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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Man Saves Girl at Grocery Store (Because we could use some good news)

Road Rage Cop Causes Accident And Flees The Scene

Photographing the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima (One scene particularly moving)

The Last Man in Fukushima: A must-see VICE documentary

The Super Rich: Now Invisible

Who really lives at One Hyde Park, called the world’s most expensive residential building? Its mostly absentee owners, hiding behind offshore corporations based in tax havens, provide a portrait of the new global super-wealthy.

Up until the 18th century, Knightsbridge, which borders genteel Kensington, was a lawless zone roamed by predatory monks and assorted cutthroats. It didn’t come of age until the Victorian building boom, which left a charming legacy of mostly large and beautiful Victorian houses, with their trademark white or cream paint, black iron railings, high ceilings, and short, elegant stone steps up to the front door.

This will not be the impression a visitor now gets as he emerges from the Knightsbridge subway station’s south exit. He will be met by four hulking joined-up towers of glass, metal, and concrete, sandwiched between the Victorian splendors of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, to the east, and a pretty five-story residential block, to the west. This is One Hyde Park, which its developers insist is the world’s most exclusive address and the most expensive residential development ever built anywhere on earth. With apartments selling for up to $214 million, the building began to smash world per-square-foot price records when sales opened, in 2007. After quickly shrugging off the global financial crisis the complex has come to embody the central-London real-estate market, where, as high-end property consultant Charles McDowell put it, “prices have gone bonkers.”

Indiana Hostage Alert: Suspected Killer Holding Young Child Hostage

Indiana police say a man is holding a three-year-old child hostage hours after he killed a woman he had pulled off of a city bus.

Police say the suspect is holed up with the child in a house in Fort Wayne.

He is suspected of having pulled a female passenger from the bus at 8 am on Wednesday, then fatally shooting her about 25 feet away in front of multiple witnesses.

He then fled on foot into a nearby neighbourhood, where he locked himself in a house with the toddler.

Texas IT worker and die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan becomes the new leader of Syria's rebels

He enjoys American football, has an American-born wife, and has spent the last 30 years bringing up four children in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.
But 50-year-old Ghassan Hitto is, as of yesterday, the new prime minister of the Syrian opposition National Coalition.

And now the Syrian-born IT executive who follows the Dallas Cowboys has lofty ambitions: to bring stability and peace to the wartorn homeland he left as a teenager.

Mr Hitto started as he means to go on, with the bald statement: 'Our main goal is to bring about the downfall of the Assad regime by all means

You couldn't make this up if you tried!

Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio charged with sexually assaulting girl, 13, who is now branded 'a whore' and 'a snitch' in social media slurs because they are high school football stars

A pair of high school footballers in Connecticut have been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, just days after two star players in Steubenville, Ohio, were convicted of rape in a case that shook the nation.

Torrington High School football players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, both 18, are accused of felony second-degree sexual assault and other crimes in an investigation that began last month. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Since the alleged abuse, the young victim, who hasn't been named, has been taunted on social media sites by dozens of classmates who are upset at the claims against the football stars.

Germany warns Cyprus its banks may NEVER reopen as Russia 'offers to write off debt if Gazprom get access to untapped oil fields'

Germany has warned Cyprus that its crisis-stricken banks may never reopen if the country rejects the terms of a bailout.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany's finance minister whose country is Europe's main paymaster, said major Cypriot banks were 'insolvent if there are no emergency funds'.

Russian energy giant Gazprom has offered Cyprus a plan in which the company will undertake the restructuring of the country’s banks in exchange for exploration rights for natural gas on the island.

Israeli general offers to share Iron Dome production with U.S.

The United States should be allowed to co-produce Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor so it can benefit from the money it has poured into the Jewish state's defense programs, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday.

Israel developed Iron Dome to shoot down rockets launched from the Gaza Strip and it is the only system in the world to use radar-guided missiles for such short-range interceptions.

China: Residents Fear Cover-Up Over Dead Pigs

Anger is mounting in Shanghai where 14,000 dead pigs have been floating down rivers but residents have been told there is nothing to worry about.

The number of carcasses in a river system that supplies drinking water to the city's 23 million people has been increasing for nearly two weeks.

But officials have not explained where the pigs came from, how they died or why they suddenly showed up in the river.

Cypriot "no" inspires Greeks to rail against austerity

Greeks and opposition parties inspired by the Cypriot rejection of an unpopular bailout deal urged Athens on Wednesday to stand up to foreign lenders whose demands have resulted in repeated rounds of austerity that have made Greek life a misery.

Cyprus's parliament on Tuesday rejected a levy on bank deposits demanded in return for aid, raising the specter of a default for the island nation that could mean enduring wave after wave of spending cuts and tax rises, just like Greece.

"See what Cyprus did? We are proud of them," said Fey Papadopoulou, 22, a university student. "They should be an example for our politicians, who have succumbed to every demand."

Cyprus Banks To Remain Closed Until at Least Tuesday of Next Week

Banks in Cyprus will remain closed on Thursday and Friday while the country scrambles to find a way to secure bailout funds after rejecting a levy on all savings.

With Monday a public holiday, the move effectively closes lenders until Tuesday, March 26.

The finance ministry said the decision had been taken "on grounds of public interest in order to ensure financial stability".

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 17:18:10 UTC
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 05:18:10 AM at epicenter
31.885°S, 177.508°W
30.1 km (18.7 miles)
295 km (183 miles) S (173°) from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 16:53:34 UTC
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 01:53:34 AM at epicenter
6.882°S, 127.195°E
414.7 km (257.7 miles)
259 km (161 miles) NE (43°) from DILI, East Timor

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 16:24:36 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:24:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
6.617°N, 72.775°W
170.3 km (105.8 miles)
5 km (3 miles) SW of San Jose de Miranda, Colombia

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 14:02:30 UTC
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 02:02:30 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
22.025°S, 179.491°W
599.1 km (372.3 miles)
169 km (105 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Sandy Hook Hoax Documentary, Full and Complete

Seal Abuse Causes Beach Shutdown: CCTV

San Diego's mayor has ordered a two-month overnight shutdown of a beach after cameras caught people apparently abusing a colony of seals.

The CCTV system was set up to allow the public to monitor mothers and their pups.

However at least two women were filmed kicking, punching and sitting on top of the animals.

Farage: EU wants to steal money from Cypriots bank accounts

Cyprus vs Bankocracy: 'Mattress better place to keep cash than banks'

No regrets? Iraq war inciters undaunted by post-conflict plagues

Syria regime accuses rebels of using chemical weapons

Riots after Portugal's police "shoot at" motorcyclist - Truthloader

Aleppo: Jihadists show off tanks, night vision equipment and AA missiles

Syria: Chinese Jihadist Appears in Insurgent Propaganda

Budget: 2013 Growth Forecast Is Cut In Half

George Osborne has slashed the official growth forecast in half and admitted the recovery was "taking longer than anyone hoped".

The Chancellor said the economy was now expected to grow just 0.6% this year, down from a previous forecast of 1.2%.

IMF Chief's Christine Lagarde's Flat Searched In 'Sarkozy' Inquiry

French police have searched the flat of IMF chief Christine Lagarde in relation to a probe into a supporter of Nicolas Sarkozy.

Ms Lagarde's lawyer said her Paris apartment was examined as part of an investigation into her handling of a 2008 compensation payment to a businessman supporter of the French ex-president.

Police are investigating claims that Lagarde, when finance minister under Sarkozy, acted illegally in approving the 285m euro ($367 million) arbitration payout to Bernard Tapie.

She denies any wrongdoing.

'In America, yes, we will shoot you': Fox News co-host Greg Gutfeld predicts gun-owner mayhem if bank account confiscation moves from Cyprus to U.S.

In a stunning speech on the Fox News Channel, commentator Greg Gutfeld predicted that if a bank taxation scheme like the one that shocked Cypriots should come to America, gun owners would aim at government officials -- and shoot to kill.

'While Cypriots can own guns, it’s a bear to get them,' Gutfeld noted on the popular talk show The Five.

'There is no gun culture there, which then allows the government to wonder of its docile populace: "What are they gonna do -- shoot us?"'

'Well, in America,' he sniped, 'yes, we will shoot you.'

NASA chief tells public to 'pray' if asteroid on collision course for Earth detected as lawmakers hear the nation is woefully under-prepared

The chief of NASA today delivered a sobering assessment of what the United States could do if faced with imminent annihilation by a rogue asteroid - resort to prayer.

Speaking in front of the House Science Committee, Charles Bolden, head of the iconic space agency said that the nation cannot even defend itself from an asteroid identical to the small one that detonated over Russia last month injuring 1,200.

When pressed on what NASA's plans were if they detected a similar one due to hit New York, Bolden replied, 'The answer to you is, if it's coming in three weeks, pray.'

Lindsey Lowe guilty of the first degree premeditated murder of her newborn twins sons

An emotional courtroom in Tennessee heard a jury find mother Lindsey Lowe guilty of the first degree premeditated murder of her newborn twins sons today. The jury took two hours to decide their verdict and yesterday the jury was shown photographs (left) taken two days before Lowe gave birth to and killed her twin boys - of the 26-year-old as a bridesmaid at a wedding in Lebanon, Kentucky on September 10, 2011, - hiding her pregnancy under a large dress

massive sinkhole swallows pond in backyard of California home

A couple in California awoke on Sunday to find that a huge sinkhole had swallowed the pond in their backyard.

Homeowner Mark Korb, who lives at the property with his wife, said that the hole had drained the pond behind his Newcastle home in just five hours. Previously it had taken seven days to empty the same volume of water.

A sinkhole is a hole that opens up suddenly in the ground. They mostly occur because of erosion, underground water that gathers naturally or due to man-made activities.

Brad Kollar strapped with explosives blows himself up in revenge attack in suburban neighborhood

A man blew himself up inside a truck outside a western Pennsylvania home on Tuesday, injuring two other people, one of them critically, authorities said.

Investigators ruled the death of 40-year-old Brad Kollar a suicide resulting from blunt force trauma after the blast shortly before 9 a.m.

His body was discovered strapped with bombs and inside his truck that was parked outside a home near Patton, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Beer tax axed.. but not much else to cheer on Budget day as unemployment INCREASES for first time in a year

Amid the economic gloom, Chancellor George Osborne, who tweeted this picture of himself this morning ahead of his Budget announcement in the Commons, will axe a planned 6p rise in the price of a pint, while also scrapping a 3p rise in fuel duty and raising the amount workers can earn tax-free to £10,000. He might need a drink by the end of the day after figures released today showed the number of people out of work increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million.

S. Korean Banks Fall Victim to Biggest Cyber Attack in Two Years

Hackers temporarily shut down computer networks at South Korean broadcasters and banks in the biggest cyber attack on the nation in two years, prompting the government to investigate possible links with North Korea.

President Park Geun Hye’s administration set up a cyber crisis group to investigate whether North Korea is responsible, according to a statement from her office. Computer shutdowns today hit companies including Shinhan Bank (1558), Nonghyup Bank, Munhwa Broadcasting Corp., YTN and Korea Broadcasting System, the Korea Communications Commission said in a statement.

The attack occurred less than a month after Parkbecame president of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, and amid an increase in friction over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Kim Jong Un’s regime, which detonated an atomic device in February, recently threatened to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons and today warned it would retaliate if the U.S. again flies B-52 bombers over the Korean peninsula.

India attacks: do's and don'ts for safe travel

Do choose somewhere else, Spain is nice this time of year!

Don't go to India, until they agree to enforce justice against these evil crimes on woman and children

Cyprus seeks Russian bailout aid, EU threatens cutoff

Cyprus pleaded for a new loan from Russia on Wednesday to avert a financial meltdown, but won no immediate relief after the island's parliament rejected the terms of a European bailout, raising the risk of default and a bank crash.

Finance Minister Michael Sarris said in Moscow he had reached no deal with his Russian counterpart Anton Siluanov, but talks would continue.

Russia's finance ministry said Nicosia had sought a further 5 billion euros on top of a five-year extension and lower interest on an existing 2.5 billion euro loan.


It was the first time a national legislature had rejected the conditions for EU assistance, after three years in which lawmakers in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy all accepted biting austerity measures to secure aid.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country is Europe's main paymaster, said it was up to the Cypriot government to come up with an alternative proposal but it was fair to expect savers with deposits over 100,000 euros to contribute to the bailout.

The EU has a track record of pressing smaller countries to vote again until they achieve the desired outcome.

Coincidence?: Cyprus has found big gas fields in its waters adjoining Israel but has yet to develop them.

16 year old shot in mistaken identity

Five Syrian shells land in Lebanon despite warning

Five shells fired from Syria landed in Lebanon on Wednesday, one day after Lebanese President Michel Suleiman warned that Syrian strikes on its neighbor were an unacceptable violation of its sovereignty.

Witnesses said the shells landed in fields near al-Qasr, a village less than a mile from the border, but no one was hurt.

The Syrian government, battling a two-year-old revolt against four decades of rule by the Assad family, has warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier.

Italian president seeks way out of political stalemate

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano began consultations with political leaders on Wednesday to try to find a way of forming a government after the deadlocked election last month which left no party with a majority in parliament.

Senate speaker Pietro Grasso said after meeting Napolitano the president was determined to reach an accord, saying there was "an absolute necessity to give the country a government".

Napolitano would take "all roads possible", he said.

Australia: 100 Deadly Sharks Seen Near Beach

Warning alarms have been raised at several Australian beaches after an unusually large school of deadly sharks was spotted just offshore.

Beaches 1km north and south of a popular beach near Perth were closed for hours after about 100 sharks were seen 600m away.

The sharks were thought to be juvenile bronze whalers, which have been involved in attacks on humans in the past.

Kevin Clash sued over allegations of luring a 16-year-old into drug-fuelled sex

The former voice of the Sesame Street character Elmo is being sued by a man who claims the entertainer lured him into drug-fuelled sex when he was 16.

Sheldon Stephens, who is now 24, said he met puppeteer Kevin Clash, at a networking event.

Mr Stephens says he was brought by limousine from Pennsylvania to a New York apartment. There, Mr Clash allegedly smoked crystal meth while giving the teenager another recreational drug.

North Suspected Of Cyber Attack on South Korea

An investigation is underway into the simultaneous shutdown of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks in South Korea, with suspicion falling on North Korea.

The shutdown came days after North Korea blamed the South and the US for cyber attacks that temporarily closed websites in Pyongyang.

While the cause was not immediately clear, there has been speculation of a possible North Korean cyber attack.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:18:16 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 09:18:16 AM at epicenter
58.913°N, 34.249°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
871 km (541 miles) SW (234°) from REYKJAVIK, Iceland

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:02:17 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 09:02:17 AM at epicenter
58.368°N, 32.020°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
777 km (482 miles) E of Nanortalik, Greenland

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:55:06 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 08:55:06 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
58.321°N, 32.056°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
777 km (482 miles) E of Nanortalik, Greenland

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:51:39 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 08:51:39 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
58.370°N, 31.991°W
10 km (6.2 miles)
779 km (484 miles) E of Nanortalik, Greenland

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:44:34 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 06:44:34 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
7.619°N, 125.937°E
35.5 km (22.1 miles)
3 km (1 miles) WNW of Nabunturan, Philippines

A lightning volcano... Mother Nature at her most awesome

A thrill-seeking volcano chaser witnessed the rare moment a lightning storm formed inside a volcano and collided with an erupting stream of lava. These light storm images were caught up close by photographer Martin Rietze, who hunts out this exploding phemomena in active volcanoes right across the world. This light spectacle was pictured around two-and-a-half miles east of the Sakurajima Volcano in the Kaghoshima area of South Japan.

Israeli embassy uses ‘Golden Girls’ theme in bizarre official video to declare Obama and Netanyahu's relationship 'unbreakable'

Has Syria become a chemical war? Russia accuses rebels of using 'toxic' weapons in attack that left 25 dead

Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons to kill 16 people in an attack on a rural area near Aleppo today, calling it an extremely alarming and dangerous development.

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said: 'A case of the use of chemical weapons by the armed opposition was recorded early in the morning of March 19 in Aleppo province.

'We are very seriously concerned by the fact that weapons of mass destruction are falling into the hands of the rebels, which further worsens the situation in Syria and elevates the confrontation in the country to a new level.'

Why is it accepted by our governments when the rebels launch chemical weapons?

Britain 'is suffering a huge loss of faith in its institutions': Trust in all politicians has slumped to an all-time low, say researchers

Britain is in the grip of a ‘deep institutional crisis’ with trust in government, parliament and politicians at an ‘all-time low’, according to an internationally respected survey.

It has led to the UK having one of the lowest political participation rates in the developed world – and even scoring below Palestine and Iraq.

Researchers said other institutions in Britain have suffered a decline in trust including the police, the church, the banks and the media.

The night that proved Labour is the political wing of Hacked Off

For almost three hours, senior figures from the Labour Party, the Lib Dems, and the pressure group Hacked Off wrangled over the detail of the proposed agreement paving the way for the first political regulation of the newspaper industry since 1695.

Bizarrely, Sunday’s crucial meeting, which started at 9pm, was not held in a Government minister’s office but in Labour leader Ed Miliband’s spacious Commons suite with its panoramic views of the River Thames.

And an analysis of the event provides an extraordinary insight into how Labour has become the political wing of a lobby group that includes Press-hating zealots, small-town academics, faded actors with rackety sex lives, and, oh yes, the S&M specialist Max Mosley.

The great EU bank robbery crisis - just how safe are your savings?

What's going on?

The government in Cyprus had been told to take €5.8bn (£4.9bn) directly from savers’ bank accounts if it wanted a €10bn (£8.6bn) bailout.

This would have hit the country’s 1.1 million inhabitants, and up to 60,000 British expats who have Cypriot bank accounts.

Last night, this plan was rejected by the Cypriot Parliament.

So, is the crisis over?

Not by a long shot. There is no bailout under the current deal and the Cyprus economy remains in a perilous state.

This may only be a small country, but its fortunes could affect the rest of the EU, and, eventually, our own economy.

Will Spain be next?

The planned Cypriot cash-grab has sent shock waves through the eurozone — particularly in countries such as Portugal, Italy, Spain and Greece, which have already received bailouts and whose economies are still fragile.

Experts fear a precedent has been set and savers in other countries, particularly Spain, could have their savings confiscated, too.

Turkish capital Ankara hit by twin explosions

One person has been injured in explosions at Turkey's justice ministry and the headquarters of the governing AK Party, officials say.

A rocket hit the seventh floor of the AK building, while two hand grenades were thrown at the ministry.

Earlier reports claimed two people had been wounded. No group has said it carried out the attacks.

US will not accept N Korea as a nuclear state: White House

The US will not accept North Korea as a nuclear power, the White House asserted as the Pentagon took steps along with its regional allies to thwart off any misadventure from Pyongyang.

"The United States will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor will we stand by while it seeks to develop a nuclear-armed missile that can target the United States," the White House press secretary, Jay Carney told reporters yesterday.

The US he said announced last week to beef up its missile defense system in view of the increasing threat from North Korea.

B.C. in US - North Korean missile flight path

B.C. could get caught in the middle of a missile-firing war between North Korean and the U.S.

Even though the possibility is remote, UBC Prof. Michael Byers said Tuesday that B.C.'s exposure in such a conflict is worth contemplating.

He said the province lies along the route that long-range missiles from North Korea would have to take to hit the American West.

"Any North Korean missile headed for places like Seattle and Los Angeles would go directly over B.C.," said Byers, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law.

"I don't think B.C. is likely to be an intended target, but it could be hit accidentally," he said.

Search and Destroy: The rape of Iraq

First thing we do, let's kill all mythographers (lawyerly or not): the rape of Iraq is the biggest, man-made humanitarian disaster of our times. It's essential to keep in mind this was a direct consequence of Washington smashing international law to pieces; after Iraq, any freak anywhere can unleash preemptive war, and quote Bush/Cheney 2003 as precedent.

And yet, 10 years after Shock and Awe, even so-called "liberals" have been trying to legitimize something, anything, out of the "Iraq project". There was never a "project"; only a dizzying maze of lies - including a posterior justifications of bombing the Greater Middle East into "democracy".

Police shake-up over missing person cases

Police are to stop attending every report of a missing person to focus on cases where people are most at risk.

There are about 900 reports a day of those whose whereabouts are unknown and police have to investigate each one.

Senior officers say this blanket policy, which applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, drains resources.

From April, police will launch a full investigation only for people whose disappearance is out of character or who are thought to be at risk.

Saudi arrests 18 spies including Iranian: ministry

The Saudi authorities have arrested 18 suspected spies, including an Iranian and a Lebanese, on charges of espionage for a foreign country, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

"Sixteen Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese were arrested in coordinated and simultaneous operations in four regions of the kingdom," including the capital Riyadh and the holy city of Mecca, the ministry said in a statement.

The suspects, some of whom were arrested in Eastern Province where the kingdom's Shiite minority is concentrated, were working for a foreign country which it did not name, the statement added.

Ukrainian MPs in mass brawl after Russian is spoken in Parliament

The Ukrainian parliament was briefly suspended on Tuesday after lawmakers from the nationalist Svoboda party brawled with opposition politicians over the language used in a speech.

The leader of the ruling Party of Regions faction, Oleksandr Yefremov, delivered a speech in Russian which angered members of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party, who chanted "Ukrainian!" as he spoke.

S Korea: cyber scare worries market

South Korean shares fell sharply to a one-month low on Wednesday following a shutdown of computer networks at banks and broadcasters amid reports of a possible cyber attack.

There was no immediate confirmation of the causes of the incident. But the defence ministry told Bloomberg that it was probing whether there had been a cyber attack by North Korea. The Kospi index closed down 1 per cent gains in Japan and China. Even if it turns out Pyongyang wasn’t involved, the incident shows how sensitive Seoul’s markets are to the peninsula’s political tensions.

Ohio teenager who shot and killed three classmates last year puts on display of profanity during sentencing

Obama's move against jet loophole hits turbulence

First came the recession, throwing thousands out of work. Then came the drought, choking crops and draining reservoirs. Then came the president, arguing that the private-plane buyers who fuel this city's economy benefit from an unfair tax break.

President Barack Obama's proposal to reduce that tax break has won wide support among Democrats who see it as an example of how the U.S. tax code is too generous to the wealthy.

But what looks like a loophole in Washington appears much different in this prairie city of 400,000, where leaders of all political stripes worry that Obama's rhetoric is already undermining an industry that accounts for 1 in 10 jobs in the region.

Al Qaeda claims attacks on Iraq invasion anniversary

Al Qaeda in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings and suicide attacks on Tuesday that killed around 60 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

Islamic State of Iraq, the country's al Qaeda wing, is regaining strength, invigorated by the Sunni Muslim rebellion in next door Syria and has carried out dozens of high-profile attacks since the start of the year.

"What has reached you on Tuesday is just the first drop of rain, and a first phase, for by God's will, after this we will have our revenge," the al Qaeda statement posted on a jihadist website said.

Whois Team "Our Movement": South Korea network hack prompts broadcast, bank outages

South Korean police were investigating a hacking attack on an Internet provider that brought down the servers of three broadcasters and two major banks on Wednesday, and the army raised its alert level due to concerns of North Korean involvement.

The network provided by LG UPlus Corp showed a page that said it had been hacked by a group calling itself the "Whois Team", an unknown group. It featured three skulls and a warning that this was the beginning of "Our Movement".

Craig Berkman 'Stole' $8M From Clients in Facebook Scam

A Florida investment adviser has been charged in New York in an $8m securities fraud scheme that exploited demand for shares of the social networking site Facebook.

Craig L Berkman, 71, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Florida and detained pending a hearing set for Thursday.

He was charged with falsely claiming in December 2010 to own shares of Facebook Inc, well before the company went public last year.

In reality Berkman did not directly own shares, and prosecutors say he stole much of $8m (£5.3m) that more than 50 investors entrusted to him.

Sandra Layne Guilty Of Murdering Grandson

A 75-year-old woman has been found guilty of the second-degree murder of her teenage grandson.

Jurors rejected Sandra Layne's claim that she shot 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman in self-defence during an argument at their home in suburban Detroit, Michigan.

The second-degree murder conviction means the jury did not believe the boy's killing was pre-meditated.

Layne fired 10 rounds at her grandson, striking him six times in the chest, abdomen and arm.

Poland Earthquake: Rescuers Reach 19 Trapped Miners

Rescuers have reached 19 miners trapped underground in a Polish copper mine after an earthquake caused a cave-in.

A spokesman for state-controlled mine operator KGHM said they were alive and undergoing medical checks as each one of them was being brought to the surface.

Four people had earlier managed to walk out on their own.

Rowan O'Neill Saves Girl In Supermarket

A builder has been praised after he resuscitated a child who had collapsed and stopped breathing while out shopping with her mother in Australia.

CCTV footage shows two-year-old Shaylar's mother, Amy Collard, carrying her to a counter of a Perth supermarket to plead for help after she had lost consciousness before running outside to find her husband, Michael Narkle.

A couple, including tradesman Rowan O'Neill, can then be seen rushing to help the stricken girl - and fearing she was choking, Mr O'Neill turned her upside down in an effort to revive her.

When Mr Narkle enters the store, he can be seen breaking down before he and Mr O'Neill try to save Shaylar by shaking her, patting her on the back and attempting the Heimlich manoeuvre.

When this fails, Mr O'Neill begins mouth-to-mouth resuscitation - and after 90 seconds the girl opened her eyes, local media said.

Cyprus Looks To Russia Amid Bailout Chaos after standing up against EU Bullies

Cyprus is looking for Russia to save it from its bailout deal, after the parliament in Nicosia rejected taxing savings as a condition of its rescue loan from the EU.

The legislature buried the bill last night in a humiliating snub to Brussels which was cheered on the streets despite the vote effectively plunging the Cypriot economy into a deeper crisis.

Budget: Osborne Vows To Help People 'Get On'......Sorry, but heard it all before, waiting few more hours to see how badly we will be screwed this time

George Osborne has vowed to help people "work hard and get on" as he prepares to deliver the most important Budget of his career.

The Chancellor joined Twitter hours before the financial statement, which comes as he is under intense pressure over the lack of growth.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 08:04:43 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 08:04:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
20.105°S, 176.264°W
225.9 km (140.4 miles)
158 km (98 miles) NW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake COMOROS REGION - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 05:21:57 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 08:21:57 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
11.776°S, 42.234°E
10 km (6.2 miles)
111 km (68 miles) W of Mavingouni, Comoros

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SERAM, INDONESIA - 20th March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 05:17:01 UTC
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 02:17:01 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
3.634°S, 127.436°E
72.6 km (45.1 miles)
55 km (34 miles) SE of Namlea, Indonesia

Kidderminter Canal Fall: Girl, Aged 6, Dies

A six year-old girl has died after falling into a canal with two other children.

The three children fell into the water near Springfield Park in Kidderminster shortly before 6.20pm on Tuesday.

West Mercia Police said they understand two of the children managed to get themselves out of the canal but the third child was in the water for some time before being rescued.

French Minister Steps Down in Swiss Bank Investigation

Just hours after an announcement that he would be investigated on charges of tax fraud and money laundering, Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac resigned from the French government on Tuesday evening, though he insisted he had done nothing wrong.

In control of a crucial portfolio at a time of heightened budgetary discipline and rising taxes in France, as well as the European debt crisis and stagnant growth, Mr. Cahuzac was a highly visible public figure.

Obama's gun control plans weaken in Senate

An assault weapons ban sought by President Barack Obama ran into serious trouble on Tuesday when Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged there was not enough support for it in the Senate.

It was the latest blow to the White House's gun control plans which are fading as Republicans and even some Democrats baulk at taking on the powerful gun lobby.

Mystery explosion kills one, leaves Pennsylvania house in ruins

Cyprus rejection a blow to EU

Bombs kill nearly 60 on Iraq invasion anniversary

More than a dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore through Shi'ite Muslim districts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and other areas on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qaeda are regaining ground in Iraq, invigorated by the war next door in Syria and have stepped up attacks on Shi'ite targets in an attempt to provoke a wider sectarian confrontation.

Spanish king faces scandal as crisis fuels outcry

The head of Spanish intelligence was quizzed behind closed doors in parliament on Tuesday over whether public money had been spent on a woman whose friendship with King Juan Carlos has fueled talk of scandal and abdication.

Members of the parliamentary committee which oversees security spending and Felix Sanz of the National Intelligence Centre were bound by official secrecy not to reveal the content of the hearing, which lasted for some two hours in Madrid.

It was called by lawmakers probing whether Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a German-born businesswoman based in Monaco, had ever benefited from a Spanish security detail or received any payments from the state as a lobbyist for Spanish firms abroad.

North Korean elite beating sanctions

North Koreans appear to be having little trouble taking home the latest cameras, flat-screen TVs and other items from China despite U.N. sanctions that are supposed to make it harder for the country's elite to enjoy the good things in life.

Shops selling anything from electronics to perfume near Pyongyang's embassy in Beijing are doing a brisk trade while North Koreans waiting to board flights to their capital can be seen checking in items from refrigerators to washing machines.

Obama heads to Israel amid low expectations

President Barack Obama arrives in Israel on Wednesday without any new peace initiative to offer disillusioned Palestinians and facing deep Israeli doubts over his pledge to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Making his first official visit here as president, Obama hopes to reset his often fraught relations with both the Israelis and Palestinians in a carefully choreographed three-day stay that is high on symbolism but low on expectations.

Cypriot banks on brink in Icelandic flashback....Don't knock it, Iceland is doing Better than Anyone now!

A small island on the edge of Europe teetering under the weight of its bust banks. Sound familiar?

Like Iceland and Ireland before it, Cyprus is battling to prevent an outsized and overextended banking sector from dragging the country into the ground.

Cyprus's parliament has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed levy on deposits as a condition of a European bailout, throwing the country's future into disarray.

Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties: Unexplained Tremors Reported

Just after 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon residents in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties say they felt multiple earthquake-like tremors that rattled their homes and offices. Absecon resident, Kay Stadlmeir, said, "I don't think it would be an earthquake, but what could it be? It's just really odd." Somers Point resident, Bob Mower, explained, "There was a rattling of my windows and I felt the house shake just a little bit - it was unusual." Stadlmeir told NBC40, "It has to be something really big to be witnessed in such a widespread area of South Jersey." The reports vary from region to region. Atlantic county emergency management officials confirmed with the U.S. Geological Survey that it was not an earthquake. The next thought was that military training or an aircraft flying by might have caused the shakes. Both the 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Township and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst confirmed none of their aircrafts were in the area at that time.

Bird flu found on chicken farm

A mild form of the avian virus bird flu has been found on a chicken farm in Zeewolde in Flevoland province, the economic affairs ministry said on Tuesday.

The 24,000 hens on the farm are being destroyed and a one-kilometre ban on poultry transports has been imposed.

Last week, a mild form of bird flu was found on a chicken farm in Lochem in Gelderland.

Al Qaeda Says It Beheads French Hostage

Al Qaeda says it has beheaded a French hostage in reprisal for France's military intervention in Mali, according to reports.

Its North African arm claimed responsibility, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported, citing a commander for the group.

A French foreign office spokesman said they were trying to verify the report of the killing of Philippe Verdon, adding that "we don't know at the moment" whether it is reliable.

Nigel Farage Message To Europeans: "Get Your Money Out While You Can"

Poland Earthquake: Eighteen Miners Trapped After Quake

Eighteen workers are trapped underground in a Polish copper mine after an earthquake caused a cave-in.

A spokesman for state-controlled mine operator KGHM said: "The newest information is that 18 miners are trapped, four people have walked out earlier on their own.

The miners are trapped 600m below ground at the Rudna mine, about 249 miles (400km) southwest of the Polish capital Warsaw.