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Saturday, July 18, 2015

An Oklahoma man was sentenced late on Thursday to 30 years in prison for asphyxiating his stepfather with an "atomic wedgie" in December 2013. Brad Lee Davis, 35, of McLoud, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in May in the death of his stepfather. Davis said he knocked down his stepfather, Denver Lee St. Clair, 58, and pulled the elastic band of underwear over his head and around his neck. The medical examiner stated the cause of death as blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The hand is one of the most distinctive traits of humankind and one of our main sources of interaction with the environment1. The human hand can be distinguished from that of apes by its long thumb relative to fingers1, 2, 3, 4 (Fig. 1a), which has been related functionally to different selective regimes -- manipulation vs locomotion -- acting on human and ape hands1, 5. During the first half of the twentieth century, theories on human evolution were dominated by the view that humans split very early from the common stock of apes, and largely preserved generalized (plesiomorphic) hand proportions similar to other anthropoid primates6, 7, 8. To the contrary, extant apes were seen as extremely specialized animals adapted for below-branch suspension6, read more

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

"My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours" and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That's the only way we're going to get out of this rut that we're in." - Jeb read more

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Native American tribe in California is looking to make a bid for Colt Holding, the 179-year-old gun manufacturer, according to a tribal attorney. "Colt is an iconic business and we're sort of intensely interested in helping a business like that," Drew Ryce, attorney for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, told Reuters. "Colt is the Gun that Won the West. We are the West." read more


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