Monday May 11th

The time for playing with toy guns has long since passed. Officers, dispatched to check out a man with firearm call, shoot 15 year old kid who pointed his fake gun at them.

A 15-year-old boy playing “cops and robbers” with a toy gun was shot and wounded by a sheriff’s deputy who mistook it for the real thing, authorities said Monday. The boy, whose identity was not immediately released, was hospitalized in stable condition, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Gordon said.

Baghdad based U.S. soldier shoots, kills five comrades at “stress clinic.” Now in custody.

A U.S. soldier opened fire on fellow troops Monday, killing five before being taken into custody, the U.S. command said. The shooting occurred at Camp Liberty, a sprawling U.S. base on the western edge of Baghdad near the city’s international airport and adjacent to another facility where President Barack Obama visited last month. A brief U.S. statement said the soldier “suspected of being involved with the shooting” was in custody but gave no further details. It was unclear what provoked the attack.

Sad way to go. Man cutting down tree in yard loses control of chainsaw, kills wife with cut to neck.

The human resources director for Allegan County was killed in a chainsaw accident Sunday afternoon. The incident happened around 2:05 p.m. at the couple’s home, 765 Woodlea Drive in Otsego. Deb and Jerry Daniels were trying to cut down a tree in their yard when she was hit in the neck with the chainsaw her husband was operating. “I heard a cry for help, so I came outside and at that time I saw what was going on, and I rendered as much aid as I possibly could,” said David Labonte, a neighbor and deputy for the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department. “I’m glad that based on my position that I was the one that was the first to respond.”

Woman with dual American-Iranian citizenship jailed in Iran for spying has been released, free to leave country. How long will it be before Mr. Family Guy (Robert Gibbs) claims Obama was responsible for her freedom?

An American journalist jailed in Iran will be freed Monday and can leave the country immediately, her lawyer said after an appeals court suspended her eight-year prison sentence. Roxana Saberi, a 32-year-old dual American-Iranian national, was convicted last month of spying for the U.S. and sentenced to eight years in prison. Her case caused tension between the United States and Iran at a time with President Barack Obama had said he wanted to engage Washington’s longtime adversary in a dialogue. The U.S. has called the charges against her “baseless” and demanded she be freed.

Idiotstick Meghan McCain, daughter of miserable failure in the presidential election John McCain, jumps up and down and acts like a two year old at the White House Correspondents dinner. Please change your affiliation to Democrat and just get it over with chunky girl.

Political blogger Meghan McCain isn’t exactly the toast of D.C. right now. Sen. John McCain’s daughter — who writes online for The Daily Beast and will soon release a book about life as a Republican — lost it after getting stopped by security when she arrived at the White House Correspondents dinner Saturday. The problem? She had only two tickets, but brought two friends.

You know those clever little musical commercials for freecreditreport.com that we see 100 times a day? Seems they have a pretty sneaky way of paying for those TV spots.

Laura Russell admits she should have known better. She admits she should have read her credit card bills more closely. But she didn’t. And it cost the Orange resident $832. In August 2006, Russell saw an ad for Irvine-based FreeCreditReport.com, a division of credit reporting giant Experian. Recently married, she decided to order reports for herself and her husband. That, she thought, was the end of it. Then the charges started appearing on her credit card bill: two $12.95 charges each month to something called “CIC*TripleAdvantage 877-486825 CA”.

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Shrinking profits force more companies to freeze contributions to employee pension accounts.

The number of companies that have frozen their traditional pension plans has accelerated sharply this year, a trend that will likely continue as companies wrestle with declining profits and poor investment returns. At least 16 companies have announced plans to freeze their pensions this year, vs. 18 for all of 2008. Last week, Wells Fargo told its employees that their pension plans will stop accruing benefits July 1. When a pension is frozen, employees get to keep the benefits they’ve already earned, but the company usually won’t contribute any more money. Older employees are hit particularly hard because they have less time to make up for the loss, says Nancy Hwa, spokeswoman for the Pension Rights Center.

Massachusetts congress critter Michael Capuano wants to raise federal gas tax…significantly. Of course he’s a Democrat.

If Bay State Congressman Michael Capuano gets his way, motorists will be paying more at the gas pump. “I’m in favor of significantly increasing the federal gas tax,” said Capuano, a Somerville Democrat. “I drive as much as anyone and I don’t like paying more, but I also drive over those potholes and those unsafe bridges.” During a commercial real estate trade group meeting last week, Capuano said the Federal Highway Trust Fund, an account supported by an 18.4-cent federal gas tax, needs more revenue to fix the nation’s road and bridges.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R-INO) says he’ll run for U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will be announcing Tuesday that he will be running for the Senate, according to a source close to the governor, giving Republicans their most high-profile recruit of the 2010 election cycle. Crist’s decision puts Republicans in strong position to hold onto the seat held by retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) Crist holds high approval ratings among both Republicans and Democrats, according to statewide polling, and has forged a moderate governing style that has won him widespread support.

“Teachers” in Colorado thought it would be a great idea to assign students the task of coming up with their very own terrorist plot. I guess teaching kids about the Constitution is so 19th century these days.

A ninth grade history project at a high school in Pueblo was supposed to teach students about terrorism, but instead it outraged parents. Gini Fischer says her daughter came home Thursday saying she had two minutes to come up with a plot for an act of terrorism. Over 110 freshmen at Pueblo County High School were given the project. The teacher claims the assignment was to illustrate an act of terrorism by a foreign government on American soil.

McDonalds hoping to someday offer their very own PhD degrees. I wonder what that would look like on your business card?

US fast food giant McDonald’s is hoping to offer PhDs, after receiving approval to award its own nationally recognised qualifications in Britain, the company’s “chief people officer” said on Monday. Speaking to the Financial Times, David Fairhurst said the company’s new power to award qualifications made it “a university in its own right”, and added that the company wanted to award qualifications equivalent to university degrees. “One day, I’d love to see us doing a PhD, I definitely think we should go as far as we can,” he told the business daily.

Women, switched at birth, find out the truth 56 years later.

Imagine cruising happily through the world – falling in love, raising a family and otherwise carving out a successful life – when results of a DNA test turn everything upside down. That’s what happened to Kay Rene (Reed) Qualls, of Heppner, and DeeAnn (Angell) Shafer, of Richland, Wash. The two women, born 56 years ago at the same hospital, recently discovered they’d gone home with the wrong mothers.

Have a spare PC sitting around? Why not download Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 7, and play around with it for a year…for free.

Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We’re on our way to Windows 7, and the RC is a great opportunity for IT professionals like you to take Windows 7 and begin testing it in your real environment. You get to see what’s coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly. We want to encourage you to install and actively test the RC code. This will help us ensure Windows 7 is the best possible release, and help you get ready for Windows 7 deployment. Here’s what you need to know: This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the RC.

Quote of the day.

“From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this though,”

“Despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.”

-golf analyst David Feherty

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