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US, Connecticut: Off-duty TSA agent accused of intimidation

An off-duty TSA agent is accused of using his status as a federal employee to intimidate a driver in Connecticut, where police said the man waved his badge at a woman for driving too slowly.

The agent, Donald Eichler, said it's way overblown.

"This is terrible. Way overblown. She over-reacted. I may not have a job tomorrow," he said.

He is a transportation security administration employee at Bradley Airport, who South Windsor police said misused his badge when he followed and harassed a woman in his vehicle.

"The ticket says I was following too close and she was doing like 30 in a 40 mile an hour speed one, so I tapped my horn a few times and said come on let's go. They said I flashed my TSA badge and I had my ID badge," Eichler said.


Boston, US: A Rising Hunger Among Children

Janell Goode, a single Lowell mother w/kids
© Globe Staff / Wendy MaedaJanell Goode, a single Lowell mother who is now unemployed, has struggled to feed her young sons a healthy diet.
Boston Medical Center sees more who are dangerously thin and facing lasting problems

Doctors at a major Boston hospital report they are seeing more hungry and dangerously thin young children in the emergency room than at any time in more than a decade of surveying families.

Many families are unable to afford enough healthy food to feed their children, say the Boston Medical Center doctors. The resulting chronic hunger threatens to leave scores of infants and toddlers with lasting learning and developmental problems.

Before the economy soured in 2007, 12 percent of youngsters age 3 and under whose families were randomly surveyed in the hospital's emergency department were significantly underweight. In 2010, that percentage jumped to 18 percent, and the tide does not appear to be abating, said Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at BMC.


Rural US disappearing? Population share hits low

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Washington -- Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest ever.

The latest 2010 census numbers hint at an emerging America where, by midcentury, city boundaries become indistinct and rural areas grow ever less relevant. Many communities could shrink to virtual ghost towns as they shutter businesses and close down schools, demographers say.

More metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. Barring fresh investment that could bring jobs, however, large swaths of the Great Plains and Appalachia, along with parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and North Texas, could face significant population declines.

These places posted some of the biggest losses over the past decade as young adults left and the people who stayed got older, moving past childbearing years.

For instance in West Virginia, now with a median age of 41.3, the share of Americans 65 and older is now nearly double that of young adults 18-24 - 16 percent compared to 9 percent, according to census figures released Thursday. In 1970, the shares of the two groups were roughly equal at 12 percent.

Mr. Potato

Clueless GOP lawmaker advises poor to 'drop out of the country club'

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) may have won the contest for the worst analogy of the entire debt ceiling debate.

The tea party favorite told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Wednesday that he wanted to lower the debt ceiling because when you're broke, you have to cut back on certain luxuries.

"Well, Andrea, the thing is, when someone is overextended and broke, they don't continue paying for expensive automobiles; they sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one," Broun explained. "They don't continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club."


The Horn of Africa: Skeletal, frail and hours from death: The haunting face of baby Mihag given 50% chance of survival after mother walks for a week to refugee camp

Cradled in his mother's arms, this is the face of a skeletal seven-month-old baby starving to death in the Horn of Africa.

Weighing just seven pounds - as much as a newborn - Mihag Gedi Farah stares wide-eyed, his skin pulled taut over his ribs and tiny arms.

Mihag is just one of 800,000 children who officials warn could die across the region in the worst drought for decades.

© Associated PressDesperate: Seven-month-old Mihag Gedi Farah weighs just 7lbs and was hours from death after arriving at a field hospital in Dadaab, Kenya


Ohio, US: 6-year-old Lorain County girl tries to drown puppies

Seven Beagle puppies are in foster care after being rescued, and some revived, by Lorain police last week.

Police found a 6-year-old child trying to drown the pups in a kiddie swimming pool on the city's east side after getting a call from a neighbor.

The 6-week-old pups were rushed to an animal emergency center, where they were stabilized before being passed into the custody of the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria.


US, Virginia: Patient Kills Psychiatrist in Murder-Suicide

Dr. Mark Lawrence, a Virginia psychiatrist who was killed by a patient in a murder-suicide Friday, was remembered by his colleagues as a gifted psychiatrist and mentor to hundreds of therapists.

"He helped people focus on their own strengths. It was such a hopeful vision," said Dr. Cynthia Margolies, who worked with Lawrence at the Center for Healing and Imagery, a school Lawrence founded 27 years ago to provide continuing education to therapists.

Barbara Newman, 62, shot Lawrence, 71, when she showed up at his home office in McLean Friday afternoon for her appointment. Newman then turned the gun on herself.


US, Georgia: Police Beat Man That Just Learned His Son Committed Suicide

Fox news reports that Loganville police beat an emotionally distressed man who just learned his son had committed suicide.

In another blaring example of the transitioning of America into a complete Nazi style police state, police show no sympathy for an emotionally distressed man who just learned that his son committed suicide.

Instead the police just add another award to their trophy case of felony assaults on an Americans with no arrests being made against them.

The Fox news report in the video attached to this page is just the latest of several cases of police brutality and police beatings across the nation.

The man interviewed shows off extensive injuries beyond the extent of which should be tolerated as he tells Fox news about how the police brutality beat him.


US, California: 117 arrested during 4-day crime sweep in Stockton

Authorities say 117 people were arrested during a four-day crime sweep in central Stockton.

The suspects were booked on various charges, including murder, attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping.

Stockton police spokesman, Officer Pete Smith, says the sweep began on July 20 and ended Sunday. It involved more than 60 law enforcement agencies including police, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Among those arrested were a man wanted in the July 11 killing of 41-year-old Dominique Jones and a man wanted in the June 18 killing of 33-year-old Brian Walker. Two 18-year-olds also were arrested in the Feb. 10 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jarred Justiniani.

Authorities also seized 15 firearms and small amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine in the raids.

Source: The Associated Press


Canada: Grandma jailed for 12 days in heroin mixup

Janet Goodin, 66
© FacebookJanet Goodin, 66, of Warroad, Minn., was arrested at the border as she tried to enter Manitoba for a bingo game in Apri

Janet Goodin had hoped to spend the weekend with her family, starting with a half-hour drive over the border from Minnesota to meet her daughters for a game of bingo in Manitoba.

But when a jar of motor oil stowed in the back of her van tested positive for heroin during a border check, those plans changed.

That weekend in April ended with the 66-year-old grandmother in jail facing charges of heroin possession and trafficking, and enduring what she calls "the most humiliating experience of my whole life."

Twelve days passed before an RCMP lab test showed the jar to contain nothing more than used motor oil and all charges were dropped.