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Dad Hit Son for Not Watching Obama

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US, Connecticut - A North Stamford father trying to make his pre-teenaged son listen to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech last month was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and accused of striking his son with a coffee mug when the youth would not pay attention.

Mohamed Shohan, 49, of 55 Mather Road, Stamford, was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child. He was released after posting $5,000 bond and will be arraigned on the charges at state Superior Court in Stamford Thursday.

Youth Bureau Sgt. Joseph Kennedy said police were made aware of the assault Jan. 27 when the youth was brought to Stamford Hospital for treatment of an injury to his face. When police interviewed the 11-year-old boy, he told them the two sat down at home to watch the address the day after his father recorded it, Kennedy said.

Extinguisher

US: Fake 9/11 Hero Admits Lie; Fellow Firefighters Furious


A South Carolina man who told his fellow firefighters he was one of the first responders on 9/11 has admitted it was a lie.

Jordan Lifander, a former Cedarhurst, Long Island volunteer firefighter, said this week that he was sorry for telling firefighters in the Palmetto State that he was a captain of FDNY's Ladder 133, which lost 12 men on Sept. 11.

"You know, once you tell one lie, you gotta keep up that lie," Lifander told CBSNewYork.com on Wednesday. "I got all caught up in the whole 9/11 anniversary and just lied. I was not a member of the FDNY, was not a captain in Ladder 133."

Lifander "did not survive the disaster any more than those of us who watched it on television," CBS 2's Lou Young wrote.

Dressed in a uniform with an FDNY patch, Lifander spoke at a 9/11 memorial service in Spartanburg, S.C., last year, telling the crowd he attended "47 funerals in three weeks for brothers who died that day." He received a standing ovation.

According to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, current and former New York City firefighters contacted the paper on Monday saying Liflander's story was a "sham."

Comment: This situation is unfortunate and so unbelievable to all these people. It's hard to imagine how any of these people would feel and react if they found out that the official story of 9/11 was a complete lie and that their own government was behind it.

The reader is encouraged to read 9/11 The Ultimate Truth by Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Joe Quinn for a more objective assessment of the events behind 9/11.


Heart - Black

US, Alabama: Man Acquitted of Drowning Wife on Australia Honeymoon

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© Reuters/Marvin Gentry Gabe Watson enters the Mel Bailey Criminal Justice Center for the continuation of his capital murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama February 23, 2012.
A judge on Thursday acquitted an Alabama man accused of killing his new wife on a honeymoon scuba dive trip in Australia.

Prosecutors said Gabe Watson, motivated by potential insurance payouts, had drowned his wife Tina in October 2003 by turning off her oxygen supply during their dive in the waters off Townsville, Australia.

But after prosecutors wrapped up their case on Thursday, Judge Tommy Nail ruled there was no evidence to suggest that Gabe Watson intended to kill.

"The only way to convict this man of capital murder is to use speculation and conjecture," Nail said. "The state has failed to establish an intentional killing."

Watson's mother collapsed in tears outside of the courtroom after hearing the news.

Mail

US Postal Service Closings Plan to Eliminate up to 35,000 Jobs

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© Reuters/Lucy NicholsonA post office which closed its counter services four years ago is seen in Los Angeles, January 30, 2012.
The U.S. Postal Service announced plans on Thursday to close or consolidate 223 mail processing centers and eliminate up to 35,000 jobs as part of its strategy to cut costs by reducing its network of facilities.

The Postal Service has been losing billions of dollars each year as email chips away at mail volumes and as it faces massive annual payments to the federal government.

Postal officials said in September they would study more than 250 of the 461 processing sites for possible consolidation with other facilities as part of a series of cost-cutting steps. They also announced plans to end next-day delivery to cut back on overnight work.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said the agency needs to reduce $20 billion in annual costs by 2015. Moving processing away from the 223 centers would reduce operating costs by $2.6 billion annually, according to the Postal Service's website.

That includes eliminating as many as 30,000 full-time jobs and 5,000 non-career positions, USPS spokesman Sue Brennan said. The agency has gotten rid of about 140,000 jobs in the last five years, mainly through attrition, but still had about 650,000 workers at the end of 2011, according to its first-quarter financial statement.

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US, Washington: Judge Will Decide if Charges Against 9-Year-Old in School Shooting will Proceed

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© The Seattle Times / Ken Lambert / Pool / Associated Press The 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate at a Bremerton, Wash. elementary school is led away after his juvenile detention hearing in Kitsap County, Wash. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.
A frightened 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate sat before a judge in juvenile court, crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, as his father gently rubbed his back.

Thursday's scene came a day after police said the boy accidently shot a fellow third-grader, and raised questions that will be played out in the legal system: Did he know what he did was wrong? And is anyone else responsible?

Bail was set at $50,000 during the hearing where preliminary charges were filed, and ultimately the court will determine whether the case against the third-grader will continue.

An 8-year-old girl remains critically wounded.

"I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake," the boy's father, Jason Cochran, said outside the courthouse.

An uncle, Patrick Cochran, is the boy's legal guardian and also sat by his nephew's side in the courthouse. The Seattle Times reported late Thursday the boy had been released on bail. The Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility said it couldn't comment and a juvenile administrator did not immediately return a phone call. Court arrangements provided that the boy would be released to his uncle and placed under house arrest if bail was met.

People

China's 'Occupy' Toilet Protests Spread

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© Agence France-PresseSigns for the men's and women's toilets are seen at the Hong Kong international airport in 2009.
A Chinese student is hoping to become a heroine for women around the world by launching an occupy movement of her own -- in the men's toilets.

Fed up with long queues for ladies', Li Tingting made headlines when she and 20 women marched into a men's public toilet in the southern city of Guangzhou carrying colourful placards calling for equal waiting times for both sexes.

Now, she plans to take her protest to the capital Beijing, where China's leaders will gather next month for the annual meeting of the country's rubber-stamp parliament.

"We want senior officials to pay attention to this issue," she told AFP. "It is a big issue for many women. During the protest in Guangzhou, we conducted random surveys and found that the majority of people supported us."

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US, Wisconsin: Man Charged After Cooking Own Meal at Denny's

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Police say a Wisconsin man took the Denny's restaurant chain slogan "America's diner is always open" too far, marching into one of the restaurants, announcing he was the new boss and cooking himself dinner.

James Summers walked into a Madison Denny's on Tuesday dressed in a maroon tie and black trench coat and carrying a briefcase, according to police. He strode into the manager's office, told her he was the new general manager and then fixed himself a burger, fries and a soda before police arrived.

"This is why you don't dine and dash, kiddies," Summers yelled out to diners as officers took him away, police said in a release.

Police found a stun gun in a hip holster under his coat and crack pipes in his briefcase, a criminal complaint showed. Prosecutors charged him Wednesday with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and felony possession of an electronic weapon.

According to the complaint and the police news release, Summers, 52, entered the Denny's and found restaurant manager Tracy Brant counting out the day's receipts in a back office. He announced he was her new general manager and would be starting work that evening.

Heart - Black

US: 1-Year-Old Drowns In Indianapolis Church's Baptismal Pool

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A 1-year-old boy is dead after he drowned in an Indianapolis church's baptismal pool Wednesday.

Indianapolis police said the boy - identified as Juan Cardenas in several reports - went missing for a short period, presumably having wandered off from the supervision of childcare staff members at the Praise Fellowship Assembly of God. There, eight employees monitor between 30 and 45 children.

The child wasn't discovered missing until his therapist arrived for a session and couldn't find him. The daycare employees then found him floating in two-feet of water in the pool. He was transported in critical condition to St. Vincent's Hospital where he was later declared dead.

Police investigators from homicide and child abuse units are investigating the death. They don't suspect foul play but say the investigation is ongoing.

The church's voice mail message told callers the center will close for the remainder of the week.

Che Guevara

US, Washington DC: 'Lunch-In' Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches

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The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a "lunch-in" today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The target of the protest? "[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother's home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets," a press release announcing today's event read.

The alleged lunch incident happened in North Carolina. "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious," a local reporter wrote last week. "The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day."

Crusader

UK: 'Voice of God' to Scare Church Roof Raiders

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Hundreds of churches are to have "voice of God" alarms fitted to their roofs deter thieves from stripping off lead and copper.

Special movement sensors are to be hidden in spires and finials triggering a booming voice to take intruders by surprise warning that they have been detected and that security guards are on their way.

The initiative, backed by the Church of England, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Home Office, comes after the rate of metal thefts reached "catastrophic" proportions in some dioceses with an average of seven churches targeted every day.

An insurance company has donated £500,000 to pay for hi-tech alarms to be fitted in 100 churches in England, Scotland and Wales judged to be most at risk.

But organisers hope that hundreds of other parishes will raise funds themselves to fit the devices - adapting the traditional church roof appeal model to cope with the metal theft crisis.

The soaring cost of metal during the global economic crisis has helped fuel a surge in metal thefts, triggering chaos on the rail network when copper signalling cables are taken.