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Airlines halt flights into Israel

Delta said it had diverted a flight en route to Tel Aviv from New York City to Paris on Tuesday US and European airlines have suspended flights into Israel’s Ben Gurion airport after a rocket landed one mile (1.6km) away. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered three US carriers that fly to Israel – Delta, United and US Airways – to halt flights for 24 hours. Europe’s aviation regulator is also urging airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv. Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France had cancelled flights to the city even before the regulator’s warning. The move comes amid heightened scrutiny over flights near conflict zones. Israel’s Transportation Ministry asked the airlines to reverse their decision, saying the airport was “safe for landings and ... Read More »

NASA’s Fermi finds a ‘transformer’ pulsar

“It’s almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the system from a lower-energy state to a higher-energy one,” said Benjamin Stappers, an astrophysicist at the University of Manchester, England, who led an international effort to understand this striking transformation. “The change appears to reflect an erratic interaction between the pulsar and its companion, one that allows us an opportunity to explore a rare transitional phase in the life of this binary.” A binary consists of two stars orbiting around their common center of mass. This system, known as AY Sextantis, is located about 4,400 light-years away in the constellation Sextans. It pairs a 1.7-millisecond pulsar named PSR J1023+0038 — J1023 for short — with a star containing about one-fifth the mass of the sun. ... Read More »

GameStop offering 50% off The Last of Us Remastered with PS3 copy trade-in

Starting next week, GameStop shoppers can get a steep discount on The Last of Us Remastered for the PlayStation 4 by trading in a copy of the 2013 PS3 edition at the time of purchase. Between July 27 and August 2, customers who trade in a PS3 copy of The Last of Us at GameStop will get 50 percent off of The Last of Us Remastered, dropping it to $25 at launch. The Last of Us Remastered includes all content from last year’s PS3 version, upgrading the core campaign with a 1080p presentation and bundling a collection of post-release DLC, including the “Left Behind” expansion. The Last of Us Remastered launches on July 29. Read More »

Baseball umpire shouts out 2 Chainz with ‘Strike 3′ call in viral video

EERIE, Ind.,  –A YouTube user recorded an umpire going kind of nuts with his “Strike three” calls during a baseball game. In the caption that accompanies the video, the poster wrote, “Best umpire since Leslie Nielsen! Best Strike 3 call ever! Funny as [expletive].” (Nielsen is famous for an over-exaggerated third strike call in Naked Gun.) There are three distinct strike calls in the video and although they are tough to decipher, these seem right: Strikeout No. 1: “2 Chainz.”Strikeout No. 2: “He got Gangham Style.” Strikeout No. 3: “And he closes the show like the champ that he is.” An umpire yelling, “2 Chainz”? My life has been made. — Adam Bernstorf (@IDoNotGiveAdam) July 22, 2014 It’s unclear exactly when the video was shot ... Read More »

Royal Mail hit by parcel revenue fall

Royal Mail’s parcel delivery service is facing increasing competition Royal Mail shares have fallen after the company said that price changes and competition from rivals had affected its parcels business. Shares closed down 3.4% at 450 pence, below the level they hit on the first day of trading as a public company. Parcels revenue fell 1% in the three months to 29 June from a year earlier, and Royal Mail said parcels revenue for the year could miss expectations. But it said it was likely to meet forecasts for its overall performance. Royal Mail’s share price has received a great deal of scrutiny since the organisation was privatised in October last year. Its shares were priced at 330p for the stock market flotation and closed ... Read More »