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  • ‘That’s Weak S**t’: Poor Guy Gets Slaughtered After Clip of Him Lifting Weights During Ballgame Hits the Internet
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 12:09 am by Dave Urbanski

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    He’s just a guy getting in a workout while apparently watching Saturday’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

    Thing is, cameras caught him in the midst of a set of curls — and the game’s announcers laughed pretty hard at the sight.

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    The Twitter page for Cut 4, which is all about “everything awesome” in Major League Baseball, posted the clip with this preface: “Lifting weights is a great thing to do while watching a baseball game – even in person.”

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    Then the guy got raked over the coals by more than a few responders:

    • “Is that Justin Beiber[sic]? LOL!”
    • “gotta get that pump”
    • “what a beast”
    • “what’s this guy’s workout called?”
    • “doesn’t appear to be working”
    • “that’s weak s**t”

    Well, it appears said weightlifter wasn’t technically inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

    One Twitter commenter noted that it looked like he was “in the gym at the Hilton…” so TheBlaze got on the phone with the front desk at the Hilton Baltimore. The helpful voice on the other end confirmed there’s a fitness center on the fourth floor of the hotel that overlooks the inside of the stadium so guests can catch a few innings.

    “It’s a selling point of the hotel,” the employee said.

    Now let’s let him get pumped up in peace.

    (H/T: Bleacher Report)

  • About 100 Rescued From Sunken Philippine Ferry
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm by Associated Press

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday.

    Coast guard Capt. Joseph Coyme said search and rescue efforts by air and sea would continue because it was uncertain how many passengers and crewmembers were on the M/V Maharlika II. The domestic ferry sank late Saturday after listing and being lashed by strong wind and waves whipped up by a storm north of the ferry’s path.

    Around 100 survivors have been rescued by two passing foreign ships and another ferry deployed for rescue operations by the company that owned the Maharlika. That figure is way beyond the 58 passengers and 26 crewmembers that the Maharlika’s skipper reported in the distress call to the coast guard, Coyme said.

    “There are discrepancies in the numbers and we cannot terminate the search and rescue until we’re sure that everybody has been accounted for,” Coyme told The Associated Press by cellphone from the central city of Surigao, where the survivors were taken.

    “Every single life is important,” he said.

    As he spoke, an air force helicopter flew low overhead to start a search. Coast guard personnel could be heard using two-way radio to ask civilian ships leaving the Surigao port to “help look for survivors, life vests” near the scene of the accident and along the coast. Ambulance vans stood at the seaport in Surigao and nearby towns to assist any more survivors.

    With clear weather in the central provinces south of the storm, the coast guard cleared the Maharlika to leave Surigao city around noon for a regular domestic run. The skipper sent the distress call a few hours later and several passengers used their cellphones to call for help when the ferry’s steering mechanism malfunctioned and fierce wind and big waves began to batter the stalled vessel, Coyme and other coast guard officials said.

    Frequent storms, badly maintained vessels and weak enforcement of safety regulations have been blamed for past accidents at sea in the Philippines, including in 1987 when the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with a fuel tanker, killing more than 4,300 people in the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster.

  • One ‘Little-Noticed’ Move Obama Pulled Off That Carries ‘Far-Reaching Consequences’
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    For the first time in more than a decade, federal appellate judges appointed by Democratic presidents “considerably outnumber” judges appointed by Republican presidents, according to the New York Tines.

    President Barack Obama salutes as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Washington. (Image source: AP/Evan Vucci)

    Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals, the Times said, adding that when Obama began his presidency, only one court had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat.

    The reversal increased since late 2013 after Democrats stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees, the Times added, calling it “a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.”

    More from the Times:

    The shift, one of the most significant but unheralded accomplishments of the Obama era, is likely to have ramifications for how the courts decide the legality of some of the president’s most controversial actions on health care, immigration and clean air. Since today’s Congress has been a graveyard for legislative accomplishment, these judicial confirmations are likely to be among its most enduring acts.

    Read the entire New York Times article here.

    (H/T: Drudge Report)

  • That Alaska Brawl Reportedly Involving Sarah Palin and Her Family? There’s Another Side to the Story That’s Been in the News
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    While former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and members of her family were said to have been involved in a large fight during a party in Anchorage last weekend, there’s now another side of the story regarding who started it, who fought in it, and most notably, what Palin herself allegedly said.

    Image source: AP/Carolyn Kaster

    Image source: AP/Carolyn Kaster

    That dispute comes from a source who spoke with RealClearPolitics and is ”close to the Palin family and “wanted to provide their version of the events in question.”

    Basically the Palin family were said to have pulled up in a Hummer stretch limo, joined the party where a band was playing and alcohol was being consumed, then at some point a brawl ensued.

    RealClearPolitics noted that previous eyewitness reports indicate the melee erupted after Track Palin, the former governor’s adult son, confronted an ex-boyfriend of his 20-year-old sister Willow.

    But the Palin family insisted that the former boyfriend was the instigator, according to the source who spoke to RealClearPolitics.

    More from RealClearPolitics:

    The initial tussle occurred, the source said, after the young man in question “tried to get in” to the Hummer limousine after he’d engaged in some unspecified “questionable behavior.”

    Track Palin soon found himself struggling to fend off four men who had “piled on him,” according to the source.

    Todd Palin then inserted himself into the brawl, which left the former “First Dude” of Alaska bleeding.

    Next, it was Sarah Palin’s turn to leave her own mark on the most talked about rumble in Anchorage since the 1964 earthquake.

    On the previous night, she had been in Houston to speak at a fundraiser benefiting the Mighty Oaks Warrior Foundation, which helps wounded veterans. That event apparently was fresh on Palin’s mind when she engaged in the tumult on Saturday night.

    According to the source, as her husband and son were trading blows with their adversaries, Palin was yelling (in reference to her son), “Don’t you know who he is? He’s a vet!”

    This rendition of her words differs slightly but significantly from a previous report, which had Palin shouting, “Don’t you know who I am?”

    Over the years, Sarah Palin has spoken frequently about her son’s U.S. Army service in the Iraq War, and Track currently serves as a counselor, working with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    “From my understanding, she was in full ‘mama grizzly’ mode defending the kids,” the RealClearPolitics source said in regard to Sarah Palin.

    The New York Times added:

    Witnesses said the Palin family members climbed back into their stretch Hummer limousine. Before they left, however, Mrs. Palin unleashed several rounds of profanity and Track Palin made a vulgar gesture toward the crowd, according to one participant at the party who declined to be identified out of fear of reprisals. (One participant, Eric Thompson, an employee of the firm whose office manager hosted the party, said he was fired after speaking to ABC News.)

    Track Palin received four cracked ribs and his dad got “bloodied up,” the source told RealClearPolitics.

    While Bristol Palin reportedly got involved, the source doubted the observation saying she had a “mean right hook” since she’s left-handed.

    The Palin family was ordered by the homeowner to leave, witnesses said, according to the Times.

    The Anchorage Police Department noted that while no one wanted to press charges, an investigation is ongoing, RealClearPolitics said.

    Sarah Palin hasn’t commented on the incident.

  • One Dead in Natural Gas Line Accident at Offshore Louisana Platform
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    NEW ORLEANS (TheBlaze/AP) — A contractor was killed during maintenance on a natural gas line off the Louisiana coast, Chevron said.

    The contractor was among four maintenance workers on the platform about 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Chevron spokesman Gareth Johnstone noted in an email, adding that two others were taken to a hospital for what are expected to be minor injuries.

    Johnstone added to the AP that he did not know what caused the death and injuries.

    The platform is part of a natural gas gathering system. The pipeline was shut-in after the accident, Johnstone said. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

    Johnstone said a small amount of natural gas condensate was released into the water, but dissipated; containment crews are headed to the platform, he added.

    Natural gas is being released at the platform to relieve pressure on the line owned by Chevron Midstream Pipeline LLC.

  • Islamic State Video Shows Beheading of Another Hostage
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

    This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. (Image source: AP)

    Cameron confirmed Haines’ death in a statement posted on his official Twitter account after the British Foreign Office had said earlier that it was “working urgently to verify the video.” Haines is the third Westerner beheaded in recent weeks by the Islamic State group, which has seized vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

    “The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil,” Cameron said, adding that “my heart goes out his family who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude.”

    “We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes,” Cameron said.

    Cameron returned to his residence at 10 Downing Street shortly after midnight and is expected to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee early Sunday.

    The video emerged a day after Haines’ family issued a public plea late Friday urging his captors to contact them.

    The Foreign Office said it was offering Haines’ family “every support possible. They ask to be left alone at this time.”

    Islamic State militants recently beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and posted the videos online after the U.S. began launching airstrikes and humanitarian missions in August to aid waning Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq. The Islamic State group has also put out videos showing the beheading of Kurdish and Lebanese soldiers and the mass shooting of dozens of captured Syrian soldiers.

    At the end of the video showing the beheading of Sotloff, the Islamic State group threatened to kill Haines next and briefly showed him on camera.

    President Barack Obama issued a statement strongly condemning “the barbaric murder” of Haines by the Islamic State terrorist group.

    “The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve. We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world,” Obama said.

    On Wednesday, Obama gave a nationally televised speech outlining a potential military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State militants that is likely to include training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels and Iraqi forces, providing intelligence, and expanding airstrikes against extremists in Iraq and potentially into Syria. Britain was among the initial group of countries joining the U.S.-led coalition to root out the Islamic State extremists.

    In the video showing Haines’ slaying, the group threatened to kill another British captive. Both British men were dressed in orange jumpsuits against an arid Syrian landscape, similar to that seen in the Foley and Sotloff videos.

    The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, reported the video, which was also posted online by users associated with the Islamic State group.

    The video was entitled “A Message to the Allies of America.” Haines’ killer, who appeared to be the same masked man speaking with a British accent and brandishing a knife as in the previous videos, tells the British government that its alliance with the U.S. will only “accelerate your destruction” and will drag the British people into “another bloody and unwinnable war.”

    In the video, according to a transcript provided by SITE, Haines says that he holds Cameron “entirely responsible for my execution” because Britain has “voluntarily entered into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic state.”

    “Unfortunately, it is we the British public that in the end will pay the price for our parliament’s selfish decisions,” Haines says, as his killer hovers over him.

    His killer says in the video that Haines was paying the price for Britain’s decision to supply weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, who are battling the Islamic State group in northern Iraq. He references U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State fighters near the Haditha Dam in western Iraq, which the U.S. began targeting on Sept. 7 — indicating that Haines’ killing took place sometime during the past week.

    The British government had managed to keep Haines’ kidnapping secret out of concern for his safety until the Sotloff beheading video identified him as a captive and the next victim.

    Late Friday, the family of Haines issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them.

    In a short statement released through Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the family said: “We are asking those holding David to make contact with us.”

    Haines, 44, was abducted near a refugees camp in northern Syria in March 2013 while working for the French international aid agency ACTED which was helping thousands of Syrians displaced by the fighting between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebel groups, including the Islamic State, seeking to oust him. ACTED said in a statement earlier this month that Haines had worked with as an international aid worker since 1999, helping victims of conflict in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East. Before heading to Syria, ACTED said Haines had worked in 2012 as a “non-partisan unarmed civilian peace facilitator” in South Sudan.

    British media have reported that Haines, the father of two whose second wife is Croatian, was educated in Perth, Scotland, and spent 11 years serving in the British military before becoming an international aid worker.

  • How Ray Rice and His Wife and Daughter Spent Their Saturday…
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (TheBlaze/AP) — Ray Rice attended a football game at his high school in a New York City suburb.

    Ray Rice, right, and his wife Janay Rice attend the Ramapo versus New Rochelle high school football game at New Rochelle High School Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in New Rochelle, N.Y. The star running back was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday, Sept. 8, after video of him punching Janay was released. (Image source: AP/The Journal News, Carucha L. Meuse)

    WABC-TV in New York reports that the recently released running back attended the game at New Rochelle High School with his wife, Janay Rice, and their daughter in New Rochelle.

    Ray Rice, center right, stands on the sidelines with former coach Lou DiRienzo, center left, as he watches the Ramapo and New Rochelle high school football game at New Rochelle High School, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in New Rochelle, N.Y. (Image source: AP/Journal News, Carucha L. Meuse)

    Rice was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday after video of him punching Janay was released. Previously, he had been suspended two games by the league and the Ravens organization had announced its support for him.

    The case has put the NFL in an uncomfortable spotlight as it faces criticism for how it handles cases in which players are accused of domestic violence.

    The schools superintendent for New Rochelle, Brian Osborne, said in a statement emailed on Thursday that “our community stands united in the belief that physical violence to settle differences cannot be condoned.”

    The high school also removed Rice’s jersey from its wall of fame and took down a placard honoring him.

    Here’s a clip of Rice speaking to students at New Rochelle after his jersey was retired a few years back. One quote from Rice’s address stands out: “If you want to live your dream, you’ve gotta do the right things…the other side about dreams, you make one or two bad decisions, and dreams become a total nightmare. And that’s the honest truth.”

  • Embattled NFL Commissioner Gets a Thumbs Up From One Team Owner Going Through His Own Season(s) of Discontent
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    ASHBURN, Va. (TheBlaze/AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, rocked in recent days over scandals involving players’ off-the-field behavior, has received support from a team owner who’s going through his own dose of pressure.

    Roger Goodell (Image source: AP/David Goldman, File)

    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said he supports Goodell, stating he “has always had the best interests of football at heart” and “we are fortunate to have him.”

    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (Image source: AP/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Snyder is under pressure to change his team’s nickname but has vowed he never will. Goodell has supported Snyder’s stance.

    The Redskins released a two-sentence statement on Saturday morning, following a week of criticism of Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Video of Rice punching his then-fiancee became public and Goodell says he never saw it until it surfaced.

    The Associated Press reported a law enforcement official sent the video to the league in April.

    On Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas for using a branch to spank one of his sons, then benched by Minnesota.

  • John McCain Says He’s ‘Vetted a Number of’ Syrian Rebels and ‘They Can Be Trusted’
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Zach Noble

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    It’s an important question: If the U.S. is going to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, how do we know we’re giving guns to “good guys” and not just arming the next Al Qaeda?

    And who’s going to vet the recipients of those weapons?

    Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said he’s the man for the job..

    “I’ve vetted a number of them because I know them,” McCain asserted on Fox News Saturday morning. “Hundreds and even thousands of them have been killed and slaughtered with these barrel bombs and tortured to death by Bashar Assad. They can be trusted. There are groups of them to be trusted.”

    McCain went on to basically challenge naysayers to come up with any option better than arming so-called moderate rebel groups.

    As you may have noticed, during the segment Fox displayed an old photo of McCain with a group of Syrian rebels.

    Image via YouTube

    Image via YouTube

    That group of rebels reportedly turned out to be kidnappers.

    As Rand Paul noted last June:

    [People] say there are some pro-Western people [in the Syrian rebellion] and we’re going to vet them. Well, apparently we’ve got a Senator over there who got his picture taken with some kidnappers, so I don’t know how good a job we’re going to do vetting those who are going to get the arms.

    I don’t think there are any good people in this war, and there are some tragically innocent people who are going to be caught in the middle. But i just don’t know that arming one side is going to make the tragedy any less.

    (H/T: Mediaite)

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  • State Police Identify Troopers Shot ‘Without Warning’ in ‘Cowardly’ Ambush
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — Pennsylvania State Police have identified the two troopers who were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured.

    Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded when shots were fired Friday night outside the Blooming Grove barracks, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. Blooming Grove is about 44 miles east of Scranton; the station is in a wooded area surrounded by state game lands.

    “This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were leaving the barracks and were shot without warning,” Noonan during a Saturday afternoon press conference, according to the Times-Tribune in Scranton. “This is a traumatic event. It has touched us to the core that such an event can happen.”

    “It’s a cowardly attack,” he said, according to the Times-Tribune. “It’s an attack upon all of us in society.”

    Dickson was promoted to corporal last year, the paper noted, and leaves behind a wife and two sons, one in kindergarten and the other in second grade.

    The shooting sparked a manhunt involving law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

    No arrests have been made. State police earlier Saturday identified a man they called a “person of interest” but said he is not a suspect.

  • DNA Evidence Backs Up Man Saying He Was Raped by a 240-Pound Mother of Four
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Zach Noble

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    He went to a neighbor’s party, came home and passed out.

    When he woke up, he said he found a 240-pound woman on top of him — raping him.

    Late Thursday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that police now have DNA evidence tying 28-year-old Chantae Gilman to the sexual assault, which allegedly occurred more than a year ago in a west Seattle apartment complex.

    Chantae Gilman. (Image via KOMO-TV)

    Chantae Gilman. (Image via KOMO-TV)

    Gilman, a mother of four who is currently pregnant, allegedly broke into the victim’s apartment in June 2013 and forced sex on the sleeping man.

    The man told police he knew Gilman to be a drug user.

    The New York Daily News noted Gilman’s long struggle with sobriety and pregnancy, citing her Facebook page.

    “I’ve got 2 months sober and I’m 31 weeks pregnant,” Gilman apparently wrote on Facebook last month.

    The case is remarkable, in part, because rape is typically not a male-victim, female-perpetrator crime.

    “From a statistical standpoint, yes, it is atypical to have a female aggressor,” Detective Drew Fowler, with the Seattle Police Department, told KOMO-TV. “But we work to hold all people responsible for their actions.

    As the Post-Intelligencer reported, the alleged victim said he was eventually able to work his way out from under Gilman during the rape last June.

    With the new DNA evidence in hand, police have charged Gilman with second-degree rape, the Post-Intelligencer reported, though Gilman, when interviewed by police, claimed to have no recollection of the incident and said she was mentally ill.

    This story has been updated.

    (H/T: The Smoking Gun)

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  • NBC’s 3 Steps for Home Invasion Defense: Use Wasp Spray Illegally, Treat Invader ‘Like Royalty’ and Don’t Own a Gun
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Mike Opelka

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    According to FBI crime statistics quoted by NBC’s TODAY Show, home invasions in America are happening at the alarming rate of 135 per day.

    That frightening fact combined with some recent, high profile invasions at the homes of Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock and NBA star Ray Allen prompted reporter Jeff Rossen to produce a segment titled,  “How to protect your family from home invasion.”

    For a large part of the four-minute story, Rossen spoke with Wallace Zeins, a retired NYPD detective and former hostage negotiator. The law enforcement veteran shared his tips for thwarting home invasions. However, many Blaze readers will notice something missing from the segment. This would also be something they consider the first and best option for dealing with intruders — firearms.

    The option of using a gun to protect yourself in a home invasion is never mentioned during the TODAY Show story.

    NBC’s advice seems to contradict suggestions made by Vice President Joe Biden. On more than one occasion, Biden has told Americans (including his wife) that a shotgun is the best tool for frightening off would-be intruders.

    Over 18 months ago, the vice president shared his “get a double-barrel shotgun” advice with Parents magazine.

    During a 2013 town hall meeting in California, Biden again advised people to choose a shotgun — this time over a semi-automatic AR-15, stating, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” (Biden’s thoughts on a shotgun being better protection than an AR-15 were refuted by gun experts.)

    What tips did NBC’s segment give viewers to block the bad guys?

    The TODAY Show expert told viewers to prepare themselves for intruders by having two items next to their beds:

    • Car keys
    • Wasp Spray

    How can car keys keep you safe? The former NYPD detective suggested keeping car keys on the night stand for easy access to an alarm. In case you hear someone breaking in, Zeins advises pushing the alarm button on the key fob. He did not mention a solution for high-rise apartment dwellers or those who their park cars beyond the normal range of the key fob transmitter (some of these key fob remotes become useless beyond 20-30 feet).

    The second intruder defense item the TODAY Show suggests you keep close to your bed — wasp spray.

    Image: Screen capture

    Image: Screen capture

    Zeins claimed that wasp spray is as effective as pepper spray.

    A Seattle family would argue that Zeins’s advice was wrong. In December of 2013, Ken Boonstra broke into a home and the husband tried using wasp spray to fend off his attack on his wife. The spray did not stop the attack; only a well-placed and very sharp steak knife was effective in ending the conflict.

    TheBlaze found several “prepper” websites and online stores that sell “prepper” supplies that advise against using wasp spray or bear spray. These groups state that bug spray is rarely as useful as pepper spray and there are also possible legal complications involved in using wasp spray as a weapon.

    Spraying an intruder with a neurotoxin-laced bug spray is a violation of Federal law. Additionally, Spectracide’s “Wasp & Hornet Killer” tells the consumer, “Never use indoors.” These two warnings are printed at the very top of cans of wasp spray.

    Image: TheBlaze

    Image: TheBlaze

    Should a beeping car alarm or wasp spray fail to prevent a home invasion, the NBC report suggests being polite and directing the bad guys to your cash and valuables. The former detective told Rossen, “You want to treat them like royalty.” He added, “On top of that, you don’t want to lie to them.”

    Watch the segment.

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    Do you agree with the NBC report? What steps has your family taken to deal with the potential threat of a home invasion? We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

    (Editor’s note: This post has been edited to correct a minor mistake.)

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  • A 1943 NFL Offer Letter Reveals the One Piece of Equipment the Team Wouldn’t Pay For
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm by Zach Noble

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    Back in the day, chief petty officers earned more than NFL players.

    Reddit user drepicgames posted a picture of his uncle’s 1943 offer letter from the New York Giants early Saturday, sparking a discussion on Reddit about how the value of football players has grown astronomically over time.

    The letter asks if Mr. Harold Gutke would be interested in playing in the NFL, assuming he doesn’t expect “to be called to the colors” for military service before November.

    The offer: $150 per game, and equipment paid for — except shoes.

    Image via imgur

    Image via imgur

    In 1943, $150 was worth roughly $2,000 in 2014 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, meaning that in a 10-game season, Gutke would have earned the modern equivalent of $20,000.

    Nowadays, top draft picks earn tens of millions of dollars and the average NFL salary is $1.9 million — the league has come a long way since 1943.

    This story has been updated.

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  • When It Comes to Marriage, a New Study Shows One Partner’s Feelings Matter a Lot More Than the Other’s — Guess Which One It Is
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Zach Noble

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    What’s good for the goose…

    A new study from Rutgers University confirmed what married men have known to be true for eons: If a wife is happy with her marriage, her husband will feel better about life.

    The reverse relationship — a satisfied husband making his wife happy — didn’t seem to be true.

    “I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life,” said Deborah Carr, a Rutgers sociology professor. ”Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives.”

    Image via Shutterstock

    Image via Shutterstock

    According to the university, researchers looked at 394 couples, with an average marriage length of 39 years, who were part of a 2009 national income, health and disability study.

    Couples’ happiness and satisfaction were measured with a combination of detailed diaries and ranking tests, and in all of the couples, at least one of the spouses was 60 or older.

    “For both spouses being in a better-rated marriage was linked to greater life satisfaction and happiness,” Carr said.

    Interestingly, the study found that women tended to get sad when their husbands fell ill, but when their wives got sick, men didn’t care nearly as much.

    (H/T: Science Daily)

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  • Bob Marley’s Home Country Still Hasn’t Legalized the ‘Ganja’ He Loved
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 11:27 am by Associated Press

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    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith.

    In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a “reasoning” session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica, decorated with Rastafarian colors and images of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Wailer, a founder of the iconic Wailers reggae group with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and fellow Rastafarians have long called for legalization of the drug that they smoke as part of their spiritual worship. Now, many Rastas are welcoming plans by the Jamaican government to decriminalize marijuana for religious purposes, among other proposed amendments to the island’s drug laws. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

    These days, the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in Jamaica to decriminalize pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer and other adherents of Rastafari — a homegrown spiritual movement that considers the drug divine — may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.

    “Rastas have treated marijuana as something legal all along, even though we have been sent to prison for using the herb in our prayer. But this is the time for all these pressures to stop. The world is catching up now,” the 67-year-old three-time Grammy winner said at his modest Kingston home.

    Jamaica is known internationally for its marijuana. The hardy plant grows easily on the tropical Caribbean island, where its use is culturally entrenched despite being legally banned for 100 years. Cultivation is kept hidden, with small patches tucked into mountainsides, in swamps and between rows of other crops. Wailer, himself, was convicted of possession in 1967 and did more than a year of hard labor.

    Previous moves to decriminalize the drug failed to advance mainly because officials feared they would violate international treaties and bring sanctions from Washington. But now, with a number of U.S. states relaxing their marijuana laws — Colorado and Washington even allow recreational use — Jamaica is rethinking its position.

    Justice Minister Mark Golding says Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a plan to decriminalize marijuana, including for religious purposes, and legislators are expected to authorize it before the end of the year.

    Freedom to use marijuana for religious worship is one of various amendments to Jamaica’s Dangerous Drugs Act supported by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s administration. Her ministers also have proposed unclogging courts by decriminalizing small amounts of weed for personal use, making possession of 2 ounces or less a ticketable offense. The main hope is that a regulated medical marijuana and scientific research sector could help draw investments to the cash-strapped island, which is laboring under its latest loan program with the International Monetary Fund.

    “Ganja,” as marijuana is known locally, has a long history on the island. It was introduced to Jamaica in the 19th century by Indian indentured servants and it gained popularity as a medicinal herb. Use spread among the poor in the 1930s with the founding of Rastafari, a spiritual movement that melds Old Testament teachings and Pan-Africanism and whose followers worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

    Rasta adherents say use of the “holy herb” induces a meditative state that brings them closer to the divine. The faithful smoke it as a sacrament in chalice pipes or cigarettes called “spliffs,” add it to vegetarian stews, and place it in fires as a burnt offering.

    For years, Rastafarians were treated as second-class citizens and looked down upon by many Jamaicans as oddball, even dangerous drug-addled cultists. Police shooting ranges once had images of dreadlocked Rastas as targets. The spiritual movement attracts only a small percentage of the country’s mostly Christian population of 2.7 million.

    It wasn’t until the 1970s, when the Wailers and other Rasta musicians popularized the Rastafarian culture among better-off Jamaicans, that marijuana’s popularity began to filter through the island’s rigid class structure and gain a wider acceptance. Marley’s worldwide popularity has made him Jamaica’s most famous and revered son.

    While Rastafari followers tend to disdain government initiatives, for many, Jamaica’s decriminalization plans signal a crucial victory after decades of struggle.

    In this Sept. 2, 2014 photo, Joseph Williams, a former Jamaican soldier who is now the “scribe” for the School of Vision Rastafarian group, is shown taking a break from clearing steep farmland at the their isolated retreat in the Blue Mountains that tower over Kingston, Jamaica. For years, Rastafarians were treated as second-class citizens and looked down upon by many Jamaicans as oddball, even dangerous drug-addled cultists. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

    The momentum building “presents a major step forward for the recognition of the religious rights and expression of Rastafari,” said Anta Anthony Merritt, a Rastafarian priest who is a faculty member at San Diego State University.

    Even if the current proposals fall short of the full legalization Rastas long have sought, they are welcomed by many, said Priest Dermot Fagan, leader of a small sect in an isolated commune in the Blue Mountains that tower over Kingston.

    “We are thankful for the coming changes and, yes, some of the pressures will be eased. But we can’t forget the destruction, the mayhem that has been caused by the persecution of this divine herb,” said Fagan, waving his hands for emphasis on a balcony overlooking the School of Vision retreat, a place where Rasta mysticism brushes against the realities of modern life.

    Researchers who study the movement are curious about how decriminalization for Rastafari will play out. For now, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Ennis Edmonds, an associate professor of religious studies at Ohio’s Kenyon College whose publications focus on Rastafari, said determining what is religious use in Jamaica will not be easy. There’s essentially no formal church, organized conversion process and few places of communal gathering. An individual Rasta’s personal relationship with “Jah,” or God, is considered central to the faith.

    “Most ritual smoking does not take place in official places of worship, but in people’s yards and on street corners. Can a single Rasta smoking a spliff in any location claim religious use privileges?” Edmonds asked.

    But for Wailer, the time is clearly ripe for change in “Babylon,” the unflattering Rasta term for the Western world.

    “Rastas have gone through a lot of hassles for years, getting criminalized and locked up for using the herb. But things are changing because ganja is what the world needs now,” Wailer said, before taking another appreciative toke from his pipe.


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  • Think Hollywood Is Anti-Israel? Page A7 of Saturday’s New York Times Might Make You Reconsider
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 10:43 am by Zach Noble

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    Hollywood may be a famously liberal place, and liberals may be turning against Israel, but a significant chunk of the entertainment industry is standing up for the Jewish state.

    In a massive full-page ad in Saturday’s New York Times, the Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) reiterated their support of Israel — and, according to the organization, the group’s ranks of Hollywood backers have swelled from under 200 in late August to more than 300.

    The full CCFP statement:

    We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.

    While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas’ charter, Article 7 of which reads, “There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” The son of a Hamas founder has also commented about the true nature of Hamas.

    Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.

    We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.

    As an emailed CCFP statement touted, “signatories include film legends Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, and Lawrence Bender; music industry icons Carole Bayer Sager and Lou Adler; prominent actors Rob Morrow and Jon Lovitz, and many more.”

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, alongside award recipients Bob Weinstein, left, and Harvey Weinstein, attend the eighth annual Made in NY Awards on Monday, June 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    “This is an unprecedented show of support by Hollywood for Israel,” said CCFP director Lana Melman in the statement. “Not only does the list of signatories to our statement keep growing, their voice is being picked up by national, as well as international, press.”

    Other Hollywood Israel supporters include Kelsey Grammer, Sylvester Stallone, Seth Rogen, Amy Pascal, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as TheBlaze reported last month.

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  • When You Hear Her First Name, You’ll Understand How the Islamic State and the Media Are Hurting Her
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 10:20 am by Zach Noble

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    What’s in a name?

    An awful lot, if you share the name with a brutal jihadist organization.

    Isis Martinez, a Miami, Florida woman, started an online petition targeting “Every Media Outlet in the United States” with a simple message: Stop saying “ISIS” (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to refer to the Islamic State.

    As Fusion reported:

    Martinez, who was named after her mother (who was named after the Egyptian goddess), told Fusion she has grown frustrated by all the negative reactions her name has elicited.

    Martinez said her breaking point came during a recent visit to a hospital emergency room when a nurse made a comment after hearing her name.

    “She asked if I have a middle name, and I told her it’s Teresa,” Martinez recounted. “She then suggested I go by that. I felt terrible. That lit a fire under me and motivated me to do something.”

    As of Saturday morning, Martinez’ petition, which asks that media outlets use “ISIL” (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) instead of “ISIS,” had received almost 900 of the targeted 1,000 signatures.

    Martinez also expressed her frustrations in a YouTube video last month.

    Why won’t she just use her middle name?

    “People don’t know me as Teresa, they know me as Isis,” she told Fusion. “If I do that, then the terrorists win.”

    TheBlaze has officially been using the term “Islamic State” to refer to the jihadist group since mid-August.

    This story has been updated.

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  • Pope Francis: World War III Is Already Here
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:59 am by Zach Noble

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    REDIPUGLIA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.

    Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the victims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine.

    Russia, in green, has been accused of covertly invading its smaller neighbor Ukraine, and fighting in Syria, in orange, helped give rise to the Islamic State now threatening a large swath of the Middle East. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

    Russia, in green, has been accused of covertly invading its smaller neighbor Ukraine, and fighting in Syria, in orange, helped give rise to the Islamic State now threatening a large swath of the Middle East. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

    Standing at an altar beneath the towering Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, the pope said “even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.”

    Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass in front of the Italy’s largest war memorial, in Fogliano Redipuglia, northern Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Pope Francis has urged the world to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” during a homily at the foot of a Fascist-era World War I monument near the Slovene border. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

    The visit was also infused with intensely personal meaning. The pope’s grandfather fought in Italy’s 1915-17 offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire waged in the nearby battlefields, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horror of war.

    The Italian word “Presente”, refering to a symbolic role call of the fallen soldiers, is engraved on the steps of Italy’s largest war memorial as an Italian Bersagliere trooper stands by a flame during an open-air mass by Pope Francis in front of the monument, in Fogliano Redipuglia, northern Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Pope Francis has urged the world to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” during a homily at the foot of a Fascist-era World War I monument near the Slovene border. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

    An Italian defense ministry official presented the pope with his grandfather’s military record during the commemorations, and the parents of an Italian soldier killed in Afghanistan last year presented Francis with the distinctive feathered Bersagliere cap worn by the Piedmontese corps, famed for a rugged endurance epitomized by their tradition of marching at a jog.

    Francis’ grandfather, who hailed from the Piedmont region, belonged to the corps, said Redipuglia parish priest the Rev. Duilio Nardin.

    The military records showed that the pope’s grandfather, Giovanni Carlo Bergoglio, was a radio operator during the Isonzo campaign aimed at piercing the Austro-Hungarian defenses. The 12 battles are memorialized at the Redipuglia monument which was dedicated by Italy’s Fascist government in 1938 on the eve of World War II.

    The elder Bergoglio, who was drafted at age 31 as Italy entered the war, obtained a certificate of good conduct and 200 lire at the war’s end, according to documents discovered by the Italian bishops’ conference’s media outlets. With postwar Italy’s economy stalled, he emigrated to Argentina where the future pontiff — Jorge Mario Bergoglio — was born.

    The pope in the past has recalled the “many painful stories from the lips of my grandfather.”

    Before arriving at the monument, the pope prayed privately among the neat rows of gravestones for fallen soldiers from five nations buried in a tidy Austro-Hungarian cemetery just a couple of hundred of meters (yards) away.

    In his homily during an open-air Mass at the Italian monument, the pope remembered the victims of every war — up to today.

    “Today, too, the victims are many,” fallen to behind-the-scenes “interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power,” the pope said.

    He lamented that the human toll of “senseless massacres” and “mindless wars” has been met with apathy. Francis urged: “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep.”

    The enduring impact of World War I, 100 years on, is evident in the visitors who continue to make pilgrimages to the monument, although in ever decreasing numbers, said Fogliano di Redipuglia Mayor Antonio Calligaris.

    “The Repiduglia sanctuary until 20 years ago was always full of visitors, but it has been forgotten by institutional memory,” Calligaris said. “The papal visit is very important because it renews attention on this history.”

    Days before the papal visit, several dozen mostly elderly visitors scaled the 22 granite levels reaching dramatically upward toward three towering crosses that point skyward. The largest Italian war memorial, Redipuglia entombs 100,000 Italian soldiers killed in battle, 60,000 whose identity remains unknown and 40,000 who were identified.

    The nearby Austro-Hungarian cemetery, one of several in the area, contains 14,406 dead from five nations that fought under the Austro-Hungarian empire, only 2,406 identified. Among recent tributes is a Hungarian flag signed in July by relatives of a soldier named Istvan Arnter, who died on Nov. 20, 1917.

    Many visitors to the Italian monument search the engraved names for their forbears.

    Pope Francis prays at the gravestones of an Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano di Redipuglia, northern Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Pope Francis will confront a piece of his own family history when he visits a World War I memorial Saturday built amid the battlefields where his grandfather fought in the brutal Italian offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horrors of war. Francis’ aim is by recalling those who died in the first World War that broke out 100 years ago is to honor the victims of all wars, and it comes at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats. The pontiff will pray first among the neat rows of gravestones for fallen soldiers from five nations buried a tidy, enclosed Austro-Hungarian cemetery, then travel by car just a couple of hundred meters to Italy’s largest war memorial, a grandiose Fascist-era monument to 100,000 fallen Italian soldiers, for an open-air mass. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    “They are making a lot of saints these days. Even popes,” said Margherita Braga, 52, of Brescia, who was visiting the site with her Italian military veteran husband. “But for me, these are the real saints.”

    Just two levels up from the altar where Francis stood, the name of a fallen soldier named Adolfo Bergoglio is engraved in a wall. Nardin, the local priest, said he is not believed to be related to the pope. But World War I historian, Col. Lorenzo Cadeddu, who has found two Bergoglios listed among the Italian casualties of World War I, said it remained a possibility.

    “Bergoglio is not a common name,” Cadeddu said. “It is likely that they are related.”

  • The Big Threat to ‘Civilization As We Know It,’ According to Nancy Pelosi, Is…
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 8:10 am by Zach Noble

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    Stand aside, Islamic State.

    Move back, Ebola.

    There’s a new threat to “civilization as we know it,” according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and it’s neither genocidal nor pathological: It’s political.

    “It looks like, actually, Republicans are going to win the Senate [in the upcoming midterm elections],” Bill Maher said to Pelosi on “Real Time” Friday night, asking her, “What would change? Why do I care if [Democrats] lose the Senate?”

    Pelosi’s response: ”Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”

    Was she joking?

    She laughed, and then said, “Yeah, no, it’s really important.”

    Later on, Pelosi said that the American people “are very wise” right after she noted that half of the American public doesn’t even know that midterm elections are coming up in November.

    She predicted Democrats could pick up wins just as long as they got enough of their supporters to show up to vote.

    (H/T: Mediaite)

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  • Each of These People Thought They Were a Solo Act — Watch How One YouTuber Transmogrified Them
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 7:40 am by Zach Noble

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    Things you post online can be refashioned into all sorts of offensive or humorous gags — remember Michelle Obama’s “Bring Back Our Girls” picture?

    But sometimes the Internet can push past the memes and jabs and create something beautiful.

    In a YouTube video published Friday, YouTuber Kutiman brought together dozens of musicians’ videos, each performed solo (or in their respective bands), and created a mega-song.

    Led by an amateur singer and a little girl playing piano, the song is a haunting tribute to unwitting collaboration.

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  • Cop Killer on the Loose? Pennsylvania Rocked by Police Barracks Shooting (UPDATE)
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 7:20 am by Zach Noble

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    UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: State police earlier Saturday identified a man they called a “person of interest” but said he is not a suspect, the Associated Press reported. No arrests have been made.

    Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded when shots were fired Friday night outside the Blooming Grove barracks, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. Blooming Grove is about 44 miles east of Scranton; the station is in a wooded area surrounded by state game lands.

    UPDATE 11:31 a.m.: (AP): Police say a person of interest is being questioned in the ambush shooting outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks that left one trooper dead and another injured.

    A state police spokeswoman says 48-year-old Jeffrey Hudak was being questioned Saturday morning in the late night attack at the Blooming Grove barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.

    State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says one officer was killed and a second was in stable condition after the shooting during a shift change Friday night. He says one trooper was leaving the barracks and another was arriving when shots were fired.

    The names of the troopers were not released.

    UPDATE: A potential cop killer — or killers — remained at large Saturday morning in northeastern Pennsylvania, as the Associated Press reported:

    State police say one trooper was fatally shot and another was injured when they were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. A search is underway for the suspect or suspects.

    State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says the shooting occurred Friday night at the barracks in Pike County’s Blooming Grove during a shift change. He says one trooper was leaving the barracks and another was arriving when shots were fired.

    The troopers’ names haven’t been released. Noonan says the injured trooper was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton, where he is in stable condition.

    Noonan says the attack seemed to be directed at state police.

    A shooting rocked the Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, police barracks late Friday, leaving one state trooper dead and another wounded, WNEP-TV reported.

    Image via WNEP-TV

    Image via WNEP-TV

    The town is near Scranton, Pennsylvania.


    No arrests had been made early Saturday.


    This is a developing story and will be updated.

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  • NFL Star Turned Himself In at 1 a.m. — And Was Out of Jail Half an Hour Later (UPDATE)
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 6:15 am by Zach Noble

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    UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: HOUSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A grand jury backed a child abuse charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after it spent several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence,” a Texas prosecutor said.

    Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Grant said Saturday that parents are entitled to discipline their children but grand jury members felt Peterson went too far after they looked at the child’s injuries.

    Peterson is charged with causing injury to a child for allegedly spanking one of his sons with a wooden switch on or around May 18. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined up to $10,000.

    Original story is below

    The day after he was indicted in a child abuse case, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, ESPN reported.

    He was reportedly booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CDT, posted $15,000 bail and was released half an hour later, at 1:35 a.m. CDT.

    The case against Peterson revolves around his alleged “reckless or negligent injury to a child,” which, as TheBlaze previously reported, Peterson’s attorney said stemmed from an incident in which the NFL star “us[ed] a switch to spank his [4-year-old] son.”

    According to the police report, Peterson’s “whooping” of his son went far beyond normal parental discipline.

    “Essentially he took a branch from a tree and beat the boy,” reported ESPN’s Adam Schefter, calling the details of the report “chilling.”

    As the case winds its way through the legal system, Peterson’s future in the NFL remains unclear.

    FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday’s game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and “used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son.” Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    Some are calling for him to be thrown out of the NFL, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported early Saturday that the 2012 NFL MVP, who has rushed for over 10,000 yards in eight seasons with the Vikings, had been deactivated and would not play in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

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  • Florida Appeals Rulings Overturning Gay-Marriage Ban
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm by Associated Press

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    MIAMI (AP) — Florida officials are appealing several court rulings overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a motion filed late Friday that the sole legal issue in the case is the constitutional validity of the state ban. The motion says any changes to it should come from voters, not the courts. Florida voters approved the ban in 2008.

    Several judges around the state have recently overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Bondi has asked judges to stop ruling on the issue until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states can ban gay marriage.

    A number of similar rulings around the country have been put on hold while appeals are pursued.

  • Solar Storm Arrives at Earth
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm by Associated Press

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights.

    Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived on Earth at 9:55 a.m. EDT, and will continue disrupting the magnetic field through Saturday. It will likely only be noticed by specialized equipment.

    This image provided by NASA, shows an extreme ultra-violet wavelength image of solar flare captured about 1:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. It’s been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/NASA)

    He said it was a strong hit for Earth — the biggest since June last year. But he said the strongest of the energized particles went just above Earth.

    Areas as far south as Seattle; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; Cleveland and Albany, New York, potentially could see the northern lights Friday and Saturday nights, depending on the weather and lighting conditions.

  • New Ferguson Video Shows Witness Raising Hands in Air
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Associated Press

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday.

    The video obtained by The Associated Press and first aired by CNN shows two landscapers who were working near the street where Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. In the video, a man can be heard saying, “He had his (expletive) hands up,” while one of the workers raises his own hands in the air.

    The man who took the cellphone video, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his safety, said the voice is that of the worker raising his hands, but that isn’t clear on the video.

    The workers are not from Ferguson and were employed by a business from Jefferson County, south of St. Louis. They have not come forward publicly and the AP has been unable to reach them.

    The comment on the video largely matches those of residents of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, who said Brown was surrendering when he was killed. The shooting spurred several days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. A state grand jury and the Justice Department are investigating, but no decision on whether Wilson will face charges is expected until next month.

    Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Brown’s family, said both workers came forward and told the family their account of the shooting. He described the video as “of paramount significance.”

    “Not because they were not residents of Ferguson, and not because the construction workers were Caucasian, but because it is a contemporaneous recording of their immediate actions of what they had just witnessed,” Crump said. “It’s the best evidence you can have other than a video of the actual shooting itself.”

    Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, said the workers are among witnesses who have been interviewed by authorities and are “part of the investigation.”

    The video likely would be admissible evidence before the grand jury along with the workers’ testimony, said Peter Joy, a professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

    “The thing that strikes me is we actually have a film of what’s going on and while it’s hard to hear the construction workers say what they’re saying, you have one construction worker putting his hands up in the air, which appears to be him demonstrating what he’s seeing,” Joy said.

    Lori Lightfoot, an attorney who previously worked as chief administrator for the Chicago Police division that oversaw officer-involved shootings, said the video could be significant but many questions remain: What was the vantage point of the workers? How far away were they from the shooting?

    “Given the stakes, it’s essential that all of these issues be tied down,” she said.


    AP reporter Alan Scher Zagier in Jefferson County contributed to this report.

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