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Goodwill workers find cremated remains in donation
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:41:30 UT
(AP) — Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased's next of kin, police said. Goodwill employees sorting through donated items Friday found two small, white boxes filled with cremains, Lafayette police Sgt. Grant Snyder told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/12WHcXY ).

Winfield, long-serving Marlboro Man, dies in Wyoming at 85
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:26:26 UT
The Marlboro Man was a macho cowboy whose image in advertising from the 1950s to the late 1990s made filtered cigarettes more appealing to men. Winfield's rugged good looks made him the face of Marlboro cigarettes in magazine and television ads from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.

Trump’s former Greenwich home on the market for $54 million
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:00:00 UT

A trip through the double doors of the home, built in 1939, gives way to a three-story rotunda set off by a double staircase and crowned by a grand chandelier. [...] a trip throughout the rest of the house, which spans nearly 20,000 square feet, makes it feel like a normal home, with a cage of birds chirping in the sunlight and empty kennels for dogs who are out exercising. [...] when Hatton combed through the digital records of the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service, she found only five listings at or above $30 million since records have been kept electronically -- about 15 years ago. Originally built for $200,000 in 1939, it earned the distinction of the largest residential permit issued by Greenwich's building department that year. "There are very few properties like this, something with six acres on the water on a peninsula like this," said Lurie as she walked into a wood-paneled library on the first floor, where tall windows overlook a putting green and the still blue water of the harbor. "[...] a buyer needs to have the money," she said. "For 1998, that was a very big sale," said Lurie, who added the current owners immediately began a massive renovation, which includes a tennis court, as well as a 4,000-square-foot addition, built in 2000.


Rapper Flavor Flav indicted on driving charges in New York
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:01:48 UT
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Rapper Flavor Flav is due in a Long Island courtroom later this month after being indicted on charges stemming from a traffic stop while driving to his mother's funeral. Court documents show the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, was indicted last month on a felony charge of driving with a suspended license.

George Bush’s advice: Don’t paint your mom or wife
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:40:50 UT
WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush doesn't readily offer political opinions, but when it comes to portraits, he has some broad-brush advice: Bush has said that an essay by Winston Churchill on painting inspired him to take lessons after leaving office.

Massive LA fire shuts down parts of 2 freeways
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:24:39 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a massive fire in downtown Los Angeles closed down portions of two major freeways. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz says more than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze early Monday morning.

Texas lawmakers will consider these bills
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:57:00 UT

Elections season is over. It's now time for lawmakers to get to work on the issues that are most important to Texans ... and some many Texans weren't even aware of.


Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:03 UT
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. After years of lobbying for more nutritional information on alcoholic beverages, public health advocates say the menu labeling rules are a first step. "Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to the calories Americans are consuming, and most of the time when people have a drink they have absolutely no idea what its caloric impact is," says Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. [...] FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency decided to include it in the final rules this year after those who commented on the rule were largely in favor of such labeling because of its potential impact on public health. Treasury's oversight, which includes minimal input from FDA, has "well served the consuming public," a coalition of alcohol groups wrote in a 2011 comment asking to be left out of the menu labeling rules. Endless combinations of mixed drinks won't have to be labeled at bars, unless they are listed on a menu, and the FDA is allowing restaurants to use estimates of calories and ranges of calories without listing the exact amount in every different drink. Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau said for the first time that beer, wine and spirits companies could use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving.

51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:21:27 UT
51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1EOtGa6 ) reports that the accident broke Lampitt's hip, drawing attention away from the arm, which healed. A decade or so ago, his arm set off a metal detector at a courthouse. An X-ray showed a slender object the length of a pencil, but since it caused no pain or hardship, Lampitt was told to let it be. Lampitt wasn't sure what he'd do with the lever — maybe make a key chain out of it.

Authorities investigating after 4 found dead in Texas home
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:05:48 UT
CROWLEY, Texas (AP) — Officers responding to a report of a suicide attempt found four people dead inside a North Texas home Sunday afternoon, police said. Crowley Police Chief Luis Soler said in a news conference Sunday night that a 9-year-old who was inside the home called a relative and told her that a man there was injured after attempting to kill himself. Soler said that officers found no indication of a forced entry and that the initial investigation suggests it was an isolated incident.


Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:56 UT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. Last year, the black-and-orange butterflies covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, down from more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) at their recorded peak in 1996. Because the butterflies clump together by the thousands in trees, counting individuals in near impossible; instead they are counted by the area they cover. Mexican writer and environmentalist Homero Aridjis, said the butterflies face a number of challenges, including climate change and illegal logging in Mexico, in addition to the loss of habitat in the United States.

Capacity crowds pack screenings of ‘The Interview’
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:11:16 UT
Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "The Interview" became available on a variety of digital platforms Wednesday afternoon, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. At Atlanta's Plaza Theater, a sell-out crowd Thursday hailed the film's release, washing down popcorn with beer and cocktails and uniting for a boisterous sing-along of "God Bless America" before the opening credits. At the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, owned by "Game of Thrones" author George RR Martin, the schedule also includes the Spanish art-house release "Flamenco," the locally made "The Twilight Angel" and an Italian film festival. The back story of "The Interview" has itself played out like a Hollywood satire, in which a cartoonish farce distracts from some of the holiday season's most prestigious films: "Selma," the drama about the 1965 civil rights march; Angelina Jolie's adaptation of the best-selling World War II story "Unbroken"; and the all-star, big-screen version of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." [...] Darrell Foxworth, a special agent for the FBI in San Diego, said Wednesday the agency was sharing information with independent movie theater owners showing "The Interview" out of "an abundance of caution" and to educate them about cyber threats and what help the FBI can offer. [...] the government should subsidize tickets to make that possible.

Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:34:26 UT
For the first time in nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites. There are important e-lessons here, scout officials said, such as better articulating and tracking goals, learning to handle customers and money in a new way, and more efficiently processing credit card information. "A lot of people have asked, 'What took you so long to get online?' We spend a lot of time thinking how do we make this safe, scalable and smart," Kelly M. Parisi, chief communications executive for Girl Scouts of the USA, said at a recent demonstration for select media. For web-based sales, scouts customize their pages, using their first names only, and email prospective customers with links to click on for orders. The mobile platform offers tabs for tracking sales and allows for the sale of bundles of different kinds of cookies. Girl Scouts use their cookie money to pay for community service work or troop activities such as camping and other trips. [...] personal information is as protected as any digits out there, for both the scouts and customers, using encryption in some cases.

Rifle reported to be used in Charles Whitman killing spree up for sale
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:59:00 UT

A rifle reportedly used to carry out one of the worst killing sprees in Texas history is up for sale in Dallas by a gun collector.


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