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  • Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

    12/28/2012 2:31:46 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 51 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/28/2012 | BBC
    A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.
  • Signs of Light? Climate Change Caucus Forms in Senate (Can they be brought up on fraud charges?)

    12/28/2012 2:25:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    "I think you are going to see a lot of bills on climate change," said Senator Barbara Boxer as she took the lead in forming a climate change caucus in the Senate. That's music to our ears, along with this: "There will be a lot of different bills on climate change. I have already spoken to three colleagues that have bills in the works." Boxer (D-CA) says it's finally time to bring the discussion of climate change out of the shadows, and that superstorm Sandy "changed a lot of minds" on the topic.
  • Binyamin Residents' Council Head Plays Down New Intifada

    12/28/2012 2:24:50 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Chairman Itzik Shadmi of the Binyamin Residents' Council played down on Thursday suggestions that Palestinian Authority Arabs have launched a new terror war (intifada) in Judea and Samaria. "We don't have to bother ourselves excessively with it too much at the moment, but the IDF should prepare for such an option," Shadmi told Arutz Sheva. Shadmi noted he is not worried by a possible takeover of Judea and Samaria by Hamas, similar to the terror group's bloody takeover of Gaza in 2007, saying, "At least this way we will recognize the enemy we already know. I'm more concerned by the...
  • NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Blames Uptick In Crime On Thieves Coveting All Those iPhones

    12/28/2012 2:22:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    At any given moment, the streets of New York City are like a veritable sea, teeming with fish (people) tempting thieves with their pockets full of shiny, new electronic gadgets. And that preponderance of highly-coveted technology, including Apple’s popular iPhones and iPads, is why the city’s major crime rate has risen this year, says NYC’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thieves have been going after your gotta-have-it products, resulting in a wee boost to NYC’s annual crime index. That stat also covers felonies, grand larceny and robbery. Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show today (via the New York Times’ City Blog)...
  • Leading proponent of filibuster reform claims he has 51 votes

    12/28/2012 2:05:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures — and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote — amounts to breaking the rules to change them.
  • Ohio Student Wins Stalking Order Against Extreme Helicopter Parents

    12/28/2012 2:00:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 104 replies
    A 21-year-old theatre student has obtained a civil stalking restraining order against her parents after convincing a judge that they attempt to control all aspects of her daily life. Aubrey Ireland is a gifted theatre major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, often winning major roles in her school's musicals. Her latest win wasn't at her prestigious music conservatory, but in court after she filed a civil stalking order against her parents. Earlier this month, Common Pleas Court Judge Jody Luebbers ruled in her favor, ordering that her parents must stay at least 500 feet from...
  • Lieberman on Abbas' Threat: Please Quit, We Can't Wait

    12/28/2012 2:00:12 PM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 12:09 PM | Maayana Miskin
    Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, until recently the Foreign Minister, reacted with joy Friday as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened to quit if negotiations do not resume. Abbas has refused to negotiate in absence of several Israeli concessions, including a complete freeze on construction east of the 1949 armistice line. According to Lieberman, Israel "can't wait" for Abbas to follow through on his threat. "We congratulate Abu Mazen [Abbas] for reaching the correct conclusion, that only his leave from the PA leadership will allow the diplomatic process to resume," Lieberman said. "We anxiously await the official announcement from the...
  • Hinting at war crimes charges, UK minister attacks Israel for East Jerusalem construction plans

    12/28/2012 1:47:08 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 27, 2012, 6:17 pm | Raphael Ahren
    A British minister on Thursday harshly condemned Israel for its plans to expand construction in East Jerusalem and for conferring university status on a college in the West Bank city of Ariel, employing damning language rarely used by government officials. While international outcries following Israeli announcements of construction beyond the Green Line are a common occurrence, UK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt took the unusual step of mentioning the Geneva Conventions, likely implying that settlement expansion is considered a war crime under international law. snip The minister further said that the United Kingdom appreciates the Palestinian leadership’s “measured...
  • Obama NOT Offering 'New' Fiscal Cliff Proposal, Could Demand Up-Or-Down Vote On Plan

    12/28/2012 1:41:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/28/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Contrary to reports earlier in the day, President Barack Obama is not offering a "new" proposal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff during a meeting at the White House today. Rather, Obama is reiterating previous positions on income-tax rates and other components of the cliff, Reuters reports. He will ask Congressional leaders at the meeting for a concrete counterproposal. If there is none, he will ask for an up-or-down vote on his plan in Congress. At 3:10 p.m., Obama began his meeting at the White House with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John...
  • Hamas to Allow Fatah to Celebrate Anniversary in Gaza

    12/28/2012 1:33:51 PM PST · by haffast
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 9:31 PM | Elad Benari, Canada
    The Gaza branch of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party said on Friday it will mark its anniversary in the Hamas-ruled enclave after an accord between the two factions, AFP reported. snip During Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, the two factions appeared to be getting closer, announcing they have decided to end infighting. The Palestinian Authority later announced it will release Hamas-affiliated detainees as a goodwill gesture to boost reconciliation efforts. Abbas said earlier this month it was time to seal a reconciliation with Hamas.
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Federal Employees

    12/28/2012 1:26:26 PM PST · by House Atreides · 122 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
  • The Port Authority’s Cloudy Future (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

    12/28/2012 1:25:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | Nicole Gelinas
    The transportation agency has mortgaged itself to the hilt to rebuild the World Trade Center, leaving few resources for its real mission. New Yorkers have watched One World Trade Center gradually define the downtown skyline. The massive glass-and-steel building should reach its full height and be ready for tenants within 18 months. But to those tenants, One World Trade may come to symbolize not victory over terror but rather their own miserable commutes. Most of the white-collar workers who will stream into the tower depend on subways, buses, tunnels, and bridges to get to Manhattan. And over the past decade,...
  • Gun group says active killer events quadrupled after Gun Free School Zones Act

    12/28/2012 1:20:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad - An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column). “Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study Active...
  • NYC expects 2012 to have fewest murders on record

    12/28/2012 1:20:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    NEW YORK — The number of murders in New York City is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years, officials said Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credited police efforts, including the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk, and Bloomberg said the statistics showed "that the safest big city in America is safer." So far, there have been 414 homicides citywide this year, 19 percent less than last year and the fewest since reliable record-keeping for killings began in 1963. The previous low...
  • Obama Emails Supporters to Boost Attendance at Inauguration

    12/28/2012 1:10:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 12/27/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    Two days after reports that hotels in Washington are not filling up ahead of Barack Obama's second inauguration, the president emailed supporters to encourage them to come to the festivities scheduled for next month in Washington, D.C. "Because of you, I'll be taking the oath of office again on January 21st," Obama wrote in an email to supporters. "I'd like you to be part of this historic moment -- whether that's in Washington, D.C., or wherever you call home. As we make plans, we want to make sure the people who made this inauguration possible are the first to know...
  • Video: Rev. Jesse Jackson Defends Chicago Gun Laws (500th dead - "complexity of the urban crisis")

    12/28/2012 1:09:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** “The guns are not coming from Chicago,” he said. “Chicago is in a bubble as the manufacturer — we’re a target market for gun flow. And they exploit the poverty and the pain.”
  • Issa notes 113th Congress rules will keep Holder subpoenas from expiring

    12/28/2012 12:58:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    In a statement issued moments ago, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa “praised the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others at the Justice Department as a result of lawful subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress. “The inclusion of these provisions in the House rules will allow the civil suit, authorized by a bipartisan vote of the House in July 2012, which seeks federal courts to compel the production of relevant subpoenaed documents to continue,” the...
  • House Ethics closes Countrywide probe without taking action

    12/28/2012 12:42:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 12/27/12 | Peter Schroeder
    The House Ethics Committee has decided to close its investigation into preferential mortgages doled out under a controversial VIP program without taking any action. The panel said it was not taking any action on members who received more affordable mortgages under the program, instituted by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial because while allegations surrounding the program and lawmakers involved "serious matters," they largely fell outside its jurisdiction. For example, many of the allegations pertain to actions outside the Ethics Committee's statute of limitations — greater than three Congresses ago — and many of those accused are no longer working in Congress...
  • Woman Charged With Killing NY Firefighters

    12/28/2012 12:38:55 PM PST · by redreno · 35 replies ^ | 12/28/2012 | AP
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the ambush slaying of two volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire in upstate New York.
  • California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

    12/28/2012 12:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 27, 2012 | Phillip Reese
    Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data. Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office. During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health. Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11...