Mom Breaks Into Nearly 30 Homes After Dropping Kids Off At School

Henrico County authorities say a mother broke into nearly 30 homes after dropping her kids off at school.

Police have charged Melissa Addison, 36, from Chesterfield, with breaking into and stealing from homes.

According to a press release obtained by CBS Washington, Henrico police says these burglaries took place in the Varina area between Oct. 26 and Dec. 2.

According to the report, Addison would drop her children off to school each morning and then travel to Henrico to break into homes.

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Cutting carbs for two days ‘better than calorie counting all week’

Following a strict diet for just two days of the week is a far more effective way to lose weight than trying to calorie count all the time, researchers claim.

They found that women who stuck to fruit, vegetables and lean meat for two days a week while being allowed to eat as much as they liked on the other days lost nearly twice as much weight than those who were dieting constantly.

Researchers at the University Hospital in South Manchester put 115 women volunteers on one of three diets.

The first involved sticking to just 650 calories a day for two days of the week, including cutting out carbohydrates such as pasta, bread and potatoes and all fatty foods.

For the other five days they could eat as much as they liked, although they were encouraged to stick to healthy foods.

Women on the second diet were also banned from carbohydrates for two days of the week but they did not have a specific calorie limit.

They could also eat as much as they wanted the rest of the week.

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New York Port Authority Beat Cop Earns $221,000

Police at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have racked up $41.4 million in overtime this year, including a rank-and-file patrolman at the George Washington Bridge who has made $221,000.

Payroll figures and names released for the first time Friday by the Port Authority show 66 police officers have made more than $200,000 so far in 2011, thanks to overtime that in many cases has doubled their salaries.

The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents most of the police, says high overtime numbers are the agency’s own fault. President Paul Nunziato said the union has been asking the Port Authority for years to hire more officers.

“To me, it’s absurd, and I’ve told them it’s absurd,” Nunziato said. “It’s cheaper to hire another guy and pay his benefits than paying someone 2,000 hours or 2,500 hours at time-and-a-half.”

The Port Authority did not immediately comment on the numbers. The agency operates New York City’s airports, its seaports, a train system, and several bridges and tunnels. It also owns the World Trade Center site.

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Could online ‘warriors’ in Call of Duty be forced to obey the Geneva convention?

Earlier this year, game maker Activision counted up that 62 billion people had been ‘killed’ virtually in online games of Call of Duty: Black Ops – including 242 million stabbed to death at close range.

That’s just one title among hundreds of modern war games – most of which lack any kind of ‘surrender’ button bar switching the machine off.

Now, a committee of the Red Cross is debating if gamers might be violating the International Humanitarian Law as they slaughter each other online.

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Newt Gingrich’s gay sister backs Obama for 2012

The gay half-sister of Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has criticised his position on gay rights, saying she will support Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

Candace Gingrich-Jones, a gay rights activist, said in an interview with MSNBC that she and her older half-brother, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, were “mutually respectful” but disagree on gay rights.

“He is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues,” Gingrich-Jones said.

She said she would “work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is”.

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Voters Flee Democratic Party in Key Swing States

President Obama’s uphill battle to re-election is getting steeper.

A report released today by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008.

“The numbers show that Democrats’ path to victory just got harder,” said Lanae Erickson, the report’s co-author. “We are seeing both an increase in independents and a decrease in Democrats and that means the coalition they have to assemble is going to rely even more on independents in 2012 than it did in 2008.”

Amid frustrating partisan gridlock and unprecedentedly low party-approval ratings, the number of voters registering under a major party is falling fast, but it is also falling disproportionately.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber goes on sale

The iconic weapon used by Ewan McGregor in the Star Wars film The Phantom Menace is being auctioned off in London — and its seller hopes it will fetch a huge £20,000.

The special shortened version of the “laser sword” was used for the fight sequences in the 1999 film in which McGregor played young Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The 22.5in-long saber has a painted resin handle with gold and red knobs and a green tube — or blade.

After the filming, the lightsaber was given to a member of the set who is now selling it.

Such props from the Star Wars films rarely come on to the market and fans are said to be fighting each other to get their hands on it.

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Muslim Cleric’s Warning: Cucumbers Too Sexy for Women

An Islamic cleric living in Europe reportedly has warned Muslim women not to get too close to bananas, cucumbers or other produce — to avoid having “sexual thoughts.”

The unnamed cleric, whose directive was featured in an article in el-Senousa, a religious publication, purportedly said that if women wanted to eat these foods, a third party — preferably a male related to them, such as their father or husband — should cut the items into small pieces before serving, the Egyptian website Bikya Masr reported.

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More drivers texting at wheel, despite state bans

For all the criticism and new legal bans, texting by drivers just keeps increasing, especially among younger motorists.

About half of American drivers between 21 and 24 say they’ve thumbed messages or emailed from the driver’s seat. And what’s more, many drivers don’t think it’s dangerous when they do it – only when others do.

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