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« Reply #8370 on: Apr 24th, 2013, 10:03am »







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« Reply #8371 on: Apr 24th, 2013, 10:05am »

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TSA Tables Plan to Allow Knives on Planes

By David Kravets
04.23.13
2:40 PM

The Transportation Security Administration is delaying a plan that would have allowed passengers, beginning Thursday, to bring small knives and sporting goods on flights.

The TSA, in a statement issued Tuesday to Wired, said the agency is postponing the plan to consider feedback from a committee of stakeholders. Air marshals and flight attendants, for example, have expressed displeasure with the plan, which TSA administrator John Pistole said last month was the result of “an enhanced understanding of current intelligence.”

The agency did not say if the rules would ever be implemented.

Just last month, the agency responsible for airline security screening announced the easing of carry-on restrictions that would also allow ski poles, lacrosse sticks, billiard cues and up to two golf clubs to be carried on commercial flights. Small pocket knives less than 2.36 inches and under a half-inch wide also were to be permissible as long as the blade didn’t lock. Box cutters remained a no-no.

The TSA said it confiscates around 2,000 small knives from passengers a day.

Baseball bats were excluded because, apparently, a hijacker could do more damage with that than a hockey stick, pool cue, golf club or small knife.

The TSA had said the forthcoming rule change was “part of an overall risk-based security approach, which allows transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives.”

One rule that didn’t change was that you’re still considered a terrorist if you bring on board gel deodorant weighing more than 3.4 ounces or bottled water.

The TSA has been throwing frequent travelers a bone, and has recently launched a program known as TSA Pre check in dozens of airports. Pre-approved travelers undergo expedited screening and my leave on their shoes, belt and jacket. Laptops can remain in their carrying case.

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« Reply #8372 on: Apr 24th, 2013, 5:27pm »

Retired Marine and former Pan Am/Delta Pilot John Lovell is Top Gun at Subway Sandwich Shop


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: Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.

According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. Just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.

Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying for former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.

He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said. "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."

Something tells me this old Marine wasn't "in fear for his life", even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot.


That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.

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« Reply #8373 on: Apr 24th, 2013, 6:12pm »

on Apr 24th, 2013, 5:27pm, Swamprat wrote:
Retired Marine and former Pan Am/Delta Pilot John Lovell is Top Gun at Subway Sandwich Shop


Plantation, Florida
: Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.

According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. Just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.

Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying for former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.

He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said. "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."

Something tells me this old Marine wasn't "in fear for his life", even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot.


That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.

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This just shows that even at 71, some people can still make great contributions to society...!
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« Reply #8374 on: Apr 25th, 2013, 09:01am »

"Retired Marine and former Pan Am/Delta Pilot John Lovell is Top Gun at Subway Sandwich Shop"

Hooray! They messed with the wrong man!

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April 25 2013

EXCLUSIVE: The mother of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev knew as early as 2011 that her son had been radicalized and sent text messages to family in Russia suggesting he was willing to die for Islam, the FBI told lawmakers this week according to two officials with knowledge of the Capitol Hill briefing.

Tsarnaev, who was killed days after the April 15 bombing in a shootout with police, is said to have embraced radical Islam in recent years and recruited his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to carry out the attack that killed three and wounded more than 180 near the finish line of the world's most prestigious road race.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught alive but wounded on Friday and charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction, for which he could get the death penalty.

The FBI filed a federal criminal complaint against the 19-year-old on Sunday, and federal District Court Judge Marianne Bowler arrived at the hospital where he is being treated to preside over his initial hearing Monday, when she read him his Miranda rights.

[FBI officials told The Associated Press Wednesday that Tsarnaev acknowledged to investigators his role in the attacks before he was advised of his constitutional rights. He reportedly said he was only recently recruited by his brother to be part of the attack.]

But Fox News' sources say there was confusion about Bowler's timing, with some voicing concerns that investigators were not given enough time to question Dzhokhar under the "public safety exception" invoked by the Justice Department.

Two officials with knowledge of the FBI briefing on Capitol Hill said the FBI was against stopping the investigators' questioning and was stunned that the judge, Justice Department prosecutors and public defenders showed up, feeling valuable intelligence may have been sacrificed as a result.

The FBI had been questioning Tsarnaev for 16 hours before the judge called a start to the court proceeding, officials familiar with the Capitol Hill briefing told Fox News.

The exact timeline is unclear. A transcript of the court proceeding shows Bowler asking a doctor if Tsarnaev was "alert."

"You can rouse him," she says in the transcript.

"How are you feeling? Are you able to answer some questions?" the doctor asks Tsarnaev, who nods.

Although Bowler advised Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and U.S. citizen, of his Miranda rights, it remains to be seen whether anything he told investigators before Bowler arrived can be admitted as evidence against him -- or whether such interrogations would even be needed to convict him, given the amount of other evidence referenced in the criminal complaint signed by FBI Special Agent Daniel Genck.

Some Republican lawmakers have criticized the Obama administration for deciding against treating Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, which would allow more time for interrogating him. The public safety exception to Miranda lasts only 48 hours.


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Battlefield 'killer robots' almost a reality, campaigners warn

Autonomous robots with the power to make decisions about killing human beings are under development, and their use raises worrying questions about morality and accountability in war, human rights campaigners warn.

12:28PM BST 23 Apr 2013

A human rights agency has raised concerns about the advent of "killer robots", capable of selecting and killing targets autonomously.

“Lethal armed robots that could target and kill without any human intervention should never be built,” said Steve Goose, Arms Division director at Human Rights Watch. “A human should always be ‘in-the-loop’ when decisions are made on the battlefield. Killer robots would cross moral and legal boundaries, and should be rejected as repugnant to the public conscience.”

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, spearheaded by the New York-based Human Rights Watch, is calling for an international treaty to bring in a "pre-emptive and comprehensive ban on fully autonomous weapons."

Since the start of the "War on Terror" following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, has increased dramatically.

According to Human Rights Watch "rapid advances in technology are permitting the United States and other nations with high-tech militaries, including China, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom, to move toward systems that would provide greater combat autonomy to machines.

"If one or more country chooses to deploy fully autonomous weapons, others may feel compelled to abandon policies of restraint, leading to a robotic arms race."

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Scientific American

Children's Intuitions on Mind-Body Dualism Emerge Early

Minds are less replicable than physical traits, according to young kids

By Daisy Yuhas
25 April 2013

Does the brain create the mind? Many neuroscientists would say yes, but most of us—suggests University of Bristol neuroscientist Bruce Hood—carry a conviction that the mind is a special entity, distinct from our physical body. In other words, if it were possible to make an exact copy of someone's body, including the brain, most people's gut feeling is that the duplicate's consciousness would differ in some way from the original. Hood, with colleagues at Bristol and at Yale University, decided to investigate this question with young children to see whether we hold views on this subject early in life.

The researchers introduced five- and six-year-old kids to a hamster. The hamster had special physical traits—a broken tooth, for example—and each child interacted with the hamster to create a few memories. Then the investigators placed the animal in an elaborate box they call the duplicator and revealed a second, seemingly identical hamster. The children were asked a series of questions to reveal the degree to which they believed this new hamster was like the original.

Most children believed that physical traits, such as the broken tooth, were the same in both hamsters. About half of them, however, believed that the hamsters would not share memories. The findings, reported in the journal Cognition last December, suggest that we may develop our beliefs about the uniqueness of identity and mind at a very young age. The distinction between mental and physical replication was even greater when the original hamster was introduced with a name, “Dax.” In this case, about 70 percent of the children doubted that mental traits had duplicated along with physical ones. What's in the name? Hood suspects that naming primes kids to see the hamster as more human and unique.


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Japan Times

New flu ‘one of most lethal’: WHO

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Apr 25, 2013

BEIJING – International health experts probing China’s deadly H7N9 bird flu virus said Wednesday that it was “one of the most lethal influenza viruses” seen so far, and Taiwan reported the first case outside the mainland the same day.

Scientists are watching the virus closely to see if it could spark a global pandemic but say there is little evidence so far that it can spread easily from human to human.

The World Health Organization’s top influenza expert, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, said that people seem to catch the H7N9 virus from birds more easily than the H5N1 strain that began ravaging poultry across Asia in 2003.

The H5N1 strain has since killed 360 people worldwide, mostly after contact with infected fowl.

Health experts are concerned about H7N9′s ability to jump to humans, and about the strain’s capacity to infect birds without causing noticeable symptoms, which makes it difficult to monitor its spread.

“This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far,” Fukuda said.But he added that experts are still trying to understand the virus, and that there might be a large number of mild infections that are going undetected.

A joint WHO-China mission conducted a five-day survey in Shanghai and Beijing on the H7N9 situation through Tuesday.

The mission said Wednesday that international and Chinese experts still have “only a limited understanding of the full extent of the disease” and that they have yet to see sufficient evidence to conclude there is person-to-person transmission.

If human-to-human transmission is confirmed, it would increase the risk of a pandemic.

“The potential development of human-to-human spread cannot be ruled out, which is why this virus and outbreak is being taken extremely seriously and followed so closely,” the statement said.

The H7N9 bird flu virus has infected more than 100 people in China, seriously sickening most of them and killing more than 20, mostly near the eastern coast around Shanghai.

Taiwan on Wednesday confirmed its first case, a 53-year-old man who became sick after returning from a visit to the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.

In comparison, the earlier bird flu strain, H5N1, kills up to 60 of every 100 people it infects.

Experts said they still aren’t sure how people are getting infected but said evidence points to infections at live poultry markets, particularly through ducks and chickens. They said it was encouraging that reported infections appeared to slow down after the closure of live poultry markets in affected areas.

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New York Daily News

Michelle Rodriguez reveals she's taking a break from acting: 'I've waited 13 years to actually do it'

The Dominican-Puerto Rican actress talks to Cosmopolitan for Latinas about taking a break from acting, partying hard and wearing ‘a leather jacket and nothing underneath.’

By Zayda Rivera
24 April 2013

Michelle Rodriguez will star alongside Vin Diesel in ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ in theaters on May 24th.

Michelle Rodriguez is a furiously fast rising star in Hollywood but tells Cosmopolitan for Latinas she may just need a break from being on-screen.

“The truth is I’m about to say goodbye to acting for a minute and move behind the camera,” the 34-year-old actress tells the magazine for the May issue where she appears on the cover.

While she’s commanded an on-screen presence over the years in movies like “Avatar,” “Fast & Furious,” and “Machete” she admits that she “got into this business to write.”

After a successful run as an actress Rodriguez knows that in order to concentrate on writing she has “to do the cutoff” from her movie roles.

"I’ve waited 13 years to actually do it,” she says of making the transition. “You know how painful that is? It’s very painful. But like now I’m ready … I’ll go into the mountains, and bye-bye everybody. Well, I’m a Cancer so … it’s in my nature to hide.”

But no worries, the Dominican-Puerto Rican beauty isn’t leaving us just yet. She will appear in “Fast and the Furious 6” alongside Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker on May 24 and “Machete Kills” with Mel Gibson and Jessica Alba hitting theaters September 13.

In addition to real life action, Rodriguez is working on the animated film “Turbo.”

Although Rodriguez is known for the adventurous characters she plays in films, the actress has been pegged with risky behavior off-screen.

The “Lost” actress was charged with a DUI in 2006 and attempted to attack a photographer who she felt invaded her space in 2009.

“I partied hard,” she admits. “The world knew it. I feel like my growth is a progression … I go forward, and I’ve had times when I go back.”

Like anyone else, Rodriguez confesses to battling her demons and says, “Just last year I had a time where I had a bad stretch. I rebel against everything, including myself. I’m like, ‘Oh no, lemme do something f--ked up now.’ But then I’m like, ‘Okay, what am I doing to myself?’”

Despite it all, the strong-minded, independent Latina who says she “can make anything sexy” like wearing “a leather jacket and nothing underneath” could also use a good, tenacious man by her side. But getting to Rodriguez’s heart isn’t that easy.

“I’m attracted to manly men,” she describes. “I can’t do metrosexuals who get their nails done more than me. Which is why, living in L.A. for eight years, you can’t blame me for not having a partner!”


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Draft bill gives FDA authority over certain pharmacies

By Toni Clarke

Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:15am EDT

(Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration would gain greater authority over pharmacies that compound sterile drugs for tailored use and ship them across state lines, under proposed legislation announced on Friday.

The proposal from a bipartisan group of senators comes in the wake of a meningitis outbreak linked to a tainted steroid that has killed 53 people and sickened more than 700. The steroid was distributed by the Framingham, Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center.

The proposal would draw a distinction between traditional compounding pharmacies, which make drugs for individual patients in response to specific prescriptions, and those such as NECC which make and ship products around the country that physicians can keep on their shelves for future use.

Ever since the meningitis outbreak, the FDA has been pilloried by Republicans in Congress who maintain the agency should have been more aggressive in its oversight of NECC.

The FDA concedes as much but argues that a complex legal landscape, combined with resistance from compounding pharmacies, has hampered its ability to regulate an industry that has grown exponentially over the past 10 years and whose function in many cases has changed.

The proposed legislation would essentially create a new class of drug company, to be known as "compounding manufacturers," that would be regulated by the FDA but be exempt from the full raft of regulatory requirements that apply to big pharmaceutical companies.

They would not, for example, be required to submit their products to the FDA for approval before selling them, and they would not have to enter complicated negotiations with the agency about what should and should not be included in the package insert. They will be required to provide more limited information.

It is unclear how many of the roughly 2,800 compounding pharmacies would fall into the new category but initial estimates place the number at fewer than 500. They would be defined not by their sales volume, but by whether they make products that are at high risk for contamination and sell them across state lines.

These newly-defined companies would no longer be licensed as pharmacies. They would be required to register with the FDA, and report to the agency any problems reported by patients or physicians. They would also be required to pay an annual fee to defray the cost of FDA inspections.

Traditional compounding pharmacies would continue to be licensed and regulated by state boards of pharmacy.

(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Defiance premieres huge, Thrones still rules + 43 other genre shows

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It was definitely a good week if you like watching Syfy.

This week the network premiered Defiance, one of its most ambitious shows ever, and episode one's numbers didn't disappoint. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones kept slaying the competition, Da Vinci's Demons had a bit of an off week, and two shows we were expecting to see had to be pushed due to breaking news.

Check out the numbers and commentary below to see how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day ratings.

MONDAY, April 15th

Defiance (Syfy) 2.72 million viewers/1.0

After months of buildup and buzz, Syfy's Defiance delivered big in its series premiere last Monday, pulling in Syfy's best premiere numbers in key demographics since the series premiere of Eureka seven years ago. Let's hope it can keep it up.

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US economy grows by 2.5 percent in first quarter of 2013

By Vicki Needham
04/26/13

The nation's economy grew at a 2.5 percent pace during the first three months of the year, slightly below estimates as concerns linger about the health of the recovery.

A two-year high in consumer spending boosted growth in the January-March quarter but declines in government spending hampered a more robust expansion, the Commerce Department reported on Friday in its first estimate of growth.

Friday's figure is an improvement from the anemic 0.4 percent growth reported in the fourth quarter of last year, but falls well short of projections for growth of up to 3.4 percent.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said that "while there is more work to be done, this report, together with other economic indicators, provides further evidence that the economy is moving forward in the right direction."

One bright spot in the report was consumer spending, which makes up about 70 percent of economic activity. It increased an at annual rate of 3.2 percent at the beginning of the year, the fastest pace since the final quarter of 2010.

Another positive was the 12.6 percent increase in residential construction, the eighth straight quarter of growth, the longest streak since 2004-2005 and more proof of the improving housing market.

Government spending fell at a 4.1 percent rate as the cuts from sequestration began. Without those reductions in federal spending, economists said, growth for the quarter would have eclipsed 3 percent.

Defense spending fell 11.5 percent at an annual rate after falling more than 20 percent in the last three months of 2012, which was the largest drop in 40 years.

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics, expected gross domestic product to hit about 3.4 percent last quarter but said that overall growth is probably hanging in around 2 percent, unchanged since the recovery began in 2009.

Still, with $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts kicking into gear, Zandi and other analysts expect growth to tail off again through the spring and summer.

"It is clear that the underlying growth trend for the U.S. economy remains exceedingly fragile — and we have barely only begun to feel the impacts of sequestration’s automatic spending cuts," said Adam Hersh, an economist for the Center for American Progress.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the sequester will cut GDP by 0.6 percentage point and, potentially, cost upward of 750,000 jobs.

The year started off strong in January and February with rising job creation numbers, but slowed sharply in March with only 88,000 jobs added.

Josh Bivens, research and policy director for the Economic Policy Institute, said the report shows that the economy "is growing just above stall-speed." He said the pace of expansion of the economy is only enough to reduce unemployment slowly.

This story was updated at 11 a.m.


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