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Florida businessman, who was reported Dead in 2013, is still alive

Florida businessman, who was reported Dead in 2013, is still alive

In 2012, Florida businessman Jose Lantigua made odd decisions when his company Circle K Furniture slipped into debt. At that time, he bought new furniture for his home with the company money. In addition, Lantigua built a panic room with steel doors inside his North Carolina hideaway.

After that, he started planning his fake death. He made plan with his wife, Daphne Simpson, to scam about $8 million from insurance companies. In 2013, Mourners gathered at a church in Florida to celebrate the life of Lantigua, who died while on vacation in Venezuela. The cause of his death was illness.

Parents want urban lifestyles for children

Parents want urban lifestyles for children

These days many parents want to give an urban lifestyle to their children. They want to move to the main cities instead of moving to suburbs as their parents did. They seek urban lifestyle, which offers many amenities like proximity to restaurants, museums and other places, which are useful and entertaining.

Parents want their children to live in an ambiance, which offers the lifestyle they seek for their children. Parents in cities such as Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver want new downtown schools, more affordable housing, which is apt for families.

Platoon in Alaska at Fort Wainwright Faces Investigation over ‘Racial Thursdays’

Platoon in Alaska at Fort Wainwright Faces Investigation over ‘Racial Thursdays’

According to reports, a platoon in Alaska at Fort Wainwright is presently undergoing an investigation for ‘racial Thursdays’.

Racial Thursdays’ offer the men in the platoon one day a week to freely use racial slur against each other without any reprisal by the recipient.

As per the report, the platoon is part of the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the 2nd platoon, C company, 3rd battalion, 21st infantry regiment.

As per sources familiar with the issue, the authorities were first notified about the racial Thursdays practice through an informal complaint filed by a platoon member.

According to KTVA Alaska, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Brown, a US Army Alaska spokesperson, said yesterday that officials were previously made aware of the issue of the Racial Thursdays.

Presbyterians accept same-sex marriage

Presbyterians accept same-sex marriage

Gay marriage has been a major issue for many across the country for the past few decades. Now, a church in the US has announced support for the same-sex relationships. The Presbyterian Church has approved gay marriage and has recognized it amid many beliefs and disbeliefs in such marriages.

Last year, the redefinition was permitted by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body. However, approval from a majority of the denomination's 171 regional districts, or presbyteries was also required. The 86th vote, which was required to approve the same-sex marriage in the church, came on Tuesday. With this vote from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey, same-sex couples can tie the knot in church.

Envelope sent to white house tests positive for cyanide

Envelope sent to white house tests positive for cyanide

According to the Secret Services, an envelope sent to the White House has been tested positive for cyanide. On Monday, the envelope was received at an off-site mail screening facility. In the beginning, biological testing was negative. According to the agency, additional testing which was done on Tuesday gave a positive results for cyanide. Further testing on the sample will also be conducted.

The Secret Service looks after security of President Barack Obama. According to the agency, investigation is still being carried out. Generally, suspicious letters are sent to some of the leading politicians of the country, together with the president. So far, some letters have been tested positive for hazardous substances. Many other letters include threats of physical harm and death.

US Army to destroy Chemical Weapons

US Army to destroy Chemical Weapons

The United States Army is all set to destroy the country's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons. According to reports, the army could start destroying chemical weapons as early as Wednesday. Earlier, the United States Department of Defense (DOD) has agreed to destroy about 780,000 shells containing 2,600 tons of mustard agent at the Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado.

As per depot spokesman Thomas Schultz, the process of eliminating chemical weapons could start on Wednesday if the weather is favorable. Schultz further said that managers do not want to expose containers to storms or bad weather.

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall start their Third Joint Official Visit to US

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall start their Third Joint Official Visit

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have started their three-day visit to the US. They have arrived in Washington DC. During their stay, they will President Barack Obama at the White House.

It is the third joint official visit for the royal couple to America and will be spent majorly in the capital. In the Oval Office, Obama will have informal talks with them. British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott said that the trip is expected to result into the best of transatlantic relationship.

New York Police Department could be involved in editing of Wikipedia entries

New York Police Department could be involved in editing of Wikipedia entries

According to an investigation by Capital New York, computers with IP addresses from the New York Police Department headquarters were related to edits made on some Wikipedia pages for high-profile police incident victims. The IP addresses accessed Wikipedia entries for Sean Bell, Eric Garner and Amadou Diallo.

According to Capitals, it is not known that how many actual users did that since NYPD computers can access a variety of IP addresses available to the department. Earlier also, IP addresses from the 1 Police Plaza network were found editing potentially incriminating Wikipedia entries.

According to Capital New York, such addresses have been used for editing articles on stop-and-frisk and some police leaders.

Helicopter crashes in Oklahoma on Thursday

Helicopter crashes in Oklahoma on Thursday

The Federal Aviation Administration informed that a medical helicopter crashed in Oklahoma on Thursday. But there is no information about any casualties. It is believed that the helicopter was carrying minimum three people.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said that the aircraft went down around 11:25 p. m. local time near Eufala. The helicopter that registered to EagleMed LLC was flying from Tulsa to McAlester. Lunsford as well as city and county authorities have not informed anything about the condition of those on board.

Doctors release Baby who was rescued from Icy Utah River

Doctors release Baby who was rescued from Icy Utah River

Doctors have permitted a Utah toddler to leave hospital after she was rescued from a car 14 hours after it crashed into a frigid river. The permission for the release was granted on Wednesday, days after the accident that claimed the life of her mother.

"I came in, I put my finger in her hand, and I told her 'dad is here' and I loved her. She squeezed my hand and then a few hours later she tried to open her eyes. I haven't left her bedside since", said the girl's father Deven Trafny, 34.

At about 4pm, 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck was released from Lily Groesbeck, said spokeswoman Bonnie Midget. The girl is doing fine now apart from a few bruises. She is facing no trouble and is able to play and talk. She was reciting nursery rhymes, said Trafny.

Driver experiences narrow escape after car stuck between railroad crossing gates

Driver experiences narrow escape after car stuck between railroad crossing gates

Westchester County officials reported that a driver got stuck between railroad crossing gates, which are not far from a rail crossing in New York where a fiery crash between a train and another car killed six people last month.

Cynthia Parent was caught between the safety gate and the tracks just before 11 am Saturday when the gate's arm came down on the back of her vehicle, Chrysler PT Cruiser.

According to Parent, she was driving behind a gray car whose driver came to the tracks and looked both ways before crossing. When she drove up to cross the tracks, the gate arm came down on top of her car. However, she quickly backed up, snapped the gate arm and freed her car.

Protest carried out for Third Day in Madison over Shooting of Unarmed Black Teenager

Protest carried out for Third Day in Madison over Shooting of Unarmed Black

Friday night, a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager. Police said that Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. disrupted the traffic and assaulted someone in a home.

After receiving calls about a man dodging cars and allegedly beating another person, veteran Madison police officer Matt Kenny responded to the calls. Kenny followed the teenager into an apartment, where Robinson hit Kenny on his head, said Police Chief Mike Koval.

Kenny shot the unarmed teenager, who later died in a local hospital. Yet another killing led activists to carry out a protest for the third day in Madison, Wisconsin. On Sunday, more than 100 people angry over the death of Robinson marched the streets of Madison towards the capital building.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday

On Sunday, the US, Canada and parts of Mexico is going to begin Daylight Saving Time again. Many Caribbean Islands are also going to set their clocks forward. On March 29, many European countries will set their clocks forward as well.

The Daylight Saving Time will not start in Hawaii, Arizona, and parts of Alaska in the US. In Canada, the scheme will not be active in Saskatchewan and in other areas in territories and parts of Mexico.

It is expected that the coordinated time changes will cost the airline industry $147 million a year in travel disruptions alone. Americans on Central and Rocky Mountain time is going to spring forward for the last time as planned. It has been informed that Americans on Pacific Time must set their clocks forward two hours in place of one.

Aurora and Eden Ray sold more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies on Friday

Aurora and Eden Ray sold more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies on Friday

Over 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have been sold by sisters Aurora and Eden Ray on Friday. They did something different that no other Oregon Girl Scouts might have ever done. They sold the organization's famous Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and other cookies outside a medical marijuana dispensary.

"It's actually great to sell here at this place because none of our Girl Scouts have done this before. We're hoping to show people that we're just trying to make a difference and help people and stuff", said Aurora, standing outside the Oregon Microgrowers Guild on Cross Street in Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood with her sister and parents, Ralph and Belinda Ray.

CIA to Follow New Reforms to Meet 21st-Century Challenges

CIA to Follow New Reforms to Meet 21st-Century Challenges

US intelligence agency CIA has decided to undertake major reforms and structural changes, including setting up an exclusive university for training spies, to meet the challenges of 21st-century like those posed by non-state actors.

CIA Director John Brennan, while giving message to the agency's workforce, said the initiatives are taken keeping in mind two fundamental shifts in the national security landscape.

He released an unclassified version of the CIA's Blueprint for the future and said that the fundamental shift is the marked increase in the range, diversity and complexity of issues confronting policymakers, and the second is the extraordinary pace and impact of technological advancements.

Portrait of Bill Clinton contains shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress

Portrait of Bill Clinton contains shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous

Philadelphia artist informed that that the portrait of former President Bill Clinton that he painted includes a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress.

The artist said that at the left-hand side of it, there's a mantel in the Oval Office. "I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there", he added.

Budget 2015 high on intent, low on delivery: Manish Tewari

Budget 2015 high on intent, low on delivery: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Feb 28 : Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said the Union Budget 2015 was high on intent and low on delivery, adding that there was nothing in it for the common man.

"The budget fails to address the structural of the Indian economy. It is high on intent, low on delivery. There is nothing in this budget for common man. " Tewari told ANI.

"It tries to confuse, if not abuse by going into detail and the specific examples of that is there is no timeline with regard to the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax," he added.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Budget for the fiscal 2015-16 in the parliament earlier today.

Proposed Executive Branch Rule regarding Ammunition by BATFE could affect Election Cycle of 2016

Proposed Executive Branch Rule regarding Ammunition by BATFE

According to reports, a proposed executive branch rule regarding ammunition by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will turn the 2016 election cycle back towards the same driving force that had affected several blue states in the 2014. That time, several blue states had turned red.

As per the reports, the proposed action by BATFE will have little technical impact on the protection for police officers of the country and threatens to strengthen the gun lobby in the upcoming election cycle.

PM Modi hails dedication of scientists on National Science Day

Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of scientists on National Science Day.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter for sharing his message.

"National Science Day is an occasion to remember the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of our scientists. They are India's pride. Science and technology will determine India's future, just as it has played a crucial role in bringing our Nation to where we are today. The Government is fully committed to encouraging research, innovation and excellence in science, particularly among our young minds," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He also saluted the brilliance and long-lasting contribution of Sir CV Raman to the field of science.

Railway budget a reflection of NDA Government's 'noble' motives: PM Modi

Railway budget a reflection of NDA Government's 'noble' motives: PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the railway budget presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was indicative of his government's noble endeavor with respect to the needs of the common man, and added that the proposal is aimed at benefitting the poorest of the poor in the country.

"The railway budget, in the past, had focused on how many coaches would be added, how many coaches would have air-conditioning and how many trains would be added to the existing network. For the first time, we have a railway budget targeting Rs eight lakh crores without raising passenger fares. This is a reflection of the government's noble and accomplished motive," Prime Minister Modi said.



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