…on BBC or CNN. Found on Twitter’s #Gaza hashtag, the photo below of “Isareli soldiers helping Palestinian kids escape the rockets from Gaza.” Found on the IDF Twitter feed, the video below depicts life in southern Israel under fire of the rockets that have rained down from Gaza: “Over the past 12 years, the residents of southern Israel have suffered over 12,000 rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip. This is what their life has looked like over the years.” I think it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing this brief video compilation on the BCC or CNN either.
Bryson Nelson can’t remember the last time he ate a Twinkie, but he felt disheartened to learn Friday that the snack cakes’ maker was going out of business. “That’s horrible,” said Nelson, who lives downtown. “I feel like a piece of my childhood just died. I always thought they would survive the nuclear apocalypse--those and cockroaches and (Rolling Stones member) Keith Richards.”[Snip] Twinkies are so popular that at least one North Charleston restaurant, Big Billy’s Burger Joint, created a “Caramel Twinkie” milkshake for its menu that’s made of vanilla ice cream, Twinkies and caramel syrup.
OGDEN — A truck driver with 45,000 pounds of sugar was turned away from the Hostess plant on Lincoln Avenue Friday after the company´s top officials indefinitely halted operations at the facility and others nationwide. "I sat around for an hour and a half … and then got a call to take the sugar someplace else," said Rocky Ridge, a driver for Idaho-based Handy Truck Line. Employees at the factory — which has turned out truckloads of donuts, breads, cupcakes and other baked goods for several decades
He was once known for his love of junk food. But Bill Clinton´s efforts to slim down have clearly paid off. The former US President, 66, looked remarkably trim as he left a plush London restaurant on Thursday night. Mr Clinton had been enjoying a dinner with actor Kevin Spacey at the upmarket Scott´s seafood restaurant in Mayfair, after giving a speech in the capital. The former president, formerly known for his love of burgers, barbecue and junk food, changed to a strict vegan diet in 2010 after fears over his health. Clinton, 66, had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004
It is always dangerous to make too much of by-election results, but there are usually some pointers to what is happening to public opinion. So the first thing worth noting is that although the turnouts in the Labour safe seats at Manchester Central, Cardiff South and Penarth were very low, at Corby there was a creditable 45 per cent poll. It seems that when the electors feel that they can make a difference, they do take the trouble to vote. Then it is pretty clear that Labour had a rather good day and the Tories rather a bad one.
The U.S. women´s gold medal-winning gymnastics team known as the Fierce Five got their long-overdue meet-and-greet with President Obama on Thursday. Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber looked poised in the Oval Office, but the teen phenoms got giggly after leaving the White House. Such an honor to meet President Obama today and see the the White House!!!” Ross wrote on Twitter. Raisman had admitted on Twitter to some last-minute primping in the airport bathroom with Douglas and Wieber before the presidential visit: "Hair & makeup in the airport bathroom
An elderly man has been sentenced to three years in prison for allowing his dog to kill another family´s pet cat. Hume Hamilton, 82, was caught on surveillance camera taking his dog for a walk near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June. He walked up a driveway to where a cat was apparently resting, and the dog was filmed suddenly attacking the cat. Hamilton can be seen in the footage trying to separate the two animals by stepping on the cat, but he was unsuccessful. He left the scene with his dog, and the cat later died
The people of Baldock have won a great victory. A chime of bells will after all ring out on Christmas morning from the church of St Mary the Virgin. It had looked as though one sole complaint would silence them after hundreds of years, and, in place of a joyful 20-minute ring, a single 45-second knell would be allowed. It would sound more like a doleful sexton’s toll than the celebration of good news. One of Baldock’s bells bears a Latin inscription: “I praise the true God and call the people”, and within 48 hours of the ban becoming known
Down-heartened pizza tycoon John Schnatter received some pre-holiday cheer on Friday when a conservative group declared it to be national Papa John´s Appreciation Day. Upset following President Obama´s re-election which confirmed the Affordable Care Act into law, Schnatter was boosted by ´Rebooting America´ and their drive to encourage thousands to buy two pizza´s today. Reminiscent in tone to August´s Chick-fil-A´s Appreciation Day, but not as succesful, Rebooting America claimed more than 21,000 Facebook users acted with their stomachs to back the pizza chief´s stance against Obamacare.
TAMPA -The landlord fixed up Ray Smith´s Gulfport apartment recently and bought the disabled Vietnam veteran a 55-inch television. The first thing Smith saw when he turned it on was a news story about the attack Sept. 11 on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including Smith´s estranged son, Sean Smith, Ambassador Chris Stevens and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. "It was devastating," Smith said Friday morning as hearings on Benghazi were taking place on Capitol Hill. His landlord´s son, watching with Smith, turned off the TV
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan- For President Barack Obama, expanding U.S. influence in Asia is more than just countering China or opening up new markets to American businesses. It´s also about building his legacy. Fresh off re-election, Obama will make a significant investment in that effort during a quick run through Southeast Asia that begins Sunday. In addition to stops in Thailand and Cambodia, the president will make an historic visit to Myanmar, where his administration has led efforts to ease the once pariah nation out of international isolation. The trip marks Obama´s fourth visit to Asia
With new cybersecurity legislation failing to pass the Senate this week, expectations are growing that the White House will soon step in with an executive order to shore up cyberdefenses for the power grid, water purification, and other vital systems. White House officials have said that while the president prefers a broad legislative solution, the executive branch would have to act this year if Congress did not. A document purporting to be a leaked draft of the executive order has been on the Internet since September.
United States Secret Service agents were taken aback on seeing large water monitors wandering the grounds of Government House during security inspections yesterday ahead of US President Barack Obama´s visit. They mistook them for the ferocious, carnivorous komodo dragons found in parts of Indonesia, a Government House source said. Thai officials calmed their nerves, explaining to them the creatures are relatively harmless. Monitor lizards are commonly found at Government House as the compound is surrounded by canals.US embassy officials accompanying the team told the agents the reptiles could also be found at the US embassy office on Witthayu Road.
Hello. I’m Kelly Ayotte—a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. We’ve had a spirited debate this year about the future of our country. And one thing is clear: the American people expect Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the difficult challenges we face. For too long, partisan bickering has paralyzed Washington.
In a scandal looking more and more like Fast and Furious, information is coming out revealing what may be the real reason why the Obama administration refused to provide military support to save Americans in Benghazi. Obama was terrified the public would find out that American weapons had been given to Libyan terrorists, who then used them against Americans in the attack.
Israel has targeted the headquarters of Hamas leaders and other key facilities in Gaza, on the fourth day of Israeli air strikes in the territory. Prime Minister Ismail Haniya´s office, which Egypt´s PM had visited on Friday, was among the buildings destroyed. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel killed Hamas´s military chief on Wednesday. Israel earlier put 75,000 reservists on stand-by amid speculation of an impending ground invasion. Militants in Gaza have continued to fire rockets into Israel, after aiming at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Friday.
San Francisco - The scandal surrounding the sudden resignation of an adulterous CIA director has stunned the American public not just for its prominent cast of characters, but also because of the ease with which authorities appeared to have traipsed through personal email accounts. Technology has transformed communications much faster than the law, giving U.S. authorities at all levels the power to routinely search reams of intimate emails, texts and instant messages, with much lower burdens of proof as far as the relevance to a criminal case.
Washington--The two women at the center of the David Petraeus scandal — the biographer with whom he had an extramarital affair and the socialite who received worrisome emails that led investigators to uncover the illicit relationship — visited the White House on separate and apparently unrelated occasions. Neither woman met with President Barack Obama during their visits. Petraeus resigned as CIA director last week after acknowledging an affair with writer Paula Broadwell. In briefings Friday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the retired four-star general was apologetic and regretful and insisted that his resignation was related only to his personal behavior.
Hi, everybody. Four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, our economy is growing again and creating jobs. But we have much more to do. Our task now is to build on that progress. Because this nation only succeeds when we’ve got a growing, thriving middle class. That’s what drives me. That’s what I campaigned on for the past year.
Politics: Union intransigence and unrealistic expectations at Hostess Brands have forced the bakery to shut its doors permanently and throw 18,500 people out of work. So much for Big Labor caring about the little guy. A down economy and two restructurings in three years left Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Sno Balls, in dire fiscal straits. The company warned its workers, union and nonunion, to make concessions or everyone would go down in a liquidation. Instead, one union, the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International (BCTGM), imagined the company was bluffing and went on strike.
The 23-year-old son of the accountant who helped Bernie Madoff hide his Ponzi scheme shot himself in his apartment in Ohio, police said yesterday. Jeremy Friehling’s shocking suicide comes two years after Madoff’s son, Mark, hanged himself with a dog leash in his family’s SoHo apartment on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest. Friehling was the son of embattled accountant David Friehling, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to helping conceal Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
ROCKY MOUNT -- The 286 people who work in the Merita bread factory on North Church Street are out of work following Friday’s announcement that parent company Hostess will seek permission to end operations and liquidate its assets. About 75 of the workers participated in a nationwide strike that started at midnight Tuesday. Hostess Brands had warned the workers to return to work by 5 p.m. Thursday or face the company’s liquidation. The deadline came and went as picketers stood around a heater under umbrellas in the rain. “It’s five o’ clock and nobody’s crying,” one woman yelled.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister’s headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels.The new attacks followed an unprecedented rocket strike aimed at the contested holy city of Jerusalem that raised the stakes in Israel’s violent confrontation with Palestinian militants and extended the battlefield.
Obama II: In the "now they tell us" file, add a vast array of reports that have come out since the election showing just how weak the economy really is. Looks like the president will need a new scapegoat soon. Here´s just a sampling of what we´ve learned since voters decided to give Obama four more years to "experiment" with the economy. Earnings falling: The Labor Dept. reported on Thursday that real average hourly earnings dropped again in October for the third month in a row...
U.S. intelligence told President Barack Obama and senior administration officials within 72 hours of the Benghazi tragedy that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region, officials directly familiar with the information told the Washington Guardian on Friday. Based on electronic intercepts and human intelligence on the ground, the early briefings after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya identified possible organizers and participants. Most were believed to be from a local Libyan militia group called Ansar al-Sharia that is sympathetic to al-Qaida,
WASHINGTON — More Republican governors announced Friday they would not implement a key part of the new healthcare law, despite a new attempt by the Obama administration to give states more time to develop plans to put the Affordable Care Act in place. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Maine Gov. Paul LePage joined more than a dozen GOP governors who have notified the administration they will not set up state insurance exchanges next year, instead leaving the job to the federal government. "Operating a state exchange would not provide the flexibility to meet