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  • McDonald's to pay Dearborn Muslims $700,000 for service of sacrilegious meats

    04/17/2013 8:52:14 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies ^ | April 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM
    Gannett, link only.
  • First was 'Thumb Puppet' and now 'Dumb Puppet'

    04/17/2013 8:06:18 PM PDT · by quantim · 3 replies
    Going back a few years "Thumb Puppet" was introduced on FR. When 'Stitches Obama' got a fat lip for supposedly playing basketball, a pic published put his left thumb out there and was totally freaky, funny stuff back then. He is left-handed and is totally in love with himself, so hence the narcissism funny stuff. It was scrubbed from Google immediately but has crept back into Internet lore over the years. Anyway, a pic from Politico shows another freaky thumb from this time, the vice-president. This time a right thumb, just being politically correct in suggesting 'handedness' has nothing to do with...
  • Lieberman, Democrats want ban on assault weapons

    12/16/2012 6:25:59 PM PST · by quantim · 89 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 16, 7:20 PM EST | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States. The proposals were among the first to come from Congress in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Assault weapons were developed for the U.S. military, not commercial gun manufacturers," Lieberman said before a vigil Sunday night in Newtown. "This is a moment to start a very serious national conversation about violence in our society, particularly about these acts of mass violence," said...
  • Michigan right to work: Disappointed protesters return to Muskegon

    12/11/2012 7:50:31 PM PST · by quantim · 31 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 at 7:37 | Delal Pektas
    MUSKEGON, MI -- Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic right to work legislation Tuesday with thousands of protesters in the Capitol. Among them were at least five busloads of union members and supporters from the Muskegon area. All five buses left Tuesday morning and joined 10,000 other protesters in Lansing. Around 5:20 p.m., a bus full of disappointed protesters returned to the CIO hall on Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon. “It wasn’t fair at all. It was partisan politics to its finest,” Don Kosheba of Ravenna said of the day's activities in the state House and Senate. “It’s bad for...
  • Tea Party Helps Cram Through Michigan Anti-Union “Right to Work” Law

    12/09/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by quantim · 34 replies
    IREHR ^ | 09 Dec 2012 | Ben Stewart
    Ben Stewart presents an on-the-ground look at anti-union events in Michigan Many arrived via the Walter Reuther Expressway from Detroit. Protestors donned hard hats, scrubs and overalls, chanting “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Right to Work Has Got to Go!” As police lines held back the crowds of union members, and locked them out of the governors’ office building and the Capitol, the reality began to sink in. Michigan was going to be a “right to work” state. No more than fifty Tea Party activists were visible on Thursday. Some took this as a sign of weak public support for the...
  • TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks

    12/08/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WORLDmag ^ | Dec 8, 11:50 PM EST | Staff
    <p>AFP - Syria warned on Saturday that rebels could use chemical weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and insisted that the regime will never unleash such arms on its own people.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague, however, said there was evidence the Damascus government could actually employ chemical weapons stocks in the conflict which a rights group says has killed at least 42,000 people in nearly 21 months.</p>
  • Unions to provide civil disobedience training, prepare for more Michigan Capitol protests

    12/07/2012 9:30:06 PM PST · by quantim · 27 replies ^ | December 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM, | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — Union members say their fight isn’t over after the House and Senate passed bills to make Michigan a right-to-work state. After a long day of protesting inside and outside the state Capitol, union leaders called on members to attend civil disobedience training on Saturday, and return to Lansing for more protests on Tuesday. “We’ve got to rebuild the broad social justice movement; I think this is going to energize people,” said United Auto Workers President Bob King. “All this administration has done is attack working people, so it’s our job to go out and talk in our...
  • Right-to-work bill passed in Republican-led Michigan House after walkout by Democrats

    12/06/2012 3:08:40 PM PST · by quantim · 57 replies ^ | December 06, 2012 at 4:55 PM | Tim Martin
    LANSING, MI - The Michigan Legislature has begun passing right-to-work bills in a historic move that was announced just this morning. The Michigan House voted on House Bill 4054, passing it 58-52 mostly partly-line vote in the Republican-led chamber. The bill goes to the Republican-led Senate, which also is taking up right=to-work legislation today. Bills must pass both chambers and be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to become law. The vote occurred after Democrats left the House in protest because Republicans would not suspend debate to acknowledge a lawsuit filed to reopen the Capitol, which as closed, according to police,...
  • Michigan congressman ends write-in campaign (McCotter)

    06/02/2012 7:01:57 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 2, 8:50 PM EDT
    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan announced Saturday that he would not seek a sixth term through a write-in campaign after he failed to get enough signatures to get on the ballot. McCotter ran a little-noticed Republican presidential campaign last year before asking voters to re-elect him to his Detroit-area congressional seat. He surprised everyone late last month when he announced the Michigan secretary of state's office had determined he didn't have the 1,000 valid signatures needed to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, even though 2,000 signatures were turned in. A spokesman for the...
  • Oregon county releases inmates amid budget cuts

    05/30/2012 9:01:44 PM PDT · by quantim · 20 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 30, 8:08 PM EDT | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Dozens of inmates ran whooping from a small town jail into the sunshine Wednesday after a cash-strapped county in Oregon's timber region was forced to release them amid budget cuts. The sheriff's office released 39 inmates, dropping the population at the jail in Grants Pass to 60 - half of them federal prisoners held on contract. "We had no other alternative based on our funding predicament," said Josephine County Undersheriff Don Fasching. "We are very concerned for public safety." About half of those released will finish their sentences on work crews. The rest were waiting...
  • Michelle Obama, daughters attend Beyonce concert

    05/26/2012 9:42:59 PM PDT · by quantim · 24 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 26, 11:34 PM EDT | MESFIN FEKADU
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Michelle Obama is with the single ladies this weekend: The First Lady is at a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City. Obama is at Revel Resorts with daughters Sasha and Malia where Beyonce is performing Saturday night. The girls were singing along to "Love on Top." The crowd cheered loudly as Obama made her way to her seat in a shiny green dress. Some took photos while others screamed her name. One fan yelled, "This is history!" Beyonce entered the stage wearing a glimmering silver outfit and hot pink shoes that matched her nails. The singer's...
  • 2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities

    05/22/2012 9:55:44 PM PDT · by quantim · 18 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 22, 7:26 PM EDT | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday. The Census Bureau released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. population. Based on a sample survey, the government analysis has been a source of political controversy in the past over whether to "statistically adjust" census results to correct for undercounts, which usually involve minorities who tend to vote Democratic. The findings show the 2010 census over-counted the total U.S. population by 36,000 people, or...
  • Obama gay marriage support seen as world precedent

    05/09/2012 9:42:43 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 9, 9:18 PM EDT | JACK CHANG
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that he supports gay marriage boosted the hopes of gay rights groups around the world that other leaders will follow his example. Vatican and other religious officials who oppose gay marriage stayed largely silent, while others denounced the president's position. Gay groups lauded what they said was the tremendous precedent set by Obama and hoped for changes in their own countries. In Latin America, for example, governments in Argentina and Mexico City have passed laws permitting gay marriage, but most do not. "This is incredibly important, it's excellent news. The United...
  • Argentina makes sex-change surgery a legal right

    05/09/2012 9:01:48 PM PDT · by quantim · 19 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 9, 10:57 PM EDT | MICHAEL WARREN
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday. The measure also gives people the right to specify how their gender is listed at the civil registry when their physical characteristics don't match how they see themselves. Senators approved the Gender Identity law by a vote of 55-0, with one abstention and more than a dozen senators declaring themselves absent - the same margin that approved a "death with dignity" law...
  • BPI closing 3 plants, blaming 'pink slime' uproar

    05/07/2012 8:55:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 43 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 7, 8:54 PM EDT | GRANT SCHULTE
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday. About 650 jobs will be lost when the plants close on May 25 in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo Iowa, company spokesman Rich Jochum said. A plant in South Sioux City, Neb., will remain open but run at reduced capacity. The South Dakota-based company blamed the closures on what it said were unfounded attacks over its lean, finely textured beef. During its processing,...
  • Obama's vague gay marriage stance under scrutiny

    05/07/2012 8:33:38 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 7, 9:18 PM EDT | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's election-year vagueness on gay marriage is coming under fresh scrutiny. Education Secretary Arne Duncan broke ranks with the White House on Monday, stating his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage one day after Vice President Joe Biden suggested that he supported gay marriage as well. Obama aides worked to manage any political fallout. They said the back-to-back remarks by two top administration officials represented personal viewpoints and were not part of a coordinated effort to lay groundwork for a shift in the president's position. Obama aides also tried to use the latest flare-up in the...
  • USGS: Some Alaska polar bears losing their fur

    04/07/2012 8:54:34 PM PDT · by quantim · 34 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 7, 7:07 PM EDT | anon
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don't know why. In the past two weeks, nine of 33 bears checked by scientists in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found to have alopecia - loss of fur - and skin lesions, said Tony DeGange, chief of the biology office at the USGS Science Center in Anchorage. Three of four bears inspected Thursday near Kaktovik showed the symptoms as well. Scientists have been collecting blood and tissue samples from the afflicted bears, but they do not know the cause or...
  • Winfrey calls her new cable venture a tough climb

    04/05/2012 8:30:39 PM PDT · by quantim · 20 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 5, 8:53 PM EDT | FRAZIER MOORE
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey says creating her new cable network has turned out to be a steep climb. "I'm climbing Kilimanjaro," she told advertisers Thursday at a presentation for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She quickly explained that her Kilimanjaro is at the offices of OWN. "You know that song, `The Time of My Life'? I've had the climb of my life," she cracked. The network has struggled to build an audience since its launch in January 2011. It recently announced severe staff layoffs and a management shakeup with Discovery Communications, the company that's bankrolled it with $300...
  • Holder: Justice Department will respond to judge

    04/04/2012 7:30:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 29 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 4, 9:28 PM EDT | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department will respond "appropriately" to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing federal courts' authority to strike down laws passed by Congress. Holder spoke a day after 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith questioned President Barack Obama's remarks this week about an "unelected" court possibly striking down the president's health care overhaul. Smith, during oral arguments in a separate challenge to the health law, asked the Justice Department for a three-page, single-spaced letter affirming the federal court's authority. When asked...
  • Governors to tour plant where 'pink slime' is made

    03/27/2012 7:01:47 PM PDT · by quantim · 62 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 27, 8:49 PM EDT | KRISTI EATON
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The leaders of five states plan a visit to the only place where a beef product known as "pink slime" is still made, an effort aimed to support its embattled manufacturer, a company spokesman said Tuesday. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit the one Beef Products Inc. plant that's still in operation to combat misconceptions and misinformation about the company and its "lean, finely textured beef" product, company spokesman Rich Jochum said. They'll be joined at the South Sioux City, Neb., plant on Thursday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Nebraska...
  • Maker of Electric Vans Shuts

    03/27/2012 6:22:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2012, 3:02 p.m. ET | MIKE RAMSEY
    Azure Dynamics Corp., a producer of electric delivery vans and a partner of Ford Motor Co., said on Tuesday that it is in talks with customers and suppliers to resume production following a bankruptcy reorganization filing in Canada. The company, which was founded in British Columbia but makes its headquarters in Oak Park, Mich., has halted production of electrified Ford Transit Connect vans. Ford markets the vans through some North American and European dealers. The reorganization is the latest sign of trouble among electric-vehicle makers. Sales of electric cars such as Nissan Motors Co.'s Leaf have fallen short of expectations,...
  • Analysis: Obama's Afghanistan problem gets worse

    03/11/2012 9:17:38 PM PDT · by quantim · 16 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 11, 11:24 PM EDT | ANNE FLAHERTY and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has a PR problem when it comes to Afghanistan, to say the least. Once the must-fight war for America, the decade-long mission has spiraled into a series of U.S. missteps and violent outbreaks that have left few ardent political supporters. After NATO detained a U.S. soldier Sunday for allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats alike pointed to the stress on troops after years of fighting and reiterated calls to leave by the end of 2014 as promised, if not sooner. "It's just not a good situation," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,...
  • Report: Minority students face harsher punishments

    03/05/2012 9:40:29 PM PST · by quantim · 40 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 6, 12:10 AM EST | KIMBERLY HEFLING "education writer"
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 70 percent of students involved in school-related arrests or cases referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or African-American, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Education Department that raises questions about whether students of all races are disciplined evenhandedly in America's schools. In addition, black students are more than three times more likely than their white peers to be suspended or expelled, according to an early snapshot of the report released to reporters. The findings come from a national collection of civil rights data from 2009-2010 of more than 72,000 schools serving...
  • Caribbean to use loans to ready for climate change

    02/27/2012 3:10:35 PM PST · by quantim · 5 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 27, 4:57 PM EST
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- International lenders will give $65 million in concessionary loans to 18 Caribbean nations to help the islands defend their coasts and fragile economies from the impact of climate change. The European Investment Bank will channel its lending through the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank, which announced the initiative Monday. The program will provide low-cost funds for public and private sector projects that deal with climate change adaptation or help reduce carbon emissions.
  • Democrats on defense in 2012 governors' races

    02/26/2012 8:12:25 PM PST · by quantim · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 26, 9:28 PM EST | BETH FOUHY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are playing defense in governors' races in 2012, protecting eight seats - some in conservative states like North Carolina and Montana - while Republicans are safeguarding just four. But one of those is in Wisconsin, where a recall effort against incumbent Scott Walker has emerged as a national test of the confrontational measures many GOP governors have taken to balance state budgets. Both parties agree the landscape is quite different than in 2010, where 37 states elected governors at the height of the economic downturn and amid roiling voter anger over government spending and debt. Republicans...
  • Girl, 11, fights classmate, dies hours later

    02/26/2012 8:00:15 PM PST · by quantim · 18 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 26, 9:21 PM EST
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- After getting her nose bloodied in a fight with another girl near their Southern California elementary school, 11-year-old Joanna Ramos told her mother on the way home she felt sick. Hours later, she was dead. "My daughter started complaining, saying she doesn't feel good, let's go home, so we went to home and I changed her clothes, and she go to sleep, that's the only thing that I know," Joanna's mother, Cecilia Villanueva told KNBC-TV. "We took her to the hospital but it was too late. She was in a coma." Ramos died at a...
  • Caption Santorum's newest sweater vest

    02/20/2012 6:55:22 PM PST · by quantim · 54 replies ^ | Monday, February 20, 2012, 6:59 PM
    Just a little light humor!
  • Ohio university restricts radio station on buses

    02/18/2012 9:24:47 PM PST · by quantim · 25 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 18, 4:19 PM EST
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Officials at an Ohio university have ordered radios on campus shuttle buses be locked into one station and volume restricted after a student complained a driver was a playing a "far-right Christian political" channel at high volume. The Blade newspaper reports the policy was suggested by the University of Toledo's manager of transit services and gives drivers only an on/off option. In a memo, the manager, Steven John Wise, describes the selected station as "nonoffensive, work place type music, helpful weather info." Radio volume also is being restricted as a safety measure. The student made the...
  • Gingrich slams rivals for backing out of debate

    02/17/2012 9:30:46 PM PST · by quantim · 73 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 17, 11:52 PM EST | BETH FOUHY
    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich slammed his Republican rivals Friday for refusing to appear in a nationally televised debate from his home state of Georgia, a state the former House speaker has made central to his strategy of getting his struggling presidential bid back on track. Gingrich made his remarks at a rally in the congressional district he represented for 20 years, speaking to a few hundred supporters. He planned several campaign stops across Georgia on Saturday with Herman Cain, a fellow Georgian and former contender for the GOP nomination who has since endorsed Gingrich. CNN was forced...
  • States attack 'Obamacare' with birth control bills

    02/17/2012 9:16:34 PM PST · by quantim · 8 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 17, 10:43 PM EST | JOHN MILLER
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Republican lawmakers in a handful of states are opening another front in the war against President Obama's health care overhaul, seizing on the hot-button issue of birth control with bills that would allow insurance companies to ignore new federal rules requiring them to cover contraception. Measures introduced recently in Idaho, Missouri and Arizona would go beyond religious nonprofits and expand exemptions to secular insurers or businesses that object to covering contraception, abortion and sterilization. "In its present state, the health care bill is an affront to my religious freedoms," said Idaho Republican Rep. Carlos Bilbao, who...
  • Jimmy Carter casts Occupy movement as successful

    02/15/2012 7:00:10 PM PST · by quantim · 11 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 15, 9:37 PM EST | GREG BLUESTEIN
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that Occupy organizers have created a "relatively successful" movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals. The Georgia Democrat said at an event in Atlanta that Occupy organizers have succeeded in forcing the media and Congress to realize the "chasm is getting greater than leaps and bounds" between the rich and the poor. "It's been relatively successful even acknowledging there's no leadership, there's no coherence and there's no single list of issues they want to succeed," the former president said...
  • Los Angeles mayor to chair Democratic convention

    02/14/2012 10:46:38 PM PST · by quantim · 14 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 14, 10:59 PM EST | KEN THOMAS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic Party has picked Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to chair its national convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C. The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, says in an email to DNC members that Villaraigosa will be nominated to chair the September convention. Chairing the national convention, where Democrats are expected to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, will place Villaraigosa in a national spotlight. Overseeing the gathering will also place the Latino mayor front and center as Democrats woo Latino support for Obama and other candidates.
  • Santorum exploring Secret Service protection

    02/14/2012 10:31:24 PM PST · by quantim · 24 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 15, 12:55 AM EST | STEVE PEOPLES
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is exploring Secret Service protection following a rowdy rally in Washington state earlier in the week. Santorum says it's "a sad state of affairs," especially after he spent several weeks campaigning in a supporter's pickup truck. But for his family's sake, he says, he's in discussions with the Secret Service. Santorum hosted an outdoor rally adjacent to the campsite of Tacoma, Wash., Occupy protesters Monday night. They chanted and yelled during most of the event. Two protesters were dragged away by police.
  • WA Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage

    02/01/2012 9:31:31 PM PST · by quantim · 16 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Feb 1, 11:43 PM EST | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The measure now heads to the House, which is expected to approve it. Gov. Chris Gregoire supports the measure and has said she will sign it into law, though opponents have promised to challenge it at the ballot with a referendum. The packed public galleries burst into applause as the Senate passed the measure on a 28-21 vote Wednesday night after nearly an hour...
  • Romney paid $3M in federal income tax in 2010

    01/23/2012 10:33:42 PM PST · by quantim · 12 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 24, 12:25 AM EST | By STEPHEN BRAUN and JACK GILLUM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010. Romney's tax returns show most of his $21.7 million income came from his investments. He also gave nearly $3 million combined to charitable causes and the Mormon Church, helping reduce his effective tax rate to about 14 percent. The former Massachusetts governor has been under pressure in recent weeks to release his tax returns. Rival Newt Gingrich made public his returns on Saturday, showing he paid almost $1 million in income taxes. Romney's taxes were first reported early Tuesday morning in The...
  • Oprah confident Obama will win re-election

    01/22/2012 6:03:39 AM PST · by quantim · 32 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 22, 8:24 AM EST
    JAIPUR, India (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey says she is confident that President Barack Obama will win another four-year term in this year's U.S. election. The talk show host was addressing a literary festival Sunday in the northwestern Indian town of Jaipur. Winfrey praised Obama's handling of the presidency. She said his next four years would be even more successful, with people able to get back to work. Winfrey backed Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign in her first-ever political endorsement. She was among the biggest crowd pullers at the annual Jaipur Literary Festival, which brings together top writers, poets and...
  • Woman removed from plane after bringing gun aboard

    01/18/2012 8:42:23 PM PST · by quantim · 13 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 18, 11:23 PM EST | DAVID KOENIG
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A 65-year-old lawyer was arrested Wednesday for carrying a loaded handgun aboard an American Airlines jet at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Judith Kenney was released later Wednesday on her own recognizance, said her attorney, Dallas lawyer David Finn. Kenney carries a handgun for protection but had forgotten that it was in a computer bag she carried on board the plane, he said. She has no criminal history, he said. Screeners at a security checkpoint had detected a gun in a woman's carry-on bag but she "picked up the bag and left the checkpoint before the...
  • Report: 10 die in India stampede at Muslim shrine

    01/13/2012 10:20:11 PM PST · by quantim · 15 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 14, 12:28 AM EST
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- An official says a stampede during a religious ceremony in central India has left at least 10 people dead. Senior police officer Rajesh Vyas says the stampede occurred early Saturday when a large number of people surged forward to gain entry into a Muslim shrine, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. Vyas says some pilgrims fell down and were crushed to death. The shrine is near Ratlam, a town in Madhya Pradesh state nearly 480 miles (760 kilometers) southwest of New Delhi. Police in the region could not be immediately reached for details.
  • Kim Jong Il's body to be permanently displayed

    01/11/2012 8:41:27 PM PST · by quantim · 14 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 11, 9:20 PM EST
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea says late leader Kim Jong Il's body will be permanently laid in state in a memorial palace in the capital. Kim's body will be displayed at Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where his father and North Korea founder Kim Il Sung's embalmed body has been lying since his death in 1994. Kim Jong Il's son and successor, Kim Jong Un, has been solidifying power since his father died of a heart attack on Dec. 17. The official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that North Korea will also erect a statue of Kim Jong...
  • Dead blackbirds fall again in Arkansas town

    12/31/2011 10:27:59 PM PST · by quantim · 18 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 31, 11:46 PM EST
    BEEBE, Ark. (AP) -- Blackbirds have fallen dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town for the second New Year's Eve in a row. KATV showed a radar image that it said showed a large mass over Beebe a few hours before midnight Saturday. The Little Rock television station reported that hundreds of birds had died. Beebe animal control worker Hearst Taylor told KATV the reason for the bird deaths isn't yet known. Last year, fireworks were blamed for the deaths of thousands of birds. It wasn't immediately clear if year-end celebrations are again to blame. :snip: Biologists said...
  • Newt Gingrich weeps, Mitt Romney attacks Ron Paul

    12/30/2011 9:19:14 PM PST · by quantim · 65 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 30, 10:02 PM EST | DAVID ESPO and SHANNON MCCAFFREY
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wept Friday as he recalled his late mother's end-of-life illnesses, a moment of poignancy in a notably negative Republican presidential Iowa caucus campaign with four unpredictable days yet to run. "I do policy much easier than I do personal," Gingrich told an audience of women as he tried to regain his composure. The tears flowed as the former speaker was responding to questions about his mother from a pollster and longtime political ally. Gingrich's emotional moment came as his rivals engaged in traditional campaign tactics, and as polls suggested large...
  • RNC strips Michigan of 29 of 60 delegates

    12/23/2011 7:20:50 PM PST · by quantim · 30 replies · 21+ views
    OK, so the RNC know-it-all RINO establishment bluebloods want to protect their precious little states for retail politics. And they want their precious Mitt Romney moderate as the nominee, this is no secret either. Here's the irony: Romney is a likely winner in MI (like in 2008) and will need this state to stay in the race. But Michigan won't count if Romney wins. Who knows who will get the remaining only delegate. Michigan passed legislation to move back the primary date six weeks to coincide with other state elections to consolidate and save costs to taxpayers. A state of...
  • Obama criticizes Venezuela's ties to Iran, Cuba

    12/19/2011 10:18:11 AM PST · by quantim · 9 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 19, 1:03 PM EST
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Barack Obama criticized Venezuela's rights record and its ties to Iran and Cuba, telling a Venezuelan newspaper in comments published Monday that he is concerned about threats to democracy in the country. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has long feuded with Washington, though Obama's remarks, published by the newspaper El Universal, were some of his most critical to date. "We're concerned about the government's actions which have restricted the universal rights of the Venezuelan people, threatened basic democratic values, and failed to contribute to the security in the region," Obama said in written responses to questions...
  • AP Enterprise: Russia oil spills wreak devastation

    12/17/2011 10:04:12 PM PST · by quantim · 10 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 18, 12:00 AM EST | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    USINSK, Russia (AP) -- On the bright yellow tundra outside this oil town near the Arctic Circle, a pitch-black pool of crude stretches toward the horizon. The source: a decommissioned well whose rusty screws ooze with oil, viscous like jam. This is the face of Russia's oil country, a sprawling, inhospitable zone that experts say represents the world's worst ecological oil catastrophe. Environmentalists estimate at least 1 percent of Russia's annual oil production, or 5 million tons, is spilled every year. That is equivalent to one Deepwater Horizon-scale leak about every two months. Crumbling infrastructure and a harsh climate combine...
  • Migrant ship sinks off Indonesia; over 200 missing

    12/17/2011 9:52:42 PM PST · by quantim · 17 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 18, 12:29 AM EST | ALI KOTARUMALOS
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers battled high waves Sunday as they searched for 200 asylum seekers still missing after their wooden ship sank off Indonesia's main island of Java. So far only 33 people have been plucked alive from the choppy waters alive. Survivors told authorities they had been trying to reach Australia, said Lt. Alwi Mudzakir, a maritime police official who was heading rescue operations. He blamed Saturday's accident on overloading, saying the vessel - packed with 250 men, women and children from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Turkey - appeared to have been carrying more than twice its capacity....
  • Aussie PM impressed by Obama as a 'good person'

    12/13/2011 9:46:29 PM PST · by quantim · 21 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 13, 9:40 PM EST | ROD McGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that President Barack Obama impressed her as a "good person" through his acknowledgment of attendants and security staff during his recent visit to Australia. "I always think the way you can best judge people's attitudes is not necessarily how they treat me, the prime minister of Australia, but how you see them interact with others, and as President Obama moved through Parliament House, he said hello to every attendant and every security guard he walked past," Gillard told Sydney Radio 2SM. "He doesn't have to do that - nothing makes him...
  • Dems hope union victory spurs Ohio House takeover

    12/12/2011 7:27:49 PM PST · by quantim · 4 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 12, 6:46 PM EST | JOHN SEEWER and JULIE CARR SMYTH
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Unionized teachers and retirees, local government officials, and veterans are among public workers running for office in an effort by Ohio Democrats to take control of the state House after a successful fall campaign to repeal a collective bargaining overhaul championed by Gov. John Kasich and fellow Republicans. Without the option of a gubernatorial recall like Wisconsin's, a 2012 takeover of the Ohio House, where Republicans hold a 19-seat advantage, is Democrats' best next step for capitalizing on voter anger over the union-limiting law. A total of 21 House districts will be without an incumbent next...
  • Canada bans burqa at citizenship swearing in

    12/12/2011 7:10:34 PM PST · by quantim · 4 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 12, 9:29 PM EST | ROB GILLIES
    TORONTO (AP) -- New Canadian citizens must remove any face coverings, such as the Islamic niqab or burqa, while they take the oath of citizenship, the country's immigration minister said Monday. Jason Kenney said most Canadians have misgivings about Islamic face coverings and said new Canadians should take the oath in view of their fellow citizens. He said he has received complaints from lawmakers and citizenship judges who say it's difficult to ensure that individuals whose faces are covered are actually reciting the oath. The Conservative minister called the issue a matter of deep principle that goes to the heart...
  • Death row inmate gets new trial because of tweet

    12/08/2011 9:41:31 PM PST · by quantim · 6 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 8, 7:24 PM EST | JEANNIE NUSS
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out a death row inmate's murder conviction and said he deserves a new trial because one juror slept and another tweeted during court proceedings. Erickson Dimas-Martinez's attorneys had appealed his 2010 murder conviction because a juror sent tweets despite the judge's instruction not to post on the Internet or communicate with anyone about the case. The lawyers also complained that another juror slept. In one tweet, juror Randy Franco wrote: "Choices to be made. Hearts to be broken...We each define the great line." Less than an hour before...
  • Sandusky's wife defends husband in sex abuse case

    12/08/2011 8:58:36 PM PST · by quantim · 87 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 8, 7:55 PM EST | MARC LEVY and GENARO C. ARMAS
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The wife of ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said Thursday her husband is innocent of the child sex abuse allegations made against him and that his accusers are making up their stories, including one suggesting she was home while Sandusky attacked a boy who screamed for help. Dottie Sandusky's comments defending her husband were the first she has made since Sandusky was arrested last month and accused of molesting boys he met through a charity he founded for troubled youth. He faces more than 50 charges and has maintained his innocence. She released the...