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  • Obama to Pass on Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

    Obama to Pass on Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

    (WASHINGTON) — President Obama and his family are reportedly not heading to Martha’s Vineyard this summer. With the campaign heating up before the November election, there appears to be little time for the president to squeeze in his annual vacation on the island. For the past three years, the president, the first lady, and their two daughters have rented a house on Martha’s Vineyard, filling their days with bike rides, golf games and stops for ice cream. This year, however, with what is expected to be a close election just five months away, the president will likely be on the […]

  • Texas Town Bans Flags on Veterans’ Graves

    Texas Town Bans Flags on Veterans’ Graves

    (MINERAL WELLS, Texas) — A Texas town is reconsidering a controversial ordinance that it approved earlier this month that would ban the displaying of flags at  gravesites. The ordinance, approved by the City Council of Mineral Wells, states that flags would be allowed on graves at the town’s Woodland Park Cemetery only one week before and after Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. July 4 and Labor Day, other popular flag holidays, were not part of the approved time frame. After citizens expressed outrage, flooding the city council office with calls Monday, the council scheduled a public meeting for July 10 […]

  • Parents Defend Letting Daughter, 5, Swim with Sharks

    Parents Defend Letting Daughter, 5, Swim with Sharks

    (NEW YORK) — When Elana and David Barnes posted a home video to YouTube of their 5-year-old daughter swimming in the ocean, they intended to share their vacation memories with friends and family, not the world. But the video quickly became a viral sensation because it shows their daughter, Anaia, not just frolicking in the water but snorkeling with sharks in the waters off the Bahamas. “Life is too short to be boring,” Elana Barnes told ABC’s Good Morning America of why she and her husband let their daughter swim with the nurse, lemon and Caribbean reef sharks. The video […]

  • Chimp Attack Victim’s Family ‘Traumatized’

    Chimp Attack Victim’s Family ‘Traumatized’

    (NEW YORK) — The family of Andrew Oberle, the Texas graduate student who was mauled by two chimpanzees, is said to be “traumatized” after seeing their son and meeting with doctors at the South African hospital where Oberle is in intensive care five days after the attack. Oberle’s parents, Mary Flint of St. Louis, Mo., and Andrew Oberle Sr., of Florida, arrived in South Africa Monday and spent the day meeting with doctors to discuss their son’s treatment, officials said.  Oberle is in stable condition ,but remains sedated and in the intensive care unit. “His parents are, well, they’re quite […]

  • Auto Crash-Avoidance Technology Found to Reduce Collisions

    Auto Crash-Avoidance Technology Found to Reduce Collisions

    (NEW YORK) — Millions of Americans will be traveling this week, making the Fourth of July the nation’s most dangerous holiday on the highway. And new technologies could not only be protecting Americans from accidents, but avoiding crashes on the roadways all together, according to a new study released on Tuesday. Safety features that help drivers avoid front-end collisions by braking autonomously and headlights that help guide vehicles around corners are, indeed, reducing crashes, according to insurance claim analyses by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “The message for the consumer is […]

  • Nearly Two Million People Still Without Power After Storms

    Nearly Two Million People Still Without Power After Storms

    (NEW YORK) — Nearly two million people are still without power in several Midwest and mid-Atlantic states that were pummeled by a series of violent thunderstorms last Friday night. That number includes more than half a million homeowners in Washington, D.C., who have been told they may not get their power back until the end of the week. D.C.’s power company, Pepco, says utility crews are working hard, removing hundreds of downed trees and re-stringing countless power lines.  Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson says utility crews from as far away as Canada have been called in to help restore power. All […]

  • Michigan Grandmother to Be Tried for Shooting Grandson

    Michigan Grandmother to Be Tried for Shooting Grandson

    (WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.) — A 74-year-old Michigan grandmother has been ordered to stand trial for murdering her 17-year-old grandson at her home in West Bloomfield this past May.  Prosecutors say Sandra Layne shot Jonathan Hoffman five times. Layne’s neighbors say Hoffman lived with his grandparents, and she had feared for her life because he was allegedly using the synthetic drug K2. Recordings of the teen’s 911 call were played in court on Monday.   “I’ve just been shot.  My grandma shot me.  I’m going to do die.  Help,” Hoffman is heard yelling. Layne’s defense attorney, Jerome Sabotta, indicated after the […]