Last Generation Network News: AMERICAN EDITION December 30, 2013 –MONDAY- Tevet 27, 5774 Vol. 1 No.14

"Facts are not reported, they are self evident" -MJS
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Judge OKs bail for Pa. priest after appeal win - ‎1 hour ago‎
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Roman Catholic official whose novel conviction in the clergy sex abuse scandal was overturned by a Pennsylvania appeals court could be freed this week after a judge set his bail Monday at $250,000.

Ex-teacher, principal picked to lead NYC schools

USA TODAY - ‎3 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK (AP) - A former teacher, principal and longtime advocate of early childhood education will be the next leader of the nation's largest public school system, New York City's incoming mayor announced Monday.

2013: fewest police deaths by firearms since 1887

Seattle Post Intelligencer - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday.

Political divide over evolution is growing, new Pew survey shows
23 minutes ago
Written by
Alan Boyle
A display of a series of skeletons shows a progression of primates leading to humans at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, Conn.

Ariz. Woman Accused of Trying to Poison Children

ABC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children with prescription narcotics drugs, including a teenage daughter who died.

Police investigating shots fired on Warsaw Road

Live 5 News - ‎1 hour ago‎
A well known restaurant in Mt. Pleasant is closed after an early morning fire burned the outside of the building, according to the restaurant owner.

Suspect in Arizona bank heist killed in shootout

Houston Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
PHOENIX (AP) - A man who once threatened the president and was suspected of carrying out a deadly Mississippi bank robbery was killed in a shootout with police as he robbed a Phoenix bank, authorities said.

Suspect in triple Colorado slaying caught in Oklahoma - ‎1 hour ago‎
ROLAND, Okla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A suspect in a triple slaying in Colorado was arrested in Oklahoma, authorities said. The sheriff's office in Pueblo County, Colo.

California back on growth path, but North Dakota sets the pace

Los Angeles Times - ‎12 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's population boom, driven by the state's thriving oil and gas industry, continued in 2013, expanding at nearly twice the rate of the next-fastest-growing state, according to new census estimates released Monday.

As NJ prepares to hike minimum wage, experts still disagree on advantages

The Star-Ledger - - ‎1 hour ago‎
TRENTON - In two days, more than 250,000 workers making minimum wage in New Jersey will get a raise - but what that means for the state's future depends on whom you ask.

Obama binges on 'Breaking Bad'

USA TODAY - ‎4 minutes ago‎
Thanks to video services and recording technology, busy people who can't make appointment television can "binge watch" some favored shows - and that group includes President Obama.

Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

WPPB - ‎1 hour ago‎
Harold Simmons stands by the Dallas courthouse entrance in October 1997. Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, died Saturday in Dallas.

Wiretap: Benghazi without al-Qaeda

The Colorado Independent - ‎1 hour ago‎
The must-read story on Benghazi, written and reported by David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times, tells how militias that Americans thought were friendly joined in the attack along with anti-West fighters.

Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries

Washington Post - ‎41 minutes ago‎
LONDON - A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting ...

Colorado teen shooter intended to claim many more victims

Detroit Free Press - ‎6 minutes ago‎
A heavily armed teenage shooter who fired a fatal shotgun blast at a fellow student at a Colorado school before killing himself was a "murderer" who intended to claim many more victims, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Monday.

Man charged with killing estranged wife at Fla. Applebee's

CBS News - ‎51 minutes ago‎
A 44-year-old man allegedly shot his estranged wife to death as horrified diners took cover inside this west Jacksonville, Fla. Applebee's restaurant, Dec. 29, 2013.




  • Lightning striking the Grand Canyon

    A look at the best weather photos of the year

    Some of the most stunning images of the elements from 2013.

  • Electricity use: While we are using more devices, more efficient phone and computer chargers are helping drive down electricity use

    Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

    Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row.

  • Official who oversaw Obamacare website to retire

    Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

    Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

    Drones have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the market.

  • Gay in Utah: In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, file photo, Jon Jensen, left, and his partner, Jared Reesor, walk away hand-in-hand from the Ogden clerk and auditor's office after it canceled a special Saturday opening to issue marriage licenses in Ogden, Utah. A day earlier, a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

    Gay in Utah: Hostility, acceptance part of life

    Gay couples describe their differing experiences in Utah, as the state plans to step in and ask the Supreme Court to put a halt to gay marriages.

  • Harold Simmons dies: Billionaire Harold Simmons in 1989

    Texas billionaire Harold Simmons dies

    Billionaire Harold Simmons, one of the richest men in America and a major contributor to the Republican Party, died in Texas at age 82.

  • Obama's year: President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his health care law in Washington.

    Obama's presidency beset by fits and starts in 5th year

    When President Obama left the podium after his second inaugural address, there was so much he could not — or did not — see as he opened his second term.

  • Bloomberg spent own money in office: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Report: Bloomberg spent $650M on NYC in 12 years

    Michael Bloomberg leaves office at midnight Tuesday after three terms as New York City mayor.

  • Teacher home visits: Elmira Warren talks with Camil Douthit, 5, a student in Warren's pre-school class

    Teachers find home visits help in the classroom

    A program called HOME WORKS! sends teachers on home visits several times a year in the St. Louis area which seeks to narrow the teacher-parent divide.

  • Guns in Connecticut: Jonathan Scalise, owner of Ammunition Storage Components

    Conn. gun owners rush to register weapons, ammo

    Gun owners have been lining up in Connecticut to register assault weapons and high-capacity magazines so they can legally keep them.

  • 2016 presidential race: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    A look at potential 2016 presidential candidates

    For the more than a dozen likely and just-maybe 2016 presidential contenders, it's been a busy year laying the groundwork for a potential campaign.

  • Marijuana

    Colo. legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty

    Colorado will become the first state in the nation to allow recreational pot sales on Jan. 1, 2014, but the fledgling industry faces an uncertain future.

  • Obamacare CEO: Supporters of Obamacare gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.

    Govt pressured to pick CEO for Obamacare marketplace

    Advocates have been pushing for a CEO who would set Obamacare marketplace rules, coordinate with insurers and regulators, and oversee technology.

  • Hikers rescued: Mount Washington is covered in snow in New Hampshire.

    2 hikers who triggered NH avalanche rescued

    Two hikers in New Hampshire were rescued and treated for non-life-threatening injuries after triggering an avalanche on Mount Washington.

  • 2 earthquakes rattle Oklahoma

    Officials report no injuries or damage after a 4.1 magnitude quake shook Oklahoma, followed by a smaller quake a few hours later.

  • Demonstrators hold placards supporting Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Lawmakers dispute Snowden's declaration

    Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said on "Fox News Sunday" that they weren't impressed with Edward Snowden's recent publicity blitz.

  • Tom Corbett

    In governor's races, Dems eye wage increase

    Democrats vying to challenge a slew of Republican governors are talking up a minimum wage increase as their campaigns get off the ground.

  • Pregnant nurse fired for refusing flu shot

    A pregnant nurse in Pennsylvania who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying was fired from her job with a health care company.

  • Gun magazine supplier expands in Iowa college town

    Gun magazine supplier expands in Iowa college town

    Critics have attacked the company for profiting from accessories for military-style weapons, but the city and college are rolling out the welcome mat.

  • New Year's celebration: Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Sotomayor to drop ball at Times Square celebration

    Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been chosen to usher in 2014 in New York's Times Square by pressing the button to lower the iconic ball.

  • Separate avalanches in Wyoming kill 2 within hours

    Separate avalanches in Wyoming killed Rex J. Anderson of Arco, Idaho, while snowmobiling and Michael Kazanjy of Jackson, Wyo., while skiing.

  • Health market signups: Rosemary Cabelo uses a computer at a public library to access the Affordable Health Care Act website

    Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups

    More than 1.1 million people now enrolled through the government's rehabilitated website, nearly 1 million signed up in December.

  • Fire marshal preaches safety, training after West

    Fire marshal preaches safety, training after West

    Distrust of government runs deep in Texas, and the explosion did not spur serious calls from lawmakers for new regulations or a statewide fire code.

  • In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle.

    Boy Scouts to accept openly gay youths Jan. 1

    The new policy was approved in May, with support from 60 percent of the 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council.

  • Death of man in Border Patrol custody investigated

    Authorities in San Diego are investigating the death of a man who collapsed in a Border Patrol holding cell on Christmas Eve after he was taken into custody.

  • Among Cuban exiles, an old toast goes silent

    Among Cuban exiles, an old toast goes silent

    As another year approaches, some Cuban exiles will still toast to return to a land they last saw decades ago.

  • Andrew Jacobs Jr. dies: Andrew Jacobs Jr

    Former Ind. Congressman Andrew Jacobs dies at 81

    Family friend Gary Taylor said Jacobs had experienced declining health in recent years but said the cause of death was likely due to complications from old age.

  • ​A June 6, 2013, file photo, is an aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah.

    Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries

    Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine reports that National Security Agency spies are intercepting computer deliveries and installing bugs to steal data.

  • Judge rules against lawyers in porn copyright case

    A judge ruled against three lawyers in a copyright case he called "abusive litigation" where the defendant became entangled in a potentially embarrassing suit.

  • Katrina lawsuits: Residents wait on a rooftop to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in September 2005.

    Judge ends Katrina flooding lawsuits against feds

    A judge dismissed dozens of lawsuits filed against the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area.

  • Maria Lopez, Emily Lopez, Esmeralda Lopez

    Diversity prompts increased racial isolation

    Hispanics are on pace to become the largest ethnic group next year. Watsonville is but one of dozens of California communities where Hispanics outnumber whites.

  • Karen Gibbs walks through a labyrinth of icy broken trees and downed power lines to her home on Maplehurst Drive in Belgrade, Maine on Dec. 26, 2013.

    Residents still without power growing frustrated

    It could be Sunday or even the middle of next week before the power is back after an ice storm that snuffed out lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.

  • Unemployment benefits expire for 1.3 million: Obama visits Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day.

    Democrats plan big push on jobless aid

    Unemployment benefits expire for 1.3 million Americans on Saturday. A partisan fight is expected over an effort to extend the payments.

  • In this Dec. 23, 2013 photo, a vending machine advertises snacks on a small screen on the machine in Seattle. Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. The Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year, says requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices.

    Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

    Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines.

  • ​Ray Kelly: NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly leaves a news conference at the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx.

    How the NYPD used technology to transform policing

    Ray Kelly's efforts to transform NYC policing through technological innovation and mass data-collection have been met with a mix of praise and accusations.

  • Unemployment benefits: Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

    High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

    For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government's "emergency unemployment compensation" will mean some difficult belt-tightening.

  • Incandescent light bulbs disappearing: Starting January 1, the most popular light bulbs sold in the United States — 60W and 40W incandescent bulbs — will no longer be manufactured in or imported into the country.

    Incandescent bulbs about to disappear

    If you hadn't heard Incandescent light bulbs will soon vanish, don't worry, you're not alone. Just four in ten Americans have, according to the results of lighting company Osram Sylvania's 2013, nationwide "Socket Survey."

  • In quest for Obama library, Hawaii plays underdog: Robert Perkinson

    In quest for Obama library, Hawaii plays underdog

    Despite being his birthplace, Hawaii has become the underdog as the search for a home for Barack Obama's future presidential library, stuck in Chicago's shadow.

  • NSA: A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City.

    US judge says NSA phone data program is lawful

    A US judge says there is no evidence that the collected telephone data has been used for any reason other than to investigate and disrupt terrorist attacks.



Russia Trolley Explosion

Earlier Attack Kills 15... Olympics Less Than 6 Weeks Away...

Here's The Complete NFL Playoff Picture


Cowboys KO'd.. Wild TD Run.. UFC 168.. Manziel Fail.. Bosh Saves.. Pro Bowl Snubs.. MORE

Robin Roberts Comes Out

Robin Roberts

Same-Sex Couples Shatter Utah Marriage Records.. Daley's Naked-ish Christmas.. Drag Kings

REPORTS: Train Wreck Coach Gets The Ax

Mike Shanahan Fired

Father Of Pussy Riot Member: Daughter's Release From Jail 'A Cheap Stunt'

Pussy Riot

Feds Make Huge Move On Drones


GOP 'Kryptonite'.. Tea Party Threat To GOP.. GOP Fails.. Cruz Hurls Blame.. Legalizing Weed?.. Oops!

Surprising Number Of Americans Still Don't Believe In Evolution

Evolution Survey

Best Dressed 2013 Is.. Faith And Justice Leaders.. Spiritual Photos 2013.. Best Religion Blogs 2013

Zappos Makes Dramatic Change

Zappos Sign

Former Drone Operator: 'We Always Wonder If We Killed The Right People'

Drone Operator

'Politico' Gets Pressed About Journalism Scandal

Mike Allen

THE WORST.. Glenn Greenwald Lets Loose.. 'Today' Return.. HACKED.. 70 Dead.. End Of An Era

Paul Krugman Trolls Bitcoin Fans

Paul Krugman

Target Admits What?!.. 2013's Fails.. McDonald's Worst Idea.. You're Underpaid.. Billionaires Go Here

This Could Be A Major Roadblock For Obamacare


Biggest Media Shake-Ups Of 2013


Japan Recruits Homeless For Fukushima Clean Up


France To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

Report: Pope 'Shocked' By Gay Adoption Bill


Racing Legend Fighting For His Life

Michael Schumacher

Billionaire GOP Donor Dies At 82

Harold Simmons

This Is What Los Angeles Could Look Like In 2033

Los Angeles

Congressman Files For Reelection In Wrong District

Ed Royce

Student Accused Of Using Nude Snapchat Photos To Extort Sex

Dorian Graham

Samsung Is Selling A $150,000 TV

Samsung Tv

Cyber Heist.. Flying Yacht.. Righteous Online Mob.. Reddit Change.. Google Art.. Tech Cringe 2013

U.S. And Libyan Forces Capture Militant Leader


Heavy Weapons Fire Spreads Fear In CAR Capital


DRC Coup.. Volgograd Bombing.. Assad's Message To Pope.. China Smoking Ban.. South Sudan War

Top Republican Can't Deal With Benghazi Reality

Mike Rogers

More Proof Al Qaeda Acts Like A Corporation

Al Qaeda

4 Al-Jazeera Journalists Arrested

Cairo Arrests

The Next Leader Of The Nation's Largest School System?

New York City Schools

Knocked Out In Dramatic Fashion -- AGAIN!

Jerry Jones

NYT Benghazi Blockbuster Confirms Earlier Claim

New York Times Benghazi


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