NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.
A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download. Continue reading
The Organic Prepper
Gastrointestinal upsets have been sweeping the country this spring.
First, there was an outbreak of drug-resistant shigellosis. This bacterial infection is also known as “Montezuma’s revenge” or “traveler’s diarrhea.” It usually affects people visiting Third World destinations and is caused by drinking water that hasn’t been properly purified. This version has hit Americans in California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and 90% of the cases have not responded to the normal treatment of an antibiotic called Cipro. The symptoms are watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and fatigue. While it will eventually go away without treatment, most of the time doctors prescribe antibiotics to speed recovery. Continue reading
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Free Thought Project – by John Vibes
Honolulu, Hawaii – Writing tickets was like shooting fish in a barrel for Honolulu police earlier this month when they went car to car issuing citations for cell phone use.
According to motorists, police moved into the middle of the street during the worst traffic jam in years and began a ticket writing assembly line that made them over $18,000. In total, 65 drivers were given tickets that amounted to $290 a piece. Continue reading
Breitbart – by Lana Shadwick
More than 30 Kansas government employees have been charged with bribery and other crimes in connection with providing fake drivers licenses to undocumented workers. A retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent told 41 KSHB Action News that issuing fake licenses could lead to a wide range of fraud and other criminal activity, including terrorist activity. The undocumented workers allegedly paid $2,500 to obtain these fake drivers licenses. Continue reading
Breitbart – by AWR Hawkins
On April 22, a three-judge appellate panel from the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that a domestic violence accusation–that did not result in a conviction–is sufficient grounds for denying a resident a gun permit.
The identity of the resident was kept anonymous, and reports refer to him simply as “Z.I.” Continue reading
Chron – by Dylan Baddour
News of the Army’s operation Jade Helm stirred up widespread fears and deep mistrust of the American government in a sizable bloc of the public. Thousands of tweets, dozens of online publications and plenty of Chron.com commenters sounded the alarm of an impending military takeover.
Now the virtual world of alternative news has added a new twist to the tale: Walmart is in on it, and there are secret underground tunnels. Continue reading
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KENS 5 – by Tiffany Craig
CHANNELVIEW, Texas — After a fast-food restaurant was robbed, the pregnant shift manager said she was fired for refusing to reimburse the company the money that was stolen.
The heist happened March 31 at a Popeyes (PLKI) fried-chicken restaurant here and was captured on surveillance video. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office still has not identified the gunman more than three weeks after the crime. Continue reading
Wally Lester, an original member of The Skyliners, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at age 73 in Southport, N.C. The Skyliners were best known for their 1959 hit Since I Don’t Have You. At 17 Lester traveled to New York to record the song at Capitol Studios. The song reached No. 12 in 1959. In Cashbox, the Skyliners became the first white group to top the R&B charts. The group formed in Pittsburgh during the late 1950s but broke up in 1963. The original lineup of the group was Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Wally Lester, Jackie Taylor and Joe VerScharen. Janet Vogel The Skyliners female vocalist took her own life in 1980 after a battle with drug addiction. Continue reading
Baltimore residents and police clashed as people marched downtown to protest the mysterious death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he will send 32 state troopers to the city in order to oversee demonstrations.
No concrete numbers are in, but hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Baltimore, rallying in front of City Hall and the US Courthouse while calling for justice in Gray’s death. The 25-year-old African-American man died as a result of a severe spinal cord injury, though it’s unclear exactly how or when he was hurt. His funeral is set for Monday. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.
Obama somberly said he took full responsibility for the January CIA strikes and regretted the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker. The president cast the incident as a tragic consequence of the special difficulties of the fight against terrorists. Continue reading
Twin Cities – by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday declared a peacetime emergency to deal with the growing avian influenza attacking turkey flocks across dozens of farms.
At least 2.6 million birds already have been killed to stop the highly infectious virus from further devastating Minnesota poultry.
“Obviously, we’re worried. There’s no question about it,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. Continue reading
Business Insider – by Armin Rosen
The US government built “a secret replica of Iran’s nuclear facilities” deep in the forests of Tennessee to gain an edge in its negotiations with Iran, reports The New York Times.
This “Manhattan Project in reverse” is situated on the grounds of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It uses placeholder centrifuges meant to represent Iranian equipment — an assembly that including centrifuges once belonging to Libya’s disbanded nuclear program. Continue reading
The Daily Sheeple – by Lilly Dane
Two years ago, Linda McLean, a teacher at Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway, Oregon, was sitting at her desk when a man dressed in a black hoodie and goggles suddenly burst into her classroom.
The man pointed a gun at McLean’s face and pulled the trigger.
McLean heard gunfire and smelled smoke, and felt her heart racing. Continue reading
Over the last week, there have been 2 separate instances of UC Berkeley students forming blockades across one the main entrances to the campus to raise awareness and protest, uhhh, stuff, or something. Because the system!
The Daily Californian reports: Continue reading
It started with Jazz Jennings, who, at 4 years old in 2004, was the youngest person ever diagnosed with “Gender Identity Disorder”, aka “Gender Dysphoria”, and began “transitioning” from a natural boy to a transgendered female at age 6. Now on puberty blockers as s/he enters adolescence, Jennings gives speeches across the nation, has been featured in several news articles, and now has, uhh, its own reality TV show. Continue reading
Just a few weeks ago, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer made headlines for his staunch opposition to the gun registry bill moving through the Oregon Legislature. He is now being joined by several other Sheriffs across the state.
Just yesterday the House rules committee held their hearing on SB941, which is being sold as a “universal background check” bill. Among the folks testifying against the bill were Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin. Continue reading