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  • Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

    10/26/2016 9:11:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 26, 2016 | ROBERT PEAR
    The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured. It has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law’s insurance exchanges. The full weight of the penalty will not be felt until April, when those who have avoided buying insurance will face penalties of around $700 a person or more. But even then that...
  • In Zimbabwe, a Strange Black Market Where the American Dollar Trades Against Itself

    10/26/2016 8:57:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Mail & Guardian Africa | JUN 2016 | BRIAN LATHAM AND CHENGETAI ZVAUYA
    In Zimbabwe, a strange black market where the American dollar trades against itself
  • African Exits Threaten to Further Erode International Criminal Court

    10/26/2016 8:36:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 26, 2016 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    The International Criminal Court has begun investigating war crimes in Georgia, is looking into British soldiers accused of torture in Iraq and, in one of its most politically delicate missions yet, sent a team to Israel to discuss crimes in Gaza. But as the court tries to expand into new geography and investigate new types of crimes, it faces the most serious challenge to its existence: Three nations, all from Africa, have announced that they will no longer work with the tribunal, intensifying a longstanding debate over whether it is biased against the continent. This week, Gambia, known for crushing...
  • Man Misses Flight so Kenny Lofton Can Get to Cleveland to Throw World Series First Pitch

    10/26/2016 8:16:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    die-hard Indians fan didn't think twice about giving up his seat when he noticed former Cleveland Indians player Kenny Lofton struggling to get on a flight to Cleveland. After all, Lofton was supposed to throw out the first pitch for Game 1 of the World Series. Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, Ohio, had just finished judging the National Chili Cook-off in Reno, Nevada, and was hoping to catch a red-eye flight home out of Los Angeles Monday night, but the plane was overbooked and delayed twice. When the plane was finally ready to leave, Kostal said he was in the last...
  • Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin Says Raid on Company Wasn’t Because of Critical Blog Posts

    10/26/2016 7:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    WHNT ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2016 | BRIAN LAWSON
    Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin has denied claims in a federal lawsuit, filed last week, that alleges the search and seizure of phones and computer from a Falkville business was political retaliation for critical blog posts. The lawsuit was filed by blog contributor Glenda Lockhart and her company, Straightline Drywall & Acoustical LLC, and complains about the Oct. 5 search of her business. Lockhart is a contributor to the Morgan County Whistleblower blog, which has been a frequent critic of Franklin and others in the sheriff’s office. [Read the lawsuit: lawsuit-filed-against-morgan-co-sheriff-deputies ] The lawsuit claims 19 electronic devices were taken...
  • Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones

    10/26/2016 7:00:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/26 | Thomas Fox-Brewster
    In what’s believed to be an unprecedented attempt to bypass the security of Apple iPhones, or any smartphone that uses fingerprints to unlock, California’s top cops asked to enter a residence and force anyone inside to use their biometric information to open their mobile devices. FORBES found a court filing, dated May 9 2016, in which the Department of Justice sought to search a Lancaster, California, property. But there was a more remarkable aspect of the search, as pointed out in the memorandum: “authorization to depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES...
  • SkyWest Pilot Arrested After Showing up Drunk to Delta Connection Flight, Police Say

    10/26/2016 6:56:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A SkyWest Airlines pilot has been arrested for allegedly trying to fly a plane while under the influence. Rapid City police said the pilot, 38-year-old Russel Duszak, was scheduled to fly from Rapid City, South Dakota to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives. Passengers waiting to board Delta Connection 4574 were delayed, however, after the airline announced a “crew member issue.” Airport officials said Duszak smelled of alcohol and authorities were called to investigate. Pilots are prohibited from flying with a blood alcohol content of over .04, and officers said Duszak was over that limit. He was arrested for...
  • Oklahoma Girl Surprised by Military Dad at School

    10/26/2016 6:49:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A 6th grader at Hammon Schools got a big surprise after her dad in the military showed up at her at school. The heartwarming reunion was caught on cell phone video by Vickie Dodson. The daughter was called onto the stage with her principal, Jeff Morton, and was asked who she knew in the military. "My dad," said the student. The little girl's father has been serving all over the Middle East in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. She says her dad has been gone "a long, long time," and has not seen him since Christmas of last year. The...
  • Man Sprayed Wife With Hairspray, Lit Her on Fire

    10/26/2016 6:31:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    A Baton Rouge, Louisiana, man has been arrested after police say he lit his wife on fire during an argument. The Advocate reports police arrested 28-year-old John Emmett Harleaux on Tuesday on a felony count of domestic abuse battery by burning.
  • The Man Solving Malaysia Flight 370

    10/26/2016 6:26:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 October 2016 | Dave Seminara
    Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes. Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes. Gibson, 59, made headlines around the world earlier this year after he found debris from a Boeing 777 that was later confirmed to be a piece of the infamous Malaysia flight 370 aircraft, which went missing shortly after take-off on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. After diligently working to transfer the panel to...
  • Russian Warships: Spain Says Refuelling Request Withdrawn

    10/26/2016 6:20:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/26
    Russia has withdrawn a request for three warships to dock at the Spanish port of Ceuta for refuelling, following concern among Nato allies. The Spanish foreign ministry says the stopovers have now been cancelled. Spain had been under pressure from Nato allies not to allow the refuelling of the Russian warships bound for Syria. Russia's defence ministry later said no request had been sent for the main vessel, aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, to be refuelled in Ceuta.
  • Florida Keys Woman Arrested After Filing False Police Report Claiming Attack by "Man in Turban"

    10/26/2016 6:16:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    A Marathon woman is behind bars after filing a false police report, claiming she was attacked by a man in a turban and told to take a so-called "kill pill." Kristin Skivers, 30, told deputies a man entered her boyfriend’s home, where they both were sleeping, before 11 p.m. Sunday. She described the man has having “dark hair, a full beard and a turban." Skivers claimed the man gave her the medication before her boyfriend allegedly chased him away, saying she eventually went to a neighbor’s house asking to be taken to the hospital. When police interviewed the boyfriend, he...
  • Women Work 39 Days a Year More Than Men, Report Says

    10/26/2016 4:47:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 October 2016
    By Will Dahlgreen BBC News Women work on average 39 more days a year than men according to the World Economic Forum. Women work on average 50 minutes more a day than men, data from the WEF's Global Gender Gap report suggests. The report says the prevalence of unpaid work burdens women and estimates that economic inequalities between the sexes could take 170 years to close. The gap in economic opportunity, the WEF says, is now larger than at any point since 2008. Nearly a quarter of a billion women have entered the global workforce over the past decade, the...
  • Airplane Banner Calling for Trent Baalke's Firing to Be Flown Over Levi's Stadium

    10/26/2016 4:23:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/26 | Brendan Weber
    A GoFundMe petition created on Monday to gather donations for the banner doubled its $1,076 goal in less than 24 hoursAn airplane set to fly overhead Levi's Stadium during the 49ers' next home game will have a special message for the San Francisco organization. Nearly 91 people raised over $2,250 via GoFundMe to fly a banner that will call for the 49ers to fire General Manager Trent Baalke. The petition was created on Monday and doubled its $1,076 goal in less than 24 hours, according to the GoFundMe page. As for what's going to happen with that excess cash, organizers...
  • After Authorities Did Not Charge Her Rapist, U Student Fought Back

    10/26/2016 4:02:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2016 | Brandon Stahl
    Abby Honold did everything a rape victim was supposed to do. At first, that wasn't enough.The bite marks and bruises were still fresh on Abby Honold’s body when she learned that the man who’d raped her had been released from jail. Panicked, she called the investigator on the case. When he told her that charges wouldn’t be filed, she considered going home and killing herself — afraid her attacker would do it first. The 19-year-old University of Minnesota junior did everything a rape victim was supposed to do. After she escaped, she immediately called 911. She went to a hospital...
  • Final Touches In Place For Inaugural Ska Festival

    10/25/2016 10:21:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Some of the world's top performers in the ska and rocksteady music genres will be on stage at the first Annual One World Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival, scheduled to take place at the Hope Road-based Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on November 26 and 27. Acts already confirmed are Toots and The Maytals, Lloyd Parks and We The People, The Skatalites (USA), Soweto Ska Band (Spain), Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Sibbles (formerly of the Heptones), B.B Seaton and The Gaylads (UK), Brooklyn Attractors (USA), U-Roy - king of Jamaican toasters, Derrick Morgan king of ska, Stranger Cole, Sparrow Martin...
  • San Jose Cop Helps Save Woman, Then Fixes up Her House

    10/25/2016 7:35:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 25, 2016 | Robert Salonga
    Officer Mike Roberson helped save Mary Ellen Cancilla’s life. Then he helped rebuild it. It was due in part to Roberson’s persistence that officers this past summer found the 68-year-old Cancilla, weakened by radiation therapy, collapsed on her bedroom floor. But as he looked around her cluttered, under-kept home, Roberson, a 17-year San Jose Police Department member, Air Force veteran, and long-active community volunteer, felt the need to do more. He observed a home that had fallen far behind in upkeep, filled with decades of no-longer-used belongings and other accumulated items dating back to when Cancilla’s family moved into the...
  • Santa Clara County Officials Vow to Keep Polls Free From Fraud, Intimidation

    10/25/2016 6:57:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 20, 2016 | Eric Kurhi
    With an uneasy national atmosphere of mistrust amid talk of fraud and thuggery at the polls, Santa Clara County officials sought Wednesday to reassure South Bay voters that they intend to keep the vote fair and fear-free. County Executive Jeff Smith said he doesn’t “think there are many people, if any, in Santa Clara County who are buying into the rhetoric of a rigged election,” an accusation that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been blasting to supporters. “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!” states a page on the official Trump website that requests supporters become official...
  • Students, Parents Concerned Over Racist Graffiti at California High School

    10/25/2016 6:40:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/25 | Elyce Kirchner and Stephen Ellison
    Student confesses to one restroom incident while a second one is still being investigatedRacist graffiti found in the boys restroom at California High School in San Ramon. Students, parents and school officials are concerned after racist graffiti was found written in the restrooms at California High School in San Ramon, even as one of the incidents apparently was resolved Tuesday. Police and school officials were investigating the incidents in which the N-word was used in the girls restroom and the words "whites" and "colored" were scribbled above separate stalls in the boys restroom on the campus. On Tuesday, a student...
  • Mob Attacks on Temple Students Stoke Racial Tensions

    10/25/2016 4:10:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    New York Post ^ | Octob | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The father of a Temple University sophomore who was beaten by a roving teen mob last week said people “should draw their own conclusions” about whether the string of attacks against students and cops was racially motivated. Joe Lauletta, 50, wrote on Facebook a day after the flash mob-style attacks that a group of 30 to 40 “black teenagers” assaulted his daughter, Christina, 19, and her two male friends on their way home from a Temple football game at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday. Lauletta said the post, which has been shared more than 5,100 times, contains comments alleging a...
  • Parrot ‘Traps’ Flirtatious Husband

    10/25/2016 4:06:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Arab Times ^ | 10/25
    In a new method devised to detect matrimonial infidelity, a Kuwaiti woman actually used a parrot to expose her husband suspected of having intimate affair with a housemaid, as the parrot mimicked flirtatious exchange of words between the man and the housemaid, reports Al-Shahed daily. The woman lodged a complaint with officers at Hawalli Police Station and accused the husband of cheating, noting she had been suspecting the man for a while before the parrot started mimicking flirtatious words in the apartment. She added the husband was surprised when he saw her returning from the office before time and became...
  • Hillary’s 33,000 Emails Might Not Be ‘Missing’ After All

    10/25/2016 3:59:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 25, 2016 | Paul Sperry
    For months now, we’ve been told that Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails were permanently erased and destroyed beyond recovery. But newly released FBI notes strongly suggest they still exist in several locations — and they could be recovered, if only someone would impanel a grand jury and seize them. In a May interview with FBI agents, an executive with the Denver contractor that maintained Clinton’s private server revealed that an underling didn’t bleach-clean all her subpoenaed emails, just ones he stored in a data file he used to transfer the emails from the server to Clinton’s aides, who in turn...
  • Central Texas Man Gets Probation for Sex Assault of Girl, 12

    10/25/2016 2:34:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 10/25
    A Central Texas man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl must serve 10 years of probation. George Karns Jr., of Holland, Texas, was also sentenced Monday by a judge to 120 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty in the 2013 assault at his home. The Temple Daily Telegram reports Karns, who was 17 during the incident, was initially charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
  • In a Tense Campaign Season, Texas Ad Takes Humorous Approach

    10/25/2016 2:24:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    "Please re-elect Gerald," Charlyn Daugherty says. "Please."The wife of a Texas county commissioner is pleading in an online campaign video for voters to re-elect her husband so he'll get out of the house and relieve her of his nonstop prattling about county issues. The tongue-in-cheek ad posted to YouTube shows Charlyn Daugherty rolling her eyes at the camera and seeking relief from Gerald Daugherty as he talks of tax rates, light rail and other issues while doing household chores. A couple invited over for a cookout appears exasperated with his breathless chatter about policy matters in the county that includes...
  • Bizarre Fish Face Wins Nikon Photography Prize

    10/25/2016 2:16:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 10/25 | Rachael Lallensack
    If you have never been face-to-face with a fish embryo, now is your chance. This bizarre photo of a 4-day-old zebrafish face is the winner of this year’s Nikon Small World photography contest. Geneticist Oscar Ruiz and his team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston faced the difficult task of mounting the fish embryo at just the right angle to bring its face in focus of their microscope. As luck would have it, the first image they took was a ringer (above). Now, Ruiz says, they are able to take similarly close time-lapse images of...
  • Could Google Influence the Presidential Election?

    10/25/2016 2:12:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Oct. 25, 2016 | David Shultz
    Even if you don’t believe lizard people and the Illuminati secretly run our planet, the world really is filled with unseen influences. The languid music in the grocery store makes us walk slower and spend more money, and product placements in TV and movies leave us inexplicably craving things like Coca-Cola and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos. Most people treat these subliminal messages as an unavoidable part of daily life, maybe even as a tool that we might ourselves exploit at some point. But what if these invisible forces were doing more than leaving our wallets a few dollars lighter? What...
  • New Clues to How Lithium Soothes the Bipolar Brain May Shed Light on Other Mental Illnesses

    10/25/2016 2:04:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Oct. 18, 2016 | Meredith Wadman
    The second century C.E. Greek physician and philosopher Galen advised patients suffering from disorders of the spirit to bathe in and drink hot spring water. Modern day brain scientists have posited that GalenÂ’s prescription delivered more than a placebo effect. Lithium has for decades been recognized as an effective mood stabilizer in bipolar disease, and lithium salts may have been present in the springs Galen knew. Yet exactly how lithium soothes the mind has been less than clear. Now, a team led by Ben Cheyette, a neuroscientist at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), has linked its success...
  • Smiling Preemie Photo Melts Hearts, Goes Viral

    10/25/2016 1:56:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    A touching and inspiring photo showing a premature baby with a big smile on her face has gone viral after being shared on Facebook. The baby’s mother, Lauren Vinje, posted a photo of her then-5-day-old daughter to the Facebook community Love What Matters. Weighing less than four pounds, and in the neonatal intensive care unit, the infant girl — named Freya — appears happy in the photo. “Our first daughter at five days old. 3 lbs. 14 oz., she was happy to be alive!” Vinje wrote in the post. “This picture was one I looked at often to get me...
  • New Mexico to Outline Legal Steps After Toxic Mine Spill

    10/25/2016 1:33:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    KOB ^ | October 25, 2016
    The state's top prosecutor and elected officials from northwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are meeting with residents and business owners to talk about possible legal steps following last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the other officials are urging residents affected by the 2015 Gold King Mine spill to file claims.
  • Helicopter Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver Near Gallup

    10/25/2016 1:29:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    KOB ^ | October 24, 2016 | Kenneth Mahan
    McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies say an alleged drunk driver ran through barricades to strike a fire truck and medical helicopter. Frank Hernandez was at the scene and witnessed the crash. Hernandez works for Speedway Towing in Gallup. He was at the site of a crash to tow away a vehicle that had rolled over -- the wreck that the medical helicopter was responding to. “Then I noticed after we got the vehicle picked up, this black Jeep flew past us,” said Hernandez. “I was thinking, 'What the heck is this guy doing?' Because they had people out there trying to...
  • Officials at World’s Tallest Church Ask Public to Stop Urinating on Walls

    10/25/2016 12:54:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Global News ^ | October 25, 2016 | Adam Frisk
    Officials in the German city of Ulm are urging the public to stop urinating on the walls of Ulm Minster, the world’s tallest church. According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), church officials said the constant flow of people urinating and vomiting on the walls of the church is eroding the sandstone base because of the salts and acids in the bodily fluid. Officials in the German city of Ulm are urging the public to stop urinating on the walls of Ulm Minster, the world’s tallest church. According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), church officials said the constant flow...
  • El Chapo’s Wife Files Complaint Over Drug Lord’s Treatment in Prison

    10/25/2016 12:36:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Global News ^ | October 25, 2016
    The common-law wife of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has filed a complaint with Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission complaining of his treatment in prison. Emma Coronel is the mother of twin daughters with Guzman. She told local media Monday outside the commission’s Mexico City office that she had just filed the complaint charging that Guzman suffers from declining health. Coronel has filed complaints before to pressure the government to improve conditions for the Sinaloa cartel’s leader.
  • Thousands of Registered Voters in US Election Are Likely Dead

    10/25/2016 12:31:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Global News ^ | October 25, 2016 | Brian Slodysko
    Do the deceased prefer Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Thousands of people who are likely dead are registered to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. A data analysis firm hired by a voter registration group said on Tuesday that its analysis of Indiana’s voter database found thousands of people over the age of 110 who would likely be deceased and are still registered to vote. TargetSmart conducted a review of the state voter file maintained by Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office on behalf of Patriot Majority,
  • Racist Altercation Over Parking Spot Recorded in Abbotsford

    10/25/2016 12:25:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Global News ^ | October 23, 2016 | Jill Slattery
    A video of a racist altercation in Abbotsford is making the rounds online. The slur-ridden video appears to take place in a parking lot on South Fraser Way and Pauline Street. In it, a Caucasian man verbally assaults another person behind the camera, apparently over a parking space. In the 2:20 minute video, the man calls the person a “Hindu” and a “P*ki” who “should go back to India.” He also calls him a “camel-riding m***********” and other racial slurs not appropriate for publication. At one point, the man approaches the camera and asks, “When did you come to Canada?”...
  • French Politician Sparks National Outrage After Underestimating Cost of Pain au Chocolat

    10/25/2016 12:14:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Global News ^ | 10/25 | Nicole Bogart
    With all the political ire going on in the United States, it’s sometimes good to put things in perspective. French presidential candidate Jean-Francois Copé has sparked outrage on Twitter after wildly underestimating the cost of a pain au chocolat pastry. For those who don’t know, the sweet chocolate-filled croissants are somewhat of a national treasure and a staple of any French bakery. The political upheaval began Monday during a radio interview with Europe 1, when Copé was asked if he knew the price of the famous French pastry. “I have no clue, I have no idea … maybe 10 to...
  • Monkey Menace in Makkah

    10/25/2016 11:33:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The banning of weapons used to shoot monkeys has led to an increase of the primates in Mount Al-Noor District, Makkah newspaper reported. «People living in Mount Al- Noor District have several time reported to the municipality that they are facing problems with monkeys,» Nasser Al-Emairy, a citizen said. “The monkeys would raid our houses and attack our children. They are disturbing our lives. They also leave waste on the streets. After several reports to the municipality, an Arab veterinarian came and assessed the situation. He wrote a report and informed us that the medicine to tranquilize the monkeys is...
  • Over Half Million Saudi Men Engaged in Polygamy, Report Shows

    10/25/2016 11:28:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 25 October 2016
    Latest statistics have shown that in 2016 more than half a million Saudi men are reported to have more than one spouse at a time. A recent annual report on polygamy, a common practice in Saudi Arabia, has revealed that around 73000 men between the age of 25 to 49 engaged in polygamous relationships. Men from the age group of 50 to 54 years came in the second place. The report, which has obtained a copy of, also showed that more than 16,000 cases among men between the ages of 60-64 were married to at least three women at...
  • San Jose Police Open Fire on SUV That Twice Rammed Officers

    10/25/2016 11:22:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/25 | Bob Redell and Shawn Murphy
    San Jose police officers opened fire early Tuesday on a suspect after a man in a stolen Isuzu SUV twice rammed an officer in a squad car near the Kellogg Co. plant. Despite that, there were no injuries during the midnight shooting that unfolded at the corner of Wooster and Tripp avenues. Lt. Greg Lombardo said three officers were on routine foot patrol at the end of Wooster just north of Tripp. As one of the officers was getting back into his patrol car, the silver SUV came around the corner and struck the police cruiser. The suspect vehicle then...
  • Parents, Doctors Question Safety of Sedation Dentistry

    10/25/2016 11:01:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Oct 24, 2016 | Christine Roher, Michael Horn, Joe Rojas, Mark Villareal, and Chris Chmura
    Editor’s note: The Dental Board of California is accepting public input on dental anesthesia until Friday, Oct. 28. If you’d like to voice an opinion, e-mail Karen Fischer, the board’s executive director, at: Montoya sobs when she recalls the day she took her two-year-old son to the dentist and he never came home. Acting alone in February 2015, the dentist sedated 2-year-old Alejandro with a local anesthetic to treat a rotten molar. But following the procedure, Alejandro was rushed to the hospital where Montoya says the diagnosis was brain damage. “They said it was probably from the anesthesia,” she...
  • East Bay moms win with Hillary Clinton baby costume for Halloween

    10/24/2016 11:36:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, October 20, 2016 | Amy Graff
    SNIP Here's another must-have accessory for Hillary Clinton supporters: a baby dressed up as the Democratic presidential nominee. The Halloween costume idea was created by East Bay moms Heather Gibbs and Whitney Moss who photographed the ensemble for their Rookie Moms site filled with parenting tips. SNIP
  • 3 Tips for Great Hunting Etiquette

    10/24/2016 11:16:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies ^ | Oct 24th, 2016 | Spencer Durrant
    Utah's general deer season is in full swing, and with only six days left (the hunt ends Oct. 30), hunters who weren't successful on opening weekend will be pulling out all the stops to bag the trophy buck they've stalked for months. Sadly, the rush to fill the freezer with fresh venison can sometimes bring out the worst in some people. To help you have a great hunt this year, let's take a quick refresher course on hunting etiquette. Dump the guts Regardless of how you harvest your deer's meat (gutting or boning it out), it's common courtesy to do...
  • Award-Winning Filmmaker Arrested in Connection to San Francisco Homicide: Police

    10/24/2016 10:52:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Oct 24, 2016
    An award-winning filmmaker was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal shooting in San Francisco, police department officials said. San Francisco-based filmmaker Kevin Epps, 48, was taken into custody by investigators on suspicion of homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into county jail Monday evening. The homicide was reported just after 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Addison Street in the city's Glen Park neighborhood, police said. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics who responded to the...
  • Imams Criticized for Using iPads While Delivering Friday Sermon

    10/24/2016 4:53:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Monday, 24 October 2016
    Imams and preachers in mosques around the Kingdom are increasingly resorting to technology to perform their tasks and some of them even rely on smart devices such as iPads to read out Friday sermons. However, some religious scholars disapprove of the trend. Sheikh Khalid Al-Faris, the imam of Umm Ibrahim Al-Faris Mosque in Najran, considered the use of electronic devices instead of paper for referring to notes while delivering Friday sermons as inappropriate and ill-advised. “Worshippers come to mosques for spiritual enhancement and their feelings must be respected. Giving a sermon looking into an iPad is disrespectful,” said Al-Faris. Sheikh...
  • Egypt: Fattest Woman in the World Hasn't Left Home for 25 Years

    10/24/2016 4:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 80 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, October 24, 2016
    A 36-year-old Egyptian woman, believed to be the fattest female in the world, has reached 500 kgs weight, according to media reports. Imran Ahmad Abdulati, who is Alexandria in northern Egypt, has not left her home for 25 years - since she was 11-years-old - because of her weight problem. After years of desperate attempts to deal with the issue, her sister Chaymaa' Ahmad Abdulati has now gone public with the problem in the hope of getting help, the media report said.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Wishes He Were Running for President This Year

    10/24/2016 4:27:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Adweek ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2016
    If he had his druthers, Arnold Schwarzenegger would continue his 30-year-plus streak of voting Republican in the upcoming presidential election. In his perfect world, he'd be casting a ballot for himself. That can't happen, of course, because the actor-politician-businessman-bodybuilder-philanthropist-advertising pitchman is a native Austrian, from a bleak working-class town called Thal. But a rags-to-riches immigrant can dream, can't he? "If I'd been born in America, I would've run," he tells Adweek one early September afternoon in the offices of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "Because now? This was...
  • Long Distance Races Planned to Honor Katie Steinle

    10/24/2016 3:25:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Downtown Pleasanton's first-ever "Good for the Soul" 5K/10K race and Kids' Challenge will be held on Sunday morning, honoring Kate Steinle, a woman who was shot and killed on San Francisco's Pier 14 on July 1, 2015. "With this run, the organizers hope that people will come together to remember that life is short and tomorrow is not a guarantee," event planner Jonathan Lance said in a statement. Proceeds from the run will be donated to two organizations, Students Rising Above and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The run will start and finish under the Main Street Arch, Lance said. Participants...
  • 'He Has a Gun!': Civilian on Ride-Along Cries During Madera Police Shootout

    10/24/2016 3:20:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Oct 24, 2016 | Lisa Fernandez
    Two bullets passed through the windshield, and the passenger was injured by broken glassBullets narrowly missed a civilian taking a ride in a police cruiser in central California early Sunday morning, when a traffic stop turned into a police chase. Many citizens who want to understand the job of police officers and get a sense of the excitement of the job go on ride-alongs, like the woman in Madera. But her morning was anything but routine after a suspect ended up firing 14 rounds at the patrol car, leaving the passenger scratched by broken glass and crying in fear, but...
  • Subway Accused of Hiding Jared Fogle’s Perversion for Years

    10/24/2016 2:54:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 24, 2016 | David K. Li
    The ex-wife of disgraced Subway pitchman Jared Fogle filed a lawsuit Monday against the sandwich company, claiming it knew for years about Fogle’s desire for underage girls. Katie McLaughlin’s civil action, filed in Hamilton County, Indiana, said Subway received reports on three separate occasions — the first as early as 2004 — about Fogle’s sexual desire for young girls but did nothing to stop it. McLaughlin, who married Fogle in 2010, said the pitchman — who claimed to have lost hundreds of pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and walking — propositioned an underage girl for sex in 2004 at a...
  • ObamaCare Is About to Get Way, Way More Expensive

    10/24/2016 2:37:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 24, 2016
    Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
  • Bobby Vee: 1960s Pop Singer Dies Aged 73

    10/24/2016 12:19:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/24
    Bobby Vee, best known for hits including Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, has died at the age of 73. Vee released more than 25 albums during his career, retiring in 2011 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Vee's son Jeff Velline said the singer died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday. It was "the end of a long hard road", Mr Velline said. He described his father as "a person who brought joy all over the world", adding: "That was his job."