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Archive for October, 2013

Drink it while you can, as global wine shortage looming

Attention wine lovers: savor every last sip, as researchers say there may be a global shortage looming. Wine prices could shoot up because of a fall in production and growing thirst for wine. World production peaked in 2004, with an excess of 600 million cases. But since then supply has fallen because of lower production capacity, slipping in 2012 to the lowest level in 40 years – with demand outstripping supply by 300 million cases.  More…

Woman says some kids shouldn’t get Halloween candy; she’ll hand out ‘fat letters’ instead

In case you missed it, a Fargo, N.D., woman called a local radio station Tuesday and said she was going to hand out letters to overweight children on Halloween instead of candy. In the letter – which was sent to station Y-94 – the anonymous woman tells parents that the child is "moderately obese" and shouldn’t be out gathering free candy "to the extent of some children."  More…

Christmas coming early for Ohio boy

Christmas came early for Devin Kohlman. Kohlman, who is an eighth-grader at Port Clinton Middle School, has been battling an aggressive form of cancer. Sunday night, he returned from a Cincinnati hospital and was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers and a parade of emergency vehicles from several local agencies.  More…

Pope Francis meets perhaps biggest, certainly cutest fan

A young boy wandered onto the stage at the Vatican this past weekend, hugging Pope Francis as he tried to give a speech. The boy, who looks about 6, was originally sitting on the steps near the pope, while Francis listened to followers address him at the Vatican’s Year of Faith Celebration.  More…

Cirque du Soleil and MGM Grand cited in acrobat’s death

Cirque du Soleil and a Las Vegas casino are facing thousands of dollars in citations after a performer fell nearly 100 feet to her death during a show in June. The performer, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, plunged to the floor after the wire rope from which she was suspended broke.  More…

Girl, 13, killed in state snowmobile safety class

A 13-year-old girl who was participating in a snowmobile safety class died after her snowmobile suddenly accelerated, veered off a training course and crashed into a loading dock in western Wisconsin.  More…

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.  More…

Mysterious San Francisco barge likely Google facility

A mysterious barge floating on the San Francisco bay has people wondering who owns it and what it’s doing there. The barge, which is just off of Treasure Island, is stacked four-stories high with shipping containers. Reports suggest that the Google is behind the mysterious boat.  More…

Ride operator arrested after 5 hurt at State Fair

A ride operator has been charged with three felony counts of assault after several people were hurt on the Vortex at the North Carolina State Fair, a sheriff’s office said Saturday. "After inspection of the ride, we determined that it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised," police said.  More…

Barking dogs may have set off gunman who killed four and himself in Phoenix

A man who killed four members of a neighboring family and their two dogs with a shotgun before taking his own life over the weekend in Arizona may have been sent into a rage by the dogs’ barking, police said on Sunday.  More…

Chris Brown jailed on felony assault charge

Singer Chris Brown and a bodyguard were arrested Sunday morning and charged with felony assault, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department said. The arrest could have serious legal consequence for Brown, 24, since he is serving probation for the felony domestic violence conviction relating to his 2009 attack on former girlfriend Rihanna.  More…

The Sexiest Food-Themed Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just around the corner, it is no secret that people will be dressing up as their favorite foods. While there are tons of fun and creative costumes to make to the kids look like your favorite dish, adults are getting in on the fun, too – in different ways.  More…

Traffic stop of teen results in 5,000-pound pot bust

Chula Vista police say they found about 5,000 pounds of marijuana inside a truck after the driver ran a red light. A police officer questioned 19-year-old Christopher Velazquez during the routine traffic stop Saturday night and determined that he was unlicensed to drive. Before impounding the vehicle, police searched it and discovered the drugs.  More…

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson estate over royalties

Music producer Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson’s estate on Friday, seeking millions of dollars in royalties generated from some of the star’s biggest hits after the King of Pop’s death.  More…

Man fired from Wal-Mart after helping attack victim in parking lot rejects offer to allow him to return to work

A man who lost his job at Wal-Mart after interrupting an assault of a woman in the parking lot says he’s rejecting the company’s offer to return to work.  More…