A man died from an enormous caffeine overdose after snacking on high-energy mints - each of which is as powerful as a can of Red Bull. John Jackson, 40, ate Hero Instant Energy Mints, unaware they could kill him. Each mint contains 80mg of caffeine, equivalent to a can of Red Bull, but are sold alongside normal mints. Coroner Robin Balmain recorded a verdict of accidental death but said he intends to write to the Department of Health highlighting the dangers of energy sweets. He said at the hearing: “It seems to me to be something the authorities need to know
The news media are engaged in a political argument about whether the purpose of journalism is to report the world as it is or to purvey an idealised view. You have probably noticed that we are engaged in a fight to the death over the future of the free press in Britain. But you may be under the mistaken impression that this is a war between politicians determined to protect their own behaviour from scrutiny, and journalists who want to run riot through any area of public or private life they choose. It may seem that this ruckus has very
Boston – A possible glitch in a computer system upgrade was causing major problems nationwide with the Electronic Benefits Transfer System on Saturday, as a countless number of shoppers found themselves stranded at the register. Reports from around the country began pouring in around 9 a.m. on Saturday that customers’ EBT cards were not working in stores. The glitch, however, did not appear to be part of the government shutdown. At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade. The representative said the glitch is affecting people
If a government shuts down in the forest and nobody hears it, that’s the sound of liberty dying. The so-called shutdown is, as noted last week, mostly baloney: Eighty-three percent of the supposedly defunded government is carrying on as usual, impervious to whatever restraints the people’s representatives might wish to impose, and the 800,000 soi-disant “non-essential” workers have been assured that, as soon as the government is once again lawfully funded, they will be paid in full for all the days they’ve had at home. But the one place where a full-scale shutdown is being enforced is in America’s alleged
A pair of suspicious fires that ripped through a Staten Island Catholic school compound and forced one nun to leap out a second-floor window is being investigated as a possible hate crime, authorities said. One blaze was set in the chapel of Saint Joseph Hill Academy and another in the second-floor of a building where two nuns were staying overnight. The nun, Regina Gegic, saw smoke in the hallway outside her room, called 911 from her cell phone and then jumped to safety, breaking three vertebrae in her back, authorities said. Gegic was taken to Staten Island University Hospital.
Washington — President Barack Obama is set to meet with Senate Democratic leaders at the White House as the impasse drags on over the government shutdown and the nation´s credit limit. The meeting was arranged after the Senate failed on a test vote to advance legislation that would have raised the government´s current $16.7 trillion debt ceiling for one year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, are holding talks to break the logjam. But no solution seems imminent.
The White House criticized Republicans in the Senate for blocking a bill that would have increased the federal debt ceiling by $1.1 trillion until after the 2014 elections. The debt hike, put forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), failed to win the 60 votes that were necessary to advance the measure to a floor debate in the upper chamber. The bill was stymied on a party line vote, with Reid switching his vote to no at the end to preserve the ability to attempt to pass the measure again later.
I first heard the phrase “dark night of the spirit” at age 18 from my New Testament teacher in college, but I was reminded about it again while coming across a video about a family who nursed a sick baby bunny back to health only to have a hawk swoop down from the nowhere and carry it off. (Snip) If faith has an operational meaning it is not far different from a determination to go on. (Snip) We just don’t know what will happen after opening doors. (Snip All real knowledge is dangerous. We’ve managed to disremember that.
Google plans to launch new product-endorsement ads incorporating photos, comments and names of its users, in a move to match the "social´´ ads pioneered by rival Facebook Inc that is raising some privacy concerns. The changes, which Google announced in a revised terms of service policy on Friday, set the stage for Google to introduce "shared endorsements´´ ads on its sites as well as millions of other websites that are part of Google´s display advertising network. The new types of ads would use personal information of the members of Google, the social network launched by the company in 2011. If
LIMA – At least 52 people died when a bus full of passengers plunged into a ravine in the southern Peruvian region of Cuzco, local authorities said Saturday. A local prosecutor, Juan Carlos Valverde, told RPP Noticias that up to now 52 deaths have been reported and that the bus crashed Friday night as it was transporting passengers home from a religious celebration. Though at first it was reported that 30 people had died, the mayor of the Santa Teresa district, Ruben Pinto, later contacted RPP Noticias to say that authorities were working to identify 52 victims that had been found up
Sometimes an ancient artifact symbolizes more than its admirers necessarily imagine. Take for example the silver griffin that was returned by the United States to Iran as a gesture of respect and—at least according to tea-leaf readers—a sign of an emerging thaw between the two nations.There’s only one problem: It’s a fake. Not only is it a fake, it’s a bad fake. The saga of the griffin, from its production to its much-touted return to Iranian President Rouhani during his recent visit to New York, demonstrates how fakers of ancient art fool the gullible wealthy with the connivance of museums
Hello, I’m Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. For all the focus on disagreements in Washington, we’ve actually found some common ground this week. On Thursday, President Obama signed legislation that guarantees death benefits for the families of fallen troops will continue to be paid out during the government shutdown. We’ve also come together to ensure that members of our military and the civilians who support them will be paid no matter what. We shouldn’t stop there. The House has passed more than a dozen bills providing funding for things we can all agree
Good morning. Over the past few days, I’ve met with Republicans and Democrats from both houses of Congress in an effort to reopen your government and remove the dangers of default from our economy. It’s a positive development that House Republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country’s commitments. Because once the debt ceiling is raised, and the shutdown is over, there’s a lot we can accomplish together. We’ve created seven and a half million new jobs in the past three and a half years. Now let’s create more. We’ve cut our deficits in half over
They can drive cars, win Jeopardy and find your soon-to-be favorite song. Machines are also learning to decipher the most human qualities about you -- and help businesses predict your potential to be their next star employee. A handful of technology companies from Knack.it Corp. to Evolv Inc. are doing just that, developing video games and online questionnaires that measure personality attributes in a job applicant. Based on patterns of how a company’s best performers responded in these assessments, the software estimates a candidate’s suitability to be everything from a warehouse worker to an investment bank analyst.
The Obama-loving media couldn´t wait to report findings from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll concerning how the public are giving far more blame for the government shutdown to Republicans than the President. What they chose not to report was that 51 percent of respondents in the very same poll said of Barack Obama, "He is putting his own political agenda ahead of what´s good for the country": (Report) I guess the majority of the nation feeling the President is putting his political agenda ahead of what´s good for the country wasn´t considered newsworthy by American so-called "journalists." Nor was
Seneca Falls, NY - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the late former first lady Betty Ford and Title IX advocate Bernice Sandler are among the nine women set to be inducted into the National Women´s Hall of Fame on Saturday. The ceremony is being held in Seneca Falls, the western New York village where the first known women´s rights convention was held in 1848. "I´m absolutely thrilled. I can´t believe it," Pelosi told The Associated Press this week by phone from Washington before the ceremony. Several of her female congressional colleagues, along with two of her daughters and two granddaughters,
The letter bringing the news the president told me would never come arrived in Thursday´s mail. It said, in part, "Among other things, these (Affordable Care Act) requirements will cause your benefits to change to include federally-mandated Essential Health Benefits. Since your current benefit plan does not conform to these new mandates, your current health plan will cease upon your anniversary date." There it was, in black and white, notification that I would not be able to keep my current health care plan – whether I liked it or not. Remember the presidential talking point? If you like your current
Shopping for insurance on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act was supposed to be as easy as browsing for a plane ticket on Expedia (EXPE). That wasn’t the case for days after the Oct. 1 rollout. (Snip) Health-care consultants advising exchanges and insurers are flagging a serious problem with healthcare.gov: It’s transmitting bad data to insurers. “What we’re seeing in public is the Web portal, which is a mess,” says Robert Laszewski, a consultant who works with Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in some states. “It is just as bad behind the wizard’s curtain.”
Democratic leaders in the Senate are rejecting an offer by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to end the budget impasse, arguing it asks for too much in return for too little, senators and aides tell POLITICO. The development comes on the same day that the Senate voted 53-45 to block a Democratic bill that would raise the debt ceiling through 2014 without any spending cuts or changes to Obamacare.The Collins plan, which was drafted with input from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) and other senators, called for a six-month extension of government funding and a debt limit increase through January. But
Elizabeth Smart is making the rounds, flogging her new book My Story (written with Congressman Chris Stewart). Smart is, of course, the beautiful Mormon girl who in 2002 at 14 years old was abducted for nine months by evil lunatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife. Then, miraculously, she was found and reunited with her family. Today, she’s married and says she “couldn’t be happier.” She does good work fighting human trafficking and speaking to sexual abuse survivors. I’ve always been kind of fascinated with Smart. (Snip) Her kidnappers dragged her around the country, chaining her up like an animal
The casino billboards lining America´s roadways tantalize with the lure of riches. "Easy Street. It´s Only a Play Away," screams one in Arizona. "$7.1 Million Every Day. We´re a Payout Machine," reads another. But how often do gamblers really win? What are the chances that a gambler will win on a single day or over a longer period? Don´t bother to ask the casinos. Although they gather vast quantities of data about their customers for marketing purposes, including win and loss tallies for many regulars, casinos keep such information a closely-guarded secret. Now, thanks to an unprecedented trove of public
Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans Saturday morning that his efforts to strike a deal with President Barack Obama are at a standstill. There is no agreement, Boehner said in a room in the Capitol Saturday, and no negotiations between House Republicans and the White House, since Obama rejected the speaker’s effort to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks and reopen government while setting up a budget negotiating process. With that, a familiar dynamic has resurfaced 12 days into the government shutdown, and five days before Treasury says the nation runs out of borrowing authority: the pendulum has swung back
As lawmakers wrangle over how to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, officials in New York, South Dakota and Arizona secured late on Friday the reopening of three national parks: the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, and the Grand Canyon. The iconic parklands -- and crucial drivers of state tourism revenue -- will reopen with operating funds "donated" by state coffers. The Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty will open Saturday in time for the three-day weekend, and Mt. Rushmore will reopen Monday, according to the Department of Interior. “While this deal will buy us some time and bring
House Republicans were furious with Senate Republicans and President Obama on Saturday for trying to cut a debt ceiling deal that leaves them out in the cold. Members emerged from a conference meeting saying Obama had double-crossed them by breaking off talks in order to shop for a better deal from the Senate GOP. They said the deal, formulated by centrist Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.), would never get House GOP approval. “They are trying to jam us with the Senate and we are not going to roll over and take that,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said after a GOP
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he would rather be dead than a member of the Senate. "If I was in the Senate right now, I’d kill myself," he said when asked what he would do if he were in the Senate today during the government shutdown. Christie on Friday told the editorial board of the Philadelphia Enquirer that he has never been interested in being a member of a legislative body. Christie was briefly in Washington earlier this week to visit interim New Jersey Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R). While in the Capitol on Wednesday he sat down with
CLEARWATER —Nicholas Lindsey was raised in a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood in South St. Petersburg, in a home where his parents eventually split. He wasn’t the brightest boy or the best student, and he was often bullied. But none of that — nor the impulsive nature often attributed to those of his age — accounts for the methodical way in which the then-16-year-old pumped six bullets into a St. Petersburg police officer two years ago who was armed with nothing but a note pad. That was the rationale spelled out by Pinellas Circuit Judge Thane Covert today, as he sentenced Lindsey