A video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday that appears to show James Wright Foley, an American journalist, being beheaded by ISIS militants. We have chosen to not post the awful video, but two friends of Foley confirm the man in the video appears to be him. The video begins with a clip of President Barack Obama announcing airstrikes against ISIS, before cutting to a clip of Foley, 40, kneeling in front an armed, masked militant, saying “I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers: the U.S. government," before being beheaded. The clip ends with a shot of journalist Steven Sotloff and an alleged militant saying, “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”
Foley was kidnapped in Syria in November of 2012. YouTube has since pulled the video ... Discuss
You win some, you lose some, in this life. And when you lose the Little League World Series, losing is particularly tough to handle. Fortunately for the Cumberland Americans, Coach David Belisle knows a thing or two about tough losses. And he shows them how to handle theirs' with style ... Discuss
Even though the National Guard has taken over the policing of Ferguson, violence continues to escalate as tensions between the population of 21,000 and the town's law enforcement grows. Throughout the week and a half of protests, reporters and media outlets have continued to note the disparity between the violence of the protestors—which authorities say is limited to a small minority armed with Molotov cocktails—and the "militarized" police force, armed with semi-automatic rifles, riot gear, firing tear gas and arresting protesters and even reporters. In the clip below, you can see CNN's Jake Trapper expressing his bewilderment at the situation.
Absolutely there have been looters. Absolutely over the last nine days there has been violence. But there is nothing going on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing. So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn't make any sense.
According to a new study from the group Feeding America, 46 million Americans—that comes to about one in seven people—are reliant on food bank or meal service charity programs. Their “Hunger in America” study found that a quarter of all military families use food banks and that 65 percent of homes that rely on food banks have a child or a family member over the age of 60. As this story notes, some food banks have seen an increase in numbers of people following cuts to food assistance programs like food stamps (or SNAP as the program is now known). Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken told USA Today, “Hunger exists in literally every county in America. It's an urban problem, it's a suburban problem, and it's a rural problem” ... Discuss
Science has just confirmed the golden rule. A team from the University of Michigan looked at the cardiovascular health of a group of 5,276 people over the age of 50 for four years, asking them to also score themselves on questions that gauge the quality of their relationships with their neighbors and fellow community members. In a statement from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health where the study was published, the group revealed a strong link between heart health and loving thy neighbor: “Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual's heart attack risk." Just how significant is the link? People who scored the highest in having good neighbor relationships were at 67 percent reduced risk for heart attack, "approximately comparable to the reduced heart attack risk of a smoker vs a non-smoker," the co-author told AFP news ... Discuss
The results of a private autopsy have revealed that unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot six times during his confrontation with a police officer. None of the shots appear to have been fired from very close range, though Michael M. Baden, New York City’s former chief medical examiner (he retired in 2011)—who preformed the autopsy at the request of Brown’s family—said that assessment could change if another investigator with access to Brown’s case found gunpowder residue on them. The New York Times reports, “One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury.”
Some witnesses have told reporters that Brown was attempting to surrender when the officer continue to open fire, though Dr. Baden said that the gunshot, “can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.” Dr. Baden also added, “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times.’ Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting” …
Protests in the city of Ferguson continued to escalate on Sunday night. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he would be calling on the National Guard in an effort to restore order in the city ... Discuss