Friday, May 4, 2012

IN OTHER NEWS: Chicago On Lockdown, Labor, Oil Slip, Hot Dog Prostitute, White Buffalo, Cat Washed, Obama, Death On Skype, DUI Monkey, Fake Cancer For Fake Boobs, Airport Cheer, Amish Kids, Mexican Massacre

Security Plan Shuts Down Roads, South Loop For NATO Summit Weekend

A large security zone around McCormick Place will be off limits to Chicagoans, and the Museum Campus, Lake Shore Drive and several major expressways and streets will be shut down before or during the NATO Summit, under a plan revealed on Friday.

All of this comes on top of a large restricted air space zone above the city. Anybody violating that airspace could be shot down.[MORE]

People Not In Labor Force Soar By 522,000, Labor Force Participation Rate Lowest Since 1981

In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to
88,419,000. This is the highest on record. The flip side, and the reason why the unemployment dropped to 8.1% is that the labor force participation rate just dipped to a new 30 year low of 64.3%.[MORE]

Oil in Free Fall as Economic Worries Spur Selling

Oil prices were in free fall Friday as worries about a weakening global economy combine with seemingly ample supplies and less fear of a confrontation with Iran.

Traders also point to new margin requirements by the CFTC, announced Thursday. However, those requirements do not go into effect until August, and the bigger factor behind the selling is concerns about a global slowdown.[MORE]

Cops: L.I. Woman Charged With Prostitution After Using Hot Dog Cart To Solicit Clients

Detectives with the Narcotic Vice Squad in Nassau County were investigating Catherine Scalia, 45, of East Rockaway, and became aware she was offering up more than kraut and relish from her hot dog cart on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin, according to police.

Scalia was arrested Thursday after authorities said she offered to engage in sexual conduct at her home with an undercover detective in return for money.[MORE]

Rare white buffalo slain and skinned, sheriff says

The Hunt County Sheriff's Department is among several agencies investigating the gruesome death of a rare white buffalo, born nearly a year ago on a ranch near Greenville.

Lakota Buffalo Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier said he and his wife returned from out of town to find the calf, considered sacred by some in the Native American community, killed and skinned. The next day its mother was also found dead.[MORE]

Cat survives two-hour washing machine ordeal in South Africa

A cat survived after it was tossed around inside a washing machine for almost two hours in Johannesburg, the South African newspaper The Star reported Friday.

Karin Bennett, 63, heard meowing noises coming from close to her washing machine and began to search for her cat Tabitha.[MORE]

Obama Abolishes the Press Conference

President Obama has held just one full length, multi-topic, solo press conference in the last six months, effectively abolishing the most accessible venue for American citizens to observe the thinking and learn the views of their leader.

It’s May, and the president has stood for only a single such news conference this year, a March 6 event in the briefing room. He’s had only three since last June, counting a November press conference in Hawaii that was supposed to be devoted to the just-held Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit but which veered off into other issues.[MORE]

Wife saw husband, a Beaumont Army Medical Center nurse in Afghanistan, die while on Skype chat

The wife of a Beaumont Army Medical Center nurse who died Monday in Afghanistan said the incident took place while she was talking with her husband through Skype's video chat.

Army officials have not released the cause of death for Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, 43, of Spencerport, N.Y.

A statement from the family said they are waiting for results of a military investigation.[MORE]

A man and his monkey pulled over in Florida

A Florida man is charged with felony drunken driving and wildlife violations after police discovered a small monkey in his truck.

Largo Police say Eugene Carl Kotelman was speeding when they stopped him Thursday. He was driving on a suspended license and had been previously charged numerous times with driving on a suspended license and DUI.[MORE]

Woman Accused Of Faking Breast Cancer To Raise Money For Implants

A woman has been accused of faking breast cancer to raise money to get implants.

Jami Toler, 27, appeared in a Maricopa County court Thursday on felony fraud and theft charges after allegedly bilking people out of more than $8,000 to get breast implants. She was arrested Wednesday.[MORE]

Airport cheerleaders an added perk?

While some Chinese travelers storm the tarmac when flights get delayed, others might wish their flights never take off -- assuming they're flying from the northeast China city of Dalian.

To entertain waiting passengers, Dalian International Airport recently recruited a squad of cheerleaders to perform kicks, jumps and splits in the airport's main hall.[MORE]

Amish farm kids remarkably immune to allergies: study

Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.

"The rates are very, very low," said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study's lead author. "So there's something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish" than in European farming communities.

What it is about growing up on farms -- and Amish farms in particular -- that seems to prevent allergies remains unclear.[MORE]

More victims in Mexican massacre found across border

A wave of violence in Mexico has led to a string of gruesome discoveries.

The bodies of nine people were found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, just 6 miles from the U.S. border. Five were men and four women.

Pictures showed the nine bound, gagged and hanged.

A message left with the bodies identified them as members of the Gulf cartel. A rivaling cartel, Los Zetas, is believed to be responsible for the deaths.[MORE]

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