• Army cancels surgery for soldier's wife with cancer

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TACOMA, Wash. -- Patricia Zuniga is not just sick with worry. She fears cancer could be growing in her body after a surgery was abruptly cancelled to remove a tumor from her breast. Zuniga's health insurance fight has lasted more than three months. After Madigan Army Medical Center cancelled the surgery late January, she is still waiting to have the lump removed.

  • Unraveling: Liberal Common Cause demands Clinton Foundation, Hillary audit

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The financial issues plaguing Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign have become too much even for liberal groups, says the Washington Examiner, and now Common Cause is calling for an independent audit of donations to the Clinton Foundation. Amid suggestions that foreign governments donated to the foundation in hopes of getting special treatment from President Obama's State Department when Clinton was his top diplomat, the group on Friday said a "thorough review" is needed. "Six years ago, at Mrs. Clinton's confirmation hearing for her appointment as secretary of state, then-Sen. Dick Lugar observed that 'that foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state.' He was right, and his remarks remain relevant today as Mrs. Clinton seeks the presidency," said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport.

  • The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    During the 1970s the Louisiana neighborhood Pastor David Ned lived in was a rough one, says NPR. "I had a little dog, a little white German Shepherd, and I was living in an apartment," he said to Darius Clark Monroe during a visit to StoryCorps last fall. The two men met while Monroe was working on a documentary, Evolution of a Criminal , about a robbery he committed in his teens. Ned was a customer in the bank during the robbery. "And the manager's kids was kicking my dog," Ned continued.

  • NBC’s D.C. bureau strongly opposed Brian Williams’s return in February

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Journalists in NBC News’s powerful Washington bureau expressed strong opposition to the potential return of suspended anchorman Brian Williams during a contentious meeting with the head of the network’s news division in February, says the Washington Post. The meeting — details of which have not been made public before — was called after Williams’s six-month suspension from anchoring “NBC Nightly News,” the network’s signature newscast. Turness met with the division’s employees in New York and Washington to answer questions about the suspension and to get their feedback on the crisis enveloping the company. One person who attended the Washington meeting described the overall tone as a “bloodbath” for Williams. But another news employee tempered that characterization, describing the atmosphere merely as “very raw” and colleagues as “shocked.” The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

  • Where America drinks most: Study finds binge-drinking trouble spots

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    How much alcohol you drink depends a lot on where you live, says USA Today. A new study finds more than a third of adults in some areas drinking at dangerous levels but "huge variations" in rates of heavy and binge drinking across the United States. The new study is the first to take a comprehensive, county-by-county look at where problem drinking is worst and growing fastest.

  • KSWO: Oklahoma rancher killed by bull

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RUSSELL -- A cattle rancher from Russell, in Greer County, died after being attacked by one of his bulls, KSWO reports. According to reports from the Greer County Sheriff's Office, 67-year-old Jimmy Shrum was out working with his cattle, as he always does, when for an unknown reason he was attacked by the bull ...

  • Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General After Long Delay

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    After one of the nation’s most protracted cabinet-level confirmation delays, the Senate Thursday approved Loretta Lynch to be attorney general. She is the first African-American woman to hold the position, The New York Times reports.  Ms. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was confirmed 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her. Her confirmation took longer than that for all but two other nominees for the office: Edwin Meese III, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and A. Mitchell Palmer, who was picked by President Woodrow Wilson, according to the Congressional Research Service.

  • Hormone Therapy Continues to Raise Breast Cancer Risk Even Years Later

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Researchers admit that when it comes to hormone therapy — estrogen and progestin — to treat the symptoms of menopause for women, they don’t have a lot of consistent or convincing answers. They thought the medications could not only help menopause symptoms but also protect against heart disease, although some studies showed the added hormones could also raise risk of breast cancer. The resulting advice to women seeking answers about whether hormone therapy is for them has been anything but satisfying.

  • Video Of Volcano Erupting In Chile Is Amazing In Time-Lapse

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    It's been more than 40 years since the Calbuco volcano erupted, NPR reports. But now it's done it twice — generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud of ash. That column of ejected ash measures nearly 7 miles, says the National Mining and Geology Service, citing a "flyby" that was made early Thursday.

  • 2 Sons of Best-Selling Crime Writer Ann Rule Accused of Fleecing Ailing Mom Out of $100K

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Washington state authorities have accused two sons of best-selling true crime writer Ann Rule of theft and forgery, alleging they swindled their mother out of more than $100,000, says PEOPLE. King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Michael Rule, 51, with first-degree theft and forgery. His brother Andrew, 54, was charged with first-degree theft. Both remain out of custody on their own recognizance, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office. Since October of 2013, the once-prolific The New York Times best-selling author – best known for The Stranger Beside Me , a book about her friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy – has required 24-hour, in-home care at her home in Normandy Park, Washington, after she broke her hip in a serious fall . The author and mother of five, 84, "has been largely confined to a wheelchair" since then, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. "She is on oxygen all of the time."    

  • Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Washington Examiner reports legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures. A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million. The report was provided to Secrets and released Wednesday evening.

  • KOCO: Mad mother says school bus driver should have been fired before accident

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A school bus driver went out of control and hit several cars near Southwest 15th and Santa Fe in Oklahoma City. “Just think of how many kids could have been hurt,” said the mom of two Monroney Middle School students. “I called dispatch numerous times last year complaining about this driver,” she said.

  • ​Tulsa Sheriff's Office had investigated Robert Bates in 2009

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    TULSA, Okla . -- CBS News has learned that a 2009 investigation by the Tulsa Sheriff's Office concluded that there were concerns over Robert Bates behavior in the field. Bates, a 73-year-old reserve deputy, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Eric Harris. Bates says he shot and killed Harris by mistake after pulling his gun instead of his taser. Since the incident there have been allegations that Bates was not properly trained. CBS News learned that in 2009, the Tulsa Sheriff's Office launched an internal investigation to find out if Bates received special treatment during training and while working as a reserve deputy. They also investigated whether supervisors pressured training officers on Bates' behalf. The investigation concluded Bates' training was questionable and that he was given preferential treatment.

  • Marilyn Manson visits Oklahoma skating rink

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    What did  Marilyn Manson  do this weekend? He just went roller skating in Oklahoma ... naturally. The goth rocker showed up at Skateland in Tulsa on Friday night, TMZ reports. Manson is in town filming a movie where he plays a hitman, and they were shooting at the rink. According to the manager, Manson's character wasn't in the scene, but he came along for the ride so he could get his skate on.

  • Rapper Waka Flocka Flame Announces He's Running for President

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Waka Flocka Flame took time out of his favorite holiday (4/20) to make a special announcement Monday. Via Rolling Stone, the Queens-born “No Hands” rapperannounced he’s making good on his 2012 tweet: “I’m dead a– running for president in 2016," TIME reports. In his campaign video, Flame discusses early initiatives like the legalization of marijuana (“The president gotta have a big, fat old blunt”), banning dogs from restaurants (“I don’t want to see no f—ing animal in the restaurant ever again”), and barring people with big feet from walking in public (“They gotta take trains, cabs, and buses”)—oh, and plan on learning all his lyrics at a young age. 

  • Man urinated in hotel ice machine, police say

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. -  A man from England has been charged after he was accused of urinating in an ice machine at Hard Rock Hotel, according to the Orlando Police Department. The incident happened around 12 a.m. Tuesday. A security officer told police that he was approached by a guest in the lobby who informed him there was a very intoxicated guest in the hotel. The security officer was taken by the guest to the intoxicated person, identified by police as Andrew Wood, 41.

  • Feds urge eating expired food, even if 18 months past throwaway date

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, says the Washington Examiner, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious. The solution. Hold your nose and just eat it. Even if it is 18 months past the expiration date. It sounds yucky, but officials think they've got the trick to get moms to feed expired but safe food to kids and adults alike — they've even got an app. It's called FoodKeeper and it is supposed to have a more accurate calculation of food expiration dates, even for baby food and eggs.

  • A Silicon Valley startup wants to make breast cancer-gene testing affordable to all Americans

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    BRCA1 and BRCA2 are arguably the best-known human genes because their mutations are linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. When Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she’d tested positive for the mutation and decided to undergo a double mastectomy, she also noted that: “The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.” Now, a Silicon Valley startup which raised $15 million in funding, wants to fix the problem and have all American women get access to a test for 19 gene mutations, including the BRCA1 and BRCA2, responsible of increasing specifically ovarian and breast cancer risk, but also linked to other cancers.

  • Stranded cruise ship docks after 'horrific' 24-hour ordeal

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Thousands of weary passengers stranded at sea for more than 24-hours as 30-foot waves blocked their cruise ship from docking finally made it back to shore early Wednesday in Australia, NBC News reports. The Carnival Spirit — with 2,500 passengers and 1,500 crew aboard — was forced to remain out at sea as a massive storm pummeled Australia's coastline and shut down Sydney Harbor. "Upstairs on the main deck a lot of the glass had actually been pushed out and smashed all over the place, chairs just turned like lollipops, it was just crazy," passenger Ernie Pittana said.

  • Analysis: Brian Williams wants back in as limbo drags on

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Brian Williams, Lester Holt and NBC News are locked in a lose-lose-lose scenario right now, says CNN Money. Williams, the longtime anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," has been on the bench for nearly three months, suspended amid a scandal over exaggerations about an Iraq War mission. He has grown increasingly frustrated by the situation, according to sources near to the situation. He wants his position back and, more to the point, wants NBC to telegraph that he's coming back. "He's getting fed up," one supporter of Williams said on condition of anonymity. But Williams is not allowed to air his unhappiness -- NBC has prohibited him from speaking publicly.




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