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Archive for June, 2013

19 firefighters killed battling Arizona wildfire

Nineteen firefighters were killed battling a fast-moving wildfire menacing a small town in central Arizona, the U.S. Wildland Fire Aviation service said on Sunday.  More…

Obama pledges $7 billion to upgrade power in Africa

President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa including Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.  More…

Virgin Mary in bikini, sipping margarita stirs up Santa Fe

The illustration shows a buxom Blessed Virgin Mary in a yellow bikini and sunglasses, sipping on a margarita – salted brim and all. Santa Fe Reporter editor Alexa Schirtzinger said “we didn’t mean to offend anyone.”  More…

Texas Pastor Asks Congregation to Raise $50K to Replace Blades on his Church Helicopter

A pastor in Texas is making waves after he emailed a flyer asking members of his church to donate money so that he could replace the blades on his helicopter.  More…

Publisher Drops Book Deal With TV Chef Paula Deen

Paula Deen’s new cookbook hit No. 1 on the best-seller list at Amazon.com, as thousands of fans — many of them springing to her defense as she faces accusations of racism — ordered the book months before its October release. But on Friday, its publisher, Random House, said it would not publish the cookbook, and would cancel a five-book contract it signed with Ms. Deen last year.   More…

Iowa Dental Assistant Fired For Being ‘Irresistible,’ To Get Second Chance In Court

An Iowa dental assistant who was fired from her job because her boss allegedly found her “irresistible,” lost a lawsuit she filed in December, but is getting a second chance at pursuing legal recourse. Melissa Nelson’s former employer, James Knight, reportedly let her go because he was worried that if she remained his employee, he would be tempted to cheat on his wife.  More…

Bookkeeper admits stealing $545,000 from pizza chain

A former bookkeeper who embezzled more than $545,000 from the Leucadia Pizzeria chain near San Diego pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges. Susan Dawn Seibert, 49, took the money to pay back a previous employer who had sued her for embezzlement.  More…

Paula Deen’s Other Problem: Falling Ratings

Paula Deen’s future with the Food Network was in doubt even before a controversy over her use of racial slurs erupted – a reflection of changing tastes in food television. For several weeks before the situation blew up last week, Paula’s agent had been trying to negotiate a new contract in an atmosphere of falling ratings.  More…

Terrorists to ditch Skype and YouTube after leaks reveal NSA surveillance tactics

U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al Qaeda and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It’s an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.  More…

Paula Gets Sugar-Coated Boot From Diabetes Drug Company

Paula Deen’s situation is so bad even diabetes is distancing itself from her. Paula and diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk have parted ways. Deen was a spokesperson for the company’s campaign, “Diabetes in a New Light.”  More…

Crash leaves man and dog covered in paint

A Belfair, Washington man hauling buckets of paint somehow lost control of his SUV and crashed, sending the buckets flying on impact and left the man, his dog and the SUV coated in paint. (with photos).  More…

Mom sues Monster energy drink over teen’s death

The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage.The lawsuit alleges Alex Morris would not have died if he did not drink two cans of Monster’s energy drink every day for the three years before his death.  More…

Ohio brothers, 9 and 12, found dead at grandparents’ house

Police in Ohio said Wednesday they are investigating the deaths of two brothers found shot inside their grandparents’ home.  More…

Paula Deen Dropped by Walmart

Paula Deen has just been dropped by Walmart. Walmart is Paula’s latest business partner to sever ties with the celebrity chef in the wake of her n-word scandal … a list that includes the Food Network, the Caesars casino company, and the ham company Smithfield.  More…

Atlanta police defend using traffic tickets to fund pay increases

It’s a theory many drivers have held since their first speeding ticket, that citations are somehow connected to a special perk for the officer writing it. Now, a memo among Atlanta police officers has reignited such suspicions. "The mayor has designated traffic court and ticket revenue for future pay increases," Atlanta Police Union President Ken Allen wrote this month.  More…