Petraeus: I think the central issue is the nature of American leadership in the world, how expansive will it be, how involved will it be? Frankly, where do you draw a red line? And if you draw a red line make sure that you are going to act on it? - Full Interview
Richard Simmons is setting the record straight, in a compassionate way. After the fitness instructor, 67, was hospitalized earlier this month, there were headlines that Simmons was being held against his will at his Hollywood Hills home, and that he was transitioning from male to female. - Referenced Article
When I first heard the news of the horrific massacre at a gay club in Orlando, a lot of thoughts went through my mind. One of them being that I was certain Republicans were going to spend much of the day Sunday trying to blame this on President Obama.
After all, what would a tragedy be without Republicans trying to blame it on this president. - Referenced Article
By all accounts, if this group would've been young Black kids of the same age they would not have gotten all the way up State street...arrests would've been made, guns would've been drawn and words of the account in the newspaper would've been peppered with words like thugs, sinister, barbaric. But since it was Cathedral Prep..."They got a little out of hand" with the underage drinking, breaking & entering, verbal assaults, terroristic threats... "boys will be boys."
Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit: It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show.
The British band invited Beyonce and Bruno Mars to share the spotlight Sunday for the halftime extravaganza, which evolved into a 50th anniversary tribute to Super Bowl shows of yore. - Referenced Article
Since outsider, anti-establishment White House candidates are all the rage, consider this one: scant executive experience, brief time in federal office, a bold if not arrogant willingness to challenge much more seasoned politicians, an aspirational platform with little track record to back it up, and a minority to boot.
Several important political and economic concerns were addressed in the YouTube interview with President Obama on Friday, but one debate was finally settled: Obama established the proper shape of dog pants. - Referenced Article
Donald Trump on Tuesday revived questions about Ted Cruz's eligibility to become president, saying Republicans could be in a "very precarious" situation by selecting the Canadian-born conservative as the party's presidential nominee. - Referenced Article
More than 2 million players took home smaller prizes on Saturday. Three contestants took home $1 million apiece. Someone in Pennsylvania also won $2 million.
But no one claimed the grand prize, which keeps growing. The next drawing is on Wednesday. Powerball estimates the chances of someone picking the jackpot-winning numbers are about 1 in 300 million. - Referenced Article
LeBron James tumbled into the wife of star PGA Tour golfer Jason Day while chasing a loose ball Thursday night, causing her to be taken from the floor by stretcher and to a local hospital.
James, who is listed at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, crashed into Ellie Day, knocking her chair over and landing on her as he fell out of bounds with 5:00 left in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 104-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. - Referenced Article
Donald Trump on Friday launched his first attacks against Ted Cruz, questioning his appeal to evangelical voters and his commitment to ethanol subsidies in the first blasts by the GOP front-runner against his political ally.
Yet Trump, who has relished in whacking his Republican rivals, at times did not appear totally willing to give the same treatment to Cruz, who has yet to publicly call out Trump. - Referenced Article
Kind words were in short supply for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the premiere of Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” in New York on Tuesday night. Emmanuel fired Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy after tensions flared over the release of a graphic video that showed a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, being shot 16 times by a white police officer. - Referenced Article
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A concerned shopper takes to Hannaford to complain about the "most wilted kale ever," and receives a quick response from corporate asking for the Supermarket location.
Hannaford should be credited for their immediate response along with a coupon for the shopper's next visit. In an age of social media, consumers have an enormous power to advocate for or critique brands.
There’s a possibility that the “Tootsee Roll” has never been in someone’s birth plan before. But Boston woman Yuki Nishitzawa, 36, just changed that.
To alleviate labor pains during an unmedicated childbirth at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery on Tuesday, Nishitzawa danced as her water broke and beyond. - Referenced Article
August 6, 2015
9pm ET - Top 10 Candidates (2 hours)
5pm ET - Candidates outside top 10 (1 hour)
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Sponsors: Fox News, facebook
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Rules: Top 10 candidates in an average of 5 national polls
Candidates: To be determined
September 16, 2015
CNN/Salem Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN and Salem Radio (Press Release)
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsors: Reagan Library Foundation, CNN, Salem Media Group
Moderators: Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt,
Rules: Split field into Segment B (top 10 candidates) and Segment A (remaining candidates getting at least 1% in polls) (Details)
Candidates: To be determined
October 28, 2015
CNBC Republican Debate
Aired On: CNBC
Location: University of Colorado in Boulder (Press Release)
Sponsors: CNBC (Press Release)
Candidates: To be determined
Fox Business/WSJ Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox Business Network
Sponsors: Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal
Candidates: To be determined
December 15, 2015
CNN/Salem Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsors: CNN, Salem Media Group
Candidates: To be determined
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Sponsors: Fox News
Candidates: To be determined
February 6, 2016
ABC/IJReview Republican Debate
Aired On: ABC
Location: St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
Sponsors: ABC News, IJReview.com (Press Release)
Candidates: To be determined
February 13, 2016
CBS News Republican Debate
Aired On: CBS
Location: South Carolina
Sponsors: CBS News
Candidates: To be determined
February 26, 2016
NBC/Telemundo Republican Debate
Aired On: NBC and Telemundo
Sponsors: NBC/Telemundo, National Review
Candidates: To be determined
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Sponsors: Fox News
Candidates: To be determined
March 10, 2016
CNN/Salem Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN
Sponsors: CNN, Salem Media Group
Candidates: To be determined
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s adult daughter will move her trailer off of the governor’s mansion ground, Fallin’s spokesman said Tuesday, in response to public concerns over her living on taxpayer-funded land.
Gov. Fallin revealed on Sunday that her daughter, Christina, has been staying in a trailer home linked to the mansion’s utilities since April, and is pleased to have her nearby as she seeks a permanent place to live, The Oklahoman reported. - Referenced Article
MIT is pushing ahead with plans to turn a string of Kendall Square parking lots into six new buildings for lab space, offices and apartments, the latest bid to turn the bustling innovation district into a 24/7 neighborhood and meet soaring demand from both companies and residents to be there.
The university’s investment arm said it will file Tuesday for city approvals to build on six lots along Main Street in Cambridge. - Referenced Article
Some streets remained roped off Sunday as a precaution after Milwaukee police reported two sightings of what appears to be a lion.
Armed police, accompanied by Department of Natural Resources agents, converged Sunday morning on a bridge over Lincoln Creek after a police officer saw a "catlike" animal in a ravine, but "unfortunately we weren't able to keep visibility," and the animal likely has escaped the containment effort, Milwaukee police Lt. Paul Formolo said. - Referenced Article
The Russian president signed a decree last week limiting the number of staff employed by the Interior Ministry to just over one million.
That requires massive layoffs that will bring total headcount down by 10%. Administrative staff will bear the brunt of the cuts at the ministry, which controls the Russian police, paramilitary security forces and the road traffic safety agency. - Referenced Article
A state appeals court ruling this week has big privacy implications.
A New York state court ruled Tuesday that Facebook must comply with search warrants allowing government prosecutors to sift through users’ photos, messages and personal account information as part of an investigation of Social Security fraud.
The appeals court ruling said that the social network cannot challenge search warrants for 381 users’ Facebook data, although individual defendants can move to suppress the evidence. - Referenced Article
The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly "as it would be in a murder investigation."
Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday that a Texas Rangers investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, whose family and friends dispute that she killed herself, is being supervised by the FBI. - Referenced Article
This might be a moment when Killer Mike might be feeling a little heat from his ill conceived endorsement of the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, for President of the United States. How does one make an endorsement of a candidate who hasn't put forth a major policy speech or had his policy positions scrutinized by other Presidential candidates?
On July 9, 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Naperville, Ill., drove to Texas to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M. On July 10, police stopped Bland just outside the campus for allegedly failing to signal while changing lanes.
Police claim that during the stop she became combative and that she was charged with "assault on a public servant."
Bland was arrested. On July 13, around 9 a.m., before her family could bail her out, Bland was found dead inside a Waller County, Texas, jail cell. Police claim she died from "self-inflicted asphyxiation." - Referenced Article
I saw your truck parked in front of the Rite-Aid, right by the Dunkin Donuts. Two large Confederate flags were attached to the back of it, waving in the wind.
The American flag was, incongruously (and in violation of the flag code), in the center.
And, I have to confess, I don’t get it. Part of me wanted to ask obvious questions: You know you are in New Hampshire, right? And, you know New Hampshire was not a part of the Confederacy? - Referenced Article
In 2008, Abigail Fisher, who is white, sued the University of Texas at Austin for race discrimination.
The school rejected her, and she blamed its affirmative action program, which considers race and ethnicity in a “holistic review” of certain candidates.
“There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT, and the only other difference between us was the color of our skin,” she explained. - Referenced Article
It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City.
It happened at the Santander bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash.
After receiving over $1,200 in bills, police say the suspect then fled westbound on Broadway in the wheelchair. Referenced Article
“If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently”.
“I think laws will be passed that you can’t have human drivers on some roads”, he said. “I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because ‘do unto others”. - Referenced Article
The Millennials lead other age groups in media consumption on smartphones but watch the least amount of live television, according to new data from Nielsen.
Reflecting the trend that has kept TV executives awake at night, U.S. adults between the ages of 18 to 34 watched on average 22 hours of TV a week, according to Nielsen's Q1 2015 Total Audience Report released Tuesday.
Their consumption pales in comparison to 36 hours spent a week in front of the tube by all adults. The Millennial set spends "nearly as much time using digital devices as a whole as they do watching TV," the study said. - Referenced Article
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said Wednesday that there was nothing that could have prepared them for the trauma of learning years ago that their oldest son, Josh, had “improperly touched some of our daughters.”
“He said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping; they didn’t even know he had done it,” Jim Bob Duggar told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, in the family’s first interview since the allegations were reported last month. - Referenced Article
Nearly 900 pages of Libya-related e-mails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican investigation of her actions preceding the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi and an alleged administration cover-up in its aftermath.
Released Friday by the State Department, the e-mails contain nuggets indicating that Clinton received a fairly steady flow of information about the political chaos inside Libya throughout 2011 and 2012. - Referenced Article
North Korea has executed its defense chief on treason charges, Seoul's National Intelligence Service was quoted as telling lawmakers, in the latest of a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took power after his father's death in 2011.
Hyon Yong Chol, who heads the isolated country's military, was purged and then executed by firing squad with an antiaircraft gun, watched by hundreds of people, South Korean media reported on Wednesday, citing the NIS's comments to a parliamentary panel. - Referenced Article
Google has announced that its web browser Chrome and other products will no longer recognize security certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the government agency that oversees China’s domain name registry.
This is significant because CNNIC administers security certificates for the .cn country code, as well as Chinese-language domain names, which are open to businesses registered within China. - Referenced Article
Argentinian designer, art director, and artist Martin de Pasquale creates surreal images that will beguile your brain. On the 25th birthday of Photoshop, we talk to de Pasquale and take a look at some of his greatest creations. - Full Gallery
A manhunt is underway for the suspects in a brazen, but failed credit union heist. Officers say the offenders strapped a fake bomb to a credit union executive and demanded he empty his own vault. Vinita Nair reports from New Britain, Connecticut.
Washington Post By : William Booth and Daniela Deane
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed a controversial U.S. federal court decision that found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian authority liable for backing six terror attacks committed more than a decade ago that left a number of American citizens dead or wounded.
Netanyahu’s office released a statement late Monday after the decision, saying Israel expected the wider international community “to continue to punish those who support terrorism just as the US federal court has done and to back the countries that are fighting terrorism.” - Referenced Article
After he was convicted for his role in a string of armed robberies, Quartavious Davis paid dearly: A federal judge in Florida sentenced him to almost 162 years in prison.
Davis was 18 and 19 when the crimes took place in 2010, and had no prior arrests.
The sentencing was the last time his mother, Darlene Bell, laid eyes on her son. The judge's punishment still stings her. "It was tough to hear as his mother. I felt betrayed by the system," she said. "I wanted to die. My son wanted to die." - Referenced Article
Coming to terms with the shocking realization that a sadistic Nazi was your grandfather would be hard for anyone — but it's even more so when you're a black, Hebrew-speaking German.
That's the reality captured in Jennifer Teege's memoir, "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past," after learning that Plaszów concentration camp commander Amon Goeth was her blood. - Referenced Article
A new report has tallied almost 4,000 lynchings of black people in the South during the Jim Crow era, about 700 more than were part of previous tallies of Southern lynchings.
The report by the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that provides legal counsel to the poor, calculates that there were 3,959 lynchings in the South from the end of the Reconstruction era in 1877 to 1950. - Referenced Article
Members of Parliament voted Tuesday to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people to try to eradicate a type of genetic disease that has caused the deaths of thousands of babies.
If the measure also passes Britain's upper chamber, the House of Lords, England would become the first country to legalize the procedure.
"This is world-leading science within a highly respected regulatory regime and for the many families affected, this is light at the end of a very dark tunnel," said Health Minister Jane Ellison. - Referenced Article
A story about a Detroit man who commutes about 21 miles a day on foot to and from work has spurred reaction from across the nation, including social media fundraisers that have netted more than $35,000.
Because buses don't cover the full distance between James Robertson's home in Detroit and his job in Rochester Hills, he walks a little more than seven miles headed to work and about 13 miles home, five days a week. - Reference Article
The idea originated on a closed Facebook group for Lutheran clergy, where pastors were discussing how North Miami Beach’s police department had been caught using mugshots of actual people for target practice. Let’s send in our own photos for target practice, the pastors decided.
The target-practice story had come to light after National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant saw bullet-riddled mugshots of black men at a police gun range. - Referenced Article
Stephen A Smith sport analyst at first take is adamant that if Bill Belichick oversaw and or authorized what has been deemed "Deflationgate" he must be supended for at least a year. Charges levied against the New Orlean Saints' coach Sean Payton. - Referenced Article
11 of 12 balls under-inflated can anyone spell cheating!!! #Just Saying
The United States has a prison crisis of epic proportions. With just five percent of the world population, but 25 percent of the world's prisoners, the United States has, far and away, the highest incarceration rate, the largest number of prisoners, and the largest percentage of citizens with a criminal record of any country in the world.
The highly respected Prison Policy Initiative breaks it down:
The U.S. incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents, more than any other country. In fact, our rate of incarceration is more than five times higher than most of the countries in the world. Although our level of crime is comparable to those of other stable, internally secure, industrialized nations, the United States has an incarceration rate far higher than any other country.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle of parenting by double-standard, in an interview published Tuesday, saying they shelter their daughters from some things but allow them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.
While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school ... - Referenced Article
Cherif Kouachi was known to French authorities as a recruiter, a middleman, a guy who had conflicted feelings about joining the fight alongside Islamist militants in Iraq.
What appeared Wednesday was very different. Kouachi and his older brother — the main suspects in the massacre at the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo — moved with chilling calm and precision. - Referenced Article
Since debuting the weekly branded Instagram video charts several months ago, we've learned that marketers who were dedicated to this increasingly important social space were consistently the ones winning.
That's why brands such as the National Basketball Association, BMW, Ellen and GoPro regularly beat out competitors in their categories. - Referenced Article
Your in-box probably is full of bold predictions for the future — not the “you will meet a tall dark stranger” type, but the type that identifies the “next big thing” for your business.
Marketers are laser-focused on digital marketing, so here are tidbits gleaned from my in-box. The good folks at eMarketer published their “Key Digital Trends for 2015” and offer these five observations. - Referenced Article
Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa compared to affluent regions.
A court filing in a civil case in Florida last week included new allegations against Jeffrey E. Epstein, a businessman who pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution, and two other high-profile men: a member of the British Royal family and an American lawyer.
On Saturday, Mr. Dershowitz said he “categorically and unequivocally” denied all of the allegations. He said he would file disbarment proceedings against the lawyers who filed the motion... - Referenced Article
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week.
Jordan remains a member of the Security Council while several other countries with revolving membership were replaced over the New Year. - Referenced Articles
Early human ancestors spent eons testing their skeletons while jogging through untamed landscapes hunting and gathering food to survive. Life is significantly easier today, and evidence of a more leisurely lifestyle is showing up in our rested bones.
Since the invention of agriculture, new research shows, human bones have grown lighter and far less dense than those of early humans and closely related primates. Referenced Article
Garrett Peterson was born in 2012 with a defective windpipe. It would periodically just collapse, because the cartilage was so soft, and he'd stop breathing.
This would happen every day — sometimes multiple times a day. "It was really awful to have to watch him go through his episodes," says his father, Jake Peterson of Layton, Utah. "He'd be fine and then all of a sudden start turning blue. - Referenced Article
Add another accuser to the line of women stepping forward to claim Bill Cosby raped them decades ago.
This time, the woman is Katherine McKee, a sometime actress and former Las Vegas showgirl best known as the late Sammy Davis Jr.'s former mistress, who traveled with him as his "road wife." - Referenced Article
The 17-year-old son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of an assault and robbery, a spokeswoman for the mayor told CNN on Saturday.
"Yesterday evening, Mayor Emanuel's son, Zach, was assaulted in a robbery during which his phone was stolen," spokeswoman Kelley Quinn told CNN. "He sustained injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long-planned trip." - Referenced Article
Seventy years after South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy so small he sat on a phone book in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his murder conviction.
On Wednesday morning, Judge Carmen Mullins vacated the decision against George Stinney Jr., a black teen who was convicted of beating two young white girls to death in the small town of Alcolu in 1944. - Referenced Article
After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video posted on The Guardian's website. The man, John Crawford III, was holding an air rifle he had picked up off a store shelf when police shot him.
A prosecutor called the case a "perfect storm" with "no bad guys," but the family has said police used excessive force. - Referenced Article
New test makes it easier for doctors to measure a fairly new indicator of heart disease risk — one that is especially helpful for African-American women.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the test Monday. It measures the inflammation caused by the buildup of dangerous gunk in the arteries and can show a patient risks having a heart attack or a stroke even if she doesn't have high cholesterol. - Referenced Article
Ever wondered why there is no 'dislike' button on Facebook? That was the top voted question posed to Facebook chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg. Speaking at a Facebook town hall Q&A session today, Zuckerberg said:
"You know we're thinking about it - on the 'Dislike' button." He suggested that there could be more ways in which users could express their feelings towards the content that they see on Facebook. - Referenced Article
A new study released Monday by the American think tank Pew Research Center shows that more than two-thirds of Americans believe that the Internet helps them be better informed and has considerably improved their ability of learning new things.
The findings reveal that the average American’s faith in what on-line services have to offer has improved significantly since 2006 when Pew conducted a similar study. - Referenced Article
Following up on a controversial campaign promise, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park.
The legislation says that as of June 1, 2016, "it shall be unlawful to operate a horse-drawn vehicle in the city of New York or offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." - Referenced Article
Subsequent to a previous report from Lawrence O'Donnell, the Missouri Attorney General has confirmed with "Last Word" that instructions given the Michael Brown grand jury describing the police "use of force" laws was incorrect and misleading.
The background of this situation: Lawrence O'Donnell reported that after reviewing the transcripts of the grand jury, his analyst discovered that the assistant district attorneys working for Bob McCulloch gave the jurors an outdated copy of Missouri law, which stated all that was required for an officer to use deadly force is their "reasonable belief" that there was a threat. - Referenced Article
A man who stabbed four people on an Amtrak train in Michigan, including a conductor, was apprehended Friday night, police said. Michael Darnell Williams, 44, was charged with four counts of assault and intent to murder, Niles Police Chief Jim Millin told NBC News.
The suspect first boarded the train in Chicago. Michigan police responded to a call from Amtrak Chicago around 7 p.m. advising they had a man on the train who was "talking to himself, acting strangely and acting agitated," Millin said in a news conference Friday. Referenced Article
#BlackLivesMatter. Officer Wilson or an Officer Pantaleo's didnt wake up on the mornings in question seeking out the controversy that they find themselves in...We dont believe that.
We do believe the racist system that they have taken an oath to is wrong. The same system that allows guns and drugs on our streets unabated with young Black mercenaries creating mayhem has produced Officer Wilson and Officer Pantaleo.
We don't have to be a perfect community to stand against this particular wrong. Attacking their greed during the height of their "Xmas" season will send a message. The irony is we require police protection and the majority are doing their work correctly, but we require agencies that are responsive to the law-abiding members of our communities; #BlackLivesMatter and our dignity matters.
A dialogue about armored patrols and security zones being responsive and representational of the community is a part of the meaningful discussions to have. If business is disrupted and people begin to organize and vote I'll bet the plutocrats will begin to summon their lynch men to change the behavior and/or policies that are killing unarmed individuals.
We can talk until we're blue in the face and lifeless, but actions made a difference in the 50s and 60s. #ATTACKTHEIRGREED!
There are those propagating the thinking that body cameras would not have made a difference in Eric Garner’s situation, an unfortunate circumstance that has left the wife, children and grandchildren of a 43 year old New Yorker asking questions about our justice system and more specifically the actions of the New York Police Officers on that fateful day.
The President of the United States led a discussion with Law Enforcement and Justice officials where he spoke of the significance of body cameras on the beat and the Mayor of New York will be rolling them out as early as early as today
The truth is, officers involved in the Eric Garner arrest knew they were being filmed more than likely, but we're still looking at the footage of an unarmed Black male struggling to breathe his last breaths. It is hard for to come to the conclusion that cameras would make much of difference in secret grand jury proceedings where other evidence is at play.
There's YouTube Channels dedicated to 911 calls. We listen to 911 calls on the nightly news in high profile cases all the time. Now the Internet will be flooded with actual video footage of criminals and rogue cops for the world to see. It'll be like episodes of the popular TV show Cops, but with much more footage.
Will body cameras serve their purpose in making police encounters with the public more transparent and potentially saving taxpayers from civil unrest where millions of dollars are needed to squel the overtime that comes with it.
If your yearly evaluations and promotions were tied to not only the reports from the Officer's perspective, but what supervisors can observe on candid camera, it would make some more cautious about using lethal force. Would the Ferguson ended differently if both Officer Wilson and Michael Brown knew they were being recorded with video footage.
The same can be said for the situation in Keene, NH where some college students decided to riot after the traditional pumpkin festival. There's nothing like being confronted by an agent of the law that can record behavior that could potentially be turned over to parents and even the potential employers of the world.
It would also be hard being the one tightening the chock hold on someone knowing that you will be held responsible for your personal actions when it hits the fan. Rogue officers would have to adhere to policy and not ego in crisis situations and it has the added advantage of putting a greater emphasis on training and being prepared so agency policies are not put into question.
The Cleveland police officer under investigation for the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy last month resigned from his previous job as a police officer after his superiors determined he had emotional maturity issues, an inability to manage stress and “dismal” performance in firearms training, according to a 2012 personnel file made public Wednesday.
Officer Tim Loehmann, who shot and killed Tamir Rice Nov. 22 outside a Cleveland recreation center, spent five months in 2012 working for the police department in Independence, Ohio, a suburb south of Cleveland. - Referenced Article
Keene police say two men have been arrested in connection with riots that took place near the city's pumpkin festival in October. Connor Wishart, 20, of Barnstead, was arrested Nov. 25 and charged with one count of disorderly conduct.
Police originally announced last week they were looking for Wishart and two others in connection with the riots. - Referenced Article
Sony suffered a massive data breach last week, shutting down its servers and reportedly exposing tons of sensitive company information. And the driving factor behind that hack might've been this.
Sony's "The Interview," starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is set to open next month, and centers around a talk show host and his producer setting out to assassinate Kim Jong-Un. - Referenced Article
As a grand jury debates whether or not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, President Barack Obama today — in an exclusive interview with ABC News — urged the residents of the city and all others to “keep protests peaceful.”
“This is a country that allows everybody to express their views.
Allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust. But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law and contrary to who we are... - Referenced Article
A federal judge overturned Montana's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, making it the 34th state in the nation to allow such unions. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris' order was effective immediately. - Referenced Article
First Bill Cosby made us laugh. Now he’s making us cringe.
And one of the most striking things about Cosby’s refusal to comment on a rising tide of rape allegations is that the reactions are breaking down along political lines. Conservatives, who admire the way that Cosby has spoken out against dysfunction and lousy parenting in black families, are skeptical.
Liberals, who view themselves as champions of women’s rights, are abandoning him. - Referenced Articles
Dr. Myles Munroe, internationally-known author, bible teacher, governmental consultant and leadership mentor, was one of nine passengers on a plane that crashed in Grand Bahama on Sunday afternoon, according to multiple news reports.
A Lear 36 executive jet left the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for the Grand Bahama International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation reports. - Referenced Article
If you log onto Facebook today—and more of us will, for better or for worse, than the number who will pick up a newspaper—you’ll see a perky little red, white, and blue e-button bearing one word, all caps—"VOTE."
No, Mark Zuckerberg has not figured out a way to help users of his social network bypass the lines at polling stations. - Referenced Article
There's a shortage of buildable real estate in Boston, but a developer's proposal to add what is being called a "penthouse" unit on top of a four-story Back Bay residential brownstone on Newbury Street could help solve this problem – if it isn't struck down by a nervous neighborhood association.
The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) is concerned that approving a penthouse addition to the top of 209 Newbury Street, an apartment building with an assessed property value estimated to be $820,000... - Referenced Article
The pilot killed Friday when a Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded and broke apart midflight was identified Saturday as Michael Alsbury.
Alsbury, 39, was an experienced flier who co-piloted the same craft when it first broke the sound barrier last year. He worked for Scaled Composites — which built and operates SpaceShipTwo — for more than a decade, according to his biography.
The BBC is referencing the German magazine Der Spiegel in its latest piece, "Germany 'would accept UK exit from EU' to protect migration rules."
Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather see the UK exit from the European Union than compromise over the principle of free movement of workers, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. - Full Article
A nurse under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has blasted stringent new state policies for dealing with health care workers returning from West Africa, saying the change could lead to medical professionals being treated like "criminals and prisoners." - Full Article
Stricter quarantines for dealing with potential Ebola cases in the U.S. could discourage health workers from volunteering in the impacted West African countries, thereby making the outbreak harder to contain, experts say.
New York, New Jersey and Illinois announced mandatory 21-day quarantines for those arriving back in the United States after having direct contact with Ebola-infected individuals in West Africa. - Full Article
Nothing extraordinary about Queen Elizabeth II first tweet except she is the first British Monarch from The House of Windsor with the ability to impart information to world in seconds, which is quite extraordinary.
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.
New York City police officers working around the Harlem apartment of Craig Spencer, the doctor who tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday, were caught discarding their protective gloves and masks in a street-corner trash bin.
A man charged at four New York police officers with a metal hatchet Thursday, hitting two of them at a time of high alert for authorities concerned they might be targeted in the United States and Canada.
The suspect was hiding behind a bus shelter as if he was waiting to attack the officers... - Full Article
Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) plans to more than double the number of stores it operates in the Greater China region in the next two years.
The number of outlets will increase to 40 in the region, which includes the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from 15 now, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in an interview that was translated into Chinese and published live by Sina Corp. - Full Article
A former GOP Congressman #WESTOUTOFOFFICEOUTOFTOUCH pontificated about the World Series and the Pursuit of the Championship on his personal blog. I asked myself how does a person like Allen West, a lieutenant colonel who was punished and kicked out of the military for attempting to make a name for himself in Kuwait, arrive at his collection of thoughts when he says,
However, why is it that we all don’t love the “pursuit of happiness” as enshrined as one of our unalienable rights from our Creator in the Declaration of Independence — the fundamental document, which established our Constitutional Republic? Why is it that we don’t cheer and just go nuts over our individual right to have the equality of opportunity to press on in the pursuit of our own championship?
West is approaching the idiocy of the 47% comments of Mitt Romney, a Presidential candidate who was allowed to go to France and drink wine during the war, while millions of middle class and poor Americans were fighting in Vietnam.
According to West’s logic there are some Americans who would rather not pursue happiness as our Forefathers envisioned. I take it that when West was writing this piece he was just as prohibited in his thinking about the full equality of rights as Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, was when he wrote the Declaration of Independence; please don’t get me wrong West is no Jefferson by any stretch of the imagination (LOL). I apologize for the laughter.
The Declaration of Independence is so great because it is a document that has withstood the vestiges of time and it continuously perfects our daily lives as it pertains to individual rights.
West, would you listen to Dr. Martin Luther King:
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We’re still realizing the promise. Today we give massive amounts of subsides to conglomerates and global entities like one of West’s top contributors when he was actually in office, Exxon Mobil. We allocate billions of dollars in special deductions to the top 1% of Americans while we argue about giving a livable wage to single mom’s working two and three jobs to make ends meet.
Some are asking, if all things are equal, why are we allowing wealthy folks like Mitt Romney to leave a sizable chunk of his wealth in Swiss Accounts untaxed or off shore tax shelters, so the middle class is left footing the bill?
Everyone can’t enjoy a “perfect morning in South Florida for a run” that gave Mr. West the perspective to write his divisive rant. You see some citizens are under assault, because guns and drugs are flowing into their neighborhoods unabated with under-performing schools and high unemployment rates.
Sometimes lofty perspectives like West’s are not achieved if you’re a kid growing up in South Chicago dodging bullets. For some it easy to blame other politicians without having the moral aptitude to understand this dichotomy from the perspective of a child growing up seeing few opportunities and what appears to be easy money flowing around them.
West’s comments are shocking, because they would mock a Creator that has hardwired everyone with the will to achieve happiness. Have you met a subhuman that wouldn’t want to be happy?
And what of the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies; teams who haven't won or the Seattle Mariners and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals who have never played in a single World Series. From West’s reasoning the thousands of staff and players on those teams either didn’t want it bad enough or didn’t have the will; they’re simply losers in life.
Excellent piece...lot of insight and intellectual depth here. Sadly I see a lot of media outlets reporting gun violence with a broad brushed - analysis of events, while ignoring the underlying complexities involved.
The media and the NRA take raw data and load their coverage with a close-minded reasoning of events. More insightful pieces like this one will go a long way in decreasing gun violence. The answer can't just be more armor and the militarization of police agencies across the country...we're watching the ignorance of these policies unfold in Missouri and across the country.
I watched the shooting of Kajieme Powell, he was obviously mental ill. Yet even in that situation I felt from the way officers responded to the situation to the reporting of the incident was racially biased.
There was a non-lethal solution that should have been in the training and to think that a reporter for NBC referring to someone who was obviously mentally ill as a thug is mind boggling.
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the company founded by Donald Trump, will file for bankruptcy again this week, people with knowledge of the situation said, putting a fifth Atlantic City casino in danger of closing. The company owns two properties in the struggling New Jersey resort town. Trump Plaza is set to cease operations on Sept. 16, and the Trump Taj Mahal may also shut in November, the people said.
A white Ohio mom is suing a sperm bank for sending her vials from a black donor, saying her biracial 2-year-old daughter will be stigmatized by her family and the "intolerant" town where they live and has to travel to get her hair done.
Jennifer Cramblett thought she was being inseminated with a white man's sperm in 2011 and only discovered after she was pregnant that the Midwest Sperm Bank sent the wrong batch, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. - Full Article
Republican lawmakers are raising alarm that Secretary of State John Kerry is putting too much on the table in talks over Iran's nuclear program -- as Tehran reportedly tries to leverage its cooperation in the Islamic State crisis in return for nuclear concessions from the U.S. and its allies.
The White House denies that any such trade-off is in the works. - Full Article
U.S. teenagers are more enamored with YouTube stars than they are the biggest celebrities in film, TV and music.
That’s the surprising result of a survey Variety commissioned in July that found the five most influential figures among Americans ages 13-18 are all YouTube faves, eclipsing mainstream celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Seth Rogen. - Full Article
Nouri al-Maliki’s struggle to cling to power has reached its existential pinnacle, despite the designation of his apparent replacement in Haider al-Abadi. Amid almost unilateral support for Abadi – who has been tasked with forming a new government within the next 30 days by president Fouad Massoum... - Full Article
To some entrepreneurs, social media marketing is the “next big thing,” a temporary yet powerful fad that must be taken advantage of while it’s still in the spotlight.
To others, it’s a buzzword with no practical advantages and a steep, complicated learning curve. Because it appeared quickly, social media has developed a reputation by some for being a passing marketing interest, and therefore, an unprofitable one. - Full Article
On June 24, 2014, Google released a major local search algorithm update, we named Pigeon. Google told us the new algorithm will lead to a more useful and relevant experience for searchers seeking local results.
But like with any new algorithm launch, there are always bugs, unexpected outcomes and less relevant results. - Full Article
A Florida man pulled over for speeding allegedly called 911 to report a potential murder to avoid getting a ticket, authorities said. Julius Lupowitz was pulled over by a police officer Thursday in West Melbourne, Florida, for driving over the speed limit.
According to police, when the officer turned his back, Lupowitz, 52, dialed 911. - Full Article
As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google’s search results.
More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its “Yelp problem” and is now showing Yelp pages at the top of search results when queries specifically include the word “Yelp.” - Full Article
The United States EPA (Environmental Protectant Agency) has recently released their clean power plan proposal.
This proposal will reduce the carbon pollution from current power plants, which is today one of the leading sources of pollution. EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy explains, “By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids. - Full Article
Until recently, I was a loyal Apple customer, with two MacBooks and an iPhone 5. But I recently moved from New York to London, and that meant I needed a new phone number.
But my iPhone was locked, preventing that from happening. So I decided to get a new phone. I really wanted a big, 5.7-inch iPhone 6, but that won't be out until September at the very earliest, and maybe not until next year. - Full Article
President Barack Obama certainly got down with the locals on a recent trip to Denver, but not too down.
The President’s visit to the country’s first legal-weed state included drinking beer and playing pool in a local bar with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. He shook hands with a guy in a horse mask and had pizza with local Coloradans. - Full Article
Sales of recreational marijuana begin today in Washington state, bringing to two the number of states where adults are allowed to legally buy pot whether or not they have a medical condition (real or feigned) for which it might be helpful.
The experience of Washington and Colorado is going to accelerate the acceptance of legalization, and make it more likely to pass elsewhere. - Full Article
A young woman decided to make Columbus Circle the last stop for a 7-month-old baby girl Monday — abandoning the adorable infant on the subway platform while she darted onto a train and disappeared, cops said.
Witnesses said the woman was traveling north on the uptown 1 train about 11:50 a.m. with a red-and-white polka dot stroller, according to cops. - Full Article
For better or worse, Fiat's latest TV commercials might make your head spin.
The brand recently commissioned some wacky GIFs from The Richards Group for the Fiat Tumblr page, but Chrysler CMO Olivier Francois liked them so much that he had them stitched into 15- and 30-second spots—now airing on TV under the tagline "Endless fun." - Full Article
A study done by New York University, concludes that paper money obtains over 30,000 different types of bacteria. From this bacteria, breakouts of acne, cases of pneumonia, food poisoning and many other symptoms have been related to the cleanliness of surfaces around currencies. - Full Article
With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Griffin has written the largest check to a political campaign in recent history.
Griffin, well known for saying the very wealthy have an "insufficient influence" in politics, is the richest man in Illinois and a top donor in state politics with large donations to both parties. - Full Article
We must understand and accept the fact that the climate is changing. The 2014 National Climate Assessment report was addressed this May and it is no lie that our earth is getting warmer. The report goes on to discuss that much of the warmth has come from recent human activities over the last few decades.
While it is going to be a worldwide effort to protect our earth, there are a few topics for major cleaning industries to focus on down the road. Stephen Ashkin, president of the Ashkin group explains just a few of our efforts that can be done to help the climate change that we are experiencing:
1. Evaluate cleaning equipment based on the amount of energy used for operation or recharging. In addition, develop standards and goals to reduce energy consumption.
2. Implement sustainability color-coding systems for end customers, designating what electronics — from lights to vending machines — can be turned down or off in their facilities.
3. Use cold water for cleaning whenever possible; many professional cleaning chemicals work effectively using cold water.
4. Use green cleaning chemicals. These are typically made from renewable resources and have a reduced impact on health and the environment.
5. Become “greener” and more sustainable in all businesses operations, from recycling to finding ways to reduce driving and vehicle fuel consumption.
When an emergency response has taken place within your facility, one of the most important steps is creating an emergency procedure statement.
The US Department of Education defines an emergency procedure statement as, “The procedures the institution will use to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus.” - Full Article
I like to say Search Engine Optimization is still a very handy tool in the tool box and you could be ignoring some very essential marketing channels to boost brand recognition and increase sells.
Yes there was a time when Social Media was limited to discussion groups about various topics. During that time Search Engine Optimization reigned supreme. When Google emerged from Yahoo’s shadow it became the behemoth that it is today. The entire World Wide Web started to evolve around search. We had an insatiable appetite to Google.
Today Google is but a tool in a toolbox of many marketing channels to get your message out there, but I’m writing this article to let you know that it is still the most effective component of an effective Internet Marketing Plan. If a product goes online why shouldn’t you consider the most optimal search position if you’re competitors are taking full advantage of the opportunity.
No, you can’t load your blog posts with tags and expect to catapult to the top of the search heap. SEO requires a sustained effort of producing the right content and marketing message.
I would have to say this to my fellow marketing colleagues on various LinkedIn groups, don’t let artificial privacy issues deter your SEO strategy. I say artificial because some, and not all, of these privacy issues were injected by competing search engines to topple Google. Microsoft’s ‘Scroogle’ campaign was laughable. It raised no serious issues other than showcasing their desperation.
The Search Engine Results Page (SERP) is a global platform where information about your brand or about the product or services you provide are queried by the minute. For me it was something to be very enthusiastic about. I peered through all the information I could possibly gather about search back in the late 90’s to discover a resource that have provided me an enormous gateway to launch ideas.
To be frank, some Internet Marketing professionals have conveniently left out information about search because it holds them accountable in many ways. How do you gauge the success of your Internet marketing campaign in most cases if the data does not reflect an increase in search sessions? I like to tell my clients that the proof is in the data.
Even though you never get a true sense of AD Impressions for many of the campaigns I manage they are indeed the unsung hero. In the world of real estate, where a client is trying to project their brand as a preeminent source for professional real estate services, the company’s image can’t be catapulted by click-throughs alone.
My Internet Market Group, Online eBusiness Solutions continue to promote the need for consistency in any marketing campaign. Internet Advertising leveraged with an understanding of the impact impressions has is a powerful resource.
First of all, content is a better use of time, or should be a higher priority if you’ve crafted the right marketing message and if you want to project your company’s campaign appeal over several months, but Internet Advertising is a surefire way of adding to the effectiveness of great content, because it contributes to the success of your branding initiatives in a multipronged effort.
Marketing dollars are scarce at times in the real estate industry and with Google AdWords’ impressions are free of charge. Millions of impressions do not cost a dime; think about this. It doesn’t take a marketing genius to know that great marketing campaigns can be waged on this tremendous resource to get your brand out there.
Let’s face it, in AdWords’ Display Networking most of the media consumers were not looking at the video content or playing the online game to see your AD appearing there, but over a period of time they can get a mental note of a well-crafted AD. This is a vital part of a sustained marketing initiative.
So yes impressions are important and you need to start designing your ADs knowing that thousands might have a chance to see them as a periphery item as part of their browsing adventure. Be armed and patient with this truth, know that the battle/campaign will be waged over a designated period of time not in an immediate click. I look at ants in the summer months and see that they’re very mission oriented and very purposeful. Image each bit taken to the colony is 1 impression. That one impression to the mass market is a enduring signature of your brand identity. Take it seriously folks!
I look at ants in the summer months and see that they’re very mission oriented and very purposeful. Image each bit taken to the colony is 1 impression. That one impression to the mass market is an enduring signature of your brand identity. Take it seriously folks!
Amplify produced a TED Talk-style video featuring New Jersey Institute for Social Justice President Cornell William Brooks, who spoke about the nationwide movement to "ban the box" on job applications that ask applicants to check a box if they have any prior criminal history even if they were arrested but never convicted of a crime.
Polls closed Sunday after voters streamed into polling stations in eastern Ukraine to vote in controversial referendums held by pro-Russian activists eager to declare independence from Kiev, an official said. Voters in the city of Donetsk faced this question on the ballot: "Do you support the Act of Independence of the People's Republic of Donetsk?"
The options are "yes" or "no." A similar question is being put to voters in Luhansk. - Full Article
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, splitting with party leaders and some top business groups on what's expected to a major issue in this year's midterm elections.
"I ... part company with many of the conservatives of my party on the issue of the minimum wage," he said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." - Full Article
“I have gotten to know Scott Brown and am truly impressed by his stance on the issues, his practical approach to politics and, most importantly, his commitment to constituent service. People that meet him see that, and he receives support from people across the political spectrum every day. He is bringing needed energy and excitement to this race. I will proudly and actively support him,” Stiles said.
“I am so pleased to have the support of Senator Stiles and appreciate her hard work and dedication to our district. After years of public service, Senator Stiles has demonstrated that she is a true leader who listens to her constituents and works tirelessly to strengthen our communities. I look forward to our continued friendship and I am glad to have her support during this campaign,” said Brown.
Thank you for the “Veepstakes” comparison in the Sunday Monitor (April 27). As a lesbian and resident of New Hampshire, I was disturbed to read the opinion of Kelly Ayotte when it comes to gay rights within the state.
I was shocked to see in black and white that Kelly Ayotte is against the marriage of same-gender couples as well as the adoption of children by those couples. - Full Article
More than 100 inmates and guards were injured late on Wednesday at a jail in northern Florida in what appeared to be a gas explosion, an official said.
The blast struck the four-story Escambia County Jail's central booking facility, which holds roughly 600 inmates, at about 11 p.m., said county spokeswoman Kathleen Castro. No deaths or fugitives were reported. - Full Article
Militants on Monday targeted polling stations across much of Iraq and a crowd of Kurds jubilantly dancing on the street as soldiers and security forces cast ballots two days ahead of parliamentary elections, officials said.
The attacks, including a suicide bombing northeast of Baghdad, left at least 46 people dead. - Full Article
That's a sampling of the four dozen comments and protests on the website of the State Water Resources Control Board about emergency water management after the driest winter in decades.
From all over California, farmers, environmental lawyers, wildlife groups, cities and even the Fresno County sheriff have posted thoughts in a siege of protests to state officials about the use of this year's puny snowpack and half-empty reservoirs. - Full Article
Influencers are those people with large followings on social media. They've earned a lot of credibility and their content is read and forwarded by a substantial audience, which keeps growing with each new piece of content. Their blogs and videos usually rise to the top of search engines. The right influencer has a solid audience perfect for your brand or business. Influencers can help you spread your message and grow your audience organically...
Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET.
"As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities," Nike spokesman Brian Strong said in an email. - Full Article
And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too. Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time.
The idea is to make it easy for people to meet up in real life... - Full Article
Two Long Island high school students have been suspended indefinitely for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to a sporting event.
Brother Gary Cregan, the principal at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, told WCBS-TV the boys walked into the after-hours sporting event with the flag draped around their shoulders. - Full Article
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year to build a grass-roots network to reduce gun violence. The new initiative, first reported by The New York Times, will focus on expanding background checks for gun purchasers at the state and national levels. - Full Article
Miley Cyrus canceled Tuesday's Bangerz concert tour stop at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., because she's "been hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics," according to a press release from the venue.
According to AP, a statement from publicist Meghan Prophet says Cyrus, 21, is on "medical rest" at her doctors' advice. - Full Article
It was the tweet heard around the world, but was it worth $1 billion? That was the value Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy put on the star-studded Oscar smartphone "selfie" during an interview in Cannes earlier this week. - Full Article
While sitting in a theater getting ready to watch the movie 42, depicting the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson’s rookie season in Major League baseball, former US Senator Scott Brown walked in and took a seat in the back row.
Moments later, his wife Gail Huff walks in with items from the concession stand. Their vacation home is in Rye, NH. So the question of Brown’s chances comes to mind. - Full Article
Whether it is trying a digital-first campaign, populating social media with a TVC, or establishing a personalised connect with audiences, digital marketing has become an indispensable part of the overall marketing mix.
While there are certain challenges like ROI, getting the right content or finding the perfect strategy to use the digital medium, there are some key digital marketing tools and services that are helping marketers. - Full Article
The White House said Wednesday President Obama was not reconsidering his trip Friday to a summit hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton amid revelations the civil rights leader assisted an investigation by the FBI and NYPD into the mob.
"No," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. - Full Article
People listen to music before playing sports to find rhythm, focus, inspiration. But elite athletes do so for more complicated reasons—not just to connect to positive influences, but to escape negative ones.
"As much as it's about their favorite songs, it's also about the noise they block out—from rival fans, other players, from the media," said Beats by Dre evp-marketing Omar Johnson. - Full Article
In early 2014, a group of Silicon Valley technology executives gathered together for an intimate dinner to explore their challenges and success in content marketing. Magnet Media captured insights from the group to share with the larger community.
A billion dollars. That's $500 on every seat, in every professional football stadium in America. Last year, people who did their own taxes failed to claim a billion dollars. This is your money. Get Your Billion Back, America.
Google AdWords is celebrating April Fool's Day by announcing the AdBirds program.
"Your bird will fly in any existing targeted locations in your account. Migratory birds may only be available in certain regions depending on the time of year, or may completely fly out of your targeted region."
If you need more information about the program simply login to your AdWords Campaign.
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Since launching 15 years ago today, Mike's Hard Lemonade has survived through booms and busts in the flavored-malt-beverage category, fending off competition from the likes of Diageo and Anheuser-Busch. But as the category enters another boom phase, Mike's might be in for its biggest challenge yet. - Full Article
During a tour of the Middle East in November, Secretary of State John F. Kerry portrayed the region as on its way to a stunning series of breakthroughs, thanks to U.S. diplomacy.
In Egypt, he said, “the roadmap” to democracy “is being carried out, to the best of our perception.” In Syria, a peace conference would soon replace the Assad regime with a transitional government, because “the Russians and the Iranians . . .” - Full Article
President Obama's healthcare law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show.
As the law's initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. - Full Article
At the coast another attack on a church was averted after a 200 gramme hand grenade was discovered before it exploded .
The grenade whose pin had been removed was discovered on a table at the African Independent Pentecostal Church of East Africa in Mpeketoni, Lamu. Deputy president William Ruto who was at the Coast said there will be no compromise on the security of the nation and all terrorist networks will be crashed...
Libyan state television has aired a video of Moammar Gadhafi's son Saadi in which he apologized to the nation from prison.
"I apologize to the people of Libya and the brothers in the Libyan state for the disturbance and destabilization I have caused in Libya, and I admit those were wrong things that I should not have done," he said. - Full Article
While the ark commanded by Russell Crowe in the upcoming biblical epic "Noah" is a product of special effects, there is an actual life-size ark in the Netherlands that is the product of three years' work and more than a million dollars.
Following proportions specified in the Bible, Dutchman Johan Huibers built a replica of Noah's Ark that has welcomed about 3,000 tourists per day since it opened to the public in 2012. - Full Article
The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said he informed Gov. Chris Christie about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring, according to the findings of an internal investigation released by lawyers for the governor on Thursday. - Full Article
A romance between two top advisers to Gov. Chris Christie hit the breakdown lane in the weeks before the Bridgegate scandal.
Fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Ann Kelly and ex-campaign manager Bill Stepien shared a “personal relationship” that ended about one month before the four-day George Washington Bridge traffic jams, according to a report released Thursday. - Full Article
Obama is the ninth president to make an official visit to the Vatican. His audience was a change of pace after three days of high-level talks with European leaders aimed at creating a unified Western response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. It was not entirely a meeting of minds.
The Vatican has made clear its concern at the Affordable Care Act, which mandates employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraception. - Full Article
State-run news Turkish says authorities are moving to block access to YouTube in Turkey following a similar move against Twitter.
The ban comes after an alleged audio recording of a meeting between the Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief and top military and foreign ministry officials was leaked on YouTube. - Full Article
An unusually large number of tremors following a recent earthquake in northern Chile has unnerved local residents - emptying beaches, pushing up sales of emergency rations, and raising concerns about what may lie ahead for the copper-producing area.
Living in one of the world's most earthquake-prone zones, Chileans are accustomed to the regular tremors that ripple through their country, which has strict quake-proof regulations for construction. - Full Article
After Visa and MasterCard stopped processing some Russian transactions in response to U.S. sanctions, Moscow says it could launch a homegrown payment system that could be ready in as little as six months, according to German Gref, chief of the country’s largest bank, Sberbank.
Hard as it may be for Americans to imagine life without Visa and MasterCard, jettisoning them wouldn’t be all that difficult. Full Article
A young man died while trying to save his first love's life as a train came barreling down on them while they were on their way to a school dance. The girl is now in a hospital fighting to hold onto the life her boyfriend gave everything to save. The family of 16-year-old Mickayla Friend said she and her boyfriend were planning to attend a Sadie Hawkins Day dance... - Full Article
A California high school science teacher gave students and colleagues a new lesson in biology Monday, showing up for the first time as a woman a week after her plans to switch genders became suddenly public.
The former Gary Sconce, 56 — an award-winning educator, husband, father and grandfather who has taught at Yosemite High School for 24 years — will now be known as Karen Adell Scot, she said. - Full Article
“Twitter, mwitter!” Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cried on Thursday. Rough translation: Twitter, schmitter! This was the last thing Erdogan said Thursday before the lights went out on Twitter near midnight. - Full Article
Google has won a significant legal victory as a US judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accused the Internet search company of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action.
In a Tuesday evening decision, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the claims, including those on behalf of users of Google’s popular Gmail service, were too dissimilar to be grouped together. - Full Article
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he has "strong concerns" about a Senate proposal to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless, citing the objections of a group of state unemployment program administrators and calling the plan "simply unworkable."
"We have always said that we’re willing to look at extending emergency unemployment benefits again, if Washington Democrats can come up with a plan that is fiscally-responsible... - Full Article
Raise your glass – researchers in Mexico are saying that the natural sugars found in tequila derived from the agave plant embody beneficial sugars that may serve to boost your health, protecting the body against disorders such as obesity and diabetes.
In a study recently presented at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in Dallas, Tex., researchers reported that after feeding mice natural agavin sugars, the mice experienced protection from obesity resulting from diet and type 2 onset diabetes. - Full Article
Sales of the colorful, plastic iPhone 5C have been below the company's expectations, and CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in January that Apple misjudged demand for it. As a result, Apple unveiled an 8 GB version of the iPhone 5C on Tuesday in an attempt to boost consumer interest. - Full Article
When blacks gave 80 percent of their vote to the Democratic Party in 1964, black activist Malcolm X called them "political chumps."
White voters, X said, “are so evenly divided that every time they vote, the race is so close they have to go back and count the votes all over again. Which means that any bloc, any minority that has a bloc that sticks together is in a strategic position. Either way you go, that’s who gets it.” - Full Articles
It’s probably a good idea for entrepreneurs to take brand-building advice from Stanley Hainsworth.
After all, the marketing guru has helped companies like Nike, Lego and Starbucks tell their stories and attract millions of fans from all around the world. Hainsworth, founder of Seattle-based advertising agency Tether, shared some marketing wisdom at the Hardware Workshop in Seattle this weekend. - Full Article
This Wednesday, an article in the New York Times reported that between 2008 and 2012 the number of adults taking medications for ADHD has increased by 53%, and that in the case of young American adults, it has nearly doubled.
While this is a staggering statistic, and points to younger generations becoming frequently reliant on stimulants, frankly, I’m not too surprised. - Full Article
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair will plead guilty to adultery and mistreating his accuser in a deal that will see the sexual assault and sodomy charges against him dropped, according to his defense team and CNN affiliate WTVD.
Maj. Gen. Clarence Chinn, a commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where the court-martial has been taking place, approved Sinclair's offer to plea this weekend, making it a binding document, according to a statement from the defense. - Full Article
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has penned a personal, scathing letter to his Democratic counterpart on the House oversight committee, escalating the public feud between the two high-ranking lawmakers amid the committee's investigation into IRS targeting.
The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on that committee, was obtained by Fox News. - Full Article
A federal judge has rejected a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man arrested on suspicion of violating the city's anti-nudity ordinance for wearing a "gladiator-type black leather loincloth" at an LGBT Pride activity.
William X. Walters argued that he was targeted because he is gay while police allow women to wear even more revealing thongs at local beaches and at the annual Over-the-Line tournament at Fiesta Island. - Full Article
Republican leaders are threatening to take congressional action to stop state governors from flouting the food stamp cuts contained in the 2014 farm bill.
The governors of at least five states — New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Montana— have now taken measures to protect more than a combined $800 million in annual Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits... Full Article
Oscar Pistorius' defense lawyer on Friday attempted to discredit the testimony of one of the first police officers who arrived at the crime scene.
Speaking on day 10 of Pistorius’ murder trial, defense lawyer Barry Roux grilled Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg, a retired detective who was at the scene, and suggested that details he gave about the incident clashed with those of other officers. - Full Article
Citing Charles Murray, the libertarian academic and pundit who has previously argued that poverty is largely a consequence of low IQ and race, Rep. Paul Ryan told right-wing radio host Bill Bennett on Wednesday morning that poverty in America is largely a product of a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
“So there’s a real culture problem here,” Ryan continued, “that has to be dealt with.” - Full Article
When I joined my last agency many moons ago as a 'digital planning director', I declared it my mission to make myself redundant. In the sense of not using 'digital' in front of anything anymore; to, simply, assume it, bake it in. It took us some time.
'Digital', as part of marketing, has been with us for more than two decades now. Not anymore. - Full Article
A high school senior who filed suit against her mother and father for financial support and college tuition has returned to her home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, the attorneys for her parents said Wednesday.
"Rachel Canning has returned home and reunited with her parents and siblings. Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," said the statement from the law firm Snyder & Sarno. - Full Article
Freehold, N.J. — The lawyer for a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while still strapped into her car seat said Wednesday that the real question for the jury is not whether he did it but whether he was thinking clearly that night.
Arthur Morgan III of Eatontown is accused of weighing down the seat with a tire-changing jack so it would sink. - Full Article
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday will urge reduced sentences for defendants in most of the nation’s drug cases, part of his effort to cut the burgeoning U.S. prison population and reserve stiff penalties for the most violent traffickers.
Holder’s proposal, which is expected to be approved by the independent agency that sets sentencing policies for federal judges, would affect 70 percent of drug offenders... - Full Article
The administration will point out that some convenience store managers, fast food shift supervisors and office workers may be expected to work 50 or 60 hours a week without overtime, and that their hourly pay rate may actually be less than the $7.25 an hour minimum wage. - Full Article
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis attacked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for suggesting that existing state and federal laws are sufficient protection for women and minorities who discover they’re paid less than their colleagues for doing the same job.
Abbott made the comments on Sunday morning in an interview with Inside Texas Politics on WFAA. - Full Article
That’s the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all. - Full Time
BriGette McCoy described how she was raped on her first military assignment, two weeks before her 19th birthday.
She described how, later that year, she was raped by another soldier in her unit. Then came sexual harassment by two officers -- including one who requested that she be moved to work directly for him, she said Wednesday. - Full Article
In the world of military strategy, every contingency must be examined, especially the worst-case scenario.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made that clear when he told National Public Radio in an interview broadcast Friday how U.S. officials must plan for the possibility that Vladimir Putin's Russia has access to American battle plans and other secrets possibly taken by classified leaker Edward Snowden. - Full Article
Authorities have arrested the 19-year-old son of a divorced San Juan Capistrano couple found dead last month inside the mansion they still shared, a sheriff's spokesman said Friday, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Ashton Sachs, who's being held without bail, was arrested Thursday night after being questioned by investigators at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Jeff Hallock said. - Full Article
Last weekend we watched the Oscars and, like most people, were pleased that “Twelve Years a Slave” won Best Picture.
No previous film has so accurately captured the reality of enslaved people’s lives. Yet though Twelve Years shows us the labor of slavery, it omits the financial system — asset securitization — that made slavery possible.
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday.
Testifying for the prosecution against the South African Olympic and Paralympic track star, professional boxer Kevin Lerena described how he, Pistorius and two others had been having dinner at Tashas restaurant when the gun went off. - Full Article
At least 27 people have been killed in a "violent terror attack" at a train station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming by a group of unidentified people brandishing knives, state media said on Sunday.
Another 162 were injured, the official Xinhua news agency added.
It said the attack had taken place late on Saturday evening. - Full Article
AKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan pledged more than $200 million in aid Saturday to help the Palestinian Authority, as representatives from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians’ quest for their own state.
The pledge was announced by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development, held in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. - Full Article
On Friday, after a one-year delay, Bill Clinton's presidential library posted thousands of pages of previously unreleased documents.
It's mostly inside baseball stuff, but there are some useful nuggets. For instance, a 1998 memo written by White House speechwriter Jeff Shesol recounts a proposal by then-Clinton-aide Rahm Emanuel ... Full Article
Two-term Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, an anesthesiologist, suggested producing a set of health care principles, with the overriding statement that every individual can choose a health care policy and keep it.
He questioned whether any proposal could include medical malpractice reform, an issue popular with Republicans, and suggested that might be a matter best handled by the states.
"We should begin talking about what it will take to replace it, but realistically I'm not sure we should pass a bill that we know the president's not going to sign," Harris said in an interview. - Full Article
Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.
I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we've made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.
However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.
It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violence of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.
Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister - the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine. I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations.
We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.
In the mysterious political grudge-fest that spawned the George Washington Bridge traffic pileup, a new object of ire has emerged: a New Jersey rabbi.
A newly released version of a text exchange between David Wildstein and Bridget Anne Kelly, two key figures in the bridge scandal, shows them exchanging barbed jokes about Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick – and chaplain to the Police Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridges. - Full Article
February 27th is also the culmination of Carnival, a celebration which precedes Dominican Independence by a good 380 years or so.
Add it all up in a climate that isn’t suffering through the winter storms plaguing most of the United States right now, and you can see why February is a festive month down south indeed. - Full Article
A husband and wife are reveling in their good fortune after finding $10 million in rare gold coins buried on their property in Northern California. The gold country discovery is thought to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history, according to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, which authenticated the find. "It's quite a story. People were walking along on their property in Northern California,.. Full Article
Throughout my life I've always heard the title to your piece 'Is Black History Month Still Needed?' Some have even asked jokingly and more directly, ‘why do you guys have your own month?’
To the larger point, I think Black History should be celebrated in history classes all over the country, but sadly there’s a deficit with courses teaching any history, as your article pointed out. Let’s be honest here, I don’t think Rosa Parks statue would’ve went up in the Capital Building if there wasn’t a Black History month. I also agree that it should be expanded beyond just the Civil Rights Movement.
Sadly most of your readers haven’t heard Afro-Americans were instrumental in creating medical procedures for blood transfusion, organ transplants and if it wasn’t for black troops in General George Washington’s camp inoculating themselves against smallpox, this nation’s very Independence would’ve been in jeopardy.
I also agree that it should be viewed in the larger context of American History and our collective experiences that have shaped this country’s success. The real question should be, is Black History Month more or just as beneficial to young White kids than Black kids? I think a knowledge and respect of Afro-American contributions has the potential of changing the behavior of the kids desecrating the statues of Civil Rights leaders on campuses today.
An Ohio bus driver can thank the words of God for saving his life Monday after he was shot at three times — but two of the bullets were stopped by a contemporary version of the Bible the man had in his front chest pocket.
Rickey Wagoner, 49, had to stop his Dayton city bus around 5:20 a.m. Monday after an electrical problem.
When he pulled over to the curb to investigate, three goons approached the driver and blasted away. - Full Article
A Mississippi woman expecting triplets got a shock when she ended up delivering four healthy baby girls last week, The Clarion Ledger reported. Kimberly Fugate, who already had one 10-year-old daughter, wasn’t planning to have any more children – until she found out she was pregnant with triplets in November 2013.
When Fugate, 42, went into labor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) on February 8, she had delivered three healthy babies as expected.
But then, her doctor looked at her and said, “More feet.” ... Full Article
A Pennsylvania woman charged along with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 others across the country, claims police said they are investigating.
In an interview with the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., 19-year-old Miranda Barbour said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara in November.
She also said in the interview that she has killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult... Full Article
Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw is being treated for cancer, but doctors are very encouraged by the progress he is making, NBC said Tuesday.
Brokaw, 74, was "diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August at the Mayo Clinic," the network said. "His doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment he is receiving, and Brokaw said he remains 'the luckiest guy I know,'" it said.
It should have been a glorious week for AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong.
His company’s quarterly earnings, announced Thursday, were the best in a decade. “Olympian,” he declared. Instead, he angered employees, insulted parents with sick babies and shined a light on a practice seeping its way into corporate America that threatens to rob workers of thousands of dollars in 401(k) savings.
The strange turn of events began Tuesday, when employees began learning that AOL was switching its 401(k) match to an annual lump sum, rather than distributing the money throughout the year with every paycheck as it had done before... Full Article
An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her step-sister — found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.
It was more than 24 hours after Kayden Powell went missing before authorities discovered the infant, less than a week old, in a plastic storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, miraculously alive and well despite frigid temperatures... Full Article
Four people were found dead tonight in what Defiance County sheriff's deputies called a triple murder-suicide. Dead are Robert Garza, Sr.; his wife, Christine Garza; daughter, Zoila Garza, and granddaughter, Rebecca Garza.
Their ages were not released.
Deputies said Mr. Garza was the perpetrator, adding that they will continue to interview family members, neighbors, and friends.
The family was last seen about 3 p.m. Wednesday.... Full Article
For Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella represents the first opportunity for a fresh start in nearly a decade and a half.
It's hard to knock a company that last quarter generated $24.5 billion in revenue, but Nadella takes the reins at a time when there are increasing questions about Microsoft's direction and future source of growth.
Let's face it: Microsoft has been in a rut. The reception to Windows 8 has been lukewarm at best and has failed to reinvigorate PC sales at a time when consumers are keener to spend their limited dollars on phones and tablets... Full Article
Former South African President Nelson Mandela left his $4.1 million estate to family members, former staff, schools and the ruling African National Congress, according to a reading of his will Monday.
At a news conference where he summarized parts of the revered statesman's will, Deputy Constitutional Court head Dikgang Moseneke said the estate was provisionally valued at 46 million rand ($4.1 million), excluding royalties.
It had been read to Mandela family members earlier in the day... Full Article
The judge who sentenced Amanda Knox to 28½ years for the murder of her British roommate was widely criticized Monday for suggesting Knox's former boyfriend might have escaped guilt by trying to pin the murder on Knox.
Italian judges nearly never comment on their verdicts except through official explanations published months after the verdict is handed down.
But Judge Alessandro Nencini broke with protocol this weekend, telling Italian journalists that the case ... Full Article
In the State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is going to call for a national minimum wage of $10.10.
Then in their response the Republicans will say that'd be a huge disaster that would make the Washington Monument fall over, Mt. Rushmore explode, etc.
But here's what neither Obama or the GOP will tell you: One hundred years ago this month Henry Ford began paying his workers a minimum of $15 an hour! (It was $5 for an eight hour day – which would be worth $116.48 now.)... Full Article
Rush Limbaugh on Friday blasted the Republican Party for its willingness “to commit suicide” by taking on immigration, saying the Republican leadership is “hellbent on ramrodding through this amnesty plan.”
Instead of focusing on the problem of Obamacare, the Republican Party is making the “frustrating and inconceivable” decision to push for immigration reform, the conservative radio host told his listeners... Full Article
It’s turning into “he said, he said” in the case of the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and both parties can’t be telling the truth.
Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein says there is evidence that Governor Chris Christie had knowledge of the lane shutdowns, while Christie continues to maintain his innocence.
NorthJersey.com reported that Wildstein’s attorney Alan Zegas wrote in a letter to the Port Authority that "evidence exists ...tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference."
The evidence was not specified in the letter. Wildstein, who oversaw the GWB closures, resigned from the Port Authority in December 2013... Full Article
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus went bonkers when the MSNBC President a tweet saying: "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family." The truth of the matter is there are some in the conservative and liberal factions that would be dismissive of the advertisement.
Perhaps there are some liberal viewers out there saying this more about General Mill's self promotion and not an attempt to make the world at peace. The truth is Priebus issue is the recent last election where too many women and Latinos identified with the Democratic Party and with MSNBC's highlighting of the lack of diversity in the GOP's tent. Will the GOP do a better job of reaching out...I don't know.
The Capital Article... In a letter sent Thursday to MSNBC President Phill Griffin, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus banned all RNC staff members and surrogates from appearing on the network following a tweet sent out by MSNBC, suggesting that conservatives would hate a Cheerios Super Bowl ad that featured a biracial family. .. Full Article
After a long public debate and legal battle over the NYPD's habit of stopping and frisking people on the street - aka "Stop-and-Frisk" - new Mayor Bill de Blasio made good on his campaign pledge to reform the program.
De Blasio criticized the police practice that his Republican predecessor Michael Bloomberg had often defended, saying Stop-and-Frisk had targeted minority groups... Full Article
Yitzhak Bergel, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of contacting a foreign agent, intent to commit treason and attempting to aid an enemy of Israel. But the court ruling noted that "no damage had been done to the state".
Bergel belongs to the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect which is vehemently opposed to the State of Israel's existence.
Its members believe a Jewish state can only be established by the Messiah... Full Article
President Barack Obama may have made sweeping statements about his unfinished agenda on Tuesday night, but, when it came to specifics, the president used a scalpel rather than an axe when delivering his State of the Union message.
The president put forward a series of relatively modest policy proposals that offered plenty for Democrats, but suggested little in the way of legacy-making ambitions. And he pulled some punches when it came to big ticket items like immigration and voting rights... Full Article
A North Carolina police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed man was indicted on Monday on a voluntary manslaughter charge, one week after a separate grand jury decided against indicting him.
The officer, Randall Kerrick, who is accused of hitting the man, Jonathan Ferrell, 10 times in the shooting last Sept. 14, is the first police officer in the city of Charlotte to be arrested for an on-duty shooting in at least 30 years, the Charlotte Observer said.... Full Article
The world's second-richest man accepted a challenge from chess' No. 1 player, 23-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.
The match, aired on live TV, found Microsoft founder Gates with 2 minutes to make his moves, while Carlsen had only 30 seconds, but it didn't matter — Carlsen, a chess grandmaster since the age of 13 dubbed the 'Justin Bieber of chess,' handily defeated his competitor.... Full Article
Police in Northern California have arrested an elementary schoolteacher after she allegedly brought marijuana-laced food to an after-hours employee potluck dinner.
Teresa Gilmete Badger, a 47-year-old teacher at Matthew Turner Elementary School in Benicia, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of poisoning after a six-week-long investigation, said Lt. Frank Hartig of the Benicia Police Department.
After the late-November get-together in the Bay Area town, several people reported feeling ill, a police statement said. - More
Google has reportedly removed two Chrome Web browser add-ons from its store after the extensions were found to be serving adware to users.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Google removed the “Add to Feedly” and “Tweet This Page” extensions on Sunday, after the newspaper contacted the company about widespread user complaints.
Customers said both programs suddenly began serving link-embedded ads and pop-ups all over any websites visited — which reportedly happened after the developers sold the extensions to new owners. - More
Something special happened Monday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program.
Its host set out to explain why conservatives won't be defending New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the bridge scandal in the same way that they rallied behind Clarence Thomas during his 1991 nomination to the Supreme Court.
And in doing so, Limbaugh provided an unusually frank account of how he and his followers reach snap judgments about what is true and what isn't true. - More
Matthew McConaughey won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama, for his role as an AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club."
McConaughey won on his first Golden Globe nomination. In the film, which Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty said "deserves your attention and some respect," McConaughey portrayed real-life AIDS activist Ron Woodroof, who supplied AIDS drugs to patients before they were FDA approved. - More
It is a gruesome scene, even in a country that has seen its share of violence: three men, beheaded, with wounds peppering their bodies on all sides.
The most surprising part? The attack happened inside a jail. A Brazilian newspaper on Tuesday released a video of this stomach-turning scene inside the Pedrinhas jail in Brazil's northeastern state of Maranhao. - More
The Obama administration will run television ads in some cities during next month's Winter Olympics pushing health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
An official with the Department of Health and Human Services said the ads will run in markets with the highest rate of uninsured people during the Olympics.
The official would not confirm the cost of the ad buy. The HHS official said the ads are meant to target the uninsured, focusing specifically on young adults, and the Olympic ad buy is strategic effort to capitalize on increased viewership during the Olympics. - More
Liz Cheney, who was challenging Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in a Republican primary has ended her candidacy, citing "health issues." In an official statement released by her campaign,the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said the health of her family was her "overriding priority."
"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign," the statement said. - More
You’ve got to hand it to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
He’s consistent. No wishy-washy budget deals for him. Only all or nothing will do. So he and another half dozen conservatives denounced the budget compromise reached by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray because, although it reduces spending, it doesn’t do enough.
“We are going to have a debt crisis in this country,” he told FOX News the day the $85 billion compromise was announced. “It is going to continue to destroy jobs.
It’s going to disrupt the function of our government.” - More
When Dennis Rodman visits dictator Kim Jong Un in North Korea next week, he’ll probably be hoping his “friend for life” has not seen his latest commercial.
The Wonderful Pistachios ad features the former NBA star sitting at a table with a Kim look-a-like.
Lifting a nut from a bowl, Rodman says: "The secret to world peace ... is pistachios." Kim then presses a red button and Rodman explodes, leaving just the remnants of the nut on his seat at which point Kim smiles and claps. - More
Joe Biden pressed China publicly and privately on its treatment of US journalists who fear losing their visas, as he wrapped up his visit to Beijing on Thursday. Speaking to American business people in the capital, the US vice-president spoke of "profound disagreements" with China over its treatment of US journalists.
"Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences," he said. - More
The State Department on Friday said North Korea has confirmed it is detaining a U.S. citizen following reports that an 85-year-old man from Palo Alto was escorted off an outbound plane in Pyongyang last month.
The confirmation, relayed by the Swedish consulate in North Korea, came on the same day the wife of Merrill Newman, a retired financial executive and Korean War veteran, issued a statement from her assisted living home pleading for his safe return. - More
Four plainclothes cops accused a black woman of credit card fraud after the Brooklyn mom bought a $2,500 designer bag from Barneys — stoking a fresh round of outrage against the high-end store.
Kayla Phillips, 21, a nursing student from Canarsie, told the Daily News she had long coveted the orange suede Céline bag. Armed with a cash infusion from a tax return, she took her Bank of America debit card and headed to the Madison Ave. flagship store on Feb. 28. - More
Most children will return to classes today, but Danvers High School will remain closed as the community deals with the loss of a popular young teacher and the arrest of a student charged with her murder.
“Although classroom instruction will continue,” Superintendent Lisa Dana said in a message to parents, “I anticipate that the next few days will be particularly difficult.” - More
In an embarrassing twist after Foreign Affairs and Defense officials had accused China of preparing to build new structures on Scarborough Shoal, a group of rocks about 120 nautical miles off the coast of the main island of Luzon,
Mr. Aquino said the blocks found within the shoal “are not a new phenomenon” and “some of them have barnacles attached to them.” - More
President Obama plans to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Department of Homeland Security, tapping a trusted counterterrorism adviser from his first term to fill the position left by Janet Napolitano.
Obama plans to make the announcement at the White House on Friday.
A White House official called Johnson "one the most highly qualified and respected national security leaders." - More
The approach of the U.S. default deadline — with no clear resolution in sight — is being greeted around the world with a mixture of angst and anger.
"It's hard not to believe lunatics have taken charge of the asylum in Washington," the newspaper The Australian declared Monday, predicting significant damage to the global economy if the government can't pay its debts. - More
It’s difficult to explain Sachin Tendulkar to Americans.
Cricket, the world sport he has dominated for over two decades, is impenetrable to most of the U.S., which clings to its guns and baseball, lamentably insensible to the epic narratives of a five-day Test match and the heroism of a budding centurion at the crease.
Elsewhere, Tendulkar, a global icon, needs little introduction.
In his native India, he is the “master blaster,” the “god of cricket,” a hero to over a billion people desperately lacking in sporting idols. - More
Egypt condemned a US decision to suspend a large part of the $1.5bn in aid it gives to Cairo every year over the military takeover in July and subsequent violent crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
"The decision was wrong. Egypt will not surrender to American pressure and is continuing its path towards democracy as set by the road map," Badr Abdel Aty, the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman, said... - More
Prince Harry helped raise more than £624,000 for his Sentebale charity at a fundraising dinner in Dubai on Monday night.
The prince said the funds will allow the charity, which he co-founded, to scale up its programme addressing the emotional and psychological needs of children living with HIV in the African kingdom of Lesotho. - More
Students stripped-off in class to protest at a university’s strict new dress code. Art undergraduates at Kaposvar University in southern Hungary took action after the clothes crackdown was imposed on October 1. - More
The phenomenal gap is on par with a Thursday Quinnipiac poll that had de Blasio, the city's public advocate, up 50 points over the ex-MTA chief.
“It may be too soon to say the words ‘Mayor de Blasio,’ but it doesn’t appear likely that New Yorkers are going to spend the next four years talking about decisions made by the ‘Lhota Administration,'" said Siena's Steven Greenberg in a release. - More
Here's what we know about Miriam Carey, the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police.
Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygenist has been identified by the New York Post and the New Haven Register newspaper as the suspect in a shooting incident that took place in the nation's capital. Here’s what we know about Carey so far. - More
A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was released late Tuesday from prison, his attorneys said.
Late Tuesday, U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge denied the state's motion seeking to block his earlier order overturning Herman Wallace's 1974 murder conviction in the death of Angola guard Brent Miller. - More
Facebook has so many users -- more than a billion, or roughly the population of India -- that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible. And yet someone has done just that. - Go to website >>
CNN anchor Don Lemon was not hesitant in placing his blame for the government shutdown at the feet of Republicans. On Tuesday's Tom Joyner Morning Show, Lemon blamed Republicans but insisted he is not partisan.
"I'm so mad this morning," he ranted, and added it was partly due to "the false narrative that both sides caused this shutdown.
That's not true. It was caused by Republicans, mainly Tea Party Republicans." - More
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed the U.S. for stronger sanctions on Iran even as it pursues nuclear talks, in an emerging conflict between the two allies amid a thaw between Washington and Tehran.
Mr. Netanyahu, who met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, also said Iran needed to completely dismantle its "military nuclear program" before the West should roll back financial pressure or the threat of military force against Iran's nuclear installations. - More
After reports earlier this week of Microsoft offering at least $200 in credit for customers' used iPhones, the deal is now official.
The deal is only good for newer-model iPhones -- the 4S and 5, in "gently used" condition -- and is an expansion of an existing promotion that lets customers trade in their iPads for a $200 minimum gift card. - More
Using skin and cartilage from a patient's ribs, Chinese doctors are growing a replacement nose on the forehead of a 22-year-old man injured in a car accident last year, according to a Reuters report picked up by news organizations.
The technique, reportedly a first, updates a common practice in reconstructive plastic surgery, doctors say. - More
Buying the ticket was somewhat of a fluke. The man said he'd stopped for gas when his wife called and told him to pick up hot dog buns. When he went inside the store, he bought $20 worth of tickets — but not buns, because Murphy doesn't sell them. - More
Four convicts in the December 16 gangrape-cum-murder case were on Friday awarded death penalty by a Delhi court which said the gravity of the offence cannot be tolerated.
“Death to all,” Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said while delivering the verdict in the case that had evoked nationwide outrage and led the government to bring in a stringent anti-rape law. - More
Boulder County, Colo., received between 6 and 10 inches of rain in about 12-18 hours, the National Weather Service reported, and up to 4 inches of additional rain is expected to fall in the region on Thursday.
Flash flood warnings continued around the state and two flood related deaths have been confirmed in Boulder. - More
CBS and Time Warner Cable finally reached a deal today, ending a long, protracted blackout of the broadcast network on TWC’s cable system.
While getting the deal done will mean that Time Warner Cable viewers will be able to watch Week One of the NFL season next week — and no one wanted to miss that — the deal is also designed to help CBS monetize its content on a growing number of new platforms. - More
Which is the best social media network for marketing endeavours? Google+, the newest of the major social media platforms, has a small market share relative to Facebook, but an article on Moz notes a correlation between Google +1s (the equivalent of Facebook "Likes") and search rankings, prompting speculation over whether Google+ activity is more beneficial than its rivals for promoting web content:
"After page authority, a URL's number of Google +1s is more highly correlated with search rankings than any other factor. - More
Every so often a topic arises which isn’t, strictly speaking, in the financial realm I usually discuss, but nevertheless has important implications for women going through financially complex divorces.
Social media is one of those topics.
In my practice as a Divorce Financial Strategist™, I am seeing more and more that not only can social networks and digital communications contribute to the breakup of a marriage, they can have unforeseen consequences in divorce settlement negotiations, as well. - More
North Korea on Sunday accepted a South Korean offer for talks on reuniting families separated by war, but proposed separate talks on resuming lucrative tours to a scenic North Korean mountain in an apparent effort to link the two discussions.
Last week, the two Koreas agreed to work toward a resumption of a jointly run factory park in North Korea, raising hopes for improved ties between the rivals. - More
Chinese official media on Sunday said former Communist Party star Bo Xilai will go on trial beginning on Thursday. The state-run Xinhua news agency said Mr. Bo will stand trial on Thursday in the eastern city of Jinan on charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power. - More
British police announced Saturday they are again investigating Princess Diana's death.
British media and the Associated Press reported that Scotland Yard is examining the "relevance and credibility" of newly received information relating to the deaths of Diana and her companion, Dodi Fayed, who also was killed, along with their driver, in a car crash in a Paris traffic tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997. - More
The Prime Minister’s Office has a far-reaching plan to utilize students and other supporters of Israel around the world in the state’s efforts to defend itself in social media, Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman told The Jerusalem Post last week.
Ha’aretz reported Tuesday about a small aspect of the plan involving scholarships for local university students who will advance messages about Israel in interactive media. - More
Hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village on a small island in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke from the volcano shot about a mile into the air, officials said.
Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, and nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area on Palue island... - More
Many of us in SEO espouse the great benefits of Google Authorship and the potential of the rumored AuthorRank. Many in SEO would argue that AuthorRank has not yet been implemented as part of the Google algorithm. Or has it been added already? - More
A California school district is reportedly asking student athletes and those participating in extracurricular activities to sign a social media contract.
In an attempt to curb cyberbullying, the contract issued by the Lodi Unified School District bans “profanities or inappropriate language or remarks” directed toward teammates, coaches and other students. - More
All that tweeting that you do while watching your favorite TV shows is having an effect. New research from Nielsen suggests that fans tweeting about programs during live broadcasts can lead to increased viewership. That may seem an obvious finding, but until now the TV measurement firm had only established that there is some link between social media and TV viewing. - More
President Robert Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since it threw off white rule in 1980, won another term on Saturday as the official results were announced for last week’s hotly disputed election, defeating his main challenger with 61 percent of the vote and roaring back to secure his grip on power after having to share it for the past five years. - More
Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world.
Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the country's private, after-school tutoring academies, known as hagwons. Unlike most teachers across the globe, he is paid according to the demand for his skills—and he is in high demand. - More
Philippine police and troops Sunday captured a woman who is one of the country's most wanted communist guerrillas, officials said. Police said Maria Loida Magpatoc is the secretary of the New People's Army's (NPA) Far South Mindanao Regional Committee, and has oustanding arrest warrants for homicide and destruction of property. - More
These days, Prince William and Kate Middleton are spending all their time with their newborn son, but when it’s time for their first night away from the baby, Prince Harry joked that they’re going to need to write a pretty big check.
“It’s fantastic to have another addition to the family,” Harry, 27, said today at an event for his charity, Sentebale.
“I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are.” - More
Caroline Kennedy, the last surviving direct link to the Camelot legacy and a key supporter of President Obama, was nominated yesterday to the prestigious post of ambassador to Japan.
Kennedy — if confirmed by the U.S. Senate — would become the first woman to serve in the prominent seat, maintaining a critical alliance in Asia in a country that responds well to high-profile Americans as their ambassador.
Family friend Philip Johnston, former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman and founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, praised Kennedy’s nomination by Obama. - More
Our history is a litany: two steps forward, one step back. The Civil Rights Movement was the greatest step forward since emancipation.
So we ought not be surprised to see voting rights eroded again, the Civil Rights Act attacked, the so-called "War on Drugs" used for the mass incarceration of black men.
Or to see the killing of an unarmed child deliver a message as old as the Constitution itself: Black life is worth less. We are in another period of push back. And worse, we don't even seem to know. - More
A team of Israeli archaeologists believes it has discovered the ruins of a palace belonging to the biblical King David, but other Israeli experts dispute the claim.
Archaeologists from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel's Antiquities Authority said their find, a large fortified complex west of Jerusalem at a site called Khirbet Qeiyafa , is the first palace of the biblical king ever to be discovered. - More
Vision Critical’s recently published study, From Social to Sale provides some answers to exactly how a company’s social media strategy could be tailored to drive sales. Using interviews from almost 6,000 participants, the company evaluated social media purchasing against participation in Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. - More
One of the key players in the George Zimmerman murder trial wasn't a witness or crime-scene photo, but something anyone interested in the case had equal access to: social media.
Before, during and after the trial, social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were used by family members, supporters, media and lawyers of Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen he shot in a Sanford gated community Feb. 26, 2012. He was acquitted July 13. - More
The last thing Thomas Hudner said to mortally wounded pilot Jesse Brown was that he would come back for him.
Sixty-three years later, he may just keep that promise. Hudner, who received the Medal of Honor for trying to pull Brown from his downed plane during the Korean War, will fly to Pyongyang on Saturday and is hoping to return to the area his comrade crashed. - More
Senior Kremlin officials said Saturday that Russia’s Federal Migration Service had not yet received a formal appeal for asylum from Edward J. Snowden. And the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, insisted that the government had had no contact with him — a curious statement given the government’s clear role in arranging a meeting at Sheremetyevo airport here in Moscow on Friday between Mr. Snowden and lawyers and human rights advocates. - More
Barack Obama has paid homage to Nelson Mandela in his first visit to South Africa since coming to power, describing the country's first black president as an "inspiration to the world and a personal hero".
The US president praised the "moral courage" of Mandela, 94, who remains in a stable but critical condition in hospital, and encouraged other African and world leaders to follow his example. Referring to Mandela by his clan name... - More
Black Man Dead Trayvon 911 Call Jonathan Good Witness Emotional Call Zimmerman Trial. A neighbor of George Zimmerman who had perhaps the best view of the struggle between the neighborhood watch volunteer and Trayvon Martin has taken the witness stand in Zimmerman's murder trial.
Jonathan Good was the second person to take the witness stand on Friday, the fifth day of testimony....
Taiwan's democratic system based on the rule of law proves that the values of democracy and human rights are not exclusive to West and can take root worldwide, Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng said Monday during his first visit to Taiwan.
"There is no difference in people's understanding of good or bad, right or wrong across the world," the 41-year-old said at a news conference in Taipei that drew nearly 200 international journalists. - More
Qatar's emir ceded power Tuesday in favor of his 33-year-old son, an unusual move in a region where few Arab rulers willingly surrender office while alive.
In a six-minute speech he read live on television, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who transformed his peninsula nation into an international economic and political player after overthrowing his own father in 1995, handed over authority to Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. - More
Part 2 of summer vacation for Malia and Sasha Obama starts this week, when the first daughters take off for a week in Africa with mom and dad.
Not that you'll be hearing much about that from the White House.
The East Wing has put out a schedule of what first lady Michelle Obama will be doing while visiting Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, but other than noting that Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, will be going, too, there's no word on what they'll be doing. - More
When Anna Mulli heard that President Obama was planning to visit Africa, she expected him to visit her homeland. Like many of her countrymen, she considers the president a son of Kenya.
Obama’s father was Kenyan; many of his relatives, including his grandmother, still live here. During both the 2008 and 2012 elections, Mulli said she went to church to pray that Obama would win. - More
The prosecution and defense in the George Zimmerman began laying out their cases for the jury on Monday, clashing over whether the neighborhood watch volunteer killed Trayvon Martin because he was "viciously attacked" or because "he wanted to."
A jury of six women listened intently during opening statements in a Sanford, Fla., courtroom 16 months after Zimmerman, 29, and Martin, 17, crossed paths in a gated community on a rainy Sunday evening.
U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and his wife Cindy shared in a happy occasion Saturday night – the wedding of their son Jack McCain to Renee Swift, the senator's rep confirms.
The younger McCain, 27, serves as a lieutenant in the Navy, stationed in Guam where he is a helicopter pilot. Swift, 29, a Bay area native, is a captain in the USAF reserve. The couple met in Guam. - More
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis, whose story won the hearts of Americans across the country for being too young to receive an adult lung transplant, went through surgery on Wednesday, and it was a success.
On Wednesday night, her mother, Janet Murnaghan, wrote about the surgery on Facebook. "We are thrilled to share that Sarah is out of surgery. - More
For the first time, more white Americans are dying than are being born, according to new census data that suggests non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in the United States by 2043.
“These new census estimates are an early signal alerting us to the impending decline in the white population that will characterize most of the 21st century,” William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, told The New York Times. - More
Mr Morsi said he was not "calling for war", but that he would not allow Egypt's water supply to be endangered. Egypt was apparently caught by surprise when Ethiopia started diverting the Blue Nile last month, amid works to construct a hydroelectric dam.
The river is a tributary of the Nile, on which Egypt is heavily dependent.
The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a $4.7bn (£3.1bn) project that Ethiopia says will eventually provide 6,000 megawatts of power. - More
When Iranians go to the polls Friday, they will bid an unceremonious farewell to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the populist with the zip-up windbreaker who ran afoul of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, even as he became Iran's provocative face to the world.
But the voters will be casting ballots with scarcely a hint of the reformist spirit that swept the country four years ago and ended in a bloody crackdown. - More
Bagher Asadi, who was previously a senior diplomat at Iran's U.N. mission in New York and most recently a director at the secretariat of the so-called D8 group of developing nations in Istanbul, was arrested in mid-March in Tehran for unknown reasons, sources said last month.