Kelly Clarkson Hosts American Idol Reunion With Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson | E! News

Some people wait a lifetime for a reunion like this!

On an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show that aired on Wednesday, host and singer Kelly Clarkson reunited with the three people that helped make her famous: Simon CowellPaula Abdul and Randy Jackson. This marked the first time all three original American Idol judges have reunited together with Clarkson since she won the first season of the show in 2002, which kickstarted her now-Grammy-winning music career, not to mention her new status as a TV star.

“I actually genuinely do not believe we would be sitting here today if you hadn’t entered the show that year,” Cowell said. “The whole premise of the show was we had to find a star who was gonna sell records. We found some great people that whole year but when you delivered that moment on that first live show, when you sang that winning song at the end-“

Source: Kelly Clarkson Hosts American Idol Reunion With Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson | E! News

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Labor unions are pushing for a four-day workweek – Vox

Americans once worked 100 hours a week, six days in a row. Then, in 1940, came the five-day workweek.

Now labor unions are making the case for even less work: dropping days worked down to four.

That’s one of the changes unions are proposing as part of their vision for the future of work, which is outlined in a report to be released Friday by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the US. (Disclosure: I am a member of the Writers Guild of America East, which is part of the AFL-CIO.) The report, which was shared in advance with Vox, focuses on finding ways to make sure workers can best benefit from automation and other technological changes.

As technology makes workers more productive, unions argue, why not give them three-day weekends? Not 40 hours compressed into four days. Labor unions are proposing a 32-hour workweek, with employees earning no less than they did before.

Source: Labor unions are pushing for a four-day workweek – Vox

Teen fatally stabbed as dozens watched, some rolling video rather than helping, police say

“Kids stood here and didn’t help Khaseen,” a detective said of slain teen Khaseen Morris. “They’d rather video. They videoed his death instead of helping him.”

A teenager near New York City was stabbed to death in an attack witnessed by dozens of onlookers — some who rolled video of the slaying rather than help stop it, police said Tuesday.

Khaseen Morris, 16, and a friend were set upon by as many as a half-dozen people Monday in an after-school brawl in front of a pizzeria in a strip mall parking lot in Oceanside, a Long Island community about 30 miles east of Manhattan, authorities said.

Source: Teen fatally stabbed as dozens watched, some rolling video rather than helping, police say

Video adds weight to Loch Ness monster eel theory | Scotland | The Times

A video has now emerged which appears to show a large serpent-like creature in the River Ness, which flows into Britain’s largest body of fresh water. It was posted by the Ness Fishery Board, which said: “When you see a large eel-shaped object passing your camera in the River Ness, the first thing you think of is the Loch Ness Monster.”

Source: Video adds weight to Loch Ness monster eel theory | Scotland | The Times

MIKE FOLMER: Pennsylvania state senator resigns amid child porn charges

State lawmaker charged after investigators search his home in Lebanon County, Pa.

UPDATE: Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Folmer has resigned, Senate leaders confirmed in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday,” said the statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. “We have reviewed the criminal complaint and spoke with Mike Folmer early this morning to insist on his resignation from the Senate. We are in receipt of his letter of resignation and the 48th Senatorial District seat is now vacant.”

Source: MIKE FOLMER: Pennsylvania state senator resigns amid child porn charges

India bans e-cigarettes as global backlash at vaping gathers pace – Reuters

The ban cuts off a huge future market from e-cigarette makers at a time when the number of people smoking worldwide is declining. It could dash the expansion plans of companies such as Juul Labs and Philip Morris International (PM.N) in the country.

“These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours and their use has increased exponentially and acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children,” India’s health ministry said.

The ban also covers the production, import and advertising of e-cigarettes – but not the use of them. It comes at a time when vaping is facing increased scrutiny in other countries.

Source: India bans e-cigarettes as global backlash at vaping gathers pace – Reuters

Vaping Illness: Questions And Answers About A Mysterious Outbreak : Shots – Health News : NPR

An outbreak of severe lung disease among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and states, and public health officials say it’s too soon to point to a cause.

According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 380 confirmed and probable cases have been identified in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CDC has confirmed six deaths, and a seventh death has been reported by public health officials in Tulare County, Calif.

Hundreds of people have been hospitalized with severe lung disease linked to vaping. Public health agencies are investigating what’s behind the alarming symptoms.

Source: Vaping Illness: Questions And Answers About A Mysterious Outbreak : Shots – Health News : NPR

Three masked teens gunned down during failed home burglary near Atlanta

A Georgia homeowner gunned down three masked teens, at least one of whom was armed, on Monday during a failed robbery that could be an incident of “stand your ground” defense, authorities said.

The three boys, one 15 and the other two 16, were fatally shot at 4 a.m. outside a home on White Oak Court in Conyers, Georgia, about 30 miles east of Atlanta, according to Rockdale County Sheriff’s deputies.

“It could be possibly a stand-your-ground type of case based on the preliminary (information) that we have learned so far,” Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said. “It’s just a matter of verifying all the information we have.”

Georgia is one of the states that have “stand your ground” protections on the books, which allow some room for deadly force in cases of self-defense.

Two of the boys died at a hospital while the third was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The teens still had masks on when first responders arrived.

Source: Three masked teens gunned down during failed home burglary near Atlanta

5-year-old N.J. girl abducted from park in broad daylight by man in red van, police say

A man led the child, Dulce Maria Alavez, from the park to a red van with a sliding side door and tinted windows, police said.

Police in New Jersey said a 5-year-old girl who vanished from a playground Monday afternoon was led to a van.

Dulce Maria Alavez disappeared Monday afternoon from City Park in Bridgeton. Authorities said a man, possibly Hispanic, led Dulce from the park to a red van with a sliding side door and tinted windows. The man had Dulce get in the backseat before he drove away at around 4:20 p.m., according to a statewide Amber Alert late Tuesday night.

Police in Bridgeton, which is in the far southern part of the state, said the girl’s mother told officers that she last saw her daughter playing on the park’s swings with her 3-year-old brother. The mother said she was about 30 yards away from her children sitting in her car with an 8-year-old relative.

Source: 5-year-old N.J. girl abducted from park in broad daylight by man in red van, police say

FROZEN CHICKEN RECALL: Smart Organics frozen chicken recalled for being mislabeled | WPXI

WASHINGTON – About 500 pounds of frozen chicken is being recalled due to the packages being misbranded and having undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

FSIS said the Perdue company’s product contained wheat, which was not declared on the label.

Source: FROZEN CHICKEN RECALL: Smart Organics frozen chicken recalled for being mislabeled | WPXI

Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer election setback – POLITICO

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, initial exit polls showed, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political future and clear the way for him to be tried on corruption charges.

Initial results posted by Israel’s three major television stations showed challenger Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party tied or with a slight lead over Netanyahu’s Likud. While the results do not guarantee that Gantz will be the next prime minister, they signaled that Netanyahu, who has led the country for over 10 years, could have trouble holding on to the job.

Source: Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer election setback – POLITICO