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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-21-15: Economic Hardship For Bullies

A new anti-bullying proposal in Oklahoma would fine students $50 for bullying, instead of suspending or expelling them. The idea is by hitting the child and parent right in the wallet, they’ll take a more hands on role in teaching their little tax break to treat people like human beings.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $238 million. It’s no exaggeration to say that EVERYBODY saw Star Wars The Force Awakens over the weekend.

Donald Trump is defending Vladimir Putin from accusations that he had journalists killed. Not only did he say that there isn’t proof that Putin had anyone killed, but he went a step further and said the United States has killed its share of people.

An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris had to be diverted to Kenya because of a device that was originally thought to be a bomb.

In Science news, the folks at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator on Earth, say their machine might have produced a brand new particle that could send the laws of particle physics into a tizzy.

Plus, Max Temkin is a Chicago guy and the creator of Cards Against Humanity, a hugely successful card game and one of the first Kirkstarter projects. He and the rest of his company decided to give the Chinese company that does all of their printing a week’s vacation as a show of appreciation for all of their work. The problem is in China, there’s no such thing as a week’s vacation, so they had to get creative. They actually paid for a week’s worth of printing, and then told the employees they had nothing to print and they should go the next week traveling, or spending time with their families.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-14-15: Behaving Badly On Camera

A new study says there’s less violence and fewer complaints when police wear body cameras.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 16 days. That’s the average number of vacation days taken by the American worker last year, a 35-year low and down from 21.1 days in 1996

A jury has ruled that a gun shop in Milwaukee must pay $6 million to a pair of police officers who were wounded by a gun they sold. The gun was sold to someone who was ineligible to buy one. The lawsuit argued the store should have done more to ensure something like that would not happen.

Donald Trump’s lead in the Republican race is down to 1 point in a new Fox News poll.

In technology news, believe it or not, For the majority of the world, “Googling” and “Facebooking” are not second nature. There are currently 4.2 billion people — 57% of the world — who are still offline on a regular basis according to a new survey.

Plus, a Cessna landed on a highway in Idaho in the middle of rush hour on Tuesday morning.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 8-14-15: Home Sweet Home

Get ready to see more people sleeping on the street. The Department of Justice has ruled that if cities don’t have enough space in shelters for all of their homeless population, they can’t arrest people for sleeping on the street. They say that sleep if a life-sustaining activity, and if there is nowhere else for them to do it, the city can’t arrest them.

Interesting Stat of the Day: More than 135 million Americans, or 56%, say they haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months. That’s up from 126 million Americans, or 52%, who reported going without a vacation for a year in 2014.

Remember the study saying that teens are texting while driving at an alarming rate, and usually because they feel the need to respond immediately? It turns out a significant amount of that anxiousness comes because parents get upset if they don’t respond to their texts immediately.

Ancestry.com did some DNA testing and proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child out of wedlock with long-rumored mistress Nan Britton.

In science news, researchers at a hospital in Massachusetts have managed to use human cells to help a monkey re-grow their arm.

Plus, American City Diner in Washington, DC has decided to honor the cultural and political phenomenon that is Donald Trump by giving him his own sandwich. It has lettuce, tomato and lots and lots of bologna.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-29-15: Good Old Fashioned Family Vacation

One tech CEO gives employees $7,500 to go on vacation. It’s not just paid vacation, you’re paid to go on vacation. This is on top of whatever their salary is. The only catch: You’re not allowed to check work emails, texts, or calls.

Banks in Greece are shut down to avoid a total financial collapse. This is all because of the Greek government’s decision late Friday to pull its negotiators out of bailout talks. That might lead to default and Greece being kicked out of the Euro Zone.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 53 percent. That’s the number of Airbnb listings that are rented upwards of 60 nights per year and three in ten are managed by people with multiple listings.

In technology news, SpaceX launched what was supposed to be a cargo flight to the International Space Station, and another attempt and landing and recovering the first stage on their drone ship. Instead, the rocket exploded about two minutes after lift-off.

In sports, Major League Baseball has announced some format changes to this year’s Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.

Plus, a patriotic military veteran is launching a campaign to be the new face of the $10 bill

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