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Gathering Light: Center for Spiritual Seeking Has Unexpected View from Google Map Satellite View

UK Mirror: The phallus-shaped building also has a rather apt motto: "Rising Up" [...] But it's not ...

Illinois: A Nuclear Waste Storage and Transportation Hub?

About 13 percent of America's 70,000 metric tons of the radioactive waste generated by nuclear plants in the United States is stashed in pools of water or in special casks at the atomic plants in Illinois where the waste was produced, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a Washington-based industry group -- the most of any state. Risk is minimal, but storage would be better in Yucca mountain [...] “There is no question that Illinois generally and Chicago specifically would see a high volume of [nuclear waste] traffic if the nation opts for centralized interim storage facilities. We’re not merely at risk, we’re the bullseye.”  -- Dave Kraft, Executive Director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service in Chicago A June 2012 study [ PDF ] by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory using spatial modeling suggests that northern Illinois would be among the top possibilities [...] NUCLEAR SAFETY (420 ILCS 20/) Illinois Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Act [...]

Former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Assistant Charged with Stealing 500 Bottles of Ketamine

Joshua Smith, a former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center research assistant, has been charged with theft of more than 500 bottles of the anesthetic and club drug ketamine [...] Joshua Smith arraigned in Brighton District Court Tuesday on 18 counts of larceny of a drug [...]

Philip Chism, 14, Charged with Death of Teacher Colleen Ritzer in Danvers, Mass.

Second murder of teacher by a student this week ... Philip Chism, 14, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder of Danvers, Mass. school teacher Colleen Ritzer, and was held without bail as his defense attorney argued for the proceedings to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden because of his age [...] Chism's defense attorney, Denise Regan, who declined to comment outside court, wanted Philip Chism tried as a juvenile [...]

"Afforadable" Health Care: Hundreds of Thousands of Insured Get Cancellation Notices, But Penalty for Uninsured May Be Delayed

The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Obama administration's regulations on grandfathering existing plans are so stringent, that about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. “Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you.” -- President Barack Obama at rally in July 2009  According to Kaiser Health news, hundreds of thousands of Americans have already received cancellation notices from the few insurance companies that they surveyed. Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state [...] The Affordable Healthcare Act requires that most people have health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014 or face a penalty, but the Administration may postpone when those penalties will go into effect. The potential extension comes as the federal health exchanges are under fire for ongoing technical p

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius To Testify on ObamaCare Rollout

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before congress next week, with accusations of failure following three years in development [...] Skepticism about 500 million lines of code needing repair [...]

Reggie Jackson Picks the Ball of the Floor for the Fastbreak Slam and the Foul

Reggie Jackson gets down the court and beats Enes Kanter for the flush and-one. Visit for more highlights.

London Film Festival 2013 Roundup

The 57th BFI London Film Festival has been a vintage year, full of star-studded galas, brilliant British movies and hidden gems from across the globe. Alfred Joyner, film reviewer for IBTimes UK, lists the highlights from this year's festival.

Obama Says Health Signup Snafus 'Unacceptable' while Government Workers Feel the Heat of Dissatisfaction

Acknowledging major flaws with the online exchanges, President Barack Obama is vowing that problems that have plagued the roll-out of his health plan will be fixed. Sarah Bailey of Progressive Community Health Centers in Milwaukee explains that customer service reps in the phone banks have been feeling the heat of customer complaints.

Obama Affordable Care Act Speech Interrupted Briefly When Woman Standing Behind Him Appear to be Feeling Faint

President Barack Obama turned around to make sure Karmel Allison was alright after she appeared to be feeling faint. Obama: "I got you, you're ok.  This is what happens when I talk too long," Obama joked, as Allison was helped away by others nearby   [...] The near fainting occurred near the end of the event, as Obama told the story of a self-employed Pennsylvania man named John who had written the president about the Affordable Care Act. "Yes, the website really stank during the first week," the letter read in part [...]

Two Minors Critically Injured After School Shooting at Sparks Middle School in Northern Nevada

Two people are dead and two boys are critically injured in an on campus school shooting outside at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada Monday morning. Washoe County School District spokesman Charles Rahn reported that students at Sparks Middle School and Agnes Risley Elementary School were evacuated to Sparks High School   [...] TIMELINE ... Sparks City Manager Shaun Carey reports that the shooter is dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound  [...] Sparks (population 90,264) is located just east of Reno  [...]

Man Beaten to Death at Brawl at Stelton Lanes Bowling Alley in Piscataway, New Jersey

Police responded about 1:30 a.m. Saturday to Stelton Lanes on Stelton Road, Piscataway to a report of a fight in progress and found about 250 people “involved in a series of fistfights in the parking lot and inside the bowling alley  [...] The fight involved about 250 people who were attending a party (family photo of victim)   [...]

Out for a Walk in Chicago: Woman Critically Injured, Her Dog Killed by Three Other Dogs

A woman was critically injured and her dog was killed while walking in the 8700 block of South Cregier Avenue Friday, October 18, 2013 at about 6:30 p.m. Dog in custody of Commission on Animal Care and Control ... VIDEO  [...] LIVE TRAFFIC MAP ...

Criminal Credit Card Capturing Cameras Found by MTA Detectives on LIRR

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police detectives discovered seven hidden cameras in vending machines of at least four stations of the Long Island Rail Road -- found at Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Ave and Greenvale Stations  [...]

Convicts Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, Released on Fraudulent Documents in Florida, Captured at Coconut Grove Motor Inn, Panama City

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with the U.S. Marshall's Service arrested escaped inmates Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, at Coconut Grove Motor Inn at 9725 Front Beach Road, Panama City around 6:40 p.m. on October 19, 2013 without incident. Both escaped from Franklin Correctional Institution -- one in September, and one in October  [...] About 20 members of the law enforcement task force assigned to capture the prisoners surrounded the Coconut Grove Motor Inn motel room, instructing Jenkins and Walker via loud speaker to come out. About a minute later, both men exited the room with their hands in the air  [...] Within days of walking out of Franklin Correctional Institution with bogus paperwork, Walker and Jenkins — each serving a life term for murder — traveled about 300 miles to a jail in Orlando, Florida and registered as felons. They signed paperwork and were fingerprinted and even photographed before walking out of the jail without raising any

Boy, age 8, Grabs Wallet Out of Mom's Purse as Purse Snatcher Runs Off with Purse in Houston

Jose Alonso didn't want his sister's party to be without funds, so he grabbed his Mom's wallet out of the purse, as a man, in his 20s, ran off with the purse  [...]

Li-Fi is Wi-Fi Invented in China for transmission from a Light Bulb

Researchers using a Li-Fi bulb can connect to the net, using light frequencies rather than the usual radio waves -- 150 Mbps  [...] Comcast download speed on a Saturday afternoon in Chicagoland -- 57.45 Mbps ... try yours at ...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Discusses the Possibility of Terrorists Controlling His Implanted Defibrillator on '60 Minutes' Oct 20, 2013

Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, discussing for the first time the revelation that the defibrillator implanted in his chest could be used by terrorists to kill him ... Had manufacturer disable wireless function   [...] Hacking medical devices a review - biomed 2013   [...] Biomed Sci Instrum. 2013;49:40-7. Homicide by Insulin Pump has already happened -- homicide investigators could encounter homicide by lethal doses from insulin pump   [...] Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2004 Jun;25(2):159-60. FLASHBACK to 2008 ... Hacking implanted defibrillators shockingly easy ... researchers have found that it's incredibly easy to reverse-engineer the communication protocol these radio transmissions and use that information to hack the implant. Also included besides  implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), are reprogrammable medical devices including pacemakers, neurostimulators, and implantable drug pumps  [...]

Air Marshal Adam Bartsch Accused of Taking Inappropriate Photos on Southwest Airlines Nashville to Tampa Flight

A federal air marshal is accused of taking cellphone photographs underneath women's skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport Thursday. Authorities say a witness noticed him taking the photos and grabbed his phone. Adam J. Bartsch was charged with disorderly conduct Friday after arrest at Nashville International Airport Thursday  [...] Reynaldo Collazo Recalls Confronting Air Marshal For Taking Lewd Photos during boarding ... Reynaldo Collazo said he had just boarded Southwest flight 3132 from Nashville to Tampa Thursday when he noticed a man already seated secretly holding his cell phone into the aisle. Police say US Air Marshal Adam Bartsch admitted to taking the photos  [...] TSA doesn't approve -- Adam J. Bartsch relieved of duties  [...]

Google Stock Hits Over $1,000 Per Share, First Time in History; Ads on YouTube Up 75% in the Quarter

Early Friday, Google’s share price jumped above $1,000 per share for the first time -- a remarkable ascent from $85 in its public offering in 2004  [...] Google shows continued dominance of the mobile and video advertising businesses even with aggressive competition from Facebook Inc and Yahoo Inc. Advertising revenue is up 26 percent ... Google's key YouTube asset generated approximately $4 billion in revenue in 2012 with expectations for more growth in video advertising increasing from mobile devices  [...]

Chicago Simeon High School Football Star Demarius Reed Shot to Death at Apartment Near Eastern Michigan University

Friday morning,  Simeon High School standout (Chicago)  Demarius  Reed was found shot to death in the apartment complex where he lived near the university campus in Ypsilanti, Mich. His roommate found him in a hallway at the University Green apartments in the 700 block of West Clark Road around 7:15 a.m.  [...] Eastern Michigan University football player found dead from gunshot wound  [...] Demarius Reed homicide: Eastern Michigan and MAC officials issue joint statement after player's death  [...] Demarius Reed homicide: Eastern Michigan University and Ohio football game to be played as scheduled  [...] EMU Mourns the Death of Student-Athlete Demarius Reed  [...]

Davion Navar Henry Only, Florida Orphan Boy Puts on Suit and Goes to Church to Ask to Be Adopted

Davion Navar Henry Only -- that's his full name ... Florida church flooded with calls after 15-year-old orphan asks for family to adopt him   [...] Two weeks ago, Davion Navar Henry Only, 15, dressed in a dark suit and borrowed tie, told the packed church that he was seeking a family to call his own   [...] Meet Davion Navar Henry Only  [...] Pass the Kleenex  [...] Davion Navar Henry Only nervously stood before worshippers at Florida's St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburgh, Florida and said: 'My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either  [...] "Miss! Hey, Miss!" he called to his caseworker, who was driving. "I don't want to do this anymore."   [...]

Raging Wildfires “Bushfires” Near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Destroy at Least 81 Homes

At least eighty-one homes were destroyed and another 37 were damaged by Friday morning. A 63-year-old man, Walter Linder, had a fatal heart attack while he was fighting a fire at his home at Lake Munmorah, north of Sydney  [...] Lake Munmorah bushfire victim Walter Linder, age 63, died of heart attack defending his home with a bucket of water  [...] Fears NSW bushfires could burn for weeks with temperatures in the mid-90s and winds up to 63 mph [...]

Dead Baby Found In Alleged Shoplifter Teen’s Shopping Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret

Two teenage girls suspected of shoplifting were stopped as they were leaving the Victoria’s Secret store in Herald Square, and a security guard checking their bags found what appeared to be a dead baby, police said Thursday  [...] Teen Had Dead Baby in Bag at Herald Square Victoria's Secret  [...] Security guard who spotted 17-year-old girl and a friend snatching sexy underthings off the rack, called police... Tiona Rodriguez told police she suffered miscarriage the day before... was excited about a job interview she had Wednesday at Chipotle  [...]

Remnant Winds of Typhoon Nari May Have Cause Wind Shear that Caused Crash of Lao Airlines ATR 72 Aircraft

Bags, a broken propeller and passports were among the debris scattered on the riverbank where a Lao Airlines plane crashed and sank into the Mekong River. (Oct. 17) Lao Airlines is investigating that possibility that a plane crash that killed 49 people Wednesday was caused by "wind shear, according to airline officials.

Backlash to Columnist Emily Yoffe on "Avoid Rape, Don't Drink Column

Slate contributor Emily Yoffe talks to Brooke Baldwin about her controversial column about women, rape and alcohol. In one awful high-profile case after another — the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo. — we read about a young woman, sometimes only a girl, who goes to a party and ends up being raped. As soon as the school year begins, so do reports of female students sexually assaulted by their male classmates [...] Slate College Women: Stop Getting Drunk