UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014 with 105 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include the second chief justice …

A Pakistan Airlines Delay Leads to a Near Mutiny – NYTimes.com

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Flight delays are nothing unusual at Pakistan’s ailing state carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, long hobbled by political interference, a bloated staff and epic financial losses. But the delayed departure of one flight on Monday caused several enraged passengers to mount a virtual mutiny and eject one politician …

Quote of the Day

“I wasn’t sure it would be important.” ~PETER HIGGS, on his 1964 prediction about the existence of a subatomic particle — now known as the Higgs boson, or the “God particle” — that won him the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Quotation of the Day for Tuesday, September 16, 2014 …

Celeb birthdays for Sept. 17, 2014

Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 79. Actress Cassandra Peterson (“Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”) is 63. Comedian Rita Rudner is 61. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 52. Actor Kyle Chandler is 49. Director-producer Bryan Singer is 49. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 48. Actor Malik Yoba is 47. …

Decoding your restaurant menu – The Washington Post

Take a close look at that restaurant menu. Do the words seem particularly long? Instead of using a term like “sides,” does the restaurant call these dishes “accompaniments” or “complements”? Does the place prefer the word “decaffeinated” instead of the abbreviated form “decaf?” If so, prepare to open your wallet, …

Gun Sales Are Down – Businessweek

Coming off a year of record sales, the gun market is cooling off. And overeager gunmakers are still struggling to dial down their expectations. In the recent quarter, Smith & Wesson (SWHC) sales dropped 23 percent, to $131.9 million, and profit plunged 45 percent, to $14.6 million, according to a report late yesterday. …

Image of Asia: The blur of the crowd in Tokyo

People walk a street at Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Japan’s vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world’s third-largest economy. Data released Friday showed the inflation rate was unchanged from the previous month. …