Friday, May 11, 2012

IN OTHER NEWS: Dow Drops, Missile Down, Whitney Houston, Control Tower Mayhem, Radioactive Man, Overdue Books, Beach Boys, Bill on Obama, Pirate Party, Mount Fuji, Senseless Thief

Dow Logs Worst Week of 2012; JPMorgan Skids

Stocks faded in the final hour of trading to close mixed Friday, with major indexes logging a second weekly decline, pressured by news of JPMorgan's trading loss and amid ongoing worries over the euro zone.

The blue-chip index logged its biggest weekly drop this year.[MORE]

US downs missile with new interceptor

U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy's newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.[MORE]

Whitney Houston's Family Cashes In On Her Death

Whitney Houston‘s survivors are starting to act more and more like Michael Jackson‘s family. They’re learning to make money from their late star’s death. Today– three months after Whitney died–they’ve announced a deal with Lifetime Network for a reality series. Pat Houston, husband Gary, grandma Cissy, and of course Bobbi Kristina, will now film a show about how they’re dealing with Whitney’s death.[MORE]

Midnight Was Movie Hour, Nap Time in New York Air Tower

When midnight rolled around and flight traffic thinned out, air-traffic controllers guiding planes in the busiest U.S. corridor whipped out laptops to watch movies, play games or gamble online.

Controllers on break inflated air mattresses and napped on the floor. Some left before their shifts were over. They cursed at managers, refused to train new controllers, and flouted rules requiring them to pass on weather advisories to pilots.[MORE]

Radioactive man? Milford resident pulled over by state police

Mike Apatow was minding his own business Wednesday, driving to an appointment for work in Washington Depot when a state police car appeared suddenly and signaled for the Milford resident to pull over.
Apatow, 42, was entering Interstate 84 in Newtown when the cruiser appeared, and he had no idea what he'd done to merit police attention. It turns out he didn't do anything.[MORE]

4-Year-Old’s Overdue Library Books Returned After Police Sent To Family’s House

The case of the four overdue library books and the little girl who borrowed them is closed, thanks in part to local police who were sent to investigate the case.

Four-year-old Katelyn Jageman’s books were due back to the Freeport Area Library on Oct. 19, 2011. Until Thursday, they were still in her possession. Library officials said after several attempts to retrieve the books, the case was turned over to police, who made a courtesy call to the child’s home.[MORE]

Beach Boys Singer: 'Obama's a Socialist A-Hole'

Americans will be "f**ked" if Barack Obama gets re-elected ... this according to Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston.

Bruce was signing autographs for fans in New York yesterday when the conversation turned political.[MORE]

Bill blockbuster: O’s an ‘amateur’

Bill Clinton thought so little of President Obama — mocking him as an “amateur” — that he pressed his wife last summer to quit her job as secretary of state and challenge him in the primaries, a new book claims.

“The country needs you!” the former president told Hillary Clinton, urging her to run this year, according to accounts of the conversation included in Edward Klein’s new biography of Obama.[MORE]

Pirate Party makes noise in German politics

They were christened the “children of Marx and Microsoft” by one German newspaper last year and dismissed by many political insiders as lunatics and illegal downloaders.

Now, eight months later, the Pirates are represented in three German statehouses, are poised to enter a fourth Sunday and are polling nationally at 14 percent.[MORE]

Parts of Japan's Mount Fuji in danger of collapse after new fault line discovered

Parts of Japan's Mount Fuji could collapse if a newly-discovered fault line under the mountain shifts, a government report warned Friday.

A three-year study by seismologists discovered a previously-unknown active fault under the mountain, a Japanese national symbol and key tourist attraction located 60 miles (100km) west of Tokyo.[MORE]

Man Charged With Stealing Bobcat Tractor, Robbing Family Dollar

A Chicago man is accused of stealing a Bobcat tractor early Friday then driving it through the gates of a nearby Family Dollar store to take deodorant, police said.

Michael Younger, 50, of the 8100 block of South Vernon, was charged with two counts of felony burglary for stealing the tractor from a West Side construction site and stealing items from the store.[MORE]

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