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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Citizens File Articles of Impeachment Against Obama

When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

There can no longer be any doubt – the forces of tyranny are running wild across our once great Republic. The time has come for all good men and women to rally to the aid of their country. We have now entered a historic crossroads that will decide the destiny of the United States. Arrogance and corruption has long festered in Washington DC, but the last decade has seen an extreme acceleration of criminal looting and attacks on liberty – every freedom is under sustained assault.

We the People, the rightful masters of this Republic, will either rise up through Congress and the states or we can trade in our birthright of liberty for the chains of a technocratic slavery. Below we list some of the more egregious acts of seditious treason against the Republic of the United States. Anyone who wishes to continue to live in a free country and to pass that birthright on to their children must research this document and then lobby state legislatures and the Congress to do their duty and remove the would-be dictator.

GERALD CELENTE - Obama's work is done. America the Police State. NDAA Act, No Judge, No Jury

Texas prepares to jail any federal official attempting to enforce gun restrictions

A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state.

"If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution," Toth told 1200 WOAI's Joe Pags Tuesday. He says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 19:20:27 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 01:20:27 PM at epicenter
16.664°N, 98.203°W
22.7 km (14.1 miles)
23 km (14 miles) E (94°) from Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 19:04:35 UTC
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 07:04:35 AM at epicenter
34.722°S, 178.901°E
170.6 km (106.0 miles)
372 km (231 miles) NE of Whitianga, New Zealand

Bank robbers tunnel into vault in Berlin

Obama warns of crisis unless debt ceiling is raised

Barack Obama 'says Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't know what is good for Israel'

Barack Obama sees Benjamin Netanyahu as a "political coward" whose policies pose a greater threat to Israel's existence than Iran's nuclear programme because he does not know what is in the country's best interests, it has been claimed.

Britain needs a European strategy....Couldn't Agree more, Get out while you still can!

On Friday, we are told, David Cameron is going to make a major speech about Britain and Europe. Don't hold your breath. His government does not have any strategy for dealing with Europe, and that reality is not likely to change.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL IRAN - 15th January 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Date time 2013-01-15 18:37:11.5 UTC
Location 33.41 N ; 56.98 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 22 km S Tabas, Iran

France 'aware of the risks' of Mali intervention

Pakistan court orders PM arrest as protesters defiant

Mali fighters to retaliate French attacks

Obama To Unveil Gun Proposals Wednesday

President Barack Obama will unveil "a package of concrete proposals" to curb gun violence on Wednesday, the White House has said.

Vice President Joe Biden, who Mr Obama directed to lead a panel tasked with creating the proposals, will join the president at the White House at 11.45am to announce the measures.

Obama will unveil gun control plan Wednesday as it's revealed he's weighing 19 executive orders that would not require approval of Congress

President Obama is weighing 19 different gun control measures that he could enforce without congressional approval as he prepares to unveil on Wednesday a comprehensive plan to address gun violence.

Vice President Joe Biden discussed some of the measures with House Democrats during a meeting Monday, after Obama confirmed during the final press conference of his first term that he was prepared to side-step Congress to strengthen laws regulating firearms.

UFOs 'spotted over Texas': Oil workers claim to have seen flying saucers

Oil workers in the Eagle Ford Shale drilling territory claim to have seen unidentified objects in the sky several times since last October with the most recent photo surfacing last week.

A security camera even caught a shaky, black-and-white image of lights in the sky which workers believe to be a flying saucer hovering over a well site.

New drilling projects at the oil fields have created an economic boom which has seen scores of new workers pour into an otherwise economically-starved region.

Adam Greene Attack: Dashcam captures moment driver having diabetic shock was kicked FIVE times in the head by cop who thought he was drunk

Brett Seekatz, a police sergeant in Las Vegas, was caught on tape beating Adam Greene after he was dragged from his car while suffering severe hyperglycemia. Greene was awarded nearly $300,000 in damages last year but Seekatz wasn't charged with a crime. The alarming incident, which took place on a Nevada highway in 2010, is now being investigated by a federal grand jury.

1,000 Chinese cats discovered in cramped cages following road accident

These pictures capture the moment animal lovers come to the rescue of more than 1,000 cats found starving, thirsty and cramped in cages on the back of a crashed lorry in China.

The cats were destined for the restaurants of Guangdong until the road accident in Changsha, Hunan province delayed the journey by 24 hours and enabled the 50 locals to rescue them.

They were nursed with food, water and milk before being packed off to Changsha Small Animal Protection Association for treatment.

Indian girl, seven, is raped in school toilet sparking fresh protests and arrest of headmistress for negligence of duty

Hundreds of people surrounded a school in India to protest after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the toilets next door to the headmistress's office.

The girl was attacked at Deepvihar high school, which also has a primary faculty, in the city of Vasco da Gama in Goa yesterday.

The incident is the latest in a series of horrific rape cases which have besieged India and caused widespread protests.

Eighteen severed human heads are discovered by customs agents at Chicago's O'Hare airport

A suspicious shipment containing 18 severed human heads was discovered at a U.S. airport yesterday.

Customs agents found the human heads, still covered in skin, at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, but have declined to further discuss their condition.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection are currently investigating whether the foreign shipment are legitimate medical specimens.

Austerity 'could last for ten more years as Government struggles to bring spending under control'

Britain faces another 10 years of austerity as the government struggles to repair the country’s battered finances, a hard-hitting report warns today.

The vast deficit racked up by Labour will not be eliminated until after 2020 and possibly not until 2023, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

The report also warns that Britain will be stripped of its coveted AAA credit rating as the national debt spirals further out of control.

'No refunds, no exchanges, no gift vouchers': Collapsed HMV under fire as it refuses to accept vouchers it was selling until YESTERDAY

The music chain's demise would cost 4,000 jobs and make it the second household name on the British high street to go under in the first weeks of the year. Last-ditch rescue talks failed to find a solution and HMV's banks said they were unwilling to go on lending the firm money. But as the company stood on the brink of administration it continued selling gift cards - only to announce days later that the cards were now worthless. Bosses insist they are searching for a solution, and CEO Trevor Moore - former boss of failed high street chain Jessops - says he is 'confident' that the venerable chain can be saved from liquidation. The company's flagship Oxford Street branch is pictured in its 1930s heyday; inset are the same store today, and a notice to customers posted in the HMV store in Oxford

Anthony Stubbs: Police searching for 16-year-old schoolboy who disappeared weeks after becoming a father find a body

Police searching for a young father who vanished more than a month ago say they have found a body they believe to be his.

Anthony Stubbs, 16, was last seen on November 25 when he left his home in Leyland, Lancashire, to visit his mother’s house nearby.

Anthony, who has a four-month-old daughter, Lily, with girlfriend Charlotte Mason, has not been seen since.

Death toll from Rebel Double Bombing at Aleppo University rises to 52

Rebels have used car bombs and suicide attacks in fighting government forces and attacking government-controlled areas.

Which includes unarmed civilians and now Universities

Syrian officers beg al-Assad to help gain their freedom from rebels

Two captured Syrian military officers are begging President Bashar al-Assad to help free them from rebels.

On Tuesday, a video was posted online purportedly showing the two men, who said they were abducted last October by the Free Syrian Army, a loosely organized group of Syrians who have been fighting for nearly two years to oust al-Assad.

In the video, Staff Brigadier Hussein Allouch, an engineer from the Armored Vehicles Department, and Gen. Brig. Ahmed Raeidi are shown begging al-Assad -- a fellow Alawite -- to help them.

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake PACIFIC-ANTARCTIC RIDGE - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 16:09:37 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 05:09:37 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
62.580°S, 161.397°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
1029 km (639 miles) ENE of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica

PM warns Pakistan, says can't be business as usual

France expected to more than triple Mali troop numbers

France is expected to more than triple its troop numbers in Mali as raids continue on Islamist insurgents following overnight air strikes on a small town that had been seized by the rebels.

Sources close to the French defence minister said the number of French troops deployed in the west African country would "gradually" reach 2,500. There are currently 800 French troops in Mali, with hundreds more on the way over the next few days.

France carried out a fifth day of air strikes in a vast desert area seized last year by an Islamist alliance, which combines al-Qaida's north African wing, AQIM, with Mali's home-grown Movement for Oneness and Jihad in west Africa (Mojwa) and Ansar Dine rebel groups.

Francois Hollande says France only committed to restoring order in Mali

France will end its intervention in Mali and pull its forces out once the West African country has returned to being stable and safe with a solid political system, French president Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. (like you left Libya in a Stable and Safe Political System?)

U.S., UK edge closer to falling off the AAA-rated cliff: Fitch

Florida Python Hunt: Only 11 Snared So Far

Florida wildlife officials say just 11 Burmese pythons were killed during the first three days of a public hunt for the invasive species in the Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said more than 1,000 people from more than 30 states registered to compete in the month-long Python Challenge.

The snakes killed since the competition began Saturday will be processed by the University of Florida.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 13:42:58 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 07:42:58 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
15.872°N, 92.311°W
200.8 km (124.8 miles)
12 km (7 miles) NNW of Chicomuselo, Mexico

Paying Just $11 a Day, Subcontractors Ripping Off Fukushima Nuclear Accident Decontamination Workers

The Tokyo Shimbun has discovered that workers involved with national government controlled cleanup projects resulting from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are being ripped off by subcontractors.

Despite being able to rent lodging facilities from the government and others for free or for very little money, contractors forcibly deduct inflated accommodation and meal charges from workers’ pay. When the 10,000 yen (US$111) a day “danger pay” provided to contractors by the government (read: taxpayers) is taken into consideration, it means the contractors themselves end up forking out a measly 1,000 yen (US$11) a day per worker.

Due to the risk of radiation exposure during decontamination work, the national government provides danger pay of 10,000 yen a day per worker. However, the allowance is paid to workers through operators contracted to undertake the cleanup work, resulting in a breeding ground of corruption due to the opacity of contractor wage payments.

In one case, workers carrying out hazardous decontamination work in Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture, received 6,000 yen or so from the contractor each day, close to Fukushima’s minimum wage. The contractor then deducted between 4,500 yen and 4,750 yen for food and lodging, meaning the workers were only receiving a little over 11,000 yen per day after the government-funded 10,000 yen “danger pay”.

The Mine Kafun — An Amazing Invention That Could Save Lives And Make the World a Safer Place

Mine Kafon | Callum Cooper from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

We all know that life can be cruel, but few things in this world are crueller than landmines that can indiscriminately maim or kill innocent civilians, young or old, decades after they’ve been planted. If ever you needed proof of human foolishness, you only have to think about the countless hidden landmines still buried in different parts of the world, perhaps long forgotten by the people who planted them, but still as capable as ever of maiming or killing unsuspecting victims.

Sadly, mines continue even today to be very much a real threat. In Afghanistan, it is reported that roughly one million people live within 500 meters (about 1/3 mile) of areas suspected of containing land mines and that more than 40 people each month lose their lives to these concealed but deadly contraptions. The tragic, needless loss of life is truly horrifying to think about. But now, there’s a new device that may make a huge difference in improving the situation. It’s called the Mine Kafun, and don’t let its somewhat futuristic yet simple appearance deceive you — this gadget could be a very effective and inexpensive weapon in mankind’s efforts to rid the world of landmines.

The Mine Kafun, still in its prototype stage, is a creation of Afghanistan-born designer Massoud Hassin. The body is made from biodegradable plastic and bamboo, and it costs just about 40 Euros ($53) each to make. Considering that clearing a single landmine using conventional methods costs more than $10,000, you can see how from a cost point-of-view alone the device holds enormous potential.

Obama prepares public to accept first Iranian nuclear test

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told an Israeli TV interviewer Monday night, Jan. 14 that his government had spent billions of shekels to outfit Israel’s Defense Forces with offensive and defensive options which were hitherto lacking. He stressed Israel is obliged to be extremely strong – whether to stand up to the Iranian nuclear threat and the extremist Islamist wave lashing the Arab world – or to make peace.

Earlier Monday, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ceremonially installed Maj. Gen. Gady Eisenkott as deputy C.-of-S, after the state attorney had approved his taking up the post irregularly in the middle of an election campaign in view of Israel’s security situation.

When the AG made that decision some days ago, a decision by Syrian President Bashar Assad to attack Israel with chemical weapons was taken into account as a possibility. Not that the danger is over, only that it was pushed into a quiet corner by the statements made last Friday, Jan. 11 by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey.

First of 900 Nigerian troops to Mali 'in next 24 hours'

The first of a planned 900 Nigerian troops will deploy to Mali in the next 24 hours as part of a UN-mandated African force aimed at helping the country battle Islamists, a defence spokesman said Tuesday.

"The president approved the deployment of a battalion, and in the next 24 hours a company of the battalion will be deployed," Colonel Mohammed Yerima told journalists. "The remainder will be deployed later."

He added that Nigeria's total commitment will be around 900 troops, or 300 more than previously announced. The first company will include 190 personnel, he said.

Financialization: How the fraud began

'US govt haunts activists like Swartz, ignores banksters & prison torture'

'Every day was 9/11 for Vietnam, US war machine endures 40 years on'

Mali Mayhem: 'French post-colonial ambition to spark African anger'

Sweden train crash: Cleaning lady steals commuter, hits house

Feds Warned Against Risk Seen in Buffalo VA

Heavy Rain Floods Parts of Indiana

Italy suspends activity at Benghazi consulate, withdraws staff

Italy suspended activity at its consulate in Benghazi and withdrew staff for security reasons on Tuesday after a gun attack on its consul at the weekend which underlined the precarious security situation in the North African state.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Guido De Sanctis's heavily armored car in Benghazi, Libya's second city, on Saturday. The diplomat was unhurt but the attack was a reminder of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission there that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

Syrian Rebels Bomb Aleppo university causes casualties

An explosion rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city on Tuesday, causing casualties, state television said.

The report described the explosion as a "terrorist attack."

Fighting between rebels and government forces has reached a stalemate in Aleppo and left the city divided. Rebels say they control more than half the province.

The university lies in government-controlled territory.

Arab Spring makes region $225 billion poorer

Ousting dictators in the Arab world doesn’t come cheap, according to Breakingviews calculations. The hope is wealth will be more evenly distributed, but the fear is the new regimes are less growth-friendly.

U.S. seeks to calm Japan, South Korea

The United States sent its top Asian diplomacy and security officials to South Korea and Japan to calm tensions between two U.S. allies whose squabbling has frustrated efforts to deal with a troublesome North Korea and an increasingly assertive China.

The high-powered delegation from the White House, Pentagon and State Department departed on Monday and will be visiting the region shortly after the election of a new nationalist-leaning Japanese government in December and before Seoul inaugurates a new president in February.

Fitch warns on U.S., Spain ratings, upbeat on Ireland

The United States faces a "material risk" of losing its triple-A status if there is a repeat of the wrangling seen in 2011 over raising the country's self-imposed debt ceiling, credit ratings firm Fitch said on Tuesday.

Fitch also said Spain will continue to face downgrade risks even if it avoids having to ask for a bailout, while Ireland could claw its way back into the single-A rating band if a deal is struck to share the burden of its banking debts.

France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up

France hit Islamist rebels in Mali with fresh air strikes and deployed armored cars on Tuesday, stepping up its intervention in the West African state as regional allies struggled to accelerate their plans to send in troops.

Paris has poured hundreds of soldiers into Mali and carried out air raids since Friday in the northern half of the country, which was seized last year by an Islamist alliance combining al Qaeda's north African wing AQIM with Mali's home-grown MUJWA and Ansar Dine rebel groups.

Pakistan turmoil deepens as court orders PM's arrest

Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday in connection with an alleged corruption scandal, ratcheting up pressure on a government locked in a showdown with a cleric who has a history of ties to the army.

The combination of the arrest order and a mass street protest in the capital Islamabad led by Muslim cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri raised fears among politicians that the military was working with the judiciary to force out a civilian leader.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:07:35 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 09:07:35 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
4.312°S, 133.074°E
17.6 km (10.9 miles)
154 km (95 miles) NNE of Tual, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:17:00 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 05:47:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
23.669°N, 94.817°E
115.2 km (71.6 miles)
41 km (25 miles) E of Mawlaik, Myanmar

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:58:55 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 08:58:55 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
37.760°N, 143.702°E
34.9 km (21.7 miles)
222 km (137 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:47:09 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 08:47:09 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
37.545°N, 143.878°E
29.4 km (18.3 miles)
269 km (167 miles) ENE (78°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

Egypt: Train Crash Leaves 19 Dead Near Cairo

At least 19 people have died and more than 100 are injured after a train derailed in Egypt.

Two coaches at the rear of the train, which was carrying army recruits, jumped the track shortly after midnight local time just outside the capital Cairo.

More than 60 ambulances were sent to the scene, where rescuers tried to reach survivors and bodies from a twisted heap of metal left on the side of the rails.

Japan: Heavy Snow Leaves Thousands Stranded

Thousands of people were left stranded at Tokyo's Narita International Airport after 71 flights were cancelled due to heavy snow.

A total of 3,400 travellers were forced to spend the night in the terminal as the season's first deluge in the Japanese capital left around three inches of snow.

Central Tokyo and Narita received some of the worst weather on Monday - a national holiday in Japan - causing major delays to traffic and trains.

Train Acid Scare: Man Arrested After Alert

A man has been arrested after a bottle containing hydrochloric acid was left on a train which sparked a major alert.

The 27-year-old suspect was detained on suspicion of endangering railway safety.

Middlesbrough station was evacuated and closed after a passenger reported a burning smell on board a Northern Rail service to Darlington on Sunday evening.

The hazardous liquid was left in a drinks bottle in the middle of the train.

Cleaner Steals Train And Hits House In Sweden

The woman was seriously injured when the train derailed at Saltsjobaden station, southeast of Stockholm, and collided with the building, police spokesman Lars Bystrom confirmed.

She was flown to hospital in the capital city and has been arrested on suspicion of endangering the public.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 09:20:21 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 01:20:21 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
10.127°S, 66.510°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
719 km (446 miles) WSW of Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory

Pakistan's Supreme Court Orders PM's Arrest

Pakistan's supreme court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over a corruption case.

The surprise move plunges the country into fresh political turmoil and came as a populist cleric, who is believed to be backed by the military, demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by thousands in capital Islamabad.

Two MORE whales wash up on NY beaches hours apart - three weeks after finback whale washed up and died in Breezy Point

Two additional whales washed up on New York's Long Island shore just hours apart, less than a month after a pregnant whale washed up on New York's Breezy Point shore and died soon after.

Among the most recent New York whale fatalities, one was found dead and the other was later euthanized, marine officials said.

The two helpless marine mammals were discovered on Sunday on separate stretches of East Hampton beaches, Newsday reports.

Officer Richmond Phillips 'shot dead mistress and left their baby to die in boiling car - because he didn't want to pay child support’

Richmond Phillips, a Washington, D.C., police officer involved in a paternity dispute with his mistress shot the woman dead and left their infant child to die in a hot car, prosecutors say. Phillips killed the two because he didn't want to pay child support, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said during opening statements in court on Monday.

Obama to take on Republicans over immigration with plan to attract skilled workers and give illegal immigrants amnesty

Barack Obama is set to make a new push for immigration reform - and hopes to solve a number of tricky issues at once.

The U.S. President plans to introduce a comprehensive reform bill which will enable illegal immigrants to earn citizenship, attract highly skilled workers and establish a guest-worker programme for temporary immigrants.

The immigration agenda represents a significant political risk for Mr Obama, who is also battling with Congress over gun control and fiscal policy.

Obama confirms he IS prepared to use executive orders to tighten gun controls without approval of Congress

President Obama confirmed Monday that he is prepared to use executive orders to tighten gun controls without the approval of Congress.

'I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president,' Obama said during his final press conference of his first term.

Obama is also reviewing a range of legislative actions, such as a 'meaningful' assault weapons ban and limit to high-capacity magazines, he said.

Aaron Swartz Death: I WARNED over-zealous prosecutors that tragic Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz was suicidal, claims his lawyer

A lawyer who formerly represented Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz on hacking charges said Monday he told federal prosecutors about a year ago that Swartz was a suicide risk.

Swartz, 26, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his New York apartment Friday.

Andrew Good, a Boston attorney who represented Swartz in the case last year, said he told federal prosecutors in Massachusetts that Swartz was a suicide risk.

Bryan Oliver Charged: Bullied teen who shot his 16-year-old 'tormenter' at LA high school before he was talked down by hero teacher

A student who was teased by his California high school classmates for his red hair, bookish appearance and social awkwardness has been charged as an adult for allegedly wounding one of his 'bullies' with a shotgun and targeting another. Bryan Oliver, 16, pictured, pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm in the attack Thursday at Taft Union High School that left another 16-year-old wounded.

Pakistan: Clashes At Protests Called By Qadri

Security forces in Pakistan have fired live rounds in the air and used tear gas to try to control anti-government protests.

Television pictures also showed demonstrators throwing stones at a rally in Islamabad organised by the Sufi cleric Tahirul Qadri.

His supporters said the crowds prevented the cleric from being arrested by government forces.

German Bank Heist: Robbers Tunnel Into Vault

Robbers dug a 30-metre tunnel into the vault of a Berlin bank, German police have said.

The criminals escaped with the contents of safety deposit boxes, setting fire to the tunnel as they left to destroy any evidence.

Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said the tunnel led from an underground garage into Volksbank's safe deposit room.

Mr Neuendorf said the tunnel was "very professional" and must have taken weeks or possibly months to complete.

Armstrong 'Confesses Drug Use To Oprah'

Fallen sports star Lance Armstrong has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, according to reports.

In an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, the cyclist ended a decade of denial, according to the AP news agency.

Murderer Brian Grady On Run From Open Prison

A murderer has gone on the run from prison and could be a danger to the public, police have warned.

Brian Grady, also known as Brian Revill, walked out of HMP Prescoed in south Wales on Monday and failed to return, Gwent Police said.

The 26-year-old was jailed for at least 11 years in July 2003 at Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of murder and robbery.

Police believe he could be in the Bristol area where he has contacts.

HMV Collapse: Gift Cards And Vouchers Invalid

HMV has confirmed it will not be accepting gift cards or vouchers from customers as the retailer prepared to collapse into administration.

The company confirmed its intentions following a board meeting last night, as exclusively revealed by Sky's City Editor Mark Kleinman.

In its statement, HMV - which employs 4,350 people - said its 238 stores would remain open while administrators Deloitte sought a buyer.

It added that trading in HMV's ordinary shares had ceased.

Alisa Massaro, Bethany McKee, Adam Landerman and Joshua Miner Arrested: Brutal teens 'kill and try to dismember' Terrence Rankins and Eric Glover

Two men had been killed and dismembered by four young adults who were caught playing video games in the home when police arrived at the scene of the gruesome murder.

The bodies of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins were found by police inside a home in the suburb of Joliet, Illinois on Thursday and the atrocious nature of the deaths shocked even veteran members of the force.

'This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I've ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement,' Police Chief Mike Trafton said.

Republican Congressman vows to impeach President Obama if he institutes gun control

Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is threatening to attempt to impeach President Barack Obama if the commander in chief uses an executive order to institute new gun control measures.

Stockman claimed that such measures would be 'unconstitutional' and therefor 'infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.'

'I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,' Stockman said in a statement.

Mindy McCready's boyfriend shoots himself dead at the Arkansas home he shared with troubled country music star

David Wilson, the live-in boyfriend of troubled country singer Mindy McCready (seen together center), shot himself in his Heber Springs, Arkansas home on Sunday night and died hours later in a nearby hospital. McCready, 37, described songwriter Wilson, 34, as her 'soul mate' and 'life partner.' Wilson is the father of their nine-month-old son Zayne and played a father-figure role to the singer's elder son Zander (left). McCready, who made a name for herself in the country music world, was found in December 2011 in the Heber Springs home when she fled with her son Zander as part of a dramatic custody battle.

Serial rapist accused of murdering nine-year-old girl in India is released from jail and commits almost identical crime

A 32-year-old Indian man acquitted of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl was arrested on Friday after an almost identical attack.

He had been released from jail for two other rape-murders just months earlier, because of good behaviour.

Sunil Suresh (aka Pappu Salve) is now accused of kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from Shirdi town in Maharashtra in December and carrying out another brutal attack.

Mindaugas Butkus: Fugitive criminal from Eastern Europe stalked and raped two women in knife-point attacks

A fugitive Eastern European criminal exploited EU 'open door' border laws to enter Britain and rape two women in terrifying twin attacks.

Mindaugas Butkus, 23, fled his native Lithuania over a vicious knife-point robbery - yet he was allowed to come to the UK legally and without permission saying he wanted to work here to support his family back home.

Just weeks after arriving in Liverpool, he stalked two women before beating one across the face and threatening the other with a knife in two separate rapes.

Bizarrely an EU arrest warrant for Butkus was only issued in Lithuania after police alerted the authorities to his arrest for the sex attacks.

Norovirus led to the closure of 1,500 hospital wards last year with South West of England the hardest hit

The winter vomiting bug led to the closure of 1,500 hospital wards last year, new figures show.

There were a total of 1,818 norovirus outbreaks in hospitals in England in 2012, which closed 1,513 wards, according to statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Hospitals in the South West of England appear to have been the worst hit, with 363 wards closed in the region.

The East of England saw the fewest hospital ward closures, with just 15 units shut as a result of the bug.

Paul Currie fighting for his life after being punched unconscious by speeding 4x4 driver he waved at in bid to slow him down

A father-of-three is fighting for his life today after he was punched in a road-rage attack by a driver he had asked to slow down.

The 40-year-old victim, named locally as Paul Currie, waved his arms at the driver urging him to kill his speed as he drove along the quiet residential street in Dudley, West Midlands, at 3pm on Sunday.

But the driver took exception to the man's gestures and pulled over in his 4x4.

He approached Mr Currie, who was making his way home from the pub where he had been playing in a darts league and floored him with a single punch - leaving him lying unconscious.

60-mile front wildfire blazes across Australia

A wildfire with a 60-mile front is blazing across Australia's most populous state of New South Wales after destroying more than 30 homes and damaging the country's biggest observatory.

U.S. Sees Stakes as the French Do the Fighting in Mali

The U.S. is leaving France to battle militant Islamists in Mali, providing “limited” military support even as officials warn that al-Qaeda advances there endanger American interests.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday that the U.S. is providing intelligence to French forces, and is considering “some limited logistical support” such as airlift.

While the U.S., which is speeding its withdrawal from combat in Afghanistan and has steered clear of the fighting in Syria, doesn’t plan to commit troops to the conflict in Mali, Panetta said it has a “responsibility” to prevent al-Qaeda from establishing a base there from which it could threaten the U.S. and Europe.

Dozens of Civilians Are Said to Be Killed by Syrian Airstrikes (shh! Don't mention the amount of civilians killed at the hands of Rebels)

Lebanon — Syrian warplanes have killed dozens of civilians, including more than 20 children, in an intensifying campaign of anti-insurgency airstrikes across the country over the past few days, bombing some targets as families were congregating outside to enjoy a sunny break from prolonged winter storms, activists and international medical aid workers said Monday.

Their version of events was disputed by the Syrian government, which said through the official news agency that the airstrikes had made great progress against what it called armed terrorists fighting against President Bashar al-

Train carrying army recruits derails in Egypt, 19 killed

A military train carrying young recruits to an army camp derailed in a Cairo suburb on Tuesday, killing 19 people and injuring 107, Egypt's health ministry spokesman said.

The train was traveling from Upper Egypt to Cairo when it derailed in the Giza neighborhood of Badrashin, a security source said, adding that the train was a military vehicle carrying conscripted youth on their way to an army camp.

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

President Barack Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control.

By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings already are raw because of a series of running budget battles.

At a White House news conference, Obama said he favored a "meaningful" assault weapons ban, stronger background checks for gun buyers and tighter controls on high-capacity magazine clips in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre last month that brought the national debate over guns to the forefront.

Assad and family said to be living on a Russian warship, having fled Syria

Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved with his family and a select cadre of associates to a warship off Syria’s coast, where he is being guarded by Russian naval forces, a Saudi daily reported on Monday.

The Russian protection effectively amounts to political asylum for the Syrian president, unnamed intelligence sources told the Saudi daily al-Watan. Assad now travels by helicopter to mainland Syria for official meetings in his presidential palace in Damascus, having lost faith in his security detail, the report said.

Assad has grown increasingly entrenched in the 22 months since the start of a popular uprising that has called for his ouster and claimed the lives of over 60,000 Syrians, according to UN figures. Russia has remained the regime’s staunchest ally, vetoing international intervention at the UN Security Council.

Blackall in central Queensland hit by tornado as 120km/h winds come to town

A TOWN in central Queensland was hit by a tornado Monday night, just 11 months after a flood swept through the area.

Blackall retailer Ian Kinsey said a tornado hit the town about 9pm, ripping part of his clothing store’s roof clean off.

“The tornado wasn’t a massive one…but it would have been a couple of more minutes before it ripped the roof off completely."

Bird Flu: H5N1 in Bhutan, variant H3N2 pandemic risk

H5N1 hits backyard flocks in Bhutan
An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu in backyard free-ranging flocks in Bhutan has killed 18 poultry and led to 952 more being culled, according to a Jan 11 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The birds had died from Dec 19 through Dec 30 in Dagana village in Dagana district, the report said. Trace-back investigations found that 10 more birds had died in the previous month but had not been reported, the report said.

Modeling study finds low pandemic risk from variant H3N2
Novel swine-origin variant H3N2 influenza (H3N2v) does not currently pose a substantial pandemic risk, according to Canadian flu experts, but that could change over time, according to a study in PLoS One. The scientists estimated potential epidemic attack rates (ARs) based on age-specific estimates of serosusceptibility and social interactions. They used a contact network model established for Greater Vancouver to estimate ARs for H3N2v, pandemic 2009 H1N1, and a former seasonal H3N2 strain. The model factored in typical flu characteristics, basic reproduction number, social contacts, and age-specific seroprotection rates (SPRs).

Struggling HMV Calls In Administrators

HMV has thrown in the towel after years of struggling to fend off nimbler rivals by calling in administrators in a move which puts more than 4,000 jobs in jeopardy.

As Sky News revealed exclusively earlier on Monday evening, the board of HMV has served notice of its intention to appoint Deloitte to oversee last-ditch efforts to rescue the high street entertainment retailer.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 02:58:14 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:58:14 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
32.448°N, 141.554°E
43.7 km (27.2 miles)
178 km (110 miles) ESE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 15th January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 00:54:54 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 08:54:54 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
43.386°N, 81.054°E
27.5 km (17.1 miles)
56 km (34 miles) SSW of Yining Xian, China

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 14th January 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 23:40:43 UTC
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 04:40:43 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
2.041°S, 68.097°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
576 km (357 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives