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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Will Israel destroy Russian missiles? West assumes Israel will be forced to launch additional attacks on Hezbollah-bound arms convoys

The main reason for the heightened tensions on the northern front is Iran and Syria's interest to intensify and hasten the arming of Hezbollah. Tehran apparently believes the West's patience is running out quickly and that by the end of the first half of 2013, or by the end of the year, Washington or Jerusalem – or both – will decide on a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

The Iranians want to deter Israel and the Western nations from making such a decision by threats of mass casualties and devastation in the Israeli home front. Tehran plans to realize this threat with the use of Hezbollah and Syria's huge missile and rocket arsenal. Particularly important for the Iranians is Hezbollah's arsenal, which is protected from a ground invasion and is deployed in the heart of a supportive population in south Lebanon.

While Syria has a far larger amount of rockets and missiles, it is difficult to gauge how many of them will actually work when Iran will need them most. Therefore, Iran is looking to beef up Hezbollah's arsenal with as many accurate and devastating advanced long-term rockets as possible - rockets such as the Fateh-110, which are capable of reaching the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and even further south.,7340,L-4381060,00.html

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Report: Assad preparing missile strike against Tel Aviv in case attacked again

Syria is making preparations to strike Tel Aviv in case Israel launches another attack on its territory, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

The Syrian army has begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles, the report said, adding that it has received orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out.

The Sunday Times said that the information was obtained by reconnaissance satellites that were tracking the Syrian forces. According to the report, Syria was deploying advanced Tishreen missiles which are capable of carrying a holf-ton warhead.

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Obama: "As An African American You Have To Work Twice As Hard As Anyone Else If You Want To Get By" (Or in his case, not at all)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You are the mantle of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington and Ralph Bunche and Langston Hughes and George Washington Carver and Ralph Abernathy and Thurgood Marshall and, yes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These men were many things to many people and they knew full well the role that racism played in their life. But when it came to their own accomplishments and sense of purpose, they had no time for excuses. Every one of you has a grandma or an uncle or a parent whose told you at some point in life as an African American you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by.

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‘There is a culture of intimidation throughout the Obama administration’

Republican Senators Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell and Rob Portman continued Sunday to press the Obama administration on the Internal Revenue Service scandal that's engulfed the White House.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Paul told Candy Crowley he heard about a "written policy" that encouraged IRS officials to target "those who are critical of the president."

"And when that comes forward, we need to know who wrote the policy and who approved the policy," Paul said.

The Kentucky senator seemed to backtrack when pressed about the existence of yet another controversial document.

Tunisian Islamist protester killed in clash with police

One protester died and several were injured when Tunisian Islamists defied a ban on their demonstration and clashed with police on Sunday.

The 27-year-old man was killed in the violence in the capital Tunis which continued into the evening, the state news agency said. A Reuters witness saw several others injured at the protest in support of the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia group.

In the central city of Kairouan, where tens of thousands of members of Ansar al-Sharia had been due to attend the main rally, protesters threw stones at police, who fired teargas in response.

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 6.1
Date time 2013-05-19 18:44:16.0 UTC
Location 52.34 N ; 160.17 E
Depth 56 km
129 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 07:44:16.0 2013-05-20

Wright Street, Newark: Several People Injured In House Explosion

Up to four people have been injured in an explosion at a house in Nottinghamshire.

The explosion occurred about 5.15pm at an address in Wright Street, Newark, according to Nottinghamshire Police.

Local residents have been asked to remain indoors and keep windows closed to reduce the effects of dust and gas fumes.

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.3
Date time 2013-05-19 18:43:16.0 UTC
Location 53.47 N ; 158.78 E
Depth 10 km
48 km N of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 07:43:16.0 2013-05-20

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.2
Date time 2013-05-19 18:41:17.0 UTC
Location 52.46 N ; 160.00 E
Depth 46 km
112 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 07:41:17.0 2013-05-20

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-05-19 18:33:08.0 UTC
Location 53.42 N ; 158.64 E
Depth 40 km
31 km NE of Yelizovo, Russia / pop: 40,692 / local time: 07:33:08.0 2013-05-20

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-05-19 17:47:31.4 UTC
Location 52.58 N ; 159.57 E
Depth 60 km
80 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 06:47:31.4 2013-05-20

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-05-19 17:44:42.0 UTC
Location 52.55 N ; 159.91 E
Depth 10 km
101 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 06:44:42.0 2013-05-20

UKIP poll surge as one in five voters say they'd back Farage amid anger over Europe

Support for the UK Independence Party has grown with two opinion polls giving the party record levels of support.

An Opinium poll put Nigel Farage's party on 20 per cent, while a ComRes survey put them on 19 per cent.

The ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday found support for Nigel Farage's party was up four per cent since the last survey a month ago, with Labour down three points to 35 per cent, the Conservatives down one to 29 per cent and the Liberal Democrats were unchanged on eight per cent.

Millionaires in France 'paid more than 100% of their annual income in tax'

Taxes on the rich imposed by Socialist president Francois Hollande meant more than 8,000 French households had tax bills that exceeded their income last year.

It is thought the exceptionally high level of taxation was due to a one-off levy last year on the previous year's incomes for households with assets of more than 1.3million euros (£1.1million).

It comes after Mr Hollande implemented a temporary 75 per cent tax on earnings over 1million euros (£845,000), aimed at offsetting the cost of a rebate scheme imposed by his right-wing predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, which capped overall taxation at 50 per cent of personal total income.

Mother of grooming gang rapists blames SCHOOLGIRLS

The mother (top) of two members of the gang, brothers Akhtar Dogar (bottom left), 32, ad Anjum Dogar (bottom right), 31, has claimed one of the victims was not 'pressurised' by her abusers. She also asked why the authorities allowed the abuse to take place and spoke of her shame at being associated with the case, the paper has reported. A group of seven men including Akhtar and Anjum Dogar were found guilty at the Old Bailey last week of a catalogue of offences including conspiracy to rape, child prostitution and trafficking over an eight-year period in the university city of Oxford.

Mairead Philpott To Appeal Sentence

Mairead Philpott - who was jailed for killing her six children in a house fire - is planning to appeal her 17-year sentence.

The 32-year-old was jailed alongside her husband Mick at Nottingham Crown Court last month after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Jade Philpott and her brothers John, Jack, Jesse, Jayden and Duwayne.

Mairead Philpott took part in a plan to set fire to the couple's home in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby last May in an effort to frame his former mistress.

Nottinghamshire: Residents Trapped By Gas Explosion

Several people are believed to be trapped inside a house following reports of a gas explosion in Nottinghamshire.

The explosion occurred about 5.15pm at an address in Wright Street, Newark, according to police.

Caernarfon: Plane Crash Leaves One Dead

A man has died and two others - including a child - are fighting for their lives after a light aircraft flipped on a runway in North Wales.

The victim, who was a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at Caernarfon airport in Gwynedd.

Netanyahu takes aim at weapons ‘leaks’ in Syria

Syrian refugees hit 1.5 million mark

Taiwan protesters blast nuclear power

Syrian army, Hezbollah attack rebels in border town

Syrian troops supported by Hezbollah militants launched an offensive to retake a major town near Lebanon from rebels on Sunday, the heaviest fighting yet involving Lebanese armed group, opposition activists said.

At least 32 people were killed when rebel fighters clashed with mechanized Syrian army units and Hezbollah guerillas in nine points in and around the town of Qusair, 10 km (six miles) from the border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley, they said.

Speaking from Qusair, activist Hadi Abdallah said Syrian warplanes bombed Qusair in the morning and shells were hitting the town at a rate of up to 50 a minute.

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Thunderstorm at Fukushima: Lightning, rain, and a nuclear disaster gone ignored

North Korea launches fourth short-range missile

North Korea fired a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to South Korea's semiofficial news agency Yonhap, citing a South Korean military official.

On Saturday, North Korea launched three short-range guided missiles into the sea, also known as the East Sea, off the Korean Peninsula's east coast, Yonhap reported.

The missiles on Saturday were fired in a northeasterly direction, away from South Korean waters, the ministry said.


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4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-05-19 15:58:37.9 UTC
Location 52.12 N ; 160.51 E
Depth 10 km
162 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 04:58:37.9 2013-05-20

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.0
Date time 2013-05-19 15:45:29.0 UTC
Location 52.69 N ; 159.49 E
Depth 60 km
69 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 04:45:29.0 2013-05-20

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-19 14:45:26.0 UTC
Location 52.13 N ; 160.62 E
Depth 50 km
168 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 03:45:26.0 2013-05-20

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake PUERTO RICO REGION - 19th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Date time 2013-05-19 12:58:52.0 UTC
Location 19.10 N ; 66.86 W
Depth 2 km
68 km N of Hatillo, Puerto Rico / pop: 5,622 / local time: 08:58:52.0 2013-05-19

Terror Suspects Die After Kenyan Shootout

A pair of terror suspects have been shot dead by police in Kenya after attempting to use a baby as a human shield.

Investigators were tipped off about the couple's location and raided an apartment in Nairobi, ordering the two to come out.

Boniface Mwaniki, head of the anti-terroism police unit, said they had refused to surrender and started throwing grenades.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA REGION - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-05-19 12:24:51.9 UTC
Location 54.11 N ; 168.57 E
Depth 32 km
667 km E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 01:24:51.9 2013-05-20

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Date time 2013-05-19 11:32:35.4 UTC
Location 12.65 N ; 89.10 W
Depth 35 km
Distances 115 km S of San Salvador, El Salvador / pop: 525,990 / local time: 05:32:35.4 2013-05-19
97 km S of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador / pop: 39,613 / local time: 05:32:35.4 2013-05-19

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Date time 2013-05-19 11:02:06.0 UTC
Location 30.57 S ; 177.75 W
Depth 8 km
934 km NE of Whangarei, New Zealand / pop: 50,900 / local time: 23:02:06.0 2013-05-19

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-19 10:18:25.0 UTC
Location 52.29 N ; 159.89 E
Depth 60 km
118 km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 23:18:25.0 2013-05-19

'Neo-Ottomanism driven Turkey does NATO's job, adds fuel to Syrian fire'

Danger Deception: 'CIA anxious to perpetuate threats to back ops'

Surveillance for Sale: 'UK exports spyware to Bahrain to track activists'

Cops beat, teargas Turkish protesters angry at govt stance on Syria

Briton Questioned After Kids' Throats Cut in France

A divorced British man is being questioned by police in France on suspicion of slitting the throats of his two children.

The bodies of the youngsters aged five and 10 were discovered in his apartment in Saint-Priest, a south-eastern suburb of the central city of Lyon.

Several witnesses reportedly said the man had fled on roller skates after his ex-wife saw him with bloodstained clothes on the stairwell of the building.

Jaime Clutter 'drowned her two children and herself in icy creek because she believed family was being haunted by demons' - but her husband insists she didn't do it

Police say a woman found drowned in a southern Indiana creek with her son and daughter had killed the children and believed her family was being stalked by 'demonic presences.'

The body of 35-year-old Jaime Clutter was found in March, along with the bodies of her 10-year-old son, Brandon, and 6-month-old daughter, Katelyn.

The naked bodies were recovered in a park in New Albany, less than a mile from where the family.

New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight said during a news conference Friday that authorities don't know whether Clutter killed herself or drowned by accident.

Police hunt bank robber caught on camera putting his finger to his lips to quieten hysterical teller after slipping her a note saying he would kill customers

Security camera footage captures the chilling moment a bank robber held his finger to his lips to try to silence a terrified bank teller.

In a note handed to the Bank of America employee in New York City, the well-dressed thief threatened to kill everyone unless the clerk handed over the money.

His plan backfired however, when the woman who is in her 20s, started yelling Oh, my God!' as she read the note that was scrawled in black marker pen.

As the worker screamed, the robber held his finger up to his lips, telling her: 'Shhhh.'

FBI hunt for sender of two NEW ricin letters sent to Washington state post office and federal building

Authorities in hazardous materials suits searched a downtown Spokane, Washington apartment on Saturday while investigating the recent discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.

Few details have been released in the case, and no arrests have been made. Federal investigators have been searching for the person who sent the letters, which were postmarked on Tuesday in Spokane.

The letters were addressed to the downtown post office and the adjacent federal building, but authorities have not released a potential motive. They also have not said whether the letters targeted anyone in particular.

Obama administration knew IRS was harassing tea party groups from JUNE 2012

Obama administration officials were made aware in June 2012 about an investigation into complaints from conservative tea party groups that they were being harassed, and they knew the probe was ongoing at the height of the presidential race, a Treasury inspector general revealed Friday.

J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified alongside ousted IRS head Steven Miller, who did little to subdue Republican outrage during hours of intense congressional questioning.

Both defiant and apologetic, Miller acknowledged agency mistakes in targeting tea party groups for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status, but he insisted that agents broke no laws and that there was no effort to cover up their actions.

Richard DeCoatsworth Arrested for 'holding two women at gunpoint, drugging and raping them'

A former Philadelphia police officer once hailed as a hero and given a seat next to the first lady at a speech by President Obama has been arrested and charged with rape and other crimes.

Authorities allege that former officer Richard DeCoatsworth left a party with two women early Thursday and took them to another location, where they claim that he produced a handgun and ‘forced the two females to engage in the use of narcotics and sexual acts.’

A police spokeswoman said the two called police after he left, and 27-year-old DeCoatsworth was charged with rape, sexual assault, terroristic threats and related offenses.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-19 09:37:00.5 UTC
Location 37.48 N ; 144.56 E
Depth 35 km
304 km E of Ishinomaki, Japan / pop: 117,233 / local time: 18:37:00.5 2013-05-19

Flooding hits north east as one month's rainfall of nearly TWO INCHES falls in just 24 hours... and there's no sign of warmer weather to come

The elusive spring weather is still showing no signs of appearing in Britain, with the north of the country hit by torrential rain and flooding today.

Heavy downpours turned a busy dual carriageway in Newcastle into a virtual river this morning, while flooding in Durham - which has seen almost a month's worth of rainfall in the space of 24 hours - left motorists stranded on waterlogged rural roads.

Flood alerts are in place across the north east, and while forecasters are predicting drier days in the week ahead, Britons keeping their fingers crossed for warmer weather are likely to be disappointed.

Marine Le Pen is seriously injured after fracturing her spine in swimming pool fall

Far-right politician Marine Le Pen has fractured her spine after falling into an empty swimming pool in France, it emerged tonight.

News of the 44-year-old's 'rather serious' accident will send shockwaves around nationalist groups, not just in France but across Europe.

Le Pen, who is leader of the National Front (FN), is one of the most high-profile right-wing politicians on the continent, with her hardline anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim agenda regularly winning a huge number of votes at elections.

MPs may get £10k pay rise

MPs are in line for a pay rise of £10,000 a year – but they may have to give up their gold-plated pensions.

Annual salaries would increase from £65,738 to more than £75,000 in a move being considered by Commons officials.

‘Voters may not like it, but if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.’

Did David Cameron use 'swivel-eyed loons' jibe to deride Euro rebels too? New claims as PM backs Tory chairman accused using the insult

David Cameron has been dragged deeper into the 'swivel-eyed loon' row engulfing his party – after it was claimed that he used the insult himself to deride Euro rebels.

Tory Chairman Lord Feldman, a key member of the Prime Minister's inner circle, was yesterday forced to deny he had used the term against Conservative grassroots supporters, saying the claims were 'completely untrue'.

Mr Cameron put his reputation on the line by backing his Oxford University pal and tennis partner. But The Mail on Sunday can disclose that the Prime Minister was accused of using the same 'swivel-eyed' jibe last year.

N. Korea test-fires another short-range missile, 4th in two days

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the UN chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions.

The guided missile was fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Sunday afternoon, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP without elaborating.

On Saturday the North fired three short-range missiles off its east coast, apparently as part of a military drill.

The North's short-range missile launches are not unusual but come at a time of heightened alert on the peninsula, following Pyongyang's February nuclear test which sparked tougher UN sanctions.

Angered by the sanctions and by a joint US-South Korean military exercise, the North for weeks threatened nuclear or conventional attacks on Seoul and Washington.

Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to end missile tests

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on North Korea to refrain from carrying out any further missile tests.

His comments came a day after Pyongyang test-fired three short-range missiles from its east coast.

Speaking in Russia, Mr Ban called on North Korea to lower the tensions in the region and "resume dialogue" over its nuclear programme.

Tensions were high across the region earlier this year between North Korea and its neighbours and the US.

'Here to Stay', Syrian President Assad's defiant message

President Bashar al-Assad has said he will not step down, as the conflict in Syria enters its third year. In an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, he said ‘to resign would be to flee’.

He also said US and Russian attempts at peace talks were doomed to failure, claiming that rebel groups were too fractured to enable any kind of ceasefire or summit.

Assad blamed neighbouring states for supporting the insurgency, saying that they want to fuel the violence rather than stop it.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN ALGERIA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude Mw 5.1
Date time 2013-05-19 09:07:28.0 UTC
Location 36.84 N ; 5.16 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 189 km E of Algiers, Algeria / pop: 1,977,663 / local time: 10:07:28.0 2013-05-19
11 km NE of Bejaïa, Algeria / pop: 164,103 / local time: 10:07:28.0 2013-05-19

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Date time 2013-05-19 08:35:21.8 UTC
Location 37.63 S ; 177.94 E
Depth 186 km
76 km NE of Opotiki, New Zealand / pop: 4,044 / local time: 20:35:21.8 2013-05-19

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.2
Date time 2013-05-19 08:22:37.4 UTC
Location 45.28 S ; 167.31 E
Depth 10 km
35 km NW of Te Anau, New Zealand / pop: 2,074 / local time: 20:22:37.4 2013-05-19

Iran hangs two spies working for Israel and U.S.: report

Iranian authorities executed two men on Sunday convicted of working for Israeli and U.S. spy agencies, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

Mohammad Heidari, accused of passing security-related information and secrets to Israeli Mossad agents in exchange for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, accused of gathering information for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, were hanged at dawn, it said.

The sentence for their execution was handed down by Tehran's Revolutionary Court and confirmed by the country's Supreme Court. The report did not say when the pair were arrested nor when their trial took place.

Safety officials launch probe into Connecticut train crash

Video shows airstrikes on towns outside of Damascus

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-05-19 07:49:11.3 UTC
Location 5.14 N ; 94.29 E
Depth 44 km
123 km W of Banda Aceh, Indonesia / pop: 250,757 / local time: 14:49:11.3 2013-05-19

Report: Syrian Army Aiming Missiles at Tel Aviv

The Syrian army has begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles and has aimed them at Tel Aviv, the British Sunday Times reports.

According to the report, Syria is preparing to strike Israel in case the Jewish State launches another attack on its territory.

The army has received orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out, according to the Sunday Times.

The information was reportedly obtained by reconnaissance satellites that were tracking the Syrian forces. According to the report, Syria was deploying advanced Tishreen missiles, which are capable of carrying a warhead of a half a ton.

Radioactive leak found at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

Investigators have discovered a half-inch long crack around a nozzle on one of the tanks of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, and have attributed the crack to the water leakage that spilled radioactive water into Lake Michigan on May 5.

The plant, which is located on the shore of the great lake and operated by Entergy, was shut down after the water tank exceeded its site threshold and leaked. Authorities say the crack led to about 79 gallons of “slightly radioactive water” spilling from the Palisades plant into the lake, WOOD-TV reports.

The leak came from a 300,000-gallon injection and refueling tank, which floods and cools the nuclear reactor with borated water during refueling outages. It also removes heat from the reactor when there is a loss of coolant by sourcing the safety injection system.

Tornado risk increases

U.S. pointing a gun at democracy

Our democracy is endangered. Not by the Russians, North Korea, the Iran regime, or even terrorists. To quote Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

Inside the beltway, the fingers point and the media tuts and struts in glee, and we, the American public, respond by becoming more rigid and divided ourselves. No more "truth springing from argument amongst friends," as David Hume said. A recent nonpartisan Pew Research Poll finds our knee-jerk partisanship has increased dramatically.

This road we're on will lead us step-by-step to an extreme: either an autocratic government that functions, or a dysfunctional anarchy. The petty squabbles, bilge in the name of party or principle, will dissolve our self-government.

Alarming increase in atrocities committed by both sides in the Syrian conflict

Sectarian violence erupts anew in Iraq

At least 15 people were killed Saturday in Baghdad and Anbar provinces, police said, in what appeared to be a continuation of sectarian violence.

Another 14 people, six of them police officers, most of whom are Shia, were kidnapped Saturday in Anbar province, police said.

The incidents occurred a day after dozens of people were killed when bombs struck as worshipers were leaving a Sunni mosque and attending a funeral.

At least 40 people were killed and 46 others wounded Friday in the two roadside explosions outside a Sunni mosque in the city of Baquba, police and health officials told CNN.

New York slaying considered hate crime

Police are investigating the slaying of a 32-year-old man in the Greenwich Village neighborhood early Saturday as a hate crime because the gunman made multiple anti-gay comments, they said.

It is the third violent attack in two weeks believed to be motivated by anti-gay bias, police said.

The suspect's anti-gay remarks were noted before the shooting took place, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The man was seen urinating on the street outside a bar before going inside and making anti-gay comments to the bartender and brandishing a silver handgun.

5 things to know about dangerous, SARS-like virus

A new virus in the same family as SARS -- found for the first time in humans in recent months -- has infected 40 people, most of them in the Middle East.

Half of those infected have died, according to the World Health Organization. Earlier this week, the WHO reported two health care workers in Saudi Arabia had been sickened while treating patients.

Cases of the virus, called the novel coronavirus or nCoV, have also been reported in European countries, most recently France but also Germany and the United Kingdom.

Suicide bombings spark violent protest on the Turkey-Syria border

Imran Khan's strong reaction

Pakistani politician killed ahead of vote

Pakistani politician Zahra Shahid Hussain, who alleged vote rigging in Karachi, was shot to death Saturday on the eve of a highly contested re-run of balloting in her district, police said.

Hussain was killed in what sources described as an execution-style attack.

The killing came one day before voters cast ballots for the second time this month for one national and two provincial assembly seats in Karachi following allegations of vote rigging in early balloting.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 19th May 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-05-19 06:27:52.0 UTC
Location 62.73 N ; 25.33 W
Depth 33 km
198 km SW of Keflavík, Iceland / pop: 7,930 / local time: 06:27:52.0 2013-05-19

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th May 2013

Magnitude M 5.1
Date time 2013-05-19 06:24:07.0 UTC
Location 36.41 N ; 143.47 E
Depth 20 km
241 km E of Iwaki, Japan / pop: 357,309 / local time: 15:24:07.0 2013-05-19

H7N9 case has drug- and non-resistant strains

he only H7N9 patient so far in Taiwan was carrying two strains of the same virus, with one being drug resistant and the other not, making it tricky to treat to him, doctors said.

Huang Li-min, a doctor from National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH), explained that it was possible the avian flu virus was not drug resistant when the patient was first infected, but mutated later to become resistant to Tamiflu.

With Tamiflu failing, NTUH later switched to another intravenous drug, Huang said. Because of the presence of the two strains simultaneously, it was difficult for doctors to determine how much the virus' drug resistance had undermined the therapy.

Chou Chi-hao, deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said it is natural for viruses to mutate, saying the H1N1 flu strain mutated after infecting human beings.

H7N9 more likely to transmit among humans than other bird flu

A China, World Health Organization (WHO) joint report said the H7N9 bird flu virus has a higher potential for human-to-human transmission than any other known bird flu virus.

The report, compiled after the WHO's week-long field assessment of the influenza, was publicized by China's National Health and Family Planning Commission on Saturday.

It said, the H7N9 virus, compared with other bird flu virus, has infected more in a shorter time, and some H7N9 virus have shown genetic alterations which means they have adapted to be more contagious than other avian influenza virus.

Besides, the WHO offered the Chinese government several suggestions, including staying alert despite the virus' seasonal weakening during the summer, as the virus poses grave hazards and a lot of its basic information are still not known.

The report admitted there are still uncertainties surrounding this fresh strain of virus, asserting that exposure to live poultry is a major risk factor.

Westlake Vinyls Co. plant Threat: Bomb threat scrawled on bathroom wall at plant

GEISMAR — Company and law enforcement officials are investigating a bomb threat found late Thursday morning written in a portable bathroom at the Westlake Vinyls Co. plant in Ascension Parish, officials said.

Dave Hansen, corporate spokesman for Houston-based Westlake, said in an email that the threat warned the bomb would be detonated between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday.

Trooper Jared Sandifer, spokesman for State Police Troop A, said the threat was written as graffiti in one of the portable bathrooms, which Hansen said was in a construction area at the plant on La. 30 in Geismar.

A worker found the threat in the bathroom about 11 a.m., Sandifer said.

Solomon Islands: Warning over bird disease

THE quarantine division within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) is on alert in the wake of a bird disease outbreak in neighbouring Papua New Guinea.

Called Newcastle disease, it was found and declared in Sandaun province, West Sepik, in the Papua New Guinea-Indonesian border. Newcastle Disease (ND) is said to be a highly contagious disease of poultry and wild birds, which has the potential to cause high numbers of deaths in birds.

The ministry's permanent secretary has issued a directive to all port of entry and border control quarantine officers along the PNG-SI border including the Honiara international airport, seaports and mail exchange services to inform and educate communities and business operators about the threats of the disease.

"Be vigilant and alert for goods imported from PNG and to take appropriate and necessary actions for products that may pose threats to Solomon Islands to prevent any likely incursion."

Australia: Deadly bat-borne disease lyssavirus found in horse on southern Darling Downs, property quarantined

THE potentially deadly disease lyssavirus has been found in a horse for the first time and it is believed the infection occurred through microbats, rather than flying foxes.

It is also the first time microbats are known to have been involved in an infection.

A colony of microbats are living in a stable on the southern Darling Downs where the horse became infected.

Six people who have been in the stable are also being tested for any infection, and Biosecurity Queensland staff have quarantined the property.

India: Woman dies of swine flu in UP

A woman died of swine flu late on Friday, health officials said on Saturday.

Neelam Singh had recently returned from Delhi and had complained of breathlessness and other complications. Her husband, a doctor at the King George's Medical University (KGMU) here, got her admitted to a medical facility in the city.

Tests conducted on her confirmed that she was infected with H1N1 swine flu virus and was shifted to an isolation ward at the city's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS).

RheaLynn Baxter Death: Hantavirus claims life of young Gallatin County woman

BOZEMAN -A Gallatin County woman has died after contracting Hantavirus, according to the Gallatin City-County Health Department.

The woman, identified as 20 year old RheaLynn Baxter, is the tenth person reported to have died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Montana since 1993.

A post on her Facebook page from May 8th says she was admitted to the hospital in Bozeman and was discharged with what she thought was a "nasty virus."

On May 11th another post from her mother indicated that RheaLynn had passed away.

Flash flooding reported in east Alabama; more rain expected throughout day

Flash flooding continues in parts of east Alabama, and more showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout central Alabama, according to the National Weather Service.

"We've had reports of flooding pretty much from Oxford south to the city of Talladega," said Jessica Talley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

A flash flood warning expired at 9 a.m. in Calhoun County, and one is effective in Clay and Cleburne counties until 12 p.m.

New York: Rabies alert in Marcellus after raccoon tests positive for disease

There is a rabies alert in the town of Marcellus. The Onondaga County Health department says a raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon was found near West Seneca Turnpike. They said this is the first rabies case of the season in the county.

Rabies is a deadly disease which rarely can be cured once someone has the symptoms. It can take several weeks to experience symptoms.

Any contact with an animal from an attack should be treated immediately.

They urge anyone who had any contact with a raccoon in this area to call the Animal Disease Control at 315-435-3165

Rabies confirmed in bat found in Albuquerque

New Mexico health officials are urging parents to tell children not to handle wild animals.

The warning comes after a bat found in northeast Albuquerque tested positive for rabies. A number of children were reportedly near the bat and took photographs of it on the evening of May 11, but it's not clear if any of them touched or handled it.

Letters were sent to the parents of children who attend two nearby schools and flyers have been posted in the neighborhood, but the state Health Department says no known exposures have been reported.

Edward Furlong Arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order

Terminator 2 star Edward Furlong has been arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order filed by his ex-girlfriend.

Los Angeles sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that deputies responding to a home on Thursday in West Hollywood found Furlong hiding in a nearby property.

Jail records show he was released on Saturday just after noon after being held on $100,000 (£65,000) bail.

Lord Howe: 'David Cameron Is Losing Control'

Former Conservative chancellor Lord Howe has claimed David Cameron is losing control of his party as its "long, nervous breakdown" over Europe continues.

Lord Howe, said Mr Cameron had "opened a Pandora's box politically" through his plan to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the European Union.

In a strongly worded attack, he said the Tory leadership was "running scared" of its backbenchers and had allowed Euroscepticism to "infect the very soul of the party".

Lord Howe's differences with Baroness Thatcher over Europe led to his resignation and triggered her downfall.

Andrea Rebello Killed by Police Officer who was trying to rescue her

A New York college student has been shot dead by a police officer who was responding to reports of an intruder at her home.

Andrea Rebello was being held in a headlock by a masked gunman when officers arrived at her address in Uniondale on Long Island.

A policeman opened fire as Dalton Smith - the man who forced his way into the house - made a motion to fire at the two officers at the scene.

Lieutenant John Azzata, of Nassau County Police Department, said the officer fired eight shots.

Smith, who was wearing a ski mask, was shot seven times and Miss Rebello once in the head. Both were killed.

Virginia Parade, 60 Hurt after Car Drives Into Crowd

Up to 60 people were injured when a car drove into a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.

Witnesses immediately ran over to lift up the 1997 Cadillac to help free a woman trapped underneath it.

Three of those hurt were airlifted to hospital by helicopter. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance and the rest were treated at the scene by paramedics.

Washington County director of emergency management Pokey Harris said no fatalities had been reported and that the injuries ranged from critical to superficial.

Hove Murder Probe After Man Is Shot Dead

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man who was shot dead in Hove.

The 31-year-old was discovered in Church Road, at its junction with Selborne Road, at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he died just after 1am.

Church Road has been closed between First Avenue and Selborne Road and diversions are in place while police conduct their enquiries.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Euro or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Google Insider Exposes 'Immoral Tax Avoidance'

A former Google executive has accused the company of cheating the taxpayer out of hundreds of millions of pounds.

Barney Jones claims the firm has been running an "immoral" tax avoidance scheme for the past decade.

The 34-year-old, who worked at the company between 2002 and 2006, made his allegations to The Sunday Times.

"The real victims are ordinary taxpayers in Britain who are being cheated by Google," he told the paper.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 19th May 2013

Magnitude ML 4.7
Date time 2013-05-19 05:37:50.0 UTC
Location 17.24 S ; 70.57 W
Depth 110 km
20 km N of Ilabaya, Peru / pop: 9,492 / local time: 00:37:50.0 2013-05-19