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- Police chief encourages armed homeowners to fight back: 'You’re not going to have time to dial 911'
In Detroit, Michigan several incidences of armed homeowner involved shootings have been reported in recent weeks.
- Someone Stole $600,000 in Donations From Joel Osteen's Megachurch
Lakewood Church — the giant Houston headquarters of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's evangelical empire — alerted its congregants that as much as $600,000 in cash and checks were taken from the building over the weekend. Even more concerning: The stolen goods include envelopes on which congregants wrote down their credit card information. According to an email from Lakewood, the theft "is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014," and does not include donations made electronically. A church employee discovered the theft on Monday morning. Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen are well-known proponents of a modern version of the prosperity gospel — a theology that believes God blesses people with material success.
- Mini-skirt turbulence at Japan budget airline
A Japanese budget airline has flown into rough air over its decision to outfit flight attendants in revealing mini-skirts, drawing criticism that it could invite sexual harassment. Skymark Airlines came under fire from the cabin crew's labour union, which said the super-short skirt -- with a distinctively swinging sixties look -- barely covers wearers' thighs. "We're concerned that the design of this uniform may cause problems," including sexual harassment, the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants said in a statement late last month. "The airline is saying the uniform is meant to attract more customers, but this shows the company is treating women like a commodity," it added.
- Caribbean adopts plan to seek slavery reparations
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region.
- Warren Buffett's 5 Lessons for Retirees
Last week Warren Buffett chaired the annual meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, a famously successful conglomerate of businesses and corporate interests based in Omaha, Neb. Buffett is a legendary investor who over the years has made billions of dollars for himself and his fellow investors. Here are a five lessons you might learn from Warren Buffett that are focused not on your health, but on your retirement savings:
- NASA's Powerful Mars Orbiter Sidelined by Glitch
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) put itself into a precautionary "safe mode" Friday (March 7), but the venerable spacecraft is now on the mend, agency officials say. MRO switched over to safe mode after unexpectedly swapping from one main computer to another, NASA officials said today (March 11). But things should change soon, as MRO's handlers have begun bringing the spacecraft back up to speed, officials said. "The spacecraft is healthy, in communication and fully powered," MRO project manager Dan Johnston, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement.
- SHOCK: Miley Cyrus Performed in Her Unmentionables
Today in celebrity gossip: Miley Cyrus went chaps-less during a recent performance, Elisabeth Moss did not enjoy her "awful" marriage to Fred Armisen, and Chris Evans is both ready and willing to marry you. This was a brave admission for what must have been a truly mortifying situation! But please do not jump to conclusions about Miley Cyrus' lack of inhibitions, because as Us Weekly charitably described it, "the 21-year-old singer decided to take the stage half-naked rather than disappoint her fans." See? Miley Cyrus did not want to disappoint her fans and THAT is why she opted to forego her usual modesty-preserving sequined Ace bandage wrapped around a child's melted Halloween costume and instead took the stage in a state of undress that could be described as "revealing". We've all been there and we will all be there again and again and again and quite frankly we all owe Miley Cyrus a debt of gratitude for her bravery in this situation.
- Texas man learns he’s on an obscure government watch list, isn’t getting answers why