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  • Despite objections, Calif. governor signs assisted-suicide bill

    10/06/2015 3:39:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/5/15
    After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients. “This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,” said Californians against Assisted Suicide. The group warned in an Oct. 5 statement that people and families in the state could be harmed “by giving doctors the power to prescribe lethal overdoses to patients.” With the passage of the law, California will become the fifth state allowing ill patients to end their lives. Montana, Oregon,...
  • [October 2, 2015] Donald Trump Falls: Ben Carson Surges To Lead In Poll

    10/05/2015 8:48:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    IBD ^ | October 2, 2015 | BY JOHN MERLINE
    Donald Trump has boasted that he's "leading every poll and in most cases big." Not anymore. The latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows him in second place, seven points behind Ben Carson. The nationwide survey found that 24% of Republicans back Carson, compared with 17% who say they support Trump. Marco Rubio came in third with 11% and Carly Fiorina fourth at 9%. Jeb Bush, once considered a prohibitive favorite, ranked fifth with just 8% support, which was a point lower than those who say they are still undecided. The IBD/TIPP Poll has a proven track record for accuracy, based on its...
  • Marine dead with gunshot wound to head at Camp Pendleton shooting range

    10/05/2015 5:45:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 40 replies
    LA ^ | 10/5/15 | Tony Perry
    A young Marine was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head at a marksmanship range at Camp Pendleton early Monday, officials said. The Marine, from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was part of a training exercise in which live ammunition was used, said officials at the Marine Corps base.
  • Gov. Brown signs controversial assisted-suicide bill

    10/05/2015 2:45:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, on Monday signed a measure allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Approving the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic Church, appeared to be a gut-wrenching decision for the 77-year-old governor, who as a young man studied to enter the priesthood. “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Brown added. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in...
  • Obama up against growing support for a no-fly zone in Syria (Fiorina: Prepare to fight Russians)

    10/05/2015 11:21:16 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/5/15 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    Russia has been stepping up its involvement in the Syrian civil war - culminating in airstrikes last week that may have targeted not just ISIS, but also rebels opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the Syrian refugee crisis continues unabated, with a massive influx of Syrians overwhelming Turkey and Europe. To address this, lawmakers and presidential candidates alike - including the president's former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, say the U.S. should respond with a no-fly zone, which is not a tactic President Obama is willing to pursue right now. -snip- And in an interview on Fox News last week,...
  • Carly Fiorina's charity has given half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood since 2011

    10/05/2015 10:59:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jeva Lange
    Nothing has defined Carly Forina's presidential campaign quite like her outspoken opposition to Planned Parenthood — a point she has brought up repeatedly at debates and press conferences. It might seem odd, then, that her Fiorina Foundation has given half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood since 2011. The Fiorina Foundation isn't actually, legally, a foundation, per se; it's an account Fiorina and her husband hold with The Ayco Charitable Foundation, a "donor-advised fund" that stashes charitable donations for clients in case they want to quickly receive tax benefits, The Daily Beast explains. One expert on the topic described it...
  • Is the Kasich mini-surge over?

    10/05/2015 10:08:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/05/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Back when Ohio Governor John Kasich first announced his presidential bid I asked a number of questions regarding his candidacy. While understanding that he likely had a greater chance of carrying Ohio – still important – there seemed to be two big arguments against him. First, he didn’t seem to be taking up a very different lane than some of the other establishment candidates in the race who also had gubernatorial experience and fairly standard, mainstream party positions. Second, he had obvious hits on his track record, including a budget which raised taxes on tobacco and energy as well...
  • Ted Cruz to meet with House insurgents one day before GOP elections

    10/05/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by VinL · 13 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/5/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with a group of House Republicans one day before they're scheduled to vote for a new senior leadership team. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year." Cruz has meddled in House affairs on several occassions, advising supportive insurgent Republicans in the chamber on key legislation and strategic matters. However, it's unclear if Cruz, who ranks fifth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, plans...
  • Bloodbath: ‘Los Angeles Times’ To Cut 10% of Staff

    10/05/2015 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 71 replies ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | John Nolte
    While it may be impossible to believe that an upstanding newspaper like The Los Angeles Times, a trusted and beloved publication that describes half-black men as “white supremacists,” is having financial troubles, the fact is that a bloodbath involving at least 10% of newsroom staffers is underway. The Los Angeles Times staff will be reduced from 500 to around 450, and buyouts are being offered, but not really. There’s some severance and an additional amount that equals a week’s pay for every year of employment. This sounds like less of a buyout than a small incentive to avoid being laid...
  • Poll: Carson, Trump tied in Pennsylvania (Also Carly to drop to 6% from 8% in new PPP national poll)

    10/05/2015 9:28:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/5/15 | Mark Hensch
    Ben Carson and Donald Trump are tied among GOP voters in Pennsylvania, a new poll finds. Carson and Trump each receive 18 percent support from registered Republicans in the Keystone State, according to the Mercyhurst University Center for Applied Politics poll on Monday. Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) trails them with 9 percent. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina next grabs 8 percent support among registered Pennsylvania Republicans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are in a struggle for fifth place with 4 percent apiece.
  • Planned Parenthood’s Defense: We Harvested Brain of a Different Baby

    10/05/2015 8:46:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Fletcher Armstrong
    Planned Parenthood and its allies have offered a bizarre defense against Carly Fiorina’s recent comments in which she describes “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” They say that the living baby seen in the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) video (at the 6-min mark), aborted at 18 weeks and left to die in a stainless steel bowl, is not the baby whose brain was harvested in a PP clinic. No, they cut open the face of a different baby to...
  • Fiorina campaign questioned about paying their bills during senate bid (Deadbeat Carly)

    10/05/2015 8:33:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/5/15 | JAZZ SHAW
    Now that former HP CEO Carly Fiorina has clawed her way up into the top tier of GOP primary candidates, the press has gone into high gear in terms of digging into her past and seeing what skeletons might be found in her closet. This week the Washington Post has has been examining the financial reports from her unsuccessful 2010 California Senate bid and turned up what will no doubt come as troubling news. The famous businesswoman is renowned for handling and managing wealth, but when it came time to pay the bills racked up on the campaign trail some...
  • San Francisco Is Changing Face of AIDS Treatment (NYT alert)

    10/05/2015 10:11:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    SAN FRANCISCO — It wasn’t his first broken condom, so Rafael didn’t worry. But three weeks later, the man he’d met in a bar called to say that he had “probably been exposed” to H.I.V. Rafael, a muscular, affable 43-year-old, went to a clinic and within 45 minutes learned he was infected. Although it was already closing time, a counselor saw him immediately and offered him a doctor’s appointment the next day. At Ward 86, the famous H.I.V. unit at San Francisco General Hospital, the doctor handed him pills for five days and a prescription for more. Because he was...
  • California Conservatives: Doing Something About Illegal Immigration

    10/05/2015 8:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    “What’s an angry conservative to do?” Kurt Schlicter lamented in his latest piece. I hardly blame the guy. We need fighters, not flighters, men and women of principle who will stand up to Big Everything, and not back down. The Old Guard of the GOP seems content to barely get by, and give in every time funding for an officious institution comes up for reauthorization. US Senator Ted Cruz blasted the leadership in both chambers, outlining how they give up the fight before the conflict begins. So, what’s an angry conservative to do? Stop waiting for someone else, for...
  • Obama rejects candidates' ideas for solving crisis in Syria

    10/04/2015 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/03/15 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing White House hopefuls of concocting "half-baked" ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democratic front-runner. The idea of a no-fly zone — a region of Syria that the United States would protect from bombing to create a safe corridor for refugees — has emerged as a favorite option for Democratic and Republican candidates. It's a plan that allows them to stake out a more aggressive military posture than...
  • Dr. Ben Carson - "Creation Week" lecture

    09/28/2015 10:47:39 AM PDT · by fishtank · 13 replies
    General Conference SDA Church ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | Dr. Ben Carson
    Published on Feb 24, 2015 Dr Ben Carson Creation Week - General Conference SDA Church
  • Iowa GOP chairman: Caucus will come down to the wire (Trump leads, Cruz now up to 3rd place!)

    10/04/2015 4:30:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | October 4, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says the Hawkeye State’s GOP presidential caucus is still up for grabs, predicting the race will be a “nail-biter.” “The people are waiting to make up their minds,” Jeff Kaufmann told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York on Sunday. “I don’t think we’re going to have polls that are predictable of the end of this thing, this caucus season in Iowa,” he added. “We’re going to be well into January before this thing starts flushing out to the point where you can even start talking about the top five and the...
  • Why We Should Take a Closer Look at Ben Carson

    10/03/2015 12:00:26 PM PDT · by gasport · 31 replies
    Time ^ | 15/10/2 | Benjamin Crump
    Benjamin Crump is President of the National Bar Association and represents the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice. Michael Brown's attorney says the Republican presidential candidate is a role model for men like him
  • Ben Carson calls on IRS to target Muslim advocacy group

    10/03/2015 10:34:46 AM PDT · by celmak · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/02/2015 | Aliyah Frumin
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is going after an influential U.S. Islamic group, arguing it violated the federal tax code after its executive director recently called on Carson to withdraw from the race following his controversial remarks about Muslims. The retired neurosurgeon started a petition on Thursday asking supporters to encourage the Internal Revenue Service to take away the Council on Islamic-American Relations’ tax exempt status.
  • Carson: Terrorists 'would be fools' not to try infiltrating refugees

    10/03/2015 6:31:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies ^ | Mark Hensch
    GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Friday that he opposes admitting Syrian refugees inside America’s borders. “To bring into this country groups infiltrated with jihadists makes no sense,” he told listeners in Des Moines, according to ABC News. “At some point you have to use common sense and judgment,” Carson said. "If you are part of the global jihadist movement, and you see large numbers of people from your area moving into the United States, wouldn’t you want to infiltrate them?” “They would be fools not to [try],” the retired neurosurgeon added of extremists. "Why would we do something...

    10/02/2015 6:18:06 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 65 replies
    conservative post ^ | 10/02/2015 | P W
    “Absolutely” hire him. Trump said Friday if he wins the election he has a special place for Carson on his Cabinet. “I would put him — I’d love to have that,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Trump also stated he regards Carson as a “nice man” although he seriously doubts Carson’s negotiation skills. Trump feels like he is the sure-shot for the presidential run. Could we possibly see a Trump-Carson ticket?
  • Last Men Standing: When Trump, Carson & Fiorina fade, Cruz and Rubio might be the GOP's finalists.

    10/02/2015 11:32:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | Robert Schlesinger
    It's possible, just possible, that the final battle to become the 2016 GOP standard-bearer will come down to a pair of first-generation Cuban-American, first-term senators. Yes, I'm talking about the same Republican Party that has proven so incompetent in reaching out to Hispanic voters that it followed up its 2012 post-mortem determination to get better at it by, arguably, getting worse. Not that a final showdown between Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida will necessarily help on that score, but more on that later. How does this scenario play out? It starts with the assumption that...
  • Four California High School Students Arrested for Alleged Mass Shooting Plot

    10/04/2015 7:48:10 PM PDT · by FoxInSocks · 60 replies
    People ^ | October 4, 2015 | Lindsay Kimble
    Four students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, California, were arrested for allegedly plotting a school shooting, the Tuolumne County Sheriff said in a press conference on Saturday. Sheriff Jim Mele claimed that the students involved were planning to "come on campus, and shoot and kill as many people as possible at the campus." The Summerville High School administration contacted the sheriff's office on Wednesday to report three of the students, who were identified by classmates who found their behavior suspicious. The authorities immediately launched an investigation, which involved interviews with the suspects, as well as school staff and students,...
  • Ice cream truck driver fatally shot in Oakland

    10/04/2015 7:09:43 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    The driver of an ice cream truck was shot and killed in East Oakland on Saturday afternoon, officials said.
  • Bernie Sanders Supports U.S. Arming Rebels To Overthrow Syrian President Assad, Opposes No-Fly Zone

    10/04/2015 9:04:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    HNGN ^ | 10/4/15 | Taylor Tyler
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Saturday that he supports the U.S.'s continued arming and funding of so-called moderate rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but contrasted himself with front-runner Hillary Clinton by opposing the establishment of a unilateral American no-fly zone in the country. -snip- No-fly zones have also been proposed recently by Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
  • Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina

    10/04/2015 3:50:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/4/15 | MICHELLE CONLIN
    Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign. Fiorina's show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers. She has now moved to the short list of candidates the Kochs may support with their reported $1 billion war chest, the...
  • San Francisco’s last gun store closing doors for good

    10/04/2015 4:07:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2015 5:54 PM EDT | Paul Elias
    The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city’s political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business. “It’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop,” High Bridge Arms manager Steve Alcairo announced in a Facebook post on Sept. 11. “It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop.” Alcairo said the breaking point came this summer when a local politician proposed a law that would...
  • Will Property Crime Uptick Become Crime Wave?

    10/04/2015 9:29:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Crime drops to new lows," read Tuesday's San Francisco Chronicle headline for a story about historic lows in crime statistics, nationally as well as in the Bay Area. I hope you enjoyed that headline, because it could be the last time you will read it for at least a decade. Though violent crime rates dropped in California in 2014, some property crime is rising. Some fear that changes in California law that have led to increases in property crime eventually could result in a rise in more serious offenses. The good news of lower crime rates is especially amazing for...
  • US politicians offer neither consensus nor solutions on Syria (Carly, Jeb, Kasich want No-Fly Zone)

    10/03/2015 6:54:02 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/3/15 | Lucia Graves
    For years, Republicans have criticised Barack Obama for not doing more to stop the brutalities carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and to fight Isis. But what they think Obama should do and what the long-term solution might be remained hazy. -snip- Republican rising star Carly Fiorina had already called on the US to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria to protect US-backed rebel fighters, as had Jeb Bush in unequivocal terms. On Friday, another Republican presidential contender joined their camp: “You enter that no-fly zone, you enter at your own peril,” said Governor John Kasich. “No more...
  • California Conservatives, Stung By Old Battle, Wary Of McCarthy As Unifier

    10/03/2015 3:52:03 AM PDT · by paltz · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/1/15 | Kerry Picket
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is currently the leading candidate to become the next speaker of the House — but some Republicans in his home state of California are concerned that the congressman could be more of a divider than a unifier. Those critics point to McCarthy’s curious 2010 intervention in the affairs of two youth Republican groups in the state, when the lawmaker dove in to block the merger of the California Young Republicans and the Young Republican Federation of California. That merger was supposed to be the conclusion of a longtime standoff between the two groups. Up until...
  • Carly Fiorina stands by 2013 attack on Ted Cruz (feels sorry for Boehner)

    10/02/2015 9:46:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Oct. 2, 2015
    In 2013, Fiorina said of Cruz’s effort to defund Obamacare: "Everyone could see this train wreck coming. I actually feel bad for John Boehner. And I think Ted Cruz’s tactics were wrong. There is no honor charging a hill that you know you can’t take — only casualties. Although Ted Cruz may have gotten name recognition and money along the way." She stood by those comments in an interview with Glenn Beck: " We all want to repeal Obamacare. But here’s what was different then: We did not have a majority. We did not have a majority."
  • Actor James Woods: 'Hate Crime Massacre of Christians Finally Silences Obama'

    10/02/2015 6:58:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 87 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark Judge
    26 year-old gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire on the campus on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding seven. Mercer reportedly singled out Christians for death by asking the religion of potential victims before firing on them. Mercer was then shot and killed by law enforcement. In a series of tweets on October 2, Woods argued that because the victims were Christian, both resident Obama and the media would lose interest in the story. "NY Times writes a front page story about a hate massacre targeting Christians without using the word 'Christians,'" Woods tweeted, linking to story in the New...
  • Reporter asks Pelosi uncomfortable abortion questions, press assumes he's just some activist

    10/02/2015 6:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/2/15 | T. Becket Adams
    CNS News' Sam Dorman peppered House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Thursday afternoon with several questions about abortion, and a few unimpressed reporters responded quickly by assuming that he was either a conservative activist or just some protester. "A conservative journo asked Pelosi [about] what constitutes a baby being alive," MSNBC's Luke Russert tweeted, making an assumption about Dorman's political affiliations. The Washington Post's Kelsey Snell took it a step further, and initially identified Dorman in an article as a pro-life "protester." The Post has since updated its story to reflect that Dorman is, in fact, a reporter. CNS News...
  • Is An Unborn Baby With a Human Heart a Human Being? Pelosi: ‘I Do Not Intend to Respond’

    10/02/2015 12:04:38 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Sam Dorman
    October 1, 2015 Is An Unborn Baby With a Human Heart a Human Being? Pelosi: ‘I Do Not Intend to Respond’ by Sam Dorman ( -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at her press briefing today that she did not intend to respond to the question of whether an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver is a human being and that the question has "no basis" in the public policy they do in asked Pelosi: “In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a...
  • Senators demand Obama's Syria strategy (Tom Cotton joins Fiorina on no-fly zones)

    10/02/2015 5:09:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/2/15 | Kristina Wong
    Senators are calling on President Obama to clarify his strategy on Syria, after Russia ignored repeated U.S. warnings and began bombing rebel groups there this week to shore up the Assad regime. -snip- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of the administration's biggest foreign policy critics, called on the administration to take stronger measures. "We should establish no-fly zones in Syria and make it clear that any aircraft that enters those zones will be shot down,” he said.
  • McCarthy’s comments on Benghazi probe may be a political gift to Clinton

    10/01/2015 6:32:34 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/1/15 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming appearance before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be a crucible: a chance for Republicans to prosecute the former secretary of state for her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans as well as for her use of a private e-mail server. Instead, it may have turned into a political gift for Clinton following this week’s suggestion by the likely next House speaker, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), that the taxpayer-funded Benghazi investigation was politically motivated. Clinton’s allies say his comments will help recast Clinton’s scheduled Oct. 22 hearing...
  • How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina

    10/01/2015 4:31:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Backchannel ^ | October 1, 2015 | Steven Levy
    ... Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina made a deal where HP could slap its name on Apple’s wildly successful product. Nonetheless, HP still managed to botch things. ... If it were a straight deal for HP to include Apple’s software, the fee might have been hundreds of millions of dollars. (Around that time, software companies were paying huge sums to have their products or services preinstalled, since people seldom deleted them and often used the default choices.) Even better, preinstalling iTunes was a way for Apple to stifle Microsoft’s competitor to the iTunes Music Store. As an Apple leader at...
  • Shopkeeper Beaten, Stabbed by Gang of Youths

    10/01/2015 8:31:36 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    A Korean-American shopkeeper was beaten and stabbed by a gang of youths on September 21, 2015 outside the 55th Street Market in South Los Angeles. According to the shopkeeper's daughter, who provided the footage to news agencies, the argument broke out after three underaged youths refused to show IDs while purchasing alcohol. The youths left the store and returned a few minutes later with a larger group. When the shopkeeper confronted them outside the store as they attempted to leave with the alcohol, one of the youths breaks a bottle over his head before the group kicks and beats him....
  • Black women kicked off Napa Wine Train to sue for discrimination ($11 million)

    group of predominantly African American women kicked off the Napa Wine Train in late August -- allegedly for being too loud -- filed an $11-million racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday. They said their reputations were tarnished and that some of them even lost their jobs after the incident.
  • Border Officers Rescue Men Entering US Illegally

    10/01/2015 7:53:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 10/1 | Brie Stimson
    US Customs and Border Protection officers launched a helicopter rescue operation Sunday after a group attempting to enter the US illegally called 911. Unsure where they were and with one person needing medical attention, the group sent CBP officers photos of their surroundings from cell phones. A crew member on the helicpoter recognized the location, and officers made the rescue by the top of Otay Mountain near the border. “Cell phone technology and cell phone service in border areas have come a long way, and are often used as a lifeline by people trying to cross illegally into the U.S.,”...
  • Fiorina: 'We must be prepared’ to use force on Russia

    10/01/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 240 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/1/15 | Mark Hensch
    Amid conflicting reports about Moscow targeting U.S.-alllied groups in Syria, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said late Wednesday that she backs military readiness against Russian forces. “I believe we must tell the Russians that we will conduct [and] we will secure a no-fly zone around anti-Assad rebel forces that we’re supporting,” she said on Fox News’s "Hannity." “Does that mean we might use force against Russian jets?” host Sean Hannity then asked. “Well, hopefully not,” Fiorina responded. "Hopefully, if we are signaling clearly to the Russians are intention, it will not come to that.” “But if it does come to...
  • California Labor Union That Fought for $15 Minimum Wage Now Wants an Exemption

    10/01/2015 11:06:11 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 30, 2015 | Natalie Johnson
    The labor union that led the charge for a $15 minimum wage hike in cities across California is now moving to secure an exemption for employers under union contracts. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage. The loophole would allow employers with collective bargaining agreements to sidestep the wage hike and pay their union members below the proposed $15-per-hour minimum wage. James Sherk, a research fellow in labor...
  • Hillary's Claim McCarthy Benghazi Comments 'Deeply Distressing' Makes Morning Joe Laugh

    10/01/2015 5:21:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There was Hillary Clinton, telling Al Sharpton of all people that she found Kevin McCarthy's comments about the Benghazi hearings "deeply distressing." That was too much for the Morning Joe panel, which just had to laugh. As John Heilemann put it, far from being distressed, Hillary surely sees McCarthy's comments—implying a political motive behind the hearings—as a Christmas and birthday gift wrapped into one that sent her "skipping through the park. View the video here.
  • Last gun store in San Francisco closing over proposed law

    10/01/2015 12:32:14 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10-01-2015 | CBS News
    A showdown in San Francisco between lawmakers concerned with public safety and the city's last remaining gun store has reached the endgame. Under siege from an increasing amount of regulation from City Hall, "High Bridge Arms" is closing, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone. Steven Alcairo, general manager of the modest storefront in San Francisco's Mission District, says his business is being pushed out by a proposed city law that would require the store to videotape every gun sale, then turn in the footage to the police department. Gun buyers already have to fill out a detailed form, go through...
  • California's New Death Row: Virginia

    10/01/2015 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    California has a new death row; it's called Virginia. Anti-death penalty advocates, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin death row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006. Take serial killer Alfredo Prieto. In 2005, Prieto was on San Quentin's death row for the 1990 rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Riverside County, when...
  • UCLA pre-med student charged in killing (Dreamers?)

    10/01/2015 9:03:48 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2015 | Richard Winton
    Firefighters found Andrea DelVesco's body in a burning Westwood apartment a block from the campus, where she was a fourth-year psychology student. As details about her life emerged, Los Angeles police detectives delved into whether the killing was tied to her recent prosecution on charges of possessing a cocktail of party drugs, including Ecstasy and meth. But on Tuesday, prosecutors charged Alberto Hinojosa Medina and Eric Marquez — both 22-year-old students — with murder in DelVesco's death, saying Medina stabbed her after burglarizing a nearby apartment and then breaking into her home. Medina is also accused of setting fire to...

    10/01/2015 8:40:38 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC7 (KGO) ^ | 9-30-15 | Vic Lee
    There may be a new development connected to the incident recorded on video of a cat being taken from its home the South Bay. It's a startling development, and neighbors wonder if there could there be a cat killer on the loose in the Cambrian District of San Jose. We showed you security video on Tuesday night of a 17-year-old cat named GoGo who was apparently cat-napped last Monday. In the video you see him lounging on his front lawn when a car stopped by the house and a person got out and approached GoGo. The cat tried to escape,...
  • The Cost of Common Core

    10/01/2015 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Well, it may not work terribly well but Common Core sure is expensive. “The treatment of textbooks as mountains of words is one of the signature elements of Common Core,” Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) pointed out at the National Press Club Monday. In the past half-decade, the 26 states aligned with the Common Core has dropped to 7 but the price tag keeps increasing. “The Pioneer Institute estimates that the 7-year cost of Common Core is $16 billion,” Silicon Valley engineer Ze’ev Wurman said at the same Press Club event Wood spoke at. “The pro-Common...
  • Exxon Mobil to sell troubled Torrance refinery to New Jersey buyer for $537.5 million

    10/01/2015 5:25:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it will sell its refinery in Torrance, California to PBF Energy, a New Jersey-based refining company, following an explosion at the facility in February. PBF said it will buy the refinery, a nearby lubricants distribution center and associated terminals and pipelines for a total of $537.5 million. Exxon Mobil said in its announcement that it expected the company, which has long admitted having an eye on moving into California, to take control of the refinery by mid-2016. PBF said it will finance the deal with a combination of cash, debt and equity. Exxon Mobil also...
  • Hillary Supporters Like Trump's Tax Plan

    10/01/2015 12:09:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube! ^ | Sep 30, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    [Video] Donald Trump recently came out with his proposal for a new tax plan. Every politician comes out with his own plans and proposals, but Jimmy wondered if voters pay any attention to the specifics. So we went out on the street and found people who claimed to support Hillary Clinton and asked those people about her tax plan. What they didn’t