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Dallas, TX – Report Says Nothing Amiss In Suite Where Scalia Died

February 23, 2016 at 11:29 PM
Dallas, TX - A sheriff's incident report shows nothing appeared out of place around the bed where Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in his West Texas resort suite. The Presidio County Sheriff's Department report obtained by The Washington Post late Tuesday shows that three pillows were stacked to elevate Scalia's head. A top pillow appeared to have toppled onto his eyes and forehead but...

Las Vegas – Most GOP Caucus-goers In Nevada Angry With Gov’t

February 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Las Vegas - Among early arrivals at Nevada's Republican caucuses, nearly 6 in 10 say they are angry at the way the government is working. Entrance polls conducted as people arrived at caucus locations in Nevada show another third saying they are dissatisfied with the government. Those early arrivals are most likely to say the top issues facing the country are the economy or government...

Israel – Graphic Images On Cigarette Packs Curb Smoking, Finds Brain Study

February 23, 2016 at 10:21 PM
Israel - Young smokers who view graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packs are more likely to kick the habit than those who read verbal warnings, according to the first-ever brain-scanning study on the subject. Though 77 countries around the country require graphic images of dirty lungs, blackened teeth and emaciated lung-cancer patients, the Health Ministry has for years eschewed graphic...

Austria – Vienna Ranked World’s Nicest City And Baghdad Worst, NYC Did Not Even Make The Top 30

February 23, 2016 at 09:40 PM
Austria - Vienna, Austria's grand capital on the Danube river, offers the highest quality of life of all cities in the world, while the Iraqi capital Baghdad, once more took its place at the bottom of a liveability list compiled by consulting firm Mercer. The survey of 230 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. It uses...

New Orleans – At Least 3 Dead As Storms, Tornadoes Rip Through Gulf States

February 23, 2016 at 09:22 PM
New Orleans - Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through southern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park, ripping off roofs from buildings and killing at least three people in both states, authorities said. One of the most hard-hit areas appeared to be a recreational vehicle park in the town of Convent, in southern Louisiana. Two people were killed there, said...

St Louis, MO – Missouri Jury: J&J Must Pay $72 Million For Cancer Death Linked To Talcum Powder

February 23, 2016 at 09:22 PM
St Louis , MO - A Missouri jury has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson's well-known baby powder and other products containing talcum. The civil suit by Jackie Fox of Birmingham was part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis Circuit Court involving nearly 60 people. Her son took over as...

Detroit – Scientists Find Cause Of Air Bag Explosions

February 23, 2016 at 08:59 PM
Detroit - Scientists hired by the auto industry have determined that multiple factors — including moisture and high humidity — can cause some Takata air bags to inflate with too much force and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The Independent Testing Coalition, which has been investigating the cause for the past year, announced its findings Tuesday. Air bags made by Japan's...

Oklahoma City – University Of Oklahoma Agrees To Return Nazi-stolen Painting

February 23, 2016 at 08:15 PM
Oklahoma City - The University of Oklahoma has agreed to return a painting that the Nazis stole from a French family during World War II, a lawyer and school officials said Tuesday in announcing a settlement of a drawn-out dispute over the artwork's ownership. Under the settlement, the title of impressionist Camille Pissarro's 1886 "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" will be transferred to Léone...

Barcelona, Spain – Hottest Phones You’ve Never Heard Of _ Same Bang, Less Buck

February 23, 2016 at 07:30 PM
Barcelona, Spain - Move over, Apple and Samsung. The next big smartphone might be from little-known Chinese brands such as TCL and OPPO. Along with other Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi, Chinese brands have surpassed Samsung in China and are encroaching on Apple's turf. In the coming years, analysts forecast that these cheap Android phones with not-so-cheap features will likely...

New York – Amazon Ups Non-member Minimum For Free Shipping

February 23, 2016 at 07:00 PM
New York - Amazon increased the threshold needed for non-members to qualify for free shipping as it seeks to add more people to its $99 annual Prime loyalty program. Non-members must now spend a minimum of $49, up from $35, to get free shipping. Members don't have a minimum. The Seattle company has long invested huge sums of money back into its businesses, particularly by expanding perks...

New York – Ben Carson Says Obama Was ‘raised White,’ Sparking Twitter Furor

February 23, 2016 at 06:38 PM
New York - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's comments that President Barack Obama was "raised white" prompted backlash on social media on Tuesday, with many users criticizing the neurosurgeon for stereotyping the experience of African-Americans. Carson, who is black and grew up poor in Detroit in the 1960s, said of Obama in a podcast posted on Politico's website, "He was, you...

Jerusalem – Dead Sea Scrolls To Be Digitized In New Israeli-German Collaboration

February 23, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - Computer scientists and Dead Sea Scroll scholars are beginning a new project in which they will upload the Dead Sea Scrolls to a special digital working environment. This will enable more in-depth study of the scrolls and better innovative analyses and insights into the ancient manuscripts seventy years since the discovery of the scrolls in 1946. The new project will develop...

Austin, TX – Cruz Seeks Dismissal Of Case Challenging U.S. Presidential Eligibility

February 23, 2016 at 05:37 PM
Austin, TX - Republican Ted Cruz asked a federal court in Houston to throw out a lawsuit questioning whether he is eligible to be president of the United States because he was born in Canada, saying the case against him "suffers from fatal deficiencies." Lawyers for Cruz contend in the filing made on Monday that the U.S. senator from Texas meets the constitutional requirements to serve as...

Mountain View, CA – Google Is Shuttering Google Compare: WSJ

February 23, 2016 at 05:11 PM
Mountain View, CA - Google is shuttering Google Compare, its U.S. comparison-shopping site for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages after one year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The quick reversal is a setback to the Alphabet unit's efforts to use its enormous reach to provide consumers with niche shopping services and...

Manhattan, NY – Transit Agency: Irate Smoking Passenger Hijacked NYC Bus

February 23, 2016 at 03:59 PM
Manhattan, NY - New York City transit officials say a passenger angry that a bus driver told her to stop smoking took the vehicle for a brief joy ride. Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz says the bus driver noticed the woman smoking, asked her to extinguish her cigarette and asked her to get off the bus shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday on Manhattan's upper East...

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