U.S. spent billions spent on ineffective flu drug, study says

Tamiflu is shown in Kiel, Germany, in this Oct. 24, 2005, file photo The Tamiflu antiviral drug is seen as the most effective medical defense against the human form of bird flu. Iowa health officials have asked for more than $4.8 million to buy hundreds of thousands of courses of antiviral drugs to be used in the event of an influenza pandemic, Gov. Tom Vilsack said Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

Tamiflu is shown in Kiel, Germany, in this Oct. 24, 2005, file photo The Tamiflu antiviral drug is seen as the most effective medical defense against the human form of bird flu. Iowa health officials have asked for more than $4.8 million to buy hundreds of thousands of courses of antiviral drugs to be used in the event of an influenza pandemic, Gov. Tom Vilsack said Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

The flu kills people.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 3,000 to 49,000 people die annually from some form of the influenza virus.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu killed 50 million people, more than three times as many as died during the five years of World War I. Most of the deaths occurred in Europe, but more than 600,000 died in the U.S.

The Spanish Flu virus was global. Only one place, a small island in the Amazon River, was untouched by it.

When 3 to 5 percent of humanity dies, people get scared. And, governments start spending money to try and prevent such …

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Topless woman’s McDonald’s rampage caught on tape

Sandra Suarez was jailed for 5 days before being released on a $7,000 bond. (Image from WFLA.com)

Sandra Suarez was jailed for 5 days before being released on a $7,000 bond. (Image from WFLA.com)

The manager of a McDonald’s who let security video of a topless woman’s restaurant “rampage” leak onto the Internet has been fired.

There’s something about Florida that brings out the crazy. Doing a Google search for “Florida Man” will show you what I mean, but it won’t reveal the video that got Eric Stevens fired.

NBC News in Tampa provides work-safe visuals. Breitbart provides coverage with less coverage.

Police say Sandra Suarez, 41, was wearing only a thong as she destroyed a Pinellas Park McDonald’s at about 11 p.m. on March 24.

The security camera video shows Suarez angrily damaging restaurant equipment while Golden Arches employees laugh and critique her nudity. Police say Suarez was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which seems impossible once you’ve seen her stick her head under the ice cream machine and fill her face with semi-frozen deliciousness.

Stevens …

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Report: Rev. Al Sharpton was FBI informant

Rev. Al Sharpton with the National Action Network gives the keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. (KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Rev. Al Sharpton with the National Action Network gives the keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. (KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Rev. Al Sharpton, who has made a career out of criticizing authority, was once a paid informant for the FBI, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.

The website says it looked at unsealed FBI affidavits and interviewed law enforcement officials who allegedly “worked” with Sharpton to secretly tape conversations of the powerful Gambino mob family in the 1980s.

Sharpton said Tuesday he cooperated with the FBI, but does not consider himself an informant.

On Twitter, Sharpton unleashed a rhyme. “I am not a rat. I am a cat, I chase rats thugs, gangsters, bigots, drug dealers. Bad cops whoever out of our community. That is right,” he tweeted from his verified social media account.

Even critics admit the activist has had a colorful life.

He got off to a rough …

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Study: Georgia drivers 14th worst, 2nd most ticketed

Atlantans love iced tea, not iced roads. (AJC file photo)

Atlantans love iced tea, not iced roads. (AJC file photo)

After January’s Snowjam and the follow-up February smash hit, Snowjam II “Electric Boogaloo,” it would be easy to think Georgia drivers are the worst in the nation.

You’d be wrong.

Compared to our Southern peers — who, like us, hate ice as much as the depressed Zamboni driver at Philips Arena loves it — we are pretty good.

Nationally, however, Georgians rank as the 14th worst drivers, according to stats compiled by CarInsuranceComparison.com. To compile the list, the website looked at fatalities per mile driven and the number of traffic tickets handed out for drunk driving, careless driving and other offenses.

Our immediate Southern neighbors are all much better at bad driving than us. The worst-driving states are all from the South — Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri round out the top 8.

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Police: Identical twins dead in recliners since 2011

Smartphones make it possible to contact friends and family at any time from almost anywhere.

Despite the social media magic of Facebook and Twitter, there seems to be a trend of people dying in their homes and being forgotten — sometimes for years.

Just up I-75 in Chattanooga, the badly decomposed bodies of 63-year-old identical twins Anthony and Andrew Johnson were found sitting in recliners in their home, reports the local NBC News station.

Investigators said the men likely died three years ago. The most recent receipt found in the home was for Coca-Cola purchased in early 2011.

An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play. Toxicology reports are pending.

Neighbors believed the home was vacant and helped maintain the yard, says the Chattanooga Times Fress Press. The postal service quit delivering mail because they thought the home was empty.

A family member tried to visit the home in 2011, but the door was locked and police would not help her enter without a key without seeing …

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New Army hair style rules ‘racist,’ petition says

You can't wear a Mohawk either. (U.S. Army image)

The U.S. Army: Fighting for the freedom since presidents wore wigs. (U.S. Army image)

In North Korea, women are legally restricted to choose from 28 government-approved hairstyles.

Black women in the U.S. Army may have less flexibility according to those who allege new “grooming regulations” are “racially biased.”

Army Regulation 670-1, released Monday, specifies what haircuts, tattoos and clothing are acceptable for the 570,000 soldiers currently enlisted.

Men probably consider changes in tattoo policy the most drastic, but it is changes to female fashion that have women’s hair in an unapproved twist.

Dreadlocks and twists have been prohibited since 2005, The Army Times reports, but the new regulation specifically bans styles popular with black women.

A soldier from Atlanta, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, who wears her hair in two twists, has started a White House petition to get the changes thrown out.

“I’ve been in the military six years, I’ve had my hair natural four years, and it’s …

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Sex on a plane lands couple in jail

If you want to join “The Mile High Club” and not go to jail, it’s best to own your own plane.

The fact is now understood by a couple of amorous travelers arrested after their commercial flight landed in Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounting Police say Jason George Chase, 39, and Alicia Elizabeth Lander, 25, both from Canada, had sex (but not intercourse) while aboard the 2-hour Air Canada flight from Toronto to Halifax.

The couple, arrested Jan. 24, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to committing an indecent act in public.

Lander, who allegedly kicked and cursed the police officer trying to arrest her, also faces charges of causing a disturbance, assaulting a police officer and property mischief.

Chase’s attorney said cases like this frequently don’t go to trial after getting the judge to set a 2015 trial date.

Police would not say if Chase and Lander were romantically involved before boarding the plane, but Chase’s wife was reported to be waiting for him at the airport.

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Police: Girl stabs friend to death for nude Facebook pic

A 16-year-old girl in Mexico stabbed her “best friend” to death for posting a nude picture of them together, reports Spanish-language news site Notus.com.

The Mirror has an English translation of the story, which says 16-year-old Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez became angry with Anel Baez after the picture appeared on Facebook.

Police in Guamúchil, Sinaloa, about 500 miles south of Arizona, say Gutierrez “became furious” and threatened to kill her friend multiple times but Baez never took the threats seriously.

Notus has screengrabs of Gutierrez’s tweets, which have since been deleted from the social media site.

“It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times,” Gutierrez wrote on Twitter.

Baez invited her alleged killer over to her house on March 19 to “patch things up” between them and Gutierrez said she need to use the restroom. Instead of going to the bathroom, police say, she went to the kitchen and got a large knife and stabbed Baez 65 …

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Hoarder found dead under piles of garbage

A Texas man’s home was stuffed with so much garbage it took five days to find his body, police say.

Police went to the home of 67-year-old Skip Bynum after he missed church, but there was so much debris in the home they couldn’t find him, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Search dogs were initially unable to locate Bynum, potentially because of the competing odors from the bodies of two dogs and a raccoon. A Chihuahua was found alive.

Searchers cut holes in the roof to gain access to rooms blocked by 12-foot high mounds of refuse that contained milk jugs full of urine.

A search dog found the body days after a cleanup crew was hired by the city to clear the home.

Neighbors, now worried about an invasion by an “army of rats,” never complained about the home’s condition. In 2012, city officials visited three times to tell Bynum to mow his grass and he did.

A former friend described Bynum as a “a jovial little guy” who liked model trains and had trouble parting with stuff.

The …

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Report: UNC provided fake classes for athletes

A slave’s education is of little value to its master.

Researcher Mary Willingham says many college athletes in profit-making sports cannot read at the college level. (Image from CNN video)

Researcher Mary Willingham says many college athletes in profit-making sports cannot read at the college level. (Image from CNN video)

Some of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves were taught enough to understand written instructions and perform their duties, but the vast majority learned nothing from the third president of the United States.

At the University of North Carolina, players attend “fake classes,” reports ESPN in a video.

The Sporting News shows a screengrab of the video that reveals the alleged classwork of a player who received an “A” for his one-paragraph report.

It is more than a bit ironic that the report is on Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.

As explained in the ESPN segment, North Carolina players were allegedly put in fake classes in the African-American Studies department that didn’t require regular attendance and gave a passing grade to almost anyone.

In the ESPN report, former player Deunta Williams said his …

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