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6 'Matrix' inspired illusions from Oculus' chief scientist

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 18:35
Virtual reality had been tried and done. People thought it was dead.

U.S.-led coalition bombs ISIS in Tikrit

CNN World - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:50
U.S.-led warplanes continued to hammer ISIS positions around the pivotal Iraqi battleground city of Tikrit, stepping in at the Iraqi Prime Minister's request to get at what a spokesman called "difficult targets."
Categories: International News

Softball Readies for Weekend vs. No. 2 Gators

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:21
Back home after a six-game road stint, the Mississippi State softball team (24-8, 4-5 SEC) will play its fifth ranked opponent this season, No. 2 Florida (30-3, 3-3 SEC), this weekend. The three-game Southeastern Conference series will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT at the MSU Softball Field.

No. 34 Bulldogs Look To Keep Momentum Rolling At Kentucky

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:15
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to carry over their success from a 4-1 upset of rival No. 13 Ole Miss on Wednesday, the 34th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-5, 4-2 SEC) head to Lexington on Friday, March 27 to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (9-12, 0-6 SEC).

Dean Smith's will gives $200 to each of his former players

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:33
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The big profits of payday lenders may be over

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:29
About twelve million Americans take out payday loans every year. It's a big -- and controversial -- business.

The average tax refund is now $2,893

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:20
Roughly 83% of the returns processed by the IRS so far this tax season have resulted in refunds, at an average of $2,893 per check through March 20, the agency said Thursday.

Bad news: Stocks likely to fall further

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:03
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8-minute descent to death

CNN World - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:27
For the 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 9525, they were the last eight minutes of their lives.
Categories: International News

Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges

CNN - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:15
A member of Army National Guard and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Categories: National News

MSU Set To Tee Off Final Regular Season Tournament at LSU

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:11
Baton Rouge, La. – Entering the final leg of regular-season golf, the 11th-ranked Mississippi State women's golf team heads south to compete in a challenging LSU Tiger Classic, starting Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Railway Emergency Training Keeps Responders on Track

Lifestyles - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:10
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(NewsUSA) - A train rumbling down the tracks is an iconic part of America's landscape. For many, it represents economic empowerment -- a way for businesses to efficiently transport goods to market. America's increased energy production offers a good example of how rail is contributing to a growing economy. Though still a relatively small part of overall rail traffic, crude oil has increased as a percentage of rail cargo, and oil trains have become more common.

Though rail is one of the safest ways to transport crude oil, the addition of that cargo brings inherent risks.

This is a heightened concern for the Twin Cities, for instance, where six trains with 100 or more crude oil tank cars pass through every day. In the unlikely event of a derailment, local officials told the Minnesota Star-Tribune that "to fight a significant oil-train fire, local fire departments would need help from railroad emergency crews."

This is why BNSF Railway, a regional crude hauler, has created a free railroad hazmat-response training program. To date, the company has provided training to more than 65,000 emergency responders, or about 4,000 local emergency responders per year.

"It is in our interest to prevent any accident and injury, which is why we invest so much in safety," said BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth.

While BNSF Railway's program has been in place for almost two decades, the railway understands that more can be done and the program can always be redefined and updated.

BNSF has specialized equipment and hazmat responders staged across its network to deal with hazmat and crude oil incidents, including firefighting and spill cleanup, more than 250 trained hazmat responders at 60 locations and a geographic information system for emergency incidents that enables the company to quickly identify emergency responders closest to any incident along one of its lines.

In addition, the company has developed and shared geographic response plans with state and local emergency response organizations in many areas and has also provided a computer-based emergency-response training program on hazardous materials to every fire department within two miles of its rail lines.

BNSF's desire to raise awareness about emergency response and to train first responders comes at a time when Congress, the Federal Railroad Administration, railways and tank car manufacturers are all studying rail safety to ensure transportation of crude by rail is as safe as possible.

For more information, visit www.bnsf.com.

Eaglets hatch on webcam after harsh winter

CNN - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:09
Two baby eagles emerged from their shells after their nest was buried in snow during incubation.
Categories: National News

Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges

CNN - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:09
A member of Army National Guard and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Categories: National News

It's getting harder to afford a home

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:59
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Oil surges after Saudi strikes in Yemen

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:44
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Credit card of the future could stop fraud

Business News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:43
As banks seek to reduce fraud, one credit card maker has a prototype with a constantly-changing code on the back.
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