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Ft. Knox civilian shot and killed, investigation expands to Radcliff

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U.S. Army Human Resources Command headquarters at Fort Knox
An Army civilian employee is dead after a shooting incident that occurred Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot outside U.S. Army Human Resources Command headquarters at Fort Knox.

The victim, who was an employee of U.S. Army Human Resources Command, was transported by ambulance to Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence," said Chris Grey, spokesperson for the independent Army investigative agency, in a news release.

The incident prompted a lockdown of post, and security still is heightened at entrance and exit gates overnight. Those coming to Fort Knox should expect delays.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family, the post statement said.

Sheriff

West Virginia sheriff shot and killed outside courthouse

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© eugene.crum/FacebookSheriff Eugene Crum is seen in this photo from his Facebook page.
A West Virginia sheriff with a reputation for cracking down on drug dealers was shot in the head at point blank range and killed outside a county courthouse today, officials and witnesses said.

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle during his lunch break in the town of Williamson, state Delegate Harry Keith White told ABC News.

A witness told ABC News that he watched the suspect approach Crum's car, where he was known to eat lunch, and fire twice into the vehicle. The suspect then calmly walked to his truck, described as a tan Ford ranger, and drove away.

Another witness, Larry Dove, told the West Virginia Gazette he saw a man shoot Crum "right in the head."

Attention

Carnival Triumph shipyard worker missing after cruise liner breaks free

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© Bill Starling/APTug boats maneuver around the Carnival Triumph on the Mobile River after it broke free on Wednesday.
One of two men still missing after winds also topple guard shack at Alabama port where troubled cruise ship is being repaired

Authorities were searching for a shipyard worker who was thrown into the water in strong winds that also tore a troubled Carnival cruise ship away from its mooring at an Alabama port.

The man was one of two people in a guard shack that blew into the water Wednesday at the shipyard in downtown Mobile, Alabama, where the 900-foot (275-meter) Carnival Triumph had been moored for repairs after being stranded off the coast of Mexico for five days in February.

A second worker was rescued, a US coast guard spokesman said. Aside from the weather, the two incidents were unrelated, the coast guard said. Both men work for BAE Systems, which runs the shipyard.

Authorities are unsure of how deep the water is where the men fell in, but Carnival Cruise Lines said on its website that its ship-repairing operation is adjacent to a 42-foot (13-meter), deep-ship channel.

Apple Red

School forces 25 hungry students to throw away lunches when they couldn't pay

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A group Massachusetts parents are outraged and at least one worker has been placed on administrative leave after about 25 students Robert J. Coelho Middle School in Attleboro were forced to throw away their lunches over concerns that they could not pay for the food.

Parents said that some students cried and went home hungry.

School officials told The Sun Chronicle that Whitson's, the contractor responsible for providing lunches, made the decision to stop students from eating their lunch if there was not enough credit in the student's pre-paid account or they were not able to provide cash for the meal.

Superintendent Pia Durkin on Wednesday said that the on-site director had been placed on administrative leave and Whitson's had been instructed not to deny lunch to any student in the future.

Bizarro Earth

Louisiana smells 'burning tires and oil' as Exxon refinery spills unknown amount of chemicals

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As ExxonMobil's week from hell continues after a spill of Canadian crude oil and questions on why the energy giant is exempt from contributing to a federal cleanup fund, it is now dealing with a fresh chemical leak at a refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, residents of the New Orleans suburb began reporting strong odor of "burning tires and oil" to the local Coast Guard on Wednesday.

The claims were soon connected to a report issued by the ExxonMobil refinery the same day.

Confusion remained, though, over the amounts and types of chemicals dumped as a result of a break in a pipeline connecting a drum used to store "liquid flare condensate" with a flare. At oil refineries, flares are gas combustion devices generally used to burn off flammable gas released by pressure relief valves. In this case, the spill itself was of the condensate water.

Once the refinery's leak reached the threshold that would require it to be reported, ExxonMobil announced that it had released 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and 10 pounds of benzene, a volatile compound known to cause cancer.

People 2

Nearly 30% of U.S. African-Americans with children suffer poverty, food insecurity

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© UnknownFour young members of World Vision International, which seeks to provide resources and aid to girls struggling with education and poverty, attend the 10x10 campaign gala in New York City, New York on October 10.
Alarming statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month revealed that hunger and poverty rates in the country remain high, particularly among African-American children.

The U.S. Census Bureau determined that 25.1 percent of African-American households and 29.2 percent of households with children are food insecure.

"While there are indicators that the economy is recovering, children and ethnic minorities that were disproportionately impacted during the recession continue to struggle and lag behind in the recovery," explained Leonetta Elaiho, director of Youth and Community Engagement, U.S. Programs at World Vision, in an email statement to The Christian Post.

The U.S. average of households with children who are food insecure is lower, but still high - up to 20.6 percent.

Comment: To put the above U.S. poverty statistics into perspective: Wealth inequality in America




Arrow Down

Body of North Carolina missing woman found in wrecked car days after it was towed

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© ABC NewsCarolyn Ann Watkins body was found in her car days after it was towed from an accident scene, Johnson County, North Carolina.
The family of a North Carolina grandmother whose body was found inside her wrecked car three days after it was towed said today they believe she would still be alive if a state trooper had noticed her.

Carolyn Ann Watkins, 62, was found dead inside her 2000 Pontiac at a towing lot on Monday.

"There was not much swelling and stuff like that, so we think she was living in that vehicle," Patricia Parker, Watkins' daughter-in-law, told ABCNews.com.

State Trooper M.D. Williams found Watkins' car Friday morning in a ditch near Smithfield, a town 30 miles southeast of Raleigh.

"Note: No driver at the scene of this collision," Williams wrote in a copy of the accident report obtained by ABCNews.com.

Bad Guys

A billion go hungry because of GMO farming: Vandana Shiva




According to Vandana Shiva, seeds are the original renewable resource, until multinational corporations like Monsanto gain seed patents.

Bizarro Earth

Charity programs can't keep up with rising poverty due to gov't cuts

US poverty spikes but help from Washington shrinks as government struggles with debt

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© AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyIn this April 1, 2013 photo, Antonio Hammond stands outside of his apartment in Baltimore. Hammond arrived in Baltimore three years ago, addicted to crack cocaine and snorting heroin, living in abandoned buildings where “the rats were fierce,” and financing his addiction by breaking into cars and stealing copper pipes out of crumbing structures. Eighteen months after finding his way to Catholic Charities via a rehabilitation center, the 49-year-old Philadelphia native is clean of drugs, earning $13 an hour and paying taxes. But such success stories are in danger as $85 billion in federal government spending cuts that began last month begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide.
Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man.

He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations trying to haul people out of poverty in this Maryland port city where one of four residents is considered poor by U.S. government standards.

Hammond says he ended up in Baltimore three years ago, addicted to crack cocaine and snorting heroin, living in abandoned buildings where "the rats were fierce," and financing his addiction by breaking into cars and stealing copper pipes out of crumbing structures. Eighteen months after finding his way to Catholic Charities via a rehabilitation center, the 49-year-old Philadelphia native is back in the work force, clean of drugs, earning $13 an hour cleaning laboratories for the Biotech Institute of Maryland and paying taxes.

Catholic Charities, which runs a number of federally funded programs, spent $18,000 from privately donated funds to turn around Hammond's life through the organization's Christopher's Place program which provides housing and support services to recovering addicts and former prisoners.

Such success stories are in danger as $85 billion in federal government spending cuts begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide. The cuts started kicking in automatically on March 1 after feuding Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a better plan for addressing the national deficit. They are hitting at a time of spiking poverty as the U.S. slowly climbs out of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

"All I wanted to do was get high," Hammond said. "I didn't even know any more how to eat or clean myself."

Eye 1

Conspiracy theory poll results

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About 90 million Americans believe aliens exist. Some 66 million of us think aliens landed at Roswell in 1948. These are the things you learn when there's a lull in political news and pollsters get to ask whatever questions they want.

Public Policy Polling has raised weird polls to an art form. During last year's presidential campaign, the firm earned a bit of a reputation for its unorthodox questions; for example, "If God exists, do you approve of its handling of natural disasters?"

Today PPP released the results of a national survey looking at common conspiracy theories. Broken down by topic and cross-referenced by political preference, the results will not inspire a lot of patriotism. If you need to defend your fellow countrymen, be sure to note that the margin of error is 2.8 percent.

We took the findings and arranged them from most- to least-believed. And, just to inspire additional shame, figured out how many actual Americans that meant must believe in things like the danger of fluoride in water. (28 million, if you're wondering.)