlier this…

North Korea: We’re in a ‘quasi-state of war’ – USA TODAY

Friday, August 21, 2015

South Korea returned fire after it was attacked by North Korea. No damage was reported, though hundreds were evacuated from the area. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

Woman says she secretly recorded Jared Fogle’s conversations – CNN

Friday, August 21, 2015

(CNN)When Rochelle Herman first heard Jared Fogle’s alleged off-color comments about young girls, she was so disturbed, she knew she had to do something, she said. She recorded conversations with him for the FBI. Fogle, a pitchman for Subway at the time, was attending a health event at a school in Florida in 2007 when the incident occurred, Herman said. She was covering the event for a local station when…

Greece crisis: Syriza rebels form new Popular Unity party – BBC News

Friday, August 21, 2015

Former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis is the leader of the new party Rebels from Greece’s governing left-wing Syriza are to break away and form a new party. Prime Minister and Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras stood down on Thursday, paving the way for new elections. The move came after he lost the support of many of his own MPs in a vote on the country’s new bailout with European creditors earlier…

An Army Ranger School milestone, but obstacles remain for women in military – Los Angeles Times

Friday, August 21, 2015

When the first two female soldiers graduate Friday from the Army’s grueling Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Ga., the ceremony will mark a milestone in the Pentagon’s decade-long push to integrate women into front-line military units. It also will serve as a reminder of the obstacles women still face in uniform. Although they get to wear the famed black and gold Ranger tab, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye…

After ‘horrifying’ personal attacks, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King … – The Week Magazine

Friday, August 21, 2015

Since Obama became president, the Democratic Party has forfeited huge swaths of the nation to Republicans at every level of politics. In fact, you have to look back to the Great Depression or Watergate to find a similar reversal, Politico reports. Since Obama took office in 2009, Democrats have been crushed in the House and lost several Senate seats; Republicans have nabbed governorships in blue states and swing states, like…

Disgust in Rome at mafia don’s glamour funeral complete with Godfather music – The Guardian

Friday, August 21, 2015

Romans aghast at revelations of official corruption tied to the mafia found new reason for outrage after the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported local crime boss – replete with a gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from The Godfather playing outside the church. Hundreds of tearful mourners paid their final respects to Vittorio Casamonica, 65, at the San Giovanni Bosco church on Rome’s…

One Direction Drops Their First Music Video Post-Zayn Malik — Watch ‘Drag Me … – Hollywood Life

Friday, August 21, 2015

It’s finally here! One Direction has unveiled their music video for ‘Drag Me Down’ and it’s simply out of this world — literally. The British boyband teamed up with NASA for their first music video post-Zayn Malik. Check out the video here! There’s certainly a play on the words here. In the song, Harry Styles, 21, Liam Payne, 21, Niall Horan, 21, and Louis Tomlinson, 23, all sing, “Nobody can drag me down,” and the…

This week’s new live music – The Guardian

Friday, August 21, 2015

Four Tet, London A DJ, producer and enthusiast, Kieran Hebden’s reputation originally stemmed from the bucolic breaks that were called – as were those by Caribou – “folktronica”. But from a starting point in post-rock (there was a late 90s band, Fridge), his subsequent interest in jazz and techno have melded into some challenging third-stream works, such as his electronic free-jazz improvs with drummer Steve Reid. Throughout, an enduring quality…

Audio Visuals: Lana Del Rey Has an RPG and Isn’t Afraid to Use It – Wired

Friday, August 21, 2015

Here’s a fun detail for you: This week’s Audio Visuals post includes an Academy Award nominated actress, an alien, and the beloved Game of Thrones character Grey Worm—and they’re all singing! OK, so we can’t prove that FKA Twigs is from another celestial plane, but we’re pretty convinced at this point. But it just goes to show that musical talent can hide in the most unexpected places, and so can…

Making the electric car sound sexy: GLM’s ZZ model will have built-in sound … – Daily Mail

Friday, August 21, 2015

Synth maker Roland will partner with GLM to make electric engine sound Synthesiser will respond to dynamics including acceleration and braking Neo-futuristic sound will give drivers ‘experience of driving a spaceship’ The ZZ model will go on sale in the autumn but no price has been released  By Jack Millner For Mailonline Published: 04:56 EST, 21 August 2015 | Updated: 04:57 EST, 21 August 2015 View comments While electric cars like…

First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School – Voice of America

Friday, August 21, 2015

FORT BENNING, GEORGIA— Two women are making history as the first female soldiers to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger school. Rangers make up only about 3 percent of the active duty force of the Army. As the Ranger sign at Fort Benning, Georgia warns, the program is “not for the weak or fainthearted.” Sixty percent of soldiers selected for the course won’t make…

Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal – Reuters

Friday, August 21, 2015

WASHINGTON As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress. The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and other Democrats twice in the White House. He listened to briefings by Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior Defense…

North Korea orders front-line troops into ‘wartime state’ after exchange of fire – CNN

Friday, August 21, 2015

(CNN)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered front-line military units to enter “a wartime state” after an exchange of fire with South Korea, his country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Friday. The announcement, employing bellicose language typical of North Korea, adds to the edgy situation in the region. The two sides traded artillery fire over their heavily fortified border on Thursday afternoon, according to the South Korean Defense…

Greece’s Tsipras Bets on Early Polls to Boost Reform Mandate – ABC News

Friday, August 21, 2015

Greece’s president launched the process Friday of asking opposition leaders to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and called an early election next month to deal with a governing party rebellion over Greece’s third bailout deal. The opposition has little chance of uniting and forming a government so quickly, meaning that after more than five years of a worsening financial crisis, Greece is headed…

Gas Line Explodes During Construction at a Manhattan High School – New York Times

Friday, August 21, 2015

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UPDATE 2-Josh Duggar admits cheating on wife after Ashley Madison hack – Reuters

Friday, August 21, 2015

(Adds detail on early version of statement, upcoming documentary and fan reaction) By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES Aug 20 (Reuters) – Former reality TV star Josh Duggar on Thursday admitted cheating on his wife after reports that he had subscribed to the Ashley Madison affair website, apologizing for being “the biggest hypocrite ever.” “While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife,” Duggar, 27, a former…

AP PHOTOS: Deadly Washington Wildfire Rages On – ABC News

Friday, August 21, 2015

An investigation was underway Thursday after a wildfire in Washington state claimed the lives of three firefighters and left four others injured, one critically. The deaths happened Wednesday night in the scenic Methow River valley about 115 miles northeast of Seattle, where a series of blazes covering close to 140 square miles had merged. The three firefighters were members of a specially trained unit that is sent into danger ahead…

Gas Explosion at New York City High School Injures 3 People – ABC News

Friday, August 21, 2015

A gas line has exploded during construction at a New York City high school, injuring three people. Fire officials say it happened Thursday night at the John F. Kennedy High School in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx. Nearly 140 firefighters responded to the scene. All three injured people have been hospitalized. Police say their injuries aren’t considered life-threatening. A police spokesman says crews were working on a gas…

North Korea orders front-line troops into ‘wartime state’ after exchange of fire – CNN

Friday, August 21, 2015

(CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 9:36 p.m. ET] North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered front-line military units to enter “a wartime state” after an exchange of fire with South Korea, his country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Friday. [Previous story, posted at 7:03 p.m. ET] In an escalation of the tense situation in the region, North and South Korea exchanged fire over their heavily fortified border Thursday,…