French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future

In a year of populist drama, the closely watched election offered citizens sharply differing choices about France’s role in the world. The front-runners ranged from an ex-Trotskyist campaigner who wants to impose a maximum income to a hard-edged, anti-immigrant firebrand who wants to split from the European Union and reorient toward Russia.

Source: French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future

Possible golf ball parts in food prompts McCain Foods recall | Miami Herald

McCain’s recalling Harris Teeter Southern Style Hash Browns and Roundy’s Southern Style Hash Browns, both sold in 2-pound bags, after finding the products “may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product,” the recall notice said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article146188504.html#storylink=cpy

Source: Possible golf ball parts in food prompts McCain Foods recall | Miami Herald

Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dead at 56 | E! News

TMZ reports the actress recenty passed away

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Ind. tells E! News in a statement, “On April 22, 2017 at approximately 4:07 p.m., the Harrison County Sheriffs Department received a 911 call that referenced an unresponsive female. Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased and an autopsy is pending.”
The celebrity’s later years were plagued by hardship, as in 2012 it was reported that Erin was homeless and living in hotels after being kicked out of her mother-in-law’s Indiana mobile home due to hard-partying.

Source: Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dead at 56 | E! News

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now – The Washington Post

Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration, was asked to resign, according to a statement released Friday night by the Department of Health and Human Services. The statement said that “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” Murthy “has been relieved of his duties.” Trent-Adams, a 24-year veteran of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a former chief nurse officer of the Public Health Service, will fill the role for now, the statement said.

Source: Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now – The Washington Post

At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

On Friday, in a stunning blow to the Western-backed war effort, the base on a sun-baked plain near the city of Mazar-e Sharif became the target of the deadliest single attack by Taliban insurgents since their regime in Kabul was overthrown in 2001. A spokesman for the Islamist militia claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

Does the radiation from mobile phones increase your chances of getting cancer?” is a question that has abounded since the earliest days of the technology, long before Apple and Google arrived on the scene. But an Italian court has just thrown its weight behind a man who argued that his benign brain tumor was caused by prolonged use of his mobile phone.

Source: Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

WikiLeaks publishes more of the CIA’s secret tools after the US threatens criminal charges against the organization – Business Insider

Things are about to get messy.

WikiLeaks released another trove of information on the Central Intelligence Agency’s secrets Friday afternoon, after the Justice Department said it was considering criminal chargesagainst the organization and its founder, Julian Assange.

Source: WikiLeaks publishes more of the CIA’s secret tools after the US threatens criminal charges against the organization – Business Insider

Bebe plans to close its last stores by the end of May – LA Times

omen’s apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc. said it’s closing its remaining 168 stores, the latest in a string of retailers shutting physical outlets.

Bebe said it expects “to close all of the stores by the end of May,” according to a filing the Brisbane, Calif., firm made this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: Bebe plans to close its last stores by the end of May – LA Times

Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights – SFGate

A massive power outage in San Francisco caused a blackout Friday morning in neighborhoods across the city, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses, a BART station and a federal courthouse, officials said.

Source: Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights – SFGate

Authorities identify 2 dead in overnight McKeesport shooting | TribLIVE

Officers discovered one man dead on the ground on Grandview Avenue in front of building 39, Schurman said. A woman was found dead in a car in the parking lot. Both had been shot to death, he said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said the man is Raffel Greene, 49, of Clairton; the woman is Jessica Taylor, 32, of Finleyville.

Source: Authorities identify 2 dead in overnight McKeesport shooting | TribLIVE

One dead, two wounded as Paris police come under fire on Champs-Elysees

A gunman opened fire on French police Thursday on Paris’s best-known boulevard, killing one officer and wounding two others before being fatally shot himself in an incident that raised the specter of renewed terrorism just three days before voters go to the polls to elect a new president.

The Islamic State promptly claimed responsibility for the attack, French news media reported. The gunman was slain while attempting to flee.

Source: One dead, two wounded as Paris police come under fire on Champs-Elysees

What Are Weed Smokers Really Celebrating on 4/20? – Milwaukee Community Journal

Each year on April 20th, advocates for marijuana around the world celebrate cannibis culture.   Last year, more than 1,000 people gathered in London’s Hyde Park to mark the weed holiday. For the longest, smokers have been celebrating this world renowned underground “holiday.” From Amsterdam to California 4/20 is widely respected by many.

This cannabis culture is celebrated all over but few really know the meaning behind the 4:20 numeric tradition. It has often been believed that 4:20 originated from police code, referencing to marijuana smoking in process.

Source: What Are Weed Smokers Really Celebrating on 4/20? – Milwaukee Community Journal

UC Berkeley Changes Course And Offers To Host Ann Coulter Speech : The Two-Way : NPR

UC Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech Movement, is embroiled in another controversy testing that campus’ legacy. It invited, then disinvited, then reinvited a conservative pundit.

The university had previously announced Wednesday that it was canceling Coulter’s appearance following several political protests in Berkeley that turned violent.

Source: UC Berkeley Changes Course And Offers To Host Ann Coulter Speech : The Two-Way : NPR

Newfound Alien Planet Is Best Place Yet to Search for Life

The alien world known as LHS 1140b is rocky, like Earth. It is only 40 light-years away from our solar system (essentially, down-the-street in cosmic terms), and sits in the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, which means liquid water could potentially exist on the planet’s surface. Several other planets also meet those criteria, but few of them are as prime for study as LHC 1140b according to the scientists who discovered it, because the type of star the planet orbits and the planet’s orientation to Earth make it ripe for investigations into whether it’s the kind of place where life could thrive.

Source: Newfound Alien Planet Is Best Place Yet to Search for Life

Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests

After riots and violent protests in and around their campus during the past three months, officials at the University of California at Berkeley said Wednesday that the school is canceling a planned speech by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter because of safety concerns.

Source: Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests

Miami lawmaker apologizes on Senate floor for using racial slur | Miami Herald

Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles was stripped of his committee chairmanship. The legislative black caucus is expected to ask for his resignation.

“I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended,” Artiles began.

He offered a direct apology to Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat he had called a “bitch.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article145445989.html#storylink=cpy

Source: Miami lawmaker apologizes on Senate floor for using racial slur | Miami Herald

The Trump administration has deported a ‘dreamer’ for first time, advocates say

An immigration officer took Manuel Montes into custody, Feb. 17, driving him to a station near the border. Hours later, at about 1 a.m., immigration officials walked Montes across the border, physically removing him from the U.S. and leaving him in Mexico near Mexicali, Baja California.

Lawyers for Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act Tuesday demanding that the federal government turn over information about his removal.

Source: The Trump administration has deported a ‘dreamer’ for first time, advocates say

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but still sponsoring terrorism – CNNPolitics.com

Secretary of State said the Trump administration was reviewing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, arguing that the country remains a sponsor of terrorism.

Story highlights

  • Secretary of State Tillerson: sanction policy under review
  • “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror,” Tillerson says

Source: Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but still sponsoring terrorism – CNNPolitics.com

Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

When it comes to using statins to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, one leading US guideline recommends the drugs to 9 million more people than the other, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“There’s generally confusion on who should be getting statins,” said Michael Pencina, one of the study’s authors and a professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. “I don’t think we have the perfect guideline yet.”

Source: Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

Giant Peanut-Shaped Asteroid to Pass Harmlessly by Earth Wednesday

Asteroid 2014 JO25 will streak past Earth April 19, coming within 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

A huge, shiny, peanut-shaped asteroid will safely swing by Earth tomorrow morning (April 19), coming within a distance of 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) of the planet — about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

Source: Giant Peanut-Shaped Asteroid to Pass Harmlessly by Earth Wednesday

‘Facebook killer’ dies after three-day police pursuit in Pennsylvania

Steve W. Stephens was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder after the horrific slaying of a 74-year-old man in Cleveland.

Pennsylvania State Police said they chased him from the McDonald’s for about two miles, finally ramming his car.

“The vehicle spun around — came to a stop,” police Maj. William Teper Jr. said at a news conference. “He immediately pulled a weapon out and shot himself in the car.”

Source: ‘Facebook killer’ dies after three-day police pursuit in Pennsylvania

Three dead in Fresno shooting rampage; suspect caught, linked to Motel 6 slaying | The Fresno Bee

Three people were shot and killed after a man went on an apparent shooting rampage in Fresno and at Catholic Charities Tuesday at Divisadero and Fulton streets in central Fresno. He is the suspect in a shooting last Thursday at a Motel 6 in Fresno.

The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, opened fire on four men, hitting three and missing the fourth, before he was taken into custody, police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Muhammad, who is facing four counts of murder for Tuesday’s shootings and the shooting last Thursday at Motel 6 and also two counts of attempted murder, shouted “Ali Akbar” after he spotted approaching officers and dove to the ground on Fulton Street, Dyer said.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article145234709.html#storylink=cpy

Source: Three dead in Fresno shooting rampage; suspect caught, linked to Motel 6 slaying | The Fresno Bee

One crew member dead, two injured in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland

Helicopter on training mission from Fort Belvoir crashed on golf course, Army officials say

One crew member was killed and two others were injured when a U.S. Army Black Hawk military helicopter crashed Monday afternoon on a golf course in St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland, according to military officials.

Source: One crew member dead, two injured in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland

Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire | TribLIVE

The man, identified as Raymond Ralph by the medical examiner’s office, was burned on 80 percent of his body, mostly from the waist down, city fire Chief John Brasile said. He died at 11:25 a.m. Monday and Brasile was notified later in the day, he said.

Medics airlifted the man to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood after he set himself on fire around 7:25 p.m. in a shed on Seventh Avenue. Flames swept through the shed and damaged the siding to a mobile home.

Source: Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire | TribLIVE

Trump’s First 100 Days: Trump to sign ‘Hire American,’ ‘Buy American’ order

Trump will sign an executive order directing the government to review guest-worker programs and federal procurement policy.

On Tuesday, he will sign an executive order in pursuit of that goal — although it’s unclear how much the administration can actually do without Congress’s approval.

Source: Trump’s First 100 Days: Trump to sign ‘Hire American,’ ‘Buy American’ order

AGGRAVATED MURDER WARRANT ISSUED FOR STEVE STEPHENS, BM 37 – Cleveland Div of Police

Cleveland Police are currently investigating a homicide at 635 E. 93.
No additional victims have been located and officers continue to search multiple areas.
The deceased victim from East 93rd Street has been identified as Robert Godwin Sr. age 74.
Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are still NOT verified.
Suspect in this case is a bm Steve Stephens 6’1 244 bald with a full beard. Wearing dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt. Driving a white Ford Fusion with a temp tag. Armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1. Do not approach.
At this time, there are still NO known additional victims. We ask that the public remain aware and report any suspicious activity to police immediately. Officers and agents continue to investigate leads as they come in.

Source: AGGRAVATED MURDER WARRANT ISSUED FOR STEVE STEPHENS, BM 37

Trump appointee Gorsuch energetic in first U.S. high court arguments | Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung | WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump’s appointee Neil Gorsuch on Monday showed himself to be a frequent and energetic questioner during U.S. Supreme Court arguments in his first day hearing cases as a justice, at one point even apologizing for talking too much.

Gorsuch, whose confirmation to the lifetime job restored the court’s conservative majority, exhibited composure and confidence, sitting on the far right of the bench in the ornate courtroom, alongside Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The first of the three one-hour arguments before the justices on Monday involved an employment dispute. Gorsuch grilled lawyer Christopher Landau, who represented a man claiming he was discriminated against by the U.S. Census Bureau, over the fine points of a law governing civil service employees.

Source: Trump appointee Gorsuch energetic in first U.S. high court arguments | Reuters

Teen shoots two Detroit cops through door – NY Daily News

A teen gunman in Detroit blasted a cop’s face through a door — believing the two officers outside his home were burglars after reporting a Sunday night break-in attempt, police said.

The 19-year-old opened fired on two officers with a shotgun “fearing for the safety” of his mother and brother, Detroit police Chief James Craig said at a media briefing on Monday.

Source: Teen shoots two Detroit cops through door – NY Daily News

Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 25, 2011, then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams poses with a 400-year old King James Bible at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. According to a statement from the London Museum released Sunday April 16, 2017, the remains of five former archbishops of Canterbury were discovered during renovation works inside a secret tomb beneath a building located next to Lambeth Palace, including the remains of Richard Bancroft who became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible. (Akira Suemori / AP)

A London museum has revealed that the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were discovered inside a secret tomb beneath its building. The remains of some others have not been identified.

Source: Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

Bride and groom booted off United flight in Houston | khou.com

A bride and groom headed to Costa Rica for their wedding got kicked off their United flight out of Houston on Saturday afternoon.

The incident took place on United Airlines Flight 1737 which was headed from Houston (IAH) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR).

The couple, along with their friends, were flying from Salt Lake City and had a layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Source: Bride and groom booted off United flight in Houston | khou.com