South of Tokyo, Japan, a new island was just created thanks to a volcanic eruption. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the new Japan island lies just off the coast of Nishinoshima, which is an uninhabited island that is part of a set of several small islands about 600 miles off the coast of Tokyo. Read More
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Fox media mogul Rupert Murdoch and ex-wife Wendi Deng finalized their divorce settlement today in New York. The terms of the deal are not public, but judging from what we do know, Deng came out on pretty well.
Deng was Murdoch’s third wife and is 44 years old. She is Chinese and immigrated to the U.S. in 1988 to attend California State University and went on to graduate from Yale with an MBA. Before her studies at CSU, Deng studied medicine in China. New York Magazine reported Deng had an affair with Jake Cherry, the husband of the couple who sponsored her student visa in 1988. Read More
Zimmerman is charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and also faces two misdemeanor counts stemming from his girlfriend’s accusation that Zimmerman pointed a gun to her face, threatened her and destroyed her property. Read More
George Zimmerman was arrested this afternoon after a domestic violence situation involving Zimmerman and his girlfriend prompted Florida police to take him into custody.
Local NBC affiliate station WESH of Orlando, Florida reports Zimmerman was arrested at 1:00 p.m. EST at his girlfriend’s house and was booked into Seminole County Jail.
Photos from the scene show at least three police SUVs lined up at the scene at the Forest City suburb, about 30 minutes south of Zimmerman’s previous home in Sanford, Florida and where Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Read More
All but seven states will no longer teach cursive handwriting. Known as the “Common Core” curriculum, most schools now favor typing over cursive as the new education standards dictate.
Cursive handwriting is now antiquated and mostly absent from elementary school classrooms. As the majority of the U.S. — 45 states, to be exact — adopt the Common Core Initiative, only seven states remain adamant that teaching cursive penmanship is a relevant skill for today’s youth. But even support within those seven states is slipping. Read More
In particular, President Obama remarked that the past six weeks have not gone smoothly, commenting that the implementation of Healthcare.gov was dismal and even offered a shocking concession: to allow all Americans to keep their insurance plans regardless of their coverage. Read More
Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was on lockdown this afternoon after at least one person opened fire just outside the high school. Local news station WTAE says there are at least three victims with five persons of interest — one woman and four men — in custody. Read More
San Ramon, California: Residents in the San Francisco Bay area are still shaken from the 3.4 magnitude earthquake that just struck the small town early Wednesday morning. At a depth of about 7 miles, the San Ramon earthquake hit along the same fault line as Tuesday’s 2.9 magnitude earthquake in Daly City — about two miles east of San Ramon. Read More
Chrysler will recall over 1 million Dodge Ram trucks in a concentrated campaign to address a serious steering malfunction. The Dodge Ram recall is known to affect at least 450,000 trucks but Chrysler issued a statement in which they expressed a desire to cast “a wider safety net than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair.” Read More
Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines early Friday morning, slamming 25 million people with massive sustained winds recorded at over 195 miles per hour and gusts at over 315 miles per hour.
Haiyan is likely the largest, most powerful tropical storm in recorded history. Read More