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Friday, February 24, 2012

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Egypt reports two cases of bird flu this week

The Egyptian Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization on Wednesday and Friday concerning two new, separate avian influenza H5N1 cases according to a Global Alert and Response (GAR) report.

The case reported Wednesday was a 45-year-old female from Menofia governorate. She developed symptoms on 10 February 2012, received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) treatment on 17 February 2012 and is still recovering. The case was laboratory confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratories last Saturday.

The second case reported to the WHO today is a one-year-old female infant from Gharbeia governorate. She developed symptoms on 14 February 2012 and was admitted to a hospital on 15 February 2012, where she received oseltamivir treatment upon admission. She is in good medical condition.

The investigations of both cases show the presence of backyard poultry in their respective residences. Source

Saudi Arabia backs arming Syrian opposition

Foreign minister tells conference on Syria that supplying weapons to rebels fighting Assad regime is 'an excellent idea'

Saudi Arabia has backed the arming of Syria's opposition guerrilla army in remarks that could signal an intervention by the Sunni Muslim superpower in the Assad regime's crackdown on an anti-government uprising.

The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, described the arming of the Free Syrian Army as an "excellent idea" at an inaugural meeting in Tunisia of an anti-Assad group the Friends of Syria, convened to find a solution to the crisis ravaging the country.

But the Saudi delegation later walked out of the summit citing "inactivity" among the member states gathered.

Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, called for the creation of an Arab force to "open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people". Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Guatemala at a depth of 160.3 km (99.6 miles), the quake hit at 20:01:48 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 6 km (4 miles) SSW from Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Disease outbreak kills more than 4000 birds, New Zealand

A suspected avian botulism outbreak in Christchurch's wetlands has killed more than 4000 birds, taking the death toll to above that from the Rena oil spill.

Increased sewage levels in the Bromley oxidation ponds, the Avon-Heathcote Estuary and the eastern wetlands caused by the earthquake may be responsible for the outbreak, according to a conservation officer.

In an email obtained by The Press, council ornithologist Andrew Crossland told council staff and conservation organisations that more than 10 per cent of the area's population had died due to the outbreak.

The email, which used figures from December 20 last year, said that 3877 dead birds had been collected in the area.

The worst-affected species were the paradise shelduck, which lost more than 85 per cent of its population (1415 birds), the mallard/grey duck (49 per cent, or 385 birds), and the grey teal duck (13 per cent, or 495 birds).

The deaths meant there would be a "substantial decrease in numbers" in Avon-Heathcote and Bromley, as well as at "source areas and migration/dispersal destinations".

Several other significant species, including the scaup, shoveler and royal spoonbill, had also been suffered losses, "but not at levels that the population can't recover from in one to three years".

Crossland said the death toll would have had a catastrophic effect on just about any other wetland complex in the country. Read More

6.6M Gallons Of Oil Leak From Paulsboro Refinery

PAULSBORO, N.J. - About 6.6 million gallons of crude oil have leaked from a storage tank at a New Jersey refinery, resulting in an odor that could affect the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says.

The oil has been leaking since Thursday afternoon into an emergency containment area at the Paulsboro Refining Co. site in Gloucester County, officials said in a news release.

According to the DEP, "The spill does not pose a threat to the Delaware River or to municipal water supplies."

Petroleum odors have been reported in a number of surrounding communities as a result of the leak that developed in the base of the storage tank. The DEP says initial air monitoring by the Gloucester County Health Department and by refinery personnel do not indicate any health hazards from the odors. Read More

Oil tank blast shakes Galveston, Texas‎

GALVESTON, Texas -- A crude oil tank exploded and burned at a biodiesel plant on the waterfront docks in Galveston, Texas, rattling the island city Thursday.

KPRC reported that about 35 firefighters were called in to tackle the three-alarm blaze.
A worker was treated for smoke inhalation but no other injuries were reported, city spokeswoman Alicia Cahill told The Associated Press.

Cahill said one tank burned after the 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) Thursday explosion, but firefighters worked to keep neighboring tanks cool.

Speaking to KPRC, Cahill said boiling crude oil fed the flames -- which made the fire difficult to contain. Read More

Child Dies of Bird Flu in Bali 12-Year-Old Child Dies of Bird Flu at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital

(2/23/2012) Radar Bali reports the death of a 12-year-old child from South Bali due to Bird Flu. The child, identified only with the initials WM, died in the isolation ward of Denpasar’s Sanglah General Hospital at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

The child was transferred to the Bird Flu Unit at Sanglah Hospital only 5 hours prior to its death after being warded for five days at the Puri Raharja Hospital, also in Denpasar.

Dr. Ken Wirasandshi, the head of the Bird Flu Team at Sanglah Hospital, said the child was suffering from respiratory distress with laboratory tests showing the virus for Avian influenza.

The child’s parents, however, deny any contact with poultry prior to the onset of the disease. Initially misdiagnosed, the child was admitted to the Puri Raharja Hospital with a for typhus. Read More

Hinkley Point B reactor shutdown after hydraulic fluid leak found, England

EDF Energy, Britain’s largest nuclear power producer, stopped its 480-megawatt (MW) Hinkley Point B7 nuclear reactor on Wednesday evening to repair a hydraulic fluid leak, the company said. Hinkley Point B is one of four nuclear power stations in the area, the others being the adjacent Hinkley Point A together with Oldbury and Berkeley (being decommissioned) on the banks of the River Severn. A new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is under consideration.

The reactor stopped so engineers could attend a hydraulic fluid leak on a valve and the unit is expected to restart on Saturday, EDF Energy said. ”I can confirm the reactor went offline at around 2220 GMT last night,” a spokeswoman said on Thursday morning.

The reactor at Hinkley Point B nuclear plant had previously restarted in the morning of February 9th, 2012, following a one week “planned maintenance period” on its unit 7 reactor. Source

Power failure forces reactor shutdown at Brunswick plant, Southport

Progress Energy shut down Unit 1 of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Thursday after a disruption in the electricity supply at the Southport power plant, spokesman Ryan Mosier said.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the company told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an electrical connector – or bus – providing power for non-nuclear systems for both of the plant's nuclear reactors failed.

One of the systems that lost power maintains pressure in the emergency core cooling systems for both reactors, Mosier said.

The loss of power to this system resulted in a low discharge pressure alarm for both units, requiring shutdown of the reactors starting a few minutes after the initial failure, the event report stated.

After about four hours, temporary power was provided to both cooling systems, allowing the shutdown of Unit 2 to be terminated and the unit to be returned to full power. Read More

Afghan protesters set fire to NATO trucks

Feb. 24 - Afghans protesting the burning of the Koran attack a NATO convoy in Khost.

Assad supporters protest outside Syria conference

Feb. 24 - Western and Arab leaders face pro-Assad protesters upon arrival at the ''Friends of Syria'' conference, in Tunisia

After Fukushima, Japan's nuclear crisis persists

(Reuters) - On a hillside in northern Japan, wind turbines slice through the cold air, mocking efforts at a nearby industrial complex to shore up the future of the demoralized nuclear power industry.

The wind-power farm at Rokkasho has sprung up close to Japan's first nuclear reprocessing plant, a Lego-like complex of windowless buildings and steel towers, which was supposed to have started up 15 years ago but is only now nearing completion.

Dogged by persistent technical problems, it is designed to recycle spent nuclear fuel and partly address a glaring weakness in Japan's bid to restore confidence in the industry, shredded last year when a quake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi power station to the south, triggering radioactive leaks and mass evacuations.

But the Rokkasho project is too little, too late, according to critics who say Japan is running so short of nuclear-waste storage that the entire industry risks shutdown within the next two decades unless a solution is found. Read More

Twelve killed in protests over Koran burning

(Reuters) - Twelve people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest day yet in protests that have raged across Afghanistan over the desecration of copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO military base with riot police and soldiers on high alert braced for more violence.

The burning of the Korans at the Bagram compound earlier this week has deepened public mistrust of NATO forces struggling to stabilize Afghanistan before foreign combat troops withdraw in 2014.

Hundreds of Afghans marched toward the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, while on the other side of the capital protesters hoisted the white flag of the Taliban.

Chanting "Death to America!" and "Long live Islam!," protesters also threw rocks at police in Kabul, while Afghan army helicopters circled above. Read More

Iran increasing sensitive nuclear work: IAEA

(Reuters) - Iran has sharply stepped up its controversial uranium enrichment drive, the United Nations' nuclear agency said on Friday in a report that will further inflame Israeli fears that the Islamic Republic is pushing ahead with an atomic weapons program.

The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also reported its failed mission to Tehran this week that aimed to get Iran to respond to allegations of research relevant for the development of nuclear weapons - a serious setback to the possible resumption of diplomatic talks.

"The Agency continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," the Vienna-based U.N. body said in a quarterly report about Iran issued to its member states.

Israel, which has threatened Iran with pre-emptive strikes on its nuclear sites, had no immediate comment on the report. Germany, which has backed tough new sanctions on Iran, said it was further cause for concern. Read More

U.S. weighs release of oil reserves, world frets about Iran

(Reuters) - The United States is considering a release from its strategic oil reserves, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Friday, acknowledging the harm that supply disruptions from Iran could have on the global economy.

Rising tensions between Iran and the West over its disputed nuclear program have fueled a rise in oil prices, pushing benchmark Brent crude above $125 a barrel on Friday.

"There is a case for the use of the reserve in some circumstances and we will continue to look at those and evaluate that carefully," Geithner said on CNBC television.

"Obviously Iran can do a lot of damage to the global economy," Geithner said. "We are working very carefully to try to minimize that risk, make sure there are alternative sources of supply from Saudi Arabia and others to help compensate for reduced exports from Iran." Read More

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA, INDONESIA - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at a depth of 23.4 km (14.5 miles), the quake hit at 19:12:20 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 135 km (84 miles) Northwest from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MARIANA ISLANDS REGION - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the Mariana Islands Region at a depth of 73.2 km (45.5 miles), the quake hit at 19:09:19 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 112 km (70 miles) NNE from Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Giant Lobster Caught in Maine Weighing in at 27 Pounds

Long-buried landmines surface in Chile

(CNN) -- Torrential rains washed long-buried landmines onto a heavily traveled highway near Chile's border with Peru this week.

No one was injured, but activists say the incident is a reminder of the risks such explosive devices pose.

"They are a constant threat. ... This is just reinforcing the need for all governments to clear all contaminated land, or seek assistance in doing so if you're struggling to clear it," said Kate Wiggans, a spokeswoman for the Geneva-based International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

In the 1970s, Chile placed mines along the South American nation's borders with Peru, Argentina and Bolivia as regional tensions rose during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship, which lasted until 1990.

Decades later, more than 120,000 antipersonnel mines remain in Chile, according to the Chilean nonprofit Centro Zona Minada (Mined Zone Center). Read More

Israeli police: Palestinians throw rocks inside mosque compound

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Dozens of Israeli security personnel stormed the compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque Friday after Palestinians threw rocks at nearby police, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

More than 100 Palestinians began throwing rocks at a police location following Friday prayers, prompting the police to enter the compound, Rosenfeld said.

According to witnesses, Israeli forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the Palestinians.

Ziad Hammouri, the director of Palestinian Jerusalem Center for Socio-Economic Rights, said a number of Palestinians were arrested and there were reports of some injuries. Read More

The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed responsibility for deadly Iraq attacks

Baghdad (CNN) -- The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks in that country that killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds more.

The umbrella group, which includes al Qaeda in Iraq, issued an audio message that was posted on an al Qaeda-linked website.

"Shiite forces have been conducting campaigns, targeting Sunni people inside their homes day and night," the group's spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said in the message.

"I am calling on Sunni people in Iraq to wake up before it's too late and put their hands with the jihadis' hands and stand against the Shiite campaign," he said.

Al-Adnani added a warning that "the gates of hell have opened" and that the Islamic State of Iraq "will carry out more attacks in the near future by suicide bombers, car bombs and roadside bombs." Read More

Quran burning: Deadly violence as commander warns against 'vengeance'

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A large crowd swarmed a military base and numerous demonstrations turned deadly Friday in Afghanistan, the fourth day of fallout after NATO troops burned Qurans at a military base, officials said.

One of the protests took place just outside a U.S. consulate.

The developments came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama apologized for the incident at Bagram Airfield this week, calling it an unintentional error.

At least eight people were killed and 27 wounded in protests Friday, mostly in Herat province, officials said. The death toll includes six in Herat, one in Baghland and one in Nangahar, according to Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Seven of the wounded were in Kabul, and they included three police officers, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said there were no reports of ISAF personnel wounded in the protests. Read More

U.S. Treasury targets Japan's Yakuza

Call for 'tsunami wave' of pressure on Syria

Tunis, Tunisia (CNN) -- World powers convening Friday in Tunisia called for a political solution in Syria and what one diplomat calls a "tsunami wave" of pressure that would peel away internal support for the embattled regime.

Meeting in the cradle of the Arab Spring, the Friends of Syria conference began setting the groundwork for a political transition in Syria, not unlike the international planning that forged the changes in Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi's regime was toppled.

The group, comprising dozens of international countries and entities, developed a plan to deliver immediate humanitarian aid, give political legitimacy to the Syrian opposition and endorse the idea of a joint Arab-U.N. peacekeeping force. Read More

Stricter limits on radiation in food to start April 1 in Japan

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will enforce stricter limits on radioactive cesium found in food, which come between one-20th and a quarter of the current provisional limits depending on food categories, from April 1 when the new fiscal year begins, the health ministry formally decided on Friday.

The new ceilings, which will come more than a year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crippled last March began leaking radiation, are set at 100 becquerels per kilogram of cesium for regular food items such as meat, vegetables and fish, 50 becquerels for milk and infant food, and 10 becquerels for drinking water.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry held firm to its original proposal for the new limits, despite some criticisms that they are too harsh and could hurt food producers. Meanwhile, citizen's groups have called for even tighter regulations. Read More

Japan; New technology can remove 99.9 percent of radioactive cesium in soil.....Government owned? Same Government that has been lying about tests

New technology that can remove up to 99.9 percent of radioactive cesium in contaminated soil has been developed, raising hopes for reducing radioactive waste in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it has been learned.

Taiheiyo Cement Corp. and the National Agricultural Research Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, devised the groundbreaking technique to drastically cut cesium in contaminated soil. The soil left after the decontamination process can be used as construction materials for the recovery of disaster-stricken areas, such as aggregate concrete, according to the developers.

The method employs a small rotating furnace, in which cesium-tainted soil is mixed with calcium compounds to promote a reaction before the materials are heated at 1,350 degrees Celsius. The cesium separated from the tainted soil is then captured by filters.

When tested on contaminated soil in Fukushima Prefecture, the levels of radioactive cesium in the soil decreased from 67,300 becquerels per kilogram to 29 becquerels. Although the filters, tainted with cesium after the process, need careful handling, the method is expected to contribute to reducing the amount of radioactive waste. Read More

A physically disabled woman on her wheelchair clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia - Protesting disabled people have clashed with police in Bolivia's capital during a demonstration demanding that the South American country's government pay them an annual subsidy.

A caravan of about 50 adults and children, some using crutches, others in wheelchairs, arrived in La Paz on Thursday after a 100-day protest journey, then clashed with riot police guarding the legislature.

At least four people have been detained and the windshield of a police car broken as the protesters banged on police shields trying to break into the legislature.

The group began it's protest trip to demand that Bolivia's government pay disabled people at least 3 000 bolivianos a year. That is just over $430. - Sapa-AP Source

Iran: Nuclear Agency Sounds New Alarm

The UN nuclear agency says Iran has increased production of higher-grade enriched uranium, raising fresh concerns about how quickly it could make an atomic bomb.

A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had failed to give a convincing explanation about a quantity of missing uranium metal.

Diplomats have said it could be used for experiments to arm a warhead.

Iran insists it has no intention of making nuclear weapons and maintains the sole purpose of its activities is to generate energy.

The report follows the recent abortive visit to Iran by IAEA inspectors. Read More

Syria: Arab Countries Want Stronger Action

Arab countries have criticised international efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria, with Qatar and Saudi Arabia leading calls for an Arab force to impose peace.

At an international conference of the 'Friends of Syria' group of nations, Western and Arab powers have been trying to find a way to end the bloodshed in Syria.

While the language used is getting stronger, there is also evidence of a lot of disagreement over what should be done.

Western powers, including Britain and the US, favour a diplomatic approach to put more pressure on the regime, including more economic sanctions. Read More

Chinese Pompeii of trees: 300million-year-old forest preserved by volcanic ash found beneath Chinese coal mine

A 300-million-year-old forest has been found preserved by volcanic ash, just as the Roman town of Pompeii was.

The remarkable discovery was made near a coal mine at the city of Wuda in China, by a University of Pennsylvania scientist and Chinese researchers.

The study site is unique as it gives a snapshot of a moment in time. Because volcanic ash covered a large expanse of forest over the course of only a few days, the plants were preserved as they fell, in many cases in the exact locations where they grew.

‘It's marvellously preserved,’ said Hermann Pfefferkorn, a paleobotanist from Penn's Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Read More

C-1 The electric motorbike that has all the creature comforts of a car

If you like the thrill of the open road but love the comfort of a luxury car, this unique superbike could be the perfect solution.

The electric motorbike, dubbed the C-1, is a bizarre combination of car and bike and is set to hit our roads late next year.

Created by San Francisco-based automotive company, Lit Motors, the fully-enclosed two-passenger bike uses a gyroscopic stabilising system to stay upright even when it's stationary.

The futuristic bike not only keeps its occupants warm and dry, it also keeps them safe - refusing to fall over even when hit in an accident. Read More

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION- 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the Izu Islands, Japan at a depth of 34.8 km (21.6 miles), the quake hit at 17:25:05 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 268 km (166 miles) ESE of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

'It was pandemonium': Crowds pushed back by 100 riot police in rush for $220 Nike All Star shoes

More than 100 riot police broke up a frenzied crowd last night desperate to buy a new $220 Nike basketball shoe released for the NBA All-Star Game.

The crowd in Orlando, Florida, got unruly as hundreds of people packed a car park and waited for the limited-edition Nike Foamposite One.

Shoppers were asked to wait across the street when the mall closed at 9pm, but one person ran toward Foot Locker and the crowd followed.

It comes after the re-release of the Nike Air Jordan XI before Christmas caused mayhem in the U.S. as shoppers fought and broke down doors.

Police formed a line on Thursday and used shields to push back the crowd, while they told shoppers there would be no shoe release. Read More

Mohamed Shohan Arrested for 'assaulting son, 11, who wouldn't watch Obama's State of the Union speech'

A father has been arrested after smashing his son in the face with a mug for not paying attention to the President's State of the Union speech last month, authorities said.

Mohamed Shohan, 49, was charged with third-degree assault yesterday along with disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child.

When the boy wouldn't pay attention to Obama's speech, Shohan, of Stamford, Connecticut, allegedly grabbed his son's cup and hit him across the nose with it.

He was released after posting $5,000 bond and will be arraigned on charges today.

Sgt Joseph Kennedy told the Stamford Advocate that police were informed of the attack on the 11-year-old when the child attended hospital in Stamford for facial injuries on January 27. Read More

Johan Friso the Dutch Prince Suffered Massive Brain Damage in Avalanche

A Dutch prince struck by an avalanche while skiing off-trail in Austria last week suffered massive brain damage and may never regain consciousness, doctors said today.

Johan Friso, 43, is the second son of the Netherlands' monarch Queen Beatrix.

Dr Wolfgang Koller, head of trauma at the Innsbruck hospital where Friso is being treated, said at a news conference broadcast live on Dutch national television that it took nearly 50 minutes to reanimate the prince after he was pulled from the snow.

He said: 'It is clear that the oxygen starvation has caused massive brain damage to the patient.

'At the moment, it cannot be predicted if he will ever regain consciousness.' Read More

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEVADA - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck Nevada at a depth of 8.6 km (5.3 miles), the quake hit at 17:10:49 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 23 km (14 miles) NNE from Wichman, Nevada
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Secret Bible where 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI is said to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many claim is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years.

The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.

The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000.

It was closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum, and will soon be put back on public display following a minor restoration.

A photocopy of a single page from the handwritten ancient manuscript is thought to be worth £1.5million. Read More

Mohamed Shohan smacks son for not paying attention to Obama speech

A North Stamford father trying to make his pre-teenaged son listen to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech last month was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and accused of striking his son with a coffee mug when the youth would not pay attention.

Mohamed Shohan, 49, of 55 Mather Road, Stamford, was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child. He was released after posting $5,000 bond and will be arraigned on the charges at state Superior Court in Stamford Thursday.

Youth Bureau Sgt. Joseph Kennedy said police were made aware of the assault Jan. 27 when the youth was brought to Stamford Hospital for treatment of an injury to his face. When police interviewed the 11-year-old boy, he told them the two sat down at home to watch the address the day after his father recorded it, Kennedy said.

When the boy kept acting out, the father lost his temper and grabbed a coffee mug his son was holding and hit him in the face with it, causing a bruise to the bridge of his nose, it is alleged. more

Police in riot gear break up shoe melee at Florida Mall

The launch of an expensive new basketball shoe — timed to Orlando's hosting of the NBA All-Star Game— triggered a melee Thursday night at Florida Mall that was quelled by deputies in riot gear.

The wild scene erupted about 9:45 p.m. as hundreds of people packed the mall's parking lot, hoping to buy the new shoe at midnight. As the crowd grew, a large contingent of Orange County deputy sheriffs arrived, braced for problems.

Similar shoe releases have caused violence at shoe stores across the country, but no one was hurt or arrested at Florida Mall, the Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel that the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed at 9 p.m., but one person made a mad dash toward the Foot Locker where the shoes were to go on sale, and hundreds followed.

"I saw hundreds of people running toward me. I thought I was going to get trampled," said Amanda Charles, 20, who was among a group of a half-dozen friends who drove from Jacksonville to try to buy the glow-in-the-dark Nikes. more

Two Greeks' miracle escape after smash cuts Ferrari in half (They can still afford Ferraris in Greece?)

Two Greeks had a miraculous escape from this horrific car crash - after the Ferrari F430 they were driving hit a tree, split in two and then burned to the ground.

Witnesses say the £127,000 Italian supercar's driver, identified in Greek media only as Mr Leontiadis, was speeding before skidding on a wet Athens road yesterday.

The grey-coloured car, with a top speed of 193mph, hit a road divided, bounced off onto a tree, flipped on onto its soft-top roof and then split in half. Read More

Jesse Willms made $359m selling worthless drugs over internet to customers in UK and US

A conman who made $359m from selling worthless products on the internet to customers across the globe has reached a settlement with the U.S. Government

Jesse Willms, from Alberta, Canada, has agreed to settle a number of charges brought against him by the Federal Trade Commission in relation to himself and 11 other companies.

Willms is alleged to have used free trial offers to obtain credit or debit card details of nearly four million customers since 2007.

He then used the numbers to bill them for products or services they did not want or agree to purchase.

Products advertised by Willms included weight loss products, teeth whiteners and other health supplements.

He also marketed work-at-home schemes, free credit reports and a penny auction site, the FTC alleged.

The FTC found that customers who agreed to purchase a product were charged for the trial before a $79.95 monthly fee was added. Read More

Taxpayer-backed Lloyds unveils £3.5billion of losses … but still pays out £375million in bonuses

Lloyds Banking Group today unveiled total losses of £3.5billion for last year, but insists it is in a 'significantly stronger position' than 12 months ago.

The losses, which compare with a £281million profit the previous year, are nearly twice the size of those at fellow state-backed bank Royal Bank of Scotland.

Lloyds, which is 40 per cent owned by the taxpayer, took a huge hit from the payment protection insurance scandal, which cost the bank £3.2billion. Read More

Berlin police officer pictured giving Nazi salute on Facebook

The hunt is on for a Berlin police officer who was pictured on Facebook giving a Nazi salute, sparking outrage across Germany.

The image, which officials believe to be genuine, was posted on the social networking site to mark a remembrance day for the victims of a series of neo-Nazi murders.

Police fear a Nazi-sympathiser movement may be developing within the ranks as the man is wearing what appears to be an authentic uniform with the Berlin police badge on the right arm.

An investigation has now been launched by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in an attempt to track down the rogue officer.

Between 2000 and 2007, nine foreign-born food vendors and shop owners, were murdered by a far right group known as the known as National Socialist Underground or NSU.

At first police wrongly assumed they were mafia or drug-related killings. Read More

Blood on the walls of Pakistan police station after suicide bombers launch assault killing four officers and wounding six - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Its walls and ceiling covered in blood, this is the shocking aftermath of another suicide attack on a Pakistan police station.

Four police officers were killed today when Taliban suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a large police station in the north-west of the country.

The murderous assault, which also left six officers wounded, was to avenge the death of a militant commander in a U.S. drone strike.

The attack in the city of Peshawar was the latest in a spasm of violence in the area, showing that Pakistani Taliban militants retain the capacity to strike. Read More

Bradley Manning enters no plea at start of his court martial

Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks has chosen not to enter a plea at the start of his court martial.

The 24-year-old also deferred a choice of whether to be tried by a military jury or judge alone.

He listened as 22 charges against him were read out at a hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland yesterday.

If found guilty of leaking and 'aiding the enemy' he could face a life term.

Manning spoke only a half-dozen times, answering firmly and clearly, 'Yes, your honor,' and, 'No, your honor' when asked if he understood the proceedings or had any questions.

Military judge Col. Denise Lind presided over the 50-minute hearing at Fort Meade near Baltimore.

She didn't set a trial date but scheduled another court session for March 15-16.

Defense attorney David Coombs proposed a trial date sometime in April. Read More

Katheryne Fuller the Assistant to Amazing Race TV producer found dead in his hotel has been held in Uganda and may face drugs charges

Heroin has been uncovered in the hotel room where an American TV producer was found next to his unconscious assistant.

The lifeless body of 'Amazing Race' producer Jeff Rice was found on the balcony of the Serena hotel in Uganda, blood pouring from his nose and mouth.

Next to him lay his unconscious assistant, Katheryne Fuller, who is recovering in hospital but is being held in Uganda until police determine if she has committed drugs offences.

An autopsy revealed that Rice died of a cocaine overdose and had large quantities of the drug in his stomach, according to Ugandan police.

South African Fuller also tested positive for cocaine, police told ABC News.
The presence of the drug in large quantities has fuelled speculation that the two were involved in a smuggling operation.

Forensics have now determined that other drugs were also present at the scene.

Dr Stephen Cina, a forensic pathology consultant, said. 'The bag of white powder that was found on scene is a mixture of a component of heroin and some Tylenol and some caffeine.

'So that certainly suggests that at least in that bag there's a mixture of several substances present.'

The pair who were in Kampala, Uganda, to film a documentary, were originally thought to have been poisoned. But police have now ruled out this theory. Uganda Police Force spokesman Asuman Mugenyi told ABC News. 'This is a very wrong account,' Read More

Emma Harrison's Firm is Preferred Bidder for £15m government deal after 2 weeks of Fraudulent Allegations which saw her Quit...No this isn't a Joke

David Cameron’s millionaire ‘back to work’ tsar Emma Harrison dramatically quit yesterday following a string of fraud allegations against her firm.

She said she was stepping down immediately as the Prime Minister’s ‘family champion’ to avoid becoming a ‘distraction’.

Her company A4e, which earns hundreds of millions of pounds from Government contracts, is at the centre of two police investigations.

Yet incredibly the firm has been named this week as preferred bidder on a £15million contract to rehabilitate prisoners in London.

Mrs Harrison, 48, who is said to be worth £70million, was facing fresh allegations of a conflict of interest after it emerged that A4e had won a separate Government contract to advise the Cabinet Office on how to get problem families back to work. Ministers were urged to suspend the firm’s contracts pending the outcome of the police inquiries into alleged fraud. Read More

Christopher Tappin: 'Abu Qatada has more rights than me!' Fury of Retired British Business Man as he's put on a plane to Texas by US marshals

Retired British businessman Christopher Tappin was today flying to a notorious jail in Texas to await trial after losing his two-year battle against extradition.

Mr Tappin, who is accused of conspiring to sell components for Iranian missiles, met marshals at Heathrow police station before being flown to the U.S. where he could face 35 years in jail.

Mr Tappin, 65, said this morning that he had fewer rights than the extremist hate preacher Abu Qatada who has been allowed to stay in the UK. Qatada was once described by a judge as Osama Bin Laden's right hand man in Europe.

Touching a walking stick with his weeping wife Elaine at his side, Mr Tappin said today that his treatment had been a 'disgrace'.

Moments later he was ushered onto a waiting jet where he was handcuffed. He will land at 4pm and spend the evening in a notorious deep south prison 'run by gangs' as he awaits trial. Read More

Ian Tomlinson threw a brick at victim's head knocking him onto train tracks is Jailed indefinitely

A man who threw a brick at another's head forcing him to fall onto a train track has been jailed indefinitely.

Ian Tomlinson, 24, of no fixed address, carried out three attacks on men at Ipswich, Diss and Colchester train stations over a ten-day period in June last year.

On one occasion Tomlinson followed his victim off the train at Colchester shortly after midnight.

As the man waited on the platform, Tomlinson threw a brick at his head from close range.

The victim fell onto the tracks where he lay unconscious and motionless on the high-speed line.

As he lay there, Tomlinson climbed onto the track and stole money from him, British Transport Police said.

The other attacks took place at Diss and Ipswich. Read More

Liam Keogh, 2, Found Dead on Irish ‘ghost estate’ after following family dog through fence and drowning in pool of water

A two-year-old boy has died after drowning in a pool of water on an unfinished ghost estate.

Toddler Liam Keogh is understood to have followed the family dog from his home through a fence into a section of the Glenatore housing estate in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

The child is understood to have got into difficulty when he managed to make it through the fence, which was crumbling in places.

He drowned after falling into a pool of water surrounded by drains.

A source close to the family, who live on the adjoining Rindoon estate, told the Irish Daily Mail: ‘They are devastated. They are a large family, real salt of the earth Athlone people. The whole community is in shock.’ Read More

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck Southern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:13:01 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 148 km (92 miles) SSE from Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

News of the World bosses 'ordered mass email deletion in bid to cover up phone hacking

News of the World bosses ordered emails that could be used against them in court to be deleted to cover up phone hacking, leaked documents have revealed.

Hundreds of thousands of emails were deleted on 'nine separate occasions' while computers were destroyed and a senior executive ordered a staff member to remove all paper records connected to them.

The revelation couldn't come at a worse time for News International as the company gears up to launch The Sun on Sunday this weekend.

The newspaper's 'Email Deletion Policy' to 'eliminate' material that could 'be unhelpful in the context of future litigation in which a News International company is a defendant' was revealed in a series of court documents released to the Daily Telegraph by a High Court judge. Read More

Delete your Google browsing history in three simple steps . . . before it's too late

There is just a week to go until Google controversially changes its privacy policy to allow it to gather, store and use personal information about its users.

But there is one way to stymie the web giant's attempts to build a permanent profile of you that could include personal information including age, gender and locality.

The new policy, which has been criticised by privacy campaigners who have filed a complaint to U.S. regulators, comes into affect on March 1.

But before that date you can delete your browsing history and, which will limit the extent to which Google records your every move - including your embarrassing secrets. Here's how:

1. Go to the Google homepage and sign into your account. Use the dropdown menu under your name in the upper right-hand corner to access your settings. Click on 'account settings', like below.

2. Next, find the section called 'Services' and you'll see a link to 'View, enable, or disable web history',Click on it.

3. Finally, you can remove all of your search details by clicking on 'Remove Web History'. Once you have done this your history will remain disabled until you turn it back on. Read More

Mob of 200 youths pelt police with bricks and smash up shops 'in anger at on-going sex grooming trial'

Police were pelted with bricks and other missiles last night as hundreds of youths went on the rampage.

Takeaways were targeted in an evening of disorder understood to be linked to the on-going trial of a suspected grooming gang at Liverpool Crown Court.

A mob of around 200 youths congregated in the centre of the Heywood area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, last night as trouble began.

One shop-owner told how he was abused by a group of youths , who called him a 'dirty b*stard'.

A police officer suffered bruising to his legs and arms in the disturbances.

A car belonging to a member of the public and three police vehicles were also damaged.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed more police will be out on patrol today amid fears of a second night of violence. Read More

Dead Whitney Photo Causes Outcry

US celebrity magazine the National Enquirer has enraged fans by publishing a photo of Whitney Houston's dead body in her open casket.

It is understood that the photo was taken during a private viewing for close family which took place in New Jersey the night before her funeral.

Along with the photo, the celebrity magazine included a description of what the star wore as she lay in her coffin.

It said the pop diva, who died in a Beverly Hills hotel bath on February 11, was dressed in a purple gown, $500,000 worth of jewellery and even golden slippers.

There is speculation about who took the photo, but the magazine has refused to comment on its source.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the Island of Hawaii, Hawaii at a depth of 5.7 km (3.5 miles), the quake hit at 13:52:45 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 8 km (5 miles) West of Volcano, Hawaii
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 24th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Northern Columbia at a depth of 147 km (91.1 miles), the quake hit at 13:43:16 UTC Friday 24th February 2012
The epicenter was 2 km (1.2 miles) Northwest Aratoca, Columbia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Woman Pushed onto The Tracks on the Northern Line at Leicester Square...Who is this vile thug?

This is the shocking moment a crazed commuter launched an apparently random attack on a woman - pushing her on to the tracks of the London Underground.

The 23-year-old victim struck up a brief conversation with the thug and following a trivial row over the man's hat, he turned and shoved her on to the rails on the Northern Line at Leicester Square.

She only missed the live rail by inches, and was able to pull herself back onto the platform with the help of other travellers before the next train came down the platform.

Injuries to her side were so severe, witnesses initially thought she had been stabbed. Read More

The man in the images is described as white, aged about 40 with a thin build.

He was wearing a blue shirt, a black jacket and a black wide brimmed hat. He also wore orange/yellow tinted glasses. He spoke with a European accent.

Anyone who knows the man pictured in the image or who has any information about the incident can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.