Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The 80-minute film, Decay, was shot in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – a 27km tunnel 100 metres beneath the Swiss-French border at Geneva where the Higgs boson or "God particle" was recently discovered.
The £2,000 movie follows a small group of students, played by physicists, after a disastrous malfunction in the LHC tunnel.
Richland Hills police said Brent Troy Bartel faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and has been jailed in lieu of a $500,000 (£309,400) bond.
In the 911 call released by police, Bartel calmly provides the dispatcher with his home address before telling her: "I shed some innocent blood."
When asked why he did it, Bartel replies: "Because it's a holy day."
Scuffles erupted when members of several parties approached the stand simultaneously and attempted to push each other out of the way.
At one moment the majority of those gathered in the parliament chamber stood up and joined in.
The court ruling has also prompted calls by political leaders to impeach the three judges who delivered the verdict.
Many have called the ruling a setback for Argentina's efforts to combat sex trafficking.
The 67-year-old, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of his neighbour, had spent a week in a cell after arriving in Guatemala illegally.
A short time after the commercial jet carrying McAfee landed in Miami, a posting on his website announced he was at a hotel in the city's upscale South Beach area.
Region SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Date time 2012-12-13 03:40:12.0 UTC
Location 31.19 S ; 68.93 W
Depth 101 km
Distances 54 km NW San juan, Argentina
Region D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION
Date time 2012-12-13 00:58:14.9 UTC
Location 9.96 S ; 154.70 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 425 km S Arawa
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 00:53:32 UTC
Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:53:32 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
64.9 km (40.3 miles)
KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
83 km (51 miles) NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand
The GOP-dominated House ignored Democrats' pleas to delay the final passage and instead approved two bills with the same ruthless efficiency that the Senate showed last week. One measure dealt with private-sector workers, the other with government employees. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed them both within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."
Read it on Global News: Right-to-work fight on traditional union turf of Michigan heats up as lawmakers set to vote
Ohio, Ky. governors: Tolls may be used to fund Brent Spence Bridge project (Which then may itself be tolled, as NAFTA Super Highway project sprints onward)
Tolls may be used to pay for the multi-billion dollar Brent Spence Bridge project following the signing of a cooperative agreement between Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wednesday. Joining the governors was U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as all three discussed ways to fund and build the bridge sooner rather than later. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will formally establish a bi-state management team to jointly oversee the project, according to a statement released by both governors’ offices.
Once an issue on many people's minds, it's now mostly forgotten. Definitely refresh yourselves on what it's all about, if necessary:
The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do.
In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions.
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the launch, calling it a "clear violation" of U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he "deplores" the launch.
With a picture of Santa Claus above another image of Jesus Christ, the sign, sponsored by New Jersey-based American Atheists, urges passersby to "Keep the Merry!" and "Dump the Myth!" Attacks on Christianity from the group have become routine, and in the bustling heart of America's busiest city, most folks don't even waste a shrug on the sign. But some took notice, and did not approve.
“It’s a damn shame. It’s an insult,” said Anthony White, 41, a of Jersey City, N.J. said. “Why did they have to put that up?”
Forget the distracting faux-conflict between Christians, Jews and Muslims created by politicians and the media. The real opponents are those who not only denounce belief (which is fine, since there is no compulsion in religion, and their empty words tap as pebbles against our Spiritual Armour), but then seek to replace it with vile idolatry of mammon, ambition, and their own particular brand of wrath. Woe to the disbeliever who attempts to persecute others who possess faith, and divide submitters to God, and make light of those sent by God to inspire the world. I assure any of those who wobble and waffle, Jesus Christ of Nazareth was absolutely alive, was absolutely inspired, and is absolutely with us today in the message he shared with all mankind.
Mr Schmidt's comments risk inflaming the row over the amount of tax multinationals pay, after it emerged that Google funnelled $9.8bn (£6.07bn) of revenues from international subsidiaries into Bermuda last year in order to halve its tax bill.
However, Mr Schmidt defended the company's legitimate tax arrangements. “We pay lots of taxes; we pay them in the legally prescribed ways,” he told Bloomberg. “I am very proud of the structure that we set up. We did it based on the incentives that the governments offered us to operate.”
“It’s called capitalism,” he said. “We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this.”
In Britain Vince Cable was unimpressed by Mr Schmidt’s views. The Business Secretary told The Daily Telegraph: “It may well be [capitalism] but it’s certainly not the job of governments to accommodate it.”
A Californian pressure group called Consumer Watchdog wrote to the Senate’s Finance Committee demanding a hearing on Google’s “global tax avoidance strategies”.
A Guatemalan immigration official said the 67-year-old was being deported after his arrest a week ago.
McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of his neighbour, had been on the run for almost a month.
Jacob Tyler Roberts, wearing a load-bearing vest and a mask like that from horror movie Friday the 13th, ran into Clackamas Town Center near Portland and opened fire with the stolen AR15 rifle.
He struck three people at random in the food court, Cindy Ann Yuille, 54, and married father-of-two Steven Mathew Forsyth, 45, and critically injuring 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko.
Thousands of squid carcasses wash up on California beaches: Is toxic algae to blame for disorientating the sea creatures leading to mass suicide?
Thousands of squid carcasses are littering the 12 mile stretch of coastline from Aptos to Watsonville, where the high tide may have had something do to with the sea creatures essentially committing mass suicide.
The general public is advised by scientists not to touch or eat the squid, as they may contain dangerous toxins.
Asteroid 2012 XE54 came nearer to Earth than the moon (... but was only spotted two days before the close encounter)
The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was only spotted for the first time on Sunday, came within 140,000 miles of our planet
The moon orbits at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so from the Earth.
Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120ft wide - big enough to cause substantial damage if it ever hits us.
The move represents a significant escalation in the fighting, which has already killed more than 40,000 civilians in a nearly two-year-old conflict that has threatened to destabilize the Middle East.
One American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing classified information, said that missiles had been fired from the Damascus area at targets in northern Syria.
ANOTHER Human rights farce after Euro judges award £6,000 payout to victim of playground fight over a football in Croatia TEN YEARS AGO
But yesterday the European Court of Human Rights was ridiculed when it ruled - on a playground fight over a football.
The incident involved a thirteen-year-old boy from Croatia who got into a row with another boy nearly a decade ago over who was the rightful owner of the ball.
The alleged victim claimed the second boy's father had taken the ball away, pulled his T-shirt and slapped and kicked him.
He claimed the incident had caused him 'significant distress' and that the 'memories of the attack would remain with him until the end of his life'.
Yesterday, two years after the application was first made, seven judges of the Strasbourg Court ruled his rights had been breached and awarded him compensation of more than £6000.
The number of cases is also a five-year high, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which released the information.
For the Obama administration, the use of chemical weapons in Syria would transform official U.S. understanding of the conflict. War with chemical weapons would be of an entirely different order than the current fighting, said Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria who appeared with regime opponents in the besieged city of Homs before he was recalled from the country in February, in an appearance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' last week.
The collapse of its ties with the Jewish state have put paid to U.S. hopes it could be a broker in the Arab-Israeli conflict, while its gold sales to Iran have provided a financial lifeline to a government meant to be under the choke of U.S. sanctions.
Yet despite the strains, the relationship between Washington and Ankara is arguably more important than ever.
|Aqua Restaurant Group's flagship in Peking Road will serve a six-course "End of the World" meal on December 21 for HK$2,112.12 per person.|
With the end of the Mayan calendar - and, according to some, the end of the world - looming next week, a Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant is cashing in by offering a doomsday dinner.
Aqua Restaurant Group's flagship in Peking Road will serve a six-course "End of the World" meal on December 21 for HK$2,112.12 per person.
But guests will pay the ominous price only if the world is not going to end - if the planet looks like it is heading for perdition, the restaurant will pick up the tab. The "last dessert" will be chocolate mousse garnished with 24-carat gold.
4.2 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 17:46:03 UTC
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:46:03 PM at epicenter
15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program
ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY REG., QUEBEC, CANADA
73 km (45 miles) ESE (111°) from La Baie, Québec, Canada
The army called off "unity" talks involving rival factions, dealing a blow to efforts to resolve a worsening political crisis over the referendum and rein in street protests that have turned violent.
Several council diplomats said they hoped the 15-nation body could swiftly agree a similar condemnation and later consider a binding resolution, possibly expanding already existing U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.
Meeting in the Moroccan city of Marrakech as rebels battled Assad's troops on the outskirts of his Damascus power base, the "Friends of Syria" group called on Assad to step aside and warned him against using chemical weapons.
The mutant brown rats, which carry life-threatening diseases, have been emerging from their traditional havens in sewers and ditches and taking refuge in people's homes.
The problem has been made worse by recent wet weather, which has driven hordes of rats from flooded drains.
The blast reportedly occurred at the main entrance to the building situated in the southwest district of Kafar Souseh - a battleground for rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
"An explosion rocked the district of Kfar Sousa, and initial reports say a bomb targeted the main entrance to the interior ministry," state television said.
In 2000, they made up only 15.5 percent of the total, but that had increased to 23.9 percent by 2010.
"An aging population, nuclear families and a growing tendency to defer marriage have all caused the number of single-person households to surge," a Statistics Korea spokesman said. That means the number of widows, widowers and unmarried people have all increased.
The drug, diazepam, is an anti-convulsant, halting seizures caused by nerve agents such as VX and sarin. Until now, the IDF supplied all medics with atropine, a drug that counters attacks on the respiratory system, but diazepam, which protects the central nervous system, was available only in intravenous form and was distributed only to rear echelon battalion medical centers.
“Now the medics receive auto injectors, enabling treatment half an hour to an hour earlier than before, and also enabling treatment to 10 times more people,” the head of nonconventional warfare medicine in the IDF’s medical corps, Lt. Col. Dr. Micah Ksirer, told this week Bamahane.
The report comes amid widespread international concern regarding the stockpiles of chemical weapons belonging to the teetering government in Syria.
Pills that give the IDF a dose of humanity.
The report forecasts that Northeast Asian countries will be economically more dependent on China but continue to rely on the U.S. for security. It said China rather than the U.S. is now the biggest trading partner of Australia, India, Japan and Korea, but predicted they will maintain security alliances with Washington at the same time.
Emily Whitehead: The cancer girl cured by the HIV virus: Seven-year-old makes extraordinary recovery after U.S. doctors re-wire her immune system to destroy leukaemia cells
The brave six-year-old had been fighting leukaemia for two years, only to relapse for a second time during intensive chemotherapy treatment in February.
Doctors had exhausted all the traditional treatments as Emily could not remain in remission for long enough to attempt a bone marrow transplant. So her desperate parents, Kari and Tom, started looking at more radical options.
Industrial production in the 17 countries sharing the euro fell 1.4 percent in October after falling sharply percent in September, the EU's statistics office Eurostat said on Wednesday. That was much worse than the modest growth expected by economists in a Reuters poll.
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes Iran has conducted explosives tests with nuclear applications at Parchin, a sprawling facility southeast of Tehran, and has repeatedly asked for access.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the German cabinet he was "optimistic" about a deal ahead of a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, a German official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Though he made no direct reference to the territorial disputes, new Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping urged his military to prepare for a struggle. He made the comments during his visit to a South China Sea fleet ship in southern Guangdong province, but did not name any potential aggressor.
The researchers will use a drill that pumps hot water at high pressure to bore through the ice. After firing the boiler's burners Tuesday, they'll begin test drills before drilling down to the lake by Sunday, said Chris Hill, program manager at the British Antarctic Survey for the project at Lake Ellsworth, near the center of the West Antarctic ice sheet.
"We will vote 'no'," opposition politician and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa told Reuters. Another opposition figure also announced that the group would push for a "no" vote.
The meeting began less than a day after President Obama said the United States would join a handful of other Western and Arab countries in recognizing the rebellious National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the country’s sole legitimate representative — a diplomatic gambit that had been widely anticipated.
Dyson Allen, 19, is being held for questioning over the blaze at a converted bungalow in Freckleton, Lancashire.
The fire killed siblings 19-year-old Reece Smith, four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith, and Jordan Smith, two.
Their mother, Michelle Smith, who has five other children, survived the January 7 blaze.
|The fire started about 9.30am (Image: Andrew Hawley)|
West Midlands Ambulance said nine people, including the lorry driver, were treated because they were overcome by chemical fumes after the tanker caught fire about 9.30am.
A section of the motorway was closed in both directions and motorists experienced long delays, the Highways Agency said.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Tuesday that Brandon Lincoln Woodard was walking back and forth and checking his phone for messages before a gunman walked up and shot him in the back of the head.
Mr Kelly said security video indicates the unidentified shooter had been waiting in a car parked on the same block at least a half hour before the gunfire erupted.
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy 'Rasheed' Wilson, both 25 and from Mobile, were named in terrorism charges filed Monday, according to Kenyen R. Brown, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
A series of unidentified flying objects have been reported in the night skies of at least two U.S. cities in the last week.
The collection of strange round lights recorded by mesmerized witnesses show them flying in similar formation, most recently in San Francisco while just days after spotted in New York.
'I wasn’t sure if at first if it was another Tequila hazed mirage, but myself and a few bystanders were all in complete awe at the lights we saw on Valencia,' Sunday morning's witness Enrique Barrios told Mission Mission of the California sighting.
Senior U.S. and Philippine officials met on Wednesday in Manila to discuss strengthening security and economic ties at a time of growing tension over China's aggressive sovereignty claims over vast stretches of the disputed South China Sea.
Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank -- money that is badly needed to pay public sector salaries.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 06:54:33 UTC
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:54:33 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
3 km (1 miles) SSW of Naranjo, Costa Rica
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 06:41:08 UTC
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 03:41:08 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
66.4 km (41.3 miles)
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
158 km (98 miles) NE of Hachijo-jima, Japan
The blast-off, which had been anticipated, has been viewed with suspicion by critics who believe the country was carrying out a ballistic missile test under cover.
The impoverished North has said it was simply delivering a weather satellite to space and it declared the mission a success.
Heathrow Airport says 70 flights due to take off on Wednesday have been scrapped.
A spokesman said further cancellations were likely as adverse conditions affecting large swathes of the country worsen.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls today revealed his party would oppose the 1 per cent rise planned by the government for each of the next three years.
They will find that their disposable income is slowly eaten away over the years because of rises in the cost of living.
Chancellor George Osborne last week announced that many benefits claimed by families, including child benefit, would rise by 1 per cent. He also gave a 1 per cent increase at the point at which workers pay higher rate tax of 40 per cent.
Decade that changed the face of the UK: 4million migrants settle here - and in London less than half of the population is white British
Credit: Reuters/Scott Audette
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket carrying a small robotic space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday for the third flight in a classified military test program.
The 196-foot (60-meter) rocket blasted off at 1:03 p.m. ET (1603 GMT) carrying the military's original X-37B experimental space plane, also known as an Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation worked alongside several international agencies to arrest 10 people it claims infected computers with "Yahos" malicious software, then stole credit card, bank and other personal information.
Facebook's security team assisted the FBI after "Yahos" targeted its users from 2010 to October 2012.
Although Britain will not join the banking union, the 17 countries in the euro will form a powerful bloc which could determine rules for the financial sector under the EU's single market. There are growing fears that the 17 will favour Paris and Frankfurt at London's expense.