Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yankees rally against Nathan for 5-4 win in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ? Eduardo Nunez hit a tying triple, Brent Lillibridge followed with a go-ahead single and the New York Yankees rallied against All-Star closer Joe Nathan in the ninth inning Tuesday night for a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.

New York's comeback got started when Vernon Wells drew a one-out walk against Nathan (1-1) and scored on Nunez's triple to deep center. Nunez stumbled on his way to third and practically flopped into the bag, then scored on Lillibridge's single to left.

Nathan had converted 15 consecutive save chances, and 31 of 32 this season. Texas had been 51-0 when leading after eight innings.

Mariano Rivera, who set up Nathan's save in the All-Star game a week earlier, struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 32nd save this season, extending his career record to 640.

Joba Chamberlain (2-0), the fourth Yankees pitcher, got help in his perfect eighth when center fielder Brett Gardner made two incredible catches ? one against the wall before his running, leaping grab to end the inning.

The Rangers scored their runs in the sixth, all of them unearned after Lillibridge's error at third base. Texas led 4-3 after Mitch Moreland greeted reliever Boone Logan with a two-run homer.


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How an Astronomical Mystery Was Explained by High-Tech Photography

How an Astronomical Mystery Was Explained by High-Tech Photography

They stretch 50 miles into Earth's upper atmosphere. They shower the night sky with shimmering bursts of light. They emit a crackling "ping" over radio. And because they're so fast, scientists have only known about them for a few decades. Today, Wired Science introduces us to the world of Transient Luminous Events?and the Sante Fe astronomer who has pioneered the art of photographing them.



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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What banks are hunting for acquisitions in Florida? (Slideshow)

Tampa-based American Momentum Bank has plenty of capital and has explored acquisitions.

The rush for bank acquisitions in Florida is heating up and some big names are kicking the tires of available institutions.

A feature story in the print edition of all four Florida Business Journal publications looked at the market for bank mergers and acquisitions. Experts say conditions are promising for deals, especially because many banks value doing business in the Sunshine State.

Click on the slideshow of banks that have expressed interesting in purchasing Florida banks. In some cases, these banks have pending mergers awaiting regulatory approval.

All of these institutions are looking to grow and have plenty of capital to do so organically. But if they want to jumpstart their plans, an acquisition is the way to go.

Who might the targets be?

Here are lists of Florida banks for sale and banks that might seek a buyer because they need to raise capital.

Brian Bandell covers banking, finance, health care and education. Get the latest banking industry news here.


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Akon suggests that black people move to Africa following George Zimmerman acquittal


While Lupe Fiasco was busy sounding off on black America and shaming us for not ?valuing ourselves,? a popular African artist was offering a different perspective.Akon took to Instagram immediately after the ?not guilty? verdict was read in the George Zimmerman trial and suggested that blacks move back to Africa. According to the Konvict Muzik head, who is of Senegalese descent, we would receive much better treatment on the African continent.

?Every African American in the United States need to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were u will be treated like the royalty you are,? Akon captioned the below photo. ?You don?t deserve this treatment. This is not your country!!?

Several fans have responded negatively to the photo.



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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Canada train derailment puts brakes in spotlight

The deadly derailment of an oil tanker train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, over the weekend has raised questions over how the unmanned 73-car train rolled away from where it had been stopped. The head of the train's railway company on Wednesday blamed the accident on an employee who he said had failed to properly set its hand brakes.



Such freight trains have an electronic air brake system and hand brakes, which do not require the train's power to be on. Investigators are looking into a fire reported on the same train less than about an hour before Saturday's disaster. A local fire official has said the train's engine was shut down - standard operating procedure dictated by the train's owners. When the train's power is turned off, the air brakes are disabled, and the hand brakes are needed.



Hand brakes are set on individual cars. Edward Burkhardt, president and CEO of the railway's parent company, Rail World Inc., says an employee failed to properly set the hand brakes in this case. "We think he applied some hand brakes, but the question is did he apply enough of them," Burkhardt said. Investigators have said they are looking into both sets of brakes for the train.



Officials with Canada's transportation agency, Transport Canada, this week explained that such a train by law must have a "sufficient amount" of hand brakes set so the train doesn't move. Because size and weight vary by train, there is no predetermined number of brakes required. Instead, the train's locomotive engineer must perform a "push-pull" test before leaving the train to make sure enough hand brakes have been set.



In this case, the train was manned by a single worker, the engineer. There are no rules against one-person crews, Luc Bourdon, Transport Canada's director general for rail safety, said this week. Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, the train's owner, successfully applied last year to have just a single operator on the line. Bourdon also said it is rare - but not against the rules - to leave a train unattended on a main line.


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