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US, Wisconsin: Man Charged After Cooking Own Meal at Denny's

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Police say a Wisconsin man took the Denny's restaurant chain slogan "America's diner is always open" too far, marching into one of the restaurants, announcing he was the new boss and cooking himself dinner.

James Summers walked into a Madison Denny's on Tuesday dressed in a maroon tie and black trench coat and carrying a briefcase, according to police. He strode into the manager's office, told her he was the new general manager and then fixed himself a burger, fries and a soda before police arrived.

"This is why you don't dine and dash, kiddies," Summers yelled out to diners as officers took him away, police said in a release.

Police found a stun gun in a hip holster under his coat and crack pipes in his briefcase, a criminal complaint showed. Prosecutors charged him Wednesday with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and felony possession of an electronic weapon.

According to the complaint and the police news release, Summers, 52, entered the Denny's and found restaurant manager Tracy Brant counting out the day's receipts in a back office. He announced he was her new general manager and would be starting work that evening.

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US: 1-Year-Old Drowns In Indianapolis Church's Baptismal Pool

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A 1-year-old boy is dead after he drowned in an Indianapolis church's baptismal pool Wednesday.

Indianapolis police said the boy - identified as Juan Cardenas in several reports - went missing for a short period, presumably having wandered off from the supervision of childcare staff members at the Praise Fellowship Assembly of God. There, eight employees monitor between 30 and 45 children.

The child wasn't discovered missing until his therapist arrived for a session and couldn't find him. The daycare employees then found him floating in two-feet of water in the pool. He was transported in critical condition to St. Vincent's Hospital where he was later declared dead.

Police investigators from homicide and child abuse units are investigating the death. They don't suspect foul play but say the investigation is ongoing.

The church's voice mail message told callers the center will close for the remainder of the week.

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US, Washington DC: 'Lunch-In' Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches

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The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a "lunch-in" today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The target of the protest? "[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother's home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets," a press release announcing today's event read.

The alleged lunch incident happened in North Carolina. "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious," a local reporter wrote last week. "The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day."


UK: 'Voice of God' to Scare Church Roof Raiders

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Hundreds of churches are to have "voice of God" alarms fitted to their roofs deter thieves from stripping off lead and copper.

Special movement sensors are to be hidden in spires and finials triggering a booming voice to take intruders by surprise warning that they have been detected and that security guards are on their way.

The initiative, backed by the Church of England, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Home Office, comes after the rate of metal thefts reached "catastrophic" proportions in some dioceses with an average of seven churches targeted every day.

An insurance company has donated £500,000 to pay for hi-tech alarms to be fitted in 100 churches in England, Scotland and Wales judged to be most at risk.

But organisers hope that hundreds of other parishes will raise funds themselves to fit the devices - adapting the traditional church roof appeal model to cope with the metal theft crisis.

The soaring cost of metal during the global economic crisis has helped fuel a surge in metal thefts, triggering chaos on the rail network when copper signalling cables are taken.


US: Seven States File Lawsuit Over Contraception Rule

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Seven states sued the Obama administration Thursday over its requirement that employers cover contraception in workers' health plans.

The lawsuit, led by Nebraska's attorney general, contends that the proposed rule violates Roman Catholic institutions' rights under the First Amendment to express their beliefs and practice their religion.

The move is the first legal action by state attorneys general in the heated debate over the requirement. It follows lawsuits brought by three religiously affiliated universities and a Catholic television network, as well as actions in some state legislatures to try to avoid the federal requirement.

"The federal government's regulation is an unprecedented invasion of the plaintiffs' First Amendment rights to free speech, free exercise of religion, and free association," the legal complaint says.

All seven attorneys general behind the lawsuit - from Nebraska, South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma - are Republicans.

A White House spokesman declined to comment because the lawsuit is pending.


US: Alaska Bill Would Criminalize TSA Screening Procedures

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Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna has introduced a bill to criminalize TSA pat-downs and naked-body scans, adding The Last Frontier to a growing list of states battling the intrusive screening procedures of the Transportation Security Administration.

Cissna has suffered her own negative experience with the federal agency. Last year at the Seattle-area Sea-Tac International Airport, after a naked-body scan revealed her breast-cancer surgery scars, the TSA insisted on putting her through an intrusive pat-down. She refused.

"Facing the agent, I began to remember what my husband and I'd decided after the previous intensive physical search," she related. "That I never had to submit to that horror again! It would be difficult, we agreed, but I had the choice to say no; this twisted policy did not have to be the price of flying to Juneau."

The TSA responded by barring her from her flight.

Cissna's bill, HB 262, states:
A person commits the offense of interference with access to public buildings or transportation facilities if the person, as a condition for access to a public building or transportation facility, requires another person to consent or otherwise submit to

(1) physical contact by any person touching directly or through clothing the genitals, buttocks, or female breast of the person seeking access; or

(2) any electronic process that produces an electronic image of the genitals, anus, or female breast or otherwise creates an electronic image of the person seeking access that exposes or reveals a physical characteristic that is normally hidden by clothing and is not normally visible to the public.

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Twitter Co-Founder Says it's Unhealthy to Stare at Tweets all Day

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Twitter co-founder Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone speaks to the Board of Trade, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Montreal.
Twitter co-founder Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone has a message for those followers who stare at the stream of tweets on the social networking site for hours on end - don't do it.

"To me, that sounds unhealthy," Stone told a Montreal business luncheon, recounting how some people have said they're so engaged, they'll log onto Twitter for 12 hours straight.

"I like the kind of engagement where you go to the website and you leave because you've found what you are looking for or you found something very interesting and you learned something.

"I think that's a much healthier engagement. Obviously, we want you to come frequently."

Stone, who stood out in a casual black shirt and jeans in the sea of corporate suits and ties, waxed about his philosophy of business in a speech that vastly exceeded the 140-character limit of a Twitter posting.

He said even he's amazed at the reach of the website, which he says he and his partner Evan Williams figured would never be useful for more than fun.


Canada: Toronto Police Officer Charged with Murder

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Toronto police Const. David Cavanagh, centre, is charged with second-degree murder.
A Toronto police officer has been charged with second-degree murder - the first time a member of the force has faced a murder charge for actions taken while on duty.

Crown prosecutors announced the charge against Const. David Cavanagh in a Toronto courtroom Thursday, after an investigation involving Ontario's police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit.

Cavanagh had originally been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 26-year-old Eric Osawe in late 2010.

Osawe was shot in the early hours of Sept. 29, 2010, during a police search at a third-floor Etobicoke apartment near Dundas Street West and Kipling Avenue that led to the arrest of Osawe's younger brother, Ebony, on firearms-related offences.

The SIU alleges Cavanagh fatally shot Eric Osawe during that search, which was carried out by at least 15 officers from the Emergency Task Force and the guns and gangs squad. Osawe was taken to St. Michael's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Canada: Alleged British Columbia Rave Sex Assault Victim Says She's 'Devastated' After Charges Stayed

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A young woman, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, the alleged victim of a rape at a rave party in 2010, reads a statement during a news conference in Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Wednesday February 22, 2012. On Tuesday, Crown prosecutors dropped charges against a 19-year-old, the only man accused of sexual assault in the incident.
A young woman whose life was upended after graphic photos depicting her alleged rape at a British Columbia rave party were spread over the Internet two years ago says she's devastated and repulsed that a sex assault charge in the case has been stayed.

The teen took the rare step of sitting before cameras on Wednesday to publicly plead for spectators to come forward who have maintained a "code of silence" and held back from telling police what they know and witnessed.

"No one in their right state of mind, including myself, would let something like that happen to them willingly," the teen told reporters, as her father sat next to her in a small community centre in Pitt Meadows, B.C., a bedroom community east of Vancouver.

"I've often wondered why women never reported when they were sexually assaulted, and now I know. It's a 'he-said, she-said' thing."

The teen was 16 years old when she went to the party in the rural area east of Vancouver on Sept. 11, 2010, where police said she was drugged and repeatedly raped while bystanders clicked photographs.


US, Ohio: Actor Who Had Role on "Seinfeld" Shoots Self

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Character actor Daniel von Bargen, who has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows including Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle, was hospitalized after shooting himself in the head at his Cincinnati-area condominium, authorities said Wednesday.

Von Bargen, 61, told a Cincinnati-area emergency dispatcher on Monday that he had shot himself in the temple with a .38-caliber pistol at his home and could not open his left eye.

"I shot myself in the head and I need help," von Bargen told the emergency dispatcher in a call from his home in Montgomery, Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati-born actor told the dispatcher he was diabetic and had a scheduled hospital appointment later on Monday where at least a few toes could be amputated. He said he was lying on a bed with his head propped on a pillow.

"I was supposed to go to the hospital today and I didn't want to," von Bargen said.