Should campaign lies be illegal? Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

Posted 4/16/2014 1:09:00 PM

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime.  Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a fact of life in American politics, justices will consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates. The case being heard next week has attracted national attention, with least 15 other states having similar laws.  Groups across the political spectrum are criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech.

Even Ohio's attorney general, Republican Mike DeWine, says he has serious concerns about the law. His office filed two briefs in the case, one from staff lawyers obligated to defend the state and another expressing DeWine's personal view that the law "may chill constitutionally protected political speech."

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'Looking like a fool with your pants on the ground': Florida high school says parents are setting a bad example for their teens by dressing like slobs

Posted 4/15/2014 8:44:00 AM

One Florida high school is considering a  dress code for parents picking up students.  A school board member at Boyd Anderson High  School, in Lauderdale Lakes, wants parents' clothing held to the same standards  as their teens – the principal is known for handing students wearing baggy pants  a belt.  Rosalind Osgood said during a recent board  meeting attended by the Sun Sentinel that parents showing up in  pajamas, hair curlers and pants that fall below their waist to reveal underwear  make it harder to uphold the school’s dress code.

‘We have dads showing up in sagging pants,’ she fumed to the gathered crowd. ‘It's hard for me to tell a child not to show  up for school with hair curlers, pajamas or short shorts if they see parents  wearing them.  ‘Parents need to lead by example.’  She admitted to the paper that writing or  enforcing a parent dress code ...

Militia members brandish AK-47s and pistols as they gather in stand-off with federal agents over last Nevada rancher's right to graze his cattle

Posted 4/12/2014 10:04:00 AM

Armed militia members today continuing to  gather in Nevada in an armed confrontation with federal agents who are  preventing a rancher from grazing his cattle.   Men carrying AK-47s and handguns were  pictured at an increasingly large tent camp in southern Nevada that has been set  up in protest at the Bureau of Land Management's attempt to confiscate cattle  from a rancher who has been working the land for centuries.  The dispute that triggered the roundup dates  to 1993, when the BLM cited concern for the federally protected tortoise. The  agency later revoked Bundy's grazing rights.

Bundy claims ancestral rights to graze his  cattle on lands his Mormon family settled in the 19th century. He stopped paying  grazing fees and disregarded several court orders to remove his  animals.  BLM officials say Bundy now owes more than  $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees. A Republican U.S. Senator and Nevada's  governor have spoken ...

Eric Holder wants gun owners to wear ‘smart gun’ bracelets

Posted 4/10/2014 8:55:00 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder wants to explore “common sense” gun reforms,  like mandating that gun owners would have to wear bracelets before they could  activate their firearms.  Holder made his remarks while testifying before a U.S. House of  Representatives appropriations committee on Friday. He acknowledged the  existence of the Second Amendment, which gives people the unqualified right to  own and carry weapons, but nevertheless expressed support for several gun  control measures that he described as “common sense reforms,” according to The Washington Free Beacon.


“One of the things we learned when we were trying to pass those common sense  reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of  technology people and talked about how guns can be made more safe by making them  either though fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet that you  might wear, how guns can be used only ...

The Ultimate Warrior, one of U.S. professional wrestling's most celebrated athletes, has died at the age of 54, days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc Hall of Fame

Posted 4/9/2014 6:45:00 AM

The Ultimate Warrior, one of U.S. professional wrestling's most celebrated athletes, has died at the age of 54, days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc Hall of Fame, the company said late on Tuesday.  "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said on its website.  Warrior, whose real name was James Hellwig, began his WWE career in 1987 and rose to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history, the company said, highlighting an "epic encounter" in which he defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become a WWE Champion.  The cause of his death was not given. He was added to the Hall of Fame on April 5.   @RIPULTIMATEWARRIOR

2014 WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior speaks: Raw, April 7, 2014

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End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

Posted 4/8/2014 6:18:00 AM

Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.  An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system.  "What once was considered low-hanging fruit by hackers now has a big neon bull's eye on it," says Patrick Thomas, a security consultant at the San Jose, Calif.-based firm Neohapsis. 


Microsoft has released a handful of Windows operating systems since 2001, but XP's popularity and the durability of the computers it was installed on kept it around longer than expected. Analysts say that if a PC is more than five years old, chances are it's running XP.

While users can still run XP after Tuesday, Microsoft says it will no longer provide security updates, issue ...

LBJ summit celebrates law's 50th anniversary

Posted 4/7/2014 6:27:00 AM

Four U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, are scheduled to headline a summit this week that commemorates the signing of a law 50 years ago that brought broad changes in America's social fabric.  The Civil Rights Summit celebrates President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The event runs Tuesday through Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ Auditorium on the University of Texas campus in Austin. 

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President Obama will give the keynote address Thursday morning, with former President George W. Bush speaking that evening. Former President Jimmy Carter will converse Tuesday evening with library director Mark K. Updegrove, and former President Bill Clinton is to speak Wednesday evening. Panel discussions and other events will include civil rights leaders, current and former officeholders, academics, dignitaries and authors. 

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Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building

Posted 4/6/2014 9:15:00 AM

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper.  Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans who had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in downtown Philadelphia.  "It has been probably 15 years since I played Tetris last on a Game Boy, and it's much different playing on the side of building that's a half-mile away," the city resident said. "Everything's happening so quick."


The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building's glass facade normally display colorful patterns. On Saturday night, images of supersized shapes "fell" on two sides of the mirrored tower as competitors used joysticks to maneuver them, creating a spectacle against the night sky that organizers ...

Stern on 'Late Show' job: 'My plate is full', who are the top 4 possible replacements?

Posted 4/5/2014 11:12:00 AM

Top 4 David Letterman Replacements For Late Night

Howard Stern is just one of the names industry spectators are floating around as a possible replacement for David Letterman.  At least for now though, the longtime radio personality says of the idea, "My plate is full."  Stern addressed the late-night TV talk show host's retirement announcement while arriving in New York on Friday for "America's Got Talent" auditions. Stern is one of the judges on the show.

The 60-year-old stressed Letterman's impact on late-night TV, saying he's sad to see Letterman leave. Stern said he enjoyed his appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman."  "I've been doing the show for years and years and I've had so many funny, great times with him that, you know, it'll be weird not to have him there."

Stern also said there are few people in show biz whose opinion matters to him, and ...

"The Real Story", Letterman 'wrapping things up,' to retire in 2015

Posted 4/4/2014 6:23:00 AM

David Letterman's departure from the late-night realm won't just end an unmatched run on television. It also will close the book on an era reaching almost to the birth of TV.  During a taping of Thursday's edition of "Late Show," Letterman startled his audience with the news that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with CBS expires.  He specified no end date, saying he expects his exit will be in "at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future — 2015, for the love of God, (band leader) Paul (Shaffer) and I will be wrapping things up."

What he'll be wrapping up is three decades on the air — the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history — since he launched "Late Night" at NBC in 1982.

But more than that, he'll be ending a lineage ...

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