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Archive for September, 2013

Police: Self-Help Radio Hosts Commit Suicide Together

Two life coaches who hosted a radio show called “The Pursuit of Happiness” apparently committed suicide together in their Brooklyn apartment, police said.  More…

Pilot struck, killed by helicopter blade at fair grounds

A veteran helicopter pilot giving rides at a Pennsylvania town fair was killed after he was hit by the chopper’s spinning rotor.  More…

Interior decorator caused building collapse that killed 66

Authorities say they now know what may have caused a five-story building in Mumbai to collapse last week: a home decorator who removed a central wall and supporting beams without permission.  More…

Alcohol found to improve memory in most elderly people

A glass of wine every day could be the secret to keeping a brighter mind in old age. Moderate drinking was found to improve memory and learning skills in a long-term study of elderly people, with claims that the benefits only begin to emerge after middle age.  More…

JP Morgan May Owe $11 Billion To The U.S. Government In Settlement For Company’s Role In 2008 Housing Crisis

JP Morgan’s impending settlement with the U.S. government may result in the largest payout by a single bank ever. The payout, which is a consequence of JP Morgan’s role in the events that led to the 2008 housing and financial crisis, would surpass HSBC recent $1.92 billion money laundering penalty.  More…

School district accountant accused of stealing $3 million in school lunch money by stuffing it in her bra

A California school district accountant stands accused of padding her bra with millions of dollars in school lunch money.  More…

Florida man steals ambulance with patient still inside

A suspect from Florida is facing kidnapping charges in Philadelphia after police say he carjacked an ambulance at gunpoint with a patient inside.  More…

Six people arrested for party, theft from NFL player’s home

Six people face charges including theft and trespassing in the aftermath of a wild party over the Labor Day weekend at a former NFL player’s second home while he was out of town, police in New York state said Thursday. The party made national news after the homeowner, a former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots, reposted pictures and tweets from the party online.  More…

Oops! Button lets kids remove posts they regret

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a California law that tries to help children and teens under the age of 18 from possibly ruining their future with impulsive mistakes they make online. It requires all websites, online services and mobile apps where a California minor is registered to have an “eraser button” that lets children and teens remove information that they posted and shouldn’t have.  More…

NSA: Some used spying power to snoop on lovers

The National Security Agency’s internal watchdog detailed a dozen instances in the past decade in which its employees intentionally misused the agency’s surveillance power, in some cases to snoop on their love interests.  More…

Both pilots fall asleep in the cockpit of a packed Airbus A330

The Civil Aviation Authority said that shortly after the 325-seat plane had taken off, the pilot and co-pilot agreed to take turns having short naps, leaving the plane on auto-pilot. However, one of them woke up to discover that they had both been asleep at the same time, and did not know how long the plane had been unsupervised.  More…

Project wallet drop: World’s least honest cities

Four continents, 16 cities, 192 "lost" wallets. That’s the basic formula for a recent sticky fingers experiment by Reader’s Digest. Reporters from the magazine dropped wallets in international cities from New York to Mumbai and waited to see how people would respond. Each wallet contained the equivalent of $50, a cell phone number, business cards, coupons and a family photo. Bottom line? Nearly half – 47% – of the wallets were returned.  More…

One-month prison sentence ends for Montana rapist

His lenient sentence and the judge’s comments about his victim sparked national outrage and protests. On Thursday, Stacey Rambold, who raped a 14-year-old, will be released from incarceration after just 31 days.  More…

DOT, safety advocates feud over rear-view camera recommendation

The federal government said it will recommend that new cars have rear-view video systems, a move immediately denounced as "insufficient" by safety groups who say the cameras should be mandatory. The camera and monitor system could save as many as 100 lives – but at an added cost of up to $2.7 billion a year.  More…

Real-life ‘Blue Man’ dies after heart attack, stroke

The man who shot to Internet fame several years ago after appearing on TODAY to discuss a condition that permanently turned his skin a deep blue has died. Paul Karason, 62, started turning blue about 15 years ago after he began using a special silver-based preparation to treat a skin condition.  More…