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  • Gun range newbie: A personal tale

    01/17/2013 10:06:29 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 59 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/17/2013 | Emily Babay
    When reporting about guns, I'm often asked whether I've fired one myself. "Just once," I'd reply, not elaborating to say I found my trip to a Virginia shooting range terrifying. So when I was sent to see how gun shops and shooting ranges around Philadelphia were faring amid the debate over firearms, I was prepared for the same question. But I wondered: Would shooting again change my ambivalence about guns? A Gallup poll found 47 percent of U.S. adults say they have a gun in their home or property.
  • 'Turmoil' For Many Parents As NYC School Bus Drivers Strike

    01/17/2013 10:04:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    npr.org ^ | 1/16/13 | MARK MEMMOTT
    It's been a rough morning for many parents and their children in New York City, where about 8,000 school bus drivers and monitors have gone on strike —meaning about 152,000 students had to get to school some other way... It's going to be chaotic," New York City school's Chancellor Dennis Walcott tells NY1 as his system and the city head into Day 1 of a strike by school bus drivers. About 152,000 students, one third of them with special needs, rely on the yellow buses to get back and forth to school each day. According to our colleagues at WNYC,the...
  • BBC Live: Algeria hostage siege

    01/17/2013 9:59:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | Jan 2013 | Staff
    Latest news at the top of the article.....From the Begginnin.....i.e.....the bottom.***********************************EXCERPT********************************************1353: The hostages were seized on Wednesday morning after heavily armed militants attacked a bus leaving the plant but were repelled by their police escort.    1350: Welcome to our live coverage of the Algerian hostage siege. We will bring you updates as the situation develops with expert analysis from BBC correspondents and comment from readers.
  • Obama gun speech shows misdirection, desperation and weakness

    01/17/2013 9:59:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Announcing anti-gun measures in front of a theatrical backdrop of children, itself a tactic associated with troubling historical precedents, President Barack Obama yesterday proposed specific legislative efforts related to guns for Congress to pass, and also outlined 23 measures he says can be implemented under executive authority. To set the stage for using children, the White House, along with a complicit anti-gun media, made a point of sharing letters from children, particularly those that resonate with the childish emotions of those who don’t know enough about guns to know they’re being manipulated. Case in point is the message from an...
  • Obama, Netanyahu seem headed for US-Israel clash

    01/17/2013 9:50:59 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 23 replies
    msn.com ^ | 1/17/13 | Amy Teibel
    JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel's prime minister on Wednesday dismissed President Barack Obama's reported displeasure with his hardline policies toward the Palestinians, a sign that the two could be headed for a showdown. Polls suggest Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to win Israel's elections next week and continue in office. This week an American columnist with close ties to the White House described Obama's disdain for Netanyahu, warning that Israel's all-important relationship with the U.S. could suffer in unprecedented ways if the Israeli government doesn't change its policies. Such a clash would come at a tense time when regional developments appear to...
  • Va. killer who asked for it gets his state execution

    01/17/2013 9:48:29 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 January 2013 | Dena Potter
    RICHMOND — A man who strangled his prison cellmate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn’t executed was put to death Wednesday in Virginia’s electric chair. Robert Gleason Jr., 42, was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center. He became the first inmate executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose death by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, death row inmates are allowed to choose between electrocution and lethal injection. Gleason was serving life in prison for the 2007 fatal shooting of a man...
  • MILLER: Obama is coming for your guns

    01/17/2013 9:47:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Gun control is back. President Obama on Wednesday unveiled a series of feel-good measures designed to play on the emotions of Americans saddened by the horrific shooting of 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month. Almost nothing he proposes to do would make anyone safer. Surrounding himself with children, Mr. Obama said, “This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special-interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.” The president said that...
  • Fears for hostages as Algeria attacks gas complex – live updates (5 Americans dead?)

    01/17/2013 9:32:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Guardian ^ | 1/17/13 | Guardian
    Foreign nationals from eight countries were taken hostage at the Amenas plant. The Associated Press rounds up what we know about the hostages so far: -snip- • United States: Seven Americans were hostages, the militants said, but they claimed only two survived the Algerian strafing on Thursday. The US has confirmed that some of its citizens are hostages but gave no numbers.
  • And so, we march

    01/17/2013 9:29:29 AM PST · by frogjerk · 4 replies
    Diocese of Trenton ^ | 1/17/2013 | ThMost Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton
    And so, we march A message from Most Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton While standing in a grocery store checkout line recently, I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the cover of Time magazine which read: “40 Years ago, abortion-rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade … they’ve been losing ever since.” Wow! That certainly is good news in a battle that those of us committed to the pro-life cause have been waging ever since the Supreme Court’s tragic decision in 1973. I bought the magazine and read the article which pointed...
  • 'Thirty-five hostages killed in Algerian helicopter attack on BP gas plant siege': Two Brits feared

    01/17/2013 9:18:16 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Thursday, Jan 17 2013 3PM | Simon Tomlinson and Nabila Ramdani And Peter Allen
    'Thirty-five hostages killed in Algerian helicopter attack on BP gas plant siege': Two Brits feared dead, but some captives including Americans and Irish have escaped Helicopters 'began strafing' complex, also killing 15 militants, claim rebelsMilitants had earlier threatened to blow up the hostages if they intervened Al-Qaeda group also demand safe passage out of facility with the hostagesTwo British nationals and Algerian are believed to have been killed in siegeBritain will allow Algeria to 'take the lead', but will consider request for helpPM Cameron: 'Extent of attack suggests considerable degree of planning'Attack was planned by 'one-eyed Islamist known as...
  • What's Happening in Williamsburg: The GOP "Retreats"

    01/17/2013 9:16:38 AM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    The welcoming remarks of an unidentified member of the senior GOP House leadership to the assembled Republican conference gathering for a "retreat" in Williamsburg have leaked: Welcome to Williamsburg, Members of the House Republican Conference. We hope you enjoy your retreat. Perhaps we should begin with that age old tradition: Look to your left. Now look to your right. Either you or one of those two people won’t be here in two years. Perhaps two of the three will be gone. If you are sitting in the wrong row, all three of you could be looking for work with the...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 17,2013

    01/17/2013 9:04:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 61 replies
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  • Sen. Rand Paul: Build Iron Dome Over White House, Capitol, Key Cities

    01/17/2013 8:59:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 10:18 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Sen. Rand Paul says The White House, Capitol buildings, and key U.S. cities should build their own versions of Israel's Iron Dome to defend them from missile attacks, BuzzFeed reports. “I saw presentations of the Iron Dome and it was very impressive … [I am] absolutely in favor of it,” Paul told reporters in a conference call after touring Israel and Jordan. …
  • Electronic pulltabs for new Vikings stadium still are not taking off

    01/17/2013 8:59:00 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 30 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | January 16, 2013 | Jean Hopfensberger
    The electronic pulltab sales slated to help fund the Vikings stadium are nowhere near their projected target, even after the state lowered that target last month, a House committee learned Wednesday. (snip) The sale of electronic pulltabs, run by Minnesota charities, was supposed to generate $348 million in taxes to underwrite the state's share of the cost of a new Vikings stadium. But the electronic pulltab games, introduced in September, have pulled in just $4.2 million in gross receipts -- and $635,000 in net receipts after prizes were paid.
  • Te'o Hoax = 120 mil Google refs (how about Te'o death certificate vs Obama birth certificate?)

    01/17/2013 8:57:05 AM PST · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    google (dfu comments) ^ | 1-2013 | google; dfu comments
    GOOGLE SEARCH: "Te'o Hoax" results in 120,000,000 references. GOOGLE SEARCH: "Obama fake birth certificate" results in 1,750,000 references Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend story is trending around the world. It is a firestorm. We do not know exactly where this is going, but one of my first observations is marveling at the reporter feeding frenzy - both sports and regular news journalists. From what I understand, this is a good kid, from a good family, who is an Eagle Scout. He may have been really immature in relationships with the opposite sex, let a story get out...
  • People do not need assault weapons: defense secretary

    01/17/2013 8:55:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:12am EST | David Alexander
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined the gun control debate on Thursday when he told troops at a military base in Italy that only soldiers needed armor-piercing bullets or assault weapons. Asked by a soldier what President Barack Obama would do to protect school children from gun violence without infringing Americans’ right to own guns, Panetta said action was needed after the attack on a Connecticut school in December in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. He told members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza (Italy) that there were areas where steps could be taken....
  • Tinkering With CPI Won't Erase Social Security's Insolvency

    01/17/2013 8:52:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 01/17/2013 | Victor Nava
    2031 is likely the next 2012. No, the Mayan calendar hasn't been reinterpreted -- but the Social Security Administration's statistical projections have, and it's not looking good. A new study by professors Gary King of Harvard University and Samir Soneji of Dartmouth College finds that the Social Security Administration's (SSA) $2.7 trillion trust fund that is supposed to fund the retirement of baby boomers, will be exhausted in 2031 -- two years earlier than the SSA's original projection. Indeed, 2010 was the first time in more than 25 years that Social Security ran a deficit; spending $49 billion more in...
  • Texas A Model State For Dynamic Job And Economic Growth

    01/17/2013 8:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/17/2013 | WENDELL COX
    The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also — pace critics such as the New York Times' Paul Krugman — created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth. Texan job creation has far outpaced the...
  • Upcoming Pipeline Capacity Additions ...Continued Growth in Crude Oil... from Midwest to Gulf Coast

    01/17/2013 8:36:23 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | January 16, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Full Title: Upcoming Pipeline Capacity Additions Will Facilitate Continued Growth in Crude Oil Shipments from Midwest to Gulf Coast This Week in Petroleum Continuing growth in U.S. crude oil production is causing significant changes in the way crude oil moves within the United States. The Midwest (PADD 2) has been one of the major sources of this production growth, especially from the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Pipeline flows from PADD 2 to PADD 3 will increase over the next two years as several major pipeline projects, starting with the Seaway Pipeline's current capacity expansion, are completed. As PADD 2...
  • Michael Barone: Ivory-tower Obama can't abide views he doesn't share

    01/17/2013 8:36:05 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2013 | Michael Barone
    To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.-SNIP-The push for gun control is more a symbolic gesture than a serious attempt at governing.Something better can be said about Obama's call for immigration law changes. The need for some change is clear.That was also true in Obama's first two years, when he did nothing to advance legislation on the subject when Democrats had a solid majorities in Congress.The question is whether Obama wants legislation or...
  • US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

    01/17/2013 8:33:31 AM PST · by traumer · 9 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market may be improving. But much of the decline reflects seasonal volatility in the data.</p> <p>Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since January 2008, just after the recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 359,250.</p>
  • The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

    01/17/2013 8:31:48 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 13 replies
    247 Wall St. ^ | January 5, 2012 at 6:15 am
    9. Chandler, Ariz. > Violent crime per 1,000 people: 2.86 (14th lowest) > Poverty rate: 8.2% (6th lowest) > Adult population graduated from high school: 91.5% (13th highest) > Credit rating: Aaa (stable outlook) > Population: 236,775 Chandler is one of the newest large cities in the U.S. The city was incorporated in 1951, but the population did not truly expand until very recently. In 1980, Chandler, which is located within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, had a population of 30,000. Now, it has a population of 247,000. There are countless examples of cities that experienced this level of growth,...
  • Amenas Hostage Crisis: Oil Workers 'Killed' in Algeria Air Strikes

    01/17/2013 8:18:38 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jon Mainwaring
    Newswires reported lunchtime Thursday (UK time) that a spokesman claimed 34 hostages and 14 kidnappers have been killed in air strikes against the Amenas gas facility in southern Algeria. Islamist militants attacked the facility early Wednesday morning, taking dozens of hostages. Statoil and BP, who operate a joint venture at Amenas, confirmed Wednesday and Thursday that they have several workers at the facility. According to the AFP a spokesman for the kidnappers, speaking through a Mauritanian newswire, Algerian military aircraft attacked the facility in what appears to have been an attempt to free the hostages. The spokesman warned that the...
  • Iran to deploy warships to Mediterranean in show of force

    01/17/2013 8:07:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 17, 2013, 8:08 am | Joshua Davidovich
    Iranian warships will be deployed to the Mediterranean sea, the Red Sea and other regional waterways, Tehran’s navy said on Wednesday. The move will put Iranian firepower at Israel’s doorstep, and likely raise tensions in the already skittish region. … The Iranian navy has steadily expanded its international presence since 2008, when it began patrolling in the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial vessels owned or leased by Iran against piracy. Last year, two Iranian warships for the first time in decades traveled through the Suez Canal, extending Iran’s naval reach to the Mediterranean Sea. …
  • Obama, Clinton Silent on Hostage Crisis (If they sacrificed a US Ambassador to Al Qaeda in Libya...)

    01/17/2013 7:52:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    At least two American hostages are being held hostage at a gas plant in Algeria, but there's been no word on unfolding the situation from either President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • Brokaw: Silence On Gun Violence Akin To Failing To Oppose Segregation in 60s

    01/17/2013 7:48:31 AM PST · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    Talk about your strained analogies . . . Tom Brokaw has analogized people unwilling support measures aimed at limiting gun violence to those during the 1960s who were unwilling to speak out againt the likes of Bull Connor.
  • Anonymous likens Obama gun control policy to Hitler

    01/17/2013 7:44:32 AM PST · by gethimoutofthehouse · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 17. 2012 | Josh Peterson
    'This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did to disarm the German people' Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz2IFPuSuGr
  • Corpus gears up for Eagle Ford gas

    01/17/2013 7:43:49 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    CORPUS CHRISTI — It sits outside the frenzied drilling activity, but Corpus Christi has its eye on the gas fields of the Eagle Ford Shale region. Even as companies chase crude oil deposits in South Texas, Corpus Christi is betting on dry natural gas — currently uneconomic to drill — as a long-term fuel supply for its busses and city fleet, and as an export product for its port. “What’s happening in the Eagle Ford is not staying in the Eagle Ford,” said Richard Borchard, a Port of Corpus Christi commissioner, who spoke at an Eagle Ford Shale Consortium meeting...
  • Obama's Executive Disarmament Confirms Tea Party Can Not Go Away

    01/17/2013 7:43:17 AM PST · by Lloyd Marcus · 9 replies
    lloydmarcus.com ^ | 1-17-2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Obama brings kids to the White House as props for photo-op and emotional appeal to unveil his illegal gun control plans. Obama despicably using kids to undermine the Second Amendment via executive order is a perfect example of why the Tea Party can not go away. Due to extensive media coverage of Obama's Disarmament Show, low info voters will cry hearing stories of how guns make kids fearful and give Obama carte blanche to do whatever he deems necessary regardless of the Constitution. Predicting from their pattern of spineless behavior, Republicans will probably simply go along with Obama's illegal dictates....
  • Cheap natural gas gives U.S. refineries an advantage

    01/17/2013 7:42:09 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    Refinery expansion projects could add as much as 9 million barrels a day to the world’s transportation fuel supply over the next five years, according to a report from Hart Energy. That could mean competition for U.S. exports to Latin America and elsewhere. But even if all of the expansion projects are completed — and that’s a big if — analysts expect increased demand to absorb the new supply and provide a continuing market for U.S. products, at least for the next few years. “There are many grand announcements that are made, and then they don’t come to pass,” said...
  • 'Idle No More' Activist Busted for Molotov Threat at Wisconsin Capitol

    01/17/2013 7:37:10 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | by Brandon Darby 16 Jan 20 | by Brandon Darby
    A Wisconsin activist was arrested Tuesday at the state Capitol building just hours before Governor Scott Walker was to deliver his State of the State Address to Wisconsin lawmakers. The man, Kvon R. Smith, had reportedly used Facebook to threaten to do harm at the Capitol. Law enforcement was ready for him and arrested him as he attempted to enter the building. Smith then reportedly claimed to have a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. Police evacuated portions of the capitol building and a bomb squad reportedly arrived and handled the backpack. Police did not say whether or not the backpack...
  • More Oregon sheriffs say they won't enforce new gun laws

    01/17/2013 7:30:06 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 33 replies
    KATU.com ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | AP
    <p>PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — More Oregon sheriffs are joining the chorus saying they would refuse to enforce any new federal gun law they believe are unconstitutional.</p> <p>Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley said Tuesday he sent the same letter to Vice President Joe Biden that was sent Monday by Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller.</p>
  • Shame, Shame On The New York Archdiocese

    01/17/2013 7:03:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Irish Examiner USA ^ | 1-15-13 | Alicia Colon
    I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I'm not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure. I met the affable Cardinal at the 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church but that didn't stop its inner-city school from being targeted. Clearly the archdiocese has abandoned its educational mission for the needy which was established hundreds of years ago. Instead the economic bottom line seems to count more than educating minority children in the neighborhoods with poor performing public schools and few alternatives....
  • Would you hire Chuck Hagel?

    01/17/2013 6:51:04 AM PST · by RobertSouthwell · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/16/2013 | Joanne Butler
    From my perch in Delaware, I can only marvel at how faded pols suddenly become white-hot in the blink of an eye. Take former Senator Chuck Hagel, for instance. I met him once back in 1999, early in his first Senate term. I’ve met many politicians in my career, but I won’t soon forget that afternoon in Hagel’s office.
  • GI (Manning) motive barely admissible in WikiLeaks case

    01/17/2013 6:49:33 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 1-16-2013 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A military judge's ruling on Wednesday tightly limited an Army private's ability to argue he had good reasons for allegedly sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Pfc. Bradley Manning can use motive evidence at his June 3 trial only to show that he didn't know the leaked material would be seen by al-Qaida, or to seek leniency at sentencing, Col. Denise Lind ruled during a pretrial hearing. Evidence of motive isn't relevant to the other charges, she said. Prosecutors say Manning told an online confidant-turned-government-informant that he leaked the...
  • Automatic and semi-automatic may be used interchangeably

    01/17/2013 6:48:15 AM PST · by DManA · 34 replies
    Corrections - On The Media (PBS) ^ | January 13, 2013 | Bob Garfield
    Unless used to kill our enemies the Eurasians, pop pop pop is ++ungood.
  • 600 Cats Saved From Becoming Chinese Food After Truck Crash

    01/17/2013 6:45:38 AM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-17-2013 | Agence France Presse
    <p>Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said on Thursday.</p> <p>Volunteers hauled the felines from the lorry on Monday after the accident in the central city of Changsha, said Xu Chenxin of the Changsha Small Animal Protection Association. About another 100 were already dead.</p>
  • Here's What Happened the Last Time the U.S. Defaulted on Its Debt

    01/17/2013 6:42:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 16, 2013 | Matthew OBrian
    Once upon a time, Congress didn't want to raise the debt ceiling,sending the country into default. It was bad, and we shouldn't do it again. The end. Oh, you wanted to hear the rest of the story? Okay, here it is. Back in 1979, Congress waited, and waited, and waited to lift the debt ceiling, because Congress never likes taking responsibility for the tax and spending decisions it's already made. Now, Congress usually does the right thing after it's exhausted every other possibility, at least when it comes to paying our bills, and this debt limit increase was no exception....
  • TODAY SHOW - NO "ASSAULT WEAPONS" USED IN SANDY HOOK MASSACRE

    01/17/2013 6:38:37 AM PST · by AngryCapitalist · 314 replies
    Today show ^ | 12-15-2012 | NBC
    Pete Williams reports that no AR USED AT SANDY HOOK! Only 4 handguns found, Lanza left his rifle in the car. This is why Sandy HOOK was never mentioned at yesterday's signing by Barry. http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495
  • Report: 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers killed (Algerian airstrike)

    01/17/2013 6:38:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/17/13
    NOUAKCHOTT — Thirty-four hostages and 15 of their al-Qaida-linked kidnappers were killed Thursday in an air strike by the Algerian armed forces, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported, citing one of the kidnappers holding captives at a desert gas field. It was not immediately possible to independently verify the information from the agency, which has close contact with the group that has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping, reportedly in retaliation for France's military intervention in neighboring Mali. ANI reported that the spokesman for the kidnappers said they would kill the rest of their captives if the army approached. A local...
  • US, Others Ground Boeing Dreamliner Indefinitely

    01/17/2013 6:32:17 AM PST · by rawhide · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1-17-13
    Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. The lightweight, mainly carbon-composite plane has been plagued by recent mishaps - including an emergency landing of a Japanese domestic flight on Wednesday after warning lights indicated a battery problem - raising concerns over its use of new technology, such as lithium-ion batteries. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday temporarily grounded Boeing's newest commercial airliner, saying carriers would have to demonstrate the batteries were safe before the planes could resume...
  • Alleged mobsters arrested in investigation into mafia ties to New York's garbage companies

    01/17/2013 6:22:36 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Thirty-two arrests of suspected mobsters or mafia associates were made in dawn raids across New York and New Jersey today as part of an ongoing investigation into mafia control of the private garbage-hauling industry. Suspected members of five key criminal families in the area were arrested, according to ABC News. They said figures known as 'Papa Smurf,' 'Uncle Sonny' and 'Joe Cali' in the criminal underworld had been detained and charged with running an extortion racket. It is the lastest operation in the joint FBI and police investigation investigating illegal ties between waste disposal and the mafia. U.S. Attorney for...
  • Militants demand safe passage to Libya after seizing Westerners in Algeria (Obama debacle)

    01/17/2013 6:07:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/17/13 | Said Chitour and Faith Karimi
    Algiers, Algeria (CNN) -- Islamist militants who seized Westerners at an Algerian gas plant are demanding safe passage to nearby Libya, authorities said, as fallout from the French offensive in Mali reverberates globally.
  • U.S. jobless claims drop to five-year low

    01/17/2013 6:06:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/13
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the largest weekly drop since February 2010. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 1,000 more applications than previously reported. While last week's decline ended four straight weeks of increases, it is probably not the start of a new trend or a sign of a material...
  • Why Israel Is Turning Right

    01/17/2013 5:47:19 AM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 17, 2013 | David Frum
    n the Jan. 21 New Yorker, David Remnick offers a long profile of various figures from the Israeli nationalist right, including Naftali Bennett, leader of a rising political party. If Bennett becomes Prime Minister someday—and his ambition is as plump and glaring as a harvest moon—he intends to annex most of the West Bank and let Arab cities like Ramallah, Nablus, and Jenin be “self-governing” but “under Israeli security.” “I will do everything in my power to make sure they never get a state,” he says of the Palestinians. No more negotiations, “no more illusions.” Let them eat crème brûlée....
  • At least 7 killed, 25 wounded in twin car bombs in Iraq [Obama Happy To See USA Neutered]

    01/17/2013 5:46:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 1/17/13
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and more than 25 wounded in two car bomb explosions in a town in Salahudin province north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, a provincial police source told Xinhua. The first attack occurred in the morning when a car bomb detonated in the center of al-Dujail town, some 60 km north of Baghdad. Minutes later, another car bombing followed targeting security forces and civilians who gathered at the site of the first blast, the source said on condition of anonymity. The attackers apparently followed old tactic which...
  • Hostages escape Sahara siege - report Live (Algeria: Dozens reported killed in raid)

    01/17/2013 5:28:09 AM PST · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Andrew Binet
    BREAKING: 34 HOSTAGES AND 15 KIDNAPPERS KILLED BY AIR STRIKES BY ALGERIAN ARMY - ANI NEWS AGENCY SNIP (Previous) UPDATE - Twenty-five hostages escape Algeria siege - source ALGIERS - Twenty-five foreign hostages, including two Japanese, escaped from the siege of a gas plant deep in the Algerian desert on Thursday, an Algerian security source said.
  • P8-Is: Indian Navy's eye in the sky

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    01/17/2013 5:11:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
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