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  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ Relentlessly Mocks the Way Obama Is Selling His Health Care Law
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 7:40 am by Oliver Darcy

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    President Barack Obama’s recent efforts to create buzz around Healthcare.gov became subject to a “Saturday Night Live” skit this weekend, with the late night comedy show exploring additional options the president could opt in on to promote his landmark health care law.

    One of those options involved doing something promiscuous with pop star Justin Bieber: making out.

    “We want you to kiss Justin Bieber on the lips.”
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    “We want you to kiss Justin Bieber on the lips,” an actor playing Obama’s social media manager said.

    And, after initially saying there was “no way” he would sink to such a low, SNL’s Obama finally relented and gave in, agreeing to smooch the pop star.

    “Sir, that was beautiful,” the social media guru said after the kiss.

    Image source: Screen grab via "SNL"

    Image source: Screen grab via “SNL” 

    Earlier in the skit, SNL’s Obama also agreed to snapping an Instagram photo wearing Pharrell’s hat and holding up a Healthcare.gov sign, as well as snapping a selfie for Twitter with Batkid and Kim Kardashian.

    Image source: Screen grab via "SNL"

    Image source: Screen grab via “SNL”

    Image source: Screen grab via "SNL"

    Image source: Screen grab via “SNL”

    The SNL skit comes after the president received criticism earlier this month for appearing on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” show to create buzz around his signature health care law.

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  • All Hell Broke Loose After University of Arizona NCAA Overtime Loss
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 6:48 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police said Saturday night that they shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers after the University of Arizona basketball team’s overtime loss in the NCAA tournament.

    There were no reports of injuries to fans or officers, but 15 people were arrested for offenses such as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Of those arrested, 14 were released, and one was sent to Pima County jail. He said those advancing on officers were arrested. The street was clear and the crowd was gone by late Saturday.

    Dugan said crowds leaving bars and restaurants near campus after the game filled University Boulevard and wouldn’t leave despite urging through a PA system and social media declaring it an unlawful assembly.

    Police brought in cruisers and a unit of officers with batons, helmets and face masks to block the street when people started tossing beer bottles, cans and firecrackers, hitting police vehicles and endangering officers.

    Officers fired pepper spray, pepper canisters and pepper balls, which disperse into the air when they hit, Dugan said. No tear gas was used despite some reports.

    A witness, David Kitaeff, told The Associated Press that the incident started innocently with people taking photos, but then “people got in cops’ faces.” He said fans were throwing drink cans at officers, whom he saw marching down University Boulevard.

    Arizona lost 64-63 to Wisconsin in the West Region final Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

  • Philadelphia 76ers Dodge Pro-Sports Record for Futility, Finally Win a Game After 26 Straight Losses
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    PHILADELPHIA (TheBlaze/AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday night to avoid establishing a new longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

    Philadelphia 76ers Avoid Pro Sports Record for Futility, Win a Game Finally After 26 Straight Losses

    Fans hold signs after the Philadelphia 76ers won an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 123-98, breaking a 26-game losing streak. (Image source: AP/Matt Slocum)

    The Sixers’ string of consecutive losses equaled the dubious mark set by NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the 1976 and 1977 seasons; the Cleveland Cavaliers joined them, setting an NBA record with 26 straight losses during the 2010-11 season.

    At least the squad — now boasting a 16-57 record — needn’t fret about vying for the franchise’s other claim to shame: The second-worst season record in NBA history, going 9-73 way back in 1973.

    Things were finally different on Saturday night, as Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time in exactly two months and did it with surprising ease, leading by as much as 32 points. They also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.

    Beaten badly a number of times during their skid, the 76ers got to experience life on the other side, ringing up a season-high 70 points in the first half.

  • Prominent Attorney Alan Dershowitz Says He’d ‘Like to Help Out’ Parents of Justina Pelletier in Custody Battle
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 10:48 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz is offering to help the parents of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier reclaim custody of their daughter.

    Image source: Fox News via The Right Scoop

    Image source: Fox News via The Right Scoop

    “I’d like to help out…” the Harvard Law professor and media figure said during an appearance on “Huckabee” Saturday night, noting he’s a member of the Massachusetts bar and could offer his legal expertise.

    “When you hear about a case like this you scratch your head and you say ‘something else must be going on,’” he noted.

    Pelletier was removed from her parents’ custody in February 2013 following accusations of medical child abuse. Lou and Linda Pelletier  had been treating Justina for mitochondrial disease, but when they brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital with the flu, doctors there said she had somatoform disorder, a psychiatric disorder, instead. The commonwealth stepped in when the hospital raised concerns after the Pelletiers disagreed with the new treatment plan, which would shift to treatment for somatoform.

    Justina Pelletier with her parents, Linda and Lou.  Justina has been in the custody of the state of Massachusetts since last year. (Image source: Facebook)

    Justina Pelletier with her parents, Linda and Lou. Justina has been in the custody of the state of Massachusetts since last year. (Image source: Facebook)

    Lou and Linda Pelletier have been fighting to regain custody ever since, appearing in court many times and arguing that they had been treating their daughter for mitochondrial disease at the direction of a doctor.

    Dershowitz cautioned that he’s not certain where Justina would get the best care or who is “right,” but added that “under our legal system when there’s a conflict between medical opinion, the parents get to resolve that for a 15-year-old, not the state.”

    “The gag order is clearly unconstitutional,” he also insisted. “You can’t stop parents form bringing a petition about their grievances” to anyone.

    Dershowitz added that if what the parents are saying is true, then the Pelletier case is a “horrible abuse of human rights, of civil liberties.”

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  • Wa. Post: Jeb Bush Being Wooed by Republican Insiders for 2016 Presidential Run
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Many of the Republican Party’s biggest movers and shakers and deep-pocketed insiders have embarked upon a quiet quest to get former Florida governor Jeb Bush to enter the 2016 presidential race, The Washington Post reported.

    This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talking about education reform during a forum in Nashville, Tenn. (Image source: AP/Mark Humphrey, File)

    They’re hedging on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential prospects since the fallout over the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal and concerned over the rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.); now they consider Bush the GOP’s best chance to win back the White House.

    The Post noted that “many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans.”

    One bundler estimated that the “vast majority” of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight, the Post added.

    “He’s the most desired candidate out there,” said another bundler, Brian Ballard, who sat on the national finance committees for Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008, told the Post. “Everybody that I know is excited about it.”

    The Post opines that Bush, 61, would have “serious vulnerabilities as a candidate,” saying that after being out of public office for seven years, he’s “struggled in some appearances and has had difficulty navigating the Republican Party’s fault lines on immigration and other issues. A Bush candidacy also would test whether the nation still has a hangover from the George W. Bush administration.”

    Bush declined the Post’s request for an interview.

    You can read the entire Washington Post story here.

  • Number of Missing in Washington Mudslide Drops to 30, Death Toll at 18
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

    DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The number of those believed missing following a deadly Washington state landslide has plummeted to 30 after many people were found safe, authorities said late Saturday.

    Officials previously set the number of missing people at 90, but said they expected that figure to drop dramatically as they worked to find people and cross-referenced a list that included partial reports and duplicates.

    Rescue workers use chainsaws and other tools to dig through a tangle of trees and mud marked as having a possible victim of the Oso mudslide along State Route 530 near Darrington, Wash. Rescue and recovery workers slogged through thick mud and debris as rain poured down on the area one week after the devastating disaster. Photographed on Saturday, March 29, 2014. (Image source: AP/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

    The confirmed death toll rose by one, to 18, Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said at a Saturday evening briefing.

    The search by heavy equipment, dogs and bare hands for victims from the slide was going “all the way to the dirt” as crews looked for anything to provide answers for family and friends a week after a small mountainside community was destroyed.

    All work on the debris field halted briefly Saturday for a moment of silence to honor those lost. Gov. Jay Inslee had asked people across Washington to pause at 10:37 a.m., the time the huge slide struck on March 22, destroying a neighborhood in the community of Oso north of Seattle. Authorities say they have found at least 25 bodies and 90 remain missing.

    “People all over stopped work — all searchers — in honor of that moment, so people we are searching for know we are serious,” Snohomish County Fire District 1 battalion chief Steve Mason said.

    An American flag had been run up a tree and then down to half-staff at the debris site, he said.

    Dan Rankin, mayor of the nearby logging town of Darrington, said the community had been “changed forevermore.”

    “It’s going to take a long time to heal, and the likelihood is we will probably never be whole,” he said.

    Finding and identifying all the victims could stretch on for a very long time, and authorities have warned that not everyone may ultimately be accounted for after one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history.

    A basketball floats amid muck and debris left by the Oso mudslide along State Route 530 near Darrington, Wash., Saturday March 29, 2014. (Image source: AP/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

    Among the dozens of missing are a man in his early 20s, Adam Farnes, and his mother, Julie.

    “He was a giant man with a giant laugh,” Kellie Howe said of Farnes. Howe became friends with him when he moved to the area from Alaska. She said Adam Farnes was the kind of guy who would come into your house and help you do the dishes.

    Adam Farnes also played the banjo, drums and bass guitar, she said, and had worked as a telephone lineman and a 911 dispatcher.

    “He loved his music loud,” she said.

    Rescuers have given a cursory look at the entire debris field 55 miles northeast of Seattle, said Steve Harris, division supervisor for the eastern incident management team. They are now sifting through the rest of the fragments, looking for places where dogs should give extra attention. Only “a very small percentage” has received the more thorough examination, he said.

    Dogs working four-hour shifts have been the most useful tool, Harris said, but they’re getting hypothermic in the rain and muck.

    Commanders are making sure people have the right gear to stay safe in the rain and potentially hazardous materials, and they’re keeping a close eye on the level of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to be sure nobody is trapped by rising water.

    Rescue workers continue to search the muck and debris left by the Oso mudslide along State Route 530 near Darrington, Wash. Photographed on Saturday, March 29, 2014. (Image source: AP/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

    At the debris site Saturday, Mason, the battalion chief, said teams first do a hasty search of any wreckage of homes they find. If nothing is immediately discovered, they do a more detailed, forensic search.

    “We go all the way to the dirt,” he said.

    Crews are also collecting bags of personal belongings that would later be cleaned, sorted and hopefully returned to families.

    “What we found out here is everything from pictures to gun safes,” Mason said. “Anything you would have at your house.”

    The huge wall of earth that crashed into the collection of homes followed weeks of heavy rain.

    Previous slides triggered by storms included one that killed 150 people in Virginia in the wake of Hurricane Camille in 1969 and another that killed 129 when rain from Tropical Storm Isabel loosened tons of mud that buried the Puerto Rican community of Mameyes in 1985.

    A dam in San Francisquito Canyon, Calif., collapsed in 1928, causing an abutment to give way and killing 500 people, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Crews pleaded with the public not to show up and try to help. Only local volunteers are being allowed to help rescuers.

    Joe Wright of Darrington set up his tool-sharpening operation near the firehouse. He’s been busy. In a little more than a day, he estimated he had sharpened more than 150 chainsaw chains dulled by rocks and dirt.

    “There were people using their own saws,” Wright said. “They’re just trying to get down there to get the job done.”

  • Boy’s Shocking Discovery While Digging Backyard Pond Has Haunted Him From the Moment He Found It
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 14-year-old boy digging a trout pond in the backyard of his father’s Salt Lake City home stumbled across a surprise — and one that wasn’t at all pleasant to him.

    The remains of a Native American who lived about 1,000 years ago.

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    “When I saw it looked like a human skull, then it definitely was a bit creepy,” Ali Erturk told KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City. “I really do think there’s other bones nearby, and I don’t think that it’s that unlikely or that lucky that I stumbled across this.”

    “It kind of stayed in the back of my mind even when I wasn’t digging the pond, going to sleep, it was in the back of my mind that it was human remains,” he added to the station.

    Erturk said he had been working on the trout pond for a couple of weeks until he discovered what he initially thought was just an animal bone.

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    Experts from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts spent Friday removing the remains, which were confirmed by medical examiners as those of a person from a millennium ago, and investigating the site for archaeological clues after the ninth-grader’s discovery earlier in the week.

    “Humans have occupied this valley for up to 10,000 years,” department spokesman Geoffrey Fattah told The Salt Lake Tribune. “We do run into situations where progress runs into the ancient past.”

    A forensic anthropologist will analyze the remains to try to learn more, including the person’s gender and cultural affiliation. A report will go to the state Division of Indian Affairs, which will try to determine whether the remains are linked to current tribes, Fattah said. A tribe may claim the remains and perform interment rites.

    Image source: KTVX-TV

    Image source: KTVX-TV

    Other private property in Salt Lake City has occasionally yielded Native American graves. The department typically receives about six reports of ancient remains statewide each year, Fattah said.

    Fattah urged the public to contact law enforcement authorities if human remains are unearthed so they can be removed professionally and respectfully. Erturk’s father notified Salt Lake City police after his son’s discovery.

  • Happy Female Hunter Bags Mountain Lion & Posts Photos. Angry Animal-Rights Folks Storm Social Media in the Most Vile Ways Imaginable.
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    “My first hunting experience was when I was three years old,” Charisa Argys told KCNC-TV in Denver, adding that she was introduced to the sport by her father.

    Itt became a point of bonding for them. “It’s always been quality time for us. It’s always been a time when we got to get away,” she told KCNC.

    In February 2013 she hunted and shot a 175-pound male mountain lion and posted photos of her kill on the Internet, saying on a clip with the cat: “It was an extreme hunt and it was well worth it.”

    Image source: KCNC-TV

    Image source: KCNC-TV

    “I am very proud of what I had accomplished that day,” Argys told KCNC.

    But a year later, those images turned her world into a deluge of hate messages — even threats to her life — after one was posted to an animal-rights activist page, she said.

    “They were calling me horrible names. They were saying they wanted to kill me, they wanted to see me dead, they called me fat, they called me ugly, they called me the B-word, they called me the C-word,” Argys told KCNC. “There really wasn’t anything they weren’t willing to call me and to say.”

    One comment reads, “The only answer is to take out these psychopaths. Problem solved — animals saved.”

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    Image source: KCNC-TV

    Another calls for “an eye for an eye.”

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    Image source: KCNC-TV

    Then this one: “You are a disgrace to those of us who respect life, human and animal. I’d love to hunt YOU and hand YOUR head on my living room wall.”

    Image source: KCNC-TV

    Image source: KCNC-TV

    “You know it was definitely cyberbullying,” Argys told KCNC. “These were not just threats but I would say they were terroristic threats.”

    Beyond that, Argys’ hunt in question is legal in Colorado.

    “It’s part of wildlife management,” state Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras told KCNC. “You may not like hunting, we understand that. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to express your opinions.”

    In addition the agency said Argys hunted her mountain lion in an area where there is an effort to reduce the number of wild cats.

    Image source: KCNC-TV

    Image source: KCNC-TV

    Argys added that Silva Wadhwa, a former reporter with CNBC based in Germany, claimed responsibility for beginning the online frenzy and told Argys in a Facebook message that while she disagrees with trophy killing, “I do not and will not ever condone or encourage insults, threats or death wishes.”

    Not that Argys need the boost — she vows not to be intimidated and to continue hunting.

    “If I don’t stand up for myself and I don’t take a position on what I feel passionate about how can I expect my children to stand up if it happens to them?”

  • Why An Environmentalist Says Earth Hour Is a ‘Waste of Time’ That ‘Actually Increases CO2 Emissions’
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    At 8:30 p.m. local time, millions of people will likely turn off their lights to mark Earth Hour.

    “On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour – to celebrate their commitment to the planet,” the Earth Hour website states. “This year, you can do more.”

    Image source: Shutterstock

    Image source: Shutterstock

    However, a prominent environmentalist and adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School contends that the annual event is not only a “waste of time,” but actually results in an increase of CO2 emissions being sent into the atmosphere.

    Bjørn Lomborg, the former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen, authored an opinion piece in USA today laying out his argument.

    “Unfortunately, this Earth Hour event is nothing but an ineffective feel-good event,” he wrote. “It does little for the climate in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and distracts us from the real problems and solutions — especially giving light to those in the darkness.”

    “While more than a billion people participate by shutting off their lights for an hour — and saving at most the equivalent of China halting its CO2 emissions for fewer than four minutes — 1.3 billion people across the developing world will continue to live without electricity as they do every other night of the year,” Lomborg continued.

    In fact, last year he authored a post in Slate magazine saying that the environmental event actually resulted in an increase in CO2 emissions.

    “[T]he reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessons…”
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    “[T]he reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessons, and it actually increases CO2 emissions,” he said, explaining that ”any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterward.”

    Instead, Lomborg contended that innovation will ultimately solve the energy crisis.

    “If we really want a sustainable future for all of humanity and our planet, we shouldn’t plunge ourselves back into darkness,” he wrote in 2013. “Tackling climate change by turning off the lights and eating dinner by candlelight smacks of the “let them eat cake” approach to the world’s problems that appeals only to well-electrified, comfortable elites.”

    “Focusing on green R&D might not feel as good as participating in a global gabfest with flashlights and good intentions, but it is a much brighter idea,” Lomborg concluded.

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  • John Kerry Meeting in Paris with Russian Foreign Minister to Discuss Ukraine Crisis
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

    PARIS (AP) — After a week of travel in the Mideast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry changed course and arrived in Paris Saturday for talks with his Russian counterpart on the Ukraine crisis.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Paris, on Saturday March 29, 2014. After leaving Saudi Arabia the secretary canceled a return to Washington in order to travel to Paris for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. The meeting was arranged during a refueling stop in Ireland en route to Paris. (Image source: AP/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    Halfway home from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kerry landed in Shannon, Ireland, for a refueling stop, when he decided to turn his plane around and headed to Paris. Kerry is to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Sunday evening at the Russian ambassador’s residence.

    Kerry spoke to Lavrov on the flight to Shannon after President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a call on Friday to have their foreign ministers meet to discuss a possible diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine situation.

    While in Paris, Kerry may also meet separately with the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

    State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki on Saturday confirmed the day and general time of the Kerry-Lavrov meeting.

    During Friday’s hourlong call Obama urged Putin to withdraw his troops from the border with Ukraine. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, asserted that Ukraine’s government is allowing extremists to intimidate civilians with impunity — something Ukraine insists has not happened.

    The White House and the Kremlin offered starkly different summaries of the call, which occurred while Obama was traveling in Saudi Arabia. The contrasting interpretations underscored the chasm between how Moscow and Washington perceive the escalating international standoff sparked by Russia’s annexation of Crimea away from Ukraine.

    White House officials described the call as “frank and direct” and said Obama had urged Putin to offer a written response to a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine crisis that the U.S. has presented. He urged Moscow to scale back its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine, which has prompted concerns in Kiev and Washington about a possible Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine.

    The Kremlin, on the other hand, said Putin had drawn Obama’s attention to a “rampage of extremists” in Ukraine and suggested “possible steps by the international community to help stabilize the situation” in Ukraine.

    Kerry had already been due to return to Europe on Tuesday for a NATO foreign ministers meeting and had been considering returning to the Middle East to continue a press to salvage foundering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Kerry aides said the option of going to Israel, the Palestinian territories or Jordan remained a possibility.

    Psaki said Saturday Kerry would remain in close touch with Martin Indyk, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, and the negotiating team in Jerusalem and Ramallah, West Bank, in the event Kerry needs to return to the region from Paris in advance of NATO.

    Kerry had been in Riyadh, as well as Rome and The Hague, with President Barack Obama this week but is traveling on his own plane.

    He had made a side trip to Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while Obama visited Brussels. Kerry has also had several conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since he left Washington last Monday.

  • Magnitude-4.1 Aftershock Shakes Los Angeles Area
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A magnitude-4.1 aftershock has rattled parts of Southern California where a moderate quake occurred the day before.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock struck shortly after 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

    A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered 25 miles south of Los Angeles hit Friday night, cracking foundations and causing evacuations.

    More than 100 aftershocks have followed including the latest, which was the largest.

    This is breaking news; updates will be added.

  • Glenn Beck’s Father Passes Away
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Glenn Beck’s father passed away Saturday.

    The following statement was issued by Mercury Radio Arts:

    “It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Glenn’s father passed away at the age of 86. Glenn’s father was a man who understood hard work, believed in the promise of America and will be missed by his children and grandchildren. Times like these remind us what is important in life and Glenn and his wife are deeply grateful for your thoughts and prayers. Glenn asks that, in lieu of flowers or donations, you would do one act of kindness for someone in your life and help spread the universal message of love.”

    Glenn Beck with his father. (Image source: TheBlaze TV)

    Glenn Beck with his father. (Image source: TheBlaze TV)

    Beck posted the note below on Facebook as he flew from New York City to Washington State on Wednesday to be with family:

    It has been a tough week. I was in NYC for a funeral of an “aunt”. Then last night I got a call from my sister Michelle. She said my father was in the hospital.

    Hours ago the nurses said that we should all gather. Tonight I find myself flying to see my father as he heads back home to see his Father.

    Tonight, I am chasing the sun and racing against the clock trying to arrive before his escorts do.

    Pray for my sisters and children as they love dad and grandpa as much as I do.

    May they live to feel just a second of the end of The Snow Angel.

    Toronto as viewed from the heavens.

    Toronto as viewed by the heavens.

    This story has been updated.

  • Attention Moms With ‘Routine’ 9-to-5 Jobs: World-Famous Actress Says Your Demands Don’t Compare to Hers
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    A-list actress Gwyneth Paltrow, in interview with E! before announcing her split from husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, let it be known that she has plenty of challenges as a Hollywood fixture and mother.

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    Image source: AP

    “It’s much harder for me,” Paltrow, 41, told E! “I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because…for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’”

    Her two children are Apple, 9, and Moses, 7.

    Then Paltrow compared her working-mother challenges to those navigating the more “routine” daily grind.

    “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult,” she added to E!

    And the zinger: “I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

    (H/T: Weasel Zippers)

  • ‘Noah’ Moviegoers Get Extra Dose of the Divine When Earthquake Shakes L.A. Theaters
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles Friday night became something of an surprise special effect for those attending the opening weekend of the “Noah” movie starring Russell Crowe.

    A bit of life imitating art as "Noah" moviegoers feel earthquake Friday night.

    A bit of life imitating art as “Noah” moviegoers feel earthquake Friday night.

    For some moviegoers — given the variation of start times at different theaters — the quake hit during particularly poignant scenes, noted The Wire and Mashable.

    This guy experienced the quake during a quite the apocalyptic moment:

    Nothing quite like the end of the world scene in Noah starting and 20 seconds later your movie theater starts shaking from an earthquake.
    Noah Moviegoers Get Extra Dose of the Divine When Earthquake Shakes L.A. Theaters
    @PhillyD
    Philip DeFranco

    And this patron felt the earth move during dialogue about humanity and survival:

    So experiencing an earthquake during the whole "Is man worthy of survival?" speech in Noah was preeettty creepy, I must say. CC @
    Noah Moviegoers Get Extra Dose of the Divine When Earthquake Shakes L.A. Theaters
    @RothCornet
    Jennings Roth Cornet

    As for other reactions:

    Um ok so the real life earthquake right in the middle of the animal stampede in Noah sort of freaked me out...
    Noah Moviegoers Get Extra Dose of the Divine When Earthquake Shakes L.A. Theaters
    @ilariaurbinati
    ilaria urbinati
    Watching Noah in the theater and the earth starts shaking. 5.1 earthquake. Seats rocking back and forth and people panicking. It was great.
    Noah Moviegoers Get Extra Dose of the Divine When Earthquake Shakes L.A. Theaters
    @LexiKJohnson
    Lexi Johnson

    (H/T: Drudge Report)

  • What a Teacher Was Allegedly Caught on Tape Telling a Student Has Her Under Investigation
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    A Connecticut teacher is on leave and under investigation after she was allegedly caught on tape threatening and belittling one of her eighth grade students.

    “I’m going to punch him right in the face and break that glass in his eye,” Marylou Addona was allegedly caught on a recording saying, according to the school district.

    Marylou Addona allegedly belittled and threatened some of her students. (Image source: WFSB-TV)

    Marylou Addona allegedly belittled and threatened some of her students. (Image source: WFSB-TV)

    WFSB-TV reported that the exchange was recorded on a student’s iPod. The Duggan Elementary School teacher was reportedly unaware she was being recorded.

    “I can’t stand the crybaby,” Addona allegedly said.

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    The recording captured another alleged conversation the teacher had with a student.

    “I heard you had an attitude today too. Is that true? What’s your name anyway,” Addona allegedly said.

    “Blake,” the student replied.

    “Blake. What kind of name is Blake? Irish, Italian, French, what are you? White? You think you’re cool with that name Blake, huh,” Addona allegedly answered.

    While the district is using the recordings as part of their investigation, the mother of the student who made them told WFSB-TV that her son is now being retaliated against from school officials. She told the local news station that she is documenting everything and will file a report of it continues.

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  • He Cut a Dead Porcupine Open Looking for a Valuable Mineral Inside, But Found Something Far More Incredible
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Jared Buzzell saw a car hit a porcupine on a Maine road and pulled over to check on its health.

    Unfortunately, the small animal had succumbed to its injuries and died.

    That’s when Buzzell decided to cut the porcupine open, having been told by his uncle that a valuable mineral forms inside the animal’s stomach, according to WMTW-TV.

    He found something far more incredible inside: a baby the mother was carrying.

    “[I] cut the sack open and out fell the porcupine, cut the umbilical cord, put it in a hat,” Buzzell recounted to WMTW-TV. “We thought it was dead — then I started massaging it and all kinds of stuff starting coming out of its lungs so it started breathing.”

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    Now, the man is taking care of the newborn, feeding the tiny animal baby formula. His wife even wants to keep the porcupine.

    “Yeah, not happening,” Buzzell said while chuckling.

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    Instead, the family will eventually turn over the porcupine to a certified wildlife rehabilitator.

    According to WMTW-TV, Buzzell acknowledges that his initial motviations for cutting the mother porcupine open sounds bizarre. But he is happy he checked to see if his uncle’s story was true, since it saved the animal’s life.

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  • Moment of Silence Honors Mudslide Victims
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

    DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Crews searching for victims in the tangled debris field from the Washington mudslide halted their work for a moment of silence to honor those lost.

    Gov. Jay Inslee had asked people across Washington to pause at 10:37 a.m. Saturday. The huge slide that destroyed a neighborhood in Oso north of Seattle struck at that time on March 22.

    Authorities say they’ve found at least 25 bodies and scores remain missing.

    The slide that struck 55 miles northeast of Seattle is one of the deadliest landslides ever in the United States.

  • See the Moment Two Sisters Separated for 66 Years Reunite
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    They hadn’t seen each other for two-thirds of a century, but that all changed this month when Anne Simpton traveled to Auburn, California to reunite with her sister Karen.

    The two, abandoned by their parents in 1948, found each other through Facebook and Internet searches, according to KRCA-TV.

    That’s when they decided they had to reunite.

    KRCA-TV captured their first emotional embrace in 66 years on camera.

    “You’ve grown up,” Anne told her sister, upon seeing her for the first time in decades. “You were a 12-month-old when I saw you.”

    Karen told the local NBC affiliate how she always longed for a sister.

    “I always wanted a sister to dress up with, to play tea parties with. I never had one,” she told KRCA-TV.

    Three other siblings were also left at a Portland, Oregon orphanage and Karen is planning another reunion with her older brother, KRCA-TV reported.

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  • Autistic Teen Scores a Prom Date That’s Likely to Make Her Peers Jealous
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    They say prom is a night to remember. It definitely will be for 18-year-old Taylor Kirkwood of Anahuac High School.

    She’s going to prom with Seattle Seahawks player Christine Michael.

    “She can be a little bit shy, but she’s a bundle of fun,” Kirkwood’s mother, Stacie Holmes, told KPRC-TV.

    Taylor Kirkwood, 18. (Image source: KPRC-TV)

    Taylor Kirkwood, 18. (Image source: KPRC-TV)

    Holmes said she wanted to do something special for her daughter, explaining that the 18-year-old hasn’t always had things easy. Not only is she autistic, but Kirkwood had surgery two months ago to treat scoliosis.

    Taylor Kirkwood, 18. (Image source: KPRC-TV)

    Taylor Kirkwood, 18. (Image source: KPRC-TV)

    So, like any mother would do, she set out to help. It turns out that Holmes’ cousin went to the same high school with Michael and, when asked, he agreed to take Kirkwood to prom.

    “I was just like we’ll see what happens,” Holmes recounted to KPRC-TV. “I know he’s busy and I wasn’t sure if he could.”

    Now that it’s a reality, Kirkwood is ecstatic.

    “After my teacher showed me the picture, my eyes just lit up,” she said.

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    The mom and daughter duo are already prepping for the big night, focusing on finding a perfect pink dress for Kirkwood to wear.

    The two are even talking about the way the night will end.

    “Are you going to kiss him?” Holmes asked her daughter.

    “Yes,” Kirkwood said, with no hesitation.

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  • The First Eight Seconds Show a Man Shooting a Target on a Tree. What Happens Next Will Send the Video Viral.
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    A new video posted online shows a tree come crashing to the ground after a man fires several shots at a target pinned to it.

    “Oh!” exclaimed the man who appeared to be filming as the tree suddenly fell. “It hit me in the head.”

    “Me too,” says another.

    While it was not clear from the 19-second video if there were any injuries, the demeanor of the men following the incident did not appear to suggest that any individuals were seriously hurt.

    The video, titled “some stuff just doesn’t like being shot at,” was posted online Friday. At the time of publication, it had 2,963 views on YouTube, but was quickly attracting attention on Reddit.

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  • She’s Accused of Killing Her 4-Year-Old Son for One Sickening Reason
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    An Oregon mother is accused of subjecting her 4-year-old boy to deadly beatings because she suspected he was gay, prosecutors contended this week.

    Jessica Dutro-Boggess and Brian Canady. (Image source: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

    Jessica Dutro-Boggess and Brian Canady. (Image source: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

    According to prosecutors, Jessica Dutro-Bogess — charged with one count of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault — messaged her boyfriend Brian Canady that she was afraid her son Zachary was gay.

    “Hes (sic) going to be a ***,” she said, according to court documents, KATU-TV reported. “He walks and talks it ugh it pisses me off.”

    Prosecutor Megan Johnson argued the message shows Dutro’s motive for subjecting her son to torture and abuse, according to the Oregonian.

    In one message, she said Zachary was “facing the wall” because he had made her mad.

    The 4-year-old was taken to the hospital August 14, 2012, suffering from trauma to his abdomen that caused tears in his bowel, the Oregonian reported. He was removed from life support two days later.

    Canady pled guilty earlier this month to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault in the 4-year-old’s death.

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  • The ‘Living Man’ Was Back In Court This Week — You Can Probably Guess How That Went
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    The Montana man who rose to fame for his continual “natural law” outbursts during court proceedings in November found himself before a judge again this week in a continued legal saga stemming from charges related to fishing without a license.

    Ernie Tertelgte, 52, — known widely as the “living man” — entered court Monday waving a white “truce” flag.

    Ernie Tertelgte, 52. (Image source: Screen grab via KTVM)

    Ernie Tertelgte, 52. (Image source: Screen grab via KTVM)

    According to KTVM, the judge immediately asked him to put it down.

    “You can come back in without the flag, Mr. Tertelgte,” he said.

    “I cannot and I will not,” Tertelgte reportedly replied.

    KBZK reported that after the judge gave Tertelgte one final chance to lower his flag, the “living man” bound only by “universal law” cooperated.

    He reportedly approached the podium and asked the judge to recuse himself from the case. Two trial dates were set, one in April and the other in May, for charges stemming from fishing without a license, KBZK reported.

    Ernie Tertelgte, 52. (Image source: Screen grab via KTVM)

    Ernie Tertelgte, 52. (Image source: Screen grab via KTVM)

    After the trial, Tertelgte spoke to KTVM, accusing the court system of profiting off the American people.

    “This place is doing the same thing,” he said. “Profiteering to the tune of $10,000 per day.”

    In November, Tertelgte became a viral sensation when videos of him arguing with a judge surfaced on the Internet.

    “You are trying to create a fictitious, fraudulent action,” he had told the judge then. “I am the living man, protected by natural law.”

    He then yelled, “Do not tell me to shut up! I am the living, natural man, and my voice will be heard!”

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  • ‘Requiescat In Pace’: Conservative Media Critic Noel Sheppard Has Died
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 11:34 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Conservative media critic Noel Sheppard died early Friday morning after being diagnosed at the age of 53 with cancer two months ago.

    Noel Sheppard passed away early Friday morning after being diagnosed with cancer two months ago. (Image source: Twitter)

    Noel Sheppard passed away early Friday morning after being diagnosed with cancer two months ago. (Image source: Twitter)

    Media Research Center president Brent Bozell announced his passing Saturday morning in a post on Newsbusters’ website.

    “Our Noel Sheppard passed away yesterday (Friday) morning at about 5:00 AM. Say a prayer for the soul of a man we’ll all miss professionally, and many, many of us will miss personally as well. Noel was not just a force of nature, he was a very good man,” Bozell wrote.

    “How quickly this all happened. Just two months ago, Noel wrote about suddenly getting cancer at 53 called ‘Cancer’s Ray of Hope.’ Nine days ago, he wrote us and said he was interested in writing about his ‘progress’ — and he put ‘progress’ in quotes. We were all wishing for better news, and really couldn’t imagine this was a battle that would end this way,” the post continued.

    Bozell said that Sheppard had been a critic at the Media Research Center since the founding of the Newsbusters website in 2005.

    “It must be said that no blogger here was more prolific and more popular. We’ll have more to say in the coming days,” he wrote. ”Requiescat in pace.”

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  • Violinist Blows the Internet Away With ‘Incredible’ New Music Video: ‘I Can’t Get Enough of This’
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 11:03 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Violinist Lindsey Stirling has taken the Internet by storm with her latest original song — and after watching the music video, you’ll immediately understand why.

    Achieving more than 1 million views since being posted online Tuesday, individuals on YouTube have lauded the single as “breathtaking” and “beautiful.”

    “I can’t get enough of this,” one user commented. “I love it so much. Just beautiful.”

    “This is absolutely incredible.”
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    “This is absolutely incredible,” echoed another.

    Stirling’s new album “Shatter Me” is currently available for pre-sale on iTunes.

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  • 17 Wild Pics From Last Night’s 5.1 Earthquake In Los Angeles
    Posted March 29, 2014 at 10:42 am by Oliver Darcy

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    A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Los Angeles area Friday night, sending items tumbling off of retail store shelves and even overturning some cars.

    The quake — followed by up to 40 aftershocks — was captured in several wild photos that prove how powerful Mother Nature can be.

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