Los Angeles,- Chantel Blunk´s husband Jonathan, 26, a Navy veteran and father of two, was among the 12 people who died when James Holmes opened fire during a movie screening in the city of Aurora on July 20 last year. Mrs Blunk is also suing the University of Colorado where Holmes was a PhD neuroscience student. She alleges that Dr Lynne Fenton advised campus police after Holmes told her about the fantasy the month before the shooting. According to the lawsuit, police offered to apprehend Holmes for 72 hours so he could undergo psychiatric assessment, but Headline resplit by staff.
An amateur prospector hunting for gold in Australia has astonished experts after stumbling across a mammoth nugget worth some £200,000. The Y-shaped nugget, weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces), was buried 60cm beneath the ground near the town of Ballarat in Victoria. Local experts said they could not recall any nugget even approaching that size being discovered in the area previously. The prospector, who has not been named, was using a top-of-the-line handheld metal detector when he found the nugget. Video footage of the find was posted online by user TroyAurum, who wrote that the prospector described the sound given off by the detector as being "like the bonnet of a car through the headphones". Content added by staff.
The Association of Teacher Educators has recruited Chicago professor – and former domestic terrorist – William Ayers to speak at their the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held next month. William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground domestic terror group, was a key figure during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his Chicago ties to then-Senator Obama. The organization’s executive director, David Ritchey, confirmed that Ayers would be a keynote speaker at the conference although he admitted that he wasn’t involved in the selection process.
Charleston County’s Sheriff Al Cannon voiced his opposition to proposed national gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. During a press conference this morning, Cannon said people are “taking advantage of broken hearts” to push the gun agenda. He also told reporters he would be violating the law if he enforced a law that was unconstutional. “An officer is obligated not to follow any unlawful order,” Cannon said. During the press conference, Cannon dumped bullets out of a revolver and said: “The only way I can hurt you with this is if I hit you with it.”
The horrific Newtown, Conn., mass shooting has unleashed a frenzy to pass new gun-control legislation. But the war over restricting firearms is not just between liberals and conservatives, it also pits the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution against each other. Apparently, in the sequential thinking of James Madison and the Founding Fathers, the right to free expression and the guarantee to own arms were the two most important personal liberties. But now these two cherished rights seem to be at odds with each other and have caused bitter exchanges between interpreters of the Constitution.
President Obama´s top campaign adviser Jim Messina is still sending campaign emails (the campaign ended over two months ago). This time, Messina is asking supporters to help push President Obama´s gun control agenda. From the email: Friend -- Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan to protect our children and our communities by helping reduce gun violence. We won´t stop every violent act like the one in Newtown, Connecticut. But if we can save the life of even one child, the President believes each of us has a responsibility to
Virginia senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat, told CNN´s Soledad O´Brien Thursday morning that a fellow senator´s recently announced effort to "nullify" Barack Obama´s executive actions on gun control is a "code word." When asked about Kentucky Republican Rand Paul´s pledge to nullify the president´s actions, Kaine said, "Nullification is a code word." O´Brien asked Kaine to explain what he meant by that. "It’s a states right argument that gets used in times of great controversy," Kaine said. "The president is acting by executive power that is legally conferred on him. And as you pointed out,
As most everyone knows by now, bedbugs are back. The exact cause is not known, but experts associate the resurgence with increased resistance of bed bugs to available pesticides, greater international and domestic travel, lack of knowledge regarding control of bed bugs due to their prolonged absence, and the continuing decline or elimination of effective pest control programs at state and local public health agencies. The only people that are happy, it would seem, are pest control specialists. To that end, Orkin has announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2012.
TMZ.com is reporting that Pauline Phillips, the creator of the "Dear Abby" advice column, died yesterday at the age of 94. Phillips retired in 2002 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer´s disease. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over the column. We will provide more information as it becomes available. Phillips´ Wikipedia entry has already been changed to reflect the death. The "Dear Abby" column started in the mid-1950s in The San Francisco Chronicle. Jeanne Phillips had been helping her mother with the column since she was a teenager, she told the newspaper in 2008.
After France´s military intervention in Islamist-controlled northern Mali over the weekend, the North African country has become a hot topic in the news. But one man was introducing the problems in Mali to a mainstream audience before most other politicians and commentators: Mitt Romney. During the third and final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, Romney slipped in an aside about Mali that attracted some derision on Twitter at the time, but now looks wise in retrospect.(Snip) At the time of the debate, Romney was receiving intelligence briefings from administration officials, a tradition for the presidential nominees
Abuja—The Senate, Thursday, gave constitutional consent to the deployment of Nigerian military troops to Mali by President Goodluck Jonathan. The action of the upper legislative chamber was in response to a letter it received from the president, asking it to give consent to the 1,200 Nigerian troops he deployed last Wednesday, to Mali for a peace keeping operation. But the Senate failed short of directing the president to borrow a leaf from western powers especially the United States of America, USA, by considering Nigeria’s economic interest in foreign policies, following a sharp division among senators on the issue.
Less than a day into the Manti Te’o revelations, we’ve heard more about a fake dead girlfriend of a Notre Dame football player than a real dead girl. Lizzy Seeberg committed suicide, not long after being intimidated by Notre Dame football players for reporting a sexual assault by one of their teammates. A second woman who was taken to the hospital for a rape exam declined to formally accuse another Notre Dame football player after getting a series of bullying texts from players. The handful of people who immediately took note of the contrast in the attention —
Foreclosure activity fell 3 percent on a national level last year from 2011 but higher foreclosures in half of the states, including Illinois, showed the uneven pace of the housing recovery. Homeowners, including those in the Chicago area, did get some good news in a second report issued Thursday that showed fewer homeowners were underwater on their mortgages. Nationwide, foreclosure notices were filed against 1.84 million properties last year, a sizable decline from 2010, the peak year, when foreclosures affected 2.9 million properties, according to a year-end RealtyTrac report issued Thursday.
After betting the foreign-policy store on the Muslim Brotherhood as the new wave of Arab democracy in the Middle East, the Eastern Establishment and the Obama administration seem ready to cut their losses. Syria already is a failed state — no alternative government can replace the odious Basher al-Assad, and Assad cannot reunify the country — and Egypt is a failed state in waiting. The latter observation should have been obvious to anyone with a pocket calculator. It’s no news that Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood is an extremist, anti-Semitic monstrosity. The disgusting eruption of Jew-hatred
A few days ago, I was waiting for a friend in one of those Brooklyn bars where all the bartenders have Ph.D.s in philology or phrenology or something. Two people were shouting at a third, who, it turned out, had a problem with Lance Armstrong. “Everyone did it,” one of the men screamed. “Everyone. If they gave Tour de France trophies to people who were drug-free, they would have to find their winners in grade school.” “He lied,” the anti-Lance man replied, somewhat timidly. “Why didn’t he just tell the truth?” “Grow up, you moron,” the third shouted,
The fate of hostages being held at a gas complex deep in the Sahara desert drew conflicting reports Thursday, with an Algerian news service reporting that 600 hostages were freed while militants claimed 35 were killed in an Algerian military raid. Algerian news service ANP reported that the Algerian military conducted air strikes and a ground operation to free the hostages, who were picked up by military helicopters. It remained unclear if any of the hostages were injured, ANP said. However, Islamist terrorists told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex, killing 35 foreign hostages
With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here´s a screen grab: (Snip) Earlier in the day, however, the American embassy in Algeria did acknowledge the hostage crisis. The embassy posts on Facebook a statement given by State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland: State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said yesterday, "We condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on British Petroleum personnel and facilities
At this point, it’s entirely possible that no one wants Solyndra’s solar modules except political junkies and clean-tech geeks. But an electronics dealership in Santa Clara will happily sell you one for $9.50. HSC Electronic Supply scooped up a few hundred of the unique, tube-shaped modules that were left at Solyndra’s Fremont HQ after the company plunged into bankruptcy in 2011. HSC announced their availability Wednesday. Solyndra’s collapse, after the company received $528 million in federal loans to build its factory, touched off a political firestorm and turned into a public relations disaster that the solar industry is still struggling
In college football, the only time it pays to be No. 1 in January is when the final polls of the season are released. But the Texas A&M Aggies are certainly abuzz, thanks to CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd. On Tuesday, Dodd released his 2013 preseason power poll. Never mind that the college football season doesn’t start for eight months. He has the Aggies as his No. 1 team. Yes, Texas A&M. Even though Alabama won the national title and proved that they reload in Tuscaloosa, not rebuild.
After reviewing President Obama‘s 23 “executive actions” signed into law yesterday, Joe Scarborough said Thursday morning that his Republican Party had better proceed with caution, seeing as how he believes the policy proposals have the “overwhelming” support of the American people. The president’s plan included universal background checks on gun purchases, which Scarborough said has the support of at least “85% of Americans.” The president’s call for a restoration the “military-style assault weapons” ban, the MSNBC host said, enjoys at least “60/40? support. “Almost 7 in 10 americans support” limiting
After CBS reporter Bob Schieffer compared taking on the gun lobby to ending segregation or America defeating the Nazis in World War II, conservative radio host Mark Levin bashed the journalist as a “phony” who is a “propagandist” acting as a “cheerleader” for the Obama administration. “You should hear the media today. It’s pathetic. If we were talking about the First Amendment as I’ve said repeatedly, they’d be going nuts about a dictator,” Levin began. “But because we’re talking about the Second Amendment, they cheer him on. Where’s this jerk from CBS, this Bob Schieffer,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 23, to answer lawmakers´ questions about the September attack on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, the panel said, the same day she will appear before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Clinton´s testimony had been delayed for several weeks after she sustained a head injury. Her appearance will clear the way for the confirmation hearing for Senator John Kerry to succeed Clinton as secretary of state, which is now set for Thursday, January 24.
AUSTIN — Some 60 public school districts across Texas offer courses on the Bible, but at least a third aren´t meeting state requirements to be unbiased and academically and legally sound, a study released Wednesday concluded. Written by Mark Chancey, a professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, the study found that many districts´ courses favor conservative Protestant interpretations of the Bible. Many also present "problematic treatment of Judaism" while "promoting pseudo-scholarship, particularly regarding science and American history." "At a basic level, students are often being taught to experience Judaism only through Christian eyes," said Chancey,
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, NBC’s veteran newsman Tom Brokaw called for a “holistic” approach to addressing gun violence, and said that remaining silent on the issue is akin to not speaking out during racial segregation in pre-civil rights America. (Snip)“It reminds me a lot of what happened in the South in the 1960s during the civil rights movement,” Brokaw explained. “Good people stayed in their houses and didn’t speak up when there was carnage in the streets and the total violation of a fundamental rights of African-Americans as they marched in Selma, and they let
If you´re trying to make sense of the news that Notre Dame football star Manti Te´o now says he was the victim of a hoax and that the woman he thought was his "girlfriend" never existed and never died, you´ll want to read an Oct. 12 story published by the South Bend Tribune. The newspaper tells readers today that the earlier story was based in large part on "a taped interview on Oct. 10 with Te´o´s parents, Brian and Ottilia, Te´o´s father said the initial meeting between Manti and [the girlfriend] came in person