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  • Chris Harper Mercer’s Politics: What You Need to Know (Media Claims He Was Conservative Republican)

    10/01/2015 8:39:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    Heavy ^ | October 1, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    The man suspected of killing multiple people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, identified himself as a Conservative Republican on his dating profile at Spiritual Passions. The shooter has been named as Chris Harper Mercer, 26. On that site, Harper Mercer says that he is mixed-race. In a blog posting on Kick Ass Torrents in September, Harper Mercer wrote that he didn’t agree with Black Lives Matter protesters but that he thought police brutality was a problem in America. Chris Harper Mercer, dating, sex, romance, single, girlfriend, okcupid, tinder (Spiritual Passions) Speaking to the Roseburg News Review, a witness...
  • Riyadh Raps Russian Strikes

    10/01/2015 7:58:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 2 October 2015
    Saudi Arabia has expressed deep concern over Russia’s airstrikes in Syria, saying there was no evidence of Daesh operating in the areas targeted and that innocent civilians had been killed. Russia launched several strikes in Hama and Homs on Thursday, the second day of operations, with Kremlin officials saying that they targeted members of Daesh. Russian warplanes bombed a camp run by CIA-trained rebels, the group’s commander said. Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Moallemi, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, criticized Russia’s actions in a speech delivered at the Security Council on Wednesday. “As for those countries that have claimed recently...
  • Border Officers Rescue Men Entering US Illegally

    10/01/2015 7:53:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 10/1 | Brie Stimson
    US Customs and Border Protection officers launched a helicopter rescue operation Sunday after a group attempting to enter the US illegally called 911. Unsure where they were and with one person needing medical attention, the group sent CBP officers photos of their surroundings from cell phones. A crew member on the helicpoter recognized the location, and officers made the rescue by the top of Otay Mountain near the border. “Cell phone technology and cell phone service in border areas have come a long way, and are often used as a lifeline by people trying to cross illegally into the U.S.,”...
  • Why the Founder of #ShoutYourAbortion Had to Go Into Hiding

    10/01/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Maria L. La Ganga
    Amelia Bonow is in hiding. She left her apartment here after her address was published online and the death threats began. Her crime? She had an abortion. And after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Sept. 18 to defund Planned Parenthood, she updated her Facebook status with a proud declaration. “Hi guys!” it began. “Like a year ago I had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood on Madison Ave., and I remember this experience with a nearly inexpressible level of gratitude.” She wrote about how “the narrative of those working to defund Planned Parenthood relies on the assumption that...
  • Oregon Gunman Singled Out Christians During Rampage

    10/01/2015 4:24:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 175 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The gunman who opened fire at an Oregon community college was forcing people to stand up and state their religion before he began blasting away at them, survivors said Thursday. A woman who claimed to have a grandmother inside the Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall, where the massacre unfolded, described the scene in a tweet. “The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my...
  • Fort Myers Woman Calls 911, Says She Was Shorted in Weed Deal: Police

    10/01/2015 10:53:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A southwest Florida woman landed herself behind bars after calling 911 to complain about being shortchanged in a drug deal. According to a Fort Myers Police Department report, 36-year-old Erin Klich called police to complain that she'd attempted to buy $75 worth of marijuana, but never got the goods from the dealer. Officers arrived outside a home to find Klich outside the reported dealer's home, still on the phone with police. Klich told the responding officers that the dealer inside took her money. Klich was arrested for misuse of 911.= Upon searching Klich, police found a clear plastic baggy, later...
  • Woman Says She Is Happier Than Ever After Fulfilling Lifelong Wish of Becoming Blind

    10/01/2015 10:46:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Dallas Frankllin
    A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after she fulfilled her lifelong wish of becoming blind. Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, according to Barcroft TV. BIID is a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled. She told Barcroft TV that her fascination with blindness started when she was a child. “By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she said. Shuping says that when she was a teenager, she started wearing thick black sunglasses, and even got her first cane...
  • Woman Seeks Divorce From 'Short' Husband

    10/01/2015 10:34:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | hursday, October 01, 2015
    Lady embarrassed to go out with him A Saudi woman in her 20s has filed for a divorce from her new husband on the grounds he is very short and embarrasses her in public places. The woman, who married nearly seven months ago, told the Department of Islamic Affairs in the Eastern Saudi province of Al Qateef that her friends and other people “look with sarcasm” at her when she goes out with her husband. “She wants to be divorced on the grounds she feels embarrassed when she goes out with her short husband…this is one of the strangest...
  • Dresden Buddhists Drop Swastika to Keep Peace

    09/30/2015 3:35:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    On Sunday eastern Germany's first Buddhist graveyard opened in Dresden, marking a turning point for the region's Vietnamese community. But a missing symbol makes the burial ground a peculiarly German affair. The burial ground is long overdue, Ding Linger, a spokesperson for the Vietnamese Buddhist Centre in Dresden told The Local. "It's been needed for 40 years since Vietnamese people first came to East Germany," he said. Vietnamese are the largest immigrant population in east Germany, making up 100,000 of the population. Of those, 7,000 live in Dresden, reports the Hamburger Morgenpost. With around 85 percent of the Vietnamese population...
  • Drunk Driver Sentenced to Spend Victim’s Birthday in Jail

    09/30/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WWLP ^ | September 30, 2015 | Clare Kaley
    A Waupaca County woman who struck and killed an 18-year-old man will spend his birthday in jail, as well as the anniversary of the day she hit Dylan and every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for the next 10 years. A judge sentenced 40-year-old Heather Schmidt on Wednesday for the death of Dylan Thorne three years ago. Prosecutors say Schmidt’s blood-alcohol level measured twice the legal limit after she hit
  • “Sea Cruise” Singer Frankie Ford Has Died

    09/30/2015 2:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    WWLP ^ | September 30, 2015 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    Ford was 76 years old, had been ill for quite some timeFrankie Ford, a rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues singer whose 1959 hit “Sea Cruise” brought him international fame when he was 19, is dead at the age of 76. Ford died Monday of natural causes, according to the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s office. “He was a great guy. He had the best voice in rock and roll,” said Mike Shepherd, a friend of Ford’s and head of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, which inducted Ford in 2010.
  • Man Charged After Nearly 100 Guns Stolen from Pembroke Pines Home

    09/30/2015 2:28:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 | Keith Jones
    Pembroke Pines Police have arrested a man in connection with a burglary in which nearly 100 firearms were stolen from a home. On Thursday, Sept. 17, police said a house in the 10000 block of Northwest 1st Street was burglarized and thieves made off with 96 firearms valued at $60,000. Police said 19-year-old Jesus Regueiro was seen receiving a container that contained some of those firearms from within the victim's fence line. A search warrant served later that day at Regueiro's Hollywood home uncovered 55 of those stolen firearms. Regueiro was arrested Monday and charged with burglary. He's been ordered...
  • Workers Jump Into Water to Escape Bees in Pembroke Pines

    09/30/2015 1:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fire rescue officials say half a dozen workers were spraying a marshy area Wednesday near Southwest 7th Street and 184th Terrace when they encountered the bees. Officials one of the workers was stung and was hospitalized. His condition is not known. Rescuers were initially concerned because the workers were separated when they jumped into the water, but officials said they were eventually all accounted for. Officials said the workers were on a boat spraying pest repellent when they encountered the bees.
  • Angela Merkel Caught on Hot Mic Confronting Mark Zuckerberg Over Racist Facebook Posts

    09/30/2015 1:41:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard on a hot mic confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over anti-immigrant posts, amid complaints from her government that the social network isn’t doing enough to curtail racist comments. The two were overheard exchanging words on a live transmission broadcast on the United Nations website, as participants took their seats at a U.N. development summit in New York on Saturday, Bloomberg reported. After Ms. Merkel asked Mr. Zuckerberg about offensive posts on the refugee crisis, the Facebook CEO said “we need to do some work” on the issue.
  • Breivik Pledges Hunger Strike 'Until Death'

    09/30/2015 1:26:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Sep 2015
    Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has threatened to go on hunger strike until he dies of starvation in protest at what he claims has been a dramatic worsening of his prison conditions. In an open letter sent a Norwegian and Swedish media, Breivik complained that since the second of September, he had been confined in isolation in a single cell, which he was only allowed to leave for one hour a day. He also complained that he was being given less time with prison staff, and that communication was now limited to a small gap in the door. "Unless...
  • A Grandmother's Ordeal in the Hands of Mexican Kidnappers

    09/30/2015 1:20:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Hastings Tribune ^ | 9/30/15 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    The kidnappers promised Yolanda Alvarez Antunez they would free her husband after she paid the ransom. The mother of five, grandmother of 13 saw no other option. Around 10:30 p.m. on that Wednesday, Yolanda and her brother-in-law drove the old family truck to a mountain town in the southern state of Guerrero, where they were stopped by two pickups full of armed men. She handed over a plastic bag full of bills, but instead of buying her husband's freedom, she was taken captive, too. "You're going to stay because your husband escaped and you're not leaving until we find him,...
  • Herhold: A Father's Three-Decade Search For His Kidnapped Son

    09/30/2015 1:17:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/26/2015 | Scott Herhold
    Late in the evening of March 17, 1981, a rickety Vietnamese river boat embarked on an ocean journey to Thailand, carrying 27 people in a desperate attempt to find a new life. A day and a half at sea, they were picked up by a Thai fishing boat, which they saw as salvation. Instead, the new vessel brought them a plague of robbery, kidnapping and starvation. When they were set back aboard their own disabled craft several days later, only 25 Vietnamese remained. Two infants -- a boy of five months, a girl of 11 months -- were kept by...
  • The Investigators: Technical Glitch Leads to Convicted Killer's Release From Prison (32 Years Early)

    09/30/2015 12:31:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    WAFB ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Kevin Frey
    A warrant for arrest has been issued for a convicted killer who was accidentally released from prison following miscommunication and missing paperwork on the part of the Louisiana Department of Correction. Deputies with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, Plaquemine Police Department and the US Marshals are searching for 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson. He was released on September 23, 2015 from the Dixon Correctional Institute. Officials noticed the error on Monday, September 28, 2015. "We're not trying to make excuses, it's something that should not have happened," said Pam Laborde, spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Correction. According to officials with the...

    09/30/2015 12:23:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | JESS SWANSON
    On April 23, 2013, Kiera Wilmot conducted a volcano experiment in her Polk County high-school hallway. The 16-year-old junior, who was working on the project for her science class, watched as a lid popped off and smoke seeped out. No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the experiment. But Wilmot's project came just eight days after the Boston Marathon bombing, and school officials sternly led her into the principal’s office. She was told she had made a bomb and was handcuffed and escorted to a juvenile detention center. She was charged with two felonies: possession of a...
  • Prosecutors Decline to Charge Caitlyn Jenner in Fatal Crash

    09/30/2015 12:03:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 30, 2015
    Prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday in a California car crash that led to the death of another driver, saying there was not enough evidence for a conviction. Authorities said Jenner was towing an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind a Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she crashed into two cars, pushing one into oncoming traffic. Driver Kim Howe was killed when her Lexus was hit by a Hummer. "We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing," said Blair Berk, Jenner's attorney.
  • Meryl Streep: I’m a Humanist, Not a Feminist

    09/30/2015 12:00:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jaclyn Hendricks
    Meryl Streep doesn’t define herself by the F-word. “I’m a humanist, I am for a nice easy balance,” the Oscar winner told Time Out London when asked if she fancies herself a feminist. But the 66-year-old, who plays British political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming flick “Suffragette,” isn’t holding back about sexism in Hollywood either.
  • Asian-American Woman Wants White People to Pay for Making Her Sick

    09/30/2015 11:58:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | David K. Li
    An Oregon woman has raised nearly $1,500 to pay for illnesses she claims were brought on by being an Asian-American living in a predominantly white city. “I grew up in and live in the [Portland] area. The stress of living as a Thai-Cambodian woman in such a white city replete with constant interpersonal and institutional racism has a big toll on my health and wellbeing,” according to the YouCaring posting by Rinna Rem. The heading of her crowdfunding appeal is: “White Friends, Pay For My Therapy.”
  • Mother Gets Off Easy for Killing Pedophile Who Lived Next Door

    09/30/2015 11:54:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rohan Smith
    Sarah Sands was terrified and deeply disturbed when she learned that she and her five children were living next door to a sex offender. Protecting her children, she picked up a kitchen knife and walked across the Canning Town estate in East London to where 77-year-old Michael Pleasted lived. She was just trying to scare him, she said. But when he “smirked” at her, she was filled with a mother’s protective rage.
  • Doctor Arrested Working as Butcher

    09/29/2015 2:40:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Most doctors are in reality butchers, says Kuwaiti resident, on social mediaAn Arab doctor was arrested on the first day of Eid Al Adha in Kuwait roaming around the residential areas offering to slaughter the Eid sheep of residents. This story went viral on social media, where many said that he must be punished for what he did as he was not a licensed butcher, and also he ignored all rules of hygiene which are part of a butcher's job. The doctor works in a private hospital and wanted to earn extra money by offering to slaughter Eid sheep...
  • Omani Reunited With Estranged Family After 30 Years (Married U.S. Woman, Left)

    09/29/2015 2:31:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Fahad Al Mukrash
    An Omani family in Liwa province has been reunited with a son after 30 years of estrangement. Jalal Al Balushi embraced his family last week with tears of joy in his family home in Guzail village of Liwa province on the north western coast of the country. The family had lost contact with Jalal in 1985 after he graduated from a university in Texas, where he was studying mechanical engineering. “It was the best and one of the most heartfelt moments ever in my life to meet my family and relatives”, Jalal told Gulf News last week. He had been...
  • Police: Dog Rescued After Driving Owner's Pickup Into Lake

    09/29/2015 2:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 29, 2015 | Ben Hoope
    Police in Maine said a small dog was to blame for driving its owners pickup truck into a lake by knocking the vehicle out of gear. The Ellsworth Police Department said the Yorkie's owner had been walking the dog around Branch Lake Saturday afternoon and he put the canine back into his pickup truck while it was idling. Lt. Harold Page told the Ellsworth American the dog "knocked the truck out of gear and it rolled down the parking lot into the lake." The Ellsworth Police Department said in a Facebook post the dog was rescued from the submerged pickup...
  • Locals Shocked as Nazi Banner Unfurled in Nice

    09/29/2015 2:13:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Sep 2015
    Residents in the southern French city of Nice were left gobsmacked after they witnessed men unfurling a Nazi banner over a public building. Thankfully it turned out there was nothing to panic about. In hindsight it might have been a good idea for authorities in Nice to alert the public that a film about the Nazis was being made in town. On Monday passersby were left speechless when an enormous Nazi banner was draped over the Palais de la Prefecture, a government building in Nice's Old Town. A witness said that people were unsure if it was intended as a...
  • Russia All Talk But No Action, Says France

    09/29/2015 2:09:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Sep 2015
    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius accused Russia Tuesday of displaying bravado on the Syria crisis that had yet to be backed up with action against the Islamic State group. "You have to look at who is doing what. The international community is striking Daesh. France is striking Daesh. The Russians, for the time being, are not at all," Fabius told a news conference in New York, using the Arabic acronym for IS. "If one is against the terrorists, it is not abnormal to strike the terrorists," Fabius added.
  • Nine Month Sentence for Nazi Postings

    09/29/2015 12:30:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    A 24-year-old German man has been handed a nine month conditional jail sentence for posting hundreds of right-wing extremist comments online. Austrian found guilty of Nazi Facebook post (26 Aug 15) Neo-Nazi handed 20 month sentence (19 Aug 15) Hungarian neo-Nazis take Austrian mini-break (13 Aug 15) Neo-Nazi codes banned from number plates (23 Jul 15) The man, who lives in the Lavant Valley in Carinthia, made a total of 399 entries on the right-wing extremist online discussion site between 2009 and 2010, some of which glorified Nazism. He registered on the internet forum a few days before his...
  • Hikers Beaten Up by Mountain Bikers in Tyrol

    09/29/2015 12:09:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    A group of hikers in Tyrol were attacked by three aggressive mountain bikers on Saturday afternoon as they descended the Rumer Alm in the Innsbruck Land district. One of the hikers suffered multiple lacerations. Police told local media that five hikers were descending from the alm towards the valley at around 5.30pm when they were overtaken at high speed by a mountain biker. The group called after the biker that he should slow down - at which point he stopped and put one of the hikers in a stranglehold. The man struggled to free himself and the biker sped off...
  • Israel Protests Norway 'Nazi Pizza' Cartoon

    09/29/2015 12:03:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Sep 2015
    Israel has demanded an apology from a Norwegian newspaper, arguing a cartoon putting oranges from Israel side by side with pizza from Nazi Germany constituted "hate speech". The cartoon, by Norwegian cartoonist Ola Lysgaard, shows a woman standing in front of an organic food store. "Organic food, huh?" reads the text. "But who cares if the food is produced unethically?" In the next panel, the woman holds an orange and says: "These oranges comes from Israel! You are supporting murderers!". Next the woman is seen holding a carton: "This macaroni is produced in North Korea!? How did you even get...
  • Beggar Caught With 'Five' Pockets

    09/29/2015 11:52:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Trick to make more money A beggar appears to have come up with an innovative way to make more money by wearing a special shirt under his clothes with five pockets. Policemen arresting the beggar were surprised to find he has wore a specially designed shirt with five pockets under his main shirt. “The pockets were full of money. He was wearing that shirt to trick people so they will think his pockets are empty and he has no money,” 'Al Ittihad' daily said.
  • Santa Rosa Cannabis Providers Donate $20,000 Worth of Medical Marjuana to Valley Fire Victims

    09/29/2015 11:41:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Two Santa Rosa cannabis providers are coming to the rescue of Valley Fire victims. Care by Design and AbsoluteXtracts have teamed up to donate $20,000 worth of medical marijuana products to Lake County residents who have prescriptions but lost access to their medicine because of the fire, the Press Democrat reported. The companies issued a joint statement, saying: "This disaster happened in our own backyard. As a company that prides itself on putting patient needs first, we felt there was no better time to reach out and help our neighbors in their time of need." Through Oct. 7, each victim...
  • Banksy to Send Timbers From Dismaland to Refugees

    09/29/2015 11:38:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015
    Street artist Banksy has said he will send the material from his closed amusement park in England to France to help shelter refugees who are camped out there. Banksy said on his Dismaland website Monday that all of the timbers and fixtures from the park are being sent to a refugee camp outside the northwest French port of Calais for the construction of shelters. Thousands of refugees are in the Calais area seeking entry into Britain. "Coming soon ... Dismaland Calais," the artist said on his posting. The unusual amusement park that closed Sunday after five weeks poked fun at...
  • Moderate Islam Is the Solution

    09/29/2015 11:25:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Monday, 28 September 2015 | Abdulrahman al-Rashed
    Islam is being associated with the evil we witness around us. People in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are pushed to flee and seek refuge from this evil that has befallen them. Islam has been hijacked by an evil group that speaks in the name of Muslims and dictates its religious interpretations on them. However, religions came for the good of everyone, and for the sake of expelling evil from people’s lives. Islam came as a mercy to people, and it was the persecuted - slaves, the poor and the vulnerable - who first...
  • Barack Obama Admits ‘Mistakes’ in Libya

    09/29/2015 11:21:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Tuesday, 29 September 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the international community should have done more to avoid a leadership vacuum in Libya, which has been in disarray since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi four years ago. Obama told the United Nations General Assembly the international community must work harder in future to ensure states do not implode. The rapid descent of Libya into violent chaos was one of the most dramatic events in the "Arab Spring," the abrupt collapse of long-standing autocratic governments in a number of Arab countries in the face of popular protests.
  • Far-Right Republicans in House Look to Draft Benghazi Chair as Majority Leader

    09/29/2015 11:17:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/29 | Nicky Woolf
    Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has become a rightwing folk hero for leading the crusade against Hillary Clinton over the use of her private email server The US congressman who is leading the public inquiry against Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server could continue his rambunctious rise to Washington power, if a drafting effort by the Republican far right succeeds in the wake of John Boehner’s shock resignation. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina representative and chair of the House select committee on Benghazi, has been a thorn in the side of the former secretary and current White House...
  • City Employee Gets in Trouble Again for Talking Like a Robot

    09/29/2015 11:04:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 29, 2015 | Jen Kirby
    The saga of this city worker is a gift that keeps on giving: Despite receiving a 20-day suspension last year for mimicking a robot while answering IT calls to the Department of Health's help desk, employee Ronald Dillon is about to be disciplined once again for talking to customers like a droid. Dillon will likely be put on 30-day unpaid leave after he overrode supervisors' orders to stop impersonating a machine, which the judge who presided over Dillon's hearing described as "a slow, stilted and monotonous voice." Dillon was also censured for not responding to customer-service requests and purposefully misdirecting...
  • A ‘Date’ With Hummus: Israel Embraces Beer With Microbrew Twist

    09/29/2015 10:58:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Tuesday, 29 September 2015
    Monday, 28 September 2015 In an industrial zone among the hills of Galilee in northern Israel, a ponytailed sociologist with an intolerance for gluten explained what he was up to: beer made with chickpeas and dates. "It's a very Middle Eastern food," 52-year-old Bryan Meadan said of his gluten-free beer made with chickpeas, familiar to most through hummus and falafel. "Local beer with local products." In the part of the world where Jesus is believed to have turned water to wine, enterprising Israelis are opting for beer – local, craft beer that often has a regional twist.
  • ‘Good Samaritan’ Tells Crash Victim He’s There to Help, Then Does the Unthinkable

    09/29/2015 10:44:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
    A woman was scared and dazed, trapped upside down after her car rolled three times during an accident in Texas. But it’s what happened after the crash that is even more unsettling to her and her family. In a Facebook post, Joshua Smith said a man posing as a Good Samaritan robbed his sister, Kimberly, who was the driver involved in the single-vehicle crash. Joshua Smith said the crash happened on Sept. 27. He said a man stopped to “help” his sister, and even found her purse for her. He then said he was going to call 911. While Kimberly...
  • ‘Killer Bees’ Found in the Bay Area for the First Time

    09/29/2015 10:31:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 28, 2015
    An Africanized breed of honeybees, sometimes known as “killer bees” because of its swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when its colony is threatened, has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say. The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but are likely attracted by the Bay Area’s warming...
  • Is Chelsea Clinton moving to Brooklyn?

    09/29/2015 1:55:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 28, 20 | Ian Mohr
  • Pakistani Saves Wheelchair-Bound Wife From Haj Stampede

    09/28/2015 11:31:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, September 28, 2015
    Grabbed her out of the wheelchair and pushed her to the sideA Pakistani teacher has described how he saved his wife from a deadly stampede in Saudi Arabia by pulling her from her wheelchair as fellow Haj pilgrims were trampled to death around them. At least 769 people died in a crush of pilgrims near Makkah on Thursday when two large groups converged at a crossroads, in the worst disaster to befall the annual event in a quarter of a century. Alamzeb Khan, 48, and his wife, who was suffering from a high fever, were almost killed when the...
  • Historic Carmel Mission Calls For Peace After Newly Sainted Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized

    09/28/2015 10:16:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015 | Stephanie Chuang
    Leaders at the historic Carmel Mission in Carmel, California, are calling for peace after someone broke in and vandalized the basilica's entrance courtyard, toppling a statue of 18th century missionary Junipero Serro, just days after he was canonized by Pope Francis. "Father Serra is now Saint Serra," Carmel Mission pastor Father Paul P. Murphy said. "His motto is always forward, never back, so that's our attitude here at the mission." Investigators said people sneaked into the Mission Saturday night or early Sunday morning, took green paint from a cabinet inside and hurled it at the statue, as well as on...
  • CHP Investigators Say Booby Trapped Road near Woodside is Targeted at Cyclists

    09/28/2015 10:13:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15 | Michelle Roberts
    The California Highway Patrol is trying to find the person who dumped hundreds of nails and tacks on a road near Woodside that’s popular among cyclists. Officers said Monday that there were so many nails left on Kings Mountain Road that clean-up crews were forced to sweep the lanes to get them out of the way. Cyclists are usually drawn to the road for its views and 1,500-foot climb to Skyline Boulevard. "This is one of my favorite hill climbs," Michael Shorts said. But riders, who are now being warned to pay close attention to the sidewalks, are afraid they...
  • Billionaire Carl Icahn Attacks ‘Entitled’ 1 Percent in Video

    09/28/2015 10:02:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 27, | Josh Kosman
    Billionaire shareholder activist Carl Icahn is now the latest to attack the 1 percent. “I’m saying the wealthy, the elitists, are a little oblivious to the problems” facing the country, Icahn told The Post. “They are my friends but they feel a certain sense of entitlement.”
  • Superhero Window Washers Surprise Kids at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

    09/28/2015 9:58:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15
    Grime-fighting window washers, dressed as superheroes, joined forces to surprise kids at UC Benioff Children's Hospital Monday afternoon. "UCSF window washers are back at the hospital," the hospital tweeted around 11:45 a.m., with a photo of superheroes giving the building's windows a good wiping. The heroes waved at children as they washed windows. Some of the heroes children saw Monday were Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Ironman, Thor, The Flash, the Red Ranger power ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo and Shrek, UCSF spokeswoman Juliana Bunim said. The event is part of the hospital's child life services program, which aims to provide...
  • 'It Is Time You Realize This Is Not Acceptable:' Doctor Shares Story to Stop 'Islamophobia'

    09/28/2015 9:53:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28 | Jodi Hernandez
    A Bay Area doctor is sharing her painful story in hopes of stopping "Islamophobia." Dr. Suzanne Barakat's story made national headlines earlier this year when her 23-year-old brother and two other people were gunned down in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She believes they were killed because they are Muslims. On Monday, Barakat told her fellow doctors she sees signs of hate, even from patients, every day. "My hope is this kind of thing never happens again to anyone and we can realize at the end of the day we're all human with the same ambitions, dreams and goals," Barakat said...
  • Group Submits Signatures to Repeal California Vaccine Law

    09/28/2015 9:50:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15
    Supporters of an effort to repeal California's new law requiring mandatory vaccines for schoolchildren faced a Monday deadline to turn in enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law. The group had until the end of the day to submit the needed 366,000 signatures to county clerks to ask California voters to repeal SB277, which struck the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB277 into law earlier this year amid fierce opposition from some parents' rights groups who argue the...
  • Diescho’s Dictum: Only Black People Think That God Is White

    09/28/2015 12:12:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New Era ^ | September 25th, 2015 | September 25th, 2015
    Most world civilizations have either their own version of God with a special connection between themselves and that God, or a name for the religion that connects their being to their God of the past, the present and the future, or both. It would appear that the people on the Afrikan continent are the only group that does not have either a God of their own or even a name for their religion. Pockets of Afrikan societies have a sense of God of the past, not the present or the future. The God of our ancestors – Mukuru Ndjambi, Kalunga,...