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aurora area officials to meet with caterpillar about possible job cuts


for almost 60 years, caterpillar executives have dined regularly at jim's steakhouse, an elegant, dimly lit restaurant in downtown peoria. a small toy bulldozer signed by a former executive hangs on the wall."we've served every ceo throughout the years. and now they're going to be eating at gibson's"...






see how a couple created a his-and-her house


ray christensen, a longtime sports play-by-play announcer for wcco radio has died. over the years, ray christensen broadcast minnesota twins baseball, minnesota vikings football, minneapolis lakers basketball, and golf and hockey, as well as 510 gopher football games in 50 years and 1,309 gopher basketball games in 45 years.






california judge ordered to impose longer sentence in child attack


as thousands called for his resignation and politicians lined up to condemn him, orange county superior court judge m. marc kelly kept his mouth shut.he’d been lambasted from every angle after sentencing a 20-year-old child molester to prison for 10 years, rather than the legal minimum of 25 years...






esa selects german engineer to join 2009 astronaut cl , eight years later


a german engineer has been named to the european space agency's (esa) astronaut cl — of 2009. eight years ago, matthias maurer finished as one of the ten finalists for europe's astronaut corps. now he is training for a future spaceflight ignment.






gallery: super bowl li - patriots beat falcons 34-28 in ot


ray christensen, a longtime sports play-by-play announcer for wcco radio has died. over the years, ray christensen broadcast minnesota twins baseball, minnesota vikings football, minneapolis lakers basketball, and golf and hockey, as well as 510 gopher football games in 50 years and 1,309 gopher basketball games in 45 years.






elephant reunited with trainer after 15 years


they say an elephant never forgets. while “never” may be a bit hyperbolic, this elephant clearly remembered his trainer, from whom it had been separated for fifteen years.full story at youtube.more great animal vids. posted by josh urich






coastal commission objects to anthony's replacement


the $13 million replacement for anthony’s fish grotto, which closed last week after 71 years on san diego bay, ran into objections from the california coastal commission on tuesday that could delay the project for months if not years. the commission staff declared a 10-day appeal period, ending...






fifteen years in prison for quebec man who fathered three children with his daug


a west quebec man convicted of ually abusing two of his daughters when they were young and fathering three children with one of them was sentenced to 15 years in prison friday in a gatineau courthouse. jacques lesage, 79, of val-des-monts, que. was found guilty last friday by a jury who convicted him on three counts of incest and one count of indecent ault.the two daughters who were abused by their father cried and hugged each other before their supporters applauded them in the courtroom.lucie lesage, 53, and her sister nathalie lesage, 49, each requested a routine publication ban be lifted so their identities wouldn’t be a secret.“it’s a relief. i am very isfied with the number of years that i think is appropriate for what we endured,” said nathalie, clutching her sister’s hand outside of






marking 20 years of european crash testing


2 february 2017 last updated at 05:12 gmt footage is released celebrating 20 years of european crash testing.






pakistan’s middle cl soars as stability returns


islamabad—pakistan, often in the headlines for terrorism, coups and poverty, has developed something else in recent years: a burgeoning middle cl that is fueling economic growth and bolstering a fragile democracy.the transformation is evident in jamil abbas, a tailor of women’s clothing whose 15 years of work has paid off with two children...






7 found guilty of robbing german churches to finance jihad


berlin — a german court has found seven men guilty of burglarizing churches to financially support islamic extremists fighting in syria.cologne's regional court sentenced the men to between three years and 6 months, and four years and 10 months in prison for the robberies.judges say that there's sufficient proof the men — aged between 24 and 37 — broke into up to five churches and other buildings between 2013 and 2014.in monday's ruling, judges said it was unclear whether the funds they generated were actually used to support armed jihad and if so, to what extent.an eighth man was sentenced to two years and 7 months for serious bodily harm.five defendants are german citizens, two hold german and tunisian citizenship, and one holds german and moroccan citizenship.






celebrating 20 years of european crash testing


2 february 2017 last updated at 05:12 gmt footage is released celebrating 20 years of european crash testing.






life on earth exploded, but meteorites didn’t start the party


sometimes life just finds a way pixabay a plethora of meteorites rained down upon earth 468 million years ago, but they probably weren’t responsible for an explosion of life. a modern evolutionary myth may have been dispelled. some 470 million years ago, a wealth of meteorites started falling to earth, filling the sky with shooting stars.…






monk, abbot of rebel greek monastery sentenced to 20 years


thessaloniki, greece — a monk and the abbot of a mt. athos monastery deemed schismatic by the greek orthodox church have been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison by a court in this northern greek city.antypas, one of 118 monks at the 1,000-year-old monastery, was sentenced for throwing firebombs at a court bailiff who was trying to evict the monks from a building in karyes, capital of the mt. athos monastic community, in july 2013.abbot methodios was convicted for incitement. another six monks, sentenced to 10 years as accessories, were freed on appeal.the esphigmenou monks are in a bitter dispute with the istanbul-based ecumenical patriarch, spiritual leader of the world's orthodox christians, whom they accuse of treason for seeking better relations with the catholic church.






chicago aquarium euthanizes more than 90-year-old lungfish


chicago — an australian lungfish that entranced visitors to chicago's shedd aquarium for more than 80 years has been euthanized due to old age, the popular tourist attraction announced monday.granddad, who was 4-foot-long and weighed 25 pounds, had stopped eating and started showing signs of organ failure. he was euthanized on sunday. a necropsy — or animal autopsy — found conditions consistent with old age, aquarium officials said."for a fish who spent much of his time imitating a fallen log, he sparked curiosity, excitement and wonder among guests of all ages who would hear his story," said bridget c. coughlin, shedd aquarium's president and chief executive officer.shedd estimates granddad was more than 90 years old. the aquarium acquired him from the sydney aquarium in australia during






former georgia tech linebacker recardo wimbush, his wife, face prison for lockin


lawrenceville, ga. — a former georgia tech linebacker and his wife were sentenced to 20 years in prison for locking their son in a basement for 18 months and for neglecting another son’s cancerous skin tumor. local news media reports say recardo and therian wimbush were also sentenced monday to 10 years of probation. a jury found the couple guilty friday of three counts of child cruelty. the couple will be barred from contacting the two sons, now 16 and 10, until they are 21 years old. the couple can have supervised contact with their eight other children, but only if such contact is initiated by the children. the two defendants were arrested in 2014 after authorities received an anonymous tip. recardo played football at georgia tech from 1999-2002.






this ghastly sack of cells may be your distant ancestor


say hello to great-great-great-great … grandpa artist reconstruction by s conway morris / jian han this creature lived 540 million years ago, and may be our very distant ancestor. in a paper in nature, scientists claim to have found humanity’s oldest known ancestor. this horrifying, bag-like sea creature lived about 540 million years ago and was…






man fatally s by law enforcement in walworth county


town of geneva, wis. — the wisconsin department of justice is investigating a fatal shooting involving officers in walworth county.sheriff kurt picknell says a deputy and a police officer from elkhorn were involved in the shooting thursday night. the man — identified as 26-year-old kris kristl of lake geneva — was fatally s in the town of geneva. no one else was injured.the sheriff and elkhorn police chief joel christensen say police were investigating a reckless driving complaint. details of the shooting were not released.the deputy has been with the walworth county sheriff's office for two years, and has six years of law enforcement experience. the officer has been with the elkhorn police department for about eight years. their names were not released. both officers were placed on standa






chicago aquarium euthanizes more than 90-year-old lungfish


chicago - an australian lungfish that entranced visitors to chicago’s shedd aquarium for more than 80 years has been euthanized due to old age, the popular tourist attraction announced monday.granddad, who was 4-foot-long and weighed 25 pounds, had stopped eating and started showing signs of organ failure. he was euthanized on sunday. a necropsy - or animal autopsy - found conditions consistent with old age, aquarium officials said.“for a fish who spent much of his time imitating a fallen log, he sparked curiosity, excitement and wonder among guests of all ages who would hear his story,” said bridget c. coughlin, shedd aquarium’s president and chief executive officer.shedd estimates granddad was more than 90 years old. the aquarium acquired him from the sydney aquarium in australia during






transients plead guilty to 2 northern california murders


san francisco — two young transients have pleaded guilty to killing a canadian tourist who was ping in san francisco's golden gate park during a festival and a yoga teacher walking his dog on popular hiking trail two days apart in 2015.the marin county district attorney's office announced the pleas monday.prosecutors say 24-year-old morrison lampley has agreed serve 100 years in prison and 19-year-old lila scott alligood has agreed to 50 years in prison after each pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder. lampley's sentence was double alligood's because he pulled the trigger in both murders.twenty-five-year-old sean angold previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges and will be sentenced to 15 years in prison.the trio robbed and killed 23-year-old audrey carey and






ex-minnetrista insurance agent gets nearly three years in prison for stealing $2


a minnetrista man was sentenced to 34 months in prison on monday after he stole more than $260,000 from his clients.paul bardine, 55, pleaded guilty in september to theft by swindle and insurance fraud. bardine was a former insurance agent whose license expired in 2012, according to the hennepin county attorney’s office. between september 2013 and january 2015, he convinced four people to cash in annuities for a purported investment. one of the victims knew bardine for 20 years when she was swindled out of the $100,000 she received from her husband’s life insurance policy when he died.bardine “made money off my investments for 20 years and then when he fell on hard times, he stole everything from me,” the woman told the court monday, according to the hennepin county attorney’s office. “i h






koch political network to spend $300m to $400m over 2 years


indian wells, calif. (ap) — the conservative koch network plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million to influence politics and public policy over the next two years, intensifying its nationwide efforts in the initial years of donald trump’s presidency.network officials disclosed their rough spending plans urday as donors gathered at a luxury el in the california desert.billionaire industrialist charles koch is hosting the event, which has attracted more than 550 donors, each willing to donate at least $100,000 each year to the various groups backed by the koch brothers — a network of education, policy and political entities that aim to promote a smaller, less intrusive government.koch and many of his top donors refused to support trump in the run-up to his election.most read stor






mexico teeters between its recent u.s. friendship and 170 years of hostility


mexico had a closed and struggling economy in the mid-1980s, with little american investment, and most mexicans viewed the u.s. as their historic enemy. after mexican drug lords tortured and murdered a u.s. drug enforcement administration agent, president ronald reagan temporarily closed the border.much has changed in the ensuing 30 years. under the north american free trade agreement, the two countries trade half a trillion dollars worth of goods and services each year. there is cooperation on security, migration and...






bill nye the science guy predicts social and technological future


why it matters to you according to bill nye, the social and technological future depends on you.what will technology be like in 50 years? according to bill nye the science guy, we’re at a crossroads for energy technology and the direction will depend on how people want to shape the world, futurism reports.in nye’s weekly video series for big think, the mechanical engineer, science educator, and television presenter responded to queries about science and technology. recent questions have asked for nye’s opinion on the possibility of cold fusion and whether scientists today could create frankenstein’s monster. the latest inquiry was about the future.more: how much wind could a wind farm farm? web tool estimates renewable potentiala young industrial engineering student at the university of m






aaron cochran to leave cal football: team


aaron cochran, the starting left tackle for cal in 2016, will transfer to another program.cochran is on track to earn his degree this spring and will be eligible elsewhere next season under the ncaa’s graduate transfer rule.“thank you for the last four years,” he wrote in a letter posted on his twitter account. “the people i have met, the things i have learned, the places i have been have changed me in the best of ways.”his destination has not been finalized.cal coach justin wilcox released a statement:“we thank aaron cochran for the contributions he made during his four years with the cal football program and congratulate him for being on track to earn a cal degree in may. we wish him the best in his future endeavors both on and off the field.”






boulder map gallery closing as digital options erode paper map sales – the denve


after 30 years in the city, the boulder map gallery is folding as owner patrik decicco looks for someone to take over the lease on his 1,849-square-foot store in south boulder.the reason for the closure is simple: there’s no money left in maps.“the business hasn’t been viable in years,” decicco said. “we kept it going because people loved it so much, and probably out of hubris.”the doors could close as soon as march 1, if decicco can work out a deal to sell the lease on his 607 s. broadway spot.given the dominance of gps and digital options such as google maps, perhaps the most surprising thing about the gallery’s demise is how long it took to get here.decicco said that although revenue has been declining for years, it was the loss of two major clients that hastened the end.he lost the bus






california man arrested on suspicion of 9th dui in 6 years


a man was arrested on suspicion of his ninth dui violation in 6 years sunday night after he crashed his car in placentia, police said monday.shortly after 6 p.m., police officers were sent to a crash in the 100 block of south lakeview avenue. witnesses said a car had hit a pole and the driver was trying to run from the scene, said placentia police spokesman sgt. adam gloe.when the officers arrived, they found a car had hit a southern california edison electrical box and was resting on top of it with live wires underneath.officers arrested the driver, 52-year-old derek stacy haskayne, on suspicion of driving under the influence. they soon discovered haskayne had eight previous dui convictions in orange county since 2011, according to gloe.sunday’s dui is considered a felony because of the n






“it would be stupid for anyone to move to the west now” – kangana ranaut


“it would be stupid for anyone to move to the west now” – kangana ranautkangana ranaut is the perfect example for bold, blunt and of course beautiful. the actress, who fears none, has over the years has always been vocal about her opinions, no matter how controversial. a leading daily, recently quizzed the powerhouse actor about her hollywood plans and here’s what she had to say…“it would be stupid for anyone to make the move to the west now. their theatre business is crashing because of the influx of digital media. asia, on the other hand, is where hollywood was 15 years ago. it is a lucrative time for entertainment here. these are baits that i won’t fall prey to.”she also made it a point to say that she won’t contribute to another’s country’s economy. “if an american film is doing rs 100






ray christensen by the numbers


50 years broadcasting gophers athletics. christensen started with gophers football and basketball in 1951.510 gophers football games christensen announced.1,309 gophers basketball games called by christensen over 45 years.christensen was inducted into the minnesota broadcast hall of fame in 2002 and received the chris schenkel award, presented by the national football foundation and college hall of fame in honor of a distiguished broadcasting career, in 2000. 






chicago aquarium euthanizes more than 90-year-old lungfish


chicago (ap) — an australian lungfish that entranced visitors to chicago’s shedd aquarium for more than 80 years has been euthanized due to old age, the popular tourist attraction announced monday.granddad, who was 4-foot-long and weighed 25 pounds, had stopped eating and started showing signs of organ failure. he was euthanized on sunday. a necropsy — or animal autopsy — found conditions consistent with old age, aquarium officials said.“for a fish who spent much of his time imitating a fallen log, he sparked curiosity, excitement and wonder among guests of all ages who would hear his story,” said bridget c. coughlin, shedd aquarium’s president and chief executive officer.shedd estimates granddad was more than 90 years old. the aquarium acquired him from the sydney aquarium in australia du






michael jordan took flight in seattle on this day 30 years ago


one of basketball's most iconic dunks happened in seattle on this day, 30 years ago. here's a look back.remember that time michael jordan dunked from the free-throw line? it happened in seattle 30 years ago, today.yep, on this day in 1987, basketball’s undisputed king took flight at the seattle center coliseum (now keyarena) during the nba’s slam dunk contest, part of the all-star game weekend (the game was held the next day at the kingdome).jordan stuck his tongue out and jogged across the hardwood, took his last step on the free-throw line and launched himself at the rim. for physics buffs out there, that’s 15 feet of flight toward a 10-foot-high basket.the dunk would go down in basketball lore, and like the memories of the sonics who graced the same floor, it won’t be forgotten.most rea






airbnb follows super bowl ad with call to house 100k in need


airbnb is following up its super bowl ad calling for acceptance with a paign to provide short-term housing over the next five years for 100,000 people in need.an announcement on the rental service's website says it plans to start with refugees, disaster survivors and relief workers, but wants "to accommodate many more types of displaced people over time." the company also says it will donate $4 million over four years to the international rescue committee.airbnb also touched on discrimination experienced by some renters. the company says it's looking to achieve "greater acceptance in our community."airbnb's super bowl spot showed faces of people of different races and included the line, "the world is more beautiful the more you accept."






fact check: trump botches murder rate


by calvin woodwardwashington (ap) — president donald trump’s dark view of violent crime in america rests largely on a bogus claim: that the murder rate is higher than it’s been in nearly half a century. actually, the murder rate is down sharply in that time, despite a recent spike.on tuesday, he told a meeting of sheriffs: “the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? did you know that? forty-seven years. i used to use that — i’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn’t tell it like it is.” he circled back to add: “the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, i guess, from 45 to 47 years.”the facts: the murder rate in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, is actually among the lowest in half a century. it sto






gophers basketball announcer jonckowski to step aside after season


there have been two voices behind the public address microphone in the 89-year history of williams arena.next season there will be a third.dick jonckowski will step aside from announcing men's basketball games after this season, the university of minnesota announced tuesday in a statement.“i am very proud to always represent the u of m,” jonckowski, a life-long sports fanatic who has announced more than 600 games at williams arena, said in the release.added ad mark coyle: “generations of gopher fans have come through the doors of the barn and heard dick’s voice. on behalf of minnesota fans and all those who he has entertained over the years, we are extremely appreciative of dick’s work and thank him for his years of service to gopher athletics.”the self-styled "polish eagle", 73, began ann






learn to drive stickshift-ch


now you can easily and inexpensively learn to drive standard/stick shift car of your dream. all city stick driving school instructional app was developed with over 15 years experience and over 25, 000 students successfully instructed to drive stick/standard vehicle. this method used in this training app is the same method taught in all city stick driving school be-hind-the-wheel training. using only this app with its easy five-step process, our method has shown success rates of over 98%, when followed correctly. it has been tested in age groups ranging from 15 to 75 years old both male and female with outstanding result.






baseball owners look at rule changes to speed up game


palm beach, fla. — baseball owners are again looking at possible rule changes to speed up their game.rob manfred has pushed for faster games since he be e commissioner two years ago. but the average game last year took exactly 3 hours, a 4-minute increase over 2015.the new collective bargaining agreement extends labor peace to 26 years through 2021 and addresses such issues as smokeless tobacco and world series home field a ntage. rule changes concerning pace of play weren't included, but owners discussed them during two days of meetings that concluded friday.mana ent would like to tighten restrictions on trips to the mound and introduce a pitch clock, which has been used in triple-a and double-a the past two seasons. players have resisted such changes.






judge weighs trial for suspect in officer's 1972 shooting


columbus, ohio — a judge plans to hear arguments for and against bringing an 82-year-old suspect to trial in the nonfatal shooting of an ohio police officer almost 45 years ago.defendant charles hays was indicted but never prosecuted following the shooting as the case fell through the cracks.columbus police officer niki cooper was hit in the left arm in march 1972 when he and his partner interrupted a burglary. cooper never regained full use of the injured limb. he died just over three years ago at age 71.franklin county judge guy reece scheduled a tuesday hearing.franklin county prosecutor ron o'brien acknowledges in court papers the state neglected the case. but he says hays was aware of the charges even as he continued to commit crimes in kentucky and connecticut, where he served time i






ucsf study backs research on predicting dementia


a uc san francisco study that examined a more diverse population of older adults for more than a decade showed that poor performance on a simple odor test was linked to increased risk of developing dementia years later.the study of more than 2,400 older black and white adults, directed by dr. kristine yaffe, a ucsf professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology and biostatistics, was published this week in the journal neurology.previous research has shown that olfactory function may be an early marker for cognitive impairment, but the evidence had been mostly restricted to white individuals. the current study is the first to look at that ociation in both black and white older adults over a long follow up of nearly 12 years.the study analyzed the medical records of 2,428 adults between






tony taccone leaving berkeley rep after '30 amazing years'


tony taccone will step down as artistic director of berkeley repertory theatre after a tenure in which he has thrust the tony-winning company into the national limelight, it was announced today.he plans to leave at the end of the company’s 50th anniversary season in 2019.“it’s been over thirty years, thirty amazing years,” said taccone in a release.  “i’ve never been more excited about berkeley rep and the work that we’re doing than i am right now. but i also want to leave the job while i’m still ambulatory and give someone else the opportunity to provide artistic leadership. announcing my departure this far in a nce allows for a smooth transition that will take the theater boldly into the future.”taccone, 65, who served as the troupe’s ociate artistic director for 11 years before taking t






more minnesota teachers leaving jobs, new state report shows


minnesota is still struggling to retain teachers, according to a new state department of education report revealing an increase in teachers leaving their positions.the 2017 teacher supply and demand report finds that teachers leaving their jobs have increased 46 percent since 2008. after three years, more than a quarter of teachers leave their jobs and about 15.1 percent leave after the first year, according to the report’s average percentage of teachers leaving.charter schools and school districts are also finding it difficult to hire teachers, as are public schools nationwide.the department reports their findings to the legislature every two years on the state’s teacher workforce.as school districts diversify, the state found a slight increase in the number of newly licensed black teache






more minnesota teachers leaving jobs, new state report shows


minnesota is still struggling to retain teachers, according to a new state department of education report revealing an increase in teachers leaving their positions.the 2017 teacher supply and demand report finds that teachers leaving their jobs have increased 34 percent since 2008. after three years, more than a quarter of teachers leave their jobs and about 15.1 percent leave after the first year, according to the report’s average percentage of teachers leaving.charter schools and school districts are also finding it difficult to hire teachers, as are public schools nationwide.the department reports their findings to the legislature every two years on the state’s teacher workforce.as school districts diversity, the state found a slight increase in the number of newly licensed black teache






more minnesota teachers leaving jobs, new state report shows


minnesota is still struggling to retain teachers, according to a new state department of education report revealing an increase in teachers leaving their positions.the 2017 teacher supply and demand report finds that teachers leaving their jobs have increased 34 percent since 2008. after three years, more than a quarter of teachers leave their jobs and about 15.1 percent leave after the first year, according to the report’s average percentage of teachers leaving.charter schools and school districts are also finding it difficult to hire teachers, as are public schools nationwide.the department reports their findings to the legislature every two years on the state’s teacher workforce.as school districts diversify, the state found a slight increase in the number of newly licensed black teache






california snowpack reaches 173% of average


california snowpack reaches 173% of averagesnow accumulation this year stands in sharp contrast to that of the previous five years. (feb. 2, 2017)snow accumulation this year stands in sharp contrast to that of the previous five years. (feb. 2, 2017)see more videos






this is taliban country | usa


ten years ago, in november 2006, al jazeera english was launched. to mark that anniversary, we've created rewind, which updates some of the channel's most memorable and award-winning documentaries of the past decade. we find out what happened to some of the characters in those films and ask how the stories have developed in the years since our eras left.in 2014, fault lines reported from the taliban stronghold of charkh district, just an hour outside kabul. charkh had become a microcosm of taliban rule in afghanistan.armed taliban were openly patrolling the streets and had built a parallel administration in charkh, including sharia courts and special s' schools.filmmaker nagieb khaja took us to a taliban-controlled town for a rare glimpse of life under taliban rule in the midst of a civil






japanese craft leaves space station to conduct space-junk experiment


a japanese cargo ship undocked from the international space station today (jan. 27) and will spend the next week doing a science experiment in orbit before burning up in earth's atmosphere on super bowl sunday (feb. 5). htv-6, also known as kounotori 6, is japan's sixth cargo resupply mission to the space station. it arrived at the orbiting lab in december with nearly 5 tons of supplies, including food, water, science gear, spare parts and christmas gifts for the crewmembers. it also brought along new lithium-ion batteries for a major power upgrade that took two spacewalks and weeks of robotic work to complete. after spending seven weeks docked to the space station's harmony module, the uncrewed cargo ship was sent away to eventually burn up in earth's atmosphere along with a few tons of