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Cardinals aim for another series win vs. Reds

Cardinals aim for another series win vs. Reds

Sports
A spot in the team record books is on the line Sunday, as well as an opportunity to solidify their playoff positioning. But if the St. Louis Cardinals are to beat the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium and capture their 11th consecutive series, they will probably need a strong start from a guy that recently lost his spot in the rotation. Manager Mike Shildt has opted to give an extra day of rest to the likes of Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and John Gant ahead of their starts Monday through Wednesday in Washington. Shildt is going with righthander Luke Weaver (7-11, 4.59 ERA), who will make his first start since an Aug. 16 loss to the Nationals, which occurred four days after he was scratched with a cut on his right index finger from trying to open a food tray. After starting the season a...
Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

World
A strong earthquake jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing landslides on Mount Rinjani and damaging buildings, as it tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake, which was centered in the northeast of the tourist island, at magnitude 6.3 with a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). It was felt on the neighboring island of Bali and was preceded a few minutes earlier by a magnitude 5.4 quake, also in Lombok's northeast. An Associated Press reporter on Lombok said the tremor caused landslides on the slopes of Rinjani and panic in villages. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing from the mountain's slopes. The shaking toppled motorcycles and there was damage...
Another LSU QB to transfer

Another LSU QB to transfer

Sports
Junior quarterback Justin McMillan announced in a Twitter post on Wednesday that he intends to transfer, becoming the second Tigers quarterback to do so in as many days. Redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he will leave LSU. "I love my brothers and my heart is heavy, but sometimes life takes you in a different direction," McMillan wrote, in part. McMillan will be eligible to play immediately at his next school as a graduate transfer. With McMillan and Narcisse leaving, LSU is down to Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan as scholarship quarterbacks on the roster with the season-opener against Miami approaching on Sept. 2. Burrow transferred to LSU from Ohio State after playing in two seasons with the Buckeyes, where he completed 29 of 39 passes for 28...
Birds learn another 'language' by eavesdropping on neighbors

Birds learn another 'language' by eavesdropping on neighbors

Technology
For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death. Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other species' chatter. Birds, for example, can learn to flee when neighbors cluck "hawk!" — or, more precisely, emit a distress call. The fairy wren, a small Australian songbird, is not born knowing the "languages" of other birds. But it can master the meaning of a few key "words," as scientists explain in a paper published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. "We knew before that some animals can translate the meanings of other species' 'foreign languages,' but we did not know how that 'language learning' came about," said Andrew Radfo...
Nobel laureate joins another exclusive club

Nobel laureate joins another exclusive club

Science
A UK molecular biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 is to join another elite grouping. Dr Richard Henderson has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The order is a special award held by only 65 people at any one time. Dr Henderson, who lives in Cambridge, won the Nobel for helping to develop cryo-electron microscopy - a technique that allows the intricate structures of biological molecules to be imaged. King George V established the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1917. It recognises people who have made an extraordinary contribution to British life over a long period. The molecular biologist will keep company with the likes of author JK Rowling, DNA profiling pioneer Si...