The Texas Child Protective Services is under investigation for accusations that officials at the organization directed workers to withhold child abuse files and photographs from law enforcement following the death of a child. Police executed several search warrants and seized computers, cell phones, and files from the local office of the state child protection agency and a supervisor’s home as part of an ongoing investigation.
According to Judicial Watch, the U.S. government has spent almost $6 million on an experimental “anti-terrorism” program in New Jersey called “Text Against Terror.” The plan, which encouraged the public to send in tips regarding potential terrorism via text messages from their cell phones. The program has proved to be a significant fiscal and practical failure.
In September, New York City became the first to approve a ban that prohibits the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, and stadiums. However, the soda industry is prepared to fight and has filed a lawsuit against the ban.
Kevin James is his usual lovable self in his latest family-friendly film, Here Comes the Boom, which he co-wrote and co-produced. Playing a teacher who loves his school so much that he is actually willing to put his own physical health on the line, James proves that there are no boundaries in his efforts to be entertaining.
Though the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a rather surprising ruling on ObamaCare this summer, there are indications that the legal challenges to President Obama's signature healthcare legislation are far from over. Liberty Counsel law firm has filed another request with the Supreme Court challenging the law, and the Supreme Court has given the Justice Department 30 days to answer why the Court should not rehear the challenge.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed another executive order that would tighten sanctions on Iran over its alleged program to produce a nuclear weapon. The White House is touting the latest measure as “unprecedented pressure on Iran’s economy.” Executive Order 140 implements an Iran sanctions law that was enacted in August.
The supersized soda ban in New York City likely has the soft drink industry on high alert. Perhaps that is why Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper have decided to release new vending machines that post the calorie counts of each of the soda products.
The Associated Press writes, “The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink.”
Members of Congress have pointed to the violence in Syria as an opportunity to launch a humanitarian effort, i.e., a military endeavor, to aid the anti-Assad forces. However, increasing evidence indicates that the “rebels” are indiscriminate terrorists seeking to overthrow the Syrian government at the expense of civilian lives. In fact, the most recent indication of the rebels' lack of concern for "collateral damage" came last week in the bombings in Aleppo that killed approximately 40 civilians and wounded many more.
The state of Oklahoma is moving to end WIC contracts with Planned Parenthood. It has withdrawn funding of three Planned Parenthood clinics in Tulsa, and the State Department of Health has informed Oklahoma’s Planned Parenthood CEO, Jill June, that it would be terminating its contracts with the Tulsa facilities by the end of this year.
According to French news source RFI, France is expected to call for a Europe-wide ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn following the release of a University of Caen study that found a link between Monsanto’s GM corn and tumors and organ damage in lab rats.
RFI reports, “France will call for a ban ‘at a European level’ if the national health agency (Anses) backs up the findings of the study by French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told an audience in the Burgundy city of Dijon on Thursday.”