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Casey Kasem's Body is Missing, Lawyer Says

Source: CBS News

Casey Kasem's body is missing, lawyer says

Jul 19, 2014 10:49 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- A judge has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains, but it's unclear where those remains are or whether they've already been disposed of.

A lawyer for Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem said Friday that when he went to give a Tacoma funeral home a copy of the restraining order, he was informed it no longer had the remains.

"They said they could not disclose where he had gone or where he would end up," said the lawyer, Scott Winship.

Tim Grant, funeral director at Gaffney Funeral Home & Cremation Services, confirmed Friday that Kasem's body was no longer there.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/casey-kasems-body-is-missing-lawyer-says/

Fla. Jury Slams RJ Reynolds With $23.6B in Damages

Source: Associated Press

— Jul. 19, 2014 3:57 PM EDT
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MIAMI (AP) — A Florida jury has slammed a tobacco company with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths.

The damages a Pensacola jury awarded Friday to Cynthia Robinson after a four-week trial come in addition to $16.8 million in compensatory damages.

Robinson individually sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in 2008 on behalf of her late husband, Michael Johnson Sr. Her attorneys said the punitive damages are the largest of any individual case stemming from the original class action lawsuit.

"The jury wanted to send a statement that tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people and the American government about the addictiveness of and the deadly chemicals in their cigarettes," said one of the woman's attorneys, Christopher Chestnut.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fla-jury-slams-rj-reynolds-236b-damages

NBC News Reverses Decision on Gaza Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin - Will Send Him Back


NBC News reverses decision on Gaza correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin--will send him back into Gaza as soon as possible
7:19pm - 18 Jul 14

@AymanM: Thanks for all the support. Im returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story


News July 18, 2014
NBC News statement: Ayman Mohyeldin back to Gaza

Statement from an NBC News spokesperson:

"Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday. As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We've carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days."

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Erika Masonhall
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SLOWPOKE TOON: Krap-Mart's Big Box of Poverty

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/15/1314040/-Cartoon-Big-box-o-poverty

Politico Cuts Live Feed as Protester with Handcuffs Tries to Arrest Dick Cheney

Source: Raw Story

By David Edwards
Monday, July 14, 2014 13:19 EDT

Politico’s live stream of an interview with Dick Cheney and his family cut to black on Monday just as a protester with handcuffs accused the former vice president of being a war criminal.

Host Mike Allen began the “Politico Playbook” event by asking Dick Cheney, his wife Lynne, and his daughter Liz if they talked about politics at home.

After Lynne Cheney took a jab at Hillary Clinton by saying that she was not “dead broke” when her husband was nominated for vice president in 2000, Liz Cheney complimented her parents for involving their children in politics from an early age.

About that time, someone in the audience began to yell that Dick Cheney was a “war criminal,” which caused Lynne Cheney to chuckle.

“Four more years! Four more years!” Liz Cheney shouted.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/14/politico-cuts-live-feed-as-protester-with-handcuffs-tries-to-arrest-dick-cheney/

TOM TOMORROW: The Very Naughty Whistleblower

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/14/1313290/-Cartoon-The-very-naughty-nbsp-whistleblower

New Cagle Cartoon on GOP Reaction to U.S. Border Refugee Crisis

Man Arrested in Utah Bomb Plot Wanted Anti-Gov't Uprising

Source: CBS News

Man arrested in Utah bomb plot wanted anti-gov't uprising

Jul 11, 2014 9:23 PM EDT

TREMONTON, Utah - Authorities have arrested a 47-year-old Utah man they say wanted to kill police officers and blow up a police department with the hope it would cause an uprising against the government.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah said in a statement late Friday that FBI agents and police in Tremonton arrested John Huggins on Thursday.

FBI Special Agent Steven Cadiz says in court documents that Huggins built an improvised explosive device and possessed explosive materials and instructions for making bombs.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch says Huggins appeared on a charge of possessing an unregistered destructive device Friday afternoon and will remain in custody until a hearing Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-arrested-in-utah-bomb-plot-planned-to-incite-uprising-against-govt/

Former World Bank Economist Ghani Wins Afghanistan Presidential Vote: Preliminary Result

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: Former World Bank economist Ghani wins #Afghanistan presidential vote: preliminary result http://t.co/wtvHMTHDor/s/aoyi http://t.co/mkQpcIVVnt/s/jUwM

Afghanistan's Ghani wins presidential vote: preliminary result

Mon Jul 7, 2014 10:31am EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's election officials declared on Monday that former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won last month's second round of a presidential election with 56.44 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results.

His rival Abdullah Abdullah came second with 43.56 percent of the vote, the Independent Election Commission said.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0FC0EN20140707

TOM TOMORROW: Corporations Are Religious People

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/07/1311462/-Cartoon-Corporations-are-religious-nbsp-people
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