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  • Obama bans some military-style equipment provided to police

    05/18/2015 6:26:02 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 58 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2015 7:28 AM (ET) | By NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is prohibiting the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement.
  • Push to write new war powers for Obama stalls in Congress

    05/18/2015 6:21:16 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 6 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2015 3:17 AM (ET) | By DEB RIECHMANN
    snip Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was recently asked whether Congress was still going to craft a new AUMF. "What does that stand for?" Corker joked, knowing that it stands for Authorization for the Use of Military Force. But his five words said a lot.
  • Hawaii property where "Magnum, P.I." filmed sold (Obama?)

    03/19/2015 8:32:43 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 51 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 19, 2015 10:59 PM (ET) | None
    HONOLULU (AP) — A sprawling beachfront home used in the filming of the 1980s television show "Magnum, P.I." has been sold for $8.7 million. An attorney for President Barack Obama's close friend Marty Nesbitt said Thursday that his client bought the property. Seth Madorsky says Nesbitt didn't have any partners or co-investors in the deal.
  • AP Essay: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked (Hurl Alert)

    03/01/2015 10:03:29 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 1, 2015 12:16 PM (ET) | GREGORY KATZ
    For one thing, with his identity known, and the global distribution of pictures of him looking slightly goofy in an ill-fitting Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, Emwazi may become less sinister to viewers, less able to send chills up the spines of people who abhor Islamic State's claim to be killing civilians in the name of Islam. If he kills again on camera, the element of surprise will be gone and the reaction may well be, "Oh, him again."
  • 911 Pizza Call - video

    02/01/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 22 replies
    biggeekdad ^ | February, 2015 | unknown
    Everyone knows you only call 911 for an emergency and not to order a pizza but sometimes calling 911 for pizza is the only way to get the help you need. This chilling and creative ad from No More that will debut during the 2015 Super Bowl certainly got my attention and made me stop and listen. You never truly know what is going on in someone’s home so if they’re trying to tell you something try to really listen to what they are saying and help if you can. 911 Pizza Call
  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

    01/23/2015 8:13:42 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 23, 2015 9:59 PM (ET) | KIM CHANDLER
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama's refusal to recognize their 2008 marriage performed in California. The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for advocates of marriage rights. Judges have also struck down bans in several other Southern states, including the Carolinas, Florida, Mississippi and Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court announced this...
  • The heat is on; NOAA, NASA say 2014 warmest year on record (hurl alert)

    01/16/2015 9:49:14 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 16,2015 11:26 AM (ET) | By SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and an independent group out of University of California Berkeley also measured 2014 as the hottest on record.
  • Kneeling soldier statue removed from King Veteran’s Memorial NC

    01/08/2015 8:35:41 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 26 replies
    Fox8 ^ | January 6, 2015 | Joe Dominguez
    KING, N.C. – Effective immediately, all religious symbols at the veterans memorial in King have been removed as part of a settlement with Steven Hewett, a man who sued the city claiming his constitutional rights were being violated because of a Christian flag flown at the memorial and the inclusion of a cross as part of a statue honoring veterans. The decision was made at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The city council also repealed a 2010 law establishing a flag lottery that allowed flags of any religious denomination to be flown at the memorial.
  • Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop (video)

    12/22/2014 7:32:04 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 4 replies
    Policeman surprises people for Christmas after traffic stops for minor infractions. Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop
  • Police: NY shooter saw protest, didn't participate

    12/22/2014 5:00:33 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 22, 2014 6:35 PM (ET) | By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONG
    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate. Investigators say Ismaaiyl Brinsley was at a protest in New York's Union Square on Dec. 1, before a grand jury decided against charging a white officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.
  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

    12/21/2014 5:05:36 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 21, 214 5:26 PM (ET) | By RIK STEVENS and VERENA DOBNIK
    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Snip "To link the criminal insanity of a lone gunman to the peaceful protests and aspirations of many people across the country, including the attorney general, the mayor and even the president, is simply not fair," NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
  • NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

    12/21/2014 3:02:22 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 11 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 21, 2014 4:32 PM (ET) | By TOM HAYS
    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a gunman who ambushed two officers in their car told two passers-by to "watch what I'm going to do." Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley talked to people on the street just moments before the shooting and told them to follow him on the social media site Instagram.
  • Paul Revere's 1795 time capsule unearthed

    12/12/2014 5:16:35 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | Todd Leopold and Kevin Conlon
    (CNN) -- A time capsule buried by patriots Samuel Adams and Paul Revere more than two centuries ago was unearthed Thursday in Boston. The box-shaped capsule was placed by the Revolutionary-era duo, along with Massachusetts developer William Scollay, in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in 1795, the year construction began on the building, CNN affiliate WBZ reported. At the time, Adams was the Massachusetts governor.
  • Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin dies at age 78

    11/19/2014 6:35:42 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 19, 2014 2:52 PM (ET) | MESFIN FEKADU
    NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991 at age 50.
  • Sarah Palin: They have no shame

    10/24/2014 4:22:27 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 188 replies
    Politoco ^ | 10/24/14 12:47 PM EDT | KENDALL BREITMAN
    Sarah Palin is fighting back after her daughter Bristol was mocked following a recent brawl involving her family. “Looking at the reports, it strikes me as bitterly ironic that the same people who tell us there is a ‘war on women’ have no problem laughing at the recording of my daughter crying as she tells police about being assaulted by a man,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday evening.
  • Obama Drone?! Gwyneth Paltrow-Mocking Posters Pop Up Ahead of Presidential Visit

    10/09/2014 6:46:59 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 16 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | October 9, 2014 | Mike Krumboltz
    Gwyneth Paltrow's Los Angeles neighborhood is home to some unwelcoming artwork. Posters plastered on telephone poles and utility boxes mock the Oscar-winning actress's support for President Obama ahead of his visit to her home for a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday. There appear to be two different posters, each tacked up in multiple areas around Brentwood. One features a photo of Obama, torn away from the American flag. The poster reads "Conscious Uncoupling," a phrase popularized by Paltrow and her ex, rocker Chris Martin, when they called it quits
  • What's Going On Here?! *Vanity*

    09/11/2014 7:12:28 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 17 replies
    September 11, 2014 | DJMacWoW
    My Hubby sent me this in email: Got an email from the Natl Repub Senate Comm. begging for money and supposedly authored by Mitch McWimpel In the fine print at the bottom it reads: This email was sent by: Romney for President Inc., 138 Conant St., 1st Floor, Beverly, MA 01915. So I decided to check it out. First I did a search on "Romney for President Inc., 138 Conant St., 1st Floor, Beverly, MA 01915." I found all sorts of strange things. This is on a lefty forum: Ted Cruz campaign@rickperry.org via smna.targetedvictory.com For Liberty,Ted CruzP.S. I'm proud to...
  • Word Crimes Weird Al" Yankovic video

    09/06/2014 9:50:07 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 15, 2014 | WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
    WEIRD AL YANKOVIC LYRICS "Word Crimes" [Intro:] Everybody shut up, WOO! Everyone listen up! Hey, hey, hey, uh Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey [Verse 1:] If you can't write in the proper way If you don't know how to conjugate Maybe you flunked that class And maybe now you find That people mock you online [Bridge:] Okay, now here's the deal I'll try to educate ya Gonna familiarize You with the nomenclature You'll learn the definitions Of nouns and prepositions Literacy's your mission And that's why I think it's a [Chorus:] Good time To learn some grammar Now, did...
  • Justice Dept. announces Ferguson police probe

    09/04/2014 1:01:58 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 42 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 4, 2014 2:46 PM (ET) | ERIC TUCKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching a broad investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. That's according to Attorney General Eric Holder. He announced the investigation following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb.
  • 4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

    08/25/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 25, 2014 4:42 AM (ET) | NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They're demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. These are the Koch brothers, and perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them.
  • How can authorities restore order in Ferguson? (Kumbaya time children!)

    08/19/2014 4:58:21 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 102 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 19, 2014 7:30 PM (ET) | SHARON COHEN
    They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. After more than a week of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, law enforcement and political leaders are left struggling for answers to a frustrating question: What can we do to restore peace to the community?
  • Holder brings his civil rights push (circus) to Ferguson

    08/19/2014 3:54:39 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 12 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 19, 2014 4:58 PM (ET) | CONNIE CASS and JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story. As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has drawn on personal history to make the case that the nation has much work to do to achieve justice for all. It's a legacy he'll likely draw on when he travels Wednesday to Ferguson, Missouri, to supervise the federal investigation of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white...
  • Federal autopsy ordered in Missouri teen's death

    08/17/2014 5:33:47 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 51 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 17, 2014 7:30 PM (ET) | NIGEL DUARA and JIM SUHR
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis. The "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and a request by Brown's family members prompted the order, Department of Justice spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.
  • House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

    07/23/2014 8:55:40 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 12 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 23, 2014 11:16 AM (ET)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard. The proposals Wednesday morning amounted to a rebuke of Obama's proposed solution to the crisis on the Southern Border. They put the House on a collision course with the Democratic-run Senate, and increased the likelihood that congressional efforts to address the crisis on the Southern Border, where unaccompanied kids and teens have been showing up by the tens of thousands, will end in stalemate. "Without trying to fix the...
  • GOP struggles to recruit black voters, candidates

    06/09/2014 2:29:09 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 3:32 AM (ET) | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn't seeking romance. He was seeking voters. As the minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, Smith is helping to lead an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, a priority for a heavily white party staring with uncertainty at a country that is fast becoming more brown.
  • Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    06/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 98 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 1:55 PM (ET) | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
  • God's Not Dead' Crashes Box Office Top 5, 'Muppets' Bombs

    03/23/2014 6:12:12 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Mar 2014, 9:00 AM PDT | Christian Toto
    God's Not Dead didn't have a massive marketing budget, a liberal A-list star above the title or even the same number of screens most mainstream movies receive. The film is still on pace to snare the fourth spot in the weekend's box office chart in a very competitive frame. What it had in its corner--a popular actor known for his work on TV's Hercules, the presence of one of Duck Dynasty's key stars and an unabashedly pro-faith message.
  • Box Office: ‘God’s Not Dead’ Soaring to $8.2 Million Opening in Limited Release

    03/22/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 67 replies
    Variety ^ | March 21, 2014 | 08:02PM PT | Variety Staff
    Talk about a box office diversion. Shailene Woodley’s “Divergent” might be the No. 1 film in America but faith-based audiences are once again proving to be anything but conservative at the U.S. box office. Christian drama “God’s Not Dead,” opening in fewer than 800 theaters, is on track for an impressive $8.2 million this weekend. That’s a per-screen average of over $10,400 from 782 locations.
  • In Bible epic revival, 'Noah' finds rough seas

    03/21/2014 11:04:51 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 211 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 21, 2014 10:59 AM (ET) | JAKE COYLE
    NEW YORK (AP) - In the beginning of their work together on "Noah," director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: "I'll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you." Decades after Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur," Aronofsky has renewed the tradition of the studio-made, mass-audience Bible epic, albeit as a distinctly darker parable about sin, justice and mercy. While much of his "Noah" is true to Scripture, it's nothing like the picture-book version many encounter as children.
  • Sony to close two-thirds of US stores

    02/27/2014 5:52:12 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2014 2:17 PM (ET) | None
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month. It also said that 1,000 of the previously announced 5,000 job cuts would come from its Sony Electronics unit, mainly in the U.S. and Mexico. The cuts are to take place before March 2015.
  • Hey! There's This Site Called Free Republic! - NMD FReepathon

    01/24/2014 8:50:45 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 106 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 24, 2014 | DJMacWoW
    Have you heard Of Free Republic? It's Donor supported and they're looking for New Monthly Donors. Free Republic is a Conservative, God loving, America supporting site that believes in the Constitution as the Founding Fathers wrote it. FR is also a grassroots activist site that exposes socialism and shines a light on government corruption. But Free Republic has no rich sponsors or advertising. Those who use it pay it's bills. We need everyone to pitch in and donate. Ideally, we need faithful monthly donors. Free Republic has 12 New Monthly Donors this quarter. There are generous FReepers sponsoring monthly donors...
  • Poll: Uninsured rate drops as health law rolls out

    01/23/2014 1:26:52 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2014 3:54 PM (ET) | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. That would translate to roughly 2 million to 3 million people gaining coverage.
  • Va. gay marriage decision draws praise, scorn

    01/23/2014 5:20:38 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2014 8:08 AM (ET) | STEVE SZKOTAK
    The decision by Virginia's attorney general to join challenges of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage is drawing sharply divided responses. Attorneys representing couples challenging the ban are celebrating the decision by Attorney General Mark Herring, calling it an historic day for Virginia. One attorney said "it's a nice day to be an American."
  • Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

    01/17/2014 7:10:52 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 3:43 AM (ET) | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms - even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit. A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the job.
  • Ohio killer's execution takes almost 25 minutes

    01/16/2014 7:20:41 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 128 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 9:32 PM (ET) | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die - more than 20 minutes - in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S. Dennis McGuire's attorney Allen Bohnert called the convicted killer's death "a failed, agonizing experiment" and added: "The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names."
  • Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport

    01/13/2014 9:00:53 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2014 11:35 AM (ET) | JIM SALTER
    Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at another airport about 7 miles away that only had about half as much runway. Southwest Airlines Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said Sunday in a statement. But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport, which also is known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport.
  • Messages link NJ governor's aide to lane closures

    01/08/2014 11:01:01 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2014 1:01 PM (ET) | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Emails and text messages released Wednesday link a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie to traffic jams in a New Jersey town in September that appear to have been engineered as political payback against its mayor. "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly wrote in August to David Wildstein, a top appointee of the governor's to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

    12/31/2013 9:33:18 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2014 12:18 AM (ET) | By JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision came after a flurry of efforts by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday's start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
  • Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

    12/26/2013 8:38:09 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 140 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2013 10:34 AM (ET) | BARBARA ORTUTAY
    NEW YORK (AP) - Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet. Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse. Some sites, such as Popular Science, are banning comments altogether.
  • Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

    12/23/2013 10:32:16 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 1:21 PM (ET) | By BRADY McCOMBS and PAUL FOY
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has allowed gay marriage in Utah to continue. Judge Richard Shelby on Monday denied a request by the state that sought to halt gay marriage until the appeals process plays out. The same judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling it is unconstitutional.
  • Utah's same-sex marriage ban back in court

    12/23/2013 8:19:48 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 7:02 AM (ET) | By BRADY McCOMBS and PAUL FOY
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge on Monday is set to consider a request from the state of Utah to block gay weddings that have been taking place since Friday, when the state's same-sex marriage ban was overturned. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah's law passed violates gay and lesbian couples' rights under the 14th Amendment.
  • NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks

    12/22/2013 7:15:22 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2013 11:25 AM (ET) | By JIM FITZGERALD
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book - from freshman biology to senior calculus - is now digital, accessible on students' laptops and tablets. "The last couple of years, this would have been like 30 pounds," says sophomore Brandon Cabaleiro, whose load nowadays includes just his iPad, his lunch and a jacket. snip The online history books, for example, include videos on subjects ranging from Woodrow Wilson to Malcolm X. The science books show scientific processes in motion. The English books grade an essay...
  • Notebook: Obamas, Bushes in close quarters (Barf Alert)

    12/10/2013 7:03:14 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2013 8:57 PM (ET) | JULIE PACE
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - A joint wave from the Air Force One, a shared dinner, and a long flight home. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush shared quality time Tuesday as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. Reconciliation was in the air. Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, had round-trip passage with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the service, an international "who's who" of current and former international political leaders.
  • For Any Van Damme Fans

    11/15/2013 6:40:21 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 85 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 14, 2013 | Volvo
    This is a Volvo truck commercial with Jean Claude Van Damme. I find it amazing. Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6)
  • Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines

    11/07/2013 4:51:27 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:32 PM (ET) | By JIM GOMEZ
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, and one weather expert warned, "There will be catastrophic damage." The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shortly before Typhoon Haiyan's landfall said its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).
  • Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end

    10/10/2013 8:07:14 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 95 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2013 6:21 AM (ET) | RIK STEVENS
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years. Food stamps - actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.
  • House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

    10/10/2013 8:03:09 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2013 10:33 AM (ET) | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government's ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of "irrevocable damage" that an unprecedented federal default would risk. Boehner, R-0hio, was expected to broach the plan at a private morning meeting of GOP House legislators, just hours before he and other Republican leaders were traveling to the White House to discuss their budget battle with President Barack Obama.
  • Prospect for quick end to shutdown is remote

    10/04/2013 5:12:04 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2013 6:23 PM (ET) | DAVID ESPO
    At the very end of the lengthy article: Ironically, Boehner and the leadership more than two weeks ago outlined a strategy that envisioned avoiding a shutdown and instead using the debt limit bill as the arena for a showdown with Obama. Their hope was to win concessions from the White House in exchange for raising the debt limit and agreeing to changes in two rounds of across the board cuts, one that took place in the budget year that ended on Sept. 30 and the other in the 12 months that began the following day. The strategy was foiled by...
  • Government powers down; blame trading in capital

    10/01/2013 3:30:05 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 2013 5:33 PM (ET) | DAVID ESPO and DONNA CASSATA
    Late Tuesday, House Republicans sought swift passage of legislation aimed at reopening small slices of the federal establishment. The bills covered the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Park Service and a portion of the Washington, D.C., government funded with local tax revenue. Senate Democrats announced their opposition, saying Republicans shouldn't be permitted to choose which agencies should open and which remain shut.
  • Congress misses deadline for averting shutdown

    09/30/2013 9:14:34 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 2013 12:02 AM (ET)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.