Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO — After nearly a week of deliberations, a jury of six men and six women found an undocumented immigrant accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle two years ago at San Francisco’s Pier 14 not guilty of homicide.   Continue reading “Kate Steinle shooting: Jury acquits Jose Ines Garcia Zarate”

Fox News – by Gary Gastelu

We’re not sure if this car went over a river, but it looks like it took the woods with it.

Police in Sudbury, Mass., posted an image to Facebook of a car they stopped on the day after Thanksgiving with an enormous Christmas tree on its roof that appears to be poorly secured.

The unwrapped evergreen dwarfs the Mazda5 minivan it’s strapped to, hanging over the sides and the rear, blocking the windows and obscuring the license plate.   Continue reading “Massachusetts police stop car with massive Christmas tree on top”

Washington Examiner – by Anna Giaritelli

Current “chain migration” policies would allow an estimated 2 million immigrants to move to the United States in addition to the 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients if Congress legalizes the expiring program.

“If Congress were to pass an amnesty for people with DACA, it would ultimately result in 2 million new immigrants over time,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, told reporters in a Thursday panel discussion in Washington, D.C.   Continue reading “Legalizing DACA with current ‘chain migration’ policies would give green cards to additional 2 million foreigners”

The Daily Caller – by Eric Lieberman

Australian authorities upheld the firing of a man who allegedly used empty snack bags to block GPS tracking mandated by his employer.

The labor grievance commission in Australia ruled that Tom Colella, a 60-year-old electrician from Perth, rather resourcefully used the flexible food containers so he could leave work and play golf without anyone noticing, according to an official report. It’s believed he played a round of golf more than 140 times while he reported that he was working offsite for necessary repairs. NPR first reported the confirmation of his termination.   Continue reading “Man Blocked GPS Tracker With Chip Bags So His Bosses Wouldn’t Know He Was Out Golfing, Says Report”

The Weather Channel

A rare 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck Delaware Thursday, causing rumblings that were felt in other cities along the East Coast.

The temblor’s center was reported near Dover, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No injuries or damages were reported.

USGS geophysicist John Bellini told the Associated Press that any damages would be minimal.    Continue reading “Rare 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles East Coast”

Tech Spot – by Shawn Knight

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this year – from April 27 to August 30 – allowed members of the public to weigh in on the subject of net neutrality. Millions of comments were submitted electronically and posted online for review and almost immediately, it was clear that something wasn’t quite right.

study from consulting firm Emprata funded by industry lobbyist group Broadband for America that came out shortly after the public comment period closed found a high level of form use and bots. Now, we have another source weighing in on the matter.   Continue reading “The FCC’s public comment period on net neutrality was ripe with fraud, Pew analysis concludes”

New York Times – by Farhad Manjoo

The internet is dying.

Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over decades through government funding and academic research, the network that helped undo Microsoft’s stranglehold on the tech business and gave us upstarts like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.    Continue reading “The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.”

The Hollywood Reporter – by Mike Barnes and Duane Byrge

The Alabama native with the rich baritone voice also had his own CBS variety show and recorded several hit albums.

Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and on his own sitcom before retiring the wide-eyed, countrified character at the height of his popularity, has died. He was 87.    Continue reading “Jim Nabors, the Cheerful Gomer Pyle on Two TV Series, Dies at 87”

21st Century Wire

As the US and its E.U. partners continue to levy punitive sanctions on Russia, the BRICS are responding with new financial initiatives to help their members break-out of the US and European financial trading monopoly.

Currently, both China and Russia are surging ahead as the world’s top Central Bank buyers of gold, further consolidating their position to be able to weather a global dollar crisis which many expert believe is inevitable. When exactly that happens is still anyone’s guess.   Continue reading “BRICS Planning Its Own Gold Trading System”

The Star – by Bruce Demara

Citing complaints of anti-Semitic content on a Nov. 11 episode, Corus Entertainment has fired veteran broadcaster Gary Bell, ending his weekly Saturday night radio show on AM640.

“I can confirm that Mr. Bell has been terminated from his employment with AM640 and Corus Entertainment,” said company spokesperson Rishma Govani.   Continue reading “Corus fires AM640 late-night host, citing complaints of anti-Semitic content”

The Organic Prepper

The last time American consumer debt was this high was.. well…NEVER. But now, it seems we are engaged in a high stakes game of consumer debt roulette. And the House is the only one who will win this game.

Last summer, it was reported that people owed more on loans, credit cards, and payment plans than ever in history. The country surpassed the spike that led to the crash of 2008 back in March when debt reached a mind-boggling $12.73 trillion in the first quarter of the year.   Continue reading “Consumer Debt Roulette: Debt Is Up $605 Billion BEFORE $682 Billion Is Spent on Christmas”


At least 800 civilians have been killed by US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014, a coalition report says. It adds that the group holds itself accountable for “unintentional injury or death to civilians.”

To date, based on information available, [the coalition] assesses at least 801 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve [in 2014],” Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR) said in statement on Thursday.   Continue reading “US-led coalition acknowledges killing 800+ civilians in Iraq & Syria airstrikes”