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Palm Scanning Causing Concern Among Moss Bluff Elementary Parents

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Mark of the Beast: A Louisiana public school's decision to purchase palm scanners to speed up lunch lines and payments has been met with religious opposition.
A local elementary school is trying to implement a new program in their cafeteria. But the palm vein scanner is being met with much opposition from Moss Bluff Elementary parents.

"I was very, very mad," said parent Mamie Sonnier. "Disappointed."

Many parents felt that way on Monday after reading a letter sent home with their children from Moss Bluff Elementary School. The letter introduced a new program, the palm vein scanner, to move students through the lunch line at a faster rate. With almost 1,000 students, Principal Charles Caldarera says the system will reduce errors.

"We are so large," said Caldarera. "With an elementary school, they all come through line, and most of them eat here. It would make us more efficient and more accurate. We've had parents complain in the past, because they felt like their children weren't eating, that we assigned them a charge for the day, and they might have been right."

Caldarera says the school is acting on a recommendation from school food service director Patricia Hosemann. But he says the letter gives parents an option.

"We sent this letter home for parents to be aware of it, and to let them know that they can opt out," said Caldarera. "They can opt out and say, hey, I don't want my child involved in it. That's quite alright. It won't make any difference. The children will still be able to eat in the cafeteria."

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Is Mark Zuckerberg in Over His Hoodie as Facebook CEO?

Mark Zuckerberg
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Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook's stock price slide has raised doubts about Mark Zuckerberg's role as CEO. Some say he should hand the reins to a more seasoned executive.

The deepening slide in Facebook Inc.'s stock is fueling talk once considered implausible on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

Should Mark Zuckerberg, the social media visionary but neophyte corporate manager, step aside as CEO to let a more seasoned executive run the multibillion-dollar company?

In that scenario, Zuckerberg would remain as the creative force propelling Facebook's technological innovation. But the 28-year-old would cede the CEO title to someone better suited to overseeing operations and building rapport with finicky investors - mundane but essential duties for which Zuckerberg has shown little appetite or aptitude.

"There is a growing sense that Mark Zuckerberg, talented though he may be, is in over his hoodie as CEO of a multibillion-dollar public company," said Sam Hamadeh, head of research firm PrivCo. "While in many cases a company founder can, and does, grow into the job, things are happening so quickly that there is precious little time here for Zuckerberg to do that."

Doubts about the Facebook founder intensified Thursday as the stock closed below $20 for the first time. The shares, which slipped to $19.87, have shed nearly half their value since Facebook's disastrous initial public offering three months ago.


8 Injured in South Korean Subway Rampage

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Seoul, South Korea - A man wielding a box-cutter stabbed or cut eight people at a subway station just outside of South Korea's capital after a teenager confronted him for spitting at him, police said Sunday.

No one died in the 10-minute rampage Saturday and the injuries weren't life-threatening, according to three police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to the media. Police arrested a man running away from the station in Uijeongbu, which is home to U.S. and South Korean military bases, the officers said.

Such attacks are rare in South Korea.

Police identified the suspect as a 39-year-old man surnamed Yoo.

Yoo began wielding a box cutter at an 18-year-old man surnamed Park inside the train when the victim confronted Yoo for spitting at him, police said. Infuriated when Park said he would call police, Yoo began brandishing the cutter on a train and then on a station platform until he was arrested, Uijeongbu Police Station said in a statement released Sunday.

Yoo, who is unemployed and lives alone, was on his way to find work in Seoul on the subway, police said.


Minister Among '31 Dead' in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudanese cabinet minister was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed as it carried a delegation to war-torn South Kordofan state for Muslim Eid holiday celebrations, officials and state media said.
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Sudan's new Minister of Guidance and Endowments Ghazi Sadeq Abdul Rahim was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed.
"All people on board were killed," Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim, spokesman for the Sudan Aviation Authority, told AFP.

Among the dead was Khartoum's Guidance and Endowments Minister Ghazi Al-Saddiq, the official SUNA news agency said, reporting that 26 people were aboard the aircraft.

Speaking on the official Radio Omdurman, Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said the plane "crashed into a hill" because of bad weather, killing the entire delegation.

Mr Abdelrahim said the Russian-made Antonov plane was landing in Talodi town at about 8am local time when "an explosion was heard and the plane was destroyed."

Although there have been no reports of major fighting around Talodi in recent weeks, the town has been a key battleground in the war which began in June last year between the government and ethnic rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).


Rescuers Search for Philippine Minister, 2 Pilots

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Men carry parts of a crashed plane carrying Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo in Masbate city, Masbate province, central Philippines, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
About 300 rescuers searched Sunday for Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an emergency landing. An aide of Robredo made a dramatic escape from the plane and was helping in the search, officials said.

The four-seat Piper Seneca took off Saturday from central Cebu city, where Robredo had met local officials, and was 30 minutes into the flight to his hometown of Naga city when one of its two engines stalled. The Filipino pilot and Nepali student co-pilot attempted to land in Masbate province but missed the runway by about 500 meters (550 yards), Transport Secretary Mar Roxas said.

President Benigno Aquino III flew Sunday with his defense chief and the heads of the national police and the military to Masbate, about 380 kilometers (235 miles) southeast of Manila, to oversee the U.S. military-backed search.

Rescuers found a portion of the right wing and a copy of the flight plan underwater in an area where what appeared to be skid marks and metal parts on the seafloor were detected by sonar equipment. Divers and military aircraft suspended their operations before nightfall but planned to focus their search in that area on Monday, Roxas told reporters, adding that the search by boats would continue through the night.

Dozens of divers and ships scoured the sea while helicopters crisscrossed overhead all day. Troops and police searched along the coast and a U.S. Navy plane flew over the area twice to look for the wreckage.


Top Gun director dies after jumping off bridge

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Director Tony Scott at 20th Century Fox World Premiere of "Unstoppable" at the Regency Village Theatre on Oct. 26, 2010 in Westwood, Calif.
Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge, authorities said.

Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

The 68-year-old Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, authorities said.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

The British-born Scott was producer Ridley Scott's brother.


2 Dead In New York Plane Crash

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Authorities from the Suffolk County Police and other officials investigate the scene where a small plane crashed shortly after noon on Sunday in Shirley, Long Island.
Shirley, New York - A small plane crashed Sunday in the middle of a suburban neighborhood in Suffolk County, killing the pilot and one passenger and seriously injuring a second passenger, authorities said.

The single-engine plane took off from Brookhaven Calabro Airport around noon and had trouble "almost immediately," crashing less than a mile from the airstrip, said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, who was at the scene Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses said the struggling Socata TB10 plane flew just over the roofs of houses in the heavily wooded hamlet of Shirley, about 65 miles east of Manhattan. It then crashed into a large tree, struck a Dumpster on the ground and burst into flames on Helene Avenue, witnesses said.

"I just stood there, and I froze," said Melvin Resto, 24 years old, who watched the scene from his backyard along with his sister, Jacqueline Resto and her boyfriend, Darnell Lee. "I was very traumatized."

Mr. Resto and Mr. Lee, 26, a trained aviation electrician, said they rushed out to the crippled plane and used two garden hoses to try to keep flames from engulfing the pilot, who appeared unable to move his legs.


Man Wielding Sword in Las Vegas Dairy Queen Dies after Being Shot by Employee

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A Metro officer enters the scene at 2595 S. Maryland Parkway where an attempted robber brandishing a sword was shot by a Dairy Queen employee in Las Vegas on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. The suspect died from his injuries
A masked man wielding a sword tried to rob a central valley Dairy Queen on Sunday afternoon but was shot and killed by an employee, Las Vegas police said.

Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said that although rare, robbery attempts with swords have occurred in the Las Vegas Valley.

"I've seen it before," Steiber said. "It's a deadly weapon in the right hands, and preliminarily, it appears he was using it as a deadly weapon."

The identity of the deceased man will be released by the Clark County coroner's office.

The incident occurred about 12:15 p.m. When police arrived, the suspect was injured on the ground just outside the doors of the restaurant at 2595 S. Maryland Parkway, near Sahara Avenue.

Steiber said the suspect was shot at least twice.


Wife of Chinese Politician Gets Suspended Death Sentence

Gu Kailai
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Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, faces the court during her murder trial in Hefei, China, on Aug. 9.
Hefei, China - The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician was given a suspended death sentence Monday after confessing to killing a British businessman by poisoning him with cyanide in a case that rocked the country's top political leadership.

A suspended sentence is usually commuted to life in prison after several years.

Sentenced along with Gu Kailai was a family aide who was given nine years' imprisonment for his involvement in the murder of Neil Heywood, a former family associate, said He Zhengsheng, a lawyer for the Heywood family who attended the sentencing in this eastern China city.

The sentencing closes one chapter of China's biggest political crisis in two decades, but also leaves open questions over the fate of Gu's husband, Bo Xilai, who was dismissed in March as the powerful Communist Party boss of the major city of Chongqing.


Bayonne Officials Keeping Mum About Lawsuit Alleging Police Brutality

US, New Jersey - Bayonne city officials are keeping mum about the lawsuit filed by a 33rd Street resident who says he was brutally beaten by cops for no reason and a city official disputed an online report saying there is an internal investigation into the matter.

"It's a pending litigation and I can't comment," Public Safety Director Jason O'Donnell said Friday about the lawsuit filed by 35-year-old Jason Rios. "If I did I'd be breaking the law."

A still grab from the video showing a Bayonne police officer pepper-spraying Jason Rios' face.
Rios filed a federal lawsuit last month saying that police came to his house on Aug. 29, 2010 after he called 911 to report that his car was on fire.

A video of obtained by The Jersey Journal of some of what transpired shows a verbal exchange between Rios and police officers after the flames had been extinguished.

It shows Rios walking away from the cops when an officer follows him and appears to spray him in the back of the head with what the lawsuit says was pepper spray.

The video then shows the 35-year-old turning and pointing at the officer, and the officer grabbing Rios' wrist and spraying him in the face.