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Tec Firms Sued Over San Bernardino Attack

LOS ANGELES — Family members of San Bernardino terror attack victims sued Facebook, Google and Twitter, accusing the companies of providing platforms that help the Islamic State group spread propaganda, recruit followers and raise money.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles alleges that the companies aided and abetted terrorism, provided material support to terrorist groups and are liable for the wrongful deaths of three of the 14 victims killed in the Dec. 2, 2015, attack on a health department training event and holiday party.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the husband-and-wife shooters who carried out the attack with high-powered rifles, were inspired by the Islamic State group, authorities said. Malik had pledged her allegiance to the group on her Facebook page around the time of the shooting, which also wounded 22 people.

The lawsuit mirrors claims targeting social media providers in courts around the country for deaths in attacks abroad and at home. The same lawyers have sued the same companies for the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Some of those lawsuits have been dismissed because federal law shields online providers from responsibility for content posted by users.

Facebook said it sympathizes with the victims and their families and that it quickly removes content by terrorist groups when it’s reported.
“There is no place on Facebook for groups that engage in terrorist activity or for content that expresses support for such activity,” the company said in a statement.
Google and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit claims the companies don’t do enough to block or remove accounts by the Islamic State group and they profit from ads placed next to IS postings. It also says Google shares revenue with the group.

“Without defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” the lawsuit said.

The suit filed by relatives of Sierra Clayborn, Tin Nguyen, and Nicholas Thalasinos seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Why are my insurance premiums so high?

The Factors That Contribute to Insurance Premiums Going Up!

Insurance companies set their rates based on how likely they believe a person is to file a claim. If they believe you are more likely to file a claim, then your insurance premium will be higher. If the insurance company believes you are less likely to file a claim, then your insurance premium is lower. Some factors insurance companies consider are obvious such as person’s driving record for vehicle insurance and a person’s medical history for life and health insurance. But other factors might not be so obvious.

Here are some factors which may make your insurance premium higher:

Credit Score: Statistics show that people with lower credit scores are more likely to get into vehicle accidents than people with higher credit scores. Therefore, lower credit scores will likely get you a higher insurance premium.

Household Claim History: When looking for home insurance, insurers have access to seven years’ worth of insurance claims for that particular house through the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE). Even if you didn’t live at the home during the time the claims were made, your insurance premiums can go up if there is a history of claims for that home. For example, if there have been several mold-related claims made against the home, the chances are higher there could be mold-related claims in the future.

Car’s Horsepower: If your vehicle is a six-cylinder model, rather than a four-cylinder model, it is likely your insurance premium will be higher. The higher the horsepower of your vehicle, the higher the insurance premium.

Driving Record: If you have had several driving violations, you are a higher risk to cause vehicle accidents with other drivers. Therefore, your insurance rates will be higher because you are a higher risk for the insurance company. Generally, more than two moving violations in the last three years will usually put a driver in a higher premium.

Co-Workers: If you receive your health insurance through your job, then the premium is determined by the collective risk of the group. Therefore, if you work with older people who are more susceptible to sickness, your premium may be higher, regardless of how young and healthy you may be. However, if you work with a lot of healthy, young people, your premium will likely be lower, even if you are older and more prone to illness.

Body Mass Index: Your weight also has a big impact on your health insurance premiums since obesity puts any person at a greater risk for injury, sickness and life threatening diseases. Generally, if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, you will pay an average of 22 percent more than someone with a BMI of 25. Even if you have lost weight, you may have to prove you have kept the weight off for at least a year before your premiums will go down.

Education Level: Statistically, insurance companies know there is a connection between the level of education you have and the number of insurance claims you make. In fact, people with higher educations, tend to make fewer insurance claims. Therefore, with each level of education you complete, make sure you let your insurance company know because it could lower your premium. Similarly, your job itself could lower your insurance premium or make it higher. People in careers such as corporate executive, attorneys or teachers tend to receive lower premiums, while blue collar workers tend to have higher insurance premiums because they tend to make more insurance claims.

Family Health History: Even if you have no history of sickness or illness, your insurance premiums may be higher if your parents or siblings died or even were diagnosed with heart disease or cancer before age 60. That kind of family history makes you a higher risk to also have that illness making your medical costs higher.

Zip Code: Where you live can also impact your insurance premium. If you live in an area where a lot of insurance claims are made, even if you never made one yourself, your insurance premium will be higher. Likewise, if you live in an area with a low number of insurance claims, then your premium will likely be lower. Insurance companies study all the statistics possible to find out what kind of risk you are.

Hobbies: Insurance companies also want to know about your hobbies. If you are one who enjoys adrenaline or adventure sports such as skydiving, bull riding or race car driving, then your insurance rates will generally be higher. Also, if you are planning a lot of international travel, especially to risky areas such as Afghanistan, then you could also see higher insurance premiums.

Car Crash Kills One in Cleburne, TX

CLEBURNE, TX — A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 67 resulted in the death of a retired teacher, and left four teens hospitalized.

According to the preliminary DPS report, at about 8:00 a.m. on Monday, 63-year-old Rhonda Cagle was driving her red Kia Rio northeast on U.S. 67, when her vehicle was struck by a silver Kia headed the opposite direction at the County Road 1119 split.

The report states that 17-year-old Hunter White was driving the silver Kia with three passengers, and reportedly did not see Cagle’s vehicle as he attempted to turn across the oncoming lane of traffic onto County Road 1119. The two car accident was head-on.

Rhonda Cagle was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The four teens in the Silver Kia were also transported by air ambulance (CareFlite) to John Peter Smith Hospital. 18-year-old passenger Brandon Bell was listed in serious condition, and a 15-year-old male passenger and 16-year-old female passenger were listed in critical to serious condition.

Texas School Athletes Bus Crashes; 2 Dead

Texas Department of Public Safety authorities say two people are dead after a head-on crash involving a pickup truck and a chartered bus carrying 34 coaches and athletes from seven El Paso high schools returning home from a regional track meet in Lubbock.

El Paso Independent School District officials identified one of the victims as a coach, 48-year-old Arcadio Duran Jr., from Irvin High School. Seventeen others aboard the bus were hospitalized with injuries considered not life threatening.

Troopers said the other person killed was the driver of the pickup truck, 51-year-old Gary Lawson, of Hobbs, New Mexico.

The bus collision occurred early Sunday on U.S. Highway 62/180 in Hudspeth County, about 90 miles east of El Paso.

Man fined $500 for violating a law that prohibits mathematical criticism

Few things in this world are as universally despised as traffic cameras. After his wife received a ticket for tripping a red-light camera, Oregon resident Mats Järlström openly criticized the Orwellian devices and the mathematical formulas these cameras use. It seems Big Brother doesn’t take too kindly to dissenters, as according to the Institute for Justice Järlström was fined $500 for violating a law that prohibits mathematical criticism without a license.

Free speech is a term that’s often misconstrued. It’s not some blanket to hide behind while spouting ridicule and hate to anyone and everyone. In the US, what free speech does protect is the right of a person to openly criticize the government, as Järlström was doing when he argued that the equation which governs the traffic light timers was out of date. After being fined, Järlström filed a lawsuit against the ban on mathematical debate.

The Institute for Justice says the actual fine was for Järlström calling himself a “professional engineer.” The thing is, Järlström does have a degree in electrical engineering, though he doesn’t carry a state license. In Oregon’s eyes, that doesn’t make him a real engineer. Järlström’s initial issue was that the green-yellow-red progression was too short for lights with a left or right turn. Using his engineering expertise, he began to criticize the math equation that governs this timing, hence the fine.

Järlström and the Institute for Justice claim these licensing boards violate free speech by fining those who criticize both the boards and the government agencies behind things like traffic cameras. A lawyer for the Institute for Justice makes the point that you don’t need to be a licensed lawyer to write an article disagreeing with a Supreme Court decision. Free speech, whether used to challenge Supreme Court decisions or traffic cameras, is a fundamental freedom granted by US Constitution.
And it’s also no stretch to say that using mathematics is a fundamental human right – part of what actually makes us human. No law can take away our math.

An ambulance overturned after a two-vehicle crash

An ambulance overturned after a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Galveston.

The ambulance was responding to an emergency call around 7 p.m. with its lights and sirens on when it got into a wreck at 21st and Broadway.

The medic behind the wheel and a student in the passenger seat were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and the two people in the other vehicle were not injured.

The Galveston Police Department is still investigating what sparked the crash.

Wichita Falls pedestrian is killed by pickup truck

A Wichita Falls man is killed and another person is injured after being hit by a truck while walking along U.S. 59 in southeast Texas.

Justin Carl Schlotzhauer,30, of Wichita Falls, was one of the pedestrians struck by a dodge pickup truck Tuesday night near Shepherd, Texas.

The initial crash report indicates that Jerme Burson, 37, was driving a 2005 Dodge pickup north on Highway 59 when he drove onto the shoulder of the road and struck Schlotzhauer and another person who were walking north. Schlotzhauer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other person who was hit was taken to the hospital and is being treated for minor injuries.

DPS troopers at the scene determined that Burson, who was not injured in the crash, was driving while intoxicated when the wreck occurred.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault.

4 Killed in Ector Count Sunday

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017 5:24 pm

Odessa American oanews@oaoa.com

A total of four people were killed and two were injured following a collision on Northwest Loop 338 in Ector County on Sunday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Both drivers involved in the head-on collision were killed, as well as an 8-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman who were passengers in one of the pick-up trucks.

Christopher Soliz, 30, was driving a 2008 Ford F-250 northbound on Northwest Loop 338 when he lost control and entered the southbound lane around 4:21 p.m. Sunday. The Ford truck collided with a 2016 Dodge pick-up towing a cargo trailer driven by Calistro Carrillo, 35, of Odessa. Carrillo was pronounced dead at the scene. A DPS report shows Carrillo was wearing his seatbelt at the time and had no passengers in his vehicle.

One of Soliz’s passengers, 29-year-old Elizabeth Navarette of Odessa, was also pronounced dead at the scene. The 8-year-old Odessa girl was transported to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa and later pronounced dead. Soliz, Navarette and the girl were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the wreck, according to the DPS report.

Two other passengers in Soliz’s vehicle were injured during the wreck including a 2-year-old girl and 10-year-old girl, both of Odessa. It was unknown if the 10-year-old was wearing a seatbelt, but the report shows the toddler was in a child safety seat.

The 2-year-old was transported to Medical Center Hospital and the 10-year-old was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

The DPS report shows the weather conditions were clear and cloudy and the road conditions were wet at the time of the wreck. The incident was investigated by DPS Odessa troopers.