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    http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nati...d-the-aircraft

    Your cell phone can now be confiscated at airport security

    Having a low cell phone battery at the airport is bad enough; outlet hogs are just one of the awful people getting on a plane. But now you'll have to worry about your battery being charged for a different reason -- because if your phone doesn't turn on, the Department of Homeland Security will confiscate it.

    According to a DHS statement announcing the change last week, passengers flying on non-stop routes to the US from select airports abroad may be asked to "power up some devices, including cell phones", adding that "powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft".

    In particular, officials are targeting Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices, according to Reuters. So, you know, only the two most popular phones out there.

    The order came from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, who confirmed he "directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States". According to Secretary Johnson's statement, the DHS is liaising with "foreign allies" and airlines, and "will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible".

    The reinforced security checks reportedly come in response to an alleged terrorist threat, the details of which are unknown, as well as intelligence that suggests bombs involving cell phones and shoes are being made by terrorists in Yemen and Syria.

    Thus far, overseas airport to officially comply with this new rule are London's Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport, while British Airways passengers will also have their powerless electronics denied. According to the BBC, the UK, Germany, and France have said they will meet the requirement.

    To avoid getting booted off your flight, carry a charger wherever you go -- and maybe rethink that second game of Candy Crush on the way to the airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregzs View Post
    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/14...e-found-garage

    Utah Woman Arrested After Bodies of 7 Babies Were Found in Garage

    A Utah neighborhood was left in shock this weekend after the arrest of a woman who police say had the remains of seven dead babies at the home where she used to live. The gruesome discovery was made by 39-year-old Megan Huntsman's ex-husband.

    Neighbors were at a loss after hearing of Huntsman's arrest, with one woman saying she "loved" the family and believed them to be good people.

    Investigators believe that Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home until 2011, gave birth to the babies before killing them at various times between 1996 and 2006.

    The Salt Lake Tribune reported that police were called to the house Saturday by Huntsman's ex-husband, who had discovered the body of a newborn infant who appeared to be at full term. Police obtained a search warrant for the house and discovered the bodies of six more babies packed in boxes in the garage.

    Police Capt. Michael Roberts told the paper that investigators are still working on DNA tests, but Huntsman's ex-husband, identified by family and neighbors as Darren West, is believed to be the father of all seven children. The Associated Press reported that West discovered the bodies while cleaning out the garage after recently getting out of prison. Authorities do not believe West was aware of the killings and is not a person of interest at this time.

    Roberts said police believe West and Huntsman were together when the babies were born.

    "We don't believe he had any knowledge of the situation," Roberts told The Associated Press

    Asked how the man could not have known about the situation, Roberts replied, "That's the million-dollar question. Amazing."

    Motive Given to Utah Mom Accused of Killing Six Babies

    A Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns and storing them in a garage was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility, authorities said Tuesday.

    Megan Huntsman, 39, was heavily into a meth addiction when she strangled or suffocated the infants from 1996 to 2006, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts told The Associated Press. She wasn't worried about potential health problems caused by her drug abuse while pregnant, she simply didn't want to care for them, he said.

    "It was completely selfish. She was high on drugs and didn't want the babies, or the responsibility," Roberts said. "That was her priority at the time."

    Authorities think a seventh baby found in her Pleasant Grover garage was stillborn. Police had previously declined to discuss a motive, which they say was uncovered during interviews with Huntsman. Huntsman is in jail on $6 million bail, charged with six counts of first-degree murder. She is due back in court in Provo on July 21 and has not yet entered a plea. Her lawyer, public defender Anthony Howell, declined comment Tuesday. He said office policy precludes him from discussing open cases.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...babies-n151216

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    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/08/06...ee-trapped-man

    Dozens of people rushed to help free a fellow commuter whose leg became trapped at a train station today in Perth, Australia.

    Closed-circuit footage reveals the man lost his footing while boarding and his foot became trapped between the train and platform gap.

    A passenger alerted railway staff, who stopped the train from leaving. Then, dozens leapt into action to tilt the train carriages to free the man, who was believed to have escaped injury and caught the next train.

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    http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/10/2...ass-violations

    Man Gets $17K E-ZPass Fine for $30 in Missed Tolls and He's Not Alone

    E-ZPass is supposed to make life easier for commuters, but that doesn't appear to be the case for some in the D.C. area.

    Emily Miller of FOX's WTTG-TV has been reporting extensively on drivers who are being hit with amazingly high fines for much small violations.

    Miller reported this morning on "Fox and Friends" on the case of Joe Mischler, who received $17,000 in fines for $36 in missed tolls!

    "They don't care," said Mischler, alleging that in his eyes, it's all about "shaking down" ordinary citizens.

    Mischler argued that his transponder wasn't being read properly, causing the violations to add up.

    Mischler tried to resolve it on his own, but when he was summoned to appear in a Virginia civil court, he contacted WTTG.

    The company that manages E-ZPass lanes and violations, Transurban, called the case "rare" and eventually agreed to reduce the fines to a few hundred bucks.

    But Miller reports that Mischler's ordeal is not rare at all because when her story aired, she began getting calls from many others who have dealt with similar predicaments.

    Elise Pizarro, for example, was facing more than $9,500 in fines for $28 in missed tolls. She says the issue is again related to the E-ZPass transponders failing to read her tag in express lanes.

    ?This is happening all the time. I'm not the only one it's happening to. Obviously it happened to Joe Mischler. It's happened to other people," she said.

    Pizarro accepted an out-of-court settlement with the company, agreeing to pay $2,000 and had to take out a loan on her 401(k) to pay for it.

    Transurban maintains the cases are rare and almost all of these cases are resolved before court.

    "About 96 percent of our customers are using the Express Lanes and not having issues -- 99.9 percent of them are solving any issues before court,? said a Transurban spokesperson.

    But Pizarro notes that 96 percent sounds like a good figure until you realize that about a million drivers use E-ZPass on the D.C. area's 495 express lanes, meaning around 4,000 people could be experiencing these problems.

    Watch Miller's full report above, and if this has happened to you, contact "Fox and Friends" at friends@foxnews.com.

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    http://laughingsquid.com/state-of-ca...san-francisco/

    State of California Begins Construction of a High-Speed Rail System That Will Link Los Angeles and San Francisco

    Tuesday marked the official groundbreaking of California?s high-speed rail, a $68 billion project to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with passenger trains capable of traveling at 200 MPH. Supporters of the system say the electric trains, powered by renewable energy, will provide a greener alternative to road and air travel. The trains, managed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, are also expected to cut transit time on the 520-mile trip between downtown Los Angeles and downtown San Francisco to three hours. Present-day rail service takes 11 to 19 hours, while a flight takes one hour and 15 minutes (plus, of course, transit to and from airports, security lines, etc.). Ticket prices are projected to be comparable to air travel. California?s high-speed rail system is set to open in 2029.


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    Ice Shards Are Falling From the Top of the World Trade Center

    Oh, what a season it's been!

    Sure, we haven't had as much snow as Chicago, but we did have a city-crippling blizzard, slush puddles of doom, and manholes are exploding all over the place (read: Park Slope). And in a great new twist, SHARDS OF ICE fell from the top of the World Trade Center on Monday.

    According to the Daily News, foot-long ice shards started falling from 7 and 4 World Trade Center at noon, Monday Feb. 2. Officials noted that the walkways around 4 World Trade Center and parts of Vesey St were shut down for a number of hours. Panic ensued, because... shards of ice... falling... but thankfully, no injuries were reported. Though, just to be safe, maybe we should all stop going places and doing things until like, July.

    http://www.thrillist.com/news/new-yo...d-trade-center

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    Baltimore Police Officer Bites Man?s Testicles In Ballsy Cinco De Mayo Attack

    So you celebrate Cinco de Mayo because you?re a red-blooded American who has pride in the fact that an underdog Mexican army marched to victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. You head on over to your favorite Mexican-themed restaurant, or Looney?s Pub which is an Irish-style bar in this circumstance, and you proceed to eat your weight in enchiladas verdes and get shitfaced on $2 cervezas. That?s when some unpatriotic tool who can?t handle a few shots of tequila reposado gets up and attacks you by gnawing your testicles. And that?s exactly how you ruin the cherished American holiday of Cinco de Mayo.

    This Cinco de Mayo party was gorishly disrupted on Tuesday night when Anne Arundel County police officer Michael Flaig, 31, attacked a man. Allegedly, the man was assaulted by two men, one of whom, Flaig, bit his testicles in the alley behind Looney?s Pub. There?s no good place to have your nuts chomped off, but in an alleyway has got to be one of the worst and probably least sanitary.

    A police investigation learned that Flaig and another man jumped the victim outside the bar after the victim confronted Flaig about his touching his female friend and roommate. This guy wanted to get in this woman?s pants soooo badly that he nibbled on some other dude?s bollocks to show his unwavering allegiance to her. That?s nuts!

    Flaig was found by police on the second floor of the bar with ball blood stains on his shirt and appeared inebriated. Flaig was placed under arrest for ballsy attack. Cinco de Mayo, more like Cero de Huevos.

    Flaig is being charged with second-degree assault.

    On Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police released the following statement:


    ?On May 5, 2015, the Anne Arundel County Police Department was informed by investigators with the Baltimore Police Department that a member of our agency was arrested. We have learned that Corporal Michael Flaig, a 10-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department assigned to the Northern District, was arrested and charged with a second-degree assault and public intoxication after an altercation in the Canton area of Baltimore.

    The Baltimore Police Department is investigating this matter and any further inquiries as to the circumstances of this arrest should be directed to them. The officer?s police powers have been suspended and he has been placed on paid administrative duties.?

    As if the Baltimore police P.R. department doesn?t have enough on it?s plate right now.

    http://www.brobible.com/life/article...s-mans-attack/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregzs View Post
    Baltimore Police Officer Bites Man?s Testicles In Ballsy Cinco De Mayo Attack

    So you celebrate Cinco de Mayo because you?re a red-blooded American who has pride in the fact that an underdog Mexican army marched to victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. You head on over to your favorite Mexican-themed restaurant, or Looney?s Pub which is an Irish-style bar in this circumstance, and you proceed to eat your weight in enchiladas verdes and get shitfaced on $2 cervezas. That?s when some unpatriotic tool who can?t handle a few shots of tequila reposado gets up and attacks you by gnawing your testicles. And that?s exactly how you ruin the cherished American holiday of Cinco de Mayo.

    This Cinco de Mayo party was gorishly disrupted on Tuesday night when Anne Arundel County police officer Michael Flaig, 31, attacked a man. Allegedly, the man was assaulted by two men, one of whom, Flaig, bit his testicles in the alley behind Looney?s Pub. There?s no good place to have your nuts chomped off, but in an alleyway has got to be one of the worst and probably least sanitary.

    A police investigation learned that Flaig and another man jumped the victim outside the bar after the victim confronted Flaig about his touching his female friend and roommate. This guy wanted to get in this woman?s pants soooo badly that he nibbled on some other dude?s bollocks to show his unwavering allegiance to her. That?s nuts!

    Flaig was found by police on the second floor of the bar with ball blood stains on his shirt and appeared inebriated. Flaig was placed under arrest for ballsy attack. Cinco de Mayo, more like Cero de Huevos.

    Flaig is being charged with second-degree assault.

    On Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police released the following statement:


    ?On May 5, 2015, the Anne Arundel County Police Department was informed by investigators with the Baltimore Police Department that a member of our agency was arrested. We have learned that Corporal Michael Flaig, a 10-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department assigned to the Northern District, was arrested and charged with a second-degree assault and public intoxication after an altercation in the Canton area of Baltimore.

    The Baltimore Police Department is investigating this matter and any further inquiries as to the circumstances of this arrest should be directed to them. The officer?s police powers have been suspended and he has been placed on paid administrative duties.?

    As if the Baltimore police P.R. department doesn?t have enough on it?s plate right now.

    http://www.brobible.com/life/article...s-mans-attack/
    Haha epic!

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    Roving alligator caught in the Passaic River in Elmwood Park, NJ

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    Nevada OKs $200M in bonds for Vegas-to-SoCal high-speed train

    LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Nevada officials have approved issuing up to $200 million in state bonds for a high-speed train project connecting Las Vegas with Southern California.

    The State Board of Finance unanimously approved the bond financing for XpressWest, the parent company of the Virgin Trains project, during a meeting Friday.

    XpressWest will be able to issue the bonds at up to four times the state allocation, meaning they could be worth as much as $800 million.

    The bonds could only be used for designing, developing and building facilities for the high-speed rail, and not for the trains themselves, said Terry J. Reynolds, director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, during Friday's meeting.

    The project also received approval for up to $750 million in bond allocation from the federal government.

    A spokesman for the Nevada Treasurer's office said the bonds won't use any taxpayer dollars and wouldn't impact the state's ability to finance any future projects.

    "This project is a long time coming to Nevada and I'm pleased to take this step forward to bring this vision to reality and bring additional jobs to our state," Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a statement.

    The proposed high-speed train would begin at a station near Blue Diamond Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, run south along Interstate 15 and end in Victorville, California.

    State officials expect the project to result in $2 billion in economic impact, with $325 million in new tax revenue for Nevada, according to a press release from the treasurer's office.

    Clark County commissioners gave their approval for the bond financing earlier this week. The rail system is pegged for completion in 2023.

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    USPS Plans to Slash Hours at Many Post Offices, Hoping to Save A Buck

    Post offices around the country are slashing their hours—including during the busiest times of day—with little notice as yet another abrupt cost-saving measure, according to interviews with union officials conducted by Motherboard and various local news reports. The USPS had also planned to close some offices entirely with just three weeks’ notice, likely in violation of federal law, but appears to be backtracking.

    The sudden changes come as part of a slate of policies instituted by the new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump donor with a history of anti-union practices at his private logistics firm New Breed Logistics, that are ostensibly about fiscal responsibility but have contributed to mail being delayed across the country and have postal workers concerned they’re no longer being allowed to do their jobs. Many postal employees also believe the changes will only make the post office’s financial situation worse.

    “A lot of this has been dropped on us with little or no communication,” said Elizabeth Coonan, a steward for the American Postal Workers Union Local 3264 in the Clarksburg, West Virginia area. “The times that they’re slating [the offices] to close is when they do a lot of business.”

    When asked about the hours reductions and closures, USPS spokesperson Kim Frum provided the same written statement the USPS has been providing to most national media inquiries over recent weeks regarding the USPS’s cost-cutting measures. The statement uses broad language about “developing a business plan to ensure that we will be financially stable and able to continue to provide dependable, affordable, safe and secure delivery of mail and packages to all Americans as a vital part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.” Frum then provided a link to DeJoy’s similarly vague “Statement on Operational Excellence.” Pressed for details on the closures, Frum said she could not provide any further information.

    As a result, it’s difficult to get a complete picture of how many of the post office’s 31,322 retail locations nationwide are impacted by the new hours. Coogan told Motherboard that in her region of West Virginia 26 offices are being forced to reduce hours from the typical eight-hour weekday schedule to under four hours per day. Another 31 offices are being forced to close during lunch hours, typically among the busiest times of day at a post office. Frank Bollinger, the business agent for APWU Local 526 in southern New Jersey, told Motherboard that 10 offices in his region are dropping from nine open hours per weekday to four, while another 30 are slated to close during lunch hours.

    Included in those 10 offices is one in East Camden, a low income neighborhood with many unbanked residents who rely on the post office’s money order processing. Bollinger says that at the beginning of the month, that office typically fields “well above” $35,000 in money orders per day, which is now in jeopardy thanks to the reduced hours.

    “If I can’t make it to the post office,” Bollinger said, “I’m not going to use the post office.”

    In addition to West Virginia and New Jersey, post offices in Berkeley, California; Petersburg, Alaska, Youngstown, Ohio, and Knoxville, Tennessee have announced similar plans to reduce hours. All of the changes Motherboard has reviewed were announced only by signs hanging on the post office doors.

    On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia sent a letter to DeJoy regarding the “imminent closure or significant reduction in hours and services” as post offices “in my state and across the nation.” Manchin’s letter noted that “this would likely be a violation of both federal law and United States Postal Service (USPS) rules that prescribe a specific closure process which requires, at minimum, 120 days’ notice,” a far cry from the three weeks under the current plan. By Tuesday evening, Coonan told Motherboard the post office had “walked back its position on closing the offices” and they are “currently reevaluating the situation.”

    This is not the first time the USPS has moved to abruptly close post office locations without following the legally prescribed procedures for doing so. In 2011, the Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway protested in a letter to then-Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that the USPS was closing offices nationwide without informing the PRC as they are required to do by law.

    For her part, Coonan doesn’t think DeJoy—who has never worked for the USPS before becoming postmaster general in June—is putting the USPS on a path to success or that his cost-cutting measures will do anything positive. “Slashing and hacking has already been tried,” she said. “It’s not going to work.”

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