In a major victory for murder suspect George Zimmerman, a judge today ruled that prosecutors may not put on the witness stand at his trial two state audio experts who say the voice heard screaming in the background of a 911 call was someone other than Zimmerman. The judge had heard three days of testimony about the science used by the state´s experts and ruled that it failed to meet Florida´s legal standard....Both witnesses are now banned from Zimmerman´s trial, which began two weeks ago with jury selection.
Right: die. Which brings to mind Mitch McConnell’s observation today: WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, accused the Obama administration and its allies of undertaking a broad effort to push conservatives off the political playing field by trying to identify and harass their donors and force them into silence. (Snip) It’s about time the mastodons of the GOP finally realize what they’re up against, and what they have been up against for a very long time. For the Obama administration is not simply politics-as-usual, in which both sides of the aisle gather to welcome us —
SANFORD, Fla.-The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman said Friday that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 calls moments before he was killed won´t be allowed to testify at trial. Judge Debra Nelson´s written ruling was released Saturday. She had heard argument during a multiday hearing on whether to allow testimony from two prosecution experts. One expert ruled out Zimmerman as the screamer and another said it was Martin. A defense expert argued there was not enough audio to determine who the screams are coming from. Zimmerman´s attorneys also argued
It appears someone at Yahoo! News has opened one too many email messages from Orly Taitz. On Friday, the website actually published a piece claiming Kenya was Barack Obama´s country of birth: [E-Mail]- Someone eventually caught the error as there is now a correction: Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president´s birthplace. President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week—but he won´t be stopping in his ancestral homeland.
The Obama administration is suing Dollar General and a BMW facility in South Carolina for the alleged unfair use of criminal background checks for job applicants, months after warning companies about how such screenings can discriminate against African Americas. The suits were filed June 11 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which last year issued new guidelines that cautioned against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a crime and recommend businesses eliminate policies that “exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.” The suits have re-ignited concerns over such issues as potential
A collection of the funniest pub chalkboards spotted around the country has gone viral after being uploaded to the internet. On of the amusing chalkboard urges wives to leave their spouses at the ´husband creche´ so they can shop in peace. While another asks ´Is Everything OK?´ before offering a simple flow diagram to happiness... which involves nipping in for a drink as the only answer to the vexing dilemma. The comic chalkboards are among 50 of the best and funniest boards pictured outside pubs up and down the country. Among the list collected by website The Poke is
The news from Egypt is grim. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi made international headlines this week as he appointed Adel Al Khayat as governor of Luxor, an ancient Egyptian city that is key tourist destination. The problem with Mr. Khayat? He just happens to lead the “political” arm of a terrorist organization that massacred tourists in Luxor in 1997. The details of the attack are beyond grisly, with many of the dead disemboweled and notes “praising Islam” placed inside their mutilated bodies. And that’s not all. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported on the rise of
A pilot was forced to land his plane using an iPad app and his cell phone to help guide him to an airport after his navigation system malfunctioned on Tuesday. Raymond Cody was flying a single-engine plane across western Colorado to Grand Junction Regional Airport when the instrument panel in his cockpit stopped working not long after take-off. While his engine continued to work normally, the pilot quickly realized he would have no way of notifying airport officials as he approached his destination. Cody used his cell phone to call the airport and at 8:01 a.m. spoke to
Controversy is heating up over an administration plan to drastically reduce the amount of federal lands available for oil shale development in the American West. The Bush administration had set aside 1.3 million acres for oil shale and tar sands development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The new Bureau of Land Management plan cuts that amount by two-thirds, down to 700,000 acres, a decision that has prompted industry outrage. "What they basically did was make it so that nobody is going to want to spend money going after oil shale on federal government lands," said Dan Kish,
The web-based calling service Skype allegedly developed a secret program called ´Project Chess´ to make it easier for the government to spy on its users. The program, set up about five years ago, studied the legal and technical issues in making Skype´s calls available to law enforcement officials, according to the New York Times. Skype has also reportedly been involved in the Prism program since February 2011. [Snip] The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the NSA has a ´User’s Guide for PRISM Skype Collection´ that outlines how it can eavesdrop on any combination of Skype ´audio, video,
HBO’s ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher asked female Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa al Mansour about the obstacles she encountered as a female filmmaker on Friday and spoke out against the nation’s governing religion of Islam. Maher noted that some nations in the Middle East are becoming more conservative in regards to Islam after the Arab Spring, which, in his view, isn’t necessarily a good thing. “The problem is, the Arab Spring kind of turned into the Arab Winter,” Maher said. “[A]nd Saudi Arabia, I mean, is the most conservative of all. As people criticize me for what
CLEARWATER - They´ve been best friends since fifth grade. They´ve sold crack cocaine together. Now, both will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for their part in the slaying of a 42-year-old prostitute whose body was discovered in Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg on Christmas Day, 2011. After deliberating for about an hour and 45 minutes, a jury on Friday found Santonio Smith and Letrell McKnight, both 23, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Stacia Berman. Circuit Judge R. Timothy Peters sentenced them to life in prison without any chance of parole.
As you may know, millions of student-loan borrowers could soon see their interest rates double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. This rate hike, which will take effect on July 1st if nothing is done, would apply to new subsidized Stafford loans issued to undergraduates. With time running out, the House of Representatives is the only chamber of Congress that has acted to solve this problem. Our students deserve better. [Snip] Fortunately, President Obama agrees.
Suddenly, it was mob week in the news. Once again, the FBI was digging up a field, looking for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. Whitey Bulger´s enforcer was on the stand in Boston, admitting to 20 murders and bristling at being called a mass murderer. And Tony Soprano was dead -- not whacked by an underworld rival, but done in at age 51 by his own heart. Soprano, the only Italian-American in the bunch, wasn´t even real. He was a fictional character played by actor James Gandolfini in HBO´s acclaimed series "The Sopranos." It was Gandolfini who died
They swear they´re focused on more-immediate projects. They insist a White House campaign is the furthest thing from their minds. But with the 2016 invisible primary well under way, some Republican candidates are already lining up the campaign managers they will turn to if and when they decide to run for president. While the race for the White House might seem like it´s only in its Washington cocktail-party gossip phase, several potential and probable contenders are already making overt moves to court activists in key states and build organizations that can transition easily to a presidential campaign. Their maneuvers are less
An obituary of the journalist Michael Hastings missed an opportunity to convey to Times readers what a distinctive figure he was in American journalism.The obituary, which has drawn criticism — most notably in a strongly worded e-mail from Mr. Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan, to the executive editor, Jill Abramson, and others at The Times, including the public editor’s office — is not factually inaccurate, as far as I can tell.But it doesn’t adequately get across the essence of Mr. Hastings’ journalism or the regard in which he was held.
Hi everybody. Right now, the United States Senate is debating a bipartisan, commonsense bill that would be an important step toward fixing our broken immigration system. It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law. It’s a bill that would modernize the legal immigration system.
The boss last night on Fox News: "I think the Republican House was put on this earth to save us from huge pieces of comprehensive legislation like this that I think are not well designed, would not work well. If we want to solve particular parts of the immigration problem, we can solve them. We can have more high-tech workers, if you want. We could have more guest workers for agriculture, if that´s necessary. We could legalize the people who are here. This 1,000-page bill, which is now probably 1,100 page bill--and much more expensive bill--because of this amendment, is not a good idea,"
Here comes the great Obamacare sales pitch. Enroll America, a group dedicated to helping the administration sell the nation on Obamacare, is planning to make their pitch of encouraging Americans to sign up in schools, churches, and even personal cellular phones.The nonprofit group with ties to the president´s team is poised to become the president´s unofficial Obamacare marketing team, announcing this week that it will put its message in every corner of American life. Its new campaign is called "Get Covered America,"
In a Friday evening press release, the White House details what First Lady Michelle Obama will be doing when she, the president of the United States, and their daughters travel to Africa next week. A recent article in the Washington Post reported that the trip could cost up to $100 million. "First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha, will join President Obama’s upcoming official visit to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania on June 26– July 2. During this trip, the First Lady will meet directly with youth and highlight the power and importance of education,"
Royal Navy sailors will never again make their traditional Saturday night toast and drink to ‘Our Wives and Sweethearts.’ The toast, which prompts the response, ‘May they never meet’, has been banned because there are so many women officers serving in the Navy. The seafaring tradition – often made with a tot of rum – has stood for 200 years, but will now be changed so that servicemen and women toast ‘Our families’ instead.The instruction was issued by the new Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘To reflect cultural changes and
Put down the Mountain Dew and step away from the Pringles. An estimated 80 percent of all packaged foods sold in America are actually so unhealthy and packed with chemical additives that they’re banned in much of the world, a new book reveals. Six food additives in particular are the worst-of-the-worst, the Daily Mail reported. A new book, “Rich Food, Poor Food,” by Dr. Jayson Calton and Mira Calton, a certified nutritionist, explains how the Food and Drug Administration’s stamp of approval means little to other nations — and that much of what America is eating is actually considered cancerous
One of the great questions about the 2012 campaign has been “Where was the tea party?” They were not the fierce force they’d been in the 2010 cycle, when Republicans took back the House. Some of us think the answer to the question is: “Targeted by the IRS, buried under paperwork and unable to raise money.” The economist Stan Veuger, on the American Enterprise Institute‘s blog, takes the question a step further. The Democrats had been badly shaken by the Republican comeback of 2010. They feared a repeat in 2012 that would lose them the White House.
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Senator McCain this afternoon was on Fox News Channel´s Happening Now. (snip) ...they vote down amendments that would do exactly that. They don´t want to secure the border. They´re offering amendments, and they´re making statements to make us think they want to secure the border. They offer amendments and they make statements to make us think that they hear us. But every time something with teeth is actually proposed...a fence, 90% trigger on apprehension...it goes down in flames.
Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leak of agency documents has set off a national debate over the proper limits of government surveillance, has been charged with violating the Espionage Act and stealing government property for disclosing classified information to The Guardian and The Washington Post, the Justice Department said on Friday.