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1 Out of 10 College Graduates Thinks Judge Judy Sits on Supreme Court

1 in 10 grads think Judge Judy is on Supreme CourtAll rise for Judge Judy — the Supreme Court justice?

A new report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reveals that nearly 10 percent of college graduates think that the TV personality Judge Judy [real name: Judge Judith Sheindlin] belongs to the highest judicial body in the United States.

Sheindlin, 73, stars in the court reality show Judge Judy, which debuted in 1996 and is currently in its 19th season. Sheindlin is a retired New York City judge and reportedly earns $47 million a year for handling small claims cases on the daytime program.

TVNL Comment: Read the ACTA report here, and weep for the 'exceptional' country some claim we are.



Bomb threats at more than a dozens schools in U.S. Northeast, Midwest

Schools evacuated in several statesBomb threats were phoned in to more than a dozen schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware and Iowa early on Tuesday, forcing evacuations or lockdowns, law enforcement officials and media reports said.

At least nine schools in New Jersey received phone call threats starting at about 8:50 a.m. EST, said Bergen County Sheriff spokesman Anthony Cureton, adding that four had later been given the all clear.

Searches were still underway at five other schools, he said.


UN: Islamic State holds 3,500 slaves in Iraq, mostly Yazidi women and children

ISIS holds women and children as slavesThe United Nations estimates the Islamic State has about 3,500 people held as slaves in Iraq who are mostly women and children from the Yazidi Kurdish religious group.

The Islamic State -- also known as ISIS, Daesh and ISIL -- is accused of various international human rights abuses.

In some cases, actions by the Islamic State may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and "possibly genocide," according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


CDC, doctors group issue advice for not taking antibiotics

CDC warns against antibioticsAcute respiratory tract infections bring adults to the doctor's office the most often, and antibiotics are the most common treatment. A physician's group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contend, however, that antibiotics are generally not necessary for the infections.

The American College of Physicians and CDC issued a set of recommendations for the treatment of ARTIs -- which include acute uncomplicated bronchitis, pharyngitis, rhinosinusitis, and the common cold -- moving away from antibiotics because they do not treat the conditions.


Officers who rape: The police brutality chiefs ignore

Police officers who rapeIt was 1 a.m. on a Monday in March 2013 when Bronx resident Erica Noonan, 31, saw flashing blue lights in her mirror. She was driving home and figured it had to be a mistake. She hadn’t been speeding, she says.

Carlos Becker, the officer who stopped her, says otherwise. Not only had she been driving too fast, but she’d changed lanes without signaling and had run a red light, and her breath smelled of alcohol. He administered a breath test and then arrested her for drunk driving. (Noonan denies that any of Becker’s reasons for stopping her were true — she hadn’t had anything to drink and broke no traffic laws, according to her lawyer.)


SF's Bay Bridge reopens after protesters chain themselves, shut down span

Bay Bridge protestersCalifornia Highway Patrol officers arrested 25 demonstrators after the group used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday to chain themselves and their vehicles across all five lanes of the westbound Bay Bridge, bringing traffic to a standstill as they demanded racial equity.

The activists froze traffic for about 30 minutes before they were arrested on suspicion of public nuisance, unlawful assembly, and obstructing free passage, CHP Officer Vu Williams said.


Glenn Frey, Eagles Guitarist, Dies at 67

Glenn Frey dies at 67Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, has died. The band confirmed the news on Monday (Jan. 18) with a statement on its website.

"Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," read the statement. "Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide."


Cancer treatment for MS patients gives 'remarkable' results

MS treatment 'remarkable'UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing "remarkable" improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer.

About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralysed have been able to walk again.

Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: "To have a treatment which can potentially reverse disability is really a major achievement."


Israel employs double legal standard in West Bank, US envoy charges

Dan ShapiroUS ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Monday leveled sharp criticism against Israel’s West Bank settlement policy, and alleged Israel had two standards of law in the territory, one for Israelis and one another for Palestinians.

The comments — coming on the day that an Israeli mother-of-six killed by a Palestinian terrorist was laid to rest, and a pregnant woman was injured in a second attack– drew a harsh response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, who called the remarks “unacceptable and incorrect.”


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