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Kristen M. Foster is a writer, traveler, reader and fan of far too much TV and film! You can follow her California adventure on Twitter, Stumbleupon and Google+
Jacksonville Evacuation Ends, JIA Opens

The Jacksonville International Airport is up and operating again after a Tuesday evacuation over two suspicious packages. No injuries or damage were reported. The airport reopened around 11pm (ET); the evacuation started just after 6pm (ET). A crawl on the …

Nomorobo to the Robocall Rescue!

The latest tool in the battle against solicitor calls is Nomorobo, which went live as of yesterday. The goal of ‘no more robo’ is ultimately preventing robocalls, those calls that the FTC Do-Not-Call lists were supposed to take care of …

Miranda Kerr Steps Out in Paris and Cosmo
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Miranda Kerr is back on the catwalk, walking for Chanel’s 2014 Spring-Summer prêt-à-porter show and Stella McCartney’s Spring 2014 show, during Paris Fashion Week. The 30-year-old wife and mother strutted right alongside models almost 10 years younger, including hot ticket …

Government Shutdown, It Is Official

“We’re at the brink,” says Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), and boy wasn’t she right as the clocks ticked down to tonight’s midnight deadline for the government shutdown. Twice today, the Senate voted down options to keep the government up-and-running and …

Bill O’Reilly Plugs Latest “Killing…” Series Books

Political commentator and author Bill O’Reilly gave an early plug for his latest nonfiction history book during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes this weekend. He also detailed the third, and latest, book in his nonfiction series, Killing Jesus, just …

Italian Political Crisis Awaits Wednesday Vote

Italian parliament is anticipating a Wednesday vote of confidence, called by current prime minister Enrico Letta, of the center-left Democratic Party. Letta has been in office since April 2013. The government faces dissolution and new elections if a Senate majority …

Timothy Leary, Psychedelic Guru, Research Displayed

A new exhibit might make your visit to the New York Public Library a “trip” back to the 1960’s psychedelic and drug counterculture. A cache of files from the original pusher, Timothy Leary, is being put on display. Denis Berry, …

Finacle: Infosys Hopes New Version Enters US Banking Finacle: Infosys Hopes New Version Enters US Banking

Today, Infosys announced the launch of Finacle 11E, touted as an advanced universal banking solution to simplify banking transformation. Infosys is hoping to see this version jump into the US market. Finacle, the product, functions as a bank’s nerve center, …

Arcapita Bahrain US Bankruptcy Exit a 1st for US Arcapita Bahrain US Bankruptcy Exit a 1st for US

Arcapita, an Islamic investment firm in Bahrain, emerged from US bankruptcy today under Chapter 11 rules. It is the first of the Gulf companies to do so. This move may help clarify how Western courts deal with Islamic finance, marking …

Alaska Dividend Announced Today, Residents Get $900

Alaskans found out they’ll be getting $900 as their share of the state’s oil wealth this year beginning 3 October. The amount was announced today at an Anchorage press conference with acting Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner, Angela Rodell, who …

Cory Monteith Emmy Tribute Starts Debate
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“Does Cory Monteith Deserve A Special Emmy Memorial?” was the headline of Variety Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein’s Opinion column yesterday. The question Wallenstein poses is not whether Monteith deserved to be recognized alongside the others that will be featured in the …

Gianni Versace Mansion Sells for a Bargain $41.5M

And the winning bid goes to VM South Beach LLC, winners of the auction for the seaside Miami property made famous by the murder of former-owner Gianni Versace. “The auction of this iconic South Florida villa closed at 41.5 million …

MRSA Staph Infections In Hospitals Down

A study published yesterday counts the number of health-care-associated MRSA infections down. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds a decline in the rate of infection (per 100,000 people) of about 31 percent. Nationwide in 2011, there …

Lyons, Colorado: Returns Attempted as Deaths Hit 8

Coloradans are attempting to return to homes, some of which are no longer there, as the death toll reaches eight due to severe flooding in the Centennial State. Waters still rage and overrun their boundaries in rivers and canals and …

Deepika Padukone: Can’t Commit to Fast and Furious 7

Deepika Padukone is passing on Fast and Furious 7 due to previous commitments. This would have been the Indian star’s Hollywood debut but she was scheduled to shoot Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan and will be out promoting …

Christian Serratos is “Walking Dead”; Spin-off Plans

AMC has cast the latest add to the hit series The Walking Dead: Christian Serratos, known for her Twilight role, Angela Weber. Serratos is to recur as Rosita Espinosa in the adaptation of the Robert Kirkman comic book series which …

Iran Teased With Temporary Twitter, Facebook Access Iran Teased With Temporary Twitter, Facebook Access
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Monday witnessed the ever-so-brief return of Twitter and Facebook to internet users in parts of Tehran, Iran. That is, without requiring them to use anti-filtering software. But as Iranians woke Tuesday morning, the restrictions had been restored. According to the …

UN Inspectors’ Report Suggests Damascus to Blame

The United Nations released its report on the chemical weapons attack that killed masses of civilians in Syria on 21 August and while the conclusions are not definitive in assigning blame, the report suggests the complicity of the Syrian government. …

Nina Davuluri, New Miss America, Takes High Road

“I always viewed myself as first and foremost American,” says recently-crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, in an Associated Press interview. The New Yorker who won this year’s pageant has become a lightning rod for negative backlash because of her Indian …

Arvada: Flooding Widespread; 7 Deaths as of Monday

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is now reporting seven confirmed fatalities in the floods that have impacted 17 Colorado counties in the last week. As of Monday, the following counties had been affected by the severe weather and flooding: …

Loveland Flooding Eases as Community Cleans Up

As rescuers work across Colorado to recover those stranded and missing, the residents of Larimer County worked to repair homes and businesses, as Associated Press reports. Initial damage numbers reported list 1,500 homes destroyed and about 17,500 damaged, according to …

Amazonian Butterflies Flock to Turtle Tears for Salt

Nature never fails to amaze. Currently attracting attention are butterflies of the Amazon that are sipping up the tears of Yellow-spotted Side-necked turtles (Podocnemis unifilus). Experts believe the attraction to the tears is to the salt contained therein. Sodium is …

Hikers Stranded in Colorado Rescue Themselves

Two women who had been stranded in the Colorado Rockies during an ice storm walked out to safety on their own Friday after rescuers were unable to reach them. Suzanne Turell, 33, and Connie Yang, 32, are experienced mountaineers but …

Pia Zadora to Attend Anger Management, Alcohol Rehab
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Singer-actress Pia Zadora is being sent to rehab by a Las Vegas Township Judge. Zadora was arrested in June at her home in Summerlin, NV, for accusations that she attacked her son after an argument. If Zadora stays out of …