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Suspect in killing cites 'stand your ground' law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:34 AM

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor says an Alabama man accused of stabbing his cousin to death over borrowed movies is citing the state's "stand your ground" law in asking that the case be dismissed.

Kenny Dewayne Adams is set to stand trial Monday on a murder charge in the killing of Yancey Metz Foster in Foster's mobile home west of Athens, Alabama, on New Year's Eve in 2012. Prosecutors have said Adams was intent on retrieving two DVDs — "The Fast and the Furious," and "2 Fast and 2 Furious" — he had loaned to his cousin.


Alabama teacher suspended after shooting lesson

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:33 AM

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama schoolteacher is suspended without pay after being accused of having students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

The Selma Times-Journal (http://bit.ly/1plu7zX ) quotes Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events.

School officials haven't identified the teacher, who teaches sixth grade.


Un-bee-lievable: 50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:14 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees.

WABC-TV reports (http://7ny.tv/1whc4PZ ) beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager.

Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around over the last few weeks and never realized how many had taken up residence right above her head.

The beekeepers say the bees and the 17 honeycombs they built are headed to an upstate farm.


Fitbit: We don't sell personal data

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:11 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

The San Francisco-based company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.


Dinosaur footprints set for public display in Utah

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:10 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab.

There are more than 200 tracks in an area smaller than a football field from 10 different ancient animals that lived during the early Cretaceous period, said Utah Bureau of Land Management paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster.


Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:44 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday.

Scott Harrington's two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials urged about 7,000 of his current and former patients to get tested for the diseases because of unsanitary conditions discovered there.


Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:37 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return.

SBE Group CEO Sam Nazarian had purchased the Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007 with dreams of restoring its former glory, but the recession stalled the plans, driving the owners to close two of the three hotel towers and hawk rooms for $1 per night over Twitter.


2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:32 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.

A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after they suffocated from a lack of air and inhaled the chair's foam beads.


Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:17 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists.


California permits outdoor dining with dogs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:08 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fido can feast with you now when you go out to eat in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said he signed a bill permitting pet dogs at restaurants with outdoor spaces. It doesn't force restaurants to allow dogs, but rather implements guidelines for how they can accommodate pets.

Some local public health departments have allowed dogs in outdoor dining areas for years, but the state has banned the practice. Local jurisdictions can still ban it if they choose.


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