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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The husband of Jelly Belly's chief executive accidentally crushed a man to death with a World War II-era tank during a reunion on the family's property in Fairfield, California, authorities said. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon on the property of fourth-generation candy maker Herman Rowland Sr. during a family reunion. Rowland collects and restores the vehicles in a facility known as the Tank Barn, the Daily Republic reported. CEO Lisa Rowland's husband, Dwayne Brasher, 62, was driving the 1944 M5 tank through an open field when passenger Kevin Wright, 54, fell in front of it as the tank traveled down a dirt hill. read more


The 11 women, all members of the same book club, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train, excited to sip wine in a historic rail car with the scenic northern California vineyards as a backdrop.

One book club member, Lisa Renee Johnson, shared a video on Facebook.

"We made it, y'all," she said on the video Saturday morning, beaming as her friends waved in the background. "Look at us. We are getting ready to get on the wine train."

Johnson continued to chronicle the experience through photographs and videos, showing the members of Sistahs on the Reading Edge, many wearing matching black book club T-shirts, as they clinked wine glasses and ate appetizers.

Then two hours in, the train ride turned sour for the book club from Antioch, Calif. read more


Monday, July 27, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came under fire Sunday after accusing President Barack Obama of marching Israelis "to the door of the oven" by agreeing to an Iran nuclear deal that the former Fox News host says is too weak. "This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Huckabee told the conservative outlet Breitbart News. read more


"The scene can only be described as horrific: On an otherwise unremarkable morning, a woman is riding up a shopping center escalator in central China with her son. When she reaches the top and begins to disembark, she steps onto a metal footplate covering the machinery. The plate collapses, dropping the woman into the gears. She shoves her child into the arms of two mall employees, and is crushed to death.

Security-camera video of the incident hit Chinese social media late Sunday, hours after it occurred, with local media identifying the woman as Xiang Liujuan, 30. In a rapidly urbanizing country still plagued by shoddy construction standards and poor building maintenance, the news spread like wildfire." read more


Uber now spends more on lobbyists in California than Wal-Mart, Bank of America or Wells Fargo. And for good reason: The 6-year-old ride-hailing company needs powerful friends as it faces two serious regulatory challenges in the state -- a move to reclassify its drivers as employees, not independent contractors, and a demand to turn over to state officials data on every Uber ride. Those are only the latest public fights threatening to slow the firm's lightning-quick international expansion. But the home-state problems pose a key test of Uber's increasingly well-oiled political machine, whose spending on Sacramento lobbyists puts it in the top 3% of companies and organizations. read more


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