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  • Doc infects patients with hepatitis B during surgery

    12/24/2012 4:02:34 PM PST · by Doogle · 9 replies
    MyHealthNewsDaily ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachael Rettner
    A doctor with hepatitis B who performed joint replacement surgeries unknowingly passed the virus on to at least two of his patients, according to a new report. The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.
  • Adelson: GOP Should Accept Tax Increases to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    12/24/2012 3:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 24 Dec 2012 10:20 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Casino/hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson says Republican congressmen should accept a tax increase to solve the fiscal cliff. “I’m a citizen first and a partisan second,” Adelson, who provided more than $100 million to Republican candidates during the last election cycle, writes on Politico. That sum likely makes him the largest single donor ever. …
  • Actor Jack Klugman dies at age 90

    12/24/2012 3:14:09 PM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | December 24, 2012 | ABC 13
    LOS ANGELES, CA (KTRK) -- There's sad news to report from the entertainment world. Actor Jack Klugman has passed away at the age of 90. The actor's attorney made the announcement Monday. Klugman reportedly died peacefully at his home in Northridge, California with his wife, Peggy, at his side.
  • Police catch Superstorm theft suspect who took advantage of classmate's kindness

    12/24/2012 3:04:49 PM PST · by tflabo · 2 replies
    phillyburbs ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 | Jo Ciavaglia
    Lower Southampton police have caught a homeless New Jersey woman who allegedly stole more than $2,000 in items from a former high school classmate who took her in after Hurricane Sandy.
  • Temporary workaround to get your sidebars back

    12/24/2012 2:29:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    FR settings ^ | Dec 24, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    An error in the system is truncating some of our pages. Hoping John checks his messages soon and fixes the problem. In the meantime, you can work around it by clicking on "Account" (at the top of any of the main index pages) then on "My Preferences." Then select 20 results per page. Very sorry about the inconvenience. Merry Christmas, everyone!!
  • Petition to Deport Piers Morgan Gains Internet Fame

    12/24/2012 2:07:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/24/12 | Sarah Parnass
    A petition asking President Obama to deport CNN anchor Piers Morgan gathered more than 33,000 signatures in just three days. The petition on the White House’s “We the People” website posted Friday has crossed the 25,000 threshold needed to solicit a response from President Obama. But unlike the petitions to reduce gun violence that Obama addressed last week, this one isn’t likely to receive a favorable response. The petition takes aim at Morgan for his impassioned defense of proposed gun control legislation on air this week. It accuses him of launching “a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting...
  • Gunman who ambushed firefighters killed grandmother in 1980, police say (Banned From Owning Guns)

    12/24/2012 1:54:39 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 24, 2012 | Jason White
    The gunman who ambushed four volunteer firefighters, killing two, in upstate New York had spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980, police said. Undated booking photo of William Spengler, who shot and killed two firefighters Monday. William Spengler opened fire on the volunteers as they responded to a blaze just before 6 a.m. ET in a small cluster of homes along Lake Ontario in Webster, N.Y., police said, rocking this close-knit community. The 62-year-old convicted felon had apparently set a trap, firing on the first responders from atop an earthen berm....
  • Vatican Newspaper Compares Gay-Marriage Equality to Communism

    12/24/2012 1:39:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 20 2012 | ALESSANDRO SPECIALE - Religion News Service
    Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism Vatican City • Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and Europe, the Roman Catholic Church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage. The latest salvo came this week, with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality. Scaraffia, a 64-year-old former feminist activist who later became a fervent Catholic, has often written in the Vatican newspaper on the...
  • How About Banning Bullets? The Constitution Doesn't Say Anything About Those...

    12/24/2012 1:49:44 PM PST · by blam · 81 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-24-2012 | Henry Blodget
    How About Banning Bullets? The Constitution Doesn't Say Anything About Those... Henry BlodgetDecember 24, 2012, 1:56 PM It's Time We Saw The Idea That Everyone Should Carry An Assault Weapon For What It Is: Nuts One of the arguments invoked by those who think we should keep assault weapons freely available in this country is that the Constitution says we have a right to own and buy them. The Constitution actually doesn't say anything of the sort. All the Constitution says is that we have the right to "bear arms." And that "right to bear arms" is actually supposed to...
  • The NRA plan is so stupid that 1/3rd of all public schools already use it

    12/24/2012 1:17:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The National Review ^ | 12/24/12 | Via New York Times:
    [. . .] Nationwide, at least 23,000 schools — about one-third of all public schools — already had armed security on staff as of the most recent data, for the 2009-10 school year, and a number of states and districts that do not use them have begun discussing the idea in recent days. . . Plus the NRA plan was much more comprehensive than just armed guards.
  • To American Gun Owners

    12/24/2012 1:15:47 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 18 Dec 12 | Kenn Blanchard
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  • ’Tis the season to bash Israel

    12/24/2012 12:44:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Monday December 24, 2012 | David M. Weinberg
    Every Christmas eve, you can count on several foreign correspondents in Israel to produce their annual bash-Israel-for-Christmas articles. These propaganda pieces usually focus on the plight of Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, laying the blame on Israel for the dramatic decline (from perhaps 70 percent to under 25%) in the number of Christians in that city. Earlier this year, in April, CBS’s Bob Simon produced a masterpiece of mistruth on “60 Minutes” in which he indicted Israel's “occupation” and its security fence for the decline of the Christian population in the entire West Bank. Yesterday, the slam-Israel doozy of the year...
  • Group says Gaza Palestinians violated laws of war

    12/24/2012 12:35:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 7:56 AM EST
    Gaza militants violated laws of war by launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians during last month’s fighting, Human Rights Watch said in a release Monday. … “Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at the New York-based rights group. “There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas.” …
  • A sampling of child firearms deaths in 2012

    12/24/2012 12:35:12 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-24-12 | Administration Propaganda(AP)
    A sample of deaths by gunfire this year of children age 12 and under based on an Associated Press review of media reports: Jan. 23—Jaymee M. Steward, 7, is accidentally shot in the head while he and his brothers, ages 4 and 13, play in a bedroom of the family home in Morristown, Tenn., with a .22-caliber gun they mistake for a toy. Jaymee dies three days later. Feb. 20—Delric Miller, 9 months, is struck by gunfire when an attacker sprays the Detroit home he is in with an AK-47. Authorities say the gunfire is gang-related.
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees

    12/24/2012 11:18:05 AM PST · by JOAT · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 10 December 2012 | Mike Flacy
    Definitely an interesting, if not controversial, invention for the field of law enforcement, a new set of handcuffs delivers electric shocks like a taser. Covered in detail on Patent Bolt recently, a patent application for an advanced set of handcuffs was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office during late November 2012. Filed by a group called Scottsdale Inventions during late 2010, technology that could potentially go into the handcuff design includes an accelerometer, a location sensing device, a microphone; a camera and a biometric sensor to measure a detainee’s physical state. However, the group has also designed the...
  • Afghan policewoman kills US military adviser inside Interior Ministry

    12/24/2012 9:48:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member of the Afghan security forces. The policewoman, who was identified as Nargis, is "assigned to the gender and equality department" at the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. "She fired one shot at the advisor, a construction engineer, in the head at close range," according to the Afghan news agency. The policewoman's motivation for shooting the civilian adviser is not know. She is...
  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 23 December 2012 16.30 EST | Julian Borger
    Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a...