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Month: March 2016

Belgian Raids Lead to 7 Terrorist Suspects Arrested in Brussels
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Belgian Raids Lead to 7 Terrorist Suspects Arrested in Brussels

If "good news" and terrorism are ever compatible in a sentence together, it's only for situations such as this. According to Newsweek, Belgian police have arrested seven people they believe to be suspects in the recent terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels. The coordinated suicide attack, which occurred on Tuesday and left 31 people dead, was just the most recent in what's become all too familiar in recent years. In total, three separate attacks took place that day at the country's international airport and one of its popular metro stations. Security experts and government officials are still trying to determine exactly how they were able to pull off the plot in the face of already heightened security. Before the attacks occurred, there had already been clues that an impendin...
Propane Tank Explosions Rock Several Cities Just Hours Apart
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Propane Tank Explosions Rock Several Cities Just Hours Apart

Firefighters in several towns across America were kept busy this week as multiple propane tank explosions occurred just hours apart. When emergency teams arrived at the scene of the blaze that took place in Jersey City on March 22, a leaking propane tank ruptured and was propelled several hundred feet into the air and then outwards, where it landed adjacent to the nearby light-rail tracks. Remarkably, nobody was injured, nor did the operators of the light-rail service need to shut down for any period of time. In Fargo on the very same day, things could have gotten much worse. Small propane tanks also unexpectedly burst there, though the presence of a much larger 300-pound tank made the situation all the more daunting for emergency responders. The large tank did not burst, but one ...
Lowlife Thief Robs Innocent Texas Girl Scouts
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Lowlife Thief Robs Innocent Texas Girl Scouts

In the Austin, Texas suburb of Oak Hill, a low-life thief has taught one Girl's Scout Troop a valuable lesson -- people are horrible. This March, an unknown burglar broke into the local Girl Scout's equipment shed by smashing a padlocked door. Once inside, the thief stole $2,000 worth of camping equipment, the fruits of the girls' cookie selling labors. And because the equipment shed stored equipment for multiple troops, the thief has deprived thousands of southwest Austin girls of their camping equipment, including tents, stoves, coolers, and more. The girls may be able to get their equipment back, but their innocence is gone forever. “The girls really don’t understand why someone would break in and steal all their camping equipment. I think that’s the big question they have. Why...
U.S. Department of Defense Set to Host ‘Hack the Pentagon’ Competition
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U.S. Department of Defense Set to Host ‘Hack the Pentagon’ Competition

Hacking into a federal website would typically be grounds for a lengthy prison sentence, but the U.S. government recently announced that it will actually be rewarding anyone who can find a weak spot in its coding. According to Fox News, the Department of Defense is preparing to host the first-ever "Hack the Pentagon" competition. As part of the program, vetted hackers will be allowed and encouraged to attack the government's cybersecurity systems in hopes of finding a flaw that can be improved upon. In a statement announcing the competition, the Department of Defense revealed that a select group of hackers will participate in a "controlled, limited duration program that will allow them to identify vulnerabilities on a predetermined department system." "I am always challengin...
Trump’s Comments on Rubio’s Excessive Sweating Draw Criticism from Sufferers of Hyperhidrosis
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Trump’s Comments on Rubio’s Excessive Sweating Draw Criticism from Sufferers of Hyperhidrosis

Donald Trump has proven throughout the course of his presidential campaign that he is not opposed to making personal attacks on his fellow candidates. Now, many believe that the real estate mogul has crossed the line by offending those who suffer from a chronic medical condition. According to Stat, Trump has gone out of his way in recent weeks to remark on the "sweaty tendencies" of Republican candidate Marco Rubio. The two traded verbal barbs leading up to Super Tuesday, and Trump is pulling out all the stops to protect his comfortable lead in the polls. While Trump may think he's merely being cheeky, his comments have offended an entire community of people who suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis, characterized by excessive sweating. The controversial businessman h...
Could Justice Scalia’s Unplugged CPAP Machine Been the Cause of His Death?
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Could Justice Scalia’s Unplugged CPAP Machine Been the Cause of His Death?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's exact cause of death will never be known. It might have just been a desire for privacy, but when Scalia's family decided not to have an autopsy done on the controversial political figure, they inherently invited countless questions and conspiracy theories. While it might be more entertaining to talk about the Illuminati-esque hunting group retreat he was a part of at the time of his death, it's probably more reasonable to consider a condition he was known to have had: sleep apnea. According to The Washington Post, when Scalia was found dead in his bed on Feb. 13 in the Texas hunting lodge hotel room, everything was in neat order, as those who knew the Justice would expect. Everything, that is, except for the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPA...
Maine One of Handful of States Considering Overhaul to Medical Malpractice Process
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Maine One of Handful of States Considering Overhaul to Medical Malpractice Process

Although many lawmakers are constantly trying to introduce legislation that will improve their communities and the general well-being of their constituents, the results often vary. One of the biggest changes a few different states across the nation are considering is to the medical malpractice system currently in place. According to the Portland Press Herald, Maine is one of those states. Lawmakers in the Pine Tree State are considering a proposal that would fundamentally change the way in which medical malpractice claims are handled and ultimately adjudicated. The initiative is part of what's currently a six-state effort by the Georgia-based Patients for Fair Compensation organization. The organization is a nonprofit founded by Richard Jackson, CEO of one of the largest healthcare c...
SEO Could Change Drastically Under Google’s Penguin Update
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SEO Could Change Drastically Under Google’s Penguin Update

As the public gets fed up with being flooded with paid ads online, having organic content has never been more important for businesses trying to gain exposure. With Google's impending Penguin update around the corner, Search Engine Land reports that Google has also shown that they believe this to be a vital factor in effective search engine marketing. In a recent interview with Stone Temple Consulting, Google’s Gary Illyes discussed how the search engine giant would handle SEO certification. The bottom line: they won't. They will still offer certification for AdWords, display ads, AdSense, Analytics, Google Apps, and a large number of other platforms. The driving force behind Google's decision is that they no longer want to accept money from webmasters in place of organic search resu...