Tuesday, April 24, 2012

IN OTHER NEWS: Newt Gingrich, Russian Spies, Secret Service, North Korea, Kidney Failure, Father Records Bullying, Tim Tebow Sex, GE CEO, BP Spill, Immigration, Mad Cow, TSA Rampage

Gingrich daughter: Campaign to 'reassess' standing

Newt Gingrich's daughter said Tuesday that the former House speaker will "reassess" his campaign after the vote in Delaware, potentially setting the stage for his exit from the Republican presidential race.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman said her father's campaign is slimmer but still winning over voters who aren't yet sold on likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who was expected to win contests Tuesday in Delaware and four other states.[MORE]

Chuck Grassley: Colombian prostitutes or Russian spies?

The Colombian prostitutes entangled in the Secret Service sex scandal could have been Russian spies, Sen. Chuck Grassley suggested Tuesday.

“We’re looking at something that is very, very serious when national security might not be protected properly,” Grassley told Radio Iowa. “Who knows who might be using prostitutes? The Russians are famous for that to get information out of us.”[MORE]

3 more USSS agents lose jobs following scandal

CBS News has learned the fate of the five remaining Secret Service agents involved in the Colombian sex scandal.

Chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell reported Tuesday that two agents resigned; two were cleared of serious wrongdoing; and one was fired.[MORE]

North Korea's nuclear test ready "soon"

North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead.

The isolated and impoverished state sacrificed the chance of closer ties with the United States when it launched the long-range rocket on April 13 and was censured by the U.N. Security Council, including the North's sole major ally, China.[MORE]

UPDATE: Donor wants organ back from ex-boss

The Long Island mother who was fired after she donated her kidney to save her boss’ life demanded that the woman return the organ yesterday.

“You hate me so much, and I’m so despicable — give me my kidney back!” wailed Debbie Stevens, 47.

Her employer at Atlantic Automotive Group, Jackie Brucia, 61, thanked Stevens for the gift yesterday — and then “wished her the best.”[MORE]

NJ Father Records Teachers Bullying His Autistic Child

A New Jersey father says he was so desperate to save his autistic son from he calls the bullying of teachers that he sent him to school with a hidden tape recorder.

You'll never believe the shocking things the teachers were caught saying.

FOX 29's Sara Madonna has the recordings from a disappointed, outraged father.[MORE]

Controversial Website Offers $1M For Proof Of Sex With Jets’ Tim Tebow

Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has steadfastly maintained he is a virgin living the high-profile life of a professional athlete.

Well, controversial website AshleyMadison.com apparently wants to challenge one of Tebow’s core beliefs. They’re offering up big money to any woman who can prove she has slept with the NFL sensation.[MORE]

GE CEO defends tax rate after protesters disrupt speech

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt defended the company's payment of income taxes after protesters interrupted his speech here at the SAE World Congress.

"Tax rate was 29 percent last year," Immelt told a couple protesters at Cobo Center as they chanted "pay your fair share" a few feet from where he was speaking.

About 20 protesters scuffled with Detroit Police before they were escorted out of the building. The protestors blew whistles and attempted to enter the SAE exhibition hall, but were forcibly blocked from doing so.[MORE]

Government Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Spill

"The first criminal charges in connection with the BP oil spill have been filed against a former BP engineer named Kurt Mix," NPR's Carrie Johnson reports exclusively.

Carrie just told our Newscast unit that Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages after the spill. The texts were related to the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf. Mix will make his first appearence in court today.[MORE]

Top Dem vows to overturn Supreme Court on immigration

Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he wants to overturn a Supreme Court ruling last year that allowed states to require businesses to make sure their workers are in the country legally and said Congress should also be prepared to overturn a possible future ruling favoring state enforcement of immigration laws.

Speaking at a hearing on Arizona’s 2010 law cracking down on illegal immigration, Mr. Schumer said that Congress has repeatedly passed laws making clear that it, not the states, should have jurisdiction over immigration law. He said his legislation would reaffirm that stance.[MORE]

Infected cow found in California

A senior manager with a California rendering company said Tuesday a cow at its Hanford, Calif., transfer station tested positive for mad cow disease.

Dennis Luckey, executive vice president of Baker Commodities in Los Angeles, told The Associated Press the disease was discovered after workers selected the cow for random sampling.[MORE]

Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security

Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a 'high security threat', while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.[MORE]

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