NY Rangers holding Marc Staal out of North America preseason games due to concussion symptoms

Marc Staal will not play in the Rangers' three preseason games in North America as the Blueshirts take a cautious approach with the All-Star defenseman, who experienced headaches during offseason workouts after sustaining a previously undisclosed concussion on a hit from his brother Eric in a February game against the Carolina Hurricanes.Overview of the situation: "Marc Staal (is) progressing nicely. Again, we just want to be cautious with him to try to get him ready for the regular season. Again, especially the past few days, he feels better after the workouts. So we're real happy where it's going with him right now."On what Staal is progressing nicely from: "He's come in with headaches. In the summertime he had them, and so we're just trying to slowly go about our business with him. He can skate. He's cleared for contact. Everything's all set. We just want to hold him back a little bit and try to get him ready for the regular season."On whether Staal experienced headaches late last season: "When he was in Carolina, when he was hit, he hurt his knee, and was shaken there too. I remember the night after, in the evening, he felt it there a little bit. I'm not sure how many games he was out with it - three. We did, we had him take a baseline test. He cleared the test, came back and played, and I believe it was the Pittsburgh game where he didn't feel right. Kept him out of that, I think we kept him out of two or three games (two) from there. Again, he was cleared by the doctors and played. But then it starts up again, as he was working out this summer. He talked to (trainer Jim Ramsay) and said he was just feeling it. It was still there a little bit. So our doctors have been with him this summer, we had specialists with him as we continued to go through here. And again, he's a very important guy and we just want to make sure we are smart about this in getting him geared up for the regular season."On whether he expects Staal to be available Oct. 7: "Yes, yes. Again, Continue Reading

NASA warns Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite could hit North America as it falls to Eart Friday

North America was back on alert Friday as experts warned that parts of a defunct NASA satellite plummeting towards earth could land on U.S. soil. The trajectory of the 6-ton research satellite changed slightly Friday as it appeared to flip position in orbit and stall its decent. It is now expected to crash through the atmosphere anytime between 11 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, according to a NASA update early Friday night. Scientists said there was a "low probability" chunks of debris could end up in North America, while NASA warned the likelihood of it hitting American soil could "not be discounted." The bulk of the satellite should disintegrate on re-entry, but some chunks, many no larger than a football, could remain on a collision course with earth. Experts say 1,200 pounds of heavy metal could rain down, but the largest piece should be no more than 300 pounds. "The best guess is that it will still splash in the ocean, just because there's more ocean out there," said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The $740 million Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) was launched in 1991 to study the atmosphere and the ozone layer. It was shut down in 2005. A retrieval mission was ruled out after the 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster. The rate of descent of the 35-foot-long satellite has been affected by the sun in recent days. Before Friday, increased solar activity caused the atmosphere to expand and the object to free fall more quickly. The sun is no longer a major factor in the rate of descent yet its path still remains wildly unpredictable, NASA said Friday. The UARS satellite will be the biggest NASA spacecraft to crash back to earth, uncontrolled, since 1979 when the 75-ton Skylab space station and the Pegasus 2 satellite, which weighed more than 10 tons, re-entered the atmosphere. Russia's 135-ton Mir space station was brought back to earth in a controlled dive into the Pacific in 2001. With News Continue Reading

Car sales up 11% in North America, 7% worldwide; Europe falls behind global trend with 1% growth

Auto sales in North America should rise by 11 percent, representing the highest increase in a global market that is expected to grow 7 percent to 77.3 million vehicles, according to a report by ratings agency Standard & Poor's.The total expected figure for 2011 would be a sales record, exceeding the previous 2007 peak that was reached just before the economic crisis.The auto sector felt the effects of the global financial collapse, particularly in North America and in Europe, where some countries introduced subsidies for people scrapping old cars to buy new.Now sales are growing in all regions, but not to the same extent, S&P reported.Closely behind North America's double-digit increase comes South America, which is expected to see car sales increase by nine percent. Asia should experience a three-percent growth.Europe is benefiting the least, which explains the continent's mere once-percent growth rate.The report said there were big differences within Europe, with German sales jumping 11 percent to 3.3 million units and Spain seeing a 10-percent drop. APF/Relaxnews Did you find this article helpful? If so, please share it using the "Join the Conversation" buttons below, and thank you for visiting Daily News Autos. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Record sales expected for auto industry in 2011; study predicts 11 percent growth for North America

The world auto market is heading for growth of 7.0 percent this year, with North America expected to get the biggest sales boost, ratings agency Standard & Poor's said in a report on Thursday.Global sales of autos would rise by 7.0 percent to 77.3 million vehicles, S&P said.The auto sector was severely hit by the financial crisis, particularly in North America and in Europe, where some countries introduced subsidies for people scrapping old cars to buy new.The total expected figure for 2011 would be a sales record, exceeding the previous 2007 peak just before the economic crisis.Sales are growing in all regions, but there are big differences, S&P reported.Sales in North America should rise by 11 percent, in South America by nine percent, in Asia by three percent and in Europe one percent.The report said there were big differences within Europe, with German sales jumping 11 percent to 3.3 million units and Spain seeing a 10-percent drop. AFP/Relaxnews Did you find this article helpful? If so, please share it using the "Join the Conversation" buttons below, and thank you for visiting Daily News Autos. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Smart phones ring up big global gains with Android soaring in North America

SALES of smart phones rose the most in four years in the first three months of the year, soaring 49% worldwide from a year ago to 54.3 million.Nokia held on to first place with a 44.3% market share, down nearly 5 percentage points, market research firm Gartner said yesterday. It was followed by BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, and Google and its Android operating system, which has made huge inroads in the U.S. to edge out Apple and its iPhone.The BlackBerry had a 45.9% sales gain from a year ago, and ended with 10.6% market share. The iPhone was the third most-popular smart phone system with a 15.4% share, Gartner said. Sales soared 112.2% to 8.3 million units, but market share remained modest at 2.7%.Google's Android topped Microsoft's Windows Mobile as well as Linux to run almost 10% of smart phones shipped, compared with 1.6% last year.Android is growing quickly in North America because the Google brand is strong here, said Gartner researcher Carolina Milanesi. Support from carriers such as Verizon Wireless and a well-regarded touchscreen interface and Web experience are big pluses, she said.News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Well Said headlines this weekend’s $1.5 million North America Cup

Harness racing's richest event for pacers takes place Saturday night at Mohawk (Ontario) Racetrack when 10 evenly-matched 3-year-old colts and geldings head to the gate for the $1.5 million North America Cup.After winning one of four eliminations last week, Well Said was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite from post five for the Cup. Ron Pierce will drive the son of Western Hanover.Well Said made a bold move to the lead in his elim and just held off Keep It Real (3-1, 6, Steve Condren) by a neck in 1:50. Keep It Real had drawn the dreaded 10 hole, left hard and raced parked around the entire first turn before ending up with a pocket trip and was closing well in deep stretch to just miss.Dial Or Nodial was another elimination winner, scoring by a length in 1:50.2. His performance was the best of the four elim winners as driver Brian Sears had the son of Western Ideal in a perfect second-over flow only to have long shot Hay Goodlooking back up in his face heading for the three-quarter pole, forcing Sears to swing three wide around the final turn. Dial Or Nodial has post three and will start out at 4-1 for regular pilot Sears.Opportunistic Art Rooney winner If I Can Dream took his elim on the front end in 1:51.1. In the Rooney, the Western Hanover product raced in the pocket into the stretch when 2-5 favorite Hypnotic Blue Chip went off stride, giving If I Can Dream clear sailing to the finish line. The 5-1 chance departs from post four for George Brennan in the Cup.The fourth elim saw an upset as 15-1 chance Mr Wiggles went gate to wire for little-known Corey Callahan, a standout driver on the Delaware circuit. Mr Wiggles will once again play the role of long shot, as he'll begin at 15-1 from post two with Callahan, a 31-year-old who's only been driving for four years, calling the shots.The Mohawk card is a simulcast and OTB fan's delight. In addition to the Cup, the $561,500 Elegantimage (for 3-year-old filly trotters), $333,200 Goodtimes (for 3-year-old colt Continue Reading

J.D. Power and Associates’ North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index: Most beloved hotels

Want to know how great (or not so great) a hotel is? Ask the people who stayed there. J.D. Power and Associates does just this in its annual "North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study." “Many hotel brands have successfully focused on guest satisfaction, despite steep rate discounts, staff declines, reductions in in-room amenities and a halt on renovations,” Michael Drago, director of the global hospitality and travel practice at J.D. Power and Associates, wrote in a statement. “These hoteliers know that providing extraordinary guest service in a consistent manner, in both good times and bad, is a recipe for continued success.” So which hotels are the most loved by guests? Luxury: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Upscale: Embassy Suites Hotels (for the third consecutive year) Mid-scale full service: Hilton Garden Inn Mid-scale limited service: Drury Inn & Suites (for a fourth consecutive year) Economy/budget:: Microtel Inns & Suites (for the eighth consecutive year) Extended stay: Staybridge Suites “The highest-performing hotel brands differentiate themselves by meeting customer expectations consistently, whether it’s a guest’s first stay with the brand or their fiftieth,” said Drago. “By setting and maintaining high brand standards, hotels build a reputation for reliability, which breeds customer loyalty.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tiny dinosaur, Fruitadens haagarorum, believed to be North America’s smallest

It weighed less than two pounds, but lived along with the most powerful beasts on the planet.Scientists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County say the Fruitadens haagarorumis the tiniest dinosaur ever found in North America."It lived about 150 million years ago," Luis Chiappe, director of the museum's Dinosaur Institute, told the San Francisco Chronicle.The Fruitaden haagarorum would have been about 28-inches long and weighed just two pounds. The creature would have likely eaten plants and bugs, Chiappe explained - not fruit, as its name might suggest.The name refers to the location in which it was found, Fruita, Colorado. The fossils were discovered 30 years ago and brought to the LA museum.A report on the Fruitadens haagarorum will be published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.A similarly tiny dinosaur weighing between 4-5 pounds was found earlier this year. Hesperonychus elizabethae is believed to be the smallest meat-eating dinosaur discovered in North America. With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Children’s Museum unveils feathered Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture — a rare find in North America

Most people know the Tyrannosaurus rex is for its aggressive reputation, wicked bite and arms that look tiny relative to its massive body. What it's not as widely known for is a scalp that sprouted feathers. With so many images of the reptilianlike creature burned into the public consciousness, the fluff can be difficult to imagine.That will become a lot easier thanks to a piece of paleo art at The Children's Museum by famed artists Brian Cooley and Mary Ann Wilson. It's a giant, three-dimensional head of a T. rex with hazel eyes, sharp teeth, scaly snout and a plethora of real white, gray and black feathers. And, according to the scientists, the depiction is a rare one in North America.Scientists have known since the 19th century that birds descended from dinosaurs, said Phil Manning, a paleontologist-in-residence at The Children's Museum. Discoveries of thousands of feathered dinosaurs over the past few decades catapulted paleontologists much further in their understanding of the creatures. "It's completely revolutionized the way we view the science of paleontology. More importantly, how we view the animals, how they looked and how they functioned as well," Manning said. ► DINING: That odd Fountain Square building is now a new Indy wine bar ► NEIGHBORHOODS: You've heard of a re-enactment. So what was the pre-enactment that took over East 16th Street? ► FALL FOLIAGE 2017: Here's when the leaves will be at peak in Indiana He called the discoveries a paradigm shift that can take time for the general public to realize. Manning and Victoria Egerton, who are professors at the College of Charleston and the University of Manchester, have spent years studying the chemistry of feathers, how dinosaurs are preserved, processes of fossilization and mummified dinosaurs."One of our big questions that we ask with our research is a simple question: 'What color were dinosaurs?'" Continue Reading

Madonna announces Rebel Heart tour dates for North America, Europe

Madonna is hitting the road 30 years after her first-ever tour. The 56-year-old Material Girl announced concert dates promoting her 13th studio album "Rebel Heart" Monday via her website. The pop icon will kick things off this summer in Miami, Fla. and continue through 20 North American cities, followed by 14 stops in Europe. Madonna is also set to reveal additional shows in Australia and Asia for 2016, which will mark the "Joan of Arc" singer's first time performing Down Under in 23 years. The songstress' debut tour "Like a Virgin" started in April 1985 and grossed more than $5 million at the time. "Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history — her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour," President of Global Music Arthur Fogel said in a press release. See dates for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour below: NORTH AMERICA / PUERTO RICO: Date / City / VenueEUROPE / UK: Continue Reading