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  • Man Attacked Leaving Richardson Mosque: Police

    05/05/2015 11:11:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/5
    A man injured during an attack outside a North Texas mosque Monday night may not have been targeted over his religion or ethnicity, according to Richardson police. The victim, whose name has not been released, was leaving a 10:15 p.m. prayer service at the Islamic Association of North Texas on Abrams Road when two men attacked him. Police said the men pushed him down and started kicking him, before other members of the mosque were able to intervene. The attackers said nothing before beating the man and did not try to take his wallet or car keys, police said. On...
  • "This Is Where I Die": Hiker Recounts Nepal Quake

    05/05/2015 10:56:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/5 | Monica Garske
    San Diego hiker Kathleen Heldman and her husband and two friends were in Nepal when the deadly quake struck, bringing an avalanche with itA San Diego hiker who survived the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal followed by an avalanche thought she was going to die in the disaster and was in disbelief when she came up for air. “I thought, ‘This is where I die,’” said Kathleen “Kat” Heldman, recounting her harrowing experience for reporters in San Diego on Tuesday. e “Going through the earthquake and the avalanche was terrifying. It was horribly devastating to see what happened to people...
  • Baltimore Sun Has 60-Plus Journalists on Freddie Gray Story

    05/05/2015 10:01:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    On a regular old Monday, the Web site of the Baltimore Sun might draw a million pageviews. This past Monday? Ten million, according to Baltimore Sun marketing director Renee Mutchnik. That’s what happens when perhaps the biggest domestic issue of the past year — the relationship between police and marginalized communities — comes to town. Baltimore has convulsed following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who was arrested in West Baltimore on April 12 and died a week later of spinal injuries. And while national media have sent camera crews and correspondents and the like, the hometown daily has more than...
  • Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Garland: ‘Not Okay to Shoot Other People’ Even If They Offend You

    05/05/2015 9:53:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi on Sunday tweeted: Rukmini Callimachi ✔@rcallimachi Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a "Muhammad drawing contest"? The tweet came off of the news that police had killed two gunmen at a Garland, Tex., event showcasing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. SNIP In his treatment of the issue, the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart couldn’t resist throwing in some qualifiers regarding the First Amendment implications of the episode. AFDI, he noted, had given away $10,000 to the best entry in a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest. SNIP “AFDI is a...
  • Cinco de Mayo: I’m Voting for Jeb

    05/05/2015 9:39:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.5.15 | Larry Thornberry
    SNIP I’m moved to declare, which will surely surprise most of my conservative pals, that I intend to vote for Jeb for president — of the Downtown Mexico City Rotary Club.
  • Alberta Elects NDP Majority Government; Ends Tories’ 44-Year Reign

    05/05/2015 9:19:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.5.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    My newest article yesterday weighed in on the Alberta election and posed the question, "Could Alberta Vote Socialist?" The answer is yes. Tonight, the people of Canada's most conservative province have elected an NDP majority government and thus ended the Tories' 44-year reign in power. That reign was the longest in Canadian history. The NDP have been elected or are leading in 54 of the 87 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The Wildrose Party remains the Official Opposition have been elected or are leading in 20 seats.
  • Texas Muslims on Edge Amid Protests, Contest Attack

    05/05/2015 9:09:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Wed, May 06 2015
    When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did. No one protested when Pamela Geller's cartoon contest attracted about 200 people to suburban Dallas Sunday, even though some Muslims in Texas were already feeling aggrieved and fearful over growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the state. SNIP Anti-Islam sentiment has been reverberating in Texas, from the state Capitol to local governments. Tensions rose in Irving after the City Council endorsed one of several bills to forbid judges from rulings based on...
  • British Grandmother Prepares for Execution in Indonesia

    05/05/2015 9:04:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Mon, May 04 2015,
    A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. "My execution is imminent and I know I might die at any time now. I could be taken tomorrow from my cell," Sandiford wrote in British newspaper the Mail on Sunday. "I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family." Sandiford,...
  • Blatantly homophobic & transphobic game removed from Steam Greenlight

    05/05/2015 8:47:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Eurogamer ^ | 06/05/2015 | Jeffrey Matulef
    Voice actors and band revoke usage of their work.Game developer Skaldic Games, i.e. Randall Herman, has made a game so offensive that its page was removed from Steam Greenlight in a matter of hours. It was so offensive, in fact, that many of the game's voice actors have distanced themselves from the project and claimed they were misled about the context of their dialogue. The game in question, titled "Kill the F*****" [censoring ours], tasked players with shooting folks who appear gay or transgender in some fashion - like sporting a pink vest, for example. Upon slaying a civilian, the...
  • Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops

    05/05/2015 8:12:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/5 | Robert Handa
    Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops, Refused ArrestSgt. Enrique Garcia said today that the Police Department is reviewing the incident on the video and that the department had yet to launch its planned pilot program for some officers to wear body-worn video cameras. Police said that the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Juan Moreno-Lopez, had been walking east on Story Road east of White Road at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and as two officers approached, he threw something into some bushes and tried to flee on foot. Officers chased him to the middle of...
  • What Pop Culture Do You Love But Disagree With?

    05/05/2015 12:45:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    AV Club ^ | 5/1
    This week’s question is from contributor Jesse Hassenger: I went to a couple of shows on Sleater-Kinney’s recent tour, and they played their kick-ass song “Entertain.” When the song came out in 2005, Carrie Brownstein described it as a screed against the empty nostalgia of then-contemporary rock music. As much as I enjoy hearing Brownstein calling out a bunch of flash-in-the-pan buzz bands (and as much as I agree that just because something is catchy doesn’t mean that it’s good), in my heart of hearts I don’t particularly agree with the song’s lament that fun rock music is “just a...
  • Ohio Fugitive on Lam Since 1959 Caught in Florida

    05/05/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Authorities in Florida say a ruse to get a man's fingerprints led to his arrest as a convicted killer who escaped an Ohio prison farm and disappeared for most of six decades. Brevard County deputies say investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service in Ohio sought help to check out the man while chasing leads about Frank Freshwaters, an Akron man who escaped in 1959. Major Tod Goodyear says they created a ruse to get the man to sign papers, then matched the fingerprints to those from the decades-old arrest. Goodyear says they watched the man for a week, then confronted...
  • Man Sues Hospital After Amputated Leg Found in Trash

    05/05/2015 11:18:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, May 4, 2015
    A Florida man is suing a hospital after his amputated leg was found in the trash. According to the Miami Herald, the Key Largo man went to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables to have his leg amputated below his knee. The hospital then threw the leg away instead of incinerating it, which is the normal practice. The man found out about the incident when homicide detectives knocked on his door and asked him why his leg was found at a waste management facility with the man's name tag still attached. Hospital officials have not explained how the mistake was made....
  • Ga. Woman Jailed, Banned From Facebook After 'Death to White Cops' Post

    05/05/2015 11:14:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    PoliceOne ^ | David Markiewicz
    Ebony Dickens, posting under the name of Tiffany Milan, called Monday for "death to all white cops nationwide"The 33-year-old East Point woman who was locked up in city jail after she allegedly said on Facebook that she wanted to kill 15 white police officers has been given a $10,000 bond and banned from social media, Channel 2 Action News reported Wednesday afternoon. Ebony Dickens, posting under the name of Tiffany Milan, called Monday for "death to all white cops nationwide." Ebony Dickens made this post under the name of Tiffany Milan Monday. (Facebook Image) The post read: "I thought about...
  • Video: Man Wrestling Wild Hog Gets Flipped on His Back

    05/05/2015 11:11:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Outdoorhub ^ | Daniel Xu
    Tusks or no tusks, wild pigs can be dangerous animals. Hunting them can be riskier than many sportsmen bargain for, and trying to wrestle one can be downright foolhardy. This trapper in East Texas found himself a bit out of his element as he tried to wrangle a large sow into a cage. Notice how the pig repeatedly went after his legs. Both male and female hogs use tusks for defense, and if this one had a set, no doubt it would have tried to gore the man. Thankfully, though, the trapper survived the event with little more than possibly...
  • Shooter in Graduation Party Murder Claims Gun Accidentally Went Off

    05/05/2015 12:43:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KBTX ^ | Mon 6 2015
    The man charged with murder after a Blinn Student was killed at a graduation party over the weekend says it was an accident. Ronald McNeil remains in the Brazos County Jail on $500,000 bond. McNeil claims he accidentally pulled the trigger which hit three people and a home behind the party. Joshua Miller lives behind the home where the party and shooting happened. "The shot came right here and entered right here into the master bedroom right here and the round was found right underneath my bed over there," said Miller of San Saba Drive in College Station. He was...
  • Albuquerque police say women who stole credit card quickly made fake ID, enabling purchases

    05/05/2015 12:27:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SNIP ...the women stole a purse from a dance studio on Wednesday and then within 30 minutes made a false New Mexico driver's license. Surveillance video showed the women using the stolen credit card to make purchases at drug store and a grocery store. Police said the operation is new to them and that it's surprising the women were able to produce a fake driver's license so quickly. SNIP
  • Garland Shooting Suspect Elton Simpson's Father Says Son 'Made a Bad Choice'

    05/05/2015 12:23:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson's home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix conducting searches of the apartment. Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting. Prior to that, the Twitter account holder had published messages sympathetic to Islamic terror groups such as ISIS. Dunston Simpson said his son worked at a dentist's office but was "on vacation" for the last few weeks and that the two last spoke three...
  • Strangers Help Infant After Her Mother Suddenly Dies

    05/05/2015 12:04:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KION ^ | May 04, 2015
    Mothers across Santa Cruz County donate breast milkThey say it takes a village to raise a child. That rings especially true for a four-month-old baby in Santa Clara County who recently lost her mother. Four-month-old Isabella Van De Leur is the light of her daddy's life. Kevin Van De Leur says she is the reason he is able to keep it together. At the end of March, Isabella's mother, Yinna died suddenly from a heart attack. She was just weeks shy of her 33rd birthday. "It's a very difficult situation," Kevin said. "She's (Isabella's) keeping me positive." Aside of dealing...
  • Australian Man Jailed for Beating 9 Puppies to Death in a Meth-Induced Frenzy

    05/04/2015 11:41:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Time ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sabrina Toppa
    The court was told that the culprit had not slept for three days A 25-year-old Australian man, Nathan Thompson — who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth — has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern state of New South Wales. Thompson will serve at least a year of his sentence, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. He is also banned for life from owning animals.
  • SC College Student Allegedly Caught on Camera Poisoning Roommates' Food

    05/04/2015 11:34:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2015
    A University of South Carolina student is facing felony charges and possible jail time after allegedly being caught on camera spitting and pouring chemicals into her two roommates’ food in early February, police said. Police say Hayley King, 22, can be seen in the video taken by her roommates Feb. 4 spitting into multiple containers of food and pouring Windex into the food in the apartment they shared off campus, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report. King’s two roommates informed authorities they had set up secret cameras in their shared apartment because they were afraid of what King...
  • Red Neck, Brown Belly

    05/04/2015 8:35:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4
    A competitor belly flops into a muddy watering hole during the dive competition at the 2015 National RedNeck Games on Saturday in Augusta, US.
  • Communist Party of China Embraces Virtues of Religion in Diplomacy

    05/04/2015 8:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4 | Chen Lijun
    Even though the Communist Party of China is officially atheist, and the central government was once wary of religion, subtle signs and increasing activities show there is a changing attitude towards religion in order to unite China and its neighbors. In March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in the offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and extolled the profound impact Buddhism has had on China. "Buddhism originated in ancient India," said Xi, the leader of the officially atheist Communist Party of China. "After it was introduced into China, the religion went...
  • Report: Fiancee of Missing Kayaker Wrote in Diary She Wanted Him Dead

    05/04/2015 6:00:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 4, 2015
    Angelika Graswald, a New York woman accused of killing her fiance and falsely reporting he died in a kayaking accident, says she is wrongfully accused of murder based on outdated entries in her diary. In an interview with News 12 Westchester from behind bars, the 35-year-old Graswald said authorities arrested her after reading entries in her diary in which she wrote there were times she wished her fiance, Vincent Viafore, dead because he pushed her for rough sex and wanted her to engage in threesomes. Graswald told the station the diary entries were written during tough times and stressed she...
  • Cops Raid Illegal Dog Fight in Car Wash and Rescue 3 Pit Bulls - Including One in Critical Condition

    05/04/2015 5:38:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Officials rescued three abused pit bulls in the middle of an illegal dog fight this weekend taking place in a car wash in Paterson, New Jersey. One of the dogs, which was found bleeding and severely injured, has been given a 50/50 chance of living after being whisked away from the fighting pen on Friday. Four men have been arrested after the fight, including the ringleader and landlord who rented out the building. Officials rescued three abused pit bulls in the middle of an illegal dog fight this weekend taking place in a car wash in Paterson, New Jersey. One...
  • 'No Room' For Gays in Kenya, Says Deputy President

    05/04/2015 5:16:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Kenya's deputy president has said there is "no room" for homosexuality in Kenyan society, a widely-shared view in African countries that puts their leaders at odds with Western aid donors who back gay rights. William Ruto made the remarks at a church service on Sunday, the day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks. The United States has been at the forefront of calls for gay rights in Africa and criticizes anti-gay laws on the continent. "The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others," Ruto told a...
  • Bar Owner on Trial for 'Killing' Customer Who Drank 56 Shots

    05/04/2015 5:05:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, May 5, 2015 | Ian Sparks
    A BAR owner accused of killing a customer by letting him drink 56 “shots” of spirits went on trial for manslaughter yesterday.The 57-year-old man was trying to beat a record of 55 shots in one evening at Le Starter, a bar in Clermont-Ferrand, central France. The landlord allegedly told his customer “only 12 to go” as he neared his target. After completing the challenge, he was carried home by his daughter and friends – but he had a heart attack and died the next day. The daughter’s lawyer Antoine Portal said before the trial: “It is not known whether he...
  • Immigrants to U.S. From China Top Those From Mexico

    05/04/2015 4:45:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2015 | Neil Shah
    Increasing numbers move to study, work and unite with families in the countrymove over, Mexico. When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken the lead. China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants in 2013, while Mexico sent just 125,000, according to a Census Bureau study by researcher Eric Jensen and others. India, with 129,000 immigrants, also topped Mexico, though the two countries’ results weren’t statistically different from each other. For the study, presented last week at the Population Association of America conference in San Diego, researchers analyzed annual immigration data...
  • Muslim Gunman Avoided No-Fly List, Then Received Probation After Judge Threw Out Terrorism Carge

    05/04/2015 4:41:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 4, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Elton Simpson, one of the Mohammed art-contest gunmen killed Sunday in Texas, dodged federal efforts to place him on the no-fly list and pin terrorism charges on him earlier this decade, receiving instead probation and a $500 fine. Simpson was found guilty in 2011 of making a false statement to FBI investigators regarding his plans to travel to Africa, for which he received three years’ probation, a $500 fine and another $100 charge, according to court documents posted online on the website scribd. The documents show that an FBI informant recorded hundreds of conversations with Simpson in which they discussed...
  • Do Americans trust Hillary Clinton? Not when she’s running for office.

    05/04/2015 4:30:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4 | Philip Bump
    Carly Fiorina is spending a lot of time making a key argument against the likely Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2016. Hillary Clinton, Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos in making her official announcement Monday, "clearly is not trustworthy, about a whole set of things." Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy, she said on "Fox and Friends" in April. "In effect, @HillaryClinton told us to trust her," Fiorina tweeted in March. "Nothing in her track record suggests we should do so." Americans seem to agree. Our Chris Cillizza outlined recent poll numbers showing that people don't consider Clinton to be trustworthy. But...
  • Libyan Beheaded in Benghazi for Witchcraft: Report

    05/04/2015 4:04:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Public Storage ^ | 4 May 2015
    IS is claiming to have beheaded a man they accused of witchcraft. The unnamed victim, whom Jihadist web sites said was a Libyan, was reportedly murdered in Benghazi. It is not clear when or precisely where the crime took place. Pictures were posted showing the moment of execution with the man placing his head on the block while his killed raises a sword. There were also photographs of what were claimed to be magic talismans and symbols supposedly found in the man’s possession.
  • Fake Manny Pacquiao With Real Job Goes Back to Life

    05/04/2015 4:00:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 04, 2015
    He even shares a similar rags-to-riches lifeManny Pacquiao may have disappointed his fans on Sunday, but his look-alike Johnny Dagami will never. The 42-year-old former factory worker, who impersonates the famous boxer, says, “Many people look to me like the real Manny Pacquiao,” reported ‘BBC.com’ People take pictures with him, “because it’s hard to get the real Pacquiao,’ he says. And Dagami is clearly enjoying his shot at fame. In fact, not only does he look like the real hero, but he also mirrors a similar rags-to-riches life story. He comes from a poor family and, according to him, he...
  • Danish Bus Ads on Israeli Settlements Brought to a Halt

    05/04/2015 3:22:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    El Arabiya ^ | Monday, 4 May 2015
    A Danish group on Monday vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses. “It’s a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech,” Fathi El-Abed, chairman of the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association, told AFP after bus operator Movia last week pulled the campaign. “There is nothing whatsoever about this campaign that is harmful, discriminatory or hateful in any way,” he added.
  • Long Island Woman Who Ran Cancer Scam Gets Prison After Failing Rehab

    05/04/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Prosecutors accused the woman of soliciting money from friends, neighbors and businesses in her communityNewsday reports a judge sentenced her Monday to up to three years in prison after learning she had failed out of the court-mandated drug program. Her attorney, George Duncan, says she got a violation in the program for smoking a cigarette.
  • 75% of Killings of Environmentalists Occur in LatAm: Report

    05/04/2015 3:10:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    InSightCrime ^ | Tuesday, 21 April 2015 | David Gagne
    Over 75 percent of all environmentalists killed in 2014 were from either Central or South America, according to a new report, illustrating the high level of danger facing land activists and those threatening eco-trafficking interests across the region. Latin American countries accounted for five out of the six most violent places to be an environmentalist in 2014, according to a new report by non-governmental organization Global Witness (pdf). Brazil ranked first with 29 reported killings of land defenders, and Colombia was second with 24. However, the report noted Honduras registered the greatest number of murders of environmentalists per capita. Honduras...
  • Colorado Senate Halts Bill To Limit Native American Mascots

    05/04/2015 2:56:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Westword ^ | THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 | MICHAEL ROBERTS
    In March, we told you about a bill that would have created a committee to determine if Native American mascots at schools were offensive and instituted a $25,000 per month fine against those that refused to abandon ones that failed to pass the test. See our previous coverage below. However, the legislation will not become law. Earlier this month, HB 15-1165, sponsored by Representative Joe Salazar, was approved by the state House by a 33-32 vote. Every Democrat save one voted in favor of the measure, while all 32 Republicans responded with nays. This didn't bode well for the proposal's...
  • Smith College to Admit Transgender Women

    05/04/2015 2:38:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Brandon Griggs
    In yet another sign of evolving attitudes toward gender identity, venerable Smith College will begin admitting transgender women. Its board of trustees voted Saturday to clarify Smith's admission policy, said college President Kathleen McCartney in an announcement on Smith's website. The new policy will pertain to students applying in fall 2015 and thereafter who identify as women, even if they were born male. "The board's decision affirms Smith's unwavering mission and identity as a women's college, our commitment to representing the diversity of women's lived experiences, and the college's exceptional role in the advancement of women worldwide," said the announcement...
  • Selfie-taking tourists shatter priceless Hercules statue

    05/04/2015 2:33:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 4, 2015 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Hercules has been crushed — because of a selfie! A couple of tourists are in hot water after climbing onto a priceless marble statue of the mythical Greek hero in the northern city of Cremona, Italy, the Daily Mail reported. The miscreants put too much weight on the statue at the Loggia dei Militi palace during their boneheaded bid to snap a photo of themselves — shattering the crown of the Statue of the Two Hercules.
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Husband, Dave Goldberg, Dies at 47

    05/02/2015 11:56:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/2 | Vince Cestone
    Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, died Friday night, his brother announced Saturday, NBC News reported. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, shared a Facebook post from Goldberg's brother, Robert Goldberg. UPDATEDExec Killed in Avalanche, Google Commits $1M to Response Efforts "Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him," the post said. "My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family. I hope friends will join me in celebrating his life by sharing your memories of Dave on his profile, as his brother Rob...
  • Zuma, Khama Corner Mugabe

    05/02/2015 11:52:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Independent ^ | May 1, 2015
    PRESIDENTS Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Botswana’s Ian Khama angrily clashed with their Zimbabwean counterpart, President Robert Mugabe over xenophobia in South Africa, with the two demanding that instead of blaming their neighbour, Zimbabwe and other Sadc states must fix their broken economies to curb the rising tide of immigration. Hazel Ndebele/Elias Mambo While Sadc leaders met for an extraordinary summit in Harare on Wednesday to discuss an industrialisation strategy and roadmap, the major highlight of the meeting was the recent xenophobic violence and killings in South Africa which raised a storm of debate and anger across the region....
  • Bluesman B.B. King 'in Home Hospice Care,' His Website Says

    05/02/2015 9:58:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat May 2, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Blues legend B.B. King is battling health problems, with a message on his website saying the 89-year-old musician is in "home hospice care." King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital Thursday afternoon, CNN affiliate KLAS reported, because his daughter, Patty King, said he wasn't eating and was dehydrated. Tests showed King may have had a minor heart attack, she told KLAS. He was released and went home.
  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/01/2015 9:24:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, May 1, 2015 | Michelle Blidner
    A Florida woman texted her boyfriend, "Driving drunk woo ... I'll be dead thanks to you," minutes before plowing through a red light and causing a fatal crash, police said. The driver, Mila Dago, survived the August 2013 crash and is awaiting trial for the death of her friend and passenger Irina Reinoso, 22. Dago had gone out in Miami that night as she was dealing with breaking up with her boyfriend, according to police records obtained by the Miami Herald last week. Throughout the night, the then-22-year-old sent her boyfriend 60 bitter texts, including some that seem chilling after...
  • 2 Reported Sexual Assaults on Arroyo Trail in Livermore Were Hoaxes: Police

    05/01/2015 4:03:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/1 | Vince Cestone
    Two reported sexual assaults in late April on a popular Livermore trail were not true, according to Livermore police. A 29-year-old woman told police Tuesday she was assaulted on the Arroyo Trail at about 6 p.m. After investigators questioned the woman, she said she made the whole thing up, police said. Two days later at around 7:50 p.m., a 23-year-old woman said she was also sexually assaulted on the trail, according to police. But after police questioned her and set up an extensive search for the suspect, the woman also admitted to making her story up. In the past three...
  • Pit Bull Spreads Plague to Four People

    05/01/2015 3:55:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 30, 2015 | Maggie Fox
    An outbreak of plague that affected four people and a dog in Colorado might be the first instance of person-to-person transmission of plague in the United States in 90 years, officials said Thursday. It started with a sick pit bull, and its owner, two vet techs and a close personal contact of the dog's owner all ended up infected. The dog died but all four people were treated with antibiotics and are okay. And while the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes plague is usually passed along in flea bites, the pneumonic form that infects the lungs can be transmitted by...
  • Glen Campbell Doesn’t Realize He’s Never Going Home Again

    05/01/2015 3:20:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/1 | Andrea Peyser
    With his “aw shucks, ma’am” charm and velvety voice, Glen Campbell was a legendary country and pop-music singer, guitarist and Hollywood hot guy. But now, friends and relatives tell me, he languishes in a “mediocre” facility outside Nashville, Tenn., for patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. He can spend only minimal time with his oldest children, say sources, who claim he is frequently alone except for the company of caregivers and TV crews recording his mental decline. He wants to go home, they say, and doesn’t understand that the facility is his residence, probably for the rest of his life.
  • DID THE U.S. DENY A VISA TO AN IRAQI NUN FOR FEAR SHE MIGHT SEEK SANCTUARY?

    05/01/2015 3:09:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    American Prowler ^ | Emily Zanotti
    Before I started this piece, I did a quick Google search using the term "ISIS Killing Christians" in order to help demonstrate a point that the Obama Administration, while licking the boots of Iranians and gleefully ignoring the forward march of radical Islamists across Iraq and Syria in order to concentrate on easier topics, has turned a blind eye to the murder of hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians in ISIS-controlled areas. My search, which focused on news stories, turned up over 2.2 million results. Just this week ISIS executed 30 Christians in Ethiopia and 21 in Egypt. ISIS has...
  • Ben E. King, Soulful Singer, Dies at 76; ‘Stand by Me’ Was One of His Hits

    05/01/2015 2:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 1, 2015 | William Grimes
    Ben E. King, the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters on “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and other hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and as a solo artist recorded the classic singles “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me,” died on Thursday in Hackensack, N.J. He was 76. His lawyer, Judy Tint, said Mr. King, who lived in Teaneck, N.J., died at Hackensack University Medical Center after a brief illness, offering no further details. Mr. King was working in his father’s Harlem luncheonette in 1956 when a local impresario, Lover Patterson, overheard...
  • Jenner Sued for Wrongful Death Over Highway Crash

    05/01/2015 2:43:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/1
    The stepchildren of a woman killed in an automobile crash involving Bruce Jenner have sued the Olympic gold medalist. The wrongful death case was filed Friday in Los Angeles by the stepchildren of Kim Howe, whose car was pushed into oncoming traffic after Jenner's sport utility vehicle collided with it on Pacific Coast Highway in February. The lawsuit by Dana Redmond and William Howe does not specify how much they are seeking, but states they have sustained enormous damages. Jenner's publicist Alan Nierob declined comment. Demi Lovato Dedicates Song to Bruce Jenner Jenner has not been charged in the case....
  • Freddie Gray's Stepfather: Family Satisfied With Charges Against 6 Officers

    05/01/2015 2:39:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/1
    The stepfather of Freddie Gray said the family is satisfied with prosecutors charging six police officers involved in Gray's arrest. "These charges are an important step in getting justice for Freddie," Richard Shipley said, speaking on behalf of the Gray family. Prosecutors said Gray died after suffering a critical spine injury in the back of a police wagon. Shipley also called for peace in Baltimore, saying the last thing that Freddie would want is to see people of Baltimore lose their jobs and businesses because of his death. "We ask that whomever come to our city, a city that we...
  • May Day "Black Lives Matter" Protesters Expand Immigration, Labor Marches to...

    05/01/2015 2:21:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 1 | Lisa Fernandez and Bob Redel
    May Day "Black Lives Matter" Protesters Expand Immigration, Labor Marches to Police Brutality, Race After Freddie Gray's Death The annual rallies for immigration and labor rights, on the international workers' day, come just days after Baltimore erupted in riots and, more recently, peaceful protests over the death of Freddie Gray after his arrest.May Day activists who traditionally marched for labor and immigrant rights in U.S. cities on Friday broadened their message this year to lash out against police brutality and the "tech elite," where in Silicon Valley, many are being forced out of high-priced, gentrified neighborhoods. That includes Black Lives...