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  • Typhoon weakens, moves toward HK (Hong Kong)

    09/21/2013 11:37:27 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/22/2013 | Lee I-chia
    Typhoon Usagi came closest to Taiwan yesterday afternoon and is moving away from the nation in the direction of Hong Kong, but heavy rainfall is still expected to continue throughout today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As of 7:15pm, Typhoon Usagi had weakened slightly, with its center 140km southwest of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻). The wind speed near its center was 48 meters per second in a radius of 280km and the typhoon was moving west-northwest at 19kph. The bureau said that the land alert for Usagi may possibly be lifted as soon as this morning. The center of the typhoon...
  • US moves forces toward Syria

    08/24/2013 7:04:53 PM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 118 replies
    AP ^ | 8-24-13 | Bradley Klapper
    the Obama administration prepared for a possible military response by moving naval forces closer to Syria. Obama discussed the situation in Syria by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the White House said. It was Obama's first known conversation with a foreign leader about Syria since the reports this week that hundreds of Syrians had been killed by the alleged chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus, the capital.
  • Dry Ice Moves on Mars (a Jet Propulsion Laboratory YouTube video, 2min 28sec)

    06/11/2013 3:52:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    YouTube | JPL ^ | 6/11/13
    JPL video here
  • North Korea 'moves missiles' closer to target

    04/04/2013 7:45:29 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies
    fijitimes.com ^ | April 04, 2013
    Update: 1:49PM NORTH Korea has reportedly been seen moving a long-range missile in to position for launch. South Korean Yonhap news agency reports that North Korea's new KN08 Musudan missile has been spotted in the process of being transported towards the Sea of Japan. The KN08 Musudan is still under-development and it is unclear if it has the range to reach the United States mainland. Previous assessments have given it a range of 4000km - potentially enough range to reach Guam.
  • The Shadow Cabinet; Obama meets with left-wing critics of Israel to plot next moves

    05/10/2012 5:50:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/12 | Adam Kredo
    President Obama sat down yesterday with a cadre of far-left foreign policy writers, several of whom regularly lambast the state of Israel, to get advice on a range of critical foreign policy issues, among them Afghanistan, Israel, and NATO, according to press accounts. The group of nine included several writers who promulgate fringe views about the state of Israel, advocate in favor of divestment from Israel, and describe the Jewish State as an apartheid stateviews that are also endorsed by the most extreme anti-Israel advocates. Liberal author Peter Beinartwho has compared Israel to the segregated South and advocates boycotting areas
  • Analysis: Obama's moves pack political rather than economic heft

    10/25/2011 7:59:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/25/11 | Alister Bull - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is bombarding Americans with job initiatives that may lack economic heft but show him as an activist leader compared to a 'do-nothing' Congress as he campaigns for re-election in 2012. Obama will have rolled out three separate measures in three days when he wraps up a tour of electorally vital western states on Wednesday, and more moves are coming. White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer said the Democratic president will use executive orders and other tools to deliver initiatives "on a consistent basis for months to come." "While the policy benefits of this new...
  • McConnell Moves to Bring Health Care Repeal to Senate

    01/25/2011 5:12:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/25/11 | Trish Turner
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday night, just hours before the president's State of the Union address, began the legislative process of forcing the House-passed health care repeal bill to the Senate floor for a vote. Typically, only the leaders in the chamber use this procedure, which gets around committee action. It's a way for members to bring a bill before the Senate without the support of the Majority Leader. McConnell's Democratic counterpart, Harry Reid of Nevada, has vowed that no such repeal vote will occur,
  • White House moves to stymie health care repeal

    01/18/2011 11:39:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 1/18/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    In a move to counter the House Republicans planned vote to repeal President Barack Obamas health care law this week, the White House on Tuesday released data showing that half of all Americans under the age of 65 have pre-existing conditions and could be denied coverage if reform is weakened. Republicans quickly dismissed the study as a political stunt. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that from 50 million to 129 million Americans have some type of pre-existing condition and would be protected by the Affordable Care Act when it takes full effect in 2014. Those numbers represent...
  • VFW moves to dissolve PAC's board

    10/18/2010 11:32:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/18/10 | Ben Smith
    The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Richard Eubank, has moved to amend his organization's bylaws to dissolve its PAC, which is run independently. The PAC endorsed Democratic incumbents starting with Nancy Pelosi based on their votes on a relatively small number of votes to do with veterans in a year when many VFW members are siding against Democrats on broader policy concerns, and the PAC has already refused the VFW's entreaty that it "rescind" its endorsement. "[T]he recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFWs reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission," writes Eubank in...
  • Obama as anti-business moves into mainstream discussion

    07/08/2010 10:04:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/10 | Jon Ward
    The idea that President Obama is anti-business broke into the mainstream this week. It has long been a widely held view on the right that Obamas rhetorical nods to the free market and American business were little more than that. But as Washington slowly staggered back to work this week following a long July 4 weekend, discussions of Obamas troubled relationship with the private sector popped up with surprising frequency. Newsweeks Fareed Zakaria wrote Monday that after speaking with numerous corporate executives, most of whom voted for Obama, he found that all think he is, at his core, anti-business. Tuesday,...
  • Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores

    06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
  • Author writing about Palin moves next door to her

    05/25/2010 5:36:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies · 1,922+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/25/10 | MARK THIESSEN
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbora writer penning a book about her. Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla. McGinniss previously wrote a critical expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plan for the Conde Nast publication Portfolio last year, and is planning a book about the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. It's tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously" and could be on the shelves in the fall of 2011.
  • Russia's Moves Raise Doubts About Obama's 'Reset'

    08/23/2009 5:55:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 450+ views
    Time ^ | 8/23/09 | James Marson / Kiev
    The much-trumpeted "reset" of relations between Russia and the U.S. was dealt a slap in the face last week as Moscow went on the offensive against Ukraine and Georgia. After Russian President Dmitri Medvedev waded into Ukrainian politics with barbed criticism of his Ukrainian counterpart's "anti-Russian" policies, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin embarked on a provocative trip to reaffirm support for Abkhazia, the Moscow-backed territory that enjoys de facto independence from Georgia.
  • DoD Announces New Relocation Tool for Families

    04/28/2008 9:38:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 80+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2008 Its almost peak moving season again for military families, and Defense Department leaders want families to know new resources are available to help. Plan My Move, soft-launched in late summer, is the next generation of DoDs MilitaryHomefront tools to provide an integrated e-moving solution, officials said. Moving to a new community can be a stressful event for all service and family members, Leslye A. Arsht, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, said. This tool helps to ease that burden. It will put our servicemembers and their families in direct contact...
  • China moves to let currency rise

    05/18/2007 12:07:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 616+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/07 | Joe McDonald - ap
    BEIJING - China took steps Friday to let its currency trade more freely against the dollar and to cool its sizzling economy ahead of talks in Washington over Beijing's soaring trade surplus. China eased controls on the yuan amid pressure from the U.S. and Europe, but cautioned against expecting sharp increases in its value. The U.S. responded that Beijing is not moving fast enough to allow its currency to strengthen and help reduce its growing trade gap with China. The Chinese government also raised interest rates for the second time in just over two months and tightened bank credit to...
  • US Spy Satellites Detect N Korea's Nuclear Moves

    10/04/2006 7:58:47 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 416+ views
    The Telegraph(UK) ^ | 10-5-2006 | ColinJoyce - Richard Spencer
    US spy satellites detect N Korea's nuclear moves By Colin Joyce in Tokyo and Richard Spencer in Beijing (Filed: 05/10/2006) The United States has detected activity in North Korea indicating possible preparations for an underground nuclear test. Spy satellites have picked up unusual movement of vehicles at potential test sites, although an American official said it did prove that a test was imminent. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: the North Korean issue is expected to dominate his visits to China and South Korea The images were seen the day after North Korea said it would conduct its first test, a...
  • Officers club project moves forward (Colored O'Club from WWII)

    08/20/2006 7:36:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 396+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA This years gala fund-raiser dinner for the Mountain View Colored Officers Club Rehabilitation Project is expected to lead into a major effort to obtain donations to restore the World War II facility. Just recently, the association received an artists rendering of what the building looked like when it was constructed in 1952. The fort was the major Army post training colored soldiers, as black soldiers were called in that era, for combat during the war. Two divisions, the 92nd and 93rd trained on the post, with one being sent to fight in Europe and the other in...
  • Lebanese army moves below Litani River

    08/16/2006 9:51:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 528+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/16/06 | Sam F. Ghattas - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanese troops began deploying south of the strategic Litani River early Thursday, a senior military official said, after the Israeli army stepped up its withdrawal from the south Lebanon region and handed over some of its positions to U.N. peacekeepers. The rapid developments aimed at ending 34 days of fighting came after Lebanon's government agreed Wednesday to deploy troops near Israel's border for the first time in 40 years. A senior official in the Lebanese army told The Associated Press around dawn Thursday that Lebanese troops, backed by tanks and other armored vehicles, had begun arriving south...
  • Nation's Capital Moves Up Juvenile Curfew

    07/31/2006 12:56:15 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 19 replies · 739+ views
    http://articles.news.aol.com/ ^ | 7 31 06 | DERRILL HOLLY
    WASHINGTON (July 31) - City officials are moving up a nighttime curfew as they try to overcome a spike in crime that's been marked by a rise in juvenile arrests. Beginning Monday, most juveniles could be taken into police custody if they are found on the streets of the nation's capital between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The curfew used to begin at midnight. "Too often, young people are becoming involved in violent crimes," said Mayor Anthony A. Williams. "This earlier curfew hour is necessary in order to protect them from becoming victims of crime or from becoming involved in...
  • U.S. moves to stop Zarqawi network in Iraq

    06/09/2006 5:22:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,095+ views
    RedNova ^ | 6/9/06 | Kim Gamel and Robert Burns- ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Flush with intelligence, the U.S. military moved quickly Friday to take advantage of the power vacuum left by the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, carrying out nearly 40 raids in an effort to stop his terror network from regrouping. A U.S. military search of the destroyed safehouse where the al-Qaida in Iraq leader was killed Wednesday yielded documents and information storage devices that are being assessed for potential use against his followers, a military officer said. An M-16 rifle, grenades and AK-47 rifles also were found, according to the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because...
  • CA: Governor Moves To Hike Minimum Wage

    05/18/2006 6:38:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 420+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 5/18/06 | John Myers
    Following up a suggestion made last month by a Republican legislator, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has moved to increase California's minimum wage by $1 an hour between now and early next year. Schwarzenegger today petitioned the state's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) to increase the minimum wage from its current rate of $6.75 an hour. The last increase was in January 2002. Last month, Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) suggested the very same plan-- a way to avoid the current impasse with Democrats in the Legislature. Schwarzenegger and Maldonado have advocated for only the $1 hike, while Democrats also want a provision...
  • TRANSCOM Moves Fuel, Food, Troops on Ships, Trucks, Planes, Trains

    05/08/2006 9:08:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 290+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2006 Officials at U.S. Transportation Command headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., call themselves the "ing" command, because they're always supporting other commands. They call the geographic combatant commands the "ed" commands, because they're the ones supported, Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth J. McQuiston, the command's senior enlisted leader, told his peers from the "ed" commands here today. Senior enlisted leaders from combatant commands and the service senior enlisted advisors and their spouses are meeting in the Pentagon this week at the invitation of Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted...
  • Special Ops school moves from Jordan to Iraq

    03/01/2006 4:08:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 250+ views
    AMMAN, Jordan (Army News Service, Feb. 28, 2006) The seventh and final group of soldiers graduated from an elite counterterrorism course in Jordan last week, bringing to an end a special operations training partnership among Iraq, Jordan and the U.S. that taught more than 500 Iraqi troops since 2003. During the Feb. 23 graduation ceremony, 77 new Iraqi special operators among them Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds completed the three-month Operator Training Course which will now move to a permanent training base in Iraq. With graduation, the Iraqi soldiers became the newest members of the Iraqi Counterterrorism Force,...
  • Aircraft carrier Lincoln deploys to western Pacific

    02/27/2006 9:20:50 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 13 replies · 733+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle PI) ^ | February 27, 2006 | The Associated Press (no author given)
    The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln has departed its home port at Everett for a six-month deployment in the western Pacific." ....
  • Soldier Moves Afghan Mountains

    02/24/2006 3:48:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lum
    Task Force Pacemaker engineer crews cut a path through a mountain pass to connect Tarin Kowt to Kandahar City, Aug. 26, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lum U.S. Army Spc. David Ige Soldier Moves Afghan Mountains By Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Lum117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2006 — Spc. David S. Ige, a 298th Engineer Detachment heavy equipment operator, loves hard work. His Army National Guard horizontal engineer section joined active duty and Army Reserve soldiers to complete the 117-kilometer Tarin Kowt Road this past fall. Twelve to 14-hour workdays...
  • South Africa Moves To Ban Foreign Landowners

    02/17/2006 6:08:16 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 1,309+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2006 | David Blair
    South Africa moves to ban foreign landowners By David Blair in Pretoria (Filed: 18/02/2006) The era when Britons were free to acquire farms and homes in South Africa was drawing to a close yesterday when an official panel recommended a "moratorium" on foreigners buying or selling any land. This freeze would apply to every category of land, ranging from housing and farms to private game parks and industrial sites. It could be followed by new laws banning foreigners from buying freehold property and restricting them to 99-year leases. Foreigners are accused of forcing prices too high Estate agents criticised these...
  • M*A*S*H No More (Air Force field hospital moves from tents to trailers)

    02/09/2006 9:24:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 9, 2006 | Master Sgt. Will Ackerman
    SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq, Feb. 9, 2006 The thought of a field hospital conjures up images of medics rolling battle-wounded troops on gurneys into a dimly lit operating room. "We are the only surgical-based clinic at Victory Base Complex. Well do emergency surgery here, but then move (the patient) to a higher-level facility (in or out of theater)." U.S. Air Force Col. Christian Benjamin The 447th Expeditionary Medical Squadron at Sather Air Base, at Baghdad International Airport, also faced the desert dust and worked in cramped quarters. They moved inside recently to a new 15,000-square foot modular medical clinic,...
  • Change to Continue as U.S.-Korea Alliance Moves Forward

    02/03/2006 5:38:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 138+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 3, 2006 Changes that have taken place in the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance are meant to find a "better balance" in the very successful pact, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. The balance between U.S. and Korean capacity allows each country to focus on those things that each country can contribute best to the alliance, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said. Pace spoke to reporters about the U.S.-Korean Alliance and regional matters following a ceremony in which Army Gen. B.B. Bell took the reins of Combined Forces Command Korea and U.S....
  • Mugabe Moves Against City Whites

    02/01/2006 8:21:23 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 1,794+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-2-2006 | Peta Torrnycroft
    Mugabe moves against city whites By Peta Thornycroft in Harare (Filed: 02/02/2006) President Robert Mugabe has begun confiscating and vandalising white-owned property in Zimbabwe's cities, after taking over most farms in the countryside. His police last week evicted hundreds of people from their homes eight miles from the centre of Harare. Ian Ross, 68, the owner of Gletwyn farm, incorporated into the capital in 1996, could hardly control himself as he recalled how police turfed his workers out into the rain. "They arrived to evict the workers, which they did piece by piece, village by village compound by compound," said...
  • US Moves Diplomats Out Of Europe

    01/18/2006 5:01:34 PM PST · by blam · 60 replies · 1,550+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-18-2006
    US moves diplomats out of Europe Rice said the US must be "where the action is" The US is to reduce the number of its diplomats posted to Europe, and will send more to other countries, including China, India, Nigeria and Lebanon. "America must begin to reposition our diplomatic forces around the world," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday. She said it was an anomaly that the US had the same staff levels in Germany as in India, more than 10 times the size. She said the redeployment would help foster democratic and economic change. Ms Rice told...
  • Zimbabwe Army 'Moves Onto The Land'

    12/16/2005 7:38:48 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-16-2005 | Sue Llpyd Roberts
    Zimbabwe army 'moves onto the land' By Sue Lloyd Roberts BBC News Many Zimbabweans are now scavenging for food In an attempt to rescue his failing programme of land redistribution, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is trying to involve the army in a "command agriculture" programme. "Instructions have already been passed onto battalion commanders," a Zimbabwean army major told the BBC. Five years after Mr Mugabe ordered the seizure of the white-owned commercial farms, agricultural production has halved. Mr Mugabe has admitted that the people to whom he gave some 4,000 farms have some responsibility for the country's current problems. "Mugabe...
  • House Moves to Banish Illegal Immigration

    12/15/2005 4:53:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,199+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/05 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - Overcoming internal opposition, House Republicans on Thursday began debate on legislation intended to shut down illegal immigration and require employers to verify the legal status of their workers. After GOP leaders appealed for party unity, the Republican-controlled House voted 220-206 to approve a parliamentary measure needed to move ahead on the bill. The dispute slowed action on the measure, which was expected to be completed Friday at the earliest. Late Thursday, the House was working its way through amendments, including one that would require construction of fencing along parts of the U.S. border with Mexico. On voice vote,...
  • Western Iraq Rebuilding Moves Forward

    12/09/2005 4:59:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 376+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Elaine Eliah
    A TOWN IN ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq, Dec. 9, 2005 Reconstruction is now evident here, due to the improved security environment that followed the November 2004 battle for Fallujah. Though homes are humble, many of them have bricks stacked or heaped alongside, their second stories inching upward. Roads are pitted and pockmarked, but there's little trash blowing along them. Too many children wander streets instead of attending school, yet they are markedly cleaner than those normally seen on Iraqi back roads, and almost all of them are wearing shoes. Even as the U.S. military positioned for that inevitable showdown in...
  • Iraq Reconstruction Effort Moves Forward

    10/27/2005 11:57:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 256+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 27, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2005 While Iraq's political process moves forward and its security forces become more capable, a less dramatic but equally critical effort is under way and proceeding steadily, a defense official said today. Iraq is awhirl with activity as the country works with the help of the Iraq Project Contracting Office to repair and ultimately take over the management of its infrastructure systems, Sheryl Lewis, the office's capacity development program manager, said during an interview with the Pentagon Channel. The Iraq Project and Contracting Office contracts for and delivers services, supplies and infrastructure identified within the $18.4...
  • US Moves Okinawa Air Base To Heal Rift

    10/26/2005 5:52:09 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 814+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-27-2005 | Colin Joyce
    US moves Okinawa air base to heal rift By Colin Joyce in Tokyo (Filed: 27/10/2005) The United States agreed yesterday to move an air base into another military site on the Japanese island of Okinawa in a climbdown aimed at reducing friction between the US military and locals. Okinawans, whose small, southern island houses more than half the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan, have long protested about the disruption to daily life caused by the heavy military presence. The Futenma air base will now be relocated to Camp Schwab Washington and Tokyo agreed to move the Futenma air base...
  • Seattle Moves to Ban Lap Dances

    10/02/2005 11:35:08 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 579+ views
    http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/ ^ | 10 02 05 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (Oct. 2) - Strippers who venture too near the laps of their dollar-bill-waving patrons have exposed an unexpected prudish streak in this West Coast bastion of tolerance and liberalism. Fearing a rash of new cabarets after a federal judge struck down the city's 17-year moratorium on new strip clubs, the City Council is planning to vote Monday to impose some of the strictest adult-entertainment regulations of any big city in the country. No lap dances. No placing dollar bills in a dancer's G-string. And the clubs must have what one council member likens to "Fred Meyer" lighting, a reference...
  • Musharraf Moves To Prevent 'Talibanisation' Of Lawless Tribal Areas

    08/01/2005 6:17:53 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 328+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-2-2005 | Peter Foster
    Musharraf moves to prevent 'Talibanisation' of lawless tribal areas By Peter Foster, South Asia Correspondent (Filed: 02/08/2005) In a fresh attack on Islamic extremism, Pakistan's president, Gen Pervez Musharraf, has moved to overturn plans to introduce Taliban-style moral laws into the country's lawless tribal areas. The general, who ordered the arrest of 600 suspected militants last month, is fighting the introduction of a strict Islamic Hasba (accountability) law in North West Frontier Province. Gen Musharraf will confront the mullah-clerics of the Frontier Province Critics say the law, passed by a majority of hard-line Islamists in the province's local assembly last...
  • Radical Iraqi Cleric Moves Into Mainstream

    06/04/2005 11:15:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 467+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/05 | Hamza Hendawi - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Arguably Iraq's most popular Shiite group, followers of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have packed away their guns and now speak of "political resistance" rather than martyrdom in battle. Once dismissed as an upstart, the portly al-Sadr has been transformed into a respectable political figure, commanding the loyalty of key lawmakers and several Cabinet ministers. "We are growing stronger and our appeal is becoming wider," Ibrahim al-Jaberi, a senior official at al-Sadr's office in Sadr City, said Saturday. Sadr City is a sprawling Baghdad neighborhood that is home to some 2.5 million Shiites and the largest bastion of...
  • AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES (FReeper Challenge: Rate the Best Movies of All time)

    05/26/2005 6:52:50 AM PDT · by meandog · 137 replies · 2,672+ views
    The latest Star Wars sequel is out and drawing throngs. It would be fun to challenge FReepers to rate their favorite all-time movies. Listed is what the American Film Institute cosiders the greatest 100 Movies: AFI ANNOUNCES 100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF ALL TIME CITIZEN KANE, CASABLANCA, THE GODFATHER, GONE WITH THE WIND AND LAWRENCE OF ARABIA complete the top five movies; five Spielberg films make the top 100; James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall among the most represented actors- - LOS ANGELES Calif. - The American Film Institute (AFI) tonight announced the 100 greatest American...
  • CA: Teacher's lawsuit moves forward (Cupertino/Stevens Creek Elementary)

    04/29/2005 9:11:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,088+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/29/05 | Sandra Gonzales
    In a case that put the national spotlight on Cupertino, a federal court ruling Thursday pushed forward a fifth-grade teacher's discrimination lawsuit against the Cupertino Union School District. Stephen J. Williams, a teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, filed a lawsuit in November, claiming Principal Patricia Vidmar and other district officials violated his constitutional rights when they restricted his use of excerpts from historical documents that contained references to God. Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Ware denied the district's motion to dismiss the central claim to Williams' case, in which he states he was treated differently because he is a...
  • CA: Moves abound to change environmental law to build more housing (CEQA)

    04/03/2005 3:38:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,029+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/3/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's housing shortage, which has pushed median home prices above $470,000, is spurring a variety of moves to change the state's 35-year-old environmental protection law, long considered the nation's toughest. Attempts by the state's home building industry to change the 1970 law, signed by former Gov. Ronald Reagan, are nothing new, but this year Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a growing list of Democrats are joining in. Key lawmakers are pushing bills to make it easier for developers to maneuver around the law, especially to build housing in downtowns and older urban neighborhoods. The growing momentum to...
  • Students Question Moves President's Wife to Tears (Israel)

    03/30/2005 12:28:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1,532+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 30, '05 | staff
    A student brought the President's wife to tears when she asked how the government can expel Jews from Gaza, when the weapons that Israel gave the terrorists at Oslo already cost so many lives. When a student asked the President of the State of Israel, attending a conference at a college in Ariel, how the government can expel Jews from their homes in Gaza, after the failure of Oslo and four and a half years of war with the Palestinian Authority, the Presidents wife broke out into tears. The student, Batya Gutman, from Bet El, approached the microphone suddenly, after...
  • CA: CalPERS moves to limit swings in pension costs

    03/16/2005 8:56:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 221+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/16/05 | Gilbert Chan
    A key panel of the California Public Employees' Retirement System endorsed a plan Tuesday to reduce wild swings in government contributions, following calls for a pension overhaul by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other critics. Under the plan, CalPERS would revamp a formula used to calculate annual pension contribution rates for the state, cities and other government agencies. It would also spread investment gains and losses over a 15-year period instead of three years, as it does now. At the same time, trustees agreed to explore legislation to create reserve accounts that government officials can tap to meet their pension payments...
  • CA: CHP moves fraud unit leader (Oops! .. tapped to lead a new workers' compensation fraud unit)

    03/11/2005 9:24:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/11/05 | John Hill
    A California Highway Patrol chief tapped to lead a new workers' compensation fraud unit filed his own contested injury claim before getting the job, a potential conflict that the appointing commissioner said he didn't know about at the time. Chief Brian Kilmer made another injury claim after he took over the fraud unit last fall and after he became the subject of a CHP internal investigation. Kilmer, 44, who returned to work part time this week, has been reassigned to a job reviewing CHP recruitment pending the resolution of his workers' comp cases, CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said Thursday. "You...
  • Critics: Schwarzenegger's campaign moves focus from key promises

    03/09/2005 5:29:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/9/05 | Beth Fouhy - AP
    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's all-out campaign to put some of his government-overhaul ideas before the voters is seen by some of his critics as a way to divert attention from his broken promises and unfinished business. The Republican governor wants to ask voters this fall to change the way legislative districts are drawn and teachers are paid. He wants to shift public employee pensions into 401(k)-style accounts. And he wants to create a mechanism to cut spending when it exceeds revenue. But the central promise of Schwarzenegger's governorship - to balance the budget and end the practice...
  • FTC Moves to Stop Illegal X-Rated Spamming

    01/11/2005 10:50:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 785+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/05 | Laurie Kellman - AP
    WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it won a court order to shut down illegal advertising for six companies accused of profiting from thousands of X-rated e-mails directing people to their online pornography sites in the government's first legal case involving adult Internet spam. A federal judge in Las Vegas on Jan. 5 granted the commission's request for a restraining order against the companies, their executives and an affiliate for allegedly violating federal laws governing commercial electronic mail, commonly known as spam. The FTC on Tuesday will seek a permanent injunction shutting down the network's illegal e-mail ads....
  • CA: Taxpayer group moves to block state's billion dollar bond sale (Pacific Legal)

    12/09/2004 7:00:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 308+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/9/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to sell $929 million in bonds to cover the state's pension obligation this year violates constitutional mandates that voters approve all big loans, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The governor and the Legislature included the bonds in this year's budget as one of several loans the state took out to help close a funding gap that was once estimated at $17 billion. The move was made even though a similar pension obligation bond proposed last year by former Gov. Gray Davis was struck down by a state judge as unconstitutional. Attorney Harold...
  • French Army Moves To Sudan Border

    07/31/2004 7:47:00 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,026+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-1-2004
    French army moves to Sudan border Darfur has been described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis France is deploying 200 soldiers to help secure Chad's eastern border with Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region. The French Ambassador to Chad, Jean Pierre Bercot, said the troops would also bring humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Darfur refugees in Chad. Sudan-backed Arab militias has driven about a million civilians from their homes and mounted raids inside Chad. Sudan said that despite reservations it would comply with a UN resolution ordering it to rein in the militias. Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr Mustapha Osman Ismail...
  • Clark Moves to Court Gephardt Supporters (Courting Steny)

    01/20/2004 10:57:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 139+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/20/04 | Tom Raum - AP
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark (news - web sites) wasted no time in going after former supporters of Dick Gephardt (news - web sites) on Tuesday, a day after Gephardt's distant fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses pushed him toward abandoning the race. AP Photo Latest headlines: Clark Moves to Court Gephardt Supporters AP - 2 minutes ago Bush, Iraqi interim leader discuss election optionsAFP - 14 minutes ago Delegates Won by Each Candidate in Iowa AP - 20 minutes ago Special Coverage Gaining in recent New Hampshire polls, Clark scrambled to maintain...
  • Mars Rover Makes Its First Moves Forward

    01/19/2004 5:02:25 PM PST · by blam · 153 replies · 187+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 1-19-2004 | Andrew Bridges
    Mars Rover Makes Its First Moves Forward By ANDREW BRIDGES, AP Science Writer PASADENA, Calif. - The Spirit rover took a weekend spin on Mars that doubled the distance on the six-wheeled vehicle's odometer, NASA said Monday. The slow, nearly 10-foot drive took Spirit 30 minutes, including repeated pauses to allow the rover to snap pictures. The drive was the first forward movement of the rover since it rolled off its lander and onto the martian surface Thursday. "We went for a little Sunday drive," mission manager Mark Adler said at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Spirit ended up parked in...