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Thursday, June 6, 2013

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF COAST OF O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-06-06 21:20:31.0 UTC
Location 34.10 S ; 73.11 W
Depth 15 km
148 km SW of San Antonio, Chile / pop: 85,651 / local time: 17:20:31.0 2013-06-06

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA - 6th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Date time 2013-06-06 20:30:22.0 UTC
Location 8.87 S ; 118.31 E
Depth 156 km
63 km SW of Bima / pop: 66,970 / local time: 04:30:00.0 2013-06-07

CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them.

Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”

Revealed: How FORTY foreign 'predatory rapists' who were convicted abroad are at large in London

More than 40 foreign 'predatory rapists' convicted of sex offences abroad have been discovered living in London, Scotland Yard revealed today.

Met commander Steve Rodhouse said his officers were looking at a range of tactics to target them and get them deported.

Today he launched a new 100-strong 'Nexus Unit' to stop 'criminals from overseas' committing crime in the capital.

Bankers admit they are STILL paid too much and encouraged to rip us off

The majority of bankers admit some of their colleagues are ‘paid excessively’ and in a way that can ‘incentivise inappropriate behaviour’, a damning study warned today.

Nearly five years after the financial crisis began in 2008, the report highlights how little the banking industry has changed - according to its own workers.

It follows a devastating few years for an industry which the taxpayer was forced to bail out, a lifeline which has been followed by a series of shocking scandals.

These range from the manipulation of key interest rates, the ripping off of vulnerable investors and the mis-selling of loans to small firms.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 6th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.3
Date time 2013-06-06 17:48:34.7 UTC
Location 11.11 S ; 113.91 E
Depth 10 km
290 km SW of Jimbaran, Indonesia / pop: 1,785 / local time: 01:48:34.7 2013-06-07

German, Czech floods begin to recede

Merkel urged to come clean on Greek debt relief

Germany's opposition Social Democrats demanded that Chancellor Angela Merkel come clean about the risk of losses on government loans to Greece before a looming election, after the IMF said Athens may require additional debt relief as early as next year.

Carsten Schneider, budget expert for the SPD in parliament, accused Merkel and her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of being dishonest with voters by trying to push back a discussion of Germany's exposure to Greece until after the September 22 vote.

His comments on Thursday came a day after IMF economist Paul Thomsen said European governments had committed to providing more debt relief if Greece's primary budget balance fell short of target in 2013 or 2014.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - 6th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Date time 2013-06-06 17:42:15.0 UTC
Location 34.92 S ; 69.72 W
Depth 190 km
119 km SE of Rengo, Chile / pop: 38,100 / local time: 13:42:15.0 2013-06-06

Bill Roache Faces More Charges

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been charged with five indecent assaults dating back almost five decades, on four girls aged between 12 and 16.

The 81-year-old from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was arrested this morning after attending a police station in Lancashire by appointment.

A statement from Lancashire Constabulary said: "The offences are alleged to have been committed in the Manchester area between 1965 and 1968 and to involve four girls aged between 12 and 16 years at the time."

Roache was released on police bail to attend Preston Magistrates' Court on Friday.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 6th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.6
Date time 2013-06-06 17:34:14.0 UTC
Location 20.02 S ; 69.09 W
Depth 104 km
112 km E of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 13:34:14.0 2013-06-06

Vietnam metro reports year's 2nd swine-flu death

One more person has died of swine flu in Ho Chi Minh City, the second fatality in the city this year.
Cho Ray Hospital said Ly Kim Sen, 61, of Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta was admitted to the hospital last Saturday, and he tested positive for H1N1.

He succumbed to severe respiratory problems and heart failure Monday afternoon.

A week before being admitted, Sen had symptoms like coughing, fever, and sore throat and took cold medicines by himself.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BALI SEA - 6th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Date time 2013-06-06 16:46:18.0 UTC
Location 7.22 S ; 116.98 E
Depth 492 km
150 km N of Sumbawa Besar, Indonesia / pop: 52,654 / local time: 00:46:18.0 2013-06-07

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Date time 2013-06-06 16:15:33.1 UTC
Location 43.24 N ; 143.87 E
Depth 16 km
50 km NW of Kushiro, Japan / pop: 183,612 / local time: 01:15:33.1 2013-06-07

Plane crashes in Cheltenham back garden: Small aircraft crash lands on tree in back garden

Twitter, Spies & Looters: Erdogan blames 'foreign agents' for Turkey riots

CIA does not know which 'militants' are killed in drone strikes as it emerges a QUARTER of victims are unidentified

The CIA does not know the identity of a quarter of those killed in drone strikes in Pakistan, it has been claimed.

U.S. officials have hailed the use of drones as a way of carrying out precision operations which target terrorists while avoiding civilian casualties.

However, the new findings cast doubt on these claims, suggesting that spy chiefs are unable to work out exactly who the victims of drones really are.

NYPD cop 'shoots wife dead in the street before turning shotgun on himself'

An off-duty policeman shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself in Queens, New York, last night.

Police said the 33-year-old officer chased his wife outside their home in the St Albans area and shot her dead in front of a neighbor's house.

He is said to have used a shotgun to shoot her four times at around before shooting himself dead.

The officer's 46-year-old wife, who also worked for the NYPD as a school safety agent, was said to be wearing her work uniform at the time of the shooting.

Terror on the Today show as crazed man in audience 'ranting about IRS' stabs himself in front of Matt Lauer on Rockefeller Plaza

Ex-drone operator who helped kill 1,626 targets says a military recruiter advertised the job as similar to a role in a James Bond movie

A former drone operator who helped kill 1,626 targets says he was drawn to the job by a military recruiter who promised he could 'be like the smart guys in the control room in a James Bond movie,' NBC News is reporting.

Brandon Bryant, 27, served as a drone operator from 2006 to 2011 at bases in Nevada, New Mexico and Iraq. It was a desk job of sorts, but unlike any other, it involved ordering unmanned aircraft to kill faraway targets while he watched from behind a computer screen.

In an interview with NBC News' foreign correspondent Richard Engel, Bryant recalled one operation where his team fired two missiles from a drone at three men in Afghanistan.

Norwegian navy blew up its OWN ship to test new long-range missile

We DID make Greece's debt crisis worse with brutal cuts and tax hikes, IMF admits as Greeks say they 'can't forgive' officials for making recession worse

The International Monetary Fund has admitted 'notable failures' in the handling of the Greek bailout which could have made the crisis worse.

An official report suggests that the harsh austerity regime imposed on the struggling country could have been counter-productive, as it increased Greece's debt burden by restricting economic growth.

The fund also expressed regret at the failure to restructure Greek debt early on by forcing bondholders to take a loss on their investments.

Road blocks, police helicopters and blacked-out windows: But just who are the billionaires and politicians arriving for secretive Bilderberg conference at Watford hotel and what do they do there?

Billionaire business executives, high-ranking political figures and even members of royal families are expected to be among the 130 or so attendees at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire. Amid tight security, protesters including Steve Jolly (left) from the organisation No CCTV gathered in an encampment outside the hotel. Meanwhile, a banner declaring 'Bilderberg ate my hamster' was placed on a security barrier (top right) as police stood guard (bottom right) around a massive ring of steel thrown up around the estate.

Syria fighting edges toward Israel

Indian police arrest three men over tourist rape

For Greeks, IMF mea culpa comes too late

Greeks reacted with a mix of vindication and outrage at the International Monetary Fund's admission it erred in its handling of the country's bailout, berating an apology that comes too late to salvage an economy and countless lives in ruins.

Anger was palpable on the streets of Athens, where the EU-IMF austerity recipe that the Washington-based fund says it sharply misjudged has left rows of shuttered stores and many scrounging for scraps of food in trash cans.

"Really? Thanks for letting us know but we can't forgive you," said Apostolos Trikalinos, a 59-year old garbage collector and a father of two.

"Let's not fool ourselves. They'll never give us anything back. I'm sorry for all the people who killed themselves because of austerity. How are we going to bring them back? How?"

Erdogan condemns protesters' tactics

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned the "burn and destroy" tactics of some of those involved in days of violent protests on Thursday, and promised to press ahead with plans for an Istanbul park which triggered the unrest.

Speaking on a visit to Tunisia, Erdogan said "terror groups" were manipulating what had started as an environmental campaign, and added that seven foreigners were among those arrested.

"If you say: 'I will hold a meeting and burn and destroy', we will not allow that," he told reporters after meeting his Tunisian counterpart. "We are against the majority dominating the minority and we cannot tolerate the opposite."

Verizon – full court ruling


Docket Number: BR ?

This Court having found that the Application of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) for an Order requiring the production of tangible things from
Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. on behalf of MCI Communication Services
Inc., d/b/a Verizon Business Services (individually and collectively "Verizon")
satisfies the requirements of 50 U.S.C. ? 1861,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, the Custodian of Records shall produce to the
National Security Agency (NSA) upon service of this Order, and continue production

Derived from:
Declassify on:

Pleadings in the above-captioned docket
12 April 2038
on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise
ordered by the Court, an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail
records or "telephony metadata" created by Verizon for communications (i) between
the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local
telephone calls. This Order does not require Verizon to produce telephony metadata
for communications wholly originating and terminating in foreign countries.
Telephony metadata includes comprehensive communications routing information,.
including but not limited to session identifying information (e.g., originating and
terminating telephone number, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number,
International Mobile station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, etc.), trunk identifier,
telephone calling card numbers, and time and duration of call. Telephony metadata
does not include the substantive content of any communication, as defined by 18 U.S.C.
? 2510(8), or the name, address, or financial information of a subscriber or customer.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no person shall disclose to any other person that
the FBIor NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order, other than to:
(a) those persons to whom disclosure is necessary to comply with such Order; (b) an
attorney to obtain legal advice or assistance with respect to the production of things in
response to the Order; or (c) other persons as permitted by the Director of the FBI or the
Director's designee. A person to whom disclosure is made pursuant to (a), (b), or (c)
shall be subject to the nondisclosure requirements applicable to a person to whom an
Order is directed in the same manner as such person. Anyone who discloses to a
person described in (a), (b), or (c) that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible
things pursuant to this Order shall notify such person of the nondisclosure
requirements of this Order. At the request of the Director of the FBI or the designee of
the Director, any person making or intending to make a disclosure under (a) or (c)
above shall identify to the Director or such designee the person to whom such
disclosure will be made or to whom such disclosure was made prior to the request.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that service of this Order shall be by a method
agreed upon by the Custodian of Records of Verizon and the FBI, and if no agreement is
reached, service shall be personal.

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This authorization requiring the production of certain call detail records or
"telephony metadata" created by Verizon expires on the I~ day of July, 2013, at
5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
?013 P09 :'p6


I, Beverly C. Queen, Chief Deputy
Clerk, FISC, certify that this document
is a true and correct copy of the

Eastern Time

Matthew Tvrdon Given Hospital Order

A 32-year-old man who killed a mother-of-three and admitted attempting to murder seven other people during a series of hit-and-run incidents in Cardiff last year has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Matthew Tvrdon was given an indeterminate hospital order under the Mental Health Act and will continue to be detained at Ashworth high security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside.

Tvrdon, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, killed 31-year-old Karina Menzies and injured 17 other people, including seven children, during a half hour of "madness and mayhem" across five different locations in Cardiff on Friday October 19, 2012.

Pupil Takes Artillery Shell To Show And Tell

Army bomb disposal teams were called to a primary school after a year five pupil took an artillery shell to show and tell.

Pupils were evacuated after the alarm was raised at St Margaret's Church of England Primary School in the village of Bowers Gifford, Essex.

The 250 youngsters at the school gathered at a safe distance while the 20cm (8-inch) artillery shell was taken to a nearby field.

ATM 'Shoulder Surfing' Card Fraud On Rise

The number of people becoming victims of cash-machine fraud is on the rise, according to figures from Financial Fraud Action UK.

There were 7,525 cases reported in the first four months of 2013 compared with 2,553 for the same period last year, said the UK banking industry body set up to fight fraud.

While skimming devices are still used to capture card details at ATMs, "shoulder surfing" is on the rise too.

That fraud involves distracting the card holder as the thief peers over the cardholder's shoulder as they enter their PIN number and subsequently stealing the card itself.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G. - 6th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Date time 2013-06-06 14:33:25.4 UTC
Location 6.56 S ; 150.53 E
Depth 61 km
119 km S of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea / pop: 18,847 / local time: 00:33:25.4 2013-06-07

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 6th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Date time 2013-06-06 13:03:26.0 UTC
Location 10.53 N ; 91.65 E
Depth 30 km
173 km SW of Port Blair, India / pop: 112,050 / local time: 18:33:26.0 2013-06-06

Beggars and thieves from across Europe are flocking to the streets of Britain, Theresa May warns the EU

Migrants are travelling from across the EU to ‘beg and steal’ on the streets of Britain, Theresa May will warn Europe’s leaders.

The Home Secretary will demand action to end abuse of the EU’s free movement directive by people who have no intention of finding work.

At a meeting of European home affairs ministers in Luxembourg on Friday, she will highlight how gangs of beggars are setting up camps in London to launch raids on the unsuspecting public.

She will also outline a case in which Romanian fraudsters fleeced the British taxpayer of almost £3million.

Syria: Rebels Destroy a Shiite Mosque

INVESTIGATED: Woolwich and Boston Terror Attacks

Do We Need Central Banks - An American Economist Speaks

Two unmanned US drones crash in Somalia

Police fire tear gas at Ankara protesters

Tweet Beat: UK police bar trolls from Twitterverse

Obama's drone death defence struck down by Pakistani PM

George Osborne at Bilderberg playing with Balls?

'Obama set on toppling Assad, major war looms'

Verizon Treason: US seizes millions of phone records at FBI's request

London Mosque Fire:EDL has denied any involvement in the fire

Muslim groups have pleaded with police to clamp down on Islamaphobic attacks, saying they are living in fear of reprisals after Drummer Lee Rigby's murder.

Counter-terrorism police are investigating after a Somali cultural centre was burned to the ground in Muswell Hill, north London, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The letters "EDL" - the initials of the English Defence League - were found scrawled on the outside of the Bravanese Centre, which was also used as a mosque.

The EDL has denied any involvement in the fire.

Motorcyclist leads California police on highway chase

Tropical storm warning in effect for coastal North Carolina: NHC

A tropical storm warning has been issued for coastal North Carolina due to Tropical Storm Andrea, the U.S. National Hurricane said in a statement.

A tropical storm warning is in effect In Washington, Tyrrell, Mainland Dare, Beaufort, Mainland Hyde, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, Onslow, Outer Banks Dare and Outer Banks Hyde, it said.

White House defends Spying on American Citizens

The Obama administration on Thursday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate over privacy even as it defended the practice as necessary to protect Americans against attack.

The admission comes after the Guardian newspaper published a secret court order related to the records of millions of Verizon Communications customers on its website on Wednesday.

A senior administration official said the court order pertains only to data such as a telephone number or the length of a call, and not the subscribers' identities or the content of the telephone calls.

Such information is "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States," the official said, speaking on the condition of not being named.

Pro-Assad forces attack villages near fallen Syrian border town

Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters pushed toward villages near Qusair on Thursday, a day after driving rebels from the border town shattered in weeks of combat.

Insurgents seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were putting up a fierce fight around the villages of Debaa and Buwayda as their opponents attacked rebel-held territory, activists and a photographer in the area said.

The villages were enduring heavy artillery fire, according to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Southern Greece - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.0
Date time 2013-06-06 11:53:46.0 UTC
Location 36.71 N ; 21.75 E
Depth 40 km
12 km S of Methóni, Greece / pop: 1,165 / local time: 14:53:46.0 2013-06-06

Turkey Protests Continue As Erdogan Returns

As protests continue in Turkey for the seventh day, supporters of the prime minister have been urged not to welcome him on his return from abroad.

"The prime minister does not need a show of power," deputy PM Huseyin Celik said after thousands of angry demonstrators called for the resignation of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

When Mr Erdogan flew out of Turkey on Monday - on a four-day visit to north Africa - he dismissed the protests, saying they would have died down before he returned.

However, protests continued, with police on Wednesday evening using tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators in Ankara's central Kizilay Square.

Baby dies in fire after police Taser father who tried to run into burning home to save him


Lynne Rosen and John Littig Suicide: 'We're going to do this together': 'Happiness gurus' found dead at New York home left suicide notes 'confirming pact'

Lynne Rosen, 46, and John Littig, 48, top right, who worked as 'happiness gurus' and motivational speakers, allegedly left two notes. The couple (pictured) were found dead on Monday at their home in Brooklyn, New York. Mr Littig's note said that the couple 'were going to do this together' amid reports that Ms Rosen had suffered from psychological problems.

Jason Johnston who caught 'biggest mako shark ever' sparks worldwide anger for failing to release 1323lb monster. . . these gruesome trophy photos won't help then

Conservationists from as far as Australia berated both the lucky anglers and the owner of a California business where the massive creature is being stored claiming that shark populations are vulnerable to overfishing worldwide. Jason Johnston, of Mesquite, Texas, caught the fish (left) weighing 1,323-pound, and measuring 11 feet in length after a 2 1/2-hour battle. If the catch is confirmed, it would exceed the 1,221-pound world record mako catch made in 2001 off the coast of Mass.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 6th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Date time 2013-06-06 09:01:03.7 UTC
Location 35.64 N ; 26.16 E
Depth 10 km
49 km N of Siteía, Greece / pop: 8,707 / local time: 12:01:03.7 2013-06-06

TSA drops its proposal to allow small knives, bats and golf clubs on airplanes

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says he’s dropping a proposal that would have let airline passengers carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes.

The proposal had drawn fierce opposition from lawmakers, airlines and others who said it would place passengers and crews at risk.

John Pistole, the head of Transportation Security Administration says dropping the proposal allows his agency to focus on other programs.

Tropical Storm Andrea: Florida coast residents set for flooding and even TORNADOES as Tropical Storm Andrea barrels towards them as an 'active' hurricane season begins

The formation of Tropical Storm Andrea in the Gulf of Mexico officially kicked off hurricane season in the Atlantic, putting many along Florida's west coast under this year’s first tropical storm warning Wednesday.

Forecasters predict Andrea to slam the west coast of Florida on Thursday before moving northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The tropical storm warning covered Florida's Gulf Coast from the southern tip at Boca Grande to Ochlockonee River in the panhandle.

Does a shadowy clique of VIPs, politicians and billionaires (meeting today outside London) secretly run the world?

Even though it’s the birthplace of a Spice Girl, a former Gladiators champion and the Tory chairman Grant Shapps, nothing can have prepared Watford for the circus descending on it today.

For the line-up of famous guests checking into the five-star Grove Hotel on the town’s outskirts is even more star-spangled than when Russell Brand celebrated his stag party there with the likes of Noel Gallagher and David Walliams.

Those ferried in via fleets of limousines and helicopters include billionaires, bank bosses, defence chiefs, oil barons, politicians, royals and statesmen. For the next four days, these 138 very important people will discuss our futures over the finest food, wine and flattery — interspersed, no doubt, with the odd game of golf or a massage at the hotel spa.

Megan Graham beaten black and blue by Washington police officers 'because she didn't hear their orders'....Because she is Deaf!

A Washington woman suffering from mental and hearing disabilities was left with severe bruises on her face after she claims an officer punched over and over her because she could not understand his orders.

Megan Graham, 36, of Federal Way, dialed 911 while being arrested last Monday to complain about police brutality after being pulled over by an officer and hit in the face.

Things quickly spiraled out of control during Graham's run-in with police officers, whom the 36-year-old disabled woman had accused of hitting her several times in the face while attempting to restrain her.

The Federal Way Police Department, however, insists that it was Graham who was violent and disorderly.

NSA is collecting phone records of EVERY Verizon customer daily under top secret order - even if they are not suspected of anything

The National Security Agency is collecting telephone records for millions of Americans without informing the individuals involved, it was revealed late on Wednesday night.

A copy of a secret order to obtain phone records for all Verizon customers was obtained, showing that the NSA was monitoring all incoming and outgoing calls made on that network.

The backlash will not stop with the millions Americans who are Verizon customers as there is no way of knowing if other phone companies have had the same clandestine order placed upon them as well.

The Guardian obtained a copy of the order that forces the phone company to hand over records of phone calls starting in late April for all of its customers on a 'ongoing, daily basis' without giving specific parameters.

Now Turkey is tear-gassing DOGS: Heartbreaking images of pets caught in carnage as police target protestors for a fifth day

Heartbreaking images have emerged of dogs being tear-gassed by riot police in Turkey, the latest victims of the ongoing protests which are now into their fifth consecutive day.

Pictures of Turkish police spraying gas into people's faces during demonstrations across the country have prompted widespread condemnation of heavy-handed tactics and apparent brutality.

The latest photographs, which were uploaded to Twitter, are believed to show dogs caught up in the carnage near Gezi Park in Istanbul.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Date time 2013-06-06 08:21:20.9 UTC
Location 11.47 S ; 166.29 E
Depth 75 km
300 km NW of Sola, Vanuatu / pop: 1,171 / local time: 19:21:20.9 2013-06-06

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G. - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.0
Date time 2013-06-06 08:16:19.4 UTC
Location 6.40 S ; 154.65 E
Depth 81 km
92 km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,916 / local time: 18:16:19.4 2013-06-06

Julie Smith spared jail despite spending £125,000 of daughter's disability benefits on bingo and designer clothes

A mother who spent her disabled daughter's benefits on bingo and weekends away today insisted she was not a bad parent.

Despite spending £124,536 intended for 25-year-old daughter Hayley, Julie Smith, 46, blamed her addiction to gambling saying it was a release from caring.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Hayley has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk and as a result receives money for her car, day centre trips and specialist equipment.

Michelle Obama 'got right in' face of lesbian activist after being heckled during a fundraiser

Thought there was nothing left to shock you about the 111 helpline chaos? Read why this call handler can't sleep at night

All this week the Mail has been highlighting the shocking scale of the crisis in Britain’s out-of-hours care. Yesterday we exposed the GPs who made millions out of the helplines — while patients using the service complained of terrible neglect. Today, a whistleblower reveals the chaos in a 111 call centre . . .

The voice on the end of the line is fraught, frightened. ‘My husband has just been discharged from a psychiatric unit. He has no medication and he needs it urgently,’ the woman pleads. ‘He has to see a doctor now. I’m afraid he might kill someone.’

In the background I hear a man shouting, raving. He says he is possessed by devils. It is quite obvious why the woman is scared. I try to calm and reassure her, but I have so little faith in the system I’m operating, I fear for her safety.

It is early evening, ten minutes before the end of my shift as a call handler for NHS 111, the round-the-clock patients’ helpline, and all I can do is follow procedure.

The dispatcher who organises the on-call doctors’ workload is alerted to the case.

But the woman may have to wait ten, 12, even 14 hours until help arrives; by which time the man, who is clearly violent and deranged, could have attacked his wife.

Wall Street Fed fears escalate

Turkish protesters demand police sackings as unions join protests

Garment makers pressured in Cambodia

As investment in Cambodia's textile industry surges, so is labor unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories.

Hundreds of angry workers rampaged this week through a textile plant in Cambodia that supplies U.S. sportswear company Nike Inc, clashing with police over their demands for a pay hike.

The violence came just weeks after over 1,100 workers were killed in the collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh, another impoverished Asian nation where mass-produced textiles are the biggest export earner.

U.S. lawmakers to introduce new bill to punish cyber theft

A day before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the United States, three U.S. lawmakers plan to propose a new law that would punish hackers backed by China, Russia or other foreign governments for cyber spying and theft.

The new bill that would go after specific hackers from "offending nations" with "real consequences and punishments" will be introduced on Thursday by House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio and Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Rogers, whose office did not immediately release further details of the bill, leads cybersecurity efforts in Congress. He has co-authored a cybersecurity bill meant to ease sharing of cyber threat data between companies and the government that passed the House earlier this year.

ECB seen holding rates as it waits for signs of euro zone recovery

The European Central Bank is expected to keep its main interest rate at a record low 0.5 percent on Thursday but tweaks to its economic forecasts may give investors a steer on the future direction of policy.

The euro zone's central bank cut its main rate last month and signaled it was ready to do more should a recovery not materialize in the second half of the year as it expects.

With economic data improving in May, the ECB will probably want to save its last remaining policy firepower for a later date, while stressing it is not out of ammunition.

Tibetan self-immolations show new phase of defiance

The slim, rosy-cheeked mother of four was a devout Tibetan Buddhist, a close relative says. But her visits to the Dzamthang Jonang monastery this spring were out of character. So too were the spiritual mantras Kalkyi had begun to chant several times a day, and the way she had taken to prostrating herself in the monastery at least twice a day.

On the chilly afternoon of March 24, Kalkyi - who like some Tibetans went by just one name - stood outside the monastery gates with about 200 to 300 other worshippers. She doused herself with gasoline and lit a match. Flames instantly engulfed her, and as they did, she shouted words that no one could make out.

Witnesses say it took less than 15 minutes for the blaze to kill Kalkyi. She was 30 years old.

Iraq gunmen kill 14 people at fake checkpoint

At least 14 people have been killed at a fake security checkpoint manned by gunmen in western Iraq, officials say.

The checkpoint was reportedly set up along the main highway to Saudi Arabia, near the town of al-Nukhaib, in the predominantly Sunni province of Anbar.

One report said those killed were all policemen; another identified them as soldiers and civilians from Karbala.

Geoffrey Bettley cleared to work in schools despite possessing indecent images of children

A religious education teacher sacked for possessing indecent images of children should be allowed to return to work in schools, a panel has ruled.

Geoffrey Bettley, 36, was suspended from a West Yorkshire school in December 2010 after police found nearly 200 child abuse images on his computer.

He accepted a police caution and was dismissed by the school.

A professional conduct panel has now ruled the teacher does not "represent a risk to children or young people".

The panel should be sacked!

Femen activists on trial in Tunisia for topless protest

Three members of the feminist group Femen have appeared in court in Tunisia after holding a topless protest in support of a detained activist.

Two French women and a German face a one-year prison sentence if convicted of public indecency.

They were arrested in May after demonstrating for the release of Amina Tyler, who has been charged with carrying an "incendiary object".

Religious activists rallied outside the courthouse on Wednesday.

Syria rebels seize crossing near Israeli border - activists

Rebels seized a U.N.-operated border crossing on the demilitarized zone linking Israel and Syria on Thursday, activists said, following heavy clashes between the opposition and President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

It is the only crossing between the two countries and it was the first time Syrian rebels had managed to take the place. However, it was unclear if they could hold it for long, with fighting still raging in the area.

Israel is worried that the Golan, which it captured from Syria in 1967, will become a springboard for attacks on Israelis by jihadi fighters, who are taking part in the armed struggle against Assad.

Report: Gov't Collecting Verizon Phone Records

The National Security Administration is secretly collecting phone record information for all U.S. calls on the Verizon network. “Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls,” reports The Guardian, which broke the story of the top-secret project after it obtained record of a court order mandating Verizon hand over the information.

The contents of the call are not recorded and it is also not known whether Verizon is the only cell-phone carrier complying with the massive spying project. The court order concerns all calls to, from, and within the United States.

With this so-called “metadata,” the government knows “the identity of every person with whom an individual communicates electronically, how long they spoke, and their location at the time of the communication,” explains the Guardian.

IMF's Greek mistakes linger as central banks meet

There were notable successes during the SBA-supported program (May 2010–March
2012). Strong fiscal consolidation was achieved and the pension system was put on a
viable footing. Greece remained in the euro area, which was its stated political
preference. Spillovers that might have had a severe effect on the global economy were
relatively well-contained, aided by multilateral efforts to build firewalls.

However, there were also notable failures. Market confidence was not restored, the
banking system lost 30 percent of its deposits, and the economy encountered a muchdeeper-
than-expected recession with exceptionally high unemployment. Public debt
remained too high and eventually had to be restructured, with collateral damage for
bank balance sheets that were also weakened by the recession. Competitiveness
improved somewhat on the back of falling wages, but structural reforms stalled and
productivity gains proved elusive.

Top Labour donor's share gift avoided £1.5m tax

The Labour Party avoided paying hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax from one of its biggest donors, it was claimed.

John Mills said he gave the Party £1.65 million in shares rather than cash because it reduced the proportion that would have to be paid in tax. He described it as “tax efficient”.

He explained in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, which claimed the donation has avoided up to £1.5 million this year, that the idea for it to be made in shares from his shopping channel company JMI, came during discussions with Labour.

Rohingya violence effect: 900 Myanmar nationals detained in Malaysia

Malaysian police said today they had detained more than 900 Myanmar nationals in a security sweep after at least two were killed last week in clashes believed to be linked to sectarian violence back home.

The two dead were likely Myanmar Buddhists killed during a spate of violent incidents in Kuala Lumpur since May 30, said Amar Singh Ishar Singh, the Malaysian capital's deputy police chief.

He added that two other people were in critical condition and the attacks were "believed to be the result of violence in Myanmar."

Leslie Van Houten Denied Parole

Former Manson "family" member Leslie Van Houten has gone into detail about her involvement in the 1969 murders she participated in at the order of cult leader Charles Manson.

Speaking during her 20th parole board hearing, Van Houten said she has dramatically changed her life since the crimes.

"I know I did something that is unforgivable, but I can create a world where I make amends," Van Houten, now 63, said.

"I'm trying to be someone who lives a life for healing rather than destruction."

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 5.2
Date time 2013-06-06 07:05:41.6 UTC
Location 6.97 S ; 128.27 E
Depth 33 km
Distances 345 km NE of Dili, East Timor / pop: 150,000 / local time: 16:05:41.6 2013-06-06

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake VALPARAISO, CHILE - 6th June 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Date time 2013-06-06 06:40:02.0 UTC
Location 32.56 S ; 71.38 W
Depth 27 km
18 km SW of La Ligua, Chile / pop: 24,857 / local time: 02:40:02.0 2013-06-06

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 6th June 2013

Magnitude mb 4.7
Date time 2013-06-06 04:25:39.0 UTC
Location 35.63 N ; 140.75 E
Depth 20 km
13 km SE of Asahi, Japan / pop: 41,720 / local time: 13:25:39.0 2013-06-06

Pentagon official: Russian warships may be carrying weapons to Syria

CNN has learned that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified three Russian amphibious warships in the eastern Mediterranean that are believed to be carrying weapons shipments that might be used to resupply the Syrian regime, according to a Pentagon official.

The official declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of the information.

The United States has been tracking the ships since they left Russian ports several days ago. U.S. satellites were able to see some indications of containers being loaded onto the ships. Although it's not confirmed, it's believed the ships may be carrying some components of the controversial Russian S-300 air defense missile system and other weapons for the regime.

Germans Join to Battle Rising Floods Threatening Historic Cities

Firefighters, soldiers and volunteers in eastern Germany toiled through the night to defend against floods that have submerged towns, villages and farmlands for the second time in 11 years.

Crews in Dresden, home to the 18th century Frauenkirche that was rebuilt after German re-unification in 1990 and which narrowly escaped serious damage in the last deluge, have evacuated more than 1,300 people from low-lying areas as the Elbe River inches closer to the 9.4-meter (31 feet) high recorded in 2002. The water stood at 8.6 meters as of 7 p.m. yesterday evening, according to German authorities.

The floods, triggered by unseasonal heavy rainfall, are part of the worst in Central Europe since 2002, when rising waters overwhelmed towns and cities in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Danube region. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Germany and rail, road and river traffic disrupted by the rising waters.

N. Korea proposes talks with South

North Korea on Thursday proposed talks with South Korea about restarting operations at their shared manufacturing zone where Pyongyang suspended activity during recent tensions.

In a statement carried by state-run media, the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea suggested that the talks also cover the possibility of resuming cross-border tours at a North Korean mountain resort where a South Korean tourist was shot in 2008.

"Such humanitarian issues as the reunion of separated families and their relatives can be discussed at the talks, if necessary," the North Korean statement said.

Turkey: Family mourns slain protester

Turkish social media users arrested

Thousands of people of all ages gathered Wednesday evening in Ugur Mumcu square in Antakya, a picturesque town in the Hatay province of Turkey.

They chanted "Tayyip istifa!" or "Tayyip resign," demanding that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan leave office. On nearly every street, CNN journalists heard pots and pans banging and saw security forces.

The authorities, who have violently clashed with protesters across Turkey, seemed to be avoiding the demonstrators.

Though it was mostly quiet around 10 p.m. local time in Antakya, it seemed that the situation nationally was only getting worse.

Evidence of Syria using sarin gas?

Turkey - Woman in red: It's not about me

US: Russian ships may be carrying arms to Syria

CNN has learned that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified three Russian amphibious warships in the eastern Mediterranean that are believed to be carrying weapons shipments that might be used to resupply the Syrian regime, according to a Pentagon official.

The official declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of the information.

The United States has been tracking the ships since they left Russian ports several days ago. U.S. satellites were able to see some indications of containers being loaded onto the ships. Although it's not confirmed, it's believed the ships may be carrying some components of the controversial Russian S-300 air defense missile system and other weapons for the regime.

Bees Swarm Apartment Complex, Several People Stung

A handful of people nursing bee stings from an attack at a southside apartment complex are proof swarms can get a bit agressive.

Hundreds of bees buzzed outside the Sandcastle Apartments as our photographer accidentally walked into the swarm while checking on Vector Control's efforts to get rid of the bees.

"I got stung too with my suit on," said Tony Pantoja with Corpus Christi Vector Control.

Gas leaks prompts evacuation order in Sioux Falls

There are some frayed nerves tonight after an evacuation was ordered this afternoon for a mobile home park in the 1500 block of Burnside Avenue in Sioux Falls.

That evacuation came after a gas line in the area was punctured.

Fire rescue thought the worst was about to happen and that's when they took action.

It is the type of scene that makes a pit in your stomach.
Flashing lights all other the place.
People standing in confused clusters, trying to fully understand what is happening.
Polo Baiz was one of those people. "They knocked on the door and told me to get out because they could see there was gas leaking."

Leak Found in Steel Tank for Water at Fukushima

The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Wednesday that it had found a leak in one of the hundreds of steel tanks used to store radioactive water at the plant, raising renewed questions about the company’s ability to handle the plant’s cleanup.

The discovery comes a day after the operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, admitted that it had found cesium particles in groundwater flowing into the Fukushima Daiichi plant, reversing its earlier assertion that the water was uncontaminated.

The company stressed that the size of the tank leak was small — the equivalent of about a quart had dripped out so far, it said — and that the level of radioactivity in groundwater was within safe levels. However, the problems are the latest in a string of mistakes and mishaps that have added to mounting criticism of the government’s decision to leave the tricky cleanup in the hands of Tepco, the company that many say allowed the triple meltdown two years ago to happen in the first place.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA - 6th June 2013

Magnitude M 4.9
Date time 2013-06-06 03:39:08.0 UTC
Location 7.17 S ; 129.48 E
Depth 176 km
398 km SW of Tual, Indonesia / pop: 39,502 / local time: 12:39:08.0 2013-06-06