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  • You won’t believe what the Reykjavik police department post on their Instagram account

    09/21/2014 2:00:58 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 43 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | Friday 19 Sep 2014 | Pejman Faratin
    OK, calm down everyone, nothing to see here. Au contraire in fact, plenty of cuteness here. Not only do they post cute images of themselves with cute kittens, they also aren’t afraid to show their more jovial side like skateboarding down the street and showing off their ‘Hello Kitty’ cuffs. As one viewer in Imgur put it ‘Fudge the police. Seriously, that’s a very attractive police force’ whilst another wants to know ‘Why are their clothes so tight fitting?’
  • Documents: Man tried to get 15-year-old rape victim to kill herself while he watched on webcam

    BILLINGS, Mont. – A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam. Michael John Morlan, 21, was out on bail on the rape charges when he spoke with the then-15-year-old girl via Skype last September and told her to commit suicide while he watched to make sure she was doing it right, charging documents said.
  • 5 inmates escape from California jail

    09/20/2014 8:29:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    FOX ^ | staff
    Five inmates are on the loose after escaping from a California jail. The inmates broke out of the Madera County Jail, the Madera County Police Department reported Saturday on its Facebook page. “They are all gang members and considered armed and dangerous,” the report said.
  • Italian Diva Sophia Loren celebrates 80th Birthday in Mexico with Carlos Slim

    09/20/2014 8:28:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Yucatan Times ^ | September 20, 2014
    The Italian diva celebrates her 80th birthday with an exhibition of some of her dresses, jewelry, photographs and awards at the Soumaya Museum. The Sophia Loren exhibition opened today at the Soumaya Museum. It displays pieces owned by the actress. “The best of all is under the same roof,” said the Italian diva at a press conference. Dresses she wore in films, international awards including the Golden Globe and Oscar, as well as photographs and jewelry are displayed.
  • Ferguson Protesters Threaten to Disrupt Stores, Sports Events Unless Darren Wilson Is Arrested

    09/20/2014 8:25:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | AWR Hawkins
    Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri say they will begin disrupting grocery stores and sports events unless Officer Darren Wilson is arrested. Officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9, and the grand jury for the incident has until next year to decide whether or not Wilson should face charges. Protesters say charges need to be filed now, and they are going to take to the streets unless "justice" is served. Mail Online reports that protesters made their plans known at the September 16th St. Louis City Council meeting. They "promised to disrupt grocery stores" and warned that...
  • I, Robot … Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested?

    09/20/2014 1:04:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 02/18/2014 | Annalee Newitz, Matt Novak
    Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested? On August 18, 1982 the Beverly Hills Police Department took a rather unusual perp into custody: a robot called DC-2. The crime? Illegally distributing business cards and generally causing a commotion on North Beverly Drive. It was probably the first time a robot had ever been arrested. When BHPD approached DC-2, the person operating it via remote control refused to identify himself to police. Officers searched the immediate area, but whoever was behind the thing was nowhere to be found. The bot's mysterious operator wasn't afraid of a little joking around though, despite...
  • Armed With A Banana, Man Robs Philadelphia Store, Slips Away On Bike

    09/20/2014 10:18:06 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 18, 2014 | Daniel Kelley
    <p>PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed.</p> <p>The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday's robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday.</p>
  • Steady downpour closes roads; river floods. Some parts of county record 6 inches of rain

    09/20/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Thursday’s slow-moving storm dropped as much as 6 inches of rain during a 24-hour period on parts of Cochise County, according to the National Weather Service. The steady rainfall began Wednesday afternoon and continued throughout most of the county on Thursday, gradually increasing the flow of the San Pedro River and creating flooding conditions that closed roads, including portions of Highway 92 east of Palominas Road. Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carol Capas said some property damage was caused by the slow-moving weather front, with two women being rescued from a house in Portal early Thursday morning....
  • Police: Gang members thought boy, 9, was warning rivals and killed him

    09/19/2014 9:33:03 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 19, 2014 | By Juan Perez, Jr., Jr., Rosemary Regina Sobol, Jeremy Gorner
    Chicago’s youngest victim lost to gun violence this year may have been targeted by four reputed gang members who thought the boy shouted a warning to rival gangbangers, Chicago police said Friday in announcing charges in the month-old slaying.. At a news conference, Superintendent Garry McCarthy lauded the help of the community in solving the slaying of 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr., saying police had little to go on after his shooting Aug. 20 in a back yard in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood
  • Can a Recycled Abortion Strategy Beat Cory Gardner in Colorado?

    09/19/2014 4:31:15 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 18, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    Democratic operative Guy Cecil was living in Sen. Michael Bennet's basement four years ago, trying to pinch every last penny and salvage his boss's appointed seat in the U.S. Senate. It was then that the Bennet campaign hatched the political plan that would save his job: relentlessly focusing on abortion and contraception to cast his GOP opponent as an extremist. Today, Cecil and Bennet are reunited as the top strategist and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. And together they are recycling the same abortion playbook they wrote in 2010—this time to rescue another vulnerable incumbent, Sen. Mark Udall,...
  • Indian TV news anchor sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping

    09/19/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | 19 Sep 2014
    Indian TV news anchor sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping Fri 19 Sep 2014, 8:47pm An Indian television news anchor has been sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping, apparently confusing his name for Roman numerals. Mr Xi left India today after a visit to boost trade and economic ties that have been marred by a long-standing border dispute. The TV blooper occurred on a show on Doordarshan News on Wednesday.
  • Peyton Manning credits legal Colorado pot with booming Papa John's pizza business

    09/18/2014 5:08:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jaime Uribarri
    Like thousands of his fellow Coloradans, Peyton Manning is buzzing off the state's legalization of marijuana. But it's a different kind of high for the Denver Broncos quarterback, who credits legal pot with booming sales at his Papa John's pizza franchises. Manning purchased 21 Papa John's locations statewide shortly before voters passed Colorado Amendment 64 in late 2012, and he's been raking in the money ever since.
  • Special Report: Why You’re NOT Ready for Disaster

    09/18/2014 7:04:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    KNX1070 ^ | September 12, 2014 11:13 AM | Charles Feldman
    (KNX 1070) — Ready or Not? Sounds like a children’s game. But it’s not. In fact, whether you are ready or not when a major disaster hits, can make the difference between life and death. Southern California is prone to so many natural disasters, it would make a Hollywood screenwriter strain to come up with something new: Earthquakes? Check. Mudslides and Fires? Check and Check. Volcanoes? Check again. There are three active ones near L.A. that could erupt at any time, says Dr. Margaret Mangan, the scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s California Volcano Observatory. And, if the...
  • Austin Police Officer Tries To Paint Police Accountability...

    09/18/2014 6:29:54 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 5 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 9/17/2104 | Tim Cushing
    ... As 'Domestic Extremists' In FOIA'ed Emails An activist is a terrorist, at least according to Senior Police Officer Justin Berry of the Austin Police Dept. While the terms aren't mutually exclusive, a person can be one without being the other. In Berry's mind, they're both, and he feeds off the FBI's paranoia to reach his conclusion.
  • City program will boost men, boys of color

    09/18/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 18, 2014 | Meghan E. Irons
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has launched an initiative this month targeting the city’s black and Latino boys and men, a population at risk for joblessness, poverty, and a host of health disparities, according to several studies. Building on the lead of President Obama earlier this year, the mayor is introducing Boston’s version of “My Brother’s Keeper,’’ a network meant to bridge the gap between men of color and their potential achievements. “There are a lot of young black and Latino men that we have here in our city that need this initiative,’’ Walsh said in an interview. “This can be...
  • Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys

    09/18/2014 4:23:21 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 27 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 17 September 2014 | AP
    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.
  • Golf ball thief

    09/17/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Roger Evans
    Roger Evans of Fairbanks sent in this photo. He writes, "This fox has stolen an approach shot, and is waiting on the green for golfers to chip on so he can make off with another, which he did. He chose a pretty orange one next. This is the fourth ball thieving fox to steal hundreds of balls at North Star Golf Club on Old Steese Highway. He has the black legs of his most recent predecessor from a few years ago. What they do with them is anyone's guess, but we hope they don't think they are storing food for...
  • ..Last words of Texas woman, 38, executed for starving girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death

    09/17/2014 6:22:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | Ashley Collman and Chris Spargo for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: l them I finished strong': Last words of Texas woman, 38, executed for starving girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death A Texas woman was executed this evening, after spending the last eight years on death row for the murder of her girlfriend's son a decade ago. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, of Arlington, Texas, was found guilty of capital murder in the death of 9-year-old Davontae Williams, who had been beaten and bound, and whose body bore more than 250 scars when officials discovered him on July 26, 2004. 'What she’s really guilty of is being a black lesbian,' Stickels...
  • Pussy Riot Spends Night at Cambridge Police Department Following Harvard Talk

    09/17/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 16, 2014 | Megan Johnson
    Russian feminist protest punk band Pussy Riot found themselves at the Cambridge Police Department Monday evening after 2008 Harvard School of Public Health graduate Roman Torgovitsky was arrested for trespassing. Torgovitsky asked a question during Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina’s appearance at the JFK Jr. Forum earlier that evening, where he openly admitted to being “illegally” on Harvard grounds after he had been arrested in May for an altercation with campus police.
  • Man points gun at Checkers clerk, demands hamburger, police say

    09/17/2014 6:23:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kate Jacobson
    A man was arrested Tuesday after he threatened to shoot a Checkers drive-thru clerk if he didn't give him a hamburger, according to a report. West Palm Beach police said Dechazo Harris, 27, pulled up just after 1:30 a.m. on March 29 to a Checkers drive-thru, 1209 N. Dixie Highway. He ordered a meal at the speaker, pulled around to the window and wanted to submit another order, according to an arrest report.
  • Police: 16-year-old girl, with baby nearby, killed man over PS4

    09/17/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 46 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | September 15, 2007 | Mike Morris
    Two people are in custody for the fatal shooting of a man during what Sandy Springs police said was the attempted theft of a video gaming system the victim was trying to sell on Craigslist. The alleged shooter in the Friday night incident is a 16-year-old girl whose 16-month-old baby was only feet away at the time of the robbery and shooting, according to Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon. Daniel John Zeitz, 28, of Roswell, had listed a PS4 gaming system for sale on Craigslist, and about 9:30 p.m., went to the parking lot of an apartment on Treelodge...
  • Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvania’s About To Make It Easier

    09/17/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-17-2014 | Dick Teresi
    Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist. Law enforcement officials, however, are taking exception to...
  • Angola Prison Rodeo tickets on sale for 50th year; opens every Sunday in October

    09/16/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/16/14 | Chelsea Brasted
    Tickets are now on sale for the return of the Angola Prison Rodeo, which celebrates 50 years of sending its prisoners out into an arena spotlight to ride bulls, play "convict poker" and tame bucking broncos. Only the most well-behaved inmates have the opportunity to either attend or take part in the biannual rodeo, which is open to the public every April and October.
  • Power Outages Hit Thousands Of Southern California Homes

    09/16/2014 1:10:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 16, 2014 11:56 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — This week’s heat wave just got hotter after power was knocked out to thousands of customers throughout Los Angeles County. Utility crews were working Tuesday to restore power to about 7,000 customers throughout Los Angeles County, including about 3,000 in the city of Los Angeles. Among the communities affected as of mid-morning in the city of Los Angeles was the Los Feliz area, where about 1,100 customers were without electricity, LADWP spokeswoman Jane Galbraith said. Overnight, outages were also reported in Brentwood and Sherman Oaks. In Southern California Edison’s jurisdiction, about 4,000 customers were without electricity...
  • Dump truck used as get-away vehicle after robbery in Sissonville, WV

    09/16/2014 6:47:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    WOWK ^ | Brandon Millman
    UPDATE: Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said they have located the dump truck used as a get away vehicle in a robbery early Monday morning, September 15. They located the truck, which was found burned, along Allen's Fork Road in Kanawha County, WV. According to Kanawha County Emergency Services Deputy Director C.W. Sigman, an amount of oil and diesel fuel may have spilled at the crash site.
  • Somali Group Pushes For Non-Pork Food Shelf (MN)

    09/15/2014 6:00:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 95 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Reg Chapman
    Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger. But many in the Somali-American community say finding a food shelf that caters to their religious dietary restrictions is almost impossible. “Some food shelves are trying to meet the need, but some of them already got canned beans that have already been mixed with pork — and there is a literacy issue here,” said community activist Fartun Weli. A group of first-generation Somali Americans says they need help in developing a food shelf that specializes in healthy foods that do not contain pork or pork byproducts....
  • Purple heart recipient dies while on active duty

    09/15/2014 4:51:09 PM PDT · by thestob · 11 replies
    kcbd.com ^ | By Taylor Langston
    ABERNATHY, TX (KCBD) - Army Sergeant Virginia Caballero, 41, has died while serving overseas. Caballero was traveling home Friday to surprise her family in Abernathy. But a medical problem forced the plane she was on to make an emergency landing in Rockford Illinois. Family says she had a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Caballero later died at the Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was serving her second deployment and had been stationed in Kuwait. She was deployed to Iraq for her first tour in 2003, where she was shot in a vehicle ambush just two months into her tour....
  • Christ Arrested for Assaulting Muhammed in San Rafael

    09/15/2014 3:13:46 PM PDT · by bkopto · 12 replies
    Crime Voice | Sep 11, 2014 | Tom Walsh
    On Wednesday, September 3, San Rafael Police Department received a report of a fight between a man and a woman in the 300 block of Fourth Street in San Rafael. On arrival, officers found Fatimah Muhammed and Jesus Christ located at a nearby CVS store. The officers learned that the couple were in a dating relationship and currently live together. Earlier Christ had become upset with Muhammed because she had been driving too slow. According to Muhammed, Christ then spit on her and then they proceeded to punch each other. Muhammed sustained an injury to her left arm and Christ...
  • Florida mom lets her kids try booze in controlled setting, gets arrested...

    09/15/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | 1:49 pm | T. Becket Adams
    Someone is going to get “unfriended” on Facebook real soon. From WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla.: According to police, Patricia Denault poured herself a shot of Fireball cinnamon whiskey and took a picture of her son taking a sip. She posted that picture on Facebook, but someone saw that picture and called the police. "Me taking a picture and putting it on Facebook, I thought it was funny," Denault said. Denault was arrested on Wednesday, charged with child neglect after she said three uniformed officers and Child Protective Services came to her house and interviewed her kids. (snip)
  • No-homework policy improves home life for younger students at one CPS school

    To the delight of its families, Hamilton Elementary has replaced homework for kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders this year with PDF — play, downtime and family time — along with lots of reading for fun. Only a few days into the new year, life is already better, mother Sarah Rothberger said. Not only is there more time for family dinners every night, but evenings now are for playing UNO and Othello, and reading chapters from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “By The Banks of Plum Creek.” Beyond that, he wondered, why should school dictate what families do, given that families can’t control what...
  • Actress Daniele Watts handcuffed for failing to show ID to police

    09/14/2014 3:34:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 180 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    At first glance, this story doesn’t look like the sort of thing which would normally catch our attention, but it really does tie in to broader issues currently under discussion nationally in terms of race relations and how the police interact with those they serve and protect. Out on the left coast, quite close to the liberal Ground Zero of Hollywood, actress Daniele Watts ran into some trouble this week. (You may remember Watts from her appearance in Django Unchained among other roles.) As Reason tells the tale, she was outdoors, hanging out with her husband and talking on the...
  • Uniformed DPS Trooper Asked to Leave Waffle House Because He Was Armed

    09/13/2014 12:15:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 92 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/13/2014 | Bob Price
    A uniformed Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper was asked to leave a Waffle House restaurant in Grapevine this week because he was armed. The trooper was wearing a Texas DPS helicopter pilot “field uniform” that consists of a DPS polo shirt, tan slacks and his badge and gun were on his belt. Trooper was asked to leave and not to return because he was wearing a gun. The reaction against the manager and Waffle House on Facebook was predictably angry that a uniformed police officer would be thrown out of a restaurant. CBS DFW’s Bud Gillett reported that...
  • Body Of Man Found In Trunk Of Car At Walmart In Riverside

    09/14/2014 5:51:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 13, 2014 6:38 PM | Adrianna Weingold
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The body of a man was found inside a trunk of a car outside a Walmart in Riverside. The body was reportedly found inside a gold Lexus GS 300 around 4:45 p.m. outside the store located in the 5200 block of Van Buren Boulevard. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was likely killed in Pomona, where the car owner lived. Witnesses told KCAL9’s Adrianna Weingold the woman was freaking out about recognizing the dead man as her neighbor. Detectives from the Pomona Police Department have taken over the investigation. They would not confirm how the...
  • City uses meters to raise change for homeless (Pasadena CA)

    09/14/2014 5:31:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 9:33 PM EDT
    The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Pasadena’s housing director, Bill Huang, says the hope is that people who might be reluctant to hand spare change to a panhandler will be more open to putting it in a meter. […] Some homeless advocates complain the meters aren’t a serious enough effort to help the homeless. They also say that in some cities meters have been used to push panhandlers out...
  • Guards Union: We Warned Officials Before T.J. Lane Prison Break

    A union representing Ohio guards says it warned officials about a planned escape the day before Thursday night’s prison break in which three inmates — including convicted killer Thomas “T.J.” Lane — broke free. While one inmate at the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima was put in segregation at the minimum/medium security prison as a precaution, no additional measures were taken, according to the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association.
  • Labour MP: Beat gridlock with a ban on owning a car and force motorists to share vehicles (UK)

    09/13/2014 6:40:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:46 EST, 13 September 2014 | (MailOnline Reporter)
    Owning a car should be “outlawed” to force people on to public transport, a senior Labour MP has suggested. Motorists who want to drive should instead be forced to join communal “car clubs” where the cars are shared by drivers and used only when needed. Dr. Alan Whitehead, a Labour MP for Southampton Test and a member of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, said the increase in car ownership would lead to “something approaching a national traffic jam before 2040”. He claimed that radical action would be needed to avoid national gridlock. …
  • Family's outrage at cops who violently arrested a father of two for 'appearing intoxicated while tak

    FULL TITLE: Family's outrage at cops who violently arrested a father of two for 'appearing intoxicated while taking care of his kids'... but actually has a TERMINAL ILLNESS that makes him look that way Police officers in West Virginia brutally arrested a 39-year-old father of two who they say appeared intoxicated and was handling his kids roughly while walking them to the park. But his outraged family denies that 39-year-old Jeffrey Bane was under the influence on Sept. 6, when he was left choking in his own blood and pleading for help while he was pinned to the ground by...
  • Colorado man sues jail after losing toes

    09/13/2014 5:12:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | September 13, 2014 | Fred Lambert
    CENTENNIAL, Colo., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A man is suing the Arapahoe County jail and its contracted health care company after most of his right foot was amputated due to infected blisters.
  • The Last Thing Missouri Needs Is More Guns, but That's Exactly What It's Getting

    09/13/2014 4:20:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 52 replies
    news.vice.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Alice Speri
    Following some of the most significant protests in recent American history, you'd think Missouri's priorities would be rebuilding frayed ties within its communities and addressing its policing problem. Instead, the overwhelmingly Republican state legislature thinks that, SWAT teams aside, there aren't enough guns out there. On Thursday, Missouri lawmakers addressed this concern by overriding an earlier veto from Governor Jay Nixon and voting into place a law that massively expands gun rights in the state: it lowers the legal age to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19, allows residents with such a permit to openly carry guns,...
  • Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court

    09/13/2014 4:05:00 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received. The Panzer IV tank was part of a fleet of military vehicles amassed by Stanford University-trained engineer Jacques Littlefield, who kept them on his family estate up a winding, forested road above Silicon Valley. After his death, his family turned them over to the Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation, which put some of them up for auction in Portola Valley in July
  • Firefighting Helicopters Make For Dramatic Backdrop As Couple Weds In Corona

    09/13/2014 8:38:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 13, 2014 8:15 AM
    Water-dropping helicopters fighting a wildfire in Orange County made for a dramatic and memorable backdrop for a couple who got married in nearby Corona. Behind Ashley and Chris Geraurd’s wedding at Eagle Glen Golf Club, choppers dropped down to soak up water from the lake. The noise drowned out the ceremony on Friday. “Their facial expressions. Their body language told me what they were doing,” Carrie Fairchild, a friend, said. But that wasn’t all. The smoke from the Silverado Canyon fire also served as a backdrop. “I’m not going to let it ruin my day. Actually, let me rephrase that....
  • Gravedigger suspended after picture with corpse and dead man’s relative shared on Whatsapp

    09/12/2014 10:12:43 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A gravedigger has been suspended and a family subjected to ridicule after posing with the corpse of a man who died 23 years ago. An image of council worker Celestino Reyna, 55, alongside the cadaver and the husband of the dead man’s niece, was sent to her work colleagues via Whatsapp. The photo then ended up on social media, where is was then widely shared – and Mr Reyna recognised by his employers. ‘We never thought this could have such serious consequences, and I did not want to show any lack of respect for my uncle,’ the apologetic niece, who...
  • Is It a Crime to Raise a Killer?

    09/12/2014 10:23:13 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/12/14 | Lisa Belkin
    Anthony Pasquale stops to visit his daughter at the Cedar Green Cemetery every morning, then returns once or twice more during the day. He sits on the small white bench and faces the polished granite headstone, etched with a hologram of Autumn on one side and the things she loved on the other — bicycles, soccer balls, cheerleading, skateboards. From where he sits he can see the middle school, where his 12-year-old girl was a student, and next to that the high school, where the 15-year-old boy who killed her was one, too. When school is in session, Pasquale has...
  • Drug-Planting Irvine Dad [Lawyer] Surrenders To Authorities

    09/11/2014 5:04:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 11, 2014 3:18 PM
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Irvine attorney who helped plant drugs in a school volunteer’s car because of a perceived insult to his son surrendered to authorities Thursday. Kent Wycliffe Easter, 40, was taken into custody following his conviction Wednesday of one felony count of false imprisonment by deceit. He faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison at his sentencing. His wife and co-defendant Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 41, pleaded guilty on Oct. 30, 2013, to one felony count of false imprisonment by deceit and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation....
  • Cops: Shoplifter Used Walmart Motorized Wheelchair Cart As Her Getaway Vehicle

    09/11/2014 2:40:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    After stealing $600 worth of merchandise from Walmart, a Michigan woman made her getaway on one of the store’s motorized wheelchairs, according to cops who collared her two miles from the retailer.. Shirley Mae Mason, 46, was arresteud Monday night and charged with the theft of the $1200 electric cart and six bags stuffed with clothing. During questioning by police, Mason said that she decided to swipe the motorized cart after failing to secure a car ride from the store. Mason, according to a police report, said she just “didn’t feel like walking.” Mason, seen above, was booked into the...
  • Brazen shoplifter is arrested after slow-speed chase on a motorized Wal-Mart wheelchair....

    09/11/2014 12:53:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    FULL TITLE: Brazen shoplifter is arrested after slow-speed chase on a motorized Wal-Mart wheelchair that she stole 'because she didn't feel like walking' Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart. Cops located 46-year-old Shirley Mason about 2 miles away from the store in Fruitport Township. She was riding the stolen $1,200 cart with $600 in clothing, the Muskegon Chronicle reported.
  • Judgement day for Oscar Pistorius [Verdict in hours]

    09/10/2014 11:24:32 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 32 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | 09/11/14 | ED CROPLEY
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars. In a fitting reminder of how South Africa has changed in the 20 years since apartheid, the fate of Pistorius, a wealthy white man from privileged roots, rests in the hands of a 66-year-old black woman from Soweto, Judge Thokozile Masipa. Throughout the on-off six-month trial, Masipa - only the second black woman...
  • D.C. is the Wild West when enforcing tickets for traffic violators, audit finds

    09/10/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | September 8 | Ashley Halsey III
    In Washington, D.C., where issuing traffic citations is a $179 million-a-year business, drivers get speeding tickets for violations they donÂ’t commit and for vehicles theyÂ’ve never owned. Those are among the findings in a 115-page audit of the three city agencies that issued nearly 2.5 million parking and traffic tickets in fiscal 2013, according to a withering report issued Monday by the D.C. inspector general. The report portrays the District as the Wild West of traffic enforcement when compared with neighboring jurisdictions and the states, with a shortage of regulations, a legion of ticket writers often confused about the rules,...
  • Two men cited for trespassing while paragliding near SC nuclear power plant

    09/10/2014 6:58:41 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    The State ^ | 9/9/2014 | Harrison Cahill
    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC — Two men who were paragliding near the V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant were issued trespassing citations after they landed in a restricted area near the plant, according to an incident report filed with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. The report said an officer was dispatched to the area near Lake Monticello on Aug. 24 in reference to trespassers on the property near the plant located at 574 Stairway Road in Jenkinsville. When the officer arrived, he observed two men with a parachute and a helmet with a GoPro video camera attached to it. The officer asked the...
  • Oregon Woman Arrested for 'Zombie Game' Assault (Victim Pushed Down Stairs, Then Bitten)

    09/10/2014 6:58:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 9, 2014 | Reuters
    Oregon woman arrested for 'zombie game' assault SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Oregon woman was arrested for breaking into a home and attacking a woman resident, while claiming she was playing a "zombie game," police said on Monday. Sheriff's officers arrested Jessica Rocha, 27, at a home in the coastal town of Lakeside, said Sergeant Kelley Andrews of Coos County, adding that she was charged with criminal mischief, assault, unlawful entry, harassment and attempted burglary. "She was making comments about playing a zombie game,'" Andrews said, "I've never heard of that." The Coos Bay World newspaper reported that Rocha pushed...