Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Friday, May 3, 2013


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What BP Doesn't Want You To Know about the Gulf Spill

"It's as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid." That's what Jamie Griffin says the BP man told her about the smelly, rainbow-streaked gunk coating the floor of the "floating hotel" where Griffin was feeding hundreds of cleanup workers during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, the workers were tracking the gunk inside on their boots. Griffin, as chief cook and maid, was trying to clean it. But even boiling water didn't work.

"The BP representative said, 'Jamie, just mop it like you'd mop any other dirty floor,'" Griffin recalls in her Louisiana drawl.

It was the opening weeks of what everyone, echoing President Barack Obama, was calling "the worst environmental disaster in American history." At 9:45 p.m. local time on April 20, 2010, a fiery explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig had killed 11 workers and injured 17. One mile underwater, the Macondo well had blown apart, unleashing a gusher of oil into the gulf. At risk were fishing areas that supplied one third of the seafood consumed in the U.S., beaches from Texas to Florida that drew billions of dollars' worth of tourism to local economies, and Obama's chances of reelection. Republicans were blaming him for mishandling the disaster, his poll numbers were falling, even his 11-year-old daughter was demanding, "Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?"

Griffin did as she was told: "I tried Pine-Sol, bleach, I even tried Dawn on those floors." As she scrubbed, the mix of cleanser and gunk occasionally splashed onto her arms and face.

Within days, the 32-year-old single mother was coughing up blood and suffering constant headaches. She lost her voice. "My throat felt like I'd swallowed razor blades," she says.

Then things got much worse.

Lebanon: IAF warplanes hover over Beirut, conduct mock airstrikes across Lebanon with "increased activity" over past 24 hours

Lebanese site says violation of airspace by Israeli reconnaissance jets, warplanes has become regular, but last two days' air traffic 'unusually high'.

Two Israeli warplanes penetrated Friday morning into Lebanese airspace and soared for about three hours above the capital Beirut, according to a report by the Lebanese military.

Earlier in the day Lebanese news site El-Nashra reported IAF aircraft were hovering in the country's aerial space near the southern towns of Bint Jbeil and Marjayoun and were apparently carrying out simulated attacks. A military source quoted by the site said, "These are simulated attacks the likes of which we have not seen." No Israeli officials confirmed the reports.,7340,L-4375667,00.html

Israel vs Syria: CNN report, apparently confirmed by Republican senator, follows a flurry of claims that 16 Israeli warplanes entered Lebnese airspace to strike Syrian weapons convoy

United States officials suspect Israel struck targets in Syria on either Thursday or Friday, CNN quoted two American sources saying Friday evening.

The sources said Western intelligence agencies were analyzing data pointing to an Israeli airstrike on Syria. The target of the reported airstrike was said to be a weapons facility, according to an American official cited by Fox News. There was no immediate indication that Israel struck chemical weapons targets, despite heightened tensions over the Assad regime’s use of weapons of mass destruction against rebels.


The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN.

U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon.

One official said the United States had limited information so far and could not yet confirm those are the specific warplanes that conducted a strike. Based on initial indications, the U.S. does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes.

High School Track Team Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God

The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4x100-meter relay--by seven yards, no less--and had a shot at the state championship. That was until Junior sprinter Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky. Hayes's father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules. And with that, the team was disqualified.

"It was a reaction," K.C. Hayes said. "You're brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you're blessed."

Many interviewed around town said that this was a violation of freedom of religion rights. Columbus High School said that religious gestures are not banned, but they must be done off of the competition field or court.


At the end of the week, debkafile’s military sources report that both established a military presence in Syria and Lebanon, just across Israel’s two northern borders. An Iranian airlift placed Iranian boots on the ground in Syria for the first time in more than two years of its civil war. It was also the first time Israel had ever seen uniformed Iranian soldiers present at close quarters on the soil of a close neighbor.

The arrivals are members of the violent Basij volunteer militia which is trained in urban combat tactics for suppressing anti-regime unrest in Iranian cities. They are the first Iranian troops to confront Syrian rebels in combat. Roughly 6,000-8,000 militiamen have arrived so far – a figure comparable to the size of the Hizhballah elite units fighting for Bashar Assad in Syria.

The Basij militiamen were stationed in Damascus and sent to guard Syrian Shiite border villages situated opposite Hizballah-controlled South Lebanon. This deployment has placed Iranian troops opposite the intersection of the Israeli, Syrian and Lebanese borders.

DHS Whistleblower Censored from 60 minutes

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 2nd May 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Date time 2013-05-03 18:55:59.0 UTC
Location 55.43 N ; 162.59 E
Depth 30 km
250 km E of Esso, Russia / pop: 1,965 / local time: 07:55:59.0 2013-05-04

Valley Fever Hits Central California, Sickens 28 Solar Plant Workers

Authorities were investigating a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California.

State public health and work safety staff visited sites in San Luis Obispo County two months ago, the Los Angeles Times ( reported Tuesday.

They were investigating valley fever illnesses among workers building the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch.

California also is trying to stem a valley fever outbreak that has caused dozens of deaths among Central Valley prisoners since 2006. This week, federal officials ordered the relocation of more than 3,000 high-risk inmates.

Q fever affects 17 people in Seville, Spain

The Andalusia Department of Health confirmed an outbreak of Q fever in Villaverde del Rio that affected 17 people. Q fever is a zoonosis transmitted to humans through the air, never from person to person, by inhalation of these organisms from air contaminated mostly by excreta of infected animals.

The disease, with an incubation period of 10 to 40 days, produces high fevers and headaches, can affect organs such as the liver and, in severe cases, lead to pneumonia, but it has a low mortality and can be treated with antibiotics.

China house collapse crushes 7 people and injures 21 others

A two-story house in central China collapsed Friday morning while being lifted off its foundation, crushing seven people to death and injuring 21 others, local officials said.

Dozens of people were helping to move the house, which sat on low-lying ground in Hedao village, when it collapsed, the Yanjin county government said on its website. By late afternoon, rescue crews finished searching the site, retrieving two bodies and sending to area hospitals 26 others, five of whom later died, the government said.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency said at the time of the accident, a 37-person construction crew, mostly comprised of women, was working at the site in the village, in central Henan province about 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of Beijing.

WHO has been notified of 27 novel coronavirus confirmed cases, including 16 deaths #nCoV

WHO has been notified by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia of 3 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus #nCoV

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of seven new laboratory confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV), including five deaths.

Two patients are currently in critical condition.

The government is conducting ongoing investigation into this outbreak.

Preliminary investigation show no indication of recent travel or animal contact of any of the confirmed cases. The confirmed cases are not from the same family.

Wildfires rage along California coast

Wildfire threatens 4,000 California homes

A fierce, wind-whipped brush fire grew along the California coast northwest of Los Angeles on Friday, threatening thousands of homes and a military base as about 200 dwellings were evacuated and a university campus closed.

A force of more than 900 firefighters had managed by daybreak to carve containment lines around about 10 percent of the perimeter of the inferno, which has scorched some 10,000 acres of dry, dense brush and chaparral since erupting on Thursday morning.

Several farm buildings and recreational vehicles were engulfed, and fire officials said 15 homes were damaged, though no residential structures were lost and no injuries have been reported, authorities said.

Government support dips as Spaniards tire of crisis, corruption

Public support for Spain's ruling center-right party has slipped following a high-level corruption scandal and ongoing recession, and Spaniards remain pessimistic about the political and economic outlook, a poll showed on Friday.

Half of Spaniards consider the political situation to be "very bad" and ranked corruption as Spain's number two problem behind unemployment, according to a survey by the state-owned Sociological Investigations Centre (CIS), carried out in April.

A record high unemployment rate of 27 percent, political corruption allegations and austerity measures have eroded support for the two main political parties, the ruling People's Party (PP) and socialist PSOE, the survey of 2,482 people showed.

Nearly 3000 birds die from chemical spill in English Channel

Nearly 3,000 birds have been killed or injured by a chemical spill in the English Channel, conservationists said on Friday.

The RSPB, RSPCA and local wildlife charities described it as one of the worst UK marine pollution incidents in decades and said it was more devastating than the MSC Napoli disaster six years ago.

About 20 species have washed up covered in a sticky substance on beaches across the south coast of England since February.

'EU austerity policy, tragic mistake'

UKIP Rises: 'Real democrats' push forward as third power

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 2nd May 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-05-03 16:31:07.0 UTC
Location 46.25 N ; 150.93 E
Depth 10 km
262 km NE of Kuril'sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 04:31:07.0 2013-05-04

U.S. military plane crashes in southern Kyrgyzstan

Kenya: 'Criminal' President Invited To UK

Britian has invited a world leader who is indicted by the International Criminal Court to a conference in London next week.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to attend a conference on Somalia on Tuesday - co-hosted by both Britain and Somalia.

Mr Kenyatta, who won elections for the Kenyan presidency on March 4, is due to go on trial in July at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

UFO filmed over Israel, 04/28/13

EU growth forecast reversed amid deeper than expected recession

The European Union's economy will shrink by 0.1 per cent, according to the Brussels forecasts, a reversal of a previous forecast of 0.1pc growth in 2013 made just three months as economic indicators worsen in Europe.

Taking into account economic performance in the first quarter of the year, the commission downgraded the eurozone to a 0.4pc GDP contraction this year, lower than the initial minus 0.3pc growth forecast made in February.

Brussels figures show that last year there was 0.6pc contraction in growth indicating that the eurozone is headed for its first ever back-to-back years of falling production amid continuing fears that the economy is being strangled by a lack of investment.

Libyan army stationed on Tripoli streets ahead of pro-government rally

Libyan soldiers have been stationed at Tripoli's main square to protect a rally in support of the government that was planned for Friday afternoon, a source at the prime minister's office said.

"They are expecting to have some demonstrations and I would expect it's because they want to protect the demonstrators," the source told Reuters. A defense ministry source said the order came from the prime minister's office.

Reuters witnesses saw the soldiers on the square as well as on the main road to the airport.

U.S. calls for shutting down Iran, North Korea arms networks

The United States said on Friday that Iran and North Korea were trying to obtain high-tech materials linked to their nuclear programs in violation of U.N. sanctions.

Iran was also sending weapons and ammunition to Syrian government forces despite a ban, said Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation.

"Both Iran and North Korea have developed channels that enable them to continue to export and continue to procure the items they need for their weapons industry," he told a news briefing in Geneva.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 2nd May 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 12:15:38 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 09:15:38 PM at epicenter
6.301°S, 127.972°E
373.9 km (232.3 miles)
292 km (181 miles) S (184°) from Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 2nd May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Date time 2013-05-03 11:46:46.0 UTC
Location 41.18 N ; 79.86 E
Depth 11 km
Distances 474 km E of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 900,000 / local time: 17:46:46.0 2013-05-03
189 km SE of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 70,171 / local time: 17:46:46.0 2013-05-03
34 km W of Aksu, China / pop: 340,020 / local time: 19:46:46.0 2013-05-03

'US mulls arming Syrian rebels officially', intervention next?

Boston Bombing - What You Aren't Told

U.S. military plane crashes near Kazakh-Kyrgyz border: ministry

A U.S. military transport plane carrying fuel crashed on Friday near the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, an official from Kyrgyzstan's Emergencies Minister said.

"(The plane) caught fire in the air and crashed," the official said.

The plane disappeared from radar near the Kyrgyz village of Chaldovar, 90 km (55 miles) from the U.S. airforce base at Manas in Kyrgyzstan, which U.S. forces maintain for operations in Afghanistan.

Mandy Marie Matula Missing: Former college softball star who planned to break up with her longtime boyfriend is missing - and he shoots himself in the head after police call him in for questioning

A former star college athlete who told family and friends that she was breaking up with her long time boyfriend has been reported missing - and her boyfriend shot himself in the head after police called him in for questioning, it was revealed today.

David Marshall Roe, 24, used both hands to place his gun under his neck and fire after police pulled over his SUV Thursday afternoon in a parking lot for the Eden Prairie City Hall.

It is believed Roe is the last person to see Mandy Marie Matula, 24, who was reported missing by her family at 8:23 a.m. Thursday.

Tina Quigley had ACID thrown in her face by man she opened the door to

This is the first picture of a woman left with serious burns after acid was thrown in her face when she answered her front door.

Tara Quigley, 28, has been left in a 'bad way' following the attack in Romford, Essex, her sister said.

Police are searching for the caller who knocked on the door and asked to speak to 'Michelle' on Tuesday night.

Half an hour later he returned and squirted an unidentified substance in her face when she answered again.

UKIP on the march: Nigel Farage hails 'wave of protest' sweeping the country as his party makes big gains in council elections

The UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, (centre) says he has sent a 'shockwave' to the political establishment, coming second in the South Shields by-election and winning dozens of county council seats. The party made big gains in Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Essex, where Mark Ellis, Kerry Smith and Nigel Le Gresley celebrated winning in Basildon (left). In response panicked Tory ministers promised tougher measures on immigration on Europe.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SERAM, INDONESIA - 2nd May 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 10:21:03 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 07:21:03 PM at epicenter
3.122°S, 130.121°E
45.3 km (28.1 miles)
226 km (140 miles) ENE (74°) from Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia

EU sees deeper euro zone recession in 2013, slower deficit cuts

The euro zone economy will contract by more than expected this year and budget deficits will decline more slowly, the European Commission said on Friday as it set out forecasts for the next two years.

France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands - four of the five largest euro zone economies - will be in recession through 2013, the Commission's forecasts showed, with only Germany, the largest euro zone economy, managing to eke out growth.

U.S. military plane disappears from radar on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border

A U.S. military transport plane carrying fuel disappeared from radar screens near the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on Friday, Kyrgyzstan's Emergencies Ministry said, citing information from a U.S. military base.

"(The plane) disappeared from the radar screen. It is a military fuel transporter C-135," said a ministry source.

The plane disappeared near the Kyrgyz village of Chaldovar, 90 km (55 miles) from the U.S. airforce base at Manas in Kyrgyzstan, which U.S. forces maintain for operations in Afghanistan.

At Texas fertilizer plant, a history of theft, tampering

The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded two weeks ago, killing 14 people and injuring about 200, was a repeat target of theft by intruders who tampered with tanks and caused the release of toxic chemicals, police records reviewed by Reuters show.

Police responded to at least 11 reports of burglaries and five separate ammonia leaks at West Fertilizer Co over the past 12 years, according to 911 dispatch logs and criminal offense reports Reuters obtained from the McLennan County Sheriff's office in Waco, Texas through an Open Records Request.

Some of the leaks, including one reported in October 2012, were linked to theft or interference with tank valves.

US demands 'immediate release' of American imprisoned in North Korea

Kenneth Bae (Pae Jun-ho), a 44-year-old ethnic Korean with United States citizenship, appeared on trial before the Supreme Court in Pyongyang on Tuesday, according to the North Korean state news wire.

He was charged with "committing crimes aimed at toppling the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with hostility towards it".

Mr Bae was arrested last November as he led a tour group of five Europeans into the Rason Special Economic Zone, a pilot region on the border of China and Russia which is open to foreign companies.

Hollande has failed his Voters

Almost one year after ousting Nicolas Sarkozy, things are not going too well for President Fran├žois Hollande. We asked a selection of French people, from senators to academics and members of the public, to pass judgement on Hollande's first year. It does not make for pleasant reading.

On May 6th President Fran├žois Hollande will mark one year since being swept to power on a wave of euphoria.

But since that day, when crowds flocked into Place de la Bastille in Paris, to celebrate the return to power of the Socialist Party after 17 years in the wilderness, Hollande has had a tough time.

China: Rat And Fox Meat Ring Broken Up

A crime ring that sold rat and other small mammal meat as mutton for more than $1m (£644,000) has been broken up, Chinese authorities have revealed.

More than 900 people have been arrested since January for selling and producing fake or tainted meat products, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.

During the crackdown, police discovered one suspect - known only by the surname Wei - who had used additives to spice up and sell rat, fox and mink meat at markets in Shanghai and Jiangsu provinces.

The ministry said that despite persistent efforts by police, "food safety crimes are still prominent".

Kevin Gough Found In Chimney Of Law Firm

Police have identified the body of a man found earlier this week inside the chimney of a solicitors' firm in Derby.

Kevin Gough, of no fixed abode, was found at Moody & Woolley Solicitors in St Mary's Gate around noon on May 1 after staff were alerted by the smell.

The area was cordoned off while the 42-year-old's body was removed.

Euro Forecast: Jobless Total To Stay Static

Unemployment levels are not expected to reduce significantly in any key eurozone nation during 2014, according to new forecasts released by the European Commission.

Recession in 2013 in the eurozone will be worse than expected, with GDP slipping 0.4% against a previous forecast of -0.3%.

The commission's spring forecast showed the situation improving however in 2014 in the nations sharing the euro, with growth at 1.2%, slightly less than forecast in February.

But France and Italy are both expected to see jobless numbers rise next year, it said.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF ATACAMA, CHILE - 2nd May 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 09:18:18 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 04:18:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
28.105°S, 72.381°W
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
167 km (103 miles) WNW of Vallenar, Chile

Pakistan: Death Row Prisoner Dies After Cell Attack

An Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan has died in hospital after being attacked by fellow inmates in a high-security jail.

Sarabjit Singh died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours following the attack in a prison in Lahore, doctors said.

Singh was convicted of being a spy and of involvement in a string of deadly bomb attacks in Pakistan’s Punjab province in 1990.

He had spent about 22 years in Pakistani prisons.

'Killer robots should not have power to destroy human life': U.N. report warns U.S has semi-autonomous machines

Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input 'should not have the power of life and death over human beings,' a new draft U.N. report says.

The report for the U.N. Human Rights Commission this week has called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of killer robots until an international conference can develop rules for their use.

According to the report, the United States, Britain, Israel, South Korea and Japan have developed various types of fully or semi-autonomous weapons.

'Pattern at BBC of turning blind eye to abuse'

The former presenter of It’s A Knockout, 83, was described as an “opportunistic predator” after he pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986.

Linda McDougall, a producer at BBC Manchester in the late Sixties and Seventies, said Hall was a “complete nuisance” who routinely put his hands “all over you and all over anyone female who came in”.

She said the presenter had a room set aside at the BBC where he could entertain “lady friends” and that “everyone knew” about his “amazing set up” and that the women were “not coming in for cups of tea”.

Angie Bray, a Conservative member of the culture, media and sport select committee, said that the BBC’s “indulgence” of Hall bore striking similarities to the corporation’s approach to Jimmy Savile.

Anti-EU party shakes British PM's Conservatives in local vote

The anti-European Union UK Independence Party made big gains in local elections, grabbing support from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in a vote that underlines widespread frustration with Britain's traditional parties.

Early results showed UKIP had won 42 council seats - as many as the opposition Labour party - after seven of 34 councils had been declared. Full results of the elections in England and Wales are expected later on Friday.

UKIP, which wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open-door immigration", also pushed Cameron's Conservatives into third place in an election for a national parliamentary seat in northern England in a humiliating blow to the premier.

Dozens dead as Assad's forces storm village

State forces and militias loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stormed the coastal village of Baida on Thursday, killing at least 50 people including women and children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The pro-opposition monitoring group said the final death toll was likely to exceed 100. Many of those killed appeared to have been executed by shooting or stabbing, it said, and other bodies were found burned.

Activist reports on the killings could not be independently verified as the Syrian government restricts access for independent media.

Chinese Scientists Create New Mutant Bird-Flu Virus

In nature, some strains of the influenza virus are highly lethal while others jump easily from person to person. What public health officials fear most is a hybrid that combines the lethality of one with the transmissibility of the other, creating a deadly global pandemic.

Now a team of Chinese scientists has investigated that in their lab by creating a new hybrid virus. They combined H5N1 avian influenza, which is highly lethal but doesn’t transmit easily between people, with the highly contagious H1N1 swine flu strain responsible for infecting tens of millions of people in 2009.

The new hybrid virus passed easily between guinea pigs, which are used to study how flu infects mammals. Molecular changes in the virus may provide clues of what to look for in circulating H5N1 strains, perhaps allowing scientists to anticipate when viruses will more easily infect humans.

European Commission under fire for economic policies

Mr. Letta says he wants to see radical policy reforms emerge from the European Council meeting next month.

Meanwhile, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has been sending out mixed messages; agreeing that policy reforms are needed but also insisting that debt reducing austerity measures are equally crucial.

After he said goodbye to Mr Letta, Mr Barroso was straight onto another meeting, this time with workers unions and employer groups. Apparently those who represent ordinary EU workers were not happy.

Employers, meanwhile, are pointing a finger of blame directly at politicians and regulators.

China's Bottled Water Worse than Tap Water

The Quality of Nongfu Spring'' incident has completely
shattered Chinese people's hope for safe food.
People ask themselves, if even the bottled water
is worse than the tap water, what can we drink?
Which kind of bottled water is the cleanest?
Why bottled water' companies have different standards?
Such questions bother people's minds,
and they eagerly want to know the answers now.
However, behind all of these transpire people's worries,
and the standards' chaos of China's bottled water industry.

Mosque Leader Disavows Marathon Bombing

Violent May Day: Police fire flash bangs, pepper spray at protesters in Seattle

Force feeding at Gitmo branded 'torture' by UN

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA - 2nd May 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 06:10:11 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 07:10:11 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
52.685°N, 157.172°E
152.7 km (94.9 miles)
77 km (47 miles) WSW of Paratunka, Russia

'Disgraced' Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards despite claims that he engaged in sexual relations with minors

The 'Elmo' puppeteer who resigned from 'Sesame Street' amid allegations that he had sexual relationships with minors has been nominated for a daytime entertainment Emmy award.

Kevin Clash was nominated on Wednesday for 'outstanding performer in a children's series' and he was included in the 'Sesame Street' nomination for 'outstanding preschool children's' series.'

Mad May weather: Record snowfall in the Midwest while near soaring temperatures in California spark raging wildfires

Extreme weather across much of the country with record-breaking heat on the west coast and record-breaking snowfall across America's Midwest. Raging wildfires were causing problems in California whilst a foot of snow brought mid-westerners to a halt. Temperature should reach near 90 in northern California. Meanwhile, the winter storm is aiming at Iowa and should reach the southern states by tomorrow.

Suicide rate in middle-aged Americans soars a shocking 28 percent over ten year period

The suicide rate in middle-aged Americans leaped an astonishing 28 percent over the course of only a decade, according to a government report released Thursday.

Even more shocking is the rate among middle aged white men and women. Suicides in that group increased an astounding 40 between 1999 and 2010.

Not surprisingly, those years saw the worst recession in recent memory and the accompanying mortgage crisis, which proved catastrophic for many.

Cameron D’Ambrosio facing terror charges and held on MILLION dollar bail after posting 'threatening lyrics' about Boston Marathon

A teenage aspiring rap artist may soon be in hot water with the feds.

High school student Cameron D’Ambrosio of Methuen, Massachusetts, faces up to 20 years in prison for felony charges of communicating terrorist threats with bail set at $1 million, the town’s police chief said Wednesday.

D’Ambrosio, 18, reportedly skipped classes that day and was caught posting offensive lyrics on Facebook that included death threats and references to the tragic Boston Marathon massacre.

Hezbollah hints Lebanese militia is ready to back President Assad in Syrian war as conflict threatens to spread

The leader of Hezbollah has hinted he is ready support the Assad regime in the Syrian war.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the powerful Lebanese Shiite militia, warned on Tuesday during a rare interview that Syria had 'real friends' who would not allow it 'to fall into the hands' of America, Israel and even Islamic extremists.

His comments came after U.S. President Barack Obama that he was ready to up the game in Syria, following reports of chemical weapons allegedly used by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad fighters.

Illegal immigrant trying to LEAVE Britain is jailed after being caught at Channel Tunnel on his way home to Albania

An illegal immigrant has been sent to jail and told he must serve his sentence in Britain after he was caught trying to leave the UK and go home to look after his mother.

Albi Shabanaj was stopped by border guards as he tried to exit the country through the Channel Tunnel on his way back to Albania.

The 24-year-old was found to have fake Greek identification papers which he had bought during time working in the EU before sneaking into the UK.

Counterinsurgency (as in military) tactics now used on American streets to fight gang crime

Street gangs had become so intimidating in Springfield that citizens stopped calling the police on them. And no wonder: gangs were so strong that motorcycle-riding members once cruised a neighborhood with military-style assault rifles strapped to their backs in a show of force. But crime in the gang-infested areas of the Massachusetts city has begun to drop after law enforcement started using a military-style approach of its own. As Lesley Stahl reports, counterinsurgency methods used in overseas conflicts are being employed in Springfield to take the streets back from the gangs. Stahl's report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Massachusetts State Trooper Mike Cutone realized that the methods of the insurgents he combated as a Green Beret in Iraq were similar to those used by the Springfield gangs. "Insurgents and gang members both want to operate in a failed area," he tells Stahl, referring to the breakdown in cooperation between the citizens and authorities. "They know they can live off the passive support of the community, where the community is not going to call or engage the local police," says Cutone.

Serbian troops who fought in Kosovo war of ethnic cleansing could receive millions of pounds in pay plea, says European Court of Human Rights

European human rights judges are poised to order that millions of pounds be paid to Serbian conscript troops who fought in a war of ethnic cleansing.

The soldiers’ claims for pay for their part in the four-month war against Nato and British forces some 14 years ago will be heard by the appeal chamber of the European Court of Human Rights later this month.

The decision of the Strasbourg judges to hear pay claims from troops involved in the Kosovo war - described by a UN war crimes court as a ‘criminal enterprise’ - was condemned by Tory MPs as ‘bizarre’ and ‘lunacy’.

Five more die in Saudi Arabia of deadly new SARS-like virus which attacks many different organs at once

Five more people have died in Saudi Arabia after contracting the deadly new virus from the same family as SARS which recently emerged in the region.

The five deaths were in al-Ahsa governorate in the kingdom's Eastern Province, where two others remain in intensive care.

They bring the total suspected death toll from the previously unknown virus up to 16.

Goldman Sachs 'was let off £20m tax bill when it signed up to Government's flagship scheme to prevent embarrassing Osborne'

Goldman Sachs was let off a £20million tax bill to avoid embarrassing George Osborne, the High Court heard yesterday.

Revenue bosses are said to have stopped chasing Goldman Sachs for money it owed after the investment bank agreed to sign up to the Government’s flagship tax agreement – seen as a major coup for the Chancellor.

Senior officials at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are alleged to have granted Goldman Sachs a ‘sweetheart deal’ effectively cancelling the bill, because they feared the bank might otherwise back out of the agreement.

UKIP surges to second place in South Shields with DOUBLE the Tory vote while Lib Dems come SEVENTH behind the BNP

UKIP surged into second place in the South Shields by-election tonight, which was won by Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck (pictured left at the podium). UKIP's Richard Elwin (right) secured almost 25 per cent of the vote in the constituency which has been held by Labour since 1935. The result proved disastrous for the Lib Dems who lost their deposit with only 352 votes and the Conservatives who picked up only 11.5 per cent of the vote. The byelection was called following the resignation of the former Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TANIMBAR REGION, INDONESIA - 2nd May 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 04:21:54 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 01:21:54 PM at epicenter
7.549°S, 130.672°E
55 km (34.2 miles)
83 km (51 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

Sunjammer spacecraft to 'sail' towards the sun

The UK Space Agency has announced that British scientists are now working with Nasa to develop the spacecraft, known as Sunjammer, which will use a 13,000 square foot solar sail to propel itself nearly two million miles towards the sun.

The sail will then help control the spacecraft in a steady position in orbit around the sun where it will act as a kind of forward observatory of the star at the centre of our solar system.

Sensitive instruments on board will provide scientist with an early warning of solar storms that can produce streams of particles capable of damaging satellites and power grids on earth.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 2nd May 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 04:16:10 UTC
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 09:46:10 AM at epicenter
12.838°N, 93.329°E
69.9 km (43.4 miles)
145 km (90 miles) NNE (26°) from Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India

Prosecutor investigating assassinaion of Pakistan's former PM Benazir Bhutto shot dead in Islamabad

A prosecutor investigating the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was shot dead on Friday, police sources said.

Gunmen on a motorcycle pumped 12 bullets into the prosecutor, Chaudhry Zulfikar, as he left his home in Islamabad, the sources said.

Guatemala declares emergency in four towns to quell mining protests

Guatemala declared an emergency in four southeastern towns on Thursday, suspending citizens' constitutional rights in an area where deadly protests over a proposed silver mine have erupted in recent weeks.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez announced the move in an effort to quell protests targeting the mine belonging to Canadian miner Tahoe Resources Inc. Two people have been killed in the demonstrations.

The company's security guards shot and wounded six demonstrators on Saturday, said Mauricio Lopez, Guatemala's security minister.

Tear gas fired as Egyptian Islamists target security HQ

Egyptian security forces fired tear gas to disperse a small group of hardline Islamist protesters who were attempting to scale the walls of the state security headquarters in a Cairo suburb late Thursday night.

Around 2,000 protesters from several Salafi Islamist groups had staged a protest earlier on Thursday night outside the security headquarters against what they said was a return to the force's pre-revolution methods.

After security forces fired tear gas, the remaining protesters, some of whom had also attempted to break into a nearby police officers' club, left the area.

U.S. rethinking arming Syrian rebels: Hagel

The United States is rethinking its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, President Barack Obama's defense chief said on Thursday, even as Obama himself signaled that no decision to deepen U.S. involvement in the conflict was imminent.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cautioned that giving weapons to the forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad was only one option being considered by the United States. It carries the risk of arms finding their way into the hands of anti-American extremists among the insurgents, such as the Nusra Front.

But it may be more palatable to many in the United States than direct U.S. military intervention in the conflict, such as carving out a no-fly zone or sending in troops to secure chemical weapons.

North Korea could reach U.S. with nuclear arms: Pentagon

North Korea's continuing development of nuclear technology and long-range ballistic missiles will move it closer to its stated goal of being able to hit the United States with an atomic weapon, a new Pentagon report to Congress said on Thursday.

The report, the first version of an annual Pentagon assessment required by law, said Pyongyang's Taepodong-2 missile, with continued development, might ultimately be able to reach parts of the United States carrying a nuclear payload if configured as an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea launched a multi-stage rocket that delivered a satellite into orbit in December, an advance that "contributes heavily" to the country's development of a long-range ballistic missile capability, the report said.

Bangladesh H5N1: OIE Reports HPAI Outbreaks in Dhaka and Rangpur

The Bangladeshi veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at commercial poultry farms located in Rangpur and in Dhaka.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 42 on 29 April.

Out of 14,194 susceptible birds, 3,978 cases and deaths were reported; 10,216 birds were destroyed.

The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.

Three deaths lift China's H7N9 fatality count to 27

Three more people in China have died from severe respiratory infections from the H7N9 virus, pushing the number of deaths so far to 27, according to official and media reports today.

No provinces or cities reported new infections today, according to an update from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP). The total number of cases remains at 128, according to the latest update today from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO's update includes confirmation of two deaths in previously confirmed patients. Also, local officials in Hunan province reported the death of an earlier reported 55-year-old man who was a resident of Jiangxi province but hospitalized in neighboring Hunan province, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency. He was transferred to that facility on Apr 26, about 11 days after his symptoms began.

Scientists say new bird flu poses 'serious threat'

A new strain of bird flu that is causing a deadly outbreak among people in China is a threat to world health and should be taken seriously, scientists said on Wednesday.

The H7N9 strain has killed 24 people and infected more than 125, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO), which has described it as "one of the most lethal" flu viruses.

The high mortality rate, together with relatively large numbers of cases in a short period and the possibility it might acquire the ability to transmit between people, make H7N9 a pandemic risk, experts said.

Women injured in Phoenix and Tucson bee attacks

Women in Tucson and Phoenix are recovering after being stung by swarms of bees in separate incidents.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say a woman was hospitalized in serious condition after she was attacked by a swarm of bees Thursday morning near Thomas Road and 44th Street.

Landscapers sprayed water on the woman in an attempt to help and firefighters treated the woman for multiple stings before she was taken to an emergency room.

Second Interior Alaska wolf tests positive for rabies, Alaska

A second wolf has tested positive for rabies in Interior Alaska. The news comes just a week after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced another wolf shot in the same region tested positive for the viral disease. It was the first animal to test positive for the virus so far inland.

A trapper shot the wolf in mid-March near the Chandalar Lake area -- roughly 180 miles north of Fairbanks, near the Brooks Range -- after spotting the animal caught in a trap. The trapper described the wolf’s behavior as dull and unaware, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

A state virology lab in Fairbanks confirmed on Wednesday that the wolf was infected with rabies. The trapper who shot the wolf wasn’t directly exposed to the disease but his dogs were.

Thousands of dead fish reported in lagoon in southern St. Lucie County

Thousands of dead fish were reported Thursday afternoon on the west bank of the Indian River Lagoon about a mile north of the Martin-St. Lucie county line near Indian River Drive and Mockingbird Lane.

Tony DiChristofaro of Stuart, said he saw “thousands and thousands of dead fish coming ashore” about 2 p.m. Thursday as he was walking along the lagoon beach.

DiChristofaro said the dead fish extended along the shoreline for about a mile.

Northwest side bee attack sends 2 to the hospital

Six people were stung by an aggressive swarm of bees Thursday, sending two the hospital for treatment, Northwest Fire spokesman Cpt. Adam Goldberg said.

The attack took place in the 5000 block of West Blackbird Drive-- near Cortaro and Camino de Oeste. Goldberg says the swarm is very agitated and is advising nearby residents to stay indoors.

White-nose syndrome found in Daniel Boone National Forest

A rapidly spreading fungal disease affecting bats has been discovered in Daniel Boone National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says white-nose syndrome was found on hibernating bats in six caves inside the forest. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources confirmed laboratory findings.

Some 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have died since the disease was first detected in New York in 2006. It has since spread across the eastern U.S. as far west as Missouri and into Canada.