• Ore. man accused of raping 11-year-old girl gets lighter sentence after lead investigator killed

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) – A Seaside man accused of sexual assault and sodomy was able to plead to a lesser offense because the lead investigator on his case, Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, was killed.  The change is the latest in a string of legal repercussions following the death Goodding. Goodding was shot and killed in the line of duty in February.   Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown says if someone is unavailable to appear in court their testimony and reports become hearsay, which cannot be used in court. In the sodomy case, Goodding’s death renders most of the investigation unusable.

  • Freddie Mac may need another taxpayer bailout next week

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Freddie Mac FMCC, -1.21%  is expected to report a loss when it announces first-quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday. That’s bad news for any public company, but especially critical for the mortgage provider because of its tangled history with the federal government.   Freddie and its counterpart, Fannie Mae FNMA, -0.58% were put into conservatorship in 2008 as the mortgage meltdown ensnared the financial system. They have lingered as wards of the state ever since. The Treasury Department modified the deal in 2012, requiring Fannie and Freddie to send all quarterly profits to the government — and shrink their reserves to zero by 2018.

  • Detroit schools can't meet payroll after June 30

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools will run out of money to pay employees after the fiscal year wraps up on June 30, the schools' emergency manager said on Saturday.   Steven Rhodes, a former federal bankruptcy judge, said that $48.7 million in supplemental funding approved by the Michigan legislature last month would allow paychecks for all employees only through the end of June.  He urged state lawmakers to approve a $715 million rescue plan that would create a new Detroit Education Commission, with broad authority to control new school openings for the next five years.

  • Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest. On April 26, people took to the streets in three Venezuelan states, looting stores to find food.

  • Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts.  The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection.  President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very different picture.

  • Outside North Carolina bathrooms? Gender Monitors

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    North Carolina’s new law aimed at controlling transgender access to public restrooms might seem stupid and unenforceable, but actually that’s only half true.   The law can definitely be enforced. All you need are thousands of paid Gender Monitors, stationed diligently at the doors of every public restroom in the state.   North Carolina lawmakers have declared that the gender of a bathroom user must match the gender listed on his or her birth certificate. Most people don’t usually bring their birth certificates to the toilet, but perhaps reminders could be posted on highway billboards, social media and in airport terminals.

  • Clinton investigation likely to extend beyond election | Washington Examiner

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    An FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's conduct could extend well past the election, a former chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Sunday. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., argued the scale of potentially wrongful activity Clinton engaged in while leading the State Department is slowing down investigators.

  • Sanders vows to fight on, promises a contested convention | Washington Examiner

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he will continue his challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton even at the party's convention in July. The convention will be a contested contest, Sanders said at a Washington, D.C. press conference Sunday. Sanders' pledge to push superdelegates behind Clinton to support him during the nominating contest raises the chance the Republicans' Cleveland gathering will not be the only convention fight this summer.

  • Facebook or Google? Here's the difference between working at 2 of the best employers in America

    By Rachel Gillett, Business Insider | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    If you're faced with the decision of whether you should accept a job at Facebook or Google, congratulations — you are one of the privileged few. Both employers rank in the top five on this year's list of  the 50 best companies to work for in America , based on exclusive data from  PayScale . And both are extremely competitive in their quest to hire the best and the brightest. Once you've passed the  intense interview process  at each respective company, a number of awesome perks, great compensation, and most likely extreme contentment in your new job await you — but which job do you choose? To make your decision a little easier, here's a head-to-head comparison of how Facebook and Google stack up as employers. View As:  One Page   Slides

  • Woman Files $5 Million Lawsuit Against Starbucks For Putting Too Much Ice In Her Drinks

    By NINA GOLGOWSKI, Huffington Post | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    An Illinois woman is reportedly suing Starbucks for $5 million over the amount of ice it puts in customers’ drinks. Stacy Pincus accuses the coffee chain of packing almost half of their cold beverages with ice as a means to skimp on serving actual coffee to customers, according to the suit  obtained by Courthouse News. When it comes to ordering a 24-ounce “Venti” coffee, for example, Pincus claims a customer only receives 14 ounces of actual coffee, and ice takes up the remaining 10. The miffed customer further notes that hot Starbucks beverages typically cost less than cold ones, even though they contain more coffee because of the lack of ice. Among the accusations hurled at the coffee conglomerate are fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment. Pincus expresses her intent to represent everyone who ever purchased a cold drink from the coffee chain over the last 10 years.

  • Free the Night leads nonsmoking trend at local bars and clubs in Oklahoma City

    By Greg Elwell, Oklahoma Gazette | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Free The Night campaign manager Kathleen Thomas says more longtime smoking establishments in Oklahoma City are changing.

  • Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

    By NPR | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Let's begin with a choice. Say there's a check in the mail. It's meant to help you run your household. You can use it to keep the lights on, the water running and food on the table. Would you rather that check be for $9,794 or $28,639? It's not a trick question. It's the story of America's schools in two numbers. That $9,794 is how much money the Chicago Ridge School District in Illinois spent per child in 2013 (the number has been adjusted by  Education Week  to account for regional cost differences). It's well below that year's national average of $11,841. Ridge's two elementary campuses and one middle school sit along Chicago's southern edge. Roughly two-thirds of its students come from low-income families, and a third are learning English as a second language. Here, one nurse commutes between three schools, and the two elementary schools share an art teacher and a music teacher. They spend the first half of the year at different schools, then, come January, box up their supplies and swap classrooms. "We don't have a lot of the extra things that other districts may have, simply because we can't afford them," says Ridge Superintendent Kevin Russell.

  • How a Dallas suit may bring trouble to landlords who ban renters with criminal records

    By Julieta Chiquillo, Dallas News | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Many prospective renters dread the part of the lease application that asks about their criminal history. In some places, a conviction — or even an arrest — is a deal-breaker. Now the federal government says landlords who deny homes to people because of their criminal histories can be sued under the Fair Housing Act. That’s because minorities nationwide are disproportionately arrested and imprisoned, so housing providers with blanket policies that reject ex-offenders might be unintentionally discriminating based on race, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agency’s new guidance relies on a legal theory called disparate impact. A housing policy that inordinately harms minorities can be considered illegal even if the discrimination is inadvertent. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the principle of disparate impact last summer while deciding  a housing case out of Dallas . But will landlords change their rules?

  • How to Shrink the College Graduation Gap Between Latino Men and Women

    By EMILY DERUY, The Atlantic | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The number of Latino men enrolling in college increased 75 percent between 2005 and 2014, from 718,500 to 1.26 million. Yet compared to Latino women, these young men make up a disproportionately small percentage of college students. In 2014, Latino men made up just 43 percent of Latinos enrolled in college to Latinas’ 57 percent. The disparity at the graduate level is even more pronounced.

  • Alabama boy, 11, shoots burglar, mocks him for “crying like a little baby”

    By Daniel Politi, Slate | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    An 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Alabama was home alone on Wednesday when he suddenly heard a strange noise. When Chris Gaither went to look, he saw a suspected home intruder. Chris says he was scared but grabbed a 9mm handgun to protect himself.

  • Could knowing how much your coworker earns help close the gender pay gap?

    By Nancy Modesitt, The Conversation | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Currently, in the United States, women earn approximately 21 percent less than men. The gap between men’s and women’s wages remains even when taking into account factors such as career choice.

  • Turns Out You Really Do Think Brilliant Thoughts in the Shower

    By Cari Romm, New York Magazine | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    It's true - you really do have brilliant thoughts while in the shower. Here's why.

  • Snapchat Scores Unique Deal With NBC to Showcase Olympics

    By Sarah Frier, Bloomberg Technology | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The Olympics are coming to Snapchat.

  • Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

    By Colin Dwyer, NPR | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The way  Jimmy Santiago Baca  tells it, poetry saved his life — but he's not speaking in hyperbole. Long before the poet won an American Book Award, Baca was in prison on a drug conviction, where he was facing down a prison-yard fight with another inmate. Baca sought padding however he could get it. "So I got a bunch of tape and a bunch of books on the library cart and strapped them around my stomach," he recalls, "and when this guy pulled out his shank, I was like, wow, this ain't just a fight — this guy wants to kill me." The guy he was fighting connected on a few swipes, he says, but each time, the books — and one big one, in particular — took the blow. "Had the book not been there, I would have been dead; it would've cut all the way to the tailbone. When i went back to my cell, I looked at this one book where he had gouged it about an inch deep. And it was a thick anthology of Romantic poets." "That's when I sat down on the cot in my cell and started looking at this book that saved my life and realized that these poets had in a very real, real way saved me," he says. "And when I began to read the words, I was astounded by their beauty and eloquence, and how the arrangement of words made me happy." It's no coincidence, then, that these days — decades after that prison term — Baca serves as the final judge in a contest designed to encourage some of the country's youngest prisoners to turn to poetry themselves. He hopes poetry, that vessel of a million meanings that saved his own life, may do the same for them.

  • The Spirituality of Snoopy

    By JONATHAN MERRITT, The Atlantic | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work.