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Man at West Texas Chick-fil-A pays $1K to treat dozens of drive-thru vehicles behind him

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:34
ABILENE, Texas – A generous customer has paid $1,000 to pick up the tab for diners in dozens of vehicles at the drive-thru lanes of a West Texas fast-food restaurant. KTXS-TV (http://bit.ly/1s6JZt4 ) reports the man was in a white truck at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene on Monday night when he handed over the cash. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The man in the drive-thru lane told employees he wanted to pay for everyone behind him for as…
US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:34
WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve policymakers are contemplating a slightly faster increase in the Fed's benchmark interest rate in 2015 than they did three months ago. The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record-low level near zero since 2008 to try to boost economic growth. Most economists expect the first rate increase to happen by the middle of next year. A Fed statement indicated little change in the timing of that first increase.
Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate probe finds
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly breached the computer systems of U.S. companies, including airlines and technology firms, that are involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, details of which were made public on Wednesday, found that U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was only aware of two out of at least 20 such cyber…
California wildfire in national forest threatens at least 1,600 homes
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:32
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. The increasing danger from the so-called King Fire came after firefighters battling nearly a dozen major blazes across the drought-parched state managed to halt the advance of another destructive blaze on Tuesday that charred 150 homes in…
SHAKESPEAREAN SLUR? Biden sorry for making 'Shylocks' comment
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:32
In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 photo, Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington. (AP) Vice President Joe Biden's casual use of an expression some deem anti-Semitic has drawn sharp criticism from the Anti-Defamation League. Biden referred to bankers that take advantage of military men and women serving overseas as "Shylocks." ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT
REIGN UNDER FIRE Miss America criticized for Planned Parenthood past
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:32
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, left, gasps after she was named Miss America 2015 as she holds hands with Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (The Associated Press) Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, top right, crowns Miss New York Kira Kazantsev as Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept.
Obama: No 'combat mission' creep
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:32
In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. (AP) President Obama insisted Wednesday that he will not send U.S. troops into a “combat mission” on the ground in Iraq, a day after his top military adviser opened the door to that possibility during a Capitol Hill hearing. The comments from Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stirred…
Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system on October 21: report
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:43
The Apple logo hangs inside the glass entrance to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York City, April 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mike SegarThe Apple logo hangs inside the glass entrance to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York City, April 4, 2013.
Prosecutor will release audio of Michael Brown grand jury if Ferguson officer isn't indicted
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:32
ST. LOUIS – A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him. Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ordered that the proceedings be transcribed and audio-recorded, an unusual step for grand juries in Missouri. The story was first reported by St. Louis…
Grenade launchers in schools? School police stock up on free military gear including M16s
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:32
LOS ANGELES – School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts across the country have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program, which has come under scrutiny after a militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Law enforcement agencies used it to equip themselves during learner budget years, and since the…

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