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Gen. David Petraeus Wide Ranging Interview On Terrorism, Wiki Bio  

CNN By : Peter Bergen

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

David Petraeus Wiki Bio

Ayesha Curry: Ive lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged  

Twitter By : Staff Reporting

I've lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money...Or ratings in I'm not sure which. I won't be silent. I just saw it live sry.

Stephen Curry: Ive thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorers table  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The Golden State Warriors had to finish Game 6 of the NBA Finals without star Stephen Curry.

Curry was whistled for a foul on the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, Curry's sixth of the game, with 4:22 to go and the Warriors down 12 points.

And the guard wasn't happy about it. - Referenced Article

Simmons spokesman, Tom Estey: tabloid report is ludicrous  

USA Today By : Carly Mallenbaum

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

To Republicans Blaming Obama for the Orlando Massacre: Youre Out of Your Damn Minds  

Forward Progressives By : Allen Clifton

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

Cathedral Prep student underage drinking, breaking & entering, verbal assaults, terroristic threats...so what?  

ETN By : Staff Reporting

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."

Coldplay lets Beyonce, Bruno Mars overshadow band  

Fox Sports By : Staff Reporting

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

Obama Cleared Way for Todays Outsider Candidates  


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.

Ted Cruz? Hardly. - Referenced Article

President Obama wants to control your dog pants  

Mashable By : Jonathan Keshishoglou

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

Trump Revives Concerns Over Nominating Canadian-Born Cruz  


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

Jewish Terror a Growing Threat to Israel: Experts  


Young, fearless, rebellious, idealistic and militant — these are some of the words security experts use to describe a growing terror threat facing Israel.

But they are not referring to Islamist extremism — they're talking about hard-line Jewish settlers called the Hilltop Youth.

Some members of the settler splinter group are prepared to use violence to expand the country's official borders... - Referenced Article

Powerball jackpot climbs to $400 million  

CNN Money By : Jackie Wattles

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


Black Then By : Staff Reporting

There are four major rail networks in North American—#Norfolk Southern, #Union Pacific, #CSX and the #Canadian National—and all these lines were built and operated with African slave labor.

The president of the Union Pacific told the stockholders the slaves were the “cheapest,” “most reliable,” and could be “easily governed.” - Referenced Article

Hawaii cant seem to name anything after native son Obama  

Chicago Tribune By : Greg Jaffe and Juliet Eilperin

Stanley Chang hatched a plan last year to overcome seven years of failed attempts to name something after Hawaii's most famous native son.

His target: Sandy Beach, a stunning strip of sand and volcanic ash that he hoped to re-christen "Barack Obama Beach." - Referenced Article

LeBron James careens into seats; Jason Day's wife stretchered off  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

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 launches first attacks against Ted Cruz  

CNN By : Theodore Schleifer

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

Spike Lee rips Rahm Emanuel at Chi-Raq premiere in New York  

AP By : Staff Reporting

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

Very Effective Way to Re-Engage Contact Lists  

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Death toll after Guatemala landslide tops 130  

CNN By : Ben Brumfield

The gangly arms of four backhoes dug through a mound of sandy soil that had buried many of the residents of El Cambray alive in a landslide.

Carefully, the diggers turned up sheet metal roofs, broken walls and the bodies of people trapped in the dirt bulging over much of the Guatemalan village. - Referenced Article

Israel launches airstrikes on targets in Gaza  

EuroNews By : Staff Reporting

A mob in India just dragged a man from his home and beat him to death for eating beef  

Washington Post By : Michael E. Miller

Mohammad Akhlaq was in bed when the mob arrived. The commotion began in the distance, but crept closer and closer like encroaching thunder. Suddenly, there was a pounding at the door.

Then the door broke inwards and men dragged the 50-year-old farmer from his sheets and into the street, according to the Indian Express. - Referenced Article

Hannaford Shoper complains about the 'most wilted kale ever'  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

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.


Why Is Tucker Carlson Still Allowed On Air  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Yuki Nishitzawa does the Tootsee Roll during labor  

The Boston Globe By : Heather Ciras

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

The Donald Has Landed, Wiki - Bio  

Time By : Michael Scherer

There are some things you just can’t do in politics, not at the presidential level, anyway.

This is a game like any other, with rules honed over decades by the pros in blue blazers clutching focus-group results: Be likable. Don’t make enemies. Respect the party elders. - Referenced Article

Donald Trump Biography Wiki

Millennials Love Kik, Snapchat and Other Messaging Apps: Pew  


Traditional text messaging isn't dead, but it's facing stiff competition from messaging apps like WhatsApp and Kik.

Overall, 36 percent of smartphone owners use messaging apps, according to a new Pew Research report.

Among young people, ages 18 to 29, they're even more popular -- 49 percent of those with smartphones said they use messaging apps. - Referenced Article

Rousey v Zingano  

UFC By : Staff Reporting

2016 Republican Primary Debate Schedule  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

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

November, 2015*
Fox Business/WSJ Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox Business Network
Location: Wisconsin
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

January, 2016*
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Iowa
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
Location: Texas
Sponsors: NBC/Telemundo, National Review
Candidates: To be determined

March, 2016*
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: TBD
Sponsors: Fox News
Candidates: To be determined

March 10, 2016
CNN/Salem Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN
Location: Florida
Sponsors: CNN, Salem Media Group
Candidates: To be determined

Christina Fallin has moved her trailer off Governors Mansion Grounds  

Time By : Jack Linshi

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 unveiling $1.2 billion plan for Kendall Square  

Boston Globe By : Tim Logan

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

Milwaukee Police Themselves Report Two Possible Lion Sightings  


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

Trooper Brian Encina lies to his Supervisor  

Twitter By : Staff Reporting

Minutes after his encounter with Sandra bland Officer Brian Encina recounts the events over the phone with his supervisor

Russian austerity: Putin fires 110,000 officials  

CNN Money By : Ivana Kottasova

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

Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria  

BBC By : Staff Reporting

Turkish police also raided more than 100 properties in Istanbul, arresting 251 people linked to IS, the office of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

On Thursday, Turkish forces exchanged fire with IS fighters near the Syrian border.

One Turkish soldier was killed. - Referenced Article

Your Facebook Photos Are Fair Game for Prosecutors  

Money By : Staff Reporting

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

Man claims cops who ran stop sign, hit his vehicle tried to frame him on DUI charge  


A Brooklyn man claims NYPD cops in a SUV passed through a stop sign and broadsided his vehicle — then allegedly fabricated charges that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

“I think the whole thing was insane,” Oliver Wiggins, 31, told the Daily News. “They ran a stop sign and I think they were trying to hide that they caused the accident.” - Referenced Articles

A tip too far? Sasha and Malia Obama leave generous sum at cafe  

Al Arabiya News By : Staff Reporting

The daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama enjoyed on Saturday a girls’ night out in New York City without their father.

Sasha and Malia, who were spending the night at Ruby's Cafe in Nolita, left a $34 tip for a bill that was a little over $100 - more than the traditionally accepted 10 percent tip. - Referenced Article

DA: Its Too Early to Know How Woman Died in Texas Jail Cell  

AP By : Staff Reporting

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

A Testy Tweet From Killer Mike  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

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?

After posing legitimate questions and concerns about Killer Mike's endorsement, this is what we got:

Sandra Bland Drove to Texas to Start a New Job, So How Did She End Up Dead In Jail?  


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


emilycheath.com By : Emily C. Heath

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

The Supreme Court might destroy affirmative action because this white womans grades werent good enough.  

Slate By : Jamelle Bouie

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

Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Steve Wozniak: In the future, robots will keep humans as pets  

Rapid News Network By : TYLER OWEN

“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

Millennials love media on smartphones, shun live TV  

USA Today By : Roger Yu

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

Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters and a babysitter, parents tell Fox News  

Washington Post By : Abby Ohlheiser

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

An Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete  


GOOGLE SHOWED OFF any number of potentially revolutionary technologies at its I/O developer conference keynote Thursday.

There was Jump, a platform for generating 3D virtual reality content, and Brillo, Google’s latest entrant into the smart-home horse race.

But the company’s most important announcement was the evolution of a technology that’s nearly three years old. - Referenced Article

No bombshell in Clinton e-mails  

Philly.com By : Karen DeYoung

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 executes defense chief on treason charges: South Korean media  


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 Bans China's Website Certificate Authority After Security Breach  

Tech Crunch By : Catherine Shu

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

Ferguson Shooting: Chief Says Cops Lucky to Live After Ambush  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

One of the two police officers shot overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, has a bullet lodged in his head, and both are lucky to have survived, a police official said on Thursday.

"We could have buried two police officers next week over this," Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County police told reporters. - Referenced Article

Impossible images: The man who makes magic and madness from Photoshop  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Police: Thieves strapped fake bombs to victims in Connecticut bank bomb scare  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

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.

Israel hails U.S. jury verdict blaming PLO, Palestinian Authority for attacks  

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

Activists report dozens of Assyrian Christans kidnapped by ISIS  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Two Syrian activist groups said Tuesday that ISIS terrorists have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians after overrunning a number of small villages in the northeast of that country.

The extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province around dawn on Monday. - Referenced Article

Quartavious Davis, First-Time Offender With 162-Year Prison Term, Gets Appeal  


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

Black German woman recounts shock upon learning grandfather was notorious Nazi Amon Goeth, depicted in Schindler's List  


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

New Report Documents 4,000 Lynchings in Jim Crow South  

Time By : Victor Luckerson

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

U.K. moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people  

USA Today By : Trevor Grundy

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

James Robertson's daily 21-mile trek inspires donations  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Katy Perry during the Super Bowl halftime show, highlights  

The Telegraph By : Staff Reporting

Blizzard-Stricken Northeast Digs Out  

Time By : Staff Reporting

New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.

The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph. - Referenced Article

Florida police used mugshots of black men for target practice. Clergy responded: #UseMeInstead  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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: If Belichick is found to have authorized deception...you got to go  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

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

50,000 gallons of oil spilled in Yellowstone River  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A Montana pipeline burst sent as much as 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the Yellowstone River, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Residents in nearby cities were told not to drink the tap water, which some said smelled like diesel. - Referenced Article

Record 346 inmates die, dozens of guards fired in Florida prisons  

Daily Kos By : Staff Reporting

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.


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Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyonce  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

How Cherif Kouachi turned into a jihadist  

Washington Post By : Terrence McCoy

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

Apple's Health and Google's Fit coordinate data and your New Year's Resolution  

Fortune By : Jason Cipriani

Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions? If so, have you kept them thus far? Was one of your resolutions to get in shape and live healthier, happier life? Welcome to the club.

Three years ago, after finally taking a long look in the mirror, I came to a stark realization: I was overweight. - Referenced Article

Top Branded Instagram Videos of 2014  

AdWeek By : Staff Reporting

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

McDonald's Lays Out New Brand Vision  

AdAge By : Maureen Morrison

McDonald's on Friday described an updated approach to marketing its brand, but the long-running "I'm lovin' it" tagline isn't going anywhere.

The chain is instead "reigniting" the "I'm lovin' it" theme "by introducing a new platform that puts more focus on lovin'," said the company in a statement. - Referenced Article

Peering into digital marketings crystal ball for 2015  

The Tennessean By : David Bohan

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 picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity  


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.

Other cardinals hail from Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. - Referenced Article

Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz Are Mentioned in Suit Alleging Sex With Minor  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Abbas seeks to re-submit statehood bid to U.N. Security Council  

Reuters By : RAMALLAH

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

Google: Your HTTPS Site Has Canonicals Pointing To HTTP  

Search Engine Roundtable By : Barry Schwartz

Since Google gives a tiny ranking boost for HTTPS sites, many sites have begun switching over.

But if done incorrectly, it can cause a lot of confusion for your web site listings and rankings in Google. - Referenced Article

With the Advent of Agriculture, Human Bones Dramatically Weakened  

Discover By : Carl Engelking

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

Baby Thrives Once 3D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe  

NPR By : Rob Stein

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

Sammy Davis Jr ex-mistress Katherine McKee says Bill Cosby raped her  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Chicago Mayor son robbed Zach Emanuel robbed  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Exonerated After Execution: Judge Tosses Teens Murder Conviction  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

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

Heart Disease Risks for Black Women  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Why doesn't Facebook have a Dislike button?  

Asiaone Digital By : Staff Reporting

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 critical moment for Israeli-Palestinian security coordination  

HAARETZ.COM By : Amos Harel

The consequences of Wednesday’s death of a Palestinian Authority minister following clashes with Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers will become clear in another few days.

PA Minister Ziad Abu Ein, who died at a West Bank protest, will be buried in a big funeral in Ramallah on Thursday.

Then come Friday prayers, which are expected to be accompanied by a wave of protests led by Fatah and the PA. - Referenced Article

Over 80 percent of Americans Feel Internet Helps them Learn More  

Wall Street OTC By : Staff Reporting

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

New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages  

NPR By : Staff Reporting

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

The Holiday Gift Guide You Have Always Wanted  

Slate By : Staff Reporting

Tt’s December. Every publication has a gift guide, and every morning show has a segment on what you should be buying.

You look at own your list, and wonder: Who, exactly, are those suggestions for? Everyone you know already has an iPad or a Kindle.

And you’ve had it with Moscow mule mugs, artisanal pork products, and those little stones that you’re supposed to use instead of ice in your whiskey. Referenced Article

Missouri AG confirms Michael Brown grand jury misled by Assistant DA Kathy Alizadeh  

Daily Kos By : Frank Vyan Walton

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

Amtrak Stabbing: Man Charged With Intent to Murder After Attacking 4  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

A Black Lives Matter Manifesto  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

#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!

Will Police Body Cameras Matter?  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

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.

Officer Tim Loehmann Resigned From Previous Job After Dismal Handgun Performance  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

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

2 men arrested in connection with Keene riots  

WMUR 9 By : Staff Reporting

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

North Korea suspected in Sony cyber attack  

AJC By : Staff Reporting

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

Obama: Using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

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

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Russian hackers posting baby monitors, webcams online, (VIDEO)  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

A Russian-backed website is peering into homes around the world.

Anyone can log on to see the live feeds from homes to security systems, all with a map straight to your front door...

Federal judge overturns Montana's ban on same-sex marriage  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Why liberals are turning on Bill Cosby over rape allegations  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Analysis: Michael Brown's fatal encounter with Wilson took less than 2 minutes  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The fatal encounter that ended with the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson was brief, lasting less than two minutes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot by Wilson, a white police officer, on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.  - Referenced Article

Ben Stein: Self-defeating black underclass plagued by drugs, gangs  

Washington Times By : Jessica Chasmar

Ben Stein argued Monday that the “real problem” with race in America is the “pathetic, self-defeating black underclass” that’s plagued by drugs and gangs.

“You would think, if you read the liberal mainstream media, that the main problem with race in America was poor innocent black people being set upon and mistreated by the police. - Referenced Article

A gesture by Putin to China's First Lady covered up by Chinese  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama.

The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive. - Referenced Article

Early Arctic blast like deep freeze in January  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Dr. Myles Munroe, wife and daughter killed in airplane crash, Wiki-Bio  

Citi97.3 FM By : Staff Reporting

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

Dr. Myles Munroe Biography Wiki

Mark Zuckerberg holds his first-ever public Q&A on Facebook  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

The Facebook CEO spent about an hour answering questions submitted from around the world, including some from Facebook users who flew to the company's California headquarters for the event.

Here's a look at some of the highlights:

Why did Facebook force its users to install the Messenger app?

Zuckerberg acknowledged that having all Facebook users install a new app "is a big ask" and "required friction." Referenced Article

Facebook is attempting to influence the elections  

Bloomberg Politics By : Emily Greenhouse

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

Back Bay Residents Revolt  

BostInno By : Nate Boroyan

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

Michael Alsbury identified in Virgin Galactic crash  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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.

Tens of Thousands of Federal Prisoners seeing their sentences cut  

Stop The Drug War By : Staff Reporting

Federal drug sentencing reforms adopted earlier this year by the US Sentencing Commission went into effect on Saturday November 1st.

StopTheDrugWar.org is reporting that tens of thousands of federal prisoners seeing their sentences cut and being released early. - Full Article

Der Spiegel Magazine: Germany 'would accept UK exit from EU'  

BBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

American detained in North Korea speaks out  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

An Ohio man who spent nearly six months imprisoned in North Korea for leaving a bible in a nightclub is home and talking about his experience -- and why he did it. Dean Reynolds reports.

4 killed after plane hits building near Wichita airport (VIDEO)  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Four people died after a small plane crashed into a building near Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport in southern Kansas Thursday morning, city Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said.

There are five more injured and four unaccounted for, he said. - Full Article

CNN's obsession with Kim Jong Un  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Like the missing flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, CNN is obsessed with Kim Jong Un's disappearance from public events of late due to a reported ankle injury that required surgery.

CNN.com devoted a day of "South Korea: Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery to remove cyst" headlined on the site.

Kaci Hickox:This is not a situation I would wish on anyone (VIDEO)  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Quarantines may dissuade Ebola volunteers  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

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.

History was made with one tweet.

5 Ways to Design a Luxe Room for Less  


Adding style to interiors doesn’t necessarily require wads of cash.

Whether you prefer to keep money in the bank or desire to incorporate creative solutions, updating your home while saving money can be rewarding. - Full Article

NYPD caught dumping gloves, masks from Ebola site into street garbage can (VIDEO)  

NY Post By : Staff Reporting

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.

Update: New York City Police Kill Man Who Hit 2 Officers With Hatchet  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Google's new Inbox promises a smarter way to manage your email  

Bloomberg News By : Staff Reporting

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

Aia Cooper: Check it out! Im on TV mom! Plus you can google me! Lol  

Facebook Page By : Staff Reporting


Remember this endorsement  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Ferguson, MO Keene, NH Contrasts on Twitter  

Twitter By : Staff Reporting


Allen Wests shocking comments about the Pursuit of Happiness  

AllenBWest.com By : Staff Reporting

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.

ISIS Mortar Shells drop a few feet from CBS News Reporter  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Anbar Province west of Baghdad is becoming an increasing concern for the U.S.-led alliance in the fight against ISIS. Elizabeth Palmer got an inside look at the Iraqi army's front lines.

The Racial Double Standard on Gun Violence  

Huffington Post By : @JoshuaMHorwitz

The Racial Double Standard on Gun Violence - Huffington Post @JoshuaMHorwitz

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 bragging about his business practices as his company goes bankrupt  

Blomberg By : Staff Reporting

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.

Who is Peter Kassig  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

The Islamic State terror group identified its next target on Friday, a former U.S. Army Ranger who was captured in Lebanon last year during a relief mission to help Syrian refugees.

Peter Edward Kassig, 26, first visited Beirut on a college spring break trip. What the Indiana native saw there prompted him to return... - Full Article

Defused grenade found on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's standby Air India aircraft  

The Times of India By : Staff Reporting

Indian security establishment has gone in a tizzy with the discovery of a defused grenade inside an Air India aircraft kept standby in Delhi for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent trip to the US.

The Boeing-747 was kept on standby at IGI Airport, which means it was fully ready to fly out for the PM in case the Jumbo Jet being used by him developed a snag. - Full Article

Boston Herald apologizes for Obama cartoon after backlash  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The Boston Herald and its cartoonist apologized Wednesday for a cartoon that quickly drew criticism on social media for being racist.

A satire on the recent news that an intruder got farther into the White House last month than previously known... - Full Article

Black Donors Sperm Mistakenly Sent to White Parents: Lawsuit  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Man in Dallas With Ebola Had Been Sent Home From Hospital  

Bloomberg By : Staff Reporting

A man with Ebola in Dallas was initially sent home from the hospital with antibiotics after seeking treatment for an unknown illness, officials said.

The man, whose name wasn’t released, is the first case of the deadly viral infection to be diagnosed outside of Africa. - Full Article

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friend Robel Phillipos is charged with making false statements  

The Christian Science Monitor By : Staff Reporting

Two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have already been convicted of impeding the investigation into the deadly attack.

Next week, a third friend will go on trial for allegedly lying to authorities investigating the bombing.

Robel Phillipos is charged with making false statements while he was questioned about his movements on the night of April 18, 2013, three days after the bombings... - Full Article

Man, Alton Alexander Nolan beheads women at workplace  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A man has beheaded a woman after a workplace dispute in Oklahoma, U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. He also tried to kill another woman, officials said.

The incident happened late Thursday afternoon at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City. - Full Article

Concern over US concessions as Iran seeks to leverage ISIS issue in nuke talks  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Would go-alone Scotland be richer outside UK?  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Aberdeen's Old Town House, an 18th century brick building replete with clock tower and cockerel wind vane, was restored a decade ago with great care.

Walls were treated with plaster lined with horse hair, while the beams were strengthened with nails designed not to split the aged wood. - Full Article

Scotland will struggle to make its way as a newly independent state  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

Newly independent states typically struggle to make their way in the world, even in the most favourable conditions.

Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008 was enthusiastically backed by the US, Britain, and many other governments. - Full Article

Wife of Former NFL Player Says Ray Rice Shouldn't be Banned From the League  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

When the elevator footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released this week, where Rice is seen striking his then-fiancee, public reaction was clear and consistent...

Meet the Russian-made tool that grabs selfies from iCloud accounts  

PC World By : Jeremy Kirk

There’s a seedy trade in compromising photos stored in Apple iCloud accounts, and it is in part aided by a software program that cleanly collects the data.

Some of the nude celebrity photos are believed to have first been circulated on Anon-IB, a definitely not safe-for-work forum. - Full Article

11 Sure-fire Tips on How to Make Sure Your Email Marketing Works  

JeffBullas.com By : Luke Guy

When social media turned up the art of email marketing took a back seat with many marketers. But with Facebook organic reach reducing, email has become the new cool kid in the class.

It’s better to ask someone for their email instead of waiting for them to “like” you. Having a healthy email list and high open rates is now essential. - Full Article

As Google Builds Out Own Content, Some Advertisers Feel Pushed Aside  


Just before Google Inc. went public 10 years ago, co-founder Larry Page said he wanted to get the search engine's users "out of Google and to the right place as fast as possible."

Today, Mr. Page's Google often is doing the opposite: Providing as much information as possible to keep users in Google's virtual universe. - Full Article

Could Kim Kardashians video game make more money than a hit movie?  

Orlando Sentinel By : Paresh Dave

In the latest video game sensation, the player encounters an attractive stranger at a bar and must make a difficult choice: flirt or network.

The goal: climb the Hollywood food chain and transform from a starving no-name to a rich-and-famous A-lister. - Full Article

Survey: YouTube Stars More Popular Than Mainstream Celebs Among U.S. Teens  

Variety By : Susanne Ault

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

The power struggle in Baghdad and Nouri al-Malikis fight for survival  

The Guardian By : Raya Jalabi

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

The Top 10 Benefits Of Social Media Marketing  

Forbes By : Jayson DeMers

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

How Hamas tries to kidnap IDF soldiers  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Expedia Becomes A New York City Hotel After Googles Pigeon Local Update  

Search Engine Land By : Barry Schwartz

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

Florida Man Allegedly Fakes 911 Call to Evade Speeding Ticket  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Googles Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories  

Search Engine Land By : Matt McGee

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

School Security: Geography Guidelines  

McGarr Service Corp By : Kelly McGarr, President

Many schools and universities in the city of Boston are somewhat intertwined or have agreements to other facilities in the city.

This can make it hard for administrations to determine where they are at fault if there is a security breach or any other crime in an occupied area.

The main goal of any university is campus safety and security for their students. - Full Article

EPA: Clean Power Plan  

McGarr Service Corp By : Kelly McGarr, President

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

I Ditched My iPhone For A Samsung Galaxy S5  

Business Insider By : Jim Edwards

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

Google Analytics New Cost Data Import Beta  

Online eBusiness Solutions By : Vern Nicholson

Google Analytics provides a wealth of information regarding your marketing architecture across multiple platforms.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, they go ahead and unleash a beta tool called Cost Analysis, or Cost Data Import. - Full Article

Are We Coming to the End of SEO?  


What are you hoping for when you search for something on Google? Are you looking for a site that deployed every SEO tip and trick to game their way to the top of the list?

Or a site that has relevant, reliable, authoritative content?

Most likely it is the latter, and it seems Google may want that too. - Full Article

Denver Smoker to Laughing Obama: You Want to Take a Hit, Man?  

Time By : Sam Frizell

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


From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Whos Challenging Google Maps  


When it comes to creating a digital map of the world, you may think of Google workers driving around in high-tech cars mounted with cameras — snapping photos of everything.

But Robert Scott walks the streets of London jotting down address numbers with nothing more than a pen and a piece of paper. - Full Article

Is Pot Nation on the way?  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

Young woman abandons infant at Columbus Circle subway platform  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

Opinion: America and Iran Can Save Iraq  


To save Iraq from Sunni extremists, Iran is mobilizing its allies in Iraq and promoting collaboration between Iraq’s government and Syria.

Washington, meanwhile, has dispatched military advisers to Baghdad. On their own, these efforts are valiant. But without coordination, they won’t be fruitful. - Full Article

Apple ramping up two bigger iPhones  

Newsday By : Staff Reporting

Apple suppliers in China will begin mass production of its largest iPhones ever next month, according to people familiar with the plans, as the smartphone maker faces increased competition.

Apple is ramping up on two bigger devices, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. - Full Article

Blue-Chip Advertisers Spending Hits Record $109B  

AdAge By : Bradley Johnson

Total spending among the 100 Leading National Advertisers reached a record $108.6 billion in 2013, passing the previous spending peak set in pre-recession 2007.

Still, this group remained careful with its dollars. Spending increased 4.4% last year and an average of 4.0% over the past three years. - Full Article

OSHA: Emergency Respondents Standard  

McGarr Service Corp By : Kelly McGarr, President

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a stakeholder meeting to discuss the standard of emergency respondents and preparedness.

Over the last decade many emergency responders have been killed trying to save the lives of others. OSHA believes it is time for a new safety standard and protocol for our responders. - Full Article

Fiats New TV Ads Made Entirely of GIFs: Are They Endless Fun or Overkill?  

AdWeek By : By Tim Nudd

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

Dirty Money: Effects On A Facility  

McGarr Service Corp By : Staff Reporting

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

Ken Griffin and his 2.5 Million Dollar Check, Bio-Wiki-Video  

Huffington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

Ken Griffin Biography Wiki

The Navys new super stealthy destroyer, the USS Zumwalt  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The Navy's new super stealthy destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, has a lot in common with Hollywood's starship Enterprise, according to folks who've seen it in person.

Much has been written about the Zumwalt's appropriately named commander, Capt. James Kirk.

But aside from that coincidence, the ship's operations center utilizes advanced technology that takes multitasking to a deadly new level on the high seas. - Full Article

A Websites Analytics is Equivalent to a Bodys DNA  

Online eBusiness Solutions By : Vern Nicholson

I am asked to review a lot of websites these days and the surprised look in response to me asking them for their Analytics login credentials instead of their website’s domain address is very telling.

Perhaps it could show they put a little too much focus on design, coloration and layout than they are actually engaging their target audience. - Full Article

The Cleaning Industry And Climate Change  

McGarr Service Corp By : Staff Reporting

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.

You can see and read more here at cleanlink.com

Obama expected to promise student loan relief  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

The official said Obama will expand the criteria for an alternative repayment program, which caps monthly payments for certain federal student loans at 10% of a borrower's discretionary income.

The changes would allow an additional 5 million borrowers to qualify and will be available beginning in December 2015, the official said. - Full Article

School Security: Emergency Procedure Statement  

McGarr Service Corp By : Staff Reporting

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

Why Women are the Real Power Behind Social Media  

Social Media Today By : Brianna Smith

Never underestimate of the power of a woman, especially when combined with social media.

From the number of active users on a social network to the frequency of their interaction with other users and brands, women are a powerful force in the social media realm. - Full Article

TSA: New Norm for Security  

McGarr Service Corp By : Staff Reporting

Recently, The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) proposed that they would like airports to cut down on some post Sept 11 security measures.

The proposal would allow passengers who travel frequently to surpass current security requirements such as taking off shoes and removing items from their bags. - Full Article

School Security: What to do, What not to do  

McGarr Service Corp By : Staff Reporting

There is a fine line between a security guard and a law enforcement officer. It is important for every organization to realize the role for their security personnel.

The main goal of the security officer is to report any and all crime related topics that they have seen or heard to the assigned office where such information is collected. Full Article

Why Did You Abandon SEO?  

Online eBusiness Solutions By : Vern Nicholson

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.

Impressions vs Click Throughs in the world of Internet Advertising  

Online eBusiness Solutions By : Vern Nicholson

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!

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Why Martha Stewart Owns A Drone  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Even the queen bee of domesticity owns a drone. Martha Stewart loves flying her remote control drone over her farm and uses it to take photos of her (presumably) immaculate gardens and livestock.

The lifestyle guru revealed in Martha Stewart Living’s May issue that her drone of choice is the Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0 Power Edition, which retails for $369.99 on Amazon. - Full Article

Cornell Willam Brooks  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

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 close in eastern Ukraine amid allegations of fraud and double-voting  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Romney calls for minimum-wage increase in split with business groups  

Los Angles Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton endorsed Scott Brown  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

“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.

A disturbing view by Ayotte  

Concord Monitor By : MARY LOU FULLER

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

Gas explosion injures 100 inmates, guards at Florida prison  

The Virginia Gazette By : Staff Reporting

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

Violence Kills Nearly 50 in Iraq Ahead of Key Vote  

Time By : Staff Reporting

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

Les Grober: This is a very dry year  

MSN News By : Staff Reporting

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

NYPD Twitter campaign backfires in a big way  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

It's hard to imagine how the campaign could have gone more wrong from the perspective of police.

The New York City Police Department on Tuesday asked folks on Twitter to post photos with its officers, using the hashtag #myNYPD. The response was swift -- and overwhelmingly negative. - Full Article

How to Reach Out to Online Influencers  

Magnet Media, Inc. By : Amy Schmittauer

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...

GOP raises cash using Bush 41 socks  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

What's the GOP’s latest weapon against Democrats? President George H.W. Bush’s fashion.

The Republican National Committee is fundraising off of a pair of striped yellow, orange, green and blue socks it created under Bush’s name. - Full Article

Six ways Apple can fix whats broken about the iPhone  

CNET By : Staff Reporting

Apple will announce at least one new iPhone this year, perhaps as early as the WWDC in June. Based on the latest rumors and the natural evolution of the product, a larger screen is all but definite.

But what else? Except for the fingerprint sensor built into the iPhone 5S, Apple hasn't shown much in the way of actual innovation for the past couple years. - Full Article

Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware  

CNET By : Staff Reporting

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

Facebook launches friend-tracking feature  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Your phone always knows where you are.

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

Avalanche kills 12 in single deadliest accident on Mount Everest  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A high-altitude avalanche Friday killed 12 Sherpa guides and seriously wounded three in the single deadliest accident on Mount Everest, officials said.

Several others are missing, but their numbers were not immediately known. A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet... - Full Article

NY students suspended indefinitely for displaying Confederate flag  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Whats in the $50 million campaign to fight NRA  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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 hospitalized, cancels concert  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

US Airways tweets graphic photo of nude woman to customers  

US Daily News By : Staff Reporting

"Inappropriate" doesn’t begin to cover it. A shockingly graphic tweet by U.S. Airways featuring a woman and an airplane has led to an investigation and red-faced apology by the airline.

A photo of a naked woman lying exposed on a bed with a toy plane between her legs was publicly shared by the airline  - Full Article

Forget the Selfie: Samsung Is Out-Innovating Apple in Marketing  

Ad Age By : Staff Reporting

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

Scott Brown NH Sighting, Bio-Wiki-Video  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

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

Scott Brown Biography Wiki

Must-Haves for digital marketing  

exchange 4 media By : Sonam Gulati

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

Obama summit with Al Sharpton still on  

The Hill By : Staff Reporting

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

Obamacare: How do we like it now?  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Jamel Brown and Matt Wright, healthy and in their 30s, declare they'd rather pay a penalty than premiums for health insurance.

Catherine Huston tells them they're nuts.

"What if you get cancer?" the 57-year-old woman demands. "Maybe it's because I'm older, but I just can't believe people think they aren't going to need it." - Full Article

How a Music Company Made Some of the Years Best Sports Ads  

AdWeek By : Staff Reporting

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

5 Ways Brands Can Avoid Looking Like Pompous Bufoons  

AdRants By : Staff Reporting

Movie critics are a tough bunch. They rarely, if ever, are impressed with "movie magic" such as computer-generated imagery and gee-whiz special effects.

In their minds, if the script is weak, no amount of technical prowess will save the film. - Full Article

Women in Technology on Content Marketing  

Magnet Media By : Staff Reporting

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.

Get Your Billion Back, America  

H&R Block By : Staff Reporting

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.

OBAMA: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Is A Stinkburger  

Business Insider By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama compared the Republican budget plan unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan this week to a "stinkburger" and a "meanwich" during a speech Wednesday afternoon in Michigan.

Referencing his own trip to a local deli in Ann Arbor earlier in the day, Obama offered his suggestions for the name of the GOP budget plan. - Full Article

7 Mistakes Brands Make on YouTube  

Magnet Media, Inc. By : Matt Ballek

If your brand has a YouTube channel or you're thinking about creating one, make sure to avoid these 7 common mistakes...

The Importance of Sticking to a Content Calendar  

Magnet Media Inc. By : Amy Schmittauer

Are you one of those bloggers who posts randomly when the mood strikes or only when you "have the time"?

You might have three blog posts one week, then you go two or three weeks without posting anything.

Well, guess what? That's no way to build an audience, or, more importantly, it's no way to build your brand...

Why Is Everyone Watching the Pittsburgh Eagle Cam?  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

If you are looking for signs of spring, look no farther than the Eagle Cam in Pittsburgh. Two adults are keeping house high in a tree on a hill above the Monongahela River.

Two chicks have hatched and a third may bust its way into the world at any minute. - Full Article

Google AdWords is announcing their AdBirds Campaign  

AdWords By : Vern Nicholson

Google AdWords is celebrating April Fool's Day by announcing the AdBirds program.

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If you need more information about the program simply login to your AdWords Campaign.

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Mikes Hard Lemonade goes all digital  

Ad Age By : Staff Reporting

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

Jackson Diehl: John Kerrys departure from reality  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance  

LA Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Attack on church averted after grenade was discovered in Kenya  

NTV By : Staff Reporting

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...

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Al-Saadi Gadahfi: Im sorry, Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

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Life-size Noahs Ark replica draws tourists in Netherlands  

Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Lack of skilled professionals biggest challenge for Digital Marketing  

B&T By : Staff Reporting

A lack of skilled professionals is looming as the biggest drag on the advancement on digital marketing, according to Adobe's head of its digital marketing business.

Brad Rencher told B&T that if he could fly a plane load of digital marketers over to Australia he would, because there was a lack of people capable of using the technology available. - Full Article

Official Says He Told Christie of Bridge Lane Closings  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Bridget Ann Kelly and Bill Stepien were involved  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

President Barack Obama, Pope Francis Meet for First Time  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Turkey Moves to Block YouTube  

Time By : Staff Reporting

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

Large number of tremors stirs fear in northern Chile  

Reuters By : Staff Reporting

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

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Russia Gets Ready for Life Without Visa and MasterCard  

Bloomberg BusinessWeek By : Staff Reporting

Is Russia ready to cut up its plastic?

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

Mateus Moore dies after saving girlfriend from oncoming train  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

Transgender Teacher Returns to School a Woman  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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 just turned 8. Its time for it to grow up or be disrupted  

Quartz By : Staff Reporting

Twitter is showing signs of its age. But no one seems to agree on what—if anything—should change about the service.

About the only thing critics can agree on: As powerful as Twitter is, it’s still inaccessible to new users.

+ But let’s begin at the beginning. + Seven years ago, on the first anniversary of Twitter, I joined the service. - Full Article

Georgetown Student Daniel Harry Milzman charged with possessing a biological toxin  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A Georgetown University student was charged on Friday with possessing ricin after admitting he made the poison in his campus dorm room, a court document showed.

Daniel Harry Milzman, 19, appeared in federal court, where a judge ordered him held pending a hearing next week. - Full Article

Flag Keeping The Business Of March Madness Out Of Some States  

Slate By : Staff Reporting

March Madness kicks into full swing today with games in Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Spokane. Another four cities—Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, and St. Louis—will see men's action on Friday.

The women's tournament then tips off on Saturday with weekend games spread out over 16 other cities. - Full Article

Turkey bans Twitter and Twitter explodes  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

“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 wins first battle over tailored advertising rights  

Financial Review By : Staff Reporting

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

Boehner has strong concerns on extending jobless benefits  

NBC By : Staff Reporting

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

Sugars found in tequila may protect against obesity, diabetes  

Daily Digest News By : Staff Reporting

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

Apple introduces cheaper iPhone 5C  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

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

Larry Elder: Malcolm X Called Black Democratic Voters Chumps  

LarryElder.com By : Staff Reporting

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

Creative marketing veteran Stanley Hainsworth: Think of your brand as a person  

GeekWire By : Taylor Soper

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

Dr. Richard Saul: A generation of children who cant live without stimulants is no solution  

Time By : Staff Reporting

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 cleared of more serious sex charges  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Issa pens scathing letter to Cummings  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Former Sen. Scott Brown launches New Hampshire Senate campaign  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown officially launched a U.S. Senate bid in New Hampshire Friday, saying he wants to "stop complaining and get involved again" in Washington.

Brown announced the bid at the first day of the two-day Northeast Republican Leadership Conference Friday, which features prospective presidential candidates... Full Article

William X. Walters Nudity Civil Rights Suit Rejected  

Los Angeles By : Staff Reporting

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

Governors involved in the Food Stamp Revolt  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

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

Joshua Cooper arrested in Northern California for biting nose off 1-month old  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

A teen father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his 1-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant's crying.

Fairfield police say 18-year-old Joshua Cooper was being held Friday in the Solano County Jail on suspicion of child cruelty and aggravated mayhem. - Full Article

Crime scene investigation for Oscar Pistorius 20 times worse than OJ investigation  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Paul Ryan: Generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work  

Bill Bennett's Morning Show By : Staff Reporting

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

Dinosaurs, rejoice! Welcome to post-digital marketing  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

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

Rachel Canning has returned home and reunited with her parents  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Arthur Morgan III is charged with throwing his daughter in a creek  

The Detroit News By : Staff Reporting

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 Holder: Americans going to prison for far too long  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

Parents of George Zimmerman sues Rosanne Barr  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

George Zimmerman's parents have sued Roseanne Barr for tweeting their address two years ago, which they claim forced them to go into hiding before he was charged with killing Trayvon Martin.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, said the comedian, activist and 2012 presidential candidate published their identities, address and phone number March 29, 2012. - Full Article

Do we need extended overtime pay?  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

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

President Obama Takes Surprise Shopping Trip To The Gap  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Apparently even President Obama knows that New York City is a great place to shop.

During a trip to the Big Apple today, the president made a surprise stop at the Gap. Obama checked out some khakis and sweatshirts.

A cheery saleswoman talked him through a few options, including a V-neck pink sweater. - Full Article

Republican Greg Abbott and the Texas Equal Pay Act  

WFAA 8 By : Staff Reporting

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

Sen. Mark Begich goes after Kochs in TV ad  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich will release his first television ad Monday, an attack on the conservative Koch brothers’ group Americans for Prosperity for the ads it’s been running against Begich this year.

“First it was a D.C. actress pretending to be an Alaskan,” says a narrator in the ad, which was shared early with POLITICO. - Full Article

President Obama: You've got to pay attention to the states  

The Hill By : Staff Reporting

The election is coming, the election is coming!

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

Military Rape Survivor Brigette Mccoy: McCaskill Betrayed Us  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: assume Russia knows U.S. secrets  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Ashton Sachs held without bail in parents mansion killings  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

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

American Finance Grew On The Backs Of Slaves  

Chicago Sun-Times By : Staff Reporting

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.


eMarketer Projects A 23% Rise In Ad Revs For Digital Radio  

All Access Music Group By : Staff Reporting

Digital radio advertising in the U.S. will be up about 23% this year, totaling $2.04 billion, according to new data from eMARKETER.

RADIO WORLD reports, "the company’s definition of 'digital radio' includes digital broadcasts of terrestrial radio stations, online-only stations and audio podcasts via any device." - Full Article

Pistorius asked Darren Fresco to take blame for restaurant gunshot  

Reuters By : Staff Reporting

"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

Train station terror attack in China  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

Buffett keeps mum on stocks and successor  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

In Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) shareholders, released Saturday morning, he says little about the stock market or where shares might be headed.

Buffett does say, as he has in the past, that he still believes in America. Berkshire spent $11 billion on plant and equipment in 2013, and Buffett notes that 89% of that money was spent in the U.S.

"Though we invest abroad as well, the mother lode of opportunity resides in America," writes Buffett, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire. - Full Article

Japan pledges $200 million in aid for Palestinians  

The Times Of Israel By : Staff Reporting

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

Rahm Emanuel on Charlton Heston: Shove It up His Ass  

Mother Jones By : Staff Reporting

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

GOP Rep. Andy Harris is unsure about mobilizing opposition to Obamacare  

The Wichita Eagle By : Staff Reporting

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

Transcripts of President Obama's remarks on activities in Ukraine  

White House By : Staff Reporting

Good afternoon, everybody.

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.

Thanks very much.

Bernard Shaw: Bill O'reilly is uncomfortable with this culture  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Michael Skolnik and Bernard Shaw discusses reaction to President Obama's initiative for young men of color.

Rabbi Mendy Carlebach you're on your own  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

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

13 Beautiful Actresses for Dominican Independence Day, Wiki  

Man Cave By : Staff Reporting

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

Dominican Independence Day Wik

California couple strikes gold after finding $10  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

First Lady busts a rap for healthy eating  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Is Black History Month still needed?  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Several points on an article in USA Today, 'Is Black History Month still needed?' by Larry Copeland.

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.

Great Article!

The Bible of bus driver Rickey Wagoner stops 2 bullets  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

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The NFL will penalize the N-Word 15 yards on the field  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL's competition committee will enact the rule at the owners' meeting next month.

"We did talk about it, I'm sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance)... Full Article

Ole Miss racial incidents have many feeling uneasy  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A noose was hung around the neck of a statue of a famous civil rights figure at the University of Mississippi.

Alcohol and racial slurs were hurled at a black student as she walked near the campus.

These two recent, racially charged incidents have some wondering if the school affectionately called Ole Miss is still stuck in the old days.

Some alumni say the incidents do not reflect the true character of their alma mater. In the meantime, the FBI is getting involved in one of the incidents... Full Article

Father of Jordan Davis makes a good point about forgiveness  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

State Rep. Gail Finney: Harder Spankings In Kansas, Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A Kansas lawmaker wants to give school teachers and caregivers more power to spank children.

Kansas House member Gail Finney, D-Wichita, said the bill is designed to restore parental rights. It would expand the current law, which allows spanking without leaving marks... Full Article

State Rep. Gail Finney Biography, Wiki

Mother expecting triplets delivers quadruplets  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Nigerian Restaurant Serves Human Meat, 11 Arrested  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Ever wondered what's really in that burger?

In one Nigerian restaurant, cops have discovered that it was humans on the menu.

The grim discovery was made after police officers in Nigeria found two human heads wrapped in cellophane at a hotel restaurant.

They had raided the hotel in Anambra in southeastern Nigeria after receiving a tip-off. The hotel owner and 10 others have been arrested, reported the Osun Defender... Full Article

Can eating oranges ward off a stroke?  

Business Standard By : Staff Reporting

Eating foods that contain vitamin C such as oranges, papaya and broccoli may reduce your risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a new study.

Hemorrhagic stroke is less common than ischemic stroke, but is more often deadly, researchers said.

They studied 65 people who had experienced an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke, or a blood vessel rupture inside the brain... Full Article

19-year-old Miranda Barbour admits to satanic cult killings  

Elpaso Inc. By : Staff Reporting

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

Tom Brokaw reveals cancer diagnosis Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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.

Tom Brokaw Biography

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong in firestorm Wiki-Bio-Video  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

Tim Armstrong Biography

Kristen Smith faked pregnancy and stole step-sister's 6 day old baby  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

Robert and Christine Garza dead along with daughter and granddaughter  

The Blade By : Staff Reporting

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

Eight things CEO Nadella needs to do  

CNET By : Staff Reporting

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

Details of Nelson Mandela's $4.1 million estate  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Judge Alessandro Nencini Inquiry  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Judge Alessandro Nencini Inquiry

Henry Ford Could Pay a $15 Minimum Wage 100 Years Ago Wiki-Bio-Video  

Huffington Post By : Staff Reporting

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

Henry Ford Biography

Playing presidential Ping-Pong with executive orders Wiki  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Reagan, for example, issued the highly controversial Mexico City Policy directive, blocking U.S. aid to organizations providing abortion counseling.

This policy was immediately reversed by Bill Clinton, only to be just as quickly reinstated by George W. Bush and rejected again by Obama.

The same thing happened with security classification — Jimmy Carter limited what government information could be restricted as classified before Reagan required more security controls.

Then, Reagan was overruled by Clinton, who was overruled by Bush, who was overruled by Obama... Full Article

Executive Orders Wiki

Why does Rush Limbaugh think the GOP is committing suicide?  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

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

Chris Christie vs. David Wildstein: Who is Lying?  

Newsroom Jersey By : Staff Reporting

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

MSNBC President Apologizes to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for Cheerios Tweet  

The Capital By : Staff Reporting

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

Study: Vodka responsible for high death risk in Russian men  

CTV News By : Staff Reporting

Russian men who down large amounts of vodka -- and too many do -- have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says.

Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010.

They interviewed them about their drinking habits and, when about 8,000 later died, followed up to monitor their causes of death.

The risk of dying before age 55 for those who said they drank three or more half-litre bottles of vodka a week was a shocking 35 per cent... Full Article

New York City settles and reforms Stop-and-Frisk  

global post By : Staff Reporting

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

Rep. Michael Grimm is a thug not Richard Sherman  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Almost immediately after a last-minute play that sent the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl, Richard Sherman gave an adrenaline-fueled post-game interview with Erin Andrews of Fox Sports.

The African American cornerback had just been mushed in the head by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and was none too pleased... Full Article

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Congressman Michael Grimm Wanna Fight Me?  

Today By : Staff Reporting

I was utterly shocked and amazed at Republican Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm's action after the State of the Union address last night.

My immediate response was, hey pick on someone your own size.

You can't walk down the street and threaten someone like that, but if you're a US Congressmen you feel empowered to do those sort of things.

It's usually done behind the scene not right there in front of the cameras. Dare I ask will there be charges filed or an ethics inquiry into Rep. Grimm's actions?

US Representative Michael Grimm's Biography

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Israel jails Yitzhak Bergel for offering to spy for Iran Wiki-Bio-Video  

BBC By : Staff Reporting

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

Yitzhak Bergel Biography

Six things we learned from the State of the Union  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

North Carolina police officer indicted in shooting of unarmed man  

Chicago Tribune By : Staff Reporting

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

Shareeka Elliott, underpaid airport cleaner to attend State of the Union address  

Daily News By : Staff Reporting

President Obama, meet airport worker Shareeka Elliott.

The Brooklyn mother of two whose wage struggle the Daily News featured Sunday will attend Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday in Washington.

Sen. Chuck Schumer invited Elliott to be his sole guest at the important speech after The News wrote about her grueling work routine.

The 27-year-old scrubs floors and cleans toilets at Kennedy Airport from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for just $8 an hour, then takes her daughters to school.... Full Article

U.S. airstrike in Somalia targets suspected militant leader  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The U.S. military conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on Sunday against a suspected militant leader, a U.S. military official told CNN.

The target was described by the official as a "senior leader" affiliated with al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia.

The United States has not yet been able to determine whether the target was killed, the official said... Full Article

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen defeats Bill Gates in 80 seconds Wiki-Bio-Video  

Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

Magnus Carlsen Biography

Teacher, Teresa Gilmete Badger brought marijuana to school  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

William Marotta must pay child support  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A Kansas sperm donor caught in the middle of a child support case says he wanted to help a lesbian couple when he made the donation nearly five years ago.

Instead, he may end up paying for his action.

A judge ruled Thursday that William Marotta must pay child support, even though he says he signed documents waiving his parental rights. - More

Google yanks two Chrome extensions for invasive ads  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Nation in love with First Lady, Michelle Obama at 50  

Today By : Staff Reporting

Michelle Obama is turning 50 Friday. For some, it's the big FIVE-OH-NO, an age burdened with stereotypes: you're either a crotchety witch or an over-sexed cougar.

Or you get asked about plastic surgery or menopause, as the First Lady was in an exclusive interview with People magazine interview this week.

Whatever. In reality, for the majority of women, being 50 is no big deal. Regarding her upcoming birthday Obama told Parade Magazine:

"I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman.” Some other reasons 50 is a lot more fab than frumpy: - More

How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True  

Atlantic By : Staff Reporting

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 Big  

NJ.com By : Staff Reporting

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

Brazilian Prison video 3 beheaded  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

Obamacare Ads coming to your TV  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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 drops Wyoming Senate bid  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Macy's has a black Santa, by special request  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Twas two nights before Christmas, and I headed down to find Santa in Macy's flagship store in Herald Square, New York City -- the one famously known to be on 34th Street.

The blog Animal New York had reported that this store has a separate, "special" Santa who is black.

It's unclear how long this tradition has lasted, but one woman told CNN affiliate WCBS she's been taking her kids to see this special Santa for 10 years. - More

Gwen Ifill on news coverage of Nelson Mandela  

PBS By : Staff Reporting

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

Pistachios and purges: Will Kim Jong Un go nuts over Dennis Rodman ad?  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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 challenges China  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

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

Ottawa announces $10.7 million in funding for research aimed at curing HIV  

The Vancouver Sun By : Staff Reporting

The federal government has earmarked $10.7 million for new research aimed at finding a cure for HIV as part of the global effort to eradicate AIDS.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced the five-year funding Thursday for two projects led by researchers in Montreal.

Dr. Eric Cohen at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal will receive the bulk of the funding — $8.7 million — to lead the Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise. - More

China launches first moon mission  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

China launched ts first lunar probe early Monday, which, if all goes well, will make it only the third nation -- after the United States and the Soviet Union -- to soft-land on the moon.

The launch of the unmanned probe took place at 1:30 a.m. Monday (12:30 p.m. ET Sunday), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The Chang'e-3 blasted off from a Long March 3B rocket in Sichuan province located in southwest China and is expected to land on the moon's surface in mid-December. - More

North Korea is holding American  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Three killed as car ploughs into crowd in Tiananmen Square  

Reuters By : Staff Reporting

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, asked whether the government believed the incident was a terror attack, said she did not know the specifics of the case and declined further comment.

Police said on their official microblog that the car veered off the road at the north of the square, a major tourist attraction, crossed the barriers and caught fire. - More

Chris Brown arrested, charged with felony assault in D.C.  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Singer Chris Brown was arrested this morning and charged with felony assault, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed to CBS News.

D.C. police spokesperson Paul Metcalf said the 24-year-old Brown got into a physical altercation with an adult male near the W Hotel located on K and 15th street around 4:25 a.m. local time.

DCPD did not disclose the condition of the victim, but said "he's alive." - More

Another Barneys shopper accused of credit card fraud after buying $2,500 purse  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

Teen charged with first-degree murder in teacher's death  

The Salem News By : Staff Reporting

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

Philippines backtracks on accusations vs China  

Business World By : Staff Reporting

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

How Google Street View could fight invasive species  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Google's online street views could help scientists track and fight invasive species over the Internet, researchers say.

Mapping where species are in the world is key to monitoring native and invasive organisms.

However, collecting this data can be quite an expensive and time-consuming task.

To help tackle this problem, scientists investigated Google Street View, through which Google supplies panoramic views from the streets of hundreds of cities across the world. - More

Jeh Johnson to head the Department of Homeland Security Wiki-Bio-Video  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Jeh Johnson Biography Wiki

Meet the proud parents of quintuplets  

Today By : Staff Reporting

Evonne and Deon Derrico had always wanted a big family – and they got one a lot sooner than anyone could have expected. In September, Evonne delivered quintuplets to add to their brood of four.

Perhaps even more amazing than the arrival of five healthy babies was the fact that it was all natural—no fertility drugs involved.

“We did not expect this,” Deon Derrico told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. - More

Austrailian Newspaper: Lunatics have taken charge of the asylum in Washington  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Red Lobster Waitress Receives Racist Receipt  

Yahoo! News By : Staff Reporting

A Red Lobster waitress, who said a customer left her a receipt with a racist slur, has received the tip of a lifetime, thanks to a fundraising from online supporters.

Toni Christina Jenkins of Franklin, Tenn., said she was shocked when she saw a receipt on the table with "none" on the "Tip" line and the N-word on the "Total" line. - More

All Hail Sachin Tendulkar: Indian Hero, Global Icon  

Time By : Staff Reporting

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 condemns US military aid suspension  

Financial Times By : Staff Reporting

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

First Lady Michelle Obama Cancels Los Angeles  

The Hollywood Reporter By : Staff Reporting

The First Lady also has been forced to cancel plans to join House minority leader Nancy Pelosi for a “Woman’s Brunch” fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Proceeds from that event—with tickets ranging from $32,000 to $500 each—were to have gone to the Democrats’ efforts to recapture the House... - More

Prince Harry speaks Arabic at Sentabale fundraiser in Dubai  

The Telegraph By : Staff Reporting

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 strip in protest over dress code at Kaposvar University in Hungary  

euronews By : Staff Reporting

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

Bill de Blasio Leads In New NYT/Siena NY Poll  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

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

David Rohde Opinion: They said opponents of Obamacare were driven by bigotry and selfishness.  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

That was evident Wednesday night. Flipping between Fox and MSNBC for several hours — something I suggest you try — produced two completely different realities.

On MSNBC, Matthews and his guests called House Republicans “whacko-birds,” “birthers” and “crazy, angry.”

They said opponents of Obamacare were driven by bigotry and selfishness.

“There is very little sense on the Hill that they’re there for something bigger than themselves,” said Susan Milligan, a columnist for U.S. News and World Report. - More

Photo of Miriam Carey  

International Business Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Italy: Scores killed as African migrants boat sinks  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa Thursday, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said.

Ninety-four bodies were recovered and more than 200 people were unaccounted for.

Pietro Bartolo, the top health official on Lampedusa, said Thursday he expected the toll to rise as search operations continue. He spoke to Sky TG24. - More

La prisoner freed after 41 years of solitary  

Yahoo News By : Staff Reporting

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

Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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 >>

Don Lemon Blames The Tea Party  

NewsBusters By : Staff Reporting

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

Netanyahu Urges U.S. to Boost Iran Curbs  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

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

$200 iPhone trade-in program by Microsoft  

CNet By : Staff Reporting

Microsoft wants to pay for your old iPhone.

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

Chinese doctors grow new nose on man's forehead  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Behold the thinking man's nose job.

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

$400 million Powerball Winner bought tickets instead of buns  

MSNBC By : Staff Reporting

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

Animal Rights Group Demands Boycott Of Grand Theft Auto V  

TMZ By : Staff Reporting

"Grand Theft Auto V" crossed the line by allowing game-playing children to run over, behead and kill animals -- and a prominent animal rights group is calling for a boycott.

Jack Carone from In Defense of Animals tells TMZ ... his group is incensed that Rockstar Games is capitalizing off animal torture -- and it doesn't matter if it's real or fake.

He says it perpetuates what he calls "institutionalized violence" against helpless animals. - More

Wounded cop is Scott Williams  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Mayor Vincent Gray has identified the Metropolitan Police Department officer wounded in today’s shooting as Scott Williams.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier confirmed that Williams, who was shot twice in the leg, was a K-9 officer who has been on the force 23 years.

Lanier said she has known and worked closely with Williams for “many, many years.” - More

Delhi Gan-grape Convicts  

The Hindu By : Staff Reporting

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

31 Instagrams From The Wild Flood In Colorado  

Buzz Feed By : Staff Reporting

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

Leader of Iran use Twitter to send a kind message to Iranian Jews  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

During his stormy eight-year tenure, Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked international outrage for numerous inflammatory comments.

Among them: calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and suggesting the Holocaust was a myth. His newly inaugurated successor apparently has a different view. - More

CBS Seeks To Ensure Its Digital Future  

Tech Crunch By : Ryan Lawler

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

Graphic evidence of how digital age transforms news  

Belgfast Telegraph By : PAUL CONNOLLY

One of the absolute joys of the digital age is interactive graphics.

These are essentially moving graphics which contain a range of media that can include animation, video, audio or more.

They're known as interactive in that the user inputs some kind of data and the graphic then changes.

This can be as simple as pushing a 'play' button. Or it could be answering quite complex questions which change how the graphic displays data. - More

Carlsbad Named Digital Capital of California by Google  

7 San Diego By : Staff Reporting

Google Inc. has named the city of Carlsbad as the “digital capital” of California in its annual eCity Awards program, analyzing the online strength of the small-business communities of all 50 states.

Working with the research firm Ipsos, Google scored cities’ small businesses on factors including use of company websites, blogs, social media, ecommerce and mobile technology. - More

Finally convinced Google+ can succeed as the social spine for all-things Google  

The Next Web By : Nick Summers

Google CEO Larry Page described Google+ last year as the “social spine” for nearly everything that the company offers its users on the Web.

I understood the strategy and what Google was planning, but I didn’t like it one bit. After all, many of Google’s products work just fine in isolation.

Take Gmail. Brilliant in the browser, as well as through a third-party email client or Google’s array of mobile apps. - More

Is Google a plus for content marketing?  

The Guardian By : Tim Anderson

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

George Zimmerman spotted in Florida shopping for tactical shotgun Wiki-Bio-Video  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Perhaps George Zimmerman is preparing to stand his ground all over again. Zimmerman was spotted on Thursday shopping for a new gun in Cocoa, Fla., the gossip website TMZ reported.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman stopped in at Kel-Tec gun dealership and inquired about a Kel-Tec KSG. - More

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How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce  

Forbes By : Staff Reporting

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

20% of American adults still don't use the Internet  

Venture Beat By : Sean Ludwig

Despite 98 percent of the United States having access to high-speed broadband, 20 percent of American adults still don’t use the Internet at home, work, or school, The New York Times reports.

The Obama administration put aside $7 billion to develop and expand broadband access as part of 2009′s massive stimulus package. - More

Trader Joe's suing man who resells its products in Canada  

The Seattle Times By : Staff Reporting

Michael Hallatt has spent more than $350,000 at Trader Joe’s in less than two years. But the popular grocery chain doesn’t ever want to see him again.

“I’m their best customer,” he said with a mix of pride and indignation. - More

Koreas agree on talks to reunite families separated by war Wiki-Video  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

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

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Bo Xilai Trial to Start Thursday Wiki-Bio-Video  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

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

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British police are investigating the death of Diana again Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

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Grizzly bear injuries 2 hikers in Yellowstone  

Federal News Radio By : Staff Reporting

The National Park Service says a grizzly bear charged a group of hikers in Yellowstone National Park, leaving two people injured, including one person who suffered bite and claw wounds.

Four people had hiked a few miles down a trail southwest of Canyon Village when they spotted a young grizzly bear around 11:30 Thursday morning.

A sow grizzly appeared nearby and charged them. Two of the hikers were able to use their bear spray and the sow and cub left. The encounter lasted about a minute. - More

Habits of a Highly Effective Digital Strategy  

Fourth Source By : Helene Celine Hall

Take responsibility for your actions, your project, and your goals.

Are they in line with your company’s expectations and industry regulations (Google Quality Guidelines/ Natural Link building)?

Ownership of our actions encourage us to take initiative by realising that our actions will be responsible for the success and effectiveness, or lack of, in our work or service. - More

Government to use citizens as army in social media war, Video-Link  

Jerusalem Post By : Staff Reporting

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

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Tom Brady sustains knee sprain Wiki-Bio-Video  

Boston By : Staff Reporting

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left practice early Wednesday, several minutes after suffering a left knee injury at the end of a passing play.

Two league sources said Brady suffered a sprain and the injury is not considered serious.

Team president Jonathan Kraft told reporters about an hour after practice, “I’m under the impression that it’s probably not that serious, but that’s not a definitive answer.” - More

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Mount Rokatenda Paluweh in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted Wiki-Bio-Video  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

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Is Google Authorship Affecting Rankings Today?  

Search Engine Land By : Janet Driscoll Miller

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

Swiss luxury shop denies racism towards Oprah Wiki-Bio-Video  

Reuters By : Staff Reporting

The U.S. talk show host, recently named the world's most powerful celebrity, was in Switzerland for the wedding of singer Tina Turner when the incident occurred last month.

The broadcaster said in two U.S. interviews that a sales assistant had refused to show her the crocodile handbag, saying it was "too expensive" and steering her towards other, cheaper ones. - More

Oprah Winfrey Biography Wiki

California school district issues social media contract to students  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Twitter can boost TV ratings  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Who is Gov. Martin O'Malley Wiki-Bio-Video  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke more candidly than ever Saturday about the likelihood he will run for president in 2016 as he lamented “a crisis of confidence” facing the country.

“By the end of this year, we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of the candidacy for 2016,” he told a handful of reporters over a beer in the Hilton bar here. - More

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Mugabe Wins Again in Zimbabwe Wiki-Bio-Video  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

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

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Kim Ki-Hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

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

Communist Guerrilla Maria Loida Magpatoc Arrested  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

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

Prince Harry on being an uncle to George Alexander Louis Wiki-Bio-Video  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

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

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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Wiki-Bio-Video  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

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

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Leonard Pitts: ...Wake-up call  

Miami Herald By : Staff Reporting

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

Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro  

Fox Latino By : Staff Reporting

Within minutes of touching ground in Brazil, Pope Francis was already creating an impassioned frenzy.

A mob scene occurred Monday when Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro after his driver took a wrong turn, church and Brazilian authorities said. - More

Palace belonging to King David Found in Israel  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

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

How Social Media Moves Consumers From Sharing To Purchase  

Forbes Magazine By : Staff Reporting

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

Key player in George Zimmerman murder trial: Social media  

Orlando Sentinel By : Staff Reporting

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

US Navy Pilot Jesse Brown Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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

US Navy Pilot Jesse Brown Biography Wiki

Tavis Smiley: You Can Stand Your Ground Unless You Are A Black Man  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

It appears to me, and I think many other persons in this country that you can in fact stand your ground unless you are a black man.

George Zimmerman was allowed to stand his ground, Trayvon Martin was not allowed to stand his ground. - More

PHOTOS: Reactions to the Zimmerman Trial  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A man in Los Angeles wears a shirt in support of Trayvon Martin on July 13. - More

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey V. Lavrov: No Asylum Request From Snowden Wiki-Bio-Video  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

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

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Tracy Martin: I heard my son's last cry  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Buddhist shrines of Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Wiki-Video  

BBC News By : Staff Reporting

Two people were injured in nine explosions in the Bodh Gaya temple complex, in northern Bihar state.

Police described the bombs as low-intensity timed devices. Windows and one door in the complex were damaged.

The Indian government said the blasts were a terror attack. No group has said it was responsible. - More

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US President pays homage to Nelson Mandela  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

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

Death Valley, Hottest Day On Earth  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

The temperature may hit 130 degrees in Death Valley, Calif., today. The all-time high is 134 degrees.

Jeff Berardelli, of CBS station WFOR, reports on what to expect, and takes a look at major flooding and continuing rain affecting West Central Pennsylvania...

Jonathan Good: Another Witness in the Florida vs George Zimmerman Trial  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

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....

Hernandezing Has Gone Viral  

BuzzFeed By : Staff Reporting

Hernandezing has gone viral. Hundreds are taking their arms out of their sleeves and mimicking the arrest of the former Patriot, Aaron Hernandez.

The polar opposite act of Tebowing is old news now.

Belichick will probably not give the newest Patriot the opportunity on the sidelines this year anyway.

But hundreds are putting the scowl on their faces and even taking pics ducking into the back of vehicles to get a laugh out of Aaron Hernandez’s arrest. - More

Civil Rights activist Chen Guangcheng, Wiki-Bio-Video  

Focus Taiwan By : Staff Reporting

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

Chen Guangcheng Biography

Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani cedes power to son, Wiki-Bio-Video  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

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

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Malia and Sasha off to Africa  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

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

Kenyans are venting a sense of anger  

The Seattle Times By : Staff Reporting

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

Zimmerman: These a------- always get away  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

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.

Knock knock joke by George Zimmerman Defense Lawyer  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Paula Deen is in free fall.

Just two days after Food Network dropped her from its roster, another major brand has let the Southern-fried, scandal-scarred cook go.

"Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind," the ham company, for which Deen was a spokeswoman, said in a statement Monday. - More

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Smithfield dropped Paula Deen, Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Paula Deen is in free fall.

Just two days after Food Network dropped her from its roster, another major brand has let the Southern-fried, scandal-scarred cook go.

"Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind," the ham company, for which Deen was a spokeswoman, said in a statement Monday. - More

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George Zimmerman To Dispatcher: These a------s, they always get away.  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

A prosecutor in the racially charged trial of George Zimmerman began his opening statement Monday by swearing a blue streak.

"F-----g punks," said Prosecutor John Guy, as he quoted a call wannabe cop Zimmerman made under his breath to a police dispatcher when he spotted 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin.

"These a------s, they always get away." - More

John McCain Celebrates the Wedding of Son Jack and former Renee Swift  

People By : Staff Reporting

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

Gentically Modified Wheat Found In Oregon Field  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The Agriculture Department says it has no indications that genetically modified wheat found in Oregon last month has spread beyond the field in which it was found.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the department is investigating how the engineered wheat got in the field. - More

Africa trip could cost $60-$100 million  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Presidential trips are expensive, and President Obama's journey to Africa this month will in no way be an exception.

The Washington Post estimates that Obama's Africa trip could cost $60 million to $100 million, citing a person familiar with the details who cited previous presidential missions to Africa. - More

Sarah Murnaghan Receives Adult Lung Transplant, Wiki-Bio-Video  

Medical Daily By : Staff Reporting

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

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VIDEO: Deadly Train Crash in Argentina  

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Census: Whites a Minority in US by 2043  

Newsmax By : Staff Reporting

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

Tsvangirai Mugabe conflict over poll date  

BBC News By : Staff Reporting

Mr Mugabe set the polls for 31 July - the deadline given by the Constitutional Court.

Mr Tsvangirai has been pushing for key reforms as a condition for elections.

After four years of coalition government, the two men are set to resume their bitter rivalry in the presidential poll. - More

Princeton evacuates due to bomb threat  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Princeton University is evacuating after receiving a phoned in bomb threat against multiple buildings.

Dan Day, a school spokesman, says employees were told to leave the central New Jersey campus just before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. No classes are in session, though some summer programs are. - More

Egypt Warns Ethiopia Over Nile dam  

BBC News By : Staff Reporting

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

Kanye May Skip Birth  

In Touch By : Staff Reporting

Birthing is hard, dad, really, really hard.

It's okay if you're not woman enough to do it, but how about not woman enough to watch it?

According to In Touch, Kanye West is so freaked out by gore that he won't be at Kim Kardashian's side (or, to be precise, her splayed feet) for the birth of their baby in July. - More

Saeed Jalili, a chief nuclear strategist and Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf, the mayor of Tehran  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

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, Former UNH Diplomat, Detained In Iran  

Reuters By : Staff Reporting

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.

"He has a lawyer but