Chris Christie: I’ll Respect Gun Owner’s Rights When I Get a Pro-Gun Legislature

WHIPPANY, N.J.—Gov. Chris Christie said he would consider revisiting New Jersey’s strict gun laws if he had a Republican-led legislature.
In response to a question about his support for the Second Amendment, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature has sent him only bills that further restrict these rights, many of which he has vetoed.
“Send me a Republican legislature. And with a Republican legislature you’ll have a governor who will respect, appropriately, the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to protect ourselves,” Mr. Christie said about the Second Amendment when asked a town hall meeting in this Morris County township.
Mr. Christie ended by saying: “No rights are given to you by government. All are rights are given to you by God.”
Mr. Christie has previously stated that he supports “strictly enforcing” New Jersey’s existing gun-control laws, which are some of the strongest in the U.S. He has vetoed bills that would provide additional restrictions, such as reducing gun magazine capacity.
Second Amendment rights could be an issue that confronts Mr. Christie if he runs for president. Other potential Republican candidates, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have taken strong stances against gun control laws.
The 90-minute town hall was Mr. Christie’s 132nd in the state. He is holding the weekly meetings through the end of June as he sells his budget priorities, and town halls could figure into his presidential bid if he chooses to run. Mr. Christie said Tuesday that he will make a decision on 2016 within the next three months.

U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds in SpaceX certification: report

(Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday.
The report cited a "stark disconnect" between the Air Force and SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies, about the purpose of the certification process and recommended changes.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James ordered the review after the service missed a December deadline for certifying SpaceX to compete for some launches now carried out solely by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.

The Pentagon is eager to certify SpaceX as a second launch provider, given mounting concerns in Congress about ULA's use of a Russian-built engine to power its Atlas 5 rocket.

Monsanto Hit With Huge Fine Over Genetically Contaminating Wheat Supply

Monsanto WheatAfter paying an original sum of $2.4 million to reimburse farmers for contaminating their fields with genetically modified wheat that had not even yet been approved for farming, Monsanto has been forced to pay another $350,000 in order to settle a class action lawsuit brought upon by numerous farmers from over seven different states.

The news comes amid economic struggles for the biotech juggernaut that have resulted in the loss of share value and poor projections for the long term future. In last year’s fourth quarter, Monsanto reported a loss of $156 million. And for the multi-billion dollar company, it’s not about the monetary figure, but the future of its genetically modified creations that the public just simply isn’t buying.

Florida woman charged with smearing dog doo on neighbor

A Boca Raton retiree was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly smeared dog feces on a neighbor whose pet had defecated in the woman’s yard.
Amy Goldberg, 57, was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older and was released Thursday from the Palm Beach County Jail on her own recognizance. The women both live at the Woodfield Country Club, between Yamato and Clint Moore roads just east of Florida’s Turnpike.

Boca woman arrested after allegedly smearing dog feces on neighbor photo

According to an arrest report, Goldberg’s 67-year-old neighbor was walking her dog when the animal defecated on Goldberg’s lawn. The neighbor told Boca Raton police that Goldberg came out of the house screaming and yelling. The neighbor said she was in the process of cleaning up after her dog with a plastic bag but stopped when Goldberg began yelling.

Mandatory Data Retention Passes Australian Parliament

The Australian government has relied on the votes of the Labor opposition to pass legislation on Thursday that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years for warrantless access by law enforcement.
The legislation -- which will see call records, assigned IP addresses, location information, billing information, and other customer data stored for two years -- passed the Senate on Thursday with the support of Labor senators.

 The government and Labor shot down over a dozen amendments from the Greens, and several amendments from crossbench senators including those from David Leyonhjelm, Dio Wang, and Nick Xenophon.

The amendments would have forced the data to be held in Australia, would have required warrants for all accessing of the data, and would have limited the storage to three months -- bringing Australia closer into line with international standards.

Instead, the government agreed to a number of amendments from Labor, including requiring a warrant for accessing the data of a journalist for the purpose of identifying a source. The government will appoint a "public interest advocate" to argue on behalf of journalists -- who won't be aware that their data has been sought by law enforcement.

Dad Eats Kid's Pot Brownies, Thinks He's Having Stroke

A rural Oakland County dad thought he was having a stroke Wednesday morning after eating several brownies his teenaged daughter had baked the previous night.
The 58-year-old man didn’t know the sweet treats contained a psychoactive ingredient: marijuana.

Firefighters and deputies responded on a medical call to the home on the 7700 block of Phelan Drive in Independence Township. After police arrived, the man’s 17-year-old daughter admitted to having baked the pot brownies, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

The father was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pontiac, according to the sheriff’s office. The remaining brownies were taken to a lab for analysis, and an investigation is underway.

This bull statue’s giant dick is pissing everyone off

By all accounts, Hurricane was just an quiet small town in Utah until March 14, when Barista’s restaurant owner Stephen Ward erected a sign featuring a massively endowed bull statue. Now the good people of Hurricane are upset at being confronted by the bull’s massive genitalia, especially since the statue is swinging pipe across the street from a high school.
“It looks terrible,” Hurricane City resident Denise Mackelprang told St. George News. “I could see the bull, but not the details of the sex. It’s R-rated to me, especially with young school kids seeing it and talking about it.”

Seattle Artist Creates Invisible Street Art That Only Appears When It Rains

A heavy downpour can spoil the best of plans, but who says you can’t have fun with a bit of rain? Proving the fact is Seattle-based magician and artist Peregrine Church, with his rain-activated street art, called ‘rainworks’. These paintings are invisible to the naked eye when dry, only making an appearance when it rains!
Church said that he’s passionate about making things that make the world a more interesting place. “Rainworks are pieces of street art that only appear when they’re wet,” he explained, “and they’re messages or images designed to make people’s rainy day a little bit better.” He calls it the “ideal Seattle art” because of the constant rains in the city.