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Out of sight, out of mind: Obama urged to reverse policy on no condolence letters for military suicides

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Washington - A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Barack Obama to change the current "insensitive" policy of not sending condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide.

A letter signed by 11 senators -- 10 Democrats and one Republican -- and sent Wednesday urges the president to "take immediate steps to reverse the long-standing policy of withholding presidential letters of condolence" to families of troops who killed themselves.

The policy, which goes back several presidents, has been the subject of protest by military families. CNN first reported in 2009 about the family of Spc. Chancellor Keesling, who killed himself while serving in Iraq.

The family set up a wall to pay tribute to Keesling in their Indiana home. Along with his uniform and the flag from his burial service, a space was left for the expected condolence letter from the commander in chief.

Comment: More U.S. Soldiers Killed Themselves Than Died in Combat in 2010


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US: Wife helps fly small plane over Colorado after husband suffers oxygen deprivation

Federal aviation officials on Thursday released details of a May 17 incident in which the pilot of a small plane became incapacitated from lack of oxygen, and his wife, also in the cockpit, teamed with air-traffic controllers and nearby pilots to get the endangered aircraft lower so the pilot could recover and land safely.

The couple were flying a Cirrus SR22 from San Bernardino, Calif., to Colorado Springs at an altitude of 17,000 feet at midday when a controller in the Federal Aviation Administration's Longmont control center noticed the pilot was slurring his speech.

"I think you might be experiencing some hypoxia; would you like a lower altitude?" controller Charlie Rohrer asked the pilot, according to the FAA transcript of the incident.

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New York, US: Irving Sanchez Caught On Tape Abusing Pit Bull Puppy

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The NYPD says Irving Sanchez, 46, is the man seen in this image taken on May 22, 2011 striking pit bull puppy Max.
Most people have puppy love. A man caught on tape in an East Harlem elevator seems to have the opposite.

The New York Police Department says Irving Sanchez, 46, was arrested after allegedly being caught on an elevator's surveillance camera brutalizing a pit bull puppy.

The video was captured Sunday in the Wagner Houses in East Harlem. It shows a shocking attack.

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Italy: Seismologists Tried for Manslaughter Over Quake

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Hundreds attend the state funeral ceremony for victims of the April 6, 2009 earthquake, at piazza d'Armi in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, central Italy.
Italian scientists didn't alert public ahead of time, although peers say that's not possible

Earthquake prediction can be a grave, and faulty science, and in the case of Italian seismologists who are being tried for the manslaughter of the people who died in the 2009 L'Aquila quake, it can have legal consequences.

The group of seven, including six seismologists and a government official, reportedly didn't alert the public ahead of time of the risk of the L'Aquila earthquake, which occurred on April 6 of that year, killing around 300 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

But most scientists would agree it's not their fault they couldn't predict the wrath of Mother Nature.

"We're not able to predict earthquakes very well at all," John Vidale, a Washington State seismologist and professor at the University of Washington, told LiveScience.

Even though advances have been made, the day scientists are able to forecast earthquakes is still "far away," Dimitar Ouzounov, a professor of earth sciences at Chapman University in California, said this month regarding the prediction of the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

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US: Man on Dulles Flight Had 12 IDs, No Name

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Police have arrested a man carrying 12 fake identification cards at a Pennsylvania airport.

State police are still trying to determine the man's real name after he was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports the man supplied a Texas driver's license to police called to investigate a suspicious person report. But police say the man, who arrived on a flight from Dulles International Airport and was carrying a black duffel bag, couldn't get his birth date right on the first try.

Investigators say he fled, tossing away a wallet containing counterfeit ID cards from states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Florida.

The man was captured outside the airport and charged as John Doe with forgery and tampering with public records. He's being held on $250,000 bail.

Source: The Associated Press

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US: Birthday Spankings Spark Complaints, Investigation of School Principal

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This picture of an implement used for birthday "whammies" at a Mount Vernon elementary school was included in a letter the principal sent to parents.
Linn County authorities are investigating complaints that a Mount Vernon elementary school principal used a padded hockey stick to deliver birthday spankings to his students.

Complaints about Principal Terry Eisenbarth's birthday "whammies" at Washington Elementary School also are under review by school board members, who met behind closed doors Wednesday night. About 70 people waited outside the meeting, parents said.

"I do not spank my kids at home on their birthdays," said Steve Wernimont, 44, who has three children. "That is not a celebration. It's being subservient to a dominating figure."

Wernimont and his husband, Ric Turnquist, said their three children, ages 9, 8, and 7, received birthday whammies last fall. The children didn't acknowledge the spankings until this month, when Wernimont said he heard about the practice and asked them about it.

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US: 'Only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself': Mark Zuckerberg

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The eyes of a hunter.
Last year Mark Zuckerberg set out to learn Chinese. Now he's determined to get in touch with his food. If the goats, lobsters and chickens of Silicon Valley aren't trembling, they should be.

When he's not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new "personal challenge," as he calls it. "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," says the Facebook founder and CEO.

It's an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, "I'm eating a lot healthier foods. And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," he says. "It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day."

Zuckerberg's new goal came to light, not surprisingly, on Facebook. On May 4, Zuckerberg posted a note to the 847 friends on his private page: "I just killed a pig and a goat."

This drew a stream of emotional comments, which were a mixture of confusion, curiosity, and outright disgust. Zuckerberg posted his own comment in response, explaining that he fixates on a personal challenge each year (in 2009, he wore a tie every day), and this year's is about animals and meat.

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Canada: Ontario gas attendant dies trying to stop pump-and-run thief; police seek driver

With rising gas prices come more reports of drivers filling up and taking off without paying, but one driver may have more than just a theft on his conscience.

Police in Mississauga, Ont., say a gas station attendant has died of injuries suffered last week when he tried to stop a man from leaving without paying - a growing crime known as a "gas-and-dash."

Hashem Atifeh Rad, 62, of Mississauga, was working at a Petro-Canada station in the city west of Toronto on May 19 when a driver began filling up.

Police say the driver was seen stopping just before the gas station and covering up his licence plates.

It's alleged he made off with about $75 worth of gas while the attendant, who tried to confront him, was struck by the car and dragged into the street.

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10 Modern Methods of Mind Control

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The more one researches mind control, the more one will come to the conclusion that there is a coordinated script that has been in place for a very long time with the goal to turn the human race into non-thinking automatons. For as long as man has pursued power over the masses, mind control has been orchestrated by those who study human behavior in order to bend large populations to the will of a small "elite" group. Today, we have entered a perilous phase where mind control has taken on a physical, scientific dimension that threatens to become a permanent state if we do not become aware of the tools at the disposal of the technocratic dictatorship unfolding on a worldwide scale.

Modern mind control is both technological and psychological. Tests show that simply by exposing the methods of mind control, the effects can be reduced or eliminated, at least for mind control advertising and propaganda. More difficult to counter are the physical intrusions, which the military-industrial complex continues to develop and improve upon.

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India: Mystery surrounds the Apollo aircraft crash in Delhi

Mystery surrounds the crash of the mini aircraft that crashed in Jawaharnagar locality in Faridabad near the Delhi airport yesterday night.

While initial reactions have blamed strong winds for smashing the nine-seater onto a house -- killing three women on the roof of the house -- air traffic records show that the plane lost an inordinate amount of altitude suddenly before the crash.

The plane, according to air traffic authorities, was flying at the usual cruising height of 11,000 feet (3.5 km) up in the air.

"We told the plane to keep at 11,000 feet as there were five other planes to touch down before it," pointed out a source in the airport.

While the plane should have circled at 11,000 feet, it started losing altitude and descended rapidly. "We have to see why it came down so rapidly.. whether there was wind at the high altitude or whether it got caught in the wind only after climbing down from the high altitude," the source pointed out.