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Supreme Court rejects NJ employees’ appeal over pension fund

Source: Washington Post

The Supreme Court refused on Monday to disturb a ruling from New Jersey’s top court that sided with Gov. Chris Christie in a legal fight with public worker unions over pension funds.

The justices did not comment in rejecting the unions’ appeal. The high court order came less than three weeks after Christie ended his run for the Republican presidential nomination.

New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled last year that the state is obligated to pay individual retirees their pensions, but it overturned a lower court ruling that would have forced the state to come up with billions to pay promised pension benefits. New Jersey’s pension fund has nearly $75 billion in unfunded liabilities, stemming from underpayment by previous governors, both Democratic and Republican.

The state ruling last year allowed Christie to propose making a roughly $1.9 billion payment to the pension fund in his 2017 fiscal year budget, well below the roughly $3.8 billion payment he and the Legislature agreed to in 2011 legislation.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-rejects-nj-employees-appeal-over-pension-fund/2016/02/29/c33ec8ea-def2-11e5-8c00-8aa03741dced_story.html

'Unicorn' leads CHP officers on a nearly four-hour chase

Source: LA Times

When a caller reported a "unicorn-like" animal galloping down an open Central Valley road, the California Highway Patrol suspected someone was high on hallucinogenic drugs.

But then officers met Juliet -- a snow-white, 600-pound Shetland pony with a prosthetic horn and a fuzzy pink bridle.

The wannabe unicorn twice bolted from a photo shoot in Madera Ranchos on Wednesday, leading CHP officers on a lengthy, if not enchanted, pursuit.

"Initially he thought it might be somebody out there on drugs, seeing things," said CHP spokesman Josh McConnell. "It was a little unreal to hear calls of a unicorn running around on the roadway."

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-unicorn-20160226-story.html

Hamas 'tank' dismissed as harmless 'parade float' after wheels seen under structure driven through G

Hamas 'tank' dismissed as harmless 'parade float' after wheels seen under structure driven through Gaza City

Hamas has championed the unveiling of a “locally-made tank” in front of thousands of people in Gaza, but the supposed weapon has been dismissed as nothing more than a parade float after photos revealed an unusual design.

At first glance, the khaki vehicle trundling through crowds mourning the death of seven militants from the Al-Qassam Brigades appeared to be the genuine article, but a closer look revealed something very wrong.

While real tanks move on moving metal belts rotated using wheels, Hamas’ vehicle appeared to be mounted on normal tyres concealed behind fake treads.


Spotted: First video of the only known wild jaguar in the U.S. shows 'El Jefe' roaming Arizona mount

Source: Daily Mail UK

The only known wild jaguar in the United States has been seen roaming around a creek in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the big cat.

'El Jefe' - Spanish for 'the boss' - has been living in the Santa Rita Mountains about 25 miles south of downtown Tucson for more than three years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

El Jefe is about seven years old and is one of only four or five jaguars that have been spotted in the U.S. in the last 20 years. He is the only documented wild jaguar in the country.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3430489/Video-shows-known-US-jaguar-roaming-Arizona-mountains.html

I normally hate the Daily Mail, but this is a cool story, and i couldn't find it anywhere else.

FSU reaches settlement with Winston accuser

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Florida State University has reached a settlement with Erica Kinsman, a former student who accused former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston of rape.

As part of the settlement Kinsman agreed to drop her title IX lawsuit against the school. She will receive $250,000 as part of the settlement. Her attorneys will receive $700,000.

Read more: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/01/25/fsu-reaches-250k-settlement-winston-accuser/79300122/

Jury in Officer Porter trial was one vote from acquittal on most serious charge

Source: Baltimore Sun

The jury in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter was one vote from acquitting him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, the most serious charge he faced, according to sources familiar with the deliberations.

Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial because the jury deadlocked on all four charges last month. Jurors were two votes from convicting Porter of misconduct in office, and more divided on the charges of assault and reckless endangerment, sources said.

How the jury voted has not been revealed previously, and the judge ruled that jurors' names should not be revealed.

Legal experts say the information is critical to understanding the process now playing out as prosecutors and Porter's defense attorneys prepare for his scheduled retrial in June. The information also could help shape legal strategies in the pending cases against the other five police officers charged in Gray's April arrest and death.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-porter-jury-split-20160115-story.html

South Africa's lion hunting industry to be hit by new US protections which may reduce clients

Source: US News & World Report

South Africa's lion hunting industry faces new restrictions as a result of the decision this week by the U.S. government to protect African lions under the Endangered Species Act, according to conservationists.

Under the new provisions, American hunters bringing home lion trophies will need a permit, which will only be issued if the hunt is part of a science-based conservation strategy that enhances the species in the wild, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The new restrictions will discourage American hunters from sport hunting lions in South Africa, Humane Society International said in a statement. The organization said 620 of the 719 hunted lion trophies brought into the U.S. in 2014 came from South Africa. More than half of those were from lions bred in captivity, it said.

Trophy hunters pay between $18,000 and $24,000 to kill a five-year-old male. An eight-year-old male with an impressive mane may cost up to $75,000, according to hunting professionals.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015-12-24/south-africas-lion-hunting-industry-to-be-hit-by-us-rules

Fucking finally.

I TOLD you Obama was coming for our freedoms! See!

He's brought in the Empire for goodness sake!

Trump's Medical Report Is More Insane Than His Campaign Somehow

Source: Daily Beast

Donald Trump’s doctor released a medical report so silly that when we asked the American Medical Association about its language, their spokesman started to laugh.

Donald Trump’s doctor appears to be just as bombastic as he is.

It’s the only conclusion to be drawn from a hilariously bizarre letter that the mogul’s doctor—Harold Bornstein—wrote about his yuuuugely terrific health. And the letter raises as many questions as it answers.

For example, he describes Trump’s recent physical exam as “show[ing] only positive results.” While it’s clear he means to say everything was normal, the word “positive” is an odd use of the term in medicine. Rather, it typically means that some result or finding was present—and those findings aren’t always great news (think testing positive for a disease). The wording is clearly chosen more for rhetorical effect than clear medical communication—and that choice left some experts scratching their heads.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/14/the-donald-s-trumped-up-medical-report.html

That's one way to escape the smog! Bottles of FRESH AIR from Canada are a hot sale in China as pollu

Source: Daily Mail UK

Since China's capital city Beijing issued its first ever air pollution red alert last week, sales of bottled Canadian fresh mountain air to Chinese customers have soared.

Two entrepreneurs from Alberta have been selling Vitality Air for just over a year, but over the last two weeks their sales to China have increased dramatically, reports The People's Daily Online.

The red alert over air pollution was issued by Beijing authorities on December 7, lasting three days, amid the second bout of bad air this month. During this time PM2.5 levels - tiny hazardous airborne particles - exceeded 900 micrograms per cubic meter.

Canisters of air are being sold for up to £42 each, depending on the size

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3359154/Bottles-fresh-air-Canada-hot-sale-China-smog-remains-high.html

I remember this scene from the movie Spaceballs. Great movie, but i never thought it would happen for real.
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