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  • Donald Trump bounces into the lead

    07/25/2016 3:52:19 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | July 25, 2016
    The bounce is back. Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups
  • Who were the Munich shooting victims? Eight of nine dead under 20 years old

    07/24/2016 2:17:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    MSN Guardian ^ | July 24, 2016
    A Greek teenager killed in the Munich gun rampage threw himself in front of his twin sister to protect her from a hail of bullets, according to reports. Huseyin Dayicik, 19, was shot twice by Ali Sonboly after pushing his sister out of the gunman’s way, according to MailOnline. The siblings had been at the Olympia shopping centre looking for gifts for their family, reports said. The identities of the nine mainly young victims of the shooting spree have emerged amid claims that 18-year-old Sonboly may have targeted people of Turkish and Arab origin, groups he apparently felt had picked...
  • USC Dornsife / LA Times Presidential Election Poll Trump 45.1 Clinton 41.7

    07/24/2016 8:12:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    USAData USC, EDU ^ | July 24, 2016
    The 2016 USC Dornsife / LA Times Presidential Election Poll represents a pioneering approach to tracking changes in Americans’ opinions throughout a campaign for the White House. Around 3000 respondents in our representative panel are asked questions on a regular basis on what they care about most in the election, and on their attitudes toward their preferred candidates. The "Daybreak poll" is updated just after midnight every day of the week
  • The Latest: Kosovo mourns 3 killed in Munich shooting

    07/24/2016 5:38:26 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Foxnews ^ | July 24, 2016
    The latest on the mass shooting in Munich (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Kosovo held a day or mourning Sunday for three young ethnic Albanians — two women and one man — who were among the nine people killed in the shooting in Munich. Flags were at half-staff at all public institutions. Two other Albanians of Kosovo origin wounded in Friday's shooting.
  • Dems vote down push to abolish superdelegates

    07/23/2016 5:55:45 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2016
    The Democratic Rules Committee voted down an effort to abolish the role of unbound superdelegates, dealing a blow to Bernie Sanders supporters, many of whom see the superdelegate system as unfair. An amendment failed before the committee Saturday by a vote of 108-58. The amendment received vocal support during discussion from several people who characterized the superdelegate system as "undemocratic" and contrary to the principle of "one person, one vote."
  • Benghazi victim's mother calls on Trump to stop invoking son's death

    07/23/2016 5:42:06 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 156 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2016
    The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks called on Republicans to stop invoking her son on Friday, blasting their references to his death as “opportunistic and cynical.” “As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party,” Mary F. Commanday wrote in a letter to the editor published in the New York Times Friday.
  • Support pours in for teen who's ready to die

    07/23/2016 4:03:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    KHOU ^ | July 21, 2016
    Cannot excerpt as a USAToday originated story. Today there is a story that 1000 attended her prom. Not certain if posting a link is even acceptable. But I could not find the story elsewhere.
  • Ariana Grande Had a White House Performance Rejected Over Donut-Licking Scandal

    07/23/2016 2:25:26 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    MSN Billboard ^ | July22, 2016
    On Friday (July 22), Wikileaks published thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, including one email thread revealing Ariana Grande had a proposed White House performance rejected over her donut-licking scandal last year. The leaked emails show a request to vet Grande with interest in booking her for a White House gala late last year. While Grande seems to have a clean criminal and financial record, as Gawker reports, the vetting includes a detailed report of the controversy in which Grande was caught on camera at a donut shop, saying "I hate America" and "maliciously" licking some unsupervised...
  • U.S. judge suspends Michigan's ban on straight-ticket voting

    07/21/2016 5:34:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 21, 2016
    A federal judge on Thursday temporarily suspended a Michigan law that abolished straight-ticket voting - the practice of using one mark to vote for all candidates from one party - that was going to take effect in the November general election. U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan Judge Gershwin Drain granted a preliminary injunction sought by civil rights and labor groups who sued Secretary of State Ruth Johnson arguing that the law would keep African-Americans from voting. Johnson and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will appeal the order on Monday or Tuesday next week, Schuette spokesman John Sellek said...
  • Federal judge urges US to grant gender neutral passport

    07/21/2016 1:38:26 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Readingeagle ^ | July 21, 2016
    A federal judge on Wednesday urged the State Department to give a gender neutral passport to a Colorado Navy veteran who does not identify being male or female in a case that's the first of its kind in the United States. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson also suggested he might issue an order forcing the government to do so if it does not successfully negotiate a settlement to the legal challenge by Dana Zzyym, who was denied a passport for refusing to check "male" or "female" on the application. Zzyym was born with ambiguous sexual characteristics and raised as...
  • Gavin Newsom :“Easier to get a gun than a happy meal in California.”

    07/20/2016 2:47:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 19, 2016
    On July 19, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that it is “easier to get a gun than a happy meal in California.” He based this statement on an earlier claim that there are twice as many gun dealers as McDonald’s restaurants in California. However, he overlooked that McDonald’s restaurants are not required to observe a ten-day waiting period on burger or fry purchases; gun sellers are.
  • 5 Things to Know About Tiffany Trump Ahead of RNC Speech

    07/19/2016 5:06:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    MSN NBC ^ | July 10, 2016
    Donald Trump's daughter, Tiffany, will step out of the shadow cast by her more high-profile siblings and take center stage at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old recent college grad has been much less visible on the campaign trail than her older half-siblings, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr., all of whom have acted as effective surrogates for their father over the past 13 months -- Ivanka in particular. But Tuesday's address marks an important opportunity for Trump's youngest daughter to make herself known to voters, and to potentially earn some public plaudits of her own.
  • Omarosa Named Donald Trump's Director of African American Outreach

    07/18/2016 2:49:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 92 replies
    US Weekly ^ | July 18, 2016
    Omarosa Manigault, a contestant on season 1 of Donald Trump's reality show The Apprentice, has been named the director of African American Outreach for the presumptive GOP nominee's campaign. She announced the news in an interview with MSNBC on Monday, July 18.
  • Deceased Baton Rouge suspect identified as a ‘black male named Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City

    07/17/2016 2:50:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 122 replies
    twitchy ^ | July 17, 2016
    Some updates on the awful killing of 3 police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The deceased suspect has been identified as Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri:
  • Hudson County extends immigration program advocates 'disturbed'

    07/17/2016 10:14:12 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | July 17, 2016
    Hudson County has agreed to continue participating in a program allowing county correctional officers to identify and arrest undocumented immigrants – and advocates who oppose the program are not happy. On Friday, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced that the County Department of Corrections will continue participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Priority Enforcement Program for Jails. Previously, the county had a two-year agreement to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, commonly called 287(g). This agreement expired on June 30. "She also alleges the county has a lucrative contract with ICE, which pays the county...
  • Metro woman has three sets of twins in 26 months

    07/17/2016 3:35:37 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    FOX 4 KC ^ | July 15, 2016
    Over the last 26 months, there's been joy, sadness and surprise for a Kansas City, Kansas woman. She's delivered three sets of twins in that short time. It's obvious that Danesha Couch has her hands full when you see her with two-year-old Danarius and one-year-olds Delilah and Davina. "Three babies walking within a couple of months," said Couch. Then you see that she really has her hands full.
  • Police let Nice attacker through ‘after he said he was carrying ice cream’

    07/16/2016 12:23:39 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    RT ^ | July 16, 2016
    The attacker who killed at least 84 people, including 10 children and teens, by driving a truck into a crowd of spectators that had gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, told police he was delivering ice cream to the crowded embankment.
  • GOP Establishment crushes conservative voices in rules committee

    07/16/2016 5:53:38 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 107 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | July 15, 2016 | Robert Eno
    During the RNC’s Rules Committee meeting, grassroots conservatives were crushed by the establishment. Openness, transparency, and the rights of the minority lost yesterday in Cleveland. It was a rout. Sure, the headlines coming out of the Rules Committee meeting yesterday were that Free the Delegates and Delegates Unbound were soundly defeated. Hidden under the headlines is the fact that time and time again measures to devolve power to the members of the RNC and away from the chair were soundly defeated - ________ As the meeting finally got underway any rule that would have placed limits or checks on the...
  • New York reports first female-to-male Zika transmission via sex

    07/15/2016 9:02:02 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Fox news ^ | July 15, 2016
    New York City's health department on Friday reported the first female-to-male transmission of the Zika virus, which is most typically spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the report is the first documented case of sexual transmission of Zika from a woman to her male sex partner. All previously reported cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection have been spread from men to their sex partners, the Atlanta-based CDC said in a statement.
  • With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential

    07/15/2016 5:55:07 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 15, 2016 | Timothy Egan
    We always knew he could keep his head when others were losing theirs and blaming him, knew it from the 2008 financial crisis and on to the hard, lasting words he spoke at Tuesday’s memorial for the slain police officers in Dallas. What we didn’t know, what could not be predicted of one so young and new to the impossible task of living round-the-clock under the glare of the entire world, was how Barack Obama would hold up as a father, a husband, a man.
  • Health Buzz: Redhead Gene Linked to Higher Skin Cancer Mutation Risk

    07/12/2016 5:00:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    A new study indicates that having the gene for red hair, pale skin and freckles corresponds with a larger number of genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer. In fact, the findings indicate, those with the redhead variant of the MC1R gene had 42 percent more mutations than those without it, which equates to 21 extra years of sun exposure. Redheads with freckles and pale skin have two copies of the gene, but non-redheads with just one copy could be at risk, according to the findings.
  • Taylor Swift tops Forbes’ Celebrities 100 List of highest-paid stars

    07/11/2016 5:09:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | July 11, 2016
    There’s no “Blank Space” in Taylor Swift’s bank account. The singer-songwriter tops Forbes’ annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities with $170 million.
  • ‘Star Trek: Beyond’: Sulu is gay … and George Takei is not pleased

    07/07/2016 5:47:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 161 replies
    zap2it ^ | July 7, 2016
    When news broke that John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu would be revealed in the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond” as gay — in a tribute to original Sulu actor George Takei — the revelation was met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Except, as it turns out, from Takei himself. “I think it’s really unfortunate,” the veteran actor and gay icon — who came out to much fanfare in 2005 –tells The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Tom Marr, Widely Recognized Host of WCBM Baltimore, Dies at Age 73

    07/07/2016 1:00:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 7, 2016
    Tom Marr, the longtime WCBM-AM Radio talk show host widely recognized in Baltimore and beyond, died Thursday of a stroke following back surgery. He was 73. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce Thomas A. Marr has passed away today due the severity of his stroke," said a statement on the WCBM website posted Thursday. "Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers!"
  • PBS' Decision to Air Taped Fireworks Display Angers Viewers

    07/05/2016 5:50:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2016
    TV viewers vented on social media after PBS aired a pre-taped July 4 fireworks display Monday in lieu of live footage. The sky was overcast Monday night in Washington, D.C., so PBS chose instead to air what it called "a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years," a decision greeted with mostly derision by its audience.
  • College kid’s foot ‘mutilated’ after freak explosion in Central Park

    07/03/2016 2:41:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 128 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 3, 2016
    A college kid had his foot blown off in Central Park on Sunday after stepping on what appeared to be a firecracker, police sources said. Connor Golden, 18, was climbing on rocks near east 60th Street and Fifth Avenue with his two buddies — Thomas Hinds, 20, and Matthew Stabile, 18 — when he stepped on the explosive object at around 11 a.m., the sources said. “His foot was mutilated,” said Hinds, who was spoke to The Post from the 19th Precinct on Sunday afternoon. “I was walking in front of him and suddenly heard this extremely loud explosion directly...
  • Islamic gunmen kill 20 before Bangladesh commandos end siege ("sharp weapons")

    07/02/2016 6:05:55 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    MSN Reuters ^ | July 2, 2016
    Islamic gunmen shouting "Allahu Akbar" attacked an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, killing 20 people inside, before police stormed the building on Saturday and rescued 13 hostages, officials said. The attack, claimed by Islamic State, marks a major escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants over the past 18 months that had targeted mostly individuals advocating a secular or liberal approach in mostly Muslim Bangladesh. Six gunmen were killed during the police operation and one was captured, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a TV broadcast. "Most of (the hostages) were killed mercilessly by sharp weapons last night," before...
  • Chicago's top cop 'sick and tired' of violence; more officers hit streets

    07/02/2016 2:29:31 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 1, 2016
    Saying he was "sick and tired" of the violence plaguing the city, Chicago's top cop announced Friday that thousands more law enforcement officers would hit the streets, lakefront and major tourist attractions, including Navy Pier, this Fourth of July weekend. Within the past 24 hours, three people had died and 21 more were wounded in violence across the city: this on the eve of the July Fourth weekend, typically one of the most violent holiday weekends of the year.
  • Elite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist

    07/01/2016 1:48:55 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 1, 2016
    An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers. Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents aren’t buying it. They complain the K-8 school of 430 kids is separating whites in classes where they’re made to feel awful about their “whiteness,” and all the “kids of color”...
  • Anti-Obama social media posts of Jersey City worker lead to Secret Service visit

    07/01/2016 1:32:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | July 1, 2016
    Secret Service agents paid a visit to City Hall this week after someone made an anonymous complaint about the pro-gun, anti-President Obama social media posts of a city worker, sources said. Agents determined the posts on the worker's Google Plus page were not threatening enough to take action, the sources said. Officials are reviewing the contents of his work computer's hard drive, they said.
  • Major League Baseball must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone

    07/01/2016 10:10:07 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 88 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | June 30, 2016 | Gersh Kuntzman
    It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch. Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land. But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.
  • Christie vetoes $17M in welfare, women's health programs 'to protect taxpayers'

    07/01/2016 6:59:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation Thursday that would have raised monthly welfare benefits for the first time in 30 years, and would have restored $7.5 million in grants for women's clinics which he eliminated when he first took office in 2010. In veto statements released just before 10 p.m. — two hours before the start of the new fiscal year — the governor said his actions "protected taxpayers" from the "irresponsible" spending by the Democrats who control the Legislature. "Unfortunately, the Legislature has continued its annual ritual of attempting to pass additional unbudgeted spending for selected interests," according to Christie's...
  • No gas tax hike in New Jersey for now

    06/30/2016 2:15:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    6abc ^ | June 30, 2016
    The New Jersey Senate will not vote on a bill that would have raised the gas tax and cut the sales tax in the Garden State. Action News learned Thursday the Senate is not satisfied with the bill that was approved by the Assembly, and senators are working to draft their own legislation. The current legislation would have raised the gas tax to 37.5 cents a gallon from 14.5 cents and cut the sales tax from seven percent to six percent. The gas tax money would be used to pay for road and bridge work for eight years. Gov. Chris...
  • Miss Teen USA Is Eliminating the Swimsuit Portion

    06/29/2016 12:58:07 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | June 29, 2016
    The 2016 Miss Teen USA pageant will feature one major change from the previous year’s competitions: USA Today reports that it will be eliminating the swimsuit portion. The pageant had previously required the contestants, aged 14–19, to walk across the stage in a bikini to "show off the athleticism of the competitors.”
  • Judge rules against Cuban migrants who clung to Florida Keys lighthouse

    06/28/2016 6:06:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Latino Fox News ^ | June 28, 2016
    group of 21 Cuban migrants who reached a lighthouse off the Florida Keys last month should be returned to the island nation because the structure does not count as U.S. soil, a Miami federal judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Darrin Gayles' ruling said the 136-year-old American Shoal lighthouse does not count as dry land under the U.S.'s "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy.
  • Pepsi To Bring Back Aspartame-Sweetened Diet Pepsi By September

    06/27/2016 3:51:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 115 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 27, 2016
    Weeks after it was rumored that continued falling sales would propel PepsiCo to once again change the sweetener used in its main calorie-free beverage, Diet Pepsi, back to aspartame, the company announced plans to do just that Monday. PepsiCo said Monday that it would reintroduce aspartame-sweetened Diet Pepsi in September, the Wall Street Journal reports. Despite reintroducing the aspartame-sweetened beverage, PepsiCo says it will continue to sell a version sweetened with a blend of sucralose (Splenda) and acesulfame potassium (branded as “Ace K”) that began to appear on shelves last summer.
  • Girls jealous after ‘Fame’ high school crowns boy prom queen

    06/26/2016 12:31:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 80 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 26, 2016
    <p>Some girls at La Guardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts were not amused that a boy stole their stiletto-heeled thunder and became this year’s prom queen — and their claws have come out on social ­media.</p> <p>“I know I go to LaGuardia because a boy won prom queen,” snarked Asia Pierre in a Facebook post that attracted 500 homophobic comments and 100 shares before it was removed.</p>
  • Man Gets Entire Plane To Himself After Fellow Travelers Catch Other Flights

    06/24/2016 3:07:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 74 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 23, 2016
    It’s not every day that the average traveler has an entire row of seats to take over, much less an entire plane. But one Delta passenger flying home this week got to experience the sweet sensation of being the only person on his flight when his fellow travelers opted to take other flights. Everything worked out perfectly for the Atlanta man, despite his initial worries when he showed up to an empty gate area at the airport in New Orleans earlier this week. “I was so nervous,” he told WSB-TV. “I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I missed my...
  • Immigration advocates want Hudson County to end partnership with ICE

    06/23/2016 6:18:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 23, 2016
    Immigrant advocates are asking Hudson County to end its participation in a federal program that permits county officers to identify and arrest undocumented immigrants. The county's current agreement to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, known as 287(g) for the section of the 1996 law that authorized it, expires on June 30. Advocates for immigrants asked county freeholders at their meeting tonight to urge the county to sever its relationship with ICE A county home to so many officials who claim to be pro-immigrant should not participate in the 287(g) program, Chia-Chia Wang, organizing and advocacy director...
  • Actress Kelly McGillis survives attack in her NC home ( Guess What she will do now)

    06/23/2016 3:17:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 90 replies
    WNCN ^ | June 23, 2016
    HENDERSON CO., N.C. – Actress Kelly McGillis, best known for her role in the movie Top Gun, was attacked in her Henderson Co. home on Saturday June 17, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies say she came home to find Laurence Marie Dorn in her home. McGillis was able to flee after a struggle and call 911.
  • Trio arrested at Holland Tunnel were on mission to save girl, friends say

    06/22/2016 3:04:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    nj,com ^ | June 22, 2016
    Friends and family are defending the trio stopped at the Holland Tunnel as they said they headed to rescue a teen girl whose friend died of a heroin overdose. Being arraigned in court Wednesday in Jersey City, N.J., were John F. Cramsey, 50, owner of Higher Ground Tactical, an indoor shooting range and gun dealership in Upper Milford Township; Dean S. Smith, 53, of Upper Milford Township; and Kimberly Arendt, 29, of Lehighton, Pa. The trio were on a mission to help a 16-year-old girl they believed was in trouble after a friend overdosed in New York City, according to...
  • Human rights center adds water stations as migrant deaths rise

    06/20/2016 3:02:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Valley Morningstar ^ | June 19, 2016
    NEAR FALFURRIAS — The sun blazed Tuesday afternoon as Eddie Canales and Anna Ibarra of the South Texas Human Rights Center took turns striking a three-foot metal rod into the ground with a sledge hammer for the first of 12 new water stations. “Today is important for us because this is the first time we are allowed to set these stations up in this particular ranch,” said Canales, who allowed The Monitor to ride along with him on the condition the name of the ranch was not disclosed. As the heat index climbed to over 110 degrees, Canales, 68, and...
  • SUV That Killed Anton Yelchin Was Under Recall

    06/20/2016 1:45:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    Trek news ^ | June 20, 2016
    The gear shifters in Anton Yelchin’s SUV are being looked at as the possible culprit in the accident that killed the 27-year-old actor on Sunday. Most 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee are part of a global recall that was announced by Fiat Chrysler, who makes Jeeps, in April due to a confusing electronic shift lever. “FCA US extends its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The company is in contact with the authorities and is conducting a thorough investigation. It is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy.”...
  • He built a $24 million mansion along the Potomac. Then he lost it to foreclosure.

    06/19/2016 8:24:08 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2016
    The enormous mansion in Northern Virginia was built as a monument to Rodney P. Hunt’s success, a trophy estate along the Potomac River to mark his rise from teen lawn mowing hustler to government contracting multimillionaire. But on Thursday, the home on Chain Bridge Road in McLean — valued at $24.5 million — was auctioned on the steps of the Arlington County courthouse for $7.3 million to an undisclosed buyer in one of the region’s largest foreclosure sales. Hunt, 55, who had staved off foreclosure for several years amid massive debts, drug charges and bankruptcy proceedings, had finally suffered the...
  • Singer on Mexican 'The Voice' dies in Chicago after shooting

    06/19/2016 5:44:34 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    MSN AP ^ | June 19, 2016
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of "The Voice" in 2011 has died after he was shot in an ambush while celebrating his birthday with friends. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that 45-year-old Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes died on Saturday. He was shot three times in the head late Thursday outside his Tras Bambalinas School on Chicago's southwest side.
  • Scott Taylor beats Randy Forbes to claim nomination in second district

    06/18/2016 4:15:29 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    WTKR ^ | June 14, 2016
    State Delegate Scott Taylor defeated Rep. Randy Forbes in the Republican primary race for the second congressional district on Tuesday. With nearly 53% of the vote Taylor won more than 21,000 votes. Randy Forbes won about 41% of the vote. Pat Cardwell, a local attorney, registered about 7% of the vote. Taylor said enough voters believed in his message that Washington is broken and that he will bring a fresh start. "People trust us to go do something about it," Taylor said. "That's extremely humbling and it's not a responsibility that I take lightly." What may also have helped is...
  • Brazil's Rio state declares financial disaster before Games

    06/18/2016 1:53:46 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Yahoo AP ^ | June 17, 2016
    The acting governor of Rio de Janeiro state has declared a state of financial disaster so he has more leeway to manage the state's scarce resources less than two months Brazil hosts the Olympic Games. Francisco Dornelles announced the decision on Friday. It will allow Rio's state government to change its budgetary priorities without disrespecting Brazil's fiscal laws. The move will let Dornelles adopt exceptional measures to pay costs related to the Games as the state grapples with the country's economic recession. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5-21.
  • New policy OK'd for transgender students in Jersey City

    06/17/2016 5:17:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 17, 2016
    The school board last night adopted a new policy that proponents hope will make the public schools more accommodating to transgender students. >>>>>>>The new policy requires the district to issue student ID cards in the name that reflects the student's gender identity; requires school staff to address students by the names and pronouns corresponding to their gender identity, even if the students have not obtained court-approved name changes; and allows students to dress in accordance with their gender identity. The policy also bans the district from forcing students to use restrooms or locker rooms that conflict with their gender identity....
  • Philadelphia Passes Game-Changing Soda Tax

    06/16/2016 3:17:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 16, 2016
    The Philadelphia City Council on Thursday voted 13-4 in favor of a bill that became known as the “soda tax.” It will impose a 1.5-cent tax per ounce for soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages include fruit drinks, sports drinks, flavored water, and energy drinks. The tax goes into effect at the beginning of next year. Notably, it excludes baby formula, any product that has a base that is majority milk, and some other healthier offerings predetermined by the city.
  • US student wins tuition refund in Sweden for useless degree

    06/14/2016 6:36:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    MSN AP ^ | June 14, 2016
    A Swedish college has been ordered to refund tuition fees to an American business student for giving her a poor economics education. The Vastmanland court ruled Tuesday the Malardalen University's two-year program "Analytical Finance" that Connie Askenback attended from 2011 to 2013 "had no practical value." The court noted Sweden's Higher Education Authority in 2013 had expressed criticism of the program, and ordered the college to pay her back her tuition fees of 170,182 kronor ($20,544) plus interest.