Report finds speed cameras can curb traffic deaths and injuries

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According to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speed cameras can dramatically reduce the number of traffic deaths and fatalities.

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Alejandro De Aza to Giants: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza late Monday from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla, the Giants announced

The Giants will also receive $650,000 from the Red Sox, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. 

This was not the first time De Aza was moved this season. The Baltimore Orioles traded him to the Red Sox in June, although Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors pointed out why it seemed like a strange addition for Boston at the time:

He’s a somewhat curious add for a Red Sox club that is already flush with outfield options and recently picked up fellow lefty-swinging corner outfielder Carlos Peguero in a trade with the Rangers. Boston also has Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo on the roster as its starting trio in the outfield, with veterans Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino on the DL.

Given all that outfield depth and the fact that Boston is going nowhere of significance this season, it makes sense that the team traded the outfielder and received something of value in return.

While De Aza struggled in Baltimore and hit only .214 with three home runs in 30 games, he played much better as a member of the Red Sox, hitting .292 over 60 games. He saw his average increase with better power at the plate, which is more reflective of the numbers he put up as a member of the Chicago White Sox from 2010-14, when he hit .270.

He is currently sitting at .261 with seven homers, 32 RBI and a .319 OBP. 

De Aza is a low-risk target for the Giants since he cost Boston only $1 million after its trade with Baltimore. He brings strong defense and the necessary speed to cover plenty of ground in the field and can serve as a solid piece off the bench who can fill in at multiple outfield positions for a Giants team with postseason aspirations.

He also hits for average and gets on base, which sets the table for the power hitters in the middle of the order.

Depth and versatility are important down the stretch run of a long baseball season when injuries and fatigue become concerns, and De Aza is another valuable piece for San Francisco as it chases a spot in the postseason.

Kevin Rudd ‘hoped for a sympathetic call’ from Hillary Clinton, emails reveal

Correspondence released by State Department says former PM’s aide mentioned his boss was keen to hear from secretary of state in the wake of his ousting

Related: Kevin Rudd as CNN host: no stuff-ups, but cricket joke probably went wide

Kevin Rudd’s aide told the US embassy that the former Australian prime minister had “hoped for a sympathetic call” from Hillary Clinton after he lost the Labor leadership in 2010, newly released emails show.

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The Three Latest American Horror Story: Hotel Promos Are Delightfully Frightening!

Can it just be October now, please?!

American Horror Story is consistently one of our favorite dramas on TV, but the latest set of promos for the anthology series remind us that things can get pretty scary in their world as well.

That’s because Ryan Murphy shared the latest trio of clips for the upcoming season of Hotel on Twitter on Monday night, and they are downright creepy.

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Ryan treats us to three videos entitled, Sleepwalk, Towhead, and Jeepers Peepers, and all three make us squirm in our seats!

Our personal fave has to be the one of the man stuffed inside a mattress, but, of course, you’ll have to watch all three to figure out your favorite ahead of Hotel‘s premiere on October 7, on FX!

Ch-ch-check them out before you check into Hotel (below)!!!

Which one spooked you the most??

3 People, Including At Least 1 Child, Hit By Vehicle In Lakewood, N.J.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Three pedestrians – including an infant in a stroller — were struck and injured Monday night in Lakewood, New Jersey.

The accident happened around 10:10 p.m. on Route 9 in Lakewood, police said.

All three were rushed to an area hospital, police said.

Their conditions were not immediately available, but the injuries appeared serious, police said.

There had been no arrests as of late Monday night.

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Foxconn cancels investment plan in Indonesia – Kontan

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s biggest electronic components maker, has cancelled plans to invest in a factory in Indonesia, Kontan daily reported on Tuesday, citing the head of an Indonesian business chamber. Foxconn, whose flagship listed unit is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, said last year it may invest $1 billion in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. Foxconn had decided not to go ahead with its investment plan because of land issues, Kontan quoted Suryo Bambang Sulisto, chairman of the Indonesian chamber of commerce and industry, as saying. …

Electric boat meets lounge chair on Chilli Island

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Designed to deliver some of the on-water fun of a small boat without the work and hassle, the Chilli Island watercraft navigates the crisp, blue water like a motorized lounge chair. This small electric vessel has everything you need to enjoy a sunny day on the (not so) high seas with your favorite companion.

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American Ninja Warrior 2015 Results: Recap from August 31 Episode

American Ninja Warrior hit Las Vegas during Monday’s episode for the season’s first finals show with the top competitors from the city qualifying rounds stepping into the spotlight. In all, 16 ninjas finished the obstacle course and earned a spot in the second stage of the four-stage finals.

Nobody has ever claimed the $1 million prize at Mount Midoriyama in the show’s history, but the dream is still alive for Monday’s best performers. Here is a look at those still in the running:

American Ninja Warrior gave fans a glimpse at just how challenging Monday’s course was for those competitors. It is no wonder only 16 made it through:    

It is clear there were a number of difficult obstacles standing in the way of a chance at the $1 million, but the Propeller Bar was particularly painful in the early going, as the show pointed out: 

One person who did not have trouble with the Propeller Bar was Michelle Warnky. She powered her way through the challenge and turned in an impressive performance, although she did not do enough to remain in the competition. American Ninja Warrior shared her solid efforts on that Propeller Bar:

While Warnky was notable, nobody topped Flip Rodriguez in the early going. Rodriguez blew through the course on the way to the fastest run of the evening and did more than enough to reach the second stage. He may have been one of the best performers on the actual course, but he was quickly overshadowed by a moment outside the competition.

Crowd favorite Ben Melick, who goes by the nickname “Tarzan” and even dresses like the character when competing, failed on the Sonic Curve. Rather than wallow in that disappointment, he took the moment to propose to his girlfriend. 

Engagement is not a bad consolation prize following a disappointing effort on the Las Vegas course. The show shared the moment: 

Back on the course, Jessie Graff made history even in a losing effort. She became the second woman to ever make it through the Jumping Spider. While she ultimately fell short at the Warped Wall, the show passed along her triumphant moment from the difficult earlier obstacle:

Graff discussed her position as one of the most successful women in American Ninja Warrior‘s extended run, per Hannah Schoenbaum of the Los Angeles Times HS Insider:

“Though I’m just beginning to learn what it means to be a role model for women, I really want to share one message: being strong doesn’t make you manly or unfeminine. It just means you can do more things,” Graff said. “It builds confidence and self reliance and opens all kinds of pathways and opportunities.”

“I don’t want people to think of womanhood as a handicap. We can do anything.”

Graff was inspiring, but the show saved the best performance for last Monday.

Kevin Bull steamrolled his way through the obstacles in an energetic outing and turned in the fastest time. American Ninja Warrior passed along images from Bull’s run:

Monday was only Stage 1 in the finals, but Bull was impressive and set the tone for the rest of the competition. Nobody has ever won the ultimate prize, but it is not difficult to envision the lively ninja racing through future obstacles with a speed and strength combination that is tough to beat and necessary to advance.

He took the first step toward $1 million in Monday’s episode.

American Ninja Warrior 2015 Results: Recap from August 31 Episode

American Ninja Warrior hit Las Vegas during Monday’s episode for the season’s first finals show with the top competitors from the city qualifying rounds stepping into the spotlight. In all, 16 ninjas finished the obstacle course and earned a spot in the second stage of the four-stage finals.

Nobody has ever claimed the $1 million prize at Mount Midoriyama in the show’s history, but the dream is still alive for Monday’s best performers. Here is a look at those still in the running:

American Ninja Warrior gave fans a glimpse at just how challenging Monday’s course was for those competitors. It is no wonder only 16 made it through:    

It is clear there were a number of difficult obstacles standing in the way of a chance at the $1 million, but the Propeller Bar was particularly painful in the early going, as the show pointed out: 

One person who did not have trouble with the Propeller Bar was Michelle Warnky. She powered her way through the challenge and turned in an impressive performance, although she did not do enough to remain in the competition. American Ninja Warrior shared her solid efforts on that Propeller Bar:

While Warnky was notable, nobody topped Flip Rodriguez in the early going. Rodriguez blew through the course on the way to the fastest run of the evening and did more than enough to reach the second stage. He may have been one of the best performers on the actual course, but he was quickly overshadowed by a moment outside the competition.

Crowd favorite Ben Melick, who goes by the nickname “Tarzan” and even dresses like the character when competing, failed on the Sonic Curve. Rather than wallow in that disappointment, he took the moment to propose to his girlfriend. 

Engagement is not a bad consolation prize following a disappointing effort on the Las Vegas course. The show shared the moment: 

Back on the course, Jessie Graff made history even in a losing effort. She became the second woman to ever make it through the Jumping Spider. While she ultimately fell short at the Warped Wall, the show passed along her triumphant moment from the difficult earlier obstacle:

Graff discussed her position as one of the most successful women in American Ninja Warrior‘s extended run, per Hannah Schoenbaum of the Los Angeles Times HS Insider:

“Though I’m just beginning to learn what it means to be a role model for women, I really want to share one message: being strong doesn’t make you manly or unfeminine. It just means you can do more things,” Graff said. “It builds confidence and self reliance and opens all kinds of pathways and opportunities.”

“I don’t want people to think of womanhood as a handicap. We can do anything.”

Graff was inspiring, but the show saved the best performance for last Monday.

Kevin Bull steamrolled his way through the obstacles in an energetic outing and turned in the fastest time. American Ninja Warrior passed along images from Bull’s run:

Monday was only Stage 1 in the finals, but Bull was impressive and set the tone for the rest of the competition. Nobody has ever won the ultimate prize, but it is not difficult to envision the lively ninja racing through future obstacles with a speed and strength combination that is tough to beat and necessary to advance.

He took the first step toward $1 million in Monday’s episode.

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