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Newlywed pleads guilty
to second-degree murder
Associated Press, by Matt Volz    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/12/2013 4:49:46 PM     Post Reply
MISSOULA, Mont.—A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage. The surprise plea agreement with prosecutors came just before closing arguments were set to begin in the trial of Jordan Graham, 22. In exchange for the guilty plea to second-degree murder, prosecutors agreed to drop a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities. Graham could face a maximum sentence of life in prison when she is sentenced on March 27.

What is ´affluenza´? Sentence in Texas
teen´s fatal DWI wreck stirs ire
Associated Press, by Ramit Plushnick-Masti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:49:00 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON - "Affluenza," the term used by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, psychologists said Thursday. The term was popularized in the late 1990s by Jessie O´Neill, the granddaughter of a past president of General Motors, when she wrote the book "The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence." It has since been used to describe a condition in which children — generally from richer families —

For the Sake of Repeal,
Support the Deal
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:47:03 PM     Post Reply
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather



Has John Boehner Learned His Lesson?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:42:43 PM     Post Reply
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people

Newlywed on trial:´I
pushed him and I took off´
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:40:13 PM     Post Reply
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI

House Set to Vote on Budget,
With the Right Still in Dissent
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:37:25 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The House moved toward passage of a bipartisan budget accord on Thursday evening that is intended as a truce in the spending battles that have paralyzed Congress for nearly three years, as leaders in both parties sought to marginalize hard-line conservatives opposed to any compromise. With bipartisan support in hand, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio declared open warfare on the outside conservative groups that have tried to scuttle the budget deal. For the second day in a row, he accused groups like Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity of reflexively opposing a reasonable plan

White House gives sick Americans
more time to select a health plan
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:24:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration moved Thursday to help tens of thousands of sick Americans who have struggled to enroll in health coverage for next year because of problems with the rollout of new insurance marketplaces created by the president’s health law. The Department of Health and Human Services announced that patients who have been enrolled in special insurance plans for consumers denied coverage elsewhere would be able to stay on those plans until the end of January. Nearly 86,000 people are currently in such plans. These state-based plans – known as Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans – were created by



Belgian Senate OKs child euthanasia bill
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/12/2013 4:20:41 PM     Post Reply
BRUSSELS — Belgium´s Senate has strongly supported legislation that would extend the country´s euthanasia law to children under certain conditions. Senators on Thursday voted 50-17 in favor of the proposed law. If adopted, it will decriminalize euthanasia for children, if they are in great pain, suffer from a terminal condition and are expected to die soon. The children would have to submit a written request to be euthanized, and be aware of what their request meant. No age limit would be set, but the children would have "to possess the capacity of discernment." Their parents or legal representatives also would

US stocks head for a
third day of declines
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:13:57 PM     Post Reply
Wall Street´s third down day in a row pushed stocks to their lowest levels in a month as investors worried that the end may be nearing for the Federal Reserve´s support for the economy. The Fed´s stimulus efforts have been a key factor in the bull market that has pushed the Standard & Poor´s 500 index 25 higher percent this year. Investors know it will end sooner or later. But the timing, and the fallout, are uncertain. Until this month, stocks had risen for eight weeks straight. But stocks posted their biggest declines in five weeks on Wednesday, and dropped

Poll: Tea party favorability hits record low
Politico, by Tal Kopan    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 12/12/2013 3:50:33 PM     Post Reply
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they

Disturbing levels of HEART DRUGS found
in drinking water, says study, as concern
for long term health effects grows
Daily Mail [UK], by Steve Nolan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 3:38:47 PM     Post Reply
Traces of prescription drugs have been found in far greater quantities in US drinking water supplies than previously thought, a study has claimed. A report on drinking water carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency has found samples of at least 25 different drugs, including medication to treat heart conditions, in supplies coming out of wastewater treatment plants. Medication to treat high blood pressure was not only the most commonly traced drug, but also found in the highest quantities. Health officials say that the traces of the drugs, which include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs such as



Yahoo Mail users still unable to
access emails after three DAYS -
despite company CEO claiming
the problem has been fixed
Daily Mail [UK], by Victoria Woollaston    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 3:29:03 PM     Post Reply
A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their email accounts on Monday night - and three days later some people are still reporting problems. The company blamed the outage on a ‘hardware problem’ in a mail data centre but didn’t expand further and then last night, CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted claiming service had been restored. However, customers responded in anger to her tweet, claiming they still couldn’t access their emails, while others who had managed to gain access complained some of their emails were missing. A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their accounts on Monday,

BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’
rite of passage could mean felony
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 3:27:31 PM     Post Reply
Not only could you "shoot your eye out, kid," you might also go to jail for owning that BB gun in certain states. New Jersey and other jurisdictions make little or no distinction between Daisy´s classic Red Ryder BB gun immortalized in the film "A Christmas Story," and real guns. They must be registered and are subject to the same laws as any firearms. “In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to

Excusez-moi? French cafe
charges rude customers extra
NBC News, by Ben Popken    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/12/2013 2:44:13 PM     Post Reply
Prices posted at a cafe in France suggest that a spoonful of politesse will sweeten the prices for a cup of joe. Ordering simply "a coffee" at the Le Petite Syrah cafe in Nice runs you 7 euros, about nine-and-a-half dollars, according to the prices on the chalkboard menu. But add "please" and the price drops to 4.25 euros, about six dollars. Go for the full, "Good morning, a coffee, please," and the politeness discount gets even steeper, 1.4 euros, or two bucks. In a nation whose waiters are famed for their perceived rudeness, that takes some gumption. But cafe

Wreaths Across America Pays
Tribute to WWII Vets
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Mary Lou Byrd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 2:35:51 PM     Post Reply
Approximately 800 school children waving American flags greeted the Wreaths Across America convoy at their school on Wednesday in Middletown, N.J., for a wreath laying ceremony and tribute honoring World War II veterans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The WAA caravan included over 10 trailer trucks filled with wreaths. The group is laying wreaths to honor and remember the country’s veterans during its weeklong journey, which began in Maine on Dec. 7. Its final stop will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 14, where at least 100,000 wreaths will be laid on the graves of veterans.



Incredulous Boehner goes viral
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 2:19:14 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Speaker John Boehner´s (R-Ohio) outburst Thursday at outside conservative groups is going viral on the Internet. Boehner voiced incredulity Thursday that the same groups that pushed Republicans to shut down the government later said they knew the strategy wouldn´t succeed in defunding ObamaCare. “Are you kidding me?!” Boehner exclaimed at the GOP´s press conference at the Capitol. It’s the second day in a row Boehner has criticized the groups. People began tweeting that Boehner’s outburst would make a good Gif.

´Price Is Right´ host Bob Barker
comes on down for GOP candidate
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 2:16:29 PM     Post Reply
"The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker is endorsing lobbyist David Jolly, one of two Republicans vying for deceased Rep. Bill Young´s (R-Fla.) seat. Barker makes the endorsement in a new campaign ad that will run during a special "The Price Is Right" episode on Thursday. The ad could help Jolly win over perhaps the key demographic in the GOP primary race: seniors. According to National Journal´s Almanac of American Politics, more than a fifth of Young´s district is over 64 — the target demographic for "The Price Is Right." The ad is set to run Thursday as Barker makes a

‘You can’t always get what you want’
MSNBC, by Jane C. Timm    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 1:57:22 PM     Post Reply
Paul Ryan wants everyone in D.C. to remember the Rolling Stones. “There’s this older British guy who says ‘you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need,” he said on Thursday’s Morning Joe with a smile. Ryan is fighting for the budget he negotiated with Washington’s Sen. Patty Murray (D), but not everyone is happy. Major tea party-allied groups came out in advance of the deal to condemn it. Tea party darlings Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, all expressed disappointment in the deal, as well

Report: Top Secret Drone
Under Development
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/12/2013 1:39:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A secret surveillance drone is under development by Northrop Grumman, reports Aviation Week. The unmanned aircraft is still classified and is being tested at the notorious Area 51 in the Nevada desert. There’s been no official word from either the Pentagon or Northrup, but Aviation Week says the drone is called the RQ-180 and will go into service in the Air Force in 2015. The drone is equipped with stealth technology, advance radar, radio-frequency sensors and cameras, says the trad

Palestinians draw parallels with
Mandela´s anti-apartheid struggle
Guardian, (UK), by Harriet Sherwood    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 12:50:14 PM     Post Reply
The death of Nelson Mandela has given fresh impetus to Palestinian efforts to portray the Israeli occupation as a form of apartheid that should be confronted with a similar international campaign that took on South Africa´s white regime. Mandela´s message of solidarity from a 1997 speech in which he said "our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians", has been repeatedly invoked across Palestine in the past week. Demonstrators carried posters of Mandela who also strongly criticised Israel´s close ties to the apartheid government, at regular weekly protests against Jewish settlements and the vast concrete and steel separation barrier in


It’s Time For Republicans
To Think Strategically
Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 12:42:47 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., revealed their budget plan to the world. I would say it was immediately met with complaints, but those complaints started before it was introduced. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. But are there other plans? No. Outside groups called for opposing it before they’d read it, Members of Congress said they’d vote against it before they knew what was in it. I’d like to take these people with me to buy lottery tickets since they seem to have some form of clairvoyance. I get the anger of conservatives, I’m right

Iowa voting crackdown
finally yields arrests
Quad-City Times, (IA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 12:42:42 PM     Post Reply
Iowa’s highly touted crackdown on improper voting finally has resulted in some arrests that appear to justify Secretary of State Matt Schultz’ concerns. (snip)On Sept. 26, Tehvedin Murgic of Dallas County pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of voter misconduct in the 2010 election. He was fined $1,325. Schultz’ investigators busted Nickie Dean Perkins for failing to disclose his felony convictions when he registered to vote in 2012. Another investigation centers on Linn County voter alleged to have submitted an absentee ballot in another’s name. That investigation is pending. After reporting on several elections decided by one vote, we can commend Schultz

American Airlines buys 90
jets from Embraer, Bombardier
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 12:33:03 PM     Post Reply
Washington- American Airlines kicked off its freshly minted status as the world´s largest carrier Thursday with an aggressive order for $3.9 billion worth of regional jets from Brazil´s Embraer and Canada´s Bombardier. Three days after completing its merger with US Airways, the new American said it had inked deals to buy 30 CJR900 NextGen aircraft from Bombardier, and 60 Embraer E175s. Bombardier said its deal was worth $1.42 billion, while Embraer put a $2.5 billion value on its order. American also has options to buy an additional 40 CJR900s and 90 E175s. American said the 76-seat regional jets ordered will

Issa Accuses Sebelius, Health Department
Of ‘Criminal Obstruction’
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 12:27:32 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is being accused by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., of “criminal obstruction.” Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated in a letter to Sebelius that the Health and Human Services Department instructed Creative Computing Solutions – a contractor that worked on HealthCare.gov — not to comply with the committee’s investigation. “The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of ObamaCare is well known,” the letter obtained by CBS News says. “The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional

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