HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island artist has captured all the Pokemon critters — on a 25-foot-high wall of his studio, that is.
Efren Andaluz painted 151 of the characters on the side of his Huntington studio called “On Da Loose Design.”
Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2bg7sRP ) reports it took him 10 days and 125 spray cans to finish the mural. It has all the Pokemon featured in the original 1990s video game.
The 29-year-old artist says he began the mural on July 21. He posted a five-minute, time-lapse video on his Facebook page last week and it quickly spread online.
Andaluz also slipped in a few messages to Pokemon fans. In a speech bubble over a Charmander it says: “Don’t Pokemon Go and Drive.”
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Raiders tight end Colton Underwood said he never expected the kind of attention he would get when he sent gymnast Aly Raisman a video asking the Olympic gold medalist out on a date.
“I was just asking a girl on a date and it sort of turned into something much bigger,” Underwood said Tuesday. “She did a great job and her whole team did of representing the USA. So I felt like it was only right for me to send a congratulations and extend an offer when she got back and had some down time.”
Underwood, 24, is a second-year tight end trying to land a spot on the Raiders’ 53-man roster. That will be a tougher challenge than getting Raisman to agree to go out on a double date with Underwood and teammate Andrew East and East’s wife, former Olympian Shawn Johnson.
Raisman won a gold medal and two silvers at the Rio de Janeiro Games. After receiving the video from Underwood, the 22-year-old tweeted out her acceptance.
The story, along with the video, quickly made the rounds throughout Raiders headquarters.
“I was like, ‘Hey man, you put yourself out on a limb there,'” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “I’m just happy for him that she said yes. That’s a lonely feeling being out there on a limb. He’s really a good guy. I hope it works out for him.”
Underwood and Raisman have spoken since the video and Raisman, along with some of her teammates, will be in nearby San Jose next month as part of a champions tour.
“She’s actually scheduled to be out here in September so I’m looking forward to attending that show and catching up with her,” Underwood said.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Entertainer Cher unloaded a freewheeling barrage of insults at Donald Trump during a private fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, comparing him to Hitler and saying he reminded her of the actress who played a murdering child in the film, “The Bad Seed.”
Speaking Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the singer and actress gave a stinging — and at times profane — assessment of the Republican presidential nominee. Invoking “The Bad Seed” she said: “He’s so Patty McCormack, consummate liar, doesn’t care who she hurts, insane.”
Before an enthusiastic crowd, Cher also said of Trump: “Do you remember ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’? It’s like racist fun with Dick and Jane.”
She later added: “He doesn’t mean we want to make America great again. He means we want to make America straight and white.” She also said that she was reminded of “despots, you know Stalin and Hitler.”
A video of Cher’s remarks at the “LGBT summer celebration” was posted on Facebook and first reported by The New York Times.
Cher, who has been campaigning with Clinton, offered praise, though with a few caveats.
“She is shy and she’s not the greatest speaker in the world,” Cher said. “But this is what I believe and this is what I know. I know she will work every moment of every day.”
After the event, Cher told reporters that Trump was “a racist, he’s a misogynist, he’s a horrible person.”
A partial clip of Clinton’s remarks was also posted on Facebook. Thanking Cher, Clinton said: “I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Cher here.”
A popular entertainer for decades, Cher came to fame in the 1960s as part of a singing duo with then-husband Sonny Bono. She has enjoyed success as a solo artist, with songs like “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe,” and has starred in movies, including “Moonstruck,” ”Silkwood” and “Mermaids.”
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey waterpark visitor who was partially paralyzed in a 2010 accident while on a ride that simulates surfing can proceed with a lawsuit, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Roy Steinberg and his wife claim employees at Sahara Sam’s Oasis Water Park in West Berlin, about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia, didn’t properly instruct him about safety on the FlowRider, a ride that simulates surfing by having a sheet of water flow toward the rider.
Steinberg said he wasn’t told that as a novice he should lie on the board instead of standing, and that he shouldn’t use both hands to hold onto a rope held by a park employee.
According to the lawsuit, Steinberg fell off the surfboard shortly after the ride began and hit his head, causing a catastrophic spinal cord injury.
A lower court and an appeals court had dismissed the case, which seeks monetary damages. Both ruled Steinberg couldn’t sue for simple negligence since he had signed a waiver before getting on the ride.
The waiver didn’t prohibit a claim under the more serious charge of gross negligence, the courts acknowledged, but they rejected Steinberg’s argument that a jury could find Sahara Sam’s actions met that higher standard.
The state Supreme Court disagreed. Writing for a unanimous court Tuesday, Justice Barry Albin concluded a review of the evidence “demonstrates that a rational factfinder could conclude that Sahara Sam’s conduct constituted gross negligence.”
Albin noted the park failed to display the most recent safety signs recommended by the manufacturer, which included drawings depicting the ride’s dangers as well as safety techniques.
The newer signs included stronger warnings about potential risks, Albin wrote, including one that read, “failure to comply with signs or instructions may increase the risk of severe permanent injuries or even death.” They also recommend watching a safety video, which Steinberg wasn’t shown, according to Tuesday’s opinion.
An attorney representing the waterpark and a waterpark spokesman didn’t return messages seeking comment Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy’s profit jumped 21 percent as the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer increased sales online and tried to create a better shopping experience in the stores while it also cut costs.
Its shares soared 19 percent after the company said online sale rose 24 percent to $835 million, a beacon for investors who have watched Amazon.com eat away at the sales of almost every traditional retailer. The stock surge marked the largest daily percentage increase since mid-December 2008.
Revenue at established stores, an important measure of a retailer’s health, also managed a gain of 0.8 percent when Wall Street, according to a survey by FactSet, had expected a decline of 0.4 percent. The company has been working on revamping its stores and improving sales staff training to convert browsers into buyers.
“Customer focus is a key part of our strategy, so as we look ahead you will see us focus more and more on building these relationships,” Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly said after the earnings report.
Sales of health trackers grew, as did those of home theaters and appliances as the U.S. real estate market has surged. New-home sales have climbed 12.4 percent so far this year, and demand has eclipsed the pace of construction.
Those strengths offset declining sales of mobile phones and video games. Smartphone sales overall have been in a malaise because of a lack of new products and innovations, and Best Buy has lost some traffic as shoppers aren’t coming in to research products. But Joly said mobile phone sales did better than feared, a contrast to comments from Target Corp. earlier this month that consumer electronics were a big drag on sales.
Skeptics had been ready to write Best Buy’s obituary just a few years ago, expecting it to follow its failed former rival Circuit City as it battled the penchant of shoppers to use the store as a browsing showroom and then buy online. Under Joly, who took the helm in 2012, the company has been cutting costs and improving stores and training. Best Buy is also working to forge deeper partnerships with its suppliers like Samsung.
For online sales, it’s shipping goods from all of its stores, which means speedier deliveries. It also recently narrowed the delivery window for online shoppers buying appliances. They now can pick a four-hour time frame instead of waiting all day.
In its stores, Best Buy has been rolling out dedicated spaces for TVs in the higher-quality format known as 4K. It launched dedicated areas for the LG TVs in nearly 400 stores in the latest quarter in addition to the existing Samsung areas in 660 stores and Sony TV experiences in 388 stores.
It’s also been expanding virtual reality merchandise for the holiday season, and more than 500 stores will be equipped with demonstrations so customers can try out the technology. Joly said that will help create Best Buy as a destination, but he doesn’t believe the technology will significantly affect the company’s sales for now.
The company is also testing out having classes at the stores, on topics like maximizing a customer’s Wi-Fi.
Best Buy Co., based in Richfield, Minnesota, reported net income of $198 million, or 61 cents per share, in the three months that ended July 30, compared with $164 million, or 46 cents per share, in the same period a year before.
Earnings adjusted for one-time gains and costs came to 57 cents per share, 15 cents better than Wall Street had projected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research.
Revenue rose slightly to $8.53 billion, topping Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $8.4 billion.
For the current quarter ending Oct. 29, Best Buy expects earnings per share of 43 cents to 47 cents. Analysts expected earnings of 45 cents per share, according to FactSet. The company forecasts revenue for the third quarter of $8.8 billion to $8.9 billion. Analysts expected revenue of $8.77 billion, according to FactSet.
Best Buy shares gained $6.30 to $39.10 in afternoon trading.
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the international community to renew its commitment to eliminate weapons of mass destruction as technological advances make it cheaper and easier for terrorist groups to produce and deliver materials for making the weapons.
Ban, speaking at a high-level meeting of the U.N. Security Council, said much good work has been done to curb the production of WMDs, including the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Security Council Resolution 1540 in 2004, which legally obligates U.N. member states to enforce measures against the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
But he said technological advances have made it easier for terrorist groups to gain access to the materials needed for making such weapons.
“Vicious non-state actors that target civilians for carnage are actively seeking chemical, biological and nuclear weapons,” he said.
In fact, the possibility of the use of such weapons by terrorist groups, criminals and other non-state actors has become one of the most significant challenges to nations, said Emmanuel Roux, INTERPOL’s special representative to the U.N. INTERPOL works to facilitate police cooperation around the world.
“Organizations such as al-Qaeda, (Japanese doomsday cult) Aum Shinrikyo, and other extremist groups have, in the past, expressly announced their intention — backed by real attempts — to develop, acquire, and deploy weapons of mass destruction against civilian populations,” he told the council.
Roux said the threat of WMDs is more imminent than ever because terrorist organizations have become more complex, with more movement of fighters across borders in recent years, giving them more access to recruits who have expertise in WMDs.
For example, he said that in 2014 INTERPOL seized an Islamic State group laptop owned by a Tunisian chemistry and physics student that contained a 19-page document on how to develop biological weapons. The document also included instructions on how to test the weapons on mice.
Roux also noted that Belgian officials, in the aftermath of the attacks in Brussels last March, discovered that Islamic State operatives had been secretly videotaping the country’s senior nuclear scientists.
“Officials feared (the Islamic State group) was working to breach Belgium’s nuclear security and would launch a dirty bomb to follow the Brussels airport bombing,” he said.
Ban noted that the next review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is in May and he urged the Security Council to consider how to strengthen Resolution 1540, which is undergoing a comprehensive review by the council, to ensure that terrorist organizations, criminals or other “non-state actors” don’t acquire WMDs. He said in light of outbreaks in recent years of Ebola, MERS and Yellow Fever, “I am extremely concerned that the international community is not adequately prepared to prevent or respond to a biological attack.”
Gregory Koblentz, director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at George Mason University, said there are several emerging technologies that present challenges to international efforts to curb WMDs, including gene editing.
“Instead of gene drives being used to eliminate disease, they could be used to introduce new diseases into plant or animal populations,” he told the council.
Other potentially dangerous emerging technologies include the use of drones and the use of the Dark Web, which can only be accessed using special encryption software, guaranteeing anonymity to its users.
Koblentz said that in 2014 the U.S. arrested two people who had sold the toxins abrin and ricin — ricin is classified as a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention — to customers in Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, India and the United States via a Dark Web marketplace called Black Market Reloaded.
“The global reach and anonymity of the Dark Web provides a new means for criminals and terrorists interested in dual-use equipment or materials to do business,” he said.
Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Michele Sison, said member states must be vigilant about the threat posed by states such as North Korea as well as non-state actors. Earlier this year, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test explosion and launched a prohibited long-range rocket, prompting worldwide condemnation and tougher U.N. sanctions.
“We need to pay attention to both non-state and state actors,” she told the council.