Yemeni Forces Launch Manhunt for Al Qaeda Leader

Yemeni Forces

Yemeni Forces

SAN’A, Yemen — Security forces in Yemen have launched a manhunt for the suspected leader of an Al Qaeda cell. Mohammed Ahmed al-Hanaq is believed to be hiding in a mountainous region northeast of Yemen’s capital. Tribal leaders in the area tell The Associated Press that officials are demanding that they surrender al-Hanaq and another Al Qaeda suspect related to him.

The U.S. says the cell al-Hanaq is thought to lead was behind a plot to send Al Qaeda fighters into the capital to carry out attacks, possibly xxx against foreign embassies. The threat forced the closure of the U.S. and British embassies for two days earlier this week.

Security forces apparently came close to capturing al-Hanaq on Monday. Heavy clashes broke out as security forces pursued him through the Arhab region. While al-Hanaq escaped, two militants with him were killed. The Interior Ministry says seven other fighters were later arrested.

Yemen has intensified its campaign against Al Qaeda militants in recent weeks, and the U.S. has boosted its counterterrorism aid to the country.

The Associated Press announced today that AP Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee has been named the news agency’s executive editor effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Buzbee, who joined AP in 1988 as a reporter, spent the last six years in Washington, D.C. as chief of bureau, where she has overseen AP’s coverage of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the White House, Congress, the Pentagon and polling and investigative units.

In her new role as senior vice president and executive editor, Buzbee will be responsible for leading AP’s global news operations and overseeing news content in all formats from AP journalists based in more than 260 locations in 106 countries. She will relocate from Washington to AP headquarters in New York.

“Sally’s leadership and extensive history with the AP make her the perfect candidate to take the helm as executive editor,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “Sally’s focused vision will guide our news content in all formats well into the future.”

“The AP’s mission of strong, impartial, fact-based journalism has never been more important,” Buzbee said. “My colleagues are the most talented and committed journalists in the world, rededicating themselves to that mission each day. It is a privilege to be a part of this team as we dive into the future.”

Prior to becoming Washington Bureau Chief, Buzbee was deputy managing editor in New York, where in 2010 she helped establish the Nerve Center, which coordinates AP’s global coverage. She spent the five years prior as AP’s Middle East regional editor, based in Cairo, where she led AP’s news report and oversaw operations in the region. Previously, Buzbee was the assistant bureau chief in Washington, running spot news coverage and overseeing in-depth foreign affairs and national security coverage.

Buzbee began her career with AP as a reporter in Kansas in 1988. During her tenure as a reporter, she covered immigration and border issues in San Diego, and foreign affairs and national security after the Sept. 11 attacks. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.

It was announced in July that Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll would step down at the end of the year after serving so ably as AP’s top editor for 14 years.

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Inventor Creates Soundless Sound System

Inventor Creates Soundless Sound System

Inventor Creates Soundless Sound System

PORTLAND, Ore. – Elwood “Woody” Norris pointed a metal frequency emitter at one of perhaps 30 people who had come to see his invention. The emitter — an aluminum square — was hooked up by a wire to a CD player. Norris switched on the CD player. “There’s no speaker, but when I point this pad at you, you will hear the waterfall,” said the 63-year-old Californian. And one by one, each person in the audience did, and smiled widely.

Norris’ HyperSonic Sound system has won him an award coveted by inventors — the $500,000 annual Lemelson-MIT Prize. It porno works by sending a focused beam of sound above the range of human hearing. When it lands on you, it seems like sound is coming from inside your head. Norris said the uses for the technology could come in handy — in cars, in the airport or at home.

“Imagine your wife wants to watch television and you want to read a book, like the intellectual you are,” he said to the crowd. “Imagine you are a lifeguard or a coach and you want to yell at someone, he’ll be the only one to hear you.” Norris holds 47 U.S. patents, including one for a digital handheld recorder and another for a handsfree headset. He said the digital recorder made him an inventor for life. “That sold for $5 million,” Norris laughed. “That really made me want to be an inventor.”

He demonstrated the sound system at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, also called OMSI, on Thursday. Norris began tinkering as an inventor at a young age — taking apart the family radio and putting it back together again. He said ideas come to him when he’s driving around or talking with friends.

“I don’t know how I got to be an inventor, but I guess some kids can play the piano, and I can invent.” Norris will receive the Lemelson-MIT Prize at a ceremony here on Friday. One of his most recent patents is for the AirScooter, a personal flying machine designed for commuting. It reaches speeds up to 55 mph and is light enough — under 300 pounds — to not require a license to fly.

The AirScooter was also on display at OMSI, although Norris didn’t fly it. The machine has a single seat, a four-stroke engine and is barely 10 feet tall. Its pontoons allow it to land on water. The machine’s fiberglass and aluminum construction keeps its weight down. Bike-style handle bars move two helicopter blades, which spin in opposite directions.

Norris’ AirScooter was shown on “60 Minutes” last Sunday. He said since the airing of the show, more than 7 million people have visited the AirScooter’s Web site. Norris said he and his crew have tested the AirScooter for four years, and he couldn’t have created the machine without a skilled group of aeronautics engineers around him.

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The Best Western Films of All Time

The Best Western Films of All Time

The Best Western Films of All Time

From lone gunslingers to brawls in desert saloons, Western films are a unique American staple. Though there are a few outliers in the genre (and on this list), Westerns are almost entirely defined by a specific place and time in history, namely the “American Old West.”

Whether you’re watching a classic cowboy shoot em’ up or a nuanced old-time drama, the Western genre serves as a unique, cultural time capsule of the early days of the United States.

That being said, if the films on this list aren’t overflowing with tumbleweeds, single-action revolver shootouts and the like, they’re exploring themes about the harshness of the wilderness and life at the edge of civilization. Over the course of the Western’s history, actors like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Gary Cooper have become synonymous with our collective image of the Wild West cowboy. But newer films like “The Revenant” and the upcoming “The Magnificent Seven” continue to capitalize on the success of this classic genre while bending and altering quintessential Western themes.

Due to the large number of Western films made over the last century, PrettyFamous, an entertainment research site powered by Graphiq, wanted to make it easy to decide which cowboy film to watch next. So, they assembled a comprehensive list of the greatest Western films of all time. The movies are ranked by their Smart Rating: a composite of each film’s Rotten Tomatoes score, IMDb rating, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and box-office gross, adjusted for inflation. When ties occur, the list is ordered according to IMDb rating and then by inflation-adjusted box office earnings.

From old-school classics like “High Noon,” to new-school mashups like “Django Unchained,” see where your favorite Western ranks on our list.

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By Dustin Clendenen on October 13, 2016

When the holiday season begins, so does the endless stream of nostalgic Christmas movies. Some people look forward to watching classics like “A Miracle On 34th Street” or “It’s A Wonderful Life” as much as they do unwrapping presents under the tree.

Halloween is no different, except instead of family-friendly fare about yuletide cheer, All Hallow’s Eve is precluded by a month of cable channel slasher marathons and strategic theatrical releases. But horror movies are bigger than October; these films are relevant year round, with a globe-spanning fandom and hundred-million dollar franchises. In fact, interest in horror movies has grown steadily over the past few decades, with box office gross from the genre nearly doubling from a 2.79 percent market share in 1995 to 5.14 percent in 2016.

Whether laughably bad or genuinely thought-provoking, horror movies are designed to do one thing: scare audiences. PrettyFamous, a research entertainment site powered by Graphiq, compiled this list of the greatest horror films of all time.

To qualify for the list, movies had to have at least 25,000 IMDb votes and a genre classification of “horror.” Movies were then ranked based on their Smart Rating: a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie’s Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience Score, IMDb rating, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and the domestic inflation-adjusted box office gross. The movies are ranked from lowest to highest Smart Rating, with the best horror movie taking the No. 1 spot. When ties occur, the films are ordered by their inflation-adjusted box office gross and then by alphabetic order.

From “Pan’s Labyrinth” to “Bride of Frankenstein,” take a look and see where your gore-filled faves rank on the list.