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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's brash style of politics was on full display Wednesday when he told a heckler critical of the state's response to Superstorm Sandy to "sit down and shut up."
“Somebody like you doesn’t know a damn thing about what you're talking about, except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here," Christie told the heckler, later identified as Jim Keady, at an event marking the second anniversary of Sandy in Belmar, N.J. "I've been here when the cameras aren't here, buddy, and done the work. Turn around, get your fifteen minutes of fame, and then, maybe, take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves, and do something for the people of this state.
"So listen, you want to have the conversation later, I'm happy to have it, buddy," Christie continued. "But until that time, sit down and shut up."
"I still have plenty of Jersey in me," Christie later joked, "so when it comes to having a little 'back-and-forth,' I will not hesitate to have a little 'back-and-forth.'"
"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now," Cook wrote in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, a former American Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organization's emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the group's response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.
According to interviews with Red Cross officials and internal documents obtained by the two organizations, disaster relief managers said they were ill-prepared to deal with the scope of the 2012 megastorm and Hurricane Isaac the year before.
Among their findings:
The documents and interviews "depict an organization so consumed with public relations that it hindered the charity's ability to provide disaster services," the report concludes.
In another sign panic over Ebola is peaking, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe travelers returning to the United States from West Africa should be quarantined until it is determined they are Ebola-free, a new CBS News poll finds.
According to the poll, conducted Oct. 23-27, 80 percent of Americans support mandatory quarantines for U.S. citizens and legal residents arriving from West Africa. Just 17 percent said they believe those without symptoms should be allowed to move freely.
And 27 percent of Americans believe West Africans should be banned from traveling to the United States until the Ebola epidemic is contained.
There have been more than 10,000 reported cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March, according to the World Health Organization, and 4,912 deaths associated with the virus.
The poll comes amid a debate between federal and state officials over how to deal with health workers returning to the United States from the Ebola-ravaged region.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News2 days ago
The explosion of a privately owned, unmanned rocket moments after liftoff was captured on professional and amateur video from multiple vantage points on Tuesday night.
The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo module, owned by Orbital Sciences Corp., burst into flames shortly after takeoff at NASA's launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia. The cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds of equipment for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
No one was injured on the ground, officials said. NASA is investigating.
The fireball could be seen from waterfront locations in Virginia. Even a local pilot in the area was able to capture footage from the air.
In a sign that Ebola fears in the U.S. are far from dissipating, two schoolchildren from Senegal were allegedly beaten up at a school in New York City last week by classmates who called them "Ebola."
According to Ousame Drame, his sons, aged 11 and 13, were attacked during lunch on Friday at I.S. 318 Elementary/Intermediate School in the Bronx by a group of about 15 students. The students began taunting the 11-year-old when his older brother intervened, Drame said. The brothers were kicked and punched for about 15 minutes before a school safety officer stopped the alleged attack.
“It’s not a fight,” Drame told reporters at a press conference hosted by the African Advisory Council. “They assaulted these boys.”
Drame picked his children up at the school and brought them to a doctor, who recommended the boys be treated at a local hospital.
The New York City Department of Education and NYPD say they are investigating.
House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama's predecessor would have deterred Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine.
"Does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush been president of the United States?" Boehner said on Monday in Davenport, Iowa, where the Ohio Republican is campaigning for GOP hopefuls. "No! Even Putin is smart enough to know that Bush would have punched him in the nose in about 10 seconds!"
The comments drew applause from the crowd of GOP volunteers.
One problem with Boehner's rally cry: In 2008, when Bush was president, Putin invaded the Republic of Georgia — and the Bush administration was criticized for not coming down harder on Putin for Russia's attack on a key U.S. ally.
To invoke Bush on the campaign trail "is unusual," CNN noted, "especially since his foreign policy decisions — namely the Iraq War — led to a clean Democratic sweep in 2006."
For his part, Boehner has been a vocal critic of Obama's foreign policy.
A new video that appears to show Islamic State hostage John Cantlie in Kobani was released Monday, with the British captive warning that the battle for the Syrian border town is "coming to an end."
"It is not an all-out battle now," Cantlie says in the five-and-a-half-minute propaganda-style video. "It is nearly over."
Aerial footage shot from a drone shows Kobani decimated from fighting between the Islamic State group and pro-Syrian forces and by air strikes on IS strongholds by a U.S.-led coalition.
“For a month now the soldiers of the Islamic State have been besieging this key Kurdish city," Cantlie says in the video, released on social media channels by the militant group. "And despite American air strikes which have cost nearly half a billion dollars in total, the mujahadeen have pushed deep into the city. They now control the eastern and southern sectors.
"Now the battle for Kobani is coming to an end," Cantlie continues. "The mujahedeen are just mopping up now, street to street, and building to building."
As the national debate rages over the Washington Redskins name, an Arizona high school on the nation's largest Native American reservation has emerged as a symbol for those defending the NFL franchise's right to keep it.
The Washington Post reports that teachers and students at Red Mesa High School overwhelmingly support keeping their football team's nickname the Redskins. According to a recent poll conducted by the school, more than 88 percent of the students and 70 percent of the faculty at Red Mesa High School are in favor of keeping their longtime mascot. And most students (60 percent) said they did not agree that "Redskins" is a racial slur. Just 7 percent find the word is offensive, while the rest (33 percent) said they weren’t sure.
The comfort dogs that have become a familiar sight following tragedies like Newtown are headed to Marysville, Wash., to help those trying to deal with Friday's deadly high school shooting.
Lutheran Church Charities, an Addison, Ill.-based organization, said three of its K-9 comfort dogs will be arriving in Marysville on Monday, three days after a freshman opened fire in Marysville-Pilchuck High School, killing one student and injuring four others before killing himself. On Sunday, Gia Soriano, a 14-year-old who had been in critical condition, died from her wounds. Three other students remain hospitalized.
The golden retrievers — 6-year-old Shami, 3-year-old Luther and 9-month-old Aaron — will be hosted at Messiah Lutheran Church, about a mile from the high school, and will stay throughout the weekend.