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2-year-old missing in Detroit after alleged carjacking

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Police are on a search for the 2-year-old girl who went missing in Detroit Friday monring after her father was allegedly carjacked.

Deandre Lane, claims he was carjacked at gunpoint and they took off with his daughter, Bianca, in the backseat.

Lane has spent time in prison on charges of narcotics and weapons.

Family members of Lane doubt his story because he called his girlfriend before calling police after the alleged carjack.

"Just please take her to a hospital, a church, a drug store, anywhere, and just leave her somewhere safe, anywhere we can find her," Bianca's mother, Banika Jones, said at a press conference.

ABC News reports that Lane is cooperating while in custody, but has recently failed a polygraph test.

"I'm praying that she is still with us because I wanna see that little girl again," Bianca's uncle, Jerry Weaver, said.

Drug creators, one step ahead.

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Chemist Arthur Berrier has the same routine day after day. Secluded inside a heavily guarded federal lab in Virginia, he searches for the new mix of substances to alert the investigators before it's too late.

In this constant game of catch up, the drug creators are always remaining one step ahead. Manufacturers of these illegal drugs have an endless choice of chemicals to create a new addiction.

The names and bizarre mixes of substances contained in drugs are in constant change. This makes state or federal bans against them weak and hard to come by.

Police departments in places swamped with the drugs problems say they lack the resources or the expertise to respond to problems.

"For us, this is just getting bigger and bigger," Thomas Duncan, Berrier's boss at the Virginia research lab said. "We had no idea."

Sadly, many researchers believe the war on synthetic drugs is something that can't be arrested or legislated away, the Star Tribune Reports.

Experts believe that it will require a multi-pronged effort that relies heavily on education, prevention and public awareness.

Occupy Protesters, Evicted.

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For the past two months Zuccotti Park in Manhattan has been thriving with drummers, protesters, passer-byers, journalists, and other groups of people.

Wednesday morning, a lone man sat on a marble ledge frantically scribbling in his journal. Two officers chatted and told stories, passing time during their shift. Crossing guards ushered people across the street. Everything seemed "Back to normal."

Back to normal- the protesters had been evicted from the park and for the first time since September, things seemed to return to the usual.

Many of the residents in the area say the eviction was a breath of fresh air. "It was nice to have my neighborhood back," Karen Greenspan, 52, who lives less than a block from the park told the New York Times. "I could actually see the ground."

Officials estimate that the protesters have caused the city nearly $3 million a month with the increase of police presence.

The protesters are not about to back down just yet though. According to their website there will be another gathering and protest planned for late in the week.

According to a poll done by Fox News, 60 percent of American voters disapprove of the way President Obama is handling job creation.

Additionally, 35 percent approve of his handling and five percent had no opinion on the subject.

According to the poll, voters' expectations for the administration's new jobs plan are mixed. 45 percent think that the Obama administration has a 'pretty good' idea what it's doing on job creation. While, 42 percent think it has 'no idea'.

Obama's overall approval for Democrats is 76 percent. Contradictory, 80 percent of Republicans disapprove of him.

The Fox News poll is based on 911 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide. It was conducted under joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) during the time frame of August 29 and August 31. Maring of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

For additional statistics and results see FoxNews.com

Small New York town creates it's own department store

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When the only local department store in the town of Saranac Lake closed it doors in 2002, residents had to trek nearly 50 miles just to buy simple items like bed linens and underwear.

As a way to take control of their future and help the community, residents decied to raise capital to open up their own department store. Priced at $100 a share, stocks were sold to residents.

It took the community five years but the $500,000 goal was finally reached last spring. Nearly 600 people contributed to the store, averaging $800 a piece.

The store will have it's grand opening on November 19th. During a preview of the store, shoppers seemed pleased with the variety of items that will be offered.

"It's been a long process for all of us," Pat Brown, a local resident, told the New York Times, "We're proud to have it finally become a reality. This is a small town trying to help itself."


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/business/a-town-in-new-york-creates-its-own-department-store.html?ref=business

Andy Rooney Dies

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Andy Rooney, the man who brought us the wrap up after every "60 Minutes" segment, died Friday night at the age of 92.

Before landing his infamous role on "60 Minutes" in 1978, Rooney was a reporter, writer, and producer for television for decades.

With his career on "60 Minutes" he created over 1,000 mini-essays. Usually these invited viewers to see the world, and random objects, in a new light.

The Wall Street Journal reported that he once proposed National Wastebasket Day in honor of the inventor.

Aside from his "60-Minutes" job, which he held for 33 years, Rooney wrote a syndicated newspaper column and wrote best-selling books based on his columns and scripts.


Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203804204577019561971297208.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

Women who will bring you out of this world.

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"Listen if a woman can bring you into this world, they can certainly take you out," Doris V. Amen said.

No, she is not talking about killing or murdering. The Brooklyn born and raised woman is talking about her job as a funeral director at Jurek-Park Slope Funeral Home.

The Brooklyn based funeral home has become quite popular because of its $1,999 starting price for a wake. The package includes a coffin for viewing and afterward the body is put into a cardboard box for cremation or burial.

"Sometimes you just have to do it all yourself," Amen said.

She runs her funeral home solo, including prepping the bodies, picking them up, and dressing them for their wake.

"Don't let the blond hair fool you," she said to the New York Times.


Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/nyregion/an-undertaker-with-purple-nails.html?_r=1&hp

Richard Muller, a physicist and global warming skeptic has spent the last two years trying to find out if the mainstream hype regarding climate change were correct.

Muller, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, has been funding his own studies, which include studying temperature readings from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

Muller's interest in the study formulated after a British scandal, which involved hacked e-mails of climate scientists.

Researches under Muller's lead examined the two main criticisms that climate change skeptics have. One is heat islands that skew temperature analysis and the other is that weather stations are unreliable.

The study did not address the cause of global warming but instead just found that indeed the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than it was in the 1950s.

Early snowstorms in October have left nearly 3 million homes and businesses without power in the Northeastern part of the US.

The surprising storm laid down as much as 27 inches of snow in Massachusetts according to msnbc.com.

Officials warn power could be out for up to a week. Still, some residents are trying to keep positive thoughts about this.

"I'm going to put another blanket on," said Peter Bloom, 70, of South Windsor, Connecticut, "What else can I do? At least I'll save a few bucks on my electric bill."

FoxNews.com reported that the bad weather was the blame for at least three deaths over the weekend. States of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and parts of New York.

The National Weather Service reports that this storm marked only the fourth October day with measurable snowfall in Central Park since 1876.

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