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  • Court: Colorado crime suspects can search victims' homes

    02/27/2015 3:42:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    wfmj ^ | 2-27-2015 | SADIE GURMAN
    An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims' homes to bolster their defense - a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims' advocates. The Colorado judges wrote in their Thursday decision that courts in California, New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts have determined a defendant's right to a fair trial sometimes outweighs privacy interests. Victims' rights advocates strongly objected to the decision. "It's going to have a re-victimizing effect in a criminal justice process that is already very re-victimizing," said Boulder-based victims' rights attorney John Clune. People could be...
  • NASCAR PRODUCTIONS, SPIKE PRESENT 'I AM DALE EARNHARDT'

    02/27/2015 2:55:39 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 2 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Official NASCAR Release
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 25, 2015) -- NASCAR Productions and Spike TV have joined forces to create a captivating and revealing documentary on the life of a legendary American sports hero -- Dale Earnhardt Sr. The original film, "I AM DALE EARNHARDT," premieres exclusively on Monday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
  • Immigration Question

    02/27/2015 1:50:59 PM PST · by neverbluffer · 9 replies
    SELF | 02/27/2015 | NEVERBLUFFER
    Can someone please answer a question for me? We have been groomed over the years by the liberal crowd to believe that illegal aliens entering this country (illegally of course) is not a criminal offense, only a civil matter. However, the following code of laws regarding immigration state clearly: 8 U.S. Code § 1325 - Improper entry by alien (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2)...
  • Paging Dr. Frankenstein! Human head transplant possible in just two years

    02/27/2015 1:49:52 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    catholic.org ^ | 2-27-2015
    According to Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, the Frankenstein-style procedure to graft a living person's head on to a donor body will soon be available. The surgery is intended to help extend the lives of people who have suffered degeneration of the muscles and nerves or those who have advanced cancer. Canavero plans to announce the project at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in June. The doctor published a paper on the technique that he will use in the Surgical Neurology International journal this month. In the procedure,...
  • Fighting eases in eastern Ukraine but economic collapse now looms

    02/27/2015 1:38:58 PM PST · by Citizen Zed
    LA Times ^ | 2-27-2015 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    <p>Fighting has eased between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists in recent days as both sides have begun to withdraw heavy weapons but the greater danger now confronting Ukrainians is collapse of their debt-strangled economy.</p> <p>The national treasury's hard currency holdings are estimated to have dwindled to less than $5.5 billion, or about as much as importers have traditionally spent every three weeks.</p>
  • Eric Holder: Malls should increase security

    02/27/2015 12:36:30 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    1250 wtma ^ | 2-27-2015
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) - Shortly after the ISIS recruit known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi of London -- outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed, "Anyone involved in the killing of American citizens will be held accountable. It doesn't matter where you are, we will find you. We will hunt you down." Holder would not confirm in an interview with CNN's Justice correspondent Pamela Brown the suspected terrorist's identity or reveal whether the U.S. government knows where "Jihadi John" is -- but he insisted America will not relent in bringing to justice the man seen in ISIS videos showing the beheadings of U.S. hostages and other Westerners.</p>
  • More than 25,000 Egyptians flee Libya after beheadings of Christian compatriots

    02/27/2015 11:34:55 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | 2-27-2015 | AFP AND REUTERS
    More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighbouring Libya since the IS group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Also on Friday, Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the IS group in his country, warning that the militants were poised to widen their presence there. Al Thinni also said that his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other", ramping up his rhetoric...
  • Did the Obama Administration Spare a Known Gang Member Now Accused of Murder From Deportation?

    02/27/2015 10:44:25 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2-27-2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Friday demanded that the Obama administration answer whether it has protected a known gang member from being deported — a man who this week was charged with murder. Grassley wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson noting that press reports say Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez has been charged with murdering four people in North Carolina. One of those murdered was a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model. “Mr. Rangel-Hernandez allegedly applied for and received deferred action under the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” Grassley wrote....
  • House Bill Would Ban Gift Tax on Donations to Nonprofits

    02/27/2015 9:22:18 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    philanthropy.com ^ | 2-27-2015
    A member of the House Republican leadership introduced a bill Thursday to bar the Internal Revenue Service from seeking to collect the gift tax on any contribution to a nonprofit organization, report ABC News and The Washington Times. Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, who chairs the Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, said the measure is aimed at preventing the tax agency from targeting donors based on their political beliefs.
  • Groom’s touching vows to bride’s daughter go viral

    02/27/2015 9:15:40 AM PST · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    Trending Now - Yahoo News ^ | 2/26/15 | Mia Fitzharris
    A wedding video is going viral, and not because of a cleverly choreographed bridal party dance or a flower girl throwing a tantrum. The part of the video that stole the show is the groom Brian Scott’s vows to his bride Whitney Kay’s young daughter, Brielle.
  • California couple, married 67 years, die holding hands

    02/27/2015 8:50:56 AM PST · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/15 | Victoria Cavaliere
    A California couple, married 67 years, died hours apart while holding hands this month, their daughter said on Thursday. Floyd Hartwig, 90, and wife Violet, 89, died on Feb. 11 in their home in Easton, California, outside Fresno, their family said. The couple had known each other since they were children and married in 1947 while Floyd was on leave from the Navy, going on to settle in a ranch in Easton.
  • Air monitoring rocket set for second launch attempt

    02/27/2015 7:23:01 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Earlier this month (February 4), the 4.1 metre (14 feet) tall Tempest rocket’s engines failed shortly after its launch from Capesthorne Hall in front of a crowd of school children, with the rocket only managing to reach as high as 50 feet in the air. The University researchers and aerial survey firm Bluesky had been aiming for the rocket to reach around 3,000 feet in order to capture nitrogen dioxide, ozone, temperature and humidity data from monitoring equipment in its cone and to then descend back to earth with the aid of a parachute. Speaking to airqualitynews.com about the launch...
  • Ericsson seeks US sales ban of Apple iPhone, iPad in patent lawsuit barrage

    02/27/2015 6:16:55 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    pc world ^ | 2-27-2015
    Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits. The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor filed nine lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, seven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and two in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of a total of 41 of its patents, it said Friday. Apple is no stranger to the courts when it comes to patent disputes. Previous cases have often focused on the “look and feel” of its products, turning on the curvature of a...
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! February 27, 2015

    02/27/2015 3:05:26 AM PST · by sneakers · 12 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread, our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - which looks like sometime in March! So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • About 61,000 Ohioans poised to lose Medicaid health benefits

    02/26/2015 11:47:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    wkbn.com / ap ^ | 2-26-2015
    Roughly 61,000 Ohioans in Medicaid are expected to lose their coverage this weekend after failing to take steps to renew their health benefits as required, the state’s Medicaid director said Thursday. Those recipients who did not update their household income or other eligibility information as requested are poised to be terminated from the program Saturday. Federal law requires states to “redetermine” annually whether recipients remain eligible for Medicaid. The federal-state program for the poor and disabled provides coverage to nearly one out of every four Ohioans. The process was on hold in Ohio for a year as the federal health...
  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

    02/26/2015 11:24:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    kentucky.com / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | BILL SIZEMORE
    Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg man discovered he couldn't father children. The reason: He had been sterilized by the state. Reynolds was among more than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each. It's welcome news, Reynolds said. "I think they done me wrong," he said. "I couldn't have a family like...
  • Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

    02/26/2015 11:07:30 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | JENI O'MALLEY
    On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous abandonments of infants if the bill, which unanimously passed the House this week, clears the state...
  • Hollywood conservatives, Duck Commander fight the PC police - and win

    02/26/2015 8:51:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation. Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience. A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media...
  • (Fox WTH?) "Fiorina is only Female Potential Candidate in Emerging GOP Field"

    02/26/2015 4:50:12 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 102 replies
    Hello Fox: Wake the heck up. Stop campaigning for GOP people who nobody actually wants.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/26/2015 2:58:16 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 64 replies
    This week's thread is about Cooking With Kids. When I was in elementary school in the early 1960s, every year the school would hold a book fair; students could look at new books and pick some out to buy. One year I bought 'Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls', originally published in the late 1950s. I loved looking at this book, and learned a lot using the recipes. For a children's book, it's a surprisingly comprehensive guide to basic cooking, with a lot of interesting presentation ideas, and even some decorative crafts. AND it includes campfire cooking! I wanted...
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • LIVE CNN !! (Osama Bin) Llama and crew loose in streets in Sun City, AZ!!

    02/26/2015 12:23:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/25/15
    Hugh and Developing!! Loose Llamas in Sun City!!
  • Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why

    02/26/2015 12:18:13 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 51 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2-26-2015
    A handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast. Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods. Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced its overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold...
  • Bill Maher Accuses Jeb Bush of Converting to Catholism for Political Gain

    02/26/2015 12:07:14 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2-24-2015 | Matt Wilstein
    “Did you know Jeb Bush is Catholic? Neither did I,” Maher wrote, before pointing out that Bush “converted to Catholicism in 1996 — 22 years after marrying his Mexican-born wife, Columba, — and conveniently between the first time he ran for governor (and lost) and the second time he ran, and won.” “The Bushes play election hardball, but they also play the margins. They look for every little edge,” he added. As Maher put it, George W. Bush became an Evangelical Christian before running for governor of Texas, a state where 34% of voters fall in that category. Similarly, Jeb...
  • UAE regulator allows airlines to resume flights to Baghdad

    02/26/2015 11:24:00 AM PST · by Citizen Zed
    The Express Tribune / NY Times ^ | 2-27-2015 | Reuters
    Two passengers were slightly injured when three or four bullets hit the body of a plane operated by budget carrier FlyDubai, damaging the fuselage, but officials were unable to identify the source of the gunfire. “Based on the assessment of the information provided by all stakeholders…which reported that the incident was an accident…GCAA’s approach is to allow operators of aircrafts registered in the UAE to resume flights to Baghdad,” the General Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday.
  • Death toll from Afghan avalanches over 200

    02/26/2015 10:17:56 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    News Talk ZB ^ | 2-27-2015
    The death toll from a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Afghanistan has risen above 200. The bulk of the deaths came in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 168 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri said on Thursday. The avalanches came after days of heavy snow, which destroyed more than 100 homes in the province and blocked main roads, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages. "Our death toll has risen to 168 people killed in avalanches in Panjshir province," Kabiri said, warning that the figure may rise...
  • Ireland passes EU's first tobacco plain packaging law

    02/26/2015 9:23:30 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Ireland on Thursday became the first European Union member state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, prompting the tobacco industry to threaten legal action. Under the new rules all forms of branding, including logos and colours will be banned and all products will have have a uniform packaging with graphic health warnings. "We are creating legislation which will be historic and will be of real importance to the area of public health," the minister for children James Reilly told parliament Thursday. It follows Australia's introduction of similar plain packaging legislation in 2012. "We are on...
  • Graphene shows anticancer potential

    02/26/2015 6:42:47 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Scientists have discovered that the nanomaterial graphene can target and neutralize cancer stem cells and is not toxic to healthy cells, suggesting it may have potential to treat a range of cancers with fewer side-effects than many current treatments. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy that wipe out the bulk of cancer cells don't always kill cancer stem cells - a residue can survive and grow. Residual cancer stem cells drive tumor recurrence and metastasis - where cancer spreads to other parts of the body. Metastasis is responsible for 90% of cancer deaths, so any treatment that prevents it will make a huge...
  • Police Dog Receives Final Guard Of Honour From Officers On His Way To Be Put Down

    02/26/2015 6:34:15 AM PST · by Doogle · 9 replies
    BUZZFEED news ^ | 02/23/15 | Richard James
    Judge the German shepherd helped make over 150 arrests during his long and distinguished career. Corporal Michael Franks took the heartbreaking decision to put the 9-year-old German shepherd down after watching his health deteriorate.
  • DC Legalizes Pot in Capital, Despite Threats From Congress

    02/26/2015 6:06:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    abc news / ap ^ | 2-26-2015 | BEN NUCKOLS
    The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Bowser, a Democrat, said the city's plans haven't changed despite a letter from two leading House Republicans warning of repercussions if the city moves forward with legalization. "This is a major milestone on the road to ending marijuana prohibition...
  • CB NETWORK

    02/26/2015 4:48:33 AM PST · by knarf · 31 replies
    self | February 26, 2015 | knarf
    So ... if everybody is weirded out by net neutrality ...
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! February 26, 2015

    02/26/2015 3:02:25 AM PST · by sneakers · 14 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread, our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - which looks like sometime in March! So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Let My People Live (aka "Hold Your Noses) ... To The Tune of "Go Down Moses"

    02/26/2015 12:49:22 AM PST · by zencycler · 3 replies
    self | 2/26/2015 | self
    To the tune of "Go Down Moses" When Israel was in America’s land Watch the Democrats go The president this he could not stand Watch the Democrats go Hold your noses It stinks here in America’s land Obama told them to follow So watch the Democrats go The faithful will stay to hear the news Let my people speak The leader of Israel, respect his views Let my people speak Hold your noses It stinks here in Democrat land Obama told them to follow So watch the radicals freak As Israel stood at the partisan divide Let my people live...
  • Lenovo website breached, hacker group Lizard Squad claims responsibility

    02/25/2015 9:28:45 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    fortune.com / Reuters ^ | 2-25-2015 | Bobby Yip
    Chinese computer and smartphone firm Lenovo Group said its website was hacked on Wednesday, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting internal company emails. Lizard Squad posted an email exchange between Lenovo employees discussing Superfish. The software was at the centre of public uproar in the United States last week when security...
  • China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral

    02/25/2015 6:53:21 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/15 | (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Gunna Dickson)
    U.S. military officials in recent months have grown increasingly vocal about China's military buildup and launched a major push to ensure that U.S. military technology stays ahead of rapid advances by China and Russia.
  • Vanity - Anthony Horowitz Yet to be Titled Bond Novel to published September 8th

    02/25/2015 6:48:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    02.25.2015
    Anthony Horowitz Authorized Bond novel is to be published on September 8th. The book is supposed incorporate unpublished Ian Fleming material. My guess is the material from Fleming's scrapbook. The Hardcopy and the Trade LP Paperback is already for sale on Amazon.
  • The Truth About 'Net Neutrality'

    02/25/2015 6:17:08 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 2/2515 | Prisonplanetlive
    The federal government is about to seize control of the Internet and most Americans don't even know about it. Send your complaints to the FCC via this link: http://www.fcc.gov/comments
  • Tree tapping season officially underway

    02/25/2015 4:42:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    WNDU.com (South Bend, IN) ^ | 02/25/2015 | Kate Chappell
    NEW CARLISLE Tree tapping season is officially underway in St. Joseph County. Staff at Bendix Woods County Park has already welcomed dozens for the first seasonal event. While tapping has started, sap isn't flowing quite yet. The substance needs above freezing temperatures to flow."This is the only time of year you can actually tap trees, so that's what makes this time of year so unique for making maple syrup," said Interpretive Services Manager, Leslie Witkowski.The season is short. It takes place between mid-February and March, but during that time, staff will see dozens of school groups. Parks staff says the...
  • What Amadeus gets wrong

    02/24/2015 2:31:28 PM PST · by Borges · 76 replies
    BBC Culture ^ | 2/24/2015 | Clemency Burton-Hill
    It is 30 years since Amadeus swept the board at the Academy Awards. Miloš Forman’s 1984 film of Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play, took home eight statuettes that night, including best film, best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay. Arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between human genius and mediocrity, it has taken its place in motion picture history and is invariably described as a masterpiece. All this is despite the fact the film plays shamelessly fast and loose with historical fact, taking as its basis a supposedly bitter rivalry...
  • The "Frozen" masses?

    02/25/2015 4:18:16 PM PST · by NYAmerican · 39 replies
    So, here we are. The enemy is in the White House, and in charge of most State and many Local Governments. The purge of the Military and the Pentagon is complete. They own the Mainstream Media, and virtually all of Academia. A populace consumed and mesmerized by their mobile electronic devices, Dancing with the Stars, and Justin Beiber, is no threat to them whatsoever, but rather a useful tool. As we speak, we are guaranteeing a psychotic enemy Nuclear Weapons, and fomenting/supporting Islamic fanaticism worldwide, while we also actively engineer class and racial unrest domestically. I feel like one of...
  • Citing Stigma, The University Of Minnesota Removes Race Descriptions In Crime Alerts

    02/25/2015 4:16:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Facing backlash for allegedly stigmatizing minorities — particularly black men — the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities announced on Tuesday that it will no longer include racial descriptors in crime alerts issued to students and faculty. “This change supports our public safety goals while recognizing the harm that the use of race in crime alerts causes for some members of our community,” the university, which has nearly 50,000 students and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, said in a statement. “Moving forward, the University will use descriptions only when there is sufficient detail that would reasonably help identify specific...
  • Saudi Arabia to bar women from 'showing off their beauty' on television

    Female members of Saudi Arabia's advisory Shura Council attend a session (AFP) Saudi Arabia’s consultative assembly has passed a law requiring female television to wear “modest dress”, according to local media reports. Arab News, which is part of a group of companies owned by King Salman's son Prince Turki, said the law passed in the Shura Council, an advisory body, will make it mandatory for women not to “show off their beauty” while on air. The law will come into force once approved by the country's cabinet and will apply to “women media workers in the Kingdom” including on the...
  • Man shoveling snow in Lexington, Kentucky

  • How the bin Laden Raid Put Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan

    02/25/2015 2:09:31 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 2-25-2015 | Tim McGirk
    After the U.S. used a health program to track down the al Qaeda leader, volunteers fighting polio became the hunted. When Navy SEALs raided a high-walled compound in Pakistan in May 2011 and killed the world's most wanted terrorist, another long-standing source of terror also was facing elimination: polio. After nearly half a century of vaccinating children and adults around the globe, international health workers finally had cornered the polio virus in a few remaining pockets in northern Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Although polio may lack the panic-inducing effect of Ebola—usually crippling its victims rather than killing them—Americans and Europeans...
  • Surviving an Islamic State Massacre (Video from ‘Shia Militias Vs. The Islamic State')

    02/25/2015 1:41:21 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Vice News ^ | 2-25-2015
    Last summer, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept from Syria into northern Iraq, routing Iraqi security forces and seizing the city of Mosul. Soon afterward, the group declared the establishment of a dubious "caliphate" in the area it controls and rebranded itself the Islamic State. With Iraq's army weakened and radical militants advancing on Baghdad, the country's Iran-backed Shia militias — which have their own history of sectarian abuses — fought back, halting the Islamic State's advance. The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air...
  • Ohio anchor taken off the air after using racial slur

    02/25/2015 1:24:12 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 124 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 2-25-2015 | Ben Axelson
    Cleveland TV anchor Kristi Capel has been temporarily taken off the air in the wake of using a racial slur during a live broadcast on Monday. Cleveland.com reported that Capel did not appear on the Fox 8 morning show on Wednesday, and would not appear on Thursday or Friday of this week either. She will return to the broadcast on Monday, March 2. While praising Lady Gaga's performance of a "Sound of Music" medley at the 2015 Oscars on Sunday, Capel said during the Monday broadcast, "It's hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music... She has...
  • AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

    02/25/2015 12:56:15 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    Monroe News / AP ^ | 2-25-2015
    <p>The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.</p> <p>Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.</p>
  • Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying drone in Paris

    02/25/2015 12:44:00 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2-25-2015
    The journalists -- all foreign nationals -- were taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon after police saw a drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris, Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said. It was unclear what the trio was trying to accomplish, she said. Officials with Qatar-based Al-Jazeera did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The journalists can be held for a maximum of 24 hours under French law. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence and a 75,000 euro fine. Wednesday’s incident comes on the...
  • I am a filthy woman - and proud of it: ...Being grubby is part of a British woman's heritage

    02/25/2015 12:21:22 PM PST · by beaversmom · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 24, 2015 | Rowan Pelling
    If cleanliness is next to godliness (which I doubt), then the following should also be true: the more you boast about it, the more suspect you are. I’m amazed by the number of people who insist on telling me they take two showers a day, as if they’re the Mother Teresa of personal hygiene. What manner of grime are they washing away? It’s hard not to think of Lady Macbeth’s frenzied attempts to scrub the blood from her hands. So when I read of a survey that stated 4 out of 5 British women don’t shower every day, I applauded...
  • Apple Must Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement, Judge Says

    02/25/2015 11:52:36 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 71 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 2-25-2015 | KORY GROW
    A federal jury has ruled that Apple willfully infringed on patents when developing iTunes' data storage systems, following eight hours of deliberation. The Tyler, Texas–based judge presiding over the case has ordered the company to pay $532.9 million in damages, according to Reuters. The plaintiff, Smartflash LLC — which is based on the British Virgin Island of Tortola but also has a Texas address — filed the suit (viewable as a PDF) in May 2013, seeking $852 million in damages and citing six patents that related to the storing and accessing of songs, videos and games. The company does not make...