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  • Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE as hostage standoff in Alabama bunker ends after seven days

    02/04/2013 2:23:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2/4/13 | Thomas Durante and Laura Collins In Midland City, Alabama Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/n
    The 'survivalist killer' who allegedly gunned down a bus driver before taking a boy hostage in an underground bunker is now dead as the dramatic ordeal has ended after seven days. The five-year-old boy hostage, known only as Ethan, was taken away from the scene and is believed to be in fine condition. Multiple news outlets have reported that the gunman, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is deceased, but the cause of his death was not immediately known.
  • Boy in center of Alabama hostage standoff released, source says

    02/04/2013 2:13:23 PM PST · by Justaham · 37 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/4/13
    DEVELOPING: A five-year-old boy who was being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama for nearly a week has been released, a law enforcement source, citing reports, told Fox News. Authorities say 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed a bus driver last week in Midland City and then abducted the boy. Dykes is now dead, the source says, and it is unclear what the boy's current condition is.
  • Rowdy Fans Pack The Streets After Ravens Win The Super Bowl

    02/04/2013 1:57:47 PM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 4,2013 | CBS Baltimore
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Baltimore City police had their hands full managing the huge crowds of celebrating Ravens fans who took to the streets after Sunday night’s victory. In Fells Point, thousands of people danced in the streets.
  • Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin

    02/04/2013 1:37:40 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Mandi Woodruff
    Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin Mandi WoodruffFebruary 4, 2013, 1:19 PM In the past few years, Americans have learned a thing or two about how quickly disaster can strike. And with each Hurricane Sandy, housing crisis, and stock market crash that rocks our world, we're faced with the realization that many of us simply aren't prepared for the worst. A sobering new report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows nearly half of U.S. households (132.1 million people) don't have enough savings to weather emergencies, or finance long-term needs like college tuition, health...
  • CBS Host Says Singer 'Blew the Electric' Twice During Rehearsals

    02/04/2013 1:28:17 PM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 4 Feb 2013, 12:07 PM EDT
    Boomer Esiason, the former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and co-host "The NFL Today" on CBS, said Beyonce's halftime performance may have been responsible for the 34-minute blackout during Sunday's Super Bowl between Baltimore and San Francisco. “Beyonce blew the electric in the Superdome twice, I’m told, during her rehearsals during the week," Esiason said on Monday on his radio show. Esiason recalled there was a buzzing sound in the Superdome shortly after Beyonce's halftime show. On his "Boomer & Carton" radio show, Esiason said about "five or six minutes prior to" the "the breaker going," Kevin Harlan, a CBS announcer who...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Anderson Cooper's 10pm show to be axed

    02/04/2013 1:28:07 PM PST · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    Anderson Cooper's 10pm show is set to be slashed by CNN chief Jeff Zucker to make room for a big new hire, network sources have revealed. The TV favourite, 45, hosts Anderson Cooper 360° at 8pm every weekday and the show is repeated at 10pm, with Brit Piers Morgan sandwiched in between. However, as part of a huge raft of changes at the network, Zucker plans to axe the 10pm segment, paving the way for a news star to anchor another show.
  • Smith & Nephew Reduces Workforce

    02/04/2013 1:24:16 PM PST · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2013 | MICHAEL WADDELL
    Smith & Nephew eliminated nearly 100 jobs in Memphis and Andover, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 31, as the medical device company cuts expenses in an effort to offset tax hikes included in the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent medical device tax, which took effect Jan. 1. The London-based company, which employs about 1,800 people in Memphis, said the new tax will cost the industry about $30 billion over 10 years. “(The tax) has impacted a number of companies across the U.S.,” said Joe Metzger, senior vice president of corporate communications. “Smith & Nephew is...
  • S&P says U.S. to file civil lawsuit over ratings

    02/04/2013 1:21:35 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 4, 2013 | Staff
    (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Monday said it expects to be the target of a U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuit over its ratings of mortgage bonds prior to the recent financial crisis. The lawsuit against the McGraw-Hill Cos (MHP.N) unit focuses on its ratings in 2007 of various U.S. collateralized debt obligations (CDO), S&P said. It would be the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the financial crisis. "A DOJ lawsuit would be entirely without factual or legal merit," S&P said in a statement. "The DOJ would be wrong...
  • Obama tries to undercut NRA in gun control debate

    02/04/2013 1:15:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/4/13
    ...Obama on Monday tried to undercut National Rifle Association leaders and appeal directly to their membership, claiming gun owners support the "common-sense" gun control measures he's proposed -- and urging those supporters to "keep the pressure" on Congress. ....spoke in Minnesota, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws... Without once mentioning the NRA by name, Obama on Monday said gun control supporters should tell their members of Congress that "there's no legislation to eliminate all guns." Despite opposition not only from the NRA but a number of Republican lawmakers, Obama tried to...
  • Dodge Ram's Paul Harvey ('So God Made a Farmer' 1978 FFA Speech) Wins ADBOWL XLVII

    02/04/2013 1:11:11 PM PST · by drewh · 59 replies
    Radio & Broadcasting ^ | Feb, 4 2013 | By Carl Marcucci
    An iconic radio voice took the cake, as Dodge Ram’s “So God Made a Farmer” spot with Paul Harvey as the voice over was the highest-rated commercial during Super Bowl XLVII according to ADBOWL, the original advertising ranking website for consumers developed in 2002 by McKee Wallwork & Company. It wasn’t flashy or filled with special effects, but Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl spot featuring the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s tribute to U.S. farmers won the hearts and minds of viewers Sunday night. The two-minute spot featured a series of stark photos of farmers at work. Along with a montage...
  • Epigenetics: How Our Experiences Affect Our Offspring

    02/04/2013 1:10:36 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    The Week Magazine ^ | 1-20-2013 | The Week Staff
    Epigenetics: How Our Experiences Affect Our Offspring New research suggests that people's experiences, not just their genes, can affect the biological legacy of their offspring By The Week Staff January 20, 2013 Isn't our genetic legacy hardwired? From Mendel and Darwin in the 19th century to Watson and Crick in the 20th, scientists have shown that chromosomes passed from parent to child form a genetic blueprint for development. But in a quiet scientific revolution, researchers have in recent years come to realize that genes aren't a fixed, predetermined program simply passed from one generation to the next. Instead, genes can...
  • Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better'

    02/04/2013 12:55:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/13 | ap
    (AP) Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better' NEW YORK Her husband says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has undergone more medical tests but is "doing much better." Former President Bill Clinton made the remarks Monday to New York Congressman Peter King. The two spoke in front of a journalist outside the funeral of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (kahch). Bill Clinton said his wife had five hours of tests on Sunday and was told to "take it easy for another month." He said if her progress continues, "she'll be completely recovered."
  • Ron Paul Tweets About SEAL Sniper’s Death

    02/04/2013 12:52:47 PM PST · by Biggirl · 90 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | February 4,2013 | Vince Coglianese
    Former congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul tweeted a startling reaction to the death of SEAL sniper Chris Kyle on Monday: Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword." Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense
  • The faces of amnesty: Six immigrants' stories

    02/04/2013 12:52:03 PM PST · by posterchild · 6 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Mon Feb 4, 2013 | Liz Goodwin
    Ubaldo was 26 and working as a cashier in a Los Angeles gas station when he learned that his status as an illegal immigrant was about to change. He had turned on a Spanish radio station as an announcer was shouting the news: Ronald Reagan was expected to sign a new amnesty bill into law. It was 1986. “I felt like I just won a million dollars or more,” he said. Ubaldo is just one of the six immigrants Yahoo News has interviewed for our series on Americans who gained green cards under Reagan’s 1986 law that legalized 2.7 million...
  • Get rid of the Constitution? Get real.

    02/04/2013 12:45:38 PM PST · by IndePundit · 16 replies
    I cannot believe there are people out there who think we should get rid of the Constitution. The crazy part is, they want to get rid of the document but keep all of the provisions! Professor Seidman really struggles to defend his points in this video, at least David Rivkin was there to be the voice reason.
  • Woo hoo!! It's moving but we need your help to keep it going!! [FReepathon thread XV]

    02/04/2013 12:35:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 369 replies
    <p>We need your help to keep this FReepathon moving. Now into the second month of the fundraiser and we're catching up, but still lagging a bit behind the pace. Hopefully it'll keep going stron so we can complete it in the next few weeks.</p>
  • Obama claims 'consensus' forming around gun control proposals

    02/04/2013 12:29:10 PM PST · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/4/13 | ap/foxnews
    President Obama claimed Monday that a "consensus" is forming around the kinds of "common-sense" gun control measures he's pushing in Washington, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws.
  • Andrea Mitchell: Storms Show U.S. Needs To Go It Alone If Necessary On Climate Change

    02/04/2013 12:21:31 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Andrea Mitchell isn't about to let a good hurricane go to waste in her push for economy-wrecking climate change regulations. On her MSNBC show today, Andrea Mitchell claimed that recent weather events including Superstorm Sandy have "taught us if nothing else, that we have a real climate problem and that we have to deal with this here even if the rest of the world isn't going to deal with it in China and elsewhere." View the video here.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,February 4-8,2013

    02/04/2013 12:19:48 PM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
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  • Chilling Video: Thousands of Nazis March through Athens

    videoTens of thousands of neo-Nazis rallied in Athens in support of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, in the movement's largest demonstration of support since its rise to power in last June’s general election. Men dressed in military uniforms, holding torches, donning swastikas and chanting anti-immigrant slogans, marched through central Athens in what was reportedly a memorial event paying tribute to the party’s “fallen soldiers,” The International Business Times reported. "This is a day of remembrance. It's a day to remember that Golden Dawn is here to stay. And so long as it does, there will be hope for the country,"...