- Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Elementary school teacher charged with killing boyfriend
A special education teacher remained jailed in Tennessee on Monday, charged with the shooting death of her boyfriend of eight years, investigators said.Continued ...
The Internet has changed how we curse
Relatively recent technologies — cable television, satellite radio, and social media — provide us with a not-too-unrealistic picture of how often people swear in public and what they say when they do.Continued ...
- Monday, June 23, 2014
More than one in every 10 vehicles on the road has been recalled since January
It's becoming the year of the recall: Automakers have recalled more than 28 million vehicles in the United States this year — more than one in 10 vehicles on the road — putting the industry on track to trample the 2004 record of 30.8 million.Continued ...
For millennials, out-of-wedlock childbirth is the norm
This month brings us yet another reminder that, for young Americans, having children outside of marriage is very much "the new normal," as The New York Times once put it.Continued ...
Each glass of bubbly has at least a million reasons to drink it anytime
So don't wait for a special occasion. Make one: a lousy day, a minor victory at the office, a tough commute home. That chilling bottle of bubbly might be just what's needed.Continued ...
Scientists exposed to anthrax as U.S. lab procedures break down
About 75 scientists may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria in government labs after the material was mishandled while being used in experiments, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.Continued ...
Good news for workers: Survey shows bonuses are back
For employees hoping to receive a fatter paycheck, the recession and its aftermath were bleak times. Companies pulled back on bonuses and lavish perks. Budgets for payroll increases were slim, meaning raises were often slight and hard to come by.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 22, 2014
Church lures worshippers with AR-15 giveaway
Talk about praising the Lord and passing the ammunition. A church decided against using pies or quilts to bring out the faithful. Instead, Ignite Church, already known for its steamy marketing campaigns, put "dudes" in the pews with an AR-15 giveaway.Continued ...
- Friday, June 20, 2014
Proposal would make same-sex partners eligible under Family and Medical Leave Act
The Labor Department issued a proposed rule Friday stating that any employee is eligible for leave to care for a same-sex spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes their marital status.Continued ...
VIDEO: New York passes bill to outlaw tattooing, piercing pets
New York lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw the "unnecessary body modification" of animals such as tattoos and piercings for pets.Continued ...
IRS spins email yarn as Obama slips past another scandal
Forget everything you've heard about email. All digital trace of a former IRS official's email over the 25 months the agency harassed conservative groups has mysteriously, improbably vanished. Gone, too, is the White House's accountability as President Obama slips from another scandal.Continued ...
Paleo dieters suffer as Panera fights protein price jump
While more than half of American consumers are looking to eat more protein and millions are adhering to the Paleolithic, or Paleo, diet, the higher cost of the muscle-building amino acids threatens to curb their enthusiasm and send them in search of cheaper alternatives.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 19, 2014
Judge's wife admits she spiked his wine with antifreeze
The wife of a prominent local judge in Ohio pleaded guilty to poisoning her husband's nightly glass of wine in an agreement with prosecutors that resulted in the dropping of an attempted murder charge against her.Continued ...
Afghanistan vet who ran to grenade gets Medal of Honor
A former Marine Corps corporal who was severely wounded when he risked his life to shield a squad mate from a grenade blast in Afghanistan was awarded the nation's highest military decoration Thursday.Continued ...
Charney's out at American Apparel. Have we reached 'porn chic fatigue'?
The Wednesday evening decision by the American Apparel board of directors to immediately suspend Dov Charney and replace him as chief executive may be the clearest signal yet that the fashion industry has finally hit porn chic fatigue.Continued ...
Bet the farm: 5 'psychic' animals predict soccer victories
Need some guidance on whom to place your bets for this year's World Cup? Since Paul the Octopus achieved a prediction success rate of 85 percent in 2010, hosts of animal oracles around the world have sought attention as soccer sages. Here's a look at a few of them.Continued ...
Baseball should reinstate Pete Rose
There's no question that Pete Rose's credentials as a player qualify him for baseball's Hall of Fame. Now, 25 years after he was banished for gambling on games, Charlie Hustle should be allowed back in baseball, presumably to take his place in Cooperstown.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014
May 2014 was the hottest may in recorded history
According to new data released this week, May 2014 is officially the warmest May in recorded history.Continued ...
Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency have tentatively ranked May at the top of historical measurements, though NASA's numbers are preliminary because crucial information is still missing from China.
GM recalls soar past 20 million. Why don't consumers care?
In case you thought there couldn't possibly be another General Motors recall so soon, you're just not thinking big enough. This week, GM said it was recalling 3.36 million more cars. The cause: an ignition switch defect that could result in keys carrying extra weight (read: a keychain) to slip out of position and shut the vehicle off abruptly during "some jarring event."Continued ...
Amazon enters smartphone wars with Fire Phone
Amazon.com stepped into the smartphone ring Tuesday with the Fire Phone. Playing up Amazon's devotion to the individual customer and the media ecosystem it has built with its Prime subscription service, chief executive Jeff Bezos said that Amazon's growing universe of services set the phone apart.Continued ...
The end of 'Redskins?' Social media reacts to trademark cancellation
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the trademarks of the Washington Redskins on the basis that it is "disparaging to Native Americans.” Reaction to the decision was, predictably, divided and intense. Here is a sampling from Twitter and YouTube.Continued ...
Police: 'Gypsy Wedding' couple stole rings, cash at wedding
A couple who appeared on the TLC reality series “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” was jailed in North Carolina last weekend, accused of stealing cash and valuables from the bride and groom at a wedding they were attending.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mexican drug lord arrested at World Cup
Jose Diaz-Barajas, 49, was arrested at Rio de Janeiro's Tom Jobim airport Monday night as he boarded a plane to Fortaleza, where Mexico played Brazil Tuesday, Luiz Cravo Dorea, head of international cooperation at the Federal Police, said. The world soccer governing body, FIFA, had informed police that Diaz- Barajas, who was accompanied by his wife and two children, held tickets, Dorea said.Continued ...
How 8,500 large companies will become small businesses overnight
When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, July 13, thousands of relatively large companies will — poof — suddenly become small businesses. It's not magic. It's just the federal government at work.Continued ...
NCAA could become casualty of paid athletes
The NCAA is arguing a losing case in a California courtroom. Television and marketing deals heap money on athletic conferences, colleges and coaches while those who actually play the games get scholarships that don't even cover their full cost of attendance. Here's the hard question: What would fairness look like?Continued ...