Monday, November 13, 2017

Air Force could be sued for the Sutherland Springs shooting

Some legal experts believe the U.S. Air Force could be legally liable for the 26 deaths from the Sutherland Spring, Texas, shooting. Some lawyers believe the Air Force failed to report Devin Patrick Kelley’s 2012 domestic violence convictions to the FBI. As a result, he passed background checks and was allowed to purchase the gun he used in the mass shooting, when he should have been blocked from doing so. The case against the Air Force is that their negligence led to the deaths of 26 people. They are stating that the shooting itself is an “intervening act” that breaks the chain of causation between the Air Force’s failure to report the convictions and the deaths and injuries. (Vice)

 

The US Department of Justice has started refunding roughly 24,000 victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

Officials will initially distribute $772.5 million of the roughly $4 billion collected for victims; much of those funds came from the estate of Jeffry Picower, an investor who reportedly earned more from the world’s largest Ponzi scheme than its creator. In 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and was sentenced to 150 years in prison. Investors can expect to recover roughly 75% of their $17.5 billion in losses. (CNBC)

 

Lip-syncing app Musical.ly is being sold for as much as $1 billion

Chinese media giant Beijing Bytedance Technology has agreed to buy the teen sensation, which Recode says “may be the most successful video app not owned by an internet giant like Facebook or Google.” Musical.ly has some 60 million monthly active users, primarily young teens and tweens who have adopted it as a social messaging platform. (The Wall Street Journal)

 

Politics Makes For Interesting Bed Fellows

Last Thursday, (11/9), the Republican from Alabama – who’s running in a special Senate election next month – was accused of sexual misconduct. With a 14-year-old. This allegedly happened back in the ’70s. Several others say they were targeted by Moore around this time too. He denies any wrongdoing. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Moore he needs to GTFO of the running if the allegations are true. Meanwhile, Louis C.K. is also accused of misconduct by five women, who say he did things like masturbate in front of them. This isn’t the first time accusations like these have come out against him. Add him to the list that includes Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Jeremy Piven, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, and so many more. (Washington Post)

 

How Much Money Do Americans Usually Spend On Thanksgiving?

Even before those “door-buster” deals that draw millions to stores for Black Friday, Americans are expected to spend $2.9 billion on Thanksgiving-related groceries. The average U.S. household will spend about $59.18 on dinner with all the fixings. (IBTimes)

 

Man who showed up to vote a day early charged with DUI

A man who showed up to vote a day early in Susquehanna Township ended up being charged with DUI, police said.  The 34 year old man was charged after police were called to the area of Sara Lindemuth Elementary School around 3:35 p.m. Monday (11/6) for a report of a suspicious male. Shuttlesworth told police he drove to the elementary school, believing it was election day. Police said Shuttlesworth appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and was taken to Dauphin County Booking Center for processing. He was released pending a mailed summons. (PennLive)

 

Asian Women Are Inserting Small Pegs in Their Nostrils to Make Their Noses Pointier 

A peculiar beauty trend has taken off in East Asia, and it is proving to be cause for concern. Women are inserting a small set of pegs, called “nose lifter”, into their nostrils in order to make their nose look more European. Western noses are apparently considered more attractive as they’re sharper and pointier. The Nose Lifter set consists of two curved silicone pegs, measuring two to three centimeters long, and a hook for adjusting. The pegs are inserted into the nostril and then adjusted to a 45-degree angle. The result is an instant nose job without invasive and expensive surgery. The trend started two years ago in South Korea but has since spread across East Asia after being adopted by prominent YouTube beauty vloggers like Raiza Contawi. However, despite the popularity of the device, health professionals are beginning to warn against its use, as repeated use can cause irreversible damage to the nose. (Oddity Central)

 

Monday Brings Us:

*National Indian Pudding Day
*World Kindness Day
*World Orphans Day (2nd Monday)

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