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  • EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

    01/30/2013 12:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 January 2013 | Henriette Jacobsen
    Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year. … Moreover, the EU also dislikes the fact that Norway has rejected several directives coming from Brussels. The Norwegian government has for example warned it won’t implement the EU’s postal directive about competitiveness for letter mail weighing less than 50 grams. … (Denmark MEP Bendt) Bendtsen said the problems in the EU-Norway relations could eventually affect the...
  • What's an Assault Weapon?

    01/30/2013 12:12:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein's bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose. Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don't know what "assault weapons" are. Feinstein's bill would ban "157 dangerous military-style assault weapons" by...
  • President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high (From Washington Post)

    01/30/2013 12:09:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Scott Clement and Aaron Blake
    President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par...
  • Australian PM schedules elections for Yom Kippur

    01/30/2013 12:09:12 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 30, 2013, 11:49 am | Gabe Fisher
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard surprised voters on Wednesday by announcing that national elections will be held September 14, in a country where governments have traditionally given the opposition little more than a month’s notice to keep a strategic advantage. September 14, 2013, falls on Yom Kippur, leading former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull to post on Twitter that he was “deeply disappointed that Julia Gillard chose to hold the election on Yom Kippur — the most solemn and sacred day of the Jewish year.”
  • ADP: 192K private-sector jobs added in January

    01/30/2013 12:06:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Originally, I planned to add this to the GDP announcement --- but that was before the BEA laid an egg, and a red egg at that. Instead, let's look at the early indicator from ADP of Friday's upcoming BLS jobs report, which is a lot sunnier than Q4 GDP would suggest: Private sector employment increased by 192,000 jobs from December to January, according to the January ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by ADP, a leading provider of human capital management services, in collaboration with MoodyÂ’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADPÂ’s actual payroll data, measures the...
  • Rally Not Ready to Withdraw Into Solitude

    01/30/2013 11:49:56 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Payne
    se•ques•ter[si-kwes-ter] Show IPAverb (used with object) 1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude.2. to remove or separate.3.Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as theproperty and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied.4. International Law. to requisition, hold, and control (enemy property). It was an odd and somewhat uneventful session that saw an okay durable goods report offset a slight disappointment in pending home sales and Caterpillar (CAT) rally higher mostly on the words of a confident CEO while offsetting what on the surfaced seemed to be really...
  • Fed Keeps Stimulus In Place As Economy "Paused" (BARF)

    01/30/2013 11:48:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | January 30,2013 | Allster Bull And Pedro da Costa
    (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left in place its monthly $85 billion bond-buying stimulus plan, saying economic growth had stalled but indicating the pullback was likely temporary.
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/30/2013 11:47:13 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 30 jan 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an...
  • Hillary Clinton warns GOP lawmakers not to act like North Africa terrorists

    01/30/2013 11:43:47 AM PST · by MissesBush · 47 replies
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while lamenting the partisanship of congressional Republicans who grilled her about the Benghazi attack, encouraged Republicans not to imitate the unwillingness to compromise evinced by terrorists in North Africa. “It has been increasingly partisan,” Clinton said today at the Newseum when asked to comment on the questioning she faced from Republicans last week. “You can be partisan, you can have a strong sense of the rightness of your position, but democracy and certainly legislative bodies require compromise. And you can’t let compromise become a dirty word because then you veer toward fanaticism.” “I mean, we...
  • Berlin man charged with murder after shooting man in stomach with arrow

    01/30/2013 11:37:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    A 25-year-old Berlin man has been charged with shooting another man in the stomach with an arrow, killing him on Monday night, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Timothy Canfield, of the first block of North Brill Avenue in Berlin, is charged with the murder of Kereti Paulsen, of Cape May Court House. Authorities allege that the victim, Paulsen, got into a fistfight with another resident of the Brill Avenue home some time between 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Monday night. That argument broke up and everyone but Paulsen went back into the house, according to witness statements provided...
  • Israeli airstrike hits truck convoy in Syria

    01/30/2013 11:37:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Israel conducted a rare airstrike inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, foreign officials said Wednesday, amid fears President Bashar Assad's regime is providing weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
  • Why There's No Real Inflation - Yet

    01/30/2013 11:35:47 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    TMO - Money Morning ^ | 1-30-2013 | Martin Hutchinson
    Why There's No Real Inflation - Yet Economics / InflationJan 30, 2013 - 01:16 PM GMT By: Money Morning Martin Hutchinson writes: According to Milton Friedman, "inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon." If that is true, then you have to wonder where the heck all of the inflation is. Every central bank in the Western world is holding interest rates down, and almost all of them are printing money like it's going out of style. Five years ago, nearly every economist in the world would have told you this would cause inflation to skyrocket, and the big deficits...
  • Syrian TV says Israeli warplanes attacked research center

    01/30/2013 11:30:40 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 33 replies
    Syrian TV says Israeli warplanes attacked research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday.
  • 3 people shot at office complex in Phoenix, Arizona; shooter may be on the loose

    01/30/2013 11:28:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | 1/30/2013
    Phoenix police said someone shot three people at an office complex Wednesday morning and the shooter's whereabouts were unknown. Officer James Holmes said the victims were taken to hospitals. He did not know if their injuries were life-threatening. Holmes said police so far believe there was only one shooter but don't know his whereabouts. "We have no motive. It is right now a really fluid scene," Holmes said. He said police were given conflicting information about the suspect leaving the scene. The building was evacuated and police are looking for a suspect or any additional victims. Vannessa Brogan, who works...
  • Teen girl who performed at Obama inauguration killed in Chicago shooting

    01/30/2013 11:27:38 AM PST · by South40 · 67 replies ^ | January 30, 2013
    A teenage girl who attended presidential inauguration activities in Washington earlier this month was shot to death at a Chicago park. Police say 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday and later died at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. An unidentified boy was shot in the leg and is being treated at the hospital. No arrests have been made. Hadiya was a majorette with the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events. CBS Chicago affiliate WBBM-TV reports she was also an honor student and volleyball player.
  • Now MSNBC is “reviewing” how that tape was edited to make Newtown residents look like

    01/30/2013 11:26:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies ^ | 30 January, 2013 | Jim Treacher has been all over the story of NBC’s latest… I was about to say “latest ethical lapse,” but that would imply they have any ethics to begin with. Let’s just call it the latest example of NBC lying so egregiously, even a few other liberal media outlets are calling them out on it. Twitchy deserves our thanks for catching the lie and presenting the truth. And now the cover-up begins at NBC. Erik Wemple at WaPo has the latest: MSNBC is reviewing its portrayal of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, at a...
  • FBI raids West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez

    01/30/2013 11:26:41 AM PST · by MissesBush · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 01/30/13 | Marc Caputo, Jay Weaver and Scott Hiaasen
    FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans. The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor...
  • Is the Eagle Ford for real?

    01/30/2013 11:26:26 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    That’s the question that keeps dogging the South Texas oil and gas field. Even as thousands of workers and major oil and gas companies flood into the region, investors have been reluctant to invest in houses, apartments and other permanent infrastructure. A when-will-it-bust mentality hangs over the region. But participants in the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum’s Eagle Ford Forum II event Tuesday said the oil and gas development appears to be here to stay, and that it’s time for the region to figure out how to manage everything from water issues to roads. Lance Robertson, vice president of Eagle...
  • The Gathering Red Storm

    01/30/2013 11:25:05 AM PST · by arthurus · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 30 January 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    It’s difficult to not look at world events these days and feel as though we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. Things are heating up even more and the clock is now at about 30 seconds to midnight. One wonders where all this will lead… Well, if the current course is kept, straight into hell, probably. That is by design and has been planned on for a very long time.
  • DA: Framingham man hacked and slashed teen wife to death (man is avowed communist)

    01/30/2013 11:20:09 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/30/13 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A Framingham man enraged to learn the baby girl who was born July 23, 2010, was the product of an extramarital affair stabbed his unfaithful teenage wife to death and then lived in their apartment for days with her decaying corpse and their older child before fleeing solo to Mexico, prosecutors said today. Heather Alleyne, 19, just two weeks after delivering her daughter Neveah — heaven spellled backward — and one day after she gave up custody of the infant to the baby’s biological father to save her marriage, “suffered a brutal and excruciating death,” Assistant Middlesex District Attorney Joseph...