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Friday, February 24, 2017

A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kan., bar Wednesday night, police say, reportedly telling two of them, local Garmin engineers from India, to "get out of my country."

One of the Indian men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died in the hospital later from his wounds.

Authorities would not classify the shooting as a hate crime, but federal law enforcement officials said Thursday they are investigating with local police to determine if it was "bias motivated." read more


President Donald Trump's transition efforts raised more than $6.5 million, according to government filings, with the vast majority of the donations coming after the election -- including thousands of dollars from people linked to his future Cabinet.

According to filings with the General Services Administration obtained by CNN through the Freedom of Information Act, Trump's transition fundraising vehicle, Trump for America Inc., raised $6,513,947.93 through February 14.
Donors included individuals, corporations and advocacy groups. Each entity is by law allowed to donate up to $5,000 maximum to transition efforts, which are financed in part by private fundraising and in part by federal funds. read more


Thursday, February 23, 2017

President Trump's federal hiring freeze has forced two major Army bases to shutter some child care programs.

Military families with children who attend child development center (CDC) programs at Fort Knox in Kentucky and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany were notified last week about the suspension of the program and that no new families would be enrolled.

Families at the Fort Knox base were notified Feb. 17 of the closure 10 days later. read more


Christians who exploit people, lead a double life and get involved in "dirty business," scandalize the church, Pope Francis said in a sermon Thursday in Rome. In fact, it might be better just to be an atheist.

"And so many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard -- all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere -- 'but to be a Catholic like that, it's better to be an atheist.' It is that, scandal. You destroy. You beat down," Francis said, according to Vatican Radio. read more


President Donald Trump previewed a budget plan Wednesday he said would be focused intently on slashing spending in a bid to reduce the national debt.

It's one of three major legislative proposals the White House is preparing ahead of Trump's address to lawmakers next week, his first speech to a joint session of Congress as President.
Trump said Wednesday that plans were nearly final for a health care measure that would replace the Affordable Care Act, and for the tax reform package that he promised on the campaign trail. read more


Comments

Overall soda sales have dropped to a 30 year low. Pinning it on taxes is poor journalism.

"Consumers who don't want to pay an extra 1.5 cents per ounce"

Pinning it on taxes is poor journalism.

fortune.com

"Slumping demand for diet sodas sold by PepsiCo and Coca Cola propelled a decline for the broader industry, as overall sales of carbonated soft drinks dropped for the 11th consecutive year in the U.S.
Total volume declined 1.2% in 2015, an acceleration from 2014's 0.9% drop, as the biggest three players in the category all reported falling demand, according to a new report from industry tracker Beverage Digest. The group also reported that annual per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks dropped to about 650 eight-ounce servings in 2015 – the lowest since 1985."

People are waking up to just what kind of poison soft drinks are.

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