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  • 'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

    08/27/2014 7:23:57 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 36 replies ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Foxnews
    “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter. During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents. According to police...
  • NASCAR Is In Big Trouble As Team Values Continue To Shrink

    07/24/2014 6:28:49 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 77 replies
    Yahoo / Business Insider ^ | 7/23/14 | Cork Gaines
    Things are going well for NASCAR's top team, Hendrick Motorsports, which includes some of the sport's top drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. But a closer look at the value and profit of the other top teams reveals a sport that is trending in the wrong direction. According to and its valuations of NASCAR's top nine teams, the current value of Hendrick Motorsports ($348 million) is relatively unchanged since 2010 ($350 million). However, the average team has seen a 31.1% drop in profit since 2010 which has translated into an average team value...
  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 49 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reuters
    McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they’ll stop using the supplier. The report, which focused on McDonald’s and Yum,...
  • China thinks it can defeat America in battle

    07/07/2014 9:55:17 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 53 replies
    The Week ^ | July 7, 2014 | David Axe
    The bad news first. The People's Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Now the good news. China is wrong — and for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of America's nuclear-powered submarines. Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the world's power structure. ......... The U.S. Navy's submarines — the unsung main defenders of the current world order — must...
  • Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare For 'Financial Ruin' (Trump)

    07/01/2014 7:05:33 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 97 replies
    Moneynews ^ | June 30, 2014 | Newsmax Wires
    The United States could soon become a large-scale Spain or Greece, teetering on the edge of financial ruin. That’s according to Donald Trump, who painted a very ugly picture of where this country is headed. Trump made the comments during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” According to Trump, the United States is no longer a rich country. “When you’re not rich, you have to go out and borrow money. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and others. We’re up to $16 trillion in debt.” He goes on to point out that the downgrade...
  • Coast Guard saves man trying to cross Pacific in kayak

    06/19/2014 3:51:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 53 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/11/2014 | Foxnews
    LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is "lucky to be alive" after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii. A helicopter spotted the 57-year-old man, who had turned back to California, in the Pacific on Tuesday about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara's Point Conception after he sent a distress call indicating equipment failure, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The helicopter directed a Coast Guard cutter crew to the man, who was found in good health, the statement said. His name was not released.
  • NRA says Open Carry Texas demonstrations 'downright scary'

    06/03/2014 5:12:35 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 34 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/3/2014 | Foxnews
    The National Rifle Association has issued a strongly-worded criticism of a fellow gun rights group, calling its practice of so-called "open carry" demonstrations "downright scary." The criticisms of Open Carry Texas were noted in an unsigned post published Friday on the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action page. Open Carry Texas members have become known for gathering in public places, mostly notably restaurants, carrying large, high-powered rifles. Most recently, Sonic, Chipotle, and Chili's joined Starbucks, Wendy's, Jack in the Box, and Applebee's in banning firearms from their premises after protests by Open Carry Texas. "Let’s not mince words," the post on...
  • Police use cellphone spying device

    05/23/2014 10:56:17 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 23 replies ^ | May 23, 2014 | MyFoxNY
    The Erie County sheriff says he's done making public comments about a cellphone surveillance device used by his police agency to gather information on persons of interest. Sheriff Tim Howard told WGRZ Thursday that he won't publicly discuss the matter any longer because doing so could adversely impact investigations. A stingray is a device that mimics a cell tower and thereby tricks all wireless devices on the same network into communicating with it. Howard told Erie County legislators last week that the stingray surveillance device his office has owned since 2008 is used only for tracking a person's movements, not...
  • Federal ‘Biosurveillance’ Plan Seeking Direct Access to Americans’ Private Medical Records

    05/20/2014 5:53:16 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 25 replies ^ | May 20, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is currently seeking public comment on a 52-page draft of the proposed “National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018” (NHSS). The deadline for comment is 5 pm EST on May 21st. (See Draft National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018.pdf) “Health...
  • VIDEO: Trey Gowdy lays the smack to stunned media on Benghazi

    05/12/2014 6:52:24 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 89 replies
    CainTV ^ | May 12, 2014 | CainTV
    "You are supposed to provide oversight. That's why you have special liberties and that's why you have special protections."
  • Pet duck attack leads to neighbor's $275,000 injury lawsuit

    04/25/2014 1:58:41 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 45 replies
    CBS 12 KATU ^ | April 25, 2014 | KATU
    Cynthia Ruddell claims Lolita Rose's duck attacked her after it wandered down the street. Ruddell's attorney, Gregory Price, told KATU, "... The duck flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots." The incident happened May 7, 2012. Ruddell broke her right wrist, sprained or strained her elbow and shoulder, and suffered a rotator cuff injury. The lawsuit claims Rose knew the duck had, "Abnormally dangerous propensities in attacking people."
  • A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

    04/22/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2014 | Sumathi Reddy
    Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic. The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies. "Do you have something for inflammation?" Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation. "Absolutely," responded Ms. Roofener. "This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above," she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules of an herbal combination called Xiao...
  • Police: Homeowner shot burglary suspect in Winter Haven house (Florida)

    04/07/2014 12:04:03 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 18 replies
    970 WFLA ^ | April 7, 2014 | 970WFLA
    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Winter Haven Police said officers are on the scene of a burglary that resulted in the homeowner shooting the suspect inside of the residence. Police said just before 7 a.m., the homeowners at a home on the 4200 block of Lake Marianna Dr. heard what sounded like someone entering the back of the house. One of them went to investigate and found a male rattling the French doors leading off a back porch, got a firearm and fired a shot in an attempt to scare the reported intruder off. Police said the intruder continued...
  • Obama to order expansion of overtime pay for millions of workers

    03/12/2014 5:19:04 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 80 replies
    Foxnews ^ | March 12, 2014 | Foxnews
    Feb. 12. 2014: President Obama, surrounded by workers, signs an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers.AP President Obama, flexing his executive authority once again, plans to order the Labor Department to expand overtime pay requirements to include millions more workers -- in a move likely to rankle the business community. The president plans to make the announcement on Thursday at the White House, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News. Though the administration has claimed previous executive actions had bipartisan support, officials are acknowledging that this particular move will anger business groups and congressional...
  • Dogs can detect emotion in human voices, study shows

    02/22/2014 4:03:45 AM PST · by driftdiver · 42 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/22/2014 | Bernadett Szabo
    Think your dog can tell when you’re feeling sad or happy? You may be right. Dogs are sensitive to cues of emotion in human voices, according to a new study from Current Biology. Researchers suspect the area of the brain responsible for voice and sounds in both dogs and humans evolved at the same time, 100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors. "Dogs and humans share a similar social environment," Attila Andics, of MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Hungary, said in a press release. "Our findings suggest that they also use similar brain mechanisms to...
  • The Belarusian Connection Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack

    02/03/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    Washington FreeBeacon ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised. The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S....
  • Doctor walks six miles in snow to perform life-saving brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center

    01/30/2014 6:47:50 AM PST · by driftdiver · 17 replies ^ | Jan 29, 2014 | Mike Oliver
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center Tuesday morning when he was needed for emergency brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center. The problem was the sudden snowstorm had locked down traffic, and the neurosurgeon didn't get farther than a few blocks. "The cell service was bad so we were fading in and out," said Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at Trinity. "At one point, I heard him say, 'I'm walking.'" Davis had alerted authorities, and they were looking for him. There were supposed sightings, but no one could find him. "The...
  • Jim O’Neill: Global income redistribution could be coming

    01/16/2014 4:11:41 AM PST · by driftdiver · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 15, 2014 | Jeff Morganteen
    With discussion of income inequality reaching a fever pitch—from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's "tale of two cities" message to the headline-grabbing sermons of Pope Francis—former Goldman Sachs asset management chairman Jim O'Neill believes the global economy could be at a tipping point. "I wonder if we could be in the very early stages of a redistribution of wealth from capital back to mass income through government policies, whether it be from taxes or things being done to boost minimum wages," O'Neill told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Wednesday. "But obviously this is something else just as...
  • Tim Tebow Reveals Insane Workout Regimen in Pursuit of NFL Dream

    01/07/2014 9:32:26 AM PST · by driftdiver · 70 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | Breitbart Sports
    Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, who starred at Fresno State and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, said Tim Tebow was one of the best quarterbacks in college football without even knowing how to throw a football properly. Now, according to Dilfer, Tebow can throw the football like an NFL quarterback and deserves a shot on an NFL roster. He predicted that Tebow would eventually make an NFL roster again. In a segment for ESPN, Dilfer said that Tebow wanted Dilfer to give him an objective evaluation. Dilfer went to USC's campus and profiled Tebow's intense devotion to...
  • Former Guns & Ammo columnist speaks out on becoming 'a pariah'

    01/05/2014 4:33:04 PM PST · by driftdiver · 66 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | Staff
    The ex-Guns & Ammo Magazine writer fired after penning a column in favor of limited gun control is speaking out, bitterly saying, “I’ve been vanished, disappeared. Now you see him. Now you don’t.” “Compromise is a bad word these days,” Dick Metcalf, 67, told The New York Times of what he believes is the unyielding, give-no-ground ethos adopted by Second Amendment supporters in the U.S. today. “People think it means giving up your principles.” Metcalf, a longtime writer on firearms and U.S. gun culture, saw his association with Guns & Ammo terminated in November -- he also had a T.V....
  • Exclusive: U.S. waived laws to keep F-35 on track with China-made parts

    01/03/2014 4:42:00 PM PST · by driftdiver · 13 replies
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | John Shiffman and Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track in 2012 and 2013, even as U.S. officials were voicing concern about China's espionage and military buildup. According to Pentagon documents reviewed by Reuters, chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc, to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane's radar system, landing gears and other hardware. Without the waivers, both companies could have faced sanctions for violating federal law and the...
  • Endangered panther killed in three-car crash in Florida

    01/03/2014 12:57:51 PM PST · by driftdiver · 38 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 03, 2014 | AP
    An endangered Florida panther has been killed in a three-car crash in southwest Florida. It's the first recorded panther death of the year. Wildlife officials say collisions with vehicles pose a significant threat to the rare cats. Roughly 100 to 160 adult panthers remain in the wild. Darrell Land of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the panther was fatally struck by a vehicle Thursday along Interstate 75 in Collier County was a young male that weighed up to 120 pounds
  • Unbelievably lenient sentence for cop who fingered suspects’ ....

    12/30/2013 3:15:49 PM PST · by driftdiver · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/29/2013 | Robby Soave
    The end of 2013 brought a measure of closure to a long-running Milwaukee police scandal, though some say the officer — and his cohorts — who repeatedly and illegally shoved his fingers up black male suspects’ anal cavities got off with a light sentence considering the flagrant nature of his abuses. The ringleader was identified as officer Michael Vagnini, a white man who routinely targeted black males as young as fifteen for sadistic — and blatantly illegal — anal searches. One victim said that another officer put a gun to his head while Vagnini administered a choke hold, touched his...
  • Father, son found dead in underwater cave

    12/27/2013 7:59:02 AM PST · by driftdiver · 46 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | Fox staff
    <p>A Christmas Day cave diving excursion ended in tragedy in Weeki Wachee, Hernando County authorities said.</p> <p>Two divers drowned in the popular Eagles Nest Sink location. Deputies say Darrin Spivey and his 15-year-old son, Dillon Sanchez, were testing diving equipment they received as Christmas presents.</p>
  • In Texas, Search Warrants Can Now Be Based on a "Prediction of a Future Crime"

    12/18/2013 1:15:11 PM PST · by driftdiver · 91 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Eric Nicholson
    Police in Parker County had been watching Michael Fred Wehrenberg's home for a month when, late in the summer of 2010, they received a tip from a confidential informant that Wehrenberg and several others were "fixing to" cook meth. Hours later, after midnight, officers walked through the front door, rounded up the people inside, and kept them in handcuffs in the front yard for an hour and a half. The only potential problem, at least from a constitutional standpoint, was that the cops didn't have a search warrant. They got one later, before they seized the boxes of pseudoephedrine, stripped...
  • The I-Word

    12/05/2013 4:53:32 PM PST · by driftdiver · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Dec 5, 2013 | Jonathan Strong
    An academic was the first to cross the invisible line. “The ultimate check on presidential lawlessness is elections and, in extreme cases, impeachment,” Georgetown law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz told Representative Darrell Issa at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the president’s duty to uphold the law.
  • Enroll America Director Conspires to Release Private Data

    11/20/2013 4:43:48 PM PST · by driftdiver · 5 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | Nov 20, 2013 | James O'Keefe
    After meeting with several Obamacare Navigators who openly encouraged our undercover reporters to lie about income status, health history and more, it became clear that personal data was also being “cross-pollinated.” Enter Enroll America, a Sebelius-linked group dedicated to signing people up for Obamacare and Chris Tarango, Texas Enroll America Communications Director who Project Veritas caught on tape agreeing to help obtain a private list of potential Obamacare enrollee data for election/political purposes. Tarango goes so far to say he’ll “Do whatever it f****** takes.”
  • Schumer: Chicken Slaughtered, Raised In China Could Pose Major Risk

    11/11/2013 6:44:37 AM PST · by driftdiver · 76 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Chicken from China has officials on alert, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported Sunday, Schumer said first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture only allowed chickens that had been processed in China to be sold in the U.S. Now, he said the USDA plans to green-light poultry raised and slaughtered in China.
  • Prosecutors: Woman Killed Baby Granddaughter With Sledge Hammer, Knife

    10/07/2013 7:36:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 34 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | October 6, 2013 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A 61-year-old Oak Lawn woman has been charged with the sledge hammer and knifing death of her baby granddaughter. Oak Lawn Police said Alfreda Giedrojc, of the 6600 block of West 91st Street, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of her 6-month-old granddaughter. The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force identified the girl as Vivian Summers. “I have never seen anything like this. It’s a tragedy,” Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray said at a Monday news conference. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. This is going to...
  • Marine Corps retreats on court-martial charges in Taliban urination case

    09/07/2013 12:37:43 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/7/2013 | By Rowan Scarborough
    The Marine Corps has suddenly dropped criminal charges against an officer in the infamous Taliban urination video case, heading off what promised to be an embarrassing pre-trial hearing for the commandant on Wednesday. Defense attorneys for Capt. James V. Clement had won a judge’s order, over objections from Marine prosecutors, for two staff attorneys to testify in open court about how senior commanders had interfered in the case to get a guilty verdict.
  • EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters

    09/01/2013 7:18:32 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 36 replies
    the telegraph ^ | Sept 1, 2013 | Claire Carter
    Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded. Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph. The new measures have been announced by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department as a measure to reduce the 30,000 people who die on the roads in Europe every year.
  • Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

    08/05/2013 5:08:17 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | Aug 5, 2013 | John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
  • Christie: I didn't vote for Obama, he doesn't lead

    06/28/2013 5:15:39 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 68 replies
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 6/28/13 | REMA RAHMAN
    VERNON, N.J. (AP) — Republicans accused New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of getting too cozy with President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy. But during a visit Friday to a Republican stronghold for one of his regular town hall meetings, the governor went out of his way to put some distance between himself and the Democratic president.
  • St. Louis police commander survives ambush on special patrol

    06/13/2013 7:08:55 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 6/13/13 | Christine Byers
    ST. LOUIS • Police Major Joseph Spiess was among department brass who hit the streets after a particularly violent night this week, to help look for trouble. He found some, and it almost killed him. Spiess was among about a dozen top commanders helping supplement patrols Tuesday night after 19 people were wounded in eight incidents the night before. By the time the shift ended, there would be two close calls for officers and one embarrassing mistake. Spiess, 52, was alone, in uniform, driving an unmarked Chevrolet Impala about 9:22 p.m. when he spotted a suspicious-looking black Pontiac Bonneville with...
  • Mega mosquitoes arrive in Central Florida

    06/09/2013 5:44:01 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 60 replies ^ | June 7, 2013 | staff
    Gallinippers, which are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito and pack a painful bite, have been spotted in Seminole County, according to officials. Entomologists at the University of Florida predicted earlier this year that the mega mosquitoes, about the size of a quarter, would invade the Sunshine State in 2013, a year after being spotted in Florida following drenching rains from Tropical Storm Debbie. Kelly Deutsch, the director of Seminole County Mosquito Control, said gallinippers, officially known as psorophora ciliate, are treated the same as any other species. Deutsch said recent rains, including the dousing from Tropical Storm...
  • Hillsborough deputy shoots, kills suspect

    05/14/2013 6:04:16 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 11 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | May 14, 2013 | JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA
    BRANDON - A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy today fatally shot a 50-year-old man who tried to strip a detective of his gun, the sheriff’s office said. Bobby Earl Driggers of Seffner was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died. Sheriff David Gee said Driggers had a long criminal record and was a suspect in several local crimes. The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. at 904 W. Wheeler Road. Gee said sheriff’s investigators had been looking for Driggers to charge him in a recent case of grand theft auto and fraudulent use of a credit card.
  • AK-47-Wielding Gunman Fires 37 Times at Shocked Cops During Routine Traffic Stop

    05/04/2013 6:56:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 4, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    Terrifying dash-cam footage captures the moment a crazed motorist opened fire with an AK-47 rifle at police officers who had just pulled him over for a minor traffic violation in Middlefield, Ohio. James Gilkerson, 42, exited his parked car and then fired 37 shots at the officers and their patrol car, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Officers Erin Thomas and Brandon Savage returned fire, killing Gilkerson.
  • China mobilizing troops, jets near N. Korean border, US officials say

    04/01/2013 12:52:16 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 128 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 1, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said. Reports from the region reveal the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently increased its military posture in response to the heightened tensions, specifically North Korea's declaration of a "state of war" and threats to conduct missile attacks against the United States and South Korea.
  • U.S. flexes muscle after N. Korea provocation

    03/31/2013 3:14:28 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 35 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | March 31, 2013 | Ronald D. Orol
    U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets arrived in South Korea on Sunday for exercises as part of an effort to demonstrate advanced military capabilities, seeking to deter provocations from North Korea, according to reports. The move come after North Korea warned South Korea earlier in the weekend that the Korean peninsula had entered a “state of war,” according to an Associated Press report. Pyongyang threatened to shut down a border factory that is a symbol of North and South Korean cooperation, according to the report. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the arrival of the stealth jets came after previous...
  • Alabama lawmaker's email: 'Slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, [shortened]

    03/28/2013 4:35:43 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 16 replies ^ | March 27, 2013 | George Talbot
    State Rep. Joe Mitchell, D-Mobile, had an outlandish exchange via email with a Jefferson County man who asked him and other lawmakers not to pass any laws that would restrict gun ownership. Eddie Maxwell sent a mass email to state legislators at 10:54 p.m. on Jan. 27, warning them that even attempting to introduce a gun control bill was, in his opinion, a violation of state law. Mitchell responded from his public, email account at 11:59 p.m., telling Maxwell: "Your folk never used all this sheit (sic) to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed,...
  • Troopers Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search Of Two Women

    03/23/2013 4:44:40 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 62 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | March 22, 2013 | Jack Fink
    CBS-11 has learned two state troopers involved in a controversial roadside cavity search of two North Texas women have been indicted on criminal charges by a Dallas County Grand Jury. CBS-11 has learned that one of the troopers, Kelley Helleson, who left the courthouse after testifying Friday, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression. She was seen on dashcam video searching the body cavities — front and back — of the two women along an exit ramp of the Bush Turnpike in Irving last summer. The Texas Department of Public Safety fired Helleson....
  • Bloomberg Says Government ‘Probably’ Shouldn’t Force People to Exercise

    03/08/2013 5:50:36 PM PST · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    Politiker ^ | 3/8/2013 | Colin Campbell
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be one of the world’s biggest proponents of government action to promote public health, but Hizzoner has his limits. In his weekly radio appearance on John Gambling’s radio show, the mayor was asked whether he would consider ordering mandatory gym memberships and he admitted that’s taking things too far. “Well, you have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do,” said Mr. Bloomberg. “The nice thing about the soda thing is it’s really just a suggestion.
  • Jupiter's Europa moon 'likeliest to have life'

    02/16/2013 5:29:34 PM PST · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    France24 ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | AFP
    US astronomers looking for life in the solar system believe that Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, which has an ocean, is much more promising than desert-covered Mars, which is currently the focus of the US government's attention. "Europa is the most likely place in our solar system beyond Earth to possess .... life," said Robert Pappalardo, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "And it is the place we should be exploring now that we have a concept mission we think is the right one to get there for an affordable cost," he...
  • Group of male German soldiers developing breasts from drill training

    01/27/2013 12:00:32 PM PST · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | foxnews
    A group of male German soldiers are experiencing an extremely bizarre health ailment – growing unexpected new body parts. The highly ranked military guards battalion, known for performing drill demonstrations at major events, are growing breasts on just one side of their bodies, Medical Daily reported. The soldiers – part of the Wachbataillon unit – are suffering from a condition called one-sided gynecomastia, and it’s a result of how the soldiers are performing their drills. Seventy-four percent of the soldiers have been diagnosed with gynecomastia, after complaining of growths on the left side of their bodies.
  • Obama: Gun-control advocates have to listen more

    01/27/2013 4:17:42 AM PST · by driftdiver · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | AP
    President Barack Obama says gun-control advocates have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes in the debate over firearms in America. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama says he has "a profound respect" for the tradition of hunting that dates back for generations. "And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas," he says. .... "Yes," the president says, "in fact, up...
  • Powell defends Clinton on Benghazi: ‘You can’t keep everything from happening’

    01/13/2013 12:50:52 PM PST · by driftdiver · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/13/2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell defended current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying it could've happened under anyone's watch. "I think she's had a distinguished record," Powell said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" broadcast Sunday. "And I don't think that this one incident--which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night ... I don't think it's a blot on her record." "You're surprised," Powell said of the...
  • Stopping the spread of deadly assault weapons--summary of Feinstein Bill, incl. registry requirement

    12/27/2012 7:50:24 AM PST · by driftdiver · 338 replies
    United States Senate ^ | 12/27/2012 | Dianne Feinstein
    In January, Senator Feinstein will introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises. Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation: Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of: -120 specifically-named firearms -Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic -Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • They Can Hear You Now: Verizon Patent Could Listen In On Customers

    12/04/2012 4:45:22 PM PST · by driftdiver · 16 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Verizon has filed a patent for targeting ads that collect information from infrared cameras and microphones that can detect the amount of people and types of conversations happening in customers’ living rooms. The set-top box technology is not the first of its kind – Comcast patented similar monitoring technology in 2008 that recommended content to users based on people it recognized in the room. Google TV also proposed a patent that would use video and audio recorders to figure out exactly how many people in a room were watching its broadcast. Verizon filed for the application...
  • Wells Fargo Mistakenly Cleans Out Retired Couple's Home Twice

    09/09/2012 6:32:07 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | Sep 7, 2012 | SUSANNA KIM
    Alvin and Pat Tjosaas, a retired couple in Woodland Hills, Calif., had the bad luck of having their home mistaken for a neighboring foreclosed home and being cleared by contractors hired by Wells Fargo -- not once but twice.
  • Romney campaign says Republican’s private email possibly hacked, authorities investigating

    06/05/2012 7:13:27 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 5 | AP
    ASHINGTON — Authorities are investigating whether Mitt Romney’s private email account was hacked. On Tuesday, the website Gawker reported that an anonymous hacker had signed into Romney’s personal Hotmail account. Gawker reported that the hacker guessed the answer to a security question about Romney’s favorite pet in order to gain access to the account and change the password. The anonymous hacker told the website that Romney’s account on DropBox, a file sharing service, also was compromised.