The “Grand K" kilogram, a mass of polished platinum-iridium alloy used as the world's sole true kilo since 1889, was retired Friday.
It is being replaced with a scientific formula.
More than 50 nations approved an overhaul of the International System of Units, giving new definitions to four of seven categories; the kilogram for mass, kelvin for temperature, ampere for electrical current and mole for the amount of a substance.
The other categories are length (meters), time (seconds), and luminous intensity (candela).
The change will not visibly impact people but scientists lauded the decision, which will affect research and other industries.
In 1967, time was redefined from tagging the second to the rotation of the Earth on its axis to the ticking of a caesium atomic clock, The Economist reported.
In 1979 the candela -- based on the brightness of a candle flame -- was redefined to the brightness of a source emitting light at a specific frequency in the green part of the spectrum, according to The Economist.
In 1983 the meter was altered to reflect the concept that light travels at a fixed speed through a vacuum, the magazine reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A deer hunter in Kentucky got the shock of a lifetime when he discovered something weird when he approached the carcass of a buck he killed.
The deer had a decomposed head attached to it.
"It's unclear exactly what circumstances led up to this buck's carrying around another set of antlers," the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said on Facebook.Deer Rut Double Take: Check out this unique Ballard County harvest! Bob Long saw big antlers when he took aim at his buck at a distance, but what he found upon recovery was astounding... It's unclear exactly what circumstances led up to this buck's carrying around another set of antlers and part of a decomposing carcass. Regardless, it was truly a rare harvest!!!
A black Chicago-area church musician and security guard killed by a white police officer as he tried to stop a shooting at the bar where he was working was covering extra shifts to buy his infant son Christmas presents, his loved ones said.
Jemel Roberson’s girlfriend, Avontea Boose, told CNN that the 26-year-old part-time security guard was trying to earn extra cash to make their 9-month-old son, Tristan’s, first Christmas a special one. Boose is pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Roberson was on duty at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge, in Robbins, just after 4 a.m. Sunday when a man walked in and started shooting. Roberson, who was armed, had subdued the gunman outside the bar when officers from Robbins and nearby Midlothian arrived on the scene.
A Midlothian police officer shot and killed Roberson. Boose told CNN that she was stunned when she learned he would not be coming home.
“A family member called me and told me. I just broke down crying in the bathroom,” Boose told the network. “For a long time, I was in the bathroom.”
Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney on Thursday praised Roberson for his actions when gunfire broke out at the bar.
“What we have learned is Jemel Roberson was a brave man who was doing his best to end an active shooter situation at Manny’s Blue Room,” Delaney said in a statement posted on Facebook. “The Midlothian Police Department is completely saddened by this tragic incident and we give our heartfelt condolences to Jemel, his family and his friends. There are no words that can be expressed as to the sorrow his family is dealing with.”
The investigation into Roberson’s killing was immediately turned over to the Illinois State Police, while the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting inside the bar. Four people, including the gunman, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
A news release from the Illinois State Police states that the preliminary investigation showed the unnamed gunman entered Manny’s and opened fire, striking multiple patrons. Officers from Midlothian, Robbins and other suburban departments converged on the scene while the incident was ongoing.
“Upon his arrival, a Midlothian police officer encountered a subject in plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a security guard, armed with a gun in the west parking lot,” the news release said. “According to witness statements, the Midlothian officer gave the armed subject multiple verbal commands to drop the gun and get on the ground before ultimately discharging his weapon and striking the subject.”
After the fact, the officers learned Roberson was a security guard subduing someone he believed to be involved in the initial shooting, the news release said. Officers provided first aid to multiple gunshot victims at the scene, including Roberson.
The news release contradicts previous reports in which witnesses said Roberson was in some type of uniform, which included a hat with the word “Security” on it. Witness Adam Harris told WGN-TV that Roberson had the alleged gunman on the ground, holding him there with a knee to the back, when he was shot by the police officer.
“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security! He was a security guard!’ Harris said. “And they still did their job and saw a black man with a gun and, basically, killed him.”
CNN reported that Delaney said the unnamed Midlothian officer, who has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, has been with the department nearly four years. A patrol officer, he also leads a regional SWAT team, the chief said.
The man also has three years’ experience with a different agency.
Roberson’s family has filed a lawsuit in his death seeking $1 million in damages. The family’s attorney, Gregory Kulis, said he feels that the officer who shot the young musician did not make a proper assessment before firing his gun.
“Jemel was trying to save people’s lives,” Kulis said, according to CNN.
The ACLU of Illinois issued a statement from Karen Sheley, director of the organization’s Police Practices Project, that said Roberson should still be alive.
“Working as a security guard while black should not be a death sentence,” Sheley said in the statement. “In this case, police were more dangerous to him than an active shooter who he apparently subdued.
Sheley said the police shooting was avoidable.
“Here, a police officer’s assumptions about Mr. Roberson, apparently impacted by bias rather than a clear-headed assessment of the situation, resulted in a tragedy,” she said.
Roberson was a gospel musician who played keyboard and drums at several churches in the Chicago area. According to CNN, he was scheduled to perform at one of those churches later on the morning he was killed.
Boose described him as a “protector of everybody.”
“To anybody he knew, he got close to, he was a protector,” she said.
Roberson planned to become a police officer, his friends and family said.
“He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with took his life,” the Rev. Patricia Hill of Purposed Church told WGN.
Boose said life will never be the same for her son, who keeps asking for his father.
“My baby’s not going to have his father for Christmas, his birthday, any holidays anymore,” she told CNN.
Amazon employs more than 613,000 people worldwide and recently announced it is developing its HQ2 in New York and Washington, D.C.
But it’s not too big to fail and will eventually go bankrupt, CEO Jeff Bezos told employees Thursday during a company meeting, CNBC reported.
Bezos, the richest man in modern history, was asked what the company had learned from the bankruptcies of Sears and other big-box retailers.
"Amazon is not too big to fail," Bezos said at the all-hands meeting last week, CNBC reported. “In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not 100-plus years.”
Obsessing over customers will prolong the inevitable, Bezos said.
“If we start to focus on ourselves, instead of focusing on our customers, that will be the beginning of the end,” Bezos said. “We have to try and delay that day for as long as possible.”
It has been five years since Miles Scott, known as Batkid, swooped in and battled crime on the streets of San Francisco. But on the fifth anniversary of the day Make-A-Wish made Miles’ wish come true,, the foundation wanted to share the good news, that Miles is officially cancer free.
Miles, according to Make-A-Wish, has beat leukemia. He’s a 10-year-old fifth-grader who plays Little League baseball and helps on his family farm.
Miles had fought against leukemia since he was 1 1/2 years old. He has been in remission for five years and only has to see his oncologist once a year, the foundation said.
His wish to become Batkid was a celebration of the end of Scott’s treatment, Make-A-Wish said.
Miles’ mother, Natalie, recently asked Make-A-Wish to allow her to pay it forward and volunteered to be a wish granter.
Warner Bros. has also made a documentary telling Miles’ story called “Batkid Begins.”
A former Alabama nurse accused of poisoning her private investigator husband had a preliminary hearing Thursday, at which time the shocking details of the crime were revealed for the first time.
Marjorie Nicole “Nikki” Cappello, 32, of Huntsville, is charged with murder in the September death of her husband, New York native Jim Cappello Jr. AL.com reported that Jim Cappello, who was reported missing by his wife, was found dead at the couple’s south Huntsville home Sept. 22.
The registered nurse surrendered her license six days later, Alabama Board of Nursing records show.
Nikki Cappello, who jail records show is out on $100,000 bond, waived her right to appear at the preliminary hearing, but members of Jim Cappello’s family were in the courtroom as prosecutors and investigators laid out their case.
“Honestly, the family gets a lot of respect from me,” Assistant Madison County District Attorney Tim Douthit told WAFF 48 News. “I don't know if I would be able to sit there and listen to all of that and keep a straight face the way that they did. The evidence that came out today was pretty clear and horrendous.”
Lead investigator Mike DeNoon testified Thursday that the investigation showed Jim Cappello, 37, had become suspicious that his wife was abusing narcotics. According to WAFF, he had begun gathering evidence against her, so he could file for divorce and obtain custody of their 4-year-old daughter, Ryleigh.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Jim Cappello worked for Posey Investigations for several years before opening his own business, Cappello Investigative Agency, in 2012.
DeNoon testified that Nikki Cappello reported her husband missing Sept. 21. The detective said that Jim Cappello’s co-workers had become concerned because he had not shown up for work.
When they went to the couple’s home, however, Nikki Cappello would not let them inside, DeNoon said. Jim Cappello’s car was parked outside the house.
According to WAFF, DeNoon testified that Nikki Cappello called a friend, Crystal Anderson, the following day and admitted she had killed her husband with insulin. Anderson told investigators that her friend asked her to come and help her get rid of the body.
DeNoon said that Nikki Cappello put Anderson on hold for a few moments before returning to the line and telling her not to worry, that another friend was on the way to help her.
A concerned Anderson called police, WAFF reported. Police officials are trying to determine who the other friend was, the news station said.
A foul odor and a freshly dug grave
Patrol officers were dispatched to the Cappello home, where one officer went to the front door and a second went around back, WAFF said. DeNoon testified that the officer at the front door smelled the odor of a dead body when Nikki Cappello answered the door.
The officer around back found what appeared to be a freshly dug grave, DeNoon testified. The officers detained Nikki Cappello on the front porch and called detectives in.
WAFF reported that DeNoon, who was one of the investigators called to the scene, testified he also smelled the odor of human decomposition when he arrived. He said he asked a visibly nervous Nikki Cappello for permission to search her home.
She gave permission for the investigators to search everywhere but the garage, the news station reported. DeNoon said Nikki Cappello was taken to the police station for questioning and he obtained a search warrant for the entire property.
Jim Cappello’s body was found sprawled on a tarp on the garage floor, his feet on the floorboard of a car as though someone had tried to move him into the vehicle.
DeNoon told the court that the defendant acted as though nothing was wrong when she was told about the discovery, according to WAFF.
“You know I went inside. You know I found him, right?” DeNoon testified that he asked her.
“Yes, I knew he was there,” Nikki Cappello allegedly responded.
Though Jim Cappello’s final autopsy report is pending, the medical examiner told DeNoon the private detective was poisoned using insulin, WAFF reported.
DeNoon told the court that investigators went to the hospital where Nikki Cappello was a charge nurse and spoke to her co-workers, who said she often talked about her problems with her husband and said she would only be rid of him if he were dead, the news station said.
Hospital workers who looked through their medication supply found that some insulin was missing, WAFF reported. DeNoon said Nikki Cappello told him she’d accidentally brought a bottle of the diabetes drug home with her.
Jim Cappello apparently found the bottle and took a photo of it before texting the photo to a friend, WAFF said. At the time, he appeared not to know what the drug was.
Madison County District Judge Claude Hundley III ordered that the murder case go before a grand jury.
‘Please make today like your last’
Jim Cappello’s obituary described him as an asset in multiple facets of his life, especially to the legal community.
“He was an avid car enthusiast, passionate about helping people and providing for his family (was a) priority,” the obituary read. “Jim was a well-known proud father who cherished every smile and laugh from his baby girl.”
Jim Cappello’s father and sister sat through Thursday’s testimony. Afterward, they told WAFF they felt it was important to be there, even though they had to come from out of state.
“It was pretty intense but I'm glad it’s going to move on,” Jim Cappello Sr. told the news station. "We want to be part of the whole thing. He didn’t deserve this, but he deserves justice. He’s my son and I miss him.”
The younger Jim Cappello’s sister, Jamie Weast, said she’s hopeful the family can get some closure through the legal process.
“He’s shining down on us right now. He’s with us every step of the way,” she said. “We’re doing everything that we're capable of every day to remember and honor him.”
The family started a Facebook page, Legacy of James Cappello, for relatives and friends to share memories of him so Ryleigh, who is being cared for by the Cappello family, will remember her doting father. Many friends shared memories addressed directly to the little girl.
“Your dad worked at McDonald’s during high school,” one man wrote. “Happy Meals included a Beany (sic) Baby doll. He used to complain about being surrounded by these furry toys.
“Yet he fell in love with them when you came along. You were his hero. With or without fries.”
Weast posted a text message her brother sent her on Mother’s Day, in which he said a friend’s mother had died and he was helping the friend out. He told her he was thinking of the people in his life and things happening to them.
“So please make today like your last,” he wrote, according to Weast. “We don’t know. Enjoy it. And have everyone around you enjoy it. Love you so much. Can’t handle the thought of you not there.”
Last Thanksgiving was ruined for Greg Phillpotts and his family after fluid from his nose ran into the food.
"I was preparing a meal and standing in the kitchen and it just added itself to the ingredients -- it screwed up the whole dinner," said Phillpotts.
Phillpotts said he had been battling what he thought were allergies for the last five years and was even diagnosed him with pneumonia and bronchitis.
"You could be anywhere. You could be on the airplane, you could be talking to anybody and this thing just drains out of your face," he said.
Phillpotts said it became normal for him to use tissue to stuff his nose until February, when he was up all night coughing.
"You're sitting here, you're a family man; you don't want to check out of the picture when it's something someone could readily fix," he said.
Finally, he saw Dr. Alfred Iloreta at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and quickly learned it was a cerebrospinal fluid leak.
"It's the leakage of fluid that surrounds the brain to cushion it primarily to protect it from shock or trauma or anything like that," Iloreta said. "Sometimes when you have this leakage of the fluid from the brain, it can evolve into what we call an ascending infection. So bacteria can travel from the nose to the brain resulting in meningitis."
Doctors performed minimally invasive skull surgery on Phillpotts using a flap of tissue taken from his body to correct the leak.
"Have you ever been so congested that you can't breathe?" Phillpotts said. "All of sudden you can breathe again and what a relief that was."
Iloreta said to look out if you have a runny nose on one side of your nostril with a salty taste paired with intense headaches.
Moms usually say “stop playing with your food” but Jell-O has come out with a new variation that literally has the name play in its name.
It’s called Jell-O Play edible slime and while kids can make the slime, they can eat it at the same time.
There are two variations -- Monster Slime, which is green and lime flavored, and Unicorn Slime, which is pink and strawberry flavored, USA Today reported.
So how does it work? You just add water to the mix. Each canister will make two batches of slime, which cleans up with soap and water.
The powder in the can is a mix of food starch, sugar and gelatin, Delish reported.
Fans of fall-flavored confections can rejoice this week after Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin spice glazed and cinnamon swirl doughnuts.
“Our cinnamon swirl doughnut accomplishes the unthinkable: You get a gooey cinnamon swirl, decadent cream cheese icing and melt in your mouth doughnut in every bite,” Brittany Dubin, culinary manager for Krispy Kreme, said in a release. “Of course, no pumpkin spice season is complete without Krispy Kreme’s Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut. Our fans have waited all year, and we’re making their wait worth it by bringing it back in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.”
The pumpkin spice glazed doughnut is a seasonal transformation of its original glazed doughnut.
The cinnamon swirl doughnuts is hand-tossed in cinnamon sugar and topped with cream cheese icing and cinnamon swirl.
The seasonal offerings will be available through Thursday.
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