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  • Armed police impersonator pulls over AISD school bus

    10/19/2016 3:07:53 PM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 19, 2016 | Andy Jechow
    A man with a gun pulled over an AISD school bus while impersonating a police officer on Tuesday. The incident began during dismissal at Murchison Middle School, located 3700 N. Hills Dr. in West Austin. A driver reported that a man, described as white and wearing a red shirt and tan shorts, was taking photos of Murchison students as they used the crosswalk. Later Tuesday afternoon, a man with a similar description posed as a law enforcement officer and pulled over a bus that had one Anderson High School student on board. After the driver dropped off the student, the...
  • Police: Austin man steals man's phone and cash, gets runover by victim

    10/19/2016 10:27:27 AM PDT · by bgill · 40 replies ^ | Oct. 19, 2016 | Katherine Rodriguez|
    the suspect was holding a semi-automatic handgun and pointed at him saying give me all your money, youre in the wrong neighborhood.The man then handed over his cash and cell phone and walked back to his car. The victim stated he began to honk his horn hoping to scare the suspect and get was then when the suspect began running towards the man and stood next to the passengers side of the van yelling something at him while pointing the gun. The victim added he turned on his vehicle and tried to leave the scene, but he turned his...
  • Luntz Shares His 5-Point Plan for Trump Debate Success

    10/17/2016 9:52:02 AM PDT · by bgill · 44 replies
    FOX ^ | October 17, 2016 | staff
    Trump must present a "forensic audit" of the federal budget. Trump should announce who he would appoint to key positions like secretary of state and secretary of defense. Number three, he needs to talk about Hillary Clinton in terms of more than three decades in Washington, D.C. Did you get the change you want? Did you get the change you deserve? Fourth ... he must pivot away from allegations of sexual misconduct. "He's not winning when he's defending. He needs to move off of that." Lastly, Luntz said, he needs to present himself as the candidate of change, the one...
  • First Lady not alone in encouraging woman to stand up against abuse

    10/14/2016 6:54:40 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    keye ^ | Oct. 13, 2016 | Adela Uchida|
    "This is a prime example of rape culture. This is an example where we are talking about sexual assault and we don't even realize that's what we're discussing," said Victoria Berryhill, spokeswoman for the Safe Alliance.
  • Meet the First Male CoverGirl, James Charles

    10/12/2016 8:55:58 PM PDT · by bgill · 36 replies
    allure ^ | Oct. 11, 2016 | Devon Abelman
    You've probably seen James Charles on your Instagram Explore page with his colorful makeup looks, and you're about to see a lot more of him. CoverGirl announced today that Charles is the newest face of the brand, making him the first male CoverGirl spokesperson.
  • Day 6: House still blocking South Austin street

    10/05/2016 6:39:58 AM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    KXAN ^ | Oct. 4, 2016 | Andy Jechow
    The house in the middle of a South Austin street has been unstuck but is still blocking the road, Wednesday morning. Workers missed their deadline to move the house by 5 a.m., so now they must wait until midnight. Crews were given a tight window to move the house between midnight and 5 a.m. since it is such a wide load. Some progress was made overnight, the house was moved a little bit away from a persons driveway and is now only blocking part of the road. Pieces of the roof were sawed off to move the house away from...
  • Clown sightings reported in Stephenville, no threats made (TX)

    10/04/2016 12:20:24 PM PDT · by bgill · 22 replies | Oct. 4, 2016 | Autumn Owens
    The Dancing in the Park event that occurs every Thursday night at Stephenville City Park made a post on its Facebook page stating, Due to the clown sightings in Stephenville dancing in the park is canceled until further notice just to be safe. Although no threats were made by the "clowns" King understands that it can cause an uneasy feeling. On Monday Dallas ISD had confirmed that an investigation was underway regarding calls about alleged clown sightings. Other alleged sightings included North Fort Worth and Garland, but when police responded to the areas no one dressed in clown attire was...
  • Austin ISD employee, wife sentenced for smuggling 500 illegal immigrants into US

    09/29/2016 8:05:18 PM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    keye ^ | Sept. 29, 2016 | CBS Austin
    An Austin ISD maintenance worker and his wife were sentenced to federal prison Thursday for conspiring to smuggle more than 500 illegal immigrants into the United States. According to the United States Attorneys Office, San Juana Valdez Menchaca, 54, was sentenced to 70 months, and her husband, Julian Perez Perez, 57, was sentenced to 33 months.
  • DSISD stands by transgender elementary student's use of girls restroom (TX)

    09/27/2016 8:37:12 AM PDT · by bgill · 18 replies
    keye ^ | Sept. 26, 2016 | Sophia Stamas|
    The Dripping Springs Independent School District is standing by its decision to allow a transgender elementary student to use the girls restroom even though she was born biologically as a boy.
  • More details released in North Austin library kidnapping arrest (TX)

    09/26/2016 4:45:01 PM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies ^ | Sept. 25, 2016 | CBS Austin
    A witness told police she heard screaming coming from the restroom and ran in to see what was wrong. The witness pulled on the first stall door, but it was locked. Through the crack of the door the witness saw Powell with his hand over the mouth of an 8-year-old female child, who was trying to get away. The witness screamed at Powell to let the child go but he would not, the affidavit says.
  • Obama: African-American museum tells 'story of all of us'

    09/24/2016 6:05:08 AM PDT · by bgill · 44 replies
    Stamford Advocate ^ | September 24, 2016 | Washington AP
    President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated the pending opening of the Smithsonian's new African-American museum and said the institution, decades in the making, is a powerful place because it tells "the story of all of us," not just the famous. Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men. Obama said the museum opening this weekend, following the shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, would allow Americans to "put our current circumstances in a historical context."
  • Dr. Henry Lee Revisits JonBent Ramsey Case In CBS Special

    09/15/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by bgill · 43 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Roger Catlin
    One of the biggest stars of the fall TV season so far is a 6-year-old child beauty queen who has been dead nearly two decades. After three documentary specials have already been run (with a TV movie in the works), the biggest broadcast project, "The Case of: JonBent Ramsey," airs Sunday, Sept. 18 and Monday, Sept. 19 on CBS. In it, Connecticut's famed criminalist Dr. Henry Lee is one of a handful of original investigators of the case who have been reunited with a pair of new experts for the special to re-examine the death of the little girl in...
  • UT students protesting Campus Carry with adult sex toys (University of TX, Austin)

    08/25/2016 7:58:25 AM PDT · by bgill · 54 replies
    kxan ^ | August 24, 2016 | Kate Weidaw and Leslie Rangel
    As if the first day of college isnt stressful enough, when classes resumed at the University of Texas Wednesday, students and staff were met with an influx of protests and rallies regarding campus carry, which was implemented earlier this month. The first protest began at 8 a.m. with students carrying around adult sex toys in protest of the new law allowing concealed carry on campus. The group, Cocks not Glocks, is asking anyone against the concealed carry law to wear them on their backpacks through Labor Day.
  • U.S. swimmer Gunnar Bentz tells his story of Rio gas station incident

    08/20/2016 9:01:08 AM PDT · by bgill · 105 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 19, 2016 | NBC
    On the way back to the Olympic Village, we pulled into a convenience store to use the restroom. There was no restroom inside, so we foolishly relieved ourselves on the backside of the building behind some bushes. There was a locked door out back and I did not witness anyone breaking it open. I am unsure why, but while we were in that area, Ryan pulled to the ground a framed metal advertisement that was loosely anchored to the brick wall. I then suggested to everyone that we needed to leave the area and we returned to the taxi.
  • Michigan couple sues Pokemon, claims they don't feel safe on own porch

    08/16/2016 2:02:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 36 replies ^ | August 15, 2016 | Benjamin Raven
    Scott and Jayme Dodich of St. Clair Shores filed a class-action lawsuit last week in northern California against San Francisco-based Niantic Inc., Pokemon Company and the Nintendo Company, alleging the game illegally places Pokestops and PokeGyms on private property without permission, according to court documents...Plaintiffs soon learned that Defendant Niantic had placed a Pokmon Gym and at least seven Pokstops on the park, and had placed Pokmon on Plaintiffs' property as well...The plaintiffs allege Pokemon Go users were "on our lawns ... looking right into our windows to catch a Pokemon." They claim they don't feel safe "sitting on our...
  • Merkel to urge chiefs of big companies to hire refugees, Bild reports

    08/13/2016 10:03:52 AM PDT · by bgill · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 13, 2016 | unk
    More than one million migrants flooded into Germany last year, and the government wants to get as many as possible into the job market, which would reduce their dependence on the state and compensate for labour shortages as the workforce ages. Merkel will push reluctant German companies to offer more traineeships and position to refugees, Bild reported. Large companies have been criticized for doing little to help integrate the refugees into the thriving job market. Companies say most of the new arrivals lack the German language skills and the education required for a job.
  • 13-Day-Old Infant Killed By 6-Year-Old Brother (FL)

    08/13/2016 9:42:55 AM PDT · by bgill · 18 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | August 12, 2016 | Staff
    the mother drove to the cellphone repair store at 1:50 p.m. and left the children in the minivan. The 6-year-old later told investigators the baby started fussing, and he wanted to calm her down. He lifted the infant from the car seat and tried to mimic how his mother would calm her. Instead the boy actually ended up repeatedly slamming the babys head into the minivans ceiling and dropping her to the floor, flipping the baby over and over and pummeling her, said deputies. When Steele returned to the car the 6-year-old boy tried to tell her there was something...
  • British teenager who was killed in Syria after running off to join ISIS [t]

    08/13/2016 8:45:14 AM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2016 | Richard Spillette
    It emerged yesterday that Kadiza Sultana, who was one of three schoolgirls from east London who fled to Syria last year, has been killed, reportedly in an airstrike....Kadiza married an American IS fighter of Somali origin, who was killed while fighting the Russian-backed Syrian forces. Several months after arriving, the three girls were trained for 'special missions' - prompting fears they were to be used as suicide bombers....The Bethnal Green schoolgirls are among more than 800 Britons who have left the UK to join IS...It is thought that at least 250 have since returned. Some have faced prosecution on arrival...
  • Puerto Rico reports 10,690 Zika cases amid ongoing epidemic

    08/13/2016 8:04:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    FOX ^ | August 12, 2016 | AP
    The newest statistics were released a day after the U.S. surgeon general visited Puerto Rico and said he expected 25 percent of people on the island will be infected by Zika by year's end.
  • Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel: Who was Nice attacker?

    07/16/2016 7:57:38 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | July 15, 2016 | BBC
    Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. Anan, who lived on the ground floor, said she was suspicious of him because he was "a good-looking man who kept giving my two daughters the eye". One woman recalled that he was nice to her and helped her all the time. But, she said, his behaviour was sometimes "strange". He once asked to rent her mailbox and that when she refused he had called her "nasty", she added. When she learnt of the attack, she immediately wondered if he might...
  • Money, Entertainment, And Black Lives Matter.

    07/11/2016 7:16:33 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies ^ | Sept. 10, 2015 | staff
    Black Americans are not poor. Black Americans are among the wealthiest people on Earth. According to Hollywoods number one rating and advertising standard, Nielsen- African Americans will spend $1.3 trillion dollars in 2016. That is an amount greater than the total economies of Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland combined. These are three of the wealthiest countries on Earth. This amount of cash alone makes Black Americans the 19th wealthiest nation in the world out of 230 countries that the CIA ranks. This places us in the top 8% of countries as a global economic super power. We spend so much money...
  • Rescue efforts underway for 3 railroad employees after trains collide near Panhandle, TX

    06/28/2016 12:05:28 PM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    nbc12 ^ | June 28, 2016 | unk
    BNSF has confirmed that the lead locomotives on two intermodal trains collided near Panhandle, TX, this morning, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at approximately 8:40 a.m. CT. Four BNSF employees were involved in the incident. Local first responders and BNSF personnel were deployed to the scene. By 9:02 a.m., one employee was transported to a local hospital and is being treated. Rescue efforts are underway at the scene with respect to the three other railroad employees involved in the incident.
  • 'Dance Mom's' Abby Lee Miller pleads guilty in bankruptcy case

    06/27/2016 12:36:56 PM PDT · by bgill · 44 replies
    FOX ^ | June 27, 2016 | AP
    "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller pleaded guilty Monday to bankruptcy fraud and failing to report thousands of dollars in Australian currency she brought into the country. She was charged last fall with illegally trying to hide $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Authorities later accused her of dividing more than $120,000 into plastic bags and having others in her group put the bags in their luggage in August 2014, violating a law requiring people to report bringing more than $10,000 worth of foreign currency into the country.
  • Clorine leak prompts shelter-in-place for some Florence residents (TX)

    06/15/2016 9:09:48 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    kvue ^ | June 15, 2016 | kvue
    Officials have issued a shelter-in-place for some residents in Florence, Texas due to a chlorine leak Wednesday morning. According to Williamson County Emergency Services, the shelter has been issued for residents living just south of the city up to and including the 500 block of Farm to Market Road 970. Affected residents are asked to stay indoors with their doors and windows shut. They are also asked to put towels near any gaps and to turn off their air-conditioners. Officials have asked drivers to stay off the roads in the affected area. Residents will remain under a shelter-in-place until an...
  • Shots Fired Outside Dallas Love Field (TX)

    06/10/2016 11:03:26 AM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    NBC ^ | June 10, 2016 | Holley Ford
    The video shows an officer holding a gun on an individual, telling that person to stay down. One person has been transported to Parkland Hospital, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue officials. There is no word on if flights at Love Field have been affected. Flights at D/FW International Airport are not impacted, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. No additional information was immediately available.
  • San Antonio [TX] man who died saving teens from Medina River dam was a decorated Marine Corps vet

    06/10/2016 10:15:03 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | June 9, 2016 | Madalyn Mendoza
    A San Antonio Marine Corps veteran spending Wednesday afternoon with his family on the Medina River made the heroic, fateful decision to sacrifice his own life while rescuing two teens caught in the undertow, according to authorities. Master Sgt. Rodney Buentello was visiting Bandera City Park when an unidentified teen girl tried crossing the dam, a violation of city ordinance, the Bandera Marshal's Office said in a statement. A male teenager followed her in an attempt to save her, but was also swept away, prompting Buentello to jump into action."(He) went into the water and managed to save both of...
  • 'Fawn-Napping' [deer kidnapping] Is Becoming an Increasing Problem in Virginia, Experts Say

    06/08/2016 3:50:41 PM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | June 7, 2016 | Patrick Clarke
    Virginia wildlife rescuers are speaking out against "fawn-napping" after seven people dropped off what they thought were abandoned fawns at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Rescue of Roanoke over the weekend. A spokeswoman for Roanoke Wildlife Rescue said people often think they are rescuing the baby deer, but, more often than not, what they are doing is "fawn-napping."
  • Yellowstone NP visitor presumed dead after falling into hot spring

    06/08/2016 9:15:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 73 replies
    krtv ^ | June 7, 2016 | Aja Goare
    Reid said the man is presumed dead because he has yet to be found, "the recovery process is very difficult because of the hazards of the environment, said Reid. Reid said the man is in his 20s, but she would not identify the man or where he is from. The man reportedly walked about 225 yards off the board walk before falling in to the hot spring. The springs are known to reach temperatures that would be deadly to humans on contact.
  • Suspect arrested after another (Highway) I-35 rock throwing (Austin, TX)

    06/06/2016 3:19:23 PM PDT · by bgill · 21 replies
    kxan ^ | June 3, 2016 | Claire Ricke
    Police interviewed the suspect and concluded he is not responsible for all 83 cases of rock throwing. They say the person arrested Friday threw a rock and other objects. Since June 2014, there have been more than 80 cases of rock throwing on I-35. During the weekend of May 20, 2016, police said 13 new rock-throwing cases injuring five people were reported.
  • Defense Makes New Allegations Against Former Congressman Gary Condit in Chandra Levy Case

    05/23/2016 3:21:10 PM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | May 23, 2016 | Kelly McCarthy
    Condit's alleged secret sex life is now in the spotlight after defense attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing 24-year-old Levy, filed a new motion last week. Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted by a jury in 2010 based on a jailhouse confession to other inmates. However, his conviction was later set aside. Last year, prosecutors dropped their opposition to Guandique's attorneys' request for a new trial. Guandique is facing a new trial this fall. The new motion filed by Guandique's lawyers claims that "aggressive sex involving bondage" may have...
  • Judge rejects 'affluenza' teen's appeal to reverse jail term

    05/11/2016 3:25:19 PM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | May 11, 2016 | AP
    Judge Wayne Salvant signed an order Wednesday reaffirming the probation terms he imposed on Ethan Couch in April. The judge canceled a hearing on the matter scheduled for May 16. Salvant had ordered that Couch spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist. The sentences were to be served consecutively.
  • Feds: Deadly West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion was criminal act

    05/11/2016 12:36:33 PM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | May 11, 2016 | CBS, AP
    The fire that caused the deadly and destructive fertilizer plant explosion in April 2013 in West Texas was set deliberately, a federal investigator announced early Wednesday afternoon. "This fire was a criminal act," Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder said.
  • Trump, Hitler among nominations to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary (uber lib Austin, TX)

    04/26/2016 1:15:44 PM PDT · by bgill · 27 replies ^ | April 22, 2016 | Andy Jechow
    Some of the more notable, but less voted names include: Adam Lanzas School of Fun, Bee Movie, Bleeding Heart Liberal Elementary, Boaty McBoatface Elementary School, Forgetting the Past Dooms You to Repeat It Elementary, Garfunkel, Hypothetical Perfect Person Memorial Elementary School, John Cena Elementary and Schooly McSchoolerson.
  • Vet accused of killing a cat appears before vet board (with bow and arrow)

    04/26/2016 9:40:48 AM PDT · by bgill · 139 replies
    kxan ^ | April 25, 2016 | Claire Ricke
    Monday, Houston veterinarian Kristen Lindsey appeared in court to address the complaint against her, according to Lorris Jones with the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Lindsey is accused of killing a cat in 2015 and then bragging about it on Facebook. The social media post shows Lindsey holding up the cat by the arrow she shot it with. Along with the image of the dead cat, Lindsey posted My first bow kill, LOL. The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners was in attendance at the court. Critics want the board to pull her veterinary license.
  • Marble Falls police investigating attempted kidnapping (TX)

    04/25/2016 11:28:30 AM PDT · by bgill · 12 replies ^ | April 24, 2016 | Calily Bien
    Police in Marble Falls are investigating what appears to be an attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl. Police say the teenager was found unconscious in her neighbors yard on the citys west side around 3:50 a.m. Sunday. When she regained consciousness, the girl told police she snuck out of her home and was kidnapped by two men in a truck. While in the truck, she said she heard the men saying she was too young and they decided to let her go, but not before hitting her in the head and rendering her unconscious.
  • Help - Windows 7 starts on Chrome but freezes within 5 minutes

    04/19/2016 10:27:40 AM PDT · by bgill · 66 replies
    April 18, 2016 | vanity
    Windows 7 will start but when it goes to Google Chrome, it will freeze up within 5 on any and everything. On Internet Explorer, it doesn't freeze but graphics don't work properly. Example, go to any site with a moving weather radar and it won't load. Or any site where you have a box to search within the site, you can't type or click in the box. Also, say on homepage, the ads and other junk on the left and right sides don't show up but the headlines do and you can click them and to the sites.
  • Prairie View street now officially Sandra Bland Parkway

    04/16/2016 4:30:58 PM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    Associated Press via KXAN ^ | April 16, 2016 | AP
    <p>Signs are up officially renaming the street leading to Prairie View A&M University after Sandra Bland, the university graduate whose death in the Waller County jail last summer added to the national debate about treatment of minorities by law enforcement.</p>
  • 17-year-old faces murder charge in Haruka Weisers death (UT Austin, TX)

    04/08/2016 7:21:45 PM PDT · by bgill · 55 replies
    KXAN ^ | April, 8, 2016 | Calily Bien
    Austin police say they have arrested a homeless 17-year-old they believe is connected in the death of University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Weiser. The Austin Police Department says Meechaiel Khalil Criner was booked into the Travis County Jail around 2 a.m. Friday and charged with murder. His bond has been set at $1 million. Police made the link to Criner after the Austin Fire Department alerted them to a trash fire they were called to on Monday, April 4 at 2900 Medical Arts Street, which is just off-campus. At the time on Monday, a woman called 911 to...
  • In Argentina, Michelle Obama sends powerful message to young girls

    03/23/2016 4:08:07 PM PDT · by bgill · 40 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 23, 2016 | Bryan Llenas
    "I actually grew up in a neighborhood just like this it was on the South Side of Chicago," the First Lady said. "A place where people worked hard to support their families, and where families were close and loving and had strong values." Obama spoke about growing up in a very small apartment with her brother and her parents. She said she shared a room with her brother that was divided by a wooden partition. My room was so small that, when I held out my arms I could almost touch both walls at the same time.
  • West Virginia teen reportedly killed in a game of 'dodging arrows'

    03/22/2016 12:54:31 PM PDT · by bgill · 59 replies
    FOX news ^ | March 22, 2016 | AP
    A 15-year-old boy was killed when he was struck in the head while playing a game of "dodging arrows" at a friend's house, and criminal charges could be possible, authorities said Monday. Caleb Fairchild, an eighth-grader, was playing the bow-and-arrow game Saturday evening when he was hit by an arrow in in Chapmanville, about 45 miles south of Charleston, West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said.
  • Holy bat smell: 10 pounds of guano found in office's ceiling (Florida budget)

    03/13/2016 4:28:21 PM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies ^ | March 12, 2016 | AP
    Inspectors say they found the bat feces this week in the area right above the ceiling of Ken Lawson's office. Lawson is secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. State legislators in the new state budget ordered that state workers leave the Tallahassee offices where the department is housed. The new budget says no money can be spent on lease payments for the offices, but that provision does not take effect until this summer.
  • Why Cruz is walking away from the Florida primary

    03/12/2016 1:02:05 PM PST · by bgill · 82 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 11, 2016 | Steven Benen
    The super PACs backing Ted Cruz are opting to skip airing television ads in Florida before next Tuesdays primary, despite the Cruz campaign hyping up its own effort to prevent rival Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio from winning his delegate-rich home state. We looked at the numbers, and we decided that Marco Rubio can lose Florida all by himself, said Kellyanne Conway, president of the Keep the Promise, the multiple super PAC entities backing Cruz. He doesnt need our help.
  • Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged from hospital (3rd time)

    02/29/2016 6:29:40 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | BBC
    Scots nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been discharged from a London hospital after being treated there for a third time since contracting Ebola. The 40-year-old from South Lanarkshire was flown to the Royal Free Hospital on Tuesday after being admitted to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Royal Free said she had been discharged and was "not infectious". Ms Cafferkey was treated there twice in 2015 after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone the previous year.
  • Australia cancels passport of Queensland teen stuck in Syria

    02/29/2016 6:21:50 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | Ariel Bogle
    An Australian teenager who travelled to Syria has had his passport cancelled by the government, according to his lawyer. Oliver Bridgeman, from Toowoomba in Queensland, was reported missing by his parents in March 2015 after they thought he was spending time in Bali. Instead, the teenager journeyed on to war-torn Syria where his lawyer said he had been engaged in humanitarian work... Immigration Minister Peter Dutton defended the government's decision, telling ABC News those who travel to Syria put Australia's military staff and personnel at risk... The government has the power to cancel an Australian passport when a person "might...
  • British nurse who recovered from Ebola back in hospital (3rd time)

    02/23/2016 3:51:12 PM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 23, 2016 | Estelle Shirbon and Kate Holton
    "We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital due to a late complication from her previous infection by the Ebola virus," the hospital said in a statement. "She will now be treated by the hospital's infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines." After being transferred from Sierra Leone to Britain, Cafferkey initially recovered from the Ebola hemorrhagic fever and was sent home in January last year. But in October she fell ill again and doctors found the virus was persisting in tissues in her brain. They later said she had developed meningitis caused by...
  • Mother of teen paralyzed by Ethan Couch speaks out: ‘We’ve been in hell’

    02/22/2016 7:26:20 AM PST · by bgill · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Sarah Mervosh
    Maria Lemus’ teenage son used to love soccer. He used to have friends. He used to be a normal kid.But since he became a victim of Ethan Couch’s drunken driving, 18-year-old Sergio Molina has been paralyzed and requires around-the-clock care. He can communicate only by blinking. “People say we have to die to go to hell,” his mother said. “To me, I’ve already been there.” Lemus spoke briefly about her family’s experience from her front door step Saturday, a day after attending a court hearing where a judge transferred Couch’s case to adult court.
  • Rick Santorum drops out of presidential race (also Paul)

    02/03/2016 11:30:55 AM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is dropping out of the race for the White House, sources told CNN Wednesday....Earlier Wednesday, libertarian-minded Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also announced that he was ending his presidential bid.
  • El Paso-area schools to close for pope's visit to Juarez

    01/20/2016 3:17:20 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    MySA ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 | AP
    El Paso-area school districts will cancel classes Feb. 17 for Pope Francis' visit to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a city directly across the U.S. border. The Ysleta, Socorro and El Paso school districts cited finances, safety concerns, staffing challenges and transportation issues as reasons for closing. A portion of César Chávez Border Highway will be closed during the papal Mass, and district officials say the city's bus and policing resources will be strained.
  • 'Affluenza' teen may have been forced to flee to Mexico: attorney

    01/19/2016 12:17:46 PM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Marice Richter
    Lawyers for the Texas teenager who killed four people in the "affluenza" drunken-driving case and was captured in Mexico said on Tuesday they are investigating whether the 18-year-old chose to flee or was forced. Judge Timothy Menikos of Tarrant County juvenile court deferred a ruling on a move to transfer Ethan Couch's case to adult court because his parents were not adequately notified about the proceedings.Tarrant County prosecutors contended Couch is responsible for his own absence by fleeing to Mexico. His mother was returned to Texas and faces a third-degree felony charge, accused of helping her son flee, that could...
  • Germany: 40 Detained in Raids Linked to Migrant Crime

    01/17/2016 9:04:12 AM PST · by bgill · 5 replies
    abc ^ | Jan. 17, 2016 | AP
    Police said Saturday evening's raids on 18 cafes, gambling houses and bars near the main railway station were planned last year and not triggered by the New Year's Eve assaults and thefts in nearby Cologne. However, those events, blamed on people in a crowd described as primarily of "Arab or North African origin," have drawn attention to crimes committed by North Africans in Germany. A police statement Sunday said officers checked 294 people, largely men of North African origin, and arrested 40 — 38 of them on suspicion of illegal residency.