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Samsung Has Surprises in Store for August Event

An invite to an upcoming Samsung Galaxy event in New York. (Samsung)(NEW YORK) — Expect Samsung to go even bigger at the company’s “Unpacked” launch event.

While the South Korea-based electronics company is keeping its agenda for the Aug. 13 event in New York City under wraps, it’s widely expected Samsung will stick to what it does best and release the latest in its line of super-sized smartphones.

The event is likely to include the all-new Galaxy Note 5, a refresh of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet hybrid.

It’s also expected Samsung could introduce an even larger version of its flagship Galaxy S6 Edge, satisfying customer demand for plus-sized smartphones.

Also don’t count out potential updates to Samsung Gear VR, the virtual reality headset that made its debut last September.

The event comes at a crucial time as Samsung struggles to reverse a slump in smartphone sales and profits as well as heeding off competition from Apple and Chinese rivals, including Xiaomi and Huawei, among others.

While Samsung was expected to hold the event in September, the company moved it back a month, according to the Wall Street Journal, to ensure it wouldn’t be lost in the hype of an anticipated Apple event in September.

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Cassini: What It Saw on Saturn’s Moon Tethys

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute(NEW YORK) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted a huge impact basin on Tethys, one of Saturn’s 62 known moons, shining brightly and spiking curiosity about the landscape of the icy world.

While the rest of the moon appears dark, the photo shows a 280-mile impact region called Odysseus, spanning near half the width of the entire moon.

“With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini’s cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views,” NASA said.

Scientists believe the different coloration on Tethys could indicate differences in the composition or structure of the area exposed by the impact crater. While Tethys is believed to be largely water and ice, Odysseus isn’t the first standout characteristic of the moon to be pique the interest of scientists.

The satellite also has a long canyon called Ithaca Chasma, which is believed to have formed when the water inside Tethys froze and cracked the moon’s outer crust, according to NASA.

Launched in 1997, the Cassini mission arrived in the Saturn system in 2004 where it has been working ever since to study the gas giant and its dozens of moons. The probe’s mission is scheduled to end in September 2017 when it will make a fatal plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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Government Officers in Oregon Receive Threatening Letters

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Oregon State Police along with other law enforcement agencies are investigating suspicious letters and packages — some containing “an unknown substance” — sent to government offices across the state, the police department said in a statement.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was taken to the hospital Monday night after opening up one piece of mail and developing a rash on his arms. But he was released within hours, according to KGW-TV in Portland.

Efforts to reach Palmer were not successful.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, had to be evacuated because of a suspicious package. About 60 people had to leave once it was noticed. At least two county courthouses in the state were also evacuated.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Service are assisting local officials as they work to determine precisely what substance was sent through the mail system, and who sent it. Officials said at least 10 letters appeared to be from the same person.

State officials will likely be testing the substance.

Meanwhile, the state police is urging the public to look out for any mail “that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure [it], misspelled words … strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, [or] crystallization” on the packaging.

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Government Officers in Oregon Receive Threatening Letters

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Oregon State Police along with other law enforcement agencies are investigating suspicious letters and packages — some containing “an unknown substance” — sent to government offices across the state, the police department said in a statement.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was taken to the hospital Monday night after opening up one piece of mail and developing a rash on his arms. But he was released within hours, according to KGW-TV in Portland.

Efforts to reach Palmer were not successful.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, had to be evacuated because of a suspicious package. About 60 people had to leave once it was noticed. At least two county courthouses in the state were also evacuated.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Service are assisting local officials as they work to determine precisely what substance was sent through the mail system, and who sent it. Officials said at least 10 letters appeared to be from the same person.

State officials will likely be testing the substance.

Meanwhile, the state police is urging the public to look out for any mail “that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure [it], misspelled words … strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, [or] crystallization” on the packaging.

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Florida Sunken Treasure Discovery from 1715 Shipwreck Valued at over $1 Million

1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, LLC(FT. PIERCE, Fla.) — Florida treasure hunters hit the sunken treasure jackpot.

Brent Brisben, co-founder of 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC — the company that has the rights to dive at the wreckage site where the gold was discovered — told ABC News that the 60 gold artifacts on the bottom of the ocean floor are valued at over $1 million.

The artifacts include 51 gold coins and 40 feet of gold chains with hand-crafted links, he said.

The centerpiece of the discovery is a single coin, called a Royal, that was meant to be delivered straight to Spanish King Phillip V, Brisben said.

This makes up for about half of the discovery’s expected value with a price tag of more than $500,000, Brisben said.

The valuable find comes right before the 300-year anniversary when the 11-ship fleet sunk in a hurricane on July 31, 1715 off the Florida coast. The fleet had left from Havana, Cuba, on July 24, 1715.

Brisben said the discovery was made about a month ago, but he wanted to keep everything under wraps until the anniversary got closer.

The treasure discovery — caught on video — was found by one of the company’s sub-contractors, the Schmitt family, in 15-foot deep water off the coast of Ft. Pierce, Florida, according to Brisben.

Over the past two summers, the Schmitts have made national news thanks to their discoveries from the fleet of Spanish ships, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

In 2013, the family found several pieces of a solid gold chain — more than 60 feet in all — and last year Schmitt found the back portion of a handcrafted gold-filigree pyx, a vessel used to hold the Eucharist during the Christian observance of Holy Communion.

Brisben said up to 20 percent of the find goes to Florida and the remainder of the treasure will be divided between the company and the Schmitt’s.

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Deadly MERS Outbreak Virtually Over, South Korea Says

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — The deadly MERS virus that rattled South Korea with 36 deaths is now virtually gone.

With no news cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in more than three weeks, the country’s prime minister told residents Tuesday they “can now be free from worry,” the BBC reports.

The World Health Organization, however, won’t declare the country virus-free until 28 days have passed without a new infection, the BBC says.

The outbreak, which began in May, sickened nearly 200 people and forced thousands to stay confined to their homes or hospitals.

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Deadly MERS Outbreak Virtually Over, South Korea Says

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — The deadly MERS virus that rattled South Korea with 36 deaths is now virtually gone.

With no news cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in more than three weeks, the country’s prime minister told residents Tuesday they “can now be free from worry,” the BBC reports.

The World Health Organization, however, won’t declare the country virus-free until 28 days have passed without a new infection, the BBC says.

The outbreak, which began in May, sickened nearly 200 people and forced thousands to stay confined to their homes or hospitals.

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Florida Sunken Treasure Discovery from 1715 Shipwreck Valued at over $1 Million

1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, LLC(FT. PIERCE, Fla.) — Florida treasure hunters hit the sunken treasure jackpot.

Brent Brisben, co-founder of 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC — the company that has the rights to dive at the wreckage site where the gold was discovered — told ABC News that the 60 gold artifacts on the bottom of the ocean floor are valued at over $1 million.

The artifacts include 51 gold coins and 40 feet of gold chains with hand-crafted links, he said.

The centerpiece of the discovery is a single coin, called a Royal, that was meant to be delivered straight to Spanish King Phillip V, Brisben said.

This makes up for about half of the discovery’s expected value with a price tag of more than $500,000, Brisben said.

The valuable find comes right before the 300-year anniversary when the 11-ship fleet sunk in a hurricane on July 31, 1715 off the Florida coast. The fleet had left from Havana, Cuba, on July 24, 1715.

Brisben said the discovery was made about a month ago, but he wanted to keep everything under wraps until the anniversary got closer.

The treasure discovery — caught on video — was found by one of the company’s sub-contractors, the Schmitt family, in 15-foot deep water off the coast of Ft. Pierce, Florida, according to Brisben.

Over the past two summers, the Schmitts have made national news thanks to their discoveries from the fleet of Spanish ships, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

In 2013, the family found several pieces of a solid gold chain — more than 60 feet in all — and last year Schmitt found the back portion of a handcrafted gold-filigree pyx, a vessel used to hold the Eucharist during the Christian observance of Holy Communion.

Brisben said up to 20 percent of the find goes to Florida and the remainder of the treasure will be divided between the company and the Schmitt’s.

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Findlay Officials Look To Change Retirement Rules

7/28/15 – 4:53 A.M.

Findlay officials are working to bring the city’s retirement rules in line with Ohio laws. The Courier reports an ad-hoc committee of city council members talked about the issue Monday. The discussion stemmed from months of debate over whether former Fire Chief Tom Lonyo was old enough to retire from his position or not.

Lonyo retired in January to take a safety job with Marathon Petroleum. Initially it looked like Lonyo didn’t meet city’s retirement age, but Law Director Don Rasmussen said state law allows Lonyo to retire at the age of 46.

If approved, Findlay’s law will change to reflect wording in the Ohio Revised Code when it comes to defining retirement.

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John Kerry Names New US Special Envoy for Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Michael Ratney will replace Daniel Rubinstein as the third U.S. special envoy for Syria since the war there began in 2011, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, Kerry said Ratney is “a Senior Foreign Service officer who is fluent in Arabic and whose distinguished career has spanned Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, and beyond.”

“I am confident he will continue the important work led by his predecessor, Daniel Rubinstein, to shape our response to the complex and devastating conflict in Syria,” he added.

Kerry said Ratney “will soon travel to the region to begin consultations with Syrians and other stakeholders” still seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict which has devastated the country.

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