SeaWorld Entertainment will end the practice of having trainers in the water during killer whale shows, reported WTVJ-TV in Miami.
After a trainer died in 2010 during a show with a killer whale, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the marine animal theme park and recommended trainers stop going into the water with killer whales.
SeaWorld challenged the citations. In April, a federal appeals court upheld the citations against SeaWorld. Last week, the marine animal theme park said it would not try to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
SUCCESS! In response to our letter, officer who threatened to kill #Ferguson protesters has been removed from duty https://t.co/53WP8Ht0Mu
Video taken Tuesday night during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, show an officer pointing his weapon at civilians, shouting: “I will fucking kill you.”
Two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show the officer pointing a rifle at protestors.
“Gun raised, gun raised and pointed,” a protestor shouts out, alerting others as the officer approaches closer.
“My hands are up,” another protestor says.
“I will fucking kill you, get back!” the officer shouts.
Another protestor asks for the officer to identify himself.
“What’s your name, sir?” he asks.
“Go fuck yourself,” the officer replies.
A ban on soliciting donations at Los Angeles International Airport does not tread on Hare Krishna members’ free speech rights, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.
A city ordinance forbids the immediate solicitation of money at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including the terminals, the parking lots, and adjacent sidewalks.
The law bans “the sale or offering for sale of any property upon the representation, express or implied, that the proceeds of such sale will be used for a charitable or religious purpose.”
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Two more lawsuits have been filed against Ferguson, Mo., one seeking the police report of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which set off the riots, and one from a widow who claims that the city Tasered to death her naked, mentally disturbed husband two years ago.
The ACLU and two people sued Ferguson and its Police Department under the state’s Sunshine Law, demanding “a copy of the incident report for the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.”
According to the Aug. 15 complaint in St. Louis County Court, the ACLU requested the police report on Aug. 12, but the city refused to deliver it.
The document sought is “Ferguson Police Report 2014-12391.”
Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, is reported to be in California.
A St. Louis County grand jury was to meet Wednesday to consider evidence in the shooting.
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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay Wednesday on a federal appeals court’s ruling against Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, blocking same-sex marriages from taking place this week in the Old Dominion.
Without explanation, the court announced in a single-page order it has stayed the ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals in Schaefer v. Bostic, which affirmed Virginia’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Although Chief Justice John Roberts is responsible for stay requests in the Fourth Circuit, the order indicates he referred the matter to the entire court. The vote by the Supreme Court on the decision isn’t included in the order.
Chaos and unrest overnight have kept the National Guard in the suburban town of Ferguson, Mo., for a second day, and the local school district has canceled classes for the week. After two nights of violent clashes this week, neighboring Jennings School District is out of class, too.
So this morning, instead of being in the classroom, 150 area teachers took part in some unusual professional development: picking up broken glass, water bottles and tear gas canisters from the street.
“It says ‘Defense Technology’ on it,” says social studies teacher Arthur Vambaketes, showing off a busted canister from his trash bag.
The unrest in this St. Louis-area town straddles two school districts — Ferguson and Jennings. Jennings had already started school last week, but since some of the district’s schools border parts of a hub for nightly street clashes, officials called off classes early Tuesday morning and notified parents with phone calls and text messages.
Drive on a city’s streets at night and you’re guided by artificial lights: glowing traffic signals beckoning you forward, the headlights of a car trailing you, a sign warning of work ahead.
Artificial lights may soon guide your car, too: In the quest for cars that understand the world around them and respond intelligently, a growing number of research engineers are exploring systems that encode signals in LED light.
“We envision car lights transmitting messages that your eyes can’t see,” says Richard Roberts, a research scientist at Intel. “They’re blinking out messages to be used by other automobiles for safety reasons: positioning, collision avoidance, cooperative driving—maybe even someday for autonomous driving.”
It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer’s claims to special powers.
The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.
“She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment,” Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema, told AFP.
“She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns got infected.”
Ebola has killed more than 1,220 people since it emerged in southern Guinea at the start of the year, spreading first to Liberia and cutting a gruesome and gory swathe through eastern Sierra Leone since May.
The wide range between states is in part due to the number of large cities in each state.
“As people gather into densely-packed cities, the price of real estate in those cities rises as people and businesses compete for ownership of scarce land,” Alan M. Cole, an economist at the Tax Foundation, wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
States on the Gulf Coast or the Mississippi River tend to be cheaper places to live because it’s easy to ship goods there, Cole said. States that are more isolated from transportation networks, like Alaska and Hawaii, have to pay more to import goods, so things generally cost more.
Cole argues that the U.S. often overlooks these regional differences in purchasing power when designing tax and welfare policy.
The source of the Data & Graphic is the Tax Foundation: The Real Value of $100 in Each State
Kansas City police officer Marc Catron is under internal review following Facebook posts about Michael Brown, including one photo erroneously purported on social media to be a picture of Brown.
Catron posted to his feed comments like, “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither.” But it was the following photo that really got him in trouble:
— We’ve all seen that photo since day one, even though it’s not Mike Brown from Ferguson, it continues to circulate.
That’s actually a picture of a murder defendant from Oregon.
People in the community saw Catron’s photos and alerted the police; the department said it was handling the case internally. Meanwhile, a Facebook page, “Marc Catron Isn’t worthy of the shield,” is already up and running.