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Most Wanted for November 21

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 11:32am

Ventura County's Most Wanted is a collection from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with Crime Stoppers. 

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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the suspect. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded.

Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit venturacountycrimestoppers.org. All information provided by Crime Stoppers as collected from law enforcement agencies or supplied by the Ventura County Sheriff's office.

White House Cites Precedents for Immigration Action

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 21, 2014 - 11:22am
The White House is citing actions by former presidents Ford, Carter Eisenhower and others as precedent for President Barack Obama’s plan to grant new protections to millions of illegal immigrants.

Could your genes be the reason you're single?

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 11:21am

Are you one of those people who's always in a relationship?

Or maybe you're perpetually single?

Well, your status might have something to do with your genes, according to a new study out of China.

Researchers in Beijing discovered the gene named 5-HTA1. Carriers are reportedly 20 percent more likely to be single.

According to the Daily Mirror: "5-HTA1 is thought to lower serotonin levels - a feel-good chemical - which causes people to feel uncomfortable in close relationships."

Carriers are also generally more neurotic and have a higher rate of depression.

And researchers found those attributes are "detrimental to the formation, quality and stability of relationships."

But some experts questioned the reliability of the research — this was from a relatively small sample size of 600 people, and all of them students.

One relationship expert told the Daily Mail: "If someone's difficulties with dating are flagged up to them, I believe they can learn to interact in a way that will make them more successful in meeting somebody."

Still, when Grandma asks you again this Christmas why you're still not married, you can tell her she's at least a teeny bit responsible.

This video includes images from Know Your Meme and Tom Woodward / CC BY NC 2.0

FSU shooter's paranoia leading up to the attack

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 11:20am

New details have emerged about Myron May, the gunman police shot and killed after he allegedly opened fire and wounded three people inside a Florida State University campus library Thursday morning.

Thirty-one-year-old May is an FSU alum who went on to become an attorney. He had recently returned to Florida to start up his own law firm.

But recent Facebook activity lead police to believe May was paranoid the government was out to get him.

"Mr. May had a written journal and videos where he expressed fears of being targeted," Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said in a press conference

The Inquisitr says the lawyer posted "a number of ominous Biblical passages, a short rant against 'our government' and a bizarre image depicting a Google search for 'targeted individuals.'"

The FSU alum posted on a Facebook page called "Targeted Individuals Worldwide," a group which contends the U.S. government is using mind-control technology to manipulate its citizens.

His post reads: "Has anyone here ever been encouraged by your handler to kill with a promise of freedom?"

Pretty much the same goes for this video May posted on his Facebook page where former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura explores, "Remote Neural Monitoring" a supposed NSA spying technology.

CBS also says there's some "indication" May's psychological troubles extended to his personal life as well.

- Last month, May's ex-girfriend told police he harassed her.
- She said he 'had developed a severe mental disorder'
- She also said he believed 'cops were after him, bugging his phone and putting cameras in his car and home.'
- And he took prescription drugs for ADHD, though the 'affliction had worsened' recently.

Some of the other people who knew May, including the best man at his wedding, say his actions shocked them as well.

"I feel for the people that he shot, but I just want people to know that's not who he was and I believe 100 percent, he was not in his right mind when he did that," said Keith Jones to WCTV.

As for the students of FSU, they came together for a candlelight vigil Thursday night for the three people injured in the shooting. One victim remains in critical condition, another is in good condition and the third victim was released after treatment for minor wounds.

GOP, Obama Tread a Delicate Political Path

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 21, 2014 - 10:24am
Analysis: This much is clear: President Obama sets off an explosion with his plan to act on his own to change the nation’s immigration practices. What’s less clear is what happens next in Washington, Gerald F. Seib says.

Obama Announces Moves to Overhaul Immigration

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 21, 2014 - 10:13am
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that millions of illegal immigrants will gain protections from deportation under a plan that would bypass Congress.

Critic's Take: The End of Biography

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
How can thousand-page biographies continue to compete for the attention of readers?

‘The Republic of Imagination,’ by Azar Nafisi

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.

‘All My Puny Sorrows,’ by Miriam Toews

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.

‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.

‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.

Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.

Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.

‘The Chain,’ by Ted Genoways

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.

Children's Audiobooks: Jason Segel Reads ‘Nightmares!’

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.

Audiobooks: ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ Read by George Guidall

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.

Audiobooks: Dan Stevens Reads Homer Translations

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Dan Stevens reads Robert Fitzgerald’s classic translations of Homer.

Audiobooks: ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Read by Tim Robbins

NY Times Books - November 21, 2014 - 10:09am
Is “Fahrenheit 451” a parable about censorship or an indictment of the cultural distraction of technology?

Cranberry sauce: Secrets of the jelly

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 10:00am

American stomachs will be the final resting place of about 11 billion cranberries this holiday season, mostly in the form of jiggly canned cranberry sauce.

So what exactly is this stuff?

Cranberry sauce was invented by Marcus L. Urann in 1912 as a way to use cranberries year round, according to Ocean Spray. Canned jellied sauce was first sold in stores in 1941.

Cranberries are native to America and are grown almost exclusively in Canada and the northern United States.

From bud to harvest, it takes 16 months to grow a cranberry. And it takes 200 cranberries to make one can of jellied sauce.

Most of them begin their lives in Wisconsin. Each year, 8 million barrels ($400 million worth) are harvested in the fall, with 95 percent of them processed into juices, sauces and other products, according to Iowa State University.

At Ocean Spray, the lightest colored cranberries are used for sauce, otherwise it might look kind of weird. They’re cooked in a kettle 400 pounds at a time along with some water and added sugar.

The sweet, hot goo is then sent straight to the can, which is sealed and cooled with water. The sauce gels naturally in a day or two because of pectin, a complex sugar in the berries that's also used to make jam.

Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., sold nearly 9 million pounds of cranberries and sauces in 2013. Eight in ten of those purchases are made about a month before Thanksgiving.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on twitter at @GavinStern or email him at gavin.stern@scripps.com.

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