Economist Martin Armstrong notes that $4.5 billion in personal property was seized by police in 2014 via civil forfeiture, the process by which a criminal suspect surrenders goods possibly connected to that crime, figures that well surpass the $3.5 billion in property stolen by burglars last year.
WASHINGTON—Providing insight into how American citizens participate in the political process, a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center revealed that the vast majority of civic engagement in the U.S.
NEW YORK—At a loss as to how they could emerge from a weekend of regular-season football without any fresh insight whatsoever, ashamed and humbled members of the sports media admitted to the public Tuesday that they learned absolutely nothing from week 11 of the NFL season.
VERONA, WI—Having waited until everyone at the table had finished their dinner Monday, a knowing grin reportedly spread across local mother Angela Hopkins’ face as she announced to her family that the mashed potatoes had in fact been made using cauliflower as a healthier alternative.
A Harvard-led panel of medical experts analyzing the World Health Organization’s response to the Ebola crisis concluded the WHO was too slow in declaring a public health emergency, findings they presented alongside 10 recommendations for proper handling of such outbreaks in the future.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—Grieving family members of local aunt Laurie Shelton confirmed Monday that the 48-year-old woman’s unexpected death had caused a major breach in their gossip pipeline, suddenly disrupting access to the latest dirt on all their relatives.
The Texas school board has voted against allowing academic experts to fact-check their textbooks, instead instituting a rule that any textbook review panels must be composed of a majority of people with “sufficient content expertise and experience” to audit the materials.
WASHINGTON—According to a poll released Friday by the Pew Research Center, 23 percent of Americans would vote for Jeb Bush in the presidential election if the Republican candidate was standing directly beside them in the voting booth.
LOS ANGELES—Hollywood leading man Brad Pitt hissed and skittered away into the safety of the woods surrounding his house Friday after reading a screenplay from his agent and detecting the musk of fellow actor Chris Pine on its pages, numerous sources reported.
All across the nation, families and loved ones are gathering to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. What are you thankful for this year?
First you must determine which type of computer will best suit your needs. Are you looking for a desktop, laptop, tablet, backtop, superblet, or fulltop?Do your research and pretend to gain even a cursory understanding of what it means for a computer to have a single-core 2GHz processor.To save money on costly warranties, secure a promise from a computer-literate friend to help set up your new device and perform regular maintenance on it for the duration of its lifespan.
JEFFERSONTOWN, KY—Expressing frustration at not having left the house sooner, local bigot Doug Weber, 43, was reportedly annoyed late Monday night after discovering that the mosque he intended to deface had been vandalized before he got there.
Due to continued public outcry and the dwindling need to conduct research on primates, the National Institutes of Health announced they will retire all 50 of their remaining research chimpanzees, who will be relocated to various sanctuaries nationwide.
The United States’ effort to accept Syrian refugees seeking asylum has been the subject of much controversy over security concerns and the rigor of the vetting process. Here are the steps involved in a refugee’s arrival in America:Step 1: Filled-out refugee application materials thrown onto large, unorganized pile of folders on desk at United States immigration headquartersStep 2: Applicants shown pictures of various U.S.
Following last week’s deadly Paris attacks and numerous other violent incidents perpetrated by the terror group ISIS, many governments and populations worldwide are wondering how we can eliminate this threat.
BLOOMINGTON, IN—After surveying the dozen railcars and cargo of Lincoln Logs strewn haphazardly across the grass mat, investigators concluded Friday that a massive model train derailment was the result of conductor fatigue.
DOYLESTOWN, PA—Facetiously questioning how the game had suddenly become a non-contact sport, local father Aaron Harper confirmed his belief Thursday that referees officiating a Thanksgiving game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions should just let them play football out there.
GREENVILLE, NC—Aiming to accommodate family members’ preferences and avoid any frustration, local parents Melissa and Ron Walters officially designated the upstairs television for anybody who did not want to watch the Thanksgiving football games on Thursday, sources reported.
The state of New York has unveiled See Something, Send Something, a free mobile app through which users can send photographs or tips of suspicious activity directly to New York law enforcement, which will then send the information to the proper agency for review.
Abandoning all interest in current events or your loved ones’ lives is the first step in avoiding the distractions of the internet, though it’s advisable never to have been interested in those things to begin with.Opt for a dial-up connection, which will help make diversions like checking Facebook a literal impossibility.Outsourcing tasks might be your best option.
UTICA, NY—Shooting anxious glances at each other across the dinner table upon the introduction of the unexpected topic, relatives of Mary Turner, 76, expressed concern to reporters Tuesday over where their grandmother is going with her discussion of low-income housing.
OAK PARK, IL—Swiftly regaining his composure after initially jumping at the sight of flames erupting from the cocktail glass, local bartender Nick Brower confirmed Thursday that he was just going to pretend he had every intention of serving that last drink on fire.
LOS ANGELES—Concerned moviegoing citizens across the nation issued an urgent appeal to Hollywood studios this week to make more films in which a guy is shot multiple times in the chest and then, later on, is revealed to have been wearing a bulletproof vest the whole time.
Though her new album 25 is on track to shatter sales records nationwide, digital streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music will not have access to Adele’s latest release, a marketing decision that Adele herself was reportedly instrumental in making.
A financial blog analyzed this year’s Black Friday sales and found that 11 percent of the deals at major U.S. retailers are identical to last year’s offerings, with items listed at the same price and discounted at the same rate as in 2014.
SYRACUSE, NY—Documenting intense activity in the pleasure centers of subjects’ brains, a study published Thursday by neuroscientists at Syracuse University has found that unleashing anger in unhealthy and inappropriate ways is among the most satisfying experiences a person can have.