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  • Historic mistake for Silver Spring stone house [Carlisle, PA]

    01/18/2016 10:32:29 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Cumberlink.com ^ | Michael Bupp
    If Silver Spring Township officials and a local real estate developer didn't know that an old stone house on Route 11 is the reputed birthplace of the U.S. Bill of Rights before they started demolition there last week, they definitely know now. On Jan. 6, workers began demolishing a two-story stone house at 7086 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township that most recently was the site of Stone House Auto Sales. This just isn't any stone house, however. Built in 1780 as the James Bell Tavern, the structure hosted the Stony Ridge Convention on July 3, 1788, a meeting of...
  • Friendly advice, Donald, and I do mean friendly...(from Mark Levin)

    01/16/2016 12:00:55 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 108 replies
    Mark Levin's Facebook page ^ | January 16, 2016 | Mark Levin
    Either cut the crap - your accusations this morning that Cruz is Canadian, a criminal, owned by big banks, etc. (see link below) - or you will lose lots and lots of conservatives. Save the liberal New York City bully tactics for the New York City liberals. Put down your computer keyboard for a few hours, think before you tweet, and collect yourself. You're not politically invincible, regardless of the polls and media. I am already hearing more and more people getting fed up with the low road you're taking against Cruz, which has obviously intensified this morning. You don't...
  • U.S. Struggles to Explain Alliance With Saudis

    01/05/2016 3:42:53 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 4, 2015 | David E. Sanger
    The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bring itself, at least in public, to condemn the execution of a dissident cleric who challenged the royal family, for fear of undermining the fragile Saudi leadership that it desperately needs in fighting the Islamic State and ending the conflict in Syria. The United States has usually looked the other way or issued carefully calibrated warnings in human rights reports as the Saudi royal family cracked down on dissent and free speech and allowed its elite to fund Islamic extremists....
  • Costly beliefs: State squeezes last penny from bakers who defied lesbian-wedding cake order

    12/29/2015 10:43:05 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 51 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 29, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone - every single penny. Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein's checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe. (snip) "It was like my breath was taken away," Mrs. Klein told me in a telephone conversation. "I panicked. Everything was gone." And, as I said before, Commissioner Avakian even seized money set aside for You Know Who. "We had three accounts," she...
  • Violinist plays awesome ‘Star Wars’ medley with a lightsaber bow

    12/21/2015 10:51:19 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | December 18, 2015 | Lisa Granshaw
    From piano medleys to a capella songs, there have been a number of musical Star Wars tributes released over the last few weeks in honor of the highly anticipated arrival of The Force Awakens. Many of these have impressed us not just with their musical stylings, but with the props and costumes, and the newest music release just might be the best one yet. In violinist Taylor Davis' latest video, she plays a fun medley of Star Wars music while dressed for the light side and the dark side. She goes all out not just with her clothes, but with...
  • Pentagon chief addresses possible friendly fire strike

    12/20/2015 6:14:55 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | December 19, 2015 | CBS News
    The American airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers on Friday seems to be "a mistake that involved both sides," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. He called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to express condolences. Speaking to reporters during a visit to the USS Kearsarge in the Persian Gulf, Carter said the incident near the western Iraqi city of Fallujah was "regrettable." "These kinds of things happen when you're fighting side by side as we are," Carter said. He said the airstrike Friday "has all the indications of being a mistake of the kind that...
  • How an angry tirade led to the investigation of a top Special Operations general

    12/19/2015 6:39:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 41 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Army Lt. Gen. John Mulholland was apoplectic. Seated at the head of a table in a staff meeting, the veteran Special Operations general was furious that a briefing for him at U.S. Special Operations Command did not follow the directions that he and the top officer in the command, Adm. William McRaven, had provided. In a profanity-laced tirade, Mulhulland told the staff members they had "all failed me" as a commander, and they should all go "shoot themselves right now," according to later accounts of the meeting. He promised that if they tried to brief their work to McRaven he...
  • Paul Ryan Fails the Omnibus Test

    12/17/2015 2:37:34 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | December 17, 2015 | The Conservative Review Editors
    It did not take long for newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to give up on promises to "open up the process," "return to regular order," and "wipe the slate clean." If Ryan truly sought to define his leadership as the dawn of a new day for limited governance, the 2,009 page omnibus represented his chance to reassert GOP priorities. Instead, members will soon vote on a $1.149 trillion grab bag of special interest giveaways, liberal victories, and conservative concessions that they more than likely have not read. A full year after the president's lawless expansion of executive amnesty, Congress...
  • Statement by U.S. Senator Mike Lee on Omnibus Bill's Legal Protection of Social Media Companies

    12/17/2015 11:07:11 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | 12-17-2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If you use Facebook- and that's everyone who sees this post - then your relationship with Facebook will be redefined by the government if the ‪Omnibus‬ spending bill before the Senate is passed into law. Tomorrow we are scheduled to vote on a 2,000 page spending bill to fund the government through the end of next year. It was crafted in a back-room deal with almost no input from most members of Congress. Because of the "must-pass" nature of the bill, those in the room air-dropped controversial cybersecurity legislation into the bill, hoping no one would object. If this bill...
  • US-Backed Syrian Rebel Group on Verge of Collapse

    12/15/2015 11:03:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    Stars & Stripes, via Military.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Slobodan Lekic
    The main Western-backed Arab rebel group in Syria appears on the verge of collapse because of low morale, desertions, and distrust of its leaders by the rank and file, threatening U.S. efforts to put together a ground force capable of defeating the Islamic State and negotiating an end to the Syrian civil war. "After five years of this war, the people are just tired ... and so are our fighters," said Jaseen Salabeh, a volunteer in the Free Syrian Army, which was formed in September 2011 by defectors from the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Free Syrian Army,...
  • YouTube suspends investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure News

    12/15/2015 7:03:03 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 115 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Sharyl Attkisson, formerly an investigative reporter with CBS, recently launched Full Measure News. Those who have followed Attkisson on Twitter know that she has been relentless in her pursuit of stories that have been abandoned by the mainstream news, such as the Fast and Furious scandal and Benghazi. Full Measure News was to be an independent outlet for investigative reporting, but tonight Attkisson is reporting that the entire Full Measure News account has been pulled by YouTube.
  • Air Force withholding names, photos of missing Afghans

    12/10/2015 1:21:45 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Moody Air Force Base officials are not releasing the names or photographs of two missing Afghan trainees. Capt. Korey Fratini said Wednesday the decision to not release the names is a U.S. Air Force decision and not one that has been made by the base commander. "It is a matter of policy," Fratini told The Valdosta Daily Times. The Air Force has maintained a policy of not releasing the names or images of any Afghan personnel in the interest of their personal safety and the safety of their families back in Afghanistan, the captain said. Fratini said the fact the...
  • Bosses at Scots university under pressure to strip Donald Trump of honorary degree

    12/09/2015 5:28:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Scotland Now, via the UK Daily Record ^ | December 9, 2015 | JOHN FERGUSON
    BOSSES at a Scots university are under pressure to strip Donald Trump of an honorary degree after he called for Muslims to be banned from America. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said their principal was "considering the position". Trump, who is leading the race to fight next year's presidential election for the Republicans, wants a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". He says the ban should stay in place until the authorities can work out which of them are terrorists. Aides at first said the ban would apply to US citizens who happened to be abroad on holiday...
  • Welcome To Barack Obama’s America: Barack Obama's political legacy is the rise of Donald Trump.

    12/09/2015 6:18:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 8, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    In the wake of an Oval Office speech which went over so terribly that it has Politico openly wondering whether the entire form of presidential address is dead, yesterday's announcement from Donald Trump that he believes the U.S. must block all Muslims from entering the country, "until our countries' representatives can figure out what's going on", finally resolves the question about President Obama’s greatest political legacy. It is no accident that President Obama's America has given rise to Donald Trump. It is an America that is more tribalist, where people feel more racially and religiously divided; more politically correct, where...
  • Donald Trump Defends Call to Block Muslims, Citing Roosevelt

    12/08/2015 10:37:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 8, 2015 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Donald J. Trump on Tuesday defended his call to block all Muslims from entering the United States, casting it as a temporary move in response to Islamic State terrorism, and invoking President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s actions toward Japanese, German and Italian aliens during World War II as precedent. Mr. Trump, who is handily leading the Republican presidential field in almost every poll nationally and in primary states, spoke in a string of interviews with television morning show hosts, as Democrats fumed over his proposal and Republican reactions ranged from outraged to tepid. (snip) In a tense exchange with Joe Scarborough...
  • Obama’s Oval Office address reflects struggle to be heard

    12/07/2015 4:07:17 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2015 | Greg Jaffe
    In addressing the nation Sunday evening, President Obama turned to a venue he doesn't like to discuss a subject he would rather avoid. His decision to speak on the terrorist threat from the Oval Office, just days after the deadly attack in San Bernardino, Calif., reflects a broad concern in the White House that the American people, distracted by the overheated cacophony of the campaign season, are not listening to him. Or at least they are not hearing what he has to say. In the weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris, Obama has stressed in speech after speech that...
  • Ted Cruz Is the One Candidate Who Can Face down Washington — And Win [NRO!!!]

    To protect American national security we must first understand what threatens American national security. We must grasp who our enemies are, what animates them, and how they work together - despite their internecine rivalries - to destroy us from without and within. We must stop trying to define "true Islam" and start restoring our own principles as our guide: liberty, equality of opportunity, the rule of law, and peace through strength. The vast majority of Americans still believe in these principles. It is Washington that has lost faith. It is Washington that looks at liberty's enemies and sees friends; that...
  • Federal judge bans school's live Nativity show [Indiana]

    12/04/2015 10:49:08 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A federal judge has banished the Baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men from an Indiana high school's Christmas musical. U.S. District Court Judge Jon DeGuilio, appointed to the bench by President Obama, issued an injunction against Concord Community Schools on Dec. 2. The court order forbids students from presenting a live Nativity scene during the Concord High School's Christmas Spectacular. The judge said that portion of the show is overtly religious in nature. "The living nativity scene impermissibly conveys an endorsement of religion and thus runs afoul of the Establishment Clause," the judge wrote in his ruling.
  • Authorities Search Redlands Home Tied To Suspect Syed Farook

    12/03/2015 5:55:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com | December 2, 2015 | CBSLA.com
    Authorities on Wednesday night continued to investigate a Redlands home tied to Syed Farook, a suspect identified in connection with the mass shootings that killed at least 14 people and injured at least 17 people at a social services center in San Bernardino on Wednesday morning. A few hours after the mass shooting, authorities followed a tip to the home on Center Street in Redlands. As officers approached, the suspects fled in a dark SUV. A police pursuit ensued, ending back in San Bernardino, where a gunbattle broke out. Two suspects - one male and one female - were killed...
  • Twitter threats to black Kean students made by black alum, police say

    12/02/2015 3:08:53 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    NJ.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Jessica Remo
    A recent Kean graduate has been charged with being responsible for a series of tweets threatening black students at the school two weeks ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Tuesday. Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, of Union - a black alum who graduated in May - was charged by summons with third-degree creating a false public alarm. Park said an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor's Office's Special Prosecutions Unit and Kean University police found that McKelvey, a self-proclaimed activist, participated in a student rally to raise awareness of racism on college campuses on Nov. 17, but left midway...
  • Maryland Deputy Attorney General, Flirts, Gives Confidential Info, Admits Inability...

    12/02/2015 4:43:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    WMAL.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Steve Burns
    FULL TITLE: "Maryland Deputy Attorney General, Flirts, Gives Confidential Info, Admits Inability in Undercover Video" In an undercover video recorded by an activist outfit named Project Veritas, Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah is seen flirting with a woman secretly recording him in a bar and hotel room, as well as divulging information he says the public shouldn't know and admitting his own ineptitude at the position he holds. In the recording, Vignarajah admits "it would be really bad" if the public heard about Maryland's plan to join President Obama's lawsuit for the Clean Power Plan before the information was...
  • Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

    11/27/2015 4:49:49 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 26, 2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is preparing to sanction Turkey in response to its downing of a Russian warplane earlier this week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced in a televised cabinet meeting on Thursday, according to the BBC. "The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said. The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish...
  • Obama 2013: Assad must go. Obama today: Hopefully Assad won’t run for president again.

    11/25/2015 5:27:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A nifty catch by Josh Rogin from today's presser. If you want to see what "Smart Power" resolve looks like in practice, here’s where we are right now with a guy whom the supposed leader of the free world has been insisting for years must step down as president of Syria. (snip) As our rotten luck would have it, Assad is interested in running again for the presidency, according to Russian diplomats who recently spoke to him. Either Obama's kidding himself about Assad "choosing not to run" or he's hinting here that there may be ways to force Assad out,...
  • Video allegedly shows dead Russian pilot surrounded by armed rebels in Syria (GRAPHIC)

    11/24/2015 7:00:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    RT.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | RT.com
    The video posted online shows armed men around an alleged Russian pilot who seems to be unconscious and immobile. His face is bruised and bloodied. The men seem to be happy and are praising Allah, with some regretting that they hadn't burned him on the spot. "A Russian pilot," a voice is heard saying as a group of men gather around him. "God is great," a voice says. They spoke Arabic with Turkmen accent. According to Reuters, the video was sent by a rebel group operating in the northwestern area of Syria, where groups including the Free Syrian Army are...
  • Turkish F-16 shoots down Russian fighter jet near Syria border

    11/24/2015 4:12:15 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near Turkey's border with Syria Tuesday in an incident that raises the possibility of conflict between Moscow and NATO. A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the Russian Sukhoi-24 was downed by an air-to-air missile north of the Syrian port city of Latakia. The official added that the Russian jet was warned three times to depart Turkish airspace. The official told Fox News that the Su-24's two pilots parachuted safely and were last seen attempting to evade capture. Two Russian helicopters were airborne to attempt a rescue mission.
  • One man arrested, two others in custody in connection with Amanda Blackburn murder case

    11/23/2015 8:44:03 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    Fox News 59 ^ | November 23, 2015 | Russ McQuaid and Amanda Rakes
    Three suspects have been detained in connection with the sexual assault and murder of Amanda Blackburn, a pastor's pregnant wife who was shot during a home invasion robbery on Nov. 10. Sources tell FOX59 the three men will also be charged in three additional burglaries, including a rape at the Westlake Apartments. Police say the men in custody are Larry Taylor, 18; Jalen Watson, 21; and Diano Gordan, 24. Watson and Gordon are in custody being held on parole violations. Taylor, who was previously taken into custody and released, was arrested again Sunday night at a relative's home, according to...
  • Molenbeek broke my heart [Belgian Lib Sees the Light]

    11/23/2015 3:55:18 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | November 21, 2015 | TEUN VOETEN
    Last Saturday in Paris, at the Boulevard Voltaire near the Bataclan club, I found myself staring at a pool of blood. I wondered what was happening with the world, and refocused my camera on the aftermath of the terror. When it became clear the attacks were planned in Molenbeek, I was not surprised. The real surprise? That Belgium expressed shock at the connection. I called Molenbeek my home for nine years. In 2005, it was the city’s last affordable neighborhood — in large part because of its bad reputation. My apartment, just across the canal from the city center, is...
  • Shocker: Avis Car Rental Bars Israeli Executive from Renting

    11/22/2015 4:34:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 151 replies
    Observer News ^ | November 22, 2015 | Ken Kurson
    On Saturday evening, Dov Bergwerk arrived at the Avis branch on West 76th Street and Broadway. Accompanied by his wife Ruth, the Bergwerks were planning to join friends for dinner in Westchester. Mr. Bergwerk, a senior vice president and general corporate counsel at the Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, got out his driver's license, reservation number and "Wizard" loyalty card - he's rented from Avis dozens of times before - and anticipated the usual smooth transition into a nondescript mid-sized sedan. That's when the trouble started.
  • ‘Act of respect': Why family of Idaho rancher slain by deputies won’t name his killers

    11/19/2015 5:58:22 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 17, 2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    In any officer-involved shooting, it's among the first things that the community wants to know: the names of the officers involved. "We believe Brown's family, and the public at large, have the right to know the name of the man who killed their son," Gawker wrote in a piece called "Who Killed Michael Brown?" published four days after the unarmed 19-year-old was slain by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., last year. "For this reason, we're asking readers who know the identity of the officer to share it with us, either below this post or over email. If we can confirm...
  • Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported [Flashback]

    11/18/2015 1:32:24 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 03, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children. They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs. The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.
  • Planned Parenthood Plans $20 Million Election Fight

    11/18/2015 3:36:57 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    CNN, via WMAL.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | CNN, via WMAL.com
    Planned Parenthood is planning to spend at least $20 million fighting Republicans at the ballot box next year as the group punches back against GOP efforts to end its federal funding. "Extremists made the 2016 election about attacking reproductive rights," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who was grilled extensively on Capitol Hill in September, said in a video announcing the effort Tuesday. The group is planning to focus on the White House and Senate races in a few key states, including New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The states not only have potentially competitive Senate races, but are also...
  • Conservative Talk Radio Personality Austin Hill has Passed Away!

    11/15/2015 1:24:44 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    Austin Hill Facebook Page ^ | November 15, 2015 | Family of Austin Hill
    Radio personality, author, father and husband Austin unexpectedly passed away on Friday night. Please keep the Hill family in your thoughts and prayers. Austin's account will be managed by the Hill family. More information including memorial service forthcoming.
  • GOP candidate Ted Cruz acts out 'Princess Bride' scene

    11/13/2015 6:44:43 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    WMUR 9 ^ | November 13, 2015 | WMUR9.com
    Republican candidate Ted Cruz, while taping a "Candidate Cafe" segment for WMUR, acts out a scene from comedy classic "The Princess Bride." Watch his take on Billy Crystal and Carol Kane.
  • FBI expands probe of Clinton emails, launches independent classification review

    11/12/2015 8:10:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne
    The FBI has expanded its probe of Hillary Clinton's emails, with agents exploring whether multiple statements violate a federal false statements statute, according to intelligence sources familiar with the ongoing case. Fox News is told agents are looking at U.S. Code 18, Section 1001, which pertains to "materially false" statements given either in writing, orally or through a third party. Violations also include pressuring a third party to conspire in a cover-up. Each felony violation is subject to five years in prison. This phase represents an expansion of the FBI probe, which is also exploring potential violations of an Espionage...
  • Univ. of Missouri student: ‘Several of us are afraid to disagree with other students’

    11/12/2015 3:44:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    The College Fix ^ | November 11, 2015 | Ian Paris
    An innocent man lost his job. Racial tensions are at an all time high. Faculty members refuse to acknowledge students' First Amendment rights. Campus authorities are policing speech. This is my reality as a student at the University of Missouri. I believe in liberty for all people, but the current climate on campus runs counter to that. Some friends tell me they are afraid to voice their opinions lest they come under fire from the administration or peers - or the police. The University of Missouri police department sent an email urging students to report offensive or hurtful speech -...
  • Campus Activists Weaponize ‘Safe Space’

    11/11/2015 7:49:05 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 11, 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    At the University of Missouri, student activists succeeded this week in forcing the resignation of President Timothy M. Wolfe, charging that he has not done enough to address persistent racism on campus. Tim Tai, a University of Missouri student, got a freelance assignment from ESPN to photograph the reaction of victorious activists at the tent city they set up in a public area of campus. As a matter of law, he had an indisputable First Amendment right to photograph events transpiring outdoors on public property. But student activists did not want their tent city or the people in it photographed,...
  • Volkswagen gives owners $500 amid scandal

    11/09/2015 11:10:39 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    CNN Money, via WCYB TV 5 ^ | November 9, 2015 | Chris Isidore
    After apologizing for two months, Volkswagen is finally putting its money where its mouth is, forking over $500 to VW car owners hit by its emissions cheating scandal. The payment will come in the form a gift card that can be spent anywhere. They'll also get another card worth $500 that can only be spent on purchases or services at VW or Audi dealerships, as well as free 24-hour roadside assistance for the next three years. It's the first time owners have been compensated by the German automaker, which admitted in mid-September that its cars use software designed to cheat...
  • Beaverton [Oregon] woman hit $8M jackpot, gets no money [Casino says machine "malfunctioned]

    11/09/2015 7:44:30 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 81 replies
    KOIN 6 News ^ | November 5, 2015 | Lisa Balick and KOIN 6 News Staff
    Veronica Castillo is still pretty upset. She hit the jackpot at a Lucky Eagle Casino slot machine and won $8 million. Except the casino said it was a machine malfunction and gave her $80. The mortgage loan officer took her mother to the casino in Rochester, Washington last weekend. She put $100 in a machine and hit the jackpot — she thought. "I was very excited, happy," she told KOIN 6 News. "Then I couldn't believe it." The casino staff came over and told her the machine malfunctioned. "They shut off the machine, took it away, printed out a ticket...
  • Humana Will Yank Obamacare Plans Serving 100,000 Patients

    11/08/2015 5:45:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 6, 2015 | Bruce Japsen
    Humana said it will discontinue several products offered on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, impacting about 100,000 individuals currently covered by the insurer's plans across the country. The move, disclosed this morning in the company's third-quarter earnings report, comes due to higher-than expected medical costs from sick newly insured patients covered under the health law. "Operating results for the company's individual commercial medical business continue to be challenged primarily due to the volatility related to the start of the healthcare exchange program created under the Affordable Care Act as well as the morbidity of membership served under this...
  • Crisis management team to help Adams County Sheriff’s Office [Idaho Rancher Shooting]

    11/05/2015 7:54:52 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | November 4, 2015 | KATY MOELLER
    An officer-involved shooting that left a longtime Adams County rancher dead Sunday has shocked the community and brought a tidal wave of recriminations for the county's small sheriff's department. The Adams County Sheriff's Office has been bombarded with angry calls and hate mail from people upset by the shooting, which left 62-year-old Jack Yantis dead on U.S. 95 in front of his home north of Council. Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman said people in the office are being called "murderers" and said the calls coming in forced one emergency dispatcher to leave her post Tuesday. "She was so upset," he...
  • Newspaper: Senator [Bob Corker R-TN] failed to disclose Chattanooga earnings

    11/04/2015 10:33:38 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | November 4, 2015 | WCYB TV 5 News Staff
    Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee made profitable short-term trades in a Chattanooga real estate firm, but didn't properly disclose the deals until challenged by the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reports Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor who is now chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, bought between $1 million and $5 million in shares of CBL & Associates Properties Inc. 2011, and sold them again five months later at a 42 percent gain. Earlier purchases in the names of his daughters in 2009 likely netted more than $1 million, though the paper says the exact gain isn't...
  • Adams County [Idaho] rancher shot and killed by deputies

    11/02/2015 4:48:02 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 91 replies
    KTVB.com ^ | November 2, 2015 | KTVB.com
    Idaho State Police are investigating after a Council rancher was shot and killed Sunday by deputies with the Adams County Sheriff's Office. The incident began when a Subaru station wagon crashed into a bull on US 95 north of Council at about 6:45 p.m. Emergency responders and Adams County deputies responded and were working to extricate the two people inside the car. Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman said the bull, which was injured in the collision, started charging at emergency responders and other vehicles. "The bull was very agitated and was aggressive to emergency services, as well as the other...
  • Pentagon confirms Army blimp was shot down

    10/30/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The massive Army blimp that broke free from its mooring and drifted from Maryland to Pennsylvania is "actually still deflating," a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "I am not able to give you the mechanics of exactly how they're deflating it," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. The blimp traveled almost 200 miles north at 30 miles per hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet before it lost altitude and speed, landing in northeastern Pennsylvania. Another Pentagon spokesman confirmed reports that the 240-foot blimp was shot down, but did not know how close to the ground the blimp was when it happened....
  • Paul Ryan Is Elected House Speaker, Hoping to Manage Chaos

    10/29/2015 7:52:15 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 29, 2015 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin was elected the 62nd speaker of the House on Thursday, taking the gavel that he never sought to wield from John A. Boehner, who relinquished it under fire. But the personal jubilance and high expectations felt by Mr. Boehner, who was elected in a sweeping Republican takeover of the House in 2011, have been replaced with a grim recognition that Mr. Ryan's ascent stems not from electoral victory but rather the chaos in the ranks of his party's sizable majority. Mr. Ryan received 236 votes, a comfortable margin that included several of the hardline...
  • Delta Force KIA Led Assault Team on ISIS Prison in Iraq, Source Says

    10/27/2015 5:09:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 27, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died leading his Delta Force team on the primary assault into an Islamic State compound in Iraq -- a stark contrast from the Pentagon's account that American commandos were there only to support Kurdish forces during the rescue mission, according to a U.S. military source. The body of the 39-year-old native of Roland, Oklahoma, was flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday as more details began to emerge of the Oct. 22 night raid on a prison run by militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. (snip) Defense...
  • Video Appears to Show Raid Against ISIS That Killed American

    10/25/2015 6:49:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | October 24, 2015 | NBC 4 New York
    New video purports to show Thursday's raid in Iraq, which freed dozens of ISIS hostages and resulted in the death of an American commando, NBC News reports. NBC News obtained the video exclusively from Arab24, a news outlet based in Jordan that said Kurdish military officials provided the footage. The video appears to have been taken on helmet cameras at a prison near the town of Hawija, which U.S. and Kurdish commandos stormed early Thursday after receving a tip hostages would soon be executed, NBC News reports. Delta Force commando Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, an Oklahoma native, was killed in...
  • Delta Force Death in Iraq Doesn't Reflect 'Combat Role,' Carter Says

    10/25/2015 4:55:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Milityary.com ^ | October 24, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter tried to explain Friday how a U.S. soldier could die heroically in a combat raid he personally authorized in Iraq while the nation was still not involved in "boots on the ground" combat. Carter hailed 39-year-old Delta Force Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler as an exemplary hero who "ran to the sound of the guns" in the helicopter assault Thursday with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters that freed 70 ISIS hostages. He was the first U.S. combat fatality of the campaign against ISIS. "This is combat," Carter said of the raid on an ISIS prison compound east of the...
  • A Plan to Honor Martin Luther King at a Southern Civil War Symbol [Already in Trouble]

    10/24/2015 11:48:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 21, 2015 | RICHARD FAUSSET
    The idea is suffused with a simple poetry: A bell would be placed atop Stone Mountain, the massive granite outcropping east of Atlanta invoked by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his I Have a Dream speech one of the places from which, as Dr. King imagined it, a nation no longer divided by racism might let freedom ring. But this Freedom Bell proposal, unveiled this month by a state government authority as a tribute to the civil rights leader, has become mired in complications and controversy, the latest skirmish over Southern symbols prompted by the racially...
  • Salon manager, 24, 'froze to death' in a cryochamber after she got trapped inside for 10 hours

    10/24/2015 7:08:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 64 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2015 | BELINDA ROBINSON
    A 24-year-old salon manager 'froze to death' inside a cryochamber after she accidentally got locked inside the machine and temperatures plummeted to minus 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Chelsea Ake, the manager of Rejuvenice in Henderson, Nevada, was found dead inside the salon's cryochamber earlier this week by distraught employees, NBC reported. Investigators have ruled her death 'operator error.' And preliminary findings suggest that Ake may have used the machine without any assistance and may have suffocated while inside. Authorities with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration told KSNV that they believed Ake was in the chamber for at least 10 hours...
  • Retired General Replaced by Lawyer as Special Envoy to Iraq, Syria

    10/23/2015 2:19:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama announced Friday that he was replacing retired Marine Gen. John Allen with lawyer and diplomat Brett McGurk as his special envoy for Iraq and Syria with a wide-ranging portfolio that includes holding together a coalition against ISIS. Allen, who reportedly had clashed with the military over the now-defunct $500 million effort to create an army of Syrian volunteers, was departing after 13 months as special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, another name for the terrorist group.