- Gov. Sam Brownback has indefinitely extended a ban on expanding Medicaid in Kansas under the federal health care overhaul.
Brownback on Friday signed a bill approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature to keep the ban in place. The governor and other Republicans have been strong critics of the 2010 federal health care law.
The dominance of the Android platform in the U.S. smartphone market continued as it again took the top spot during the first quarter of 2014. According to new data from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, CIRP, Android smartphone activations accounted for 53 percent of the entire market share in the U.S., but Apple’s iOS platform witnessed a significant drop from the previous quarter, nabbing 42 percent of all activations during the CIRP’s survey period.
The results were based on a survey of 500 U.S. residents who activated their devices from January through March. CIRP’s data only shows the number of new activations and not the total number of devices running Android or iOS.
Since Android and iOS took the majority share, with 95 percent of all activations in the U.S., other competing platforms were left with a mere 5 percent. Based on the findings, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS took one percent each and the remaining three percent was mustered by basic phones.
A vehicle that had been sought in connection with the deaths last month of a lesbian couple from Houston has been recovered, officials said Friday.
A 2006 Kia Sorento, owned by Britney Cosby, who was killed along with Crystal Jackson, was found Thursday in a vehicle storage lot in the 13500 block of Conklin in Houston, said officials with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, who are investigating the deaths.
The women were found dead March 7 behind a trash bin of a convenience store near the ferry on Port Bolivar. Cosby’s car has been missing since then. Cosby died from blows to the head and Jackson died from a gunshot, said Maj. Darrell Isaacks with the sheriff’s office.
Looking for something free to do this weekend? Check out a national park.
Entrance fees will be waived at all U.S. national park sites this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, to kick off National Park Week, which runs through April 27.
Visitors still have to pay the usual fees at campgrounds and concession stands.
With more than 400 National Park Service sites covering 84 million acres in the United States, there are plenty of spots to explore.
Which brings the question - where are the wingnut militias and demagogues for this one where the state is taking church owned lands? Could it be that they only whinge for Christian ranchers? Or could it be because it’s a state seizure instead of a Federal collection of due fees?
The Texas Department of Public Safety said its agents took possession of the Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado. In a statement, DPS said only eight adults were still living on the West Texas property and agreed to leave after meeting with agents. DPS said authorities helped them vacate the ranch and take an inventory.
Jeffs is serving life in prison after being convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting two girls he took as child brides. The ranch was owned by his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism whose roughly 10,000 followers believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. They see Jeffs as God’s spokesman on earth.
The state asked a judge to allow the forfeiture, alleging that FLDS leaders financed a $1.1 million purchase of the land in 2003 through money laundering. It also cited sexual assaults committed on the property. Under Texas law, authorities can seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct. A judge granted the state’s request in January.
“The season starts in a really heightened place,” says Maslany. “Because we kind of left it totally insane — all the characters are at the crux of this huge epiphanies or relegations or traumas. Like Alison and Aynsley and Donnie. Where does Alison go from here? It definitely starts at a point of high octane. I don’t know how they manage to ebb and flow it like they do, but the writers are just ridiculous. The momentum continues, even though it becomes smaller in places. Like Sarah’s journey suddenly is like whoosh! and Alison’s journey gets pulled back a little bit.”
The drama went back into production earlier for season 2 to take advantage of the warmer weather and get outside more, and that includes more locations outside of the city of Toronto where the show is filmed. “It’s great ‘cause we shoot in these locations and I’m like, this feels like we’re shooting a feature film about this location right now,”
The doctors applied for and were granted admitting privileges at University General Hospital in Dallas after passage of HB 2.
Later Thursday, District Judge Sheryl McFarlin temporarily reinstated the doctors’ privileges until an April 30 hearing to determine if a temporary injunction is necessary.
The doctors say their privileges were terminated after the hospital was targeted by protesters in the days after the 5th Circuit ruling.
Neither doctor performs abortions at the hospital.
“On March 31, 2014, UGHD’s new chief executive officer, Chuck Schuetz, revoked plaintiffs’ privileges and, on information and belief, assured the protesters that UGHD would be ‘pro-life’ and would not associate with those who provide abortions,” the 29-page complaint states.
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Nice as it is to see people let go of long-held grudges, this was actually less surprising than it might have been. Exactly two weeks earlier, a different press release announced that Prince had gained control of his publishing. (“How ‘bout them publishing rights? What a laugh,” he sang on 1996’s “White Mansion.” “I don’t know Bo but I do know math.”) Not only does Prince now administrate his songbook via his own NPG Music Publishing, the latter “is now actively seeking placement for some of Prince’s best-loved songs in film, television, video games and the commercial realm.”
In short, we are likely in for a blitz. Frankly, it’s about time. Prince’s music hasn’t necessarily gone anywhere, but in an era when even Interpol receives a deluxe, bonus-laden reissue, his are almost the only recordings in their league not to have been given at least a brush-up. And just to be clear about which league that is, for prolificacy, popularity, range, and sustained quality, the only pop catalog to come near Prince’s ’80s work belongs to the Beatles.
Even a friend who gave or sold him guns would risk federal prison time for arming someone they knew or suspected was a felon.
Yet the proud racist and anti-Semite stands accused of firing both a shotgun and a handgun in the murder of three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park last weekend.
So who put his finger on a trigger?
Investigators tracing the source of the guns allegedly used by the felon think he was aided by a straw buyer who could clear background checks likely to foil Miller, said a law enforcement official familiar with the case.
In any event, as I was going through my “Congress-Demos” in my Iraq file drawer yesterday, I found a little gem of a quote by then-Rep. Mark Kirk from just after the passage of the notorious resolution that gave President George W. Bush the authority to wage war against Iraq. It’s from the October 12, 2002 edition of Congressional Quarterly Weekly:
“Many people who never saw war are quick to urge military actions,” said Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, R-Ill., a Gulf War veteran who supported the resolution. “in my own experience, war has taught me to be the best friend of our State Department, a place where diplomacy is the preferred course of action.”
Now compare his statement back then with those he made in a private call with donors last November 18
“If you see the administration’s negotiating team lined up in these classified briefings, not one of them speaks a word of Farsi or brings any expertise on Iran to the table. If I was going to run a Democratic primary I would definitely hire our current negotiating team. And that would be Kerry and Wendy [Sherman] and the president’s sole qualification for getting on this team is whether you can be a reliable partisan or not.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer gave me the collective estimate of Israeli intelligence as to where the Iranians are, and Wendy Sherman said, ‘Don’t look at that. Israeli intelligence is not correct.’ So Wendy Sherman would tell me not to believe Israel’s intelligence service, and I took her on pretty strongly. The message that I gave to her was, ‘If you tell the American people that Israeli intelligence is bad, that’s not gonna be a dog that will hunt very well.’
Well, I guess now-Sen. Mark Kirk’s faith in the State Department has been diminished somehow, but one wonders why. What happened in the 12 years between the time when he considered the institution and its diplomatic skills as his “best friend” and now when it seems he thinks of its leaders as a bunch of partisan, glory-seeking, uninformed, Israeli intelligence-deniers?
Of course, it could be because the State Department is no longer run by Republicans