Atheist complaint made over prayer at ballgame

Jan 21, 2018

CLEVELAND BANNER – Bradley Central High School is facing controversy after allowing prayer to be broadcast over the loudspeaker to help kick off a football game. A formal complaint has been made to the Freedom From Religion Foundation on the grounds that exposing students to such religious speech is “a constitutional violation.” The complai

Deadly flu season won’t peak anytime soon

Jan 21, 2018

CBS – Fourteen thousand new flu cases were reported last week, bringing the total for the season to more than 74,000. And pediatric deaths are on the rise. Ten-year-old Charlie Herndon’s insticts may have saved her life. “I couldn’t really breathe, so I just screamed throughout the whole house, ‘somebody call 911,’” Charlie said.

Texas shatters record for winter electricity use

Jan 21, 2018

DALLAS NEWS – Bitter cold across Texas brought a new winter record for peak electricity use, ERCOT, the state’s independent electric grid operator announced Wednesday morning. At one point, Texans were using 65,731 megawatts, blowing past the previous record by nearly 5 percent. Multiple records were set overnight as temperatures plunged statewide, but the new…

Trump addresses March for Life

Jan 20, 2018

ABC – In its first year, the Trump administration has done plenty to champion anti-abortion causes. So during the annual March for Life, President Donald Trump made a special appearance. “Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life,” Trump said.…

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

Jan 20, 2018

POLITICO – The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings. Word of the NSA’s foul-up is emerging just as…

Las Vegas shooter Paddock had child porn on computer, FBI investigating person of interest

Jan 20, 2018

FOX – Investigators scanning computers belonging to Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock found “numerous” child pornography photos, the city’s sheriff revealed Friday, adding that the FBI is looking into a person of interest in the case. Sheriff Joe Lombardo, in his first press conference since Oct. 13, 2017, released an 81-page preliminary investigative report on…

South Reno earthquake swarm: Over 230 quakes and counting

Jan 19, 2018

RGJ – South Reno has been shaking, ever so gently, for six days now. If you live there — near Galena High School or where the Mount Rose Highway goes below the I-580 — you likely haven’t felt much, if anything. But earthquake detecting instruments in the area have picked up more than 230 small…

Flu may be spread just by breathing

Jan 19, 2018

MERCURY NEWS – Until now, most people thought you caught the flu after being exposed to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes, or by touching contaminated surfaces. But a study released Thursday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.…

Parents accused of holding 13 kids captive are charged with torture

Jan 19, 2018

LA TIMES – A couple in Perris beat, strangled and shackled their children for years, the abuse escalating from neglect to torture over time, prosecutors said Thursday. Formal charges were announced Thursday against the parents accused of abusing their 13 children inside their Perris home. David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, were each charged…

Waves could reach 55 feet during high-surf warning at Bay Area beaches

Jan 19, 2018

SF GATE – Whipped up by powerful storms in the east Pacific Ocean, big waves are rolling toward Northern California beaches, and a high-surf warning remains in effect through Friday at 4 p.m. Sets of 22-to-24-foot waves were observed at the Bodega Bay and Point Reyes buoys in the North Bay on Thursday morning at…

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