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  • Q&A: What happens to John Hinckley and other defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity

    When John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan, jurors left open the possibility that he would one day live outside a mental institution. For decades he’s been receiving treatment at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., and in 2003 a judge ordered Hinckley be allowed to start testing his freedom outside of the facility. For the past year, Hinckley has spent 17 days a month living with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. Hearings set for Wednesday will determine whether that time should be increased. Nearing 60, Hinckley could potentially be granted full-time, year-round “convalescent leave” in the community. Some questions and answers about Hinckley and the insanity defense: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ___ HOW OFTEN ARE DEFENDANTS FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY RELEASED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY? Most people found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a psychiatric facility …

    April 19, 2015 3:48 am


  • Republican hopefuls target middle-class insecurity as economy improves

    NASHUA (Reuters) – Facing a recovering economy and a tumbling jobless rate, Republican presidential candidates honing their economic message are trying tap into a lingering sense of insecurity among Americans seven years after the global financial crisis. And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8 percent. Now, with the jobless rate at 5.5 percent, the 18 Republican White House hopefuls who gathered this weekend in the key early primary state of New Hampshire faced the challenge of arguing the country needs new economic stewardship even as the worst of the downtown has passed. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said that simply blasting Obama’s economic …

    April 19, 2015 2:49 am


  • Aluminum F-150 is safer than steel versions

    The aluminum F150 got its best crash rating ever from a government crash test. The new F-150 with an aluminum body is safer than the steel version, according to a new crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave its top rating to the 2015 F-150 Super Crew, granting it five stars for both the frontal and side impact tests and four stars for the rollover rating. The previous model got an overall rating of four stars, and only three stars for the frontal crash. The Ford (F) F-150 is the best selling vehicle in the United States. Ford did a major redesign this year, using aluminum to cut 700 pounds of weight and improve its fuel efficiency. Competing full-size pickups in the current model year had mixed results. General Motors’ (GM) Chevrolet Silverado and GMC’s Sierra both got five-star ratings like the F-150, while the Ram 1500 got only four stars overall and …

    April 19, 2015 3:08 am


  • Kim holes out from fairway to win LOTTE Championship

    (Reuters) – LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-Young produced a stunning turnaround to win the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Saturday, chipping in to force a playoff with Park In-bee before holing out from 150 yards to beat the world number three on the first extra hole. Kim, the overnight leader, looked to have blown her chance of victory after finding water with her tee shot at the 18th, with her South Korean compatriot Park setting up a birdie putt to claim the $270,000 winners purse. But Park missed and Kim confidently took out the flag and chipped in from the side of the green to force extra holes after the duo were locked at 11-under-par 277. They then replayed the 18th with Kim this time finding the fairway before firing a short iron straight at the flag, just clearing the water hazard, bouncing twice and then nestling at the bottom of the cup for an …

    April 19, 2015 3:49 am

World News

  • Hundreds feared dead in Med sinking

    Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian coastguard says. A major rescue operation is under way after the vessel carrying “between 500 and 700 migrants” capsized at midnight local time, south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. So far 28 people have been rescued. Earlier this week, four hundred people are feared to have drowned when their vessel capsized north of Libya. Passing ship Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that many people were feared dead. Italian ships, the Maltese Navy and commercial vessels are all involved in the rescue operation in Libyan waters. The Times of Malta newspaper reported that the migrants fell overboard when they rushed to draw the attention of a passing merchant ship. Mark Micallef, a journalist with the paper, told the BBC such incidents were “not at all uncommon”. “We have seen this sort …

    April 19, 2015 3:49 am


  • White goods dominate e-waste items

    Only 7% of the global e-waste mountain is made up of phones, computers and printers Old kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment made up 60% of the 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste thrown away in 2014, suggests a report. Written by researchers from UN University it details how much e-waste different regions discard. Old microwaves, washing machines, dishwashers and other household items made up the bulk of the waste. Only 16% of the items discarded found their way into proper recycling and re-use schemes. Urban mine The report found the US was the nation which disposed of most electronic waste with 7,072 kilotonnes generated in 2014. China was second (6,032 kilotonnes) and Japan third (2,200 kilotonnes). European nations topped the rankings of regions measured by how much waste each citizen generated. In Norway, each inhabitant did away with about 28.4kg of electronic waste, found the report. Across Africa levels of e-waste generated per inhabitant were …

    April 18, 2015 10:25 pm


  • A call to US educators: Learn from Canada

    Related images(click to enlarge) As states and the federal government in the U.S. continue to clash on the best ways to improve American education, Canada’s Province of Ontario manages successful education reform initiatives that are equal parts cooperation and experimentation, according to a Boston College professor and authority on educational change. “Although there have been battles in the past, the hallmarks of Ontario’s education reform efforts are cooperation and experimentation — with an emphasis on cooperation,” said Lynch School of Education Professor Dennis Shirley. “Ontario has struck the right balance. Unfortunately, in the U.S., we squander a lot of energy by fighting with each other. Instead, we should be pulling together to do the real work of improving teaching and learning.” Shirley, editor of the Journal of Educational Change, will discuss Ontario’s efforts today at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. Joining Shirley will be officials from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, whose research points …

    April 18, 2015 10:46 pm


  • Hearing aids may slow cognitive decline tied to hearing loss

    (Reuters Health) – – Hearing aids may lessen the forgetfulness and mental confusion tied to moderate to severe hearing loss, suggests a new study. “This study is important because it focuses on a risk factor that is amenable to intervention in later life and could potentially postpone cognitive decline,” said Jennifer Deal, the study’s lead author from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She and her colleagues write in the American Journal of Epidemiology that previous studies found a link to an increased risk between hearing loss and cognition problems. Though the underlying cause is still unknown, researchers speculate the two conditions may be linked through inflammation, social isolation or a number of other conditions. Few studies have focused on whether wearing hearing aids lessen the risk of future cognitive problems, they write. For the new study, they used data from a past study to see if wearing hearing …

    April 19, 2015 2:49 am


  • Britt McHenry’s tow truck clerk comments fuel even meaner responses

    More: Gwyneth Paltrow is being attacked for the way she used food stamps (PHOTOS) The ESPN reporter was suspended by the network for a week after a video was leaked online showing her berating an employee at a tow yard. Even after she is told she’s on camera, McHenry continues her rant. See the full video below (warning: NSFW language). More: Chrissy Teigen shares her unpleasant encounter with a racist McHenry starts off by telling the worker, “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will f***ing sue this place.” She goes on to insult everything she can about the employee, including her place of employment, saying, “I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.” Then she tells the worker she has “no education, no skill set,” and asks the tow yard worker, “Do you feel good about your job?” She continues, “So I could be a college …

    April 18, 2015 11:46 pm


  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes

    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am

Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm