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  • Ken Livingstone fired from radio show for anti-Semitic remarks

    05/29/2016 9:35:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 5/28/2016, 9:39 PM | Ari Soffer
    Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has been fired from his radio show, in response to anti-Semitic comments made last month. Livingstone has already been suspended from the Labour Party, where he was until recently a senior policymaker, after claiming in an interview that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist, and appearing to back some of the Nazi dictator’s earlier policies before he “went mad.” “Let’s remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews,” Livingstone...
  • Model shot at T.I. concert slams ‘heartless’ NYPD

    05/29/2016 6:33:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2016 | Shawn Cohen and Audrey Williams
    “Anytime anyone would walk to my door, they had six officers out here, staring into my room,” she said. “I’m a girl. I’ve never been shot. I’ve never been hospitalized. I’ve never had surgery. “I cooperated with the officers. I don’t know if they wanted me to tell them more, but I don’t know what happened. Shots went off. Lights went off. I just tried to get out the room.”
  • Mother of girl slain on Lake Shore Drive: We planned to move out of Chicago

    05/28/2016 8:00:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 28, 2016 | Dan Hinkel, Peter Nickeas and Grace Wong
    Less than 12 hours after her daughter was shot to death on Lake Shore Drive, Diana Mercado wept bitterly outside her family's apartment as she said she'd planned to get her 15-year-old daughter out of Chicago in a year. "Now they took my baby," she said. Her daughter, Veronica Lopez, was the youngest of four people killed over the first 24 hours of the Memorial Day weekend.
  • No Murder Involved: Vancouver Crow Steals Knife From Crime Scene

    05/28/2016 6:10:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | May 26, 2016 | Wendy McLellan
    A well-known Vancouver bird is again in the news, as it moved a survival knife involved at a crime scene in Vancouver on May 25, 2016. Canuck the Crow, seen in this undated handout photo from the bird's Facebook page, is holding a kitchen knife. Canuck the crow flew the coop with a knife from a crime scene in Vancouver Tuesday. Vancouver police were dealing with a car fire in the McDonald’s parking lot at Hastings and Cassiar on Tuesday afternoon when they were confronted by a man armed with a knife. During the confrontation an officer shot the man,...
  • Wrongly Convicted on Bite-Marks, Man Exonerated after 19 Years

    05/28/2016 6:06:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Forensic Magazine ^ | Fri, 05/27/2016 | Seth Augenstein
    A California man serving a 25-to-life prison sentence for the murder of his wife based on bite-mark evidence had his conviction reversed by the state’s supreme court on Thursday. The reversal comes almost a decade after the forensic odontologist recanted his original testimony, saying he wasn’t even sure if the lesion on the victim’s hand was a human bite mark. William Richards was convicted of the 1993 murder of his wife Pamela, who was found strangled and beaten with a rock and a cinderblock. Richards was convicted at a fourth trial, after three mistrials. The 1997 conviction incorporated bite-mark evidence...
  • Italian Court Allows Man to Pay Ex-Wife’s Alimony With Pizza

    05/28/2016 6:01:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 28 May, 2016
    In a tasty settlement, an Italian court has ruled in favor of a divorced father to make alimony payments to his ex-partner in the form of €300 ($333) worth of pizza every month. Ex-wife Nicoletta Zuin, who took the case to court was more than unhappy with the final verdict, according to local newspaper Il Gazzettino. The 50-year-old father, Nicola Toso, was accused of failing to make his monthly child support payments, when showing up with pizza instead of payments. His ex-wife eventually had enough of seeing ham and mushroom toppings and took Toso to court in the city of...
  • (Cincinnati) Zoo: Gorilla killed after dragging boy who fell into exhibit; child hospitalized

    05/28/2016 4:42:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 127 replies
    WCPO ^ | 28 May 16 | WCPO Staff
    CINCINNATI – A gorilla was killed after it dragged a 3-year-old boy that fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Saturday, Zoo Director Thane Maynard said. The boy was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police and EMTs were called to the zoo at about 4 p.m. for reports that a gorilla was "slamming the child into the wall." Maynard said the boy crawled through a barrier and landed in the moat. He was walking and splashing. Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla weighing more than 400 pounds, picked up the boy, Maynard said....
  • Losing Their Bottle? 22,000 Alcoholic Drinks Seized From Saudi Dealers

    05/28/2016 4:34:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | Mishal Al-Otaibi
    Over 22,000 bottles of alcohol were seized from a drug dealer and later during a raid on a Saudi-owned warehouse in Riyadh on Tuesday, the General Directorate of Narcotics Control said. The directorate’s spokesman, Col. Abdulaziz Kadasah, said the Saudi owner was apprehended following leads from the arrest of a drug dealer who was caught in possession of 2,735 alcohol bottles. Another Saudi and two Pakistanis were arrested during the warehouse raid wherein 19,600 bottles of alcohol were seized. Penalties for the possession of, or trade in alcohol are severe in Saudi Arabia. Both result in prison sentences.
  • A state divided: Do you call it Taylor ham or pork roll? [NJ]

    05/28/2016 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2016 11:21 AM EDT | Bruce Shipkowski
    It’s one of the most divisive issues in New Jersey, one that inflames regional rivalries and spurs fierce debate among residents and lawmakers. Is the meat in the state’s favorite breakfast sandwich called Taylor ham or pork roll? […] One lawmaker has introduced legislation that would designate the meat, egg and cheese combination as the official state sandwich. But he concedes that a final decision on which meat name is used in the measure will have to be negotiated. …
  • Man shot on Delachaise Street after group of youths told to knock off horseplay

    05/28/2016 12:42:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/26/16 | Ben Myers, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A man was shot in the buttocks around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (May 26) near the intersection of Delachaise and South Saratoga streets, according to New Orleans police. A woman who lives in the 2100 block of Delachaise said she saw a group of perhaps five young people fooling around with two parked school buses in the block. It looked like they were shaking the bus and messing with the mirrors, she said. One of her neighbors approached the group and told them to cut it out, the woman said, and they cursed back at him. They told him "you...
  • [Switzerland] Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine (shake hands w/female teacher)

    05/28/2016 7:11:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 25 May 2016 10:54 GMT+02:00
    School students must shake their teachers’ hands or their parents will be liable to pay a fine of up to 5,000 francs, authorities in the canton of Basel-Country have ruled. The decision, announced on Wednesday, comes nearly two months after two Muslim schoolboys refused to shake their female teacher’s hand at a school in Therwil, near Basel, because they said physical contact with a woman who wasn’t a family member went against their religion. The incident caused outrage across Switzerland, not only because it was seen as sex discrimination but because their refusal was considered an affront to an intrinsic...
  • Beyond the Tourist Façade Are Cuba’s Victims of Communist

    05/28/2016 6:51:08 AM PDT · by fella · 4 replies
    panampost ^ | 27 may 2016 | guest contributor
    By Jonas Sundgaard Havana’s roads received a new layer of asphalt along the beautiful Prado Boulevard and the colorful buildings in Old Havana were shining brighter than ever prior to Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba. The decay and poverty in the city, however, is too prevalent and pervasive to be hidden by a quick make-over in honor of the first visit by a US president in 88 years. Cuba offers exotic beaches, magnificently colored American vintage cars from the 1950’s, joyous salsa rhythms and iconic cigars. But this is largely a façade, behind which lies a very different reality. During...
  • Surveillance Video Shows Bank Robber Shot By Cop

    05/28/2016 4:57:18 AM PDT · by fella · 38 replies
    Surveillance Video Shows Bank Robber Shot By Cop Madisonville, OH - Charges will not be filed against an off-duty Cincinnati Police officer who shot and killed a bank robbery suspect in Madisonville Wednesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Friday. Deters released internal surveillance video from inside the Fifth Third Bank on Madison Road. It shows officer Kevin Hankerson pull his service weapon as 20-year-old Terry Frost jumps over the teller’s counter. Watch the bank surveillance video at this link.  Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says Frost pointed a gun, covered by a plastic grocery bag, at the teller...
  • The Office Worker And The Gospel Singer: Unlikely Pair Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams

    05/27/2016 1:02:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 26, 2016
    Christine Boschen says she is not a religious person. She does, however, believe in a higher power. Which is why Boshen says she wasn't phased when, one day at her job in an Oakland office building with the State of California, she heard a small voice in her head. "I was at work, and I got this real quiet voice inside my head that said you need to take a walk. And I was like, 'okay... right now?' Yes, you need to take a walk." Boshen says she now knows it wasn't fresh air she was meant to get. There...
  • Inside a McDonald’s Kitchen (Gulf Countries)

    05/27/2016 12:45:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | May 26 2016 | Anand Holla
    Entering the McDonald’s kitchen can be strangely relieving. With so much Internet chatter over the food served in the kitchens of the world’s largest fast food chain or how it is prepared or stored, a step-by-step tour of what really goes behind the counters is rather reassuring. Thousands of people have visited McDonald’s kitchens since the fast food company started their Open Door programme in 2006 by inviting its customers to take a look inside and see for themselves how food is sourced, handled, prepared and served. Ten years on, the programme has helped McDonald’s interact with its customers at...
  • New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court

    05/27/2016 11:37:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 4:52pm EDT | Karen Freifeld
    New York City can enforce a rule requiring chain restaurants to post warnings on menu items high in sodium, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. In February, a New York state judge upheld the rule, knocking down a challenge by the National Restaurant Association. But the Appellate Division, First Department, temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing it. The court lifted has now lifted that interim order. The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a...
  • Hotter That Usual Summer Coming.Not Good For Either Convention,Rust Belt Or Chicago.

    05/26/2016 7:56:02 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 17 replies
    The entire rust belt just may be in for a scorcher come June, and maybe thru October. By now most of us have seen the forecast. The worst thing about heat waves in the rust belt is either lack of rain or breezes. Are we going to have a repeat of the deadly 1995 Chicago summer? And what about the DNC/GOP Conventions? It's probably going to be around 95 to 100 degrees those weekends. Are the Democrats still going to protest and "Break Stuff" while baking in that heat? And will the Leftist Loonies start up again blaming the excessive...
  • After 70 Years of Waiting, WWII ‘Memphis Belle’ Gunner, 94, Revisits Britain. And Dies Quietly There

    05/26/2016 3:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26 | Travis M. Andrews
    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Melvin Rector long carried Britain in his heart after he helped defend it during World War II, but 70 years passed without him stepping foot in the country. The 94-year-old finally decided to leave his home in Barefoot Bay, Fla., to visit Britain earlier this month. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans conducts a travel program through which interested parties can visit certain sites of the war. He signed up for one, in hopes of visiting the Royal Air Force station Snetterton Heath, in Norfolk. He served there with the 96th Bomb...
  • Groesbeck, TX Police Chief Releases Information On "Shooting" (My title, must read)

    05/26/2016 3:52:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    Facebook ^ | 5/26/2016 | Chief Henson
    To quell the rumor concerning a reported shooting today, I want to offer this brief explanation. We responded to a report of a shooting at a local mobile home park. Officer Cox arrived on scene first and was flagged down by a male who stated he believed he'd been shot in the left buttock while sitting on a porch. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the "victim" had been smoking Marijuana on the porch as the thunderstorm passed through the area. The loud thunder scared one of the dogs causing it to nip the "victim" in...
  • 1 dead, 3 injured in shooting at T.I. concert near Union Square

    05/26/2016 6:24:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Larry Celona, Jamie Schram and Joe Marino
    A 33-year-old man was killed and three other people — including rapper Troy Ave — wounded when gunfire erupted shortly before the start of a concert by rapper T.I. at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night, sources said.
  • Milton Man Chases Coyote To Save Small Dog

    05/25/2016 7:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    CBS Local ^ | May 23, 2016 | Jim Smith
    A Milton man chased down a coyote to help save his family’s dog from a potentially deadly attack. Early Saturday morning, the small dog named Cally was outside in her backyard when a coyote attacked her and opened gaping wounds. The coyote then ran away with Cally still in its mouth. Ryan Labbe says his father then chased down the coyote and saved his pet’s life. “It attacked her first in the abdomen,” Ryan said. “But she managed to get away somehow. Then it attacked her again and went right for her neck, picked her up and ran down the...
  • Leech Therapy Gaining Popularity in South Florida

    05/25/2016 6:46:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 24, 2016 | Laura Rodriguez
    The healing powers of a blood-sucking worm: South Florida medical practitioners are using leeches to treat patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions. Hirudotherapy, commonly referred to as Leech Therapy, is a centuries-old practice used to treat a wide range of conditions. Patricia Nardone has uterine fibroids and turned to this alternative therapy after undergoing an ineffective medical procedure. "It affects my daily life because I get tired and I'm anemic," she said. Through an online search and a couple of phone calls, she found Alicja Kolyszko, a naturopathic practitioner who travels around the United States working to heal...
  • NYC recognizes thirty-one (31) genders

    05/25/2016 2:30:07 PM PDT · by upchuck · 11 replies
    May 25, 2016
    This is ridiculous! New York City now recognizes 31 forms of gender dysphoria.PDF file (363KB download) h/t to a New Jersey friend.
  • Man catches teens breaking into house, makes them call 9-1-1 to report themselves

    05/25/2016 12:52:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    ktau ^ | May 25, 2016 | ktau staff
    COOS BAY, Ore. - A homeowner caught three 14-year-olds burglarizing his Coos Bay house on Sunday afternoon, and forced one of the boys to call 9-1-1 to report the attempted theft. The three boys were all taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility on several charges including burglary II, criminal trespassing, and marijuana possession. The homeowner was armed when he found the boys burglarizing his home on Terramar Road, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. According to emergency dispatchers, he told one of the teens to call police and report the burglary in progress.
  • Lights out in downtown Seattle!!

    05/25/2016 12:27:32 PM PDT · by djf · 35 replies
    5/25/2016 | djf
    Major power outage in downtown Seattle! And it's not even an EMP... ;-)
  • Mixed-Gender Party Sparks Furore in Saudi

    05/25/2016 11:56:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    Medical students celebrate their graduation A film showing male and female medicine graduates together at a party in Saudi Arabia has triggered furore, with some viewers calling for their punishment. The film, carried by Ajel newspaper and social networks, showed several men and women celebrating their graduation from the faculty of medicine at a shopping mall in the Western Saudi town of Taif. “Many viewers called for the punishment of the participants and the mall which allowed the organization of the party,” the paper said. “The participants in the party defended themselves, saying the event was characterized by respect...
  • French Bakers Compete to Make Country's Best Baguette

    05/25/2016 12:08:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday, 25 May 2016
    From identical ingredients, artisan bakers from all over the country are creating their versions of the famous French bread under at tent pitched on the square outside Notre Dame cathedral.
  • Official: Paying Off Texas Toll Roads Debt Would Cost $38B

    05/24/2016 10:02:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | April 29, 2016 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas Department of Transportation official said the state would need $38 billion to pay off debt linked to dozens of toll roads and make the highways free to drivers. Executive director James Bass updated a Texas House panel in Austin. The 2015 Legislature ordered TxDOT to report on the status of Texas toll roads. A final report is due in September.
  • E. Texas woman debited hundreds in toll charges for trips she never made

    05/24/2016 8:08:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    KLTV 7 ^ | May 23, 2016 | Cody Lillich
    TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman has a warning for anyone who uses Texas toll roads and uses the TxTag for billing. Birgit Grubbs, of Athens, has used Toll 49 for years, but recently found out she was charged hundreds of dollars in tolls for trips she has never taken on roads in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After trying to solve the problem herself by calling customer support and filing complaints and getting no resolution, she contacted us. "I was like Holy Moly... there is no way that these charges are mine," Grubbs said. She was shocked when...
  • Watch ‘Supermodel Spider-Woman’ Climb High-Rise With… Vacuum Cleaners

    05/24/2016 4:27:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Vicky Kapur
    Professional rock climber scales 460ft-tall building with the suction power of cordless vacuum cleaners By Vicky Kapur Published Tuesday, May 24, 2016 In a cool marketing stunt, LG hired professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle to scale a 140-metre (about 460 feet) high-rise building using the suction power of its CordZero canister vacuum cleaners. LG says it teamed up with Blair-Coyle to create a unique climbing device using the firm’s vacuum cleaner, and the project to scale the skyscraper nicely showed off some of the vacuum cleaner’s features (besides the great suction power) – lightweight and long-lasting lithium-ion battery. LG CordZero...
  • Hit-and-run driver climbed into backseat while car was moving: JPSO(mug shot)

    05/24/2016 3:29:25 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/24/16 | Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A woman who fled the scene after crashing into a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle climbed into her own backseat to pose as a passenger -- while the vehicle was still moving, authorities say. But 25-year-old Amber Lovell's seat-switching ruse wasn't clever enough to fool the deputy, who immediately identified her as the driver of the vehicle, a Sheriff's Office arrest report said.-snip-Once taken into custody, Lovell is accused of slamming her head and feet against the window of the patrol car. Deputies had to restrain her, according to the report. Lovell is accused of spitting on one deputy...
  • New Orleans delays bid process for Confederate monument removal

    05/24/2016 3:13:23 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) – The city of New Orleans has cancelled the start of the monument relocation bid process that was scheduled Monday as the matter continues to be stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision to remove four monuments that celebrate Confederate era figures or events and the bid process to have them removed has been marked by controversy and court hearings. The city council voted late last year to have the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, The P.G.T. Beauregard statue near City Park, the Jefferson Davis Memorial on Jefferson Davis Parkway and the...
  • Senate passes bill to bar public funding to abortion providers

    05/24/2016 3:06:30 PM PDT · by BBell
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/23/16 | Kevin Litten, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A bill to bar public funding for entities that provide abortions, legislation that could be used to prevent Planned Parenthood from opening an abortion clinic in New Orleans, passed the full Senate on Monday (May 23). The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards. The bill is one of several this session that have sought to address concerns raised by the release of videos portraying Planned Parenthood officials discussing the organization's tissue donation program last summer. The videos were produced by an anti-abortion group, and contained graphic language about abortion procedures.Gov. Bobby Jindal looked for ways...
  • Nicolás Márquez: Che Guevara’s Own Words Shatter His Myth

    05/24/2016 11:38:31 AM PDT · by fella · 31 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 18 Aug 2014 | Belen Marty
    Marxist Marketing Gimmick Cannot Overturn Murderous, Racist Legacy Nicolás Márquez is a lawyer, journalist, political analyst, and native resident of the coastal city of Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Above all, Márquez is a writer. Perhaps inspired by the fresh sea air that permeates the city, Márquez wrote El Canalla (The Scoundrel): The True Story of Che, where he brings to the surface the man beneath the myth, the Argentinean behind the Latin American, and the murderer underneath the façade of a righteous man. Márquez speaks slowly and possesses the enviable vocabulary and oratory skills of man who has been immersed...
  • Former detective denies sexual assaults, admits catfight fetish

    05/24/2016 7:06:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    The State ^ | MAY 24, 2016 | AUDREY HUDSON
    Former Horry County (SC) Police Detective Troy Allen Large admits to encouraging at least three women to participate in sexual fetish videos referred to as catfighting, hosting a couple of fights of different women in his home and videotaping a fight with a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. He admitted the behavior during nearly five hours of a video deposition of Large taken under oath March 2 that was obtained by The Sun News. Large and the Horry County Police Department are being sued by two of the women identified only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane...
  • Hiker Nudges Black Rattlesnake from Letchworth State Park Road

    05/23/2016 10:45:49 PM PDT · by djf · 30 replies
    The Genesee Sun ^ | 5/23/2016 | Conrad Baker
    Short but interesting vid at the source! Since I grew up there, I am always listening/watching...
  • (VANITY) Muslims riot in Germany

    05/23/2016 11:24:09 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    RTL | 5-24-2016 | GC
    I am in currently in Germany, sipping on some morning OJ and watching the news on RTL. They just ran a brief segment reporting that 50 Muslim "refugees" rioted at a refugee center. (I think they said it was in Dresden) 6 were injured, including 2 children. That is all.
  • CHP Involved in Low-Speed Chase of Baby Geese on Interstate 80

    05/23/2016 6:39:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, May 23, 2016 | Dianne de Guzman
    At about 9 a.m. on Sunday, CHP officers were tasked with an unusual call: A flock of baby geese had wandered onto westbound Interstate 80 near the Ashby Avenue exit. In a Facebook post on the incident, CHP showed endearing footage of officers escorting the geese via vehicle along the freeway. When officers arrived on scene to find the geese, the animals were found in the left lanes of the freeway, said Officer Sean Wilkenfeld with CHP Oakland. "We ran a traffic break and we stopped the freeway so we can get them corralled to the right hand shoulder —...
  • Banker Plunges to His Death After Eating Magic Mushrooms

    05/23/2016 2:14:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning — and then plunged to his death out of his 26th-floor window, police sources said. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third-floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. — directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill, the sources said.
  • National Forest Service Plans to Let Blazes Burn Amid Predictions of Fiery Summer

    05/23/2016 1:12:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/23 | Noreen O'Donnell
    Change comes as state readies for a potentially dangerous fire season. "We’ve got to change course in the way we manage fire," professor saysIn the 40 years since fires sparked by lightning have been allowed to burn unabated in a section of Yosemite National Park, ecologist Scott Stephens has watched extensive conifer forests grow back as a patchwork of not just trees, but also meadows with wetland plants. Places in the Illilouette Creek Basin that were typically dry are now covered with four inches of water, said Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California at...
  • Police Rescue Hikers Cornered by Coyote

    05/23/2016 11:57:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/22/16
    Police rescued two people Sunday morning after a coyote cornered the pair as they were hiking in a Burlingame park with their dogs. At 9:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a coyote threatening hikers and their dogs at Mills Canyon Park, located on Adeline Drive, according to police. The hikers were walking on trails inside the park when they stumbled on the coyote. At one point, the hikers became cornered by the coyote, which seemed to be interested in the dogs. Officers arrived at the scene and were able to scare off the coyote. The officers then safely...
  • Suspect in Massachusetts officer's slaying dies in shootout

    05/22/2016 5:59:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    AP ^ | May 22, 2016
    AUBURN, Mass. (AP) -- The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts police officer died after an exchange of gunfire Sunday as authorities closed in on him at a small town residence, police said. The man, identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, burst out of a closet and opened fire on the officers as they approached him inside an apartment in Oxford, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said at a news conference. Zambrano, who authorities said had a criminal history, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
  • Dog Tests Positive for Meth, Heroin

    05/22/2016 2:09:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | May 21, 2016 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Dog tests positive for meth, heroin TUSTIN, Calif. – A dog picked up during an arrest in Tustin, California has tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, authorities said. Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright tells CNN that the dog named Bubba was found in a hotel room after officers served an arrest warrant for Joshua West, 40, on March 22 in Orange County. West was on parole for drug violations, said Wright. Police reported illegal drugs were found in the room along with used needles. The dog was turned over to Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) and transported to its facility....
  • Sex crimes committed by WOMEN are on the rise

    05/22/2016 1:33:02 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 3/22/2016 | Katie Bowler
    Alarming figures uncovered in a Daily Star Sunday investigation reveal offences by females have rocketed in five years. Greater Manchester Police has seen a 270% rise. The figures from the Metropolitan Police have also more than doubled. The Met revealed that 235 sexual offences were committed by females in 2011 to 2012, soaring to 473 by 2015 to 2016. Greater Manchester Police saw the number of crimes rise from 45 to 174 over the same period. The statistics, released under the Freedom of Information Act, include all types of sex crimes – from indecent exposure to sexually abusing someone with...
  • Police: Man on the run after stabbing 3 people, lighting home on fire

    05/22/2016 12:18:56 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    The State ^ | 5/22/2016 | Glen Luke Flanigan
    COLUMBIA, SC Columbia police are searching for a man who they say stabbed three people at a home off of West Beltline Boulevard and then set the house on fire early Sunday morning. Herbert Davon Oree, 20, is wanted for three counts of attempted murder, 3rd degree arson, 1st degree burglary and possession of a knife during commission of a violent crime, according to the Columbia Police Department. Oree broke into a home on the 1700 block of Bailey Street shortly after 3 a.m., stabbed three people – two males and a female – and set fire to part of...
  • 'The most beautiful drive in America' opens May 27

    05/22/2016 7:39:56 AM PDT · by fella · 6 replies
    Billings Gazettte ^ | 22 May 2016 | Jaci Webb
    As the first motorists climb their way to the 10,947-foot summit of the Beartooth Highway when it opens at 8 a.m. on May 27, they likely won’t see free booze or a circus elephant. But for 40 years, Red Lodge boosters put on a party like no other on the west summit of the pass. They called it the Top of the World Bar. The free booze, donated by Red Lodge bars, was served from a bar carved into a snowbank. Over the years, the entertainment at the bar escalated with an elephant making an appearance in the mid-1980s, can-can...
  • Question For Anyone In Pennsylvania.Can We Already Call It For Donald Trump?

    05/21/2016 8:06:52 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 29 replies
    So Hillary Clinton wants to take away all our guns? Now how is that going to go over in Pennsylvania? If all looks well for "The Donald" in Pennsylvania, he will also likely take Ohio. God only knows how Hillary will campaign in Pennsylvania now that she has become anti-coal and anti- self defense !!!
  • Venezuela: Food and Medicine Shortages are a Government Policy

    05/21/2016 6:39:30 AM PDT · by fella · 16 replies
    panampost.com ^ | 20 May 2016 | Luis H. Ball
    President Maduro Deliberately Causes Shortages to Cow Venezuelan Citizens into Submission Even with the collapse of the price of oil, Venezuela’s total export revenue this year will yield a similar amount to Peru’s total exports. Peru and Venezuela have the same population, and the world knows there are no food lines in Peru and no one is dying for lack of medicines in that country. Unfortunately, most reporting by the international press on Venezuela’s current crisis, while mentioning the Chavista regime’s mismanagement and corruption, also places the blame on the economic crisis that befell the country after oil prices collapsed...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un at a nearly-completed Natural History Museum

    05/21/2016 5:59:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 21, 2016
  • 4 charged in Tuesday shooting of bystander

    05/21/2016 2:35:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    The State ^ | MAY 20, 2016 | RACHAEL MYERS LOWE
    RICHLAND COUNTY, SC Three men and a juvenile were charged Friday in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of a 33-year-old husband and father who was trying to break up a gang fight in front of his house, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release. Charged with murder were Benjamin Hampton, 22, Westley Bell, 17, and a 14-year-old juvenile. Jaylen Burton, 20, was charged with obstruction of justice. Two groups of men were arguing in front of Darrell Richardson’s home at 4112 Tavineer Drive on Tuesday night, Lott said. Richardson, fearing for his wife and children inside,...