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California, US: Federal Agency To Investigate Massive Power Outage

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© Sandy Huffaker/Getty ImagesPassenger Michael Moretti waits at the baggage pick-up at San Diego International Airport after a massive blackout hit Southern California Sept.8, 2011.
San Diego -- Officials have a complete breakdown of streets in areas of the county affected by boil-water advisories. Click here for a complete list of areas and street listings.

Power was fully restored in San Diego County Friday following a historically severe blackout that left some 5 million people without electricity from Mexico to southern Orange County and prompted a federal probe into its cause.

Despite the restoration, public elementary, middle and high schools remained shuttered in the region Friday, along with federal courts, authorities said. That decision was made Thursday, when San Diego Gas & Electric reported that the outage could continue through Friday and even into Saturday.

County courts and other government agencies, however, were open for business as usual.


US: Daycare Worker Accused Of Drugging Children

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© Snip/NBCKimberly Lane
The owner of a Van Alstyne, Texas day care has been accused of putting antihistimines in children's food so they would fall asleep after lunch.

Kimberly Lane, the owner of the Luv N Learning day care, was arrested and charged with 16 counts of child endangerment after someone called authorities and said she was mixing an over-the-counter antihistimine with milk and then giving it to children.

Investigators are now trying to figure out how long Lane had been dolling out her concoction, known as "special milk."

Lane and the day care are now being investigated by Child Protective Services and the Van Alstyine Police Department.


U.S. Mint Worker Stole $2.4M in "Error" Coins

© Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A former federal cop assigned to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia admitted stealing $2.4 million in "error" coins.

William Gray, 64, of North Wildwood, N.J., admitted in federal court that he took the $1 presidential coins, all missing edge lettering, and sold them to a California coin dealer. Gray pleaded guilty to theft of government property and income tax evasion, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Gray had worked at the U.S. Mint since 1996. He said he took the coins knowing they would be considered more valuable to collectors because they were considered "mint errors." He mailed them from New Jersey.

He was freed on $50,000 bail and will be sentenced on Dec. 20.


Google Street View Camera Captures Naked Miami Woman On Her Front Doorstep


Doesn't Google supposedly use some high-tech program that supposedly pixelates the faces of unsuspecting individuals caught by its invasive Street View cameras?

Well, as seen in the above photo, one Miami woman did not receive that courtesy. She was caught sans clothes by the Google camera as she stood on the doorstep of her home, with a water jug in her hand. It is unknown why she was naked.

In a second image, the woman appears to notice the Google Street View car as it continues driving down her block.

At press time, the woman's photo remains on Google, though the search giant will soon likely remove (or fog) the explicit image.

9/10 Update: As expected/predicted, Google has altered the Street View photos so that the naked woman is now behind a pixelation shroud.


Teachers union president says Mayor Emanuel 'exploded' at her

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Friday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel "exploded" at her during a meeting about a longer school day for Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says Mayor Rahm Emanuel "exploded" at her during a conversation in his office about his signature longer-school-day effort, pointing his finger at her, yelling and telling her, "F--- you, Lewis."

"I just want to call it immense disrespect for me and the Chicago Teachers Union,'' Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times Friday. "I didn't appreciate the way he talked to me.

"My father never talked to me like that. My husband's never talked to me like that."

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Egyptian Protesters Pull Down Israel Embassy Wall

© Reuters/Amr Abdallah DalshProtesters tear down a concrete wall built in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
Egyptian activists destroyed a wall around the Israeli embassy and set police cars on fire in Cairo on Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for reforms and an end to military trials for civilians.

Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on February 11 have been piling pressure on the ruling military council to fix a date for parliamentary and presidential elections and to get rid of senior officials who served under Mubarak.

Thousands converged on Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the pro-democracy protests that toppled Mubarak, after Friday prayers for what was billed as "Correcting the Path" protests.

Some later marched to the opposite bank of the Nile in Giza. Demonstrators used hammers, large iron bars and police barricades to tear down the wall, erected this month by Egyptian authorities after daily protests over the killing of five Egyptian border guards in Sinai.


CIA Whistleblower talks about Heart Attack gun

CIA whistleblower talks about a gun that shoots a frozen dart of poison that mimicks a heart attack in the unfortunate victim.

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Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Flees in Night of Rioting

© Agence France-PresseEgyptian demonstrators throw stones at police early outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo
Israel's ambassador to Egypt has been evacuated after hundreds of protesters stormed the embassy in Cairo.

The US voiced concern about the violence after protesters burned the Israeli flag and threw embassy documents from windows of the building.

Protesters lit tyres in the street and at least two vehicles were set alight near the embassy, located on the upper floors of a residential apartment block overlooking the Nile.

As dawn broke, about 500 demonstrators remained and a few threw stones at police and army vehicles and personnel. But police gradually pushed them further away and secured the area.


Canada must arrest George W. Bush if he enters Canada

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Vancouver , British Columbia -- An upcoming planned speaking engagement in Canada by former President George W. Bush is again generating a wave of protest. Bush is reportedly scheduled to speak on October 20th at a gathering in Surrey , British Columbia hosted by Surrey Mayor Diane Watts. But Lawyers Against the War (LAW) says the Canadian government must either bar Bush at the border because of his alleged involvement in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity, or order his arrest when he enters Canada both to ensure he is prosecuted here or elsewhere, and to prevent him from returning to safe haven from prosecution in the United States.

In an August 25 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian Ministers of justice, immigration, public safety and foreign affairs, the group says "there is overwhelming evidence that George W. Bush ...aided and abetted and counseled the torture of non-Americans at U.S. controlled prisons outside the U.S. " (pdf)

The 7-page letter cites evidence of complicity in torture (and other crimes) from numerous international reports and authorities, including Bush himself: "In his 2010 memoirs, (Bush) admitted to authorizing the use of interrogation techniques that constitute torture such as water boarding."


US: Michigan Bar Owners Ban Lawmakers for Banning Smoking!

Michigan Bar Owners Ban Lawmakers for Banning Smoking!