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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Doug Hughes, Capitol Gyrocopter Pilot, Wanted "Reform"

Doug Hughes, the self-described "old mailman from Florida" who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn on Wednesday, insisted that the stunt was part of his effort to change campaign finance corruption and a "a sold-out Congress," NBC News reported. In what amounts to a major breach of security, the 61-year-old managed to slip by military watchdogs and the Secret Service and land his "flying bicycle" on one of the most heavily-patrolled stretches of grass in the United States, even though he mentioned his plans last year. But Hughes, who is expected in court Thursday, said he was "just delivering the mail" — 535 letters addressed to each member of Congress. "Anybody in politics or the news media who want to spend inordinate amounts of time talking about me is avoiding the real discussion — which is about Congress," he wrote on his website aimed at cleaning up big money in politics. Read »
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM

WATCH: Giant Wave Sweeps Woman Off Cliff

A tourist was taking pictures on a 40-foot-high cliff in Ireland last week when a huge wave swept her into the rocky surf below — and luckily, a student who captured her fall on video was able to run for help, NBC News reported. The woman was identified as Aparajita Gupta from India, who came with her mother to visit the remote, craggy Aran Islands off Ireland's western coast, the Irish Independent reported. After taking the video, Brian Smith, an American studying in Ireland, rushed with his fiancée to an area where they could get cellphone reception and call the coast guard. Gupta shattered her left ankle and suffered some cuts and bruises in the fall, but was otherwise okay and recovering in a nearby hospital. Read »
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

"Toilet to Tap" Eyed as Calif. Drought Worsens

Some communities in Orange County, San Diego and Silicon Valley are expanding water recycling programs — nicknamed "toilet to tap" — as a historic drought forces a once-squeamish public to find new sources, NBC News reported. Several West Coast facilities, like San Jose's Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, process sewage wastewater and purify it into water suitable for industry, agriculture, construction and even drinking. "It's a drought-proof supply, and it's also a local supply," said Colleen Valles, a spokesperson for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Read »
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Cabin Pressure: New Airbus Jet Packs in Passengers

Airbus is designing its A380 Superjumbo jet to fit 11 seats in each economy row, a new configuration that will likely have passengers feeling the squeeze, NBC News reported. The company says the new 11-wide setup — an option for airlines starting in 2017 — is designed to help airlines lower costs, but consumer advocates have expressed concerns about customer comfort and safety. "How are we going to get out in case of an emergency," Charles Leocha, chairman of Travelers United, an advocacy group for consumer travelers told NBC News. "What's going to happen if something goes wrong?" Read »
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Third Student Charged in Spring Break Beach Rape

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Hernandez's Guilty Verdict Another Black Mark for NFL

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Hillary Clinton: Same-Sex Marriage a "Constitutional Right"

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:10 PM

College Costs Are Soaring, But You Can't Afford to Skip

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:45 AM

High Winds Topple Trucks in Utah, Nev.; 1 Dead

Powerful winds gusting over 70 mph were behind deadly crashes in Nevada and Utah on Tuesday, among them a 17-vehicle pileup that left one person dead and another 16 hurt, according to authorities. Gusts and dust storms knocked down as many as eight semis on Interstate 80 in Utah, several of them dumping their contents into the highway, a government spokesman told NBC News. The gusts' casualties weren't just on roadways: They also snapped a power pole, forced a Las Vegas-bound plane to divert and left thousands of people without power. The winds were expected to move south Wednesday. Read »
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Family Killed by Concrete Slab Mourned at Vigil

Friends and first responders in suburban Tacoma, Washington, came together Tuesday night to remember a young couple and their 8-month-old son tragically killed when a slab of concrete fell from a highway overpass, NBC News reported. Josh and Vanessa Ellis, both in their 20s, were youth pastors at EastPointe Foursquare Church in Bonney Lake. Josh was known for his sense of humor and musical talents, while Vanessa had an outgoing, over-sized personality, said church Pastor James Ludlow. While their lives were cut short, Ludlow told his congregation to take comfort that they are all together in the afterlife. The family was on the road Monday when a chunk of a concrete barrier fell from an overpass at State Route 410 in Bonney Lake, where crews were expanding a sidewalk. The slab landed on the cab of their pickup truck, killing the couple and their baby. Read »
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:58 AM

Tax Impostor Scam Worse Than Ever, Congress Wants Fix

Congress will hold a hearing on Tax Day for what's being described as "the largest and most pervasive" impersonation scam in the history of the IRS as complaints continue to grow, NBC News reported. Thousands of criminals are posing as IRS agents, telling people across the country that they owe taxes and demanding them to make an immediate payment or they'll face arrest. More than 55,000 complaints about IRS imposter scams were received last year, a 25-fold increase from the 2,185 complaints filed in 2013, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said seniors are being targeted the most. If you get a call from someone who claims to be with the IRS and you're not sure what to do, hang up and contact the IRS at 800-829-1040. Read »
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:19 AM

Iran: We Won't Let Congress Derail Nuclear Talks

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:40 AM

Pope Francis' iPad Fetches $30,500 at Auction

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:16 AM

Parents Mourn Hundreds Killed in 2014 South Korea Ferry Disaster

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 4:15 AM

Seattle CEO Raises Employees' Minimum Wage to $70,000

A Seattle entrepreneur on Monday announced he is raising the minimum pay for all of his employees to $70,000, while reducing his own pay to the same amount from about $1 million, NBC News reported. Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, said he increased the minimum pay because of concerns about income inequality — and also because he wants his workers to not have to worry about basic needs. Many of Price's employees earn just shy of $40,000. The raise will be a significant increase for 70 workers. Thirty employees will see their pay doubled. "Seattle is not the most affordable city and I want everyone that I know and care about to be able to do all the same basic stuff that I do," Price said. "I want them to live in a decent place." Read »

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