Armed Gunman Takes Hostages at Sydney Cafe in Tense Standoff

By: Paul D. Shinkman

85-1An armed gunman barricaded himself inside a Sydney chocolate shop early Monday morning local time with an unknown number of hostages, forcing them to stand in the windows of the store and hold Islamic banners, and prompting an ongoing standoff with no clear end in sight.Sydney police have not released whether they know of any specific demands from the gunman within the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in the Martin Place area. He is wielding a pump-action shotgun, according to local news reports. Continue reading

Here Are All The Women Who Have Accused Bill Cosby Of Sexual Assault

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By: Tasneem Nahrulla

Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault in a series of recent allegations by multiple women. However, rape allegations against the 77-year-old comedian date back to 2005.Cosby has chosen to remain silent on all accusations, save one, which was settled out of court. Instead, his lawyers have issued statements over the years dismissing these women’s stories as fabricated lies.

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Fast-food sellers must list calories ‘clearly and conspicuously’ on menus within a year, FDA says

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By: Martha Neil

Setting new rules Tuesday despite opposition from food sellers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said menus and billboards from which customers order must “clearly and conspicuously” list calorie counts by next November.The purpose of the new rules, which were imposed under a little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act, is to give customers an idea of how many calories they will be eating before they order prepared food, according to the Associated Press and Good Morning America. Continue reading

Wind farm sues feds to stop release of bird-death data to Associated Press

By: Martha Neil

Flying eagles looking for prey are much like texting drivers behind the wheel.

They don’t notice wind farm turbines in their flight path until it’s too late.

However, such birds are under federal protection, and the Associated Press has been asking why wind farms, unlike oil and power companies, haven’t been prosecuted over the inadvertent deaths. Continue reading

Woman is in hot water over spilled-coffee claim against McDonald’s

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By: Martha Neil

A California woman is facing a felony insurance fraud case after being accused of falsely claiming that she was burned when the lid came off a cup of hot coffee at a fast food restaurant drive-thru in Fontana.

Selena Edwards, 38, is alleged to have sent faked treatment documents and burn photos from a hospital website in a bid to get $10,000 from McDonald’s Corp., authorities said. Although she received no medical treatment for the claimed injury to her hand last year, she was paid $2,000 by an insurer for the restaurant, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Associated Press and the L.A. Now blog. Continue reading

Federal Judge Strikes Yet Another Provision Of Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

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By: Nicole Flatow

A federal court struck down one of the remaining key components of Arizona’s anti-immigration law Friday, in a ruling that hammers home Arizona’s overreach in trying to regulate immigration on its own.  Continue reading

Is an Uber ride covered if an accident occurs? Insurance representatives are dubious

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By: Martha Neil

It isn’t just traditional taxi drivers who see a problem with the ride-sharing service offered by Uber.  Linking potential customers, via a smartphone application, with private drivers willing to take them to their destinations may result in a fare lower than what a traditional cab company would charge. But it may also result in a lack of insurance, should an accident occur. Continue reading