New York's largest beer distributor has agreed to stop delivering the caffeinated alcoholic beverage Four Loko after an undercover sting showed that small shops in the Bronx were selling the drink to minors.
- Brett Michael Dykes | The Lookout – Mon, Nov 15, 2010
It looks as though the backlash against those full-body scanners now in use in airports by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has officially begun.
On Saturday morning, Oceanside, California resident John Tyner was thrown out of San Diego International Airport for refusing to have his groin area patted down by a TSA officer, after he refused to pass through one of the X-ray scanners.
"You touch my junk and I'm going to have you arrested," Tyner told the officer, according to news reports.Read More »from Backlash building against TSA’s X-ray body scanners in airports
McMansionIs the McMansion soon to become a thing of the past?
The median American home size has dropped to 2,100 square feet -- down from 2,300 at the peak of the housing boom in 2007 -- according to a study by Trulia.com, a real estate website. Each year, Builder magazine designs a concept home to reflect the current state of the market. This year, the "Home for the New Economy" is just 1700 square feet.
In part, the downsizing trend is a product of necessity. During the years of the housing boom, many home expansions were financed through home re-financing deals. Now that home loans have frozen up, people are less likely to be able to afford building that new game-room they'd been wanting.
[Video: Man's tiny, 89-square-foot house]Read More »from Study: Amid housing slump, home sizes shrink
- Analysis: Boeing bidders dangle goodies to win 777X jetliner
By Alwyn Scott and Harriet McLeod NEW YORK/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina will clinch a long-awaited land sale next week that should help Boeing Co expand aircraft production. Perhaps more importantly, the $13.8 million deal may help South Carolina win assembly work for Boeing's next big jet. The acreage near Boeing's assembly line in North Charleston is just one of a tantalizing collection of goodies that states across the country are dangling to try to lure the lucrative new jet program, known as the 777X, that promises thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefit to the winning state. Boeing has requested proposals for the jetliner program from more than a dozen states after the unionized machinists in Washington state last month roundly rejected a labor contract that would have guaranteed the plane was built there.
- Stevie Nicks Dishes On American Horror Story: Coven Appearance
- Ex-Tyco CEO Kozlowski says he stole out of pure greed
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disgraced ex-Tyco International Ltd chief executive Dennis Kozlowski, who was granted parole this week after serving an eight-year prison sentence, said simple greed had led him to steal more than $150 million from the company, a transcript of a parole board hearing released Thursday showed. "It was greed, pure and simple," the 67-year-old former executive told a New York State parole panel at a December 3 video conference hearing. "I feel horrible ... I can't say how sorry I am and how deeply I regret my actions." The panel granted Kozlowski's parole bid on Tuesday and he is scheduled to be formally released on January 17.
- The Most Popular and Weirdest Baby Names of 2013
What will be the top baby names of 2013? If parenting website BabyCenter is to be believed, Sophia and Jackson are tops this year.
- WTF: Woman Takes Selfie With Suicidal Man on Brooklyn Bridge in Background
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast).
- Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe
By Erik Kirschbaum and Belinda Goldsmith BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years. British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of "the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England". Prime Minister David Cameron called two emergency meetings to discuss strategy. Two people were killed in Britain as the nation's weather office measured winds of up to 225 km per hour (140 mph) when the storm slammed Scotland and parts of England.
- Mummy Mystery: Multiple Tombs Hidden in Egypt's Valley of Kings
Multiple tombs lay hidden in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, where royalty were buried more than 3,000 years ago, awaiting discovery, say researchers working on the most extensive exploration of the area in nearly a century. Egyptian archaeologists excavated the valley, where royalty were buried during the New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.), between 2007 and 2010 and worked with the Glen Dash Foundation for Archaeological Research to conduct ground- penetrating radar studies. The team has already made a number of discoveries in the valley, including a flood control system that the ancient Egyptians created but, mysteriously, failed to maintain. The team collected a huge amount of data that will take a long time to analyze properly, wrote Afifi Ghonim, who was the field director of the project, in an email to LiveScience.
- Southwest to drop flights to 3 smaller cities
Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it will end service in June to Key West, Fla.; Jackson, Miss.; and Branson, Mo., because it can't make money serving the smaller markets. The changes come as the ...