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California farm workers fired for seeking shelter from wildfire

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A group of farm laborers who chose to seek shelter from the suffocating smoke of a California wildfire last week were terminated for taking a break.

At least 15 workers at Crisalida Farms in Oxnard, California, found themselves struggling to breathe last week as the Camarillo Springs wildfire blackened the sky with smoke and ash. The blaze damaged more than a dozen houses, threatened 4,000 homes, and burned a store of highly toxic pesticides that caught fire at an agricultural property.

Located just 11 miles south of the fire, workers at the Southern California strawberry farm had a difficult time breathing as they laboriously worked in the fields. Their boss had warned them that taking a break would compromise their jobs, and they were faced with a dilemma.

"The ashes were falling on top of us," one of the workers told NBC LA. "[But] they told us if we leave, there would be no job to return to."


Mystery aircraft frightens Quincy, Massachusetts residents

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A mystery in Quincy continues to deepen. Who is flying around the city from dusk to dawn, for the past ten days or so? "It's frightening, not just weird, but frightening," said one resident of the Wollaston section.

It's not the state or local police doing the flying, and the FAA is giving out little information, even to city officials. "It's frustrating, it really is," says City Councillor Brian Palmucci about his conversation with the FAA. "I specifically asked, 'Is it a law enforcement flight? Can we tell people that?'

He said 'no we can't tell you that.' Well then I asked that when folks call me can I at least tell them that it is something that they shouldn't worry about, it's something they shouldn't be concerned with. He said, 'I can't tell you that.'"

Sources tell WBZ that the aircraft is not a drone, that it is manned, and FAA spokesman Jim Peters said, "we have to be very careful this time" concerning information.

Even the Mayor has been kept in the dark. "We're as frustrated as our constituents," said Mayor Tom Koch, "we'd like to be able to give our citizens some answers, but we don't have any answers."


The shopping lies most Americans tell

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Do you lie about your personal information when you shop? Most Americans do.

In fact, American consumers hide their personal details and intentionally falsify information when asked for it by websites, services and mobile app providers, research from the California-based nonprofit Customer Commons found.

Less than 10 percent of those surveyed always accurately disclose the personal information requested of them, including items such as names, birth dates, phone numbers, or ZIP codes.

Among those who do withhold information, more than 75 percent won't give out their mobile telephone number, while 58 percent refuse to give out their email addresses. Nearly half of those surveyed don't provide their real identity. In addition, 14 percent give out erroneous employment information.

Bad Guys

Politicians involved in Huntley embezzlement case disclosed by federal judge

A federal judge has released the names of nine politicians and political operatives, including six New York state senators and a New York City councilman, secretly recorded by former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who is facing prison in a corruption case.

Huntley is due to be sentenced Thursday after admitting to embezzling close to $88,000 from a state-funded sham nonprofit. She apparently recorded the fellow lawmakers and political operatives in a bid for leniency in her own case.


Massive fire breaks out after fuel tanks derail in southern Russia

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At least 23 people have been injured after a cargo train derailed in Russia's south with over 50 fuel tanks running off the tracks. One person has been reported missing. Almost 3,000 were evacuated from the nearby area.

Over 50 rail cars of a 71-car-long cargo train derailed at the Belaya Kalitva station in Russia's Rostov region at around 2 am local time.

At least seven cars have caught fire as a result of the accident, and heavy smoke is reported at the scene. The fire had been localized at around 6 am local time.

"As a result of the accident, one of the cars with diesel fuel tank started the fire, engulfing an area of 1.5 thousand square meters," Interfax quoted the local Emergencies Ministry representative.


Majority of college-age students want government to stay out of their lives

Since I graduated from college in 2009, the economy has remained stagnant and the job market has remained weak, with no sign of improvement. Just last week, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that the unemployment rate hit 7.5 percent.

While the mainstream media and our leaders in Washington want you to believe that the economy is getting better, thanks to more spending, higher taxes, and more regulation, six million people have dropped out of the work force since the recession began in 2008. Young Americans, especially, have it bad.

About 45 percent of 18 to 34-year olds are unemployed according to a recent poll by Demos, a public policy firm. I still know of college classmates who have yet to find meaningful jobs or are severely underemployed almost four years after graduation. However, a recent poll on young people's views of limited government, free markets, and economic liberty suggests some may be waking up to the conclusion that government, over-regulation, and more spending will not turn our futures around.

In a survey launched by Young America's Foundation and conducted by the polling company, Kellyanne Conway, Inc., more than 60 percent of college-age students feel that government should not take an active role in their day-to-day-lives, and half of respondents believe that the federal government is mostly hurting economic recovery.

Comment: The author appears to be an advocate of Reagonomics, however his economic policies were devastating to all but the wealthy. When Ronald Reagan came into office 1981, unemployment was at 7.5%. Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, then raised taxes on the middle and lower class. Corporations shipped more jobs out of the U.S. while hiring cheap foreign labor in order to make a bigger profit. While corporations made billions, Americans across the country lost their jobs. As 1982 came to a close, unemployment was nearly 11%. Unemployment began to drop as the years went on, but the jobs that were created were low paying and barely helped people make ends meet. The middle and lower class had their wages nearly frozen as the top earners saw dramatic increases in salary. For more information on Reagan's legacy read:
US: 8 reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst President of our lifetime
10 Things Conservatives Don't Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan


Amanda Berry: Ariel Castro's son says 'sex slave' dungeon house had three no-go areas

Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry and her six-year-old daughter fled the house in Cleveland, Ohio

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The son of kidnap suspect Ariel Castro has revealed his father placed padlocks on several rooms in their house and barred him from entering them.

Anthony said there were three no-go areas inside the home in Cleveland.

He said: "The house was always locked. There were places we could never go. There were locks on the basement. Locks on the attic. Locks on the garage."

Ariel was arrested along with brothers Pedro and Onil in connection with the kidnappings of Amanda, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight who were found on Monday night having been missing for a decade.

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Psychic who said Amanda Berry was dead - silent after Berry is found alive

A year after Amanda Berry disappeared in Cleveland, her mother appeared on The Montel Williams Show to speak to a psychic about what happened to her daughter.

Evil Rays

San Francisco surrenders to industry in fight over cell phone radiation level warnings

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San Francisco city leaders, after losing a key round in court against the cell phone industry, have agreed to revoke an ordinance that would have been the first in the United States to require retailers to warn consumers about potentially dangerous radiation levels.

In a move watched by other U.S. states and cities considering similar measures, the city Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association by accepting a permanent injunction against the right-to-know cell phone ordinance.

The group had alleged the law violated its free-speech rights, and the settlement marked a victory for the industry as the Federal Communications Commission considers a reassessment of safe radiation exposure limits adopted in 1996.

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Don't hold your breath: Ex Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 4 years in jail for tax fraud after losing appeal - Will appeal again to higher court

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Italy appeals court has upheld the tax fraud conviction against former PM Silvio Berlusconi sentencing him to four years in prison.

"The court confirms the sentence against Silvio Berlusconi," said a judge at the Milan court, news channel Sky TG 24 reported.

Last October, the court convicted Berlusconi of tax fraud involving inflating the price his Mediaset media empire paid for TV rights to US movies. The former PM denied the charges claiming that he was a victim of politically motivated prosecution and had appealed to reverse the four year sentence handed down in October.

Though the verdict was upheld by the appeals court in Milan, Berlusconi may appeal this verdict to a higher court, the Court of Cassation. He will not face the prospect of jail unless he loses both of the appeals.