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two senators say their identities were stolen in fake net neutrality comments to the fcc

sen. patrick j. toomey. (j. scott applewhite/ap)two senators — one republican and one democratic — said their identities were stolen to write fake comments to the federal communications commission ahead of the agency's vote last year to dismantle net neutrality rules.sens. patrick j. toomey (r-pa.) and jeff merkley (d-ore.) claim they were among millions of americans who were impersonated in public comments to fraudulently skew the agency's policymaking process. the lawmakers urged fcc chairman ajit pai in a letter sent last week to identify the people behind the impersonations and to take steps to prevent such activity in the future.net neutrality has been one of the most fiercely debated tech issues. the rules that were repealed required internet providers to treat all websites equ...





sessions taps zachary terwilliger to lead high-profile va. u.s. attorney’s office

attorney general jeff sessions has decided to name zachary terwilliger — a career federal prosecutor who most recently worked as chief of staff to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein — to serve as the interim u.s. attorney in the eastern district of virginia, justice department officials said.the move will put terwilliger, 37, at the center of some of the justice department’s most high-profile cases, including the investigation of the wikileaks organization and its founder, julian assange, and the discussions of what to do with the two british members of an islamic state cell believed to be responsible for the brutal murders of western hostages.paul manafort, former campaign chairman for president trump, is also scheduled to go on trial in the eastern district this summer, and whi...





rape victim hope cheston awarded $1 billion by georgia jury

for years, hope cheston thought her rape case had been “swept under the rug.”in 2012, cheston was sexually assaulted by an armed security guard at an apartment complex near atlanta while she was visiting a friend, according to court records.she was 14. the guard, brandon lamar zachary, was 22.brandon lamar zachary (clayton county sheriff’s office)he was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison — but, cheston said, the security company that hired him never contacted her or apologized for what happened.and ever since the attack, she said, she has wrestled with doubt and regret.“every victim has that — ‘well i should’ve did this, i should’ve did that, i shouldn’t have been here in the first place,’ ” cheston said.but in an extraordinary move, juro...





hawaii volcano: as kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm. 'i expect great science from this event.'

pahoa, hawaii — through the laze and vog, kilauea is giving up some of its secrets. the volcano that began a new round of eruptions on may 3 is proving to be a bonanza for volcanologists, as it cracks apart at its base and blows periodically at its top to jettison lava and plumes of ash across much of an anxious big island. scientists are studying these oozing fissures, explosive eruptions and magma flow patterns as they happen, a rare opportunity for many of them who, without the real thing, are often left to model volcano behavior in distant laboratories. what they are learning is not simply a boon for pure science, though it certainly is that. where the volcano cracks into fissures, how the magma tracks through the ground and what warning signs may exist that point to future eruptions...





a tropical storm is brewing, just in time to ruin your memorial day weekend

a visible satellite image of the cluster of thunderstorms forecasters are watching for signs of tropical storm development. (noaa)for almost a week, we have been watching a cluster of showers and thunderstorms in the caribbean for signs it might develop into something more menacing. now it seems that is likely within the next five days as it tracks north over the yucatán peninsula into the gulf of mexico. when it arrives, forecast models suggest it will spin up into at least a tropical depression and maybe even the hurricane season’s first named tropical storm.at the very least, several inches of ... ial rain are likely across the gulf states east of texas.on thursday morning, the national hurricane center gave the seemingly-disorganized cluster of thunderstorms a 40 percent chance of ...





delray beach: watch florida police rescue small children from ledge while 'deranged' mother screams

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as a navy seal receives the medal of honor, frustrations remain about a related case

tech. sgt. john chapman was killed in afghanistan in 2002 while attempting to rescue a navy seal. (u.s. air force)two chinook helicopters carrying elite u.s. troops roared through the chilly afghan air above a mountaintop when disaster struck. rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire ripped into one of the lumbering aircraft as it approached a landing zone, ejecting a navy seal team 6 member and prompting a rescue operation.on thursday afternoon, the president will award retired master chief petty officer britt k. slabinski the nation’s highest award for valor in combat, the medal of honor, for his actions 16 years ago on 10,000-foot takur ghar mountain. the navy seal is credited with braving withering fire from taliban and al-qaeda fighters in waist-deep snow while leading the res...





michael rotondo: why millions of 30-somethings still live with mom and dad

michael rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding in syracuse, n.y., brought by his parents, mark and christina. the two parents speak to their lawyer, anthony adorante, in the court gallery to the right. (douglass dowty /syracuse newspapers/ap)a 30-year-old upstate new york man was ordered to leave his parents' house by a state supreme court justice on tuesday after rebuffing several attempts by his parents to get him to move out.the case of michael rotondo has made national and international news and has already become a butt of late-night talk show jokes. it seems to have struck a chord as an extreme example of a phenomenon demographers have been tracking for years: growing rates of young adults, particularly young men, living in their parents' homes even after graduation f...





houston police chief ‘hit rock bottom’ after santa fe shooting. then came a nasty feud with the nra.

the three-day-long gun-debate beef this week between houston police chief art acevedo and the national rifle association’s dana loesch started with a facebook post.“i’m not ashamed to admit i’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” acevedo wrote on may 18. “i know some have strong feelings about gun rights but i want you to know i’ve hit rock bottom and i am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.”acevedo has been a police officer for the past 32 years, 11 of them as chief of a major-city police force in texas, but there had been nothing like the day he hit rock bottom — may 18 — and the three places he went that day that put him there, he told the washington post.to all my facebook friends. today i spent the day dealing with another mass shooting ...





sessions taps zachary terwilliger to lead high-profile va. u.s. attorney’s office

attorney general jeff sessions has decided to name zachary terwilliger — a career federal prosecutor who most recently worked as chief of staff to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein — to serve as the interim u.s. attorney in the eastern district of virginia, justice department officials said.the move will put terwilliger, 37, at the center of some of the justice department’s most high-profile cases, including the investigation of the wikileaks organization and its founder, julian assange, and the discussions of what to do with the two british members of an islamic state cell believed to be responsible for the brutal murders of western hostages.paul manafort, former campaign chairman for president trump, is also scheduled to go on trial in the eastern district this summer, and whi...





chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. a new report says it didn’t.

the chicago teachers union in 2013 protested plans to close dozens of schools in the city. (john gress/reuters)in 2013, the chicago school district closed 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the face of a $1 billion deficit, the largest mass school closure in the country’s modern history. schools officials and mayor rahm emanuel made this promise to nearly 12,000 mostly african american students from families living in poverty: when you are sent to a new school, there will be better opportunities for academic success. but a new report says that isn’t exactly what happened.researchers at the university of chicago’s consortium on school research just released a report (see below) looking at what happened when the schools were closed five years ago and the effects on s...





new ebola vaccine faces major test in congo outbreak

authorities in congo began an ambitious campaign this week to use a pioneering ebola vaccine to help stem a growing outbreak of the deadly virus. it’s the first widespread use of the therapeutic since a devastating 2014 epidemic in west africa and represents a major strategic shift for public health.world health organization officials, criticized for their slow response four years ago, began vaccinating health workers in affected areas monday and plan to vaccinate about 1,000 people in the next week. more than 7,500 doses have been sent to congo, and an additional 8,000 doses will be available in the coming days, according to the who.who epidemiologist peter salama, who is in charge of the united nations agency's epidemic response, calls the vaccine a “paradigm shift” in fighting ...





new satellite’s primary weather-monitoring tool is not working properly, noaa says

an artist’s rendering of noaa’s next-generation satellite series. (noaa)it’s only been a few weeks since operators moved noaa’s newest satellite into position in space and started testing its data, but a problem was immediately apparent.the satellite’s primary weather-monitoring instrument — the advanced baseline imager — was not performing to specifications for about 12 hours each day. the project scientists found it was running too hot.“the cooling system is an integral part of the [advanced baseline imager] and did not start up properly during the on-orbit checkout,” noaa said in a statement on wednesday. “the issue affects the infrared and near-infrared channels on the instrument. the visible channels of the abi are not impacted.”space is an extremely cold place...





michael rotondo: why millions of 30-somethings still live with mom and dad

michael rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding in syracuse, n.y., brought by his parents, mark and christina. the two parents speak to their lawyer, anthony adorante, in the court gallery to the right. (douglass dowty /the syracuse newspapers/ap)a 30-year-old upstate new york man was ordered to leave his parents' house by a state supreme court justice on tuesday after rebuffing several attempts by his parents to get him to move out.the case of michael rotondo has made national and international news, and has already become a butt of late-night talk show jokes. it seems to have struck a chord as an extreme example of a phenomenon demographers have been tracking for years: growing rates of young adults, particularly young men, living in their parents' homes even after graduat...





prominent southern baptist leader paige patterson removed as seminary president after controversial remarks about abused women

fort worth — prominent southern baptist leader paige patterson has been removed from his job as president of southwestern baptist theological seminary amid an evangelical #metoo moment: a massive backlash from women upset over comments he made in the past that are newly perceived as sexist and demeaning.seminary leaders were vague as to the reason for the dramatic move, issuing a statement in the wee hours wednesday morning that didn’t mention patterson’s comments. instead, the statement said that the seminary is moving “in the direction of new leadership” due to challenges related to “enrollment, financial, leadership and institutional identity.”the brief statement said patterson will be president emeritus, “for the benefit of the future mission of the seminary.” he ...





texas police near raymondville pulled over tractor-trailer carrying 86 immigrants

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lung cancer rates in younger white and hispanic women surpass those of men

kelly journalist, with her daughter emma jane, was diagnosed with lung cancer at 32. (courtesy of kelly journalist)reversing a historic trend, rates of lung cancer among younger white and hispanic women have surpassed those of men — and the change cannot be fully explained by gender differences in smoking behavior, researchers said wednesday.previous research pointed to shifts in the incidence of lung cancer, with rates creeping up among some groups of women. the new study, published in the new england journal of medicine, is the largest and most definitive on the topic and one that incorporates smoking patterns and tumor characteristics in its analysis, according to its authors.the research, a collaboration of the american cancer society and the national cancer institute, doesn't expla...





new ebola vaccine faces major test in congo outbreak

authorities in congo began an ambitious campaign this week to use a pioneering ebola vaccine to help stem a growing outbreak of the deadly virus. it’s the first widespread use of the therapeutic since a devastating 2014 epidemic in west africa and represents a major strategic shift for public health.world health organization officials, criticized for their slow response four years ago, began vaccinating health workers in affected areas monday and plan to vaccinate about 1,000 people in the next week. more than 7,500 doses have been sent to congo, and an additional 8,000 doses will be available in the coming days, according to the who.who official peter salama, who is in charge of the united nations agency's epidemic response, calls the vaccine a “paradigm shift” in fighting the viru...





two senators say their identities were stolen in fake net neutrality comments to the fcc

sen. patrick j. toomey. (j. scott applewhite/ap)two senators — one republican and one democratic — said their identities were stolen to write fake comments to the federal communications commission ahead of the agency's vote last year to dismantle net neutrality rules.sens. patrick j. toomey (r-pa.) and jeff merkley (d-ore.) claim they were among millions of americans who were impersonated in public comments to fraudulently skew the agency's policymaking process. the lawmakers urged fcc chairman ajit pai in a letter sent this week to identify the people behind the impersonations and to take steps to prevent such activity in the future.net neutrality has been one of the most fiercely debated tech issues. the rules that were repealed required internet providers to treat all websites equ...





michael rotondo: why millions of 30-somethings still live with mom and dad

michael rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding in syracuse, n.y., brought by his parents, mark and christina  of camillus. the two parents confer with their lawyer, anthony adorante, in the court gallery to the right. (douglass dowty /the syracuse newspapers via ap)a 30-year-old upstate new york man was ordered to leave his parents' house by a state supreme court justice on tuesday after rebuffing several attempts by his parents to get him to move out.the case of michael rotondo has made national and international news, and has already become a butt of late-night talk show jokes. it seems to have struck a chord as an extreme example of a phenomenon demographers have been tracking for years: growing rates of young adults, particularly young men, living in their parents' home...