Des Moines Register: Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has little to show for a voter fraud investigation that has gone on for nearly 18 months and cost the state almost $150,000. Schultz, a Republican who has made ballot security his signature issue since taking office in 2011, struck a two-year deal with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in July 2012 to assign an agent full time to investigating voter fraud cases. read more
Following its Thanksgiving Day brush with solar fire, sundiving Comet ISON is now just a cloud of dust. Among experts, a consensus is building that the comet broke apart shortly before perihelion (closest approach to the sun). In the movie, note how rapidly the comet fades just before it vanishes behind the occulting disk of the SOHO coronagraph: read more
"Comet ISON is hurtling toward the sun today at 240,000 mph and, despite the rising heat, the comet appears to be intact. Yesterday, reports of fading spectral lines from the comet's core raised concerns that the icy nucleus might be disintegrating. Current images from NASA and ESA spacecraft, however, show the comet still going strong. Comet ISON has just entered the field of view of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)" read more
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(WMC-TV) - The man suspected of shooting two people near Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington is a National Guard employee. He was taken into custody by other employees before police even arrived on the scene Thursday.
The two victims were alert and speaking to medical personnel as they were being taken to The MED. They will be considered in 'critical' condition until The MED evaluates their injuries and says otherwise. According to officials, each victim had one gunshot wound.
The shooting happened on the non-secured part of the base, where the Memphis Air Show is held each year.
Employees of the Snuggle House hope to open for business in Madison, Wisc., by October 23. Today, employees of the business were downtown on the Capitol Square offering "free hugs." Some in the city are concerned that the business has the potential of prostitution, but Snuggle House employees say their services are strictly non-sexual. For a fee, customers can lay down and snuggle with someone for an hour, a service employees describe as unconditional love. "Stress levels go down, you feel better, anxiety in a lot of people just dissipates," said employee Lonnie Johnson. read more