There are a few things to say about about the incident in which President Obama was heckled by an apparent militant Christian at Monday night's campaign fundraiser at Los Angeles' House of Blues in Los Angeles. (My colleague Mark Memmott reports on the incident over at The Two-Way blog.)
The miracle fruit from West Africa has a chemical that binds to and boosts sweet taste receptors in the presence of acidic foods.
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A tiny crimson berry from West Africa discovered by Westerners almost three centuries ago can turn lemons into lemonade and vinegar into apple cider, at least as far as the tongue is concerned.
The chemical miraculin in "miracle fruit," as the berry is known, makes sour things eaten immediately afterward taste sweet, and sweet things taste super sweet. And it's inspired a small counterculture of "flavor trippers" who get together to swirl it (or a tablet containing it) around on their tongues and then sample a parade of foods to showcase its mind-bending qualities.
For the past three years, a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker has been spreading rapidly around the world. As many as 12 million computers have been infected with the self-updating worm, a type of malware that can get inside computers and operate without their permission.
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This photo taken on Sept. 26 shows a group of giant panda cubs napping at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province.
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Unbearable cuteness is news, right? In any case, we'll get back to the serious news in a bit. But, first, a picture of 12 baby giant pandas taking a nap at a breeding center in Chengdu:
There is a bit of news to go along with this picture. As the AP reports today, China has finished its census of humans and has now started its once-a-decade counting of pandas in the wild. The AP adds:
Mercer County firefighters Chris Goodlett, left, and Monte Kelly found Randall Chesser on Monday afternoon.
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Two days after a 7-year-old autistic Washington County boy was reported missing, two firefighters found him alive and well Monday. Randall Leon Chesser was found alive and well three miles northeast of his house, shortly after 2:30 p.m. The search involved all-terrain vehicles, dogs and about 250 people. Randall, who was last seen at his home about 6 p.m. Saturday, was found lying near a creek by Mercer County firefighters Chris Goodlett and Monte Kelly.
A former Forcht Bank employee has been sentenced to home incarceration and ordered to pay more than $110,000 in restitution on federal fraud charges. Kenneth E. Harris, formerly of Greensburg, who now lives in Bowling Green, was charged earlier in U.S. District Court and accused of making fraudulent loans to people without their knowledge. Harris pleaded guilty to the crimes in March and said he took the money from the fraudulent loans and used it for his own benefit. Now, Harris was ordered to pay $110,575.26 in restitution.
Many Americans view Congress as a disaster, albeit one whose shifting tectonic plates are caused by humans not geology.
So it was probably fitting that FEMA, whose mission is partly to mitigate calamities stepped in to do just that Monday and rescue the nation's lawmakers from the dire circumstances the policymakers had created.
One of Covington's busiest fire engines stayed in its station Monday as the city decided not to staff the engine as a way to save money. The city has reduced the minimum number of firefighters on duty at any given time from 30 to 27. The staffing reduction is expected to save $600,000 a year, said City Manager Larry Klein.
A former Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailer pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting of contraband Monday in Hardin District Court. Randall Lee Jackson, 24, was arrested in May following an investigation by the Hardin County Drug Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff. According to the arrest citation, Jackson admitted to exchanging tobacco products and marijuana for money and other favors.