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« Reply #4170 on: Jun 4th, 2011, 07:32am »

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Rare Midnight Solar Eclipse Caught in Arctic
By Lisa Grossman
June 3, 2011 | 1:35 pm
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Fortunate northerners saw a rare eclipse of the midnight sun on June 1.

During the Arctic summer, the sun dips low on the horizon but never sets. That means a solar eclipse is theoretically possible at any time. But this week’s eclipse was the first visible from Scandinavia since 2000, and the deepest since 1985. The next one won’t be for another 73 years.

“This was a rare event even up here,” said astrophotographer Bernt Olsen, who shot the photo above from his home in Tromsø, Norway. “I was lucky to get these shots.”

The event was almost rained out in Tromsø, with heavy clouds and rain arriving as the eclipse began, Olsen said. “But when the maximum occurred at 23:30, the sun again broke though the skies and started shining, but now partly hidden behind the moon.”

At the eclipse’s peak, about 58 percent of the sun was covered by the moon. The eclipse was also visible from Finland, Sweden, Siberia, northern China, parts of Alaska and Canada, and Iceland.

Via Spaceweather.com, where you can see more gorgeous midnight eclipse photos: http://spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_01jun11.htm

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George Lucas Has 50 Hours of ‘Star Wars’ TV Scripts Ready and Waiting
Jun 1, 2011
by Kevin Yeoman

While discussing the legitimacy of up-converting the ‘Star Wars’ films to 3D, George Lucas let slip information on the long-gestating live action television show of the same name.

George Lucas, proprietor of what is arguably the most famous movie universe of all time, has spoken of his plans to bring Star Wars to television for the better part of four years now – while fans have largely been left waiting. As Lucas addressed the recent 3D conversion of his six-part saga with G4, he also dropped a tidbit regarding the progress of the show and why it has been shelved – at least temporarily.

For anyone even remotely aware of the goings on in Hollywood, we know that talk is cheap and though a live-action Star Wars television show has been promised since 2007, we have yet to see anything materialize. Four years in, and many fans are still excited at the prospect of catching Star Wars on a weekly basis, though Lucas has failed to deliver, a shred of hope remains that the proposed series will eventually happen.

Rest easy Star Wars fans; the flanneled one has delivered an intriguing update on the proposed show. According to Lucas, he has over 50 hours of the planned series already scripted – that works out to around two seasons (provided it’s 23 episodes per season).

So, if 50 hours worth of script is waiting in the wings, what’s the hold up? Apparently, the delay in the series has been attributed to technology. Yes, the man behind Industrial Light and Magic says that until technology can deliver the kind of FX-laden spectacle he’s envisioned for the franchise (while still being cost-effective enough to appear on television) the series will have to wait.

Lucas went on to say he was waiting for a ‘different technology’ that will make the show ‘economically feasible.’ That doesn’t mean that Lucas is waiting for James Cameron to step in and show him how it’s done, however. No, apparently Lucas and his FX team are working on a way to not only make Star Wars a reality on television, but, in the long run, also make effects driven films more cost effective.

The director stated it is a ‘very difficult process’ and that when they do solve the problem keeping Star Wars from happening, the long-term affect will be to lessen the cost of feature films as well. Right now, according to Lucas, many features that require substantial effects cost around $150-$200 million. The solution that he and his ILM team are working on could reduce that amount to the much more manageable $50-$60 million range.

With any luck, Lucas and ILM are but a few years from achieving this lofty goal.

For those that don’t know, the proposed show was (is) set to deliver a story set somewhere between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The series would feature a multitude of characters that won’t be Luke, Leia, Han or Chewie, so take that for what it’s worth. Certainly it’s to be expected that the character list would have to expand in order to accommodate any growth of the nearly 35-year-old franchise, so perhaps we can look upon any new additions with optimism, instead of the trepidation that is common after the last three prequels.

In any regard, fans looking for a Star Wars television show will have to wait a while longer. However, they can still catch the increasingly excellent Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network.

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Top jihadist leader killed, followers say

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 4, 2011 10:40 a.m. EDT

CNN) -- The man described by counterterrorism officials as al Qaeda's "military brain," Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike Friday night in Pakistan, a spokesman for his group, the jihadist Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami, said.

Pakistani and U.S. officials, however, said they have not confirmed Kashmiri's death.

Kashmiri was killed, along with some aides, in a strike at 11:15 p.m., spokesman Abu Hanzla Kashar said.

"The oppressor U.S. is our only target and, God willing, we will take revenge on the U.S. soon with full force," he said.

A senior Pakistani military official said that in all, nine were killed by the drone strike. The official reiterated that they had not confirmed Kashmiri's demise.

Kashmiri, who was known to operate in North Waziristan, had moved to South Waziristan and was seen at the site of the attack on Friday, the official said.

If confirmed, his death would be the first major kill or capture since Osama Bin Laden, and the highest profile drone target since Beitullah Mehsud in 2009.

Kashmiri, a veteran jihadist, is considered one of the most dangerous men in the world by counterterrorism officials on three continents.

He was commander of "Brigade 313" of Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami, which has formed a close relationship with al Qaeda.
Kashmiri is also said to have ties with David Coleman Headley, the U.S. citizen who confessed to helping scout targets for the Mumbai attack in November 2008. After his arrest, Headley said he had twice met Kashmiri.

CNN's Nasir Habib, Nick Paton Walsh and Tim Lister contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/06/04/pakistan.jihadist.killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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By the CNN Wire Staff
June 4, 2011 10:40 a.m. EDT

CNN) -- The man described by counterterrorism officials as al Qaeda's "military brain," Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike Friday night in Pakistan, a spokesman for his group, the jihadist Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami, said.

Pakistani and U.S. officials, however, said they have not confirmed Kashmiri's death.

Kashmiri was killed, along with some aides, in a strike at 11:15 p.m., spokesman Abu Hanzla Kashar said.

"The oppressor U.S. is our only target and, God willing, we will take revenge on the U.S. soon with full force," he said.

A senior Pakistani military official said that in all, nine were killed by the drone strike. The official reiterated that they had not confirmed Kashmiri's demise.

Kashmiri, who was known to operate in North Waziristan, had moved to South Waziristan and was seen at the site of the attack on Friday, the official said.

If confirmed, his death would be the first major kill or capture since Osama Bin Laden, and the highest profile drone target since Beitullah Mehsud in 2009.

Kashmiri, a veteran jihadist, is considered one of the most dangerous men in the world by counterterrorism officials on three continents.

He was commander of "Brigade 313" of Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami, which has formed a close relationship with al Qaeda.
Kashmiri is also said to have ties with David Coleman Headley, the U.S. citizen who confessed to helping scout targets for the Mumbai attack in November 2008. After his arrest, Headley said he had twice met Kashmiri.

CNN's Nasir Habib, Nick Paton Walsh and Tim Lister contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/06/04/pakistan.jihadist.killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


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Leonard Nimoy Channels the Dude in Bruno Mars Clip (Video)
Published: June 03, 2011 @ 5:50 pm





By Tim Kenneally

Well this, as Mr. Spock would say, is highly illogical.

Former "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy tosses on a ratty bathrobe and does his best Jeff Bridges in "The Big Lebowski" imitation in the new video for Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song." Clearly, Four decades after hanging up the pointy ears, Nimoy is still interested in exploring strange new worlds.

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Hypnotist's On-Stage Injury Leaves Three Audience Members in a Trance

Published June 04, 2011
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PORTLAND, England -- A British hypnotist's subjects were temporarily left in a trance when he was knocked unconscious during a show, the Dorset Echo reported Saturday.

David Days was performing a hypnotism demonstration Friday night in Portland, in the south of England, when he tripped over an audience member's leg and was knocked unconscious by the fall.

When he fell, Days was in the process of bringing three volunteers from the audience out of a hypnotic trance.

Audience members initially believed the fall was part of the act and reportedly applauded. But they were then asked to clear the theater while the three volunteers on stage remained in a trance.

Days recovered consciousness within a few minutes and was able to bring the three audience members back to consciousness.

Days' manager said the incident "damaged his ego a bit," but he was otherwise fine Saturday.

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Classic!
The Weekly World News was beaten to the punch. grin

You just can't make this stuff up. And why are there sighting of Mothman and not of Bat Boy? undecided
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New York Times

June 4, 2011
For the Jobless, Little U.S. Help on Foreclosure
By ANDREW MARTIN

The Obama administration’s main program to keep distressed homeowners from falling into foreclosure has been aimed at those who took out subprime loans or other risky mortgages during the heady days of the housing boom. But these days, the primary cause of foreclosures is unemployment.

As a result, there is a mismatch between the homeowner program’s design and the country’s economic realities — and a new round of finger-pointing about how best to fix it.

The administration’s housing effort does include programs to help unemployed homeowners, but they have been plagued by delays, dubious benefits and abysmal participation. For example, a Treasury Department effort started in early 2010 allows the jobless to postpone mortgage payments for three months, but the average length of unemployment is now nine months. As of March 31, there were only 7,397 participants.

“So far, I think the public record will show that programs to help unemployed homeowners have not been very successful,” said Jeffrey C. Fuhrer, an executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Data released last week suggests that the administration’s task is only growing more difficult as the problems created by unemployment and housing persist. New job growth in May was anemic, and unemployment inched up to 9.1 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Earlier in the week, a widely watched index found that housing prices had dropped to their lowest level in nearly a decade. And while the rate of homes falling into foreclosure has slowed, the reason is delays in processing foreclosures, not a housing recovery, according to RealtyTrac, a company that tracks foreclosures. There were 219,258 foreclosure filings in April, the latest month available.

Critics of the Obama administration’s approach to preventing foreclosures have pressed for two years to get officials to focus more of their attention on unemployed homeowners, with meager results. As part of the bank bailout, the Treasury Department was given $46 billion to spend on keeping homeowners in their houses; to date, the agency has spent about $1.85 billion.

Morris A. Davis, a former Federal Reserve economist, estimates that as many as a million homeowners slipped into foreclosure because of insufficient help for the unemployed.

“The money was there and they didn’t spend it,” said Mr. Davis, an associate real estate professor at the University of Wisconsin. “I don’t mean to sound outraged, but I am pretty outraged.”

Administration officials said their programs have had a positive impact, albeit not as large as they had hoped. But they say that the problems of unemployment and negative equity on homes are not easily solved. They also say programs to curb foreclosure are voluntary, so they are limited in how far they can push mortgage servicers and investors, who often make more from foreclosures than from offering aid.

“We are trying to be careful in designing programs that at the end of the day aren’t just about spending money but getting people back on their feet,” said James Parrott, a senior adviser at the White House’s National Economic Council.

President Obama has been scrambling to curb the number of foreclosures ever since he arrived at the White House.

At the start of 2009, the administration announced its primary foreclosure prevention initiative, the Home Affordable Modification Program. It provides incentives to banks to modify mortgages, reducing monthly payments for eligible homeowners.

The administration said the program would help three million to four million homeowners, but so far, only 670,000 homeowners have received permanent modifications. In addition, the program was primarily meant for homeowners with risky mortgages; jobless owners are often ineligible because some payment, albeit reduced, is required.

Administration officials said the program was helping homeowners whose income had been reduced. Sixty-one percent of homeowners who received permanent modifications listed “curtailment of income” as their reason for applying, though it is not known how many of them are unemployed or simply had their hours or pay reduced.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development received $1 billion as part of the financial regulatory reforms that passed last year to help unemployed homeowners. That money will be used to provide government loans to unemployed homeowners for up to 24 months.

Though the program was announced last fall, so far applications are being accepted in only five states; the others are delayed because of “implementation challenges,” a HUD spokeswoman said.

Critics do acknowledge one bright spot — the Hardest Hit Fund, a federal program that will provide $7.6 billion so that some states can administer their own programs for struggling homeowners. Of that, 70 percent will be directed to unemployed homeowners, said Andrea Risotto, a Treasury spokeswoman.

So far, $455 million has been spent. Over the last several years, academics, housing groups and government economists offered proposals to Treasury officials to help the unemployed avoid foreclosure.

One, which Mr. Fuhrer of the Boston Fed helped write, called on the government to provide loans, or grants, to unemployed or underemployed homeowners to make up for the amount of income they lost. The loan would have to be repaid once the homeowner found a new job.

Another proposal, by a non-profit group called the PICO National Network, a coalition of faith-based community organizations, would have allowed unemployed homeowners to postpone much or all of their mortgage payments for a year or more.

But administration officials have balked, arguing that regulators and “other industry stakeholders expressed strong reservations” about allowing unemployed homeowners to extend payments for longer terms, according to a Dec. 23 letter that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner sent to Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, who had pressed for measures that would more directly aid the unemployed.

The debate is playing out on the sidelines of partisan Washington politics, since Republican lawmakers have made clear they would like to get rid of anti-foreclosure programs altogether, and would block any new programs. Instead, it is setting homeowner advocates against administration officials over how to spend money already appropriated.

Administration officials maintain that the decision on whether to offer mortgage relief to homeowners ultimately was up to mortgage servicers and investors, not the government, which can provide incentives but not compel action.

“We as an administration have limited levers,” Mr. Parrot said. “We can push them on the margins.”

But Lewis Finfer, a PICO organizer, said he could not understand why the administration had not been more receptive given the extent of unemployment.

“We have a program to deal with this,” he said.

Many unemployed or underemployed homeowners said they would welcome an extended break in mortgage payments.

Mary Ernest, 51, of Blackstone, Mass., lost her job as a school aide and said she had been “reduced to begging, more or less,” to keep her home. Adam Heyman, 41, of Chelsea, Mass., scraped together enough money to pay the mortgage on his condominium for about 18 months. Though he finally got another full-time job, his bank had already foreclosed on his condo.

“If I had a way to slow down the process or stop it for a while, that would have been nice,” Mr. Heyman said, adding, “Now I can certainly afford to pay.”


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Eastern Arizona wildfire still rages

Crews have zero containment of the Wallow Fire near the New Mexico border, a blaze the governor calls 'horrific.'

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3:40 AM PDT, June 5, 2011
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Crews used controlled backfires early Sunday to blunt the advance of a major wildfire near mountain communities in eastern Arizona, a blaze termed "absolutely frightening" by the state's governor that has already burned through 225 square miles of forest and brush.

Fire officials still have zero containment of the Wallow Fire near the New Mexico state line, which has forced an unknown number of people to evacuate from several small towns.

The 144,000-acre fire, the third largest in state history, has sent smoke well into New Mexico and parts of southern Colorado.

"It was unbelievable -- the expansion of the smoke," Gov. Jan Brewer said Saturday after an aerial tour of the blaze and a briefing from the fire team's commander in Springerville.

"It was horrific and of the likes of a fire of which I have never experienced from the air," she told reporters. "We hope that we get more encouraging news in the morning."

Brad Pitassi, spokesman for the area fire management team, said fire teams around the evacuated town of Alpine, along highway 191 and 180, were using the backfires to rob the advancing blaze of fuel.

"It's like fighting fire with fire," he told The Associated Press.

Fire managers said in a statement early Sunday that 160 firefighters were working through the night in the operation.

Pitassi said 1,300 firefighters are on the scene, including some from other states.

"We're tapping into resources across the nation, from Oregon all the way to New York," he said.

Crews have struggled to protect property and just four summer rental cabins have burned since it started May 29, the U.S. Forest Service said. There have been no serious injuries.

The fire reached Alpine's outskirts Saturday and was about two miles away from homes in Nutrioso, said Bob Dyson, another spokesman.

The yellowish smoke in Alpine was so heavy that it reduced visibility to about a quarter mile.

Many residents of the nearby mountain vacation town of Greer voluntarily evacuated Saturday, said Pitassi. The town has less than 200 permanent residents but attracts many vacationers.

In terms of size, the Wallow Fire ranks behind Arizona's 469,000-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire in 2002 and the 248,000-acre Cave Creek complex fire in 2005.

Meanwhile, crews were protecting a church camp and two communities from the Horseshoe Two fire that has burned 156 square miles in far southeastern Arizona. It's the fifth-largest fire in state history.

The blazed expanded Saturday to 100,200 acres as it burned around the evacuated Methodist church camp in the steep Pine Canyon near the community of Paradise.

Helicopters dumped water and retardant on a hotspot near the camp.

"Crews were successful in saving the camp," fire officials said in a statement Saturday night.

Fire teams also were focusing on protecting the evacuated communities of Paradise and East Whitetail Canyon.

Paradise fared well as crews set a backfire that burned natural forest fuels and kept the blaze from about a dozen occupied homes and many other vacation residences.

"The fire passed through … we prevented it from reaching any structures," Steven Berube, spokesman for the fire incident management team, told The Associated Press late Friday.

He said crews were doing the same thing around East Whitetail Canyon, where "the blaze will almost certainly be reaching."

The fire, which is 55 percent contained, was drawing near to the eight to 10 homes there.

The nearby Chiricahua National Monument was closed as a precaution.

The Horseshoe Two fire has been burning since May 8 and about 800 firefighters were battling it.

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U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right
By David Kravets
June 3, 2011 | 2:47 pm
Categories: Censorship, politics

A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.

The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest (.pdf) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.27_en.pdf

While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the Internet, states have also taken measures to cut off access to the Internet entirely. The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The report continues:

The Special Rapporteur calls upon all states to ensure that Internet access is maintained at all times, including during times of political unrest. In particular, the Special Rapporteur urges States to repeal or amend existing intellectual copyright laws which permit users to be disconnected from Internet access, and to refrain from adopting such laws.

The report, by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, comes the same day an internet-monitoring firm detected that two thirds of Syria’s internet access has abruptly gone dark, in what is likely a government response to unrest in that country.

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Cheers, gunfights in Yemen as Saleh goes to Saudi

By Mohammed Ghobari and Jason Benham
SANAA/RIYADH | Sun Jun 5, 2011 8:06am EDT

(Reuters) - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in an attack on his palace, has flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, potentially offering a face-saving end to his three decade rule.

Yemeni ruling party official Tareq al-Shami said that Saleh would return to the country within days, but uncertainty about whether he would be able to maintain his grip after months of protests meant the risk of further turmoil remained high.

Some Yemenis celebrated what they hoped would be Saleh's permanent departure, but the jubilation was mixed with firefights and explosions in Sanaa, and gunbattles broke out in the city of Taiz, about 200 km (124 miles) south of the capital.

"People are worried about what will happen after Saleh's departure. They're most worried about a military coup or struggles for power within the army," Farouq Abdel Salam, a resident in the southern port city of Aden, said.

Acting President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi met military commanders, including Saleh's powerful sons and nephews, who remain in Yemen. Hadi also met the U.S. ambassador.

Worries are mounting that Yemen, already on the brink of financial ruin and home to al Qaeda militants, could become a failed state that poses a threat to the world's top oil exporting region and to global security.

Saleh has exasperated his former U.S. and Saudi allies, who once saw him as a key partner in efforts to combat Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, by repeatedly reneging on a Gulf-brokered deal for him to quit in return for immunity.

President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism aide spoke on Saturday to the Yemeni vice president, the White House said, giving no details. Washington has called on Saleh to quit.

"I think this is just about the end of his match," Khalid al-Dakhil, a Saudi political analyst, said. "The Saudis are not going to bargain with him."

The world's largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, which shares a 1,500-km (950-mile) border with Yemen, has led efforts to negotiate a peaceful handover to fractious opposition groups.

But a Saudi-brokered ceasefire between rival clans and political elites appeared to break down on Sunday as heavy gunfire and explosions rang out in the capital Sanaa.

CLASHES, CELEBRATIONS

Witnesses said gunfire was heard in the Hasaba district, a focal point of fighting in recent weeks between Saleh's forces and members of the powerful Hashed tribe led by Sadeq al-Ahmar.

Youths celebrated in a central Sanaa square, singing patriotic songs and dancing. Elsewhere, the capital was quiet as residents fretted about what might come next.

"Our happiness will be complete once we're sure that Saleh won't come back," a resident at a local cafe said."

In the southern city of Taiz, thousands of people celebrated Saleh's trip to Saudi Arabia with a fireworks display, but Al Jazeera reported several people were wounded in heavy gunfire.

Leaving Yemen at a time of such instability, even for medical care, could make it hard for Saleh to retain power.

The true seat of power, following Saleh's departure, has yet to be decided. But Saleh's eldest son, Ahmed, commands the elite Republican Guard and three of his nephews control the country's security and intelligence units.

The Saudi royal court said Saleh had arrived to be treated for wounds suffered in Friday's rocket attack on his presidential palace -- an assault that marked a major escalation in a conflict that has been sliding toward all-out civil war.

"These are the most difficult days and we're worried the coming days will be even more difficult," Sanaa resident Ali al Mujahid, 42, said.

Saleh, whose Saudi medical evacuation plane was met by a senior Saudi official, walked off the aircraft but had visible injuries on his neck, head and face, a source told Reuters.

Saleh was transferred to a military hospital after landing at King Khalid Air Base, a Saudi source said. He will have tests before surgery to remove shrapnel from his body, the source said, adding Saleh was also expected to have plastic surgery to mend wounds on his face and neck.

The rocket attack, which killed seven people, devastated the government. The prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and the speakers of both parliamentary chambers are being treated in Riyadh for injuries.

The latest violence was the bloodiest since pro-democracy unrest erupted in January and was sparked by Saleh's refusal to sign a power transfer deal.

Abdulla Ali al-Radhi, Yemen's ambassador to Britain, said of Friday's attack on the palace: "The rocket was devastating. It was a clear assassination attempt against the president."

(Additional reporting by Khaled al-Mahdi in Sanaa, Mohammed Mukhashaf in Aden, Samia Nakhoul in London; writing by Amran Abocar; editing by Myra MacDonald and Lin Noueihed)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/05/us-yemen-idUSTRE73L1PP20110605

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An $8,000 Segway Will Revolutionize Your Golf Game

Published June 05, 2011
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Liven up your links with the technology that's turning heads across the fairway and throughout the industry: the Segway x2 Golf.

How cutting edge can you get?

If you've got the bucks, there's a world of awe-inspiring gadgets and goodies out there for you. From hundred thousand dollar watches to speakers that sound so good they'll make an audiophile weak in the knees, The Big Ticket is your weekly peek into the best goods gobs of money can buy.

The Segway was initially launched amidst a storm of hype. Originally codenamed "Ginger," this two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle invented by famed inventor Dean Kamen was supposed to be the next big thing, revolutionizing transportation.

The vehicle never reached such lofty heights but Kamen and co. have been able to find new and novel uses for their gyroscopic machine.

Somewhere between walking the course and taking a golf cart lies the Segway X2 Golf ($8,000). This golf-specific Segway allows for even faster rounds than a cart, while offering many of the same features, including a bag carrier, integrated scorecard holder with ball and tee holders, and specially-treated, turf-friendly tires.

With a range of 14 miles or 36 holes, it's only a matter of time before it replaces your trusty lob wedge as your favorite piece of golfing equipment.

Just don't call it a golf cart.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/06/05/revolutionize-your-golf-game-with-segway-x2-golf/
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