Four family members experienced hallucinations and were hospitalized this week after eating LSD-laced meat purchased from Walmart, according to Florida police. After consuming bottom round steak at dinner Monday evening, Ronnie Morales, 24, became seriously ill and was driven to a Tampa hospital by his girlfriend Jessica Rosado, who was nine months pregnant. Morales and her young daughters suffered hallucinations, dizziness, rapid heart rates and difficulty breathing, according to Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.
In fact, as many as one in four Southern kids lives in poverty, compared to the national average of one in five.
In the map above, red shading indicates a poverty rates between 17.9 and 22.8 percent. Orange indicates 15.9 to 17.8 percent; light orange, 12.2-15.8 percent; pale yellow, 9 to 12.1 percent. As you can see, there's a lot of high-poverty red in the South.
Speaking with Family Research Council head Tony Perkins on Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said that President Barack Obama is "threatening Israel" and it is one reason she believes the biblical End Times are coming soon. "The nations of the world will come against Israel and the scripture very specifically says all nations," Bachmann said. "[F]or the United States, we don't have that experience until recently under President Obama with the United States not standing with Israel." read more
The American toll from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can be contemplated in many different ways, thanks to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). A new CRS report has provided a human accounting not only of how many service personnel died in the two conflicts, but of the many kinds of serious, life-long injuries with which thousands returned home. A total of 1,558 soldiers endured major limb amputations as a result of battlefield injuries. Major limb amputations include the loss of one or more limbs, the loss of one or more partial limbs, or the loss of one or more full or partial hand or foot, according to the CRS. Considerably more military personnel suffered "severe or penetrating brain injuries" -- 7,224. Another 23,319 men and women were diagnosed with "moderate" brain injuries. When "mild" and "not classifiable" cases are factored in, nearly 288,000 total brain injury cases were reported among all military personnel deployed and not deployed.
Former President George W. Bush described himself as "emotional" recently when he talked about how he was trying to make a difference for the veterans who are trying to put their lives back together after serving in the wars waged by his administration.
"I obviously get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I'm in there with them," he added with a single tear spilling down his right cheek.
At a Military Service Initiative Summit last week, the former president had explained that his institute was going to take steps to assist the veterans who were trying to transition into civilian life after coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In an interview that aired on Sunday, ABC's Martha Raddatz asked the former president if the new initiative helped him cope with the 6,800 service members killed, and 51,000 wounded.
"No question it helps," Bush stuttered. "I have a duty."