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U.S.-bound flight from Italy diverted to Ireland because crew sick

Passengers on a US Airways flight headed from Italy to Philadelphia got an unexpected stopover in Ireland this weekend after several attendants became sick.

US Airways Flight 715 was en route from Venice to Philadelphia on Saturday when it diverted to Dublin after the attendants reported nausea, dizziness and watery eyes, according to The Associated Press.

It was unclear what caused the ailments, but the attendants were given medical clearance by Sunday and were back in the United States as of Monday morning, US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr tells Today in the Sky.

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79-year-old man beaten after merely touching car in grocery store parking lot


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A 79-year-old man was attacked when he accidentally bumped into a car in a grocery store parking lot in Apple Valley. The incident happened Sunday at a Stater Bros. on Bear Valley Road.

According to sheriff's officials, Alfred McOsker was unloading his groceries into his car when his leg touched a newer Hyundai parked next to him. The car's owner accused McOsker of scratching his vehicle and then punched the older man repeatedly in the face.

The victim's daughter, Alison Rennie, said the suspect caused her father to fall and hit his head.

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Charges of lies swirl around one percenter Tim Geithner's new book, "Stress Test"

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The Non Profit Organization, Code Pink, Appeared on Multiple Occasions Holding Protest Signs Behind Geithner as he Appeared Before Congress to Explain the Massive Bailouts of the Banks

Tim Geithner, former head of the New York Fed during the lead up to the Wall Street melt down, then Secretary of the Treasury in President Obama's first term, is undergoing his own version of a big bank stress test: does he have the capital to survive the storm he has stirred up with his new, revisionist history book, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.

Geithner's book has barely made it to the bookstore shelves (it's slated for official release today) and already he's been called a liar by R. Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia Business School; Geithner is effectively calling author Ron Suskind a liar in the book; and the book's attack on Neil Barofsky, former Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has warranted a strong response from Barofsky where he says he doesn't believe former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson made the remarks that Geithner has attributed to him against Barofsky.

Politico's MJ Lee explains the ruckus between Hubbard and Geithner. Hubbard was the head of the Council of Economic Advisers during the presidency of George W. Bush and advisor to Mitt Romney during his 2012 campaign. Geithner says in the book that Hubbard told him "Well, of course we have to raise taxes - we just can't say that now." Hubbard told Politico this statement "just happens to be a lie."


Cops raid family party, pepper spray children, taser grandma


Protesters showed up Saturday at Baytown Police Department to voice their opposition to such brutal tactics.
Baytown Police, who were responding to a noise complaint, turned an evening of joy into a nightmare for those involved.

For something as trivial as a noise complaint, police felt it necessary to dispatch 5-10 officers and enter through the back door in a SWAT style raid.

Once inside, the situation quickly turned violent. Pepper spray, tasers, and pistol whipping was now the scene inside this house, which moments early consisted of laughing and celebrating.

Toddlers were left crying, wondering what is going on as they try and wipe the pepper spray from their eyes, watching in horror as their parents are being beaten, tased, and hauled away.

This is what 'protecting and serving' has become; gangs of costumed thugs running rampant over peaceful people.

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UCLA rejects $3M gift from Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments

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Researchers at UCLA will return a portion of a $3 million pledge that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made to support kidney research, school officials announced Tuesday.

The university is returning the initial $425,000 payment from the Donald T. Sterling Foundation made earlier this month, and will not accept the balance of the money, calling the comments he made in a recorded conversation "divisive and hurtful," according to spokesperson Phil Hampton.

Dr. Ira Kurtz, a professor of medicine in UCLA's Division of Nephrology was awarded the gift earlier this month to fund research on the structural properties of key proteins in the kidney that affect its function in health and disease.

Comment: Donald Sterling's racist comments:


As residents of the "Kingdom of Heaven", sovereign citizens claim IRS can't tax them

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A Minnesota woman refused to pay income taxes for at least seven years by claiming she and her husband were not U.S. citizens but permanent residents of the "Kingdom of Heaven," prosecutors said.

Tami M. May, of Anoka, was charged with obstruction of due administration of IRS laws and 15 counts of filing false tax returns.

She and her husband, Dennis May, operate D & T & Son Excavating in Coon Rapids, but prosecutors said the couple did not file income tax returns or pay income tax between 1998 and 2005.

Customers paid them hundreds of thousands of dollars during that time, prosecutors said.


Police officer who shot & killed 93-year-old woman FIRED! May be charged

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Protesters carry signs while marching to the Hearne, Texas police department Thursday, May 8, 2014 following the Tuesday shooting of 93-year-old woman
The police officer who shot and killed a 93-year-old woman is out of a job.

Saturday afternoon, the city council met to discuss taking possible disciplinary action against Officer Stephen Stem. It took them less than 30 minutes to reach a unanimous vote to fire him.

Stem responded to a 911 call Tuesday from Pearlie Golden's nephew. She was upset about not being allowed to drive after failing a driver's license renewal test. Roy Jones says when he wouldn't give Golden her car keys, she went into the house and grabbed a .38 revolver. Jones then ran to the side of the house and called 911.

Comment: Message of the day: a police officer can murder a 90-year-old woman by shooting at her 5 times, and maybe lose his job.


Woman faces 'wiretapping' charges after allegedly recording her own arrest

A Chicopee woman apparently got a little too loud and belligerent while drinking on Chestnut Street Sunday morning, and refused to cooperate with police when they asked her to quiet down. When she was about to be arrested, police say the woman activated the voice recording feature on her smart phone, hid it in her purse and surreptitiously‎ recorded the entire arrest. Now she faces the unusual charge of unlawful wiretapping.

Springfield Police Capt. Harry Kastrinakis said 24-year-old Karen Dziewit of Chicopee was drinking in front of 140 Chestnut Street shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday when police were called to assist a security officer at that address. Police said Dziewit was screaming and yelling and disturbing the tenants of the buildings, and she refused to stop her tirade when police asked her to.

She was arrested. But, before she was taken into custody, she apparently started the voice recorder in her smart phone and put it in her purse.


Fatalities, injuries in Krasnoarmeysk as Ukraine National Guard open fire on protesters and voters

Two civilian were killed and several others wounded in eastern Ukraine as the National Guard started shooting at protesters and voters, who had gathered around a seized polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, self-defense forces and witnesses said.


The National Guard entered the city in the Donetsk region earlier on Sunday and occupied several polling stations, the city council building among them. First reports on shooting appeared on Twitter.

"I just saw the National Guard kill one and injure several others," Russian journalist Ilya Azar wrote in his micro-blog. Later this was confirmed by Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the self-proclaimed People's Donetsk Republic.


NYPD blackmailing Muslim minor violators to become informants

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A New York City Police Department officer watches the 27th annual Muslim Day Parade in New York.
New York police have been recruiting for informants in holding facilities for immigrants, most of them Muslims, aiming to "talk them" into spying on their own community in cafes, restaurants and mosques, documents obtained by The New York Times show.

Less than a month has passed since the highly publicized announcement that the NYPD has disbanded its highly controversial Zone Assessment Unit, or as it is known to the city's Muslim community, the Demographics Unit.

However, the recruitment of immigrants to eavesdrop on conversations in Muslim neighborhoods shows no signs of easing, according to a New York Times article, which says 220 such recruitment attempts were made in the first quarter of this year alone by a unit known as the Citywide Debriefing Team.