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Belgium boy will receive bachelor’s degree at 9-years-old

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (CNN) — A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at 9-years-old.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Simons plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medical degree when he graduates in December.

We can’t wait to see where this young man goes in life! Incredible story. ... Read More

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WEB EXTRA: NV Democratic Party Chairman, William McCurdy II

Politics Now host Steve Sebelius interviews Nevada Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy II about the First in the West event. It will feature 13 democratic presidential candidates, including all the top contenders, on Sunday at the Bellagio. Sebelius also asks who the front-runners in Nevada are, and about efforts to get out the vote for the Nevada Caucus. ... Read More

Earthquake predictions not reliable, scientists repeat

Earthquake predictions are false and misleading, as far as scientists are concerned.

But the predictions wield a power on social media that bewilders them. And they worry that people might be acting on baseless claims.

Moreover, they see half a million arguments on social media ahead of them when an article like the one on vice.com comes out.

Today’s “Earthquake conspiracy theorists wreaking havoc during emergencies” has the potential to add to that fervent group of followers, said Graham Kent, chief of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory for the past 10 years. He stresses the difference between a definitive prediction and probability... Read More

Police say 16-year-old boy who shot five students at his Los Angeles-area high school has died

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Police say the 16-year-old boy who shot five students at his Los Angeles-area high school has died.

The boy planned the attack that killed two students and wounded three others at a Southern California high school, but investigators were so far unable to find out why he brought a gun to campus and opened fire, authorities said Friday.

After more than 40 interviews and evaluation of evidence, no motive had been established, said Capt. Kent Wegener, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide unit. He said no manifesto, diary or suicide note had been found.

“It still remains a mystery why,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a press conference... Read More

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Last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster dies at age 90

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The last remaining survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, Werner Gustav Doehner, has died at age 90.

His son said a church service was held Friday for Doehner, who died on Nov. 8 at a hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire.

Doehner was the only person left of the 62 passengers and crew who survived the May 6, 1937, fire that killed his father, sister and 34 others. He was just 8 years old at the time.

“He did not talk about it,” his son Bernie Doehner, said. “It was definitely a repressed memory. He lost his sister, he lost his dad.”

Bernie Doehner said his father took him to visit the naval station years later, but not the Hindenburg memorial, itself... Read More

HOA STRIKES AGAIN: Family told to take down Christmas display because it’s too soon to decorate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A family preparing for the Christmas holiday had their holiday spirit dampened by the always bearer of bad news — the HOA. The Homeowners’ Association told them they had to take down their Christmas decorations and wait until the calendar date was closer to Dec. 25, according to The Independent.

Claudia and Nick Simonis, from San Antonio, Texas, put up their decorations, which included a big inflatable snowman, reindeer, and a Santa in a helicopter on Nov. 1. Still, three days letter the dreaded HOA letter came asking them to take them down.

Claudia Simonis is eight months pregnant, so she and her husband say they will likely not be able to put up the display again, so the couple is standing their ground. They’ve decided to keep their decorations up and take the fine... Read More

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt.

The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended delaying the lethal injection.

The parole board unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Reed. The board rejected Reed’s request to commute his sentence to life in prison... Read More