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Browsing Archive: April, 2013

After Checking Your Bank Account Online, Remember These Three Simple Steps

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Really? 
COMMENTARY • Opinion • ISSUE 49•18 • Apr 30, 2013
By Cathy Seubert, Privacy And Security Expert, Chase Bank




At Chase Bank, we recognize the value of online banking—it’s quick, convenient, and available any time you need it. Unfortunately, though, the threats posed by malware and identity theft are very real and all too common nowadays. That’s why, when you’re finished with your online banking session, we recommend three simple steps to protect your personal information: log out ...
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Democrats predict global warming will increase prostitution

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Really? 
While climate change may not be considered racist (yet), Democrats in the House of Representatives are making the case that it is sexist.

Several House Democrats are calling on Congress to recognize that climate change is hurting women more than men, and could even drive poor women to “transactional sex” for survival.

The resolution, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and a dozen other Democrats, says the results of climate change include drought and reduced agricultural output. It says these...

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Residents angry over pro-gun billboard in Colorado

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : US News 
Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.

The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words "Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you."

Matt Wells, an account executive with Lamar Advertising in Denver, said Monday that a group of local residents purchased the space.

"T...

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New Hampshire man loses life savings on carnival game

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Really? 
A New Hampshire man says he squandered his life savings playing a rigged carnival game in hopes of winning an Xbox game system.

Henry Gribbohm, 30, of New Hampshire, told WBZ-TV that he ended up losing $2,600 playing Tubs of Fun at a Fiesta Shows' carnival. The next day, he said he complained to a person running the game and was given $600 and a large stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

To some, a large stuffed banana may suffice, but Gribbohm later filed a report with the Manchester Police Departm...

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Is the U.S. Military Preparing to Court Martial Christians?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Religious News 
Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing.

President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organ...

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Obama says he's rethinking 'range of options' against Syria

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : World News 
President Obama said Tuesday the U.S. would have to “rethink the range of options” it has against Syria.

The president told a group of reporters he asked the Pentagon -- as early as last year -- for a range of options if President Bashar al-Assad's government had used chemical weapons.

Calling the move to use chemical weapons a "game changer," the president said there was evidence that chemical weapons were used inside Syria but questions remained about their use.




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Masonic lodge vandalized by church stabbing suspect

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : US News 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A man charged with stabbing three people at an Albuquerque Catholic church because he thought a choir leader was a Mason vandalized a Masonic lodge hours before his attack, police said.

Lawrence Capener, 24, told police that he tagged the Sandoval No. 76 Masonic Lodge in Rio Rancho with spray paint on Sunday, authorities said. Police later found red and blue spray paint on signs, outside walls and a door. Investigators said he also left the message, "I hope you guess who I ...

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Can a 4,000-mile wall of trees stop Sahara Desert's drift?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The pan-African Great Green Wall project aims to build a literal wall of trees to stop the Sahara Desert's southward creep. But is the idea too good to be true?


In February 2011, an international summit in Bonn, Germany officially approved the building of a pan-African Great Green Wall (GGW) in support of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The initiative plans to strategically plant swaths of trees roughly nine miles wide and over 4,000 miles long.

The central ide...

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UN prepares to send drones over Africa

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : World News 
High-tech, unarmed drones in Central and West African states can track guerrillas and swing the intelligence battle; UN chief Ban Ki-moon favors the idea.


Accra, Ghana - Blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeepers deployed in African countries may soon have a new tool in their arsenal: the surveillance drone.

Drones are heading to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of an intervention force to root out the rebel groups that have destabilized the region for years. Meanwhile, the...

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Clergy Were Reportedly Banned From the Deadly Boston Bombing Scene

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Religious News 
A new report in the Wall Street Journal claims that faith leaders were very literally banned from the trauma scene. As individuals lay on the ground maimed and suffering from unimaginably-dire wounds, nearby clergy were not allowed to enter to give last rights or even to comfort the victims.

Considering the importance of faith leaders in the lives of millions of Americans, this might come as a bit of a surprise.

When the priests at St. Clement’s, three blocks away, heard the explosions, they ...

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Last pieces of One World Trade Center spire are rising

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : US News 
One World Trade Center already is New York's tallest building.

And when the last pieces of its spire rise to the roof -- weather permitting -- the 104-floor skyscraper that replaces the fallen twin towers will be just feet from becoming the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the spire pieces plus a steel beacon will then be lifted at a later date from the rooftop to cap the building at 1,776 feet.

Installation of the 800-ton, 408-foot spire bega...

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Police say man stabs 4 people at Catholic church in Albuquerque

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : US News 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –  Just as the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn, a man vaulted over pews and lashed out at the singers, sending four churchgoers to the hospital with stab wounds, authorities said.

Worshippers screamed as the shocking and chaotic scene unfolded Sunday with the attacker continuing the onslaught until he was tackled and held by church members for officers, who raced to the scene, police said.

Four parishioners were injured, including church choir di...

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Marine biologists investigating cause of sick sea lion pups

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
SAN PEDRO, Calif. –  Marine biologists are at a loss as to why an unprecedented number of sea lion pups are turning up near death along Southern California's coastline.

Since the beginning of the year, some 1,400 young California sea lions were admitted to rehabilitation centers across the state, according to Sarah Wilkin, the marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Wilkin said that figure is five times the normal rate of beached pups for ...

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Republicans urge Obama to enforce Syria 'red line,' oppose deploying troops

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : World News 
Congressional Republicans said Sunday that President Obama must stick with his vow to take action should Syria cross a “red line” by using chemical weapons on citizens, amid such mounting evidence, but cautioned against sending in troops.

"The president has laid down the line, and it can't be a dotted line,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told ABC’s “This Week.” “It can't be anything other than a red line.”

U.S. officials said last week that the...

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Russia had wiretap on Boston Marathon bombing suspect, US officials say

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 28, 2013,
WASHINGTON –  Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.

In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.

The conversations are signif...

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New York officials seek human remains amid debris from Boeing jet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 28, 2013, In : US News 
NEW YORK –  The medical examiner's office plans to search for Sept. 11 human remains in an alley behind a mosque near the World Trade Center where landing gear from the type of Boeing jet used in the attacks was suddenly discovered.

The chief medical examiner's spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove, said the area first will be tested as part of a standard health and safety evaluation for possible toxicity. She said sifting for human remains is to begin Tuesday morning.

Police said Saturday that detecti...

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"Just give them a one way bus ticket to somewhere else." Federal warning, multiple probes follow allegations of Nevada 'patient dumping'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : US News 
A Nevada psychiatric hospital has over the past several years purportedly released, then bused hundreds of patients to states across the country, prompting a federal warning and multiple investigations included two in California, the top destination.

The investigations into Las Vegas’ Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital comes after a 48-year-old male patient arrived in February at a Sacramento facility in a suicidal and confused state while out of food and medication and with no contacts, ident...

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RICIN LETTERS ARREST MADE

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : US News 
A Mississippi man has been arrested by federal agents in connection with the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and two other public officials, Fox News confirmed Saturday morning.

The suspect Everett Dutschke, 41, is a martial arts instructor. He was taken into custody by U.S. marshals at his home in Tupelo, Miss. Federal investigators dropped charges Tuesday against their first major suspect, Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis.

Dutschke was arrested without incident by the FBI at a...

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Craft store's search policy has customers wary

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Is it typical store security or an invasion of your personal privacy?

That's a question being asked by scrapbookers and needle point enthusiasts alike, all because of a new arts & crafts retailer's policy that some say, colors outside the lines.
 
It's a small sign with big power. "I've never seen that on a shop window before," said one shopper.
 
Posted on the store's front window on Broadway & Craycroft, the public notice informs Hobby Lobby customers that at any point during...

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Part of 9/11 plane found by surveyors inspecting Islamic Community Center site

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : US News 
A piece of landing gear from one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 has been discovered in a small alley near Ground Zero more than 11 years after the terror attacks.

The twisted metal part, jammed in an 18-inch-wide sliver of open space between the buildings, has cables and levers on it and is about 17 inches wide and 4 feet long, New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday.

"It's a manifestation of a horrific terrorist act a block and a...

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Missouri House Takes Shot at Federal Gov’t by Passing This Gun Bill

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Really? 
Missouri’s proposed legislation that would make it illegal to enforce any federal gun control laws enacted in 2013 and beyond passed by an overwhelming majority in the state’s House of Representatives this week and will move on to its Senate.

The bill sponsored by state Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany), which the House passed with a 117-43 vote, says that a “federal official must not enforce a federal firearm law when the firearm is manufactured and remains in the state and that any new f...

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GOP Lawmakers Hope to Combat Ammunition Stockpiling by Gov’t Agencies

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : US News 
Republicans in the Senate and House are expected to introduce a joint bill Friday that would limit the amount of ammunition that federal agencies are allowed to buy and stockpile over the next six months, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

The bill, titled the Ammunition Management for More Accountability or “AMMO” Act, is being proposed after several lawmakers have voiced concerns about some federal agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security, seemingly stockpiling large quantitie...

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North Korea says it will indict American citizen

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : World News 
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it will soon put a detained American on trial for allegedly trying to overthrow the government, further complicating already fraught relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

The indictment of Kenneth Bae comes in the middle of a lull after weeks of war threats and other provocative acts by North Korea against the U.S. and South Korea. It has expressed rage over U.N. sanctions over a February nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean...

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Glenn Beck's conspiracy theory claims third man involved in Boston bombings

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : US News 

On his show on The Blaze network, Beck cited multiple law enforcement sources claiming the Saudi man was detained and then cleared as part of a "false flag" operation.

“The government has not come clean,” Beck said. “Some of this information has come out over the weekend, and immediately the government tried to discredit it.”

Beck said two FBI sources confirmed the Saudi man was "in custody" on Monday April 15, and had been labeled as someone who has "demonstrated [himself] to be a prov...

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Boston bombings suspect moved from hospital to a federal prison camp

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : US News 
The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been moved from the hospital to a federal prison 40 miles away that provides specialized medical care, the government said Friday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was moved from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he has been held and interrogated since his capture last week, to the federal prison at Fort Devens, Mass., the Marshals Service said.

The prison’s website describes it as a facility for men who need specialized or long-term medica...

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50 US helicopters in Afghanistan badly damaged in hail storm

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : World News 
As many as 50 U.S. and Coalition military helicopters were badly damaged in a hailstorm at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan this week.  The damage was severe enough that the helicopters are grounded until they can be repaired.

The storm moved through southern Afghanistan on April 23.




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Reps challenge DHS ammo buys, say agency using 1,000 more rounds per person than Army

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : US News 
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their "massive" bullet buys.

"It is entirely ... inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition," Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at a hearing.

The hearing itself was unusual, as questions about the department's ammunition purchases until recently ...

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FBI Was ‘Shocked’ to See Judge ‘Waltz’ in and Give Suspect Miranda Rights

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : US News 
Regular viewers of Fox News are used to seeing popular host Megyn Kelly on their televisions every afternoon, but on Thursday morning Kelly made a special appearance during the morning to break some surprising information: according to her sources, the FBI was “shocked” to see a magistrate “waltz into” the hospital room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and read him his Miranda rights.

So why were they shocked? According to Kelly, the FBI was under the understanding that they would get much more ti...

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Cross-country cat headed home

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : Local News 

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - The story that sounded too good to be true has gotten even better.

Ace the cat went missing from his Tucson home ten-months ago. Turns out, he had been doing some traveling.

Tuesday morning, Ace's owner, Joanne Ferguson, got a call from the humane society in Southwood, Wisconsin. How he ended up 1800-miles away is a mystery. The question now? How to get the well-traveled feline home?

Ferguson tells 9OYS a Southwood Humane Society employee volunteered to drive Ace to the Milwua...

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US: UN Official Falk 'Spews Vitriol', Has 'No Place at UN'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : World News 
United States ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, called on Wednesday for the dismissal of Richard Falk, a top official on the United Nations Human Rights Council, who attempted to explain the Boston Marathon bombings as a reaction to US policy in the Middle East.

Falk, whose official title is the “U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories,” implied that the Boston Marathon bombings were payback for America’s "geopolitical fantasy of globa...

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Gang leader impregnated 4 prison guards while running contraband scheme

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : US News 
A Maryland gang member is accused of running a scheme to smuggle contraband into prison by "corrupting" 13 female prison guards from behind bars, four of whom he impregnated.

A federal indictment says Tavon White has been charged in the plot to smuggle drugs, cell phones and other contraband into the Baltimore jail and other corrections facilities, along with the prison guards, six of his fellow inmates and five others with gang ties who allegedly operated outside the jails.

The indictment also...

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3 hurt as fuel barges explode, catch fire on Mobile River in Alabama

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013,
MOBILE, Ala. –  large fire that began with explosions aboard two fuel barges in Mobile, Ala., was rocked by a seventh explosion early Thursday and fire officials said they planned to let the fire, which has injured three, burn overnight.

Firefighters from Mobile and U.S. Coast Guard officials responded after 8:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday to a pair of explosions involving the gas barges in an area of the Mobile River east of downtown, authorities said.

As they were responding, a third explosion occu...

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Two Tornadoes Confirmed in Louisiana Wednesday

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : US News 
An intense line of storms that moved through the New Orleans metro area around lunchtime damaged homes and ripped trees out of the ground.

The National Weather Service confirmed the storms spawned two tornadoes: An EF-1 in Kenner, La. and an EF-0 in Metairie, La. The Kenner tornado damaged several trees and produced moderate roof damage to several residences.  The Metairie tornado downed a tree onto a car, snapped small trees and overturned a large truck.

Meanwhile, flood-weary residents in par...

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New bird flu strain called 'one of most lethal' viruses baffles scientists

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A new bird flu strain that has sickened more than 100 and killed 22 in China is "one of the most lethal" of its kind, and has now spread to another country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A 53-year-old Taiwan businessman contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while travelling in China, Taiwan's Health Department said Wednesday. This is the first reported case outside China's mainland.




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Minnesota school district gets bulletproof whiteboards

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013,
COLD SPRING, Minn. — A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards.

The Rocori School District has acquired nearly 200 of the whiteboards, made of a material touted by its manufacturer as stronger than that in police-issue bulletproof vests. The 18-by-20-inch whiteboards can be used by teachers for instruction and used as a shield in an...

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Is Armageddon On The Cyber Horizon?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Cyber security has become a major threat to global infrastructure and economy. We've seen malware designed to spy on and subvert industrial systems at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, a destructive Trojan horse disable thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco and the US Defense Secretary warning that the US could face a "cyber Pearl Harbor" following the crippling of US bank websites. The tide of increasingly sophisticated and potentially destructive attacks is rising. The possibilities are chil...
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U.S. Employees Set To Be Forced To Give Bosses Their Facebook Passwords

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : US News 
An attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login details has been blocked by Congress.

A last minute alteration to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that would have prevented employers demanding that prospective employees disclose social media passwords as a condition of employment was voted down in the house of representatives.

The proposal, put forward by Democrat Ed Perlmutter was defeated by a 224-189 majority, accordi...

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Israel Seeks Turkish Airbase To Enable Iran Strike

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : World News 
When National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror arrives in Turkey on Sunday to discuss compensation for flotilla victims, he will also be seeking to lay the groundwork for the stationing of Israeli fighter jets in an airbase near Ankara, ahead of a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Sunday Times reported.

“Until the recent crisis, Turkey was our biggest aircraft carrier,” an Israeli military source told the London-based publication. “Using the Turkish airbases could m...

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Tehran And Assad Slide Past US And Israeli Red Lines – Nuclear and Chemical

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : World News 
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was hardly out of Israel’s door Tuesday, April 23, when a spate of awkward data came spilling out in Tel Aviv.

Iran has crossed the last red line Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid down before the UN Assembly last September, said the well-informed former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin. None of the measures for halting Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb have worked, he said. For a while, Tehran was impressed by the Israeli prime minister’s...

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DNA Test Results on 6-Inch ‘Humanoid of Unknown Classification’ Are In

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
After images were released of what looks like a 6-inch alien creature, a lot of buzz began to generate around a documentary film titled “Sirius.” Filmmakers said the documentary would reveal that the DNA of the miniature creature couldn’t be medically classified, insinuating that it was a foreign life form.

Well, the DNA test results are in. As it turns out, the 6-inch humanoid is, in fact, likely human.

“I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey. It is human — closer ...

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Search for Northern Lights on Saturn takes off

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Astronomers using an observatory in Hawaii kicked off a month-long campaign to study the northern lights on Saturn study Sunday (April 21) in a live webcast from Hawaii's iconic Keck Observatory.

During a three-hour webcast, scientists discussed everything from the ringed planet's atmosphere to new discoveries made about the gas giant in the last year. While speaking with the public via social media, the researchers also used the Keck Observatory to observe auroras on Saturn to understand how ...

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Hundreds of officers in Puerto Rico join sickout amid retirement, salary concerns

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : US News 
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –  Police in Puerto Rico are staging a sickout at a rate of nearly 2,000 officers a day.

The sickout comes a month after hundreds of police protested proposed cuts in retirement benefits and demanded higher wages and overtime pay. Officers also protested an announcement by the U.S. territory's governor that public employees will have to take time off rather than be paid for accrued sick leave.

Police Chief Hector Pesquera warned on Monday that the absences are putting th...

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France legalizes gay marriage after months of debate, street protests

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : World News 
PARIS –  France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate and protests that flooded the streets of Paris. Legions of officers and water cannon stood ready near France's National Assembly ahead of the final vote, bracing for possible violence on an issue that galvanized the country's faltering conservative movement.

The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a disruptive pro...

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Supreme Court limits deportations over marijuana crimes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : US News 
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday immigrants cannot be automatically deported if they are convicted of relatively minor crimes involving marijuana.

In a 7-2 decision, the justices sided with Adrian Moncrieffe, a longtime resident of the United States from Jamaica who was deported from the United States over possession of a small amount of marijuana. The court said Moncrieffe should have had the opportunity to contest his deportation.



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Car bomb explodes at French embassy in Libyan capital

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : World News 
A car bomb targeted the French Embassy in the Libyan capital Tuesday, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager and underscoring the central government's inability to stop the oil-rich North African nation's slide toward deepening lawlessness.

There have been several attacks on diplomatic missions in Benghazi, but Tuesday's was the first in Tripoli since the civil war ended with Muammar Qaddafi's death. On Sept. 11, four Americans -- including the U.S. Ambassador in Libya Chris Stevens ...

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a Guy and His Menu at Olive Garden Gone Viral?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : Really? 
As he was enjoying a meal at a Charlotte Olive Garden Sunday night, Adam Howell claims he overheard a couple at a nearby table arguing.

Howell then snapped a photo allegedly showing how the couple, particularly the man in the relationship, decided to resolve the dispute.

“A grown ass man is mad at his girlfriend at Olive Garden & has made a menu fort,” Howell tweeted.




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Mayor Bloomberg: Interpretation of U.S. Constitution Will ‘Have to Change’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : US News 
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that the Boston Marathon bombings have created a unique scenario — one in which traditional interpretations of the U.S. Constitution must change. Rather than shying away from cameras and other security mechanisms that some view as infringements upon individual privacy, the politician claims that the most recent attack calls for a new paradigm.

As for those who fear government intrusion and express serious concerns about how these technologies an...

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Anyone recall the "Saudi National" person of interest?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : US News 
The Saudi national who was initially a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings was placed on a “no-fly list,” or a terror watch list, after he was detained and before federal authorities determined whether he was involved in the attack or just a mere witness, an official with the Department of Homeland Security stated.

Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who is in the U.S. on a student visa, was placed on the “no-fly” list as a precaution after federal officials identified him as a perso...

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Canada foils 'al-Qaeda linked' terror attack on train

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : World News 
Two foreign men living in Canada have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a passenger train with support from al-Qaeda elements in Iran.

The authorities say suspects Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, were arrested in Montreal and Toronto on Monday.

They allegedly planned to derail a passenger train in the greater Toronto area, but it is not clear when.

Iran has denied any link to the suspects being held in Canada.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a ...

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Nine abducted by Taliban after Afghan helicopter crash

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : World News 
The Taliban has captured all aboard a helicopter that crashed on yesterday in a volatile region of Afghanistan's east, a spokesman said today

. "Mujahideen immediately surrounded the chopper, detained (the) foreigners aboard and completely destroyed the helicopter ... by setting it alight," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an emailed statement.

Nine people including eight Turkish nationals were kidnapped after their helicopter crashed near the border with Pakistan in the country's e...

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This is pretty cool, check it out

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
See How Wringing Out a Washcloth in Space Looks Infinitely Cooler With Zero Gravity



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Report: Boy Scouts Set to Abolish Gay Ban

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : US News 
If ever there was a week to quietly announce a major organizational change, this is it.

A spokesman with the Boy Scouts of America on Friday announced that the 103-year-old organization is set to lift its long-standing ban on openly gay youth members but will continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

However, as Reuters notes, the group’s board “still has to vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution.”

If the vote goes through, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts o...

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Nigeria violence worries US religious commission

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Religious News 
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has warned that ongoing violence between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria exposes the country's "failure to effectively deal" with the unrest.

The independent, bipartisan governmental commission issued the warning Monday from Washington. The commission said its own documentation shows that Nigeria prosecutes "only 1 percent" of those responsible for such killings in the region, which only "intensifies local...

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Visit national parks for free April 22 - 26

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : US News 
PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - From April 22 to April 26, every national park in the country is offering FREE admission. It's National Park Week.

National parks are a good deal any time of the year – especially as 268 of the 401 national parks never charge an entrance fee.

It costs $25 to get into Yellowstone. But that's good for a car full of people and for up to a week of exploration. Still, if you're planning a family trip, hitting popular parks like Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion, you'll save...

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Private company succeeds in test launch of rocket that will carry cargo ship

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
ATLANTIC, Va. –  A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station successfully launched a rocket on Sunday in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft.

About 10 minutes after the launch from Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles declared the test a success after observing a practice payload reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

The Sunday launch comes after two previous attempts were scrubbed. A data ...

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Korean Penisula Solution? We'll say it with pictures

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : World News 


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                          NORTH KOREA PREPARES                                                                    SOUTH KOREA PREPARES



                                                                                           UNITED STATES PREPARES



                                                                                                                       MEDIATOR IS ENROUTE


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6 dead in shooting in southwest Russian city of Belgorod

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : World News 


MOSCOW –  Authorities say a man opened fire in a southwestern town, killing at least six people before fleeing.

Officials at the city hall in Belgorod said Monday that the man opened fire outside a department store, killing five people immediately, including a girl in her early teens. Another victim died in hospital.

The RIA Novosti news agency cited local investigators as saying that the man opened fire while he tried to rob a gun store.

Police locked down the entire neighborhood as they sear...

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Bird flu possibly transmitting from human-to-human, officials say

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
SHANGHAI –  There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus, a World Health Organization official said on Monday.

There has been no sustained human-to-human transmission but the situation remains "complex and difficult," WHO assistant director general for Health Security and Environment, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, told reporters.

As of Sunday the virus had killed 20 and infected 102 in China.

"It's virtually impossible to predict how many more cases" there could be, Dr. Fukud...

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Vietnam police seize 53 king cobras from car, arrest driver

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : World News 
HANOI, Vietnam –  Vietnamese police say they have seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi and arrested the driver.

Officer Dang Van Hanh said Monday the live snakes were taken to a wildlife rescue center near the capital where they will be treated before being released into the wild.

King cobras are the world's longest venomous snake, and grow up to 5.5 meters (18) feet.

The meat of the king cobras is considered a delicacy by some in Vietnam, where hunting and trading the snakes is banned. T...

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Travelers brace for delays as FAA imposes furloughs, lawmakers decry 'stunt'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : US News 
Travelers could be in for longer waits at the airport this week, after the Federal Aviation Administration imposed furloughs on air traffic controllers despite claims by some lawmakers that the agency could have complied with the sequester in other ways.

The FAA went ahead with the furloughs on Sunday, citing the automatic budget cuts that went into effect last month. Some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York, though Monday will be the real test of the impact on traveler...

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Police say 5, including gunman, killed in Washington apartment shooting

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : US News 

A total of eight officers fired their weapons, Schrock said. All have been placed on administrative leave, per standard policy, as the investigation continues.

A law enforcement source stated it appears the shooting may have been a result of a fight that broke out in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

"We're gonna continue to go door to door in hopes that we can find some additional witnesses, and hopefully we won't be finding any more victims." Schrock said.  "We still don't have any id...

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Marathon bombing suspect can't speak, communicating in writing

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : US News 
The lone surviving suspect in the bombing attack on the Boston Marathon one week ago is communicating in writing, and may be ready to be questioned by an elite FBI team.

As Boston prepared to mark with a moment of silence the passing of a week since the terror attack that killed three and wounded at least 176, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was believed to be unable to speak but awake and responding to questions, possibly from medical staff. Tsarnaev is under heavy guard at Boston's Beth Israel  Hospital, ...

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Midwestern towns brace for deluge as floodwaters surge

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : US News 
Heavy river flooding in six Midwestern states that has forced evacuations, shut down bridges, swamped homes and caused at least one death was expected to crest in some areas on Sunday.

National Guardsmen, volunteers, homeowners and even inmates from local prisons pitched in to hold back the floodwaters that shut down roads in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Heavy rainfall moved out of the region on Friday, but major river flooding was expected to continue in some reg...

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2 shot, 1 person grazed at 4/20 pot rally in Denver's Civic Center Park; Police search for shooters

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : US News 
DENVER - Police are searching for the two men who fired shots during the 4/20 pot rally in Denver's Civic Center Park on Saturday, injuring three people and causing thousands of festival-goers enjoying the jovial atmosphere to flee in panic.

A man and woman, between 20 and 30 years old, were shot in the leg, Denver police tweeted. Their injuries were considered non life-threatening.

A third victim, a juvenile, was grazed by a bullet and walked into a nearby hospital, police tweeted.

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New Study Finds That Reading Online Articles About Increasing Self-Confidence Lowers Overall Confidence

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : Really? 
A new study from an independent research team has concluded that reading online articles aimed at boosting self-confidence levels among adult males may in fact have the opposite effect.

The study followed 300 men, aged 18 to 25, suffering from low self-confidence over a period of three months.  Before the experiment, the participants were graded on a confidence scale ranging from Unable To Leave Apartment to Can’t not laugh at jokes he knows aren’t funny.

The subjects were all made to read ...

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United in adversity: West, Texas, prays for Boston, which sends pizzas to West

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : US News 
WEST, Texas - Lauretta Cvikel has her own problems. On Wednesday, she was knocked over by the explosion at West Fertilizer Plant, noting, "I never thought I'd be able see air move!" For another 20 minutes "that felt like forever" she didn't know the whereabouts of her pre-teen son, Allen, who was eventually found safe.

But as Ms. Cvikel tells her dramatic story, her thoughts suddenly wander eastward and to the North, to a manhunt and citywide lock down in Boston, which ended several hours late...

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US pledges to double Syrian aid to $250M, rebels want more

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : World News 
ISTANBUL –  The United States said Sunday that it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria's opposition as the rebels' top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the two-year battle to oust President Bashar Assad's regime.

Yet the pledge fell far short of what the opposition had made clear it wanted: weapons and direct military intervention to stop the violence that has killed more than 70,000 people. The Syrian National Coalition had sought drone strikes on sites from...

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ICE arrests 2 in Massachusetts town tied to Boston bombing case

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : US News 
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –  Two foreign nationals have been arrested on immigration violations in the Massachusetts town where police say the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect may have once lived.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Saturday that Homeland Security Investigations agents had arrested two people in New Bedford.

An ICE spokesman would not comment on the people who were arrested or if they are connected to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The University of Massachusetts a...

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Bombing Suspects' Mom: 'My Family Is in the Dirt'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013,
 The mother of the Boston bombing suspects said in a tearful phone call with ABC News this evening that she and her husband plan to travel to the United States to visit their younger son, who was arrested on Friday evening.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said she fears 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected of planting two bombs at Monday's Boston Marathon along with his older brother Tamerlan, will receive the death penaly.

"I lost two sons," she said. "My family is in the dirt."

The mother did no...

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Second Boston marathon suspect reportedly partied 2 nights after bombing

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : US News 
The teenage bombing suspect who was captured Friday night hiding in a boat in the Watertown neighborhood near Boston reportedly attended a party at two nights after the incident, The Boston Globe reported.

"He was just relaxed," said a student from Umass Dartmouth who saw the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, mingling with friends from intramural soccer.

Tsarnaev is registered at the school and the campus sent out an alert on its website Friday saying, "The campus is closed. Individuals on campus sho...

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Florist sued again for refusing to provide flowers for gay wedding

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013,
The ACLU has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a florist in Washington State who says she would not sell flowers for a gay couple's wedding because of her religious beliefs. The state is already prosecuting her under a consumer protection law.

A Washington florist is being sued by both the American Civil Liberties Union and the state attorney general for refusing to provide service to a gay couple planning their wedding, a legal tangle that has pitted antidiscrimination policy against re...

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Humongous Chicago sinkhole swallows three cars, injures one driver

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Following a severe rainstorm, a sinkhole opened up in Chicago's South Side, devouring three cars and sending one driver to the hospital.


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Fundamentalism and the Chechens' fighting history

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
The ancestral home of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has long been a land of fighters, but it took on the character of an Islamic jihad in the 1990s.

The Chechnya from which the Tsarnaev family traces their roots became in the 1990s a battered and violent place undergoing an ideological shift.

Already, it was home to a warrior culture, down to the very bone.

Throughout the mountain towns of the Caucasus, gymnasiums were full of wiry teens and young men lear...

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Obama taking executive action on guns after Senate vote

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : US News 
Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.

Federal law bans certain mentally ill people from purchasing firearms, but not all states are providing data to stop the prohibited sales to the FBI's background check system. A federal review last year found 17 states contributed fewer than 10 mental health records to the database, meaning many...

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Gene data show China bird flu mutated 'under the radar'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The new strain of bird flu that has killed 17 people in China has been circulating widely "under the radar" and has acquired significant genetic diversity that makes it more of a threat, scientists said on Friday.

Dutch and Chinese researchers who analyzed genetic data from seven samples of the new H7N9 strain say it has already acquired similar levels of genetic diversity as much larger outbreaks of other H7 strains of flu seen previously in birds.

"The diversity we see in these first few samp...

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Deadly magnitude 6.6 quake strikes Sichuan region of China

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : World News 
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake rattled the Sichuan region in western China on Saturday and state media reported deaths and injuries.

The quake struck at 8:02 a.m. local time and was centered north of the city of Ya'an. It occurred at a depth of 10.2 miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological Service reported.

The magnitude was initially reported at 6.9, but was later revised down to 6.6, the USGS said.

The official Xinhua news agency said at least one hundred  people had been confirmed dead, with ...

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FBI checked out Boston Marathon bomb suspect in 2011

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : US News 
Officials from an unnamed foreign country asked the FBI two years ago to investigate Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because they were concerned that he possibly had “extremist ties,” Fox News has learned.

FBI officials familiar with the request say that they obliged, giving Tsarnaev, who is suspected with his younger brother of planting the bombs that killed three and injured 176, a full “scrubbing” - or background check.

“We did not find anything,” the official t...

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BREAKING NEWS: 'WE GOT HIM' Police Arrest Marathon Bomber Alive

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : US News 
DEVELOPING: Second suspect in Boston Marathon bombing is in custody, after police found him hiding in a boat covered by a tarp behind a house in Watertown, Mass., Boston Police Department confirmed.
3 Taken in for Questioning in Connection With Marathon Bomb Plot | FBI Checked Out Bomb Suspect in 2011



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Boston transit shut down, nearly 1 million sheltering in place amid terror hunt

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : US News 
The entire city of Boston was put on lockdown Friday morning by the Massachusetts governor as police searched for the second of two men believed to have been involved in the marathon bombings earlier this week.

Gov. Deval Patrick said people should shelter in place as authorities engaged in a “massive manhunt” – an extraordinary order that affected nearly one million people.

The second suspect was shot and killed.

Police searched the Watertown neighborhood door to door on foot and in patro...

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Powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes north of Japan

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
TOKYO –  A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in seas off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia, but no damage was expected.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said sea changes were possible. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

The tremor around midday was in the Pacific Ocean at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. Japan and Russia both claim some of the sparsely populated islands in the remote region.

The epicenter was 160 miles east-northeast of Kuril'sk, Russia, and 328 miles northeast...

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Implantable Or Ingestible - How Will You Take Your Microchips?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Computer chips and silicon micromachines are ready for your body. It's time to decide how you'll take them: implantable, ingestible, or intimate contact. Every flavor now exists. Some have FDA approval and some are seeking it. Others are moving quickly out of the research lab stage.

Implantable sensors exist for a number of applications, having been used in animals for pet identification for many years. Other examples under development or seeking FDA approval are glucose detection for control ...

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What You Need to Know About Filming, Photographing Police in Public

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : US News 
Carlos Miller has been arrested three times for photographing and filming police officers performing public duties. He knows his rights, but in a world where an increasing number of people carry a device with video and picture-taking capabilities everywhere they go, he thinks it’s time for them to learn too.

“I don’t purposefully set out to get arrested. I hate getting arrested,” Miller said in an interview. “It really screws up your whole night.”

But Miller — who has worked profe...

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The Saudi Saga: ‘Person of Interest’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : US News 
Key points:

    .On Sean Hannity’s Fox News program Wednesday night, terror expert Steve Emerson cited sources saying Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national who was briefly named a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings, is being deported on Tuesday.
   
    .Thursday morning, Glenn Beck revealed on radio that TheBlaze was informed by sources that the Saudi national’s visa had been revoked and he was, in fact, going to be deported on “security and related grounds....

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Police search for suspect after gunfight outside Boston; explosives reportedly detonated

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : US News 
BREAKING NEWS: Police in the Watertown neighborhood of Boston reportedly were searching for a heavily armed suspect who may have been involved in the shooting death of an MIT police officer after reportedly taking another suspect into custody early Friday.

Police and federal authorities were investigating if the suspects are possibly tied to the Boston Marathon bombing.

WCBV-TV said the suspects threw and detonated explosives during a car chase with police.

Police were working to apprehend a you...

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Pentagon sends troops to Jordan to counter Syria chemical weapons threat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : World News 
The Pentagon said this week it would send a small number of troops to Jordan to help forces there deal with Syria's chemical weapons threat and to prevent the civil war from spilling over.



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BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECTS PHOTO RELEASED

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : US News 




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Alex Jones raises ‘false flag’ conspiracy after Boston Marathon bombings

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : US News 
While the country was trying to process the terror as it unfolded at the Boston Marathon on Monday, Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host, took to Twitter to express his sympathy for the victims—and to claim that the attack was part of a government conspiracy.

"Our hearts go out to those that are hurt or killed," Jones wrote. "But this thing stinks to high heaven of a false flag."

The "false flag" attack Jones was referring to is a term that originated during naval warfare. "For centuries, ship...

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I-10 near Ariz-NM border closed due to dust storms

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : Local News 
WILCOX, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say severe dust storms have forced the closure of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona near the New Mexico border.
  
The Arizona Department of Transportation closed I-10 eastbound Wednesday afternoon a few miles east of Wilcox.
  
That was after the New Mexico Department of Transportation closed a 112-mile stretch of I-10 from Lordsburg to Las Cruces because of severe dust storms.
  
ADOT officials say there's no immediate timetable for when the closed sections...

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo almost ready to rock

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A new private spaceship is one step closer to flying its first passengers after acing a spectacular test flight over the California desert last week.

Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo successfully conducted its first "cold flow" flight test above the Mojave Desert. During the test, oxidizer was run through the rocket's propulsion system and out the back nozzle of the ship, though the vehicle's rocket engine was not turned on.

"As well as providing further qualifying evidence that the ro...

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Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : US News 
The Senate on Wednesday defeated a vital background check amendment seen as the linchpin to Democrats' gun control bill, dealing a major setback to President Obama -- who lashed out at opponents in unusually blunt terms during remarks from the Rose Garden.

"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," Obama said, accusing the gun lobby of lying about the bill. 

The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.

The failure of the back...

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'Like a war zone': Fatalities, hundreds hurt in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : US News 
A large fertilizer plant explosion rocked a small Texas town late Wednesday, causing fatalities, injuring "hundreds" of people and leaving dozens of homes destroyed under a cloud of toxic smoke.

Firefighters, including local volunteers, were battling a blaze at the time of the blast, which caused a ground tremor equivalent to a magnitude-2.1 earthquake, the USGS said.

Multiple officials confirmed that there were fatalities in the explosion, but wouldn't give any early numbers.

First responders w...

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Arrest made in ricin scare

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : US News 
An arrest has been made in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker that authorities are testing to determine if they contain ricin, two federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Kenneth Curtis was arrested in the Tupelo, Mississippi, area, one of the officials said.



              RICIN IS MADE FROM CASTOR BEANS, IT IS
          EXTREMELY TOXIC WITH NO KNOWN ANTIDOTE

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Minor earthquake – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on April 16, 2013

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

Magnitude : 2.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-16 03:46:48

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-16 09:46:48

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 4.1 km



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Letter sent to Obama tests positive for ricin, FBI says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : US News 
The FBI has confirmed that a letter addressed to President Obama has "preliminarily tested positive" for ricin, a day after lawmakers said another letter sent to the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for the same substance.




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WOW FACTOR ALERT: Teacher Fired for Bible; NJ Teacher Fired for Giving Bible to Inquisitive Student

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : Religious News 
A teacher has claimed he was fired for giving a Bible to an inquisitive student at at New Jersey school, and has now filed a complaint against the school district for religious discrimination.

Walter Tutka was a long-time substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ but was allegedly dismissed after being found guilty by the school of breaching two policies; distributing religious literature on school grounds, and not being "neutral" when discussing religious material with students.

It has now been r...

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Colorado River the nation's most endangered waterway

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Local News 
LAS VEGAS –  The Colorado River is being called the nation's most endangered waterway.

An annual American Rivers report being released Wednesday doesn't call pollution the problem. It instead cites drought and demand.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation said the same thing last December.

The Colorado River supplies cities including Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The report says that over the next 50 years, the river will run short of supply for the more than 40 million people it ser...

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Envelope containing ricin sent to Sen. Wicker

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : US News 
An envelope containing ricin was sent to the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Roger Wicker, lawmakers told Fox News on Tuesday.

Milt Leitenberg, a University of Maryland bioterrorism expert, said ricin is a poison derived from the same bean that makes castor oil. According to a Homeland Security Department handbook, ricin is deadliest when inhaled. It is not contagious, but there is no antidote.

The letter to the Mississippi Republican was intercepted at an off-site mail screening facility and neve...

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Mmm! Taste of beer triggers good feelings in the brain

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The taste of beer, without its alcoholic effects, may be enough to trigger the release of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain, a study finds.

To see how the taste of beer affects the brain, researchers gave a group of men tiny tastes of beer, and as the men sipped the beer, the researchers scanned the men’s brains. After a taste of beer, the men's brains showed a notable release of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with the pleasurable experience of consuming alcohol and other dr...
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Late-night comedians somber in wake of Boston Marathon tragedy

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : US News 
Conan O’Brien began his show on a very serious note last night, and as he spoke to his audience about the events of the day in Boston, he seemed shaken by the news.

Just before 3 p.m. on Monday, two bombs went off near the finish line of the famed Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 176 people.

O'Brien put his usual jokes aside, almost entirely, to reflect on the emotional day.

“Boston is my hometown – it’s where I grew up, and it’s where my family lives.  So I just wanted to ...

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Medical personnel on site in Boston saved countless lives

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : US News 
Hundreds of medical personnel, ambulances and medical tents set up for the Boston marathon dramatically helped the situation.

With these types of injuries, the key is always time.  By having numerous ambulances on standby for the race, many of the most critical patients were able to be transported to hospitals almost instantly.

Fortunately, there were trained medical personnel in the area, who were able to provide immediate first aid.   In those medical tents, professional medics could potentia...

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China says US is destabilizing region by increasing presence in Asia

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : World News 
BEIJING –  In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area.

The U.S. policy known as the "pivot" to Asia runs counter to regional trends and "frequently makes the situation tenser," the Defense Ministry said in its report on the state of China's defense posture and armed forces.

"Certain efforts made to highlight t...

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At least 40 dead in Iran after magnitude-7.8 earthquake, state TV says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : World News 
At least 40 are dead after a major earthquake struck Tuesday near the Iran-Pakistan border, Iranian state-run Press TV says.

An Iranian official told Reuters that hundreds more are feared dead. State-run Pakistan Television, meanwhile, said at least six people were killed on its side of the border and at least 47 others were injured. Up to 1,000 mud homes were damaged, it added.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 7.8 and at a depth of nine miles, and I...

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Death toll at 3 in Boston Marathon bombing seen by White House as terrorism

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : US News 
The deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured 176 is believed to be an act of terrorism, senior White House officials told Fox News.

Two explosions tore through the finish line of the world-famous race just before 3 p.m., going off simultaneously as throngs of onlookers watched runners complete the 26.2-mile trek. The timing of the blasts immediately sparked suspicions of a deliberate act.

“When multiple devices go off, that’s an act of terrorism,” a senior admin...

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California man set on fire in front of convenience store dies

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : US News 
LONG BEACH, Calif. –  A man who was set on fire while sitting in his SUV outside a Southern California convenience store yesterday has died.

Coroner's Chief Craig Harvey tells City News Service that the 63-year-old man died early Monday of burns he suffered on his upper torso. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The man was inside his Toyota SUV in front of a Long Beach 7-Eleven Friday when a homeless man threw a flammable substance inside the car. Police say the car's ...

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Local authorities respond in light of Boston explosions

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON, AZ - Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London and other cities worldwide are stepping up security following explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Following the incidents in Boston, Tucson Police and Tucson Fire officials have been in communication with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) in Phoenix and are monitoring updates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Tucson police officers in coordination with the University of Arizona are monitoring locations...

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Supreme Court weighs whether human genes can be patented

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting genes that can be found inside the human body, as it heard arguments in a case that could profoundly reshape U.S. medical research and the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been awarding patents on human genes for almost 30 years, but opponents of Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer say patent ...

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At least 2 dead, dozens hurt after two bombs explode at Boston Marathon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : US News 
At least two people are dead and 73 injured – including up to 10 with amputated limbs – after two bombs tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Police Department.

Authorities were guarding a person of interest at a local hospital, sources told FoxNews.com. The person, who sources said was 20 years old, had severe burns, but authorities had not determined whether the person was a victim or a perpetrator. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said durin...

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Gold Prices Plummet in Historic Rout

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : World News 
The price of gold tumbled on Monday to well below $1,400 per ounce, its lowest since March 2011, as investors took fright at a market that is heading for its biggest two-day fall in 30 years.

Gold has capitulated in the last two trading days to pressure from a proposed sale of Cypriot gold holdings and concern that other nations might follow suit. Traders also cited concern that the U.S. Federal Reserve might reduce monetary stimulus towards the end of the year..

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Giant mosquitoes coming to Florida this summer

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : US News 
As if residents of the Sunshine State didn’t have enough to worry about, they should now be preparing themselves for a possible statewide infestation of supermosquitoes, according to University of Florida entomologists.

Psorophora ciliata, commonly known as gallinippers, can grow up to 20 times the size of an average mosquito. They lay their eggs at the edges of flood-prone areas, where they can lay dormant for years until the eggs are saturated by heavy rains. Entomologists expect that a la...

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Thousands of giant snails causing problems for Florida homeowners

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : US News 
South Florida residents are being warned to be on the lookout for one of the world's most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat.

The huge mollusks were first spotted in Florida in 2011, and their numbers are growing, Reuters reports. More than 1,000 are being caught each week in Miami-Dade County and more will continue to emerge from hibernation in the coming weeks.

The snails can gnaw through stucco and plastic, and attack "over 500 known sp...

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New Gun Bill: Dealers Must Ask, ‘Are You a Good Person?’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Really? 
After the Senate vote this week to begin debate on the new gun control bill, “Saturday Night Live” brought up Sens. “Joe Manchin” (D-W. Va.) and “Pat Toomey” (R-Pa.) to explain some of the compromise they worked out.

But their “compromise” turned out to be a series of absurd provisions, including:

    • No person can buy a handgun from a private dealer without being asked, “Are you a good person?” and then the follow-up question, “Seriously, are you?”

    • No limit o...

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Louisiana sinkhole you probably haven't heard of yet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : US News 
In the spring of 2012, residents of a rural community in Louisiana's Assumption Parish noticed mysterious bubbles rising to the surface in some bayous. Shortly thereafter, a series of small earthquakes shook the area, prompting state officials to investigate. But in Early August, the ground suddenly opened up and gave way — swallowing up acres of swamp forest. In its place there is now a gaping sinkhole filled with water, underground brines, oil, and natural gas. But this was no natural dis...
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North Korea tension puts pressure on China, US

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 14, 2013, In : World News 
Bound by threats from North Korea, the U.S. and China agreed Saturday to rid the bellicose nation of nuclear weapons in a test of whether the world powers can shelve years of rivalry and discord, and unite in fostering global stability.

Beyond this latest attempt to restrain North Korea, the burgeoning nuclear crisis has so frustrated the U.S. and China that they are forming a new and tentative bond with the potential to carry over into areas that have vexed them for decades.

But they will need...

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Florida police officer accused of bringing Trayvon Martin target to gun range

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 14, 2013, In : US News 
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. –  A police officer accused of bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a gun range has been fired.

Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh told WFTV on Saturday that Sgt. Ron King was leading a target practice with two other Port Canaveral police officers and a civilian port employee when he pulled out the targets April 4. Walsh says King asked the group if they wanted to use the targets and they said no, telling King to put them back into his pat...

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Police seek motive for why California man set afire by homeless man

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 14, 2013, In : US News 
A 63 year old Long Beach man was inside his Toyota SUV in front of a 7-Eleven shortly after 5 p.m. when a homeless man threw a flammable substance inside the car. The car's interior and the man went up in flames in seconds, police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said.

The scene was terrifying, said Shannon Flynn, 16, of Long Beach.

"He was engulfed in flames," she told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "The fire was so big, people were screaming. I just can't believe this happened here."

Robert Linkroum said he w...

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Students Asked to ‘Argue That Jews Are Evil’ and Prove Nazi Loyalty in Assignment Linked to Common Core

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : US News 
Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked to participate in the unthinkable this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment. The objective? Prove why Jews are evil and convince the teacher of their loyalty to the Third Reich in five paragraphs or less.

“You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!” read the description on the assignment, which the school superintendent sai...

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‘Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights’ School Assignment

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : US News 
A school district in Jacksonville, Fla., said Friday it will review and investigate what happened after a father charged that his fourth-grade son was instructed to write that he was “willing to give up some of [his] constitutional rights” as part of a classroom activity.

A local attorney taught a lesson about the Constitution to fourth-grade students at Cedar Hills Elementary School in January. Last week, Aaron Harvey found a crayon-written paper that had been in his son’s backpack that...

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Largest gathering of offensive hackers converges on Miami

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
No nametags. No photographs. No video. Attendees remain utterly anonymous -- and that’s the way they like it.

Formidable American offensive security hackers are meeting in Miami with other top hackers from all over the world to hone their technical expertise, swap war stories – and compete in a little digital jiu-jitsu. And real jiu-jitsu. Really.

INFILTRATE’s annual summit, focuses entirely on the technical aspects of offensive security issues, bringing together the best and brightest in...

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Zultan predicts your future for the week starting April 14, 2013

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : Really? 
                                                   A PERSONAL MESSAGE FOR YOU



                                                                    There are certain species of bear which
                                                                    mind their own business and don't attack
                                                                   or eat humans. You will not meet any such
                                                                                         bears...

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Report: Still Hasn't Been Long Enough To Open Restaurant Called Bin Laden's

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : Really? 
WASHINGTON—According to a report released Tuesday by the PEW Research Center, though more than a decade has passed since the events of 9/11, it has still not been nearly long enough to open a restaurant called Bin Laden’s. “Our research confirms that it is far too soon for a prospective restaurateur or franchise operator to open a September 11–themed restaurant named after deceased international terrorist and al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden,” read the report, which added that the a...
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Suspicious package containing explosive material sent to Arizona Sheriff Arpaio

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 12, 2013, In : Local News 
A suspicious package found to contain explosive material and addressed to Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was intercepted by authorities in Flagstaff Thursday.

The box was addressed to Arpaio at his Phoenix headquarters, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Authorities in Flagstaff, a city in Northern Arizona, x-rayed the box and determined it contained an explosive device. A bomb squad was deployed and neutralized it.

 Flagstaff Police, the FBI and U.S. Postal inspector...

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US gives 4 more F-16 fighter jets to Egyptian government despite outcry

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 12, 2013, In : World News 
Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country.

Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President Obama a liar ( can't really argue there ) and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children.

A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed ...

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Repeal of Second Amendment and Door-to-Door Gun Confiscation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 12, 2013, In : Really? 
Have you ever wondered how many average Americans would actually sign a petition calling for a full repeal of the Second Amendment and door-to-door gun confiscation?

Well, you’re in luck. Mark Dice, a political activist, recently took to the streets to see how many people he could get to sign such a petition. Surprisingly, more than a few provided their signature to the cause.

“We’re just gonna repeal the Second Amendment and take the guns away form the crazy right-wing, white extremists,...

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Police Discover Kansas City Homeless Living in Subterranean City

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 12, 2013, In : US News 
A homeless camp in Kansas City was broken up by police and volunteers hoping to help them last week. It wasn’t just your usual tent city though, as it had a network of underground tunnels.

One of the tunnels went as far down as 25 feet but others were about five feet in depth with off shoot tunnels going laterally. Officer Jason Cooley stated bedding, candles and used diapers, signaling children could be staying there, were found at the site.

Police reported the camp was first discovered as t...

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North Korea Can Put A Nuke on a Missile, U.S. Intelligence Agency Believes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 12, 2013, In : World News 
 The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea might have a nuclear weapon that's small enough to be placed on a ballistic missile. But the DIA also says that if that is the case, the reliability of the missile would be low.

The alarming assessment came as North Korea has been issuing threats that range from testing a new missile to nuclear war against the U.S. and South Korea.

It was made public near the end of a House Armed Services Committee in whi...

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Is the world polarizing toward selfishness and fear?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : Really? 
                                                                  Well, Doesn't Area Businessman Look Dapper For His Big Flight To Philadelphia



MINNEAPOLIS—According to sources, well, well, well, doesn’t this local businessman look very dapper indeed in his fancy little suit and shiny shoes as he heads to his big businessman flight to Philadelphia.  Mr. Executive himself, who sources confirmed looked like a real mover and shaker in his snazzy cufflinks and neatly combed hair, is almost cer...
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Horror at California Home Depot as man cuts own arms with saws

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : US News 
A man deliberately cut himself with saws in the aisles of a Home Depot store in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday, creating a gruesome scene in front of customers that left him severely injured, police said.

The man was in the store's tool section and went unnoticed until he began grabbing several small saws, including one meant to cut sheet rock, and started using them on his arms.

"He cut both arms with hand saws down to the bone," said West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez.

Officers received sev...

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State Sues Florist Who Refused to Decorate Gay Wedding

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : US News 
The State of Washington is suing a small flower shop after the owner declined to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding – based on her religious beliefs.

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., is facing thousands of dollars in fines and penalties for allegedly violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

“If a business provides a product or service to opposite-sex couples for their weddings, then it must provide same-sex couples the same product or se...

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Idaho family sues Forest Service for $1M after tree hit son

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : US News 
BOISE, Idaho –  An Idaho family has sued the U.S. Forest Service demanding more than $1 million after a large dead tree at a remote campsite fell and injured their young son.

Richard and Melinda Armstrong, of Caldwell, said their family was camping in the Boise National Forest in September 2010 when a gust of wind blew over the dead tree. It fell on their son, resulting in a large laceration, a compound fracture and a puncture wound in his back that impaired his breathing.

The boy, who was 6 ...

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Homes leveled as storms rip through Missouri, Arkansas

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : US News 
A state of emergency was declared in Missouri on Wednesday night after tornadoes and strong thunderstorms destroyed homes and businesses and downed power lines. The same storm system also leveled homes and caused injuries in Arkansas.

The storms that struck suburbs west and southwest of St. Louis included tornadoes, according to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

"This was a strong system of storms that caused damage to communities in several areas of our state," Nixon said in a statement. "We will conti...

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Suspect in Suwanee GA Hostage Situation Dead, Firefighters Released

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : US News 

A man in Suwanee, GA called 911 for an unknown reason.  When firefighters arrived, he held them hostage at gunpoint.  He released one firefighter so he could move the firetruck, and 4 firemen remained inside.

The SWAT team sucessfuly breached the house and took down the suspect.  He is deceased. All 4 firefighters are safe, and one officer suffered a non-life threatening wound.

Evidently the suspect was having financial problems and wanted his phone and utilities turned back on in exchange for ...

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Mouse brains made invisble

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
NEW YORK –  Talk about clearing your head: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains.

You take the brain out of the mouse, soak it in chemicals for a couple of days, and voila: It becomes transparent.

That's not just a parlor trick. It lets scientists see both anatomical and chemical details in their natural, three-dimensional setting. And how big a deal is that? Listen to these neuroscientists:

"What these guys have done is just stupendous," said Dr. Ber...

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Mysterious stone structure discovered beneath Sea of Galilee

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A giant "monumental" stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built.

The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.

Rising nearly 32 feet high, it has a diameter of about 230 feet.



                                   Sea of Galilee
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Reporter could be sent to jail for protecting her confidential sources

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : US News 
FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter will be in a Colorado courtroom Wednesday for the latest in a series of hearings that will determine if she could be sent to jail for protecting her confidential sources.

Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr.  on Monday said it is still too early to decide if Winter, who broke an exclusive story revealing the existence of a notebook that accused mass murderer James Holmes sent to his psychiatrist in the days before the Aurora, Col. shooting last year...

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Gun Confiscation Has Reportedly Begun in New York State

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : US News 
Despite promises from the president and a host of other politicians who are pushing for more gun control that nobody is coming for your guns, the confiscation of guns and gun permits has apparently started in some form in New York State.

Apparently the gun grabbing was triggered by something inside the NY SAFE Act — New York’s new gun law — that has a provision apparently mandating confiscation of weapons and permits if someone has been prescribed psychotropic drugs.

I would question how ...

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Evangelical Colleges Inching Toward Affirmation of Homosexuality

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Religious News 
A recent article on the CNN Belief Blog highlighted the trend of Evangelical colleges inching toward culturally acceptable views of homosexuality. The article highlighted Wheaton College, which in February established an official group for “students to explore questions of gender identity and sexual orientation.” Although Wheaton College receives the most attention because of its prominence, other Evangelical schools are making similar moves.



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Europe: Mosque Building Shifts Into High Gear

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Religious News 
From Belgium to Greece and Spain to Germany, 2013 is shaping up to be another banner year for the construction of mosques in Europe.

In Belgium, work is about to begin on the construction of a mega-mosque in Liège, the third-largest city in the country. The largest mosque in Wallonia (the French-speaking region of Belgium) will be built on an 11,000 m² (118,000 ft²) plot and will consist of a main building with a capacity for 1,000 worshippers, a library, a cafeteria and several shops.

Plans...

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Saudi Arabia Declares Destruction Of All Churches In Country

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Religious News 
Earlier this month news reports surfaced out of Saudi Arabia that raised the red flag for Christians, reports MNN.

Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, says, "The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia--the top Islamic official in the country of Saudi Arabia--has declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.'"

Nettleton goes on to note that the report hasn't surfaced anywhere except on the Council on Foreign Relations Web site, which was then picked u...

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Study: Global Anti-Semitism Rises By 30 Percent

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Religious News 
Global violence and vandalism against Jews has increased by 30 percent, according to an annual survey released by The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, on Sunday.

In contrast to a relative decline in numbers of anti-Semitic acts over the past two years, the report noted that a “correlation was observed between the political strengthening of extreme right parties and the high level of anti-Semitic manifestations including incidents of violence and vandalism.”

Hungar...

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Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Religious News 
Soldiers in the U.S. military have been told in a training briefing that evangelical Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America – ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, KKK, Nation of Islam, al-Qaida, Hamas and others.

“Men and women of faith who have served the Army faithfully for centuries shouldn’t be likened to those who have regularly threatened the peace and security of the United States,” said Col. (Ret.) Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for...

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North Korea urges foreigners in South Korea to evacuate

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : World News 
North Korea on Tuesday ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric by urging all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of nuclear war, while also pulling workers out of a jointly-run factory complex with the South.


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Blue Angels Grounded By Budget Cuts

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : US News 
The Navy's revered aerial acrobats, the Blue Angels, have been grounded for the rest of the year because of budget cuts, in what enthusiasts say is a major blow to the air show industry.

If testing the effects of cocaine on the Japenese Quail were more in the public eye, they probably would of cut that program instead.  ( And yes, testing the effects of cocaine on the Japenese Quail is really one of the many ridiculous ways your tax money is spent.)




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14 injured in knife attack on Lone Star College campus, suspect arrested

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : US News 
At least 15 people were stabbed Tuesday on the campus of Lone Star Community College campus in Cypress, Texas, after a male suspect reportedly used a small knife, ran from building to building and randomly attacked individuals along the way.

The conditions of the victims are unclear, but four were taken by life flight for treatment, which indicates severe injuries. Twelve of the victims in all were hospitalized and two refused treatment. Witnesses reported seeing students with stab wounds to t...

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Proof Positive: North Korea has trained dogs and a color printer

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Really? 

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Sandy Hook families on Air Force One

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : US News 
Washington - President Obama is pulling out all the stops this week on gun legislation, amid news of a fresh effort at compromise to expand background checks for gun buyers.

Mr. Obama delivers a speech late Monday afternoon on gun violence in Hartford, Conn., about an hour from the scene of last December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Vice President Joe Biden will hold a gun-related event at the White House on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama travels to Chica...

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US Navy’s New Laser Cannon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : US News 
Long in testing and even older in ambition, the chief of naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, triumphantly heralded the dawn age of the shipboard laser gun during the Navy’s annual conference outside Washington. In tests aboard the destroyer USS Dewey last summer off the California coast, the Laser Weapon System successfully shot down surveillance drones and fast boats, going “12 for 12″ in its first round of sea trials aboard a surface combatant, according to Rear Adm. Thomas Eccl...
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Does the heart have a sense of smell?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Your nose may not be the only organ able to sense the enticing aromas of roasted coffee or freshly baked bread. Such sensors are also found in the heart, lungs and blood, research shows.

"But does this mean that, for instance, the heart 'smells' the steak you just ate? We don't know the answer to that question," Peter Schieberle, a food chemist at the Technical University of Munich and the German Research Center for Food Chemistry, in Germany, said in a statement. Schieberle described the frag...

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A big battle over a tiny door in a San Francisco tree

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : US News 
The war between whimsy and responsibility is an ancient one, and it is raging in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Someone — and you’d be hard pressed to find who, since pretty much every third resident of this city spends his ample spare time dreaming of Magical Other Worlds and making up games with names like “Elf Crusade” — has put a tiny door on a tree in the park. Officials took it away, saying it was hurting the tree. But people freakin' flipped out, so they are putting it b...
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Manatees Dying in Droves on Both Coasts of Florida

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Large numbers of manatees are dying on both coasts of Florida.

In the southwest, a persistent red tide in the Gulf of Mexico has killed over 250 manatees so far this year. These tides are algal blooms, and occur when microorganisms called dinoflagellates proliferate, staining oceans and releasing toxins into the water and air. Harmful to organisms including fish, manatees and humans, the toxins attack the nervous system, causing short-term memory loss, paralysis, seizures and ultimately death.



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Decade-old Mideast peace plan re-emerges as possible between Israel and Palestinians

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : World News 
JERUSALEM –  A dormant, decade-old Mideast peace plan has suddenly emerged as a possible key to breaking years of deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians.

A top Palestinian official said Sunday that the visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed interest in reviving the so-called Arab Peace Initiative, a 2002 plan in which the Arab world offered comprehensive peace with Israel in exchange for a full pullout from all territories it captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Arab of...

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Real life 'Minority Report'? New brain scan predicts criminal activity before it happens

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Neuroscientists have identified a brain scan that enables them to predict whether convicted felons are likely to land themselves back in jail after they've been released.

The scans focused on activity in a section of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a small region in the front of the brain involved in motor control and executive functioning. The researchers then followed the ex-convicts for four years to see how they fared.

Among the subjects of the study, men who had lower ACC activity dur...
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One killed in Egypt as Christian mourners clash with police, mob

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : Religious News 
CAIRO –  The head of Egypt's national ambulance services says one person has been killed in clashes outside Cairo's main Coptic Christian cathedral.

Mohammed Sultan said the person died of wounds from birdshots.

Sunday's clashes outside the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral began shortly after hundreds of angry Christians left the sprawling complex to stage an anti-government march following a funeral for four Christians killed in sectarian clashes on Saturday.

Denouncing Morsi, the mourners ...

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"I want to die in a fire"; A teacher's punishment taken too far?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It is a story that will make any parent's blood boil.
Picture this: children, humiliated on a public stage, forced to carry cryptic, disturbing signs through their school.

That was the scene that played out at Alice Vail Middle School near 16th & Craycroft Thursday.

Students tell 9OYS it was a teacher's questionable response to kids dawdling during a fire drill.    
Humiliating: That's how a little girl in tears described her sixth grade teacher's punishment after a fire dril...

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Severe Weather Next Week Texas to Kansas, Missouri

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : US News 
As a storm emerges from the Rockies Monday, severe thunderstorms are forecast to fire from Texas to Kansas and could cross the Mississippi River later in the week.

Interests from the central Plains to Texas will want to monitor weather conditions closely during the first part of next week.

The weather setup through at least the first half of next week will put lives and property at risk. The severe weather outbreak expected is likely to be the worst of the season so far.

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Syrian rebels capture of oil fields increases economic pressures on Assad

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013,
BEIRUT –  Syria's vital oil industry is breaking down as rebels capture many of the country's oil fields, with wells aflame and looters scooping up crude, depriving the government of much needed cash and fuel for its war machine against the uprising.

Exports have ground practically to a standstill, and the regime of President Bashar Assad has been forced to import refined fuel supplies to keep up with demand amid shortages and rising prices. In a sign of the increasing desperation, the oil m...

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NASA plans to lasso asteroid, bring it closer to Earth

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
WASHINGTON –  NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.

The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said the plan would speed up by four year...

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South Koreans leave N Korea factory park

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : World News 
PAJU, South Korea –  More South Koreans on Saturday began to leave North Korea and the factory park where they work, four days after Pyongyang closed the border to people and goods.

Twenty-one South Koreans returned from the Kaesong industrial park Saturday morning, and about 100 of the roughly 600 still there were expected to return home by day's end, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said.

One manager, Han Nam-il, interviewed as he left, said he saw North Korean security officials "fully ar...

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Gun control? Kids no longer allowed to be kids

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : Really? 
John Mayer, of Commack, N.Y., got a call from school officials at Pines Elementary School informing him that his 10-year-old son and two other students were talking about going to a boy’s house with a water gun, “paint gun” and a BB gun. There had reportedly been a school yard pushing incident the day before involving the boys, excluding Mayer’s son, and they were seemingly talking about getting even in some way.

Mayer said that a teacher overheard the students talking and informed the...

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Don't panic over new bird flu outbreak, CDC says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A deadly outbreak of a new kind of bird flu has now sickened 16 people in China and killed six, but U.S. health officials on Friday cautioned that there’s no cause for widespread alarm.

The new influenza A H7N9 virus has not been seen before in humans, but it doesn’t appear to be transmitted easily among people, and there have been no cases detected in the United States, said Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There are no specific steps peop...

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UK Gov’t Given Go-Ahead For ‘Three-Parent’ Genetically Altered Embryos

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A technique to implant donor DNA from a third party into in vitro embryos has been approved by the British Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

The technique is a form of “germline” alteration that involves modification of the person’s mitochondrial DNA (MDNA) to create genetic changes that will be carried on throughout subsequent generations.

The recommendation to allow the technique follows a public consultation ordered by the government in which the HFEA said they foun...

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How Iran Could Get The Bomb Overnight

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
The West has tried to stop Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons by diplomacy, sanctions and cybersabotage, and with the threat of military action if Tehran crosses red lines in moving toward the final stages of making a bomb.

If Iran becomes discouraged in its efforts, an easier and more immediately dangerous option is available: buying nuclear weapons from North Korea.

When it comes to manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, the Iranian regime is in a bind. To further enrich its current...

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Foreign diplomats warned to leave North Korea by April 10

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : World News 
Reuters reported early Friday that North Korea has begun moving its mid-range missile launchers, possibly indicating a looming test as tensions are already boiling on the peninsula, U.S. officials told Fox News.

Reports are also coming in of North Korean students and athletes receiving mandatory government military training.

North Korea has also warned diplomats in the country that they cannot guarantee their safety after April 10.



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North Korea's aggression could strengthen US-China alliance

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : World News 
WASHINGTON –  North Korea's latest outburst of nuclear and military threats has given the U.S. a rare opportunity to build bridges with China -- a potential silver lining to the simmering crisis that could revitalize the Obama administration's flagging policy pivot to Asia.

The architect of the administration's Asia policy described a subtle change in Chinese thinking as a result of Pyongyang's recent nuclear tests, rocket launches and abandonment of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 war ...

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Russian bomber conducts practice strikes on US missile defenses in Asia

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : World News 
A Russian bomber recently carried out simulated cruise missile attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Asia, raising new questions about Moscow's goal in future U.S.-Russian defense talks.

According to U.S. officials, a Russian Tu-22M Backfire bomber on Feb. 26 simulated firing air-launched cruise missiles at an Aegis ship deployed near Japan as part of U.S. missile defenses.

A second mock attack was conducted Feb. 27 against a ground-based missile defense site in Japan that officials did not ide...

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AP makes some new wording requirements for their reporters

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Really? 
In a bold move to stop hurting so many people in America's feelings, the Associated Press ( AP ) has told their reporters to stop using the term "illegal aliens" when describing illegal aliens.  We are not clear at this point what term ( if any ) they are planning on using to replace the long beloved "illegal aliens".  "World citizens" is what we came up with here at Newsmanity as a possible suggestion.  It goes well with the NWO theme.  Also, so as not to leave anyone out, the AP will no lon...
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Fukushima fallout sickens U.S. babies?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
It's already well known how devastating the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown was for Japan -- dramatic spikes in radiation-related illnesses, an increase in likely cancer deaths over the next several years, and pollution which may never truly be cleaned up.

A new study suggests what many worldwide have feared -- that the devastation from the traveling radiation has in fact sickened infants in other countries, including babies born shortly after the incident in Hawaii, Alaska, Was...

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North Korea Twitter, Flickr accounts hacked by Anonymous

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : World News 
Hacking group Anonymous continued its assault on one of North Korea's propaganda websites by taking over the site's Twitter and Flickr accounts, two days after saying it obtained 15,000 user records from the site.

The state-run website, Uriminzokkiri.com, could not be accessed early Thursday, and it's unclear whether the North Korean government took down the site or whether it was unavailable because of a denial-of-service attack by Anonymous or another group.

As well as putting its own stamp o...

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Iran, North Korea Learn Lessons From Gaddafi - Nuke Up Fast

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
If you like what is happening with North Korea at the moment, you will love what happens when Iran goes nuclear.

In case anyone is in any doubt, it is always worth remembering that North Korea is a basket-case of a country – probably in the most abysmal situation of any country on earth (not forgetting the Middle East).

Its people intermittently starve by the millions, and all of them lack even the most basic of amenities. As Shin Dong-hyuk and a few other unbelievably fortunate escapees hav...

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Lesbian Mary, Mother Of God!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Religious News 
A public charter school in Massachusetts turned a deaf ear to protests last week and followed through with performing a pro-homosexual play that mocks the Bible and has been blasted as “blasphemous.”

Students from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, or PVPA – which serves 400 pupils, grades 7-12, in South Hadley, Mass. – on March 15-17 performed the controversial play, “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”

A 1998 Paul Rudnick comedy that had a run in theaters in...

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'Historic Day’ As Israel Starts Pumping Gas From Major Offshore Find

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : World News 
Natural gas from the offshore Tamar field was pumped to Israeli shores for the first time Saturday, four years after its discovery, in preparation for its first use in the Israeli energy market — a move that could transform the Israeli economy.

The Tamar deposit, discovered in 2009 some 90 kilometers west of Haifa, holds an estimated 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

On Saturday, hailed an “important day for the Israeli economy” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, natural gas from...

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Do the world's governments actually want a run on banks?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : World News 
The politicians of the western world are coming after your bank accounts. In fact, Cyprus-style "bail-ins" are actually proposed in the new Canadian government budget.

When I first heard about this I was quite skeptical, so I went and looked it up for myself. And guess what? It is right there in black and white on pages 144 and 145 of "Economic Action Plan 2013" which the Harper government has already submitted to the House of Commons.

This new budget actually proposes "to implement a 'bail-i...

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Archaeologists Uncover 4,000-Year-Old Site in Biblical Abraham’s Hometown of Ur

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
BAGHDAD — A British archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham. The team first discovered the magnificent find using a satellite.

Stuart Campbell of Manchester University’s Archaeology Department says the site goes back about 4,000 years, around the time Abraham would have lived there. It’s believed to be an administrative center for Ur.

“It has been off-limits to international a...

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Makes More "Startling" Border Discoveries

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Local News 
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) continued his tour of the U.S.-Mexico border, posting a new round of tweets on Wednesday that further display the need for enhanced border security.

He reported the worst thing he's seen was 60 unaccompanied elementary age children leaving school and crossing the border to go home to Mexico. A supervisor reportedly told Chaffetz that this happens daily.

Of course all of us living here in Tucson already know that happens.

And we all know that is certainly not the wors...

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Final sign 'preventing 2nd Coming of Jesus'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : Religious News 
Millions of Christians worldwide are presently awaiting the return of Jesus to Earth to personally administer the kingdom of God, when all the maladies that have beset the human race will disappear.

Now, a brand-new film suggests there’s one critical piece of information that has been overlooked by most believers and students of the Bible, a sign that “until it materializes and manifests, prevents the Second Coming of Christ.”

That sign has to do with the true location of God’s ancient ...

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North Korea seen moving mid-range missile

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : World News 
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has moved what appears to be a mid-range Musudan missile to its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency stated, quoting multiple government sources privy to intelligence from U.S. and South Korean authorities.



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Possible US, North Korea solution in the works

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : Really? 
Sources close to the White House have leaked a possible capitulation on behalf of the Obama administration to North Korea.

In exchange for North Korea standing down from their incessant nattering about "war" and "nuclear attacks," and reopening the border to South Korean workers, the Obama administration has promised to supply labor and materials for the construction of 19 miniature golf courses throughout North Korea. 

According to sources out of North Korea, Kim Jong-un is "absolutely deligh...

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Suspected high-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel has been extradited

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON - Attorney General Tom Horne says a suspected high-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel has been extradited from Mexico to face charges in Arizona.

Rafael Enrique Araiza and 17 others were indicted in November 2010 by a grand jury on 65 counts that included illegally conducting a drug enterprise and money laundering.

Horne's office says some of the defendants have been convicted, but Araiza escaped to Mexico.

Authorities have alleged that Araiza was the head of an illegal drug traffi...

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Remember when North Korea was mostly silent?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : World News 

PYONGYANG, North Korea –  The North Korean army is warning Washington that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons.

The threat from the unnamed army spokesman is the latest in a series of escalating warnings from North Korea, which has railed for weeks against joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises taking place in South Korea and has expressed anger over tightened sanctions for a February nuclear test.

The spokesman said...

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How Does Venezuela Keep Inmates In Check?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : World News 

The notorious San Antonio prison on the Venezuelan island of Margarita opened last Thursday a nightclub for inmates compete with lights, DJs and even strippers in a purported attempt reduce violence among inmates.

Admission to the so-called “Yacht Club” is free for inmates and their guests, usually invited through social networks and smart phones. Besides the scantily clad dancers and booming beats, the 600-person capacity club also has art, a light show and -- something not common in Vene...

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Ohio school takes down Jesus portrait under legal threat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : Religious News 
A portrait of Jesus that had adorned a southern Ohio public school district building since 1947 has been taken down after officials decided they could not risk losing a lawsuit to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The superintendent of Jackson City Schools told The Associated Press that the decision was made after the district's insurance company declined to cover litigation expenses. Phil Howard said a student club that the school says owns the portrait took it down Wednesday morning at his...

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Israel says it will not let Gaza rockets continue after new attacks

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : World News 
JERUSALEM –  Israel will not sit back while Palestinian militants attack southern Israel from Gaza, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Wednesday, hours after the military retaliated to rocket fire for the first time since an eight-day exchange of strikes in November.

Yaalon's remarks came as two rockets fired from the coastal territory exploded at an Israeli border town, according to police. Code Red sirens wailed in Sderot at about 7:30 a.m. local time warning of incoming rockets and forcin...

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World's most powerful rifle raising fears in hands of Syrian rebels

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : World News 
New YouTube video from the Syrian battlefield shows rebels firing the same high-powered sniper rifle favored by U.S. Navy SEALs, leaving some experts wondering who the ragtag army of insurgents might train the guns on in the future.

The British-made AS-50, accurate from a distance of 20 football fields, is made for British Special Forces and has been used by Navy SEALs. Video showing Syrian rebels, who are aligned with Al Qaeda, firing the guns and shouting “Alahu akbar,” has also raised q...

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Israel launches air strike on Gaza after reported rocket attack

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : World News 
Israeli planes launched an air strike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Israeli officials confirm to Fox News, in response to several rockets reportedly fired at Israel earlier in the day.

The bombing run was the first Israeli attack on Gaza since an eight-day war between Hamas and Israel in November. Six Israelis and 170 Palestinians were killed during the attacks.

Israeli military officials say Palestinians launched three rockets at Israel on Tuesday, two of which landed in Gaza and one hitting s...

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UN adopts pact to regulate multibillion-dollar global arms trade

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : World News 
The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade.

The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to 3 with 23 abstentions.

The 193-member world body voted after Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked its adoption by consensus at a negotiating conference last Thursday. The three countries voted "no" on the resolution.

The National Rifle Association has portrayed the draft treaty as a thr...

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Obama unveils details on brain-mapping initiative

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the program is to be funded with $100 million from President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget. [ INSERT LOUD SUCKING SOUND HERE ] The White House is slated to release Obama's budget next week.

"The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex ne...

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How about we just keep guns from poor people?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : US News 
A New York Democratic lawmaker is behind a national push that would force gun owners to buy liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine.

The Firearm Risk Protection Act, pushed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney and seven co-sponsors, follows efforts at the state level to create the controversial new kind of insurance for gun owners.

"For too long, gun victims and society at large have borne the brunt of the costs of gun violence," Maloney said in a written statement. "My bill would change that by shifti...

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US moving ships, radar systems in response to N. Korean threat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : World News 
The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that it is positioning an array of military assets near the Korean Peninsula, as the White House stressed that the "entire national security team" is focused on the escalating threats out of Pyongyang -- with the latest being a pledge to restart a key nuclear reactor.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said that two destroyer warships, the USS Decatur and USS McCain, have arrived in the region as part of a missile-defense mission. Previously, the Pentagon had only...

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First 9 Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal defendants surrender

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : US News 
A slow march of Atlanta teachers, testing coordinators and school administrators accused of cheating reported to jail today after an indictment charged them with racketeering and other crimes.

The first nine of the 35 educators were booked in to the Fulton County Jail for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to falsify students’ standardized test scores. Today was the deadline set by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard for all of the accused to turn themselves in.

They may be released...

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Man Drives Car Into Wal-Mart, Assaults Shoppers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : US News 
A man is in custody in San Jose, CA after he struck two cars with his Oldsmobile in a Wal-Mart parking lot Sunday, drove through the storefront, and then exited his vehicle and assaulted three store patrons and an employee with a blunt object. What do you think?



     “Is there no space left         “Nice to see some blunt-object      “I’m bad at parking, too.”
           that’s sacred?”                      violence for a change.”
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Judge allows California city to enter bankruptcy, largest municipality to go bust

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : US News 
Stockton, Calif., became the most populous city in the nation ( about 300,000 people ) to go broke Monday, after a judge accepted the city's application to enter bankruptcy.

In the closely watched decision, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the bankruptcy declaration was needed to allow the city to continue to provide basic services. He determined Stockton would not be able to perform "its obligations to its citizens on fundamental public safety as well as other basic government se...

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Arizona Gun Advocates Launch Free Shotgun Giveaway

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Local News 
Will handing out shotguns rid neighborhoods of crime?

Former Tucson mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky thinks so, and he has set out to launch a privately funded program that would arm every Tucson resident who lives in a violence prone neighborhood — and can pass a background check — with a shotgun, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Already, $12, 000 has been donated to McClusky’s cause, so eligible people will begin to receive money and training for the shotguns within 60 days. There is no...

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Exasperated James Holmes Requests Media Stop Calling Him ‘Alleged’ Colorado Shooter

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : Really? 
CENTENNIAL, CO - Shortly after seeing yet another news article today describing him as an alleged mass shooter, frustrated Aurora theater gunman James Holmes urged the media to “cut the semantic bullshit” and stop referring to him as merely a suspect in the crime. “Look, I get the whole innocent-until-proven-guilty thing, but c’mon, let’s not be so precious here; I shot up a theater full of people,” said an aggravated Holmes, adding that he believes that, at this point, everyone c...
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Connecticut reaches deal on tough gun laws, 3 months after Newtown

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : US News 
HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country. The new laws, proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, include a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre that left 20 children and six educators dead.

The proposal includes new registration requirements for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets, something of a disappointment for some family members o...

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Russia going back to Afghanistan? Kremlin confirms it could happen

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : World News 
Moscow - Almost a quarter century after Soviet troops left Afghanistan in defeat, Russia may return to the country by establishing "maintenance bases" for Russian-made military equipment after NATO winds down its operations there next year, defense ministry officials have confirmed.

"It is important to maintain the weapon systems and military equipment of the Afghan armed forces in a serviceable state," Sergei Koshelev, head of the Russian defense ministry's international cooperation departmen...

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4 arrested as Dutch search for alleged sarin nerve agent

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : World News 
THE HAGUE, Netherlands –  Dutch police spent three days digging up a field after receiving a tip that sarin may have been buried there, but they found no trace of the deadly nerve agent, a prosecutor's office spokeswoman said Monday.

Two men and two women have been arrested in the case in the southern city of Maastricht on suspicion of owning and concealing a deadly gas, spokeswoman Cindy Reijnders said in a telephone interview.

She said police started monitoring a man's movements last week a...

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China mobilizing troops, jets near N. Korean border

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : World News 
China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said.

Reports from the region reveal the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently increased its military posture in response to the heightened tensions, specifically North Korea's declaration of a "state of war" and threats to conduct missile attacks against the United States and South Kore...

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Gay Marriage Case Could Lead to All-Out ‘Assault on Religion’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : Religious News 
Syndicated columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer said this week that the gay marriage case before the Supreme Court could be the first step to an “assault on religion.”

“It gets really sticky,” Krauthammer said on “Inside Washington.” “If the court were to decide that to deny same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, then you got Georgetown University – a Jesuit university [that has] married student housing. It’s a Catholic university. So it says it’s only go...

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