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  • Man kills Mississippi Waffle House employee over smoking policy

    Photo shows Johnny Max Mount who allegedly shot and killed a Waffle House employee in Mississippi. (Harrison County Jail) A Mississippi Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee early Friday after she has him not to smoke, police said. Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said a call was received about the shooting at 1:11 a.m. The customer, Johnny Max Mount, had argued with an employee after being told that he couldn’t smoke, Dobbs said. “He pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head,” Dobbs said. The woman died on the way to the hospital, he said. The suspect was outside the restaurant when police arrived and surrendered without incident. Mount was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $2 million bond at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, police said. The victim’s name has not been released as authorities try to locate her next of kin. The Sun Herald newspaper reported …

    November 28, 2015 4:42 am


  • Ben Carson arrives in Jordan to visit Syrian refugees

    NEW YORK Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson arrived in Jordan on Friday for a two-day tour of multiple camps housing Syrian refugees, his campaign manager said. The campaign manager, Barry Bennett, said the campaign would release a statement with photos on Saturday, but that no press was invited to accompany Carson on the trip. He did not specify which camps were on Carson’s schedule and said Carson was due to leave the region on Sunday. Carson, a top-tier candidate in public opinion polls, has faced increased scrutiny over his foreign policy credentials amid comments about China’s role in the Syrian crisis, as well as remarks likening some Syrian refugees to rabid dogs. The New York Times reported that the retired neurosurgeon would visit a camp in the northern Jordanian town of Azraq and tour a clinic and hospital. Carson and other Republican presidential candidates have criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees …

    November 28, 2015 2:20 am


  • Volkswagen is giving workers a very long holiday

    Volkswagen is giving its German workers nearly a month off over Christmas and the New Year in the wake of an emissions scandal that has hurt sales and staff morale. A spokesman for the automaker confirmed that production at all Volkswagen’s plants in Germany would cease on December 17 and resume January 11. The one exception will be lines producing the new generation of its Tiguan SUV — they’ll close on December 21 and resume output on January 4. The company typically shuts down in Germany between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although the exact length of the holiday can vary from year to year. Volkswagen (VLKAY) employs nearly 600,000 people around the world, more than 250,000 of them in Germany. Volkswagen said its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will be unaffected by the German shutdown. “Volkswagen Chattanooga has not altered its planned winter shutdown schedule. We are still ramping up the new Passat line while …

    November 28, 2015 5:02 am


  • ‘This is football’s final frontier’

    Roger Bennett grew up in Liverpool in the 1980s with posters of Ferris Bueller, The Fridge and Bob Latchford on his bedroom wall. So it is hardly surprising he would find himself in the US in the 1990s, looking for work and trying to find a way to watch Everton games. “When I first moved here I would go to a bar on Saturday mornings and there would be about a dozen Brits there,” said Bennett, who got his dad to hold the radio up to the phone so he could listen to Everton’s 1995 FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs (he was presumably too broke to repeat the trick for the final). “We got one game a week then and it would often be something awful like Sheffield Wednesday versus Leicester. “Every now and then an American would wander in and ask ‘is Full-ham on?’ To which the chilling answer from the scariest-looking Brit …

    November 28, 2015 4:42 am

World News

  • Pope remembers martyrs in Uganda

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis received a rapturous reception from hundreds of thousands of pilgrims – many who had queued overnight in the rain to see him give Mass Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands of Ugandan faithful. He spoke at a Catholic shrine dedicated to Christians martyred for their faith in the 19th Century, on the second stage of his three-country trip to Africa. The Mass marks the 50th anniversary of the martyrs’ canonisation. There were huge cheers as the Pope began the open-air ceremony at Namugongo, near Kampala. It was where many of the 45 Anglican and Catholic martyrs were burned alive. Their execution was ordered by a king worried about the spread of Christianity. Thousands of pilgrims braved rain to spend the night holding a vigil near the martyrs’ shrines and there were long lines of pilgrims still trying to access the …

    November 28, 2015 4:42 am


  • Ten of the best apps for doing your Christmas shopping

    It’s not that many years since the idea of shopping on your phone – or “m-commerce” as the jargon of the time put it – was laughed at by many experts. Who would actually buy stuff from that little device in their pockets? As it turns out, lots of people. Smartphones and tablets may never completely replace the utter hell visceral thrills of barging your way round crowded high-street stores with 17 bags in hand, but with a bit of planning, your mobile devices can spare you the hard work. As 2015’s Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, here are some of the best apps to browse and buy presents for your nearest, your dearest, and your barely-known work colleagues you’ve drawn in the Secret Santa. AmazonAndroid / iOSAmazon has long been a go-to service for Christmas shopping, thanks to its wishlist feature, recommendations and reviews, and – if you pay for its Prime …

    November 28, 2015 2:41 am


  • New high-capacity battery goes with the flow

    Charging up: the new redox-flow battery Redox-flow batteries could be very useful for the safe storage of excess energy in electricity grids, but their deployment has been held back because they have far lower energy capacities than conventional lithium-ion batteries. Now, researchers in Singapore have built a new type of redox-flow battery that offers a higher energy capacity without losing the safety advantages that such batteries bring. As more electricity is generated from renewable sources, electricity suppliers will have to find efficient ways of storing energy produced when the Sun is shining (or the wind is blowing) for use at times of peak demand. Storing energy in rechargeable batteries is one option, and various technologies that are used today including traditional lead–acid batteries and state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries. However, these established technologies have their problems. Lead–acid batteries have limited storage capacity and lithium-ion batteries are prone to overheating, which makes the latter unsuitable for use in …

    November 28, 2015 1:20 am


  • Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

    FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bullies may be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that victims of bullying are more likely to have these disorders, but the finding that bullies are also at risk came as a surprise, the researchers said. “For a long time, there’s been this story about bullies that they’re a little more hale and hearty,” study author William Copeland, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said in a university news release. “Maybe they’re good at manipulating social situations or getting out of trouble, but in this one area it seems that’s not the case at all. Maybe teasing others may sensitize them to their own body image issues, or afterward, they have regret for their actions that results in these symptoms like binge eating followed by purging or excess exercise,” …

    November 28, 2015 2:00 am


  • Mega Millions Winning Numbers November 27: Any $31 Million Jackpot Winners?

    Need extra cash for Christmas shopping? The Mega Millions jackpot for November 27 is $31 million, enough to help you play Santa, pay off your bills and maybe even quit your job. Scroll down for tonight’s winning numbers! With tonight’s $25 MILLION #MegaMillions jackpot, you could go on your dream vacation. Are you playing? pic.twitter.com/JvdZoNCZOv — California Lottery (@calottery) November 24, 2015 If you match all five white balls and the gold MegaBall on Friday night, you will be the lottery’s newest multi-millionaire. The winning numbers are drawn at 11 p.m. ET, with live drawings broadcast on the free LotteryHub mobile app.  The winning Mega Millions numbers for November 27 are: 16-20-39-56-59 MB 12  MLive reports that no one won the top prize in Tuesday night’s drawing, pushing the jackpot to the current $31 million. If there is no winner tonight, the jackpot will increase to approximately $39 million and continue to rise until someone …

    November 28, 2015 3:41 am


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Man scales Colosseum to protest Rome Holy Year crackdown

    ROME A man climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome’s Colosseum on Friday and shouted in protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in the city. Italy’s capital is imposing extra security measures and sprucing up parks and piazzas as it gears up to host the Roman Catholic Holy Year, or “Jubilee”, that could draw millions of tourists and pilgrims. A policeman said the protester, a manager at a guided tour company, had reached the outer edge of the 2,000 year-old amphitheatre from inside, apparently through the main entrance. The fact someone had evaded security at one of Italy’ most-visited sites and police were powerless to intervene caused concern about whether the city is ready for the Jubilee, or up to the task of protecting its citizens from the risk of attacks like the ones that killed 130 people in Paris two …

    November 27, 2015 9:38 am