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  • Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

    05/20/2015 7:22:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    AP on ^ | 5/20/15 | Amy Fortili
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet. After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but never having enough money. His circumstances worsened when he was ordered to pay more than $700 a month to support three of his children — including one less than a year old. Months later, he surfaced in Syria, where he went to fight for the Islamic State.
  • NHS could be facing its 'worst winter yet'

    11/05/2013 1:46:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2013
    Soaring demand, a shortage of doctors and "toxic" overcrowding on hospital warns could make this the "worst winter yet" for NHS accident and emergency departments, a senior consultant has warned. Bernadette Garrihy, a member of the board of the College of Emergency Medicine, said doctors were concerned about their ability to provide "a safe and quality service" this winter and advised patients to only attend casualty departments "as a last resort." She said Government measures to ease the pressure on A&E amounted to "a drop in the ocean" and called for all parts of the NHS and social services to...
  • Facing state takeover, Harrisburg officials talk (Act 47 plan about to be 'incinerated'?)

    10/31/2011 9:51:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/31/11 | Mark Shade - Reuters
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - With the threat of a state-appointed receiver deciding how Harrisburg must deal with more than $300 million in debt, the city council and mayor did something on Monday they have not done in a long time: agree. The city, Pennsylvania's capital, filed for bankruptcy on October 12 in a desperate bid to resolve its debt crisis, setting up a showdown with the state over control of the city. The crisis centers on the struggles of the city of about 50,000 to pay roughly $300 million in debt incurred from an expensive revamp of its incinerator. Under...
  • US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion (Give or take a few Trillion.)

    10/25/2011 12:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/24/11 | Reuters
    The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least, a new analysis says. The nonprofit State Budget Solutions combined states' major debt and future liabilities, primarily for pensions and employee healthcare, unemployment insurance loans, outstanding bonds and projected fiscal 2011 budget gaps. It found that in total, states are in debt for $4.2 trillion. The group, which follows state fiscal conditions and advocates for limited spending and taxes, said the deficit calculations that states make "do not offer a full picture of the states' liabilities and...
  • NY Attorney General Facing Intense Pressure From Obama Administration On Bank Foreclosure Fraud

    08/21/2011 11:47:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Daily Bail ^ | 8/22/11 | staff
    As DB readers know, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, along with AGs Beau Biden of Delaware and Catherine Cortez of Nevada, have been opposed to the nationwide foreclosure fraud settlement being led by Iowa AG Tom Miller (read: Once Upon A Time In Foreclosure Fraud), who as Matt Taibbi pointed out has not-so-conincidentally increased his campaign contributions from the finance sector this year by a factor of 88! Today, NY Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson reports Schneiderman has been getting heavy pressure from the Obama administration (read: Geithner's Foreclosure Fraud Whitewash) to drop his opposition to the deal, which many experts...
  • Indonesian clerics: Our mistake _ you're facing the wrong direction during Islamic prayers

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — People in the world's most populous Muslim nation have been facing Africa — not Mecca — while praying. Indonesia's highest Islamic body acknowledged Monday it made a mistake when issuing an edict in March saying the holy city in Saudi Arabia was to the country's west. It has since asked followers to shift direction slightly northward during their daily prayers. "After a thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts, we learned they've been facing southern Somalia and Kenya," said Ma'ruf Amin, a prominent cleric of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI. "We've revised it now...
  • Pakistan now facing 2-front war in Waziristan

    07/01/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 273+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 7/1/09 | Saeed Shah
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A militant commander in northwest Pakistan tore up a peace deal with the Pakistani government Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the government's campaign against Islamist insurgents in the extremist-controlled Waziristan region.
  • Dodd facing fresh political firestorm

    03/18/2009 6:27:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 2,567+ views
    Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) looks like he may be facing a fresh political firestorm. Dodd just admitted on CNN that he inserted a loophole in the stimulus legislation that allowed million-dollar bonuses to insurance giant AIG to go forward – after previously denying any involvement in writing the controversial provision. . “We wrote the language in the bill, the deal with bonuses, golden parachutes, excessive executive compensation that was adopted unanimously by the United States Senate in the stimulus bill,” Dodd told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer this afternoon. “But for that language, there would have been no language to deal with...
  • Israel's Olmert facing resignation calls

    01/20/2007 10:41:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 597+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/07 | Steven Gutkin - ap
    JERUSALEM - Police are investigating him for corruption. His military chief has resigned. His office manager is under house arrest, and an inquiry commission is looking into his alleged mishandling of last summer's Lebanon war. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's mounting political troubles — combined with high-profile sexual misconduct cases against both President Moshe Katsav and former Justice Minister Haim Ramon — have weakened Israelis' faith in their leaders to an extent previously unknown. Just a year in power, Olmert faces detractors on both left and right who are predicting his political demise. "It looks very bad for him," said former...
  • French Socialists facing a crossroads

    11/14/2006 8:24:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 338+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/14/06 | Angela Charlton - ap
    PARIS - France's Socialists are at a crossroads, with Thursday's party vote for a presidential candidate raising questions about whether the party that shaped today's welfare-heavy, worker-friendly French society can adapt to a globalizing world. The favorite, Segolene Royal, is a lawmaker whose unorthodox ideas — including military supervision for troubled youth — appeal to those looking for change, but alienate traditional leftists of the country's main opposition party. Gaining steadily is ex-Finance Minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a self-described social democrat with more presidential stature and pragmatic ideas but less popular appeal. Bringing up the rear is Laurent Fabius, a former...
  • Bush: We're Facing Fight For Civilisation

    09/11/2006 7:45:56 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 571+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-12-2006 | Alec Russell
    Bush: We're facing fight for civilisation By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 12/09/2006)US President Bush and first lady Laura Bush place a wreath to mark the fifth anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon President George W Bush last night linked the nuclear showdown with Iran to the fight against terrorism as he called on Americans to unite to spare their children a terrible future. In a speech from the Oval Office marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, he told Americans they faced not a "clash of civilisations" but "a struggle for civilisation". "If we do not...
  • Army facing 'most intense fighting in half a century' [British troops in Afghanistan]

    08/10/2006 4:58:27 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 607+ views
    BRITISH troops in Afghanistan are engaged in some of the most intense and prolonged fighting seen by the army for half a century, a senior commander said yesterday. Some UK troops will be withdrawn from parts of the lawless Helmand province to be replaced by soldiers from the Afghan army, Lieutenant-General David Richards, the British commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said. "This sort of thing hasn't really happened so consistently, I don't think, since the Korean War or the Second World War," he said. "It happened for periods in the Falklands, obviously, and it happened for short periods in...
  • White Farmers Facing Catastrophe As Zimbabwe Reneges On Property Deal

    06/24/2006 7:05:03 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,343+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-25-2006 | Stephen Bevan
    White farmers facing catastrophe as Zimbabwe reneges on property deal By Stephen Bevan in Pretoria (Filed: 25/06/2006) Zimbabwe's white farmers' union has given warning of an impending "humanitarian catastrophe" after the government reneged on a promise to pay evicted white farmers the full value of the buildings and equipment seized along with their farms, leaving many of them destitute. The government refuses to pay for the land seized from the estimated 3,800 white farmers forcibly evicted since 2000, but it had pledged to pay in full for the "improvements". Last week, however, farmers were outraged to learn that they will...
  • Writer Facing Jail For Mosque Threat (Oriana Fallaci)

    06/06/2006 6:25:30 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 1,023+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-7-2006 | Malcom Moore
    Writer facing jail for mosque threat By Malcolm Moore in Milan (Filed: 07/06/2006) The Italian author Oriana Fallaci, who once wrote that Muslims "breed like rats", may be facing up to three years in prison after she vowed to blow up a mosque. Ms Fallaci, 75, who has cancer, is due to appear in court next week charged with the lesser offence of vilifying Islam, punishable with a £3,450 fine. But after her latest outburst in the New Yorker last week Muslim leaders are demanding that she be tried for inciting religious hatred, which carries a three-year jail term. The...
  • Grape Glut Leaves Vinyards Facing Ruin (Australia)

    06/06/2006 5:56:46 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 758+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-7-2006 | Nick Squires
    Grape glut leaves vineyards facing ruin By Nick Squires in Sydney (Filed: 07/06/2006) Hundreds of Australian vineyards are facing ruin amid a glut of grapes that has left the industry producing far more wine than it can sell at home or overseas. The problem is so severe that the industry said yesterday that it will take a multi-million pound government bail-out to save smaller producers from going out of business. The popularity of Australian wine in Britain and America, coupled with generous government tax breaks, encouraged a craze for establishing vineyards from the late 1990s. The Wine Grape Growers' Council...
  • Schwarzenegger, facing re-election, shifts warily on immigration , ... struggles to win popularity

    04/28/2006 7:05:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 380+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/28/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES – Last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger backed a federal plan to build a stretch of border fence between San Diego and Tijuana. This week, he said walling off hundreds of miles of the California-Mexico border is a strategy from the Stone Age. It's not the only example of his complex – and sometimes shifting – views on illegal immigration, an issue that has given rise to a national movement during his time in office. California's governor certainly should have a role in the debate over leaky borders and the not-so-invisible illegal labor economy. The state has more illegal...
  • Teacher’s assistant facing sex charge surrenders(student is 18 years old)

    04/15/2006 7:44:28 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 87 replies · 3,311+ views | 4 14 06 | Jordan Schrader,
    article cant be posted link only
  • Bush: Al Qaeda Still Biggest Threat Facing United States Today

    03/10/2006 5:47:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 250+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 10, 2006 – Al Qaeda is still the biggest short-term threat facing the United States, President Bush said here today, adding that North Korea and Iran pose equal security threats to the U.S. "They would like to attack us again," Bush said of al Qaeda at the National Newspaper Association's Government Affairs Conference. "I think about al Qaeda and their potential to attack all the time." The president also recalled his "axis of evil" remark in his 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he said North Korea, Iraq and Iran were threats to the United States....
  • Mexico court rules criminals facing life terms can be extradited

    11/29/2005 6:15:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 710+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 11/29/05 | E. Eduardo Castillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that suspects facing life in prison can be extradited, overturning a 4-year-old ban that had prevented many of the country's most notorious criminals from being sent to the United States. A 1978 treaty with the United States allows Mexico to deny extradition if a person faces the death penalty - a restriction that still stands under Tuesday's ruling. In 2001, the Supreme Court also blocked extradition of suspects facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Capital punishment has been banned by Mexico's constitution since June and was only rarely applied...
  • New Orleans criminal justice system facing severe money woes - Nagin seeks gambling to rebuild city

    10/07/2005 7:27:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 674+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/07/05 | MELINDA DESLATTE
    New Orleans criminal justice system facing severe money woes 10/7/2005, 5:34 p.m. CT By MELINDA DESLATTE The Associated Press ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) — Struggling to restart New Orleans' crippled criminal justice system, the parish district attorney and chief criminal judge said money problems from Hurricane Katrina have forced layoffs and threaten to stymie court proceedings. The cash shortage compounds problems for a system that already was troubled with prosecutors trying to track down witnesses who scattered as evacuees, a clerk of court's office assessing whether flooding and mold damaged evidence and a criminal court temporarily holding limited proceedings at...
  • N.H. politician facing calls to resign

    09/27/2005 8:22:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 694+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/05 | David Tirrell-Wysocki - ap
    CONCORD, N.H. - A member of the powerful state Executive Council is facing calls to resign for hiring a campaign aide he knew was a convicted child sex offender, but he said Tuesday he has no intention of stepping down. "I don't plan to resign. There's too much work yet to be done," Raymond Burton told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The aide, Mark Seidensticker, 45, was arrested last month and accused of inappropriate contact with teenage boys. Based on that arrest, Burton said he no longer will employ Seidensticker, who is being held on $50,000 bail at...
  • CA: Governor facing uphill ballot battle

    06/22/2005 10:45:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 263+ views
    Press-Enterprise ^ | 6/22/05 | Claire Vitucci and Jim Miller
    Gov. Schwarzenegger has his work cut out for him in November if he wants to get voters to pass his government-overhaul initiatives, a new poll indicates. Today's poll by the nonpartisan Field Institute, prepared for The Press-Enterprise and other California media subscribers, shows that more voters surveyed, 47 percent, would vote against the governor's proposal to cut spending when state revenues fall. And 44 percent of voters told pollsters they would cast ballots against Schwarzenegger's idea of using retired judges to redraw the state's legislative and congressional districts. "That's not a good sign," said Mark DiCamillo, the poll director. "Field...
  • CA: Hundreds of bills facing deadline in Legislature

    05/30/2005 9:30:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 348+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/30/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hundreds of bills, including measures to allow gay marriages, set up a universal health care system and authorize doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill, face a make-it-or-break-it deadline this week in the California Legislature. Most bills must be approved by their first house by Friday to have a chance to be signed into law this year. That means both the Senate and Assembly plan long floor sessions in a week shortened by the Memorial Day holiday today. Measures needing to move to the other house by Friday include:| • A bill by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco,...
  • A's Fan Who Threw Beer Facing Charges (Take me out to the 'Brawl game..)

    05/15/2005 6:04:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 452+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/05 | Greg Beacham - AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. - The Coliseum fan who threw a cup of beer at Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will face multiple criminal charges, officials said Sunday. Eric Anduri of Lafayette, Calif., spent Saturday night in jail after pelting Giambi with the beer when the former Oakland Athletics star returned to the New York dugout after flying out in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 15-6 win. Anduri, whose age wasn't available, was arrested and charged with battery, public intoxication and throwing objects on the field, said David Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations. A spokesman for the Oakland Police...
  • Snow fort builders facing prison time

    05/08/2005 7:04:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 138 replies · 8,157+ views
    Metro West Daily News ^ | May 4, 2005 | Norman Miller
    FRAMINGHAM -- Two Framingham High seniors arrested in January after they were ordered off high school property because they were building a snow fort were found guilty yesterday of trespassing. Jenna Schroeder and Jason Osorio, both 18, now face a maximum of 30 days in jail after the two-day trial in Framingham District Court. The jury of three men and three women deliberated for about three hours before they reached a verdict. Judge Douglas Stoddart will sentence the pair May 16. Although punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail, according to Massachusetts General Law, an offender can also...
  • CA: Stem cell panel facing allegations of conflict (Prop 71)

    04/07/2005 9:16:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 232+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 4/7/05 | Terri Somers
    Conflict-of-interest allegations already are flying against the committee overseeing California's $3 billion stem cell initiative even though the group isn't close to giving out a dime. The Center for Genetics and Society, an advocacy group, said yesterday that seven of the committee's 29 members have "significant business connections with companies connected with stem cell research." The center said committee members should be free of ties to the biotechnology industry to erase the specter of possible conflict. Leaders of the stem cell effort said that would be overkill. "The center wants to remove any possibility for the occasion of conflict and...
  • CA: Official facing new inquiry - Criminal grand gury to probe actions of S.J. Councilman

    12/25/2004 8:22:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 274+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/25/04 | Rodney Foo
    A Santa Clara County criminal grand jury will begin an inquiry next month to determine if San Jose Councilman Terry Gregory should be indicted for allegedly coercing gifts and contributions from local businessmen and others, according to a subpoena obtained by the Mercury News. The document also reveals, for the first time, that investigators intend to examine loans made to the councilman during the past two years. Gregory has been under fire since May for allegedly pressuring businesses and individuals for contributions and gifts -- accusations he has denied. Last week, the city council held a censure hearing and formally...
  • CA: LAUSD facing budget dilemma (future bond rating at question)

    12/11/2004 10:28:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 198+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/11/04 | Jennifer Radcliffe
    Two looming deadlines have created a "perfect storm" for Los Angeles Unified officials, who face the prospect of proposing teacher raises while officially reporting that the district's finances are uncertain. If the LAUSD board doesn't pinpoint $137 million in potential budget cuts by Wednesday, it will have to submit a "qualified" rating for the first time in district history. That qualified rating, down from "positive," could cost the district higher interest rates on billions of dollars in school construction bonds as well as more oversight by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The board also is grappling with a...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • The Question Facing Jones: TV or Not TV? (Uhhh, Bill.. The election is in 3 days.)

    10/30/2004 9:13:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 880+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/30/04 | Scott Martelle
    Barring a last-minute change of strategy and fundraising fortunes, Republican Bill Jones could become the first major candidate in more than four decades to wage a U.S. Senate campaign in California without airing a single television ad — the equivalent of jumping into a gun battle without bullets. Jones' lack of ads also could make history nationally. Political historians could recall no other senate or gubernatorial race nationwide in which one of the major party candidates did not turn to the politician's favorite weapon, the 30-second spot, since television ads began dominating campaigns in the early 1960s. "It sounds like...
  • Kerry may be facing the second quagmire of his life

    12/27/2003 7:45:11 AM PST · by buffyt · 32 replies · 136+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12-26-2003 | RUBEN NAVARRETTE
    Every presidential wannabe knows there could come a moment when he must accept the fact the game is over. For Sen. John Kerry, whom the Democratic establishment considered a shoo-in for the 2004 nomination, that moment might have arrived this week with the release of a poll that finds him trailing the Rev. Al Sharpton. In a Newsweek survey of registered Democrats and other voters leaning Democratic, Mr. Kerry got 6 percent. The Rev. Sharpton got 7 percent. Not that it matters. Former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont leads the field with 26 percent. Let's speak plainly: The last...
  • More boomers are facing choice of purchasing hearing aids

    08/12/2003 9:54:22 AM PDT · by bedolido · 44 replies · 442+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 08/12/03 | Donna Halvorsen
    As baby boomers head into their 40s and 50s, the bill for their glory days is coming due. Musicians and their fans are discovering that their ears don't work as well as they used to, and the loud rock music they reveled in is at least partly to blame. It's a frightening prospect. Once you've battered some of the thousands of inner-ear hair cells that transmit sounds to the brain, they are lost forever. And the only remedy for most people is hearing aids. Bill Clinton owned up to his rock 'n' roll past when he was fitted with hearing...
  • S.F. activists facing jail time, fines for disruptions, violence

    03/25/2003 8:48:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 216+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/25/03 | Sean Webby
    <p>With about 2,300 arrests after days of civil unrest, San Francisco prosecutors plan to charge about 18 anti-war protesters with felonies and force about 1,800 others to each pay $96 fines.</p> <p>Most of the protesters arrested for blocking traffic or ignoring police -- including about 120 at demonstrations Monday -- will have their charges dropped from misdemeanors to infractions and end up in the city's traffic court or a community court.</p>