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  • Why this off-road, Russia-only Chevy concept should come to America

    08/27/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 32 replies
    The Chevrolet Niva, a mini-SUV produced as a joint venture between GM and Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, is a beige little ute based on a Lada. It's an incredibly boring car in current form, but the next generation Niva concept unveiled today ahead of the Moscow auto show is a strong enough idea to make us wonder why Chevy hasn't tried something like this over here. Even if you ditch the concept-y winch up front, knobbly tires, off-road snorkel and roof rack featuring enough lights to illuminate Norilsk, the new Niva still manages to look far more aggressive than the standard...
  • FL: Gun v. Car: Gun Wins

    08/14/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hummers are very capable vehicles, but like all machines, they are not more capable than  the people operating them.  In Fort Worth, Florida, a man spent all day drinking and getting a tattoo done.  When he decided to leave, he started driving erratically over the lawn and neighbors driveway.   When the lawn's owner started screaming, the neighbor grabbed a firearm of unidentified make and caliber/gauge. The neighbor fired one shot that deflated the front passenger tire; Gonzolez-Lopez backed up, then started toward them.   The neighbor then shot out the passenger side rear tire.   The Hummer driver retreated and drove...
  • CA: Intruder Ignores Warning Shots, Is Shot by Homeowner

    07/21/2014 1:38:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this strange incident, little is said about why the intruder tried to force his way into the shooters home.   All that we know is that the homeowner drove into his garage, and the intruder drove a car behind the homeowner to prevent the garage door from closing.  A verbal altercation followed, then warning shots were fired, then the  intruder was shot. The authorities are investigating the incident, which they say stems from the rather ambiguous term "road rage". From the marinscope.com: The homeowner, a 71-year-old man, drove into his garage, and the other man tried to drive in behind...
  • What would be the real world problems with this car?

    07/19/2014 9:06:26 PM PDT · by Jonty30 · 29 replies
    Gizmag ^ | Gizmag
    Everything about the scene suggested that it might very well have been the last we heard of the NanoFlowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine. Promises of a magic bullet of energy storage, made by a three-month-old company, packaged with outlandish numbers like 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 236 mph (380 km/h), hinted, rather strongly, that this car's technology and performance would only exist on paper. Given that a similarly outlandish Quant car, centered in a similar black-walled booth, introduced by a very different Nunzio La Vecchia company, had vaporized years earlier, it seemed a responsible assumption...
  • Texas Girl Thrown from Car and Killed Because Swimsuit Too Wet

    07/05/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Kenneth Webster
    HOUSTON, Texas--Earlier this week a service was held at the George W Spencer Funeral Home for 12-year-old Octavia Marie Watkins, according to a recent report by a local Fox News affiliate. Octavia's death was easily preventable: she died because she was thrown from the hood of a moving vehicle. But it's the reason she was on the roof of the car that has investigators puzzled. Allegedly, her friend's mother, who was giving her a ride home from a local pool, ordered the girls to ride on the hood and trunk of the car because she felt their swimsuits were too...
  • Man Arrested after Harassing Couple in Car He Thought was an Alien Spaceship (video)

    06/20/2014 8:42:37 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    FOX 16 ^ | FOX 16
    BRYANT, AR - A Bryant man was arrested after police say he followed a couple around town harassing and threatening them because he thought the car was a spaceship and the driver was an alien. The driver of the car was nervous enough to call police and feel threatened to the point he considered the concealed carry weapon he had with him. The man arrested was James Bushart, 44. When police stopped Bushart, he was found with meth, a pipe used to smoke meth and charged with DWI and Disorderly Conduct.
  • New Metal-Air Battery Drives Car 1800Km Without Recharge

    06/10/2014 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 92 replies
    IFLScience.com ^ | 9JUN2014 | Stephen Luntz
    Israeli company Phinergy claim to have produced a battery that can power a Citroen C1 for 3000km, and have demonstrated a 1800km drive with a more practical version, three times that available from commercial electric cars. Even more dramatically, the battery weighs just 100km, a fifth of the weight of those in the Tesla Model S. Metal-air batteries use the oxygen in the air around them, rather than storing it in liquid or solid chemicals. They can store far more energy than most competing technologies. Not needing to contain the oxygen can also cut the weight dramatically – Phinergy claim...
  • Dozens killed, including Catholic priest, during Church attack in Central African Republic

    05/31/2014 5:06:51 PM PDT · by narses · 11 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | May 29, 2014
    Muslim rebels attacked a Catholic parish in Bangui, the embattled capital of the Central African Republic, killing as many as 30 people, including the parish priest. The attack took place on Wednesday, when the Seleka rebels stormed the Our Lady of Fatima church compound with gunfire and grenades. Dozens of people, Christian and Muslim alike had taken refuge there to escape the fighting. The archdiocese of Bangui confirmed the death of Paul Emile Nzale. The 76-year-old parish priest. He's the second priest killed in the country this year, as a result of the on-going fighting. Both the Seleka and the...
  • How Google Got States To Legalize Driverless Cars

    05/30/2014 11:13:25 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 85 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/30/14 | Justin Pritchard
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - concluded that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: No state had even considered whether driverless cars should be legal. And yet this week, Google said it wants to give Californians access to a small fleet of prototypes it will make without a steering wheel or pedals. The plan is possible because, by this time next year, driverless cars will be legal in the tech giant's home state.
  • Muslim Gunmen Attack Church in CAR

    05/29/2014 12:14:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Voice of America ^ | May 28, 2014
    Muslim rebels have killed at least 11 people seeking refuge in a church in the capital of Central African Republic. Witnesses to the attack Wednesday in Bangui say as many as 30 were killed. They say Muslim gunmen threw grenades and fired bullets into the church compound. It was the worst attack blamed on Muslims since their Seleka rebel group was ousted from power in January. Chaos and violence has run rampant in CAR since Seleka rebels seized power last year. They began looting and killing Christians, who formed a militia that launched reprisals against Muslim civilians. Thousands of Muslims...
  • Rampage in college town began with stabbings [heavily armed: used guns, knives, car]

    05/25/2014 12:28:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies
    KEYT ^ | May 24, 2014 | Ralph Ellis and Sara Sidner
    "The rampage left six dead and 13 hurt, with eight suffering gunshot wounds, four hit by the suspect's vehicle and one suffering a minor injury "of unknown origin," Brown said....... .........First, three men were "repeatedly stabbed" and killed inside Rodger's residence. They weren't identified. Next, members of the Alpha Phi sorority in Isla Vista reported hearing loud knocking on the front door for several minutes. Nobody answered. Several minutes later, witnesses saw three women in front of the sorority house shot by a man from across the street. Two were killed, one wounded. All were UC Santa Barbara students. Rodger...
  • Ultimate Selfie Fail: Iranian Girls Crashed Car Recording Karaoke Session - Now Laughing Stock

    05/20/2014 7:05:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 May 2014 | Jill Reilly
    Ultimate selfie fail: The moment Iranian girls crashed car while recording karaoke session at the wheel turns them into a YouTube laughing stockTwo Iranian girls have been ridiculed on the internet after a video of them crashing their car while recording a karaoke session at the wheel went viral. The video of the accident in Iran has sparked a spate of copycat videos making fun of their dangerous stunt. The 14 second clip shows the two young women in a car with one of them driving without her hands on the steering wheel. They are singing to a song identified...
  • Badger Gets Stuck in Car Grille and Survives

    04/30/2014 6:35:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    The Local ^ | 16 Apr 2014
    A badger in Norway got hit so hard in a car collision that it became wedged into the grille. But when the driver levered it out with a stick, to his amazement the animal scampered away into the nearby woods. Reindeer herd closes Norway highway (12 Mar 14) VIDEO: Reindeer swirl as herd splits up (26 Feb 14) Reindeer get reflectors to stop car crashes (08 Jan 14) "I was very surprised that it was alive," Borgar Kristensen, 50, told The Local on Wednesday. "After four or five minutes, the animal went down the road. It was not badly injured."...
  • You'll never find this "scent" in a liberal's car...

    04/22/2014 10:59:55 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 21 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Well, maybe you would if it was put there by conservatives.I'm not a huge fan of car air fresheners, but I would make an exception here.
  • Need advice on buying a used car (2012 Hyundai Accent)

    04/16/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by Kolath · 73 replies
    kolath ^ | 04/16/2014 | kolath
    I'm looking to buy a new vehicle after my old one (2005 Hyundai Accent) hit the 110000 mile mark. I've nicked-named it the "old gray mare" I'll be going to the same Hyundai dealer who sold me the previous Accent. I'm looking at a 2012 Accent which was a lease and it only has 6176 miles on it. Auto Check is "clean" and it's Hyundai "Certified Pre-Owned" (and under it's original warranty). Any advice you can offer to make this a smooth transaction, save some money, and avoid pitfalls? FYI: I'm already pre-approved by my local credit union (helps to...
  • How Lending A Friend Your Car, Then Going to Bed Can Land You a Life Prison Sentence

    04/14/2014 12:19:11 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 44 replies
    The Nation ^ | 03-24-2014 | Charles Grodin
    Several years ago I read a piece in The New York Times by Adam Liptak about Ryan Holle. Ryan, who had no prior record, is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole in Florida. He was convicted of pre-meditated murder, even though no one, including the prosecutor, disputes that Ryan was asleep in his bed at home at the time of the crime. This could only happen in America, because we are the only country that retains the Felony Murder Rule. What the Felony Murder Rule essentially says is if anyone has anything to do with a felony...
  • Forget Cows, Smart Car 'Tipping' Is The New Fad

    04/08/2014 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8APR2014 | Tyler Durden
    Cows in the San Francisco area will be sleeping better at night since, for the last few days, gangs of angry internal combustion engine-likers have taken to a new trend - Smart car tipping. NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning. "Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger," noted one upset owner, as another witness joked, they reminded him of little dogs: "They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs." The exact motives behind the vandalism are unclear, as a parody Facebook page was set up...
  • Chadian peacekeepers kill 30 civilians in Central African Republic capital, officials say

    03/30/2014 1:36:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 30March2014 | AP
    BANGUI, Central African Republic – Officials say Chadian soldiers killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic's strife-torn capital city. Jean-Pierre Sadou, a gendarmerie official with the regional peacekeeping force, could not confirm the death toll from Saturday's violence but said the Chadian soldiers' actions were a "legitimate defense" after their convoy was attacked by grenades.
  • C.Africa peacekeepers declare war on 'anti-balaka' vigilantes [UN declares war to protect Muslims]

    03/26/2014 7:09:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Christian Panika
    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday as the UN warned the militia had crossed a red line by attacking international troops. The head of the MISCA African force blamed the groups for a series of attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."...
  • Geek Bumper Stickers [Shameless Vanity]

    03/22/2014 11:20:11 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 62 replies
    1395555531 (UTC) | Self->This
  • Soldiers fire on Central African Republic crowd [UN Peacekeepers]

    03/21/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 21, 1:25 PM | AP
    BANGUI, Central African Republic — Peacekeepers in Central African Republic opened fire on a crowd in the capital on Friday to disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring six people including four who were under 16, witnesses and officials said. The incident began when a Muslim man tried to carry out a transaction at a bank but was attacked by an angry mob. ... On Thursday, Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, warned Thursday that hatred between Muslim and Christian communities in Central African Republic was “at a terrifying level” and that the country remained in a state of near-anarchy, meaning...
  • Unlocking a car with your brain. [video only]

    03/19/2014 6:27:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    sixtysymbols.com ^ | 3-19-2014 | Professor Roger Bowley
    Roger Bowley, a physics professor at the University of Nottingham, explains why holding a key fob next to your brain can help extend its signal. He also demonstrates the same effect using a bottle of water, which comes in handy when trying to unlock a car.
  • Is This the World's Stupidest Car Thief?

    03/12/2014 4:58:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 06 Mar 2014
    A car thief has been nabbed by police in Norway after he stole a Saab convertible, almost immediately ran out of petrol, and then called the owner from her own car phone to ask where the fuel card was. The owner, Anne Kristin Korsfur, promptly went looking for the man, finding him at the spot where he had broken down, and then kept him chatting until the police arrived. "He was a nice guy, but it was good that the police arrived so quickly and arrested him," Korsfur told Norway's Nordlys newspaper. "I'll never yell at my partner when he...
  • Tax Refunds, Easy Credit Boost Used Car Prices

    03/10/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/10/2014 | Cameron Miquelon
    A combination of income tax refunds issued in January and February with accessible financing have boosted used-car prices overall in the first two months of 2014. Automotive News reports prices rose 1.1 percent year to date, and 0.8 percent over the past month, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index. Meanwhile, the IRS processed 40.4 million returns in the first two months of the year, refunding $125.8 billion to taxpayers at an average of $3,112, which helped in propping up wholesale used vehicle prices. Easy credit with attractive terms also aided used-vehicle pricing, making the market “more profitable than...
  • Sunday Stories: “99 Red Balloons” [aka life as a car salesman]

    03/09/2014 5:43:23 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 29 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/9/14 | Bark M.
    That Saturday was my first at Wayne Nelson Automotive. I was fresh out of college—and when I say fresh out of college, I don’t mean I was a college graduate. I mean that I was fresh out of money. My parents hadn’t been able to give me much help for college, so I had been forced to “take a break,” as I called it, just after my twentieth birthday. The job market for under-experienced kids wasn’t so hot, so I answered an ad on a jobs board for a “New Car Consultant” at Wayne Nelson, which was the biggest dealer...
  • Intended crime victims shoot, kill attackers in Detroit

    02/26/2014 10:13:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 22 February, 2014 | Chauncy Glover
    Two Detroiters targeted by attackers shot and killed those attackers in separate incidents Saturday. It was shortly after midnight when two men approached a woman in the driveway of her home on Abbington Street on Detroit's west side, and attempted to carjack her. The woman, who has a permit to carry, pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the men. One of her would-be carjackers was killed. Neighbor Wala Alshibil said incidents like this make him think about having a gun for protection. "I'm not a big fan of guns but to protect yourself, if you have to...
  • Man claims self-defense in fatal San Jose shooting

    02/26/2014 10:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 21 February, 2014 | Katie Marzullo
    A man who lives at this house told police that someone had shot at his house and was trying to break in. He says he got his own gun, fired back in the direction of the shots, and called 911. When police arrived the intruder was gone, apparently having sped off in a car with at least one other person. A short time later, a man was dropped off at a hospital with at least one gunshot wound and he died. "After further investigation, they determined that the subject at hospital was related to incident that occurred here on Pine...
  • Taliban Condemn Violence in C. African Republic

    02/22/2014 9:24:44 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2014 (AP) | CASSANDRA VINOGRAD Associated Press
    The Afghan Taliban on Saturday called for an end to violence against Muslims in the Central African Republic, making a rare statement on conflicts outside their region. Central African Republic has been wracked by sectarian violence, with Christian armed fighters hunting down and killing Muslim civilians in recent weeks despite the presence of thousands of French and African peacekeepers. The violence has displaced tens of thousands of Muslims in what the United Nations human rights body has called "ethnic-religious cleansing." In a statement released Saturday, the Taliban condemned the "merciless killings" of Muslims at the hands of "bloodthirsty militias" as...
  • The Muslims of the Central African Republic Face a Deadly Purge

    02/20/2014 6:20:19 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 77 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | Andrew Katz
    The anti-balaka have outgrown their name. These militias in the Central African Republic, once united under a moniker meaning “anti-machete” in the local Sango language, are exacting their own vicious revenge upon the mainly Muslim rebels who overthrew the government last March and waged months of terror against the Christian population. They are now accused of atrocities far worse than what first prompted them to take up arms. An Amnesty International report on Feb. 12 said attacks on Muslims in January by anti-balaka militias, made up of Christians and animists, had amounted to “ethnic cleansing.” Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at...
  • Rights Groups Warn of Ethnic Cleansing of Muslims in Central African Republic

    02/14/2014 5:16:28 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 12, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark
    Attempts to purge Muslims from parts of the war-torn Central African Republic have prompted "a Muslim exodus of historic proportions," rights group Amnesty International warned Wednesday. {snip}
  • AF continues to airlift Rwandan units to Central African Republic

    02/14/2014 4:31:42 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    af.mil ^ | Published January 20, 2014 | Capt. Christine Guthrie
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AFNS) -- Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. The joint operation with personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force is in support of an African Union effort to confront destabilizing forces and violence within Central African Republic. "The African Union has decided to stand up a mission in the Central African Republic to decrease the violence that has been occurring over the last several months," Lt. Col. Allen Pepper, senior officer in Central African...
  • France to send 400 more troops to Central African Republic

    02/14/2014 4:13:08 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:30pm EST | James Regan and Michelle Nichols
    (Reuters) - France said on Friday it plans to send another 400 troops to help combat a crisis in the Central African Republic as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more swift, robust international help to stop sectarian violence that could turn into a genocide. French President Francois Hollande's office urged other countries to show "increased solidarity" and called on the United Nations Security Council to approve the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force in the landlocked former French colony. Some 838,000 people have been displaced since the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group seized power in March last year in...
  • Christian Militia Could Wipe Out Central African Republic's Muslim Population ...

    02/14/2014 4:06:37 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 55 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 14, 2014|12:14 pm | Morgan Lee
    Christian militia taking revenge on the Central African Republic's Muslim population could drive the entire Islamic group out of the country, a human rights group claimed earlier this week. The anti-balaka ("anti-machete") has increasingly fought back against the country's minority Muslim population since the Muslim Seleka rebel group antagonized the country's Christians. Human Rights Watch employees in the Central African Republic have claimed to have witnessed anti-balaka forces cutting "the throats of Muslim civilians, publicly lynching, mutilating, and setting their bodies on fire." It also reported attacks where the groups had cut off body parts or hacked Muslims to death....
  • Use Of Drone At Hartford Crash Scene

    "The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to FOX CT News Thursday they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday. Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street. FOX CT was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events. According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car."
  • Woman Chosen to Lead Central African Republic Out of Mayhem

    01/22/2014 10:13:47 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 20, 2014 | ADAM NOSSITERJAN
    BANGUI, Central African Republic — Cheers broke out in the National Assembly building here on Monday as representatives chose the mayor of this beleaguered capital to serve as the interim president of the Central African Republic, a country in the grip of a sectarian civil war. Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, will be the first woman to lead the nation, and she will probably serve for a little over a year, with the goal of leading it to national elections. Her appointment came from an unusual assortment of unelected rebel sympathizers, politicians, artists and others who have filled in as a substitute...
  • VA:Man pulls shotgun out on would-be car jackers

    01/21/2014 7:29:27 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    wtvr.com ^ | 11 January, 2014 | Rashard Rose, Sandra Jones and Emily Satchell
    HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR) – A Henrico man fired his shotgun into the air Friday, defending himself from would-be carjackers, according to police. Police say the man met the two suspects when he went to the Staples Mill Townhomes complex along the 4100 block of Townhouse Road to look at a car he was interested in buying. Callan Hisle is a resident in the area, and he is surprised by the violence occurring in what is normally a quiet area. “That’s outrageous to be happening in Henrico,” Hisle said. ”This is a pretty…I mean there’s a lot of kids around...
  • Central African Republic cannibal drags Muslim off bus and eats his leg 'to avenge murder of his...'

    01/13/2014 10:25:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2014 | Ted Thronhill
    Horrific footage has emerged of a cannibal eating the leg of a Muslim slaughtered by a rampaging Christian mob in the Central African Republic. The victim was hauled from a bus, battered and then stabbed before being set on fire in the capital city Bangui, according to the BBC. In the aftermath of the incident, one of his attackers Ouandja Magloire - who also calls himself ‘Mad Dog’ - grabbed hold of his leg and then began to devour it.
  • Central African Republic's capital tense as ex-leader heads into exile

    01/11/2014 2:25:58 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:19am EST | Paul-Marin Ngoupana
    (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out, mosques were attacked and Muslim-owned shops and houses were looted overnight in Central African Republic's capital, and the former president left for exile in Benin after stepping down as part of a drive to restore order. There were hopes that the change of leadership might provide a fresh start to peace efforts, and violence had eased by daybreak on Saturday. But the United Nations stepped up flights out for foreigners. Governments of other African countries have evacuated nearly 30,000 of their citizens caught up in the violence. President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye...
  • Boise Police Shoot Dog, Hit Car in Process

    01/09/2014 11:57:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | January 6, 2014 | Kristin Rodine
    Officers say the dog charged them as they approached to investigate a domestic disturbance.The dog, named Scrappy Doo, was wounded in the shoulder and neck but survived and came home from the vet Monday, owner Russell Lortz said. Boise police say the 75-pound dog ran aggressively toward officers as they walked up to Lortz’s trailer home on Patricia Lane. One officer fired five shots. Three bullets hit Lortz’s Subaru, flattening both tires on the passenger side and hitting a door handle, he said. “They shot my dog and killed my car,” said Lortz, who described the dog as a 5-year-old...
  • Watch this NY police officer threaten to ticket someone for washing a car in their own driveway

    12/17/2013 7:50:35 AM PST · by rawhide · 60 replies
    autoblog.com ^ | 12-16-13 | Jeffery Ross
    Even with the proliferation of digital cameras providing endless streams of seemingly irrefutable video evidence, there are still many sides of any given story that go unknown. And that is most likely what's going on with this video. What we do know is that YouTube user JokRKidd has a neighbor that really doesn't like him, and that he lives in a city with some questionable law enforcement. How questionable you ask? More questionable than the laws that used to make it illegal to park a pickup truck in the driveway of a private residence at night in Coral Gables, FL....
  • Central African Republic peacekeepers save Muslim group from violent crowd

    12/15/2013 12:18:26 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 12 December 2013 12.28 EST | AP
    <p>African peacekeepers were forced to intervene in the Central African Republic on Thursday to disperse a crowd waiting to attack a group of Muslims who had taken refuge in a church compound.</p> <p>Several thousand people stood by on Thursday as a group of men threw large rocks trying to break into the compound of the Saint-Jacques church in Bangui. They were looking for an ex-rebel general they believed to be inside.</p>
  • U.S. military flights to Central African Republic set to start Thursday

    12/12/2013 4:32:05 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:54 PM EST, Wed December 11, 2013 | Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- The U.S. military expects on Thursday to begin flying Burundi forces into the Central African Republic to help stop the violence in that war-torn country, according to a U.S. military official. The United States has two C-17 aircraft in Uganda that will pick up the forces in Burundi and unload them in Bangui, the capital. The official emphasized the U.S. planes will remain on the ground in Bangui for a very short period due to the violence there. The official also said the United States believes its planes and crews will be safe, because French forces control the...
  • 2 French soldiers die in Central African Republic

    12/10/2013 8:18:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 10, 9:18 AM EST | KRISTA LARSON and JAMEY KEATEN
    Tensions flared again Tuesday as a mob of young men set fire to a mosque in the Fou neighborhood of the capital, Bangui. Smoke billowed from smoldering vehicles nearby, and young men used pick axes and whatever tools they could find to try to tear down the walls of the mosque. The government of Central African Republic, a predominantly Christian country, was overthrown in March by Muslim rebels from the country's north. While the rebels claimed no religious motive for seizing power, months of resentment and hostility erupted last week in a wave of violence that left more than 400...
  • Christian Mobs Attack Muslims in Central African Republic

    12/09/2013 4:38:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 62 replies
    New York Post Via AP ^ | December 9, 2013 | Staff
    Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the largely deserted street in Central African Republic’s capital. Through the drizzle, they spotted a man in a flowing white robe traditionally worn by Muslims, hand-in-hand with his adolescent son. The style of dress was enough to confirm that this was their enemy.
  • Obama calls for peace as Hagel orders US support in Central African Republic mission

    12/09/2013 11:09:22 AM PST · by Sopater · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/09/13
    Breaking on Fox. Headline only DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL ORDERS US MILITARY TO TRANSPORT BURUNDIAN TROOPS TO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AMID CONFLICT
  • Hollande adds 400 troops to CAR deployment, RAF providing logistical support

    12/08/2013 8:29:46 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07 Dec 2013 | Damien McElroy
    Francois Hollande, the French president, has boosted his country’s troop deployment in the Central African Republic to 1,600 to stem a rising tide of violence that has left hundreds deadMr Hollande said reinforcements to a UN-mandated force would reach 1,600 troops - 400 more than previously envisaged - by Saturday evening and had been told to "disarm all the militias and armed groups terrorising the population". The Red Cross has recovered at least 300 bodies after days of bloody clashes as parts of the country have become a no-go zone after gun and machete-wielding fighters waged battles before the deployment...
  • Central African Republic: Where have all the people gone?

    12/04/2013 8:17:31 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 December 2013 Last updated at 19:34 ET | Andrew Harding
    The dirt roads here are ominously empty. So are the villages. Every few kilometres the thick bush recedes to reveal a few mud brick houses with straw roofs. Sometimes a dog or a goat stares from a doorway. Many of the homes have been burnt. But where are the people? (SNIP) Half an hour later, we reached a clearing and more than a dozen civilians standing beside a makeshift shelter. In all, roughly 400,000 people in CAR are thought to be in a similar plight. "We live like animals here. No clean water. No food. No medicine. No salt. No...
  • France's new African war

    12/01/2013 5:53:52 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | Nov 28th 2013 | S. P.
    IS FRANCE about to embark on another African military intervention? Things certainly seem to be moving very fast in Paris. Just over ten months after it dispatched soldiers and fighter jets to push back an Islamist incursion in Mali, the French are putting things into place in order to launch another operation, possibly as early as next week, this time in the Central African Republic (CAR). This is Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, making the case for intervention in Le Figaro, a newspaper, on November 25th. He described a “collapsed state” in which violence, rape and executions by armed gangs...
  • France to send 1,000 more troops to Central African Republic

    11/28/2013 1:11:11 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 1:12 PM EST, Tue November 26, 2013 | Laura Smith-Spark and Marie-Louise Gumuchian
    (CNN) -- France will send approximately 1,000 more troops to the Central African Republic, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday in a radio interview. Speaking on Europe 1 radio, he said the mission would last about six months and would be coordinated with the United Nations and African Union. About 400 French troops are already in the Central African Republic, the French Defense Ministry said, where they are deployed to protect French nationals and help secure the airport in the capital, Bangui. France is a former colonial power in the Central African Republic. Former leader Gen. Francois Bozize...
  • France to boost Central African Republic troop presence

    11/22/2013 7:49:06 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    RFI English ^ | Friday 22 November 2013 | RFI
    France is to send hundreds more troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) as Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warns that the former French colony is "on the verge of genocide". The UN is to debate authorising African and French troops to intervene. France is planning to significantly increase its contingent in Central African Republic, where it already has 400 soldiers to protect the airport in Bangui and French nationals, while planning troop withdrawal from Mali shortly after the parliamentary elections to be held on Sunday. Fabius recently said that troop neumbers in CAR would be raised to 1,200. Guinean President...