AOL – by David Pit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that’s long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don’t get gored later.
It’s routine to remove the horn tissue from young calves before it attaches to the skull, either by burning it out with heat or chemicals or digging it out with sharp instruments. While veterinary groups recommend pain treatment, only about 10 percent of calves are properly medicated, according to Vermont dairy cattle breeder Mark Rodgers. Continue reading
Tulsa World – by ZIVA BRANSTETTER
MEDFORD — State officials are expanding the number of counties included in earthquake “areas of interest” and have told nearly 100 companies to prove that their oil and gas waste-water disposal wells are not too deep.
Officials with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission detailed the new requirements during a town hall meeting in Medford on Wednesday evening. The small town in Grant County near the Kansas border has been plagued with frequent earthquakes linked to oil and gas disposal wells.
More than 100 people from the area packed into the Medford town hall to view presentations from state officials and to ask questions about the issue. Continue reading
BESSEMER, Ala. — Bessemer police arrested a man after what was nearly a four-hour standoff at the man’s apartment complex.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance in progress call at the apartment complex, according to AL.com, when the suspect shot an arrow toward officers from his balcony. Continue reading
NJ.com – by Agustin C. Torres
OK, it’s past 5 p.m. on Friday, as I write, and that means all federal employees, as well as most taxpayer-paid employees — except uniformed services — have been on their way home hours ago. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez isn’t getting indicted this week.
Since published reports, sourced from leaks, indicated it was only a matter of when Menendez would be federally indicted on corruption charges, and most were predicting this (past) week. It appears we’ll have to wait a little longer. I can’t imagine that it is a result of second thoughts in the Justice Department but rather because of meetings between los federales and Menendez’s legal team. More time may also be needed to convince Florida eye surgeon Salomon Melgen that it is in his best interest to testify against his friend the New Jersey senator. Continue reading
Bloomberg – by Michael C Bender, Mark Halperin
Senator Marco Rubio plans to announce his campaign for president on April 13 in Miami, two Republican sources confirmed to Bloomberg on Saturday.
That could make Rubio the third Republican senator to enter his party’s presidential nomination contest, which is shaping up to be one of the most wide-open races of recent election cycles. Ted Cruz of Texas last week became the first formally declared candidate, and Rand Paul of Kentucky is expected to announce his plans April 7 in Louisville. Continue reading
Englewood-Englewood Cliffs Patch – by NATALIE MIELES
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has charged six individuals who they say fraudulently obtained New Jersey driver’s licenses with other identities.
The charges are a result of a 2012 anti-fraud initiative by the Motor Vehicle Commission and Division of Criminal Justice that used “cutting edge facial scrub software to determine if the same individual was maintaining more than one record in the motor vehicle database,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. Continue reading
Cleveland – by James F. McCarty
CLEVELAND, Ohio – In the past five years, Cleveland police officer Aaron Reese has twice been suspended from duty and accused of steroid use and fraud. Prior to being hired in 2009, he was accused of child abuse and civil rights violations.
He also was promoted to detective in December and received a Medal of Heroism after arresting a suspect who he and a partner accused of shooting at them in 2012, even though some city officials doubted that the citizen, who had a permit to carry the gun, ever fired it at the officers. Continue reading
BOSTON (AP) — A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city’s police commissioner said.
Officer John Moynihan, 34, was struck just below his right eye and the bullet remains lodged below his right ear. He was listed in critical condition, Commissioner William Evans said. Continue reading
COALINGA, Calif. – A small earthquake jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the temblor occurred at 6:30 a.m. Friday and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.2. It was centered 6 miles north of Coalinga and occurred at a depth of 7 miles. Continue reading
Hang the Bankers
The Australian Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget.
The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. Continue reading
True Activist – by John Vibes
It was reported this week that legendary musician Willie Nelson will be getting into the legal marijuana business in 2016.
Nelson’s spokesperson Michael Bowman recently said in an interview with the Daily Beast that this business venture is more of ceremonial and sentimental act, to make a final stand against the federal government in the war on drugs. Continue reading
Common Dreams – by Jon Queally
Obtained exclusively by The Intercept and described in a news story on Friday, a leaked Transportation Safety Administration document reveals the “suspicious signs”—including excessive yawning, a cold hard stare, or a rigid posture—that TSA agents have been trained to look for as airline passengers make their way through U.S. airports in the post-9/11 era.
The document details how a 92-point checklist for TSA agent is divided into numerous categories with a point score corresponding to the various kinds of personal traits or behaviors exhibited by unwitting travelers. Continue reading
Independent – by ROSE TROUP BUCHANAN
Shocking footage has emerged of the moment a US police officer smashes a driver’s window in after the man requests to know why he has been unexpectedly pulled over.
The video, posted on YouTube yesterday, records an unidentified driver politely requesting to know why he has been pulled over late at night in Vancouver police district in November.
Quite a tale they’re weaving here aren’t they? Pretty inopportune time to have a psychotic break from one’s mind control program. More control to keep the masses grounded and scared.
Yahoo News – by Raphaelle Logerot with Kate Millar in Berlin
Duesseldorf (Germany) (AFP) – The co-pilot who investigators believe crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, worried “health problems” would dash his dreams and vowed one day to do something to “change the whole system”, an ex-girlfriend told a German newspaper. Continue reading
UPI – by Brook Hays
HANOVER, Germany, March 28 (UPI) –German robotics company Festo makes robots inspired by nature. Its newest invention, a winged drone, may be its most realistic yet. The eMotionButterflies look, fly and behave like real butterflies.
The company unveiled its latest developments during an online press conference at this week’s Hannover Messe 2015, an annual trade fair for industrial technology. As part of their press conference demonstration, several robotic butterflies were unleashed in the lobby of Festo headquarters. Continue reading
American Everyman – by Scott Creighton
The other day I wrote about how important the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) would be in determining the real cause of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525.
The FDR records vital information regarding all the systems on board the plane including the automatic pilot system as well as the security system for the entry to the cockpit. Continue reading
The Anti-Media – by Carey Wedler
Violent police are increasingly criticized for everything from killing dogs to shooting the homeless and beating the mentally ill. These abuses of power are disturbing and desperately need attention. One under-discussed problem with police accountability (or lack thereof), however, is police irresponsibility while driving.
Stories about drunk officers driving the wrong direction on freeways and hitting civilians or soberly ramming into pedestrians are not uncommon. This week alone, three cops caused mayhem and fatalities on the road. Continue reading