Casey Anthony Detectives Overlooked In-Home Google Search

The first suspects in a child’s disappearance are always family members, but detectives in the Casey Anthony case overlooked a precious bit of information. The detectives that worked the disappearance of Casey Anthony’s baby girl overlooked an in-home Google search that was an obvious hint someone in the house was the culprit.

Not many people look for “fool-proof suffocation” on Google Search. However someone in Casey Anthony’s home searched for that query the same day her 2-year-old daughter was last seen alive. The new information adds to the criticism against the acquittal of Casey Anthony, who was originally accused for murdering her daughter. However, for the moment, authorities don’t know who made the “fool-proof suffocation” Google search.

The Orlando television station WKMG was the first to report that detectives overlooked the “fool-proof suffocation” Google search made June 16, 2008. On the overall, there were more than 1,200 Firefox entries that investigators in the Casey Anthony case simply overlooked. They did however check out the history of the Internet Explorer browser.

The Google search was made using Firefox, the browser Casey Anthony would commonly use for her internet browsing purposes. The browsing history also featured MySpace activity, which Casey Anthony used and not her father. The Associated Press notes that the Google search was initially misspelled. The user searched for the term “fool-proof suffication” and read an article about suicidal by poisoning and suffocation with a bag.

Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez discussed the Google search in his book explaining it was George Anthony who made it, not Casey. Apparently, her father wanted to kill himself after the 2-year-old drowned and helped his daughter cover it up. There was also a search on how to make chloroform, but Casey Anthony’s mother said she conducted that search by mistake, while looking for chlorophyll.

Before the Google search query was brought up, prosecutors said that the 2-year-old was first poisoned with chloroform and then died by suffocation after her nose and mouth were duct taped. When the 2-year-old’s body was found, six months after her disappearance, investigators couldn’t figure out what killed her for sure. The Google search might prove they were right, if they figure out who was the person in the Anthony house that looked for “fool-proof suffocation”.

A Gold Disney Themed Christmas Tree Costs $4.2 Million

We all want our Christmas Tree to be the most amazing ever, but will you pay $4.2 million for it? In Tokyo, a jewelry store is selling a gold Disney themed Christmas Tree for a whopping $4.2 million. Well, at least you could brag you own the world’s most expensive Christmas Tree.

Who is going to buy a Christmas Tree that costs $4.2 million?! Well, never say never. Rich people have a thing for outrageous acquisitions. If they hadn’t such a fetish for outrageous and useless things, businesses such as that in downtown Tokyo won’t be selling them. The $4.2 million Christmas Tree is made of 88 pounds of pure gold and features Disney characters.

Besides Disney itself or some spoiled rich princess, we can’t imagine someone actually wants this Christmas tree in their living room, or vault for that matter. It’s not even that pretty… For the label of the world’s most expensive Christmas tree we’d expect a lot more than just some silhouettes of Mickey Mouse, tinker Bell and Cinderella and gold leaf ribbons.

However, despite the debated utility and beauty of the gold Christmas tree, Tomoko Ishibashi with the marketing department of the jewelry store in Tokyo selling it, says this is a great deal. “Right now gold is over 4,400 yen per gram. We used pure gold and had an expert craftsman form each Disney character by hand” the store’s rep told the press.

Reuters writes that the world’s most expensive Christmas tree had people “mesmerized” because of the “combination of gold and Disney characters”. “It is very vivid and the gold is very pretty” said a 36-year-old Japanese jeweler. “The characters on it are also really cute and it really looks like a Christmas tree” he told Reuters.

If you’re looking for an outrageous Christmas tree and have $4.2 million just lying around, don’t expect to leave this in the living room. The gold Christmas tree is more of an ornament, rather an actual tree, which you would be better off displaying from a distance. The world’s most expensive tree is not even 8 feet high and has 3 feet in diameter. On the overall there are 50 Disney characters donning the gold Christmas tree.

Mexican President Wants A New Name For Mexico

You might not know this, but Mexico isn’t the official name of the country known as Mexico. The official name is Mexican United States and President Felipe Calderon wants a new name for Mexico, separate from any American influence.

In 1821, when Mexico won its independence from Spain, the official name of the country became the Mexican United States. Mexican leaders who came up with the name back then were inspired by the American independence movement and since the country was in fact made of several states, the Mexican United States seemed like a legit choice.

In the meanwhile, people have been using the name Mexico, although it isn’t the official one. Even now, only Mexican officials and diplomats are using the Mexican United States name and that’s mostly in official documents and diplomatic meetings. The Mexican President Felipe Calderon wants to change that and make Mexico the official name of the country, just several days before the end of his term in office.

“It’s time that we Mexicans retake the beauty and simplicity of our motherland’s name: Mexico” said President Felipe Calderon. “It’s a name that we use when chanting or singing, a name that identifies us throughout the world and that makes us proud” he added. “Mexico doesn’t need a name that emulates another country and that no one uses on a daily basis” the Mexican President explained.

Unlike the Mexican United States name, Mexico is a word with a long history and a huge significance. Aztecs were the first to use the word Mexico. They were also the founders of the city that over the years it became Mexico City.

Enrique Pena Nieto, the new president of Mexico, will take over the office this December 1. For the moment being it’s still uncertain whether the Mexican Congress will be able to pass the legislation to change the name of Mexico…into Mexico before the new president takes office.

Petraeus To Return At The Helm of CIA?

In spite of the recent sex scandal, David Petraeus could still return at the helm of CIA, according to analysts at the Associated Press. There seem to be many more aspects inclining towards Petraeus’ rehire than those suggesting he should be replaced with a new CIA director.

Pundits were forced to accept that David Petraeus remains the best choice for the leadership of CIA, even though his personal life has caused a lot of turmoil in the past month. The ex-CIA director was subject to the FBI’s investigation and the media’s attention ever since his extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell was uncovered. None of the two authorities managed to find something incriminatory about David Petraeus, which raises the question: should the former leader return at the helm of CIA?

Being equally popular among Republicans and Democrats is one of the main reasons why Obama should consider rehiring Petraeus. The ex-CIA chief was elected by George W. Bush and was re-appointed by Barack Obama during his first mandate proving that both the Republican and the Democratic President agree with his rules.

Furthermore, the investigation has clearly proven that Petraeus did not break any laws by engaging in an affair with author Paula Broadwell. The information that the latter obtained during her research was either too old or too trifling to jeopardize CIA’s missions. According to political writer, Emily Yoffe of “Slate”, the critics that were brought against Petraeus and his mistress were enough punishment for the two, so David should now be absolved and allowed to return to his job in CIA.

Political writers and politicians are not the only ones who view Petraeus as the right leader for CIA. Americans, too, were very fond of the former military officer before his affair was disclosed. Surveys proved that many Americans would accept Petraeus as a vice presidential candidate for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Make the Most of Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

We’ve been rambling about Thanksgiving Day recipes for some time and now that the day has come (and passed) the hot topic is what to do with the leftovers. Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers.

As much as we try to finish the whole Thanksgiving Day dinner, we seldom manage to avoid dealing with leftovers over the next few days. So, we’re left with the prospect of Thanksgiving Day sandwiches for several days. But if you’re tired of sandwiches and you’re looking to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers it’s time to read about some new recipes.

One important aspect of handling Thanksgiving leftovers is food safety. Some leftovers might not be safe to eat if they haven’t been stored properly. So, now beforehand for how many days is safe to eat something. For instance, cooked rice usually is OK to eat seven days, while vegetables, pasta, fish, soup, casseroles and stews are good to go for a maximum of four days. Stuffing and gravy are safe for one to two days.

Turkey leftovers are usually great for sandwiches, but you can get a bit creative and actually prepare a nutritious meal. Try a turkey salad for instance. Just chop leftover turkey, add diced onion, celery and bell pepper, spice it up and voila. You can add mustard or mayonnaise too. Or get rid of even more leftovers with a turkey cobb salad: bacon, turkey, avocado, blue-cheese, eggs, tomatoes, pepper, lettuce and mustard.

But for many people, the Black Friday morning sandwich is just as traditional as the Thanksgiving Day dinner. That’s a great place to start being creative about your Thanksgiving leftovers. Make a toasted bread sandwich with turkey, mayonnaise, cranberry sauce and lettuce. Or you can take Martha Stewart’s Vietnamese version of the Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich: baguette, turkey, mayonnaise, Asian chile sauce, carrot, cucumber slices and cilantro.

Another great recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers is a stir-fry. Use leftover turkey and vegetables, spice them up, add garlic, mustard, lemon, basil and voila. Leftover sweet potatoes can be baked or turned into a light soup. Leftover turkey stuffing can become Black Friday breakfast strata. Add scrambled eggs, stir-fry a bit your leftover turkey and voila, breakfast for two days.

Top Black Friday Freebies In 2012

This year, retailers are starting Black Friday discounts earlier and to make it worth leaving the Thanksgiving Day dinner in favor of waiting in line, they’re throwing in some free stuff to sweeten the deal. Here’s our top Black Friday freebies list for 2012, based on retailers’ ads.

Every year, come Black Friday, we’re all looking and asking around for the best deals, the biggest savings and of course for the best freebies. Novices might not know this, but Black Friday connoisseurs schedule their shopping night based on the freebies retailers promise ahead of the start.

Some are great deals, some are really not worth wasting time in line, but that is up to every buyer’s needs and taste. So, here’s the top Black Friday freebies retailers have promised this year:

Walmart is one of the retailers starting Black Friday earlier this year. To make it worth, the retailer promises people who are in front of the store at 8 p.m. and tweet about it at #InLineAtBestBuy enter a contest with prizes worth $175,000 or 2,000 in-store gift cards.

Toys R Us has one of the best freebies on our list this Black Friday. The first 200 families that line up in front of the store at 8 p.m. this Thursday night, will get a free bag of toys. Worth $30, the freebies bag features toys from Lego, Crayola and Disney Jr.

If arts and crafts supplies are on your list for Black Friday deals, waiting in line for that will get you free Godiva chocolate bars. But that’s an offer only the first 100 customers will enjoy.

Half Price Books is giving the first 100 people in front of the store at 7 a.m. a chance to win a $100 gift card. All 100 customers will be given a free tote bag with a free $5 gift card each.

JCPenney is giving away free Christmas buttons this Black Friday. The retailer is giving customers a chance to win 100 vacations and millions of other freebies.

Walgreens has a total of 17 Black Friday freebies this year, while CVS pharmacy has a list of 28 freebies this year. Just use the CVS rebate program to get them.

Israel, Hamas Agree On Cease-Fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israel and Hamas have finally agreed with the ceasefire terms brokered by the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi and the Israeli Prime-Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Gazans have all gathered to celebrate the end of one-week violence, while efforts are being made to clean the streets and provide shelter to victims.

The diplomatic activities developed by Hillary Clinton and other important political figures to put an end to the violent outbreaks in the Gaza Strip have turned out successful for the moment. Israel and Hamas agreed to make a truce, thus marking a significant moment in the evolution of the relationships between the two nations.

Residents of Gaza crowded in the streets on Thursday morning to celebrate the end of the eight-day conflict. The majority of them will spend the following days fixing and restoring their homes as great part of the city has been affected by the 30 overnight attacks conducted by Israeli aircrafts. Workers are already taking care of the dangling electricity wires and the garbage piles that have gathered on the streets since the attacks began on November 14.

Diplomats were satisfied by the agreement that was settled between Israel and Hamas and they all described the truce as the beginning of a new era in relations between the two conflicting nations. The blockaded coastal strip could soon open its borders as Israel and Hamas are negotiating a new deal.

161 Palestinians and five Israelis were killed during the aerial attacks that lasted for more than a week. 71 of them were civilians and officials estimate that it was the worst conflict that the two nations have had in the past four years. Back then, Israel invaded Gaza causing hundreds of people to lose their lives in the bloodbath.

New Jersey Mayor Accepts Food Stamp Challenge

For people living on food stamps, it’s always been frustrating how authorities never seem to know how hard it actually is. Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker accepted a food stamp challenge that will have him living on a food stamp menu for at least a week after Thanksgiving Day.

Had it been any other politician (say Chris Christie) living on food stamps for a week would be quite the diet. But for Cory Booker, the food stamp challenge doesn’t mean he’s going to cut on fancy meat meals, since he’s a vegetarian. However, the food stamp challenge the Newark Mayor accepted could help authorities understand the hurdles so many families are going through each month.

Cory Booker is the mayor that saved a woman from a house on fire and also one of the few that engages in constant Twitter activity. Recently, a tweeter accused the mayor of looking to redistribute wealth and the discussion ended up in a challenge. “Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or a month. U game?” the mayor reacted to a user arguing food stamps would be enough to get a family breakfast for a month.

For the moment, there’s no official confirmation other than Cory Booker’s tweet saying he was challenged to live on food stamps for a week and that he will start after Thanksgiving. Fox News writes that even if the Newark Mayor is vegetarian he will still have a hard time creating a week’s menu without making “some lifestyle adjustments [and]…a dash of creativity”.

Cory Booker isn’t the first to try the food stamp challenge. Rucha Gadre, director of Food Bank Services at Mercer Street Friends, took on the challenge in 2011 and said it is “very difficult” since a family of four with a paycheck under $3,447 per month only gets $150 to $250 a month in food stamps.

“I think [Booker] will understand that the minimum benefit of $16 or trying to live on $30 for the whole week is not sufficient. There’s no way you could eat nutritious food” Rucha Gadre warned.

Other mayors took on the food stamp challenge too. Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Greg Stanton of Phoenix tried eating on a budget. “It’s only for a week, so I’ve got a decent attitude. If I were doing this with no end in sight, I probably wouldn’t be so pleasant” Mayor Greg Stanton confessed.

Student In Custody After Fatally Shooting Florida Girl on School Bus

MIAMI (Reuters) – A student was taken in custody after a Florida girl was fatally shot aboard a private school bus. The police have reasons to believe that the boy is responsible for the killing of the 13-year-old girl, but further investigations will be performed on the case.

The 13-year-old girl was accompanied by seven other students on the school bus that was taking them to several charter schools in Miami. Miami-Dade Police Detective Javier Baez told the press that someone opened fire against the children and the girl was fatally wounded. She was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Miami, but there was nothing that doctors could to do save her life. The girl’s demise was pronounced soon after her arrival at the hospital.

According to Baez, the only suspect that was related to the shooting is a male student, whose identity has not been yet disclosed. He further added that it is too early to make any official declarations. He only informed reporters that the police don’t know what the shooter’s motives were.

The school bus was traveling on a road in the Homestead area of southwest Miami-Dade County, when its course was interrupted by the unexpected attack of the shooter. Witnesses spoke with the police, but there are many issues that remain unsolved. Authorities will have to verify all the records of surveillance cameras in order to shed light on the case.

Nobody knows whether the 13-year-old girl and the male student knew each other. Officers are now trying to figure out whether they were studying at the same school or they knew each other from some other place.

Hillary Clinton Makes Efforts For Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

JERUSALEME (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will make new efforts on Wednesday to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Past diplomatic negotiations have failed to put an end to the violence affecting people in the region for more than a week.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and numerous other diplomats will visit West Bank on Wednesday morning hoping they could press the two rivals, Israel and Hamas, into accepting a truce deal. The U.S. Secretary of State has already discussed the matter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is expected to travel to Cairo after the Wednesday meeting.

Numerous violent outbursts have taken place in the past week in the region of the Gaza border raising the Palestinian death toll to 138. The decades-long conflict was about to end due to a swirl of diplomatic activity including the U.N. chief and Egypt’s president, but efforts were shattered by night attacks.

Almost all government ministries, smuggling tunnels and Hamas-linked media office were destroyed during the 30 overnight attacks conducted by an Israeli aircraft over Gaza. Attorney Salem Dahdouh’s office was demolished by the impact of the blast. He, like other victims in Gaza, demanded officials negotiating the cease-fire to observe human rights, so they could all live in peace.

While Palestinians accuse Israelis of night attacks, the United States blame Hamas for the recent outbreaks and believes Israel has the right to defend itself. Despite this, Hillary Clinton strongly opposes the idea of an Israeli ground invasion explaining the move could have strong negative consequences on people living in the area.

The Secretary of State declared during the meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening that the United States will adopt measures “toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region”. Officials will, thus, work to ensure security for people in Israel and to improve the living conditions for victims living in Gaza.

Washington will not negotiate with Hamas’ leaders as they consider the latter to be a terrorist group due to the numerous suicide attacks they made on Israel. Clinton will, nevertheless, meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank because his government could help implement new arrangements that could put an end to the Gaza border conflict.