Friday, December 2, 2016

You can now download from Netflix

Netflix has finally added offline viewing, allowing users to download shows and watch them even without an internet connection. This has been one of the most requested features for the video streaming platform, and with the latest update, Netflix users can watch their favorite shows either by streaming them online or downloading them for offline viewing. The offline viewing feature is rolling out globally, and many shows already offer this option, while others will get it soon. (Gadgets 360)


Big Mac Daddy

The inventor of the McDonald’s iconic Big Mac, Michael James “Jim” Delligatti, has died. He was 98. Delligatti was a longtime Pennsylvania McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac about 50 years ago. Delligatti is also credited with participating in the creation of McDonald’s breakfast menu, specifically the hot cakes and sausage meal originally created for third-shift steelworkers. (Wall Street Journal)


Police seek pair who stole dump truck, dragged away an ATM

Police are searching for two people they say stole a dump truck from a housing development then used it to drag an automatic teller machine out of a grocery store in northeastern Pennsylvania. The theft, captured on surveillance video, shows the men were driving a truck from Thornhurst Country Club Estates. Officials there have confirmed the vehicle is a $70,000 plow and dump truck that was stolen. The stolen truck has since been recovered, as has part of the ATM. Police haven’t said how much money was stolen. The men were wearing masks and heavier clothing with hoods. (Fox News)


The latest international report shows that the U.S. still lags behind other countries in the study of science and math

Eighth-grade students across the United States showed some improvement in math and science over the past four years, but fourth-graders’ performance was stagnant and students in both groups continued to trail many of their peers in Asia, according to the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS. The Study was administered to nearly 600,000 students in dozens of education systems across the globe in 2015. U.S. fourth-graders, for example, scored an average of 539 out of 1,000 possible points in math, down two points from the average in 2011. Scores have risen at both grade levels and in both math and science since TIMSS was first given in 1995. (Washington Post)


Feeling The Presidential Burn?

According to a new report from The Hill, donors spent some $550 million propping up Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and now, following her stunning loss to President-elect Donald Trump, they feel like they might as well have set their money on fire. The frustrations from the Election Day defeat are causing a lot of problems for the Democratic National Committee, which is already working to rebuild its dilapidated image and gear up for the 2018 midterm elections. In addition, many progressive activists are worried about money as they prepare to go to war with Trump, who has vowed to undo much of President Barack Obama’s legacy. (The Hill)


Kansas State Department of Children and Families may appeal a recent decision involving child support for a lesbian couple and their sperm donor

In 2009, William Marotta and his wife responded to a Craigslist ad seeking a sperm donor for a lesbian couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner. They had the man sign a written agreement confirming that he did not and would not have any parental rights to the child. Bauer and Schreiner later separated and decided they wanted Marotta to pay some responsibility. Kansas law states that a donor who is providing sperm to a doctor for the purpose of insemination is not legally a father.  But the women went through Craigslist, bypassing a physician.

Later in 2013, the Department of Children and Families went after Marotta for child support for the baby girl born in December 2009, even though he had signed away his parental rights. Marotta contested the decision, and in January 2014, the District Judge ruled that he was responsible for the payment because the parties did not use a doctor and that he could not be deemed an “official sperm donor”, ordering him to pay around $200 per month. The same judge ruled last week after an appeal that Marotta should not be financially responsible for the little girl because he is not legally the child’s father. As of Tuesday, the Department of Children and Families had not made the decision whether they would appeal the decision by Judge Mattivi. (Red State)


Hunter charged with killing man’s dogs is fired from job

A hunter accused of shooting and killing an Ohio man’s two beloved dogs now faces charges – and he’s lost his job as well. According to court records, the man faces two counts of cruelty to animals, the first of their kind under a newly-passed law. The owner of the dogs named Bella and Emmy, first posted about the situation on Monday and it quickly spread on social media. He said that he was getting ready to head to Pittsburgh with his dogs for a work trip when they disappeared Monday. A search group assembled and eventually found the guy, who had a tree stand in the area. The owner asked the hunter if he killed the dogs. He said the hunter admitted to shooting them and offered to “buy him two new ones.”  The charges were filed Wednesday.

Since then, the hunter has been fired from his forestry supervisor job with American Electric Power. A statement from AEP to WTOV says: “AEP expects the highest level of conduct from our employees, both on the job and outside of work. We are saddened by the situation that unfolded this week involving an off-duty AEP Ohio employee and the death of the two dogs. This individual is no longer employed by AEP.”  (WTOV TV)



Today is a good day because it’s:

*Faux Fur Friday  (First Friday)
*International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day
*National Mutt Day  Link
*National Salesperson Day  (First Friday)
*Safety Razor Day
*Special Education Day

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