Both officers died instantly, CHP officials said. “We responded, and discovered the tragedy at hand,” Paris said at a news conference Monday. “California Highway Patrol members, uniform and non-uniform alike, are suffering a very severe loss today.” Although the investigation into the crash is ongoing, details began to emerge Monday afternoon that painted a complicated sequence of events. About 6 a.m. Monday, Gonzalez and Law received radio calls indicating a collision had occurred on the northbound 99. As they approached the scene, traveling south from Fresno, they discovered the collision was actually on their side of the freeway, blocking lanes, with a pedestrian outside a vehicle, Paris said. “The officers took evasive action to avoid striking any of the parties from the previous collision, lost control of the vehicle, struck the guardrail and severely crashed,” he said. “No other cars were struck by the Highway Patrol vehicle.” After hearing of the collision, law enforcement agencies and elected officials offered their support.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0218-chp-officers-killed-20140218,0,6379966.story
Two members of punk band Pussy Riot held in Sochi
“Our primary focus is assisting our employees and passengers who were injured, and our flight safety team will review what happened,” the spokeswoman said. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot “declared a medical emergency after a flight attendant was injured by turbulence. The plane landed in Billings without incident.” Passenger: Turbulence felt like impact Three flight attendants and two passengers were taken to hospitals, said Luke Punzenberger, a spokesman for the airline. All were treated and released except one flight attendant. Turbulence throws fliers around cabin Turbulence knocked baby from mom There were 114 passengers and five crew members onboard, including passenger Bill Dahlin. “There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hollering,” he told CNN affiliate KTVQ. Dahlin said one woman hit the ceiling so hard that the ceiling cracked. He said he thought the crew was just as surprised by the sudden turbulence as the passengers were. “I think they were somewhat panicked,” KTVQ reported Dahlin said. “I think they were trying to assess things themselves so they really didn’t offer any explanation because of what happened so quickly.” Transatlantic flights set to be bumpier Last month, a United Airlines flight returned to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after turbulence injured five flight attendants.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/17/travel/united-airlines-turbulence/index.html
Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth
Holman’s role in Apple’s medical ambitions is particularly intriguing because of his pioneering audio work in movies. As corporate technical director at Lucasfilm, Holman developed revolutionary THX technology that consistently reproduces high-quality sound in movie theaters and homes that most closely matches the original audio mix of films. Though Apple has never confirmed it, the company hired Holman in 2011 to “provide audio direction,” according to his LinkedIn profile. At the time, observers assumed Holman would focus his efforts on boosting the audio quality of MacBooks and iPhones. Predicting heart attacks But under Holman, Apple is exploring ways to measure noise “turbulence” as it applies to blood flow. The company wants to develop software and sensors that can predict heart attacks by identifying the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery clogged with plaque, the source said. That technology, if ever successful, could open the sizable medical device market to Apple, according to Kreher, the Edward Jones analyst.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/apple-exploring-cars-medical-devices-to-reignite-5239850.php
He said he will have an afternoon news conference Tuesday. “I’m going to answer all the questions,” he said. The police affidavit lists the value of the vase as $1 million, quoting the museum’s security officials. Criminal mischief can be a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison when the property damaged is worth more than $1,000. Caminero had a recent showing at the JF Gallery in West Palm Beach that offered a patrons a chance to meet him and “view a sampling of the work from his 30-year career as an artist.” According to the museum’s web site, the vase is one of more than a dozen that are part of a floor installation. Each vase is partially painted in bright colors.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/02/17/south-florida-artist-faces-charges-after-smashing-1m-vase-at-art-museum/
Minnesota Poll: Majority support legalization of medical marijuana
It was drilled into my head when I was a kid that [marijuana was] bad, evil, said McClellan, a 47-year-old chef. He first tried marijuana several years ago, after a particularly bad attack left him trapped between his bed and the walls of his bedroom for hours, in agony and unable to move, until his wife came home. When he told his doctors of his experience with marijuana, they were not surprised. My neurologist told me, Its not going to hurt you. A lot of people find the same results. If it helps, do it. Minnesota decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana years ago. If police did raid McClellans house, he would face at most a petty misdemeanor charge. Legislation proposed in the Minnesota House and Senate would legalize medical dispensaries, one per county and more in large urban areas, where patients like McClellan could go to have marijuana prescriptions filled if they didnt want to grow their own marijuana plants at home. Support and opposition to medical marijuana ranges across political lines a number of Republicans at the Legislature have lined up to support DFL-sponsored legalization bills in the House and Senate, while DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has expressed strong reservations about legalizing medical marijuana as long as law enforcement opposes the idea. Divisions in the poll were more stark, with 77 percent of Democrats in favor of medical marijuana and 17 percent opposed, compared to just 23 percent of Republicans who backed the idea and 69 percent who opposed it.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/245910931.html
South Florida Artist Faces Charges After Smashing $1M Vase At Art Museum
He also reportedly had a collection of 20,000 DVD films, including American favorites such as Rambo and Friday the 13th. ”Luxury good expenditure by the DPRK rose to $645.8 million in 2012, the report said, citing a 2013 article from the British newspaper The Mirror. Reportedly, this was a sharp increase from the average of $300 million a year under Kim Jong Il. The regime rakes in funds for luxury spending by engaging in legal and illegal activities, such as assisting in the illegal sale of alcohol in Islamic countries and the trafficking of ivory from Africa to China, a former North Korean official said in the report. ”They are kept [in] the personal disposal of the Supreme Leader and used to cover personal expenses of the Supreme Leader, his family and other elites surrounding him, as well as other politically sensitive expenditures, the report said, according to Reuters. The report also accuses North Korea of systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations, and crimes against humanity which may be brought to the International Criminal Court. The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world. An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 people are currently being detained in North Korean political prison camps, the Korea Institute for National Unification says, based on satellite imagery and first-hand testimony. Suspects of major political wrongs may find themselves in a detention interrogation center anywhere from a few days to six months or more,” the report said, according to Reuters.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/17/kim-jong-un-bigger-luxury-spender-than-his-father-un-report-finds/
NY manufacturing growth slows in February: NY Fed
CST, February 18, 2014 NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gauge of manufacturing in New York state slowed in February after hitting a 20-month high in January, the New York Federal Reserve said in a report on Tuesday. The New York Fed’s “Empire State” general business conditions index fell to 4.48 from 12.51 the month before. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a reading of 9.0. New orders fell to -0.21 from 10.98, while inventories fell to -5.00 from 2.44. Employment gauges were mixed. The index for the number of employees fell to 11.25 from 12.20 and the average employee workweek index rose to 3.75 from 1.22. The index of business conditions six months ahead rose to 38.99 in February from 37.51 in January. The survey of manufacturing plants in the state is one of the earliest monthly guideposts to U.S. factory conditions. (Reporting by Daniel Bases; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2014, Reuters
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-usa-economy-nyfed-20140218,0,7725278.story
Kim Jong Un spends more money on luxury goods than his father, UN report finds
Lee, a first-time lawmaker, has denied the allegations. He said Seoul’s spy service fabricated the charges to divert public attention from an investigation into allegations that its agents were engaged in illegal online campaigning to help President Park Geun-hye, then a ruling party candidate, win presidential elections in December 2012. The spy agency has said its agents were only trying to cope with possible North Korean cyber warfare and pro-North Korea online postings in the South. The Suwon District Court said in its ruling that Lee’s punishment was inevitable because his plot posed a “substantial and apparent threat” to South Korea. The verdict mentioned strong evidence and what it called consistent and reliable testimony by an informant, described as a former Lee colleague, as the reason for the conviction, according to a court statement. Lee’s party said it would appeal the ruling to a higher court. Lee and the six other United Progressive Party members were also convicted of inciting rebellion and praising North Korea.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/17/south-korean-lawmaker-gets-12-year-prison-term-for-pro-north-korea-rebellion/
South Korean lawmaker gets 12-year prison term for pro-North Korea rebellion plot
The two were detained in Sochi, Russia for alleged theft. (Markus Schreiber, Associated Press / February 10, 2014) Also From the Associated Press AP February 18, 2014, 2:27 a.m. SOCHI, Russia A Russian human rights activist says two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been detained near the Olympics in downtown Sochi. Semyon Simonov says he was with Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at the time. He says the two women have been accused of theft, and says several other activists were also detained by police. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison but were released in December. They were convicted of hooliganism after staging a protest in Moscow’s most prominent cathedral in opposition to President Vladimir Putin ‘s government. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova recently visited the U.S.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pussy-riot-held-in-sochi-20140218,0,3454994.story